PR All Stars: Top Boy, Bottom Boy

Posted on February 03, 2012

Rami

This signaled a return to form for our little Palestinian Muscle Mary. It’s not perfect, and it’s not Rami-tastic drapery, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction for him.

The hat ruined it. We think it’s safe to say that Rami has great design skills, but occasionally demonstrates poor color sense and terrible styling instincts. These aren’t necessarily major handicaps as a designer, but they can kill you dead on a show like Project Runway.

 

We didn’t much like the vest, but we really like the top.

And we appreciated the pattern-mixing here, because that dominant print isn’t all that pretty, so trimming it out in a more graphic print helped to seriously bump it up and make it look more modern.

 

But we don’t think it worked as well here. In fact, we think it has the opposite effect and tends to detract from the design.

 

We suspect – and this might be why this look was stronger than the last couple from him – that this is pretty much how Rami would dress if Rami was a woman. That doesn’t always work for a designer. Last season, Josh suffered from the same problem. But Josh made showy, loud clothes and Rami’s aesthetic is more low-key sexy and body-baring, so it mostly works here.

 

Michael

Believe it or not, we didn’t hate this. In fact, we think a lot of the judges’ criticisms were bullshit.

Namely, all the “Who would walk down the street wearing this?!?” incredulity. Bitches, please. As if the runways around the world haven’t been studded with impractical short-shorts, sheer dresses, and granny panties for years now.

We take their point that the look could have used a jacket to make it look more like street clothes than a bathing suit.

And the bustier suffered from lack of support, no arguments there.

 

To our eyes, this look suffered from poor execution and could have benefited greatly by styling that made it look more street-appropriate, but this is a fairly on-trend garment, from the panties to the lace, and all the “What were you THINKING?” from the judges smacked of a storyline forming. They’re going to give him just enough wins to boost his confidence, but they’re going to keep slapping him down if he gets too close to being the designer in the lead for too long. This’ll continue right up to the end. It’s exactly what they did to him his first time around and he gave the producers lots of tears and meltdowns in response. We’d feel sorry for him, but we think in both instances he got what he wanted (except for the prize money, of course): camera time and a showcase for his wares.  And besides, no All-Star will get to use the “It was the editing” or “I was manipulated” excuse this time. If this is the way things shake out, that’s a shame for him, but he would have had to know that was a very strong possibility going into it.

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    • Anonymous

      Honestly, I don’t hate Michael’s from the waist down.  But his model, it looks like she has a package.

      Rami’s was cute.

      • Anonymous

        Hahaha…I felt less package and more lopsided labia.  My gripe was making V’s pointing to her crotch.  It made it impossible to not stare at her business.

        • Anonymous

           Whereas I looked into the area delineated by the v, not to it’s point. My eye was drawn to her navel/belt buckle.

        • Anonymous

          I think the look would have been more balanced with some color at the top.  The chevrons were not distracting for me but perhaps using a similar element at the neckline instead of the lame ruffle thing might have made it less stand-outey.

        • Anonymous

          I felt that way about Mondo’s shorts.

        • mhleta

          My gripe was more about the rear view.

    • Anonymous

      I was also suprised by the hate for Michael’s outfit — it wasn’t great, but it was FARRRRRRR better than Jerell’s schizophrenic mess..    Certainly it wasn’t on the level of Emilio’s hardware string bikini….

      • Anonymous

        Amen, yes!

    • Anonymous

      Yea, Michael’s model didn’t “tuck” well enough.

    • Anonymous

      …so if I want to wear Rami’s clothes, does that mean that if I was a gay man I’d be Rami? 
      I’m totally okay with that. :) The hat spoiled this, otherwise it was my favorite look.and I agree, Michaels wasn’t that bad, Jerrells was way worse.

    • Rand Ortega

      When I saw Michael’s model/look, my immediate thought was, “Did I just click on a recap of Drag Race?”

      Rami’s look was kickin’.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=720742723 Sarah Winningham

      I’m just so tired of that dreary dusty-rose color Michael keeps going back to, also the way it was sagging off the bottom of her bottom was dire.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah – his color palate is pretty Golden Girls.

        • Anonymous

          Some of us look really good in those colors so it works for me. 

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

          Once again, I would like to point out that Michael is based in Palm Springs where for the last umpteen years the top entertainment in town has been the Palm Springs Follies, a revue featuring aging entertainers performing for retired folks. From their web site:  “Venerated guest stars and international vaudeville acts join the Follies’ world-renowned line of Long-Legged Lovelies and Follies Gentlemen, all ranging in age from 58 to 82.”

          • Anonymous

            MIchael obviously knows who his clientele is.   

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

      We never saw either of these men acquire the premade garments on which these were based, did we? Rami’s muse wouldn’t give him the shirt (which was blue plaid, definitely a different fabric) and Michael’s muse gave him the shoulder doily. Rami’s shorts do not look pre-worn or cut down from something else. I would have liked to see the original items they used. 

      • Anonymous

        Yes, I wondered the same…Michael’s crocheted top doesn’t appear to be in his makeover at all, but he didn’t get called out on it.  

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

          I went back and looked at parts of the online video. Although Rami’s muse appeared to have donated nothing to the look (unless maybe his jacket for the vest?), the workroom scene did show that brown plaid in the form of a shirt, so it must have been part of his street haul and therefore was a legitimate part of the 50%. They showed a photo of Michael’s alternate muse, with the pink lace shorts. It also showed Anthony starting out to make shorts… if he had done that his t-shirt material would have been 50% and they could not have used that excuse to send him home.

          • Anonymous

            It irritates me, because the entire top half of Anthony’s was the street wear.  The only thing not were the red pants, but then the judges turned it into only the belt. WHUT?!?

    • Anonymous

      Dear Rami -

      Please go back to draping and wearing wife beater tees whenever on camera. That will be all.

      Signed, 

      Your Fans

      • Anonymous

        Yes, and we need tushy-shots of Rami in every episode. Producers, you want ratings? Make this happen.

        • Anonymous

          Rami is the only reason I tune in every week. I wonder if he has any spandex shorts? I could go for a Rami calendar.

        • Anonymous

          Rami is the only reason I tune in every week. I wonder if he has any spandex shorts? I could go for a Rami calendar.

      • Anonymous

         Hell, you can skip the tops entirely, if you’d like.

    • Lattis

      Behind the scenes, producers must be threatening designers with “I don’t care how goofy it looks. Use that great big incongruous belt or, so help me, I’ll use it on your back!” Because those belts are on everything this season.

      • Anonymous

        Which is odd since you don’t see those huge belts at Neiman Marcus.

      • Anonymous

        Which is odd since you don’t see those huge belts at Neiman Marcus.

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

      flashing back to that string-and-washer bikini atrocity from a few seasons back… micheal’s outfit? not that bad at all.

    • Cathy S

      I thought Michael’s was just okay; the top needed some help. Certainly it was miles better than Jerrell’s. I loved Rami’s blouse and I liked the rest of the outfit quite a lot. And I liked the pop of print on the shorts, sue me.

    • Anonymous

      Someone who looked at all of the designs this week without knowing the challenge might guess that the designers were asked to develop costumes for the next Bond Girl, Professor Pussy Chevron. 

      • Anonymous

        Professor Pussy Chevron…best.comment.ever.

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

      Love Rami’s!
      Michael’s is alright, but the titscrepancy is killing me.

      • http://twitter.com/londonpenguin Teresa MacDonald

        It looks like someone let the air out of her right boob.

      • mhleta

        I liked Rami’s but it got a little matchy for me. I started seeing a young woman’s executive line of Garanimals.

    • Anonymous

      The way he lined the fabric into that V pattern right above her lady cave was a little gauche, for my liking.  V shapes right above her V….a little on the nose.  

    • Anonymous

      I knew Michael wouldn’t go yet, but I hated this.  The color made it look like lingerie, the cut made it look like a bathing suit, the construction made it look like it was falling apart (and like the loose flap on the cup was an accident instead of a design element), the fit made me expect his model to be picking a wedgie as she walked back up the runway, and the styling didn’t help any of those things.  And I’m so very tired of his Drama Llama stuff, especially his tattling to Mila about Kenley helping Kara.  I suspect if he hadn’t been so clearly bullied on his original season, he would’ve ended up with the Villain Edit back then.

    • Anonymous

      As someone who hails from the Midwest and spends most of the summer watching an endless parade of hideous shorts, I thought Rami’s were uncommonly fashionable. I can’t remember the last time I saw someone try an innovation other than cargo or plaid.

      • Anonymous

        Or little tiny denim shorts that show almost as much as Michael’s look.  Yes, I’ll take Rami’s shorts any day.

    • Anonymous

      I liked Michael’s better than any of the granny panty outfits made by Wretchen and substantially better than the boobs to cootch exposure that Jerell wrought. I liked Rami’s well enough but I thought it was a clear 3rd behind Mondo and Austin.

    • Anonymous

      Rami’s inspiration person was the guy with the blue plaid shirt.  I don’t see anything remotely representative of his inspiration person here…yet no criticism from the judges. Chic and well made outfit though.

      Michael, once again, designed several pieces prior to this…given too much time he second guesses and sabotages himself.  This does not look like the result of a 2 day challenge and deserves bottom 2.  His prior wins saved him, imo. 

      (truly though, Jarell should have been schmaufed this week…wtf?!)

      • Anonymous

        Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe Rami’s vest was made from his inspiration’s suit coat.

        • Anonymous

          You’re most likely right.  I only recall seeing the blue plaid shirt. 

          A vest from a suit coat…not much of design stretch there…

          • Anonymous

             You don’t remember the suit jacket because they guy was carrying it over his arm.

          • Anonymous

            But he stated it was menswear inspired and one of the judges mentioned how  the top  and vest were nice alternatives to another boring suit. So it all worked for me..

            • Anonymous

              Yes. But still…even though it conceptually tied to the inspiration, it didn’t literally use the plaid shirt that was so prominent in the “muse” photo. So why didn’t he get called on that while Anthony did?

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

              In Anthony’s case, he not only didn’t use much of the muse’s fabric, but the total look had NOTHING to do with the muse — can you see that woman in his outfit? 

    • Judy_J

      I thought Rami’s look was cute and very wearable.  I like the way the ruffle on the blouse mimics a man’s necktie.  And I thought the shorts were nicely done.  The hat was a bad decision.  Didn’t like Michael’s at all.  It looked more than a little sad to me.

    • Anonymous

      I thought it was odd they were going off about Rami’s use of the hat. After all, didn’t it come from the hallowed Nordstrom wall? The one Joanna Coles was obviously plugging earlier with non-sensical QVC chatter about how great it was? For god’s sake, next they’ll be deriding the designers for using tacky shoes and pedestrian jewelry. 

      • Lori

        All that plugging didn’t work on you, LOL; it’s the Neiman-Marcus accessory wall.

        • Anonymous

          LOL. Thanks for the correction. Yeah, I tend to gloss over all that part and by now all the “walls” have blended together. Macys? Blue Line? Whatever, it all just looks like cheap crap to me. 

          • BerlinerNYC

            LOL, yes, especially because they keep changing companies each season, just like the hair salon and makeup studio. I just remember Tim advising them to use it thoughtfully. It would be funny if next season the contracts went to something downmarket, so the designers would be using the Claire’s Accessories wall and sending the models to the Suave hair salon and the Wet & Wild makeup studio.

            • Anonymous

              Now that I would love to see! I can just imagine the judges, not exactly downmarket types, fighting their revulsion during every runway show.

          • Susan Crawford

            I’m waiting for the Bergdorf Goodman Accessories Wall. Or the Barney’s Accessories Wall. Or the Net-a-Porter Accessories Wall. And I’m going to be waiting a VERY long time, aren’t I? I do think there are some nice pieces on the N-M Wall, but we have a bunch of “all stars” whose skills in the styling asrea are not as refined as their designing skills. (And not all of the “all stars” are as skilled in the design area as they imagine themselves to be. >coughJERRELLcough<)

            • Anonymous

              Is there at least one skinny belt on that wall?  Seriously.

            • Susan Crawford

              Well, if there IS, I think we need lose no sleep worrying about the All Stars fighting over it. They seem to be about the bigger, bolder glitzier, embellished stuff. All coming attraction hints for this next episode point to some sort of one-against-one, so perhaps we will see a skinny belt being snatched from the wall and used as a garrotte. Now THAT would be yet another Project Runway First: Design a look for a red-carpet rub-out.

            • Anonymous

              LOL. Runway All-Spars…..
              Design the best chalk outline…

      • Anonymous

         I like the idea of a hat, trying to keep with the menswear inspiration.  But the color was wrong.  Of course, their only options were what was available on the wall and I’m sure there were only a couple of choices.  And have there ever been any great accessories on the wall?

        • Anonymous

          I totally agree, and am puzzled by the hat hatred. It was a clear nod to the menswear concept and I thought it was actually kinda cute. The blue shade picked up the subtle blue stripe in the top.

      • Anonymous

        Neiman Marcus wall! How did they ever get that store to partner for the show?

        • Anonymous

          I wondered the same thing. Here in Chicago, Neiman Marcus definitely skews much older than the target demo they’re going after. It’s where the Gold Coast dowagers go for lunch. (I only know that because my first boss was one of those ladies and that’s where we went for special celebrations.)

          • Anonymous

            When I lived in Chicago, I often spent my lunch hour wandering around in that Neiman Marcus. It definitely skewed older. I once bought a tiny bottle of perfume there, which was the only thing I could afford at the time. But it was my idea of glamour. 

            • Anonymous

              It is glamorous and eclectic in its own way. I’ve only bought one thing there, too, a christening gown for my son. Made of antique linen, it’s truly an heirloom piece. Everywhere else in town, the only choices of looks were “white satin gangster” or “frilly bride.” 

              Which leads me to this thought…can you imagine a PR babywear challenge? They’ve done the kid thing before but I’d think a baby-inspired challenge would be right for Lifetime. The horror!

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

              See, when I think of Chicago and glamour, it will always be the old Marshall Fields downtown.  I promised to take my niece to the Macy’s next time she’s in town, and I’m a tad scared; I remember when I was little, that was the ABSOLUTE ultimate store — I grew up way out in the sticks, and always wanted to move into the city, so it was a BIG deal for me.

      • Anonymous

        Neiman Marcus wall! How did they ever get that store to partner for the show?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_64HSRZWCSJ5RBFGCWDLFQOICYM G

      I thought Rami’s outfit was great, and don’t think the hat was so dreadful.  Tacky me.

      • Anonymous

        I, too, liked the hat.  Probably because I have always loved fedoras but they look terrible on me (and almost never come in sizes big enough for my dome anyway).

      • Elizabeth Norris

        *small voice* I really like the hat, especially the rakish angle */small voice*

        • Anonymous

          I liked the hat, too…what can I say?
          Liked, liked Rami’s look,if I wore shorts I’d buy those in a hot minute.  Michael’s definitely didn’t look as if it took two days, but I forgot that he cycled through a couple of designs. 

    • Susan Crawford

      I really liked Rami’s design, especially the blouse. It was the hat that really upended this look, though. I’m sure there is great pressure to work that Accessories Wall, and at least the PRAS wall actually has some awesome items. But that hat was just plain silly. Along with argyle prints, mullet dresses and orange lips, fedora hats with anything and everything are on my OUT list. But Rami pulled off a good, solid piece of work.

      Michael just didn’t seem to know what the hell to do, and his final design was . . . what the hell? Even on a skinny model, the boobage must be supported somehow, and at a certain point, you have to decide whether you’re making a bathing suit or street apparel for a chic, on-trend young woman. I’ve seen tranny hookers wearing this look, to be frank, and even they knew enough to prop up the boobs.

      Speaking of boobs, that round-eyed, po-face is O-L-D, Michael Costello, as is the hogging of someone else’s moment with the fake emotionalism. Less of all that, if you please. This is All Stars, and I cut you no slack.

    • http://twitter.com/TheRealSandraOh Sandra Oh

      Michael’s look was cute and a sarong would have been a perfect finish. 

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

        Jarrell’s skirt would have worked well. I wore a lot of leotards with long, flowy skirts over them when I was a college student taking a bunch of dance classes.

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

      I wrote recaps of every episode of PR last season, and it still took me ten minutes to figure out who the “Josh” you were referring to was.

      I guess I really have blocked the horror of that season out of my memory completely. Good riddance!

      • Anonymous

        When All-Stars started a few weeks ago and people started mentioning Anya, I honestly couldn’t place who they were referring to.

      • Anonymous

        Congratulations on cleansing your memory so thoroughly!

    • http://twitter.com/iraki86 Ira Ioannidou

      I so want Rami to win! 

    • Anonymous

      I loved Rami’s look. So smart and sexy. I agree that the piping on the blouse really gave it something.
      I guess I’m the only one who liked the hat, lol. If I saw that girl walking down the street, I would think damn she’s cool. I want to be her.
      If Michael had put a sheer skirt over the granny panties, it would have looked more like street wear than a swimsuit. It’s not a look I particularly love, but at least then his outfit would have fit the challenge.

      • oohsparkley!

        Was making streetwear an actual requirement?  I was thinking call it a swimsuit and make a coverup.  If he had known what he was going to make in the first place, he could have bought and inserted some pre-formed bra cups to keep his top even-sided.  I like Michael, but he is a little (lot) whine-y.

        • Anonymous

          I thought it was a requirement, but maybe I’m wrong?

        • Anonymous

          I don’t think they said anything specific about the final look being streetwear. In fact I kinda interpreted the direction to be to start with streetwear and elevate it to something more. But I’ve noticed that with many challenges, they start out vague and then the judges somehow talk themselves into a specific corner, often as a way to rationalize something they don’t like.

      • Anonymous

        Nope, you’re not the only one! I think the hat is adorable and am only willing to argue whether it’s best deployed with this look. It’s a modified fedora, which updates it, so I repudiate all “fedoras are a tired trend” arguments (as if an ultra-classic shape like that can be called “tired” or a “trend”). I think it’s the vest that ruins the look, not the hat!

        • Anonymous

           I liked the hat.  Kept with the menswear inspiration.  I didn’t think the color was the best choice-it certainly clashed with the colors in the look-but I doubt there were many options on the wall.

        • Anonymous

          Amen to the fedora being a classic as opposed to a “tired trend”…from the same folks who have been trying to foist granny panties on us in recent years….

    • Anonymous

      I actually thought Michael’s was sort of cute and sassy. The biggest problem I saw with it was that it had no relationship to his supposed “muse.” I mean that whole muse concept was a little silly because it was mostly who will give me clothes – quick! But in case he got two cute girls with cute clothes and neither one of them were wearing anything similar to this.

      Aside from that I thought it was a fun little get up and I got the SATC instantly before he even said that was his aim.

    • Anonymous

      Of the top three , I liked Rami’s the best.  The fedora trend has crested even at Target level retailers. But the competition is about the designs. This are cute city shorts. And I like the jabot as an alternative to the pussy bow. The covered up neckline makes the shorts less casual and more fashion forward.
      I don’t like Michael’s at all . The bustier top is not properly constructed  . The granny pantie trend crested and died on the runway two seasons ago and this particular pair Michael Kors might say of, It looks like she has layered her panties for a long weekend.

      • Anonymous

        I would have given Michael’s the shmauf going purely on the looks on the stage, ignoring all past episodes. I think he was saved because they’ve liked his general body of work better than Anthony’s. I don’t necessarily disagree with that kind of judging (if you’re looking for the next-top-whatever, you have to give the people you feel are the strongest contenders a pass now and then to keep them in the running), but this was a very, very sad garment. 

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

          I approved of the auf simply because he didn’t use as much of the fabric as he was supposed to.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=580241410 Iyad Hilal

      i agree that they will keep giving him wins and then trash him near the end, his style has evolved a lot and a full collection of his designs will probably not work.

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

      What the hell was the challenge?!? I rather like Michaels look. It’s not exactly wearable or well executed, but I could see some girl throw a summer blazer on top of it and wear it to the beach.

    • Anonymous

      ‘…“Who would walk down the street wearing this?!?”…’

      I wish the judges would apply that question to evenly to all of the garment in a challenge or to none.

      I wouldn’t wear Jerrell’s anymore than I’d wear Micheal’s anywhere.

      • Anonymous

        I’d be more likely to wear Jerrell’s but it’s far less fashion-worthy than Michael’s and Jerrell deserved to be sent home for it.   I sometimes have occasion to wear some hippy-dippy bullshit, but that doesn’t make it fashion. 

        Underscoring the fact that the “wearable” argument is bullshit.

    • Anonymous

      When he started with the granny panty business I rolled my eyes, because I thought he might get an on-trend win out of it. The old “come from behind victory” edit. His outfit is no different conceptually from the Chanel and Louis Vuitton granny panties we’ve been seeing. If it were separates and the top were more of a camisole, with straps for support, I think he might have landed in top 3. The bottoms are undoubtedly a little high-cut for it to look like anything other than a bathing suit, but the colors and fabrics are right on trend.

      Rami overdid it on the piping. I actually like the hat, I feel like the look would have been too brown without it, but maybe the way to go was a vivid blue bangle or shoe.

    • bp316

      ‘Namely, all the “Who would walk down the street wearing this?!?” incredulity. Bitches, please. As if the runways around the world haven’t been studded with impractical short-shorts, sheer dresses, and granny panties for years now.’
      It’s like Tom and Lorenzo are saying what I’m thinking or something.

      • Anonymous

        Me too.

    • Anonymous

      if they are forming a story line/trying to “entertain,” i would hope they’d keep anthony on over jerrell for the entertainment. i’m so bored with jerrell’s bitching about other people’s garments. 

      and i do feel sorry for michael. i believe his heart is in the right place, and that his heart is also too big, so he is very, very emotional. i think mondo is a genuine guy and wouldn’t stand by michael if he weren’t, too.

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

        Exactly. Mondo, who I believe is a genuine guy, clearly loves Michael like a best friend. It’s cute to see their friendship on screen.

    • Anonymous

      Michael’s top had construction problems and no one would wear it on the street in NYC, BUT it would sell like hotcakes in South Beach. I think he originally intended to reference his muse, but in the end did the best thing by ditching the doily sleeves. Now that would have been really, really bad. So, props to Michael for recognizing a potential disaster and taking another route. It was not his best work, but it was better than Jerrell’s and Anthony’s.

      Maybe Rami’s vest would have worked better if it were shorter; seems like too much black. But I like the idea of upscaling shorts with a good blouse and jacket. I can’t wait for him to really come out (fashion-wise, I mean) and dazzle me. 

    • Susana Reyes

      I would have loved Michael’s if the top part had straps and if the bottom was a skirt.

      Rami gets an A for effort, but I would never wear something like that. The hat made it look dated.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      I think Michael’s outfit read as very street-appropriate… if you’re standing at the corner under a streetlight, asking strangers if they’re looking for a date.

      • Lisa

        If only the Neiman Marcus accessories wall had a streetlight and a public defender, his model would have been all set!  ;-)

        • Anonymous

          And a bail bondsman in fedora, perhaps?

    • Lori

      It’s not like the head was welded to her head.  And it’s not as if most designers style their own models.  Back in the day Kors or Nina would have just told Rami to remove the hat, and I miss those days before it became Project Stylist.  (And Austen’s ripped stocking bugged me more than the hat anyway.)

      Is Michael’s model definitely Leslie from ANTM?  I’m never quite sure, she looks different, but damn if she is:  take that, Tyra!

      • Anonymous

        Yes, it’s Leslie!  Love her…and she learned how to get rid of the duck booty walk. 

        And agree about the Project Styling…I don’t know if it a production edict (possibly makes it easier to auf good designers who have lower styling skills and award wins to lower-skilled designers by the way of styling *ahem – Gretchen*

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

      I agreed with y’all 100% on everything about Rami’s: great top and detailing, black hole of a vest, matchy-match shorts trim, and, most of all, the douchey hat. Really, really liked the top though.

      I loved the print of Michael’s shorts, but I was more intrigued with that bra material used as shorts material (the fabric source) than to make a bustier that looked like piss-poor foundation garments. Didn’t dig the waveform over/under the boobs. And, finally, I really hated how he cried for Anthony’s schmauf: “You can leave the runway now, Michael. Please go!”

    • http://www.facebook.com/WendyLKaufman Wendy Kaufman

      Well, I have issues with Rami’s blouse. Yeah. it looks great at first, but then you look at the bust and wonder WTF? The front is al;l gathered around what looks like a protruding monoboob. Yuk!

    • Anonymous

      I almost had a seizure when you brought up Josh and had to be reminded of his horrible “taste issues”

    • Anonymous

      Rami’s ruffly print pushed some button in me that can probably be traced to an older relative’s blouse lost in the mists of my memory. I just looked to me like something an *elderly* woman would choose, despite the fact that I have never met an elderly woman in shorts & a sleeveless vest out and about. So, maybe an elderly woman shopping for a young relative?

      Trying to be objective, it’s not bad and it has a bit of that certain something.

      Michael did a great job of using the fabrics – they looked as if they belonged together from birth. I don’t know if the judges were fair, but I was underwhelmed by the lingerie-and-swimwear-show-for-gentlemen-only feel I got from it.

      Yeah, so, even more so than usual that was about my reaction & not about the clothes. Fortunately I’m not having to earn my space, here.

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

      Wow TLo, thanks for the honest feedback on Michael’s look. Although it seems like a totally crazy outfit to see walking down the street of an average American town, as “fashion” I think it’s actually kinda cool. Paired with a jacket it would totally look like Gretchen Jones wear, though softer with less a granola twist. Frankly I think it has a SJP Sex and the City vibe to it. I don’t know if any NY’er would actually be caught dead wearing that outside, but as a middle American who has never been to NY and views NY kinda like Wonderland, I think it’d be fabulous to see this stolling around Central Park. Certainly more entertaining than some of the “muses” the designers found this week. Oh yeah, those NM sunglasses are sweet too!

      • Anonymous

        I really feel like I see a Gretchen reference going on here…. even if it’s subconscious. 

        • Anonymous

          Could be because he styled this model, exactly as Gretchen styled her models in her final collection, center-parted wavy hair and sunglasses, and a necklace. Plus the shorts. And, just noticed this, the strappy gladiator sandals, hers were black, here a beige. When I saw this I thought it would fit right in with her previous collection.

    • butter nut

      oh hell no. michael’s was HORRIBLE.  it’s just a dingy, busted old bathing suit, with the Accessory Wall doing all of the heavy lifting. there is nothing even remotely redeeming about it.  it is wrong on all counts & should have gotten him the big schmauf.  ffs – look what he did to that poor girl’s ass!

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

      Also love Michael’s model in those fotos, she looks so Kimora with the hair and glasses.

    • Anonymous

      It does seem fairly arbitrary whether they praise Michael’s garments or deride them.  But he almost never lands in the middle.  It does indeed smack of more mining for drama.  This look was middle-of-the-road for me.  At least he had the sense to ditch the doilies!

      Rami’s is interesting, if poorly accessorized.  I think we’re looking at Mondo, Rami and maybe Austin in the end.  I’ve been really surprised how poorly the girls are doing.  Even Kara doesn’t seem up to the challenge this time around.

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

        I don’t think they’ll let the top three be all boys, no matter how deserved each may be. I think they will be forced to have at least one be a woman, and she’ll get as far as second.

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

      I liked the hat with Rami’s outfit.  But I like hats, so maybe I’m biased.

    • Anonymous

      I saw it a bit differently.  I liked the hat with Rami’s and I also liked the trim on the shorts.  He was definitely a strong second place for me.    

      And I thought Michael’s was hideous.  If you’re right that it was on trend for the runway, it must be the granny panties/seniors version of on trend.  Plus, it was really, really unflattering from the design to the color, the construction, and the fit. It’s definitely not street wear, at least not any street I’ve been on.  I wouldn’t have sent him home because Jerrell earned that spot for me again, but I was reminded more strongly in this episode why I don’t like Michael Costello as a designer or as a character on my TV.   

    • Call me Bee

      So really–someone could walk down the streets of NYC wearing tMicahel’s outfit and and would be considered wearing high fashion?  I’m really trying to understand, as a woman would be laughted off the street here in fly-over country.  Or be arrested for indecent exposure.  To me, that’s not clothes.  It’s just ugly.  Again, not trying to be snotty–I really want to know!

      I love the graphic trim on Rami’s shirt nad shorts, although I would not wear them together.  A blouse and shorts with matching trim, to me, reminds me of those summer short sets we used to wear to picnics as children.  And the hat is just an afterthought.  But I really like the blouse and would love it with the shorts without the trim.  Or anything else in my wardrobe. 

      • Anonymous

        Actually they didn’t say this was a street worth look. They said that street worthy isn’t a valid criticism since runways  arcross the world have been showing the granny panties ( and other not practical for street wear looks) for years now. 
        I agree that street worth is not a valid criticism and I also agree that the granny pantie has been shown for years now, which in my opinion IS a valid criticism.Both Gretchen and April showed the GP look in his season, it was only just trending then. Never really caught on . Now it’s over and done.

      • Anonymous

        In flyover country, you couldn’t wear 90% of the outfits on PR…

      • Anonymous

        “A blouse and shorts with matching trim, to me, reminds me of those summer short sets we used to wear to picnics as children.”
        Exactly what I thought, too! I’m no fashionista (except in my mind), but even I would never wear something matchy like that.

      • Anonymous

        Well, maybe not in the light of day, but possibly clubbing, it gets hot on the dancefloor.  And yes in California, light of day, even 20 yrs ago on rollerskates.  The top could have been executed better fer sher.  I think Rami added years with the trim on the shorts. I agree with the poster who said it would have been better as a skirt.

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

      What if the clothes they got from people were sweaty?  Someone mentioned that it was hot in the park.  Huge EW!!

      • Anonymous

        I thought about that too!  And the models had to put that stuff ON!  

      • Anonymous

        I know, those nasty jean shorts Anthony got off the muscle-bound exhibitionist looked kinda ripe to me. Although as much as much as he enjoyed acquiring them, I gotta believe he didn’t really intend to use them. There was nothing muse-like about them.

      • Anonymous

        I think it was Mila who made quite a big deal about some of the garments she acquired being smelly and that she wouldn’t use them.  Anthony made a few of his funny remarks about them.  Since this was a two-day challenge it would have been nice to have given them the chance to run them through the washer and dryer while they were sketching and playing with ideas in their mind.

    • Anonymous

      I liked Rami’s look a lot. It was simultaneously youthful and sophisticated, which is a tough balance to strike.I thought his pattern mixing was excellent.

      Michael’s looks suffers from extreme half-assiness. I forget which judge said it, but her or she was right on in saying that if you’re going to present a bold look, it has to be impeccable. In the Mondo/Anthony thread, I said I would have sent home Michael or Jerell instead of Anthony. Reconsidering it now, I think Michael deserved to stay. This look was at least an attempt at something fashion forward and had a direct link to the muse (lace shorts). I really hate granny panties, though, so I’m trying to evaluate this objectively.

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

      Didn’t Gretchen win Project Runway with several short shorts like this?  I thought Michael’s outfit was cute and very fashionable.  Makes me think, like TLo says, that the producers are going after a story line.  I thought Rami’s blouse was great and it could work in a suit, like one of the judges said.   I think the show will be a lot less interesting without Anthony.  Jerrell’s was fugly.  That guest judge has a sort of checkered past.  Called his ex-girlfriend “sloppy seconds” in a press conference.  

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

        And did anyone love Kenley’s dress?  (Is she the young one with lots of lipstick who was called loud?).  I loved that dress and would really like to wear it to work.

        • Lisa

          LOL!  Yes, that’s Kenley all right!  I did like that dress quite a bit.  It had a real 80s feel to it, but in a good way.

        • Anonymous

          Me, me! It was my favorite look. Plus I could totally see her muse wearing it. It elevated a cute casual top to something truly chic, which I think was exactly what the challenge called for.

    • http://twitter.com/sockandaphone Gaby

      I woulda liked Rami’s outfit without the vest, it seems unnecessary. I loved the top though.

      Just waiting patiently for Jerrell’s look to come up.

    • marilyn

      For Rami, I really liked the blouse, and the way he tied everything together with the trim.  It looked very uptown, although I am not sure what kind of event one should wear this to.  I did not hate the hat so much.  It all appeared to be very well made and fit well.  The blouse was particularly eye-catching and ingrituing in the way he mixed the fabrics.  The way the ruffle started at the neck was interesting and attractive. It was unexpected. The overall effect of the blouse was phenomenal.   

      Michael’s was interesting.  From a distance, the colors, patterns and textures worked well together. It needed a belt, but I did not like that belt, the brown leather cowgirl belt. Can’t Bloomingdale’s do any better than this for the accessories wall? I assume Michael picked the best belt he could find from what was available. I can see that it needed the belt, or it would have just looked like a swimming suit. I am not sure what it is, even with the belt. Quilting the fabrics in wavy lines on the bottom gave interest to the piece in a good way. It was unusual and eyecatching. It also helped blend the different fabrics together in a harmonious way. I did not like the shape in the swimsuit bottom.  In the best of all worlds, it would have been nice to have enough of the bottom fabric to make a big flow-y skirt.  But, I assume the bottom was so small because he had very little fabric.  Even so, it looked like a swimsuit bottom that was too small, and not in a good way.     

      The top to Michael’s outfit did not fit.  (Am I the 100th person to mention this?)

    • Anonymous

      I agree with you guys.  The producers are doing the same thing with Michael they did the first go round. 
       It seems mean.  I hate that. 
      I like Michael but except for the colors this was not for me and maybe my least favorite thing from him ever.

      Still the hideousness that was Jerell’s had no redeeming qualities. 
       After that nightmare and weeks of Scarf dresses I am more than ready for him to hit the road. 
      Plus he’s not funny and seems nasty & mean spirited.

      The fact that the “brilliant” producers would send Anthony packing instead of Jerell is really mind-boggling. W.T.F.

      Anthony’s designs have been better week to week and he is so much fun to watch. 
       Yeah he may be a One Liner Machine but more often than not I laugh out loud. 
      He seems so sweet & fun.  I’m really gonna miss him. 
      I would so rather have him for more weeks than Jerell.  Ugh.

    • Anonymous

      Sorry to disagree, but you just enforced the judges’ criticisms. You said that runways have had this kind of granny panty “shorts” walking down them for a couple years.That is true, but RUNWAYS, I have never seen anyone on the street wearing shorts that remotely look like granny-panties, as these do, or Gretchen’s. I definitely can’t picture anyone walking down the street wearing this, runway obviously, they’re hired to do as such.

      Anyway about the looks;

      Rami’s was terrific, the whole look. The hat could have worked, but not in that blue color, a different matching color then yes. Him and Austin were close in my book, and either of them deserved the win.

      Michael’s was atrocious, granny panty jumper. Terribly unflattering. Plus I couldn’t help but think he took a page out of Gretchen’s book here, she had these shorts in her collection, and styled her models with that same center-parted wavy hair and sunglasses. This would fit right in with her collection. I think he should have been sent home personally.

      • Anonymous

        It’s possible I’ve forgotten, but I don’t think that part of the competition was to make street clothes — was it?  It was to make something fashion forward “for your muse” (that part was b.s. since we never saw the muse again). So I didn’t think the criticism about it not being appropriate for wearing out on the street made sense. Of course, if he’d put a sheer skirt over it he’d have made something we’ve been seeing on the runways for about 2 years now — not exactly fashion forward at this point, but at least the judges would have been able to makes some sense out of it. As it is, it’s kind of ridiculous because without a skirt and a jacket or blouse or somethin over it  - what is it? But it’s also kind of pretty. 

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

        The point wasn’t that we CAN picture anyone walking down the street wearing this outfit; it’s that the criticism that one CAN’T see someone walking down the street in granny panties is silly, since the fashion industry has been pushing them (and equally as impractical getups, like sheer dresses) on runways for ages now.

      • Lisa

        I’m with you – Michael’s outfit was one of the ugliest things I’ve ever seen come down the runway in nine seasons.  He’s lucky that Anthony didn’t follow the challenge the way he was supposed to.  Nor do I think it was any  kind of conspiracy against Michael – it was just ugly, plain and simple.

    • Anonymous

      Carrie Bradshaw wore almost the exact same shorts (Michael’s) in the Season 3 finale of “SatC” so at least someone was wearing them on the street at some point in history.  I liked them, but don’t find them particularly contempo.

      • Anonymous

        And Carrie Bradshaw’s taste was sometimes on the questionable side.

    • Anonymous

      i think michael was very lucky that anthony didn’t follow the directions of using 50% of the muse clothing fabric in his design — otherwise i think he would have been going home.  i really like michael and really like some of the designs he has been doing for this competition, but this particular garment was really bad….  i cringed when it came down the runway. 

      rami’s outfit was good, but i didn’t care for the vest either….but i can’t argue with it being in the top….

    • Anonymous

      *reads post title* 

      Heh, I see what you did there. 

    • Anonymous

      Both of these were better than Mondo’s.  And Rami should have won.

      I still don’t understand why Jerrell was safe.  In fact, he should have gone home.  Talk about a hot mess.

    • Anonymous

      There’s pretty much nothing anyone could say that would sell me on Michael’s outfit (or convince me that he shouldn’t have gone home for it) BUT I have to say one of the reason I started reading this blog (and continue to do so) is that it puts some of this stuff in context.  A granny panty strapless body suit as fashion forward design?  To my eyes, who, except perhaps Wonder Woman, would think it so? 

      I liked Rami’s outfit better than Mondo’s, but can’t argue with them as top two.

    • Elizabeth Norris

      kimmeister, are you my twin? My head must be freakishly large or something, because I have trouble getting any hat to fit. Even stretchy knit hats.

      • Elizabeth Norris

        Hmm, I don’t know why that ended up on a different page.

        To clarify, maybe I just liked the hat because I am so jealous of anyone’s ability to wear a fedora. Not an option for me.

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

        I buy a lot of mine in the men’s section for just that reason — too many fit but not comfortably.

    • http://profiles.google.com/diana.ruskin Diana Ruskin

      I have to say, I am getting so weary of Michael Costello constantly mugging for the cameras. His reactions (to Miss Piggy’s presence, Diane Furstenburg’s praise, to Anthony’s schmauf) have been so transparently self-conscious. I don’t know – to me it’s grating. And I don’t care for his offering this week one bit. Austin’s was adorable.

      • http://6things.blogspot.com par3182

        This episode was a study guide to Michael C’s faults (the tattling, the mugging, the victim act). 

      • Anonymous

        Don’t forget the Valentino video. That was our first glimpse of the histrionics to come.

    • http://profiles.google.com/rosatcollege Ros Clarke

      The thing about Michael’s outfit is not just the size and shape of it, but also the colour. It’s so near to nude that it really does look like underwear. And the top is falling down. Clearly it would be possible to make a granny panties/bustier combo that would look fabulous on the runway, but this is not it. And all of the reasons why not just make the fact that it is a granny panties/bustier combo more awkward.

      I was shocked, shocked I tell you, that Anthony got sent home for breaking the rules of a challenge. Since when did that ever count on Project Runway?

      • Anonymous

        Usually, the “personality” will win the fight over “broke the rules”.  But since it’s All Stars, maybe the backstage bicker factor isn’t pulling as much sway.  

      • Anonymous

        I think it’s the new host and judges. They seem to be more “by the book” than Heidi’s regime.

    • http://profiles.google.com/phyllis.craine Phyllis Craine

      If I was Micheal I would have used some plastic from their lunch containers/dishes/cutlery/whatever to cut boning for that top. I mean c’mon get your game on dude.

    • Anonymous

      http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1049160-the-most-polarizing-player-in-the-history-of-each-nhl-team#/articles/1049160-the-most-polarizing-player-in-the-history-of-each-nhl-team/page/20

      The reason for the “Avery”  rule in the NHL. 

      Even though my initial reaction to learning the identiy of the guest, once named the most hated player in the NHL, was pretty negative, I thought he was pretty good as a judge.  Go Hawks!

      • Anonymous

        From one hockey-loving kitten to another, I thought he was a pretty good judge too. A LOT more low key than his hockey playing would suggest. Sadly, I live in Atlanta and no longer have an NHL home team to root for :(

        • Anonymous

          When people ask you “what TV do you watch”, it is fun to reply “Project Runway and Blackhawks games”. Starts a conversation every time. Of course I suggest you adopt the Hawks – you already had partial practice last year (Ahhh Laddie….)

          • Anonymous

            I grew up watching the Red Wings, so they’ll always be my team. But my best childhood friend who introduced me to hockey has now lived in Chi-town longer than we lived in MI, so the Hawks get my goodwill. Gotta say I love looking at winter coats, but not having to wear them!

    • http://tigergray.blogspot.com/ Tiger Gray

      The thing with reality tv is they like to take a big shit in the participant’s brains so they get exactly the kind of tearful response they want, the kind that makes supposedly good television. I still don’t completely buy the Michael playing to the cameras thing. I think he has a certain attitude and tendency towards histrionics naturally, and they’re going to bully him until it comes out in the worst way possible. I felt awful for him on his season and the way he was treated is why I don’t watch this show anymore.

      • Anonymous

        i agree about michael.
        he doesnt strike me as phony at all. histrionic, maybe, but not fake.
        i think if one has enough first second or even third generation superethnic mediterranean relatives, one sees people act like michael all the time. some people are worse [ie: my sister would act like this only w/ an overwhelming amount of fury & self-entitlement that michael does not have. she would truly truly be odious]. anyway, i say all of this, obviously, from experience. i guess thats why he doesnt bother me & i do tend to feel bad when they build him up only to pull the everlovin rug out at the end.

        • Lisa

          I’m 100% Italian on both sides of my family, so believe me, I get what you’re saying, and I *know* from Michael Costello – Thursday nights at 10 PM is like watching my mom on TV, you know?  Plus a dash of my sister thrown in for good measure!  But as much as I love my family, the over-dramatics are one of the reasons WHY Michael gets on my nerves so much.  I’m having an opposite reaction than you are, LOL!

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

        I think you’re right, except that he is not being bullied here and he is irritatingly histrionic. I think it’s perfectly sincere, just irritating.

      • Anonymous

        Have to say I agree.  While I don’t find his reactions to be exactly endearing, I think they are genuine.  He comes across to me as someone who lacks self-confidence and his reactions are correspondingly exaggerated whether he is praised or criticized.  As such, his reactions certainly don’t bother me the way they do so many.  I would note that he certainly seems to get along much better with this group of designers than during his rather deplorable season.

        • Anonymous

          I think that the designers on AllStars have a higher maturity level than the last few regular seasons of PR, and Michael also has a friend in Mondo. 

        • Anonymous

          there was no getting along with ivy…she was just poison.

    • Anonymous

      I think Schmeidi’s voice has way to much weight in these proceedings at times. Anyway, I liked Rami’s though not for the win, and I didn’t hate Michael’s. It should’ve been Jerrell there with Anthony, not Michael. If they’re going to lob the “who would walk around town in that?” critique at Michael, they should’ve leveled it at Jerrell.

    • Anonymous

      This kitten begs to differ.  I luuuurrrrve the hat on Rami’s.  Were I 30 pounds thinner, this look would be MINE. He will definitely be my first call when I need RC outfits.  

    • MilaXX

      Rami needed to lose the hat & the vest. I don’t mind the trim on the pockets but the trim on the shorts legs feels a little juniors. Still I was happy to see him designing like the old Rami.
      I didn’t think Michael’s look was that bad either. It needs some structure/boning. Sure it’s a little on the tacky side, but that’s Micheal’s aesthetic. Properly made Rhianna would wear this in a heartbeat.

      • Anonymous

        i don’t mind the trim around the legs of the shorts, but i don’t like it on the pockets or down the side, because it dilutes the impact of the trim on the blouse.  and she should get her hand out of her pocket.  what is the female version of pocket pool?  
        ps:  love the hat.

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

      Ok, Now that I see Micheal’s garment like this… I agree.. poorly executed. I don’t have an HD tv, and missed the execution problems. So originally, I thought it was my favorite.. I still doubt he should have been in the bottom 3… that title should have went to Kenley

    • Brad and Anne White

      Just have to say, I have the sweater that Michael made the “shorts” out of. It’s from Forever 21. I didn’t see him pick it off the street, but when that walked the runway I shrieked. I would never wear those booty shorts in a million.

    • Anonymous

      Why is Jerrell still here?  WTF judges?  I’m sure there will be a later post on it, but even before the judge dude said it, I was like:  Burning Man Bullshit.  I am pretty sure I’ve seen that actual outfit on Facebook in albums from Burning Man.  And it’s not one of the cooler outfits in the albums.

      Maybe Jerrell can get that outfit featured on Portlandia.

      Lots of other interesting and cool outfits on this episode, all completely eclipsed by that insane bullshit judging hoola-hooping to keep Jerrell on.  Why????

    • Anonymous

      Ah Rami… Rami, Rami, Rami…. *Sigh*
      I love that outfit top to bottom, actually. And I can just picture Rami in a jaunty little hat like that. Maybe with his sleeves rolled up a bit more….

    • Anonymous

      I am so sick of Michael and his whining that I could absolutely puke. I couldn’t stand him during the season he was on PR either. So I absolutely think he should have gone home for this ridiculous romper and for his obnoxious personality. Sadly, we will have to listen to his sniveling at least one more week. On a cheerier note, I did like the colors in his “outfit”, and his model is very beautiful.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t care if it’s on trend; it’s butt ugly and I hated it. And I’m fed up with Michael’s whoring to the camera and whining and and and…blahblahblah

      I’m a bitter kitten tonight and I don’t care who knows it. My droid won’t play nice with my mac and I’m super pissed.

      Rami’s was cute and for the life of me I don’t know how the stupid hat ruined the look, if they really wanted to give him the win, he would have gotten it.

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

      Wasn’t Austin the top guy, not Rami? 

      Or am I just really overly anxious to hear your thoughts on Austin’s look?  :D

      • Lisa

        Yes – Austin and Mondo were the top two.

    • http://orangtunes.blogspot.com BIG MAC

      Micheal’s would have been great if he just went with a proper short and made a romper. Because I loved the colors, fabric, and pattern. Rami’s was very cute too. 

    • http://6things.blogspot.com par3182

      I’m disappointed we didn’t get to Rami charm the clothes off his muse.

    • Anonymous

      Loved Michael’s from the back for the color story alone.  And I admire that he tried something new.  (I know Sex and the City leaned toward costume rather than clothes but Carrier wore something very similar to this once.)  I did get a terrible sense of foreboding that he is going to be the B/M punching bag again and it made me sick.  

    • Anonymous

      A bunch of my women actor friends and I were discussing the fall TV shows and universally we said that when Maria Bello chose that hat for her character on Prime Suspect, she became a cliche instead of a real person and it turned people off.  That’s exactly how I felt when I saw Rami’s model turn the corner – that it was looked like she was trying to hard to be cool and it was a turn-off.

    • Anonymous

      Oooh – new idea for a challenge:  design an outfit for yourself if you were the other gender!  That could be so interesting. Can you imagine Jerrell in this week’s outfit? Sadly, I can…

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

      Even though I’m a Michael fan, even I can admit the whole faux crying bit on the stage when Anthony was just told he was auf’d was a bit jarring. Like, homie didn’t even have tears coming outta his eye sockets! Amazing. It did sorta flow backstage but…whoa. I still think he’s okay in my book. But that lil’ moment definitely had me giving him the side-eye. 

      Regarding his design, I liked it. I totally agree about the whole him needing to add some kinda outerwear. If he did, this would’ve been in the Top 3. In my opinion. The bustier part is kinda unfortunate but that’s about it. 

    • Anonymous

      Oh pleeeeeeeeeeeease….Mikey looks like he was trying to design an outfit for a remake of Wonder Woman. Just image this outfit with those magically bracelets….and have the model spin around.

      • Anonymous

        I didn’t love this look either (although I’m seeing a pattern in the shorts in these screencaps that I did not see on my TV monitor–and they’re quite nice), and the execution was a mess and the styling was poor.  But I think TLo are on to something when they say that the level of horror among the judges–notably the Chapman–was a little whack.  Think about all the runway shows we’ve all seen on this site–all the sheer blouses and dresses with the perky little breasts and the g-strings completely visible; the short short shorts; the menswear masks with weird studs all over them. Runway shows, especially the couture collections, are as much about fantasy–MORE about fantasy–than about what a woman would wear walking down the street.  So why the extreme level of disgust and shock for Michael’s design?  Unless it’s part of a set-up.

        One more note about the judging of Michael’s design.  Isaac impressed me in his role as mentor on “The Fashion Show,” but when he made the trying-to-be-funny (-and-failing) comment about burning your bra, I felt a little cold frisson.  As if the ghost of Michael Kors had put its hand on my shoulder–or brayed into my ear.  Disappointing.

    • Anonymous

      Ya know, Michael’s would have been a great entry in the season 1 “swimsuit you can also wear at an event” challenge. If he’d only talked it up as such, he might have skated by in the middle of the pack.

    • Anonymous

      I loved Rami’s design, and the beautiful and thoughtful execution.  I was sure it was the winner.  I’m wondering whether he isn’t a bit color-blind–the type of color-blindness where you don’t see the true hue.  He had color issues even in his final runway show.  But I loved the way he made and used the trim, and those shorts fit fabulously!

    • Anonymous

      My god but I’m sick of Michael. I was sick of his act in his season and I do think it’s an act. That would all be fine if he were a great designer, but imo he’s not. Jerrel’s stuff is horrifying, but at least it’s never boring. Michael’s stuff is just boring and badly done.

    • Anonymous

      I think that the judges’ gripes about “WHO WOULD WALK DOWN THE STREET WEARING THIS” were kind of okay in this particular challenge because I believe (even though it wasn’t stated that clearly) that in taking the clothes from people walking around outside it was supposed to be like a streetwear/day wear challenge so I think that “wearable” was really important to them here. 

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

      Rami– It’s well-made and ready-to-wear. I like the vest– the seaming’s quite good–, and I, too, like the accents on the print, but the ruffle is a little too overwhelming, too bunched-up, too busy. The shorts are OK, even though I’m not entirely on-board with the trim. All in all, a decent entry. I believe he used clothes he got from men to make a woman’s garment, and he said he was inspired by the menswear, and I can see that in the vest.

      Michael– Yep, I’ve got no problem with the bareness– I mean, yes, 99% of women will not walk the streets wearing that, but that doesn’t mean it can’t walk the runway, and there’s no reason why the top cannot be paired with a skirt or with pants to make the look appropriate for the street, and there’s no reason why this can’t be worn at a beach setting or at a resort or what not. I actually kind of liked the color gradation in the shorts, and I like how the pink of the top smoothly blends into the shorts. Problem is, the poor girl’s boob is being crumpled.

    • http://twitter.com/thejackanory Charles

      when I saw Michael’s outfit, all I thought was Carrie Bradshaw in series 3, and then he even said “make her look like SJP circa 2002″ to the hair and makeup team. Look back to the episode “Hot Child in the City”, the last outfit at the roof party or a lot of the looks from those summery episodes

      • Anonymous

        i am amazed that anyone but me remembers hot child in the city, by which i mean not the SATC episode [i've never seen SATC] but nick gilder. clearly, however, someone on staff there did.

    • Allison Woods

      “Palestinian Muscle Mary” is definitely the turn-of-phrase for the week. Nicely done, boys.

      I applaud the mixed prints on Rami’s top. Brilliant, really. I have an issue with shorts in general–listen to the French on this–they are for the beach, and for children. Make Rami’s shorts into a skirt and the look gets a whole bunch better.

    • Anonymous

      I need a fashion intervention cuz I think Rami’s shirt/blouse is hideous.  Hate the neckline, hate the ruffles.  I like the overall look and 30 years ago, I’d have snagged that outfit in a heartbeat.

      Don’t like Michael’s at all.  I agree a jacket would have made the look.  I don’t like it but I know it is on trend right now.  Why, I have no idea.

    • Anonymous

      Loved Rami’s look.  I would wear that in an instant sans the hat.  I don’t buy the “who would wear it” bullshit either.  Who on earth would wear Jerrell’s cracked out genie ensemble?   

    • Anonymous

      I thought Rami could have had the win, but I am glad Mondo won.  I am a hat person, so I cheered when I saw the hat in Rami’s ensemble.  I would absolutely wear that outfit verbatim.

      I’ll be in the minority here, but I actually liked Jerrell’s outfit.  If you look at the garments that have walked down the runways this season, you will notice a lot of pieces that do not match at all.  That being said, I would like to see him get outta Anya land.

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

      Rami’s model looked so put together. I really didn’t mind the hat. I thought he took an ‘eh’ fabric and made something pretty cool.

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

      World’s runways aside, I don’t see anyone on the street wearing granny panties that anyone can actually see.  But as bad as this was, Jerrell should have gone home.

    • vmcdanie

      Unlike you, I really enjoyed a group of PR judges who were willing to call a look for being unwearable from a practical standpoint. Michael’s look WAS a bathing suit (and made her tits look like they were melting but that’s beside the point.) After seeing someone win PR for some runway looks that were nothing but a jacket and granny panties, I enjoyed the change of pace. Very few women would want that much attention on the street.

      speaking of overexposure, did the boy who gave Anthony his shorts walk home in his civvies?

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

        Not uncommon in NYC during the summer.

    • Anonymous

      I was very torn on Michael’s look. On one hand, no you wouldn’t see someone walking around like that on an average day. On the other hand, I don’t remember anyone specifying that it had to be something that a person would wear walking down the street, instead of a simply runway-worthy look.

      Also, I found myself *loving* the thought of that look (better constructed) as a bathing suit. I want one yesterday.

    • Carla Williams

      Outfit, schmoutfit–Michael’s model is smokin’ hot in it.

      • Anonymous

        true. i’ve had an unbelievably rotten week or i wouldve brought this up earlier. the top is kind of annoying cos of its construction or lack thereof; still, on the whole this makes its wearer look good. it also doesnt hurt that michael has one of the best looking models.

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

      I think the main criticism was about the fabric–those shorts are made in SUCH a flimsy knit, and the construction is deplorable.  He should have been schmauf’ed

    • http://www.facebook.com/hingly Helen Inglis Musselman

      I just want to know… when is Jerell going to get kicked off?!  That outfit was ugly.

    • Anonymous

      The worst thing about Michael’s look was that it made his model’s ass look droopy and flabby. And that I hate him.

    • Anonymous

      HOW WAS JERRELL NOT SENT HOME

    • http://twitter.com/Neomeris Meredith Mollohan

      I love the bustier-bodysuit-thing! And as a flat-chested girl, I’d much prefer it without added support that I wouldn’t be able to fill. I’d just, you know, wear it with some shorts or a skirt.

    • deslonrox

      Please! This was crastastick judging! I hate Michael Costello and can’t understand how his ticki-ticki-tacky garments keep winning challenges. Everything is in poor taste, he whines and bitches from start to finish, and frankly, anything less believable than that cryfest on the runway when Anthony was eliminated I’ve yet to see. The auf’ing should have been between Jerrell’s – what is he smoking? – monstrosity of an outfit and Michael’s tacky bathing suit. I was rubbing my hands in anticipation, and what? What? Anthony, you was robbed!

    • mhleta

      “Namely, all the “Who would walk down the street wearing this?!?” incredulity. Bitches, please. As if the runways around the world haven’t been studded with impractical short-shorts, sheer dresses, and granny panties for years now.” I know these are different judges, but Michael’s look was reminiscent of Gretchen Jones’s symphony of brown crocheted panties that inexplicably won her Season 8. I didn’t get it then and I don’t get it now. Seriously, what woman would saunter through a sweltering city, where at any given time she may have to park her keister on any number of surfaces of questionable cleanliness. And, excuse me for being graphic, but I don’t want to sit on a seat AFTER this woman’s been there either. Nasty, not pretty, make it go away. 

    • Anonymous

      Rami’s is nice.  Not much else to say.

      Michael’s is fug.  I’m ready for him to go home.  I just don’t like his clothes and his personality (or rather the one he’s putting on for the cameras) is really grating on me.