T LOunge

Posted on October 04, 2012

Kittens after seeing ourselves under the harsh lighting of reality television, we’re in the mood for something a little more flattering. Grab your panties and your passport, dolls, because we’re heading to Amsterdam!

 

NJOY Bar in Amsterdam

Zoe Saldana, Nina Garcia, Michael Kors, Heidi Klum

Ohhhhh, the Judging the Judges post for this week just got MUCH more interesting. Nina and Heidi, you’re up against a MASTER.

We’re heading into the finals, bitches, which means we can expect plenty of tears tonight.

 

As we’ve said before, we think this has been a mostly decent season of Project Runway, but it still hasn’t managed to strike that balance of unleashed creativity paired with extreme personalities. What’s laudable is the fact that whatever the producers did to manipulate the proceedings (and make no mistake: they did), it was never so obvious that it insulted our intelligence or kept someone in the competition long past the point when it was obvious they didn’t belong.

On the other hand, the runway results each week have been underwhelming. Nothing jaw-dropping ever walked down that runway; the best we got was the occasional pretty dress. What’s worse: We never got a chance to do NinaCaps because no one, not even Nina, gave us much material to work with. That makes us sad. La Nina’s playing too nice and so are the designers. We don’t want the psycho “I WILL NOT HAVE IT!” crap of last season, but something along the lines of, well… this would have been fun to see.

So let’s hear it: who’s going to make it to the finals tonight?

[Photo Credit: Barbara Nitke for myLifetime.com, njoycocktails.com]

    • PuttyGalore

      I’m thinking Fabio will be out, just because I can’t really see them aufing any of the other ones.

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        but i think his final collection is one of the best, if not THE best.

      • dschubba

        Fabio always seemed like cannon fodder to me (albeit talented cannon fodder).

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      Christopher, Melissa and Fabio for the final three. And waiter, my usual champagne, please.

      • Call me Bee

        If it’s ok–I”ll join you, although I’m drinking vodka tonight.  Had a day. 

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

          Of course you are more than welcome. Sorry you had ” one of those” for a day. We’ll just order you up your own bottle and you can get good and relaxed.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I’m join in in the bubbly, please.  Can’t decide if it will be Melissa or my dear Comrade Snape joining Christopher and Sonjia in the final three.

      • BuffaloBarbara

        I”m going to say Dmitry over Melissa.  And I’ll have strawberries soaked in the champers.

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

          And you can justify its being even more healthful, while at the same time, getting squiffed.

      • annrr

        My usual is champagne too! I am going with Snape, Ashley Kate and Tootie

        • Lisa_Cop

          There is no way little favorite Christopher isn’t making the final 3. I think it’s between Snape & Melissa for the 3rd spot (Fabio’s finale collection was so great, I can’t believe he won’t be in the mix).

          • hyperionic

            Really? You liked Fabio’s? It looked like a bunch of shapeless colourless sacks draped over the models. 

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        i haven’t decided what to drink yet, i’m still finishing my afternoon iced tea before starting on cocktail hour here on the west coast.  of course, when you’re retired, it’s always cocktail hour.  champagne gives me heartburn, so i’ll probably enjoy the half gallon of flor de cana rum my husband just bought me.  i’d love to see dimitry, sonjia and melissa (hometown girl from s.f.) in the finale.

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

        Nice call!

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

      I think the finalists are Tootie, Costello-Lite, and Ashley-Kate.

      I’ll have a beefeater and tonic please, and keep em coming!

    • NDC_IPCentral

      I hadn’t even done the count-down before getting Lifetime’s breathless e-mail saying this was the last challenge before the finals.  Just not that invested.  In any event, from a personality/got-some-design-chops standpoint, I’m rooting for Dimitry, Sonjia, and then… eh, well…. hmmm.  Whatevs.

      I need something with quinine to battle the incipient neuropathy (ACK! Not good.  My oncologist is concerned.) that is afflicting my feet since last week’s big dose of Taxol.  My doctor said quinine might alleviate the symptoms, but not address the cause.  Vodka and tonic, even if it is a white, summer drink.

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        Oh ick! Neuropathy? Come sit by me, NDC, everything will be better with champagne.

        • NDC_IPCentral

          Deeelighted to be in your company, Kiltdntiltd.  I’m determined that my stubbornly resilient body will overcome this.  It’s tingling and some numbness in the ball and toes of each foot.  I’m not totally neuropathic by any means.  But, I like the idea of a champagne cure, too!

          • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

            If anyone can beat this, you can, m’dear. And Champagne is actually much more effective than chicken soup.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Ack. I’m sending positive vibes your way!

      • agentilities

        I wish I could get the neem tree in my house (in the tropics of West Africa) to you NDC. It contains elements of quinine which we used to boil to cure malaria. Sending you positive thoughts all the same

        • NDC_IPCentral

          Thanks, agentilities!  I haven’t been to W. Africa, though I’ve visited East Africa (Kenya, mostly) six times with side trips to Egypt, RSA and Madagascar.  East Africa is on the To Do List!

          • guest2visits

            My mother gave us Shweppes Bitter Lemon when we were sick with flu or fever; when we were kids.
            It was very soothing.  I had heard that they removed the quinine because it was now considered medicinal.
            However, I see it is still being produced in some places and it still has quinine listed. Perhaps they
            reduced the amount, – why make people feel better for almost free, after all ?   ….. TofU.

            • NDC_IPCentral

               Hi, guest2v – my ignorance is showing… What does TofU stand for, since I bet it’s not a mistyping of the bean curd product.

            • guest2visits

              Thinking of you.

      • Call me Bee

        Actually–my dear departed mother-in-law had that problem, although due to different causes, and tonic water helped her a lot.  She’d have a little bottle of it a few hours before bed.  Now I”m thinking that the vodka may have mellowed her out a bit… LOL…But yes–come and sit by us and relax.

        • NDC_IPCentral

          Like an utter dope (chemo brain?), I went to the grocery after today’s appointment with my oncologist – absolutely the time to stock up on tonic water.  Never thought of it as I cruised the aisles for milk, cereal and fruit.  Aha, I realize I forgot another item on the list – a reason to return to the store, maybe with my mental faculties engaged.

          I’ll keep your mother-in-law’s experience in mind, and the vodka will definitely be a part of the remedy!

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

            If it helps to make you feel better, I am on a new med that has suddenly (side effect, although my dr. might be more wiley than his 82 year old doddering self would suggest) made all alcohol taste like crushed aspririn to me. I will admit, I’m probably too heavy of a drinker, but that’s not what this med was indicated for, so I’m a tad put out. I’ve figured out that a LOT of fruit juice can mask it for me, but it’s kind of not worth trying so hard, to me. So, I’ll mourn your neuropathy and my sobriety while I drink water and watch PR tonight. Better living through chemistry…one hopes?

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

               Mine has now decided to wipe out my ability to taste salt as well as pop — any day now sugar will go too and I will starve to death.  And it’s irritated my tongue so anything rough is out too.  Plus it’s not helping the pain so I can’t have coffee or anything that requires too much chewing or it makes my headache explode.  I bitched and the doc wants me to push through till I hit the full dose at least.  I told him I’ll give him that long and then I plan to throw a full gargoyle faced temper tantrum in his office.  He tried to cheer me up by pointing out that it would be great for weight loss and I faked a PMS moment and pretended to get choked up “Are you saying I’m fat?”  He got really flustered, and backpedaled fast… not quite the way he was intending to cheer me up, but fucking with people when I’m annoyed does always make me oddly satisfied.

            • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

              really!!  he just assumes you’ll be thrilled to lose weight, like every good little girl should.  that would piss me off plenty.  give him HELL, sister.  last thing on your mind at this point should be getting slim so men will enjoy looking at you.  ARGH….can you tell this touched a nerve here?

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

               I wouldn’t mind losing weight, but more because I chose to, not due to STARVATION!  And besides, since it’s not working, eventually I’m coming off it, and then my tongue will work again and my metabolism will be tanked, so not so great.  As silver linings go, it was not nearly enough.

            • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

              i just hate it when a doctor comes up with some silly sexist remark that’s supposed to make us little ladies feel better.  once my job sent me to a “dr.” for an on the job back injury, and he said i probably hurt my back in bed (with a lear).  i nearly flew across the room at him.  i guess i was supposed to be complimented that he thought i was sexually active.

            • NDC_IPCentral

              Yow, what a state of affairs, Shannon.  I don’t have any advice; just will be thinking of you and sending good thoughts……

            • formerlyAnon

              God Shannon, you crack me up. I hope they hit on something useful *soon* – I know that since you have an unusual presentation it may take an unusual approach to fix it (I like “fix” MUCH better than “manage.”)  And that may take some experimentation. But it’d be nice if they could help you feel better while they’re trying.

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

              We may be on the same thing. Does it give you incredibly dry mouth? I like your tactic. HAHA I love your PMS tactic. Why not, it is your birthright to use that gambit! I was warned of side effects of weight loss, but I could stand to lose a few (read: a lot) so I’m okay with that, but I’m supposed to be on this jazz for mood stabilization so how taking away my pleasure in drinking helps is beyond me. What do they think I was self medicating for in the first place? Stupid doctors.

      • Qitkat

        Oh, honey, neuropathy. That’s a shame. I sympathize, having had it for over 10 years, unknown cause. 
        I like Kiltd’s cure. But no one ever suggested quinine to me. I hope it helps. As far as the episode goes, I’m on the Whatevs boat.

        • NDC_IPCentral

          “Unknown cause” is a lot more unsettling, Qitkat, than my situation, to be sure.  I know what has precipitated my tingly soles.  Sorry that you have been afflicted for so long.  We are tough cookies, aren’t we?

          • Qitkat

            Tough Cookies and Bitter Kittens ;-)
            Thankfully I got over being unsettled a long time ago; my brother is afflicted too so it’s most likely genetic. But what you have been going through with cancer doesn’t begin to compare. May your treatments be swiftly over with no long-term effects, and most of all kick that lousy beast forever from your life.

            • NDC_IPCentral

              Q – I’m now on a year’s worth of maintenance chemotherapy – a big infusion of Taxol once a month, so I have 11 to go, if my body can take it.  If not, my doctor calls a halt and we keep monitoring me.  My tumor marker numbers are astonishingly low, there were no visible signs of cancer after my surgery or after my CT scan a month ago, so…  If maintenance doesn’t work out, I don’t think I’m skating on thin ice.  Thanks for your caring, Qitkat.  It means a lot.

      • angryparsnip

        I don’t comment much, really a reader but I had to say….
        I have been following your post here and hope the quinine helps and your feeling better soon !

        Korekaramo Ganbatte Kudasai … Keep up your good work
        Trying out my Japanese…..

        cheers,  parsnip

        • NDC_IPCentral

          Do itashimashite, parsnip-san.  You’re making me dredge up the Japanese I’d tried to learn back in the 1980s!  I am hoping that this is transient; I get my next infusion in 3 weeks, so we’ll see what happens then.  Of course, by then the T LOunge will have closed at the end of another season!

          • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

            all stars are coming soon, though, no?

            • NDC_IPCentral

              You’re right!  I’d forgotten.  The Lounge is one of the highlights of my rather quiet life these days.  What an admission!

      • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

        Heeeeeey, how YOU doin’?  How was the rest of your work week?

        I hope that the neuropathy is something the docs can take care of, and I hope you have some relief!

        • NDC_IPCentral

          Hi, Lisa!  One work day only so far, Tuesday; I trundle in again tomorrow, so I can’t be staying up much after Project Runway ends tonight.  Many fond welcomes at IP Central upon my return, and by the time I left that late afternoon, I had a foot-and-a-half high pile of files of work to begin to tackle.

          The neuropathy is caused by the accumulation of the particular chemo drug, Taxol, in my system, and the dose that I got last week is higher than what I was receiving in the spring and summer.  The dose is dictated by the treatment protocol, but if I experience bad side effects, and severe neuropathy certainly would qualify, then my oncologist has to decide whether to cease the maintenance chemo entirely or do something short of that.  Since it’s early days, I didn’t press him about it, but I have absolute faith in his judgment about my care.

          • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

            Well, that’s pretty important, that you trust the doctor.  And I’m sure he knows what he’s doing; hopefully, all he has to do is make a slight adjustment in the levels you’re getting now.  Many many many hugs, my girl!  Keep us posted, okay?

      • BrooklynBomber

        I hope you feel better, honey. I’ll drink to your health, for sure.

        • NDC_IPCentral

          Thanks BB, in real, not virtual, life this evening I enjoyed a beer!  ;-)  Toast backatcha.

          • BrooklynBomber

            A votre sante!

      • formerlyAnon

        I hope three weeks of assiduous attention to G&Ts (so much more fun than actual pharmaceutical remedies) has the neuropathy on the run (heh). Because you’re due to be in the early stages of an uncomplicated, if more leisurely than desired, return to full and blooming health. It’s on my calendar, so it must be so.

        • NDC_IPCentral

          Substitute V for the G (got so ill on a noxious gin concoction 35 years ago that I’ve shunned the juniper berry beverage ever since), and you’re on, formerlyAnon.  I like your calendar confidence, too.  Just heard from my brother, and he wisely said we’ll see how matters transpire and trust in my caring physicians who are all really committed and devoted to my case.

      • SapphoPoet

        Neuropathy here, too. I tried to write a thank you note today and my handwriting was *terrible.* 

        • formerlyAnon

          Well boo hiss. I hope it recedes/improves or whatever the word is.  I don’t know much about it, but so many of the other after-effects of chemo do, though it can take years rather than months (whatever the health care professionals say).

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_64HSRZWCSJ5RBFGCWDLFQOICYM G

      Melissa will be out.  (I loved Fabio’s Fashion Wk show)

      • rainwood1

        I loved Fabio’s too!  Id love to see him make the finals so we get to see it in motion.

    • Judy_J

      Frankly, my dear, I’m so uninspired by any of these designers that I’m going to cop a Rhett Butler attitude.  And a Greta Garbo to go with it. (Gimme a Viskey, ginger ale on the side….and don’t be stingy, baby!)

    • http://twitter.com/RozSeven Roz

      Thank you for link to 33 Faces of Gretchen! SO FUNNY!

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        33 Faces of Gretchen is one of my very fav TLO posts!

    • granddelusion

      If they didn’t auf Melissa last week, they ain’t never gonna auf her. And has Dimitry won a challenge yet?

      • http://www.facebook.com/eujoyuen Eugenia Joyuen

        The prints challenge.

    • http://profiles.google.com/denise.alden Denise Alden

      Dmitri, Sonjia and then I don’t care.

    • hughman

      Oh you two. After your triumphant turn with the Zee, “Tick Tock” to you being judges on PR at some point in the future. Maybe the contestants will have to design for their Best Gay or something.  

      “WE CAN’T FINISH A SENTENCE, NINA!”

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        I’ve been wishing and hoping for a TLo appearance as judges, for just about ever.

        • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

          This needs to happen.

      • Call me Bee

        That would be excellent. 

    • StellaZafella

      Ginger and Lemon, thanks!

      Whenever I think of the Houte challenge, I remember Christian and Chris’s genius team effort (It looked like a 2 day McQueen)…and the nothing little day-wear rag they tossed together for the twist. Chris March quote: “Keep it up child, you shear that bolt of organza, I’m just over here building a radio tower!”

      • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

        God that dress was amazing!  And we really haven’t seen anything quite like it since then, have we?

      • formerlyAnon

        Chris March has got to be my favorite reality show person ever, hands down. And I watch too much t.v.

    • http://www.thirteen.org/insidethirteen Gotham Tomato

      You know what? I look at that picture of the designers and I cannot name any of them. While I can still name most, if not all, of the designers from the first several seasons, in the last few it doesn’t seem to matter enough. The only reason I’m still watching it is because you boys are recapping it.

      –GothamTomato

      • GorgeousThings

        I’m totally with you on that. Actually, I can remember Christopher, because he cries. 
        I was going to say “I think Blondie will go home.” But I didn’t because I couldn’t remember her real name.
        Let’s see – there’s – um, Sanjie? Chrying Christopher, Blondie, Russian Tight Dress Guy…. oh! Dimitry! Ding ding ding! and um, bearded shorts guy. Sh*t.  

        So of them all, I still think Blondie will go home. I only wish I could remember her name, and the names of the rest of them. Well, no, I don’t care enough really.

      • BrooklynBomber

        Tomahto, my pet. How’ve ya been?

        • http://www.thirteen.org/insidethirteen Gotham Tomato

          I’ve been OK. How about you?

          –GothamTomato

          • BrooklynBomber

            The whole shebang. Good, not good, and everything in between.  You know — life!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maya-KC/537771651 Maya KC

      I predict they’ll all make it in and the judges will make the designers fight to the death next week. The sad thing is, this is actually fairly plausible.

      • Stubenville

        Insane in the Ukraine would have slayed them all with her bare hands.

        • TropiCarla

          I see her using her teeth also. *lol* She had a spectacular grimace.

      • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

        Entirely possible!

    • rainwood1

      I’ll hitch my britches and go Dutch!  Give me something strong in a tulip glass, and I’m happy.  

      Final three are Christopher, Sonjia and Dmitry.  Melissa and Fabio are just jockeying to see who goes first.

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

      When I look at the final collections, I factor in Tim’s influence. Sadly I don’t see any of Tim in Dmitry’s. But I think Sonjia has a good chance to make it to the end.

    • MilaXX

      Who I would like to see? Sonjia, Fabio & Dmitry
      Who I think the judges will choose? Melissa, Christopher & Dmitry?
      I still say a Christopher win is being forshadowed.

      Thanks for reminding us of the awesomeness that was the epic fail of Gretchen’s team. Totally agree that we haven’t seen anything stunning this season.
      Excited to see Zoe on the judging pane. Looks like the ladies all stepped up their fashion game, even Heidi.

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        It could be that they are building up Christopher as the lead contender, just to do an edit/murder on him after Fashion Week.

        • muzan-e

          Putting money on this. 
          Admittedly, my judgement’s skewed by a distaste for the cloak of wide-eyed ingénue in which he’s been wrapping himself.

          • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

            Yep, Boyfriend has been playing “Bambi in the woods” all along. I suspect none of us has seen who he really is at all.

            • muzan-e

              I don’t know. I mean, personally – you remember that line he let slip during the very first weeks? About not wearing hoochie pants to a sewing room? It was said so off-handedly that it felt like Real Christopher to me. I’ll never know if it was fair to essentially judge him by that, though.

              … but “Bambi in the woods” is perfection. *g*

            • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

              Yup, he’s playing a role to the hilt.  And to boot, most of his wins haven’t been that good or interesting.  Now, that’s not to say that I think he’s totally undeserving – I actually do think he should have won the “Day to evening” look that Sonjia won.  But overall, I’m pretty tired of this show rewarding mediocre designers who have a “personality” while better designers who may not be as “lovable” come in second or get sent back to safety.

          • Winter_White

            I understand your point.  But I don’t mind him — mostly because he entertained me with his anguished “oh dear god, for the love of all that’s holy on heaven and earth, why do bad things happen to ME?!” soliloquy after he torpedoed Andrea and she bolted in the middle of the night.

        • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

          Oh, pleaaaase.  PLEEEEASEEE, I want that to happen so badly!

      • Stubenville

        Oh you had me worried for a second; I thought “that Mu-mu lady” (thank-you Stella), Rachel Zoe.

      • BrooklynBomber

        I’m with you re who I’d like to see.
        Had my eye on Sonjia early on.
        Thought Fabio was an early-goner, but has pulled some surprises out of his hat. Sombrero. Turban. Yamulke. Pillbox.
        Dmitry just because even though I have some issues with his “esthetic,” he’s the most consistent and deserving.

    • http://twitter.com/MajorBedhead MajorBedhead

      Comrade Snape, definitely. Probably Sonjia and Costello-lite, too. Although the Sonjia spot is a toss up for any of them, IMO.

    • Stubenville

      Just what I need after work being on DEFCON 1 for about a month and an extremely $#!++y head cold which has decided to linger. What goes with Mucinex?  I think a nice, boozy hot toddy.

      Okay, so finalists. Christopher, Sonjia and Fabio?  I’m fairly certain we’ll say goodbye to Melissa, although Boris Badanov Dimitry may make it into the finals with a Zoolander style walk-off in the following episode against Fabio.

      • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

        Feel better, my friend!

    • l_c_ann

      Strange that Lifetime isn’t taking advantage of PR as a lead in to PR. 

      I had hoped for several hours before showtime, but Lifetime only goes Last week to This week.  Or do they no longer embrace their product?  (I don’t think I want to know the answer to my question.)

      In a season where Tim has been marginalized and Mood’s fabric selection disrepected twice in the edited shows, I want some brilliance on the part of the remaining designers to act as a counterballance. 
      Prediction:  I shall remain frustrated.

    • Rand Ortega

      Zoe Saldana! Those shoes! Squeeee!!! My head just exploded.
      Oh, Grey Goose on the rocks, 1 onion stuffed olive, dirty please!

    • TropiCarla

      Bartender – I’ll drink a few LLBs tonight. (My drink of choice until I’m all done gestating.)     
      If you don’t have any stock direct from T&T, you can make do with some Lemonade, Ginger ale, and a generous splash of Angostura Bitters.  

      I’ll sip on that while tonight’s hijinks ensue … and try not to laugh so hard that I go into labor.

      • BrooklynBomber

        I has a tummy ache, so Lemonade, Ginger Ale, and bitters sounds PERFECT.  *Clink!*

        • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

          Feel better, BB!

          • BrooklynBomber

            Thank you!

    • Winter_White

      “…we can expect plenty of tears tonight.”  I don’t think so — none of these designers are criers, are they?  (I don’t mind criers; people react differently to stress.)
      Melissa has unraveled a bit…time management issues, mostly.  I haven’t seen the collections.

      • Excellence_and_Elegance

        After looking at what these designers produce in an avant-garde challenge, there will likely be tears of boredom here at Casa Excellence. Perhaps Dmitri will produce something interesting, but Tootie and Costello are more quaint than Quant.

      • littlemac8

        Melissa and Sonjai have both drowned their fabrics in tears!

        • Winter_White

          Really?  I didn’t remember this!  I do recall great displays of existential despair from them, but didn’t remember crying.

          • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

            Ohhh, poor Sonjia *sobbed*, face buried in her arms on the worktable, while Elena squeezed Sonjia’s model in to her dress during the L&T challenge.  That was bad – I like Sonjia and Melissa and I hated seeing them fall apart like that.  You know it’s a bad moment when *Elena* is soothingly reassuring her, “Sonjia, it’s okay, it’s okay, it’s gonna fit…”

            • Winter_White

              Yes, yes, it’s all coming back now!  I think I blocked that Sonjia moment out, it was sad.

              And thanks for the laugh:  your “you know it’s bad when *Elena* is soothingly reassuring her…”  Haha!

            • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

              Hee!  You’re welcome – it was one of the more surreal moments of the season.

      • Winter_White

        Re criers — a trip down memory lane for us long-timers:

        My favorite PR crier was Christopher in that misbegotten LA season.  They went to the Getty museum and created looks inspired by something found there.  Irina chose a sumptuous painting; Carol Hannah, an ornate 18th c. French bed; Gordana, a Monet, etc…and for some reason Christopher chose a boulder in the fountain outside.  When his look did not go over well with the judges, he got emotional and with no apparent awareness that he was channeling Charley Brown, said something like, “The other designers all had these beautiful works of art as their inspiration — I had A ROCK.”    

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/6PQUNH7VYANAXMRMEEM763V3EU victor liu

          I loooooved Christopher Straub! He was so sweet and earnest and basically everything Christopher Palu PRETENDS to be.

          • Winter_White

            Oh, I did too…”earnest” is the perfect word for him.  It was a touching moment — remember how sad Heidi seemed to tell him he was aufed?

            • http://profile.yahoo.com/6PQUNH7VYANAXMRMEEM763V3EU victor liu

              As sad I was to see Christopher gone, I’m glad that they still rewarded talent over lovableness in Season 6. Irina being the prime example: gawdawful but talented, with one of the worst personalities on the show but one of my favorite collections.

            • Winter_White

              victor, why are you writing out all of MY thoughts this way…?  :)

      • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

        Sonjia sobbed during the L&T challenge, and Christopher strikes me as an attention-crier, so maybe.

      • MilaXX

        both Melissa and Sonjia have had good cries.

        • Winter_White

          Hi, MilaXX!  I don’t know when is the proper time to bring this up…but each time I’ve seen a comment posted by you this past week, I’ve thought of your new kitten and wondered how that’s going for you, and for her, and for your older male cat…?

          • MilaXX

            Kitten is fine. Her pink eye is all cleared up & she’s gained a little bit of weight and is now 1.2lbs. She’s living in the bathroom for now because she doesn’t weigh enough to get the feline leukemia test. Older guy is okay, he’s going in for booster shots tomorrow. Stormaggedon make Aloysious look hugh when really he’s an average 6lbs.

            Thanks so much for asking.

            • Winter_White

              Oh, good!  You’d written that your senior cat-boy had come into your life the same way!  Which reminded me of “hobo signs” (the secret language of symbols known to vagabonds on the road — most famously, a smiling cat drawn or carved somewhere outside of a house meant “a kindhearted woman lives here”).  He obviously left such a sign, in cat-language, to let Stormy know about you.  :)

            • MilaXX

              that’s really sweet of you to say.

          • MilaXX

             mm? I replied but the post seems to have gotten loss. Everyone is doing well. Kitten’s pink eye is cleared up and she’s gaining weight. Big guy doing well. Thank you for asking.

            • Winter_White

              Got it, see right above!

    • http://twitter.com/angelestrails Natasha

      Costello-lite for sure. Melissa most likely. Dmitry I hope. Sonjia and Fabio are a toss up. They’ll probably select four and eliminate one later.

      • Lisa_Cop

        Ding ding – right answer.

    • Call me Bee

      Oh my gosh I had burned that whole Team Gretchen thing out of my memory. 

      And now it’s back.  But–I see your point.  I hope we see some awesome fashion tonight.

      Well–I’ve spent all day at the sewing machine, so my eyes are spinning in my head. And my car is in the shop right now, and I’ll have to fork over close to a cool G-note to get it back.  Let’s see…what liquor is good for that, I wonder…I know…vodka!  I’ll have some of that, thank you.   Lots. 

      How’s everyone else doing today?

    • PastryGoddess

      I’m thinking Melissa and Fabio are toss-ups.  Melissa has been sending some fug down the runway and Fabio is underwhelming

      • BrooklynBomber

        I agree. And I think probably one of them (probably Melissa) should have gone instead of Elena.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F73LIJ3SJGI5AJQMXMWXCKILHI Pamela

      Every time I see them with their sky-high heels hooked over the footrest on those bar chairs, I think about how cool it would look if they got caught on the bar when they dismount & fall head over keister.  I’d pay good money to see that!

      • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

        I would laugh so hard, I’d cry!

    • littlemac8

      Our two remaining girls have both been dangerously close to not finishing and nervous breakdown territory!  I expect we’ll see more of that tonight!

    • Pupioso

      Christopher, Sonji, Dimitry to the finals. 

    • Laylalola

      Off the top of my head, the only outfit of the entire season that made an impression on me was Dmitry’s candy dress. 

      • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

        That was stunning.  How that “middle-packed” it, I have no idea.

    • BrooklynBomber

      Oh, geez. Laughing so hard I’m crying. Thank you for the walk down memory lane. A TLo classic. 
      Damn, I miss Nina caps, though.

    • JMansm

      I’m still shocked that Elena got eliminated because she had the best finale collection. With her gone I absolutely see Melissa in the finals. My second choice is Fabio because I think his collection is really conceptual but not to an esoteric point where he’s not trying to impress people. For the third spot I think that Sonjia and Christopher’s finale collections both look very sloppy and uninspired so I would put Dmitry (although we’ve talked about his cheap fabrics a lot which don’t necessarily make sense). 

      • peacockprincess

        Yes but by that reasoning, Fabio would be definitely out.  I thought Elena had the best collection as well.  Based on the collections and the judges I would say its Sonjia, Christopher possibly Dimitry since the judges don’t really care fo Melissa and Fabio has never really done much to garner attention. 

      • MilaXX

         The problem is they have to actually make it to fashion week. I knew Elena was too high strung and had circled the drain too many times to survive to the finals even though I thought her collection was the best. I think Fabio stands a chance of making it to the finals, but I’m not sure he’ll get the win, although out of the remaining designers his is the one I’d prefer to see win.

    • muzan-e

      I have such a particular affection for The Thirty-Three Faces of Gretchen. For all sorts of reasons, but most of all because I remember the line which convinced me I’d come to the right blog. It was deliciously amusing. No, excruciatingly. It was pitch-perfect.

      It was

      “Disco Soccer Stripper! Mother of the Dubai! Vegas pole-dancing Golden Girls! Slutty, slutty, slutty!”

      And dammit, reading it again I still freakin’ grin.

      • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

        YES!!!  Disco Soccer Stripper Mother of the Dubai is one of my favorite things EVER!  And the picture of Michael accompanying it just makes it even greater!

    • kaycem

      zoe is clearly taking bitches to school here.  she looks frigging incredible.

    • Scimommy

      Looking at that judging panel, if you again award the win to Nina, I will accuse you of blatant favoritism!

    • kaycem

      and as far as who i’d like to see move on… well dmitry and sonjia are the my favorites of those left.  i think that the judges will definitely keep chris b/c they love him, and if there’s a fourth this year, i hope it’s fabio.  at least fabio has a unique p.o.v., even if i didn’t personally love his final collection.

    • Jasmaree

      I’m thinking it’ll come down to Melissa and Dmitry for the auf. The judges have never been very fond of them and they are the least character-like of the group. Fabio wears dresses and calls himself a freegan, Sonjia has blue hair and frequently wears turbans/scarves, and they’ve been setting Chris up for a win since the very first episode. 

      • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

        NOOOOO!!!  Not Dmitry! 

    • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

      (*Packs condoms, penicillin, and bail money*)

      (*Notices the stares from the BKs and PUFs*)

      What?  It’s Amsterdam, you guys!

      OMG!  TLo, I swear I’m not trying to ass-kiss, but on my life, “Thirty-Three Faces of Gretchen” is my absolute most favorite TLo post ever!  There have been times at work when I’m just sitting around, surfing the internet for something to read, and I’ll think “Oh, I know!  I’ll re-read Thirty Three Faces of Gretchen for something fun!”  I’m not even kidding, I’ve done that a few times for kicks!

      Who will make it to the finals?  I hope that Christopher is a “final shocking auf”, I really do.  I hold out for that hope like I hold out for winning lottery numbers.  As for who I hope goes on to the finals – well, Dmitry, of course.  My baby needs to be a finalist, not a decoy.  And since the beginning, I’ve always said my ideal final three would be Dmitry, Sonjia and Melissa, and that really hasn’t changed much.  Sonjia annoys me sometimes, but I basically still love her.  So yeah – I’m hoping those are the big three.  And if not, as long as Dmitry is in the mix, I’m happy with whoever else.

    • StelledelMare

      They practically handed the win to Christopher ages ago. And I think Melissa will definitely be gone tonight

      • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

        Gaaaah, I can’t stand him, but I know you’re right.  I guess it’s too much to ask for Christopher to be aufed and have a Costello-like meltdown – “Costello-lite: Electric Boogaloo”.

        But since it’s the avante-garde gown challenge, I just want to see SOMEONE freak out at Heidi like Kenley did.  Someone you’d never expect, like Fabio.  Because, for the life of me, watching Fabio scream at Heidi, “IT’S NOT SUPPOSED TO BE ELEGANT, HEIDI!”  “Well, but it’s not….”  “GOOD!  BECAUSE IT’S NOT SUPPOSED TO BE!!”  would pretty much make my evening.

        • Call me Bee

          Or–”IT’S SUPPOSED TO COME OFF, NINA!” That was another favorite runway moment.
          As another wise BK said, I’d pay good money to see that!!

          • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

            “No, Fabio, it’s a gown, so it should stay on the mod…”

            “NO NINA, IT’S SUPPOSED TO COME OFF!!!”

        • MilaXX

           I can’t imagine Christopher doing anything interesting for the avant garde challenge and I bet Melissa will do that same weird neckline again.

          • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

            I hope you’re right!

            • Lisa_Cop

              Elena would have aced the avant garde challenge. I’m sad she was auf’d last week instead of Melissa.

    • Qitkat

      One or more of you will be out

      Yeah. You betcha.

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

      I just want this to be over so we can get started on PR All-Stars: Apocalypse.  We have enough skilled contestants that there will be actual fashion on that runway, plus the social experiment of throwing too many rabid bats in a box.  Should be good times.

      • Call me Bee

        PR All-Stars: Apocalypse!  Heeee…

        • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

          I love that!

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

      Lovely atmosphere in the bar tonight!  Where are the champagne quaffers?  Or should I go for a gin and tonic?  Oh yeah, and where are the men in this bar?

    • Qitkat

      Love the color of Zoe’s dress. And her shoes are awesome. Bet no one makes anything as pretty as what she is wearing. 
      I know, it’s supposed to be avant-garde, not necessarily pretty. The talent isn’t there.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/6PQUNH7VYANAXMRMEEM763V3EU victor liu

      I feel like Fabio would be good at the avant-garde challenge, since he occasionally teeters into pretentious art student mode.
      Then again, he might just glue trash together and explain it as “THE HANDS OF SOCIETY! THE MAN! THE MEANING OF LIFE! LIKE WHAT DEFINES ‘ART’ ANYMORE?! ART DOESN’T EXIST, IT’S ALL AROUND US! PENISES AND VAGINAS FUCKING!”

      • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

        Haaaaaah!  Awesome, Victor!

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/6PQUNH7VYANAXMRMEEM763V3EU victor liu

          Let’s carry the Anti-Christopher banner proudly tonight, Lisa.
          Bitch needs to go home and rethink that abandoned-paintbrush hairstyle.

          • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

            (*Raises banner high*)  YES!! I am with you, Mon Capitan!

    • alula_auburn

      Ah, good.  I just found out my kitties will need about $2000 of dental work, plus a possible echo to rule out a heart murmur for one of them, so I might as well live it up in virtual Amsterdam while I can.

      Zoe looks amazing.

      • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

        Oh, no, I hope the kitties will be okay!  

        • alula_auburn

          Aw, thanks!  The vet was mostly very reassuring, especially that if there is a heart murmur, it is very very mild, and the dental work will hopefully go very smoothly after that.  But it is very nerve-wracking!

      • MilaXX

         ack! I’m taking my older one in for booster shots tom. Stormaggedon is happily living in the bathroom because she’s too young & small for vaccinations yet. Hoping he gets a clear bill of health and only needs his booster.

        I’ll send good kittie vibes your way

        • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

          How’s the new kitty settling in?  Do the other cats love her to bits?

          • MilaXX

            The other cat has only seen her in passing, but there’s no hissing so all is well. The kitten is quite content. She has toys to play with, food & drink and a dry place to sleep.

        • alula_auburn

          thank you!  reciprocal good kitty vibes for your vet visit and Stormie, Dark Lady of All (and the bathroom).

      • http://twitter.com/lgrahamtx Lee Graham

        I sympathize. This summer, one of my cats broke his front leg so badly it could not be repaired. The Houston area vets wanted $3500 plus to amputate, but I was able to take him to the country vet where my nephew worked and it was only $1400 after all treatment. He is doing great, too.

        • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

          Oh, wow! I’m so glad he was okay!

        • alula_auburn

          Oh gosh, that must have been so scary.  I’m so glad he’s doing well.

        • Call me Bee

          Oh poor kitty.  Yay for country vets. 

        • Miss_Magpie

          Let me guess….Gulf Coast? Our Lulu (a puppy dog, but we still love her!) had a bad habit of eating her soft toys and having to have them surgically removed. This happened TWICE. 3K each time…I am happy Htown has Gulf Coast, but they do charge MD Anderson prices! (And I am VERY happy your fur baby is ok, they are so important to our lives. See the 3K spent TWICE!)

    • notdorothygale

      But TLo, I thought Amsterdam was a panty-free zone. Regardless, I am wearing mine, and Call Me Bee, come sit with me. You with your vodka and me with my Sterling chard. We can rip the clothes and comisserate over mutual disagreeable elderly folks…

      • Call me Bee

        You bet we can, honey. 

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

      I love Zoe, but I am seriously tired of those giant platform pumps. They are oooogly, no matter what color, material, or brand they are rendered from/in. I HATE them. I have a love/hate with high-heels in general, and the three-inch thick platform just adds to the comically cartoonish nature of a shoe that is going to contort your foot like that and try to break your ankle at every chance it gets.

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

        Don’t worry, from the look of the Spring 2013 runways, there will hopefully be some respite from at least those who keep abreast with the newest fashion collections. 

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

          Good. Although I have seen some truly weird contraptions on the runway coverage I’ve seen, but also some actual flats! Holy moly how novel!

    • GorgeousThings

      Zoe wins for the shoes alone.

      • http://twitter.com/lgrahamtx Lee Graham

        Awesome footwear!

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

      This season has been so generally unenthusing that I forgot there was an episode tonight. It crossed my mind today but I nearly forgot while I was watching SATC on Style. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/6PQUNH7VYANAXMRMEEM763V3EU victor liu

      Heidi looks like she’s wearing a candy challenge dress.

      • http://twitter.com/lgrahamtx Lee Graham

        Truly!

    • http://twitter.com/lgrahamtx Lee Graham

       I definitely thought the Finale collections for this season were the most underwhelming ever. I can’t even pick a winner or favorite from them.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/6PQUNH7VYANAXMRMEEM763V3EU victor liu

        Elena’s was the best, BUT since she’s not in the finals, she decided to keep out the wow-moments and instead showcase more sellable, marketable separates. Disappointment. 

        • http://twitter.com/lgrahamtx Lee Graham

          Hers is certainly one of the most memorable and interesting. She should have reined it in a bit on the styling.

    • http://twitter.com/lgrahamtx Lee Graham

      Oh no! I just saw that Hulk Hogan has a sex tape that was just leaked online. Hurry, PR, please start so I can purge that from my mind.

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

        D:

      • Pennymac

        Oof. Pass the  eye bleach!

    • Pennymac

      I’ve been so out of it since I moved last week and I started a new job, I was about to whine about how living in rural Tennessee keeps me from getting Bravo. Then I thought, wait a minute, they’ve got to get Lifetime here, right? RIGHT? tired from working at the new job, but excited to be in the lounge! A non-alcoholic umbrella drink, please!

      • formerlyAnon

        Congrats on the job. Hope the move is a success!

    • alula_auburn

      Aw, they didn’t even show little Mario/Crayola/Snowy Day gnome on the runway previously.  

    • AshleighV

      Dimitry MUST make it to the top 3…don’t really care who the other two are. 

      • http://twitter.com/lgrahamtx Lee Graham

        Agree – we need his zingers – no one-way monkey, that guy!

      • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

        YES!!!

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

      Dammit, this is two weeks in a row I’ve forgotten it was Thursday! 
       

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

      Heidi looks like a slutty khaleesi.

      • http://twitter.com/lgrahamtx Lee Graham

        She does!

    • notdorothygale

      Really, Heidi? You’re wearing Barbarella tonight?

      • Wendi126

        Heidi comes out. I say to my husband, Jesus she looks desperate doesn’t she and he says, she looks fucking hot. I guess she’s not dressing for me

    • lessax3

      What is Heidi wearing? She kind of looks like she was in the middle of getting ready for a costume party.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        She’s carrying the “I’m newly single and I’m hot” look farther each week. It’s a good thing this season is almost over or we’d be subjected to the “design Heidi a custom thong” challenge.

    • Stubenville

      Heidi’s house?

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

      “To make sure I make it to Fashion Week, I really need to… ” *fingers crossed* please say poison another designer, please say poison another designer…

      I miss the really crazy folks

      • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

        A-heee!

    • alula_auburn

      I just saw a rerun of The Simpsons Halloween episode where Maggie is shrunk and swallowed by Mr. Burns and they have to go rescue her–and white blood cells attack Marge’s swimsuit.   “I have to admit, they know where to stop!”  Heidi’s dress makes me think she had an encounter with similarly conscientious wild animals.

      eta: God those make-up descriptions are obnoxious! From the “stupid feminine tropes” collection, apparently.

    • notdorothygale

      Billy Bee, your tailor called. You’re not supposed to throw your jacket in the laundry.

      • Stubenville

        Or sleep in it.

    • NDC_IPCentral

      “I feel like King Dimitry.”

      Some of the best quips in the show’s history from this guy.

      OH GEEZE, L’Oreal product push for the intro…. gah.

    • Jasmaree

      So it’s your generic “get inspired by nature” challenge with added product placement. Wonderful.

      Edit: Inspired by nature, these characters, and avant garde. Okay.

    • MilaXX

      Oheka Castle – Castle for every famewhore bride to have her so called princess wedding. I knew what it was the minute I saw the grounds.

    • Stubenville

      Christopher chooses the Queen. Quel suprise.

    • Call me Bee

      Fabio & Christpher–the Enchanted Queens.  Was there any doubt? 

      • alula_auburn

        Is it weird I actually miss Gunther right now?

        OMG why do these designers hate color so much?!?

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

          I miss Gunnar too! I think it’s because Christopher is him crossed with the still annoying Michael Costello. 

          • alula_auburn

            LOL, apparently I didn’t miss him enough to get his name right.  But how epic would a duel of Enchanted Queens been between Gunnar and Chris?  

    • StelledelMare

      Melissa and Christoper, seriously what is with this allergy to all colors but black?

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

      Why is an hourglass shape “evil”?

    • Girl_With_a_Pearl

      50 minutes until the Runway.  I think I’ll take a nap until then.

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

      I loooove Tootie’s style. 

      • MilaXX

        she is my girlcrush

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

          Me too! She makes me want to dye my hair blue, too. 

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

            ^Alllll of this.

          • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

            I had blue hair in college – she makes me miss it!

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

              I feel like I could rock a turquoise ala Tootie. Alas! Law school. 

    • muzan-e

      The L’Oreal challenge! Which is, for the second season (in a row?) the only challenge during which the Project Runway Collection is actually used by the artists in the makeup room – who typically make the wise choice of using the far superior HiP pigments and Color Infallibles.

      Never fails to delight. *g*

      (ETA: Loved seeing Dmitry sketching with the actual eyeshadows! Very reminiscent of Lagerfeld’s famous fondness for shading his sketches with Shu Uemura pigments.)

    • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

      “Oh, and Christopher!  You get whatever character you want!”  I hate this kid.

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

        And then his great big surprised pageant queen face. Ugh go away please.

        • MilaXX

           yeah the “little ole me” face has worn thin

        • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

          He honestly can’t be off my TV fast enough.  My boyfriend got me this TV for Christmas two years ago, so it was a gift given out of love.  And Christopher just beeschmirches it.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          He.makes.me.want.to.barf.  Enough with the faux surprise, honey.

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

        I bet his button wasn’t even in the bag. 

    • StelledelMare

      Another fabric loss? We’ve seen this before producers

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

        I swear they must steal it out of the bag. I am constantly annoyed they don’t just let the designer run back to Mood and deal with the time loss. 
        ETA: Also, it’s the worst ad for Mood, because if the designers only have one bag, it signals ineptitude on the part of the workers there who forget to toss it in. WAY TO BE SHITTY TO YOUR PRODUCT PLACEMENT, PRODUCERS.

        • NDC_IPCentral

          EXCELLENT point, Gabriella.

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

            And they were so nice when whoever it was went back for their fabric, you’d think Mood would be pissed they don’t get the chance to show how nice they would be about it more. 

            • CozyCat

              It was Kenley in her original season.

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

              Thanks! ETA: When I think about it, they were probably loath to in any way put Kenley at a disadvantage.

        • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

          I never thought of that!

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

           Um, if she only had one bag, and they each have their own work table, then why are there three Mood bags on her table?  I find this bewildering…

    • BuffaloBarbara

      I’ll say this for Christopher–he has the right attitude about the challenge–”I can’t wait to see the colors and get inspired.”  Because really, that’s what the challenges should be.  Whatever they throw at you, for whatever reason, you should use it as a springboard to get inspired to do something that you might not otherwise do.

    • Kimbolina

      I don’t understand how designers still manage to forget/leave behind bags of fabric.  I mean seriously, I would have a death grip on all my stuff leaving the counter at Mood.

      • MilaXX

         THIS! and since she’s not a favorite there will be no magical second trip to Mood

      • notdorothygale

        Just as well. I had a middle eastern dance costume skirt made out of the same shiny gold fabric……thirty years ago.

    • Jasmaree

      Calling it now: There’s gonna be a twist where they have to design a ready to wear version of the look.

      • Call me Bee

        Oh but of course. 

        • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

          Yepper.

      • NDC_IPCentral

        With two days, how can the producers not cripple/sabotage the designers’ chance for a little time to really work?  Bet you’re right.

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

      I really hope that Perks of Being a Wallflower adaptation is good. It was one of my favorite books when I was younger and I hope they do it justice.

    • alula_auburn

      LOL at the dramatic Mizrahi spot.

    • mhleta

      Heidi’s gold dress?!? I’m horrified! It looks like the bastard child of a girdle and a bird cage. Tight, slutty, desperate, delusional. Awful! I’m actually embarrassed for her.

      • Stubenville

        Cougarville.

    • notdorothygale

      Oh *!@#!!! Mizrahi is doing All Stars? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

      • Call me Bee

        Yeah.  Ivy and Wendy will eat him alive. 

        • blondie65

          oh….there’s a reason to watch!!!

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

        He did it before, didn’t he? He’s not so terrible. He IS a TV whore though. 

        • Call me Bee

          He did–and was surprizingly insighful.  I see him on (I don’t know if I should say this…) QVC now and again and he seems genuinely sweet-ish and happy-go-lucky. 

          • formerlyAnon

            I liked him on his own show, he was flawed, a little needy, but usually very kind and charming to his guests with an occasional moment of real wit. He didn’t come off to such advantage as a judge/host on {I think it was} that PR rip off called, I think “the Fashion Show.” He sometimes seemed gratuitously mean and as if he was just trying to get a better joke than his fellow judges.

    • Jasmaree

      Didn’t Kenley leave some tulle at Mood and they let her get it? Why can’t Sonjia just ask?

      • Kimbolina

        Yeah, I definitely remember someone in a past season who was allowed to go back and get their stuff.  Maybe it’s not allowed anymore?

        • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

          Yup, it was Kenley, and they let her go back to get it.

      • Stubenville

        Yes. Tim asked if it was on the receipt and allowed her to go retrieve it.

    • Call me Bee

      I hope Dimitry’s suit is awesome.  Can you see it?  Purple and blue with tails, maybe,  and a really short skirt and a far-out collar evoking a wizard but not costumey.  God I hope he pulls it off. 

      • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

        So do I, but I’m freaking nervous for him! But then again, I’ve gotten nervous for him every week till they tell him he’s safe.

    • alula_auburn

      Oh, God, Fabio’s play-by-play of the silence of the Gunn!

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

      Fabio running down Tim’s “stages of silence” = awesome and adorable. I love Fabio more every week. 

    • MilaXX

      Hey, Sonjia’s wearing a good lip color this week. Did Elena take all the crazy makeup with her?

    • Kimbolina

      Gahhh, Fabio’s basically sounds like a sheer dress over granny panties??  Why, Fabio, WHY?  You’re better than that!

      • Stubenville

        Worked for Wretched Gretchen.

    • MilaXX

      I typically boycott all Lifetime movies, but I kinda want to see this Steel Magnolia reboot.

    • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

      Oh, god, Dmitry, keep your shit together, baby, don’t get eliminated now!

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

        He better still be in. I just can’t bear it if he gets AUFed

        • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

          I know, I just can’t even!

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

      I had to run out and pick up my kid so I missed the beginning (and Heidi’s apparently sluttier than normal outfit, drat!), what exactly is the challenge? Something avant garde? But what’s with the queens?

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

        Avant garde with makeup collection based female archetypes. 

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

          Thank you!

      • alula_auburn

        they’re based on l’oreal make-up collections: enchanted queen, artsy muse, wise mystic and, um, seductive temptress, I think.

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

          Thank you! Of course it’s sponsor based, Duh.

    • notdorothygale

      “Bye Atlas!” “Bye Mood” Are NY buildings sentient beings?

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

        To be fair, Mood is a business (and not to get too political, but as a corporation, it’s also technically a person #eyeroll)

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

      Fabio – SKANTS! Skants are not avant-garde, they’re dumbass.

    • alula_auburn

      OMG any one read the Baby-Sitters Club books?  Fabio is making Karen’s SWEATER PANTS.

    • Stubenville

      I really like Sonjia, but that girl just has horrendous taste in lipstick.

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

        I think the paler than skintone lipstick can work but it should be brighter and more saturated. 

      • dress_up_doll

        I’m glad I’m not the only one who feels that way. She needs to tone it down a bit.

    • Jasmaree

      Where, exactly, is this “month’s worth of work” mantra coming from? Is it just generally accepted that an avant garde look takes a month to make?

      • MilaXX

         isn’t that couture? Handmade, takes a month to do?

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

          The judges don’t really see the difference most of the time. 

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

           I get so annoyed when they toss around the word couture on this show — I know they are using it in the commonly accepted American form, but it bugs for some reason.  Probably because I’m irritatingly pedantic about the little tidbits that get stuck in my head.

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

      Fabio better not get sent home for doing something legitimately unexpected. EYECANDY, DAMMIT. (ETA: And how fitting his name is Fabio.)

      • MilaXX

         I am very interested in Fabio’s look.

        • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

          It’s really great.

    • http://twitter.com/lgrahamtx Lee Graham

      Don’t you know those Designers hate giving up time for these makeup consultations?

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        And L’Oreal gets more product placement!

        • http://twitter.com/lgrahamtx Lee Graham

          For makeup combos that quite frankly were not even that attractive….

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

      Does anyone have experience with these stick on nail things? I feel like they’d look cheap and I’m not sure this extended ad is persuading me otherwise. 

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

         Actually, if you know what you’re doing, they are awesome.  But you have to have a steady hand — you have to be able to line them up correctly, and really smooth them out perfectly.  And I always use several layers of an acrylic gel to get a thick enough smooth layer on top — they can get a little rougher than a straight coat of polish.  No different than most other nail art, like sponge painting though.  And I find they stay on really really well.  Particularly great for high humidity areas like Chicagoland in August or the Gulf Coast… well, ever… when your polish just does not want to dry.

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

          Hrm. I have hands too unsteady to paint my own nails, but these seem like they may have the same problem then (in a different form)? 

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

             Then get one without a linear pattern — something like a cheetah print is fine but not a houndstooth.

        • http://twitter.com/snowgall Teresa Galloway

          Agreed. I used the Sally Hansen versions and they worked great. Got many compliments and they stayed on beautifully for over a week, and that was without a topcoat. The worst part is the removal–they are super stubborn and take half a bottle of acetone to completely remove.

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

             Soak a cotton ball in acetone, stick it on your nail, and wrap it with aluminum foil.  Let it sit for 5 minutes and anything will come right off.

      • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

        Oh, they’re fun! They’re not cheap, but I screw them up far less than actual polish.

      • MilaXX

         I do. They are easy to put on. Mine lasted a week before chipping. Also easy to remove.

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

          Might need to buy some then! 

    • Thathoodwink

      Heidi’s outfit is insanely, ridiculously insanely ridiculous! And I have a question…when designers leave a bag of 5 yards of fabric at Mood, and have two days for a challenge, why do they just not go BACK to Mood to pick up the fabric? Is there some sort of a rule against it? Is this the second time this has happened this season? It just makes no sense.

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

      Dmitry, dear, you’re still my fictional boyfriend, but that jacket is NOT avant-garde. It’s fabulous, but “wearable yet avant-garde” is not a thing. Avant-garde ISN’T wearable – that’s part of the whole point of it.

      Project Runway even having these challenges is ridiculous, frankly.

      • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

        Dmitry, we, your imaginary girlfriends, really feel you need to wow the judges tonight, honey.  Please, don’t go home tonight!

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

          EXACTLY.

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

        I feel like avant garde can be wearable, it just shouldn’t be conventional. Then again, if I could get away with it (and afford it!) I’d totally wear Gareth Pugh in everyday life, so I shouldn’t judge.

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

          Right – it can be wearable, but it has to be very unconventional/unusual and only a rarefied segment of the population can pull it off. That, or it requires a good deal of interpreting first.

          • CozyCat

            So I guess the best definition is:  Would Tilda Swinton wear this.  If yes, then it’s avante garde.

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

            I wish they didn’t practically always interpret it as gowns. YAWN. There needs to be an avant garde daywear challenge.

    • CrazyAuntie

      Finally made it to the lounge – to drink and to take in the avant garde!  Great to see Billy B!

      And, I’ve orderd something expensive and bubbly to toast the late,great, divine enchanting Sahara Davenport — gone way too soon…

      • Pennymac

        Agreed. Such a shame. My heart goes out to Manilla.

      • notdorothygale

        Welcome, Auntie! Catch up to the avant-garde crazy and enjoy your bubbly.

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

        OMG, I hadn’t heard about Sahara Davenport! That’s awful and so sad. Poor Manila…

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

      “But does that make it avant-garde, or a mistake?”

      LOLOLOLOL TIM YOU ARE MY HERO

      • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

        I know, right?  Just listening to that little PAB (“Punk Ass Bitch”, patent pending) stammer and whine about how big hips are avant garde was fabulous.

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

           I loved “No one wants to make their hips look bigger.”  as I sit cutting my fourth dress in a row designed to do just that, though far more subtly than giant bulges.  When you’re top-heavy and thick-waisted, visually widening the hips a bit gives you more of a waist and balances out the proportions.  You know, like a sizable chunk of the female population?

          • Tapetum

             Yes! I am flat-hipped and thick-waisted. Built up hips normalize my proportions. Doesn’t necessarily make them avant-garde, though. Nor is avant-garde necessarily meant to be pretty. Weird is a perfectly acceptable aesthetic there.

    • NDC_IPCentral

      Good for you, Fabio, you used your noodle.  Your work is saying “avant garde.”

      Melissa, what the heck have you been doing all day??

      Sonjia, your work is looking like a Korto wannabe.

      Christopher, you don’t know what avant garde means.  OH BOO HOO.  Grow up.

      Dimitry, are you being edgy enough?

    • alula_auburn

      Didn’t at least one other designer do big structural hips for the avant-garde challenge? I mean in a previous season, I swear I remember discussion about it.

      whine whine whine Christopher.

      • notdorothygale

        Millions of women are comforted to know their hips are “avant-garde”.

      • lessax3

        Didn’t Kenley do her exaggerated bubble hips? I might be misremembering though.

        • Call me Bee

          Yes–Kenley’s dress was  copy of the alien’s dress  with the big hips in Mars Attacks.  It was Chris March and CHristian Puffy-Lseeves who did the award-winning dress with the big collar and a million miles of organza ruffles. 

        • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

          unfortunately she did it with the big bubble sleeves that made her look like a hot air balloon taking off.

    • PastryGoddess

      Oh look it’s the weekend of movies for black people!

      I’m aquiver with excitement lifetime…quivering..mmm..hmmm..that’s it

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

      Dmitry, nooooo, fix it. I can’t lose you and your adorable snark yet.

      • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

        I know, he has to at least be safe!

    • PastryGoddess

      What is with the whole goodbye Atlas schitck???

      • Stubenville

        Product placement.

      • notdorothygale

        Yet no “Good morning, Parsons!”

        • PastryGoddess

          Exactly!  So annoying.  

    • Stubenville

      Stiltwalker challenge pants, Fabio?

    • http://www.thirteen.org/insidethirteen Gotham Tomato

      Has anyone here ver begged for retweets to win the Fan Fave thing? Here’s my one request on that score: Please retweet my one PR tweet of the evening. THANKS! (And sorry if this is out of line guys!): 

      @GothamTomato:disqus  on twitter

      .@ProjectRunway It’s really hard. It’s avant-hard. #ProjectRunway Pls RT

      • muzan-e

        Ordinarily I never get around to re-tweeting anything, but…  

        Dammit, that’s actually a funny pun. I didn’t know such a thing could even exist. *g*

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

        RT’ed! 

        • http://www.thirteen.org/insidethirteen Gotham Tomato

          THanks!

          –GothamTomato

      • MilaXX

         done

    • Stubenville

      Melissa appears to be on the fast track for an auf.

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

        Right? I wish the judges had kept Elena, she probably would have had something interesting up her sleeve for this challenge.

        • http://twitter.com/lgrahamtx Lee Graham

          Yes, I think Elena would have done well with this challenge.

          • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

            and i can’t believe they sent her home after she made that cute jacket and melissa made that hideous excuse for a baby dress.

    • alula_auburn

      Ugh, Chris, don’t put on your sunglasses inside, you tool.  Especially at 11 pm.

      • notdorothygale

        That’s something only Kors can do on the runway.

    • Jasmaree

      Chris, it’s a nice dress and all, but all you did was make the hips big. Otherwise is just a boring gown. 

      • lessax3

         And only a bit big, if he wanted that to be his avant garde point of view he needed to do it in a grander scale.

      • alula_auburn

        The hips aren’t even that big, honestly.  Not in a statement kind of way.

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        and the kumquat queen will likely scream “what woman wants her hips to look BIGGER”?

    • AshleighV

      This can start getting interesting any time now

    • zelavie

      The Atlas advertising team must have realized they weren’t getting enough promos this season.  How many times have we heard “Goodbye, Atlas!” this episode?

    • http://twitter.com/lgrahamtx Lee Graham

      At least the Lord and Taylor accessory wall is much better than the Piper Line one!

      • Stubenville

        I wonder if we’ll see the blue suede pumps with the price tags on the soles this week. Again.

        • http://twitter.com/lgrahamtx Lee Graham

          I would not be surprised!

          • http://twitter.com/lgrahamtx Lee Graham

            Remember those ugly boots that Gretchen used over and over again?

            • MilaXX

               hopefully they burned them by the end of the season

        • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

          and i liked those pumps, once…

    • MilaXX

      Christopher’s dress looks like the one Chris march made Chrissy Tegan (John Legend’s girlfriend) on his show. 

      • PastryGoddess

        YES! All it’s missing is the feather shoulder pads!!

        • PastryGoddess

          …Oh wait

        • MilaXX

          instead he put them on hr arms. *That* is laughably bad

    • Call me Bee

      Christopher’s dress looks like Maleficent’s outfit in Disney’ Sleeping Beauty, eh?  (The best Disney villianess ever!) 

      • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

        “I know Maleficent, Maleficent was a friend of mine, and YOU, Sir, are no Maleficent!”

      • PastryGoddess

        Austin Scarlett did it better

      • Stubenville

        Don’t forget Cruella!

        • Call me Bee

          (gasp) I did forget Cruella!  And I even played her once in a musical!  (Hangs head in shame)  Please forgive. 

          • BrooklynBomber

            If she doesn’t scare you, no evil thing will.
            She’s like a tiger waitin’ for a kill.

            Just sayin’.

    • Stubenville

      The judges will hate Fabio’s hat.

    • Kimbolina

      None of them seem very… interesting, ya know?

      • notdorothygale

         I suspect the “interesting” will be the venomous remarks from the judges.

      • dschubba

        Typical last challeneg let-down, TBH.

        • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

          really.  by now, they’re all second guessing and   psyching themselves out until they’re practically paralyzed.

    • Jasmaree

      Sonjia’s getting the ice-skating comment.

    • http://twitter.com/lgrahamtx Lee Graham

      This should be some great critique session judging from these previews and these largely craptastic looks.

    • MilaXX

      Viv,, I love ya’ but I wouldn’t watch that show if they paid me.

    • alula_auburn

      Are they going to continue the All-Stars indefinitely?  I already barely remember half these people.  

      Ugh, that Febreeze commercial with the stuffed animals gives me the creeps.

    • slinky_kermit

      There’s no surprising twist?!?  What a surprising twist!

    • blondie65

      “one trick pony”?   I’m worried….

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        that expression still reminds me of a strip show in tijuana.

    • Pennymac

       Any one besides me think Sonjia’s green is unpleasant?

      • MilaXX

         I think it would have been really pretty in the gold fabric.

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        i love that green.  and it did show up in the spring runway shows, as i remember.

    • notdorothygale

      Heidi must be designing for Forever XXI!!

    • http://twitter.com/lgrahamtx Lee Graham

      The good thing about only 5 designers is that the pain of the runway show is relatively short-lived!

    • dress_up_doll

      Hi, Zoe Saldana!

    • Stubenville

      Melissa – not bad, but a bit Memphis.

    • Stubenville

      Fabio’s – ugly

    • dschubba

      Barely made it home in time for the runway!

    • Call me Bee

      Oh Fabio.  No. 

    • notdorothygale

      “As groans ring out across the country from those tuned into Lifetime…….”

    • Stubenville

      Oh Dimitri – not Avant Garde enough.

    • Jasmaree

      I think Dmitry interpreted avant garde as “incorporate ALL the design elements!” Very worried for him.

      • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

        Me too.

    • StelledelMare

      I am bored to tears with all of this mess

    • Stubenville

      Sonjia’s – hate the Kermit green.

    • Stubenville

      Christopher’s – wild west bordello madam.

      • NDC_IPCentral

        True.

    • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

      OMG, Dmitry!  It’s a fucking SUIT, baby!  What the hell?  If he gets eliminated for this, I’m gonna cry.  It’s beautiful, but it’s not avant garde! I hope this isn’t the one challenge that he chokes on.

      • CozyCat

        It’s a suit for a Robert Palmer girl.

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

        I feel like there are ways to make a suit avant garde, but this was not the way. 

      • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

        I love being wrong sometimes! 

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

      I want Heidi’s outfit, and that’s not something I really expected to say.
      Also, is Disqus spazzing out on anyone else? It keeps notifying me of the same comments. 
      Melissa’s outfit: NOT avant garde. Also, that skirt pattern looks like the pattern Fabio designed a few weeks back.
      I looove Fabio’s, but it’s mainly just the coat that looks avant garde.
      I also love Dmitry’s, but I’m not sure it’s in any way avant garde. Cover up the back and I’d wear it to work.
      Oh fuck it, none of these designs are avant garde. Sticking feathers to her arms is stupid, Christopher. If he gets praise for that.

      UGGGH THEY WERE IMPRESSED WHAT

      • MilaXX

         yes disqus is wonky tonight.

        • Call me Bee

          It hiccups when too many of us are posting at the same time.  It takes a bit of time to catch up.  Grrr…

    • alula_auburn

      Oh, Heidi, how your standards have dropped. “Really impressed”?

    • MilaXX

      Melissa – Ugly costume
      Fabio – LOVE – is it far enough?
      Dmitry – Nice but not avant garde
      Sonjia – Again nice but not really out there
      Christopher – Just a pretty dress. Gotta hear the judge justify this.

      I can’t pick a winner. I’m underwhelmed by them all.

    • Kimbolina

      None of that was really avant garde.  Boring!  I guess Christopher’s was the most interesting without being ugly?

    • Jasmaree

      Let’s admit it: No one really did well here. It’s usually the way the last challenge goes, though.

    • m0r0

      Hate hate hate Heidi’s dress. I’m blinded and offended by the the 80′s pink lace + the overlay’d lace. My eyes!!

    • Call me Bee

      Dimitry’s suit is stunning.  I hope the judges think it’s dramatic enough.  But wearable!  LOL…

      • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

        It is stunning, but I’m worried they won’t think it’s avant garde enough.

    • http://twitter.com/lgrahamtx Lee Graham

      Is it me, or should an All-Star show actually have people from previous seasons that had real talent (and not just obnoxious personalities)?

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

        They used most of the talented All Stars last season. I feel like they should call this “All Stars: DRAMA EDITION”
        Bet the clothes will be a snoozefest. But at least they’ll cry and cut, amiright?

        • http://twitter.com/lgrahamtx Lee Graham

          That’s all they will do – cry, cut, have fits, annoy us all!

      • dschubba

        I’d love to see a one-off All-Star special where they bring back the first eliminated designers from each season.

    • mhleta

      Toodie’s skrood. 

    • m0r0

      Christopher Melissa and Dimitri. Although Sonji’s dress fit like a glove, an ugly glove.

    • guest2visits

      Based on these last looks… I would say Fabio and Christopher; don’t know who else.  I love the way Sonjia handled her fabric;
      but the back was a miss for me.

    • PastryGoddess

      What the Fuck are those Feathers!!

    • NDC_IPCentral

      NONE of the outfits paraded on that runway meet the definition of “avant garde”  These are not bold, adventurous designers, they’re mostly competant dressmakers of varying degrees of skill.

    • Call me Bee

      I gotta guess Tootie, Melissa (what was that??!?) and Fabio on the bottom.  His model should have left the coat ON.  The dress is hideous. 

    • dress_up_doll

      I don’t think that any of them were especially avant garde. Essentially, I am underwhelmed.

      • l_c_ann

        Their explanations left miles and miles to be desired.

        The ‘ I want’s generation strikes again.

        • khh1138

          That’s always the part I am *so* disappointed with – I’m always hopping up and down in my seat saying — oh, tell them about the thing and the fabric and what the client wanted and…
          ..and then the designer says something incredibly brief and flippant like “well, I made a cute little dress in black. To show her body. Yeah, that’s it.”  From what they *say out loud*, you’d never in a million years guess what was their inspiration or what they were going for at all. 
          Could this part be edited?  It doesn’t look like it. They just all seem incredibly inarticulate. I’d be rehearsing the story of my garment or at least have little sound bites in mind that I knew I had to get out there.

    • blondie65

      As improved as this season has been over the last 2 years, none of these hold a candle to princess puffy sleeves and the master, Chris March’s avant garde gown.  I remember gasping just when it was silouetted before the runway.  Oh…  That having been said, I did like Fabio’s…first time all season I really noticed him.  Sonjia…as much as I like her, it just screamed Poison Ivy.

    • PastryGoddess

      Ok Lifetime you win

      Alfre Woodard, Holla!

    • dress_up_doll

      MK was pretty harsh on Sonjia.

      • MilaXX

         he’s been running short on his one liners this season.

    • alula_auburn

      Wow, Heidi is really into Sonjia’s dress.

      MK loves that banquet story too much.

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

      I said it in a reply to someone, but there needs to be an avant garde daywear challenge. Fuckin’ gowns. 
      Also, Heidi, AVANT GARDE =/= RED CARPET UGGGH.

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

        I know. I was howling at my television.

    • Jasmaree

      They’re talking about everything except for the dress.

    • MilaXX

      Go on Zoe, get your judging on! Girlfriend knows clothes.

    • NDC_IPCentral

      All the cooing over Christopher’s gown’s back?  Puhleeze…..

      • StelledelMare

        To me it makes her butt look much bigger than it probably is

    • http://twitter.com/lgrahamtx Lee Graham

      Yay!

      • http://twitter.com/lgrahamtx Lee Graham

        over Dmitry getting good critique…

    • alula_auburn

      OMG when do the judges EVER tell the designers “it’s hard!”  Does Chris have naked blackmail pictures of them all?

      I want to think Nina’s conspicuous lack of comment spoke volumes.

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

      Mmm, Dmitry in leather pants. /pervin

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

      Waiting for Heidi: “I WOULD WEAR THIS TO WORK.” (Pardon the caps, whenever I hear her voice I sort of hear it in all caps)

      • khh1138

        Hee hee I feel like I need a special font for Heidi.  She terrifies and fascinates me. 

    • zelavie

      WOW, Zoe is an awesome judge!  I love that she was totally honest with Christopher instead of kissing his ass like the others.  The Saldana is above producer manipulation.

    • dschubba

      Christopher really took that Bob Mackie comment to heart.

    • PastryGoddess

      Good for Sonjia.  Stand up for yourself

    • lessax3

       Ah, that is why the jacket came off, it flips.

    • MilaXX

      wait a minute Fabio wore the head piece? That’s hysterical!

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

        I loooove him. Can’t say it enough. He’s so pretty. Also, on the beard note today, he’s a good example of a long beard that doesn’t look scraggly (though I feel it could use a little shaping). 

      • PastryGoddess

        I know right…

    • dschubba

      (That’s what Zoe Saldana’s normal speaking voice sounds like?)

    • alula_auburn

      Oh, Fabio, you are so classy.

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

      I looove Fabio. He’s so genteel. 

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

        Great adjective.

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

          Thanks! 

    • AshleighV

      This episode may be lackluster but at least there’s FINALLY a celebrity judge who can offer up more then “I would wear that”, “It’s super pretty.”

    • Kimbolina

      Separates are thrilling?

      • NDC_IPCentral

        Barrel-bottom scraping, I’m thinking.  Then again, there have not been many separates offerings from this gang throughout the competition.

    • MilaXX

      I can’t pick a winner, but I think Melissa should be the auf. If she stays then the spoiler I read is probably true.

      • CozyCat

        Oh, you know they’re going to give it to Christopher.

    • alula_auburn

      The models all look miserable.

      I can’t believe they like Melissa’s this much.

    • Jasmaree

      They like Melissa’s look?? Really?

    • StelledelMare

      Heidi, you hate anything that doesn’t show off half your body or give the illusion of doing so

      • PastryGoddess

        Winna! Winna! Winna!

        • Presumptuous Insect

          Chicken dinna?

          • PastryGoddess

            Only if it’s fried

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

      I fucking can’t with the love for Melissa. NOT avant garde. I don’t fucking get it. I could pop a collar on a vest too and be avant garde WOW. 

    • http://twitter.com/lgrahamtx Lee Graham

      Unbelievable they like that!

    • alula_auburn

      AUGH I hate this question!  And they ALL say “it’s my dream!”  That is not a reason!

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

        Right – that’s the reason they WANT to go, not the reason they SHOULD. This isn’t Top Model, you guys.

        • muzan-e

          I just don’t feel like you WANT it enough. The way you walk in here, the way you talk back to the judges; the obvious fact that you’ve handstitched that garment in a twelve-hour demonstration of your searing indifference….

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

             Oh dear god, yes!  Of course, it is important to really want a career in fashion — if you don’t want it enough to work hard enough and give up enough for it, you won’t be able to make it.  Drive is important.  But it is most definitely not enough.  You should be able to give a lot more explanation.

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

      Ooh, I don’t know about Melissa’s…I get it, but it’s so clearly poorly put together. That skirt fabric is gorgeous, though.

      I’m very worried for Sonjia. :(

      • dschubba

         So am I. :(

    • MilaXX

      So I’m guessing the winner is either Melissa or Dmitry and from the judges response I’m thinking Melissa wins? 

      • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

        I think so.

    • Stubenville

      Designers –  time to suck-up to us.

    • Stubenville

      “I had a DREAM…”

      • PastryGoddess

        *snerk*

    • instantkarmalr

      Have the judges completely disregarded the avant garde aspect to this challenge?

      • Stubenville

        Apparently.

      • http://twitter.com/lgrahamtx Lee Graham

        Yep!

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

        Yes. 

      • l_c_ann

        If they hadn’t kicked Elena off last week, they would have had Avant Garde, in capital letters.  Lest we forget Melissa tolk us all that she IS an avant garde designer (at least around the colars)

      • Kimbolina

        Maybe they just gave up on that cause none of the designs were particularly avant garde anyway.

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

      Tootie, Fabio, and Dmitry for top three, but I’m not getting my way. 

    • Kimbolina

      Ugh, why do they have to ask this kind of crap?  Everyone says the same BS anyway, how is it interesting or helpful for the judges or anything?  Ugh, just make it stop.

      Also, this was such a boring episode and I can’t believe they loved Melissa’s that much.  What the hell is going on?

    • Stubenville

      Time for the twist. They all go on and then there is a death match next week to reach three.

      • notdorothygale

        Exactly.

      • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

        Holla.

    • dschubba

      It’s obvious Christopher is going to win this season, but I want Sonjia and Dmitry as the runners-up.

      • granddelusion

        Christopher is an overrated talentless putz.

        • PastryGoddess

          you really need to stop holding back…

        • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

          I love you!

    • PastryGoddess

      OMG did you see Fabio roll his eyes!  Loving this critique!

      • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

        That was awesome!  As was Sonjia really back-talking to them!

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

      Oh. Em. Gee. Admitting to looking at body of work. =gay gasp=

    • CozyCat

      I feel bad for Sonjie.  She tried to do something avante garde, namely, completely deconstruct a dress.  She didn’t really succeed, but at leat there was an idea.  And she gets trashed. 

      Christopher and Melissa make pretty normal stuff, and the judges love it. 

      • granddelusion

        I would dump those two. So fast.

      • l_c_ann

        Dimitri won the challenge……..

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

      I promised I wouldn’t let Project Runway make me angry this season, I promised I wouldn’t let Project Runway make me angry this season, I promised I wouldn’t let Project Runway make me angry this season, I promised I wouldn’t let Project Runway make me angry this season…

      • Call me Bee

        Me too.  But now I’m pissed. 

    • alula_auburn

      Um, exactly what ideas did Chris have besides (vaguely) big hips and cuckoo feathers?  What is all this “he just flew too close to the sun” crap? 

      OMG, they remembered (or noticed!) Dmitry’s candy challenge dress.

      • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

        I know!

    • notdorothygale

      Heidi, the “crazy good” is wearing thin.

    • dschubba

      Nina wrote down a critique that she’s pretending to disagree with? Mitt Romney much?

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

      DON’T CALL MY BOYFRIEND A ONE-TRICK PONY, NINA. FIGHTIN. WORDS.

      • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

        LET’S GO GIT HER!!!

      • notdorothygale

        He’s at least a one-trick stallion.

        • PastryGoddess

          Giddy-yup!

        • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

          Mmmmm hmmmmm…. ;-)

    • NDC_IPCentral

      Dimitry a one-trick pony???  Nina, didn’t you fight the producers when they force-fed you that line?

      GRRRRR.

      • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

        I mean, was she sniffing glue when she said that about him?  She’s crazy!

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

      Mesmerized by Zoe’s shoes. Killer.

      • notdorothygale

        If I wore them they would kill me.

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

          Well, there is that. They’re great for sitting in a chair.

          • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

            Pretty much!  I’m a total flats girl – my days in heels are done!

    • dress_up_doll

      I dunno. Wishy-washy judges…I see Melissa as winning the challenge and Sonjia as out.

      • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

        I think so.

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

        Can Melissa win when Heidi called her outfit ugly? 

      • mhleta

        Yeah, I thought that’s how it was going to play out, too.

    • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

      Gaaaah…. they loved Dmitry’s suit, but it doesn’t sound like he’s out of the woods yet.  I had no idea that Nina didn’t like him over all!  Is she nuts?

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

        How could you not love it? It was spectacular! And if they want to pretend it’s avant-garde that’s cool with me.

        • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

          It was gorgeous!  The only thing that REALLY scared me was that I was scared it wasn’t going to be considered avant garde enough. But it doesn’t matter now, because he won!!  EEEE!!!

      • khh1138

        I’m horrified by the idea that Nina doesn’t like Dmitry.  Horrified! He’s *wonderful.* I’d wear everything he’s ever made and when I wasn’t wearing it, I’d hang it on my wall and just look at it. 

        • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

          And not only is he an amazing designer, but we all want to jump his bones!  What’s not to love?  Is The Garcia mad?

    • blondie65

      Is Christopher related to Nina or Michael? Or an executive at Lifetime?  I mean…come on.  REALLY?  That’s avant garde??? It’s a nicely done evening gown for a rich lady going to a Halloween party.

    • Call me Bee

      I can’t ever remember the judges going thru the past challenges before the final runway show in the tent.  What’s up with that?  They always would judge on the one challenge result right in front of them.  So even though you may have had a few wins, if you had a clunker, you were out.  i.e. Nick V., Andrae, etc. 

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

        They usually do it in the episode before finals. 

      • Pupioso

         I actually don’t have a problem with it and think they should. this is about the whole and not one challenge. We want the strongest designers there and that’s what they are doing which I think is good.

        • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

          True.  And really, at least it’s more honest. We all know that despite the “one day you’re in, the next you’re out” is bullshit – I mean, look at Elena and Melissa last week.  If that was really the case, Elena would be there and Melissa would have been out.  So you know they actually DO take the whole body of work into account.  At least this way, they’re being more honest.

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        heidi said it was because they all disagreed on this challenge.  do they not want to fight in front of us?  suddenly?  heidi seemed awfully well prepared to review their past designs.  i don’t believe this was spur of the moment.  

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/6PQUNH7VYANAXMRMEEM763V3EU victor liu

        In a way, though, their decision tonight completely turned it around.
        Sonjia had the worst look but a better body of work. The result? One day she’s in, the next day she wins, the day AFTER THAT she’s out!

        So the only time they admit to judging a body of work, they adhere to Heidi’s catchphrase?

        But I’m very glad Fabio’s in. I want to nuzzle his face-fur.

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

      Fucking Christopher. Ugh. 

    • http://twitter.com/lgrahamtx Lee Graham

      All right!

    • Stubenville

      YAY Boris Badanov!

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

      Annnnnd Christopher does the pageant cry once again, complete with puppy dog eyes.

      But DMITRY WINS!!!! With, like, no fanfare whatsoever!

      • khh1138

        Ahhh so relieved.  I need to lie down. 

      • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

        I know, it was almost like a throwaway line!  “You’re going to fashion week and you won the challenge – you can leave the runway.”  It was like, wha? WHA??  YAAY!  Very much “Here’s your hat, what’s your hurry?”, but no matter – I’m thrilled!

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        with costello 1.0 it was the cow eyes, with 2.0 it’s puppy eyes.  those two are a veritable 4H show of expression.  what’s next? pigs and ducks and geese? (better scurry)

        • muzan-e

          lolcats.

          may God have mercy on our souls.

    • NDC_IPCentral

      Toooooo much Christopher love.  And too much Christopher love of self.  Ugh.

      What next…?  AH, Dimitry gets the papal nod.

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

      Yay!  Dmitry!!!

    • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

      HE WON!!!! HE’S GOING TO FASHION WEEK AND HE WON THE CHALLENGE!! Oh, Dmitry, you are fan-fucking-tastic!

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

      What? I mean, YAY! But totally unexpected that they’d give him the win. Finally, justice! Go Dmitry!

    • Call me Bee

      But–Dimirty won and I love it!  :)

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/6SJKU7VGMAHQZHU73Q2OZHFEB4 Allana

      Argh… Christopher’s little fetal half-grab towards the judges is bum-crawlingly creepy

      • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

        I know, he’s so freaking gross.

      • muzan-e

        Personally, I loved it. Just for that split-second in which he knows Heidi’s going to leap up for a hug!

        …. and then he realises. 

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        ickickick….

    • AshleighV

      YAY DIMITRY!!! I hope he dials up the one-liners for Fashion Week.

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

      I love how two of my favorite designers are in the bottom. Ugh.

    • dschubba

      Oh no. Only one auf-ee. That probably means Sonjia. :/

    • PastryGoddess

      Zoe Saldana has set the bar for every single guest judge from now on.  

    • NDC_IPCentral

      “What I’ve always wanted….”   From a bunch of mostly unsophisticated 20-something year olds.   Sorry that I’m sounding like an old foof, which I am, but this “always” hasn’t been in their systems for more than, oh, half a decade?

      Ah, they jettisoned Sonjia.  Too bad, a nice woman and a good designer.

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

        No, I totally agree with you. When Christopher was talking about his long study and passion for fashion I was thinking, “Dude, aren’t you, like, 24?”

        • blondie65

          “long study”.  Yeah.  Get back to me when you reach the double digits of years in the industry you strive to be sucessful in.  You, Christopher, at this point have NO F’ING idea what it means to study “LONG” in your profession.  

          Ok…sorry…I just got home after 4 days at a work related conference where I LEARNED (after being away from my husband & kids) that as much as I know, the experience that I have, that, STILL, with how fast the world changes there is so much more that I need to learn (after 20 years in the industry…)

      • Judy_S

         There was an ad for that horrible-looking ballet school show in which a 12-year-old says this is what she’s worked for her whole life.

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        eggs-zack-lee! (i can’t wait for the return of casanova).  christopher:  “i’ve studied fashion for so long…”  how old are you, dude, twenty-three?  you haven’t been able to read for that long.

      • BrooklynBomber

        delete

    • l_c_ann

      Damn you, judges.

        Heidi, Geh’ weg.

    • http://twitter.com/lgrahamtx Lee Graham

      Sonjia not having the strong aesthetic killing her?

      • http://twitter.com/lgrahamtx Lee Graham

        Yep – not really fair at all.

        • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

          i can’t believe that none of them could see her point of view, which combined with her personal sense of style to make an overall appealing package that so many would enjoy and find refreshing.

      • holdmewhileimnaked

        she has a strong aesthetic. it’s just really subtle. but her clothes are both somewhat unusual & usually very becoming on, not all that common a fashion combo.

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

      I love how the judges are so open about their disagreements on the designers’ work, and I really believe them too. It’s refreshing.

    • instantkarmalr

      Boo. Sonji is my favorite :(

    • alula_auburn

      Wow, I did not think Dmitry would get the second nod.  Thrilled, but I didn’t expect it at all.

      Poor Sonjia!  Ugh, stupid bland Christopher.

    • dress_up_doll

      Oh, man. The writing was on the wall, but I still feel awful for Sonjia. I really liked her. And Tim seemed to really like her as well.

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

      Aw, I’m gonna miss Sonjia. Love you, you sassy cutie. 

      Fucking Christopher, seriously.

    • http://twitter.com/lgrahamtx Lee Graham

      Going to miss her head scarves.

    • Kimbolina

      Ahhhh, I love how Sonjia said “Uncle Tim”!

    • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

      Awwww!  Bye, Sonjia!  I liked her a lot.

    • PastryGoddess

      I’m hoping that what Sonjia sent down the runway was just a throwaway, not her actual asthetic, cause that collection was fugarific

      • Jasmaree

        I liked some pieces. You know, the ones that looked like they walked right out of three other collections and got lost.

      • http://twitter.com/lgrahamtx Lee Graham

        True that!

      • MoHub

         I think she lost heart and just decided to put out whatever she could without killing herself to do it.

    • http://twitter.com/lgrahamtx Lee Graham

      I really do not want Christopher to win.

      • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

        From your lips to god’s ears, girl.

    • Stubenville

      KNEW IT! The bastards will eliminate one of them next week.

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        such a cruel joke.  as usual.

    • Jasmaree

      I really fucking hate this “you’re not guaranteed a spot” thing. It manipulative and the only purpose it serves is to wring some extra drama out of the proceedings by toying with someone’s emotions over several weeks. The designers who did well in the previous challenge should have their spots guaranteed since this was called the last challenge before runway. 

      • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

        True.  If they just want to take three of them, then take three of them.  Don’t say four of them are going, and then, “Whoops!  Really only three!”

        • sisterb67

           Sadly, I cannot watch until it’s up on Lifetime (stoopid me getting a sublet w/o cable!) – did they pull a season 5 on us where they’re going to pare it down again next week and whoever won this last challenge may not be in, a la Jerell?

          • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

            They sure did, babe!

            • sisterb67

               GAH. I already dread watching. That is just the crappiest thing. I got where they were going with it when they couldn’t decide between Rami & Chris, but this is just drama for drama’s sake (and I did feel badly for Jerell, no matter how whackadoodle his stuff was, that he won the “final challenge” but then still didn’t get to be finalist) and I’m with you – if they want three, then PICK three and be done with it.

            • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

              I actually really loved Jerrel during his season (not so much during All Stars), and I felt horrible that he wasn’t moving on.  He was one of my favorites from that season.

            • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

              even in the all stars, i found him totally fuckable in an androgynous sense.

            • formerlyAnon

              Word.

          • Jasmaree

            Slightly worse. They didn’t mention it at all on the runway–they eliminated one designer at that was it. In the preview we hear Heidi say that they won’t all get to be in the final three. Not sure about the stipulations it comes with, but I don’t think anyone’s safe.

            • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

              it does seem particularly deceitful this time.  and there’s nothing i hate more than deceit.

          • Wendi126

            Yup

          • dschubba

            They nudged Michael Costello out of the running that way, too.

    • PastryGoddess

      I’m off to watch football, it’s got to put me in a better mood than now

    • Pupioso

      Well sorry to see Sonji not make it. I really liked her. I can see the point though that she didn’t have a unique perspective. She really should have done a stronger piece for this challenge. That thing she did was hiddy. The right side just laid there and the mesh wasn’t even close to matching. It honestly looked thrown together. I feel bad because I wanted to see here through. Glad to see her decoy collection though and she does have a strong future if she keeps working towards it.

      • holdmewhileimnaked

        thats who they eliminated? are they nuts?

        nobody’s stuff was that great this season. all better than pretty much everybody’s last season–& yes yep yep i am including whatshisname, viktor. [but not bert, bert's been doing this forever, i could never even really see him as a competitor]. all competently done if not thrilling.

        otoh, outta this group? the ones we have left? melissa shouldve gone. she started out strong, couldnt sustain. i dont know why. i cant even guess. & her final stuff, eh, i cant even remember it. i think it mostly looked like stuff i wore on many totally uninspired days over the last twenty odd years.

        sonjia was one of the better contestants from the beginning. i know they needed to keep a woman. it shoulda been her.

        edited to add:
        of course i have neither seen the show yet nor even the outfits–i’m in LA. i dont have a television. the clothes will show up online a little after midnite PST. still, based on every other piece up until now? i’m holding my everlovin virtual ground. they never throw people off this late for one garment anyway. then again, they never really throw people off for garments at all. at least not entirely.

        • CarolinLA

          I think Sonjia was robbed.  She won three fucking challenges while the judges couldn’t really remember anything Fabio had created.  Based on the finale collections, I think Melissa is going to win.  And that pisses me off a little bit.  I know there’s a lot of people who don’t like Christopher but at least he tried to create something different with each challenge.  I wouldn’t mind seeing him win.  

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        i loved the color and the concept, but that horrible mesh did her in.  like old dirty pantyhose.

      • BrooklynBomber

        I really liked Sonjia, too; she caught my eye at the very start. But I think she was very inconsistent and often floundered. And while Fabio seemed like an early-auf to me at the beginning, he got stronger over time. Of course, once I see the -ologies I might change my mind about everything.

    • chester_sailview

      Costello-lite really lived up to that title tonight. When his dress walked out I immediately though of Costello-original’s feather-collared opera gown.  http://i.imgur.com/GO6kB.jpg

    • mhleta

      1) Can I just say, that I LOVE the personal style of all these designers. They always look amazing in every single episode. 2) Heidi’s taste is really becoming questionable to me. Sonji’s dress was really really not good. Kors was dead on about that illusion crap looking like Spanx. Fabio’s garments were beautiful and interesting and most successfully avant garde. I am completely not on board with Heidi’s assessments and have found her personal style to have really taken a terrible turn this season. She needs to own her maturity, not deny it. 3) I adore Dmitry and his suit was impeccable but it doesn’t remotely fit my understanding of avant garde (especially compared to the Alexander McQueen show TLo just served up for us.) I think they got the top three right, though. 4) I like Christopher. He reminds me of an obsequious puppy. Sorry, I know I’m in the minority, but I think he’s darling. 5) Zooey was a fabulous judge. Authoritative, assertive, articulate. She knows her stuff.

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        speaking of heidi’s “personal style”, that dress looked like someone on a bad acid trip threw up on it.  just sayin”…

        • mhleta

          What about that first dress she wore? The goose with the golden girdle? Ridiculous.

    • VicksieDo

      I’m about done with PR.  The judging is so whacked out.  I HATED Melissa’s stiff in an ugly way thing, and Sonjia’s was hideous.  Fabio’s was weird, but that’s what  AVANT GARDE is to me.  I hate that I liked Christopher’s, but I did.  And I was thrilled with the win for Dmitri, that suit was killer.  The judging though, I just CAN’T deal with it any more, there are no rules, no criteria, just whacky comments week after week adding up to nothing.  

    • SewingSiren

      What the hell is going on over there at Mood? Do they run a shady business or what ? How many times do the designers pay for some fabric and then not have it when they come to the workroom? That isn’t very good advertisement for there business.
      I thought most of the dresses were pretty good. Not extremely avant garde, but it seemes that they were looking for “red carpet” once the judging started.
      Christopher’s looked a lot like the dress Christopher Costello designed for the Opera challenge way back when, in fact it looks like the Ideeli cocktail dress banner ad at the top of my page.
      I think I would have given the win to Fabio over Dmitry. And I have a sinking feeling that Christopher is going to win it all.

      • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

        That’s what I thought!  It looked like Big Costello’s Opera/”Kim Kardashian” gown!

      • guest2visits

        I’ll put twenty on Melissa.
        Agree – what the heck with missing fabric; although she didn’t seem as devastated as , say.. I would have been.
        I would have thrown myself on the floor and rolled around in pain; I would hold my breath until someone retreived my
        material.  I would have threatened to follow Koonan back into sunny freedom.

        • BrooklynBomber

          Hmm… I would have run back over to Mood and found my fabric.

          • mhleta

            They never do that. Why? 

            • Thathoodwink

              I posted the same question too…someone suggested that maybe it was phony producer nonsense.

          • guest2visits

            Of course. Although I get the impression they’re all pretty tightly corralled in some kind of designer
            preschool with a strict set of rules and reg.s; I certainly don’t know why it’s never retrieved, or how
            it even gets ‘lost’ to begin with.
            On the other hand; the glimpse of that glittzsy-gold fabric didn’t look like avant garde to me; it looked
            more like material for the Rockettes challenge, – kind of showgirl or red carpet gown. I think the striking
            green taffeta was a better way to go anyway. Really wish it had worked out for her – she was capable of
            making avant garde, I think. (although she wasn’t really convinced that the netting was a bad idea).

            • BrooklynBomber

              I’m thinking of when Kara Janx ran back to wherever it was to retrieve her Barbie hat (or whatever had fallen off); but maybe they weren’t yet back at the workroom when she went back (I don’t remember).

              I’m thinking that that illusion netting is what’s available in the workroom, just like there’s muslin in the workroom. I don’t know, but that’s my guess.

        • MoHub

          According to Bert and Mila, the designers pay for their fabric and have it bagged at the Mood counter; then, the production team whisks the bags away and returns them to the designers in the workroom. Sure seems as if someone in production thought it would be good teevee to remove Sonjia’s gold fabric before giving her her bag—either for dramatic purposes or to handicap her and ensure Melissa went into the finale.

      • EllenS

        This season has been all about the wrong winners per challenges, but OK on wins to date.  I think Dmitry should have had 2 or so wins (pattern and rockette, not pattern and this), but I agree I’d have gone with Fabio for this.  Fabio for colorblock OK, but for baby boy last week, Sonjia OK for everywoman but more for Candy design than whoever won, etc.  And I floved (UO) Melissa’s 50 pieces of grey in the photographyMC@work challenge.  

        • hoez

          Dmitry’s only deserved win imo was the print challenge. I can’t imagine 36 Rockettes in that Olympic gymnastic/ice skating/dance outfit.

      • http://twitter.com/LAMusing LAMusing

        Over on the PR site Bert and Mila both mentioned that the process is the designers pick the fabrics, have them cut, take them to the counter and pay for them and Mood bags them.  THEN the bags are taken from Mood by production assistants who return the bags to the designers back at Parsons.  Odd –  where could the fabric have gone?

        • SewingSiren

          Well then they have a thief or a klutz as a PA, or (more likely ) a really poor screenplay writer . Someone needs to be fired.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Spodick/100000711112594 John Spodick

            I would hope that the moment that they realized that the fabric was missing, that a frantic search of the vehicles and storerooms used would have been conducted, otherwise it would be horribly unfair to penalize her for something like that unless it was not production’s fault.

        • MoHub

           Oops! You beat me to it. Should have scrolled first.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/6PQUNH7VYANAXMRMEEM763V3EU victor liu

      A pleasantly un-Lifetime decision.

      Sonjia has impeccably constructed, wearable pieces. Fabio has vision and a flair for the avant garde. Fabio is kept because the judges are more interested in what his collection will look like.

      Despite their talk about looking a a body of work (of which Sonjia’s is stronger), they made a decision based on who could put on the best show.

      Judging by the look of the collections, they made the right choice.

      (CHRISTOPHER HAD BETTER FUCKING GO HOME SOON I WILL CUT A BITCH)

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/6PQUNH7VYANAXMRMEEM763V3EU victor liu

        And about the winner…
        Well, I like Dmitry, but this just wasn’t avant-garde. It was just a cool suit.
        Fabio is robbed for two weeks in a row. I AM glad that the judges finally appreciate him though with their compliments on the jacket.

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

      It’s hard to delineate avant garde . “New” is misleading. “Progressive” is too vague a term. “Experimental” captures an important facet of it, but it’s not an all-encompassing characterization. My (loose) definition includes 1) inventive configurations 2) inventive proportions 3) a resistance to conventionally resolve the unrepresentability of the garment.

      Let’s take a look:

      Son: She’s got floating lettuce.
      Chris: Werewolf syndrome is right (the hairy forearms). Nonstrategic overapplication of feathers constitutes a misguided and uniformed view of avant-garde. I like the blown-up hips, though. It’s not particularly inventive, but he achieved it competently. It represents at attempt at experimenting with configurations.
      Dmitry: It’s beautifully tailored with clean, architectural lines. There’s nothing avant-garde about it. He’s confusing avant garde with upscale.
      Melissa: It’s a decent effort, but a stand-up collar ain’t gonna make it avant-garde, girly.
      Fabio: He took a stab at avant garde. The upside-down/versatile coat meets all my above-mentioned criteria. I’ll say he got it. I’d like for him to win this whole thing. His collection seemed most cohesive to me.

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        with those hips, christopher’s looked like jessica rabbit dressed as a raven for halloween.  trick or treat, croak…..

        • MoHub

           Jessica Rabbit is precisely where my beady little brain went.

      • EllenS

        If the judges meant “Make a pretty [but maybe a little edgy] outfit to go with the sponsor’s eye shadows”, then the runway output and judges comments made perfect sense.  Maybe all challenges should ultimate;y be interpreted that way.

        Avant Garde, the newest “I do not think that word means what you think it means”

      • BrooklynBomber

        “He’s confusing avant garde with upscale.”   Pretty funny. I’m sure the outfit had great detailing the judges could see (that I couldn’t), but to me it looked a size too small, and like the kind of outfit they put on a businesswoman character in a prime time television drama.

    • guest2visits

      So sorry to see Sonjia go – but having seen the final collections, I guessed she’d be out. I like what she was up to with her
      avant garde look, but it was never gonna happen with that netting; ever. She had a scattered RW like Dimitry; but a few amazing
      eye catching pieces that very her, very beautiful.  And I can’t believe how many head scarves she was packing; or did she make them
      there? She looked wonderful in them. OMG – Fabio probably had a separate bag for head gear too.
      Although I was kind of hoping Melissa would be picked; I didn’t like her design tonight. And I can’t believe the judges did either.
      It was a retro 80s look to me; hated the color-combo, disliked the print, and the plastic look of the teal blue VEST again.
      I knew they’d pick Christopher – didn’t everyone; but I base it on his already seen RW collection. I was disappointed that the black
      dress he made didn’t go as far as I imagined it was going to. The black arm-feathers were silly.
      I thought Fabio’s was really the only avant garde design; and I hoped he would be picked (and I liked alot of his RW).
      Dimitry’s was not the pant suit he originally conceived; and I bet it would have been more interesting and cohesive than the jacket and skirt set he made. I just didn’t like it as much as his past work. And his model was a pretty but almost lifeless puppet up there.
      Not very enthusiastic about any of the designers right now. Maybe seeing the collections moving will make a difference. 

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        i would like to see dimitry work with some color.  most of his stuff was charcoal, black, or indigo.  kind of a depressing palette.  the suit would have been smokin’ in a bright or jewel tone.  with a contrasting trim.  there just a heavy iron curtain depression about his palette, unlike his whimsical personality.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/6PQUNH7VYANAXMRMEEM763V3EU victor liu

          The colors probably have to do with the leading lady muse. 
          Product placement, yuck.

          • 3boysful

             Seriously.  You’re right, color could have been used as an element of the avant garde-ness, but some of them were hindered, and several of them wanted the makeup theme containing black.

    • Presumptuous Insect

      Fabio for the win. Dimitry has been my favorite all along but his final collection just sucks, whereas Fabio’s is a wonderful surprise.

    • http://twitter.com/angelestrails Natasha

      I’m irrationally excited right now! WOOT WOOT Dmitry!! I was worried his outfit wasn’t avant-garde enough, but I’ll take the win. Bless, he accepted it all so quietly. This means we get a back story right?

      I loved Sonjia’s personal style and hoped the best for her, but she ruined her chances with that unfinished poison ivy looking dress. HATE it when they make the designers spend a full month creating a full collection only to be cut last minute. Cut the drama cord Project Runway. Just cut it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/maureen.jacobsfigueredo Maureen Jacobs Figueredo

      Hedda Lettuce would have loved Songia’s dress!

      • MoHub

         Not really. It didn’t have sleeves.

        • http://www.facebook.com/maureen.jacobsfigueredo Maureen Jacobs Figueredo

          Long green gloves, and all would be well, just like when Suede and Hedda kissed and made up!

    • Isana Leshchinskaya

      i am so sick of all of these designers and their love of black, gray, and navy. sonjia would have definitely brought some color into the finale. i think fabio, while conceptually a very interesting designer, unfortunately still makes ugly clothes. i want to want to WEAR his designs, not think about them.

    • CarolinLA

      I thought Dmitry was a goner.  Didn’t get the love for his AT ALL.  I’m gonna go back and look at the finale collections of these four and see if my opinion has changed.  

    • 3boysful

      So, if Sonjia had 5 yds of her gold stretchy material actually cut, which is what she seemed to be saying, and it wasn’t in her bag, either Mood made a mistake that should have been corrected by having it delivered, or the B/M producers took it out to inject some manufactured drama; in either scenario, Sonjia was screwed.  I  think she could have come up with something better from the gold and that green print she didn’t use (presumably because there wasn’t enough?), than with all that green moire taffeta.

      Once again, do these wannabe designers not sit around at home sketching, and does that not include the occasional avante-garde garment?  Especially when you know it’s a staple PR challenge?

      I still think a great challenge would be to send them to Mood to find a colorful print, and then make whatever it inspires you to make.

      And I still love the avant-garde dress made by Sissy Bear and PPS.

    • MintaHallWriter

      Hmmm…I was disappointed that Sonjia had to go.  Frankly all five of these are a cut above most of the designers in the last  seasons.  BUT…
      Sonjia’s final collection was definitely the worst of these five. That could be because she lost heart and didn’t try very hard, but her collection was not good.Christopher puts out pretty clothes, but I still am just not crazy about them as being fashion forward. He wouldn’t have gotten the win four times (which he was ever-so-proud to point out), not if I were the judge.  His final collection looks pretty good–might get him the win since the judges seem to love him so much.Dmitry’s final collection is not so good. As impeccably as he puts the clothes together (and I do love his dry wit), the clothes in the final collection don’t seem to me to present a coherent picture. One or two look like slight variations on competition garments. I wonder if he’s the one cut next week prior to the actual finale?  Fabio’s collection is cohesive and pretty but not much range. The garments all kind of blur together to me. Still, they tell a consistent theme and look beautifully made.Melissa–huh–her final collection is, to my mind, the best of the lot. Seems to me to be both cohesive and offering the biggest range.  And they’re both dynamic and interesting and wearable.SO…I’m going to guess next week:Dmitry is gone.Finale will end up with (1) Melissa, (2) Fabio, (3) Christopher.Fabio & Christopher may swap spots.  The judges love Christopher.I’m calling Melissa as the winner and Dmitry as the aufee next week.

    • nannypoo

      I was sorry they kept Melissa over Sonjia. Sonjia’s green jacket from a few weeks ago was my favorite piece of the season, and already this morning I can’t even remember Melissa’s entry from last night. Melissa’s lack of focus and her time management problems make me crazy, and I hate that high neckline she puts on everything.

      That gimmick they use every season where some hapless designer gets back from Mood minus a bag is getting old. They can’t find a production assistant to make a quick run back there to pick it up? Gimme a break.

    • lucasuk82

      It’s Amsterdam, who needs panties?

    • Corazon Nunez

      Hmm . . . I’d say Christopher, Dimitry, and . . . Maybe Fabio? I’m hoping for Dimitry for the win.

    • Sunshine16

      no thoughts on the “final challenge” boys?  bummer!

      • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

        Click on the Project Runway tag.

        • Sunshine16

          only seeing TLOunge fom last Thurs…

          • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

             You probably have to clean out your cache, then.