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Posted on February 23, 2012

And we’re OFF TO SHANGHAI, kittens! Allons-y!

 

 Tou Ming Si Kao bar in Shanghai

And while it’s true that those stools don’t look very comfortable, underlighting is always a jet-lagged gal’s best friend, darlings. Never forget that.

“At the prestigious United Nations headquarters, Angela challenges the All Stars to choose flags as inspiration for beautiful dresses.” Why does that sentence sound like the description to an action thriller?  “…or else, she will DUMP POISON INTO THE EAST RIVER, KILLING MILLIONS!!!!!”

And O to the MFG, Mlle. Malandrino wore that exact dress to her presentation during Fashion Week and we have a very blurry cell phone pic from a couple feet away. She looked fabulous in it.

Yaddayaddayadda. Like the promos have anything to do with the final aired product.

In more interesting news (at least to us), check out our new Mad Men Style pinterest board, which we just spent all afternoon pinning together. That shit’s addictive.

[Photo Credit: myLifetime.com, worldsbestbars.com - Video Credit: myLifetime.com]

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

      Damn, now I want to watch the 10th Doctor.  Funny how one comment can do that.

      Rum and coke with a bit of lime, please. 

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

        That was my exact thought!

        • Eclectic Mayhem

          It gladdens my heart when TLo give a wee shout out to the Whovian Kittens!

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        *Would happily watch David Tennant forever…*

        • http://onebluetree.blogspot.com/ Sara L.

          Me too! Sigh….

    • Sam Corbett

      “Kenley makes the same dress over and over again!” quoth Mila, the irony of it all sailing several feet over her head.

      • http://twitter.com/bravobrett Brett Ashley Hawkins

         I really think Mila’s made a conscious effort to break out of her mold. Her work for the second, fourth, and sixth challenges have proven that she can break out of her mold. Kenley really has yet to.

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

          You’re right. I am thoroughly sick of Kenley’s “I wish I was a pin-up girl” fashions and from the looks of the promo she is doing another one tonight. Blue hearts blouse + red stripe pencil skirt = BO-ring and redundant, flag-style. I don’t feel like I’ve seen the same samey-ness from Mila the whole time, just a consistent style. Kenley is consistent, too, but it feels like more of a bite off of some other frame of reference than something fresh.

        • sleah_in_norcal

          that lime greeen skirt last week was so far out of the mold it was in outer space.  did another entity take over her brain for a moment?

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

            I was sure she’d been possessed by aliens when I saw that skirt. It still has me almost as befuddled as those pants Austin made a couple weeks ago.

      • Onymous

         I didn’t think there was a polkadot flag at the UN.

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

           Well, except for Japan.

          • sleah_in_norcal

            not much of a polka there.

    • SewingSiren

      If I’m going to be sitting on a light up bar stool all night I better go shave my legs.

      • angryparsnip

        wahahahahahahahaha!
        me too !
        cheers. parsnip

        • sleah_in_norcal

          furry is ok with me—mountain girl here.

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

      Oh guys, you really shouldn’t have gone to Pinterest… you’ll find yourself spending an insane amount of time there now.  You have my sympathies.

      • Lori

         I have staunchly refused to get a Pinterest account because I fear that if I do I’ll never leave the house. I already spend too much time online.

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

          I really like to make stuff, so it’s a great place to come up with ideas — for instance, it solved my spring problem for the couch I am insisting on making — it’s just also a massive time-sink.

        • sleah_in_norcal

          do you have to pay with real money?

    • http://twitter.com/bravobrett Brett Ashley Hawkins

      PREDICTIONS
      Top 3: Kenley, Mila (WIN), Mondo
      Btm 3: Austin, Jerell (OUT), Michael

      • Gianni_Rubino

        Please be right, Brett.   I’ve not recovered from Jerell’s work this season.  I’m going to be okay if he leaves tonight. 

        I’m still replaying in my mind Sean Avery correcting Isaac regarding the “big stomach” a couple of episodes ago.  That outfit should never have existed.

        • Lisa

          I”d be fine with Jerrell leaving if it meant Austin was okay.

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

            ME TOO. I will cry if Austin is auf-ed, even if he does wish it was the nineteenth instead of the twenty-first century. Plus, he is better all around then Jerrell, bias aside.

        • sleah_in_norcal

          it was the big stomach remark that never should have existed.  that girl’s tummy was scrumptious!

      • granddelusion

        Interesting, I picked along the same lines, but with Mondo for the win, and Kenley on the bottom. I just can’t see why shes still there. But Jerrell should have gone instead of Mila. Or maybe Austin. What a pile of hiddy his dress was, and not the first time, either.

    • DinaSews

      I am still at work so I guess I will have a virtual Vodka Tonic with a twist of lemon.  Welcome to Pinterest TLo.  It is addictive but becomes repetitive after awhile. 

      • sleah_in_norcal

        might as well have a double, it’s virtual.

    • indigospade

      seeing your pinterest board made me notice Trudy. Who is Allison Brie. Who is Annie on Community. Which comes back this March. Which means I need to remember! COMMUNITY!!!!

      And as for the challenge. I’m ready to see what mondo, mila, and austin whip up. Ready for the other 3 to go home already.

      • another_laura

        I was thinking “oh, there’s Annie!” – I love love love that show.  

    • muzan-e

      Okay, so – this online environment I ‘design clothing’ for, they’re running their own little ‘Fashion Week’, and I was invited to  participate. Glee!  Except it meant creating an eight-piece collection within the space of several weeks. No problem!

      This week, well into the final stretch, I realise that I’m making the same dress over and over again, and it looks like something you could buy in any department store.  What have I done.

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

        Ugh!  Don’t you hate that kind of thing — how sometimes you look at what you’ve done and go, “Hey… aw… that’s not good… DAMMIT!”

        • muzan-e

          All this week. All this week. I have scraps everywhere, pieces of things two-thirds finished. Because 66% is apparently the point at which I realise that I have single-handedly created a steaming pile of crap. *g*

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

            I hate when I’m really psyched about a project and then I finish it, look at it, and it’s awful!  Horribly unflattering or something.  That and when I pick up fabric for someone and they don’t like it — usually I have a good read on them, but every once in awhile I’ll have a problem.

        • sleah_in_norcal

          always good to wait at least 24 hours before making any decisions.  in art, it’s called “looking with a cold eye”.  i can never tell if my work is any good while i’m making it.

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

            I’ve always had that problem with my writing.  Clothes are never much of a problem.  In part, I don’t go terribly avant garde, so it’s more just a question of: Does it look good?  Would I wear it if I tried it on in a store?

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

            I’ve always had that problem with my writing.  Clothes are never much of a problem.  In part, I don’t go terribly avant garde, so it’s more just a question of: Does it look good?  Would I wear it if I tried it on in a store?

      • DinaSews

        That is going to give me sewing nightmares tonight.  Can we see pics?

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

          I’ve been having those for weeks.  Dress I’m working on for next weekend is just not going well.

          • DinaSews

            I wish I could lend a hand!  Last year I had to sew my daughter into her prom dress because I didn’t have time to add the zipper.

            • 3boysful

               Well, that’s one way to be sure she doesn’t rip it off for some boy!  Pretty clever of you, to “run out of time”!  ;)

            • sleah_in_norcal

              or at least if some boy does rip it off, it will be interesting to hear the story your daughter makes up.  some version of the dog ate my prom dress.

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

              Me too… gee that’d be handy:)  My husband knows how to sew, but I don’t trust him with anything too intricate for me — this piece I’m pleating with polka dots and I want them just so.  I’m ridiculously compulsive about the construction.

          • muzan-e

            And really, that’s why I have little real respect for what I do. If what I’m working on becomes a reeking mess, I can undo a few layers and re-position a few lines.  I don’t have to use any actual skills, and I don’t have to worry about wasting any actual material. So I admire your work terribly! ….  and have faith that you will (forgive me) make it work. *g*

            • sleah_in_norcal

              you’re only wasting actual time.

        • muzan-e

          Pics of my steaming hot mess? Not likely. *g*  Also, it’s not quite appropriate; I mention the predicament because it’s been feeling Project Runway Lite around here this week! *g*  But all of this is drawn, rather than sewn. I admire the hell out of people who can do the real thing. By comparison this is kids’ play.

          To give you a very loose idea, it’s this sort of thing.

          • Pam Winters

            Interesting! But I hope there’s zero gravity there, because I’m worried she’s gonna lose those cool trousers.

            • muzan-e

              LOL! Oh, isn’t it awful? I look at the waistline, and in the back of my head all I can hear is

              “Slutty, slutty, slutty!!”

            • Lisa

              “Disco volleyball Mother of the Bride!”  (I think that was in a TLo recap of things Kors says, so I can’t take credit for it!)

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

            If you can draw, you can make it — the hardest part of sewing is getting the pattern right and cutting it. 

      • indigospade

         what do you mean by online environment? I’m curious. :)

        • muzan-e

          Are you familiar with Second Life? It’s an environment somewhat like that, minus the infamy and the lag. *g* 

          • indigospade

             Oh! Ya, there are tons of fashion designs on that sight. It’s cool that you can do that! I have done similar thigns for a sight called tengaged. Though it is far more simplistic and not 3D.

            You must have a lot of skill.

      • sleah_in_norcal

        you’ve turned into kenley, or any number of other pr contestants.

      • sleah_in_norcal

        all this virtual designing reminds me, i’ve been meaning to ask, did anyone get into Katy Keene comics as a kid?  they were around in the fifties.  katy was a model, of course, with raven black hair, and you could design clothes for her by drawing them and sending them in.  if you were selected, she wore your design in a story and they credited you!  you can google her and she still has followers on line.  i’ve never forgotten katy, although i never got up my nerve to send anything in.  i remember she wore a lot of fishtail gowns, which are back in style today.  must be why i love them so.

        • Susan Crawford

          OMG! I had shoeboxes filled with designs for the fabulous Katy Keene – I guess I, too, lacked the nerve to send them in! Most of my designs featred ginormus uber-crinoline skirts and angora sweaters. But I also recall the mermaid dress look. A whole generation completely influenced by Katy Keene, Brenda Starr and Betty and Veronica. Throw in the threat of nuclear disaster, James Dean and passing a copy of “Peyton Place” around: 

          Happy, happy days! 

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

      How fitting that I’ll be eating leftover Chinese food, since I’m hanging out in Shanghai this evening. Drinking a Singapore sling, ‘cuz tiny umbrellas are where it’s at, for me tonight. And dreams of getting out of my town to somewhere exotic….

      • sleah_in_norcal

        watch out, they give you a wicked hangover as i remember.  but it’s only a virtual hangover.

    • Floyd Thirsby

      Mondo does Jamaican flag. 
      Michael does Greece. 
      Jerrel does India.
      Mila does Papua New Guinea.
      Austin does Seychelles.
      I can’t see enough of Kenley’s in the preview to see which red, white and blue flag it is.

      • http://twitter.com/bravobrett Brett Ashley Hawkins

        Austin could be in trouble with so many colors to work with…
        JERELL IS MUTHA******’ SCREWED WITH INDIA. He’s gonna make a national costume and it’s gonna be so ridiculous!
        of course Michael does Greece… Expected.
        Love Mila’s choice of flag. I’m glad she’ll be working with red again in addition to her standard colors.
        very interested by Mondo’s choice of Jamaica. Love those colors.

        As for Kenley… expected as well, sadly.

        Mila and Mondo will be the top 2 of this challenge. Let the rest fall where they may.

    • GorgeousThings

      Alas, it’s Lent, and I decided to go on a diet, thereby giving up booze for the duration. Or at least until Friday night. That means I’m the designated driver, kids! Go ahead and get plastered. I’ll pour you into the back seat, hold your hair back while you regurgitate the evenings festivities as Michael starts crying for the umpteenth time, and put you into bed with a big glass of water and three ibuprophens on the nightstand next to you. Then tomorrow morning I’ll assure you that no, in fact, you didn’t do anything that would be plastered all over Facebook.

      How’s that for a friend? Meanwhile, I’d like a club soda with a splash of cranberry and a lime, please?

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        You’re too good to us GT!  *proceeds to get roaring drunk*

      • muzan-e

        J’Adore! I drink with abandon.

      • Lisa

        You and I will honor Lent together, my fellow Catholic!  I gave up the broad category of “food that’s bad for me” – junk food, candy, fast food, etc.  And alcohol falls right into that category, dudn’t it?  It sure duz.  So I’ll join you in abstinence, I’ll have a lovely Perrier with an orange wedge, and I’ll help you post those incriminating Facebook pictures – uhhhh, I mean, I’ll help you clean up any barf!  Yeah, that’s it!

        I could stand a drink, though.  Six designers left, and I’m scared that the axe is coming closer and closer for my beloved Austin…

        • Lisa

          Oh, and by the way – if my darling Austin goes home anytime between now and Easter, then Lent Schment – I am going to get shitfaced drunk if they send my baby packing!

          • sleah_in_norcal

            since everything on the internet is forever, couldn’t it be virtual mardi gras forever?

        • Onymous

           Naw, studies are always showing that a little booze is good for you.

      • another_laura

        You’re the best, Gorgeous Things.  Buckets of margaritas for me, please, I’m off!

      • Susan Crawford

        You are heroic, Gorgeous Things! Ah, Lent. You know, forty years ago, I decided to give up Lent for Lent. So far, I’ve stuck to it faithfully!

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

          Yep, me too. Surprisingly (by which I mean, not at all), it wasn’t hard. ;-)

      • CozyCat

        Will you be my best friend?  Please?

    • Pam Winters

      Mmm. I’m feeling under the weather tonight. How about a glass of the world’s finest still water, with a purple cocktail umbrella in it?

      We’re getting to the point where people I like are going to have to go home soon. It’d be nice to say goodbye to Costello, but this challenge sounds like something he can handle. Good luck, Kenley, on finding a polka-dot flag

    • butterflysunita

      I refuse to watch since Rami’s gone.  However, I will drink anyway.  Hand me a cocktail menu–I’d like something unusual.  

    • NCDFan

      Using the BPR polls, the rate the runway feature on Lifetime and the Auction prices for PRAS designs here are the rankings on the remaining six designers
      Designer                    Auction            Rate the Runway              BPR Win        Average Judges                                 Total                   Average                       Average           RankingMondo                        $2157                     3.73                            36%                  3.4Michael                       $1666                     3.37                            13%                  3.9Austin                         $1344                     2.95                            11%                  4.8Kenley                        $1005                     2.69                              5%                  4.9Jerell                          $ 905                     2.54                              7%                  4.7Mila                            $ 630                     2.51                              5%                  5.9

      (Can you tell I’m a recently unemployed statistician? :-)

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

        OMG, the thought of being a statistician is what my nightmares are made of!  I had the worst time in my college stats class!

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

         Thanks… but what is the last column?

        • NCDFan

          Average ranking by the judges. When there were more than 6 the average rank of the middle places was used. When there were nine designers the rankings were 1,2,3,5,5,5,7,8,9 since there were no clues as to the ranks for the middle.

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

             Thanks! I kind of figured it out after a while but didn’t know how you got there. Thanks also for doing it. Clearly your work had a predictive value, though one assumes the judges were not able to take into account the first three columns. I’m a little surprised to see them all line up so neatly.

      • formerlyAnon

        Well, bummer about the recently unemployed, but I LOVE numbers in tables. (Recovering engineer, here.) Thanks!

    • http://viridianpostcard.blogspot.com/ viridian61

      I’ve got a cold, but vodka can only help – amirite?

      • sleah_in_norcal

        put it in a plastic water bottle and carry it around with you.  according to my daughter, that’s what they did in high school.

        • formerlyAnon

          aaaand, they’re still doing it. (no big surprise.)

          I bet you know how I know.

          *sigh* If only they were as grown as they think they are.

    • LesYeuxHiboux

      Isn’t it terrible? Whenever someone mentions Angela in connection to PRAS I always wonder, who the hell is that?

      • sleah_in_norcal

        makes me think of that weepy chick with “fluerchons” that are actually yoyos like everyone’s grandma made.  and her equally weepy mother.  does anyone know what i’m talking about?

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

          S3.  And she was the most irritating person… and so was her mother.

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

        Sometimes I draw a blank too.

        It really cracked me up when everyone was in front of the UN, and Angela was talking really loud to the designers. It was like she was across the street and had to shout so they could hear her. Jeez, Angela. Next time you drag the designers outside, you could try being in the same zip code as they are.

    • Susan Crawford

      Ahhhh! Just let me wedge my booty into one of those underlit barstools and take a moment to adjust my eyes to the chartreuse, electric yellow-green and orange color scheme. Oooohkay. My eyes have stopped twirling in two different directions and I’m going to dive right in to a classic Tanqueray martini, extra-extra dry with an olive.

      So we have yet another historic PR moment as the gang stares at flags of all nations for inspiration. Please, God, let someone design something that looks like those whack-a-doo Miss Universe “I represent my country with a bizzaro and disturbingly sexual national costume”. Austin: you could do it, Miz Scarlett! Ditch the debutante sweetness and amp up the cleavage and sequins!

      I’m fascinated by whatever it is that Kenley seems to be constructing, but thrillingly for her, she discovered that Munchkin Land has joined the UN and incorporated Lollipop Guild colors and wee polka dots in their national flag.

      Michael appears to have put himself into a kind of ethereal trance as he shears through a length of fabric: just a boy with a dream, an HP Touchpad and the ability to make an O-face and cry on cue.

      Mila has a real shot at this, I think. Black and white and red. Total stretch, girl!

      Jerrell? I can’t recall any flags made of chunky brown tweed, but if he can recycle that ethnic shoulderpiece from a few episodes ago, he might have a headstart on the flag of El Rumbaland, a small island halfway between Cuba and Miami.

      Mondo, I’m definitely hoping for a big win from you. Work those colors, mon!

      OK, I’m ready for a refill – next round’s on me, dahlings, so order up!

    • Poindexter

      Home from a wild day @ work. Enjoying some India pale ales and listening to some tunes: The White Stripes, Joan Jett, Sleigh Bells, Aectic Monkeys, The Donnas…..

    • NDC_IPCentral

      Can’t drink, can’t eat much of anything (all part of my malaise) and have just gotten a very serious diagnosis that means I will be undergoing major surgery next week so, PR tonight might be the last PR for a while for me.  I hope tonight’s episode provides a mild diversion because … I guess I need it.  [Hope I'll be able to watch the Mad Men S5 premiere in a month....]

      Carry on, bitter kittens, minions, unborn fauns and poodles.

      • Lisa

        Oh, hon – all my good wishes go with you!  Get well soon, and have a speedy recovery.

      • another_laura

        Hoisting one for you, NDC, and wishing you all the best.

      • NDC_IPCentral

         Thanks, gals.  If you know what a high CA 125 level indicates, you’ll know what I’m up against.  It’s been a helluva month….  Excellent docs, supportive family and friends are my mainstays.

        • Amy Ellinger

          Rooting for you, honey.

          **raises her Jameson 12 yr and ginger ale**

        • Lisa

          Oh, NDC, I’m so sorry!  Just let the docs do what they need to do, and you just rest and get better.  We’ll be here when you get back!

        • Susan Crawford

          You’ll be in my thoughts! And remember: stay fabulous, stay glamourous, and we will pop the cork on some bubbly in your honor.

          • sleah_in_norcal

            or as simon de prury would say “be bold;  be brave;  be AMAZING!”

        • yetanotherLaura

           Oh, gosh, NDC, my prayers are definitely with you.  I had a big ol’ false alarm with the CA 125, but even so it was the scariest few days of my entire life, so I hope you don’t mind that I’m keeping my fingers crossed that yours also turns out to be a false alarm!  But if it isn’t, let me refer you to my great-aunt, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer nearly 20 years ago, went through treatment, and is still alive and thriving today.  She’s my inspiration, and I hope she can be yours, too!

          • sleah_in_norcal

            she is one lucky girl.  or she did something right.

        • Eclectic Mayhem

          Sending Bitter Kitten love and support NDC – wish you all the best.

          Eclectic

        • Gorengirl

          Lighting a candle for your health and healing!

      • NCDFan

        I’ll pray for you NDC. What day is your surgery?

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

        Good luck with everything, sweetie.

      • dress_up_doll

        Wishing you all the best NDC. We’ll be right here when you’re feeling better.

      • Stubenville

        I hope everything goes smoothly and we see you back on here soon.

      • Sara__B

         Imagine all the people who read your post and are sending out prayers and caring thoughts and positive energy. You can make it though this!

      • GorgeousThings

         Been through similar two years ago, NDC_IPCentral. I found lots of love and support here chez TLo. Hugs are coming to you!

        • NDC_IPCentral

          GT, I remember your ordeal and how courageous you were, and believe it or not, I’ve thought of you during this past month of ramping malaise, diagnostic procedures, scans, appointments and sleepless nights.  You’re one of my examples of strength, even if we’ve never met, so know that what you shared had an impact for the better.
           

      • NDC_IPCentral

        Thanks, gals, guys and my fave T & Lo.  Your very kind thoughts are appreciated more than I can convey.  I’m touched.

        Don’t have a surgery date, but I’m sure it will be next week.  My doctors want this done without delay.  Between the scans and the tumor markers this is a pretty clear Dx (diagnosis).  My sister-in-law is a physician, and she has been speaking to and receiving copies of the reports from my internist, and she’s in agreement with the Dx.  Internist has recommended a gynecological oncologist to me about whom he says “I’d send my wife, my sister, my daughters to him. If I had ovaries, I’d go to him,” so that’s a ringing endorsement.  Hope to speak to this superstar tomorrow and get scheduled ASAP.  My fabulous sis will come out to be with me (7 days in the hospital…) during and then after discharge.  I have top-notch people in my corner, so we’ll hope I get the best debunking (that IS the term, aka cytoreduction) which is the key to the best long term prognosis.

        I’m about to lose some furniture from the basement! 

        • lessax3

          Will be keeping you in my thoughts!

        • blondie65

          You are in my prayers….my sis in law went through it and she came out the other side… Raising my merlot to you with all the best hopes & wishes!

        • formerlyAnon

          Will be thinking of you & offering up prayers, for what it’s worth.  Hope they get you in ASAP  (waiting sucks) and that you’re right as rain once you get through this surgery & treatment phase. Let everyone else take care of you. (Make them fetch you the remote on Thursday, post-op meds might improve this show immensely.) 

        • UsedtobeEP

          Best wishes to you. 

        • lamireille

          As difficult as this time must be for you, I’m glad you have such a knowledgeable support team and such a highly recommended oncologist. And it’s good that your sister-in-law is going over your chart so you don’t have to rely on Dr. Google. Hugs and sincere good wishes to you–I’m so sorry you have to go through this.

      • CozyCat

        We all raise our virtual glassess to the long, long healthy, happy future we are wishing for you!

      • Girl_With_a_Pearl

        Here’s wishing you good thoughts and that you’re feeling much better very soon.

      • serenitynow02

        Sending warm wishes, positive vibes and my share of prayers your way. You have a lot of not-so-bitter kittens thinking of you and wishing you a speedy recovery!

      • formerlyAnon

        So many good wishes & so much sympathy it’d weigh you down if it weren’t virtual. Hope the surgery goes well and its aftermath goes better.

      • http://twitter.com/TigerLaverada TigerLaverada

        Hey, NDC, we’ll all be thinking of you and wishing you a speedy and full recovery! Just let yourself heal up and don’t push yourself too early (spoken from experience!). 

        • NDC_IPCentral

          Something I’m inclined to do – push, so thanks very much for the wise advice, Tiger L.

          • sleah_in_norcal

            it’s the american way, that pushing.  “just buck up and don’t admit any weakness”.  the new age version is “we all cause our own illness, so it’s your own fault”.  i’m familiar with all this from when i was recovering from a serious spinal surgery.  ignore all those voices, just listen to your doctors and do only what feels right and comforting to you.  don’t push the river, it flows by itself.

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

        Oh, I’m so sorry to hear that!  I’m having a problem drinking but eating hasn’t been a problem yet — they tell me it may depending on the final diagnosis. 

        • NDC_IPCentral

          Shannon, I’ve lost 10 lbs in the past month; I get so full eating very little that I’ve become wary of food and am not eating enough.  It is, I believe, because the accumulating fluid in the abdomen presses on the organs above, including the diaphragm.  I need to try to eat something now.  Hope you are not in the same boat; this voyage is a scary and rocky one.

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

            Mine’s from my head, which is getting quite upsetting.  I swear every time I go in, they give me worse possibilities — first it was a nerve disorder, which sounded bad enough.  Now they’re thinking either inflammation of the arteries in my skull and brain (which can’t be treated during pregnancy) or a blood clot in my brain (which can’t be diagnosed for certain during pregnancy). 

            Have you tried protein shakes?  My dad had to drink those during his chemo and radiation all the time because his esophagus kept contracting making it hard to swallow.  If you drink them in between meals, you can maybe keep some weight on and nutrition in.

            • NDC_IPCentral

              Oh dear heart, you’ll be in my thoughts.  We’re pretty fragile beings, aren’t we?  And in your special condition.  Yowie.

              My internist told me to eat a low residue diet (nothing I normally have in my cupboards!), and I’m tolerating that better.  I still can feel awfully full/topped off, even on a < 1000 calorie day, which is not good.  Am trying to have small meals with some frequency.  Next week – hospital food, I'm thinking.  

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

              Ew… I can’t think of too many high calorie, low residue foods.  That must be miserable!  I hope everything goes well for you.

            • sleah_in_norcal

              they used to have good baked custard in most hospitals, but last time i was in, they had replaced it with some packaged shit.  don’t know about low residue, though.  custard was always my comfort food.

            • formerlyAnon

              *misplaced post deleted*

            • formerlyAnon

              Put some calorie & protein dense (such as the aforementioned custard) things on that list you’ve got for people who call your designated screener to ask “how’s she doing, can I do anything?” Then they can say, “Yes, yes, you can. Hospital food sucks, do you cook?”  
              You, your husband and whomever will be helping in your household should go wild with that list and keep copies with the phones. People are going to do all sorts of odd things trying to help, might as well direct ‘em a little. And it’s really a kindness to give the ones who don’t know what to say, something to do.

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

              Oh, Shannon. I’m so sorry to hear about this. I’m sending good vibes and wishes to you too. And hugs, if you want them.

            • formerlyAnon

              Well, poo, Shannon. Even something not very difficult becomes a real burden if it drags on long enough & of course pregnancy is going to complicate everything.  Hope they’re wrong about all the scarier sounding stuff and they figure out something to at least give you some real relief.

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

        NDC, I’m thinking about you and sending good vibes in your direction.

    • Stubenville

      Unless Kenley gets the Japanese flag with that big red dot, she’s going to have a nervous breakdown. No polka dots! OMG!

      And I need a Cosmo STAT! Will someone send that waiter over?

    • Stubenville

      WTF is Austin wearing on his head?

      • lessax3

        Looks like an extra in a Civil War movie.

    • Onymous

      aw lame, I was hoping for any of the countries

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LGAKNANTSBR3YYEWLZDNT35IIY Whatever

      Ni Hao Everyone. A Peach martini please. I don’t know who is off next. Maybe Jerrell.

      • Stubenville

        I would hope so, but Jerrell seems Teflon coated.

      • sleah_in_norcal

        ni hao, kai lan, is that you?  aren’t you too young to drink?  i’m gonna tell ye ye.  if you don’t know what i’m talking about, you need a toddler and nick junior in your life.

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

          Oh yeah… we’re quite familiar with that show.  Though my husband complains constantly that it’s in Mandarin — he speaks Cantonese. 

    • GenXcellent

      Ah, it’s a Malbec night. 

    • Stubenville

      Okay Austin; one of your competitors is giving you feedback. Are you sure her help is sincere or is she misguiding you?

    • BuffaloBarbara

      I’m loving this idea for a challenge–whether it works on the runway or not is still open to challenge.  And now I remember why Austin is my pick.  He grabbed the Seychelles because he didn’t know anything about the place and wanted to learn.  Then later realized he’s stuck with the colors, but still, I appreciate geographic curiosity.  No one else seemed to express it.

      I think for Oceanea, though–if I were the producers–I’d have picked the flag of Kiribati, which is really cool. Papua New Guinea isn’t bad, but Kiribati is cooler. No one really seems to be paying attention to the cultural stuff. (Glad to see them all reading briefs this season, though. Research! Love it!)

    • Onymous

      “ethnic opulence” ?

      oh jerrell

    • Stubenville

      Well now we know who Isaac makes the “Christmas” comment to.

    • Stubenville

      Mila is getting a lot of screen time. I hope it’s not the loser edit.

    • GenXcellent

      Yes! We do like to be able to wear underwear with our clothes. Thank you! 

      • BuffaloBarbara

         Yes!  I loved Joanna reminding them that, no matter what the fashion issues, you’re still dealing with clothes! For people to wear!

        • melizer

          English Ladies ALWAYS Wear Proper Undergarments! 

          I could not find that King and I quote online anywhere to see if I got it right!

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

        I want to send her the world’s biggest gift basket for calling out the designers. Joanna’s been earning points every week, but she just doubled them tonight. I still absolutely love Mondo’s dress, though.

    • Stubenville

      Chicify?

    • Jasmaree

      Michael is going the completely predictable/boring route. But Greece would be hard to do without doing that.

      I think Austin’s gown could look very nice.

    • http://twitter.com/solidcurrency solidcurrency

      I don’t get Joanna’s sudden obsession with bras at all.

    • Jasmaree

      I know, right?

      I could see if this was an ongoing criticism of hers, but it seems like she just woke up in the morning and decided “You know, I really like bras. I’m gonna talk about bras today.”

    • lessax3

      Well, with the way things have been going this season, I expect Kenley will win.

      • Stubenville

        Well, she’s not my choice for the winner.

    • Stubenville

      Austin’s is looking like a budget beauty pageant gown

    • Jasmaree

      Mondo’s dress is looking VERY Mondo. Perhaps too much. Looks like he just made whatever he wanted in Jamaican colors. Doesn’t seem laid-back, breezy, or Caribbean at all.

    • Stubenville

      What! No JustRamona show tonight?

      • dress_up_doll

        It’s on after PR: After/Runway.

    • Gorengirl

      So far I am not liking much of what Im seeing. I have hope for Mondo’s.

      • Stubenville

        Although the judges will probably detest the hair (on Mondo’s model.)

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

          I dig that hair.

          Sometimes the judges have no sense of humor.

    • GenXcellent

      Total aside…that Florida Orange Tropicana guy in the commercial sounds just like Kenny F*king Powers.  I do a double take each time it comes on. 

    • Stubenville

      Jerrell schmauff, Michael ftw?

    • lessax3

      What flag did Kenley get again?

      • Onymous

         Chile
        which looks nothing like her outfit.

        • lessax3

          Definitely do not see Chile.

    • serenitynow02

      Boy, I just turned it on and it looks like there’s some ugly stuff going out there…

    • Girl_With_a_Pearl

      Why don’t they give the designers more time?  Don’t the producers want to see good designs?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PMAPJYMO5AC6GMONR6NQFURAXE bebo

      This is the most talented room in Runway history and this the crap they make, They should all be sent home.

    • Onymous

      Standing on the sidewalk by the UN building isn’t an honor, it’s public space.

      • Courtney Ashe

         I thought the same thing.  Any tourist can buy a ticket and enter the building, too.

    • Stubenville

      Please welcome Betsy Ross!

      • Girl_With_a_Pearl

        LOL  My daughter said the same thing!

    • Stubenville

      Jerrell’s – trashy

    • Stubenville

      Kenely’s – wtf does it have to do with the challenge?

    • Courtney Ashe

      Didn’t Kenley make that same dress in her season for the NY at night inspiration challenge, but in turquoise and purple?

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        It was looking awfully familiar to me too…

      • Onymous

        I’m pretty sure it was in her fashion week collection too, she likes the hip-tumor thing.

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

        She did indeed: http://www.counterfeitchic.com/Images/Balenciaga_S08_Project_Runway_Kenley.jpg

        Funny how everyone on that panel pegged it as majorly referencing Balenciaga, yet no one does tonight?

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

          Thank you. I knew I’d seen something like it on PR before. As usual with Kenley’s work, it looks beautifully made. But I just don’t like it.

    • Stubenville

      Mondo top three

    • Jasmaree

      It’s a beautiful dress, Mondo. It just doesn’t say Jamaica. 

      • Onymous

         Apparently they think it says Jamaica too loudly.

        Well, I didn’t see that coming

    • Stubenville

      Mila – apple and orange. Weird.

    • Imrastro

      Just got here. Mila’s dress is from a Star trek episode no?
       

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      sorry. can’t. post. any. more. due. to. bloody. strobe. lighting. on. the. runway. *argh!*

    • Onymous

      I dig Mondo’s but that’s gonna be bottom 3.
      Also dig Mila’s

    • ChristinaRi

      Mikey!!  The back.  :o

    • Stubenville

      Michael – trashy beauty pagent

    • serenitynow02

      Women wear a lot of ruffles in Chile?

      • GenXcellent

        And ponchos! 

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

          And for special occasions, ruffled ponchos!

    • GenXcellent

      I wish they would show the flags again.

    • Jasmaree

      Ugh. Kenley’s in the top.

      • Imrastro

         Because everything else is pretty bad

    • Stubenville

      The bindi makes Jerrell’s model look like a tacky superhero.

      • Clueless_Jock

        Yes, Wonderwoman with a sari.

    • Onymous

      “I love how ethnic it is”?

      christ Jerrell.

    • littlelistmaker

      Everything about Jerrel’s is vulgar and insulting, ugh.

    • ChristinaRi

      Judges love the dress.

      Kenley just makes up things as she goes along.  

    • AlieMichelle

      I am not crazy about Kenley and her repetitiveness, but I kind of fucking love that dress.

    • Jasmaree

      Austin is getting criticized because he didn’t use the exact same colors as the flag. WTF?

      • BethR52

        And they thought Mondo’s was great, except for using all the colors in the flag!

    • lessax3

       Oh no, you are not going to ding Austin for his colors but love Kenley’s.

    • Stubenville

      Austin’s looks totally wonky in construction.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LGAKNANTSBR3YYEWLZDNT35IIY Whatever

      i Don’t care for Jerrell, and Kenley’s. Mila’s is well executed, but it looks college project like. Michael’s needed something extra or off. I liked how he was working in earlier. Austin’s remind me of watercolor, but muddled in a way. Loved Mondo.  

    • MilaXX

      I’ve lost entire days to Pinterest.  I’ve also learned to avoid the crazy DIYer and the ladies who obsessively plan their future weddings.

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

        Hey, I resemble that remark!  I occasionally become one of those crazy DIYers — currently I’m planning out a design to make my own couch.  Not so much because I feel a desperate urge to make a couch, but I’ve been couch shopping for 3 years and haven’t found anything I like in my price range with the features I want.

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

          Yep, I think it’s probably time to make your own. :-) Seriously, though, that’s one hell of an undertaking. You have all my admiration.

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

            Thankfully, my husband knows all the parts of it that I don’t — he worked for a wedding planner throughout high school and then worked in the theater department, so construction is no biggie for him.  And he gets physics, so he’ll be able to figure out how to make sure the frame is supportive.  I’m doing the stuffing and upholstery, since I know how to do that part.

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

              The perfect team.

    • BethR52

      Michael’s is so vulgar!

      • granddelusion

        Between the slit up her crotch in the front and the back down to her butt crack, it was totally crass.

    • Jasmaree

      Isaac’s least favorite part of Mondo’s gown is its only design element. I’m starting to get sick of these judges.

      • umeboshi

        yes! as well as the ONLY part that even referenced jamaica. sigh.

      • SouthernGirlRena

        Ever since Isaac’s utterly ridiculous “Kardashian at the Opera” comment, I have to force myself not to roll my eyes every time he opens his mouth. 

    • MilaXX

      Mila’s dress is well made, but it’s a dress only Julianne Moore would love.

      • Clueless_Jock

        Ha, so true.

        • Floyd Thirsby

           I Concur and only the bad Julianne Moore who in a pique fired her stylist and decided to go it alone.

    • Stubenville

      Oh noes! Mila may be schmauffed for being too avant garde.

    • Lisa

      Oh man, I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I don’t like any of them!  There’s literally nothing on this runway that I find pretty or appealing. I can’t think of anyone I’d give the win to or anyone I’d send home.

    • indigospade

      Mondo or Mila need to win this challenge. Everyone else’s seemed either ugly (Jerell and Kenley) or rushed (Michael or Austin.

    • lessax3

       Yup, Kenley is winning.

    • granddelusion

      Are you effing kidding me? Kenley?

    • serenitynow02

      Jerrell’s would be good for a Bollywood musical.

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

         I don’t think a Bollywood star would wear something so poorly made.

        • Onymous

           Bollywood is guilty of a lot of things, but they know how to pick a sari.

    • MilaXX

      Is Jerrel’s teflon finally failing him?

    • indigospade

      If Mila leaves I’m done….

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

        I’m so irritated over her elimination that I might be done too. That was just nuts, and not in any kind of way that’s good.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Zelda-Edmunds/100001033898779 Zelda Edmunds

      Jerrell should have lef a long while ago.  Such a disappointment that he and Kenley are still there churning out the same old same old

    • MilaXX

      no more 24hour catwalk?
       

    • nosniveling

      I thought Kenley’s was delightful.

      • granddelusion

        Kenley’s dress is cute, but it’s a non-design in the wrong competition.

    • Joe J

      Wait, Michael was in the top for that silly thing?  I would have put Mila ahead of him just for the audacity of hers.  Plus, Michael’s is the same damn dress as his Statue of Liberty one, only in white with a fugly ribbon.

    • Pennymac

      Just arrived! A non alcoholic something with an umbrella in it, please. There’s a whole lot of fug on that runway tonight, no? Kenly’s stripes read as orange to me, or is it just my tv? Mondos’ is the best IMHO, and I’m afraid Austin is heading for a shmauf.

    • Jasmaree

      Michael definitely should have been eliminated. I think it will be Mila now.

    • ChristinaRi

      At least it wasn’t Kenley.  Thank god.

      • Carla Williams

        I’m trying to figure out, though, how you get to the top 6 and are only then told that you make the same dress again and again, and then your only response is “Okay?” Weak! 

        • ChristinaRi

          I thought they said something last week or maybe the week before about her being a bit repetitious.   

          But I liked it when Isaac told her it was similar, and Kenley said :Really?”

          • ASK26

            I think Austins was TOTALLY the same dress he made in his season with the purple and blue(?)

          • JaneDC

            I noticed that too. It’s not being true to her “aesthetic'” it’s just the same damn dress.

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

          It’s not like she’s going to listen to the judges anyway. Kenley seldom pays attention to the brief. Girl does what she wants.

    • Stubenville

      Yay Mondo!

    • Stubenville

      Yea, Kenley – find another pattern.

    • Pennymac

      Yay! Mondomondomondo!

    • Imrastro

      Uh oh, I think Star trek dress is going
       

      • Imrastro

         Ugh…..I knew it. Jerrell lives! Daaaaammmnnnnnnn!

    • Stubenville

      Good grief – I hope Jerrell’s Teflon has worn off.

      • Courtney Ashe

         Alas, no.  Another float in the Tacky Parade coming direct to you next week.

      • Imrastro

         Nope

    • Stubenville

      OH NO! $%^& judges.

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

        I just…. I was almost speechless when they eliminated Mila. I yelled “What!!?!!” and just sat there with my mouth hanging open. I didn’t even like what she made. There’s an asymmetrical hem and then there’s two different dresses. Mila made the latter. But it sure looked impeccably made, and it was fashion. Jerrell’s was a fucking costume.

        Jesus, Mary, and Frank, I can’t believe they booted Mila and kept Jerrell. Jerrell’s wasn’t even pretty. It was just a big old mess of a costume with a million more doodads on it than were needed. Gah!

    • Pennymac

      WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Onymous

      FUUUUCCCK THAT NOISE.

    • lessax3

      I am shocked that Mondo won. I can’t believe they kept Jerrell over Mila. ARGH!

    • Filing_and_giving_things_names

      No. Just no.  That did not just happen.

    • Stubenville

      Why is Jerell here after Rami and Mila? I do not get it.

      • Gorengirl

        No kidding!

    • CozyCat

      Huh?

    • thekeri

      NOOOOO.

    • indigospade

      I AM GOING TO GO APESHIT ON DEM JUDGES! >:(

    • ChristinaRi

      I cannot believe they let Mila go over Jerrell.   

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

        Has she produced anything at all memorable this season? Even at his worst Jerrell puts more effort into his pieces. I loved Mila on season 7, but here she’s been nothing but ho-hum. She’s not unlike Kenley- neither of them will go far out of their comfort zone.

    • Lisa

      WHEW!!  My Austin’s safe!  And Mila’s gone (a.k.a. “the rain finally cleared up”).

    • Joe J

      Kenley is the last female standing, outlasting Gordana, Kara, and Mila.  Does not compute.

    • serenitynow02

      Well, I guess we haven’t made much progress in the WTF judging department, even with this new bunch. Then again, I pretty much hated everything on that runway.

    • lessax3

      Ok, we could all pretty much dread that Ms Caftan won last season because of how happy and smug in her answers she was on the ‘After the Runway’ show, can we tell the same thing with All Stars.

    • Stubenville

      Did Kenley get dressed in the dark?

      • melizer

        She looks SO ridiculous.

    • dress_up_doll

      I had a bad feeling about Mila for most of this episode. I posted a comment saying as much but it disappeared in the Disqus abyss.
      I cannot believe Jerrell is still here.

    • Stubenville

      Mila looks different – did she have work done?

      • Jasmaree

        She looks pretty great doesn’t she? I think her hair is a bit less severe, but I don’t know if that’s it.

        • Stubenville

          No, it’s not just the hair. The eyes perhaps?

      • Gorengirl

        She looks better. Very pretty!

      • BuffaloBarbara

         She’s probably just getting some sleep!

      • Sweetbetty

         When she came back for Fashion Week during her season there were a lot of comments about how much better she looked than during the weeks of challenges.  I speculated that she may have used some for the several thousand dollars the finalists were given to create their collection to have a bit of work done but maybe just being away from the stress of the show is the key.

    • OhSayNow

      I love Mondo, but he looks like one of those monkeys with the cymbals on the aftershow.

      • Pennymac

        Oh, this is so wrong. But funny as hell. I literally LOL’d

      • dress_up_doll

        Hahahahaha! Thanks for the best laugh I’ve had all day.

      • Peeve

         Thank you! I was trying to figure out where I’d seen that hat before. This!

      • http://twitter.com/urban_gypsy Urban Gypsy aka Tess

        I should have browsed the comments before leaving mine which was nearly identical to yours, except I said organ grinder’s monkey. :-)

    • Caren Tarvin

      Mila’s frankendress was the first Frankendress I ever liked!  The judges KNOW Frankendresses are on trend.  

      Why is Jerrell on my TV!!!

      • melizer

        When I saw the replay of Mila’s come down the runway in this after-show, I loved it!  Sashay away, girl.

    • Pennymac

      On to after the runway. What does Mondos’ necklace say?

      • Gorengirl

        Trasho

    • Jasmaree

      What the heck is Mondo wearing? What the heck is Kenley wearing?

      • http://twitter.com/urban_gypsy Urban Gypsy aka Tess

        I love Mondo but he looked just like an organ grinder’s monkey in that get up. 

    • lessax3

      Looks like Mila said forget this I am not going and smiling and pretend I’m happy.

      • Stubenville

        Well, I loved our glum little Romulan Mila, but would you expect anything else?

    • Girl_With_a_Pearl

      Austin got rid of his mustache!

      • dress_up_doll

        I know! He looks soooo much better without it.

    • Onymous

      Wait Austin’s was perfectly finished?

      • melizer

        I think he said that to Jerell, but he and Austin were both nodding.  Still makes no sense!

    • Gorengirl

      Is Kenley wearing a towel over her shoulders?

      • Stubenville

        It’s a schmatta.  =)

      • JaneDC

        I’m guessing bath mat.

    • Kyle Crawford

      TLo.. Help us/me figure out HOW MANY FREAKING TIMES AUSTIN HAS MADE THAT EXACT SAME DRESS…. Please forgive the text shouting, but really kids, what is the meaning of ALL STARS ? Yes, Kenley made a second grade party dress, AGAIN, and my personal fav, MONDO has made that FABULOUS black dress before….but Austin, I am sad to say , is just too….. Austin.

      • Gorengirl

        It looked alot like his purple.bluish dress from his first season. Front is the exact same…

        • ASK26

          totally agree – tried to find the dress at thos site , but have been having a hard time finding things ever since tlo re-worked the site

      • BrooklynBomber

        I think Austin should have gone home for this one. During this season, he hasn’t lived up to what I think he’s capable of.

    • Jasmaree

      Kenley: about this challenge

      “My silhouettes are very flattering to a woman’s body.”

      LOLOL

      • Pennymac

        If you’re four and like rompers and polka dots

        • Jasmaree

          Or if you like one hip looking as if it’s twice the size of the other.

      • Kyle Crawford

        Kenley RULES the second grade playground!

      • BuffaloBarbara

        That’s actually true–forties and fifties silhouettes are crazily flattering to most women.

        • Jasmaree

          I felt it was an odd response given her look this week. Not particularly flattering.

          And it didn’t even answer the question. She was asked what she thought about people saying that she does the same thing over and over.

          • BuffaloBarbara

             See, I thought it did answer it–“You do the same thing all the time”/”Yes, and I do it because…”

            I agree that this week’s wasn’t as flattering as usual.  The proportion was off, with the fluffy skirt starting way too low under an over-long top.

          • MilaXX

             I understand why she said it that way. She was basically agreeing with the judges that her wheelhouse was very small. She does a very specific look and she’s saying she’s designing for those like her who like that style.

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

         Well, if you’ve got a decent body they do show it off.

    • Stubenville

      Why is Kenley wearing Minnie Mouse gloves?

      • melizer

        Because her “style is QUIRKY”!  I feel like saying nonononono like that No-No cat.

      • JaneDC

        I think she finally achieved a total cartoon character morph! My jaw dropped when I saw her. Plus, she kept fiddling with her hair, which made me wonder if even she was uncomfortable in that get-up.

    • CozyCat

      Can’t belive:

      Michael was third for making a beauty pagent national costume.  Which copied many of his previous designs except for the big frigging ugly blue bow.

      Jerrell designs a Bollywood costume to represent India (who would think of that–a sari look to represent India!).  And as usual, it is overdesigned and needs to be edited.

      And MIla is dumped–for not putting much though into it?  And for following her design aesthetic? 

      Like I said:  Hurh?

      • melizer

        I thought Jerell’s was looking better (but still standard and costumey) at the consult before he changed it?  When it used to look Christmasey?  I need to rewind…

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

      Jerell’s monstrosity WAS the ugliest thing ever on the runway. It was so badly made and fitted. I have liked one of his dresses this season; the rest seemed to me auf-worthy. His persistence does suggest conspiracy theories.  I am not a fan of Mila but she did present a coherent, polished look. I thought she was at least safe.

      • Onymous

        I don’t know, his skirt/bikini/yoke from a couple of episodes back gives this week a run for it’s money.

    • JuliaInBlack

      Aaaaaand it’s official. The only possible survivors of a nuclear bomb are cockroaches, Legos, fruitcakes and, now, Jerrell.

      • keldy

        Also Twinkees.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Deborah-Jozayt/100002949685297 Deborah Jozayt

          And Cher.

    • indigospade

      THANK YOU Mila. for telling it like it is to Jerell. Someone needed to say it.

    • ChristinaRi

      Kenley is so fake.   Or at least I perceive it that way.

    • BrooklynBomber

      I didn’t realize Taylor Swift was hosting Project Runway.

      • VicksieDo

        My daughter said the same thing!  

    • BuffaloBarbara

       I’m waiting to see Austin’s on the runway to see how it goes.  I like the idea.

      I don’t blame MC for going the expected route. I wonder why the producers went with such a gimme as Greece when they had all the countries in Europe to choose from. 

      • Stubenville

        I wish they had the designers chose flags from a group of lesser known countries without seeing the colors and patterns. That would have been interesting to me.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          That would have been more challenging.

          Why is Michael still there when he draped a lux shower curtain and pinned a blue velvet bow on the shoulder?  I am soooo tired of that backless hoochy mama look. 

          As for Jerrell, he would have done better to leave off that green drape and work more creating a better fitted and constructed dress.

          I figured Mila was going down in flames with that dress. Not that I think it was the worst thing on the runway, but it just didn’t work.

          I’m finding this edition of AllStars disappointing-I don’t see anyone who’s left really challenging themselves to work outside their comfort zone.

        • BuffaloBarbara

           I can see that–force them away from the literal visual supplied the flag, which is a textile and is automatically what their minds were going to process first.  Though the might have been afraid that, if they’d just done culture, all they’d have gotten were stereotypes like Jerrell’s. (And what did that mean, that he kept saying that India was “so ethnic”?  I mean, isn’t everyone, in some sense, ethnic?)  But most flags are just not in clothing appropriate colors–they’re meant to stand out and so are really, really loud.

          For something like this, I think instead of using the flag, I’d have used the actual national costume as a step-off point… can you take this traditionalist idea and turn it into something that’s really a smashing and modern piece of fashion?  That way, you get that stereotype out there right off… then demand that it be subverted and turned into something wearable.  But they should have gotten some music, heard a little of the language maybe.  And what a missed opportunity to put up photographs of cool places.

          • pdx71

            that would be an awesome challenge – reinterpreting a national costume.

            • BuffaloBarbara

               I’ve actually hoped for a couple of years that they’d do it–ever since Andy South was going on about his “Asian” aesthetic, and my geography brain kept going, “What fashion aesthetic equally addresses Sri Lanka and Yemen?  This is the biggest continent in the world, guys!”  And I went looking for the different national costumes of Asia (found one for almost all of them)… and thought, “Wow, these are some WAY pretty start-off points!  What could the designers do with these?  Inquiring minds want to know!” ;p

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

              A great idea.  I grew up going to the annual Holiday Folkf Fair and seeing all these fabulous colorful ethnic costumes.  Using them as inspiration for a PR challenge would be the BEST!  My faves were the Korean, the Bulgarian and the Mexican.  The Scandinavian countries are the most boring (that’s where mine is from …)

            • BuffaloBarbara

               You could make a terrific empire-waisted casual dress with a hanbok as an inspiration, or, depending on the materials, a really neat take on an RC look.  

              My Finnish exchange sister used to wear the national costume to do appearances, and  yeah… not the most interesting.  Especially after my Indonesian exchange sister showed  up with Bali dance gear!  But there’s sometimes some nice embroidery on Scandinavian stuff.  (I’m mostly Anglo-Scots-German… God save me from a pair of tartan lederhosen and a tall furry hat!)

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

              “God save me from a pair of tartan lederhosen and a tall furry hat!”

              If you ever break down and decide to wear such a get-up, I want photos!

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

              Kate (my only girl) had to dress a paper doll in an outfit representing her dominant heritage.  I maintain she DOESN’T HAVE ONE!  Yes, she’s more Chinese than any other single nation, but she’s equal parts European and Chinese. 

              Since she’s her mother’s daughter in every possible way (it’s so unfortunate), we dressed it in a traditional Chinese style gown — which happened to be one of the Stewart plaids:P

            • BuffaloBarbara

               LOL.  Honestly, what do American teachers expect when they give an assignment like that?

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

              My husband just went nuts over that as well — and then he’d throw a fit anytime “Asian” didn’t mean “Chinese”, so he was even MORE guilty of it. 

    • Onymous

      That first “word on the street”  sounded suspiciously like B/M adcopy.

    • Jasmaree

      Mondo’s “I was being a dick” is still one of my favorite moments of PR. Has nothing to do with fashion, but you hear it so rarely in life, let alone on a reality TV show, that it was refreshing.

      • Pennymac

        I think that episode is why I’m such a die-hard Micheal fan. I already thought Mondo was amazingly talented, and his admission made me feel like maybe those mean girls of Ivy and Gretchen and whatever the other ones name was were railroading Micheal. Because Mondos apology was so heartfelt, the negative things the others were saying had to be false.

        Or maybe I just like the quirky, whiney underdogs. : )

    • MilaXX

      Between Austin, Kenley & Mondo it’s looks like some weird college Halloween party.

    • Onymous

      I can’t help but notice that the HuffPo quote for 24hC is actually “fast paced twist” not “A fast paced twist on fashion”

      • Jasmaree

        Also, it’s one of those quotes that sounds positive but doesn’t really say anything either way about the quality of the show. Like “something we’ve never seen before” or “unforgettable.”

    • Stubenville

      Oh please. The disco glow-in-the-dark challenge?

      • Gorengirl

        But from this chick who was a teenager in the 80’s and wore alot of neon and dayglo, it looks so COOL!

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

         They should do “Take apart one of your competitors dresses, remake it and Show Them How It Is Done!”

    • Gorengirl

      Kenley is wearing her entire product line from her website! Bahahahaha! Its funny cause its true! That girl has no shame!

    • melizer

      I don’t see Kenley and Kara as being too friendly, as much as being too grating, loud and juvenille.  And I didn’t think Mila was a Debbie Downer, I thought she was a rightfully annoyed adult.

    • Filing_and_giving_things_names

       Oh please, there are at least a dozen bitter kittens more deserving of the Fashion Jab of the Week award.

    • Lilithcat

      Oh, for cryin’ out loud, Mondo.  Why are you dressing like this guy?  Not a good role model.

      • Logo Girl

        Oh you are so right! I was trying to remember who it was that he was triggering for me. You nailed it.

      • Jessica Goldstein

        My thoughts exactly. I could hardly look at him!

    • blondie65

      Well…in Michael’s season I thought he got a lot of undeserved grief from the mean girls.  So, I’m kinda glad he’s getting a bit of comeuppance this time.  That having been said, if Rami were still there, well, there would be no question/comment to him about draping being too “heavy” or “too low”.  As happy as I was to see both more of Mila & Kara, I would have loved to hear Rami on “after the runway”….especially commenting on the ‘draping’!  How Jerell is still there over Rami and now Mila….uggg…I have no words.

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

      Just got here–what did I miss??!?  LOL…. I’m watching the epi now on DVR….
       Yes–Pinterest certainly is a grea new fun way to waste even more time online.  I love it!! 

      • BrooklynBomber

        Taylor Swift hosts
        Design International
        Mondo, Mila: Guess!

    • SewingSiren

      I don’t know why they are singling out Kenley for being repetitive. She did a dress very similar to the one she showed here in her season. But so did Every single one of the other designers. They are all showing fairly consistent points of view. I thought that Mondo, Kenley and Mila would be in the top and Michael , Jerrel and Austin would be in the bottom. With Jerrel going home.

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

         Yeah, Michael’s never done that Greek dress before either… http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/2010/10/pr-ripping-the-collections-michael-c-2.html
        Austin’s reminded me of his Nancy O’Dell dress. Neither were very good. I think they’re saving him for a higher purpose, because I thought his dress was schmauf-worthy.

        • BrooklynBomber

          Geez, that poor girl is pretty naked.
          And I agree Austin’s dress looked like stuff we’ve seen before (actually, from numerous PR designers!): floaty paneled chiffon gowns. YAWNAnd, yes, they all copy themselves. What can they do?  They only have 20 minutes to sketch, 20 minutes to shop, and 20 minutes to sew.And I thought Kenley’s was the more successful entry.

          • MilaXX

             Agreed, I would have given her the win this week. Actually I find Kenley almost enjoyable this time round. She seems more in on the joke than the first time round when she was so defensive and darn near angry of ever critique.

            • Presumptuous Insect

              I think there was a weird dynamic during her season where two or three others, including that prig Leanne, were having a whispering campaign, and they made Kenley more defensive than she might have been.

            • MilaXX

               I think she was just young and dumb. She was also rude & disrespectful to the judges and Tim.

          • angryparsnip

            I so agree… with SewingSiren and BrooklynBommer they all sent something down that they have done before.
            But I really liked Kenley’s dress and her this year. I thought she  refined the look of her first dress and it came off very fun.
            If I was 40 years younger and thin I would wear it.

          • SewingSiren

            Just to be clear, I’m not complaining that they are repeating. Just that ONLY Kenley is called out for it. 

            • BrooklynBomber

              I agree.

    • yetanotherLaura

      Yes, much as I adore Mondo, all you had to do was make the back of his dress solid and then change the fabric to white with big black circles, and you’d have the dress he *should* have won his season with. 

      But honestly, all the designers have been reproducing earlier designs for the obvious reason that they simply are NOT giving them enough time to create truly new ideas!  If they want to see non-repetitive designs from this bunch, then giving them at least two days per challenge is truly the only way to do it, and even that is cutting it fine.  I just wish the judges had all been provided with photos of every single garment each designer made in their season, including their runway presentations — it would have made it much easier for the judges to spot, for example, Kenley’s fungus-hipped dress as being a copy of a copy.  As it is, with new judges, they have no history, which is both good and, as in this case, bad.

      Jerrell’s take on India was SO beyond tacky — and it wasn’t even really representative of Indian fashion.  A sari isn’t just a scarf hung here and there, it’s a very specifically draped length of fabric — and there are something like 30 different traditional ways to drape it, even,** so it can be either the most modest or the single sexiest piece of clothing you have ever seen.  No, the only reference to India in Jerrell’s painful interpretation was the use of lots of trims — which I will admit is very accurate — and the scarf draped over the dress, although, as I said, it bore no resemblance to either a sari or the way you’d actually drape such a scarf in India.  It was the most ill-fitting monstrosity — I honestly can’t believe the judges didn’t hate it!  It just goes to show that clothing from non-mainstream countries is still pretty much a black hole for most designers; they may have a teensy bit of surface knowledge — i.e. a sari is draped fabric — but not enough to actually do anything creative with it or represent it in anything but the most hackneyed and embarrassing ways. 

      **Yes, I’m a bit of a traditional draped fabric geek, but even so, it is NOT hard to learn this stuff, especially these days thanks to the internet!

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

        I’d give you 100 extra “Likes” if I could.

        What a disaster. I don’t know a thing about draping a sari, but I knew damn well Jerrell got it all wrong.

    • granddelusion

      The only one pushing new ground here as a designer is Mila, and they just can’t figure her out

    • http://twitter.com/shinobi42 Shinobi

      I was just thinking while I watched this how much I was enjoying this season compared to the last few seasons, and then the judges did large quantities of hallucinogens before the runway.  I have no other way to process their critiques. 

    • Susan Crawford

      Well, dear kittens, I am going to down one last martini and then totter off to bed, still mumbling about this episode. As if Greece is not suffering QUITE enough with economic woes, Michael Costello concocted a ridiculously tacky “gown” that kicked the fine art of draping to the curb. Jerrell insulted an entire subcontinent. Austin made . . . something unremarkable, but redeemed himself by shaving off the lip-fluff . . . oh, lordy: I give up.

      We’re in Bunim/Murray Crazy Land, which flies the freak flag every day.

      Sleep well, my dears, and we’ll meet again at the TLo recappings.

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

      Wow, I thought all six dresses were ranging from extremely boring to hideously tacky. 

    • Synnamin

      the hell?? That tacky mess stayed? Pour me another drink, stat!

    • judybrowni

      The Frankendress kills Mila. (She created a monster, and it destroyed her!)

      However, I’m surprised Jerell’s hot mess didn’t sprout a dozen Kali arms and strangle him.

      • JaneDC

        Kali arms, that’s what was missing. And it was the only thing missing!

    • crash1212

      Yikes. Show just ended on West coast…cannot believe that craptastic Indian pinata of Jerrell’s got to stay and Mila’s very cool, interesting, well made dress was sent home. COMMUNISM? Seriously Isaac? What a doofus. I’m beginning to feel about PR (Allstars or otherwise) the way I was feeling about Glee…just before I stopped watching the latter. I’ve been hanging in there, but I just don’t think I can do it anymore. Blech. Also, I really hate Schmeidi – really. Also, this after show thingy is working my last nerve. Guess is must be time to get my cranky ass to bed 

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

         Pinata. That’s what it was. And why one wanted to hit it with a stick.

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

      Mila went home finally! So happy. Now, Jerrel and Kenley need to go!

    • NICHOLAS PASQUALE

      I stopped and deleted the episode from my DVR before it even ended. What a majorly whacked out judging. UGH. What the hell was Malandrino on? I mean, she looked at Jerell’s look and thought “what a cool idea!”. REALLY? One look at that bad caricature and my eyes were so assaulted I damn near went into epileptic shock.

      And Mila’s modern, well-made [if slightly MPD] dress was Russian and looked like Communism? REALLY, Mizrahi? Just because it had red and yellow? The Macedonian flag is red and yellow. The Chinese flag is red and yellow. Hell, even Germany’s flag is red, yellow, AND BLACK. Russia’s flag is red, white, and blue. AND YOU TELL ME WHERE IN FUCKING RUSSIA YOU FIND PEOPLE DRESSED LIKE THIS. AND I’M DONE. 

      • holdmewhileimnaked

        i double dog guarantee you mila’s dress does not look like communism.
        the whole idea of that is f’ing laugh.out.loud.able. from a communist viewpoint, mila’s work looks frivolous. from a communist viewpoint all dress design looks frivolous. everyone who was raised in a fundamentalist religious household knows this drill. anyone raised in what was, more or less, a fundamentalist leftist household knows one that is almost identical–at least in this context. it’s very funny to me how, in some cultural/aesthetic ways, both of these things are just like the other. that idea might have a substantial number of them rolling on either side of the aisle but heaven [or its atheist equivalent] knows it’s true.

        i am surprised they tossed mila for this dress. it was one of the better ones. most of the ones that i saw paraded out there in the lifetime stills were gadawful, no pun from the previous paragraph intended. every one, i think, but mondo’s & a bit of michael’s. the more i see the more i am absolutely convinced that the gawker spoiler is accurate. very sad, too. none of these people, none of them, is best served by a fixed contest. neither is the audience. & everyone seems to know that other than the people who put out this program.

    • JaneDC

      I’m going to practice in front of the mirror until I have a French accent like Katherine Malandrino. C’est magnifique!

    • Laylalola

      I’ve always been neutral on Mila — with the exception of the Miss Piggy Twiggy dress, which was to die for — but I just saw After the Runway and what a pill. She said she’d been taken down in previous challenges for going out of her comfort zone, and that when she stayed in it this challenge she went home, and Jerrel sucked yadda yadda. Honestly, not once this whole season has she bothered to remotely play to the actual challenge and instead has remained doggedly, flamboyantly true to her style so I really don’t want to hear it.

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

      Why do they love Kenley as much as they do? I despair… 

    • http://www.facebook.com/ashton.whitney Ashton Whitney

      How racist was this shit? I cringed every single time Jerrell gushed about how “ethnic” India is and was surprised he didn’t ask the makeup artists to paint his model’s face brown. And how all the judges gushed about Kenley’s boring dress- it was kind of cute, but don’t even pretend you see Chile in that dress. And when one of them (Isaac?) gleefully said how this girl is embarrassed of her mother’s poncho- seriously, fuck you.

      • http://twitter.com/natakie16 N. G.

        I am always so scared to post here, but now I have to because finally, someone else who said the same things I did! I could not believe that came out of Jerrell’s mouth and no one called him on it.

        • http://www.facebook.com/ashton.whitney Ashton Whitney

           I’m scared to post, too, but no episode has elicited such a strong reaction from me before so I had to say something. Yelling “bullshit!” at my tv when what’s-her-face said “Jerrell… you’re in” was not enough.

        • holdmewhileimnaked

          just a note.

          nobody needs to be afraid to post here. tLo are very nice. not all, but most of the regular commenters are very nice as well. once in awhile you run into a human rat who is an insult to all non-human rats but not often. & only very rarely will somebody be terribly mean [& often, you know, even if they choose to throw meanness around they choose to throw it only at me. cos they can find me. cos i dont use capital letters but i know grammar very well & somehow, some way, this causes a few unfortunates some unfortunate underpants twisting hither & thither in a manner about which i neither care nor wish to indulge].

          anyway, i just wanted to say that it’s a safe environment. it makes me very sad when people are afraid to say stuff, just about any stuff & i wanted to make sure someone, even if it was only me, came out & said, you know, this place is not a fearful one.

          [& i probably like jerrel's stuff more than almost everybody here, so even in the face of that.]

      • http://twitter.com/natakie16 N. G.

        I am always so scared to post here, but now I have to because finally, someone else who said the same things I did! I could not believe that came out of Jerrell’s mouth and no one called him on it.

      • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986?hl=en&tab=h Judy S

        My favorite was Mila saying that the indigenous peoples of Papua New Guinea were “tribal” but that she wasn’t going to go there….

        • http://www.facebook.com/ashton.whitney Ashton Whitney

          Yeah, I remember that- but I just breathed a sigh of relief that she didn’t go the same racist costume route as Jerrell.

    • Lilithcat

      Kenley, you are, indeed, repeating yourself:  http://www.bravotv.com/media/imagecache/photo-scaled/images/winner_503_kenley.jpg

    • ballerinawithagun

      Love Pinterest! Action movies don’t interest me so it made me think of North By Northwest.

    • Aly Light

      Why is Jerrell still here? Why why why why why?

    • DinahR

      Pinterest is crazy addictive!!  Glad to see you over there.  :)   Love the MM board.

    • akprincess72

      You guys are on Pinterest?! YES!!!