T LOunge

Posted on January 12, 2012

Darlings, the day has been long and torturous and without much sunlight. Let’s all start the evening with a well-earned drink.

 

 Majik Cafe located in Belgrade, Serbia

Is it a bar or two people kissing? The trips back from the bathroom after our 5th drink are going to be pretty freaky!

Isaac Mizrahi, Georgina Chapman and Angela Lindvall with guest judges Mark Bradley and James Mischka

And the judging panel gets weighed down with even more designers. FOUR! Four designers on a Project Runway panel. That’s a record, right? It’ll be interesting to see how it goes. It’s certainly interesting how removed Marie Claire is from the decision process. Looks like they don’t want any fan backlash headed their way again.

Oh Christ. He really is going to whine every single episode. We’re on April’s side already.

So? How’s your week been? Sticking to your resolutions? Fashion Week is on the horizon, so we’re doing our best to stay away from carbs and order no takeout for the next month. We’ll say this: once you see yourself on television, learning to do without and getting your ass to the gym become a LOT easier.

[Photo Credit: myLifetime.com, majikcafe.com]

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  • Anonymous

    Rhez-zoo-luuuh-shionz.  That’s a funny word.

  • Anonymous

    Whoo hoo! I feel tipsy just looking at that decor! Hate to tell those in the cold/rainy/snowy areas that it has been sunny and in the 60s here in the Bay Area. So, pour me a gin and tonic, with Hendricks please.

    I’ll do a rain dance while I wait. This lack of rain is starting to freak me out.

    I keep forgetting All Stars is on, so these lounge posts have been such pleasant surprises for me!

    • Anonymous

      Stop rain-dancing immediately! You clearly have no control over where it’s coming down. Which is right here!

      I also have to get into the All Star Rhythm. But last week was great, like a ten year class reunion.

      • Anonymous

        Wave your arms! Send that rain to us (Texas). Record drought, predicted to last maybe another 3-8 years. We’re so behind we could have record rain for months before we catch up.

        • Anonymous

          I moved from Texas to the desert and now Texas is desert.  :(

        • Anonymous

          Seriously? Is it even possible to make predictions for a localised area for the upcoming years ? Well, what do I know…

          Ok, I’m huffing and puffing and doing my very best but there’s this whole atlantic business to cross, so don’t hold your breath.

          May the raindrops be with you.

          • Anonymous

            Well, the predictions are less than ironclad . . . but I’m trying to wrap my mind around worst case.

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

          Seconding the cry for rain! Come to Austin, we’re really friendly and welcoming!

          • Melvis Velour

            Yes indeedy we are!  And we keep it weird too!

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

      You can come visit me… we have snow EVERYWHERE… I do not approve.  Thankfully, only the boy has school tomorrow so I don’t have to wait for a bus (my husband takes our son before work, the girly child only does half days so I take her:)

      • Anonymous

        I envy you your snow.  Up here, in the snow belt, we have had virtually none.  What we have had instead is cold, gloomy rain rain rain rain rain.  It’s raining now.  It is so depressing.  

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

          I’d trade — rain means a higher temperature…

          • Anonymous

            Shannon, we’re talking, like, five degrees.  Believe me, when it’s damp and wet, it makes no difference whatsoever.  I’d prefer crisp and cold.  

        • Call me Bee

          We haven’t had any snow this winter yet either–until today.  It’s snowin’ like a somabitch right now, and will continue al night.  Yay! 

        • http://twitter.com/neeBarbero Debby Griffiths

          I hear you Penny, I too am in the snow belt, and remain snow free.    I am not missing the snow, but know the area depends both financially and for the water table on the snows.

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

            Careful… I had that thought the other day about the corn crops for the upcoming summer, and look what happened!  There’s now a good 4 inches in my yard!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_64HSRZWCSJ5RBFGCWDLFQOICYM G

      Anathema – I’m in the Bay Area as well and will rain dance with you.  After my margarita.

      • Anonymous

        I’ll join and make up a Bay Area trio with you two.  When are we ever going to be able to ski at Tahoe this year?!?

        • Anonymous

          Who cares about skiing? My hair looks like shit in this dry weather!!! ;-)
          Kidding…sort of…the snow is an important part of the water system.

        • Anonymous

          Can I join and make a quad? That doesn’t sound as awesome as a trio, but I’m fairly awesome. (overstatement)

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

            Can I just come to the Bay Area?  It’s my favorite…

          • Anonymous

            I’d invite you to my apartment in Berkeley, but it is only large enough to fit the left side of my body.

          • leilah

            My W. Berkeley place is larger, but not by a lot — it’s only enough to fit me, my Rottie girl & my 6’4 man…and it’s a HOUSE.  We don’t get a lot of space in SF or Berkeley without paying in blood ($2K+), but we hafta drive for HOURS to get enuf snow to talk about….

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

            That’s why I don’t live there… I strongly considered it, believe me.  I feel in love with the Bay Area on a visit to an ex, way back when, and it would still be one of my first choice places to live.

      • Anonymous

        Perhaps a “Move the Moisture” dance.  I have family in the Bay Area and they too need the rain.  Even Seattle (my home) has been unusually un-soggy.  It’s unnatural!

      • Anonymous

        Alcohol makes any dancing better.

      • Anonymous

        Make me the fourth in your Bay Area rain dance parade!

      • Sara__B

         The usually soggy Pacific Northwest coast and I-5 corridor could use some rain as well. Hope the rain dancing works!

        • Anonymous

          Amen to that!

      • Anonymous

        I’m up for the rain dance. I don’t look forward to 8 months of drought news if we don’t get some serious rain up in heah, and soon! As for resolutions, bwahahaha! I’m up 5 lbs instead of down so I suppose you could say I’m a big flop.

    • leilah

      Not to worry — Roberta sez we’ll have plenty of rain on Wednesday…’course, she’s been wrong before….

  • Anonymous

    Lychee martini for me – I need something sweet and ice cold!

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

    I don’t know boys, no matter how many unflattering pics I take, I still really like brownies:)

  • Anonymous

    After the day I’ve had, just bring me the bottle. Time to put on scrounging clothes and scour the house for an adult beverage. 

  • Anonymous

    Sadly, there is no liquor in my house.  And I am not going out in the snow and cold and wind to get some.  So I will just curl up in front of the TV with a pot of Lapsang Souchong.

  • Mariah J

    OMG NOBODY CAN USE RED EVER OR MAKE A RED DRESS ITS NEVER BEEN DONE EXCEPT FOR NOW

  • Anonymous

    I am not afraid to admit I jsut had a colonoscopy today  so I NEED some drinks.  That stuff you drink the day before is vile and you aren’t allowed to add vodka.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3JSTXMWWVZN2QNP2UEKJMTWD7U Isabel

      That stuff is even worse than the procedure!!

      And on top of that, the doctor shows you the prints of what he/she saw. Makes my head spin.

    • Call me Bee

      Oooh let me buy you one–I know just how you feel! 

    • Anonymous

      I hate that drink! (Last time I had a colonoscopy, my orthopedic surgeon saw me and stopped in to say hi, you should have seen the nurse’s face when she thought she had prepped me for the wrong procedure. :-)

    • Anonymous

      Good for you for going in.  I, too, was going to argue for the vodka as it IS clear, then saw the “no alcohol” proviso.  At least it’s over with.

    • Anonymous

      Oh my…went through that 3 weeks ago…yes, you have as much as you want…and halleluah, it’s over!!

  • Anonymous

    A trademark crisis for my favorite client has me glued to my desk here at IP Central, rather than toddling home for alcohol and dinner.  So self-sacrificing.

    Yes, I’m keeping to my work-out resolution so far, and my tired, aching frame is congratulating me for my perseverance.  When this brilliant cease & desist draft is completed and e-’d to the client for review, I’ll be jonesing for a Manhattan and mindless (oops!) PR All-Stars.  A just reward for trying to do justice.

    • Anonymous

      A just reward, indeed, NDC!  And a Manhattan sounds like just the thing!

      • Anonymous

        Oh, doll, if you only knew…. 5PM emergency, so here I am, trying to stave off an imminent infringement of my client’s 10-year old rights.  And the other side is no 90 lb. weakling.  Having right on one’s side helps, though.

        • Anonymous

          We all have complete faith in your ability to save your client’s rights and kick the other side’s butt!  Even if it’s after hours!

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

      I highly recommend lugging 1 year olds for building muscle — it took 28 years but I FINALLY found a way of actually building biceps.

      • Anonymous

        Oh, Shannon (you young thing), my child-bearing ability was lost to menopause well long ago.  I’ve been lifting weights for that same 28 years, and it does do wonders for one’s bone-density scans – no kidding.  My trainer is my indulgence, my friend and a crucial part of my life.

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

          They don’t have to be yours!  The heavier one who built my biceps is someone else’s… but no amount of weight lifting has ever done the same amount of results.   I think it’s because I can’t drop them if they get too heavy:)

          • Anonymous

            Plus weights don’t complain or make unpleasant sounds if you put them down for some ridiculous reason like your arms are tired, your back hurts, or you really need to hold the phone and an icy beverage. 

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

            Precisely!  Now if I could only find a way for them to build my triceps as well…

  • Anonymous

    “Oh Christ. He really is going to whine every single episode.”  Boys.  Did I not warn you???  It’s who he is.  It’s what he does.

    I hope to God he’s eliminated tonight!

    I like Badgley and Mishka as judges. They know what’s what and I don’t think they can be bought. And it’s gowns tonight, right?

    • Rachel Sawyer

      Me, too. I’m already tired of Michael C.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1248212910 Jessie Melcher Brown

      Given how they edit I take everything with a grain of salt until I see it in context. 

  • Anonymous

    Aww, I knew you boys were happy that you were on TV w/Joe Zee!  :)

  • Anonymous

    The big pink thing with the cutout looks like a pelvis.  I’m only on my first drink (starting early; tough day), and it’s already freaking me out.

    • marilyn

      I agree completely.  How gross!!!

    • Anonymous

      And the window in the orange wall looks like an eye shade for sleeping!

      • Anonymous

        I keep thinking it looks like one of the stick-on, strapless gel bras.

  • Anonymous

    Wait . . . “Mark Bradley”? isn’t that Mark Badgley? Silly Lifetime!

  • Anonymous

    I’m gonna do fucking red! 

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

      RED IS NOT A DESIGN PLAN!

      • Anonymous

        Wine.

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

          Could be the start of a design plan then… ;)

        • muzan-e

          Yes please!

      • Anonymous

        HahahahahahaHA! Heh.

        I don’t remember tensions between April and Michael during their season, but I don’t remember April ever using color and knowing her personality and his I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s choosing red and mop heads deliberately just to set him off.

        • Anonymous

          Wasn’t she one of the mean girls back in season 8? 

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

    I almost forgot this in on tonight. Decisions, decisions… Finally spend some quality time with the hubby who came home at a decent time tonight *wink*wink* or PR: AS? I think I’ll leave the drinking to you and catch this online tomorrow. Cheers!

    • Anonymous

      I would do both simultaneously! Hey, its not unheard of for the man to get some while watching sports!

  • Anonymous

    Unfortunately, I shall not be around to watch tonight as I do not have a TV.

    But I see from the picture that Mark Badgley has decided to bring the orange to the proceedings, perhaps to make up for Michael Kors noninvolvement. And I still miss Isaac’s old Robert Smith hairdo. But I digress.

    I’m hoping that the preview is misleadingly “dramatic”. I also do not care for the preview voice-overs – his voice just doesn’t fit.

    As for New Year’s resolutions, I never make them – there’s no guilt, regrets, or disappointment then.

  • Call me Bee

    Completely forgot about TLounge till I saw your tweet.  *Whew*  I NEED a drink today.  Lots of plans ended up blowin’ in the snowy wind today,  so I stayed home and sewed.  And–our computer business is doing really well so far this year!  (Heeee….)  So–let me buy a round for everyone, and I’ll have a hot buttered rum.  Is there a fireplace in this joint?  I’d love to curl up near it….

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know. I was totally jumping off any April train I might’ve been on last season when she went all mean girl on Michael along with some of the others.  Perhaps she’s matured, but I’m guessing not. And sue me, I like Michael, whining or not (though not on my list for top three).

    Anywho, I’ll read a bit before it hits 9PM Eastern Time, then I’m off to West Coast seclusion.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, I wasn’t a huge April fan. Her POV was so narrow and she really needed to get over herself. I, too, will be entering the West Coast seclusion zone, which is preceded by dinner for the family time…so I guess I’ll be out of the loop until tomorrow morning.

    • Anonymous

      oh yeah, i forgot all about that april/michael dram last time.  that makes the current conflict richer.  unfortunately, michael, the little gypsy from the desert, is coming off looking like a total ass this time.  and i was on his team last time. oh well, the plot thickens.

    • Anonymous

      I like Michael too. I find it hard to dislike someone who so clearly needs a hug. 

  • Anonymous

    I kept staring at the tiny picture on the main page wondering why you had a post about panty liners.  So, not only would my trips back from the bathroom be freaky, but it’ll continue once I sit down and stare at the side wall! 

    • Anonymous

      That was my first thought, too!!

  • Anonymous

    Uh, yea; Michael is reduced to tears because April chose a fabric containing the same vowel. How could she!

    So red it is. In honor of April, a Bloody Mary, extra spicy. And keep ‘em coming!

  • Anonymous

    How about a lemon drop tonight.  That citrus is so healthful!

    I am on the west coast so won’t be commenting during the show – that said I may have to check in to see that you are all keeping your spirits up! 

    Red is the new red (also the old red, the new black, the fully saturated pink and the chosen color for vixens.)  Get over it, MIchael!

  • Anonymous

    I can’t believe it’s almost Fashion Week. Seems like we were just looking at your pics from the last one. Time flies in fashion. I really don’t have anything against Michael, but geez, Louise. I think I’ll have a nice, tall (red!) Bloody Mary to honor the occasion. I hope this episode is a good one!

  • Lisa

    “Sticking to my resolutions” – hah!  Silly boys.  No, no, I’m still fat, but thanks for asking!

  • muzan-e

    I am having  carbs tonight! To celebrate the end of my New Year’s Weight Loss Plan, which consisted solely of flu, bedrest and unmentionable disgustingness.   …I don’t particularly recommend it to fellow Kittens.   Even though I can’t be in New York tonight, I’m eating what is apparently a ‘New York dog’, meaning there’s sauerkraut and spicy mustard. 

    I’m doubt it’s all that authentic, though. I mean, I’m pretty sure that it’s a New York dog only if the vendor’s shouting even before you get out your wallet.

  • Judy_J

    Fashion Week already! Where does the time go? I’m nursing a bit of a head cold, so I’ll just have a hot toddy. Make it with Redbreast, please.

    • Anonymous

      what’s your toddy recipe?  i’m always in need of hot drinks here in the mountains of norcal.

      • Judy_J

        1oz Irish whiskey (I prefer Redbreast)
        1 tblsp honey or more to taste
        Juice of 1lemon
        Hot water to fill mug

        Good and good for you!

  • Anonymous

    I went to school with Jim Mischka.  Super smart guy.   But am I that OLD?  I suppose so.   Sigh.

    • Anonymous

      How cool!  Was he a fashion maven back then?

      • Anonymous

        Not that I remember.  We were all at Rice University and were engineering nerds as I recall.  But that was in the early 1980s…I think he did biomed or something at first.   Met in Art History class.  Rice was a pretty cool place for all kinds of weirdos and nerds like me.  I cherish those days!

  • http://profiles.google.com/anplica Anplica Fiore

    Finally just watched last week’s episode online and I look forward to seeing tonight’s sooner rather than later.  

    It looks like Michael really needs to get over his whiny @$$…again.  

    • Anonymous

      he’s desperate.  he’ll say and do anything to get that camera time.  next thing he’ll be taking his clothes off.  Yikes! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1248212910 Jessie Melcher Brown

    Sweet pea needs to knock it out of the park this week.  Last weeks dress was ugly and poorly made.  She won’t sneak by again.

    • Anonymous

      no kidding.  the mexi-towel-cabana dress almost made me faint as its ugliness vibrations emanated through the TV.

  • Anonymous

    I feel right in style looking at April’s grey hair!
    I’m just home from work to a meal cooked by the hubs and I believe I have the key to the Scotch cabinet! Bottoms up, ya’ll!

  • Anonymous

    Yes, whining is one of his greatest assets, emphasis on ‘ass’.

    Regarding backlash, don’t you think Marie Claire will pay if the public hates the winner?  That person will be guest editor for a year.
    Makes me wonder what really went on behind the scenes the past two years.

    • Anonymous

      it could be guest editor on assignment in siberia if the wrong person wins.  and you notice the way they say “a boutique in SELECT neiman marcus stores.”  one in podunck and the other in lodi, depending on the winner.  and didn’t you know that gypsyboy michael has a patent on the color red?

  • Anonymous

    I am all for anything that gives us a little boost in the healthful living & motivation departments. (My external motivator: I am going to a lunch time exercise class – and I don’t do exercise classes anymore, solo gym only – with a group of those co-workers you get along with only if you don’t spend too much time together. This may double my weekly serious exercise time yet I know it will not end happily.)

    But honestly? You guys looked good on t.v. 100% better than a lot of those buyers.  I know, I know. It could always be better.

  • Anonymous

    Issac looks like he just pooped his pants in the group judge photo.

  • Anonymous

    Here we gooooooooo!

  • Anonymous

    What would Michael do if they had one of those lame challenges where they *all* had to make a red dress?  (Yes, I remember that the red was for a good cause.) 

  • Anonymous

    Hate the HUGE graphics

  • Anonymous

    If Laura Bennett were here, she would nail this challenge hands down. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1088730746 Christopher Brathwaite

    Badgle Mischka! This season is on point! I think I shall have a drink in the lounge, since it’s finally legal for me

    • Anonymous

      it’s all legal here in the TLounge

  • Anonymous

    How much do you want to bet there is a Swarovski product placement?

    • Anonymous

      Hmm…recent purchase of Lifetime?  New owners possibly match  Swarovski owners?  B/c really…again?

  • Anonymous

    Actual budgets! another thing missing from last season.

  • Anonymous

    Oh Michael, you’re delusional.

    • Call me Bee

      I hope he’s watching this and feel’s stupid now that he knows April wasn’t actually copying him! 

  • Anonymous

    Very windy here in upstate South Carolina. Im  having a hot chocolate…..snuggling under a blanket and hoping I dont get called out in the next hour! (Im a Hospice Nurse and am on call til 2am! so no alcohol for me!)

    • Anonymous

      you can have virtual alcohol, can’t you?

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

      Oh man, I don’t envy you.  My grandparents all had Hospice before they passed away and I don’t know how you do it…

  • Anonymous

    A one day challenge?  Boo!

  • Call me Bee

    I love those earrings–the sparkly starbursts! 

  • Anonymous

    pink and black polka dots.   Bold

  • http://profiles.google.com/psykid42 Christopher Brathwaite

    Polka dots? Opera? REALLY KENLEY?

  • Anonymous

    Note to Kenley: Pepto bismol pink w/ polka dots does not read “opera”

    • Anonymous

      it reads Molly Ringwald…..

    • Call me Bee

      Maybe if you’re watching “Hansel & Gretel”….?  :)

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

      Now I love polka dots with a rare passion, but opera?  No…

  • Anonymous

    Has Rami been lifting weights?

    • Anonymous

      he is looking fine!

  • Anonymous

    I love April.  She just reminded me of how much I love her.

    • http://twitter.com/SeaElleJewelry Sea Elle Jewelry

      Me too. She is so awesome. I want to be friends with her. 

      I also immediately remembered why some people don’t like Michael C.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3JSTXMWWVZN2QNP2UEKJMTWD7U Isabel

      But, hate her new hair color. Looks the same as Kelly Osborne.

      The grey ages them!

  • Anonymous

    Drama QUEEN!

  • Anonymous

    Ooh – pretty cornflower blue from Gordana

  • Anonymous

    I can’t believe Michael went that crazy over a color. No one owns a color, and it’s not like red is such a unique one, especially for gowns.

    • Anonymous

      Yea, Valentino left it to him when he retired.

      • Anonymous

        OK, that is the comment of the night!  FUNNY!

  • Anonymous

    Good thing Michael switched from red to black. No one has ever done a black gown before. 

    So original.

    Zzzzzzzzzz…–GothamTomato

  • Anonymous

    Who ever called Austin “the King of Couture” during Season One?  I never heard that phrase used to describe him or anyone else.

    • Anonymous

      Queen maybe… =)

      • Anonymous

        he’s the queen of couture- in his own mind.

        • Anonymous

          Really.  This giant ego shtick of his is putting me right off him.

          • Anonymous

            Is it a parody to get camera time? He sounds like a gay Norma Desmond. 

          • Anonymous

            Stubenville, you’re crackin’ me up tonight!

  • Anonymous

    So April does ombre and Michael does black. The editing is so f-ing contrived.

    • Anonymous

      yeah michael, black.  no one will think of that.

  • Anonymous

    So it hasn’t run yet but keep your eyes out for commercials for “Sexting in Suburbia” the new Lifetime Special. It’s going to give me an aneurism.

    • Anonymous

      OMG!  There it IS!!!!!!  I can feel that aneurysm coming on fast!

      What a crap network!

    • Anonymous

      As soon as I read that, the commercial came on. And I only have one thing to say: Seriously, Lifetime? SERIOUSLY?

    • Anonymous

      Ah there it.
      “You broke the first rule of Sexting!”

  • http://twitter.com/SeaElleJewelry Sea Elle Jewelry

    Does anyone know what the name of that tape is that they use on the dress forms to markup what they want to make?

  • Anonymous

    i’ll have a grand marnier in a heated snifter.  the size of a house.  and keep it hot.  maybe light a fire underneath?  let’s get this party started!  i’m on the west coast (as we all know from my moniker), but i have satellite tv so i’m ready!  it’s hard to take this seriously after watching 24 hour catfight.

  • Anonymous

    Bla, bla, bla, Joanna Coles… STFU Kenley

  • Anonymous

    Hey, Rami is wearing Anthony-Ryan’s pajamas!

    • Anonymous

      is A-R still in them?

  • Anonymous

    Gordana!  God, I love how she just shuts the drama down!

  • Anonymous

    One thing a mentor shouldn’t be doing is asking who is most intimidating. Let’s not make the position of “mentor” into drama fuel.

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

      Yes! I’d prefer to hear about designs or see designs, not more yapping about who is good. so annoying.

  • Anonymous

    …actually, she appreciates having Joanna as a mentor for the simple fact she’s not TIm.

    On another note: Doesn’t it seem like Austin is getting the loser edit?–GothamTomato

    • Anonymous

      austin can’t leave!  i want to see what he’s going to wear next.

    • Anonymous

      GothamTomato writes…
      “actually, she appreciates having Joanna as a mentor for the simple fact she’s not TIm.”

      This!!

  • Anonymous

    God, I HATE Kenley’s voice! Chalk on a blackboard.

    • Anonymous

      Nasal chalk.

      • Anonymous

        Ewww. Just flashed on a visual! Snort!

  • Anonymous

    Good gawd – who is using hot pink?

    • Anonymous

      It’s Kenley, natch.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t blame Austin being nervous. He’s going to graded on a curve, unfortunately for him the opposite of the Anya curve.

  • Anonymous

    I’m really interested in seeing Mila’s dress. Got a quick glance and was intrigued.

    Kara may be in trouble. That print is ugly.

  • Anonymous

    Kara’s bodice looks like upholstery fabric.

  • Anonymous

    Rami, Austin, April – I am amazed at how they all understand technique so well, so able to create movement in a dress. So different than the winner last season, Caftan Anya, who has no clue on how to create a sleeve even. Makes me realize that last season was such a joke.

    • Anonymous

      To be fair Anya knew how to create movement to: buy the lightest fabric you can find and don’t weigh it down with things like threads, seams or hemming.

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

        Anya would have had to absolutely torture her fabrics to STOP them from moving!

  • Anonymous

    Sweet P is making another hot mess.

  • Anonymous

    Oh dear.  Sweet P’s design is looking baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad.

    • http://www.tumblr.com/tumblelog/lastbutnotleast Anonymous

      Yes. I liked her the first time around. The designs were never ever finished but girly with a slight edge. But this time around? What was “I see what you’re trying to do” has become “What are you doing?” EDIT: I still like her. I’m just hating everything she’s making.

  • Anonymous

    Mondo–very insightful about Kara.

  • Anonymous

    REALLY worried for Kara now. I’m not seeing anything good and it looks like she’s having a break down.

  • Anonymous

    Oh Anthony dear, you have obviously not watched Say Yes To The Dress. I can’t tell you how many women walk out with a dress that shows more skin then the nightie they’ll wear on the wedding night.

  • Anonymous

    TIME dammit we don’t care about drama we want pretty!

  • Anonymous

    They have to quit at 10:30?????????????????  What kind of nonsense is that?  One day is bad enough!

  • Anonymous

    “Pumped up prom dresses” – WORD!

  • http://profiles.google.com/psykid42 Christopher Brathwaite

    Can I say, I LOVE that while they’re sitting there talking, they’re all cuddled up to each other. Like Rami playing with Anthony’s hair? LOVE

    • Anonymous

      I know, right?!? That was the cutest scene. I also liked how he had his arm aroung Anthony. What a pair!

      • Anonymous

        wasn’t he playing with his nipples there for a minute?  i love it.  it’s a match made in PR heaven.

  • Anonymous

    Mute that horrible person — dance moms.  oh my ears!

  • Anonymous

    I like that we got to see bits of almost everyone’s garment.

  • Anonymous

    Unless there is a glue gun disaster or April’s fabric is still wet, it’s Sweet P, Kara and ??? in the bottom 3.

  • Anonymous

    Holy Exploding Mangos! Sweet P’s dress is horrendous…..

  • Anonymous

    It’s only been two weeks but I swear they’ve toned down the Dance Mom’s commercials like at least 50%. I wonder if someone actually did try to call CPS on them?

  • Anonymous

    OMG! Mila used black! Michael will be inconsolable.

  • Anonymous

    I sense some “taste issues” here.

  • Anonymous

    Everything about this group makes me really see what a disaster last season was, except for Bert and Viktor. Just a disaster.

    Off topic, my friend saw Viktor at Mood buying fabrics a few weeks ago and told him that we were all rooting for him and she said he was very nice and friendly. I hope he does well in the fashion world!!!

    • Toto Maya

      Yay, I’m glad. Poor Viktor. I want to tell him we’re rooting for him over here too.

  • Anonymous

    Kenley – 50′s housewife

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

      Pure Peggy Sue Got Married.

  • Anonymous

    Kenley,

    Sweet sixteen for a society princess.

    • Anonymous

      More like a Quinceañera gown

  • Anonymous

    Kenley thinks that is fashion forward? Did you see Isaac’s face? LOL!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Oh no Gordana!

  • Anonymous

    Rami – home run.

  • http://profiles.google.com/psykid42 Christopher Brathwaite

    Kenley’s looks like a Barbie dress. And that is not a compliment

  • Anonymous

    Mila’s is the first one I like

  • Anonymous

    Oh, god Kenley. That’s a three year old’s Easter dress.

    I’d love Rami’s if it wseren’t for the color.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, GOD!  Rami’s dress is HIDDY!

    • Anonymous

      Are you reacting to the loud raspberry color? He took a lot of heat for his color palette when he was on the regular season. 

    • Anonymous

      Talk about tortured fabric.  I was surprised he wasn’t in the bottom.

  • Anonymous

    Like Mila’s – maybe a little too sexy

  • Anonymous

    I can see Mila’s at the Opera.

  • Anonymous

    Sweet P is out.  My God.

  • Anonymous

    Sweet P: Bottom 3

    WTF Mondo?

  • Anonymous

    SweetPea, that looks like a maternity dress for a Southern Ladies tea.

    • Anonymous

      Hey that was insulting to southern ladies – true but insulting.  

  • Anonymous

    Oh god, sweet pea… words fail me…

  • Anonymous

    Good gawd – another beach coverup from Sweet P

  • Anonymous

    DAYUM!  Mondo brings it with that Sixties vibe!

    • Anonymous

      Looked like some straight up Betty Draper.  Loved it.

    • Anonymous

      Looked like some straight up Betty Draper.  Loved it.

  • Anonymous

    worried for Mondo here

  • Anonymous

    MONDO FTW!!!

  • Anonymous

    Jerell – nightie

    • Anonymous

      For a pregnant woman!

  • Anonymous

    Mondo’s is great!! So is Mila’s. Rami – he really has an older person’s aesthetic. 

  • Anonymous

    Oh Kara – country club Bill Blass circa 1965

  • Anonymous

    Kara,

    80′s Prom Dress.

  • Anonymous

    Anthony – is that a pinned sheet?

  • Anonymous

    Kara’s is pretty, but i don’t know about opera

    • Anonymous

      Santa Fe Opera.  Glyndebourne.  Glimmerglass.  It’s perfect for the summer opera season.  I think everybody was too hung up on interpreting “opera” as “opening night at the Met”.

      • Anonymous

        And she made the point well, that it would be a good dress for a summer opera.  I think so, too — I thought it was charming.  But yes, it needed much, much longer ribbons on the bow, or else no bow at all; that was the only thing I disliked.  And I do believe the pockets scored her points with the female judges.  They certainly did with me.

  • Call me Bee

    It is wonderful to see real, well executed and designs on the runway!  They are all fab! 

  • Anonymous

    That is a very Jerell dress. Which means that I don’t like it very much.

    Kara: Bottom 3.

    I swear Anthony makes the same dress every day.

    I like Austin’s.

  • Anonymous

    Austin’s seemed to stop the judges in their tracks. I think he is a winner.

  • Anonymous

    Austin – too simple. And are the wrinkles intentional?

  • Anonymous

    April – the fabric still looks wet.

  • http://profiles.google.com/psykid42 Christopher Brathwaite

    APRIL I LOVE YOU! I’m loving her, Austin, Anthony, and while I’m loathe to admit it Micheal.

  • Anonymous

    What’s up with April’s styling? that could have been a way better look.

    • Anonymous

      She had the worst model on the runway.  I think that didn’t help.

      • Anonymous

        yes, her model looked like she was loathe to be there.  no fun at all.  of course, april is not exactly all about fun.

  • Anonymous

    Jerell’s would be great for a pregnant star, but not so much for a non-pregnant one. Didn’t much like Austin’s, sad to say.

  • Anonymous

    Michael – actually pretty good.

  • http://twitter.com/pelto Elsbeth Jane

    Half of these look like the maternity formals I tried on last week for an event …women should not be required to wear formal wear this pregnant, at least not with what is available out there to us commoners (designed by PR competitors apparently).

    • Anonymous

      Sweet Pea’s really reminded me of maternity.    Or maybe it was just that her model looked pregnant.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, it looked like thera was like some serious ghetto bustle/hoopskirt going on underneath that thing.

      • http://twitter.com/pelto Elsbeth Jane

        Every long formal at the Department Stores that was maternity looked like some color-blocked variation of Sweet P’s or Jerell’s. It was obnoxious! Never a good sign to make a model look pregnant, I looked like I weighed 500 lbs! Ha! 

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

      And that is why I am making a dress for my brother-in-law’s wedding… Maternity wear is awful — and it’s all designed to make you look MORE pregnant.  No thank you, I prefer denial

      • http://twitter.com/pelto Elsbeth Jane

        I know! I’m cool with showing off my baby, but I don’t need my tummy to be the focal point. Why can’t I simply find a black rouched dress and move on? I prefer to highlight my face… or my massive pregnancy chest. 

      • http://twitter.com/pelto Elsbeth Jane

        I know! I’m cool with showing off my baby, but I don’t need my tummy to be the focal point. Why can’t I simply find a black rouched dress and move on? I prefer to highlight my face… or my massive pregnancy chest. 

      • Anonymous

        That’s what I did for my sister’s wedding.  I was 8 months pregnant and swollen up like I’d swallowed an elephant, but I managed to actually make myself look pretty good in a basic burgundy long-sleeved gown with a narrow white trim.  And that was back in the day when the only maternity options in stores were hideous and more hideous, groaning under ruffles and every twee detail you can think of.  I highly recommend sewing for yourself, even if all you can manage is a Simplicity pattern (which will probably look better than 90% of what’s in stores anyway).

      • Anonymous

        Slightly off topic, but Shannon, are you self-taught? My mom bought me a sewing machine for my birthday to help cure my shopping addiction and I’m curious how long it usually takes to move from sewing pillows to making dresses. I’m generally a fast learner, but I am horrifically impatient.

        • Anonymous

          My mom showed me some things and the hardest parts for me was the shoulder seam for the sleeve and round collars. If you can master those or get someone to teach you, your garments will look relatively professional in no time.

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

          Yes, sort of.  My grandmother taught me the most basic of all skills years ago — pillows, like everyone in the free world when confronted with a sewing machine. 

          First and foremost, I would spend a lot of free time browsing fabric stores.  You can learn a lot about fabric by touching it and seeing how it moves when dropped from your hand.  Then I would start studying clothes in stores — where are the seams, which cuts work for you and which don’t.

          I also spent a lot of time buying clearance fabric and remnants that I could get really cheap and in great variety.  Sew them into anything — if you scrap them, no big deal.  If you can find someone who knows fabrics, they can tell you which are more forgiving (slippery materials are harder to sew, silks can’t have seams moved because the holes remaining… etc.)

          • Anonymous

            Wow, great advice. Thank you!

  • http://www.tumblr.com/tumblelog/lastbutnotleast Anonymous

    Why can’t these models walk? These dresses aren’t that long. Clear the stairs and let go of the skirts!

  • Anonymous

    Michael’s is definitely LA opera.  

    • Anonymous

      It is.  He drives me nuts, but he did a great job.

      • Anonymous

        Michael doesn’t bother me.   He just worries out loud.

        • Anonymous

          I know, I know.  But it grates.  Do you remember how he sobbed and sobbed and sobbed when he was aufed?  I just wish he would worry silently.

          • Anonymous

             I’m a crier so I can’t fault him.  I cry at touching, at frustrating, at sad. . .

          • Anonymous

             That was such an uncomfortable moment. I normally have a high tolerance for awkwardness, but even I had to turn away during his meltdown.

          • Anonymous

            Considering all the crap we saw him take and to know it was worse during filming, I’m more than willing to cut him a little slack when it comes to April.  She was pretty nasty to him during his season and he’s probably a little gun-shy where she’s involved.

            We’ll see.  I still love Michael C. but then there’s Mondo.  Right or wrong, I really want Mondo to win this.  Ok, only if his work is worthy of it but I still keep my Wretchen hate in a small jar on my desk.  I like to shake it every now and then, stir it up a little.  Sue me!

  • Anonymous

    I can’t believe Mondo isn’t in the top.  I thought that look of his was daring and fabulous.  Bummer.

    • http://twitter.com/urban_gypsy Urban Gypsy aka Tess

      Me too! I loved Mondo’s. It was so sophisticated with a funky edge. I wish I could wear it.

      • Anonymous

        Me too!  Too young for it in 1964, too old for it now!

    • Anonymous

      I thought it wasn’t really an opera look.    I also didn’t like the dragging thingy.    Other than that, it was pretty, but not a dramatic gown

  • Anonymous

    “I mean, I did add pockets…”

    Kara’s going home. Sweet P dodged a bullet. AGAIN.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know what they are thinking, I think Austin for the win, and April maybe for the lose. I like her, but her dress looked like the model walked through the mud. Ugh. Although that SweetPea was happy with her dress is enough to send her tacky butt home.

  • http://profiles.google.com/psykid42 Christopher Brathwaite

    How the eff is Kenley’s safe over April? Really? Color me confused

  • Call me Bee

    Top 3″  Mondo, Michael (I hate to say…) and Austin, don’t you think?  Kara, Sweet Pea and Rami bottom.  Loved Gordanda’s–fit was fabulous! 

    • Call me Bee

      Sorry–April Bottom 3 not Rami

  • Anonymous

    I’m shocked that Mondo isn’t in the top, I actually gasped when his model walked. What’s with all the mumus? Eegads.

    • Anonymous

      Totally with you.  So ORIGINAL!  And really beautiful and beautifully styled.  I guess the judges have their iron-clad ideas of Evening Wear, and Mondo’s design didn’t fit it.

    • Call me Bee

      YES!!  His dress was awesome!  And the syling perfect. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EJ4KZUWN2EV6ZINXSVTAFTEAGU JudyAnne

      So agreed!!!

    • Anonymous

      Yes…I was soooo relieved…they never showed what he was doing…his fabric choices, nothing with Joanna Coles…and when that turned the corner, I actually applauded.  Go Mondo! 

  • Anonymous

    Unfortunately, I think Sweet P is auf. Kara’s didn’t seem to have any design to it, although I liked the fabric more than I thought I would. I liked Mila’s, Kenley’s (God help me), Michael’s (ditto) and Mondo’s dresses.

  • Anonymous

    Pockets!  lmao

  • http://twitter.com/urban_gypsy Urban Gypsy aka Tess

    Kara is defending her design by saying it has pockets? That’s a bad, bad sign. I love Kara but thought her dress was cute for a tween going to the opera.

  • Anonymous

    I loved Gordana’s, Mondo’s, Anthony’s! Sweet P’s and Kara’s were too awful for words!

  • Anonymous

    Omg, I think Anthony’s looks like a sheet.   Maybe it’s better in person.

  • Anonymous

    rami and anthony looking pretty cozy there- a budding romance?

  • Anonymous

    Sweet P’s looks like a Korean wedding dress… or maternity at 8 months

    • Anonymous

      yes, there was a stiffness in the skirt that was really unpleasant.

  • Call me Bee

    Gosh–April’s model is awful.  She really just schlumped downt the runway.

    • Anonymous

      She is TERRIBLE!  It’s like she has never walked before!

    • Anonymous

      April’s styling decisions didn’t help her model either.  Since she chose to do an untraditional look for an evening gown, doing a more polished hair and make up might have been better choices.

  • Anonymous

    Sweet Pea’s aesthetic is just not something I can support.

    • http://twitter.com/SeaElleJewelry Sea Elle Jewelry

      the wording of this just made me lol

  • Anonymous

    Mr. Mischka is so sweet.  He always tries to say something nice.  Even to Sweet P.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LGAKNANTSBR3YYEWLZDNT35IIY Whatever

    What’s up with the curtain look dresses?

  • Anonymous

    Michael did himself a favor by running away from red.

  • Anonymous

    So who wins–Austin or Michael?

    • Anonymous

      Michael. Austin’s gown is a bit too…expected. 

      • Anonymous

        I’d give the win to Michael, but I think the judges like Austin.

  • emily mcginnis

    i think Gordana should’ve been in the top three. her dress was beautiful, unexpected and different. 

    • Anonymous

      I liked it too.  And I loved the 20s styling.

      • http://twitter.com/urban_gypsy Urban Gypsy aka Tess

        We seem to have the same taste. I loved hers too. And lavenders are my colors. As if I could wear that :-)

        • Anonymous

          It was Fabulous!!!!

        • Anonymous

          Low five, girlfriend! :)

    • http://twitter.com/pelto Elsbeth Jane

      It was beautiful! I loved it.

    • Anonymous

      I loved the color and the bodice, hated the lower half. 

    • Anonymous

      I  didn’t like the sheer panels down the legs on Gordana’s… had it not been for that I think she’d have been top 3.

      • Call me Bee

        I agree.  I loved the dress except the sheer panels.  They were a bit tacky.  If the skirt had been plain, Gordana might have been in the top three.  Her styling was spot-on.

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

          That was a problem for me too.  And I hated the color palette with the metal-y thing on the back.  It reminded me of fishing net, and with the blue, it went to fishing boat view for me.

      • Anonymous

        Agree completely.  Without the sheer panels, I think it would have been my pick for the win (have to see them all again in more detail to be sure).  I was pretty underwhelmed by Austin’s, actually.

      • Anonymous

        For me it wasn’t the sheer panels in themselves but their weird framing of the crotch that killed the look.

    • Anonymous

      Agree…loved the color and the bodice… 

    • Anonymous

      That gown was sexy as hell.

  • Anonymous

    I guess April is going home since she got the worst comments and they appeared to like the curtain dresses? That and the two guests who hate red and black.

  • Anonymous

    It will be a miracle if Sweet P survives this.

  • Anonymous

    OMG – I was out and just got in while the judging was going on!    Anthony and Michael and Austin in the top!   I HAVE to see what the favs did!

  • Judy_J

    I loved Mondo’s dress. Wish it would have been in the top 3.

    • Anonymous

      Me too!  I can’t wait to see the stills.

    • Anonymous

      Me too. Very Audrey Hepburn.

  • Anonymous

    Kind of showing off Anthony’s models store bought boobies.

    • Judy_J

      Yep. A rack bought off the rack.

      • Anonymous

        lol!  love that!

    • emily mcginnis

      that was my first thought when she came down the runway: nice boob job. 

    • emily mcginnis

      that was my first thought when she came down the runway: nice boob job. 

    • http://twitter.com/VicksieDo VicksieDo

      made sense for him to showcase them ;-)

  • Anonymous

    Sorry, Michael’s was too sexy for the opera, IMO.

    • Anonymous

      Opera in L.A.    

      Austin and Michael are so different.     It’s hard to choose.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LGAKNANTSBR3YYEWLZDNT35IIY Whatever

    I can’t decide between Michael and Austin. Say what is PR back to a few favorites and not a few averages?

  • Anonymous

    April looks soooooooo sad.   

  • Anonymous

    Did Isaac really use “Kardashian” in a compliment? The horror!!!

  • Anonymous

    Im loving the judges. they actually talk about the designs and whether you agree with them or not, at least you have an understanding of why they like something or dont. Im so tired of Michael, Nina, and Heidi trying to out quip each other and being snarky just to get a laugh. and OMG these designers or just head and shoulders above last season! In design and personality!

  • Anonymous

    I liked Michael’s, but I thought the trim was doing a lot of the work.

    • Anonymous

      But he did all that trim by hand–in less than a day!

      • http://twitter.com/pelto Elsbeth Jane

        True! I certainly couldn’t do it, but the amazing outcome did just sort of feel accidental. That said, with that models body and to the right event, I would LOVE that gown.

      • Anonymous

        Ah, wasn’t paying enough attention.  Damn, he shoulda won then!

      • Anonymous

        Ah, wasn’t paying enough attention.  Damn, he shoulda won then!

    • http://twitter.com/pelto Elsbeth Jane

      Exactly, it almost feels like a fluke. He just got lucky and threw some matte jersey on some purchased beading?

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

        Lawd! That was no fluke. lolol. 

      • Anonymous

        I don’t think it was a fluke – if you look at his post show work, he has done some nice work

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

        Hand applying beading is not easy — well, the process itself is ridiculously easy, but the eye to know where to put the beads is far harder to develop.  Generally you aren’t going to get lucky that way.

  • http://www.tumblr.com/tumblelog/lastbutnotleast Anonymous

    I get why Mondo isn’t top 3. Going to the opera means sitting in a chair. That obi was kinda big.

    • Anonymous

      Point.

    • Anonymous

      You’d need one of those box seats, and just drape it over the side.  Would be dramatic!

      • http://www.tumblr.com/tumblelog/lastbutnotleast Anonymous

        Drape? Are you thinking of the train? The obi was the lumbar pillow.

        • Anonymous

          Yes, getting careless.  Blame the sparkling shiraz (but it’s soooo good).  On the other hand, a lumbar pillow might be a useful idea for particularly long opera…

        • Anonymous

          That train would have been stepped on and torn off in the crush at intermission.

          Epic fail.

          • Anonymous

            For most of us, yes.  Definitely a dress for those privileged creatures who don’t understand words like “the crush at intermission”!

      • http://www.tumblr.com/tumblelog/lastbutnotleast Anonymous

        Drape? Are you thinking of the train? The obi was the lumbar pillow.

  • Anonymous

    Once Isaac said ‘Kim Kardashian at the Opera’, I lost any love I had for Michael’s dress.  Love Austin’s taste and appreciation for a little modesty.  Let’s get back to pretty! 

    Surprisingly liked Kenley’s dress and Gordana’s was gorgeous.

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

      Kenley made a cute dress for a garden party, not for the opera

      • Anonymous

        Maybe for a “garden party-type girl” going to the opera for the night.  I thought the execution (what I could of it at least) was well done.  Then again, I hated her dress last week so the bar is set really, really low.

      • Anonymous

        I’ll have to see it again, but I thought it was lovely for a Young woman even at the opera – although the skirt was so full for sitting.      

        Anthony’s would have been lovely on a more mature woman.  As was Michaels and Austin’s

    • Anonymous

      Isn’t “kim kardashian at the opera” an oxymoron?

      • Anonymous

        Well, maybe she’d show up for Andrea Bocelli’s Christmas Special?

      • Anonymous

        Isn’t “Kim Kardashian” an oxymoron?  Oh, wait–she’s just a moron!  Sorry!

    • Anonymous

      Agree about Gordana, but haaaaated Kenley’s gown.

  • Anonymous

    April’s model’s hair is just embarrassing.  hated her dress

  • http://twitter.com/urban_gypsy Urban Gypsy aka Tess

    So who win’s? Michael with the Kardashian style dress, which I agree was stunning and dramatic or Austin with the “modest” and tasteful gown? Image gold lame and yet modest and tasteful, he should win for that achievement alone.

  • Judy_J

    I think Michael has it this week. Wonder how Austin will take the news?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LGAKNANTSBR3YYEWLZDNT35IIY Whatever

    I could go either way. I loved Austin gown, the color, the execution. I loved Michael’s coveredness( i made a word), yet the back. Hmm. Austin, but I don’t care. I’m glad I see talent w/ in 24 hours.

  • Anonymous

    Austin.  No surprise.

  • Anonymous

    Yay Austin! 

  • Anonymous

    Oh, I’m so happy for Austin.  I think he really needed this validation.    

  • Judy_J

    Wow! Austin wins! Good for him.

  • http://profiles.google.com/psykid42 Christopher Brathwaite

    Don’t send April home!!! Send Sweet P!

  • Anonymous

    Poor April, going to run back to her black.

    • Anonymous

      no april, don’t do it.  i love you but i’m so tired of your morose point of view.

  • Anonymous

    Sweet P earned that out.  I love her to pieces, but that dress was horrible!

  • Anonymous

    YAY! She’s gone!

    (but to say no one does color like she does is total bull.)

    –GothamTomato

    • Anonymous

      I found that remark pretty jarring, too. I guess Heidibot just wanted to say something nice before the auf…

    • Anonymous

      Well, now that Howard Johnson is dead, no one does color like her.

      • Anonymous

        no one does color like sweet P- except for all of southern california.

    • Anonymous

      I thought they were reaching for something nice to say about SweetP before they schmauf’d her.  If that was a serious remark, the sayer needs to be beaten senseless.

  • Anonymous

    This is VERY disturbing. The judges are being logical. I don’t know how to react.

    • Call me Bee

      That made me laugh.  And it’s so true!  Logical and not too snarky.  Weird, eh? 

    • Anonymous

      Close your eyes and take a deep breath for each logical judge. You’ll feel much better.

  • Anonymous

    It was really only a matter of time for Sweet P anyway. She seems sweet, but I don’t think she did well in any of the three variations of the show she was in.

  • Anonymous

    TIME TIME? You can not give some one 12 hours and then criticize them for not managing their time well.

    That said, I’m glad she didn’t get shmaufed this time for being ambitious.

  • http://profiles.google.com/psykid42 Christopher Brathwaite

    They kept April! Huzzah!

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

      But that dress suuuuuuuuuuuucked. She should have been out.

  • Judy_J

    So Sweet P goes home. I thought April’s gown was worse.

    • Anonymous

      But it was Sweet P’s second time in the bottom. Prior misses usually count against the designers.

      • Anonymous

        And I’m okay with that.  I’m definitely more interested in seeing what April does going forward than I was in seeing more of Sweet Pea.  But squeaking by with a dress that looked like on the way to the opera you waded through the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, that’s quite a piece of luck.

    • Anonymous

      But it was Sweet P’s second time in the bottom. Prior misses usually count against the designers.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, no.  I forgot about the Piggy Challenge.  

    • Anonymous

      will it have to fit miss piggy?  they’ll have to have muppets for models.  and imagine the dress forms.  actually, kenley’s designs are right up miss piggy’s alley.  and too bad sweet p’s gone.

      • Anonymous

        Would it be too much to ask that Miss Piggy deliver a karate chop to next week’s schmauf’ed designer?  HIIIII-YAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

        BTW-Badgeley and MIsckha always seem to have just returned from a fabulous, relaxing vacation somewhere-so tanned and cheerful.

    • Cautiously Pessimistic

      I actually don’t think the idea of a Miss Piggy challenge is all that far afield from the Barbie challenge back in S2.  (Poor Santino.  Heidi kept praising him right up till the point where she turned to Nick and told him he’d won.)

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

        Exactly. I think it’s a funny and adorable idea for a challenge, one that makes the designers really think of actual design rather than “pretty”. And yeah, they’re designing for Miss. Piggy, but in actuality, they’re designing for a character, a very real task for designers that go into costuming. 

        And it’s a crying shame that Chris March isn’t here for this. 

        • Cautiously Pessimistic

          Yep.  Translating Miss Piggy’s style onto the human form would also be quite a challenge, so I’m more curious than nervous about it.

        • Anonymous

          The presence of Chris March would definitely improve this challenge!  

  • Anonymous

    Oh, no.  I forgot about the Piggy Challenge.  

  • Anonymous

    I hope someone does a pigskin gown next week…

  • Anonymous

    I hope someone does a pigskin gown next week…

  • Anonymous

    Hahahah – How does pig feel wearing a (oink?) giraffe  dress?      I guess glad it is not looking like a football?

  • Anonymous

    Sweet Pea looked pretty tonite, and I actually liked her print, but I’m not sure it could’ve been made opera-worthy, and she certainly didn’t do it.

    I am not a Michael fan, but I would’ve given him the win.  That was a stunning gown.  I also liked Austin’s, but the black tulle kind of just hanging there bothered me.  Anthony’s was also beautiful. 

    How refreshing not to see a short, shiny tortuously overworked rag from most of them!  Oh wait, that’s nest week with Miss Piggy . . . .

    • Anonymous

       I got to it late- but if the bodice were in the same fabric and more simple and well sewn? 

       Because April’s bodice was NOT good

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

      Michael’s taste and execution levels have improved- and so have Anthony’s (so far)

      • Anonymous

        surprising since michael lives in palm springs- not exactly the taste capital of the west.

      • Anonymous

        Yes and no. I think Michaels gown would have been better without the strip in the back,and I wanted to snip that green dangly stone off of Anthony’s gown.

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

        There was “taste” there? I thought it was pretty damn tacky. If Kim Kardashien is the first celeb that comes to mind for a gown, taste isn’t even in the room. 

      • Anonymous

        I love Michael’s work — but I do just want to gently remind you that on top of everything else last night, he wanted all of that to be in red.

        • Anonymous

          I believe he designed a different dress in red (HP design) and said in his confessional that as he was picking up the black jersey a design for a dress just popped into his head. So I think he changed it.

  • http://twitter.com/VicksieDo VicksieDo

    I think Mondo was robbed, we gasped in wonder when that silver dress came down. I’d have ranked it Mondo, Michael, Austin, but I agree that it was time for Sweet Pea to go…

    • Carla Williams

      Yaaas! I gasped, too. I couldn’t believe he didn’t at least make the top three. His was the only one that even attempted to made a conceptual reference to the opera. The others, though some were lovely, were just dresses.

      • http://twitter.com/VicksieDo VicksieDo

        He was robbed I tell ya!  

        • Anonymous

          I would definitely have put Mondo at the top, instead of Anthony.  I also really liked Gordana’s 1920′s look.  And I might have put Jerrell’s, which I thought was hideous, in the bottom three instead of Kara’s.

          I don’t think there’s been a single episode in at least the last two seasons in which there have been five or more really good looks, like there were tonight.  And hardly any in which there were more than one or two (Mondo’s aside, during his season).

          • http://twitter.com/VicksieDo VicksieDo

            I agree about Gordana’s and Jerrell’s.  Hers was so Badg/Misch and it looked striking while the model was walking.  His was GAWD Awful, a big tent with misplaced boobs.

            It’s SO nice to see more than one acceptable look even, it’s fun to watch again.  I really do watch for the designs.

      • Anonymous

        His was the only one that even attempted to make a conceptual reference to the opera.

        Except that people don’t go to the opera dressed like the opera.  (Okay, I know of one exception.  A guy who would occasionally show up in blue velvet knickers.   Okay, two.  There was another guy who showed up at a Wagner opera with a sort of leather Teutonic knight headcovering/mask.  I was just glad he wasn’t sitting in front of me.)

        • Pennymac

          My idiot ex husband went to a Mozart concert in full Amadeus wear. Not opera, but heniously bad none the less.

          • Anonymous

            This factoid, on its own, pretty much tells me that [assuming you knew each other for more than, say, 2 years] you could write a book, if only you would.

          • Pennymac

            Oh, the stories……

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

            If you have any great ones, I’m happy to let you have a chapter in my “Idiotic things people I know have actually said” book, which I fully plan to publish someday… my best friend’s husband is an absolute treasure trove.  The stupid darling actually came home from a Vegas trip and told her that he loved her perfume because it reminded him of one of the strippers at a club he went to… while in an intimate postition!  Her comment during the telling of this story was “I couldn’t even get that mad because I was too boggled that anyone was that stupid!”

        • Anonymous

          Second guy is proof that just because you can do something that doesn’t mean you should!

        • Anonymous

          Thank you!  Opera buffs aren’t really like Trekkies that way.  

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

          Now, see, I would climb my fat ass up out of the orchestra pit and slap the taste out of his mouth, and then I would get back to the orchestra and go on about my business.

        • http://twitter.com/VicksieDo VicksieDo

          Here in Baltimore, people don’t even dress up at the opera, dammit.  Once, I took a date (when I was a twee 21) and we bought cheap tickets but dressed to the nines for it.  Most of the audience was in preppy chinos and sweaters.  I wasn’t ashamed we dressed up, but appalled that they didn’t.  Oh well……

          I didn’t think a long dress was necessarily called for here, and the train made it evening wear (for me). The styling of the big hair was great too (unless you sat behind her).  

          In season’s past, you definitely wouldn’t be nitpicking whether it was comfortable to sit in, or modest, you’d be lucky if they could even pull together a garment at all! Can you imagine Anya trying this?  LOL

          • Anonymous

            I find it sad that our society can’t be bothered to dress to the nines anymore. It’s not like I dress up all that much, but when I go somewhere special or a traditional venue, then yeah, dress up! I hate that we’re starting to see idiot male movie stars show up on the red carpet like they haven’t bathed or bothered to get their clothes ironed.

          • Anonymous

            case in point: TLo’s most recent post with douchey Rob Lowe.

      • Anonymous

        As someone who actually goes to the opera, Mondo’s with that train was the least wearable of the lot.  The superlong train would be stepped on, while the narrow skirt and bunched train combo are difficult for sitting.  

    • Anonymous

      Yikes, I adore Mondo generally but thought his look tonight was probably much closer to the bottom three than the top.

      • http://twitter.com/VicksieDo VicksieDo

        to each their own I guess…

    • Anonymous

      I think Mondo probably just missed out of the top 3. It was a lovely and exciting design with superb construction but I think what worked against him was the length and cut. It wasn’t really an evening gown. I believe from the way they described the parameters it seemed the expectation from the judges was a big grand gown that could only be worn at a special evening at the Met. They may not have felt it the most appropriate design for the challenge. This looked like something better suited for a gay-gasping fashion editorial in Vogue. If it had been full length, he probably would have won

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

      I gasped when the model turned around and I saw that GORGEOUS kimono obi back. It takes some serious skill and practice to tie obi knots like that. J’ADORE, or DAISUKI, I should say. XD

  • Anonymous

    Yay Michael! Always been the only contestant to make the designs I lust after (yeah, so, apparently I’ve got taste issues).

  • Anonymous

    Totally happy with the win and the auf.  I think I would have picked Mondo over Michael C for the top three. His gown just looked way more creative. 

    • Anonymous

      I would have put Mondo ahead of Anthony and Michael, but it’s kinda cool that multiple people are having a chance at the top as long as Mondo makes it to the end. I would have put Kenley in the bottom for that boob bow, and I liked Austin for the win.

      I loved Michael’s from the front, but hated the back. That strip of crystal or rhinestone or whatever it was looked like an expensive version of the tramp stamp. I would like his designs so much more if he’d tone down the hoochie.

      Jerrell’s confessional comments are so entertaining. It’s true, nobody wants a nip slip at the opera.

  • Carla Williams

    Yes, he was! I was reluctant to watch the All Stars show after the debacles of the last two regular seasons but tonight’s ranking is giving me pause…

  • Anonymous

    I liked Anthony’s dress and now I’m concerned…. Did I respond because it was such a beautiful dress that seemed liked the anti-Anthony design or did I respond to his obvious “My boyfriend is a wealthy fund manager and I need to remind him of the value of THESE investments!” aesthetic??

  • Anonymous

      Rami….yikes…at first blush (and 3 glasses of merlot), I was not crazy about what he did.  Seemed overworked and heavy.  Even he appeared worried…glad he is still there, but it had to be inches away from being in the bottom three.

    • Anonymous

      I agree.   It seemed tortured.  

    • Anonymous

      Glad Rami didn’t end up in the Bottom 3, but yikes is right!  He used that shade of pink that was one of the colors Michael Korrs called “Brady Bunch colors”.  (Sorry about bringing MK up in polite conversation.) 

    • Anonymous

      I actually was missing his draping skill during this challenge. I hope he doesn’t go overboard proving that he can do more than drape because he’s so damn good at it.

  • Anonymous

    At least we now have designers who can make stuff and the show has dispensed with the drama for the most part. I can take Costello’s little whines as along as we have great designs and fashion. I liked Michael’s dress a bit better than Austin’s but I can support the win here. SweetP should have gone. That dress was bad.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=17000721 Charlie Parker

    These judges need to bitch it up. They’re making the right decisions for the most part but Sweet P’s and Kara’s dresses were AWFUL. However, the judges talked about them about as highly as the regular PR judges talk about the winning look.

    • Anonymous

      Sorry, Charlie–I completely disagree.  I like the fact that the judges show respect for these designers and their efforts in doing impossible things–like making a couture look in less than a day.  Maybe it’s because the bitchery on PR had become so canned and obviously pre-written, but I’ve had more than enough of it.  I prefer the comments of these judges.  (Even though I cannot stand “the beautiful Georgina Chapman!”)

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

    SEXTING IN SUBURBIA: Tomorrow at 8! ::rolleyes::

    • Anonymous

      Don’t forget to unplug your TV!  =)

      • Anonymous

        Thank goodness I used up my hour a week on PRAS tonight.

    • Anonymous

      So hideous-looking I’m sort of compelled to watch…
      Despite all the hoopla in the preview, I have a hunch it will be dull as per the usual Lifetime standards.

    • Anonymous

      Slutty, Slutty, Slutty, to quote MK.  And don’t forget “Dance Moms” next week, when the blonde bitch brings in a ringer to thwart the diva dance coach….

      • Anonymous

        I can’t watch Dance Moms; I can’t stand little girls made up to look like drug addict hookers. And even if I could, there’s that heinous sow of a dance coach…

        • Anonymous

          I agree-I hate the way those children are costumed and made up-and don’t get me started on “Toddlers and Tiaras”. TLC should be horsewhipped for putting that on the air.

          • Anonymous

            My  new rule is that if a program makes me feel like reporting the supposed adults for child abuse or if it is populated by entirely unpleasant people I wouldn’t want to know I hit the “off” button and read a book.  I am feeling much better about humanity in general given my increasing ignorance of much of the “reality”  offal that is served up as entertainment.  Like watching a train wreck – we know we should turn away.  

            Fortunately, so far All Stars is interesting and doesn’t make me feel like throwing my brain into the washer to freshen it up after watching an episode.

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

            You know, my 5 year old often wears make-up and of the fairly extreme variety.  But you know where she goes in it?   NOWHERE!  This is an at-home rainy day game.  

            Now this child is a little drama princess and ridiculously cute.  She spent her aunt’s wedding (not the ceremony but the free time) doing runway poses for my camera, including her “Project Runway face” also known as grumpy runway face.  But I don’t really think she needs a CAREER at the moment, regardless of her ability to make one work — BECAUSE SHE’S FIVE!

          • Anonymous

            How lovely that your little girl is getting to have a childhood, playing dressup and doing these fun things because she wants to.  I tip my hat to you and your princess!

        • Anonymous

          Heinous sow.  I am totally stealing that phrase!  Thank you!

  • Anonymous

    I’m surprised by how much I loved Michael Costello’s dress!  When, in the first couple of minutes, he said he was a fan of opera but then name-checked Andrea Bocelli, I thought for sure he was getting a loser edit.  And despite fine work, when you claim Andrea Bocelli is a great “opera singer,” well, it does sort of make you a loser.

    • Anonymous

      And despite fine work, when you claim Andrea Bocelli is a great “opera singer,” well, it does sort of make you a loser.

      That’s for damn sure.

      • Cautiously Pessimistic

         (Trying this again, as the first attempt wound up untethered from the thread.)

        Oh, thank the Lord I’m not the only one who feels that way.

      • Anonymous

        Actually, Bocelli HAS sung opera, both on albums and (more rarely) on stage, so Michael was correct.

        • Anonymous

          There’s a difference between singing opera and being an opera singer.

          • Anonymous

            Enlighten us peons, please.

            Had Michael said something like Josh Groban who has the capacity to sing opera, I would have been more concerned, but chastising him over Bocelli and calling him a loser just seems to me to to be a desire to find fault with him no matter what.

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

      I was surprised how little attention there was to opera in the episode. It would have been great to give the challenge at Lincoln Center. Mondo mentioned having seen Cleopatra–surely he meant Aida? (There are Cleopatra operas but if you’ve only seen a couple Aida is surely more likely.) And his dress, and several others, would not be comfortable for sitting down for 4 hours and mingling in a crowd during intermission, to say nothing of using the ladies’ room. (I loved Mondo’s dress and I am guessing the pillow-train is removable but still….).

      I have been fantasizing about a challenge where they would design an outfit for Renee Fleming or Joyce DiDonato to wear introducing an HD broadcast…. 

      • Anonymous

        With these producers, it’s more likely an outfit for Peggy Fleming.

      • Anonymous

        Did he say Cleopatra? I only heard Madame Butterfly. I can’t wait to watch it again just to hear it.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, when he mentioned Bocelli I thought, “Oh. Well, that’s sad.”

      Nothing personal against Sig. Bocelli and Costello.

  • Toto Maya

    Michael was being so whiny that I wanted him to fail, but I loved his dress and thought he deserved to win. Happy for Austin though, who has captivated me ever since his loveliness first graced my screen.

    • Pennymac

      Me too! I really enjoyed the fact that they allowed Michaels discussion of construction techniques in. I loved his dress, and loved Austin’s too. I was rooting for Michael as the underdog, though. Surprised me!

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

    Me too… Besides, everyone counted him out and as a Cubs fan, I’m morally obligated to root for any and all underdogs:)

    • Anonymous

      Ooooooooo go Cubs go! We underdogs must stick together!

  • Cautiously Pessimistic

    Oh, thank the Lord above, I’m not the only one who can’t stand him.

    ETA: Drat, this was supposed to be in reply to someone. How’d that get uncoupled?

  • Anonymous

    Kenley is so lucky Mood didn’t have much of that polka dot fabric.

    • Anonymous

      Yea, that would have been a Minnie Mouse costume.

    • Anonymous

      THIS!!!

      I thought the same thing…hello..1981 is calling and you left your prom dress behind!!

    • Anonymous

      And yet, the end result was still megahiddy.

    • Anonymous

      OK, I’m not a Kenley fan either, and I thought WTF when she selected the Minnie Mouse polka dots, but for me the end result was way better than the sum of its parts.  Not for the opera, mind you, but maybe on someone young at some summer ‘do in Florida . . . .

      • Anonymous

        Florida, indeed.  I can see Minnie Mouse rocking that dress! ;>)

        • Anonymous

          Just add some white gloves and a HUGE pair of Mary Janes!

      • http://twitter.com/VicksieDo VicksieDo

        I loathed both of the outfits she’s made so far.  Are the judges afraid of her freak-out screechitude, so much so they won’t call her on these hideous dresses? 

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

    Dear Judges, if “Kim Kardashian” is your first thought when looking at a design, it is not fashionable. It’s tacky. End of story. /Mary’s thoughts on Michael Costello’s design 

    • BuffaloBarbara

      Yeah… and it’s worse when I totally agree with the comment.

  • BuffaloBarbara

    Another excellent outing!  How refreshing to wonder, “How are they going to find three of these for the botttom?” instead of, “Can’t they send most of them home?”

    In terms of drama, I’m surprised how little Michael’s whining is getting to me–I mean, it’s an irritant, but I sure remember disliking him more.

    I’d have put Mondo’s in the top instead of Anthony’s, but I’d have put lots of them in the top. ;p

    As to Austin Vs. Michael… I’d definitely have gone the way the judges did, but it’s just a personal taste issue (as opposed to a “Taste Issues” issue).  I’m still not nuts about Michael, but I have to hand it to him on the construction and the putting of drama in the dress instead of the kiss ‘n cry (mostly).  It just came down to that word Austin used–modesty.  I’ve missed it, and I thought his dress was refreshing.  Modest without being twee, grownup and classy… much more what I associate with the opera.  (Though, if Miss Manners is to be believed, people are showing up in blue jeans and tee shirts, so…)

    Bottom: No contest.  Sweet P’s looked like… oh, oops, I guess people are wearing these contrasting skirts and bathing suit tops.  But I am not a fan, and if you’re going to do it, at least don’t do it in beach shrug prints.

    • Anonymous

      In terms of drama, I’m surprised how little Michael’s whining is getting
      to me–I mean, it’s an irritant, but I sure remember disliking him
      more.
      ***************************
      Well, you don’t have Gretchen and her crew spending copious amounts of time in talking heads and huddled together talking about how concerned they are about Michael’s taste level and skill set and then him talking about how he doesn’t care while crying about how hard it is to be him. He has his friend Mondo there this time and most seem to view him as a compatriot.

      For all the drama they tried to kick up about the dress color, Michael was there letting April cry on his shoulder while she hugged him like a dear old friend. Bah.

      • BuffaloBarbara

        That’s a good point–he has his friend, and he doesn’t have anyone particularly with knives out for him.  That can make a difference in attitude.

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

          I think time makes a big difference, too.  In his season, he hadn’t had a chance to get any feedback from fans, while I’m sure that he’s heard from many since then and has heard how much they enjoyed his work. 

          Personally, I found it refreshing that he was open about learning from Mondo — I really appreciate someone who can admit there are things they don’t know.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, I noticed that, April went straight to her so-called enemy Michael for a big hug and reassurance.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=640272612 Cindy Bagwell

    I loved Gordana’s dress, and it got no love at all! And her styling was gorgeous.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, loved it and it was actually something you could sit in.  (One does spend part of the opera sitting down . . .)

    • Anonymous

      Completely agree.  Gordana’s was gorgeous, unusual and wearable.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like it– in a good way.  

  • Anonymous

    Did anyone think of Matcho when they saw Austin’s dress?  

  • Anonymous

    We’re still digging out of the last/current snowfall so I’ll have something to warm my cockles. A Hot Toddy is in order. And what’s with little whiny-ass bitchy man? Grow a pair already. Geesh.

    And yes, low carbs for me too (the Hot Toddy doesn’t count).

    • Anonymous

      where is it snowing? certainly not in cali.  it hasn’t snowed here except for a light dusting in early november.  the wildlife is truly confused.

  • Anonymous

    Agree with Michael’s win, I can totally see that dress at the Met.  Anthony, Austin and Mondo’s dresses were also absolutely stunning.  Once again the top 4 designs blow everything last season out of the water.  Sweet P totally deserved to go, that bodice was horrible.

    • Anonymous

      Austin Scarlet won the challenge.

  • Melvis Velour

    I really loved Mondo’s dress but having been to enough operas – especially the Wagner marathons – that fabulicious Obi thing he did would have been squashed flat.  I was looking at the designs and anytime I saw something with a major bump in the middle of the back I was like “…girl, you’ve never had to sit with that thing digging into for fucking HOURS!”

    Laura Bennett discovered that when she did that jet set outfit challenge and she had to move the gordean knot to the front or she’d have died…

    Just sayin’

    • Anonymous

      The difference being that Mondo knew they were designing a dress for the opera, but the contestants in the jet set challenge were not told that they’d be traveling in their outfits!

      • Melvis Velour

        I totally agree – I just remember Laura mentioning that she had to shift the knot around after she sat on it for a while.

        I think Mondo’s obi would have still looked good even flat.  The ones I’ve seen usually are

  • http://twitter.com/rmcgrudiva RL McGruder


    We’ll say this: once you see yourself on television, learning to do without and getting your ass to the gym become a LOT easier.”

    LOL!  Would that that would happen to me every time I saw a piece of pie…

  • Anonymous

    I thought the critiques were the best IN YEARS!