PR All Stars: Last But Not Least

Posted on January 18, 2012

 

Mila

We thought this was a truly great-looking gown and were a bit surprised it wasn’t in the Top 3. It deserved to be. Although we have to point out that Mila sniffed at Austin’s gown for being too traditional, but we’re not really seeing anything groundbreaking or fashion-forward on display here. We’re not huge fans of the shape of the skirt, but a more conventional shape would have tipped this over into boring. Basically, it’s a good, solid answer to the question posed by the challenge.

 

Rami

Whut.

That was pretty much our reaction when this walked out. We would NEVER have picked this out as a Rami dress.

Honestly, this might be one of the worst things he’s done on Project Runway. The color is garish, the fabric is too shiny, and there are so many design elements in the bodice that it looks tortured. A puzzling misstep, because next to Austin, the designer most likely to ace this challenge should’ve been Rami. He needs to get over the fact he was criticized for draping too much. It was a valid criticism, but it didn’t mean he should abandon his aesthetic and force himself to do things he’s not particularly good at. Go with what you know.

 

Mondo

And here’s where the commentariat will erupt at us: We were not at all in love with this look.

If you want to dress a drag queen or provide costumes for a Mad Men-era drama, then this would be the way to go, but if you’re designing a dress for a real person in 2011/12, this is not much more than a fantasy. People not only don’t dress like this anymore; they don’t want to dress like this anymore. Otherwise they’d …  y’know, dress like this. We think of the lines of Mad Men inspired clothes that were foisted on the public in the wake of the show’s success, none of which really took off and none of which spurred a trend toward mid-Century style dressing. Sure, elements pop up in current styles, like skinny ties and pants for guys and pencil skirts for the ladies, but never anything as head-to-toe literal as this.

Taken purely on its own merits, it’s stunning; an absolutely beautiful design rendered in a gorgeous fabric and impeccably styled. But there’s no way in hell this would sell to the average customer, nor would the average opera-goer ask to have a dress made that looks like this.

We suspect we’re going to hear a lot of “I would LOVE to dress like this!” responses, but unless your wardrobe is mostly vintage, we kind of doubt that most of you would dress like this given the chance. It’s a lovely fantasy ensemble, perfectly suited for a Barbie, but we can’t ever picture an actual woman in the present day wearing it. Admittedly, if you took away the styling, the gloves, and the train, it’s a very pretty dress that would work well in the modern day, but that’s an awful lot of editing to have to do.

 

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  • Anonymous

    Point taken about Mondo’s outfit… mostly.  But I can absolutely see someone wearing this to the Met Ball.

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

      To a Met Ball, yes- but not to sit down and watch an opera. This is a stand and walk dress, and very much a walking away dress.

      • Anonymous

        Completely agree that it’s not right for the opera – but I don’t think that there’s absolutely no client out there for this type of gown.  Go double negatives!

        • Anonymous

          I don’t recall them saying “a dress to watch a 4-hour Wagnerian opera in,” because then I’d be wearing the most casual thing I could get away with. I don’t think it’s far-fetched to hear “make a gown for the opera,” and think “elegant opera gala event.” In which case, Mondo’s design would be perfect.

          • Anonymous

            If you’re going to the Opera, whether or not it’s a gala, at some point you’re going to be sitting. If it’s an opera, that means at least a couple of hours. It’s a stunning dress, but it’s not a functional one.

          • Pinup Ghoul

            Absolutely. I would so wear this gown, sans collar, to a gala. It’s stunning.

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

            But you couldn’t, could you? I mean, it looks like the collar supports the train. Hence the piece that connects the collar to the rest. And the train needs support or you look like you’re dragging your sheets behind you. Of course, the construction isn’t obvious and I might be wrong.

          • Pinup Ghoul

            I can’t tell, either. I just don’t like the shape of the collar. While it’s perfectly in line with his obvious 60′s inspiration, it just reads a little too sci-fi or costumey for me. Perhaps if it had a slightly different shape to it. It’s still an absolutely lovely dress, though.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t know… it has that nice little pillow that would provide back support in those opera seats.

        • Anonymous

          It looks more like an obi to me. Which only makes me adore it that much more. Sorry, fellas, but I WANT THAT DRESS. 

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

            But again, to wear WHERE?  And how often?

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

            I WOULD WEAR IT WHENEVER, AND EVERYWHERE. But unfortunately, I have not the funds nor the patience to acquire a gown like that for myself. 

          • Anonymous

            I’ll find a place to wear it after I’ve got it.

          • http://www.facebook.com/mary.nease Mary Nease

            Exactly. That’s a classic obi knot in the back. Gorgeous. 

        • http://twitter.com/lbcubbison Laurie Cubbison

          A nice little lumbar obi

  • Anonymous

    I love the Mondo dress, and I can absolutely see it being worn at the opening night for the Opera here in SF.  I can also see it as a wedding dress for a very chic second marriage.  I loved it.  Sadly, I don’t get to the SF Opera opening night, nor is a second wedding in sight, but if either one were, well…..

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      See here’s a huge part of the problem with judging this challenge. Clearly, the challenge was for a New York Opera Gala, and so a good deal of confusion developed, since A: probably the majority of the designers have never SEEN an opera at all, and B: don’t realize the vast difference in esthetic that exists across the country.  I could imagine someone in SF or LA wearing such a dress to the Opera, but in Washington, New York or Boston, never.

      • Anonymous

        The New York thing has always been a problem with the show really. I was just watching the season with Uli on style last week
        Queen Pumpkin starts in “sure it work in Miami, or a resort, or the south of France…”
        and then you sort of seem him realize that “oh shit if I keep going I’m just going to say everything but London and New York.” But he decided to stick to his guns that clearly there’s no “real” market for resort wear because apparently New York is the only real market.

        • Anonymous

          Fifty years ago some designers would do a “London” collection, for example, because that market was considered so different from the Paris market. One really does dress differently in different locales – it seems so obvious, but so unspoken in this show.

          • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

            Reminds me of when Bloomingdale’s opened here in SF. They couldn’t sell anything to the people who live here cause the clothes were far too New York in vibe.  They learned their lesson in a hot minute, but that first season of stuff was on the sale racks FAST.

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

            It’s even more localized than that. When Nordstrom first entered Southern California, they opened first in Orange County. Very preppy. Their next store was 45 miles away in the San Fernando Valley during the Valley Girl period. My kids wouldn’t even try the clothes on. Nordstrom had to quickly change their strategy here.

          • Anonymous

            Dallas and Austin are crazy different–and not on the high fashion radar at all, but still, the point is they’re only 200 miles apart and you will get funky looks if you go from one downtown to the other without changing clothes. 

            I lived on the east coast briefly and am so effing grateful I don’t have to dress to that esthetic.  I go ape shit shopping when I visit CA, though.

          • Melvis Velour

            I hear you and let’s not even go there about the style differences between Dallas, Ft. Worth, Austin, San Antonio and Houston….I think I can tell where someone is from after 3+ years of detailed observation…and mocking judgement…

          • Anonymous

            Hee hee…  I mock Houston and Fort Worth…  though Ft Worth is at least a cool esthetic in that it’s the cowboy/western wear fantasy everyone has about Texas.  I recommend FW as the tourist city for my out-of-state friends who want to see cowboy boots and hats walking down the street (and still want a nightlife to go with the trip).

            Speaking of, you want to talk about iron-clad fashion rules…  have you ever heard old men talking shit about someone wearing the wrong type of cowboy hat in the wrong season or occasion?  That shit is fierce and vicious.  Love it!

          • Melvis Velour

            Talk about vicious…bless their hearts

            I was the subject of a “discussion” when I showed up to an event in jeans that hadn’t been starched and pressed with a crease that could cut barbed wire…

          • Guest

            I own nothing that requires ironing.  I spent 5 hours a week ironing my dad’s damn western wear as a child. But come see me next time you have such an event– I’ll get them jeans right for ya.  :)

          • Anonymous

            I own nothing that requires ironing.  I spent 5 hours a week ironing my dad’s damn western wear as a child. But come see me next time you have such an event– I’ll get them jeans right for ya.  :)

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

            As I’m taking this walk down memory lane, I remember a trip to San Diego around 1980. My daughter was wearing leg warmers over her jeans, a very popular L.A. fad. People were openly staring at her legs in disbelief.

        • Anonymous

          I do love the show but I do hate the lack of other esthetics.  Miami, island and “urban” occasionally make it to the finale, but I *hate* that Gretchen is the “western esthetic” that made it through.  We aren’t just hippies on this side of the Mississippi, y’all.

          • Anonymous

            To be fair, LA has made it through…

      • Anonymous

        Would it have killed the producers to shell out for a dozen balcony tickets for an opera opening night performance to send the designers to? Never mind, I forgot that the producers can’t read a calendar hence all the decoy collections at fashion week during the regular season.  

        /sarcasm

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

          Forethought, is not the producers strong suit, or even their nasty skanky underthings, comes to that.

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

          This seems like a pretty impractical idea to us. Nevermind the idea of arranging the entire shooting schedule around an opera opening (WERE there any opera openings in NY while the show was shooting?), or the expense of doing such a thing, which would be much greater than the cost of the tickets; it’s not really the show’s responsibility to teach the designers what an opera gown should look like. An “All-Star” should already know such things.

          • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

            I suppose this refers back to certain comments made last season about people knowing their costume history, if they are going to be good designers.  (looking at you, again, Clinique)

          • Anonymous

            That’s a good point, but another alternative might have been to provide them the briefs that are sometimes given when the designers might be unsure of what is expected. In the best of all possible worlds, the designers would of course have been to the opera, or at least know enough about it in popular culture (Pretty Woman, for example) to be able to piece things together.

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

            Great point about “Pretty Woman”. I was just thinking “have they never seen a movie in which people go to an opera?” I asked this about last season’s PR and the 2nd season of Work of Art- Do they all live in a vacuum? Don’t they read magazines, or watch television? It’s kind of shocking to me how out of touch these people are about pop culture.

      • Anonymous

        Ummm, I live in the Bay Area and know the SF opera house well–no one would wear that dress–it would get destroyed.  The War Memorial gets *crowded* pretty easily–you get wedged in even making it to the box/mezzanine level.

        And the SF opera crowds are relatively conservative dressers FWIW–lots and lots of black, mostly dark colors.  Gala nights are glitzier, but they’re not red-carpet events.  In a sense, Mila got it right in doing a black dress.

         And I don’t care *what* opera house you’re at–you’re not going to sit for 3.5 hours in Mondo’s dress.

        • Anonymous

          Um, I live in San Francisco and can easily see this being worn to the opera. Jennifer Newsom would snatch this up in a heartbeat!   What we have here is a difference of opinion ;) 

          • Anonymous

            I suggest you Google before you speak–of the many images of Jennifer Newson at the opera, you’ll see she is mostly wearing jewel-toned full-length narrow evening gowns with none or very limited trailing fabric.  The War Memorial Opera House has relatively narrow stairs for its seating capacity–unlike say the Met.  It is very crowded at Intermission at *every* level. 

            You could trying putting the train over your arm, but that’s pretty inconvenient and defeats the point of the dress.  

            Truth of the matter is SF Opera goers dress formally, but the dressing’s not that outrageous because of the various obstacles of the place–tons of stair climbing (The main entrance is up a big flight of them) and the crowds inside.  I’ve never been to a performance there where the mezzanine and lobby didn’t feel jammed.  People dress accordingly.  The poofier offerings would also be a problem for most seats, but you could manage them in the boxes, so I’ll give them a pass.

            In some ways the challenge was about designing an evening gown that was functional.  Austin nailed it.

          • Guest

            I don’t argue on the interwebz , dearie.  But I do attend opera in San Francisco.  Have a fantabulous day! You must  go to the more…conservative shows…

          • Anonymous

            Clearly not, or you’d have done a simple check on Jennifer Newson.  But next time you go to one of those wild and crazy SFO productions, try doing it wearing a train and I think you’ll get my point.  

            Cheers!

  • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

    In full agreement with you guys.  Mila’s, though far from original in concept was well executed and in great taste, perfect for the opera.  Ramis’ made me shout out loud WTF!!!?  Someone clearly absconded with his brains and talent this past week.  It was an outrageous mess of a dress. He’s damned lucky to have been in the middle pack.  And Mondo?  As you say, Its a stunning dress, but absolutely not for the opera, or for a contemporary woman in most cases.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=625120374 Jessica Walsh

    I’d consider wearing this dress if the big neck-O thing was removed…I like the mullet train (and I don’t usually like mullet trains)

    • http://www.facebook.com/mary.nease Mary Nease

      Judging from the obi knot, I think it’s less of a train so much as a big-ass sash. 

  • Anonymous

    As bad as Rami’s was, it was still better than his lady wrestler outfit in season 4.

    • Anonymous

      Yes! The hot pink lady wrestler catastrophe- Rami must have been imagining her as his client.

  • Anonymous

    Lovely fantasy ensemble is right.  I kept picturing the wearing walking through the opera house lobby and maneuvering into her seat with that bow thing getting between her and comfort.

    • Anonymous

      It’s okay, the train would get ripped off by the time you made it through the lobby, so you could sit in comfort.

  • Anonymous

    I liked Mila’s dress, but I didn’t love it. I’ve seen it too many times before. Rami’s dress was too complicated looking. Tortured was a good description for it. I loved Mondo’s dress. Taken on its own merits, just looking at it in a “Make a pretty dress” kind of way – it was gorgeous. Was it sellable? Probably not. Was it an opera dress? No. It was an Audrey Hepburn inspired fantasy dress.

  • Anonymous

    (Mondo pic)   She’s carrying that purse like it’s a football

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B53PQYXSJR4YJBV3J6BWYSICRQ Jamie

      my thought exactly

    • http://twitter.com/wonderdivaEtsy wonderdivaEtsy

      At least she didn’t do a Tebow before she went around the partition.  :-P

    • Anonymous

      She’s showing off how lovely it is, which would be relevant if he’d made the purse, but this isn’t Project Accessory.

  • Anonymous

    Rami’s horrible dress is a reminder of his major weakness: he has horrible color sense. Remember the awful colors from his finale collection? I hope this is a fluke, and that he will prove to have learned to pick colors that are modern and sophisticated, instead of garish and dated (as is his wont). 

    • Anonymous

      Agree.  But compared to the others, at least Rami’s model seems somewhat happy to be going wherever she’s going in his garish dress.  (Or else she’s smirking . . . .)

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      It seems his love of the shiny and bright is one of the places his inner queen slips out.

  • Gomi Child

    Put me in the “I would LOVE to dress like this!” group – I think Mondo’s dress is fabulous.

  • Jessica Goldstein

    I love it. I have several friends (who do in fact wear vintage) who would wear this in a heartbeat. And while I’m normally more of a modern dresser myself, I love the neckline so much I’d give it a shot, too. It’s gorgeous.

  • Anonymous

    I also wish Rami would get over his fear of draping–these are new judges, and his draping is absolutely stunning.  I would have loved to see a Rami draped dress for this challenge.  
    As for Mondo, while I agree that his dress is not appropriate for the opera, they did ask for a “fantasy” dress, instructions that I think were a bit confusing.  And he produced a gorgeous fantasy dress.  

    • Anonymous

      I also wish that Rami had chosen to drape in this challenge. Especially with this fabric. I think it would  been fabulous as a Greek or Indian style  floor length gown slightly skimming the body.

      • Anonymous

        The one positive thing I noticed about his dress was how beautifully the skirt flowed as the model walked down the runway.

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

    Totally agree about Mila. Really? They chose Anthony and Michael’s over hers??? Wha??
    Rami’s dress = tortured. Exact word I came up with.
    Mondo? I liked it but it was rather costumey. I can go either way. Still liked it better than Michael’s “Kim K at the Opera” though.

  • Jessica O’Connell

    I’d like Mondo’s dress if you ditched the gloves and then snipped off the train and the geisha-esque bow-thing… I think the neckline and fabric are gorgeous and really interesting, but you’re right it’s just too much. Rami’s dress looks like a bridesmaid’s dress from the 80′s. That is not a compliment.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BARN2K234KUKPF5RACXYEFZ4HI Maggie

      The thing is that I could see Dita Von Teese wearing that look exactly as it’s styled, but that’s sort of T Lo’s point, you have to be a vintage girl to wear that.

      • Anonymous

        Dita Von Teese is not a market. But ya know one day they (Tlo, the judges, us…) gripe that something isn’t commercial and then the next they gripe because its not fashion forward and could buy it anywhere. Buncha moody beyptches the lot of us! 

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

          For the American market, that’s always true — you have to be just forward enough to justify the price tag, but not so much that women are scared off by it. 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H3XBSNN3JLZWI4R2EPZ2BQYT5U Suzanne S

        I’m almost ashamed to admit I had a dress in that exact same color/fabric for my 8th grade ‘graduation’ as well as a different dress but almost identical fabric/color for my sorority semiformal in college (both were custom made for me, but I chose the fabric). When that dress came out, I said “That’s my dress!”. Now’s the part where I admit 8th grade ‘graduation’ was the mid-80s and semiformal was in the late 80s. So yes, the color is dated. Apparently I’m as ‘magpie-esque’ as Rami when it comes to that fabric and color though (or at least I used to be). 

  • Nixonesque

    I don’t know, I think Mondo’s dress might be great for the opera: when it’s nap time you can wrap yourself up in the train for extra comfort and that bow makes a perfect pillow.

  • BuffaloBarbara

    Hmm.  I guess my fantasy includes people going back to dressing in older styles on a regular basis so I wouldn’t stand out if I wanted to do it.

    I just wasn’t enamored of the ball-gown train attached to the smart cocktail dress.  It looked a little odd.

    Mila’s was terrific–I’d guess it was a close call with Anthony’s on the score for that top three.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll take Mondo’s over Mila’s any day.  A boring black dress with an unflattering cut to the lower half.  Yawn.  Mondo at least got creative, and (you guessed it) I definitely WOULD wear it — the entire thing — and have.  What’s the use of dressing up and going out if you’re going to be boring about it?  That’s what’s wrong with out society:  We don’t know how to communicate in person any longer, and we most certainly don’t know etiquette and class. 

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

      You deserve 100 “Likes” for this comment. I disagree about Mila’s dress, but the rest of it is spot on.

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      make that 101 likes, including mine.

    • Anonymous

      This is why assholes show up at fancy dinner theatre in jeans and a freaking baseball hat.  honestly.  I live in Seattle where dress code is pretty laid back, but that is downright disrespectful.

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

        I’ve been to weddings and seen people show up in ratty hippie dresses and Birkenstocks. I love hippie clothes, but if you’re going to wear them to a wedding, at least make sure they’re clean and don’t have holes in them. And for Pete’s sake, buy a pair of cute flats at the thrift store.

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

        And then defending it by claiming it’s comfortable.  Give me a black fabric with a bit of give in it, and I’ll give you a simple black gown that will feel like wearing pajamas.

      • http://twitter.com/algaechick Crystal

        On a tangent, can I just interject how excited I am that I am going to a *gala* this weekend?! My new employer has them every year-tuxes, evening gowns… I’m ready to get all dolled up and hit the town with my man (love him in a suit, and I made sure his pants are properly tailored).
        But I bet there’s a few yahoos that crash it with jeans.
        And I would be thrilled to be able to wear something like Mondo’s dress. Awesome.

    • Anonymous

      It’s really a strange development, I think, this homogeneity in a land that champions the individual. A uniformity that results in folks wearing the same thing to casual Friday at work, to the opera, to dinner, to a funeral, with little sense that these occasions in fact are different.

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        There is a remarkable book by Alison Lurie called, “The Language of Clothes” that speaks about the vast, and complex language of dressing, and how we speak to others without saying a word.  Clearly, in this mass market culture we inhabit, speaking anything other than, “I agree”, is out of the question.

        • Anonymous

           If I weren’t so lazy I’d absolutely read that because it sounds very interesting.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1540233153 Malve Lyborg

          Sounds interesting! I just went to Amazon and ordered it. Thanx for the hint.

          • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

            My pleasure!

    • Anonymous

      I loved Mondo’s too, although I don’t think I could pull off that look, I always wished I could.  Mila’s was a nice enough dress, but boring and I really didn’t see her in that design at all.

    • Anonymous

      Ummm, have you ever tried to walk with a train through a crowded lobby?  If you want to talk about etiquette, wearing a dress like Mondo’s inconveniences a lot of people.  From a snob’s perspective, it would be considered out-of-place and ridiculous for the event.  Trains are for the opera *stage.*

      • Anonymous

        you can drape the train over your arm when walking through the lobby, in a very ladylike and demure way of course

  • Anonymous

    Mila’s lovely and is probably the closest to the mark of what an actual gown wearing opera goer would wear on a gala opening night.  This is the second time that she got stiffed by the judges. Maybe they did want a little more fantasy, which was a word they used to define the challenge (along with about 30 others , some of which were contradictory).  I think if she had used a few fantasy elements for accessories she could have won, or it least placed.
    Loved the color that Rami picked. Too shiny on a brightly lit runway ,yes,  but fabulous in a real life low light situation like an opera house. The bodice is over worked and the skirt under worked. Do not like the arm binding. Middle of the pack.

    Mondo – The train is too much , the dress  beautiful and wearable. The gloves I like as a runway accessory . They help define the garment as “Opera” no one needs to wear them in real life. There was a lot of talk on previous threads of this being a dress you couldn’t sit in because of the obi, but usually those things are stiffened with horsehair braid, which is perfectly soft and flexible. You could sit as easy as of the others. This wasn’t my favorite, but I would have been fine with it in the top or even winning. The brief did ask for fantasy and show stopping, I like it better than Anthony’s or Michael’s  actually.

    • Call me Bee

      Maybe Mila’s dress would have scored better had it been ASCOB (“any solid color other than black” in cocker spaniel speak…)

  • Anonymous

    Absolutely agree about Mila’s dress…should have been in the top 3…and in my opinion, it should have been between hers and Austin’s.   It was the only other dress that was close to the parameters of the challenge.  Both Anthony’s & Michael’s were much more red carpet/event type dresses.  I said it in the Lounge and I’ll say it here…Rami’s was overworked.  I loved Mondo’s, but I agree…it was not as in line with the challenge as it should have been.  However,  I would still have placed him 3rd, as it was just as close (or not) to “opera” as Anthony & Michael’s, but  it’s so much more stunning and unique.. 

  • Anonymous

    Mondo’s would be a GORGEOUS wedding dress.  I love her makeup too.  Opera or no opera, it’s a beautiful look.  Sigh.

    • Anonymous

      a fantasy look, and only in a fantasy could I pull that look off

  • Anonymous

    Nah, totally agree with you guys on the Mondo dress. I really really want to love it, and I can respect how well made and designed it is, but it’s not a dress for the Opera. At least he stays true to his aesthetic I guess (although maybe that’s the Mondo-fan coming out in me, because I’d probably criticize others for refusing to bend. I’d make one hell of a crappy judge. Hey, maybe they’ll hire me for next season!). 

  • http://twitter.com/Fibercrazed Sara

    I’d wear Mondo’s dress (minus the train) WITH the gloves in a heartbeat. I like the train from the front, but he lost me at the giant ass bow. I don’t care if it’s at the small of her back, it’s still an ass bow. I lived through 80′s era proms and do NOT need to ever see those again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=555593309 Alexis Peñafuerte Wenceslao

    Mondo’s dress: No.

  • Leonardo Alves

    Mondo sliped this week… but still: Mondo FTW!
    Rami on the other hand disappointed me big time!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vanessa-Palafox/100000644838620 Vanessa Palafox

    I love mila’s design, It would have been my pick for the win, I don’t think Austin’s design deserves so much praises.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tiyuju Yuju Ti

    When Rami picks hot pink fabric, you know he is confused–remember the WWE challenge?

  • http://twitter.com/vicesbyproxy Shannon C.

    I have to say, I wasn’t shocked at all that this is a Rami dress. It doesn’t look like anything he made in the challenges for Project Runway, but if you look at his finale collection, it was a bunch of stiff-looking dresses in satiny, bright colors (Brady Bunch colors, I think Michael Kors called them). And this looks like it would fit right into that. As much as they got on him for the draping, I much prefer that to this set of Rami design themes.

    • Anonymous

      It did remind me of his finale collection.  It was just as overworked and the color choice was unfortunate.  He really has a problem with color. 

  • Anonymous

    Mila’s doesn’t do it for me at all. Rami’s is shockingly amateurish. 

    I get what you’re saying about Mondo’s, and the obi (though I don’t think I’m using the correct name for the part on the back) and train are too, too much; those, plus the styling do make it costumey.BUT: I thought it should be in the top because when it came out on the runway I felt showed a strong point of view, stronger, perhaps, than any other piece, and it looked incredibly well made. I don’t mean well-made as in sewing (though it took sewing skill to do it); I mean it’s executed in a way that beautifully realizes the POV. You could say Rami’s has a point of view, but whatever the POV is, it’s undercut by the fact that it’s a mess.And I do think it’s wearable: all you’d have to do is take away the train and the obi (somebody please tell me what that’s called!) and give her a different hairdo, and you have a dress I think a lot of women would wear. Plus, I loved that he didn’t hear the directive and automatically go floor length. 

    • Anonymous

      It’s an obi knot. I think it’s called musubi. Obi is the full sash. :)

      • Anonymous

        Thanks.

  • Anonymous

    I agree on Mondo’s dress. I give him a pass because (1) he’s Mondo and (2) he knew this challenge was coming and said straight out this isn’t his thing and was clearly worried. If this is the worst he does he’s in excellent shape.

  • http://profiles.google.com/alison.sigman Alison Sigman

    A) Rami’s dress is in the same color as his WWE Diva look and he HATED that color. So why the change now??

    B) I LOVE the fabric of Mondo’s dress. Can someone make my wedding dress in that fabric??

    • Anonymous

      My thoughts exactly re: the color of Rami’s gown.  Why on earth would he choose that color?

  • Anonymous

    I thought Mila’s dress was well-made but kind of boring.  Rami’s, just tragic.  LOVED Mondo’s though.  I get the points about why it didn’t fit the challenge, but I thought it was more deserving than Anthony’s look.  Take off the bow and train in the back, and I’d wear it in a second.  Not because I’m into Mad Men, but I’m into beautiful, modest clothes.  Plus, that neckline works really great on a broad-shouldered woman!

  • Mariah J

    I think Mila’s is boring. I like what Rami tried to do but he didn’t have the time to execute such ambitious detail and hence it looks like crap. I actually laughed out loud when Mondo’s came out. Drag queen at the Met. Which isn’t the worst thing in the world.

  • W A

    I didn’t like Mondo’s at first, but then she turned around and I understood it as a nod to Madame Butterfly. 

  • Anonymous

    Put me in the “not liking Mondo’s garment” column.  I can’t get over the fact of how wrinkly the dress, particularly in the front, is.  This makes what otherwise would be a well-executed but dated dress looks cheap and sloppy.

    • Anonymous

      Sweet P would never make this dress, because she has no imagination.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_56DPRFBMRP4MZCICMG6X6GBMIA t_j_newton

      When the dress came out on the runway, I honestly had no clue whose it was. They didn’t really show anything with Mondo during the episode, or if they did I missed it. So I can truly say that when I saw it and gasped “Holy shit! That’s awesome!” I wasn’t doing it because it was Mondo’s.

  • Anonymous

    Mondo’s looked High Fashion to me-absolutely stunning but not very wearable. Mila’s was a bit dull and Rami’s was Horrible!!!

  • Anonymous

    Mila; loved this entry. Like the splash of sequin, and I like that asymmetrical hem, it works here. Edgy and classy, I could certainly see it at an opera.
    Rami; Typed the words right out of my hands, tortured, bad color, which is honestly not surprising on that front, and just terribly blah overall.
    Mondo; I personally hated this look. The ass-cape thingy ruined the entire look for me. The dress itself is perfectly fine, the cape up her butt was totally unnecessary. Plus it looks as though he plunked a huge clutch on her back to keep it on there. Not a fan at all, and a rare huge misstep from Mondo, for me anyway. Not a Mondo hater, just happen to dislike this look terribly.

  • http://twitter.com/sockandaphone Gaby

    Meh, I loved LOVED mondo’s dress. It would be exciting if a celeb showed up in a dress like that. And the fact he did that in a DAY should be enough merit. I was surprised it wasnt on top 3.

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

    When I saw the picture of Rami’s dress, my first thought was, “Wait, they did Anthony’s already”. Never would I guess that this had Rami’s name on it.

  • Cathy S

    I still love Mondo’s dress, but I wouldn’t have picked it as the winner either; I can’t see it as a reasonable gown to wear to the opera. It’s gorgeous though. Rami’s gown was so disappointing. I thought it sounded interesting when he described it to Joanna, but it turned out so awful.

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

    I totally love Mondo and he’s such a great designer.  So much so that I felt bad for not liking this dress.  But, I don’t.  

  • muzan-e

    Mondo’s dress, I would wear – after the removal of collar-piece and train, as much as it pains me to see that obi-like piece go. The print is deliriously gorgeous, the shape is exquisite. I’d find excuses to wear that thing, I’d create excuses to wear it! 

    But I couldn’t agree more on Mila’s, which reads 100% Met/Opera/Ballet to me.  It’s gorgeous, highlighted with just a hint of elegant sparkle: it isn’t competing with the location’s glamour, but it’s still demanding a second glance, perhaps an intrigued third…   *g*

  • Anonymous

    “Tortured” and “overdesigned” were the words I used when I saw Rami’s design on the runway.

  • Anonymous

    At least Mila refrained from black and white color blocking for once (and went with black/blacker color blocking!), but I didn’t find her effort particularly inspired other than that.

    I agree that Rami is gunshy about draping, but this is not a good substitute.  (Was it April that was always sticking little triangles all over everything?  My memory is failing me.)  Anyway, this his not his thing and it shows.

    Mondo’s is out there for sure, but the only thing I don’t like is the weird train.  Perhaps it’s not opera-ready, but I think it would be worn before a helluva lot of these other looks.

  • http://twitter.com/wonderdivaEtsy wonderdivaEtsy

    Mondo’s dress made me laugh, because it was so quirky and so Mondo, but I liked it as a work of art.  It was like Mondo doing something for a Chris March “Mad Fashion” type of client.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Polina-Makova/708330606 Polina Makova

    Mondo’s dress is beautiful and well executed. I can see how there are clients for his look, however, do agree that it is not a “sit down and watch an opera” dress. Now Rami – What? I thought the woman is pregnant and grew herself a big behind! In this challenge he was out of touch with himself or the world for that matter…

  • http://twitter.com/OracleKath Kathrine Marlow

    Mondo’s is very “Audrey Hepburn goes to the opera”  I love it, but point taken.  Rami’s is just awful and Mila’s is beautiful

  • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

    Well, I do think Mondo’s dress is beautiful, but I agree that no one would want to wear it and sit through an opera in it. Of all the competitors I’m always most excited to see what Mondo has created, you just never know what he will come up with.

  • Anonymous

    I always feel like people just go overboard on the Mondo love. He is a very talented designer, but I feel like he gets sympathy praise from his season and the fact that he didn’t win. I cannot imagine the reaction if he doesn’t win, even if he doesn’t deserve it.

  • Anonymous

    Mondo lives on another planet in certain respects — all one has to do is look at his own choices in dressing himself.  I tend to agree with your assessment though.  I love vintage clothes and had a fantastic collection of the stuff when I was young and slim in the 80s and most of the 90s.  I wore the hell out of that stuff, everywhere, including to the office and a variety of functions.  That being said, I have to agree with you — It’s very Mad Men and really beautiful  but not exactly what the judges were calling for.  He looked surprised, I thought, not be called out among the top few.  I just hope that he continues to follow his own muse.  Too often the hamsters take random criticisms to heart and start turning into someone else — Rami for real in this instance.

    I like Mila’s work but thought the weird skirt ruined the look of the dress — and didn’t care for the bodice either.

  • Anonymous

    Ok, OK! You guys are right about Mondo’s gown. But…it’s still pretty…

  • Anonymous

    Mila’s dress looks a lot like the one Mila Kunis wore to the Golden Globes.

  • http://profiles.google.com/cyprienne123 Cyprienne Zed

    WHAT.  Mondo’s gown = love love love.  IMHO, he really brought it.  I would wear it to the Met and to the grocery store.  But not with that clutch.

  • Anonymous

    Finally, we can talk about Mondo’s dress!

    I absolutely love this dress – minus the train and the obi bit. If he had stopped at the sheath with the beautiful collar (so flattering) and spent the rest of the time whipping up a swing coat (we know he’s fast), cape or even a stole with a beautiful – perhaps contrasting? – lining – I would have fell over and died happy. 

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

    Dear Rami,

    Please go back to draping.

    Your Loving Fan,

    AH

    That dress is as bad as the disaster Molly Ringwald made for herself in “Pretty in Pink”. Only Harry Dean Stanton could love that dress.

    Mondo’s dress is the only one that elicited a gay gasp from me. I’m kind of overwhelmed by how gorgeous it is. They asked for a show-stopping fantasy opera dress, and that’s what they got. In real life, I’d remove the train, unless I was renewing my wedding vows. But I look at it as a runway element. Why wouldn’t some women want to wear this to the opera?

    And I would totally keep the gloves.

    Love, love, love Mila’s. It didn’t get a gay gasp, but it did produce a sigh. I think she went overboard with the black earrings and the heavy black make-up (which I love, but not so much with this), but the dress itself is really great. If Mondo doesn’t take this season, I want Mila to win. Go Mila!

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

    Rami’s dress is a serious What.The.Fuck. I mean, whoa. I know that I tend to go in on Rami and his love for draping but this lil’ number he did was straight up atrocious! This challenge was the perfect opportunity for him to unleash is draping-ness. He missed the boat on that one.

    Mila’s dress, while not groundbreaking, is really nice. Definitely Top 3 worthy. But…

    Mondo’s dress is gorgeous. 2nd favorite after Michael’s. I know plenty of girls and have plenty of friends who would rock that lil’ white number in a heartbeat.

  • Anonymous

    But how could anyone sit through the Rosenkavalier in Mondo’s dress?  What in heaven’s name do you do with all that fabric when sitting down in a concert hall?

  • Anonymous

    My friend thought there would be a good bridal market for it — that level of drama can support1

  • Anonymous

    Mondo’s is beautiful, but I agree that it’s too much for an opera dress. Also, I’m not someone who would wear it, because it would look AWFUL on me. I have the wrong coloring for white and silver. But I like looking at it, which is more than I can say for some of the dresses this week.

  • Anonymous

    I thought Mila’s gown was going to be in the top three also; beautiful, interesting, and wearable.

    Mondo’s gown is beautiful, but definitely not for the opera.  My initial thought was that it looked like a costume.

    Rami (like Gordana) seems to avoiding everything that he did previously.

  • Anonymous

    mondo lost me on the kimono bow, but the rest of it is stunning.  take off the bow and the train and it’s a fab cocktail dress.  

  • Rand Ortega

    I honestly thought Mondo had this challenge in the bag.
    J’Adore everything about this ensemble. The drama, the detailing, the proportions.
    It’s Mondo quirky ratcheted up to couture standards.
    A hipster homage to Audrey Hepburn (part “My Fair Lady”, part “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”).
    I could totally see Dita Von Teese wearing Mondo’s creation to the LA Opera’s Opening Night Gala. & not just her. Every year I see evening wear very similar to this, particularly opera fund raisers where the big $ donors hobs & nobs. The skirts have been longer, but trains & opera length gloves are very de rigueur  at these functions. I agree w/ kiltdntiltd,  perhaps it’s a judgement call based on region.

  • Anonymous

    Minus the train and butt bow I would wear that dress. Of course I would never eat or drink wine in it as I tend to spill the minute I put on so much as a pair of white socks. Yes it is a fantasy dress but not Barbie in the manner of Kenley’s.
    Rami, what have you done to yourself? Draping is really okay, especially the way you do it.
     

  • Anonymous

    I love Mondo’s dress, in the same way I love many a runway dress. No, I would not wear it and it wasn’t right for this challenge, so I didn’t expect him any higher then high middle.

  • Anonymous

    Mila’s was fine but not as much of head-turner as the top 3 that were chosen and she even acknowledged she did not fulfill every criteria.

    Rami-it was crazy that he didn’t draped something. With 1 day to do it, draping would have been the way to go. draping would have been the most practical and speediest way to approach. This should have been able to sleep walk through this challenge

    Mondo_loved the dress. took my breath away. But it’s too editorial for an opening night at the opera at the Met. It’s ideal for a shoot in Italian Vogue though

  • Anonymous

    It’s funny that you saw Betty Draper, because I went immediately to Emma Frost. Alright, not necessarily her in particular, but it generally looked like something a very stylish supervillain would wear.

    (And as the general success of ModCloth and resurgence of vintage wear, I would argue that there is definitely a movement towards 50′s/60′s clothing right now, just perhaps not in the price range people are expecting/noticing. Not a Banana Republic crowd so much as 20-somethings without a tremendous amount of disposable income.)

  • Anonymous

    I wish I could be privy to the judges’ thought’s on Mondo’s dress. I was shocked it wasn’t in the top three. Did they ding it because of the length? Because it was too costume-y? I think it was absolutely gorgeous, one of the best garments he’s done in a challenge. Kara and Sweet P? THIS is the right fabric pattern for this challenge, not 1980′s polyester bed sheet material.

    Rami’s is just a sad, tortured mess. And his propensity for picking unflattering / unstylish colors apparently has returned (or never left.) Dude, I know you can do better. Start draping again!

    Mila – nice showing, definitely upper middle of the pack. Still, it’s a stunning LBD and true to her aesthetic.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, I kind of love the Mondo dress. Little smaller train and it’d be perfect. Very lady-like.

  • http://twitter.com/ssavkov Susan Savkov

    Mondo’s dress has stunning fabric and I loved how he styled the model.  Remember Beyonce’s dress for the MET Gala, so tight she couldn’t walk? Mondo’s dress for me had such nice movement as the model walked. Yes, maybe the train could be removed as it would be something I would worry about. As an average customer I would definitely look at this dress to stand out from all the other black gowns at the Opera and something I could move in freely. I could get used to the train. :)

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

    I really hate the cocktail length with the train attached — it just always seems clunky to me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Amber-Laine-McGeath/514792115 Amber-Laine McGeath

    I love the back of Mondo’s dress the most. That obi look is very interesting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1401399744 Kristen Sherman

    Mondo’s dress was gorgeous and as someone trained in the operatic arts, I think the judges totally missed the mark here. I have seen countless women wearing fantasy couture garments to the opera for years. In my opinion, at night at the opera should transport you to the world being created on stage and when the audience participates via their clothing, it makes the experience all the more engaging. To doubt the MANY women who have said they want a dress like this or that would seriously wear this garment to the opera is just trying to justify your misjudgement of Mondo’s creation.

  • CynthiaNOLA

    Well, you’re not always right about what women want to wear!  My closet is not vintage, and I would love Mondo’s dress.  In fact, I wish I had come across a dress like this when I was looking around for wedding dresses.  I love Mondo, but I wouldn’t wear a lot of what he designs, but this I would wear.

  • Anonymous

    My wardrobe is filled with vintage and I love Mondo but I didn’t like that dress either.

  • http://www.facebook.com/claudeth.forbin Claudeth Forbin

    When Mondo’s dress came out, my first thought, exquisite.  The placement of the design blocks, was effortless. 
    Where would you were this, to London’s Opera with the Duke and Duchess.  Better yet, Her Highness, the Duchess of Cambridge would look awesome in this dress.  The Obi would not be a problem, since royalty does not allow their backs to rest on a chair.  The big problem for me, the model couldn’t walk her way out of a dripping wet paper bag. 

    Mila, very basic dress, you could find this dress any wear right now.  Rami, feh.

  • Anonymous

    i love mondo’s dress & thought it should have been in the top.  i understand the critique. i was hoping to it was going to be austin & mondo in the top 2.  as for rami’s dress, yuck 

  • http://cheekypinky.wordpress.com/ Rebecca

    I think an abbreviated train on that last one, and I would be all over that.

    …Annnnd I do often dress in vintage…

  • Rand Ortega

    TLo: Would you happen to know if the PR All Stars creations are going to be for sale at any time? I know they did sell some of the items in previous PR seasons. I haven’t seen any press re: doing it for this series. If you or any of the minions/bitter kittens/unborn fauns have any info I’d really appreciate it. Kisses!

  • Emma Watson

    Rami’s dress is basically Julia Roberts’ opera dress from Pretty Woman but in pink.

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

    I think Mondo’s dress just looks like drama–something a Bond girl would wear to the opera.
    I agree that for most women to wear it, you would have to change the styling and lose the gloves and the train, but I think that’s the case with most good runway outfits.  Mondo knows how to dial it up for the runway, but it is still versatile enough to be worn off the runway with a few minor changes.

  • Lexie

    As much as I absolutely love Mondo’s design, you guys have very valid points (as usual, pfft). Although, I think if you take away the train and the accessories, you’re left with a very chic and modern cocktail dress.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AYJXYZTRV62VJRGOT5ZJIRCOBY Hollywood Cougar

    I’ve been to the SF Opera’s Opening Night Gala more than a few times, and I would have killed to wear Mondo’s dress …. definitely the lead photo in the next day’s Chronicle, and for all the right reasons.  There are ways to deal with trains in lobbies and aisles, and anyone wearing this dress would sit in one of the boxes with plenty of room.  I can just imagine this sweeping up the stairs to the Opera house, up the City hall stairs in the rotunda for the Gala afterwards.  

    If you want ease and comfort for an event like that, wear sweats, sit in the balcony and take the bus home.  

    As much as I liked Austin’s art deco goddess, I think this has the edge and should have won.PS: The crowd that attends the SF Opening Night is actually as conservative as New York (SF society somehow manages to be even more insular), but it is just as keen on dramatic fashion.  Rami’s dress — horrendous.  What was with all those bunchy little triangles?  Gave the model (a model!) a baby bump.Mila’s, very nice, no drama, very commercial, middle of the pack.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AYJXYZTRV62VJRGOT5ZJIRCOBY Hollywood Cougar

      To amplify on SF Opera style: Austin’s use of head to toe lame would have been a bit of a faux pas in SF.  The City built on drag glitter does NOT encourage real girls to wear gold lame to the Opera opener.  I know.  I wore a vintage lame to the ball once and received more than a few raised eyebrows.  (Not that I minded.  I’m from Hollywood.)  The shiny in Mondo’s dress is just right.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AYJXYZTRV62VJRGOT5ZJIRCOBY Hollywood Cougar

      To amplify on SF Opera style: Austin’s use of head to toe lame would have been a bit of a faux pas in SF.  The City built on drag glitter does NOT encourage real girls to wear gold lame to the Opera opener.  I know.  I wore a vintage lame to the ball once and received more than a few raised eyebrows.  (Not that I minded.  I’m from Hollywood.)  The shiny in Mondo’s dress is just right.

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

      There are ways of doing comfortable, easy pieces without resorting to sweats! 

  • http://twitter.com/suryasnair suryasnair

    Did not love Mondos. Hated the shiny fabric, hated the train, hated the sci-fi neck and hated the accessories.

  • http://twitter.com/suryasnair suryasnair

    And to add : if it was a starlet going to the opera in an IN or OUT post, she would have been voted OUT.

  • http://twitter.com/suryasnair suryasnair

    And Rami should be thanking the bottom three for making what they did, else he would have been down there as well.

  • http://twitter.com/suryasnair suryasnair

    And Rami should be thanking the bottom three for making what they did, else he would have been down there as well.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t see a literal interpretation of Mad Men era mid-century vintage when I look at Mondo’s dress; I see an iconic, classic style updated in a fresh and interesting way.  But while I don’t know a lot about opera wear, I know that when you go to the theater you need the ability to sit for hours and his dress doesn’t accommodate that need at all.  I see this dress as reading more bridal.  It’s not typical bridal, it’s futuristic Holly Golightly bridal – but I believe that a lot of women would definitely want to make that statement on their wedding day. 

    So I loved Mondo’s dress, but just as I loved Anthony’s gown but thought it was right for a red carpet event and not for the opera, I think this would be a fabulous, fantasy wedding dress, but again, all wrong for the opera.  Austin’s was far from my favorite look, but he deserved the win because he best fulfilled the challenge.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t see a literal interpretation of Mad Men era mid-century vintage when I look at Mondo’s dress; I see an iconic, classic style updated in a fresh and interesting way.  But while I don’t know a lot about opera wear, I know that when you go to the theater you need the ability to sit for hours and his dress doesn’t accommodate that need at all.  I see this dress as reading more bridal.  It’s not typical bridal, it’s futuristic Holly Golightly bridal – but I believe that a lot of women would definitely want to make that statement on their wedding day. 

    So I loved Mondo’s dress, but just as I loved Anthony’s gown but thought it was right for a red carpet event and not for the opera, I think this would be a fabulous, fantasy wedding dress, but again, all wrong for the opera.  Austin’s was far from my favorite look, but he deserved the win because he best fulfilled the challenge.

  • http://twitter.com/LianaBrooks Liana Brooks

    I’d happily buy Mila’s dress, for an opera or any other formal event. The other two leave me flat. 

  • http://twitter.com/LianaBrooks Liana Brooks

    I’d happily buy Mila’s dress, for an opera or any other formal event. The other two leave me flat. 

  • Anonymous

    I would wear this dress, but my closet consists of mostly vintage or mid-century silhouettes, so… point taken.

  • http://twitter.com/VicksieDo VicksieDo

    Ah yes, here must disagree.  It’s a fashion designer’s job to show us what we should be wearing now, and Mondo does that with this stunning dress.  It’s short so it’s not bridal or too pageant gown-y, the silver and bright blue adds interest and pop, and yes, I would wear this if I were her size.  I love love love it.

    When this dress came out, both I and my 20 year old daughter gasped and said “OMG, where did that come from, wow!!”

  • http://twitter.com/jennawaterford Jennifer Ford

    Mondo’s is absolutely gasp-worthy and gorgeous and Betty Draper in France, but for sitting down and watching an opera (which I’ve done), that would be one damned uncomfortable ensemble. Also, your back-bow and train would be all crumpled at intermission when you’re wanting to walk around sipping champagne and looking elegant.

  • sweetlilvoice

    I agree…Mondo’s is pure Betty Draper. I love the kimono touch with the large bow/pillow at the back. I also liked the shrug/wrap element of Rami’s dress, I thought that was pretty sexy. The rest was a mess though.

  • Anonymous

    People: It’s not an “ass bow.” It’s an obi. As in: kimono. As in: Madama Butterfly. As in: an opera.

    • Anonymous

      Really ,did anyone call it an ass bow

      • Anonymous

        Yep.

      • Anonymous
      • Anonymous
        • Anonymous

          Your link isn’t working , but I suppose at least one poster referred to it that way. Your comment made it sound epidemic,  when it seems to me that most posters (including myself ) have been referring to it  as an obi, even though it’s not actually an obi. Obi inspired more like, which I think is what Mondo himself said. 
          It’s actually made with to separate pieces of fabric the bow part which is a big loop faced with horsehair
          (plastic mesh) and the knot part which is another fabric loop faced with horsehair. This is the exact
          technique that is used for making big fake bows on prom and wedding dresses .  The were very popular in
          the 60′s. So I can see someone would call it an ass bow., even though it’s not really a bow ( it isn’t actually
          tied ) either .

  • Jill Roberts

    I don’t like the proportion of the bodice on Mila’s dress – it makes the model look bottom-heavy.  Rami’s is just awful. The yoke element on the top of Mondo’s looks like it was glued to the top of the dress.  Weird.  The train is silly.  Love the fabric.

  • Anonymous

    Take away the train and the fake obi, and it would be fine for the opera.  But she’d need a wrap.  

  • Anonymous

    Agree totally on Mila and Rami, T Lo.  

    I liked Mondo’s look, but it felt like another example of Mondo saying “F#!k you” to the judges.  He said he didn’t make gowns so he didn’t.  A cocktail dress with a really long train is not a gown, and he knew it.  And that would be okay except making a gown WAS the challenge and three of the judges are best known for making gowns so refusing to do it seemed kind of insulting. That kind of stubborn passive-aggressive attitude is what I think cost him the win during his season and might do the same for All-Stars.  I still believe his refusal to listen to Michael and Nina’s recommendations for his mini-collection was taken by them as a “F&*k you” and they gave him a real fashion-world response by saying “No, F*!k YOU” and threw the win to Gretchen. They’d never admit it, but I still think that was their primary motivation.  Too bad Mondo hasn’t seemed to figure it out.

    • Anonymous

      You may be right.  Personally, I’m ok with a little bit of FU in the fashion world.  It’s got to be galling for the non-conformists (Mondo, April…) to be judged by that Marchesa woman.  She is the very embodiment of Establishment.

  • Anonymous

    I still say Mondo was going for the futuristic opera go-er, circa Star Wars Episode III… (Anyone remember the weird opera scene with Anakin & the Chancellor?)

    I think he was the only one who actually went the couture route, though.  He took an idea that could have worked conservatively and bumped it up to be noticably more dramatic / out-there.  Not saying he deserved the win, but I thought he was probably the one aside from maybe Michael Costello that seemed to pay attention to the ENTIRE challenge.

    • Anonymous

      (Anyone remember the weird opera scene with Anakin & the Chancellor?)

      No, but now I’m thinking of The Fifth Element.

      • Call me Bee

        My *favorite* scene in that whole movie–the blue diva. 

    • Anonymous

      I think we’re all trying to forget those movies… :D

  • Anonymous

    “Admittedly, if you took away the styling, the gloves, and the train,
    it’s a very pretty dress that would work well in the modern day, but
    that’s an awful lot of editing to have to do.”

    I’m not so sure you’d need to get rid of the gloves.  Between Lady Gaga and Madonna with her aging hands, they seem to be making a comeback.  He DID use the modern styling of bare legs (though don’t get me started on that one!).  I don’t know.  Take away or shorten the train, for purely practical reasons, and I could see this selling marvelously well.

    • Anonymous

      I’m waiting to see what happens with gloves. Much follows the demographic trend & its buying power. Baby boomers are now firmly ensconced in the years in which gloves can be our friends. And some stylish young things who are young enough to look good in well-done near-costumery could take them up, were they readily available.

      I give it about a 35% chance of gloves actually coming back, there being the drawbacks of maintenance, expense, and the practicality issues, to which the modern woman is unaccustomed.

  • http://twitter.com/jennsaysmeow Fifi LaRoux

    The first thing I thought when I saw Rami’s was “What the hell did he do to her hips?! They look ginormous!”

    The other two I am fine with. :)

  • Anonymous

    Back in the day when I started watching PR I was forever saying “yeah but would any real person ever really wear that”
     (and I’m talking about the good stuff). 
    I also think that a lot when looking at pics from the big designer runway shows you guys post. 
    I finally realized it may be about wanting to wear it or fantasizing about wearing it  as it is to actually wear it. 
     That adjustment made it more fun.  
     So often with many designs if one is not a stick thin model or actress the “average” woman won’t be able to pull the runway look off.  It’s a dream but probably not a reality.
     
    How many average women could actually wear Austin’s Dress? 
    It was gorgeous & eye-catching & beautifully made, but unless you’re ultra skinny,  
    chances are you will look like a eye-catching lumpy gold lame blob.
     I’m sure many would like to wear it & dream of wearing it, I’m just not sure it would fly off the shelf.

    The same could be said for Mondo’s, Michael’s, & Anthony’s.  All were beautiful creations in my opinion.
     I’m not sure any really fit the challange or that very many regular people would wear them.  
    My eyes loved feasting on them, though & I’d love to see people in them. 
     
    Considering the lack of eye feasts lately on PR, it’s all good to me.

    As far as average people go I’m of the, ahem, three legged varity so chances are I won’t be wearing any of the gowns.
    Try & dream as I might I’ve still not found the appropiate venue (not to mention not being a stick figure).

    I confess I loved Mondo’s dress and would wear it in my fantasy in a gay minute.

  • http://twitter.com/shinobi42 Shinobi

    I love mondo’s dress, but then again I am currently trying to find a dress to match my cloche hat. 

  • http://twitter.com/shinobi42 Shinobi

    I love mondo’s dress, but then again I am currently trying to find a dress to match my cloche hat. 

  • Anonymous

    Romi this folded napkin origami bullshit has faded away in fashion thank goodness – This is dated and OVER worked. I see Mila is getting the Bitch edit this season. Mondo – lose the kimono square on the back and the train and that is a cute little number. For the Mother of the bride, in 1946. Drag Queen Mad Men – perfect! LOL

    • Anonymous

      When did Mila not get the bitch edit? She’s serious, focused and her critiques are no nonsense. I for one am rooting for her to make the finale.

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

        Mila always struck as someone who is very easy to give the bitch edit to — not because she’s bitchy, but because I think she doesn’t always phrase things in the best fashion.  I’m related to a lot of those people: they say something as a joke or a constructive critique, but it sounds like a harsh criticism.

  • Anonymous

    Romi this folded napkin origami bullshit has faded away in fashion thank goodness – This is dated and OVER worked. I see Mila is getting the Bitch edit this season. Mondo – lose the kimono square on the back and the train and that is a cute little number. For the Mother of the bride, in 1946. Drag Queen Mad Men – perfect! LOL

  • Anonymous

    Lovely, but seems too literal of a throwback (and is she going to stand at the opera? How do you deal w the obi?!?). Perhaps some modern jewelry rather than the rounded shape with the t-back might have brought this into the 21st century.

  • Anonymous

    Lovely, but seems too literal of a throwback (and is she going to stand at the opera? How do you deal w the obi?!?). Perhaps some modern jewelry rather than the rounded shape with the t-back might have brought this into the 21st century.

  • Anonymous

    mila is awesome but that dress is old looking and plain ugly and looks like it was made out or 3dollar a yard fabric, but that could be the photo. pass the pipe dudes

  • Anonymous

    I love Mondo’s and I do wear vintage dresses.  But it’s not a night at the opera dress.  It is, however, fabulous.  The styling could have been more modern – a low, looser bun, more modern sandals, no gloves.

    Mila’s is made beautifully but boring and done.  I don’t like how the wilma shoulder makes her look like she has a zigzag down the front of her.  In another fabric and color choice, perhaps this would have stood out more.

    Rami’s is horrific.

  • http://twitter.com/leslielies Leslie S

    I love this dress – but totally agree. it’s all “betty draper does opera”

  • Logo Girl

    Agree with all of it – still think Mondo’s is the most narrative – the most conversation-inspiring – the most stunning, but probably not exactly the challenge. He kind of worked around the challenge, asking questions about the challenge and challenging the challenge rather than addressing it directly. He is probably too “meta” for the forum of PR. I would like to see him earn an honorary doctorate in costume theory or something to that effect.

  • Anonymous

    Mila’s is nice, though the skirt is kinda wonky – like it is not big enough to wrap around her legs or torso?

    Rami- ugh!  The bodice is a poor copy (points are upside-down) of the Chrysler dress from Season 1.

    Mondo’s is a fantastic Red Carpet dress. I really like they way he had the back of her hair styled into the same fashion as the back of the dress.

  • Anonymous

    Mondo seemed.. I don’t know.. when they said he was safe.

    Does anyone know if they put his critique online? I’d like to see what they cut out of the show.

  • Anonymous

    Mondo’s dress is quite lovely, and the fabric is beautiful.  However, I found it somewhat off-putting.  Not sure why.  Maybe too bridal party?

  • Anonymous

    Actually I thought Mondo’s was the chic-est wedding dress, like, ever. But otherwise – yeah. It’s an S&M dress.

  • http://twitter.com/Merneith Merneith

    I *do* have a mostly vintage wardrobe and I *would* wear that dress, minus the train – but not to the *theater*, where the seats would utterly destroy the beautiful obi bow on the back. That’s totally a cocktail dress for drinking martinis while standing up.

  • Anonymous

    At first, I disliked Mondo’s ’cause my poor old eyes thought it was a mullet dress, but then I finally got that it was a train (which is also improbable for the opera).  Secondly, who can sit with an obi clumped behind her back for the duration of an opera?  Gorgeous fabric, though.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah I am one of the Mondo, “I would wear that dress” people.  And you are right, I have a closet full of vintage.

  • Anonymous

    I am sooo predictable: I LOVED Mondo’s, as much for the styling as the dress itself. But of course, it was wrong for the challenge (a train? *really*? Not even if it detached and became a fabulous wrap.)

    Rami’s was as  you said, sad, terrible and horribly surprising.

    I too, thought Mila might have been top three.

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

    Thank you, guys, for that — I’ve been sitting here for a week trying to figure out the love for Mondo’s dress (and normally he’s pretty high on my list of PR designers I would actually wear) because to me, it’s been reading as cliche and tacky.  Seeing it with the vintage references explains a lot:) 

  • Susan Crawford

    I also felt Mila deserved a top three spot, despite a reservation about the high slit – the dress was impeccable, stylish and definitely something a woman could wear to the opera and feel good in. I wasn’t a huge fan of that asymmetrical skirt, but with only a couple of VERY minor tweaks, Mila’s dress would look at home in any stylish opera lover’s closet!

    Rami just made a big old mess, which really shocked me. I’ve always loved his work, and the fact that he still feels he’s got to prove he can do more than draping is what put him in limbo for this challenge. He ended up with this weird, tortured, unflattering look that has NOTHING to do with his own sense of elegance and style.

    And Mondo – I wanted to cry when I saw his design. No exuberance, no youthfulness, no . . . MONDOness. I want my baby Mondo back instead of the designer to the geriatric drag set.

  • MilaXX

    I liked Mila’s dress, but agreed she had a serious case of pot/kettle talking about Austin’s dress. Rami’s dress was just a hot mess of fug. I like Mondo’s dress, but when I saw it I immediately thought Betty Draper which then made me think costume-y.

  • oohsparkley!

    Re: Mondo’s I’m sure that it would sell if it was available to buy. Evan Rachel Wood could rock this.

  • Judy_J

    I guess I fall into the vintage-dressing category, because I would absolutely wear Mondo’s dress in a heartbeat.  I love everything about it.  And as for it being called “costumey”, well, all clothing is really costume, isn’t it?

  • Anonymous

    *Facepalm*  A court jester! That’s what the points on Rami’s sorry mess remind me of. 

  • Anonymous

    I hear you about Mondo’s dress, but nonetheless this was the first time I really understood the Mondo thing. Only dress in the challenge that really walloped me across the mouth and told me to pay attention.

    • Anonymous

      Mondo’s dress – made me smile – and I have been miserable all these time trying to unload a leaching, abusive “ non-husband”. Thanks Mondo for making my day.

  • Anonymous

    Rami should have been on the cutting block for that monstrosity!! And I did love Mila’s dress, although her model needed something under it. Can you get cameltoe in a gown?? And Mondo’s dress, minus the train and the back roll, is glorious, and if I were 30 pounds lighter, I would wear it in a second. With the extra elements – not on your life!!!

  • butter nut

    if mondo had just done a column dress, w/o the collar & that bigass train, it would have been pretty fabulous.  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AFZBPD2YF7RBIABKYSTL62XM6Y Susan

    I’m still astonished that Rami didn’t drape a dress, despite his insistence that he is so much more than a draper (we get it Rami – you can do structured dresses as well). Anthony was in the top 3 with his draped dress, yet I know that if Rami chose to do so, his draped dress would have blown Anthony’s out of the water. Oh well…let’s just hope that Rami gets over his “I’m so much more than a draper” schtick and drapes when the challenge calls for it. 

  • Pennymac

    I didn’t notice the print on Mondo’s when I watched last week. With these stills, I love it, especially since the prints that the other designers used were horrific. Mondos is, for me, a totally fantasy look, very glamorous but not opera. And I have to agree with another poster who said it seemed a rather passive-aggressive choice.

    Mila’s is another good entry, but her model is certainly putting a sour face on display, isn’t she?

    Rami’s is just an all around stinker, from the color to the tortured design elements. Didn’t he have a lot of critisism for his color pallette during his season as well as critisism for too much draping?

  • Anonymous

    NO.  I would wear Mondo’s dress if I were tall enough to pull it off.  I loved it.  Boo Hiss.

  • Anonymous

    I have to say I loved Mondo’s dress from the second it hit the runway. BUT I agree with you guys and others who have said that first, it’s not for the opera and second, I don’t know if any woman really would buy it. Given the challenge I can understand why he didn’t score higher. Still love it.

    Rami’s dress….ugh. Bordello origami. There’s really nothing to like here but the sad sleeve/wrap/shrug thing caused severe eye twitching.  

  • Anonymous

    How do you sit down in this dress?

  • Anonymous

    I think you guys were right on the mark with your critique.  While Mondo’s dress is interesting, it doesn’t fill the brief of the challenge.  I feel like a lot of commenters think Mondo can do no wrong and I have a feeling that’s going to get pretty tedious by the time All-Stars end.  Fact is, Mondo always has had an issue with being too costumey.  Costume design is his background and he doesn’t always get away from it.  I feel like his dress would look good onstage in a production of Mame.

    Poor Rami, he’s been really screwed up by criticism–if ever a challenged called for beautiful draping, this was it.  He’s going to fuss himself out of the competition at this rate.

    Mila’s dress was beautiful in her edgy way, but I’ve got a feeling she’s not going to get the judge love she deserves.  I wish someone would fund her.  She has a narrow, but very wearable aesthetic.  WIll never be a queen of color, but I’d love to own some of her pieces.

    • Anonymous

      I totally agree! 

  • Anonymous

    Whoever said this challenge was to make a gala opera dress for most of us out here? Mondo’s dress is clearly not for your average client. So be it. It stands on its own for a special client. Wish it were me — I’d wear that dress in a New York minute.

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

    Liked or loved all the gowns this episode…just reveling in the talent and complexity of design. 

    In my recollection of the episode, I remember the designers talking “couturier” but not so much “opera first night”. I think they assumed the two were identical. They heard “drama” and that’s what they went for. I wouldn’t expect them to know that the average first night patron is over 60 years old. They’re in NY and they’re thinking Met Gala with all those models/actresses being photographed on the red carpet; not sitting through Turandot.

    Mondo’s dress made me gasp when the model came out. Diva-worthy.

    • Anonymous

      I give you the like for mentioning Turandot, which for the record, I sat through on the couch wearing my PJs!

  • Anonymous

    “Whut” was my first comment about Rami’s dress, too.  He really deserves a spanking for bringing such fug, and I’d be oh-so-happy to give him one.

    • Anonymous

      he looks like he’d be tough to tackle;  you’d more likely end up on the receiving end, turned over his knee.  what a shame, hmmm?

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

        If JuliaInBlack doesn’t want to, I’d volunteer for that. Sadly pretty sure he doesn’t bat for our team! :P

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

    The only person who can rock Mondo’s dress here is Dita Von Tesse.

    • Anonymous

      Oh, I don’t know. Lady Gaga could wear it couldn’t she? That is if she went to the opera? :-)

    • Anonymous

      yes, either dita or gaga.
      eta: ginger and baldy would be scampering behind arranging her train.

  • Anonymous

    I think the train would have made more sense if the gown was long.  I love that obi detail in the back

  • http://blue-again.myopenid.com/ blue

    I will be 100% predictable and say OMG WHUT? I LOVED MONDO’S DRESS! IT SHOULD’VE BEEN TOP 3!

  • Anonymous

    I *was* going to shout, “I would love to dress like this!” but you’re right, TLo. I would want a lot of editing (namely, taking away the train, gloves, and clutch) and styling of my own. Still, I quite like it; it’s very pretty to look at.

  • Anonymous

    i LOVE the obi-inspired back of mondo’s dress and i wish more designers would incorporate japanese traditional fashion elements such as obis, kimono sleeves, or the gorgeous prints you find on kimonos. perhaps i would be the only customer, but i would buy them all…

  • marilyn

    Mila wins here.  The design on her dress, a suble sideways V of black sequins was very interesting and understated.

    However, it is worth mentioning that Mondo cut the fabric for his dress very carefully.  It is a large scale print, and he cut the silver part so it artfully and tactfully drapes acrss the lower bust and across the midsection.  It is not a very noticeable thing, but a nice one. 

    Rami-I usually like his stuff.  I think he is hampered because he is from another culture, and his color palate is more in tune with there than here.  I like his colors, in general, but apparently they are not considered fashion forward.  He managed to make a skinny model look chunky.  That took some doing.   What happened Rami?

  • Anonymous

    Mila should win it just for not color-blocking. This was a nice dress that an actual person would be happy to wear.

  • Anonymous

    I hear what you’re saying about Mondo’s dress, but I still love it. It is so elegant and impeccably realized.

    Rami’s was horrible. I had forgotten about it, which is surprising considering how garish it is and how unlike his aesthetic it is.

    For the second week in a row I didn’t remember Mila’s output but have liked it in the stills. That is so weird. I’ll have to pay closer attention to her work this week. This isn’t a show-stopping dress, but it is still elegant, wearable, and opera appropriate. I don’t mind her being in the middle of the pack for this, but it is very pretty.

  • Alloy Jane

    But that’s the BEAUTY of Mondo, there’s substance after the bells and whistles are removed.

  • Anonymous

    I have always loved the dress that “Sabrina” wore in the original movie for the big party.  However, this version, with the short dress and long over-skirt combines the worst elements for sitting down.  The dress would hitch up and the over-skirt would get horribly wrinkled.  MIght have worked for red carpet, but I would still rather see a long dress than a short one.

  • Anonymous

    What? There’s nothing drag queen about this dress; its too simple and clean. But in spite of its pale and spar lines,
    it does have that ‘to the opera’ or special event drama.   And yet its also a classic.
         This IS Mad Men meets The Ursula 5000 girl-bot. This IS mid-century lounge meets astro-woman. Yay! I love it.
    If Mondo had a bit more time; he might have re-thought the opera train and transformed it to a pretty shrug or opera jacket.
         But imagine what ALL the designers would have done if given 8 more hours? Michael C’s would be naked with feathers,
    April’s would be more miserable, and others would have STARTED OVER. Austin’s black tulle might have had time to look
    like it wasn’t an after thought.
         But TLO; this is a design that could be floor length or short, different fabrics, different colors— and it would still be fun
    and sophisticated; just the way Mondo designed it.

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

      ” What? There’s nothing drag queen about this dress; its too simple and clean”

      “This IS Mad Men meets The Ursula 5000 girl-bot.This IS mid-century lounge meets astro-woman.”

      And you don’t see any contradiction with those statements?

      • Anonymous

        My reply got misplaced; see above.

    • Anonymous

      opps.
      I should have chosen Ursula 1000 or something else. (maybe Audrey-bot?) I just chose an arbitrary number.
      Same with astro-woman. Could’ve easily typed astro-girl, space-chick, etc…
      JUST my turn of phrase. No other references attached. This is my edit.

  • Courtney Ashe

    I thought Mondo’s looked more like an opera costume than what one would wear to see the show.

  • Anonymous

    Mila’s design was ‘fine’ and I liked it better than Anthony’s for sure, but the asymetry of that skirt bothers me. Rami’s dress didn’t turn out like the sketch – there is much more gathering in the skirt which really looks pretty awful. My first reaction to Mondo’s dress was WOW! It’s beautiful but the obi back and train are difficult to imagine in a public place. The construction is amazing too but I see why it wasn’t in the top three.

  • Anonymous

    I won’t part company with you on the Mondo dress.  Didn’t like it; might have liked it minus the bow and the train (and the gloves, but opera people seem to get into the glove thing, so whatever), but a mullet dress is a mullet dress, even if it’s beautifully tailored and presented.  Blech.

    Rami – Don’t know what’s gotten into that boy, but he’d better get it out of him.  That thing was a hot mess.

  • Anonymous

    Mila’s dress is lovely…
    Ramis’ dress reinforces my hate of the drooping shoulder,,,reminds me of that bra I had where the straps fell down all the time and drove me crazy, 
    and Mondo’s would be an awesome wedding dress for eloping in Vegas :)

  • Anonymous

    mila:  your dress is boring, and i am so over all black.  yawn.  and lay off the botox.
    rami:  your dress is garish, bulky, and poorly made, and it looks like it’s falling off your model.  your color sense is nonsense.  but
         you’re looking hot.
    mondo:  i’m trying to like your dress.  it just looks so complicated, like one would need an owners manual to dress in it. on the one hand, an opera gown is not the same as a costume for an opera, but then again at the san francisco opera’s performance of madame butterfly, you will see full-on geisha drag with white face and all.  but then, in s.f. every day’s a masquerade party.  we just love to play dress up.  your fabric is fascinating.  is it holographic?  first i see blue, then it disappears.  or am i just flashing?
     

  • http://oshunanat.livejournal.com/ Carrie

    I enjoyed Mondo’s dress but agreed it didn’t deserve to be in the top because it wasn’t an opera dress. “Opera” is kind of an nebulous thing to get unless – like myself – you grew up going to theater/classical concerts/operas and seeing how people dressed. I imagine that most of people on the show weren’t brought up that way so only have the vaguest notions of the idea in their mind.

  • Anonymous

    Hey T-Lo,
    Here’s a question for you or someone in the know. 
    Before we all get caught up in the back & forth of which design is or isn’t appropriate tommorrow night. 
    Do you guys know any of the special dress code rules for a Pig Puppet? 
    I know one of them has something to do with a Clutch or Purse being made out of a female pigs ear….or a….
    I don’t know I need help stat! 

    Have you any links to past Piggy events? 
     
     I,for one, want to bone up!
     I’m embarrassed to admit that I’m just as dumb about Fancy Pork Parties
    as I am about Opera Gaylas. 
     
    I don’t want to be caught with Ham & Egg on my face & love the least appropriate outfit again this week!*

    Any guidance would be appreciated.
    Your Loyal Unformed Fetus.

    *wink, wink!

    • Anonymous

      No pigskin accessories.

  • Anonymous

    I LOVED Mondo’s dress on its own terms divorced from the opera connection. Unfortunately, making a beautiful gown that doesn’t satisfy the challenge requirements is not top three material.

  • Call me Bee

    My closet is full of classic, fairly non-descript clothing, and I’d wear Mondo’s dress to the opera in Chicago anytime.  I’d just shorten the train and make the obi knot smaller, but keep the gloves.  (I’d also have to lose a huge amount of weight, but hey–it’s a fantasy dress, right?)  I love the neckline, which, to me, takes it from a retro copy to modern and fresh. 

    I was shocked, shocked when Rami’s dress came out.  It was so poorly done out of the worst fabric.  Loved hte color, but the shine and all that criss-crossing was plain ugly.  Had all that detail flowed into the skirt rather than abruptly ending at that awful hip seam, it may have improved it…

    Mila’s dress was pretty but nothing special.  Maybe it would have scored better–and indeed made a better runway impression–if it were a different color.  But as it was, it was forgettable. 

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t particularly like Mondo’s entry either. That being said, however, I am appalled to find this sentence in your text: “But there’s no way in hell this would sell to the average customer.” Ex-SCOOOZE me? Is that the criteria? Who was it who said, “From Day One, Gretchen has produced low-level chic clothing (at its best) that was salable, but not particularly exciting. To be fair, the judges seemed to acknowledge that. Suddenly, “exciting” was something to roll one’s eyes at.”  
    Who ARE you & what did you do with T & Lo???

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

      This is a specific challenge for a specific venue and customer.

  • leilah

    I’m stunned that I haven’t seen any comments about the shoes w/Mondo’s dress (which really is stunning, and a great way to incorporate a short dress for an opera gala), so let me propose a rule:  no sandals with satin, EVER.  I’m pretty sure that sandals should never be worn with opera-length gloves…but if the gloves are satin…back to the basic rule….

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

      I was under the impression that evening shoes are evening shoes. I don’t think that opera dictates a closed-toe shoe anymore. Kind of like the wearing white after Labor Day rule, right? Most people ignore it, including those who frequent the red carpet and the opera. Just sayin’.

  • Anonymous

    i’m one of the people who liked mondo’s, & i still like it, but i still like it best if the obi train converts into something. ie: the knot is like a backpack for carrying makeup & the train turns into a wrap–all of this is done kind of w/ batwoman style & panache [were there a batwoman, of course]. i am certain that mondo could handle that brief & might probably delight in it. as is i like it too but worry that the train would be ruined while its wearer were walking up or down all those stairs [i dont think i've ever seen an opera in a venue where stairs were not incorporated]. & its wearer might be discomfited, at best, as well. dislocated, maybe. if there were no conversions, as above.

    as for rami, the only thing that looks like rami in that massacre of magenta is the incorporated wrap. he knows what operawear looks like, you can tell from the shape of the dress & its fabric [if not its color], along w/, of course, that wrap. the rest of it is absolutely inexplicable, however. made by him, made by anyone. okay, maybe made by someone whose name i & most of the rest of us have long forgotten from one of the last seasons of PR. since i cant name the person, i dont really remember who it was either.

    they couldnt have made mila’s top three along w/ michael’s–too similar. one was more spectacular. & mila’s skirt, while unusual, also presented, i think, as kind of awkward. michael’s was overhot, of course, but if one thinks in terms of what happens to couture when it gets made for people post-runway, a lot of the über here could easily go. i still think it’s a better dress than mila’s, actually, even w/o his neckpiece. i like the way he did the bodice & the way the bodice flowed into the skirt. & surely someone who wore it to an opera would add illusion netting [if he or she felt the need]? not that i like illusion netting, but i think the dress could be saved.

    what i really didnt like that happened w/ mila, surprisingly, is the rather stupid & exploitative shot of her taking pills in the workroom. [theres a better word for this & i am just too sick tonite to remember it. i remembered it before. anyway] who the hell knows what pills she was taking. coulda been vitamins, coulda been aspirin. i did not like the way they tried to make her look like a crazy person or, perhaps, an addict. what for? she doesnt come off that way at all. & i dont even particularly like her work or, necessarily, her. i dont even know her so i cant make that kind of judgment. anyway, i just thought that was not a nice thing to do. reality television, why i dont watch it.

    as for the rest of them: kenley’s dress was way better than i wouldve expected [though very inappropriate for the brief], jerell’s was for the eight months expectant mother whose craving is for verdi, gordana’s was beautiful but way too girl [show- & call-] for the opera. it wouldnt have been had the sheer panels been in the same shade as the rest of the skirt but flashing sheer pink leg–oh no. too bad too, cos it was cut & fit incredibly well & me, i even liked the fishing business uptop.

    • Anonymous

      Or commission Mondo to do a floor length version as a wedding gown?

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

      Interesting observation about Mila taking some pills in the workroom. I assumed she just had a headache or a backache, or something like that. She’s not in her 20s anymore and PR’s grueling schedule, coupled with the designers’ lack of sleep, can be hard on the healthiest of bodies. But the editing monkeys are sneaky little bastards who are always up to no good.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vsticker Vera E Sticker

    I don’t care if it’s costumey — Mondo’s is so gorgeous that I gay gasped like five times. LOVE it.

  • Anonymous

    Agree completely with you, TLo, on Rami and Mila…disagree completely on Mondo. Brilliant, ethereal, timeless, perfect. Should have won it all.

  • Anonymous

    Can’t anyone give credit to Mondo for creating a perfectly executed design? After April’s and Rami’s and that horrible woman who won last season’s Project Runway poor constructions, such ingenuity, skill and creativity should be applauded. There is a wide divide between poorly constructed sleeveless caftans and his beautiful opera dress.

    • Anonymous

      Pretty much everybody, including our hosts, agree that the gown is well made.
       Hopefully during this season  flawless execution  won’t be a determining factor in winning, as it will just be expected. And when things aren’t particularly well made it will because the designer simply miscalculated their time or some other unforeseeable disaster happened. not because they  don’t know how or can’t be bothered to learn.

  • Anonymous

    Somehow; there’s NOTHING odd or difficult about these two becoming one in this dress/gown.
         It works pretty, well; seamlessly.  It looks like it was meant to be, to me.
    It’s a pretty-cool wink to a very appealing, sweet, feminine silhouette.— Which Mondo seems to just have
    that knack for.  (without being over-the-top, or trashy.)                                                                                              
        Really, you think there’s not more drag queen in Michael C’s or Anthony’s or even Rami’s?
    And I don’t even think its a silhouette or style thats completely new. Remember too, – the 50′s slid into the 60′s with
    alot of this same re-worked, re-envisioned fashion; blending emerging new eras.   Babies; it works.

    • Anonymous

      (this was my reply for Tom & Lorenzo.) operator error, I guess.

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

    Rami’s dress reminds me of Starr’s Banana Republic jester dress from the first season. That was not a good thing.

  • Anonymous

    I’m late in responding, but I wanted to say kudos to you for your take on Mondo’s gown/dress.  It is just not a practical option to wear to an opera, particular with the elaborate bow in the back (I would be afraid to lean back in a chair, for fear that it would get smooshed) and the enormous train.  

  • Anonymous

    The train attached to the mini skirt is a trend that’s been coming at us since a chanel collection of a few year’s ago, amirite?  It’s never been something I’ve been a fan of, but let’s not pretend that the silhouette isn’t one that hasn’t come back into vogue.   And certainly Chanel isn’t the only house that’s doing it.

  • Anonymous

    I think you are both off base and need to flip flop your Mondo and Kenley critiques. Nobody would want to wear Kenley’s juvenile costume that you praised unless they were mentally regressed to age seven. Mondo’s dress I think straddles the line between vintage and futuristic, which keeps it from being costumey and is quite fab.

  • Anonymous

    No clue what Rami was thinking. That was terrible.  Mila’s pretty and beautiful, I thought it would do better.  Mondo’s it is beautiful. I don’t know if it is practical or wearable for the opera but I would wear the hell out of that dress. I would waltz around my yard in it, I would vacuum in it. If a friend was having a birthday party, I would wear it.  Yes I would be insane, and people would start (start?) looking at me funny…but I’m okay with that, if I could wear that dress :0)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=503819816 Crishna Simmons

    I’d wear the Mondo dress for a wedding – if I was the bride I mean.

  • deslonrox

    I thought Mondo’s gown was beautiful, but I also thought this getup is probably close to what Grace Kelly was wearing when she came off the train to meet Prince Rainier of Monaco for their formal engagement… in what 1955?

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

    “People not only don’t dress like this anymore; they don’t want to dress like this anymore. Otherwise they’d …  y’know, dress like this. We think of the lines of Mad Men inspired clothes that were foisted on the public in the wake of the show’s success, none of which really took off and none of which spurred a trend toward mid-Century style dressing.”

    Sorry TLo, I think you’re wrong. As evidence of this I’d like to point out that the sailor-style bathing suit featured in the latest episode of Glee (you have a screen cap of it as the thumbnail for your review) isn’t a costume. It is in fact a bathing suit manufactured for and sold by Pinup Girl. I buy from them. They have a huge following, all over the world. Maybe it’s a niche market but there is actually a growing population of people who are into the mid-century look. So I think there’s something to be said about Mondo’s take on it. I agree, though, that it’s not a dress that works for the constraints of the opera in any city in any nation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=742418896 Zoe Stadler

    I disagree about this dress! I understand that this is an opera challenge but the whole point of project runway is to see things that people wouldn’t actually wear! I’m pretty sure no one would wear Anthony’s dress either, with their boobs hanging out.

  • http://twitter.com/anoel Ashley

    With a shorter train, I would totally wear this (including to the opera). Stunning, I just gasped watching it come out.