PR All Stars: Possible Shouldabins

Posted on January 06, 2012

Like we said, we’re okay with the way the judging shook out, but it’s a bit to the show’s credit that there were other entries equally as worthy of consideration for both the win and the Auf. Should we continue calling it an Auf when there’s no German to be heard anywhere in this version of the show? Anyway, our point is, a lot of people thought Mondo shouldabin the winner and Sweet Pea shouldabin sent home. Walk with us.

Never change, you little Mexi-pixie.

Also, we’ll take a hot fudge sundae and a banana split over here.

Gotta say, when people argue this should have won, we don’t really have much of a rebuttal. It was a close call and we would have been fine with either Mondo or Rami winning it.

Two things stick out for us here: His execution is superb for the most part and he seems to be making an effort to tone down the more wild and clownish aspects of his aesthetic, much the same way Rami seems to be making the effort to move away from draping. Maybe it’s not a coincidence that the two entries which seem to most be addressing past critiques and expectations are the best two entries.

Not to be mean, but when it came down to Sweet Pea and Elisa, we said of the former, “Hasn’t she had enough chances?” After all, this is her second All-Stars appearance.

And sure, Elisa’s was bad in a lot of ways and clearly not what the judges were looking for, this was arguably equally as bad and it suffered from something Elisa’s didn’t: a lack of imagination.

Regardless of how ugly this garment is – and it is quite ugly – the fact the she just stitched a bunch of towels together indicates a distinct lack of imagination and creativity. Nevermind that she didn’t even stitch them together all that well and then used ugly belts in an equally unimaginative way.

The whole thing was just plain hideous and when she admitted she’d never wear a dress like this, we thought she was a goner. Say what you will about Elisa, she’d never make something she’d never wear.
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    • Anonymous

      I also felt that Sweet P like a few of the people copped out on the challenge. She basically used cloth to make a cloth garment. What’s really horrendous is that it’s so poorly finished. At least Elisa tried to make something with some imagination

      I like sweet P but this was dull and I would prefer they kept ugly over dull as in the past

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MNMVM2GPVUEIOJXBOSLCXKAW4U judy brown

        I agree.
         
        But Elisa was so damn ANNOYING. I think the judges just didn’t want to hear another airy-fairy phrase out of her pie hole.

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, I think Joanna Coles would have had the judges’ heads on platters if they had moved Elisa one millimeter closer to being a guest editor at Marie Claire.  (Although, it would make an AMAZING sitcom, would it not?)

          • Anonymous

            Oh like like like like like like like like a zillions times like.

          • Anonymous

            I think “You’re not going to spit on me, are you?” was my favourite moment of the whole episode.

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

              I thought that was a rather rude thing to say. Elisa did not spit on people, but on the fabric with which was was working.

            • Anonymous

              I heard it as dry humor.

          • Anonymous

            I’d start a betting pool on how long Elisa would last before Joanna ripped her head off in a staff meeting.

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

      You nailed it on the head: at least Elisa has imagination and stands by her work.  Sweet P showed no creativity or imagination, and her garment was not executed well.  Enough chances indeed.  As for Mondo, what can I say?  Love him!  Clearly a battle between he and Rami, and that’s some good fashion tv.

      • Sobaika Mirza

        I don’t know what I’m going to do this season. Rami and Mondo are among my ultimate favorites from any season!

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

          I’m really torn. Mondo, Rami, Kara, Gordana, Mila are my top 5. I think this is Mondo’s to lose. Out of all the designers who might have been robbed of the win, Mondo was, IMO, robbed the most.

        • Anonymous

          I’ll be interested to see where Rami and Mondo go from here.  Looking at both their real dresses and their 99-cent store dresses, they are so clearly head and shoulders above the rest.  There were some other interesting looks, so it’s not going to be a cakewalk for them, but I think they’re the guys to beat.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t recall Sweet P ever showing much imagination in her design. Always seemed to be lacking in ideas and execution was never a friend of hers either.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KLKIE5KG4N2DBAZ4GNAXTSQGXE sepi

      LOTS of botox.

      • Anonymous

        From who in particular?  Austin?  I’m not always good at seeing this so I’m interested in what you’re seeing.

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

          Sweet Pea, I think.  Her face looked rigid as hell.

          • Anonymous

            And Mila. Someone said last night that she looked Vulcan. =)

            • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

              ahahahahahaha!  Vulcan!  That just makes me smile.  :)

            • MilaXX

              She does! We should come up with a good Vulcan name for her T’ Sew or something

            • Melvis Velour

              No honey, T’Block – as in her endless propensity to color block

            • MilaXX

              hee! I like, how about C’Bloc ?

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

              I don’t know about that — say it with the hard C sound and it sounds more Klingon than Vulcan.

            • Melvis Velour

              picky, picky, “C’Bloc” it is!

            • MilaXX

              T’Bloc ot is then

          • Anonymous

            nearly everyone’s face has had some work- Austin’s, Angela’s and don’t forget the grand oeuvre of Georgina’s. Do you see how she gets the soft focus? Must be nice to be married to the producer.

    • Anonymous

      I do like Mondo, and I thought he should have won his season. I even liked his little striped bikini that almost got him auf’ed. But I thought he was over praised for this dress. It is is well made, but no surprise. It is very similar to the dress he made for the party store challenge, . He made a hat out of a hat and they went bonkers. High middle.
      Sweet P should have gone home. It’s a ugly towel dress made out of ugly towels that look like ugly towels and belts jumbled together.

      • Anonymous

        Yep.  The skirt on Mondo’s looks like it[s made of cheap material.  I didn’t think Mondo’s materials were transformed the way the others were–though everything was heads and shoulders above what we’ve been seeing on PR recently.  But I think Mondo’s going to get overpraised thiss season.

        And, oh boy, Sweet Pea should have gone. home. She has gotten plenty of chances and she makes nice little dresses.  Period.  She’d have stood out last season on PR, but not in this crowd.

        • Anonymous

          The skirt on Mondo’s is made out of trash bags and tape.  I count that as a real transformation.

          • Anonymous

            Which is what it looks like to me.  Well done, but not something that reads as real clothing the way some of the others do.  I think he did better with the bodice.  But I think Rami’s, in terms of execution and innovation was miles ahead.  Technically, it was a jaw-dropper, though I think Rami’s tendency to overdesign is going to trip him up long term.

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

              Rami’s was beautifully executed, but I really hate that dress. Those… things at the neck are insane. The ones at the waist are only marginally less nuts. And, well, no surprise that the plaid made me break out in a rash. I’m quite sure, though, that Ms. Chapman’s heart went all aflutter when she saw the dress. I mean, did Rami know she was going to be a judge? It was such a change from his usual draping that I was kind of taken aback by it.

            • Anonymous

              I get that.  It’s not my favorite type of design either–but it’s in line with the playing with proportion that’s currently going on and he matched those plaid dishclothes? like they were fine wool.  Then he used all those odd things to give the thing shape.  I think the designers got just how hard it was to do what Rami did.  And it was a suit–with sleeves and a collar.  It would have been technically impressive with normal materials.

              While it doesn’t remind of Rami’s draping, it does, alas, remind me of Rami’s overdesigned finale collection.  I’ve always thought PR wasn’t good for Rami as a designer.  His draped stuff was much prettier than his armor stuff.  And in the real world, designers base entire careers on a particular niche–Chanel used the same proportions for her suits and LBDs; Valentino was known for reds; Ungaro, his florals; Kors, his luxe sportswear in mostly neutrals.  

              Always sort of felt that Rami’s sense of himself as a designer got picked away by the judges because they needed something to pick on.  

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

              Oh, yeah. I agree with your entire first paragraph. I don’t even begrudge him winning. I just had to say out loud, so to speak, that I really, really hate that dress. Keeping it to myself was driving me crazy. :-)

               “Always sort of felt that Rami’s sense of himself as a designer got
              picked away by the judges because they needed something to pick on”

              I think you’re right. His draping was impeccable, and I loved most of the work he did during  his season. I hated  that the judges picked at him so much. Just let him do his thing. I hope he hasn’t abandoned draping entirely. He’s too good at it to give it up.

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

              I don’t think it’s that the judges were too hard on him, I think he missed the point — I’ve always thought so.  They wanted to see him expand his work, and I don’t think he knew how to do so in a way that was still him.  If you look at his work on his season, he almost inevitably went to draped dresses and gown, which were lovely, but impossible to build a wardrobe around.  There were not a lot of separates or a lot of variety in his work, and there could have been.

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

              I don’t think it’s that the judges were too hard on him, I think he missed the point — I’ve always thought so.  They wanted to see him expand his work, and I don’t think he knew how to do so in a way that was still him.  If you look at his work on his season, he almost inevitably went to draped dresses and gown, which were lovely, but impossible to build a wardrobe around.  There were not a lot of separates or a lot of variety in his work, and there could have been.

      • Anonymous

        When TLo posted the cast, I actually forgot that he hadn’t won his season.  I was all, “huh, only one winner came back.”

      • Anonymous

        Agree about Sweet Pea – totally disagree about Mondo this week. I loved his dress – it looked stylish, witty, and eminently wearable, while Rami’s looked like an intriguing but unsuccessful attempt to turn plastic plaid reusable bags into an Italian SF movie costume. He didn’t deserve to go home because it was intriguing, but he didn’t deserve to win over Mondo or Jerell (whose dress made out of – blue gauze scarves, I guess? – looked light, summery, flirty and fun).

    • Anonymous

      Never quite got the Sweet P love on the other shows, but never actively disliked her either–just don’t see the talent or imagination necessary for PR, and this dress only underscores that opinion.

      • Anonymous

        I never understood the Sweet P love either. I don’t dislike her, I simply don’t think that she has much to say as designer.

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

          I’ve always thought of her as a very talented dressmaker rather than a designer — which is no slam.  I tend to think of myself much the same way.

    • Sweetvegan

      And didn’t it seem wrong for Jerrell to be in the top 3 with a dress made of scarves? Someone last season was auf’ed for making a dress out of umbrellas – at least those had to be taken off the frame to be useful.

      • Anonymous

        I was thinking the same thing. Yes the items came from a dollar store so technically it fulfills the rules of the challenge, but it fails the spirit of it and I think the judges should have called him on it.

        • Anonymous

          I think Jerrell got a pass because it was actually well made and fashionable. And I think he didn’t win because the materials were too easy.

          • Anonymous

            And if I remember correctly, the judging session did focus on the materials he chose. But I have to see the episode again to be sure.

        • Anonymous

          The Neiman Marcus guy did bring it up, musing about how Jerrell didn’t use paper plates or anything that was difficult to translate to a garment, but then they all seemed to agree that taking 99 cent store items like his scarves and making them look like fashion was accomplishment enough. 

          I don’t know if it was then or at another point that the judges seemed to talk themselves into shifting the focus of the challenge from the materials themselves (the trickier the better) to the store (fabric-like items fair game because they’re cheap).

      • Anonymous

        When I saw that, I thought briefly “oh no, that’s not what they’re looking for” before I remembered that the people on this judging panel are not those people. You have no idea what they’re looking for. Heidi, Michael and Nina are so jaded by years of unconventional materials that someone would have to make a garment out of drywall or something for them to give it accolades.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah shoulda been middle of the pack.
        But to be fair to last season he made a very boring dress out of an umbrella with puppies on it (though still better Olivierylu’s filthy lama poncho that won as far as I’m concerned).

      • Anonymous

        I think one thing that got him in the top 3 despite the obvious material is what he did with the neckline.  That was some serious construction and design, and made an impact.  If he hadn’t done that, I think he probably would have been in the middle group.

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

      If Mondo is the foreordained winner I’ll have a hard time complaining too bitterly about it.  This is a fantastic LBD with just the right amount of imagination.  I love Rami and there were some wonderful things about that outfit, but it was a bit too OTT. 

      I also got the distinct impression that Sweet P was given another chance, even though her outfit was worse than Elisa’s, because the judges think she has more potential.  Or maybe they’re just pandering to us hausfraus or the Sweet P fanbase.  But Elisa’s farewell (something like “Have a wonderful ALL days.  Be blessed.”) made me giggle, in a fond way.  I never thought she belonged with the all stars group, but I can see why she was included.

    • Anonymous

      I think maybe Mondo using the black bin liner, which has been used a billion times in these challenges might have just edged him out of the win. But seeing this up close for the first time, the striped bodice is perfect. :)

    • http://visceralresponse.com Dina dV

      I thought it was a matter of preference between Mondo and Rami because they both created beautiful garments that put the last two or three seasons to shame…and still makes Gretchen’s win a joke.

      But I pretty much knew Elisa was cooked when Georgina questioned her overall skill.  Yes, Sweet P’s dress was hilariously bad and made $100 look like Goodwill, but I think they saw her failure more as a fluke whereas they seemed to see Elisa’s Froot Loopiness as who she is and that she wouldn’t be able to produce anything much better. In that light, eliminating the one who won’t get better over the actual worst garment makes snese.

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

        But will Sweet P get better? I love her to death, but this looks like the same stuff she produced during her season. I think the fluke will happen when/if she makes something fantastic. She’s the epitome of Happy Hands at Home.

        I’m not arguing against Elisa’s Froot Loopiness, though. That’s just who she is, and she’s not going to change. Nor will her work. But, as several people have noted, she put some thought into what she made, and Sweet P didn’t. I think Elisa should have been rewarded for that.

        • http://visceralresponse.com Dina dV

          Different judges, different points of view.  Looking at the two dresses Sweet P showed v. the two dresses Elisa showed, I’d say based upon that, Sweet P’s failure looked more like a fluke than Elisa’s.  Whether or not she can improve is immaterial to the impression she made.

          Elisa made the impression that she’s a dingbat and this was pretty much what she’d show.  Putting thought into something so goofy is kind of damning whereas slapping some crap together and hoping for the best shows that Sweet P didn’t put forth her best effort.  Sweet P made the impression that there might still be more there.  If there isn’t, she gets the boot.

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

            I agree re: different judges. In fact, it’s possible that they’ve never seen Sweet P’s previous work. So, points taken. And I honestly can’t remember anything about the dress she showed before the challenge. But slapping some crap together seems like a pretty good reason to get the boot.

            Eh, whatever. I still think Sweet P should have gone. But I guarantee you that, when she does go, I’ll be talking about how much I’m going to miss her.

    • Judy_J

      I agree that Sweet P’s dress is hideous, but then I think Elisa’s outfit was pretty hideous, too.  I will admit that Elisa did show more imagination, so for that fact alone Sweet P should have been swept off.  I don’t see her being around much longer.

    • http://opinionandamovie.blogspot.com/ Deitra S.

      I agree 100%!  It’s also a bit of a departure from past seasons in that they ditched the ugly, but crazy & creative contestant, for the ugly, but boring contestant.  That’s a bit worrying.  And who is really curious to see anything else Sweet P can do, where as Elisa…  Granted I never thought either of them would get very far, but I would have been a hair happier to have had things go the other way.  (And I just kept picturing Mondo as a recurring – and possibly tap dancing – character in a 1930s newspaper cartoon.  God I love him!)

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

        I totally want to see Mondo tap dancing.

        • Anonymous

          Again

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

            I forgot about that. It was a great Mondo Moment.

        • Anonymous

          How about Mondo and Michael C doing a vaudeville act – Mondo as the topliner, Michael C as the neurotic comic relief with the yoyo bowtie?

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

            I love it. Michael C. was born to wear a yoyo bowtie.

            • Anonymous

              @accidentalhousewife:disqus – “Dignity. Always…Dignity….”

              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B–PqOHeVLY ! Maybe Mondo as Gene Kelly is a bit of stretch, but Michael C was born to do Donald O’Connor in SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN….

    • aimee_parrott

      I like Sweet P, but I feel she should have been sent home last night.  My real problem with this (besides the Mrs. Roper vibe) is that it LOOKS like a bunch of cheap towels sewn together.  While I didn’t think Elisa’s design worked either, I at least thought it was interesting.  She’s so endearingly loopy, too, that I was hoping she’d stick around for at least a few episodes.

      Loved Mondo’s dress.  I’m happy to have him on my TV again.  His would have been my pick for the win, but I can’t really quibble with Rami either.  I just like Mondo better.

    • http://twitter.com/geekgirl69 geekgirl69

      No comments on your thoughts (agree with you 100%), just wanted to mention that it is very obvious that you guys are WAY more excited about the show than you have been in a while.  Me too!

    • Anonymous

      I agree about Sweet Pea’s dress being unimaginative and sloppy, but actually do kinda like the mixed belt thing she did, and think she used the belts creatively.  Not that they looked good with the towels, tho.

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

      Sing it, sisters!

      I would have loved to hear more critique (and more workroom) to learn just how Mondo (as well as the others) made his frock and what materials he culled; I’d love an excuse to fawn more over this.

      Sweet P’s is horrible: Mrs Roper bondage wear.

      TLo, I’d love it if you could edit these PRAS Episode 1 blog entries with the designers’ original inspiration pieces. They went by way too fast.

      • Anonymous

        TLo, I’d love it if you could edit these PRAS Episode 1 blog entries
        with the designers’ original inspiration pieces. They went by way too
        fast.

        THIS

      • Anonymous

        I agree with you wholeheartedly, Susan, but I don’t think that was *really* part of the challenge.  In other words, I see very little evidence that being inspired by the first creation was actually used as a judging criteria.  It was a basic “unconventional” (as Schmeidi put it) challenge, and the crappy editing left little room for anything else.

    • Anonymous

      Yikes!  Sweet P’s outfit is even worse up close.  (Is that possible?)  Not sure if they gave her a pass because she seems to have a lot of fans or because Elisa was annoying them.  (Sorry guys.  I had no idea Elisa had so many fans.  I thought they made her an All Star just because no one would be too upset when she was the first to go.)  As for Mondo, his dress is adorable.  Love the fascinator.

    • Anonymous

      well I didn’t think the towel dress was so bad besides you can roll around on the floor and clean up spills.
      and where is BURT?

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

        They were filmed too close together for Bert to have made the show, but maybe next one…

      • Anonymous

        Well, this was filming around the same time as last season, right? So Bert (or Viktor for that matter) wouldn’t have been eligible because they were either still in the game (Viktor) or sequestered (Bert).

        • Anonymous

          Well, this was filming around the same time as last season, right?

          AT the same time.  I read an interview with Tim where he said that that was one of the reasons he didn’t do it.

      • http://twitter.com/otterbird otterbird

        I think they’d done the All-Stars casting before they realized what a fan favorite Bert was going to be.  Lord knows he was my favorite!

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

        Hahahaha! A double duty dress. It’s the real quicker-picker-upper.

      • Anonymous

        …and spit

    • Nancy Williams

      I was a little surprised that “student-y” didn’t get drug out for Elisa’s, but I still would have kept student-y and well-fit and cracked over Sweet P’s sad drab bag.

    • Anonymous

      SweetP ‘dress’ made the model look like the Frito Bandito on laundry day.

      As for Mondo, maybe he didn’t win, but he WAS able to convince everyone in River City to start a band. That’s something.

      –GothamTomato

      • Anonymous

        Oh great.  Now i am singing the song from the Frito Bandito.  I once sang that for a week, daily until my brother literally stuffed a sock in my mouth.  To wit: http://youtu.be/LkO9fVBky0I

        • http://twitter.com/otterbird otterbird

          You think that’s bad?  Now I’M singing that song from “The Music Man.”  Well played, GothamTomato.  Well played.

          • Anonymous

            And here you go, for that little bit of Karoke, otterbird!

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODu888i14-I

            All together, now!

            “Seventy-six Trombones
            “Led the Big Parade,
            “A Hundred and Ten Coronets
            “Close Behind!”

            • Anonymous

              Cornets, not coronets. Cornets are little trumpets; coronets are crowns.

              And I just did The Music Man in November.

            • Anonymous

              Cornets, not coronets. Cornets are little trumpets; coronets are crowns.

              Ouch! By Jupiter, you’re right, @MoHub:disqus ! My bad….

            • Anonymous

              No problem. Being a copyeditor by trade AND having just done >Music Man, I just couldn’t stop myself!

        • Anonymous

          Forget Frito Bandito, I’m singing Music Man over here. Thanks, GT! ;)

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

            I think we need a song to honor both:

            “Aye, aye, yi, yi. I am the Frito Bandleader”

      • Rand Ortega

        Gotham Tomato said… SweetP ‘dress’ made the model look like the Frito Bandito on laundry day.

        ROFLMAO! OMG, GT! You absolutely SLAY me!

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

      Elisa should have stayed.  I have no idea what she used to make that outfit, Sweet P’s? you could TOTALLY tell it was towels, LAME

    • Anonymous

      Here’s a question. What happens to the money that doesn’t get spent? The designers were each given $100 to spend on materials. Sweet P’s dress clearly didn’t cost more than $20 to make so what happened to the other $80? Does she get to keep it?

      • Anonymous

        More tattoos.

      • Anonymous

        she should take that 80.00 and buy some sewing/finishing garment/styling lessons.  

    • Anonymous

      …it suffered from something Elisa’s didn’t: a lack of imagination.

      That’s a bingo! (Apologies to Inglorious Basterds.)

      Sweat Pea made a colorful outfit that was really sad and lacked any inspiration beyond “I liked the colors.” I won’t defend Elisa’s entry, though, but I did think Sweat Pea was a goner. Probably next week unless someone else implodes in spectacular fashion.

      Mondo’s was really good, but the garbage bag is a little been-there-done-that, isn’t it? The fascinator, though, is amazing. I love that his looks are always completely realized from head to toe. His attention to detail is what makes him the consummate pro, IMHO.

      • Anonymous

        Binders. He used black school binders for his bodice! I mean, that trumps the garbage bags. And I agree with you that the garbage bags have been there done that, but he used them far better than Stella or Andy (it was Andy, right?).  But the binders!

        • Anonymous

          Do you mean Jay Nicholas Sario in s7e7 with the MK introduced hardware store challenge?  Or Daniel Franco with the s1e1 grocery store challenge?

          • Anonymous

            It was definitely not Daniel Franco (and thanks for listing him because I forgot about him…don’t know how, since he made it briefly on two seasons). I meant Jay. Don’t know why I said Andy. Thanks.

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

      I am not sure how Elise’s dresses would look like if the model would put her arms down, but it’s beautiful..sometimes…if you look hard enough. But Sweet Pea should’ve gone after that dress. Or even before.
      I am rooting for Rami to win the final prize…

    • Anonymous

      Good bye Sweet P–you made my eyes hurt.  At least Elisa had ideas and wouldn’t it be more fun to see her do more rather than Sweet P?  Mondo’s tone-on-tone and texture-on-texture was beautiful.  Can’t wait to see how he continues to match his runway outfits to his runway designs.  Wit is one element that recent PR contestants lack.

    • Anonymous

      Thank you, thank you, thank you for these stills.  Now I can see what was made!  Mondo’s dress is even more impressive when I see it in its detailed, constructed glory.  He’s got genuine chops.

      SweetPea’s dress is at best worthy of inclusion only in ShamefulPRSeason9, but hits a loud clinker note here amongst the other All Stars.  I’ll maintain that Elisa’s was better, both as to construction, handsomeness and innovation as well as adherence to the requirements of the challenge.  I hadn’t seen All Stars 1, so I was unaware that she’s getting another bite at the apple here.  That seems to be unwarranted, and last night’s result validates that conclusion.

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

        It was only a one-time special, not a whole season.

    • Anonymous

      The Rami v. Mondo decision mostly came down to a coin toss.  I did think Mondo’s trashbags + electrical tape was a little  “expected” so Rami squeaks by with a marginally more creative use of materials, imo.  It could easily have gone the other way.   

      As for Sweet P v. Elisa, let’s face it:  clearly neither NM nor MC magazine is ever going to allow Elisa anywhere near their hallowed halls.  It’s just not going to happen.  Sweet P was the clear loser here but this is one situation where I think TPTB just weren’t taking any chances that Elisa might hang on any longer than necessary.   

    • Anonymous

      I wish people would stop describing Sweet P as a “housfrau”, housewife, etc.  1.  Those terms are meaningless in this context.  2. She has a full color sleeve and a pierced lip.  3.  She might dress in boring clothes and/or make boring clothes but that has nothing to do with being or not being a housewife.  4. Patti Smith was a housewife for many years before she decided to start playing music publicly again.  Just sayin’…

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

        Yes, thank you. And I’ll add that I love that full color sleeve. Sweet P is cool. Her designs are not.

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      Ready to scream cause Lifetime has STILL not posted the episode for those of us who A: work in the evenings and B: have no cable.
      ARGHHHHHHHH!

      jus saying.

      • Anonymous

        You may be able to stream it from Amazon for a fee; I think they had all of the utterly tragic Season nine episodes. You may have to be an Amazon Prime member, though.

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

          Thanks for the suggestion. So far I haven’t been able to find it anywhere, free or paid.

          • Anonymous

            It’s not up yet, but all of Season 9 *shudder* is there, so there should be a good chance for PRAS to be available for streaming.

          • Anonymous

            I watched it on Lifetime.com at around 3:30 ET. I do this every Friday since I don’t have a tv.

            • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

              Yeah, they finally got around to releasing it to the web at noon Pacific Time, so I got my fix.   Feel MUCH better now that I’m up to speed with y’all.

    • http://twitter.com/kimbelsp kimbelsp

      I hear you but here is the thing, I can’t stand Elisa. I don’t want to hear from her, I don’t like her style and I think she is a wackjob who spits on clothes. I wanted her out as soon as I saw she was in regardless of what she made. Yes, its about the clothes, but she is proud of spitting on clothes (its a blessing? My ass!) and because of that, she needs to go.  Just my two cents. Love you both!

      • Anonymous

        oh and people PAY HER TO BLESS/SPIT on their clothes.  holy. hell.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, I’m right there with you. I could have written your post. 

    • Anonymous

      I said this on the other thread, but if it looks like *I* could sew the dress, it deserves an ‘auf. 

      I kinda laughed that she STILL has this awe-struck, “shocked” look on her face every time. I think she’s adorable, but does not belong in this competition.

    • Anonymous

      I think Elisa was included in the cast so that there would be an easy one to boot first and no one else would have to feel bad for going first. So it was a given that no matter what Elisa did, O-U-T goes she. That said, I do think Sweet P was worse and deserved the Auf.

      I picked Mondo’s and Rami’s garments as my favorites when they came down the runway and I would’ve been happy with either winning. But I think the crack about hosing down Mondo’s dress was what lost it for him — that his looked like trashbags and tape, while Rami’s looked more like fabric.

      • Anonymous

        Actually, Mondo’s bodice (the one on his creation, that is!), used black school binders, not tape.  Pretty creative in my book!

      • Anonymous

        It really annoys me that on almost every talent reality show, there is an obvious person who will be sent home first. I think it’s deliberate, cruel and insensitive. It’s been going on for years. Very blatant on Design Star and Project Runway. You could say that people ought to know what they’re getting into, but I say it sinks to the level of American Idol auditions to make fun of people on national television, and teach the children (viewers) that bad behavior is rewarded (on the parts of judges), and that poor performance is rewarded (and gets someone an undeserved 5 minutes of *fame*).

        [putting away my soapbox now]

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

          Qitkat, I totally agree. I hate the idea of anyone being cannon fodder. It is cruel. On the practical side, choosing someone to be fodder means that, more like than not, a better designer didn’t make it. it’s just a lousy thing to do all around.

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

      Where the heck is scotty?  I can’t remember the last time he commented.  I miss him.

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        Been wondering that myself.    Anyone out there know?

      • Anonymous

        He’s with Andre. At Red Lobster.  =)

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

          Why is he cheating on Bert??

      • Anonymous

        i’ve been wondering the same.  it seems he disappeared after the whole “tlo must have a crush on jude law” dust up from a few weeks back.  i am hoping he was just uber busy over the holidays and will be back soon.  i miss his witty comments.

      • Lori

        Said it last night in the T Lounge but it bears repeating:  ScottyF, you are much missed.  Please come back!

        • Anonymous

          Maybe if the uncles said so too…..?  ;-)

          (oh, am I pushing my luck!)

          • Lori

            Or maybe everybody can just forget?  Not forgive but forget?  Come back to us, Scotty.

            • Anonymous

              Here’s hoping.  He did make a brief stop by for New Year’s wishes.  Guess we’ll just have to keep sending out those good vibrations.

      • Anonymous

        Bitter Kittens think alike.  I was just thinking the same thing today.  Come back, Scottyf!

        • Anonymous

          I just did a whole site search for Scotty. I miss him too!

      • Anonymous

        I miss his comments as well. But if he’s absent because his life is too full in a rich, enriching and positive way to spend that much time here, I hope he’s gone for a good long while!

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

       To me, it was the poor stitching on Sweet P’s dress that plunged it below the general level of work this episode. I wonder whether she too is not cut out for the rigors of competition (as you rightly pointed out re. Elise). My recollection is that when she did a Fashion Week collection it was praised, even over some of the winners. I loved Mondo’s. Just amazing. The funny thing is I thought that in a way Rami’s was almost an imitation of Mondo’s style. What a delicious choice between them.

      • Anonymous

        Check what Rami did for the candy store challenge in season 4. He does have a very serious attitude toward his work , but he can get his playful on too.

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

      Sweet Pea stayed on because she’s a fan fave, but I expect her to be an early casualty.  I may be alone in this, but I like Elisa and I think her look was interesting.  I didn’t mind that there was writing on it.  She was aufed because she’s too weird.  Not sure if I like that very much as a reason.  I’d prefer the auf to go to the person who made something ugly and poorly sewn, but that’s me.

      • Lattis

        This.

        And what Joanna Coles said to Sweet Pea in the workroom – ‘where’s the surprise?’ You’d never say that about Elisa.

      • Anonymous

        You are not alone. Elisa’s crazy little shorts outfit WAS interesting. Isaac and the other guy seemed to get a kick out of it when it came down the runway, and I was surprised when they eliminated her. Sweet Pea should have gone home. I wasn’t too crazy about Geordana’s mess, either. I’d have put her, Sweet Pea, and Austin in the bottom, not Elisa.

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

          Kenley’s was worse than Elisa’s or Gordana’s.  Not worse than Sweet Pea’s, but definitely bottom 3.

          • Anonymous

            You’re right. Kenley’s was awful. In any case, Elisa, albeit not on par with the best of the All-Stars, got a raw deal. She’s so funny and entertaining, I wish she’d have been kept a bit longer.

    • Anonymous

      To me, Mondo and Rami were clearly the top two and Elisa and Sweet P were fairly chosen as the bottom two. As to which half of each pair won and which went home, it could have gone either way without the producers pulling strings. Even if you disagree with the outcome, it doesn’t look contrived.

    • Call me Bee

      Thanks so much for the screencaps here.  The quick editing on the show was awful–not able to really see the clothes on the runway at all! 
      Anyway–for me it was a toss up between Rami and Mondo.  Both outfits were beatiful and stylish. 
      Sweet Pea’s dress was ickky–although I do like the way she used the colors.  Both she and Mondo kinda copped out by using “fabrics”–and I think Mondo lost the win because trash bags have been used in a million ways already.

    • Anonymous

      Not to be a “Negative Nancy” right out of the gate, but I have a few suggestions for the editing team over at B&M:

      1.  Why did we spend half the show being introduced to the designers?  We.know.who.they.are.  We know their sob stories–none of these bitches won last time, so they’re back to kick some ass.  We get it.  For the smallish demographic of newcomers to the show–the All Stars all have fairly clear and distinctive aesthetics.  We don’t need them to bring a piece to refresh our memories.  The PR virgins will catch on.  (And if it’s just to see “what they’ve done since PR,” we’ll observe that as the season goes on–who has “grown as a designer” and who hasn’t.)

      2. Show us the goddamn workroom and the creative process as it’s occurring.  I had whiplash this episode.  They gather materials and go to the workroom and one shot later Austin has half a dress on the dressform.  Michael and April are nearly done with their rope dresses, etc.  Why have the middle half-dozen or so designers make pieces at all? Why not give the contestants 40 minutes to get going–see who’s on the road to glory and who’s a hot mess–and let the rest of the poor bastards go put their feet up.  They’re not going to get any screen time anyway. 

      3.  (My rant’s almost over, promise.)  I am SO TIRED of spending precious time listening to Schmeidi introduce the judges, resummarize the challenge, and make small talk with the designers before the runway show begins, ad nauseum…  (I know this was just the first episode, but they’ll do this all season.  For…this…challenge…you…were…asked…to…blah blah blah.)  Can we get to the clothes, pul-leaze?!?!?! 

      Think of the kind of footage that we don’t get to see, people!  Hours and hours of it!

      I complain because I love.

      • Anonymous

        What flamingjune said!

      • Anonymous

        So true!  I am always irritated when Heidi/Schmeidi intros the judges to the contestants each week–like they’ve gotten amnesia since the last runway?  I know it’s for the tv viewer who’s stumbled in, but can’t they just say “Please welcome Famous Guest Judge, who is joining our regular judges, Name & Name”?

        • Anonymous

          The worst was the season when they had to point out MK’s lifetime achievement award EVERY SINGLE TIME his face came up on the screen. Just say, and that’s the orange guy who hates disco balls, and we’ll know who it is.

          • Anonymous

            John Teti over at the AV Club (the other place for great PROJECT RUNWAY reviews!) calls Kors a “braying tangerine”.

      • Anonymous

        I’d have put it a bit more tactfully, @flamingjune:disqus – but I agree with mostly what you said!

      • Anonymous

        YES. YES. YES.

        I so want to see the process, the work, AND the clothing. As clearly and closely as is practical, not swishing past on the runway for what seems like mere seconds.

    • Claudia Faubion

      OMG, SO agree that Mondo was the winner and “towel girl” should have been sent home!

    • Anonymous

      I am on side of Mondo should have won last night, but I’m also not irritated that Rami won. They were both very well done.

      I am still on the side of Elisa deserved to go home even though everything you write about Sweet P is correct. I just can’t handle her brand of loopiness.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jane-Morris/1076502799 Jane Morris

      Couldn’t believe Sweet P stayed with that dishrag dogleash caftan, that didn’t look like anything but dishrags and dogleashes.

      And Mondo needs to learn to do the old soft shoe if he’s gonna keep that hat.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OQG2B3GDOIKSFYT6YDXFVOMEM4 A. Lure

      Keep doing what you do, Mondo. I liked his garment the best. Not only does it demonstrate impeccable execution– just look at the trim, look at the ruffles, look at the tightly fitted bodice with its black bands (they’re tape, right?)– it also evokes his earlier creation. Both pieces belong in the same collection. It’s totally Mondo– I had to smile at the ribbon-y, bow-y belt– but it’s darker, edgier, more mature, and more alluring while retaining the sassiness for which he became so well loved.  Rami’s piece is great– I’ve always liked his work and am glad he’s embracing a more architectural aesthetic, but his garment, while gorgeously executed, is, to me, more about the interesting construction techniques than about a look that, as a whole, speaks to a certain image.

      Sweet P– Yeah, she’s sweet. And I like her tattoos (probably because I have similar ones). And I’ve liked a very small portion of her past work. But this piece is a failure. Towels? Wasn’t this an unconventional-materials challenge? Towels are not unconventional. Towels/terry cloths aren’t even fabric substitutes. They’re FABRIC. I’ve similar comments about Jerrell’s piece. Scarves aren’t more inventive than towels. As a matter of fact, they may be less inventive. But as boring and unimaginative as his dress was, it was beautifully executed. Hers is lacking in everything– and the belts are hideous.

      Elisa– Well, I don’t follow that 180/360 degrees thing. I really don’t. I don’t get the writing either, but I’m intrigued.

    • Anonymous

      I never saw All Stars, Season one. Is it available anywhere?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Donna-Lynn/514336583 Donna Lynn

      I thought the reason for Elisa’s auf was spelled out when the judges said designs shouldn’t have to be explained. And I don’t think they had any better idea of what that outfit was even after she did try to explain the 180/360 arc/circle thing. SweetP’s outfit spoke loud and clear and it said ugly. No further explanation required. They didn’t like it, but they got it and apparently chose understandably ugly over confusing and ugly. It’s rather a moot point anyway. Unless SweetP suddenly pulls sunshine out of her ass and starts whipping up designs that outshine Rami, Mondo, and pretty much everyone else, she’s not going to last long anyway. It’s also possible they auf’d Elisa for her own safety. I don’t think it would have been long before Kenley went after her with a pair of shears.

    • Anonymous

      If Heidi gives Aufs, then Schmeidi gives Schmaufs.

      • Anonymous

        I am posting this late – but why “Schmeidi”    – I mean I understand it is a take of on she’s not Heidi?

    • Anonymous

      I fruit filled head piece (bananas and a pineapple, perhaps) would have nicely completed Sweet Pea’s look

      • Anonymous

        Victor’s basket hat!

    • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

      I had a feeling Elisa was the red shirt from the start. I thought her outfit was not as bad as Sweet P’s, but I doubt she would have lasted past the next challenge anyway.

      • Anonymous

        I do think there was a certain curiosity to see whether Elisa had made contact with Earth since season 4. When it became obvious that she still had no concept of reality, she was at the top of the hit list.

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

      Mondo’s looks great. But from looking at the recaps, I agree with Rami’s win. What did Rami use, tote bags? 

      • Anonymous

        I’m trying to recall the materials Rami used.  I remember tote bags, the material from an umbrella for his peplum, and Christmas tinsel for trim.  And he used them very cleverly.

        Which is to take nothing away from Mondo, who also produced an amazing, beautifully crafted look from trash bags and notebooks.

        I thought that Mondo styled his look better than Rami–particularly in terms of shoes.  And that cute little Mondo hat.

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

          Love the hat! Much better than the headpieces from his finale collection. :)
          Thank you!

    • http://twitter.com/drnels Nels P. Highberg

      I would not be one bit surprised if the top three last night become the final three for the whole thing.

      Also, there was no mention of Fashion Week, so where will that final runway be? In the studio?

      • Anonymous

        Don’t count out Mila or Austin just yet. I don’t see Jerrell as a shoo-in myself.

        • http://twitter.com/drnels Nels P. Highberg

          I’m not counting them out. I’m just saying I would not be surprised if these were the final three.  If Austin were in there, I still would not be surprised.  Mila?  I might be a little surprised, but not much.

        • Anonymous

          I think Austin should have been in bottom three, Elisa safe on grounds of fun and imagination. Nothing to do with the glue gun mishap, I just thought his blue plastic schmatta was a bad joke. For ne, he’s never had great taste – evidenced by the crap he and Santino made on “On the Road..”

      • Anonymous

        I don’t think that Fashion Week figures into the getting-to-the-finish-line.  The incentives being offered to the winner toted up (allegedly) to nearly $500,000.00 in cash, equipment and the guest editorship, so that would seem to be enough.  A finale probably would be conducted on that studio runway, it would appear.

        • Anonymous

          I’m not sure, but I think they’ve stopped producing that HP tablet–no one was buying it.  So, wouldn’t that make the whole tech package obsolete?  Or am I confusing it with some other tech flame out….

          • Anonymous

            There can be more than one tech flame out.  =o)

    • Anonymous

      Sweet P should have been eliminated for both her lack of imagination and execution. Choosing dishcloths was just too easy and then she seemed to have miscounted the number of cloths she needed – or was that just her artistic touch. I couldn’t work out if the hole in the back was because she had to use one of the white cloths to make up for not enough yellow ones in the back. The straggly threads on the hem were inexcusable. 

      • Anonymous

        I don’t think she hemmed it–I think she just relied on the serge-ing or whatever is is that’s already on the cloths.

        • Anonymous

          At least she could have trimmed the threads. Just how long would it take to stitch the cloths together? Just a pathetic effort all round. 

    • Anonymous

      i seriously doubt sweet pea will be there much longer — i have always liked her alot from a personality standpoint, but she is just an ok designer — i don’t think she would ever be able to hold a candle to the likes of rami, mondo, mila, and so many of the other contestants.  i do think that elisa is a little too out there for the real world.  i see her as more of an artist than a designer.  i don’t really have a problem with them eliminating her right out of the gate. 

      as for mondo vs rami — i thought rami’s was completely over-designed.  i loved mondo’s — i truly thought he should have won the challenge.  yes, i liked seeing rami do something that was constructed instead of draped, but there was too much going on there. 

    • Anonymous

      Mondo should be barred from winning any challenges until he rids his wardrobe of those ridiculous shorts. 

    • Anonymous

      Holy fright, that dress is dreadful (second one, obvs)

    • Lori

      Sweet P deserved to go but I’ll only be sorry Elisa was elminated if the next challenge is the puppet challenge, because she was a puppeteer.  That would be unfortunate. But if the puppet challenge is further up the road, she was never going to get there.

    • Anonymous

      Who remembers what Sweet P’s original/inspiration piece was like?

      It seems like at least with Elisa there was a clear link between her two entries, whatever you may think of them. 

      • Anonymous

        Those original looks whipped by so fast I missed several….more time for the runway, people!

    • Anonymous

      I love the Mondo belt and the top half of the little dress — the bottom half I don’t like much.  I kind of like what Sweet Pea did with the belts as halters — a cool look and an original idea.  Too bad the rest of the dress is so ugh. I didn’t care for either of Elisa’s winged dresses and thought the models coming down the runway with arms outstretched was totally tacky.  For my money, the judges got it right.  And I agree about her long crazy explanations not helping at all. 

    • Anonymous

      Nieman Marcus should just go ahead and get Mondo’s dress (and hat) into production IMMEDIATELY.  Even if he’s not the winner, they could sell the hell out of it.

    • Anonymous

      Why is Sweet P considered an All-Star???? Not once, but TWICE?????  Couldn’t they find anyone else?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002673395871 Roadkill Writer’s Camp

      RIP Piperlime Wall. 

    • Anonymous

      TLO said,” 
      the fact the she just stitched a bunch of towels together indicates a distinct lack of imagination” . Agree, would have liked to have seen Elisa stay a bit longer.I know I’m in the minority here but I thought Kenley should have been in the top three.

    • michelle shields

      Team Mondo is back!
      Sweet P won’t be around much longer sad to say.

    • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

      I thought Mondo should have won because the proportions of his dress were more pleasing than Rami’s.  Everything about Rami’s just seemed too big and too much.  I don’t know WHY they chose Elisa to leave over Sweet P.  Sweet P’s dress was dreck.  Agree that she’s had way more chances than she ever deserved.  That was an ugly dress, badly made.  Elisa’s was beautifully made and interesting, IMHO.  Seems as though the both of them, though, are just here to be used as cannon fodder.

    • Cathy S

      Mondo–so cute. Love that straw hat. I really loved his dress and thought he should have won. Sweet P’s was terrible. I actually liked what she did with the belts, but the rest of the dress was hideous.

    • bloodshothalfblind

      i’m looking forward to the rami/mondo talent show this season.  btwn the 2 of them, there will always be something well made on that catwalk.  thank jebus!

      oh sweet pea…  the best thing about that dress is the belt & that came off the accessory wall.  at best, it’s a total mess.  nice lady, but she’s never really shined under the PR time constraints.

      • Anonymous

        It did?  The belt came off of the wall?  I was hoping she bought the belt(s) at the 99 cent store.  Even that wouldn’t be very inventive.  Oy.   SP should’ve been gone over our dear puppet girl.

    • http://twitter.com/MissAmynae Amy Putnam Ellinger

      sweet pea, I love ya more than my luggage, but your dress looks like it was made out of dyed toilet paper.

    • Anonymous

      I was referring to the fact that one of the judges said Mondo’s looked like you would take it into the back yard and hose it down after you wore it. Or, in other words, that the fabric looked cheap and plastic or something, and that that slight thing made the difference between his and Rami’s.

      (Sorry — I did this comment as a reply to something way down-thread, but it popped up here, instead. I am so lame!)

      • Anonymous

        I thought they’d said they’d like to see it in a conventional fabric instead of one that could be hosed down in the backyard.

        • Anonymous

          Exactly!! Not that it looked like it should be taken it into the back yard and hosed down, but that it DESERVED to be made of real fabric.

        • Anonymous

          Exactly. The comment about hosing the dress off was a reference to the fact that it was made of plastics, and that would be the only way to clean it.

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

        You’re not lame. Disqus has been wonky today. Even when it’s not wonky in other ways, it has a tendency to misplace our replies to other commenters.

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

      Again, I am very concerned that Ms. Vaughn is hopelessly out of her depth.

    • Anonymous

      I was good with either Mondo or Rami. I really thought P’s was worse than Elisa’s. Honestly. It was ill fitting, looked terrible and was something you could stitch together in 10 minutes..or at least it looked like it. She didn’t do anything really to expand on the inspiration piece at all. I thought she could have gone but I wasn’t upset over Elisa getting the Schmauf..or whatever we are calling it LOL.

    • Anonymous

      Sweet P’s dress reminds me too much of the peacock-inspired dress that she got auf’ed for in her season.

      • Anonymous

        It reminded me of dishtowels hanging on a clothesline.

        • Anonymous

          It made me think of the terry cover ups one sees on the beach down here in Florida. NOT a fashion forward look or a look one could describe in any way with fashion, unless we’re talking “antithesis of fashion.”

          On the other hand, LOVED equally Rami + Mondo! Can’t wait to see what they’ll be bringing forth each week now!

          srq

          • Anonymous

            I don’t know when the terry coverups became *fashionable*, but I spent my teenage years in Florida and never had anything like that. My favorite coverup was a pretty patterned muu-muu with smocking that I made myself.

            • Anonymous

              It’s closer to what you see on older ladies, I’d be somewhat shocked to see anything like that one anyone under 60. I don’t think they’re fashionable rather too common (maybe its a Walmart thing?)

              Whatever it is, it sure isn’t stylish.

              srq

            • Anonymous

              AGREE (with srqkitten that Sweet P’s ridiculousness looks like a terrible beach cover-up, in case this gets mislaid by Disqus). I don’t see these as much now as I used to during my 70s childhood, but the combination of bare-on-top, rainbow color blocking, and TERRY CLOTH cannot be read any differently by me. There is a specific, visible texture to terry cloth used in this particular kind of dress. 

              I tend to agree with those commenters who think Elisa’s personality tipped her over the edge for this auf. Had her garment been made by someone who spoke more conventionally and who had the willingness to market herself to a conventional audience, I think she could’ve hung on. Until next episode, when she would aufed. Because let’s face it, she never had a chance at the win — cannon fodder indeed.

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

      The only problem I had with Mondo’s look was that from a certain angle, the fascinator looked like Mickey Mouse’s head. That distracted me.

      Aren’t granny panties still “on trend?” Didn’t that mean Elisa was fitting in to the current  fashion taste? If not fashion forward, she at least more with the times than Sweet P’s hibernating hobo hippie. Sweet P absolutely should have gone home. Her dress was an ugly  snooze.

    • marilyn

      Even though I thought the judges were wrong about keeping Sweet Pea, I am basically okay with their decision, because they picked one of the two worst to leave.  At least they were in the ballpark.  As far as the winner goes, I feel the same.  Mondo and Rami made the best dresses, and only one could win.  Unlike regular PR, in which the worst designers were kept because they were prone to tantrums and/or had sympathy grabbing personal stories.  By the way-the PR people need to know we have ALL had people die in our lives.  When one reaches middle age, the loss of parents happens all the time.  So, I don’t want to be hit with the tear jerking sad story that someone lost a parent next season.  It doesn’t impress anyone.

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

         If I never hear another reality show contestant talking about his/her dead relative, I’ll be a happy woman. I know it’s insensitive, but good grief! Last season of PR was riddled with dead bodies.

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

          Yep… unless there’s a particularly sad story to go with it, I don’t really need to hear it — and even then, I only need to hear it if it somehow pertains to the clothes. 

    • marilyn

      By the way-has Sweet Pea had some work done on her face since she was on PR?  Her chin looks a lot narrower, and she generally has a much younger look in the face.  Just a thought.

    • Ruth McGivern

      I ADORE Mondo, but was wasn’t too upset with Rami’s win. Both dresses were pretty great and in my opinion they were pretty much a tie.  

      For the auf, though…. OMG. I think Sweet P is, well, sweet, and I like her, whereas Elisa annoys the crap out of me, but damn, Sweet P really deserved the loss here.  As she was making that awful garment all I could think of was the homemade towel pool cover ups my mother made us kids in the 70s, by taking a towel, sewing it into a tube and adding elastic to the top hem. Seriously, was Sweet P’s entry much better designed or executed than that?

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

        If she absolutely HAD to use towels, then she should have done something more in keeping with the terrycloth — like a really unique bathing suit cover-up…

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jane-Lister-Korwan-Doherty/1332309111 Jane Lister-Korwan Doherty

      Wow, I never saw the back of Sweet P’s garment last night she should have been sent home.  That is awful!

    • MilaXX

      Mondo edged out Rami for me simply because I didn’t like the shoulders on Rami’s. Still for a first challenge I’m okay with Rami winning and Mondo being second. Looking at Sweet Pea’s outfit makes me dislike it even more. I still think Elisa talked her way into the auf.

    • Kwei-lin Lum

      I liked Mondo’s outfit better than Rami’s because it was better proportioned to the wearer, and it had great lines, style, whimsy, and usefulness.  I was more fascinated with Rami’s.  I was fascinated that it looked like an insect and that its unusual shape could be worn successfully.  Its being made well with rich looking materials added immeasurably to the fascination.  So I’m glad that Rami won, although either winning would have been fine.  No one else came very close to their level, though.  

      I agree that some personally popular but less talented designers were thrown into the mix as sacrificial lambs.  That way, they could get some publicity, but the top tier people would not have to go early because of a bad day.  If this were a season with only the very best of the best, how could you send the first two home and feel OK?  Fortunately for the all-stars, the last two seasons ended up so dreadful that all of the contestants this time look good, even the ones who will go home early.

    • http://twitter.com/FashionFollower FashionFollower.com

      Wow, an hour long episode with no drama and stocked with a talented cast who turned out some impressive clothing? THIS is what Project Runway is supposed to be like, not that 90-minute imposter that Lifetime has been throwing at us for the past few years. It also became clear that a fresh set of judges is what the show needed; Nina, Heidi and MK are tired and bored (and borderline senile). I even thought Angela Lindvall was likeable! Still, it needs more Tim. And does Heidi own the words “in or out”? I noticed Angela didn’t use that phrasing when saying who was staying and who was cut.

      As for the clothing, I loved both Rami and Mondo so I was happy with the outcome. And I don’t think I could have taken another week of Elisa’s cosmic jive so buh-bye. I also thought that Jerell’s hankie dress, while similar in aesthetic, was far superior to anything Anya put in her Fashion Week collection.

      • Anonymous

        Yes!  Look at us talking about the garments, designer skills and specifics of the looks instead of raving about the ass-hattery of recent seasons.

        Well done!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WMOQB4BO2IT5V2OKPG6PXTOTVM Anonymous

      I thought Sweet Pea really should have gone. Elisa’s pieces were well made and frankly even without an explanation they just looked better than Sweet Pea’s.  I have to say even Sweet Pea’s was better than many many of the outfits we’ve seen in the last couple of years.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WMOQB4BO2IT5V2OKPG6PXTOTVM Anonymous

      for the win I thought Rami’s was more interesting in terms of pattern and construction which is funny because Mondo isn’t known for his love of black and simplicity. They both were both artistic and wearable pieces which is pretty amazing and I hope they both end up in the finale.

    • Kwei-lin Lum

      Sweet P’s dress had the potential to be cute.  The belt straps were fun idea.  She needed to reproportion and straighten the main garment so that it could be integrated better with the belt straps.  
      Elisa’s garment was “interesting.”  In the good and bad sense.  But she was let go with her dignity intact because everyone else in the room was there to make and sell fashion, and she was there to make art.  Maybe if her dress looked more striking she would have stayed.  The garment’s parts didn’t work well together.  The very white flat wings were from a different universe than the top and shorts.  The upside-down, rather crudely handdrawn bluebird on top didn’t relate elegantly to the photographic ladyparts flower on the shorts.  She rushes her decoration.  Her rather lovely white first outfit suffered from too-randomly placed decorations.

    • marilyn

      Not to beat this to death, but I have never been impressed by Sweet Pea’s designs.  She was always a ‘nice’ and ‘sweet’ woman who everybody liked.  Her designs were mediocre, but no one got worked up about it because she was so likeable.  Her clothes did not have the high end look of the other designers.  Her clothes were more like ‘hippie-mama’ creations.  As I recall, she was a woodsy biker/tattoo gal.  But a nice one.  She had to work to get some respect for her clothes during her competition on PR.  She never got to the level of, say Austin, Rami, or Mondo, but at least she got so she could make respectable off the rack clothes.  It looks like she has been backsliding. 

      Being nice is not the point.  The clothes are the point.   High end clothes.  Not her home-sewing creations.  Maybe she will be gone next week.  (By the way, I wonder what the new, creative term for ‘aufed’ is going to be?)  

      I am generally impressed by the caliber of the other designers, except for a few.  I assume the lesser designers will be gone shortly.

    • Anonymous

      Sweet sweet pea, your dress is an epic fail on every level (execution, materials, colors, finish, design, creativity, originality), you really must have some good kharma.  

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

      I was just watching the fourth season, and Rami seems to be channeling one of the dresses that got him into Fashion Week over Chris adding some of Christian Siriano’s flounciness. That dress that gave him the win was awfully heavy looking, even if the construction was spectacular. That’s a problem he also had on season 4. Remember that coat that looked like heavy armor (and not in a good way)?

    • Anonymous

      I feel like Sweet P should’ve gone home because you could still tell what her outfit was made out of.

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

      It’s ALL very exciting, but frankly the MOST exciting thing is reading you lads again, about something we’re all excited about.

    • Anonymous

      I’d have given Mondo the win and I’m not the Mondo maniac some people are.  It was cute and had a better silhouette.  

      I’d forgotten that Sweet Pea was on the previous All-Stars so that’s definitely two chances too many for her.  She should have been gone for all the reasons you said, T Lo.  

    • http://fafafab.tumblr.com/ fafafab

      “mexie-pixie” :’( I’m crying over here

    • BuffaloBarbara

      I was in a hurry earlier, so I just said I agreed with the auf.  Make no mistake, I think Sweet P’s was HORRIBLE.  It was just horrible in a recognizable-as-clothing sort of way.  The grand prize here is a boutique at Neiman-Marcus.  Hippie gym clothes with wings… not even an attempt to think of the end user.

      Elisa and Sweet P are both obviously on the list of people who were added to be eliminated in early episodes.  I can’t see it really mattering that much which one got sent home first; neither stands a chance of making it to rounds that count.  In choosing the boring over the completely ridiculous, the judges, I think, reminded people that they’re competing for a real world prize, and established what their priorities are.

      Of course, this theory is screwed up by the win, where they gave it to an ugly and somewhat ridiculous looking dress that was made spectacularly over a pretty and excessively sellable-looking cocktail dress that was equally well made, so I’m not sure I’ve *quite* got the aesthetic, but I don’t have a quibble with either call.

    • Anonymous

      This is Sweet P’s second go at All-Stars?! What? Why? I mean, I like her and all but what the hell? 

      Go get ‘em little pocket Mondo.

    • Anonymous

      Hear me loudly not disagreeing that Mondo should have won that challenge, hands down. I actually felt Raimi’s dress looked stiff and costumey – I was surprised he wasn’t bottom three, to be blunt.

      And Sweet Pea’s outfit? Simply fugly – no two ways about it. Whatever else you could say about Eliza’s outfit, it has daring, dash and style – and I didn’t need an explanation to enjoy it, though one might have been nice as cocktail party chatter….

    • http://twitter.com/adleredneko Aki

      The execution on Mondo’s dress’ bodice is impeccable.  I couldn’t get over the quality of his and Rami’s work.

    • Anonymous

      Sweet P, not Sweet Pea. Sweet Pea is a whole different fashion line.

    • Anonymous

      I just had a look at Elisa’s and Sweet P’s most recent non-PR work in their portfolios. The judges were right to let Sweet P stay. Elisa’s portfolio was full of drawings and paintings. Sweet P’s previous work looks really interesting and well-constructed. Not at all the hippy, home-ec label that she’s been stamped with here…
      It’s a pity they didn’t at least show the inspiration piece alongside the runway piece. If you look at Sweet P’s portfolio, you can really see how she was trying to make her runway garment fit in with what she’d brought – a halter-top dress – and her previous collection. There was also a colorful tiered maxi-dress in the portfolio as well. So, taking all that into consideration, I can see why they let her stay.

      Could it be that Sweet P just isn’t cut out for the pressures of reality TV? Maybe she just doesn’t work well under those insane conditions and those time constraints?

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

      I don`t know why, but Sweet P`s dress reminds me of Josh`s orange “Gaybird” Dress. I know, they don`t look a like, but it gives me the same feel of… well towels draped/sewn aimlessly together. 

    • Anonymous

      I think Sweat P s dress reminded me of something and I remebered this: 
      http://www.bravotv.com/top-design/rate-the-room-1#image-7135
      That I liked!

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

      So, so true. I’ve had enough of Sweet P. She’s a cool gal but she’s not innovative, she always looks like she has no idea what she’s doing, and it shows on her work.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Claudia-Gilbert/875055316 Claudia Gilbert

      It could have gone either way, I think, for both sets (winner and loser) and been fair enough.  It was just such a relief to see actual design and work gone into the damn thing!  :)
      As a side note, I really love the shoes on Mondo’s model.  Neimanmarcus.com, here I come!  

    • Susan Crawford

      Agree, T and Lo: Rami OR Mondo, both were clearly topnotch. Loved Mondo’s execution, and how he managed to sneak in so many great little touches without going over the top. Rami’s look was incredbly fierce and full of life. But Sweet Pea – oh, dear, what a sad mess that dress was. Your screen caps showed ALL the flaws. And she should have gone home for them. As weird as The Spitzer can be, she does have ideas, and she’s a lot of fun to watch.

    • Susan Crawford

      “Sweet P” – I meant to write it, but had a brain belch, apparently due to the ingestion of too much Veuve Clicquot in the T Lounge the other night! Thank God I have my ostrich-plume fan to hide behind when these mishaps occur.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6PUVFQ7YCZZFZRIER6BEJ4HVYE Amye

      Yeah, Sweet Pea should’ve gone home.  While I thought Elisa’s was kinda of boring, it showed no imagination, it was well executed and it had thought.

      And like you, I thought Mondo could’ve been the winner too.  But the way they were raving about Rami, I knew he’d win.  Not that he didn’t deserve it either.

    • Anonymous

      For me it was Mondo all the way. I thought Rami’s was too busy. But you’re right. It was like a flashback – innovative, well-made clothes? In an unconventional materials challenge? When was the last time we saw THAT???

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1052062518 Megan Moore

      The fact that none of the designers – to my recollection – really used unconventional materials seemed questionable. Everyone seemed to have some sort of fabric type thing, from streamers to plastic bags to grocery sacks to towels to handkerchiefs. Sure they are difficult in their own way, but it’s not corn husks or plastic cups or twizzlers. There were creative embellishments however. 

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

        Honestly, if you have to work with plant materials, corn husks are a good one — I’d think they’d actually be easier than streamers, simply because they are sturdier. 

    • vmcdanie

      Oh Sweet P. I like you girl but you should have gone home for this. I did like Joanna as a mentor (for now…hedging all bets) but I longed for Tim to pop up and remind her that unconventional challenges mean don’t use fabrics as fabrics.

      Man, this thing looks even uglier and crafty in pictures.

      I don’t think I could have chosen between Mondo and Rami’s. Rami had stunning construction and imagination but I find Mondo’s more wearable. At any rate, I’m thrilled to see them go head to head. More please.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=679263485 Edmund Heng

      The only reason why Sweet Pea/Elisa/Anthony are in this show is so that the middle tier designers like April Johnston and Kenley don’t get eliminated on the first episode and can show their improved design/sewing skills.

      • Anonymous

        Or Edward, they are as I have mentioned before, Lifetime’s manipulative plants to encourage a win of their choice. For god’s sake, April is 22! She will be great, but is not great yet. Sweet P? Compare her to Rami? There is no contest! Where are the other great designers, such as Jay, Khortu, Andy, Emilio… to name a few. Were all the top tiers busy? Anthony is only a personality, and no way a strong designer. This is structured to make someone win and generate more income for Lifetime.

    • Anonymous

      This show has perked up my interest in the seasons that I didn’t see and also forced me to reactivate my Netflix membership.  I just did a marathon of season one and on to two! 

    • Anonymous

      Tom and Lorenzo,
      Loved the Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour reference! Happily recalled the free sundae on my birthday and the 1890s decor…

    • Anonymous

      all sweet p had to say about her choice of materials was “i’m really attracted to color”.  repeatedly.  that place was full of colors, girl.  and you chose this?  this reminds me of the inane voice overs at the rose parade “colors covering every surface, chosen for their appropriateness”. 

    • Anonymous

      Sweet Pea should have gone. No question. Not like Elisa would have made it more than one more week – & if she had it would have been because she definitely deserved it.

      That said, I think it’s fair to say Sweet Pea could have better defended her work – but her stating she would not wear it herself is in itself nothing to criticize. Not only is there no reasonable reason for a designer to only design that which s/he would wear themselves, plenty of designers have been criticized for designing too often ‘for themselves.’

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

      I do think that Sweet P has more potential to grow and improve or Elisa. I think just from that long explanation Elisa had, they could tell that her mindset just wasn’t going to go away in future challenges. While it was more interesting, she pretty much talked her way into showing that every challenge she would also potentially be that “interesting”. While Sweet P just looked like she had a bad day, Elisa looked like she would have many bad days. So I think it was right to pick her over Sweet P.

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

      So what did Sweet Pea do to piss you two off?  Not saying that it wasn’t an auffable dress, but you don’t have any of the sympathy you typically showed for her.  Well, there was always some pity mixed into it, but still, what did she do?  steal your mascara?

    • Anonymous

      I don’t even like the color combination Sweet Pea used – but I’ll have to go through the comments – but WTH is with the yellow layer having that patch of white while the other two colors go all the way around?

    • Anonymous

      I loved Rami and Mondo’s designs! One of them will be the winner.very disappointed with Austin.

    • Anonymous

      I agree about Miss Sweet P – and further, I would like to see what SpitMark might have done in subsequent challenges.

    • Anonymous

      Mexi-Pixie!