PR All Stars: Potscrubbers and Wine Bottles

Posted on January 23, 2012

Kenley

We don’t get it.

 

Why was this outfit getting any praise at all? It barely works on a human body – even the rarefied bodies of models. The skirt’s okay, but the bustline is just odd-looking and we can’t imagine it working on a puppet that has neither shoulders nor breasts. Nor do we think that skirt would work on a figure that doesn’t have a waist. The fabric choice felt like a bit of a cliche, not to mention way too heavy for this dress. Don’t even get us started on that potscrubber in her hair. When it comes right down to it, this looks fairly ridiculous on a person, but it would look even more ridiculous on a pig puppet. It makes no sense to us that Mila’s was on the bottom and this thing was on the top.

 

Austin

We REALLY don’t get this one, either.

Oh, we get why it wound up on the bottom; no arguments on that front. What we don’t get is how Austin, of all people, wound up making THIS for Miss Piggy. Like we said earlier, he’s one of the few designers in the group who have a handle on fantasy-based clothing (not to mention a finely tuned sense of camp). Then, of course, there’s this:

 

So we’re obviously talking about someone who loves the muppets. So why on earth did he design a dress with a big quilted wine bottle on the front of it? Nothing about this dress says “Miss Piggy” to us, from the shape, to the style to the color choices to his hiddy hip bows. Worst of all, it’s all so tortured and over-worked. This was a problem with his entries in Season 1, it has to be noted. When he edits himself a bit and tones down his more outré impulses, he can produce the dreamiest of fashion confections, but when he ignores his pitfalls, this is the result. Get it together, girl. We want you in the Top 3.

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  • Anonymous

    Thank GOD you agree with me on Kenley’s dress! In your previous recaps, I kept reading comment after comment that praised it, and I think it’s out and out pure 100% fug.

    And WTF is up with that model’s hair in Austin’s, too? That part looks like she has a bald spot or something and that can’t be right. Styling was just awful. Austin’s banter with Miss Piggy was pretty entertaining, though. But who dresses a pig in grey? And…there is yet another sentence I have never typed before in my life until now.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_26QG22FL4HVT7ZA46F4EE4UEXY amyw

      I don’t mind the grey- I mean, she was wearing a grey suit jacket in panel and looked good. Austin’s dress was a hot mess for reasons beyond color choice.  

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=768540908 Badriya Al-Badi’a

      Yeah, you don’t dress a pig in the color of overcooked pork…

  • Anonymous

    Kenley’s was a Monet to me, It looked cute when it came out, but the more I looked at it, the more AWFUL it clearly was…

    I still say Mila’s, if she had used pink instead of black, would have been in the top 3.

    • Anonymous

      I agree on all fronts.  When Kenley’s model came out, I really liked it.  Then when I got to looking more, I started disliking it.  And Mila-if she had done a mod dress in brighter colors, I think she would have been in the top, or at the very least, in the safe pack. 

      • Anonymous

        You two get outta my brain! My thoughts exactly…

    • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

      Does Mila EVER use color, though?   Especially when she’s given a task she’s less than comfortable with – then she always falls back to black and white and color blocked.  So boring!

      • Melvis Velour

        That’s why we came up with her Vulcan name of “C’Block”

        • Anonymous

          “C’Block” has me on the floor–so clever.  My Dad was such a trekkie that he could recite dialogue, and I became a sci-fi head watching along.  Thanks for the lovely reference.

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/O5zYg6EMmcahpFvPfpdCYLTSyBxqSWYJXena#f908b Kate

    He was my choice for the auf. Those bows, just NO! The model couldn’t even walk properly without hitting them with her arms. His initial idea with a big bow that wraps around sounded a lot better, but this was a disaster. I’m pretty sure they just waved him through because he’s Austin.

    • Anonymous

      Even his IDEA sounded crazy to me, because he said he wanted it wrapping around from the back. No one sees the back, because the puppeteer’s hand is up there! She’d just have weird bow edges gently clasping her, like she was sitting on a really gentle Venus Fly Trap.

    • Anonymous

      I agree. If anyone but Austin had made that fugliness, they would have got the auf. The producers just won’t let him go this early.

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

        I’m not prepared to call producer foul just yet.  Yes, Austin’s dress was awful, but he won last week’s challenge.  Judges often are prepared to let someone who has shown great work in the past have one or two mishaps.

  • Anonymous

    I agree. Both of these dresses were just terrible. I really hated the bodice on the first one. Austen’s was a hot mess.

  • Anonymous

    You see wine bottle, I see panty liner. Ick.

    I didn’t get the love for Kenley’s dress either. I think the full skirt would give Miss Piggy a waist, but that’s the only good thing I can say about it.

    The Austin video is freaking me out, and I’m only about halfway through watching it.

    • Sobaika Mirza

      CAN’T UNSEE THE PANTY LINER.

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      Right with you, Anathema. And as far as Ms. Scarlett’s vid is concerned.  Can one say FAME WHORE too loudly?

    • Anonymous

      I look at Austin’s dress and all I can hear is “PIGS…IN…SPAAAACE!!”

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

      That’s what I saw too. I didn’t think of wine bottle until TLo said so. That dress was so ugly.

      Maybe Austin lost a bet and had to make that video. It’s just… why?

    • Anonymous

      Austin’s video is a good argument for higher taxes – anything to keep people from spending their extra money like this.

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

    i don’t get kenley as a designer at all.  it’s mainstream rockabilly.  sure she can sew a dress but is she the next big thing?  doubtful.  and giraffe print?  who on planet earth would wear that, even a pig?  horrid.  and shock of shock she used tulle!!  real stretch there, betty, realllll stretch.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, it is time to separate the dress makers from the designers, especially seeing as this is All Stars.

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

       giraffe print is awesome

      pink giraffe print is not

      • Anonymous

        I would agree.  I love animal prints.  In their actual colors.  When you get into lime green zebra or pink leopard, you lose me.

        • Anonymous

          Except that Sissybear made lime green leopard work for his lady wrestler.

        • Anonymous

          I tend to dislike animal print in its natural colors, mostly because the women who tend to wear it have no fashion sense. Also, to my eyes, there’s an inherent tackiness when it’s not used sparingly.

      • Pinup Ghoul

        I think it would make a pretty cute jumper for a 4-year old girl. But, as they were designing for well, anything BUT a 4-year old girl, she really missed the mark with fabric choice. Hard. It would be a strange choice no matter what the challenge called for, in my opinion .

    • Anonymous

      Neither do I. She just makes the same dress, over and over again. And this time, she messed it up with those weird boob-grabbers and pink print. 

      • Anonymous

        The boob grabbers might’ve worked if she hadn’t let someone (Kara?) talk her out of her original plan, which was to use some turquoise netting to fill in the bodice and sleeves. Without the structure around the bodice they just kind of sit there.

    • Helen C

      Kenley always pick the ugliest fabrics.  Remember when she picked that ugly fabric and Keith sternly put his foot down and said no?
      Kenley and Anya should work together.  Kenley can sew her dresses for Anya.  

    • Pinup Ghoul

      I sort of agree with you. While there is a market for her stuff, and I am in it, the shapes and techniques tend to be quite basic. She does choose interesting fabrics, though. I like them, anyway. Trust me, it’s nice to see rockabilly clothes in something other than solids, polka dots, or leopard print.

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

        I dig rockabilly looks too….and all things vintage and pin-up but she’s one note.  And the note isn’t even a great one, it’s just eh.  Know what I mean?

  • http://twitter.com/DC_Lockwood Michelle

    Does Austin’s model have a hicky?

    I thought Kenley’s dress was very much Miss Piggy but it didn’t deserve top three. It was better than bottom three but I would have picked a couple others to be in the top three. While the bodice looks odd on a model, sized down to a muppet, it would look alright. I’ve seen Miss Piggy wear simliar stuff so she does have a more womanly body.

    • Anonymous

      A hickey? Perhaps the dress is giving her a rash.

  • Anonymous

    That video is too much.  I didn’t see Joana toning down any of his over the top tendencies when he was describing his ideas to her.  Tim would’ve checked him.   (Wearing bracelets or, heaven forbid, rings over evening gloves is tabu or used to be unless you’re Marilyn Monroe or Jane Russell.  Possibly Madonna).

    I really liked Kenley’s dress and think the weird boobage would’ve worked on Miss Piggy.  I gather that at some point she decided not to incorporate the sheer turquoise that she was shown working with. 

    • dmmetler

      But Miss Piggy DOES wear rings over evening gowns-usually large gems over lavender satin, in fact.

    • Anonymous

      Miss Piggy has been wearing bracelets and rings over her evening gloves for over 30 years ( http://images.wikia.com/muppet/images/f/f1/Guidetolife.jpg )!  I can’t fault Austin for that.  The rest of it is pretty awful, though, and he’s always been one of my favorites!

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

    What the WHAT?? That video is… wow.

    • Anonymous

      That was something else alright.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CNDPMVO4W23R5TVC2QMTJ5BZE Heather

    I just saw ‘Shame’ (after George Clooney’s recommendation at the Golden Globes), and Austin’s model looks like the girl from the train. Anyone know who she is?

    • Dana Zwiebel

      The model is Taylor Dean! She does have a real last name but I’m not sure she wants to use it anymore so I’ll spare her. She went to my university and was recently plastered on the cover of our alumni magazine. She is signed with Paragon (Mexico) and Muse (NY).

  • Anonymous

    Doesn’t Miss Piggy often wear strapless gowns fitted though the waist. Even though they aren’t flattering? I thought that was part of the joke. Like Mae West. She only thinks she’s glamours . Really kind of silly.
    Anyway I thought Kenley’s fit the bill. The neckline is a bit awkward, but so many did a typical sweetheart. Including the winner and Austin. It was nice to see a bit of variety on the theme. I would have put this at a tie for the win with Rami.

    Austin’s isn’t pretty ,but  neither are some of Piggy’s costumes. Other than the comedic touch of the bows on the hips it’s almost
    exactly the same as Michael’s winning dress. I wouldn’t have put it in the bottom three.

  • Anonymous

    Felt bad for Austin, cuz he was so into her. I kind of think if Piggy and Kermit had a love child (they were never married, right?) it would be Austin Scarlett.

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

      I think they got married in Muppets Take Manhattan? Or was that just the stage show?

      • Anonymous

        It was supposed to be just the stage show, but Piggy replaced the actor with a real priest.  I think in later movies, though, they ignored that and went on like they weren’t married.

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

          Aha! Thanks! :)

    • Anonymous

      I love this.  He’s even lanky and kind like Kermit, but he has Piggy’s sense of fashion.  Except here, that is.  Austin, snap out of it!

  • Anonymous

    If they didn’t sen him home for this load of crap then it’s safe to assume he will make it to the top 3.

  • Anonymous

    Kenley seems to have discovered a new “formula”n for her dresses and it seems to me she’s been pretty much doing the same dress in different lengths and fabric over and over from the beginning. And, of course, the “potscrubber” is a MUST.  I honestly thought Austin was going home, his dress is HIDEOUS! 

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

    Ugh, Kenley. Not gonna talk about it.

    Am I the only person who actually kind of dug Austin’s look? Well, until I read this post. Now I can’t unsee that wine bottle.

    • Nixonesque

      Yes. You are. His look was what you do with all the wrapping paper after a party.

  • Anonymous

    First of all, WTF is with that video?!? 

    • Anonymous

      ditto…

    • Anonymous

      Don’t know. Don’t care as long as I don’t have to listen to him sing again! My ears!

    • Anonymous

      After the first three lines, I turned on the mute. After about 15 seconds, I turned it off completely. I don’t need that in my head.

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

    Ouch, Austin! It pains me to look at it in close-ups. What with the shoddily-attached superfluous bows? Why the sad, mismatched mauve-and-grey? And the blue gloves/hiddy bracelets! I am aghast, to be frank. Thursday, I was just disappointed, but on closer scrutiny, I am worried for him. Why did he make a nice opera gown one week and fail with Piggy? Tighten up, Austin! Your fans are concerned….

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

    For Kenley’s dress, you gotta admit the model worked it for all it was worth, and had a lovely smile.

    • Anonymous

      Kenley is so lucky to have her.  She’s a great model, and so many of the models are just dreadful.

  • Anonymous

    Loved Mila’s take on Kenley. “Oh, surprise, another circle skirt..” I also quite liked her dress..couldn’t see why THAT was in the bottom 3 when there were oh-so-much worse.

    • http://twitter.com/SharkyMcKnitter Knitty Knitterton

      I laughed about that too, but then I also shot back at her, “Oh, surprise, another Mod Squad color blocked dress from you, Rat Face.” 

    • Anonymous

      Of course Kenley could say to Mila “Oh, surprise, another black and white mod dress.” 

  • Anonymous

    I think Kenley’s got a good response because it’s comparatively exuberant. 
    Austin’s is shockingly bad.

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

      Kenley’s at least has a fun element- the big pouf is at intended to look funny. If the whole thing were carried off in a Chris March way it would work.

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

    Not that she was the best designer of her season (she wasn’t), but I used to respond well to Kenley’s aesthetic. Now, I’ve hated every one of her dresses: not only they don’t look like her designs, but they all look like they belong to a kitsch bathroom.

    Of course you put Austin’s video. Hated her dress, but I wish I could travel to his Princess Fantasy kingdom one day.

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

    Both of them were just hiddy. The praise for Kenley’s just went hand-in-hand with the rest of the train wreck that was this episode.

  • Greg Yoder

    I didn’t watch the episode, but Austin’s dress here looks a lot worse than Gordana’s. 

  • Anonymous

    I thought Kenley only used the poof bath thing in the hair before because she had to use things from the dollar store.  

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

    This video…Austin has an amazing sense of humor. Cause he can’t be serious doing it, no? it’s a joke, right? am I…right?

    • Anonymous

      Still, I couldn’t get past the 44-second mark. Even if he’s trying to be cute about it, it’s still look-at-me, look-at-me, and especially after that dress, no, I just can’t.

  • Tom Shea

    I’m a Kenley fan from way back, so I’ve always liked her stuff. I don’t like the bust line, though, it’s simply too high.  The print is great IMO (why y’all think it’s heavy is beyond me), and that bow would give Piggy a waist if anything would.

    • Anonymous

      She said it was upholstery fabric, which is never a good idea for a cocktail dress.

      • http://profiles.google.com/katie.saks Katie Saks

        Just search etsy for “pink giraffe pillow.” 

  • Melanie S.

    Ugh, Kenley.  I can’t even.

    The problem I’m having with Austin’s is that I think the shape might be okay, but the shiny grey fabric 1) destroys the look and 2) makes it hard to imagine it in something else.  I think my eye’s confused by the combination of the deliberate shiny strips down the front and the unintentional shiny wrinkles that are about the same size.  In a dark matte grey, it might look interesting and tailored; in this it’s just a mess of optical illusions.

  • Anonymous

    i hope austin can redeem himself this week, i was so worried he might go home but figured they wouldnt get rid of him so early.  kenley grates but i laugh every time she praises herself.

  • Logo Girl

    Austin’s video reminds me of an SCTV sketch.

  • Anonymous

    Austin should have been gone.  This thing, I can’t even call it a dress, is among the worst things I’ve ever seen on PR, and that’s saying a lot.  The bows, the bra cup bodice, the godawful colors (sorry, but “used maxi-pad” comes to mind), the styling, the exposed zipper, the pointless seaming and quilting – it’s a train wreck.  I can’t even say it’s well-made; it’s pulling at the side seams and you can see where the hem is stitched.

    And that video!  My poor ears!  I had to shut it off after 30 seconds.

  • http://twitter.com/lenabena_ Elena

    What… is that video?

  • Anonymous

    I think Austin’s dress tried to be outrageous and that’s what saved it over Mila and Gordana’s. Kenley’s was exuberant and fun even if it was unsuitable for the grand pig.
    I am enjoying this all stars show tremendously because even the bottom three have ideas, execution, and/or great technique.

  • Stefanos Mantyla

    I am all for quirky, but I am pretty sure that music video was ill-advised.

    • Anonymous

      Boy, that is a nice way of saying that it was utter crap!

  • Anonymous

    That thing on the head of Kenley’s model is just ridiculous.  Sorry, a crumpled up piece of tulle does not make this monstrosity of a dress look any better.   In Season 5, I didn’t view Kenley really as a designer.  She has a retro rockabilly style, and she riffs silhouettes and styles that suit that genre.  She’s an expert seamstress, but not a designer. 

  • Anonymous

    I loved Kenley’s fabric and it wasn’t any more literal than those clown polka dots from Rami. The top was unfortunate, however. As for Austin, that garment is a huge WTF, on what planet, felt or human. would that dress look good?

  • http://twitter.com/chelwi Christine

    I’m just waiting to get a better look at Jerrell’s, because what I saw on my screen was terrible.

  • http://twitter.com/TigerLaverada TigerLaverada

    I gotta think Austin wasn’t aufed because he’s Austin. That was one hideous dress, far and away the ugliest thing on the runway IMO. 

    Kenley is predictable, I’ll give her that — poufy frou-frou is her style. The bodice on that thing was strangely awful, like the cups were patterned on roofing shingles or something. 

  • butter nut

    holy fuck that video LOOOOOLLLLLLL!!!  i <3 it so much it hurts.  also, kenley should have gone home for that shit on a stick.

  • Jessica Rowe

    Well… Austin’s was just like my Astronaut Barbie, so I loved it. 
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xvf75fvvbdI

    • Anonymous

      LOL, all the comments about the pink and gray totally put me in mind of Astronaut Barbie (although my first love of weird fabric/design combos goes to my Day-to-Night (?) Barbie in the pink business suit with the sparkly magenta swimsuit blouse).  But Barbie–not Miss Piggy–was the only way I could make sense of the hip bows.

  • http://lefty68.myopenid.com/ Lefty68

    That video made my brain melt.

  • Judy_J

    I was shocked by Austin’s design.  I expected so much more from him.  That dress made me sad, very sad.  And Kenly’s dress….holy crap!  She should have been in the bottom 3, no doubt.  That bodice was painful.

    • Anonymous

      I weep for Austin’s lack of taste this week. Are we all expecting too much from him?

    • Anonymous

      I weep for Austin’s lack of taste this week. Are we all expecting too much from him?

  • http://www.facebook.com/raultv Raúl T. Vives

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/a-tribute-to-heidi-klum-and-seal-in-happier-times
    GUYS…. is the saddest monday ever…. your page should be black or with a ribbon somewhere.

    • Anonymous

      I feel sorry for all their kids.

    • Anonymous

      Look, it’s always sad when a marriage breaks up, but “saddest Monday ever”?  ”Black or with a ribbon”?  They’re not dead, you know.  If not wise, they are certainly still healthy and wealthy (despite what they’ll have to pay for tattoo removal – let that be a lesson!).

      How about a bit of perspective?  

  • Anonymous

    Tortured and over-worked is an understatement. The only thing missing was a few fluerettes from Angela. EVERYHTING was wrong with it.

    And don’t get me started on how wrong Kenley’s was. I can kind of see strapless. I can kind of see the skirt. But that plunging neckline? Never, never, never.

    Never ever.

  • Anonymous

    Holy Mother of GOD!  That video was pure “Gong Show” material.  Where have you gone, Chuck Barris? I don’t know what “AustinScarlettTV” is, but I do know that it takes an ego the size of Canada to think you have talent in these areas and to post something like this.  Austin, a bit of friendly advice:  Don’t quit your day job, because you canNOT sing.  And you can’t act either.  

    And if this dress were the only design of yours someone saw, that person would be convinced that you can’t design either.  We know otherwise, of course, but geez–what the hell happened here?  You’re lucky that the producers want you in the top three, because even though Gordana did a peignoir, her effort was better than this.  Which should have gotten you kicked off.

    Kenley.  The praise lavished on this dress illustrates what was wrong with this challenge.  It was supposed to have been a design for The Pig to wear.  But since the designers were supposed to create their designs on models, not on The Pig Herself, they naturally created designs that fit…SURPRISE!…the models, not The Pig.  This was pure Kenley-Cutie, but, as TLo describe perfectly, it would never have fit Piggy, and so it didn’t deserve the praise it got.

    • Anonymous

      So is it all a calculated act to get more camera time or has Austin lost his mind? I keep waiting for him to turn to the camera wearing a turban and breathlessly announce that he’s ready for his close up.

      • Anonymous

        He’s moving perilously close to just that!  Funny!  (If he does the turban/Sunset Blvd. thing, I hope to God he shaves that cheesey moustache first!)

      • Anonymous

        I don’t know, I suspect (based on zero factual knowledge) that he just sees himself, in part, as an artist (or at least a ‘true creative’) exploring his creativity.  I’m pretty sure a lot of “the greats” in any media and their not-so-great contemporary pals produced a lot of stuff that’s never seen the light of day and wouldn’t be regretted (except maybe for historical documentation) if we knew what we were missing.

        The difference, of course, is the Internet. Upon which several drops of greatness float in vast oceans of mediocrity and worse – for far too long. ETA: Not that he seems at ALL averse to camera time.

        (Edited, again, for clarity)

  • Anonymous

    I actually thought Kenley’s dress was cute, even though it wasn’t ideal for the challenge. The thing on her head was awful, though. No argument there.

    Austin’s was a nightmare. I was wishing so hard he wouldn’t go because of it. When I heard the challenged, I immediately had him picked for top 2.  :(

  • Anonymous

    My PR viewing buddy thinks Kenley is terrific and can do no wrong.

    Glad to hear others disliked Kenley’s dress too.  From the giant print to the short skirt it just doesn’t say Miss Piggy to me.

    Austin’s video is something else.  His dress was something else too but not in a good way.

  • Anonymous

    Austin’s garment was like abortion. You’re pro choice until you see an aborted fetus walk down a runway. Austin, next time choose life.

    • Anonymous

      And you couldn’t come up with a more appropriate and less disgusting comparison?

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

        Uh. I thought it was funny :p But then again, I love me a dead baby joke…

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

    OK, silly me. I liked both of these, the key factor being that Piggy is a puppet. I think Kenley’s dress would be fine sewn onto Miss Piggy’s bod–Piggy’s curves can be what the dress demands, as one sees in plenty of photos. If the outfit has a waist, she can have a waist. I think the deep V would flatter her. By the same logic, Mila’s dress could work on Piggy because all you have to do is get rid of her boobs and she can play Twiggy.
    Austin’s design suffered I think from being tailored to a toothpick model; the basic corset concept doesn’t work if there’s nothing to hold in. Piggy’s body is just a lot more dimensional and that’s what Austin’s look needed–not a drawing of a bottle but a fluctuating panel defining midriff and, um, sowbits. The shininess was something to which the client responded positively, of course. The bows were stupid, yes; in his conversation with Joanna he said he was planning on a big bow in back, and she discouraged that, saying “you don’t want her to look like gift-wrapped” or some such thing. So he didn’t do that, and Michael won with a dress with a bow on the front that Piggy said would make her look “like a present for Kermie!”  
    OK, now I will watch the video…

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

      I got halfway through the video and I give up. It might have been bearable if he’d lip-synched to the recording of Kermie.

  • Anonymous

    Ha, I never noticed it was a wine bottle shape before, nor that it was quilted.  I also confess that I was so busy staring at the dress that I didn’t even notice the ill-advised blue gloves and bracelets.

    I must say I don’t quite understand the hate for the magenta and gray combination, but it is true that everything else was a terrible idea.

  • MilaXX

    I honestly thought Austin was going to get the auf for that dress. Kenley’s is just silly doll clothes, but Austin’s was truly fug. Also that video scared me a little.

  • Anonymous

    I HATE Austin’s look. The boobs, the bows, the nasty color combo. Ugh. What was he thinking?

  • Anonymous

    Apparently Mila, our glum Romulan, ended up in the bottom two because she refused to play the “recognize Miss Piggy as a human star” game. Because what she made was head and shoulders above Austin’s train wreck. And I’m surprised TLo didn’t ding the hip-widening floppy maroon bows harder, but there is only so much space to write their posts, I suppose. This was Austin’s episode to lose and he went down in FLAMES!

    You may want to check if Hell has frozen over; I’m going to say something nice about Kenley. I dislike the foofy fru-fru concoction Kenley whipped up (again), but she made a smart fabric choice. The giraffe print looks so random, the lack of a pattern match doesn’t look bad at all. Unlike Rami’s where the mismatch screamed “home sewer!” to me.

    • Lattis

      “Mila, our glum Romulan”
      HA! That’s an amazingly apt description. One my family will readily adopt.  (A little self disclosure: I love Mila’s aesthetic. And Mila. I’m hoping she makes it to the top.)

      • Anonymous

        I’m a fan of Mila’s work for her clear POV, but I will concede that it’s not for everyone. And from what I see, nobody is going to ever accuse our glum little Romulan of being cuddly, flirtatious or frivolous!

        I know many people will disagree with me, but I’d be happy to see Mila, Mondo and Rami as the final three. 

        • Anonymous

          I’m a Mila fan too.  She has a ton of talent and a point of view.  I realize that she’s not for everyone, but I love her designs.

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

            I wish she would learn how to manipulate a camera a bit better.  Too often I find her personally off-putting, when I really don’t believe she is — I think she’s just unaware of how to come across well to an audience.  And it’s too bad, because her work is VERY wearable and likable.  She reminds me of many successful American designers — she has a certain look that she is selling but in a very mass-market friendly way.  If you put the pieces together the way she does, it’s a very Mila look, but if you break them up, they are suitable for a range of styles and bodies.

  • Anonymous

    Those hip bows have got to be one of the worst extraneous styling choices I have ever seen on Project Runway.

  • Anonymous

    Austin, I love you, but that dress was hiddy. And your video made me giggle. I know you can do better than what you created this week.

    Kenley, ugh. Nothing else.

  • Anonymous

    I honestly can’t see how Gordana went home over Austin.  Gordana’s dress had all sorts of problems — beginning with the fact that it was a nighty more than a dress — but at least it was, in its way, pretty.  Austin’s dress is all kinds of fugly.

  • Stefanos Mantyla

    I do not know if everyone remembers this (it took a while for me to remember), but Austin won the previous challenge. So someone fill me in, here: Do winners get immunity on All-Stars? Is that why he was saved? If given immunity, though, I suspect he would not be put at the bottom, just because that traditionally does not happen (they might let him off with a warning, though, like they did with Bert).

    By the way, Kenley has a really beautiful model which I suspect is helping her.

    • Anonymous

      There is no immunity on All-Stars.

    • Toto Maya

      No, there is no immunity in All-Stars.

  • Anonymous

    No, really – what’s with the video? Anyone know?

    • Toto Maya

      Sure! It’s a statement on both the hopelessness and hopefulness of mankind while navigating through a world that is often both beautiful and cruel. Austin Scarlett plays the role of a puppet, thrust into every scene and forced to sing a song clearly not suited to his own abilities. This is a reference to Scarlett’s own troubles in a world that does not appreciate his differentness. By playing a puppet, he shows that he is impotent in the face of conformity, that he cannot pretend to be something that he is not because he is not pulling the strings. The world he lives in is beautiful, but superficial and unreal, much like Austin Scarlett would be if his shaved the mustache. And while playing a puppet reflects the hopelessness of achieving true independence in the world, the song is a positive one that speaks of better days and achieving a true connection with mankind that allows us to make the world a better place.

      • Anonymous

        Hilarious.  Thank you!

      • Anonymous

        Thank you, Toto Maya. The thing I really don’t understand, though, is why it was made – was it made for something? Is he trying to have a career in music? It’s so completely out of the blue (to me, anyway) that I’m a bit flummoxed.

        • Anonymous

          The title says “Screen Test” – how scary is that.

        • Anonymous

          It was included with a lot of other videos–many from the Austin/Santino extravaganza–on his YouTube channel, which I guess is what “AustinScarlettTV” refers to.  And he said it was to commemorate his meeting Miss Piggy.

          What he did NOT say was that it was meant to be a hilarious spoof.  And that’s too bad.

          • Anonymous

            Oh, I hope it was a spoof. It’s so hard to tell.

      • Anonymous

        Brilliant analysis (LOL)! You can shovel it with the best of ‘em. Thanks for the laugh.

      • Call me Bee

        Toto–that was awesome! 

    • Anonymous

      See, I just accepted the video ‘as is’ – the way I watch a lot of YouTube stuff performed by young people of my acquaintance as they try their wings. Ours is not to reason why . . .

      Obviously, Mr. Scarlett has long since left his teens/early twenties behind & has a stronger desire for attention than is perhaps average so 1) he enjoys playing around with performance as a creative exercise or 2) there WAS some goal in mind, which is kind of scarey because The Man Can’t Sing. (I agree with the above poster, he should have lip-synced to Kermit, licensing rights allowing).

  • Cathy S

    I wasn’t surprised that I didn’t like Kenley’s, but I can’t imagine what happened to Austin. This should have been his! What was he thinking?

  • Anonymous

    Frankly, I think Austin’s ranks as one of the tackiest, ugliest outfits that have ever graced Project Runway.  I was shocked that he wasn’t at least in the bottom 2.  I would have been happy to see him leave.

  • Anonymous

    Is there a whiff of producer manipulation in the air? Because Austin’s hot mess was schmauff-worthy.

    • Anonymous

      That isn’t frying bacon you smell….

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

    I’m kind of shocked that any designer chose prints for this challenge, especially when they said that their dress would be re-made to be worn by Miss Piggy. Did they not realize that either the print would look ridiculously over-sized on someone roughly half the length of their model, or they would have to reprint the fabrics in a smaller scale? And for such a throw-away gimmick this tie-in way, I doubt they’d be willing to spend that much time  or money doing that.

    Talk about shooting yourself in the foot.

  • Anonymous

    If Austin’s dress were anyone but Austin, they would have been auffed. Oh, and thanks, TLo–now I can’t unsee the wine bottle on the front!

  • Greg Yoder

    That video’s a good deal more entertaining (and so much less painful) with the sound off.

  • Bree The Vole

    I actually think that the giraffe print is adorable, but she should have made a less adorable dress out of it, if that makes sense. Kenley has also scored the best model of the season.

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

    I liked Kenley’s dress better than Rami’s. I thought it more ironic, but sort of think both dresses should have been in the middle.  There were worse and better dresses out there.

  • Anonymous

    Austin’s dress is even more hideous than I remembered.  And I thought Gordana’s was pretty and well-made, just not right for the challenge.  But it seemed fair that Austin wasn’t schmauf’ed, given that he won the last challenge.  

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

    I’m rewatching PR season 7 on DVD and saw that giraffe print displayed prominently in Mood. No one took it.

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

    I love Kenley’s dress, though the boob area is a bit off. I even liked the hair…er…thing. Austin’s dress w/o the bows *might* have been passable. Prob not. Pink and grey are great together but not those particular shades of pink and grey.

    • Anonymous

      it looked more like maroon than pink to me.  or red-violet, like the crayon.  with the gray, yuck, depressing.

  • BuffaloBarbara

    I figured Kenley’s was praised for being in on the joke, just like Rami’s.

  • http://twitter.com/zwizh Natalie Bryan

    I feel like when Austin was describing his plan for the dress, I liked what I was hearing. Bow on the back that wraps around to cover the bust? Sounds interesting, and I would have liked to see it. But then THAT dress walked out! I don’t even know how he got that out of the description he gave.

  • Anonymous

    And Austin, honey, I’ve been belting out the Etta James all weekend long , but I’m not about to post a viddie on the internet. Sometimes we should keep our joys and sorrows private.

    • Lattis

      RIP Etta James. I love her voice.

  • Anonymous

    Oh my god this video. I’ve had to pause it so many times but every little scene is more amazing than the last. Mariachi, sailor, flying in space… 

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    Having now seen the wine bottle, I can’t unsee it.  What a tortured mess that dress was!  I really liked Kenley’s dress, and I am generally NOT a fan of her’s.  Flirty and feminine, love the pink, I even like the bath pouf headpiece. 

  • Susan Crawford

    I absolutely didn’t get the whole thing this past week. OK – design a fabulous cocktail-style dress for Miss Piggy. THAT I get. But frankly, wouldn’t this have made a LOT more sense if the mannequins had Miss Piggy’s proportions, and the dresses were actually “modelled” by Mlle. Cochon via the magic of video? Then maybe we would have been spared some of the horribility that emerged from the challenge. The pink giraffe print – tragic. Just tragic. And Austin, dearest, when have we EVER seen Miss Piggy wearing drab, shiny, cheap-looking grey satin? The mind reels! And a workroom critique from Miss Piggy accompanied by Joanna Coles would have been hilarious.

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

    Oh my lord, that video is hilariously awesome. God bless Austin. He’ll do anything, and I have to love him for that. OK, he’s a terrible singer. But he does look very handsome when he’s just standing at the microphone singing.

    His dress, though. Yikes. I do not know what he was thinking with the bows. Although the color combination is kind of “early 80s hair salon”, I don’t mind it. But the dress is just flat out ugly.

    I adore Kenley’s dress. Her work has been skewing really young, but this dress and last week’s were both so pretty and girly that I can’t help but love them. The Head Piece That Attacked New York is a bit much, but it’s also really funny.

    I think Kenley’s dress would work for Miss Piggy, and I wouldn’t have complained if she’d had won.

  • Anonymous

    While it’s nothing much (& has an unworkable bodice) as a people dress, I thought Kenley had the Miss Piggy aesthetic down cold.

    Austin should have been worried about being auf’d. But he IS Austin Scarlett and weighing his loss or Gordana’s the producers could never have gone any other way. The only thing he got right were the bracelets over the gloves.

    (edited for inability to type English)

  • Helen C

    Kenley’s dress is a pink remake of her plagarized McQueen wedding dress from her final collection.  

  • http://twitter.com/GAgal28 Kristin

    Omgosh thank you SO much for saying that about Kenley’s dress. It was horrible, & I didn’t understand at all why it was praised or in the top 3. Umm… NO! 

  • Anonymous

    I thought Kenley’s was cute, cute, cute and the fabric choice more inspired than Rami’s.  The scrubby on her head totally seemed Miss Piggy to me.  In fact, the whole outfit seemed to be in the Miss Piggy spirit and had way more style than Rami’s campy outfit or Michael’s winning outfit. I can’t believe I’ve liked two of Kenley’s outfits in a row because I’m not usually a fan of her aesthetic and I dislike pink, polka dots and animal prints.  Damn you, Kenley, stop making outfits I like!

    Austin’s was just inexplicable.  The fabric choices, the colors, the design, the execution.  In a fairer world, he’d have gone home because it was just that bad.  I didn’t see the wine bottle before because I was so fixated on those terrible bows.  And I say this as an Austin fan.  One thing about Mr. Scarlett is that when he designs something bad on PR, it’s usually really bad.  Complete hit or miss kind of designer.

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

    I have never liked even one of Kenley’s creations, and this is no different. What made her think Miss Piggy would wear a sternum-baring pink giraffe print? Does Miss Piggy even have a sternum???

  • Anonymous

    In my opinion Austin’s dress is probably more deserving of an AUF than Gordana’s was.  Hers was at least pretty and wearable, and one can see Ms. Piggy wearing it.  I am not sure who can and should wear Austin’s garment unless they are paid to do so.

  • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

    This is one of the things I love/hate about PR. The worst look didn’t go home, because Austin has so much personality. Not that I want Austin to go home, but that dress was truly hideous.

  • Anonymous

    Kenley’s is awkward.  Hate the ill fitting top.  I think (hope) Austin’s is not what he was going for–he got lost in overwork.

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

    Get it together, girl. We want you in the Top 3.

    YES, PLEASE!

  • DALE WITTIG

    I actually thought these two were very funny, and consequently good for the challenge.   Kenley should have won.   She may be something of a dilettante compared to the likes of Michael Costello, but I’ve liked her designs for the first three challenges much better than the work of any of her competitors save Mondo.   I doubt she’ll make the final three, but so far she’s done good. 

  • margaret meyers

    Love the shoulder shrug once it’s in color. 

    I suppose putting napkins in napkin rings on Miss Piggy’s hips makes some sense. “It’s pwobably magic.”

  • Anonymous

    That video. What. The. Fuck. 

  • Anonymous

    WTF happened to Austin’s talent?

  • Anonymous

    OMG the singing was PAINFUL. Austin is smoking crack. I’m so disappointed in his entries. PS: I dug the Kenley dress.

  • Anonymous

    Quilted wine bottle! Just spit out my tea….

  • Anonymous

    I think you may have just found the gay holy grail

  • Call me Bee

    Yeah–I was shocked, shocked when Kenley’s dress was in the top 3.  I thought middle at best, and only becasue it was really well made.  The bodice shape is just silly and the fabric is all wrong.   
    I was also very disappointed with Austin’s look.  What a tortured mess–the fabrics, the colors the details.  Oy–it’s all too much.  What the heck happened? 

  • Anonymous

    I don’t get the hate for the video – it absolutely made me smile and with a little auto-tune, Austin’s voice would be fine – he’s just a little flat. As for the dresses – hopefully Austin will get his act together, as for Kenley, she designs the same dress over and over.

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

      We don’t get it either. We thought it was hilarious.

  • Anonymous

    You all know I love Austin. And I want him in the top three. But please. Please. PLEASE. MAKE HIM STOP SINGING!!!!

  • Anonymous

    oh austin, honey, no…you were obviously lost in fantasy land while creating this monstrosity and the concept of fitting disappeared along the way.  i actually thought at first that those crosswise ripples and folds in the bodice were intentional, like the exposed boning, but they were so asymmetrical and they changed in each still photo.  then i saw the back! yikes.  and did you really mean for those bows to bounce and wiggle like they were about to fall off?  i hope not.  i know you were just temporarily blinded by your love for miss p.  

    now kenley.  i understood your vision and the giraffe print was too cute, but of course nothing is too cute for the pig.  and the giant pouf would have looked adorable with her pink piggy ears.  but, dear, has she ever in her puppet incarnation ( as opposed to animated) worn a dress which revealed her shoulders and decolletege (or lack thereof)?  this is a project, no a CHALLENGE, to all you muppet fans out there to find an example and provide a link!  i’m counting on you, kittens, poodles and fawns, born or otherwise.   

  • Horacio Lom Bonilla

    Kenley’s dress was fine, maybe a little too junior but there really weren’t too other choices for the top. Aside from Mila, who clearly didn’t fulfill the brief, who else was there? April’s wasn’t Miss Piggy either, Mondo was kind of tacky, Kara’s was slutty, and Jerell’s was just bad. Maybe Anthony’s? I do think Kenley’s was better. However, even the judges didn’t lavish much praise on it. They pointed out the bady constructed bodice and the questionable print. I think she made it to the top by default. I do think it is a little silly to concentrate on whether this would look good on a muppet. I mean who cares about that? If designers can pad a model and use tape to make a dress fit better, I imagine fit and proportion is not going to be much of a problem if you’re dealing with a sock that can be modified to have whatever body type you want it to have. The whole point I think was to get in the mood of the challenge and make something fun and extravagant. Kenley did that.

    As for Austin’s, it was really bad, and it was still about a million times better than Gordana’s. With Austin’s there’s no way she wouldn’t get her photograph taken. Sure, it would land on the worst dressed list but at least she wouldn’t fade into the background. I’m glad he stayed, but I’m not sure I want to see him make it all the way to the finals. I think the most deserving designers are Mila, Rami, and Mondo. Unless they pull a final four, I’m afraid I’m going to have to root for his eventual schmaufing.

  • Anonymous

    i loved austin’s video.
    it couldve been made almost forty years ago, frighteningly, w/ a whole lot more effort & handmade props & running around through  living arboretums & lots of the smoke of ground-grown dope & laughter. very cockettes, austin [even though theres just a single star & not even an implied ensemble]. & very wonderful.i did not love austin’s dress. oh heavens, no. not any of it, not the post-gaultier-post-underthings-du-grandmère, not the bargain bin slightly off colorway, not the quilting, not the wine bottle that i missed until now,

  • Anonymous

    Wine bottle– ha! I didn’t even notice that on TV– I was too distracted by the hip-bows, and now I see that the hip-bows have napkin rings! My, oh, my. The judges praised the construction, and I guess there’s some fairly decent work with the seams and the piping and the quilting– but there are also some glaring issues, namely all the puckering on the sides and the wonky belt/waistband. And, yes, the whole thing looks tortured. There is such a thing as too constructed.

    I don’t get Kenley’s at all. I thought she’d be the one most likely to ace this challenge as her aesthetic is loud, bright, flamboyant, and fantasy-oriented. The bodice, first to all, is poorly constructed. The print, though it matches up well in the back of the skirt, is uninspired. She and Mila were left behind to be judged, I suspect, because they’d both been in the middle the past two challenges. And the judges ain’t gonna wait until the 5th challenge or whatever to judge them. And Kenley was on top because ain’t nodoby gonna hear her bitching on the runway.

  • Anonymous

    When I see Kenley’s, I don’t think ‘giraffe’–I think ‘pork chops’.

  • Anonymous

    Can’t imagine what was going through his coiffed head.