PR All Stars: Getting Piggy With It

Posted on January 20, 2012

We thought this was a spectacular effort on Rami’s part and perfectly in line with what the challenge was asking for.

We also have to say once again how truly refreshing it is to see a bunch of fairly well made to impeccably well made clothes each week. We have critiques, as we always do, but there’s no doubt we’re dealing with All-Stars.

The thing is, this looks like a Miss Piggy dress. As in, if some starlet was wearing this on the red carpet and we were writing about it, we’d almost certainly go for the “She looks like Miss Piggy!” joke. In some respects, that’s a huge mark in its favor, but we did feel, and we think the judges agreed, that it was all somewhat expected. Fun and appropriate, but not challenge-winning necessarily.

 

Mila clearly had a bug up her ass this week and in a way, we can’t blame her. You can expect to have to deal with a lot of frustrating and even humiliating things on Project Runway, but we doubt she was expecting having to talk to a puppet with a straight face.

And maybe that attitude made her a little defiant in her choices. It’s interesting to note that she’s not one of the designers second-guessing herself due to past criticisms, like so many of the All-Stars. She was criticized in her season for making too many mod, black and white, color-blocked pieces and she’s defiantly doing the same thing all over again, whether the challenge warrants it or not.

We think this is a great look. We also think the judges were a bit too harsh on this look. Miss Piggy has worn and been photographed in clothing of practically every style and from practically every decade of the last 100 or so years. There’s no reason she couldn’t rock the shit out of a big-haired ’60s mod look like this. The problem is this isn’t really what you think of when you think of Miss Piggy. Clearly the challenge here was finding a look that suited her without being cliche about it and without forcing the judges to use their imaginations too much. They wanted a simple, clear, modern style that reminded them of classic PiggyWear and this wasn’t it.

 

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    • http://twitter.com/stellaphone Stella Zawistowski

      When Angela started calling names I thought Mila’s look was in the top, not the bottom. Much more interesting than Kenley’s silly giraffe thing.

      • Anonymous

        Yes, I definitely had Mila and Kenley reversed as to who I thought was in the top or the bottom.  I think I would have put them both in the middle, though.  I know there were definitely some middle entries who deserved Kenley’s spot.

      • http://twitter.com/connectinglines Me Again

        I absolutely thought Mila was in the top.  I thought her look was fantastic, and there is no reason Piggy couldn’t wear it.

      • BerlinerNYC

        Yes. Also, what Mila’s comments implied (for all we know, she said it explicitly, and it was edited out) is that it wasn’t like Burberry or Marc Jacobs made a special “Piggy!” look for her. The whole point of those things being fun is seeing Piggy in real fashion. So many of the designers veered into costuming, when I understood the point of the challenge as NOT to make a costume.

        Also, the judges were terribly inconsistent about caring whether something would scale well to Piggy’s actual body, right?

      • Anonymous

        I had Michael and Milla reversed. I hated his Christmas pressie.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6TDAYXK555ABAKZEEOAJMC25FU Stan

      I think if Rami had worked the dots better (matching the pattern) this would have been the winner. 

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

        yeah, that really bugged me. 

      • Lori

        Agree.  It’s like he didn’t even try.  Very puzzling from someone with Rami’s talent.

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

        I think a lot of PR designers get tripped up by pattern.  To really make a pattern work on designer clothing, it needs to be lined up (unless the mismatch is clearly a design element), and a lot of the designers don’t have the sewing skills to do it in the time they’ve got — I’m sure they can all do it, but some people sew faster than others.  I do a lot of stripes in my personal wardrobe and they ALWAYS take longer than solid colors just because I have to spend more time lining them up. 

        • Anonymous

          Time constraints here I can see why he didn’t bother. If he bought 3 yards of this fabric, then cut to match the dots off, but they were just SLIGHTLY off (say, 1/8″) it would have looked much, much worse than not trying to match. It’s very hard to match, with curved seams especially.

          That doesn’t explain why did he use a princess seam, though, and not side seams with bust darts.

          • Anna Maria Diamanti

            Right. Choosing the seams he did with this fabric amounted to a design flaw. For me, that was enough to keep it from the win, much as I like the look overall.

      • Anonymous

        i was so annoyed by angela repeatedly using the phrase “it throws my eye off.” (that’s what she said about the dots not matching).  what the hell does that mean?  it’s even more meaningless than her usual remarks “i so would wear (or not wear) that dress”.  no one cares, angela.

        but back to the dots, it seems to me it would be difficult to match the polka dots and have the bodice fit perfectly.  it’s not like matching a plaid, where the lines are continuous.  the easiest way to do it would be to have all the seams fall in the background of the print (white in this case), but the dots may not be spaced correctly for that to work.  and then if you have to take the seam in or let it out, there you go again.

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

          I would be shocked to find someone who could do that design in that fabric in that length of time and make the pattern line up.  It’s very doable, but it’s a painstaking process.

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

            Just reading about the process to do that gives me a backache. The sewers here have a much better eye than I do when it comes to such things, but, considering the ridiculously short amount of time the designers had, I think Rami did a great job.

          • Anonymous

            Very difficult, especially with a fitted dress; impossible with these time constraints. Lots of extra fabric, subtle panelling maybe, it’s hard. I’ve done it — very painstaking.

          • Anonymous

            Last time I matched a pattern it was for curtains. Simple as pie. And the whole matching thing doubled the time it took to make them and drove me insane. [ETA: To be fair, I'm a bit impaired at rotating and orienting mentally. Those sections of the standardized tests in grade school completely stymied me.] mentally gave him a complete pass on the matching (and I agree with whoever said that disregarding the match completely was 1000 times better than trying to match and being say, 1/4 to 1/2 an inch off on half of the seams.)

      • Anonymous

        TRY lining up those dots on a seam. Ya cant “fit” something with one back seam (or even two on the side)  unless it stretches a lot. Some dots were bound to get squinched. He could have made that fron panel wider though. The prob was lack of stretch I think

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

      Miss Piggy would rock both these looks, but Mila’s would have been more for a themed event rather than a red-carpet movie premier. Rami’s dress was so classically Piggy that she could wear that anywhere and look herself, not just at a red carpet showing. It was too generically Miss Piggy, though fun and fabulous.

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

        Agreed and agreed!

    • Anonymous

      Mila’s look might have been ok as a picture on a calendar, but I can’t see anyone – even la Piggy – wearing this to a premier.

      I loved Rami’s look, but maybe Miss Piggy wanted something more fierce.

      (by the way – I even have “Miss Piggy’s Guide to Life”; love her! What a fun challenge!)

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

        I don’t know that I’d wear it to a premiere but I would definitely wear it!  I think it might be a little too low-key for a film premiere, though.

      • Anonymous

        I think you make an excellent point — Mila’s dress is not a dress anyone, puppet or not, would wear on the red carpet.  I rather liked it, but (now that you point it out) I see that it failed the challenge on two points: not a Miss Piggy dress, and not a red carpet look.

        • Anonymous

          The challenge was for promoting.  Not specifically red carpet.

          • Anonymous

            I think Flamboyant Cocktail Dress was the phrase they used.

            • Anonymous

              Yes. Yes it was. And so few of the efforts were truly flamboyant.

            • http://twitter.com/Alloyjane Alloy Jane

              Exactly. And Mila’s was neither flamboyant nor cocktail.  Look, I like the dress because I like the 60’s.  But it’s about as new and fresh as Gordana’s, which I liked but agreed that it didn’t push the envelope at all.  I really want Gordana’s as a nightie though.  Very pretty.

    • Anonymous

      Agree your comments on both designs. I wonder if Mila had made the same design with a bright color instead of the black—or even a bright pink in place of the white—if that would have gone over better with the judges.

      • Anonymous

        I thought that also. A bright blue or purple would have made it Miss Piggy-ish.

        • Anonymous

          Right-o I ‘m surprised none of the designers defaulted to lavender, her signature color.

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

        I do think she would have avoided being in the bottom if she’d used a bright color. I love the dress she made, but it would have been a lot more fun in red or blue.

      • Anonymous

        The thing that made me angry with the judges is that they criticized her look for being black, when there were several other black dresses on that runway.  Is it just that the others were perhaps more generic and Mila’s was a very specific look? I don’t know.  

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_64HSRZWCSJ5RBFGCWDLFQOICYM G

      Rami was robbed.

      • http://twitter.com/stellaphone Stella Zawistowski

        When I watched the episode I agreed with you, but on second look, I can’t argue with the fact that his look is exactly what you think of when you think “Miss Piggy,” rather than an imagination of something she hasn’t done that’s nonetheless “so her.”

        That being said, I would certainly not have given the win to Michael. He made a totally basic dress with one design element attached — and a design element that probably wouldn’t work on Miss Piggy’s bod, at that.

      • Anonymous

        I thought so, too, but I can understand the point of view that this look is the “old” Miss Piggy (of outlandish, cartoonish fashion) versus the “new” Miss Piggy (of more tailored, classic looks). Not that the Michael win oozed “classics”.

    • Anonymous

      I still think Rami or Kenely should have won. Miss Piggy is comedian she wears over the top girly things and mock glamor.Her wardrobe is a combination of Mae West and Jon Bennett Ramsey. Rami’s is perfect.
      I  liked Milla’s too. But Miss Piggy does wear different things sometimes in sketches, but I don’t think she ever goes unfitted about the waist.

      • Anonymous

        SewingSiren, your description of Miss Piggy’s wardrobe as a combo of Mae West and Jon Benet Ramsey is perfection!

        I loved Rami’s design with a capital L. It’s whimsical, fun and tongue in cheek, and perfectly Piggy, perhaps too much so.
        And to echo TLo, how wonderfully refreshing to see well-constructed clothes walking the runway….

      • Anonymous

        I too think that Rami’s should have won. Like you said, it’s over the top girly and that’s Miss Piggy. I know that they were looking for an updated take on Miss Piggy’s style, but I grew up watching The Muppet Show and Michael’s dress didn’t say Miss Piggy at all to me.

      • Anonymous

        I agree with the fitting on the waist — she rarely wears anything that is unfitted. But, if this was for those tv interviews where she sits in a chair while a parade of reporters come thru I don’t think it would have mattered as much, those sleeves would have been wonderful for when she used her arms and the cut actually gave her more freedom of movement for karate kicks when called for.

      • Anonymous

        I loved Kenley’s design too.

    • Anonymous

      I think Rami’s look was impeccably made, but I found it juvenile. Still, it was one of the most appropriate and playful looks to walk the runway last night.

      I really like Mila because she’s a damn good designer; who cares if she isn’t cuddly and playful?. And I think she made a really great garment… which missed the mark of challenge by a mile. Did you notice her comment last night, Sleeves are hard?  Jaysus, girlfriend! You made the sleeves in twenty six separate pieces! No wonder they were hard!

      • Anonymous

        I think there are more seams on that dress than Ayna sewed the entire of last season.

        • Lynne Godfrey

          I just snorted coffee through my nose.  Too true!

        • Anonymous

          Good point!

        • Anonymous

          There was a line in the show, from Mila I think, where she commented on how hard a sleeve is…. I wondered if some sneaky editor stuck that in as a shot at Anya!  (spoken as a sneaky editor! )

        • Anonymous

          Thanks for reminding who Anya was!  Every time I’ve seen her name in comments, I’ve had trouble placing her.  Your description gave the clue I needed.

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

        While I wish Mila had embraced the challenge, I agree that she doesn’t have to be cuddly and playful. Not everyone can be as adorable as Austin. I think that, along with being a good designer, she’s also really cool. I love her aesthetic, and I like that she’s makes clothes for grown-ass women.

        I heard her say “sleeves are hard”, but the accidental allusion went right over my head. It wasn’t until someone mentioned it in the TLounge that I had a big laugh over it.

    • AJ

      That second look makes me think more of Janice than Miss Piggy, but I could still see a Muppet version for a retro-Piggy look.

      • Cathy S

        Ooooo, Janice. So perfect for her! She could carry off Gordana’s dress too.

      • Anonymous

        Bonus points for the Janice (Janis?) reference!  I want Mila or April to give Prairie Dawn a much-needed makeover.

        • AJ

          You would think it was spelled Janis, but no, officially the Muppet is Janice. She’s always been one of my favorites!

          I love the idea of April giving Prairie Dawn something edgier. Goofy as it might be, I’d have loved to have everyone have to makeover a different Muppet. Come on! Pair up Austin and Sam the American Eagle!

          • Anonymous

            Michael gets Camilla, and Mondo gets Animal.

    • Anonymous

      I’d have given it to Rami.  Period.

      • Anonymous

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      • Anonymous

        I agree, except I mean it in the naughty sense. 

        • Anonymous

          Oy–the minions are such a clever, witty bunch!  Have to remember to try not to write anything wrong or blatantly stupid, AND consider all possible naughty interpretations! ;)

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

      Like I said earlier, the print Rami used is uber adorable. I will use it in a heartbeat. But I wasn’t too much of a fan about the design of the dress. Meanwhile, Mila’s dress was pretty darn great but totally not Miss Piggy worthy. And definitely not worthy of a Bottom 3 slot. Nope.

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

        Mila, despite missing the intent of the challenge by a mile, definitely should not have been bottom 3.  How Jerrell snuck out of that spot, I’ll never know.

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

      I liked Mila’s and Miss Piggy would wear it, but it missed the challenge by quite a lot. It seems she didn’t quite catch where Miss Piggy was wearing her dress. I loved Rami’s dress too! Very flirty and fun! But I do agree with Micheal’s win, his dress was fabulous. This season has been so refreshing with the quality of the contestants! I also feel that the weakest links are going one by one and judges are making the right decisions. 

      • Anonymous

        Get out of my mind.

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

      So glad you guys liked Mila’s too!  When that came down the runway, I started going “I WANT ONE!”

    • Anonymous

      Gettin’ Piggy with it! HAH! as Miss Piggy might say-you two have made my Friday!

    • Anonymous

      Rami did well — at least better than last week in his quest to avoid draping.  Could have been a winner, since ESP is part of the challenge parameters.  If they really were looking for a Miss Piggy look for the win, he would have taken it.

      Mila’s monochrome geometry  is beyond monotonous at this point.  She does the exact same thing regardless of the challenge.  This will inevitably get her booted sooner or later.

      • Anonymous

        I think since she ignored the premise of the challenge (as the judge’s said she did and which she has done quite often before in PR history) that Mila should have been aufed this week.  

      • Anonymous

        hopefully

    • Anonymous

      I loved both of these looks and could actually see Miss Piggy rocking Mila’s dress although Piggy didn’t think it was appropriate to the occasion and wasn’t elle. 

      Rami’s was sensational — If I had ever seen that back in the day, I would have died not to be able to buy it on the spot.  Beautiful.

      I know that many didn’t care for the challenge because I’ve been reading all the comments but after all the heaviness and the disappointment of the last several seasons, it’s just wonderful to feel like the show is back.  It was fun to watch, my 16-year old deigned to spend a few minutes with me because Miss Peggy was involved, and I thought all of the clothes were lovely.  All of them, including the bottom two.  Austin’s wasn’t a great look but that man puts his heart and soul into whatever he makes and is always so fun and chic, so YSL, in what he wears himself … It’s been a throwback to everything that was so fabu about the original show.  AND it was competing agaisnt the shenanigans in SC.  I’d love to see Piggy moderate a Pres. debate — wearing Rami’s.

      And the judging has been stellar.  Total rehab of the show and I’m into the recovery.

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

        it’s unfortunate that we will eventually need more Project Runways in order to have All Stars….

        • Anonymous

          Even more unfortunate, except for Mondo, there’s been no one in the past two seasons who is even in the same ZIP code as these All-stars, talent-wise.  And I would bet the Mitt Romney that there won’t be any in the next season either.  So what kind of “All-stars” would we end up with?

          • Anonymous

            And I would bet the Mitt Romney for the win .. so funny.  Thanks

          • Anonymous

            Wendy Pepper, Santino, Ivy Higa…

            (That might actually be an amusing train wreck to watch.)

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

            How much is a Mitt Romney worth? 

            • Anonymous

              The amount he offered to bet during the debate was $10,000.  

      • BuffaloBarbara

        I agree.  I had fun with last night’s episode, largely because I thought the creative people were really mocking the producers BIG TIME.  “Here, we have a partnership with muppets, you’ll do a show about making a dress for Miss Piggy.”  So they did… and used it to mock every cliché of their red carpet guest challenges, up to and including mentor scenes and confessionals.

        Granted, it wasn’t a great  PR “moment” as far as the design challenge goes, but it revealed a certain snarky self-awareness that bodes well for the future.  Except that they had to submit to a six-hour challenge next week.

    • Anonymous

      Mila’s wasn’t THAT off for Miss Piggy — look at that neckline, the shiny dots pattern, heck even the boots. Really, Mila just needed to pretend she gave a shit about the actual challenge and make the thing in any bright color at all.

    • Anonymous

      I loved Rami’s- as did my 9 year old daughter who was on her way to bed and then ended up sitting watching Miss Piggy with me. She would have worn that dress in a heartbeat. I just loved the gentle humor in it. :)
      I’m sorry to say that I didn’t like Mila’s at all or her attitude. The judges were right when they said that sometimes you have to put the customer first and Mila chose not to do that.

      • Anonymous

        i really thought mila’s attitude sucked too.  she was constantly trying to throw a wet blanket over any fun being had.

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

      I agree that Mila’s was cute but not very Piggy, but what really kind of bugged me about it was that that tone-on-tone polka dot black she used really reads like football jersey mesh to me. Maybe it doesn’t in person, but in pics it does, and confuses my eyes. I get that the black had to have some texture to keep it from being boring, but this isn’t it.

      • Anonymous

        I thought the same thing. We kept saying it looked like a football jersey dress.

      • http://twitter.com/Alloyjane Alloy Jane

        There you go!  Yeah it was bugging me too and I couldn’t tell why but you’re 100% right.  Football jersey.

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

      I really think Rami should have won.  There were too many flared skirts last night.  Rami’s was the only one that would really flattered curves and easily translated into a puppet costume.

      Mila’s was serious fug.  She should have gone home.

    • Anonymous

      Also have to add that these two models are sure on board with their designer. I don’t think either one of them could have done a better job showing the dress to its best.

    • Anonymous

      I see Mila’s dress and I am totally jonsing to see her do a duet with Cher – in a matching dress! 

    • W A

      This was not my favorite Mila look, but I generally love her stuff. I wish she made menswear.

    • Anonymous

      I didn’t realize that Mila’s dress had sheer panels in it.  That is a FINE dress.  I can understand her exasperation, too.

      Rami’s may have been “expected,” but it would have been perfect for the Porcine Princess at a premiere or movie promo obligation, including the headpiece.

    • Anonymous

      I still think Rami should have won. It totally fit the bill. ‘

      Mila’s dress was not bad but didn’t fit the challenge at all. I think she could have stuck to her aesthetic and still made something that suited Miss Piggy. I googled Miss Piggy images just to see what she has worn (I am home sick, so I am basically dicking around all day). Behold Miss Piggy in a Burberry trench! Fabulous!!
      http://www.wmagazine.com/celebrities/2011/12/miss-piggy-obesssions

    • Anonymous

      Screw Miss Piggy, I want Mila’s dress for myself.

    • Anonymous

      the more i think about it & see rami’s dress again, agree hes should have won.

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

      Mila’s dress is very tasteful- that might be the problem.

    • Anonymous

      The only thing about Mila’s dress is I thought it looked pretty stiff in movement.  It might have been interesting to see it in something like a light wool jersey, maybe.

    • Anonymous

      I thought Rami’s looked like a candy store saloon girl.  Miss Piggy has more fashion sense than this, at least in my world and, if she doesn’t, she shouldn’t be who they design for.  The fabric choice was great, but the final result was tacky, tacky, tacky.  

      Mila deserved to be in the bottom three both because she refused to leave her comfort zone and because what she did make wasn’t good enough to look past that. 

    • BuffaloBarbara

      I loved Rami’s and assumed it was the winner.  Yes, it’s expected, but come on.  It was a Miss Piggy challenge.  And the comment from La Piggy was exactly right: “It looks like a candy story exploded!” (Michael Kors quip mockery… check.)  I might have gone for Kenley’s silliness, but I definitely wouldnt’ have pegged Michael for this.  The dress looked like he took it too seriously, while Rami’s looked like he took the challenge in the spirit it inspired.

      As to Mila’s? Eh. I’m way not impressed.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/NNYP4XJY5CWWEQHU2G7N2UCDNQ Sharon B

         Loved Piggy’s comment: It’s the most garish thing I’ve ever seen…looks like a candy store exploded…I love it! I was waiting for her to karate chop one of the designers — guess it was easier to attack the judge in the next seat. 

    • Anonymous

      I really liked Mila’s dress…just not for Miss Piggy.  I certainly didn’t think it was “bottom 2″ :)

      • Anonymous

        Yea, wait until the Bitter Kittens get to Anthony’s, Jerrel’s and April’s. 

        • Anonymous

          I don’t even remember April’s.  

          • Anonymous

            Vaguely Goth with spiky things at the shoulders and a vee detail of purple and black polka dots over the bust. Of course it was on screen barely 3 milliseconds like most of the clothes, so it’s hard to have much more than a general impression of fugly. Thanks G*d for TLo’s screencaps.

            • Anonymous

              Wow.  I have zero memory of anything like that.  I must have blinked!

          • Anonymous

            I remember it as vaguely sad feeling.

            • Anonymous

              Oh, dear.  She couldn’t get over the sad even to design for a toy?…  

    • Anonymous

      Mila should have used purples instead of what she chose. I bet it would have catapaulted this up to the top 3. Especially if Mila had pointed out movie was premiering in the fall/winter, not the spring or summer and sleeves would have been more appropraite.

    • MilaXX

      Rami’s was cute but expected. I really liked Mila’s and I wish she had added some pink or maybe a deep fuchsia piping as a nod to the challenge instead of digging her heels in and deciding not to use any pink.

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

      Piggy. Not Twiggy, Mila!

      Loved Rami’s print. The dress is perfectly suited for Miss Piggy. And Charo.

      • Anonymous

        Good one, Susan!  I loved Mila’s dress, and it definitely had that Carnaby Street feel.  But it was not for the Pig.  Which may be why it was the only thing on the runway that I liked at all.

    • Anonymous

      Rami’s piece is beautifully constructed and quite fun. But ruffles, frills, tulle, and polka dots? It’s more like a parody of cartoon-like, flamboyant, and quirky clothing.

      Mila’s piece is quite nice, actually. Yep, she’s got her linear, graphic, geometric shtick, but certain small elements of the dress are pertinent to the challenge. Like the peek-a-boo-type dots. Or the fun strip at the neckline (even though that white panel underneath it is slightly wonky). Dress could have placed in the middle.

      • Anonymous

        “…
        ruffles, frills, tulle, and polka dots? It’s more like a parody of cartoon-like, flamboyant, and quirky clothing.”

        He was designing a dress for a puppet.  So why would cartoon-like, flamboyant, and quirky be wrong? 

        • Anonymous


          He was designing a dress for a puppet.
           

          Or channeling Kenley.

    • Mariah J

      I think Miss Piggy would have looked fabulous in Mila’s dress. I guess Rami’s suited the challenge but on any other runway I would have been screaming for an auf. Tacky tacky tacky. Ick.

    • Anonymous

      For what the challenge was, I liked Rami’s (although I would have preferred if the polka dots lined up at the seams).  It looks like Miss Piggy, but Miss Piggy from the 1980s.  Oh goodness!  Did I really just write that?! 

      • Anonymous

        Nearly impossible, and absolutely impossible in the time given. Takes subtle panelling, tons more fabric, etc. A nightmare.
        Yes, the 80s is vintage now, and so am I.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=720742723 Sarah Winningham

      Mila’s dress would be a great look for Tina Cohen-Chang.

    • Anonymous

      I had a big problem with Mila on this challenge. First, it was clear that she wasn’t happy with the challenge at all. Her attitude was terrible, and judging by what she turned out, she decided to do what she wanted to do, not what the challenge called for. Has she ever even seen Miss Piggy? If she had, she would have known that this was not her dress. Secondly, she started going off on Kara and Kenley’s workroom friendship. Really? How is being friendly being codependent?  And seriously, who cares if they’re friends? It seems like Mila was a little bit jealous to me. The third problem I have with Mila is that once again, for every single challenge, she’s color-blocking. She has shown little or no growth since she was originally on the show. I absolutely admit that her garments are beautiful and well constructed, but the fact that she can’t seem to get past her color-blocking issues is not going to serve her well if she’s trying to expand her business. She’s coming off like a one-trick pony and that will eventually hurt her.

      • BuffaloBarbara

        Yeah, the bit about Kenley and Kara just confused me.  When you’re in a room with Kenley and she’s coming off as the much nicer one, there’s something wrong.

      • Anonymous

        I like Mila and love her style, so I hate to point this out to her (and I said a variation of this earlier) — but those sheer dots and that froufrou collar actually are pretty close to the Piggy wheelhouse (gasp! horror!). Mila just needed to do it in a bright color and lose the sleeves (do a colorful glove with another pop of that froufrou stuff at the wrists).

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

        Maybe Mila has a childhood fear of pigs, and the client/guest judge, Miss Piggy, really upset her.

      • Anonymous

        Mila, you’ve signed up to be a contestant on a reality show not once but TWICE, so (as my mother would say) get off your d**d high horse and design for the pig already!

    • Anonymous

      Sometimes when a challenge comes up, I (and probably most of us) think of past favorite PR contestants and imagine “what would so-and-so would do with this?”  

      Then the strangest thought arose — maybe because I’m still not over the outrage of last season: 
                                         What would Anya do with this?  

      I started laughing, and I laugh every time I think of  it. Try it, it works.

      • Anonymous

        I love that!  It would have been hysterical to have seen her trying to justify designing a flowing, virtually seam-free, Caribbean dress with a plunging neckline for a pig.

        And what would have been even more hysterical would have been hearing the Braying Tangerine, Bored Nina, and Gyno Girl explaining why her dress was the winner.

        • Anonymous

          “…Braying Tangerine, Bored Nina, and Gyno Girl explaining why her dress was the winner.”

          I’m laughing all over again.

        • Anonymous

          And Piggy saying, “What is this, a tent?”

      • Anonymous

        OMGaaaaah! I just can’t. Diet Coke all   over the keyboard.
        Tres humorous!

    • Anonymous

      I really think Rami should have had this challenge, but don’t hate Michael’s enough to care.  I’m not sure winning this particular challenge is a big career boost.  I hope Rami gives in and drapes next week.

      I sort of loved Mila’s FU attitude about the whole thing.  She has a very grown-up aesthetic and didn’t feel like compromising it.  Funny thing is, I’m sure she *could* have done something way more costumy–she worked for “Dancing with the Stars”.  I kind of wonder if design aesthetic is so narrow and linear as kind of a rebellion against her day job.  On PR, she gets closer to doing what she wants.  

    • http://twitter.com/DonnaThePirana Donna

      To me, Rami’s print just evoked Fozzie’s necktie… I don’t know, to me the print just doesn’t seem right for Miss Piggy.

    • Anonymous

      I think Mila is figuring out the pecking order in the workroom. She might have had a feeling that she’s lumped in with Kenley, Kara, April, Gordana at this point and this season is boys town. 

      Do you really see a woman making the final 3 here? I like that she designed her dress for Miss Piggy and didn’t turn it into a cartoon. 

      Kara had the worst look on the runway and escaped the bottom.  If I were Mila and I were paranoid I would have known in the moment of the competition that her days are numbered. Once you start landing in the bottom 3 with good designs it’s hard to get out. This is a competition between Rami and Mondo. Rami’s amazing. Mondo, I think, knows everyone wants him to win and looks to be choking a bit on the high expectations. 

      If I were a conspiracy theorist I’d say this was all a set up for a Mondo win, but if Rami, and Michael C to some extent, keep crushing it? It’s going to be hard to justify Mondo’s win here if he doesn’t shake off the lethargy he’s had a bit this season. 

      Rami is setting the pace. 

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

        It’s making me sad that the top 3 are almost always men and the bottom 3 are almost always women, with all three aufees women.  And it’s making me sadder that, 90% of the time, I think that outcome is entirely justified.

        • Anonymous

          I agree. The men are outshining the women so far. I actually thought Mila & Gordana were doing the best work out of the women. April’s stuff just isn’t popping. Kara’s stuff is boring. Kenley’s stuff at least is interesting. I can’t stand Kenley, but she can make some pretty clothes.

          They really needed to bring back Korto – she was a strong designer who I think would give the men some serious competition. Ulli & Laura Bennet would have been more fun to see in the mix than Sweet Pea & Elisa as well.  

          • Anonymous

            Korto came back for that one-time All-Stars and came in second *again.*  I think she figured enough was enough after that.

            • Anonymous

              That’s right. Totally forgot about that. I’m sure getting her back to play runner up because she doesn’t out drama anyone personality wise wasn’t her cup of tea. She is a very good designer. 

            • Anonymous

              The one I’d love to see back and who hasn’t shown up is Jillian Lewis.  She was terrific and would have won other seasons.

      • Anonymous

        Don’t forget Austin. I think it is between Rami, Mondo and Austin. I think Mila, April and Kenley are too one note, Kara is too nervous, Michael and Anthony are too tacky, Jerrell is just horrid, don’t know why he is even there. Who did I miss?? 

      • Anonymous

        Unfortunately, I *do* think Mondo’s set up for the win.  Georgina Chapman, after all, is Harvey Weinstein’s wife, and Bunim-Murray produced the heinous hyper-engineered travesty of Anya’s win.

        I have no problem with Mondo winning if he earns it.  But I have a lot of problem with a manufactured win.  And of the three on the bottom, I’d say Austen’s was the weakest, though he’s a stronger designer than Gordana, but there was some serious fug skating through the middle–Jerrell’s for one.  There’s no *way* Mila’s was weaker than that.

        • Anonymous

          Glammie – So far I really think Rami & Michael C (to an extent) are cleaning his clock in the competition. If he doesn’t pick it up & they hand Mondo the win it’ll just be another producer driven narrative that will make people think the show is a sham. I do get a sense in Mondo’s critique’s with Joanna that she’s talking to him like he’s the defacto winner who will be at her magazine for a year. 

          I like Mondo. He was robbed. I hope his designs improve this season. 

          Rami’s definitely proving he’s a major all star in this competition. He was always good but he never walks anything questionable. Ever. 

          • Anonymous

            I don’t actually think Mondo was robbed, per se–unlike all the non-Anya designers last season.  It was clearly a controversial decision and we saw the judges’ split and argue over it.  I think Mondo made the tactical error of ignoring Nina’s advice on styling.  I think that sort of thing made Michael Kors think Mondo was too quirky and noncommercial to make it.  The judges were responding to Seth-Aaron’s post-PR collection which was sorts of whacky.  So they went conservative with Gretchen.  However, I think Mondo’s poignant narrative and Gretchen’s self-absorption made the audience strongly favor Mondo.  

            Mondo’s work certainly was good enough to win, but Gretchen, unlike Anya, was competent and had a reasonable collection.  I did and do see arguments in favor of both.  I think if Mila instead of Seth-Aaron, say, had won the previous year, Mondo would have won his year.

            Anya, on the other hand, was an embarrassing producer set-up.  I think B-M got the wrong message and felt they had to make sure the winner was personable–no matter what it took and despite PR having a history of unpleasant, but talented, winners.  Anya should have been bumped and Laura allowed in–and there would have been the genuine winning collection.    

            Mondo in his year didn’t really shine ’til midway though, while Rami started fast and then drooped.  That could happen again.  Rami’s lack of confidence in his vision and his tendency to overwork could get him bumped, while Mondo could find a balance between  practicality and theatricality.  He’s got the skills.  He just has to make sure he makes clothes instead of costumes.

    • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

      I loved both of these outfits, but for very different reasons. I was so hoping Rami would win this challenge! Mila’s dress is fabulous, but so not Miss Piggy.

    • Anonymous

      Besides Miss Piggy, I could totally see one of the royals at one of those many hat-wearing outdoorsy functions they tend to have wearing Rami’s outfit.

      • Anonymous

        Or Katy Perry wearing it.

        • Anonymous

          Spot on!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=668425491 Daniela ‘Dani’ Weiss-Bronstein

      Mila’s look does not say red carpet or movie premier to me. I thought she was of her rocker when she said it was a red carpet look.

    • Cathy S

      I liked Mila’s dress, except for the neckline which I hated. It was certainly miles above Kenley’s dress, which was way too stiff in the bodice (although, unlike the judges, I had no fear it would fall down since it WAS so stiff). I still love Rami’s the most though and I’m sorry it didn’t win. The mismatched pattern at the seams still makes me twitch.

    • Anonymous

      Mila’s bored me to death, and I thought it was actually a fair criticism that she completely disregarded the challenge. Was it goofy? Sure. But you’re a designer. Roll with it, don’t just ignore it. 

      Rami’s was adorable, but a bit literal. A more modern sillhouette in the same fabric would have worn it. Her costumes do tend to be pretty fashion contemporary, if not fashion forward, and this seemed like a dress for the character in the 80’s or 90’s, not 2012. Great fascinator, SO much better than Kenley’s ridiculous, gargantuan shower puff. 

    • Anonymous

      My teenage daughter and I loved Mila’s dress but because she would look great it, not because we thought Miss Piggy would.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BMEASIKJSVE6YP3DE2VLJA5CUU JulieJ

      I am in the minority here, but I did not like Rami’s at all.  I know you are designing for a muppet, but when the dress first came out I thought “Clown Clothes”.

    • Anonymous

      Is it just me or did Rami’s print look EXACTLY like the scarf that Fozzie Bear wins?  I thought that alone was totally (and probably unintentionally) brilliant on his part.

    • http://twitter.com/mirrormirrorxx Paola Thomas

      Funnily enough Mila was the one designer who should have gone for OTT Miss Piggy colours
      . The shape was so defiantly not Piggy but if she’d done the colour blocking in say, hot pink and orange, it could have looked both original and Miss Piggy appropriate…  

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

      She could have saved herself. Thrown out a “Pigs in Space” reference or when they asked, “is this the sort of look that would turn heads?” She could have said, it would on Miss Piggy. Or that it would be a fun departure. Or reminded them that Miss Piggy is as tough as she is glamorous. Or pointed out how white and black would contrast with a red carpet. But mainly she just whinged about the requirements… Unforced error. I mean, her design was not more out of the box than Michael’s, but he embraced the challenge and did so in his judge chatter, and she didn’t.

    • Anonymous

      Maybe it’s because I watched Episodes 2 and 3 back to back, but it bugged me that Rami chose the polka dots simply because Kenley chose them the week before. Otherwise I thought his look was impeccable, would have looked beautiful in just about any pattern/color.

      I still disagree that Mila’s dress could have been PiggyWear. Granted it would be cool to see her (it?) in a dress like that and styled accordingly but I just cannot imagine it. Too mod. And I do think Mila completely disregarded the challenge and didn’t even try to come up with something even remotely appropriate.

    • Anonymous

      Get off your high horse, Mila. Miss Piggy is a bigger star than you’ll ever be.

    • Stefanos Mantyla

      I really like Mila’s look, even if, one, it missed the challenge, and two, I would personally break up the white rings on the sleeves with some black space so the rings do not go full-circle, so it looks just thismuch more designed. And no, I do not like the hair so much, either. But it is pretty great to have good entries even on the bottom!

    • Anonymous

      Attention Mila Fans

      There is an interview with her just posted on Design-Milk this afternoon:

         http://design-milk.com/friday-five-with-mila-hermanovski/#more-91928

    • Anonymous

      Mila should have stood up straight and said that she could “totally see” Miss Piggy in a retro sixties Twiggy outfit.  “I can so see you as Twiggy.”  Straight faced.  Would have been hilarious, and totally appealed to Miss Piggy’s ego. 

    • allisankelly

      These were my 2 favorite designs/looks of the night. I loved Mila’s dress and when you boys twittered about it I was actually excited this morning to turn on the DVR and see what she had done. I agree, Rami’s dress practically screams “Miss Piggy” at me and I really thought he would get the win.

    • Anonymous

      I liked Rami’s & thought it was Piggy appropriate.  It just seemed more like a costume she would wear in a movie.  Michaels seemed more Movie Preniere red Carpet.

      I haven’t thought acting like (or believing) a puppet is real, is weird in a while.

      Several years ago I had the unexpected pleasure of being invited to Shari Lewis’ & Lambchop’s house. 
      It was just me and another person and a very casual meeting. 
       Inside there was an area of plastic boxes were Lamb Chop, Charley Horse, Hush Puppy, & others “slept”. 
       I was a fan of them all (I realize as I write this most of you probably don’t know who these “people” are…I feel old).
       It was weird seeing them resting in their boxes. 
       
      Shari took Lamb Chop out & put her on and instantly Little delightful Lamb Chop came alive
       & it was impossible to think otherwise. 
      From that moment, I was talking to the puppet not Miss Lewis
       and Lamb Chop was talking to me and it seemed perfectly normal. 
      A tad odd, especially considering it was just the three of us, alone, in the house (cue the Twilight Zone Music). 
      I’ve always been a big kid (I was in my 30’s at the time) and it was a magical, other-worldly experience that thrilled me. 
      I’ll never forget it or them.  Shari & the puppet were equally charming.

      I went out and bought a Lamb Chop puppet the next day (it wasn’t the same, sigh)

      Not sure what my point was……..puppets are people too??!!??

      • Anonymous

        Lucky you! I was mesmerized by sweet little Lamb Chop as a small child and the range of expression Ms. Lewis got out of a sock puppet was amazing. Thanks for the memory!

      • Anonymous

        I adored Lamb Chop!  (I adore lamb chops, too.)

        And Kukla & Ollie!

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

        I loved Lamb Chop when I was a little girl. Never missed her show.

        Thank you for that great story.

      • Anonymous

        I love your story! Yes, I’m a woman of a certain age but I too have always been a big kid, particularly in the area of sweet fantasy and magic relationships. I’ve always adored puppets, from Pinocchio thru’ Lamb Chop, Charlie McCarthy, and the Muppets. I truly envy your time with Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop. It’s not easy being green.

      • Anonymous

        I remember lamb chop! Very cute :)

      • Anonymous

        Thanks. I’m glad you guys enjoyed my sharing. I was a bit hesitant to tell it since it doesn’t have loads to do with PR or Piggy. For some lucky reason I’ve had several of those kinds of experiences over the years. Odd things that came my way that I could never have made happen in a million years. Someday I’ll have to find a reason to tell a couple involving M.J or B.W.

      • Anonymous

        I’m jealous…Lamb Chop! How awsome.

      • Anonymous

        I, too, enjoyed Shari and Lamb Chop as a kid but don’t you remember that she came back in the late 80s-early 90s?  My oldest grandchild was born in ’88 and I remember her watching Lamb Chop when she stayed with me, so Lambie should be known not only to us of a certain age but to those in their late teens/early 20s too.  It’s probably those in their 30s and 40s who missed out on the magic of Shari and friends.

      • Anonymous

        FABulous memory, at least for those of us old enough to remember Lamb Chop and Ms. Lewis & friends. Thank-you for sharing.

    • Anonymous

      Is it my imagination, or do others get the impression that Rami is trying too hard to avoid his signature draping? Everything he’s made so far is very structured, with a zillion seams and darts. It’s the anti-drape.

    • http://impishdiy.com Impish DIY

      Am I the only one who didn’t love Rami’s dress? I thought it looked like something clown Barbie would wear, not Miss Piggy. I mean, Miss Piggy is flamboyant, but if you look at pictures of her, she always looks classy. I don’t think that polka dot pattern fits with her style. And yes, it feels weird to talk about a puppet like a real person haha. 

      • Anonymous

        You’re not alone.  I thought it looked like a dance recital costume.

        • Anonymous

          Nope, you’re not alone. I didn’t like Rami’s look at all. I see what he was going for, but like Impish DIY said, Miss Piggy’s look is a lot more classy and sophisticated. This look was just over-the-top twee.

        • Anonymous

          I think I wore that dance recital costume, actually…

      • Anonymous

        LOL, it definitely made me think of one of those super-pricey special edition Barbies.  

    • Anonymous

      I snorted when Mila said “I’ve decided t make a retro ’60s Mod look” as if this was some kind of pronouncement. I’m like, MIA! That’s what you ALWAYS do! Mia, not being in my living room, did not hear me.

      On the mannequin, I thought there was a cut-out below the neck fringe, and on the runway, I realized it was white fabric. If it had indeed been a cut-out, I think it would have added that sexy diva pizzazz that Piggy needs, and would have transformed the look into a winner.

    • Miranda Prince

      Rami was robbed. ROBBED. I was shocked that Michael won.

    • Jessica Norman

      I really enjoyed Rami’s dress but had a sudden urge for coffee and doughtnuts.  Dunkin’ Donuts, that is.

    • Anonymous

      I was really surprised Rami didn’t win, although I did think Michael was a good second best this time so I’m a bit indifferent on the result that way. (Well, to be honest, I think Michael’s looked like an ugly couch, but it fit the challenge, so whatever). The only thing that bugged me about Rami’s dress was the way some of the polka dots were cut in half or didn’t line up at seams. Yeah, I know that’d be really hard to do on time and budget, but it was distracting to me.

      I love the heck outta Mila’s dress, but she deserved to be in trouble for completely disregarding the challenge. If you agree to participate in the show AND you’ve done it before so you know what it entails, you have no excuse for pulling a Bert.

      The episode went better than I thought it would – seeing Joanna play her mentoring COMPLETELY straight faced amused me to no end – but I hope this is the only gimmicky ep this season.

    • Anonymous

      ” Shannon Stewart
      So glad you guys liked Mila’s too!  When that came down the runway, I started going “I WANT ONE!”

      When her garment came down the runway, I screamed, “I had one of those in the 60s”   Color blocking is not the end all and be all of designing.  Nor is black.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t know why Mila would have to feel humiliated by talking to Piggy as if she were real. Every A-list star of the seventies and eighties went on that show and did exactly that. Personally, I think she’s just a very rigid person who has a hard time getting beyond her very narrow focus on the world. As for her dress, the problem is not that it’s not “Miss Piggy”, it’s that it’s not a cocktail dress. Its a 60s inspired day dress. I had one very much like it I wore to school in fifth grade.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JK6YIN6HE3GFHI2EI76LD5KUT4 David

      I think the reason for Rami not winning this challenge is that the judges don’t usually go for the literal translation of what the challenge asks for: in order to win, you have to give something a little bit unexpected.  It is really a paradox: give them something they want while at the same time put yourself above the rest by throwing in something they don’t know they want.

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

      I was somewhat embarrassed for them in this challenge.  It definitely takes some credibility away from the show, IMHO.  Rami’s dress made us literally laugh out loud while Mila’s was clearly the chicest.  And please explain to me why whiney a** Michael won?  That dress looked like my aunt’s couch had been sprayed down with shellac and then accessorized with curling ribbon.  It was not interesting for anyONE (or thing) but a puppet.  Truly annoyed by this season so far….and that model person is the worst hostess in the history of television.

      • Anonymous

        Your way with words is killing me.

      • Anonymous

        I remember the first season of The Fashion Show.  Therefore, I am not THAT upset with Angela Lindvall.  I only heard one place where she had to say her lines over again.  Compare that to PRs1 and PRs2 for HK.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      The fit on Rami’s dress is amazing. 

    • Anonymous

      Iloved Rami’s look. Rooting for him to win!

    • Anonymous

      I think Mila’s look would’ve benefited from a ponytail and black pumps.

    • Anonymous

      Maybe a Kermit tribute in green?

    • Anonymous

      And did I see bike shorts underneath or was that my imagination? Can’t wait for the screencaps.

    • Call me Bee

      When Rami’s came out I thought it was truly one of the ugliest things I’d ever seen. I was so suprized when the judges loved it.  But then–it does look like a perfect dress for Miss Piggy.  It’s just that the pink is so predictable, I guess, so I’ll  bet that’s why he didn’t win. 
      I thought Mila’s dress was fab–it’s so Mila!  Which is what’s wrong with it. 

    • Anonymous

      I still think Rami’s is perfect for Miss Piggy. The shape of it — the shoulders, the flippy sleeves, the waist, and the bigger skirt — is better for a curvy little body (even one made of foam and polyester) than Michael’s sausage casing dress. Meaning I still think Rami’s should have won because it suited her body better. To my eyes, Michael’s is too straight up and down. After seeing something like Gordana’s, except with one strap/one shoulder for a slightly more goddess look than nightgown, on some red carpet youngster lately, I think she could’ve salvaged it with a different neckline but the same flowy silhouette and rosettes on the top. Where DID I see that dress? Maybe I dreamt it.

    • Anonymous

      I would have given it to Rami. Perfectly executed, other than the mismatched polka-dots  along the seams, but appropriately piggy, plus its very festive and in the spirit of the movie, I loved the movie. This was the winner in my book. However I somehow think Rami already winning a challenge had something to do with him not winning.

      Mila’s is fab, definitely not a bottom two dress. There was other looks that didn’t look like Piggy, April’s black ice-skating costume comes to mind that I would have replaced this with in the bottom two.

    • Anonymous

      The bodice of Mila’s dress is so stiff-looking that I don’t think it hangs very well.

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

      Mila’s dress would not scale down or look good on Miss. Piggy. She knew that but still wanted too design something that would not get her aufed.

    • penn collins
    • Anonymous

      i wasnt crazy about mila’s dress but i really loved her model’s hair. the eye makeup i couldve lived w/o; then again, this must be around its fourth incarnation & i remember it done, & done better, circa its second. combined w/ the hair, magnificent though it is, that eyeliner takes the look from liz taylor or brigitte bardot & dumps it squarely in the fourteen year old lap of the very young priscilla presley. i doubt thats where mila was trying to go. but the hair is fab even still. the dress i’ve seen a zillion times over over the last more than thirty years so it doesnt do much for me. i also think it wouldve been better w/ some zippy, maybe fluoro, colors blocked into some of the stripes–this wouldve brought it up considerably. the white semi-illusion fabric where there should be none shouldve been ditched as well, maybe the inexplicable furry ring around the collar too. i hadnt thought about it much cos i neither loved nor hated this dress but now that i do, i actually think some similar edits mightve helped a lot.

      i also think mila is getting, how everyone sez, the bitch edit lately. at least in yesterday’s episode–& the previous spot of pillpopping didnt help. i dont know why she’s getting it. i dont know why anyone has to get it. & i absolutely loathe the way the heidiette pronounces her name. like it’s some fabulous entrée in a not so cheap italian place & she needs to impress the waiter. nothing about either of these people annoys me as much as that pronunciation.

      i liked rami’s. the only criticism, really, is the same as virtually everyone elses: he didnt take the dress on much of a ride. he knew in advance its destination & got it there expertly but w/o any sightseeing or rest stops or even interesting music playing in the car. &, even if he had never been there himself before, so many people had & they had broadcast the directions so well he didnt even have to think much about the drive. he made it perfectly. but perhaps by its lack of any sort of deviation from program, too well but not scintillatingly wisely.

      a slight change in fabric mightve helped. a bit of subtlety. but it was certainly well done &, in truth, the one that was most likely to show up on the character at a première. count me as another among us who was disappointed to only see the dresses on the models & not on the plushie for whom they were made.

      which is another story. i found this whole episode depressing. to me, at least, it wasnt funny at all. i havent watched the muppets in years but i always did like them &, i would think, they are seared into the minds of all of us who grew up w/ them. it was a real shock, then, to hear whoever is so terribly sub-frank oz fall in & out of an underdone characterization. to me this was much sadder, even, than watching gordana leave for what was a much nicer dress than virtually anything made by anyone last season [other than bert]. although that was sad too.

    • http://twitter.com/diehimbeertonis Die Himbeertonis

      I can`t wait till TLO gets to Jerell`s mess of a dress. He made even that gorgeous model`s breasts look catholic- aka. on their knees. :-)

    • Anonymous

      Mila’s dress is attractive and apparently well made, just like all of her other work. It could have been her entry in almost any challenge, because everything she designs is pretty much like this dress. Color blocked, modern, clean lines – nothing wrong with it but she seems to make no effort to get outside her own particular box. 

    • Anonymous

      Oh my God – I just read on TMZ that Heidi and Seal are filing for divorce! How sad.

      • Anonymous

        Really? Sad but kinda inevitable once they took a stab at an advice show for couples. (I read about that, but did it ever eventualize?)

    • Anonymous

      So I have thoughts.  1.) I thought Rami’s dress should have won, despite the valid critique put forth here.  2.) I think Mila should have gone with a bit more aof “Miss Piggy with an Edge” with this look and done it up a bit more themey. I, too, grew up with Miss Piggy – the puppet – not Miss Piggy the Cartoon (Michael mentioned “The muppet babies” which I also loved but is fraudalicious compared to the real deal) and Miss Piggy could rock the hell out of biker-chic.  If she had defended her look more in the vein of “classy mod-60’s inspired biker-chic” She may have had more favor come her way.  The look as is is a bit lacking in edge to support that styling.  I was rooting for her to take it in the biker-chic direction all along and was sad she didn’t go there.

    • Anonymous

      I loved Mila’s look and would love to have this dress hanging in my closet!

    • Anonymous

      i LOVED mila’s dress.  love love love.  not for ms. piggy- for me.  

    • Anonymous

      I thought this was a rather lackluster effort from Mila, and I’m one of her fans.  I wish she had incorporated color in there somewhere and defended her dress as a trendy new direction for Miss P.  Considering all the Twiggy/Jean Shrimpton references we’ve seen lately with celebrity photo spreads, I think it would have worked.  Re. the criticisms that she is not thinking outside her own box, I have to believe it’s intentional.  She is one of the more recognizable designers to come out of PR, and she probably sees this opportunity to continue to build her brand.  I really hope to see her do some interesting, somewhat unexpected but still very ‘Mila’ garments this season. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/laura.magner Laura Corson Magner

      The neckline on Mila’s looks uneven to me, when the rest of the dress is so precisely horizontal. And I didn’t like the necklace Rami paired with his party poof dress either.

    • Scott Gould

      I thought the obvious shilling was pathetic.  The All Stars all acting like Miss Piggy was a real person, it was just sad to watch.  

    • Anonymous

      I too thought the judges were too harsh on Mila.  That would look GREAT on Miss Piggy.  Problem is I feel like I have seen Miss Piggy in that exact look before. Had Mila chosen a different color combo, as one judge suggested, she might have been in the top three instead of the bottom.  I do admire designers who “stick to their aesthetic” but if your aesthetic is so narrowly defined that you refuse to use anything but two colors, you are going to be predictable, period.  She has to break out of the box or accept that her audience will be extremely narrow like her aesthetic.  And this is coming from someone who’s wardrobe is 80% black!  

      Anyhoo, I thought Rami had this in the bag.  That dress is Miss Piggy to a T.  

    • Anonymous

      Can we talk about how awkward Mila’s smiling and dancing in the show’s intro is? I get embarrassed for her, LOL.

    • Elias Pineda

      “CHICHI RODRIGUEZ”

      • Anonymous

        Thank you! I kept trying to think of who I knew would wear this! Really, the whole competition should have been approached from the “dress a drag queen” perspective.

        • Elias Pineda

          “a latin drag queen” haha haha i hate it    1st thing came to my mind “miss chcihi rodriguez”  or  CHARO haha

    • Anonymous

      Mila’s was one of my favorites & Piggy would rock it. That said, I fall into the trap of the cliche, because I really expected Rami to win.

    • Anonymous

      I agree with everyone who said that Mila’s would have been much more appropriate for the challenge if she had incorporated an actual color into her color-blocking.  At the same time, I think Rami would have been more successful if the the bottom of the dress was replaced by, say, a charcoal grey pencil skirt to keep the outfit from looking quite so cartoonish.  The two of them almost could have swapped some fabric, and they both would have been better off.

    • http://twitter.com/CestmoiLola CestmoiLola

      Sigh. I see Mila has gone back to the well she’s drawn from so many times before. Now it’s “Mrs. Peel as an airline hostess.”

      I cringed throughout the whole episode and pondered; It’s one thing to be put down by Diane Von Furstenburg or Badgely-Mischka, but to be dissed by a piece of felt? At least the designers were on the same page and took it well!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Josefina-Madariaga-Suárez/100002964685796 Josefina Madariaga Suárez

      Mila’s look may be wrong for the challenge, but DAMN I would rock it in a heartbeat…
      Funny how “it looks like Miss Piggy” suddenly became a compliment, and “I don’t see Miss Piggy in it” was something bad.

    • Anonymous

      I think Piggy could have rocked the shit out of Mila’s dress, and I really wasn’t impressed with Rami’s lack of creativity.

    • http://profiles.google.com/melantha.chimera Eileen Duffy

      Hated Michael’s dress.  I can’t believe it won.  It’s not a Piggy look, and the fabric was too heavy and dark.
      Rami’s was a cartoon, for a cartoon figure.
      I loved Mila’s, and thought it would have looked SMASHING on Piggy. Even the black was great; would have set off her blond hair.
      Honestly, if anybody went, it should have been Austin (as much as it pains me to say it).  The dress was awful.

    • Milagros Lanauze

      Frankly, all I though was “Carmen Miranda” when I saw Rami’s.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, there’s no way I would have been able to deal with having to seriously talk about/ to Miss Piggy for a whole episode. I would have started breaking things before too long out of frustration.

    • Elias Pineda

      “charo”

    • Anonymous

      I think they chose Michael’s design over Rami’s because it would be less costly, and more easily produced.  While I respect Michael’s talent, and love his designs: I agree with you on this one.

    • Anonymous

      Rami’s is what I would have wanted to wear as a child going as Miss Piggy for Halloween.  Fun.