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Posted on August 30, 2012

Bar La Vue, Paris

Darlings, unlike last week, when we needed a drink because we had a shitastic day, this week we’re raising our glasses in CELEBRATION! Why? Because it was a very good week for T Lo. Also: perhaps we shouldn’t turn to drink so much.

In other exciting news, we are fully loaded for Fashion Week. New outfits have been procured, alterations have been made, and carbs have been banished. And with a hundred invites sitting on our desk, a profile of us set to run that week in the New York Times and another one set to run in Newsday, it is so fucking ON, bitches. Throw open the doors, Fashion Week, we’re coming in! And we’re HUNGRY!

Guest Judge, Lord & Taylor Executive Bonnie Brooks, Nina Garcia, Michael Kors and Heidi Klum.

Tonight’s the night when we find out which one of the shrieking marmosets gets to have their dress included in the Project Runway collection for Lord & Taylor. Our money’s on Dmitry, but you never know, because this is right up Ven’s alley.

Also, since we’re preening today, we might as well make you all jealous by letting you know that Jay McCarroll is coming over tonight with a bottle of wine so we can all bitch our way through tonight’s episode. We’ve already warned him that we’re going to tweet every single bitchy thing he says and he’s rarin’ to go. We’ll be twitter-twattering the SHIT out of this mother, like we always do, so don’t forget to follow along.

Looks like this is the one that finally sends Insane in the Ukraine over the edge, you guys. We better start hitting the hard stuff now.

 

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    • 3boysful

      J’adore Paris!  Champagne, s’il vous plait!

      My money’s with yours.

    • Maria Rosenfire

      You go, girls! I am seriously impressed by your fabulosity.

      Tonight is going to be sadly alcohol-free chez nous, because my nine-year-old nephew is here for the week and we don’t want to set a bad example. Though the martini is calling to me…

      I’m betting on Dmitry making the collection. It’s time and past that he wins a challenge.

      • Call me Bee

        Awww come on.  We drank (responsibly) in front of our kids, nieces and nephews all the time and nary a one has turned into an alcoholic.  They’re all grown and very…responsible!  I’ll buy…  :) 

        • Maria Rosenfire

           That’s what I say, but I feel weird drinking in front of him without his parents’ permission, you know? So I’m playing it on the safe side.

          • Snailstsichr

            We’ll all treat you to doubles next week to reward you for being good.

            • http://profile.yahoo.com/GTNXR7QEH34IWSEOXQL3XB7QUM Willette

              You know, you guys all have the right idea. This show needs to be viewed while consuming alcohol. I’ll do that next week! Cheers!

          • Call me Bee

            Well ok–I agree then.  Next week, k? 

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        I concur completely! Snape needs a win, and this challenge is So in his ball park. (crossing my fingers with these champagne glasses in my hands is Tough!)

        • 3boysful

           Fashion is hard, my friend. 

        • MilaXX

          here, let me relieve of those pesky champagne glasses.

          • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

            You’re such a helpful friend. If you could do me one other small favor, and make sure they get emptied and refilled? You’re a doll!

            • MilaXX

               I’ll personally empty each and every one!

            • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

              Just keep a steady stream heading my way. Tonight’ work mantra?
              “I love my employees, I love my employees, I love my employees”
              ( continuing to attempt to breathe normally)

          • Lisa

            That’s a good friend!  A good, good friend!  

    • EveEve

      Ooooh!  First?  First round’s on me!

      • theblondette

         Merci, cherie! 
        *Settles at table, sighs in Parisian manner, uses head tilt to attract the attention of a waiter*
        Monsieur,  un kir s’il-vous plaît. EveEve? Aimeriez-vous boire quelque chose?

    • EveEve

      deleted. Discus is being wonky

    • http://profiles.google.com/rosatcollege Ros Clarke

      I think Sonjia or Melissa might nail this one again, so that Dmitry can do more grumbling.

      • CarolinLA

        Sadly, Dmitri has already produced two looks that could easily fit into this collection.  Is he gonna make a third?

    • http://www.facebook.com/hellene2 Hellene Jakinovich

      Hooray!  I’ll have a mojito.  There’s lime and greens in that, so it’s healthy.

    • Sobaika

      Congratulations! That’s some very exciting news for you two.

    • mini_d

      Mmm… I’m feeling champagney tonight.

      Congrats on the profiles! Can’t wait to see them.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/KVUKHXSEXSKTCWRW6YCUGVL554 Likes

      Can’t wait for tonight’s episode!!!

      BTW, this is super duper random.  But I saw a rerun of Randy to the Rescue recently on TLC, and Ven’s client’s friend from last week is featured as one of the brides.  Her name is Theo and she wanted a steampunk look.  Odd, and making me think these “real women” are not quite as “real” as we are always lead to believe.

      Glad you boys had a good week!  Have fun at Fashoin Week!!!

      • kimmeister

        Steampunk, really?  Hunh.  I wouldn’t have pictured that for her.

      • Sobaika

        Ooooh, interesting. I really can’t see her that way.

        I wonder if all those ‘real people’ have TV editors as friends or something.

      • Call me Bee

        I remember that!! That was her!??!?    Hmmmm sounds like a “reality TV’ groupie!  I loved the steampunk touches that Randy added to her gown.  The hat was darling! 

      • MilaXX

         It’s not so much that they aren’t regular folks it’s just that there is particular type of personality that responds to the adverts. & casting calls. I often see them on craigslist. (The put them in the employment/want ad section.)  Some I would perhaps be willing to do and others I wouldn’t go near with a ten foot pole. Once you get the hang of how to make the cut, it becomes easier to do it again. From what I’ve seen you get a cross section of wannabe actors, people who just want to be on tv, and people who want the free/discount stuff being on a wedding show garners. I posted during the episode thread that I wouldn’t have been surprised that Theo was hoping maybe this would be similar to the Randy to the Rescue experience. Even with the manufactured tv aspect you can see that Randy genuinely cares for the brides he works with. Perhaps she thought this would be a similar experience.

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

        I knew she looked familiar!

      • IAmJ

         Ohhhh, thank you for putting my mind at ease! I knew she looked familiar and just couldn’t place her (I definitely watch too much tv). It’s been bugging me ever since.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        So what is her real name-Theo or Teri? And she wasn’t completely new to reality TV?

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/KVUKHXSEXSKTCWRW6YCUGVL554 Likes

          The client was Terri, the friend is Theo.

    • mjude

      do we bow down now TLO?  EXCITING!

      where’s my darling friend?  i am saving you a seat, so stop by for champagne.  anyone else?  please join us.

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        Right behind you, Sweetie! Let’s get this party started!

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      Ah Paris, j’adore!!! Champagne, sil vous plait, garçon! It’s going to be a loooooong night at work for me, so stack it up in line, kittenz!

      • Call me Bee

        I’ll join you and Jude in some champagne as soon as I (quickly) down this vodka. 

        On another side note–drove thru the fine state of Michigan last weekend, and found the best champagne at a winery outside of Traverse City.  It was excellent!  Who’d thought the MI landscape would be rife with vinyards??!? 

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

          Comment ces’t va, Bee? Belly up to the bar, girl. We’ll all toss it back together. Do you remember the name of this mystery champagne?

          • Call me Bee

            It was called (looking for the label) “Tonight” from the Chateau Chantel winery in MI.  Not too sweet–just really nice.  (really cheesey name, though…) 

            • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

              Thanks! I’ll have to see if I can find it out here. Boy are you right about the name, though. You just know some relative suggested that.

            • janetjb

              Tonight?!

              Now I have the giggles.

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

           Oddly enough that does not surprise me.  I’ve recently discovered that the area around my hometown has vineyards popping up left and right, and it’s a similar climate to Michigan.  (BTW, if you ever get the chance, buy some Fossil wine — their vineyard is less than 10 miles away)

          • Call me Bee

            Less than 10 miles away from…?? 
            We have some decent wineries in WI, but only one that grows their own grapes.  Wollersheim Winery in Prairie du Sac.  Try the Prairie Fume–it is to die! 

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

               The town that I was stuck in until I was old enough to run away legally.  But it’s a nice place to visit, even if 3 old people die every year from sheer boredom.

            • Call me Bee

              That reminds me of something Paula Poundstone used to say in her act:  “I was born in Alabama, and immediaely started crawling towards the border…”  LOL!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RHLSUVX3NCPB4OSS5BM7GZIXUE P. Capet

      i really like jay mccarroll’s new fabric line, center city.  shades of philly-speak!  maybe i’m getting sorry i moved away from philly, because it seems all the cool people stayed there!  when i was little, we used to drive to south philly every week from bucks county to see my grandmom.  who knew there was so much else going on!!
      dmitry for the win!  

      but i don’t know about elana, those might be tears of joy.

      • amian3

         I didn’t know about his fabric–it is super cute!

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

           Must have several of these prints!  I have no idea what I will do with them but that never stops me.  Something will come up eventually.

      • Call me Bee

        I have pieces of Jay’s Germania line.  So cool–little buggy looking critters all over it.  Perfect for a little baby quilt! 

    • Lilithcat

      Bonsoir à tous les chatons amères!

      I regret that I will be unable to join you all in the lounge.  I’ll be at the first night of the Chicago Jazz Festival -  Dee Alexander, Frieda Lee and Spider Saloff in a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald.  So I’ll have to hold all snarky comments until after the rerun.

      a profile of us set to run that week in the New York Times

      Whoa.  Awesome!

      • Maria Rosenfire

        C’est trop cool! J’aimerais bien y aller avec vous. Is it going on all weekend?

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

           Now I’m trying to piece together translations based on the few facts about French I know…

        • Call me Bee

          Oi so kurat!  Ma ei ragi Branssus gael, aga ja!  Yes–all weekend.  We may head down sometime in the next few days…

        • Lilithcat

          Yes!  Evening concerts tonight and tomorrow.  And then from noon into the night Saturday and Sunday.  Pray that the rain stays away!

    • watchmeboogie

      Stopping by to put in my drink order before things get going. I’m going to need at least five bottles of wine for this one.

    • jennifervney

      You boys are so goddamned fabulous!

    • l_c_ann

      Not that anyone asked, but an interview with Buffi on Sewn Studio explained her leopard spot hair.  She had that for a year, cut into her black hair, has grown tired of it and has let her hair grow out.  So it wasn’t henna or tats. 

      • Judy_J

        Thanks for clearing that up.  I was wondering about the leopard print head.

      • dress_up_doll

        I’ve seen Buffi’s new do on Facebook and she looks fabulous. She’s gone dark and has a cute and sassy new style. LOve it so much more than the spots. Congrats, guys on NY Times and Newsday. Can’t wait to see them both! Cheers!

      • janetjb

        I’m somewhat disappointed.

    • SewingSiren

      Sqeeee. I just love it when TLo has a good week!

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

      That’s fantastic, guys!  I can’t think of any blogging duo who deserves the attention and accolades more!  Cheers to both you!

    • Lisa

      Omg, you guys are up for the most fabulous night ever! Jelluz! And thank you for taking your kittens to Paris! J’adore!

    • alyce1213

      They’re all hard to predict; this one has very particular aesthetic. Most likely for me are Ven (gaah), Sonija, Dimitry, Christopher, Melissa (in an Eileen Fisher kind of way).  But you never know, Fabio may pull something out to surprise us. I don’t hold much hope for Elena or Alicia; I don’t see them producing a garment for L&T at all. 

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        My suspicion is that it’s either Alicia, or Elena for the Auf tonight.

        • SewingSiren

          I think it’s one of those two also. I hope it’s not Elena. I think she has more to offer in this competition than Alicia. I would love to see a full blown collection by her. I doubt that I’ll get to.

          • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

            I really don’t know. Looking at the portfolio shots from each of them on Lifetime, it’s Alicia who has a bit more range. Though I think they both have a strong POV, but I suspect Elena’s work would have a more easily marketable appeal.

          • l_c_ann

            I agree about wanting to see a full Elena collection.  We’ve seen what she can do in ten hours (two very different jackets.)  I can see a Jillian level of impressiveness.

        • Lisa

          I”m thinking one of them for the aug tonight, too.

    • SewingSiren

      I think this is Dmitry’s challenge to lose. He has already made about three dresses that could fit into the collection that we previewed yesterday.

      • AthenaJ

        Totally agree with you. I’m afraid if Snape doesn’t win this one he might try to jump off the roof of Atlas.  

      • Lisa

        This is *totally* in Dmitry’s wheelhouse!  He’s gotta run away with this one – this would be amazing for him!

    • SewingSiren

      I’ll follow you on Tweet for the first time because I have no access to cable tonight. I probably won’t tweet, but I promise that I will dutifully get drunk , as I always do.

    • Melissa Brogan

      Have a drink for me, BKs. Starting tonight, I’ll be in a financial management course every Thursday instead of watching PR! Hoping to see a Dmitry win when I can watch tomorrow.

    • Judy_J

      So proud of you boys for getting a profile in the NY Times and Newsday!  And getting to watch the show with Jay….your world is an amazing and wonderful place.  Thank you for sharing it with your minions.

      • tallgirl1204

        link to the articles, please?

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

          Amen to that!!!!!!!

    • TheOriginalLulu

      Dudes, Insane in the Ukraine was possibly one of your best nicknames EVER. This girl’s head is going to explode any second.
      Also pulling for Dmitry to win this challenge. Hopefully not that One-Way Monkey Ven.
      I’ve got a bottle of wine chilling in my fridge as I type. Ahhh, bliss.  

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Clydette-Wantland/673315286 Clydette Wantland

      Congrats on a good week!  I will be following your tweets.  Love Jay, can’t wait!!  Bring it.

    • SewingSiren

      Maybe when you do your piece for the New York Times you will get to meet Bill Cunningham. He is my fashion industry idol. The most knowledgeable on the planet. I always use up all my free visits to the NYT on line looking at his video pieces. I do love him.

      • Stubenville

        Sewing Siren – if you use the Google Chrome browser (and others possibly as well) opening the NY Times in an “Incognito Window” bypasses the article limit temporarily. You can also install a javascript called “NYT Clean” which unblocks content, but it sometimes messes up slide shows and multimedia content.

        • siriuslover

          oh thank you! I went to read an article this afternoon and I had reached my limit. This is very helpful.

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

      If Ven gets the L&T dress in, I’m quitting (not really, I’d watch this show even if it was sponsored by Wal-mart.) But seriously, he was such a hateful fucker last week, and if they give him the win it had better be because his dress is the best dress known to man, and Dmitry made his out of denim, or something.

      • CarolinLA

        Don’t hate so much on Ven.  His client really burned herself on Twitter when she called him an asshole, Fatty, and a piece of shit all while saying that she didn’t speak up in the workroom because she teaches her kids not to bully or be prejudiced.  Now why in the fuck she would bring up the word prejudiced is beyond me.

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

           Sorry but he started it.  I will give him a measure of credit, however, for his Twitter feed — he put up a lot of annoying ones at first but I can chalk that up to shock at seeing it.  After he took them down and put up several apologies to all involved.

          • CarolinLA

            Oh, he absolutely started it.  And deserved much of the disdain that passed his way.  But once I read her tweets and his apology, I began to feel for him in the situation.  In this feed somewhere, they mention that her friend was on another reality show where she was a bride.  She clearly didn’t warn Terri about the nature of reality TV.  As long-time fans, we know how skewed the editing is but the general public doesn’t know that.  They think they’re watching all that transpired.  And frankly, PR was invested in emphasizing Ven’s behavior to their own ends last week.  Buzz is buzz no matter who it hurts.

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

              In my ludicrously optimistic world, Ven truly meant no harm and everyone’s happy now.  I have a very well-developed happy place from years of living with really judgmental relatives.

            • formerlyAnon

              Hey! I’ve got one of those as well! Mine has well-developed combat skills which it deploys against the extremely judgmental streak with which it shares my psyche. Honed to expert level during my childhood apprenticeship.

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

          I agree that her personality might be lacking in some areas. I will continue to be offended by Ven because regardless of his client’s lack of assertion or the editing that was clearly invested in making him the villian, unless I misremember, he did actually comment repeatedly, on camera, about how upset he was to have a “plus sized” woman to dress. I don’t know his client, I’m not on Twitter, she might be a passive aggressive bitch, but he didn’t know her either, and he callously demeaned her size and attractiveness on television, and disliked being saddled with her so much that despite his clear talent at dressmaking, he clothed her in something that clearly came out of his disdain for the challenge. I can’t respect that.

          • CarolinLA

            Yeah, that bullshit about non-model bodies is utterly offensive.  Once again, do these people not WATCH this show???  How many times have designers who fall into that category been vilified online?  Ven set himself up for that and he only has himself to blame.

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

              What really drives me nuts is that they lose sight of the fact someone has to buy their stuff.  Every Renaissance artist worked for money on commission.  If it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for these sorry asses.  When they get up on their high horse about how that’s not what they do, I just want to slap them.

              Though to be fair, I really think I’d have a hard time dressing a model

    • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gabriella M

      “Immortality” yeah ok. 

    • Rand Ortega

      WOW!!!!!! Congrats, TLo! That is so EPIC!!!!! SQUEEE!!!
      Break open a case of Krug Clos Du Mesnil ’95!
       

    • Call me Bee

      Well I DO need a drink today, so I’ll start off with a Stoli martini stright up two olives, and maybe continue with some champagne with Kiltd and some of the others.  I need some good girl-talk after being with The Hubs on vacation all week. 
      I love him to death, mind you, but still–
      Looking forward to some drink and snark. 

      (Gentlemen, I am absolutely green with envy about all the invites to Fashion Week and that you get to spend the evening with J.  I always thought that he and I would get along very well.  I’ll be reading your tweets!) 

    • http://twitter.com/1carmelita 1carmelita

      That is one fabulous view! I’d like a seat by the window so I can glance up at the Eiffel tower occasionally. Champagne,  of course. Congrats on all the exciting news!

    • MilaXX

      Tell/Beg/Plead/Blackmail Jay into tweeting this ep. I’d love to have his take on things added to the foray.  I truly hope Dmitry gets added to the collection, but given the slightly older and sedate look of the collection, I can  easily see Ven earning the win.

      • SapphoPoet

        That would make three wins for Ven, right?

        • MilaXX

          Yes this would make his 3rd. He also won the candy shop and the Emmy challenge.

          • Lisa

            *Whines* Can’t Ven be a “shocking” elimination this week?  I can’t stand that big hideous mollusk.

        • MilaXX

           if he wins tonight yes. He won the candy challenge and the Emmy challenge with the dress for Kenley.

    • formerlyAnon

      Mountains of congratulations for the recognition of your fabulosity – and may all your Fashion Week dreams come true. Rest up a bit in advance, if you can.

      And if you’re like me you’re planning the carbohydrate splurge meal with which you will close down fashion week, before returning to waistline-maintaining moderation. Of course, you may be more mature than that.

      Rooting for Dmitry, and will be sad if he misses out because of a bad week and not because of poor judging.

      Off to be real-world productive (sigh), will check in later. A round on my tab & good wishes to all.

      (Also, Nina wins judging the judges hands down this week.)

      • 3boysful

        “(Also, Nina wins judging the judges hands down this week.)”

        Agreed.  What the heck is Heidi wearing?? I am getting saloon girl vibe from what we can see.

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

      You guys are having the most interesting week ever and I’m sitting here trying to figure out what the letters in the system our school uses for reading levels is equivalent to and if each grade has a different scale or if the whole school is on one big scale… it’s things like this that make me go, “Really?  All that potential and this is your life?  Really?”  I then drink a bottle of wine and eat a bowl of ice cream and I feel better. 

      Your mentioning giving a carbs is some consolation though… I’m not giving up carbs for anything.  Ever.

      • muzan-e

        I can’t even imagine. We’ve learned the hard way to keep our eye on the national benchmarks and very little else – except that this is only useful for math and literacy. So … I am so happy to pour the wine and then some. *g*

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

          I’m just trying to figure out what the levels are equivalent to, not where they rank — I couldn’t care less about that.  But picking out books to stock their shelves with becomes quite difficult when I don’t know what level they’re at currently.  (I always stock the top shelf of each of their bookcases with things at their current level and they have to choose from there for their required reading, while they can choose from anywhere for their fun reading.)  It’s particularly nightmarish because the oldest has ADD and has had serious problems learning to read, while his little sister started reading at 3.  No matter what I say, it bugs him.

      • S_Swift

         I did my student teaching in a school where the dragon lady librarian absolutely refused to let kids check out books if they didn’t match the color of the level the kids were on. At my first teaching job I was just happy if the kids were reading. Period.

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

           Seriously?  Wow, we’ve never had that — they taught the kids how to select books on the right level at the library at their old school using the 5 finger method.

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

          I’m a librarian (public, not school, though) and for our part, it is taken extremely seriously that we would be violating the civil rights of any patron of any age if we sanctioned anything they want to check out. And yes, that means Fifty Shades for kids, if they want it. Of course, I would not recommend it, but that’s where the parent comes in, and it is not my job or the job of any of my colleagues to police your freedom in the library. SHAME on that school, and their literary opression!

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

             My mother was told she couldn’t read D.H. Lawerence by the public librarian in high school.  She went home and told her mother, who promptly checked it out for her.  She was highly disappointed when she found that it wasn’t all that bad.  (This was in the early 60′s.  My grandmother was awesome)

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

              Yeah, my dad told me that his 1940′s public library had a locked gate on the adult area, which he worked around by coming in as a kid and telling the librarian that he had to get some stuff for his shut-in mother, and using her card to get adult books to feed his growing intellect. The only good thing about libraries like that was that they still required silence, which is long gone in the modern age.

        • BuffaloBarbara

          Oh, I am embarrassed for that as a librarian!  Ack!  Inflexibility is the devil!!! ;p

        • formerlyAnon

           That woman was no librarian.

        • Tapetum

           My kids’ first school did this – except it was by actual grade level, rather than by reading level. So my kindergartener was strictly limited to checking out picture books because “Kindergarteners aren’t reading yet.”  (He was reading at a third grade level.) So he wrote in the story to go with the pictures, and got in very big trouble with the school. Who were then very annoyed with me, because I told them it was their own fault for not letting him check out books he could actually read.

          Yeah. We ended up pulling him out to home-school before the end of the year, when it turned out that his reading level was actually dropping.

    • muzan-e

      All sort of jealous! Congratulations, all very much deserved, and I’ll be lining up the Stoli’s right over here.

      Someone, though, please tell Ukraine she’s an episode behind, having been due to snap last week, just in time to climb over some tables and cut a bitch. And by ‘bitch’, I mean - 

      Well. No need to mention his name. 

    • MilaXX

      Oh forgot to mention, the Duchess is wearing white pants this weeks. He seems to be changing his look ever so slightly this season. Perhaps he wants in on the weekly judging attire post.

      • Lisa

        Nina would squash him like a bug!

    • SapphoPoet

      Ginger ale for me, in a champagne flute. Someday I will be able to drink again. :)

      Congratulations on the profiles! That’s very exciting. Do you feel you have arrived?

    • tallgirl1204

      Can I just say that I’ve been finding this season more entertaining than the past few– maybe my expectations have been adequately lowered, or maybe (just maybe) this group is generally making some nice-looking stuff? 

      • dress_up_doll

        I’ve been thinking the same thing. Maybe it’s a more balanced mix of designers without too many crazy shenanigans overshadowing the challenges each week.

        • VictoriaDiNardo

          It feels like they’ve spent more time in the workroom this season – my favorite part; I want to see how they resolve the design problems.

      • Lisa

        I”m liking this season a lot more too.  It’s about time, I’ve been dying to enjoy myself since BM decided to ruin this show!

    • baxterbaby

      CONGRATULATIONS!!  You adorable fame-whores!  You are the inspiration for bitchy fashion bloggers everywhere…and you ‘re the best!

    • mom2ajs5

      Oh no, will probably miss this one! No cable because of Isaac and a houseful of folks coming to bask in our AC since much of the area is without. Maybe I can grab my phone, hide in the closet, and catch some tweets. Will definitely be checking in tomorrow for the recap!

      • CarolinLA

        Stay safe.

        • mom2ajs5

          Thanks!!

      • Lisa

        Yes, you stay safe, okay?

        • mom2ajs5

          Thanks y’all! We’re fine now, missed the worse of it. Very lucky.

    • charlotte

      Imagine Heidi Klum in that bar wearing that outfit. She’d be invisible!

      • tallgirl1204

        My thought is that she is trying waay, way too hard.  The other ladies look classy and toned down. 

    • NDC_IPCentral

      Congrats on the media attention, gentlemen – well deserved, as always.  I’ll be looking for you especially in the NYT, which gets delivered chez NDC around 5AM, though not read until considerably later.

      Tonight – fingers crossed for Dimitry, but not for any excessive drama.  A different kind of finger gesture at Bunim-Murray for that, and to Lifetime for its egregious hyperbole: “The Designers Battle for Immortality!”  Oh, puh-leeze.  Unless you’re talking fruit fly immortality, the duration of fame for the winner of this challenge is quite evanescent at best.

      More tonight: roasted lemon-garlic pork tenderloin, fingerling potatoes, veg and an amber beer.

      Cheers, BKs and PUFs!

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

         The earlier, more accurate tagline was: “The Designers Battle for Who Gets to Have Their Talent Exploited by a Production Company and National Retailer”

        Sadly, it did not fit on the screen well, so they had to change it a bit…

      • VictoriaDiNardo

        Kind of flies in the face of “in fashion one day you’re in, and the next……you’re out!”  is you achieve immortality!

        I hope TLO is in the Sunday Times Style section- will fill in the void of TLo on the weekend! Congrats!

        • NDC_IPCentral

           So true, Victoria!  These yay-hoos can’t even keep their slogans straight.

        • Call me Bee

          Yes!!  Because I can actually pick up the NY Sunday Times out here in fly-over country…

      • Lisa

        Cheers to you too, hon!  How are you feeling?

        • NDC_IPCentral

          Lisa – so kind of you to ask, thanks!  Today I really can sense a difference, somehow, probably because I’m 16 days past my last chemo infusion.  No queasiness, a little better breathing (less midsection pain) when I walked this morning, a little less fatigue.  Sense of taste – flukey, but maybe a smidge better.  The Uncle Fester-lack-of-eyebrows, status quo.  Friends say my scalp hair is coming back (I never got to bald), and I guess they’re right, but it’s still about an inch and a quarter long.  Hmm, just checked my “skunk streak” area – the hair there does seem longer.  More than you bargained for, eh?!  ;-)

          • Lisa

            Sweetie, that sounds wonderful!  It sounds like you’re doing great – even though it’s a little bit at a time, it’s progress, you know?  You sound good!

          • formerlyAnon

             I like the sound of this! I’m also impressed at the high standard of your dinner menu considering you sense of taste is still “flukey.” ;-)

            • NDC_IPCentral

              The search for taste, formerlyA, the quest for flavor.  And my doctor admonished me to eat a healthy diet.  Which I’m sabotaging right now with a complete pint of Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia Fro-Yo.  My sister warned me that I wouldn’t lose weight though the taste buds were off, since I’d be casting about for food that I could taste.  She was right!

    • BrooklynBomber

      Congratulations, TLo! Very exciting newses!

    • 3boysful

      It’s interesting that, from the preview, it seems the designers get to see the other items in the collection.  That would be enormously helpful.

      • CarolinLA

        Oh, of course they would.  Otherwise, how could they focus their designs to the challenge?

        • 3boysful

           Oh, please–haven’t we had enough vague challenges that there could be the instruction: “Imagine the Lord & Taylor woman . . . ”  I’m just glad they have something to go on.

          Come sit by me and we’ll watch!

    • carolynmo

      Oh, fine. I’ll watch. But only because I hate to miss what’s going on. And. . . I may have already started drinking.

      When are you two going to let one of us bitter kittens accompany you to Fashion Week?? Please??

      • dress_up_doll

        Field trip?!? Awesome!I’m there!

        • carolynmo

          I know! Think what an entourage Tom and Lorenzo would have!

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

      Joining the BKs this week with massive doses of anything from the top shelf. I’m leaning toward a Long Beach I think…

      And well deserved, TLo!  Something to celebrate!

      And it does look like the Ukranian Unbalanced is doing her typical freak-out/walk-out/be-obnoxious-to-everyone bit.  Doesn’t that get TIRING???

      Oh, yeah. and I’m calling dibs on one of the tables by the windows overlooking the Eiffel Tower. TLo, you may join me. Along with any other BKs who have a wicked sense of humor…

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

      I am excited that there is good news for TLo, but wondering what it is.
      If you are in the NYT, then other people will know about this special place that some bitter kittens inhabit (pouts).  But seriously, it’s all good.
      Lots of gin & tonics later tonight at Chez Viridian.

    • Amy Ellinger

      No booze for me tonight, working. But omg, please give them two effing days for this one!!!  This is one of the most important challenges, give them enough dang time to do their best possible work.  

      And I agree Dmitry, with Melissa and Ven.  Fabio as a dark horse.

      • l_c_ann

        I also was hoping they’d get two days.  Then it dawned on me that two days would yield overdesigned dresses.  This is something to be manufactured with only so many seams and so much fanciness.  Simpler (and elegant) is always better when the price points of construction get figured in.  Fabio’s dress from last week wouldn’t work, just count the number of seams on the front, add the number of seams on the back (and the hassle of keeping the odd quadrilaterals of fabric oriented correctly) (and pressing each seam before it’s joined to the next piece. Things we take for ‘normal’ when we sew at home equal lots of pennies, dimes and quarters that add to the construction costs.

        In my (ahem) perfect world, they’d have two hours to think, two hours to shop for fabric, and then go out on the town and relax.  Then cut and sew the next day.

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

           They could print the fabric for a dress similar to Fabio’s.  It wouldn’t be as good, but I’ve seen them do equally crazy things.

          • l_c_ann

            Printing the fabric did come to mind, but I tried not to think about it. 

            (Sort of like a piece of Texas Toast I had one time that looked as if it had been heavily (and heavenly) brushed with butter….turned out the tasteless bread was made with yellow dye.)

        • Amy Ellinger

          Very excellent point you have there. Price points probably would come into play (i reply on dvr right after it airs so i dunno if it does for sure or not).

          I love your plan- would completely, totally watch that format. we’d get to see more of their planning and what goes into their fabric choice- which is a favorite of mine. they could have basically a 14 hour work day- 8am to 10pm, then an hour or so on runway day for hair/makeup.

      • tinyredlocks

        Question-have they had a 2 day challenge since they moved to Lifetime? If so, I totally don’t remember…

        • Eclectic Mayhem

          There have been a few two-day challenges but there tends to be a ‘twist’ added on the second day which takes up all the extra time.

          • tinyredlocks

            Thanks.  I  guess I was so annoyed with the twists that I’d blocked the fact that there were actually a few 2 day challenges. I do so miss the good old days…

        • Amy Ellinger

          Good question–I can’t think of one. What a waste of the longer show time format…. I guess there’s not enough drama without the running-out-of-time factor.

    • janetjb

      White pants! Michael is really mixing it up this season.

      • CarolinLA

        And we ask ourselves:  Is that really good?

        • Lisa

          Noooooo…..

    • janetjb

      Rooting for Snape tonight.  I think Insane in the Ukraine is relieved or happy, but not sad.  

      eta: clarity

      • dress_up_doll

        I agree. I didn’t get at all that she was sad or freaking out over the challenge. More editing highjinks I suppose.

    • Stubenville

      Jay, if you have nothing good to say, come sit by me. 

      Garçon, une verre de Veuve Clicquot , s’il vous plait.

      • Call me Bee

        Oooh my fave.  I’ll get the next bottle! 

    • Stubenville

      Drinking game tonight; take a sip every time someone says “modern”, “on trend” or a designer snarls at someone. No, I am not responsible for your hangover tomorrow.

      • DinaSews

        I’m afraid I would be drunk and passed out before the runway! THrow in the word aesthetic and I won’t make it out of Mood.

      • CarolinLA

        Better than doing drinking games for the RNC.  I could’ve been hammered last night if I drank every time Ryan lied.

        • Lisa

          Shit-faced within five minutes, eh?  ;-)

          • CarolinLA

            I would’ve had blood alcohol poisoning last night if I’d played along.

            • Lisa

              Bwaaaaaha!!!  It’s just as well you didn’t then – we can’t be short any of our BKs around here!

            • SRQkitten

              Carol,

              That’s exactly why I passed on watching that experience! However had the pleasure of listening to NPR this morning point out each and every reality to the mistruths he spoke.

              What a freakin’ week – full moon wacko to be sure. I’ll stick with whine, it suits my mood. Here’s hoping Dmitri finally gets some judge love this week, he’s way overdue.

              srq

        • ASK26

           ahem  – felon murders   (BTW I do Fed systems  and I guess Lie is relative for some) expect to be edited but wth

          • CarolinLA

            Are you drunk already from RNC drinking games?  Because I didn’t understand a word of your reply.

      • alyce1213

        How about “young” and “fresh?”  Oh wait, Kenley’s not designing, never mind.

        • watchmeboogie

          The “young and fresh” thing just makes me think of Feminine Hygiene products. Thanks, Kenley!

      • Call me Bee

        I am IN! 

        • CPK1

           or, that’s not “my aesthetic” (pronounced in many different and often incorrect ways :))

          • watchmeboogie

             I’m waiting for someone to call it “anesthetic.”

    • Snailstsichr

      I love red and purple together! This bar is a holiday waiting to happen!
      What wonderful news for you guys. Like the rest of the BKs, anxiously awaiting links.

      And – Go Dmitry! I would love to see him in the company of all my other favs.

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

      Pineapple juice for the girl with the cold who, come hell or high water, is TLOunging tonight. 

    • l_c_ann

      I look at the picture of the four judges and one thing pops into my mind.
       
      Which one didn’t get the memo that hoochie mama Friday is NEXT week?

    • michelle shields

      I am going to Paris next year so might have to hit this one up! Have fun tonite and tell Jay I said Hi!
      Here’s to hoping I can keep my dead ass awake tonight so I can watch.

    • MilaXX

      Forgive my manners. Forgot to congratulate you both on the NYT write up and all the great success coming your way. It couldn’t have happened to nicer, more deserving guys!

    • peppepp

      I love the judges picture.  It’s practically screaming at me.
      Bonnie Brooks “We are totally going to redesign the crap that wins tonight”
      Nina “Really, Heidi?  Short, tight and shiny AGAIN?  REALLY???  Bow down, fuckers.  I’m totally taking TLo’s Judging the Judges this week”
      Michael “I must lean back because Nina looks like she is going to explode”
      Heidi “Suck it, Seal”

      Pass me a whiskey, straight up.  It’s gonna be an awesome night.

    • PastryGoddess

      Bonjour les Chéris, j’aimerais un Bombay Saphir et le Tonique pour commencer s’il vous plaît ?

      Je prendrai un supplément salit le martini plus tard

    • CPK1

      A profile in the NYT!! It is on!! Hooray for TLo and fingers crossed for Dmitry. 

      • Lisa

        YES!!!

        • Lisa_Cop

          Another big yes!

    • StellaZafella

      Congrats on the NYT guys…
      “Oh, my man, I’ll have a Shirley Temple with a twist, merci!” (26 years sober and counting but I love a good lounge).
      Nina’s wearing the chain mail YSL from the Emma Stone, Interview post, no?

    • GorgeousThings

      Oh darlings, are you going to be at the tents on Friday? I’ll be there! Meanwhile, your shitastic day last week? It’s mine, this week. I just finished doing 4 video shoots for Gorgeous Fabrics, then I went in to check on the website and the whole fucking back-end crashed! I lost 4 days of work. Fortunately, my husband is a tech god, and he was able to restore everything up to 7:00 this morning. I owe him, big time. Come here, Lover Boy!

      Sorry – I’m blathering, because it’s been that kind of day. Anyway, how about a Manhattan? It’s like alcoholic comfort food. And I could use that and a huge helping of something like mac & cheese after the day I had today.

      • Lisa

        Awww, I’m sorry it was a tough day!  Have a good stiff drink and relax with us!

        • GorgeousThings

          Thanks Dolls! I will pay it back (or forward, if need be!) next week.

      • Call me Bee

        Oh my.  Thank God for good back-ups, eh?  (Something we preach to our IT clients constantly!) 
         Here–let me get the first round for you.  You just realx–it’s all over now, hon…   :) 

    • Lisa

      I posted earlier, but my phone is funky and I”m not sure if it went through – so again, I am SO freaking excited for you guys, TLo!  For all of it!  The profiles, hanging out with Jay, the works!  You deserve all the glamorous and cool things!  M’WAH!!

    • CarolinLA

      OK, I do not normally follow on the Twitter.  Does it automatically update every time a new tweet is sent?  Or do you have to manually push it?

      • Lisa

        I’m on Twitter, but I’ve never been able to figure it out, I’m embarrassed to say.  I always have to check it, I don’t get automatic updates.  It may be something I’m doing wrong in the settings.

      • Call me Bee

        On my phone I have to update now and again.  But it’s easy and quick and you don’t miss a thing.  Just consult your settings. 

        • Lisa

          Bee, do you know how to adjust the settings so you know when people you follow are tweeting?  I know when I get a tweet, because I get an email notification, but I have no idea what’s going on with everyone else.

          • Call me Bee

            OK I”m looking at my phone now.  So–if you go to “Me” then to settings, then to notifications, you can set it to notify you when particular people tweet.  There’s also a note about getting notifications from others you follow–you have to go to THEIR profiles and set it there. 
            I hope that answers your question. 
             Also, when I open Twitter on my phone, I go to “Home” and I get a list of tweets from everyone I follow if they’ve posted anything.

            • Lisa

              Ahhh!  Awesome, that’s totally what I was doing wrong.  Thanks!

            • Call me Bee

              Oh good.  Happy to help! 

      • watchmeboogie

        It’s easiest to go to their profile page on the Twitter website; then it will update with “x new tweets” when new Tweets are posted, and you just click to update. If you’re on a phone, the BKs below can help (I have a stupidphone).

    • another_laura

      A profile in the NY Times is amazing!  I hope there will be pictures and adoring quotes from all the important names!

    • CatherineRhodes

      A profile in the NYT — congratulations!

      Do you need any Bitter Kittens to comment and provide background?

    • Lisa

      I have to admit, the part in the other preview that they showed last week that cracked me up, was when the walrus was commenting how the male designers were so much better than the female designers – they cut to quick flashes of all the guys, and then they show Christopher doing what was *clearly* a Cher imitation! Hah!  That was great!

    • tinyredlocks

      Yay for the NYT article! Can’t wait to read it when it comes out!

    • Call me Bee

      So–to bring up old business–I just watched last week’s episode. 
      Now I can see the Gunnar love his client LOVED that dress and she practially skipped own the aisle she was so happy with it.  When I saw TLo’s recap, I was puzzled because it didn’t look that good in the stills.  The same with Fabio, who won the challenge.  THe dress was meh in the stills, but seeing it on the runway relaly change my mind about it.  Love it! 
      And hearing those comments actually coming out of Ven’s mouth–ugh.   It is really different hearing it, and reading about them.  He was plain rude. 

    • Zippypie

      NYT profile!!! YES!!  Congrats!

      I need a big ass margarita.  This is my last night before returning to work after surgery.  Yee haw.

    • siriuslover

      I’m sure someone’s said this, but if this is up Ven’s alley, and he wins, I hope no one purchases his dress.

    • Lisa

      Oh, please, Dmitry, please please please win tonight, pleeeeease….

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

      And it begins. Where’s my wine?

    • Stubenville

      So why does everyone seem to be wearing a scarf at Lord and Taylor? 

      • EveEve

        Scarves? Sonjia’s looked like a noose…or multiple nooses (nice?).

    • CarolinLA

      Christopher is so going home.

    • Stubenville

      Heidi in short, tight and shiny? Quel surprise!

    • MilaXX

      Just a stir fry for me tonight. Don’t really feel like cooking.

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

      Sparkle Heidi, sparkle!

    • Stubenville

      Lot’s of Christopher time? Loser edit?

      • Jasmaree

        Actually, I’m feeling that Elena is getting the loser edit.

    • minnye

      Please give Jay some x’s and o’s and let him know I got one of his little dresses last summer & feel very special wearing it. :)

    • watchmeboogie

      Wow, Christopher just said the most self-aware thing that any contest on reality TV has ever said.

      • reganmeister

        I missed it! What?

        • watchmeboogie

          He was babbling on and then laughed and said, “I sound like a tool.”

    • rolacus2

      The way Melissa holds her pencil hurts my hand as an artist

    • NDC_IPCentral

      9:09 = at least 4 “aesthetic”s — all pronounced wrong, and at least 1 “trendy.”  Drink-drink-drink-drink-drink!

    • Jasmaree

      Looking like the makings of a good episode. They don’t usually summarize the parameters of the challenge very clearly, but today it was handled excellently. We got a feel for exactly what they want out of this challenge. Good place to start.

      • Kimbolina

        Yeah, I like that they explained everything pretty clearly.  It’s probably cause Lord and Taylor is breathing down their necks going, “We actually have to make and sell these things so this shit better be GOOD.”

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

      so elena in bottom 3?

      • MilaXX

         sounds like it.

    • MilaXX

      I hate the Lord & Taylor’s in Philly. The one in K of P puts all the plus sizes literally in the back, in the corner, in the dark.  Seriously they aren’t even on the same floor as the rest of the women’s wear. They are in the basement stuck in a corner. The one on NYC is okay, but Lord & Taylor is just not my go to store when I’m in NYC.

      • Call me Bee

        That’s how it was at Macy’s here in town.  Hated having to go thru the entire Home section to get to the plus department.  But they’ve remodeled and now we’re on the main floor as it should be!!

        • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

          the macy’s in downtown san francisco has a really cool “macy’s woman” department.  it’s huge and right next to the other womens’ wear.  i hate when they put the plus sizes and the petites next to each other, like they do a nordstrom.

          • Call me Bee

            Target’s the worst, though.  The plus size department is next to Maternity!  Talk about insulting. 

    • Lisa

      If all this bitching from Elena is foreshadowing a win for her, I am gonna FALL OUT!

      • MilaXX

         I don’t think so. My guess i Heidi  is talking about her dress when she calls it a uniform.

    • NDC_IPCentral

      9:10 – Ms. Insane Ukranian Upset – another “aesthetic.”  Drink!

      • reganmeister

        (Pronounced “edsthedic” in this case…at least she has an excuse….)

    • Call me Bee

      Oh crap–had to answer the phone–how much time did they give the designers? 

      • CarolinLA

        One fucking day.  Again.

        • Call me Bee

          Damn it.  Why?  WHY? 

          • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

            just to drive them and us crazy..no other reason.

    • Zippypie

      I think most of the designers think that the Lord & Taylor customer is either going to a funeral or already dead with the endless black in that workroom.

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

        yes! such depressing colors.

        • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

          and lord and taylor provided the fabric.  were there any colors there, or was it all neutrals?  even though the clothes this season are well made, i’m finding the palette a snooze.

    • Stubenville

      Elana is really whining tonight. “Design a cocktail dress or gown” and she has the equivalent of writers block?  Bitch, please.

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

         Seriously, that “I’m so annoyed and put upon” sigh is driving me NUTS.

      • CozyCat

        But in a way it’s reminding me of “old school” PR:  forcing the designers to move in a new direction stretch themselves.  By the end of the competition, Laura was a better designer because the judges forced her to design for someone other than herself. 

         Elena is a lot more stubborn (and less witty, etc.), but she’s being forced to design for a mass market–that could save her business some day.

    • Stubenville

      You can see TLo’s tweets here, even if you don’t have a Twitter account.

      http://twitter.com/tomandlorenzo 

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

      Sonjia, don’t get yourself down, girl. Anyone can tell you’re on the short list for Bryant Park. You’re one of the only ones of these pains in the asses I actually like, so KEEP IT TOGETHER!

    • Stubenville

      Ven is doing a pleated rose. Shocking.

      • CozyCat

        I don’t know if it’s still true, but the L&T logo used to have  rose in it! 

    • dress_up_doll

      Yeah, sure Ven. You’re really thinking about the customer.

    • Peeve

      Ven (the asshole) is doing another rose dress!

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

      oh ven, not another flattened rose.

    • Zippypie

      If I had less than a day to complete this challenge, I wouldn’t be sitting around yapping about how it’s not my challenge.

    • Kimbolina

      Meh, Ven’s doing the rose thing again.  There’s no way he’ll win if that’s the case.  Even if the judges like it, it’s probably going to be difficult to produce for the price point.

    • Stubenville

      The judges don’t understand how brilliant I am. Oh please, Elana

    • Jasmaree

      From the sketch, it looks like Ven’s doing another rose contraption. First, it’s an impressive technique, but it’s starting to get a bit boring and he’s not doing anything new with it. Second, I doubt anyone will want to manufacture that.

      • Amy Ellinger

        not to mention its a shipping nightmare, ergh.

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

         I fail to be impressed by it.  I can make roses out of frosting, he should damn well be able to do it with a material that doesn’t want to melt.

    • Zippypie

      Ven is a dick.

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

      The way Elena styles herself is like a visual representation of crazy.

    • Kimbolina

      It’s sort of…bizarre how nice everyone is to each other…

    • notdorothygale

      zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz incredibly boring.

    • Call me Bee

      Chris invented that?  Um…that’s how you make chenille (when done with cottons.)  Quilters have been doing that for years. 
      Just sayin’. 

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

        Yeah, I was gonna say…I doubt he invented that. 

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

      Holy fuck, Alicia. WHAT IS THAT. 

      • minnye

        Hope she revises it & survives this challenge because I love her Joan of Arc vs. princess dress comment.

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

          I actually think she has an interesting aesthetic and some good ideas, but she just doesn’t have the technical skills necessary to pull it off. 

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

      alicia racing to the bottom.

      • Stubenville

        And winning, sadly.

    • MilaXX

      HUN, Korto’s dress was sexy Joan of Arc. Yours is just fugliness.

      • Call me Bee

        Or Uli’s–with that leaather sleeve detail. 

        • Stubenville

          Is it leather? I thought it might be satin at first glance.

          • Call me Bee

            Oh you may be right.  Well–it’s awesome, whatever it is!  LOL…

    • Stubenville

      OMG! That NASTY shiny back fabric! Better make that dress short so Heidi like it.

      • NDC_IPCentral

        And that nasty black fabric was provided by the “client,” Lord & Taylor.  Lord and Tasteless here.

    • ASK26

      well the editing of ven’s comment … It soun
      ds better . Not great bit better

    • Kimbolina

      Another damn visible zipper.

    • Jasmaree

      Sounds like Alicia has just stopped caring. 

    • Peeve

      I think Ven should really think before he opens his yap. Who in hell does he plan on buying his designs? The same women who are inferior designers to men?

    • ASK26

      Fabio’s seems tone channeling dmitry

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

      Elena! You do not argue with Tim Gunn! Bad!

      • ASK26

        but if you take his advice you go home

    • Kimbolina

      OMG, Elena needs to get a grip.

    • Peeve

      Ah, yes–Elena’s designs are superior to all others, and she’s just misunderstood…

    • Zippypie

      My cats would be able to do that shredding technique better.

      • CozyCat

        My cats HAVE done that shredding technique better!

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

          I really wish cats could get paid for their shredding abilities. None of us cat owners would have to work ever again.

    • Joe J

      Elena dear, not to add insult to injury, but if you’re always in the bottom, you ARE getting noticed.  At least you haven’t made a tumor dress yet.

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

        THE TUMOR DRESS!

        • watchmeboogie

           YES! Much lol-ing over here. Oh, the tumor dress.

      • hello1972

        I like that “tumor dress project runway” is a pre-set Google search.

    • Stubenville

      Oh Elena, enough of the “I’m a tortured artiste nobody understands” routine.

    • Jasmaree

      Welcome to the real world Elena. You have to design things for a mass market to survive. 

      • MilaXX

         Isn’t this what Joe Zee tells his designers? Speaking of which, His show is coming back soon. Got an email about it the other day.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      Looking at Christopher’s… isn’t it hard on a price point to do a special fabric treatment with lots of seams?

      Elena needs to think about the business part of the design business–you don’t hang clothes up in a museum, at least not until they’ve been around a while.  Tim gave her good advice.  I hope she takes it. (Though I’m deeply shamed that a dress in the 200-300 dollar range is “downmarket.”  I feel that I’ve done something very wrong in my life that I’d have to scrimp and save for months to get a “downmarket” dress.)

      • MilaXX

         Nah, just wait til they hit Marshal’s/Ross/Nordstrom’s rack

    • EveEve

      Where is Dmytri?!

    • minnye

      The new Sweetcrackers is much better.

      • Stubenville

        They sprinkled Prozac on his cocoa puffs.

    • NDC_IPCentral

      Boo-hoo, Elena.  You’re in a GAME, and you have to play by the gamemaster’s rules.  If you can’t manage that, why the heck did you sign on?

    • notdorothygale

      Let “the eye of the hurricane” motif go, Ven.

    • MilaXX

      Sonjia just spoke TRUTH!

    • dschubba

      Another rose, thank god. After last week, I was worried he’d moved away from that one.

      • Jasmaree

        But this one is the first really sad looking one we’ve gotten. So sad.

        • EveEve

          The Ven Rose of Death

    • watchmeboogie

      Looks like Gunnar’s definitely over the bitch act, and has been revealed for the big softie he really is.

    • Peeve

      pot, meet kettle.

    • Kimbolina

      Wow, Gunnar’s so nice!

      Ven’s rose looks really weird/tacked on and kind of ugly.

    • EveEve

      Oh God, Ven, that rose is ugly as hell. 

      • MilaXX

         you ever see those cheap handbag that are a rose design? Yeah I HATE them. No way would I wear One way Monkey’s fugly dress with a rose on the chest.

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

           I like them.  For Kate.  She’s 6.

          • MilaXX

            exactly! not a look for a grown up

    • watchmeboogie

      WTF is Billie Piper making over there?

      • MilaXX

         She does look like her!

    • Zippypie

      NO more black!!

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

      Faaaabio!

    • Stubenville

      Alicia’s is a mess.

      • MilaXX

         I’m wondering if that promo was a bit of misdirection and Heidi is talking to Alicia and not Elana.  I think Elena may be able to pull it together enough to at least be safe.

      • EveEve

        So is Sonjia’s and Ven’s got a death rose smushed on across the chest.

    • watchmeboogie

      MULLET PEPLUM.

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

        Your icon is GLORIOUS.

        • watchmeboogie

          Thank you! I can’t take any credit for making it, it’s one of the 10000 parodies of Hyperbole & A Half’s “Clean ALL the things!” Poor Allie Brosh, I miss her.

    • alula_auburn

      LOL, I always feel a little bad for the models when the designers ask for validation.  Alicia’s model seemed so bored!

      • Zippypie

        Her face said “This dress sucks and I’m going home.”

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

      I’m concerned for Melissa – I really like her and don’t want her to go home. Pretty confident there will still be worse things on the runway, though. 

    • Susan Crawford

      Hello, all! 

      Well, I see VENom is doing the fall-back to his rose-o-gami again. That, combined with his arrogance last week could trip him BIG time, but he certainly has enough competition this week from Elena and Alicia. I love that Chris actually thinks he invented chenille! These kids need to open a fashion history text before they open their mouths, IMHO.

      And since I’m late and off the sauce for the duration of chemo/radiation, just pass over a tall ginger ale and I’ll take a seat in view of the Eiffel Tower, please. Things are going well so far – early days, but I’m smackin’ this down as hard as I can!

      • EveEve

        good news Susan!  I’m going to hand you a virtual champagne flute anyway – just take a couple of teensy sips and we won’t tell, will we kittens?!

      • Peeve

         Damn! You don’t even have the comfort of a stiff drink during chemo & radiation??? Sucks big time. I’m glad to hear you’re doing well so far. Hope it continues all the way. All my best!

    • dschubba

      Keep calm and carry on, Sonjia!

    • notdorothygale

      Do any of those designers really sleep? No wonder they’re so unnerved.

    • NDC_IPCentral

      Christopher has a difficult time making a bodice that really fits. 

      Melissa – loser edit or miraculous redemption.

      Sonjia, Elena – WEEPIES.  Geeze, you want to be remembered for this behavior on national cable television??

      Not, I said this old hen.

      • Stubenville

        Yea, it doesn’t seem like a good career move to be seen acting like a prima donna  on national TV.

    • watchmeboogie

      I feel bad that Elena really feels that the problem isn’t her, it’s the judges. To be honest, I don’t understand why she’s on this show. She only does one thing, and it’s a thing that Project Runway does not reward.

    • dschubba

      I have a Hardesty in one of my classes this semester, and I’d thought I’d had one of her family members in a previous class, but I just now realized that I was thinking of Alicia.

    • Girl_With_a_Pearl

      Is Elena going to turn it around and then be the winner?  (Yawn)

      • Stubenville

        With THAT look? Bwahahaha!

        • Jasmaree

          Stranger things have happened. PR’s track record is far from flawless.

          • Lisa

            This is what worries me!  I want Dmitry to win this one!  If she’s crying because she won, I”m gonna bust a lung!

          • Stubenville

            I refuse to think about last season.

          • Girl_With_a_Pearl

            Gah!  Now that I’ve seen Elena’s dress, I don’t think that’s going to happen.

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

      I just love that Fabio is wearing a garland of flowers. 

      • MilaXX

         I just love Fabio

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

          That too!

    • Kimbolina

      Ahhh, I love Christopher’s comments about Elena.

    • alula_auburn

      haha, Christopher frequently DOES sound like a tool, but that whole “Elena’s dress really looks like her. . .” cracked me up.

      aww, Fabio.  what a doll.  and able to pull off the kind of floral wreath I barely hacked as an eight-year-old junior bridesmaid.

    • MilaXX

       Oh that French twist is ugly

    • NDC_IPCentral

      Ah, now the insult output (lousy results) from the L’Oreal Paris Hair and Makeup Sabotage Salon.

    • watchmeboogie

      Aw, Sonjia. Props for sewing AND crying, though.

    • Zippypie

      PMS central!

    • Lisa

      Oh, this is just killing me to see Sanjia and Melissa struggle like this.

    • notdorothygale

      Did people melt down in the first few seasons (known to me as the only good seasons…) or was that edited out? Did they have more time or what?

      • Kimbolina

        In earlier seasons there were way more 2-day challenges so that probably helped stave off some of the insanity.

        • reganmeister

          And there was “Project Drunkway” time for the designers to bond…aw, I miss those days….

      • StelledelMare

        They often had at least two full days or so, so that definitely had something to do with it. In recent seasons they’re focusing so much on the drama so they’re given less time. It’s kinda ridiculous

      • Call me Bee

        It seems to me thay had more time, but maybe not. Often they would give them more time, but pull out an extra challenge.  Bastards. 
         I do remember Laura B getting upset because she was on the bottom on the couture challenge, and was almost teary the whole time making the next dress.  But she pulled it off and won!  So–ya never know. 

    • dschubba

      Will somebody give Sonjia a hug already? It sucks that she’s losing it, and the dudes are just standing around looking.

      • Peeve

         Really. Wish we could all reach thru the screen!

    • Call me Bee

      TLO just tweeted:  “Did the ladies all synch up their cycles this week or something?” 
      Brilliant! 

      • minnye

         grrrrr. No like.

        • dschubba

          Yeah. I was waiting for one of the male designers to say that, honestly.

    • NDC_IPCentral

      Give these poor schlubs TWO DAYS to make their garments.  GEEZE, Bunim-Murray and Heidi…..

      • Lisa

        I know!  Enough with this one day crap again!

    • alula_auburn

      Gee, is Tim too checked out to even give Hugs of Awesome?  I used to loooove when he would hug a designer and pull him or her off the ledge.  

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

      “As long as you can fake it on the runway” about sums up this show.

    • Clueless_Jock

      “Channel your inner winner.” Gotta love the Gunn.

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

        If Tim Gunn said that to me I’d be channeling my inner winner for the rest of my life.

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

           I prefer to channel my inner drag queen.

    • dress_up_doll

      I love Tim. “You fake it on the runway (gurl).”

    • Zippypie

      One of the worst things BM has done to this show is not only make everything a “one day” challenge, they shortened the frakking day!  No wonder we don’t see innovative design or well-made garments on this show.

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

        Did they just work till 11PM? I was wondering if I saw that right. I believe it used to be midnight. I am over the one day challenge, all it does is result in tears and crappy design. 

    • Jasmaree

      Wow. Sonjia’s breakdown was really hard  to watch. It felt so much realer than what we usually see on a reality show. And let’s face it, girls–tons of us have had that ‘OMG this dress is stuck here’ moment where we fought back tears.

    • dschubba

      I’m almost offended that I have to keep seeing Anya in the background every single week.

      • AthenaJ

        I know, it’s like she’s taunting us… “Nyah nyah nyah I won Project Runway and I don’t even know how to sew a sleeve!!”

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

      Elena redeemed her crazy ass self a bit by being so nice to Sonjia. This sucks, am I going to have to like her now? 

    • Lorettagrace

      Is it just me, or does Elena say “This just isn’t my challenge!” in literally every episode?
       

      • alyce1213

        Yes she does.  I have no idea why she came on the show.  

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

           I just wonder if she thinks they’re going to have a challenge for her.  I think she might be out of luck, though — the NFL would have already been in training when this was filmed, I think.

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

             I’m crying from laughing so hard.

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

      I hope the next challenge makes the designers work in neons. Left to their own devices, they always fall back on black.

    • dschubba

      Except that it isn’t

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

      Gunnar= tacky tacky tacky

    • Stubenville

      Elana – garbage bags?

    • dschubba

      Yeah… Elena’s going home.

    • Kimbolina

      I’m not sure if “modern” is the way I would describe Elena’s dress…

    • alula_auburn

      LOL at Nina shading her eyes!  Too much shiny? 

    • Jasmaree

      Elena, it’s not that it’s too modern for the challenge. It’s too complicated, and pretty ugly too.

    • Stubenville

      Christopher’s looks chip in a chip way

    • Joe J

      Those seem like some mighty low-riding breasts on Christopher’s.

      • EveEve

        because she can’t wear a bra with it.  L&T is not going for that one, plus it can’t be produced.

        • Joe J

          Yeah, it’s driving me nuts that none of the judges are mentioning the difficulty in manufacturing this.  HELLO, isn’t that a big honking part of the challenge?

          • watchmeboogie

            I was genuinely surprised that Heidi didn’t ream him out for forgetting about The Girls, as she’s done to other designers before. Actual women generally do wear bras day-to-day; enough with the back cut-outs already. Not to mention that the cutout was done poorly and gapped in a most unattractive way. I can’t understand how it won.

    • http://www.facebook.com/janet.selman Janet Selman

      Designers. Real women. WEAR. BRAS!!!!!

    • Jasmaree

      Looks like Alicia’s going home.

    • Stubenville

      Oh no, Sonja

    • alyce1213

      Au revoir Alicia.

      Fabio.

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

      As usual, Dmitry’s dress is stunning.

    • Stubenville

      I like Dimitri’s best thus far

    • Clueless_Jock

      Top 3:

      Fabio
      Gunnar
      Dmitry

      Bottom 3:

      Elena
      Christopher
      Sonjia

      • Clueless_Jock

        I guess I was wrong about Dmitry and Sonjia!

    • Jasmaree

      Dmitry FTW.

    • Kimbolina

      Oh, Dimitri HAS to win.

      ETA: WHAT?!

    • Call me Bee

      Dimitry!  Love it–perfectly styled as well.  Now watch–he’ll be in the bottom. 

      • NDC_IPCentral

        Well, a bunt instead.  What is the lack of Dimitry love all about?

    • notdorothygale

      If these are representative of what is sold at Lord & Taylor I’m grateful my city doesn’t have that store. Nothing innovative, nothing creative…all just “safe”.

    • MilaXX

      Thoughts as they come down:
       Fabio – Love, simply  but elegant
      Melissa – Top is ugly, dress is too tight.
      Gunnar – Hoochie. Heidi will love it. Dress looks cheap.
      Elena – Meh, it’s a’ight. The fit seems off.
      Christopher – Looks a little sister -wifey. The detail might be better in a color.
      Alicia  – Eh’s i’ts okay. kinda drab. Shouel have styled better
      Sonjia – It’s okay middle of the pack dres
      Ven-  You have gone to that well one time too many – boring
      Dmitry – Oh I like this!

      My top 2 are Fabio and Dmitry, can’t pick a 3rd

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

      DMITRY IN THE SAFE MIDDLE?! HORSESHIT.

      • CozyCat

        Yes it’s a beautiful dress.  But it is so similar to last weeks’ beautiful dress.  And that of the week before. 

        He (like Ven) keeps doing the same thing.  It’s a great thing, but it’s the same.  And the judges have short attention spans…

    • dschubba

      Noooo! This was Dmitry’s week!

    • MilaXX

      Okay if Dmitry is safe I pick Fabio for the win.

    • EveEve

      oh dear – It’s not Dmitri.  What a shame

    • NDC_IPCentral

      Man, Heidi’s makeup makes her look tired.

      Melissa – a save.

      Gunnar – lookes good,

      Elena – not L&T.

      Christopher – BAD BODICE fit.  And no bra….

      Alicia – is it?  Bad fabric.

      Sonjia – time management girl…..

      Ven – of course.

      Dimitry – the fabric does you no favors.  Too tight in my opinion.

      Dimitry only safe, yet again.  Ven, a pass w/o criticism.

    • Stubenville

      Now I’m REALLY confused. Who is the winner?

      • Jasmaree

        Out of the top three I’m thinking Fabio’s look deserves it most. Judging by the show, I think they’ll give it to Christopher. Then they’ll have to get rid of the one notable design element because it’s too expensive.

    • Jasmaree

      Dmitry at least deserved a top 3 spot. 

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

      Dmitri is a bridesmaid yet again. I thought his dress was the best for the challenge but maybe I just like Dmitri. 

      • Lisa

        No, it was the best!   I don’t get this, I just really don’t.  WHO’S dress was better than Dmitry’s?  There’s no one out there who’s dress is even better than Ven’s, let alone Dmitry’s!

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

          Right? Not even in the top but safe?! This show is really bad for my blood pressure.

      • Judy Raddue

        No, he’s just a guest at the wedding.

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

        It was absolutely the best thing on that runway. Simple, well-executed, with just enough glam and detail to make it special. Fucking judges.

    • Lisa

      WHAT???  Are they fucking kidding me?   Dmitry is SAFE??? I hate this fucking show, I really just do.  

      • NDC_IPCentral

        I think the fabric actually did Dimitry no favors.  It may have looked “too expensive to produce” with all those seams and whatever detailing was on the seams, but I’m no industry expert.

    • watchmeboogie

      Waaah, Dmitry safe *again*?

    • dharmabum8

      If Dmitri doesn’t win this one I’m eating my remote.

      ETA: WTF! Also I meant that metaphorically.

      • Kimbolina

        Better start chowing down, he’s just “safe”.  What a crock.

      • CarolinLA

        Don’t do it!!

      • Lisa

        Let us know if it’s tasty!

      • minnye

        Take the batteries out first because they’ll really hurt your tummy.

    • Judy Raddue

      Why in the world is Dimitri merely safe? 

      • CarolinLA

        Completely surprised.  Maybe it’s too intricate to produce.  

    • Zippypie

      Dmitry should have been in the top but reproducing that?  That may have sunk him.

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

        Even if it was too expensive to reproduce, they still should have put him in the top and acknowledged the good work he did. Besides, most of those dresses are too expensive to reproduce, anyway.

    • AthenaJ

      WTF Dmitry isn’t even in the top?? That dress was a winner. Looks like the judges are back on the ol’ crack rock again…

      • Lisa

        That dress was amazing!  What the hell is wrong with these judges?

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I’m majorly bummed that my dear Comrade Snape is merely safe.  That is quite a dress-and I like that he used gray rather than black.

          • Lisa

            I know!  He was more robbed on this challenge than any other one, I think.

    • BobStPaul

      I see the judges are smoking crack again.

    • CarolinLA

      Dmitri didn’t even make the top FOUR.  Really surprised.

    • alula_auburn

      Dammit, I was really hoping this would be Dmitry’s day. :(

    • ThaliaMenninger

      Oh, god. Deatherage is going to be top 3 again, isn’t he? I thought they all looked good coming down the runway except Elena’s and Sonjia’s. And maybe Alicia’s. Still woulda picked Snape for the win, though.

    • CarolinLA

      You know Elena is gonna win because at least one girl will be in the top and she’s sucked up all the time this week.

      • Lisa

        That’s what I’ve been saying since it started.  They’re not foreshadowing her aug – they’re foreshadowing her win. That’s why she starts crying on the runway.  Fuck.

    • StelledelMare

      Fabio’s dress was my favorite. Simple and elegant despite the exposed zipper and would look quite nice in other colors.

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

      I thought for sure it was Fabio in the workroom but someone came out after him on the runway… who was it? 

    • Girl_With_a_Pearl

      Should have been Dimitry.  Since it’s not, then Fabio.  And it really better not be Elena.

    • CarolinLA

      Who is Mitt wearing?

      • Call me Bee

        ??

      • Stubenville

        Mrs. Mitt wore De La Renta last night I hear…

    • Stubenville

      Yet another LBD. Yawn.

    • MilaXX

       You can wear underwear with this dress. I’d buy it.

    • dschubba

      Granted, I couldn’t do it in one day, but I definitely could have made Fabio’s dress. 

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

      Fabio is so sweet when he gets some praise. Aww. 

      I am so over Christopher.

    • alula_auburn

      They rated CHRISTOPHER over Dimity?  WTF.

      • Lisa

        This is Bizarro Runway, that’s just it.

      • dharmabum8

        Word. Melissa too.

      • ThaliaMenninger

         And now The Horror That Is Elena. All you can do is laugh.

        • alula_auburn

          Seriously, this is madness.

          At the moment Heidi declared Elena as “higher,” my cat, appropos of nothing, yowled and tore across the room in a skid.  Coincidence?  Or should I be signing Calliope up for a PR guest judging gig?

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Your cat has very good taste-better than Heidi, for sure.

          • Amy Ellinger

            I have a Calliope too! She slept through this whole challenge.  

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I don’t get the love for Christopher’s, especially with the very rough finishing of the seam between the bodice and the skirt. Perhaps he wanted that as an edgy detail, but it looks a tad unfinished.

        • Amy Ellinger

          needed a pretty belt.

    • rolacus2

       tired of christopher and his scratching post textures

    • dress_up_doll

      I love Fabio’s dress. It’s very Audrey Hepburn 2013. However, I wouldn’t really wear that hemline to work.

    • MilaXX

      Oh puh – lease you haven’t called out #onewayMonkey .

    • Jasmaree

      Melissa’s in the top. What the actual fuck.

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

      Total crack. It won’t work on many people, but it will fit in the line (cause we don’t want to sell any dresses anyway). WTF, Nina.

    • MilaXX

      Melissa’s dress would be better if the dress was a size bigger. The model looks like she could fart and rip the dress open.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Melissa’s dress is really striking, but you have got to have a great body and no body fat to carry that one off.

        • MilaXX

          I could see it working on the right person, but it looked a size too small.

          • Amy Ellinger

            Maybe because she had to re-sew it so fast? Just glad that she’s safe. 

            I’d totally try to wear a modified version of her dress- straight hem, correct fit. I’ve got hips but smaller boobage, so i think the panel would help balance that out.  

    • alula_auburn

      When Michael says he likes the neckline, does he mean that weird fold over the boobs?

      I mean, I like Melissa lot, so. . .good for her the judges are in Crazyville tonight?

    • MilaXX

      Dunnar’s dress is $39.99 at Forever 21

    • dschubba

      Gunnar’s reminds me of something Andy made in season 9(?).

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        As Nina said, we’ve seen this dress, or versions of it, before.  Why Gunnar is so surprised surprises me.

    • notdorothygale

      A “typical evening trick”??? Okay, Michael….

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

      ELENA HAD A HIGH SCORE? What the ACTUAL FUCK?

    • dschubba

      And Elena’s a top score? What the fuck is going on?

      • Lisa

        She’s going to win this one.  I knew it, I knew the editing pointed to her winning instead of going home.  I’d bet anything the crazy wins this time.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        It looks as if Elena did her version of a baby doll dress, trying to give it her style with the harness treatment.  I thought that the skirt looked bulky and rather stiff.

    • Kimbolina

      So they (rightly) call out Christopher for his texture thing that he’s done twice before yet they still haven’t said anything to Ven about his rose/pleating/origami/whatever technique.

      And Elena has one of the higher scores?  WTF.  This is ridiculous.

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

        Letting Ven go without comment was a quiet snub.

    • Stubenville

      Crocodile tears.

    • ThaliaMenninger

      Elena’s dress is horrible. One of the higher scores? Whip me, beat me, call me Edna…

      • CozyCat

        (quiet voice) I liked it.  I thought it was cool, and it was nice to have something that was a different shape.

        • minnye

          (sidles up) Me too.

    • Jasmaree

      Annnnnnnnnd Elena’s in the top. 

    • notdorothygale

      So Heidi’s all for boob “harnesses”?

    • Victoria

      Ugh. Elena has a top score but Dimitry is safe – what is WRONG with the judges!!

    • Peeve

      They must have gotten the judges drunk tonight. I really hate Elena’s dress!

      • dress_up_doll

        Oh, man. And I thought it was just me. I hate that dress.

    • NDC_IPCentral

      STOP IT, ELENA.  For the loveapete, have some dignity and some restraint.  GROW UP.

      Don’t agree with the judges, either, here…..  Costs in manufacturing???  Man, that shiny, sparkly black fabric is CHIP-CHIP-CHIP.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        In the team challenge Elena was completely, batshit crazy;last week she was nice; this week she’s melting down-what an intense personality-of course, Bunim-Murray cried for joy when she broke down on the runway; it made their editing job easier.

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

      I think Elena’s dress would have worked better as a sheath.

    • Zippypie

      Load up the Heisenberg meth in the pipe tonight!  WTF.

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

        Heisenberg pipe! Hee!

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

        Ah, combining my two obsessions and in such a perfect way!

      • notdorothygale

        “Say my name”.

      • CarolinLA

        I love Breaking Bad – in fact, I’m obsessed.  But I don’t get your reference.  Please explain.  I want to be in the in crowd.

        • Zippypie

          It’s always a joke that Heidi, the Duchess and Nina pass the crack pipe.  I thought tonight’s dressgasm over Elena’s mess merited ratcheting that up to some blue meth in the pipe.

      • ChiliP

        “I am the one who KNOCKS….a perfectly good design out of the top 3.”

    • MilaXX

      Lord & Taylor lay ain’t feeling Elena’s dress

    • Jasmaree

      Ugh, poorly made. It looks like a trash bag and that silhouette is horrible unforgiving for anyone with hips (especially since it balloons out SOOOOO much). Elena should not be anywhere near the top.

    • Stubenville

      Heidi needs the Wonder Woman cuffs and headpiece to go with that red dress.

    • Stubenville

      Talk yourself off the show, Alicia.

    • MilaXX

      I know Alicia’s not a super feminine gal, but she’s on national tv, get this girl some concealer.

    • Kimbolina

      I don’t think Elena will win though because it won’t be easy to reproduce.  And Lord and Taylor lady didn’t seem as enthusiastic about it as the other judges.  But who the hell knows.  Alicia probably goes home cause they’re not gonna get rid of Gunnar.

    • dschubba

      Had this happened pre-Gretchen, I’d be livid. Now, I’m just shaking my head and contemplating another beer.

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

      buh bye alicia

    • dharmabum8

      Crack. Crackety crack crack. Crack crack crack….

      The judges are speaking and this is all I hear….

    • notdorothygale

      “Amish” because of a higher neckline??? Oh for effs sake, get a grip, Kors.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Somehow I don’t think that MK has ever actually seen Amish clothing. The neckline Alicia did would be outre in that community.

      • AthenaJ

        Yes, because anything that doesn’t come close to showing cleavage automatically means it’s meant to be worn while churning butter. 

    • dress_up_doll

      Heidi’s got a thing for Christopher.

    • Joe J

      Oh, Alicia is SO going home.  One, she’s not a character.  Two, this is playing out as an Elena/Alicia point/counterpoint drama bullshit designer Aesop fable.

      Although I do think Gunnar’s is horrid.

    • Call me Bee

      Gunnar!  Yes we’ve seen it before–Laura Bennet made this dress–in lace–7 years ago! 

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        And made it a damn sight better and in better taste

    • spooki C

      WHY IS DMITRY ALWAYS SNUBBED?

      This episode was so hard to watch, bored to tears over here! Melissa’s dress is too tight, Elena’s dress gives the model saggy boobs, Christopher is irritating me more than Gunnar now and the judges praising fugly crap over and over is grating on my nerves.

      • dharmabum8

        It’s the Viktor Luna memorial snub.

      • Lisa

        I’m with you, I totally don’t understand it!

    • Stubenville

      Oh please, Insane in the Ukraine is reality TV gold. Of COURSE they’re going to keep her on the show.

      • Kimbolina

        Exactly.  Honestly, Elena being in the top seems like a producer thing.

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

      Gunnar’s dress was no great shakes, but I thought the criticisms were total bullshit. It’s one of his better-executed and most tasteful outfits thus far. He shouldabin safe.

      • Jasmaree

        Exactly. “Cute but not special enough” sounds like the perfect recipe for safe.

        • Kimbolina

          They should have had Gunnar safe and put Ven in the bottom so they could call him out on the rose thing.  Or Sonjia.  I love her but I was just not feeling that peplum and kind of thought she might be in the bottom.

      • CozyCat

        But they were right–you KNOW L&T already sells an almost identical dress.

    • spooki C

       And better. Gunnar wishes he could be so talented.

    • ThaliaMenninger

      Christopher’s looks like something Keira Knightley would wear. There’s nothing wrong with that, but that’s not this challenge. Elena’s is right for… I haven’t  got a clue. An Olsen twin if she wears a coat over it? Melissa’s is right for Deanna Troi.

      I vote Fabio. 

      • ChristinaRi

        I was thinking Melissa’s was right for that Ditta Von Tease person — or whatever her name is.

    • alula_auburn

      I know Melissa’a exhausted, but I really want someone to give her a hairbrush.

    • Maria Rosenfire

      Everything this week is so uniformly bland that they can’t think of anything particularly positive or negative about them. Yowza. What a snoozefest.

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

        They’re moderately priced department store designs- going way out there isn’t what is wanted. L&T wants a simple but effective dress with a few nice touches.

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        really.  every challenge this season, with the exception of the candy store, has been about department store clothes, and the winners have been conservative and boring.  the designers are all skilled and talented but they haven’t been given challenges which encourage them to stretch their creativity and make something totally outside their own boxes.  i want to see new clothes, exciting colors, prints and combinations we haven’t seen before.  no more black, grey, brown, white.  no more mall clothes!

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

          I think that’s why Christopher stood out a bit by using some light pink.

    • jilly_d

      so….. the black sequined number is boring…..but Fabio’s black asymmetrical washcloth is……a good dress?  I’m sorry but it’s a design competition and you shouldn’t have to make the dress with the accessories.  No matter how many of them will fly off the shelves at L/T.  If that yawn of a dress wins I will be super pissed. 

      • dschubba

         I feel the same way about that design, but I want him to win just so the others won’t.

    • CarolinLA

      This is my first week ever that I’ve written here simultaneously with the show.  It’s honestly the best way to make it through those ghastly commercials.

      • notdorothygale

        Amen to that.

    • dschubba

      I hope it’s Fabio again, and I’m not that in love with what he did.

    • Zippypie

      A blah black extravaganza.  There is just nothing up on that stage that is exciting, even in a L&T kind of way.

    • AthenaJ

      deleted cause Disqus is being wierd

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=668300493 Patsye Dickinson Peebles

      Good grief – the judges are back on crack tonight.  

    • AthenaJ

      UGH Christopher won????

      • AthenaJ

        Btw, I think he was really funny this episode (esp the Elena comments) but that dress was completely little house on the prarie. 

        • ASK26

           Oh I have found him amusing much of the season – I still love that weird Huh look on his face in the first episode – but I liked Gunnar’s dress better – (dang need to see the replay because work came up before the runway so I missed most of it)

    • Joe J

      He won?  Whatever.  Uch.  More gin.

    • watchmeboogie

      What? Whaaat? Chris’s look won??

    • Zippypie

      Wonky boobs win!  But seriously, it is VERY L&T.  I can see the rich matrons lining up for that one.

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

        It’s also a bit of a contrast to the other nine pieces while complimenting them. 

    • blondie65

      Wow…as excited as I was to see the 9 dresses by the previous designers is about how disappointed I am in the judges’ decisions.
      Dimitry was the one bright spot in a sea of grey/black blah.  I’m relieved Sonja & Melissa are safe, but I sure don’t get the rest of the decisions. 

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

        I love Christopher, but I’m imagining his gown next to Chris March’s and Bert’s gowns, and it’s not going to look like anything at all. It’s going to fade in the background. Chris March’s gown caught my eye as soon as those dresses popped up on screen; Bert’s was stunning (I just got a quick glance at it, but it seemed gay gasp worthy). Christopher’s is OK, I guess, but I don’t see anything special about it. It reminds me of the dress my sister wore to the prom, in 1966. It’s my second least favorite piece of the night. Gunnar’s is the one I liked the least. That thing looked like it was covered in a layer of plastic wrap.

        Dmitry was robbed. Safe, my ass. His dress was beautiful, elegant, and classic. His being safe was made worse by Christopher winning. If the judges weren’t going to reward Dimitry, they could have at least given the win to Fabio.

    • Stubenville

      Okay, that decision was cracktastick.

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

      Totally idiotic win. Not an awful dress but bleh. Just bleh. Sigh.

    • CarolinLA

      OH MY GOD!!!  Good for him.  He made a fantastic choice to make a gown.  SMART.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        That decision to do a gown might well have given Christopher an edge.

        • CarolinLA

          I think it absolutely gave him the edge.  Having three gowns and seven dresses is a more interesting collection than a 2 to 8 ratio.  Odd numbers are just more interesting.  Kudos to him.  It shows that he has a bit of an eye for the business.  Really, really smart.  

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

             Yeah I really liked that — I get grumpy when they so very clearly have no concept of the BUSINESS of fashion.

      • Amy Ellinger

        yup! total game playa right there. If Melissa had gone with a long skirt/gown, I think she could have ended up with the win, or at least a very close second.

        Just glad she’s safe.  She’s my favorite.

    • ChristinaRi

      Christopher!  I’m happy for him!

    • dschubba

      Was that Ven who said Christopher’s win was well-deserved?

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

        I think so but it can’t be, because he’s clearly the Mean Guy. [sic].

      • Lilithcat

        Yes, it was.

    • Lisa

      Yes, Christopher, WE can’t believe you won the Lord & Taylor challenge either, considering you sent a two-tone Swiffer down the runway.

      Good! Gunnar’s still in! I’ve grown to like him.

      • NDC_IPCentral

        Two-toned Swiffer – inspired!

      • ASK26

         Really who spends 300 for a frayed messy “gown”    Oh it is okay that your door had a nail fray my dress – it looked like that anyway

    • notdorothygale

      “And any of you who buy Christopher’s dress must have droopy B cups and eschew bras.”

      • MilaXX

         That sad, drab sister wife thing. Imagine that on a celeb. We’d all vote it OUT for being so plain, needing a belt and/or being flesh colored.
        BORING!

        • Lisa

          Sister Wife – yes!  That’s spot on.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Despite the judges’ comments about the versatility of that blush pink, that is going to wash out a lot of women.

            • muzan-e

              Yes. Despite the mention of ‘powdery white’ skin, I can assure from personal experience that there’s a whole swathe of very pale ladies who look like ghosts when you dress them in ballerina pink from the neck up. Ashy, colourless ghosts.

    • dschubba

      Oh shit! Didn’t see that coming.

      • dschubba

         Oh, what the fuck is this?

    • Joe J

      I smell a non-auf. They have to make up for losing two designers early.

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

      really?????????

      damn. of course, they were still one up.

    • blondie65

      I knew it…we finally see the real Gunner (nice guy after all) and he’s out….well…that was unexpected.

    • MilaXX

      So that’s why Gunnar was getting the good queen edit. Say what now?

    • Zippypie

      WHA?

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

      WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK IS THIS?

    • Judy Raddue

      I can smell Gunnar’s pants from my sofa in Chicago.

      • Stubenville

        Ewwwww!

    • Stubenville

      I want to bitchslap Heidi and the judges.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        May I join you?  Now we’re stuck with Costello-lite and his shredding for at least another week.

    • Kimbolina

      Woah now.  What?!

    • CarolinLA

      WTF?????????

    • ChristinaRi

      Ohhhhh!  I’m so happy that he stays because he wasn’t horrible.

      • Jasmaree

        And it seems that Alicia doesn’t even want to be there anymore.

      • dschubba

        It really wasn’t an auf-able garment.

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

      So…no one goes home. Well okay.

      Dmitry’s displeasure at the idea of Gunnar going home was cute. ILU DMITRY.

    • EveEve

      of course. because two contestants bailed during the taping of the show.  

    • Clueless_Jock

      Why doesn’t Ven hug anyone?

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

        Because he’s a Vendroid.

        • Clueless_Jock

          LOL.

      • DonnaL

         Well, he doesn’t remember Gunnar’s name, and probably some of the others too.  Maybe that’s why.

      • Stubenville

        He’s a robot and it’s not in his program?

      • Lisa

        Because his batteries are low.

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

        Actually I was just watching the repeats and noticed that he was one of the first two to jump up and congratulate/console someone recently. 

    • NDC_IPCentral

      Christopher!????  That is just weird.  Costs to manufacture?  Bodice fit?  No bra?

      That should have been Fabio’s, considering the “client.”

      Gunnar gets the boot?  Well… WHAT?  No… they gave the poor guy a heart attack.

      SO, because they lost a couple of designers early in the game, they keep the number of contestants at 9.

      HMMMMMMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmm.

      • 3boysful

         Seriously–how did a stick thin model look boob-droopy in that dress?!

        • NDC_IPCentral

          MY buzzims of a certain age would droop in that, but you’re absolutely right.  A young model’s wee chest should be sitting WAY UP THERE…. Christopher cannot fit a bodice, I maintain.  Gee, I think I did better bodices in 8th grade in Sewing in prep school than he is here.

          • 3boysful

             You’re right about the fit.  Must’ve been way tight up top to send her bust so far south.

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

               I always wish that they’d build some support into the pieces that won’t accommodate a bra, and they never do…

    • BuffaloBarbara

      So that’s how they’ll fix the double drop-out! (And I actually kind of agree with the idea–no one screwed up, and they had an extra space to deal with.)

      • Lisa

        Ahhhh, true – I didn’t think of that.

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

      NEVER IN THE HISTORY OF… 

    • notdorothygale

      Oh for fuck’s sake. EVERYONE’S in??? “How fantastic is this?” asks Tim. Tim, Tim, Tim….don’t you see how far this franchise has fallen?

      • BuffaloBarbara

         It seems to me that they’ve done it before, though I’m blanking on when.

        • notdorothygale

          Yeah, you’re probably right, and I’m blanking too. Yet I remember it as being more “interesting”.

        • Lisa

          I think you’re right, but I can’t remember the details.

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

           They did it with S3 for the finale show — the last challenge before the collections they told all 4 of them that they would be showing at FW.

    • CarolinLA

      Heidi was right.  They all did meet the challenge well.

      • Lisa

        Yeah, I actually did think that was fair.

        • Girl_With_a_Pearl

          Fair, but dull.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        There wasn’t anything truly awful walking the runway so the judges can justify not sending anyone home.

      • CozyCat

        Well, I thought Gunnar’s was definitely the weakest, so he was the right choice for last place.

        BUT:  if they were going to have a week when no one was eliminated, this was the one to do it.  There was nothing truly hideous, and even the designs that had problems (Alicia) had an idea that could be developed.

        • CarolinLA

          I thought it was really classy to keep everyone in the game especially because there were no disasters.  Good for them.

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

           Yeah, I thought that was pretty great. I agree everyone met the brief enough that no one deserved to go  home. It was obvious by the judges’ comments that they liked something about every garment. So, whatever their actual motivation was, they handled it well. Also, I liked the approach they took – 4 top, 2 bottom – and I wish they’d do that more often. There’s no reason it always has to be top 3/bottom 3.

          There had to have been a lot of construction issues with these clothes, but it seems the judges barely mentioned them. Some were pretty glaring too. The bodice on Elena’s dress was, from what I could see, a hot mess. Maybe it was just the darts that made it look funky; all I know is that the bust looked about three sizes too big for the model.

        • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

          i knew they wouldn’t send gunnar home- for one thing, heidi loved his dress (short, tight, sparkly) and we know she pulls more weight than the other judges.  and they’d have air time left over if they didn’t have gunnar running his mouth to fill it up.

          and speaking of gunnar, has anyone noticed that he DID NOT get the TLo memo on neck beards?  could someone look into that for me?

    • Judy_S

      I KNEW the minute she told Alicia that they were going to keep Gunnar too!

    • NDC_IPCentral

      Oh, The Duchess’s raspberry in the teaser for next week was CHOICE.

    • dress_up_doll

      Oh, awesome! Dmitry and Elena work together next week.

      • Lisa

        She’d better not cripple that team and get him eliminated!

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

          If she does, the giant base of Dmitry-lovers will mob her on the street.

          • siriuslover

            I know! I’m already getting angry about it!

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

        I think Korean revenge flics may be less bloody than next week’s episode. 

      • dharmabum8

        Lol, that dude Can. Not. Catch. A. Break.

    • Kimbolina

      Ok, I’m kind of glad that Gunnar isn’t going home. There’s no way his dress was worse than Alicia’s.  He needs to write a big ass thank you note to Kooan for leaving.

      • Meelah

        There was no reason for Alicia to be in before Gunnar.  Just the way she explained the dress to the judges was enough to get her kicked off.  How can Heidi say she’d wear the dress everyone raves at how well the dress was made but they want to imply that it was worthy of being last against a poorly made tennis dress from space??

        • Kimbolina

          True.  If there was going to be a legit auf, she definitely would have been the one to go home.

        • CozyCat

          I thought it was a toss-up for last.  Her dress was original, but didn’t quite work.  His was classically beautiful, but completely unoriginal. 

    • alula_auburn

      hee.  I’ve been watching with captions because my street and fans are noisy, and the preview for next week captioned MK’s “fluttering exhale.”

      Poor Dmitry, in advance.

      • ChristinaRi

        Hilarious!

      • Lisa

        *Sigh….* I know.  I’m already mentally exhausted on his behalf.

    • Jasmaree

      Begging for money for fabric? That’s a horrible idea. 

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

        Oh, man, I know. I’m with Dmitry, but I feel that way for everybody, not just him. What horrible things did these designers do in their past lives to be subjected to that? It’s gross and degrading. I had a minor sympathetic anxiety attack just watching the previews.

    • ThaliaMenninger

      I actually wondered if they might do that when they said there were no trainwrecks. Plus we lost extra people earlier so there was room. And, seriously, no way they were going to get rid of the Deathstar this early. There would be 90% less chitchat and bitchery.

      • muzan-e

        Not a chance that they could drop him, now that he’s taken on the task of cheerfully narrating every episode. Charismatic articulation of challenge parameters! Funny but thoughtful analysis of the evening’s personalities! The editing room has to be loving this guy. *g*

      • Lilithcat

        And, after all, they had a “3 teams of 3″ challenge planned, so they couldn’t kick anyone off.  Pity.

    • ChristinaRi

      omg, did I hear Elena call someone a bitch?    That’s the funniest thing yet.

    • lilibetp

      Day-um!  That was quite something really.

    • Joe J

      The producers must have just drawn names out of a bag to determine placing this week.  They knew they weren’t sending anyone home, so they figured who gives a shit?  It certainly would explain a lot.

      • siriuslover

        I agree. I like Melissa quite a bit, but her dress on top? I don’t see it. It was bunching and crooked, and I think I detected some side boobage problems on the left side, but we never got a good enough look. 

    • CarolinLA

      WTF???  They didn’t show the manufactured version of the winning dress.

    • StelledelMare

      I can’t see Christopher’s dress on anyone other than model type women. Definitely not versatile at all

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I know now why Christopher’s color combo didn’t impress me-he chose the same colors as the bathroom tile in my parents’ home, which was built in 1954-pale,pale pink and black were very in then.

        • NDC_IPCentral

          I had nearly the same color scheme in one of the bathrooms in my first apartment out here in the Evil East.  I’d forgotten all about that, since it was… oh, 30 years ago.  As I recollect, it was gray and that pink.  Boy, that was popular back in the 40s/50s.  Well, Christopher, you’re mid-century retro modern.

        • formerlyAnon

           I have (and treasure) a black wall clock with an elaborate (matte-painted metal) ivy tendril corona surrounding the clock face which hung on a pale pink wall in their kitchen throughout the 50s. It’s the only mid-century kitsch in my house and I love it.

      • CozyCat

        I think it’s going to look very matronly in anything larger than a size 8.

        That fringed silk thing he does must be really beautiful in person, because that dress didn’t look that special on the screen.

    • 3boysful

      OK , my pedestrian tastes, but I loved Gunnar’s dress.  Elena–WTF?  Comrade Fashion Snape shoulda won.  Hands down.

      My fav line was the Duchess saying something like “It can’t look like Guinevere” to a GUY wearing a rose coronette!

      • notdorothygale

        COMRADE FASHION SNAPE! Awesome!!

        • 3boysful

           Thanks, but just combining previous monikers.  :)

      • MilaXX

         It wasn’t anything wrong with it, but it’s been done to death and at a far lower price point.

        • 3boysful

           Oh, I know, but I’m probably the classic L&T person, and I’d have bought Gunnar’s, and definitely NOT Elena’s.

          Interesting they didn’t come down on anyone–say, Ven–for exceeding production costs.

          • PastryGoddess

            I also buy pretty regularly from L&T and I would also buy Gunnar’s dress.  Yes we have seen the lace dress before, I get that.  But! Gunnar managed to do it in a way that doesn’t look cheesy, doesn’t look matronly, and will work on women of all colors, ages, and shapes.  If that is not the Lord and Taylor woman, then who the hell is.

            I might also add that I am in my 20′s, single, and have no problem hooching it up when necessary.

            FYI Michael Kors goes on sale every 8 weeks or so at L&T at 70% off when the new stuff comes in

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

             They didn’t come down on exceeding costs for the same reason that this time there was no budget — people get really put out having to spend $300 on a dress that they just saw produced with $50 worth of material.  If I were in charge of L&T, I wouldn’t have allowed them to say anything about costs.

          • MilaXX

            There’s nothing wrong with the dress, it’s just not worthy of a price tag of $275 and Gunnar should have known that and not gotten into such a snit when the judges pointed out to him that the dress has been dine to death. For what it’s worth I didn’t like Ven or Elena’s either.

    • CarolinLA

      I hope Christopher tweets a pic of him and his dog pointing out his dress in the window to passersby.

      • ChristinaRi

        I like that idea!  :)

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

         Despite not liking Christopher’s dress, I got a kick out of him saying he’d never leave the sidewalk by Lord & Taylor; he’d just stand in front of the store pointing out his dress to everyone who comes by. I still think he’s absolutely adorable.

    • notdorothygale

      And I DO hope you two, TLo, are enjoying your wine with my favorite PR designer Jay. We expect a full report….puleeze!

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Yes, we Bitter Kittens want the lowdown on this evening!

    • http://twitter.com/Worldmage Danny Zawyrucha

      That does it. I’m done with the show. The judging was completely insane and the final decision about the auf was complete BS. I’m sick and tired of the utterly transparent producer tampering.

      Not to mention the fact that Michael Kors has been reduced to spouting random insults that make no sense. “Field hockey! Amish!” Yes, Grandma, whatever you say. Now take your metamucil and go change your Depends.

      • Meelah

        I like that the ending wasn’t actually what they first made you think it would be but the moment they announced who was last safe(before the actual twist) I about threw the nearest thing around me towards my television and swore that I’d never watch the show again.

        • http://twitter.com/Worldmage Danny Zawyrucha

          Yeah, both the winner (Dmitry, IMO) and the clear loser were safe, and to make it even worse the loser totally knew she was. Tonight’s “twist” has totally been done before and for people who actually deserved it. Gunnar may not have had the worst dress on the runway, but it was the worst of the bottom 3 and he should have been gone. At least then I wouldn’t have had to put up with his shrill, annoying voice and his insistence on fulfilling every negative gay stereotype in existence for another week in order to watch the show. Now I’m just going to stop watching the show. Problem solved.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RHLSUVX3NCPB4OSS5BM7GZIXUE P. Capet

      i did think christopher’s gown was beautiful and went well with the collection.  and i’m glad no one went home; there was nothing awful enough to be auffed.  and i am transferring my “dmitry for the win” prediction/hope for a future episode.

    • Joshua

      What a fabulous little joke! I really loved each and every one of the Lord & Taylor dresses from seasons 1-9, but I can’t help but think Christopher’s dress really highlights how completely irrelevant Project Runway has finally become. I hope L&T women like wearing shredded clothing. True, they had entire seasons to trawl to find an elegant dress and these designers got just one shot, but then they make Dmitry’s dress simply safe. I agree with the criticisms of Gunnar’s dress, but bottom? Seriously? And Elena on the top? SERIOUSLY? What a hot mess. I think I’m so angry just because I had been marginally enjoying this season, certainly more than the last two or so, and now it’s sunk to a new low. Oh well, give me some of that crack, judges.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I’d be curious about the breakdown of costs for manufacturing Christopher’s gown, with that detail work on the bodice.

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

          I want to see what the L&T version looks like, and if they changed anything. Women just love to go bra-less and have their boobs at the waist….very attractive, NOT.

          • Joshua

             It’s amazing how he managed to make that poor girl’s flat chest look so saggy, innit? I didn’t realize it was all the rage.

            • 3boysful

               And she was a model–imagine how a woman with actual boobs will look.

        • Joshua

          It’s ironic that a bodice that looks so sloppy would actually likely cost more to manufacture. However, it wouldn’t come close to how pricey it’d be to manufacture Ven’s blossoming bosom. I don’t really know enough about all the “manufacturing” costs to guess accurately, but I did notice they gave these designers the lowest price point of the lot. But compared to those other nine price points, Dmitry’s seemed like it fit the best while remaining quite stylish.

        • NCDFan

          I think that they sew the two fabrics together then cut between the seams. It could even be manufactured that way making it a more expensive fabric but reducing manufacturing costs for the dress. I’ve seen fabrics with that kind of layering in our local fabric emporium and it is not as expensive as you would think. Especially since he’s used it in the bodice only and that is a much smaller amount of fabric, I’m guessing less than a yard.

    • jeneria

      I just don’t know what to make of any of it.  The dress that clearly should have won was safe and the one that should have gone home was safe.

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

      We should send Dmitry some love on Twitter. This week he’s merely safe and next week the poor guy is teamed with Elena. Did he do something really bad in a past life? What other excuse can there be? Oh, yeah, producers. He’s @DmitrySholokhov if you’re feeling it.

      • Lisa

        I did, I immediately tweeted to him that he was robbed, and the dress was gorgeous, then I threw him another vote for fan favorite.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OQG2B3GDOIKSFYT6YDXFVOMEM4 A. Lure

      Dimtry’s dress! I want to own it. I want to wear it NOW.

      How could such an impeccably rendered dress not win? I could envision it in the preexisting collection. It fit beautifully, and the detailing was more than sufficient to generate design interest. I didn’t find the detailing so overly elaborate as to have the manufacturing cost skyrocket.

      I did not like Christopher’s one bit. That shredding he does? Well, it wasn’t all that flawless. And it’s affectedly dainty. It’s strange they deemed this dress suitable for many women. Really? I’ll speak for myself. I’m 5’3” and weight 107. I easily fit into a size zero, but I’d be sweeping the ground with a gown like that. You’d have to be 5’10” to wear it.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Dmitry’s dress was one that I could actually picture myself in-much more so than several others on that runway, Christopher’s among them.

        • BuffaloBarbara

           Yeah, that was very surprising.  What Michael used as a complement (“looks like a tee shirt and skirt combo”) is not what I’m looking for in elegant wear, and I’d think the special fabric treatment would put it way over the price point on top of it.  While Dmitry’s was, as usual, excellent… though I think they may be getting weary of sleeveless sheath dresses from him.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OQG2B3GDOIKSFYT6YDXFVOMEM4 A. Lure

            I agree with the above comments. There’s nothing fresh or sophisticated or evening-oriented about Christopher’s. It’s like… could-be-sporty-but-not-quite or top-works-as-day-wear-but-the-whole-thing-wants-to-be-a-gown-damn-it. It’s not an iconic dress.

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

            Point taken that the judges might be getting tired of Dmitry’s sleeveless sheath, but this was, or should have been, the perfect challenge for that style of dress. As beautifully made as it was, I just don’t get why it was passed over.

            The judges were cracked out and tripping. That’s the only explanation I can come up with.

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

          Loved Dmitry’s. Would love to have it for the fall. Just screamed about Christopher’s on Facebook, can’t do it again….awful…..

      • unbornfawn

        And how many women could wear that dress without a bra? 

    • PaulaBerman

      If Dmitry doesn’t win next week, I am going to cut a bitch.

      • Joshua

         Cut eight.

      • Lisa

        I mean, really now – enough is fucking enough.  He should have won several times over by now, and particularly last  night.

    • muzan-e

      Ukraine, you crazy, beautiful bitch! I’m so happy for you. So damn happy. 
      And so very delighted that her work was lauded over Ven’s gaping chest wound.

      • granddelusion

        Elena’s dress was a mess. Ugly, and really badly executed. Puckers and pulling seams everywhere.

        • muzan-e

          Oh, for sure. I mean – I’m not calling it a perfect dress, or even a great dress; I adored it from the waist up and if I never have to see another ‘puffed’ skirt formed from quasi-shiny fabric again I will be a happy, happy Kitten. 

          But it was something special to see her so completely overjoyed…   and Ven’s model gave the general impression of a fashionista who’d suffered a rupture wound to the chest. *g*

    • blondie65

      And did anyone see how subdued Ven was edited in this episode?  They knew, after last week, he’d be pretty much hated and the viewers would  be ready to pounce.  So….it was almost as if he wasn’t there.   Let us all get distracted with the cray-cray judging and forget about our righteous indignation of last week.  Typical reality show producer manipulation.  And based on the teams next week, it looks like the Comrade Snape/Insane in the Ukraine team will be in the bottom, so it will be yet another week that Venbot will quietly continue on….

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

      I never dreamed that I would be happy when Gunnar failed to go home.  I found it really nice how he was trying to help Elena pull it together, and last week he was great.  Dress sucked though.

      • BuffaloBarbara

        I was happy he was staying, too.  He’s starting to slip back into the personality from last year’s audition and tapes, when he got the Sweetcrackers name here.  And I think his dress was cute, in its way, just, as the judges pointed out, so very, very done.  I had a feeling as soon as Alicia was safe that this was where they’d make up the extra designer loss, because there was no way they’d send him home over something that was a little tired, but not bad.

        It was the fawning over Elena’s that confused me, but maybe they just figured she needed some positive reinforcement.  I thought the dress itself was fugly.

      • CozyCat

        Elena was pretty nice to Sonjie too–during Sonjie’s final meltdown Elena was actually pulling the model into the dress.

        I’ve come to conclusion that Elena isn’t nasty to people outside of group challenges.  I think she has really serious control issues and just goes bonkers when she is dependant on other people’s decisions.

        In other words:  next week is going to be a bloodbath.

    • guest2visits

      O poop. Like as if Alicia’s dress was wearable on any woman, anywhere, anytime. Sophisticated? Tasteful?  What was it…
      cocktail, evening, not even career day wear. And the fabric(s) she chose for her design was heinous. And that split. She was OUT.
      I was pulling for Sonjia, but I she should have been standing next to Alicia for bottom two; only because of that badly done peplum -
      it was too busy, and it should have remained the same shade as the dress. Gunnar made a perfectly cute dress that didn’t belong in
      the bottom.  And I do not understand for a second why Ven and Dimitry’s dresses were not top two. Both beautiful designs allowed 
      more wearability, the cutouts on Christopher’s and Elena’s were much less marketable.
      I think I can breathe now.    Elena’s anxiety was so infectious, that it infected Sanjia, and then Melissa, and then… well nothing
      tips Alicia’s zen much.  I however, found myself about 10 inches from the screen telling them to calm down… in full gut grip.
      Damn you PR.

    • http://twitter.com/SparklyCasanova UglyCasanova

      I am jealous … Jay!  Guys, get him to do a guest blog entry of the show … PLEASE!  

    • Vicki Davis

      Just tried to post from my iPad, but it wouldn’t let me. I think I know why Dmitry was only safe. I looked through the rest of the collection, and Korto’s dress is the same fabric and a similar silhouette. Even though his neckline was very different, they were probably considered too similar. As far as everything else, I’m baffled.

    • granddelusion

      “Channel your inner winner”! Bless you, Tim!

    • CarolinLA

      Did the Duchess insult L&T?  Sounded like it when he said that Gunnar’s dress was already in the store somewhere. 

      • CozyCat

        No he didn’t.  No one said Gunnar’s dress was bad (actually, the most critical was the L&T lady, who was a pretty good judge on the whole).  It was just another way of saying “we’ve seen this dress a thousand times before”  (which is true)

    • lill5

      I was just wondering, does anyone know if the name of the magazine was intended to be pronounced MARYClaire? Or is it a European thing to pronounce Marie, Mary? I’ve just always wondered.

      • Call me Bee

        I remember there was a discussion about this last year, but I don’t remember the outcome.  Sorry…

      • Cautiously Pessimistic

        I’ve only ever heard Heidi say it that way, so that’s my assumption in my answer: Syllable stress isn’t easy to pick up in English.  I remember hearing the current Pope say the word “catastrophe” with the same stress pattern as “catastrophic.”  A French friend of mine had a hard time grasping the concept of meter in English poetry because French has no lexical stress.

        It’s not really intuitive, so it’s not surprising that an ESL person, even a highly fluent person, would have weird quirks like that in pronunciation.

        • lill5

          Thanks! I didn’t know if the magazine was indeed MaryClaire and I just didn’t get it or if it was a Heidi thing or what.

    • granddelusion

      Fabio, WTF? Are you queen of the ren faire tonight?

    • granddelusion

      Boring. Black. Dresses. Except for the ones that are so ugly I want to stab my eye out.

    • granddelusion

      “Really clear high scores”! Ha ha ha ha ha! Heidi, you crack me up. Not as much as your short, tight, and shiny dress does, though. And Ven, could you be any more predictable?

      • Celandine1

        In Heidi’s defense, she did pointedly say she was wearing a pink disco ball or something similar. So she is not unaware. I think she is pretty honest about what dresses she would wear and will disagree with the other judges about their opinions during the critiques. Honestly I didn’t think there was anything too horrible tonight, except that peplum on Sonjia’s.

    • CarolinLA

      Hey sewers out there:  is it possible to learn the art of sewing in a year?  What about the ability to fit a garment?

      • Joshua

         If you have a knack for it, yes, but three would be better. You could spend an entire year just learning fit and still not get it.

      • Call me Bee

        I think yes–one can learn to sew in a year. That’s a skill that can be taught and learned.  Desgning clothing so that one can actually make it into a garment is something else.    To do that, and to fit it on the body, takes an almost inate talent.  You can learn the skill of identifying fabrics,  but the talent comes in knowing how the fabric will move and lay on the body topography and what fabric will be appropriatefor your design.  YOu can learn the geomtry of it all, but natural talent helps a lot. 
        JMHO. 

      • siriuslover

        Anya learned in a month ;)
        In all seriousness I’m not a sewer so cannot answer your question. I just couldn’t resist the Anya comment.

      • NCDFan

        You can learn to sew, but tailoring might take longer. I’ve been sewing for more than 40 years and I still have trouble tailoring some things. Oh My Goodness, I’ve been sewing for more than 40 years. I’m OLD.

    • granddelusion

      These judges are asshats. Both the on-screen ones and the off-screen puppet masters.

      • granddelusion

        And every judge who says “I would wear that dress!” should be made to do so. With great fanfare and publicity.

    • barbiefish

      Very hard for me to understand the judging tonight.  Irrespective of what they showed in this episode — and I thought two of the three were among tonight’s top entries — I’d like to see the three “safe” designers in the final three.  Admittedly I’ll feel better about that if Ven can produce another well-fitted garment without roses/draping, Dmitri makes some sleeves, and Sonjia just gets her fierceness back!

    • granddelusion

      Ahh, clearly, in fashion, one day youre in, and the next, you are NOT out. As pr proves once again. (Why does Heidi keep saying that?)

      • DeTrop

        Why indeed?  Is there a petition we can start to get her to change that phrase.  Ten seasons is long enough.

    • http://twitter.com/PhDKnitter marlie

      So I’m behind since I had to TiVo this episode. While I don’t necessarily agree with all of the judges’ high and low scores, I am utterly shocked at how ALL of the judges gave all of the designers CONSTRUCTIVE feedback. Dare I hope that they’re getting to the PR of old, where the pithy one-liners are a rarity, and not something the judges fall back on for a lack of anything better to say??

    • nannypoo

      Christopher’s dress was pretty enough but it didn’t have anything to do with the collection. Very odd choice. Alicia’s, on the other hand was ugly, unflattering and strange. She should absolutely have gone home. Elena’s also was ugly and seemed to be poorly fitted. And Ven’s dress made his model look like she had a third boob. I don’t understand why they don’t seem to like Dmitry’s work. His dress should have been the winner. 

      • CarolinLA

        I was surprised that pink was one of the fabric colors he had to choose from.  That’s not necessarily his fault that it wasn’t a match.  I think he should’ve chosen white as a top instead.  It would’ve been more striking.  

        • nannypoo

          I think it’s the fluffiness of his bodice more than the color that makes it not fit with the rest of the collection.

    • Vickiefantastico

      *Throwing everything I can get my hands on at the TV…

      This episode was absolutely ridiculous. Dmitri was, hands down, the clear winner. His dress was impeccable. Perfect color and construction. I don’t know what the producers have against the poor guy.

      Gunnar at the bottom? Seriously? His dress was adorable, and a total L&T look. Freegan at the top? What?!? Speaking of a dress I’ve seen a million times before. Elena’s S&M, poorly constructed, dress at the top? Oh yeah, I can TOTALLY see the every day woman wearing that. Agh!

      • Lisa

        Everything you just said!  Unbelievable!

    • Lilithcat

      Bummer.  I was so cheering when it looked like Gunnar was gone.  Big disappointment.

      I’d have given Fabio the win.  And I was actually rather taken with Alicia’s.

      • CozyCat

        I kind of like Alicia’s too.  I totally understood what she meant by referencing “vintage Chanel.”

      • Amy Ellinger

        I liked Alicia’s as well. I’m putting her as a very dark horse to make the top 5.  It wasn’t perfect, but it had potential. She busted out with the Chanel, didn’t think she would go that direction, but it was quite cool.

    • http://twitter.com/angelestrails Natasha

      I don’t normally get involved in twitter voting campaigns, but I was so upset Insane in the Ukraine (brilliant name btw) received a higher score than Dmitry, I tossed a few #teamdmitry votes in his directions. How does Elena have so many votes?! What were the judges thinking giving that tacky boob dividing dress a high score?? As for Chris’ top, how come Lord & Taylor’s production issues didn’t come into play? As a loyal fan since the first season, the drama and crack judging (or producer manipulation) is wearing on me.

      • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

        Good for you!  I’ve been throwing fan favorite votes Dmitry’s way like a fucking stalker!

    • Pupioso

      part of the real problem to me is the stupid one day format. For the life of me, we are ending up with terribly produced work in part because they want the “drama” of the one day deal. I don’t get it. A one day deal once in a while is okay, but this continued format of giving them one day to complete these designs ends up with bad production. 

      • Judy_S

         And breakdowns, don’t forget hysterical breakdowns and last-minute madness.

      • Stubenville

        It’s the cheapskate producers. Fewer days = lower production costs, hence higher profit$.

        • Lilithcat

          Actually, it has to do with the availability of the space at Parson’s.  They film there between sessions.

    • http://www.nahuli.blogspot.com cjcris23

      Christopher’s dress doesn’t seem to go with the collection — though I think Chris march’s also stands out like a sore thumb in color and style.
      Dmitry was the clear winner to me — I was shocked when he wasn’t in the top.

    • sleepycat

      the judges are smoking producer approved crack. TERRIBLE work on the judging panel this week! I have no clue how they are going to produce Chris’s dress. I thought they would pull a bert and have Fabio’s dress also represent. I just looked at L&T’s website and the dress isn’t his shredding so maybe that is why they gave the win to him.

    • unbornfawn

      The judging made absolutely no sense tonight. Unless they just wanted to mind f*** with the designers… and the audience.

      • Lisa

        I swear, that’s what it has to be.

      • StelledelMare

        They knew no one was actually going home so they were basically just all “hey let’s do whatever the hell we want”

    • CarolinLA
    • DonnaL

      The dresses are on sale already, at  http://www.lordandtaylor.com/eng/CMS/projectrunway.cfm

      I wonder which, if any, will sell out the fastest.

      Christopher’s is at http://www.lordandtaylor.com/eng/womensapparel-Blush_Black_Colorblock_Gown-lordandtaylor/242239; I still don’t like it much.

    • DonnaL

      The dresses are on sale already, including Christopher’s.  Which I still don’t like.

    • Jennifer McBride

      Anyone else feel like telling Heidi to click her boobs together and say “there’s no place like home?”

    • DeTrop

      Oh what a night!  The ladies going crazy and with the exception of Gunner and Chris the guys were quiet, cool and calm. What a relief not to have to hear Ven and his self-congratulatory remarks.
      Ven’s dress was u.g.l.y.  That over-worked rose has got to go. Chris’s gown won purely because it was a gown.  I wore that back in the 60′s. (Stop laughing NOW).  Very Holly Golightly, Jackie K.  The top looked terrible and he has to stop with the shredding.  Gunner’s dress was awful too. I couldn’t make heads or tails out of it. Too overwrought – much like me tonight.  Alicia is a one-way monkey. Kors nailed it – Field Hockey uniform.  What she doesn’t understand about these challenges would fill a book.  Loved Fabio’s and Melissa’s outfits. One of them should have won, imnsho.  Snape is always in the mix and I hope he wins at least one challenge.  Is there any use of us having color TVs?  The colors this season, or lack thereof, is depressing.  Missing Kooan and whatshername.  

    • Celandine1

       I was really pleased with the critiques tonight, however, I won’t hold my breath expecting a sudden turn around from the last three seasons. I really like this episode.

    • http://korilian.livejournal.com/ korilian

      I’m calling it right now. Nina is going win the judges round. And well deserved for once.

    • thalwen

      Ugh I can’t believe Chris won. That dress wasn’t mother of the bride, it was zombie 19th century relative of the bride. I really didn’t get Melissa’s either. The others were pretty much safe and unmemorable but that win? Whatever the judges are smoking or aren’t smoking, they really need to cut it out. 

    • SewingSiren

      I couldn’t watch the show last night, but here are my impressions of the dresses.

      1. Alicia – has potential. The fabric she used is too stiff for the design. In a more flowy fabric it could be a modern day flapper.
      2. Christopher- the front is very pretty and would be a very nice canvas for stunning jewelry. The back is a disaster . Extremely ugly and sloppy. That cut out back should be banned from the rest of the competition.
      3. Dmitry- Beautiful dress. But it is too similar to the dress that Korto already has in the collection. He should have done it in gold, red, green or blue.
      4. Elena. Too small for the model. The bust is too tight and the waist is too high. Did they switch models or something. I would like to see this dress on a smaller busted model. Not doing a sheath was smart, I think there was only one full skirted dress in the collection. But it’s too hard to tell what it would look like in the right size.
      5. Fabio- Beautiful dress. But to me it is too similar to the dress Melissa did in episode 1.
      6. Gunnar. One of the better made dresses. A different color would have made it stand out. Again since these dresses are going to be in the store for Holiday, I would suggest red , gold, green or blue, since the collection already had a lot of black and silver.
      7. Melissa, This would be my pick for the win. I agree that it is too small for the model, but you get the idea. She picked a good color and fabric to go with the collection , but not be exactly like the others. I could see some one wanting this one and Korto’s or Gordina’s for instance.
      8. Sonjia. I think the peplum being a different fabric hurts the dress. Other than that it’s fine.
      9. Ven- I think it’s a pretty dress, but like Sonjia’s I don’t like the two tone. If he had done it in a metalic rose color, it would have been beautiful (and stand out from the crowd too).

    • http://twitter.com/otterbird otterbird

      I notice the dress doesn’t include the shredding detail of which Christopher is so proud.

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

      I guess it looks better properly finished..no, still don’t like it.

      • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

        God, it’s just so dull and basic!  And I say this as someone who likes Christopher’s designs well enough.  NOT good!

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

      As if I needed another reason to swoon over Dmitry, every time I see someone use the phrase “one way monkey” my day improves just a tad. It never fails to make me smile. Rock on, Dmitry, if you win, I’ll be delighted for you. If you don’t, perhaps you’d like to donate your time designing a wardrobe for this short, plump, getting-older-every-day bitch. 

      • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

        From your lips to god’s ears, honey!  I’m 100% in favor of this post!

    • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

      Hi!  Allow me to keep bitching about last night, hmmm?  It’s something I’m good at.  

      Because, I mean, what the hell does Dmitry have to do to win a challenge?  Murder the other eight designers?  There he’ll be, standing up on the runway all alone, splattered in gore.  As he graciously thanks the judges, a teensy bit of Fabio falls off of the front of his shirt…

    • Amy Ennis

      Are we voting for fan favorite through the use of the Twitter Hashtag? I am so far behind on this. I will start immediately sending the love to #teamdmitry  

      • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

        I’m really bad at how that works.  I’ve been voting through the Lifetime website, which then takes you to the Twitter hashtag.  But if I go directly to the hashtag on Twitter itself, I”m not sure if I’m doing it right.

        Okay – I just went over to Twitter itself instead of Lifetime, and went his Twitter feed.  His latest tweet is “Thanks for voting for me, guys”, with a link after that.  Click on the link, and it takes you to the Lifetime site, where you can vote for him – which then sends your vote in the form of a tweet.  Annnnd, my head is spinning, LOL!