PR All Stars: Feh, Part 2.

Posted on January 27, 2012

 

This is something Carol Burnett would have worn when she was taking questions from the audience, which makes it pretty perfectly Mondo, in a lot of ways.

 

It’s fun in a campy, retro-’70s “Ethel Merman sings disco” kind of way, but it’s nothing to get excited about; not really.  There’s nothing really sexy or stylish about it and the color choices strike us as way too literal. It’s well made and it’s striking, but it’s so far away from current fashion that it’s more of a costume.

And speaking of literal …

 

We’re not sure why Mondo got praised for being so literal (“This could be on the cover of Cantaloupe magazine!” gushed Diane) while Kara’s choices were criticized for being too literal.

 

We can’t understand why Kara picked the chocolate cayenne flavor, Whoops, we forgot she went last and had no choice. A shame, because brown and red can be pretty dreary when they’re paired together in a dress.

 

Ignoring the colors, the shape of this thing is a just odd and unflattering. She clearly pulled this one out of her trickbag, since an almost-identical look walked the runway 6 years go in her decoy collection at Bryant Park. We’ve noticed that about quite a bit of her work this season: it’s too close to some of her pieces when she competed in Season 2. Knowing Kara, she doesn’t even realize she’s doing it. She’s back in the world of Project Runway and unconsciously reliving certain things on an aesthetic level. The problem with that is – and it’s going to bite her in the ass – these looks don’t look current anymore. A ruffled babydoll skirt was fine in 2005 but it looks terribly dated in 2012.

 

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    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1043171034 Tadiana Walton Jones

      My recollection is that Kara had last choice and was stuck with the cayenne chocolate flavor (right after Rami and his kiwi green, which explains a lot). 

      I liked Mondo’s a lot better than Michael’s, but that’s very faint praise indeed.

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

      I like Mondo’s dress, though, as a response to the challenge. Limited time, limited choice of fabrics… you are dead on about Carol Burnett, though. She would have werq’d it.

    • Anonymous

      Kara got stuck with the last flavor, so it isn’t really her fault that she got cayenne chocolate. It *is* her fault that this is what she chose to do with that flavor. Browns and reds (esp. plummy reds) can look very rich together.

      Both Mondo’s and Kara’s dresses were literal translations of their flavors (or in Kara’s case, scoops of ice cream). I do think she talked her way into safety.

      I still think Mondo should have won. Yes, this dress isn’t all that exciting, but none of the dresses produced last night were. His is pretty and well made and has more visual interest than the others. The pattern sandwiched between the solids looks really cool in motion.

      • Anonymous

        I agree about Mondo – I get that it was dated, but he accomplished exactly what he set out to do, and the dress was very much of a piece with the rest of his work.  Plus it was more stylish that MIchael’s by a long shot.  I think that was the real difference between him and Kara – he did something literal that worked, while she did something literal that didn’t work.

    • Anonymous

      She didn’t PICK the chocolate, she was stuck with it, which seemed to bother her!
      Just looked at the “original” version and it’s virtually identical, but finished better. I guess it wasn’t a 24 hour challenge in 2005.

    • Anonymous

      yes Kara was last and got stuck with it.

      I liked Mondo’s but it was dated. Carol Burnett reference is spot on

      • Anonymous

        But if Carol Burnett had been wearing it, it would have fit WAY better, and had some sequins on it somewhere. Bob Mackie could make a caftan look like an evening gown.

    • MilaXX

      Thinking about it now, I can’t think of any dress last night I liked. Mondo’s was only marginally better than Micheal’s which is why his win doesn’t bother me. Kara’s is a retread and just not cute.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Micaela-Cannon/1465504041 Micaela Cannon

      Yeah Kara got shafted with the chocolate cayene, but I have to say, there are ways to make those colors look rich and lovely. This was quite a flop. I thought she was out for sure. April has a shtick, and her dress was pretty terrible, but when I think of April’s clothes, I can see a line, a brand, a store. When I think of Kara, I can’t conjure up an image.

    • Patti Lever

      What irked me the most was the host (I can’t recall her name) saying she didn’t like the orange color when she was wearing bright orange herself.

      • Anonymous

        Her name is Isaac Mizrahi.

        • Cathy S

          I liked how DVF zinged him on that.

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

          Ha!

          I heard Angela say it, and had the same reaction as Patti Lever. Angela’s dress was as orange as the dress Mondo made, so I don’t even know what she was going on about.

    • Anonymous

      “We can’t understand why Kara picked the chocolate cayenne flavor” Wasn’t she the last to pick..?

    • Anonymous

      At least Mondo added some nice colors to an otherwise throwaway beach cover-up. But the way the belt apparently goes through some slits in the sleeves really bugs me.  I see this look more as Ann-Margret to Michael’s Joan Crawford, newer and sexier, but still far from current.

      Once I get past the fact that her dress makes a size two model look pregnant, Kara’s construction has me seething; just look at the raggedy damn edge on last band of beige over the brown. Completely amateur. I thought she was a hack back-in-the-day and her lackluster showing in All Stars just reinforces that. Short of a miracle, Kara will be the next one schmauffed.

      • Anonymous

        I think the fact that the garment has to be completed in 6 hours contributed to the lack of finish in most of the garments.  The several layered tiers in Kara’s garment probably required more finishing (and hence more time) than a single-layer drape or wrap dress does.

        • Anonymous

          Does it make any sense to choose to make a dress with about ten hems to finish for a six hour challenge? Nobody forced Kara to make this dress. A clean sheath in chocolate brown with red piping or a red belt could have easily have been well executed in the allotted time and fit the project brief.

          • Anonymous

            And it would have been really gorgeous if done with the chocolate and red fabric colors Kara picked.  Too bad.

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

            Precisely!  Or, since you know DVF, why wouldn’t you go with something with a bit of a wrap dress mentality to it?  They look great on everyone, are easy to make, and most importantly when you’re low on time, VERY forgiving when it comes to fit.  Toss a few great details in to make it feel modern and new, and you’ve got a challenge winner that can be executed in the time allotted. 

            • Anonymous

              Kara had quite a bit of success with a kimono/wrap dress that she designed and wore during Season Two of PR. I wonder if she thought that would be too obvious a choice to make since the wrap dress was DVF’s bread and butter back in the day….

            • Anonymous

              I think anything less than impeccable execution on a wrap dress to be judged by DVF is suicidal. But, take the idea of clean, simple lines and “easy dressing” from a wrap dress and create something in that spirit. 

              As much as I hate the eye searing cartoon colors Kenley chose (again), the silhouette she picked was clean and simple, hence possible to sew well in six hours. Kenley’s dress in chocolate brown with a red collar and red belt or with some other red trim detail would have made sense for Kara. 

          • Anonymous

            You’re exactly right, yet it seems that every time I’ve seen Kara in a design situation, here and in AOTL, she is so easily flustered, overthinks everything, has a poor sense of how long it will take her to complete something. I understand all the designers going back to their own bag of tricks for this challenge, but she clearly could not envision the amount of time required to produce a finished, well-fitted dress when she chose to recreate this design. Which was very attractive in her decoy collection.

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

              She has terrible time-management skills. You’d think after all the years she’s been designing clothes, she’d know how long it takes her to do any given task. If she knows how long it takes her to do one hemline, she should be able to figure out how long it will take to 10, which is how many I counted on that fashion disaster that passed for a dress.

              I’ve always liked Kara. She made some great clothes during her season. But she’s high strung and prone to petulance. Watching her get stressed out stresses me right the hell out.

            • Nixonesque

              What’s not attractive? Her lack of makeup. Looks like she rolled in from a gulag.

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

              Seriously?  You’d spend the extra time getting your face just so — and then maintaining it! — when you’re getting 4 hours of sleep a night and staking your reputation on national TV on your ability to finish a garment well in severe time restrictions?

              I love my make-up collection like I love chocolate stash, but it would be a miracle if you ever saw me with make-up or styled hair on PR — expect to see bare skin, glasses and ponytails if I ever make it on the show!

      • Anonymous

        I like that feature of Mondo’s belt. It shows that even in a six hour challenge, he can still think of these small details.

        I can’t recall who said it last night, but someone called Kara’s a pregnant cupcake. We thought that was hilarious at our house.

    • lilibetp

      I might have liked Kara’s a lot better if the waist had been down around the waist.

    • Lori

      “We’ve noticed that about quite a bit of her work this season: it’s too close to some of her pieces when she competed 7 years ago. Knowing Kara, she doesn’t even realize she’s doing it. She’s back in the world of Project Runway and unconsciously reliving certain things on an aesthetic level.”

      Or maybe she’s just a one-trick pony.

    • Anonymous

      Haven’t gotten to look at them all yet but I do like the color palette for Mondo’s. It’s so summery. That said, there is really no design or originality or “Mondo” in it for me. Must watch the rerun this evening.
      Regarding comments about Michael–particularly one (or several) that believe he is very humble (said in a laudatory way)–I disagree. The first adjective I would use for Michael is smarmy. I feel any humility he displays is false and his reactions to the guest judges (both now and in his season) don’t ring true either, for me. That said, I sometimes actually like his designs and when he isn’t consciously on camera I think he has a joi d vivre (still   in my Miss Piggy persona) that makes me smile.

      • Anonymous

        Yep.  Total suck-up.  He may be a pefectly decent person, but his manner bugs.  Don’t tend to like his designs, though they’re better this season than they were in his season of PR.  A six-hour challenge is kind of made for him though, since draping is a strength of his.

    • Anonymous

      Mondo’s reads Palm Beach matron to me and Kara’s, toddler sale rack. Neither one of them is really floating my boat.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, I saw only the end of the show last night–wasn’t at all clear which was top and which was bottom of these two.  

    • Anonymous

      If Mondo had chosen a different color, there might have been ‘raves’ on the dress.  But he would have been lower in the ratings due to his ‘inspiration’.  He had to keep as close to the inspiration flavor as he could.  If he hadn’t he could have been in the bottom three.

      As for who is out. I would have been for a double elimination on this one.  Both of the bottom two designers missed the mark on the execution of their designs.

      And their ‘excuse’ that it was a ‘six hour challenge’ doesn’t fly.  The other designers got their designs out, even though Austin did use a glue gun to do it.

      • Anonymous

        I’m pretty sure “color” was part of the challenge, so that fact that Mondo chose orange was not exactly a shocker. I don’t understand that criticism at all. That color looks wonderful on some women.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1043171034 Tadiana Walton Jones

          I love wearing anything in the coral/salmon/orange rust (or even cantaloupe) family.  Orange shades can be great with the right coloring.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Erika-Shor/100000024452553 Erika Shor

      Maybe I just don’t care enough about being on trend, but I thought Mondo’s was absolutely gorgeous AND challenge-appropriate.

      I have to say, with yesterday’s outcome, I am  starting to have a baaad feeling about how this show is going to end…

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

        Agreed. I started having the same thought. I don’t see how they could have chosen Michael’s dress, and it seemed like the people they selected as SAFE should have been in the top, generally… Definitely caused disturbing flashbacks for me…

    • JM Z

      What’s funny is that she used those exact colors here, and did it beautifully. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_FW86_jO7k_A/RlQ71fiw6QI/AAAAAAAAIjQ/zmlDsWi9f-s/s1600-h/KaraJanxCollection_3.jpg

      • Cathy S

        That’s a much better dress. Nice use of the colors.

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

          Yeah but she had way more than 6 hours to do it. I think she gets too wound up or maybe she’s naturally wound too tight. But she runs around the room like the proverbial chicken with its head cut off. Maybe if she just took a deep breath and relaxed she’d be able to cope with the time constraints.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001637020912 Zula Khramov

      Angela Lindval annoys me for some reason

      • Anonymous

        I honestly keep forgetting her name and just calling her “Schmeidi”.

        • Anonymous

          It’s not just her name that is forgettable. Snoooooooooozy.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001637020912 Zula Khramov

          The tone of her voice is mentor(y) and she’s no authority in fashion to act like one. Heidi managed to act like it’s her personal opinion, the customer point of view, rather then verdict. I appreciate Heidi now much more then before.

      • JM Z

        She feels like a non-entity. While glancing at 24 Hour Catwalk, my sister pointed out that Alexa Chung is much more natural and comfortable in her hosting role.

      • Anonymous

        are her eyebrows tattooed?  i mentioned in the tlounge that she looks like she raised her eyebrows in reaction to something and they just froze that way.  some cosmetic intervention gone awry?

      • Anonymous

        I cringe whenever she speaks, especially the whole “It’s been said on Project Runway that one day you’re in and one day you’re out.” It is so unnecessary and scripted and…blah. She grates. 

      • Anonymous

        For me it’s her speech. She over enunciates or something. i wish she would just shut up, though admittedly that’s a bit difficult when you’re the host.

      • Anonymous

        To me she comes off a bit like a camp counselor or an RA–it’s kind of an overcompensating friendly but still condescending tone as compared to Heidi’s “Heel!” regime of terror.  On the one hand, I like that she and the judges don’t seem to get their kicks out of being nasty to the abject designers, but there is something kind of OTT in some of her delivery.

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

      I’m confused by the dislike for the chocolate/red/brown colors by y’all and by Mizrahi. The right shade of it can be STUNNING. Can’t say I cared for Kara’s dress at all. It was a home-ec project for sure. Sloppy, unflattering, juvenile. Juvenile if you mean pregnant teen, that is…

      Now, I really liked Mondo’s dress. But I have to admit, the first picture of the dress straight on like that….I get your point about Carol Burnett. But yet, I love the use of color, the execution of the sleeves, and LOVE the belt and the back of the dress. I thought it was WAY better than Michael’s dress. 

      • Anonymous

        I think regarding the colors, what you’re saying is what Isaac was trying to say — the right brown can be gorgeous. Just ask Balenciaga!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1344922354 Eric Scheirer Stott

        Momdo’s dress looks like a carrot, with the greens drooping down.

      • Anonymous

        The right shade of brown can be stunning, but maybe more so than any other color the difference between right/stunning and wrong/awful is a hair’s breadth.

    • Anonymous

      I just can’t imagine anyone wearing any of the top dresses.

    • Anonymous

      I liked Mondo’s but he bombed it with the belt ( as did Rami, Mila, and April). I’m not sure if it’s a winner, but is definitely better than The Winner. At least it doesn’t smell like Chesterfields and gin. 

      I love Kara’s I always have. I loved it in her decoy collection too, which of course was never shown on TV. I thought a lot of posters loved it too, maybe I am wrong , since the change over to the new format the old posts lost the comments (cry).
        She’s getting a lot of heat for repeating, but Mondo’s dress is a maxi version of at black white and pink mini dress he showed in his finale collection, Michael’s is almost an exact replica of a leopard print gown in his resort 2010/11 collection and Jerrel’s is almost exactly the same as his 99 cent store dress. Only a fool would start from scratch in a 6 hr challenge. I expect that they all pulled a tried and true out of the trick bag.

      • Anonymous

        100% agree! 6 hours is too short to get innovative, which is why this is such a non-interesting challenge.

      • Anonymous

        I miss the old comments too; whenever I search out an old post, I’m always jolted that the comments have disappeared.

      • Anonymous

        It took some doing (I heart the Wayback Machine) and some rapid-fire STOP clicking, but I found the Blogger archive for the comments on Kara’s S02 decoy collection. Whether or not this will try to redirect you to the TLo site may depend on your browser but so far, every time I’ve clicked on the link, it’s just loaded the Blogger page. Should your browser try to redirect, well…that’s where the rapid-fire STOP clicking comes in. 

        Comments (hopefully.)

        Also, this is the first time I’ve ever laid eyes on this collection and I think it’s shockingly beautiful. Kara has always fallen more on the “forgettable” end of the PR spectrum for me…had I seen this back then, I imagine I would have come away from the second season something more satisfying than my sour memories of Santino’s mood swings, bubble skirts and Chloe’s left-field win. (Though it was all totally worth it to hear Santino’s Tim-Voice. That was a fucking classic moment.)

    • Anonymous

      Carol Burnett!  Too funny.   Aside from the crazy colors, there’s also a “Princess Leia at the medal ceremony” vibe, too.  Definitely a weird entry.

      For once I agree 100% with the judges on Kara’s.  Full-on maternity clothes.

    • Marion Wolfe

      Michael’s a gypsy, which explains a lot of his behavior, although I agree he is smarmy and frankly, I hated his garment.  Mondo should have won (again..)  Kara’s dress was very poorly constructed but not as badly as April’s.  In the end I would have been fine with either one of them going. 

      • JM Z

        “Michael’s a gypsy, which explains a lot of his behavior”

        What even is this comment?

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, really now.

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

          Well, one of my friends just had a real, live gypsy put a hex on her while she was working in her ER last week…sooo…

      • Anonymous

        i am really fascinated by the gypsy culture, and curious about its effect on michael as a gay man and as a designer.  i wonder where i could find out more.

    • Anonymous

      Ha – Carol Burnett – too funny.  I thought it looked like something Rachel Zoe would wear.  The only thing I enjoyed about this show was seeing Rami in a tank top.  Grrr.

      • Anonymous

        That is always a plus!  Austin was in a tank top too, but who cares?  :)

    • Anonymous

      Thank you, TLo. I knew EXACTLY what you were going to say in this post – 5 years of loyal readership rewarded at last! Did I mention I agree 100% ;)

    • Cathy S

      Wow, Kara’s decoy dress is exactly the same! I didn’t mind the colors so much as the maternity look. She looked so very pregnant. I still liked Mondo’s the best. The challenge wasn’t so bad, but the time limit; what a waste.

    • Anonymous

      Well, the “romantic 70s” were back in style a few months ago, so I can see Mondo and Michael being in the top.  My complaint with this look is the same complaint that I have with Michael’s – it needs to be a little bit more form fitting to really be wow, but I really like the idea.

      Kara’s is just bleh.  I really like brown and red paired together – it can look fantastic when done correctly.  She should have just done two layers – a brown halter style dress with a bit of red peeking out from the bottom, and maybe the waist wrap in red.

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

        That would have looked good. Also, she could have dropped the waist down to the natural waistline.

        I can’t even imagine what she was thinking when she decided to do all those layers.

    • Anonymous

      If Kara wanted to do something that she has done before, why not go for a kimono in brown and red?    But I like your point that she probably doesn’t realize that she’s recycling what she’s done in the past. 

      • Anonymous

         Didn’t she also have a wrap dress (or is that the kimono dress you are mentioning? )  Because I agree, that style in a solid brown with a red trim (or vice versa) would have been a great choice and “honor” DVF

    • Anonymous

      Is it my monitor? (I doubt it – brand new iMac) The colors keep shifting. 
      In the first post, Michael’s dress is different shades ranging from apricot (1,2,4,6), to cool pink (3, 5 etc), and here Mondo’s dress goes from bright orange (1,2,4,5) to a more subdued dark peach (3).
      Why?

      • Anonymous

        Probably the lighting conditions for any particular moment on the runway. Much more noticeable in screen caps than in motion.

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

      Even though Mondo’s design is nothing to write home about, it still was slightly a notch higher than Michael’s. Why? Color. 

    • Anonymous

      I was thinking that along with the insanity of a six-hour challenge, the contestants were hampered by the *mini Mood* choices. Undoubtedly someone at Mood was told the essence of the challenge and asked to pull bolts that they thought would be appropriate. So the contestants had to depend on someone else’s aesthetic for fabric selection. Wasn’t April looking for black jersey, which I would think is a kind of staple fabric?

      If the contestants had been allowed to go to Mood and also given even 12 hours, we would have seen a far different runway.

      • Anonymous

        Absolutely agree about mini-Mood.  The designers were constrained not just by time, but by fabric choices–and by a challenge brief that seemed to instruct them to duplicate the gelato colors in their designs. So it’s no surprise that the results were so disappointing.  Given all that straitjacketing, I think Mondo and–gasp!–Kenley did the best job of meeting the challenge.  Which–let’s face it–was not set up to produce beautiful, well-made clothing.

        Isaac really pissed me off with his comment about not liking the orange color of Mondo’s design.  Not only was he wearing an orange polo shirt–I saw him on some TV interview show a couple of years ago wearing those hideous black Adidas shower sandals that should never leave the shower and with his toenails painted that exact color.  He even referred to it as “cantaloupe.”  So, you know, Isaac–what the fuck?

        • Anonymous

          So odd that Isaac made that orange comment, til he was called out by another judge on wearing it himself, and acted like he hadn’t realized it. Your shower sandal story is so funny.

          My husband is always saying that he doesn’t get why famous male designers dress the way they do, sloppy, or all in black.

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

            Because even men don’t like making menswear… :)

          • Anonymous

            I think the ones who adopt a uniform (all black, one or two styles of shirt, etc.) know that as a designer, their appearance comes under scrutiny and they want to take it off the table. Plus, uniforms have the advantage of being easy, once the ground rules are laid out. 

            Lots of professionals I know have adopted a de facto uniform – the same basic suit (or skirt or slacks) in one or two colors, one or two styles of shirt in coordinating colors, two-three pair of shoes (usually either brown and black or low heel & high heel) and buy the right color sock or hosiery in bulk.  If you can afford it, buy multiples of the basic suit/slacks/skirt in one shopping trip. Vary the tie (for men) or a scarf (for women) if you want to obscure the fact you’re wearing a uniform.

            • Anonymous

              But if the majority of people adopted this practice what would become of the fashion industry?

            • Anonymous

              Well it opens the field up for anyone who can make beautiful basics with a subtle twist!

              I have no worries about the fashion industry – not everyone wants/needs to simplify their dressing & often the more constrained we are at work, the more we want to bust out at other times.

          • Anonymous

            I can kind of answer the all black question. It happens in architecture and interior design; at every client presentation, the designers look like a flock of crows. There the issue is that you don’t want to clash with the upholstery fabric or the wall paint (or heaven forbid, wear a tie more interesting than either.) I would imagine it’s the same idea; never upstage your presentation.

    • Anonymous

      Like the Carol Burnett comment — yes, but she was dressed by one of the all-time greats, Bob Mackie. I also thought it has Mondo’s (and Carol’s) humor, which is why I really like it.

    • http://twitter.com/wonderdivaEtsy wonderdivaEtsy

      It seems we haven’t seen much of the quirky little Mondo that we knew and loved, except in the first episode.  However, I will postulate in my my producer manipulation conspiracy theory mode, that after episode 1, Rami and Mondo were told to hold it down a bit because they would be safe for the finals and they had to keep things interesting by departing from their usual styles, letting other people win and confusing the heck out of the viewers.  Naturally, I will be proven wrong if they’re both sent packing in the next couple of weeks…  

      Did anyone notice the outfit Austin was wearing in the previews for next week?  He looked like an Amish flamenco dancer.  Loved it.

      • Anonymous

        An Amish flamenco dancer-what a concept!

        • Pinup Ghoul

          If ever there was a time for Alex’s PR Toons, this would be it! I really miss those.

    • Anna Maria Diamanti

      Am I crazy? I liked Kara’s colors. Yes, the skirt was way too bulbous, but if she could shave it down to normal proportions, I think it’s a great little dress. Yes, she should be dinged for rehashing a prior runway piece BUT given the STUPID 6 hour time constraint, I can’t blame her for going on autopilot.

      I liked Mondo’s better than Michael’s (because of Michael’s shiny fabric), but I give them both props for going for simple silhouettes given the STUPID 6 hour thing. Very smart of them.

      • Anonymous

        BTW – as far as Kara’s being a retread…. was it ever seen on the show – or was it a decoy.  Because if it was a decoy, then it really is not that much different than any of the designers re-purposing  any of their other work?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1344922354 Eric Scheirer Stott

      Mondo’s dress looks as if the model put it on backwards. All it needs is a Carmen Miranda-like fruit headpiece.

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

      She could have done so much more with the red and brown — yes, it can be difficult to work into a dress, but if done well, it could have been terribly striking.  But that silhouette is just horrifying.  It’s so tremendously unflattering in every way.  And those ruffles are raggedy.

      Mondo’s… well I absolutely HATE the color pairing.  I know some of it he had no choice about, but I hate the way he used them.  I find this to be absolutely dreadful.  And the fit isn’t particularly pretty either. 

      Seriously, 6 hours is short — but not that short.  You could probably handle some sort of shape in that time!  Especially since you’ve worked with these models before!

      • Anonymous

        What drives me nuts is that the majority of of her dress is white and peach. At least if she’d stuck with just brown and red she could blame it on factors out of her control.

        • Anonymous

          If she’d made something with the brown and red predominating, I think even the same dress would have been more appealing.  But maybe she didn’t like the shades of brown or red available to her? Because getting that wrong would be disastrous. 

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

      Kara’s looks better in these pictures. (But then, I watch the episodes online and the video quality isn’t that great.) I don’t hate it quite as much now.

      I loved Mondo’s dress. I already own and proudly wear a similar shirt, the Liquid Blue watermelon tee shirt. And shame on Mizrahi for being down on the orange when he was wearing orange himself! Ha!

    • Anonymous

      Mondo’s dress was a lot better than Michael’s.  Both are in the caftan arena, but I think Mondo at least tried to give the dress some shape to show off the model’s figure, and not overwhelm her.  I like they way he used the print, but not the black belt…black just seems stark against the bright color.  Kara’s dress…she just doesn’t fare well in this time crunch situations, but then again, giving her more time seems to cause issues too.  

    • Anonymous

      I wish Kara would stop styling her model’s hair pulled back. Those ears!

    • Anonymous

      Kara should have pulled something out of the trick bag she learned from Joe Dee.  That ruffled baby doll she presented here is extremely unflattering.  That twig of a model actually looks thick.

      I love the Carol Burnett imagery!  It’s spot on,.  XD

    • Anonymous

      When Isaac and faux-Heidi sat there last night in their orange ensembles and criticized Mondo’s dress for being orange, that’s when I knew – this is all some sort of practical joke. The whole thing. There is no way they were serious or could possible expect us to take them seriously after that.

    • Anonymous

      We really need to take a look at Mila’s.  I thought she should have won.  They seemed to like it and then went with the MEN instead.  This auf the women and praise the men is getting a little over the top so if there was a chance to praise a woman, I think they should have take it.  Her dress was right for the challenge, innovative, wearable.  The only thing I would question is the belt.  Anyway, looking forward to the screen caps to check the styling.  She was robbed!

      • Anonymous

        We really need to take a look at Mila’s.  I thought she should have won.

        Don’t worry.  We will.  And I agree.  I was shocked when I heard “it’s between Michael and Mondo”.

        • Anonymous

          Especially since Mila’s was Isaac’s favorite. Doesn’t that count for something?

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

        I loved Mila’s. And it was great that she seemed so happy to be working with something other than black. If the judges wanted to see passion from the designers, they should have taken her dress more seriously.

      • Anonymous

        Interesting.  I really like Mila’s designs but I thought this was probably the worst outfit she’s ever done on either version of PR in which she participated.   I was a bit shocked that Isaac liked it so much.

      • Anonymous

        Mila’s dress gave me the biggest “wow, cool” moment of the runway show – I really liked how the layers interacted when the model walked.  It was a nice twist on her usual colorblocking.  I did think the overall dress was a little sloppy, and it sort of kills me to think how much better it could have been with a reasonable time limit.

    • Anonymous

      I went and watched the show again this morning when it was posted at Lifetime. I think there is no way that with a six hour challenge and that fact that many of the colors were pretty washed out looking that the challenge was going to produce ten wonderful dresses -not to mention the fact that the ‘tasteful look inspired by gelato’ challenge was pretty vague. I really liked Mondo’s not just because I like bright colors but because the way he constructed it made it look less voluminous than a typical caftan. Kara’s pregnant cupcake is just ugly. And even with a tight time frame all those seams are straight and shouldn’t have posed that much of a problem.

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

        THANK YOU!  I thought I was the only person who was boggled by the lack of seaming ability on this show — doing a hem correctly (according to my mother who instilled that all hems should be hand done, for unknown reasons) does take time, but the lack of ability to sew a straight seam boggles…

        • http://twitter.com/TigerLaverada TigerLaverada

          I was taught the same thing about hems, and the reason my mom gave was that hand-hemming is pretty much invisible when done with the stitch she used. 

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

            Yeah, my mother never bothered to give a reason.  That’s how it was done and that was all that needed to be said:)

    • Anonymous

      I love Mondo and his sensibility, knowledge of fashion history, and tongue in cheek attitude.  I hate this dress from top to bottom, front to back.

      Kara needs to get herself under control — The critique about the maternity wear aspect was bullshit.  Plenty of dresses going back centuries make good use of that  pattern.  Her issues are that she falls apart under stress when it comes to color combinations.  The bottom or her dress brought to mind every manner of girl bathroom disaster.  And she over emotes, over articulates, and generally seems now to need Jo Zee to keep her in shape.  She didn’t deserve to be in the bottom three — Should have been Jerrell and April.

      The show needs to get it  together because they are rapidly rapidly moving south on the respect-oh-meter. 

    • http://twitter.com/thelilerin erin l.

      Mondo’s dress, while dated, was just absolutely… pretty. And something I could actually see Miranda, even DVF, wear. Maybe not to an event or an industry thing, but certainly outside the house, which is more than I can say about Michael’s.

      I didn’t watch PR yet when Kara was on (though I have gone back and watched them all by now) so I don’t really have a personal desire to see her stay. That said, I love a good empire waist. This was not.

    • Anonymous

      I can’t sew clothing (I make stuffed animals, WAY different) but I just wanted to take a pair of scissors to the layers in Kara’s dress to even them out. That right side is really driving me batty.

      Mondo’s was the Dorothy Zbornac to Michael’s Blanche Deveraux.

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

        If you can make a stuffed animal, you can make clothing. 

        • Anonymous

           I have made cushion covers, other decorative sewing, and Halloween costumes – but I really have trouble with anything more complicated than a simple column skirt -preferably knit with an elastic waist :)

        • Anonymous

          Thanks for thinking so, but actually, there’s a HUGE set of skills involved with making clothes that aren’t needed at all for stuffed animals. I can’t read a pattern, and there are very few (as in none) requirements for zippers or other fasteners. I can make a pretty cute tutu though. 

    • Anonymous

      I like Mondo’s because it seems like a dress one would wear to brunch, and I love cantaloupe at brunch. As I am a master of inanity, I will now apply for a judging position on Project Runway.

      In all seriousness, I don’t like the dingy color at the wrists of Mondo’s gown but it interests me more than Michael’s.

    • Susan Crawford

      There was a definite Bob Mackie vibe about Mondo’s dress, and Burnett could probably STILL rock the life out of it. I liked it MUCH more than Michael’s because I think it was proof that Mondo can break out of his personal aesthetic of body-conscious, sharply graphic clothes and push forward in an entirely new direction. I know Kara is passionate about her work. But I am so tired of her drama every week, and nothing she has made thus far is all-star in my book. I would have sent her packing and kept April – but there it is. The ruffle-tiered look is over except perhaps for little girls who like to twirl around and around and around at birthday parties .. .

      • Anonymous

        I remember that Mondo specifically mentioned that he would be showing the judges that he could do something outside his usual design zone.

        And yes, Kara’s emoting is wearing thin. I’ve always liked her, but I don’t think the PR format is right for her. Of course, we’re also without Zulema, who would be taking Kara aside and tellling her, “You can cry and cut, but you’ve gotta cut!”

    • marilyn

      Kara should have made Jerell’s creation.  The colors were right, and it wasn’t a maternity look.  In fact, his prints looked rich and spicy.  It would have been refreshing for Kara to make a Jerell dress, instead of Jerell.

      I still think Mondo’s is the pick of the litter.

    • Melvis Velour

      I liked Mondo’s piece but, like I snarled about Micheal’s caftan, all I could think of was Mrs. Roper…

    • Anonymous

      Wow, that looks SO MUCH like her decoy collection piece it’s disturbing. I thought the piece was kind of “meh” then and it’s a total “gross” now.

      Mondo should have won. His dress was light years ahead of everythign else, and I could actually picture a Victoria’s Secret Model in it (unlike whatever that… thing was that Michael made)

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

      TLo has it right. Not enough time + silly restraints = crappy stuff. I don’t know why Michael turns me off so much, but I HATE it when he wins. I think he’s facetious, and just because you can make a shiny satin boudoir caftan in less than six hours doesn’t mean you are a gifted child-sewing prodigy. I mean, Anthony had it right on when he said it was a seamstress challenge. How else to explain that  April has better, fresher ideas (with a few construction problems, granted) but Kara has lamer, more played out concepts and pretty decent execution, and April got the schmauf? Doesn’t matter, I guess, because I don’t see Kara making it much farther.

      For the record, caftan-wise, Mondo’s was a darn sight better, I think. I don’t get why there was all this talk about it being “un-sexy,” as if that was the main criteria on any dress. It fit fine, looked good in back, and was cute. And looked like clothes, instead of someting that should be paired with maribou bedroom kitten heels in a 1980′s night time soap opera. If he had just come up with that color palette and there had been no gelato flavors involved, they would have praised him for being bright and colorful, I’d bet.

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

        April hasn’t impressed during this competition, and I think the judges are always going to see her work and think “student”.  She needs to learn how to interpret her ideas better.

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

          She’s only 22. She needs to get a job in the industry and earn her way a bit, I think, before trying to get her own line out there now. She might be a good designer but she’s no Christian Siriano and I looks like she models herself on him. She’s out of her league when you put her next to Mondo or Rami.

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

          I agree, but that still makes it an execution challenge and not a fashion concept challenge. The judges hated Kara’s dress, and actually gave more praise to April’s. They gave her the auf for the lack of craftsmanship. I understand it is All Stars, and one should expect more skill, but Austin glues a dress and is safe? Naw, I think she was robbed. April’s a better designer than Kara, in the end.

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

            I agree that Kara should have gone instead of April – April has more potential for a unique point of view than Kara does and I don’t pretend to know the judges minds at all, but I think it was more a question of the fact that April has shown several garments that were less finished that everyone else’s. Kara’s may have been unfinished this week but her previous garments were more finished than April’s. Again, though, I think that’s mostly due to the fact that April has big ideas that can’t be realized adequately in the time allowed.

      • Anonymous

        Now I inexplicably need a pair of maribou bedroom kitten heels. (edited to add): and a long cigarette holder, even tho I don’t smoke– I’ll have to stick a bubblegum cigarette in it.

      • Anonymous

        Now I inexplicably need a pair of maribou bedroom kitten heels. (edited to add): and a long cigarette holder, even tho I don’t smoke– I’ll have to stick a bubblegum cigarette in it.

    • Anonymous

      “It’s fun in a campy, retro-’70s ‘Ethel Merman sings disco’ kind of way”

      Oh man – truer words were never spoken!  That album is hilariously weird, and it’s a great stress reliever.  Just try not doing random kick moves during “I Get a Kick Out of You” – just try!!  Even more fun when done in an office chair when people are getting on your last nerve. 

    • Anonymous

      Sad thing is if Mondo had flipped it around on the model, this probably would’ve been the one that was the winner.  Several comments before they announced the winner made it seem that MIranda got the deciding vote and made it on which dress was easier to breast feed in.  It’s too bad… when the dress was on the form, I thought he was going to go for the big V in the front.  So much more interesting than Michael’s… even if it was too literal.

    • http://sharpandkeen.wordpress.com/ katie

      that link to the past just sent me on an hour-long excursion into the archives. best lunch hour all week.

      • Anonymous

        i’m reading through the PR recaps start to finish when i’m still obsessed and have read all the current stuff.  i’m in november 2008 now.  great time swallower.

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

      I knew Kara’s dress was going to be in the bottom as soon as she started the pity party about the ice cream flavor “I felt like a kid at the park whose ice cream fell off the cone.” Wahh wahh wahh. She needs to stop whining and take the energy she uses to run her mouth and put it into her creativity. This dress didn’t say chocolate and it certainly didn’t say anything about spice or heat. It said exactly what her first impression was: ice cream that fell off the cone.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=19801927 Dennis Coyle

      If Kara had reversed the color progression, it would have been literally an ice cream cone and she could have spun that to have explained the baby bump effect.

    • Greg Yoder

      You know, every time my ex (who is a big time show queen, so it happens a lot) brings up Ethel Merman, I remember seeing her promoting her Disco album on The Tonight Show.  And the memory, it burns.  “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” DID NOT need a disco version. I had nightmares. 

      I’m sorry.  This post wasn’t really about that, was it?  Carry on.

      • Anonymous

        Ohh, but it was entertaining. I had forgotten the disco version of Alexander’s Ragtime Band – and at the safe remove of several decades, the memory made me smile.

      • Anonymous

        Oh great. Pass the brain bleach.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1260924501 Frank Butterfield

        It makes me deliriously happy that someone else remembers this album.  When it came out, I suddenly realized (at the tender age of 12) that simply everyone would be making a disco album.  So, ever since then, when I hear a song I really like (such as “Harper Valley PTA” or “I Think I Love You” or “Greensleeves”) I always announce to whomever is nearby: “That’s going to be on my disco album!”

        • Anonymous

          This morning I woke up with this feelingI didn’t know how to deal with
          And so I just decided to myself
          I’d hide it to myself and never talk about it
          And did not go and shout it when you walked into the room
          I THINK I LOVE YOU!

          (sorry. . . couldn’t help myself.)

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1260924501 Frank Butterfield

            Perfection!

      • Anonymous

        My boss gave me a copy of that album a few years ago, and I LOVE IT.  My favorite on that album is “I Get a Kick Out of You”, but the whole album is perfect for when I need a mood boost.

        Of course, I didn’t live through disco in the first place, so I think it’s best that I can appreciate this from afar and only listen to it when I want to!

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

      I liked Mondo’s and thought it deserved to “win.”
      And I didn’t hate Kara’s nearly as much as Rami’s and Jerrell’s.

      Let’s face it, everyone had to go to their trick bag and the smartest designers went the schleppy/muumuu/Butterick-pattern route.

    • Anonymous

      I fail to understand why they got so excited about the back of Mondo’s caftan.  Have they really never seen a plunging backline before?  

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

        Not since Michael’s bathrobe walked the runway.

        • Anonymous

          Which was all of what, 90 seconds?

    • http://twitter.com/DonnaThePirana Donna

      Last night I thought that Mondo’s dress was quite flattering in that the column of orange gave the impression of a slim shape, and I still think that’s sort of true. I mean, it’s definitely a lot sexier than most dresses that use so much fabric.

      I’ve had it up to here with layered ruffles. It’s just a juvenile look if not done in a very precise way. Kara’s dress for this challenge and Sweet P’s dress from the dollar store challenge both just looked like some crap you could get at K-Mart with the beach coverups.

    • Anonymous

      “We just got finished saying what a joy this season is because the level
      of talent is high and the execution of the garments is perfect. So what
      do they do? Devise a challenge where execution and talent aren’t as
      important as simply getting something done in the allotted time”

      I figure you guys are too professional to make the same comment in every post about this episode, so I’ll do it for you. Since really, it’s the core of the matter.

      Mondo’s was amazing as an inspiration piece for re-decorating the sun room, as a dress, neither better nor worse than most of the others.

      Kara’s was uninteresting.

    • Anonymous

      Too literal from Mondo.   More importantly,  I was not fond of the color choices.    The design was boring — but honestly — SIX hours?

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

        I think it’s interesting that people continue to criticize Mondo’s color choices when he was clearly limited to an orange. If he’d gone lighter, it would have been blah. Michael made the mistake of going too pale, mostly because he stuck with the exact tone of the swatch/gelato.

        That said, I think Mondo could have done something with a print that incorporated the greens and oranges that would have looked better and won.

        • Anonymous

          It was the green with the cantaloupe  that I found objectionable.   

        • Anonymous

          Wait. . . I only saw the first 10 minutes of the show, but I thought Michael got yellow, (though he seemed to think he was getting a ruby red grapefruit or a blood orange) and yet in the pictures his outfit looks pink. Did he go with pink even though his gelato was yellow?

          • Anonymous

            Look at the swatch he was given.  It’s the same pale pinkish tone he used in his dress.

    • Anonymous

      I thought Mondo’s was very cool and fresh and hip – definitely elegant, too, which is a good trick to pull off, all of those together. Michael’s was well constructed – at least he had sleeves on his caftan, which is miles ahead of Anya, an actual winner!! But like most of Michael’s stuff, it was so 1980s TV – Dynasty, Dallas, etc. The kind of thing rich women wore on television decades ago.

      I disliked Kara’s, but I hated April’s more. Her top and back were hideous, the fabric was all uneven, it was cut wrong, uneven and way too short in the back – a complete mess. She needs to mature and not be so impressed by dyeing fabrics ugly (last week) and putting a few colors on top of each other and calling it great design. I know she is only 22, but a 10 year old could do those things just as well as she did last night. 

    • Anonymous

      I, too, think that a rich brown can be beautiful.  Besides, I thought Kara acted like a spoiled brat full of excuses–she is coming off as very unlikeable (to me), which wouldn’t bother me if she made clothes good enough to offset her whining.  But so far she hasn’t.

    • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

      I liked Mondo’s dress very much, including the color scheme.  And I liked Kara’s color scheme, because I thought the use of white and beige was a nice counterweight to the red and brown.  I don’t get the criticism of the shape.   There has been many a highly-praised, high-waisted dress to come down that runway in the past.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      Both pretty ugly, and yes on the double standard on literality.

      Your mention of Carol Burnett and the seventies strikes me as where I break off so completely.  I still tend to think of ’70s clothes as (as some comedian  put it in a stand-up routine), “your wardrobe on drugs.”  (The conceit of the joke was that the fried egg commercial “This is your brain on drugs” just gave someone the munchies.  Showing a seventies wardrobe, on the other hand, was enough to scare someone straight.)  That this show keeps returning to the decade that I am most embarrassed to have been alive in pretty much sums up why I have such a hard time getting behind these top looks.  They look seventies–and that makes me cringe.  A lot.  And have nightmares of blue polyester stretch pants with orange turtles on them, or powder blue sailor suits.  Not to mention my first and third grade teachers, but I guess that’s not really related to the fashion thing. ;p

      • Call me Bee

        ITA with you about 70s fashion (and 80s fashion as well, frankly.)  For those of us who came of age in the , the clothing of the 70s was so garish and OTT,  the awful synthetic fabrics and colors…I really don’t want to go back! 

        • Carla Williams

          I came of age in the 70s, and love everything about the aesthetic–in clothes, television, movies. I love seeing it invoked, so I loved Mondo’s caftan. I’d wear it in a heartbeat. In 2012.

          • Anonymous

            I love ’60s & ’70s clothes. LOVE LOVE LOVE. Except gaucho pants.

            • Anonymous

              i even love gauchos.

              otoh, i think the reason most people hate 70s clothes is cos they are thinking of department store & catalog 70s clothes. if the same people who care about clothing were to go back & look at, say, vogue or l’officiel–or even the magnificent rags from new york–from the same time period, i think they would be astonished at how different things couldve been from what they were forced to wear by their parents.

              also boutique stuff–& i dont precisely mean judy’s. more like mr freedom & radley in london & later, of course, seditionaries &, if lesser, boy &, say, paradise garage]. here in the states there also were all kinds of places; please excuse me, i wasnt really old enough to go to any of them. i do remember my parents dropping me off in head shops while they went to big stupid places like furniture stores. the head shops had books & magazines, you know. my parents were not as others, that too, particularly for then. anyway.

              &, of course, 70s can be considered two different decades, more or less, late & early. early being the very best of what happened in the 60s or, perhaps, the 60s taken to even more sensual/sensoria & colorfully elegant extremes. this ended circa maybe 1974. then you have the late 70s which are cusping into 80s & you get the dreadfuls: the plaids, the cuffs, the polos, the reaction to the previous. which, sadly & horrifyingly, in many ways has never left us–at least internally intellectually emotionally–while the counterfeiting of the better into retro files on as commerce.

              the end, tired here.

            • Anonymous

              Great post, thanks.  I also loved the colorful glad rags /anything goes/do it yourself aspects of ’70s clothes.  Indian bedspread clothing meets vintage dresses meets African prints meets Mexican peasant blouses meets Navy surplus.

            • Anonymous

              I still have a caftan I made out of an Indian bedspread back in the 70s.  I really love me a caftan and own several but very seldom wear them because they don’t fit into my lifestyle.  I don’t live at or frequently visit the beach and don’t get invited to poolside parties and caftans aren’t really very practical for working around the house.

            • Anonymous

              I think of this as the “semi-hippy” seventies – oh the hours I spent making clothes & handbags out of other clothes & Indian prints, and god help me, embroidering much of the same items.

              When I think of the time I spent on it all I have a whole new take on how I managed to stay out of a lot of the trouble I should have been getting into, considering my friends & acquaintances.

            • Anonymous

              Oh, the embroidering! I’d forgotten about that. And did you decorate your jeans with star & moon studs, too?

              As for the trouble. . . sigh. I know exactly what you mean. Though I did manage to get into some, but sheesh I thank my lucky stars now for the trouble that could have come after me but didn’t.

            • Anonymous

              Ha! I didn’t do the studs, though I remember them. Very early on, in maybe junior high? there was a fad for sew-on patches – mushrooms, &  “Keep On Truckin’” etc – but that passed quickly, being considered juvenile and commercial, I think.

              Yeah, good luck is definitely a factor in how almost anyone arrives, mostly intact, at 24, I think now.

            • Anonymous

              “Keep on truckin’” – hee hee. Mr. Natural
              http://www.flickr.com/photos/oddsock/54384015/

      • Anonymous

        I feel that way about the 80s valley girl look. I hated it then and I hate the attempt at retro in both shoes and clothes.

      • Anonymous

        I was nursing three babies in the 70s and early 80s (not all at once! or without a break!), so my memories of fashion in those days is fairly limited. Whatever got me out of the house without sharing a nursing leak or whatever made it easier to wrangle kids guided my wardrobe; living in a very small town where fashion mattered to none of my friends (we were all making quilts) probably didn’t help. I shopped at the barely stocked JCP store and had to drive 25 miles to get to anything else.

        blue polyester stretch pants with orange turtles on them
        Made me laugh. My mother-in-law made me a two piece stretch poly pants and top outfit, in neon orange. I wore it a few times, til I saw how I glowed in pictures. That kind of fabric felt nasty too.

      • Anonymous

        I became a grown person in the 70′s, but living in a schizophrenic semi-hippy, semi-urban club-goer bubble, bridged with student/minmum wage worker necessity clothes, I didn’t wear a lot of the clothes I now see as ‘iconic 70′s.’  I confess to loving the unrealistically-lean, long-legged ideal female silhouette of the time.

      • Anonymous

        I became a grown person in the 70′s, but living in a schizophrenic semi-hippy, semi-urban club-goer bubble, bridged with student/minmum wage worker necessity clothes, I didn’t wear a lot of the clothes I now see as ‘iconic 70′s.’  I confess to loving the unrealistically-lean, long-legged ideal female silhouette of the time.

    • Call me Bee

      It’s this inconsistency that drives me nuts about the judging.  One gets praised for a literal interprtaton and the other gets slammed. 
      I thought Kara’s dress was cute–although I hadn’t seen her decoy runway look.  I think if shs’d made this with a natural waist and that cute flippy skirt, it woulda been a contender.  As it is, I still think it was better than Michael’s bathrobe. 

    • http://michjeff-quiltersparadise.blogspot.com/ Michelle Young

      You are right, it is almost an exact replica of her old dress, but not as well constructed, given her time constraints.  Too bad, because you are right, it is kind of dated now.  I think she could have done a lot with her chocolate color but she was just a little too literal.  I didn’t like the Mondo dress either. 

    • Anonymous

      I liked Mondo’s dress and would actually wear it. Maybe not every day, but I’m sure it could work for something I might someday do, perhaps. Anyway, it was a lot better than Michael’s, which no one would ever wear. Kara’s color choices worked pretty well but that poor model looked like a cupcake.

      • Anonymous

         I would wear Michael;s and can’t imagine being forced to wear this one by Mondo.  I liked a lot of his earlier work

    • Anonymous

      It would have been fairer if there had been more flavors than designers, but I guess the leftover gelato would have melted.

    • Lattis

      Brrrrrrrrrrrng. Earth to Mondo – Wake Up!
      Honestly. I loved Mondo during his season and I remember what he made. But, so far this season he’s made a succession of eminently forgettable looks.

    • Anonymous

      It was a dark and stormy night. Lightning flashed (the ball kind, like grapefruits tossed from on high), across the vanilla and blueberry scented candlelit boudoir of Miss LanaJane Stanwyck-O’Sullivan, as she tossed her dark and stormy hair, its chocolate ringlets falling past her shoulder and seductively draping her left eye (so as to cover the uncontrollable twitching which had recently begun after her favorite director, Kermit Vanne Frogga, had raised his porcine nose high in the air and stormed out, snarling about her lack of feminine passion in her latest movie, Madagascar 9: Forest of the Kiwi People). It was her favorite wig, as she frantically tried to disguise her growing baldness, her shiny pink skin shimmering like satin. She paced in her cherry colored marabou kitten heels, sipping at green tea, and waited, flicking her ivory cigarette holder impatiently, her breath smelling oddly of cantaloupe, almost tripping over The Mondo discarded at her feet, wearing her favorite M Costello original, a satin peignoir that matched her skin, and her walls, and her bed piled with 27 pillows, for her paramour, Guy Noir.

      Suddenly, a shot rang out.

      [my apologies, too much??? ;-p]

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1386785487 Lee Graham

      This does look very Carol Burnett. The challenges on this season have gotten so silly that I am growing very bored.

    • Anonymous

      Like the color of Mondo, I get tangerine more than cantaloupe, but the color is nice, but I’m just not a fan of the look. I love caftans, just not this one. Its the last thing I’d ever expect Mondo to make, a caftan. This, like Michael’s, would probably work better as a housedress. Even with the belt its not all that flattering. Mondo, like April, has been disappointing thus far.

      Kara’s could have worked if it wasn’t a baby-doll. The layers moved nicely, I think she chucked the top two layers, made the skirt lower, and did more with the top it could have worked better. Plus with more time I’m sure the layers would be so frayed. I don’t hate this.

    • carhoff

      Remember when Judge Jay McCarroll verbally spanked Kara for “all her big talk” about the black tube dress she made with the caution tape wrapped around it?  It was amusing to hear the judges said the exact same thing to her last night— that her big fancy explanations don’t match the dress. 

      • Call me Bee

        Oh yes.  I *just* watched that on Style this afternoon. And with her working with Joe Zee–apparently the girl will never learn….

      • Anonymous

        My eyes nearly got permanently stuck in the huge eyeroll her pronouncements of being “passionate” caused. Please. One’s love of something doesn’t automatically equal one’s proficency in it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1241487378 Lauren Lynch Fox

      Carol Burnett….yep

      you gotta talk about Rami’s  mess…..

    • Anonymous

      Since I don’t watch the show anymore, but love reading about it here – can you guys do the “judge the judges” again? I love reading your critiques about what the judges wear wearing.

    • Anonymous

      I love the Carol Burnett reference. “i’m so glad we had this time together. Just to have a laugh and sing a song…” 

      Even though Michael has turned down the bitch volume on his, what I find to be, irritating personality, his gown? boobalicious caftan? was slightly more redeemable among a selection that at best was tired. Not that I could do any better given six hours and a dairy product as an inspiration.

    • http://janeaustensworld.wordpress.com/ Vic

      Not even my mother would wear Mondo’s kaftan, and no pregnant lady of my acquaintance would wear Kara’s dress. The point is, though, that these two outfits were so much better than anything else shown on the runway that night. That’s how terrible the competition was. What a waste. 

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

      Mondo’s wasn’t earth shattering but it was certainly better than Michael’s. And it was pretty. Costumey but pretty.
      If Kara’s had a longer waste it would have been a very cute dress. I really think the judges were way off attacking her for being so literal. I thought the way she blended those impossible colors was very smart. And when you look at it compared to April’s….

    • Anonymous

      Mondo seems so sad – kind of like someone who agreed to go on the allstars show, but then remembered how manipulative the whole process is on PR.

      • Anonymous

        Mondo was so sad his own season too — or at least the first impression he made on me was that way. Man, do you remember his talking heads especially those first episodes? For some reason I’m remembering him even as on the verge of tears over lonliness and feeling an outsider and having a hard time knowing if someone loves him etc.

      • Anonymous

        To me he comes across as tired, perhaps slightly burned-out.  I hope I’m wrong and that he’s just off to a slow start.

    • http://twitter.com/GriffinClubMerv El_Merv

      The green bandage dress with the cap sleeves that Miranda Kerr wore – does anyone know who designed it?

      • Anonymous

        Not sure who designed it, but during the judging it looked like she couldn’t sit down.

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

      A ruffled babydoll skirt was fine in 2005 but it looks terribly dated in 2012.
      Spot on! That’s exactly what I thought as I saw her. It would’ve been so much better if she’d just have pulled something out of her trick bag that she’s more recently created.

    • Anonymous

      I didn’t like Mondo’s all that much, but when I watched the episode I thought he’d won.  Seeing the stills I like it less and I’m thinking I’d have given the win to – I can’t believe I’m going to say this – Kenley.  I’ll be interested in the screen caps of hers to see if I like it as much as I did on the show.

      Kara’s was such a repeat of her fashion week look that even I remembered it.  But it looked so much worse this time.  I didn”t mind the colors so much as the proportion.  Her model looked like an insect with spindly legs and arms and then a big, fat, round midsection.  Not a good look for anyone.  

      • Anonymous

        I agree about Kenley’s dress, I thought it was adorable!

      • Anonymous

         Rainwood1 – I didn’t get to see the show until late last night and while I thought Mondo’s looked bad in the screen shots, I agree it looked better on the show.

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

      “All of us girls wanted to wear that dress.”

      What a goddamn lie. Mondo, I love you, and perhaps your dress was one of the best things on the runway, but meh.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=552853133 Teddy Partridge

      I think you lads heard the television hostess tell her fellow judges during the secret part of their deliberations that “Kara picked this color,” while she was actually present when Kara had last “choice.”  It was truly unfair of the hostess not to inform her fellow judges that there was no choice of color at all for Kara.  She was the only one with this information, having been there, and should relay information like this to her fellow judges responsibly.  I say this even though I think Kara should have been schmaufed and April kept until next week.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=552853133 Teddy Partridge

      This was  a six-hour challenge because that’s all the time DVF was willing to give Bunim-Murray, I’ll bet.  Then, having praised Michael to the stars, including telling him to call her “after the show” — this episode, or the entire run, Diane? — she wasn’t going to let the win go to Mondo.  And I think the others were pretty intimidated by her judging, although I still don’t get what DVF has to do with either Gelato or Six-Hour Timeframes for Outfits.

      • Anonymous

        I had a similar thought, but the judges  aren’t around while the sewing’s going on, so if anything it might have been when DVF was available, and the need get the sketching, fabric selection, and sewing done in time to schedule the runway show when she was available.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=552853133 Teddy Partridge

          But DVF was introduced on the runway as the challenge was described; then she exited. 
          That all happened the same day as the judging — at the beginning and end of the six hour tour.

          • Anonymous

            Yes, it did, but it didn’t have to be that way.  They could have brought DVF out just for the judging, like they did with the breast-feeding model, and given the designers more time for their creations.  Thus I feel it was a deliberate choice of the producers to give them such a short time.

          • Anonymous

            Oh, I didn’t know – I missed the show.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=552853133 Teddy Partridge

      And what was the point of “mini-Mood” anyway?  The challenge clock could have started after a trip to regular Mood  — that is, if we weren’t limited to only one day of DVF’s time.

      • Anonymous

        And there was no mention of a budget so I assumed the designers could take as much of their chosen fabric as they wanted, so that negates any excuse of not having enough fabric to execute their conception.

    • Anonymous

      Kara is next to go. 

    • Kathy Schrenk

      I really hope TLo judge the judges this week! I WANT DVF’s outfit. And MI’s was a riot.

      • Anonymous

        I swear I’ve seen DVF’s outfit before??

    • Anonymous

      I liked Diane as a judge.  
       I still really miss Tim & Heidi. 
      I ‘m not sure the new two add anything for me.
      I’d like to have seen how Heidi & especially Tim would have been with these designers this go round, with their past history & knowledge of them.

      I don’t really miss Michael or Nina so much. 
      I’m not sold on the new judges though.
      I’m not that crazy about Issac he can grate on the nerves (I didn’t love him on that other show either so no surprise)

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

      I can’t think of Carol Burnett in those massive pseudo-Foster Grants, though.

    • http://twitter.com/aileenfairycat aileenfairycat

      I have to say that Kara or someone needs to run with that dress for Maternity, I think it could be super cute, for a young, hip Mum. I have to say I would have loved something so playful while pregnant, especially with the back. BUT not pregnant, that thing is a hot mess!

      Sorry, Michael’s dress looks like the sleeves, were getting of the way of her walking or something, so she shoved them in her waist band. Overall, it was a lot of BLAH on the runway, and some sucky dresses got in the top. But, sorry April, it was time to go.

    • Anonymous

      Miranda Kerr is going to wear Michael’s dress at an event….PUHLEEESE! No way, leaky nipples or not. More suited for Bea Arthur at the 1978 Emmy’s.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=552853133 Teddy Partridge

        No one ever said what KIND of event.  Maybe while she’s lounging in bed eating bonbons, nursing, and having a martini?

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

        omg! exactly what i thought! dorothy from the golden girls!

    • Mariah J

      Kara was one of my favorite designers from all the seasons…but she doesn’t seem to be doing very well so far. I agree that all of her stuff looks to be from 5-6 years ago :( C’mon Kara make it work!

    • Anonymous

      finally got to see the show – and I must say that Mondo’s looked much better on the runway and in motion than in the screen shots.

    • http://twitter.com/mellafe natalia h

      GO HOME, KARA.

    • http://profiles.google.com/katelynsypher Katie Sypher

      What bothered me about this episode was that they didn’t tell the designers in advance that the winning look would be worn by Miranda Kerr. Methinks many of the hemlines and shapes would’ve changed with that little wrinkle.

    • Anonymous

      Angela and Isaac dissing on the orange when they were both wearing orange really bugged me.

      Six hours or not, this stuff was all still better than almost everything last season.

    • http://twitter.com/LOfficielEbony TheVeryLivingEND

      IDK why, but I want Mondo’s dress. I want to wear it on the beach in Negril.

    • Anonymous

      i’ve always thought kara was a bit of smoke & mirrors: very charming and sweet and got through on personality. that being said i really don’t think her dress would have been so bad if that waist line hadn’t been dropped by about 3 inches…

    • Anonymous

      Mondo– Not a bad entry. I like how the orange contours the model’s figure.

      Kara– I don’t mind how she fit the bust– I thought that was quite good, but the proportions are way off. Model’s torso looks tiny, and the legs are visually elongated. And then there’s the bump. The layering wasn’t a bad idea, but she needed to tone down the fullness and choose more vibrant, less dreary colors.

    • http://twitter.com/beetemup Liz Bloodbath

      I am dying for a challenge where they have a full day to CONCEPTUALIZE their look and then three hours to shop before they ever touch a sewing machine.

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

      Surprised Mondo did not win; though costume like, it was the better dress.

    • Anonymous

      The colors she got can’t be blamed for her bad taste – I’m not a designer and I can think of many ways to make red and brown work together. If she was going to use one of her old designs she could have done a kimono dress.

       At least Mondo did something fun and interesting, not overworked and in line with the challenge.  I didn’t get the issue of wearing a bra for the nursing Miranda Kerr – each look would require  a special undegarment and somehow it seemed to tip it to Michael?

    • Anonymous

      I don’t understand why Mondo went with the length he did.  He could have chopped off about half the length of that dress and it would have been a hundred times better. I do think it was better then Michael’s but not by very much.  Prior to looking at her past collection, if Kara had gotten the proportions correct, I wouldn’t have minded her dress…not for the win mind you, but as solid safe.  However looking at her past collection, I’m actually disappointed.  How sad.