PR All Stars: Feh.

Posted on January 27, 2012

Last week it was muppets, this week everyone gets an ice cream cone. Before this season’s out the finalists will all be in diapers at the rate they’re going.

 

Enh. It was just another “make a pretty dress” challenge, just as we thought. The only twists being that they were locked into certain colors and they only had 6 hours to do it. Neither of these twists made for more interesting garments. Exactly the opposite, in fact.

 

So congratulations Michael. We can’t get behind this one at all because we think this dress looks utterly ridiculous.

It’s a drag queen’s nightgown; both the shape and the color of it being decades out of style. Pure Alexis Carrington.

 


But it was impeccably executed and Miranda Kerr decided at the last minute that breastfeeding was a consideration (even though she also admitted that she’d never wear this dress) and that’s enough to give Michael the win again.

 

We were all kinds of upset over this win but when it comes right down to it, we couldn’t really pick anyone else who was more deserving. The results this week were pretty bad straight down the line (which is to be expected when you only have 6 hours). No one really did anything significantly better than this, unfortunately. It was a win by default. Bleh. That’s the worst kind of Project Runway episode.

 

And it’s a second goodbye to April. We think she’s talented, but we can’t argue with this schmauf.

The one thing this dress had going for it was the interesting way she came up with that color through layering.

The neckline is odd…

… but it’s even odder when it’s repeated on the back.

It was just another slightly raggedy, high-waisted strapless cocktail dress from April. We think it’s safe to say that every designer this week simply pulled a dress out of their trickbag. What else could they do, given the time constraints? But April’s was one we’ve seen many times before from her.

Feh. Do we sound cranky? Well we are. 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, awarding the win to a lackluster dress the judge admitted she’d never wear.

Feh.

 

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    • Anonymous

      I would love for them to get a two day challenge. Please, please, please. Just once. I haven’t had a WOW moment on Project Runway in years. I want one again.

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

        (And no twists.)

      • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

        Well from your lips (fingers) to BM’s ears.  I agree so much about no WOW moments in years – I think the last one was Mondo’s polka dot dress, which was fantastic.  There wasn’t even one single WOW last season.  Depressing.  Instead of giving these designers enough time to wow our socks off, they give them LESS time.  How stupid is that?

    • http://www.what-the-frock.com Dana WhatTheFrock

      I don’t watch PR so I don’t usually click through to those posts, but when this one came up in my Facebook feed, I saw this thumbnail and was like “Blanche Deveraux???”

      http://wpc.4d27.edgecastcdn.net/004D27/ProjectRunwayAllStars/PRASE4P1/PRAS+E4P1+S6.jpg

      • Anonymous

        Blanche would be thrilled, but want some tweaks. Needs more lace. That peach color is just about perfect though.

        • Anonymous

          your so right…
          but when I first saw this I though of Angela Lansbury in the 1978 movie “Death On The Nile” that was just on TV a few days ago. All this dress needed was more jewelry and the model holding a cigarette holder.

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

            And a turban….

            • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YAMNQMUGFM4NNSPAQLZRODSD5I Angela

              And some of those little high heeled bedroom slippers with marabou on the toes! (Dyed to match, of course!)

          • Anonymous

            He did pick the right style jewelry though. Alexis and Blanche would be having a bitch fight over that necklace.

      • Anonymous

        Yep! First thing I said to my roomie when we saw that dress walk out was…”Golden Girls?”

        • Anonymous

          The choice of satin just read old to me when I saw this, and you nailed-Golden Girls going to the Golden Globes, anyone? 

        • Anonymous

          Actually, I was thinking someone tied up Hugh Hefner’s old satin bedsheets and threw it on the runway.

      • Anonymous

        Dana, I should have read the comments, especially since your spelling looks better! I think a sashaying Rue M. wears that silky robe in the opening segment.

      • Anonymous

        I said the same exact thing when this hit the runway. 

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

        I thought Dorothy Zbornak. Or Miss Piggy. Perhaps Michael didn’t know that it wasn’t another Dress-A-Muppet challenge?

        • Anonymous

          Liz Taylor in the ’70s, was my thought.

          I was also creeped out by how shiny it was, as it sashayed down the runway, “Shiny, shiny, shiny.”

      • Melvis Velour

        I was thinking Mrs. Roper actually….

        • Anonymous

          To be fair, Mondo’s creation was also a Mrs. Roper.

          • Melvis Velour

            I totally agree and said the same thing in the Mondo thread – I try and keep my bitterness focused on the vivisection at hand ;)~

            I mentioned Mrs. Roper at lunch with some colleagues and one particularly earnest young thing asked who she was…I was was fixin’ to slap the dear child but I’d have been in a line similar to that in Airplane to calm that hysterical woman and I had a meeting to go to…

    • Anonymous

      Amen to that. The first thing you notice about Michaels nightgown was the necklace. 6 hours was just stupid. 

      • http://twitter.com/taijuuuh Taija HU!

        That would be excusable were the challenge itself to design around a certain accessory.. But no. (Can you tell I’m pissed off about this dress?)

    • Anonymous

      I would’ve given the win to Mondo, and the auf to Kara.

      • Anonymous

        Second that! Although I have to be fair and say with Kara it was equal parts disgust with her recycled dress and completely over hearing her whine. Michaels sucking up to Diane VF was obnoxious. And his dress was a pretty bore. Not like what I’d expect to see Miranda Kerr in. Aging 70s diva, yes, hot Victoria’s angels supermodel, gawk no.

        srq

      • http://twitter.com/VicksieDo VicksieDo

        I agree!!!  Kara’s was ALL kinds of bad.

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

          I liked Kara’s. Don’t know how Rami and Jerrell missed the bottom.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CQPXLNCBM5CZSHZZXJDHPVFS7E Buffy

            April may make the same dress over and over but Jerrell is doing it too and his is uglier, IMO

            • Anonymous

              When they said that taste was going to be a major factor in the decision process, I thought Jerell was a goner.

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

              No – Jerrell stole Anya’s dress pattern and that made me cry, because I thought we were done with that dress.

            • Anonymous

              When Jerrell snarked on Kara’s dress making the model look pregnant, I boggled.  After his opera dress…

        • Anonymous

          Admittedly, I was in a bit of a bad mood last night, but at one point I shouted “Kara!  Shut the fuck up!!!!!”  And when she threw in the “I AM so passionate” as she was leaving the runway made me want to throw things.  She was all kinds of annoying last night.

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

        Maybe they are trying to drive a wedge between Mondo and Michael? Come on, that has to be part of the reason they were both cast…

        • Anonymous

          I wouldn’t put it past B/M but I think the reasons they were cast is because Mondo was considered robbed and Michael was so polarizing that they thought there would be drama (the same reason they cast Kenley).  I hope Michael and Mondo end up in business together.

          • Anonymous

            Oh I hope BM didn’t cast Michael just so that they can give him the win over and over again hoping that the other designers will get mad which will create some kind of crappy drama in a replay of what happened in Michael’s first season.

      • Cathy S

        I would have given it to Mondo too. Neither dress was exciting, but I loved the colors on Mondo’s.  Michael’s did not read grapefruit at all. As for the auf, it was so close. Either one of them could have gone and I wouldn’t have argued it.

    • Anonymous

      Actually I kept thinking if Michael’s dress was shorter it would be so much better. Even if it were just above the knee.

      I will say that nothing was great as indicated by the some of the negative comments all of them got. However I was impressed by what they could manage in so short of time.

      But I have to say Miss Jerrell after what you’ve been sending down- YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO JUDGE

      • Anonymous

        Michael’s dress would be even better if it were taken out and burnt. =)

      • Anonymous

        Jerrell has made the same damn mullet dress three times now, how does he not get called out for it???

      • Anonymous

        I agree; if it were shorter, it would look a lot better. All that fabric was just overwhelming.

        I really am getting to like Michael. At first I thought he was just playing the game, but I have come to think that he is just like a puppy dog – all his emotions are right out there, and I think that’s genuine.  (But that doesn’t mean I like his clothes.)

    • Anonymous

      Alexis Carrington? You are too kind. More like Joan Crawford in Mildred Pierce.

      And April deserved to go just for getting dangerously close to showing the good china.

      • Anonymous

        More like Joan Crawford on The Secret Storm.

        • Anonymous

          Or Faye Dunaway in Mommie Dearest

    • http://profiles.google.com/rosatcollege Ros Clarke

      I quite liked this challenge. More than a one-day challenge, actually. The designers didn’t have time to second-guess themselves and rework things. They had to work on instinct. I wish they’d focussed more on creativity and given them a pass on some of the finish. I’d have liked something more interesting than a gelato colour as the challenge, though.

    • Anonymous

      I can’t believe Michael won with that shiny piece of crap! I would have handed the win to Mondo, I liked the colors. Glad April is gone, I’ve never liked anything she’s done.

      • Anonymous

        I could not understand the praise April’s dress got from the judges for a messy, mangled, lopsided corset dress with an uneven hem that showed the model’s ass.

    • Shoelover1512

      It’s a bathrobe. A nice one, but a bathrobe nonetheless.

      And when she mentioned breastfeeding all I was thinking was no bra and milk stains? that’s not attractive

      • Anonymous

        lol, exactly, that shiny material is unforgiving when you let down!  You’d have nice bullseyes over your nipples. 

    • Anonymous

      “We were all kinds of upset over this win but when it comes right down to
      it, we couldn’t really pick anyone else who was more deserving.”

      ^ This.

      I’ll preface this by saying I don’t like Michael C. – didn’t like him on his season, don’t like him now, but I’ll give him props for [what appears to me to be] leveraging the reality tv schtick for all it’s worth and playing his impish manchild character to the hilt. May as well do that if you’re going to do reality tv. Still don’t like him. And I don’t like that dress. But I couldn’t figure out who else to give the win to.

      April was my favorite but I didn’t really figure she had a chance to win overall.  Her esthetic seems a little too rigid for some of these challenges. As she said, though, she’s still young. She’ll be fine.

      This challenge was just a bad idea. Okay, PR AllStars, that’s two weeks in a row where I’ve been kind of sort of not as badly as last season disappointed. Please stop now. D:

    • Anonymous

      I think the judges made the right decision on both counts. Kara’s layering was interesting (even if we’ve seen it before, as we have with most of the other designers).  Michael’s could’ve been so much better if he weren’t locked into that pale color. We can even see that swatch in that first pic where he’s chowing down on his ice cream cone.

      I think all of the judges were pretty divided on the top / bottom entries for this challenge. It made for an interesting discussion as they talked about the strengths and weakness of each look. The challenge (gelato colors) was interesting, I thought. But the time constraints were stupid.

    • Anonymous

      Deciding between Mondo and Michael for the win, you would have thought the challenge was to dress Mrs. Roper! Which given that last week was Miss Piggy, I wouldn’t be surprised.  Blech to the whole thing.

      • Anonymous

        Your mention of Mrs. Roper just gave me a horrible idea for a future PR challenge-they’ll have to design for Suzanne Sommers’ Chrissy…come to think of it, Michael just did…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GFMOZFM3WT3T56EZHVZFK7UXSI Ramon

      I’ll say it again. I wouldn’t be surprised if Bunin Murray turn Michael into the Anya of All Stars. He has the better story there after all. I thought that dress was all kinds of hiddy, even if it is well made. But I agree with you guys. Nothing in that runway was really good (especially when you have been downloading a lot of the collection pictures to look at when the nastiness of the job gets to be too much).

      • Anonymous

        Nooooooooo!!!  (About turning Michael into Anya)   The idea upsets me, but I can’t entirely say I disagree with your speculation.

        Although speaking of last season, when they announced the six-hour time limit, my mom and I both turned to each other and went “how many items of clothing do you think Viktor could turn out?”  Whatever else you could say for the guy…

    • Annie Leung

      The color on Michael’s dress is so odd, pink in one picture and beige in the next. I have to agree with Georgina Chapman that this doesn’t read grape fruit to me in anyway at all. I’d give it peaches and cream at best. The draping’s nice, but his model looks like she needs a rest on Betty Draper’s fainting couch.

    • Anonymous

      Michael is always able to whip up something quickly it may not be tasteful, but he’s able to get the job done. 

      I feel bad for April, but I don’t thin PR is the place for her to shine.

    • Anonymous

      i too cant believe michael won.  really?  i thought it look even to old for me!  i thought mondo should have won just because.

      expalin “schmauf” to me, i think i missed that one.

      • Jenna Kuhmann

        It’s not a real “auf” because the host isn’t Heidi with her trademarked “auf weidersehen”, so it is a fake “auf,” a “schmauf” if you will.  Like the Schmemmys (fake Emmy ceremony, also known as the Creative Arts Emmys, which takes place a week before the real Emmys, as deigned by Kathy Griffin).

        • Anonymous

          thanks, some days you just need someone to explain it ;)

        • Call me Bee

          Oh yes–I forgot that schmauf was the spawn of Schmemmys! Thanks for reminding me!

    • Anonymous

      Michael’s dress is what Anya would do if she had any actual sewing skills.

      I guess I picked the wrong episode to start watching. It was a snooze.

      • Anonymous

        And if Anya could set a sleeve.

    • http://twitter.com/msaxelrod Maddie Axelrod

      I feel like most of them were designing for DVF – making clothes that look like what she wears or designs herself

      • Anonymous

        I agree

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=546029712 Bibiana Beardsley

      There is no way that the winning dress is not being held up with all kinds of Hollywood tape.

      • Anonymous

        Also — and maybe this is because I haven’t watched the show, but am only looking at the caps — isn’t that the model’s undie showing at the end of the back V? It looks atrocious — whatever it is, I can’t help looking at that and thinking, THIS is impeccably made? Seriously?

    • Anonymous

      The minute I saw Michael’s dress I immediately thought that it was a creation from the Shirley Roper/Dorothy Zbornak collection. 

    • Anonymous

      Love that screencap of Michael gleefully eating his gelato.

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

      When I become President of the US, second thing I will do after making Day After Super Bown Day a federal holiday, is to ban the use of “Project Runway history” or “first time ever on Project Runway” on PR episodes.

      Not sorry that April went. I don’t get why Hot Topic hasn’t approached her to create a line for them, but maybe they have and she turned them down because she thinks she is making “real fashion.”I can’t agree with the win. Mondo’s was so much more fun and youthful, while Michael’s looked old like Mrs. Roper.

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

        I’m intrigued by your “Day After Super Bowl Day” and its federal holidayness. I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

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

        May I add March 18th to the federal holiday list as well?  There are a lot of Americans of Irish descent and we should not be expected to be functional on the day after St. Patrick’s.

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

          Yes, indeed. St. Patrick’s Day is my favorite holiday. Favorite color, favorite beverage, no religious associations (for me, anyway)…

        • Anonymous

          A legion of college students would be similarly grateful.

    • Anonymous

      I think Mondo would have had it had he opened the front a bit and gone shorter — Michael’s seemed too mature for the intended client — Ha , Alexis indeed — I was thinking Blanche Deveroe. While it wasn’t the best episode, still a million times more fun to watch, talented, professional people, as opposed to last season. 

    • Anonymous

      Considering the other dresses that were shown last night, I can’t argue with giving the win to Michael.    Also can’t argue with April going home.  It was another depressing dress from a depressing designer.  She gives me the urge to pop an extra Lexapro.

    • Shoelover1512

      And I want to like April’s but something just seemed off about it. But it looked like it had the potential to be a really cute dress.

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

      Boys, she was not planning to breastfeed at the “industry event.”  What the gal was saying was that you can’t wear a bra with Michael’s dress and if you are breastfeeding you LEAK. A bra will allow you to include devices or pads to prevent the leak from spilling down the front of your dress, but if you have no bra you are likely to have an accident! She was speaking AGAINST Michael’s dress. Mondo’s would have allowed her to wear protection.  All of it moot because of the long delay in broadcasting.
      On the other hand, drag queen nightgown–you nailed that one, and maybe she was just trying to think of excuses to get out of having to wear the thing.

      • http://twitter.com/candaceapril Candace Lindemann

        That’s how I heard it, too. That she couldn’t wear a bra with Michael’s.

      • Anonymous

        Given all the comments about her remarks I figured I was totally mistaken about what I’d heard.  Thanks for confirming that I’m not totally losing it.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PRM766RS56X25A5742XLACK2LM Sam

        That’s what I thought of too, that she was against Micheal’s dress because she was breastfeeding.
        I just thought she was commenting that since her boobs are bigger she’d be more likely to have a wardrobe malfunction with that dress, or at least that’s what the other judge was commenting on when she told her to use double sided tape.

    • Anonymous

      All the dresses were terrible. Michael’s looked like a nightgown that someone like Zsa Zsa would wear back in the day.

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

      I still have hope for this season. It’s filled with talented designers and a group of judges that actually, y’know, critique. Alleluia!

      This challenge definitely brought out the meh in everyone. Given the basis of the challenge, that was to be expected. Saying that, Michael’s dress did not deserve the victory. That should have gone to Mondo. April should not have been auf’d. That honor should have been placed on Kara.

      • Anonymous

        Right before they announced the winner, as soon as they said she would wear it to a function, I knew Michael would win. I was thinking Mondo had it hands down until that. Something about me thought she wouldn’t wear Mondo’s. While pretty, I don’t see any women running around in caftans these days.

    • Anonymous

      I hated this challenge all around.  The inspiration, the short time frame, the designs, the judging, etc.

    • Anonymous

      Oopsie

    • Anonymous

      Feh indeed. Michael’s kaftan looked like something Rue McLanahan would have worn in a seduction scene in “Golden Girls” – and played it for laughs.

      I think Mondo was robbed. He should have won for his colors if nothing else.

    • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

      That’s a fantastic gelato menu. I want to go somewhere that has those flavours!

    • Anonymous

      I didn’t mind the dopey premise of the challenge, but the 6 hour time limit was just stupid, the Mini Mood was stupid. Any criticism from the judges seemed petty and stupid due to fabric and time constraints. I guess the overarching theme here is “stupid”. Also annoying. They have all this talent and it seems all the producers are trying to do is negate that by stupid constraints. I’m telling you, PR in any form is just SO tedious these days.

      Didn’t like Michael’s drag night gown – at all. Thought Kara should’ve been schmauffed. Thought Mondo shoulda got the win or maybe Mila.

      Also, I could do without anymore “this ridiculous bit of the challenge is the FIRST IN PR HISTORY” announcements. Just let the talented people make interesting clothes. Is that SO hard? GAH.

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

      Michael made one smart decision- he did something that he knew could be completed and properly finished in the allotted time. It’s attractive and looks beautiful in motion, but you can’t call it fashion- except by contrast.

    • http://twitter.com/BrienneCalmer Brienne Calmer

      I thought at least they would do one of their stupid twists halfway through.  You know, “Good news: extra 24 hours.  Bad news: second dress inspired by a complementary soda.”  Even the crazy challenges (stiltwalkers!) have the potential to be interesting in an intellectual, how-the-hell-can-I-make-this-work way.  But this?  Even when Joanna was sent in with explicit instructions (I assume) to ask irrelevant leading questions having nothing to do with the critique, there were no interesting answers.  There couldn’t be.  The only trick of the trade she could have gotten, had any of the designers been able to stop for breath, was “do whatever you have to to avoid sending the model down the runway naked”.

    • Lattis

      Did you hear Mizrahi say maybe we’ve “seen this dress before?” snnnnnnort! Yeah, like continuously since ancient Greece.

      • Anonymous

        “Too on-the-nose” — what a nice way he has of saying something doesn’t work.

    • http://profiles.google.com/rosatcollege Ros Clarke

      The whole breastfeeding thing is BS. That was not part of the challenge and it wasn’t as though Miranda even had a specific even to wear the dress for. Also, can you see the model’s panties in that back shot of the model walking?  Not good.

      • Anonymous

        I was wondering about the panty thing too.  It would have been better for her to go commando for the runway show if that’s what it is.

    • Ledasmom

      Did we ever find out what “fruits of the forest” was? I’m thinking mixed berries.

      • Anonymous

        In Paris it’s commonly strawberry, raspberry, blackberry and blueberry (if I recall correctly.) Deep magenta or reddish purple usually.

        • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

          In the UK sometimes red or blackcurrant instead of the blueberries. But still that colour!

    • jeneria

      I cannot believe I have to endure more of Costello’s mediocre designs and annoying whining. How is he an all-star again?

    • Anonymous

      I actually remarked last night that Michael seems calmer, more competent, and more mature than in his own season. It seems that he and Mondo are great friends, too. I wouldn’t have minded either of them for the win.

      I think April was the right one to go here, although I’m amazed Rami’s wasn’t in the bottom 3. April’s stuff almost always looks tortured to me. As for Kara…I loved that dress when I saw it in her original Bryant Park collection, and I loved it last night, although it now looks perhaps a wee bit dated? When I saw the colors she was choosing I groaned but then when I saw how they came together I understood. I love her but am still not sure she’s cut out for PR competition what with the stressing and whining and over-passionate explanations.
      Also, I don’t blame anyone for making something that looked dated or whatever. They had SIX HOURS. Here’s what I don’t get: can someone explain how it is that Kara gets hammered for being too literal, while Mondo gets praised for it?!? I don’t think Mondo’s was any less literal than Kara’s…

    • Anonymous

      It was a silly challenge, and the dresses were crapola across the board – viewers want to gasp when these looks come down the runway – give them 48 hours per challenge to knock our socks off. If the designers make amazing dresses, that is what will make for great water cooler talk, not “did you see how crappy everyone’s dressed looked last night?”

    • MilaXX

      Feh just about sums it up. I agree with you on all points, but I’m still saw better garments last night than we saw on half the challenges last season.

      • Anonymous

        You have a point. As uninspiring as the designs might have been, at least these designers actually can make them.

    • lilibetp

      Yeah.

      Although I actually liked Michael’s dress, and I’d wear it if I had the figure.  I also liked Mondo’s, but would never wear it, seeing as how orange is hideous-making on me.

    • Anonymous

      I’m probably going to fashion hell for saying this, but I thought DVF massively messed up the judging.  She liked Jerrell’s!!!!!   

      • Anonymous

        Or editing made it look that way. I still don’t know what the Fruits of the Forest are. Fairy crack? That’s what Jerrell produced.

        • Anonymous

          I’ve already forgotten what Jerrell made.

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

            Lucky you!

    • Anonymous

      I didn’t watch last night because I was so ill that I had the light out and was trying to conk before 9PM.  I see from Our Boys’ comments that I didn’t miss anything, and the show would likely only have exacerbated my misery.  Seems that the Bunim-Murray trajectory is inexorable and inevitable.  More’s the pity.

    • Anonymous

      Alexis Morel Carrington Colby Dexter Rowan would NEVER wear a dress that sad…

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

      Having now seen this, a couple things:  first, having breastfed, you could NOT wear that dress while breastfeeding.  Breastfeeding requires special bras that allow you to pop one out as necessary, and you can’t do without one — a) it hurts to not wear a bra at that point, and b) you need something to keep the pads in place so you don’t get milk spotting.  Even if you don’t generally, as soon as you start to feed on one side, the other will usually leak a small amount.  So no, Miranda, this dress is no where near appropriate for that task, even though it has a plunging neck.

      Second, that dress is too long — the hem is bunching around her foot.  Impeccably done requires a hem that hits correctly.

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

        To clarify–she said this against Michael’s dress, not in favor of it. It’s around minute 40 of the online version (I watched 5 commercials to find it…).

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

          Well, I haven’t watched yet — that won’t come till naptime for the youngest:)  But in that case, she’s completely right!

          And I still think it would have been cool if they’d mentioned her breastfeeding requirements early and let the designers actually work around it — How they made it work would have been interesting to watch.

          • Anonymous

            I might be remembering wrong, but I don’t think they found out that Kerr would be wearing the dress until the judging. It wasn’t in the initial criteria. I think they threw it in as a bonus, given that no one is getting immunity and no prizes have been associated with the wins yet.

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

              If they want to start going in a more retail direction with PR, I can understand and even support that — in a bad economy, fantasy fashion isn’t going to get off the ground and with only one publicly successful designer in 9 seasons, I can see that as a concern.  But then I would like to see more challenges based around actual clothing concerns — such as breastfeeding — and less around stupid things like “take inspiration from this gelato flavor”.  

      • Anonymous

        I’m going to agree with Judy. I really thought she had concerns about Michael’s because she was breastfeeding and her boobs would look bad, or leak, or whatever in his dress. I thought she preferred Mondo’s for that reason.

    • Anonymous

      Michael’s “I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille” dress should have been accessorized with a turban and a cigarette holder.

      • Anonymous

        And marabou mules.

    • http://www.tumblr.com/tumblelog/lastbutnotleast Anonymous

      Not for nothing, but their 6-hour dresses were better done than Anya’s Fashion Week show. In that respect it was another rebuke to last few seasons. I kind of think Jerell was robbed (never thought i’d type those words).

    • Anonymous

      This challenge would have been so much better if they didn’t already have too-short of challenges for every other episode.

      Also, the editing on the pictures of Michael’s dress in this post makes it look more peach than pink, which is weird.

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

      As for April — well, I’ve never liked the girl or her work, so maybe it’s me — but what would possess you to make THIS in a design competition?!?  It’s boring and unflattering and sloppy.

      • Anonymous

        Perhaps the short cocktail dress is something that she thought she could whip within the six hours? Just a thought.

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

          I don’t mind the length or the type — it’s just that even the details are unoriginal and so obviously so that they can’t pretend to TV audiences that it’s something new or interesting.  (As opposed to critiques about items referencing McQueen or Gucci in recent seasons; those viewers who don’t follow fashion don’t know how literal the reference is:)

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

      A six hour timeline is ridiculous.  They’re lucky none of the models had to walk down the runway naked.

    • Anonymous

      When they introduced the challenge with ice cream flavors, I sort of thought they were looking for something young.
      Michael’s dress is the perfect dress for a Palm Springs senior citizen married to a retired director who spends too much time on the golf course. She spends her afternoons at a lounge hasn’t been redecorated since 1974 drinking gin martini’s and smoking unfiltered Chesterfields. PS you can see her panties at the top of the back V which is the height of inelegance.
      April’s is the goth girl’s spring dance dress. That she made herself. Not bad for someone who has never sewed before.

      • Anonymous

        Love the picture you painted!
         

        • Anonymous

          I love it too! And now I’m thinking it could be something that Joan Collins would toss on after she’d auditioned a few young studs…

      • Anonymous

        I’m ashamed to say I want that life. Although, I’m not big on the golf bit. Can I switch it out to reading by the pool or hiking?

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

          In that life, you’re rich. You can switch it out to anything you want.

          PS: If my husband started spending too much, or any time on the golf course, I would immediately know he’d been taken over by aliens.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5KDTLDJA7ZBCPDP6HV4FZMJDII Indigo

      I am neither a woman OR a celebrity. But what female star or model
      brings their infant and breastfeeds on the red carpet, at an awards
      show, or anywhere near such events?
       

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

        No, she was not planning to breastfeed. She did not want to wear Michael’s dress because it precluded wearing a bra/leakage protection. She actually was saying she would prefer Mondo’s, of the two, which gave no access but allowed wearing a bra.

        • Anonymous

          Haha Yea, I guess guys watching thought she was considering breastfeeding in that dress. Can you imagine her posing on the red carpet, and thenpausing real quick to whip out a boob to feed her baby? Haha!!

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

        Breastfeeding is something that requires CONSTANT planning.  You not only have to be prepared for leaks (hence the need for a bra — you stick these little absorbent pads into it for when milk leaks out) but if you’re going to be at something like an awards show, which will take HOURS, you generally will need to plan for a pumping session during the evening.  You simply excuse yourself and go to the ladies room with a portable pump.  If you don’t do so it can mess with your milk supply — depending on how well established it is — and more importantly IT HURTS!  If you’ve ever had a body part swell, it’s like that.

    • http://www.facebook.com/fabulousjenell Jen Ell

      I honestly find it offensive that MIchael is an All Star. Almost everytime he has won a challenge on this season, and his original season it has been with a design that any knowledgeable seamstress (not designer) could whip up in about 2 hours, slap a belt on it and call it day. Nothing different here. I understand making sure you complete the garment, but at least challenge your self just a bit. The judges need to start realizing that he consistently takes the easy way out in order to get done.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PRM766RS56X25A5742XLACK2LM Sam

        Something should be said that he has most of that dress done by the time this season’s mentor was going around taking to the designers.

        Complexity should have taken some weight in this challenge.

      • Anonymous

        Has he ever used more than one fabric or element in a garment? Racking my memory banks…

        • Anonymous

          his opera dress collar was pretty elemental.

          • Anonymous

            I had to look back at some back-ensembles, and I guess he’s about even with the other designers. It just seems as if he always takes on piece of fabric, drapes and manipulates it, and calls it a day. I’ve seen him produce both beautiful work as well as crappy work, so I don’t know why I am so turned off by him. The babe-in-the-woods routine getting a little old, maybe?

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

      Feh indeed.  What did they expect in 6 hours?  Golden Girl caftans are about all you can execute well in that amount of time.  Would have been a slam dunk for Anya.

      • Anonymous

        And she would have had time left over for a nap…

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PRM766RS56X25A5742XLACK2LM Sam

          With which producer?

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

          No way.  It normally takes Anya 2 days to make a dress that other designers could whip up in 6 hours… 

    • Anonymous

      A correction about Miranda’s breast feeding comment…she DIDN’T like Michael’s dress due to the fact that she’s breastfeeding. Her concern seemed to be that she didn’t want to leak milk on the dress since she wouldn’t be able to wear a bra with it.

      • Anonymous

        Thank you!! I thought that was the case, but then I figured I misheard it because many kittens were saying the opposite. But then, with the backless bit, could she wear a bra with Mondo’s? I thought she was worried more about how her boobs looked in the dresses.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PRM766RS56X25A5742XLACK2LM Sam

          Don’t they have bras without the back strap? I remember them pushing something like that on TV a while back. They’re made of like sticky-ish plastic that holds the breasts together or something.

          I’m hardly a boob expert.

          • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

            They do, but those aren’t really the sort of thing a nursing mother can wear. No room for the pads for leaking, etc.

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

              There are some nursing pads that adhere though — things that are medicated to treat problems usually, like skin irritation.  Those would work fine.

          • Anonymous

            Haha yea they do have some bras that just stick on, but I think most celebs just go braless, but wear pasties and tape to hold everything in place. You’re right about Mondo’s being backless, but I think she could wear nipple covers or something and they wouldn’t be too visible with the fabric…whereas Michael’s was really shiny and probably would show an outline of whatever she wore to protect any leaks haha

          • Anonymous

            Yes, you’re right. They have all sorts of boob harnesses. I guess she could wrangle one more easily with Mondo’s.

      • Anonymous

        Oh, thanks. I didn’t even understand which dress she was talking about much less what she was trying to say about it. On the other hand, why would she even bring it up? The designers had no idea they were designing for Miranda Kerr much less a nursing Miranda Kerr. It should not enter the judging.

    • Anonymous

      Admit it… You guys dislike (to be mild) Michael clearly and dearly, don’t you? Well, I think he has evolved to a certain extent and he is humble (if that counts for anything, of course). I don’t get the hostility against him.

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

        Yes. Poor Michael is so singled out by us, because we have a history of only saying kind things about Project Runway contestants and never critiquing their work. Clearly, when we say we don’t like a dress he made, that’s such an unprecedented thing for us because we never go around offering negative opinions about fashion, so it must mean we hate him.

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

          And you’re so shy about expressing your dislikes for certain contestants.  It’s not like you called out Anya… or Ivy… or Gretchen… or any number of other designers over the years. 

        • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

          Oooh. There should be a universal symbol to alert the very literal to online sarcasm and irony. Certainly lol would not work here.

          • Anonymous

            Blogs and comments sections themselves should have “how literal are you” tests, like the “must be this tall to ride” at amusement parks. Too literal, no admission.

        • Anonymous

          i really wish u guys werent so defensive. takes the shine off ur fabulosity.

      • http://www.facebook.com/fabulousjenell Jen Ell

        My issue with him is not about him as a person, but him as a designer. As someone who both designs and sews, I have seen him get praised over things that required virtually no fitting and that could be completed by almost anyone with some sewing knowledge in a couple of hours or less. Those items should not be worthy of a challenge win.

    • Anonymous

      Feh!  Michael winning 2 in a row…and with that!?!  April out!?!  April has never been one to work well under pressure and time constraints.

      Feh…what an appropriate word to sum up this episode.  ;)

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PMAPJYMO5AC6GMONR6NQFURAXE bebo

      Not a big fan of Michael, but I can see he can have a future making dresses for a certain client. Older,wealthy women.

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

        And older, wealthy pig puppets.

    • Anonymous

      A ‘dress you can breastfeed in’ would have actually made a good challenge.  My babies have been weaned for a few years now, but God, a lot of breastfeeding-friendly clothes are just hideous. 

      As for the dresses, I actually really loved the color story on Anthony’s and I could see what he was trying to do. 

      • Anonymous

        I’d settle for just seeing the expressions on some of the male designers’ faces when told they had to design a breastfeeding dress.  Then I’d want to see the screencaps to go with them.  That would HAVE to be priceless.

        • Anonymous

           oh, that was on that awful 24-hour Catwalk show immediately following

          • Anonymous

            Aren’t they all? Isn’t that the fun?

          • Anonymous

            Oh boy.

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

          I would want them to take 30 minutes to actually TALK to a breastfeeding woman first!  Otherwise some of those guys would have NO idea what differences that made.

          For instance, you should be able to wear a bra, you need something that can easily be moved for access, and it should be non-binding through the chest to not interfere with production.

          Of course after the miserably disappointing maternity, I wouldn’t have high hopes.

        • Anonymous

          I like this so much.

          To elaborate: “real woman” challenge: Outfits to cheer up breastfeeding mamas. Whom are often a little over their “fighting weights” and in need of easy-wear, washable clothing that doesn’t brand them as desperate and sleep-deprived.

          Surprise twist: Outfits must allow mama to wear some variety of baby carrier and carry a diaper bag without self-destructing.

          Bigger surprise twist: They bring the babies to the fitting! Darling little noisy, demanding, oft-messy little bundles o’ joy that they are.

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

            With a selection of diaper bags as the inspirations! 

        • Ledasmom

          I believe I would have paid good money to see Olivier being asked to design a breastfeeding dress.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1363731332 Gerry Coleman

      All I could think was, “What would Michael Kors say?”  I really missed The Duchess’ scathing commentary this week.  I even would’ve settled for Santino’s impersonation of Michael Kors.  Anyone care to venture a guess?

      • Anonymous

        I’ll try to channel the Braying Tangerine: “She’s a slutty Goth Cinderella after getting drunk at the ball” for April’s and “It makes her looks like Rue MccLanahan getting ready for bed” for Michael’s.

        • Anonymous

          NAILED it!

      • Anonymous

        Not I, the opposite in fact.  Having the judges speak to the designers like they are human beings is quite refreshing, and makes me dread the Braying Tangerine and her sisters.

    • http://twitter.com/AllenOnHisWay Allen Robert

      Michael’s dress would be perfect on Golden Girls and April’s dress would be perfect for one of the girls on a bender on Gossip Girl.

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

      Michael’s model is really gorgeous.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1363731332 Gerry Coleman

        She’s Leslie, I think, from ANTM.

    • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

      What a stupid challenge. They could have at least given the win to Mondo or Mila. Both of their dresses were more wearable and less ridiculous than Michael’s.

    • http://smalltownbigwardrobe.wordpress.com Catherine

      I know they were trying to get the designers to showcase their talent and ability to work quickly with the time constraint but seriously?! What the hell did they expect? I was super frustrated by the top scorers – neither of which I liked. I thought Anthony’s was NOT worthy of being a low scorer, Austin’s was pretty and Mila’s was just ugly. And I really thought Kara needed to go goodbye and not April.

      Ugh. Seriously, what did they think would happen with a freaking 6-hr limit? Miranda, run far away from that dress.

    • Anonymous

      Looks like Michael was a student at the Anya School of Design.

      “Shapeless frocks our specialty”

      • Anonymous

        At least with MIchael Costello any print would probably be sewn so that the prints matched at the seams…..

        • Anonymous

          Good point.

      • Anonymous

        I didn’t like Michael’s design either, but Anya could not have produced a garment sewn that well if you gave her six MONTHS.

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

          SHE SENT RAW HEMS DOWN THE RUNWAY AT FASHION WEEK!  FIVE WEEKS FOR 10 LOOKS AND SHE SENT RAW HEMS!!!

          I may never recover from that….

          • Anonymous

            Nor I.

        • Anonymous

          Eggzackury!

    • Anonymous

      Trust, the only thing you’d want to do in that hiddy caftan is have your drooling baby spitting up breast milk all over it. 

    • Anonymous

      They bring in DVF as a judge and give the designers 6 measly hours. Just a waste.  

      • Anonymous

        YES. YES. YES.

    • Anonymous

      That winning dress looks like something my well to do mother in law would wear lounging at home in the late 1950′s.  She has since departed this world, but she sure looked fashionable at the time.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, this was a lackluster episode, garment-wise. Feh, indeed.

      I didn’t mind Michael winning, but i would have given it to Mondo, simply because his dress was more interesting looking.

      Raggedy is the perfect word for April’s. Even though each designer turned out his or her version of a pretty dress, April’s was by far the most amateurish.I didn’t care for her work all that much during her season, but I could
      at least see where it would have appealed to some people. She hasn’t impressed me at all this season in any regard.

    • http://twitter.com/wonderdivaEtsy wonderdivaEtsy

      Last night made me suspect that Michael Costello is being set up for The Great Meltdown, Part II when, after so many wins, he is sent packing sometime shortly before the final selections.  I also think that several of the designers just seem to be checked out and aren’t exhibiting much enjoyment or effort — Mondo, Jerrell, even Anthony are acting drab, or at least being edited to seem that way.  Austin can’t help being his little hummingbird self, but the others seem so feh.   I was completely prepared to be 1000% Team Mondo, but I’m really liking Rami a lot this season, because he seems like a pro who’s doing his best to stay that way in repeatedly absurd situations.

      I also anticipate a great Mila & Kenley battle royale to explode in the near future, because they’re on reasonably decent behavior, and BM is still at the helm, after all.   BM would consider it a failure if this season was all about great clothing.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5KDTLDJA7ZBCPDP6HV4FZMJDII Indigo

        Oh god. My darling Mila and her lazy eye would wipe the floor with that wailing Betty Paige wannabe.

        • http://twitter.com/wonderdivaEtsy wonderdivaEtsy

          LOLOLOLOL.   I agree.

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

          They are both so one-note, I think it would be a toss-up.

          • http://twitter.com/wonderdivaEtsy wonderdivaEtsy

            I would just want Rami to referee in a muscle shirt like the one he wore last night.  

      • Anonymous

        Eh, you really think DVF would swoon over anyone just for shits and grins? Michael definitely has his niche. (He’s always been one of my all-time favorite PR designers — and when the NYT ran photos of HIS collection his year as opposed to Gretchen’s or anyone else’s I wasn’t at all surprised that would be the editor’s pick, or think the NYT also was in on setting him up for a meltdown – but I really didn’t like his entry last night.

        One thing that gives me hope for Mondo’s resurgence is that one of the judges last night remarked that the orange and the pattern on the sleeves really shouldn’t go together and yet someone they do. Well duh, THAT’s starting to hint at Mondo’s real expertise — taking wild and clashing and unlikely prints and somehow mixing them and making it work. I’m trusting there will be a challenge(s) soon where he really starts to hit it out of the park in his own way again.

    • Anonymous

      Put me in the “Mondo should have won this one” camp, even though I’ve been terribly impressed with what Michael had done this season.

      Why they had to tack that “6 hours” business to this, I have no idea. Did they want to save money on that penthouse or something by getting them out sooner?

      • Anonymous

        I think they hoped that forcing the designers to produce something wonderful in such a short time would bring the bitchery. And then BM could do what it does best–focus on tears and backstabbing and generally reduce the level of the public discourse.

        Didn’t work out that way.  Because these designers are pros.  Even when Austin found Kara at “his” sewing machine, he just stood there, waiting for her to finish.  No fireworks, no screaming, no crying.

        Suck it, BM!

    • http://twitter.com/DonnaThePirana Donna

      The next challenge will be making rompers for one of those Disney Channel twerps. Are there any candy necklaces on the Neiman Marcus Accessory Wall?

    • Anonymous

      He should have made it a little more like his sketch – a little less fabric and a little more form fitting.  I like the idea he was going for.

      April’s was a hot mess.  I like goth aesthetic normally, but this was just BAD.  She needs to develop more as a designer – take the goth vibe she has but dilute it down a bit.  As of right now, her clothes have a tendency to look like goth Halloween costumes.

      • Anonymous

        I thought the top of April’s dress looked like she’d taken a turtle shell and covered it with fabric.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5KDTLDJA7ZBCPDP6HV4FZMJDII Indigo

      “I don’t get the Michael hate”

      you don’t have to get it. If someone said that they don’t get the Anya,
      Joshua, Gretchen, Emilio, Irina, Kenley, Wendy Pepper hate, would you
      immediately concede all of your viewpoints on the matter and proclaim
      “Yes you’re right! So and So is really a victim to the ploy of reality
      television and they’re clearly the top designer there is and could never
      do wrong and they never have anything bad to say or play up to the
      cameras or bite the hands that feed them or make long run on sentences
      with too many conjunctions!”

      no

      saying you don’t get it doesn’t change the fact some of us don’t like
      Michael’s playing to the cameras, his aesthetic, or his absurdly awarded
      wins. And saying you don’t get it is not going to win you the internet  (I’m looking at you agatastephen)

      if you like MC, than just say you do and shower your praise on the dang dress, rather than remind us (yet again) that you “just don’t get the Michael hate” every time TLO puts up a post about him.

      • Anonymous

        Thank youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!

      • Anonymous

        How did Michael suddenly go from “super pokey and takes forever to do anything, and doesn’t know a lot because he’s self taught” (previous season) to “everyone in the room is envious of how fast and elegant you work” (All-Stars)?  I smell a rat.  A big, Bunim-Murray sized rat.

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

          He was fast in his first season — he would regularly scrap a design and start over with something new.

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

        I might not have room to talk, considering I just said in the most recent SAG Awards post that I’ve never understood the fuss over Zoe Saldana. Even so, thank you.

    • Anonymous

      Several years ago I had a much less bulky pink silk robe that cut off at the thigh that was so much more stylish than Michael’s dress last night, I’m sorry to say. (My favorites were the middle safe pack last night.)

    • Lori

      And once again we don’t get to see the celeb in the winning dress, probably because she wouldn’t be caught dead in it.

      • Anonymous

        I was just going to post a question about whether we’ve seen MK wear the dress.  Anyone have a link?

        • Joe J

          Geez, for a second there I thought by “MK” you meant Michael Kors.  THAT is not a mental image I’m going to be able to shake any time soon.

    • http://twitter.com/taijuuuh Taija HU!

      I think both Michael’s and Mondo’s could do with a little bit of editing – but I would say that Mondo’s was the lesser evil. You could hem it to make it look more youthful, but Michael’s dress? Michael’s dress will always look like a cheap drag queen’s bathrobe made out of old satin polyester sheets from a closed down bordello.

      • Anonymous

        I think Michael’s just needed to be more form fitting and less bulky.  Take a look at his sketch – that would have worked more.

        Same critique for Mondo’s.  If he had just made the column fit a little closer, it would have been fab.

        • http://twitter.com/taijuuuh Taija HU!

          Totally agree. Although, I’ll always hate the colour choice for Michael. I think if Mondo’s had been a little shorter, it would have taken it from 70s kaftan to something a little sexier and more appropriate for the likes of Miranda Kerr.

    • Anonymous

      I would have preferred this challenge if they had use The Big Gay Ice Cream Truck flavors as the inspiration.

      • Ledasmom

        Especially that bacon-chocolate-ice cream sandwich thing. What’s it called? Something like Ch’Oinkwich?

    • Pennymac

      Does anyone besides me think that DVF liked Micheals entry because she could either see herself or her wealthy friends lounging in it?

      • Anonymous

        I’d like to think she was just being gracious.  It’s totally not DVF-style, whereas a couple that she seemed to like that didn’t make the top 3 seemed more influenced by her aesthetic (Jerrell’s and Kenley’s).  I think she also would have aufed Kara, given the choice, as her brand is all about what flatters a woman’s body.  In short, I don’t think she had much influence.

    • Anonymous

      Personally I would have given the win to Mondo just because of the color issue but it was clear that both he and Michael were the top two.  Michael’s flowed beautifully on the runway and it appeared really well made.  He really has some serious draping skills, not to mention an ability to complete a garment quickly.  I wish they had shown how he overcame his mistake in cutting the fabric because it sure wasn’t evident in the final dress.  Speaking of Rami, what the heck is up with him?  I don’t think he’s done draping on any of his garments this season.  The biggest surprise of this episode for me was when Rami was safe – that green concoction was pretty hideous.

    • Anonymous

      I spent most of last night trying to figure out where one would wear a caftan. I guess I just don’t get the love for a caftan. I didn’t like either of the top 2 caftans, but then there wasn’t mush else to like in their place. Now that they’ve done the 6 hour challenge, let’s hope they don’t ever do it again.
      I’ll miss April. Her hair color was growing on me.

      • Anonymous

        Maybe she’s the inspiration for Kelly Osborne.

        • Anonymous

          Perhaps Kelly needs to look elsewhere for inspiration! I like the look on April, but not so much on Kelly.  :)

          Totally off topic – but I’d love to see TLo do a fantasy makeover for Kelly. I think she could rock a Marilyn Monroe look.

    • Anonymous

      I got this one way wrong. My choices were Mondo and Kara. Yeah, Mondo’s choices were a little literal for cantaloupe but it truly looked scrumptious and more original than Michael’s. I didn’t hate Michael’s though, considering the rest of the competition. But OY Kara is obnoxious and her stuff is just bad. What was that “I AM PASSIONATE!” thing when she left the runway?! She’s definitely gotta go next week. April’s stuff is raggedy for sure but there’s a germ of an original thought in there.

    • http://twitter.com/poptartsjen Pop Tarts Jen

      I thought Mondo’s dress was heads and tails above Michael’s, which was pure “crazy old heiress’ nightgown.” Also, Mila should not have been in the top, because that dress was fug.

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

      Man, that was so disappointing. I loved Mondo’s frock, but was in innovative? Heck no.

      Gawd, Michael’s going to be in the top three, isn’t he?

    • Anonymous

      “Do we sound cranky? Well we are. 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.” 

      What you guys said, and I’m cranky about it too.  I was pleasantly surprised when the season started and it appeared that BM had decided to play it smart, give the people what they want and no longer get from low-test PR, and let the designers design.

      Right. Sure.  Uh-huh.  As if.

      It was not fun to watch the designers racing around like maniacs, trying to put a dress together in 6 hours.  Or to view the results.

      • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

        Remember that PRAS was shot before last season was finished. B-M could not yet have been aware of the vitriol that would be aimed at Anya’s win and the season in general. 

        • Anonymous

          Have you forgotten the vitriol that was aimed at the previous season and Wretchen’s win? 

          • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

            Who could forget that? But I don’t recall there being the season-long anger at the challenges and overall lack of talent that was displayed last year.

            • Anonymous

              True.  The anger in that season was at the now-ubiquitous producer manipulation and the emphasis on drama queenery instead of on design.

              Sometimes it’s hard for me to keep by BM Project Runway angers straight.  ;>)

            • Pennymac

              Um, guys, “The Seasons of Which We No Longer Speak”, Remember?

              BM seems determined to ruin PR, for some unknown reason.

    • Anonymous

      Tom, Lorenzo, be honest: is Project Runway officially a busted flush?

    • Anonymous

      Why?  Six hours to design something for DVF?  That just makes no sense at all.  Six hours to create a look for Target out of cleaning rags… okay.  I just don’t understand why they bring out the major league judging and guarantee we’re going to get all crap by imposing such a dumb time limit.

      The judges said it best:  There’s nothing “grapefruit” about that look.  Silky, drapey, kind of confectiony… cotton candy maybe.

      Lame episode.  Here’s hoping they start coming up with something better.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PRM766RS56X25A5742XLACK2LM Sam

      I do like the strap across the back shoulders on Micheal’s dress. It may look like a design choice, it’s there to keep the dress from sliding over the model’s shoulders, since the entire neckline is one giant V. *Sarcasm*

      The more I look at it, the more I see how simply it’s made. Remove the waistband, it’s just a sheet hanging on the model. I’d love to see a show with her arms extended from the side. I bet she looks like a flying squirrel.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=506473106 Mori Clark

      missed last night’s episode but gosh, looks like i dont want to watch it anyway. how utterly lacklustre. and that prompt is great- you could have some super cute (and perhaps a bit more literal) looks come out of gelato flavours! but not in 6 hours. what’s the point? 

    • Anonymous

      Ohhh and I completely forgot!!! DVF said something like “It looks like it was done in very little time”. Well of course it does!!! Did she not know they were given 6 hours?! I yelled at the TV when she made that comment haha

      • Anonymous

        I think it was she who actually told the designers that it was only a six hour challenge.

        So it was a real BS comment.

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

          But it’s just like when they have a really low budget — the goal is always to make something that looks like it took a great deal of work and money, regardless of how little it actually used.

    • marilyn

      I totally agree with you today.  But I think Mondo should have won, because he made a “voodoo dress”  ( a Michael Kors term- I am not sure exactly how to define that term, but I know it when I see it).  That dress would slim down any woman.  The colors were refreshing and unusual.  This is apres-beach wear IMHO.  It is effortless and much younger than Michael’s dress.  Joan Collins should have been wearing Mixchael’s dress in Dynasty.  I think he won because his dress showed massive amounts of boobage, in comparison to Mondo’s dress. 

      Kara should have gone home for her maternity dress.  The design of that dress is more offensive than the colors.  Admittedly, they are not the most attractive color grouping.  But that dress would be a clunker no matter what color it was in.  This might be a message to Kara to consider designing maternity wear.   

      If Kara had not gone home, then Jerell.  The judges keep passing him to the next level and he is not impressing anybody.  The dress he made is the same one he has made for almost every challenge this season, and his entire season on PR. 

      I don’t like April’s design perspective, but her dress was not the worst one.

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

        Good point about Mondo’s dress. I thought it was really flattering. I wasn’t even sure it should be called a caftan, because the effect was of a column–a slender column. Whereas Michael’s balloony dress had more of a caftan quality.

    • http://twitter.com/DonnaThePirana Donna

      I think it would’ve been a lot cooler to do a challenge with much MORE time for the FIRST TIME IN PROJECT RUNWAY HISTORY! Give them six DAYS instead of six hours. Let them make something meticulous, intricate, and fine-tuned so we can get a better idea of what their final collections would look like. I know that time constraints are central to Project Runway, but it would be fun to switch it up and give them an extra day to really knock it out of the park.

      • Anonymous

        Now, that’s a “twist” I could get behind!

    • Anonymous

      When Michael was first called I assumed this dress was in the bottom. “Win by default?” What are you talking about TLo?  There were several more deserving looks than this. Mondo’s, while not involving much (any?) actual construction, was fierce as hell. I didn’t share any of the judge’s quibbles with Mila’s. Kenley’s was better than this.

      I’m actually a little surprised April went home because Kara’s dress was just terrible. I might have put Rami and/or Michael in the bottom instead of April and/or Anthony. All were pretty fug.

    • Anonymous

      Haven’t read the other comments here, but I actually quite liked some of the elements of Michaels dress, it reminded me of a Kimono with the wide sleeves. I wasn’t sold on the color either but I liked the way it moved. And although Mondo’s was very eye catching and beautifully made, I didn’t like the very high neck at the front which if you have boobs, and Miranda Kerr did, you wouldn’t look good in at all.

      • Anonymous

        I’m with you on Michael’s dress; it flowed so gorgeously that I was almost, almost able to forgive the horrible color. If it were in a deep, deep blood-red instead, I would hug it and pet it and call it George. And then I’d go out in it, adorned with a very severe Louise Brooks bob and some vintage Deco jet jewelry and black velvet pumps, and slounge around looking languidly predatory.

        Mondo’s was utterly gorgeous, but, yeah, that very high straight neck does not work at all for, really, any woman curvier than Audrey Hepburn.

    • Anonymous

      There’s a clear pecking order this season and I think a lot of these challenges are just there to trim the fat before we get to a finale of Rami, Mondo, Austin and probably Michael. Everyone else is there to be auf’d. 

      I was stunned Michael’s Dynasty gown won. I was even more stunned Miranda Kerr uttered on TV she would wear it. Mondo’s dress was pure Mrs. Roper so it wasn’t much better. 

      Rami had the best garment that walked. I also think Jerrel did a better job this week than usual. 

      Kara’s dress was not good, but it was at least executed well enough that it could be sold as a maternity cocktail dress. April’s dress was just tragic all around. I feel for April but she is young and has a lot of growing to do as a designer. 

      That being said, this was a ridiculous challenge. 6 hours? Really? What does that prove? I don’t get it. You have Diane Von F there to judge and you do a challenge that takes thought, skill and craftsmanship out of the equation? Ridiculous. 

      Michael winning back to back is very interesting. I think they are downplaying Rami and Mondo so they don’t peak too early and feel a bit like underdogs. Still, every time Michael C wins a challenge I imagine the bitter acrid taste of disgust that Wretchen has in her mouth somewhere on this planet and it makes me smile. 

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

        Rami did a good job of not peaking too early for this challenge.

    • Anonymous

      There is nothing wrong with being pure Alexis Carrington ;) I used to have to stay with my gran once a week and it was usually on Dynasty night. While she watched I would play dress up, put on her make-up and wigs and drink grape juice from a wine glass. I could really, really have used Michael’s dress back then to complete my look. April’s dress was just odd and not up to her usual standard.

    • Anonymous

      It’s really a shame that given a pretty deep bench in terms of real talent with this group, they got this crap challenge.  None of the dresses were any damn good — none of them — and how could they be?  I  could roll with Miss Piggy but this was just super annoying and if I never have to deal with Miranda Kerr again as a judge, I’ll be fine.

      I kind of applaud Isaac for making a half-hearted effort to stick up for Mila’s because with some work it would’ve been the most interesting.  Minus that black belt which added nothing. 

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

      I REALLY liked Mondo’s dress this time and I did not understand why Michael’s bathrobe won. Who would EVER wear that out of the house? 

      • Anonymous

        I thought Mondo nailed the challenge, and could not understand why they praised that overworked, heavy-looking set of curtains.

    • Anonymous

      The only thing that caught my interest in this episode was Milk with Sour Cherries gelato. That sounds so yummy! Is it a real flavor? I’m going out right now to find it.

      Wish they would have mentioned Miranda Kerr was a model for Daniel V’s final show.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1129137319 Paula Pertile

      Yeah, I didn’t get this one at all either. Ditto what everyone else has said. “Le’ts see who can make the least crappiest piece of crap in just 6 hours! Then we’ll all judge you for making something awful.” Really.
      Isaac seemed subdued, and I was actually feeling bad that I’d said something mean about him (no socks) here a couple of weeks back. Sorry Isaac – I was coming down with a cold. Although I did love it when he made the remark about not liking Mondo’s dress because it was so orange, then he got called out for wearing bright orange himself! oops. 

      • Anonymous

        Poor Isaac has seemed subdued. I thought he would shine without Iman there overshadowing him.

    • James Levinsohn

      The peach of Michael’s dress is the EXACT color of the drapes my mother had from roughly 1987 until 1998, and also reminds me of much of the wall-paint and upholstery in my grandmother’s 1985 purchased-and-decorated North Jersey ranch house.

    • Joyce VG

      Feh indeed.

    • Anonymous

      I hate short challenges. Hate them. Always have argued against them. I think it is obvious if given the choice, designers would choose more time over large budgets. Short challenges are stupid. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

      Annoying and not fun to watch.

      Name a short challenge that had good results. None! Zip Zero nada. Why do they do these? Bad, bad, bad choices.

      Bad producers. Bad, bad, bad.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1589131702 Jenna Gordon

      booooooo to this! ok i can’t really think of who else should have won this  challenge but mostly i’m tired of michael winning. he always makes this stupid 3 stooges face when he gets excited. also april getting cut was a mistake. at least her dress didn’t look like a knocked up strawberry shortcake knock off.

    • Lynn Landry

      Where’s mah TEAM CHALLENGE, dammit!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3KCDEX4FOTCFHZP6WLKSOOKUVM Danielle

      Last night’s episode was so forgettable.  I couldn’t even remember what the challenge was this morning.

      Michael’s dress looks like it came from Lady Holiday’s collection in The Great Muppet Caper.

      I’m getting a little tired of him getting all flustered and overwhelmed when he gets called out for the top, or gets a compliment.  It’s good to be modest, but acting like you’re in total shock any time someone says something nice about your work gets old fast. It comes off as needy.

      • MilaXX

        see also Kate Winslet or Taylor Swift accepting an award. I hate people doing the “who me?” fake shock.

      • Anonymous

        That’s the one thing I do understand about Michael.  I grew up not getting compliments very often.  Might me feel all good about myself and such.  That was one of reasons I was not successful as a handler in the dog show world.  Even tho I was showing the dog, I could never get used to people actually, ya know, looking at me

    • 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”

      All that need be said.

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

      It really says something about this season if MICHAEL is winning challenges. Glad I’m not watching, but reading the insightful entries by you guys!

    • Anonymous

      Double FEH!
      I told my husband last evening that Michael’s *dress* was a peignoir worn by Joan Crawford waiting for her illicit lover at 11pm in her bedroom.

      I would have awarded Mondo, who produced a very literal, although pretty garment. Or Mila, who worked out of her *box* and showed us something worthy of a second glance.

      April, honey, I say this with love, that if that dress was something you struggled with for six hours, you need to go back to some refresher sewing/designing lessons.

    • Anonymous

      The designers had no idea that Miranda Kerr would be wearing their dress, so for that level of criteria to enter the judging was patently unfair. So Michael got the win so Miranda can breast-feed in it? When did that enter the design specs?

      • Anonymous

        She objected to Michael’s dress because she’s breast feeding and going braless, as it requires, would mean she’d leak all over it.

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, thanks, I figured that out as I kept reading other comments. Either way, it was not part of the design manifest, and neither was Miranda Kerr, so she should just shut the hell up, especially since we know she’s not wearing that dress anywhere but to her bathtub.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      That dress is way beyond lackluster.  That dress is eye-searingly ugly.  I was sure it was in the bottom.  But all three of the top were those awful shapeless sacks.  Fooey.  I got the Miss Piggy as comedy, but this episode was for the birds.

      I’d have given the win to one or another of the middle people. Austin may have been hot-glued and sewed in, but the dress fit. Kenley and Rami gave decent efforts, though Kenley’s wasn’t very pretty. I guess I’d have gone with Austin, hot glue and all (I mean, really, six hours? You can’t seriously expect well-made clothes in that time; I’m willing to forgive shortcuts). Auf to Michael (for concept) or April (for execution).

    • http://twitter.com/yellowsmarties Mrs Badcrumble

      I don’t even get it. I thought Michael was in the bottom for sure. None of the other dresses were amazing, but that’s just a satin bathrobe that looks exactly like one my mother bought in the 80s. And there’s not even much design to it, it’s just a sheet of satin sown together and I just don’t understand anything. I don’t really understand how Anthony was in the bottom either, at least he tried to create something creative – which was a part of the brief. It wasn’t stunning, but at least it wasn’t a bathrobe.

    • Anonymous

      Man, we could come up with better challenges in our sleep. WTF with a cherry on top, that was awful.  I even turned it off before the judging results, that’s how meh this episode was for me. Can they be that low on creativity neurons for the producers to believe that this would be an interesting challenge?

      • Anonymous

        “WTF with a cherry on top” would be a hella-fun challenge…..super avant-garde weirdness, with some sort of red accessory required up top- hat, necklace, hair thingy, Kenley could find a red bath pouf at Walgreens….

    • http://twitter.com/yellowsmarties Mrs Badcrumble

      Oh and I hate short challenges. I watched Project Runway Australia for a bit, but their short challenges was actually my main issue with the show. Their challenges were always too short and you’d get really awful and rushed garments and where’s the fun in that?

      • Anonymous

        Thats kind of why I don’t watch 24HR Catwalk. Not enjoyable to me.

      • Anonymous

        Thats kind of why I don’t watch 24HR Catwalk. Not enjoyable to me.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t get all the Michael Hate Either.  Or the weird hate directed at those who like Michael.
      I didn’t like his dress this week or anyone’s really. 
      I liked DVF though.  Hope that’s okay with the internet.

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

        Just so you know, anyone why types “I don’t get all the Michael hate” will have their comment deleted from here on out. As will anyone who posts anything to the effect of “T Lo Hates Michael!”

        Every single Project Runway designer comes in for criticism on this blog and the number of Project Runway designers who had things far, far worse said about them than anything said here about Michael is so long as to make the complaints about his treatment utterly ludicrous.

        And if anyone deliberately violates this request, their commenting privileges will be revoked. If you can’t have fun here, leave. If you can’t leave, we’ll make that decision for you.

        • Anonymous

          Mmm, got deleted when I thought I was backing you up.  Shannon too.  I just don’t get it.

        • Anonymous

          Boys, might I suggest you settle on a definitive blog commenting standards policy and make it clear?  Every blogger has to do this at some point, whether it’s settling on a free-for-all, Wild West policy of anything goes (eww), to one enforcing minimal standards against, racism, sexism, etc., to one where the blog owners basically censor anything that makes their asses twitch.  It would really be helpful to know where you stand on the blog commenting censorship issue.  It’s totally your blog, and your call, but I think it’s only fair you say what it is.  Does “fabulous and opinionated” apply only to you, or to everyone?  It’s your call, totally.  Just say so.

          All I know is that both Shannon and I posted comments that were actually quite supportive of your views vis-a-vis Michael C, and they were both deleted.  So I’m really confused.  I suspect this will be deleted as well, within seconds.  But it would be awesome if it weren’t.

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

        Who is directing hate at those who like Micheal?  DISAGREEMENT IS NOT HATE.  I liked Micheal the first time, and I like him now, and I’ve never felt any hate or even attacks aimed at me because I said so.

        • Anonymous

          I think it’s all Ivy’s fault.  Ivy had her Mean Girl routine and did manage to pull a lot of the designers into the Group Think for a time (I think we were all impressed when Mondo kind of broke away from it).  Remember all the BS about how Michael couldn’t sew?  Whatever else you might say, he clearly could sew.  So I think there is some residual effect from watching the dysfunctional group dynamics that made Michael kind of the whipping boy of his season (not helped by the fact that he kept getting judge-love) behind all the “I don’t get all the Michael hate.”***

          The way I remember it, TLo did skewer Ivy for her behavior (I remember some wickedly funny Ivy-caps) …. and Michael for his undeservedly praised designs.  Reasonably so.

          And I do think Michael is playing it for all it’s worth.  Didn’t he say something like, “Oh, it just feels so good to win, I’m not even worried about who hates me!”  Good Lord, relax, Michael.  Ivy is nowhere in sight!

          ***(Yes,  boys, I did type THOSE words.  But they’re in quotes.  PLEASE let me stay!)  ;-)

    • Anonymous

      do you think mila was secretly paid by the covergirl people to describe her dress as “easy…. breezy….”? I yelped “COVERGIRL!” as soon as she said that.

    • http://frockpaperscissors.blogspot.com/ kvlm

      I think my mom had this robe back in the ’80′s…or was it my grandmother?

      Personally, I liked Mila and Mondo’s the best and thought Mondo should have won.  No, it wasn’t uber-sexy but if you are sexy, you are sexy.  It doesn’t matter if you show your cleave and twat at the same time.  Which one should never do.  His dress was very resort and I dug it. 

      On a side note, I think my eyes rolled out of my head 80 times last night listening to that model woman hostess “speaking.”  They should have just given the show to Isaac.  At least he has a personality. 

    • Anonymous

      Feh, is right.  My grandmother’s nightgown won.  W.T.F.  And while I can’t argue with offing April, I would have been perfectly happy to be done with Kara. Does she really believe – as all of her designs this season seem to suggest – that a woman’s waist is at about the level of her seventh or eighth rib? 

    • Anonymous

      The  only thing saving Michael’s dress is that astonishing necklace, which I covet with deep and sinful covetousness.  But the dress looking good because of the accessories really isn’t the point now, is it?

    • Anonymous

      “Come a knock on our door….”  Michael’s dress is MRS. ROPER!  He gets completely over praised for everything.  I just DO NOT see what the judges are seeing.  This was a silly challenge and a waste of time for DVF. 

      April…I like her, but what is UP with those accessories?  The dress is bad, but the accessories are worse.

    • Anonymous

      I’ve  never felt T Lo hates Michael
      nor has anything you guys have said about him or anyone else ever bothered me .
      That’s why I’ve come here for years.
       
      It is annoying to feel you can’t say anything positive about  Michael  with out being trounced on by fellow minions(not by TLo however).  
      It feels like bullying to me.  That’s what makes me want to respond, a “stand up for the underdog complex” I think (I was always bullied as a kid and it still sticks with me to this day, yuck).
       
      Honestly, I don’t care if he wins or loses I watch the show for the creative design. 

      I come here for the pics and your hilarious take on things. 
      I’m right there with you much, much more often than not.
      I never meant to offend or anger you guys, sorry.
       
      I guess what I actually don’t get is cyber bullying.  Bleh. 
      I’ll keep my love for MC or whoever each week to myself so as not to ruin the fun.

       For the record I didn’t like anything about MC’s dress this week except it seemed well made. 
      I think I liked Mondo’s better but it wasn’t great either. 
      Never been an April fan, hated the dress & am okay she went instead of Kara.

    • Jordan Brodley

      Michael’s dress looks like a giant vagina. There. I said it.

      • Call me Bee

        Ahahahahahahaha….sigh…

    • butter nut

      agreed.  i hate that the producers are pushing for shitty garments.  i wish theyd figure out that we actually like to watch them make beautiful clothes & take on fashion challenges (like the postal uniform). i dont care if it takes an extra day to do it.  ffs.  fashion is *why* we watch!

      also, my favorite moment of the show was austin’s refusal to have a drama freak out moment in the workroom (like the producers were obviously pushing for w/ the 6 hr challenge).  keeping calm, working well with others & focusing on your work – now that’s good tv!

    • Anonymous

      Wow, when they first called out the top/bottom 6, I assumed Michael was in the bottom, and Anthony was in the top.  Not that Anthony’s dress was anything special, but it was better than Michael’s nightie.

    • Anonymous

      I would say Michael’s color is porcelain pink, nothing at all like grapefruit (and note the ice cream he is eating is pale yellow). And April’s… Well, it’s not blueberry. It’s witchy and she exited with it, so I’m gonna call it The Last Midnight.

    • Maria Figueroa

      I am just so damned annoyed. Michael saw that it was DVF judging, made his stupid Beauty Queen faces and designed a dress that was obviously (and poorly) modeled after DVF dresses. In a hideous fucking fabric, no less. I am thoroughly pissed.

    • Anonymous

      I am going to keep track of the number of times Michael will remind us he won 2 consecutive challenges and how awesome he is.

    • Susan Crawford

      You guys hit the nail right on the head. What is the point of gathering these “all stars” who have demonstrably above-average sewing and design skills and then giving them (a) ridiculous, babyish, borderline insulting challenges and (b) time limits that are simply absurd. I am waiting for a two-day challenge with a healthy fabric budget and at least two model fittings. Otherwise we’re going to keep seeing runway shows filled with unmemorable, half-thought-out and generally blah looks.

    • Anonymous

      About the only garment I liked last night was the one Kenley was wearing. That top was seriously cute, and I’m guessing one of her own designs.

    • Anonymous

      I couldn’t help but notice both ‘caftans’ had major puddling issues.  Was not hemming something that Michael and Mondo decided to eliminate due to time constraints?  I also I had to laugh that the Miranda Kerr was sit/standing during judging.  Was the Spanx too tight?

      • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

        At 5’2″, I couldn’t believe that she could “sit” in that position on a high stool and still have her feet more than touch the floor.

        • Anonymous

          She’s at least 5’8″, she’s a VS model.

          I thought they had her awkwardly leaning on the stool so she didn’t tower over the other judges. Or her dress was too short and she’d flash the designers on the other side of the runway.

    • Anonymous

      It’s hard to believe that the designers wouldn’t have tweaked or done something different had they known “whats her name” was going to wear it. 
       I’m not sure any of these rush jobs suited her. 
      Especially Mondo’s or Michael’s, both seemed better suited for a more mature woman (if anyone). 
      So that sucked.

      I thought Mondo got the giant royal shaft his season & he was probably my fav going in. 
      But except for the color (I love color) I really wasn’t loving this one.

      “What’s her name” would be swallowed alive in that thing of Michaels. 
      What would he have to do to it for it to suit her?  An overhaul?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WKSM57KFWUGRMKPDUW4SPL3GDM Kathryn

      I’m very happy for Michael.  I’ve always liked him.  I’m glad for him that Diane said they should talk.  It was the best of what was shown.  Very well made.  I wish him great success and I’ll be happy if he wins.  And poo to you, Gretchen, you big bully.

      • Anonymous

        The fact that he & DVF seemed to make a connection was nice & made me happy too. 
        I really wasn’t feeling his dress this week though. I think the young whoever would look bleh in it.
        It would look good on DVF maybe.

    • Anonymous

      I couldn’t agree more with your comments on the stupid time restraints!  It’s like they’re trying to copy Iron Chef and Chopped with these challenges – but this isn’t food, it’s fashion!  They finally have some serious designers and they’re sabotaging their ability to create something beautiful and interesting.  Bullshit I say, BULLSHIT!!! Okay, good to get that off my chest, moving on now…

      I agree with most of the comments already made about Michael’s caftan: Golden Girls meets Mrs. Roper meets Dynasty, 1980s “women of a certain age” chic.  With that said, Anya won the last PR with nothing but badly constructed resort-wear caftans, so either caftans are making a big comeback or PR judges smoke too much crack – you be the judge.  I will give Michael credit for creating a more expertly constructed caftan in 6 hours than Anya was able to do in 6 weeks.  The biggest problem for me is that I can’t for the life of me picture a young woman wearing that.  And I really don’t want to disrespect breast feeding mothers, but to me, picking the winning dress because it’s easy to breast feed in is a little like picking the dress that’s easiest to pee standing up in…okay, it’s convenient, but Miranda, sweetie, do you really want to be photographed in something that’s going to make you look at least 30 years older than you are?  You only need to wear the dress for a few hours, use a breast pump that day!  Feh, indeed.

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

        Yes, actually, you do want to take that into consideration.  Because it’s not just whether it’s easy to breastfeed in, it’s also a question of being able to pump at least once through the time you’re wearing it — because if you don’t, it becomes quite painful.  And you want to make sure it’s something you can hide leaks in.

        Of course, I also can’t get behind jumpsuits because of the effort when you need to pee, so…

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

      “and Miranda Kerr decided at the last minute that breastfeeding was a consideration (even though she also admitted that she’d never wear this dress) and that’s enough to give Michael the win again.”

      Actually, her comment about breastfeeding was that she couldn’t wear a bra in this dress and in Mondo’s she could. As men I don’t expect you guys to be any kind of expert on the subject at all, but most women really want support from some kind of a bra when they’re nursing, regardless of their size. There’s no way she’d be able to have that kind of support in this dress, even if he sewed cups into it. Then again, this dress is really only suitable for evening functions, and she’d probably leave the baby at home, so nursing would be a moot point.

      I think it’s ugly, though, even if it is beautifully cut.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1046681022 Paula Berman

        As someone who is breastfeeding right now, I would never wear a bra if I didn’t have to. I have to if I want to be presentable when leaving the house. However, maybe Ms. Kerr does not. So I interpreted her statement differently, to say that it would be easier to nurse in this dress  than Mondo’s because she wouldn’t need to wear a bra. I freely admit I could be wrong about what she meant.

    • Anonymous

      I cannot believe no one uttered the word “nightgown.”

    • Anonymous

      I thought she was trying to convince the others to go with Mondo’s dress by bringing up the breast feeding thing not the other way around.  The leaky, boobalisciousness of that job would be harder to manage, hide & support in that dress.
       
      So I was really surprised that they chose Michaels.
       
      I felt sure she was lobbying for Mondo’s. 
       Now I’m thinking I misunderstood the whole thing. 
       What a boob.

    • Anonymous

      The one thing this dress had going for it was the interesting way she came up with that color through layering.

      Not so very innovative.  For the last dozen years, one of my “go to” garments is a dress that achieves its navy blue color through the layering of black chiffon over electric blue.

    • Anonymous

      I think I’m more bothered by the direction the show is aiming us vis a vis the eventual winner.  Michael?

    • Dana Thomas

      Wow you  nailed it with Michael’s dress.  As soon as I saw it, I thought “Dynasty.”

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

      The color on Michael’s dress really creeped me out. It looks like a shroud. I don’t have a problem with his win, altho I liked Mondo’s better. I do think Michael is very talented, but his maturity level doesn’t rise to his talent level. He needs to take a lesson from some of the other designers in that regard. He comes off needy and weak, which kind of negates his wins and successes to me. 
      This was a horrible challenge. C’mon producers! Give these guys something they can sink their teeth into! Maybe some of the producers should be aufed.

      • Anonymous

        Your shroud comment made me finally figure out Michael’s fabric choice.  It’s casket lining for Grandma!  Peach can be a very flattering color for the recently deceased.

    • Anonymous

      I like michael, but I hated this dress.   It looked like something made for Gloria Swanson.   

      I also thought the only place Miranda Kerr would wear it was to the opening of a closet.

      Sorry for April because I enjoy her personality, but the girl needs to do some soul searching and rethink this raggedy gothic thing she is wedded to.  

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

        You know what? I’m rather fond of Gloria Swanson. I think she would go for Mondo’s. The colors are more striking (esp. for a dark-haired woman), and the design is far more flattering to a short slim woman like GS. I sort of see Michael’s as for a heavier woman who has good cleavage but needs to hide some other aspects of her body.

        • Pennymac

          I could see Elizabeth Taylor in it, perhaps?

    • spooki C

      Michael’s… BLANCHE DEVEREAUX’S NIGHT GOWN

    • Call me Bee

      I am acrimonious about this.  I disagree about there being nothing else to win.  Even Mondo’s caftan was better than this–only because of the color.  This does not say grapefruit.  It’s says blah.  That’s twice that Michael won and sholdn’t have, I think.  Starting to dislike the judges….

    • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

      Hated this dress.  Hated every one of them, pretty much.  You can’t do a decent dress in six hours!  What the hell, BM?!?  If they are setting up Michael to win the entire thing, I will be so upset!  I like the guy, but he is NOT the one to win this contest!

      • Anonymous

        my guess is that they are setting michael up to fall somewhere near the end, which makes it even more odious. he’s annoying, true, & overemotional but i’ve seen that package many times in very similar people & none of them tend to strike me as fake. he doesnt either. i also like him okay, think his work includes some of the more flattering & all-ages, all-sizes wearable among that made on PR–but i also dont think he would be the best person to win PRAS. still, i hope he doesnt wind up crushed or, if he does, the sensation wont last long. w/ him, also true, i dont think it will. so theres that.

    • Anonymous

      Thank you, thank you, thank you for saying Michael’s dress looks utterly ridiculous.  I thought exactly the same thing; I was sure indeed he’d be bottoming (oh snap).  My sense of style was thoroughly shaken.  I began to question my very own taste level.  Now I feel normal again.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1046681022 Paula Berman

      Was the six hour time constraint due to DVF’s window of availability? I can’t think of any other reason.

    • Anonymous

      Mondo was robbed again.

    • Anonymous

      Oh, TLo, I’m right there with you. I actually thought, “Well, maybe it’s me. Maybe this nightgown/robe whatsis is the new thing. Such a relief to read you. Let’s hope last night’s episode isn’t about to set a trend. Eeeuuuuuuw.

    • http://promiscuouslola.blogspot.com/ Cate

      his dress is pretty, but it makes me think of an old wealthy southern woman lounging in her boudoir. and then having lots of sex with very young men.

      • Pennymac

        As a not so old and very not wealthy southern woman, I can definitely appreciate this word picture!

    • http://twitter.com/abitabite abitabite

      I have to commend the designers. Clearly the idea behind this episode was give the designers so much stress with the time constraint that they will there will be a queen fight, someone will say Micheal can’t design, someone will burst into tears because their entire family died 6 months before the show and someone will take a nap while others bitch about him will snacking in the green room. You know a la every episode since Lifetime took over.

      So props to the all-stars for facing the real PR challenge and flipping Lifetime the bird last night. But damn it made for some ugly frocks.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F73LIJ3SJGI5AJQMXMWXCKILHI Pamela

      I thought this was the most stupid challenge yet.  Hated Michael’s shiny muu-muu in particular.  I would’ve picked Mondo.  Why was Isaac questioning Mondo’s use of orange?  Excuse me, he had CANTELOUPE gelato!  What other color would you suggest?  Also thought most of the gelato flavours were WAY too odd to serve as “inspiration”.  I would’ve aufed Kara for the preggers dress; April is at least a more interesting designer.  What a lame and unnecessary challenge.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2P2ANLRZ6YAVGONA36I2AQJYGI VicD

      H8TE

    • Anonymous

      Michael’s moved and flowed nicely, and that’s about it for me. Its just way too much fabric around the model, no shape at all in the back, there it just hangs. Looks like a very elaborate nightgown.

      April had a good idea, but her execution was on par with her Opera entry, not good. Her entries in this competition were quite disappointing. Deserved “schmauf”

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

      What’s the point of having all-stars if you don’t give them challenges that require true skill and enough time to accomplish something breath-taking?  Also, why are people like Michael and Kenley even on All-Stars?

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

      Ugh. “Dowager” was the first word that crossed my mind when this sashayed down the runway. I much preferred Mondo’s combination of color/print.

      But then I find Michael so smarmy that I doubt I’ll ever like anything by him.

      Okay with the auf because I rather liked Kara’s. A bit too literal but I really liked the sequence of colors for the layers.

    • Anonymous

      Don’t know if the back is the same or not, but Michael had that dress in white for his Portland Fashion Week Show: http://portlandfashionweek.net/?designer=michael-costello&nggpage=2 (first 2 images in the 3rd row)

      • Anonymous

        portland has a fashion week now? portland?

      • Anonymous

        portland has a fashion week now? portland?

        • Anonymous

          Hey, they have their own TV show now, and look how many PR designers came from there (or thereabouts — Vancouver is just across the river) — Leanne (sp?), Seth Aaron, Wretchen… Not that I’m defending some of those choices!

      • Anonymous

        I like it in white with the metallic belt.  Much better than the pink/peach/whatever color that thing is.

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

      Six hours for the competition? Recipe for disaster. I knew the dresses would suck and they did. All of them.

    • Anonymous

      What a horrible challenge. Hated the winning gown.

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

      Took me all day to get here but am glad to see that I am not the only one who did not understand in the least why Michael C. won. When his model came out I thought she needed three things: a turban, a cigarette holder and, well, let’s just say something that would make her Alex Carrington instead of Alexis. Drag Queen Dynasty indeed!

    • http://twitter.com/ShelfAfterlife Shelf Afterlife

      I don’t understand the point of making talented artists create something that the judges KNOW takes a lot longer than six hours to make well, and then do this.  I love Michael and I love Mondo, and Mondo should have taken this one.  Isaac was wrong.  Lets hope its back to form next week.

    • Anonymous

      This show had such potential to help save the entire Project Runway franchise by eliminating the use of glue, staples, and pins to hold together the designer’s runway creations. It was obvious form this episode and the ‘Anya’ season that the producers of PR do not want well constructed garments, in favor of drama. I agree with Tlo, makes me cranky and a little sad.

    • Tom Shea

      Speaking of “feh,” Kara should have been kicked off by everybody’s feet and had her All-Star status revoked for the unflattering piece of crap she sent out. April’s dress was not great by any stretch of the imagination, but Kara’s was one of the most obvious aufs in the history of the show.

    • Anonymous

      If the criteria for winning was to make something in six hours that looked finished and polished, then Kenley should have been top three along with Michael.  Hers at least was cute and youthful rather than the now oft-commented on Blanche Devereaux meets Dynasty design that Michael created.  My top three would have been Mondo (winner), Kenley (2nd) and probably Michael third but only because everything else was really bad.

      And put me in the group wondering how Jerrell escaped the bottom again. I’d have booted him before now, but definitely would have had him sweating it out in the bottom three with April and Kara.  I’d have sent him home, but I think all of them are the next round of cannon fodder so their schmauf will come soon enough.          

    • Anonymous

      No way was that an Alexis Morell Carrington Dexter Rowan Colby dress. That was a Dominique Deveraux dress if I ever saw one. That second rate lounge act!

    • Anonymous

      Why do you see better dresses on Ru Paul’s drag race? At least we got to see Rami in a tank top. Whoof.

    • Anonymous

      Ooops, I posted this in the next PR post, but should have done it here. I only saw the first ten minutes of the show, and when Michael picked his gelato, he was surprised to get pale yellow; he was expecting bright pink or something. But it looks like he went ahead and used pink (though there are two different colors in the screen shots, so I’m not sure). Were there any comments about his switching colors? Or is my monitor fooling me?

      • Anonymous

        there’s a blue cast on the pinker ones so i think it’s kind of the orangey color. if i were feeling better i would drag it into photoshop & color correct it but today it has taken all of my energy to write the four or five paragraphs above. still, i think it’s maybe semi-salmon. neither pink nor yellow, howsabout that.

        • Anonymous

          “semi-salmon”  :)

    • Anonymous

      first i have to say i havent watched this yet, so my comments are just re: the stills.

      i usually like michael’s work pretty well, i think he does a good job of making clothes that are, if not how you say fashion forward, still extremely becoming to the wearer. the top of this one falls in that line too. from the stills it looks like the dress starts losing focus at maybe the 2/3 or 3/4 line. the back isnt bad either. when i watch the show, probably tomorrow, i will see how the fabric flows. until then, i would probably have put him in the top three. i think most likely after then too.

      cos, if i may say, what a stupid challenge. less the overweaning ice cream tweeness when designating that you want, more rather than less, a pastel dress than in giving them six hours to design & fabricate one. no wonder almost everyone turned to kaftans: two, three, five seams, maybe, no darts, no zippers, etc & ect. what else are you gonna do?

      under the circumstances, maybe itsy bitsy kudos should be given to anyone who didnt immediately default. otoh, it’s very hard to find fault in that default. it’s a minor version of last season’s ghastly stiltwaker experiment. you do what you can w/ what yr given & let it all fall where it might.

      me & maybe surprisingly, i wouldve given the win not to mondo this time but to jerell. of all the kaftans his is the only one that skews young & lively. & there is actual potential for it as a dress not made in six hours: had he had the time money fabric to line the bottom half in some kind of deeply colored silk it would be quite a dress. to my e’er bohemian eyes at least.

      ot-last-h, i am sorry to see april go. i liked quite a bit of her work during the season she was on PR [except the inexplicably placed hanging garters. i hated their irrelevance to the point i still remember them] but i liked her much better as a person here. i wish she hadnt made this dress. very sad.

    • Anonymous

      Like April – not her clothes.

    • Anonymous

      I would call Mondo’s caftan the shouldabin this episode.  Like you said, Michael’s dress immediately made me think Dynasty.

    • Anonymous

      Michael’s always been someone who’s dresses weren’t very original, but he can sew them up proper fast. No wonder he won this one.

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

      I wasn’t thinking Alexis Carrington, I was thinking the entire fashion show in the film version of The Women.

    • Mariah J

      I agree with the auf but not the win, same as always. I don’t want to criticize any of the designers too much but PLEASE no more short challenges. 2 days minimum for all of them.  Between muppet challenge and this I’m losing hope in this show.

    • Anonymous

      I really thought Mondo’s should have won over this. Not that Mondo’s was some great home run, but with Michael’s, the shiny fabric was awful and it made her look so wide. 

      Also I hope they never do another 6 hour challenge again. Everything pretty much sucked. 

      The only good thing about it is the producers were probably hoping the stressful deadline would produce extra drama. Instead, the designers were far too busy getting something remotely decent thrown together to worry about anything else. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5UQHEKG5EDX4T6NMARUC565TPQ Amy

      If Miranda Kerr had said “this is great for breastfeeding….at night, before I got to bed….with the curtains drawn so the paparazzi doesn’t catch me in my carb-eating, shape disguising nighty”….. THEN I would have gotten behind this win.

    • Anonymous

      I take strenuous issue at the idea that the caftan dress is hopelessly outdated. Rachel Pally anyone?

    • http://twitter.com/danielleRwest Danielle West

      I don’t see the necessity in a 6-hour challenge.  And I hated Michael’s look.  there is no way Miranda Kerr could wear that without it looking like a nightgown.  She’s going to drown in it.  And it was completely unflattering.  I honestly thought they were going to tell the designers that they didn’t like any of their dresses because they were all awful. 

    • Megan Patterson

      Really? Over Kara’s monstrosity? I felt April’s had at least an attempt at something stylish, even if the execution went bananas out of control.  Kara’s was both unflattering and ugly.

    • Kris Bruneau

      My exact thought when Michael’s dress went down the runway was “Alexis Carrington’s nightgown.”  Glad to know you agree.  Mondo totally should have won.  

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/EJ4VTYPEO76XDX7BVNVUSDF2GE Fuzzy Izmit

      I dont agree with the win or the looser this week. Booo!

    • Anonymous

      feh indeed. isn’t this whole all-stars confection for the fans? by which i mean people who soldiered through the last 3 or 4 bullshit seasons hoping it would get better, so here you go folks, people with talent, yay!? why do the 6 hour challenge, what the fuck is the point?!?!?! argh!

    • Anonymous

      April’s twenty-two? My god, I thought she was thirty-eight.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patrick-Cleary/1201575213 Patrick Cleary

      So another woman gone? It’s just a sausage fest here now. Sad.

    • Anonymous

      Michael– It’s a bathrobe. Some of the designers were commenting on this piece. They were criticizing Michael for making something that has only two seams. So here we go again– he’s cheating, maybe he’s gluing, maybe he’s tying it up or whatever. I don’t mind that it’s two seams. This is, after all, a very organic design. It’s all about knowing how to work with the fabric. It’s not about designing the hell out of the fabric. I’ll say that it is cut well and that it moves well as the model walks. And the retractable sleeves were a nice touch. I am a little suspicious of the tiny sheer white piece of fabric peeking out of the back (underneath the cord strap), but maybe that’s the model’s underwear. I’m not keen on the fleshy pink color he chose– it just reinforces my impression of a bathrobe.

      April– I quite liked how she superimposed the fabric. My issue is with the back– with how the fabric bunches up. I dunno if that’s the worst thing that walked the runway, but it’s not a good entry. And the styling was atrocious.

    • http://twitter.com/onetimeko maybe more

      “But April’s was one we’ve seen many times before from her” … and is consistently badly done by her. I don’t know how many times she has to make the same dress before she realizes she needs to cut the skirt longer. The proportions are always messed up. Not sad to see her go… She needs a lot more time to discover who she is as a designer.

    • Anonymous

      “awarding the win to a lackluster dress the judge admitted she’d never wear.”

      Wha???

      I went back and watched the entire judging because of this statement and found that in no way did any judge say this.  In fact Miranda said she had “so many places she could wear this dress” and said she was excited to wear it. 

      Maybe the show was edited later?  (I watch later than others because of my locale.)   Here is the link I watched.  http://www.filebox.com/a8o9fhhmxm4j

      That said, I definitely think Jerrell was robbed!  No one paid attention to his dress but I thought it was a showstopper – reminds me of Alphonse Mucha goddesses.  Great fabric and materials and beautifully finished too.

    • http://twitter.com/katesti Kate

      I actually understood Miranda to be saying that the dress would be *difficult* to wear, without a bra, since she’s nursing. As a fellow nursing mom…yeah.

      • http://twitter.com/jadetomato April G.

        That’s what I thought too. That dress looks impossible for a nursing mother to wear!

    • Anonymous

      I knew Michael was the winner as soon as Angelabot said “Have we made our decision?” and I saw the look on Miranda’s face. She looked terrified. And then, when they announced Michael as the winner, and she nervously laughed and was like “Yay…” She sounded exactly like Kristen Wiig in that scene in Knocked Up when the producer tells Katherine Heigl she’s getting promoted to on-air. It was probably the most unintentionally hilarious thing I’ve ever seen on Project Runway.

    • http://twitter.com/anoel Ashley

      Ugh this is my least favorite episode by far. Michael’s dress is a completely boring look that he’s done before and Mondo’s deserved to win SO MUCH more. It’s like the judges are trying to make me dislike him by giving him undeserved wins. And I liked April’s dress, it’s pretty which is a LOT more than I can say for Kara’s piece of crap dress. Sometimes I remember why I hate the stupid judging on this show.

    • Anonymous

      I find it funny that, last week, Gordana got eliminated for making a dress that resembled a night gown and this week, Michael wins for making a dress that resembles a night gown. Both are in almost the same shade too! No one should have won this week. It was terrible!

    • Anonymous

      So true, Neckline.  When this came out I immediately said “Bathrobe!”.  Haven’t changeed my opinion.  I never got the Michael hate from the contenstants in his season, nor did I ever really get the judges’ love, either.  But I am getting the former this time.  The lips firmly on DVF’s posterior and the golly-gosh-gee-who me? persona is seriously annoying. 

    • marcella peek

      We were quite disappointed that Michael won (again!)  Really, what is his charm because we do not get it.  Horrible old satin bathrobe got the win?  As for April’s sad little dress.  When the model turned and we could see how scary short the dress was my husband said “I can see her blueberries”.  We pretty much lost it then and there. No idea what the judges were thinking on this episode.

    • Nixonesque

      Sorry, Kittens: I loved Michael’s dress. I want to wear it and have that fabric rubbing all over my skin. What’s wrong with a little lux? Or maybe it’s because they just wrapped up Noir Fest here in San Francisco and this dress would have been perfect on any of the double-crossing vixens that glowed in B&W. Geraldine Fitzgerald, anyone? http://content6.flixster.com/photo/67/21/47/6721472_ori.jpg

    • Anonymous

      I love Michael’s model.

    • Nixonesque

      Why is everybody ignoring the hideousness that is April’s dress? I don’t care if she’s only 22, she should know that Tim Burton-inspired clothing is nowhere near current or original, unless you’re a buyer for Hot Topic. She needs to get some taste or creativity or a voice or something. Awful, awful, awful. I can’t believe she made it so far in her season or this one.

    • http://orangtunes.blogspot.com BIG MAC

      I think Micheal deserved the win over Mondo. His model looks like a queen walking down the hallway to eat breakfast. Mondo’s just paled in comparison to me.

    • Anonymous

      I thought I would scream if they gave the win to this nightgown – but my husband was asleep so it was a silent scream.  Michael is getting even more insufferable.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t get bed satin winning here and that is the only thing I can think of when I see Michael’s. Sigh.  Feel bad for April but really can’t argue it.

    • Anonymous

      I could not believe this dress won. Whatever happened to being fashion forward on Project Runway?

    • Anonymous

      I think Michael’s dress was a disaster. I think MOndo and Jerell both beat him on this one.

    • vmcdanie

      I came so close to giving up on this show but freaking hell, I’ll have to see the All Stars season thru I think.

      They really can’t come up with enough good challenges to fill out a season at the new regime, can they?

      I wasn’t wild about Michael’s gown thingy (although the back looked really well made) but, shit, Diane VF liked it.

      Man I cry every time they send April home.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=713709401 Randy Noak

      Michael’s dress looked like something that Mrs. Roper would wear if she were feeling racy.