PR: Ripping the Collections – Kimberly

Posted on October 31, 2011

We were glad that Kimberly got her chance to show at Fashion Week. Of all the finalists, we thought she wanted that chance more than any of them. Unfortunately, she choked a little when she got there.



The problem with her collection on a whole was that there was too much of a street-y sportswear feel to it. Regardless of what the real world is like, on Project Runway, you’ve got to hit those high fashion beats in order for the judges to love you. We like this look, but we think there were a couple too many looks on this level: sporty, active, and not particularly runway-friendly. Great top, only so-so pants.



We did NOT respond all that well to these metallics together. Kimberly really likes these types of heavy metallics, but we tend to think they should be used sparingly. We’d like that top a lot more if it was paired with a simple black skirt. Ditto and vice versa on the skirt.


This is what we mean. This is a great top with some style to it, but the look as a whole might as well be for a yoga collection, it looks so casual.



This is where Kimberly excels, with these little cocktail dresses with some visual interest. We expected an entire collection of these looks, but she apparently talked herself into showing a range. This was one of her strongest looks and we wish she’d gone more in this direction.



This was probably her strongest look, although the metallic silver and the neon pink were a lot for one look. For all the talk about Viktor’s amazing white leather jacket, we thought this was the more stylish of the two.



She had this gorgeous fabric that does a great job of tying her collection together, and she really didn’t do anything with it. Granted, we wouldn’t blame her for thinking a bright print in a flowy fabric doesn’t actually need construction and sewing in order to get the judges to love it, but we feel that this was a missed opportunity. She could have done an amazing gown with this and instead it’s a pinned-together nothing.



Shiny, white, high-waisted pants are not gonna fly off the racks, but we have to say, pairing them with this top was inspired. We’re still not entirely sold on the bottom half, but the top half looks fantastic.



Another fantastic top. In fact, we think it should have been paired with the pants in the previous look. We stick with what we originally said about the skirt. We like the enhanced butt, but we don’t like the asymmetrical hem and the shiny pink fabric.



Those pants are tragic. We’re sorry, girl, but this is pure Liza – and that ain’t good.



We had to laugh when Kors said he loved this dress. Of course he did. It’s a Michael Kors dress. Perhaps a bit too high-necked in the front, this was sexy and statement-making. A great way to close out the show.

In the end, we think she choked a little. She had an idea of the type of collection she wanted to show and the type of women who would be interested in buying it, but we think her point got muddled with some second-guessing at the end. Her separates are a lot weaker than her dresses and gowns and her attempts at casual went too far away from a runway direction. It just wasn’t exciting enough for a Project Runway finale.

[Photo Credit: David M. Russell for myLifetime.com]

    • http://twitter.com/herong Heron

      I am standing by the fact that Anya saw Kimberly show this in her mini-collection and then was “inspired” by it to make her final dress.  I didn’t like everything here, but she had a voice and a clearly identifiable customer with a definite sense of style.  I was more impressed than I thought I’d be. 

      • http://twitter.com/herong Heron

        And by “this” I mean the last dress, the black one. 

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

          I saw that too! But it seemed everyone had a cuff-collar long dress in their collection. Viktor’s was the vertical print and Josh had his Vulcan Snuggie thing.

          • Anonymous

            “Vulcan Snuggie Thing” is really all any of us needs to know about Josh’s collection, Project Runway, and life in general.

          • Anonymous

            “Vulcan Snuggie thing”    snort

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NCVMWGPWBTMYBFUWJ5HQMWU2JY Undead Hungry Grandmother Birt

            Slutty Vulcan Meth Addict!

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=720086455 Sue Shea

          couldn’t believe no one else brought that up sooner! wtf anya?!

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      I liked a number of pieces in Kimberly’s collection, notably, the first look top, the royal blue dress, (sans exposed zipper, PLEASE), the sheer white top, and the final dress.
       She will have a loyal following, I’ve no doubt. 
      In fact I suspect someone has already tapped her shoulder and asked her to come work for them.  She’s a nice woman, fair and honest, who seems to deal pretty well with pressure most of the time, and can get on with a wide range of people well.
      I wish her a very successful career.

      • http://twitter.com/TheRedZavodnik Ginger

        ^^What he said.  I wish her well.

      • oohsparkley!

        I think the hem on that short blue cocktail dress was also very messed up in the back.  Or was that un-eveness intentional?  I didn’t care for the crooked hem on her pink skirt either, although that was clearly intentional. Sorry, all this was addressed – I didn’t read far enough before I had to get my 2 cents in.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KQSWLY2RUE3HAOERJI7HHORJJQ Debby Barbero

        Yeah, what IS it with the exposed zippers?  All season long I’ve been hating them and the judges seem to be fine with them.  I had a jumper in High school with an exposed zipper down the front.  Had to pin the damn thing cos everyone kept pulling the zipper down!

    • Anonymous

      Agree on most of your assessments here. Not enough of Kimberly’s collection felt special at all. I really didn’t care for the boxy little tops. The standouts for me were the white top and pants (had an old-school kind of glamor to it), the last black dress, and that sliver jacket. LOVE that silver jacket. The pleating on the sleeves was a fantastic detail.

      Hate that pink bubble skirt with a freakin’ passion. And not just the bubble back…with the two seams in front and the way it rides up higher in the front, it looks poorly made and ill fitting. I really wish she had tossed that skirt.

      • Anonymous

        I agree, I really adore that white pants and top. Very pretty and feminine.

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        Amen Sister!  I hated that skirt too.  It doesn’t actually do what I think she intended.  I think the pattern needed to be tweaked to make the hem of the skirt in the front lay flat, instead of jutting outwards.  And the  ring detail on the front is jarring and makes the skirt fabric look cheap, which it clearly is not.

      • BerlinerNYC

        Yes. And it always looks like it’s on crooked! It was somewhat better in the runway show, but in the mini-collection, it was clearly not on right. I wanted to reach out and scootch it around a couple of inches. I thought they just dressed the model badly, but now I’m thinking it’s so poorly constructed that it just won’t stay in place.

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

        Totally agree on the skirt!  I don’t mind something that emphasizes a butt — not my thing, but that may be because mine sucks, and other people like it.  Stylistically, that part was valid.  But what was happening with those seams in the front?!?  Not only the asymmetrical hem, which I’m not a fan of anyway, but those seams were TORTURED!  And there is no excuse in that with the amount of time she had.  I wonder if that was a fabric that she wasn’t used to working with, because with the shine and slip, it can be difficult to get the seams to lay nicely if you aren’t used to it.

      • Anonymous

        totally agree about the pink skirt.  the front’s the problem.  the way the hem pulls away from the body is just uncomfortable for the viewer.  the seams look like she may have used too hot an iron and the fabric bubbled a bit.  she probably spent so much time and effort on this piece that she just couldn’t give it up.

      • Anonymous

        In the end, I thought Kimberly’s collection had the best range and many of the best pieces, though like Viktor’s it didn’t quite cohere into a collection, IMHO. Do you think the bubble skirt ultimately sank her, because yeah – that really was her worst piece, and she hung onto it like grim death.

        I’ve loved Anya’s work all season – but come the showing, what she showed really looked like she threw it together a week before coming to NYC…and salvaged the worst pieces the day before at Parson’s after getting a final critique! I realize the “We’re giving you $500 at Mood and one more day” was a clear life-preserver thrown to Anya after her disastrous three-piece showing (which may explain the more virulent Anya-Hate) – OTOH, don’t you also wonder if it was thrown out to sabotage Josh and Viktor, who given an extra day will invariably overthink stuff and start bedazzling the lily? Viktor’s sheer black Frederick’s of de Sade Wear clearly sunk his collection more than anything else (maybe he and Other Josh of the Mormon Closet should get together and do a collection for dominatrixes, since about half their work looks like that’s their intended audience). Clinique Josh went to Mood, fell in love with the most horrendous lime-green fabric imaginable, and used it everywhere he could.

        • Anonymous

          I can see what people liked in Kimberly’s collection, but it just didn’t do it for me. I don’t think it was the pink skirt that did her in but rather her refusal to drop it or rework it that did her in (if that makes sense). She did restyle it…but the judges want to be listened to, right?

          I liked much of Anya’s work all season, and I especially liked that she was pushing herself to try different silhouettes toward the end of the season. But based on what she showed the judged in that pre-finale round, she shouldn’t have made it to the finale. I didn’t want to buy into conspiracy theories throughout the season, but I can see in retrospect that she was pretty much destined to win. Michael Kors discussing the “Anya Brand” made it clear that that was what the show wanted to produce this year. I agree Viktor didn’t do himself any favors with the final $500 challenge, I but I think he was the best of the lot in terms of design chops, construction, color, styling, etc.

          P.S. LOVE your Tardis profile pic!!!

          • Anonymous

            Anathema – okay, I see what you mean about Kimberly and the bubble-skirt.

            Agreed about Anya – normally I think Josh is a spoiled brat, but in that case I thought he had a point. Anya’s three pieces were weak – she knew it, her fellow designers knew it, the judges knew it, we knew it. Anybody else would have been auf’d for something like that horribly amateurish “evening gown” she sent out – I made better clothing when I was eleven and playing with Mom’s sewing machine!

            Viktor…? Ehhh – I’m still resistant to Viktor, and not b/c I don’t like his personality. He’s Anya’s exact opposite – superb construction skills, but I never feel I’m really seeing either a clear viewpoint or a sense of style from him. His best pieces feel like he essentially copied what’s considered “fashion-forward” in ELLE, VOGUE and MARIE CLAIRE, and he often lets construction dictate function to the point where his work feels over-tailored to me. Honestly, he could use a healthy dose of Anya’s intuitive grasp of fabric and style – same as Anya could use a lot of his admittedly impressive tailoring and construction!

            Glad you like the avatar! I used to belong to THE RACHEL MADDOW (RADIO) SHOW’s discussion board – and on her now-defunct radio show Rachel used to have a segment called “Ask Dr. Maddow”, where she’d answer viewer questions about things like How many children did Phahroh Ramses II have, or What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen sparrow – African and European? I thought it would be fun to have a Rachel-as-The Doctor avvie, so I did a quick&dirty PhotoShop job slapping Rachel’s head on a David Tennant DOCTOR WHO promo still, and messed with the logo so it read “DOCTOR MADDOW”.

            • Anonymous

              I hear you on Viktor. I’m sure part of the reason I liked his work is the “I’d wear that” syndrome.

              All I can say is that any scenario that got me rooting for Josh to win at the very end is totally f’d up.

              I couldn’t see your avatar well enough to see that it was Maddow’s head on Tennant’s body. That’s hilarious.

            • Anonymous

              Anathema – that’s cool, and I admit my dislike of Viktor’s work is my personal opinion. I guess it’s just that, if I’m going with a designer with more construction skills than “fashion-forward” aesthetic, I’d choose Bert – which shows my age, I guess.

              Yeah on “rooting for Josh” – WTF, PROJECT RUNWAY? WTF? 

              I didn’t realize Disqus made avatars so small, even on my Profile page (which shows how often I look at it). I came to TLo from the AV Club, which recently switched to Disqus from an internal (and pretty awful) comment server – many of the Commenters on Jon Teti’s write-ups of PR recommended this board as also worth reading, and they were right.

            • Anonymous

              This is one of the only blogs I read regularly. Love it to death. Welcome to T Lo’s league of bitter kittens.

              My avatar reads, “It’s not my job to blow sunshine up your ass.” I love it, but the effect is lost with the small avatar.

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

      I really liked elements of Kimberly’s collection: the jacket, this skirt, that shirt, those pants, that cutout element, this peekaboo look… Yeah, it’s really too bad she just didn’t take her strongest two dresses and just remake them in five different colors or prints.

      Tom and Lorenzo, you were there. Can you comment as to whether Josh, Viktor, and Kimberly had the same runway music for their three shows in the tent? On TV, those three collections seemed to have the same generic James Bond-Project Runway runway remix. Anya had tropical music.

      • Anonymous

        I’m also curious! I want to know who picks the music and if they are limited in their choices. Josh’s selection seemed way off. 

      • BerlinerNYC

        You probably already know this, but my assumption is that they use “real” music for the live show and then replace it with the generic PR music for the TV show, since they don’t want to pay for the rights to broadcast it. I too am curious about what it sounded like in real life, and what options they have.

        • Cautiously Pessimistic

          I remember Jeffrey in S3 saying that he used music from a friend’s band (might have been written specifically for the runway show), but 1) that was in the Magical Elves days, and 2) that music was not what I would have used for his collection either.

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

            And PR wouldn’t have had to pay for it necessarily at that point.  If the friend was willing to just give him the rights to the song for airing on the show, there would have been no reason for them to dub over it.

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

            I recall both Santino and Irina mentioning in voice-over that their final runway music was their own. Santino’s kinda sounded like he was burping or something. And Irina was saying things like “fashion, innovation, shoes…” in a deadpan voice.

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

               Santino recorded his own runway music, “Blow You Kisses”, which you could even buy on his website (for many months was my ringtone!). Jeffrey had indeed a song from a friend’s band and even Christian Siriano’s runway music, “Control Me”, was created by his boyfriend Brad Walsh.

      • Anonymous

        yes, i wonder too.  “in the old days” on pr, the designers were able to use their own music- i remember leeanne’s and kenley’s (though not in a good way in this case).  it’s one of the many areas of creativity that seem to have been eliminated by the lifetime dream team.  also the model casting has not been shown.  i wonder if they didn’t have time this season to cast their own models because they were busy trying to “fix” their collections.  or in viktor’s case, messing it up by second guessing.  i recently watched mondo’s (blessings upon his name) runway show in palm springs.  now that was a creative fashion show.  (see the t-lo post “mondo shows at el paseo fashion week”)

        • Anonymous

          I think Josh also sabotaged his final collection, sleah – WTF was up w/that lime green fabric, anyway?

    • scottyf

      I stand by my original assessment: Kimberley was Qristyl Frazier–except with style and real talent. Same aesthetic, same basic niche market. It’s funny: but with all of her training in the management area of fashion, she still didn’t really understand how to market herself. I hate that it’s still this way, but she was just too black for them (like Cotrice on PA–which I know you’ll be getting to later). If she had been able to edit herself, and use her signature style elements sparingly, I think she actually had the stuff to come pretty close to a win. As it is, her style sensibilities are just too foreign for the white-based fashion industry.

      • MilaXX

         Sure Qristyl does urban wear, but she was and is primarily a plus size designer. I do think Kimberly will have to learn how to walk that fine line between staying true to the Brooklyn girl/Urban style roots & reaching a broader audience, but Qrystal is a different beast entirely. Her clothes remind me more what you seem sold on Torrid or MonifahC.

        • scottyf

          Well, when I look at Ms. Q;s collections, I see a lot of the same silhouettes and types of fabrics that Kimberly uses. It just looks to me like they are sized differently (and not as stylish or interesting as Kimberley’s. imho). That’s why I say it’s the same market–just the more voluptuous contingent.

          But, that said, I will always (okay, usually) bow to a women’s assessment–seeing as y’all are the ones buying the clothes! :-)

          • Anonymous

            Scottyf, as always,you are a true gentleman. 

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

            Scotty, I feel it necessary to point out that your gender is showing — plus size clothing will NEVER be as stylish as standard misses sizing because you can’t get those designs made in a plus size.  Because people who run the garment industry are dicks, that’s the only possible explanation. 

          • MilaXX

            I agree they share a love of things shiny, but I do see slight difference. I do agree she her “brownness” likely played a part. Sad really because if you discount celeb clothing lines I cant  think of a black designer since Willie Smith.

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

              And if we must have vanity lines, why can’t Zoe Saldana do one?!?

          • MilaXX

            btw, Qrostyl will be on an upcoming ep. pf Joe Zee’s All on the Line so it will be interesting to see what Joe has to say.

      • Anonymous

        Man, I could not remember Qristyl’s name to save my life, but agreed they are of the same ilk.  Kim should not have to edit or tone down her signature just to win.  But I agree that if she were to stand a chance, that’s what she should have done.  She would have been just another cookie cutter designer, no real point of view or personality to her clothes (Kors) but she could have won.

        • Anonymous

          It must really seem like a devil’s bargain – homogenize your aesthetic in hopes of winning & having more opportunities to establish [a truer version of] yourself or take the time on t.v. (& a Fashion Week runway) to show off  what you are really moved to make. Knowing, in either case, there’s a bigger market for it than one would guess from what is usually shown & wanting to reach that market.

        • Anonymous

          Well, it’s like Bert says in his interview on here – he figured “I’m a decoy anyway, why don’t I just do what I like?” (http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/2011/11/t-lo-interviews-bert-keeter.html ) I liked Kimberly’s collection by and large (the bubble-butt skirt aside!), so I suppose she could have just designed a collection that would wow the PR judges – or like Bert, she could have gone for what she does.

          No, she didn’t win – but I think she definitely deserves to have her own line. 

      • Anonymous

        I can.not.wait. for the Project Accessory recap because I was TICKED they let Cotrice go. I saw real, amazing talent in her work and her portfolio, and there was so much other fug. But, I’ll get to that when they recap.

        • Anonymous

          If Cotrice showed real talent, then that’s the kiss of death for any PR related show.  To paraphrase The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, “We don’t need no ‘estinking’ talent!”

      • Sobaika Mirza

        Kimberly’s urban chic aesthetic was never going to wow the judges, due in large part to the racial/cultural component you point out. But no designer from any market – barring perhaps menswear – would wow the judges presenting such casual and sporty separates.

        • Anonymous

          I think her aesthetic didn’t wow because it was urban but not chic.  To quote MK, a lot of her collection was just clothes, not fashion.

      • Leslie Streeter

        That’s what I thought when Cotrice got clipped, because I was looking at her stuff salivating. I would wear all of it, except that dirty T-shirt. That necklace was perfection, and she has my big jewelry and fabulous scarf fashion sense. And those judges did not get that – I agreed with their criticism, but she deserved to go over Rock and Roll Barbie? Hells no.

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

        Actually, I think there were A LOT of pieces that work across race lines — as individual pieces.  If you paired some of those looser, off-the-shoulder tops with skinny jeans, they could and would be worn by anyone.  But the pairings made them read more “black” than the pieces really were. 

        The first top, the blue cocktail dress (not the awful metallic), the pink dress, the silver jacket, the cream outfit and the cream top, the black dress, and the black top were all things I would put in my closet, and I am the LEAST ethnic-clothing-friendly (any ethnicity or nationality) woman on earth because I glow in the dark, and consequently look stupid in clothing that is intended for someone who doesn’t.  (I would also LOVE to have that print dress that was all flowy… I just don’t think I could make it work… bummer)

        The way the pieces were paired and styled, though, made it difficult for someone like me (without my insane obsession with clothing) to see how they would work.

        • scottyf

          I hope you take no offense to this–because absolutely none is meant–but your comment is actually illuminating my point. I think by taking your styling suggestions, Kimberley would appeal to a much broader market. I just feel it’s a shame that she has to do that in order to be relevant. I just think that after 9 seasons of PR, black designers HAVE to know that the chances of winning at all is–at best– remote. Winning with a culturally-based aesthetic under the present judges is nil.

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

            Oh, absolutely!  I was agreeing with you!

            Every season or two, there’s a black designer that has a strong take on urban ethnic styles.  Every time, they stay for quite awhile, and every time they lose.  Whether they say it or not, the judges have them confined to this niche market in their mind, and it’s not enough for a win.

            I would love to see a black designer that made clothes from that viewpoint that didn’t feel restricted into either being the fashion equivalent of a Black Panther or passing for white — those seem to be the ONLY roles the fashion industry is interested in. 

          • MilaXX

            *SIGH*
            THIS

          • Anonymous

            Don’t think it’s just race; I think a lot of it is that “fashion” is for the elites and older women, not for the rest of us.  I loved Kimberly’s stuff – it felt youthful and fun.  For PR, the problem is that some of her looks (like the sweats alternative) don’t look “wealthy.”  Plus, she led with a really weak piece – set the tone for the rest of the show.

      • Anonymous

        her style sensibilities are just too foreign for the white-based fashion industry

        Here’s the part I don’t understand. Granted, I’m white, middle-aged, not the demographic Kimberly wants to appeal to, but I love her choices of beautiful bright colors. I would wear at least half of her outfits, if my body was not part of the *voluptuous contingent* [thank you :) for that]: the first striped top/solid pants, the navy one-shoulder dress, the silver jacket/magenta dress, the all white combo, and the black glittery gown, with no changes.

        I don’t like the *bubble-butt* skirt, not because of its inherent shape, but because it’s poorly constructed. I don’t like the caftan, because there are much prettier shaped caftans on the market, Kim’s is literally falling off the model, again, poor construction.

        Maybe I live in a suburban bubble, and I wouldn’t rule that out, but if you wouldn’t mind enlightening me, what exactly is too black about Kimberly’s aesthetic, in your opinion?

        • Toto Maya

          What you (and I) like isn’t the same as what the fashion industry sees as good and beautiful, however. We are individuals with our own tastes, but the fashion industry tends to make up their own rules, conform to those rules, and present it as “high fashion,” and everything that doesn’t conform to them is just rules. For instance, the fashion industry has decided that waify models with no boobs or butt is the most beautiful or attractive. This is why designers who make their models butts look big are always being criticized. So when you have the black culture, which often WANTS those areas accentuated, the fashion industry ignores them and doesn’t understand them. Same with the colors such as you see in this collection. Those are just a couple of them.

          You and I might think that these things are great, but our opinions don’t matter when it comes to fashion, because we’ll just be brushed off as unfashionable or ignorant of what “real” fashion is. And to them, real fashion is the clothes white women want to wear, and their interpretation of that.

          • Anonymous

            Not just what white women want to wear, what extremely wealthy white women want to wear.

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

              It’s even narrower — what extremely wealthy, painfully skinny, curveless white women with no children want to wear.

            • Anonymous

              And Kimberly’s clothes are too niche? SHEESH!

            • Anonymous

              Sure, Elithe – don’t you know? Rich Skinny White People Rule the Universe!  So Fashion is South Africa under Apartheid….

              …says the hardly-skinny or -rich White person.

      • http://www.facebook.com/tinahurdwinston Tina Hurd Winston

        What really made me mad was the fact that Kim’s collection was so easily dismissed, without a true critic of her collection.  She deserved that.  TLO said this did not make for an interesting show because it was so sporty.  And I do not disagree with the assessment but I know that young urban girls would rock those sporty looks at the club, and for young urban girls that is their opportunity for dress up.   I can see all of her things in Baby Phat, Apple Bottoms and countless lines that target her girl

    • http://twitter.com/artfulhome1 Christy Bishop

      I’m afraid my bar is so low, after seeing what won…..I keep thinking “but everything is sewn!!! There are sleeves!!” But your analysis is, as usual, spot-on. I liked Kimberly a lot, her work ethic, her determination, and a lot of what she presented. Wish things had gone differently for her here.

      And Heron is right, I think–Anya saw an opportunity in Kimberly’s gown design, and decided to grab it. 

    • Anonymous

      Those backless tops  (and that print cover) look cheap and would likely have really bad hanger appeal.  The zipper/seam on the cream pants looks to have a gap

      Not as strong as I think many wanted to see from her

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

        Thanks for pointing out the zipper problem. I was looking at Josh’s zippers, which screamed sloppy, and it occurred to me that maybe they don’t know how to  put in a zipper invisibly, behind a placket? Is that possible?

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

          Nah, I think they’re just preferring those exposed zippers as a fashion element. If they were even trying to hide them, they’d have chosen much more subtle zippers that’d blend in the with the clothes easier.

    • Anonymous

      Kimberly was my favorite contestant though I didn’t expect her to win. Although there were some stellar pieces there were too many ordinary looks. The chiffon parachute thingie is a head scratcher.

    • Anonymous

      I like it and I respond more to her stuff than Viktor, Anya, or Josh.  I don’t understand why “streetwear” and “high fashion” cannot be one in the same.  But then, I am not a fashionista and will never proclaim to be.  As I’ve stated before, I don’t think Project Runway will ever be a successful vehicle for a designer who is not making mainstream fashion.  Kinda sucks for those who actually think they have a chance at becoming America’s Next big designer and who actually make clothes that people can wear and afford.

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        The biggest issue for me is that there has never been a clear definition of what they mean when they say “America’s next top fashion designer”.  Is it the most sellable, the most creative or the most runway worthy?  The world will never know.

        • scottyf

          You’re right. It remains as elusive as how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop.

          • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

            And of course, because the judges perceived meaning of it changes not only from show to show, but from designer to designer, we poor souls are really left in a quagmire of confusion.

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

              Amen.  Often, the very reason they give for awarding someone the win was used in a past episode to auf someone.  Very frustrating.

            • scottyf

              I’m STILL reeling over the judge’s criteria flip flop between Seasons 7 & 8. Seth Aaron won because he showed a “collection” and not a “line” of ready-to-wear garments like Emilio did. Gretchen won because her clothes were ready-to -wear and marketable. WTF?

              But again, even in looking at those two seasons, the choice was between professional, to brilliant designers. Now the criteria seems to be “least fucked-up” to “best-at-playing-the-game” designers.

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

              Daniel V won the last PR Allstars with sportswear, not a “Wow” look in the bunch that I can remember.

            • Anonymous

              I came across an interview given by Tim Gunn  in Salt Lake City in May 2011 that gave some additional details about Gretchen’s win.

              “Michael was campaigning for Gretchen. He said, ‘We need a sportswear designer to win one of these seasons.’ I thought, ‘Well, Mr. Kors, you just want to validate yourself. But do you want to validate yourself with Gretchen?’ ”Gunn said. “I wouldn’t.”
              Until nearly the final moment, Klum and Garcia were on Mondo’s side.
              “Nina was very much in favor of Mondo, and then Michael nudges her and he says, ‘You know, Gretchen listened to every word of advice that you gave her. Mondo didn’t listen to you at all,’ ” Gunn said. “So suddenly, Nina is, like ‘That’s right! He didn’t! I’m going with Gretchen.’ So that’s how it all happened.”

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

              I don’t know how a PR winner would ever be needed to validate Kors, honestly — the man makes a fortune and has pieces in a huge number of wardrobe.   I don’t doubt the report, I just don’t get Kors reactions some times. 

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

              To be fair, I think some degree of that is necessary.  Would any of us want to see McQueen auf’d because he wasn’t marketable?  Or Lagerfeld because he was?   To reward the best designer you have to be somewhat flexible in the criteria you’re using.

            • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

              Fine and dandy. I have no problem essentially with flexible rules and regs.  Its just the not letting anyone involved KNOW that the rules change without notice part that is annoying.  How about this?  At the beginning of each show, the criteria will be clearly stated and then FOLLOWED through on, which rarely if ever happens.

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

              Even just a clear brief would be helpful.  Like I still think dressing stiltwalkers could be a great challenge, if it had been done in the model of the WWE women or the drag queen challenges in the past.

              But instead they were told they were dressing women on stilts, and nothing more.  When half of them went for the OTT costumey route, they were slapped down for it!  What the hell!  How are you supposed to approach this?!? 

            • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

              Why, with the proverbial 10 ft pole, of course.

            • Anonymous

              Yes, but clear criteria and consistency would just wreak havoc with that charmingly whimsical completely arbitrary “producer’s judgement” that makes PR what it is. Wouldn’t that upset its truest, most faithful and discriminating audience?

              Oh, wait. . . . . Um. . . . . Yeah.

          • Anonymous

            “Ah-one, ah-two, ah-thrrreee. It takes approximately three licks to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop.”

            Yours in pop culture trivia,
            Anathema

            • scottyf

              The damned owl caved in and bit into it after the third lick. He cheated.

              …I wonder if he’s any relation to Anya?

            • Cautiously Pessimistic

              I don’t know, but I now have to resist the urge to get into the Halloween candy thanks to this.

            • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OK26PHQATX3VMJXUJDYLOC24GE K

              And I know where my son is “hiding” his… :)

            • Anonymous

              Oh God, I ate approximately 8923 tootsie rolls (and tootsie pops) today.  It was SO GOOD.

          • Anonymous

            Since it is Halloween, I have been wanting candy all day – and not just a piece or two, a whole pillowcase full – and now I want a Tootie Pop.  Tomorrow is definitely going to be a stretchy pants day. 

        • Anonymous

          Well, if this past season was any indication, “America’s Next Top Fashion Designer” means whatever the producers’ favorite fame whore can whip out when given extra time, money, and help.

          OK, I have to leave this topic now.  I was all over my PR sad, and now I can feel it creeping back.

          [Puts fingers in both ears] LALALALALALALALALALALA!

          • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

            Thank you for my first serious, out loud laugh of the morning.  Oh and Happy Halloween, btw.

            • Anonymous

              If only we were all able to go out tonight in our Chris March originals!  Well, we can dream, right?

            • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

              Totally.  Of course, I have a side business making costumes, so if you ever wanted to REALLY go for it some year, gimme a shout.

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

              That is one thing I still haven’t done — for all the stuff I make, I’ve never actually made a Halloween costume. 

            • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

              Then Gurrrl we need to talk.  lol

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

              If you have any suggestions on making totally wearable and comfortable armor like Boba Fett’s that would be really handy — my husband has been after me for that for years:)

            • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

              There’s this really great craft foam about an 1/8 of an inch thick, sold in 9×12 sheets. It comes in tons of colors. It can be cut smoothly with scissors, glued, folded, sewn, stacked, stapled and painted, or finished any way you like.  PLUS it weighs next to nothing.  You can get it at most any craft supply store.  Oh, and its pretty cheap too.

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

              I need it smooth — like painted metal.  Because if I’m going to the effort of making him individual armor plates, they are going to be PERFECT, DAMMIT! 

            • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

              Gotcha!  I know what you mean about wanting it perfect, believe me.  I’ve seen the foam I’m talking about finished to the point that it was unrecognizable as foam.

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

              I said I thought I could build it out with puff paint with a trowel to keep it smooth but I’m afraid it would crack with much movement:)

            • Anonymous

              I haven’t either, for myself, but for years, I made all my kids’ costumes, magicians and clowns, helping them create Frankenstein’s monster, pirates, etc. Tons of fun, and way better than store-bought, especially in the 70s. Now my grandkids just want to be the latest kid’s cartoon characters. Pooh on that :(

            • Anonymous

              Tell your grandkids the homemade costumes get more candy!  People love, love, love, the homemade costumes ~ my kids always got an extra handful !

            • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KQSWLY2RUE3HAOERJI7HHORJJQ Debby Barbero

              I made my daughter Rainbow Brite when she was 3 or 4.  That was the year she was sick for Halloween…weeks it took me too  lol

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

              Oh, I forgot one of my daughter’s costumes — I did make her Care Bear costume by gutting a giant CareBear.

            • Anonymous

              ooooh!

              It’s SO MUCH FUN.

              Maybe when your children are older & able to get into it as well!  It’s one of the [very] few pursuits that my 17-yr-old and I can do together and still enjoy.

            • Anonymous

              I would like to see some pictures.  Do you have a website or fb page showing some?

            • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

              No web site, but I will be loading up a few images of some things I’ve done on my FB page.  Look for Paul G. Ellis

          • Anonymous

            More to the point, America’s Next Top Fashion Designer is chosen by Lifetime, L’Oreal, Garnier Fructis, HP, and Piperlime.

            Yuk! I’m proud to be unfashionable!

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

              I like L’Oreal… that’s the only good thing I have to say about that…

        • MilaXX

          The biggest issue for me is that there has never been a clear definition
          of what they mean when they say “America’s next top fashion designer”.

          Especially when they themselves keep changing the definition in order to justify whoever they want to give the win to.

          Emilio’s collection was just clothes, they want “fashion”
          Mondo’s was too out there, they want clothes the everyday woman can wear.
          Anya has a good eye and vision.

          At this point for all I know they could be reading bones during each deliberation and then crafting stories to meet their decisions..

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KQSWLY2RUE3HAOERJI7HHORJJQ Debby Barbero

            hehehe not only COULD they, they are!

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

              Which is just silly. They should be reading tea leaves.

      • Anonymous

        Street wear can be high fashion. Just as Ralph Lauren can be inspired by the American west and bring it to high fashion and Yves Saint Laurent can be inspired by European Gypsies and bring it to Haute Couture. Kimberly can certainly be inspired by Brooklyn Urban culture and bring it to high fashion.

    • Anonymous

      That white look came out of NOWHERE. I loved it, but I spent more time asking “why” then actually being wowed by it. Besides that, I loved the fabrics and the last gown, but none of it together. There wasn’t a single outfit where I thought, “Now that’s fabulous. I want it all.” It was more of “I like the pants/skirt/top/front/shoes…”

    • Anonymous

      I think she was showing a progression from very casual street wear to more formal looks, which I didn’t see in her mini-collection. I liked her final collection a lot more than I thought I would. She did a good job with cohesion, especially since she used a lot of different colors. I really didn’t like the blue/green prints early on; they reminded me of Gretchen, but other than that I thought she did a good job.

    • Anonymous

      I think she got particularly stung by her fabric choices – that ugly deckchair stripe, that overwhelming royal blue, the heavy duchess satin. They’re difficult to work and don’t make anyone look good.  And the colour story was just plain ugly.
      As Nina said (correctly because she wasn’t being paid) this collection had too many clunkers, which is a shames as the stand out pieces were the best in the competition – the Michael Kors dress, the flowy black and white tops, that gorgeous leather jacket.  The white pants would have been sensational in another slightly less shiny and stiff fabric.

      • Anonymous

        Fabric choices definitely a problem for her.  The blue pant and striped blouse combo just doesn’t work.  And she insisted on having one of the models come out with another of those huge handbags.  Pity.

        • Anonymous

          I agree that some of Kimberley’s fabric choices and then her decision as to how she used them were problems. I really liked her final dress, as well as the cocktail dress, and that top that she paired with the white satin pants really had a wow factor for me.

          Kimberley seems to have a lovely personality, low drama, and came across as professional. I wish her well.

    • Anonymous

      Love that ivory outfit — I’d wear it to death.

    • Anonymous

      Kimberly’s “pinned-together nothing” is a lot like Anya’s entire collection, and the rest of her work shows more skill and variety than Anya’s.  I like Kimberly’s prints and colors, the gown is beautiful, and her models are gorgeous. The piece I like least is the pink dress that the judges liked so much. Kimberly should feel really proud of her work and her behavior during this season.  She was the only person who consistently behaved like a dignified adult.

    • Scott Hester-Johnson

      Why are we even engaging in this pointless exercise?

      As explored earlier by TLo, the result has been a foregone conclusion since the beginning. The other three designers could have produced the most amazing, fashion-forward looks and still been nothing but background noise for the ascension of The Beauty Queen Who Has Only Been Sewing For Four Months.

      Is there no way we can get PR back on Bravo where it belongs?

      I don’t care about Clinique Counter, but poor Kimberly. Poor Viktor. They deserved better.

      • Anonymous

        “Is there no way we can get PR back on Bravo where it belongs?”

        Some of the other bitter kittens mentioned that Style Network is running old seasons of PR. I recorded a few of the Leanne, Korto, Jerell season (season 5?). Even though I’ve watched PR religiously from part way through season one, I was floored at how good the old show was. The decline in talent and production values is astonishing…even though I’ve watched the decline. Going back a few years really brings it home.

        • Anonymous

          I re-watched season 3 about halfway through this season.  It made this season really un-watchable.  Laura is taking a nap and Tim asks if she has already lined her suit and miraculously she has!  We have barely seen a hem all season let alone a lining! 

          • Anonymous

            Imagine that-a designer lined a suit!  What a concept!

          • Anonymous

            Viktor has lined nearly if not actually every jacket he has made this season. I stand by the fact he is the only designer who could have competed on a previous season of this show.

            • Anonymous

              I totally agree with you.  I guess I should have added ‘except Viktor’ to clarify!

        • Anonymous

          You’re right about them cutting production values to the bone. You can’t do a show like this on a shoestring,

          • Anonymous

            And they made it longer! Longer and worse. It’s like supersizing shit food.

            • Anonymous

              To be fair, making it longer genuinely did pay dividends last season, which was just great, compelling television. I wouldn’t trade the extra thirty minutes of that magical team challenge breakdown for the world.

        • Anonymous

          Not sure if anyone has already posted a link to this article on Slate: Project Runway Jumps the Charmeuse.  http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2011/10/28/project_runway_jumps_the_charmeuse.html.   We’re not the only ones talking about the decline since the show moved.

          • Anonymous

            What a good, concise piece. Sums it all up extremely well.

          • http://www.facebook.com/fiddlecub Kevin VanOrd

            Great piece–though perhaps it undermined its own point by claiming that Emilio Sosa was robbed, as if he was a sure winner were he not Latino. Sorry, but Emilio didn’t win because there was a better collection.

            Of course, this year, few are arguing that the right person actually won. A case can be made for Emilio, but to suggest that he was the clear winner and was refused a win because he is Latino is, well, that one’s a stretch. 

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        Flooding Bravo with Email could help, of course.  But the real issue would be how to actually pry it out of the proprietary hands of Bunim-Murray.

        • Anonymous

          I think we’re being beaten into submission.  They’re banking on the fact that the show has been taken away from those of us who’ve watched it from the get-go and have watched in repeat over the course of many years.  They don’t care obviously.  Someone posted severals days ago that it’s been like realizing you need to get out of bad relationship.  Some wise boy or girl. 

        • Now I am The Bee

          I think the only way to get it off Lifetimne is to refuse to patronize thier sponsors.  I’ve already decided to qit using Lancolme/Loreal because of their sponsorship of this mess, and I will let them know that.  Now–if ever Lifetime decides to kick them off–B-M would have to find another network to show PR. 
          And in the end–it really is  B-M that holds the fate of our beloved PR.  Flood THEM with your eamils, along with Lifetime, Lancolme and Bravo.  Maybe we can get PR back on track!   

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

            No it’s not.  Weinsteins own the show and they can switch production companies as soon as the contract is up if they want to.  B/M isn’t going to change how they work and as long as they continue producing the show, it will continue to be in their model.

            Harvey Weinstein, OTOH, can pull it away from both B/M and Lifetime if he wants to.

        • Anonymous

          According to Wikipedia, so take this with a grain of salt, The Weinstein Company announced a five year (!) deal to move Project Runway from Bravo to Lifetime on July 4, 2006.  That was before the lawsuit and Wikipedia doesn’t say anything more about if the contract has a new expiration date.  (I know, I know it’s now over five years from July 4, 2006.)  But it did say five years…Maybe there’s hope?  Anyone out there with better information?  

          • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

            Interesting information. Thanks a lot!

            • Anonymous

              You’re welcome!  Unfortunately Wikipedia didn’t say anything about Project Runway having a five year contract with BM.  But one step at a time.

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

        It will NEVER go back to Bravo — too much bad blood.  But there are other very worthy homes for it on cable.  I keep saying it should go to AMC, who has proven they know how to handle a show that isn’t necessarily mainstream with both Mad Men and Walking Dead.   Both concepts read as VERY risky if you didn’t know how much success they’ve enjoyed. 

        • Anonymous

          Haha, no. It does not seem like it would quite fit in with the very serious high-concept dramas over at AMC. Bravo was its true home — wherever it lands now, it will always be an orphan.

      • Anonymous

        I even feel bad for CC, to be honest. He was a jerk but he also didn’t spend three weeks going scuba diving and staring at pretty pictures on his computer.

    • MilaXX

      I was surprised how much I liked this on the runway. In print I wasn’t that impressed but on the runway I really liked it. I can concede to your comments, with one exception. I liked the metallic mini & top. If she had  done more than one outfit like that I would have hated it, but as one entry it was okay for me. Still, out of all of them I liked Kimberly the most and I was happy she at least got the chance to show at fashion week.

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

      I didn’t like this collection at all, from the color palette to the shiny to the hideous pants. Kim can make pants — what happened? And those hemlines? Even the somewhat cute blue dress has a truck-flaplike lift to the butt area that, while great for visiting your gynocologist in style, is just too damn short to be flattering. All her looks save the white one and black dress, seemed to make her girls look short and squat. I wanted to like something from this, but the only look I responded well to was the white one and white, shiny pants — while great for Gaga and Freddie — not so much for me. And Anya’s last dress looked so much like Kimberly’s I wanted to laugh at how little she was even trying to be original.

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

      Vulcan Snuggie. Love it.

    • Anonymous

      I wish things had worked out better for Kimberley; she was a likeable presence and generally seemed organized and focused. 

      Having said that, I think this collection lacked a focus; it seemed to wander a bit from here to there. I loved her color palette, especially that flowy patterned fabric. I wish she’d made a really kick-ass gown out of that. Also loved her metallic jacket, the white outfit, and the black gown. I think the rather uninteresting separates weakened those strong pieces. But she’s got a lot of potential, and I really hope someone hires her because she’s got a lot to offer the fashion world. 

      • Anonymous

        You know, I think perhaps things did work out well for Kimberly. She came off as nice, dedicated/hard working with quality work and would probably benefit from working for somebody who could help her achieve her full potential. At least that’s how I’m mentally resovling this season’s rediculous outcome.

        • Anonymous

          Very true. 

    • Anonymous

      I know I’m in the minority, but I just don’t feel the black dress.  It reminds me of tying a towel around a child’s neck to use as a bib; just too baggy with zero tailored details.  The white outfit and the fit on those pants are supreme.  And I have really had quite enough of the exposed zipper.  Jeffrey did it on season 3 and we have seen it every season since.  There must be better ways to add detail without replacing a seam with an exposed zipper.

    • Anonymous

      Just google other unknown, emerging designers on net. Look at what others can do. Kimberly and others had a couple of month and a lot of money and the hell of the motif to not blew it, and guess what: everything looks just so pathetic comparing with any other season of PR. It all looks like they shopped at the Mall on a sales racks. Does Project Runway really interested in finding real talent anymore?

      • Anonymous

        I agree. A lot of this stuff looks very ordinary – and that breakout fabric looks kind of drab. The whiote trousers, the top and the jacket are excellent but there’s not enough of that kind of style to save the collection,

    • Anonymous

      Looking forward to a day when Kim can make her own collection without editing it for judges’ approval. There are sparks of excellence and true originality here. She seems to be a smart woman and consistently showed more class than most of her competitors. Rooting for Kim!

      Re: exposed zippers: I think she did them better than any others that I’ve seen anywhere—by placing them off to the side, she gave them some visual interest and made it a design feature rather than making it look like she just plopped a big ol’ zipper down the middle. MMV on that, but I kind of like them!

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, but those off-set zippers made me want to yank the garment around and center them!

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

        I agree re: the zippers. I like how she used them here. I was shocked when I realized that, because I’m sick to death of them.

    • Anonymous

      TLo said:
      Granted, we wouldn’t blame her for thinking a bright print in a flowy fabric doesn’t actually need construction and sewing in order to get the judges to love it, but we feel that this was a missed opportunity. She could have done an amazing gown with this and instead it’s a pinned-together nothing.

      Isn’t that exactly what Anya did?

      • aurora durfee

        I think that’s the point

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

        Kimberly did it better.  Her print dress was flowy and deconstructed in a way that looked deliberate, not as if she just didn’t know how to make it any better.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jennifer.markowski Jennifer Markowski

      “Granted, we wouldn’t blame her for thinking a bright print in a flowy fabric doesn’t actually need construction and sewing in order to get the judges to love it”

      Hence: Anya.

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

      I loved that shiny white pants outfit. The fit on the pants was not that great around the hips, but I would still like to see it on a celeb on the red carpet, particularly on a woman of color who would really work it. It could be so stunning.

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

      I loved the ivory partially sheer top, the leather jacket, the Michael Kors dress and the top that went with the Liza pants, but I hate everything else.  I just can’t stomach that color palette. I think the fabric she used to tie it together was just terrible.

    • vmcdanie

      I really like some of these pieces although some of those backs look too impractical to actually be worn anywhere. I love the print on that one dress.

      She seems to have a problem knowing what to pair with what (I don’t even
      hate those “Liza” pants-although the color is eye-searing-but they do
      not go along with the shape of that top. That’s too much baggy on top and bottom.) She pairs metallics with more metallics and a bright, borderline-tacky color with yet another metallic.

    • Anonymous

      It did look like a collection, though.

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

        Collection? You mean the same schmatta rendered in different prints with no color cohesion, right?

    • Anonymous

      I think Kimberly had the second-best collection of the group, but with that said, I have to agree that she choked a little at the end.  She had to be a bit more high-fashion, which I feel Anya was (no matter what others might say) and she wasn’t.
       

    • Anonymous

      I thought Kimberly did a really good job. She responded well to the judges critic without completely losing herself. My favorite looks are the white pant outfit, the pink sheath dress , the blue cocktail dress, and the wonderfully simple black femme fatale that closed her show. I wasn’t crazy about her prints and I thought the  mui-mui in the middle was her way of giving the judges the finger.

    • Anonymous

      I agree with what you guys said about Kimberly. I so so wanted to love her clothing, but it just wasn’t happening for me.  Yes, we can all “see the customer,” but that doesn’t excuse that these looks could have been so much more runway-worthy, sophisticated, and editorial.  Nonetheless, props to Kim, and I’m excited to see her and her business grow throughout the coming years.

      Also, I’m kind of hoping you guys just assess the final collections in one depressing swoop today – the quicker we can rinse the gross aftertaste of this season from our mouths, the better!

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

        I’d really like to see her on All on the Line — I think Joe would be SO HELPFUL for her in particular, because he could help her find that spot between mass-market and high fashion.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t know.  I’m not seeing anything here that is particularly “urban girl”,either in the shapes or the color palette.  There are some really nice looks (the ivory separates and the black “Kors” gown), but too many misses to make it a winning collection.

    • Anonymous

      “Granted, we wouldn’t blame her for thinking a bright print in a flowy fabric doesn’t actually need construction and sewing in order to get the judges to love it, but we feel that this was a missed opportunity”

      Buah hahahahahahaha! So much in one sentence! I’m not laughing at Kimberly, though.

    • Anonymous

      Now for the serious comment: I liked Kimberly’s use of color to tell a story. When I first saw the collection on your blog, I thought, ugh, sorry Kimberly, I love ya gal, but that’s not a finale collection.  Then, when I actually saw everything move and saw the transitions, I thought it worked quite well. Not a winning collection, but quite good.

      • Anonymous

        I agree!  I was really lukewarm on a lot of her items until I saw them actually come down the runway.  It still wasn’t a perfect collection, but I was blown away at the difference between seeing these clothes on hangers and seeing them *walk.*  You make a great point about the order in which Kimberly selected to show them, too.

    • Anonymous

      I hope that once Kimberly recovers from the trauma of this experience, she finds the success she deserves.  I liked her on the show — liked her humour, attitude, work ethic, and some of what she was able to crank out.  Loved her attitude when Tim came to visit and the obvious care she took in presenting her home and collection to him.  A plus for grace and effort.

      I didn’t care for this collection.  The black dress is a stand-out — very Bond.  The white trousers and shirt are pretty.  I noted the weird zipper thing but am not certain it’s a zipper.  Is it a luxury detail of some kind?  A camel suede pocket?  I dunno.  It looked smashing on the gorgeous Teyana.
       
      Didn’t like the first five or six looks.  Hate that shade of blue–so heavy and sad.  So bad 80s.  If I never see another one-shoulder cocktail dress with BS zipper jazz going on again, I will be a happy camper.  This look is a PR stable and cheat and it’s such a bore.

      Being an old lady, my fav outfit was actually the hot pink pant, capri, with the black tunic.  Thought she looked very chic.  I like exposed ankles in pants.  As one gets older, as all else fails, if the ankles are still presentable, it’s nice to be able to show them off atop a good heel. And I thought that for all her talk about street wear and antibellum Brooklyn this was the strongest I love my Mom back in the day look.  I wish her well.  She’s got talent and is lovable. And her Nina outfit was pretty great. 

    • Anonymous

      I agree that her jacket was much more chic than Viktor’s.  I would never wear his in a million years, it goes into ostentatious territory.  I loved her print chiffon but agree that it was a wasted opportunity.  I hate that pink skirt with a passion, not because of the bubble butt, but because of the bizarre front.  That’s not flattering on anybody (and you apparently have to go commando)!

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

        I did not get the love for Victor’s Girl-in-the-Warrant-video jacket.  It was very well-made.  It was also very 80s rock poseur. Kimberly’s jacket, I would buy happily in a heartbeat.  (Well, if I could find it on clearance, but that’s not because it’s not worth full price…  I’m just like that:)

        • Anonymous

          I’m just like that too!  Anyone can find cute clothes . . . it takes a true die-hard to be able to find them for 75% off or more.  I’m constantly bragging about the crazy good bargains I get on brand new clothing, “”I got these shoes for seven bucks!”

    • Anonymous

      PS — I thought ALL of the shoes used by the hamsters in their collections were ugly.  Hate this look in shoes and hopes it comes to a swift end.  Clodhoppers that shorten the leg and distract from the clothes. Between the silly putty look and the orthopedic boot there must be something that fits, no?

    • http://twitter.com/RobertSanchez36 Robert Sanchez

      Her collection is too “all over the place.” Too many of the fabric choices looked cheap and brought the entire line down. That first look was a poor choice to open with; it’s way too low-key and despite the cute back on the top (even rendered in that unattractive fabric), it looks like a cheap outfit you’d find at TJ Maxx or Ross.

    • Anonymous

      we wouldn’t blame her for thinking a bright print in a flowy fabric
      doesn’t actually need construction and sewing in order to get the judges
      to love it

      Hey, it worked for Anya!

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

      I hate those colorful pants — I grew up in the 80s and 90s and colorful pants will always remind me of the fashion horrors of that time.  And I think she had some problems with fabric choice.  A lot of them have a sheen that with the print and the casual nature of the pieces can look VERY cheap.  There were several pieces that would have been rendered in a matte fabric.

      That said, there are a lot of great pieces here.  Just not a lot of great outfits.  As anyone who has ever watched HGTV can tell you (home of the “I don’t want to buy this house because I hate the paint on the living room walls!” shows), relying on people to look at a runway look and see the possibilities is never a good idea.

    • Now I am The Bee

      In seeing this for the first time, I see that there is some real potential here. Lots of stuff to love, like the white jacket, even though it’s paired with the awful pink satin skirt.  Also thought the white pants are gorgeous, albiet very basic.  I am not as wowwed by that last gown, but Kimberly’s street wear is interesting.  The very best look was the pnk dress with the metallic grey jacket.  WANT! 
      I am so sad that Kimberly got the shaft this season.  Had she been a contestant in any other season, she would have done well and been more appreciated, I think.  She deserves better than what PR gave her this season.  I wish her well. 

    • Anonymous

      “Granted, we wouldn’t blame her for thinking a bright print in a flowy
      fabric doesn’t actually need construction and sewing in order to get the
      judges to love it”

      Haha! So true. Kimberly made the silly mistake of thinking that they were all going to be judged equally.

      I liked this collection. But it’s just not beauty queeny-dilettante-y enough, you know? Too much sewing and construction! What did Kimberly think this was, a show about talent and skill?

    • Anonymous

      Doing this on an iPhone, so I haven’t read all the comments (no electricity for the third day – ugh)

      I think Kimberly was a victim of the fate that befell Uli and Laura Benett; each had a very strong point of view and designed for a specific market segment. Unfortunately it wasn’t the “girl” the judges were thinking of.

      As others have said, Kimberly has good design skills and demonstrated excellent people skills in a season filled with backstabbers and drama queens. I hope, no, I KNOW she will do well in the industry.

      • Anonymous

        I think that’s an important point. Missing ‘the girl the judges are thinking of’ has done for more designers on the stage than bad design, poor finishing or being non-televisual.

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

        Frankly, the problem for Kimberly is that the judges don’t know her girl, they’ve never met her.

        • Anonymous

          Oh, bull.

      • Anonymous

        I think Kimberly’s “girl’ is stuck in the 80s.  Each time a contestant says that they’re inspired by their mom, they skew their collections too old and dated.  Emilio did that and so did Anthony Williams.  And with PR, you have to have upscale elements to be contender for the win. 

    • Anonymous

      Hey! That’s an ANTM alum in there!

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

      I really like Kimberly – as others have said, she has such a great attitude and work ethic.  But I really did not like this collection -  The jewel colors…ugh, hate them – so 80′s, Cosby show awful.   The backless tops and pinned (?) front of the pink skirt and the sides of the blue pants were just bizarre.   I hope she finds her voice and a place in fashion.  I think PR was not the key for her.

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

        That is a perfect description–Cosby Show awful.  It completely reminds me of one of the sweater Cliff would wear, or a dress Vanessa would wear.

    • http://paintingchef.myopenid.com/ Susannah

      This was absolutely my favorite of the 4 finale collections.  Sure there are problems… that SKIRT!  OW MY EYES!  And those pink cropped pants are… not good (although I do have to confess to loving the black top with them, I can see that one with some skinny jeans and great boots being a VERY cute look) but overall, I thought she had a clear point of view and I was SO happy to see the vast improvement in the styling after the runway critique.  I was sad she didn’t win but I wasn’t surprised in the least.

    • Anonymous

      I like Kimberly a lot but from my POV, she’s too willing to be middle-of-the-road.  She doesn’t really push herself to the finish line.  You can see her “it is what it is” attitude in her construction and fit.  That pink dress did not fit the model at all – thank God it had the jacket to distract us.  And the white pants with the sheer white top – the side view looks like the seam is pulling.  The bubble skirt looks tortured and she just laughs and shrugs.  She seems to be missing the inner fire that she’s going to need to make it through.

    • Anonymous

      wtf was up with the shoes this finale? is it a new rule that designers have to use only one pair for the whole show? i imagine it has something to do with piperlime (tres fug), but every designer used only one pair and all were hideous across the board (imo).

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BC7QJMCQBTG5HNTKRGWOVOH4SY Kathryn

        But that makes it look like a “collection”–after all, they all wear the same shoes, the clothes MUST go together!

    • Anonymous

      Hmmm. The more I look at this collection, though, the more I feel that, although it’s not a collection I’d EVER wear – just not me – there’s a real sense of style and point of view to it, much more so than with many PR finalists I’ve seen. The “simple” looks are never just simple in that “this is really just a T-shirt and jeans” way. There’s always quite a lot of visual interest and design to them, really. The simplicity is more a sort of minimalism of… tailoring, I guess? I actually really like that print gown mid-way through, too. I think you guys are wrong on that one: it has lovely flow and casual style, and more working would have just made it look over-done.

      Interestingly, almost every single thing that I think is a real misstep involves pink/rose satin…

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

      I don’t think any of us knows what wins PR anymore – amirite? I mean, lounge wear won it this time. Gretchen won it last time. Certainly nothing exciting about that. In years past a well-rounded collection that covered street through red carpet would win because it showed the range it needed too. I loved Kimberly’s collection. But you know, (I am now talking in my sarcastic, sing-songy voice) she’s not ready. And Anya is. Like hell!

    • Anonymous

      I *liked* Kimberly’s collection well enough, but some things about it always bothered me, but I couldn’t find the right words for why. Thanks to TLo for once again articulating what my mind would not.

      I would like to have seen her metallic silver jacket with slim black pants or even jeans, with a pop of color on top, maybe even with that cut-out detail from the skirt on a top.
      The more I look at the multicolor print the more I dislike it. She threw away the opportunity to do anything other than *an Anya*.
      Her deep navy cocktail dress has a much more successful skirt than the shiny hot magenta bubble skirt.
      Nailed it on the *Kors* dress, love it.
      The all white ensemble is my very favorite look, even though there is something odd on the fitting of the pants, not the high-waistedness, but that zipper/pocket gaping side element.

    • Anonymous

      TLo said:  She had this gorgeous fabric that does a great job of tying her
      collection together, and she really didn’t do anything with it. Granted,
      we wouldn’t blame her for thinking a bright print in a flowy fabric
      doesn’t actually need construction and sewing in order to get the judges
      to love it, but we feel that this was a missed opportunity. She could
      have done an amazing gown with this and instead it’s a pinned-together
      nothing.

      :)  Gee, I wonder where she got that idea? 

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

      I really liked most of this, even the stuff you didn’t, like the Liza top & the mixed metallics. It’s not a winning collection, but it has a lot of merit.

    • Anonymous

      As much as I liked Kimberly, I don’t think her work belonged in the finals at all (but I would say that of two of the other contestants as well). And honestly, I didn’t feel she translated her inspiration well. I lived in pre-gentrified Brooklyn for 26 years and I’m not seeing any urban Brooklyn vibe anywhere in this collection. I just get a general ho hum 80s feel. She has talent, but she really hasn’t found her voice. If she’s going to go for that urban chic thing (a term that it being used ad nauseum and I’m not even sure what it means anymore) she needs to really embrace it, not just pay lip service to it. And stay away from shiny and metallic; they are not your friends.

    • Kacper Nedza

      It’s a very scrolldown-fug collection – I really like all of her tops, but the bottoms she paired them with are dire. I hate those thudding shoes she paired them with too. On the whole, though, I’m surprised by how much this collection has grown on me since I first saw it, and I think it’s more good than bad; I wish Kimberly every success.

    • Anonymous

      If Kimberley has a weakness, it would be second guessing herself. She needs to trust her instincts. She’s probably much better when she isn’t trying to please PR judges. Her tops are wonderful, she is great with the little dress and her white outfit is lovely. Her print was one of my favorite store-bought prints in the finale. I can see why she would want to show range, not a bad strategy considering the competition…..

      Of all the designers, I can see the woman who would wear her clothes more than any of the other designers. Good luck Kimberley!

    • Anonymous

      I loved the ivory outfit.  Out of all four collections, that was one of the rare “wow” moments for me.

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

      Sadly, Kimberly was always going to choke, as she had been choking on every challenge for weeks by now.

    • Anonymous

      I’m perplexed by the various comments calling this collection “stuck in the 80s.” That’s the influence, sure, but the 80s revival is still going strong, meaning these looks are really quite current. Right? Am I missing something?

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

        Yes and no.  You aren’t missing anything in terms of your analysis, but you are missing that if you HATE 80s looks, you really don’t care how popular they become:)

        • Anonymous

          Ha! Fair enough. I can’t say I like this collection very much, but that’s true of pretty much every collection this season,  decoy or otherwise.

    • Anonymous

      She was clearly an underdog coming in and what she showed was way better than I was expecting. I really like the pink/metallic and all white looks as well as gown. Of all the “stories” this season, I responded to Kimberley’s the best and loved the way she defended herself in front of the judges.

      Also, very sweet reaction in the background when Viktor came backstage to meet his boyfriend.

      • Anonymous

        Yes.  I agree.  While not winning, I think she did well for herself and her career and got her vision out there.  I bet there will be people eager to work with her.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sterlyn-Bumgarner/521235804 Sterlyn Bumgarner

      Is the model in the 7th look Aminat from ANTM?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=5206761 Sabrina Bano Jamil

      For all the talk about Anya’s Caribbean aesthetic, these are the clothes people in Miami would be more likely to wear. As a city that has a massive Carribbean/South American expatriate population, AND a very large urban population, there’s a lot of meshing of those aesthetics, and the bright colors plus sporty/street look of this stuff clearly shows that. Tourists would probably wear Anya’s flowy dresses — as many have said, resort shops and boutiques in tourist-y areas of Miami already have tons of those kind of dresses. But as someone who spends a lot of time around young, hip, urban Miamians (as their professor, and frequent nightclub wallflower), I gotta say — I can already see a million people signing up to wear these kinds of clothes. They aren’t super original, I guess, in many senses — I know I’ve seen versions of this stuff out and about. But as Miami club wear? Yeah, completely. Especially in the Arts/Downtown scene. She should open a boutique in the Design District … probably could really take off there. 

      • Anonymous

        Good points.  Yes, Anya’s caftans work in the sand, but nohwere else.  I can also see Miami girls and women in her clothes. 

    • Jennifer Coleman

      Kim’s first looks can be summed up as her crutch looks. She seems to chalk them up to her urban looks, but other than being sporty and skin-baring (albeit tasteful), I do not think she has self-defined who she is really designing for. Her next 2 cocktail dresses are her best looks, both quirky and sexy. I’d love to see her delve more into a more sophisticated examination of color and texture to take them up a notch or 2 but these are her strongest looks, I think most of the balance of her looks are random. The print dress was about movement and nothing else; the cream pantsuit was beautiful and elegant, but not tethered to her alleged point of view; she refused to admit that the booty skirt was overwrought, as Tim said, and a perfect example of her imperfect vision (although that top was a much better pairing); and the pink & black ensemble was style-less. It seems that the gown belonged with the cream pantsuit and the Nina challenge top belong in a design sense that Kim has yet to consciously acknowledge, but really needs to. I think she’s fighting to do it, because she wants to champion the Urban Girl and not the majority, but she’s going to need to tighten up her vision to be truly successful.

    • Anonymous

      I really liked this collection. 

    • Toto Maya

      Personally, I was the most impressed by Kimberly’s collection and thought she deserved to win. I understand your points, but unlike most of the other designers I could actually see women wearing these. Most importantly, unlike the other designers, it made me want to see more. I went into the episode expecting not to like her collection and to love Viktor’s, but in the end I was disappointed by Viktor’s and thought that Kimberly’s was great. Obviously none of the final collections can stand up to those of past final contestants, but I still loved this collection, especially the billowy dress.

    • Anonymous

      What I liked most about Kimberly’s collection was the color story.

      It’s true, she did choke (but not nearly as much as Viktor did). But it’s understandable; they were playing for real money. I’d bet that if we looked at the history of the finale collections, we’d see that the contestants who need the money the most were the most likely to choke.

      But in the end it didn’t really matter: The winner was a forgone conclusion anyway.

      –GothamTomato

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KQSWLY2RUE3HAOERJI7HHORJJQ Debby Barbero

        For Victor, it was giving them the extra money (to help Anya) that really slit his throat.  I am somewhat happy for Kimberley as it allowed her to add a couple nice things, but it really killed Victor.  To me it just makes the fix that much more evil.  What was he supposed to do?  Sit on his hands and smirk?  But, that was Josh’s role right?  I’m so confused!

        • Anonymous

          I think so too.  Also did everyone feel that they had to nix the items they had showed the judges in their mini collections?  That also hurt Viktor.  His mini collection was good.  He should have kept those peices and just made himself a $500 vest and called it a day–not that he would have won but his collection would have been better.

        • Anonymous

          I’m not sure it was the extra money as much as the time & the mini-collection critique. I think it got in his head and made him make changes he never should have made.

          He basically lost the mental game – the same thing that happens to a lot of athletes. But none of that really matters here: I think the whole thing was fixed, right from the start, to give the win to Anya. Bunim/Murray wanted a winner who was a trashy ‘beauty queen’ with a sex tape. And that’s what they got. And they were going to get that no matter what Viktor did.

          –GothamTomato

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MBZQXGWCTBDTAZMEM4S2EJUNUQ Katie

      Fashion has a funny idea about “sports” and what people wear to engage in them. ;)

      • Toto Maya

        I remember when I first encountered the term sportswear applied to these expensive jackets and pants. It confused the hell out of me. I still don’t get it, really.

        • Anonymous

          Maybe it’s clothing to watch sports in?  Or maybe like when you say someone was SPORTing a jaunty monocle, it just means “wear-wear”?  

      • Anonymous

        The clothing designed expressly for active sports is called Activewear.

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

          And even that seems to be blurring — a lot of activewear lately is stuff no one could work out in.

    • Anonymous

      Kimberly would benefit greatly from working under an established designer for a year.  She is talented but she is clearly still learning and growing.  I wish her all the best.  

    • Anonymous

      Did Kimberly choke or was never quite ready for a runway show in the first place?  She did some great pants through the season, but her work never seemed that focused to me–ever.  It had some potential, but she consistently made rookie mistakes about color choice and pairing together separates.  I think, for her, some formal training would have helped just so she could have gotten feedback and developed a better sense of how to hone her style.

      Heck, once upon a time, back when PR took itself seriously, she might have gotten decent feedback from the judges and Tim.Sorry, Kimberly, Anya and Josh shouldn’t have been in the finale.  Bert and, weirdly enough, Laura should have been (along with Viktor) given the quality of the final collections.

      • Anonymous

        But you’re basing that on the power of hindsight.  As much as I think Laura probably has the best final collection, her work throughout the season was not allowed to show what she was capable of.  Between being stuck in team challenge after team challenge, Nina’s obvious bias for Anya and Joshua and against her, and the lame ass challenges that had nothing to do with her aesthetic, Laura was proverbially “tossed under the bus” by the producers early on.  So from that point, if 10 sleeveless V-neck caftans merit a place in the final 4, Kimberly was as ready as anyone else save for Viktor.

        • Anonymous

          Laura had plenty of opportunities to show that she was capable of producing the wonderful work she did for the finale but she just didn’t do it.  It wasn’t unfounded bias.  Nina had good reason to be skeptical of Laura’s taste level.  A lot of her garments were hideous (the real woman dress, the chevron shirt with that eye-searingly bad print maxi skirt, the bird pantsuit, the nightgown-y Governor’s Island dress).  She was not tossed under the bus by anyone but herself.

          • Anonymous

            Laura’s taste level was no worse than Joshua’s, yet he somehow managed a place in the finals.  That wasn’t chevrons on that shirt- it was tire tread.  

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

            Yes, I agree. I mean, it’s a shame that Laura didn’t make it to the finale, because her decoy collection was terrific for the most part. But she shot herself in the foot, and I cannot for the life of me understand why she didn’t do work that reflected her actual style. There wasn’t even a hint of it. Most of what we saw was crappy Barbie/sorority girl clothes. Compare her collection with what she made for the challenges, and it looks like she sabotaged herself on the show.

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

              True. Her stuff was always well made, but tended to skew “older” for the challenges, such as that kelly green satin wedding guest suit. Her clothes for the runway were surprisingly (to me, anyway) fresh and youthful. But yeah, the team challenges seemed to benefit Anya (because of the vested interest in assisting with construction) and hurt whoever was on a team with Josh and/or Bert.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KQSWLY2RUE3HAOERJI7HHORJJQ Debby Barbero

        I dunno, I’m sort of left wondering if Bert and Laura were intentionally steered away from making clothing like their “final collections”.  I am also wondering if Anya offered Bert a job yet.

        • Anonymous

          After working for such great designers as Bill Blass, Arnold Scaasi and Halston, do you really think he would sink that low? 

    • http://twitter.com/turtleemily Turtle Emily

      Isn’t that Teyona from ANTM in the white pants look?

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

        Yes, it is. I’m always amazed at how photogenic she is. The camera really softens her features.

    • Anonymous

      I really hate the giant armholes that reveal gobs of bra (or bare tit) in the sides. If you’re going to go sleeveless, make the thing fit. Also not a fan of pants that look exactly the same coming and going, unless you’re in Kriss Kross.

    • Anonymous

      I haven’t read all the posts yet, so I’m sorry if this is a repeat, but it really is such a great line it deserves to appear on every page of comments anyway: 

      ” Granted, we wouldn’t blame her for thinking a bright print in a flowy
      fabric doesn’t actually need construction and sewing in order to get the
      judges to love it…”

      I guffawed. 

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

      i think everyone’s gonna have a very similar opinion on this, w/ just a few slightly different likes & dislikes.

      ie: i like the two blue metallic pieces together. & i like her floaty fabric thing; in fact, i like it much better than the Mistress of Endless Floaty Thing’s multiple versions. i just wish kimberly hadnt stuck another dress beneath it.
      then, of course, i like the blue dress [i also like its big bag. but i am a big fan of the big bag in general], the white outfit [i used to wear highwaisted skintight white somewhere between straights & bells, brings back memories], the last black gown. i almost like the pink one w/ the silver jacket, like that she put a wearable thigh cutout into the dress, like its decentralized back zip, wish the jacket were better fitted [tho i also prefer it to viktor's baubles]. hate loathe that stupid striped fabric that was in discount stores all over the LA area during the late 80s/early 90s. i mean: you’d have a hard time convincing me it wasnt the exact same fabric. for real.

      as a whole collection it’s not bad. it works as a collection. i doubletriplequadruplequintuple bet that she wouldve done a whole lot better on this show w/ reasonable feedback, reasonable judges, reasonable competitors & a whole lot less focus on drama in the workroom & on the program.

      edited to add:
      &, you know, i like the pink bubble butt skirt. i like the bubble butt part– not only that, but i can guarantee & this from personal experience, that there are also a lot of white guys who like big butts [if they do not lie]. otoh: the front, oh heavens, why did she just not fix that stupid front?

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

        I like the bubble skirt too. I even like the front. It’s kind of funky and tough. Paring it with the white jacket improves it a lot. I just hate the color. Every piece she made in pink would have looked a hundred times better in a different color, including the capris.

        In addition to using a different color, the capris would have worked better with a close fitting top and a pair of boots. Check out Mila, Queen of the Short Pant. She always wears boots with them, and they look really cool.

        I’m also with you on the big bag. I love huge bags, even though they end up jammed with everything from my cosmetic bag to a book and/or a magazine, and they’re murder on my poor, fucked-up back. On my, how we suffer for style.

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

          This may sound silly, but I often do…

          There’s a thing (I think it’s called the Kangaroo Keeper or something) that is great for that.  It’s one of those silly things you see on TV and buy at Wal-mart.  Basically it’s a giant pouch with a bunch of small pockets and then an open space in the middle.  Because you can organize everything and move it to different bags easily, you build up less stuff since it’s easy to remember to pull out if it doesn’t have a space.

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

            I think I’ve seen that somewhere, or at least an ad for it. It sounds very practical, yet I’m convinced it would manage to disappear inside one of my huge bags, seeing as how everything else does. ;-)

    • Anonymous

      If only Kimberly had made the floaty dress with a deep V-neck and skipped the underskirt, she would have won the competition.

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

        nah– she woulda had to make ten of them– & chittered.

        edited to add:
        w/ a yacht in the background, bien sûr!

      • Anonymous

        no, it wasn’t Anya’s clothes that won – it was the Anya myth & her publicity machine

    • oohsparkley!

      Good luck to Kimberly!  I hope she goes far and has great success.  The colors she used are some of my favorties.  I love jewel tones and sparkley and metallics.  (I hate the fabric in the first top – looks cheap.  Ok for a picnic maybe but NY fashion week? NO!) 

    • Anonymous

      Her collection, to me, looked a lot better on TV when the models were walking, than in still photos. Having seen the collection photos prior to the finale I was underwhelmed, but I thought her looks were amazing on TV. In fact Kim’s was my second favorite of the night. She was light-years ahead of Josh’s collection and better than Viktor’s lingerie office-wear, and evening wear snoozefest. I thought the final decision would come down to Kim and Anya, it did in my book anyway. I think the flowy gown could have been better had she gotten rid of the underskirt, sewed the slit a tad lower, then she would have had something there. The only look that was a clunker here was the fuchsia capris. I like the top in that look, but indeed those pants are tragic. Overall her collection was strong, 2nd best for me. It doesn’t hurt that she knows exactly who her customer is, she looks to have a great future designing. I wish her great success!

      • Anonymous

        I thought so too.  In comparison to the other finalists, I liked her runway show.  They did seem to be better in motion than static. 

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

      This is a very unimpressive collection. There isn’t anything here that you couldn’t find at Forever 21. To think she and Viktor were on the same stage is a travesty.

    • Anonymous

      “Granted, we wouldn’t blame her for thinking a bright print in a flowy
      fabric doesn’t actually need construction and sewing in order to get the
      judges to love it,”

      Ha. I wonder where she’d get that idea? *slow turn to look at Anya’s work*

      I liked Kimberly’s collection a lot more than I thought I would. She’d didn’t really knock my socks off during the competition, but watching her collection I definitely get ‘her voice’ from it. That white outfit is beautiful (but, sadly, would look carnival funhouse-crazy on me).

    • Joshua

      I agree she choked a little, but frankly, the other designers choked even more. Not only did she show range, she showed a clear voice (even if you don’t always like, and I don’t either) and a clear knowledge of her target demographic better than any of the other designers. Of all of the top ten, I think Kimberly and Bert will get the most out of their collections. Anya might have a great career making island wear if she doesn’t get bored and play with something else next week.

    • Anonymous

      I think Kimberley has more design chops that we had the opportunity to see on this show.  Looking back at her designs, I love all of them, but the design elements started to fade a bit during the competition.  I suspect this is a result of the atmosphere.  Bottom line, if I saw a woman walking down the street in Kimberley’s clothes, I would be impressed; I would be thinking, “wow, that is a woman’s woman. I would have drinks with her”  

      Kimberley’s designs have an unusual, vivid sex appeal that allow the woman to shine through and make the clothes.

    • Anonymous

      Can somebody explain to me, because I am sure there is a perfectly logical explanation, the reason the models look like someone just said something very rude to them.  The end of the runway pictures look like they want to cut someone.  And I understand models need to be thin but wouldn’t those backless pieces look much better showing off the beautiful curve of a healthy woman’s back rather than all bones and sharp angles? I just don’t get why this shows the clothes off to to their best advantage.  I don’t mean to be rude to the models, I’m sure they have to fit a very narrow criteria or they can’t work.

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

        it’s just a current trope, all over the runways for maybe a year, maybe a little more. it will go away like all the rest of them.

      • Anonymous

        I guess it depends on the brief. If you look at the last collection Chloe did in Houston that TLo recapped (http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/2010/10/chloe-dao-at-fashion-houston-2010-2.html), she had all of the models smile while walking down the runway. For the most part though, models on runways seem to keep a serious, almost angry look on their faces. 

        And with the sizes/weights/proportions that most models have to have, I think seeing shoulder blades is inevitable. 

    • Anna Maria Diamanti

      In this incredibly weak field, Kimberly’s collection stands out to me. In fact, the more I look at it, the more I think she deserved the win even over Viktor (although that’s because I really hated all the black sheer he used–if you took those looks out he wins hands down for me). The only misses of hers for me are the metallic blue dress, the pink pants and pink skirt (and with the skirt, I only have a problem with the front). What’s most infuriating is if you look at all the criteria the judge’s CLAIM to consider (much of which I personally think is BS), she almost nailed it, and yet they tossed her off like she was never in the same universe as a real contender. POV? (eyeroll) Check. Variety/versatility? Check. Innovative? Semi-check.  Interesting/unique design elements? Check. Cohesive? (semi-eyeroll) Check. Tells a story? (major eye roll) Check. Modern? Check. Fashion-forward? Semi-check. Commercial potential? Check. Wow pieces? Semi-check (ivory pants set, print dress and the black dress were jaw droppers).

      But ugh, why am I bothering with any kind of intellectual approach to this? Fashion is subjective, and when you add the layer of predetermined winner, subjective just becomes BS.

    • Anonymous

      As for the first outfit, I had a shower curtain in 1990 with the exact same pattern .

    • Anonymous

      I loved Kimberley to bits but she did have a tendency to choke and second guess everything. I always appreciated her strong and clear point of view but her waffling was one of her biggest downfalls. She’s got the skills and the potential and I wish her well.

      BTW I thought she looked so simple and beautiful during the home visit with Tim. Love her personal style.

    • http://www.facebook.com/tinahurdwinston Tina Hurd Winston

      The model in the white pants outfit won America’s Top Model I think her name is Tiona (SP?) and I think the last model is Eddie Murphy’s daughter. 

      • Anonymous

        Yep, Teyona is in the show. Natasha from C8 walked for Olivier, and Leslie from C6 was apparently in Anya’s show?

    • Anonymous

      One of Kimberly’s dresses is very Bert-y to me, though it’s probably just me. I guess it’s that strap that is a ‘sleeve’ in Bert’s collection’s opening look.

      http://wpc.4d27.edgecastcdn.net/004D27/ProjectRunway/PRS9FFF/PRS9FCK+10.jpg
      http://wpc.4d27.edgecastcdn.net/004D27/ProjectRunway/PRS9FFF/PRS9FC+Bert%23+1.jpg

    • Anonymous

      It’s only 90 minutes for the first run broadcast, then all repeats are edited down to 60 minutes. It’s a bit strange seeing the repeats because the transitions between scenes is really odd. Like when Josh made a bitchy comment at the very end of the Finale pt.1 episode… that wasn’t in the repeat. 

    • Anonymous

      I really liked a lot of Kimberly’s collection. Although I agree with TLo on what were the clunkers (pink pants, horrid skirt). I think she has real talent. I found Nina very dismissive of her and am trying not to dig too deep into the implications of that. I think the extra money and time they gave everyone for Anya’s sake was detrimental to both Kim and Viktor as they started to second guess themselves.

    • Anonymous

      All I’m going to say is that blue metallic outfit is hideous and cheap-looking and tacky. I actually gasped when it received some praise from the judges. I was afraid I had had too much to drink and was hearing things.

    • Wrenaria

      The first outfit looks like someone altered some scrubs maybe because they didn’t have time to change after work. She should stick to making dresses.

      I don’t really care for most of this collection.

      Appears a former Top Model contestant is working her runway though. I’m always surprised when I see them actually participating in modeling. Seems like many of them don’t?

    • Anonymous

      “Regardless of what the real world is like, on Project Runway, you’ve got to hit those high fashion beats in order for the judges to love you. “

      OR — if not hit high fashion beats, show a lot of beach wear.