Project Runway: Christopher’s Collection

Posted on October 19, 2012

We had all kinds of harrumphing planned for this one, but we’re feeling mellow so we’ll just say this: some people just don’t come off well when they’re under pressure and on camera. Miss Palu here had quite the little hissy fit and melt down, but in the end, we couldn’t do more than feel a little bad for him. Sorry your pissy bitchfit was captured on camera, kid. Better luck next time. As for your collection, it was, to be honest, kind of shockingly bad. All over the place in terms of tone and theme, and in some instances, amazingly poorly rendered. His last minute freakout and inability to edit just fucked him up completely. We’re not sure there was a core concept somewhere hidden in there that could have won it for him, though. We were pretty shocked at the time, because he gave every indication that he was better than this. Classic choke.

Kors overpraised this look. And can we just say? That judging session was just plain weirdly edited. They fell all over the designers praising their work, and then waited for them to leave the runway before trashing it.

Anyway, this isn’t quite awful, in the sense that it’s not boring or hideous, but the slit’s too high, the bleached leather effect is not nearly as enrapturing as Tim made it out to be, and the top is overworked.

 

This all looks very basic, except the jacket looks cheap and the slit in the skirt is too high.

 

The jacket looked like some weird craft project. At the very least, it was too conceptual to go with the rest of the collection. Every single other garment in this picture is an embarrassment.

 

We couldn’t stop saying it over and over and over again. “Basic shorts and cami. On the runway. For a design competition.” You get ten looks. If this is one of them, then you clearly don’t have any idea of what you want to do.

 

It’s not a bad coat, but it sure doesn’t look like a deliberate design choice to make it too small to close. He seemed to have gotten it in his head that all his models were going to be size zero or something. Either way, the coat doesn’t seem to go with the rest of the collection and it looks like a desperate attempt to cover something up.

 

Big ol’ nothing.

 

We rolled our eyes originally, when he talked about his mother’s x-rays, but we agreed with the judges that it was the only interesting part of the collection. Instead of overworking the shit out of a range of garments with no through-line, he should have done more with flowy prints of his own design.

 

Completely out of left field.

And that jacket is way overworked – and looked it, in person.

 

Big ol’ nothing.

 

Another one straight out of left field. Another one with fairly shocking execution issues, given his competition work.

It was a classic Daniel Vosovic kind of moment. A young, talented designer, who let the praise he got during the competition turn his head a bit, winds up wandering off the reservation, losing focus and losing sight of his own strengths.

 

 

 

[Photo Credit: Getty]

    • piecesofconfetti

      His mother’s X-rays? What kind of X-rays?  (I didn’t watch)

      What a depressing collection, with terrible styling.

      • Kristin McNamara

        X-ray of her spine.
        And in his 7th look, the metal (white) parts from the X-ray that run across her chest look like the head of a guitar… After seeing that, I couldn’t get myself to keep liking the print as much as I had originally. Which was a bummer, because I’d originally thought it was a pretty damn cool idea for a print!

      • http://twitter.com/PhDKnitter marlie

         He struggled mightily with the styling in the episode, and it’s evident here. He had no idea what he wanted.

    • mjude

      sigh. now that i have seen them all again & think about days gone by….sigh

    • http://twitter.com/MajorBedhead MajorBedhead

      Is it just me or do all the models have inner eyebrow/eyelid thingys that sort of go down on either side of their noses? Or am I just hallucinating due to lack of sleep?

      This collection did nothing for me. I had hopes for his final dress when I saw it on the dressmaker’s form, but it was a trainwreck when it hit the runway. Horrible.

      • http://twitter.com/jennsaysmeow Fifi LaRoux

         I agree. I was really rooting for the last dress, and then he was ripping and tearing things off it at the last second, and I knew it was all over for him.

        Despite all his whining and complaining, I think he does have something to offer as a designer. Maybe he just needs to spend some time at a design house where he has someone to help him edit and step back from himself.

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

           He had to tear off the bottom tier at the last minute because the model’s heel got caught and mangled it.  He was not doing it by choice.

          • Snailstsichr

             I thought it was still too long – unless you are Morticia Adams.

        • Glammie

          The dress was over before that–the colors didn’t match up in the back.  Inexcusable.  What a mess.

      • kimmeister

        It’s just me, they did some crazy dark makeup at the inner brow bone.

    • Joe J

      The use of his mother’s X-rays just felt like a cheap way to get sympathy points, to me.  So if nothing else, the kid knows how to play the reality TV game, methinks.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PRM766RS56X25A5742XLACK2LM Sam

         That’s exactly how I saw it too. It was a watered down version of last season’s sob story where EVERYONE had a relative who died. I bet he was seething how nobody ever really cared to bring any attention to it despite his best effort.

        “Oh, this scarf? It’s MY MOTHER’S X-RAY!!!!!!”

      • BrooklynBomber

        I thought that at first when during the home visit he said “My mother’s xray. But then he said it was for something that sounded not very serious).  He didn’t say, “an xray from my mother, may she rest in peace,” or “my mother’s xray, taken just before [sob, choke] she was diagnosed with [fill in horrible condition].”

        I do think we’ll have to figure out a way to work My Mother’s X-Ray into future commentary, though.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I think My Mother’s X-ray can be added to the list or keywords for our drinking game.

          • BrooklynBomber

            Excellent.

      • drdarke

         That story about his Mother’s X-Ray just pissed me off, @johnsonj78:disqus – I was like, Who Cares? It’s just a cheap bid for sympathy – and in those sweepstakes, I liked Gunnar’s a bit better this season, even if his design didn’t work out for him.

    • http://twitter.com/SuzanneCitere SuzanneCitere

      And NO ONE does a layered ombre like Siriano so just… no! What a big ole’ nothin last night was.

    • UsedtobeEP

      I really thought he was being given the winner’s edit—the “I am falling apart but give me a few hundred dollars and a trip to Mood and I will pull it out of my ass” edit, like Anya. I liked the print a lot, actually, despite where it came from. But wow, he had a hard time there at the end. 

      • EditKitten

        So with you on that — it wasn’t until the judging that I thought perhaps he wasn’t going to win. His edit was insane.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pamela-Diaz/1127090694 Pamela Diaz

      The  gown had serious problems in the back, the fabric was terribly matched.

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

         It was the thing I noticed above all others about that gown.  It was not far enough off to look intentional, and not close enough to matching to get a pass.

        • Stubenville

          Bingo, Kiltdntiltd; either get a really good pattern match or be far enough off that it looks intentional. That’s actually color advice I got from an old pro interior designer, a number of years ago. 

          • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

            I just can’t wrap my head around how he could get it Soooooo wrong, given that he had weeks of time.  And the length issue. How come he didn’t notice that when he tried the dress on his model at fitting time?

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Christopher certainly does seem to have had a major meltdown/crise de nerfs at the worst possible time. 

              Ah well-the lad has time to grow and hopefully mature with some perspective and a bit more humility.

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

           Oh it was so very irritating.  And of all places to have it go askew, he chose the ass — something sure to be checked out!  And the fit through the ass was just all kinds of wrong anyway.

      • Sweetpea176

        And it just didn’t move well.  It looked like she was having trouble walking in it — don’t know how that could be possible, with that trumpet shape, so something funky was going on with the construction.

    • jilly_d

      “pissy bitchfit”.  that is all.

    • http://twitter.com/tangodiva Tanya Wade

      And this is why I don’t watch anymore. But I do appreciate you guys breaking it down for us, and taking “one for the team,” as it were. I’ve been thinking a lot about Seth Aaron lately. Ah, the salad days.

      • http://twitter.com/MajorBedhead MajorBedhead

        Seth Aaron, Jay McCarrol (oh, how I miss him!), Austin Scarlett, Laura Bennett. Anyone from the first few seasons. They could design the shit out of clothing. These last few seasons, I feel like *I* could make better clothing than some of them and I have a tough time sewing on a button.

        • BrooklynBomber

          Plus, I thought Christopher’s final gown might have been influenced by Jay’s gown. Christopher’s no dummy, and  it wouldn’t surprise me if he studied previous winning entries.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            That wouldn’t surprise me, either. Up until the finale Christopher had shown himself to be rather astute in sussing out what would appeal to the judges.

      • DeTrop

        Seth Aaron was in the audience.  He looked weird to me.  He was so hot looking during his season.  Maybe it was the lighting???  

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

           The hair was awful.

    • voter1

      Kind of glad this season is over.  Not good. 

      On the flip side, the article about you two in the Philadelphia Inquirer was excellent.  Would love to meet you guys.  

    • dschubba

      The jacket in the third look seems like Christopher’s take on Dmitry’s HP print jacket.

      And why did he have to make that poor 2nd girl look like Loki?

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

      Haaated that frickin’ x-ray print. It looked like dirt.

      • Snailstsichr

         I just thought it was ugly. And a little creepy (this coming from someone who loves Halloween).

    • MilaXX

       I think the show effed him over. They over praised so so work until he thought he was the golden boy. When he brought that weak collection before the judges he was completely floored that they didn’t love his stuff and never truly recovered. I just can’t shake the feeling that they intentionally gave him the Anya edit and then threw him under the bus in order to somehow fake out or prove to viewers that they still reward talented winners. I’m not saying Fabio and Dmitry aren’t talented enough to need this kind of edit, just that this is what the show has become.

      • 3boysful

         I suspect you’re right.  You almost feel a little sorry for him; he had so many wins, he probably thought it was his to lose.  Which he did in a spectacular way.

        Shorts and a cami–really?

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

         Right on.

      • flamingjune

        I agree about the overpraising and the never recovering, but I don’t think the show effed him over–I think he effed himself over.  I think a collection of his entries from the challenges might have been better than what he presented here, and that’s really saying something.

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

          It’s not the first time that a designer with some possibilities went the rails at the finale. Chris March was an infinitely better designer, but he sent an entire WTF collecrtion down the runway- stroking in an “Oh My God!” way.  It provoked one of Tim Gunn’s best reactions: http://cache.jezebel.com/assets/images/39/2008/02/medium_prmonkeyhouse_jezebel.flv.jpg

      • Kimbolina

        I agree.  Costello-lite indeed.

      • Glammie

        I think there’s some truth to that, but I also think he did have a less-talented case of the Daniel Vosovics.  He’s really young and was really good at following the parameters of the challenges, so he got a high number of wins under his belt.  But there was never a strong aesthetic to back it up.  He and Fabio (who I do think should have won) were kind of on extra ends of the spectrum.  For Fabio, the trick was bring his creativity in line with the challenges.

        It was clear that Christopher couldn’t believe he was going down in flames the way he was.  Man, he was bitchy.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Michael Knight was another young designer who often did very well within the parameters of the challenges during his season, but he went off the rails with his shiny urban safari collection.  i suppose that kind of letdown reflects to some extent the youth of the designers and the fact that they have not yet fully developed or found their POV.

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

             They also haven’t worked as much (if at all) in the industry, which means they haven’t learned how to put a collection together well yet.  Speaking as one who is trying to put some together, it is very difficult to really build a cohesiveness without being repetitive or boring.  I think it would be much easier if you had worked for several years with other designers.

          • http://twitter.com/omg_dora Dora K.

             I remember thinking that Michael had some issues with presenting himself as a clothing designer. When he just sat down and made clothes, he made some great, thoughtful, practical stuff, as in the “real women” challenge. He was also an extremely nice, laid back guy. But when he had to do stuff like define himself in three words — or build a collection that represents his POV — he went all “I like women women are sexy here are some women’s asses I AM A HETEROSEXUAL MACHO MAN” and sounded kind of douchey and made tacky clothes. It just looked like he had issues with being a straight guy in this profession, and if I’m right, I hope watching the show helped him figure out that the “all ass all the time” attitude didn’t work for him and wasn’t necessary.

            So to me, that’s very different from a guy like Christopher who’s just not good at designing or making clothes, and survived on the show by accident and/or thanks to providing soundbites, and failed at making a collection due to simple incompetence.

    • http://twitter.com/k8twolf Katie Wolf

      The back of that gown took the cake for “poor execution”! Which is saying something, considering the front. (Fully aware this is mean and I am sorry, and I don’t like to do this on a Friday but the back seam, how the colors met, was that bad IMO)

      • EditKitten

        When she turned, I just went “Damn!” It was bad.

    • granddelusion

      The blue coat was the only thing I sort of liked, and that only because of the color. Black clothes are so hard to SEE, why do they all insist on all black? anyway, a real yawner, but I’m sorry I missed the hissy fit.

    • Scott Hester-Johnson

      Christopher’s inspiration? Angelina Jolie’s leg. Seriously, when that first one came out I was all “Holy shit, it’s the Jolie leg!”

      • Stubenville

        Not the leg lamp from A Christmas Story?  =)

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      If he had, A: stuck with what Nina said more than once and made pretty clothes, and B: stayed true to that kernel of inspiration involving the xray, he really could have something.  My hope for him, is that he manages to drop the whining, and petulance, (Thanks Tim!) and learns more focus.  His skills are mostly in place, but he needs time and practice to hone it all to a sharper edge. 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PRM766RS56X25A5742XLACK2LM Sam

         He could have used X-rays in general for his collection, and that could have been fabulous. By using one specific x-ray for his entire collection he kind of painted himself into a corner.

        • Stubenville

          Did it bother you that the image wasn’t the usual blue-gray X-ray color tones? It bugged me a little.

    • Stubenville

      His comment last night to Tim “But I only have a day to make my wow looks” caused painful eye rolls chez moi.  No, Ms. Whiny pants, you had FIVE WEEKS to make your wow looks.

      And yea, his collection is random crap, badly made. But we should praise God that his mom didn’t have pictures of a colonoscopy.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        We are indeed thankful that no colonoscopies were involved in the making of this collection…

    • YoungSally

      “Classic Choke”  — as compared to “new Choke”?  

      Another thing I will probably hate myself for:

      “The Slit is too high”  — not for parts of Long Island.

      • Stubenville

        Or most of the Real Housewives and their wannabees for that matter.

      • 3boysful

         Classic Choke v. New Choke–I am losing it!  Thanks for the giggles.

      • BrooklynBomber

        “Classic Choke”  — as compared to “new Choke”?  
        Points for Young Sally! 

        • pippitypup

           The way the models all looked, he was giving them Diet Choke.

    • Pinup Ghoul

      I like the sleekness of the blue coat. The rest of the collection comes across as really, really young to me. Something a high school-aged goth girl would want to wear. It’s not a bad look, but I certainly don’t think it’s ‘runway-ready’.

      I love the purple printed pants with the white turtleneck and the blue short jacket. If I were tall and thin, I’d wear that in a second. It’s gorgeous and such an amazing fall and winter look! I love his use of rich, cool tones, it’s a shame he didn’t use more of them in this collection.

      He’s certainly got something there, but I’d love to see him move past the ultra-young hot pants and tank dresses. The black and blush look he made for the Lord and Taylor challenge was so pretty and so dainty and fresh. This collection, with a couple of notable exceptions, came across as cheap and ‘junior’, as they say.

    • Stefanos Mantyla

      Did it all pass me by without me seeing it? His talents and strengths? The whole thing looked very much as I expected from him, to be honest. Routinely flawed and colour-adverse. And yet in spite of this, I am surprised that he came in 4th as I thought he deserved. I was thinking either 3rd place or 1st for him.

    • http://twitter.com/angelestrails Natasha

      I can’t muster up compassion for this one. That level of obnoxiousness is intolerable. I do agree that his youth (and sense of entitlement) hurt him badly last night. A young guy with talent who needs time to mature (emotionally) and as a designer… Blah. 

    • http://twitter.com/Chucko78 Chuck Barthelme

      I think he out-Costello’d Mike Costello in that last episode. By the time we saw the whole collection I didn’t even care. Not only a creative and execution choke, but he blew whatever likeability he had left with all that whinny “the whole world is against me” bs. 

      • MoHub

        I think we need to retire the “Costello lite” moniker; it’s an insult to Michael. Christopher’s sense of entitlement is all his own.

        • http://twitter.com/Chucko78 Chuck Barthelme

          HA! Absolutely.

        • fashionablylate

          I thought it was more that he kind of looks like him. The first time I saw him I immediately thought Michael Costello! Then when Christopher started acting similar to him it just solidified the moniker.

    • jonnyf8

      Xray print.  LOL — it looked like bad tie-dye to me.  And I hated his bitchy little “if Fabio doesn’t win . . .” and then “I demand a recount”.  After a couple of seasons we won’t even remember who this guy was.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Christopher, there were not hanging chads last night…just some badly mauled clothes and hanging threads.

      • minnye

        A couple of seasons from now, he will probably resurface on All Stars and irritate us all over again.

        • jonnyf8

          Well I thought about him on all-stars and I just don’t see it happening.  He’s not entertaining enough and his story is certainly not compelling.  I think they’d go with Gunnar again before they’d go for Christopher.  He was way more fun.

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

             Oh, I don’t know — did anyone find Suede interesting?  He wasn’t even all that hateable. 

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              I didn’t find Suede that interesting during his season on PR, except for the drag queen challenge, and then the interest grew out of Hedda Lettuce’s reaction to Suede’s inability or refusal to take her concerns as his client into consideration.

            • jonnyf8

              Hahahaha.  I have a friend who stopped when they had that rigged edition and gave Daniel Vociwhatzit that fake all-star thing over Korto BUT for some reason she still talks about Suede from the prior season.  He also seems to have a following among home sewers because he managed to land some sort of contract with one of the pattern companies.  That and his overall pretentiousness, seems too keep him from going away.  I sure feeel done with him though!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3KCDEX4FOTCFHZP6WLKSOOKUVM Danielle

      I liked Christopher at the beginning of the season, but as it went on I couldn’t stand him.  However, that little, bitchy quib about Melissa going on about the “blood orange” that he had last night was pretty delicious.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=603005248 Jeff Warhurst

      As soon as someone says “I deserve to win”, I immediately hope they lose.

      • tired_mommy

        Ditto.

    • tired_mommy

      I think Christopher over-thought what he needed to do for a runway collection. I have a feeling he felt he needed to show something really different than what he’d already shown with tons of pieces.  I can’t remember any designer who veered too far from their normal asthetic doing well in the finale. And the time constraints for this one just were not conducive to having to mix and match too many separates. Part of the reason for Christopher’s success during the season was his ability to pick the right garmet to design for the challenge. I would think with such tight time constraints, it would be easier to have more dresses/fewer items to coordinate/fit/keep organized, etc.     

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

      Yeah, I think Chris’s biggest problem is that he’s 24.  I understand that he’s anxious to get on with his career in his chosen field, but he isn’t mature enough to handle the stress and successfully edit/critique himself.

    • Srw27

      BORING.  And he needed a Xanax…

    • tired_mommy

      It was sad watching him impode, but he deserved his 4th place auf.

    • Kate4queen

      What happened? I thought it would be a collection of flowery frocks. I wonder whether at heart he is better when given a specific design challenge, (which was why he won so many) rather than finding his muse within himself.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      He was really getting on my nerves last night.  All that incessant whining and running around like a chicken with his head off!  And the end result certainly was not worth all of his drama.

    • Qitkat

      Christopher came across as so immature, petty, unself-aware and ‘playing to the camera’ frantic last night, that I’m sure Lifetime thought we would all be rooting for him, and sympathizing, and hoping he would pull it off, but they obviously don’t know their Bitter Kittens, because I think most of us wanted to put a boot up his ass.

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

      It’s poorly executed and mediocre to the last degree. There’s nothing inventive about any of these pieces. The gown’s atrocious. It’s old-looking and badly shredded. The gradation was not a bad idea, but he clearly did not commit to the gown. While the coat is not  atrocious, it’s not good either. There’s a big-ass pucker and an asymmetrical slit-thing on the one side of the opening of the coat. None of these things appear even remotely deliberate (and the belt is not helping matters). I’m not surprised his coat does not close because I recall a cropped leather jacket he made for the “woman on the go” challenge– a jacket so small even a size 0 model could not close. The judges, of course, creamed over it. Nina called it “Editorial” (well, she’s not the brightest). The opening look may be not be boring, but I find it quite unbalanced. The slit’s too high, and the piping looks like a tit-torture device on the nipples. The black jacket with the exaggerated back collar is not badly tailored, although it looks annoying to wear. The print’s OK, if a bit literal-minded. I don’t think he utilized it well. Compare his use of the self-fashioned print to that of Viktor’s from the previous season. While Viktor meticulously configured the print in various clothing articles from pants to blouses to dresses, Chris simply draped a blouse or a dress in it in the most uninspired and clunky manner.

    • ChristinaRi

      Yes, I thought of Daniel Vosovic when Christopher moaned about having had 4 wins and still the judges gave him grief.   

      I’m not a Chris hater.   I like him, and I felt sorry for him totally freaking out.   I have to remind myself how very young he is.  I attribute  his meltdown as a lack of maturity as a person and a designer.  I think he’ll get better over time.

    • Lattis

      I think it was Gotham Tomato who said a long time ago that there were so many great coats made by Project Runway contestants that they should market the coats . . . . . Damn. Those were the days.

      That coat of Christopher’s is (arguably) the best thing in his collection and I cry to think of it compared to the coat Jillian made.

    • SF_Gal

      Can we say that shorts on the runway for the finale is no longer acceptable?  Please?

      • Jasmaree

        What’s wrong with shorts? 

        • SF_Gal

           Nothing, per se.
          There were way too many of them on a finale runway,in my opinion.  They are a cop out on a design competition, or even a sewing competition.

      • BrooklynBomber

        Yes, please, please, puh-leeeze!!

    • Anathema_Device

      I liked the jackets, coats, and vests more than you did, but then again, I didn’t see them in person. Overall, though, this was not an impressive collection at all. I was surprised at Christopher’s choke. He reminded me of Michael Knight in that both designers did well within the parameters of the show’s challenges, but when left to their own devices, the “taste issue” looms large.

      I felt bad for him last night. I didn’t feel that he was playing to the cameras or that he was being mean to the other designers. I think he realized that he fucked up and dug his hole deeper rather than rallying and making some fixes. He panicked rather than made it work.

    • Susan Collier

      Ugh. While I guess the X-ray is some kind of starting point, he just reproduced it. He had nothing to add. Which, for me, prettymuch sums up Christopher’s output this entire season.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Samuel-Hawk/522821430 Samuel Hawk

      The X-ray print was ugly and strange.  The blue coat totally clashed with it.  The “distressed” leather looked like somebody spilled Clorox on it, didn’t have money to buy any more, and hoped nobody would notice.  His boyfriend was cute, though. 

      • demidaemon

        That’s pretty much exactly what he did!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1476648069 Scott Cooper

      Whenever there is a shockingly bad final show, I’m always tempted to believe that the designer decided to pocket the budget instead of going for the win.  That’s totally what this looks like.

    • StellaZafella

      I’ll take Chris March’s Gatsby costumes done with human hair extensions as the fringe over wearing blow-ups of someone’s back surgery…anyday.

      Chris’s was an off beat, darkly humorous use of an, albeit, extremely unusual existing form – human hair wigs as fashion.

      This, for me, is just plain creepy…and dour, to boot.

    • StellaZafella

      I meant to reply to Scott Cooper, (thanks Disqus): I think they have to show their receipts and return unused funds. I seem to recall this happening once before when someone’s collection clearly did not cost anywhere near the allowance. I think you get leeway for personal expenses but you don’t get to “bank the balance”.

      • Lisa_Cop

        If I remember correctly the opposite happened with Jeffrey Sebelia. The other finalists accused him of sending his garments out to be professionally manufactured (an expendive proposition). He had to show receipts to prove he didn’t overspend.

    • BrooklynBomber

      TLo, did the bleached leather show up from the runway? On tv (and here) it’s barely visible, and yet Tim and at least one of the judges praised it. Could you see it from the audience?

    • SewingSiren

      Basics. And not well done. Too many pieces that appear to be unfinished. Coats without buttons belted shut to hid what’s under. Tut tut.

    • siriuslover

      Christopher didn’t bother me nearly as much as he bothered others over the course of the season, but last night’s episode was just too much. He was a bitchy little baby the whole time. He couldn’t even smile and be happy that all four of them got through, then his catty comment about Dmitry when he and Melissa were out was just too much to bear. Grow up a little, Christopher. I rooted for you at the beginning and defended some of your behavior (like to poor Gunther). Your designs were undeveloped, and rather than try to strengthen them you wasted your time trying to create more looks at the last minute. And then pouting to Tim when he calls you out on it–you looked like a 7-year old who was caught doing something naughty.

      And speaking of last-minute creations, I have to say I REALLY enjoyed the editing of the workroom last night with Melissa and Christopher freaking out and Dmitry and Fabio just calmly going about their business. I think it spoke volumes about the collections as well.

      • Lisa_Cop

        In last weeks extended version of Tim’s advice, Tim overpraised the garments and told Christopher he wanted him to win. He and Melissa were being set up for the win all season and Christopher was clearly shocked he wasn’t going to win (even with those half-assed looks). I consider it a victory that the 2 dark horse contestants were the final 2!

        • siriuslover

          I agree Lisa_Cop. I remember when Fabio was paired with the then can-do-no-wrong Venn and Venn took credit for everything and bashed Fabio’s skills as a designer. Right then I hoped Fabio would go all the way to Fashion Week (though my fave was always Dmitry).
          I will have to watch the extended version. I can’t imagine Tim would show favoritism. Hopefully he meant it in a “buck up pal, get your act in gear” kind of way.

    • Sammis

      You know, up until this season, my least favorite final collection ever was Chloe Dao’s. At that time, I thought it looked like a bunch of mother of the bride dresses.  I just went back and looked at them again.  They look pretty damn good now. 

      • jonnyf8

        Wow they really do look great!

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I always did like Chloe Dao’s final collection.  I know it wasn’t to some peoples’ taste, but she had a clear idea of what she intended to do, and presented a cohesive collection, and she had a great model in Grace.

    • http://dentsdelait.tumblr.com/ Nancy Marion

      All of those pants were cameltoe-tastic. Awful. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/J2VE4NE2FY2BP4QD2XOYKJGLPI Laura

      The second to last dress is the only thing I like in this entire collection. I did not understand the praise at ALL. 

    • Susan Crawford

      You know what I think happened to Christopher? He was left pretty much on his own for a few weeks to create the collection. Had one short visit from St. Tim of Gunn. And he just couldn’t work without a net.

      Of all the designers this season, he was the one who seemed to have his antennae firmly turned in the direction of the judges, and of Tim. He was the one who tweaked things so they “matched” the feedback he got. He was the one who was always eavesdropping on Tim’s workroom critiques of the other designers. And then he was on his own to create a “WOW Factor” collection, and it was a huge fail for him.

      While it was nice to see a print, his X-ray design was pretty strange – it made a good back-story (“My poor mother’s reconstructed back . . . “) and it was obvious he was going for the heart-tugging sympathy support. I did like the colors, but on the whole, nothing he made looked in any way original.

      Worse than that, many pieces were really badly tailored. That leather and wool skirt that the judges gave so much love to? WTF? It looked completely out of proportion, poorly finished, and – frankly – unwearable.

      And WHY would you send down not one, but TWO short looks, neither of which is anything special. His jackets were cheap looking, although I did like the longer coat. The shutter-pleated blue jacket was way out in Mother-of-the-Bride-Land. Nothing wrong with MOB-wear, but this looked very matronly and too fussy.

      I found his continual whining and obsessing over himself last night to be completely off-putting. What a passive aggressive little boy he is. Not without talent, but in need of a whole truckload of Life Lessons to help him figure out how grown-ups act.

    • jmorino08

      I can’t get past the eye makeup and pancake on those poor girls’ faces to even pay attention to the clothes!

      • DeTrop

        Both Chris and Dmitri were badly served by the hair and makeup stylists.  If you do not have a clear and strong point of view, the stylists go their own way.  Reminds me of many hair cuts and hairdos I’ve had over the years.

    • sashaychante

      This collection was just a big BOREfest. How did they manage to make MODELS look so unattractive with PROFESSIONALLY done hair and makeup?

    • TSkot

      Overrated all season, and here’s the proof.

      • Truly_Outrageous

        I agree with you 10,000,000%

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jay-Burken/1183500214 Jay Burken

        I think Michael Kors saw himself in Christopher and took him all the way cuz of it.  He had some nice stuff during the season, but that collection was just AWFUL.  He won a couple times he probably shouldn’t have.

    • Zippypie

      He choked and instead of taking responsibility for it, he played the bitch.  Everyone is saying how “young” he is.  Yeah, he’s young but he’s not THAT young.  Immature, yes.  It’s a shame because he has talent and now the last thing that is stuck in anyone’s brain is how catty and nasty he was backstage at the judging.

    • http://www.facebook.com/linda.b.noble.92 Linda Brinkley Noble

      Well, he did show 2 nice blue jackets (w/ no closures), & alot of pants, but the rest…

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jay-Burken/1183500214 Jay Burken

        I also liked the blue jackets.  I liked the purple pants with the 2nd one too.  But the rest of it sucked.  A lot of the outfits made his models look fat, so who knows what they’d look like on regular women.

    • Jen Thies

      I gotta say that I really liked his print. I think he might have had two of them from two different X-rays from his mom’s car accident. But I was hoping he’d do something cool with them like he had done with other prints during the competition. Maybe it just works better for me with Halloween coming up instead of thinking of it as spring. But the whining last night had me at my last nerve. almost as annoying as the fake babies.

    • kimmeister

      Aha, they must have blurred out the nipples in the first look for television.  I kept staring at it trying to figure out if it was sheer or not, since they jiggled enough for it to be sheer, and yet there was no nipplage.  Now I know why.  (Duh)

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jay-Burken/1183500214 Jay Burken

        Oh wow.  I didn’t even realize the nips were there.  That makes the look even worse with the seams leading straight to the nips.  It looks like two popsicles on her shirt.  Put a nude layer underneath for christ’s sake.

    • Jen Thies

      Oh, and I was sure the cray-cray make-up was some sort of L’Oreal gone wild, and wondered if it was part of a final challenge until we had Gunnar and Elena auf’ed.

    • Lilithcat

      Could not believe it when he said “I won four challenges, and the judges act like they’re doing me a favor moving me forward.”  Of course they’re doing you a favor, you jackass.  You should kiss their feet.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jay-Burken/1183500214 Jay Burken

        Right?!!?!  And to be honest, after that runway show they were probably like “we should’ve never let him show that” haha.  They did it because he was a favorite all season, but he sure had a horrible collection.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      TLo said: “It was a classic Daniel Vosovic kind of moment. A young, talented designer, who let the praise he got during the competition turn his head a bit, winds up wandering off the reservation, losing focus and losing sight of his own strengths.”

      That sums Christopher up quite succinctly.  I’m surprised at what a mishmash this collection is.  The sheer top over the black bra almost

    • Rebecca Jay

      I have hated his x-ray print from the get-go.  It’s not “dark and haunting.”  It’s just harsh and ugly.

      But I do like Christopher, the person.  His silly shit didn’t bother me.  He seems like a sweet kid.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I suspect that Christopher is still a bit immature. He might not have been grounded enough emotionally to deal with the judges’ early love for him and put it in perspective.

    • alula_auburn

      I can’t tell if it’s just the lipstick and hair, but all the models look incredibly pissed off, and not in a fierce kind of way–in a prissy society matron pursed lips smelling a fart kind of way.

    • Wellworn

      I don’t think that Christopher has found his own strengths yet.  I only started watching in season 3, but I think about Michael (I know I’m spelling his name wrong) from season 3 who came in 4th.  He did so well in the competition when he had to follow rules and constraints and think about what the judges wanted for each challenge, plus he had Tim’s guidance.  Then when left on his own, he went straight to hookerville, or at least skankville.  He was young too, and still needed that guidance.  Difference was his collection was made well, and looked cohesive, and he was a real sweetheart who didn’t create drama.  This was bad, and wasn’t in the top 4, not even the top 7 or 8.  True he choked, but he is young.  But then again, Siriano was younger than him.  Damn I miss those seasons, truly not the same.

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

         You can’t really measure him against Siriano, though — Christian was incredibly focused for his age (or for 50, for that matter), and he had already gone through design school and done a few great internships prior to PR.  Chris dropped out of college and I don’t think he has much if any experience.

    • nannypoo

      There is not one piece here that I like, except maybe that very standard coat that’s too small for the model. The gown is shockingly bad. It’s lumpy and it makes the model look lumpy too. When he was cutting the bottom off it he should have kept going.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/4VPF2MBWGHRA4QDMZSRM7YHJDI alice

      I mean for God’s sake, after Frida Kahlo, you can’t really make art out of some low-grade ailment and do it with a straight face. Kahlo’s deep pain led to an authenticity in her art. Chris’ manipulation of his mother’s x-ray felt like a calculated ploy. I feel bad for him, though. He really floundered.

    • tired_mommy

      Hopefully watching the episode will be somewhat of a wake-up call for him. Even if he thinks he got a bad edit at the end, there will be no denying the judges discussion of his collection (and the fact that he wasn’t even considered for the win).

    • http://www.facebook.com/bert.keeter Bert Keeter

      I didn’t have the guts to say it on my blog…when TG went nuts over his bleached leather effect….but to me it looks like several “pearl necklaces” were shot all over it!

      • JuliaInBlack

        I first thought of bloodstains under UV light, but now I cannot unsee this.

      • http://twitter.com/TheScottFinley Scott Finley

        Exactly. I was thinking it was recycled leather from a sling from the backroom of an Eagle.

        • Melvis Velour

          Ah…the good old days…

    • http://www.facebook.com/kathleen.gillies.75 Kathleen Gillies

      I really thought this collection was too dark for Spring in addition to its many other problems.  The sheer top with the over extended darts, the boring sheaths, the fug finale dress and the shorts…ergh… I think this designer could do better.  Basing one’s collection just on a print is not good.  Who is he dressing?

    • libraangel

      Actually, I did like bits of this collection: the print, the jackets, the billowing blue top looked better on t.v. than in print.But a SPRING collection?! NO! And nipples showing – I don’t think so.

    • libraangel

      Actually, many of MK’s designs SUCK!! Too simple. And we really should boycott him because he uses fur

    • libraangel

      My son is 24 years old, has lived alone, and got his Masters degree.

    • ccm800

      yeah. Eff this guy for real. He lead the pack as the best executed least boring of a field of boring safe designers all season (Baring Elena who was the designiest designer but melted down) and then proved he had not much of anything in his idea wheel house. The thing about challenges is they often hand the idea to them and when left to their own volition…yawn.

    • http://profiles.google.com/phyllis.craine Phyllis Craine

      Seeing him do a late in-the-season-choke was so sad, like a Project Runway version of the Red Sox.

    • bluefish

      Yuck.  Daniel V’s collection was miles and miles better than this schlock fest.  Like Heidi, I thought the maternal x-ray thing totally creepy.

    • drdarke

      I liked Christopher’s first dress – thought it was stylish but sexy.

      The rest, though? Gahh!

    • Call me Bee

      Way late to the party, but I’m forging ahead anyway. 
      I acutally liked the idea of making print from an x-ray.  But Christopher did not take the idea far enough.  He could have manipulated the photo a bit before printing it on the fabric–then he could have used that floaty fabric much better.   He had some plausible ideas, but the execution was awful.   Again, bad sewing always kills even the best design. 

      Christophor’s behavior the last day in the workroom was inexcusable.  I’ve never heard such whining.  As Nina often says when a designer complains of not having enough time or whtever:  Every designer gets the same amount of time and materials!  And others often create beautiful garments!   And all the others are exhausted and stressed as well.  Just shut it and grow up.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Louise-Bryan/1177213326 Louise Bryan

      I swear I saw the model tripping over the edge of the gown a couple of times on the runway.  I found this collection profoundly uninspired, and depressingly uninspiring.

    • Dhammadina

      Right on the money with the Vososvic comparison. I am sorry Christopher imploded, think he has a lot of talent and growing up to do in equal parts,and  got more vitriol in response than he reckoned on. 

    • Melvis Velour

      I’m just glad he was the first to go out of the final 4.  I knew they were going to pull a Michael Costello on him and shatter his precious dreams after leading him on.  Hell, he looked like him, sounded like him and in the end – as they did with Michael – BM squeezed out everything they could possible get for the show and dumped him.

    • guest2visits

      This and Melissa’s collection both showed poorly on the RW as compared to their stills.  I liked his first look. And the one shoulder
      x-ray dress. I initially thought the blue coat was ok, but clearly – it doesn’t fit the model, neither did the blue jacket. And there
      were other fit issues. Boring and unimaginative – I think I hate leather shorts out of principle – adds up to a missed opportunity for
      Christopher.  I agree with TLo about lost focas;  and I also think this is another example of not enough time.

    • MarissaLG

      When that last dress came down the runway, the only thing I could think was, “You, Sir, are NO Christian Siriano”. 

    • Nannette Gadomski

      I was shocked & saddened by Chistopher’s finale collection. I was really on his team all season long, then the bomb dropped. He choked worse than any designer has in the history of Project Runway. I hope he takes some time to refuel, then put this behind him, and dedicate himself to a fresh start, because I do believe in his talent.