PR All Stars: Day by Day

Posted on February 17, 2012

Ah, Godspell. How you shaped our ’70s Catholic school childhoods by influencing an entire generation of semi-closeted nuns to pick up their guitars and force us to learn half the songbook. Do they still have guitar masses? Or did all those Birkenstock’d nuns finally drop the veil and head off to the Lilith Fair?

Fun idea for an episode, even if costumers from sea to shining sea were grinding their teeth and yelling at the TV (not at the same time because that would be impossible) for misrepresenting costume design. We’re not theater queens (one of the few stereotypes we fail to embody), bu even we know that costuming and fashion design are two very different practices.

And not to be nasty or anything, but who really cares what the actress thinks about the character? She’s not on the short list of people the costumer should be consulting for opinions.

The drama this episode amounted to the same low-key drama we’ve been subjected to all season: Kara is overwhelmed and cries; Kenley is loud and gets on everyone’s nerves. Actually, she only seems to be getting on Mila’s, Mondo’s and Michael’s nerves – and those three are the sourest of the lot this season. That’s a surprising thing to say about Michael and Mondo, but think about it: most of the workroom whispering and confessional-slamming is coming from those two.

Also, Joanna was in a production of Godspell! The things you learn on this show. Go on, Joanna; sing a couple verses of Day by Day for us!

By the way, she really is an excellent mentor and has managed the insurmountable task of making people forget about Tim for a while.

So congratulations, Mondo. Clear winner, to our way of thinking.

Gotta give Georgina some props. With everything else going on here, she managed to zero in on one execution flaw: that uneven hem. She’s technical in her critiques, which is refreshing because it’s not about coming up with the funniest zinger or most creative use of the word “disco.” She gives real, precise, and very on-point critiques, to our pleasant surprise.

Anyway, we loved this look. It’s theatrical as hell and has that theatre-costuming shorthand for “rich” while still maintaining a boho feel that suits the production. It’s also, to our relief, not another Mondo creation of a high-waisted something or other paired with cartoonishly retro styling. He really broke out of his own box while remaining true to himself. You can see that it moves well and that the pieces can be taken on and off onstage. We’ve opined before that Mondo might be a better costumer than a fashion designer and now we’re utterly convinced of it. He addressed every concern of the production, made something true to the character, and rendered it in a dramatic and memorable way. Anyone stepping on stage in this outfit will command the audience’s attention.

 

And it’s Schmauf Wiedersehen to Kara. We has a sad because we loves her so much.

We agreed with the gist of what the judges were saying: that this was the start of some good ideas, but she didn’t take it quite as far as it needed to go. It looks to us like she realized she wasn’t making something theatrical enough and slapped that big bow on things to bump it up a little. It wasn’t the best choice. Take that bow away and you have the start of a decent costume, but even then, there were choices made that don’t quite fly. This looks a little mature to us; mainly because of the pencil skirt, which seems like a terrible choice for a character who will be singing and dancing across the stage. And despite the jewelry and faux fur stole, it really doesn’t read “rich” in anything approaching a modern way. This is not how young wealthy women dress. This is how old wealthy women dress.

Still one of our absolute favorite of the PR alums, and an extremely talented designer in her own right, but bless her, she just gets too overwhelmed inside the reality TV sausage factory.

 

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

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    • Anonymous

      To me, Kara’s looked more like a outfit for Cruella DeVille. The bow aside, it’s not bad, just not for the mission at hand.

      From the stills I’ve seen of the stage show, Mondo’s looks like a huge improvement on some of the actual costumes from this production of Godspell. Did they actually use his?

      I’ve been humming Day by Day since yesterday; after 4 solid years of singing it in high school, I thought I had forever broken free of that. Goes to show, you can never truly escape from your past, especially if it involves Catholic school.

      • Anonymous

        Cruella DeVille-my thoughts exactly!

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

        Yep. Like the wet cold air of winter, Catholic school gets in your bones and never really leaves.

        • Anonymous

          So incredibly true, and I’m in shock because I’m thinking of sending my middle child to the catholic high school I attended!  Never say never…

      • BerlinerNYC

        I was wondering the same thing. They have been advertising the hell out of that show on NY TV stations, and all I can say is that the commercials make the production look really cheap (“in a chip way”). The show itself might be good, but the commerials make it look like a high school production.

        • Pinup Ghoul

           Chip in a chip way! Aww, you reminded me of how very much I miss Alex and his brilliant PR Toons!

      • Anonymous

        “Cruella DeVille! Cruella DeVille! If she doesn’t scare you, no evil thing will! She’s like a spider waitin’ for the kill [Oh, Cruella] Cruella, Cruella DeVille!”

        Good call – I didn’t think of it, but you’re so right. The only thing Godspelly about it was that the fur wasn’t designed at all – just a hunk of fabric draped around and tied on with a bow. But it still didn’t read Godspell. (Oh, if only that fur had been Dalmatian print!)

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

        There is a photo on the Lifetime site of the actual costume that is being used in the play. They used the jacket, but the dress is gone, replaced by an ugly grey skirt. Alas, everything that made Mondo’s design special was removed. 

        • Anonymous

          Exactly.  They probably had him rework the costume to create more separates, but that grey skirt just doesn’t cut it, rather dull.
          http://www.mylifetime.com/shows/project-runway-all-stars/blogs/project-runway-all-stars-blog

          • Anonymous

            Eek!
            If I was Mondo I would politely decline their offer of Playbill billing because of what they did to that costume.

            • Megan Patterson

               OMG! It looks nothing like it! And that’s not even the actress they said would be wearing it!

            • catflower

              They took Mondo’s rich woman and turned her into crazy bag lady.

          • ‘Becca’lise Deveaux

            OMG that actress went to my high school! I thought she looked familiar!

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

            Ew. Mondo’s look is gorgeous. The translation, not so much. Of course I know nothing about the show. But geez…

        • MilaXX

           It’s on the playbill site as well. I agree it looks a little dull without the dress.

      • Anonymous
        • Anonymous

          Wow. You’re not kidding. There’s hardly any Mondo in there. Thanks for the link.

          • Andrew Fox

            I think the reason they didn’t use the dress is because costumes for special characters (i.e. during their solos) in Godspell are layered over the regular costumes those actors wear when they are only background characters.  Mondo’s dress in that shape would have been difficult to put over the top of anything, especially when that actor’s regular regular costume includes a very full skirt (note that the red corset top she is wearing is actually an exposed part of her regular costume).

            However, I think they could have done a better job adhering to the original design, just adapted to a different shape.

            • Anonymous

              I think they also could have adhered more closely to the original textile designs chosen by Mondo which really made the look. They didn’t just adapt his design for stage wear, they pretty much erased it.–and came up with something much less interesting.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lucía-Gavello/1253586868 Lucía Gavello

        I kept loking at Kara and thinking “Honey, if only you had made a vest like the one YOU ARE WEARING” 

    • Anonymous

      I liked Mondo’s sandals too. Moneyed hippie look.

      • Anonymous

        Such fab stylling for Mondos model, plus the outfit’s perfect balance between thrift store and opulence (that feathered trim was pitch perfect as well as all the fabric choices) made his head and shoulders above the other top two nevermind the bottom two. I also liked the uneven hem strangely. I thought it gave a flowy movement to the dress that suggested a good translation to someone dancing in it on stage.

        Feather overload ruined Kenleys fabulously cut coat Or else that too could have been a contender that would have likely put Michael in the bottom. Cause you *cannot* dance in a theatrical production in anything backless. Bar none that alone sent him into the bottom for me.

        Kara was done 2-3 wks ago. That bow- cheap as it was ans unrelated as it was to the rest of the outfit’s color story- was the touch of death. But it was a death that was long in progress.

        • Anonymous

          This is a great departure from the uber-Mondo outfits.  I hope he explores more of this with future challenges. 

        • Anonymous

          Kara’s styling was enough to send her home. Taking a model with ears like hers and giving her an updo that makes her look like a ginger jar with handles is bloody criminal.
          Mondo’s was the only design that remotely captured the aesthetic of the show. The rest of them all looked like they were designed for a 21st century staging of Breakfast at Tiffany’s or Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.

          • Anonymous

             Thank you for commenting on those ears.  That’s all I could see when looking at that model but I was afraid to mention it because I thought it was some new ultra chic look for models since some of them seem to be just downright unattractive.

    • http://twitter.com/geekgirl69 geekgirl69

      @serenitynow02:disqus I made it through the show without the earwig, but the title of this piece has me singing Day By Day in my head.  Are there any Catholics out there who didn’t have to learn the Godspell songbook?

      • BuffaloBarbara

         Protestants learned it in the 70s, too…

        • Anonymous

          So did the public school suburban kids in Baltimore. And a good 70% of us were Jewish.

          • Anonymous

            90’s  Public school chorus here.  Our director liked Broadway medleys.

      • BuffaloBarbara

         Protestants learned it in the 70s, too…

      • Anonymous

         Oh my  I knew I’d seen it but it was so many years ago.    I thought I remember a song with the title Day by Day – but wasn’t sure that what was running through my head was the correct song.  (though I guess I remembered the whole first verse – even though I don’t think I’ve head this in at least 30 years!)
         

        Day by day

        Day by day

        Oh Dear Lord

        Three things I pray

        To see thee more clearly

        Love thee more dearly

        Follow thee more nearly

        Day by day

        • Anonymous

          Somehow I managed to live through Godspell without ever seeing it…guess I live in a shelter world ;)!

          • Anonymous

            Never saw it either.  :)

        • mhleta

          I loved Godspell and I could probably still sing every word, but I had the album and played it ad nauseum. One of the producers kids went to my school. That play did verrry well by them.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GFRKTKRR6FKE2G4QO4MQNGL6DY Carol

        My college sorority’s finale number in the annual Greek song competition one year was a Godspell medley.  I was the piano accompanist. And I’m a Catholic school product.  Godspell is burned into my brain.  By the way, we won. 

      • Lauren Maier

        Not me!  Although I escaped little else from Catholic school.  :S

      • BerlinerNYC

        I learned it from the 8-track soundtrack my parents played in the car. We weren’t even a churchgoing family, it was just full of catchy tunes. The commercials for the new production show some girl from some Disney Channel show singing “Day by Day.” I’m sorry, but no. She is no Robin Lamont.

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

        My school did not make me learn it. For whatever reason, they showed us Jesus Christ Superstar.

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

          Mine too. I knew J.C. Superstar inside and out. The only thing I know about Godspell is that damn song, which is running nonstop in my head, and has been since last night.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PVIY3NBCZJAJNFWDBCWG2DMKL4 Jen R

            I never learned either in HS, although that could be because I went to a public HS and though I was in the theater dept we never did Godspell. I know Jesus Christ Superstar all the way, though, because my mom had the original cast recording and played it often. My fave was always “I don’t know how to love him”, though I liked Murray Head as Judas and Ian Gillan as Jesus. Powerful stuff.

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

              I forgot about Murray Head playing Judas. He was amazing.

              I’ve never seen the show, but my friends and I all listened to the album until we just couldn’t listen to it anymore. I agree it was powerful stuff. Revolutionary too.

          • Anonymous

            Oh lord, we did ‘em both, but only Godspell in the folk masses. JCS was for “discussion.” All the girls (of course it was only girls) thought JCS was much cooler and we all thought we could sing like Yvonne Elliman. We were sadly mistaken.

        • Anonymous

          Oh, we saw/heard that, as well. But it required permission slips from parents. Superstar was the cast album I bought, however. Play ANY phrase from that album and the next few bars appear in my brain.

        • Anonymous

          I went to a public school, but we played the hell out of the Godspell score in our choir. I actually used “On The Willows” as one of my audition songs to get a music scholarship at college visits! Still remember all the words to “Turn Back, O Man” and have been singing it since yesterday. Go away, earworm!

      • Melvis Velour

        So did anyone who went to a Quaker School – after a moment of silence, of course…

      • Anonymous

        Godspell must have been way too hippy dippy for my Catholic schools, never learned any of the songs. Did really enjoy the rocks masses at the local church when I went to college, still no Godspell. Maybe they were all burned out by the 80s & 90s or my midwestern state was a little too conservative.

      • Anonymous

        Yes. Fortunately I’d escaped Catholic school by the time that show arrived.

      • Anonymous

         It came along after I had graduated.

        I have a dim memory of seeing the movie in the theater when it first came out, then I went with my now 23 y.o. granddaughter to see it when her senior class put it on in high school.  I’m still not sure what it was all about.

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      As soon as I saw Mondo’s on the runway I knew he had it in the bag.  As a costumer myself, he was the only one who truly addressed the challenge completely.  AND, he got the real sense of the style of Godspell.   Kara’s on the other hand, was the clear loser.  It didn’t say theater, costume, or Godspell in any real way.  She didn’t listen at all when they were told by Stephen Schwartz, that the clothes needed to look found, and cobbled together into an outfit.  She’s a talented lady, but her range doesn’t seem to include these kind of theatrics.

      • Anonymous

        I gasped and thought Mondo should win, but I’m still having trouble predicting how the judges are going to react. I know we’ll get to Austin’s and Michael’s but I thought they were both hideous! I mean what do the Chiquita banana woman and a Hershey’s Kiss costume have to do with Broadway?

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

           Michael’s outfit, though delightful, was neither for the this show, nor for the stage at all, really.  He totally missed the challenge. Not a bit of what he did reflected the “found garments” part of the challenge.  Austins, was only just barely separates.  And all that black, though shiny, would have read badly onstage.

          • http://twitter.com/IamDaBee Antonija Mitt

            Yes!  Black, especially matte black like jersey or velvet, just sucks up the light and makes you look like a big stump or a shadow.  (Tidbits I learned from Sweet Adeline days…) 

        • Anonymous

          I absolutely agree with you about Mondo’s design for this challenge, and also with not knowing which way the judges will go in judging. 

          Mondo got that his job was to design a costume, and I loved it as soon as his model walked out-it really does have the feel of the late 60’s and early 70’s, but with a richness in that jacket.

          I’m not sure why the judges responded so well to Michael’s design. If anything it looks a bit like a whacked out chorus girl to my eyes.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GFRKTKRR6FKE2G4QO4MQNGL6DY Carol

        While watching the runway portion I kept thinking “did anyone besides Mondo make a mental checklist of what was actually required to fulfill this challenge?”  Most of them seemed much more concerned alternately with “staying true to who I am as a designer” and “I hope the judges see that I’ve gone outside my comfort zone.”  As far as putting on the costume onstage, did Michael assume the actress would have a team of stylists to do the job? 

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

           Amen, Carol.  Michael’s was cute but WRONG, so wrong.

          • Anonymous

            The first thing I thought of with his is how are they going to put that top on her on stage? She’d have to be topless at some point!

          • Anonymous

            I hated Michael’s. As a party dress, loved it. As a stage costume for a rich, scheming character in a Broadway musical, hated it.

        • Anonymous

          This!  Like x 100!  Looking at dress after dress coming down that runway, I kept wondering “Was ANYbody listening to the instructions?”  Then Mondo’s came out and I knew he had it in the bag!

      • Anonymous

        Totally agree on Mondo … except I think Kenley, based on a strict meeting-the-challenge point of view, missed the mark even more. She gets a lot more leeway because her construction is fantastic.

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

           I was surprised that she got so much praise for her coat, which though it was cut well, was rather limp looking.  And the pairing of those two textiles together was pretty tragic.  And the feathers?  just no.

          • Anonymous

            Right??

            And think stagewear: it’s a big “whuuuut … ?” Imagine if you saw that on any stage. Bizarre, lifeless feathers in an outfit and prints that just wouldn’t translate.

            • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

               From 30 feet away, that feather trim will read like flat fake fur.  And the two patterns will clash something chronic.  Any way you look at it, Kenley’s effort was wrongheaded.

        • Anonymous

          I don’t know. I don’t think Kenley’s worked at all, but to my eye it sort of met the challenge. She was going for a glad rags mixing of pieces, putting together different things you’d find in a free box; the feathers are very much in character for this kind of thing (think Janice Joplin in her boa), and the idea of the jacket (if not the result) was right. The specifics were off (especially the pencil skirt), and the whole thing wasn’t successful, but the overall concept–what she was trying to do–was close.

          • Anonymous

            Exactly what I thought. Only you said it much better!

      • Anonymous

        Recovered costumer here, and you’re absolutely right. Only Mondo totally “got it.”

        Also, did anyone else have a flashback to the season 1 rock singer challenge and Austin revisiting his Marie Antoinette look?

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

           OMG I completely forgot about that.  Good thing for Austin the panel wasn’t Nina, Michael, and Heidi, they would have torn him a new one.

        • http://twitter.com/IamDaBee Antonija Mitt

          Oh you are right!  In fact–that outfit he made in the blue and white would have been much more suited to this challenge rather than the black. 

        • http://profiles.google.com/marteani Barbara Guttman

          It was much more “Little Bo Peep” than Marie Antoinette.

          • Anonymous

            But as I recall, Austin invoked marie Antoinette in season 1 when he was “selling” his design.

            • http://profiles.google.com/marteani Barbara Guttman

              He may have claimed it for his inspiration, but it failed to come across as that in execution.  He could just as easily have said his inspiration was Cinderella for all the two were connected.

      • Anonymous

        Okay, here’s what a T Lo head I am (and a Kiltd fan): when the challenge was announced, I thought, “Oh, this is right up Kitld’s alley.” totally agree with your take. I was honestly surprised Mondo nailed it as well as he did. I think that’s the kind of growth we want to see on All Stars. I don’t expect these designers to significantly alter their aesthetics to please the judges, but it is good to see them stretch their creative muscles in way they haven’t been asked to before.

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

           First up, the fandom feeling is entirely mutual Anathema.  And its a funny thing, I had been talking with a buddy the day before and I mentioned I thought Mondo was a likely win for this challenge due to his fearlessness, and skill at pattern mixing and shape mixing.

      • Anonymous

        Mondo has an edge in this sort of thing because he’s designed for shows before. He did the costumes for the Arvada Center’s production of Hairspray last year and I must say they were pretty fab.

    • Anonymous

      I really loved Mondo’s model’s hair.

      • http://twitter.com/abitabite abitabite

         Me too… it is so evil-step-mother-from-a-disney-film fabulous.

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

      Mondo’s model looks like she stepped out of a painting by Gustav Klimt

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

         Wonderful assessment, and spot on, too!

      • Anonymous

         Exactly what I said when I saw her walk out.

      • Diana Ye

        Good eye! Maybe that’s why I like his design so much. If you’re going for boho opulence, the colors and patterns of a Klimt painting are a pretty damn good inspiration.

      • Anonymous

        Yes indeed, specifically Judith 1 and Adele Bloch Bauer 1.

      • P M

         You hit the nail on the head :)!

      • P M

         You hit the nail on the head :)!

      • http://www.facebook.com/julia.mills Julia Mills

         I was just going to post that!  Art nerds FTW

      • Vincent Dall

         Agreed, but how does it make it appropriate for the character in Godspell as described by the show’s creator and the actor performing the role? The diaphanous beauties that Klimnt paints are not greedy or money-hoarders. (Note here that I’m going simply on the info provided by the show, since I’ve never seen, and probably will never see, Godspell.) Austin’s seemed far more design-appropriate. But then maybe I’m just confused: I never quite understood the parameters of the challenge and the resultant looks – and how they were evaluated – didn’t clarify much. The three top designs seemed to all be costumes for completely different musicals.  

        • Anonymous

          No, Austin’s was for another show. Mondo’s looked closest to Godspell Don’t get distracted by the Klimt comments — yes, with that model’s hair color and the styling, and the colors in the fabrics, etc., she looked Klimty. But that’s an aside. Mondo’s was far more Godspell than anyone’s; Austin’s was costumey, but not for Godspell.

      • Anonymous

        My reaction precisely!

      • Anonymous

        Exactly! Fabulous hair to perfectly finish the costume.

      • Anonymous

        Mondo’s got a good model, and she’s a good match for his style. Other pairings aren’t so successful. I almost miss the model selection from the old days.

      • Anonymous

        Exactly right!

    • Anonymous

       You can see that it moves well and that the pieces can be taken on and off onstage.

      Once again, I was surprised at how many of the designers completely ignored the fact that this was going to be worn on stage.

      That’s on of the reasons that Mondo was the clear winner in my mind the minute his model walked out on the runway.  And he absolutely nailed the mix of “rich woman” and “thrift store finds”.

      I’m not all that surprised that Kara was auf’ed, but I was really expecting it to be Mila.  Kara’s may not have read wealthy young woman, but Mila’s didn’t read “wealthy” at all.

      • Anonymous

        Indeed.  Mila’s was a complete mystery to me.

      • Anonymous

        I think Mila squeaked by based on her body of work. Kara was getting the loser edit from minute one of the show.

    • Anonymous

      so glad mondo won & he did deserve it. 

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      Side comment:  Mila’s choice of hair and makeup for her model could not have been less flattering to her. OUCH. 

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

        Mila went completely off the rails with this one. I would have totally understood if she’d been eliminated.

        • Anonymous

          I know. I’m surprised they complimented her faux fur wrap, it looked like a big white blob. Nothing theatrical about the look at all.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tristan-Robin-Blakeman/732277006 Tristan Robin Blakeman

      Mondo’s was a good one, alright. I actually preferred Austin’s – more theatrical and over-the-top fun – but Mondo winning was acceptable.
      When we saw Godspell, this costume WAS NOT in the production. Maybe it’s going to be used in a road company production? The character they were designing for wore a gold fringed “shimmy” skirt and sequin blouse with big Doc Marten’s.

      • BuffaloBarbara

        Which number was this one?  It’s been so long since I’ve seen the show–I’m thinking “Turn Back, O Man,” but nothing in it really screams “rich bitch.”

        (In the matter of not wearing the costume, maybe they had to wait until after the episode aired? Or maybe it didn’t work in practice, though I’d think they’d have had to make a promise to use it after all the publicity they got.)

        • Rebecca Zmarzly

          Part of the prize was the winner getting his/her bio in the program, so I’m sure they had to wait until after the episode aired to use it.

        • Anonymous

          Turn Back O Man is more the sultry temptress than the rich bitch. (I did Turn Back O Man in my high school production, red feather boa and all. :)) I think this character’s story is rich woman brags about how pious she is for giving so much/humble poor woman gives less but gives all she can…? I’m not sure it corresponds to a musical number. But I could be wrong.

        • Cathy S

           I saw a posting about this on the broadwayworld.com boards (okay I googled): “Actually, the
          design has been used! It’s used on Lindsay, right before Bless the Lord.
          They only took the jacket from the design, probably because she needs
          to get the costume on and off so quickly. :)”

    • BuffaloBarbara

      I wouldn’t have minded a consult with the actress if they’d asked her questions that were relevant to the challenge.  How do you need to move in this?  Can you demonstrate a little of the choreography so we can see if you’re going to trip over the hem or flash the audience at some point?  Talking about her interpretation of the character wasn’t particularly enlightening for anyone.  The only thing that made less sense than having the regular actress commenting in the intro was having an actress from a totally unrelated show on the judging panel.  I’d have liked to have seen a costume director, or at least the director, sitting on that panel, since they’re contractually stuck with the outcome when it comes to visually planning out the scene.  (That said, the one they chose is probably the one the director would have chosen–easy to move in, striking, easy to assemble on stage.)

      Mondo’s and Austin’s were the only ones that really seemed to be “big” enough for the stage (yes, some of Austin’s details would be lost in the back row, but so would some of Mondo’s–both costumes had shapes and colors distinctive enough to make the character pop).  Both would read “rich”, and both looked like they could be assembled from the thrift store collection.  Kenley’s coat would have worked, and the colors were bright enough to pull off the distance, so I’d have put her in third place, but it wasn’t enough.  When it came to Austin vs. Mondo  here, I think it would have boiled down to “What is the image of the whole show, and which costume fits it better?”  I hope the director agreed with the choice, but alas, we’ll never know.

      Kara’s looked like a bad entry in a regular week, with the bow tacked on to make it look “costumey.”  Didn’t show a good sense of the line between the two.  It was time to go, though Mila’s was arguably as bad.

      We get to see all of the other special wins challenges–billboards, magazine shoots, etc.  But somehow, we missed getting a number in Mondo’s costume to show how great it worked.  Does this mean it didn’t work well in the show, or just that it was too expensive for the rights?  (How about a still, guys?)

      In all, of various Broadway shows, Godspell seems an odd one for this challenge.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OSYAJATXUH3QX7ZDDF52GXG4PU Janie R

        I just went on the Godspell Broadway website, and there is a character wearing the jacket, but not the other pieces. What she has on underneath is kind of a dark and dreary color. Linsay Mendez I think is the actress’ name. Someone came up with a hat to match.

        • BuffaloBarbara

          I think they may end up regretting that–PR has a lot of fans in the area, and they may have people who wouldn’t otherwise have come just coming to see Mondo’s costume, and being disappointed that it’s not there.

      • Anonymous

        I agree with just about everything you say, including that Godspell is a somewhat weird fit — but I guess they were a little limited to what was in pre-production during their filming period (AND was willing to be involved with reality TV, which I’m sure is not everyone in the theater realm). However, even though odd for fashion designers, Mondo for one “got it” and succeeded WAY beyond his competition in terms of meeting the challenge. Austin’s look was interesting, but completely hopeless for anyone who wants to move or who has so much as A-cup boobs.

        • Anonymous

          Yes. I was thinking that Austin’s model was probably the only person on Earth who could wear the top.

      • http://twitter.com/IamDaBee Antonija Mitt

        Good point about the actess/judge.  I, too, thought it was odd that the guest judge wasn’t from the Godspell production, either the composer (since we was around to announce the challenge) or the costume director or even the actress who was to wear the final garment. 

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

      Mondo’s was great! Glad he won, but sad for Austin. I loved his, too. I am sorry for Kara, because I thought Mila’s was worse looking, but the thing that I think did her in was that Mila always has impeccable construction (those pants!) and Kara had some problems there this week. Also, I kept thinking how immobile and stiff even the model looked in that getup, and couldn’t imagine anyone performing in it.

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

        I’m so glad we no longer have to look at the pissy face on Kara’s model. She could make the most beautiful dress look bad.

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

          Yeah, stiff, immobile, AND pissy. Crappy model combo, for sure.

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

      I cannot wait till you rip Mila’s look, which was a clearer loser to me. 

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

         I thought the jacket was nice, and I could see she was trying to do something different with the skirt…but it looked like a little girl playing dress up with some crepe paper and mommy’s jacket.

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

      I cannot wait till you rip Mila’s look, which was a clearer loser to me. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OSYAJATXUH3QX7ZDDF52GXG4PU Janie R

      When I saw Mondo’s walk out I knew he had the win. To me it was the only stage-worthy piece up there. It just looked like Godspell too. Good for him!
       
      Kara’s looked like something out of a dress up box for little girls. It wasn’t cohesive, and how could anyone dance around in a pencil skirt?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OSYAJATXUH3QX7ZDDF52GXG4PU Janie R

      When I saw Mondo’s walk out I knew he had the win. To me it was the only stage-worthy piece up there. It just looked like Godspell too. Good for him!
       
      Kara’s looked like something out of a dress up box for little girls. It wasn’t cohesive, and how could anyone dance around in a pencil skirt?

    • P M

      Erm, Kara’s costume was for the WRONG show. Guys and Dolls, maybe maybe, but definitely NOT Godspell. I know next to nothing about the show, and even I can tell that. 

    • P M

      Erm, Kara’s costume was for the WRONG show. Guys and Dolls, maybe maybe, but definitely NOT Godspell. I know next to nothing about the show, and even I can tell that. 

    • Anonymous

      After last week’s travesty I had low expectations but this episode redeemed the show somewhat. The challenge was great and the judges’ rankings were understandable. I think Kara went home because while Mila’s might have been worse, this was Kara’s best showing and it was totally wrong for the challenge. Mondo did wonderfully and while Austin and Michael had good costumes, Mondo’s is the only one I could see being put on the actress while onstage.

      • Anonymous

        Agreed. I almost didn’t watch at all because I was still feeling bitter about last week but I’m glad I did. Very enjoyable. It helps that the contestants seem to get along much better than in regular seasons and that Joanna and the judges are constructive with their comments.

        • Anonymous

          Agree totally about the judges.  Just compare the way this episode was judged with the “stilt walker” episode from last season.  In that challenge, they had to design costumes for the gals on stilts, and then the judges downgraded the “costume-y” entries and picked the ones that looked most like (ugly) real clothes.  This time, while people may have quibbles about exact placements, everyone seems pretty happy with the logic behind the judging. 

    • Anonymous

      After last week’s travesty I had low expectations but this episode redeemed the show somewhat. The challenge was great and the judges’ rankings were understandable. I think Kara went home because while Mila’s might have been worse, this was Kara’s best showing and it was totally wrong for the challenge. Mondo did wonderfully and while Austin and Michael had good costumes, Mondo’s is the only one I could see being put on the actress while onstage.

    • Kate McCain

      OMG, I just thought of what Kara’s dress looked like- something of Logan’s (from the LA season of PR)! It was kind of slutty secretary, no?

      Mondo’s was the clear winner- more than anyone he truly created a character, one who, when she walked on stage, would be instantly understandable. That coat was a masterpiece. 

      • Anonymous

        Logan of the silver pants? I can totally see that!

    • Anonymous

      Mondo was head and shoulders over all the other contenders. And what fabulous styling. 

      The judging this season has been so refreshingly on point…almost never snarky or mean or inexplicable. I know this is sacrilege, but would love to see this team replace Nina and Michael. I don’t think I’ve screamed at the judging panel once all season and am enjoying the runway portion so much more than I have in years.

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

        That’s not sacrilege to me. Nina and Michael haven’t been worth crap for the last couple of seasons. Nina has completely sold out. It’s like she’s been possessed by an alien who’s the exact opposite of Nina. Not only would the original Nina not have cooed over Josh’s tacky-ass clothes last season. She would have sent daggers at him to kill him on the spot. And Michael has become a parody of himself. He’s always been good with the quip, but he also used to give real, actual, usable advice. Isaac and Georgina have been a welcome change.

        • Anonymous

          I miss the pre-sellout Nina. And MK-way too much time in the sun for that man.  I occasionally find myself bitching at Isaac Mizrahi for his nitpicking, but I have found Georgina to be a pleasant surprise as a judge.

      • Anonymous

        I completely agree about the judging.  They are SO much better.  And I’m loving Joanna Coles – her tips on her mentoring are spot on.  Love it.

      • Anonymous

        I’m with you. More than once I haven’t been sure who’s in the top and who’s in the bottom because they are complimentary and constructive with everyone. It does make watching so much more enjoyable.

    • Anonymous

      I have to say, I thought Austin’s was worse than Kara’s. However, with the bottom three they chose, this was clearly the worst. The bow, to me says, “I miss my kids and am ready to go.”

    • Lattis

      I will miss Kara’s beautiful melodious voice.

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

         I’m liking this because I think you’re being ironic. I like Kara but she could be incredibly annoying.

        • Anonymous

          Yeah.  I feel bad saying this because she seems like a nice person, but the whining was really getting on my last nerve. 

      • Anonymous

        Melodious is not the adjective I’d use for her voice, as sweet as she seems. When she told her model the character was a rich person who takes from the “poo-ah,” I couldn’t help but laugh.

      • Anonymous

         I’ll miss the voice of a fellow South African, but “melodious” is not what comes to mind!

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

      Joanna’s production of Godspell must not have been much like the Broadway revival, since she is the one who suggested a pencil skirt to Kara.
      I am assuming that the actress told them a few more things about the character, i.e. the entire interview was not presented. But I am not sure that Mondo’s outfit could be put on an actress onstage unless she was naked to begin with. I see that as a problem. Also, it would look best on a tall, willowy woman, and if the actress were short and stocky  it might not be as effective. The colors would look wonderful on a black woman, though, like the actress they interviewed (who apparently played a different character after all–on the website she is wearing a man’s vest with leopard print leggings, not likely to be the rich woman’s outfit).
      I do think it’s a pity that the “prize” for this and the Piggy challenge could not be awarded due to the postponing of the airing of the show. You would think they would edit out references to a prize that was never awarded.
      Grump, but I do love Mondo’s look.

      • Anonymous

         I think Joanna suggested a pencil skirt to Mila, not Kara.

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

          Hmmm… I remember Kara saying she was going to do a maxi skirt and then Joanna steering her to pencil. But she may have also suggested it to Mila. Odd.

        • Anonymous

           Oh, you’re right. I, too, thought Joanna had suggested it to Kara. But looking back, I remember thinking, “Oh, Mila doing something not mod and fitted, that will be interesting to see.”

        • Anonymous

          Either way it’s interesting that she balked when Kara mentioned doing a maxi skirt, when Mondo’s look involved a maxi dress.

    • P M

      Ya know what just occurred to me? Mondo may one day perhaps become a costumer for Tim Burton. His style certainly would appeal to the Burton aesthetic.
      Though Mondo is definitely more diverse. 

      • http://twitter.com/IamDaBee Antonija Mitt

        Yessssss…they both certainly like their checks and stripes! 

    • Anonymous

      Bet Mondo’s model wishes she’d had a pedicure before the show. Loved his look.

    • Anonymous

      Mondo’s was just so perfect for Godspell and nothing else even came close to looking like it belonged in the show. Amazing job by Mondo, really. I just want to see it on the actress now.

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

      I didn’t even realize this was Mondo’s challenge until he started talking about how he saw the character in his head. I loved the smoking jacket as a jumping off point. His was the best look on the runway.

      Kara just couldn’t pull it together this time around. I’m thinking her problem was that the show has changed so much since season 2. Yeah, she’s emotional and falls apart easily, but the insanely short amount of time the designers have to complete their challenges could make anyone fall apart. They don’t even get to work until midnight anymore. They have to be done by 10:00 or 11:00. And I doubt they get to start any earlier in the day.

      I’m glad Mila was saved (although that was one seriously auf-able look), but I felt bad for Kara. I wanted her to do well, but she just flamed out.

    • Anonymous

      I loved that Austin was doing hair and makeup for Kenley.  Did you hear her tell Austin that the curlers had to come out after the trip to Mood…

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

         Kenley can be very ditzy-sweet, in small doses. She’s like the crazy cousin who sends you great gifts, but you don’t want to visit her more than twice a year.

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

        What really cracked me up about her going out in curlers with that thing on her head was that she actually had it with her. Of course she did. You never know when you’re going to get a roller set and have to leave the house.

        It reminded me of a pet peeve my father had. He used to come home from the grocery store with my mother, ranting about all the women he saw with curlers in their hair. “You should never go out with curlers in your hair. You’re not fooling anyone with that rag you have on your head!” It was a family joke, but the bigger point has stuck with me to this day – there’s no need to leave the house looking like hell. That man was dapper to the end.

        • Anonymous

          Oh yeah – curlers anywhere but in the house or back yard was definitely faux paux.   My Dad used to rant about women smoking on the street too.

          I swear, tho’, the first thing that came to my head when I saw Kenley was I Love Lucy.

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

            I also thought of Lucy.

            I didn’t immediately realize there were curlers under that thing, and I was marveling at how ridiculously hilarious it was.

          • Anonymous

             Lucy was way before rollers.  Lucy was a pin-curl set, with bobby pins.  Much more close to the head.  My mom used to set her hair in bobby pins and fold a bandanna diagonally until it was maybe 4″ wide then wrap it around her head and tie it in front.  See Rosie the Riveter.  It was a Saturday night ritual for her to set my hair in pin curls in preparation for church the next morning.  Oh, how I hated having that done and hated the resulting frizzy look.  I was in junior high when roller sets became popular, along with teasing your hair, and I did a total turnaround from those ugly pin-curl sets.

            • Anonymous

              PIN CURLS!  Oh my gosh, I forgot about those!  Mum used to pin curl her hair a couple of nights a week. (This was in the 60’s) I didn’t get the pin curl treatment often (though my sister did hold my little brother down once and I pin curled his hair, but I digress…).  She used curlers on me.  The thing I really, really hated was the Toni at-home perm (which twin has the Toni?).  I so wanted curly hair but my stick straight mop would have no part of even a slight wave.  Even the Toni didn’t last long.

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

              Pin curls. Ack! I still have flashbacks of cosmetology school and my continuous, and never conquered, struggles with pin curls.

              RE: straight v. curly hair. I have curly hair, so of course, I wanted straight hair. My sisters used Curl-Free on me once. My entire scalp broke out in raised rash. After that we just ironed it. When I was in high school, I slept on rollers a couple nights a week.

              Geez, the things we went through for our hair was ridiculous. I’m now at peace with my hair, and let it do whatever the hell it wants.

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

              I thankfully came along LONG after those days, but I KNOW my mother would never have set mine in pin curls — for one thing, she’s not a fan of curly hair having it herself, but unless I want a ‘fro, pin curls and I do not mix.  Mine just holds curl FAR TOO WELL.

        • Anonymous

          “You never know when you’re going to get a roller set and have to leave the house.”

          Bwahahahah!

          Not having even *owned* rollers in decades, this summation struck me as hilarious.

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

            I know! It’s kind of nutty, isn’t it? And so completely Kenley.

      • Anonymous

        I noticed! I can not believe how patient Austin has been with Kenley; considering she blurts like toddler on occasion.
        Maybe he’s just getting close enough to administer medication.  Thats nice.

      • Anonymous

         And he seemed to do it so well, not hesitating for a minute.  Does he have any background as a hairdresser?  I’d love to know how that little scene came about.  Was it Kenley asking Austin to do her hair because he did his so well?  Or did Austin say, “Let me do your hair so it actually looks good for once”?

        Back in the day all us girls set our hair on big rollers on Saturday afternoon to prepare for that evening then tied a big bandanna around our heads if we had to go out.  What amazes me is that we actually slept with those things all over our heads.  I got to be quite adept at it.

    • Anonymous

      I didn’t understand why no one involved with the production was a guest judge.  Mabye I wasn’t paying attention, but the guest judge was just an actress who wasn’t even in the show, right?

      • Anonymous

        “Just an actress” happens to be a MAJOR star, with two Tony Awards, a 14-year Broadway veteran.  
        Why would she have to be in the show?  I’m sure she’s more than familiar with Godspell.
        Her comments were incisive and spot-on.  She turned out to be one of the best judges PR has ever had.  

        • Anonymous

          I’m actually a stage manager who is married to an actor, so calm down alyce1213.  I know a little bit about the theatre business having worked in it for 20 years.  I meant “just an actress” as opposed to also a producer of this production or something.  I can’t imagine the costume desinger or director of a production not having imput on a costume that is being used for their show.

          • Anonymous

            Did my comment appear uncalm, bittersweet73?  Not at all.  As I said, Sutton Foster is very well-known; the producer, director, and costume designer are not, and yes, they are due iNput on a new costume, but they handed it over to PRAS, who picked a famous, highly qualified judge.  And she did a great job.

            • Anonymous

              I never said she did a bad job.  I just said I thought someone from the production should have imput in the decision. I also don’t think just because someone is “well-known” means that they will make a better judge that someone who is actually involved with the production. 

    • Anonymous

      Absolutely agreed with the winner/loser this challenge.  I loved Mondo’s design…boho chic and perfectly suited for this theater production and the era.  The dress portion of his design is quite fashionable and salable in today’s market too.  Austin’s was a gimmiky costume…still good, but not fashion, afaic.

      It was a toss up as to whether Kara or Mila should have been eliminated this challenge..neither caught the essence of the character.  Based on previous challenges, I agree that Kara was the logical schmauf.  It was quite basic.

      Funny that TLo mentioned the guitar singing nuns dropping their veils.  Early 70’s that was my former 6th grade, guitar wielding, Catholic school, teacher.  She mysteriously disappeared at the end of the term…saw her in public soon after, sans habit, and by golly, I’m quite sure she was wearing leather sandals…ha!

      • Anonymous

        Yeah.  My favorite nun dropped her “habit” also.  Actually, my favorite priest left the Catholic Church too.

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

          As did my favorite nun. I still think about her a lot. She had a huge affect on me and how I saw the world.

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

          My favorite priest wasn’t a priest when I met him — he’d already left the church to marry and produce my best friend.  Her dad was one of the last to get papal approval to leave the priesthood for marriage apparently.  His mother (uber-Catholic Italian immigrant) was NOT pleased.

          And to make it an even better story, they met because he was coaching at the college she was attending, while 13 years her senior!

          But they’re still married, and we used to have the best theology discussions — she had a master’s in theology as well — at their house in high school.  Yeah, we were an odd bunch of kids:)

      • Anonymous

        We must all be the same age!! In the early 70s, I was 10 years old, and suffered through many many versions of Day by Day by our nuns. Groan!!

        • Anonymous

          I had the same thoughts about our ages…I spent many a Sunday in the 70s at our Catholic church/school’s guitar masses, which were held in the parish’s more casual venue, the gym. Along with Godspell, we sang Beatles songs with the lyrics reworked. “Hey Jude” became “Hey Mary.”

          • Anonymous

            “Are you going to Mass-in-the-gym?”

            The tried *really* hard to name it “Youth Mass” or  “Family Mass,” but it was eternally “Mass-in-the-gym.”

            Based on my last trip home, 35 years later it still is “Mass-in-the-gym,” though there are fewer guitars.

            • Anonymous

               we called it “folk mass” …it was the most popular service too…SRO.  XD

    • Anonymous

      Are those pins through the bow or did Kara just staple it on?  

      Kara hasn’t made one memorable garment this season; I can’t imagine what she was even invited after her debacle on AOTL.  Kara has snoozed through his whole season, so even though Mila made a horrible mistake, it was clearly Kara’s turn to go. Right call, judges.

      • Anonymous

        As horrible as Kara’s “costume” was, I couldn’t help but stare at the pins or gigantic stitches on the silver bow!

      • Anonymous

        kara alternated between snoozing and having a nervous breakdown.

    • Anonymous

      I was concerned that Mondo’s look was a bit too Helena Bonham Carter cray-cray for the judges (especially the hair), but it was my clear choice for the win. And I’m glad he cut the hem a tiny bit short to show off the jeweled sandals. Yay Mondo!

    • http://twitter.com/mdlnzppl Madeline Zappala

      In this episode, from the judging, it made perfect sense that a Broadway actress would excel as a guest judge. I thought all of her critiques were really astute and showed a deep examination of the clothes and the roll.  I was impressed! 

      • Cathy S

         I thought she did a great job. She seemed to understand exactly what was called for.

    • Anonymous

      I will miss Kara, but I don’t think she’s cut out for competition. When she’s doing her own design thing in her own time, she turns out some fabulous stuff.

      And did anyone else look at Mondo’s and think Klimt?

      • Anonymous

        Initially I was reminded of Leon Bakst, whose Ballets Russe costumes were all about pattern-on-pattern, but now I see Klimt as well. Artnerd here too!

        • Anonymous

           You’re right. Very Bakst as well. Pretty much late Nouveau all the way.

    • Anonymous

      And I will NOT miss Kara’s model with her nasty facial expressions on the runway. 

      • Anonymous

        really, what was her problem?  something stuck up her ass?  and she needs to look into getting those ears pinned back.

    • Shoelover1512

      I obviously was not paying enough attention because I totally missed the part about mix of “rich woman” and “thrift store finds”. But the crazy ass designs seem to make more sense now.
       

    • Anonymous

      I think this is my favorite thing Mondo’s ever shown. I would buy that jacket like bagels.

      Kara’s bow is just … I really thought Mila was going home with her “This week on Russian Dolls” outfit, but that bow. That bow.

    • Anonymous

      I agreed with both the winner and the Schmauf this week. I love Kara as a designer, but the pencil skirt was totally the wrong design for this competition and that bow was not good at all. Mondo’s was clearly the winner and perfect for Godspell.

    • Anonymous

      I remained confused about who the character they were designing for actually was. It kind of came out in bits: she rich. She’s ostentatious, she steals money from people. She’s a bitch. And something about vintage and dressing onstage. Anyway, I wasn’t surprised that there was such a range of interpretations. But I think Mondo got the vibe of what they wanted and made an incredible costume/design.

      • Anonymous

        hopefully they gave them more info in the book that was handed out there in the theater.  of course, having been a teacher, i can testify that there’s no guarantee people read what you hand out.  you’d think, though, they’d be paying attention with the high stakes and all.  i know i would.  

    • Anonymous

      I agree, Kara’s look did have the start of some good ideas. But, what I would like to know is if she really thought that her look was complete. It looks as though she just gave up and tacked that glittery irrigation bag bag on the poor model’s waist. I liked Kara, but just always felt that she was either holding back or was just flat out overwhelmed.

    • Anonymous

      These judges are very kind.  I would love to hear what Nina and MKors would have to say about Kara, Mila and Kenley this episode.  Kenley’s was the best of the bottom 3 but she forgot the rich part.  Her pieces looked like they were picked from a charity clothes bin.  The jacket was nicely styled and made but it couldn’t salvage the whole look.  

      Mondo did a fabulous job.  His whole look including hair and makeup was spot on.  He and Austin were the only two who really listened to the criteria for this challenge.  If Austin had made flowing pants or a long skirt, he might have won but those leggings made the whole look too modern.  He and Mondo actually designed for Broadway.  I don’t know what the others were doing.  This was a show-specific challenge!  Duh.

      • Anonymous

        and kenley’s suffered terribly from those white feathers.  so random, they kind of made the red top and green print skirt go santa claus.

    • Anonymous

      I liked Mondo’s very much and I agreed that he deserved the win. Although she looks more like a rich hippy than a rich bitch. And oddly If I had to guess without watching the show I would have been sure that Jerrell designed this dress. It was certainly Jerrel’s challenge to lose, and strangely he went kind of conservative on this one.
      I agree also with the Aufing of Kara, but only because of past performance. I don’t see ( aside from the fur shut) how this or any  of the others could be dressed on stage. But the judges didn’t address that at all. For a real life costume designer that would be one of (if not the most) important things to consider when designing the costume.

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

        I know. If the actress was to wear Michael’s costume, she’d have to start out nude. How do you “layer on” a top and skirt? Or does the fascinator count as clothing?

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

        I thought you could do Austin’s onstage. He provided the leggings and the other pieces could have a leotard or even tshirt underneath. The somewhat stiff shapes could be adapted to whatever needed to be underneath.

        • Anonymous

          The problem I had with Austin’s is she looks more like “The Fool” character. The big pumpkin shaped skirt, match matchy mini hat perched precariously on the high hair, read like theater shorthand for foolish.  She looks more like Tartuffe.

      • Anonymous

        I wrote almost the same thing about Jerell, far down the comments. My first thought when I heard the challenge was that it should be his to lose. Aaaaand he lost it!  I officially have given up on him, his vision for his work is clearly not what I had constructed in my head. They just had accidental points of agreement.

      • Anonymous

        really, the judges had nothing to do with the production and didn’t seem all that cognizant of the challenge.  two fashion designers, a model, and a random broadway actress, wasn’t that the panel?  i can’t believe the director and costumer would just give up the decision to that group.  and apparently they didn’t use the costume in the play, so there may have been some issues there that we didn’t hear about it.  somebody ask mondo on his website or facebook or something (i’m not too up on social networking.)

    • http://twitter.com/IamDaBee Antonija Mitt

      I was very excited to see this challenge, and you are so right about costumes not be “fashion”.   While our high school never did Godspell (I think it came out the year after I graduated…) we did do a musical review combining songs from Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar, so this took me right back to my hippy-dippy stage crew days. 
      I love Mondo’s look right away.  Rich but Boho/Hippy but in a fresh way.  I thought he was getting the loser edit last night, though, and am very glad he won. 
      I actually liked Kara’s look while watching last night…but it certainly doesn’t read rich hippy bitch–it’s rich Dynasty bitch.  So the decision was the right one, I think.  Kara seems a sweet and hard-working gal, but I never got a strong POV from her.  In watching PRS2, All on the Line and now PRAS, her designs have been all over the place!  Which is why she struggles so.  She hasn’t grown as a designer because I don’t think she knows who she is and what her true esthetic is.  So how can you move forward if you don’t know where you are?  I do wish her well, and I’d love to see more about her family–she has children!! 

      Re: The TLounge last night:  Just wanted to say I’m sending good thoughts and prayers to all that posted about their issues last night.  Sickness and family problems and job issues and all.  It’s amazing how much of a community you’ve created here, gentlemen.  Thanks.

    • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

      I was so worried about Mondo’s look until I saw it on the runway. There’s something really beautiful about it, despite the kookiness of it. I love how the dress under the jacket flowed, and the way the prints looked together. Bizarre and beautiful!

       

    • Anonymous

      even we know that costuming and fashion design are two very different practices.

      Which goes to the problem with the challenge (this happens a lot lately on PR): was it supposed to be a fashiony costume, or costumey fashion, or both? Clearly it was both, but only Mondo got the memo.  Everyone else went too much toward fashion (except Austin, who went too costume; I’m thinking Madwoman of Chaillot rather than Godspell, though). Mondo really was the clear winner not only because he designed something very cool but also because he was the ONLY one who really did find the right balance between costume and fashion. Kara, on the other hand, was too much about fashion. What was she thinking (ditto, Kenley) making a pencil skirt, knowing the clothes would be put on the actor on onstage, and the actor would be dancing and moving around? In a pencil skirt??

      • Anonymous

         I thought that was confusing too- costume or fashion?  I remember when they were constantly skewering Chris March for that.
        Kara’s pencil skirt was on the direct advice from Joanna, maybe Kenley overheard that.
        Joanna’s been exemplary otherwise.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5CM2DUB3RPAOCKY3VEBGDHCJPI Shannon

      Awww, you guys had semi-closeted, guitar-strumming, Birkenstocked nuns in your 70s Catholic schools too? (I think it was Earth Shoes back then). Ours was having an affair with the married lady down the block, whose kids I babysat for. I used to thumb through the copy of “Open Marriage” on their bookshelf. They were good parishioners. And this was in a very small, very conservative Midwest town. I keep trying to explain this era to people, and nobody believes me.

      • http://twitter.com/IamDaBee Antonija Mitt

        Yeah–I can see it.  I was Catholic as a child but went to public shool.  SO I spent my Sat morning and Sundays after mass in catechism classes.  It was fun as we got to mess up the desks of the kids who went to the parish school. 
        Anyway, we had a young priest there who was the best looking man ever.  I’m sure some of the church ladies (and the younger nuns) were getting “private counseling” from him. 

      • Anonymous

        Earth shoes!  I adored Earth shoes!

      • Anonymous

         I had Earth Shoe maryjanes.  I now have Earth Shoe sandals and sneakers.  Once you’ve had an Earth Shoe, you never go back!!!

    • Anonymous

      I like Kara a lot and have a couple of her wrap arounds — I didn’t think her look was the worst of the episode by an stretch but this kind of pressure does her no favours and one starts to see her coming undone as her speech becomes more and more emphatic and elaborate. 

      Mondo seems to have gotten his groove back and what he presented was just really really great.

      I haven’t much enjoyed the challenges this cycle.  The return of “Godspell” bums me out.  It was crap then and it’s crap now. 

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

      So glad that Mondo won! I agree that he totally worked within the confines of stagewear and the character and the overall style of the show. I assumed that Austin and Jerrell would excel at this type of thing. When Jerrell was safe, I wondered who was in the top and bottom.

      Kara, bless her, is one of my favorite PR designers, but it was time to go. She’s been lackluster this go-round, and though I thought Mila’s was worse, Kara has been in the bottom too many times.

      We’ll discuss Michael’s Miss Piggy Costume Part 2 later…

    • http://www.facebook.com/samuel.j.donovan Samuel Joesph Donovan

      I have to say, I have somewhat disliked Mondo after the absurd over-reaction to his S8 loss, but when this walked out, I was STUNNED.  Drop dead gorgeous look–perfect for the theatre, and the show.  I think this season was somewhat designed to give him the win, and if that happens, I will be deeply disappointed–he’s just not that good a fashion designer–but I did completely agree with this decision.

      Rooting for Mila, personally, who hadn’t disappointed me all season until last night.  Also, oddly, Jerell.  And Michael needs to GO.

    • MilaXX

      Even Mondo said Kara took it to the edge, but she needed to push it over the edge. Completely agree with both the win and auf.
      Surprisingly I’m enjoying this group of judges and wouldn’t mind them rotating with the original crew.

    • Anonymous

      Mondo’s reminds me of the piece last season’s winner did for the Avante-garde challenge; styling and all. They have similar aesthetics.

      • Anonymous

        You’re comparing Mondo’s work to Anya’s? Shame, shame on you!

        • Anonymous

          I so agree MoHub!  and, Anya couldn’t sew a sleeve, much less an entire jacket.  Mondo’s jacket was beautiful and well constructed,

    • http://twitter.com/karenwalsh Karen Walsh

      As a musical theater performer and director, I’m so glad to see they chose the right costume for the win!  Mondo hit it out of the park with this one and the outfit really embodies the spirit of what the challenge required.  Way to go Mondo!

    • Anonymous

      From Googling Mondo’s name, it looks like he has experience in costume design for local theatre in Denver.  His outfit was not only striking and moved beautifully and met the requirements for the costume, but he also thought about the character and where the garments would come from.  I was actually touched by his explanation and glad he got his mojo back this week.

      Kara is just not made for this reality-TV thing.  Her charming accent can only take her too far.  Her garment might have appeared in a Broadway show (just not this one).  The sad fact is that many costumes are pretty slapdash when viewed up close.  The audience is too far away and the lighting is deceptive, so the only requirements are that the garment resembles what it is supposed to be and stays together while onstage.  When I was doing theatre in college, we had 2 thread colors in the costume shop – black and white.  And my costumes occasionally did fall off onstage (I once had to step out of a slip behind the couch).

      I think the top 3 in this challenge will be the last 3 standing – Mondo, Austin, Michael.

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

      About Mila, Mondo, and Michael’s sourness

      Mila has always been this way. Very focused, upfront, and not one for messing around when a job needed to be done. From what I’ve heard from Twitter and of course our darling TLO, Mila is actually a very warm person. But as we know, when it comes to competition, Mila is highly competitive without playing dirty. So while she’s never mean she comes across very stern… Bless her.

      I’m a little surprised with Mondo. There were hints of his bitterness and emotional baggage in his season, but he pretty much stayed level headed after apologizing to michael and later coming out as HIV positive. I think losing to Gretchen over absurd judging really hurt him deep down. Like Korto in her second chance, he’s come into this season expecting this to be his redemption. He won’t say it, but deep down he probably feels like this is his big chance to prove the judges wrong, and when he doesn’t win a challenge or place good in it, he looks on the verge of breaking down. I think he’s a shoe in for finals though (at least over jerell and michael)

      And as for Michael… eh. He’s always been this way. Gretchen was just a bigger manipulator in his season so it was harder for the viewers to pinpoint what it was about him that rubbed everyone the wrong way. Watchign this season, it’s clear that he mines drama for personal gain, puts the focus of everything on to himself, and has plenty of double standards. Ask yourself how many times he’s done that annoying home alone face. One too many. Seriously, so many designers from his season had issues with him, Gretchen, April, Andy, Mondo (at first), Ivy, AJ, and even Peach of all people! And I’m sorry, but when darling “don’t show the good china” Peach, who was the most aware of all the contestants the trappings of reality tv (she is a TLO reader after all), says Michael isn’t completely innocent, I’m inclined to believe it.

      Kenley has never been that villainous. Obnoxious and young and naive? Definitely. But aside from cat throwing she’s not a mean person. I think she’s trying harder to be aware of how she presents herself this time. And the girl can’t help the kind of voice she has.

      Jerell just needs to go.

      And Miss Eleanor Roosevelt needs to realize she looks so much better without the pencil mustache thing she’s grown

      (Mila, Mondo, Elenor F3 I’m hopin for)

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

        I kind of want to blame Micheal for Mondo’s negativity. They are both from the same cycle, and they seem to have a rappore, so Micheal turns to Mondo to complain, and Mondo get into that mindset. Once Micheal is gone, I hope Mondo will go back to his loveable self.

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

          I see your point, but Mondo’s a grown-ass man. He doesn’t have to fall into the negativity. Although I don’t think he actually has all that much. I don’t have a problem with two friends complaining about the other designers, no matter which two it is. It’s bound to happen.

          I think Mondo has a lot of empathy for Michael and what he went through during their season. Mondo’s an odd duck in a lot of ways, and I can imagine him having been an outcast when he was a kid/teenager, (I think we saw some evidence of that during season 8), so I think the bullshit Michael had to put with really hit home for him.

          I really like(d) Michael, but he has been a shit-stirrer on All-Stars. Even so, I can’t hate the guy. (Puts on “armchair psychologist” hat) I think he’s emotionally stunted, had a very protected childhood, and is still figuring out how to behave in public. (Takes off hat) I don’t think he’s a bad person though. He’s just very immature.

          To me, Mondo is still lovable. We’re just seeing more of his human, less than perfect side this time around. I actually like that.

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

            Agreed.

        • Anonymous

          Micheal and Mondo are close friends in RL so I doubt it’s Michael that’s causing problems.

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

        No one is completely innocent.  If you can find me anyone who doesn’t have some catty or bitchy or whiny comments to make about someone they are stuck with in a competition, I’ll wear Kenley’s romper from last week.  I think both Mondo and Michael are saying more this season because they’ve become much better friends — remember, that season they’d only known each other a few weeks — and so they say more of that kind of thing to each other.

        I shudder to think how I’d look if some of my conversations with my closest friends were caught on camera.

    • Anonymous

      Remember the post office challenge from season 1?  All the designers understood they were designing something that was both functional and fashionable. That was a cool challenge and produced some great results (and gave us Austin as a model, right?).  This could have been so similar if the instructions had made it clear that the designers had to come up with something that would work functionally as a costume but also had to be fashionable. Austin kind of understood that (but tipped the balance entirely to costume). Even Kenley kind of understood it (but made numerous mistakes). Only Mondo really got it and did it successfully. Everyone else tried to make fashion based on a vague idea of a character. But I don’t blame the designers because I don’t think it was made very clear in the instructions, at least not as clear as it was for the post office challenge.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1663121863 Donna DeVore Metler

        One thing I’m wondering-did the designers get the chance to LISTEN to the Godspell Soundtrack, or at least “Turn Back, Oh, Man”?  I think that might have helped.

    • Anonymous

      Once again Mila was allowed to stay even though her design looked like a streetwalker and that skirt was hideous.  It was about as far removed from the challenge as one could be.  Kara’s was not good, but certainly not as bad as Mila’s.  

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

        My darling favorite Mila has the important ability to stare down a judge with each eye and intimidate them both. A useful skill.

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

          Indeed. She could intimidate just about anyone, but I still want to be her friend.

          • Anonymous

            It’s good to hear (read) that from someone.  I think Mila would be fun and interesting to know. She reminds me a lot of my friend and colleague who owns our small consulting firm, who is focused, professional and not a warm and fuzzy people person.  They even kind of look similar.

      • Anonymous

        That enormous bow was the kiss of death for me. Her uneven construction skills over the season probably helped tilt the judging. Mila usually has impeccable construction. I’m waiting to re-view her look when TLo posts about it. I didn’t particularly like it when her model came out, but I didn’t think *streetwalker* either. Maybe I’ll change my mind…
        But neither one came close to really meeting the challenge.

    • Anonymous

      I gasped when I saw Mondo’s – love love loved it! To me it was one of the few that screamed costume and was especially appropriate for Godspell, but was also fashiony enough to be worn by someone way hipper than me.

    • Anonymous

      I like the way the feathery bits on Mondo’s jacket seem to be trying to escape from the under the jacket. Like there is something insider her dying to get out. I also appreciate how he understood an actor’s need to create an emotional back-story for the character. His look so fit the bill.

      Ah Kara, it was just a matter of time. This wasn’t an awful effort, but you’re better than this. Or you were, anyway. I wondered about the pencil skirt, too, given the need for movement (and wondered why Joanna suggest it). The construction on that thing–which shows in the slit–isn’t great and the bow seals the deal.

    • Anonymous

      Mondo’s was clearly the winner in my eyes, also. I do not understand the Michael love by the judges in either season. In my eyes, he is a better sew-er than some, but not as good as Rami, Mila, Kenley, Austin or Mondo, and a less imaginative designer than any of those left standing. Jerrell, wow! That confused me, too! He should have been gone over that dreadful bathing suit monstrosity. Kara is sweet, but has underwhelmed me this season. Kenley is too repetitive and cannot step out of her box!! So I thnk the last three standing will be Mila, Mondo and Austin.
      I like these judges a lot. I am always amazed at how good Georgina is at judging, when her fashion house sends out clothes that show zero sense of editing. Color me confused.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1129137319 Paula Pertile

      I really don’t want that song in my head all day now. * high school choir room * 

      I do want to know more about the dark place Mondo had to go to to get to that look.

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

      Mondo’s costume was os fabulously hippy and rich. I’d love to wear it for Halloween.

      Goodbye, Kara, finally. I won’t miss your bland designs. I can’t believe you outlasted Rami. Seems unjust.

    • Anonymous

      Congrats to Mondo as one of the only designers who seemed to remember that it was a *theatrical representation* of a rich woman.   In a hippy dippy play, no less.  Looks great.

      Kara has been struggling all season, so it’s not surprise that it was her time to go.  What wealthy woman – of any stripe – would wear a skirt like that?  I like her as well, but she was overdo for a schmauf.  Also, gotta love the recombination of personalities.  Who would have ever predicted that Kara and Kenley would be BFF’s?

      • Anonymous

        Yes, his was the only truly hippy dippy one. Although that wasn’t specified in the brief, unless it was off-camera or assumed that everyone was familiar with the era.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1663121863 Donna DeVore Metler

          Given that the show is the 40th anniversary revival of Godspell-which WAS mentioned even in what was shown on stage, I would think that the designers could subtract :). There’s a reason why Godspell and Hair are often on cover albums together.

    • Anonymous

      Also, was anyone else confused by the editing of the judging last night?   They seemed to be “meh” about most of them, and I wasn’t even sure which were the top and bottom looks.

      • Anonymous

        This is one of the few episodes where it seemed obvious to me who won and who was getting the schmauf from the judges’ comments, and I turned out to be right.  They seemed so in love with Mondo’s and like they’d given up on Kara.    

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, those two were obvious.  I’m thinking mostly about Michael and Kenley, I guess.  Huge OUCH on Kara, though, for the most brutal crit it in awhile.  You just knew she was going home once Isaac said, “It was her best effort, but I still didn’t like it.”  Oof.

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

            Yeah, that comment from Isaac hurt.

            I wasn’t sure about who was in which group either, other than Mondo. But that’s been the case for a good part of this season. I like that the critiques aren’t either/or. I think it’s good that we hear positive and negative comments from the judges.

      • Anonymous

        What I am noticing about the editing of the judging on All-Stars is that it seems more honest.  I’d venture to say that the judging on PR is often not as one-sided as it appears, that there is likely a lot of “I liked this, but I didn’t like that”.  I think we are just getting more of the give and take on AS.

        Also consider that these are “all-stars”, so while the highs & lows may be obvious, the middle of the pack (lower high scores and higher low scores) will be much closer together, and there will be more to say on either side of the equation.

      • Anonymous

        That’s happened to me more than once this season. I think it’s because they are trying to be diplomatic when they criticize, unlike Nina and Michael and Heidi who were very unambiguous when they went for the jugular.

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

          They aren’t just being diplomatic, they’re giving critiques that are actually HELPFUL to growth.  They’re telling the designers what they’re doing well and should emphasize more, and pointing out their weaker areas to help them identify what to work on.  They aren’t just talking about what THEY want to see from the designers but what will improve them as designers overall. 

          I’ve often considered going on the show, and if I could have these judges, I’d do it much faster — it seems like they would give such interesting and useful feedback.

      • http://twitter.com/FashionFollower FashionFollower.com

        I couldn’t tell if Kenley was in the top or bottom, judging by what they told her.

    • Anonymous

      Mondo nailed it perfectly because he didn’t just focus on “rich” and “materialistic”, he was the only designer who remembered what show he was designing for, which I think is Austin’s downfall.  From the fabric choices and layering to that fab jacket, he got it absolutely right (except for the hem).  Excellent job, Mondo!  And he also took into consideration the actress playing the role – not necessarily her opinion, but her coloring and body type – she’s going to look fabulous on stage in this.

      Kara hasn’t made one garment I’ve been impressed with during this competition.  I remember her decoy collection was so fabulous – I just don’t think churning out garments in 24 hours is her thing.  She needed to go a couple of weeks ago.

    • Judy_J

      I knew Mondo had the winning outfit as soon as it hit the runway.  It screamed “Godspell”.

    • Anonymous

      Tlo said:
      By the way, she really is an excellent mentor and has managed the insurmountable task of making people forget about Tim for a while.

      I’m a die-hard Tim Gunn fan, but it’s absolutely true that Joanna has shown herself to be a surprisingly effective mentor. She’s not nearly as maternal as Tim, but she’s objective and extremely helpful with her comments.

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

         I loved how she was really honest with the designers last night. It was so refreshing.

      • Anonymous

        I like her a lot as a mentor also, but she failed in her advice about pencil skirts to Kara and Mila. I wonder if she had the same brief as the designers did about the costume requirements. And wouldn’t Tim have accompanied the designers on their field trip in the old days? That way he heard/saw the same things they did, and it surely helped him as a mentor.

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, good point.

        • Toto Maya

          To be fair, Joanna does have a day job, she has a lot of shit to do. All Tim really had going on was Project Runway. Joanna can’t put her real job on hold to babysit the all stars.

          • Anonymous

            I actually see it as a positive that they have dialed back the mentor role just a bit.  In my opinion Tim got a bit *too* involved in every aspect of the challenges and I think it led to him becoming less critical and more empathetic, offering hugs and personal rebukes rather than honest design crits.  Joanna pops in, fresh from editorializing, and judges everything with a detached eye, then moves on.  (Wow, I’m defending Joanna Coles!  Whodathunk?)

          • Anonymous

            Not really. Unless I’m mistaken (I couldn’t find anything on the web to contradict this), Tim has been Chief Creative Officer at Liz Claiborne since March 2007, and is still there. He also has numerous other projects that he is involved with.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah plus she seems really cool and interesting. Loved the jewelry she was wearing in the workroom!

    • Anonymous

      I don’t think those loose ribbons on the back of Mondo’s design are gonna fly, literally or figuratively. Talk about something someone who’s gonna be moving on stage, next to other castmates, shouldn’t be wearing, Isadora!

      I speak from experience, having had my tap-dancing legs tangled in an overproduced Broadway costume that involved furry leg pieces with big furry balls attached to them. Hopped right off the stage to untangle.

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

        “Isadora”

        Ha! Wait. Is it terrible that I laughed?

    • mrspeel2

      Mondo’s win was absolutely the right choice! Congrats Mondo!! There’s another upside: if the show should happen to close early, I can see Helena Bonham Carter wearing it in a heartbeat!

    • Anonymous

      I’m in the theatre. The costumer almost ALWAYS consults with us about our character. It usually comes from us better than the script or even the director (sadly).

    • Anonymous

      it was definitely kara’s time to go.  design wise, and i could take much more of her whining.  

    • Anonymous

      I’m still confused about what the character actually called for.  Maybe I wasn’t paying close enough attention or maybe it’s because I’ve never seen Godspell, but I couldn’t figure out whether this conspicuously wealthy woman was actually going to be dressed in her own clothes or whether other characters were supposed to be dressing her from thrift store finds.  And given that she stole money, did these people like her or hate her?  Some of the outfits would have been better or worse depending on the answer to those kind of questions.

      That said, Mondo’s look was the only good thing that came down the runway.  It looked more like the Gloria Swanson character in an updated “Sunset Boulevard” but it was still the best thing out there.  Congrats to him even though he does seem to have a strong buzz kill attitude this season.  

      Kara’s had a target on her back for awhile and that’s the only way I can explain her schmauf instead of that searingly awful design of Mila’s.  Kara’s looked a little too Carol Burnett as Mrs. Wiggins, but it was still better than Mila’s which was terrible in every way.

      • Anonymous

        Me too – and judging by how they called Austin’s look “too young” I thought they were going for wealthy old grande dame. It seemed like it was all over the board. Mila made hollywood starlet clothes and Jerell made old lady who lunches clothes. I think Mondo and Austin clearly made the best looks.

      • Logo Girl

        The structure of Godspell is a little odd, but the characters (who I think are largely blank, open to improvisation for individual actors in the show) are usually doing “shows within the show” and acting out Biblical parables. So I am guessing this is for one of those stories, and that the actress would be “dressed up” to be a rich woman in a story about a rich woman, then ostensibly go back to being “herself”. I think.

    • Anonymous

      Thank god Kara is finally gone! Stayed far too long in my opinion, so many dreary, underdone clothes from her this season. I agree about Mondo; he seems to be the only one to capture both the theatricality of the challenge, as well as the themes/ideas/designs of the production itself. I also wonder if his uneven hem wasn’t intentional. It didnt’ bother me (of course, it wasn’t at my eye-level), but it’s also very practical for someone who will have to move a lot, and vigorously, in the production. He also nailed the hair and styling

    • Anonymous

      Loved Mondo’s. He always thinks the look through completely, head-to-toe styling, and the garment coming and going. When he was melting down mid-show, my husband said, this signals he will pull out a win to me. I never fail to be impressed at his ability to mix disparate prints. I agree (as someone else posted here) that his theatrical costuming background here in Denver gave him some chops. He’s also another designer who started out without money and shopped at thrift shops, remaking clothes from his finds. Here’s a link to an interview he gave a Denver indie newspaper back when he was originally on PR:
      http://www.westword.com/2010-07-29/news/designer-mondo-guerra-plans-to-make-a-splash-as-denver-s-first-contestant-on-project-runway/
      Although he mentions his plans to leave Denver in the article, he is still here, and I hope to go to one of his events sometime. I know he collaborates with charities to raise money.

      • Anonymous

        You hit on something. Mondo and Kenley have both spoken of wearing vintage/used clothing. I think the thing that makes Mondo more interesting is that he took those used clothes and fashioned something new. They were a springboard toward creativity and design, whereas Kenley wore the looks more as-is. In her designs, she mixes retro and modern (such as vintage prints in a more modern silhouette), but her looks can be slavishly retro and not unique, and Mondo’s designs are more identifiably his own.

      • Anonymous

         It was interesting that he said he has to go to a dark place and then he can get in his groove.  Can’t recall the exact quote, obviously. 

        • Anonymous

          It certainly made us all wonder what he means by this. All creative persons sometimes have to “make it work” under trying circumstances; we would be intrigued at the methods people use. I have some *psych my mind* tricks of my own =)

    • Anonymous

      It was refreshing that no one complained about the challenge…i.e. “What’s Godspell?” “That’s before my time.” “What the ef do I know about Broadway.” 

      I think this is one of the things that makes All-Stars refreshing. Less drama, more work. The contestants are much more professional.

      • Anonymous

         I shudder to think of the atrocities that would have come out of Josh’s mouth and sewing machine on this challenge…

    • Anonymous

      Love Mondo’s!

      On his irritation with Kenley. I think they are doing there best to make it seem there is true irritation there when its not. There have been enough goofball smiles between both of them and in his talking head last week the way he said he expected her to be loud and obnoxious and she was loud and obnoxious sounded more like a brother talking about a baby sister. More of a, yeah she is annoying, but she’s my baby sister and my annoyance and I love her. 

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

      I’m right there with Mila, Mondo, and Michael.  Kenley and Kara doing all that dancing and throwing the fabric around.  I might have finally lost the urge to whisper behind their backs and screamed at them to shut the frack up.

    • Anonymous

      My one complaint about this show is that we don’t get to see enough of Joanna in the workroom. I’d like an 1-1/2 format, or less crap at the runway and more footage from the workroom.

    • Cathy S

      I’ll miss Kara, but I had a feeling she was out of there from the beginning. I love how Mondo used the idea of the character’s father’s smoking jacket. That was just awesome.

    • Anonymous

      I think Mondo IS a great fashion designer, albeit one with a theatrical flair who approaches fashion like performance art (which comes through not only in his design work but also his personal style) rather than one in the mold of say, Michael Kors or our little Christian, who has their finger on the pulse of current trends and is all about making women look chic. Speaking of which, I adore Kara and am sad she never found her groove, but you could have totally created a drinking game around the number of times she says chic in an eppy. Seriously, girl, find a new word to describe what you’re going for and maybe you won’t be stumped all the time. Just sayin.

      Anyway, Mondo was the clear winner this week, and this is probably the standout garment of the season thus far. I think the difference in his attitude vs. his own season is totally the redemption thing that someone else mentioned. Let’s face it….going into this season, most people were probably rooting for Mondo to prove why Gretchen’s win was such a travesty. That’s a big chip to have to tote around on your shoulder and the pressure might be getting to him a bit. That said, I don’t think he’s been half as melodrama

    • Toto Maya

      I think the deal with the Mondo drama is not that he’s more dramatic, but that they just have so much less drama to work with this time around. In the past seasons everyone was such a drama whore that what Mondo is doing now would be downright tame. They left his crap on the editing form so they could concentrate on whatever stupid crap Gretchen was saying that day. Now they have little drama, so Mondo’s moments of poutiness are floating to the top.

    • Anonymous

      I think Kara’s off is overdue. She got by in her own season by always being not quite the worst and she did that again this time. She seems like a lovely woman, but I don’t think this competition is for her.

    • Anonymous

      “… but who really cares what the actress thinks about the character? She’s not on the short list of people the costumer should be consulting for opinions.”

      You’re right, you’re definitely NOT theater queens.  It’s a rare opportunity to know the actor or actress who’s playing a role in a new production or revival, ESPECIALLY in this case where these designers, although maybe familiar with the music, probably have never seen the show.  

      Mondo did a remarkable job.  Consider this: he made a gorgeous, more-complicated-than-Anya-type dress in two layers, plus a gorgeous jacket (with sleeves!).  The styling was perfect down to every feather, especially the big dramatic hair — brilliant!  (Props to the hairdresser.)

      He fulfilled a critical rule of theater: It has to play to the last row.   This was a good week for him, maybe a turning point, and I’m hoping to see a less cranky Mondo for the duration . . . until he wins it all.

      • Anonymous

        Yes! “play to the back row…” I kept wondering why some designers didn’t seem to get this basic fact of theater work.  A hundred years ago, I was in the theater group in h.s., and that was drilled into us–not only voice projection (no mics), but esssentially over-dressing to reach the nosebleed seats.

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

          Which is why my voice still seems loud to people — I was taught young to breathe correctly and PROJECT! 

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

          Oh, the days of meeting my friends right after a production and seeing their reactions to my “hooker/clown” stage make-up…

    • Anonymous

      Speaking as a former teenage girl who saw the movie something like 20 times, Mondo’s look is pitch-perfect. There were shots of him in the theater studying the program. Seems like he really got the spirit of the show. He also managed to create a costume that can be danced in. His was the only one that didn’t rely on heels to communicate power and wealth. Bonus points for the use of flats. I’m sure the actress will appreciate it. 

    • Anonymous

      Agreed, Mondo def deserved this win, I loved the outfit. I might get Godspell tickets at work, if I go see it, I’ll keep my eye out for this!!

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      Recently I’ve been getting back in touch with my inner sci-fi nerd and rewatching the BRILLIANT Babylon 5 for the first time in about 15 years.  In turn this has lead to the reappearance of my early-teen crush on Bruce Boxleitner (*sigh* those blue eyes, that fabulous smile!)

      This is all a very long-winded and round-about way to confess that, instead of watching Project Runway All Stars live, I was streaming episodes of Scarecrow and Mrs King via Amazon…

      There you have it.  I’ve gone from LIVING for Thursday nights and LOVING Project Runway to watching crappy eighties nonsense on my computer instead.  *shakes fist at Bunim/Murray*

      That said – pretty good challenge, LOVED Mondo’s design and thought Mila’s model looked like a prostitute.

      I can’t really relate to all the Godspell stuff – back in the UK in the late 70s early 80s it was all Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and another show called Holy Moses which had some bloody good tunes.

    • Anonymous

      I admit it, I was one of those thoroughly steeped in Godspell in school: saw it (live & filmed), sang it, even worked on a production – so of course it completely baffled me that the designers didn’t just KNOW what the ‘feel’ of a godspell costume would be. For me, it is the production which absolutely defined a certain sub-genre of faux-improvisational theater that was so popular in the 70s.

      That said, Mondo NAILED IT.  And he nailed it with the outfit I’ve been waiting for YEARS for Jerell to put together.  Seriously, as soon as I heard the challenge I was so excited! I thought it was Jerell’s challenge to lose. And, my beloved idiot Internet nephew proved to me that he isn’t striving for the vision *I* have for his work. Ah well, the younger generation must go their own way. God bless, Jerell.

      And everyone else has more than thoroughly covered the questions I had about why so few in the cast seemed to grasp the fact that this was for a live theatrical production, one in which at least some of the “dressing” takes place on stage, the actors are, well active, and the audience is mostly yards & yards away. I just kept thinking “Surely SOME of them worked on their high school plays? Or were taken to children’s theater as a child? Or had a church youth minister who was obsessed with staging minor dramatic productions?”

    • Anonymous

      We gasped when Mondo’s look came out. So theatrical and beautiful that it HAD to win. 
      And it DID. Congratulations, Mondo! This may be one of or maybe THE best look we’ve ever seen on Project Runway. 

      • Anonymous

        I completely agree! It was perfect. Just perfect.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3DWDLRZCK3MZICZKYJDR55MC4Y soren

      I’m not familiar with the play but Mondo’s look is gorgeous.  Looks like she stepped right out of a Klimt painting.

    • Anonymous

      I am torn about this challenge and the “prize” of having the winning
      design on Broadway.  As a Costume Designer myself, I would not like to
      have another person’s design thrust upon me…However, as that was the
      promised prize, it is a travesty the way Mondo’s design was butchered in
      its Broadway realization.  Only the coat was used, put over a drab
      pewter lame pleated skirt.  The absence of the color and prints of the
      maxi dress (which could easily have been dressed on stage if you broke
      it up the back) took away most of what made Mondo’s design so
      eye-catching and right.

    • butter nut

      mondo is a freaking genius & i will be out of my mind if he doesn’t win the whole thing.  it’s sad to see kara go.  i really like her work outside of PR.  what i don’t understand is how kenley was safe!  that christmas in miami horror show was one of the worst things ive seen on any PR stage in a long time!

    • Anonymous

      It’s really too bad that the final Broadway costume looks almost NOTHING like Mondo’s creation.  (The pic is up on Lifetimetv.com.)  http://www.mylifetime.com/shows/project-runway-all-stars/blogs/project-runway-all-stars-blog/mondo-guerra-godspell-costume

      • k op

         What a shame!  It looks like a different character interpretation than I’ve seen before in Godspell.  The “Turn Back” lady was always vampishly rich, who very well might have made her millions on her back.  This one seems like an old society matron.

      • Anonymous

        It’s not the actress that was talking about the character, either.

      • Anonymous

        Oh man that’s too bad. Mondo really created an almost full-blown character with his design and the way he styled the model’s hair. 

    • Anonymous

      I feel bad for Kara’s model. Nothing seems to suit her looks. She always looks awkward.

      • Anonymous

        I thought that she always looked angry. Tomato, tomhato…

    • Anonymous

      Mondo’s–beautiful and perfect for the challenge.  It took me awhile, but once I understood Austin’s from a costume standpoint I thought it was also wonderful and would have looked good on stage.  I couldn’t understand the love for Michael’s–it didn’t meet the challenge at all.  Did everyone forget that this character was going to be dressed on stage by the other characters?  That would require layers–and underwear.

    • Anonymous

      LMAO – FOLK MASSES!  OMG, and FOLK GROUP!!!  and Nuns in sandals!  I had almost forgotten, if that is possible.  The sad thing was you got pretty damn excited if you happened upon the folk mass, because it was a little less painful to get through as a kid.  

      • Anonymous

        We had a lot of Cat Steven’s “Morning has Broken”  and James Taylors’ “You’ve got a Friend” at our all girls catholic convent school assemblies as well LOL good times, good times…

    • Anonymous

      Not sure if anyone has said this already, but Kara’ s looked like a silly Xmas present (the fur looked green on my TV last night, although here it looks black).

    • Anonymous

      i think it’s how old, wealthy ex-hippies dress. [ie: all those sequins all over the top.]

      & i can sing you many, many choruses of day by day if you would like. learned em in the secular version of the parochial guitar strumming school as opposed to onstage, however. just like you, just like everyone circa the godspell era.

      see thee more clearly
      love thee more dearly
      follow thee more nearly

      something like that, yes?

    • nancy

      I was in the “chorus” in a public junior high in the 70’s, and we sang from Godspell, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Hair. Now I’ve got “Age of Aquarius” going through my head….

    • Damien W

      “And not to be nasty or anything, but who really cares what the actress
      thinks about the character? She’s not on the short list of people the
      costumer should be consulting for opinions.”

      Really? That tells me you don’t know a lot about the collaborative nature of theater (and film, and scripted TV). The actress is the one who’s going to have to perform in it (and knows how she’s going to have to move in it). Also, the actress collaborated with the director in creating the character, and is the ultimate owner of that character every night on stage. She is absolutely on the short list.

      Some actors choose not to get as involved in these decisions, but they are not automatically excluded from the process.

      • Lisa

        Yup, absolutely have to go with Damien on this one.  The actress should have plenty of input with regard to the costume.  Not 100%, no, but she should have a good chunk of the say.  You never know – she could have some good insight or ideas that the director never even thought of.

        • Damien W

          And this is especially true for Godspell — all the characters except Jesus take their actors’ names in the play. The authors actually encourage each cast to update and personalize the book action. A good Godspell should be chock full of improvisation and topical references.

          • Lisa

            I was in a college production of “As Is”, and I played the hospice worker, who is an ex-nun who’s been kicked out of the convent.  I saw the HBO movie adaptation, and the hospice worker there was played by Colleen Dewhurst.   I was only 22 at the time, and the director said to me, “I”m going to somewhat follow *your* lead on how you want to approach her personality, and her look, too.  I don’t expect you to try and imitate the way Collen Dewhurst did it, because you’re your own person and you *should* do it your own way.  But also, because you’re much younger, you can approach it from that angle, too.”   And I did – Colleen Dewhurst’s version of the character was much more world weary, someone who’s seen it all.  Mine was a more young, idealistic way of playing the character – like, she thinks she’s going to be able to change the world, but she has no idea about the things she’s going to see by the end.  And it worked, too – for a college production, we did pretty well for ourselves.  But he also let me show him my clothing choices, my ideas for her hair and her makeup (simple and minimal), and he agreed with them.  It was nice to bring my approach and know that I was being heard.

      • HelenNPN

        It’s kind of a dismissive attitude isn’t it.  I think it comes from the fact that in the fashion world the average model is basically treated like an object with no input or opinion – you wear what you are told to wear and love it regardless! In the theater, actresses have a lot more input towards the final product.

    • Anonymous

      here was one challenge where “costumey” was good and those entries that weren’t didn’t fare so well.  as a costume designer i  thought it was a bit of a wonky challenge — costumes should be cohesive for a show.  i’m sure the show’s designer didn’t appreciate them coming in with a separate design that may or may not have worked with the rest of the costumes.  i was glad to see mondo’s win – i thought it was wonderful.  i was quite disappointed to see in the link that they only used the jacket.  while nice, what really gives the whole thing its richness is the garments underneath — the layered skirts out of such rich, beautiful fabrics.   oh well, at least in my opinion the right garments were on top for this  one, unlike several of the previous episodes. 

    • Anonymous

      I get the feeling Joanna is more “Turn Back, Oh Man” than “Day by Day”

    • margaret meyers

      They had a really strong final three this week.  I thought Mondo really caught the hippie-thrifty-north-africa vibe of the 70s beautifully, and that costume will be great on stage, but Austin and Michael put up strong looks, too.

    • DALE WITTIG

      For me, this was clearly Mondo’s best outfit so far this season, and clearly the best of the lot presented, far above the one I’d put second, which was Kenley’s. I liked that Mondo felt he needed to go to a dark place within himself before bringing this out. It’s rich and strange. It reflects the darker, more complex flavors of his preferred era of inspiration. I could see this character in a Jack Smith film (I have no interest whatsoever in Godspell or Stephen Schwartz) and I think this would work better on film than on stage. The blues and oranges in the textile patterns he chose are the perfectly harmonious shades he needed for the effect he wanted and his construction is near flawless. It’s a beautiful ensemble.   As for Kara’s elimination, I thought Jerrell was far worthier of that honor with that horrible skirt he made (though I think his last two efforts weren’t quite as bad as the preceding ones.)   Still, I had a feeling Kara would be gone when I saw that giant silver bow stuck on the front of her outfit, like she was gift-wrapping herself for the offing.   I don’t agree with Isaac Mizrahi’s opinion that this was her best effort.   I thought her Opera gown was infinitely superior to this and rather lovely.   Actually, this particular get-up really wasn’t so bad for its particular purpose, it’s a cliché notion of a rich lady’s dress; and that’s what a musical like Godspell trades in: clichés.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=552853133 Teddy Partridge

      Did you all see the hideousness they turned out “based on” Mondo’s creation, without apparently giving him credit on the Godspell website or, I’ve read elsewhere, in the program?  Here it is: xhttp://www.mylifetime.com/shows/project-runway-all-stars/blogs/project-runway-all-stars-blog/mondo-guerra-godspell-costume?cmpid=Social_Facebook_ProjectRunway_02172012_2

    • Anonymous

      I was worried when I saw what Mondo was working on but when it walked out, I was so excited!  I loved it and was so very afraid that the judges wouldn’t.  Austin’s was really great as well but this had that special theater something that just screams, look at me, in a good way.  Loved it.  Kara, so sad to see you go :(  I can’t say that it wasn’t justified but…still sad.

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

      I really love the judges and Joanna.  Especially Georgina — she always gives the most interesting critiques.  And I think it’s fantastic and refreshing how the judges seem like they’re always trying to help a designer grow.  I mean, “She looks like a disco pumpkin!” isn’t really a critique that will help a designer develop. 

    • Anonymous

      I understand you have met-in-person fondness for Kara, on the show I find her annoying and I don’t see the talent.

      I loved Mono’s design but I wondered how they would use it based on the description given – a dress under a jaclet isn’t really separates.  It is really too bad that they put it together the way they did for the stage.  It doesn’t look rich, it looks bag lady.

    • Anonymous

      Oh!  I agree about Joanna – I like her mentoring a lot.  They let her say real things, not just little soundbites and catch phrases.

    • Anonymous

      I just finished watching this on DVR. Mondo was the clear winner and the only possibility. I loved his outfit. For me this show was dominated by Kenley. At the beginning when she had that scarf on her head I thought she looked like Ethel Mertz with curlers in her hair, and I could hardly believe it when it turned out that she had curlers in her hair. There is something so irritating about her loud, obnoxious personality that I could barely make it through the show. If there ever comes a day in the future when the only available clothes are made by Kenley, I will go naked. I can’t stand this woman.

    • Anonymous

      I finally saw the episode this afternoon. Well done, Mondo! I fully expected Mila to go home for that awful mess, but poor Kara was getting a loser edit.

      • Anonymous

        Plus, Kara is one of my all time faves, and I think her finale collection remains one of my favorites of all seasons, decoy or not.  I has a sad, too TLO!

    • Anonymous

      Mondo’s walked out and I saw Hepburn’s Countess Aurelia.  Which made wonderful sense while I was expecting her to sing “Old now is Earth and none may count her days.”  Which isn’t what she was going to sing.  And then they gave the jacket to a different character anyway.
      More people should get the Countess reference than probably do.

    • Anonymous

      You know, if Mondo’s outfit hadn’t been there, I’d have argued this should have been an episode with no winner (I actually think sometimes they should have the guts to declare there is no winner in some of the challenges). Mondo’s design was clearly head and shoulders above the others.

      Poor Kara. I have thought she should have been auf’ed previously and I think Jerell’s was worse than hers this time. I actually was yelling at her when she switched from the maxiskirt idea (which with a smidgen of a train and a long slit in the front could have been gorgeous — I actually think the longer skirt would have balanced out that awful bow so it wouldn’t have been so very awful) to the pencil skirt — what the heck is up with the bloody pencil skirt direction that was continually discussed? Oi!

      Having said all this, I’ve learned that I have been singing the wrong words to “Day by Day” since I first heard it in college (I had an evangelical roomie). As an agnostic, I have managed to turn this very religious song into something more neutral without knowing that was what I was doing, lol.

    • Allison Woods

      I too work in show biz and none of them *really* got it. Mondo’s jacket was the piece that seemed most likely to be adaptable, so I’m not surprised it was the only piece of his outfit they put in the real show.

      I was pretty surprised at how far off the mark everyone was….

    • Anonymous

      The hair on Mondo’s model is fantastic–it looks just like my Gustav Klimt Barbie.

    • http://www.fatladysings.us/ TFLS

      Where do I begin?  This challenge confused me.  I used to earn my livelihood in the theatre.  You just don’t do one-off costume design.  There’s the overall design palate to consider: set, costume, lighting.  All have to work harmoniously (or not, depending on the Directors vision).  And costumes in a musical need to function for whatever movement the Choreographer and Director has staged.  Perhaps all this was discussed off camera….but I think it would have been cool seeing how the process actually works – even an abridged version.  Don’t get me wrong – I love Mondo’s design.  I think it suits a modern twist on the traditional hippie look usually assigned to productions of Godspell.  But is that what’s being done?  We only heard from the composer.  There was a union Costume Designer.  I wonder how she incorporated Mondo’s design?  Personally, I fear Mondo’s design likely ended up altered almost beyond recognition.  The show opened last fall (to mixed reviews).  I’d love to hear from anyone who actually saw the production.  How did Mondo’s costume really fit in (or not)?

      And as was discussed below….actors DO have a say in what they wear.  I clearly remember being asked to walk across a rickety floor in sky-high heels.  I’d have broken an ankle before the end of the run.  The costumer and I spoke to the set designer and a solution was found.  Theatre is a collaborative art.

      • Anonymous

         http://www.mylifetime.com/shows/project-runway-all-stars/blogs/project-runway-all-stars-blog/mondo-guerra-godspell-costume?cmpid=Social_Facebook_ProjectRunway_02172012_2

        It appears only the jacket, true to how he made it and presented it was used, no sign of the dress in the photo. I haven’t seen the production, but the photo gives an idea, especially since the actress is wearing another top and skirt, and the challenge did call for separates

        • http://www.fatladysings.us/ TFLS

          Thanks for the link.  To be honest – I liked his whole design.  Better than the actual costumes used (from what I can see, anyway).  Pity Mondo didn’t design the entire show.  He does seem to have a feel for it. 

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

      I loved Mondo’s look. He understood the character. He wasn’t supposed to design for a merely rich, ostentatious, decadent woman. This woman, as Austin noted, engages in “conspicuous consumption” (He uttered that phrase 3-4 times, and I LOVE it!). So… yeah, this woman has a desire to make others conform to her whims. She’s certainly kind of derailed, what with her stealing money and what not. So… the look NEEDED to be deliberately graceless. And it NEEDED to have that piled-on effect. And it NEEDED to have versatility and interchangeability (take out certain pieces, put them back while on stage, strip them off again… blah blah blah). And he did it. It moved beautifully on the runway. All that bohemian and what not vibe was very much in keeping with this woman’s grabbing money and piling expensive fabrics and embellishments on herself. And the richness and suffusion of the fabrics and the intermingling of said fabrics truly addressed the rich, decadent aspect. Nice.

      Kara– ’bout time for you to get the hell out, girl. She stayed in the game longer than I’d expected. I never liked her work, and I never could bring myself to like her as a person/TV figure (just listening to her on TV makes me want to get some ear-plugs), but I’d be lying if I said she isn’t talented. In her season, she demonstrated good instincts and a good color sense. In this competition, she assaulted my eardrums. Of course I hate the bow and its awkward placement and of course I hate the uneven slit in the back of the skirt. The rest of the look ain’t offending but surely lacking in imaginative surprise and theatricality and in a bit of eccentricity (and no, honey, a tacking a bow in the worst way possible ain’t gonna mitigate that). Yeah, she was eliminated, as she should have been 3-4 challenges ago.

      • HelenNPN

         lol I have to admit, and I know it isn’t exactly fair, but Kara’s accent disturbed me, and I live halfway across the world from where I grew up and listen to a foreign accents daily!  It’s like Kara’s body is inhabited by a Dutchgirl, an Australian, a Kiwi a Brit and somebody else’s nanny, all vying to fill in their parts of sentences at the same time.

    • http://twitter.com/styler Sue Tyler

      I’m sad kara ever agreed to be on the show
      She pulled some wonderful creations for ‘all on the line’ and being on PR felt like a real backwards step. She better that every single outfit she put out this season, it a case of ‘girl that ain’t your show’

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lynn-Altenburg-Riska/1268181843 Lynn Altenburg Riska

      Yes, it is obvious that you aren’t immersed in the theater world!  Not consult a leading actor/actress when you are costuming for a show—-OMG—you are going to have BIG trouble.

    • Anonymous

      It annoyed us that no one addressed the costume or theatrical concerns. There was no conversation about how the final outfit should move, how it might or might not be danced in, what kind of movement it needed to accommodate, and so on.  There was also no conversation about how it needed to suit an African American actress, how the colors and styling needed to suit her colors and body type. This actress has a fuller body than a model does, and that may be one reason why Austin’s outfit wasn’t quite right (although I loved Mondo’s and I agree it’s a total winner). But no one mentioned those concerns.

      That was as weird as not mentioning that Piggy is a puppet.

    • http://www.facebook.com/hilda.e.westervelt Hilda Elizabeth Westervelt

      The first thing I thought of when I saw Mondo’s look was the work of Gustav Klimt, right down to the styling of the hair.  Very luxe, but bohemian at the same time.  Really perfect.  I am sorry to hear that the dress was not used in the production.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1663121863 Donna DeVore Metler

      Did anyone else have to pull out their copy of the Godspell soundtrack?

    • http://twitter.com/FashionFollower FashionFollower.com

      I just adored Mondo’s ensemble. The judges have been pretty spot-on this season, a refreshing change from the past few, for sure.

      And you guys are right about Mondo being sour! Kenley is the sweet girl and Mondo is bitchy. It’s like Bizarro Project Runway.

    • Anonymous

      I hate to say it – and I am coming in late here (but I just watched the recording over, since I was so distracted on Thursday) – but Mondo’s  dress (under the coat) seemed a lot like an Anya  dress (long print flowy unstructured)  eek

    • Megan Patterson

      OK, I’m gonna say it — I have never heard of Godspell AT ALL, so this challenge made absolutely no sense to me whatsoever. 

    • Anonymous

      Mondo and Austin where the only who seemed to have a clue about broadway and the musical Godspell in particular. Well deserved win by Mondo and equal praise should go to the hair and makeup crew who continue to amaze.  What a vast improvement over prior seasons!   Mondo’s model’s hair all but made the outfit.  Fun challenge, only sad part was not seeing what Anthony or Rami would have cooked up.  

    • Anonymous

      I agree with everyone that when Mondo’s model walked down the runway, it was the standout winner, but when the judges asked his model to remove the jacket, I gasped, “Anya!” Am I the only one who thought/thinks so?

      • HelenNPN

        No! you are not.  I completely saw Anya.  But it made me laugh because not only did I love the design, I loved how the many people who bagged on Anya, rioted over Gretchen and over-adore Mondo would be chastened.

        • calimon

          touché!

        • mousetomato

          I wasn’t chastened. Mondo has versatility. Anya doesn’t.

    • Anonymous

      wow, i just posted the same thing! thank goodness i’m not the only one, because it sure seemed like it.

    • http://twitter.com/CelebratetheOdd Celebrate the Odd

      I couldnt agree more with the judges decision this week!

    • Tom Shea

      With the greatest respect, gents, I’m an actor, and any costume designer who wouldn’t take into account the actor’s ideas on the character and the costume (both creatively and practically) would be a bad designer. The designer creates the costume, but the actor inhabits it.
      And no, Michael,Stephen Schwartz has never won a Tony Award. Look it up.

    • Anonymous

      I love the fact that Sutton Foster was a guest judge.  She is real, honest-to-goodness Broadway actress, not a flashy type who does theatre so she can market as a “real actress.”

    • Anonymous

      I know I’m a minority but all this time Mondo’s aesthetic has never been my cup of tea.  This is the first creation of his that I LOVE.  It was theatrical, and it was also fashion.  Everything about it is fascinating, and the styling was incredible, from the Wildean hair to the flying golden belts.  It is reminiscent of peacock feathers, and the opulence of Juno.

      It is ironic that by making an earth-chick boho look he rises like cream, as everyone has complained the last two seasons when the earth chick designers won.

    • Anonymous

      At first I was reminded of Leon Bakst, whose Ballets Russe designs were all about pattern-on-pattern, but I definitely see Klimt as well now.

    • Anonymous

      As soon as Mondo’s look came down the runway I thought ” Helena Bonham Carter”.

    • vmcdanie

      ARGH. I finally gave up the ghost on this. I thought I could at least make it through the All Star season before shit canning the show but it’s been so unexpectedly listless despite contestants I love and far better judging. I think I’m just over the new era. And I love me some Godspell. If the nuns at my school had broken out guitars and made us sing “All Good Gifts”, well…at least I could remember one cool thing about them. 

      Still invested enough to scope out your recaps though. I freaking love that jacket of Mondo’s. I get that it’s made for the stage but I’d wear that shit anywhere.

    • http://twitter.com/7Valfi Fio

      Normally, I would agree with the fabulous duo, but the comment about Kara Janx being a talented designer, I must disagree. In my view, she would like to be a reality star more than an actual designer. I remember her in All on the Line with Joe Zee. She explained in the show, “When you’re in a show like Project Runway, people assume that you’re just a character. It’s very hard to people believe you can design clothes. People didn’t take me seriously and it was crushing.” Why would I return to a show that people would see me as a character and not as a designer? I thought with Joe Zee’s expertise, Janx would never go back to a reality TV show as a contestant. Secondly, she became very upset during the episode with Joe Zee, when he asked her to design a size 8 dress. I believe the goal of every designer is to dress their future customer regardless of their size; however, she became noticeably upset with a size 8? I think she was very childish with that reaction. I was really surprised seeing her again in Project Runway Stars. It made me think Joe Zee wasted his time with this wanna be. Zee had great faith in her (so did I), but clearly her only strong design is the Kimono and that is it for Janx really. Overall, I think Janx missed the camera life. Kara Janx is deeply and secretly striving to be a reality tv star, but I think if she did achieve a reality show then it would be “difficult” to watch it. Also, I agreed with the judges eliminating her from the contest for the second time. Mr. Zee, wouldn’t you say, “Kara Janx, you were the loser of Project Runway”, now for the second time.

    • kolokOlchik

      For the fist time, I wholeheartedly agreed with the judging!  The good and the bad