PR All Stars: Say WHAT?!?

Posted on February 03, 2012

This is going to sound more negative than we mean it to – because we really did think this was a fun episode – but we kinda felt like a fun challenge like this was wasted on a bunch of All-Stars who are all too aware of the presence of cameras and how they’re coming across. This has been a bit of an issue all season, because everyone’s so low key and on point all the time. There was a teeny little bit of bitchery and conflict last night (stirred up by Michael Costello mostly), but for the most part, everyone knows how they come across and they either avoid it altogether (like Kenley most of the time) or they dive right in, fully self-aware, like Anthony, the human one-liner generator.

Of course this has always been the question with PR: How do you strike that balance between talent and entertaining personalities? A season like this is about the talent, with the personalities taking mostly a back seat to the proceedings. The previous two or three seasons have been all about personalities, with only some bare-bones talent on display (possibly due to the shittiest string of challenges the show’s ever managed). Somewhere in the middle of all of that is the Golden Mean of Project Runway casting and in our opinion, the show only ever managed a really perfect balance of talent and personalities in seasons 3 (Laura B., Jeffrey S., Mychael Knight, Uli, etc.) and 4 (Chris March, Rami, Christian Siriano, Sweet P, etc.). Every other season skewed a bit too far in either direction.

 

 

So congratulations, Mondo! There was some disagreement in our living room last night.

 

Lo thinks this got wildly overpraised, and that it’s a bit too expected, coming from Mondo; a bit too much like past garments.

 

Tom doesn’t entirely agree. Certainly, that skirt looks those shorts look familiar, but the whole win was based off of that jacket, which really is quite an amazing little garment, given the time and materials. Lorenzo thinks everything is overworked. Tom thinks everything but the jacket is overworked, and even then he can admit that the jacket probably has one too many elements. He’d get rid of that cutout in the back. But he also thinks – and Lorenzo grudgingly admits – that a jacket like this would sell like bagels.

 

Nine seasons of opining on every decision Nina, Michael and Heidi ever made had made us pretty good at predicting and explaining the reasoning behind their decisions. With this group, we have no such history and can’t really explain their decisions as well (which we kind of like). But we think part of the reasoning here (aside from an obvious eagerness to award a win to him), is because this look has such a strong point of view to it; an undeniable one, in fact. We can quibble over the details and whether any of them are original in any way, but he made a look for a gal who knows what her look is, and fashion people just love that sort of thing.

And it’s a sad Schmauf Wiedersehen to Miss Anthony, who got something of a spotlight episode last night. Like the editors figured they might as well use every sound bite he utters, since he’s leaving.

 

We also did not agree on this look at all.

 

Lorenzo thought it had an old-school chicness to it. Tom thought it tried for, and failed to bring, old school chic. He thinks the top is awkward, and not as symetrical as it’s supposed to be, and the pants are a bit too short, with a gigantic hip flounce making on leg look twice as wide as the other.

The idea behind the outfit is sound, but it just didn’t come together in quite the elegant way Anthony wanted it to. The proportions are slightly off. And the turban looks like something you’d wear to put on makeup, which is fitting, because the purse looks like a makeup case.

We’ll miss him. He’s one of the few left who knows how to play with the camera. Austin will have to pick up the mantel now. Michael keeps trying, but nobody’s buying the wide-eyed, open-mouthed dry-crying anymore.

 

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  • http://oshunanat.livejournal.com/ Carrie

    Although neither look was my favorite, I wish Austin had won the challenge. I think he nailed the muse aspect of the challenge just a little bit more, plus punk for him is a much bigger step outside his normal style than Mondo’s outfit.

    As for Anthony getting the the Auf…I didn’t have a problem with it. Michael’s was a hotter mess, but I think Anthony’s was boring and calling his outfit 50% of his original clothes is kind of a stretch.

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

      Yes, I was also glad to see the judges actually hold someone accountable for not following the rules. And you are right on about Austin too; he definitely was outside his comfort zone but made a great outfit.

    • Anonymous

       Jarrell should have gotten the auf. I disagreed with Anthony leaving. Not because I’m completely infatuated with him, but Jarrell’s was a HOT mess.

      • Anonymous

         Couldn’t believe that Jarrell’s was safe.  It was hideous.

        • Anonymous

          Not only was it hideous, it was embarrassing. The construction on top might have been interesting but none of those prints were combined in any way that made them work together and that skirt was beyond tragic. When did he become so delusional? 

          • BerlinerNYC

            I know! I totally thought he was getting the “loser edit” when he confidently predicted he’d be in the top 3. I couldn’t believe he wasn’t in the bottom 2. Michael’s had some construction issues, but if he’d had the presence of mind to utter the word “resort” (I do NOT recall the challenge being “make something to wear on the street in Manhattan”), the concept was ok. Jerrell’s was just insane, and inappropriate for anywhere on this planet. I hope his “muse” never sees the hoochie-wear he perverted her dashiki into.

          • Anonymous

            All Michael C’s outfit needed was a sarong and it’d be resort-ready.

          • Anonymous

            Jerrell’s been sending down a lot of serious fug and coasting by.  Looks like Georgina likes him, but then she also overworks the hell out of stuff.  But I think Jerrell should have gone over April.  His stuff looks like my daughter’s rag-bag ensembles for her Barbie dolls.

          • BerlinerNYC

            LOL @ the Barbie outfits. So true.

            Wouldn’t it be fun if they did an episode where it was almost like The Voice, in that the judges would see the outfits but not be told who made which one? It seems like such a basic idea, but I don’t recall it ever happening. And the judges would probably never agree to it for fear of being revealed as inconsistent hypocrites.

          • Anonymous

             I love this idea and have said the same in my living room. It would def be a nifty twist to a played format and not so much that it would alienate anyone. Pick top and bottom and THEN hook em up with the designer.

          • Anonymous

            I have thought since the beginning that the judging process was flawed for precisely this reason. If the designs were sent down the runway anonymously then they’d be judged in a much more unbiased manner. Imagine how different the outcomes would be for so many episodes!

          • BerlinerNYC

            I was about to add that that would add one more layer of suspense to the show for the viewers (whose is it?), until I remembered that the show is mostly about showing the designers making their outfits. Duh. :-)

          • Anonymous

            Yep, they really ought to do that about one-third of the way through the challenges–mix up the models as well.  They seem to do no model switching model now, what’s with that?

          • BerlinerNYC

            Model-switching did provide some excellent drama for us, the viewers (“it’s a motherfucking walk-off!”; “he’s a model-jumper”), but assuming that if the models are all of more or less equal skill (I know, it’s a big “if”), it’s one less X factor for the designers to have to deal with. I actually like not seeing episodes where an otherwise well-designed and constructed garment was a mess because the designer didn’t know the model’s body yet. (OK, that was fun once or twice, but still.)

          • Julian Betkowski

            That’s a great idea in theory, but in a series like this, each designer’s style is so well developed that it would be really hard to ever mistake Mila for Michael or Jerrel for Rami, even if their names weren’t attached to it.

          • Anonymous

             he ALWAYS thinks he is going to win. He def has some sort of narcissistic thing going on with his own designs. I never enjoyed his clothes – I think they look terrible design school amateurish AT BEST. I did however like the top last night and if that skirt had been hauled up a few inches in design – I think he would have really rocked for once. But he doesn’t get it and his ego makes improvement via criticism impenetrable.

          • Anonymous

            THANK YOU! Hideous and embarrassing. Yes! I call bullshit.

      • Anonymous

        Agreed 100% with you and everyone else on here who pegged Jerell as a goner. The outfit was tragic and while I know point of view can save a designer, well the point of view was also tragic so Im still left clueless as to why he survived. Ditto for Michael C. which was insult to my eyeballs added to the injury Jerell had already committed…

        And Miss Anthony *needs*his own show. Stat. Not only is he a breath of fresh air on reality tv (for the prime reason TLo cites of having personality without stirring drama) but hes also clearly grown as a designer. Hes done some really great work in comparison to his first season and I see his market clearly. I know who his woman is and where she might be going. He had at least 2-3 more episodes left in him especially considering the fuckery Kara and Jerell have consistently sent down the runway. Hope he goes far in the biz even if he didnt go as far as he should have in the show.

        • Anonymous

          This is all spot-on, especially re: Anthony’s potential to anchor his own reality show.  I would watch that in a heartbeat.

          Unfortunately, I think Jerell made it through because he’s been safe so many times already, despite throwing ever-more-ridiculous shittery down the runway.  The judges have let so much slide that they couldn’t Schmauf him when others who’ve been in the bottom were there.

          • Anonymous

             Anthony fell out of the parameters of the challenge. They were not sending crybaby home after two wins in a row. And honestly Jerrels – vulgar as it was – showed some design.

          • Rosemary Lesprit

            Yes, I’d watch an Anthony reality show in a heartbeat!

        • Anonymous

           He would make a great talk show host.

        • mhleta

          Thank you! I was waiting for someone to call out Kara for that snoozer she sent down the runway that she didn’t even finish herself. There should be a ref in the sewing room calling foul on such things.

      • Anonymous

        The funny thing about Jarell’s outfit — and to some extent, Mondo’s too — is that if someone just pulled those looks together from shit they had in their closet, one might say “that’s a lot of look, but you’re making it work.”  But to have paid for it and bought when it looked like that …  that would make one a fashion victim.

      • vmcdanie

        I love Miss Jerrell but goddamn he has sent some ticky tacky stuff down that runway and no one in the judges’ chairs seem to mind much or they inexplicably like it. One of many reasons Anthony will be missed was his analysis: “It looks like someone is coming to America.”

    • Anonymous

      I agree with you about Austin. I think he was the only one who really nailed the challenge, you could see his inspiration. I think he was the only one who really found a muse, everyone else just seemed to be focused on finding good prints and fabric

      • Anonymous

        I’m sure I’m in the minority but I think Kenley did a good job with her muse and garment, too. I thought she should have been in the top 3.

        • Anonymous

          Yea I thought hers was really cute!

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Claudia-Gilbert/875055316 Claudia Gilbert

          I wasn’t super paying attention when her model first walked out – and thought it was Mondo!  :o

        • mhleta

          But it looked to me like she only used a bit of the striped tank top that came from her muse, which amounted to about 20% of the garment. In the end her look had no connection to her muse. Plus, sweet Jesus, that laugh–Seriously irritating. 

    • BuffaloBarbara

      I’d have been okay with either Austin or Mondo, though I guess I also would have preferred Austin.  (I like Mondo, but feel he’s over-praised sometimes.)  I’m not fussed about it. Mondo’s jacket was awesome.

      Anthony had so many tee shirts, I assumed the whole thing was composed of tee shirts and would have believed him if he’d said so. ;p That said, the effect was neither pretty nor an answer to the challenge so, no matter how much I like him, I think the judges were right.

      • http://profiles.google.com/eszubert Elizabeth Szubert

         As much as people might come after me with pitchforks and torches – I completely agree with you about Mondo.  I thought he was great in his season, but in All Stars, I feel that he’s missing the point.  Also, I thought he was in the bottom last night because the outfit felt tacky.  The jacket was the saving grace of that outfit to me.

        • Anonymous

          My biggest concern with the All-Stars season is to what extent are they going to give Mondo a free pass because fans feel he was robbed in his own season.  I did like his jacket last night, but the whole thing felt a bit junior to me–and that and being too costumey tend to be Mondo’s weaknesses.  

          But giving Mondo the win because of the jacket was okay–though unlike TLo, I’d remove the zipper, not the cut-out.

          • Anonymous

            I think they’ve been going overboard trying not to seem biased where Mondo is concerned. Isaac especially will never let Mondo praise stand without throwing in a bitchy comment no matter how silly it might sound.

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

            You mean something like “Perhaps it’s too stylish”? Because that’s one of the more absurd things I’ve heard lately. It was like Michael Kors criticizing Victor because he made too many fabulous pieces.

          • Anonymous

            To quote the amazing Casanova, egggggggggssssssssssaaaahhhhhhctleee.

          • Anonymous

            To some extent, yes, the bitchy comments are almost pro forma.  This set of judges seems very very conscious of the prior histories of the contestants.  They’ve yet to toss out a finalist.  I’m not convinced, for example, that Elisa’s outfit was worse than Sweet Pea’s in the first challenge, but Elisa was the first to be eliminated in her year.  

            Georgina Chapman’s Harvey Weinstein’s wife–and given how completely hideous and contrived last season of PR was, I think All-Stars has an agenda–they need to vindicate the PR brand and the switch.  

            A Mondo win would do this–it would soothe the feelings of fans outraged by Gretchen’s win AND show that the best designer came in a post-Bravo season.  

            That said, I don’t think the judging’s been that bad, so far, but at this point I just don’t trust the integrity of the competition.  Not after Anya’s win.  I’m really only watching because the designers *are* talented and it’s a relief to good design work after last season.

    • Anonymous

       I agree on both points.  I love Mondo, but I think Austin nailed the challenge best.  As TLo said, Mondo’s girl had a specific look.  But so did Austin’s.  And I could look at his picture and see the inspiration.  I couldn’t get that from Mondo’s muse.

      As for Anthony…I would have been if any of the 3 of them left.  But Anthony did not meet the challenge requirements and I always feel like that should be number one.  Even if it’s a great look, if you don’t meet the requirements, you should not be able to move forward.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, I so agree with you regarding Austin. It really wasn’t in his normal realm of design in any way and I thought it represented his muse much more than the others. Good points.

    • Anonymous

      I agree about Austin.  He was the only one who designed a garment inspired by their muse.  The rest just designed garments based on the materials.  Big difference. 

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

    I was really surprised that they let Anthony go for just the reason you stated: he is so entertaining and there isn’t a helluva lot of that this season. I really think Jerrell or Michael C. should have gone but oh well. Like you said, a fun episode with some really interesting outfits ( I loved Mila’s, of course).
    And let’s not forget the guest judge: Mr. Sullen ‘I didn’t know Isaac was Gay’ Van Ass Face.  What in the world? Where are they finding these people???

    • Anonymous

      Amen to that!  Did I hear them say he was a hockey player?  Nothing wrong with hockey players, but this particular one should have stayed at the rink, as his contributions were vague and pointless.  Put his picture up on the Judge’s Hall of Shame.

    • Anonymous

       I think he new Issac was gay and he was trying to be a smart ass. He even gave him a little nudge when he made the comment. He was so awful.

      Absolutely agree that Michael or Jerrell should have gone home. Can’t believe the praise that Jerrell’s outfit got.

      • Anonymous

        I LOVE that Anthony called him on it from the runway.

        • BuffaloBarbara

           Yeah, that was a crowning moment of awesome for Anthony–a struggling designer about to get auf’d from clothing game show takes time out of defending his garment to be angry on behalf of Isaac Mizrahi on a personal level.  And that is why Anthony is a winner, no matter what the scores say.

    • Anonymous

      Sean Avery loves fashion.  Did an internship with Vogue in the off-season and, despite having a foul mouth, is super LGBT supportive.

      He is also a dick.  And famous for being an asshole.

      • http://twitter.com/ennisamy Amy Ennis

        LOL. Yes to all. Maybe that’s why I love him. 

      • Anonymous

        Last night, all he managed was monotone boring. 

        • Anonymous

          Yeah he seemed in way over his head. He had virtually nothing constructive to contribute. If I were the other two judges I would have been annoyed.

  • Anonymous

    skirt… or shorts.. I thought Mondo made shorts, but it’s difficult to tell…
    Surprised that Anthony was sent home… Michael appeared to have the one way ticket back home (in my humble opinion)…

    • Anonymous

      Definitely shorts

  • Anonymous

    I am still not over the fact that Jarrell is still on the show.

    I loved Anthony’s one-liner about Kenley. I think the thing that probably threw off Anthony is the fact that they had two days. So much time to second guess yourself.

    • Call me Bee

      Oh yes–and Anthony had a habit of second-guessing himself even when they had no time.  Certainly his downfall. 

    • Anonymous

      Jerrell must have an in with somebody in production. I haven’t like a single thing he’s done so far this season, and I wasn’t all that impressed with him in season 5.

  • http://www.facebook.com/foodhussy Heather Johnson

    i knew by ALL the anthony we were getting in the episode that he was a goner. :-( 

    his comment about kenley being loud was HI-LAY-REEEE-US!

  • http://twitter.com/democracydiva Democracy Diva

    I’m going to gag if I see Michael do his Taylor Swift fake-surprised face one more goddamn time.

  • Anonymous

    Ugh. Don’t even get me started on Anthony going home over Jerrell, with that monstrosity of his.

    As for Mondo winning, his outfit is wonderful, with a very strong point of view, as you said. It would sell like crazy, but that is not the point. It is fun, cool, and incredibly well made. Rami’s was well made, too, but not as fun, and Austin’s was meh. Beautiful, but not exciting.

  • Anonymous

    THANK YOU! (Re: Michael). I have nothing against him as a person, but I am SOOO tired of watching his jaw drop and the tears flow over EVERYTHING.  Just like Sweet P. and her eyes bugging out of her head in shock over things that are NOT. SHOCKING. AT ALL. I think both are probably lovely human beings, but SERIOUSLY!

    I thought Anthony was getting the winning edit at first, realized where it was heading, but then I saw his outfit, and it was not bad — pretty well finished. How is it that Jarell was not auf’ed instead?  His was HIDEOUS.

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

    OK, I didn’t get to see the episode but “rated the runway” this morning on the lifetime website and damn I thought for sure jerrel was a goner. What he sent down the runway was beyond hideous.

    Sigh, I’ll miss Anthony, he really was the only spot of humor out of all of them.

    • Anonymous

      Just did the same, and total agreement. One of these judges clearly has a boner for Jerell, he hasn’t done anything good all season and that…thing… was hideous. Actually, just based on the pictures, so was Michael’s. Either of them should have gone over Anthony – his isn’t perfect, but looks hella better than either of theirs. 

  • Anonymous

    I agree with Lo on both counts. Mondo’s garment was very good. But over praised. There was a lot that was overlooked, the main thing being the placement of the pattern at the low center back seam of the shorts. That little peak of stripe right over her BH kills the look for me. Also hate the hair. Over all very nice though. He deserved to place,maybe even win, but they could have brought a little critic into the mix.
     Anthony got a raw deal. They have had competitors in the top three that did not follow the exact rules before. He used about 1/3 of street fabric. Top, Turban, belt and bag? right?t It is the chicest garment up there . Kind of a riff inn vintage Norma Kamali and Donna Karan.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3KCDEX4FOTCFHZP6WLKSOOKUVM Danielle

      With the regular judges, they probably would have let it go.  They will often give a good garment that breaks the rules a pass over a crappy garment that follows them.  Think about when Jillian barely used any of the original outfit in the everyday woman/lost-weight challenge, or when Jack won the Tiki Barber challenge, even though he only made 2 pieces and the challenge required 3.

      • Anonymous

        Or when, in All Stars, they let Mila stay when her outfit totally ignored the rules.  It seems like their only reason for sending Anthony home was because he “didn’t follow the rules”.  That’s bullshit!  Jerell’s was, as everyone else is saying, hideous, and he should have gone home.

        • Anonymous

          I also think they were hesitant to dump Michael since he had won the previous two challenges. BS indeed!

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

      I liked the hair! I have it, though, and always love it when they style someone to leave it, and not try to muscle it down to “sleek.”  I didn’t understand; when they were judging Anthony they said he only made the belt, turban, and bag. I was hollering “the TOP!” at the screen! It was wrong. As were the nuddypants of Michael C.

      • Anonymous

        Just to be clear , I don’t hate curly hair and I especially don’t hate naturally curly hair. I just didn’t like they way the girl was styled. Her hair looks over worked and fried.

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

          I understand. I didn’t think you were a hater. I get the objection to the fried-ness. Conditioner is a friend!

  • Anonymous

    Take away the cutout in the back of Mondo’s jacket and I’d use my kid’s lunch money to buy it.

  • Marie Dees

    I’ll miss Anthony. I don’t disagree with the auf but I will say if PR wanted to keep in a designer for soundbytes, they should have kept Anthony and let Michael go. Please, let Michael go. Please, please. I’m not buying one bit of his pretend personality and his voice now makes me want to throw things at the TV.  

    • Anonymous

      I know, right? If you’re going to keep someone one for entertainment and soundbytes, how can you not choose Anthony?

      Also, he didn’t make hotpants.

      • Anonymous

        Maybe they could just hire Anthony for soundbytes. They could edit in a pop-up bubble of him making one of his fun comments every now and then. 

  • Anonymous

    Everyone seems to be channeling someone else this season; I thought the winning outfit was wildly overworked in the manner Jerrell is famous for – Mondo just didn’t know when to stop (meanwhile Jerrell seems to be channeling Anya.)

    Despite the flaws, Anthony’s outfit looked better than Michael’s. But failing to use enough of the material required by the challenge and not really paying homage to his muse sent Miss Anthony home.

    And Michael’s hands over his face gesture on the elimination runway had me shouting at my TV last night. I detest him and his fake Miss-Universe-contestant-playing-to-the-camera crap. 

    • Anonymous

      “…not really paying homage to his muse sent Miss Anthony home.”
      I think the key to his problem was that he didn’t even really have a muse, he just was attracted to that floral top. He said nothing about liking the woman’s style (or lack thereof). Then he ran around racking up other random garments but without a clear point of view or inspiration in his mind he was destined to struggle.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WOM6YR4RJ53AF77MUUZ62J33WY Anonymous

      Really, I would have sent Jerrell home last night rather than Anthony. Why couldn’t Anthony have used that ugly print instead of the black jersey for the top of his outfit anyway, it couldn’t really have made it any worse, and he would have “met the challenge requirements.” As far as sending Michael home instead, woulda never happened at this point in the game since he already had 2 wins. Had he sent that “thing” down in the last few challenges of the season, hell yeah, send him home. But that’s the way PR has kinda alwasy been run. Also, I’m still amazed at how much hate for Michael is out there as I still completely do not understand it. Liked him in his season, like him in this season. Actually reading this blog makes me cheer for him all the harder when he wins something. You go girl, and call me after the show, I’ll totally hang out with you and DVF and we’ll do the “fake Miss-Universe-contestant-playing-to-the-camera crap” everywhere we go cuz it’ll be funny as hell to piss people off for no apparent reason.

      • Anonymous

        I kind of like Michael too, and it’s fun to watch him do well on All-Stars while Ivy and the other haters from his season sit at home and watch.  However, Anthony was the one eliminated and Michael managed to make it all about himself.  The world doesn’t stop and hold its breath because you were almost eliminated.

        • Anonymous

          Thank you for pointing this out — how irritating that Michael tried to steal the spotlight with his terrible, tenderness and sensitivity. That was Anthony’s moment, Michael. Not yours.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/CEVAQYVQIGN6FUZQTXGI5AEFYQ NekraV

        I didnt care for michael in his season. Actually i agree with msot of his “haters” he got too far in the competition for the same flowy gown desing, meanwhile April is acosted for “another” edgy asymmetric dress. But this season hes been doing very well up until last week. Im sorry but that “dress” was an old womans night gown. I was shocked that thing won, and this week was even worse

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=768540908 Badriya Al-Badi’a

    I’m in agreement with Tom on Mondo’s outfit, but I’d also have to add that Mondo’s model deserves a big share of the credit for the win.  She rocked that look, to the point where you *could* picture her walking down the streets of NYC in the opened jacket with the bra showing, unlike Jerrell’s outfit and model.  Anyway, great partnership.

    No mention of Mondo’s Mondo t-shirt? ;-)

  • Louise Bryan

    I’m proud to say I picked both winner and loser from the runway.  Might be the first time ever.  That being said, I absolutely hated the underwear Michael sent out as an outfit.

  • Anonymous

    I will miss Anthony so, so much.

    I really hope BM gives him his own show. Pair him up with Mondo, or Uncle Nick…I’d watch the hell out of that. Anthony is so entertaining, so funny, so fun.

    Sad face today.

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

    Did anyone else want to see about 30 more minutes of the designers accosting people on the street?  No?  I guess it’s just me then.

    • Anonymous

      No, it’s not just you, Karen. As soon as I saw previews of this episode, I knew it was going to be a fun challenge. I loved every second of their park shenanigans. I’m glad they showed so many interactions with the public and how they even explained that there was a dressing room and tee shirts available after giving up their garments. This was the best episode in what I’ve been thinking is a fairly lackluster season (I know it’s not a real season, but…)

      • Anonymous

        I also really liked seeing the genuine affection and camaraderie between the designers throughout the entire episode. Aside from the little bit of “Kenley helping” drama, everyone seemed so much more relaxed than in “regular” seasons.

  • Anonymous

    Mondo’s reminded me of Madonna circa Who’s That Girl.  Not the hair, but everything else, inluding the sunglasses and makeup.  It was so ’80s, although I did think the jacket was a marvel.

    I would have given the win to Austin.  He really nailed the muse aspect of this challenge, and Isaac was right on when he said the elements on their own were too much, but together they were just right.

    That said, they seem to be spreading the wins out this season – except, inexplicably, where Michael is concerned.

  • Anonymous

    I was disappointed Anthony didn’t use more of that print from the first lady he talked to, I was looking forward to something really fun and cute. And I was so sad to see him go, I think Jerrell had the most ridiculous look…Michael’s was awful as well, but he’s been doing well in the past challenges so I knew he’d be safe. I just don’t understand what he was going for…who would wear a bathing suit as an everyday outfit?!

    And that guy in shorts…YOWZA!!! T Lo, can we get some screen caps opf that hot piece?! Haha

    And Sean Avery? Did he step out of the 90s with those hideous glasses?! What a fucking douche….it was incredibly rude and condescending when he asked Isaac if he’d take a second look at a woman in Anthony’s outfit. I was so glad that Anthony snapped back with “Don’t ask him that!!”

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

      I think Anthony should have cut that print up, and maybe used it for trim, kind of like Rami did. I think he was attracted to the bright colors of the print, but then when faced with using the fabric he let the busy pattern dominate his thoughts and kept cutting it down in an attempt to minimize the crazy, when if he had cut it down small enough for trim he could have just made use of the bright color without the “grandma” pattern. Poor Anthony! Bless.

      • Anonymous

        I think you’re exactly right about the pattern overwhelming Anthony.  I wonder if it also may have looked different colorwise in the daylight than in the workroom, depending on the lighting.

  • Anonymous

    I think Austin NAILED IT and should have won. Jerrell should have been given the Schmauf. His was DIRE. 

    I follow some of the designers on twitter and there was a little too much bitchery directed at Kenley that should have been aimed at Michael C for stirring up crap.

    • Anonymous

      Or it could be that Kenley’s getting a very kind edit so far.  I’ve been thinking that she has been quite subdued this time around, and even Anthony’s comment about her, funny as it was, seemed a little disconnected.  She didn’t seem THAT loud.  But who knows what we’re not seeing.  Maybe they’re saving it all for when it’s her turn to get winner/loser edit.

    • Anonymous

      Kenley’s workroom busybody montage was hilarious! The “controversy” Michael tried to whip up about her helping Kara finish those (ugly) pants was just dumb. Geez, like that’s never happened before on PR. If she wanted to help Kara, big deal. That dress was also the best look she’s done this season imo.

  • Anonymous

    When Mondo’s look walked out I couldn’t stop saying “Winner. Winner. Gimme. GIMME.” Nothing about that look would be flattering on 5’4″ curvy me, but I want those shorts like I can’t even explain. And they’re shorts, not a skirt.

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

      I’m right with you! I’m 5’1” and I would look like I’m wearing a tribal print diaper, but I would rock the hell out of those shorts. Faaaaaabulous.

  • Call me Bee

    I agree that Mondo’s look was overworked.  I don’t have the NYC fashion sense, but if I saw a woman on the street wearing that, I’d think she was a mess.  Just too, too much. 
    I has a sad to see Anthony go, though I agree with the schmaufing.   I think he has great ideas in his head, but they never seem to translate into a cohesive, well-made garment.  His are always a bit overwrought and last-minute looking…as this one is.   Even though the pants are a bit short, the fit is perfect, but that’s the only positive in this outfit. 

  • Anonymous

    Oh, Anthony! I am so sad, but he was truly a pleasure to watch. Who else can (LITERALLY) charm the pants off someone?

  • Anonymous

    I liked Austin’s look better, but I’m glad Mondo won. Just give him the freaking money now and end the season.

  • Terence Ng

    From the photos, I like Anthony’s outfit. It does have old school chic, and a bit of fierce Norma Desmond style worked into a more modern and sexy context. And Mondo’s look is pretty well put together. If I was a girl and a bit more fierce, I totally WOULD buy and wear that jacket.

  • Anonymous

    I’m okay with the win. I would indeed buy Mondo’s jacket like bagels. Honestly there were a few outfits that would go nicely with some schmear this week. It’s so nice to have well made, well thought out stuff on the show again.

    I was really shocked Jerrell wasn’t one of the bottom two, though. I figured Anthony would squeak by on this one, they’d pass up the opportunity to get rid of Michael, and Jerrell’d get the schmauf. Although these judges do seem to be really stringent on the “must meet the challenge exactly” clause (see also: Mila’s gorgeous but un-piggy piggy dress), so maybe that’s where they’re coming from. Even so, Michael’s outfit was redonkulous, poorly made, and ugly. I really wish Miss Anthony would have used more of his original materials so they could have awarded Michael his runner up tiara and booted his ass off.

    • Anonymous

      I wonder if the judges are being so strict on the challenge parameters because they’re new and stepping into established shoes.  The original three wouldn’t hesitate to dump Jerrell or Michael over Anthony based on sheer hidiousness.

      • Anonymous

        But the moment you allow someone to break the rules it starts to stink of producer manipulation. I hate to see Anthony go, but he was the only designer who broke the stated challenge rules.

      • Anonymous

         I can understand it if that’s what they’re doing. I’m guessing they got briefed by the producers on ‘how to do this’ and it was stressed that was one of the things they were supposed to be looking for. But I can totally see Heidi commenting on Michael’s model looking like Madam Saggyboob or Nina giving Jerrell the “I question the taste level” on these.

        It is one of the only times I wished Kors was there to give his one liner assessment.

  • Anonymous

    I loved Mondo’s outfit and vowed to stop watching if he didn’t win. My daughter kept yelling I NEED that jacket! So, we’re glad he won. He needed a win. The fact that Michael won 2 challenges and Mondo hadn’t won any is just wrong.  We also knew through the whole episode that either Jerrell or Anthony was going home, so we were OK with either, although we loved Anthony’s “sound bites” and we’re going to miss him. 
    As for Kenley being too aware of the cameras, someone in my living room last night mentioned that it seems like she’s just phoning it in, and I said I don’t think she’s here to win, I think she’s here for damage control. She’s had so much bad publicity from PR and the cat incident, she desperately needs an image makeover, so I guess this can be called a comeback of sorts.

  • Anonymous

    I actually preferred Austin’s as well. but I didn’t mind. I find it more interesting that the edits show their negative critiques of the top looks. I think that’s a good thing

    I can understand Anthony’s schmauf. It just wasn’t the fact he used less than half of the fabric from the streets. His outfit while chic and nice had no connection to his muse. His muse had a sense of fun and humor. This had neither. I think that’s where the top 3 succeeded. Mondo, Austin and Rami had a clear connection to their muse

  • Anonymous

    I loved Mondo’s outfit!I get what you’re saying about overworked, and I usually don’t like overworked, but I’d take that jacket without any revisions or reservations :) Its silhouette (or do I mean shape?) when zipped up is gorgeous!

  • Anonymous

    What I want to know is what made Anthony ditch that top he was making out the material that went into the clutch?  It still wouldn’t have been 50 percent of material from the streets, but at least it would have been a much better nod to the challenge than using mainly a solid black.  Given the competition for the bottom from Michael and Jerrel, it might have saved him.

  • Anonymous

    Mondo made two great pieces, but they just don’t go together to my eye.  Sure, they might both be sold at Urban Outfitters, but they’re getting bought by different girls. 

    Anthony’s really resonated for me.  Unfortunately, it neither echoed the feel of his muse, nor did it follow the rules regarding percentage of fabric used.  For those reasons, he had to be chopped.  Such a bummer; I enjoy what he brought to the table. 

  • bp316

    Can’t believe Jerrell survived – when the look came out, the first thought I had was how it would fit perfectly on the list of the 20 worst ever PR looks Tom and Lorenzo did a while ago.

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

    Well, I’m just glad Austin showed his stuff this week. I’ve been concerned for him. And I’m glad for Mondo! His look was the best. I think it’s a little weird to needle the designers for not going with what they are comfortable with, and then say Mondo’s look was too derivative…of Mondo? I do agree – the dress he got from that girl in the park was, but for the tailoring, something he very well could have made for her. But, he changed it to shorts, making a better use of the pattern, and it was a cute outfit.

    And as far as Anthony, I agree that the jumpsuit is wonky, but it is not worse than Michael’s nudie-suit. ” Michael keeps trying, but nobody’s buying the wide-eyed, open-mouthed dry-crying anymore.” HAHA! I never was. That guy is seething with disingenuousness, and that’s why I didn’t like him the first time around. I say fie on his briefs! Anthony, you poor thing.  

  • http://twitter.com/VicksieDo VicksieDo

    Having had time to think about it….Jerrell’s outfit was crazy, but it was fashion forward.  Michael C’s was just bad, and I hate the phony crying he tries to pull all the time.  Anthony did need to be the one to go, because he didn’t follow the rules for the challenge, but his outfit wasn’t that bad.  I’d have found a way to auf Michael C.

    • Anonymous

      It was fashion forward in the sense  of marching over a cliff. I honestly found it uncomfortable to look at. If I met someone wearing it real life, I would walk away with a headache.

      • http://twitter.com/VicksieDo VicksieDo

        The should shrug thing was interesting, and the low slung pants had the inkling of an idea…just my opinion.

        • Anonymous

          To repeat myself from last night. Each individual piece of Jerrell’s could have worked in some other outfit. Together though? It’s all a giant mess.

  • Anonymous

    Anthony’s one-liners did make me laugh out loud — I’ll miss him. His “somebody looks like they’re coming to America” line about Jarrell’s outfit killed me. 

    He’s been fun to watch. I hope life brings him much joy and success. 

  • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986/about?hl=en Judy S

    I loved Mondo’s. When he found his muse I thought, oh no, that dress looks like yardage designed by Mondo himself, but I felt he reworked it thoroughly and the jacket was amazing. Austin’s was also wonderful. I guess that if a male who is not Michael or Jerrell had to go–because Michael is being favored and for some reason the judges don’t seem to see Jerell as fair game–Anthony was the one, but the argument that he didn’t use much of the original fabric (or design an outfit for his muse) was weakened because I think some of the ladies (and possibly Rami also) skimped on the muse/50% rules, though not as aggressively as Anthony did. At some point I realized that Anthony’s edit appeared to be for a winner or loser and began to fear for him, and when the final result, which bore no relationship to the muse or muse-fabric, walked out, I could see that he was a goner. Too bad.

  • Anonymous

    I love Mondo’s jacket and wish I could buy it.  I would even give up eating bagels so it would fit me.

  • Judy_J

    I’m going to miss Anthony…he should have a show of his own.  He really knows how to steal a scene, and his one-liners are priceless.  He even had my husband laughing out loud, and usually he runs from the room when PR comes on.  I totally agree with Mondo’s win on this one. I really, really want that jacket.  Love the style, and from what I can see, the workmanship is flawless.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6TDAYXK555ABAKZEEOAJMC25FU Stan

    dry crying… love it.

    • Susan Crawford

      “Dry crying” – marvelous. Michael’s dry crying makes this gal dry heave.

  • BuffaloBarbara

    Re: “Personalities” vs. talent.  I guess I don’t really associate “drama” with “personality.”  Anthony has plenty of personality, but causes no drama.  Michael causes plenty of drama, but isn’t much of a personality.   Mondo has a pretty cool personality, but not the sort that the producers know what to do with (he just seems like someone it would be fun to go out and have a drink with).  Austin’s trying a little too hard to give “personality” this season imho, but when I think of his personality, I think of him just putting on Jay’s postal uniform and walking the runway in his season.  His personality strikes me as a very nice cloudcuckoolander, which, in some ways, is amplified by his weird attempts to be “dramatic.”  It’s like he’s living in his own private show, and we’re only seeing a little bit of the plot.

  • Anonymous

    I laughed. I cried. I spit my wine out across the room when Anthony said, “Honey, if a black person tells you you’re loud, you’re TOO LOUD”.
    I’ll miss him. Yes, his outfit could have been much better, but it wasn’t as bad as Jerrell’s. That thing was mad ugly.

    I did love this challenge. So good to see a challenge that’s actually…challenging (!) and forces them to put on their creative thinking caps. I didn’t mind Mondo’s win; I thought that was such a fun outfit that so many girls would love to rock on a spring/summer day. Mondo has such an eye for mixing colors and patterns. I’m always a little surprised because I think, there’s no way I would ever think to put all of that together, yet what he comes up with is always cute and fun and you know that the girl wearing those clothes would be turning heads. 

  • Anonymous

    TLo, why this hatred for, and constant criticism of Michael as a person? i think you are too harsh for him.. Dude is just trying to be civil, and I truly believe, he genuinely likes a lot of the other contestants. How about Kenley, who was utterly annoying; YET AGAIN.

  • Anonymous

    There’s an interesting grammatical question here. Were the designers to make sure at least 50% of each outfit was the borrowed material, or were they to ensure they used at least 50% of the borrowed material in each outfit? From the confessionals, it seems each designer interpreted the brief in his or her own way.

    I personally interpreted it the first way, but once again, the instructions were not clear, and word order makes a vast difference.

    • Anonymous

      I thought it was clear that 50 percent of the final outfit had to be made from the borrowed clothing. When Anthony explained his on the runway, he was trying to fudge it by saying that the whole top half was borrowed material, as was the bag. But if you added up the yardage used, I don’t think that little halter, the turban, and the little clutch added up to 50%.

    • MilaXX

       I’m pretty sure it was the first one since each designer managed to borrow a different amount and there would be no way to measure the second way equally. I’m also pretty sure Anthony was aware of that as well and that was the reasoning behind  making that ugly clutch.

  • Anonymous

    I really liked Anthony’s, and if the front demi-apron flap had been smaller, or perhaps softer, I’d have been willing to forgive the small bit by which the top misses the boat. It might not be quite old-school chic, but it’s closer than anyone else’s. I wish he could have stayed longer, and as much as I think they  should enforce the rules when they bother to articulate them, it irritates me to NO END that they follow the rules when someone does a good job, when so much rule bending has gone on in the past, and in the near-past for such awful garments.

    Not a fan of Mondo’s. Too much, in several ways. You have to be the “right girl” to pull that off and for me, the contrast with Anthony’s (which a much wider range of “types” could wear well) emphasizes the fact, perhaps unfairly.

    Both of them achieved an impressive standard of workmanship (as did most of the cast), given the somewhat random fabric they had to work with.

    • Anonymous

      I agree that you need to be “the right girl” to pull of Mondo’s, but part of the challenge was to be inspired by the muse. I think his muse would have worn that in a heartbeat and looked good in it.

  • butter nut

    it was not miss anthony’s time.  michael should have gone.  that executive bathing suit was an inexcusable disaster.  at least anthony made a really cute jumpsuit.  it could have been better, but it was good enough to keep him in the competition.  is it too unreasonable to hope that they bring him back later in the season?

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

      executive bathing suit. Ha!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BY3KYG6VBWOARL52M5HASFM5AY inked613r

    i’ve never been a michael fan and i’m just waiting until he gets the auf…that little stunt of going over to anthony and crying and hugging him with his hand gently behind his neck, in an effort to comfort him–made me want to vomit. he even made someone else’s auffing about him. bleah.

    • Anonymous

      I was trying to give Michael a chance this season, but he is SO jr. high school it’s ridiculous.  What I don’t understand is how he and Mondo are so close.  I have a feeling that Michael is going to be around for a while…making shiny, drape-y housecoats that get overpraised and generally being fugtastic in personality. 

  • Anonymous

    Mondo not only managed to make an outfit that fit his muse perfectly, but he also made one that was in keeping with his aesthetic. He was so fortunate to find–and convince–a woman whose style meshed with his so perfectly. I agree the jacket was a little overworked, but he showed all his tricks last night: pattern, color, great details, perfect seaming, youthful, etc. So yay for Mondo!!

    If Anthony had used more of the material he gathered, he might have stayed. I think the die was cast when one of the judges, Georgina or Not Heidi, said of the lack of original garments in the new outfit, “We can’t really even judge him.” I honestly think Anthony got so much fabric from strangers that he wallowed in indecision. I think fewer choices would have galvanized him. Also, he bored the judges. That’s one of PR’s biggest no-nos.

    My picks for the schmauf would have been Michael or Jerell, though, just based on the clothing produced and not the rule breaking.

    • Anonymous

      There were a lot of people out there wearing stripes weren’t there? I wonder if there were plants in the crowds the same way the PA beach was planted with sea glass and shells.

      • Anonymous

        Stripes have been pretty in for the last year, so it doesn’t surprise me that lots of regular folks were sporting them. But I did wonder about planting people. Or perhaps the production assts nudged the designers toward good TV (colorful clothing & personalities)? I also wonder how much the designer’s celebrity factor might have helped, i.e. maybe more people know who Mondo is vs. Kara?

        • Susan Crawford

          I think you are probably right, Sewing Siren and Anathema_Device, about the possibility of the production team either planting willing folks nearby, or urging designers to head toward certain people. And, yes, I think the more well-known designers like Mondo and Austin and Anthony had an edge on chatting up potential victims – er, I mean “muses”.

        • Anonymous

          I couldn’t help but think that arty girl was likely so thrilled to be giving her clothes to the world-famous Austin Scarlett!

  • Carol Ostrowski

    I’d go for tipping the balance in favor of talent over personality among the designers any day.  For me, this season has been a breath of fresh air after the overwrought drama scenes of the past few.  While the designers are very aware of how to behave on camera, they’re also very focused on the prize; i.e., they know their priorities and have little or no time or patience for drama.  Watching the subtle personality adjustments and occasional slips into cattiness, however, has been an enjoyable side benefit for me.

  • Lattis

    This is the first time this season that Mondo has shined. I am so glad to see him break out of the pack.

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

      This is the first time Mondo has served up a Mondo outfit. As soon as he spotted that woman, you knew what was coming. If Kenley can get by doing only Kenley and Beverly only cooks Asian, then why have Mondo and Rami been so afraid to be themselves, too?

    • Anonymous

      I think he could have won the first challenge, and the challenge before this one, but this was the quintessential Mondo outfit.

  • http://twitter.com/ennisamy Amy Ennis

    Can we talk for a minute about SEAN AVERY??? Have I said how much I love him? I didn’t see the episode because I didn’t realize he was going to be on, and I’ve managed to avoid All Stars except for the recaps here. His hockey career may be over (he’s no longer with the Rangers, as he was when they taped), but I am so glad he has a promising career in fashion and modeling. I didn’t realize he had interned at Vogue, but I knew he had done some modeling. So if he was a total ass last night, I don’t know since I didn’t see it, but God, I LOVE him! Misogynistic comments and all. 

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

      I didn’t think he was an ass, but it’s possible I have a high tolerance for jackasses. As I recall, he didn’t make any negative comments about women.

      He’s obviously new to working in fashion, but who knows. He might end up doing really well.

  • Anonymous

    I liked Mondo’s. So what if this was something he’s done before – they ALL do that Kenley Collins and Mila! Every week same old crap from those two! Designer’s point of view is their selling feature. And this was well-conceived and totally derived from his muse. I think the jacket was a little eighties – I hate that color denim – but Mondo took almost all his material from the street. He deserved the win because this was cute, solid, and totally embracing the challenge.

    Anthony got auf’d because of a technicality and Jerell should have been sent home for his gypsy hooker costume.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not watching this, so these recaps are my only exposure to the show. What was the challenge?

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

      It’s complicated, but check the lounge post from yesterday for a video explaining it.

      • Anonymous

        Ok, will do. Thanks. (Are these online? I should look.)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1043171034 Tadiana Walton Jones

      The designers had to accost people in the park and talk them out of some or all of their clothing (replacement T-shirts and a place to change were provided) or buy it with part of their $100 budget.  They also had to choose one of those people as their “muse” or inspiration.  50% of the runway outfit had to come from this street clothing.  That was Anthony’s big miss.

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

    I think Austin followed the spirit of the challenge in finding a single person to be his muse and using her clothing, as did Mondo. What happened with some of the others is that they got really caught up in getting clothes- in order to make sure that they had enough to work with, I’m sure – and didn’t stop to think about how these other garments were going to help them with their overall look in relationship to their muse. Look at all the clothing that Anthony got – even a pair of jean shorts – that didn’t make it into his outfit. Jerrell, on the other hand, had a great piece of fabric from that African woman, and while I could see the influence in his look, he didn’t use the fabric to his advantage. Nor, it seems, did he look for things that complemented the fabric he got from his muse.

    And someone please tell Isaac that we prefer the term ‘midriff’ to ‘tummy’ or ‘belly’. Because really, his objection was that her entire midriff was bare from the bottom of her bikini-top to her hip bones – not just the ‘tummy’ portion.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, and tell Isaac that he meant to say “long” versus “big”. But I’m sure the model can take it.

  • Anonymous

    For me personally, the jacket is far too 80s and not something I would wear.  But even though it doesn’t appeal to my own personal taste, I can understand why Mondo got the win.

    I’ll miss Anthony, but I never saw him making it to the end.

  • Anonymous

    I generally love Mondo’s clothes, but I just didn’t respond well to this at all…I didn’t loathe it, but it wasn’t a winner for me.  And Miss Sugarbaker…oh, how I’ll miss thee.  I just want to cuddle him and make fun of people – his coming to America line was so perfect.  

    But looking at this from a design competition perspective – is it truly a worse offense to make a garment that doesn’t follow a randomly generate set of rules or to create something that is either a true design or something that someone would actually wear? Last week they gave Michael the win, even though they didn’t see the grapefruit inspiration, but they kicked off Anthony for not following the rules exactly?  Not exactly a direct parallel, but annoying nonetheless.

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

    I can’t believe Anthony is schmauf and Jerrell is still standing. WTF? Also, Michael Costello managed to make Anthony’s ouster all about him. That was a bit much, and I am not a Michael hater. 

  • Lattis

    I’d have kept Anthony in for the turban. Turbans!!! I love them. Love to see them in old movies. There is a family picture of one of my aunts in turban and dress circa 1944 that I’ve always loved. Turbans!!! . . . . please come back . . .

    • Anonymous

      I wore a leatherette one in high school. Even then I wanted to be Norma Desmond.

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

      Turbans! I know! I think my journey to being a crazy lady living at the beach will begin with me wearing turbans. I’m picturing my future self right now, hanging out on the beach, and wearing palazzo pants, a loose, flowy blouse, and a turban.

  • Anonymous

    Anthony’s pants look like they were inspired by Natalie Portman’s Lanvin Golden Globes dress. I agree with Lo on Anthony’s outfit and with Tom on Mondo’s. Mondo’s jacket was fabulous. I want that jacket! I also love the way he lined up the pattern on the dress fabric to make the shorts. And geez Isaac, Mondo’s styling has too much of a point of view and a woman couldn’t make them her own????? WTF, those separates could be mixed with so many other pieces and “owned” by a stylish woman. Stay away from the crack pipe, the judging this season has been pretty good (except for the DVF gelato episode), let’s keep it that way.

    I can’t believe that Anthony was schmaufed before Jerell. Jerell who made the same damn mullet hemmed dress for most of the challenges and gave us tribal belly dancer in this one. I understand that Anthony didn’t follow challenge rules regarding the use of fabric and his final look in no way was inspired by his muse, but holy cow, Jerell’s look was just embarrassing. I snorted when Anthony called it “coming to America”.

  • Anonymous

    My son watched this episode with me and about halfway through, turned and said of Anthony, “They’re giving him the loser’s edit, aren’t they?”

    I kind of understand why he got schmaufed, but if I had been on the panel, Jerrell would be gone. And who the hell was that hockey dude? He was the male equivalent of a starlet “I’d wear that” judge.
     

  • Anonymous

    it’s very “piratey” says my husband of Anthony’s look

    and I haven’t gotten around to finishing the ep: why didn’t he use more of that lady’s gorgeous print?

  • MilaXX

    I had to rewatch this and keep in mind that this was filmed in the middle of the summer and it was pretty hot. I hated Mondo and Jerrell’s tops initially because I  forgot that. I liked Mondo’s outfit but I think I liked Austin’s better. I suspect Mondo got the win due to the work involved in making that jacket. I was okay on the short until the model turned around.

    Anthony seemed to be having so much fun getting all the clothes that he gave little thought to how to use them. That print was ugly and one he was faced with using it, he was stumped.The turban is awful. I wonder why he didn’t think to make the trim & waistband in the print. It’s still not 50%, but it may have given him a fighting chance.

  • Anonymous

    I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that the dullness factor stems in no small measure from poor editing by the
    production company.  I bet there is interesting stuff going on in the decision making process for the fabrics at Mood – rather than just a lot of running around like ninnies – not to mention what occurred during the street interactions at the opening (at least for this episode), and in the workroom.  Why not get someone to give a little discourse while he/she is working on putting the garment together – I need to put an interfacing in here to create structure, I want to do this with the top to get it to hang this way and send X message about the look — I know this sounds turgid, but I bet it could be, in proper amounts, insightful.

    And, for the luvamike, could the cameramen stop with the overwrought strobe-y and choppy display of the garments on the runway? The designers’ “name badges” appear and obscure half the garment for a third of the screen time as the models first appear on the runway, then there’s all the jerky movement so that we never see the model from head to toe in the garment for more than a nanosecond, if that. The only way to see the finished pieces is by way of Our Boys (thanks again, gentlemen), but that’s deficient television editing in my book.

    I’d love to see more design creation and garment realization process on-screen.  But that’s me, and as a detail-oriented attorney of a certain age, my preferences probably don’t speak to the demographic that Lifetime and Bunim-Murray seek to court.

    • Anonymous

      Totally agree with you regarding the camera work done on the runway sequences. With the first episode I thought I was experiencing a grand mal seizure. I can’t for the life of me figure out how they think it’s a good visual to have the designer’s name emblazoned across 1/3 of the look coming down the runway. The angles are choppy, the lighting is bad and this all takes place in about three seconds. I can’t imagine PRAS expecting any Emmy’s or other technical awards for this type of work.

    • Anonymous

      I’m pretty certain Bunim-Murray/Lifetime doesn’t know who their demographic actually is when it comes to shows like this one. If all the bitter kittens were polled, I’ll bet a substantial number of us fall outside the married, straight woman of 25-34. My husband and I are of a certain age also, and he likes this season almost better than I do. The choppy, disorienting camera work drives us totally bonkers. You are 100% correct that the only way to see the finished pieces properly is thanks to the discerning efforts of Tom and Lorenzo. I’d also vote for hearing more interesting voice-overs during the shopping/creating process.

    • Anonymous

      OMG. Thankyou, Thankyou, Thankyou. I was beginning to think I was the only one.
      To the person responsible for the dated, tacky flash-bulb effect (used to stab retinas); I have a battered,
      old vaudeville trunk just loaded with relic radio/TV efects that include: horns, beeps, bells, whistles, rooster-calls,
      cymbal-crash, purple smoke, thunder-roll, and spinning dishes.

  • Anonymous

    I’m happy that Mondo won the challenge. I liked his look. And I’m sorry, but Jerrell should’ve gone home for his hot mess. Yes, there were problems with Anthony’s, but I didn’t think they were as schmauf worthy as Jerrell’s.

  • Anonymous

    I’m happy that Mondo won the challenge. I liked his look. And I’m sorry, but Jerrell should’ve gone home for his hot mess. Yes, there were problems with Anthony’s, but I didn’t think they were as schmauf worthy as Jerrell’s.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RUTYVABFGSHP3PIMQGGL4HJF6E eatsaltoids

    I was so excited thinking that the two most annoying designers, Michael and Jerrell, would be in the bottom two–and then Jerrell was ‘safe’! I knew Miss Sophia was a goner then–the judges have loved everything Michael has done up to this challenge. I admit Michael has done some pretty stuff occasionally, but I’ve never thought of him as innovative in any way. And that fake-crying, ugh! He was making Anthony’s ‘auf’ all about him. And don’t even get me started on Jerrell…lousy designer and not nearly as funny as he thinks he is.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RUTYVABFGSHP3PIMQGGL4HJF6E eatsaltoids

    I was so excited thinking that the two most annoying designers, Michael and Jerrell, would be in the bottom two–and then Jerrell was ‘safe’! I knew Miss Sophia was a goner then–the judges have loved everything Michael has done up to this challenge. I admit Michael has done some pretty stuff occasionally, but I’ve never thought of him as innovative in any way. And that fake-crying, ugh! He was making Anthony’s ‘auf’ all about him. And don’t even get me started on Jerrell…lousy designer and not nearly as funny as he thinks he is.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5UQHEKG5EDX4T6NMARUC565TPQ Amy

    Anthony finally made something out of the “short dress” box and I agree with Lo, it was old-school chic! It saddens me that this of all outfits, got him aufed! On the other hand, I thought this was one of the best runways of the season and it was fun to see what everyone did with their materials. Jerrel, you intrigue me, but this was a mess. Michael…stop crying and waving your hands, it makes you look less sincere as the shows goes on and ripping off Carrie Bradshaw (even with a replica of her hairstyle) was not using your point of view. Judges: Rami’s look was off because the hat made it too forced?  I don’t get it. Mondo- this needed to be your win but I was actually expecting a little more from you! That said, T is right, I would buy that jacket in a heartbeat.

    Ok, that’s all for my stream of PR thought. 

    • Anonymous

      Ha, your Carrie Bradshaw comment reminded me of his directive to the hair/makeup team…”SJP circa 1999 or 2003″ WTF? As if they could just mentally summon and then execute a mix of her looks from those random years?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5UQHEKG5EDX4T6NMARUC565TPQ Amy

        Indeed! Although..it’s scary to think of how many people probably could summon that look!

  • Anonymous

    It was interesting to see a return to the old-school kind of judging, where “boring” gets sent home over “ugly, but at least the designer was trying to do something different.”

    I’m a Michael C fan, but even I’m sick of his bug-eyed wonderment. He’s got a face like John Belushi. If he’s going to camera-hog with hammy antics, I wish he would go for funny faces instead of faux-astonishment.

    On the winning side, I was meh. I thought Mila should have been the winner. I don’t object to Mondo’s win; if Austin had won I would have been okay with that, too.

    • Anonymous

      I can’t remember Mila’s at all and I can’t get Lifetime’s website to open. Remind me?

  • Anonymous

     Yes, “making Anthony’s auf all about him”! That was what finally drove me over the edge. He’s being a drama llama.

    • Anonymous

      Really?  I think that award goes to Kara for last week’s “I AM really passionate about my work” while April’s crying two feet away from her.  

  • Anonymous

    I was also okay with either Mondo or Austin winning, though I personally preferred Austin’s to some degree.  I was not in agreement with Anthony’s leaving mainly because Jerrell created what was in my mind the tackiest and possibly ugliest garment ever seen on any season of PR.  Not only was it ugly but Jerrell revealed himself to be completely delusional thinking it would make it into the top three. 

  • Anonymous

    Season 3? Really? While Bravo Era generally >>> Lifetime Era, season 3 is my least favorite season of the Bravo era. I remember liking Uli’s aesthetic quite a bit but I really can’t recall a single memorable piece produced that season outside of Mykael’s coffee filter dress. I think Season 1 was and always will be the perfect storm for talent and personality, memorable pieces and memorable reality show moments, with Season 4 coming a close second. After all this time I still feel like I have season 1 burned to memory. Jay, Austin, Kara, Wendy, Robbio, Kevin, Nora, Wendy, Morganza, the symbolic stain left behind at the reunion show, Tim’s don’t defend the shoe, Austin’s cornhusk dress and bathing suit, Jay and Kara’s pieces from the future collection, the wedding challenge and the post office, all of the music video designs, Jay’s Chrysler building dress, the who drew on Wendy’s photo mystery, the general drunken hilarity, Austin’s nightshirt, Jay’s ciggy break commentaries, Wendy Surivoring her way to the final three, Jay and Kara’s final collections, the whole shoe drama, Wendy’s mom telling Jay he was her favorite, Michael Kor’s reaction to the boobies in Wendy’s collection, and the right person winning.

    Anyway, this week I was fully on board with the

    • Anonymous

      Jay’s runway show is still my all time favorite. I loved his collection and it’s a damn shame he never won a challenge. I agree with TLo on the right balance of season’s 3 and 4, but like you, I would add season 1 in that mix.

      • Anonymous

        I’d personally rank them Season 1>Season 4> Season 5 > Season 2> Season 3> everything on Lifetime (minus Mondo and Seth Aaron.) :-)

      • Anonymous

        Yes, I, too was wondering why season one was not included. It’s still my all-time favorite of all seasons. And I’m totally with you regarding Jays’s runway show —- best ever!

    • Anonymous

      And don’t forget Jay’s classic “bitch’s dye” sound bite! =)

  • Anonymous

    And didn’t Anthony change “muses” midstream? It seems like his original muse was the woman with the fuzzy hair and the gaudy print. He had to make a u-turn when he got overwhelmed by that fabric, and ended up claiming museness for the other woman solely based on the fact that he used more of her fabric than anyone else. Her original outfit looked totally generic to me, nothing muse-like about it. A second fatal mistake, in terms of meeting the parameters of the challenge.
     
    But I still would have sent Jerell home if I was on the judging panel. That outfit was hiddy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1043171034 Tadiana Walton Jones

    It was an interesting episode.  I’ll forgive the producers all kinds of shenanigans just because I’m so delighted to see a two-day challenge again.  If this had been the first episode with no history behind it, I think Michael would have been gone, but it’s been clear that these judges (understandably) take a designer’s prior work into account, so I knew his histronics would live to see another day.  But Jerrell!  His J. Edgar Hoover files on the judges must really be something, because I can’t otherwise account for him staying around after he sent his outfit down the runway.  His misstep was worse than Anthony’s here.

    I love Mondo’s jacket (would love it more without the cutout, though) and objectively admire but would never wear the rest of the outfit.  Still:  anyone want my first-born male child?  Price: whatever the jacket will cost.

    • Susan Crawford

      I am SO with you on finally seeing a two-day challenge, Tadiana. Lo-o-ong overdue. And if you get hold of those J. Edgar files stashed in Jerrell’s bag back at the hotel, be sure to let us all know! Frankly, I can’t account for his presence in any other way either. Compromising photos of Isaac and Andre Leon Talley? Tapes of Georgina dissing Ninah Gahcia? Bunim/Murray dancing around a bubbling cauldron and throwing Ping into the pot? Who knows?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Micaela-Cannon/1465504041 Micaela Cannon

    I would never wear Mondo’s look because I simply don’ have the body shape to do so, but looking at that girl, I just wanted to be her. She just oozed confidence, street smarts and sex appeal to me. I would have been happy giving them a win to Austin, but I really loved this look. he way he took that print and really changed the construction and was so thoughtful in his placement of everything really impressed me. Mondo knows who he is and what the hell he’s doing, I love that.

  • Anonymous

    I pad acting up and froze during last post. Anyway, while I will concede that the cutout in the back of the jacket was unecessary, I was fully on board with Mondo’s win and I don’t think the shorts are overworked. The use of the print, especially in the back, was classic Mondo and just adorable. I’m actually getting a kick outta watching the personalities from different seasons meshing and clashing, with the exception of Michael C and his fakety fakey fake weekly drama lama. Wonder if Austin ever gave Anthony’s hot white guy a ring? ;-)

  • marilyn

    I am sorry Anthony has been sent home.  However, I think it is because he did not use enough of the muse fabric.  His outfit reminds me of a swimsuit with a cover-up.  It was remotely okay, not offensive, not very interesting.  I think Anthony will have a profitable career, because of his figure pleasing designs and his bigger-than-life personality. I love to hear that man talk! We will see Anthony in the future!

    Jerell should have gone home for his creation that ended up looking too street in a bad way.  The end product is no more sophisticated than the beginning  pieces.  He did not make it into something better, as Austin did.

    I did not like Mondo’s because the jacket had nothing to do with the rest of it.  Have you ever seen a 4 year old wear clothes s/he picked him/herself?  That is what you get, along with socks that don’t match.  The jacket on its own is a great daytime piece.  But the rest of the outfit is almost a Santa Monica pier look-very colorful, trendy, cheap and young.  The finished product is  a swimsuit that someone sewed fabric onto.  That is what is looks like.   (Jerell had the same problem)  This is reminiscent of Madonna in her Suddenly Susan phase.  This looks like a trift shop creation, but the finished product should look like something better. 

    I think Austin should have won.  He took the random fabric pieces and made something that was runway worthy.  It could be worn down a runway and no one could tell the humble origins of the fabric by looking at it.  This is what the challenge should have been about. 

    IMHO:  The designs that used  printed fabric tend to look tacky.  The designers who stuck to solid colored fabrics had the look of a higher end looking finished product.

  • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

    I am going to miss Anthony so much, I love him! I was shocked when they said Jerrell was safe. Should have been him and Michael in the bottom two, and Jerrell should have gone home.

    I love Mondo, too, but I was kinda disappointed with his outfit. Glad he finally won, though.

  • Pinup Ghoul

    Oh man. Oh man. That guy in his underwear. Oh man.
    I don’t think I’ve ever panted while watching PR before!

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

    Jesus, Mondo! The construction in that jacket! That’s just insane, and impressive. 

    After All Stars is over, PR should do other seasons of reunions, like PR: Ladies Only, PR: The Gays, PR: Straight Guys (it will be a short season), and PR: Drama Vortexes. Another concept would be to do mini-one-off challenges with a theme. PR Throwdown: Jackets, featuring Viktor, Mondo and Jillian. PR Throwdown: Punk Rocker, with Seth Aaron vs. Jeffery. PR Throwdown: Easy Breezy, with Uli vs. Anya. Stuff like that.

    Oh, Anthony. I am just too sad. It is hard to see you go, especially since you got that guy to take off his shorts.

    • Anonymous

      uli would mop the floor with anya.

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

        Watching Uli mop the floor with Anya is the only scenario in which I want to see Anya on PR again. And I don’t even hate Anya.

    • Anonymous

      HEYY! HOT WHITE GUY!!

      (Though honestly, that guy didn’t work his way to that body because he’s shy about taking his clothes off, in public OR private.)

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

    “Someone’s ‘coming to America’”. I will miss Miss Anthony. 
    Although I would have much preferred that Michael leave. Geez he’s annoying, what with the gas mask pose all the time and all.
    Jerell at least made something creative. Yes, it was totally crazy. But I would rather see that walking down the street than those underpants of Michael’s, or even Anthony’s turbaned outfit.
    Mondo deserved the win for the jacket, at least. I thought the hair made the look.
    I would love to see the full edit of the comments from the judges. You know so much gets left on the cutting room floor.

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

      >the gas mask pose

      You win the English language.

    • Anonymous

      The hair was great. I thought she was straight-up Maggie Gyllenhaal. 

  • Anonymous

    Can someone please explain to me how you have 30 minutes to find a muse in the middle of Central Park and then are magically transported to Union Square with no time lapse? Did the police toss everyone out of CPK that may have been stripping down? Were arrests threatened when they tried to relieve tourists of their clothing? 

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

      Interesting thought. Union Square farmer’s market is more crowded so it’s easier to escape the eyes of the cops? It’s zoned for freelance barter/clothing sales?

    • Anonymous

      Yeah I was wondering the same thing.  Clearly something else happened behind the scenes. Maybe they just weren’t getting any takers in the park.

    • Anonymous

      The whole sequence just screamed major producer-enabling… They were in Madison Square Park too, I believe. And some poor production assistant was following each/every designer along with a hula hoop hung with enough fabric to create a dressing room? Whatever, that part was totally contrived for TV anyway — anthony was 100% right, it was all about personality showboating– so I just let the tesseracting pass.

    • Anonymous

      I laughed at that too, and I’m just assuming they filmed where they wanted to film, counting on most of the audience not realizing that it would take a 2-3 miles jog through midtown to get from one place to the other.  I can just see the designers being told, “Okay.  Designers (why am I hearing Tim Gunn’s voice here?), just run around like idiots for a couple of minutes, and then we’ll get into the bus and go to where we’re really going to do this thing,” and the poor designers gamely playing along.

      I caught a bit of the terrible rom-com, “One Fine Day,” with Clooney and Pfeiffer on TV a while back, and I swear the characters were always going a few blocks, and lo and behold they were at another NY landmark.  It’s like they were just checking them off:  City Hall, Rockefeller Center, Bethesda Fountain…check, check, check.  I guess we can call it the Gratuitous and Nonsensical Use of Iconic Locations technique that seems to be half of the rom-com formula.  And I think that’s what they were doing here.  It was summer, gotta get some shots of Central Park.

    • Anonymous

       Thanks for mentioning this.  I know it started out in Central Park, and it was really, clearly Central Park, but then, Union Square materializes without an explanation.  I remember that I fleeting had question marks pop up above my head when the venue name and scene shifted.

      More shenanigans and plants of beautiful/interesting/quirky/malleable people willing to swap their clothes?  Mebbe.  Yeah, the more I think about it, the producers manipulated the way the muse ‘n’ fabric hunt played out.

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

        They had to have manipulated it, or at least made arrangements ahead of time. I’m sure Anthony’s mostly-naked-guy was a model/actor who was hired to take his clothes off. It reminded me of this week’s Top Chef, when all the chefs supposedly had to talk their way into a restaurant kitchen to prepare their food for the elimination challenge. They must have been working from a list of restaurants who agreed to it ahead of time. What kitchen manager would let a total stranger into the kitchen to prep food for some unknown competition?

        It was still fun to watch the designers running around trying to find people who would let them have their clothes.

        • Anonymous

           A very apt comparison!  I watched that episode of TC Wednesday night, too, and I was head-scratching at the acquiescence of the restaurateurs as the cheftestants invaded.  Yeppers, a lot of groundwork was laid in advance in Texas as well as in New York.  And we poor schlubs are supposed to think it’s all random, chance and spontaneous.

          Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.  Fool me twice in two days – Sheesh, Reality TV, give me a break, will ya?!?

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

    I love Mondo’s!

  • Anonymous

    You couldn’t see the red piping and waistband on TV; this is much better in the stills than I’d expected.  I’d still have schmaufed Jerell.

    Edit: I am, of course referring to Miss Sofia’s garment!

  • Anonymous

    “Sell like bagels” still cracks me up. Thanks guys.

  • Anonymous

    Regardless of the silhouette and all that, Mondo mixed about a gazillion materials and colors, and it didn’t make anyone want to throw up.  I think that’s what was acknowledged in the end.  I didn’t love it either, but I don’t really disagree with the win.

    Bless Anthony, he just had to stick that one panel in front to stay true to his “sewing machine in revolt” style this season.  I think he’s been equal parts amusing and annoying this season – one or two soundbites and he stays funny, too much focus and the schtick gets old.  I thought maybe he’d last longer simply for the reasons you brought up (drama), but such is life.

  • Joyce VG

    I love you Anthony!!  Congrats Mondo!  The clothes were hiddy to me but that challenge was hiddy too.

  • Anonymous

    This was a really interesting challenge to me because it showed who can ‘make a lovely dress’ and who can construct a thoughtful well designed garment infused with their own vibe. That, to me was why Austin, Mondo and Rami ended up in the top three and Michael etc in the bottom. Personally I Loved Rami’s best because it was the most elegant of the top three, but they all deserved to be there. I don’t get Jerrell at all though… 

  • Susan Crawford

    Mondo really deserved the win. He put together an absolutely AMAZING jacket, pieced together flawlessly. The seaming was just impeccable, with nary a pucker or skewed line to be found. And it was exactly on trend – wearable, versatile and just the right mix of street and chic. As for the shorts and top, they were classic, colorful Mondo!

    I will really miss Anthony’s sense of fun in the workroom, but he played it safe and coasted on this challenge, not to mention kind of conveniently forgetting who his original muse was. And no way did he fulfill the guidelines of the brief they were given. But he left with grace and dignity and a smile on his face, and he will always be an All Star to me.

    I’m not sure exactly what Sean Avery brought to the judging, other than general good lookingness and the chance to raise Miz Scarlett’s blood pressure. I did like his comment to Isaac about never calling a woman’s belly big – Sean, I salute you for your tact!

    • Anonymous

      Anthony seemed to have several muses, which does tend to confuse the challenge. I can’t blame him for paying that cute boy to take off his short, but that approach may have been his downfall.

  • Anonymous

    I always thought it was ridiculous that Jarrell was even given a spot on this show. This crazy getup was of the worst things ever on the show, I would love to have heard what kind of description it would have gotten from Michael Kors, Carmen Miranda meets The Lion King meets WTF? He’s so full of himself, ugh.

  • Anonymous

    Actually I kinda like Michael and I feel bad for him now because everyone’s gonna hate him for being picked over Anthony, especially considering the shitty piece of shit Michael sent down that runway last night. Anthony’s outfit was no winner but it wasn’t anywhere near as shitty as Michael’s. I think Michael felt the same way, he seemed pretty upset by them aufing Anthony.

    This show is gonna miss Anthony for sure, he made me laugh so many times. Love that boy.

    • Anonymous

      As bad as Michael’s was, he complied with the rules. Anthony did not.

    • Anonymous

       I think more people are angry about Jerrell staying over Anthony than Michael.

  • Anonymous

    Michael really should have gotten auf’d last night. What he sent down the runway was pretty terrible. His previous wins bought him some immunity though. Jerrel’s costume getting through was just ridiculous. Say what you want about Anthony’s look, but you can see someone wearing that in the summer and turning heads. Jerrel’s look would be turning heads because everyone would be wondering when the alien invasion took place and is she our leader. 

    Still Michael sent a dog of a design down the runway. I thought maybe he would be the shock boot last night to really convey one day you’re in and next day you’re out but they went a different way. 

    As for Kenley working on Kara’s pants, we just watched a season where every one in the work room did work for Anya and gave her money when she needed it at Mood. While it’s outrageous, they’ve set up this precedent that it’s all for one and one for all. 

    I thought when Anthony gave Kara some money at Mood last night the edit was there to make us question why he helped her and I was sure he was getting the boot. 

    As for Mondo’s design, I loved it. That being said, the producer manipulation bells went off in my head when he stumbled upon his muse in a perfect Mondo style design who was more than happy to give him her dress. Was I the only one who thought the fix was in when I saw his model’s outfit?

    I loved what Austin did by the way. His was my favorite and the best translation of a designers muse inspiring him in my opinion. 

  • Anonymous

    There was NO saving Jerell’s outfit. He does not have the talent that both Uli and Mondo have at combining prints that would otherwise clash. Like Uli said way back in season 3, if someone else tried to do what she did they’d end up with “clown clothes.”

  • Bianca DuPree
    • Anonymous

      Looks like it.

  • Anonymous

    Jerrell’s outfit was one of the worst things ever on the show.  Blaine would’ve recoiled at that.

    • Anonymous

      It was a HORROR!! Say what indeed!! I’m flummoxed.

    • Anonymous

      But it would have been fun to see Tim Gunn getting totally flummoxed at what to say in the workroom (if Tim were the PRAS mentor.)

  • Anonymous

    So our Mondo finally got his win. He deserved it, as did Austin and Rami. A look that was totally Mondo, great execution, darling jacket. I wanna turn back time and be that girl, or any of the top three girls.

    How refreshing. My husband said, those are the best ones aren’t they, the ones who will make it to the end? I said, of course. I knew they wouldn’t send Michael home, but oh, how I hoped they would. Should have been Jerrell. Burning Man! haha, good one. What happened to Anthony? All he had to do was use that bright print in his top and I think he would have stayed. Miss Sophia will be missed.

  • http://profiles.google.com/dchockeyguy Trevor Burroughs

    I was disappointed at how stiff, for the most part, Sean Avery was. I was really hoping for more from him.  I did like this little zinger at Isaac though.

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

    I didn’t want Anthony to go. It’s got nothing to do with his personality or with his past work. It has to do with his current work– the work he’s been producing on THIS show, for THESE challenges. He’s been pushing himself. He’s been pushing himself more than most of the other designers. He’s gone from making halter-top cocktail dresses and drape-y evening gowns to embracing a more architectural/sculptural aesthetic (note his dress for the Piggy challenge) with all the folding/pleating/origami-like techniques to trying his hand at separates and so on. I liked this piece. It’s not without its problems– yes, the flounce needed to go. I’m not fond of the waistband either. The orange of the waistband clashes with the red of the pants and does nothing to transition from the black to the red. But I love black-and-red. And the outfit is intrinsically elegant. And it’s sexy and suggestive without being in any way trashy. And the very subtle red trim on the edges of the top was a nice touch. The racer-back could use some fine-tuning, though. I don’t know what’s up with those thin green straps at the back. Anyway, the judges seemed to like the outfit, but they eliminated him for not meeting the requirements of the challenge. The 50%, the muse, and all that shit. Thing is, I’d have wanted to see more from Anthony– never thought I’d say that, but he’s been pushing– than from Jerrel whose outfit was hideous and whose output in the show has been one-note or from Michael who falters when he tries to make something that’s not draped or bound with cords.

    As for Mondo, I liked his piece for the most part– it’s certainly well-made and individualistic– but I can’t bring myself to like the cut-out on the back of the jacket or the corset-shaped front panel of the jacket. And both of these elements in one garment? Nope. Too much. And the striping on the shorts? Too much. What’s up with the panty-line he created with that black on the back of the shorts? Which woman wants that? And the yellow and orange stripes applicated there as well are very jarring.

  • Cathy S

    I’m going to miss Anthony. Ah, the things he says.  I can understand that he didn’t use enough of the fabric from the park and the outfit wasn’t anything like his muse, but I did like it (unlike Jerrell’s, um, thing). I think Austin should have won. I loved Mondo’s jacket so much, but Austin’s outfit rocked so hard and would have been so perfect on his muse.

  • Anonymous

    I wish I could take classes in construction from Kenley.  Say what you will about her as a person, but her work is impeccable and I’ll bet she’s a pretty good teacher.  As long as she doesn’t throw the cat at you.

  • Anonymous

    Am I the only one who wonders how far the thing between Mondo and Michael goes?  Last week they had their arms around each other, this week Mondo has his head in Michael’s lap…

  • Anonymous

    “Open-mouthed dry-crying” is by far my favorite TLo turn of phrase from this season.

  • Nixonesque

    So long, Hollywood Montrose! We will miss your hammy one-liners that we could set our watch to. http://30.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lh3bn2suwJ1qe6rako1_500.png

  • oohsparkley!

    I’d buy Mondo’s jacket.  Austin’s design was great too. 

  • Anonymous

    I’m with Lorenzo on Mondo’s generally and with Tom on the jacket cutout, but still think Mondo deserved the win because there wasn’t much competition for it.  

    Anthony’s wasn’t great, but there were two much more horrendous outfits up on that runway, both of which were much more schmauf worthy.  Jerrell particularly has yet to do anything worth keeping him around for.  The only way I can explain Anthony’s schmauf is that they decided he was DQ’d for not using enough fabric.  I’ll miss him for his TV personality much more than his designs, but I’ll still miss him a lot.

  • Anonymous

    All the designers looks were pretty much in the same category for me this week–all ok–nothing so much better or worse. Wish Jerrell would have gone home instead of Anthony–I miss Anthony already! He really needs his own show!!

  • Anonymous

    I’m just going to say it: Mondo’s jacket looks so “Cosby Show” to me. The shape and the combination of colors have me thinking that I am a few seconds away from seeing Denise (or Theo, or any of the kids from A Different World) stroll out the door rocking it with a pair of parachute pants. Is that au courant again? The shorts are only two cuts and one seam away from the dress they were taken from. Styling wins over design again?

    I loved Mila’s pants until the model turned around, at which point the words “Fifth Element” popped into my head. It was a fun episode, with a lot of interesting clothes overall. I didn’t think Anthony deserved the auf, was the garment supposed to be 50% recycled fabric or was he supposed to use 50% of what he got? Jerell had a good idea from the sternum up, but he should have gone home.

  • http://twitter.com/wonderdivaEtsy wonderdivaEtsy

    Michael being safe with his teeny outfit reminded me a bit of the season Emilio was on and he was spared elimination when he presented that micro-bikini.   I keep thinking that everyone is sort of “bleh” this season and while the work is well-made and heads and shoulders above the last two regular seasons, the people I expected to wow me — Rami, Austin and Mondo — just aren’t.  They are doing OK work, but that’s all.  I think that ennui is what has given Michael Costello a couple of wins.

    My absolute favorite moment last night was when Anthony got the beefcake to shed his shorts and Austin said that Anthony had the fellow’s shorts, but Austin got his phone number.  Way to go, sugar!

  • Anonymous

    Agreed one hundred percent with the win and the auf. Imagine…auf’ed for failing to meet the challenge…YAY! I do love me some damn Anthony though, and the enjoyment factor just plummeted. Mondo was the CLEAR winner to me on this one – especially given the challenge.

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

    I think Mondo’s would have been pretty fierce without the weird cut-out in the back… And had the bikini top been a plain tank-top instead. That’s how I’d wear it, at least (;

  • Anonymous

    I thought Mondo’s was overpraised, perhaps because I LOVED her original dress. (It looked like Mondo could have designed it!)

    I loved Anthony’s look and am sorry to see him go. Jerrell’s was awful.

    I’ll have to look again, but I really liked Kenley’s!

  • Anonymous

    I thought Austin’s looked downright goofy. 

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

    I’m surprised everyone loved Austin’s outfit. I thought it was awful looking. Stiff and an easy trip up her skirt to steal the good china.

    • Anonymous

       Funny–I wouldn’t have worn it, but I thought is was the most stylish thing up there!

    • Anonymous

      I think the girl who was his muse would totally wear that outfit.  I hope she got his card and gets to have the outfit.

  • Patti Lever

    I’m surprised no one has figured out the editing formula for Project Runway before.  You can tell early on who will be eliminated because they dominate the show early on. Nearly all sound bites are from the person being eliminated and in the first few scenes you will get a major hint of what the reason is for their elimination.  

    Last night Anthony was shown saying “I know the requirements of the challenge” or something similar to that. He was eliminated for that reason.  Sometimes it’s not so obvious but if you know what to look for you can tell from the onset of the show who is going to get auf’d. 

  • Anonymous

    what’s funny about Anthony’s look is that my first instinct, when i saw it, was, “this is pretty early in the competition and yet the losing look was probably about 100 times better than any of the late-season winning looks from the last season of project runway.” and THEN, i took it a step further and i thought, “actually, you know what, this looks like a better-made version of something anya would try to produce. and she fucking won.” sorry. i don’t even want to go there anymore but i just couldn’t help it. for me, Anthony was one of the worst designers both during his own season and in this all-stars cast, and yet he’s leaps and bounds above the winner from the last season.

  • Anonymous

    Kudos to Mondo’s model for working that outfit like there was no tomorrow.  Girl is fierce-o.   Love, Caaro

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

    I missed whatever drama Michael C. caused. What was it?

    I can’t believe Anthony tried to argue that this outfit related to his muse in any way, shape, or form.  It doesn’t look like the woman in Union Square (who is there weekly, so maybe I’ve just seen her in person too often) at all.

    • Anonymous

      Michael C was running around talking about how Kinley helped Kara finish her pants.

      Perpetual victim “characters” need to be really careful about not talking shit about other people on camera…

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

        Wow. I remember that, but I didn’t think it was anything but time filler. Huh.

  • Anonymous

    OMG that Choruls Line picture on top has made me re-think our contestant’s proportions! Either Austin and Mila are very tall or Rami is quite short and stocky…and Michael is practically a midget.

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

      And speaking of, Look at Austin’s Model!! She is like a FOOT taller than Austin… She has to be nearly 6ft9

  • Anonymous

    I kept trying to get a glimpse of Mondo himself and his overall look and style for the runway show — he’s wearing long pants with a very interesting print (very different from his usual shorts), boots (Doc Martens?), dog tags, different eyeglasses, great different hairstyle. But I only got glimpses of any of it during the show! 

    • Anonymous

      Were they pants or was it a sarong?  I was trying to see, as well.

      I <3 Mondo.

  • Anonymous

    i dont know…to my eyes, it seemed like anthony used at least 40% of street clothes to complete this – when you think about the turban that’s all rolled up, and the purse that would have to be opened. i also disagreed with the judges when they said that he didn’t consider his muse. that’s ridiculous. his muse was wearing a 70s polyester top; this is clearly a 70s-inspired look. she was hippy-dippy, and so was this look.
    why didn’t that conversation come up about jerell’s? or michael’s, for that matter? i don’t really see the “muse” inspiration in either of those looks. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NYUS4CTR3TLZBUC2TF43FLZ2EM Jay

    Season 3 was the worst season; I don’t get the praise thrown it’s way continously….

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

       Really? With the exception of Vincent…. Every single designer had talent. And including Vincent, every single designer had personality! Not that I thought Vincent’s was a good personality. He was among my devils that season (He and Jeffrey)

      And who can forget Bradley Baumkirchner!! So delightfully entertaining!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/NYUS4CTR3TLZBUC2TF43FLZ2EM Jay

        I guess I must disagree, Guy. While Vincent wasn’t a fount of talent, I wouldn’t say he was the worst–I’m thinking Laura. Or Uli–who basically just took garish prints and stiched them together in rudimentary shapes. Michael had so much potential (seemingly) during the show but totally crashed and burned during the finale with what has to be one of the worst showings in the show’s history (a case of doing so well all semester but bombing during the final exam). I also found the designers of that season to be either bland or irritating as hell, with the exception of Kayne that is.

        • Anonymous

          Michael’s BP collection was heartbreaking.  Taste really went out the window. 

  • Anonymous

    I think Isaac’s comment that you couldn’t re-wear Mondo’s pieces was nonsense.  The jacket could be worn with a long skirt, over a cute little dress, the shorts could be worn with a t-shirt or a tank.  “Too stylish” is an absurd criticism.  I really preferred Mondo’s to Austin’s, which struck me as very, very young, almost teen.  Perhaps it just reminded me too much of my youth and too many Madonna clones.

    So Sean Avery is what happens when you merge the misogyny of high fashion with the misogyny of professional sports.  Yuck.  

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

    WTF with the hockey player on the judging panel?  What would he bring other than a hetero male’s aesthetic?  Jerrell made a huge mess of cray-cray (ugh!) and I am SO over Michael’s “Home Alone” gasp.  Time to retire that facial expression, girl.  I will miss Anthony; it should’ve been that belly-dancing outfit that was inexplicably praised.

  • http://www.thirteen.org/downton-abbey/category/the-downton-dish/ Gotham Tomato

    “Tlo said: He’s one of the few left who knows how to play with the camera. Austin will have to pick up the mantel now. Michael keeps trying, but nobody’s buying the wide-eyed, open-mouthed dry-crying anymore.”

    LOL, I love you guys. That just gave a me a very big laugh on a very exhausting day.

    –GothamTomato

  • Presumptuous Insect

    Season 4 was almost perfect. I can watch it over and over.

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

      I prefer Season 3 myself… which.. ironically yielded no All Stars. (Where’s Laura Bennett and Michael Knight? Really? They are All-stars in my book)

      • Anonymous

         I would definitely like to have seen Kayne or Robert Best back.

    • Anonymous

      Agree, I think that was the high point of the series.

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

    Know what I loved about this challenge? Most of this week’s entries didn’t look like pieced-together messes like many of these resourced-fabric challenges. All-motherf**kin’-Stars, people!
    The finishing! The seams! I love it.

    I really liked Mondo’s entry. Love the jacket, but would personally find more use for one without a keyhole. Liked the skirt too. Bikini top works fine for a model. There was a lot to like on the runway last night.

    I was sorry to see Anthony leave, because there were other looks that were so bad my eyes might never recover. Sad. :(

    • Anonymous

      Yes to everything you said!

    • Anonymous

       Mondo could teach Mila how to color block with curved seams in a way that doesn’t look like pieced-together scraps.

  • Anonymous

    I’m so late to the game today, but I think Mondo won for two reasons:

    1) there was nothing else win-worthy

    2) the model looked fantastic — the styling pulled the whole look together and she looked easy-breezy confident and fabulous. 

    But had the other entries been stronger, I think he’d have been criticized for sending a bikini top down the runway.

    Similarly, Anthony was punished for breaking the rules, but on another day — depending on who’s judging and what else went down the runway — he might have been praised for having ditched the print that wasn’t working and sending something sophisticated and eye catching down the runway.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, and who in hell is Sean Avery? I heard the introduction and I still don’t have a clue.

    • Anonymous

      He’s a New York Ranger.

      • Anonymous

        Thank you. I still don’t get it, but, then, I’m thick-headed, and I pay no attention to sports (except baseball).

        • Anonymous

          Apparently he’s a fashionisto (is that the word? LOL). I just know he’s a hockey player that called his girlfriend sloppy seconds, teams don’t want to seem to keep him because of his mouth, and he made some noise on Twitter about knowing gay players in the NHL and that he would support them if they chose to come out. (I think this was last year when he was advocating NY legalizing gay marriage?)

  • Anonymous

    Mondo’s look was atrocious.  There is absolutely no connection between the jacket (which is definitely not all that) and the shorts and bra (or is it a bathing suit?  I don’t know).   She looks like she dressed in the dark.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1589131702 Jenna Gordon

    “Michael keeps trying, but nobody’s buying the wide-eyed, open-mouthed dry-crying anymore.”
    thank you! i’m so tired of seeing him make these stupid faces. they are in no way sincere and make me vomit a little in my mouth. i can’t believe that anthony got the boot when michael made a sad saggy top that looked like mommy dearest’s old bra. and the granny panties are just a joke.

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

    A little off topic, but I wanted to say it before they post hers.

    I love Kara. Have loved Kara forever. I would hate to see her go, but
    hasn’t she broken the rules, like A LOT? I foresee her being
    disqualified from the competition, which would make me very sad.
    Allowing Kenley to finish her garment, and going over budget at mood?
    Those are some pretty serious violations.

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

      Well, I’ve seen folks help with money in previous seasons. At least I remember that Anya drama where she wound up creating the “winning” garment with $11 of donated money from her fellow contestants.
      And I recall a bunch of designers help Chloe finish her dress for the flower challenge in Season 2, but that’s probably different than finishing a garment.

  • Anonymous

    Granted he didn’t follow the rules to the letter but it is downright offensive to me that he lost to Michael’s outfit that can’t really be worn on the streets. I think the fix is in.

  • Scott

    They made a point briefly about different interpretations of the rules- I heard the rule as “50% of your garment needs to be from the clothes you got in the park”, and then Anthony said “You need to use 50% of what you got in the park”. Subtly different, and he may have thought he used enough to pass. Still it was probably just a general idea that he didn’t use enough, not rules-laywering about the specifics. Either way he was on the wrong side of the rules with a not-very-good garment, I guess.

    • Anonymous

      Anthony got so much fabric in the park, he couldn’t possibly have thought he used half of it. He had 4 or 5 shirts plus some shorts. Just making those slacks from Mood fabric was going to disqualify him in terms of yardage unless he had a really voluminous top. In some of the extras on lifetime, he commented at length on the fact that the clothes from the park were smelly – it was a hot sunny day in the summer in NY after all. I think that and the fact that he didn’t really like the print fabric from that first shirt is what messed him up.

  • Anonymous

    I love this outfit from Mondo. I love every single element, of which there are admittedly too many. If I were as hot as this model I would wear this outfit tomorrow. Anthony’s outfit was pretty bad, but Jerrell should have gone home for that odd collection of pieces that he slapped onto his model.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AYJXYZTRV62VJRGOT5ZJIRCOBY Hollywood Cougar

    I want to respect the TLo format here, but the headline for this episode is WTF does Jerrell have on the judges that he’s still here???   Ok, that’s the headline.  If not Jerrell, then I have to say the toss up between Michael and Anthony was deserved.  And Mondo, honey?  You were so totally the win, and right after the lipo, I’m calling you for this look.  Loved every overworked bit of it.  

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/F7VC42QAWZJXROS5UN3HFIYWJE Valerie

    What about Jarrell’s??!! Can we talk about that?! Quite possibly the worst thing I have ever seen.. EVER. I just don’t understand his designs at all. I’m trying to see it but… I can’t…I just don’t get it!!!

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

    I’d really like to know how familiar with these designers the judges are.  Did they get a brief before the season?  Did any or all of them do any research on their past with the show?  I think that would be interesting…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7JMAFJGRETO2ZRETWOH6LGH52Y Aaron

    I think they bounced Anthony because hf failed to meet the direction of the challenge. A couple other garments looked worse than his did, but they followed the rules of the challenge. 

  • Anonymous

    Awww, Anthony you’re adorable and I’ll miss you and all your fabulousness. But, that was one messed up outfit and you didn’t follow the rules of the challenge. 

    Mondo, I love you to bits and I root for you every single week, but I’m not a fan of this look. I can see the work and effort put into the jacket, though. It looks very well made. Congrats.

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

    I will miss Anthony. He had me rolling during this episode. He’s such a joy.

  • Anonymous

    mantle

    • Anonymous

      Yes.

  • Anonymous

    That hip flounce caused little gasps of horror in my house.

  • http://profiles.google.com/gillianholroyd gillian holroyd

    Very late to the party. Once again (like the opera gala) I liked all of the efforts, still luxuriating in the skill level of the designers. 

    Mondo, not at his best though. The jacket was cool and worthy but not paired with those shorts. I didn’t think Anthony deserved to be sent home because his outfit, in the end, did look quite chic. But then I also liked Jerrell’s despite the expanse of abdomen. He certainly did a more interesting mix of prints than Mondo. It didn’t look particularly well-made for having two days to sew it however.

    I would’ve voted Michael off, that outfit was just too skimpy.

  • Anonymous

    I’m late to the party too but I wanted to read through all the comments to see if someone else brought this up and no one did.  Many times I’ve seen PR designs criticized because of design elements that pointed directly to the model’s ladyparts and that’s the very first thing I noticed about Mondo’s shorts.  Even if I was young and built like a model I wouldn’t want to wear shorts that shouted, “Here’s my vagina”.

    As for Anthony and the 50% thing, if he had made shorts or a mini skirt or even tight-fitting capri pants from his purchased fabric and put just a bit more of his scrounged fabric into that very bare top I don’t think that would have been a problem.  It seems like he totally lost track of that criteria during construction.  And I agree with those who said he should have used that print as a trim; it would have looked fantastic in small doses.

  • Anonymous

    This was constructed so well, I never thought about it as pointing to anything. There are lots of prints using
    stripes, chevrons, and ‘arrowed’ patterns that are used to create movement or flow. Or as a colorblock element;
    as in this design, I think.
         This one almost seems to be pulling two colorful blocks of pattern together, creating a more cohesive balance.
    In watching PR I’ve noticed many designers create unintentional ‘targets’ with badly put together garments that
    pucker, pull, or drape in the worst possible way across ‘that area’. As a female THAT catches my attention.
         I don’t know how much much of Mondo’s material was off the street or store-bought patterns.

  • Anonymous

    I’m amazed that Tom and Lorenzo didn’t comment on Jarrell’s mess.  Why are you’all giving him such a pass.  He was definitely the one to go.  His costume was absurd and he hasn’t done one design any woman would consider appearing in public in this whole season! 

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

      We’re giving him a pass because we’re biased, obviously.

      • Anonymous

        Right? Look at your avatars, laughing it up.

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

        Obviously.  Not because you haven’t done that post yet or anything sensible like that….

  • http://www.facebook.com/tom.r.markiewicz Tom Markiewicz

    something the judges said pissed me off about mondo’s look; that a woman could bring none of herself to the outfit, as the look was so strong she couldn’t re-interpret any of it. IT’S SEPARATES!! how can someone NOT re-interpret it?? that skirt with a black top, that jacket with skinny jeans, that bra under a black sheer top… come on judges, if you’re going to make up criticism, at least be a tad mkore plausible.

  • paulmkane2001

    I’m a bit stunned by the reactions here.  I liked Austin’s garment, but I don’t think it was particularly responsive to his muse. I mean, I guess, his muse was punk and the garment had leather and studs, so therefore, punk.  I guess.  The dress Austin made would have been lovely for Michael Jackon.  And really, leather with epaulets, and zippers used as decoration?  This is daring and creative?  Those are of the most notorious cliches in fashion.  Sure,   sometimes it’s a nice challenge to take on a cliche, and I liked the cocktail dress twist, but when it comes to breathing life into a cliche, I think Rami did a lot better job with his giant ruffle.  Rami did some very sophisticated work with pattern that brought his ruffle to life.  Austin couldn’t even get the top to sit right on the model.  Why did it look like the weight of the pastries was pulling it to one side?  Because it was.

    I think Mondo thought of his response to his muse as a makeover.  He wanted to move her from a shift dress to a more modern and body-proud look.   I liked her original look fine, but I get it that he wanted to sort of take her somewhere with his design.  He wanted to capture a little bit of the fluidity of the shift dress in a much tighter design, and I think he succeeded.  And I don’t think what he did for this show was like his prior work in a bad way.  Quite the opposite.  It looked to me like he was substantially DEVELOPING his themes, not just reiterating them.  The result was a look that was cohesive, yet full of surprises, a small package with a lot of reveals to it.  I think Mondo is head and shoulders above anyone else in the competition so far.  He just thinks on a much higher artistic level.  I think Isaac’s comment was intended to acknowledge Mondo as a peer, and I think he’s right to acknowledge Mondo that way.  

    I guess you don’t get it, folks, but open your eyes.  Mondo is running away with this thing.   He is the first PR contestant who is a real designer.

  • paulmkane2001

    Siriano?  I see him as someone who was probably recruited for the competition as basically a ringer.   He was intended to be a sure-shot success that would prove that PR really is relevant to the fashion industry, that it really can pick winner, but even as a probable ringer, he’s still an immature designer.  Mondo is the real thing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/premal.laxman Premal Laxman

    “Michael keeps trying, but nobody’s buying the wide-eyed, open-mouthed dry-crying anymore.” OMG YES!!!!!!! I wanna barf every time he does that!

  • Anonymous

    THANK YOU. Michael’s super-fake reaction faces have been driving me crazy all season.