PR All Stars: Girls! Girls! You’re BOTH Pretty!

Posted on February 10, 2012

Darlings, unfortunately we can’t provide screencaps this morning, so use your no-doubt formidable memories to illustrate the following brief recap:

The designers all have to make sportswear looks and are pitted against each other in teams of two. Michael and Mondo turn into whiny babymen (again) and annoy everyone. Or maybe they just annoyed us. Kenley is loud, Jerell acts (mostly) like a grownup, everyone makes too big a deal out of two garments that only vaguely resemble each other, Mila raises one eyebrow and smirks, Rami breaks out in hives if he’s wearing sleeves, Cynthia Rowley shows up high again, and Austin is stuck in a fantasy land where young ladies are dying to dress like their grandmothers. We never missed Anthony so much in our lives.

Actually, we thought it was kind of a fun episode. The challenge was exactly what we said it would be: Make a pretty sportswear look. But these are All-Stars and we don’t so much mind the “make a pretty” challenges with this lot since they’ve all got the skills.

So congrats to Jerell! We don’t love this in an over-the-top kind of way, but we like it quite a bit.

It’s easily the best thing he’s done this season and definitely a contender for the win, in our eyes, but a close second to another look we’ll get to later. This is all typically overdone in the Jerell manner and could have used some major editing, but there’s a chicness here. We love the shape of the coat and the layering effect of the look. Too many fabrics in the coat, though, and the giant buttons were way too much. But still, we have no issue with the win, even if it wasn’t our first pick.

As for the little altercation with Michael, we think Jerell had a point. Certainly, almost everyone else in that room seemed to agree with him. But in the end, Michael’s look wasn’t as close to his as it originally seemed. We suspect that’s because Michael course-corrected when he realized almost everyone agreed with Jerell. To Jerell’s credit, he didn’t make that big a deal out of it and seemed willing to just let things play out and let the judges decide whose work was better.

And it’s a sad Schmauf Wiedersehen to Rami. We were afraid this was going to happen. We spent all season shrieking “RAMI! DRAPE SOMETHING!” because he seemed determined to suppress his impulses. So what happens? He finally gets to draping and shoots his wad all over a dress form.

Okay, gross.

Our point is, his draping urges were all backed up and when he finally got a chance to let them out, he went too far with it. We think that jacket is a pretty amazing design, actually. And we think it’s about 90% of a really fabulous garment. But there’s a bit too much draping and volume going on. It looked much better opened and without the belt, which once again demonstrates that Rami’s very strong in designing, but weak in his styling.

Another major Achilles heel is is color sense. We’re not being mean when we say we think he should be tested for color blindness. It’s such a consistent problem with him and his taste is fairly refined otherwise. A lot was made of that truly horrid chartreuse Frankenblouse (which pretty much singlehandedly Schmauf’d him), but that wasn’t the only dicey color choice on display .The pants and shoes look like they belong with an entirely different outfit. Add in two necklines that fight with each other and a sad, arts and crafts sash holding the whole thing together, and it was time for Palestinian Muscle Mary to go home. It sucks, but that’s the thing with an All-Stars lineup. All but one of them are going to be eliminated, which means we have to watch very talented designers get sent home.

 

[Photo Credit: myLifetime.com]

  • Anonymous

    I thought Jerell deserved the win, but did NOT think Rami deserved to be sent home. Austin’s outfit was pretty horrific. 

    Do we think Kenley is behaving or being edited to be less crazy?

    • Anonymous

      Agreed…to me, Rami was at least trying to be fashionable whereas Austin seemed to dig into my Mom’s Easter wardrobe.  And Rami’s handsome bulkiness does NOT impact my decision at all…I think. ;)

      I think Kenley is toned down this season – still loud, but not so whiny. Honestly, I think she has just matured a bit so those super rough edges got buffed down a bit.  Also, there is no way she’s going to out drama/whine Michael.

      • Anonymous

         I was fully expecting them to say Austin’s name. I was really surprised when they said Rami’s.

        • Anonymous

          As was I.  Austin made a khaki version of high waisted “mom jeans” …ugh, disastrously unflattering imo.  I don’t understand the praise.

          • Anonymous

            Those pants were an unholy mix of Mom jeans and jodhpurs. Rowley MUST have taken Isaac out and gotten him wasted before judging. Seriously.

          • Anonymous

            Yes, those pants… Did Mizrahi say they were the coolest (or one of) things on the runway???? Thode pleats at the waist combined with the length of the pants would be every average gal’s nightmare–puffy at the waist and shortening your legs. I won’t comment in the matronly top.

          • Anonymous

            He said they were the BEST thing on the runway!

          • Anonymous

            I’ll take some of whatever he was smoking. Those things were almost the worst things on that runway. Exceeded only by Auntie Gertrude’s little twinset paired with them.

        • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

          Me too!  I actually liked Rami’s coat without the sash and without the blouse.  Austin’s was just too grandma to me.  Eastertime grandma.  I’m sad to see Rami go.

        • Anonymous

          Yep, I was stunned.  Then cynical, as in “Well, Austin is better TV”

          • Anonymous

            It’s always worth remembering that when watching Bunim/Murray.

          • Anonymous

            Austin may be more dramatic, but every hetero woman and gay man will tell you that Rami is better TV.

            Austin’s outfit was what I imagine Delores Umbridge wore as a teenager.

          • Anonymous

             Delores Umbridge as a teenager – Oh my heck perfect! LOL

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

        Ed Grimley’s Mom’s Easter wardrobe.

      • Anonymous

        Kenley may be whiny but she’s not an idiot. After seeing how she was edited the first go round she had to be horrified at the thought of a rerun of that portrayal. She’d actually be tolerable this season if she didn’t have that nails-on-the-chalkboard voice.

        Her design skills have matured as well.

      • Anonymous

        Kenley may be whiny but she’s not an idiot. After seeing how she was edited the first go round she had to be horrified at the thought of a rerun of that portrayal. She’d actually be tolerable this season if she didn’t have that nails-on-the-chalkboard voice.

        Her design skills have matured as well.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t know why but suspect this Kenley is the same as the previous Kenley — except last time she got the villian edit for dramatic effect.

    • Anonymous

      I said that to the bf last night!! The designers keep talking about how “loud and obnoxious” Kenley is, but I think she’s getting a very kind edit! She’s coming across as maybe higher in volume (which to a New Yorker is not the same as “obnoxiously loud” – we have to develop a base tolerance), but generally bright, helpful, curious and cheerful. So different from her season, Tim Gunn’s stated opinions (which I do take as gospel), and the designers’ grousing. It’s a mystery, all right!

    • http://twitter.com/KarineLovesYou Karine Briere

       I think Kenley is being edited to be a obnoxious cartoony Zooey Deschanel. I half expect a speech bubble with the word LAWLLL to come out of her mouth.

      In other news, Jerell/Michael drama was meh but I understand the frustration considering Michael snaps if someone else picks the same colour as him.

      • Anonymous

        Good point re: Michael! Hadn’t thought of that, but it does seem a case of “dishes out copycat paranoia, but can’t take it”.

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

          I suspect living in that little bubble they are all getting paranoid. They are all over stressed and getting snippy.

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

          I suspect living in that little bubble they are all getting paranoid. They are all over stressed and getting snippy.

      • Anonymous

        Yep, given he’s like that, what he did has to be a bit suspect.  My hunch is that Mila was right–outerwear isn’t Michael’s wheelhouse; he was anxious and subconsciously looked for guidance from what Jerrell was doing.  Then I think the intervention made it clear to him that he had to create a little more differentiation because he was going to get outed on the runway.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, Michael has bitched a couple of times when someone picks the same fabric, but he moves on and doesn’t make the whole show all about it.

      • http://twitter.com/connectinglines Me Again

         That’s exactly what I thought!  He spent the first two episodes complaining that April was using the same materials as him.  Oh, no – two people using RED?!?! And then he full-on copies a design?

    • Anonymous

      *ducks to avoid flying produce*

      I actually loved Austin’s.  Well, the top anyway.  But I’m a Lilly Pulitzer kind of girl, so it appealed to me on that level.  I can see though how they wouldn’t strike the judges’ collective fancy.  The pants, however, were obviously terrible to anyone with eyes.

      • Anonymous

         But isn’t it funny that the pants were the item the judges loved?

        • Anonymous

          YES!  My friend and I just gave each other a “Bitch, please” look when we heard it.  WTF?!

        • Anonymous

           If I’m not mistaken, only Isaac praised the pants.  But Isaac seems to have always had a hard-on for Austin.

          • Anonymous

            Just remember, Isaac once did a pair of chaps made out of cowhide–including the hair.  Isaac has a weakness for whack-o pants.  There’s a reason he’s better known for his *dresses.*

          • Anonymous

            Isaac wasn’t the only one who praised the pants. He’s just the one that went over the top on the praise.

          • Anonymous

            Sometimes I feel like the praise from the other judges feels more like “Women are taught to be polite and ‘nice’ when critiquing.” They soft-pedal and follow the “shit sandwich” critique technique (say something nice, then give the bad, then say something nice again).

            Which is to say, I’m unconvinced that their praise is always what they really think.

          • Anonymous

            Agreed- you always know where the judges stand on the regular show, but for this series they’re so equal with their praise I can’t figure out who’s in the top or bottom until one says ‘let’s talk about the ones with the low scores.’

      • Amy Ellinger

        I didn’t hate the top either- I’m a cardigan girl.  I wonder how much better it would have looked had the pants been a wide legged trouser. Could have kept the funky up top, but might have balanced it out more as far as silhouette went and been more appealing to the other judges. Oh, and us at home, too.

        Props on the tailoring, though.

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

          Either a very tailor, streamlined top with those pants or that top with a far more interesting bottom or change up the fabric to something a bit younger — any of those would have VASTLY improved the overall look.

          Rami, on the other hand… I really fail to see how most of those pieces would work in ANY combination.

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

        I wouldn’t throw produce at you for liking it. ;-) I can see them appealing to lots of people. But I don’t think they’re special enough to ignore the hideousness of the pants. Every once in a while, something that’s just inexplicably awful gets sent down the runway. This was one of “once in a whiles”.

      • Anonymous

        I think Austin was reamed. It’s a look that a lot of ladies would like — very understated, upscale, feminine, go-to-lunch. I didn’t like the cut of the pants, but I thought the floral topping was kind of pretty.

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

      I was on Austin getting the boot… Maybe they thought Rami was less drama than miss Scarlett anyways.

      Of course Kenley would tone down. She got villain rep first time on the show and a Cat-thrower article on the news. If she’s a smart gal, the least she would do is add the nasty card on tv to all that.

      • Anonymous

        If this is Kenley “toned down”, I’d hate to see what she considers LOUD!

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

      Agree on all points.  Furthermore, how are Austin’s highwaisted, pleated, billowy-hipped, ankle pants now “fashion forward” when they would have been called ugly mom pants mere fashion-world moments ago?  Huh, Isaac Mizrahi???
      I chalk up the difference between Kenley #1 and Kenley #2 to Kenley realizing it’s one thing to tick off Tim Gunn and quite another thing to tick off Joanna Coles. 

      • Anonymous

        I almost died when they were called modern. Those pants were an abomination.

      • Anonymous

        I laughed out loud when Kara joked that Austin should make big pleated pants.  And then he made big pleated pants and I was like “huh?”

      • Anonymous

        Add a pair of suspenders, and they’re Urkel-wear.

    • Anonymous

       I think Kenley had to deal with watching herself on TV after her season taped, deal with the people (myself included) who couldn’t stand her, and then deal with minor notoriety for the cat-throwing thing. I bet she has toned it down. Also, everyone coming on All Stars has either been on a season with her or has probably met her at PR events, so they all know what to expect from her.

    • Anonymous

      She seems to actually design better when she’s obnoxious. This season I like her personality okay but haaaate her work for the most part, whereas it was opposite the first time she competed.

    • Anonymous

      Why oh why does the fashion industry insist on trying to force jumpsuits on women? I have not seen any women walking around in public or on TV wearing one. No woman wants to get completely undressed to use the bathroom. And rompers and onesies only look good on babies. I did NOT understand the love for Kenley’s look.

      I liked Michael’s, actually. I thought what they said about Michael’s could be Jerell’s Mom was actually quite true, but I’m 39 and I would KILL for Michael’s coat. Jerell’s too.

      As much as I adore Austin, I agree with you 100%. Flower prints are so early 90s and pleated pants? Yeesh! Please tell me pleated pants aren’t coming back in style! Unless you are a size -8 they make every woman look like they have a paunch.

      • Anonymous

        THANK YOU – all I could think was, what happens when she has to pee?  I did, however, just buy a jumpsuit that looks pretty amazing on this bumpy, had three kids, 46 year old body…I just won’t drink anything the entire day I wear it.  

        • Anonymous

          THIS!  That was the first thing I thought of:  How the hell does someone pee wearing that outfit?  Especially in a public restroom, which for some strange reason, really freaks me out.

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

        “Ditto” to almost every word you said. I liked both coats a lot. They were both impressive considering they only had a day for the challenge.

        I have to say that I think Kenley’s romper (gag) was beautifully made and fit her model perfectly. And I think it was cute.  But I doubt there’s a woman over the age of 30 (possibly younger) who doesn’t know the problems with rompers/jumpsuits/ whatever you want to call them. Designers have been trying to make them happen for a couple years now, and I don’t think it’s working. They didn’t last very long in the 80s, because no one wanted to drag her new clothes all over the highly suspect bathroom floor in a club.

        Isaac loves a romper. Good. Maybe he should wear one.

        • Anonymous

          I think even Michelle Williams would think Kenley’s onsie is a bit too twee…gauche.

          • Anonymous

            Maybe a Fanning — the younger one.

        • Anonymous

          I remember as a kid that bodysuits were in–and that whole bathroom thing was just so damn bothersome.  No, I do not want to have to undress multiple times a day.  And somehow the toddler solution of snaps at the crotch in a romper doesn’t work for me either.

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

            We must have been kids at the same age:)

            Snaps don’t work in a crotch because grown women don’t wear diapers — same reason toddlers can plop on their butts but if you do it, you get bruises… no extra padding.  Hook and eyelets are not only uncomfortable but not secure enough.  Zippers are too obvious.  Velcro is lumpy, not secure, and makes odd sounds…

        • Anonymous

          I would say any woman over the age of 22 would not be interested in a romper.   Narrows the market a bit.

          • Anonymous

            I am 22 and I would never allow a romper to touch my body. They never look sophisticated. So when the host woman said she would love to wear one, I yelled “DELUSIONAL”  at the screen. 

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

            I wouldn’t be caught dead in a romper. But, back in my clubbing days, I did have a black, heavy cotton jumpsuit that was awesome (at the time). I only wore it out once, though, due to the aforementioned problems in the ladies room.

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

          I am (all too quickly) approaching 30 in another 18 months and I gotta agree.  And I WANT to like them and make them work oh so badly — the ease of wearing a dress with the coverage of pants?  That sounds like heaven.  But I cannot come up with any way of creating a closure through the crotch so I don’t have to disrobe. 

          • Anonymous

             Back in the 80 jumpsuits were enjoying a resurgence in popularity and I remember some that were made with a drop-seat cleverly concealed by an attached belt that buckled or tied in the front.  I don’t think I ever saw one in real life, only in catalogs and pattern books, so I don’t know how they really worked out.  All I could think of is that trap door dragging on the bathroom floor or worse yet falling into the toilet.

        • Anonymous

          I just laughed out loud imagining Isaac in Kenley’s romper.

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

            I know, right? It’s hilarious. You have to think it’s funny, otherwise you’ll be terrified.

      • http://impishdiy.com Impish DIY

        Exactly! I kept thinking that anyone who wore Kenley’s romper would look like they were pretending to be a 5 year old.

      • Anonymous

        God, yes.  I thought Kenley’s was ridiculous (and the pale blue just made it look MORE like a onesie.)  

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

          I think there was a lot of good ideas in her piece — but they didn’t all work together.  It was way too overboard with the twee elements.  The print in a less juvenile cut or the cut in a more sophisticated palette.

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

        I have spent YEARS trying to find an effective and attractive way to make a jumpsuit that does not require one to completely disrobe in a bar bathroom.  I’ve yet to find one….

        Though I will say that one of the outfits that has impressed me the most was on a girl at a friend’s bridal shower. Strapless romper with a huge belt with multiple buckles and sky high stilettos. It was a cute look, but what really struck me was the COMMITMENT to that look — I can’t even imagine teetering on 5 inch heels (and I’m a heel wearer) while trying to get those buckles undone and undressed completely when I really needed to pee.

      • Anonymous

         I gasped when they called Mondo’s look “Junior” when it was up against Kenley’s romper. It was totally Gymboree.

        • Anonymous

          Mondo was ‘junior’, Kenley was ‘children’s wear.

      • Anonymous

        During Spring/Summer 2010 and 2011, I saw many young women wearing jumpsuits and rompers at my University. I’d say only 2 of the close to one hundred women I saw looked even remotely chic. Kenley’s outfit would probably be cute on a toddler – with longer shorts, of course.

      • Anonymous

        During Spring/Summer 2010 and 2011, I saw many young women wearing jumpsuits and rompers at my University. I’d say only 2 of the close to one hundred women I saw looked even remotely chic. Kenley’s outfit would probably be cute on a toddler – with longer shorts, of course.

    • http://twitter.com/sockandaphone Gaby

      Im glad she edited because she’s still the most annoying person that has ever graced PR.

    • Anonymous

      I was thinking this same thing…and it reminds me of Camille Grammar on the real housewives of beverly hills.  The first season, you want her executed she’s so evil.  The next season, you want to hang out with her.  So it really makes you wonder.  I’d like to think they saw themselves and had a major a-ha moment in terms of self awareness and changed!

    • Anonymous

      i was surprised, considering Joanna’s statement about Rami’s colours being “very on trend” – there was even a moment in our house where we paused the screen to see Joanna grasping the fabric Rami was using to make his blouse and it was the SAME COLOUR as her sweater. 

  • Anonymous

    I thought Jerell deserved the win, but did NOT think Rami deserved to be sent home. Austin’s outfit was pretty horrific. 

    Do we think Kenley is behaving or being edited to be less crazy?

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

    Thanks for your analysis. I have been thinking Rami was color-blind since he did that mess of greens on the gelato challenge. But I liked the jacket and the general shapes. Waiting to hear who you would have picked for the win, though not holding my breath given it’s fashion week….

    • Anonymous

      *Crossing fingers* Please TLo, do not love Kenley’s love. Please, please, please.

      • Anonymous

        Ha, if that actually happens, we might have to stage an intervention.

        • Anonymous

          Honestly, I feel like Kenley’s design inspirations are Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary. I know it would never happen but I would LOVE to see a challenge that basically made the designers create something based on another designers aesthetic…like Mila would have to design something that would be Austin-esque; Kenley would have to rock Jerrell’s style and so on. I would watch the shit out of that.

          • Cathy S

             Maybe I’m just old but everything Kenley makes looks like it’s for a little girl. Really, that romper just cried out for a cute second grader. I thought it was so juvenile I couldn’t believe they liked it so much.

          • Anonymous

            Had she not thrown a cat, Kenley might have done well designing for the Mickey Mouse club.

          • Cathy S

             She would look great in those ears!

          • Anonymous

            I can actually see Kenley in a set of Mouse ears-and on her own show, Kenley’s Playhouse

          • Anonymous

            No, it’s not age, it’s having appropriate taste levels…it just looked sub-twee and I did NOT like the proportions.  Lady Marchesa was the only one who didn’t trip all over herself praising it, so I guess she was the only judge not huffing Rowley’s stash last night.

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

            Juvenile. Yes – but juvenile from the 1940′s. She keeps trying to use that retro-with-a-twist look as her signature but it just looks to me like she’s using the same neckline & bodice over and over, and only adding or subtracting a sleeve and deciding between skirt/dress  or shorts/pants.

          • Anonymous

            Genius idea, they’ll never go for it. I’d love to see Mila not color block something..anything.

    • Lori

      I’ve been wondering if Rami’s color blind since the design for a female wrestler challenge.

      • Anonymous

        I’ve wondered if it is a cultural thing or just where he grew up.  For example, people who live in the Pacific Northwest wear a lot of greens and blues while people in the Caribbean wear lots of bright colors.  (Do people in the Middle East where chartreuse?)  Well it’s a theory anyway.

        • Anonymous

          I’m from the PNW and I don’t know anyone who would wear that blue and that green together though.  

          • Anonymous

            No, not the blue and green that Rami used.

        • Anonymous

          OMG, so true.  And in NY, we wear…black.  Grey is getting nutty around here.  I’m starting to think my closet is a black hole…but when I look for color, I find maybe two per season.  Now I”m seeing orange.  That’s it.  Orange.  Oh, and freaking TEAL…which gives me PTSD from the 80s.

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

            Teal. Yikes! I used to wear it a lot. Now I hate it, especially if it’s more green than blue. Then you’re getting too damn close to aqua, which should be banned for crimes against fashion.

        • Anonymous

          It’s not the chartreuse or the blue–it’s the putting them together that’s so bizarre.  Though it was a fairly ugly chartreuse as such things go.  

          I have two friends who know how to wear chartreuse.  One of them does it with small accents of orange red–it looks great.  The other let’s it pop on a black base.  

          All Rami needed was a darn neutral and he’d have been good to go–and probably have gotten Mila in the bottom.

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

            I loved Mila’s, though.  It wasn’t the most original thing I’ve ever seen, but I want it anyway.  Rami’s cut would never have topped hers, for me.

          • Anonymous

            I liked the general idea of it–I have a weakness for capes–and, no, they’re not that hard to make.  But she had some construction flaws and the judges were grumpy about the deails.  

        • Anonymous

          Really? I live in Seattle and most people seem to wear black. (Or plaid.) Unless you’re counting denim as blue, I don’t see it.   

          • Anonymous

            I was counting denim.  Let’s take the Pacific Northwest off the table since things may have changed since I lived there.  My point is that people favor certain colors based on geography and culture, which may(?) explain Rami choosing certain colors. 

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

      I don’t think its color blind, just bad taste.  I am color blind (yes I know how rare it is for a women) and I can tell from  a glance his colors do not work.

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

      I don’t think its color blind, just bad taste.  I am color blind (yes I know how rare it is for a women) and I can tell from  a glance his colors do not work.

    • Anonymous

      aren’t a lot of men truly color blind?

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

        Its about 8% of men and less than 1/2 a percent of women.

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

    Thanks for your analysis. I have been thinking Rami was color-blind since he did that mess of greens on the gelato challenge. But I liked the jacket and the general shapes. Waiting to hear who you would have picked for the win, though not holding my breath given it’s fashion week….

  • Anonymous

    Every time they showed a close-up of Rami’s chartreuse top I realized I was grimacing. That can’t be the reaction he was going for. And seriously: Wine tasting? In this? Sorry, you need something easy, chic and uncomplicated. If you are doing a wine tour you are in and out of your car, sitting in all sorts of settings, using any odd assortment of ‘facilities’ — I don’t need to think about redraping my flounces at every turn. Bye bye, RK. 

    • Anonymous

      Totally agree. I keep thinking to all the times (many, many, many … ) I’ve been wine-tasting in Napa, and even there, clothing is generally not complicated. Chic, yes, but not complicated. This was a total Monet in my husband’s opinion: at first glance, nice; at second, ew.

  • Anonymous

    Rami’s shirt was horrendous between the color and the design.  However, I should note that I have never been a Rami fan.

  • Anonymous

    I agree that Jerell needed some editing, but I still coveted that outfit — it really felt like something you’d wear for a weekend getaway in, say, Park City, and to me, he met the challenge more than any of them.

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

    Wow, the episode is sitting on my DVR waiting to be watched, so this is the first I’ve heard of Rami’s schmauf. I’m shocked.  I can definitely see all the points you made, but I just tend to have a soft spot for the best constructionists.  ISad to see him go.

    • Anonymous

      Once you see the shirt underneath, things will make a little more sense. The shirt is just bad. It looks like it had an autopsy.

      • Anonymous

        that’s all I kept thinking, autopsy autopsy autopsy!

  • Anonymous

    So sad to see Rami go. But at this point, I’ll be sad about everyone except Kenley and Jerrell. As for Jerrell, hmmm… they both made coats….for winter sports wear…What else was Michael to make? And I felt Jerrell was being far too melodramatic in the workroom AND extraordinarily passive aggressive on the runway. The smugness really really bothered me.  It’s one thing when people make exactly the same thing when there’s alot of choice. But for winter? Come on, Jerrell.  And for the judges to talk about his confidence as opposed to Michael’s? I know people have an issue with Michael’s over-emotionalism. It is embarrassing at times. But how confident would you be if most of the workroom turned against you and then you had someone on the runway implying in a non-implying way, that you plagiarized?

    I know my comment will invite the Michael’s a dlettante jerk comments, but I’m just registering my reactions.

    • Anonymous

      I thought the exact same thing.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=622570407 Alyssa Ball

      To me, it was mostly the fact that he started out making some sort of … vest?  half coat? and then suddenly seemed inspired to make a full-length winter coat and “lost” his original sketch when Joanna asked to see it. 

      • Anonymous

        As I pointed out in another response, I felt that his final coat resembled his design as we were shown it on the HP touch pad (I wish I could get a screen cap just to be sure because it did go by pretty fast).

    • Anonymous

      I agree. Winter sportswear = coat. And there was plenty of film of Michael trying different things with his coat to see what would work. Jerell was playing to the cameras. I personally liked Michaels better than Jerell’s. I liked the flattering fit and harmonious fabrics.

    • Anonymous

       I totally agree with you. I even think Michael might have subconsciously copied Jerell, but then the final products weren’t all that similar. I was hoping Jerell’s would suck because his attitude put me off.  If he had taken the “well, I’ll just dig in and make sure mine is better” attitude, I wouldn’t have minded him pointed out the similarities between the garments. As it is, I’m bummed he won because his work has sucked to this point and I’m looking forward to seeing him go.

    • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

      Jerrell is smugness personified every week, IMO.  I really did love his coat, but that smug attitude just turns me off.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/7FIDPQZLKWWCAZ5UOVHWXGMTBI Koolerthan

      Jerrell slightly annoyed me, BUT I was more upset with Michael. He has a hissy fit when someone picks the same fabric or colors as him, but can’t take it when he clearly rips off his direct opponent? At least, he sort of changed the direction when Joanna outed it.

      • Anonymous

        What I find interesting is that I didn’t think Michael’s was all that far off from his HP design that was shown on camera. So in his head he had the idea.  I think what he may have ripped off from Jerrell was the technique. As a draper, he may have had some problem putting his vision that he drew to the reality on the dress form.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/7FIDPQZLKWWCAZ5UOVHWXGMTBI Koolerthan

      Jerrell slightly annoyed me, BUT I was more upset with Michael. He has a hissy fit when someone picks the same fabric or colors as him, but can’t take it when he clearly rips off his direct opponent? At least, he sort of changed the direction when Joanna outed it.

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

      I like Jerrell a lot (not so much his designs this season), and up until this episode, I think he’s been lots of fun. But he was annoyingly smug last night. He says it doesn’t bother him, but he makes a big deal out of it anyway? I don’t doubt that Michael realized, after seeing what Jerrell was doing, that he should/could make a coat since he was doing winter sportswear, but I’m not convinced it was outright copying. He already had the tweed fabric. What was he supposed to use instead? In the end, the coats looked like they came from the same collection (which someone pointed out in the TLounge, so credit to whoever that was), but they weren’t identical.

      And, you know, Jerrell won. I think he deserved to win, but he would have done himself a favor if, during judging, he hadn’t too coy by half about the similarities in the coats. It made him look like an asshole.

    • Anonymous

      That. Jerell behaved like a childish idiot.

  • Anonymous

    (sorry, meant to reply to profp)

  • Anonymous

    Austin is lucky that Rami made that top, which looked like it needed to be taken out back and shot to be put out of its misery.

    • Anonymous

      He’s also lucky that he’s won a challenge (or two? I don’t remember), because it was easier to make the argument that Austin’s performance up to this point made him more deserving of a pass.

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

        But Rami won the first challenge.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.ridener John Ridener

    I see Austin’s pants in weekly sales circulars from Blair. Two pairs for $29.95. And Isaac thought they were the best thing on the runway last night? Bless ALL their hearts.

    • Anonymous

       When I was overweight, I used to get (unsolicited) catalogs for “full figured women” that really only consisted of loose robes, muu-muus, sweats, and elastic waist pants that came up under your armpits.  Austin could sell those khaki pants he made for at least $19.99 each at The Woman Within.

      • Anonymous

        Hey, don’t diss The Woman Within. lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1405004314 Cindi Tracy Aune

    I would buy Ramis jacket in a heartbeat. It would work well on a “traditionally built woman” like me lol.
    Austins? I wouldn’t get near a single piece he made, even if they were marked down 80%! And I must agree, Cynthia Rowley was high last night, it’s the only explanation.

    • Anonymous

      If that’s the only explanation, she’s high 24/7.  I’m not saying it’s not possible.  She is always like that.

      Does she have some connection with Marie-Claire?  Because she was totally gunning for Mondo.  So nasty.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, she clearly didn’t get the ‘give feedback don’t tear into the designer’ memo.

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

    Still in a deep depression over my Rami going home.  There were a lot sadder garments on that runway.  I feel like we’re in some alternate universe right now with Jerell winning and Rami getting schmaufed.  Jerell did a good job, but is there any doubt that next week he’ll be back to his usual throwing too much crap at the dress form?  I’m hoping to wake up soon and find out it was all just a silly nightmare.

    lovemesomerami

    • Anonymous

      BizarroWorld!Up is down! Black is white! It is weird.

  • Anonymous

    I guess Jerell deserved the win as much as anyone, but I’ll be interested to see your pick. Actually, I thought Mila’s was much better than the judges seemed to think. But it seems to me the judges are really responding to the whole look more than to the garments themselves. Except for that ugly handbag, Jerell’s styling all made sense, and the model looks like an actual person, not a model with a bizarre hairdo and a bunch of accessories taken off a shelf.

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

      I was also impressed with Jerell’s styling, and agree that his model looked like a normal person. I actually loved her hair with that hat. Mine looks like that sometimes on dry winter days. :p

    • Brian Moss

      I’m sorry, but I look at Mila’s outfit and immediately think of lady parts.  I can’t get it out of my head now.

      • Anonymous

        Hmm . . . when was the last time you saw lady parts? They’ve changed a lot.

        • Brian Moss

          LOL, recently?  Only in anatomy books.  I do adore Mila’s mod sense of style, but the overall effect of that cape and red top just read as a big gaping maw to me.

          • Anonymous

            I kind of want to start a band and call it ‘Big Gaping Maw’ as that might be the most delightfully wicked turn of phrase I’ve seen in a long time. Fantastically done!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5WKLKGER4FZ7MJX43OSYDBDPOE Maggie

    Jerell “didn’t make that big a deal out of it”? I think we watched different shows.

    • Anonymous

       I’m thinking they meant on the runway. He reined in the smirking, annoying snottiness there.

      • Anonymous

        Not so much, really. I saw plenty of snot.

    • http://twitter.com/astrosexy e l i z a b e t h 。

      I totally got a “i wonnnnn nah nah nah nah’ vibe when Jerell said ‘good luck’ to Michael after he was announced winner.

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

    Rami’s chartreuse top looked like it had been autopsied and sewn back up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1542185727 Barb Cooper

    Do love that beautiful blue, however. And yes, it is also designed beautifully.Haven’t seen the episode but I can assume it was Michael who (once again) instigated an issue of two garments looking too much alike. He has a gift for stirring the pot that should win him a special prize–a big pot full of sh– and a big spoon! Gaaah I dislike that man. Mondo!!! get away from him now!

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

       Nope, it was Jerell who said that Michael was copying him.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1542185727 Barb Cooper

         Oh, thanks for that correction. Still, it may confirm my second post re roving eyes and sticky fingers.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1542185727 Barb Cooper

       So I just looked at rate the runway and of course I was right. Why does it seem that someone is always “stealing Michael’s design/fabric”?  Might Michael be the one with the roving eye and sticky fingers? Naa, not saint (smarmy) Michael.

  • Anonymous

    The structure of the faceoff and elimination DEFINITELY shook up expectations this week. It is the only way to avoid an inexorable march to Rami, Mondo, Austin and/or Designer X (allowing some mystery) at the end. It is really amazing to me that Rami went before Kara and Jarrell, at the very least. (And I think Kara is beyond lovely as a person. But her design last night, though totally simple-chic, was dull as dishwater and woefully understyled).

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HBS4KWJ6XTPDEL2JMD37ZS5YHA Ben

      to be honest, everything Kara has produced this season is as dull as dishwater.

      • Anonymous

        I hate to bring them up, but those other PR judges would have sent Kara packing last night for making clothes that you can buy at a department store.  

        • Anonymous

          That was a tough call, though. Kara’s had absolutely no style, but at least it was something an actual woman might wear. Austin’s seems to have been designed for C.Z. Guest on her way to the garden party.

          • Anonymous

            Those garden party people have a lot of money and buy a lot of clothes.

          • Anonymous

            And C.Z. was the bomb, but that was a long time ago. I just think “fashion-forward” is not how I would describe those pants, I’m sayin’.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HBS4KWJ6XTPDEL2JMD37ZS5YHA Ben

      to be honest, everything Kara has produced this season is as dull as dishwater.

    • Anonymous

      I agree–I think that if they hadn’t had the faceoff, they would have taken the opportunity to eliminate Kara.  They wouldn’t have eliminated Rami, when he’s won a challenge and been doing better in the competition.  

  • http://twitter.com/DC_Lockwood Michelle

    I used to love Project Runway but I think the Anya season ruined it for me. I can’t even focus on the All-Stars and I like everyone in this group (except Michael, who’s always been overrated for me).

    Sad to say, but I only watch so I can read these recaps. I think I’m finally done once All-Stars is over.

  • Anonymous

    Man, you should have saved the WTF title for this eppy, boys. Holy 180, show. Last week I generally enjoyed the challenge, the designer interactions were adorbs and fun for the most part, and I fully agreed with the win. This week the whole damn eppy was lame and annoying, from the icky head to head premise which was a recipe for the eventual schmauf disaster to the guest judge’s rants which could only be explained by a fevered delirium and the topsy turvey PR universe where Kenley not only doesnt go home but is actually praised for cranking out yet another mommy and me design that would have looked right at home in Baby Gap (her pieces thus far when put in order seem to create a wardrobe for a chick with Benjamin Button disease), and Rami is shown the door for a (mostly) good effort. Rami’s jacket was fantastic, which to my mind cancels out the fug of Frankenblouse. The pants are cute and the piping matches the jacket quite well.

  • Anonymous

    i agree with the comments and no matter who goes week after week it will be painful for one of us bitter kittens.  rami will be missed, he was just a doll.

    • Anonymous

      And they didn’t show his super adorable childhood picture once this season! I feel robbed!

      • Anonymous

        When you think of PRAS you definitley think of Rami.

        • Anonymous

          Thinking about the designers as a whole, I really feel like Rami has the most range in terms of what he can produce.  He obviously grew past simply draping and was trying different things (not always successfully), whereas the other designers are staying – for the most part – VERY squarely in their wheelhouse. It’s a shame, but at least he went out classy. And he wakes up every day looking the way he looks so he can’t be too upset. ;)

  • Anonymous

    I used to have a chartreuse turtleneck (sans ruching) in 1989 that I thought was the shit. I wore it with a black skirt/jumpery thing, tights and doc martens or black ‘witch boots.’   I thought I was so cool. I almost wanted the judges to like Rami’s so I could validate my taste at the time. But no…it was just wrong.  Although I did like his jacket. Now, my sister, she rocked the pleated pants and floral tops back in those days.  Throw a pair of Eastland Mocs the the ties all corkscrewed* and she would have been all over Austin’s.

    *OK…I had those too.

    • http://twitter.com/EBarkenbush Ellen Barkenbush

      Ah, the “Eastland Knot”! 
      http://www.eastlandshoe.com/category/customer+service/tie+the+eastland+knot.do (Or as it was known for those who had Bass mocs, the “Rangeley” – Bass included a little instructional card with each pair to help the owner tie said knots, I just found one in a desk at my mom’s from when I bought a pair of Mocs in middle school!)

      • Anonymous

        Love it! 

  • jeneria

    I thought Mila’s look should have been the winner.  So chic, so on point.  But I get that the judges are pouting because she won’t play their ridiculous games.  How was Mondo’s look juvenile but Kenley’s romper not?  Both outfits were ridiculous but Kenley’s was just absurd.

    • Anonymous

      I’m not a fan of that cape that Mila sent down the runway. It gave her model football player shoulders.

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

        I don’t like capes. A cape is one of those things that’s better in theory than in reality, so I’m still on the fence about Mila’s. I’ll have to wait until I can see a few photos to make up my mind.

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

          I ADORE capes!  Of course some of that is due to the fact that you don’t see them a lot in the real world — I enjoy being contrary. 

        • Anonymous

          I rather like capes, at least in concept.  They could be really cool outerwear, I just didn’t think that Mila really produced a winner last night.

      • Anonymous

        And it was the color of a paper grocery bag, which is not a great color for a lot of folks.

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

      I hate the judges.  They made Mondo cry.  Not only that, but if HIS look was juvenile, then WTF do you call Kenley’s?  As has been said by more than one, rompers are for babies, not real women and her polka dots didn’t match!  I’ll give her well sewn, but that’s IT.

  • http://twitter.com/zombuki Brigitte Coovert

    When we watched last night, having just discovered something called “Southern Ladies Magazine” we talked about how Austin’s garment is just that: for Southern ladies. It makes sense in a way. If they had said “Make Southern church wear for a young woman” and provided church hats and trays of frosted tea cakes, Austen would have nailed it.

    • Anonymous

      If that challenge existed and Anthony wasn’t there to compete it would be a crime, full-stop. :)

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

      I would totally eat frosted tea cakes in Austin’s outfit!

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

        To be fair, I’d eat frosted tea cakes in any outfit.

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

          I’d wear a cape if I could eat some frosted tea cakes.

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

            Gee, you’re easily bribed:)  If only I could get everyone to turn over their wardrobe choices to me in return for some cake…

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

            When it comes to cake of any kind, I am very easily bribed.

    • Anonymous

      I love Austin and for the most part, his aesthetic. However, last night’s look was strictly from the costume department for The Help.

    • Anonymous

      Have you ever seen the magazine “Gardens and Guns”?  Its title just stuns me!

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

        I have a few copies of that. I made food for a benefit that was sponsored by the magazine. It’s a bizarre premise, but it’s a good magazine.

  • Anonymous

    I have legit questions about the accessories wall, now that apparently accessories count a LOT towards overall score:
    1. Do the designers have to use ONLY what’s available on the wall during a given challenge or do they have a broader range of items from which to choose?
    2. The accessories seem to change up each week (at least what is shown), so do they get updated post fabric selection and all that?

    I don’t know if it’s ever been explained/covered so I apologize if it’s a dumb question. I guess if they’re going to shove the accessories down our throats I would like to know the deal with how they’re chosen.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t remember ever being told that much about the accessories wall in any of its incarnations. I’ve always wondered if it is intentionally kept vague because there really is no consistency to it.

      • Anonymous

        That’s what is infuriating to me…if accessorizing is now a big deal then explain the wall and that process. 

        And a sincere THANK YOU for replying! This is the second time I’ve asked this and you’re the only one to respond at all. I just really want to figure out how it works and am hoping some lost soul out there knows. ;)

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

          That’s because none of us know and we don’t want to admit it! ;P

  • Anonymous

    All I know is that this is the second week in a row where I fell into a dead sleep in the middle of the episode.

  • Anonymous

    The way the judging goes normally is that the top 3 and bottom 3 are determined by their numerical scores then the judges pick which of the lowest three to send home. With this stupid faceoff, the bottom four can contain as few as 2 of the lowest numerical scores which means the third low scorer is safe just by being a little bit better than her faceoff competition and gets to stay even if her outfit is the logical choice for the auff. By the same rules the top four can contain as few as two of the top scorers which means a top score can be in the bottom by virtue of being just a little worse than his faceoff competition and not have the opportunity to be picked as a winner. I hate that they sent Rami home. He’s consistently produced well made, interesting designs. Kara’s boring separates should have gone home.

    • Anonymous

      You are correct. In last night’s example, Jarell came in first — and for all we know Michael was second (and I actually thought Michael’s was the best of the two and possibly the best sportswear of the entire night). But the drama, ugh.

  • Anonymous

    I was very sad that Rami went home. I think Kenley should have gone home for that romper that no one could ever pee in. Cynthia Rowley is snide, insane and/or on crack. Worst designer judge ever, I would love to see her in that romper, walking down the street. She shot her credibility all to hell with that performance last night. I liked Mondo’s a lot, and love that he mixed eras. That’s a design sin?? I don’t think so.
    Austin confused me, but I am so glad he and Mondo are still there!!

    • Anonymous

      I”d like to see Cynthia Rowley in that romper, and desperate to find a lady’s room.

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

      I was so confused when they commented on Mondo’s being based on the past, as a bad thing, when they just fawned over Kenley’s romper which was pure retro/vintage/dated!

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

        What boggled me is that Kenley’s is such a literal interpretation of retro, while Mondo’s had a lot of retro elements from different eras — making it far more fresh than Kenley’s basic pattern from 1954.

      • Anonymous

        I think that Kenley’s model is one of the best walking the runway in this show, and she really sells whatever she’s wearing.

  • Anonymous

    Jerell bugged the shit out of me last night. I wanted to slap that smirk off his face. I do think he had a point about Michael, but all his sniping about it seemed ginned up to get screen time in Anthony’s absence.  Jerell’s look was fine, can’t argue totally with the win. But the way he was going on about his sweater coat thing, you’d think he had invented it. Shit, I can see one of those whenever I open a Soft Surroundings catalog.

    Sorry Rami had to go, but that shirt was nuts. i don’t think any woman wants to wear a shirt that gives her the appearance of having had a half mastectomy.

  • Anonymous

    Yes Rami’s coat was lovely and moved well but it was styled terribly and it really was made with too much fabric. The model looked like she had an extra 6 inches piled on her chest. And that chartreuse top was horrid. She had probably the worst case of titscrepancy to appear on the show. I expected Rowley to actually use the word

    So basically it looked bad when the coat was tied and it looked worse when the coat was open. I am sad to see him go but it really was a toss up between the 2

    • Anonymous

      But why was Rami the only one who had to answer for what was lurking under the coat. Not Jerell, nor Michael , nor Mila were judged on the garment under the outerwear. Who knows what was beneath? Mila was just finishing or maybe didn’t finish her red blouse. Same is true for Jerell and Michael literally anything could be under those coats.

      • Anonymous

         I agree with you, but I also know that the runway critiques are edited. Aren’t they out there for an hour or more? So maybe the others’ looks were examined, but it wasn’t as dramatic of a reveal? Just guessing.

        Also, I’m assuming they went after Mondo harder than we saw because I don’t understand him being reduced to tears that easily, unless he is just dog tired or something.

        • Anonymous

          I think Mondo was just really upset because he was honoring his mother’s birthday by making a design that he truly thought was special, that someone would wear to her 60th birthday party, and the judges not only didn’t get it, but were especially mean about the outfit.  (And because he couldn’t be there and had to deal with the judges’ BS too probably.)  But it did seem like something more was edited out of the critique.    

          • Anonymous

            I think Mondo was so invested emotionally in wanting to do something to honor his mom that perhaps it got in his way as a designer in this challenge.  He really took the critiques very personally, and seemed especially hurt by them.

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

        I think in Rami’s case, they wanted to see the top because of the neckline — it was so busy against the neckline of the coat. 

  • Anonymous

    Was Austin channeling Peach when he made that preppy horror?

    • Anonymous

      If Ms. Scarlett picks up a bolt of toile fabric at Mood, we’ll know that he’s been overcome by Peach fever.

  • Call me Bee

    I don’t agree with Jerrell’s win.  There’s the mixing of tweeds and the flowy silhouette and the hat and the hair and the buttons and the bag and to me it looks like a big mess.  But then, it totally reflects Jerrell’s esthetic–he loves to throw everything in his little trick bag at every garment.  So, I guess it’s just me–I didn’t like it.     
    Poor Rami–the one time he does his draping and off he goes.  I didn’t mind the green color of the blouse, but the execution was so awful.  You are right that it was the element that sealed the schmauf.   I see that everyone loved that jacket, but it took me right back to the Golden Girls.  Then there’s the pants and boots and belt and bag…Looks like Rami, just like Jerrell, chose to pile on the “stuff”.  Just too much. 
     

    • Anonymous

      I think what the judges hated was the mix of colors; they might not have disliked that color if he’d used it in a different context, or more sparingly.

  • Anonymous

    It’s very sad when an outfit that would have won a challenge in either of the last two seasons of PR-Regular gets the designer sent home.  It’s also very sad that Rami, one of the most gracious people on the planet, was that designer.  I know–personality isn’t the point.  But it’s still sad.

    But it’s more than sad–it’s borderline criminal–when things like this happen at the hands of a highly suspect judging panel.  Georgina and Shmeidi remained on track, but Isaac fell right into the big vat of orange and played the one-liner-throwing Catskills comic role to the hilt.  His love for Austin’s outfit was beyond comprehension and raised the usual questions about whether the BM fix was in.  And Cynthia Rowley was, of course, her usual crack-addled, completely taste-free, horrible self.  Which didn’t help.

    • Call me Bee

      Agree about Isaac. Out of the lot of them, he seems to be the one most likely to be bought.

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

         Isaac has been sitting in the Kors chair too long

    • Anonymous

      “It’s very sad when an outfit that would have won a challege in either of the last two seasons of PR-Regular gets the designer sent home.”

      Inforapenny, I’m in for a pound with your opinion here. Also, Bitchrahi’s eyes get more crazed with each episode. One of his infamous meltdowns seems impending. If he hasn’t been bought, he needs to have his meds readjusted. Georgina’s earnestness is endearing and a little amusing: Yes, dearie, we know your husband makes movie stars wear your clothes, but of course that doesn’t mean you’re not a Serious Designer. Now run along and fold some napkins. It pains me that such a lovely person makes such horrid clothing. Schmeidi can’t help her boring delivery, but her opinions come across as honest and unvarnished.

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

        Schmeidi can’t help her boring delivery, but her opinions come across as honest and unvarnished.”

        That is the absolute truth. She’s straightforward, and I like that. I loved when she said Kara had snuck into the top because Austin went cuckoo.

        She’s no Heidi, but Angela is growing on me. I don’t want her to be Heidi anyway.

  • http://www.facebook.com/raultv Raúl T. Vives

    I really liked Austin’s outfit. I think the judges are being very rude with him and with mondo.
    “I will never go out with this girl” said one of them. Thats not an objective criticism. You are saying what type of person you like, but you are not talking about the clothes. Is like saying i dont like gothics or hippsters.

    I know that Austin girl looked goofy and a little old… but IT IS a trend right now.

    Mondo was right in crying… what a frustration to hear other motherfunkers their subjective opinion of what is cool… and being very very rude about it.

    I think the formula of the show is over. All the designers are bored and rolling their eyes… you can tell when they are acting and laughing and really annoyed because the producers make them scream “15 minutes designers”. Its more of a luck thing that a talent competition.

    • Amy Ellinger

      I think them not liking gothic or hipsters is a big part of why April was schmauf’ed.  There were worse things on the runway at her elimination, but at least she stuck to her general point of view.  Galliano was creepy, too…..

      And yeah, maybe its my Southern courtesies coming out here to defend Mondo, but you just don’t talk to people like that. If my grandmother heard me be that rude, oh lordy….. 

    • Anonymous

      I agree.  To me Austin’s outfit was an updated “Betty Draper.”  I would definitely want to talk to a gal who can pull off a chic vintage look. 

      Last week Isaac talked about how much he loves jumpsuits.  This week the judges go bonkers for a romper.  I don’t live in NYC, so maybe I don’t know “fasion forward,”  but I have never seen anyone in either of these items.

  • Anonymous

    I LOVED Rami’s jacket…the color, the shape, everything. It’s too ba dhe had to screw it up with the ugly top underneath :(

    And were they serious about Kenley’s onesie?! I thought that would be in the bottom for sure. If I saw someone wearing that, I’d think it was Halloween and they were dressed as a slutty baby.

    And I really hate these types of challenges where they put them in pairs and pick a high and low score. I think Kara should’ve gone home last night. There wasn’t anything unique or creative about her look, and the colors didn’t mesh well. I think if she had done a white blazer or something, then it would’ve looked a lot better.

    • Anonymous

      “Slutty Baby”!!! FTW!!! 

  • Lori

    Darn faceoff.  Rami’s coat had promise.  Kenley and Kara designed nothing.  And last week they gave Rami grief for not matching up his print (and rightly so) but this week Kenley gets a friendly little girl-slap for the same thing. 

    As for Jerrell, I think it’s ugly, just my opinion, but truly the buttons were laughable, the sleeves are a ridiculous length and I wonder what the model’s hair is covering up.

    It’s not my taste but it was well done, Mila’s FTW.

    • Anonymous

       The critique that was given to Rami for the Miss Piggy challenge was very similar to the critique given to Kenley this round.
      As they both came in second place and were both given an absurd  critique that they should have matched the polka dot prints on the seams. It is impossible to match a non linear pattern (like large scattered polka dots) on a curved or fitting seam. 

      • Anonymous

        My impression was that they told Kenley, not that the dots should match but, that she didn’t line the dots up, which is easily accomplished.  I noticed when she was pressing her garment that one side of the short seemed to be cut an inch higher on the pattern than the other side.  It did give it a lopsided look.  Besides, she did one piece where everyone else did 2 or 3.  The least she could have done was line up her patterned fabric.

        • Anonymous

          Also, each side of the garment should have been cut with the dots in the same place.  It was an even print and not random dots.

          • Anonymous

            Random was the wrong word to use in regard to the placement of the printed dots. They are of course arranged in diagonal lines (just as Rami’s large dot fabric was). but this makes it appear random to the eye as apposed to dotted lines. I  understand what you are talking about. lining up vs matching, but since they were looking at the front of the garment and the bodice has no seam that that would apply to nor does the belt, only the cf seam of the short would be affected. After looking at the back I think she did line up the dots on the diagonal  (on the cf shorts too).  In any case if she had lined up the dots horizontally on the cf short there would still be numerous broken dots, which is what ( I perceive )bothers people. So, if they had said she should have used a smaller dot on a design with so many seams or less seams( the separate waist band could have been eliminated easily  )on a fabric with such a large print, I could get behind that. 

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

        It’s a pain (and can be EXTREMELY time-consuming) to match linear polka dots on straight seams — believe me, I know, it’s all I’ve been doing for DAYS!

  • Anonymous

    Can I just say that I really like Mila’s outfit in the background? Really, really like it?

    Jerell’s is about the only thing he’s every done that I sort of like.

    I have found that occasionaly (twice, actually) tuning into the very end and just reading the TLo recaps works for me. I only really care about seeing the clothes anyway.

  • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

    Frankly, I would have given Austin the schmauf for that, Premmie Socialite in Boca Raton look of his.   What the hell universe does he inhabit anyway?   Rami, oh Rami.  I shall miss your sexy good looks and your mostly calm demeanor amidst the madness.  But, really now,  it was obvious to me why you showed that jacket closed.  That blouse was an unmitigated disaster.  And you knew it.

    Bye Bye, sexyman.  See you in my dreams.

  • Jessica Goldstein

    My top pick was Mila’s. When it’s sportswear, I feel like wearability is a more legit criterion than in, say, a couture challenge. I liked the entire outfit’s silhouette and color scheme—loved the pop of red from the top under the cape—and liked the cape and pants as separates. It read “weekend” to me, or more to the point “extremely chic, well-to-do weekend.” Although Rami’s blouse was awful on its own and more so with the elaborate jacket, the jacket itself was terrific. I might have given the auf to Kara last night. I like her a lot, but to my eye she just dressed her model in regular clothes. I couldn’t see any design elements that made any piece special. And wasn’t that a damning critique from Michael Kors one year, “it’s just clothes”? I would auf that before real design, even when it’s a design I thought went off the rails like Austin’s or Kenley’s.

  • http://twitter.com/lenabena_ Elena

    I haven’t watched the episode yet, but wow, I’m surprised they let Rami go. I thought he’d be in the finals. It’s a shame because he’s definitely more talented than some other people left in the competition, but I guess that’s always how it goes.

  • Anonymous

    It’s always this point in the competition where the copying claim is made.  It’s inevitable because, by now, the designers’ field of vision has been reduced significantly and they become overly influenced by the work in the room.  A simple glance one direction will inspire you and before you know it, you’re making something similar.  That said, it’s a strong possibility that Michael was edited to look more guilty than he was.  However, he did not come off well in his own defense.  Whiny is definitely the word.  

  • Anonymous

    Jerell produced his best look thus far. He definitely deserved to be in the top. And I agree with his win. I do think the Fall/ Winters and an advantage over the Spring/Summers because you can go a lot more fashion with those seasons. And the fabrics are more forgiving too.
    I strongly disagree with the ‘auf. Rami is a victim of not having a camera ready personality. I thought the blue jacket was enough to win the challenge. The pants were nice, and the only problem I have with the chartreuse top is the way it is only partway hanging out of the bottom of the jacket. I love the neckline. The bottom two should have been Michael and Austin, with Austin going home.

  • Anonymous

    Ok, I’ll stand alone on this one, but I thought Rami’s look was very good. That jacket was truly beautiful, and much better belted than open. The unstructured topper is absolutely everywhere and has been for about three years - in every catalog and every store that sells apparel, including Sam’s Club – and Rami took that basic shape that is so flattering (explaining ubiquity) and elevated it to a beautiful garment. The pants are great and I even like the chartreuse/blue combo. I’ve seen it so often in Interiors magazines. Anyhoo. As for Jerell, his look was OK. I thought Michael’s look was much better, but that the producers didn’t want to reward the “copycat.”

    • Anonymous

      agree and I live Rami’s for top two – with Michael’s (yes the pants and shoe color weren’t right, but loved the blue and green) 

      And did I dream it – y’all saying Jerrell did not make a big deal of calling Michael a copy cat – I thought he was OVER THE TOP griping.  And he did it on the stage as well!

      (Michael did grip about red – but then he chose another color because he did not want two head to head comparisons 2 wks in a row
      Imagine using tweed and making a coat for a WINTER SPORTSWEAR CHALLENGE – SHOCKING!

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

        And the mops! He griped about the mops.

    • Anonymous

      I like the chartreuse of the shirt, but the cut? Really? I’d have sent him home for that alone. I’m sure he thought he’d never get called upon to open that jacket.

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

      I  think the top was a mess. I don’t get the stitching across the breasts. I don’t know, perhaps maybe he didn’t have time to fix it. But I think everything else he made was great. And I love that color combo. That shade of green is one that you either really love or really hate, and it depends on whether it looks good on you. (I don’t wear a lot of color but I do wear that. It’s one of my best colors.)

      I just don’t think that the top was so bad that it should have negated how good everything else was. Austin, on the other hand, was just the opposite. The horror of the pants should have overridden the cardigan and the flowered top. I hate to say this, because I love Austin, but he should have gotten the boot for those pants.

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

        I know where he was going with the seams.  That diagonal could have been very flattering IF it had fit correctly.  But that diagonal seam should have started UNDER the breast, not on the lower half of it.

  • Anonymous

    I haven’t watched the episode yet and can’t see TLo’s screencaps.  But I have seen other pictures.  It didn’t look like the pants that Rami designed were fitting very well in the crotchal area.  Was anything said about that last night?  Or did I just see an unfortunate angle of the pants and they were really OK?

    I will miss Rami.  I like him much better as an All-Star than I did in his original season.  He has been refreshingly drama-free and focused, more so than any of the other designers.

    I read Anthony’s exit interview on the Lifetime site.  He thinks Jerell is the funniest person ever.  That should tell us something.

    • Anonymous

      I thought Rami’s pants looked spectacular, but I didn’t see what you thought you saw there. Mila’s also very good. Austin’s, which were inexplicably highly praised by Isaac, were beyond belief.

  • Anonymous

    Ugh; this head-to-head thing stank.  But for that, Kara would have ended up in the bottom three for her J C Penny separates and would have probably been schmauffed for her very weak past performance.

    But given the framework, the judges made one of two plausible decisions, ultimately deciding that Rami’s “Frankenblouse” was worse than Austin’s delusional top, seemingly designed for Hyacinth Bucket.

    I’m ambivalent about Jerrell, but I liked his coat; it had a hint of a Missoni vibe to me. And I’m glad he was able to rein in his desires to plainly call out Michael as a copycat. And I’ll begrudgingly credit Michael for making some noticeable changes to make his coat less a carbon copy.

    • Anonymous

      Oh I love me some Hyacinth!

    • Anonymous

      It’s Bouquet! B-U-C-K-E-T!  

    • Anonymous

      It’s Bouquet! B-U-C-K-E-T!  

    • Anonymous

      I think it looked a bit more suited for her sister Daisy!

      • Anonymous

        Not Violet with the Mercedes and room for a pony?

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

          This is all from Are You Being Served, isn’t it? Someday I’m going to watch that show.

          • Anonymous

            No, it’s from Keeping Up Appearances with Patricia Routledge. Her character, Hyacinth Bucket (which she pronounces “bouquet”), is absolutely THE bossiest woman to ever walk the earth.  
            http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098837/

          • Anonymous

             And the most pretentious.  But the show is hilarious and I wish our PBS station still carried it.

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

            Thank you. I guess that’s two British comedies I have to watch. And I love that Bucket/Bouquet thing. It’s hilarious.

  • Anonymous

    The schmauf should have gone to Austin.  Rami’s was pretty bad too…but at least he had something modern in his look.  That top he made was awful…Austin’s pants were worse.  I said in another post, will say it again…Austin made a high waisted khaki version of “mom jeans”…disastrously unflattering. 

    I really like Michael’s coat/outfit way more than Jarell’s.  Michael’s just looked more polished, sophisticated, and figure flattering.  Jarell’s was over stylized and bulky…no attention at all to flatter her figure…one big bulky blob. I especially hated the lion’s mane of hair she had all bunched up under and around her face.  Hated!  I really don’t think the 2 looks were that similar either. 

    My choice for the win would have been Kenley’s….will save comments though for that post.  ;)

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

       Michael’s outfit wasn’t quite as “interesting” as Jerell’s but it had taste and elegance. I could easily see it in a shop window.

  • Anonymous

    The schmauf should have gone to Austin.  Rami’s was pretty bad too…but at least he had something modern in his look.  That top he made was awful…Austin’s pants were worse.  I said in another post, will say it again…Austin made a high waisted khaki version of “mom jeans”…disastrously unflattering. 

    I really like Michael’s coat/outfit way more than Jarell’s.  Michael’s just looked more polished, sophisticated, and figure flattering.  Jarell’s was over stylized and bulky…no attention at all to flatter her figure…one big bulky blob. I especially hated the lion’s mane of hair she had all bunched up under and around her face.  Hated!  I really don’t think the 2 looks were that similar either. 

    My choice for the win would have been Kenley’s….will save comments though for that post.  ;)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HBS4KWJ6XTPDEL2JMD37ZS5YHA Ben

    I love the judging panel last night. And Cynthia’s reaction was the best. She totally nailed Kara’s look in one sentence : “nothing original about this. AT. ALL” 

    Then, upon seeing the back of Mondo’s outfit: “Oh, boyyyyyyyyy”

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HBS4KWJ6XTPDEL2JMD37ZS5YHA Ben

    I love the judging panel last night. And Cynthia’s reaction was the best. She totally nailed Kara’s look in one sentence : “nothing original about this. AT. ALL” 

    Then, upon seeing the back of Mondo’s outfit: “Oh, boyyyyyyyyy”

  • Anonymous

    Even if he had toned down how voluminous the draping is, I still think this would have been a bad design.  He’s all over the place color-wise and to me, and I think it looks dated.  I can’t imagine anyone in 2012 wearing that blouse. 

  • Anonymous

    I’m going to dig a hole for my poor sad sack lack of taste self. I got it all wrong last night. I liked Michael’s more than Jerrell’s. I liked Mondo’s better than Kenley’s. I liked Rami’s (jacket closed) better than Mila’s (hello Florence Nightengale). Poor Spring. I’ll dig a hole for her too.

    • Anonymous

      Make room for me.  I agree on all points.

    • Anonymous

      Me too. :)

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

      I, and most of the people I was live blogging with last night totally agree

    • Anonymous

      Me too.

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

      Add a bit more room for me please.  I am in total accord with you.

  • Anonymous

    Love high waisted pants but…these were not cutting edge, absolutely nothing new & Khaki???? Then the top. Austin should have gone home. As we often saw with Tim Gunn, JC loved the chartreuse, “very on trend” but the judges disagreed. Rami’s jacket was gorgeous.
    Shoulders are back as well as high waisted pants!

    • Anonymous

      For me, Austin’s pants looked camel, not khaki, and in a pant I rarely ever associate that with someone young.  And paired with the top – oh, please.

  • Anonymous

    Love high waisted pants but…these were not cutting edge, absolutely nothing new & Khaki???? Then the top. Austin should have gone home. As we often saw with Tim Gunn, JC loved the chartreuse, “very on trend” but the judges disagreed. Rami’s jacket was gorgeous.
    Shoulders are back as well as high waisted pants!

  • Anonymous

    I liked the elements of Jerrell’s look but the overall effect was bulky and sloppy. Anyone wearing that coat would be fidgeting all day trying to keep it in place. The under-layer looked interesting and I would have liked to see it without the coat. I was sad to see Rami go but I think it was the right decision. The blue piece was well made and interesting although there was too much drapiness going on. But that hideous chartreuse thing with the poorly sewn triangle thingy was surely the worst element on the runway.

  • http://victoriapavlova.com Victoria Pavlova

    I love blue jacket as it is, but what is to much is the yellow top under it. Yikes.

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

    I loved Jerell’s coat and would put it on right now (if it was colder). Big buttons and all. Glad he won.
    Rami’s top made me feel like I was choking to death, and I wasn’t even wearing it. I’ll miss looking at him every week though.

    Loved Mila’s cape, but wish it were in a heavier better fabric or something. It looked too lightweight.

    Kenley’s little polkadot thing annoyed me beyond words. Seriously, who would wear that except to some costume or ‘theme’ party?

    Oh Austin.

    One does wonder about the judges comments on some of this stuff. 

    And when was this filmed? July? Because there’s sun, and they’re all hot and sleeveless. Just curious.

    • Anonymous

      I think it was definitely summer because when Kenley tried on Jerrell’s coat, she commented about how hot it was and practically tore it off.  (FYI:  Kenley has an adorable figure.  I wish my boobs pointed up…)

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

    The story of two nice jackets, two skinny pants, and two bad shirts.
    Rami’s shirt was pretty horrible, but then again, Jerrell’s shirt was pretty horrible too with those oversized pairs of button eyes. Rami’s sin was to make his shirt very noticeable.
    I actually liked Jerrell’s use of multiple tweed patterns. It took a winter standard to an unexpected place. This is the first thing he’s done that I’ve liked this season.

    And Boooooooooooooooooo on Cynthia Rowley. I disagreed with many of her opinions last night.

  • Anonymous

    I haven’t liked a lot of his past crazy, but I loved this look by Jerrell and am particularly happy he confronted Michael’s b.s.
    “Michael course-corrected when he realized almost everyone agreed with Jerell.” – Amen. You ain’t slick, Mikey.

  • Lattis

    I feel a lot worse about Rami being aufed than I thought I would. He has such a definite POV. Or had. I wish that he had been paired with Kara – so that she’d have been sent home. Most of all, I wish he’d been designing like OLD RAMI. New Rami has crazy good skills, but inconsistent vision.

  • Anonymous

    I love Rami, but if zombie-stitched Picasso boobs aren’t worthy of a schmauf then I don’t know what is.

    • Anonymous

      That was…unfortunate…wasn’t it!

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

      “if zombie-stitched Picasso boobs aren’t worthy of a schmauf then I don’t know what is.”

      High-waisted, pleated capris. Seriously, I don’t think I’ll ever get over the awfulness of those pants.

      • Anonymous

        Oh, I agree, the pants made me rear back and hiss like a cat facing down a full bathtub. But at least it didn’t look like Austin had removed his model’s buttcheeks and sewn them back on crookedly. For fashion.

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

          Heh. I still think Austin’s sins were worse than Rami’s, but I can’t argue with you about the stitching.

  • Anonymous

    Meh, while I wouldn’t wear the pants Austin designed, there sure are a crapton of them on sites like ASOS that are targeted towards people in their 20s. I don’t really get them, but they weren’t actually out of nowhere. And I would totally wear Kenley’s romper, as I think rompers are fun. Just don’t wait until you’re about to pee your pants to go to the bathroom and it’s not that much of a struggle.

    If it were up to me I would have given Mila the win; I think her entire look was wonderful and cohesive. 

  • Anonymous

    The second Rami laid his fabrics out on the table, I knew he was in serious trouble.  Barf!  I’m no designer and even my eyes started bleeding over that combination of colors.  A bit of a shocker that they didn’t give him a pass on his one major screw-up, but that’s the way it goes, I guess.

    Totally agree on your assessment of the copycat incident.  Jerell knew his was superior (for once!) and doubled down on the judging.  Good for him.

    Can I just say that I can’t STAND Cynthia Rowley.  I groan every time she shows up as a guest judge.  I’d imagine she gets her jollies by getting sloshed at a hipster bar and ragging on everyone in the place.  Ugh.

  • http://twitter.com/wonderdivaEtsy wonderdivaEtsy

    Kara’s outfit looked very Coldwater Creek to me.  

    My conspiracy theory for this week is that Mondo and Michael began to suspect that Lifetime would LOVE an all-female finale where the the gals all beat out the odds-on favorite men, so they decided to start creating drama.  Or Mondo is getting whiny because he was lured back into the All-Stars only to get jacked around again, and it’s provoking Costello back into his turd-like nature.  And I still think Rami was just happy to get booted out of this BM-produced circus.  Finally, I thought Jerrell’s attitude was getting an Emilio Sosa edit last night.  (Not that Jerrell is a douche like Sosa.)

    I’m just going to read updates from now on, I get very fussy when the manipulation is so bad that I start spinning conspiracy theories.  The Miss Piggy episode should have been a clue that things weren’t going to get better this season.

    • Anonymous

      I am going to have quote Homer Simpson on this one - Your ideas are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

      And I REALLY hope that it was just a mid-season stress cry from Mondo. His friendship with Michael is semi-troubling and I hope that Michael doesn’t drag Mondo down.

  • Anonymous

    I’m actually a big fan of lime/acid green with royal/cobalt blue. I had way more issues with the construction of the blouse than its color. However, I really thought Austin should have been Schmauf’d.

    • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

      I might not mind those colors but not in such volume… Also, in those fabrics…. 

  • Anonymous

    Dissatisfying episode all around. When I’m rooting for Austin to go home, something’s clearly gone wrong. 

    I normally adore Issac, but what he loved about Austin’s pants I’ll never know. I suppose they pants were well made for what they were, but who wants to wear pants that look like you’re smuggling illegal species in the hip and thigh? 

  • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

    Rami’s blouse was poorly made, but I loved the jacket.  And unlike a lot of other people, I responded to the color mix pretty favorably, probably because blue and green are my favorite color combination.

    • Anonymous

      I actually liked the chartreuse better than I liked the blue. The darker blue I liked, but I thought the lighter blue made it look a little cheap — especially with that Beverly Hillbillies belt.

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

    I told my husband last night that Rami is color-blind.  My husband is color-blind, also, but even he could see how ugly that color for the blouse was.

    • Anonymous

      I wonder if that is it or it is cultural since he grew up in Palestine (and I don’t know enough about the culture there to comment intelligently.) Certainly desirable colors and color combinations are perceived differently in other cultures. In Thailand, saturated colors are “boy” colors and pastels are “girl” colors. So the infant bundled up in hot pink is a boy while the one dressed in pale blue is a girl!

      • Anonymous

        I wondered that as well. Anyone on this blog from Rami’s part of the world want to confirm or deny?

  • Kate McCain

    The first thing I thought when I saw Jerell’s look going down the runway was “Mary-Kate Olsen doing her ‘little rich homeless girl’ look”. Did anyone else get that?

    Michael’s look was pure “rich bitch going to Aspen”. I preferred it to Jerell’s.

    I’m not sure what I’m not seeing, but Kenley’s outfit looked like the pajama set I’d wear to a slumber party (back when I was twelve and had slumber parties…). Honestly, if I saw someone walking down the street in it I’d be wondering why she was outside in her pajamas!

  • Lattis

    It’s probably really going to mess with Rami’s head that he finally made a garment that’s in his signature style (draping) and he immediately got aufed for it. Man, I wish they’d left him in to see what he’d do next. 

    On his color:  Sometimes oddball color combinations are exciting. Rami’s odd color combinations are pretty consistent – so I wonder if he just has a really odd color sensibility. When I look at Indonesian, or Japanese, or Mexican advertising material I’m always struck at the cultural differences in color preference. 

  • Anonymous

    I liked Rami’s jacket in principle, especially the back. But I don’t see how someone could put it on with that belt without help to arrange the folds.

    And I liked Jerrell’s outfit too, but again, isn’t 3/4 length sleeves on a winter coat a little silly?

    Am I wrong to want the outfits to at least a bit practical?

    • Anonymous

       I thought that about the folds in the back of Rami’s wonderful jacket; he probably spent quite a bit of time arranging them just so and you’d never get them that way yourself so you’d need someone with an artistic touch traveling with you.  But it looked good unbelted too so I can’t really hold that against him.

      Three-quarter sleeves on a winter coat are definitely impractical.  I know Mina’s cape was for “fall” but there are capes for winter too and I feel the same way about them; you have to wear a very heavy long-sleeve sweater under it and it has to be a color or pattern that won’t fight with the cape (or 3/4 sleeve coat).

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

        I really don’t like capes for winter for that very reason.  And that was my biggest gripe about Jerrell’s look.  It didn’t seem terribly practical for true winter.

  • Anonymous

    Did anybody else think that Kenley herself looked like a million dollars? In that black leotard she was wearing in the workroom, wow! She looks like Dita Von Teese thinks she looked like ten years ago.

    • Anonymous

      Kenley wishes she looked like Dita Von Teese.  PLease.

      • Anonymous

         What can I say? I’m straight so my judgement of women’s sexiness prevails.

    • Anonymous

      I love Kenley’s look/style.  She’s no Dita…but I’m sure she’s an inspiration to Kenley.  

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

      I really like Kenley this season. I think she’s mellowed, and good for her having a big ol’ personality. You go with that loud laugh, woman!

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

        There are a great many of us who cannot help the volume of our voices — some people just project really well!

    • Anonymous

      I think Kenley is cute/pretty, but I don’t see Dita. I also may have clouded judgement on her appearance because she and I look like leaves off the same branch of the family tree, so I may be biased. ;) 

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

      Her workroom look was great — it was last week too.  She looks so much better when she just leaves her hair simple with the retro clothes than when she tries to step into the pin-up calendar completely.

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

    Oh Rami, I loved the blue jacket so much. Maybe if the challenge hadn’t been to pair designers off in high/low, someone else would have been eliminated. Or I could just blame Austin for losing his mind that day and making something so hideous that Kara’s snoozefest was better in comparison. Yes, if Austin had made a top that did not say “Grandma,” and been in the top of his pair, Kara probably would have been dismissed.

    Getting tired of Michael C’s drama. “My sketch is around here somewhere…” As he looks for a nonexistent sketch of his second design. Pfffft.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, I loved that jacket too.  If only he had put a simple  ~ and chosen a not-so-in-your-face color ~ top underneath the jacket, he would not have been eliminated.

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

        He needed a different neckline for his top as well.  It was too much draping that the neck to pair with the draping on the jacket.

    • Anonymous

      So so so tired of MC’s innocent act.  He’s a definite playa, and ultra competitive, despite his little coy act.  Nothing wrong with being competitive (see Mila), but seriously, no one is buying this crap from a grown man…who has been through this game before!

      • http://twitter.com/KateKealey Katharine Kealey

        I don’t know if MC has an “innocent” act. It’s more like he’s a robot who studies reality show competitions for real human reactions and then mimics them when he’s on camera. Almost every utterance he makes in the confessional or on the runway is a reality show cliche, but they always lack any kind of genuine emotion or personality. He comes off seeming fake. He did it during his season too. It’s like asperger’s syndrome. Though, I am having a lot of fun watching him struggle in the challenges that have longer time limits. He can excel in a timed challenge because he cranks out whatever on-trend idea comes to mind. But with more time, you see him falter and that’s when he ends up remaking the garment multiple times or getting “inspired” by whatever he sees going on around him.

  • Joyce VG

    I miss Anthony *sniffle*, and I’ll miss Rami too, but that blouse was very ugly. And I agree he needs to be tested for color blindness because yikes.  “shoot his wad” draping?  What was he thinking?  Jerell is not my favorite (because he should have gone home instead of dear sweet Anthony), but I loved his whole design.  Michaela and Mondo are an awful bitchy pair.

  • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

    The belt and the HIDEOUS detailing on the blouse (not to mention the color) on Rami’s outfit killed it for me. The jacket wasn’t bad, but pretty over the top. 

    Now, Jerrel’s. I would almost wear that if it weren’t for the ugly pants. When Isaac called it Anthropologie style, that of course confirmed it since that’s largely my style…. Made me laugh. LOVE that sweater layer. LOVE. 

  • http://twitter.com/KateKealey Katharine Kealey

    I’m so devastated there won’t be a Rami-Mondo showdown in the finale. Rami didn’t deserve to go home. Sure, the green top was hideous and he had trouble with colors/styling, but that blue jacket alone was worth him going on. This challenge exposed Austin’s weakness very easily – too narrow a point of view. He couldn’t hold himself back from turning sportswear into a costume. Kara should have gone home. Her outfit was boring and uninspired. It was an “undesign.”

    • Anonymous

      Yes. There seems to be something inherently wrong with an All stars show where Kara, Michael, Jerrel and Kenley are still on and Rami has been auf’d. (although I will admit to really liking jerrell’s outfit this week. A first).

      srq

      • Anonymous

        I’ll second you on this.  Rami being schmaufed so early isn’t sitting well with me, despited the problems with that chartreuse top.

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

          See, I’ve never been a big Rami fan.  When he’s good, his work is absolutely beautiful.  But so often it all looks overworked.

  • Anonymous

    One can only imagine Ms. Clinique Counter’s reaction if he had been in Jerell’s position.  D.R.A.M.A.

    • Anonymous

      Now that would have been a sight to see Ms. Clinique Counter would have had a full scale hissy fit/tantrum/fit of the vapors.

  • Anonymous

    I just can’t get past the 2nd pic of Jarell’s model…that overgrown bushy beard is terribly distracting…I’m getting a ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ vibe.
    ;)

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

      Yeah, her hair needed to be toned down because it was covering half that coat. Pretty but it’s about the coat, Jerrell, not the princess from Brave.

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

      “If I was King of the Runnnnnnnnnnnnnnway!”

      • Anonymous

        Ya ha deedle deedle, bubba bubba deedle deedle dum

  • Cathy S

    This is the first time I’ve liked Jerell’s design. Rami’s jacket was really beautiful but the rest of it was pretty bad. I don’t know what the hell Austin was thinking. If it weren’t for Rami’s horrific blouse and color sense, Austin would have been out of here.

  • http://twitter.com/otterbird otterbird

    I am very troubled by all the comments on the show that high-waisted pants are “fashion-forward.”  I lived through the 80′s and into the ’90s wearing my high-waisted pants and jeans.  I poked fun at 1970′s fashions and laughed at my mom’s friends who shook their heads and told us we young folk didn’t know what we were talking about;  ”hip huggers,” as I believe they were called back in the olden days, were far more comfortable than our high-waisted nonsense.  Then low-waisted jeans and pants came back into style and I learned that, astoundingly, the older generation knew what they were talking about.

    So, all of these young folk in their newfangled, high-waisted, “fashion forward” getups can just get the hell off of my lawn.

    • Anonymous

      I am kind of scared, though. You know how, periodically, fashion designers seem to all get a message for the Mothership, and simultaneously attempt to foist some disastrous-on-most-figures thing onto the public?

      What if Isaac’s antenna is just getting the signal? And next year, pleat front, high waisted, cropped pants will be back! I wore ‘em the first time and know better know. At the first sign I’m stocking up on cuts I look good in.

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

        Ugly’s ugly, no matter the trend. 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H3XBSNN3JLZWI4R2EPZ2BQYT5U Suzanne S

        I was going to say the same thing-they’ll have to pry my flares/boot cut pants and jeans out of my “Cold, dead fingers”-so figure-forgiving. I own exactly one pair of ‘skinny jeans’ from 2 years or so back. When wearing those, not only did I feel (more) like ThunderThighs-but I felt that all the ‘skinny jeans’ needed were zippers at the ankles and the horrible pegleg pants from my adolescence (80s) would be back. 

        • http://twitter.com/otterbird otterbird

          Oh, skinny jeans.  Yeah, I tried one pair.  I could actually hear my thighs laugh at me.  Right before they started gasping for air.

          The baggy look in the 1980′s was hideous, but at least a person could sit down.

  • Anonymous

    Rami shouldn’t have been offed.  The bulk around the neck reminds me of the way some Middle Eastern women wrap scarves around their neck.  With it closed, it definitely looked like a Middle Eastern aesthetic. 

    Austin should have gone home for that hideous outfit.

  • Anonymous

    Rami’s jacket is good, however, I agree that the rest of the entire outfit is B-A-D.  The pants and shoes together are so hideous…EEK!  Jerrell’s out fit for me is just OK.  I think IM had a good point that it is very Anthropologie, which isn’t a bad thing, but it does have that feel….bohemian and quirky. 

    I know Austin isn’t up yet for recap, but say what you will, he is targeting NM customers.  I’ve seen countless floral combos like this, and it may be for the more mature woman, but who the heck do you think is shopping at NM anyway?  20-something gals who are broke?  It takes a while to establish yourself into the NM customer base.

    NOTE TO FASHION FORWARD THINKERS:  high waist pants are TOTALLY unflattering for the average woman.  Please cease and desist immediately :)

  • Anonymous

    Were we watching the same show?  Jerell did indeed make a BFD about it, even horning in on Michael’s meal break to BFD about it.  He may have won, but Michael made the better coat.  

    • Anonymous

      You’re right about his near meltdown, but I think the point being made is that Jerrell was at least tactful on the runway, despite his hissy fit in the workroom. 

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

    Yep, I liked Jerell’s piece. I like the cuffs of the coat and the black trim on the back of the coat. The fabrics he used for the coat mostly work for me except for that fabric with all the cheap grayish circular things. Leggings are fine. I hate the columns of buttons, and the whole thing underneath that coat looks strangely askew. It’s a decent entry, although it would not have been my pick for the win.

    Rami did not deserve to go home. I’d have sent Austin home– it really was a church-going outfit just like Angela said. Kara could’ve gone home as well. That was one of the most undesigned garments I’ve seen on PR. But they chose to eliminate Rami. That coat is excellent. It’s rendered in rich, eye-pleasing shades of blue. I quite liked the cut on the back and the color gradation he created with those blues. The blues should have NEVER been paired with that tea-green/olive-green monstrosity. Forget the bunchy draping at the neck. What the HELL was going on with that hideous diagonal seam? That’s what killed him. I’m not fond of the pants– although Mila’s weren’t much better cut either– and I don’t like the blue stripes on the pants. I don’t like the braided sash either. Still– I thought the coat was sufficient to keep him in.

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

      Picture that seam with a different neckline and fitted correctly (seam starting UNDER the breast, not ON it).  It’s very flattering, sort of mimicking the way a wrap dress lays.

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

    I can’t get over Isaac kvelling about Austin’s pants. There was not one thing right about them — the color, the pleats, the high waist, the ankles — NO ONE CAN WEAR THOSE but models, and even she looked bloated and hippy in them.

  • http://twitter.com/sockandaphone Gaby

    the bottom 4 last night was not fun to watch :( It was all my favorites! I was pretty pissed. Me and my mom were pretty sad to see Rami go, but in a way, I’m glad Austin stayed. Jerell made up for last week’s disaster, but I feel like he doesnt deserve to be there over Anthony or Rami. Oh well.

  • Anonymous

    Haven’t read all the comments yet, but did anyone else see a bad surgical scar in Rami’s top?  Usually I love his stuff, but nothing could have redeemed that blouse.  The coat was great, though.

  • Anonymous

    You know there’s a lot of crappy design on the runway when Jerell gets the win and pretty much deserves it.  I’m fine with the win, but he didn’t have much competition.  Agree totally about the criticism of too much going on, but it’s actually quite restrained for Jerell.  

    I wondered the same thing about Rami and color blindness last night.  His color sense has always been terrible.  And the particular shade of a color he chooses is often so problematic.  I love blue, and especially royal blue, but that was a lot of bright for fall, and two-toned.  I could get over that, but everything else just made the blue seem even brighter, and not in a good way.  I think Rami does gowns and dresses well so long as they are in black or other neutrals.  Once he moves past that, he’s in trouble.  

  • Anonymous

    OMG, laughing and laughing and laughing.  . So what happens? He finally gets to draping and shoots his wad all over a dress form…and then Frankenblouse?  Brilliant recap.  Of course it would have been nice for it not to take two hours and multiple unplugging of my router to get through the damn episode on lifetime!  I am just enjoying this show SO much I almost can’t believe it’s PR, after the last several seasons of the regular show.  Does anyone think this MIGHT mean that they will do a better job next season on the regular show?  Dare I hope?

  • Anonymous

    True, but god, am I alone in thinking she is really pretty when she doesn’t talk?

  • MilaXX

    I really like Jerrell’s coat and I would wear it in a heartbeat, just not with everything else. I’d pair it with plain black pants and a top or jeans and a top.
    Rami might have gotten a pass if he didn’t have that frankenblouse at all . The jacket wouldn’t have looked as bulky and the shoes wouldn’t clash as much.

    • Anonymous

       Me, too.  Actually, looking at stills, I don’t care for Rami’s jacket closed, but if he’d left the volume in the back and reduced the front (who wants poof up front–even the stick-thin model is looking large), it would have been divine.

      Sadly, the ever-entertaining Austin should have gone this week.

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

    That green top made it clear Rami was going. Who puts seams in like that?

    And I’m tired of all this manufactured drama.  We all grew up on Wendy Pepper and Kara Saun.  Whatever bullcrap there was between Michael and Jerrell would never have gotten ten seconds of air time in any other season.

  • Anonymous

    Yep, I was absolutely certain Kara was going and she would have been the only one I felt “Sigh, ok, I like her so much but yeah, she’s got to go.”

  • Anonymous

    I agree, he was very classy.  I always enjoyed his commentary.

  • Anonymous

    bwahahahahahahaha.  great post

  • Anonymous

    I kept thinking the model looked awkward, too – like she couldn’t raise her arms as you would normally be able to do in a cape?

  • Anonymous

    Boo to Cynthia – noone makes my Mondo cry, EVER.  Beeatch.

  • Anonymous

    OMG, LMAO – soft surroundings!!!

  • Anonymous

    You’re not the only ones,I also found Mondo and Michael to be annoying, at times incredibly, last night. Sorry M&M lovers but I did.

    Jerell’s outfit was chic, a HUGE improvement over last week’s train wreck. They way he presented it also made me think of one of my friends, who would wear this as it is in a heartbeat. The buttons on the coat were a bit weird, but overall I liked the design.

    Rami’s was a good idea, horribly executed in terribly clashing colors. Royal blue, cobalt blue, cadet blue, purple boot, green? or yellow? and brown bag in one outfit, made it look an eyesore. The top wit that weird scar looking line under her boobs was also, to say the least weird. I think the design was nice, but he didn’t execute it well, which from him is surprising. That said I don’t think it was the worst last night, and wouldn’t have given him the schmauf.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OCVNYUTKTCTBGG6SZKQB53PFDA Terri

    Jerell made a HUGE deal out of it. It’s all he talked about; he followed Mondo and Michael into the break room to keep them from talking about it. I loved Jerell when the season began, but it’s all over now. What a smug bitch. And yeah, I think it’s evident from Michael’s behavior when he had similar themes in previous challenges compared to this challenge that he copied Jerell. Michael’s lucky he makes 80 pieces every challenge, so it’s not totally inconceivable that he would change courses and designs. His behaviour speaks volumes. But Jerell, adult? It is to laugh.

  • Anonymous

    So bad to see Rami go! I thought he would easily be in top 3. I think Mondo was right when he said that Kenley deigns for herself only without trying anything new, it’s becoming ridiculous. As for Jerell, well congrats, but it lacked something, sophistication perhaps?

  • Anonymous

    Kenley’s Onsie, LMAO…perfect.  I would have bought that for my daughter when she was a toddler, but there would be snaps in the crotch for the diaper change.

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

      The Princess would not have allowed it to touch her skin even as a toddler — she started picking out her own stuff at 9 months and requesting sweaters instead of toys — for the simple reason that it was too twee.

  • Anonymous

    Totally unrelated, but I want that super turbo Iron they are always using.  Not that I like to iron, but when I do, it would be nice to have one that actually worked.  My rowenta SUCKS

  • Anonymous

    You’re right about catching the end, but for some reason, I am really enjoying the designer banter this season.  Inf act, I wish they would show more of it sometimes.  Like Mondo messing with Kenley?  Hysterical.

  • Anonymous

    I forgot something which another comment reminded me to say, DID ANYONE ELSE LOVE Mondo messing with Kenley at the apartment?  Telling her he had a crush on her, etc…  Hysterical.

    • Anonymous

      Umm why are all my comments all in one place even though I hit reply?  I look like an egomaniac bipolar lady.

      • Anonymous

        Simpatico. It happens to me on my other computer for some reason I can’t fathom.

      • Anonymous

        Because Disqus sucks.

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

      I loved it too!

  • Anonymous

    I love Austin and all, but I REALLY thought this was his week to go when judging between those two looks. I don’t get why the judges loved Austin’s pants so much.

    • Anonymous

      Your comment about Kara’s designs having that Eileen Fisher vibe is on point-and they’re fine, they just don’t appear to have much design to them.

  • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

    I have never been so happy as when the judges gave Jerell a higher score than Michael. I was so expecting to be disappointed. I don’t understand why they normally fall all over Michael.

    I’ll miss Rami. He’s so cute and drama free.

  • Anonymous

    Going into this season the 2 people I was most rooting for were Rami and Austin.  I’ve been pretty disappointed in their designs though.  Every week I wish for either Kara, Michael, or Jerrell to go home.  I don’t think any of them are very good designers, and I find them annoying.  I’ll admit I liked Kenley’s.  I’m probably the only one though.  Her style is overall very similar to mine.  Having said that I don’t necessarily think she should win.  I don’t think she’s exactly original or innovative.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jacoryd JaCory Deon

    Hmm, I would have def sent Austin home for that Sophia Patrillo ensemble.  Is it me or is his aesthetic a bit “old fashioned?”  I’ve always thought so, even with that leather/zipper look previously (which if it wasn’t leather would’ve been so traditional Ladies Who Lunch Wear).  Poor Rami, we’ll miss your banging body cause’ you are the business! His coat and pants were good, but the shirt was a mess…still not as bad as Austin’s grandma look.

    I wasn’t on board with them on Mondo’s, which I thought was quite nice.  Kenley’s looked like something she’s done 1,000 times, has been done by others 1,000 and in 1,000 better ways.  When are they going to get into her for this.  Does she know how to do another neckline? Mondo’s was fashion, Kenley’s costume imho. Kara’s was forgettable and she can’t seem to get the styling right for her model.  

    Jerrell’s look was good if overwrought and personally, I thought Michael’s was more polished.  I guess it’s a question of taste. A good episode overall but an awful decision.

    • Nixonesque

      Kenley’s screamed “toddler!”. Puke! I thought it was a joke that they called Mondo’s look “junior section”, when Kenley was using a baby blue polka-dot to make a friggin’ romper!  What girl wants to look like a snot-nosed two-year old boy?? I usually like her designs okay, and I even tend toward junior-wear myself (occasionally), but this one was ridiculous. I couldn’t BELIEVE they liked it. I smell something fishy…but maybe that’s just the pull-up she probably made her model wear.

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

      Sophia Patrillo ensemble!
      How many times have we invoked the Golden Girls during this season of Project Runway All-Stars?

      • Anonymous

        So, so many times, yet it never fails to be accurate.

  • http://twitter.com/wonderdivaEtsy wonderdivaEtsy

    My spouse, who knows next to nothing about fashion designers, loved Diane von Furstenburg the week she was on, although he articulated it in a less-than-flattering manner by saying “I like the old battle-axe!

    Last night, regarding Cynthia Rowley, he commented “She is one crazy old bat.”  

    • Anonymous

      May I compliment  your spouse on his perceptive comments on DVF and the batshit Cynthia?

  • Anonymous

    Boy, Kara is in the judges crosshairs.  

    • Anonymous

      As she should be. 

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

    I can sum up this episode’s judging in six words: Everyone but Isaac is on crack.

    • Anonymous

      But Isaac liked Austin’s pants, so he’s clearly on something. PCP, maybe?

      • Lulu Lafurge

         Those pants: Yech! Even the model didn’t look good in them. Front pleated, baggy crotched floods – talk about the Universal What NOT To Wear…

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

        Acid and mushrooms.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Hank-DeCat/100001190387982 Hank DeCat

    Honestly, I don’t see the similarity between Micheal and Jerrell’s designs other than palate — and they chose materials at Mood at the beginning of the challenge before Micheal knew about Jerrell’s innovative idea to make a coat for a winter look. I’m particularly annoyed because I’m in the position of having to defend crybaby Michael, but come on — a coat for a winter look is pretty much the most typical thing the 2 could have gone with. I do agree that this was the FIRST decent thing Jerrell has shown all season so don’t have too much of a quibble with his win.  I disagree with your assessment that Jerrell acted like a grown up about it — it was only AFTER he whined to everyone & pointed out that Michael was totally copying his idea for a coat for a winter look and then AFTER that not-Tim-Gunn lady talked to all of them that Jerrell finally STFU about it, but he never failed to maintain a smug smirk on his face.

    And actually, I like Michael’s look better than Jerrell’s (although they are close) because those huge buttons on Jerrell’s KILL me & I’m not a fan of a not-quite-long-enough-to-be-a-dress sweater with leggings — it looks like you forgot to wear your skirt/pants. The mistake Michael made was the shoes instead of boots, but I recall in the episode Jerrell telling Rami that Mondo told Michael to go with the boots — I wonder what happened there — maybe there weren’t any boots that fit his model.

    As for Rami, as I wrote in the TLo Lounge, WTF just happened?  While I agree that Rami’s green top was horrid, I still can’t believe Rami went home as he should have made top 3 easy as he has consistently shown good work until last night’s misstep with the top. IMO, the top 4 should have been the bottom 4 & the bottom 4 the top 4 (yes, as “old lady” as Austin’s was, Kara’s looked like something I’d throw on to run to the grocery store not intentionally wear on a weekend getaway; Mila’s cape was too cheap looking for words; and if Mondo is “too junior” Kenley is designing for the kindergarten set) and Kara should have been the one going home.

    • Anonymous

      The cut of the coat was exactly (or almost exactly) the same.  It wasn’t that noticeable on the runway, because Michael belted his, but it was pretty obvious in the work room.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Hank-DeCat/100001190387982 Hank DeCat

        And how many ways can you cut a coat for a 1 day challenge? You fold a square, cut a neck hole & cut 2 arm holes. I’ve been making coats like that since I was 7 for my Barbie dolls. It isn’t innovative design nor is it unique — it’s as basic as you can get for a coat. The only “design” here is the materials used, the belting, the buttons, etc. And they are NOT similar other than palate. I’m not buying that it is otherwise.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CEWYQOEZEQA4YB5K25BIOXNXNY Mark

    If anyone deserved to go home it was Kara. She’s been skating by for weeks, and this week she sent down an ensemble that was unflattering and had very little design or color sense. 

    • Anonymous

      I didn’t think Kara’s was extraordinary or anything, but I actually did like the color combination. 

    • Anonymous

      She designed nothing. I have that stuff in my closet.

    • Anonymous

      I completely agree that Kara should be going home before Rami and most of the others, however, her’s, this time, was just a tad better than Austin’s.  Theirs were the 2 worst of the lot, unfortunately both couldn’t be in the bottom group.  It seems the judges couldn’t bear to schmauf Austin so soon…he’s one of the production darlings/favorites.  Rami was left to take the fall.  His frankentop was not as bad as Austin’s pants.  Austin hasn’t done anything noteworthy yet this season…the judges should have been honest with themselves and sent him packing instead of kowtowing to production.

  • Anonymous

    Austin’s pants saved him (not sure why) and Rami’s blouse did him in.  Funny thing is, I really, really don’t think Rami’s was that bad, but when you fall down on colors going one-on-one against Mila, well, yes, you’ve got color issues.  Though to be fair to Mila, I don’t think she lacks color sense, she just doesn’t like color, though she’s making some space for red.  

    I don’t get the color thing with Rami either.  I mean, yes, some designers have a much better sense of color than others, but this is an area where you can fake it if you don’t have a natural color sense–there are rules about colors, just learn ‘em and use ‘em.  

    But interesting challenge, all the usual suspects kind of flipped positions and the judges discussion is kind of interesting.  They’re really speak designer lingo to one another.

    Also props to Joanna Coles for handling the Jerrell/Michael thing the way she did.  She got it out there, sounded people out and then everyone got back to work.  She’s grown on me–so different than Tim Gunn that the whole thing has just a different vibe and it kind of works.

    • Anonymous

       Yes, Joanna is different from Tim in several ways.  I’m wondering why she doesn’t accompany the designers to Mood the way Tim did and she hasn’t taken on the timekeeper’s role the way Tim did.  Each week we see one or other of the designers hollering out “15 minutes”, or whatever the time left is, either at Mood or in the workroom.  A few weeks back someone criticized Kenley for doing that but I almost get the feeling one of them is appointed each week to keep the others on track time-wise.

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

        Probably because her schedule doesn’t allow it.  When Tim started he was working at Parsons and I think they shot during semester breaks.  Joanna is the editor in chief of a major magazine, OTOH, so she maybe wouldn’t commit to that much time. 

        And I LOVED how she addressed it — totally adult and straightfoward. 

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

        Joanna needs time to plot against Nina. It takes work to devise new ways to publicly humiliate her.

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

    I noticed that this is the second week in a row that all the women were quickly all marked as safe.
    I’m beginning to wonder if they’re going to keep weeding down the men just to keep the women.
    (I’m not saying some of these women don’t diserve to be here, it’s just odd how this same pattern has happened twice in a row)

    • Anonymous

      Two of them don’t.

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

        I agree, but I didn’t want to get yelled at for being a woman hater or something, so I erred on the side of caution.

    • Anonymous

      There were three women eliminated right off the bat so they may be a bit conscious of the gender gap but Austin and Rami were the clear losers in this week’s challenge.  Their gender didn’t seem to factor in.

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

        Yes, but the past two episodes all three women were immediately declared safe and ushered off the stage, what are the odds of that actually happening in real life?
        I’m saying that at first they were getting kicked off by merit, but it seems like they are actively trying (or being told) to keep them around as long as they can. By marking them all as safe, they don’t win, but they are all automatically in for the next round. I wonder if they’re going to do it again next week.

  • Anonymous

    [I can't read all the comments till later, so forgive my inevitable redundancy if it is exactly what someone's already said 23 times]

    My idiot Internet nephew did good! [Finally]. I have GOT to print out some photos to show my co-workers, the neighbors and the girl at the checkout stand in the grocery store!

    If only he could do it in color. (I know, never satisfied. That’s why we move away from our doting relations.)

    Rami going home was a crime, entirely due to the way the structure was challenged. Without that dopey belt, the jacket is marvellous. Maybe a tiny bit guest star playing the sexy dignitary on a Star Trek: Next Generation, but nice.

    I’ve whined enough about my slightly off color perception that your comment about Rami’s makes perfect sense to me. I never realized how differently I see certain color ranges than most folks do until I was in my 40′s. [And it TOTALLY explained a certain vest I wore with a certain skirt back in the 70's that looked great to me in natural light and horrible - a completely different color family - under fluorescents.]

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

      We all see color differently.  I see many ‘red’ shades as orange, and some blues as purple or black.  Makes a person wonder how we all manage any kind of common lexicon at all.  Color can instigate more disagreements than you’d imagine.

      • Anonymous

        Boy are you right.  Once, looking at a distant mountain, my husband saw 4 colors of green. I saw 50-ish. He thought I was showing off and being disingenuous. But it’s a fact that people not only see colors differently, but that people can actually see more or fewer colors than others.
        The old classic film “Mr Blandings Builds a Dream House” has a funny scene with a house painter, who is given detailed, specific, very well-described colors to use, and boils it down to Pink, Blue, Yellow, Green.

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

          I LOVE THAT MOVIE!!! 

          Sorry, moving on… you are absolutely right.  My husband now defers to me on all matters of color because my eye is SO MUCH better than his for that one thing.  My mom and I regularly bicker about color as well — for instance, she wanted to buy this lovely top that was in the worst possible colors for her.  I made her try it on and then it went right back to the rack. 

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

          That’s one of my favorite movies as well.  I love how Myrna Loy holds up the tiny sample of wallpaper:

          “There’s some little dots in the background, and it’s these dots I want
          you to match. Not the little greenish dot near the hollyhock leaf, but
          the little bluish dot between the rosebud and the delphinium blossom. Is
          that clear?”

          Perfect.

          • Anonymous

            Yep. and oops, my bad — it’s “Mr. Blandings Builds HIS Dream House,” of course. 
            Oh Cary. And Myrna. And Melvyn.

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

            Myrna Loy is awesome and fabulous. If you haven’t seen the Thin Man movies, you must do whatever is necessary to get your hands on them.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry if this has been said before, but Kara loooooves to hear herself say, “Chhhhic.”

    • Anonymous

      And Kenley doesn’t shut up with “YOUNG” and “FRESH”
      I wanna slap her.

  • Presumptuous Insect

    I thought Michael’s looked much better than Jerrell’s, and the fight over “copying” was preposterous. It seems like Michael is an easy target for people; it happens sometimes. I’m not blaming him, though. I know he irritates some people, but he is very far from the worst contestant to me.

    When is Kara going to stop making poop?  Her finale collection for her season was better than anything she has done here.

  • Anonymous

    “To Jerell’s credit, he didn’t make that big a deal out of it”
    You jest, of course. He didn’t shut up about it for one minute, and had private conversations with every other designer.
    I don’t think he acted like an adult — what I was hearing was “he stole my toy!”  I’d think so of some other designers, but Michael has never before and doesn’t really need to copy (especially from Jerell!). 
    The end products were different enough.

    I was terribly shocked to see that the four best designers landed at the bottom.  Wanky Kara, predictable Kenley, and Mila were safe but Rami, Mondo, Michael and Austin possible aufs?  Made me so sad.

    • Presumptuous Insect

      Yeah, Jerrell was being a large turd.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know who deserves the win.   Michael and Jerells coats look like two sides of the same coin to me.
    One more formal, one more casual.   They’re both the best looking garments in this challenge.

  • Anonymous

    Kenley is/has replaced Jerrell in Anya land. Yeah Jerrell for designing a killer winter look! But poor little kitty Miss Kenley, she seems to have her brain stuck on Peter Pan collars. She is not actually designing anything. In this, uh. DESIGN competition.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F73LIJ3SJGI5AJQMXMWXCKILHI Pamela

    Yes, Rami’s shirt was a hot mess but they nearly wet themselves over his impeccable jacket.  On the other hand, they hadn’t one nice word for Mondo’s offering and they praised Kenley for what amounts to a romper for a 5-year-old.  Kara gets picked for that sad collection of separates?  Not that Austin’s was much better.  And Mila’s boring cape looked cheap and had a weird “2001:  A Space Odyssey” vibe.  I think there were more egregious sins than Rami’s this week; someone else should’ve gone home.  I think they’re keeping Mondo around as consolation for his not winning his season.  Looks like the regular PR judges are sharing the crack pipe with this group of judges.

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

      And I really dug Mondo’s look — I may copy it for myself, actually:)

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

        I wish I could sew. I’d definitely make something that’s similar but more in keeping with my body and age, specifically, no shorts (which I’ve never made a habit of wearing). The top would probably work fine as is, just in a larger size.

        I’ve never even tried to sew because it’s really hard for me to envision a two dimensional pattern as a three dimensional thing. If someone describes the layout of a house, I can’t figure it out. A blueprint might as well be in old English. It’s an issue with spatial relations.

        One thing I can absolutely envision is me constantly sewing things backwards. :-)

  • marilyn

    I miss Anthony too!!!

    Jerell did his best work in this challenge.  Maybe he gets over his thrown together/tropical/hippie thing when he has to design winter clothes.

    Rami made a very sorry mess.  Unfortunately, it was a sorrier mess than Austin’s. Poorly made, bad colors, bad design.   Rami has an ongoing problem with color selection.  He likes bright bold colors.  He has been told over and over that those colors are not considered appropriate.  I did not like anything about his outfit.  Unfortunate, because he is an excellent designer.  I assume that he will have no trouble working in the fashion world and doing well for himself. 

    I think Austin is starting to believe his own stories.  He always liked the Gone With the WInd style, which is fine for evening wear.  There is a place for that and a market for it.  However, he obviously does not do sportswear, and has no concept of women who wear it.  Unless they are wearing corseted dresses to the floor with 5 petticoats, sitting on the veranda and sippin’ on a mint julep, he just doesn’t get them, aparently.  His outfits this season have been as theatrical as that little world in his head.  All of the comments about how dowdy this was are correct. 

    I actually liked Mondo’s outfit better than Kenley’s  She does the same Minnie Mouse-style stuff each week.  I would hate to wear her outfit, because I would have to completely undress to use the bathroom.  That is a costume, not serious clothes. 

    I liked Mondo’s vibe.  It was rather ’80s, but was fun.  I could see someone wearing it at a summer resort, and looking smashing.  It was youthful, and fun.  And unlike Kenleys,  a woman does not need to wear it with a giant bow stuck on top of her head. 

  • Susan Crawford

    Jerrell’s look was very much on the Jerrell trend: some ethnic/tribal influence, some volume and pattern/texture mixing, and for the first time this season, I really appreciated his tailoring skills and wasn’t horrified by the batshit element. (I’m still rinsing my burning eyes with cool water after the weird thing he produced last week.) But this week, he was on the money, and despite some workroom dramz, he ended up being strong and mature on the runway interview.

    Sorry to see Rami go, but there you have it. And honestly, while I loved the undone jacket a lot, the belted styling just made the model look all swaddled up. And the blouse was horrifying in every way: color, cut and lop-sided into the bargain. While I can’t picture any woman except a 5′ 11″, 115 pound, leggy model being able to pull off those high waisted pants Austin designed, I think he deserved to stay. But clearly, unless he steps  it WAY up, Miz Scarlett might be gone!

  • Anonymous

    The pants Rami did were kind of cool, with the blue piping. Everything else was blech. I don’t really like these head-to-head challenges when there are so few designers left. Too much chance for someone great like Rami to go home, while Kara remains.

    • Anonymous

       I hadn’t even noticed that blue piping on Rami’s pants until it was mentioned here several times but doesn’t that take his outfit into the dreaded “matchy-match” area?  He was criticized last week for having trim on his shorts that matched some of the fabric in his blouse.  Personally, I don’t mind it but it’s usually treated as a no-no here and on the show.

  • Anonymous

    Rami’s shirt earned him the schmauf’ing, but, oh, my heart it pines for that jacket. I don’t think I’ve ever yearned to own a PR piece so much — maybe in the abstract, but never because I actually thought it would look fantastic on non-model me.

    The turtleneck made me break out in hives, though.

  • Anonymous

    I hated this entire episode. Top Chef just had an episode where it was one-on-one with a top score and a low score in each pair, and it also let okay chefs get through because their dish was a bit better than the other person in the pairing instead of compared to the contestants as a whole. Kara would’ve been on the bottom if she hadn’t been against Austin.

    I’m just mad that all my favorite designers were on the bottom this week. I like Mila’s look until she said she was giving the judges a silhouette she’d never seen before, a cape. Right. Because no one’s ever made/worn a cape ever.

    Mondo’s look was way better than Kenley’s, too. Kenley’s would look good sized down for a 3 year old.

  • http://twitter.com/AShinyOConnor Aisling O’Connor

    J’agree. That one shit piece got Rani dumped where one good piece saved Austin. 

    Sorry to say but Kara should have gone for the school drop-off separates.

  • Anonymous

    I loved that we saw the designers talk about EXACTLY where their girl was going.  The more specific you are about the girl and the destination, the better your design will be.  Maybe that’s where Rami went off the rails (he and Austin) – he didn’t know who his girl was.  

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

      I would have a really hard time of that, honestly.  Because I would have a specific individual in mind, a friend or relative, so it wouldn’t make any sense to anyone else, unless I could pull out my little pocket photo album:)

  • Anonymous

    She was gunning for Mondo, and I thought it was kind of nuts how she kept harping on Michael pairing the shoes and leggings.  (I think that was her?)  I understand having a style issue with it, but the way she said “AND LET’S NOT FORGET THE SHOES AND LEGGINGS!” almost had me laughing because she seemed so disproportionately offended by it.

  • Anonymous

    sorry, wrong place

  • Anonymous

    Ha! In the vast land of digital cable, I just found a marathon rerun of the season with Jeffrey, Uli, and Laura. Angela just got sent home from Paris. Sorry, just thought I would make all of you nostalgic for a minute. Now I am trying to remember if there is anyone from this season on All-Stars, and I don’t think that there is.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=303800583 Guy Stridsigne

      There most certainly is not unfortunately :( I would have loved to see Michael or Kayne in here.

      Angela was my favorite designer that season.. though I wanted Michael to win.

    • Anonymous

      I’m watching the marathon as well. That was a good season. And as much as Angela deserved the auf, or in this cas, “au revoir” I couldn’t bear to watch her leave just when they arrived in Paris.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, that was just awful for her, I bet. Not least because two cross-Atlantic flights. Ugh.

  • Anonymous

    I’m devastated we won’t get to see Rami in muscle shirts for the rest of the season! Crap!

  • Anonymous

    Last night I thought that Jerrell – as much as I dislike him – was the rightful winner.  After viewing the photos on Lifetime, however, I actually prefer Michael’s.  I do think the copying issue – especially the judges bringing it up and conversing about it – was something exaggerated by the producers.  Somehow I doubt Joanna came up with the idea of the group meeting spontaneously.  Overall, I think that the two best looks were Michael’s and Jerrell’s.  What really bugs me, however, is that someone who should have been let go last week got the win this week – miraculously justifying the judges’ decision to keep him instead of Anthony.

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

      I don’t know, I could see Joanna Coles being the kind of woman who would hear a catty comment and think, “No, absolutely not, I’m putting a stop to this NOW!”

  • Anonymous

    All I could think of seeing Austin’s outfit was “Holly Hobby.”  It looked like the Juniors section of, oh any store circa 1978.  Hideous, hideous, hideous…
    I don’t think the blouse was Rami’s Schmauf (bad as it was), it was that pitiful little Arts & Crafts sash.

  • Anonymous

    Austin deserved to be booted. Simple confirmation that it is rigged. Michael should have been auffed before Rami. A joke. 
    Jerell? Really? 

  • http://twitter.com/wonderdivaEtsy wonderdivaEtsy

    Since Rami designed some of the outfits worn at the start of Madonna’s Super Bowl halftime show, I kept thinking last night, as Rami stood there smiling when he was aufed, that he was thinking “You can kiss my buff Palestinian ass, I have better things to do.” 

    • Anonymous

      No doubt Rami has better things to do — I think he’s terrific, but this was filmed last Summer (maybe early Fall?), long before he did the Super Bowl, so . . . sadly, he couldn’t have had that kiss my ass moment.

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

        He possibly already had the job by then — that kind of thing is generally planned WAY in advance.

  • Anonymous

    colorblind or no, the draping and suede detailing in rami’s jacket was gorgeous, and, unlike kenley’s godawful rugrats romper, he actually understood the challenge – on a weekend getaway, you want to be comfortable as you’re plane-hopping and sight-seeing. who would want to travel in kenley’s outfit? you couldn’t even sit down without flashing your parts. she keeps making the same silhouette and style – i really think it was her time to go.

    i’m sad rami is gone. he seems like a truly great, drama-free guy. i loved how jerrell tried to rope him into his smack-talk, and rami had nothing of it. he just didn’t even react or respond. what a class act.

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

      I love how drama-free Rami is. I know a lot of people relish the drama queens, but I always prefer the drama-free contestants to the wackjobs. I wasn’t amused by Wendy Pepper, or that insane model, Morgan, or Kenley in season 5; and god save me from people like last season’s Josh.

      Anyway, I’m bummed over Rami leaving. Yeah, he’s a little too serious sometimes, but he was still fun, not to mention lovely to look at.

  • Anonymous

    someone posted the gawker spoiler yesterday. not being much of a gawker reader, i went & searched it out. you know, if that spoiler is correct it makes perfect sense that someone like rami, who is definitely, provably one of the best designers to have been on PR just about ever would feel so demoralized as to come up w/ stuff like this. then again, maybe theyre setting him up for the next PRAS redemption arc & he will be the preordained winner then.

    as an aside, the responses of the designers in the abovenoted spoiler also make perfect sense.

  • Jane Dough

    My bottom two were Kenley (what adult woman would wear a polka dot romper with a peter pan collar) and Kara (looked like something you’d buy at K-mart.) I loved Mondo’s and MIla’s, but then I love almost everything they do.

  • Anonymous

    Even though I wouldn’t really consider Rami’s design aesthetic my kind of style (if I was a girl), I think he makes some pretty amazing stuff and I think he has the goods to make it all the way on the show. So I am a little sad (and shocked) that he got eliminated. I definitely think he’s a stronger designer than some of the other people left on the show (ehem Michael). Also, its gonna suck not seeing the muscley man eye candy on the show.

  • Lisa

    I know it was unavoidable, because they were gonna ask, but the minute poor Rami had his girl open that coat, he was done for.  But then again – he’d still be here if this wasn’t a stupid head to head challenge – he’d have probably been in the middle.  My guess is that Kara would have been gone if this was a normal challenge.

  • Anonymous

    If it is purely based on each challenge, then Austin should have went home for sure! Rami made a great jacket….the shirt was a mess, but it was not the color for me, I actually like the color it was the way it was made. 

  • Anonymous

    Initially on the runway, I liked Michael’s better than Jerell’s. But seeing the still photos, I do really like Jerell’s coat & vest.  Although it still seems to me, even in the photos, that the vest thing under the coat looks like it hangs crooked.  Also, no pants/skirt?  Just thick leggings?   If she takes the coat off, what kind of outfit is she left wearing?  Again, shows a lack of taste, to me.  If he had added a simple skirt, I would be absolutely in agreement with his win, and he would have almost redeemed himself from that horrid entry last week.

    Rami…Rami…that sweater was beautiful.  For that alone, he should have stayed.  Kenley or Kara really should have gone. Kara lucked out that Austin self=

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/A53A7LD7VPLTBR52YOGLSM5OU4 Iva Dimitriou

    WTH are you smoking Tom and Lorenzo, you shills of the NY league of untalented designers to which they byatch from hell guest judging and the talentless fat man from Queens belong? The judges were definitely smoking the same thing. They chose the worst of every ensemble. Seriously Kenley’s design was better than Mondo’s? And Mila’s carton shaped cape was better than Rami’s? Clearly the judges don’t want any true designer to succeed, because they would hate the competition, as they don’t even have 1/100th of Rami’s talent, or shown anything better in their entire careers than what Rami has produced in these ridiculous challenges.
    Rami’s design was absolutely gorgeous, I’m placing an order stat. So really, stop protecting the show and its ridiculous choices.

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

    At first I thought it was Austin’s all-star immunity that kept him in, but I think the judges were right to send Rami home for that horrid draping project.

  • Anonymous

    I could wear Rami’s blue sweater but I don’t think there is anything on Austin’s model that I could or would wear.  I think the wrong person was aufed.  And I hate saying that because I love Austin, I truly do. I think he was completely robbed in Season 1 but he completely blew it this challenge…okay fair is fair, so did Rami, but I think his sucked less.
    As for Jerrell, I was happy with the way he presented himself. He had an issue, he made it known, then let the cards fall as they may.  I’m okay with this win. Very happy with Jerrell showing something so strong after last weeks fiasco.

  • Mariah J

    Okay I just watched the ep…were the judges smoking the Nina/Michael/Heidi crackpipe or what? How did Rami get auf’d on one bad shirt (and a mostly gorgeous jacket) while Kara made not-even-good-enough-for-the mall clothes and Kenley made THE SAME EXACT THING AGAIN…oh sorry it had shorts attached instead of a skirt–SO different–and not only did not get auf’d but landed in the top??? So. Pissed. Off.

    • NasserShaheen

      Finally caught up on this ep and your post was precisely my thinking. I. Am. Not. Pleased.

  • Anonymous

    Jerell always designs as though he’s auditioning to be Bea Arthur’s personal stylist. Bitch is dead*, Jerrell! Move  on.

    (*No disrespect to Ms Arthur.)

  • Anonymous

    Rami’s piece was hideous. Anything that was good about it was over done and it looked like one of those damn sleeve things they wore a couple years ago. As for color-blindness THANK YOU! Good lord!!!!!! who pares those pants in that blue with that blue of that jacket – Frakenblouse aside, those blues CLASH like politicians! I just scrolled up for some insight and all I got was “Ick!”  

  • Anonymous

    I’ll miss Rami, both the guns and his general sweetness.  His colorful mismash was positively horrid but certainly we have seen worse from others who are still in the competition.  Austin needs to thank his lucky stars that he wasn’t auffed as well.  What was he thinking?  

  • Anonymous

    I thought Rami’s look was gasp worthy and probably would have given it the win.  The pants look perfect and way better than Mila’s. The colors are striking.  Didn’t think they were a bad choice at all.  Maybe I’m color blind too.

  • NarimanAlkhatib

    I was flipping through bridal magazines and found out that rami kashou is designing a line of wedding gowns for bebe.. I wonder if anyone knows anything about it