PR: The Unforgotten

Posted on July 23, 2012

We’re in the homestretch, kittens. You can do this. Just put one foot in front of the other and FORM SOME OPINIONS.

Now MOVE IT, minions.


Alicia Hardesty

Alicia was the sapphic sister with the dreads, since we figure y’all need some reminding about anyone who wasn’t Frokemon at this point. It’s tough keeping track of 16 designers when you know roughly half of them are cannon fodder. Incidentally, it’s impossible for us to encounter the phrase “16 designers” without hearing it in Heidi’s glass-scratching “SIXTEEEEN DEEEESIGNERRRRRS!!!!!!”

Anyway, this is pretty standard.

Not bad. Very poorly fitted, but from a “point of view” point of view, there’s enough here to keep her in the game one more week.


Elena Slivnyak

Y’know, we’re all for Elena’s aesthetic getting injected into the talent pool just to shake things up, but she really needs to shut up about how no one ever in the history of earth has ever seen clothing as unusual and unique as this. Honey, it’s enough to keep our interest for now (and apparently, the judges felt the same way) but this is hardly revolutionary.

And this is even less so. Glad to see someone shake up the department-store-and-red-carpet aesthetic the show favors, though. Let’s face it, though: she’s not likely to be a finalist if this is all she can do.


Gunnar Deatherage

And here is the not-at-all-surprising truth about Quentin W. Sweetcrackers: his psychobitch persona is entirely a ruse to stay in the game because his work is utterly ordinary.

Perfectly presentable, mind you, but ordinary nonetheless. We’ll see just how long he can manage to stay in the game on bitch factor alone.


Sonjia Williams

Tootie’s gonna need to really step up her game if she wants to stay in it. This is extremely standard with an undercurrent of what Nina would call “taste issues.” It’s not tacky or anything, but it’s not particularly stylish either.

And this is kind of clumsy. The vest is interesting, but the animal print is awful and that bright yellow underneath seems like an odd choice.


Raul Osorio

Bland department store crap.




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  • Deac82

    Elena, may I introduce you to Gareth Pugh or Rick Owens??

    • Imasewsure

      Or better yet, Elena, may I introduce you to the door hitting your ass on the way out??? We’ll see…

    • But seriously, like on Project Runway… tho. Who has done this in recent memory? I WISH more PR designers would copy I mean gain inspiration from this direction instead of the Lifetime mommy wearable direction. At least this is interesting and looks like it emulates the upper eschelon of high fashion. 

      • kingderella

        agree on the rest of the post.

      • Call me Bee

        I would add April, Mila and a few other Goth and/or mod-inspired designers over the last 10 cycles.  However–I also agree about the Lifetime “mommy wear.”  Seeing Elena’s stuff is oddly refreshing.

    • SophieCollier

      Exactly.  I was thinking Gareth Pugh as well.  

  • I don’t know that Alicia’s pants are poorly fitted- I’m pretty sure the drop-crotch is intentional.

    • Lilithcat

      If you’re going to to something like that, though, it must be obvious that you meant to do it, and the intentionality (if there is any) isn’t clear.  Compare her first piece, or the pieces she showed during her audition. Heck, compare Pat Field’s outfit.  In all of those, you don’t even thing “poor fit”, because the designer’s purpose is immediately apparent.  It’s one of those things about which you have to be bold, because if you aren’t, it looks like a mistake.

  • Call me crazy, but I think Gunnar’s work has a glimmer of style.  Just a glimmer mind you.  It would have looked good among the train wreck of Season 9.  Second dress shows promise.  Maybe.

    • MilaXX

      all I see is what essentially boils down to “pretty little dress”.

      • formerlyAnon

        But “pretty little dress” would most certainly have looked good among the train wreck of Season 9! Most weeks, at least.

    •  Style isn’t really the yardstick for a designer though.  Yes, you want something stylish, but you also want something original and unique.  Basically, you need to be doing SOMETHING with a piece that makes it worth the high price tag — this work isn’t.  You could buy the same look for much, much less than a designer would charge.

  • EverybodysStarling

    Raul gave his first model his hairdo. 

    And Alicias first look is fugly. Not only does is not fit in anyway, but she didn’t even bother to iron it before putting it on the runway. 

    • Raul’s widow peak/jerri curl gives me nightmares. art school dropout chic.

    • Celandine1

      He was probably hoping the hair would distract from his crappy designs!

      • EverybodysStarling

        Yeah… that didn’t work. 😀 Hairdo and design elevated each other to another level of crappiness. 

    • MissAnnieRN

      Totally!  The both have that upside-down triangle bang thing going on.  I know a lot of these designers like to remake the models in their own image (ahem – ANYA) but that was a little too much for week 1.

    • knockloud

      They all gave their models their hairdos, like they took the “who you are” thing to a literal extreme.

    • Indovina

      There is no justification for Raul’s styling choices, but I think the unironed appearance of Alicia’s first look may be intentional.

  • siriuslover

    I’m kind of rooting for Tootie. Everyone else on this page today is just cannon fodder for me.

    • The phrase “rooting for Tootie” really makes me want some IHOP.

      • kimmeister

        Fresh and fruity!

      • BrooklynBomber

        I think I’m rooty Tootie, too. In her “road the the runway” profile, she seemed sane and appealing, and the clothes she showed were, uh . . . cutie.

        • Me too! But now I really want pancakes and fruit. 

  • BuffaloBarbara

    We’ll see just how long he can manage to stay in the game on bitch factor alone.
    Barring disastrous runway showings (and maybe despite them), I’m going with top 5.

    • SRQkitten

      I’m with you on this, Buffalo Barbara – I mean look at how far Mz Clinique got last year and we know it sure as hell wasn’t on talent.


      •  To be fair, I think the same can be said of a lot of PR designers, and not always because of they make good TV (or what the producers think is good TV.)  There have been a lot of people who stayed much longer than they should have simply because of timing — they had their worst days when other people had trainwrecks that were more deserving of the auf. 

        • BuffaloBarbara

           That’s true.  And Quentin’s not bad.  I don’t expect him to turn the world upside down with his fashions, but he’s not bad, and neither was Josh (I still think he should have won the pet store challenge).  Sometimes, it’s a question of someone else having a worse week more than having great weeks yourself.

        • Indovina

          This is true – and has been true from the beginning. It’s true of competition reality shows in general. And the fact is that there’s probably never been more than 5 designers in a single season who are talented on the level and in the way the show promises: usually more like 3 or 4 (which leaves ~10 who are no danger of winning* – every season). Just by virtue of that fact alone mediocrity often makes its way into the top five.

          * Look at me, naïvely ascribing winning to talent.

          •  Even if they were totally committed to the show’s integrity, I don’t know that you’d ever get that many really talented volunteers. 

            Plus, it’s still a tv show.  They need people who make for good tv as well as good designers — not that they seem to know what good tv is, but still… Christian really was the ideal designer for this show.  (Others I would include would be Chris March, Jeffery, Seth Aaron, Laura Bennett — they were all appealing for tv purposes and all good designers)

  • I just realized something earth shaking.  Gunnar Deatherage designs for older southern women, because he secretly IS one. His work proves it.  Of this crew Elena’s stuff is the most interesting, technically.  I do like vibe of Alicia’s stuff. But she really needs to step it up if she intends to stay the course.

    • MilaXX

       yep, He’s Anthony 2.0 with Josh’s personality.

      • sisterb67

        I’d say he’s more Josh 2.0 and adopted Josh’s personality. Gunnar sounds like he’s TRYING to be an old Southern queen, wanting people to think he’s just a sweet lil’ ol’ thang who comes up with cute little quips without having to think about it but you KNOW he’s been amassing an arsenal of bitchy comments since he decided to try out again. Anthony just was an old Southern queen, there was nothing forced about his behavior; he was like Blanch Deveraux’s tiny secret love child.

        • MilaXX

          personality wise he’s fronting as Josh 2.0, but stye wise, his designs are pure Anthony aka Make a pretty dress

  • Either the designers can’t design a tight cskirt, or the models can’t walk in them, or both, but they all seem to have a ride-up issue (I’m looking at you, Gunnar Psychobitch, but don’t let it go to your head).

    •  You are seeing that too, eh?  Good.  And for reals, a skirt is the simplest thing to make and the easiest to fit.  What the HELL is up with these children?

      • Shhhhh! It’s a secret. We have taken the talented real designers from seasons past and replaced them with over emotional, hyper egocentric fame whores. Let’s see if the viewing audience notices.

        •  Whoops, sorry. I shouldn’t have said anything. Now there’s a spoiler out, and its my fault.  my bad.

      •  And the first look just had to be fitted for the model — it was already made.  Plus, they all knew they didn’t have the model’s measurement, so why wouldn’t you bring something you could fit easily?

        •  True facts.  A bit of forethought would have served these children well.

        • formerlyAnon

          I am SO GLAD when you make these comments Shannon. Because I *think* them, but I don’t have a ton of sewing experience and virtually zero fitting & tailoring experience (except simple things onto my own kids), so then I think “well, maybe there’s something I’m not taking into account.”  But then you validate them.

          It’s like they hunt very, very hard for designers who’ve either got zero analytical ability or who’ve never watched the show.

        • NDC_IPCentral

           In the designers’ defense, Shannon, and I wasn’t listening all that carefully to the instructions given to the not-so-sweet 16, were they told that a garment they made as part of their portfolio would be used within the competition itself, worn by models?  If so, then they should have chosen strategically.  If not, then thinking a speedy re-fitting might not have been on anyone’s radar screen.

          • I guess that could be true, and that would be a fair defense for some of their choices.  I got the impression that they were told in advance because it was described that they were told to make something representing them before the show, but I’ve gotten a lot of impressions through the seasons that weren’t so accurate:)

            But if they watched the show at all, they should have been prepared to have to do something with those pieces.  The first challenge has often included things like “use this piece to do something new” or that kind of thing.  They should have thought to bring the most useful items they could.  Things like versatile material, enough material to reuse, skirts or tops that would be easily modified. 

            I never get why none of them seem to think through the realities of a competition that’s been airing for 9 seasons — I don’t know if they only choose people who have no planning ability or what. 

          • Call me Bee

            ITA!!  If I had a few weeks to preapre for this–I’d be:
            Finding skinny friends on which to fit my garment, then re-fit them on someone else
            Finding every single brand of indudtrial sewing machine and learning how to thread it, fix tension, repair the bobbin, stc. 
            Sewing something out of every imaginable weird fabric I could find
            Learning how to use a serger/overlock machine (used to make swimming and gymnastic suits)

            That sort of thing.  Like if I were to be on “The Amazing Race” I’d sure as hell be working out every day before the show!!

          • Especially important for the designers who don’t do custom work professionally.  If you don’t generally make and fit items, you should put in the practice.  Because you may be a fantastic designer — many of whom don’t do the actual construction stuff — but you need to make sure that you know enough to show your designs to their best advantage.

          • formerlyAnon

            I’ve often thought that Leeanne Marshall’s challenge to herself – I think it was to sew a garment/item a day for a year? – something like that – would be the perfect preparation for this show.  She wasn’t turning out bridal gowns, obviously, but she certainly developed an amazing facility.

  • True, but so is Austin Scarlett, and he manages not to be a psychobitch.

    • No his persona is closer to Miss Haversham, than Black Widow.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        With a soupcon of Blanch Dubois thrown in for a chaser.

        •  I love this idea.  Geez, what a combo.

      • Maggie Muellner

        I was thinking Amanda Wingfield. Miss Haversham neither had nor wanted any gentleman callers, and I suspect Miss Scarlet is downright giddy with them

        •  Brilliant!!!

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Oh, this is briliant- Austin Scarlett Wingfield fanning himself while waiting for those “gentlemen callahs”!

          •  Not only can I see this happening in the future, I would put down good money that it already has in the past.

      • Glad you figured out that I was actually trying to respond to your comment above.  Stupid iPhone interface!  #firstworldproblems

        •  I’ve been the victim of it myself, more than once, so i readily understand.  Yeah privileged people stuff, no?

  • Vickiefantastico

    I have to say, I really like Alicia’s clothes here. She has a clear customer in mind. As for Mr. Sweetcrackers, his clothes are for the bitchy rich soccer mom and they’re okay. Not anything fabulous. I’ve already forgotten the others since I’ve scrolled down.

  • Judy_S

    Oh, yeah, these guys. I guess that there is more room for aufs than I was remembering. Though I sort of liked Alicia’s and Elena’s in this group, in different ways.

  • Celandine1

    Looking at the collection of crap these designers put out I say Frokemon FTW! There isn’t on thing on this page that I would wear or even find aesthetically pleasing. In yesterday’s post on the vast unnamed middle there were a number of items that were interesting. Can this whole group be eliminated in the next challenge, please????

  • Gunnar already has me stabby. I really do think he’s playing up the bitchery card, but that doesn’t mean I would let him get away with it. I mean, isn’t that what PR needs – an “accident” with some shears? I think so!

  • Spicytomato1

    I like Alicia, I hope she’s around for more than one more episode. She’s probably not high fashion enough for the win but I like her vibe, personally and professionally. And she seems refreshingly drama-averse.

  • JackieOBlue

    Swore I wouldn’t watch another season after last year but then i read the recaps and I’m sucked right back in.   What is it with this show?  Or maybe because TLo makes the recaps much more interesting than the show is.

    • YoungSally

      It’s the validation of knowing you are part of a group which looks at the same odd things and goes WTF?

  • Snailstsichr

    I tried to find something interesting to say about the clothes here, but I kept falling asleep. I kinda like Sonja’s jacket, but the pants look like they should come with a free Jane Fonda exercise tape. (“Are they leotards or a skirt? They’re both!! Call now and get free matching scrunchies!!”)

    • kimmeister

      They appear to be sarong stirrup pants (blech) . . .

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Steggings?  The newest variation on the tired legging?

  • Frank_821

    I agree folks like Elena and Alicia should be in the show to shake things up. Elena however needs to get the pole out of her ass about how special her stuff is. I don’t think Alicia will last that long. She has a definite point of view and you know who her customer is. At the moment it seems a little too narrow. The non-conventional challenge will be a better indicator

    Quention is alright. Actually decent. It’s funny he reminds me of a bitchy version of a friend of mine. same mannerisms and voice and looks. Only he doesn’t act like an asshole to people unless they’re being assholes to him

    • YoungSally

      Elena for the meltdown.  Although I like her stuff from a costume perspective.  Her second look was Mondo rehash….who (God forgive me)…rehashed it from somewhere else.

      • Elena’s rehash of Mondo’s rehash of… Andy South’s workout wear look for that challenge to add to Heidi’s line way back when.

  • hughman

    These all just scream “Fashion Star” (that teevee show). I was even guessing in my head which ones would get bid on from Macys or H&M (while that queen from Saks would have just pursed his lips and remained stone silent). 

    • formerlyAnon

      SO right!

  • What in the name of all that’s holy is Raul doing to those poor girls’ hair?!?  Dude, that’s not a good look for anyone.  You want to do that to your own damn head, that’s your business, but to inflict it upon others?  And on models who use their looks to pay for whatever it is they buy in lieu of food?  And then making them go on television like that?  I don’t think he’s a designer, I think he’s a sadist.  

    • Lilithcat

      What in the name of all that’s holy is Raul doing to those poor girls’ hair?!?

      It’s to distract your attention from the clothes.

  • formerlyAnon

    Alicia: Pleasant, so far. I kind of like her pants & top, in a “nothing all that special here” way. Sleeveless knee-length hoodie romper? It over-performs its description. Marginally.

    Gunnar: Very nice. Above average for run-of-the-mill. Perhaps he can do more, but his instincts suck. Season 9 he failed to give Heidi the knit scarf thingie she was angling for in his interview. Season 10 he hopes to survive by being archly bitchy in a forced and uncomfortable manner. Hope his clients back home aren’t put off by the ‘new & improved’ Gunnar because I’m betting he’s going back to them.

    Sonija: She *could* be successful with variations on those layered triangular shapes, but with exception of the jacket, I am not a fan of the fabrics.

    Raul: His outfit from home looked better on t.v. and his frilly dress looked worse. I’m kind of appalled at how lacklustre the “signature” suit & blouse look here.

    As a group, the clothes are workmanlike-to-acceptable but none of them hint at final 4.

    • minnye

      Re. Gunnar – I know they all need a hook to please the producers, but I don’t get how he thinks acting like a d*ck is going to help him in his career.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Unfortunately Gunnar saw how far melodrama, meanness and bitchery took Josh in Season 9 and appears to have decided to try that card.

        • formerlyAnon

          And I’m not sure if this is a plus or a minus for his long-term prospects, he’s not-that-convincing in his face-to-face bitchy interactions. Convincing enough to be unpleasant, yes, but it feels forced. He does better in the confessional sound bites.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            If Gunnar’s bitchiness is an act, I hope that he decided to drop it and find a better way to be memorable.

  • Indovina

    I have said already that I will automatically support Alicia by virtue of the fact that she is a lesbian, but with some quibbles (perhaps more than quibbles) about the pieces shown, I do actually like the whole idea of her work. The natural, rather than pseudo-intellectual, play on masculine and feminine.

    Elena’s work is not as unusual as she thinks (is any contestant’s work ever as unusual as they think?), but it is different from the PR standard. The second, for some reason, reminds me of children’s Halloween costumes in the 80s (the kind that were black and had a skeleton printed on them). The first reminds me of a gambeson. Nevertheless, she has something more than just pretty dresses in her repertoire.

    I will say, to Gunnar’s credit, that his work does seem to be less tacky than when he tried out for S9.

    Sonjia: I like the first jacket okay, but otherwise I have some issues. The second look, vest excepted (her outermost layers seem fine), in particular – the dress, as it is, reminds me of two unfortunate dresses from past seasons.

    Raul seems fragile to me. Raul’s work – I keep forgetting what it looks like.

    • MilaXX

      She lost me because I have an irrational hate of white girl dreds. Also who needs to procalim so loudly they are gay on PR where like 80% of the designers are gay?

      • formerlyAnon

        Hahahaha!  MY irrational hate is white BOY dreds! That’s how I know it’s irrational – when a woman does it, I raise my eyebrows a bit, but as long as she’s not moving in a cloud of clove-cigarette smoke mixed with patchouli scent, I totally let it slide.

        The boys, however . . . I just cannot speak of it. 

      • Indovina

        I do understand. In fact, given their specific cultural and religious origins, I think there are rational reasons, even.

        But if I start disqualifying people on the show for their hair style, I won’t have anyone to root for.

        • fashionzombie

          Absolutely! After the show I commented that I was going to like Alicia’s work more than I normally would, just because she’s gay.

  • Judy_J

    For some reason, Sonjia Williams’ designs made me think of Edith Prickley.

    • reganmeister

      Or maybe Ed Grimley?  Oh, wait, that’s Frokemon….

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Heeelllloooo! It’s time for Prickley Heat!

      • reganmeister

        Prickley Business!

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I miss SCTV, and Andrea Martin’s stable of characters!

          • reganmeister

            Oh man, me too! But my favorite SCTV thing was probably The Juul Haalmeyer Dancers…(Juul Haalmeyer was their costume guy and they made him dance….)

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            OMG- I loved the Juul Haalmeyer dancers, especially their appearance on the Dusty Rhoads Christmas special with John Candy as Divine….

          • reganmeister

            Oh man, me too! But my favorite SCTV thing was probably The Juul Haalmeyer Dancers…(Juul Haalmeyer was their costume guy and they made him dance….)

  • joe_tey83

    I have absolutely no recollection of who made what. No freaking clue. That’s a whole lot of unimpressive clothes.

    And what a boring challenge to kick off the season, and how so early for the judges to smoke the crack pipe. That’s all for opinions.

    “Frokemon! I choose you!” – I said that for no reason.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      At the beginning of the season unless a designer creates something noticeably good or bad it’s hard to distinguish one from another.

  • formerlyAnon

    Elena, on the other hand: you get your own comment because I want to see what you do for as long as the judges let you hang on!

    She’s not as super special as her self-promotion would suggest (but then, look at her competition!).  I really like her made-at-home piece, but it’s based on techniques that do not work with a one-day challenge, and her one-day challenge dress was respectable but not nearly so appealing to me.

    But she gives a decent sound bite and sent things that were both interesting and in line with the challenge down the runway. If she has some versatility, I can see her lasting almost the whole way there, maybe nearly to the end.

  • MilaXX

    Out of this lot the only one I have interest in is Elena. Still, one can easily find her “never seen before” designs in Michael Jackson’s Scream video.

    I kinda want Sonjia to stay around because I like her blue hair.

    •  I’m also getting frightening Ping flashbacks with the hip pannier/pockets.

  • PinkLemon

    SING IT, sister.

  • michelle shields

    Fugly stuff

  • SewingSiren

    1. Sappho- I like the first one a lot considering it’s a hooded knicker jumpsuit with a dropped crotch. The second one is pretty standard, except for the dropped crotch, which is horrifying.
    2.Athough I don’t consider the fencer’s work extraordinarily original or anything, I do think she should have been in the top three. Both looks are strong. It is difficult to tell which was produced under time constraints. Both looks are rather ambitious, which the was not true of the winner (or Ven either).
    3. Both of the smarty pants looks are dull. Plus he seems to be reading his lines of cue cards. And he’s not very good at it.
    4. Both of Sonjia’s are wearable, but I don’t know why anyone would choose to put those fabrics together. It looks like garments made for a challenge that they were forced to use small scraps of clashing fabric.
    5. I like his challenge look more than the outfit he brought with him. And that is not a complement. 

    • Introspective

      agree with your 2nd point, because definitely most of these looks are thrown together. and I mean the ones people came from home with…  whereas Elena, though she surely brings the cray, has some talent to back it up.

      everyone else’s entries here are a yawn with a side of double narcolepsy.

    •  Yes, I kept wondering why I don’t hate Alicia’s first look more.  Individually, all those points are loathesome, yet somehow, it works.  I blame the hood.  She reminds me of Dogblankets Julie in aesthetic a bit.

  • Vlasta Bubinka

    Gunnar’s work is aggressively banal with a soupcon of mundane.

  • CeeRich

    Elena’s black and white silhouette dress is total knockoff Stella McCartney.,r:1,s:0,i:79

  • kimmeister

    I do like the collar/neckline of Gunnar’s first look.

  • CarolinLA

    We served with Josh McKinley, we knew Josh McKinley, Josh McKinley was a friend of someone’s.  Gunnar, you’re no Josh McKinley..

    • YoungSally

      Maybe Gunnar can go work for some nice lady like Chris March.  Although Izzy might eat him alive.  

    •  I find it so incredibly generous to assume that Josh McKinley had any friends…

  • Stubenville

    Are the clothes really that breathtakingly sucktastick or are all the models the sizes of moose this season? 

  • Hey Elena — Stella McCartney called. She needs that dress back by Friday to lend out to Kate Winslet.

    • CassandraMortmain

      You beat me to this comment by a minute.  Elena’s second look seems like a total rip-off of that Stella silhouette dress that everybody from Kate Winslet to Penelope Cruz to Kate Hudson to Jane Fonda to Liv Tyler wore last year.  I’m astonished that the judges didn’t mention it.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Now I know why that dress looked familiar!

  • Hey gang, it is so easy to determine which of the designers will be auf’d during the next three to four weeks. But wait! Remember the rumors that two people quit the show so we will see some of these people brought back to fill the schedule.

  • Stefanos Mantyla

    Alicia – enough of a point of view, I guess.

    Elena – agreed that conceptual design is nothing new here, so I am hoping she can do more than this. She could be something. So far we see a usual (cliché) idea of the unusual, so she just needs to expand that into truly unusual territory to make it work, since it looks pretty great so far technically.

    Gunnar – yawn.

    Sonija – taste does not come naturally to her, I can tell. I do not know who watched the closet tour, but from pointing out how “how her shorts are the right length; not too short so as to be hoochy-mama, and not too long so as to be grandma-style”, I could tell that she was trying to show taste when in fact inadvertently hinting at the opposite.

    Raul – awful. Models should sue.

  • Raul, who shall be hereby be known as “Squiggy” just because of the cracktastic hair  (well, if he hangs around long enough), was the one other than PsychoJosh 2.0 who annoyed the hell out of me.  I mean, he complained about not having enough $$, chose shitty pre-ruffled chenille fabric, and then couldn’t figure out how to operate the sewing machine.  And they gave him more airtime than anyone but PsychoJosh 2.0!

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I have to question the taste level of anyone who deliberately chooses pre-ruffled chenille.

      •  Don’t we all.  After all, chenille is for towels, bathrobes, and the occasional blanket.  Not only were his garments a hot mess, but they remind me a little too much of 70s bedspreads!

    • raul, or squiggy rather, noticed that last season’s winner styled all her models to look like her, so he’s following suit.  sweetheart, it’s just not working for ya…

      •  Nothing is working here.  I just realized where I’ve seen similar chenille–the bedspreads on the beds in the “kids” room at my grandmother’s house where they’ve been since about 1973 when she purchased them!

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          And that’s where chenille should stay- on the bed as a bedspread or bathrobe.

          • I’ve really tried to come up with a garment that chenille would be suitable for, and I can’t do it.  I frequently try to find an alternate idea to make something on PR work, and I usually manage something.  But no, there’s really no use for chenille in a fashion competition. 

          •  Bathrobes.  Which belong in the bathroom and bedroom, not in public, and certainly not on PR.

        • Call me Bee

          I must admit I love chenille–real cotton chenille from the 40s-50s (the stuff of the the 70s was most likely polyester…) but I guess I’d never make a garment out of it.  A bathrobe or lounging jacket, maybe.  But nothing to wear out in public. 

          •  The stuff of now is polyester, too.  Next time you go to the fabric store, look at the fiber content on the end of a bolt of chenille–it’s now polyester.  I have nothing against a polyester blend, and must admit that polyester fleece is useful stuff for jammies, lightweight jackets, and blankets, but none of the above have a place on a show like PR.

  • GorgeousThings

    Other than Quentin, I would not be able to pull any of them out of a lineup. And their work is deeply mediocre, including Quentin’s.

  • HM3

    Tootsie’s second look veers on the verge of Frankendress.

  • Isn’t “Deatherage” the last name that Melissa Etheridge gave to her love child with Marilyn Manson?  Yeah, I’m pretty sure.

  • Alicia: As I’ve noted before, tomboy aesthetic is fine as is this semi-deconstructed sensibility, but there’s a difference between deliberately graceless clothing & poorly constructed clothing. Think gritty, grungy, earthy. 1st look is passably good: simplistic but indicative of this designer’s point-of-view. I like the brick-reddish color. 2nd look: atrocious. I know they’ve got a day to complete these looks, but the cut of that garment is appalling. I know what Seth Aaron could do in one day. What Alicia can’t do (in a day) is properly cut a panel. That red-brown panel looks HORRIFYING! That’s my point. It’s not deliberately graceless. It’s badly cut and badly tacked-on/glued/stapled/stitched-on. Don’t get me started on the dropped crotch. I’d have sent girl home, but she’s got a discernible aesthetic. Move her to the next round, but keep a critical eye on her execution.

    Elena: Revolutionary or not, her garments are well-wrought. Nothing impresses me more than technical skill, and the 1st look’s all about the impeccable tailoring, configuration, and architectural detailing. 2nd look: if she can produce such good work in ONE DAY, then she can–nope, scratch that, SHOULD– win this whole thing. The seaming is fabulous (I checked out her looks front-side-back on the official PR site a multiplicity of times, and, yeah, the seaming IS fabulous.). There’s so much detail: the shoulder & arms raised panels, the flat, looped, white panel in the front, the structured leggings… All beautifully rendered, all in one day. Give it to this gal: she’s got AMAZING technical skills. She can deliver a hell of a lot in the time allotted. Her aesthetic is great: severely tailored, masculine, edgy, and geometrical.

    Gunnar: Competently made, unremarkable clothing.

    Son: Like the jacket, like the vest (both are well-tailored pieces), hate everything else.

    Raul: I’d have sent him home. That’s not a good-looking suit: hate the bow & the cheap, snow-globe lacy top. The dark shoulder panels are about the only good thing this suit’s got going. 2nd look: *puke*… and isn’t it a little too similar to that lentil-girl’s one look?

  • kikisayshi

    All of the sixteeen deeesignerrrs (I think that every time, too!) are lucky that the judges have too much going on around them to notice details at this point in the game. As usual, I thought about half of them should have been on the chopping block, but alas there can only be three. Of this set, Gunnar and Alicia definitely have the most promise.

  • ms. sweetcrackers, why is your model’s jacket flying off?

    and elena armor-maker, your models are going to fall down on the runway if you keep putting those big bangs on them. and look like fools doing it.

  • alicia, your designs barely interest me, but i hope you stick around.  when was the last time we had a hard core lesbian sister to balance out all the queenly energy?  have we ever had a totally out lesbian on the show?  not that i recall.

  • BuffaloBarbara

    On the actual clothes:

    I… kind of like Alicia’s weird hoodie thing.  Between that and liking Frokemon’s jumper, I think I’ve officially been looking at weird clothes too long.  But I think, on the right girl in the right context, it’d look pretty cool.  The dropped crotch pantsuit… the less said, the better.  I am chafing just looking at it.

    Elena.  Big whatever there, for me.

    Quentin: With TLo.  It’s inoffensive, and I think if a lady wore either to work, her colleagues would tell her how nice she looked that day, then get back to work and not think of it again.

    Sonjia: I love the leather jacket.  The rest of it, I have to keep scrolling up because I can’t remember it.

    Raul: Oh, look, it’s Secretary’s Day on Romulus.

    •  I had Romulan bangs once.  I was a small child, my mother trimmed my bangs, and she didn’t know how to correct for the cowlicks at my temples.  By the time I was 6, I told her no more bangs for just that reason.  Why hasn’t Raul learned this lesson yet?

  • quiltrx

    Some crazy crotches going on here.

  • redgauntlet

    I vehemently disagree with you T-Lo on Elena Slivnyak. Her clothes are interestingly structured and make witty use of the black and white colours. If she doesn’t go mad halfway through the show, I really think she could show us some interesting stuff.

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      i really like them too, here, particularly, the coat. in fact, i really like it–it’s another one which, were i to live long enough to have a great deal of cash ever again, i might buy [along w/ the fro suit]. but they’re right in saying that neither one of these, anyway, are all that innovative. rei kawakubo or yohji yamamoto, say, have been creating similar not for years but for [multiple] decades. & that second one? as much as most people here seem to hate SMcC? that’s her apparent signature dress of maybe a season ago, just transmogrified into monochrome w/ funny shoulders. again: not that this woman’s work is bad–it is definitely not. but after, say, gareth pugh [et al] has gone through the originals & remade them, this looks more like a remake of a remake of a remake of a…. you know, on & on. maybe not on & on & on & on but still.

  • GillianHolroyd

    Wait, does nobody remember the FLAX label from the 90s? Alicia does.

    • Call me Bee

      Oh my gosh–I had tons fo stuff from FLAX!  Huge styles–all linen–Made in Lituanina!  Then again–I don’t wear them anymore, save for one jacket I tailored and trimmed down to fit.  The rest have been cut up to make pillows and market totebags! 

  • guest2visits

    I thought Raul managed to make something pretty from an interesting and difficult looking fabric (2nd look).  And it fit her.
    I am blown away by Elena’s drawings. She needs to be churning out graphic novels; with an incredibly fashionable future-world
    type heroine; kicking ass across the planet in a very stylish samurai kind of way. But it’ true, she needs to create something other
    than a modified fencing coat, or just costumes suitable for the runway.
    I liked Sonija’s leather jacket; can’t say I liked the 2nd ensemble at all. But there was something about her preview collection that
    makes me think she has some good ideas, – hope she can bring them forward.


    • holdmewhileimnaked

      hi bert keeter.
      it is nice to see you here.

      have a welcome from me.
      i’m sure you’ll have plenty more from everybody else.

      i hope you are doing well post-, well, that.

      sign me,
      nearly dead but somewhat hopeful.

    • Welcome, Bert! Come by more often. I loved your “Hello Kooan” comment from your Lifetime blog.

  • Elena: all I can think is -The Matrix or some other odd Sci-Fi movie where you can see all this crazy shit already.  It’s not really “new” as much as no one wears it because they don’t want to die from sweating to death.  That said, she has some serious work going into those those garments.

    Alicia: I think she’s smart because she’s found a target market that I’m not sure really exists.  Whether or not lesbian chic will take her to the finals, seems unlikely.  

    The rest: Just boring.  

  • LambeeBaby

    I can’t help but think I have seen all of these contestants before, just regurgitated with a change in hairstyle. Raul’s models have his weird Flock of Segulls dip in their bangs. The dredlock lesbian reminds me of Julie from last season and am I the only one who thought that the contestant who was voted off for the ugly ass horse blanket shawl was reminiscent of Gretchen’s entire Donkey Blanket theme?

  • funkypeanut

    Yawn! Wake me up when we’re down to 10.

  • Call me Bee

    Tlo says about Elena, “… but she really needs to shut up about how no one ever in the history of earth has ever seen clothing as unusual and unique as this.”    I feel the same way about Andrea and her “I’m a single liberal/radical feminist living in NYC–I’m very unique…” schtick.  Really?  But–that’s a post for another day. 
    I agree with everything else you said, gentlemen.  Although–I think of Raul as Costello-Lite instead of…that other guy…um…yeah him.  I my mind, Raul and Mikey C seem to be coming from the same place.  His suit was average, but I like the dress, only because of the interesing fabric. 

  • Scarlet39

    While most of these looks are not without their problems, it is refreshing to see things other than a short, strapless cocktail dress. 

  • AudreysMom

    either they’ve included size 14 models in this year’s line up or…. oh, Raul, what have you done?

  • Toto Maya

    I had picked Raul to go home. He isn’t lasting long.

    • AudreysMom

       He’s actually REALLY talented. As we’ve said before, there are good designers, bad designers and designers that do well on Project Runway.

      • Toto Maya

         Well, hopefully he proves me wrong. Really didn’t like his two looks here though. Or anything about them. But it’s just the first episode.

      •  I wasn’t that fond of his portfolio, though, either.  It may just be that his work isn’t my taste — I really can’t remember why I disliked anyone.

  • Deatherage is a common surname around here. Kids had two teachers (father/son duo) who teach at the local high school. I would address correspondence to them as – Mr. Deatherage (The Venerable and Wise – he had suggested Old and Cranky) and Mr. Deatherage (The Younger and Virile). Both excellent teachers.

  • BrightsideSusan

    I think part of the problerm with these young designers is that they are not educated in fashion history.  I see these things and I know I have seen them before, but I am more than twice the age of these kids. I don’t have a fshion education, but I have a long memory.

  • SayWTH

    Why don’t I remember Sweetcrackers from last season? Oh, because I don’t remember ANYTHING from last season except the travesty of the winner.

    Lots of “nothing to see here, just keep moving folks.”  

  • bitterk

    Quentin W Sweetcrackers, bwaaa haaa aaaaa.  I call him BitchPlease for short.