PR All Stars: Of Capes and Cotillions

Posted on February 11, 2012

We LOVED this look:

And we definitely would have picked it for the win. It was easily the most high fashion of all the looks walking that runway. We think the pants are somewhat oddly fitted but the top is so bold-looking and so classically chic that we’re a bit disappointed she didn’t win it. We would have given it to her just because it wasn’t the same old mod black and white colorblocking.

 

Oh, Miss Austin. Just WHAT are we going to do with you?

Part of Austin’s charm is that he so clearly lives in a world where old school gentility still reigns supreme; a fantasy world of cotillions and tea parties. In Austin’s world, women under the age of 80 dress this way. He did actually try and update things by giving the blouse and jacket a slightly deconstructed quality, using the blouse fabric as a sort of fringed trim. And don’t hate us, but we kind of got Isaac’s point about the pants. They’re so outrageously high-waisted that they almost become a modern twist on the high-waisted pant. We might have bought that if they weren’t pleated and in a drab shade of beige. They’re beautifully executed, we’ll give him that. But Austin, as much as we want to be invited to the tea parties in your head, we think you need to crack open a current issue of Vogue just to remind yourself what people want to wear now.

[Photo Credit: myLifetime.com]

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Colleen-Kay-Sanceda-Gadon/725256919 Colleen Kay Sanceda Gadon

    Austin’s: Do they come with granny panties too? 

  • Anonymous

    I think Austin’s look had a couple of good elements. I really liked the blouse, but the granny sweater made it look, well, old. And I lived through the 80s with high waisted, pleated pants. I’m not interested in repeating that look verbatim. Lose the pleats and it might have had something, but as it was, it just made me sad.

    • Anonymous

      I totally agree.  Kill the cardigan, and the top could be cute on its own, but the pants…  

      When Isaac said that those pants were the best thing on the runway, I was dumbfounded.  Sure, take the horrific 80s pants and update them, and you may have something interesting.  But this was just a complete rehash of a look that people tend to run screaming from.

      • Anonymous

        Never in ten thousand years would I wear high-waisted, pleated kakhi pants. Not even if I was a six foot tall size 2. Never.

        • Anonymous

          The fashion world has been trying to make high waisted pleated pants happen for several seasons now. Is anybody buying them?
          Somehow I doubt it. Give it up already.

          • Anonymous

            Preach sister! I suffered through high-waisted pants growing up and I will never go back, no matter how “fashion-forward” or “on-trend” they may be.

          • Anonymous

            I see the occasional Columbia undergrad rocking this, and they all look like complete fashion victims. Everyone else has made the decision to take a pass on that trend.

  • Anonymous

    Mila’s outfit does look bold and chic, but how functional is the cape?  It looks great standing on a runway, but seems like she has very little movement room for her arms.

    • http://korilian.livejournal.com/ korilian

      Are capes ever that functional? And now that we’re on the subject: Do people were these in the states? I see them a fair amount on the streets of Amsterdam, but I’ve been wondering.

      • Amy Fee Garner

        The only cape I’ve seen this winter was worn by a 4-year-old who had broken her arm and needed to be warm while wearing a cast and sling.  Otherwise, I have not seen a cape or a poncho in years.  Step it up, America!  Let’s bring back the cape!

        • http://www.facebook.com/madgeylou Megan Dietz

          i have a cape — an etsy seller made it for me last year — and i wear it when it’s not too terribly windy as it’s a swingy shape that gets blown out of position like crazy when the wind is howling. it’s great for layering — unlike a coat, you can wear a blazer underneath it. mine’s navy wool with a hood and a gold zipper and i love it! and i’ve seen a lot of girls in NYC wearing capes the last few years, but not anywhere else.

          anyhow … back to your regularly scheduled snarking. :)

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

            I have a cape- got it at a consignment store. I love it – can wear it over anything – but it’s not as chic as Mila’s.

        • Anonymous

          I agree.  More capes.

        • Anonymous

          J’Adore capes!!!  I think they’re fabulous, and they’re fun to wear.

          (remember Mr. Costanza’s lawyer wearing the cape on Seinfeld?)

        • Anonymous

          I  have been wearing a navy blue cape with black faux patent leather trim all winter. It is much more comfortable to wear while driving than a coat and I love the look. I can pile on heavy sweaters and blazers and still look plus be able to move my arms!

          Capes have been big this winter fashion wise but yeah I haven’t seen many real people wearing them. That being said, there are a lot of capes out there that have gimmicky belts and ties and are difficult to put on, which a cape shouldn’t be!

        • Anonymous

          I’ll take a cape over a jumpsuit or a romper any day…. 

          • Anonymous

            If only I had a million likes to give…  I seriously do not understand the judges’ (and fashion world’s) obsessive love for jumpsuits and rompers

          • Anonymous

            Agreed. Every time I see a jumpsuit, all I can think is “How do you go to the bathroom in that thing?”

        • Anonymous

          You’d see ponchos all the time if you were plus-sized. They’re in all the catalogs and have been for several years now. I have four, including a hand-woven ruana that gets me compliments wherever I go. Two of them are, respectively, fall and winter coats. They’re so easy and warm, and I never have that awkward problem of trying to get a sleeved coat to work over a bulky sweater. I also find them easier to drive in than a sleeved heavy coat. 

      • Lori

        I received a cape for Christmas from a well-meaning relative with an odd lack of clue about my taste considering that she sees me all the time. I use it as an extra layer when I have to join the family at church on particularly cold Sundays. I stay warm, but can still move enough to hold the hymnal until the heater gets the place to a civilized temperature. (To be clear, I wear a coat outside because otherwise I’d freeze to death. I use the cape strictly indoors.)

        Which is a long way of saying, IME no, Americans do not wear capes.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6PUVFQ7YCZZFZRIER6BEJ4HVYE Amye

        I have a spring cape, that’s similar in color to Mila’s.  But I liked Jerrell’s design much better and disagree that Mila deserved the win over his.

      • Anonymous

        I live in rural mid-America (South Dakota), and I have two capes and a poncho, all of which I wear. But I am a crazy person, at least sartorially.

        • Anonymous

           Her girl was going to a Marfa art festival and Marfa is in *the middle of nowhere,* so I think you just proved Mila was dead-on.

      • BuffaloBarbara

         I have an elf-cape that I wear sometimes to SF cons, I guess.  (Okay, it’s not a terribly obvious elf-cape–it just looks like  a long red cape–and I’d wear it to something nice if I had something nice to go to in the four days a year that the temperature would be just right for it.)

        I see ponchos from time to time, but no, not capes.

        • Marie Dees

          I have a couple of “can wear in public” capes. One is almost a shawl type wrap that’s great for a slightly chilly Florida day. The other is heavier and I don’t think I’ve worn it all winter. Then there are the capes and cloaks for ritual wear.  I have to admit, wearing a full length cloak outside of the usual places does get odd looks. 

          More capes! 

          • Anonymous

             I have a long black rauna, which is a first cousin to a cape, and the one time I wore it on the street, as I passed two 20-ish guys, one of them said “Batman” for my benefit.  I made it to use as an extra layer of warmth over a jacket or coat but, like capes and ponchos, it just isn’t practical if I have to do anything but walk empty-handed.  I find such garments good in theory but they just don’t work in real life.

        • http://karensbooksandchocolate.blogspot.com/ Karenlibrarian

          I bought a cape last year at a Jane Austen convention!  I know I shouldn’t have bought it but it was just beautiful.  I have no place to wear it. . . except next year’s Jane Austen convention. 

          • Anonymous

             Oh where is this Jane Austen convention please??

      • Anonymous

        You have to be a little bit daring to wear a cape here in the USA.  I’m in the NE and everyone is wearing that black quilted knee length coat with a fur-trimmed hood.  It’s unbelieveable.  It’s become a uniform.  Not for me!  I’m wearing my Calvin Klein off-white jacket with untrimmed hood and toggle closures.  Of course, I’m not visiting the North Pole as I don’t want to be shot for a Polar Bear.

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

          Not everyone ;-)  my knee length puffy coat with the faux fur trimmer hood is not black.  Its wine. (lol

          I’m in RI, and its snowing today but just flurries really.

          Only place I wear capes is to the renaissance faires.

        • Anonymous

           A few years ago I went shopping for a new winter coat.  I wanted something wool or at least wool-like and dressy enough to wear to events where I was wearing dressy clothing underneath.  I live in PA so we have long cold winters and my main dress-up occasions occur during the winter holidays.  All I could find in all the stores I went to were nylon jackets suitable for the ski slopes.  It had been a long time since I had shopped for a winter coat but I couldn’t believe there was no market for nice wool outerwear.

          • Anonymous

            I’m with you.  I have a black wool coat from the 80′s that I treat like a newborn.  It’s straight and long enough to wear over dressy outfits.  It’s plain which makes it easy to dress up with a great scarf, shawl or pin.  I have tried to replace it, but like you, could not find anything.

          • http://twitter.com/sarahohmygod Sarah Oleksyk

            You might want to search the vintage stores in your area or take a scouting trip to other big cities. I found the winter coat of my dreams in a vintage store in SF – it’s a soft chocolate-brown knee-length wool coat of Japanese make, from the 60s but must have been barely worn, and it fits like it was tailored specifically for me. Clothes were just made better back then – especially if they survived to the current day! Too bad I just moved to southern CA and have no reason to wear it – but I’ll keep that coat forever!

      • Anonymous

        Yep.  They’re actually quite easy to wear.  Very convenient if you’re wearing anything wih big sleeves.  You just pull it over–tucking the purse inside. There’s been a mild cape comeback for the last few years.  I had one from Spain that I used to wear a lot–it was good for traveling because it worked as a half-blanket on trains.

        • http://korilian.livejournal.com/ korilian

          “tucking the purse inside”
          Ooh that’s a good idea. I have a… well I think it’s more like a little pageboy poncho than a proper cape, but it always bugs me that it’s hard to wear a bag with it.

      • Geno Boggiatto

        I haven’t seen a lot of capes in the states, but that didn’t stop me from wearing them in most of my outfits the last few months. As a gay man living in SF, I think I get a free pass to wear all the capes that I want.

      • Call me Bee

        The last cape I saw was the knitted one that Martha Stweart was wearing when she left prison.  When was that–10 years ago?  After that I saw a lot of knitted capes…for about a month. 
        They are not popular here, as our winters are pretty brutal, and one really needs a long wool coat. 

        • Anonymous

           It was a poncho, and was crocheted out of Lion Brand Homespun which is crap yarn, in 2004.

          Sorry–knitters and crocheters all over the world know this info. Yep–ponchos were hot for a season or two and we all spent a ton of time making them, then they became passe.

          I have a huge long grey wool Banana Republic cape. I can’t drive in it and it is very warm. It hasn’t gone past 40 nearly all winter here so it stays in the closet. I keep it in case I ever do a stage play set in Victorian England.

      • Anonymous

        Someone has to say it (even though in this context I wouldn’t agree):

        “NO CAPES!!!!” 

      • Anonymous

        I have one that I wear pretty frequently. It is very comfy and, I think, chic. Mine has an interesting interior belt that comes out a the sides and belts in front, so it ends up being a cross between Rami’s and Mila’s…it has that Rami kind of drapey thing happening in the back. It is hard to explain and not nearly as complicated as it sounds, but I do get lots of compliments on it. It looks particularly good with slim/skinny pants and booties.

        • Anonymous

          I saw a woman yesterday while shopping who was wearing something similar to what you’re describing. It was very flattering and I complimented her on it. I want one like that! It was a nice plaid and drapey with the interior belt. Looked very comfortable yet chic. Something that would be flattering on small and larger women.

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

        It looks to me in the stills like the arm holes on that cape are just a tad bit too low to be as functional as it could be.  But I could be wrong.

        However, a cape can be quite functional, though in Chicago, I would never dream of wearing one as winter wear, because it’s simply too cold.  I love them for fall though.

  • http://twitter.com/SuzanneCitere SuzanneCitere

    That cape LOOKED sharp but when the model was walking I thought it looked stiff, like she was wearing cardboard.  Austin’s was beyond awful. I love him but seriously- it was as farty as they come.

    • http://www.facebook.com/madgeylou Megan Dietz

      yeah the cape looked pretty bad in motion. reminds me of a vintage jacket i had once upon a time that was some kind of fake suede and actually froze when it got too cold — you heard cracking when you moved your arms. so strange.

      anyhow … the cape was a total monet. if she had another day to execute and nicer fabric, it would have been fly.

      • Anonymous

        And, as Austin pointed out, the seaming was pretty puckery. Not up to Mila’s usual standard’s at all.

    • Anonymous

      cape reminded me of a lunch bag…

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

    I agree on Mila’s look, It was something I would LOVE to wear, Jerrell’s looked itchy, heavy and dated to me. I seriously thought Kenley was going home this week, her look read as pajamas for Miss Piggy in Muppet Babies… ‘twee as fuck’ I think is the technical term; Austin would have been my second pick for the schmauf’, my BOYFRIEND, who knows nothing about fashion pointed out it looked like a costume fron “The Help”.

    • Anonymous

      “[Austin's outfit] looked like a costume from ‘The Help’.”

      Exactly.

      • http://karensbooksandchocolate.blogspot.com/ Karenlibrarian

        I agree, it looked so preppy, not fashion forward at all.  I’m sure there are people who would buy it, but I can’t EVER imagine it on the pages of Vogue.

    • http://karensbooksandchocolate.blogspot.com/ Karenlibrarian

      I agree, I can’t imagine anyone over the age of eight wearing it out in public.  

    • JANE LANE

      I was shocked that they complained that Mondo’s look was too Junior and then praised all to hell and back something that was basically a baby onsie. A stylish onsie, but a onsie nonetheless. 

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

        Maybe because it was SO RIDICULOUSLY YOUNG LOOKING?  That’s the only possible explanation I could come up with — Mondo’s (if you buy the Juniors complaint, which I don’t) could look like you were just aiming for younger than you are, while Kenley’s is so clearly separated from normal adult clothing, that it’s an obvious choice on your part.  Like how asymmetry has to be significant enough to be obviously deliberate or it just looks poorly made.

  • penn collins

    Am I the only person who sees ‘pregnancy’ in the cape? It would be great for a mom to be into the 9th month, might even handle twins. Now add some mom jeans, and a stroller and you have a day of power-networking at the play date!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CQPXLNCBM5CZSHZZXJDHPVFS7E Buffy

      LOL!  My sister had a red cape during one of her pregnancies and I really wished for it when I was carrying my twins since nothing could button/close.  One fortunate side effect of pregnancy is being so damn hot that even in February (a normal one, not like one we’re having now) a coat wasn’t usually necessary.

      • Anonymous

        I agree about the pregnancies part… that’s about all a cape s good for.
         
        I lived through the 60′s and let me tell you if you live in a cold, windy city the cape/poncho is always blowing around lifting up and getting in the way.
        Try bending over to pick up something your dropped, a bag or heaven forbid a child… it is like wrestling an octopus…  Give me a large scarf any day.

        I am so surprised everyone liked this. I thought it bulky, stiff, not very flattering.
        Just my opinion.

        cheers

    • Anonymous

      Which is another way of saying that you had no sense of any relationship between the cape and the body under it. 

  • Anonymous

    I actually liked Austin’s look. It’s not particularly young, but I do see variations of this outfit on elementary school moms in the suburbs all the time. It’s neat, conservative and a bit preppy. Unfortunately, that’s not what this competition is about. I liked Mila’s outfit too. I got a kick out of seeing her color blocking combination on the heels of BCBG Max Azria’s show. That outfit could have been part of his collection.

    • Anonymous

      I personally agree about Austin’s look.  It’s not high fashion, but there is a market for it.  It reminds me of a Lilly Pulitzer outfit.

      • judi townsend

        Lilly Pulitzer exactly. I just think he should have styled it different  - especially the shoes – to give it consistency

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

          Including the pleating in the pants? I could live with the pants if not for the pleating. They would still be dowdy, but I can see how they’d appeal to some women. However, as they are, I can’t fathom anyone wearing them. They’re just horrible.

          • http://twitter.com/spygrl1 Trish

            Austin’s outfit looks like a costume for the character Lemon on ‘Hart of Dixie.’ 

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

            Did she lose a lifelong bet that requires her to wear the worst clothes ever?

          • Anonymous

            Oh yeah good call, except for the pleats on the pants, I can see a Bluebell Belle wearing this outfit.

      • Anonymous

        Right, and dare I say it’s kind of Peach Carr? I get the aesthetic, it’s a WASPY Peck & Peck (am I remembering that name right?) Julia Roberts in Sleeping w/ the Enemy (one of my guilty pleasures!) kind of outfit.

      • http://karensbooksandchocolate.blogspot.com/ Karenlibrarian

        Lily Pulitzer!!! My thought EXACTLY!!

  • Lisa

    I was scared to death that Austin was going to be eliminated, because that outfit was just so… I don’t know… “overly-sheltered church girl dressed up for college admittance interviews.”  

    Mila’s outfit – I thought that should have won too.  It was really beautiful, and I loved that pop of red.

  • Anonymous

    i wasn’t a fan of mila’s color choices here. i wish she would move away from the red. when she does use color, it seems like she only picks red. the top distracts from the cape, in my opinion. it’s too baggy and the sleeves are too long. the cape is the only good thing about the look.

    poor darling austin. he looks so beat down on the runway during the judging. maybe the pleated high-waisted floodwater pants should have been replaced with a pleated high-waisted skirt in a different color. the girl looks like a sister wife on a weekend getaway.

  • penn collins

    I agree about Kenley’s look I was totally shocked by all the raves… I expected the judges to shred it.  It looked very toddler-wear. A jumper? On all-stars?

    • http://www.facebook.com/madgeylou Megan Dietz

      i loved it! and it fit the model beautifully. there are tons of fashionable young women who would love to wear this. i could even see some cute crazy gal rocking it with bright tights and boots and a snug leather jacket when the weather is chilly.

    • Anonymous

      I intensely disliked it, but some of the younger women where I work really liked it.

      • Anonymous

        Do you work with four year olds? Because I am 22 and my friend is 21 and we both agreed we would laugh and be catty bitches if we saw a girl our age wearing Kenley’s romper. 

    • Anonymous

      It seemed very Zooey Deschanel to me–not my look–but one that definitely has a following.  Girlish and it was well-made.  I’d rather wander about in Kara’s, but Kenley’s did make more of a statement. It had that “look at me” thing going for it without seeming to take itself too seriously.  I think the designers responded to that more than the fact it was kind of ridiculous.

  • Anonymous

    Poor austin. It really was a toss up between him and Rami. I have to say even if the judging was normal I think it still would have come down to the 2 of them. Kara’s was dull but it was well made, proportioned and styled well

    I’m not sure about Mila for the win. It looks great in photos. It’s not a bad job for her first effort. Good concept but it needed more flow

    • http://karensbooksandchocolate.blogspot.com/ Karenlibrarian

      I agree, I can imagine a lot of women who’d want to wear Kara’s outfit.  It didn’t really push the envelope but it was stylish and looked easy to wear, perfect for a weekend getaway.  Much more fashionable than Kenley’s or Austin’s, both of which looked very retro, not fashion-forward.

  • http://korilian.livejournal.com/ korilian

    I kind of do want to wear Austin’s outfit 0_p

  • Anonymous

    I might even have accepted the high waist and pleats on Austin’s pants if they hadn’t had the cropped hemline. He needed to pick one or the other. And I’m 60 and wouldn’t wear that cardigan if you held a gun to my head. Austin definitely should have gone over Rami.

  • Anonymous

    I would have preferred Mila to use a wider black material band at the top of the cape and skip the thin trim (pleather?) altogether which just cheapened the look. The slits for the arms needed to be longer and having them bound in the black just emphasized that they were too constraining. I can’t abide that flat-top hair.

    The ruffles on Austin’s jacket needed to go and using a color from the top rather than the pale pink would have sharpened the look. Didn’t like the model’s hair either. 

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

    He made the model look fat.  HE MADE THE MODEL LOOK FAT.  Pleat front pants are never a good idea!  I get it that, to a certain extent, high waists are coming back.  It’s the whole vintage vibe.  Modern twists on vintage style seem to be in.  But pleats are only good if they’re not on pants.  And I thought Mila’s panic over not knowing how to construct a cape were kind of ridiculous.  Deconstructed, a cape is a full circle skirt with a slit in the front, no waistband, and huge bound buttonholes for the arms to go through…

    • http://karensbooksandchocolate.blogspot.com/ Karenlibrarian

      The pleats AND the extremely high waist ruined the pants for me.  

    • Anonymous

       Although what you describe can certainly be a cape, Mili’s was not a full circle, and it had shaped shoulders.  It’s still a simple enough garment that it shouldn’t have caused an experienced designer to panic, though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=758404747 Fiska S. Ananda

    I must be in the minority here, but I like Austin’s outfit, particularly the top and the jacket. Granted, since I’m a mere mortal, of course I would look hideously frumpy wearing that pants. But I think that top and jacket would look cute paired with jeans ..*hides*.. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1920146 Angela Skeggs Hardi

      I really disliked the pants, but I agree with you about the top and cardigan. I’m always on the look out for cute cardigans and I think this would be a great addition to a spring wardrobe!

      • Call me Bee

        If you’re really looking for this–Coldwater Creek is featuring almost the very same cardi and shirt in their spring line.  I kid you not! 

  • Anonymous

    I liked Mila’s design, but still think Jerrell deserved the win. For me, it came down to “which would I rather wear”.  And i’d rather wear Jerrell’s.

    Oh, Austin.  Not even the most conservative, preppy, Park Avenue princess would wear this (and neither would her mother). 

  • Anonymous

    Mila’s does look the most like what is currently on the runways . I still see major mid 60′s influences and I don’t like the color combination. Especially not the color of the jeans, it looks like poly blend denim that your grandmother would buy.

     I like high waisted pants. A Hollywood waisted pants can be extremely flattering on small waisted people. Hollywood waist should never go with cropped and pegged pants. If he had done a full long leg pant it would have been killer. The top is too fussy. The cardigan reads “twin set” , the bag and the sense able   shoes read Golden Corral.

    • Lattis

      You posted this a long time ago, Siren, and you’re probably on to other things on your Saturday, but does it kind of break your heart to see how well executed and well thought out the pieces are that are being aufed? It breaks my heart a little – even though I know it is the point of the show to have the best compete with the best. In relation to other seasons of PR, the quality of work they do in the time frame they are given astounds me. 

      That anyone could visualize a look, sketch it, shop for the fabric, create all the pieces and fit them in a day completely flabbergasts me. If nothing else, I am sure I’d have to run back to the store at least once to pick up the button, or zipper or seam tape that I’d forgotten to get the first time I was there.

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

        Half the time I don’t even KNOW everything I’ll need for a look when I start it.  In fact, quite often I don’t have any idea what I’m going to do with fabric (when buying for myself) when I first get it. 

      • Anonymous

        “If nothing else, I am sure I’d have to run back to the store at least
        once to pick up the button, or zipper or seam tape that I’d forgotten to
        get the first time I was there”

        This has been in my head ever since I started watching PR.  I’ve sewn for decades and I usually use a commercial pattern that lists everything you need.  Since I’ve been sewing so long I have a huge stash of things at home, like elastic, buttons, zippers, etc., so I often don’t pick it up when buying the fabric since I think I’ll have it at home.  So often I don’t have it, or can’t find it, so I end up making another trip to the fabric store.  That these designers can foresee every notion that they’ll need with just an idea in their head amazes me.

  • Anonymous

    I keep thinking Mila’s muse must have been Emma Peel for this challenge. The outfit addresses a lot of the criticisms about Mila’s work but still looks like “a Mila.”  And not shabby for her first attempt at a cape.

    • Anonymous

      Emma Peel – Yes!!! But Mila has to enlarge the arm holes a bit to make it easier to shoot. She should have styled her model with Emma hair; it would have been fabulous.

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

      The cape does look pretty good, and she stayed true to herself. But I can’t love this because I don’t like capes. I should be able to look past that and judge it on its own merits, but if I could do that, I’d be a fashion writer. 

    • Anonymous

      No wonder I liked her look – my father used to let us stay up and watch the Avengers because he had a huge crush on Emma Peel.

      • Anonymous

        So did my dad!  Relating that cape, which I liked already, to Emma Peel made it extra nice.  

        • Anonymous

          I was lunching with a male friend several years ago and we were discussing the Avengers-I told him that girls wanted to be Emma Peel. He grinned and said that men wanted to sleep with Emma Peel!

  • Anonymous

    Let me tell you something: here in the South, there are lots of women who still live in the world of sororities, cotillions and tea parties who would wear Austin’s little top combo (but with different pants, or a skirt). Lots. Not my cup of tea, but I don’t think it merited the exteme reaction from that judging panel. Clearly, they don’t step foot out of Manhattan and LAla land.

    I loved Mila’s which is very definitely my cup of tea. It looked expensive and both classic and modern at the same time. I want to go wherever that girl is going.

    • Anonymous

      That’s a fair point.  Even though I was born and raised in the Midwest, I think about clothes/fashion only in terms of this little bubble of Manhattan. 

    • BuffaloBarbara

       Yeah, my bigger problem with Austin’s wasn’t “What  woman would buy that?” but that I feel like I’ve seen it quite a lot.

  • Anonymous

    Schmedi said “Austin went a little bit nutso.” Only a little dear?

    That top would only look good on Dolly Parton in Nine to Five or Hyacinth Bucket (Patricia Routledge)  on Keeping Up Appearances.

    And those pants should just be taken out and burnt. Immediately.

  • Anonymous

    Ok to echo a few comments in the lounge and the last posting on PR- the faceoff format sucked as the ability to judge everyones designs on the curve of the total group was taken away. If austin and kara went up against the whole group we would have seen kara (rightfully) packing her shit last night. Now shes outlasted anthony and rami??? The crackpipe is out.

    Speaking of crackpipe based judging- what was with all the salivation over kenleys shittery?? Agreed with all the critiques of that twee ass romper she sent out that is so far in her wheelhose its up her wheelhouses ass! If she sends another fucking thing down the runway with a peter pan collar my tv might get destroyed in the crossfire of my rage. Mondos outfit was more thoughtful and modern by a longshot and not so obviusly retro that it could only work on a girl who wears a singular pin curl on her hairline in 2012. maybe it was over styled but I saw Mondos as being more in line with what youd see in a store now.
    As for the jerell michael faceoff i actually feel like jerells is the one look of his that I have gotten behind all season long. Liked that it was hipster done chic rather than done thrift store or generally craycray like last wk for example. Michaels execution was flawless yes but I actually did not like the material of the coat- something about it seemed like a ratty couch throw. That plus the copying and the astute sentiment by napkin folder extraordinaire georgina that michael doesnt have a clear/original point of view – hence her point that she couldnt imagine what a collection of his would look like- all makes him fall to the middle.

    Rami had a winner in the coat and the color combo. The braid belt and the surgical cuts to the top were mistakes but not auf worthy ones. Not when winners in recent months in the regular PR couldnt make sleeves. And he has more design instincts in his left pinly than kara- are you sensing my annoyance at her continued presence past wk 3 so far?? TLo was with me though in loving milas outfit. In her wheelhouse without being one note as opposed to kenley.

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

      The way you feel about Kara (and I don’t disagree) is exactly the way I feel about Kenley.  Yes, Kenley executes her designs beautifully.  BUT who in the world wants to wear them?  She’s so stuck in the 40s it’s beyond ridiculous at this point in time. I was HORRIFIED by Austin’s creation this week, but did think at least he was in the 50s not 40s!   When they gave Kenley the win over Mondo, I seriously thought I was going to lose it.  ’Twas an Anya – worthy moment to be sure.

      • http://karensbooksandchocolate.blogspot.com/ Karenlibrarian

        I agree, having ALL my favorites in the bottom four was just shocking.  And I can’t imagine what grown woman (other than Kenley) would want to wear a Peter Pan collar!!

        It’s occurred to me that all the female contestants seem to be dressing themselves over and over.  Do all designers do that?   Do the male designers exude the same aesthetic in their own personal taste?  I can see it in Mondo and Seth Aaron. . . . I’ll have to think about the others.  

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

          It’s fairly common with female designers because they are so close to their work.  Male designers tend to vary more.  Some dress themselves with the same sense of style that they bring to their work, others seem to have no interest in their own wardrobes.

    • Anonymous

      As usual something that was criticized and aufed shows up at the next fashion week. Saw lots of chartreuse & royal blue combos. (Was it BCBG that I just looked at?) Rami’s coat was fabulous!
      Yes, Jerrell definitely had the hipster look going.

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

        Not that I need it, but I’m feeling vindicated. I love that color combo.

        • Anonymous

          Me too!

        • Anonymous

          About that color combo – My sister calls me the day after the show each week so we can critique and complain.  She had nothing nice to say about Rami’s colors, when I reminded her of our kitchen back in the late 60′s and 70′s.  We used those exact colors as accents to our brown brick wall.  She was not pleased with me.

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

            Heh. I bet not.

            I think those colors would be pretty cool as accents in a room.

      • Anonymous

        I love those colors and wear them together a lot so those judges can suck it. The pleating and ruching on the top were oddly placed and the draped mock turtle neck was horrible. Otherwise, it  didn’t deserve the auf.

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

      I totally agree that Rami’s mistakes didn’t make his look auf-worthy. I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but the pants that Austin made were a much bigger sin than anything Rami did. The stitching on Rami’s top was a tailoring mistake that probably couldn’t have been fixed, and he certainly didn’t have time to make another top. Austin, on the other hand, made those pants on purpose. I love Austin like I love brownies, but he should have been sent home.

      • Anonymous

        He definitely had time to whip up a black tank top after it had become evident that the top just wasn’t fitting his model very well. Even that little could have saved him from the schmauf, in my opinion.

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

          Stop confusing me with facts. :-) You’re right of course, but I don’t think anything can change my opinion that Austin should have gone instead of Rami.

          • Anonymous

            Oh, make no mistake, I thought Austin’s was far more auf-able, especially given that he had the time to impeccably construct exactly the garment he wanted and it was still THAT garment. But I think Rami needed a lesson from Michael C about recognizing a mistake and changing direction.

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

            Yes, good point. I think he may have gotten himself married to the idea of the green top. There is a point at which you need to stand back, look at what you’re doing as objectively as possible, and make a decision about how you want to proceed. For whatever reason, Rami decided to chance it. Too bad, really. I was sure (or as sure as it’s possible to be when it comes to these kinds of shows) he’d be in the finale.

  • http://twitter.com/TheRealAndra Andra

    I absolutely LOVE Austin’s sweater.  I don’t think a pink cardigan with a floral trim is Granny at all.  I’m a Geriatric Nurse at a retirement community, I KNOW granny when I see it!   Toss the pants and the blouse and pair the sweater with a white tee and some modern jeans and that’s love.

  • Anonymous

    I love Austin, and I actually wear some retro clothes that are fun, a la Milly.  But that was awful – Jerrell nailed it when he said it looked like it belonged on the oldest Golden Girl.  That said, I would have had a hard time choosing between Austin and Kara, as there was at least some design in Austin’s ensemble.

    I agree that Mila’s was spectacular, but it still provided a nice release when Jerrell won.  I don’t think it was a show-manipulation, though; I think the judges were honestly bothered by Mila’s choice of fabrics (and they don’t seem to get her style).

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

      I think you’re right that the judges don’t get her style, but, seriously, what is there to get? I would certainly expect Isaac to recognize her references to 60s mod. I don’t always agree with him, but he’s been in the business a long time, and he knows his stuff. As for her aesthetic, it’s streamlined and minimal. No fussiness or geegaws, just simple lines and not a lot of color.

      I don’t know. Maybe I shouldn’t expect anything else from a model, and a designer who’s successful primarily because her husband is a big power in Hollywood (someone here called her a napkin folder. Ha!*). But Mila’s work is not complicated. It’s definitely not so complicated that it’s incomprehensible.

      I also agree that it was nice to see Jerrell win. I think he earned it, even if he was kind of an asshead during judging.

      *I am way too hard on Chapman. Since she stopped with the origami, I’ve actually liked a lot of her dresses.

      • Anonymous

        Well, given Chapman’s aesthetic, I’m not sure she get the appeal of Mila’s.  Chapman’s all about the fussy red-carpet dress in a pastel.  I mean, Chapman pretty much saved that monstrosity of Jerrell’s last week.  She likes it complicated.  

        The judges seem to judge the various designers on different curves.  Rami’s out because of one bad color choice, while Jerrell got the win because he finally made something that wasn’t total fug.  Mila turns out a fresh look and they niggled and niggled over the details.  She was ranked next to Kara who turned out basic separates.

  • Anonymous

    Mila’s cape is extremely unflattering and awkward with odd bulges and unfortunate puckering. The design was good, the execution not so. The pants are 100% WTF. And for me, it was the beige pants and the styling that sunk Austin’s look, not the frilly twinset on top. If the pants had been a fresh color that made it all very 21st-century mod, and if the styling supported that, he might have given his flowery twinset a vintage spin. Impeccably made!

  • Amy Fee Garner

    I think you’ve put your finger on why I sort of like Austin’s outfit.  I’m a Southerner as well, and that outfit would fit in just fine on a spring Saturday here — no cotillion needed, just a nice outfit for shopping or a walk in the park (with flats, of course).  Most women down here don’t wear a lot of black, and the floral/khaki combination looks very local to me.

  • Anonymous

    Love Mila’s cape, but I think it needs something at the top. A thinker band or material or some fur (or faux fur). I would have picker her for the win. I love red and tan together. 

    • Anonymous

       You should go to work at a Target store.  All the employees must wear red tops and khaki tan bottoms.  I worked there for two years and have a huge amount of red tops and more than a few khaki pants.  I just can’t bring myself to wear them together ever again.

  • Anonymous

    WTF with these all stars? I’m bored by them and their work. Nothing has blown me away. What the hell happened to Austin? He used to be talented! Their work looks shabby. I don’t think I care enough to finish watching this.

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

      Do you watch Top Chef? They did an All Stars season last year. TC always have a few crappy challenges throughout a season, but for the most part, it was exciting and fun and there was at least one really shocking early elimination. The finale was predictable (everyone agreed it was one particular chef’s to lose), but it was great seeing him win. I was expecting the same thing for PR All Stars. While I’m enjoying it, I kind of have to agree with you. Almost everyone is off his/her game. Even Mondo is struggling, and I went into this thinking this was his to lose.

      It’s been a minor disappointment for me. I’ll finish this season, and no doubt watch any subsequent seasons, because I’m a sucker. But Bunim Murray and Lifetime don’t get this show, and either don’t understand or don’t care about the long time fans. They’ve have done irreparable damage to Project Runway.

      • Anonymous

        I totally agree. They don’t get it, and they’ve ruined it. I was excited to see more of Mondo and Austin. Not so much the others, but man. Total meh.

        I watch Top Chef, but didn’t catch the all stars, although my sister loved it.

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

    Hah! I too thought Mila was worthy of the win (in, admittedly, a rather thin field). I liked Jerell’s actual garments better–I think they are more wearable and interesting and even better thought out and finished. But Mila presented an actual look that you could take in and admire.
    As for Austin, for me the problem is not actually that the blouse & sweater are for grandma, because I’m a grandma. These are the kind of thing I, as a grandma, have been presented with in the stores & catalogues for the past couple of years and which I am waiting to see go OUT of style. The blouse with raggedy “origami” ruffles and the sweater with “chiffon trim”–please, no. It’s not flattering and too juvenile. As for the pants–only a very tall skinny goddess could get away with them. However, I will give him points because, like Mila, he did produce a real look–you know what tea party this tall thin Junior Leaguer is headed for (the one in Austin’s head, as you say….)

  • Anonymous

    I know this is the kiss of death but I thought Austin’s outfit was ‘pretty’ and very spring time and I’m glad he didn’t get sent home. (And I think the closeup of the blouse shows a really nice design.)
    Mila’s outfit was nice but it made the model’s legs look really short and I hated the hair style which just seemed to emphasize the misproportioned feel I got when I looked at the outfit. I liked the colors and the concept but something about those pants and the way the model’s body is cut into pieces by the design is off.

  • http://profiles.google.com/elaine.childs.magda Elaine Childs

    I just don’t understand those pants. I just don’t. I was hoping TLo could explain them, but oh, well.

    They don’t FIT her: when the model walks, the fabric clumps, folds, and bags around her crotch and ass. The pants just HANG from her waist, and  the judges kept talking about them being beautifully tailored? Those pants don’t flatter a model. Imagine what they’d look like on the rest of us.

    • Anonymous

      Me, too, fwiw.  I kept thinking they make her. . .crotch-zone look huge, which isn’t something I think most women dress to accentuate.  (Not even “fat,” just. . .like her crotch takes up a fourth of her body.) Very weird proportions.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t agree that Mila’s look should have won.  It wasn’t black and white but it was colorblocking all over again.  Can she do anything else?

    • Anonymous

      I’m sure she can, but color blocking is her signature and niche…where she wants to take her line.  Same as Rami with draping, Mondo with bold pattern mixing, Kenley with girly, Austin with tea parties, Jerell with whatevathehell his style is, etc…..

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

        MILA-  does the color blocking better than this designers.
        http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/2012/02/bcbg-max-azria-fall-2012-collection.html

        When a designer needs color blocking, they should hire her! And give her the title – Mila – ColorB for  blah blah designers

        She should have won this episode.

      • Anonymous

        Jerrell’s style baffles me.

         

        • Anonymous

          Bedazzled frou-frou?

        • Anonymous

           i think the technical term is “ugly.”

          Although, he kind of veered from that this week.

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

            Maybe “nutso”. Angela said it about Austin, but it fits most of what Jerrell has made this season.

  • BuffaloBarbara

    we think you need to crack open a current issue of Vogue just to remind yourself what people want to wear now.

    Heh.  Me, I think I’d rather he keep up the tea party and try to turn the real world into Scarlett-land. ;p  But that probably wouldn’t win him judge-points, would it?

    That said, even I thought this particular look was, erm… not his best, to put it mildly.

    I don’t share your liking for Mila’s at all.

  • Anonymous

    So Mila has branched out from her black and white colorblocking to black and tan colorblocking. Big whoop. And the pants don’t fit. But I still think this was the most current and attractive outfit of the night. I would absolutely wear that cape but I would look in my closet for any number of things to wear with it that would look better than those jeans. I know who Austin is dressing – she lives next door to me. She’s 85 with platinum blond hair in a big sculpted page boy. She’s elegant and beautiful and his outfit is perfect for her. Sadly, though, it’s not perfect for anyone else.

  • Kyle Crawford

    Bottom line, Austin’s pants make a size -1 model’s ass look dumpy and big… next

  • Anonymous

    OH NO YOU CANNOT…YOU….JUST…CAN…NOT….NO!   TLO!  A cape?  A FREAKING CAPE!
    Possibly only Mila can take retro and render it flat, tired and stale. And not wanted by any human over 5 or 6.
         I cried when I had to wear one my grandmother made me at 11. Love you Nanna.
    And Isaac was right about this at least: Cheap looking! And what the hell did she do to the model’s head?!
        

       I don’t care how many designers want to gift the world with their capes. Make them ALL have to wear them
    with sombreros or garden-bonnets. See Mrs. Marple.
       Oh wise ones. How?..Why?

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

      I do love Mila, but I can’t get behind the cape either. Capes are for superheroes.

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

        Which only makes them BETTER!  Who doesn’t want their own comic book?!?

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

          I can’t argue with that. I’d love to have my own comic book.

    • Anonymous

      I like capes more in concept than reality, but I would sooner wear a cape than granny panties or a romper, both of which the fashionistas have tried to foist on women in recent years.  To echo you, Oh wise ones, WHY??

  • Anonymous

    I like what Mila was going for but somehow that cape just didn’t come together right.  As others have said, that khaki fabric is too stiff and obviously the arm holes are too small.  Neither she nor Mondo seems to have their mojo and it’s frustrating to see.   

  • Anonymous

    I do think Mila’s choice of fabric was unfortunate:  stiff, puckery, and kind of cheap looking.  I also wish there was a collar or something more up top.  It just seems a bit unfinished or out-of-balance up there.  The tan with the gray doesn’t really work for me either.   All in all, I also think a cape works a lot better in winter fabrics.  It’s just kind of silly looking in a lighter version.

    As for Austin’s, I can also see it on ladies in small-town New England, as well as the South.  About 40 years ago.  But whatever the geography or the decade, there is definitely tea involved.  With hopefully a generous slosh of bourbon.

  • Anonymous

    “. . . it wasn’t the same old mod black and white colorblocking.”

    So it was the same old mod black and tan colorblocking. She made what looks like a toaster cover with trim.

    I love Austin’s pretty floral blouse and would wear it in a minute. Maybe not the sweater, though. And not those trousers. Very problematic.
    But I think he should have beat Mila. I didn’t like anything about her look, except the bag.

    • Anonymous

      “..a toaster cover with trim.”
      EXACTLY!

  • Anonymous

    Is it me – or is Cynthia Rowley just a bitch?

  • Anonymous

    *hangs head in shame* if Austin’s pants were lower waisted & pleated or the same waist with no pleats, I’d totally wear his outfit.  Maybe not every day, but on those days when I want to feel girly and casual – I’d totally wear that outfit.

  • Anonymous

    I went off on Austin’s pants numerous times in the previous thread of this challenge…I just can’t anymore, it was that awful!  High waisted with pleats…no!…I just can’t get into it again. He should’ve been schmaufed! 

    Mila’s…I like her and usually like her work…this cape, not so much.  I’m not a fan of capes and ponchos at all…they’re so shapeless.  I appreciate what she did here though..the colors, blocking, seam detailing, pants, etc.  The arm holes don’t look very practical, perhaps it is the stiffness of the fabric.  A good submission though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vsticker Vera E Sticker

    Actually, Austin just needs to move to Japan. This would sell like hotcakes out here, no lie. 

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

    I’m so glad you guys liked Mila’s too. I thought she was robbed. Another totally chic look that I would wear in a second. I did have a problem with her styling though. High pony-tail and sunglasses please, not that sad little pin straight junior high hair.

    And Austin. Yes. He does need to open Vogue because this outfit looks like he has been hanging out in Ann Taylor or leafing through the J.Crew catalogue. It’s true (though sad) that these flowery sweater sets are everywhere but to paraphrase Pincess M. Kors, they are indeed clothes, they’re just not fashion.’

  • Anonymous

    I got a very positive Bonnie Cashin vibe from Mila’s effort, and as Ms. Cashin is enjoying a bit of a reconsideration, Mila’s effort was especially timely.  This had style and was eye-catching in a fashionable way.  She should have gotten the not, not the off-handed negative dismissals from some of the judges.

    Austin’s outfit was a clunker, not fashion forward at all.

  • carolie_king

    I also completely loved Mila’s look.  Don’t own a cape, but I could see it on a San Francisco girl on a foggy day (so that would be about July here).  There is colorblocking ALL over the runway right now, whether or not that’s what she always does… That’s fashion.

    I could MAYBE take Austin’s blouse OR sweater (not the matched set, and not the pants) as something available from Talbot’s, but PLEASE in a different fabric!!!  That fabric is so my 73-year-old mom’s idea of a cute bedspread!  Ew, ewie, ew.

    • Anonymous

       I bought a short black cape at the SF Nordstrom not too long ago, and I have been wearing it a lot!

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

    “as much as we want to be invited to the tea parties in your head” – tee hee

  • judi townsend

    Just wondering, if perhaps Austin there is a market for Austin’s design choices. Not everyone wants a fashion forward look, but want traditional clothing they can wear year after year. 

    I’ve seen plenty of women in the south and parts of the midwest, where they dress very conservatively and wear pearls and pastel colors.  Sometimes I think the fashion industry wants to appeal to only a certain aesthetic – young, thin, fashionable. There are plenty of people who buy clothing and don’t fit in any of these categories. 

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

    But Austin was shown the world on his Austin and Santino show! He was purposely exposed to real modern-day ladies. Either he did not pay attention to what all the current real world ladies were wearing, or all the ladies on the show were still stuck in Austin times. (I wouldn’t know; I did not watch that show.)

  • Anonymous

    I think Mila is optimizing this entire experience to her advantage more than any other designer. She is staying very true to herself and is showcasing her asthestic in every challenge even if it doesn’t completely fit. Don’t get me wrong, I loved her outfit in this challenge and think it fit the challenge, but I think it’s a shame some other designers (Rami) are more hung up on the competition then using the opportunity to show off their style. I was sad to see Anthony go early and didn’t really like Austin’s outfit in this challenge, but at least they stayed within their respective styles.

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

    Honestly, I quite like Mila’s outfit but the styling of the hair, make-up are just so bad. She looks chic from the neck down, and dull as a white wall from the neck up. That just ruined the whole look for me. 

    Austin’s model looks like a more pissed-off January Jones character in Mad Men

  • Anonymous

    Austin’s outfit was appalling- can you imagine if it were made by Burt or any of the designers over 40?  Lily Pulitzer rides again.
    Hated Mila’s too.

  • Laura Osborne

    I loved Mila’s design, cape and all — I would totally wear that.

  • Anonymous

    You guys really loved Mila’s outfit?  I thought the cape was stiff and weird.  The exaggerated, padded raglan shoulders were unflattering and the whole thing lacked the motion that makes a cape interesting and dramatic.  In fact, when she moved her arms to pose at the end of the runway, notice how the shoulder just sort of pooched and buckled.  The model looked kind of swallowed by the rigid volume of the thing.  It just didn’t work for me at all.  And the pin straight hair didn’t help.

  • Anonymous

    I liked Austin’s pieces, but I’d never wear them together. The sweetness of the sweater and top needed to be paired with a more modern pant or skirt.  The pants needed something more severe/edgy to make them feel more current.

    I thought Mila’s cape was pretty terrific, but her model looked sick; the hair, the low key makeup and the camel color did her no favors.

  • Anonymous

    Mila’s was just okay. I didn’t care for the colors much. The pants didn’t fit  quite right but I could get beyond that. I thought the fabric looked stiff as did others. Not a fan of that.  I would not have given her the win and I think Jerrell’s was better IMO. Austin’s was horrific.

  • marilyn

    I still don’t like what Mila designs.  If it isn’t Borg finery, or street tough, it is apparently dorky British stuff.  This is too dowdy for me.  I don’t think the color palate is even remotely modern.  These are colors Rami would have chosen and been called on the carpet for.  I don’t care if she threw in some zippers on the sleeves.  I would expect Miss Marple would have worn this when she was wandering through the heather to solve a case, or, better yet, Mrs. Steed would have worn this on The Avengers dashing about London.  That is better.  The color palate would have been appropriate to the 60′s or 70′s.  I still don’t like it.  

    I agree with all of the negative comments about Austin.

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

    I dunno. I liked the IDEA of the cape, but I don’t know if it was the cut or the fabric but that bunched up shoulder makes the model look like the hunchback from Notre Dame. And the round neckline is extremely unflattering even on the model. I think all Mila’s colour blocking quite often leads her into fit issues…

  • Anonymous

    Austin’s dream job would be designing the uniforms for Junior League Airlines. 

    • Anonymous

      And he’d do a great job.

  • http://janeaustensworld.wordpress.com/ Vic

    Mila’s cape made the model look like a fat bulldog wearing a mascot cape. Hated it. I could see Austin’s outfit on Mrs. Cleaver, Beaver’s mom.

  • Anonymous

    I liked Mila’s from the back, but from the front it was missing something. Not necessarily some further embellishment, but some degree of polish or finish or something so that it looked less like the cape you wear at the hairdresser’s.

    Gosh, how quickly one forgets how short these challenges are when the calibre of competitors is this high. Demanding, am I not?

    Honest to god, I could see Austin’s on one of the well-maintained moms or even the 30-something alums when the local sororities are combining moving day with some informal socializing. But while it wouldn’t look out of place, it wouldn’t be mainstream, either. At the moment this instance of his “pretty clothes” aesthetic isn’t a current style, but I fear that perhaps the fashion overlords are about to beam “high waisted, cropped, with pleats” from the Mothership into the collective designer unconscious & they are going to have another go-round.  Because sometimes there are these eruptions of some style better left for dead, & maybe Isaac is getting the signal.

    • Anonymous

      I think capes are ‘a style better left for dead.’
      Until you said it,– I couldn’t recall what Mila’s model reminded me of.
      It is exactly like the poncho at the hairdresser; wet hair and all.   Spot-on!

  • Anonymous

    Austin’s look was a hot mess!!!

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

    I’m surprised by how much I’m falling in love with Mila this season.

  • Anonymous

    There are capes in stores. In fact, you can buy a Kors cape from Neiman Marcus right now, if you wanted. http://www.neimanmarcus.com/product.jsp?icid=&searchType=MAIN&rte=%252Fsearch.jsp%253FN%253D0%2526Ntt%253Dcape%252Bcoat%2526_requestid%253D13526&eItemId=prod139430119&itemId=prod139430119&parentId=&cmCat=search

    I feel like the only person in the world who could wear Austin’s outfit as is would be Lemon, from “Hart of Dixie.”

  • Anonymous

    I like Austin.  I’d like to live in the world his head inhabits.  Come on!  He’s fun and gently bitchy at times.  You have to admit that he did put some thought and *design* into his ensemble.  His instincts are feminine.  Even last weeks leatherish outfit was feminine and btw should have won imnsho.  Also, as much as I adore Mondo, he’s going to have to toughen up.  This business is brutal.  Just because you dedicate your design to your mother doesn’t mean it has to influence the judges.  It’s personal to you and you only.  Having said that, I really liked his outfit.  Again, as I said in another post Cynthia Rowley is thumbs down from me.  The tops in her collection and Mondo’s top were very similar in style not in material.  Mila is Mila and it’s going to take the earth not spinning on its axis to change her aesthetic.  She has a point of view and her work is mostly wonderful.  She could have easily won this challenge if her materials were of better quality.  She does do good work but there are very few surprises.  I liked Jerrell’s outfit and I’m glad he won.  I miss Anthony.

    • Anonymous

      Mondo seems so inherently unhappy to be there, doesn’t he?  Remember how tortured he was during the first half of the contest in his season?  I think he needed a good cry and now he’ll come back swinging.

      • Lattis

        I had that exact thought about Mondo, CarolinLA. I wonder if he kind of chafes at having to do these arbitrary challenges and bend himself to try to fit them. It seems like the “game” aspect of it really bothers him. He’s kind of stubborn and irritated at having to jump through the hoops. But, hoop jumping is the name of the game on PR. Maybe he’s conflicted: he wants the exposure and the acclaim, the acceptance of his peers, but it bugs the hell out of him to have to cater to the whims of the PR Gods.

        Have to say, I admire the designers who can enter into the fray and keep their equilibrium. Like Rami, Mila, Anthony, and (surprisingly) Kenley.

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

      Austin does live in a special world, doesn’t he? When I finally watched season 1, I immediately fell in love with him. I think his love of old time femininity and beauty is completely sincere, no irony included. And you’re right. He put a lot of thought into this look. I can appreciate that. But (I’ll be back in a minute. I have to put on my broken record) the pants are, IMNSHO, indefensible. I just do not understand them. Upthread, @formerlyAnon:disqus  said she thinks the collective consciousness of fashion designers is about to leash high-waisted, pleated, pegged pants on the public. I hope she’s wrong, but I’m afraid she’s right. And I still won’t get it.

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

    I don’t like the neckline but I think most of the cape is cool especially the slots that allow good arm movement. Love the color combo, and of course I think she designs pants more frequently and with better success than any other designer there.

  • Anonymous

    I think Austin’s girl is an elementary school teacher chaperoning a class trip.

    • Anonymous

      I thought she looked like a girl about to meet her soon-to-be mother-in-law for the first time and she was afraid.

  • Anonymous

    Hate Austin’s pants.  I actually like the flowery blouse-thing–but I am in no way a high-concept fashion girl! Which proves TLo’s point…!

  • Anonymous

    and funny that Mila’s look seemed to echo some of the BCBG M.A. in the previous TLO post…or was that just me?

  • Anonymous

    While I’ve developed a better appreciation for Mila’s POV, I just don’t share the love for this cape.  Had the designers had more time for the challenge I tihink the cape would have been better. As it is, it looks heavy to me,and not flattering.

    As for Austin, God bless him for wanting to create lovely, chic clothes for women, but please do check out some runway shows, issues of Vogue, Bazaar, Elle to get some fresh ideas.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, please, you “loved” Mila’s disaster?  the cape was POORLY constructed, not properly centered, with puckery seams everywhere.  HOW can you say this is smart and stylish with pants that replicated the bloody awful pants of the previous challenge and, in fact, this was exactly the same (barring not being totally black) as everything else she’s ever done?

    Get over your “just love anything Mila does” and start actually looking at them.  She’s absolutely a one-note like Kenley, but at least Kenley’s look was beautifully constructed, whereas Mila’s was a mess.

    Seriously.  That cape didn’t fit, was poorly finished, and was matched with crappy, over-worked pants that were a re-tread from last week.  And you’d have given it a win????  WHY???  I’d have given it an AUF over Rami’s as much as Rami’s also had flaws.

    • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

      SOMEONE ON THE INTERNET HAS A DIFFERENT OPINION. I DEMAND TO KNOW WHY AND ORDER THEM TO CHANGE IT.

      • Anonymous

        I SAID GOOD DAY, SIR! FORTHWITH! GOOD DAY!  

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

      There’s no need to be rude.

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

       What Mila love are you talking about? For the most TLo have pretty much stated that Mila has been safe. And I would argue that Kenley’s was horribly made.

      • Anonymous

        Indeed, I thought they were so exasperated with her last week that it really caught me by surprise that her look was the pick for the win this week.  Totally flummoxed on that one.  But even more surprising that anyone would think they were in the tank for Mila.

    • Anonymous

      Lighten up, it’s just fashion

  • Anonymous

    I loved the red and camel coloring on the cape and would totally wear it.  In Iowa.  The judges may have loved those pants but there is no way in hell any girl who is not 6′ tall and slim could wear it and look anything but frumpy.  High waist AND cropped leg?  Jesus, Austin. 

  • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

    I liked Mila’s a lot. I was okay with Jerell’s win, but I would have been just as happy if Mila had won.

  • Anonymous

    Mila is probably my favorite designer on the show but her last couple of looks just didn’t cut it for me.  There’s something off about the cape and the way it fits (not to mention the unusual – for her – execution issues).  I did like the idea of it but the reality didn’t match the idea.

    As for Austin – I’ve never understood all the Austin love.  His performance on this show certainly hasn’t lived up to the hype. 

    • Anonymous

      I love Mila”s POV.  I think she’s a great designer and I’m in agreement that she should have won.  (I thought when Isaac compared Jerrell to Anthropolgie that he had no chance.  Oh well….)

      But I do think that the proportions on the cape are just a little off.  Should it be just a tad longer?  Fuller?  I’m not sure.  But I think with a bit of tweaking it would have been outstanding! 

  • Lattis

    Part of Austin’s charm is that he so clearly lives in a world where old school gentility still reigns supreme; a fantasy world of cotillions and tea parties

    Thank you. I finally get Austin’s POV. And now that I do, I think I kind of love it. Although, I would never wear it because I have to muck around in the real world and flounces get in the way. 

    • Anonymous

      Seeing Austin’s look almost makes me want someone to bring back “Designing Women” as a series, and cast Austin.  He’d be so fabulous dishing the bitchery!

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

      I do not approve of this look, even when seen through the Austin-vision.  A friend goes for very traditional, very feminine looks, and this would be too much even for her. And if she requested it, I would tell her NO.

  • Anonymous

    Mila turned it out, finally.  I don’t think it’s amazing but it does look good.  And it’s not all black and white!  Bravo.  But why should she be graded on a curve for being so rigid in her aesthetic?

    I think Austin was designing for Laura Dern in Blue Velvet — perfectly on trend for the sensible girl who lives in a Kodachrome world of roses and bluebirds.  Can’t fathom why the pants were considered, to quote Isaac, “the best thing on the whole runway.”  Like Mondo, though, Austin rarely fails to at least entertain, even with his muff-ups.

  • Anonymous

    I liked Mila’s, too, and thought hers exemplified her season. It stayed true to Mila’s general aesthetic, but pushed a little beyond it. Having said that, I can see why Rowley said it was nothing new. If it has already been done by J. Crew, I can see the high fashion crowd turning up their noses:
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-DjVU7FxYf3o/ToHLn7C_AlI/AAAAAAAAH0I/6aqIzRHHNt8/s1600/227440853_6AmFYTfX_c.jpg

    I, not being a high fashion snob at all, would wear Mila’s in a heart beat.

    I get where Austin was going with this look: pair some interesting, fashion-forward pants with a lady-like but modern twist on the twinset. But boy howdy did it go wrong.  The color palette has a lot to do with it.

    And lastly:
    Please God, it’s me, Anathema, can you hear me? Don’t bring back 4-pleated, baggy, narrow-ankled, cropped pants. Please? I promise to be good.

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

      I am not a praying woman, but I’ll be talking to God about those pants too.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CV75VA5RLBDHWU5ERERH7ZNYEM Michelle

    I love Mila’s creation too. I did agree somewhat with one of the judges (Isaac?) though who thought the fabric looked a bit cheap. If the cape had been a nice herringbone or subtle plaid perhaps, that would have made it a shoe-in.

  • Anonymous

    When I saw Austin’s fabric and heard his description to Joanna, I knew this was exactly where we’d end up, and I don’t know why she didn’t stop him. Tim would have.

    Mila’s look is fabulous, and I think it fit the terms of the challenge better than most: It really is a great set of things to throw into a weekender bag. You could go away for the weekend with that cape and be assured of chicness without having to overpack. Nonetheless, Rami had a point about the puckering, and the cape was also very stiff, which downgraded its wonderfulness in my eyes.

    • alicat23alicat

      I am getting the feeling Joanna isn’t much of a mentor and her visits to the workroom are for her to get the Marie Claire brand represented on every episode (as there is no regular judge representing the brand). At least, the way they are editing her visits, it doesn’t seem as if she is giving them much guidance. Also, it is possible that as a magazine editor, her concerns are different from designers and fashion directors–her magazine runs ads from Ralph Lauren and Lilly Pulitzer, she is aware that there are a lot of preppies who would love his outfit even if the hard core fashionistas do not.

      • Anonymous

        Tim enters the room with the eye of an educator.  And in Joanna’s case, she’s mentoring a completely different caliber of people than Tim normally does.  I like her approach.  She is very much in tune with each designer’s aesthetic and guides them via questions about their own style.  

        • Anonymous

          I wonder if Joanna Coles is also sizing the designers up in terms of who would be a good fit with Marie Claire, since the prize includes a stint as a guest editor.

  • Sophie Collier

    I like Austin’s outfit, actually.  And I’m only 41.  But that would do so well for a work ensemble.  I’m not crazy about pleated pants, though.  Still, it’s a good everyday look.  

  • http://twitter.com/jerseyemo Edwina

    I got thrown by the squareness of the model’s hairline that seemed to echo the boxy shoulders of the cape. Was that intentional?

  • http://twitter.com/jerseyemo Edwina

    Am I so unsophisticated that when Isaac praised Austin’s pants as impeccably tailored, I was all WTH? Really? Tlo admired those trousers, too.  By my untrained eye, those pants look baggy and ill-fitting to me.

  • Anonymous

    Oh God Mila’s thing makes her model look like a whale.

  • Anonymous

    “No capes!”- Edna “E” Mode

  • Anonymous

    Mila, swap in a rich purple for the tan in that cape, and I would cut several bitches to get one!

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

    Austin=Edwena Grimley.

  • Anonymous

    I hate those fucking pants with an indescribable fervor.  They’re just the worst thing I’ve ever seen.

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

      There needs to be a “Like x 1000″ button just for this comment.

  • alicat23alicat

    It seems obvious to me that the reason Kenley got the raves she did and Austin lived to see another challenge is because Cynthia Rowley was the guest judge. Many of her designs have that certain well made, not taking one’s self too seriously wackiness hinting at costume and vintage. Also, Kenley’s design clearly was meant to appeal to the twee Zooey Deschanel wannabe she is while Austin’s was meant for the preppy Junior Leaguer wannabe he is on the inside, so while there may have been flaws in their deigns, you could see their hearts in the designs much more than in say, Rami’s.

    This seemed like one of those challenges the producers hoped would reinforce their intended plans for the season and then they panicked when it didn’t. No way anyone thought Austin, Mondo, and Rami would be in the losing designers against Kenley, Mila, and Kara–that doesn’t play into the fan storylines of PR we have constructed over the years and this show is obviously a love letter to fans, a means of redressing wrongs. From the tv watching public’s standpoint, among the most “wronged” designers in PR history have been Austin and Mondo, so they would have to seriously screw things up in order to be aufed before fashion week. Rami was the obvious choice for the number three slot (though I don’t think anyone thinks he was wronged, most consider him to be a damned talented designer), but they didn’t have a choice this week as he was up against three “must not be eliminated” designers (Michael will likely not make it to fashion week, but they will keep his drama whoring around until the last minute as there are few other sources of conflict available in the workroom aside from the ginned up “Kara and Kenley are friends” storyline they are crafting). I would have said Kara had a decent shot (given the tragedy of her decoy collection), but she is self-destructing and the judges seem to dislike her (It was odd the way they grudgingly allowed people would wear her clothes and tried to make that sound like a bad thing. Had Austin been a little better this week, she would have been the one to go).  Mila and Kenley will not get wins because they are not pre-ordained to make it to the final three and they both seem to be designing for a very specific, vintage minded consumer (i.e. not Marie Claire’s readership) and no one really think they were all that wronged during their original seasons (Kenley, in particular, has managed to go a lot farther and provide less drama than, I think, the producers had intended when they invited her to participate). So that leaves Jerell. But they can’t give Jerell the nod to the final three if he has no wins under his belt, right, especially when giving him a win creates a lovely ending for the episode storyline of “Michael is a thieving crybaby” (it would have been even better if Michael was eliminated, but his design was executed better than Rami’s and he does provide so much drama).
    I hope I am wrong in my analysis. I would love to see Austin, Kara, and Jerell have runway shows since they didn’t get to have official ones during their seasons. 

    • Anonymous

      Certainly if it were up to Cynthia Rowely, Mondo would have been the one to go.  I hope to never, ever see her again on PR.  She was downright cruel. And I am so very over Isaac.  I don’t like him or his clothes and at this point, I wish either Nina or the Duchess were back.  Thank GOD Georgina and Angela were there to override Cynthia and her Mondo hate. I think you may be on to something…although I’m not sure any of these folks are getting a shot at fashion week…the win is solely about the prize package.  However, I do think the top 2 will end up being Mondo & Austin.  As you said, they are the two who, in the court of public opinion, were the most wronged.  One of the judges really, really likes Jerell (othwise, there is no explanation how he was not gone last week), so I think he’ll go far.  Unfortunately, I think Kara is on borrowed time…

      • alicat23alicat

        No runway show? How can it be Project Runway without a Fashion Week runway show? Though, yeah, now that I think of it, no one has mentioned Fashion Week and they didn’t have a runway show for the last All Stars show (abbreviated as it was).

      • Anonymous

        I’m with you – Cynthia Rowley wanted Mondo gone! That is because she doesn’t understand his style. I think she is somewhat unintelligent. Isaac was an asshole to Mondo, too. No reason to be so mean. I loved his clothes and his accessories. I like Georgina, she saved his butt. Yay!!! 

  • Rachael Dickson

    Yeah, the moment I saw Austin’s look, I said, “Yeah, that looks like something my nearly-95-year-old great grandma would wear….”

  • Anonymous

    Wow, I totally agree.  Austin’s pants were bad; the pleats, length, and waist height.  I like the blouse and sweater okay, but not the fabric choices.  And I totally thought Mila had won this challenge.

  • Anonymous

    Interesting…in the still photos, I like Mila’s cape better than when I saw it on the runway.  It seemed so stiff on the runway…which seems to me it would not be that comfortable to wear. Also, there are so many more gorgeous rich colors that ‘speak’ autumn.  I think I would have liked it better in a different material that was richer in color. So between material color/choice, I’m ok that she did not get the win. 

    Austin…well, separately, I liked the blouse.  I thought it was very pretty and being from the South myself, I would totally wear it under my suit jacket or on the weekends, over a pair of black slacks. And I could totally picture the woman going to her 2nd home to check on her garden.  I wish the sweater were any other color (pink is way too sweet) and not trimmed or if so, certainly not trimmed in the same fabric as the blouse.  I totally do not get Isaac’s love of those pants.  (Actually, I am quite over Isaac as a judge and he is truly making me miss the Duchess).  If the pants were not as pleated and in a different color, I could totally see it in a higher end department store, like Neiman Marcus (as someone else mentioned…I’m sure he is cognizant of the fact that matching his esthetic to NM is a sure way to get him to the top 3).

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

    I liked Mila’s pieces. The cape is striking. It’s got her linearity and geometric shtick, but I agree that it is somewhat different to the typical color blocking she does. I liked how she placed some black trim over the seams. The red top underneath the cape looked pretty damn basic to me (from what little I saw of it when she was working on it in the workroom). We’ve seen those long cover-your-wrist-and-knuckles sleeves from her many times before, but I liked the vents in the cape. The pants could have been cut much better and fitted much better. I like the zippers on the pants, but they’re not as diagonally placed as she clearly intended them to be. It’s a good look, though.

    Oh, Austin. Yep, it’s precious, and it’s dainty. It’s tea-sugar saccharine. I don’t mind the scalloped edges, but I hate the nauseatingly sweet floral print. Oh, yeah, it’s for spring! So, yeah, let’s do FLOWERS!! Nothing here is badly made– the beige pants are quite good, and I would have liked them so much better had they been paired with a white, modern-cut, architectural top. This outfit would be perfect for an elderly woman who wants to feel comfortable and look well appointed. If that were the challenge, then this could have won.

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

    That cape is chic as hell, but Edna Mode is screaming, ‘NO CAPES!’ in my head when I look at it.  And Austin – honey?  No.  Pull it together, I’m not ready for you to go home yet.

  • MilaXX

    I agree Mila had a really good look here. I’m okay with Jerrell winning because I don’t think he’ll be around much longer, but I wouldn’t have complained if Mila had won. I can’t cosign on Austin’s Betty Draper goes shopping look.

  • Anonymous

    Eh, Mila. I get why people like her clothes – but I’m most definitely not one of those people.  (Actually I feel exactly the same way about Mondo.  Get why he’s good; wouldn’t touch his clothes with a 10 foot pole.)  She could have won or lost with this look and I wouldn’t have felt any differently about it.

    I thought Austin was going out on this one.  I did not get the love for those pants, and the top?  Yikes.  Miles too precious.

  • Anonymous

    it’s good to see mila working with color.  i’m not usually a fan of camel, but with the red and black it’s unexpected.  i do love that cape.  poor austin….his girl looks like she’s going to play mah-jong at the senior center.  beige and baby pink? ick.  and those pants are awful.  i can see the style in the waist area but from the back they are just hideous.  and way too short.  expecting a flood?  

  • Anonymous

    “They’re so outrageously high-waisted that they almost become a modern twist on the high-waisted pant.”

    Key word: almost. Whatever they almost were, they actually are bizarre. I’m thinking most people in Austin’s fantasy tea party land don’t want everyone staring at their crotches and thinking “Man, that is really, really strange looking. What do her bones look like? Is that a growth defect?” Etc.

    I do appreciate what he was going for (although I would not wear it) but I think he’s lucky to have missed the axe this week. I like the concept of Mila’s, too, although I wish the cape was made out of a different fabric.

  • irielle

    I would wear Austin’s jacket, but not with the blouse and those pants. Then again, I still go to tea parties ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Amy-Boone/100001591238397 Amy Boone

    Oh, TLo. This cape is only wearable for a woman who never wishes to move her arms above the elbows. Hailing a cab or carrying a shoulder bag is strictly out!

    Oh, Austin. I can totally see you wearing your look!

  • Joyce VG

    Mila should have won.  I gasped when I saw her outfit.  Adore it.

  • Anonymous

    I hated Mila’s look.  That cape had all the movement of a brick wall.  It was stiff and heavy and then the red arms would come out like severed jugular veins.  Put someone with a banner in front of the model and she’d look like she was walking in the Opening Ceremonies of the Winter Olympics for Elbonia.  

    Austin does seem to have a hyper-feminized 50′s cotillion view of what women should look like. You can see it in his designs, but also how he dresses himself.  Very few women actually want to dress like that.  I love Austin, the person on my TV, but not much of what he designs.  I’d kind of forgotten that about him, it’s been so long since Season 1, but it’s still true.

  • Anonymous

    Seeing it up close, I really love Austin’s blouse and sweater. I can’t get behind those pants EVER! Reviewing the look again, I think the color choices and that print are what hurt him the most. In richer colors and a fun cool print, it could have worked. Thanks for giving Mila some love. I thought her outfit was great and wearable. I loved the cape, it was functional and stylish. I loved the colors she choose.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t understand all the hate for Austin’s outfit.  Then again, I’m over 50, i.e. might as well be 80, and live in the Midwest. i.e. Nowheresville.  Don’t read Vogue so I don’t have the slightest fucking idea what I want to wear now.

    • Anonymous

      You made me laugh and I thank you for that.  Very funny remarks.

    • Susan Crawford

      I DO read Vogue, and honey, there is NO way 99% of women could turn the last page of the issue over and have even a clue what to wear. I’m over 50, too, and just can’t picture myself rocking a sheer little Elle Fanning number, an all-leather ensemble with giant metal studs, or a dress that looks spray-painted on. What’s a lady from Nowheresville to do?

      • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

        When did the viewers decide that Project Runway is no longer a fashion design contest and should now be about making clothes that certain viewers want to wear? This has been a particularly persistent complaint about this season, and for the life of us, we can’t figure out why. It’s not a show about making clothes for 50-plus ladies from “nowheresville” and it never has been.

  • Anonymous

    I think Mila probably chose the stiff poplin(?) material raincoats are made of for her cape and that’s why the material isn’t draping well. Just my guess.

    • Anonymous

       I was thinking cotton duck, but either way yeah thats my guess too.

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

    I’m sorry, but that cape is Simplicity Pattern #123 from 1950, and there’s nothing “high fashion” about it. Yes, it hasn’t been seen on the runways for a long time, but that’s because it’s just above bedsheets in terms of construction. Nope, Mila wasn’t doing anything fashion-forward at all with that.

    And Austin…I just want to live in Austin’s world. With Austin, preferably. What a dreamy place that must be.

  • http://www.facebook.com/janet.selman Janet Selman

    I LOVED Austin’s.  Then I realized it was because I would totally wear it.  And I’m barely on the fair side of 50, and not at all stylish.  Hmmm.  Yeah, probably not what the judges are looking for.

    • Anonymous

      I thought Austin’s was pretty too. I would wear it too. And I think I have pretty good taste!

  • Anonymous

    Sorry, I loathed that poncho. It looked like a stuffed garbage bag. 

    I’ll at least give Austin some credit for a garment with some design elements. Kara’s was boring and she should have been aufed for it. 

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t like either of these. Mila’s looks too stiff and dated and those pants from Austin make the model look like she has a big butt, which I’m certain she doesn’t.

  • Anonymous

    I still think Austin’s pants are waisted where we used to wear our pants, and let me tell you – after wearing these low cut pants for the last decade, that old style is so comfortable!! And actually flattering to many women.  And many women would wear that shirt and sweater for many functions. I thought it was pretty, at least. 

    • Anonymous

      I think you’re right. Nobody recognizes a true waist anymore.

      The blouse print is pretty, but I think the entire look is just way too old school. I don’t see Golden Girls like others have. Many of their looks did everything but emphasize the waistline, except for Betty White, who still had a more girlish figure even into her sixties; Bea Arthur and Rue McClanahan wore many hip length tops and overblouses and tunics. They were trying to disguise the thicker waistlines that sadly come often with middle aged women. Those tops worked best on Bea because she was so tall.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/EJ4VTYPEO76XDX7BVNVUSDF2GE Fuzzy Izmit

    All I could think of with Austin’s look was ‘Golden Girls’…. not something I would EVER wear.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve said it before, but I feel the need to repeat myself. 
     Thanks guys so much for all the pictures you post for PR (and everything else). 
     
    There are times my opinion of an outfit completely changes after I see the stills here. 
     More than a few times something I really didn’t care for on the show
     I end up liking quite a bit when I see your loving presentation. 
     
    The fact that PR loves to rush through the runway and I don’t record it
     and watch the show once only adds to my blurred experience.
    Well that and the cocktails (thanks again).

    Halleloo, there is you to enhance my viewing pleasure (your sweet & loving words help tons too).

    Well, so much for the sticky ass kissin’. 
    Now I have you two to thank for making me realize I don’t actually hate Austins look.
    Weirdly, the more I gaze upon it the more I like it.  Wha? 
    I even think many young women could rock this look??

  • Anonymous

    On the runway I thought Mila had won this challenge. But on closer examination of the stills, it needs some refining.

    A softer draping fabric, perhaps a lightweight wool for the cape, a better choice than narrow edging on the neckline to make it more upscale, better proportions on the wide black sections, a different sleeve on the top, and pants that were fitted to the model. I detest the hair styling. But the color choices are dynamic and attractive, and with more time to design and better fabric choices and better construction, she might have an excellent look to add to her portfolio. It’s a very chic concept.

  • Anonymous

    Austin’s look is very Nancy Drew.  I love him and I love what he creates.  If I were hiring him, and I would if I could, I’m certain we would see eye to eye–and that he would respond to some tweaking.  I thought the flower twin set was very cute and would have looked great with some slim black cigarette pants.  I did not think he deserved to be in the bottom two.  Austin needs love and food and sleep and loving conversation. I like an older aesthetic because much of what passes for the new is really not so and in terms of shoes alone I’m done. Austin makes mistakes but he brings charm and a scent of romance and yearning.  I will always love him.  

    • Judy_J

      You expressed exactly what I wanted to say.  I liked this look very much.  

  • Judy_J

    I’ve never liked capes, so I wasn’t fond of Mila’s design.  Definitely not something I would wear.

  • Megan Patterson

    If those pants had been a skirt and not pleated, a young woman would potentially wear this. 

  • Call me Bee

    I really like Mila’s outfit–it’s totlly her, but a little different.  Ya gotta say–she is true to her own esthetic and there will always be a market for it.  I loved the desgin of it–but it looks like the fabric she chose was a bit stiff.  However, I like the colors–tan and black and red are very classic. 
    Though I can see where Austin was going with his outfit, it was way too…I don’t know…Southern Junior League really descibes it.  I mean, I wear florals and cardigans all the time, but this was too twee even for me.   But again, Austin was true to his own style and aesthetic as well.  Which, I think, kept him in.

  • Anonymous

    Come on now…you know Michelle Obama would totally buy that blouse and cardi if it were from J. Crew.

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

    I thought that Austin’s pants moved like they were on backwards. When I saw him picking out that floral, I had my doubts. I thought this look deserved the schmauf without a doubt.

    Loved Mila’s. Wish the pants fit a little better. Also loved her inspiration being the Chinati Festival in Marfa! Appropriate!

  • Nixonesque

    Shhh! I really liked Austin’s look. I get it. It’s like, what a Heather would wear after she was married and had a nanny. It is so over the top bitchy! I kinda love it.

  • Anonymous

    Oh my dear gawds…I don’t get how Austin was not voted off.  He will have an excellent career with Buck and Buck once this is over.  He could bring a lot of style to that place…but dear lords, that is where this look  completely reminded me of. 

    I hated Mila’s cape.  It I couldn’t get through that to really make a judgment on the rest.

  • Anonymous

    I love Mila’s work and have since she first appeared on PR.  She speaks my language.

  • JANE LANE

    Awww, I liked Austin’s look. Although maybe I would have wanted a a solid colored blouse.  And I kind of hated Mila’s look, but that might have been because her model seriously looks like she’s hoping to be struck dead or something.

    • Susan Crawford

      I caught that look on Mila’s model, too! What is WITH the girl? She always has that “I’d rather be ANYwhere than here” look on her face. Anyway, she was so low-energy that she was almost sleep-walking, and Mila’s cape required a walker with some swing and joy in her step. She didn’t do Mila any favors, that’s for sure.

  • Mariah J

    Complete agreement here. Mila’s cape and top combo should have won it for her even with the less than great pants. I would buy and wear that cape in a second and I live in Florida where people don’t wear capes.

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

    Thank you, gentlemen, for validating EXACTLY what I said about Mila’s look:)

  • Anonymous

    I also LOVED Mila’s mod look and would have given her the win.
    Austin’s pants are so pouchy–this is what a kangaroo would wear in “The Help”.

  • http://www.fatladysings.us/ TFLS

    Always love Mila’s work.  Her 60′s Twiggy cape ensemble was Carnaby Street fab.  And I liked Austin’s ‘Ladies who lunch’ look too.  Very Charlotte York meets the girls for spring brunch circa 1999.  He’s way off the mark in the competition, however.  I thought he and Mondo would spur each other on this season….but that doesn’t seem to be the case.  In fact – I’m not sure Austin will see final four – especially if he keeps designing from whatever planet he’s been visiting of late.  Mila I’d like to see make it to the end.  Her style just speaks to me – but then I love the whole mid-century modern aesthetic. 

  • Susan Crawford

    I was shocked – SHOCKED – that the judges basically ignored this look from Mila. Maybe they were just salivating too hard at the prospect of snarking Mondo to tears and ripping Miz Scarlett’s World-o-Elegance to shreds. But Mila turned out a really fabulous, on-trend and fun look. And as T and Lo rightly pointed out – it was Mod, but not Mila’s fall-back of black and white color-blocking.

    Austin’s tailoring is truly fanyastic, and if he had just eliminated those Eddie Bauer front pleats and gone for a strong color, I would be lining up to buy those pants in a heartbeat. With the pleats, only a size 0 gal with legs a mile long could rock them. And I liked the top and shrug, but again, Miz  Scarlett got into that brunch at the country club mode and lo – Betty White (bless her heart) appeared. Again – if he had chosen a solid for the blouse, and a less twee cardi …

    May I also say I LOVE Austin’s own runway looks, always perfectly in tune with his model? I do love him SO, and I would love to spend a brunch with him sipping mimosas and ripping other diners’ fashions. Sipping and ripping – bliss!

  • DALE WITTIG

    It’s too bad you guys didn’t arrange the posts on these garments as they were presented on the show, that is as face offs.   I believe I prefer Rami’s draped jacket to Mila’s cape.   There’s something about the size and placement of those little arm slits that bother me.   I like Mila’s work on AllStars much better than the stuff she churned out for Season Seven, which I kind of liked to also.   She may be far more repetitive, self centered, and narrow in her aesthetic than Kenley, but she’s a lot more ambitious.   Still, Kenley deserved to win this challenge.   Kenley isn’t just designing for herself; she’s designing for her model.   Lucky her: she has the best model!   Oh, and Rami shouldn’t have been sent home.   It should have been Michael or Jerell.   It would have been nice to see both of them go with their grey blankets masquerading as coats.

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

    Still can’t get over Isaac saying those pants were the best thing on the runway.  Really Isaac?

  • Anonymous

    I loved the visual impact of Mila’s look out of all the garments on the runway.  But it shows that she’s never made a cape before – from the stiffness of the fabric to the placement of the armholes, there is something truly off with the construction.  However, I really liked the combo and Mila makes trousers the way Seth Aaron makes jackets – makes me salivate and want them.

    Austin’s 1989 Laura Ashley Winnetka rich matron ensemble should have had the auf.  Those pants were heinous.  I was hoping I’d never see pleated women’s pants again, let alone narrow cropped-with-little-cuffs. *shudder*

  • Anonymous

    I’ve hardly ever found myself not liking Mila’s work, if she made a menswear line I’d buy her pieces in a heartbeat, and I thought this was one of the strongest entries she’s produced on PR, now or S7. Its very striking and unusual. I loved the pop of red, it didn’t feel forced and blended nicely with the outfit. The small zipper details on the bottom of the pants give an interesting detail, and make them not just a boring jean. Very sophisticated look. The only small diss I got is I wish the fabric on the cape was a bit lighter, it looks a bit heavy p close, but I think the cape itself is supposed to look light. Other than that I thought it was terrifically executed all around, given she only had one day, and styled to perfection, loved the bag, and the model looked great.

    Oh lord do I not like Austin’s. Its just so matronly looking. Plus a spring look should have an ease to it, this looks very uptight, tortured, and overworked. And I never liked those kind of pants, I just don’t think that length of pants look flattering on anyone…best looking garment on the runway?? Seriously Mizrahi?? Seriously??

  • Anonymous

    I love capes, but I don’t get the love for this one. It seems so poorly sewn to me, the fabric is just too stiff to hang properly, and I hate the neckline. It honestly looks like a first-time sewing project, and I’m amazed that it got any praise at all. And that schlumpy red sweatshirt is chic? That look also makes the model’s neck look unnaturally long. IDGI.

    I don’t get the whole episode, actually. Austin’s outfit looks like a slightly more stylish version of something I’d find in my 80-yr-old mother’s Blair catalog, and Kenley’s romper looked like something a six year old would wear to the zoo.

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

    LOVED the leather details on the cape.  It was my favorite for the win as well.  I thought Austin should have gone home, hands down.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HREPOWNBVUBRIVPQCF3ST2IKDM Euphory

    Austin’s stuff’s issue is not even “outdated”.  Classic or even outdated doesn’t mean ugly!!  My grandma won’t be caught dead in this!!

     

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vanessa-Palafox/100000644838620 Vanessa Palafox

    I’m Mila’s fan and i love the clothes here, but that model is KILLING ME! She’s not selling the look at all. Great difference with Kenley’s model.

  • Anonymous

    I loved the cape with the pop of red underneath. It’s still mod and totally her, but just another side of her. The asymmetrical zipper makes my eye twitch, though. Just with the twisted seams that are around now, it just looks as if the girl was rolling around and her pant legs got twisted around. I just want to straighten them out for her while sternly explaining to her that a respectable lady should never roll around in a broom closet with a co-worker, no matter how many times he swears he’s leaving his wife.

    Austin- No matter how hard I try to see those pants through the eyes of, well…someone who understands fashion more than I do, all I can see is a really ugly and unflattering pair of pants that are not only high-waisted and pleated, they also have a good 10″ of clearance, just in case you should ever find yourself in the middle of a flood. I happen to know people who would love that top and sweater, but it’s just way too fussy and frilly to be anything but old-fashioned and really dowdy. Haha, I think you guys described Austin’s fantasy world exactly. I adore him. So glad he didn’t get the boot and hoping he steps it up.   

     

  • Cathy S

    I like the cape and the colors she used in her outfit, but the ridiculously long sleeves on the top were driving me crazy. I would go insane trying to wear that.

    Dear sweet Austin would have looked lovely in that outfit. Except for the pleats. Pleats are just so wrong.

  • Anonymous

    High waisted pants with cropped legs look RIDICULOUSLY Erkel. Like she muttered an “I’ll show dem city folk” right before she blasted from behind the curtain onto the stage.  

  • Anonymous

    I wanted Mila to win as well!  I thought her look was the best!  And Austing deserved an auf for that monstrosity!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Josefina-Madariaga-Suárez/100002964685796 Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    I think it’s time for Mila to win a challenge. I don’t want her to leave, I love her aesthetic.

  • ashley d

    o my goodness– I too want to go to Austin’s “tea parties in [his] head” !!!!(best line ever perhaps!)

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

    I can’t with that cape.  Looks like a stiff toaster cozy.  And instead of color-blocking black and white she did black and tan.  Oooo-that’s innovation!

  • Anonymous

    I don’t care how much Isaac et al  raved … those pants could be worn to hide a bag or adult diapers.  SO bad.  The tops were the “good” part

  • Anonymous

    Loved Mila’s.  First cape I’ve seen that I would actually try to wear.  Would be nice to have to wear over suits, too, I think.  I always look so sloppy when I throw my regular coat over my suit, on the rare occasion I have to wear the suit. (I think “suit” b/c I’m not sure how many other outfits in my closet could match the chicness of that cape.)

  • Allison Woods

    My favorite Mila look ever. Been looking for a good cape myself for a while now.

  • Allison Woods

    It pains me horribly to say this, but I walked by the Nordstrom windows in downtown Seattle today and saw those awful Austin pants on the mannequin. We may hate them, but they are apparently on trend. (barf)

  • Anonymous

    Austin’s pants would be hugely popular in London..