PR All Stars: Strings of My Heart

Posted on January 10, 2012

Is Michael Costello going to pull a whiner every time someone picks a similar material to his? How many people had potscrubbers in their outfits this week? You didn’t hear any of them freaking out over it.

Then again, the boy had a bit of a point, because he and April both made gowns entirely out of the same type of mop head, so it was going to be all but impossible for comparisons not to be made.

So let’s make comparisons!

 

 

April

They both did semi-decent jobs with the material. But they both should have considered using the material more sparingly. In April’s case, we think the gown looks more modern. We also commend her for giving the top of the dress a shape, stiff and away from the body a bit. It gives the dress a structure and slight edginess.

Michael Costello

He used some other material to show through under the strings and we think that was the start of a good idea. As we said, both of them should have utilized different elements in their design, but at least Michael’s wasn’t entirely string, even if it looked like it at first glance. The other thing we like here is that he made the attempt to make a shape out of the strings. April’s looks more haphazard, but Michael’s has a meticulousness to it. Unfortunately, it’s not the most modern or freshest shape.

We’d say they both did about equally well. In fact, we’re thinking their numerical scores must have been extremely close.

 

[Photo Credit: myLifetime.com - Screencaps: tomandlorenzo.com]

    • Anonymous

      I was surprised how much I liked both of these and I didn’t notice the under material on Michael’s. I actually liked both of these more than Jerrel’l’s

      • Anonymous

        Don’t beat yourself up unless you have a bionic eye. How could you have registered the under material, since each outfit was on the TV screen something like three nanoseconds?

      • Anonymous

        I liked both of them as well. I don’t like April much as a contestant, but felt her dress was fine. I liked Michael’s just a wee bit more.  I think Jerell started in on the “y’all chose the same fabric and are making the same dress” fest that got Michael all worked up.  Just move your station next to Mondo’s honey and take a deep breath.

      • Anonymous

        I liked both of them as well. I don’t like April much as a contestant, but felt her dress was fine. I liked Michael’s just a wee bit more.  I think Jerell started in on the “y’all chose the same fabric and are making the same dress” fest that got Michael all worked up.  Just move your station next to Mondo’s honey and take a deep breath.

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

        It’s a semi-lining over the bust.  I thought it was a bra, but she has no straps over the shoulders or on the back.  There would have been some serious nipple action without it.

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

        It’s a semi-lining over the bust.  I thought it was a bra, but she has no straps over the shoulders or on the back.  There would have been some serious nipple action without it.

    • Anonymous

      To me, Costello’s is more of a Real Housewife dress, while April’s looks fresher and more starlet.  But I always liked April quite a lot.

      • Anonymous

        Agreed about Michael.  It reads a little “taste issues” to me.  (Hooker chic.)  If I was playing stylist, I’d put a housewife like Tamara in it.  But I do think he did the assignment. 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6RS6NLL44AED3E4QWIYTDQGU6I Psy_Chick

        I just typed almost exactly that, then scrolled down and saw your comment. Glad to see I’m not the only one. This isn’t just a Real Housewife dress. It’s a Real Housewife of New Jersey dress. I think April’s is lovely, and I kind of want it.

      • Anonymous

        also, Aprils is way more shape flattering than Michaels.  All that width in the mid section is just adding bulk.

    • Anonymous

      Michael’s has a chain mail quality to it that I really like.  I don’t find the shape to be dated at all.   For me, April’s screams “taste issues”.   I think hers, with the car wash type bottom is the one that looks stale. 

    • http://twitter.com/ohmybears48 Michelle Argento

      I would have liked Michael’s dress if the fabric color was more of a pop. This looks like what is showing through is a mistake. I hated April’s look. I really have no desire to see what vampire-esque looks she brews up this season.  

      • Sobaika Mirza

        Agreed. I would have loved if Michael’s fabric color was some sort of bright pink peaking through.

        • Anonymous

          Bingo! A color peeking through would have been fresh. It couldn’t be the muslin, though; that’s supposed to disappear in these challenges.

    • Anonymous

      I’m not really that sure how well April’s “reflected” the look she brought with her…

      • Anonymous

        It was black and white, which reflects everything she’s ever done. 

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

      When I see Michael’s dress I automatically think of Jennifer Hudson.

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

        I think he would be happy to hear that. If you can picture a celebrity (whatever their style) in someone’s clothes, that can only be good for the designer. And now that you say that, I see it too. 
        I don’t know about April’s. It looks cute at first glance but the back kills it.

      • Anonymous

        Me too, but not in a good way.

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

      I never once heard the judges even mention whether or not the dresses look like they were actually inspired by the designers’ original dresses.  When they announced it they acted like that was a big twist, then they completely ignored that for the rest of the show.

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

        I agree. In fact, I seem to recall one of the judges complaining that the runway dress looked too much like the original. Didn’t anyone tell them what the challenge was?

    • Anonymous

      “Is Michael Costello going to pull a whiner every time someone picks a similar material to his?”

      Yes.  And if no one picks a material similar to his, he will whine about something else.  It’s who he is.  It’s what he does.

      But despite his more annoying personal qualities, I think he did a very nice job with his dress. There are, naturally, a few construction issues, and there’s too much weight at the bust line, but I like the shape of his dress better than April’s.  I like the way her dress fits the body, but I’m not crazy about the car wash bottom.

    • Anonymous

      I still think Michael’s looks sloppy. Neither were going to win though so…

      Looking at their models though it occurred to me another area that appears to have improved for All Stars. The models. No offense to the walking clothes hangers of last season but they had awful walks and thus didn’t really help hide how awful the clothes were.

      • Anonymous

        I thought the exact same thing about the models. Not only are they better walkers, but they seem to have more traditional model proportions. 

      • Anonymous

        I’m pretty sure that Michael’s model is Leslie from America’s Next Top Model: http://www.buddytv.com/articles/americas-next-top-model/profile/leslie-mancia.aspx

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

          I think you’re right. I loved her. So beautiful.

        • Call me Bee

          Yes–thank you!  I mentioned her in my post, but I hadn’t read all the comments yet.  The cycle that Danielle won–and Joanie was the runner-up, who is now a carpenter on the DIY Network. 
          (BTW I was called toni-baloney all thru school….now I love it!)

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

        April’s model does not look happy to be wearing a mop dress.

        Last year’s crop of models was so bad that just about anyone would be an improvement.

    • Aly Light

      I think Michael’s looks droopy and sad. And like mops. April totally did a better job.

      • Anonymous

        To me it’s April’s hanging mop strands that look like, well, hanging mop strands.

    • Anonymous

      I thought Michael put that gray fabric under the dress to prevent his model flashing people – as a design element it falls flat.

    • Anonymous

      I liked Michael’s a lot. Looking at it closely, it’s definitely got this cool flapper-meets-S&M look. Chain mail, as another commenter said. April’s, to me, looks like a dress with fringe, but I’ve never really gotten April.

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

        Me neither! 

      • Anonymous

        Flapper (vs. hooker) was the first thing that popped into my mind, too.

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

      While the top half was nice and almost looks like a patterned fabric, I did not care for the stringiness of the bottom of April’s look. I much preferred the symmetrical looping of Michael C’s mops. I did not notice the double layer of mops on the top of the front of his dress until I saw these pictures. I like that touch.

    • Anonymous

      I liked Michael’s better.

      Yeah, I said it.

      • Anonymous

        I agree.  Although I like April’s more in these pictures than I did during the show.

    • http://www.facebook.com/foodhussy Heather Johnson

      Why didn’t they think to dye them?

      • Marie Watterlond

        I think getting those mops wet would change the texture too much. Leaving them “natural” meant they’d be fuller and would look more like yarn or fur. I think there were colored mops available but they both chose the striped ones because they were more interesting than the solid colors.

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

          April commented that it was only the black and white model that they had enough of for her to use them. 

      • Anonymous

        I think they intentionally went for the black & white look to refer back to the color of their original dresses.

    • Anonymous

      I liked them both.  The thing with Michael C, is that he’s a lot more talented than he seems on PR.  I loved the collection that he made after PR (I am not referring to his PR collection, but what he did afterwards).  His main problem, I believe, is his lack of self-confidence.  He’s incredibly talented, but he doesn’t do very well when it comes to “playing the game.”  When he’s not in front of the camera, he produces some really nice stuff.

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

        I don’t think he’s the natural creator that some of the most successful PR contestants are.  Basically, he can give you something beautiful, but innovative takes more effort for him.  Which is no slam on him — that’s true of most designers, even the very successful ones.  Unfortunately, on PR, he doesn’t have the time or the money to keep redesigning until he hits on something more unique.

        • Anonymous

          That’s a really great point that I hadn’t thought of before. I work in a creative field and I have never been one to be able to brainstorm on the fly really well like some of my colleagues can. But given some time to myself I do OK. I wonder how many PR contestants haven’t been able to let their true creativity shine through because of the manic pace?

          • Anonymous

            spicytomato- you and gotham tomato should get together and make a bloody mary.

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

              We’d need someone with vodka in their name… there must be someone lurking here who fits the bill…

    • Anonymous

      April’s dress made my head hurt and the detail on the top was lost in the model’s hair – she should have styled it up or back. 

      • Anonymous

        i thought it was the model’s hair when i first looked at the pictures.

      • Anonymous

        Perhaps she was trying to hide the detail on top?  The black netting was my least favorite element.

        • Anonymous

          I had to go back and look at her dress again. I completely missed the black netting.

    • Anonymous

      Michael’s might be more interesting design-wise, but April’s just looked much more elegant, and fit the model’s shape better. I thought she was the clear winner when I saw, but you bring up some good points… :P

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      I like the randomness of the placement of the cords on the top of April’s dress, but I like the movement of the swags of cords on Michael’s.   In both cases though, I think they overused the material. and ended up with a fairly bland end product.

    • Anonymous

      Look at Leslie from ANTM still getting model work yearssss later. She looks good!

    • Anna Maria Diamanti

      Usually I’m all about calling out (or at least suspecting) manipulation, but I honestly can’t decide if Michael’s repeated claims of fearing April would blow him off the runway were just a play for the viewers or an honest expression of his self-esteem issues.

      Both their effors were equally adequate, that’s about it.

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

        I always got the feeling that Micheal was genuine — as much as anyone is on reality TV. I think he really is that self-conscious. 

        • Anonymous

          he does seem to be a mess emotionally. it was painful to watch his home visit, between the bossy controlling boyfriend and the mean rejecting family.  i would really like to hear more about growing up gay in the gypsy culture.

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

            I know.  That’s why I respond so well to him — he needs a cookie and a hug….  I’m a sucker for the truly damaged people of the world.

            • Anonymous

              I concur.  After what he’s gone through, I have plenty of mercy for him.  I don’t celebrate his emotional state, but, I don’t have it in my heart to look down on him.  I’m glad he has triumphed as much as he has.

              I am so happy that (in general) we have so much talent and design to be talking about.  I do feel like my old PR came back.   

              Now if only Kenley will have a moment to show that she grew up like Tiffani Faison from Top Chef did on Top Chef All Stars.

      • Anonymous

        Michael is like a jelly who needs a mold. He was always quivering through his season, needing outside validation for every move he made, and his confessionals and home visit made it seem that this is part of his actual personality, not just his artistic/creative approach. I can’t stand that level of neediness in a person, and in such a high-stress situation he is a train wreck — I felt disgusted by him and humiliated for him. I am not pleased to have him on my screen again!

    • Anonymous

      I like April’s better.

    • http://profiles.google.com/rociosaurio Rocío Vázquez

      I just can’t stand Michael Costello.
      Not talking about his desings, but just as a reality tv person.

    • http://korilian.livejournal.com/ korilian

      Ooh nice! I didn’t realize April was back! I really liked her work. If she strays from the black she might go far!

    • Anonymous

      I thought Michael’s was more interesting than Aprils especially how it moved on the runway.

    • Anonymous

      I thought Michaels was a bit better, and also had more of a reference to the blousey-ness of his original dress.  It’s pretty expected that if you’re using a mop as material, the skirt will be fringe, which is what April delivered.  So Michael gets points for using the material in a (slightly) less expected way.

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

      Two middle-of-the-pack entries. I really do wish that B/M spent less time playing up the Mopheads Drama and more time showing the dresses being made, workroom visits, runway shots, and runway critiques. Less Talk. More Rock! All Killer. Less Filler!

    • Anonymous

      I like the front of April’s better, but the back of Michael’s better.

      • Anonymous

        yes, i thought the back of april’s looked a little clunky.  reminded me of a plaster cast my childhood friend had to wear after surgery for scoliosis.

        • Anonymous

          HA HA HA.  From the back, for sure. I don’t know why she didn’t shape that back a little more. From the front, however, Michael’s could be hauling in the daily catch.

    • Anonymous

      These are about even in my eyes. Like you, T Lo, I like the structure on the bodice of April’s, but I don’t like the way she used the black material (tulle? unraveled shower scrubbie?) at the top, nor do I like the way the strings come together at the bottom of the torso. I really like the way Michael used the strings to create the draping and shape on the skirt part of the dress, and I like the neckline and back. I think the front of the bodice looks a little clumsy, though.

      Overall, I might give a slight edge to Michael’s, simply because he took a heavy material and made it look light. April’s looks pretty heavy.

    • Mariah J

      They’re both just alright. I would say April’s use of the mops is the more expected method.

    • Anonymous

      I think they both turned out pretty well for mops, with a slight edge to Michael C.

    • http://twitter.com/QuincyTKatz Quincy Katz

      It has been stated here that the unconventional materials challenge is also known as the “glue shit on muslin” challenge.
      Thanks April, for keeping that going by gluing strings on muslin and then letting the rest hang off the bottom.

      It it’s really about using unconventional materials in clothing making then April should have been in the bottom 3.
       Frankly, I thought Austin’s dress was better at using unconventional materials.
       
      As for Michael, ehhh, at least he tried to use the materials in a unconventional way- I’m OK with his being safe.

      • Anonymous

        That would leave Jerrell (scarves) and Sweet Pea (towels) as the other bottom 2 then, yes? What the hell did Elisa make her (ahem) outfit out of, anyway? I mean besides magic.

    • Anonymous

      I really like the back of Michael’s dress and the bodice of April’s. The rest  of April’s dress is too distracting and takes away from what a great job she did with top. 

      On a side note I rewatched the show on-demand last night so I could actually see both sets of clothes and had a  wtf moment because Sweat Pea’s and Kara’s inspiration dresses were not shown! Seriously BM?? Boo to crappy editing. Did the show originally air like that? Is the online version the same?

      • Anonymous

        GAHHHH can’t edit my typo in Sweet Pea’s name, stupid disqus.

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

          I didn’t even notice until you pointed it out LOL :)

          • Anonymous

            sweat p is kind of a gross concept.

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

        Yes, the on-line version is the same. “I think we’ll just cut out two of the inspiration pieces. No one actually gives a crap about that anyway. So… names in a hat, or should we pull straws?” Who makes that decision? Who even thinks it’s a decision that has to be made? Just show the damn clothes.

        Stuff like that is why I’m not convinced Bunim/Murray and Lifetime will leave All Stars alone and let it be about the designers and the clothes. I mean, these are people who think watching the designers in the workroom is like watching paint dry.

    • Anonymous

      Count me in for Team Michael C. I love that gay gypsy gremlin.

      • Anonymous

        yes.  he should just go for it and work a gay gypsy from palm springs look, channeling liberace.  it’s in his soul i know.

    • Anonymous

      Couldn’t stand Michael’s at all. There’s no waist to it and it’s not flattering to her body. If Michael Kors had been on that panel he would’ve ripped Michael a new one for making a size 0 model look plus-size and rightly so.

      • Anonymous

        I am generally a fan of halter-ish tops as they are flattering, but the drapey effect he went for is screaming burlesque/stripper/Gypsy Rose Lee at me.

    • Anonymous

      I actually really love Michael’s.  Is it the most original thing he could’ve done?  No, but it’s just so pretty to look at.  I’m bored senseless by April’s.

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

      Michael’s looks like mops. And I still don’t like him.
      April’s would have been great if she stuck with the idea of the ‘mops as fabric.’ If she had skipped the tassels and just continued the top down to cocktail length, it would have made much more of a statement. And the judges may not have noticed immediately that they were mop heads. Which is kinda’ the point yes?

      • Anonymous

        Agree.  I wondered if she ran out of time–probably tricky and time-consuming to sew the strings together.

        • Anonymous

          I assumed April made a muslin mini-dress and hot glued crap, I mean mop heads, all over it. Props to her if she sewed all that.

          • Anonymous

            i wonder if any muslin was used.  i didn’t see any during the show nor in the workroom photos posted on lifetime, and it was never mentioned.  could just be careful editing.

      • Anonymous

        it also might have made a cute mini with a finished hemline.  someone should have made a sweater-dress type mini out of the mopheads.  with the tweed look of the black and white, that could look really chic.  i used to have a mini sweater dress with a plunging back that was really cute.  not made out of mop heads, though.

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

          I really wish I could have seen what the store carried — dollar stores vary widely in my experience.  The one in my hometown always has frosting in this little food section.  I’d totally buy frosting…

          • Anonymous

            Frosting. Hmmmm… maybe that’s what Kenley spent $91 on.

          • Anonymous

            Now I’m imaging Kara Saun painting Morganza with frosting instead of the little pain kit in the Grlstedes challenge!

    • Anonymous

      Asshat of the week to Costello for his “My model looks so good I’m questioning my sexuality”  comment. Nobody cares.

      If April would have left off the tulle-like stuff, her bodice would have clearly been cleaner and more geometric. The bottom half looked too random and could have been shorter. And since hindsight is 20/20, those silver stickers Gordana (mis) used might have made cool aglets to finish the ends of April’s mop strands.

      I’m pleasantly surprised by Michael’s efforts, but I imagine that this is what everyone would have made if the brief was “Make a Bob Mackie gown out of mop heads” (to be clear, Michael is no Bob Mackie.) And his garment would have been enormously improved if we saw peeps of a saturated color between the strands instead of the dishwater gray he chose to line his dress.

      And I do hope he’s an early casualty, since his whining is very annoying. May I suggest a double elimination with Kenley?

      • Anonymous

        ew, dishwater grey. reminds me of the water left in the pail after the floor is mopped.  he’s got a housekeeping theme going there.

    • Anonymous

      I really liked what April did with the bodice – it makes it look more structured rather than just hanging mop pieces – like the bottom of hers and all of Michael’s. 

    • bloodshothalfblind

      of the two, april’s was my favorite.  the structure of the top is nicely done.  michael’s though is terrible.  that little flourish at the top, right on the nipples… it’s stupid ugly & kind of vulgar.  which describes a lot of michael’s work tbh.  please let him be the next auf, just so we dont have to sit through anymore drama mongering for the cameras.  

      also, haven’t we seen his model before?  was she kara saun’s model??  she looks so familiar.

    • MilaXX

      I give Micheal the slight edge because I hated the fringe on April’s.

    • Anonymous

      Who ever lines up the gowns did these two a disservice by sending them out one after the other. I give April the edge because the dress does not look like it’s made out of mops ( unless it’s standing right next to another dress made out of mops). Anyway it looks like her model came right out of an Edward Gory ball illustration and that is right up April’s alley.
      Michael’s is good too. I’d like it better if I couldn’t see the grey.

      I think either one could have been in the top if it wasn’t for the other one. They are both better than Jerrell’s.

    • Natasha Fairweather

      Ew, Micheal’s is totally trashy. I kind of like April’s – I like that she fully commits to the mop head. Michael’s make’s the model look bigger than she is, and like a droopy barstar.

    • Anonymous

      Michael’s looks trashy to me because his hemline basically points an arrow at the crotch.

      • Anonymous

        That’s it. I knew it looked floozy, but I couldn’t put my finger on why.

    • sweetlilvoice

      I have to comment that model 1 looks like NY from I Love NY on Vh1. Terrifying. Not bad either from the designers.

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

      I prefer Michael’s, after quite a bit of study of both. I like April’s at first glance but her black “corsage” and the wiring along the top are not pleasing. To me.  But the way the strands are molded to the model’s body and then turn back into mop below is great. I liked both looks.

    • http://shockya.com/ Monique Jones

      At first, I really liked Michael’s dress, but after looking at it again, it looks like something Wilma would wear on a trip to Rock Vegas.

    • Susan Crawford

      I’m already officially OVER Michael’s whining ways. It made him unbearable to watch first time around, and it has not improved on second thought. But he’ll be around for a while because he brings that good old Bunim/Murray drama-rama and will undoubtedly play up the sob story of his life once again.

      I really liked how April just quietly got with the program and went to work with her mops – a bit over the top, but a solid “pass” for overall execution. Go, April!

    • Anonymous

      I thought April’s looked better in motion, lighter and less mopheady.  It would have looked even fresher and lighter if it had been shorter.  Michael’s looked heavy in front, kind of droopy, and just like what it was made out.  He did have something more interesting going on in the upper back than April’s.     

    • Anonymous

      Of the two (I thought both were pretty good), I liked Michael’s better. The repeated arc motif throughout the dress draped well, flattered the model’s body, and had a real art deco feel. 

    • Anonymous

      Of the two (I thought both were pretty good), I liked Michael’s better. The repeated arc motif throughout the dress draped well, flattered the model’s body, and had a real art deco feel. 

    • http://twitter.com/cornekopia Shawn EH

      Michael’s is better; April has a tendency towards shapelessness. She might be going for punk, but sometimes it’s just ragged.

    • Call me Bee

      See–I think April’s is very well planned–not haphazard at all.  There is a definate plan to the strings of the mop–princess seams on the bodice and more seams on the hips.  I love this dress! 
      And, I liked Michael’s as well.  You’re right–these two were probably neck-and-neck in the scoring. 
      On an aside–Michael’s model looks just like someone from ANTM–from one of the early cycles.  Now I’ll have to wrack my brain to remember her name….or at least her cycle….

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

      The shape of April’s is simple and classic, which is hugely different from what we saw from her the first time around. I like that about the dress. I also (god help me) love the fringes. I think, though, that they start way too high. That’s some serious peek-a-boo-ness going on there. Also, she should have tapered the waist more in the back. It’s a common problem with this kind of dress, if it’s a cheap one. I think the dress suffers because of that. But I do like it.

      Michael’s is cool in a nouveau riche kind of way. “Cool” and “nouveau riche” are not usually words you see the same sentence, unless there’s a “not” in there somewhere, but I kind of love it. As someone mentioned above, it’s flapper-esque. I’d love it more if the bodice weren’t overworked. It drags the dress down with it heaviness, and it overwhelms the lovely Leslie and makes her look bigger than she is.

      Both dresses have issues, which, as TLo said, makes them neck-in-neck.

    • Anonymous

      I liked April’s better due to the shaping/design of the bodice, though I wish she’d made it shorter. Someone mentioned it reminded them of a car wash and I agree. But the top part of Michael’s dress really bugs me. The back is fine but through the bust it looks heavy and droopy to me. 

    • Anonymous

      At least he gave others their due; he was the only one who complimented other people’s work. (If memory serves… )

    • Anonymous

      I prefer April’s version- it’s edgier and less hoochie than Michael’s dress. That said, both solidly in the middle of the pack.

    • Anonymous

      The more I look at Michael’s, the less I like it. There are some lovely elements in the way he used the materials, but the dress itself just isn’t a particularly interesting or attractive one. I have to disagree about April’s looking haphazard, however – the skirt portion is haphazard looking, to be sure, but the bodice is meticulously constructed. Unfortunately, much of that detail is easily lost and the overall shape of the dress is a bit boring.

      Overall, though, I agree about them being close to each other in the general ranking of things. Michael’s is more successful for what it is, but April’s began with a better idea, I think.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6RS6NLL44AED3E4QWIYTDQGU6I Psy_Chick

      April’s looks like a lovely, flowing gown. Michael’s looks like something you’d see on a Real Housewife of New Jersey.

    • Anonymous

      After seeing April’s showcase look, I am surprised she is even on the all stars show.  DId that somber, boring black dress with grey sleeves really represent her point of view as a designer?   Who is she designing for, bipolar secretaries?  Please, for the love of baseball and all that is holy, give the black a rest and introduce yourself to color and new shapes.

    • Anonymous

      I think I like Michael C’s just a tad more.

    • vmcdanie

      They both did pretty well. I’ll be the first to say that I went “Huh?” when they announced Michael was on the All stars season but he was quite charming last night and last night his dress wasn’t the worst and he did indeed choose an unconventional material (e.g. not towels.)

    • Anonymous

      Wrong. April did it better, the models shape shows and is accentuated by the dress. Michaels dress adds too much bulk and width to the mid section and takes away from the models shape.

    • Anonymous

      In answer to you first question, “Is Michael Costello going to pull a whiner . . .”, in a word, yes. Isn’t that his schtick? On to the comparisons–right on. They were both decent but uninspired overall. 

    • Anonymous

      i thought michael’s should have won! i’d wear it. i thought it was the freshest look up there. also, that host? INSUFFERABLE. my husband kept commenting on how hard to watch she is.

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

      I don’t like April’s at all. She was off to a good start creating a strict, structured bodice out of the mop-strings, but the thing is it ain’t all that meticulous. Then it only got worse. I HATE how the strings dangle and trail so haphazardly. It reminds me of Blayne’s seat-belt monstrous thing. Yep, unevenly spaced strings and all. Mop the floor with them. And the whole gown is overwhelming and gigantic.

      Michael, on the other hand, added some “relief” from the mop-string by layering them over another material (don’t know what it is, but it looks like a fabric substitute). Gown’s not perfect– there’s definite unevenness– but he used the strings in a very organic, fluid way. He didn’t try to manipulate the hell out of them. I’m not crazy about the design, but I GET it. I absolutely get it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ehormell Eric Hormell

      I actually found it a little endearing how highly Michael praised April’s dress. Of course, I can never tell if he is being sincere or if he is just a genius as manipulating dopes like me, but whatever.