PRAS: Runners-Up

Posted on March 23, 2012

As lackluster as this season – and especially this finale – was, as we look over these two collections, there’s no doubt that the judges made the right decision. Both of these designers are capable of better than this and it seems to us that the way the finale was constructed ensured the win for the contestant best able to manage the time constraints. Which isn’t to say that the winner didn’t deserve it; just that we can’t judge any of these collections the same way we’d judge ones that took weeks and even months to complete.



Honestly, we get what he was going for here, but the result is just comical. It turns out you really can’t mimic 18th Century-style panniers on a pair of pants. And look how badly they’re finished. The hems look like they’re glued together.

This was really well done. A very salable dress, although the skirt might need to be toned down a bit.

We might as well take this point to mention the styling, which did nothing but demonstrate how out-of-it Austin can get sometimes. He can talk about Fragonard and Hasidic Jews as much as he wants; all anyone else saw was a bunch of creepy broke-down dolls.

Disappointingly standard; the only interesting bit was that puff of tulle, but let’s face it, very few women want to look like they’re shitting tulle when they walk away.

The pink-and-black color story was terribly limiting for the collection.

God, we hate to say this, but … HIDEOUS. Everything from the fabric choice to the shape is wrong wrong wrong. We look at this and we see a designer lost in his own fantasies. There’s no evidence of a designer who took a step back to assess what he was doing. Granted, he was in a reality show bubble and exhausted, so it’s not a commentary on his skills generally.

This had the whiff of last-second desperation to it. It feels like the afterthought it is. We think injecting a little rock and roll was not a bad idea for this collection, but this was a bit too far away thematically from the other pieces. And it’s just not all that well-executed.

But credit where it’s due: this was pretty breathtaking. If he’d somehow managed to produce 6 looks on this level, there’d be no question that he deserved to win.



It’s no secret that we rarely respond well to Michael’s work. Much of it is wearable and extremely salable, but we never felt he produced anything worth applauding in a design competition. In a way, this finale was perfect for him because he was being judged by Neiman’s fashion director and shooting for a prize that included space on the Neiman’s racks. As such, this is one time where the phrase that so often comes to mind when we see Michael’s work, “department store clothes,” is a point in its favor.

But that means we have virtually nothing to say about any of these designs.

Seriously, we don’t meant to be dismissive, but these are so standard we don’t know what else to say except we think his print choices were a bit on the tacky side. Decent work from a designer whose clothes would look at home in a department store like Neiman’s but nothing to write home about.

Austin went off on fanciful tangents and that was probably a bit too far for Neiman’s, but Michael wound up giving them what they most likely already have on their racks. One went off course and the other was too on-point. Mondo’s was the goldilocks of collections. Not too wild and not too standard.


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  • Wow, the eyes burn. I have successfully weaned myself off of watching PRAS and this collection of hideous outfits confirms the wisdom of my choice. 

  • golden_valley

    Michael’s stuff looks like the Chicos catalog, not Neiman Marcus.

    • Elaine Lang

       Oh, GOD, YES.    That faux-“ethnic” animal printy stuff is classic Chicos.  One doesn’t even need to look too closely at the garments, the print just screams “I HAVE AN ELASTIC WAISTBAND.”

      • ballerinawithagun

        Love these 2 comments, Chico’s & elastic waistbands always go together.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        As someone who shops at Chico’s (Yes, kill me now, the stuff fits), MIchael did choose prints that would be completely at home in Chico’s.

    • T

       I immediately though “Kardashians.” And that is not a place I like my mind to go.

      • PhillipWilde

        YES! Michael’s looks would all be at home in the Kardashian Kollection at Sears.

        • fashionablylate

          lmao, take the hems up a few inches and make the fit tighter, but yes!

        • Rroxy

          Please tell me it’s not really called The Kardashian Kollection?

      • Exactly what I thought, too.

    •  Indeed, it does!

  • donnaINseattle

    I liked Michael’s second dress and would buy it on the sale rack. The rest would be given to me as a gift and hang in the closet.

    Note to producers: Just four days is insulting to your viewers. Let us see clothes beautifully done, not tossed together. Disappointed with producers more than the designers.

  • I know Austin can be among the most fanciful of designers, and not just when it comes to clothes. But his centuries old female vampire borrowing clothes from Hasidic gentlemen friends was so far out there, I wonder if it was code for “fuck this, I know they want to give Mondo the win.” 

    The wedding dress is to die for and someone better be contacting him about that because women will want it. And even the ugly dress could be re-imagined in white.  

    Michael – why do I see Farrah Fawcett? That hair! those outfits!

    • Onymous

       > I wonder if it was code for “fuck this, I know they want to give Mondo the win.”

      Yeah I advanced that theory in the other thread too. Really the addition of “immortal vampire” to his already extensive and silly list of inspiration is what makes me believe it.

      • And the shaving off his stache so we could tell when things had been recorded. A big part of me wants to believe he knew a Mondo win was in the cards and rather than getting angry, he decided to have all the fun he could and ride that unicorn until the end of the show. 

        • RroseSelavy

          I don’t know, he still seemed pretty bitter, if not angry, when Mondo got the win. Lips pursed so tight they could hold back the Niagara.

          • BuffaloBarbara

             Bitter and angry, but not surprised. 

      • BuffaloBarbara

         I think he may have mentally gone there, but definitely saying it aloud was a “Fuck this” moment.  Either that or complete cloudcuckooland moment, which is also Austin, but giving in to it was probably not wise.

    • You see Farrah Fawcett because that’s probably exactly his inspiration. When he talked to the L’oreal hair people you could hear him say “70’s” and “parted in the middle”. Very Farrah.

  • Yeah, I love Austin, but that Vampire-Fragonard-Rock Star-who-borrows-clothes-from-her-dandy-Hassidic-Jewish-man-friend wasn’t an inspirational vision: It was an acid trip.


    • donnaINseattle

      The description wasn’t even interesting or intriguing. It was just . . . a Scrabble Board of words. Austin is the one who would have benefited the most from a real schedule instead of the joke the producers are thrusting upon the viewers.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Austin had so many ideas in his mini collection that he wasn’t able to explore any of them really well. That silly 4 day limit really hurt him.

        • Glammie

          It’s a shame, isn’t it, that Austin has never had the chance to do a full collection with the time and backing.  He is a terrific craftsman and has that haute-couture sense–I mean, wow, what else could have gone with that wedding dress?

          • CozyCat

            Not to mention that how good he would have been as a guest editor at Marie Claire.  Wouldn’t you love to read his hair and makeup tips every month?

          • Glammie

            Oh right . . . damn, does that mean Mondo’s going to be working with Nina?  That would be the same Nina who almost gave him a win, but didn’t because of his styling . . . oh man . . . wouldn’t want to be part of *those* discussions.  

            Austin would have been a weirdly charming editor, methinks.  Probably the most fun of the lot, though part of me will always want to know what Elisa would have been like in a staff meeting.  Damn, I loved Puppet Girl.  One of my favorite contestants ever.

          • alula_auburn

            One of the things I loved about the Austin and Santino show was that Austin seems to be really, really good at making people (like, non-model women) feel good about themselves.  I know a lot of people see him as always putting on an act, but to me he actually comes across as so thoroughly comfortable (probably hard-earned) in his own skin that he’s genuinely just having fun.  I think he would have been a blast and a breath of fresh air as a guest editor, tbh.  

          • BuffaloBarbara

             Yeah, the show was weird (who gets an emergency dress made on short notice like that, but has enough time to apply for it in a reality show?), but I became genuinely fond of both Austin and Santino–the latter for his humor and down-to-earth aspect, the former for exactly what you said.  It felt like he really was there to make these women feel like the most beautiful creatures in the world.  And even if there’s a flair of an act about it, it’s an act that you have to be DAMNED comfortable with to pull off.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Yes, I think that Austin genuinely wants the women he dresses to look and feel absolutely great,and that is one of his most endearing qualities.

          • HobbitGirl

            I saw him once on “Say Yes to the Dress” — someone had come a very long way to try on his dresses for Kenneth Poole and to meet him, and then she found out they didn’t look great on her. He was very nice about it. He comes across as sort of nutty and prim, but I like him anyway.

          • formerlyAnon

            I just think the whole guest editor gig is weird. I guess they get intern assistants to do the leg work, research and writing if they wind up not being so good at that? Because for the life of me, I can’t see how being able to make a passably interesting dress in 24 hours guarantees  one has the skill set.

          • BrooklynBomber

            I think in this case “Editor” is used loosely. The way sometimes “Vice President” is handed out to someone who needs a title and some prestige. I don’t think it necessarily means the same as it would if someone’s actually hired as an editor.

          • formerlyAnon

            You are no doubt right. I can get very literal, especially when they could have used any descriptor for the prize, and assume the title was chosen to convey more meaning than it was. 

          • Whimsique

             I took it as pretty much the same way “The Apprentice” was an apprentice
            — somebody to do press gigs and signal-boost the brand. 

          • formerlyAnon

            I’m sure you’re right. See my reply to BB, previously.

          • Rroxy

            That’s what I was thinking a couple of weeks before the finale aired: Michael would be pretty much useless at Marie-Claire, but he’d soak everything up like a sponge; Austin would be in 7th heaven and probably contribute quite a bit as Assistant Editor; and Mondo… would be an absolute nightmare. Now they’re stuck with him for a year. I thought his collection most deserved the win, but boy! Is he the worst possible Assistant Editor ever.

          • Yeah, I don’t think Mondo is flexible enough to really do well for Marie Claire.  He’s so married to his own style that I don’t know how much he can move beyond that.  I think Micheal would have really made the most of the experience, based on his response to crtiiques.

    • mhleta

      Anthony’s tearfully hysterical response to Austin’s Miss-Havisham-Off-Her-Meds description of his collection said it all, “Oh honey, honey, HONEEE!!!”

    • greyhoundgirl

      GT–Your description here is better than Austin’s.

    • YoungSally

      You forgot “who now lives in Williamsburg” I just can’t see Miss Scarlett in Williamsburg….or even the UWS. His TV persona reminds me of a comment that went around about Sarah Brightman when Phantom of the Opera first opened (yes younger viewers there was a time before Phantom)….The comment – which referred to her acting — was along the lines of “She couldn’t look scared on the C train at midnight”.

      • alicetiara

         I’ve seen  him in the East and West village many times. Not very different from Williamsburg.

    • Listening to him talk reminded me of learning the definition of “word salad” in high school psychology class and then reading  medical transcripts of examples. Some of the patients in those transcripts made more sense than Austin did here.

      And did anyone else get the vibe that his “obsession” with Hasidic men’s fashion was more of an “I think that’s sexy” thing?

  • I loved Michael’s collection! I can understand why you and the judges (especially, Issac) weren’t excited about it. But, dammit, this fuckin’ collection will SALE OUT in stores. He should try to do a online store. I would purchase it. 

    Austin’s collection was just straight up laughable. And cringeworthy. The wedding dress placed him in 2nd place, though.

    • random_poster

      I think that’s the point.  These clothes are already in stores, and they do sell.  What they don’t do is differentiate Michael from anyone else.  I kind of can’t believe I’m saying this, but if I wanted a dress made I wouldn’t hesitate to go to him.  However, I wouldn’t award him $200k in cash and prizes. 

      • RebeccaKW

         Exactly.  He doesn’t make ugly clothes (most of the time) but he certainly doesn’t make inspired clothes.  And since what he makes is stuff that is selling now, I couldn’t see him as a fashion editor forecasting trends.

  • lonepear

    “Shitting tulle”–priceless. Actually, it looks more like super-ultra-fancy tulle toilet paper got caught in the poor woman’s underthings.

    • Paigealicious

       Yeah, my immediate comment was “Why is she farting tulle?”

      • mhleta

        Michael Kors definitely would have had something to say about it.

      • YoungSally

         Do vampires fart?

    • MoHub

      Yes. My reaction was definitely “ladies’ room malfunction.” And I’m old enough to remember colored—including pink—toilet paper.

    • I immediately heard a replay in my head of Heidi’s voice in a past season saying “she looks like she is pooping fabric.”

      • hearkentoit

         Never thought I’d say this, but I miss Heidi. Angela is just awful.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Angela Lindvall might be great at working a dress on the runway or in print, but she didn’t ever seem to be really comfortable in front of the camera.

    • BrooklynBomber

      Oh, it’s just terrible. I couldn’t believe it when the model turned around. It’s like her skirt got caught and her petticoat is showing.

  • This show has gotten so much worse since it moved to Lifetime. I’ve given it two seasons there, and I don’t think I’ll be watching anymore.

    • I was PISSED OFF when I first heard that “Project Runway” was moving to Lifetime. PISSED…OFF! First off, what is a Lifetime Channel? Till this day, I always have to give myself 5mins before the show starts to find the Lifetime channel. Never fails. 

      Granted, the excitement for any reality competition show will eventually die down once it’s past its 5th year or so (see: American Idol. But Lifetime has completely sucked out the fun outta this show. Then adding Bunim & Murray along was just…just…ugh!

      • Celandine1

        The best thing about last night was that I didn’t see any commercials for that putrid Dance Moms show. Although  the  commercials for the mom turned high priced escort movie was getting on my nerves. 

        • RebeccaKW

           I watch PR online, and it’s almost not worth it to have to sit through those commercials for that Jennifer Love Hewitt hooker movie-turned-tv series.

          • Celandine1

            OMFG it’s a series?????!!!!!!

          • RebeccaKW

             Yea.  The first time I saw it, I thought it was and ad for re-airing the movie.  But no.  It’s a series.  And it seems to be more obvious hooker, less masseuse than the movie.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Yes, Lifetime, the channel for women…who fantasize that they’re: (fill in the blank) high class hookers, mothers of pint-sized demon dance tots, tied to train tracks by the serial killer who is also their long-lost biological father….

          • BrooklynBomber

            Mr. Bomber & I call it Lifetime For Victims.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            That is LIfetime in a nutshell!

        • LAWD! You didn’t see the commercial for Dance Moms: Miami?!!! My eyes are STILL scarred. :o(

          • Celandine1

            Best timed potty break ever! And god help us all that it’s franchise now…

        • BrooklynBomber

          “The best thing about last night was that I didn’t see any commercials for that putrid Dance Moms show.” 

          Too funny. And so sad at the same time.

        • aristida_girl

          You should check out the Fug Girls for The Client List, they have some really great and funny things to says about it that make the commercials more bearable 🙂 

    • MK03

      You know, if they really want to fit into Lifetime’s mileiu AND keep their viewership, they need to start beating the aufees in each episode. Whenever I think of Lifetime, I always think of Jim Gaffigan’s joke about how all their “girl-power” shows feature a woman being abused: “Tonight, Meredith Baxter-Birney is beaten with a rod in the Lifetime original: ‘Rod.'”

      • Best succinct summary EVER.  Thanks for the laugh!!

  • Onymous

    Listening to TH going on about how Neimen Marcus would actually be able to sell Micheal’s clothing I got the impression that no one told him Mondo was supposed to win.

    But he was right, on a purely “who’s will fit in a store with a minimum of  effort/money” angle Micheal wins. But of the three, Mondo really is the only one I’d trust to the fashion editor position.
    Even if it wasn’t rigged, even if he had turned in a shit collection. Of the three, I would have given it to Mondo just for for Marie Claire’s sake.

  • Austin’s theme: vampire in Williamsburg dressing up old vampire looks with Hasidic clothing… I just didn’t see any nods to Hasidic style (aside from the pincurls). I couldn’t believe the judges went on about that pleather skirt and pink top. Well, the judging was sad. “Everybody’s great!”

    • MoHub

      In my book, “Chasidic dandy” is an oxymoron.

      • YoungSally

        I’m not sure I completely agree….there is a certain fastidious attention to detail for both breeds….and who doesn’t love a guy with fringe?

    • Chasidic dandy is just downright offensive. If anyone should know what a dandy is, it’s Austin. (Def: a man who is excessively concerned with fashion and elegance.) Men with long beards, black overcoats and plain black hats, all worn for strict religious observance, are not dandies. And they do not wear sausage curls all over their heads. I don’t know what part of Williamsburg he’s hanging out in, but it’s certainly not the local Chabad.

      • Imrastro

         Actually, they are dandified. Starched white shirts, long belted silk jackets, fur hats. Only on Shabbat granted, but fairly dandified. None of that made it into the collection though.

  • SewingSiren

    !. I thought the 1st look was an fanciful opening look, pure fantasy. I ended up liking the hair too (except on the preview model).
    2. The lacquered lace dress was my favorite. Maybe of all three collections. 
    3. Okay from the front. Toilet paper mishap from the back.
    4. Not enough time for an old fashioned Couture gown . It looks rushed. It doesn’t fit in.
    5.I did a pretty good job with the scraps.
    6. I love that he ended with the bride. She doesn’t need to fit with the other looks. Nicely done.

    In my opinion the black/red gown was the only clunk. Over all nicely done.

    • ampg

      Austin’s was actually my favorite in terms of vision – I loved that he swung for the fences, so to speak.  And I thought that puff of tulle in look #3 looked great in motion and served as a really nice contrast to the sleekness of the skirt.  I agree that his “couture” gown was a total miss, but it sounded like he knew that, too, and just ran out of time to make it into something worth showing.  The wedding gown was just amazing.

      • Celandine1

        The  puff of tulle  was a fun  surprise on a pretty standard look when the model turned around. As you  said it looked great while she was walking. The wedding gown was stunning, even more so when you think about designing it and constructing it in four days with 1 helper for  a day and 5 other designs to make. Compare  this especially to the designers on Joe Zee’s show, All on the Line, where they get more time and all their staff and manufacturing resources. All three of theses collections were great  for 4 days work, but that’s not the show we signed up for.

  • I liked Austin’s 1st 3 looks–except for the excremental bit of pink tulle, though I can see why it was there. I didn’t understand the pink pannier pants but they reminded me of Bert’s Avant-Garde challenge pants. Except these were much better.

    Michael’s–I snore with you.

  • alula_auburn

    I did about fall over laughing when Austin told his story on the runway (but with love, and massive sleep deprivation.  Vampires are lulzy to me.).  But yeah, pretty meh otherwise.

  • crash1212

    Only piece I liked of Michael’s collection was the second dress, and it came out in the ghastly After Show that April made that dress. So, there you go. Only piece of Austin’s I liked was the wedding dress…obviously – totally gorgeous.

    • CarolinLA

      You’re giving too much credit to April.  He designed the thing.  And at least Michael showed the maturity to choose April has his helper because he knew her skills would match up with his designs and he was right.  I admired the fact that Michael, in the after show, promoted April’s skills as he had also done in the confessional, while Mondo bitched about how Mila didn’t get enough done in the time she was there.  Who knew that Michael would end up being the adult in the room.

      •  Michael made a classy gracious exit from the stage (“I’m going to Paris!!”) compared to Austin the eye-roller. I think he realizes that the publicity is almost as good as winning the prize.

  • Spot on commentary, fellows. I did think Austin’s clothing had a higher level of polish than Michael’s, and several of his pieces were very nice. The one mermaid dress with the fishtail bottom looked exactly like something Edith Head or Helen Rose would have designed for Lana Turner or Esther Williams in the 1950’s.

    • CarolinLA

      Oooh, gosh, polished is the last word I would use for this Austin collection.  Michael’s stuff looks like it was made impeccably and didn’t Austin say he was concerned that pins would show on his?  I found nothing redeemable about that gown.  The fabric is awful as is the design.  I don’t think Austin did himself any favors with this collection.  

      •  I would say the lace dress and the wedding gown are impeccable, and better made than anything Michael made. The other pieces, not as much, but it did look like a collection to me. As others have pointed out here, Michael’s collection looks like stuff available in any mid-level women’s mall store or mail-order catalog, and not interesting from a design perspective.

        •  And I should have explained clearer in my first comment, that the mermaid/fishtail dress isn’t a winner, and that its resemblance to a ’50s gown was pointing out that it looked dated and out of place.

  • Logo Girl

    I thought Austin’s pink puff looked like a slipped panty liner. 

    Still, as someone who almost exclusively wears pink and black, I responded well to his color scheme.

  • Glammie

    There’s actually a Needless Markup where I live and, well, NONE of the collections are a natural for it.  It’s not a young crowd, by and large.  Mila and Rami are the most natural fits for NM.  Oh, and Kara Janx.  MIchael’s a little too sloppy for the general look of NM’s stuff and Mondo’s is a little junior, though some of his more sophisticated pieces will be okay.

    • sashaychante

      OMG…SO TRUE!  I’ve not understood the judging  at all from this NM perspective.  The client base is definitely more mature than most anything that the designers produced.  It seems that when the designers actually took into account who might be shopping at NM (like Austin, Mila, Rami), they were criticized for it.

      • BuffaloBarbara

         Maybe NM is trying to attract a younger clientele?  (Good luck in this economy, guys.)

    • YoungSally

       Mondo has a Todd Oldham vibe with an occasional whiff of Mizrahi humor…..I could see it at Bloomies, Barney’s (or COOP)…but not NM.

      • Glammie

        Yeah, even the junior dept. at NM isn’t.  You see some beautiful designer clothes there, but it’s never young.  It’s not a NY store and I think that’s where it kind of shows.  It’s Texan ladies-who-lunch and their deb daughters at the core.  

        So, yep, I think the COOP, some parts of Bloomie’s are more Mondo’s niche.  

        The one reasonably fashion-forward dept. I’ve seen at NM is shoes.  

  • Thathoodwink

    I’m confused about Austin’s second look, the lace dress. Last night it looked like there was one piece of fruffery on the model’s right hip, and the rest of the skirt hung straight (as it appears in the 2nd photo). Why does it appear completely different in the 1st photo? The fruffery is distributed all around in this photo, and looks more symmetrical and much better. 

    • hannala

       I think the model is fluffering the fruffery.

      • Thathoodwink

        Haha, yes, you’re right. I DVR’d the show last night and this morning after my post I rewatched the dress. Indeed she did!

  • SewingSiren


    1 and 5 are so similar  to each other. They both look like they came from the Kardashian Kollection at Sears. In fact the animal print jumpsuits are Kurrently on Klearance.
    2. Looks a lot like a Kardashian version of Mondo’s signature dress. But probably the best look of the collection.
    3. Her arms look like they are in tourniquets. 
    4. Another Kardashian look.
    6. Boom the flag of Greece.

    Kenley should be going to Paris.

    • Paigealicious

       Can we also comment on the “awesome” prize of a WHOLE weekend in Paris?  With a 7-hour flight each way? Geez, don’t strain yourselves, B-M.

      • DinaSews

        I think the acronym of BM accurately describes what they produce. 

      • VanessaDK

        The runner up prize should have been to select one of their six looks to be sold at N-M:  then Austin’s bridal gown could be plucked from obscurity.

      • CarolinLA

        How INSULTING was it that she pulled the envelope out of her very full day-planner?  It was handled so unclassily.  I’m glad that the runners up got something but I wish that it had been a fashion-related prize as VanessaDK stated.  Then it would further their careers.  (Although I did lust after the Plaza Athenee where Carrie and Alexander stayed in SATC.)

      • PhoebePowers

         I loved Austin’s kill-em-with-good-sportsmanship delivery of “Thank you, it’s a very nice consolation prize”.

      • mhleta

        Oh I completely agree. Two days in Paris? Ten hour flight from LaGuardia, assuming you can get direct. Leave at 10P, arrive at some gawdawful hour of Paris time. Check into hotel, put your feet up to try to get the swelling in your cankles down, fall asleep on the floor wake up ravenous in the middle of the night, crawl into bed and try to sleep. That’s Day 1. Day 2: Still reeling from jet lag. Leave hotel, wander around, find food, go to a museum, spend most of the time in the toilet because the coffee is too strong. Stumble back to hotel. Shart in your pants on the way. Nap. Shower. Find food. Drink too much wine. Eat too much cheese. Go back to room. Pass out. Wake up late, rush to airport in a cold sweat. Get home. Exhausting.

        • No, you’d leave at, like 6 pm because that’s how you arrive at 6 am in Paris, which means that you have to get to the airport by 3:00 at the latest, so basically your entire departure day is shot, too.

        • hac51

          Too true, esp. the sharting.

      • formerlyAnon

        I am hoping the airline ticket allows them to change the departure date so they can extend the trip at their own expense. Even two more days would be totally worth it, if one could scrape up the money.

      • It should have at least been a four-day trip. One day for each day of the final challenge.

      • BuffaloBarbara

         Yeah, seriously.  They didn’t give a big budget for the collections.  They could have sprung for a couple of weeks, and maybe a tour of one of the big Paris fashion houses.

      • Elizabido

        That’s what I was thinking! How much can you do in a weekend in one of the most exciting places on earth? You can’t even get the most out of San Diego in just a weekend.

    • VanessaDK

      “Kurrently on Klearance” love it!

  • A 4 day collection…..I don’t know why any of them agreed to it. You knew it could not be good

    • mjude

      i still dont get why they only had 4 days.

      • Stubenville

        Stating the obvious; B/M has NO CLUE about their audience. They think we want to see people-frantically-running-around DRAMA while most people (on this blog at least) want to see talented people create something breathtakingly beautiful.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Bunim/Murray does programming for the lowest common denominator. After Anya’s win (GACK) I checked Lifetime’s message board and it was mildly depressing to see how many people liked Anya.  That was the message board on which someone told me that I had sold my soul to Old Scratch because I dared to criticize Anya’s collection, by the way!

    • alula_auburn

      And it was so obnoxious when Angela (? I still have trouble remembering her name) was introducing the runway and asking the audience for their “love and support or whatever”–um, they only had FOUR DAYS because of a stupid contrivance of the show in the first place!

      It really makes no sense–that’s less time per outfit than a “normal” challenge, of course it’s going to be crappy, and end up with massive corner cutting in ambition, editing or execution, if not all three.  

      (It does make me feel v. lazy about the paper I’m still finishing, though.)

  • Michael’s collection looked like something Anya would do with a few more skills under her belt.  That’s been kind of an issue with him all this season, come to think of it.  It’s pretty but not impressive from a design point of view.  I agree Mondo deserved to win but I just want to take up a collection for Austin so he can help his poor mom out.

    • Do not remind me of Anya’s win. When I think of it then I think of Uli being robbed of the prize in Season 3.

      • dschubba

        I am still salty about Uli.

        “Uli, you made a collection that every woman would want to wear. Jeffrey, you you showed range, but made a few huge mistakes. Sorry, Uli, you lose.”

  • i was disappointed that the finalists only got 4 days to do their collections. we finally have some talent/artists and we get the rushed/pinned version of a “collection”.

  • nancylee61

    Austin – sigh. He is so gifted, a real artist, but has no editing ability. With an editor of sorts, he could be golden. I agree with TLo – what is there to say about Michael’s work. Boring, already done and commercial. Not a winner of a design contest.

    • CarolinLA

      Austin should’ve been in the movie Midnight in Paris.  He belongs in another era.  

    • dharmabum8

      I think that’s why Austin is so well suited for the wedding gown industry and had success there in the past. Grandiose extravaganza moment gowns are sooo his thing. Separates not so much.

  • random_poster

    The wedding dress is a straight-up knock out, as is the black lace dress.

  • Paigealicious

    My roomie and I laughed for like a minute straight after Austin’s “story” about the “18th century vampire who now lives in Williamsburg and borrows clothes from her Hasidic Jew friends.” What in the f*ck, seriously?!

    • alula_auburn

      I want Austin to team up with someone to write YA/urban fantasy novels.  I mean, clearly that’s the obvious extension of the vampire trend, y/y?  Hell, I”ll do it!  I have an MFA going to waste on my “serious” novel!  Call me, Austin!

      • formerlyAnon

        I had the same thought. (Not volunteering to co-author, but that SOMEbody should.)

        • BuffaloBarbara

          I’ll volunteer.  Austin, if you’re reading… I’d write that, just for the fun of it.  It would be very bad, but it would be FUN. It’s like Stephenie Meyer meets Chaim Potok, via Anne Rice and The Devil Wears Prada.

  • JackieOBlue

    I am so glad Austin didn’t win, he sends me right up the wall.  Just too much all of the time.  He should just do what he does best – wedding gowns.  That was really gorgeous.  Everything else made no sense.  Mondo did deserve this win.  In a way it is better he won PRAS instead of his season, he got a much better prize.
    As far as Michael goes, his collection was all very predictable. 

  • GTrain

    when Georgina said Michael’s collection was “exceptional” I laughed out loud. She nearly lost all creidbility with me for that. I also immediately thought department store when I saw Michael’s yawn of a collection. I’m just glad he’s off my TV.

    • ballerinawithagun

      That’s the way Hilfiger has always seen himself. Ha! Ha!

    • The judge’s agreed that only one of Michael’s prints was a good choice, but didn’t say which. I wonder which one they meant.

      • rawrgrowlrawr

        I bet they are referring to the white dress.

        • No, I remember them saying he used a lot of prints, but Isaac said only one was good. 

          • rawrgrowlrawr

            I was trying to make a stupid joke that the only good print was the white fabric, which is not a print at all. Joke fail! 🙂

          • DeTrop

            If it’s of any help, I got it! lol

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I wonder if all of the judges were medicated before they were taped, so that they wouldn’t fall out laughing at the scripts from which they  were reading.

  • i understand the misgivings with michael’s collection but they were pretty much the only clothes of all the collections i could see myself wearing. 

    also, i really like michael (unpopular opinion?) and was glad to see that he didn’t break down and sob when he lost. he genuinely seemed happy to be going to paris (lol at that bone they threw the losers) and he was by far the least annoying personality on the show IMO.

  • onyxkatze

    though i agree that austin’s collection was far too unbalanced and missed the mark many times, at least he didn’t play it safe.
    michael’s collection looks like he didn’t even TRY to do anything different. in fact, that’s the issue i have with michael in general: none of the items he’s produced on the show made me pause and say, “huh, that’s an interesting design.”

    in the end, i admire risk-taking more than saleability. mondo is a favorite because both are usually balanced in his designs: (often) flattering silhouettes in bold, attention-getting prints. unfortunately, i think mondo would have won regardless of how his final collection turned out; this was his game from the start. if only mila had made it into the final three!

    • swanpride

      I agree… I want to weep for Austin. I always had the feeling that he tries to translate an old aestetic into something modern (hence the vampire story), I always had the feeling that he would never manage – until I saw this collection. Not that it was great, but I see the potential in it. When I first saw the trousers of the first look I thought “that will never work”, but unlike the hideous bulks on Michael’s third look, I now can see that Austin vision would work if he had the time to execute it properly. For the first time I had the feeling that I saw the designer he can be, away from time restrains, and now I’m even more disappointed that he didn’t get to do his own collection in the first season.

  • Some of Michael’s looks would have been right at home in Gretchen’s final collection.

    • CarolinLA

      Oh come on, that’s a really low blow – LOLOL.  

  • last thing!

    that wedding dress is horrible. it’s just lifeless and anemic looking. as a person who is in the market for a wedding dress, that one wouldn’t even get a second look from me.

    i do understand it’s really insane to try to make a wedding dress in 4 days but working within the time constraints was part of the challenge…

  • alyce1213

    “very few women want to look like they’re shitting tulle when they walk away”
    I cringed when I saw it.
    Except for the wedding dress which was divine, I was disappointed in Austin’s mish-mash of looks and shoddy workmanship.

  • Kate4queen

    I think you nailed it. Austin’s is too whimsical and poorly imagined to be in NM, Michael’s is already in there, and Mondo’s with a bit of editing, will fill in the center nicely.
    Austin is very talented as is Mondo. Michael makes clothes most women would like to wear in real life. As a lady in my 40’s I’d probably buy a couple of separates from Mondo’s line and I’d ask Michael to make me a dress, but without an animal print in sight. If And if I ever get married again I’d go to Austin for the dress. LOL
    Wish they had given them more time to make their collections…

  • littlelistmaker

    Austin’s red carpet dress was hideous, but he was by FAR the most ambitious of the three of them and attempted a lot of different silhouettes (though not all were successful). The fact that he pulled off the stunning wedding dress in that little time along with all of the other looks is pretty amazing.

    • CarolinLA

      I don’t know – is it really amazing?  A lot of his stuff looked very unfinished.  If he’d made everything impeccably, maybe it would be admirable but there were so many things wrong.  Austin has certainly ridden this PR train for all it was worth.  Now I think he’s really going to be tested personally and professionally.  I’d love to see him partner with Anthony.  They could make a shitload of money designing bridesmaids dresses, wedding gowns, and mother-of-the-bride gowns.  They both scream cotillion.  

      •  Some of it was unfinished, and that’s because they had four frigging days to do a collection.

        Man, I have to just let it go. I’ve been bitching since last Thursday about the 4 day time limit. I’m not sure I can even read the rest of the comments. Every time it comes up I get all riled up again.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Wouldn’t it be fun if some wealthy benefactor would set Austin and Anthony up in their own bridal shop, and then it could be a sitcom version of “Say Yes to The Dress”?

        • Celandine1

          Austin should take Anthony to Paris and someone should film it. I would love to see that show.

          • Elizabido

            I was thinking the very same thing! They are hilarious together. I’d love to see them exploring Paris together and then coming home to establish Austin and Anthony’s House of Vapors.

  • sashaychante

    Michael’s collection was BORING.  Any of these “designs” can be found at your local TJ Maxx.  Austin was by far more interesting.  I really love that wedding gown, and it shows that he has mastered that realm.  Some of the other designs were confusing for sure, but the lattice dress (2nd look) was GREAT.

  • Terence Ng

    His models were styled to look exactly like the celebrity who would wear each outfit: JLo, Beyonce. Beyonce, Jessica Simpson, Donna Summer/Diana Ross. Kind of interesting. I wonder if it was on purpose.

  • Terence Ng

    His models were styled to look exactly like the celebrity who would wear each outfit: JLo, Beyonce. Beyonce, Jessica Simpson, Donna Summer/Diana Ross. Kind of interesting. I wonder if it was on purpose.

  • I agree about Micheal, but that’s actually what I like about him.  Listening to him talk about how being wearable and commercial is part of fashion was very appealing to me.  Sure, I like the crazy fantasy art pieces as much as anyone — but a multi-billion dollar industry has to keep in mind sales too. 

    That said, I do think Mondo deserved to win.  I could see his collection selling just as well as Micheal’s but with a greater POV and his pieces felt more interesting, more deserving of the high price tag that accompanies designer work at NM.

  • I agree about Micheal, but that’s actually what I like about him.  Listening to him talk about how being wearable and commercial is part of fashion was very appealing to me.  Sure, I like the crazy fantasy art pieces as much as anyone — but a multi-billion dollar industry has to keep in mind sales too. 

    That said, I do think Mondo deserved to win.  I could see his collection selling just as well as Micheal’s but with a greater POV and his pieces felt more interesting, more deserving of the high price tag that accompanies designer work at NM.

  • SewingSiren

    Another rather mean thought I had was, I wonder what would have happened to Michael and Mondo’s friendship if Michael had won the show?

    • ballerinawithagun

      Now that would have been interesting!

  • SewingSiren

    Another rather mean thought I had was, I wonder what would have happened to Michael and Mondo’s friendship if Michael had won the show?

  • fridacormorant

    Not a single new or exciting idea in Michael’s collection. The second look was easily the best because it was constructed (perhaps not perfectly, but constructed at all) and the only one that was not another flowy Anya-meets-Rami-at-Dress-Barn.  Then in the after-show, April made it clear that was her dress.  Case closed.

    Memo to Austen: pleather does NOT equal rock star, does not instantly say edgy.  Pleather is chip, in a chip way.  He could have done much better with more time and fewer ideas — he really does have talent and vision and knows how to deliver the pretty.    If, despite my intentions to abstain, I watch another season of PR, I hope my friends stage an intervention.   

  • fridacormorant

    Not a single new or exciting idea in Michael’s collection. The second look was easily the best because it was constructed (perhaps not perfectly, but constructed at all) and the only one that was not another flowy Anya-meets-Rami-at-Dress-Barn.  Then in the after-show, April made it clear that was her dress.  Case closed.

    Memo to Austen: pleather does NOT equal rock star, does not instantly say edgy.  Pleather is chip, in a chip way.  He could have done much better with more time and fewer ideas — he really does have talent and vision and knows how to deliver the pretty.    If, despite my intentions to abstain, I watch another season of PR, I hope my friends stage an intervention.   

  • granddelusion

    Austin’s story was way too long and convoluted, and his designs were wack, but they were an interesting wack. I’d like to see a real 4-month collection from him, with a little editing, and maybe some Tim Gunn input.

    • CarolinLA

      How long did the All-Stars have the last time to create their looks?

  • granddelusion

    Austin’s story was way too long and convoluted, and his designs were wack, but they were an interesting wack. I’d like to see a real 4-month collection from him, with a little editing, and maybe some Tim Gunn input.

  • I die for Austin’s white dress.  The rest of the lot should be burned.  And I love me some Austin Scarlett, so that makes me sad.

  • I die for Austin’s white dress.  The rest of the lot should be burned.  And I love me some Austin Scarlett, so that makes me sad.

  • spititout

    Not-Heidi-Schmeidi had me cringing whenever she talked.  In the judging, her comments went over like a lead balloon.  I am sure she was told to play the devil’s advocate role to liven things up, but her robotic attempts at judging realness, stop.

  • spititout

    Not-Heidi-Schmeidi had me cringing whenever she talked.  In the judging, her comments went over like a lead balloon.  I am sure she was told to play the devil’s advocate role to liven things up, but her robotic attempts at judging realness, stop.

  • GorgeousThings

    Michael’s clothes wouldn’t even make it into the designer section at NM. They would be with the Carmen Marc Valvos and Maggy Londons in the lower tier collections.

    Austin’s wedding gown was breathtaking, and fuggedabout Neimans, I thought it belonged in Bergdorf Goodman. Alas, if only the rest of his collection had that same elan.

  • nannypoo

    Austin’s white dress was beautiful and it looks like it was well made.But didn’t I hear Anthony say that he made those petal-things on the skirt? The rest of Austin’s stuff seems to be very poorly constructed. Those weird pink umbrella pants are especially bad. Michael is annoying and I seldom like the stuff he makes, but I liked some of these dresses. They don’t belong in a fashion show, but they look very wearable.

  • MilaXX

    I think Austin especially would have benefited from having the month/weeks the designer of regular seasons get. Once away from the fray and able to step back and access his work, he may have realized he needed to edit down. AT the very least a friend would have come by and said, “No boo.” to a few of these looks because, that pink tin foil dress? DA_YUM! That’s fug.

    Micheal looks like Anya living in NYC for a year and learning how to sew. I think I could have made a few of those. He’d be better off on Fashion Star.

  • lilibetp

    Austin’s wedding gown is exquisite!  I also like the black dress and the blouse and skirt combo (albeit sans the tulle poo).  Everything else on this page made me cringe.

  • Charis G

    Looking at these photos, I give Michael one point, and one point only: at least you can wear a bra with some of those dresses.

    (Though now that I’ve said that, I’m waiting for massive back cutouts that preclude it. Not even sure I want to actually watch the finale to see if there were.)

  • Scarlet39

    So disappointing.  The only bright spot, or All Star worthy creation, was Austin’s last dress.  It’s gorgeous.

    The pink tulle looks like she has toilet paper sticking out of the hem of her dress.  It tested my gag reflex.

  • spititout

    I am art history illiterate so I just looked up Fragonard’s works and had to smile.  Austin Austin, now I understand what you tried to say to us…you little genius pixie-man with the plethora of words and ideas…

    • Austin is a Fragonard painting. 

      • I also just had to look up Fragonard-agree with both of you. I did a big ole belly laugh when my screen filled up with these images, the paintings look almost exactly as I would have described them sight unseen just from seeing Austin & his work on the show. 

  • “All-Stars Twist” my ass.  Giving the best of the best 4 days to put together a collection is a bunch of crap.  If they truly are the best then give them the same length of time as the regular show and let us see some truly spectacular designs on the runway, instead of thrown together, poorly styled clothes made my over-stressed, tired designers who just want it to be done already.  These shows are run by a bunch of ass-clowns.

    • formerlyAnon


    • LANDRU3000

      Yep.  I think I’m finally done with PR.

  • JasmineAM

    Michael’s collection looks like Anya-wear with cheap prints.

    • Oh, you reminded me that I actually thought of Anya while watching Michael’s collection and I thought, at least it’s better than Anya’s. There was a lot more variety of shapes, though I agree that the prints she had were much more beautiful. 

  • mom2ab

    What a disappointment that the All Stars only got 4 days to create a finale.  I would have loved to see Austin’s collection if he had even 4 weeks to create his work.  As for Michael’s collection- perhaps he has a future with the Kardashian Kollection- I can’t see anywhere else his tacky ho wear would be more appreciated.

  • dschubba

    I wonder how long it took Austin to reduce that inspiration novella he told last week into a single run-on sentence for the show.

    I liked Austin’s gown in motion, but it looks terrible here. Good God. And I was so disappointed that nobody made a “Grease” joke about that fifth look. This is why we need Michael Kors.

  • Oh, Austin!

    I am disappoint.  But the wedding gown was to die. Also:  can we stop trying to make jumpsuits happen?  Tragically, we’re not all Tilda-fabulous.

    • AthenaJ

      Either Tilda – or stick thin, young, and gorgeous with a rack that points up to the heavens by itself (aka models). How many of us fit that criteria? (I’m not raising my hand, that’s for damn sure)

  • Stubenville

    Michael = Anya + sleeves.

    • alyce1213

      Hardly.  I’m not saying this was his best work, but Michael’s sewing ability is clearly not limited to sleeves; he can sew pieces together, use zippers, buttons, etc. 

      Anya simply couldn’t sew or design any other silhouette that the patterned shmattas she showed.  Period.

  • Stubenville

    Austin’s wedding gown was spectacular. His styling was also cracktastick; why did he style his models to look like Bette Davis in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane ?

  • tvmovielover

    I agree with those who said Michael’s designs were Chicos not NM.  Please no more safari anyone, anywhere, ever-Uli did it best and she did not win either.   Everybody and everything was a little too much this season (but especially Austin though I still like some of his pretty clothes.  I am waiting to hear if TLo will call PR  a day or look at next season.  This season pretty much finished it off though better this than the Anya season being the last. 

    • dschubba

      I like Michael well enough (though he’s not innovative in any way, shape, or form), but I yelled at the TV when he uttered the word “safari” last week. Hasn’t anyone learned?

    • alula_auburn

      Ugh.  I don’t consider myself super-fashion-aware (other than what I learn from TLo, I mostly only see fashion magazines at the doctor’s office if I’m too lazy to read my book), but I feel like safari has been done OVER and OVER and OVER again (and frequently with really icky photo spreads concepts to boot.)  It’s like the most uninspired “inspiration” cliche I can think.  

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        YEs, Safari has been done to death-Michael Kors did it in one of his collections within the past two years.

    • Elizabido

      I’ve never liked animal prints, yet they continue to be popular. If they’re not worn by a real animal (homo sapiens excluded), they just look cheap and tacky to me. I also cringed when Michael announced he was going the tired safari route. However, what he came up with was actually more tasteful than what I imagined he’d have on the runway. I was picturing nothing but flowing tiger-and-zebra striped caftans suitable for the over-50 Miami or Palm Springs set or plunging stuff for J-Lo types. This collection was slightly more contemporary. I still wouldn’t wear anything he designed–ever.

  • MoHub

    Boys: Neiman, not Nieman. Sorry; I can’t turn off my inner copyeditor.

  • Stefanos Mantyla

    I think Austin made the single best garment out of anyone with that final dress! Too bad it did not translate into a victory. I would have been tempted to give Austin the victory for that piece alone, but of course, we need to take into account the whole thing. But that could easily be the most talked-about garment from the Final.

  • ShivaDiva

    Wow, that metallic print dress looks really awful in photographs.  I don’t think it came off quite this bad on TV, but it wasn’t great either. I just couldn’t see Austin winning.  He occasionally knocks it out of the park, but is way too “one day chicken, next day feathers” to do a whole kickass collection.  And Michael… yawn.

    It seems to me like they helped clear the deck for a Mondo win by eliminating anyone who may have turned in a serious challenge at the end.  (Rami, maybe?)  Both of the non-Mondos have issues that prevent them from being consistently great.  

    … Though Austin is endlessly entertaining!

  • formerlyAnon

    O.k., you may all sniff at me, but: I LOVED Austin’s 19th century sausage curls (he may see Hasidim, I see fashion plates from maybe the 1830s?). For me, they worked especially well with the veil and the wedding dress.

    His collection really made me want to cry, though – he was *trying* to leave the cotillion/Junior League Tea looks behind – with a few thousand dollars of somebody else’s money  and three or four months, what might he have done?

    But we’ll never know, WILL WE?  Feh.

    Michael: does what he does nicely. We’ll never know if he’d venture down more original paths, given time and money, now WILL we?

    Damn right I’m bitter. More bitter about this time frame thing than anything else in Bitter Kitten history, I think. There was so much POTENTIAL in this show, all these decent and interesting designers. I mind the time frame more than I mind that more interesting work was undervalued in order to get Michael into the final three.

    Feh. Double feh. A curse upon all your houses, producers. May your children be under-achievers, your oatmeal be lumpy, and mediocrity inhabit all of your doings. Not just the ones you foist upon us.


    • AthenaJ

      I’d like to co-sign on that ‘Feh’!

    •  I feel your pain. I think I said this last night, but… feh, indeed.

    • muzan-e

      Michael: does what he does nicely. We’ll never know if he’d venture down more original paths, given time and money, now WILL we?

      You’re absolutely right. He knows how to make garments that will consistently sell. And now he has no reason to do anything but produce garments that will consistently sell.  I honestly don’t think he had any real ‘designer’ in him anyway, and I’d have hated to see him actually win, but …  eh. I wish him a long, happy and magnificently lucrative career. I think he’ll have just that.

      As for the rest, though….   What wouldn’t I have paid to see Mondo vs Rami? I came to this show expecting that: they were the obvious two finalists, and Rami’s presence might’ve pushed Mondo into the realm of Actual Real Work.

      • formerlyAnon

        Rami, Mila, even Kenley were more likely finalists than Michael, IMO. But without the time to do something above the level of the one-day-or-less challenge, it’s not as if we’d have been any less frustrated in the end.

  • CarolinLA

    I wish Anthony had slapped Austin and said “Snap out of it!”.  Four out of six looks are near disasters (the lacquered lace dress and the wedding dress are lovely).  He was in trouble the minute he started to explain the collection on the runway.  In the round table after show, the group complained about Elise’s explanation of her outfit but Austin was no better with this collection.  

  • kirkyo

    Michael gave a great exit interview with some cute clips of him and Mondo.

  • DeborahLipp

    First of all, those women don’t look like broken dolls to me, they look like they’re wearing Hasidic curls, and how is that not offensive? How can you take offense at Jerrell’s use of “ethnic” to mean Indian and just poop Indian clichés on his garments, and not see that this is worse? I love Austin, but no.

    Also, pooping tulle is exactly what I said at first. Then I changed it to “her maxi-pad fell out.” Sorry, but no woman wants a mysterious pink something slipping out of the back of her skirt.

    • YoungSally

       Offensive?  Worked for Gaultier in 93.

    • rowsella

       I just thought they were wearing big ringlets all around their heads which is not Hasidic as those are only 2 ringlets framing the face. 

  • VanessaDK

    Michael’s models all look like Diane von Furstenberg.  Maybe he is still trying for the DVF job.

    • AthenaJ

      Good catch! I’m sure Michael is a nice guy, but he is a bit of a suck-up… I imagine this was his way of saying “call me!”

  • NCDFan

    Austin’s collection looked a lot better when it was moving. Even though those pink pants were very strangely shaped, it’s interesting that the model’s shape was not obscured. The wedding gown was fabulous though. Michael’s collection was very workmanlike. And even though he used animal prints at least he didn’t try to make everything look like safari wear or God forbid ‘tribal’.

    •  About the most he did was hanging a lot of beads around their necks. Michael seems very adaptable- he’ll never want for work.

  • quiltrx

    That last gown by Austin is really amazing–I wouldn’t be surprised if someone approaches him wanting to produce it.

    As for the rest, meh all around.  Mondo’s was definitely the least offensive of the three.

  • PhillipWilde

    I love Empress Austina Scarletta, but he really needed to focus in on one or two points of inspiration, instead of throwing everything in at once, and sadly this overall was not his best work.  That being said, his wedding gown is shut-your-mouth gorgeous, and I would love to see him come out with a bridal collection. You just know he would make a killing.

  • Hated Austin’s color choices, and RRRREALLLY hated the pooping tulle skirt. Loved the wedding dress, except for the styling, which is nearly auf-able all by itself. 

    I kind of liked Michael’s dresses and even the prints, but the jumpsuits are HORRENDOUS, even worse in stills than on TV.  And I have no idea what the judges were thinking when they praised that white dress. BORing. Nothing interesting or stylish or even wearable about it. Blech. 

    • AthenaJ

      Pooping tulle just sounds…painful.

  • siriuslover

    I love Austin, I really do, but I hated this collection. I couldn’t even get behind the whole Fragonard meets Hasidic man thing. Just too weird for me. I love his intellectualism, his artistry, but this was not the collection.  I really like Michael, too. I always try to defend him against the haters, but his collection is niche. He will do well and his business is pretty successful I gather.

    I know they all needed and wanted to win, but I do feel such a little heart tug for Austin not winning.

  • tworabbitshow

    I think Michael would flourish under another designer’s brand. He’s technically proficient, fast, takes direction well, works well with others and can meet a deadline. A mentor would help bring his work a step up, encourage the hits and discourage the misses. He has a comfortable if not innovative career ahead of him. I wish him well.

    Austin is the one I worry about carving out a successful career. I adore him, but his aesthetic is too strong to mesh well with many other designers, and he seems too scatterbrained to run an efficient business by himself.

    • What struck me about Austin last night was that he seemed caught up in portraying a character himself, in being a larger than life personality, if you will.  I found myself wondering if that overshadows his design process or perhaps if he sees himself melding the two into a brand identity.  Sort of Scarlett does Galiano?

    • Austin has done well with wedding dresses in the business. Really, it’s where his aesthetic really works because it the one place where women still want to dress the way we do in Austin’s imagination. 

      Which makes me wonder if he made sure that “it doesn’t fit the collection” wedding dress was in there because he wanted to make sure to showcase that talent. I almost wish he’d done an entire wedding-themed collection and just thrown it out there. 

  • dorothea_brooke

    Unpopular opinion on unpopular designer, but Michael would have been second for me.  Though I wonder why Michael chose to do prints, when he clearly has no taste in them?  Austin’s styling was redonkulous, as much as I enjoy him as a person and sympathize with his mom’s situation.  The wedding dress was lovely, the rest was meh.  And for all his talk about Michael only designing for models, who but a model could wear most of Austin’s collection?  Pink whatever those were, jodphurs from hell? 

    I just really wish they’d given them a real shot at designing collections.  That sucked. 

  • Just wanted to give a shout out to Angela’s Very. Slow. And. Deliberate. Speaking. Voice.  Girl’s consistent, even on a VIP guest/final runway show. 

    • CarolinLA

      Since she came on the scene, I’ve noticed that a lot of women doing voiceovers sound exactly like her.  Are advertisers trying to hypnotize us?  Plus she never blinks and that is weird.  

      • AthenaJ

        Perhaps she’s a Fem-Bot.

  • stardust462

    So disappointing they only had four days for the finale. Imagine if they had two months? A month? Or even two weeks? It would have been EPIC.

    I already bought my wedding dress for my wedding later this year, but I would love to wear Austin’s. It’s gorgeous.

    I don’t understand why a couple of the judges (I forgot which ones) kept talking about the wedding dress not fitting with the rest of the show. Isn’t it traditional (maybe not so much anymore) that designers end their show with a wedding dress? I thought it was cool that Austin did that.

    • DeTrop

      You are right about designers showing a wedding dress at the end of a show.  But that was back in the day.  Austin mentioned he wanted to end his show with a wedding gown in Finale Part 1.  Maybe these judges are too young to know that shows ended with a wedding gown.  Or possibly, now that designers have a ‘bridal collection’ i.e. Vera Wang, they feel it is a separate entity????

  • AthenaJ

    I hope they sell Austin’s wedding gown at Keinfelds, just so we can watch a bunch of brides on Say Yes to the Dress claw each other’s eyes out to try it on (and I’m saying this as a future bride, myself 🙂

    • FashionShowAtLunch

      I’m thinking it was very clever of him to include a wedding dress (it’s what he knows, and he knocked it out of the park) – so that if he didn’t win, at least people would be wowed by one item in his collection and remember that at this point he’s not *just* a reality contestant anymore.

      • AthenaJ

        Didn’t Austin also do some work designing for Kenneth Poole? So he’s already got a good bit of experience with bridal… it definitely helped make him stand out in this show, even with the not-so-good (and sometimes hiddy) other designs.

        • FashionShowAtLunch

          Exactly – it was smart that he reminded viewers of the fact that he designs bridal gowns professionally now.

  • Michael’s collection looked fairly anonymous to me: well done but not particularly memorable.  Austin’s was a mixed bag though with the styling and everything and given they had 4 days, his was the most ambitious.  That wedding dress had a Valentino level of polish that for me blew everything else from the other two designers out the park.  Unfortunately, Austin’s collection (as a whole) wasn’t terribly commercial or middle-brow which is what NM and MC are ultimately.  Perhaps he knew the whole show was a game fixed for Mondo and decided to go as nutty as possible…not a bad show though.

  • sockandaphone

    i was out waiting for 4-3 hrs for the hunger games midnight showing but seems like I didnt miss much. Austin’s collection was surprisingly awful, except for the finale dress. that made me sad. and michael’s clothes just reminded me of anya and thats not good. I just HATED the stupid time frame ordeal – i know what these designers are capable of but no one can pull off well tailored, good stuff in 4-5 days? ridiculous.

  • Caaro3

    Done.  So, so, so, so done.  

  • I adore Austin’s wedding gown. I’d think he could carve out a great career simply sticking to bridal wear. That’s when women want the full fantasy that he does so well.

    Michael, bleh. Hideous prints, unwearable jumpsuits, dresses for skinny women without bosoms. I can’t find anything to like in his collection.

  • Were there any decoy collections, by the way?

    • formerlyAnon

      No, they didn’t need them because the final runway wasn’t a public event held before the airing of the final episode.

  • I was rooting for Mondo up until the finale episodes (when he became a moody teenager, which was annoying), but I always figured the show was setting him up for the win, to rectify the Gretchen mistake. I’m totally fine with his win, but I was really surprised at how much I liked pieces in Austin’s collection. I wish Austin’s collection had lived up to that final dress and the lace dress, which are both SO gorgeous.

  • Cathy S

    I think Austin’s wedding dress was the best piece in the show. I liked Michael’s two pieces that looked liked a jumpsuit though. It was my favorite of his. It’s clear Mondo should have won, but . . .

    I am really quite pissed off that they didn’t get months to work on this as they would have on PR. It wasn’t fair to any of them–they were all so exhausted, so very on edge–that’s no time to go and design and sew that many outfits. The more I think about it the more pissed off I get.

  • I think Michael should design for the Kardashian Kollection for Sears. Seriously; they have very similar taste levels and ideas of what glamor is, and it would probably be pretty lucrative.

    • introspective

      Michaels aesthetic could definitely fit in well with the kardashian koo koo klowns. But that does not a designer make. Still unclear as to how he made it to the finale.

  • dickylarue

    Austin’s wedding dress was the best thing that walked in all 3 shows. Michael easily had the most commercial collection and I’m not smart enough to understand why that’s a bad thing. Mondo’s didn’t feel groundbreaking. It just felt like more of what we know from Mondo. Mixing and matching. Works better for day than evening. 

    Austin didn’t deserve the win since the rest of his collection was not great. If they had somehow awarded it to Michael over Mondo based on what walked and what Neiman’s thought they could sell in the stores I wouldn’t have complained. I think Michael has a great fashion career in front of him. I think Mondo has to brand his style and come up with signature items like the Mondo t-shirt, etc.  I think Austin should stick to gowns and wedding dresses. His wedding gown was gorgeous and I’m fairly sure he’s been contacted about designing it for someone w/in the 24 hours the show aired. 

  • Judy_J

    Austin’s white gown was the best thing I saw on the runway last night.  Really gorgeous.

  • That little pink tulle thing on the black skirt makes me seizure.

    • marywv

       I know – it was like a bad middle-aged playboy bunny halloween costume. HORRIFYING!

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      i dont understand why austin–who is good–couldnt see just how awful & ruinous was that pink post-tail puff. if he had to use it, why didnt he line the whole back bottom? it almost makes me think that those who run the show insisted that he & michael make much worse clothing than they could, just to prove their fix was the proper one. not that mondo couldnt have won it on his own. the whole program is such a wreckage.

  • lilazander

    Austin disappointed me heart-wreanchingly. The pleather & pink designs we so tacky ang badly-made, it was embarrasing to look at, so were the other two (the wide-ass pants and the double lampshade gown). And like you said, the wedding dress was breath-taking; it moved so beautifuly, like a dream.

  • Excuse me for a second while I completely ignore this post. Instead I have somethings I’d like say to Bunim/Murray while pretending they can hear me:

    What the hell is wrong with you? You don’t fucking air casting commercials while simultaneously airing ones that say, “Project Runway returns this Summer!” I mean for fucks sake, do you even realize the implications of that? It’s so unprofessional I honestly can’t even believe it. So let me get this straight: You don’t have a cast and yet you’re planning to air in the summer which means 5 weeks for the finalists to prepare for fashion week, if that, and a continuation of the 10 decoys. Look, I get that you think it’s a great opportunity for the viewers to see what if their favorites had made it to the finale, but you’re destroying the longevity and credibility of the brand. And to have a winning collection like Laura’s as a decoy only proves that, unlike Magical Elves, you don’t have the foresight to predict what a designer is capable of. Here’s a thought: Film the season first and THEN craft a story based on the results. DO NOT BASE THE RESULTS ON A PRECONCEIVED STORY ARC. People thrive and falter in different environments and just because they were great off the show does not mean they will be on it. 

    Now, for the contestants: I get that you produced the Real World and I’m happy for you, but will you grow the fuck up and cast some older contestants already? Have you watched the original seasons? They were captivating because not everyone was a beautiful twenty-something and looked to the competition as an opportunity to bolster their career when they previously wouldn’t have been given the light of day. Everyone on this show now looks so catalog ordered that you won’t get the urgency older and/or less commercially beautiful contestants would bring. I’m not saying everyone has to be Burt, but come on now. Cast people who haven’t seen the show, cast people that are weird but focused. Cast people who have tried and failed, not those just starting. And instead of going for the crazy bitchy extrovert, why not get a bunch of introverts and a couple friendly, unassuming extraverts? I swear to god, although you might not get the craziest outbursts like Joshua, you’ll get your drama. Introverts create wildly uncomfortable atmosphere if they’re pissed and having to deal with others can bring that out. And don’t forget, creative people bring the drama all on their own. You don’t need to cast people who aren’t as talented to get that level of bitchery. Let all stars be a lesson for you. 

    Have some fun. Really. Remember the creating looks for the future challenge where they had to use vintage clothing? Do you remember how everyone had fun coming up with stories and made interesting looks? Let the designers have fun, don’t be so self-important, and most importantly: 

    Stop trying. For god’s sake stop trying. When you try, you fall flat on your ass. Look at season 6 and season 9. Season 6 failed because you tried to be the original show while missing the important factor of consistent judges. You gave up and went in to season 7 doing your own thing and for the most part it worked. So you continued down that path with season 8 and had a breakthrough with Gretchen. You saw this and therefore tried to copy yourself with season 9. Guess how that worked out? If you cast the show well enough, have enough decent challenges and have consistent judging without producer fed nonsense, everything else will work itself out. Notice how much more engaging After the Runway was than the actual All Stars season? It’s because although you had general directions, the designers were free to bitch and say whatever they wanted. Don’t be afraid of spontaneity, it’s exactly what made the original Runway so full of life. 

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      —->>>>> Film the season first and THEN craft a story based on the results. DO NOT BASE THE RESULTS ON A PRECONCEIVED STORY ARC. <<<<<—–

      ibid, ibid, 1000x ibid.

      edited to add:
      also put me down as an echo that truly creative people–of which there are very very few–will create strange situations & drama, if we must discuss that, w/o any sort of prodding. & it will be more interesting than things like josh.

    • YoungSally

       Are you sure the casting ads were for the summer round of PR….?  If they start shooting in say, May….six weeks for “competition” = mid-June…plus time to go home and work on a collection (2.5 months)…..F/W shows are in September….maybe your math is right and they don’t have the show in the can.

    • Gianni_Rubino

      I know that they started rounding up the cast for s10 a couple of months earlier than normal.   I do NOT know if that means that they will film earlier than normal.  It used to be that they filmed in June.  The last two years they filmed in June and July.   If they just moved it up so that they filmed in May & June, that would be ‘enough’ time, in my book, for them.  2 months cam be enough time, don’t you think, for the finale collection?

      Otherwise, amen, and thank you for writing that.  I want my old PR back.  Thank GOD for the international versions of PR.  I wish I could watch more international versions.

  • Markatha

    I will never understand it.  Why have an “All Stars” show then not give the finalists time to make a good collection. 
     The designers couldn’t step back & assess their designs if they wanted to. 
    Compared to the regular finale runway collections, this All Stars Runway Finale Event was a big Non Event. 
    It makes no sense at all. 

     I like all three of these guys & all are capable of making better clothes. 
     Too bad the show didn’t give them the opportunity. 
     Seems the AllStars deserve at least the same kind of creative time & runway event as the regular show. 
    When I Heard they only had 5 days I lost all interest..those aren’t the quickie collections I’m anxios to see.

    I like that the “losers” got trips to Paris…that was nice.

    • Maybe Austin will take his poor homeless mom. “Let them eat cake”

  • dya2637

    So this is PR all-stars six shitty dresses presented in what looks like a dingy basement? Nice job Bunim-Murray you really know how to make a great show. 

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I suppose we can only be thankful that somehow B/M and Lifetime didn’t force a challenge designing something for Dance Moms on the AllStars.  They must be saving that for Season 10

      • Oh for crying out loud, don’t give them any ideas! 

  • marywv

    So, I’m pretty sure I would be perfectly content to never watch this show again. Now, don’t get me wrong; I love Austin and I think he’s a wonderful designer. I also love Mondo and think he’s a wonderful designer. I semi like Michael and have a softspot for his Real Housewives aesthetic, but this show is just done. It’s like fried chicken that you try to reheat. The crispy is never right and the chickens always dry but the glimmer of past deliciousness lingers just enough that you try a few bites.

    Well, I tried a few bites and yeah – it’s not worth salvaging. I have had it up to HERE with this crap. And honestly,I’m over it. Why don’t they call it Project Mall Clothes: A Ridiculous Garment-Based Game Show that Has NOTHING To DO With Fashion? I am so tired of these ‘you have 6 minutes to create a couture gown made of paperclips.’ Please at least give these designers something they can work with. And for all Mondo’s whiny bitchery – I can sympathize. This show blows.

  • Having only started watching Project Runway during season 3 after I moved to the US I was REALLY excited to see what Austin could do and I have to confess that I’ve been MAJORLY disappointed.

    He did nothing this season which stood out to me and many of his looks seem REALLY dated. This collection was no exception until he brought out that incredible wedding dress.  He’s a wedding dress designer pure and simple. I don’t understand why he fights it.

    As for Michael, I hope he’s already started work for DvF.  Let her choose the prints, fabrics and inspiration and then he can run with it. Some of those garments above in DvF type fabrics would FLY out the stores.  Alternatively I’d be intrigued to see Michael go and work for Mondo.  Mondo could pick the fabrics and do the styling and Michael could add a sexy, eveningwear, beachwear component to Mondo’s collections. I think Michael helps ground Mondo mentally as well.

  • JaneDC

    The dress the daughter of a friend wore for her wedding was from Austin’s bridal line. It was completely remarkable. Maybe that is is true niche.

  • turtleemily

    I didn’t watch the finale, but when I saw the pics on Lifetime’s website this morning, I was surprised at how Michael’s collection looks like it could fit in with Gretchen’s winning finale collection – safari hippie, even the models are styled the same.

  • girliecue

    In my  mind, Austin has earned the nickname “Delta Dawn” after that old 70s song about a faded southern belle whose artifices eventually go full blown delusional crazy. The same can be said about his work. It made me wince to hear Georgina defending him so vigorously. I bet she hires him.

    As for Michael, my favorite piece from his collection is the one April made. Although, I’ve gotta say the last two episodes showed him as more of a regular human being and I don’t hate him anymore. In fact, I hope he gets to stay at the Plaza Athenee when he goes to Paris because it would make the trip even more special for him.

  • I adore Austin’s white dress. It makes me forget how awful the rest of his clothes are. (SHITTING TULLE)

    • CarolinLA

      That will be the name of his one-man show:  Shitting Tulle.

  • Zippypie

    Oh my. I like Austin as a personality – which can be very entertaining – but as a designer, he is just all over the place in La-La-Land.  The more he buys into his fantasy, the more disjointed everything gets.  And I’m not a fan of the wedding dress, though that is the best piece in his collection – it’s too frou-frou Southern belle.  However, I know there are plenty of women who want the princess thing on their wedding day and he’s a natural at creating that kind of look.  He should just go for that niche

    But that “red carpet” gown – holy s#!&*!  That is one of the ugliest things I’ve seen in a final collection. Blech.  What the hell was he thinking?!  And the fuschia pants – I just remember Princess Antoinetta snarking at those and it makes me laugh.

    As for Michael, I wish he would just make one piece, one dress, ONE – with a friggin’ back to it.  Even a scoop to the mid-back.  I do think that Michael could work for a high-end designer with a vision – such as DVF – but he’s not an original designer.

    Now I can think about is shitting hot pink tulle….

  • mike__tv

    Are TLO ready to break up with PR yet? because I am. 

    • Gianni_Rubino

      Please, TLo, keep blogging PR.   I wish you would blog PRAus, also.

      If that means I have to go from the “lite” version to the “Pro” version, say the word.

  • SapphoPoet

    Austin’s white wedding dress was truly stunning. Everything else: meh.

  • unbornfawn

    Michael, it is time to call Diane Von Furstenberg. Imagine her print choices in his shapes. He’d do well.

    I love Austin. His collection wasn’t cohesive, but, IF he felt a fix was in, he did something shrewd here, he showed how much he could produce quickly, that he has a lot of ideas, he showed range and is capable of producing gorgeous things. The wedding dress is arguably the best dress of the season. He’s very creative and visual, he is capable of producing garments that are very editorial and would look beautiful in one of those fantasy fashion photo essays. He is capable of working beyond the rack. 

    • Melvis Velour

      I was thinking the same thing about DVF when I saw the collection – but she did a whole lot better.

      As for the line about shitting tule…I just died…seriously…I love you TLo…word

    • CarolinLA

      YES!!!!!!!  I hope Michael does call DVF.  She could really be the mentor that will elevate his work.  

    • Lisa

      You know, that’s a great point about Austin – I never thought of it that way. Excellent, excellent point!

  • geeeque

    i have never really understood austin’s appeal (deisgner-wise, i mean. personality wise i think he is delightfully cracked). i thought almost all his wins this season weren’t really deserved. he’s not the worst by any means, but his clothes are so….fussy. they don’t seem with it and they all look like they came out of your great auntie’s trunk in the attic. i liked the leather jumpsuit i have to say, without that stupid tulle jabot. that pink blouse black skirt look was shit. not tha shit, but a pile of doo doo. just terrible.

    • minnye

      Fussy… yes.  Last week I used the word “hackneyed” which was too harsh.  Obviously Austin’s aesthetic isn’t my thing but I think he came out of PRAS smelling like a rose.  Others have said he has had success designing bridal wear and I bet a lot of brides are trying to find out how to get their hands on an Austin Scarlett dress now.  Lots and lots of luck to him.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    I thank Uncles T and Lo for explaining Austin’s reference to panniers in that pair of pants. Granted, they are still bizarre, but at least I have some sense of what inspired Austin.

  • Anathema_Device

    Austin’s introduction of his collection had us in stitches. “Hassidic dandy gentleman friends”? Oy!

    Agree with pretty much all of your points here, T Lo.

    I’ll also add that these models look terrible. The makeup is awful. Was the lighting as bad as it seems in these shot?

  • RroseSelavy

    I literally did fall asleep watching the collections watch the runway. Nothing surprising at all. Good for you, Mondo, the least schlocky collection out of three produced in four f-ing days. What a four-day collection is supposed to prove, I don’t know, but it’s not design.

  • Rand Ortega

    Sigh… Austin completely disappointed me with every look. As if he threw up his hands because he knew Mondo was going to win. That bunny fart in the back of that skirt? H to the N. Michael’s collection was like Michael Kors for KMart. Low rent in the extreme. Kors should sue, except he shouldn’t bother since it might appear he was taking some sort of credit for Costello’s craptacular rip off. 

    • cheesebomb

      “As if he threw up his hands because he knew Mondo was going to win.”I do wonder about this. I mean, maybe the vibe of “oh, yea, Mondo will win” came from editing, but I wonder how clear it was to folks in the workroom and on the runway. Add to that situations like Michael C. getting piles of compliments and kept in even over designs like Mila’s and I wonder if Austin didn’t just say “to hell with it” (very dramatically, of course). 

    •  “Bunny Fart”…..I was trying to come up with just the right word. That thing took a dull but respectable outfit right into crapland.

  • Lisa

    Austin’s wedding gown was amazing, and I did love the evening gown.  The rest of his stuff was just okay, which breaks my heart to say about him.  

    Michael’s stuff – I HATED that first look, but the rest wasn’t bad.  Again, it was all just fair.

  • CarolinLA

    Like I said last week, Austin needs to learn to land his butterfly.  Flights of fancy are all well and good for artistic inspiration but you’ve got to settle at one point.  And I know that the finale collections are never lambasted but I hope that someone Austin respects will constructively tell him that such disparate elements as Hassidic Jews, 1800s vampires, Fragonard, and rock and roll don’t mesh.  His overindulgence in his fancifulness didn’t serve him very well this season and I fear for him moving forward without the true ability to focus.  

  • CarolinLA

    Austin’s pink pants look like something the fruity guy in La Cage aux Folles would wear if he were a contractor.

  • Linderella

    Words cannot express how much I hated–HATED!–Austin’s collection.  What any one piece had to do with any of the others was impossible to ascertain, even after his very lengthy introduction (when your explanation takes longer than the actual show, your head is clearly up your ass).  The only look I came even remotely close to liking was #3, until she turned around and had that hideous tulle bunny tail.  Michael’s was at least all of a piece, even if it was just okay ready-to-wear. 

  • mike__tv

    The fact they didn’t give them more TIME and MONEY shows they don’t care about what the viewers care about, Fashion.

  • Vickiefantastico

    The more I look at Austin’s collection, the more I love it and get it! It’s pure whimsy and beauty. That wedding dress is one of the prettiest things I have ever seen on Project Runway. Mondo’s was okay, but it lacked the fun of Austin’s. His Rorschach dress is nice, but I felt like I had seen it before. Poor Michael. He was just out of his league. I wish good luck to all of them!

  • cornpicker73

    Ok, I didn’t realize how hiddy that pink/black gown of Austin’s was until seeing it again here. Eeks. Agree the wedding gown is awesome, though. Agree with your assessment. C’est la vie! Not sure how much PR I can do from here….

  • CarolinLA

    I cringed when Austin said his collection was couture.  You can’t do couture in four days.  My heart ached for him because I thought he was so far off the point.  

  • CarolinLA

    I wish Michael and Austin could switch minds for one day.  Michael would have a chance to release his inner artist into the stratosphere and Austin would have a chance to be the steady-as-she-goes designer.  They could both use the departure from their molds.  I don’t think Michael’s really entertained the idea of reaching for the stars.  He comes off as someone who was told to only reach so far.  So he stays in his comfort zone a lot.  I hope he gets a chance to work with DVF.

  • eight_of_nine

    A question I would like to pose to Austin: has he ever seen a “Hasidic dandy”?  Because I don’t think they exist.

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      oh, i think they all are. it’s just a different kind of conceit [in many intricate senses of the word]. theres a great article on tablet right now discussing the dressing conventions of the super orthodox. my father was super orthodox before he became a hipster hanger on during the original & clearly superior time of the hipster. so i have some understanding of it, if not necessarily hasids &, of course, once removed. anyway, if you want the link to the article just ask.

  • BuffaloBarbara

    I’m glad I looked up “panniers” when you mentioned it a while back; you’re right, now I see what he was going for in the clown pants, but that doesn’t make them look less clowny.  The only clownier thing would be adding fish scale fabrics.

    The wedding dress was definitely gorgeous.  If I ever do get married, I’m too old to wear something like that now, but if I’d gotten married earlier, something like that is totally what I’d have in mind.  It was just beautiful.

    I didn’t hate the pink gown as much as you guys did, but those two bursts of fabric just didn’t work right.    The lace dress was cute, and I actually can see Kenley wearing it (as she said she wanted to)–which means I could see it on a fairly average woman.

    Michael’s… oy.  I see what you mean about finding it hard to actually say anything.  The dresses are cute office wear for wealthy, thin young professionals.  The palazzo pant jumpsuits are definitely not to my taste, but I’ve seen them, so they must be to someone’s taste.  I guess they figured they didn’t need to call him out on the ill-fitting goddess gown, since he was going to place third anyway, but  you can really see that he hadn’t had a chance to do a proper fitting.

    But when you’re dealing with the best of the best in terms of your contestants, you’ve got to think of a better challenge than, “Less time, people!!!”   When you’re finally giving Austin Scarlett his finale show, give him time to come up with a whole collection of fantastical musings.  Let your chosen winner Mondo find some new tricks to do with his print mixing.  Let Michael find  some real inspiration instead of, “Oh, right–Nieman Marcus.  I’ve seen NM clothes.”   You can put all kinds of twists and turns into a challenge if you give the standard amount of time, but higher expectations and maybe a few more  hoops.  Cutting it down to four days was just. so. stupid.  And a real letdown for the audience, too… people were looking forward to all-stars giving them a real wow factor, but the production didn’t give them time to give the one thing people were tuning in for!

  • piperkitty

    The best part of PRAS was the collective expression on the audience a Austin was describing his inspiration.

  • I wish Austin had started with the wedding gown, and gone on riffs from that. If he did a pair of leather pants with a shirt that had the same ruffles as the dress (like Leanne’s waves), then a party skirt with those ruffles, and some separates…oh, man. I love his mind, I love how crazy he is, but I do think he needs a partner to focus him.

  • lisaepc

    To be honest I love Austin as a person and designer but I (like you) wish he would have given me 5 more gowns…Austin does “pretty” very well and I was looking forward to the designers having lots more time to really show what they could do….And another thing…Michael…his clothes read “Kardashian” to me and I never got into the (overly played) glamour-girl-on-safari collection.

  • minnye

    I said this in the beginning, but I wish the consolation prizes had been industry-related, like photo spreads or business mentoring or sewing equipment.  A trip to Paris is nice, but not useful.  Not that I’d turn down a trip to Paris.

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      i agree.

      i’m thinking that, since everything that happens w/ this concocted program is beneath what is presented & is then very stringently hidden from its viewers, maybe there are industry related “prizes” underfoot. we dont know, they wont tell us. & the exposure, especially to people like the oft-mentioned DvF, is probably priceless. maybe michael c could get some work from her, or some connections or a recommendation or two. these untangibles would be in truth worth a whole lot more than an obsolete HP ‘design suite’ [or whatever it’s called. i think it was discontinued so i dont know why they wanted to advertise it. then again, i could be wrong].

      as an aside à propos of something else entirely, he never even had the surgery. i didnt know this was gonna happen, i dont know if he knew & just wanted me to fall down almost dead from fussing over him [something he really really wants, something he doesnt understand he could have, for heavens sake, just by being nice to me. just nice. i’m not an asker for much]. apparently he has some kind of blood clot so they cancelled it? but he doesnt explain. i’m so tired, i feel bad cos i’ve neglected everyone else in the face of his illness. & he is really sick, he isnt lying about that. he’s been in the hospital about forty days in the last six months. but he’s so very noncompliant [when they tell him nothing but ice chips, for example, he waits  until they leave the room & fills the cup full of water then downs it] that he’s causing part of that himself. & he wants so so much unconditional love, to the point where it’s impossible! that it’s hard for me to tell the everlovin well wheat from the diseased chaff. &, of course, he wont let me talk to the doctors. he has to tell me everything himself. he is crazy! apologies for all this, i think i am too tired really to think. but it’s over for the small meantime. i hope.

      • minnye

         sending you light this morning.

        • holdmewhileimnaked

          thank you both so much.

          today all the stress finally just caught up w/ me [i’m also in the middle of revamping my business, which i run out of my house so i am also remaking my house. it’s taking forever & involves my actually having to my dreaded eat food. see? no longer anorexic. yeah. anyway] –anyway, i am apologetic again for being so slow. tomorrow i will be better; in fact, i am even better now, just took a while.

          but i am really grateful for the replies.

          i will be around again. tomorrow, tomorrow looks like. not that my stupid presence is worth all that much but i would like to be kind to more than just one person these days!

      • formerlyAnon

        Hope you get your rest and find a good (for you) path through.  I’ve watched a beloved friend who’s spent 14 years now with the black hole of unending emotional need boyfriend/husband. No one who knows him (except his two ex-wives and maybe a former live-in girlfriend and, a little bit, his grown children) can see how unendingly manipulative he is and mostly he doesn’t see what he’s doing himself but it has crushed her. But he’s not a *bad* person and has many good qualities as well, just so very,very, very, damaged. So, they continue, always within inches of the precipice.

        • holdmewhileimnaked

          thats him exactly. less the exwives & w/ no kids.
          you know what it is? if he is anything like mine, they arent sociopathic but theyre borderline. most people dont think of men as borderline, it always seems like a womans diagnosis. &, from my tired experience, it affects the sexes in different, even dissimilar ways. but thats what it is. & borderlines, oh heavens, are so so often impossible. the amount of need–just pure need–even if it’s from terrible childhood trauma [as mine’s is] & everything else–oh, but it’s overwhelming. i am so tired. i am so tired i finally just gave in & got sick. feh. it’s raining here anyway.

          thank you, btw. as below. i just didnt wanna say thanks a thousand times especially when the topic falls under the internet scourge category of off topic. i’ll be back tomorrow. i hope.

  • DominoEstella

    I honestly would have rather seen Kenley in the final 3.  She has a definite point of view and I love it, even though many people may be sick of it.  She could have done some adorable pieces for the finale and while she would not have won, it would have been more visually stunning than what Michael put out there. 

    • Dhammadina

      I am very fine with Mondo having won, and I love Austin, but I wish Rami could have been one of the three along with Austin and Mondo. I think he is much stronger than Michael, who admittedly does commercial flow-y non-bra garments beautifully –but those clothes are already in department stores. Nothing new.

       Kenley would have been good, I agree,  but she doesn’t have a whole lot of range.  Whereas Rami had impressed me up until his auf, when he succumbed to hyper-draping and overdoing, his weaknesses. I think he would have made much more interesting clothes for the finale in a variety of fabrics and styles. He is also just as speedy and as excellent at executing garments as anyone. And I remember how gracious he was when he lost, and how he thanked the show for giving his career an added boost. So maybe he didn’t need Project Runway as badly as the others, but he was still on my wish list for the final three. 


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  • leave_Blake_alone

    I know it’s not fair to compare since he had 4 days and she had weeks/months, but Anya’s finale collection was a million times better than Michael’s. Sure, she barely constructed anything and had no interesting designs, but at least her prints were mostly gorgeous. Michael’s are just blah.

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      & she found them in one or store or another & did not create any of them herself.
      so the person who shouldve won was the fabric designer?

      • Not to mention that ALL OF MICHEAL’S HEMS WERE FINISHED!!! 

  • Thjs was obviously set up as a Mondo win– I got to where I didn’t like any of the 3 — It just made me sad –

  • adnama79

    Maybe Mondo was right to take a day to rest, unlike these two.  The hissy-fit proceeding it was perhaps annoying, but 1) I would’a done the same and 2) the end result was that he got it out of his system, rested, let his mind reset and produced a better collection.

  • ASK26

    Tommy Hilfiger and the guy from Neiman Marcus seemed to want Michael – a lot – but the regular judges argued against him.  Austin’s collection was a mess and with the notable exception of the GORGEOUS Wedding dress (and the fabric – the black laminated lace?) I though he should have been last.

    Sorry  to disaggree with the general concencus but I doid NOT like Modno’s collectyion – I thought it looked ceaper and junionr

  • ASK26

    Tommy Hilfiger and the guy from Neiman Marcus seemed to want Michael – a lot – but the regular judges argued against him.  Austin’s collection was a mess and with the notable exception of the GORGEOUS Wedding dress (and the fabric – the black laminated lace?) I though he should have been last. The styling was ghastly.

    Sorry  to disagree with the general concencus but I did NOT like Modno’s collection – I thought it looked cheap and junior.

    So while Michael’s was not earth shatteringly new/innovative, I have to say that designs that CAN BE WORN and would not make you look like a freak or homeless/crazy or a teen shopping at DOTS  should count for something,

  • ASK26

    Tommy Hilfiger and the guy from Neiman Marcus seemed to want Michael – a lot – but the regular judges argued against him.  Austin’s collection was a mess and with the notable exception of the GORGEOUS Wedding dress (and the fabric – the black laminated lace?) I though he should have been last. The styling was ghastly.

    Sorry  to disagree with the general concencus but I did NOT like Modno’s collection – I thought it looked cheap and junior.

    So while Michael’s was not earth shatteringly new/innovative, I have to say that designs that CAN BE WORN and would not make you look like a freak or homeless/crazy or a teen shopping at DOTS  should count for something,

  • Truly_Outrageous

    Mondo may have won the show but I think its safe to say that Austin won the Flamboyant Gay Dressing sweepstakes.  

  • Wat

    The biggest thing that disappointed me about Austin’s collection was that is didn’t look nearly as bizarre (or avant garde, if you like) as I was expecting. I feel like he didn’t go far enough. It probably would not have given him the win, but at least it would have been interesting. 

  • Call me Bee

    The best of all three collections was that fantasy wedding dress, although I watched an episoed of “My Fat Gyspy Wedding” and one of the little 16 year brides was wearing an exact duplicate…
    Michael’s jumpsuit was cute–could see it worn on a cruise….

    Other than that…I just.. can’t.  Too disapponintng all ’round.  I has a big sad for my beloved PR.  RIP.

  • tsid2012

    I am SOOOOO glad I didn’t watch this show, these are awful, awful, awful.  The first thing that came to my mind when seeing Austin’s models was “Gone with the Wind” southern belle hairstyles, ringlets and all.  But it wasn’t even that good, just terrible.  And that hiddy purple/shiny/trash bag gown?!?!  Michaels was uber dull to me, I don”t think you would see any of this at NM.  Macy’s maybe, not NM.

  • HobbitGirl

    I think Austin Scarlett should stick with bridal. His over-the-top fantasy femininity works so well there, and so badly pretty much everywhere else. That wedding dress was GORGEOUS.

  • Uh. Austin had exactly two very good looks: the wedding gown with its petaled treatment and the sculptural dress rendered in an elaborate lace. I do like the slinky leatherette jumpsuit, but it’s nowhere near as sharp and fitted as it should be, although time constraints must be taken into account. The rest is pure crap. Look # 1: Those clown pants should be banned. The cropped jacket, though cute in its own merit, does nothing to mitigate the horror of those pants. I’m not sure this black-and-pink combination works, though it’s not as clownish in Look # 3 as it is in Look # 2. That puff of tulle? No, no, no. The gown (Look # 4) is nightmare-inducing. It looks as if it’s gathered century-old dust. Even if you mentally remove the fabric and imagine the dress in a less creepy fabric, it’s one big contrivance. His downfall was his inability to reconcile/coincide this edgy/rock/slinky aesthetic with/to his ethereal sensibilities.

    Michael: Pretty much everything looks fairly well made. I do like the vests. That in-built bra in Look # 2 was obviously constructed by April. She makes tops like that. There are some strong looks here (the simple draped white dress) but because of their resemblance to one another, they dissolve into a bland summation: easy, relaxed, marketable.

  • aristida_girl

    I love Michael’s clothes and aesthetic! There, I said it, and really, I meant it. I know he designs for the everyday  woman more often that not, and that his designs are standard, but doesn’t that also make them classic? I can’t help it, I have always liked his work and wish I could own some of his things; I appreciate his use of pattern, silhouette, and proportion, and like that many of his things would work for any size woman, not just in this collection, but consistently. I enjoyed many of the other contestants this season as well, don’t get me wrong, but can’t help but to respond how well Michael is able to see the beautiful and sexy side of women’s clothes, something I relate to and always try to incorporate in my everyday life. Whew! Thanks for listening….

  • My sister had a bridesmaid’s dress in the EXACT pink taffeta of Austin’s top, in 1985.

  • HelenNPN

    Ho hum.   If this is fashion, fashion is dead.

  • OneTwoThreeFashion

    Awful, both collections.

  • Catiline

    Michael’s view of “Africa” annoyed me to no end.  The prints he selected were so deadly cliched… I don’t know if I’d go as far as to say it was offensive, but my mom turned to me and asked “Does he think Africa is a country?”  All I could think of were the showstopping designs from actual African designers at Africa Fashion Week 2012 in London.  If Michael had shown the knowledge or curiosity to reference THIS type of African fashion, all of his sins would have been washed away as far as I’m concerned.

    Austin’s collection was the most up-and-down, but boy, that wedding dress took my breath away.  That’s some spectacular workmanship given the time and money constraints.

  • alyce1213

    I just hate that Austin’s model was awarded the key spot modeling his wedding dress.
    Is she not the worst model ever?  Look at that sour, vacant puss!

  • I can’t believe it, but I have successfully purged Project Runway off my DVR.  I am a little sad, but the show is awful now and it’s not even a good reality show.  sniff sniff…just bring back good judging, great talent, little drama and beautiful imagination and design… ah…

  • Candigirl1968

    Awful.  This was All Stars????

  • mozzer0906

    Austin’s wedding dress was by far the best thing out there, but unfortunately the rest of his collection was so hiddy that he couldn’t pull it together.  I can’t fathom why they only gave them such a short time to produce finale collections.  What a disappointment of a season.  🙁  I may be done with PR completely.

  • Vic

    Michael’s collection was H&M. Austin had two good looks – the wedding dress and the black lace dress. The rest were mediocre. As for Michael, how did he make it to the finals? 

  • lessax3

    How long before we see Michael on Fashion Star. I could see him doing well on that show if it survives to a second season. 

  • Austin’s wedding gown was my favorite piece.  Too bad his other pieces didn’t live up to this one, but he just didn’t have the time to execute 6 pieces like that.   Mondo and Michael were smarter in that they made pieces they knew they could finish in that amount of time.  But Austin lives in another world, doesn’t he?  You gotta kinda like that, though.

  • marilyn

    Austin’s wedding dress was THE DRESS of the entire competition.  He will probably make a small fortune doing variations of it.  Kudos!!!

    • guest2visits

      I loved Austin’s wedding dress too; but I have to say Anthony’s Miss Piggy challenge was tops for me. Followed by Mondo’s
      opera-challenge dress, his Godspell outfit, and even the first challenge black dress.

  • Lilithcat

    This show started off really well.  By the end?  Well, I missed the finale because I was at the opera, and I still haven’t bothered to watch it.  And I probably won’t.

  • I liked Michael’s collection because it was everything the judges had been telling him they wanted to see. Clothes any woman can wear with a bra. And then they slam him as lack luster. Mixed signals were sent here

  • 1_other

    ‘Careful what you ask for, you may get it’,……… nothing I can think of sums up this All Stars show better.
    Boring, the clothes were never interesting, and rarely on trend. If that was the height of PR creativity, blah……..
    Except for Mila, and Rami, the fashions were of another era.
    Scarlet came off as a pompous jerk, of very limited talent (I know someone who worked with him, said the exact same thing).
    Michael, I don’t know what to say, but design is not really a part of his CV.
    Same really for Mondo, he seems more a stylist than a designer.
    Interesting that a.) Kenley does one thing, only b.) Gordana wasn’t bullied by Heidi, she’s just a sad sack c.) Rami played to win, too bad he was on the ‘Mondo Show’ (a phrase coined by an insider).
    These are the people you’ve been touting, the ones (except for Kenley I suppose, or Elisa) that got passed over because of
    certain factors.
    At least with the regular season you get something that’s unexpected,…… interesting.
    Not with this lot.

  •  Nothing be contrary to any other comments, and apart from the merits of the fashions of the three finalists, what I took
    away more than anything was the sense of deep satisfaction they seemed to feel at having survived the slog, whether producer drivers or snatches of honest inspiration in a fashion petrie dish circumscribed their fate.

     Having just sent a novel four years the making to the publisher this week, I so identify with their expressed feelings that there is something terribly edifying
    about working your vision, with only your passion to sustain you (sorry, family and friends simply cannot, should not be in your head in those oh, so dark hours). But if you do it, as these fellows did, from the beginning, through a middle and to the end despite the speed bumps  however contrived, they have earned a feeling of accomplishment, yep, a warm pride, at least for the time being.Whether or not their babies go anywhere but in their own archives, they worked like the devil and brought it home, for better or worse. Kudos all around. I’m feeling such post-submission high, I’m not going to talk about any of the judges, not even Tommy Hilfiger and goat gland injections.

  • No decoy collection this time????? Gawd, I’m dying to see Kenley’s, She should’ve been in the finals. I still can’t get Michael, he still not have a strong point of view of who he really is as a designer. 

  • guest2visits

    So many four letter words for the producers of this mess.
    I thought the objective  was a line-up of talented, capable people given a shot at showing us their best work in a controlled setting.
    Four days, 6 designs; – one made from scraps of previous shows.
    How is that going to produce something worthy of a PRAS?  Whats the point if they’re not allowed to use their talents
    to make something worth waiting and watching for.   Congratulations to all of them for getting to end with some decent designs
    inspite of the set-up.  I hope Mondo’s kismet is restored and someone fires that editing freak at Lifetime.

  • malvernite

    is this the end of PR blogging on this site? it’s nice to look at pix of celebrities from a distance and offer an opinion on their style, but i wouldnt actually mind hearing about what’s happening to the winners/finalists/contestants from PR or PRAS. what’s happening with Mondo and his guest editorship? has anya or josh done anything since their season?

    or am i the only one left who’s interested in the lives of these people we’ve come to know, and everyone else, including TLo is too mad at B/M to pay the PR franchise any more mind?

  • I think Anya could have done Michael’s collection much better than Michael did, and for someone who can’t sew, that’s saying something.