T LOunge

Posted on January 26, 2012

Darlings, lets all head back to our favorite bar in Edinburgh, shall we? Only, we hope you don’t mind if we sleep a bit on the imaginary first class flight over. We’re still sick, dammit.

Bar Missoni in Edingburgh, United Kingdom

But not so sick we can’t get worked up over another Project Runway. Maybe there’s not a lot of fireworks in this season, but the clothes sure are well made. Mostly. That’s enough for us right now.

Isaac Mizrahi, guest judge Diane Von Furstenburg, Angela Lindvall, Georgina Chapman and guest judge Miranda Kerr

Well aren’t they just a little box of fashion crayons? How much coordinating was needed to get everyone this matchy?

Here you go once again, gays. Now stop asking.

We heard the challenge had something to do with flavors of gelato or something like that, which sounds suspiciously like a “make a pretty dress” challenge.

 

Scary! We guess that’s Isaac’s “disco.”

We’re getting down to the wire and hard decisions will have to be made, kittens. Who’s going home tonight?

 

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

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  • Pam Winters

    Color? April’s in trouble.

    I’ll have what I had last night: a Robert Burns cocktail. Blended whisky, vermouth, bitters, orange peel, and absinthe. And bliss.

    • Anonymous

      Not as  much trouble as Mila’s in. April can, upon occasion, offer up something in the scarlet/burgundy/blood range, but Mila’s entire color scheme is black, more black, white, grey, even more black, more grey, more white. 

      She got in trouble for that with her piggy dress; if she ignores the dictates of the challenge two weeks in a row, I don’t know how patient the judges will be with her. One is supposed to mind the opinions of one’s client, after all. Mila seems only able to mind her own opinions, and at some point, that’s going to get her in trouble, given the quality of competition she’s up against. 

      • http://twitter.com/bravobrett Brett Ashley Hawkins

        Mila’s used blues and purples in her collections before.

        • http://twitter.com/bravobrett Brett Ashley Hawkins

          My worries aren’t toward those who shy away from color, but from those who embrace color but tend to “Kayne” out and over tackify. I think Anthony or Kenley might have issues this time for their taste issues.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WKSM57KFWUGRMKPDUW4SPL3GDM Kathryn

            Love that word, “tackify”.

        • http://twitter.com/bravobrett Brett Ashley Hawkins

          And Jerell. I think those three have the biggest taste issues especially when it comes to choosing color fabrics: Anthony, Jerell, and Kenley.

    • Anonymous

      That sounds good. We’ve been enjoying Sazeracs lately, which are similar to your cocktail: rye, orange bitters, absinthe with an orange twist.

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

        I only know Sazeracs from “Treme” when Jeanette threw one in the face of Alan Richman, the restaurant critic. The shock of the other characters was not that she threw a drink in his face but that she wasted a Sazerac to do it.

        • Anonymous

          They do involve a little bit of technique and they are DELICIOUS. I’d have a hissy if I saw someone waste one!

    • Anonymous

      That sounds yummy. And I’m torn between April and Mila being in trouble.

    • Anonymous

      Oooooh, I’ll have what you’re having. Sounds delish.

      I’m thinking we might be saying goodbye to April or Jerell.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WKSM57KFWUGRMKPDUW4SPL3GDM Kathryn

      You called it.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe it’s ’cause I’m home sick … I took one look at the pic of the judges …. and thought …. DVF needs to ditch her skirt and lengthen her top, and then all four of the ladies can be the Fanta girls.  (But then we need an all orange outfit for IM, yes?)

    PRAS, heal me!

  • http://twitter.com/bravobrett Brett Ashley Hawkins

    I’m rooting 100% for my girl Mila to carry a win tonight even though COLOR is not her strong point!! My money is on Princess Sophia’s elimination. The supposed challenge seems like a death trap for his taste issues!

  • http://twitter.com/bravobrett Brett Ashley Hawkins

    Prediction:

    TOP 3: Kara, Mila, Mondo
    BTM 3: Anthony, April, Michael C.

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

      Oops.

    • http://twitter.com/bravobrett Brett Ashley Hawkins

      3/6 right. More than usual haha

    • Anonymous

      nice try

  • Anonymous

    Well, I do think they’ve dumped the weakest, much as I adored Sweet P as a person.  But… personally, I still don’t get Mila. I haven’t liked any of her dresses because they’re just all the same in a weird kind of way. I don’t think they particularly address the challenge–especially Miss Piggy.  The remaining designer who has been on the bottom a lot is maybe April.  

    So…while I’d love to see Mila depart, I’m guessing it’ll be April getting the auf today.  Judges just don’t get her perspective, I guess. And she is very dark…

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

      I really like Mila’s work, but I agree:  I don’t think she’s terribly well-suited to PR.  She doesn’t really seem to respond well to working within the dictates of specific challenges. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/eujoyuen Eugenia Joyuen

    Very tough indeed.

    I say it’s between Kara, Austin (only if he doesn’t get the editing prior) and… I don’t know. Jerrel and Kenley can pull great things unnexpectedly and Michael has proven to be a wildcard.

    It would be a shock if Mondo or Rami happen to land in the bottom.

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

    The music in that video sounds like they stole it from that hamster on youtube…you know, the shocked on.

  • http://twitter.com/bravobrett Brett Ashley Hawkins

    I am getting frustrated with Michael C. just because I feel like he shouldn’t have been recast as an all-star altogether. He has no business there! But not only did he show up, he decided on a dime that he was going to stop sucking! I’ve liked his stuff so far! It’s pretty amazing…

    • BuffaloBarbara

      Seriously, what’s up with the whole not-sucking thing?  He’s  used his couple of years well, I guess.

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

        Honestly, he doesn’t surprise me at all.  I felt he showed a lot of promise during his season — his work wasn’t terribly original and his construction skills were somewhat lacking.  But based on his comments at the time, I got the feeling that he just hadn’t had the time to mature as a designer.  Most people start out in one of two ways: a) they copy things that they find beautiful without realizing it OR b) they make things that haven’t been done for good reason, like it’s ugly, unflattering or unwearable. 

        • Anonymous

          I think he’s also emotionally prepared this time around. That has to make a huge difference in his confidence level.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WKSM57KFWUGRMKPDUW4SPL3GDM Kathryn

            I always like his stuff, from the first time I saw his portfolio.  I think he has a really elegant perspective.  I like his personality, too. 

          • Anonymous

            Also, the other designers are not bullying him this season.  Experienced and confident PR designers mean better behaved designers.

          • Anonymous

            I know, I am happy to see so much conviviality in their apartment (what they show us anyway) as well as in the workroom. There’s some nagging, yes, but not the immature, flat-out bullying we saw during his and Mondo’s season. That can do wonders for one’s performance.

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

            I think the validation from both the judges and his experiences since has probably helped immensely.  He took a lot of flak from his family about designing and it takes time and a lot of voices to outweigh that.

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

      I’m actually laughing. Like he chose to suck on purpose before. I sort of agree with you. He’s been showing out and his stuff is now better looking than a few of my favorites. It smacks that whole concept of can’t sew out of the water. Right?

      • Anonymous

        Well, IIRC, that was a stupid stereotype meant to belittle Michael. Remember the episode when Mondo had to work with him and called him out for being a bad sewer, and halfway into the challenge he apologized and said he was wrong? That’s why I love Mondo so much. He sees people as they are. Yes, he listened to the stereotypes, but he didn’t let it determine his entire interaction with Michael, and now they’re very good friends!

    • http://twitter.com/mirrormirrorxx Paola Thomas

      I thought he showed promise in his season, particularly in his final collection.  His construction skills were never as bad as the college-educated mean girls (Gretchen, Ivy and April) made out and he had a great eye for fabric.  But as the judges pointed out last time he had definite ‘taste issues’ and it must have knocked his confidence terribly week on week to have his skills continually questioned.  This time round he’s had his confidence boosted by being chosen as an ‘All Star’, he’s broadened his horizons away from Palm Springs inthe last year or two and I think hanging out with Mondo has really helped him with his styling, presentation and probably technique too…

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

        I think technique is the big one — some people really need a person in front of them to show them how to do something specific instead of just instructions.  It can be hard to find someone who can do that for you at the level he needs, especially if you can’t go the formal instruction route.

      • Anonymous

        Ivy…

  • Anonymous

    Maybe it is Jerell’s or April’s time to go home? Although, given all the furry, floofy shit he sticks on his clothes, Jerell may have fan on the judging panel in Ms. Georgina.

    Sorry you’re still sick T Lo! You two have been blogging machines this week! Make some herbal tea and curl up with your furry little nurses/personal assistants and watch PR.

    P.S. I love the way you matched the bar to the judging panel. Perfect attention to detail as always!

    • http://twitter.com/bravobrett Brett Ashley Hawkins

      I completely forgot about Jerell. He might have issues, too.

      • http://profiles.google.com/alison.sigman Alison Sigman

        I’d like a lot of Jerell’s stuff if he learned where a woman’s breasts were. Seriously, look at his Miss Piggy entry, titscrepancy abound!!

  • Anonymous

    I hate the way they show random designers while the judges say things and when you watch the episode you find that the critique wasn’t addressed to them at all! Looking forward to tonight. I’ll have a cheap chardonnay – it’s no use buying the expensive ones, I can’t tell the difference.

    • Anonymous

      I’ll join you with the cheap chardonnay, I’ve been enjoying costco’s lately.
      Maybe I’ll have it in a colorful glass just to keep with tonight’s theme/challenge which April will probably lose.

      • Anonymous

        Great idea!  Everyone break out their most colorful glasses!  Cheers!

        • Anonymous

          i’ll be wearing my adorable new purple glasses.  ok, just the frames are purple, and i can’t drink out of them, but they are awesome.

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

      I’m a big fan of cheap chenin blanc personally.

  • Anonymous

    The host’s and judges’ clothes are the same colors as the bar in Edinburgh.
    Did you coordinate?

  • Anonymous

    Ahhh, FINALLY the TLounge is open!  I have to drink vodka, since I’m on this blasted lo- (read virtually “no”) carb diet . . .

    I think Jerell’s time is up, but might also be April’s.

  • Anonymous

    I’m going to go with April, Kara, or Jerrel for the boot tonight–even though they’ve all been floating safely in the middle, and each of them is capable of pulling a pretty nicely dressed rabbit out of a hat.  With only six hours to work, Kara and April are in big trouble, because they tend to have time issues and also tend to freak out.  Michael C. has a big advantage, because he’s usually finished hours before anyone else. 

    Boyz, I’m sad that you’re still sick.  Have you been swilling chicken soup and juice like mama told you to do?  

  • Anonymous

    Can I just say….I really don’t dislike the new host, but she enunciates so heavily it feels like it takes 10 minutes to announce the challenge these days. I sort of miss Heidi just casually telling them what they were doing.

    With that said! I have a feeling Anthony and Jerell are going to run with the theme but be called out on ‘taste issues’…

    • Anonymous

      yup, i find angela’s delivery annoying as well. also, has she had her eyebrows permanently raised?  she seems to have this perpetual look of surprise or incredulity or ???  i think they may be pinned to her hairline.

  • Anonymous

    Is it some kind of rainbow challenge? I hope so. We’ve had a super shitty week here. Need cheer. I think I’ll have Trader Joe’s Champagne tonight. 

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

    Last night, I went out with a friend for his birthday and got a LOT of free shots by association. One of them was bright red, and tasty. I’d like some more of those. I would enjoy drinking a colorful drink, while in the colorful bar, watching colorful dresses and judges!

    Jerrell? I secretly like his designs, but I know they are kind of awful, in truth. Much like I feel about Cheetos.

    • Anonymous

      was it a jello shot?  jello made with vodka instead of water in a shot glass, they’re popular in mexican discos and in vegas.  there’s also something called a “panty dropper” that’s bright pink.  but each bartender seems to make it differently.  much as different guys have different approaches to making your panties drop…anyways…

  • michelle shields

    Irish coffee for me tonight. I think either April or Jerell although Mila is knocking on the exit door as well.

  • BuffaloBarbara

    I’m looking forward to bright colored clothes.  I’ve been wearing black all day, and feeling funereal. A nice bit of gelato would be good.

    Unless April really steps up, she may be done for here.  Weirdly, I’m going to say Anthony in the top three at least.  He can make a cute little monochrome number if he sets his mind to it.

  • Scott Isaacs

    And here I was thinking how fun it would be to dump Mila and April in a room of pastels and watch their heads spin. Et voila.

    One of ‘em’s going home.

    Incidentally, I’ve also been thinking how fun and wacked out it would be to have a challenge where the designers were asked to make the most hideous dress possible. Rules: the model must walk down the runway in something relatively modest (no lady parts or butt cleavage showing), and the designer must be able to explain their inspiration…no “Oh, I just threw this together.” Heck…the models must be able to walk down the runway, period, so nothing obstructing gait. It would never happen, but how fun would it be? Just imagine the judges trying to come up with critiques.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t usually drop by here, but I desperately need the kind of drink that won’t cause adverse side effects in the morning. So virtual vodka or something.

    As for going home, judging only from what I’ve seen here, since I don’t watch the show, I’d guess April. I love her dearly, but bright colors aren’t really her thing and from what I remember the judges aren’t always into her aesthetic.

    • MilaXX

      I was never a fan of her tortured, black aesthetic, but I’m really not like what she has been putting out this season. Perhaps it’s in response to the parameters of the challenges, if so I hope a make a pretty dress challenge shakes things up. If not, she can go.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, I liked what she did in her season a lot better than what she’s doing here. I won’t really be heartbroken if she leaves tonight.

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

        With you.  April always strikes me as being the prime example of the critique: “She’s not ready.”  Her clothes always remind me of a guy I went to high school with that was always talking about Nirvana and how depressed he was — while I was actually in treatment for it and taking it seriously, he was using it as way to get attention. 

    • http://eclectictsunami.blogspot.com/ Cassie

      I agree – and also, she has some of the weakest execution skills of the bunch. I love her, and I love her aesthetic, but I’m not sure she’s the best fit for PR. She and the judges are usually not on the same page.

  • Anonymous

    Kara or Jerrell will be out this week. 

  • Call me Bee

    Hi all!  Whew–a litttle hung over from a fun night last night, so just a club soda with a twist for me today.  I have been very wrong in predicting who will get the ax, so I abstain.  I’ll just sit and watch what happens (ha!)…if I don’t fall asleep.  For some reason PRAS is just not exciting me today…

  • Anonymous

    I’ll have a Flying Scotsman – or three – and hope that Jerrell is sent flying tonight. I haven’t liked anything he’s produced so far and he seems to have a complete lack of awareness of his poor showing so far. 

    • Lisa

      I’ll go for that one, too – Jerrell sounds about right with the crap he’s been producing this season.  And it’s such a disappointment, because I loved him in his season.

  • Anonymous

    Get well soon, TLo! I kinda feel your pain-I’m still blowing my nose from a cold I thought I’d gotten rid of 3 wks ago. Enough already!

  • MilaXX

    Staying home to night because I fear I’ve gotten an infected cat scratch. May need to go to the doc for antibiotics tom. Sorry that you guy are still sharing the cold. I’m still thanking the deities for a mostly mild winter so far and hoping we make it thru February with equally mild weather.

    • Call me Bee

      Uh-oh cat scratch fever!  I’ve actually had that, though from a bite.  Antibiotics may surely be indicted….good luck! 

      • MilaXX

        thxs.

    • Anonymous

      Oh, ick! I hope it clears up quickly!

      • MilaXX

        Odd thing is it doesn’t hurt, but I noticed my leg looks not so great. The older cat uses the leg as steps to get on the couch.

        • Anonymous

          you got to watch those cat scratches and bites, my brother ended up in the hospital for days with high fever and IV antibiotics just from a little kitten bite on his hand.  happened fast, too, like about 24 hours.

  • Anonymous

    This straight girl loves the Rami pics too! 

    • MilaXX

      Mosr definitely, boyfriend has been looking particularly hunk-a-licious this lately.

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

    I’m sitting by the fushcia moon and sipping on hot chocolate peppermint schnapps (if only). I wonder if the bottom will be Jerrell and  April. He has truly been getting by on some craptacular clothes. PLease Mondo, come back from that atrocity of last week.

    I’m secretly rooting for Michael as long as he doesn’t whine too much.

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

      Don’t do it!  Schnapps is the devil’s drink!  (Also, my superhuman liver’s only kryptonite…)

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

        Honestly, I can’t think of what cool people drink. I’m knocking back some apple juice. I’m sure it will take me out too. I’m always the one who orders an amaretto sweet & sour because I can’t think of something else. What are you drinking? 

        • Anonymous

          Try a Cosmo. It’s got vitamin C, so you can rationalize that it’s helping you fight off winter colds.

          • Anonymous

            a lemon drop is always good if you you like sweet drinks.  they’ll get you there quick, too.  the thought of sweet wine all night reminds me of my first drunk, freshman year in college in the dorms we drank a gallon of gallo cream sherry.  oh my god, you talk about a headache.  speaking of vitamin c, my health food drink is a cuba libre.  coke for the caffeine and blood sugar kick, rum for the alcohol, and lime for the vitamin c.  perfect restorative when shopping in puerto vallarta.
            also a vodka and grapefruit juice with a lime squeeze will do the trick.

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

          I always do something very sweet — I hate the taste of booze.  A particular favorite of mine is a White Russian… tastes like chocolate milk.  And it keeps me from drinking too many when that’s a goal.  I also do vodka tonics with a double twist, for those same occasions.  Otherwise, I do sweet wines if I really want to drink all night. 

          Personally, I always assume that what I drink is what the cool people drink ’cause I’m that awesome ;P 

  • Anonymous

    Sorry I’m late, dolls. I had to go to my son’s middle school band concert. He plays bari sax and had a bunch of solos! I’m so proud, but it meant I had to keep the G4 had waiting for me at Hanscom. Ah dear – first world problems, right?

    Anyway, I would very much like a Glenmorangie, neat, with a seltzer with lemon on the side. After that’s done, I’ll get a bottle of Crystalle and glasses for whomever would like to join me. Who’s in?

    • Anonymous

      Color me there. Thanks, GT!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PBGUD7Y6KYRNL7PCKYNPD2UGSM Carol

      May I join you in the Glenmorangie, Gorgeous Things?   I’m dogsitting and a good single malt will help make the barking contests between granddog and the shih tzu more tolerable

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WKSM57KFWUGRMKPDUW4SPL3GDM Kathryn

    Tonight I’m going to pretend that I can drink as much as they did on Sex and the City.  And I’m going to pretend try every drink you all mention on the pretend flight over and while pretending to be in Scotland, with some pretend guy with a real Scottish accent whispering in my ear.

    • Anonymous

      And that last makes me think of my Scottish friend, who is completely mystified by her American pals’ swooning over some Scottish actor or other.  Mention, say, Gerard Butler, and she just shrugs and says, “I don’t get it.  He’s just like any bloke you can find in any pub in Scotland.”  Oh. my. God.  This is going to be a fun bar tonight!

    • Anonymous

      And I am going to pretend that I met Jackson Brodie (who looks very much like Jason Isaacs) in the bar and hoping he does a lot more than whisper in my ear….

    • Anonymous

      I’m kinda partial to the Scottish guy in the tux in the Fiber One cereal commercials. Bonus: he gives you 3 wishes!

  • http://iamthelizardqueen.wordpress.com Lizzie

    I keep forgetting Jerrell is on the show, so I’m thinking either him or April for the schmauf.

    I think that in honor of the random subthread that completely made my week, I have to start things off with a PBR.  ;)  We’ve got this great new burger place in town, and they’ve got PBR on tap.  Last weekend I was sitting at the bar, enjoying my food and Buffalo Sweat, and I saw a woman approach and ask for a sample of PBR.  I was out of earshot, so I have no idea how that came about, but there you are.  I watched as she tried it, and then made the face–exactly the one you’d expect from an unsuspecting suburbanite tasting PBR.  I confess to laughing with delight at the expression, because I am a terrible person.

    • Anonymous

      PBR used to be my brand, back in the day.  now it’s tecate with lime and salt.

  • Cheri Lee

    Anthony either hits or misses and with these time constraints I am really worried about him.

    I’ll have a Hendrick’s gin and tonic with a slice of cucumber and keep ‘em coming.

  • Anonymous

    I am sorry you two are under the weather. I haven’t been able to bring myself to watch any of these yet, but I may try tonight. I need a drink and I need some frothy entertainment to take my mind off work – and I like to look at Rami even though I know he’s not for me. 

  • Anonymous

    Mila + pastel = oil and water.

  • Anonymous

    I think I’ll have a cosmo

  • Anonymous

    Unless there is licorice, Mila is going to be pissed.

  • Call me Bee

    Fruits of the forest flavor?  Green? 

  • Anonymous

    Rami: drape drape pin done.

  • Anonymous

    I almost miss the old “loser edit.” Although April or Miss Anthony should be the worse under the time crunch

  • Anonymous

    No trip to Mood? WTF?

    • MilaXX

      With the challenge only being 6 hours long, there’s no time. Hence the mini Mood set up in the workroom

      • Anonymous

        I didn’t think the time shopping  at Mood was usually included in the execution time allotted. Am I mistaken?

  • http://naturallyeducational.com/ CandaceApril

    DVRing until the kids finally fall asleep. I’m on antibiotics for the bronchitis/sinus infection from Satan so…a mango smoothie and a rain check on the Ardbeg.

    • MilaXX

      oh no! feel better.

      • http://twitter.com/candaceapril Candace Lindemann

        Thank you! I have had this for so long…I just need it to go away.

    • Anonymous

      I dunno, Ardbeg might be just what you need to clear all that junk outta your system. I love a good scotch cure for a chest cold.

      • http://twitter.com/candaceapril Candace Lindemann

        I’m going to your office next time, doctor!

        • Anonymous

          You got it! No co-pay, either. : )

    • Anonymous

      you can have the virtual ardbeg.  too bad it’s not virtual bronchitis.

  • Anonymous

    This would have been Anya’s challenge. Three stitches and a staple et voila!

  • Anonymous

    on my third glass of merlot….still floating in that river on Egypt about that last episode (something about a pig….really..that happened in the same show where we  have Austin, Mondo & Rami?  Really?  Ok…I need more merlot…it is my life raft on the river of d’Nile after all). 

    Anyway, given the time constraits for this episode, I have a really bad feeling for Kara.  She does not do well with serious time constraits. Hope I’m wrong.

  • Anonymous

    Oh Anthony hon! I’ll buy you a cocktail!

  • Anonymous

    I’m not Jerrel’s biggest fan, but I have to say I really like, and am somewhat jealous, of his hair.

  • Anonymous

    Too bad they didn’t show the designers this before they were put to work; sort of a blending of Anya and Rami.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcTykuBQVQI

  • Anonymous

    Well the good clothes for a change is doing it for me too this time (plus I really like a lot of the designers for different reasons).

    Gotta say I’m happy there’s nary a sign of Muppet to be seen this week (well except for Issac & Austin).

    I won’t be upset if Jerell or April bite the dust, but I like everyone else & would be sad to see them go.

  • Damien W

    Are you under the weather TLo? Me too, my head’s been stuffed up since Monday. Feel better!

    Am I too late to point out that this isn’t the fastest challenge in PR history? In fact, Austin should remember why, since he won the 5-hour swimsuit challenge for that perv from the Post, Richard Johnson. Melissa almost got him arrested at that party…and poor Moragnza, screwing Kevin by wearing his suit out to the after-party scene…sigh. Good times.

    • MilaXX

      Morganza. Oh how I miss the fun crazy of the earlier seasons. Even now when I watch the repeats and see Morganza asking Kevin if it’s okay I scream no at the tv.

      • Anonymous

        Oh, God–so do I!  We seriously need to get lives!

  • Anonymous

    Yeah April I would think would have a majorly hard time with this challenge

    This challenge actually would have been something to play to Elisa’s strengths if she still had been around. She would have just taken some stretch jersey, needle and scissors and she’d be done in 2 hrs. 

  • Anonymous

    Kara’s is looking like Sweet P’s earlier mess…

  • Anonymous

    Fucking 6 hours and she’s criticizing April for staying in her comfort zone?

  • Suzanne Heist

    I’ll have a caipirinha plz. Two of my fave designers are gone, so might as well get rid of Austin too. Sigh.

    • Anonymous

      From the workroom, his looks fairly good – I think he’ll be safe.

  • Anonymous

    Oh Miss Anthony- you should be the last one to criticize someone else’s taste.

    • http://eclectictsunami.blogspot.com/ Cassie

      Seriously.

  • Anonymous

    Mondo’s is speaking to me, but I’m not sure if its just that I like the colors.

  • Anonymous

    Gack! Kenley is making a Minnie Mouse dress!

    • Damien W

      Why should this week be any different?

      • Anonymous

        It’s even MORE Minnie than usual! It looks like a frikkin costume from Disneyland.

  • MilaXX

    I’m really expecting Kara to knock this out of the park.
    I’m liking Joanna’s workroom walk through much more than I thought I would.

  • Cheri Lee

    Austin’s “look of death” is so nice!

  • Anonymous

    So no workroom of Jerell, little camera time. What kind of mess is he sending down the runway?

  • Anonymous

    Bottom three  - kara, kenley and ???

    • Anonymous

      april I think.

  • http://eclectictsunami.blogspot.com/ Cassie

    “Mondo’s Cantaloupe” will be the name of my band.

  • Damien W

    “Fresh, clean, youthful.” Cliché.

  • Cheri Lee

    Jerrell “That is not the business!”

  • Anonymous

    The hot glue guns are flying!

    • Anonymous

      at least it’s a 6 hour challenge… as opposed to last season

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

        I hear you. The glue gun was a standard tool for that bunch.

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

          Today I taught my five year old how to run a seam… turns out it’s really not that hard….

          • http://twitter.com/ms_smartiepants Beth M.

            My kiddos (5 and 8) got a sewing machine from Santa this year (well, last year, I guess). Within days they were making pillows and placemats and “teaching” all their little friends. Patternmaking take them a little longer, but sewing, like you say, is not that hard.

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

            Precisely — how hard is it to hem a damn garment?!?  I can understand some other problems in Anya’s construction but UNFINISHED HEMS?!? 

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

            It seems your five year old is more knowledgeable than a certain PR winner.

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

      And they are ashamed about it. They take pride in actual construction.

    • Anonymous

      I can’t believe Jerrell is safe.

      (Not paying attention I hit the wrong button. LOL. Sorry Stubenville. :) )

  • Anonymous

    Mondo FTW!

    • Anonymous

      well it does look just like a slice of fruit!

  • Anonymous

    Hello Lifetime – not ONE person watching this show is going to watch “Swamp People.”

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

      God, if only I didn’t value my sanity, I’d take that challenge…

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

    Austin, the hair works.  Looks better without the gallon of mousse and hairspray on it.  Mustache still has to go.

  • Anonymous

    Wondering if DVF only had six hours to give them. That’s the ONLY reasons for a silly six hour challenge that I can think of. 

  • Anonymous

    Kenley, that’s a three year old’s dress.

  • Anonymous

    Did you notice that the fabrics in the photo of Rami are the same as the ones on the judges?

  • Anonymous

    “Diane does not wink at me.”

    • http://eclectictsunami.blogspot.com/ Cassie

      Hilarious.

    • Anonymous

      So charming.  I just love Miss Sophia.

  • Anonymous

    love Kenley”s!

  • http://eclectictsunami.blogspot.com/ Cassie

    WHAT THE FUCK JERRELL

  • Anonymous

    These are really good for six hour looks. 

  • Anonymous

    Kara’s model looks preggers.

  • Anonymous

    Oh Kara….as Jerrel said, that is NOT the business.

    • Anonymous

      Loved that phrase!

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

    If the past few weeks have made anything clear, it’s that Jerrell needs to start a maternity line. 

    • Anonymous

      FTW!!!

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

      Why would you wish that upon us?  Don’t those of us the size of whales have enough problems without wearing clothes designed to eliminate our boobs as well?!?

  • Anonymous

    Michael – a tent

  • Anonymous

    Holy crap – April’s model is showing the good china

    • http://eclectictsunami.blogspot.com/ Cassie

      I miss Peach!

  • Anonymous

    Kara – wtf with the raw hems?

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

      I do not approve of a raw hem.  Ever. 

  • Anonymous

    Are the judges on crack? That model is wearing 10 pounds of fabric! Ten pounds of shiny oddly-colored fabric that has little to do with the challenge.

    • http://eclectictsunami.blogspot.com/ Cassie

      That shit is awful. They must be hitting the crack pipe way too hard.

  • Anonymous

    April is gone.

    • Anonymous

      Or Kara

  • Anonymous

    DVF is a great judge

  • Anonymous

    My faves to win are: Michael, Mondo or Mila.

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

    My husband just randomly looked up from his computer, saw Mondo’s design, and said “was the challenge to style a coke head from 1974?”

    • http://eclectictsunami.blogspot.com/ Cassie

      Your husband wins.

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

      It’s comments like that that make me want to create my own version of PR for the internet — entirely populated with the crazy challenges mentioned here.  Wouldn’t it be fun to see the results of that?

  • Anonymous

    I am completely over Michael Costello. Hopefully he stops making pretty things and goes home. I’m worried for my favs April and Kara but I hope that it’s either Michael or Jerrell who goes home. I’ll have a rum and diet coke. Simple but perfect. 

  • Anonymous

    Mondo = win
    Kara = auf

    I can’t believe Michael was in the top. I just…can’t believe it.

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

      Their Michael love the past few weeks baffles me – but my hatred of his personality may be getting in the way.

      • Anonymous

        He reminds me of the “popular girls” table at lunch in the middle school cafeteria. 

      • Anonymous

        I don’t get it either.  Rami should have won the Pig challenge, for sure.  The opera dress?  It could have gone either way.  But this one?  No way.  And the judges kept saying how the color seemed wrong but Michael had said that was the color of the gelato.  But it wasn’t–the gelato was pale yellow, and he was disappointed that it wasn’t the color of red grapefruit.  

        I just don’t understand how he won this week.  The exquisite sleeves?   Really???  I liked Kenley’s dress better than Michael’s, and since I like Kenley as much as a toothache, that is really saying something!

        • http://iamthelizardqueen.wordpress.com Lizzie

          Michael’s model walked out and I said, “ooh, girlfriend’s gotta get out of Palm Springs.”  And yet the judges loved it.  Color me baffled.

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

          It wasn’t a pale yellow. It looked to me like a very pale pink, just as Michael used. And he said that Miranda needed to COME to Palm Springs, not get out of Palm Springs.

  • Anonymous

    Mondo made something like Anya would have made. Hello, bathrobe.

    • Anonymous

      Whoops, I meant Michael. I liked Mondo’s. 

    • Anonymous

       No, UsedtobeEP, not like Anya.  Micheal’s dress had sleeves.

      • Anonymous

        Dang, I knew something was different. That and it was really well made.

        I actually didn’t mind Michael’s dress—and I don’t mind him either. But the whole caftan thing all over again? It’s just too soon!

  • Anonymous

    Thank you Isaac for not letting “there’s nothing wrong with brown” just slide by.

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

      I seem to recall Tim Gunn telling a story about Isaac and the color brown in his last book…

  • http://eclectictsunami.blogspot.com/ Cassie

    Miranda honey, just sit there and look pretty, please. 

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

    I loved Mondo’s. I am usually  a Michael fan, but Uh Uh on that one.  Too Much.

  • Joe J

    I love Kara, but her dress this week looks way too much like the opening look from her Bryant Park decoy collection from five(?) years ago:

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_FW86_jO7k_A/RlQ70viw6OI/AAAAAAAAIjA/w7PU7tHtu0M/s1600-h/KaraJanxCollection_1.jpg

    • http://eclectictsunami.blogspot.com/ Cassie

      I thought of that, too! Time to evolve, girl.

    • Anonymous

      I thought so too. It’s essentially the same dress. And it’s weird that she would make it again because it wasn’t a great dress in the first place.

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

      Good catch! That is so the same!

  • Anonymous

    “It’s between Michael and Mondo.”

    Oh, god, please don’t pick Michael. I will not respect you anymore if you choose Michael

  • Anonymous

    I would totally wear Mondo’s dress.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PMAPJYMO5AC6GMONR6NQFURAXE bebo

    Michaels look like something one of the Gabor sister would wear.

    • Anonymous

      With a turban and marabou mules.

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

        That sounds pretty awesome to me.

  • Anonymous

    Miranda, you would really wear Michael’s dress? If he wins, and she wears it I bet it will be edited within and inch of its life.

  • Call me Bee

    Uh-oh…looks like Kara’s had it.  And please don’t let Michael win with that fleshy bathrobe….

  • BuffaloBarbara

    Oh, my God.  It wasn’t just Anya.  They’re actually going for the flipping caftans.

    I hold that Anthony should have been top instead of bottom.  And Michael C, sorry–you don’t suck like you did in your season, but that pink bathrobe is flipping FUGLY.  All she needs is a mimosa and she’ll complete the image of a ’40s star during a hangover the morning after a serious binge.

  • MilaXX

    Kara or April is going home. I’m leaning towards April based on DVF’s Halloween remark.

    • Damien W

      They are both just auf’s waiting to happen, unfortunately. They just can’t get into the swing this time.

  • MilaXX

    If she wanted to resurrect her old looks, the kimono dress would have been a better choice

  • MilaXX

    I’m not in love with Micheal’s dress, but that is sewn much better than Anya could ever hope to do.

  • Anonymous

    I cannot believe Jerrel’s is safe. Wasn’t taste suppose to be a judging criterion

  • Anonymous

    Are you fucking kidding me?

  • Anonymous

    Oh please. DVF must have gone blind.

  • Anonymous

    ….what?

  • http://eclectictsunami.blogspot.com/ Cassie

    I CAN’T. I CAN’T WITH THESE PEOPLE AND THE CAFTAN-LOVE. WHAT THE FUCK.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      Right there with ya.

      This whole caftan thing?  I believe the phrase is “trying to make fetch happen.”  Fetch is not going to happen.  People have eyes, and they know that caftans are FUCKING UGLY.  So please, PR–stop trying to make them happen.

      • Anonymous

        omg, i was seriously just saying that, but it was about Michael :-)

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

        A caftan does not have to be ugly or awful or badly made — full disclosure, I’ve been sewing all night and haven’t seen the episode yet — do not judge them all by Anya’s poor standards.

        • BuffaloBarbara

          Oh, no, these were perfectly well made caftans.  They were still ugly because… caftans are ugly.  Too much material, not enough shape.  Even well made ones look like bedsheets or, at best, bathrobes, to me.  I can see that they would be comfortable, and are very useful in some climates (like where it’s very hot and you don’t want anything binding, but you also don’t want to expose your skin to the sun). But attractive?  Nyet.  I’m tired of PR trying to push them, which makes me actively hostile to them (I often feel that way about ugly fashions they want to push, like exposed zippers or that horrible, flat bleached hair that so many stars sport).

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

            I will agree with the frustration level from PR trying to make them the end-all be-all of fashion, when we all know how to use Google and can find out otherwise.  (I hate when someone feeds me a line I can disprove with 60 seconds or less of Google time… it’s insulting) 

            But unlike the leisure suit, I maintain that a caftan can work.  I think it needs the right hand on the machine during construction and the right body afterward, but it can be done. 

            Of course, I am willing to concede that this may be wishful thinking on my part, much like my attempt to make a jumpsuit that won’t interfere with my ability to use a public restroom without being naked….

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

            Honest question, really trying to be non-snarky here – can you show me an example of a well-made caftan? Because I see “caftan” and immediately think “Oh hellllll no!” But I’ve never seen one I liked; but would be open to a better-designed one…

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

            Well-made is easy to find.  Attractive… well, sadly that’s a different story…  let me hunt around and see if I can find one.

          • Susan Crawford

            The classic Moroccan cotton or heavy silk-velvet caftan is still a great design – the ones you can buy in the Souk with the intricate embroidery and the long, tasselled hood. But the minute designers start to “reinterpret” this design in chiffon or organza or satin . . . it veers right into the Gabor sisters at Palm Springs territory.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, gag me…

  • Anonymous

    So Michael is going to win this?  Really?…

    • Anonymous

      I sadly don’t have access to watch – but to be fair, Michael has been doing pretty well – although I have no idea what he did this week.

      • Anonymous

        Take a look when you can watch online–or just wait for the TLo recaps.  This was really not his night.  Even though he won….

  • Anonymous

    Good lord. REALLY? He’s going to be impossible to be around with that big head combined with his ‘Oh my Gosh’ schictk.

    • Anonymous

      Followed by the obligatory compliment for the judges and invitation to go out with him. I know the designer’s explanations are whittled down to meet time constraints but his was basically ‘I wanted to make something easy. Oh, by the way, you’re so pretty I love you!! <33333"

  • Anonymous

    THAT AUNTIE MAME NIGHTGOWN?? REALLY??

    I’m kind of over Michael. 

    • Anonymous

      Auntie Mame, indeed! Shades of Rosalind Russell. And, yeah. I’m a Michael fan, but Mondo deserved to win this one.

    • Anonymous

      thank you!!! It’s an f-ing nightgown!!! And this wins???? WTF!?!?!?!?  This made me miss Nina & Michael.

  • MilaXX

    surprised she skated by with such a juniors look

  • Anonymous

    Honestly, they both deserve to go home for those hot messes.

  • Anonymous

    Mondo – robbed yet again… Come on, Michael won because she could freakin’ breast-feed while wearing it?  Give me a break…

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

      Have you ever breastfed?  That’s not a small consideration. 

      I know, I know, it’s about fashion, it doesn’t have to be particularly functional or utilitarian.  Except when you want someone to wear it, it kinda does.  I had one kid who HATED bottles and I appreciated clothes that made me feel good that also allowed me to not develop a splitting headache from her banshee-level screams.  (Kid still has a set of lungs to rival the finest opera divas)  From her perspective, I think that’s a valid reason.

      Again, though, haven’t seen it yet, so if it wasn’t EXPRESSLY stated that the garment needed to take those needs into consideration, it probably should not have played such a part in the win decision.

      • Anonymous

        But you have to admit that it’s disingenuous to judge using very specific criteria the designers were never told about. 

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

      No–I heard her objecting to Michael’s because it would not allow her to protect from leaks. She couldn’t wear anything under it, whereas Mondo’s would allow a bit of protective padding. So that was a count against Michael’s. Though probably by this time she has finished. Maybe that’s why they delayed airing the season .

  • Anonymous

    Michael’s looked like a robe/nightgown. I thought that the second it came out. I didn’t like it at all and his win is baffling.

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

      I too am confused. That dress was awful and reminiscent of my grandmother’s bathrobe.

    • Shoelover1512

      That is exactly what I thought. And figured one of the judges would mention it. It screamed bathrobe. Nice bathrobe but still bathrobe.

  • Call me Bee

    Oh barf–Michael again.  And my poor April is out.  I has a sad. 

    • Anonymous

      right there with ya, Bee.

      Goodness forbid that a young, educated designer that actually has studied fashion would do well on PR. Grr. Oh, and how dare she have a darker aesthetic? the nerve!

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

        Because Christian was aged, untutored, and never used black?

        • Anonymous

          he was on the show before it went completely off the rails. and I mean darker in the Tim Burton way, not color-wise.  they treated April like the weird Goth kid who was also popular, not like a young designer with a developing point-of-view that is unique and different. 

          I’m mostly referring to the increased use of buzzwords like ”i just started sewing” or “i’m self-taught” being more glamorous and catchy than recognizing the education and experience that’s not as flashy.  just want everyone to get the credit for the work they’ve put in on their track to PR, ya know?   

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

            Gotcha.  And that’s a fair, valid point.  I get really REALLY irate with the self-taught Anyas of PR, personally.  Because they make all of us look bad!  I have NEVER allowed a garment that was improperly cut or constructed to leave my hands and there is no way I would ever allow some of the nonsense that she sent out to see the light of day — and you’re talking to a woman who still eliminates puckering at the seams with a hand steamer and flat iron (I know there’s a way of doing it correctly, but this is cheap, easy, and it works…)

            I do think April has some serious growing to do, and there are people there who have a better sense of what they’re doing.  But I can see your point.

          • Anonymous

            Yes! Very nicely put.  That’s the way work should be treated, especially when its made by hand. I do taxes, which is much, much less fun and pretty than creating beautiful garments, but my name is on that puppy, it better be dang well perfect! 

            The defined POV is such an asset in PR, its simply necessary to do well at this point.  Give them more 2-day challenges, and let them rock it out like an “all-star” should!

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

            Well, I will say the consequences of doing taxes imperfectly are quite a bit worse than the consequences of making a dress wrong! 

            And yeah, I get that when you’re on a deadline, you may not have time to fix a mistake — but producer mandated deadlines aren’t all that different than someone just needing it done by a certain time.  What’s so different between Anya having to have her final collection ready to walk by X date at X time and me having to have my dress for a friend’s wedding done by X date at X time?

          • Anonymous

            fair point about consequences. Although…don’t say that to a crazy Bridezilla!! 

            Not much difference between the two at all.  Dresses or taxes, runway show or wedding gown- it needs to be done when it needs to be done.  All a matter of planning the best you can, having a routine for the basic parts so the complicated stuff isn’t rushed. Something will always go wrong at the last minute. Example- my wedding. We forgot to reinforce the veil’s attachment to the comb, it was a windy day, and we had no thread.  Broke out the superglue, but between shaky hands and shaking bride…my veil got glued to my head (not just the hair…my actual scalp). There’s a better metaphor, i’m sure, just can’t think of one right now!  

  • Anonymous

    Michael wins …. Totally ridic.

  • Anonymous

    Wow – I expected the opposite.

  • Joe J

    In his entire time on PR, Michael has won four challenges, five if you count that one where April was eliminated in season eight – they never announced a clear winner there.

    I have not agreed with a single damn one of them.  I didn’t think they were aufable, but every single one of them was derivative and done before, except for the Treacy hat one, which was just… bizarre, and poorly fitted.

    Four weeks in, and every time a man has won the challenge and a woman went home.  For shit’s sake, ladies, pull it the FUCK together!

    • Anonymous

      THIS!!!  Damn it.

  • Anonymous

    She’s just 22. I thought she was 22 in her season a couple years ago. Yeah, go get yourself a job as a Jr, Jr design assistant and get some real world experience under your belt and refine your style hon.

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

      Exactly.  I think she’s got something to say, but she’s pushing it far too hard — she needs to learn to allow her work to whisper instead of shout.  I get that you like the dark goth thing… but there’s a way to do it without EVERY SINGLE PIECE screaming “I’M MOODY AND DEEP.”

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

      But she has a *degree*.  Everyone knows paying outrageous sums for a piece of paper automatically makes you the awesomest.

      (My outrageously expensive piece of paper is in linguistics, so I know whereof I speak.)

  • http://www.facebook.com/xerapis David Louis Quick

    Re-frackin-diculous. That maternity ruffle nightmare should have kicked her out the door.

  • http://eclectictsunami.blogspot.com/ Cassie

    Aww, April. :( I saw it coming – her execution just couldn’t cut it – but I’m still sad about it. Love you, girl.

  • Anonymous

    I’d have been hard pressed to choose between April and Kara for the schmauf too. 
    Both dresses were terrible.  But I’m sad to see April go–just because I liked her.  

  • Anonymous

    Odd footnote – 24 Hour Catwalk uses the same set as Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri’s new cooking show. Honest!

  • Toto Maya

    Miranda Kerr would have looked so lovely in Mondo’s dress, it’s a pity.

  • MilaXX

    It’s the JustRaymona show!

  • Anonymous

    Arrrggggh! Mondo should have won! And, I can’t believe I’m saying this, I really liked Kenley’s dress.

    • Anonymous

      I just posted the same thing–over on page 2.  So I’m behind the couch with you!

      • Anonymous

        Okay – I’ll reserve judgement until TLo post the recaps, but Kenley’s looked like a Minnie Mouse costume (again) to me.

        • Anonymous

          Oh, she always has that young-girl/birthday-party/1950s vibe going on.  I know.  (Plus, I hate her!)  But for a passion fruit gelato dress?  I thought it was pretty cute, and it was beautifully made.  I don’t believe she used any glue….

          • Anonymous

            Oh, make room behind the couch.  I liked it too (from what I can remember), and for six hours, it seemed VERY well executed.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      I can’t agree about Mondo’s–it was as much a caftan as Michael’s, and just… no.  I may be the only person on this board who didn’t mind Anya as a character or apparent person, but even I didn’t like her caftans, and I don’t like them any better coming from Mondo.  A caftan is a caftan, and it is ALWAYS ugly.

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

        I minded her coddling.  And I minded that she didn’t seem interested in what she was doing. 

    • Anonymous

      Kenley’s dress was cute and wearable, She is young and her designs reflect that. I thought her dress was well made and well thought out for this challenge. Some of the others looked like some perversion of loungewear.

  • Anonymous

    Hmmm, did I miss seeing Miranda wearing the dress at an industry event?

    • Anonymous

      No, you didn’t.  It wouldn’t be worn before the episode aired.

      • Anonymous

        In season’s past when the prize was either wearing the garment to an event or for a spread we got to see photos of the designer fitting the ‘star’ for their event or at the photo shoot so I would have expected to see her fitting.

  • Pennymac

    Sorry to go against the flow, but Michael’s was amazingly constructed, draped well, and was in horribly hard to work with satin. Mondo’s was prettier, but I think DVF pulled a lot of weight with this one.

    I may be a sucker for buying is “Oh my gosh” shtick, but I like Michael, and have been rooting for him like crazy!

    And personally am amazed that in 6 hours, these entries (Except April’s) looked amazingly better than ANYTHING crafted during the “Season of which we no longer speak”.

    • Anonymous

      Seasibs.  Plural.  The Seasons of Which We No Longer Speak.

    • Anonymous

      Personal feelings about the look aside, Michael didn’t even really follow the challenge. He got grapefruit gelato, and from what I can tell, he just picked a pink fabric (the *wrong* pink, mind you) and did whatever he felt like.

      • Anonymous

        Well, apparently it was “liquid gelato.”  But who the hell wants liquid gelato?

      • Anonymous

        Grapefruits come in quite a few different colors.  Depends on your part of the country, I guess.

      • Anonymous

        But Michael expressed disappointment at how light pink his gelato was. He said he was hoping for a more ruby grapefruit color. Also, the designers were all given swatches that matched their ice cream. I think when Coles brought each designer some of their flavor, she did so as a color reference.

  • Anonymous

    Ugh. Messes from both Kara and April, and I thought they made the right decision, but they were both horrible. Mondo was robbed – again!!! Michael should have been middle of the pack, tops. What is with the caftans???? Ugly.

  • Anonymous

    They are doing the same thing with Michael that they did in his original season.  They overpraise all of his designs and give him some inexplicable wins.  Then, at the end (he had to compete to make fasion week if I reacall…) they suddenly discover TASTE ISSUES!

    On the other hand, the judging is at least giving good feedback to other designers,  Mila is getting feedback to use color.  Anthonly is being told not to make everything so overwrought.  So the judging is certainly better than last season.

    • Anonymous

      You are SO right about the judging; the judging last season set a benchmark for “lousy, useless and clueless” which of course explains the final winner.

      srq

  • Anonymous

    Dang just got online AND my hotel has stuff like Noggin and Travel but no Lifetime or Bravo!

  • Anonymous

    I just sat there baffled after my favorites tonight — Rami, Austin, and Jerrel – were announced safe. In the middle.

  • Anonymous

    Poor Mondo; is he to permanently play the always-a-bridesmaid-never-a-bride role on this show? I see Michael C. hasn’t changed his “Oh My God” shtick since his season. I almost hate to say it, but I liked Kenley’s dress. It wasn’t a wow design or anything, just a pretty  little dress. I wish they’d actually let you see all the outfits a little more. The runway goes by way too quickly.

    • Anonymous

      I’ll say this for Kenley – that dress was impeccably tailored, especially in the upper back.  Fit her model like a glove…

      • Anonymous

        I agree.  While the others were pinning and gluing their dresses together and sewing their models into them Kenley sewed a well-made dress with an impeccable collar and properly inserted zipper.  And it was cute to boot.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been lurking this site for so freaking long, but I had to finally register. I can’t believe Kara just duplicated something from her Season 2 decoy collection and got away with it.

    http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/2007/05/ripping-the-collections-kara-part-one-2.html

    • Anonymous

      Wow.

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

      Wow! You have an amazing memory. They are near identical. 

      It did suck and made the model look pregnant, but April’s, while she had an idea, was a mess. I really was rooting for April too. Sigh.

      • Anonymous

        It’s too bad that April’s had the issues that it did, because if it hadn’t I think the color and the short flirty construction would have worked quite well for Miranda k. As a model, she’s got long legs that would have showed nicely in that dress with the bright color, whereas michaels dress seems to cover up quite a bit. I had forgotten that April is only 22, so she does have time to grow as a designer.

        Kara, on the other hand, should have gone home for this lame effort at recycling. I’m a bit shocked to find that I’m liking Michaels designs more (although hating any time the camera goes for his reactions/comments) but am wanting Kara gone for her stressed drama.

        srq

        • jukaswo

          Ditto, ditto, and ditto!

    • Anonymous

      I am stunned.  It’s the same…top…dress…top…dress…(someone stop me!)  The very same!

      You have an amazing memory.  Thanks for sharing that.  

      • Anonymous

        The difference being that the hems were finished on the decoy dress. Wait for the closeups of Kara’s mess.

    • Alberto Galarce

      What surprised me is that dress was part of the collection that should have won Season 2. I liked that dress.

      “We’ve never been big fans of the skirt-over-pants look, but Kara managed to do it in a way that no one else does.”

      But all of a sudden this look is chopped liver. The execution was a bit sloppy and it looked bulkier, mind you.

    • Pennymac

      Yeah, it was unflattering and ugly then, too.

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

      Good catch! And that look was hiddy both times she did it.

    • Kyle Crawford

      wow!   congrats on having such a good eye! 

    • http://naturallyeducational.com/ CandaceApril

      She should have done the second look or the last one with red instead of blue…if she was going to that well.

  • Anonymous

    I know, right?

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

    As a woman who is breastfeeding, I have to say, I understand the lure of a caftan with easy boob access. That fabric looked sooo soft and smooth. The only thing is I hope she’s not leaky, because that fabric would not forgive milk stains. Bravo to Miranda Kerr for plugging breast feeding. She looks so rosy-cheeked and amazing. Motherhood suits her.

    That said, some of the criticisms tonight were pretty ridiculous. Michael should have used georgette, they didn’t like fabric choices, several of them look rushed.. well, duh. They had to pick from a very small selection of fabric AND they had 6 hours.  Give them a break.

    • Anonymous

       Bravo to her for plugging breastfeeding, but I gotta say, if “I could totally breastfeed in that” was going to be part of the judging criteria, it would only be fair to give, um, a heads up to the designers.  Otherwise it’s a pretty random way to choose one design over the other.  How would they know that should be a consideration?

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

        ITA.  And it would have been really interesting to see how they would have handled that issue.

        • Anonymous

          Can you just imagine presenting that challenge to Olivierer? I think they might have had to carry him off, possibly with full life-support measures in place and active. 

          • Anonymous

            I think he would have asked “What’s breast feeding?”

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

      The way I interpreted her comment, it was not which dress would allow breastfeeding access but, precisely, which dress would allow her to wear some kind of protection from leakage. She was saying that Michael’s would be a problem that way.

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

    Gosh, I wonder which of the women will go home next week! And how will Michael choose to pretend humility? I think he goes to the two-hands-over-face well a bit too often.

    • Anonymous

      Miss Thing has been watching a few too many beauty pageants.

  • Anonymous

    dang – how soon should the show be posted online?  (it has been a long time since I could watch live (or a couple times on the re-play)

    • Anonymous

      sometimes it’s up around midnight PST but most times it’s up by early the next morning.

      • Anonymous

        ty

        • Anonymous

          rate the runway usually goes up a little earlier. i wish i could say when but i cant, i think its pretty much always been there whenever i’ve checked.

          from it, as per: i really liked mila’s [of all people's. i'm usually too used to her aesthetic to be impressed] & i thought the way austin did his trim was clever. more of an interesting technique, perhaps, than one which created, in this case, a beautiful outcome [although it seems well & beautifully realized & expertly & exquisitely done for something made in six hours]. anyway, i will see better when i watch the whole thing probably tomorrow.

  • Anonymous

    I’m glad one of the judges commented on Mila’s dress where the white was over the red.  That caught my eye as soon as it came out, and not in a good way.  The stark white and bright red made a good contrast but that muddied white over the red brought it way down.

    • Anonymous

      It wasn’t her original intention but she commented that she thought two layers would be enough and found that it wasn’t – don’t think she had enough fabric to make three layers of the white.

  • Anonymous

    Worst possible outcome.

  • Anonymous

    I loved Mondo’s canteloupe dress and I HATE cantelope! I would have given him the win. But I like these judges so much better than The Great Pumpking, The Great Bitch Queen, and The Great German Divorcee, that I am not going to complain!

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

    I’m not crazy about the win.  I thought Mondo should have won. (I’m a Micheal fan too!) I agree that April should have left, I had her in the offing soon. Her confidence was shaking.

    I will give Michael credit though. With a little more finishing, the dress would be pretty amazing. But when I think of grapefruit, I think slightly tart with an edge. Maybe he was thinking summer fruit, fragrant, refreshing and juicy flow. Maybe it’s in the interpretation of what a person thinks of.

    I’m still trying to get the idea of Anthony’s green tea. Did he imagine the skirt as a filter bag for tea? I’m not trying to be mean, I’m  trying to understand it because that would make a little sense.

    • Carla Williams

      I’m confused about the critique of his color choice; didn’t it match the swatch he was given, and weren’t they supposed to incorporate that shade?

    • Anonymous

      To me, the folding on the bodice of Anthony’s dress had a very Japanese vibe to it — part of it reminded me of an origami fan, and when I have a chance to look at the photos more closely I’m sure I’ll see other recognizable shapes there as well.  The biggest problem with it, I thought, was that it was, once again, overworked.  Although why Georgina Throw-Everything-At-It-Marchesa feels she has ANY moral high ground to criticize someone else’s overworking is definitely a mystery!

    • Anonymous

      He described it as the melting ice cream onto the cone. So the layers were meant to evoke the dripping of the ice cream and the color of the dress the cone.

  • Anonymous

    I thought that it was a pretty big toss up between April and Kara for the off, but April put the good china on display. However, Kara’s dress was a copy of her finale collection from her season and if the judges had been clued on to that, I bet she’d have gone home instead.
    I know that many don’t like caftans but both Michaels and Mondos dresses had considerably more structure than a classic caftan and included waist and back details that were very flattering.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_I6RKIJTZSR2ZCVDANFSAN6HSS4 TacyC

    I think Anthony had the best comment of the night – something like “this isn’t a ‘best designer’ challenge, it’s a ‘fastest seamstress’ challenge.  That said, I’m pretty damn impressed by what most people created in just 6 hours….

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

      Fastest seamstress, but also fastest designer.  Because they had to be able to come up with a design quickly and it had to be something executed quickly.  (Though I don’t personally know any designer who doesn’t have plenty of things floating in their head that they could draw upon in such a situation….)

      • Anonymous

        If anyone tried to design something that they had never done before they were a fool. Michael’s dress is in his  resort collection that is currently on his web site http://www.michaelcostellocouture.com/ , I don’t think any of them came up with something brand new in such a short time.

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

          I’d be very surprised if that’s not the case on MOST challenges.  I always have a few dozen things in my head that I’ve already refined that I could pull out.

  • Anonymous

    Michael made an over the top piece of Hollywood lingerie that would have looked fab on Lana Turner in “Imitation of Life”.  Lana would be on the terrace eating chilled grapefruit.  The butler, hurried but dignified, would whisper an alarming message in her ear,”Madam, Mondo has been robbed again!”

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

      I don’t know about being robbed ‘again’ but Mondo definitely should have won this challenge. LOVED his caftan. Michael’s piece was okay but definitely not winning worthy.

      • Anonymous

        IMO, At minimum Mondo was robbed of the win in his season, and again in the gelato challenge, so I stand by my ‘again’  : )

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

          Thought your comment was based on this season of the All Stars. But, yes, he was definitely robbed in his season. He should have won Project Runway: Season 8.

  • Anonymous

    So we still haven’t had a female crack the top 2 or a male hit the bottom 2, have we? That is really sad.

    The judging seemed to be all about “What would Barbara Stanwyck wear?” (Or, you know, Lana Turner, as Caaro3 said. I can definitely see Lana wearing Michael’s with a matching turban, right before she offs Johnny Stompanato.) Sorry, but Michael’s was no grapefruit color I’ve seen, and I thought sure the gelato and napkin he was handed were pale yellow, not pink. His was the color of strawberry ice cream. Plain old strawberry from the big square carton from the freezer case. The cheapest kind.

    I liked the shape of Mila’s, but not the way the red peeked through the white. Plus I was hoping for a deep cherry red, not the scarlet she chose. I barely saw Rami’s, Jerrell’s, Austin’s or Kenley’s, although I do recall Kenley’s being a horrid shade of pink and the same skirt she always does.

    • Anonymous

      >>>>>I can definitely see Lana wearing Michael’s with a matching turban, right before she offs Johnny Stompanato.

      it was her daughter who did it, cheryl crane. she nows sells lana turner artefacts on ebay.

      • Anonymous

        I was channeling the film version. Like her real life mixed with “Madame X.”

    • MilaXX

      Wasn’t a fan of Micheal’s dress, but I got pink grapefruit from the color.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B53PQYXSJR4YJBV3J6BWYSICRQ Jamie

    for a challenge that was to be about creativity, the top three were pretty basic, but of course, not much can be designed and executed in only 6 hours. And how was April supposed to stop and start again with such a time constraint?

    Mondo should have won, and Kara should have gotten the auf

    • Anonymous

      Yea that comment about how April should’ve started over was absurd!!! Seriously?! THEY HAD 6 HOURS!!! As Anthony said, “This challenge isn’t about being a good designer, it’s about being a good seamstress.”

      And I thought Michael’s dress was hideous, it looked like a circus tent. I loved Mondo’s, he was robbed.

  • http://twitter.com/ms_smartiepants Beth M.

    …moved comment

  • Anonymous

    I loved Mondo & Michael’s dresses, even though they were in colors I usually despise.  I love DvF and her wit. I wonder if she wants to see Michael as a potential employee, or as a nice appetizer.

    Kara and April were clearly in deep tulle, if you get my drift. Personally I would have sent Kara home. Any time you can make a woman who is 6′ and 90 lbs look like she’s in her last trimester, you have problems.

  • Anonymous

    Didn’t care for either Mondo’s or Michael’s.  How Jerrell managed to escape being in the bottom two is beyond me.  The idea that a dress that looks “maternity” can’t be attractive is ridiculous.  As has been mentioned, that Kara dress has been seen before — my problem with it had to do with the colors — the murky browns and red were pretty unattractive.

    I have nothing against breastfeeding at all, and have experienced it myself, but, honestly, Miranda, too much information.  And all the comment did was reinforce that Michael’s dress looked like an over-elaborate nightgown.  Less Lana Turner than Carol Burnette doing a Lana imitation. 

    I agreed with Isaac that Mondo’s was heavy and unflattering. 

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

      Yeah Miranda, shut up about a very important criteria you might use for selecting a dress! And don’t talk publicly about something that every mother in the history of humanity has done right up until the mid 20th century!

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

        Well, if you want to be accurate, no, every mother did not — long before the 20th century and formula, wealthy women were using wet nurses rather than nursing themselves.

      • Anonymous

        Chill , PB.  This breastfeeding platform is superdone — not even on the radar anymore as a anything other than what it is — healthy, natural, normal, blah blah blah.  I did it myself without hangups — though I kept myself covered — for a very long time.  It’s fine for her to want to point out that it’s on her list of things to think about–although I thought it was trite and self-promoting–but I kind of doubt that Michael C himself, once he moved past kissing her tushy, would want Mrs. Orlando Bloom suckling her child in his gown.  She sounded like a ninny.

  • Anonymous

    I wanted Mondo to win, I liked his dress.  But I see where Michael was more of what they really wanted.  I wish they would give them two day challenges, and let them really make what they are capable of making.  Six hours?  Give me a break! What can you really create in six hours?  I want to see some real fashion, not thrown together in six hours fashion.  

  • Anonymous

    I am officially done with Michael.  It isn’t that I think his clothes are bad.  They are made much better than some other PR alums from the season we shall never mention again.  It isn’t about his inexplicable ability to crank out a dress in no time with no issues whatsoever.  I just find his “surprise face” both annoying and disingenuous.  It seems really fake to me and I actually dread his confessional time.  It makes me cringe.  I realize this is an irrational hate but if I can’t tell you all who can I tell.

    On a more important note… loved Mondo’s dress and I found Kenly’s (though it was almost exactly what I expected) really cute and well made.

    • http://twitter.com/bravobrett Brett Ashley Hawkins

      He is really transparent in his fakeness and it bugs me. Like Episode 1 when he was playing to the cameras over and over again about how he knew April’s mop dress was going to be better than his. He’s really trying to be this reality persona and it’s bugging the crap out of me. His clothes are better this time around though…

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

        What exactly is he allegedly faking? Modesty? Surprise at winning? I don’t get the Michael hate at all. He is not my favorite, but he is not the horror people like to make him out to be in these comments.

        • http://twitter.com/bravobrett Brett Ashley Hawkins

          he just really wants to come across as a doe-eyed dark horse. like he is just inches away from gushing over himself, “you like me?! you really, really like me?!”

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

            Is it weird that I would LOVE to see him pull the Sally Field speech out?

          • Anonymous

            Exactly!  He is so “in character” that it just looks insane.

    • Geno Boggiatto

      His facial expressions reek of disingenuity, and I agree that he has ben trying too hard to play to the cameras in his confessionals.

      His clothes do look well-made and complete, I just don’t get his aesthetic. I personally find it to be rather trashy.

      • Anonymous

        Agreed.

  • http://twitter.com/bravobrett Brett Ashley Hawkins

    I loved Kara’s dress, but I have little respect for look repetition from something in one’s repertoire and NO respect for look repetition from something FROM PROJECT RUNWAY.

  • http://twitter.com/adleredneko Aki

    The men may be winning challenges now, but we all know that at some point Lifetime is going to go “nuh-uh” and a woman will win the whole thing (even if she doesn’t deserve it).  I don’t feel the slightest bit guilty for hoping a man (hopefully Mondo) will win this season.

  • Anonymous

    I’m pretty sure April got the faux-auf over Kara because of her really poor construction.  That’s been a big problem all season.  She could have done herself a big favor and pull back on design elements in order to focus more on clean construction, but she’s just not mature enough as a designer yet for that, I’m afraid.  And I didn’t blame Kara for pulling something out of her memory that she’d done before — with only 6 hours, I’m just surprised more of them didn’t do that (and we don’t really know how many did at this point). 

    I have to admit that I loved Michael’s pink grapefruit dress….but man, I wanted to eat a slice of Mondo’s cantaloupe! Mondo’s was the only dress on that stage that spoke to me in terms of taste as well as color — which is pretty amazing, that he could make me literally salivate over fabric.  That said, Michael’s dress was gorgeously draped; he’s really refined his style since he was last on and seems far more confident with his design abilities.  And he is SO fast, which is a skill that has to be a massive help.  I think the only other person on PR who sewed as fast as he does is Christian; I wonder what he would have done with this challenge?  Probably turned out an intricate couture gown or something. 

    And I definitely got the impression that DVF is interested in hiring Michael.  At least I hope that’s what she wants him for…

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

      Seth Aaron was incredibly fast as well.

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

    Re. Kara’s use of one of her own designs… and Joanna’s Cole’s comment (to April?) about not just doing something she has done before–the judge is DVF, who is still doing the same thing she started doing in the 70s. If ever there was a judge who would be kind to variations on past triumphs, it should be Diane.

  • Anonymous

    I thought the results of this challenge were absolutely baffling . I just flipped though designs on the lifetime site and Michael’s looks a walk of shame dress.  Made out of Polyester satin bed sheets. That were slept on the night before. With a stranger.

    • Anonymous

      I did the same. I just don’t understand the point of a 6-hour challenge. Sewing fast does not make you a good – or interesting – designer. And any challenge that is accompanied by the phrase “the_______in the history of Project Runway, usually turns out to be a dud.

    • Anonymous

      “…with a stranger…” Perfectly captured.

  • Anonymous

    Michael’s dress looked exactly like an evening gown version of this cute little cocoon dress I bought at The Limited, so I almost choked when Isaac said he felt like he saw it before. This win belonged to Mondo for me, as Michael’s was well made but not at all creative. Mila was my second choice.

  • http://twitter.com/taijuuuh Taija HU!

    “Michael’s was more creative than Mondo’s.” Umm, no. It wasn’t. 
    I’m not saying either one was particularly ground-breaking, but using that as a critique was plain silly. 

  • Anonymous

    Can someone feed DVF? And do a hair intervention?

  • Anonymous

    There’s too much fabric covering Rami in that photo. We need more breast meat showing, please.

  • Anonymous

    The problem with this challenge was the ridiculous 6-hr timeline. Naturally, the fastest designer won. That Michael crafted that dress in 6 hrs was astounding. It wasn’t an especially impressive dress otherwise, but I would agree with his win. Mondo is my absolute favorite and the horse I’m backing for the big win, but I thought his dress for this challenge was unflattering, although fine for second place because everything else on the runway was so wretched. Six hours?!?! Why?!?!? What a missed opportunity…especially for the All Stars. I want to see they can do…and they can’t do much of anything in 6 hours, for goodness sake. It’s a test of nothing but speed. And who cares about speed? 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Linda-Harris/1358701372 Linda Harris

    Has Michael ever made a garment wit set in sleeves?

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

    From reading the comments, I feel like people are not getting why Michael won over Mondo. It’s because Miranda Kerr just had a baby when this episode was filmed. She wants to be in something soft and comfortable, with easy breastfeeding access. That is a perfectly valid criteria for selection. If the contestants knew that about Miranda, then Michael made a smart choice in making something that would be comfortable, easy to wear, and wouldn’t require disrobing in order to nurse. I have been there (recently), and my wardrobe selections were vastly curtailed when I had a child under 1 year.  There is something to be said for catering this specifically to the client, irrational Michael-hatred entirely aside.

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

      I missed the nursing requirement and only heard about the gelato inspiration.

    • Anonymous

      I believe Miranda actually said she didn’t think Michael’s dress would work, because she was nursing and couldn’t wear a bra underneath it.

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

      No, she did not like Michael’s because it does not allow her to include a means of preventing leaks. She is not going to breast-feed at an “industry event.” But if she has to have nude nipples she had better have pumped herself dry first. Mondo’s would have worked better for her, but they ignored that preference, and it doesn’t matter because they postponed the show so thoroughly she’ll probably have finished the leaky stage by the time she wears it.

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

      But they weren’t given a full brief about Miranda and those needs in advance, which is why it sucks they were considered in that light.   

      I wish they would have — postpartum clothing is a special set, and it would have been interesting to see the takes on it.

  • Anonymous

    I just want to say this and say this once — I breast fed my only child, a boy, for almost three years between 95 and 97 and got endless amounts of grief over taking it that long.  He needed it — I gave it to him and we both survived it and are the better for it.

     I don’t tune into Project Runway to listen to grade Z models discuss their childrearing needs and preferences. 

    The show needs to get its shit together and stop inviting guest judges that confuse their situations with passing judgment on the clothes — pure and simple. 

    Stupid and unfair challenge, judged by a twit  panel. 

  • Anonymous

    The gays are not the only ones who appreciate a tanked-out Rami.