PA: Raid on the Red Carpet

Posted on December 16, 2011

It’s kind of … is “ironic” the right word? … that a red carpet challenge, which has always been considered (by the majority of online fandom, at least) to be among the weakest and easiest of the Project Runway challenges, is intriguingly difficult and requires greater levels of creativity on Project Accessory.

The gowns, provided by Elie Tahari, were all simple and elegant in shape, making them a perfect blank canvas and giving the players a mostly even playing field (with one minor exception). The insect twist, while gimmicky as hell, really stretched the designers and allowed the better of the group to rise to the top with some truly creative and interesting accessories.

 

Rich

So congratulations to Rich. A totally deserved win, as far as we’re concerned.

It’s probably not surprising that Project Accessory is not really about shoes or hats. It’s about jewelry and occasionally, purses. And when you’ve got talented jewelers with strong points of view and a flair for creativity, they’re the ones who are naturally going to make it to the end, so long as they’re given chances to make jewelry and not forced to make shoes or purses or hats every week. The format of the competition wasn’t given much consideration as to the differences between fashion and accessories design, which means we’re looking at a final 3 who are all there because they made exciting or interesting jewelry, not because they made killer shoes and hats; not really.

But this isn’t a complaint about his win. We thought the pieces were gorgeous and intriguing. And oddly, given how he eviscerated it, his treatment of the beetle seemed the most respectful of all the designs this week. A true homage to a uniquely beautiful creature.

 

Nina

Nina’s ability to attach a story to her designs made her a close competitor for the win. For us, what topped it off, after the jewelry web, was the idea of the hairpiece representing some sort of treasure trapped in the web. The earrings aren’t much, but it was a nice touch having the amber beads of the web used as a motif. It’s a thoughtful and creative set of accessories that look pretty damn chic, although the cuff’s perhaps a bit too crude-looking.

 

Brian

For the first time with this show, we so wished Michael Kors was sitting on that panel. “What WOMAN is going to want to go out of the HOUSE with JIZZ all over her NECK?!?” The Duchess can get awfully repetitive with his bon mots, but we’ll take that over the wholly unbelievable, eyeroll-inducing spectacle of the judges falling all over him, praising him for his artistry when he’s got a model standing there with a giant snot-covered bug on her chest. It’s true that he’s got probably the strongest point of view of any of the designers (with the possible exception of Rich) and he can certainly surprise the judges every week (which is usually one of the strongest, most important qualities to have on Project Runway), so we’re not surprised he’s in the finals. We just wish the judges would admit he’s there because his stuff is insane and worth talking about; not because it’s “chic.” Please, Molly. No one in the room believed that you or anyone else would ever wear this stuff on the red carpet.

Christina

Christina boldly chose the most embellished dress. We didn’t think it was too much of a challenge to design accessories for this gown, but obviously it was harder than we thought and she got sent packing, which surprised us a bit.

But we can’t say we disagree with the decision. The way she used the bug almost felt like she was trying to hide it and couldn’t conceive of a way to look at it as beautiful. The polished cuff is very chic, but repeating the shape in the ring was a huge mistake. In the end, we can kind of see where the judges were coming from with this decision. We liked a lot of her stuff during the competition, but that usually came down to her excellent style instincts. To our eyes, she’s a good jewelry designer but potentially a killer stylist.

 

Diego

Diego was also sent packing and at first, we were kind of annoyed with the judges for the decision. But even though his work has consistently been the most polished and usually among the most chic, in the end, he never really produced anything that was exciting from a design level. Christina rolled her eyes at the obviousness and predictability of the butterfly choice and we thought she was being a little bitchy about it. But in the end, she was right, because he just picked the prettiest bug he could find and plopped it on her head. Worse, he made a really costume-y flower hat for it to nest upon. Bleh. The clutch is nice but Ariel was dead on when he said it looked more like a day clutch. The cuff and earrings weren’t bad as individual designs (although we only really liked the latter), but hammering (pun unintended) the butterfly theme so heavily really proved Christina’s point that in the end, “pretty things” is his only contribution. Most of it could sell in a department store, but as design competition entries, they’re not top-tier.

 

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  • http://braisinhussy.livejournal.com/ Sarah

    Please tell me someone used “bug-kake” to describe that necklace.

    • Joe J

      Oh, love that.  Much better than the “bug-ugly” pun I had floating around in my head last night when I saw Brian’s work.  Seriously, I don’t know what goes in the Kool-Aid before judging, but I just do not get the love for his work.

      • Laura Southwick

        I think he’s the most skilled in terms of metal work – and a character.    A credibility issue with the show perhaps because there was such a dearth of talent/skill in this first litter.   Not that this or Project Runway ever ‘discovered’ the next ‘great’ anything.   

    • Anonymous

      OMG I LOVE YOU FOR SAYING THAT.

    • Ebony Dawkins

      Hahaha- YES! I was so grossed out when I saw it, & that is the BEST description for it!

  • Leslie Streeter

    And I just wanted someone to come and interrupt Christina every time she said the word “minaudiere” and say “Girl, we know what you mean. Just say clutch.” I know that’s what you call it. But it was making my head hurt. It’s probably caveman-esque of me – “Word I don’t know! Me reject!” But seriously…it grated after a few times because she seemed sorta snotty about it. Off to club a tribe member over the head for their brontosaurus burger now.

    • Anonymous

      it grated after a few times because she seemed sorta snotty about it. 

      I’m always amused when someone pretentiously uses a word and mispronounces it.

    • Anonymous

      I thought she was talented, but sooo pretentious about it I couldn’t stop wanting to slap her! 

    • https://me.yahoo.com/a/O5zYg6EMmcahpFvPfpdCYLTSyBxqSWYJXena#f908b Kate

      So THAT is how you spell it! I tried googling it to figure out what on earth she was talking about, but couldn’t figure out how to spell it.

  • MilaXX

    Rich knocked it out of the park this week. I loved and would wear every one of his pieces. Nina was close, but clearly 2nd in my eyes. Brian continues to make fugly Fred Flintstone looking jewelry. No woman is wearing that clunky, ugly crap. Diego only every managed to make decent bags and ugly accessories and Christina messed up first with making the bug a comb and then making everything else dull and boring. I’m not even sure if she had been able to make her bag if it would have helped since the bug piece was so awful.  Really the final 3 just proves what we knew all along; hats/shoes/bags were a bad idea unless they had to embellish them. Making them from scratch nearly always provided poor results.

  • Anonymous

    I like Rich’s POV but I thought the pieces here were a little dark, particularly the necklace. They would be perfect to wear to the American Horror Story Emmy party.

    • Anonymous

      That’s what I really appreciated about the beetle piece. It is beautiful, and high end, but still has Rich’s slightly creepy and rough style. I could imagine women rocking that piece from Taylor Momsen to Helena Bonham Carter.

  • Anonymous

    I’m just glad Christina is gone because if she said “minodier” one more time I was going to throw a brick through my television.  Well deserved win for Rich, continue to be bored by the cute little girl, who will no doubt win, oh wait that’s the other network.  /stillbitter.  

    • Anonymous

      I’m just glad Christina is gone because if she said “minodier” one more time I was going to throw a brick through my television.

      I was ready to join you.  She cannot even pronounce the word “minaudière” properly.  It made me crazy.

      • Anonymous

        I was amused by the editors’ bitchy choice to put in probably every single instance she uttered the word.

        • Anonymous

          Well, the editors also misspelled something in one of the captions of last night’s ep.  I don’t mean closed captions, I mean when they say stuff like “Atlas Apartments.”  Now I can’t remember what it was, but I noticed it (being the spelling Nazi that I am).

  • spooki C

    As usual this show was predictable enough for me to fall asleep halfway through. I do like what Rich did with the beetle, the gold leaf was  a nice touch. I do like the spiderweb necklace too, it’s a lot like something I would make for myself.

    • Anonymous

      That’s kind of bugged me about Nina this whole competition.  She has great taste and creativity, but from a technical standpoint, she hasn’t made anything I can’t make at home, and I’m just a hobbyist.  I like Nina’s stuff, but I would never buy it b/c I can make all of it myself.  So can a gazillion other people.

      Rich and Brian on the other hand–I don’t love everything they do, but it’s always interesting and often requires a skill set I don’t have in order to produce.

  • http://visceralresponse.com Dina dV

    Rich’s pieces were eerily beautiful, but he really, really lucked out that the perfect dress/model for his aesthetic were available, too.  Because his pieces on a pale, willowy brunette wearing a wine-colored gown with plunging neckline were flawless.  I’m sure he’d have done well with any of the other dresses because the inspiration was so in his wheelhouse, but that little bit of serendipity almost made his win a foregone conclusion even before he chose the beetle.

    That pendant, alone, was so intriguing that I wanted to pet it.

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t watch the show this week but how specific were they with the prompt of insect jewelry? I’m asking because I really liked how Nina was more inspired by insects and not actually making things that looked like insects (for the most part). Rich and Brian had actual pieces that looked like bugs and while striking it seems less creative. Nina’s still my favourite and I’m really sad Christina is gone because I would have loved to see her, Nina and Rich in the final. I don’t think Brian’s point of view is that great I just think he has a really under-established taste level so he throws out a bunch of crazy stuff all the time. 

    • Anonymous

      They had to use an actual bug in the accessories.

      Brian’s necklace was pretty cool at one point but he had a huge construction mistake–he didn’t intend to have all that white shit on it and couldn’t get it off, so he went with it and tried to salvage it.

      • Anonymous

        I was appalled by what Brian did to that beautiful bug.  I didn’t like the necklace before he decided to pour that ugly white resin on it.  And it wasn’t an accident, he did that intentionally and then realized it looked like shit once it was on there.  The bug was spectacular and he totally ruined it.  I really dislike his aesthetic and his love of plastics and resins, which I think always look cheap and tacky.  I knew they were going to pick him because they’ve had an incomprehensible love for his pieces all along, but I was still disappointed.

        Christina got hung up on that comb and the lucite thing she didn’t know how to build and she couldn’t let those go until it was too late to remedy the situation.  I could think of a dozen ways to make that bug into something striking but she couldn’t get past her first thought to see ways that would have been more creative and beautiful.

        Rich was the only one who did right by his bug.  His work was beautiful.  Nina was close, but Rich really knocked it out of the park.  I’m interested to see what he can turn out given time, money and space.  Nina, too.  Brian’s going to give us a bunch of mangled petroleum products.  Ew.

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

      I was so disappointed Christina didn’t make it through, although I had a pretty good idea that she wouldn’t, because she really blew it this week. I don’t know why she put off doing the tiny clutch with the funny, French name until practically the last minute. Considering she felt it was her most important piece, she should have done it first. That might have also given her some time to think about what she wanted to do with the bug. That hair clip was not doing it for me, or for the judges.

      Oh well. Two of the final three are people I wanted to see in the finale. It was practically a given that Brian would get there, but based on what he made this week, he doesn’t really deserve it. And, while I liked a fair amount of the things he made throughout the season, he was ridiculously overpraised the whole time. I question whether he deserved to be there at all.

    • Anonymous

      They were required to use the actual bugs.

  • Anonymous

    WHAT? A bedazzled beetle and a fucking cockroach necklace won the night? I’m sorry, that shit is gross.

    • Anonymous

       I felt sorry for the models!

    • Anonymous

      I know, right? The recap was enough for me, thank you.

  • Anonymous

    Did anyone else think “There’s Something About Mary” with Brian’s earring? That was my first thought!

    • Call me Bee

      EEeewwwwww….

  • Anonymous

    I loved Rick’s and Nina’s pieces (except, in both cases, the earrings, which were banal), but as to all the designers, I had one basic problem.  What red carpet?   If a woman is wearing a simple dress, as most of these models were, the jewelry has to be major, it has to pop.  Oddly, Brian was the only one who got that concept, and his was horrendously ugly,

  • Anonymous

    Spiders are not insects.

    • Anonymous

      They did say “bug” at first, which worked, but then they did revert to saying “insect” all the time.

  • BuffaloBarbara

    Okay… I missed the show last night.  Were the bugs alive?  Did they have to kill the bugs to put them in the jewelry?

    I’m just not that into that.

    That said, it was almost tailor made for Rich, wasn’t it?  He did a very good job with it.

    And I’m sorry, I don’t care how much of a “point of view” Brian has.  Those pieces were full-stop fugly.  It looks like he took an okay bug-themed necklace and dipped in (to be polite) Elmer’s Glue.  I also think a Kors quip would have been appropriate there.

    • Anonymous

      No, they went to a cool shop full of gorgeous dead stuff and were given drawers of mounted insects (and spiders) to choose from.

      Brian made the mistake of deciding his necklace was ugly and that it might help to drizzle plastic over the beetle.  He didn’t know it would come out looking like–Elmer’s glue.  At that point he didn’t have any choice, because it was a stricture of the challenge that the bug had to be physically incorporated into at least one of the pieces, so he had to try to salvage it.  He knew he could have blown it right there, but he did what he could to make the mistake look intentional, and he spun an amazing amount of bullshit storytelling about what it represented on the runway.  It was that or go home.

    • Anonymous

      No, they went to a cool shop full of gorgeous dead stuff and were given drawers of mounted insects (and spiders) to choose from.

      Brian made the mistake of deciding his necklace was ugly and that it might help to drizzle plastic over the beetle.  He didn’t know it would come out looking like–Elmer’s glue.  At that point he didn’t have any choice, because it was a stricture of the challenge that the bug had to be physically incorporated into at least one of the pieces, so he had to try to salvage it.  He knew he could have blown it right there, but he did what he could to make the mistake look intentional, and he spun an amazing amount of bullshit storytelling about what it represented on the runway.  It was that or go home.

  • Anonymous

    i hope its rich for the win

  • Eclectic Mayhem

    Hmmm.  I’m not sure whether it’s the ‘recovering vegetarian’ in me, disapproving of destroying live creatures for the sake of fashion, or the mild entomophobic who’s more grossed out!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Cookie.Taz Aisa Ginger Jake Psenicnik

    i LOVE that dress with the gold lace!

  • Anonymous

    Duh- I didn’t “get” that the butterfly was sitting on a flower!

    They didn’t have to use the entire bug intact, so that leaf bug could have been presented as a leaf and not that huge ugly clip/comb

    what WAS that thing Christina wanted to make with the band saw? oh – just read the comments – she was trying to make a “Clutch” with a band saw?

  • Anonymous

    Wow, Brian’s necklace is one steaming hot mess. Hideous. This is one episode I’ll be skipping as I have a major insect phobia and when I find that an actual roach was used that’s almost enough to give me nightmares. Thanks for the recap T Lo so I can check out what these guys designed, quickly shake off the heebie jeebies and happily get on with my day.

    • http://visceralresponse.com Dina dV

      No one used roaches. Brian and Rich used beetles, Nina used a spider, Diego used a butterfly and Christina used a leaf bug…that looks like a bunch of leaves. None of the bugs were particularly gross or scary, but the beetles were large and kind of creepy in a cool way.

      • Anonymous

        Okay, wrong on the roach (Rick’s pendant looked like one to me). And I hear what you’re saying but being that I have entomophobic issues this isn’t the episode for me. The insects don’t have to be “particularly gross or scary” to make my stomach churn or my skin crawl. 

        • Anonymous

          I lived in Houston…where the bugs are so big you can saddle ‘em up…..if I EVER saw a roach that size….

          • Anonymous

            It’s already been pointed out to me that I was wrong, thank you. And I lived many years in Florida so I’m also familiar with giant effing bugs, though not of that size or I’d be in the loony bin. 

          • Anonymous

            No offense meant.

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

    Really love the jewelry web.  It’s pretty and would actually work really well on the red carpet.  Brian’s stuff is seriously ugly…

  • Susana Reyes

    Love the beetle. :)

  • Anonymous

    Loved the winner. This was Rich’s challenge to win.
     Also loved Nina’s , the bracelet was a little corny. But beautiful none the less. 
    Hated Brian’s I thought he was a sure fire off. I can’t believe they kept him. It was a mess, top to bottom.
    The one that chose the embellished gown would go home. For sure. Too bad about the minaudière . How many times did she say that word?
    They gave Diego too hard of a time. They really do not like fine craftsmen and the show has be stilted toward jewelry from the go get. Both Chirstina and Diego were miles ahead of Brian. I would love to see what either one of them would have done without the rush-rush.

  • Anonymous

    Loved the winner. This was Rich’s challenge to win.
     Also loved Nina’s , the bracelet was a little corny. But beautiful none the less. 
    Hated Brian’s I thought he was a sure fire off. I can’t believe they kept him. It was a mess, top to bottom.
    The one that chose the embellished gown would go home. For sure. Too bad about the minaudière . How many times did she say that word?
    They gave Diego too hard of a time. They really do not like fine craftsmen and the show has be stilted toward jewelry from the go get. Both Chirstina and Diego were miles ahead of Brian. I would love to see what either one of them would have done without the rush-rush.

    • Tee Mmm Zee

      This group of ‘designers’ was a very mixed bag – 1 footwear person, 1 bag person, a few fine metalworkers and the rest really amateur.    You can’t wing shoes or bags.  They take time and skill.   Simple jewelry is easy – advanced work however takes considerable time.    And the producers don’t seem to be inclined to give them just enough time to do good work in this program format.    Plus, you’ll never find a group that has skill in more than one area.  

  • http://profiles.google.com/marteani Barbara Guttman

    I about fainted when they went to the Evolution Store.  That’s one of my favorite places in the whole world, I own jewelry made from Jewel Beetles from that very place, and they’re some of my favorite pieces ever.  MAD PROPS.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OQG2B3GDOIKSFYT6YDXFVOMEM4 A. Lure

    Yup. There’s not much wrong with the show at all. They started with 12 contestants, narrowed the group down to the best 5, and sent the best 3 to the finals. Christina makes tasteful bags, shoes, and clutches. Think of the beautifully minimalistic tote bag she made for the handbag challenge. Think of her driftwood sandals. But her jewelry! Her jewelry SUCKS. What’s with these ridiculously bland metal cuffs? I can’t recall a single piece of Christina jewelry that I’ve liked. It’s all dumb and dull. There’s nothing eye-catching or desirable about her cuff or ring or make-it-in-one-minute earrings. And the hairpiece is stupid. Who the hell wants that in her hair? She felt constricted by that leaf-bug she chose. She should have felt liberated by it. I was kind of excited when she selected that particular bug because it’s a bug whose delicate anatomy lends itself to an intricately embellished dress. She should have ditched these basic big cuffs and so forth and focused on making especially fine jewelry with minute detailing. She should have evoked the leaf-like nature of the bug and its tiny but distinct marks. 

    Diego was sent packing. I like his work. His handbags, clutches, and purses have impressed me from an execution perspective. Design-wise? Not so much. But what’s really cool is his evolution as a jewelry designer. He had no experience in jewelry-making prior to competing on the show. Yes? He’s made some beautiful things with metal. Far better than, say, Christina who calls herself a jewelry designer (when clearly bags and shoes are her forte– NOT jewelry). “Spitting” the butterfly’s wings into a pair of earrings was pretty sweet. And those earrings were his best piece. I didn’t get the butterfly cuff. Molly said it was whimsical, and I guess it is, but it’s a rather literal-minded replication of a butterfly.

    Nina, Brian, and Rich all deserve to be in the Top 3. Nina’s got her wire thing, and she does it very well. I loved the body jewelry and the hair-as-spider-web conceit and the snared treasure conceit. Don’t like the cuff. Too large and clunky. Rich’s pieces are absolutely stunning. He kept them relatively small, and the beauty was all in the interesting techniques and in how he deconstructed the beetle and elevated it to something sublime. Brian’s there, too, as he should be, even though that– jizz-stained, you said? Ha, it totally is– necklace is indeed crazy. He kept going on about how it captured in a capsule kind of thing the imminent extinction of the beetle… yeah, yeah, make-up-bullshit-on-the-stop-to-wipe off-the-resin. Why he’d pour the resin anyway? Necklace was fine– if a little lackluster– before he drenched that thing. Should have gone easy on the resin. But his work IS artful, though. He’s utilized many interesting sculptural and molding techniques that speak well to actually creating.

  • Tee Mmm Zee

    It took for frickin’ ever – but they finally got some interesting work that was well made.    The process – although incredibly flawed –  crack judging, stupid host, useless mentor, 3rd rate guests – sorted the real designers from the wannabes.    Now the fun begins.   Unless the producers fucked it up.

  • Anonymous

    Unfortunately, Brian did not make it on his own merits which inherently makes the finale less interesting to me.  But then he didn’t deserve his wins either, IMHO.  I did think Rich definitely deserved the win.  He was pretty much head and shoulders above everyone else, including Nina.  I didn’t particularly care for Nina’s but she was well placed in second.

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

    Loved Rich’s, though all together it’s too much.

    I’m just not a Nina jewelry lover. The judges used with word “easy” with elegance, but her stuff seems so high maintenance, so many strands of chain on her necklace (though for red carpet, that’s OK). But the bracelet and hair piece were so impractical—they’ll snag and catch on everything. I can’t image what it’s like to remove that barrette from your hair after a night out. I guess I’m not a fan of wire wrapping, at least not hers.

    The scale of Brian’s work is too big. Always. I wasn’t surprised to see that he picked the most gigantic beetle with outstretched wings—it was practically a hood ornament. The finished product was godawful. The only red carpet that necklace will be on would be for the AVN Awards. He surprises, sure, but in the end it’s just too damn oversized and not stylish enough to mitigate the scale.

    Surprised that Diego and Christina aren’t in the finals. Despite her affectations, I dug Christina’s work most of the time, and liked Diego’s stuff (though it was often too safe).

  • Anonymous

    Ugh, except for the bracelet (which is kinda cool), every single piece of Brian’s is HIDEOUS!

  • Anonymous

    I really like Brian as a person, but his stuff that they consistently praised looks like cheap plastic to me.  I wish they would have kept Christina, I would have rather seen a collection from her.

    • Mary McClelland

      Yeah – I get really tired of his resin gig, which looks cheap to me. Especially last week with that unicorn bag. ew. 

  • Anonymous

    Rich did a superb job. And did treat the bug with much respect. This is the right way to use Swarofski, in moderation.

    When Brian started to pour that resin, I thought it would be clear. I was horrified when he trashed his work with the solid white. Why in the hell would he think that would work? I was fairly sure he would stay though, based on his past successes. Such a real mess this week, too bad as he chose a beetle with an intriguing shape.

    Christina missed a giant opportunity with her lovely leaf bug. With its interesting shape and color to inspire her, she should have created something amazing.

    Loved Nina’s spiderweb and bracelet, but I was concerned as the necklace was so lightweight and delicate, it could barely be seen from a distance, contrasting with the heavy bracelet that perfectly evoked a spider without being creepy.

    I really like Brian’s bracelet, literal though it may be, as well as the earrings, the best earrings of the night. But he blew it with the butterfly perched on a flower. Could have worked, with a different flower, and a different butterfly.

    I think the right three went to the finale.

    • Anonymous

      I loved the necklace and thought the visibility problem was because of the model’s tanned skin, so similar to the gold. I think it would have looked better on someone paler or darker.

  • Anonymous

    Brian’s necklace was just heinous, terrible before his ‘accident’ and worse after. The leather didn’t work with that gorgeous bug he had. But I love his bracelet and ring. Nice to see Diego make those beautiful earrings, proof that he has an eye for elegance.

    The key this ep for me was that if I didn’t know who made what I would have picked out Nina, Rich and Brian’s work as theirs. That in itself says they’ve got a ‘signature’ which surely is what matters when you’re a good designer trying to make it big.

    I enjoyed this ep the most all season. People got to shine because they could focus on what they were good at.

  • Anonymous

    rich’s dressclip is by far the item i like most on the show this week.
    it actually very much reminds me of this:
    http://magickcanoe.com/insects/abedus-water-bug-1-large.jpg
    which is a picture that made the internet rounds for a bit, you may have already seen it. also rich may have had already seen it himself, it might be one of those kinda sorta subconscious things that just kinda sorta imprinted itself in his mind [more in the way of george harrison listening to be my baby rather than in the way of baby ducks following around k lorenz. anyway]. it’s eggs, btw.

    anyway, that said, this old tired vegetarian for over three decades likes the rich version enough to wanna buy it could this old tired vegetarian afford it. certainly better that than the poor thing going in the trash! does anyone know if or where it’s available?

    the rest of the stuff’s okay. though the answer was once “elephants;” apparently now “a poor dead enormous bug encased in the gunk of folly” is the answer to the perennial “whats grey & comes in quarts?” a question i couldnt answer in highschool [where & when it was asked of pre-old, pre-tired me] any more than today i know whether or not you enclose a semi-colon inside quotation marks. out of many of the rather indistinct personalities w/ only semi-compelling work who & which appear on this show i usually like brian’s stuff the best. not this time. & i did, & do, find nina’s spider web largely confusing–it’s a great concept, actually, i wanna give her credit. but it meanders in & around the armpit too much for me.

    the rest of the members of families insectivora & arachnid i think gave up their lives for very little.

    i guess all of them did. but i wouldnt mind being covered in rhinestones ["swarovski crystals"] after death & before being set on fire, hopefully in that order. otoh, i do not think i would make a very good brooch.

    also i think i am tired. apologies for rambling.

  • Mary McClelland

    I think Bryan’s necklace was ooookaaaay before the resin catastrophe, but what a mess. I think the earring was interesting, but yeah for me Nina and Rich were the only interesting ones. 

  • Call me Bee

    ITA with everything you said, gentlemen.  That neckalce that Brian made was the ugliest thing ever.  I couldn’t believe he was kept in the finale instead of Christina.  Loved what Nina did–I think she should be the winner.  But–I think Rich will win–he has the skill and most interesting POV, I think. 

  • http://twitter.com/Miri81 Miriam F Diaz

    Love Nina. Love Rich. Glad Diego is gone. Brian bothers me.

  • Anonymous

    I covet that red dress. Now. please.

  • Anonymous

    It seemed to me that Rachel Roy was the only one really defending Brian.  Had there been a different guest judge, I think he would have been sent packing.  That necklace was really unforgivable.  I was annoyed with Diego more than the judges.  What’s her face mentor pleaded with him not to play it safe and he made that ugly clutch and that ridiculous hat.  I think he is incredibly talented but way too boring for the finale. Christina was the surprise to me.  That hair comb was a copout.  And that dress was a bad choice, it was so beautiful, it overwhelmed all the accessories.  That said, in light of her past work, I would have given her the nod over Brian.

    • Anonymous

      Have to agree about Rachael Roy.  And I also have to say that she consistently seems not to be the best judge of whatever she’s called to judge – and she appears pretty frequently in that role.  It’s all very puzzling.

  • Anonymous

    no offense meant.

  • http://twitter.com/applecocola Stacy

    Nina’s shoulder web is pretty on the mannequin, but gets lost on a real person because the gold is too similar to the woman’s skin color. Would have looked better draped on the fabric, because the gold would have popped more.

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

    Thank goodness you write about this show so I don’t have to watch it anymore. Bleh.

  • Anonymous

    Wait, they’re down to a Final 3 already?  Seems like you just started blogging this show.  Amazing how fast these things fly by when you’re just reading posts about them, and how they crawl by when you’re actually watching.

    • Anonymous

      Ha! “Fly” & “crawl” on the bug challenge. Did you do that on purpose?

      I totally agree. I can’t believe it’s nearly over already.

  • Anonymous

    “A true homage to a uniquely beautiful creature.” I’m sorry, but I’m sure the insects in that store were killed so that they could be sold, and pulling them apart to turn them into accessories was not respectful or any kind of homage to them. And no, I don’t want *any* animal killed or exploited for fashion – I’m vegan and don’t buy wool, leather, silk, or any product that comes from an animal. 

  • Anonymous

    God Rachel Roy is freaking gorgeous. I thought she was a great judge. I though Alexa Chung was decent last week too.

    I’m hoping for either Rich or Nina for the win. I’ve consistently liked Nina’s designs, will Rich has had some pretty shitty ones. I’m nowhere near as invested in this show as I usually am in Project Runway, but its still been an interesting show. Hopefully they get a better mentor next season.