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Posted on July 26, 2012

 

Playground at the Hilton Hotel in Liverpool

Darlings, it’s time to jet off to Liverpool, where the lighting looks hellaciously unflattering but we all won’t care by our third drink.


Yes, it’s time once again to check in on the latest band of dirty little ragamuffins making that grab for the brass ring. What manner of dysfunction will they display for us tonight?

 

Best news of all? It’s the muthafuckin unconventional materials challenge, bitches. If Frokemon doesn’t make Top Three, we will be VERY DISAPPOINTED. Excite us, you little sprite!

 

We hereby declare a moratorium on the use of the phrase “The most OUTRAGEOUS challenge ever!” or any of its endless variants.

So, kittens. Which one of these little wack jobs do you peg for Top 3? Bottom 3? We’re thinking Ven might have a problem with this one.

[Photo Credit: Barbara Nitke for myLifetime.com, restaurantandbardesignawards.com - Video  Credit: myLifetime.com]

    • NDC_IPCentral

      Your predictions, T & Lo, are in line with my (pained-from-injections) gut feelings.  Frokemon should excel, and Ven will need a diagram.  I’m a little disappointed that unconventional materials is being trotted out so early in the season, but then again, B-M sure didn’t seek my opinion in cobbling together S10.

      • kimmeister

        A Ven Diagram, I love it!!!!

        Hope your guts get to feeling better soon.

        • NDC_IPCentral

           Hey, kimmeister, thanks for your concern – these are injections to boost my granulocytes; I’m getting them 3x a week.  They get my blood levels to qualify for my chemo infusions.  Only 3 (the next three Tuesdays) to go! 

          • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

            So glad to hear you’re nearing the end of your round of chemo! I hope all continues on track for you.

            • NDC_IPCentral

               Kiltdntiltd, thanks!  My oncologist smiles and says “You’re a tough cookie; only three to go.  You’ll be feeling a lot better in a few months.”  The past half year has been a life-changer.   The BKs, PUFs and minions have sure been a fabulous (in the best TLo sense of the word) support group.

            • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

              We’ve got your back, NDC.
              We want you well again.

            • NDC_IPCentral

               Hon, your real first name was my dad’s and is my young nephew’s, who’s named after him, so you’re a bit closer to my heart than you’d expect.  You just made me tear up.  Happy tears, and I’m glad to say that because I have a magnificent oncologist and a gifted gynecologist-oncologist surgeon and unbelievable good fortune in my response to my treatment, it’s mostly been happy tears ever since mid-April.  Thanks, so much.

            • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

              Unfair advantage, NDC! Now who’s tearing up here? (grabbing Kleenex)
              You are quite welcome to every good thought we all can muster here, and much more.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Indeed, we do.  All the best to you, dear.  May you get through the remaining rounds of chemo and come out on the other side hale and hearty.

            • http://twitter.com/AmandaMBetts Amanda M. Betts

               I told my doctor today that he really should write me up in a medical journal article since my chemo response was so phenomenal...SkilledExplorer.blogspot.com

          • SapphoPoet

            Yay for only three more treatments! Hang in–you are almost there. (Twelve more for me.)

            • NDC_IPCentral

               SapphoPoet – you have a ways to go, girl, but you’re a tough cookie, too, and I have complete confidence that you’ll be on the winning side.  If you want to share with me directly, T Lo can facilitate that.  Hip-hip-hooray for Zofran.  ;-)

            • SapphoPoet

              Yep, still a ways for me. I can only think about one treatment at a time. And then I have to do six weeks of radiation. But we will kick cancer patootie. :)

            • SapphoPoet

              My next drug is not nearly as toxic as what I’ve been on, so the nurses tell me I should handle it just fine. 

            • NDC_IPCentral

               I’ll think good thoughts for you, girl.  If the treatment’s working, it’s a lot more bearable.  Yes, you ‘n’ I and some of the others here (we don’t want to make this a cancer clique!) are all going to kick cancer’s heinie.

            • UsedtobeEP

              Goodness, so many of us are sick. Here’s to healing, TLo fans! 

            • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

              Keep up the good oncological work, M’dear!!!!!!

            • formerlyAnon

              Twelve is a lot but I hope they seem manageable one by one.  And that your team can offer a good mix of palliative drugs to minimize the side effects.  We, your anonymous stranger-friends from the Internet are wishing you strength, mostly good days, and success.

            • SapphoPoet

              Thank you all. In the words of Blanche DuBois, “I have always relied upon the kindness of strangers.” (I hope I got that right.)

      • Call me Bee

        Yes–a Ven Diagram indeed.  (g)   Sending more good vibes your way for strength and all-round ass-kickedness (to kick CA’s ass!) 
        –Toni in Milwaukee

      • Anathema_Device

         I do hope the next three rounds aren’t too hard on you and you mend well and quickly!

        • NDC_IPCentral

           Next Tuesday will be rough – I get two oncology meds, and they really pack a wallop, but that’s the last “Cycle,” and then it’s two successive Tuesdays of one of those drugs.  I told my doctor today that he really should write me up in a medical journal article since my chemo response was so phenomenal.  I’ll heal, and forever be thankful to him and the rest of my team.

          • Anathema_Device

             Glad to hear you’re receiving top-notch care. You get credit, too, for staying positive and strong through all of this!

      • formerlyAnon

        “Ven will need a diagram” – heh heh!

        Your guts may be painful but your wits are apparently unaffected!

        SO happy to hear you have only three more chemo assaults left. May the stars continue to align, and may you have many, many of those “it’s the little things” good moments to get you through the slog to “normal” – where you feel so good you forget to think about how you feel.

        Really, when you’re able to post good news after such a diagnosis – you have no idea how happy it makes me and, I’m sure, many of us who know you only virtually.

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

      I would say Frokemon and Buffi the Taste Slayer should do very well here — she seems to embrace tacky fun, which is kind of where you have to go with candy.  Elena seems to dig the less conventional shapes, so she might be able to do something with it too.

      And thanks all for the congrats last week — I didn’t make it back in for awhile until it was really too late to respond.

      • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

        Yeah, I have a feeling Buffy’s got this one in the bag. 

    • Kayceed

      I think the fencing lady and Snape will struggle – not exactly whimsical, those two. I’m curious to see if London-by-Dubai will go all Willy Wonka. Frokemon, as you say, should do well.

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        hahahahahahahahahaha

        I’ve not seen any of the designers for this season and didn’t spend long looking at the photo above, yet it only took a second to work out who ‘Snape’ is…!  Thanks for the laugh.

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        but whenever we think someone should do well, they choke!  remember the guy who made clubwear awhile back- he got sent home by the party store challenge.  whenever everyone says “oh, you’ve got this in the bag, it’s right up your alley”, that’s when you should worry.

    • mjude

      darlings please join me for champagne!

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        Always, and anywhere!

      • janetjb

        I’m in!

      • Call me Bee

        Ach wunderbar!  Just as soon as I finish mein bier.  Danke! 

        • NDC_IPCentral

           If a good Milwaukee girl weren’t drinking beer, well, she’d not be a good Milwaukee girl!

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        i’ll have to mix mine with fruit juice, it gives me heartburn.  but it’s ok, i’ll drink twice as much and twice as fast to make up for the cut in alcohol.  no falling behind here.

    • MoHub

      I”m guessing that Buffi, for all her bragging about her outrageousness, will turn out something totally ordinary.

      • Call me Bee

        Yeah me too.  You’d think she’d rock this challenge, but my gut says she’ll fail. 

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      Set me up with a Tall one, if I’m gonna be sitting in there!
      Ben, Gunnar& Miss Taupe Netting from last wek for bottom 3 picks.

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        who’s ben?  i’m confused already and i just started drinking.  guess i better step it up.

    • RebeccaKW

      I’m more concerned that by my 3rd drink, I’m going to be convinced we are being attacked by jellies.

      While I think Frokemon might do well, he may also second guess himself and send some major crap down the runway.  I wonder how many people will, after being told not to use fabric like tablecloths, will go ahead and use fabric like tablecloths.

      • Vanderboom

         ” I wonder how many people will, after being told not to use fabric like
        tablecloths, will go ahead and use fabric like tablecloths.”

        It feels as if this happens Every.  Freaking.  Season.

        • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

          time should just make a big sign in three foot tall letters saying NO TABLECLOTHS and walk around the store holding it up.  probably wouldn’t help, though.  and then last year they fell all over jerrell when he made a dress out of scarves.  even worse than tablecloths.

          • VicksieDo

            Oh God, please don’t mention last season’s horrors, it set off my eye twitch! lol

          • RebeccaKW

             No, it wouldn’t help.  At least 2 people would still use them and then stand in front of the judges and say that they didn’t see the sign, or didn’t realize it meant ‘absolutely’ no tablecloths, they thought it was just a suggestion.

    • l_c_ann

      If they haven’t Fung Schwayed (No, I can’t spell it) the tulle-netting’s work space, she will have an excuse for her lack of productivity. (I did rewatch the stuff last week.  Some interesting comments got left in by BM.)

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

      I’ll drop by after visiting some Beatles sites, slip off my Louboutins (yeah right! not on my salary)  and order some chardonnay.  Comrade Snape!  So nice to see you again!  I predict trouble for you.
      Surely these designers must watch this show and know that the unconventional materials challenge happens early in the season.  Yes?

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        It would seem, that if one were going to be on this show, one would give some time to considering what one would do for some of the more off beat challenges.

        • janetjb

          I know if I were going to try out for this show I would have already planned some sort of strategy for some of the obvious challenges coming my way.  
          The unconventional material challenge wouldn’t be left for just a few designers: early in the season = more train wrecks.

          • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

            But of course. It seems, though, that most contestants really don’t think much through in advance.

            • formerlyAnon

               Egg-ssakly! One would *think* one would have strategized – nay, PRACTICED – one’s way through at least the oft-repeated obstacles. But fewer “ones” seem to think than you’d have thought.

              [At LEAST get some experience on the industrial sewing machine, since their existence is trumpeted by brand name every. single. season. And someone has a problem with one every. single. season.]

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Given that we can guarantee that some designer is going to struggle with the machines at some point, is it too cynical to entertain the possibility that Bunim-Murray sends in gremlins to fiddle with said machines?  Or more likely that the machines don’t get the proper maintenance during filming?

            • Call me Bee

              Yeah–that may be a bit too..bitchy.  (g)  More likely is that some of the designers have never used them before, and they are tricky and finicky machines.  Of course, they never think to aquaint themselves with the machines beforehand…

            • NDC_IPCentral

               Conspiracy theory!  I like it, and I wouldn’t put it past those B-M bozos to do this.

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

              Most of the machine problems seem to be more the kind that come from working with an unfamiliar machine or fabric.  Each brand of machine has its own quirks; if they were used to that specific machine, the problems are generally the kind they could fix quickly or know how to prevent.  (Mine for instance needs me to run up a bobbin or two every time I change thread because it doesn’t like the full thread spool for some reason.)

            • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

              Back in the day, I would blame my machine for all sorts of things, but in reality, especially with workhorse industrials like those, it’s more often than not, operator error. (ahem)

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              As much as I enjoy trashing the B-M crowd, I can understand that some of the contestants would not have much experience with these types of machines. 

              Of course, being industrial machines they should be able to take a licking and keep on ticking, or in this case, stitching.

            • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

              And in fact they do. It takes a lot to really screw them up. My suspicion is that a lot of these designers still work with regular machines.

            • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

              i’ve taught quiltmaking for years, and one of my pet peeves (among sooo many) is when people say “the tension is off on my machine” as if this is some inscrutable and unsolvable problem.  honey, listen.  tension does not “go off”.  you can make the top tighter or looser and you can make the bottom tighter or looser.  better to adjust the top.  if the bottom thread is pulling up, loosen the top,  if the top thread is pulling down tighten the top.  case closed.  rocket science.  i blame all those home ec teachers who taught us to NEVER touch the tension.

              ok.  i’m better now.

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

               Well, sometimes the tension is off from what you’re used to getting — one machine’s settings are a bit different from another.  But that should take all of 10 seconds to diagnose and 2 seconds to fix.

            • formerlyAnon

              Right. I’m a skills-limited occasional home sewer, and I understand what’s happening on my machine when the tension’s “off” and how to diagnose & deal with it.  I might not be able to transfer that to an industrial machine – I’ve never used one – but if I were going to be on PR, I think I’d have begged, borrowed or stolen a tutorial and some ‘alone time’ with one before going on the show. If you’ve got the chops to get on PR, surely your network includes SOMEbody with access to one.

            • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

              I know, right?  If I were thinking of trying out for PR I would make sure that my sewing skills were awesome and watch every single episode (or most of them anyway) to prepare for the more difficult challenges. 

            • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

              I would go in with ideas in mind to fit all sorts of challenges, and would work extra hard improving whatever weak spots might exist in my skills.

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

               I spend every season drawing up a plan for each challenge in under 30 minutes, and then pricing out what I would need in my head.  (Obviously, that’s just an estimate, but better than nothing.)  I really wish they would show us how long they have to actually work — they don’t tell you what time they start each day, or how much is interrupted, so it makes it impossible to actually be sure you’re making the piece in the required time.

    • l_c_ann

      Is Buffy’s head a giant leopard Tat? 

      • Call me Bee

        I thought it was her natural hair color cut that way.  But you may be correct.  Yikes. 

      • Maria Rosenfire

         My mom and I were arguing about this. I’m pretty sure it’s dye (which must be hella annoying/expensive to maintain) and she thinks it’s a tattoo.

        • formerlyAnon

           Yeah, I was thinking dye, as well – but now maybe tattoo plus some dye through the hair?

      • Sara__B

        Looks like a tattoo to me.

      • formerlyAnon

         If she lasts past mid-point (doubtful, though I like her attitude), we’ll get to see, since if that’s hair it’ll need maintenance.

    • sockandaphone

      a week later and I still giggled everytime i read frokemon.

    • http://press-for-attention.tumblr.com/ Miss Jen K

      Oh, to be in imaginary England for an evening! Certainly what I need after a terrible day. A gin and tonic for me, thanks.

      Toodle pip and enjoy the show!

    • http://www.MintaHall.com/ Minta Hall

      Anyone want to bet that Frokemon will EAT his dress before it can make it down the runway?  

      I think Snape (aka Dmitry) will have problems. He’s very, uh, traditional in his thinking.

      But I bet Buffi either wins it or crashes and burns…Frokemon will be SO out there no one can figure out what he did.  But whatever he does, it’ll be, uh, INTERESTING.  It definitely will NOT be suitable for NYC streets.

    • annieanne

      I think Frokemon will likely be at least safe since BM is trying to fake us out with the edit on that trailer. I have my doubts Buffi’s overly declaimed outrageousness will actually pan out. I can see her bottom 3. I’m hoping Ven surprises us all. I’ll be very disappointed if he goes for the tablecloths. 

    • Judy_J

      I’m still at the point where these people all sort of run together in my mind.  The chick with the leopard print head and Frokemon are the only ones who have made an impression on me thus far.  Perhaps I should limit my alcohol intake while watching this evening.

      • formerlyAnon

         “The chick with the leopard print head”

        Love this one!

    • http://frederickvegetarian.wordpress.com sixgables

      Yay, lounge is open!  I was camping out and the heat is murderous.  Have the gal bring me an Ophelia, will you darling?

      I liked the look of that checkerboard thing Herr Dethrage had going on (or was that the other one? SEriously, one of them has to go or get a haircut).

      I saw an umbrella being dismantled, so clearly there are non-candy items, too…Hmm…I suspect Venn will see it as an annoying puzzle and won’t freak out, but will turn in a middle-of-the-pack entry.  I expect Lantie to flip, Comrade Snape will have a hissy, and that Fencing Girl will be very eye-rolly.  I expect to totally enjoy Frokemon and Buffi (but she may get overwhelmed and hand-flappy).

    • SewingSiren

      Okay my guess for top three would be Frokemon, Dumpster Diver, and Buffi saint marie,  Bottom 3, the Snape, the snot, and one of the ones who I can’t name yet, which will be the one that goes home.

      • Call me Bee

        Wait–is the snot Herr Deatherage?  Then I agree on your bottom three.  You’d think Buffi SM would do well, but I feel she will not.  I think the gal with the dreads will be on the bottom.  Seems her POV is pretty narrow…

        • SewingSiren

          That’s right. Deatherage is the snot.

    • muzan-e

      Duochrome eyeshadows were made for lighting like this! … Why yes, have recently forked out on a load of pretty sparkling things that I could never realistically wear. Aherm.

      Frokemon, on account of his sheer creative vigour. Dumpster. And whoever it was that tortured tacky old fabric into that gorgeous flowy winner last week. Dumpster and Whatsit qualify for top 3 contenders this week because they’re both clearly understanding how to transform a piece of dull nothing into something surprisingly pleasing.  And that’s what this is all about. 

      (ETA: Costello. That’s the one.)

      • CozyCat

        LIfe isn’t worth living without pretty sparling things–whether you wear them or not!

        • muzan-e

          Amen! Each morning, and our mornings here are usually grey, there’s a little cluster of sparkling colour waiting for me in the makeup drawer. I have no regrets. *g*

    • michelle shields

      I took a nap this afternoon just so I could stay awake for this one. Should be a hoot!

    • Anathema_Device

      Oooooh, such a busy week. I’ve missed my T Lo time!! I think I’ll have a Ginger Rogers, which I saw on a menu but didn’t have b/c it was too early in the day. It had some combination of ginger beer, lime, mint, and gin. 

      Can’t wait for tonight’s episode. This is always my favorite challenge. I don’t know the designers well enough to pick a top three. The Pat Fields wanna-be might be up there with Frokemon.

      • BrooklynBomber

        That Ginger Rogers sounds yummy. 

    • janetjb

      Maybe in couple of weeks or a couple glasses of champagne I’ll be able to put names/faces/personalities together, but right now I don’t remember enough names to tell you who’ll be in the top and bottom.  

    • Call me Bee

      Hi all! 
      We’ve had heat interspersed with wicked thunderstorms for the last few days.  And–unfortuanely the storms do not cool us down–just make it hotter and more humid.  So happy that God invented A/C. 
      So–please I’d like a huge gin and tonic.  Always a refreshing choice.  Or a weiss bier in honor of (ach du lieber!) Germanfest which starts today.  Prosit!

      • Lisa

        I got sooooo fucking drunk on two really strong gin and tonics back in the day.  TWO – I mean, I”m a lightweight in general, but yeah, two.  How drunk?  On our way from Bar #1 to Bar #2, I made a pass at the bouncer on the way in.  I literally had my arms almost up around the guy’s neck when my two girlfriends dragged me off of him.  Sooo… yeah, that’s what comes to mind when I hear “gin and tonic”.  Good times, good times.

        • formerlyAnon

           At least you & your friends traveled together so that *collectively* there was a functioning brain!

          • Lisa

            Well, their brains were functioning, yeah, not mine!

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

           I can always smell it when I think of gin — which is why I try not to think of gin! 

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Oh, I do so love a good Weiss bier!  One of my very favorite drinks!

    • In_Stitches

      Not to be a contrarian (okay, fine, I’m a contrarian), but I think Ven’s gonna excel.  It takes a master craftsmen to deal with unconventional materials and Ven clearly has a refined skillset.   Ms. Katz, however, I think is in for a bit of a rough night. 

      • Anathema_Device

         He also seems smart. Unlike the auf’d designer last week who didn’t know how to sew all that well, I’d bet Ven would be familiar enough with the show to expect a challenge such as this.

        • dress_up_doll

          I could see Ven doing well in this challenge. I imagine him making some lovely, delicate and visually stunning confectionary treat. I look forward to seeing what he’ll create in the coming weeks.

      • Call me Bee

        You know–you may be correct.  I’m thinking of Jillian’s Twizzler’s dress, Mila’s paint pan liner dress and Korto’s seatbelt coat.  All were stunning, made by very accomplished sewists.  Oh–and Laura’s peanut bag dress! So cute…

        • Lisa

          Hmmm… now you have me convinced!  Ven could actually do very well – good points!

    • siriuslover

      I so hope Frokemon wins the challenge, but I doubt Nina will allow that to happen. She’ll let him in the Top 3 only to pounce on his little hopes. I’m sure that Snape saying “sweets, it’s not for me” is a clue for us to see that he’s actually quite brilliant at it… Bottom, better be Crazy Lantie. Other than her, no opinions.

    • http://www.facebook.com/xerapis David Louis Quick

      I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO rooting for Frokemon!!  Lahv Him!!!~~

    • formerlyAnon

      deleted, posted in wrong place

    • Amy Ellinger

      Again, my usual double Talisker 10 year neat.

      and I’m rooting for Ven, Buffi and Frokemon this time.  I think Buff’s color cray-cray will work well for her. Ven’s skills will help (and echo that he seems to know the show pretty well), and Frokemon’s in his element- and has serious skills as well.

      • CozyCat

        Ooooh!  Pimms!  I’ll have one too!

        It’s as hot as the tropics these days.  The only way to survive is to emulate a stiff-upper-lip Brit with the help of some Pimms!

        Btw:  it’s easier to find Schwepes Bitter Lemon than it used to be.  A big liquor chain recently opened in our town (in the space vacated by the bankrupt Borders bookstore–feel free to philosophize about that!) and they actually carry the stuff!

    • formerlyAnon

      My summer usual, gin & soda with lots of lime.  But I confess to a fascination with the Pimm’s cup the latest Doctor was drinking in his loverly civilian mufti (is that redundant?) at the Polo Club. (***socks!***)

      The Internet disagrees on how we Yanks without access to Schweppes Bitter Lemon should assemble said drink. General agreement on: Pimm’s #1, cucumber, lemon slices, additional fruits to taste and *something* with fizz and a touch of sweetness.

      General disagreement on: whether the fizzy stuff should emphasize lemon (i.e. lemon Italian-style soda or Sprite) or ginger (i.e. dry ginger ale or ginger beer). 

      Complete chaos on whether additions should be made of various herbs, partial substitution of tonic water (to get the quinine taste) for some of the fizzy stuff, or if lemon & seltzer should replace part of the sweetened fizzy stuff to cut the sweetness.

      Of course I could experiment to my own personal tastes. But BKs, PUFs and minions, I KNOW some of you have experience of concocting substitutes as exiled ex-pats. Please advise.  The drink at my next summer gathering rests in your hands.

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        I think it’s always been UK lemonade (which is very different from US lemonade) rather than Schweppes Bitter Lemon when I’ve had Pimm’s back in Blighty.  In which case Sprite is probably your best bet – but I’d go for Diet Sprite though to cut down on the cloying nature of the full sugar version.
        As for the fruits & veggies ‘to taste’… strawberries are a must!

        • http://frederickvegetarian.wordpress.com sixgables

           Yep, it’s lemonade, best achieved here by using some US lemonade and club soda if you want to avoid the sickly sweet of Sprite and /or the chemicals therein.  Cucumber spear and a strawberry if you have ‘em.  I go lemon slice once the berries are out of season.

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

           What’s the difference?  In case I ever make it to the UK (my first choice if I can go anywhere), I want to know what to expect:)

      • NDC_IPCentral

         Pimm’s Cup was the subject of an interesting article in the Dining Section of The New York Times a month and a half ago:  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/13/dining/the-pimms-cup-grows-in-popularity-as-a-summer-cocktail.html?_r=1 and a recipe: http://www.nytimes.com/recipes/12541/Pimms-Cup-With-Muddled-Cucumber.html

        Cheers!

      • formerlyAnon

         Thank-you both, Eclectic & Sixgables!  I shall sally forth with confidence. Though it may take me a few weeks to get to the giant beverage store that’ll have the Pimms.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Yes, it’s time to retire or ban that phrase, but rest assured, we’ll undoubtedly hear it again….
      Frokemon should do well, the more conventional designers will struggle with this one.

    • Sara__B

      Frokemon should do well. I hope Ven does well. I think young Snape could surprise us, since he comes from the world of crazy ballroom dancing costumes. The two ladies who favor black & white could have trouble with such a colorful challenge. (Please note: My PR predictions are almost always wrong.)

    • BrooklynBomber

      It seems we have so many Bitter Kittens on chemo. Raising a glass of electrolyte-enhanced libation to all of you, and sending the good thoughts and wishes your way.

      • Lisa

        Yes, much love and light to our recovering Bitter Kittens on their way back to good health!  M’WAAAHH!!!! (*blows a kiss*)

      • Call me Bee

        Hear, hear! 

      • formerlyAnon

         I’ll drink to that!

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        *clinks glasses*

      • SapphoPoet

        Awww–thanks! Can’t drink until I’m done with chemo so here’s me raising my glass of iced water with lemon. :)

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

           I technically could drink, but I tried it one night and my nerves did NOT appreciate it.  Which makes me sad with upcoming birthdays left and right:(

          • formerlyAnon

             Very sad when body and spirit diverge.  Even sadder when the consequences are so punitive. One hopes this will pass when they figure out what’s really going on & how to alleviate the headaches.

            I miss the days when I didn’t have to carefully plan when & what I’m going to drink & could just enjoy it. (For “going to drink” substitute just about every indulgence and most daily activities and you have old age. Gonna be fun, that.)

            [My kids think I'm a virtual teetotaler (ha!) - shortly after they hit toddler stage, I found a single drink plunged me almost instantaneously into slumber.  Sadly, the situation has only improved slightly, even now that they're mostly self-sufficient.]

      • ASK26

        yes, and drugs as well.   mY best friend has an inoperable tumor that chemo/radiation did not help but meds seem to be shrinking it.  thoughts and prayers with all here dealing.. Much success and improved health!

      • bourbonella

        Hear,hear!

    • Lisa

      Doh! Double post!

    • Lisa

      I think this is Frokemon’s challenge to lose!

    • formerlyAnon

      Virtually any of the ‘questionable to competent, but possibly only within their comfort zone’ contestants could be bottom 3: Alicia, Gunnar, Sonjia, Nathan, what’s his name “Costello-lite,” Buffi, oh, gosh, I can’t remember the rest of ‘em.

      Andrea’s going to hate this one – it’s so fiddly – and even if she
      doesn’t complain I think odds are against her trumping the materials. But I’m reluctant to put her in bottom three. If she IS there, she’ll probably deserve to go home, whether that’s who they send or not.

      Pretty sure Lantie will be bottom 3 but won’t go home since I’ve got her pegged as the most likely runner.  That is, if she doesn’t run right at the top of the hour.

      Top 3: Lot of wild cards here. One spot to either Melissa or Elena – they both are comfortable with heavier material that is not going to drape, & like a simplicity if not severity that will serve them well as a base for all the gimcrackery. Not both though, odds are against.

      Ven and Dumpster boy are true wild cards. They won’t both hit top 3, I think they both might miss it: You’d think Ven would have practiced this & he has mad skilz, & one assumes Dumpster dude can think outta the box, right?  But this challenge feels wrong for Ven and if he tries to get too floral with licorice it’ll end in tears. And Dumpster Hipster (that’s the name!) seems to like a soft, flowing hand to his fabric and dingy neutral colors.

      Comrade Snape will struggle but I think he’s got an outside shot at top 3 because he ought to how to work with fabric weighted down with crap – sub candy for beads & sequins and he might surprise us.

      Frokemon *ought* to be in top 3 based on aesthetics. But we don’t know, yet, how agile he really is at thinking & *executing* outside of the box. Still, odds on.

      So, My Top 3: Melissa or Elena, probably Frokemon, probably either Ven or Dumpster Hipster. Comrade Snape if neither Ven or Dumpster Hipster gets in.

      Bottom 3: Lantie and any one of most of the rest of the damn cast. Those listed as possible Top 3 excepted.

      Yeah, I’m decisive.

      • Citric

        At this point I feel the need to thank you for reminding me what Lantie’s name is. I remembered it had an L and a T, but didn’t remember the rest, so I had been thinking of her as “Latrine.”

        • Eclectic Mayhem

          That name may just stick…

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

          Lol, how very Men In Tights of you to name her so.  Thankfully, I’ve no idea who any of these clowns are and the only ones I bothered to remember were Frokemon and Snape.  Which one is Latrine?

      • Call me Bee

        Wonderful analysis, Anon!  Good point about those used to working with stiff and/or heavy materials–and brilliant observation on Dimitry’s esthetic.  Candy as beads.  It’ll be fun to see of you’re right. 
        Meanwhile–let me buy you a drink.  Bartend! 

      • BrooklynBomber

        ” if he tries to get too floral with licorice it’ll end in tears.”

        Because that line just had to be repeated.

      • Lisa

        Oh, man, “Comrade Snape” is my new favorite nickname!  I hope he wins the whole season just so we can call him that every episode!

        • CozyCat

          Seconded!

    • ChristinaRi

      Are we speculating on whose empty bed the women discover?

      • Sara__B

         Lantie gets my vote.

      • BrooklynBomber

        My bet’s been, and remains, on Lantie. And I don’t see her in the picture above, so. . . (although she could be in the back).

        • BrooklynBomber

          Oops. . . well, it could be her, but I thought it was this episode. They’re fucking with us again!! (Though there’s always tomorrow. . . )

      • Lisa

        I hope I’m wrong, but I’m betting on Elena. I really hope I”m wrong, because I love her designs so far. I know she’s up there in the picture, but she could quit later.

      • formerlyAnon

         Yeah, I’m going with Lantie as she who bolts. Andrea as first runner-up.

    • Kimbolina

      I’m kind of disappointed that it’s a candy store, it’s so much like the Times Square Hershey store.  Jillian’s Twizzler dress and all that.  I think it’s going to be pretty underwhelming.  Everyone’s going to go for fabric-like materials cause a) those without enough creativity will automatically default to it anyway, and b) I doubt they’ll give them enough time to REALLY make something different with the more unconventional available materials (like actual candy).  We’ll see.  Either way, Frokemon’s probably gonna own this one.

      • mom2ajs5

         I agree. I hate that they are recycling unconventionals. Also, since the move, it seems like there are far fewer two day challenges. I think these type challenges should be two days just to see what people can do, but I don’t remember if they gave them two days on Bravo either.

        • formerlyAnon

          I haven’t actually run the numbers but I’m sure there are fewer two day challenges and I hate it.

      • Stubenville

        They should take them to Staples or Office Depot. Post-it dress anyone?

        • Kimbolina

          Oh man, I was just talking about this to my mom and she said they should use a school classroom and then we decided that an office supply store would be perfect!

          • CozyCat

            It would have been a nice “back to school” theme

        • mom2ajs5

           I thought that earlier too, but I’m an office supply junkie so I thought it was just me!

    • NICHOLAS PASQUALE

      I caved and decided to watch the first episode last night on Entertainment On Demand and oh. My. God. Anyone who’s been boycotting the show thus far really should just continue to do it because it’s not worth it. The judging sessions are getting more and more unbearable as this show continues, and the contestants are just 95% a whole crop of nothing.

      My guess for top 3 is Melissa Ashley Kate Olsen Quadruplet IV (because she has the skill and focus to come up with something well made), Frokemon (because Frokemon), and the old chick (because why not? Point of view and such). My guess for bottom 3 will be Ven (because he’s above it or something), Gunnar “The Only Star In The Sky” Deathbitch (because ugh), and Nathan Paul (because who?).

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        Thanks for going there so that I don’t have to Nicholas, the boycott still stands!

        • sleepycat

          I sort of watched it for the train wreck and boy was I surprised on the size of that wreck.

    • mom2ajs5

      I really want a brandy milk punch, but will be happy with my pinot noir. I’m hoping Frokeman will do well, but sometimes the challenges that are supposed to be right up one person’s alley end up stressing them out and they don’t do so well. We’ll see! 

      • Stubenville

        Especially since there is a clip of Frokemon talking about about getting “it perfect.”

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        ooo what’s in a brandy milk punch?  brandy’s my drink.

        • mom2ajs5

           basically brandy, milk, ice and nutmeg. I’ve never made one, only had them. I’m a New Orleans girl and I think the drink is from here also. It’s my go to drink on Mardi Gras morning. You know, when you want to have a drink at 10:00am :) But it is a great refreshing drink anytime.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      Now why would you want to limit your alcohol intake when watching PR?  It’s much less painful to watch after a glass (or 3).

    • http://www.MintaHall.com/ Minta Hall

      Okay, it’s time for a top shelf Long Beach.  I have to gear myself up for listening to ridiculous praise for Michael-Lite.

    • sparkska

      I have the spirits chilling, I agree they need more time for unconventional challenges. Cant wait to see who left, any predictions before the vodka gets poured? Who ran away?

    • Stubenville

      Yay! Power is back on after a bad storm and I can have drinkies in my favorite virtual lounge. I’d like an Old Fashioned, the Mamie Eisenhower recipe (extra heavy on the bourbon.)

    • http://twitter.com/ParrotTalkBack Ana R.

      Oh man, Tim Gunn saying “It’s a glue-the-shit-out-of-it moment” is TO DIE. 

      I’m partial to disliking Ven from the get-go. He seems to think he shits rainbows already.

    • Stubenville

      Oh the irony of Christian Mingle commercials during Project Rungay…

    • ChristinaRi

      Here we goooooooo!

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

      I twitch a little when I see Anya’s winning collection come across the screen. Ughers.

    • Stubenville

      Remember that last season, the designer with most limited palette, Olive Garden, actually won the pet store challenge.

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

        Oh my God, Olivieierirer. I forgot about him.

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

           I will never forget about him — he drove me up a freaking wall!  I’m sorry, but how much did you did you spend on your design education, Olivier?  ‘Cause you got ROBBED!  I knew how to work with an actual human body by 15!

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

            Ugh, I totally forgot about Oilivererererererere and his hatred of humans and human contact.  I wish those memories would have stayed supressed, but alas…

      • Call me Bee

        Took me a moment to remember him.  But–I thought Josh won with all the fish tank gravel…oh yeah.  Now I remember. 

        • Kimbolina

          Ahhh, back at the beginning when we didn’t know the full extent of Josh’s obnoxiousness!  I remember rooting for him for the win in that challenge.  Little did we know the crazy to come.

    • http://twitter.com/ParrotTalkBack Ana R.

      And I love having a Russian on the show again! Remember the Russian model who cried because her wedding dress was too itchy and wanted them to take it off her? That’s one of my favorite PR moments of all time. 

    • ChristinaRi

      Heidi seems committed to the longer silhouette.

    • CozyCat

      Oh! Ralph Laueren’s daughter JUST HAPPENS to own a candy store!  Nepotism alert!

    • NDC_IPCentral

      RL (basically) confectionery.  Talk about cross-marketing…..

    • Stubenville

      Cue Bow Wow Wow’s I Like Candy

    • Mefein

      Of course, there has to be JUST enough black candy for Goth girl…

    • Nice_Shirt

      So how is this different from the Hershey challenge??

      • Stubenville

        Less melting?  =)

        • CozyCat

          The color palette is very different, and there’s no iconic logo.  So the materials are similar, but the designs are going to be different.

    • Call me Bee

      Did Dumpster guy just say he was gonna make a Jannel-inspired suit? 

      • dress_up_doll

        I actually thought he said, CH-anel.

      • Maria Rosenfire

         I think he said “Chah-nel.”  WUT.

      • Stubenville

        I thought he said CHA-nel, but we’re having yet another thunderstorm here…

        • Call me Bee

          Well–I know he didn’t say SHA-nel…

          • Stubenville

            That would be infinitely more entertaining,though. Drag queens candy! BRILLIANT!

            • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

              cha-nell, mon.  you a low rider, esse?

    • muzan-e

      “You can use anything..  would you really want to use fabric…?”

      Oh, Frokemon. You do not disappoint. *g*  And now my brood has dubbed him “Keroro Gunso”, as Sgt Frog is the house anime this month and they are absolutely falling apart watching this guy grabbing colourful stuff in the candy shop. Nevermind that Frokemon doesn’t really look like Afro Sergeant at all….

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

      I’m not so sure “it’s representative of dirt” is the way to go.  

      • Allison Green

        She is definitely going for earthy, but it just sounds like ugly shit

      • Stubenville

        And the chocolate is probably going to melt under the runway lighting – ugh.

      • EveEve

        brown. . . dirt . . . yeah, that’s going to go over well with the judges who hate anything that looks “sad.”

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

          “Where’s the WHIMSY?!”

      • Call me Bee

        The Hubs said they looked more like bunny pellets.  Not a good look for the bottom of a garment, either. 

    • Stubenville

      Frokemon is insane. Weave a sweater? Bwahaaaah!

    • Call me Bee

      Damn.  After Ven said, “I came to PR to win…” I was waiting for the “I’m not here to make friends” statement.  No joy.  LOL…

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

        Like, really? No one else is here with the intention of winning? Hush please.

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

           And “Winning would make such a huge difference to my business/life.”  No shit, someone handing you 100K would be helpful?!? 

      • Call me Bee

        And how wonderful for Tim Gunn to be talking about gummy sharks??!? 

    • http://press-for-attention.tumblr.com/ Miss Jen K

      A one-shoulder overall and “an apron for a Victorian candy-bar clerk gone wild.” This is gonna be good.

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

        The “Victorian candy clerk gone wild” has me worried for Andrea. I wanted her to stick around but it’s so costume.

        Uh oh, Tim HATES it. Craft project. Oh my. To think, a dirty overall may be better. This is going to be good.

        • http://press-for-attention.tumblr.com/ Miss Jen K

          Is it bad that I felt ever so slightly vindicated as soon as the Tim Gunn Brow Wrinkle made its appearance? Like, oh em gee Tim Gunn and I agree on something! Gotta add that to the list of life accomplishments.

        • Call me Bee

          I can’t help but to think about Vincent’s paper dress.  Remember that?  And the judges kept him in and sent poor Alison home.  That’s what that candy button dress looks (looked) like. 

          • Stubenville

            Maybe we can find a fruit basket hat somewhere to complete the look.

    • Mefein

      Oh, Ven, pulling out your academic credentials just doesn’t sound like a winning edit somehow.

    • mom2ajs5

      Chris’ bodice matches his hair! Or whatever his name is, do I have the right name?

      • mom2ajs5

         Gunnar I think. Not Chris.

    • Stubenville

      Yikes – Tim is underwhelmed.

      • Mefein

         Rightly so.  In fact, it’s an overwhelming understatement.  Shame.

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

        It truly was awful. It was at my level of design skills and I can’t sew at all, but I can see enough to know it sucked.

    • Kimbolina

      So maybe Andrea is the one who runs off in the middle of the night.

      • Mefein

         And it would be a damned shame if she ran off because she was in the bottom three for this, but didn’t get eliminated for this.  I mean, I would hope she would consider it an absolute gift instead.

      • MilaXX

         my guess is Lante for the auf & Andrea as the runner

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        it’s strange, she seems so confident and pulled together and then one harsh word (or a few) from tim and she totally disassembles.  i don’t know about this lady.  she comes on strong, but is she fragile inside?

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

      Oh Andrea, I expected more from you.

    • MilaXX

      Late again. A friend in in the hospital. No drink for me because I gotta get up early. I wouldn’t have pegged Ven as one to have trouble with this,  Dymitry yes, Ven? No. I am surprised that Andrea made such a misstep.

      • Call me Bee

        Hi, Milaxx!  (waving her over…)  Glad you’re here. 

    • nosniveling

      Frokemon looking good!

    • EveEve

      Frokemon’s top looks amazing. What fun!

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

      DId that one shoulder overall thing look like a carrot?

    • NDC_IPCentral

      Frokemon’s looks pretty interesting.  Andrea’s melting down faster than the candy.  Comrade Shade – he’s not managing his time….Oh, now he’s feeling confident.  Boy, these don’t look anywhere near as interesting as the Hershey’s challenge of a few seasons back.

      • Allison Green

        The Hershey challenge (season 4) produced a few really great looks, but aside from Jillian most of the designers didn’t use that much candy. I actually really like the work produced (as far as I can tell)

    • Call me Bee

      Oooh Ven’s really looks cool! 

      • NDC_IPCentral

         I agree.  Ven seems to have a vision, a point of view.  And in these time crunches I think it’s best for the designer to hold fast to that and not do a lot of time-consuming, undermining second-guessing.

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

      Why is Gunnar wearing ladypants?

      • Maria Rosenfire

         …He wants his wardrobe to match his lady-soul?

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

          And they’re not even, like, fabulous ladypants. They’re blah, office-y ladypants. What?

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        he should try acting like a lady to match his pants.

    • CozyCat

      ON the whole, everyone seems to be facing the challenge with a very good attitude.

      The flash of Venn’s dress was amazing!

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

      I thought Lantie should have been OUT last week, I think she’s headed that way this week.

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

        I agree. She doesn’t seem to have any idea what she’s doing there.

        • MilaXX

           She doesn’t seem to understand just how sucky her stuff is

    • Kimbolina

      Instead of making a little bird, Buffi should put a Peep in it.

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        that would be adorable!  a peep fascinator.  i want one.  to wear in the easter parade.

      • Violina23

        LOL that’s EXACTLY what my husband said!

    • MilaXX

      Andrea doesn’t get that her dress is a bad design. Lante seems to be a legend in her own mind.

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

        When you’re on PR, the idea of an apron as inspiration is always going to be a sucky idea, unless you’re incredibly gifted, and move it out of the box. Covering it with candy dots is square in a box, an ugly, ugly box.

      • Call me Bee

        Agreed.  She could have just cut it into a two-piece outfit with a waist.  But then–none of her designs have waists, so at least she’s being true to her esthetic. 

    • Mefein

      Now Sanjia’s top is reminding me of those occasional stunning moments that make all the BS of Project Runway worth putting up with.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      Andrea’s problem was her idea in the first place–it’s not what the challenge is about, and it cant’ be anything other than underwhelming.

      Sonjia… love it!  Who knew gummy sharks could look like that?

      I have to agree with Christopher about Elena’s burn… who wears hoochie shorts to work?  Even if you’re not thinking about hot glue, there are dropped scissors, needles, etc.

    • MilaXX

      Lante is about as edgy as a basketball.

    • Stubenville

      Barring any further disasters, Lantie for the auf.

    • Stubenville

      Gunnar needs his meds adjusted. He’s working my last nerve.

    • Stubenville

      Ugh – Andrea bottom 3.

      • EveEve

        Or maybe she quits altogether before she flunks out? I mean, there’s still the big drama coming up where a couple of them quit.

        • Shoelover1512

          People quit? I hadn’t heard that. Do share please

          • EveEve

             Back in June, the New York Post’s Page Six reported people in the know as saying that one of the guys had a break down and had a psych eval and then left because he was too “nervous.”  And one of the women just packed up and left during the night.  All in the first week of filming.  So either they’ll show the drama in the next couple of episodes, or they found some way to write it out.  My money is on drama.

    • Kimbolina

      WTF, the back of Andrea’s.

    • MilaXX

       Andrea pooing fabric is NEVER a good idea

    • http://press-for-attention.tumblr.com/ Miss Jen K

      Dear god, Andrea didn’t change her retchy apron at all! WHYYY

      The first rule of Project Runway is you don’t underwhelm Tim Gunn. 

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

        She changed it, she added a bustle. Still your WHYYY is totally apt :-) What a hot glue mess!

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

          She lined the dots up and did a little sort of pattern in the middle. Now it looks like a COMPETENT craft project. 

    • Call me Bee

      Oh–it’s the Lord and Taylor accessory wall.  I didn’t catch that before.  At least the shoes and purses will be high-er end than those awful Piper-lime thingies they had a couple years ago…

      • Stubenville

        Curious choice, especially since Nina and the Braying Tangerine are always harping on styling. L&T always seemed dowdy to me.

        • MzzPants

          Braying Tangerine…BAHAHAHAHA!

    • http://www.facebook.com/xerapis David Louis Quick

      Cotton Candy is such a fickle bitch. Also, I have a new word “aprustle”. It’s an apron with a bustle. It’s HIDEOUS!!!!

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

        I once made unicorn cupcakes with cotton candy manes. There was no cotton candy come morning. It totally is a fickle bitch, you can use it, but you’d better add it at the very last second and hope no one sweats or sneezes.

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

           Yeah, it doesn’t hold up to heat or moisture.  I wouldn’t recommend using it on a person for just that reason.

        • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

          but still, the idea of a cotton candy tutu fascinates me.  maybe if you kept it in the package until just before runway time.  would be awful if it drooped off onto the runway, though.

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

             Cotton candy was one of my first thoughts, but I wouldn’t want to deal with it.  Frosting would be ideal.

    • Victoria

      Is Heidi wearing pjs?!

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

        I thought the same thing. WHAT.

    • NDC_IPCentral

      WHAT is Heidi wearing??  Pajamas???  With the Lantie reptile reference??

    • EveEve

      Heidi – snakeskin pajamas?!  that’s just…odd…

    • Stubenville

      Gunnar’s looks pretty good.

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

        It has no innovation at all but it’s very well executed and chic- actually somewhat wearable. 

      • EveEve

        The peplum is on backwards – flat in the back and full-on ruffled in the front.

    • Stubenville

      Melissa – boring.

    • Stubenville

      Nathan – meh

    • Stubenville

      Andrea – train wreck

    • Stubenville

      Elena- BORING

    • Stubenville

      Dimitri – top 3

    • NDC_IPCentral

      Whoa, Dimitri!  That was gorgeous.

      • http://press-for-attention.tumblr.com/ Miss Jen K

        I gasped out loud! It’s so beautiful. 

        • EveEve

          And it didn’t even make top three?!  Maybe they saw things that we couldn’t because it went by so fast.

        • NDC_IPCentral

           Gee, and he was just “safe?”  I thought the movement was outstanding.  Stubenville, I would have agreed with you.

          • CozyCat

            Too much fabric and not enough candy?

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

              Probably so- and take away the candy & it was just a nice black dress.

            • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

              definitely.  that top made out of a black t-shirt killed him.

      • ChristinaRi

        I thought it had a ballroom vibe.

      • Call me Bee

        It was really stunning–I thought he’d be top 3!  Love it!

        • Lisa

          I know! I’m shocked he’s not on the stage!

      • Victoria

         That was my first thought but then she just made a cloth dress, and put candy on it (beautifully no doubt) which is different than what everyone else did

      • BuffaloBarbara

         I know!  I couldn’t believe that wasn’t top 3!  Comrade Snape deserves a big round of applause, and I hope that he was out by a point or so and was really number 4.

    • Stubenville

      Frokemon’s is shedding

    • Stubenville

      Christopher – top 3

    • Clueless_Jock

      Finally a dress that fits well.

    • Stubenville

      Raul – top 3

    • http://press-for-attention.tumblr.com/ Miss Jen K

      Ven and Dimitri NAILED IT.

      • Lisa

        Yes!

    • NDC_IPCentral

      And Ven stayed true to his floral/blossom aesthetic.

    • MilaXX

      My impressions as they came down the runway.
       Gunnar = cute!
      Sonjia – I really like.
      Melissa – Rocker candy
      Nathan – bad proportions
      Andre = tragic,nothing
      Yuck green
      Elena – Like, oops dropping candy
      Fabio – pretty, little dull
      Dmitry – Best so far. Looks like real clothes. FTW
      Koona – Crazy, dropping candy
      Chris – fug
      Raul – Hoochie, but well made
      Buffi – eh, not crazy bout ht e skirt
      lante – not bad, but wheres the candy. Also fabric as fabric
      Ven – Pretty 2nd

      Top 3 for m Melissa, Dmtry & Ven

    • Stubenville

      Ven FTW,

    • Mefein

      Well, so much for our theories — Andrea’s smack in the middle.

    • Kimbolina

      HOW is Andrea safe??

      • MilaXX

         Only because others were worse and she did use candy.

        • BuffaloBarbara

           Candy sewn in lines on the muslin, though.  I would have picked a solid bottom four and a solid top four in this one, but if I had to pick, I’d have put Andrea in the bottom over, believe it or not, Buffy–Buffy used the candy for half of the outfit, and it was… not an apron with a bustle.

    • Call me Bee

      So Buffi, Sonjia and Ven are the top. 

    • lessax3

      Love Dimitri! Though I was surprised that Andrea is safe. Definitely a better talent pool then the Anya season.

    • muzan-e

      She’s wearing “hoochie pants” to work because fuck you, that’s why. 

      This being Project Runway, I expect a certain degree of senseless assholery, but I didn’t expect to hear it from Costello 2.0. 

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

      How is Andrea not in the bottom? I hated Lantie’s too but seriously were there other designs that were worse than Andrea’s? 

    • Clueless_Jock

      Ven will win. I think.

    • http://www.facebook.com/xerapis David Louis Quick

      Cannot comprehend how the aprustle is safe. But how SAD was the umbrella dress?

      • Ksagun13

        I love your new word “aprustle.”  Took me a second to get it but it’s very apt.  Perfect!

    • Allison Green

      Ven’s is beautiful. This is a great showing

    • StelledelMare

      Can’t believe Dimitry is not in the top. I think he used the candy the best, making it look like actual clothes/fashion

    • Kathleen Gillies

      Buffi’s creation was a little scary. It’s like something from the Pink aisle at Toys R Us.  I can’t imagine a grown woman wearing so much of those colors.  It’s very 10 year old/My little Pony.  Dmitri and Ven are my top two. 

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        but when i think of a candy store, i think of those colors.  barbie pink and neon yellow, with a lime green accent.  i like buffy.  hope she sticks around.

    • Stubenville

      Nina has her bitch pants on.

    • Call me Bee

      Yes Michael–there is a difference between fun and insane!  Look who you’re talking to!  Insanity Girl!  LOL….

    • lessax3

      Woah, wait? Dimitri didn’t make top three? What? His had great movement without falling off. 

      • Victoria

         It was basically a cloth dress, with candy glued on the bottom. He didn’t really transform the fabric. I loved the dress but it didn’t utilize candy in the same way, imo, as Ven and Sojia

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        it was the black t-shirt that killed him.

    • UsedtobeEP

      I missed last week (on vacation) and I cannot tell Gunnar and—I guess it’s Chris?—apart. And funny that they don’t like each other. It’s like that Parent Trap movie. 

      • Victoria

         I watched last week and still can’t tell them apart

        • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

          gunnar is the one with cruella de ville hair.

      • CozyCat

        Gunner is the one you will come to hate.  Chris?  Still may be likeable.

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

           Watch 10 minutes online, you’ll remember Gunnar — he’s irritating.

    • Stubenville

      Quote of the day “At least it’s not atrocious.”

    • http://press-for-attention.tumblr.com/ Miss Jen K

      The second rule of Project Runway is that you do not argue with the judges unless you want to come off as desperate/douchey.

      • Violina23

        Kenley-ey?

    • Stubenville

      It will be a shock if Ven doesn’t win.

      • Victoria

         Or sonjia

      • Kimbolina

        Uh oh, they like Gunnar’s.  I bet they give the win to him to get the ball rolling on the Christopher/Gunnar rivalry.

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

          It is pretty fabulous, admittedly.

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

            Gunnar’s is not very original, but it’s quite good. His execution skills seem fine and he’s got a decent taste level.

            • Ledasmom

              I do hope this doesn’t mean weeks and weeks of Gunnar Deathepique. I don’t think I can take much more of him.

          • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

            i didn’t like the peplum, though.  what did he glue on it, anyway?  it just looks trashy.

    • MilaXX

      Heidi just called her dress macaroni art. Dayum!

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

      Sonjia’s is gorgeous.

      The guest judge seems a bit medicated.

      • VanessaDK

         It is a sugar haze…all that candy…

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

      Rigatoni Mad Max. Mustache Crotch. Old man eye boobs. Kors is on a roll.

      • Stubenville

        I was waiting for a “disco” zinger.  =)

        • BuffaloBarbara

           It was probably edited out so they can use it later.  Probably on Buffi’s–“It looks like Barbie’s Dream Discotheque!”

          We should make a game of it.  If Michael doesn’t help us out by declaring something disco, we should figure out how disco works into it.

          Then again, just in honor of the Duchess, they should have a disco challenge.  With real mothers-in-law as the clients.

          • alyce1213

            Genius

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

             OMG, a mother/daughter IN LAW challenge for the real woman challenge — that’d be spectacular!

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

      Wow, they WIPED THE FLOOR with that poor girl. She looked like her head was about to pop off with rage.

    • UsedtobeEP

      Gunnar: “I like to work in lines.” And yet, your whole dress is checks. Hm.

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

      Wait, Dmitri is NOT in the top. The judging is screwed again, I LOVED Dmitri’s.

      • Introspective

        Me too! Loved his movement and the colors were sophisticated. But i think he rose to the middle because he didnt glue the candy balls on the entire garment from top to bottom. Comrade snape retired the glue gun a smidge early for the judges. Which is unfortunate as his was one of the more wearable numbers…

        • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

          of course it was wearable, it was made out of t-shirt material.

      • Amy Ellinger

        Me too!! Totally did a *ermahgerd* when his came out.  April2.0 as well.

    • Mefein

       No way Gunnar should have come out ahead of Dmitri.  And some others I think?  Don’t know, will figure it all out later.

      • http://press-for-attention.tumblr.com/ Miss Jen K

        Is it just me or are there pieces of candy missing from Gunnar’s dress?

        • dress_up_doll

          No, it wasn’t just you. There were some pretty visible areas that were missing candy. Cute dress, but I don’t think he should win.

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

            I think they cut everyone a lot of slack for candy falling off and judged more on concept.

            • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

              really-half of the candy on elena’s dress fell off, and they didn’t even mention it.  of course, they raked her over the coals for a bunch of other problems, but the candy all over the runway seemed to be unmentionable.

    • Call me Bee

      Ooops Buffi not on top!  I forgot about Deatherage. 

    • Lisa

      So wait – Gunnar T. BitchPanties was in the TOP, and Comrade Snape was merely safe?  Comrade’s dress was gorgeous!

      • MilaXX

        I had him in my top 3 with Sonjia & Ven

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

        Comrade Snape! I love it.

        • Lisa

          I dunno who came up with it originally, but I love it too!

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

      Lantie, shut the hell up. Please send her home. 

      • Mefein

         I think she’s going, going…gone.

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

          Please, let it be so. 

        • Lisa

          Aaaaand she’s outta there!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cecilia-Stecz-Evans/1075878869 Cecilia Stecz Evans

      Rigatoni Mad Max. Perfect.  

      • Introspective

        I snorted my wine out at that comment. Kors ftw tonight…

      • Lisa

        I know, man, that was gold!

      • BuffaloBarbara

         Heidi needs to do a quick and dirty fashion blog.

    • MilaXX

      Darnit! Gunnar actually has talent. Between that and his dramatics, he’d definitely sticking around

    • Mefein

      “Buffi actually listened to the idea — ” equals, let’s face it, Buffi has much more personality ….

      • Victoria

        I disagree. She actually used the candy and transformed it into fabric (e.g. the top). Sure, her taste level is questionable but she took the spirit of the challenge and not girl-who-used-an umbrella

        • Mefein

           I agree.

        • BuffaloBarbara

           Exactly.  That’s a major point.

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

      NO ONE ON THIS SHOW CAN PRONOUNCE THE WORD “AESTHETIC.”

      • DinaSews

        I am sick of hearing the word no matter how they pronounce it….

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

          That, too.

        • muzan-e

          Me, I’ve been taking a drink every time someone says ‘the joy of candy’, so that I wouldn’t be so sick of the sound of it. And that’s why it took me three tries to type this. 

      • BrooklynBomber

        I know!!! I just said to Mr. B. I hate when people say essTETick.

      • littlemac8

        THANK YOU!!!  I wince every single time which means my shoulders are up around my ears.  Not a good look in fashion!!

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

      Heidi dear, I adore you but you’re clearly not seeing what the rest of us are seeing since you’re wearing snakeskin PJ’s this evening.

      • Introspective

         OMG. seriously. she walked on stage and I asked my tv “what the fuck?”

        Cannot wait for the judging the judges post. Heidi will be tarred, feathered and then skewered going up against the other two.

    • Call me Bee

      Well I hope Lentil goes over Elena–ugly dress but at least Elena used candy, whereas L did not. 

    • NDC_IPCentral

      My, my, my.  The judges were exhibiting an unhealthy glee in excoriating the bottom three.  The vicious smiles on Nina’s and Micheal’s faces!  Someone encouraged them not to hold back.  Boy, would I feel like ten cents’ worth of god-help if I were Lantie, Elena or Buffie and were watching this now, on national cable TV, with my friends around….. yow.

      • UsedtobeEP

        Yeah, ow. They have had a long break, plenty of time to sharpen the claws and tongues. 

      • CozyCat

        I agree.  Kors was really snotty–I’d like to see what he would contruct out of gum drops….

        • BuffaloBarbara

           They should do a special with these pro designers, sticking them with the unconventional materials challenge.  (Hey, why not? HGTV made a whole series out of its version of the UM challenge on Design Star.  They could just get Kors and Lauren and all the other guys who now hire a lot of underlings to do basic stuff, and make them go in, sew, and use this crazy stuff.)

          • CozyCat

            What a great idea!  Then they could auction off the designs for charity (a candy challenge and a child-oriented charity would be especially worth while)

            It’s really too bad the Bitter Kittens don’t produce the show, isn’t it?

          • Pupioso

             Yep. It should be like Chopped Allstars on the Food TV Network where the judges have to do the challenge. I would LOVE that. I don’t even care if they can’t sew and have to have someone do it for them, I would watch that in a heartbeat.

    • Maria Rosenfire

      Watching the Dance Moms commercials genuinely repulses me.

    • Introspective

      Yay ven!!!! Hes one to watch for sure.

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

      Ok, I can be happy now that Ven won. It was a beautiful and flawless dress even though his comment about how he should have won last week is a tad ungracious.

      • Laylalola

        A tad? Heh. Loved his work this week but I thought that rose thing last week with the pleated white pants was atrocious and cheap-looking somehow. Like something you’d see on a mannequin from your grandma’s era.

        • Violina23

          The rose thing from last week looked beautiful on the dress form, but the proportions were totally off once it was on the model. I appreciated the technical skills, but was mostly underwhelmed.

          This week’s however? I thought was beautiful. Reminded me of those craft projects were you put the little plastic-ky crystals inside the metal frame and heat it up and it looks like stained glass?

    • MilaXX

      I would have been happy with either Sonjia or Ven.

      • ChristinaRi

        Yes, I agree.   I liked the design of Ven’s dress better, but Sonjia had some very pretty detail, but I thought the dress was kind of busy.   I wouldn’t have argued with her winning though.   Between the two, it really was a matter of taste.

        Both gorgeous people in their own ways.

    • MilaXX

      good. Lante needed to go.

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

      Bye, Lantie, though I’d be a little afraid of crossing that delusional bitch.

    • Introspective

      Bye lentil. You wont be missed!

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

      It’s sweet how thrilled everyone is that Buffi is still in. Aww. 

      • Mefein

         I feel like even if nobody ever says, “I would totally wear that,” lots of people would say, “I would totally party with her!” or even “I would totally hang out with her!”  She seems like a genuinely very likable person.  Shame it’s not combined with a little more excitement design-wise.

      • l_c_ann

        The cynic in me wonders if the other designers have already learned to hover around Buffy because she’s guaranteed to get lots of camera time.  Mostly showing her left side.

    • Shoelover1512

      How did Dmitri not win? And wasn’t even in the top 3? Wtf?

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

        I LOVED Dmitri’s but someone else commented that he used a lot of fabric and didn’t really transform it with candy. I think that may be a valid point, though his was the one I’d love to wear, it was stunning.

      • http://press-for-attention.tumblr.com/ Miss Jen K

        I know! At the very least, I would have liked to hear his look discussed with the others in the top, just to give me a chance to look at it for a longer period of time. 

      • MilaXX

         I think he was in the middle because  of the candy/material ratio.

    • Kimbolina

      Ok, now that Lantie’s auf’d, Andrea is definitely the middle of the night escapee.

      • ChristinaRi

        Is Andrea the older woman?    That’s who I thought it was because the newspaper said she had a doorman, and her apartment looked pretty nice for New York.

        • Kimbolina

          Yup, that’s her.

      • Mefein

         I guess it’s looking more like that, isn’t it?  And just when I thought the fact that she was in the middle this week meant she might have pulled out of that spot.  Sigh.  Pulling for the “mature” contestants on this show I guess is the equivalent of being a (White/Red) Sox fan in baseball….”To Dream the Impossible Dream…”

        • Kimbolina

          Hey now, my Red Sox at least managed to win a few World Series within the last few years!  (We won’t talk about this season).  Sure, it’s like a once/twice a century kind of thing, but whatever.  In Hollywood/reality TV show time, that should be, what, like once every 10-ish seasons?  So they’re due for a “mature” contestant to win.  It’s just a shame that Andrea’s stuff is all fug…  Maybe next season there will be someone?

          • Mefein

             Okay, I have to admit, as someone in Andrea’s ballpark agewise, I’m kind of stuck in the last century when it comes to being a Red Sox fan, sort of forever scarred.  I can’t help associating them with all those poor, hapless nonagenarians waving their pennants and saying, “Please, boys, please win one before I die!”  Forget the ball through Buckner’s legs, I’m still working 19-effing-67!  And I think if PR hangs around, I’ll be a nonagenarian before I see a “mature” contestant win PR.  But I guess by then, they won’t be mature to me, will they?

          • UsedtobeEP

            The Red Sox win the Series every time I have a kid. Too bad I’m done…

        • SRQkitten

          Thought that was the Cubbies’ song!

          srq

          • Mefein

             Oh, dear.  I may be off on my Chicago teams, but I know there are fellow sufferers there, and I totally commiserate!

          • MoHub

             Check out the late Steve Goodman’s “The Dying Cubs Fan.” It’s one of the all-time Top Ten baseball songs, and it’s a real hoot. (BTW, number 1 is “Centerfield.”)

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

           Bah!  Both Sox have a Series in not that long.  You want to talk IMPOSSIBLE DREAM?  I’m a CUBS FAN!  It’s been over a century!

          • Mefein

            Oh, I know.  And I’m sorry.  Like I said above, I screwed up on my Chicago teams.  I’m an old fart kind of stuck in the last century baseball-wise.  Truth be told, after that damned ball through Buckner’s legs in ’86, I just kind of stopped paying attention to the goddamned game.  It was just…just too painful, and I kinda met subsequent Red Sox wins with a bitter kitten, “‘Bout time, dammit” while also always feeling there would always be an asterisk that said “steroids.”  So I truly apologize for forgetting all the Cubs fans still patiently waiting!

            That said, “The Impossible Dream” will always and forever be the song of the 1967 Red Sox.  End of Story.  ;-)

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

               Actually, the Sox don’t win that often either :P  My husband and I are Cubs fans and my brother is a Sox fan, so I root for both — I just like baseball in general, so I don’t mind cheering on more than one team.  Though I have found the Cubs to make great fodder for college writing classes.  They’re right up there with “time I dyed my hair orange” for good essay material.

            • Kimbolina

              Oooh, if you’re not following this season… be glad you’re not.  Buckner in ’86 is such a heartbreaking moment, though I guess you could say there was some hope up until that point.  So far this year it’s just been the continual, slow, painful downhill slide and it doesn’t look like it’s going to let up till the season ends and they blow up the team.  “Impossible Dream” is pretty much the theme of this year, I guess.

          • Celandine1

            Go Cubs Go!!!!!!

          • Lilithcat

            Oh, you poor thing.  

      • Introspective

         yup. agreed. she pulled out some signs of the cray tonight that made me think twice about her staying power…

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        elena’s a possibility too.  she looked a little unstable this episode.  wasn’t there something about a contestant also going home because of psychological problems?  this was in addition to the person who flees during the night.

        • Kimbolina

          I think it was a guy who leaves for psychological problems.  I totally agree that Elena’s also a strong contender for the escapee…

          • Lilithcat

            As far as I know, Elena doesn’t have an apartment in NYC, does she?   

            • Kimbolina

              Yeah, now that I think about it, wasn’t it Elena in the promo who said she heard someone leave in the middle of the night? So I guess, Andrea it is.

    • CozyCat

      The judges were nasty, but they got it right.

      • MoHub

         I would really have liked to see a Sonjia/Ven tie on the win, with a little more weight thrown Sonjia’s way.

    • NDC_IPCentral

      OH JEEBUS, Season 9 zombies return next week.  Bunim-Murray, you have NO SHAME.

      • MilaXX

         Irina’s in there too, so I guess it’s either seasons 6 – 9 or just past female designers.

        • Excellence_and_Elegance

          NYC designers?

    • UsedtobeEP

      Ahhh, my eyes! It’s Anya! Nooooooooooo!

      • Kimbolina

        Jesus, I was hoping we’d be done with her.  I actually screamed at the TV when she popped up in the promo.

        • NDC_IPCentral

           Me, too!

        • holdmewhileimnaked

          ibid, ibid, a thousand times ibid.

      • Kayceed

        I threw a pillow at the TV.

    • ChristinaRi

      omg   Anya AND Kenley?

      • Mefein

         And Irina.  What, is it all the female past winners????

        • ChristinaRi

          lol   Kenley isn’t a winner even if she had won.    

          Oh well, of those three Anya is at least pleasant even if she grates on me personally.

          • BuffaloBarbara

             And it looks like they’re supposed to be the clients and maybe models, so, given her background, she might actually be the best at it.  I’m guessing the criteria were, “former female contestants who live in New York and are pleasantly shaped.”

            • Kayceed

              Yes. What an interesting challenge.           Ahem.

    • Lisa

      A well deserved win, Ven!  

    • Stubenville

      Why is Kenley dressed as Minnie Mouse in the preview?

      • Call me Bee

        Oh cuz that’s just what she does, eh? 

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

          It’s her trademark look, and to give her credit she does it very well. If you want an absolutely killer 50’s dress go to Kenkey- problem is that she doesn’t do much else. 

    • Introspective

      OMG making clothes for past contstants?!?! Kenley and Irina in particular??? Thats going to be a bitchfest for the GODS!!! cannot wait till next week.

      • MilaXX

         I know! I can’t wait!

      • CozyCat

        Someone will make a dress for Anya with sleeves.  And she will be amazed!  “What are these things?!?  How innovative!”

      • SRQkitten

        And it’s a team challenge (or at least working in pairs)…guaranteed to produce fireworks!

      • l_c_ann

        People I wish I had seen in the previews as past contestants:

        Laura Bennett

        Jillian

        LeAnne
        Gretchen

        And make the clothing appropriate to their personal styles.

        • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

          whoever got gretchen would definitely be at a disadvantage.

          • Laylalola

            I don’t know, you don’t need to make something with a back, it can be in a butt-ugly color or pattern, and she’s got the proportions of a model.

        • Spicytomato1

          Yes. And Carol Hannah, too.

        • formerlyAnon

           I don’t know about Gretchen for sure because I don’t follow her even casually, but I suspect the rest of these are too busy – in or out of fashion – to want to subject themselves to it.  Laura, Jillian & LeAnne were all the kind of focused self-starters who always have several *viable* projects going on at once. [definition of viable varies depending on the individual's circumstances].

    • MilaXX

      Has Tim ever been in the credits before this season?

      • Lilithcat

        Yes.

        • MilaXX

           I have no idea why I blanked on that

        • Call me Bee

          Really?  I never noticed either–and he’s listed as a producer! 

          • formerlyAnon

            If I recall correctly, he was first listed as a producer in Season 9. (If I’m wrong, it was no earlier than season 8)

            • MilaXX

               yes the producer credit is fairly new. I think he’s just more vocal and prominent in the credits this season.

    • http://twitter.com/thedogsmother thedogsmother

      Now who gets to eat all the leftover candy? candy…candy…candy…

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

        I wonder if some of these dresses will survive long enough to be auctioned off after the show?

    • SewingSiren

      In complete agreement with the ‘auf.  But Commander Snape was ripped off, he should have been in the top three, if not been given the win. Although I must say that Ven and Sonjia had very nice garments too.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      I’d say a strong top four and a strong bottom four this time–with Comrade Snape and Andrea (who needs a nickname… Professor Pippi?) as the extra top and extra bottom respectively.  I have no idea what they were thinking with Snape’s not at least making top three.  And I’d have put the Taste Slayer above Andrea.

      I didn’t disagree with the good reception to Quentin’s. I thought he did a very nice job.

      Lantie… it was time to go.

      And I appreciated them finally saying that it’s arrogant to talk about how important it is to stick to your vision when you’re in the middle of playing a game–makes you sound like you’re above something you not only volunteered to do, but went through a rigorous casting process for the chance to do.

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

         I don’t have a lot of patience for the whole “vision” thing any way.  Your art, whatever it may be, is not sacred.  Da Vinci and Michelango (and all the other turtles too) worked on commission, doing subjects they were told to do.  And it produced some of their most enduring work.  If they aren’t too good to produce within a limited range to get paid, neither are you.

        • BuffaloBarbara

          Thank you!  I’ve said that to artists and had my head bitten off for it.

          The other thing about the changing rules of the challenges is that they should be fun–and being forced out of your box should make you think more creatively, find new modes of expressing yourself and thinking around corners.  The “I will only design in my wheelhouse” trope doesn’t make me think of a brave artist insisting on a vision so much as a stubborn driver who’s lost in unfamiliar territory insisting that he’s going to keep going the same direction, just to prove that he never made a wrong turn anywhere. Ever.

          • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

            this “sticking with my vision” attitude reminds me of the art student who doesn’t want to do as the teacher asks.  instead they must echo  the famous song…”i did it MY…WAY…”.  years later, looking back, it’s like… so what?

      • Lilithcat

         I have no idea what they were thinking with Snape’s not at least making top three.

        I assume you mean Dmitri?  I think it’s because the top of his garment was entirely fabric, no candy of any kind.  They don’t like that in the unconventional materials challenges.

        • BuffaloBarbara

          I thought he did the center of the bodice in that shiny bead pattern?  (Who knows, you don’t see the outfits up close unless they’re critiqued.)

          • malvernite

            on the lifetime website, you can go to rate the runway for seeing outfits up close.

    • ChristinaRi

      All in all, I thought that was a good episode.  Most of the focus was on the design and the drama was mostly about people melting down over their designs.  

    • http://twitter.com/thedogsmother thedogsmother

      It is on TLo’s site. Not sure how to search it but would start at home. We’ve got a total meltdown and a runner.

      • Shoelover1512

        That’s right, I had forgotten about that. I must go reread that post!

    • CozyCat

       I’m wondering if monochromatic amazon woman designer isn’t the one to walk out.  At this point:

      –she’s gotten an extremely nasty (not necessarily deserved) judging session
      –she’s in pain (burns are the worst!)

      Between the two, she’s probably emotionally and physically drained in the second episode.  That may be enought to make someone decide, “the h*ll with it…”

      • Lilithcat

        I’m wondering if monochromatic amazon woman designer isn’t the one to walk out.

        I don’t think she has an apartment in New York, though.

    • Bozhi

      I like this season.  I will probably watch this again (without my husband who whines).

    • Kyle Crawford

      WHO is looking forward to Anya bitching about the SLEEVES on her garment ?!?!?

    • formerlyAnon

       Oooh, thanks!  I am already concocting my customized version in my head.

    • bourbonella

      Hear, hear!

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

      Hey, TLO, why don’t you critique the Olympic wear from around the world?!

    • http://twitter.com/thedogsmother thedogsmother

      They did. Via Twitter Friday night. Was hilarious. You can probably go to their twitter site
      and find their past tweets on their twitter homepage.

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

        Cool, thanks!