PA: Salute to Cameltoe!

Posted on November 11, 2011

Horrifying outfit.

And the bodysuit’s nothing to write home about either.

 

It struck us watching this last night that there’s really very little wrong with this show. This was a great challenge. All the challenges have been pretty good so far. We like the contestants for the most part. Some of them are boring, but there are plenty of interesting ones and of the latter, very few of them are so obnoxious or jockeying for so much camera time that it turns us off. Really, the only two things we don’t like with this show – and we admit, they’re fairly big things – is the set/staging, and the makeup of the judges/mentor team. We’d keep Molly and Ariel and toss Kenneth and Eva in a second. He acts like he doesn’t want to be there and she has ZERO rapport with the designers and offers advice and mentoring based on nothing more than her personal preferences, which renders said advice somewhat useless. Seriously, she bugs.

 

 

 

 

 

So congrats to Christina!

 

We clapped out hands in glee when this walked out. Why? TURBAN, of course! Long have we been singing its praises and imploring young ladies to reclaim this diva classic from their grandmothers.

She absolutely deserved this win. Ironically, it’s not because she made the most interesting or innovative accessories in the world. She didn’t. What she DID do was conceptualize an entire look, head to toe, and essentially created a character out of accessories. Plus, she’s the only designer who managed to do what was asked of her: she transformed a lowly body suit using nothing but accessories and her own sense of style. She actual made that cameltoe factory look chic. Laura Bennett, in her DIY blog for Lifetime, picks a winning piece each week and shows you how to make it at home. She picked Christina’s earrings and the fact that it’s the shortest DIY entry you ever saw tells you everything you need to know about how simplicity paired with vision was all anyone needed to win this challenge.

Rich

We like Rich, but we really didn’t get the praise for this look. Notably, all the praise centered around the ring (which is, admittedly, pretty fabulous) and the necklace. Not one word was said about the belt. With good reason: it’s terrible. So terrible that we were shocked this placed in the Top 3. The necklace is pretty good, but the edges look so unfinished and we don’t actually love it paired with a bodysuit, which tends to turn it into a supervillain costume.

 

Diego

This was far from the most egregious example, but there were a lot of entries that spent time altering the bodysuit itself and we really think practices like that should be out of bounds for an accessory design competition. The whole reason things like bodysuits are chosen is because they’re extremely difficult to make look good. If the designers can start altering garments to showcase their accessories, then what’s the point? You might as well call it Project Runway. Anyway, Lorenzo liked this entry a lot, but Tom was only so-so. As we said before, Diego’s work is impeccable, but it’s not very interesting. We like the belt and the clutch, but they really don’t go with the searing pink of the suit. The ladies on the panel loved the necklace, but we agreed with Kenneth that it looked dangerous and not particularly well-suited for the look. The cuff is great, but these big metal cuffs are turning into the little black dresses of PA.

And now, the losers.

 

 

Shea

We were a little surprised how hard the judges came down on her. Not that we loved her stuff – we didn’t – but we didn’t think it was as bad as the judges thought. Then again, they kept her in and sent two others home, so they must have seen some good in the designs. Everything’s poorly made, that’s true. And it looks like the judges are placing an importance on execution (at least for now). We thought the earrings were interesting. The cuff was just okay. The problem with the belt is that she designed it to be worn high on the waist, which was a mistake with a bodysuit. It should be more of a hip belt. The lace looks like an afterthought; a way to fix the belt once she realized it sat too high.

 

David

And it’s goodbye to David, who seemed a bit too earnest and flaky for reality television (although we think that “I don’t know what cameltoe is” but was pure bullshit for camera time). To our way of thinking, there was no way they couldn’t send him home for this poorly conceived and executed look. The whole “Aspen” thing was a joke, because neon pink bodysuits are what exactly no one thinks of when they think of Aspen. Just piling fur on a look doesn’t instantly turn it into something else. Worse, everything was just so poorly made. That hat is a lumpy joke and those legwarmers are pure Clan of the Cave Bear. The necklace is a silly afterthought; meant to be shorthand for “rich.”

 

Nicolina

We have to admit, we were SHOCKED when they sent crazy-eyes home. Not only does she bring the tears and crazy each week, but she’s also kind of a bitch to all of the other designers, making her what most reality show producers would consider gold. But these producers used to be with Magical Elves, who produced the first 5 seasons of Project Runway on Bravo, and they’re not like their Bunim/Murray brethren. They’ll allow the judges to send someone home even if that person is a potential reality TV star. That’s reason enough to support a show like this. Maybe if it gets good enough ratings, they’ll hand the Project Runway reins back to them. You never know.

 

Nothing here is terribly bad. It’s just that nothing here really transforms the look in any way. It’s just a bodysuit with some accessories badly matched to it. What killed her was the way she placed that pelt. Had the leather fringe hung off her hip instead of right between her legs, she might have sailed on through. It looks like the judges place a lot of importance on styling in this competition and we think that’s as it should be.

Still, we’re gonna miss the crazy eyes.

 

[Photo Credit: myLifetime.com - Screencaps: tomandlorenzo.com]

    • Anonymous

      I’m just glad Nicolina is gone. Nothing against her work, but everything about her is just fingernails on a blackboard and she was killing the show for me.

    • Anonymous

      Why is there an accessory wall on an accessory design show? Has this already been covered?

      • scottyf

        I said that EXACT same thing out loud last night. Maybe it’s to accessorize your accessories.

      • http://visceralresponse.com Dina dV

        Because the models still need to wear shoes?

        • Now I am The Bee

          I can see shoes being available to the designers–but bags and scarves and such?  Make no sense to me, either! 

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

            I’m guessing it’s because not every designer can successfully make a bag, or a pair of shoes, etc. in the short amount of time they’re given. It gives them some cushion to concentrate on the items they have to make.

            • Anonymous

              Well, yeah. And it’s not like with clothing design, where (if nothing else) someone can throw together a dress — I mean, Anya WON PR, for the love of cheese. Shoes and bags are a bit more specialized and require specific skills that aren’t innate to, say, making a necklace.

              *I* can make a necklace or a scarf, but if you wanted shoes? Model would be wearing ribbons on her feet.

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

              Yes, exactly. And my biggest complaint about PA is that all the designers are expected to make jewelry, hats, shoes, bags, whatever. I was hoping the format would be different, e.g., each week, they’d be given some kind of inspiration and would be able to work within their respective specialties, as on Work of Art. Maybe mix it up with one or two challenges in which they’d have to design something outside their specialty, but I’d rather see them working at the top of their skills.

              And when are we going to see some church hats from Adrian, dammit? If he leaves before he gets to make some hats, I’ll be mighty pissed.

              P.S.: Even if I didn’t agree with you, I would still love this comment just because of “for the love of cheese”.

            • Anonymous

              for the love of cheese

              ROFL

    • Anonymous

      Kellie Osbourne did bring some much needed life to the judges’ panel. When she called David’s get too much Euro Trash than she can handle, I seriously cracked up

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

      Favorite quotes from last night:
      “It’s a challenging challenge”. No shit, Sherlock.
      “That outfit was so EuroTrash I couldn’t stand it”. Things sound funnier in Kelly’s accent.

      I’

    • Pam Winters

      I’m gonna miss Nicolina Royale (change that “l” to a “t” and you’ve got a great name for a chainsmoking drag queen, am I right?). It’ll be good, though, to see the camera time spread about more equitably. I had some hopes for her, thinking of leathuh Stella on PR, but she never really delivered.

      For all her rock’n’roll bravado, it cracked me up when she had to switch to a demure whisper when talking to Eva about crotches. She didn’t speak of the feet of desert animals, and I think she even used the term “lady area.”

      Oh, David. That hat. I know what he had in mind with the outfit–skiing made sense to me–but…oh, no. Even the model couldn’t sell it; her facial expression suggested a very reluctant mail-order bride.

      • Anonymous

        Nicotina Royale. Good one!

    • Anonymous

      Oh, Rich…that is a Whoville supervillain look if ever there was one.

      • Anonymous

        Rich is vying to design for the Victoria’s Secret runway show

    • scottyf

      I don’t know what to do with myself.

      A Design competition that actually CARES about design. What a pleasure to see people go home that actually didn’t measure up to the task. Thank God. Because Nicolina’s eyes were starting to give me some really Dali-esque dreams.

      • Anonymous

        Agreed – I found her annoying and unsettling.  But I liked some of her pieces – loved that last necklace.

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

        She’ll tease you
        She’ll unease you
        Just to please you
        She’s got Nicolina eyes.

      • Anonymous

        Agree, this is a refreshing change from current seasons of PR. It’s not perfect, but it feels like a true competition. And that’s such a relief!

    • Rick Aiello

      Interesting that this is done by Magical Elves – I hope they regain control of PR. 

      • Anonymous

        It IS?  Holy crap, I had no idea.  Dammit, I may have to start watching this after all.  The Elves have proven they still know how to produce a competition show.

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

        I thought it was being done by FORMER Elves?  And I don’t care if they get PR back, as long as someone who ISN’T B/M gets it instead.

        • Anonymous

          See I am confused, everything I have seen says that the Weinstein Company is producing PR Accessory, so why would the production staff be former Magical Elves? I thought they were with Weinstein. I didn’t think that this show was affiliated with the dreaded BM.

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

            Weinstein owns PR — they are the top production company for ALL PR and PR derivatives.  But they don’t do the actual filming and technical parts;  they do more of the business end. 

            The company that handles the actual filming and editing is Bunim/Murray and GoodBye Productions for PR and PA, respectively.

            (I think… it is possible I’ve got something screwed up and am too lazy to Google:) 

    • Anonymous

      Too many third person Suede moments from Crazy Eyes.

    • Anonymous

      The flake that had the hot pink body suit deserved to go. Thoses are the worst accessories I’ve ever seen. The hat looks like an origami box made out of a skin. And the boot cuffs are just fur wrapped around her calf. The necklace looks like a chandelier straight out of the box. He actually had the best idea. How about a gigantic fur hood (made correctly). A gigantic fur muff. And fur boot toppers (worn with boots!)
      I didn’t think google eyes deserved to go. The one that did a mini skirt was much worse , though not even in the bottom three.

      I thought the mohawk deserved the win. The necklace was great, as was the ring. The belt was a no. But all the belts were nos.
      Who wears great wide shaped belts around their hips. These designers do them every week. Very 80’s and not in a good way.

      • MilaXX

        His model looked like a hooker dressed like a Clydesdale for Halloween.

        • Anonymous

          Now you’re channeling Michael Kors and that’s the voice I heard in my head. Hahaaaaa, love it.

      • Anonymous

        I originally thought he made the belt too, but I guess he got it from the eBay wall. So wow, his accessories were awful and his styling was craptastic. The belt offended me more than the hat but slightly less than the leg warmers. I do agree with you that he had a great idea and how fabulous would a gigantic fur muff have been!!

        While Nicolina is a annoying, I like her pieces individually and yeah, that skirt belt thing (I think it was David’s) was much worse.

        • Anonymous

          I thought for sure David would be in the bottom three, and would be one of the two who got sent home for that awful skirt.

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

        My sentiments exactly.

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

        Yeah. Leg warmers are supposed to cover the “gap” between shoes and pants to keep your ankles warm. These seemed to act more like shin shields.

    • Anonymous

      I am happy the show is emphasizing styling.  I mean, that’s what accessories are basically, styling.  These people should have a grasp on that.  Also, I feel like Christina’s earring would just hurt like hell, but I don’t wear earrings so what do I know.

      • MilaXX

        I love a big earring. If they are made right they don’t hurt.

        • Now I am The Bee

          That’s right.  Christina’s earrings look like they’d be easy-peasy to make and wear.  Crystals like that have beveled edges, so they aren’t sharp or anything. 

          • Anonymous

            I shall trust both you on that.  And I think they are quite pretty.  But thanks for the info!

          • Anonymous

            Christina’s earrings are, like, page 2 in a beginner’s jewelry-making book, but as T&L said, simple and a cohesive look. 

            I do want turbans to come back.  I would love to rock those on a weekend. 

    • Anonymous

      I am confused, there’s no mention of PA on the Magical Elves website. The latest work is WOA and Top Chef. I realize BM isn’t producing it but I wouldn’t have thought the elves were involved since they chose to leave PR and the Weinsteins for other projects

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

        We were a bit unclear there. The producer is Rich Bye, who used to produce PR with Magical Elves, but is producing this show with his own company, Goodbye Productions.

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

      Though I haven’t been watching the show, I gotta say, it doesn’t look all that bad.

      It also seems that crystal jewlery is another accessory form of an LBD.

    • http://twitter.com/karenwalsh Karen Walsh

       Glad they didn’t keep crazy eyes just for the sake of having her personality in the competition.

    • Anonymous

      David: HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! I loved that Kelley Osbourne was pointing out how ridiculous and useless your accessories were. The child of Ozzy was the voice of reason. Legwarmers and open-toed shoes. Has this guy ever even seen a picture of Colorado? Can he find it on a map?

      One thing I will say about Eva — her comment to Nicolina about the belt was right on target. N was so worried about covering up the model’s crotch that she ended up making it the focus. Point a great, big arrow at it and then hang strings off of it so that the conversation immediately goes to tampons. (By the way, that was exactly what I was thinking, too, when the model came out on the runway.) That said, if what’s-his-name shoe guy hadn’t had immunity, I think that Nicotina would still be in the running.
       
      The funny thing is that the winner combined the concepts that went into the two losing entries but did them in an understated, tasteful way, rich woman on vacation at a resort with some long thing hanging off her belt to draw attention away from her crotch. This judging was about successful execution of an idea, and it was so refreshing to see that after the travesty of PR this time around.

      • Anonymous

        To be fair, Colorado is the place where people wear sandals year round (though that trend seems to have faded in recent times. These days we seem to get Ugg boots.) But yeah, that so-called Aspen thing was nowhere close to anything you’d actually find close to Aspen, even adjusting for the bodysuit itself.

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

        Peep-toe boots still exist in the world, so open-toes for Colorado doesn’t surprise me. 

        If you want to wear boots, you have to move somewhere with a winter — you don’t have to bear the unpleasantness of wearing a parka, you don’t get the cool boots either!  It’s not fair to those of us who sun forgot…

    • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

      I was happy with the winner and the loser, but I will miss crazy eyes.

    • Anonymous

      Ugh I didn’t like this challenge at all. Not necessarily because of the bodysuits, but just because the challenge was “make it look wearable for everyday”. Seriously?! I loved Christina’s look, but there’s no way I could see anyone walking down the street in that.

      And WHY did they need to send 2 designers home?!?! I can see if at the end of the judging, there were 2 clear losers of the challenge, and they decided to just send both of them packing. But why decide before the runway show?! And I just realized that David is always carrying a stachel during the runway show….what is that?

      And I agree, I’m surprised Crazy Eyes was kicked off!!! I really thought Shea would be sent home just because Crazy Eyes is reality tv gold. So glad Shea was safe, I’d like to see what she does in future challenges.

      And OMG James’ look was absolutely horrifying!!!! I think they should’ve rescinded his win from last week, because he should’ve been sent home. I’m glad Molly pointed out that he was lucky to be safe this week, he’s so cocky and I don’t think he has any idea of what’s tasteful.

      Aaand my last point haha…Eva is a terrible mentor. When you’re used to someone like the incredible Tim Gunn, Eva falls so flat. She seems to have no emotion or attachment to the designers, and all she says is “Think about that…” and walks away. Umm yea, I’m sure they’re thinking about a lot of things. Great advice, thanks so much. And when the designers get sent home, notice how she’s not in the room to say goodbyes and give hugs like Tim? Not saying that’s her choice, probably a choice of the producers, but it would seem like she had more of an attachment to them if she were there.

      • MilaXX

        They did at least tell him to be glad he had immunity. That look was as bad as James look was.

        • Anonymous

          Aren’t you talking about James? Haha or do you mean David, the one who got sent home

          • MilaXX

            yeah I keep t getting them confuse. James’s look was as bad as David’s

            • Anonymous

              Haha yea I always forget James’ name…he doesn’t seem like a James to me haha

    • Anonymous

      Yesh, a number of these models are horrendous.

    • Anonymous

      I’m glad Nicolina went home.  Anyone who thinks pubic dreadlocks are a good way to hide (possible) camel toe needs to skedaddle.

    • MilaXX

      I completely agreed with your comment regarding the judges. Kenneth and Eva need to go. Bring in a judge with a pulse please.  This was my favorite challenge so far. It feels like the designers may be starting to understand they don’t need every piece to be big, bold and crazy. Even Rich’s look, with that not so great purple belt was a complete look. The pieces didn’t feel like they were competing with each other for attention.

    • Now I am The Bee

      This was the first episde I’ve watched all the way through.  Nicolina was so entertaining–I am surprized she was sent home.  I kinda liked the necklace–I will be making one very soon.  Anyway–I’m happy the judges were allowed to send home someone who, while may be good TV, didn’t have the chops to make the cut.  it shows some integrity on the part of the producers, IMHO. 
      I am not surprized that David went home–those legwarmers were laugh-inducing.  Plus, he seemed way to quiet and nice for reality TV. 
      Absolutely loved the big crystal ring that Rich made.  And I disagree with you here, gentlemen, as I loved the big purple belt.  What I did not love whas the huge mohawk.  What the heck? 

      • http://lefty68.myopenid.com/ Lefty68

        Rich’s styling was a complete disaster. But you gotta love the hairdresser who looks like an incredibly gay John Lydon.

    • http://readyinfive.blogspot.com Lexie

      Ugh, I would love to rock a turban like that. But I’m sure that my massive curls would rebel against me pretty hard. Having a black bodysuit is an awesome advantage, it’s hard to make neon pink spandex look good.

      ps. Love the new header, guys!

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

        Yep. Getting the black bodysuit could only help her. I do love the pieces she made, though.

        And I’m totally with TLo on the turban. They’re so cool. I’m seriously thinking about getting one.

    • W A

      To be fair, a black bodysuit is going to look instantly more chic than a hot pink one. I’m not surprised that the top looks featured two dark bodysuits and the bottom featured two bright ones. 

      • Anonymous

        Totally agree.  I said the same thing, but hadn’t read your post then.  

      • Anonymous

        That’s EXACTLY what I thought. They had an automatic leg up with the black bodysuits. Guess that was the point of getting to pick your suit first though, huh?

        I liked Nicolina and was surprised her stuff got her booted. I thought the quality of it was much better than Shea’s (though I still covet Shea’s legs – when it showed them buying their stuff she was wearing shorts – Lord, that woman must do a million squats a day…BUT I DIGRESS…)

        Anyhoozle – Nicolina should’ve definitely followed Eva’s advice and turned the damn belt sideways. I just thought it looked much better than the crap that Shea sent down the runway. And also – maybe this is just me, but I LIKE that her necklace was not matchy matchy with anything else. It has more character that way. I don’t want a belt and a bracelet and earrings that look like I bought them from the Avon catalog as a set. Call me crazy eyes….

    • Anonymous

      I think Rich conceptualized an entire look and created a character, too.  In fact, I think the “entire look” (including the hairstyle) is a big part of why he was a close contender for the win, despite the belt.  (Molly’s big tell that it was close was her praise for Rich when she sent him away – they only do that on these shows if they have trouble deciding the winner.)

      And I can’t stand Kelly Osbourne.  She’s so nasty about other women (now that she’s thin, she believes she has the right to be).  I balked when they called her a “style icon.”

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

        Everyone who wears a dress well is called an icon these days. It’s like calling every one hit wonder D list R&B singer a diva. I actually yelled at the television last night when Molly called her an icon.

        I’ve come to like Kelly Osbourne. I love her on Fashion Police. She has her own opinions and isn’t afraid to express them. Plus, compared to Giuliana (sp?), she’s a genius. But you’re right about her. She can be really nasty about other women. And now I don’t like her so much.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t dislike Kelly Osbourne. She’s a colorful, fun young woman who grew up in a crazyhouse and expresses herself well with a sense of humor. Good for her to find her niche in fashion. What I object to, as well as you, is her being called a “style icon.” That’s just ridiculous. An insult to real style icons. 

    • Anonymous

      Here’s what bugs me about this show…they do not make it clear, what each contenstant made and is being judged on versus what they grabbed from the accessory wall.  When Christina’s model walked out, they showed photos of the belt, the earrings, and the cuff.  Had she not specifically said “I made the turban” I would have thought that came from the eBay fashion accessory wall (and I won’t even begin to address how strange that phrase is).

      I’ve seen it happen in previous episodes too.  Just pointing out how annoying that is.

      • Anonymous

        I totally agree!! They need to show more details and give more of an explanation of each look. And yea I don’t understand how eBay provided accessories haha!! Did they bid on the items they bought, and who did they buy them from? It’s a user-based site, I don’t get it

    • Anonymous

      I wish David had spent his money on faux fur and leather so he could have made Aspen Barbie: a big furry hat, fur cuffs and boots (seriously no open toe shoe).  He still would have gone home but his daughter would have loved it.

    • Pinup Ghoul

      Nicolina’s model is doing her best Counselor Troi in Queens cosplay and I LOVE IT. But only for that reason. Well, that and the necklace. I love that necklace.

    • Anonymous

      I’ve been rockin’ the vintage turban for ages now!  If anyone has a problem with it I tell them “I’M GLORIA FUCKING SWANSON, BITCHES!”

    • Anonymous

      loving your clan of the bear cave reference!

    • http://twitter.com/terriblebeauty Pearse

      I think the real problem with Eva is that she is not a teacher and never has been, regardless of the fact that she will always be compared to Tim Gunn and come up lacking. Part of what made Tim work is that he was a teacher for Parsons; he was used to helping coax people along and push them away from some terrible ideas. Eva is bland and seems like she doesn’t understand half the designers. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anthony-Cady/741359257 Anthony Cady

        I’ve taught at FIT and SCAD, I think your comment is very perceptive.    Tim did, and does, understand enough of the creative process and the role of a mentor that the lack of one on this show is really apparent.     Just before he left Parsons/New School I interviewed with him and was struck by his concern for the students.   A good guy.   Hopefully the producers can get the balance right on the second pass – the work thus far has been mediocre.

    • Anonymous

      This is the first time I’ve watched PA, and I thought both the show and the challenge have some serious flaws.  I doubt it was coincidence that the winning and second place looks were both based on a black bodysuit.  That’s so much easier to make chic than the hot pink.  Anyone with the hot pink should have been encouraged to hack that suit as small as possible because having it was a serious disadvantage. Even the guy with immunity would have been on the chopping block with his pink look.

      I agree that Eva isn’t fun to watch and she doesn’t fit the mentor role.  But I think the bigger issue is that forcing the contestants to make 3 or more accessories every time leads to the mediocre, and a fair amount of sameness.  Everyone is making a cuff because they’re faster and everyone is making crystals because of the bins of them.  I’m already kind of bored with what they’re producing and I’ve only seen one show. 

      Kenneth Cole is kind of cranky but I loved the look on his face when both Kelly and Molly said they loved dangerous jewelry.  The disconnect is that both of those women wear borrowed jewelry to be photographed in and care about camera appeal more than anything.  They can take it off as soon as the cameras are gone if it hurts.  The women who are actually going to buy jewelry and wear it multiple times aren’t going to be happy with something that’s uncomfortable.  Kenneth is a retailer so I’m not surprised he was perplexed by their answer.  It’s the wrong one for retail. 

      • Aimee koester

        i can’t just ‘like’ this post. I have to LOVE this post.

    • Anonymous

      I just cannot get into these designs.  Everything looks like something I could reproduce with some glittery bits from the local bead shop, leather scraps, a glue gun, and a sharp knife. 

      • Anonymous

        …in ten minutes, with time left over for a coffee break.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t know who Kelly Osborn is, but she had exactly the same reaction I did to David’s work:  “Who wears leg warmers with open-toed shoes?”

      • Anonymous

        Who? Relatives of the guys I see in winter wearing down jackets and shorts.

        • Susan Crawford

          I know! WTF is up with THAT? Of course, I’m equally confused when I see women in freezing weather wearing a puffer coat over a mini, furry ankle booties – – AND NO TIGHTS. Again: WTF?

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

            Just reading that makes my arthritis flare up. OMG, I’m old.

      • Anonymous

        ozzy osborne’s kid.

    • Anonymous

      I agree with those who said the black bodysuits were obviously more flattering. So of course they ended up in the top two. They should have graded this one on a curve! I will miss Crazy Eyes – muy entertaining. It does seem that there’s far less producer manipulation in who gets the auf, than in some other show(s) we won’t mention. I liked Rich’s pieces, but I’m finding myself surprised by his talent, perhaps because he reminds me of Eugene Levy’s character in A Mighty Wind.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1326120071 Gaby Ripoll

      Yeah, every time they adapt the underlying garment, I get annoyed. It really breaks the conceit of the show that it’s the accessories that make each look distinct. I actually thought this was most egregious in the blue jeans + t-shirt challenge, because they did an unholy mess of shit to a classic pairing that should have been a testament to how versatile such a pairing can be with accessories, but that was me. 
      Still really bored with the show (not because of the people but mostly because I can’t even get an idea of what the hell they’re working on half the time; accessories not being on dressforms, generally, it’s very muddled and confusing to watch. Also too many damn people at the moment). Wish it didn’t have a runway, because I can see jack shit of what’s going on most of the time, much like WoA. I think it’d be funny if they sent the models down a conveyer belt doing their best mannequin impressions – the outfit would be important, but also the styling of the general tableau (the way accessories are generally marketed, from what I see, especially what with the general focus in advertising on accessories since that’s what big brands make their big bucks from) would be important. How does your model pose to best showcase the pieces? What can you downplay, what can you upsell, what can you imply from the character you’ve created? 
      That’s me though.

    • Anonymous

      OMG…could NOT agree more about tossing Kenneth and Eva.  Eva gives the WORST mentoring advice EVER.  Any of the designers should simply do the opposite of what she suggests. I really tried to like Kenneth, but he seriously comes across as rude.  I understand he’s judging here, but his personality seems so abrasive (hopefully from the editing) that it’s hard to watch. 

      I am really liking the challenges, and also the presentation of the final accessories.  However, it is really hard to get a good sense of the designers output from that silly runway format.  Would be nice to move away from that somehow for the presentation of the final designs.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_G6DJPJUUPMD5IMJBYWUZIVOFJM EdwinG

      this show should be called Project Cuff. That’s all I see; huge chunky cuffs. Gross.

      • Anonymous

        Exactly. Does the entire demographic for this show consist of Wonder Woman wannabees? 

      • Anonymous

        So true!! What about a nice, dainty bracelet?!

      • Aimee koester

        Cuffs are fast and simple. It’s as easy as that. It’s a couple of metal cuts, a little hammering and voila jewelry. The bigger the better because it will then actually stand out on the runway especially if they put it on the side the judges see first.

    • Anonymous

      How come nobody’s made a pin or brooch yet? I like cuffs but I love variety more. 

      • Aimee koester

        Because pins and brooches take too long. It’s far faster to string and glue.

        • Anonymous

          Thanks- good to know. I thought you could just hot glue some crap to a safety pin and call it a day. 

          • Aimee koester

            You can, but maybe they can’t get enough crystals on a safety pin.

    • Anonymous

      I really wish I had time to watch this. It looks fun and like everyone’s (mostly) an adult. But i’m swamped with work and also participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, for those not in the know), so my time is just evaporating. I hardly have time to check this website! But thanks for the posts and maybe I can rent the series when my life calms down a bit, say, in about 20 years. :)

      Edited to add: I LOVE the winning earrings. I would totally wear them. Can’t do a cuff because I have short arms and it would reach up to my elbow. And I’m not wearing a turban–it would flatten my bangs! Although I do have one of my mother’s from the 1960s. :)

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

        Have you ever tried the weekend novel contest?  It’s intense — 3 day weekend to write an entire piece.

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

      Styling SHOULD be important here — that’s kind of the entire thought behind accessories. 

      My biggest gripe about this show is that it still feels like the presentation format makes everyone go overboard.  Or they’re all just really into overboard.  But I do love a double elimination…

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

        Based on what the designers’ portfolios looked like, they were all into overboard before they got here!

    • Anonymous

      I tended to get a whiff of the Bert Syndrome with Nicotina, where the “older person” is just seen as too outspoken and wacky by everyone. Granted, she was no where nearly as talented as Bert but there still was this sense that at Thanksgiving dinner she would be the one expected to drink too much and go on about wanting to schtupp Iggy Pop and then take off her caftan and just sit and eat in her bra. Meanwhile, the younger folk are simply outraged – outraged, I tells ya! – with all her talk of the camel’s toe and what not, probably code words for food rationing during the war. 

    • Anonymous

      What woman wouldn’t want to wear a fur hat and bunny fur legwarmers with a hot pink bodysuit?  *chirping crickets* Anyone?

      • Anonymous

        you forgot the sandals.
        & that the leg warmers didnt even touch the tops of them.

        i have to say, though, i did like his hat.
        i guess i should add that i have had many versions of it.

    • Anonymous

      And raiding the dining room chandelier for prisms to make Esty-style jewelry has exceeded it’s expiration date.

    • Anonymous

      While trying to act cool and mock other contestants that she deemed sexually naive, Nicolina kept throwing around the word “camel-toe”. Yet, she spent most of her time and energy trying to distract/cover/disguise the crotch area of of the body suit. I guess deep down she’s the one who’s a prude. 

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

      Every time I see “PA” in reference to Project: Accessory, for a moment I think it’s referring to Pennsylvania. When I read “PA: Salute to Camel Toe” I thought “you don’t know the half of it.”

      I almost fell out of my chair when Nicolina was eliminated. I suppose I’m OK with her going home, but, like TLo, I didn’t expect her to go so soon, what with her being kind of crazy and unpredictable.

      Poor David. As soon as I saw those horrendous leg warmers, I knew he was a goner. Too bad. He’s really cute, he seemed nice and sweet, and he made some things I liked a lot. He didn’t seem to care about being eliminated, though, so I suppose it was for the best.

    • http://profiles.google.com/grandiva1968 e jerry powell

      I did think David was cute, though.  Horrible pieces, but he’s very do-able.

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

      Cole can sometimes give good critiques, but the way he looks, like he does not want to be there, may just be the natural expression of his face. It was the same when he was a guest judge on Project Runway. He always had a sour expression on his face, but he was still willing to speak. Some people can’t help the way they look. Not everyone is a cover model.

      I don’t think Eva is a good mentor. She’s had 8 seasons of PR to observe Tim Gunn to see how to do it. She obviously did not study.

    • Susan Crawford

      Christina really nailed this challenge, all right! I loved the turban, and she was truly the ONLY designer to have created a truly cohesive set of accessories. She created a storyline that many women can relate to, and even if most of us will NEVER don a spandex catsuit, I can see those accessories working in so many ways for a wide variety of styles. Great job!

      And, yes, I was really shocked that NicolinaCrazyEyes went home, but truly her pieces all along have not been spectacular in terms of design OR execution. And she seems to have what NinahGahcia would refer to as “taste issues”. But she had fun being the resident cray-cray beeyotch, and I definitely had fun watching her. She’s got a pretty cool client base already, and she will do well, I know, in the future.

      I kinda knew David was getting the “going home edit” when he spoke about feeling sp bad that he had to leave his wife and family to handle things alone while he was on the show. And that rich lady in Aspen mess? Holy Banana on a Stick – it took ten minutes for my vision to clear. So buh-bye, David; and I wish you luck because you seem like a nice fella. (“What IS ‘cameltoe’, anyway?”)

      I would like to put in a request to dump Kenneth Cole and get Kelly Osborne as a regular judge. She’s a hoot and a half, and she definitely knows how to turn a phrase. Plus – she gets fashion and brings a little edge to the judging.

      Eva scares me. She really scares me.

    • http://www.memoriesofthefuture.wordpress.com Jesse

      Point well taken re: altering the original garments, but since it is being allowed on the show, I was curious as to how hard it would have been to cut off the arms and legs of one of those things and turned it into a bathing suit.  A tacky, ill-fitting granny swim suit no doubt, but that was my first instinct re: some of the more horrific neon colors.  It was painful to see the designers all try and manipulate those bright colors into wintery styles.

      I was also a bit surprised nobody took dancers as an inspiration since they might possibly wear such a garment in the first place–not a costume, of course, but something like “dancer grabbing a quick lunch with friends on her way to rehearsal” could have allowed for something more effortless and chic than the majority of looks that were turned out.  

      As soon as David said his inspiration was playing Barbies with his daughter I knew he was gone–talk about baaaaad instincts.  And does anybody know why he was always wore a manbag on the runway?  

      -jesse

    • Anonymous

      I still haven’t seen this episode, and for some reason, have no bother about being spoiled, but what is it with these stupid enormous belts?

    • Anonymous

      I’m sad to see Nicolina go.  Yeah, she was a bitch, but for the most part I liked her stuff.  Kind of like Stella Zotis or a likeable Wendy Pepper.  (I can’t believe I just used the words ‘likeable’ and ‘Wendy Pepper’ in the same sentence!)

      As for the judges, they should drop Kenneth and hire Kelly Osbourne full-time.  She was actually providing useful commentary and she’s funny.  Kenneth really brings nothing to the show but a somewhat big name.  I like him as a designer, but he’s a terrible judge.

      And oh god, Eva.  I realized today why she bothers me so much, aside from her complete lack of personality and helpful guidance, that is.  Her face does not move.  She’s got to be at least 30% botox, because her eyelids and her lips are the only things you ever see move, and even those seem like she’s struggling.

    • grif wolf

      I have to agree on the drop Kenneth, replace with Kelly thing- I didn’t expect to like her but did and I thought she brought some decent commentary. I liked how she spoke up about liking the “dangerous necklace” after KC nixed it. The girl has a mind of her own. And yes, Eva HAS to go!

    • Anonymous

      It isn’t terribly surprising that the two designers who got the black bodysuits were on top.  What kind of head-to-toe transformation can really be done with a hot pink bodysuit?  I can barely even conceive of what someone COULD do to make a “real world wearable” look with one, because people who are interested in real world wearability don’t wear freaking hot pink bodysuits.  I wish they’d all been given equally eye-searing colors.

    • Anonymous

      I love David’s necklace.  With a different neckline, of course, but it’s a great piece.

      Nicolina’s necklace, too.  I think it’s really cool.

      And while Rich’s ring is striking, I’m as tired of the across-the-fingers rings as I am of the cuffs.
      Rich himself, though, I am having fun with.  He looks like he should be a “client” in a Hostel movie, what with the whole welder-butcher-blacksmith getup.

    • Anonymous

      i finally watched this thing.
      it is not so very bad.

      i think the judges, other than the one who’s just like heidi, along w/ eva really seem like people who would elsewise teach in art or design school. not that brilliant, not all that charismatic or beautiful, but efficient enough at what they do. i dont have a problem w/ eva. she doesnt have tim gunn’s charm but she’s certainly serviceable. i think the one who is just like heidi is way too much just like heidi. that would be my one complaint. it’s like she’s directed to talk in the same cadences, even. thats close to mystifying. it’s like watching an inexpert, if trained, doppelgänger once or twice removed. wandering the entrance path to the uncanny valley. something like that.

      what puzzles me more than the cast is the work. by the time this season ends i will most likely have been able to put my finger on why it strikes me so much as all of a piece, as if one person could have made all of it. but that it does, it has since the first episode. maybe if i watch more of them i will be able to extract more distinctions from the work, so i guess i will do that. right now it all looks organic, chunky, embellished w/ more chunks of one thing or another, racing towards an edge it will probably never find, & surely & terribly a là mode.

      i still cant really tell why workwise one person gets praised & another scorned. i mean, nicolina’s work wasnt bad. yes, the ring should never never have been made but the necklace was good. i have similar around here somewhere as, i imagine, do almost all of us but hers was a very nice version. the belt was okay, especially wiggled to a more appropriate position. not as a good as the one that won, true, but not from heaven to hinterland. maybe the judges are more aware of what happens backstage, or are more willing to consider it? cos what was outstanding about her [aside from either her hyperthyroidism or semi-appropriate intake of semi-appropriate items] was her crotchsession. crotch-obsession. that nobody else shared. that made her seem crazier than anything else she did. perhaps PA, unlike PR, didnt wanna deal w/ the consequences if she blew?

      • Anonymous

        Um, ignore this, Disqus hates me, sorry…

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nasser-Shaheen/100001316048618 Nasser Shaheen

      First of all, that initial dress Molly was in?  Why?  That said, if it fit better (it was sagging!) and had no sleeves it might look…vaguely okay.

      Husbear and I have a theory.  NIcotina (how dare she leave when a superb nickname has been created for her!) had to go.  We suspect some of the other contestants demanded she leave or they quit or that she was clashing with producers and they just wanted her gone.  That’s why it was a double elimination.  That’s why she was booted when her stuff wasn’t that bad.  We wouldn’t have been suspicious but the episode appeared to be tweaked to ensure maximum opportunity to dump her if they could.

      Nicotina certainly wasn’t the second worst there – her belt worked fine on the side and her pieces were well made and wearable.  Pocket Bear Brian’s outfit was far worse – I mean, it was ugly.  And I love Rich but seriously, top 2 – even that necklace was off – the proportion was far too big and surely it wouldn’t stay all nice and flat against an outfit without being pinned to it – I can’t imagine any woman wearing it without it collapsing into a tangled mess between her boobs.  I liked Adrian’s look a lot – and I also liked what he made this week (ha ha, oh Brown Bear you can make me a hat anytime!). 

      David looked lost and endlessly pining for your family isn’t conducive to creativity – the reality show environment clearly didn’t suit him.  But good advertising for him – I love his messenger bag (the one he pimped every second while on the runway – good work Davey) that shell metal buckle is sublime…I want one, maybe two.

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

      I don’t like the clothes transformation either. There should be a rule! One designer made a skirt, which is wrong, and looked awful to boot. I really didn’t like the humongous belts that were custom designed for use with a bodysuit. Christina’s belt was a little too “blousy” to be used with anything that wasn’t a body hugging shape. But the turban was pure genius!

    • Anonymous

      I just can’t muster much enthusiasm for this show. It all seems flat to me, although I do admit my opinion may be jaded by the last season of Project Trainwreck.

      In regard to  the whole Project Runway franchise I can only paraphrase Heidi: “As you know in reality TV, one day you’re in and the next day you’re out. I’m sorry Project Runway/Accessory, you’re out.”

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anthony-Cady/741359257 Anthony Cady

      Several of my former students from FIT and SCAD design for Kenneth Cole.   Which is at 603 West 50th.    Hmm…

    • Erica Wise

      I love you guys, but you are going to give me a grammar attack… “free rein” not “free reign” and give the reins back, not the reigns.  I’m the worst with typos so I get it, but think of all that lovely bridle leather to make accessories out of and not royalty.  Okay just had to say it.  I don’t get the accessory wall either. I feel like any accessory they don’t make should be generic and everyone provided with the same ones. 

    • Anonymous

      I am loving this show.  I would have rejoiced if Shea had rather than Nicoletta because I hated every single piece Shea created and I hated the pieces together even more.  A white bodysuit with those cheapy black accessories?  Really?  It just reeked of the 80s including the model’s styling.  I loved Rich’s necklace and ring and…hear me out…I think David deserved brownie points for attempting to make something other than the standard belt, necklace and ring.  This is Project Accessory contestants, not Project BeltRingNecklace.  I want to see more of the contestants think outside of the box and really wow us.  Maybe Kelly can join the dais permanently.  As the only real consumer voice up there, she is a needed dose of reality. She was funny, honest and perceptive. 

    • Anonymous

      Meh. I’m enjoying the show mainly because PR has seemed so horribly scripted, start to finish the last two years.  The rawness of this show, I am appreciating.  Poor David as soon as he said he was missing his wife and kids, I knew he was going home…then when he made the Barbie comparison and then went onto Aspen, I lost it laughing.

      They need to keep Kelly O.  she was hilarious. I also agree Ken C. doesn’t seem to want to be there.

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

      I too was surprised they sent Nicolina home because of her reality star quality.  But I was proud of them for doing so.  The mentor on this show (Eva?) – is terrible!  She is NO Tim Gunn.  Not that anyone could ever be Tim – but she’s not even close.  There is no love, no support.  It’s like she’s walking around just to be an authority or something.  Not a good choice at all.  Don’t like the judges either.  Nor the host, too stiff.  But I like the show.  But who knows, maybe they’ll all warm up after doing it for a few weeks.  

    • Anonymous

      “If the designers can start altering garments to showcase their accessories, then what’s the point? You might as well call it Project Runway.”

      Exactly what I thought Week 1…when some of the contestants altered the white t-shirt and jeans. I thought the point of this competition was accessorizing an outfit to make it more interesting, not altering the outfit and then making a cute pair of earrings or a belt. I wish they would have made that a rule of the contest.

      And that whole “I love dangerous jewelry” bonding between Molly and Kelly was annoyingly hoity-toity. I was glad when Kenneth (sourpuss, no?) pooh-poohed the necklace.

    • Anonymous

      I liked Nicolina’s belt. I don’t think she should have been auffed because it was turned the wrong way when the guy who made a skirt was in. I also think nobody with the neon colors was able to “transform” their body suit only those with the muted colors were told they did. Picture Nicolina’s belt on a black body suit and she also would have been “fashion forward for including brown” 

      And I liked Nicolina’s necklace the best. I also liked the big triangle necklace, it was edgy and different and hated the copper clown collar. That looked costume-y and crafty to me.

    • martinm31

      I’m optimistic about this show because they auf-ed the contestant that produced (in the judges’ view) the worst design, even though that contestant was Nicolina–the most dramatic, eye-catching, bitchy, camera-hogging contestant of all!  Project Runway would have made all sorts of twists and manouvers to keep someone like Nicolina around for longer.  Maybe Project Accessory is going to be about design!