PR All Stars: Our Bouche was not Amused

Posted on March 16, 2012

Well.
 


That certainly was a waste of time, wasn’t it? If you cut out all of Mondo’s whining and strategizing to get the maximum amount of camera time, there would have been more than enough time to have 6 runway shows. We were curious as to what the format was going to be because we really couldn’t imagine there was enough material to pad out the finale for two hours. Turns out? We were right!

If there had been a cheating accusation or some sort of twist we hadn’t seen before, the extra hour might have been worth it, but all we can think of is those Bunim/Murray editors, heads in hands at 3 am, trying desperately to make a coin flip over a model seem dramatic. Instead we got another hour of Mr. Whiney Boo, who almost certainly had his “Therapy” idea already formed in his head, but figured the camera time was more important than putting the collection together.

The twist itself was fairly expected (as evidenced by the complete lack of surprise on the designers’ faces), but we suppose the “scraps of fabric” twist on the twist was enough to make it interesting. It looked like all three of them managed to pull together something interesting out of it all.

We say “looks like” because the show did everything it could to prevent us from seeing any fashion for longer than 3 seconds. This is Project Runway in the B/M age: an entire hour NOT about clothes but about one designer’s “personal struggle.” Bleh.

 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1380079551 Marie Dees

    Who would have thought Austin Scarlett would be the low key one when it came to drama queens. Go Austin! 

    • Judih1

      Glad that I don’t watch the show anymore, just read the recaps here. Once again, the best thing to ever happen with Project Runway is TLO’s blog.

    • MaryMitch

      Austin’s description of his collection was hilarious (sorry, but it was). How many adjectives can you throw at a collection? Hasadic? Really?

      • yetanotherLaura

         Austin’s description, with the cutaways to Anthony just laughing and laughing, was just about the only honestly entertaining moment in the whole hour.  The rest was just filler, filler, and more filler. 

        • http://eclectictsunami.blogspot.com/ Cassie

          That was hilarious.

        • http://profiles.google.com/grandiva1968 e jerry powell

          I’m thinking that the filler half-hour for PR 10 should be “On The Road With Austin, Santion, and Anthony” now.  Except that between the three of them, they’d need 90 minutes for all the bon mots.  In fact, let’s skip PR 10 altogether and just have a gay witfest with those three instead. They can have Bad Mommy as a very special guest for a couple of episodes.

          • paulmkane2001

            So “dead white lady” is a bon mot now?

        • paulmkane2001

          All I saw was Austin finding yet another way to dress his tiresome 17th century fakeups up with words.

      • http://www.GiftedCollector.com/ The Gifted Collector

        Hasidic? Yes. Ew.com has had one final look from each designer on its site for a few days. 
        http://www.ew.com/ew/gallery/0,,20578176,00.html  Austin’s model has long sausage curls to resemble the sidelocks Chasidim wear. The EW writer called them hasidic and the commentariat jumped all over him for saying that. Turns out he was right.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Austin and Anthony were really the only entertaining parts of last night’s waste of space. When Austin was talking about his woman “who stepped out of a Fragonard painting….something, something…and meets a Hasidic man…I just  thought, Austin bless your crazy mind!

        • paulmkane2001

          I think they are boring, actually. I can hear wittier banter at the local gay bar.   Not impressed with lame bullshit.

      • RroseSelavy

        Sounds like a rip-off of the Gaultier Chic Rabbis collection to me.

        • Sally Brownson

          Except not, because apparently there’s also a Fragonard/Madame du Pompadour element… I don’t know how on earth that will mesh with Hasidic Jews, but we’ll see :p

          • annieanne

            A pompadour with side curls?

          • Melvis Velour

            That visual just left me with a fit of the giggles…hand me a cocktail!

          • greyhoundgirl

            I think that’s exactly what he told the hair stylist to do on his models?  Can’t wait to see!

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

            I saw a preview of one look from each of the three designers somewhere on the internet.  Each was immediately identifiable with its respective designer’s “theme.”  And yes, Austin’s model had the side curls.  Now I’m not Jewish, but I think I’ve seen enough photos of the Hasidic look to recognize it and, in the words of the inimitable Nina Garcia “I was confused.”

          • paulmkane2001

            Right.  Fragonard is what Austin does.  All the time.  He’s a one note.

        • MoHub

           Didn’t Gaultier do Shtetl Chis collection with all the models looking like elderly Polish Jews? I t was pretty offensive and not at all attractive.

        • paulmkane2001

          Austin is not a creative person.  He’s a good faker.  

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

    Yeah. Bleh.

  • http://twitter.com/jerseyemo Edwina

    Does anyone know how PRAS is doing with their ratings? Every week I watched less and less, this week I only watched 2-3 minutes during the commercial break from another show.

    • Paigealicious

       I DVR the show and then FF to the runway. That’s the only part I care about anymore.

      • Hetha Innis

        That’s exactly what I do. I watch the beginning as well, so I can the challenge being set-up, then I FF to the show and critique. The rest of it just sucks too much.

      • BarniClaw

        Me, too!!!

      • http://angryfemur.tumblr.com Andrea Lane

         So true. All the crying is SO BORING.

    • Glammie

      The ratings aren’t good.  They’re getting between 1.5 and 2 million viewers in the desired adult age bracket.  So, the week of Feb. 10, for example, cable leader Jersey Shore had 5.4 million viewers, while PRAS had 1.6 million.  Last season of PR the fifth episode, in comparison, had 3.3 million viewers.

      I know shows below 1.2-1.3 million seem to get the axe at Bravo, don’t know what the expectations are at LifeTime, but PRAS isn’t a success by PR standards.

  • artgirl9

    The least they could do, given that this is All Stars, is give the designers a longer period of time to make their collections.  WTF- another rushed challenge where the work gets short shrift and all we’re left with is the whining.

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

      “Four days to make a six piece collection” is, IMO, absolute proof that Bunim/Murray and Lifetime don’t get this show and have no respect for its long time viewers. I thought I’d point that out just in case it’s not glaringly obvious. ;-)

      I didn’t mind the episode itself. We still got to see them working. But I was so irritated by the short amount of time they were given that I had a hard time enjoying anything other than Anthony showing up. OK, I was also really happy to see Mila again, and I mostly like April, so that was good. But cripes, way to ruin what used to be a really great show.

      I’m not sure I’ll be back for season 10. I think giving the guys four days to do their final collections might be the last straw for me.

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

        BM saved money by not giving the designers $5000 and not flying them back home and not having the Marie Claire lady go out to visit them.

    • CarolinLA

      The new PR slogan:  The only thing left is the whining (said in a German accent).

  • Spicytomato1

    “Mr. Whiney Boo, who almost certainly had his ‘Therapy’ idea already formed in his head…”  Oooh, that hadn’t even occurred to me, naive kitten that I am. I did think the concept was pretty brilliant and was impressed at how quickly it did come together once he “finally” managed to get up off the couch and get to work. Silly me. 

    I cannot figure out if Mondo was getting the winner or loser edit with all that face time and drama. I do, think, however that they set it up so that Michael will end up in third place. That was fairly clear wasn’t it?

    At this point I’m fully on Team Austin, mostly because of the joy he takes in the process and his appreciation of the opportunity compared to Mondo. His collection, however, leaves me feeling a little doubtful. Is it genius or a flop? Hard to ascertain at this point.

    • tignor

       As much as I dislike Michael, from the 3 seconds of what sketches and clothes we were shown last night, I think he has the strongest collection of all of them.

      • Spicytomato1

        I don’t disagree with you. I thought he seemed very focused and professional. I guess I got caught up in what the editing was trying to indicate, which to me was an Austin-Mondo showdown.

        • Anathema_Device

          I thought Michael came across really well. Do you think he and Mondo (as they are good friends) flipped a coin before filming to see who got to wear the Whiny Pants?

        • BitterOldQueen

          I think both Austin AND Mondo were getting the “outlier” edit, setting Michael up for an Astonishing Win. Mondo’s crisis-in-a-dark-place was so artificially constructed and hyped to make him look like, well Mister Whiney-Boo as some might say. (In fairness, Mondo could have spent twenty hours in the confessional, and if B-M didn’t want him to come across looking like a nutball they could have chosen less/different tape (remember, O Beloved T&L, that blaming Mondo for filling up an hour with self-promoting whinage is a bit forgetful that this show is intensely edited by Others). Much was made, too, of Austin’s (annoyingly calculated) fussiness (“Do you always work all done up like that?”) and his monumental (some might say phenomenally off-putting and somewhat undeserved) ego, and only Michael of all people comes out looking like something other than a ridiculous caricature of a Gay Type (moody self-absorbed sufferer vs genderless, trying-too-hard-to-be-outre flamer). I could be way off on this, but if we’re being fed true editorial hints, from the chosen footage alone I suspect it’s Michael.

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

            In complete agreement–there was even brief notice of his sewing a bra into one of his dresses, so there will go that criticism!

          • ampg

            But haven’t you seen Season 1? Austin was always like that, and Season 1 is widely regarded as being the most “real” of all the seasons, both because the show was brand new and because reality TV itself was fairly new and contestants hadn’t learned how to play characters yet.  Remember when all the designers went out partying and he stayed home and gave himself a spa evening?  I can’t really decide about Mondo (although I agree that spending a whole day doing nothing seems like a calculated attempt to recapture Anya’s “I remade my whole collection in 4 days and won!” story), but I’ve never doubted Austin’s authenticity.

          • Thathoodwink

            I think Mondo will win, mainly because of all of the drama of him sitting around, doing nothing, being uninspired, “not knowing” what he was going to design (yeah, right), hating all of his fabric choices. Please. I hate my intelligence being insulted, Bunim and Murray.

          • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

            I don’t think Bunim/Murray knows any other way to make a show, except by the lowest common denominator – they certainly have never been known for their brainy plotlines.  This is The Real World meets our beloved PR.  I am done with it after next week.  I just don’t care about season 10.

          • shiftercars

            I do not believe that Austin is calculated at all, he is who he is and nothing less. This isn’t an act, it is his life and it is refreshingly joyous compared to Mondo’s sourness and Michaels lack of fluid personality.

          • Pinup Ghoul

             That’s precisely why I’ve always been an Austin fan. From sheer silk blouses rendered in hues of lavender, to his perfectly coiffed blonde hair, he loves who he is and does not apologize for it. Go him.

          • Glammie

            I also like that Austin went out and got himself a real job–bridal designer.  He’s flamboyant, but I’ve always felt he was really committed to being a designer more than he was to having his ego gratified.

          • BitterOldQueen

            I have to disagree about Austin being calculating. Just watch him: He’s constantly clearly very self-aware of the series of poses he’s running through even in “casual” conversation. I agree though that he is who he is; I just think he is very aware of how he looks constantly. I can’t imagine him having a fully spontaneous, un-self-aware moment. Even his “Oh I must win this for my poor homeless mother” spiel is only trotted out when it’s conveninet. He’s a fabulous designer, though!

          • RroseSelavy

            Michael is not the best designer by a long, long shot, but he might be the smartest, given his monologue about how he had to make a piece to win over Georgianna, make something that Isaac would adore, and create a dress that Schmeidi would wear. That plus all the watching and learning he is doing of the other designers leads me to believe that his studious studenting just might bring him to a win. 

            The fact that, of all 3 designers we saw the absolute least of his actual garments in the show (mostly shots of the fabric on hangers) leads me to conclude the producers want to shock us with his looks on the runway and that this is a winner’s edit.

          • Glammie

            But Michael’s loss didn’t cause a storm in his season–the old PR, yeah, the best collection was known to win–but this is Bunim-Murray.  After Anya’s win, I have not faith that the winner was decided before the contestants walked in the door.

          • RroseSelavy

            I didn’t say anything close to this being the “best collection” — it’s the one they want to surprise you with, and by virtue of its novelty it will look better than you expected and better by comparison. I’ve got to say most of those fabrics he chose are pretty fugly. I WILL be shocked if and when something decent walks down the runway. And it’s Michael, so he’ll have at least one thing shockingly wearable.

          • Rebecca Zmarzly

             I don’t know. We’ve gotten two to three references in the past couple of episodes about Austin wanting to win to keep his mother from being homeless. That telegraphs one of two things:

            1) Austin will win because, Hey! It’s almost a Lifetime movie all in itself. Hardworking gay son wins a design competition and swoops in at the 11th hour to save his mother’s house from being sold on the courthouse steps.

            2) Austin will come in second because, Hey! It’s B/M and what could be more dramatic than setting up a “I need to win for my mom” storyline then watching him crumble as he realizes that all his hard work and dreams of saving his mom are for naught?

            Pretty much done with PR. I probably won’t even watch the PRAS finale. And Season 10: you are dead to me.

          • Sweetbetty

             Wasn’t something said last night about Austin and his mom having a falling out but now they’ve made up and he’s determined to help her with her housing situation?  Is that the first time that was ever mentioned?  I spent a few minutes Googling to see if I could find out more about this but with no luck.  I did, however, find out that his name really is Austin Scarlett; I was sure that he made up at least the Scarlett part.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1061822198 Marc Naimark

            About his mom’s situation: they had a videochat where they talked about her losing her house. 

          • Sweetbetty

             Yes, I saw that episode.  What I was wondering about was the comment on this last episode about he and his mother not getting along for a while but that now they’re back on good terms.

          • http://www.facebook.com/laurylsulfate Lauryl Sulfate

             Agree completely.  I was just thinking that if they wanted to put in a really gear-grinding twist, they’d give it to Michael.  I wouldn’t put it past them and that certainly seemed to be where they were leading us with the editing.  I know that they’ve edited the show this season to make Mondo look like a poop, but I still think that he deserves the win at this point.  What I really wish is that they hadn’t made the horrible decision to send Mila home, thus eliminating the last real competition in the game.

          • https://twitter.com/Gayer_Than_Thou Gayer Than Thou

            Austin drives me crazy with his pretentious diction, like he’s the grande dame of Project Runway or something.

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

        We all know “strongest collection” is irrelevant to the producers.

      • DinaSews

        I thought it was Anya reminiscent and because resort wear is SO IN (so we found out) that I wonder if he is going to pull out the win?

        • CozyCat

          Yes, resort wear is so in….unless your an incredibly talented German born female designer with a beautiful resort wear collection (who then puts out a more sophisticated collection in the first All Stars show and still gets no love…)

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Well,we all know that the Kluminator couldn’t be outdone by another German, now don’t we?????

          • rainwood1

            Yes.  Uli was robbed twice.

          • rainwood1

            Yes.  Uli was robbed twice.

          • IMNAngryLiberal

            Yes, thank you.  Uli’s collection during her regular season wasn’t my favorite but she was big time robbed during her All Star’s season.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            That first AllStars show was such an obvious make-up win for Daniel Vosovic, who was the strongest designer during Season Two, but faltered just enough in his final collection to lose.  Uli and the other designers invited for that show were just filler, and it was especially unfair to Uli and Korto.

      • sockandaphone

        michaels collection reminds me of Anya so no thank you

      • sockandaphone

        michaels collection reminds me of Anya so no thank you

  • http://twitter.com/geekgirl69 geekgirl69

    I watched long enough to realize the final runway show was next week, but after 15 minutes of Mondo whining, whining, whining, I found something else to do…

  • http://twitter.com/hmbscully WendyD

    I don’t think the “any camera time is good camera time” thought is holding true for Mondo. I find him more annoying and entitled with each passing moment. I really supported him when he competed before, but now I’d be happy to never see him again.

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

    Yep yep yep.  Mondo just needed to be slapped, or maybe Miss Scarlett could wave her wand over him and make it all better.  And Mondo thinks Austin is a drama queen.  Bitch please!  I wish Anthony had been around until the end just so we could have some quips about Mondo’s antics.

    • TxMom2011

      I totally agree!  Princessa Antionetta was the best thing the entire episode.  Spinoff Bravo….Spinoff!

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I think we need a miniseries featuring Rami, Anthony and Austin. 

        • Sweetbetty

           And each episode would end with the three of them sitting around discussing what happened while Rami massaged Anthony’s head.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1061822198 Marc Naimark


            And each episode would end with the three of them sitting around discussing what happened while Rami massaged Anthony’s head… shirtless.”

    • TheOriginalLulu

      So true! Miss Anthony would definitely have had something to say about Mondo’s “stank” attitude.

    • rowsella

       I kind of wish that they did not focus so much on Mondo’s nervous breakdown, snippy, pissiness.  While designers don’t need to make love the the screen, they can at least behave professionally and show me the mother-fing clothes.  Talk about the inspiration, show some inspiration boards or something and sketches!!!!  I kind of agree with Kenley– as a designer, the only way to communicate and refine your ideas is to sketch them out.  The thing is, I thought the challenge was stupid.  No wonder Kenley didn’t mind so much, I would have been happy to exit stage left before that ridiculous non-event occurred as well.  The whole point of doing this is the exposure and buzz during fashion week — at least unless PR’s event has become a novelty joke at the tents.  I bet the rest of the designers were happy enough not to be picked.  I thought they were going to have a “team” help them.  April didn’t seem too enthused.

      As an aside, I think viewers seem to have greater tolerances for Mondo’s snits and dark moods than they have had for Mila’s– who also seems to be a bit of an introvert.

  • serenitynow02

    I think it was very noble of you to watch for us, even though you were not feeling well.

  • MilaXX

    They could have cut all this crap, got rid of the stupid After the Runway and been over and done in 90 minutes.
    I don’t care if Mondo is being edited as a jerk, it’s boring and tedious to watch.  Just end it already.

    • Anathema_Device

       I watched in bed, on the shitty 20 yo tv in our bedroom (vs. our fancy hd flatscreen in the family room). I thought. “I just want to turn it off and hit the hay…and it doesn’t matter if I can’t see the clothes all too well because they never show the freaking clothes anyway!”

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

    I agree that the Mondo drama made it a tedious hour (and I am very pro-Mondo). But I did enjoy the glimpse of model casting, which they had neglected in the last few seasons, I think. Also, bringing in Mila, Anthony, and April to comment on the developing collections was a nice bit of padding.
    I also wonder to what extent Austin’s growing and then shaving his moustache was a way of communicating with his fans about the relationship between workroom scenes and talking heads bits. At one point they showed him supposedly complaining about always getting the short straw, but his cookie-duster was in full flower so clearly the complaint came from an earlier episode. 

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

      Yes, it occurred to me that a smart contestant could change his/her appearance during the filming just to thwart manipulative editing. This was based on an interview I saw with Penn of Penn & Teller who said that while on Celebrity Apprentice, if he didn’t want to be filmed by the camera crew, he would start singing Hey Jude, knowing that the production company could not afford to get clearance. 

    • Spicytomato1

      Haha, I know, I was confused at first, thinking to myself “does he miss the ‘stache so much that he’s wearing a fake one?”

  • unpiously

    At least we got some Miss Anthony time. Dead white lady!

    • tignor

       Oh, GOD, yes. PLEASE give Miss Anthony his own show! I’d watch the hell out of it, and have parties with canapes and black ties for it.

      • random_poster

        While viewing I blurted out that Anthony needs his own show.  The 1 minute of screen time that Anthony got was the best part of the hour. 

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

        Yes! He was a much needed light in this episode, and I’d watch him read a bar bill if that’s what he felt like doing.

        • Gianni_Rubino

          If Anthony gets his own show, will Rami automatically be on it?   I do believe this needs to happen.

          • Anathema_Device

             Oh, I amend my earlier comment. We need an Anthony-Rami version of The Odd Couple.

          • TheOriginalLulu

            OMG, you MUST pitch this idea!

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

            Yes. Some of us talked about something this last week. The most important aspect of the show we discussed was Shirtless Rami.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Yes, we truly need this new sitcom-a variant of Designing Women, but featuring Shirtless Rami, Quippy Anthony with guest appearances by Austin and our favs from previous seasons…but always, always Shirtless Rami

          • LambeeBaby

             IN!…oh maybe the wrong thread (snickering and learing)

      • dramadraping

        Anthony and Austin are my dream reality show team. Neither one of them bullshits and it’s fabulous. When they were both on my screen it was perfection…especially Anthony’s little confessional where he was just laughing. Too fabulous. I can’t.

        • unpiously

          That was the other best moment of the episode–Austin explaining his two tons of inspiration, and quick cut to Anthony just laughing and laughing and laughing. Bless.

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

            Best scene of the entire season.

            –GothamTomato

          • Cathy S

             That was my favorite part too. I spent the whole minute or so when all the designers walked in saying, “please pick Anthony.” And then he laughed and laughed and I was soooooo happy.

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

            For once, the editing monkeys got it just right.

        • Anathema_Device

           The Austin Santino show that ran for a short bit was kind of entertaining. Anthony and Austin are too perfect together. I’d love to see them in a Not Really Odd Couple Show.

          • StillGary

            “THe Cotillion Coutures’ I WOULD WATCH!

          • ampg

            I LOVED Austin and Santino!  Granted, the various assignments were often not all that interesting, but the two of them together were hilarious, and watching their creative processes come together was actually quite inspiring.  I really miss that show.

          • ampg

            I LOVED Austin and Santino!  Granted, the various assignments were often not all that interesting, but the two of them together were hilarious, and watching their creative processes come together was actually quite inspiring.  I really miss that show.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2VBWWGHZEBKTVQMXE5SO5NCU2I Mich

            i’m glad i’m not the only one who loved that show. the episode when they’re in the old plantation house, and austin is talking to the paintings and then finds that weird birthday cake costume? and wears it? while carrying a candelabra? fantastic. what i liked about that show was that both designers seemed legitimately interested in making sure the woman they were designing for looked and felt great.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            You’ve touched on one of the reasons I like Austin-he really does want the woman he dresses to look great-he doesn’t forget that his clothes are going to be worn.

          • Sweetbetty

             Whenever that show is mentioned I picture the scene where Austin somehow hurt his foot or ankle or leg and Santino is carrying him up or down some steps.  Austin is swanning dramatically in the arms of a determinedly serious Santino.  Perfect theater.

        • CarolinLA

          They could do a PR/Six Feet Under matchup where Anthony and Austin dress dead white ladies.

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

            Oh my God, that is hilarious. Thank you for the laugh.

          • CarolinLA

            You’re welcome.  Don’t forget to tip your waitress.

      • AllisonRae

        I agree!!! Even if it’s not a show about him designing clothes, I would also watch the hell out of it haha.  Just seeing him doing everyday activities would be incredibly entertaining.

      • http://theadventuresofmissparadox.tumblr.com/ Miss Paradox

        Oh, would I go to each and every one of those parties!

        • tignor

           Everyone is invited! Cosmos and Stone Sours all around. I’ll order all-white furniture and we can all sit around and look fabulous. Anthony and Austin are welcome to come, as well.

      • JackieOBlue

        Just as long as Bunim Murray aren’t the producers.

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

          In a perfect world, the only thing Bunim/Murray produced would be license plates, while they do time in Fashion Prison.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        With copious amounts of mint juleps and mimosas, please!  I cracked up at the dead white lady comment. 

      • rowsella

         Can’t he cohost Fashion Police with Joan Rivers?  It would be awesome.

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

        Anthony should replace Santino as judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race.

    • http://twitter.com/ingberry Ing

       That was honestly the only part of this episode I enjoyed XD I thought he was very honesty and helpful to Austin as well, instead of just stroking his ego like a lot of them would’ve. Anthony for all the awards :3

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1374511853 Sara Yungwirth

    So I haven’t been watching PR this season, I’ve just been reading these recaps
    I didn’t realize that it had already gotten done to Mondo, Micheal, and Austin.
    Oh god I hope Austin wins… Even though I know that they’ll give the win to Mondo, because it’d be a nice “story” or whatever.

  • EditKitten

    “Project Runway” finally hit bottom for me here. I was bored out of my skull.

    • brookeinmn

      I was too busy playing Plants vs. Zombies to even bother to look up at the screen. It didn’t matter, there was nothing to see!

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        Best. Game. Ever!

  • tignor

    I wonder if this was filmed before last season’s show that had Victor doing a Rorschach dress? If not, Mondo wasn’t very original in that.

    • http://twitter.com/ohmybears48 Michelle Argento

      Exactly what I thought! I couldn’t stop thinking of Victor’s dress (which I loved)

      • Spicytomato1

        I loved it, too. And with that, my pain over Viktor losing is washing over me anew! Sigh.

    • siriuslover

      Wasn’t it filmed at nearly the same time? It clearly took place last summer.

      • blondie65

        Yes, they were both being filmed at the same time.  I remember reading some interview with Tim Gunn and he said that’s why he could not be a part of it b/c he didn’t feel he could do both.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          That’s when Bunim/Murray were test-driving the new TimBot 3000, which sadly replaced our dear Tim Gunn during Season Nine of Pr.

  • EditKitten

    Did they really think we weren’t going to notice the mustache going back and forth as they were editing? It keeps going back and forth, and I’m really annoyed with the editing.

    • http://twitter.com/ohmybears48 Michelle Argento

      Alternative Universe Austin? 

      • tignor

         Bizarro Austin?

        • unpiously

          Bizarro Austin is just MIla.

    • siriuslover

      yeah, that’s really poor editing, like when you’re watching a movie and a cup is on the table at one angle and then it’s gone at another angle, then it miraculously pops back up when you go back to the original angle. Very, very, sloppy worksmanship.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jenna-Ryan-Boatman/583622701 Jenna Ryan Boatman

       Victor/Victoria. (I love the man, even with the stache.)

    • Shannon Maxham

      Keep Austin Weird.

  • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

    Are we suddenly seeing Austin getting the winner edit?

    • CarolinLA

      With those pink pants?  I don’t think so.

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        You got me on that. I concede to your greater observational skills.

  • Girl_With_a_Pearl

    Last night’s show really was the show about nothing.

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

      Three designers walk into a Chinese restaurant…

      • Girl_With_a_Pearl

        If the designers in the restaurant were Anthony, Rami and maybe Chris March and B/M didn’t produce it, I’d watch it.  Now that’s a show.

    • http://twitter.com/Alloyjane Alloy Jane

      Yeah, I’ve been over this All Stars thing for a few weeks but have continued to watch because I’ve committed to the end.  But  watching this episode felt like Twilight: Breaking Down.  I mean, talk about being a full blown Bella.  We all know Mondo is snippy, but did they really have to hammer that sour behavior home?  I’m curious to see how it goes.  I’d like an Austin win just because I love his enthusiasm, but I’m not invested.

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    Preach, brothers!  What a waste of an hour.  It is as if the B/M idiots WANT us to hate Mondo, after crushing on him so hard in his season.  Still can’t stand whiny Michael, either.  Austin is the voice of reason – who’d a thunk it?

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

      I truly don’t remember Michael whining about anything in the episode. And he had a thing or two to complain about, considering he was stuck between Austin and Mondo. I think he came across quite well.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        They really gave Mondo the bitch edit, and Michael appeared to be smart and just went to work on his resort collection.

  • mjude

    i thought for sure we would at least see the runway show and judging next week.  after all of this i am hoping for austin to win.  good god michael drives me crazy!

    • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

      Oy, me too!  What a snarky little bitch.  And although I think he’s a good dressmaker, he isn’t a designer.

      • http://twitter.com/DC_Lockwood Michelle

        I think he would be better off as a designer for a label. Michael, take DVF up on her offer!

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I think you’re right about Michael-he certainly has good ideas about what will work commercially, and working for a label could be a good place for him.

  • GorgeousThings

    Bets here that they’re going to hand the win to Mondo. Bleh indeed.

    • tignor

       As soon as they announced the competitors, I knew this was all a ruse to give Mondo the win they should have given him in the first place. The first All-Stars was done just for Daniel V.

      • http://twitter.com/DC_Lockwood Michelle

        I wonder when they’ll do one for Uli…

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/QZAQWFC2ID4GPUDNDUP2BJ2TTA Mollie

          Uli’s  a woman, so it will never happen.

  • CPK1

    Gah. It was so irritating. Surely the point of All-Stars is that we get to see the best of the best (well, except for Michael, although he came off as the most sane and together last night in every sense) in terms of design? The only good thing was the visits with the judges who at least seemed to have something to impart and Joanna who has, for me, been the revelation of this season as she seems like a really cool person.

    • http://twitter.com/DC_Lockwood Michelle

      Joanna always came off as a bitch before and now I want her to replace Nina on the main panel.

  • siriuslover

    I know. I thought the ideas for all three were really interesting (though Austin’s Fragonard Hasidic rocker kinds scares me a bit) and wished I could have seen them. I kind of felt bad for Michael being caught in the middle of Austin and Mondo.

  • http://twitter.com/urban_gypsy Tess Danesi

    I didn’t watch, we got into a film and forgot it was on. I managed aught a few minutes of After the Runway, saw Mondo was whining again and switched channels. But not before my husband had the opportunity to say, “what was that?” 

    “You mean that as in Mondo?” ”

    “If that’s the one that dressed like an alpine leprechaun, then yeah.”

    “Dead on, babe.”

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1380079551 Marie Dees

      There was one shot of him where I just couldn’t get Pinocchio out of my brain. 

    • TxMom2011

      “If that’s the one that dressed like an alpine leprechaun, then yeah.”

      ROFL….. I am all for artistic expression… but goodgawd that was a hot mess

      • RroseSelavy

        It was sheer joy for me!

  • introspective

    It was a whole lotta nuttin honey.

    Anthony was the only worthwhile 5 mins in that entire hour.

  • Whimsique

    Maybe the whiny Mondo edit has less to do with Mondo and more to do with public justification for the Wretched Gretchen win. 

    • http://surelysonsy.blogspot.com/ Jessica | Surely Sonsy

      I’ve been thinking that too. there seemed to have been such outrage over his loss (me included) that this season really does seem to serve that purpose. while i do like his designs often enough, i’ve come to loath him has a person. ironically, too, i HATED michael in his season, but I think much better of him this time around.

      • MaryMitch

        re: feelings towards Michael and Mondo – me too. It just goes to show you the difference a reality show’s editing can make.

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

      Except this isn’t a personality contest. Mondo having a less flattering side than some people previously thought doesn’t have anything to do with the quality of his work.

      On the other hand, the powers that be haven’t proven themselves to be great thinkers, so maybe that is what they thought would happen.

      • Spicytomato1

        It’s not a personality contest, true, but I feel like along with showing his whiny side, they have been going out of their way to show that he’s not particularly driven (especially compared to both Austin and Michael)…and therefore not worthy of a win?

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

          I can see that being their thought process. I think they have their heads up their asses, but that’s nothing new.

          There’s no way they can convince me that they were justified in giving Gretchen the win. His bad moods and crankiness now have nothing to do with the work he did during season 8. And if they think that’s the way to cover their butts, then they’re even bigger cynical bastards than I thought.

  • voter1

    Using the fabric scraps was, perhaps. one of the best twists in a while.  

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

       Also gave a us a shot of just HOW much overbuying goes on in so far as fabrics is concerned.  Hell, when I make things I rarely have enough left over to create substantial pieces.  Did you SEE how much leftover leather Austin had?  Enough to make pants frechrissakes!

      • Anathema_Device

         I always overbuy because I have no confidence in my ability to get something right the first time. heh

        Don’t you think they overbuy b/c they can’t just go back to Mood and get more? If they change their minds or wreck something, they need extra.

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

          Probably so. But dayum! I want to know what hella deep discount they are getting, considering how low the stated budgets are.

          • Anathema_Device

            Yes, their budgets are really small, aren’t they? I did like that challenge, though. It was good to make them revisit earlier decisions and see how those choices tied into their current designs.

        • Spicytomato1

          I know I would. And I was sure they overbought for this final collection. They only had an hour to sketch and so little time to conceive of their collections, I can’t imagine being able to also be accurate in estimating quantities of fabrics. More is safer, if the budget allows.

          Considering how fast Mondo’s dress for N. Lepore sold out, not to mention other past PR pieces, you’d think the powers that be might try to cash in on the scraps, too. I wonder if anyone would purchase leftovers from their favorite looks/designers? I could kinda see it.

          • Anathema_Device

            Funny you would say that. I was in a Joanne’s Fabrics yesterday (I know: shudder) picking up some interfacing for a project I’m working on. They had a display of “April Johnston of Project Runway” fabrics. They were all pretty cheap looking/feeling and really not the least what I would consider to be her aesthetic. Then I saw “SuedeSays” patterns from Simplicity. I knew there were some Project Runway branded sewing supplies, but I didn’t know that certain designers had their names attached to specific items.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I saw those fabrics in Joann’s and also thought that they were so different from what we saw of April’s aesthetic, but perhaps she was asked to do a certain type of fabric?

          • Anathema_Device

            I’d guess the fabrics had to be a certain price point and appeal to enough Joann’s shoppers. Which begs the question: Does April=Joann’s in anyone’s mind? I mean, I’m glad she’s making money from this, but still, it seems an odd fit. Peach? Absolutely! Michael and his love of jersey? Sure. Even Mondo’s bright prints would translate. But April? Really?

          • http://www.facebook.com/jzishka Jeff Zishka

             Oh please do not give the people at Bowel/Movement that idea.

    • CPK1

       yes it was. And I think they devoted all of 3 minutes to it. 

    • SewingSiren

      Another lucky , lucky, break for the designer known for mixing fabrics. 

      • bondsinseconds

         when they brought in the buckets of fabric it was like anya’s last minute trip to mood all over again!

      • fashionzombie

        YES! As soon as it happened, my husband said: “Oh great. They’re pulling another Anya.” The eleventh-hour challenge geared towards exactly one person.

  • http://twitter.com/floretbroccoli Florrie Brafman

    This was probably the worst episode of PR ever.

    I’m so tired of hearing about who WANTS IT MOST, how HARD they’ve worked to get here.  I’m tired of the sense of entitlement these designers have.   Yes, Austin has been kicking around New York for a while, but none of the others seem to think they should spend any time working for someone else.  They really think that they’ll be hard done by if someone doesn’t hand them their own lines because they went on a game show? 

    Oh, and someone please explain Michael’s rant about how Mondo doesn’t understand anything because he doesn’t have children.

    By the way, when did it become the case that the only designs worth looking at are those for twenty-year-olds? Surely in earlier seasons (Magical Elves seasons), various clients were considered acceptable?  I know Kors isn’t a just for all-stars, but it makes me laugh when he, of all people, rejects any design that might sell to a more mature client.

    • siriuslover

      I’ll explain it. First, it wasn’t a rant from my perspective. It was more of a reflection on the stress EVERYONE is under. He made his point of stress: the fact that he (Michael) has children and is separated from them. But he still goes into the workroom and does his work and remains focused on the tasks at hand. So, Mondo (according to Michael) carrying on as if her were the only one with stress or concerns was absurd. Michael got caught in the middle of that seeming fracas between Austin and Mondo and was just telling it like it is.  Everyone has stress, get over it.

      • ampg

        Right, it was after Austin was talking about how his mother got evicted.  So Michael joined in with his own personal source of stress, which is being separated from his kids.

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

        Yeah, if that was a rant, it was the shortest, most calm rant I’ve ever been witness to. And believe me, I know a thing or ten about rants.

  • BuffaloBarbara

    Eh.  I liked hearing about the strategy of showing runway looks and what the people at Marie Claire actually do, and would have enjoyed more of that sort of thing.  But, as you point out, a whole lot less of the “personal struggle” aspect.  “Creative struggle,” I can get into.  More time spent on the scrap challenge would have been nice–how can I turn something bought for an entirely different concept into something that fits the current concept?  That would have been good.

    I do NOT get why they edited Mondo to be so unpleasant this time around, when they’re clearly planning to give him the win.  (And, based on strong conceptualizing, he may well deserve it–I love me some Austin, but was totally with Anthony on laughing at the explanation of the show’s theme.  Hope it comes together better than he explained it!)  I’m starting to have a great desire to go buy something by Gretchen.

    • siriuslover

      I did, too! I liked all of the practical advice given by Isaac, Georgina, and Joanna. It was refreshing mentorship on all levels.

      • Cathy S

        I thought that was great too. I could have done with a lot less whiny Mondo, but I loved when they were talking to Joanna and Isaac and Georgina. Lots of good advice and I think it helped soothe some nerves too.

    • RroseSelavy

      I thought the meeting at Marie Claire was a job interview in disguise — in which case only Mondo figured it out (according to the B/M edit anyway).

  • Ouizee

    My take on last night:  Mondo is a big, sour bitch; Austin Scarlett will forever be known to me as “Polly Pureheart” (not sarcasm, I really believe he is a wonderful person); Michael is most certainly the child of an alcoholic; PRAS is just a drama without collections.

    • Sara__B

      Read a list of the attributes of adult children of alcoholics and Michael fits. That would explain a lot. (I like him, and expect his collection to either be fabulous or an over-the-top display of tackiness — one extreme or the other.)

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

      Austin has permanent butterflies swirling around him at all times. We just aren’t able to see them like he can.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mary-Stone/100001328135240 Mary Stone

    SO GLAD I’m not watching this dreck, and it reinforces my decision to give S10 a pass.  “In fashion, one day you’re in, the next day you’re out….*dramatic pause*…Project Runway…*/dramatic pause*…. I’m sorry, that means your out.  Auf wedersehen.”

  • DinaSews

    I wonder if Joanna has any say in the winner?  She has to work with this person after all.  I can’t even imagine spending ONE DAY with Mondo after seeing this season.  On after the runway, he clearly looks like he already knows he won.  Has the final episode been taped?  Or is it live? 

    • Gianni_Rubino

      Won’t they mostly be working with Nina Garcia, and not really right with Joanna Coles?

      • DinaSews

        Just goes to show how little I am paying attention to this crap! I don’t think she would want to work with moody Mondo either.

    • barbiefish

      The After the Runway shows all seem to be taped awhile after the shows were filmed, including last night.  When helping Mondo, Mila had the reddish hair as she did during her time on this season.  In her filmed TH, her hair is darker and a different style (generally she looks better).  So, I think the three guys know who won; don’t know if the three helpers knew.  It seemed like last night’s ATR script was to explain Mondo’s ill humor and get him some redemption.

  • http://twitter.com/ursny UrsNY

    Yes, exactly! I was staring at the TV at the end going “the fuck?”. Very confused about the point of that hour, and the show. B/M have managed to ruin it completely. Painful to watch, even with two of my favorite people. Sigh. Never again.

    Also, Joanna Coles hugging got on my nerves. She carries herself so much colder that they felt as fake as Michael’s surprise face. Maybe not fake, as an intention, but forced. The trying-ness of it rubbed me wrong. It’s like the Weakest Link womanbot suddenly expressing human empathy.

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

      Joanna’s hugs were definitely awkward and obviously something she doesn’t do often and/or something she isn’t comfortable doing. But that aside, she has been a pleasant surprise after the way she humiliated Nina.

      • HelenNPN

         How did she humiliate the Nina?  Please tell, I missed that.

  • DinaSews

    MISS ANTHONY NEEDS A SHOW!  Loved every second that he was on. 

    • Stubenville

      Guest judge on Ru Paul Drag Race at very least.

  • Sammis

    I don’t know.  I enjoyed last night’s episode.  And Mondo doesn’t bother me so much.  He always seemed like a gloomy and introverted person from his season; maybe it wasn’t so noticeable because there were so many other “interesting” people around him then.

    He doesn’t seem like such a villain to me when I remember that Jeffrey, as I recall, said that he purposefully tried to make a fellow contestant’s mother look as bad as possible with the outfit he created for her, and then took pleasure in it when they both cried.

    Austin seems almost manic.  And something like Dorian Gray…his face looks fabulous!

    Michael only seems genuine when he is talking about Mondo.  Everything he says about himself seems contrived to get a sympathetic response.

    I get the feeling Mondo didn’t really want to come and had to be talked into it by producers.    

    LOVED Her Serene Highness Miss Antoinetta!  

    • barbiefish

      You have described my thoughts perfectly — the show was entertaining to me and I still like Mondo.  He was never a ray of sunshine.  It’s only people like Jeffrey and Ivy (who tried to initiate, seemingly out of thin air, various cheating scandals), and designers who clearly lack the talent and temperament to be there, who really bug me.

      • DonnaL

         I agree.  I’m familiar with depression and anxiety, and I kind of identified with Mondo last night.  Being gloomy and introverted is hardly the same as saying horrible things to people or trying to undermine them, and hardly warrants the kind of vilification he’s being subjected to, simply because he doesn’t act like the happy little stereotyped “Mexi-Pixie” that so many people decided he was on his original season — even though I don’t think his personality was any different then than it is now.  I’m also extremely skeptical of the notion that he was somehow faking his initial inability to focus and accomplish anything, and had the “therapy” concept up his sleeve the whole time. 

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

          You said much of what I’ve been thinking re: the reaction to Mondo this season, but haven’t been able to figure out how to say without offending people. I’m shocked by the way people have turned on him. I’m not saying that he’s been a little angel. I think his “good for Austin” comment last night was petty. And he’s been really cranky this time around. However, seeing as how I’m also familiar with depression and anxiety, I get where he’s been coming from. More than that is, between season 8 and this season, I feel I’ve seen more of who he really is, the good and the bad. So, to me it seems reductive for people to go from “he’s awesome and fabulous” to “he’s an entitled, whiny, pain in the ass brat” because he’s not that Mexi-Pixie Pocket Mondo. It’s so black and white, which is the exact opposite of what people are.

          “I’m also extremely skeptical of the notion that he was somehow faking his initial inability to focus and accomplish anything.”

          I agree.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I think much of the reaction to Mondo during AllStars has to do with the editing; As you said, he isn’t a little Mexi-Pixie.  I still think he was the most talented of the Season 8 designers, and I am curious to see his collection for AllStars.

  • Stubenville

    I agree with everyone who thinks Mondo has turned into a complete sourpuss. But based on what little we saw of the clothes, I’m betting on him for the win. And the “I’m verklempt I can’t design” angle just screams BM and Lifetime, doesn’t it?

  • C2inCT

    Confession:  I have not watched this since they switched networks.  I only read this blog, and maybe catch one or two reruns.  Bravo used to continually run the show so I could catch up.  This network only started to do this it seems.  While this show seems to be circling the drain, I am happy that at least we still have you guys!

  • AllisonRae

    I didn’t realize this was a 2-part episode, so I was pissed when I realized we weren’t gonna see any runway footage. I was thinking, “there’s 10 minutes left, is this episode 90 minutes?”.

    And I guess I didnt listen carefully in the beginning of the episode…is this their final challenge? Or are they picking 2 designers to compete in a final challenge after this one?

    My favorite part of the episode was def. when Anthony came back briefly….god I’ve missed him!!! When they showed his reaction to Austin explaining the look he’s going for, I was hysterical. And it was very painful for me to laugh because I just started going back to the gym haha, I was struggling not to laugh but his reaction was priceless. And I love how he told Austin that the one flowery top looked like “dead white lady” haha!!!

    And I just love Austin for being so happy and fabulous at every moment haha. He always looks like he’s floating across the room, and day dreaming about fashion and his next creation. He seems to always have a great attitude, and I really enjoyed watching him last night. And what did he say when he stepped back to look at his one dress? He kind of kicked up his heels and said something like “I’m having a fashion attack right now”….haha I know it wasn’t that, but whatever he said cracked me up.

  • Erika Swain

    A waste of time is right.  I had a long day yesterday – a 3 hour drive to a 5 hour meeting that was a waste fo time & $ and a 3 hour drive back – and all I wanted to do was watch soemthing pretty.  And this is what I got.  Thankfully, there was wine.

  • http://twitter.com/TigerLaverada TigerLaverada

    Reading the comments, I can see that, although people complain about the show being about the personalities/drama/editing, that’s certainly what people invest in. The number of kittens who have stated that they loved Mondo but now find him tedious and whiny and hope he loses is substantial. Which I guess isn’t odd, as we see so little actual design and fashion on this show that distorted personality snapshots is all we have to go by. B/M really have trashed this franchise.

    To me, Mondo is looks oddly tired and stressed, Michael focused and Austin thrilled at the chance. I suspect Mondo knows the 99% think he was well and truly robbed in his season, and expect his redemption. He seems like he’s combating the sense of crushing expectations he feels, knowing that if he DOESN’T win, it’s a worse, more damaging loss than for anybody else in the field. I don’t find Michael faky or duplicitous, although I know I’m in a minority. I think he’s sweet-natured, actually. As is Austin. Of course all three want to win. I blame producers for requiring the designers to respond to the obviously asked question in those stupid confessionals.

    My personal taste has been for Mondo’s clothes over the other two, but I want to see what they each come up with. Unless the judging is utterly wack and an obviously sub-par collection wins, I’m good with whoever comes out on top.

    • SewingSiren

      I think Austin and Michael love the camera and performing for it as much or more than designing clothes. Mondo is not a performer, therefore not as entertaining to watch. I do think he is very talented and is worried about how his collection will turn out. I don’t think he pulled his concept out of thin air. He’s been working on it , which I completely respect. He was probably coached to make it seem like he didn’t have a clue for the sake of story telling.

    • nosniveling

      agree 100%- early this season when there wasn’t a lot of drama, ppl were complaining about that.
      the expectations on Mondo would certainly be extra stressful, plus his breakup right before filming would add to that as well.

      • DinaSews

        Who was complaining?  I thought the general feeling here was that we loved that sewing was taking a priority over the dead relative stories.

    • NCDFan

      Something that many people may not be aware of too is the nice little set of side effects of the anti-HIV medications that I suspect Mondo must take (If he’s been positive for 10 years, I think he must be on meds). My husband was on these kinds of medications for eleven years before he died and his attitude makes Mondo look like Mr. Sunshine.

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

        I want to “Like” your comments 100 times. Someone else (maybe here) also mentioned the side effects of anti-HIV meds, and I think it can’t be said enough times. There’s also the anger you feel about how heavy duty drugs change who you are, what you can do, what you even feel like doing, etc. I’m not personally familiar with HIV drugs, but I’ve been taking pain meds for years. Between my condition and the drugs I take, there are a lot of things I can’t do anymore, and it pisses me off. A lot. I can only imagine what Mondo goes through.

  • Anathema_Device

    I’m very tired of the lack of emphasis on the clothing. I watched an older episode not too long ago and really noticed how much the viewer saw of the design process.

    I loved Austin and Anthony together. Anthony’s reaction to Austin’s inspiration had my dying. As did Austin’s fashion happy dance.

    Mondo bummed me out. Michael I liked!

    And yes, I REFUSE to believe these designers–with their experience on and off the show–show up for filming without any ideas of a collection in their heads. I call total BS.

    I understand the effects of exhaustion on creativity, but Mondo has been down this road before. He’s acting like this is all new to him. Bah.

    I liked the judge visits, though, particularly Isaac and Georgina.

    • formerlyAnon

      “I’m very tired of the lack of emphasis on the clothing. I watched an older episode not too long ago and really noticed how much the viewer saw of the design process.”

      Yup. (and to think how much complaining I did even then about wanting to see more of the sketches and the work of getting from there to the runway garment.)

      • Anathema_Device

        I know. I have watched since season one and I can’t believe what a different show it is now. It was even changing when still at Bravo, but the switch to Lifetime really accelerated the decline. Makes me sad.

  • Laylalola

    Yes, agree 100 percent! The show has gone off the rails and lost all sense of direction when producers flat-out refuse to give viewers even a glimpse of the fashion supposedly being designed.

  • JaneDC

    Did anyone else think the inspirational talks provided by Isaac and Georgina were hilariously useless? Georgina was all Oooooh, I get nervous too. And Isaac was Don’t listen to what anyone else says, even though designers are always slammed for not listening to the judges. And the designers, particularly Michael, reacted to these interludes as though Moses had wandered in from Mt. Sinai with the Ten Commandments. Such wisdom, from such pros, etc. And what happened to Joanna “I’m so fabulously busy I can make you wait, even if I have the mangiest assistant on the face of the earth” Coles? Her mentoring was basically Work hard, fella. It was all so silly I couldn’t get too upset. I count on PRAS to wind me down, way down on Thursday nights, but c’mon, this left me close to catatonic.

    • SewingSiren

      Georgina used to get blue periods and have fits of self doubt , until she married a billionaire . I would imagine that does wonders for soothing the financial ruin nerves.

      • DALE WITTIG

        Yes, but a pudgy butt-ugly contol-freak of a billionaire.  An old friend of mine worked at Dimension for a few years and it was my understanding that the Whinestains were not well liked by their employees.

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

        But look who she has to sleep with for the money.

        –GothamTomato

        • CarolinLA

          I just threw up in my mouth.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Do you think she closes her eyes and just thinks of Fashion Week?

          • CarolinLA

            Better than thinking about Shamu.

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

        Ha!

        You know, I want to hate Georgina, because I hate a lot of what she designs, and I don’t think she’d be anywhere if it weren’t for who she’s married to. But she’s so damned sweet and nice, and has been such a good judge overall, that I can’t help but like her.

    • Spicytomato1

      I gotta believe they had more wisdom to impart than what we, the lowly viewers, were allowed to see. But who knows. I’ve never felt as manipulated as I have these last couple seasons.

  • Pupioso

    B/M has ruined the show unfortunately. I hate to say it, but it needs to go away. It’s dead Jim.

  • nannypoo

    If Mondo wants more camera time, it seems odd that he uses it to make himself less likable. I realize there’s a lot of editing, but even if he was dancing and handing out cupcakes off camera he at least, at some point, said the things they show him saying. Poor him, he has to do hard work. I hope Austin wins. He’s a good sport.

  • FunButNutz

    Two thoughts:  First: DId anyone else notice that when Austin was in confessional talking about the final challenge (Particularly the fabric scraps part, I think) that he still had his moustache?  The same moustache that he shaved off prior to finding out what the final challenge would be.   Second: Maybe the “Mondo is a whining idiot” edit is the producers way of saying “Yeah we gave Gretchen the win, but look at THIS GUY!”

    • DinahR

      Yeah, I have started to see the last few episodes as PR giving us good reason to not want Mondo to win and giving some weight as to why he didn’t win in the first place:  hard to work with, can’t sketch, prima donna, etc. 

      That said, I still think he’s extremely talented.  I’m not sure what you can predict by these edits, if anything.   

  • Gianni_Rubino

    I have a question.   Can we determine the actual winner from the body language / demeanor of the contestants during After The Runway?   My theory is that all of the After The Runway programs were indeed filmed AFTER the winner was decided, and they just spent a day filming these tag-ons at the very end of the PRAS experience.  

    If this were the case, I would just think Mondo was pissed off because he didn’t actually win PRAS.   Austin and Michael seemed calm, and Mondo seemed greatly irritated.   I think of them in these character modes for each of the After The Runway shows.

    (Season 9 of After The Runway seems to have been all filmed AFTER Anya had already won.   Remember her gaffe of saying she had won … and then … a quick correction …. that (particular) challenge (they were discussing for that evening) and how she appeared to be glad she had corrected herself without letting the cat out of the bag.)

    Maybe I just read too much into these things.  Yeah, and it’s a B/M conspiracy to take down Project Runway!

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

      That’s exactly what I was wondering too. Michael is definitely not the winner – he seemed a little dour. Austin was glowing. Mondo was his usual self, so hard to tell.

      All the little ‘side bits’ seem all out of whack, timeline-wise. I cannot for the life of me figure out how they cobble it all together. 

      • formerlyAnon

        I think they decide on the “story” first and then just patch together the clips they need to make it “happen.” Hence Mr. Scarlett’s time-travelling moustache. 

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

      I don’t think Mondo seemed irritated on After the Runway. He seemed pretty calm and thoughtful to me, certainly compared to how agitated he was during the PR episode.

      While watching ATR, I got the impression Austin won. He was working really hard to talk around his desire to help his mother. The subtext sounded like “I want to be a good son and, now that I’ve won all this money, I have an obligation to help my mom, which I’ll happily do.” I usually suck at sussing out subtext, though, so I could be wrong.

  • StillGary

    Yayuh — team Austin — not because he is the most innovative designer, but he does have an eye beauty and romance and behaves like a gentleman. It was a surprise that he didn’t didn’t pick Kenley as a helper — Choosing miss Anthony was risky — I would have gone with someone more technical (and gorgeous …. Rami LOL!) Mondo and Michael made better choices in that regard! 

    • Spicytomato1

      I know, I thought for sure Austin would choose Kenley to help him after how close they got prior to her schmaufing. But maybe he caught a glimpse of Miss Anthony’s mischievous smile and just couldn’t resist? Who could blame him?

  • Logo Girl

    Mondo, from his initial season through now, is reminding me of that Carol Burnett sketch where she plays the hostage’s wife being interviewed on the news – initially immediate and by the end asking if the camera got her good side. 

    After the Runway is trying to “do” Andy Cohen, but what they don’t get is, Watch What Happens Live is LIVE. Not recorded three weeks ago and discussing something six months ago while pretending it still hasn’t happened. Lifetime/BM reminds me of one of those not-quite-finger-on-the-pulse grandmas who buys you a designer purse for a birthday present, but doesn’t realize she got a knock-off.

    • FunButNutz

      After the Runway is patterned exactly after the Real World/Challenge Aftershows on MTV (The OTHER Bunim-Murray staple).  It could not be a more perfect imitation, with people being introduced on during the course of the show to comment on the fight they had in the episode preceding it.

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

    Word on everything you said, although I’ll take cranky Mondo soundbytes over fretting Michael C soundbytes any day.
    I did like the scrapbin aspect for the 6th look.
    Austin’s fuchsia jodhpurs looked scary. It will be interesting to see them on. I’m less intrigued by his standard-looking wedding gown.

    • Stubenville

      The Teletubby trowsers?  =)

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

        Those were some scary-ass pants.

  • SewingSiren

    My thoughts on the concepts that each of them came of with for their collections:
    1. Austin- too complicated. If he just used two of those like Frangonard/Rock or something even if he changed nothing in the actual collection, it would be easier for them to understand. I know he is going to catch hell for the concept.
    2. Safari. Okay that’s the concept that you come up with if you wait til the last minute and have to think it up in an hour. Done to death and vague.
    3. Therapy- Excellent. Ink blot prints. Excellent. Personal breakdown. Excellent. One word story. Good track record. He’s got it in the bag. 

    I was wondering if the real reason Mondo wanted his door shut was to keep Michael out. Michael seems to get a lot of inspiration from other competitors. If he had been able to see what Mondo was doing, I have to wonder if there would be original mono prints in his collection too. Also where as the others have spilled there ideas to the judges, Mondo has the element of surprise which the so love.

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

    I STILL LOVE MONDO. I’m an irrational fangirl for him. I just want him to happy, maybe then he’ll stop whining!

  • sdtripper

    This is still my favorite show.  I refuse to engage in debates about whether it used to be better.  It is must-see viewing and it introduced me to TLo.  No other show can make that claim.

    I have done a lot of thinking about the Mondo Effect.  He has never been particularly lovable.  However, when he announced during his season that he was HIV positive, many (myself included) fell in love with him.  To this day I can’t watch that runway footage without dissolving into a puddle of tears.  At the time I felt he was being incredibly courageous.  However, he has shared very little else of himself.  We know he goes to a dark place when he designs.  I think we are all sick of hearing about it.  We know he grew up pretty isolated and maybe still is, sitting in his little apartment deconstructing clothes and making them into something fabulous.  Every once in a while he comes up with something witty, perhaps in spite of himself.  I laughed hard over his comment after Austin shaved – from Errol Flynn to Kermit the Frog – however in retrospect that was a pretty mean thing to say.

    Austin, on the other hand, is positively radiant at this opportunity.  And he really seems to be having fun.  Clearly he is troubled about his mother’s living situation.  Clearly he needs the money as well as wanting to win.  But I can’t help thinking that Austin is one of those people who wakes up every morning excited to find out what the day will bring.  And that’s why I’m pulling for Austin in this competition.

    Poor Michael still doesn’t realize he is the weak sister in this trio.

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

      That ‘Errol Flynn to Kermit the Frog’ remark showed how little wit Mondo has and how desperate for airtime he is. He sounded like he was trying to do a Michael Kors-type remark, but it made absolutely no sense and wasn’t the slightest bit funny (not because t was mean, but just because Mondo isn’t funny). There are few things worse than a bad attempt at comedy.

      –GothamTomato

      • MaryMitch

        “There are few things worse than a bad attempt at comedy.”
        Somebody should tell that to Michael Kors.

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

          Michael Kors very often succeeds though. 

          –GothamTomato

    • unbornfawn

      I tend to agree with you. I think Mondo’s designs can be spunky, fun and highly marketable. BUT he seems to need to be in a very dark emotional place to do his best work. When I think of the prizes offered, sitting on the editorial board, the money and the tools to start your own business, the retail outlet, of the three contestants left, I think Austin is the only one with the skills, experience and emotional maturity  to handle the pressures and opportunity of the big prizes.

      Did anyone else see Mondo commenting on one of the after shows on Oscar night? He didn’t get many comments in and I thought he was rather unimpressive. 

      • Sweetbetty

         ”When I think of the prizes offered, sitting on the editorial board, the
        money and the tools to start your own business, the retail outlet”

        Right.  Can you imagine Mondo going into one of his dark places when the staff is rushing to get the next issue of the magazine out; when he’s  sitting in an expensively appointed design studio with employees waiting for his direction; when Neimen has set a deadline for delivery of his stock for their store.  Sure, creative geniuses are known for their moodiness but they have to somehow get around that and get down to business if they want to be successful.

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

    Well, I wasn’t as bored as everyone else. I must need a life. I think the fakery mixed in with the reality is kind of fascinating. Its really like watching theater. 

    Anyways – “dead white lady” was the best thing in the show. 
    Why do they love to show Austin spraying his hair?
    No wonder Mondo is so thin – he took home half his dinner.
    Joanna’s shoes.
    I loved how Mondo wanted to close the door and be in his room by himself – but of course the camera person is in there with him. 

    So much of this is editing. You have to wonder how much time these guys truly have without a camera pointed at them, and what goes on during that time. 

    • dress_up_doll

      Paula, you cracked me up!

    • CPK1

       Loved Joanna’s shoes!

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

    Did B/M want us to feel empathy for Mondo’s struggles? Did they want us to see him as a villain? Either way, I don’t appreciate the producers trying to force the audience to take sides long before the finished product was revealed. Sure, I would love the best collection and therefore the win ,to go to a kind soul. But this isn’t Project “I have my S@*$ together”. It should be solely based on the clothes. So I agree…this was obviously a huge waste of time. Some of the world’s most cherished art, literature and film was created by people with a very dark disposition. And thank god we didn’t have to sit through an hour of television documenting it!

  • LovelyIdio

    I can’t lie that Mondo is being annoying. But part of me wonders, because of the backlash a few seasons ago for him not winning, if he might be edited to be unpleasant in a sort of “see? We were right not to let him win. He’s annoying as hell” sort of way. I think he’s clearly been depressed during most of this, so I’m trying not to judge him too harshly because depression plus stress plus minimal sleep does not really improve things. That doesn’t mean I don’t want to duck tape his mouth, though.

    • crash1212

       So funny you should say that, because it’s exactly what I was thinking last night. They’re editing him to look like a whiny bitch to vindicate the bad decision of Wretched Gretchen. So sad that one of my used-to-be-favorite shows has sunk to such a low.

      • CozyCat

        I kind of doubt that B/M are that crafty.  They thought the Anya story would be “former pageant girl find new life as fashion designer, learning to sue in a few weeks and triumphing over more established designers!”   But what the audience actually saw was  ”pretty girl who can’t sue gets everyone else to help her and wins over more talented designers.”  They really are clueless in how their story lines come off.

        • Chantelle James

          Your use of the word “sue” instead of “sew” has me thinking of a new B/M production: Project Lawyer! Just like Project Runway but with wannabe lawyers or paralegals trying cases in a reality courtroom. Judge Judy could even make an appearance.

          This is a winner, I tell you. A winner.

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    So last night’s PR kind of puts the explosions and dancers on Fashion Star into perspective, doesn’t it?     For what it is worth, I’d prefer to see Michael win — of the three who are left.  I’ve felt that Austin as been cruising on the corn husk dress for years and Mondo has acted all season as though he had the win, so why bother?  IMHO, the best designers were washed out a while ago.  Does anyone think that PR can ever come back and make us care again, or will it drag on forever with only T&L as the faithful viewers while the rest of us just wait for Thursdays to read their blog?

  • Sara__B

    I was switching back and forth between Chopped and Project Runway All Stars, and watched a lot more Chopped than the All Stars. It was predictable and kind of dull, especially Mondo’s forced theatrics, but I’m looking forward to seeing all three final collections next week.

    • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

      That’s if the editors actually LET us see the collections!  They aren’t real focused on the clothes, ya know?

  • Sara__B

    I was switching back and forth between Chopped and Project Runway All Stars, and watched a lot more Chopped than the All Stars. It was predictable and kind of dull, especially Mondo’s forced theatrics, but I’m looking forward to seeing all three final collections next week.

  • xmixiex

    yawn.  all i kept thinking when they were visiting marie claire is that michael is simply not …cut out to work there.  i’ll leave it at that. 

    • CPK1

       I don’t know… He is certainly looks as at home there as the exec. assistant that greeted them :)

      • FunButNutz

        All offices need janitors…..

      • Chantelle James

        He might look at home there… but I didn’t think he belonged there, either. The fact that he didn’t take Joanna’s advice to alter his dresses to make them bra-friendly made it obvious to me that he in no way belongs at a fashion magazine that takes trends and interprets them for the “normal” woman. Plus I think Nina would either tire or him or chew him up and spit him out.

  • dress_up_doll

    I have absolutely no recollection of what I watched last night other than the return of Miss Anthony. What a treat! Too brief, but still it was wonderful seeing him again. That was the only bright spot in what was otherwise a total waste my precious tv viewing time. Lol. And like most everyone else, I have a pretty good idea of who will win this thing, but still a small part of me looks forward to seeing the final collections of the designers.

  • http://twitter.com/Merneith Merneith

    At this point, I’ve decided that everything Mondo’s done on camera, including his oh-so-vulnerable announcement about his HIV status, is pretty much just a calculated attention ploy. It wouldn’t even surprise me hear that he’s not HIV positive.

  • xmixiex

    AND Princess Antoinetta’s reaction to Ms. Scarlett’s “rock star old timey lady hasidic gentleman” bullshit was PRICELESS. 

    • ShivaDiva

      Hah, actually that was the only salvageable moment, wasn’t it?  Can’t wait to see Austin’s Hasidic rock star from the court of Louis XV.

    • Zippypie

       That was absolutely my most favorite moment of the entire show.  No words, just Miss Sophia cackling out of control.  LOVED it!

  • bluefish

    I found it unwatchable after the first 10 or so minutes and switched it on and off–kinda like Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction, mourning her lost love.

    As you say, a total waste of time.  If these were three horses, instead of three designers, I suppose PETA might step in and put the show and its loyal audience out of their collective torment.  Also, why must we always have the former contestants return? 

    Our Bouche was not Amused = brilliant!

  • ElitheMonkey

    I was torn between Team Mondo and Team Austin in the beginning of the season. Now, I’m totally on Team Austin, and I never want to see Mondo on TV again. This is a complete SHUT UP YOU’RE RUINING IT moment for him. 

  • NatalieD28

    Why does Mondo’s head look 10x as big as his body in that first photo? Or is it just me?

  • tomandlorenzolemoncunts

    If you could BOTH take the lemons out of your cunts, you wouldnt be so bitter :) Maybe its time you blog about something else? :) TEAM MONDO ALL THE WAY

    • ShivaDiva

      Sheesh.  Take your meds and go outside every once in awhile.  It’s a blog.  On the Internet.  About a reality show.  Life’s too short!

      • http://profiles.google.com/valencia.lucia87 Lucía Valencia

        Ditto!

    • http://profiles.google.com/valencia.lucia87 Lucía Valencia

      Maybe it’s time you click on that little red square with the X on it, sitting there on the upper right corner of your screen so you can get those bitchpants off.

    • CPK1

       Go away

    • MagsRagsVintage

      Hmmm.
      If I’m on a “team” for this outcome, it is Team Mondo. And you’re making Mondo’s team look ugly and mean spirited.
      Lighten up. It’s only fashion.

    • vmcdanie

      Ah, nothing like constructive criticism that sounds like a German pastry. It’s pronounced “coont” right?

  • tomandlorenzolemoncunts

    AWW — I GOT DELETED D: TLOLC!

  • ShivaDiva

    Wow.  Never would have imagined Mondo becoming so insufferable.  I’m over it – next week will be like the shotgun blast that puts me out of my misery.  

    When they played that “Season 10 coming this Summer!” ad, I almost wept.  Not a chance in Hell I’ll be ready to watch that by then.

  • Kate4queen

    I find it amusing that Michael looks like the sane levelheaded one in the workroom and that the other two come to him to bitch and complain about each other. I just wish they’d let us see more of the clothes. Anthony was definitely the best part of the show, he cracks me up. :)

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

    My hope for the final collections:
    -Michael makes something that can be worn with a bra. Even if it’s just one thing. (extra points if it can be worn by a size 4 woman)
    -Austin makes an elegant gown that doesn’t go in a direction that is too fussy. (extra pts if he makes the nod to “Hasidic Gentlemen” look as awesome as it could be)
    -Mondo makes a fashionable version of a straight jacket. Not sure if I’m kidding about this one.

  • MoHub

    Who’d-a thunk Michael would be the mature, peacemaking middle man between Mondo and Austin? And picking April for her skills even though she had shown definite hostility towards him made him look even better. It also didn’t hurt that he asked the most considered, insightful questions of Joanna, Georgina, and Isaac.

    Unfortunately, I fell asleep long before the runway show and will have to catch it on line. However, based on what I did see, I’m actually hoping Michael wins/won the whole shebang.

    • Pennymac

      You didn’t miss anything, MoHub. Runway show is next week.

    • CarolinLA

      YES!!!!!!  I admired the fact the Michael kept working while Mondo went on and on, listening but not letting it affect him.  Michael has clearly shown this season that he wants to learn in order to be better.  Last night, I wanted Michael to be the winner as well because I was so tired of Mondo’s crap and Austin’s constant neediness.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Never underestimate the power of the editing gremlins to affect our perception of these people

    • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

      I dunno – the whole time Michael was asking his questions (particularly of Joanna), I was wondering who was feeding him his lines…

      • Chantelle James

        Me, too. I also wondered if each of the three of them were told to ask the same questions and then the editing gremlins just showed Michael asking them. 

  • Pennymac

    Oh, who am  kidding. I’ll always watch PR as long as it’s on T.V. because I’m delusional and always retain false hopes. Through TLo International I’ve learned not to match my shoes to my dress, have been introduced to Work of Art, Walking Dead, and a host of Precious Unborn Fawns with whom I trade gleefully snarky comments. And let us not forget the wonderful Miss Universe posts and Nina Caps.

    Complaining about the train wreck that has become PR serves me no purpose; I for one am grateful that this is no longer Project Rungay (Remember those days?) I will forever remain a Bitter Kitten who gleefully votes In or Out, and I’ll watch the henious destruction of PR till the very end.

    That said, last nights episode SUCKED!!!!!!!!

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

    Awww, I still love Mondo.  

    • CarolinLA

      Me too.  I know he wants the prize but when a carrot like that is dangled in front of you, you are blinded to the misery that came before.  He just a lot more vocal this time around about how awful a trap this contest can be and he’s only done it to himself by agreeing to participate.

  • http://twitter.com/ingberry Ing

    The only thing I enjoyed about this episode was Anthony being all amazing up in that room. I couldn’t help but laugh along with him when he laughed over Austin explaining his collection. And then he was really refreshingly honest and helpful in his feedback to Austin and WHY OH WHY is Anthony not in the finale, because everyone else can just go home, okay? Anthony: Forever my PR All Star. 

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

    And that picture above, of Mondo looking straight at the camera, says everything we need to know. During his season, I rooted for Mondo. It became VERY clear THIS season that I wasted my time. What a miserable, entitled little twit he is. Totally over him.

    The only highlight last night was the return of Anthony. Yes, his quips are for the camera’s sake as well, but at least he has wit and something to say worth listening too.

    –GothamTomato

    • jjfg

       Exactly!

  • TheOriginalLulu

    Seriously, could it BE more obvious?? They might as well just have given Mondo his crown on the first episode.
    I still think he should have won his season instead of that Gretchen woman, and I still think he’s tremendously talented but wow, he sure has revealed himself to be a whiny little bitch, hasn’t he? This episode made me really dislike him because of his attitude towards Austin Scarlett of all people. Can you imagine what kind of attitude Mondo will have if he DOES win?  His win seems like a given at this point, but I’ll still be rooting for Austin. One can hope. 

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

    …and btw, Austin’s using Hassidic men as reference is so bizarre, clueless and wrong-headed that I cannot even begin to explain it here. I think Austin is adorable, but I also think he’s visiting from some parallel universe somewhere on the outskirts of the Milky Way.

    –GothamTomato

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Didn’t Austin go into rhapsodies about the brocades and satins worn by Hasidic men-bless him, I think in Austin’s universe there isn’t anything but fashion!

    • Lattis

      But, Austin is attracted to the elegance of the “Hassidic gentlemen” (as he put it). He loves the brocade of their jackets, etc.  Not their philosophy. You can see the direct line from his design aesthetic to the costume of Hassidic men. 

      If it is “bizarre, clueless and wrong-headed,” it’s in the same way that Seth Aaron used Nazi design as a springboard for his collection. But, I have mixed feelings on this. The Nazi’s did have a keen design sense.  I guess if you are, like Austin, dazzled by a sort of 19th century, Fragonard aesthetic, then Hassidim fit the bill.

      I wonder if Austin has thought much about what the Hassidic clothing represents. Seth Aaron must have just thought that enough time has passed that people could embrace the style without thinking about the ideology of nazism. Fashion has been inspired by military uniforms of all stripes without attaching emotional weight to them. 

      Although, I take your point. The ushanka hats that we got our sons a year ago came with Soviet insignia. They didn’t wear their ushankas with the insignia because, I guess, it’s too soon. But, maybe the best revenge on people who have committed atrocities, have appalling beliefs, is to co-opt their design. Having women wearing elements of male Hasidic dress is in a way delicious irony.
       

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

        Ai-yi-yi…this is why I hesitated to bring this up here.

        I wasn’t talking about philosophy either. I was talking entirely about the aesthetic.

        –GothamTomato

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Petrison/1022054303 David Petrison

    DId the All-Stars film after PR Season 9 aired?  If so, then Mondo would be sad to hear that his Rorschach concept has already been explored by Anya, Viktor, and Anthony multiple times.  I.e., it’s not original, even in the scope of Project Runway.

    • Laylalola

      Wow, written from an alternate reality where Mondo isn’t original and is supposed to bow down to Anya. (As for the filming, all-stars and season nine filmed simultaneously.)

  • Jessica Rowe

    after next week: pasture. just do it.

  • Zippypie

    I’m not on the Mondo hate boat at all.  The Gawker rumor, if true, makes Mondo’s pissiness make complete sense.  I’m not going to say what the rumor is (but they did have the placements right for Kenley and Jerrel so that bodes for their info being true), but it puts Mondo in perspective for me and I’m not going to crucify him for his behavior.  I’d be pissed off too.

    This whole All Stars show has been a B/M nightmare and this is it between me and Project Runway.  The show, the format, what it once was, is irrevocably broken.

    • MilaXX

       If it’s true then he made deal with the devil. I cant feel bad for him what he was getting into by agreeing to participate. If you willingly sold your soul then shut up and deal.

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      & the earlier removal of rami was correct also. i’ve stopped watching it since then. it’s just too much of a waste.

      otoh, i bet all of them get something more than it seems like they get from watching all that prize build up they do at the beginning of each episode. that way it isnt quite as scalding a position to be put in for any of them & it probably makes the participants complacent or at least compliant enough for the show to go on. but–feh. theyre losing their most invested & intelligent audience this way. then again, i doubt they care about that.

  • vmcdanie

    I really wanted to give Lifetime a chance, for the most part because I had no choice. PR was one of my favorite shows. But damn, the show has sucked from the word go except for season 7 which was inexplicably kind of reminiscent of the Bravo era. I wonder if B/M are really that incompetent (I did like the real early seasons of The Real World) or Lifetime’s meddling is to blame. Either way, I can’t believe they bungled what looked like on paper a “can’t fail” proposition. I only made it halfway through this season (and I’m mildly curious who the winner is but mainly I just clicked through for the schadenfreude of TLo getting their hate on.)

    Here are some other things I like that I hope Lifetime doesn’t acquire and shit all over: RPDR, Community, Breaking Bad, bagel chips, my ukulele.

    • Citric

      There was a behind the scenes editorial that inadvertently revealed that the showrunner should not be running this show, since she doesn’t actually care about the process. That’s become pretty clear in how they seem to be forcing narratives that don’t actually have much to do with the work being done by the contestants – and the fact that the casting in Season 9 was godawful.

      The Bravo era could force a story if they wanted to – and they almost certainly did, right from the Ballad of Wendy Pepper – but they also seemed to actually care about what happened in the work room, which as it turns out is pretty damn important if you’re trying to guide a series to a compelling conclusion without pissing everyone off.

      • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

        Bravo, Citric, excellently said.

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

        I cannot get that producer’s comments out of my head. When she said that watching the designers work is like watching paint dry, I about had an aneurysm. Why would you put someone like that in charge of a show like PR? The work room has produced some of the best PR scenes ever. If she were paying attention, and/or actually watched a season or two of the show, she might get a clue that putting a bunch of creative people in a room is a perfect recipe for real, fascinating drama that people actually want to see.

        What a bunch of morons these Bunim/Murray people are.

  • NCDFan

    I’m kind of amazed that so many people think that everyone on this show is so fake. I’ve been taking the designers at face value and it hasn’t made me like them or dislike them. Perhaps because I can see elements of my own behavior at different times in my life in their behavior. I don’t think Mondo was particularly whiny, I think he was genuinely struggling. Austin needs to look good to feel like he can turn his attention to the outside. Michael has all the hallmarks of the person who has been trying to be accepted for his whole life. Maybe I’m a fool and they are all a bunch of clever actors but these three seem genuine to me.

    As for the after the runway show, that’s a joke. These shows had to have been filmed long after the actual runway shows and are stupid attempts to add more drama.

    • BrooklynBomber

      I pretty much agree with you. Mondo was so caught up in his own drama he didn’t come off well. But when I was his age I had similar bouts of alack and alas, woe is me, where every little incident or feeling or lack thereof is HUGE and DRAMAHTIC and NO ONE ELSE CAN POSSIBLY UNDERSTAND. And of course everyone else was the same way. I’m just grateful we weren’t being followed around by cameras.

      • holdmewhileimnaked

        [laughing] he’s younger than me, i guess, but not that much & i should & would still be having those bouts had not so much real horror & terror happened in my life. crazyspouse definitely has them even now, even when he is so sick he may not last the year. [if i have been remiss w/ my obligations to people this is why. it's not from unkindness but from exhaustion.] i wonder a million times over why & how he can find the energy to do that. but i guess it’s easier not to change the way you are made even in the face of eternal darkness. even when if you changed yr behavior you might actually maybe even be able to change that face. i guess. it still makes no sense to me. it might make even less, come to think of it.

        • BrooklynBomber

          I hear you. Sending you good thoughts!

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

        I hear ya. I was known for great dramatics and public tantrums. And I’m, by nature, moody as hell. I’ve gotten all those things under control, but it took a lot of work. Just thinking about my past behavior embarrasses me. If it were caught on film, I’d have to move somewhere far away.

        • BrooklynBomber

          Exactly!

  • TheDivineMissAnn

    I quit watching Project Runway mid-season during Mondo’s year, so I hadn’t really formed an opinion about him.  He does seem kind of persnickity (sp?) and fussy, but maybe the guy just wasn’t feeling well when this was filmed.  Stress affects your health.  And even though great strides have been made for people HIV positive or having AIDS, it is still a serious illness. 

    No doubt the man is talented and very creative, but if you are going to be holding a position at Marie Clare for one year, it seems to me you should be able to play with others.  Can you hide yourself in a room when working at a major magazine?

    Sadly, although I started watching PRAS with great hopes, at this point I don’t much care who wins. 

    • cheesebomb

      Stress can certainly affect your health and behavior, but as the other two noted at some point in the show, they aren’t without their own stresses – Michael is bothered about being away from his child (understandably) and Austin’s mother just had her house foreclosed on. 

  • http://twitter.com/Kerry_McC Kerry McCombs

    The entire episode was almost worth it just to hear how Austin described his collection to Anthony and then Anthony’s perfect reaction to it. I rewound that a couple times and giggled my head off.

    • http://twitter.com/TimothyJORourke Tim O’Rourke

       I rewound it several times too, Honey, honey, honey, hon-ey!

    • unbornfawn

      So nice to have Anthony back for commentary! 

  • CarolinLA

    Now, if they’d had zombie walkers come in instead of models, THAT would’ve been interesting…

    • CozyCat

      As long as none of them is name Sophia…

  • http://ymwlt.blogspot.com/ Dawn Sinclair

    I think Mr Whiney Boo wasn’t as bad as he’s been edited and they are preparing the way not to win – AGAIN. 
    Just a thought.

    • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

      EXACTLY my thought!

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      i’m sure he’s not as bad as he’s been edited–i’m sure most of them arent, up to & including kenley the first time. once in awhile they are, i guess [thinking of last season]. but i still think he’s gonna win. i think the editing’s just to cause stoopid tension. the whole damned thing’s turned stupid when it didnt have to be that way. which is double plus stoopid in itself. anyway.

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

    For Joanna Coles alone, it was worth the otherwise wasted hour. 

    To Austin: “Best of luck to you!”
    To Mondo: “Good luck.”
    To Michael: “…”

    Hm. Wonder whom she wants to see at future editorial meetings?

    Also, it cemented my Team Austin stance because as much as “oh, it’s a strategy!” gets bandied about in Mondo’s defense, he’s just come off as a big jerk this season. I certainly wouldn’t want that emotional roller coaster showing up to my meetings.

  • CarolinLA

    Austin’s downfall will be his inability to edit.  He’s Jerrell with taste.  You can’t have a six-piece collection that reflects Fragonard and Hassidic Jews, including a wedding gown, and expect any cohesion.  His flightiness is a great quality but he needs to learn to land his butterfly.

    • MoHub

      Well, if he’s going to channel the Chasidim, he’ll have to put his models in ugly straw wigs.

      • DonnaL

         He was trying to channel Hasidic men.  As I’m sure you know, they don’t wear wigs.  And the women’s sheitls, from what I’ve seen, look pretty damn expensive.  So your comment is ridiculous.

        • MoHub

          Then maybe he should put beards  and black hats on his models. As to shetls, there is a tradition of making them out of straw, and several decades ago in Israel, a straw shetl-maker burned down the shop of a competitor who made them out of hair because he felt the competitor’s wares were too attractive and defeated the purpose.

          And you might want to find your sense of humor; it appears to be lost.

          • BrooklynBomber

            I didn’t know that about making the wigs out of straw. Around here, the Chasidic women wear beautiful, shiny, thick, lustrous hair. Almost makes me want to convert.

    • rainwood1

      I love the “needs to learn to land his butterfly” reference.  It’s so true!

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

    It’s at the point where I more attention to how the designers are being edited/presented than to their collections to guess who is going to win.

  • Stubenville

    Okay, please do not flame me.

    Based on the little we saw of the clothes in the workroom, it will be a travesty if Austin or Michael win. Mondo’s clothes are the only ones which look modern to me. Of course the runway will be the proof of my theory.

    And I completely agree that Mondo has been shown as an insufferable, dour little twit for most of PRAS. Even if the editing is intentionally making him look worse to create drama, he still said / did what we’re seeing on TV.

    • SewingSiren

      I agree that based on the very tiny bits of collections that were we were shown that Mondo does have the superior collection and I am interested to see it and how it plays off of the work he did during the competition. Austin too. Michael, not so much.

    • BrooklynBomber

      I agree that from what we saw, Mondo’s is the one that seems more “fashion,” with a more original point of view.

  • Anne Silberman

    I know, I know, I know. Mondo is Mr. whiny boo and all, but damn it, as soon as he did that Rorschach mono print on the white fabric, I knew he would be my favorite again. 

  • judybrowni

    So it wasn’t just me, being way too tired when I watched the show.

    Learned more from the sneak peek you linked to: on that basis, it looks like whiny Mondo for the win.

    The hideous fabrics Michael chose at Mood, plus that bustier jump suit, should kill him, and I can’t imagine how Austin’s Judy-Jetson- in-a-wind-tunnel look earns him anything but scorn from the judges.

  • tworabbitshow

    Is it just me, or does Mondo appear to be recycling a piece from his first collection?
    Old shirt:
    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_FW86_jO7k_A/TM7Vk3NMesI/AAAAAAACKKc/NeHmME6C7Uc/s400/1%2B2.jpg
    New shirt: (from Lifetime sneak peek)
    http://www.mylifetime.com/d6/sites/mylifetime.com/files/images/PRAS_ep12_Mondo-Guerra2.preview.jpg

  • http://profiles.google.com/valencia.lucia87 Lucía Valencia

    The only good thing about this snooze fest was your Sex and the City reference in the title :)

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

    Eh, I don’t think you “get” camera time on this show as much as you ave “given” it.  I’m still a fan of all three, but I also still wish B/M had never taken the show and that it was still on Bravo with Magical Elves.

  • http://twitter.com/wonderdivaEtsy wonderdivaEtsy

    I was finishing a book last night while semi-paying attention (the book wasn’t exactly heavy, either,) because I could tell it was BM manipulated drama.  I think BM continued on its quest to give Mondo the finger while they still give him the win, but maybe the reason he was in a dark place (as he has said) during filming was because the handwriting was on the wall that he wasn’t the designated winner.  

    Who the hell knows?  It’s really become a silly game show.  However, I am very happy I looked up when they were doing an Austin talking head moment and he was wearing what appeared to be a French foreign legion hat.  Priceless!

  • Girl_With_a_Pearl

    My theory is that B/M for some weird reason doesn’t want us to like the winner of Project Runway.  Gretchen got a very poor edit while Mondo came off great his season.  Anya was the girl who wouldn’t help the other designers.  O.K., O.K. She was also the designer who couldn’t sew, but she was edited to be the only one who wouldn’t help others.

    Michael was very whiny and kept breaking out in tears his season, but is suddenly Mr. Calm and Collected and the viewers like him even more this time.  But Mondo is weeping or bitchy every time we see him.  Austin was much more dramatic his first season.  After this season of All Stars, are these really the same people we met before?      

    • Girl_With_a_Pearl

      A few more points:  

      I hate it that Project Runway under B/M always seems to have the winner predetermined from the very beginning.  

      Unlike the Gretchen and Anya seasons, at least if Mondo wins, he will have deserved the win.  

      But I don’t understand why once they decide someone is the winner, they seem to make sure the viewers hate the winner.    

      • rainwood1

        I’ve had the same thought.  My guess is that they think controversy over the winner creates buzz and therefore increases the audience.  They do seem to have attracted the “can’t look away from a train wreck” crowd, but at the cost of lots of PR’s original fans.  B-M and the producers must be okay with that trade because they keep doing it.  

        • SewingSiren

          It was always that way. I mean the shock win always generates more buzz. How many people vowed never to watch again after Chloe won? And after Jeffery won?

          • rainwood1

            Good point.  It seemed different somehow though, maybe less obvious.  I hadn’t predicted a Chloe win, but when it happened I could see why (I know I’m in the minority on this) and she certainly was a likable designer.  That doesn’t explain the Angry Peanut though.  I just blank out his win because that really was a B-M kind of season.   

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Yes, Chloe was likable, and Daniel V. faltered just enough to give the judges a reason to choose her.  Jeffrey was a horse’s ass in terms of behavior, and I still think that Uli did a better final collection….yes, I”m a Bitter Kitten to the end!

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

      I think some of them have had time to grow up, but, overall, they’re the same people with another side of them being shown. The best example is Kenley. Talk about seeing the complete opposite of what we saw the first time around. I went into All Stars being dreading her being on the show. By the time she left, I loved her. I know that’s not a universal feeling, but she did win over a lot of people.

  • altalinda

    The fact that you have so little to say about the episode says it all.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_26QG22FL4HVT7ZA46F4EE4UEXY amyw

    Mondo was soooo whiney. Ugh. And now I’m annoyed that I’m rooting for him. 

  • formerlyAnon

    4 days to  put together a finale collection?  Hark! That’s the death knell I hear ringing over the PR franchise, at least for me. Over-blatant manipulation of winners during the regular seasons, now that, PLUS this for the all stars.

    If the rest of the season is lacklustre and manipulated, even if I seethe over who is or isn’t in the final 3 or 4, there’s at least the fun of critiquing and comparing the final collections which (one presumes) give a better idea of what each contestant’s abilities, inspirations and aspirations are – sometimes with visible influence of judge’s comments and rankings over the season.

    They’ve taken that away. 4 days is just a multiple-garment version of the “speed trumping creative thought or any significant growth” approach.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    Could Austin and Anthony please start a fashion line together on their own reality show, working out of some gigantic Southern mansion? They could call it Scarlett Williams, and it would be just like Designing Women…

    • sockandaphone

      i would buy everything

      • Lisa

        I would move into the mansion with them.

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

          They’re going to need a lot of extra bedrooms.

          You and I need to coordinate moving day so we don’t get in each other’s way. :-)

          • Lisa

            Whaaaat, I can help you carry things!

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

            Oh yeah, that’s true. We could rent a van together and save money.

    • Sweetbetty

       Oooo, would the original “Anthony” from Designing Women be on the show too?  It would be fun seeing the two Anthonys bouncing off of each other.

  • rainwood1

    I must confess that I’m drafting off of T Lo and all you East Coast bitter kittens who suffered through this episode of Project Mondo.  I scrolled through the comments and saw that this was going to be more of the same only worse and I happily changed the channel to ‘Selling NY’ (St. Bart’s!) and peeked over at PR only a couple of times.  That was more than enough.  Bleh indeed.   

  • sockandaphone

    the only exciting thing about last night was ANTHONY +AUSTIN POWER HOUR. It was like rainbows exploding in my tv, and I loved it. Otherwise, wtf @ that entire ep.

    • Lisa

      Okay, I can’t wait for the re-run to air!  I didn’t watch last night, I was that bummed.  But your post just gave me hope!

  • Susan Crawford

    OK, Austin is NOT the first designer to be influenced by the Hasidim and the use of dark, sumptuous brocades. Gaultier did it some years ago (and was castigated at the same moment he was called a genius, so be careful, Miz Scarlett.)

    But I do see why designers could be drawn to the very symbolic, historic quality of clothing that is highly stylized, ruled by numerous beliefs and metaphors, and that has a rich heritage behind it. But I’m with Miss Anthony: Honey, Honey, Honey, Hon-ee!

    I think Michael Costello emerging as the elder statesman, coin-flipping, therapist-in-residence is a sign that the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse will be cantering down Seventh Avenue later this weekend. He asked good questions in the meeting with Joanna; he was respectful of the time spent with Georgina and Isaac – and again, he listened and asked relevant, thoughtful questions.

    And he made that one-piece strapless jumpsuit that made the model’s legs look as though they were about a foot long, and the torso about eight feet long. Serious crotch-drop there. But . . . I, detester of Michael Costello for so long . . . I am starting to . . . kinda . . . LIKE HIM! (I will now run screaming into the woods!)

    Mondo – I am seeing Bunim/Murray’s sticky little fingers all over Mah Boo, and he is getting some editing that makes him look like an entitled little be-yotch. Are they setting him up? Of course they are!

    Bunim/Murray and Lifetime just cannot resist inflating what was a wonderful, design-centered little reality show where fashioncentric personalities could clash by night over the bobbins into a seething cauldron of weekly crises. So sad. So very, very sad.

    And what was that little aside between Mondo and Michael . . . “if I win, you get the sewing center, and I get the guest editor . . . ?” Huh? More drama? A little note of back-room deal brokering? A lame attempt at humor?

    Anthony needs to have his own reality show. Anthony IS his own reality show, every minute of every day. And the idea of Anthony and Scarlett opening a boutique in Atlanta in a big old Southern mansion would be SO fabulous! Get ON this, someone!

  • Susan Crawford

    OK, Austin is NOT the first designer to be influenced by the Hasidim and the use of dark, sumptuous brocades. Gaultier did it some years ago (and was castigated at the same moment he was called a genius, so be careful, Miz Scarlett.)

    But I do see why designers could be drawn to the very symbolic, historic quality of clothing that is highly stylized, ruled by numerous beliefs and metaphors, and that has a rich heritage behind it. But I’m with Miss Anthony: Honey, Honey, Honey, Hon-ee!

    I think Michael Costello emerging as the elder statesman, coin-flipping, therapist-in-residence is a sign that the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse will be cantering down Seventh Avenue later this weekend. He asked good questions in the meeting with Joanna; he was respectful of the time spent with Georgina and Isaac – and again, he listened and asked relevant, thoughtful questions.

    And he made that one-piece strapless jumpsuit that made the model’s legs look as though they were about a foot long, and the torso about eight feet long. Serious crotch-drop there. But . . . I, detester of Michael Costello for so long . . . I am starting to . . . kinda . . . LIKE HIM! (I will now run screaming into the woods!)

    Mondo – I am seeing Bunim/Murray’s sticky little fingers all over Mah Boo, and he is getting some editing that makes him look like an entitled little be-yotch. Are they setting him up? Of course they are!

    Bunim/Murray and Lifetime just cannot resist inflating what was a wonderful, design-centered little reality show where fashioncentric personalities could clash by night over the bobbins into a seething cauldron of weekly crises. So sad. So very, very sad.

    And what was that little aside between Mondo and Michael . . . “if I win, you get the sewing center, and I get the guest editor . . . ?” Huh? More drama? A little note of back-room deal brokering? A lame attempt at humor?

    Anthony needs to have his own reality show. Anthony IS his own reality show, every minute of every day. And the idea of Anthony and Scarlett opening a boutique in Atlanta in a big old Southern mansion would be SO fabulous! Get ON this, someone!

  • CT14

    Bleh is right.

  • CT14

    Bleh is right.

  • lordandtaylor

    This was sooooooooooo much the bore….even worse than the overproduced trainwreck on NBC. I must say, I do like Austin’s new haircut. I can’t believe Mondo is such a mess (or scene grabber). Please don’t hate me for changing the channel to the Partridge Family on ME TV

    • Lisa

      Don’t feel bad.  I’m catching it on the re-run.  I was so discouraged that I watched “Snapped” instead.  Yes, this season has been such a disappointment that I chose to watch a true-crime docu-drama about women who decide that murdering their husbands is easier than getting a divorce, over my beloved Austin Scarlett.  Sad times, man.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZBD3S3SVIIBJ46VSFEYC2QUVY Bitter

     The only thing worth watching last night: Princess Antoinetta! His
    reaction to Austin Scarlett’s description of his design aesthetic as
    “Fragonard meets Madame de Pompadour meets rock star meets Hasidic Jew”
    was priceless.

    And in “After PRAS,” “I was the Help..just call me Minnie!”

  • lordandtaylor

    I think you have a hit on your hands.

  • Damien W

    This is the least satisfying All-Stars of a reality show since Big Brother 7. Obviously all of these designers (except for Michael, who needs to save face) are here only for the exposure, and couldn’t give a rat’s ass about winning. They might as well have filled the episodes with nothing but workroom, and hanging out in the [insert this season's equivalent for the ATLAS here]. They should have gone the extra mile and added a news crawl across the bottom of the screen that ran all the designer’s website URLs in a continuous loop.

    I’ll say this for Kenley, at least she was honest about this in her exit interviews. But apparently it was contagious.

  • tworabbitshow

    My earlier comment appears stuck in moderation, trying again without live links.

    Is it just me, or does it appear that Mondo recycled a look from his first collection?
    Old shirt:
    4.bp.blogspot.com/_FW86_jO7k_A/TM7Vk3NMesI/AAAAAAACKKc/NeHmME6C7Uc/s400/1%2B2.jpg
    New shirt (from Lifetime sneak peek):
    mylifetime.com/d6/sites/mylifetime.com/files/images/PRAS_ep12_Mondo-Guerra2.preview.jpg

  • tworabbitshow

    Ok, comment moderation is not my friend. Forget the links.

    Mondo’s blouse in the Lifetime sneak peek is pretty much the same blouse he did in his original PR runway collection. Sheer polka-dot print high-necked blouse with bow.

  • minnye

    Mondo’s creative block seemed authentic.  It’s hard to believe he had a plan and sat around doing nothing for a whole day.  His comment that he likes to work in collaboration and that the Marie Claire editor was a dream job made me wonder whether he really is up for running his own fashion business.  I hope finds a career path that makes him happy.

    Austin is a sweetheart so I hate to say I think his ideas seem a bit hackneyed.

    Michael… well, I don’t find him annoying and I wish him well, but he shouldn’t be here in the final 3.

    • rowsella

       I thought it was ironic that he said he liked to work on a team after he pretty much shut everyone out to sulk for hours.

    • SewingSiren

      I don’t think he sat around doing nothing for a whole  day.  And I think they better say the Marie Claire guest editor job is a <dream job. If they want a chance of winning.

      • minnye

        More editing shenanigans, perhaps.  Didn’t he say he was taking the day off?  At any rate, he seems genuine to me.  I don’t think he’s faking angst for the cameras.  Maybe I’m a sucker.

  • guest2visits

    I shuddered when Georgina said that ‘resort’ was now a third of the fashion industry,( or was that a third of all RTW). Really?
    I guess I don’t hit those stores. Are they counting shorts and flip-flops in that number? Because then I might concede that.
    If ‘resort’ means caftans and other lounge-wear, (slinky, embarrassingly- unwearable gowns); then I can only believe it’s the
    industry that’s manufacturing and pushing these slightly Golden Girl type products onto the racks.
        How can these deconstructed jumpsuits be in such demand? (I hate jumpsuits!) You can’t wear them 3 miles from the water.
    Safari? Hasn’t Kors been selling that for the past year or so? Along with Miss Gretch’s safari-diapers? (Oh; it’s becoming clearer now,
    –Michael C.!)    
    And I think resort has taken on a sort of secondary-statis of jaded and un-neccessary items. Like a giant arched traveling trunk.
    Or a porter with 6 cases under one arm, and a caged monkey on the other. Just kind of un-needed and arbitrary.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cherhamilton Cherrie Hamilton

    waste. of. time.

  • http://rseeman.avonrepresentative.com/ Rose Roby

    Mostly I agree, although Miss Anthony always amuses by bouche (that sounds so much dirtier than it should!)

    I have some thoughts about why Mondo is acting like a whiny little bitch, but I’ll share than after the finale because I don’t want to give away spoilers.

  • Geno Boggiatto

    Last night was SUCH a waste of time! Also, the fact that they get 4 days to make 5 (now 6) looks I think is utter B.S. This is the All Star season, and I think that the amount of talent that was scouted out for this season deserves more than a quick mini collection. Sure, they’ve all already had the opportunity to show at NYFW, but they definitely deserve more time to create a collection. It’s kind of offensive.

    • DeTrop

      It is offensive and counter-productive.  They are showing in front of an audience of fashionistas I presume and they are not being given the opportunity to put out their best work.  Then they will be critiqued and told this or that looks unfinished, seams aren’t smooth, hems aren’t straight. Hello!  How is this fair?  This is more Survivor Fashion meets Amazing Race rather than Project Runway Allstars.  I was so looking forward to a serious fashion show with the designers able to put their best work out there.  This is challenge chaos. 

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        It is disappointing for Bunim/Murray to give the designers such a laughably short time to produce their final collections, but  after watching every season of PR I think it’s safe to say that Bunim/Murray doesn’t know how to do a fashion-based reality show. They have their Real World template and have pushed and shoved PR into it, with the approval/acquiesence of Heidi, Nina, MK and the TimBot 3000.
        As TLo said at the end of season nine, it isn’t our show anymore. It’s just a humdrum entry into the drama derby that is reality TV.

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

      It’s completely offensive. Angela spouted some crap about their being All Stars, so they should be able to create a collection in a short period of time, which is some seriously convoluted reasoning. And by “convoluted”, I mean “really friggin’ dumbass”. I know, it’s only fashion, but it still irritates me.

      • Lisa

        Well, like I’d mentioned, I didn’t see it, I”m going to catch it on the re-run.  But that really IS ridiculous, and totally offensive, I agree.  What the hell does it matter if they’re all-stars?  They still need enough time to plan and create as any other final contestants in any other season.  They were seriously screwed, by the sounds of it.

  • MattCooper27

    I’m surprised Austin didn’t choose Kenley. Her skill set seems so much better than Anthony’s. Anthony, however, should be given his own show. It doesn’t even have to be about fashion. They could just follow him around in his everyday life. He cracks me up.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZJ27MD35MEEOJJVB6YSLT6I26A Wat

      Truth. Lady Antoinette slays me every time. 

  • MattCooper27

    I have no idea of the demographics of the readership for Marie Claire, but it seems to me that Mondo has the more modern and youthful of the aesthetics necessary to be a guest editor. I can’t imagine Michael at an editorial meeting. His work seems so geared toward older women. If he wins, I’ll be shocked. Of course, I was shocked by Anya’s win, too.

  • MattCooper27

    Joanna has been great as a mentor. I hate to say it, but as much as I love Tim Gunn, I think she has provided better guidance than he has in recent years.  

    Also, is it just me, but does Austin seem to be the only one who actually cares about the clothes he wears? Granted, I’m not a fan of pearls on men or the excessive make up, but he is classically handsome and looks amazing when he turns down the volume on his style. Michael consistently dresses like a schlub, and I’m tired of Mondo’s saggy tank tops and armpit hair. Michael and Mondo are fashion designers. I can understand dressing for comfort in the workroom, but wearing what those two did to a meeting with Joanna Coles at Marie Claire? Give me a break.

    • Lisa

      You hit upon one of the many, many, MANY things I freaking worship about Austin Scarlett.  Not only does he always look fierce (admittedly over the top in his own way at times – note his Paul Revere outfit at the S1 reunion!), but I’ve always noticed that if you scrub that beautiful face and tone down what he’s wearing, good LORD, that boy is hot!  

      Did you ever see that quick clip of him running around backstage during the S1 finale as he prepared his dummy collection?  He ran quickly past Jay in a couple of “blink and you miss him” moments.  His hair was just hanging naturally around his face, no makeup, his big Yves St. Laurent glasses (if I recall that correctly – they might have been just his round wire rims), jeans, and a shearling jacket.  The boy was *smoking HOT*!  And at first, as much as I’ve always adored him, I didn’t recognize him!  The first time, I thought, “Oooh, who’s that cute boy who just ran past Jay?”  After the second time, I realized it was Austin in a much more toned down version of himself.  I nearly died!

      • DeTrop

        All of the above plus his positive attitude.  He loves what he’s doing and it comes across to the viewer.  He may be over-the-top at times, but it’s fun!  Some day I hope he’s up there with Gaultier, Galliano and McQueen.  He has a long way to go, I know, but there is hope for Austin to bring the magic of art into fashion.  Gotta love the crazy boys!

        • Lisa

          Yes!  That would be wonderful. He seems like such a complete doll, it would be fabulous for nothing but awesome things to happen for him!

      • rowsella

         Austin does have an exuberance about him that is just plain fun and I bet a real pleasant experience to have him around. 

      • MattCooper27

        I remember him appearing as a guest judge (I don’t remember which season). He had on chunky black framed glasses, a black jacket and had his hair plainly styled. He was, as you stated, smoking hot. I love the boy and wish he would experiment more with his masculine side. But even when he’s over the top, I still love him. You can tell he’s passionate about fashion.

        By the way, I wish they still had the reunion shows…

        • Lisa

          I know!  His glamour-puss side is fun, no doubt, but man, when he butches it up a bit more?  Hooooooottt!!!

  • paulmkane2001

    Well, I think Tom and Lorenzo are being excessively nasty here, by about ten miles. I know you two love Mr Fakestin, dears, and maybe Isaac loves him too, but Mondo is a real artist, and what he was expressing was a struggle that any REAL artist is familiar with. It may be that you, as critics, are jealous? Too real for you, is he? Well, darlings, just snark up a storm. You are at least good at that.

    • Peeve

       Wow. I see why you like Mondo. You’re doing what he did last night–only HE was under pressure, only HE was having a hard time. Apparently, only YOU are a real artist and know what “any REAL artist is
      familiar with”. Thanks for enlightening all of us peons. What did TLo say about Mondo that was untrue? Whiny–check. Mondo’s strategizing–check. Their main point was that the episode was a waste of time. Which it was. And by the way, I’ve yet to see any true artistry come out of Mondo this season. Maybe he’s ill, maybe he’s tired. But to be consistently whiny and bitchy to those who support you, even Michael, is truly a stupid way to play the game, and lose a lot of the goodwill he generated in his own season. Too bad. If you don’t like snark, this is the wrong place to be.

      • unbornfawn

        I’d even venture a guess that many bitter kittens and unborn fawns are very talented artists in their own right.

        • Peeve

           That is an understatement. Not to mention our hosts. You don’t get thousands of followers for being hacks.

          • Lisa

            Absolutely, well said!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZJ27MD35MEEOJJVB6YSLT6I26A Wat

      LOL what? Look, I’m a writer, and being blocked sucks, but it’s not an excuse to moan around and be snotty to people who’ve done nothing to you.  Being an ar-teeeeest isn’t a free license to be a whiny jerk.

      • Peeve

         This!

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      i like austin, theres nothing more fake about him than there wouldve been about baudelaire, someone who believed deeply in artificiality.

      & i can guarantee you from a point so far away you cant even see it that the first thing known by someone who knows a very great deal, particularly in an innovative & uncompromising manner is that that person, along w/ everyone else, really knows nothing.

      but i do think mondo was edited badly & i do think they are more or less being told behind the scenes how to behave on the program. why i dont know– but theres no mystery in that. at least no more mystery in it than there is in anything else in the current mediated & dumbed so down its out culture.

      as far as tLo go, they are being in this case a bit nastier than i would be but they certainly arent speaking beyond all bounds. snarkiness is irritating & of very minor interest, i have been here now years & would not be if tLo were snarky. i have no patience for that. they are, instead, very–often exceedingly–accurate critical thinkers. & that you, or anyone, cant beat w/ a stick of any size.

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

       Oh, Mary. Get a hold of yourself. Your slip is showing.

  • BrightsideSusan

    At first I thought it was outrageous that they gave them so little time to even plan the collection and shop – then I realized that they have known this was coming and should have been mentally prepared already.  Still think the time limits and the focus on the whining is just ruining the show.  I miss seeing tha garments in process and the model fittings. It makes up for the quickness of the runways shows where you barely see the finished looks.

  • paulmkane2001

    and it’s not even a good note

    • missinmass

      What are you talking about? You know nothing.

  • paulmkane2001

    I think it’s so cute that Tom and Lorenzo want to see bullshit drama.   What a small world you must live in.

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      i think they actually dont wanna see it. i could be wrong, i guess, but, you know, i dont either.

    • MattCooper27

      I read TLo’s comment (and all of their PR and PRAS comments) the other way. I think they would like to see less emphasis on the “bullshit drama” and more emphasis on what the show is supposed to be about: intelligent critiques by experts about upcoming designers’ work and not heavy handed, manipulative efforts by non-expert producers to create drama where, most likely, none exists.

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

      Tell us again how we’re the snarky ones and that’s what makes us pathetic and how you’re an artist and above such things! That part’s HILARIOUS!

  • Linderella

    I sometimes wonder how much of Mondo’s whining is B/M drama.  Sure, he’s doing it, but knowing them, it’s 10% of his time on camera, but they edit it all together.  Just a thought.  Man, are they ruining this show hard.

    • Kwei-lin Lum

      I think you might be right.  I think that Mondo recovered from his snit reasonably fast.  He had a problem for about a day or so and then improved and got work done and didn’t irreparably destroy relationships with Austin and Michael.  At least that’s how things seem right now.

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

    “Dead white lady.”
     BWA HA HA HA HA Anthony! Welcome back!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4CGGJGJKCS7YDL6VFESBKJKRH4 Happy1

      I know! I would watch an hour a week of Anthony doing, WHATEVER he wanted, every week, rain or shine. Love, Love, Love him!

  • Jolene Barnett

    A few months ago my mom made a joke about whether she should try out for Project Runway. She sews, but doesn’t really design, or make non toddler clothes. I told her she should audition anyway since her husband is dying of cancer, she has an inoperable spine injury, and her 2 year old granddaughter lives with her. With that much potential drama/back-story, I’m not sure she’d even need to know how to use a sewing machine!

    • Call me Bee

      LOL–that’s my story except for the dying husband!  Which, I guess, means I wouldn’t make it… 

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

        I don’t know about that. Do you have a parakeet with a cold, or a great-aunt with a hangnail? Either of those should work. ;-)

        Plus, if you have an inoperable spinal condition, they’d have a field day with that. Hey, I have an inoperable spinal condition! That, my 18 year old cat with high blood pressure, and my ability to sew on a button could get me on the show too.

        • Lisa

          Oh, pick me, pick me!!!  I have a 16 1/2 year old cat who just had an abscessed tooth fixed at the vet!  I can’t design, and I have minimal sewing skills – can I still get on the show?

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

            We’re all on the show!

  • http://twitter.com/FashionFollower FashionFollower.com

    The thing I don’t get is, part of the big prize is a guest editor position at Marie Claire. But being a fashion editor is a completely different job than being a designer. Designers, for the most part, don’t want to be editors and the likely have no talent to do so anyway! And yet, they all gushed over it as if it would help their design careers. Not likely.

  • rorschach1992

    That may well have been the most boring episode of PR I’ve ever seen, All-Stars or otherwise. 

  • TieDye64

    What a lame pile of horse manure. The only thing even remotely entertaining was Austin’s description of his collection. And Anthony. 

  • DCSheehan

    I cannot get the image of Austin’s ‘bouffant pants’ out of my head. They scare me.

  • Sweetbetty

    Just an observation on the show’s editing here…many people have commented on how manipulative it is and many people have commented on how hilarious Anthony’s continued laughing in response to Austin’s description of his line was.  It’s quite possible that the footage of Anthony laughing had nothing to do with Austin’s description.  Granted, it was a bit of good editing that gave something to love about that horrible episode, but it’s just as likely that it never happened as that it did.

    • Lisa

      That’s true.  Normally, they chop up and re-edit scenes to create drama.  Nice to see that they may have tinkered with the editing to create a pleasant moment.

  • SewingSiren

    I meant to add this earlier , another possible reason for Mondo’s bad temper could be that the time frame for this important challenge is so short and they are constantly being pulled  out of work to do this little interviews, confessionals, advice sessions, and   “relaxing” diner scenes. He probably would prefer to work straight through ( I know I would). 
    Michael and Austin enjoy the camera time much more and probably view those times as fun breaks from the grind.

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

    Pretty dull non-episode…why not just have a recap one instead?  Oh I know, it’s because this show has no really notable moments to recap!  At any rate, I still think Austin is getting the winner’s edit BUT they seem to also be positioning Mondour for some Anya type mess.  Poor Michael, they are just milking that cow to throw him to another reality tv humiliation.  He does seem like the most “real” person of the three of them though seeing the other designers in the room with them made me wish UnHeidi had said, “In a surprise twist, two of you will be out and two eliminated designers are back in!”

    Anyway, as much as Austin’s dandyisms aren’t my cup of tea, I do appreciate that he dresses like he knows he’s ON TELEVISION.  LOL, Michael and Mondour sometimes look like they just got out of bed.  (As an aside, I really don’t care who of the three of them wins this as based on the showings this season I don’t think any of them deserve it.)

    • Sweetbetty

       Austin fusses with his appearance from head to toe.  Michael looks like any guy you’d pass on the street.  Mondo goes to great pains to look absolutely ridiculous many times.  Now, some may say Austin looks ridiculous too but we who know him know that the way he presents himself comes directly from his heart and soul.  Mondo, with his little-boy suspender shorts and bow ties and silly hats paired with his dour expression that never seems to change just looks…ridiculous.

    • Lisa

      Oh god!  ”Mondour”!  That’s awesome, please tell me that wasn’t a typo – and if it was, leave it!

  • Bethany Fairbrother

    I so frickin hate Mondo at this point.  He was so ungracious over the models.  And I am tired of his “Oh!  This is so tough!”  Get a JOB!  Do it DAY IN AND DAY OUT!  WITH NO CREATIVITY!  THEN WHINE TO ME ABOUT YOUR LIFE!  OH!  AND WE HAVE UNREALISTIC DUE DATES TOO!

  • lalahartma

    Agree.  It was quite tiresome. 

  • Susan Crawford

    Just spent a fruitful hour scrolling through the commentariat postings, and some EXCELLENT (and a few incomprehensible) points have been raised.

    I was wondering what budget and time-frame the final three designers would be given for PRAS from almost the moment the show was announced. The prize is (and I’m gonna say it one more time, since Joanna Coles is not here to intone it) the biggest in PR history:
    The Nieman Marcus boutique
    A year’s guest editor position at MC
    The sewing room & technology suite
    The huge wad of cash from the beauty/hair folks

    In short: this is a crap-load of really great stuff! So let’s give them a good fabric/trim budget and then force them to make six designs in five days? SIX designs in FIVE DAYS, bitter kittens and unborn fawns. To me, this was simply disrespectful to the finalists. And it is disrespectful of the people who put up a crapload of dough to swell out this prize deal.

    IMHO, the finalists should have had at least three weeks of studio time; at least two fittings with their models; and more than an hour to sweep the aisles at Mood, but that’s a minor detail. These folks should – by this point – know where the last bolt of rayon-jersey Aztec print is located at Mood, amirite?

    We could then have enjoyed an episode where their design process and development was the focus, not the temper tantrums and pissy little black holes of depression that B/M lives for. (Slap me! I forgot this isn’t about fashion any more. It’s not about design. It’s become an after school special of personal tragedy, obstacles overcome, and gut-wrenching manufactured and edited sound-bites.)

    By the end of this episode, the three designers were all rushing around like rock-’em sock-’em couture-bots on speed trying to meet the deadline. Every time the door to the studio opened and another visit from Isaac, or Georgina was on tap, I wanted to scream: CLOCK! IS! TICKING! And thus the B/M folks manipulated me into the faux-ness of their world yet again.

    On the clothing front, I must agree with the many who have stated that while Austin’s primping and preening can wear thin, he is the ONLY finalist who looks consistently aware that one’s clothing IS important.

    Michael looks like he rolled right out of bed, grabbed yet another shapeless t-shirt and sag-ass pants and called it a day.

    Mondo might want to rethink the whole hairy armpit thing. I’m not saying manscaping, but occasionally wearing a shirt with sleeves instead of a tank would give my eyes a little rest. When the armpit hair is on display, it is hard to take in much of anything else.

    And, sure, I know it was hot in the studios, and comfort while working is important. I get thet. But since when do you turn up at the editorial offices of a fashion magazine to meet with your design mentor and (possible) future boss looking like, in Michael’s case, an unkempt slacker? Or, in Mondo’s case, looking like a clanking, clattering caliginous collection of crazy? Thank GOD  for Austin.

    As this endless episode crawled along, and the losing All Stars were brought in so a design assistant could help with the sixth look, my eyes were rolling in boredom. Frankly, I think they should have called JustRamona from “24 Hour Catwalk” to assist all the boys. Five minutes in the design room with Just would have been AWESOME. Oh, yes, ladies, you WILL snap to it and snap out of it or Just will snap you like the teeny little pissant twiglets you are. (neck roll, snaps up)

    (Reality Show Spinoff: Anthony & Miz Scarlett open the Atlanta mansion-based boutique, and Just is their dominatrix. God, please make this show happen. Please?)

    So . . . until the next and final finale, adieu. T and Lo, I hope you fellows have been busily dosing yourselves with some of the fine cold remedies suggested, and thanks (as always) for not only making us all laugh and learn, but for giving us our own little rant-space! How very chic of you both!

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day, all! See you at the TLounge on Thursday!

    • unbornfawn

      Excellent post.

  • malvernite

    not getting the mondo hate. guy had a creative block that was tormenting him, he just wants to be left alone, wth is wrong with that? i thought it was just plain stupid for michael to say that mondo was being disrespectful because he was rebuffing the overtures from the other two – what about respecting mondo’s own creative process that may, it seems, require him to just be by himself and away from “help”?  jeez. i watched the episode and saw a mondo that was almost at the point of panic – probably because of the ridiculous timeline to produce the collection. it was only after he got a bit of empathy from georgina that he seemed to pull himself together – she at least related to the whole psychology that results from being under extreme pressure, and did not judge him.

    i didnt mind the episode. i didnt find it boring. i’m curious about what the designers will bring as the 6th look made from previous design scraps – well, i think i’ve seen michaels. and i’m looking forward to seeing the final collections on the runway and the judging. i like mondo and hope he wins, but at this point, i’m prepared for an austin win.

  • sterlingrose

    I still give Mondo a wide berth because I do think a lot of that is in the editing.  He wanted to go close his door and be alone but you know they wanted to shoot every bad/whiney moment.  I guess I give him his due because I’ve been there – hated all I had to work with, exhausted. But then I walk away for a day and come back ready to go.  C’mon you got Austin Scarlet with the Madame Pompadour meets Hasidic Jew – you going to let that slide?   The visits from the judges were interesting I just think without the home visits and only 4 days (just silly, why not give them a week and let them have a little time to really do something) and Michael always being sunny (which isn’t interesting for tv I guess) you don’t have much else to talk about.  If this whole season is just about Mondo getting his win after being robbed I am fine with that.  He got robbed and he is good so fine.  But yeah, the interest is fading.  I miss the days of going to Paris and some time and money to do a good couture look.  They’ve gotten into insane challenges and forgotten that maybe we’d like to see them have the time and money to really design

  • Miranda Prince

    Hey TLo, are you even going to cover Project Runway season 10? I know it started your blog and all, but … I think when you two give up on the show, that’s when I will give up.

  • calimon

    Entirely anti-climactic, and, I fear, the finale will be too.

  • theGreyCatt

    As a bipolar person, I think it’s fair for me to say that Mondo’s repetitive pronouncement of having “actually become crazy” from this challenge and/or competition is an insult to our people everywhere.

  • HelenNPN

    After reading half of the comments here, always a treat, and watching, I have to say one 1 positive thing regarding the production – BM (how appropriate) has done at least the one job of not making it completely obvious who will win.  There are ins and outs and twists to the Mondo Hyper Whine edit, the Michael Down To Business Edit, and the Austin Couturier A Go Go edit.  So it boils down to:

    Austin – Couture
    Michael – Commercial
    Mondo – Edgy Modern

    So which of these vibes does Marie Claire want to promote for the upcoming year?

    I believe they’ll go the Edgy Modern route every time, safer for business than couture and not sell out safe like commercial.

    The Mondo win also allows them to complete their redemption-of-the-dissed-hero as planned.  Finally, they made him look like a bhole so that it wouldn’t be blatantly obvious that the whole season wasn’t just a Coronation of the Princeling after all (which it basically was.)  I never liked Mondo’s designs as much as the rest of the public, but he draws original inspiration from within, and ultimately, I respect that.  Michael and Austin will both have plenty of customers after this exposure, so I have no worries for their bright futures.

  • http://twitter.com/ShelfAfterlife Shelf Afterlife

    So…I enjoyed it.  Guess I’m the only one.  Mondo’s season was so recent, I guess he learned how to play the game.  I don’t care.  It’s still better than season 9.  It’s so nice to see Michael when he’s not melting down.  Austin…he’s something else, but in general I haven’t liked much of what he’s made.  I will tune in and see what happens!

  • bellafigura1

    Kind of irrelevant, sorry, but when my daughter was tiny she referred to her little-girl parts as her “bunim”.  I have no idea why or where she got that from, but every time I see it on screen I laugh.  That’s all, back to regularly scheduled bitching.

  • kolokOlchik

    I am so over Mondo, and I was his biggest supporter

  • Jase37206

    They edit the show people! They want you to have a certain feeling about the “characters” of the show. I am sure Austin & Michael were whining too but that is the mold they are putting Mondo into this season. It is how they do it, they are doing a terrible job at it tho I must say. People are really fed up with it.

  • fashionzombie

    I have to say, when it became clear that there’s one more episode left, I indulged in a fit of fake weeping. We thought it was over! And it’s not!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1241487378 Lauren Lynch Fox

    Remember season one when Wendy won the grammy challenge and Austin was out and we were all screaming at the TV…..I miss those days…..now I even fast-forward on demand….yawn

  • https://twitter.com/Gayer_Than_Thou Gayer Than Thou

    I’m surprised by how much less like able Mondo is this season.