PR All Stars: The Smell of Bacon

Posted on January 20, 2012

Yeah, that was about the same expression we had on our faces for the whole hour too.

As we said in the T LOunge last night, we are long-time Muppet-philes, make no mistake. And in all seriousness, Miss Piggy’s image is a fairly iconic one and has been dressed by a lot of big-name designers and shot by big-name photographers. In terms of the amount of imagery and exposure, as well as the sheer volume of couture she’s worn, on some level she makes a better inspiration for the designers than a dozen other “Make a dress for this C-List actress” challenges.

But here’s our problem with the way this challenge was framed: everyone was clearly ordered to treat Miss Piggy like a real person, which led to some utterly bizarre declarations like, “I think she’ll be comfortable in this.”  SHE’S MADE OUT OF FOAM AND FELT. She’s had a hand jammed up her ass for 35 years now with nary a complaint. We think issues of comfort can be safely disregarded.

To our way of thinking, this would have been a far more interesting challenge (and we’ll say it: less insulting to our intelligence) if the designers had been encouraged to tackle it in a real-world way. What will fit the shape of her body? What issues should be addressed with a client whose head is proportionally about twice the size of a normal woman’s and who has no shoulders? What will work best in photographs? What will get in the way of the puppeteer? And then take all those questions and address them, while at the same time making a dress that a human model can wear and look good in. We would have LOVED that challenge.

Instead we got a cringe-inducing (and seemingly endless) attempt at a comedy bit. Bitches, please.

We have a feeling this is why Mizrahi wasn’t there and if that’s true, our respect for him just went up a couple notches.

So congrats, Michael! To our way of thinking, there was a shortlist of people who should have nailed this and they were all, oddly, men: Mondo, Michael, Austin, Anthony and Rami, all of whom have a good handle on fantasy-based fashion and a sense of drama. We weren’t surprised he won it, but we were surprised how off the mark some of the other guys were.

This works because it’s not what you think of when you think of Miss Piggy, but as soon as you say it, you can see her wearing it.

To be fair, we don’t think all those loops on the front would work at all if the dress was scaled down to fit her shape. And we think the hat might be a bit much (although perfectly Piggy). But this works better than pretty much every dress offered because it captures her personality quite well and would look pretty great on her.

Oh, and we know he just picked them off the wall and Anthony used them last week, but pairing the leather opera gloves with it was a chic little way to update the classic Miss Piggy look.

And it’s Schmauf Wiedersehen to Gordana once again. Can’t say we disagree with the choice this time.

This was kind of drab and shapeless, looking more like a slightly frillier than normal nightie than a dress to be worn to a film premiere by a puppet. Besides, in our minds, anyone who defaulted to pink with this challenge should automatically get a point or two taken off just for being so predictable. Piggy moved past the iconic pinks and pastels a good 25 years ago. We can see a dress like this looking good on someone else and with some serious styling but for this challenge, it was a particularly poor response.

It’s only going to get harder, watching people go home. Normally at this point the people going home barely got any screentime, but we have history with every one of the designers, so it makes for a more poignant show in some ways.

 

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

    • Anonymous

      is there a picture out there somewhere of Miss Piggy IN this outfit? Anyone have a link?

      I was all for Rami winning this one, seemed more along the lines of what she usually wears, but I liked Michaels–even though I think he should have done more with it. Everything seemed so downplayed when she’s really flamboyant.

      OK, did I just talk about a puppet as if it were a person? Need. more. coffee.

      • Anonymous

        It was a little weird to hear them all refer to her has a real being.

        • dmmetler

          That’s how it’s been handled for the movie PR-and it’s really how Disney handles ALL their animated “Stars”. I expect that having gone through the Project Runway process once (and these are all designers who went fairly far) with the interviews and the like and the media attention helped in this group being able to suspend disbelief and mostly, treat Miss Piggy as a client. Although I think Michael was helped by actually having a child in the demographic. And I wish I could have seen Seth Aaron do this challenge!

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

            It’s funny, I don’t think of a 7-year-old boy as being in the Muppets demographic.  The movie came and went without being even a blip on my 8-year-old son’s radar. The only people I know who saw it were people that remembered the Muppets from when they were younger.

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

              If the kid has any family who really dig the Muppets, he may well be interested in them.  Or if Micheal does much with the kid socially, like school events or hosting playdates, he may be more familiar with them through OTHER kids he sees regularly.  My husband and son are not sports guys at all, but they both have a decent familiarity with it from the other boys at scouts.

            • Anonymous

              Both my kids (7 and 14) have been begging me to see the Muppets.  But then again, we own The Muppets take Manhattan and I quote from it liberally (is grits, grits, hominy grits! How should I know how many, count ‘em yourself, sheesh!).

            • MilaXX

              When I went to see it there were loads of kids in attendance but I think popularity did depend on nostalgia. I imagine parents who loved the muppets may have exposed their children to the muppets and thought the movie was worth taking their children to.

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

              My grandson turned 8 this week and wanted me to take him to see The Muppets as his birthday treat. But alas, it is no longer being shown in L.A. What a shame. It’s so hard to find a true G-rated film that a boy wants to see.

            • Anonymous

              Some kids’ parents may have given them a lot of Muppets material to watch. I grew up on Tom & Jerry and The Marx Brothers, which were hardly contemporary.

            • Anonymous

              I grew up on Tom & Jerry and The Marx Brothers, which were hardly contemporary.

              Actually, they kind of were, miwome – the Marx Brothers were late Twenties to late Forties, while Tom & Jerry were the early Forties to today, so there was a decade where they were contemporaries.

              Of course, there are a lot of fans of classic comedy keeping it alive for new audiences – from classic movie channels to contemporary cartoons doing Golden Age Hollywood and Vaudeville shout-outs a lifetime after their heyday.

            • Anonymous

              Sorry, I was unclear–I didn’t mean they weren’t contemporary with one another, rather that the entertainment I was consuming was not contemporaneous with the time at which I was watching it. (I feel fairly certain that Duck Soup was not filmed in the 90s.) My point being, just because Kids Today aren’t growing up in the Muppets’ golden age doesn’t mean, necessarily, that they’re not getting exposed and attached to the Muppets anyway.

            • Anonymous

              Oops – okay, then I guess we were saying the same thing, @miwome:disqus .

              Sorry about the pedantry…..

            • Anonymous

              Minipeanut (8) LOVED this movie, even though he couldn’t stand Muppet Babies when he was younger. He and his cousin insisted on seeing it the day it opened. Now he has a stuffed Kermit and wants a Piggy to go with it.

            • Anonymous

              Well, I don’t blame him, because Muppet Babies, like Scrappy Doo or every other atempt to infantalize iconic characters, suck…well, I won’t say what they suck.

            • Noelle Haland

              Did you catch when Michael was saying how he and his son LOOOOOVED “Muppet Babies”??  I was aghast! ;-)  That’s the worst part of the whole Muppets franchise. For the record, my kids (9, 12 and 14) all loved the new Muppet movie, but we have loved many of the movies and the TV show for years, too. My kids love the straight up humor as well as the edgier, sarcastic bits….

          • http://profiles.google.com/h.e.waddell Heather Waddell

            While Disney has taken it further the past couple of years, the Muppets have pretty much *always* been treated as real people. There’s tons of “behind the scenes” footage of Jim Henson and the other Muppeteers interacting between takes and they always address the puppets as “real”. And they’ve made several talk show appearances over the years where the interviewer treats them like a normal guest who happens to be sitting on another guest’s lap.

          • vix eljay

            To be fair, Kara Janx remarked that her daughter was a fan as well.

            • Noelle Haland

              And Geordana, too, though it sounds like her kids are grown now.

        • Anonymous

          In all fairness, everyone does that. Even the recap above refers to her as if she’s a real being: “Piggy moved past the iconic pinks and pastels a good 25 years ago.”

        • Anna Maria Diamanti

          Muppets ARE real, dammit!

          • Noelle Haland

            Yes, they ARE real — REALLY AWESOME!!

        • P M

          YOU MEAN THEY’RE NOT REAL???!!!!!

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4AZYKFDGYZTFQJML25GU4RJBUQ Anh-Thu

          Disney does not only do this with the Muppets, they do it with all their characters. For example, the actors playing the face characters at Disneyland are not allowed to tell others something like “I play Princess Aurora at Disneyland,” they must say “I am friends with Princess Aurora” instead.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Julianne-Mullikin/100000099104784 Julianne Mullikin

        I just went on an hour long hunt on google for a picture of it and I can’t find one anywhere.  I’m kinda disappointed they didn’t show it at the end like they normally do with this kind of challenge.  

        • Anonymous

          I’m going to their Facebook page to request a picture of it now. See if it shows up.

        • http://twitter.com/eddiecheddar Liz D

          I’m guessing what happened is they shot the episode before they
          knew the season was going to be pushed back to air in January, and after
          that decision was made Miss Piggy couldn’t wear it to one of the major
          premieres. If she wears it, it will probably be to a smaller
          international premiere. There are probably countries it hasn’t opened in
          yet.

          • dmmetler

            There will also be a big blitz on Disney Channel (at least) when the video is released, and probably some sort of event at a Disney Park, so maybe she’ll wear it then.

          • Eclectic Mayhem

            It hasn’t opened in the UK yet so – yes – maybe Miss Piggy will wear it in London.

        • Anonymous

          That seems kind of suspect to me actually..the movie has been out for at least 3 months now…they couldn’t have edited a pic in at the end?  That’s just sloppy editing/producing/planning/writing or something.

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

            No because then anyone could have Google her outfit from the US premiere to find out who won, not because they didn’t have or couldn’t get the footage.

        • Logo Girl

          Michael has posted on FB that the Piggy pics are “coming soon”.

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

            I admit I follow him on FB too. :) It’s also his birthday today, so that’s a nice gift.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Danielle-Feuillan/1542635206 Danielle Feuillan

        I thought the exact same thing.  Where is there a picture of her wearing the dress?  It was supposed to be a dress she would wear when promoting her movie.  I have the suspicion it was all a hoax and she was never going to wear this dress at all.  In that case, it should have been a “dress inspired by ms. piggy” challenge rather than what it was sold to us as.  I am taking this way too seriously and need to get a life now….

      • Anonymous

        Michael’s looked poorly made to me, but it was interesting. Rami’s looked a bit cartoonish for me. I thought they were going to give it to Kenley, which would have made my head hurt for that awful-fitted bodice (the rest was OK)

      • Anonymous

        The thing to me was that I found myself wondering if most of the designers knew what flamboyant means. Gordana, Mila, April, and Jerrell could all use a good unabridged dictionary. 

        • Anonymous

          I actually liked Jerrell’s in a retro/costumey sort of way. April’s was very, very sad. She should have been a contender for the auf.

          • Anonymous

            If April is going to stay with her love for a Tim Burton type of aesthetic, she’s not going to go far on PR.

            • Anonymous

              Per-zact-ly. The minute she said Tim Burton, I cringed.

            • Anonymous

              I was thinking, “Isn’t Tim Burton like the exact opposite of muppet?”

      • Anonymous
    • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

      Piggy’s hair is looking fantastic.

      • Anonymous

        Her outfit also very chic.

    • Judy_J

      I really thought Rami had nailed this one, and picked Michael as a close second.  However, upon further inspection of Michael’s dress, I can see why the judges picked his look.  Rami’s was more traditional Miss Piggy; Michael’s was more fashion-forward Miss Piggy.  I was sad for Gordana when I saw her design; it was a pretty nightie, not a cocktail dress at all.  Sorry to see her go.

      • Anonymous

        I really liked Gordana’s dress, but it didn’t really fit the challenge. Even though it’s not really a Miss Piggy dress, I could see lots of young, thin girls wanting to wear that dress in the summerime.

        • Anonymous

          Agreed.  Tho looking at the above photo is the first time I noticed the bling on it.  It makes it a tiny bit less nightie, but it also looks a little afterthought. 

          • Anonymous

            True, I didn’t notice the armpit bling on the show last night either. Not necessary and kind of cheapens the dress. But it’s still a pretty cute dress.  

        • Anonymous

          Perfect for a Fanning.

          • Anonymous

            Yep.  I actually liked Gordana’s dress, though not the weird bling underneath, but you never see Miss Piggy in something loose and unstructured.  Sigh.  I didn’t really like the challenge–the judging segment just kind of sank like a stone.  And all the “isn’t it exciting to meet Miss Piggy” was *so* forced.  Ah well.

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

              I would find it terribly exciting to meet Miss Piggy’s puppeteer, but not so much the puppet.  (Though I’d take Frank Oz over either:)

            • Anonymous

              I’ve never met Frank Oz.  I did, however, meet his wife ages ago.  Nice, down-to-earth woman–an art student at the time–and very un-Hollywood. Seemed Midwestern, not at all glamorous or superpretty.  I see from Google that he’s still married to her, which says good things about him.  

        • Anonymous

          I think it works as a Piggy dress…but from the 70s. It looks EXACTLY like some of the stuff she wore on the early days of The Muppet Show.

          • Anonymous

            I stand corrected. It’s not an UPDATED Miss Piggy dress.

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

          If they were going to auf Gordana, it would have been nice to pronounce her name correctly. Someone should have noticed the error and dubbed it in during post production like they did with Heidi during season one. 

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

      No one has addressed the big issue…..WHO was she wearing??

      • Anonymous

        J C Penny, apparently.

      • Anonymous

        Whoever she was wearing, it was frumpy and not flattering at all.

    • Wendy Wetzel

      I <3 Miss Piggy!   The episode was just kitchy enuff to be campy fun…. I agree about making the real dress for Miss Piggy… I would have loved to see dress forms of her puppet figure!

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

        Honestly, they probably could have each had their own actual Miss Piggy to work on — I can almost guarantee that there are DOZENS of Miss Piggy puppets for production purposes.

        • Carla Williams

          They would never have allowed viewers to see the contestants handling an inanimate Miss Piggy form in the workroom. Too traumatizing.

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

            Can you imagine Miss Piggy with a stranger’s hand under her skirt?

    • Anonymous

      I liked the fun of this challenge, although I would have like the challenge as a real “dress Miss Piggy, she of the puppet shape and puppeteer,” a lot better. Those are the things that I think push a designer, like the things Chris March does. Think outside that damn box, guys and gals!!! Seems that even with these talented designers, so few are capable of thinking outside the box. Like, how does Miss Piggy wear a mini-dress with a puppeteer controlling her? I don’t see it happening. Weird.

      I love Gordana, but think the bottom two were the right choice. Seems so strange, to see actual judging, with constructive comments. I like these judges better than the regular PR ones. 

      • Cathy S

        A Chris March dress for Miss Piggy would be incredible.

        • Anonymous

          Yes, or they could have at least asked him to guest judge in place of Isaac. 

        • Anonymous

          My new, twisted fashion fantasy is to have Chris March design for Miss Piggy for Miss Piggy’s star turn as Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in the biopic “Iron Piggy”

          • Noelle Haland

            Bwhahaha!  “Iron Piggy”!!!  That’s GOLD!

        • Anonymous

          Miss Piggy is the perfect client to wear a headpiece larger than her entire body.

    • Anonymous

      I hate the outfit Ms. Piggy wore on the judging panel.  She should fire her stylist. 

      I thought it would have been interesting to have some kind of Muppets PR person on the panel to address more “real world” concerns about image and publicity, etc.

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

        The difficulty of the judging outfit is that the puppeteer needed to be hidden, and so they used that voluminous red skirt to do it.  Old time Muppet tendency was to build a box that the Muppeteer would be behind, but with the judges’ chairs that may not have worked.

        The thing that struck me is that Piggy today has a very classic, chic style. The humor comes from the fact that it’s a pig wearing a Chanel suit, not from the design of the suit itself. By choosing the prints and bright colors, several people went in the wrong direction. Something classic with a hint of humor would have been more 21st century Miss Piggy.

      • Anonymous

        Considering how much time they spent pretending she was a real person, there’s no way that a Muppets person would ever come on and discuss the real concerns about Miss Piggy. That would be too close to admitting she was a puppet.

        I screamed “SHE’S A PUPPET!” about ten times at the television last night. When they were critiquing Kenley’s outfit and talking about how she was about to “fall out” of it, I almost lost my mind. Even though I didn’t think Kenley’s would win, I thought it was so stupid to talk about it that way. You could staple the dress to Miss Piggy and she wouldn’t feel anything.

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

          So?  Do you have something against puppets?  Yoda was a puppet too…

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

       I want Gordana’s dress to wear on Valentine’s Day… after the date. It is gorgeous, but agreed, NOT for Miss Piggy. Who is a muppet.

      Who is not a person.
      Lifetime…

      • Anonymous

        i know, i want that dress too!  it would be lovely to wear out on a nice summer evening.  sigh.  but definitely not for Miss Piggy to wear to a premier.  instead it looks too much like the kind of thing they would have her wear in her dressing room scenes.  all it needs is a giant boa.

        wow.  i think i watched too much Muppet Show growing up.

      • Anonymous

        Gordana made a lovely nightie; all that’s missing is a filmy robe.

        • Anonymous

          Don’t forget the marabou slippers!

          • Anonymous

            Yikes, how could I have forgotten those?

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      I honestly thought it should have been Rami again for the win.  His was totally Miss Piggy in every respect.  Michael’s dress, in fact, I hated it. The choice of fabric was oddly drab for being so shiny, and those damned loops on the front were very weirdly placed.  Gordana, if she had stuck with her vision but done the dress in a brighter pink with a frilly underdress to give it volume would have been a real contender.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bernd-Hilbert/1191245573 Bernd Hilbert

        so agree, I don’t get the praise for Michael’s sausage casing. He slaughtered a bordello-couch to get the fabric, put 1.5 tacky bows on, to make it look like fashion, put a belt around it and, voila, a dress fit for a pig

        • Anonymous

          …a dress fit for a pig.

          Esaaactly.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bernd-Hilbert/1191245573 Bernd Hilbert

            Any pig, but not the divine Miss P.

          • Noelle Haland

            Stubenville, are you from New Jork?

            • Anonymous

              Not now, but I lived there from 1984 to 1996.

        • Anonymous

          “…slaughtered a bordello couch”?  BWWWWWAAAAAHAAAAAAHAAAAAA!  Good one!

      • Anonymous

        I didn’t mind Michael’s so much, but I agree that Rami should have won. His fit the client and the directive perfectly.

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

        Yeah, I’m pretty damn confused by Michael’s win.  I think the fabric’s really pretty, but I just don’t see this as a Miss Piggy dress. Rami nailed it, IMO. I’ve seen several complaints that Rami’s dress is too cartoonish. She’s a muppet, for Pete’s sake! That’s as close to a cartoon as you can get without the Acme dynamite.

        I was so sad to see Gordana go. I know it was the right choice, but I really wanted her to stick around longer. I don’t know if she got stuck or if she gave up. I loved her dress, but I admit it wasn’t right for the challenge.

      • Cathy S

        I thought Rami should win too, but I can see where it might be thought as too stereotypically Piggy. The fact that he didn’t match the pattern on the seams was driving me crazy though.

    • Anonymous

      I thought Rami should have won, but if the judges were looking for not-pink, then Michael’s was the choice. How fun would it have been to have had a fashion show a la Avenue Q, with the puppets as the mannequins, being walked out by the puppeteers? THAT would have been worth watching.

      Emmett sends his love to all the Bitter Kittens, BTW.
      And of course, he sends big hugs and kisses to TLo

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

        OMG, that fashion show would have been awesome!

    • Anonymous

      No mention about that dude from Gossip Girl? Yeesh. I kept thinking, this guy does fashion for a living? Ok, he seemed pretty nice and all, but 3 different patterns and UNBUTTONED to show off his nip tattoo? As Miss Piggy would say, “tres gauche!”

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        Thank YOU!  I thought he was a scary hot mess.

        • Anonymous

          But he designed a series of $50 prom gowns for Charlotte Russe! That makes him perfect for this challenge.

          • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

            (snorting behind hand)

            Yup, perfect. Sad to say.

      • Anonymous

        Every time they shot to him, my Douchebag Meter was going off the charts.

      • Anonymous

        I literally cringed when I saw his outfit, and then I looked back because, really, UNBUTTONED in all that?  Ewwww.

      • http://twitter.com/jelizap Jane Patterson

        I loved it when she leaned leaned over to do up one of his buttons. *that’s* the Piggy I know and love.

    • Anonymous

      Unless I am completely making this up or dreamed all of this, I thought — in about the Queer Nation era — there was a lot of talk and consensus that along with Ernie and Bert being a gay couple Miss Piggy was understood to be a gay man in drag? That it explains basically everything about her (and it might have helped in thinking about how to dress her)

      • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

        Gay boar in drag, surely? I haven’t heard that theory but it does explain a lot of the Piggy aesthetic. And possibly why Kermit is so non-committal. Not that I am overthinking this AT ALL.

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

          Well at least you’re into the spirit of it. Some people are just big old party poopers.

      • Anonymous

        I was interested in hearing her fashion critiques for just this reason.  They weren’t anything special though. 

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

        I haven’t heard that at all, but it is hilarious.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, her voice has gone downhill a bit from the Jim Henson days.  She even sounds like a man making minimal effort to speak in a “girly pitch.”

      • Anonymous

        I hadn’t heard that, and I”m sorry, but I cannot support it. She is drag, but she is a woman in drag, like Mae West.

    • http://twitter.com/terriblebeauty Pearse

       This show made me wish that they had kept this show at its original premiere date and pushed Project Accessory back.  I almost feel like the “humor” around Miss Piggy wouldn’t have been so stiff and seemingly endless if this movie premiere was going to coincide with the release of this episode, particularly because it played so heavily into the “treating a puppet like she’s a person” as we see with the movies.

      Either that, or I agree that they should have had two days and have been forced to dress not!Piggies so we could see their designs scaled down. If you want to ape a challenge like the barbie challenge or the one with the dogs, you go whole hog (no pun intended) and make the miniature.

    • http://twitter.com/thedogsmother thedogsmother

      The premiere was two months ago and I couldn’t find any pictures.
      TLo is spot on about how this challenge should have been structured.

      • Anonymous

        She wore a white (silk charmeuse?) plunging neckline dress with a red feather boa.  Not Michael’s dress, obviously.  Apparently the jacket she was wearing for panel, brooch and all, is an ensemble from the movie. 

    • BuffaloBarbara

      There were parts of the comedy bit that worked.  I laughed out loud when Joanna did the “This is the best PR challenge ever”–totally deadpan–and Austin’s over-the-top, play-it-to-the-hilt confessionals were a hoot.

      Unfortunately, Gordana forgot that they were only pretending the pig was real.  Her dresses based on the idea of the beauty of movement aren’t going to work on a puppet who will be stationary during her appearances in said dresses.  Without the very beautiful movement (which really was great), the dress was, as you pointed out, a nightgown.

      Michael’s?  Meh.  I personally would count out any item from about three years ago on that has an exposed zipper.

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

        It was the fracking exposed zipper that really did me in. Georgina Chapman loved it, of course.

        • Anonymous

          Excuse me, but that’s “The Gorgeous Georgina Chapman” to you.  At least that’s who it was this week.  Last week it was “The Beautiful Georgina Chapman.”  

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

            That always bugs me.  I mean, I know she’s married to Weinstein and a very lovely woman.  But she’s also a successful designer (note that the word “good” was not included).  Personally, I would be VERY annoyed if they felt the need to make a comment on my looks — no matter how complimentary — every week during the introduction.  Um… isn’t she there because of her design experience?  What the hell does her face have to do with that?!? 

            And I am not one who is generally offended by that kind of thing.  For one thing, I’m vain as hell, and have a black hole for an ego — there’s never too much praise to suit me — but I would find it kind of dismissive in that case. 

            • Anonymous

              your last paragraph made me laugh … a pip!  “black hole for an ego” — classic classic classic — i will be borrowing that one from now until the end of my days

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

              It’s a very common refrain at my house…

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

            I stand corrected.

            I don’t know why she bugs me. Wait. Yes I do. It’s because I wonder how successful she’d be if she weren’t married to whichever Weinstein brother she’s married to.

            It’s good to be The Queen.

      • Anonymous

        Wasn’t Joanna’s line something about “in the history of PR”?  Is the mentor contractually obligated to use this phrase now?  Hopefully Joanna can restrain herself to 1x/season.  Poor Tim said it nearly every episode last time.

        • BuffaloBarbara

          Yes, it was, you’re right… that’s why I sat up and said, “Holy God, they’re totally mocking themselves and having a blast doing it!”

      • http://twitter.com/jelizap Jane Patterson

        I laughed so hard during the critique I scared the cat. I man, Joanna’s humor is always dry, but you just *know* she was having a ridiculously good time with those lines, and most (but not all, obviously) of the contestants seemed in on the joke.

        I really want to see Seth Aaron dress Miss Piggy. Or Laura Bennett. Or Santino. Or Korto. I mean, the pig has worn everything high fashion, that’s the point.

        I do think a lot of people were a bit thrown by their major Muppet reference being Muppet Babies instead of Muppet Movies/TV, because the character is *womanly* not girly. (and this is why I wasn’t disappointed with Rami not winning) 
        I actually liked Kara’s (sans cutout) the best, especially because the pattern is subtly referential to Piggy’s continuing affair with classic Chanel.

    • Anonymous

      I really like your “wish-it-had-been-engineered-this-way” proposal for the challenge – that would have been fascinating.  Your screenshots display the really pretty fabric that Michael chose far better than I was able to see it last night.  The loops – quite out of proportion for Miss Piggy’s frame, which I thought last night as well. 

      To be honest, I was expecting Rami to take top honors for the exuberance of his dress, but … Miss Piggy came to the show in a gray suit jacket and (is that supposed to be a red skirt or just the goofy device to hide the puppeteer?) that is far more understated and “adult” [the fact that I'm writing this about a porcine puppet is making my Absurdity Alarm clang] than the girly quality of Rami’s pink & orange polka dots on white confection.

      Gordana’s dress was a nightgown, and a granny (or great aunt – I think I saw a version of this ‘un on one of my dear departed relatives decades ago) one at that.  She seems to have been struggling since the beginning, not getting the intentions of each challenge, which has to trip one up eventually.

      Super-speedy challenge next week?  The B-M gimmick routine is in full roar, and isn’t that a doggone shame.  We had hopes (O, deluded us), only to see them dashed again.  If the challenge two weeks from now is another contortion, we have the evidence smack dab in front of our disappointed faces.

      • Anonymous

        “Super-speedy challenge next week?  The B-M gimmick routine is in full roar, and isn’t that a doggone shame.”

        Isn’t it?  I kind of hate myself for letting my hopes rise at the beginning of the All-stars season. :(  

        • Anonymous

          And the following week there will probably be a “But Wait! There’s more!” twist halfway through the challenge.  Sheesh, do BM have to be so predictable?

        • Anonymous

          Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.  I think we’re getting into twice and thrice territory, Inforapenny, and that kinda gets my dander up.

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

          I will still say though that the overall quality of the work being done is a major step up from last season’s mostly pathetic bunch.

          • Anonymous

            I totally agree with you.  The talent is there, no question.  But the gimmicks are starting to get to me.  I especially hate the “no-time-to-design” challenges.  They have always seemed to me to be the antithesis of what PR is about.  But now we have the breathless announcement of THE SHORTEST TIME EVER!  And my heart sinks.

            • Anonymous

              “heart sinks?”
               How about plunges at warp speed straight from the surface to the deepest depths of the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench?

              We finally get back some talented folks who produce miraculously good work given the constraints of the medium – so let’s celebrate making it EVEN HARDER to make an interesting & finished garment.

              Because, of course, the audience isn’t happy unless the contestants are turning out garments that look like Simplicity SewSimple [registered trademark] patterns run up by 7th grade home ec students.

            • Anonymous

              Or…it’s only to make Anya look better. They filmed both at the same time…at this point they knew what they had in Anya and saw how her items compared to the far superior work being presented by EVERY SINGLE Allstar.  Either that, or I’m just that cynical.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1326120071 Gaby Ripoll

            But that’s a casting issue which in the past two seasons is also attributable to bad producers – they chose more personality over creativity and talent, so while some interesting and also creative/talented people snuck through the cracks (Mondo), most of the recent seasons have been generally untalented dramaramas. 

          • Anonymous

            But wouldn’t you love to see a Champions season with Anya pitted against master constructors like Chloe and Christian?

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

              If I ever win the lottery, I plan to contact Christian to see how much it would cost to get  him to come back for that — ’cause you know he’d have no patience for her lack of skill or her master manipulation shtick.

            • Anonymous

              Ooh, I want to put Anya in a team challenge with Zulema! Pretty please?

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

          I don’t mind the super speedy challenge — I think there is something to be said for it: how well can the designers THINK about their work?  Are they capable of working within a big constraint like this?  Because there’s always at least one who is just unable to edit a design down to a workable point that will take less than a week to make. 

          As long as it’s not EVERY DAMN WEEK!  The problem is that they just keep shortening the time in an effort to ramp up the drama, rather than giving them time to make what the brief calls for.  You want a simple day dress?  That should take a day.  You want a gown that you’re going to label “couture”?  Then they should get AT LEAST two days, possibly 3.

    • Anonymous

      I thought this was Michael’s to win or lose from the start. Too bad for Gordana. It’s pretty but boring and the side boob sparkle is kind of lame.

      Side note: the models are all amazing, especially Kara’s. I’ve been in awe of her the past two weeks.

      • Anonymous

        Ew, I’m not a fan of Kara’s model. Those ears!

    • Anonymous

      Yea, the designers pretending that Miss Piggy was a flesh-and-blood-person rather than a puppet were way over the top, especially Austin’s breathless declarations of admiration.

      I thought the fabric and the ass zipper on Michael’s were utterly hideous; that fabric looked like a skin disease! I’m also reminded of BACON by the oversize ribbon detail on the front of his winning dress. Not a good visual for dressing a pig.

      Gordana – I was rooting for you girl! You have so much talent, but you just seemed sad and resigned that you would be schmauffed at any moment. I think the other judges completely demoralized you on your first season.

      • Karen Ulric

        If they didn’t treat Miss Piggy as a person, they would not have been able to do the episode.  It is Muppet canon that the Muppets are never referred to as puppets when they are present.

        • http://twitter.com/BrienneCalmer Brienne Calmer

          I wish that, in addition to treating Miss Piggy as a real person, they could have used it as an excuse to get the Real Woman freakout challenge out of the way.   They were so busy obsessing over her ears, they forgot that the pig has got Serious Curves.  If the designers had all been given a puppet to design for, we could have had the not-model-proportion obstacle without having to watch some woman off the street be grossly insulted and have to restrain herself from punching a designer in the face.

          As it was, with the ridiculous “let’s pretend there’s nothing at all ridiculous here” approach to the challenge, I kept flashing back to the stilt-walkers.

          • Cathy S

            Exactly. Many of those dresses, like Austin’s, didn’t take into consideration her shape at all. She’s go major curves and she likes low necklines to show them off. Austin’s dress would look terrible on someone who didn’t have sleek model lines.

            • Anonymous

              Mondo’s too. As a woman with boobs, I can tell you that Miss Piggy would never wear that high neckline. 

          • Anonymous

            What a great idea! I have always hated the Real Woman challenges for that reason. It always seemed more than a little mean-spirited. Your alternative is inspired!

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

          As it should be. Anyway, I thought it was hilarious how into it (almost) everyone was. Joanna especially had me laughing out loud. She put her all into it, and she gets major credit for that.

          • Anonymous

            Joanna really won me over this episode, for her deadpan serious questions about ears and animal prints.

        • Anonymous

          exactly!

    • Anonymous

      I was expecting to hate this episode, but I ended up loving it. I agree with you totally that acting like she was a real person didn’t make sense. I was yelling at the tv when Gordana was talking about how her dress would be comfortable. I loved Piggy’s comments though which made the episode for me.

    • Anonymous

      Ditto on wanting to see the Muppet version of the dress.  I was strangely pleased that none of the designers acted insulted to do this challenge — as if this were “below” their status — something I think a lot of non-All Star contestents would have.

      • Anonymous

        Could you imagine Olivier having to do this challenge??!! That would have been priceless.

        • Anonymous

          Come to think of it, are we sure Olivier wasn’t a muppet? Maybe one rejected for being too sad?

        • Anonymous

          I’m a big verklempt that Elisa wasn’t able to be here for this one.

      • dmmetler

        I imagine the movie and the big media blitz at the time this was filmed helped-it’s easier to take a muppet seriously when the whole advertising campaign around the movie is designed to play to that. And I think what failed Mila was that she couldn’t get into the mindset of Piggy as an actress/celebrity in her own right, so didn’t try to think for the client. I’m surprised Austin failed so badly, though.

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

          Austin’s fail this week was not much of a surprise to me.  As soon as I saw what he was working on and how complex it was getting, I knew he was not a contender.

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

        Absolutely.  I always get annoyed with the designers who act put upon by ANY of the challenges, regardless how sucky they are.  YOU’RE ON A REALITY TV COMPETITION!  YOU ARE NOT A FASHION GOD! 

    • Anonymous

      God help me, I am going to make my comments about dressing a muppet in earnest. When I think of Miss P, one thing that really jumps out to me is how her wardrobe really riffs on certain feminine archetypes/stereotypes, e.g. the femme fatale, the glam Hollywood siren, the Southern Belle – a sort of outrageous femininity. Michael’s garment didn’t hit the mark for me, at all. However, I thought the fabric onscreen was truly beautiful. Poor Gordana, her look simply didn’t have enough ooomph, in any direction.

      • dmmetler

        Her character as played in the shows does-but if you look at some of the off-stage things when she’s being Piggy the actress, as opposed to piggy the character, she’s played more as an over the top fashionista, especially in this incarnation. And more purple/lavender than pink.

        Boy…I’ve been overthinking this too much, haven’t I?

        And when Gordana’s came out, my comment was that she wasn’t designing for Victoria’s Secret. Very pretty, very feminine nightgown, but not a dress for a major event.

    • Lori

      Repeating what I said in the T lounge, they should have been given a dossier.  The November issue of InStyle wasn’t out when this was filmed, and few if any would have been familiar with Marc Jacob’s superwow creations for her.   And/or screen the movie for the designers.  And as someone else said, have her do a walk-thru in the workroom.  If they’d given them a clue the designs could have been great.

      And yeah, it was the stupid cherry on top of the stupidity cake that we never saw her in the dress.

      • dmmetler

        I agree with giving a Dossier. I have a Miss Piggy calendar from the early 80s where she’s being a “cover model” for a range of magazines, and in most cases, she IS in the sophisticated, high-fashion looks of the time. While she is girly and feminine, the character has been a very on-trend dresser with a little added umph throughout her career, and that’s been consistent.

    • Anonymous

      I thought Mondo was the biggest disappointment in this challenge. I’m surprised he wasn’t in the bottom 3… not as bad as a misfire as Austin or Gordanna, but WAY worse than Mila, who if she had done it in pink, would have easily been safe.

    • Shoelover1512

      I hated Michaels dress. Something about the colors and that pattern made me think of a shiny couch. And once I saw that I couldn’t unsee it. And the loops just drove me crazy. I think I could get behind the hat if there hadn’t been loops on the dress.

      • Anonymous

        Boob loops killed the dress for me. I liked the fabric choice, though.

    • Anonymous

      I disagee with the schmauf-ing. I think Mila’s retro-mod minidress was far less suited to Miss Piggy than Gordana’s dress. It seemed clear to me that this was one of those decisions based on body of work/potential than the actual challenge.

      I thought it was odd that they didn’t show MP wearing the dress at her premiere. The movie came out months ago so the timing should have been OK.

      • Anonymous

        Yes, why did we not get to see the dress on Miss Piggy? That was the biggest disappointment of the night.

    • Anonymous

      I was so happy to finally like something Michael C sent down the runway.  Chic and funny little number and he styled it perfectly with the pink pumps, the gloves, and the great looking headpiece.  He’s clearly been learning how to actually sew in between shows and I applaud him for that. 

      Gordana is a class act and I was sorry to see her go.  I loved Kenley’s dress and hat thing too.  The comments about how afraid everyone was that the top of K’s garment would fall were kind of silly.  Why worry so much about something that hasn’t happened yet — or at all?  That girl knows how to construct clothes and has proven that time and time again.  She may be obnoxious — LOVE (not) the way she keeps repeating how happy she is to have Joanna as the mentor as a way to try to stick it to Tim Gunn — and she’s certainly derivative but her construction is always solid.

      I’d be happy to have Miss Piggy hosting every week.  She’s alive in a super uber meta way — no one will ever convince me that she doesn’t live and breath.

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      When Jim Henson appeared with Kermit in interviews he was always in the frame.  When he would start to work Kermit he felt that the ‘frog was more interesting than the bearded gentleman’ so Kermit would always get the focus.  And he was right.  When Jim died, however, that practice stopped and the muppeteers are always out of sight.

      I agree that a more practical, realistic version of this challenge would have been better.  More time and Piggy dress forms for everyone so that they could make two dresses – one for the model and one scaled down for Miss Piggy.  They, therefore, have to solve the problems they’d be otherwise handing over to the Muppet wardrobe staff.

      With the obvious cannon fodder of Sweet P and thingummybob gone it was always going to be a bloodbath from here on in.  Sorry to see Gordana go so quickly but she really didn’t seem comfortable to be back.

      • Anonymous

        Kevin Clash does go out with Elmo frequently and has the same attitude as Jim Henson, no one pays attention to the man, just the muppet.

        • Cathy S

          I pay attention to Kevin Clash; he’s just fantastic.

        • Eclectic Mayhem

          That’s good to hear that Kevin Clash is still doing some ‘old school’ muppeteering!  I’ve seen bits and bobs of footage from Sesame Street where you can see Jim or Frank in the frame while working muppets in scenes with children.  The children have no interest whatsoever in the muppeteer, they are all about the muppet itself.

          There’s one great one where Kermit is doing the alphabet with a wee girl but every time they get to ‘C’ she starts yelling ‘cookie, cookie, cookie!’ and giggling.  It gets to the point where they can’t continue so Jim has Kermit be all disappointed and downcast and start to move out of the shot.  The wee girl is heartbroken and contrite and hugs Kermit to say she’s sorry.  The muppets ARE real.

      • Anonymous

        “More time and Piggy dress forms for everyone so that they could make two
        dresses – one for the model and one scaled down for Miss Piggy.  They,
        therefore, would have to solve the problems they’d be otherwise handing
        over to the Muppet wardrobe staff.”

        That’s what I was expecting when I first realized the challenge was for Miss Piggy, and I was SORELY disappointed.

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

      My thoughts as well, but better expressed by TLo. It would have been cool if they had had mannequins that could be used to think about her proportions, coloring, and variabilities (I assume it would not be that hard to make her flat-chested if the outfit demanded it, to say nothing of sewing trim directly on her skin…). I thought Austin’s outfit would have looked a lot better on Piggy than on the model.

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

      Oh, yeah, the back zipper detail… so tired, and not exactly something that people would see….

    • Stefanos Mantyla

      Gordana left us? Shit… usually the ones who have shown themselves to be poor designers get to be third eliminated! Now they eliminated a great designer third! Real change of pace there.

      That fabric on Michael’s dress is hideous, but I guess for a challenge like this one needs to discount taste to a degree.

      I do feel a little insulted on Gordana’s behalf (our little “taste brigade” here!), even if I cannot argue against the elimination based on the outfit. After all (and it took me a while to learn this lesson), not everything can be assessed on the basis of good taste alone.

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

        “not everything can be assessed on the basis of good taste alone”
        I want to be  your best friend right now.

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

        Agreed!  There’s something to be said for the outrageous, not really in good taste elements of both life and fashion… In fact, I personally tend to go for things that hit all of the technically “appropriate” guidelines but skirts the line of good taste, much like any good drag queen:) 

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

      Gordana’s looks like Trudy Campbell’s nightie.

      Oh, TLo, when will you do the Mad Men lingerie post???

    • Lynn Landry

      I always thought that gloves were Miss Piggy’s signature look. But, you are right, kind of a dumb challenge and the banter between Piggy and the other judge was just horrible. that said I know someone whose home was used for a photoshoot for Miss Piggy and he said it was unbelievable. Her trunk of outfits arrived. She had handlers. I think her people require her to be treated as a real person. I also hear that people are so captivated by the Muppets, they often forget that they are not real. But, your challenge idea, way better.

      WHERE’S MY ALL STAR TEAM CHALLENGE? I want to see some fur fly!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Karen-Stephens-Bassett/1503492602 Karen Stephens Bassett

      The fix is in.  Austin is going to win this hot mess.  How on earth he didn’t get sent packing last night after that horrific “thing” he sent down the runway is beyond me.  Shades of Wretchen and Anya are creeping in.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t know if he’s quite fixed in yet, but he’s definitely this season’s mascot (again) he’ll get to the final 4 again for sure.

      • Anonymous

        I’m a little afraid that the producers are going to go into full tilt drama and push Michael Costello through to the winner’s circle to see if they can generate the same level of press they got out of fan angst over Gretchen and Anya.

        Think about it – top two in 2 out of 3 challenges.

      • Anonymous

        Didn’t Austin have immunity from last challenge? Or am I misremembering? 

        • Anonymous

          no immunity in Allstars.

    • http://twitter.com/shinobi42 Shinobi

      The only part of Piggy as Not a Muppet that I thought was really weird were Gordana’s comments about comfort.  That was the only part where I was thinking “Uh, she’s a muppet.”

      I also enjoyed her on the judges panel, compared to most guest judges she was a lot more lively and fun.

      Everything else I didn’t think took the idea of her being a person too far.  Miss Piggy IS very stylish, and she is also very famous.  Plus my understanding is when you make an appearance with a muppet you pretty much interact with the muppet, not the puppeteer, so it’s probably better to think of them as a person you are meeting than Frank Oz’s glove with nice hair.  

    • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

      This was a disappointing episode. Way too cheesy and silly. I am very sad about Gordana going, but even though Austin’s dress was horrible, I knew they’d send her over him.  I thought Michael’s dress was kinda boring, and I was surprised he won. They asked for flamboyant and the only one to give them flamboyant was Rami.

    • Jen Bonnell

      i am pretty sure that the Henson company has strict regulations as to how/when/if the reality of the puppets being PUPPETS and not real is acknowledged.  Some of the press from around when the movie premiered acknowledged that–Jason Segal had to change/rework the script to remove any reference to the characters being puppets, they are always treated as real beings.

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        The Muppets don’t belong to the Henson family anymore; Disney bought everything bar the Sesame St characters back in 2004.  Jim & Frank certainly had no patience for people gushing over the muppets (I can quote Frank Oz from a documentary on Henson: “that makes us gag”) but perhaps Disney is treating the characters differently.

    • Anonymous

      really dumb question here, but where was the puppeteer during the judging? crouched under her skirt? in that case, where would the puppeteer be when she is “interviewed” or what ever while wearing michael’s dress?

    • Anonymous

      Not sure if I was just grumpy last night or what, but I really hated this episode. I thought the judging was particularly stupid and the people doing the judging almost insufferable. I missed Isaac…never thought I’d type that! That model hosty person is REALLY annoying and the overall challenge was kind of dopey.

      I didn’t like Michael’s dress. I thought it looked ‘chip in chip way’ and if I see another exposed zipper I may spontaneously combust.

      I thought All Stars started out strong (save that host model person), but it faded for me last night. I hope it was just this once, because I really want to like this. Of course, it helps that I DVR it so I can zoom past all the previews of typical Lifetime-Women-in-Jeopardy movies…was that Rob Lowe as a….serial wife killer? UGH – Lifetime, you really must stop this tripe.

      • Anonymous

        That was Rob Lowe as a REAL serial wife killer.  Scott Peterson is an actual person, a former cop from the suburbs of Chicago who hasn’t even gone on trial yet.  It’s sickening.

        • Anonymous

          The promo called Lowe’s character “DREW” Peterson, and now that you said “Scott” I realize why I was scratching my head during those incessant promos (man, they grated).  Wasn’t Scott Peterson the man who was convicted of the drowning death of his wife in California?  Yes, just did a search: Scott Lee Peterson (born October 24, 1972), is
          an American murderer, convicted of the deaths of his wife, Laci Peterson, and her fetus in Modesto, California.

          So, who’s this Drew monster?  Boy, I don’t watch Lifetime save for PR, and this woman-in-peril emphasis is why!

          • Anonymous

            No-it’s my mistake, NDC.  I mixed up my murdering bastards.  It’s DREW Peterson in this movie.  

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Karen-Stephens-Bassett/1503492602 Karen Stephens Bassett

            Drew Peterson is the cop whose third wife died under mysterious circumstances, and his fourth wife disappeared off the face of the earth.  He is in jail now.

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

            I don’t remember the details, but Drew Peterson also killed his wife. And, here in Durham, sometime around 2001 or 2002, there was a guy named Michael Peterson who was convicted of killing his wife. Those Peterson men should be avoided at all cost.

        • Anonymous

          Thank you for clearing that up.  It’s been driving me nuts …

        • Anonymous

          I’m so grossed out by those commercials.  (I live in Chicago, and I have to admit, Rob Lowe does seem to be nailing some of the disgusting smirkiness I recall from news stories.  That doesn’t mean I think that movie should exist.)

    • Anonymous

      Random Thoughts:

      – I thought Rami’s dress was better.

      – I kind of loved Kenley for not being able to keep a straight face when asked how a pig would feel about wearing a giraffe print. Loved how she just laughed in Joanna’s face while Joanna was seriously talking about MP like a real person.

      – I was hoping and praying throughout the judging session that it wouldn’t be Austin getting the boot, but still it was sad to see Gordana go. She’s really lovely, isn’t she? So gracious and sweet. She has a lot of talent and I wish her much success. 

      • Cathy S

        I’m really loving Joanna as mentor. She’s not my favorite when she’s a judge, but she’s serious, smart, deadpan, and asks great questions. And that giraffe print exchange was priceless.

        • Anonymous

          Definitely, Joanna has been really impressive as a mentor. I can hardly believe she’s the same woman from the Nina challenge: “If Nina showed up for work dressed like that, we would have her committed for offending us with such hideousness, blah blah blah”.

          • Anonymous

            Sounds like she’s smart enough to overcome her earlier mistakes and warm up a bit. I like her in this role so far.

        • Anonymous

          yes. she was spot on when she said that celebrities didn’t want to look comfortable on a cover but extra extra glamorous (double spanx)

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

        She’s so lovely. I adore her. I hated seeing her go. But I think she’ll be fine. I suspect she does better when she’s just working on her own, at her own pace, on the things she loves to create.

    • Anonymous

      Ouch. Heartache. Mondo’s was dismal.
      His weird little shirt dress should’ve been down there at the bottom with Jerells’, Karas’, Gordanas’,
      AND Michaels’ and Austins’. Disappointment all around.
           Oh Mondo. It was flat and cheap looking. Not suitable for pork or people.
      And I thought the challenge was supposed to be something cocktail and glamorous; for ‘real’ people as well as
      Miss P.?   Thats why I thought  Anthony’s and April’s were both outstanding, beautiful dresses.
          Michael’s and Austin’s looked both old and gaudy. TO ME.
      Though I thought Rami’s too childish for real world types (unless under 10); it was a perfect fit for Miss P.
           So…..?
         

      • Anonymous

        I agree with you about Mondo.  “Not suitable for pork or people”:  Good line!

      • Anonymous

        actually my 9 year old daughter was ‘totally’ wanting Rami to win, so spot on. :)

    • Marie Dees

      Having worked for a rodent with over-sized ears for many years, I can guess that they probably had no option other than talking about Miss Piggy as a real entity. You’ll find there’s usually a lot of corporate sensitivity to maintaining that illusion.  I’ve seen many a confused consultant try to adjust to working where everyone talks as if the Mouse is real, and in fact, will correct their phrasing if they mess up. Trust me, a few nights with little sleep and exposure to a crew speaking about Miss Piggy as a real person/pig and the designers would have been effectively brainwashed.  

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patrick-Cleary/1201575213 Patrick Cleary

      They’re culling the women fairly quickly, aren’t they?

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        make take at this point on the final 3 is Rami, Mondo, and Austin.

        • Anonymous

          I’m starting to get the feeling that Austin will be there at the end, no matter how bad his design efforts might be.  Or how bad his outfits are.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patrick-Cleary/1201575213 Patrick Cleary

            I agree. I think this is the “battle of the beloved characters” with a bunch of cannon fodder thrown in. Unfortunately, it also seems as if the cannon fodder happens to be overwhelmingly female.

            • Anonymous

              Kenley’s growth as a person is gonna bite her in the ass if she doesn’t bring enough drama for B/M to drag her to the finale again.

            • Anonymous

              Yep…Agree…at this point it seems to be Austin, Mondo and Rami and if Kenley doesn’t bring the drama, Michael will be number 4.   As much as I’m enjoying the wonderful work all of the designers are bringing, there still seems to be a stench of B/M and their manipulations.

    • Anonymous

      I respectfully disagree. Gordanas dress was at least cute and well made. Austins was UGLY!! And looked like crap. Shanigans!

    • Anonymous

      As much as I like Michael, I was at first surprised by the win, thinking Rami’s was so much more Miss Piggy. But then I got to thinking and Rami’s was Miss Piggy at tea or an afternoon garden party and Michael’s was “PREMIER.” So congrats to Michael.

      Not a fan of Mila’s, so I was very sad to see Gordana go home instead, but I couldn’t argue with the decision.

    • Anonymous

      its is going to be difficult to watch as each favorite leaves.  as for the winner, well i didnt think said miss piggy at all. but i am still holding a grudge against michael i dont know.  i will miss gordana.

    • Anonymous

      This may not have been a great challenge as posed but for me this was one of the most enjoyable episodes ever.  I literally had a smile on my face through most of the program.  I’m not sure why so many people seem weirded out that the contestants would treat Miss Piggy as a person.  If you’ve seen other shows where a muppet has appeared, that appears to be a very common reaction. I thought it was great fun to see the contestants interacting with her and clearly enjoying themselves so much – with some exceptions, such as Mila.  Have to say that I while I like Michael’s outfit better in the stills here than on television last night, I thought that Rami should have won.  On the other hand, I thought it was a real toss-up as to who should be eliminated – Gordana or Austin.  Frankly, I thought Austin’s was downright ugly.  As someone else pointed out, I think these judges are much better than those on the regular PR and I for one would be happy to seem serve as the latter’s replacements.

      • Anonymous

         “I literally had a smile on my face through most of the program.” – me too!

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

        It was great fun. I was disappointed in Mila’s refusal to join in. Loved her dress, but she shouldn’t have gone with black.

        Austin’s was downright ugly. Since he didn’t go home on this challenge, I have to assume he’s in it for the long run.

    • Anonymous

      I didn’t agree with the win at all. Michael’s was okay. I thought the folded napkin mini was a little old hat. Short tight and shiny, it’s very Heidi, but does the Pig wear mini’s?
      I thought Rami or Kenely should have won it. Miss Piggy gasp when Rami said the dress was designed to be like flower petals opening up. I think she liked that one best.

      Godana made a great peignoir for Miss Piggy. I could see her wearing this waiting for Kermit to come home from work,  with a martini in one hand and a miniature white dog under the crook of the other elbow. It’s Pig appropriate ,even cocktail appropriate. Just not movie premier appropriate. 

      There were several others that were not at all Pig appropriate. I can’t believe how far off Anthony was. But Jerrel’s was the worst. By far. 

      • Anonymous

        Agreed. I thought for sure it would come down to Gordana and Jerrel.

      • Anonymous

        I agree with you (esp Jerrel – oi) 

    • P M

      I don’t watch PR at all (never had access), but I hope to God Miss Piggy gave those who are un-worthy a good tongue-lashing. What was Gordana thinking? Miss Piggy wouldn’t even wear that to bed, it looks so un-luxe.

      • Cathy S

        You can watch full episodes on mylifetime.com. That’s how I do it.

    • Anonymous

      This was the most ridiculous episode of PR EVER!  Looking at the history of the franchise, this is quite a statement, because there have been some real loser episodes.  

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

      Hated the print on Michael’s dress, and aren’t we done with exposed zippers yet?  If Piggy’s been working as a fashion editor in Paris all these years, surely she would not be caught dead in 2012 with an exposed zipper…  Though I’ll give Michael the fascinator as being spot on, given that fascinators were just banned from the royal box at Ascot.

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

      It didn’t bother me that they treated a puppet like a real person.  It was no more ridiculous than the Top Chef episode where they made cookies for puppets that couldn’t eat, and that was one of the most fun ones of the season.

      People are doing pretty good jobs, so far.  Each week, it’s been pretty obvious who needs to go but sometimes difficult to guess who’ll be the top three.

    • Anonymous

      The idea of not treating the Muppets as flesh and blood breaks my heart a little.

      Although I agree that the challenge would have been much better if they were forced to deal with her actual proportions.

      • Anonymous

        I agree, Muppets are real for me–they’ve got attitude and feelings. It isn’t easy being green, tho’. And for the most recent Muppet Movie I sat and cried when Kermit sang Rainbow Connection.
        C’est moi

        • Eclectic Mayhem

          You and me both SignLadyB!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cortney-Dean/100002491593625 Cortney Dean

      Is it bad that one of my favorite parts of the episode was when Joanna was dishing about what lengths celebrities will go to in order to fit into a dress? I know it isn’t exactly top secret stuff, but Double Spanx? Loved it.

    • http://twitter.com/otterbird otterbird

      I thought the episode was ridiculous.  That said, it did make me remember a panel discussion I went to years ago with the staff of The Daily Show (back when Vance DeGeneres was still on), and Jon Stewart told a funny anecdote about having Miss Piggy on as a guest.  He said the puppeteers are so good that one of the techs leaned in to the puppet to give Miss Piggy some tips ahead of time, only to hear the guy under the table with his hand up the puppet’s butt call out, “What?”

      All I could think of during the runway show was, did the puppeteer have a video feed in front of his eyes, or did they shoot all of Piggy’s reactions later?

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        Yes, muppeteers have – or certainly had in Jim’s Day – their own monitor so they can see their performance ‘live’ and work within the frame.  They wear a headset with a microphone attached and sometimes the monitor is a small one strung round their necks.

    • Anonymous

      Using Miss Piggy as a real client was gimmicky, sure. Maybe I’m letting down the side here, though, but I enjoyed it. It presented a fantasy challenge I wish everyone had taken further– what does a nonhuman want out of her dress? It’s as much a non-reality as the futuristic collection challenge in the early seasons, and that kind of fantasy could have really spawned some fascinating work if that was how it had been broached. ‘Your client is a three-foot foam pig. Her proportions are so. She doesn’t care about comfort but cares deeply about her personal style. Go.’ That could have led to some flashes of inspiration, too– we only got glimpses of that conceit with ‘how does a pig feel about wearing giraffe print.’

      I’m holding out hope that this is a silly fantasy break (meant almost entirely as a positive) in a season that continues strong.

      Parts of the scripted exchange on the judges panel were a bit eye-rolling, but I don’t think the conceit of Piggy as a sentient and opinionated client is unworkable in the PR context.

    • Diane Bouchard

      I was disappointed to see Gordana go.  I could totally see one of the Fanning sisters wearing her dress on the red carpet.  Yes – it’s true it may not have been appropriate for a pig-of-a-certain-age.  but it was a cute dress.  Mila’s dress was HORRIBLE.  badly constructed and cheap looking.  Gordana was auf’d because of her cumulative work – not that great.

    • http://twitter.com/wonderdivaEtsy wonderdivaEtsy

      While a lot of the designers did the obligatory comments about dressing Miss Piggy as a real person, I thought a number of them really weren’t into it and were going through the motions, just hoping to do well enough to get through this challenge.  Even though Mondo did the sound bite where he said  he was sure he’d be in the top three, I noted a little smirk on his face when he was sent off stage as part of the “safe” pack, and I’d guess there were several other looks of relief from that group.  They didn’t have to stand there and defend their design for a puppet like she was a real person and play along with all the lame humor in the judging.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=816120314 Chason Dailey

      I couldn’t help but squee every time the gays became excited they were designing for and interacting with Miss Piggy. As a bit of a Disney/Muppet gay myself, it was cute to see people sincerely enjoying the experience.

    • http://profiles.google.com/bratling2 Laura Davies

      I would have liked to see it addresses in a real world kind of way, too.  I mean, “Miss Piggy has nice legs”  Yeah, and they’re attached with velcro!  And having worked Muppet-type puppets, I can tell you that there’s nothing more annoying than wardrobe getting in the way.  After all you have to practically be a contortionist to work the dang things as it is!  (I loved it, but that’s one avocation that being 6 ft tall is a hindrance!)

      I question how a lot of those dresses would look on someone who is three feet tall and plus sized.  I thought they oughtta get different models and try, at least a little, to get models closer to Miss Piggy’s scale!

    • Anonymous

      I was surprised Michael won. To your point about Miss Piggy being made of foam and having no shoulders, I didn’t think strapless would work on her. It is a cool dress, to be sure, but I thought Rami would have won it, as his gives the puppet form more shape.

      I knew Gordana was a goner. No way would Miss Piggy wear something that demure and shapeless.

      I didn’t mind the silly fake comedy in this episode. I agree it was pretty forced, but on the plus side, it was so light hearted. After all the drama of regular Runway, this was a nice change of pace. I thought the designers truly enjoyed the challenge, which made the show fun to watch.

      I’ve been a sick crankypants all week, so maybe I just needed this particular does of silliness.

      • Anonymous

        I wanted more silliness.  What was there seemed forced and fake to me.

        Feel better!!!

        • Anonymous

          Thanks. Yeah, I think my foggy head is lowering my standards, which makes most tv watching more bearable anyway.

    • Mariah J

      Poor Gordana. I love her but her work on PRAS was not up to par.

    • Anonymous

      I’ve only looked at Rate the Runway but . . . Kenley, get off the pink and white kick now. I agree with those who commented on strapless for Miss Piggy, as it is true she has no shoulders. I love Piggy and all things Muppet and I can totally see myself talking about dressing her as though she was a small plus sized person with elan.
      I do think those few comments I’ve read from former puppeteers are probably right on with regard to the frou frou but it was awful pretty on the human dresses.
      C’est moi.

    • Anonymous

      I enjoyed the episode. I keep thinking back to how Michael C. was bullied by the likes of Wretchen and it makes me happy to see him do so well in this competition. Rami, Mondo and Michael C are the three consistently best so far although Mondo really had a miss this week. Austin should have went home if it was based on this weeks dress. His was wretched. He gets a pass for his past work and his personality. 

      Giordana gets no such pass since her personality is too real and a not comic book enough for the show. Maybe if she showed up dressed like Zoro the Gay Blade or Eddie Munster she’d have stayed. I liked Giordana’s dress. It wasn’t appropriate for the challenge per se, but it was beautiful. I also liked Mila’s dress. Mila’s idea of putting Miss Piggy into a mod dress was cute. I actually could see it happening. Will someone tell me why I find Mila sexy?Who would I have sent home? It actually wouldn’t have been Austin. It would have been Kara. Her dress was pure streetwalker with the cut outs and was so off the mark I was stunned she wasn’t in the bottom 3. I wonder if the producers are excited about exploring the Kara/Kenley co-dependence more than giving Giordana another shot. Giordana’s a good designer and her personal story, while not sizzling, is real and interesting to me. Watching Kara panic and melt down is old hat. 

      The one thing that is clear to me this season more than ever is that Rami is a star and Michael C has more chops than the people who ganged up on him during his season. Good for him. Mondo needs to pick it up now.

    • Cathy S

      I loved Rami’s dress. Michael’s was lovely but Rami’s was more what I think of when I think Piggy. I was surprised and disappointed in Austin though; I have no idea what he was thinking. And I love Gordana, but she was definitely the right one to go home.

      • Anonymous

        Actually, considering the movie opening was in the late fall/early winter, I wonder how many of them were appropriate. These dresses were all so springtime.

    • Anonymous

      Back in the 1980s, the husband and I spent some of our happiest times watching “The Muppet Show” together and laughing our asses off.  I say this by way of saying that I adore the Muppets.  Piggy and Nureyev in “Swine Lake?”  Please.  Genius.

      So last night’s episode was extra-disappointing. I couldn’t work up any interest in the designs or in who won or lost because there was simply no energy there.  Or if there was, it ended up on the cutting room floor.  If you’re designing for a haughty pig with no neck and no waist, why do we end up with dresses on models?  Why weren’t we seeing the dresses on the pig herself?  At the very least, they should have copied the Barbie challenge, where the designers had to make outfits that were shown on models and on the dolls.   Because those big bows on the front of Michael’s dress would have covered Piggy’s face.  (Exposed zipper: Kill with fire.)

      The judging was excruciating.  Just so not funny. I applaud Eric, who played along and tried to do his lines well, but the entire episode just fell totally flat for me.  

      Glad that Mondo was safe with the ugly dress (and HAIR!) he sent down the runway.  Sad that Gordana had to go, but she just couldn’t seem to find her stride in this show.  Otherwise, yawn.

      • Anonymous

        You don’t like Texas hair? Dyed, fried and flipped to the side?

      • Anonymous

        it was so silly when angela praised the exposed zipper (which was not so well executed) because we never see miss p.’s back.

    • Anonymous

      I totally agree with you re: the challenge. I sat groaning for an hour. How painful. How much better it would have been if they were discussing real details on how to dress that body.
      But even so, if this had been a real challenge for a real human actress who was promoting the movie, the approach and questions were just wrong. The red carpet or the premiere isn’t the only movie promoting. There are all those interviews where they are sitting in a chair with the reporters coming thru, the talk shows. They never defined what the promoting of the movie would entail. If it was the interviews, Gordana’s would have been more of a contender. But those short, short, short dresses would have been totally inappropriate.  Red carpet is something else entirely.
      Although, Gordana can forever say she was dissed by Miss Piggy. THAT has got to be worth something.

      • Anonymous

        Also, I always think of purple for Miss Piggy.  You don’t dress Liz Taylor in Pink — same with Miss Piggy — no-one did blue to pick up the color of her eyes.

        • Anonymous

          agreed — totally a purple girl.

        • Anonymous

          I know.  When everyone kept going FRILLY PINK, I couldn’t help but think it was all a little expected.  It’s like dressing Angelina and saying SEVERE BLACK.  It’s one of the reasons I preferred Michael over Rami.  Also:  Why did they not show Piggy in the dress?  They usually show at least photos when a prize happens offscreen.

      • Anonymous

        Except that Miss Piggy, the grande dame that she is, called after Gordona and said quite clearly and loudly,”Just remember, Gordana, that you will always be an All Star.”  With a Piggy tremolo in her voice.  Two classy dames.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1045295912 Charles Purdy

      Exactly. I was cringing so hard during the judging, I became nearly convulsive. Why didn’t they just let the designers approach the challenge as they would have if this were a “real” commission, instead of making everyone pretend Miss Piggy is a real woman? (I mean, there still would’ve been plenty of funny anthropomorphizing going on — that’s just the nature of talking about Muppets.)

      Instead of Miss Piggy in the chair, it actually would’ve been more interesting (to me) to be meet the person responsible for dressing Miss Piggy — she has to have a lead stylist of some kind. That way, we all could’ve been treated like grownups and still kept the “Piggy illusion” alive.

      Kudos to Mila because it really seemed like she was Not. Having. This. S#¡t. (However her dress was clearly the worst and waaaaaaay off target … I was so surprised Jordana — my love! — got booted instead). As for the dresses, I wonder if Rami would’ve gotten it if he’s lined up his seams. … But Michael’s was good too.

      Now, I hope Miss Piggy, now that she’s deigned to do reality shows, will show up as a guest judge on the new season of Ru Paul’s Drag Race. That seems more like a place where this type of “illusion” will be less jarring and more fun!

      • Anonymous

        Okay, THIS is the job I want, to be Mademoiselle Cochonnet’s lead stylist.

    • Anonymous

       I found myself screaming “IT”S A FUCKING PUPPET!” so many times I made myself hoarse and gave myself a headache.

      I thought Rami should have won.

      • Anonymous

        EXACTLY. I am pretty sure my expression during this entire episode was the same as Angela’s in that first photo above. I’ll probably be skewered for this, but I. HATE. the Muppets. Like, with the firey passion of ten thousand burning suns. Thought this was the worst challenge EVER. The way they talked about her like she was a real person drove me frigging NUTSO. I also thought Rami should’ve won, and felt like Michael’s dress was just a short strapless dress with an uneven hem, and a weirdly bacon-like bow that he ripped off of Rami’s look a few weeks ago. Ugh Ugh Ugh. I liked Mila’s the best, and totally disagree with another commenter who called it a goth look. Mod? Yes. Goth, No way. I would wear that dress in a heartbeat, but then, I don’t walk around with a hand jammed up my ass either.

    • Anonymous

      “Tlo said: SHE’S MADE OUT OF FOAM AND FELT. She’s had a hand jammed up her ass for 35 years now with nary a complaint. We think issues of comfort can be safely disregarded.”

      LOL! Favorite line of the week, for sure.

      And not for nothin’ but it describes not just Miss Piggy, but also (probably) most of the current celebs as well.

      –GothamTomato

      • Anonymous

        “Tlo said: SHE’S MADE OUT OF FOAM AND FELT. She’s had a hand jammed up her ass for 35 years now with nary a complaint. We think issues of comfort can be safely disregarded.””And not for nothin’ but it describes not just Miss Piggy, but also (probably) most of the current celebs as well.”

        My TWO favourite lines of the week.

    • Olive Tree

      Great commentary, as usual. I would add that they could have also made some interesting design points by addressing her as a character, and what it’s like to dress a character for TV. A lot of thought goes into how wardrobe supports character development, and in that way, the designers could have discussed and designed for that also.

    • Anonymous

      Actually, looking again at your title, “Smell of Bacon” and the close up of the fabric–it looked like nothing less than a piece of raw meat–ick! Tres awkward!
      Once I saw the textile done up it was pretty enough, but other than the head piece I would say too much for the tres jolie Miss Piggy.
      C’est moi.
      Allors, I knew my high school French would come in handy some day. ;)

    • Anonymous

      I think I’m just going to read TLo recaps and save the actual watching for all stars cycles.  This show is why I love PR.  Because Gordana.  GORDANA is the weakest this week.  Gordana is fabulous, and yet – she can still disappoint.  Carry on, Gordana.  If you’d like to come to NE and be cold and shovel snow and teach me how to be a stylish and awesome knitter – we have an extra room!

    • Anonymous

      Cringe-worthy, indeed.  The comedy sketch was a bit much.  But the results were not bad.  Hey, a Lifetime designer finally won a challenge!  How funny that it was Michael, of all people.  But he does seem to be doing well so far.

      I’m sad that Gordana is gone already, but she just hasn’t been bringing it.  She was the only Lifetime designer I wanted to succeed, because she got the shaft in a similar way to Uli a few seasons earlier.  But I can’t say I have like any of her looks this time around.  Hopefully she’s doing better outside the world of reality TV.

    • Anonymous

      Wish Miss Piggy were the All Stars hostess….she’s more animated.

      • Anonymous

        I second this.

    • Anonymous

      Just a general comment – I’m really enjoying this season. Maybe because I’m familiar with all of the contestants, but I also think a big part of it is that the judges have been kind in their criticisms. I was getting sick of that orange man saying “what woman would wear something that ___” ,  like every woman wants only HIS clothes. These judges are at least giving specific feedback.

      • Anonymous

        I agree, it’s a refreshing change from Kors and Heidi trying to out-snark one another. I told my friend, who is leery of watching this latest production, that in some cases it’s hard to tell at first who is the top and who is the bottom group because the judges tend to be so complimentary and constructive to everyone. Such a change from the old regime!

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

        It’s not just they are being kind but they are being even handed and giving real criticism . I had a feeling oompha loopma was trying to see how many “witty, mean” things he could say per episode. His disdain for the designers was pretty obvious.

      • Anonymous

        Definitely.  Schmeidi (I seriously can’t remember her real name) some times comes off a bit like a camp counselor or an RA in her direct interactions with the designers, but the overall discourse is a breath of fresh air.  (And especially re: Gordana–I used to remember cringing during some of her critiques, so I was really glad she at least got a compassionate, reasonably dignified send-off.)

    • Anonymous

      I think this show has “jumped the shark.” Too bad the Muppet movie failed to meet box office expectations after we were bombarded with muppets on everything and anything ABC/Disney could get their hands on. Worse is PR All Stars is so over and there are how many episodes to go? I tune in to gaze at Rami (who had the better dress and should have won).

    • Anonymous

      I enjoyed it and I think that most of the contestants enjoyed themselves too, There was a lot of laughing and smiling going on-way more than usual so they were struggling to find any conflict. Did you notice that all the drama over the gloves and shoes was resolved amicably by adults?  I loved Rami’s dress but I think it was almost too ‘expected’ for Miss Piggy and I agree with TLo  that I could totally seeing a more mature Miss Piggy wearing Michael’s dress.

    • http://twitter.com/Spawnsmom Ellen Tiene

      Gordana’s dress – negligee from K-Mart. 

      Loved Michael’s dress, especially the fabric.  I would love to have a dress made from that fabric.

      As far as having Miss Piggy – I think the producers were really grasping at straws for a gimmic for the show – fail!!!

      • Anonymous

        Maybe they should have taken a page from last season and had Kermit design the dress for her.

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

      I didn’t care much for this challenge. I mean, it was definitely different but something was off. I think TLo kinda hinted on what it was: treating Miss Piggy like she was a real person instead of a puppet. A challenge to actually DRESS a puppet would’ve been more feasible. There were a lot of awkward moments in the judging. The supposed funny parts weren’t funny. Yeah, not a fan of this episode.
      I think all of the designers did an okay job. Nothing spectacular. Nothing riveting. Not even a ‘wow’ moment. Michael’s winning dress was okay. The fabric, quoting TLo on Twitter, looked like a New Year’s Eve decoration. Rami’s print was vibrant and fun but the design was a meh. 

      Mila did not deserve to be in the Bottom 3. Kara should’ve taken her place. 

      • Anonymous

        It was a costume challenge that everyone had to pretend (1) wasn’t a costume challenge and (2) was for a real woman and not a two-foot foam pig. That’s just the beginning of what was off.

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

        I really liked Kara’s dress. I thought Jerrell was lucky that he was safe.

    • Anonymous

      i wasn’t surprised by either the win or the auf.  i thought rami was going to win, but i also liked michael’s alot and was happy to see him win.  i really like gordana and even liked her dress, but as soon as i saw it i knew she would be going home.  and yes, tlo you are certainly right that it’s going to get harder to see people going home.  elisa and sweet p were the two weakest designers and pretty much destined for early dismissal, and considering that gordana has never seemed to be able to win approval from the judges i knew she would not last long either.  it will certainly get interesting from here on…. i’m sure glad kenley didn’t win.  i don’t think it would matter what she puts down the runway — i just don’t like her.  yes, it’s small-minded of me, but her arrogance just annoys me…..

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

        There is an excellent and very candid interview with Sweet P on the Lifetime site. 
        http://www.mylifetime.com/shows/project-runway-all-stars/blogs/project-runway-all-stars-blog 
        She reveals that she has changed  professions and is now a make-up artist. Went to school for it and started working before PRAS was filmed. No wonder her work seemed so uninspired. This might also explain why she looked so good. Her make-up on the show was gorgeous.

    • marilyn

      Mila should have gone home, with Austin being a close second.  They both made dresses that weren’t iMiss Piggy.  Mila’s goth creation had nothing to do with the challenge.  Autin’s tacky dress was for a hooker.   He is lucky he is makinig himself a colorful character on this show, with his wekkly ‘ensembles’.  They will keep him around.  But he should have gone.  I guess they really don’t mean that ‘one week you’re in, and the next, you’re out’.   This challenge was about whimsey and innocent fantasy.  Neither of these designers came close. 

      Michael’s creation also was not whimsical and/or innocent fantasy either.  However, at least it was not slutty or goth.  It was almost a caricature of a cocktail dress.  Apparently that was close enough.  Go figure.  Rami or Kenley should have won.   

      Gordana should not have been eliminated.  Her dress was not offensive, and it was very innocent.  If the dress isn’t for Miss Piggy, any number of Red Carpet tweens might be interested in that dress.  It’s only fault was that it was too young for Miss Piggy.

    • Anonymous

      My 42 yo sister is smack in the middle of the demographic…..and not because she has kids.  She was about 6 when the muppet show hit the airwaves and she still all muppet all the time.  She still has her (now vintage) Miss Piggy swimsuit (by Danskin…proving that petroleum-based fibers never disintegrate), a Limoges box of MIss Piggy in a bubble bath etc etc.

      I was surprised that so many thought pink when they saw Miss Piggy….Lavender is really more her signature color.

    • Anonymous

      I have to grudgingly admit that Joanna Coles is doing a good job as mentor.   I hated her in all her previous appearances, but here she’s actually giving solid advice and, to her credit, not rushing to hug people and tell them to go clean up their workspace.  Efficient, distant, and I can handle that.  At least someone seems to be trying to provide usable advice.

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

      As soon as the judging began, I was unable to look at anything but the horrendous naked chest of Mr. I Style A Low Rent TV Show. Button your shirt, dude. I liked Ms. Piggy, and I don’t care that she was jokey, because that’s her thing. I do care that she was placed next to Sleazy Neckercheif Man. Gawd. And, thank goodness my precious Austin is still in. I will be crushed if he doesn’t make it, although I don’t get that dress or what possessed him to bow-ify the hips.

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

      The reality of Miss Piggy, though, is (I believe) Henson-required. When a Muppet goes on any show, they are the guests addressed, not their puppeteers. It’s part of the whole mystique, and it would have been a bit odd to have them talking about the mechanics of it especially since they weren’t dressing the Muppet body themselves.

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

        I see your point. But at least, dress Miss Piggy according to her size. 

        (Lawd! I just referenced her like she was a human. *le sigh*)

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

      But remember the Brooke Shields challenge?  They were to design an outfit for the show, and when she talked to the designers, she talked about the characters life — they then all proceeded to walk around talking about that character like a real person too.  I think you have to do some of that to be able to design a costume for any character.  It’s just more surreal with the stuffed pig.

    • Anonymous

      Why, oh, why wasn’t April’s sad, sad ensemble an aufing contender?

      • Anonymous

        It was just one of many. Perhaps they drew straws off screen?

        • Anonymous

          Most of the entries were pretty lackluster for all the talk of “happy” clothes.

    • Anonymous

      SHE’S MADE OUT OF FOAM AND FELT. She’s had a hand jammed up her ass for 35 years now with nary a complaint.

      Word.  Yes, TLo’s suggestions could have made this challenge more challenging, and a better test for the designers.  I’m still not crazy about Michael’s design, especially that dratted exposed zipper, but it’s on to the next episode.

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

      Gordana’s I could see Miss Piggy wearing in the bedroom while saying, “Oh Kermie!” 

      Michael C has the over-the top-sense that would be a perfect match for Miss Piggy. He should probably become her personal designer and stylist.

    • Anonymous

      The whole challenge was alittle off putting. i agree with the win though.. michael was my favorite out of all of them.. i feel sorry for G. but damn that dress was so boring..

    • Anonymous

      I would argue that Miss Piggy is more real than half the “characters” we see on reality TV these days. I adored this challenge. Its like my favorite worlds collided to my delight.

    • Daisy James

      I do not, and probably never will, get the Michael love. In my eyes, all he ever does is make simple shapes in shiny, heavy fabrics, and this was just more of the same.

      And while I was sorry to see Gordana go, I agree it wasn’t much of a surprise. The dress wasn’t Miss Piggy, and it wasn’t even really a cocktail dress. But I think Austin seriously dodged a bullet here.

      • Anonymous

        Thank you. I thought I was the only one who didn’t get the whole Michael thing.

      • Toto Maya

        Couldn’t stand him during his season, can’t stand him now, but I am liking his designs.

        • vix eljay

          I’m having the opposite problem — I liked him during his season, but am finding him obnoxious on this show.  Didn’t like his designs on either his season or presently.  I still have no idea what his aesthetic is.  Absolutely none.

    • Anonymous

      This wouldn’t have been my win (Kenley) or my loss (Jerrell), but I thought Gordana was going to be one of the next one or two to be aufed so that’s okay.  Michael’s win though seemed odd to me.  I don’t see Miss Piggy in this and I didn’t like it on the human model either.  It was better than Rami’s, but then I’d have put Rami in the bottom three for that eyesore.

    • Anonymous

      Rami’s dress seemed more like something Piggy would wear in a movie and Michael’s was more something to wear at the premiere.
      I actually think she would look great on the red carpet in it loops & all.  But who knows for sure since we didn’t get to see it.

      • Anonymous

        Rami’s dress looked more like it was for Shirley Temple than Miss PIggy.

    • MilaXX

      I like your idea for addressing this challenge. Honestly I have no problem with the designers making a dress for Ms. Piggy. I just HATED the idea of her judging.

    • Anonymous

      Michael– I definitely like the dress, particularly the zipper and the black trim, but it’s the loops (is that what they’re called?) that make the dress. Subtract the loops, and it’s the most basic of cocktail dresses.

      Gordana– It’s not without merit. She clearly worked hard on that ruffle, but it’s nothing but a nightgown, really. 

    • Anonymous

      Miss Piggy’s attitude & outfit seemed so boring & subdued. 
      Not nearly as out there & funny as usual. 
      Maybe she was feeling under the weather or suffering from swine flu. 
      She was off her game somehow.

      • Anonymous

        It may have to do with the fact that Frank Oz isn’t her puppeteer anymore…….  

        • Anonymous

          very hard to watch w/o him.
          i knew it would be different, probably worse–but i didnt know how much worse. all the clichés & tropes, all overdone. slow thinking. not funny. sad, this.

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

      The pink shoes were a good choice.

    • Anonymous

      Episode in general: There is such a thing as playing along a little too much. Some people nailed the humor of the situation combined with some genuine design considerations for the form of the client. Some of the “staff” for lack of a better word, took things too far and it gave me a bad case of the eyerolls.

      Michael: I agreed with this. Nailed it. the gloves were wrong, but it’s what he had. 

      Gordana: Pobrecita, this was just not good. Too boudoir, too formless. She didn’t think about the shape of the puppet.

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

      I actually quite loved this episode. I thought it was fun, and to me you always speak of the muppets as if they’re real people even though you know they’re not. That is part of why they’re so enjoyable. Its just like when you go to Disneyland you talk to Mickey and about Mickey, not about the people behind him.

      I wish they would have been given examples of what Miss Piggy has worn though. When you search Miss Piggy you find that she is a very classy pig yet youthful. As long as it was a cocktail dress she could have worn any style of dress. Mondo’s Opera dress would have been perfect for Miss Piggy. 

    • Toto Maya

      I wonder if Joanna considered it the high point or low point of her career when she had to stand in front of the designers and say, “Remember, DON’T DISAPPOINT MISS PIGGY.”

    • Anonymous

      Gordana’s wasn’t that bad. Austin Scarlett’s overworked frock was unBOWeavably awful.

    • Anonymous

      TLo I love your idea, that would have been a great challenge!

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

      I disagree.. It’s part of the magic of the muppets is that we do think of them as being alive. If they really wanted to make it about a dressing a puppet them they should have been making the clothes on a puppet body and not even have  runway. clearly it was about a real piece that can translate into a costume for a muppets. I can’t understood why MIchael’s won, the dark horrible print and the shape would never work on a muppet and does not go with any of the Miss Piggy’s style, even the designer pieces in the last film were sophisticated but not that somber in colour.

      I though rami was the clear winner. There were worse dresses than gordana, April’s for one but I have a feeling they are keeping April on.

    • Anonymous

      Wow, those first 2 photos. Separated at birth?

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

        Wow, I can’t believe I didn’t see that! Same eyes, hair, tilt of the straw-filled head. Good eye, Moondancer5.

      • Anonymous

        Yes – that was the first thing I saw too!   (Love your avatar Igor…)

      • Anonymous

        Brilliant choice of screen caps, TLo. It just cracked me up. 

    • Anonymous

      Would that we could have seen Miss Piggy in the actual dress.

      No way would this glammy sausage casing fit her. Her head would swell up to 3x the size it is now.

      • Anonymous

        I can’t picture that bow in proportion, either.  When his model came out, I thought “that’s a lot of. . .front matter” on a tall skinny model, how’s it going to work on Miss Piggy?

        (yeah, I’m pretty sure “front matter” is not the fashionista term, lol.)

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

      What do you mean – Miss Piggy isn’t a real person???? My dreams are shattered!!

    • Presumptuous Insect

      I have a question about Michael and whether or not he is cannon fodder or he has a good chance of getting at least close to the end. I think my perception of him is skewed because of all that bullshit with Horrible Ivy during his season and all of those mean shits painting him as a loser. I can’t tell if he is considered one of the better ones or if he is on this show for the drama or what! I was happy to see him win, but then I immediatley thought, Oh no, this means he is auf next week (Chris March blogged about this phenomenon). Thoughts?

      • Presumptuous Insect

        And by the way, have I mentioned lately how overjoyed I am that Ivy is not on all-stars?

    • Anonymous

      Bitches, please, indeed.

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

      I keep trying, but all I can come up with is ‘oy.’ Which is why you’re the fabulous and opinionated bloggers and I’m… not.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, that.  I’m stuck on W. T. F.??????, myself.

    • Lisa

      I don’t care if I’m in the minority – Muppets make everything all better.  And where else am I going to get to see Austin Scarlett recite the lyrics to the Muppet Show theme in this totally serious tone?  

      • Anonymous

        It was a little like watching Jesse Jackson read Green Eggs and Ham on SNL years ago. 

    • J Dreesen

      okay i *JUST* watched the episode (it is currently 6:10PM Central, Friday, 20 Jan).  i haven’t read any other comments but i have to get this off my (and the model’s) chest:

      BACON BACON BACON BACON.  is ALL i saw when i looked at Michael’s dress.  LITERALLY.  BACON.

    • Anonymous

      I didn’t get Michel’s win, seriously. I loved Rami’s look. It was playful and whimsical. Seriously people, it’s a PUPPET!

    • Anonymous

      Anyone else think Mila’s comment to her model about how difficult it is to make sleeves was a producer plant?

      • Anonymous

        Ha!

    • Call me Bee

      I was surprized that Michael won over Rami.  His dress was nothing special save for those weird…things on the bodice.  Not impressed.  There were others I liked much more. 
      So sad to see Gordana go.  While the resulting dress was way better than what she made in the workroom, it really was just a pink nightie.  It would have been perfect Barbie.  I wonder if the judges would have reacted better if the dress were something other than pink.  As someone in the TLounge mentioned last night–pink is to pigs what nude is to humans.  Just flesh colored! 

    • Anonymous

      It didn’t occur to me that was why Mizrahi was absent! If it’s true, I’m not mad at him. I kinda figured Giordana was doomed when Joanna called it as a nightie and she didn’t course correct.

      • vix eljay

        I had a hunch that Mizrahi felt Muppet-styling was a bit beneath him.  I am really enjoying him as a judge on this show!

    • Anonymous

      At least Gordana’s dress was pretty.  Austin’s was incredibly ugly and unflattering to anyone.    I was sure he was a goner, but then when Mizrahi wasn’t a judge, I knew he’d be staying.

    • Anonymous

      This episode won me over in the end. I rather enjoyed it.

      Michael’s dress had me, until she turned around and there’s his signature giant exposed black zipper. Does he not know how to properly set in a zipper. He might think it looks like an interesting detail, in my eye though it ruins the flow of the dress. I hope Gordana showed him how to properly sew in a zipper before she left.

      Gordana’s dress was a darling little dress, not worthy of the auf. It doesn’t look so much like a nightie in my eye, I happen to like it. Austin’s horribly overworked dress, April’s ice-skating outfit, and Jerell’s badly fitted mess were far worse. At least she was gracious in defeat. Wish her the best.

    • http://twitter.com/nthomas_kpc Nichole Hacha-Thomas

      Oops. Used my co-worker’s log-in *shameface*

    • Anonymous

      My guess is that Gordana didn’t have as much access to U.S. pop culture when she was growing up as the others did, so she didn’t quite have the bank of memory the other designers did. She’s been struggling a bit, but I think lack of inspiration made her truly flounder. In fact, Kenley defaulted to “Muppet Babies” (her look could read juvenile) and April, who I think is the youngest, to “Tim Burton” (probably “The Nightmare Before Christmas” functioned the same way for her that “The Muppet Movie” did for a lot of people).

      I could see Mondo’s on Lady Elaine Fairchild.

      I thought Michael’s exposed zipper was a bad idea for a look for a puppet, because it calls attention to how the dress is put together, and with a puppet for a client, you don’t want to call too much attention to that.

      It is true that when I did see some sort of “behind the scenes” muppet thing, it seemed really wrong; I felt a little shock (although obviously I knew they were puppets), and it subsequently made it a little harder to suspend my disbelief and just go with it subsequently.

      • Anonymous

        Lady Elaine Fairchild or Phyllis  Diller.

    • Anonymous

      maybe i’m the only one here but i really liked gordana’s dress.

      but, sadly, not for miss piggy. & it isnt even the color, it’s the shape.
      spouse no. 2 used to torment me whenever it was even the teeniest tip of plausible & one of the names he taunted me w/ was miss piggy. so i well understand, & this from personal experience, that she’s supposed to be built like, say, dolly parton or mae west or mamie van doren or christina hendricks. i think, cos thats what he was getting at. it wasnt my personality, heaven knows.

      & a dress like gordana’s, which i woudve loved to wear, is only gonna make someone built like that look like the very widest some of her parts. actually, it’ll make her look worse, it just does not work at all. on this figure a babydoll is widening and stumpifying all at the same time. too bad too, they seem like they would work but it’s a mirage–no matter how nice ones legs are, person or puppet.

      she coulda fixed it, too, just by adding a well placed self-sash, one that works its way out from the inside. very sad, i really do like the dress & it shoulda woulda been an easy fix.

      not that i think it wouldve saved her, however. whether or not it’s a conscious decision on the part or parts of anyone, i think theyre grading cumulatively & this week her tote up just ran out.

      otoh, i dont know who they shouldve eliminated instead. austin, probably–those bows, oy vey what was he thinking w/ those bows–but he’s often so good it would be hard to dump him on a puppet challenge. mila, maybe–she’s limited, i think, almost to the point of stricture–then again, she does a good job w/in her confines. maybe anthony? but other than the overwrought purple feather bomb explosion, the dress was not bad. so who. kara mondo april? not even kenley. it is nice to see consistently competent work from the top to the bottom, something which i dont think has been present on regular PR in years.

      so theres that.

      i actually really liked michael’s dress, btw. he is one of the people here who is doing much better work than his first go around. i tend to like him, too. i never understood why people found him so awful; i mean, he can be annoying & he can be childish, true, but if those were the worst qualities anyone ever had–well, i would never have even met spouse no. 2, now would i have? he wouldnt even exist.

    • penn collins

      priceless camp- Miss Piggy singing “I will survive”

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7HYYKEbfLk&feature=related

    • Anonymous

      I thought Rami should and would win this challenge. His dress was perfect for Miss Piggy and for no one else. Austin’s dress was truly awful, but he is a lot more interesting on the show than Gordana. She seemed so overwhelmed, too exhausted even to comb her hair. Time for her to go.

    • Anonymous

       “I think she’ll be comfortable in this.” “SHE’S MADE OUT OF FOAM AND FELT.” Holy shit you guys crack me up! I was thinking the same thing! LOL!

    • Anonymous

      Austin should have left off the bows or stuck with his original idea of wrapping her up in one. That was what they liked about Michael’s design. And Austin could have sold it as a wink and a nod to Pigs in Space to pull himself out of the bottom three.

      Mila has apparently never seen a muppet before and has no idea what one is. This supports my earlier suspicion that Mila is actually a robot and therefore had no childhood… and apparently can only see black and white.

      While watching this, we were joking that Isaac wasn’t there because it would give away the fact that he is really a muppet.

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

      I didn’t understand the visible, off-center zipper.  Seth could have made (and has, if memory serves) a cocktail dress with a visible, featured zipper, but it goes nowhere here.  And apparently Michael didn’t know how to set a zipper at all, judging from the workroom scenes.  Did anyone else think “bacon strips” about the loopage?

    • Anonymous

      Isn’t it weird to realize that Yoda and Miss Piggy are the same person?

    • Anonymous

      You haven’t seen the new movie, have you?

    • Anonymous

      it was just nice to see PR have FASHION again and incredible not to be able to see top three bottom three the secod you lay eyes on them. I did not like Costello’s dress – looks like a Christmas present. I DID love Milla’s dress and Piggy would have looked ricking all Sedgwick-ed out.  And Anthony honey – you are funny as hell but you were conflicted baby not “convicted”

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, I have no idea what the producers were smoking when they cooked up this challenge.  But I give the designers credit for embracing it.  I was happy with judge’s top three picks.  I could see Miss Piggy in any of them.  No idea why Austin whiffed as he gushed about Miss Piggy almost as much as Royal Asskiss Michael.   Gordana missed the mark totally.  Joanne correctly warned her that it was looking a wee bit night gownish.  A lovely, pretty nightgown, but a nightgown nonetheless.   I’m loving Joanna more and more.  

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

      Everything you said. It was SO embarrassing to watch.

    • Anonymous

      LOL!!! I just finished watching the episode.  You guys, Issac WAS there!  He was Miss Piggy!  The puppeteer probably received notes from him.

    • http://twitter.com/ennisamy Amy Ennis

      I dunno. Call me crazy, but that thumbnail you have posted mixed with it being almost two in the morning, and that fabric almost, almost looks like bacon. I think it’s a little obscene how much it looks like bacon the more I look at it. It’s burnt bacon, shriveled on the edges, but bacon nonetheless…

    • bethannstamps

      well, despite all the Muppert talk, i was never a fan, my kids were never fans, altho they knew who they were obviously since i didn’t keep them in isolation nor are we Amish… so to get back to the clothes. loved Rami’s dress but looked exactly as you’d expect a pig puppet to wear, Michal C’s dress i thought was a little dark but that would play off her skin nicely and i loved the hat. GG , my mom had a nightgown just like that about 30 yrs ago, in mylon tricot. it was mad impeccably but looked shapeless and cheap. Kenly isn’t talking much smak Austin was plain lucky

    • Tim Wong

      really not sure about the win… but can understand why..
      That dress could be a MARCHESA dress… if its in a chiffon with beading on it…….. 
      its a sihouette which is OFTEN seen in Georgina Chapman’s designs…..

    • Anonymous

      I would have loved the alternative handling suggested by TLo.  Especially since Frank Oz is effing awesome and I would have loved to hear him referenced.

      Still, I loved the challenge. Fantasy fashion for a timeless icon, an icon all about fun? Hell yeah. More, please.