PR All Stars: Kenley & Rami

Posted on January 31, 2012

Kenley

Here’s the thing about Kenley, from our perspective: She makes very, very good clothes.

 

In fact, she makes the kinds of clothes that would fly off a rack. What she doesn’t make, as far as we’re concerned, is very interesting clothes from a design perspective. Put short:

This dress? On a mannequin in a department store? T Lo reaction: “Oh, Em, Gee, that’s ADORABLE! Go try it on! Right now! Yes, we’ll hold your purse.”

This dress? In a design competition? T Lo reaction: “Yawn.”

There’s not a thing she did wrong here, as far as we’re concerned. It’s a cute little dress and it fits the requirements of the challenge. It might have been nice to see this in the Top 3, just so the judges can point out that a dress like this, at a reasonable price point, would sell like bagels. But design? Naah. We no see it. You could find a dress at Target or Kohl’s that looks exactly like this.

Rami

Rami, we never thought we’d say this to you, but we’re begging here: return to the draping that made you famous. Because you’re tying yourself in knots trying to upend the judges’ expectations.

 

We like the judging on this show for the most part, but we can’t help thinking that Nina and Michael would have not-so-gently told him by now to get over the past criticisms and just do what you do best. This is a tortured mess of a garment and it doesn’t look a thing like Rami. Worse than all the overworked aspects here (Cutouts at the shoulders? Really?) is the fact that these greens clash pretty badly with each other. When a designer can’t even get color-matching right, you know they’re drowning. We’re a bit worried about our Palestinian Muscle Mary. Get it together, Rami. We want to see you drape that motherfucker, boy.

 

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    • Anonymous

      I think Kenley’s dress is adorable – if you are a size 6X.

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

        Seems to me, that’s the market for clothes inspired by ice cream.

        • Anonymous

          Ice cream and lollipops.  Exactly.  

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

        Exshmactly! My eight year old daughter wanted to put in an order.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1663121863 Donna DeVore Metler

        Agreed-my 7 yr old  would snap up this dress, in a rainbow of ice-cream colored shades, in a heartbeat.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t know what you mean by that. Is 6X a child’s size?

        • Anonymous

          Yes, it is a size worn by grade school girls.

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

            Even my 13 year old thought it would be cute on “little” girls

            • Pinup Ghoul

              It’s a bit juvenile for a grown woman, but ever since Zooey Deschanel burst into the mainstream, there have been plenty of petite grown women aching to dress like her. I’m one of them, and this dress is adorable, but even so, I wouldn’t wear it. It’s rather twee, isn’t it? There’s a line between ‘sweet’ and ‘twee’, and this dress almost oversteps it. Maybe in a different color palette, because the shape is so ‘dorbs.

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

              Yeah, the shape is cute — and if it had been rendered in a solid color with a neutral bow, it would go A LONG WAY toward making it a bit more over-13 friendly.

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

              It’s not that Zooey Deschanel has caused a shift in fashion in recent 30-somethings, it’s that she exemplifies that (my) generation’s particular aesthetic.  It’s all about vintage items and babydoll fashion.  Things that are cutesy and fun and ironic.  And as someone who spent her HS years as a 100% metal head, in metal shirts and dirty, ripped jeans topped with a GIGANTIC red satin bow, I feel comfortable saying that my generation?  We really have a thing for the cartoons.  We watch them, we quote them, we dress like them.  

              So I love this dress of Kenley’s.  It’s utterly saccharine and thus appealing, but yeah.  She’s trapped in a time-warp.  A Butterick’s 50s/60s time warp.  Kinda like Mila.

              Rami’s is “wow” in a bad way.  He’s still all sorts of hot, but yeah, move on from the past criticisms and give us a good wow.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ashley-Hale-Parkhouse/551362433 Ashley ‘Hale’ Parkhouse

          I was with you on that.  I thought she meant like 6XL!

      • Anonymous

        Its not for a forty year old but it is young and fresh. I love it

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

      You know, Rami’s would actually be really cute without the shoulder cutouts and that polkadot fabric. I like the other two green fabrics together and the skirt part is pretty flattering. 

    • Anonymous

      I actually like Rami’s garment.  I would wear it because it looks so crazy.

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

        Oh, me too. Along with looking so crazy, it’s kind of funky. I’d lose the cut-outs, though.

      • Anonymous

        I liked it, too, and would wear it. 

    • Anonymous

      Whoa, I must be suffering from some kind of PR-induced trauma because I didn’t remember Rami’s at all. (I’ve had that problem with different designers, usually Mila, every episode so far.) His look is terrible! The ugly might have been tempered by using one of the bodice/jacket fabrics in the skirt. Or even if he did multiple solids/textures in the top part, then paired it with a polka dot skirt? I’m really working here to figure out how this could have worked, when really it just doesn’t.

      Spot on about Kenley. I really have nothing to add there, except that I find the look a little juvenile. Perhaps the bow sends it over the edge into twee-land for me.

      • Anonymous

        Actually, the striped fabric, placed horizontally, down the middle with the dots on either side would look exactly like a kiwi. Then he’d have gotten “too literal” though, I suppose.

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, he was definitely on to something, but it kind of got away from him.

          • Pinup Ghoul

            …and how! It didn’t just get away from him, it took of running in the opposite direction.

    • Anonymous

      That’s what my complaint has been about Kenley all along.  She can sew the heck out of a dress, but she’s just not a designer.  It bothered me in S5 when she riffed Balenciaga and McQueen.  Don’t get me wrong if I could sew like that, I would.  It is a talent.  But it’s not design talent.   

      • Anonymous

        I don’t agree … she definitely has a style. If you line up the clothes for this challenge, you could immediately pick out her dress.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/FDQR3MXFKMHKQCSXT5J7HXSSIM jo

      I’ve always kind of liked Kenley’s clothes, but I agree, there is nothing new or challenging about them.  Or as Michael Kors would have pointed out in the past (pre-Anya) “it’s not fashion, they are just pretty clothes”.

      • Anonymous

        “Or as Michael Kors would have pointed out in the past (pre-Anya) ‘it’s not fashion, they are just pretty clothes.'”  Yeah–kind of like the stuff he makes.

        • Anonymous

          Exactly! I always find myself chuckling when he makes these comments about high fashion and avant garde and whatnot. It’s just hilarious coming from a man who made his fortune making perfectly pretty and wearable clothing.

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

            She does have a style and it is very distinctive among the PR crowd. But it is wholly derivative, not original and that’s the problem.

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

            Yeah, but just because he doesn’t make high fashion doesn’t mean he can’t recognize or appreciate it.  From what I’ve heard him say, I don’t think he wants to do the more art piece stuff — which makes total sense to me, because neither do I — but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy looking at someone’s work who does.  I think a lot of his comments aren’t meant to slam that type of work as to stress that it’s not the ONLY valid approach to design. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3JSTXMWWVZN2QNP2UEKJMTWD7U Isabel

      Rami looks better now than ever. Too bad he won’t notice me…

    • Anonymous

      I was actually distracted and put off by the green of the skirt. I felt it was too shiny and clashed with the top. I didn’t notice all the cut-outs. This dress is too complicated.

      For all our sakes Rami! why didn’t you resort to draping for a 6 hr challenge? You keep going like this and those lovely muscles of yours will be whisked away from eyes in a very short while.

      Kenley to me was the most sensible. is it a great design. Hell no! Is it an adorakable dress that’s made superbly? Hell yes!

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

      You missed the mark boys.  All we waated to see from Rami in this recap was a picture of him in that tank top.
      Over
      and
      Over
      and
      Over

      • Anonymous

        I would Like this a hundred times if I could.

        • Anonymous

          So I guess I am the only one who looks and him and sees the Right Said Fred guys?

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

            I don’t see them, but I don’t find him particularly appealing either — his forehead always seems too short for the shaved head to me… I’m weird that way

    • Julie Fountain

      I agree about those greens on Rami’s dress. It made me gasp – not in the good way – when it came down the runway.

      Also I think I have to add “Getting T Lo to hold my purse” to my Bucket List now.

    • Anonymous

      Rami needs to drape, Mondo needs to mix prints. They are masters at what they do. (I also never understood why Work of Art judges are so determined to dismiss artists for working in their signature style more than once. Imagine kicking Keith Haring to the curb the first episode for his line drawing, or moaning when that Picasso guy has an itching to do another cubist piece.)

      • Anonymous

        Word-both Rami and Mondo need to being do what they do best.  They aren’t being judged by the unholy threesome this time around, and I hope that they figured that out.

    • Anonymous

      I was really shocked by how bad Rami’s turned out.  I also remember being really shocked that Anthony ended up in the bottom, because his green tea dress was nowhere near as bad as that. 

      Kenley’s dress was excellently made, especially given the time constraints, but reminds me too much of dresses I used to wear to Sunday school.

      • Anonymous

        Yes, this was much worse than Anthony’s, even just going by color choice.  And we haven’t even gotten to Jerrell’s!

      • Nixonesque

        Right on! I thought the exact same thing. Anthony’s was bad in the back only because it wasn’t finished. Rami’s was as good as it was going to get, which left eyesores on my face so bad I had to miss work the next day.

      • Anonymous

        Rami’s really was awful, from concept to color to execution. And tacky. Far worse than Anthony’s.

        I agree Kenley’s dress was made very well and fit perfectly and I thought it was cute as hell, but not for (most) adult women. As TLo said it was a boring entry for a design competition.

    • Anonymous

      Unrelated, but Rami is so muscley that he looks uncomfortable. And in turn, it makes me uncomfortable to look at him.

      • Anonymous

        Muscley is a problem? No. He is hot, hot, hot.  Need to get him in some shorts next episode.

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, way too muscley for me. I prefer a tall-and-leaner type, a la a-skars.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jonathan-Franklin/1329318158 Jonathan Franklin

          he kind of looks like he’s on steroids to me. 

    • MilaXX

      Kenley made a cute dress. Once again I have to comment how grateful I am to see something well made and actually sewn. That said, this print reads a little juniors to me.
      I’m enjoying looking at Rami looking all hot in a t shirt while sewing in the workroom, but that is one fugly dress. Even worse the styling with the black belt & matching bag is way too heavy.

      BTW TLo, I hate be a bother, but are you recapping Drag Race this year? I notice you didn’t do a meet the queens this year.

    • Anonymous

      I was really surprised that Rami produced this. The fabrics, the colors, the cutouts, the hemline, the construction, the belt – it completely sucks in every possible way.

    • Anonymous

      Forgot to add, Kenley actually styled her girl just right. The hair and shoes reflect the tone of the dress. Nothing distracts

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

      Rami the Handsome always had an issue with color choice. hmmm….But you are right about the tortured appearance of this dress and a few others he’s made for this competition. I want to see classy and chic from Rami.

      Kenley’s an idiot. Patting herself on the back for making a dress that I made in home-ec class in high-school? Butterick Pattern #B5639 with a scoop neck Tugboat Sally! It’s a dress, but it ain’t fashion.

      • Anonymous

        Rami the Handsome. :)
        During his season, my roommate and I would always say to each other, “Hurry up! It’s time for Rami and his Tight Buns!!!”

    • Sara__B

      Rami made a mess of a dress. There’s not one thing I like about it. (I’m seriously wondering if he’s somewhat color blind. I’ve often found his color palette not-to-my-liking, but on All Stars, he’s clashing colors, and I don’t think it’s intentional.)

    • Anonymous

      I think Kenly makes terrific stuff that would easily sell out at Modcloth, for example, but I don’t see her as even slightly innovative or fashion forward. She’s impressed me more this time around than in her first season, though.

      • Anonymous

        Is that an insight into how you feel about Modcloth?

        • Anonymous

          Considering two of my three Modcloth purchases have had material that wasn’t worth the price and strings hanging off of them, I feel like my PR thoughts are even more relevant to Modcloth than I expected.

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

            Really?  I’ve only ever had a problem with one piece from there — though that one had enough problems to make a hundred dresses unwearable…

          • Nixonesque

            Modcoth is selling to the same girls who bought from the Dehlia’s
            catalog in the 90’s. With the same results: crap you have to send back. 

      • Anonymous

        They had 6 hours, which is just ridiculous. For this challenge, it’s a great dress. It makes me think of summer and ice cream.

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

      First thought: I need to go shopping with T Lo as soon as imaginary-land possible.

      Second, I don’t hate Rami’s. I just don’t think it’s as good as he really is.

    • Mariah J

      Kenley does make good clothes but I just don’t think she belongs here, she isn’t a fashion with a CAPITAL F designer. Rami is definitely floundering right now, he needs to pull it together because that dress is pure fug.

      • Anonymous

        So far, he’s floundering and fug with capital Fs.

    • Anonymous

      Rami’s dress is an overworked rag pile. Of all the designers being brought back for this show, I may have been most excited about Rami (except for Mondo). I just wanted to see more and more and more of him. Now I only want to see him when he’s scritching Anthony’s head.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t even remember what the challenge was… something to do with a pig… oh maybe not… ah well. 

    • Anonymous

      Dear Rami – before you use the color green again, please refer to the Armani Privé collection. That’s all.

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

      Kenley’s looked like a Butterick juniors pattern from 1965. Nice passion fruit pussy bow. Completed and finished and fitted. The end.

      Rami’s is a tragic mess. The top looks less sewn than crisscrossed and belted. This should have been in the bottom 3. If anyone sees any merit in this outfit, please let me know. I want to learn.

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

        The main problem I have with Rami’s is the cut-outs. Get rid of them and I think it’s a great, fun mix of fabrics, textures, and colors. The skirt’s too shiny, but that might have been the only fabric he could find in that shade. I love the different shades of green he used, and I really like the criss-crossing of the top. I also have a thing for stripes and polka dots together, so that helps.

        I wish he would go back to draping, but for a non-draped Rami design, I think it’s good. I also think every one of the designers has to be cut some slack, because they were working under a near-impossible deadline. Whoever came up with, and gave the go-ahead to, the asinine 6 hour challenge set them all up to fail.

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

          I like stripes and polka dots together too (in fact, I’m working on a dress like that now), but I find them distracting in the color — I think you need something more neutral if you’re going to mix prints in MOST cases.  I could see the shape, even with the cutouts working if it were in different fabrics as well — I’d go with two or three blacks with different textures.  But with the color (which wasn’t his fault, but he made a bad choice in what to do with it, as did most others), the varied prints, and the complicated cut it’s just so overkill

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/NOZTQKBZ7M6WL2TFJZVPMH3AN4 Barbie

      Agree that Rami’s lost – those cut outs at the shoulder look awful and so do the greens – each of which might be nice, but mixed together look like someone got very ill after too much margarita mix.    Kenley’s might not be designtastic, but you would NOT find this dress at Kohl’s or Target, both of which specialize in stretch polyester or cotton clothes in hideous browns and grays, all smeared together.  Maybe Nordstrom’s or even a Lily Pulitzer… which is what her dress reminds me of.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1663121863 Donna DeVore Metler

        It looks like Gap Kids to me. Probably too classic for Justice, and too “old” for Children’s Place or Gymboree.

      • MilaXX

        Not sure about Kohl’s since the one near me is a dump, but Target does indeed carry cotton dresses like this in every color of the rainbow.

        • Toto Maya

          Yep, and they make up a big part of my wardrobe. Cheap and cute. And they fall apart in about a week.

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

            Their tanks make a huge part of mine and they NEVER fall apart.  I think I own about 25 of them by this point and I almost always have one on for casual wear. 

            • Toto Maya

              Yeah I’m wearing one of those now, I love them.

    • Anonymous

      I did think Kenley deserved to be in the top  three with this dress.  It’s very fruity.It’s very gelato. It’s sweet . It’s a summer’s day ,eating ice-cream .tasteful, kind a dress. Of the top three only Mila’s was slightly innovative. To me it looks like she’s designing a collection and fitting the challenges into that collection. But the dresses aren’t all the same.

      Rami’s most certainly does look like a kiwi. And what the hell was up with all those bad belts. This was the bad belt challenge.

      • Anonymous

        Good point.  There has been so far more discussion about the accessories wall than I remember from past seasons, even the (I think) manufactured drama for the Miss Piggy challenge about the 2 designers wanting the same gloves.  ANd there’s been more screen time given to examining necklaces, etc.  The show must have taken a whole lotta money for the sponsorship.  I wonder if this means the judging will start turning on the use of accessories.      

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

          Yeah, but to be fair, this is the first season the accessories have been provided by anyone WORTH talking about in a really long time.  I mean, you probably don’t want to show a lot of the Piperlime wall because if you actually give viewers time to examine it, they’ll never go to the site.  Neiman’s is a horse of a different color completely:)

      • Anonymous

        that big black belt was hideous!!  what does it have to do with a kiwi fruit?  a kiwi with a licorice twist tied around it.

    • Anonymous

      I think Rami was trying to invoke the texture of a kiwi fruit. I didn’t find this as objectionable as some, clearly not a great design but still an attempt to meet the challenge. Kenley’s dress was cute but her gelato was yellow so the pink dress didn’t impress.

    • Anonymous

      At this very moment, my little sister is sitting at her Singer doing a knock off of Kenley’s dress. It will be adorable this spring/summer.

      Yes, Rami needs to back to draping…and keep wearing those tank tops. It gives the show some visual insterst.

    • Anonymous

      Rami.  Yikes!  We know how meticulous you are, and the six-hour time limit must have been painful for you.  But this is just…horrible.  In every way.

      It’s true that Kenley designs wearable clothes as opposed to high fashion.  No argument there.  Also, I cannot stand her.  But for this challenge–Make an ice creamy dress in six hours with a very limited selection of fabrics–this is the winner in my book. Because, let’s face it:  Who produced “interesting fashion” in this godawful challenge?  No one.

    • Anonymous

      I loved Kenley’s dress. It’s a junior’s department dress for sure, but it’s cute as hell.
      Rami’s dress just had way too much going on. I mean, color, pattern, texture, cut-outs…how much shit can you throw at one dress? it’s the dress version of a migraine.  

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

        “it’s the dress version of a migraine.”
        Can’t say it better than that. You can feel the pain just looking at it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jonathan-Franklin/1329318158 Jonathan Franklin

      For all the criticism of April’s hemline, how did Rami get a pass on the jacked-up bottom of his skirt.  In my opinion it should have been Bottom 3 with Jerrell’s mess and Kara should be gone.  There’s one thing that Rami hasn’t abandoned and that’s his messed up color aesthetic. 

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

      Great comments on both of these looks. Rami’s was I thought one of the ugliest things every on PR–I guess it was ugly in a polished, well-made, finished, intentional way but ugh. I remember Rami as someone who used to make beautiful clothes. 

      • Anonymous

        Me too, but his thing is goddess dresses. I understand that he’s trying to show range, but he’s just not as good at this sort of thing and he certainly doesn’t have the flair that someone like Mondo has for combining funky patterns and colors. It doesn’t mean Rami isn’t talented, it just means he has his niche and this isn’t it.

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

          You’re right, of course, but I find it puzzling. In THIS competition he has not shown a single draped garment–has he? These are new judges and surely they didn’t warn him before he was cast that Michael K and Nina are behind that screen judging him based on his earlier season(s). Maybe he overestimates the need to “show us something new.” He’s limiting himself. Interesting comparison with Mondo, who probably could have put several horrible green fabrics together and made it work.

      • Anonymous

        Me too, but his thing is goddess dresses. I understand that he’s trying to show range, but he’s just not as good at this sort of thing and he certainly doesn’t have the flair that someone like Mondo has for combining funky patterns and colors. It doesn’t mean Rami isn’t talented, it just means he has his niche and this isn’t it.

    • Anonymous

      Drape, Rami, Drape!!!
      I wish I could find dresses like Kenley’s in Target etc.

    • Anonymous

      Totally with you on Rami. I just keep thinking he’s trying way too hard to lose his image as the Draping King and, as compensation, he’s turning out one overworked, tortured garment after another.

      It’s even beginning to make his Lady Wrestler outfit look good by comparison, and I never thought I’d find myself saying that!

    • Anonymous

      I thought Kenley’s dress like something Jason Wu would make for Target. I like her aesthetic but then I go for the girly-girl looks.

    • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

      Can’t really expect a whole lot of designing when they only had 6 hours.

      • Anonymous

        This is very true.

      • Anonymous

        This is very true.

    • Daniel Nash

      Where are the gratuitous screen shots of Rami in that low cut tank top???

    • Susan Crawford

      Kenley is able to turn out an immaculate, beautifully fitted piece in six hours, and while it isn’t knock-em-dead, as T and Lo rightly point out, it is absolutely saleable and very true to her aesthetic. Yes, the hemline wasn’t perfection, but neither was Rami’s all-over-the-place  hemming. (When will this trend be over, people? Between mullet-gowns and crazy hi-lo hemming, I feel a bit schizoid.) Rami’s look was so NOT him that I wanted to just shake him. Play to your strengths, Rami and bring us that glamour we love!

      • Anonymous

        Seriously, how many strapless super short minidresses walk on that runway and no one complains about originality?   I agree.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1663121863 Donna DeVore Metler

      I wouldn’t mind seeing Kenley do a line for Target-both moms and girls. I’d LOVE to see Kenley’s clothes vs the “D-Signed” girls stuff that looks designed by Josh that seems to predominate their girl’s section. I’m  not sure in the woman’s section, though-I’d love to be able to buy cute little dresses, but I’m petite enough that something like this would look like “trying too hard to look young.

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

      I didn’t see the shoulder cutouts on Rami’s dress when I watched the show – they’re terrible.  I can’t believe he didn’t default to draping in this challenge; it would have served him so much better than this hot mess.

    • Anonymous

      It looks like Rami paper mached his model’s right boob. I was floored that he wasn’t bottom 3.  Maybe his expanding muscles are depriving him of his design abilities.

    • Anonymous

      I so agree about Rami.  Last week I commented that he was in it to win it, and really jumping through hoops to do what he thought the judges would like, and losing himself in the process.  In this case, he completely missed.  When you only have 6 hours, and everyone is falling back on their wheelhouses because of the time constraint, it was especially a mistake for him to try something new.  It looks completely half assed in construction, and also the choices made were ugly.  Looks like a craft project made from leftover scraps.  Ugly lime green fabric scraps, at that.

    • http://angryfemur.tumblr.com Andrea Lane

      I think Rami may be having a prolonged seizure inspired by Shmeidi. I hope he comes out of it soon.

    • oohsparkley!

      Wow.  I didn’t remember Rami’s being that bad.

    • Anonymous

      “Sell like bagels” haha LOVE THE HEIDI REFERENCE.

    • Anonymous

      I actually really responded well to Kenley’s – I thought it was a simple design that was really very practical given the challenge, and in fact it was one of the only ones that looked well made and finished.  The colors here do a lot of work to give it visual interest, and I disagree that Kenley didn’t do enough “designing” (although I grant that maybe it’s not super innovative).  Fabric choice and pairing is certainly a “design” element (the same way I’d call that a bad design choice for Rami).  I also think a simple silhouette was the right way to go, given the fabric choice – if she had tried to pull an Anthony or a Rami using that fabric, it would’ve been a hot mess (and the judges probably would have criticized her for doing “too much” and would have told her to have kept it simpler).  The collar detail in the front and back were also good, simple and smart design choices.  I would’ve put this as top 3, or even the winner (given how crappy the rest of the competition was – I certainly liked it better than Michael’s at least).

    • Anonymous

      If Michael’s completely unoriginal design could be in the top three and win, I’m not sure why Kenley’s shouldn’t have been there too.  Hers certainly fit the challenge better, and wasn’t designed for one of the Golden Girls.  Kenley’s obviously taken her season to heart and has been un-obnoxious so far and actually kind of fun to watch.  I never thought I’d say that or like her designs, but she’s deserving of some judge love.   

      Rami also took his season to heart, but it’s not working out quite so well.  This was a mess.  The one thing that remains consistent from his season is that his color choices are problematic.      

    • Anonymous

      The “criticism” of Kenley, if you can call it that, is that her work is very commercial. It’s not editorial, and Nina would have had her auf’ed for that alone. And Rami? WTF, boyfriend? You should be killing this competition. In fact, in a perfect world, I’d see this competition come down to a cage match between Austin and Rami, with Mondo as the spoiler. But this particular episode had such a ludicrous set up that I’m just going to ignore that it ever happened and go from her.

      Alright, so when are we going to discuss the elephant in the room – Heidi and Seal’s  big break? Or did I miss it?

    • kimberlini

      Those hemlines are too all over the place to look intentional.  Have these designers been taking sewing lessons from Anya?

    • Anonymous

      Rami’s was one of my favorites. Yes, poorly made (for Rami) and a tad over wrought in the front bodice, but it was nonetheless adorable and I thought the colors were put together masterfully.  Maybe I’m not giving enough credit for workmanship, but I’d have placed him over Michael’s anyday.

      Kenley, what y’all said.

      (Okay, I’ll spare everyone the quotation. But, lest we forget, as our favorite bloggers pointed out originally, what’s wrong with this challenge? 6 hours. *6 EFFING HOURS.*)   I mean, I guess there’s some small vindication in seeing, before our very eyes, that this lot can do better in 6 hours than many  (MOST) of the contestants in the last couple of seasons could do in a whole day – or even two.

      But really, I didn’t want to see that as much as I wanted to see what this lot could do in a whole day – or two – or even longer.

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

        The warm greens and the cool greens together just don’t work for me — and it’s going to be very hard to find someone who can handle both up next to the face.

        • Anonymous

          I’m sure everyone else is right about the colors. I have an issue with greens (hence, never wear any.) I own what I would swear is a dusty-sage green couch, and everyone else swears is a very, very, slightly [maybe they're humoring me] greenish taupe.

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

            You can still wear green, because it doesn’t matter what shade it is — only how it looks on you.  What difference does it make if it’s apple or mint as long as it compliments your skin?  :) 

      • Anonymous

        I too have been whining about the time period issue. Wouldn’t it be great if the next challenge was “Same thing, twice the time.”

    • Cathy S

      Kenley’s dress is adorable (the print is great) but it looks like every other dress she’s ever made. Rami’s dress would have been better without the cutouts. I like the greens together.

    • Anonymous

      Kenley’s is impeccably styled, adorable, beautifully made, flawlessly fit, and absolutely pedestrian.

      Rami’s looks like she was hit by a flying box of rags.

    • Anonymous

      Oh TLo, darlings, you are so insightful and witty.  Somedays you make me feel like I don’t even need to TAKE my anti-depressant.  Long may you reign!

    • Anonymous

      hellooooooo rami…..anybody there?  were you looking the opposite direction the entire six hours?  this thing is butt ugly.  wtf were you thinking?

      • Anonymous

        I don’t care if lime was the inspiration, that color combo is terrible.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t care if lime was the inspiration, that color combo is terrible.

        • Anonymous

           i think i heard him say kiwi was the flavour. i hated it the moment i saw the green with black polka dots, too literal. as someone said, all he needed was the brown fur jacket to complete it.

    • Anonymous

      hellooooooo rami…..anybody there?  were you looking the opposite direction the entire six hours?  this thing is butt ugly.  wtf were you thinking?

    • Call me Bee

      I just got home from Joann Fabrics and a doppleganger of Kenley’s dress was on a manniquin featuring new spring prints.  You’re right.  Nothing new here.  But–she was smart in pulling out a tried-and-true silouette and style for a challenge that gave them only 6 hours to make something.  It kept her in the high middle. 
      Since I make quilts, the different greens in Rami’s dress don’t bother me at all.  But holy cow what a mess of a garment.  Tortured bodice and throw-away skirt.  Not well done nor well styled.  Rami’s work has been so disappointing so far–I hope he goes back to what he does well or he’s not long for this season. 

    • http://twitter.com/DarthJaeda Jaeda Laurez

      I would run to buy Kenley’s dress. Seriously.

    • Anonymous

      Rami’s dress is legitimately fug. I’m really surprised it didn’t land him in the bottom. In my opinion it was the worst dress of the week (or maybe tied with Michael Costello’s), even though I don’t think Rami should be sent home yet because he’s been good so far this season yada yada. But still, THAT DRESS IS HIDDY.

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

      I always have the problem with Kenley that I simply cannot fathom myself ever putting her stuff on without a shit ton of changes — and that’s rare for me.  (I’m the kind of self-absorbed person who pictures every look on myself, and how it would look, and that informs many of my feelings about it.)  But somehow when Kenley’s work is up, there’s just a big blank because I can’t imagine that I would ever even try it on.  And I try stuff on regularly just because I can’t see the appeal and I want to. 

      Rami’s work this season is oddly directionless.  If he wants to leave the draping behind — and I can see why he would, doing anything exclusively gets old — then he needs to decide what it is he wants to be doing instead.  Right now he’s just slapping shit on a dress form.  That’s supposed to be the FIRST step, not the final product!  Every week, I look at his dress and think that he was experimenting and ran out of time.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, I am not the person Kenley is designing for either.  Her midcentury aesthetic is not suitable nor flattering to my body type.  Mila’s dresses are more my type (less twee, more graphic, more of a shift than shirtwaist).  Full skirts and peterpan collars would make any woman over 40 (that is above a size 10) look like a freak.  However, I could say that about many of the looks paraded down the PR runway.  I think Kenley’s dress would be darling for my 17 year old niece and my 21 year old coworker.

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

      The green polkadots kill me. No way that is ever not tacky. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HREPOWNBVUBRIVPQCF3ST2IKDM Euphory

      Kenley has been making children’s clothes these season.  Anyone older than Elle Fanning cannot wear these.  Not even someone in Dakota’s age range. 
      And the color combination here is fug.  I don’t know any sane women would pay money to wear this outside a Halloween party. 
      Kenley, as per usual, picks fug prints.

      Rami’s losing his touch…

      Are they setting up for a Mila v. Kenley fight?  That would be watchable, but I think Mila is above that? 

    • Anonymous

      Yes Rami,please drape!  The most shocking moment of this episode for me was when the judges, especially DVF, praised Michael C. for his impeccable draping skills.  Michael C. can only dream of draping like Rami.  

    • Anonymous

      Love Rami, Hated his look!!! and it pains me to say that. He is so much better than this! It’s like New Coke. Great in theory, awful in taste. Bring the original Rami back!( Designer-wise… Body-wise, Ill take the New Rami!)

    • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

      Yeah, I would try Kenley’s dress on at Kohl’s, and might even buy it, but it has been done a million times.  I agree, though, it would sell like hotcakes at the right price point.  Rami – what.the.Hell??  Those greens together give me a massive headache, and cutouts?  On the shoulders?  Sloppy mess.

    • Anonymous

      What, no “pussy bow” comment about Kenley’s dress? Looking at these dresses, I couldn’t even remember what the challenge was, what with such yawning results. Thanks, TLo, for watching the entire episode so I didn’t have to.

    • Nixonesque

      Modcloth is selling to the same people who bought stuff from the Dehlia’s catalog with the same results.

    • Nixonesque

       Modcoth is selling to the same girls who bought from the Dehlia’s catalog in the 90’s. With the same results: crap you have to send back.

      • Anonymous

        I still have three of my Delia’s items from the ’90s!  I’m not allowed to leave the house in them, but as they are all flannel, I periodically wander around the house in nostalgic, fuzzy bliss in them.

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

          I actually own several dresses from ModCloth that are very well done — though it really helps when shopping online to know exactly what you’re looking for in terms of construction and fabric — and I bought a sweater from Delia’s way back.  I wore it out, ’cause it was fantastic: bright yellow cardigan with little red flowers embroidered on it… had a very retro girly feel.

    • http://twitter.com/nicolahearts nicole seligman

      kenley’s dress would be sold out on modcloth in less than 30 seconds. i’m a twenty-something girl who wants that dress in every color.

    • Anonymous

      I still don’t get why Miranda Kerr would agree to wear the winning design when the designers were only given six hours to complete the look.  

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

      Had Rami knocked out a superbly-draped dress as is his specialty, it would’ve made Michael’s look like the muu-muu it truly was.  Rami, you can outdrape anyone in this competition.  You should’ve aced this challenge.

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

      Amen!

    • Anonymous

      For gawd sakes, man, drape! Drape like the draping beast that you are and let the flowy dreamy dress we know you have inside out to play. So tragic see Michael crowned the draping king of All Stars. II haz a sad for Rami.

      Kenley is having a pink moment this season. With bows. Lots of bows. No likey.

    • Lattis

      Well, I hand it to Kenley for Just Say(ing)No to using one of those horrid clunky black belts with her dress.

    • Anonymous

      I thought Kenley’s dress was cute but didn’t really reflect the flavor gelato she chose (which I can’t even remember at this point).  Rami’s actually looks better in the stills than it did on the runway – and it still looks god-awful.  They really should have expanded the bottom three to at least four and included Rami’s in the mix. 

    • Anonymous

      Even if I didn’t dislike everything else about Rami’s dress, I would totally take him to task on the fabric he chose for the skirt. Skanky skirting material.

    • http://tigergray.blogspot.com/ Tiger Gray

      See, the Kenley dress is cute if you happen to be ten years old.

    • Anonymous

      Kind of concerned Rami didn’t get bottom 3 for this–would have been much better for him long term to get the judges feedback now before it’s too late…

    • Anonymous

      I missed the first 15 minutes of this episode, so finally got to watch it today.  The first three people to pick all came in top 3 and in order; i.e. Michael, Mondo and Mila.  Anthony, Romi (who I really like but should have been in the bottom three) and Kara were last.  But April was out and she was 4th.  Still, for most of them maybe the order they picked really made a difference in this challenge?

    • Anonymous

      I nearly cried when I saw Rami’s kiwi mess.  So disappointing. 

    • Anonymous

      Kenley – much the same can be said of Mr. Mondo – his is mostly print selection and combining, The diff with him is he is nto retro so it looks fashion forward. I always liked Kenley – thought she got a bit of a raw deal, her and her clothes. That dress is SUPER cute 6 hour fresh. Rami on the other hand – also love – but gawd awful.

    • Anonymous

      Kenley does what she does and makes her clothes well, unlike many of the designers still there.  I agree that Rami is losing his way and might be sent home 3 or 4 designers from now if he doesn’t settle down.

    • http://profiles.google.com/phyllis.craine Phyllis Craine

      Oh gawd Kenley’s design looks like the twee dresses I see on blogs by 20-something sewers who gush over the crap produced by Colette Patterns

    • BuffaloBarbara

      Kenley’s is juvenile, but salable.  I don’t mind it at all, except for the pussy bow, which, like all PBs, is a direct shipment from Azazel’s Accessories, Number 666 Inferno Way, Hell.

      Rami’s is okay. I don’t even mind the shoulder cut-outs.  I’d like a mix of greens, but not exactly those greens.  I like it better than the top three, anyway.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, Kenley’s is too affectedly dainty. The bow and the rounded back-collar? Aw! That’s CUTE!!! (Heh) Still– She executed it very well, esp. considering the allotted time, and the fabric, however affectedly cute, fits the passion-fruit inspiration. Yep, that was the challenge: make something light, breezy, swirly, creamy, fruity.

      I don’t mind Rami’s. Skirt portion’s not bad– nice and fluid. The top is overwrought, but I appreciate what he’s doing with the intermingling of textures, shapes, and surfaces. Had he had more time, he could have edited or polished the top so it looks deliberately structured and harmonious. Right now it looks as if everything that makes up the top is belted so it doesn’t pop out.

    • Anonymous

      I hear what you guys are saying about Kenley, but i still usually like her stuff. 
      I thought this was really pretty and I agree many girls would love it.  
      It was nice seeing something finished & polished looking. 
      I think she was the one who said she wasn’t going to try anything new because she wanted to finish something in 6 hours. 
       So I give her that and i thought it was a very pretty something.

      I like so many of these designers and enjoy seeing them all do well. 
      That includes you Rami, please get it together.

    • Anonymous

      What I will give Kenley is that dress looked about a 100 times better made then any other dress that walked out of there that night and she had the same time constraints.  Nope not exciting but a hell of a lot better executed. 

      Rami’s…WTF?  Okay, from the back…not bad, not great, but not bad…from the front?  I would have thought this was an unusual materials challenge and he was working with tissue paper or some other cruddy thing.  What did he do to that poor fabric? That was just bad.

    • Anonymous

      Kenley’s was my favorite this week. She was smart to not try anything too complicated in the time allotted, and her’s was, for my money, the best executed and finished garment on that runway. Plus it totally fit the challenge. The best of the week

      I go back and forth on Rami’s some photos it doesn’t look so bad, but the greens to clash terribly here. I get the kiwi reference, but he tried too much in too little time, and wound up with a tortured mess.

    • Anonymous

      Do things automatically sell like bagels for you?  Or did you have to edit it in?

    • Anonymous

      No screen cap of Rami this week? C’mon, TLo, I can’t watch this show in Japan. I’m following it through your blog. Help me get my fix.

    • Anonymous

      rarely like kenley’s work, it’s often way too twee for me &, besides, if i want vintage i’ll buy old & original, TYVM. but this is a nice dress that would look good on a variety of different people &, cos of the way it’s cut, i mightve actually picked it up had i seen it in a thriftshop. not crazy about the color but, then again, she didnt have that much leeway here, did she? though it’s a real kenley color nonetheless.

      usually love love love rami’s work–now that is stuff that looks good on the people who wear it. whats happened to him since his fabulous laundry bag business in episode one? that dress said i will be top three, no question, at the end of PRAS. but the rest of his stuff since, oh my goodness, doesnt even look like he made it. & i dislike this dress a lot less than most of us hereupon. i dont even hate the colors. i think, though, that it looks much worse when one knows who created it & knows just as certainly & as well that its maker could make so much better.

    • http://www.thirteen.org/downton-abbey/category/the-downton-dish/ Gotham Tomato

      “Tlo said: Worse than all the overworked aspects here (Cutouts at the shoulders? Really?) is the fact that these greens clash pretty badly with each other.”

      Yes, VERY badly actually. The thing that I liked about Rami, during his regular PR season, was that he made the most bold color choices when most of the other designers played it safe (repeatedly) with black or nude. But even then, the color choices, as much as I admired him taking the chance, were pretty bad. I just think he doesn’t see color well, (or just has bad taste in color).

      –GothamTomato

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1050504936 Therese Bohn

      Looks like the kiwi got sick over a cheap chartreuse camisole.  Awful!

    • Anonymous

      Rami – Santa Claus called; he wants his belt back.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t know which annoys me more, Kenley’s whining voice or her saccharine pre-teen clothes. They may be salable, but they sure aren’t fashion.

    • marilyn

      Rami’s dress is interesting to me.  I agree-the cutouts are ridiculous.  However, it is possible that he is a victim of poor accessorizing.  His colors were whimical, and deliberately clashing, in the various shades of green.  BUT, the black belt, black bag and black shoes take it down.  He could have lost the bag without it being missed.  A different color of sandal and belt would have pulled this together.  I like Rami’s style.  His color sense is not necessarily in synch with American taste, which has cost him in these competitions at times.  But come on-designing something inspired by ICE CREAM???????  Some color has to work its way into the equation.  And, the source of insipiration implies that whimsy might be okay.  I like this much better than Mila’s offering. 

      • Anonymous

        I agree with you completely. I thought Rami’s dress was very interesting, the skirt did seem a little off but the top was great.

    • Anonymous

      The two things I like about Kenley’s dress are the fabric choices and the combination of color, which did invoke her flavor inspiration.  That’s it.  This is the same circle skirt basic 50’s sundress silhouette we’ve seen from her over and and over and over ad nauseum.  When is she going to be called out on it?  Not only is it twee, it’s completely uninspired design-wise.  She lets the fabric do all the work for her.  The only thing that saves her is the fabric being awesome.

      Rami, oh Rami.  Wherefore art thou, Rami?  Where is the draping god who could fit a woman’s body to such goddess perfection?  This is one of the ugliest garments I’ve seen on PR – ugly in the sense that it has design and is sewn relatively well but good weeping Jesus, it is just hideous in both design and fabric choice.  Another poster mentioned covering this in a hairy brown jacket and the kiwi would be complete – indeed!  And the styling…are there only black heavy belts on the Neiman wall?  Everyone suffered from belt overload this week.

      This challenge sucked.  Two sucky challenges in two weeks – and I had such high hopes after the first two eps…..

    • Anonymous

      Ugly dress Rami.  Kenley, I like her dress.  I actually like the print.  Usually I don’t care for her taste in prints. The design is fine for a 6 hr. challenge.  I don’t expect a lot of creativity and design innovation in such a short time.  The caftan that won was no design stunner either.  Looks fine on Maude but Kenley’s was fresher.

    • Cheri Lee

      Rami’s dress is so hideous.

    • Anonymous

      Kenley: cute design but nothing special. I love Rami but this design was fucking ugly.

    • vmcdanie

      I don’t like some elements of it but, I dunno, I kind of like the clashing greens on Rami’s dress. It’s not too bad.

      I loved Kenley’s dress because I love her aesthetic, regardless of what I think of her. Having said that, I’ll also be the first to admit there’s nothing original here and I’ve seen this dress many times before. I guess the fact that there were garments with major construction issues saved her from scrutiny.

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

      Rami should have been bottom three instead of Anthony. Rami’s was much harder to look at. Those greens, ouch.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1017585103 Kanani Fong

      I’ve always found Rami’s color selections slightly off –even when he made the final three in PR. In this case it’s texture, color and patterns that are just enough off that I can think of is “It looks chip.”
      Kenley’s dresses are “cute.” She has a knack for picking prints and knowing how to use them. Still, they veer over to slightly on the costume side, and I could easily see them on a character in the Main Street parade in Disneyland.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=21726743 Kathleen Kolb

      Kenley needs to design for Modcloth and be done with it…she doesn’t have much range…