PR All Stars: 23 Skidoo!

Posted on December 21, 2012

Goofy intro and staging – How about those banquet hall cafe tables at the end? – but at least it turned out to be a relatively fun challenge.


These types of challenges are always a bit hard on the designers because they have to be pre-loaded with a knowledge of the period being referenced (many of them aren’t; especially the younger ones) and they have to figure out ahead of time which side of the “costume vs. interpretation” side of the criteria the judges are going to come down on this time (because it changes on a whim).


And then of course there’s the sticky challenge of getting some production assistant who knows how to spell “soirée.”

A “social soriee” sounds like something you clear up with a cream or ointment.



So congratulations, Anthony Ryan, for yet another wildly over-praised design!

We know we sound like broken records by now. We don’t hate the guy or think he’s untalented. We just don’t think the judges are being particularly astute in their effusive praise of his every stitch. We found this to be shapeless and almost comically proportioned with the addition of the feather capelet.



Uli’s had its own set of proportion issues, with her cowl neck shrug thingie. It’s funny how the top two designers interpreted ’20s design via accentuated shoulders and volume above the bust. That’s exactly the opposite of ’20s design. Way too many “fringe & beads” shorthand efforts with this one.

Still, we think she did a very good job of offering an updated Chanel look with just enough elements of the ’20s involved to keep it on target. We would’ve given it the win, even if it wasn’t perfect. After all, none of the efforts were.



Two things:

  1. That fabric is hideous. Here is the stained desk chair in every motel room.
  2. This is pretty, but he definitely tipped too far into costuming.

He’s right when he says this is a late ’20s silhouette but the judges were right to point out it’s most associated with the ’30s.


It looked unbelievably cheap – like, Dress Barn clearance rack cheap – and his accessorizing was so hilariously bad that it took a weak look and made it downright tacky. All of Josh’s worst instincts on display.




This was a pretty poor effort from Ivy. The classic mistake of letting the fabric do all the work. Sure, it’s a beautiful, ’20’s-inspired textile, but we need a little more by way of design than just “center seam.” Shapeless and terribly underwhelming. We really thought she was a goner with this one.



But instead it was Schmauf Wiedersehen to Laura “Privileged” Kathleen, who completely lost the plot on the whole ’20s things by serving up pure Studio 54. The top is quite pretty but the pants are tacky-looking and completely wrong for the challenge.


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  • Nothing about Anthony Ryan’s dress says “20s” to me, but I do note that he’s given his model a version of his heinous poufette.

    •  Ermagerd, you’re right!

      • muzan-e

        … you have ruined Anthony Ryan for me. I’ll never be able to see him again without thinking ERMAGERD erts UNTHERNY!

        •  Thanks, Lovey, for my first serious guffaw of the day!

    • It is not right that he won. I don’t think it looked like curtains, per se, but like a 20’s dress, not so either. For reals, the “updated” praise is not relevant when it is “updated” into a mini length shift dress from the late 1960’s. Shenanigans.

      • KateShouldBeWorking

         Somehow the judges didn’t hear me shrieking “Sparkle Sack!” at the television. Total shenanigans.

        • Sadly, Anthony only has one sparkle sack

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Meowwww!!!!!!!!!!!!  Thank heaven  I had finished my post dinner cup of java when I read this!

          • Oh no you DIDN’T! 


      Took me a while to remember what else about the fashion show this episode had in common, aside from Isaac as a judge: a feather cape.

  • I did not even notice the typo in the card, and I’m an editor at heart. excellent catch!

    •  Besides, a “Social Soiree'” is something of a redundancy.  Soiree’s are by their nature, social. Its not needed to state so.

      •  Well, there’s the purely social versus the business social…?  Like playing golf with friends versus golf with your boss…?  Nah, I got nothing on that one…

      • LesYeuxHiboux

        I thought they were trying to awkwardly indicate “high society”, but still…who other than high society would have had a soirée (and called it that)?

      • Louise Bryan

        Kind of like saying Evening Soiree, no?

        •  Exactly.  Lord how it drives me to distraction to see media people, who should by rights be bastions of correctness in all things linguistic, bandying words about, without understanding the substance of what they are saying.   The English language is, for better or worse, the largest, (at over 3 million terms) language on Earth.  So that means that using the right word becomes more, not less important.

          They could have said, formal soiree, and been correct. But I think they got caught up in the alliteration of “social soiree”.

          • MoHub

             I’m a copyeditor by trade, and it’s a good thing I’m alone in my office, or the whole world would hear me screaming at my monitor.

            However, the practice that bugs me the most is adding words to acronyms that are already part of the acronym, such as ATM machine, PIN number, ABS brakes, and my all-time “favorite”: “Please RSVP.

            I always find myself screaming: “automated teller machine machine” and “Please respond, please.”

          •  I have been known to say to someone who is crossing me, “I have a vocabulary, and I know how to use it.”
            Brought to you by the US American Department of Redundancy Department.

          • Oh, hell yes. I shall repeat your phrase, sir, and thank you for it.

          • Kristin McNamara

            I agree. However, I conceit that, sometimes, I allow it… Last year I was in a program to get my teacher’s license, called the Teacher Apprenticeship Program (TAP for short). And every time I told somebody I was “in the TAP program” I internally winced at myself, and yet, continued to say it because of how silly the correct way (“I’m in the TAP”) sounds!

          • MoHub

             Well, I’s just have left off the article and referred to the program as TAP. As in “I’m in TAP.”

          • Does Pizza Pie bother you too? Pizza means Pie

          • MoHub

             Yes it does, as well as Challah Bread, even though dhallah doesn’t mean bread. It’s still redundant.

          • RaptorSafari

            Yes foreign words get categorizers just like incomprehensible acronyms do. This is normal and necessary.

            I’m preeeettty sure you’re going to get pedantic about acronyms vs. initialisms too, but another thing language does is prioritize the close-enough term that is widely understood over the more precise term that is only used by SMEs. What’s a SME? Well you hate categorizers don’t you, so good luck. 🙂

          • wayout46

            Oh, you mean, and SME Expert? (BTW, I agree with you)

          • chelwi

             I hate “chai tea”.

          • RaptorSafari

             Some of those are necessitated by context though. Like “PIN Number” exists partly because many American accents make “pin” sound indistinguishable from “pen” – you need the word “number” there to give the homophone a category. And ABS brakes are but one type of brakes, RSVP in the usage you cited is being used like a verb in its entirety (there’s nothing agrammatical about saying “please respond, please” anyway, it’s just quite emphatic, which is wholly intended), and “ATM machine” seems to be receding as people become familiar with the acronym and stop needing a category-word attached to it to help them place it.

            I’m a writer by trade, and my pet peeve is copyeditors who don’t know or care that grammar books simplify the unwritten rules of speech to make it teachable. A speaker intuitively has far more concerns when choosing words, and will not necessarily prioritize rules that have been written down over the unwritten rules her listener will use to interpret her speech. And our language is the richer for it.

          • RaptorSafari

            A lot of words make it into sentences just to get the right rhythm too, but try explaining THAT to a copyeditor.

          • Menus that say “with au jus sauce.”

          • MoHub

            Even just “au jus” used as a noun. Especially when professional chefs say it.

          • I love when I hear diners ask, “What’s the soup du jour of the day?”

          • Beardslee

             I LOATHE “please RSVP.”  An example of ersatz gentility.

    • Carrieanno

      For years my family has called me The Spelling Police (last laugh; my grown kids thank me now) and I didn’t catch the error either.  I attribute it to the likelihood that by now we’re all half tuned out while watching this show. 

      • I am the Spelling Gestapo, and all I noticed was Uli’s complete mispronunciation of the word, not the misspelled signage. I fear you are correct, as I was somewhat distracted by a billion household tasks…

        • CozyCat

          No.  You didn’t see it because the shots of the designers holding those cards wooshed by even faster than the shots of the final designs on the runway. 

          • Indeed. They don’t linger, do they?

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            The do not linger-after all they have to make time for more of those repulsive Dance program commercials.

          • libraangel

            They have way too many commercials. I flipped over to Piers Morgan for 10 minutes, flipped back, and Lifetime was still running ads!

          • meowing

            The commercials are why I now watch PR on-line the next morning.  Very brief interrruptions.  That is, when the Lifetime site is working.

          • Holy Mother, those are bad. My BF was in the room for a minute, and that Flashdance-themed one came on, and because I was unfortunately privy to the way it plays out, I told him to AVERT HIS EYES, lest he be assaulted with the shameful display. He listened, bless him. He trusts me.

          • Carrieanno

            Thank you for that.  I don’t know Spelling Gestapo personally, but I have a mental picture of the two of us in a corner sobbing “how did we miss that???”

          • TropiCarla

            I would be right there with you two. It wounds me.

          • libraangel

            It annoys me how fast the designs go by on the runway! Thank God for T&L!

          • rumrum

            DYSLEXICS  UNTIE!
            spelling..pronunciations…so be it..I dislike the camera antics of wasting my time with viewing  the face of a designer or judge while the model is showing..or the damn camera does that back and forth (way to fast for me)…by the time I am focused …she is gone….and once again all I see is the designers face…

        • ClevelandburbsBeth

           Did she mispronounce it, or just pronounce it the way it was spelled? Maybe it was SHE who fooled all of US! 😉

          • Good point, but if memory serves, although I was painting something in my lap at the moment it happened, Uli said something like “Soy-ree” and then repeated it later, thus making me think she had it spelled right in front of her, but did not know the linguistic background from which to pronounce it. Had she the incorrect version, I imagine it would have been “So-ree-ay” or something to that effect. She seems genuine to me, so I forgive her, this once. (heh)

          • Scoobydrew

            I don’t think Uli mispronounced it as much as she has an accent.  My Mom also German, has been in the US for 30 years and still says “wegtables”  some R words are equally hard for
            her.  Of course the worst par of this is that my Mom still has to remind me how important it is to eat my wegtables  in the first place

          • Lisa_Cop

            Used my DVR to slow motion over invites. Uli’s was spelled correctly. LK had 2 shots with invite; first shot spelled correctly, second shot invite incorrectly spelled.

        • TropiCarla

          I gasped in disbelief when I saw the screenshot. I once stopped watching the morning news for months because they were scrolling a headline about the “icey” conditions.

          • I feel your pain. The English language is disrespected on a daily basis, my friend. Only a few fighters on the side of righteousness are left, I’m afraid. And with the spell check fully available, we have arrived at this future? The written word is a treasure! Spelling is not a joke! Huff and Puff! Rant and Rave!

          • MoHub

            The problem with spell check and grammar check is that the software doesn’t always “know” what’s right, and lazy writers with no grammatical training don’t know when to override the software’s suggestions. This is particularly true of complex sentences involving collective nouns and sentences with years that the grammar check thinks are quantities.

            Unfortunately, where I live, teachers were told not to emphasize grammar and spelling around the 1980s, as it mightd stifle the kids’ creativity, so those kids are now adults teaching English with no knowledge of the basics.

          • Agreed. I take your point, but methinks no spell check would miss “soiree.” Sadly, it wasn’t used, obviously. As previously mentioned, I’m a Spelling Nazi, and I will even use it, despite knowing I spelled not a thing incorrectly, just to possibly save face on a typo. And I went to school in the 80’s. But my mom WAS an English teacher…

          • carolclark12

             A million likes.  Love, even.

        • I think her mispronunciation of the word had to do with the fact that it was spelled wrong and her brain was telling her there was something not right about the way it looked. As to calling it a ‘social soirée’, let’s remember that “soirée” was generally used to refer to an evening function, since the word ‘soir’ means evening. Now people just use it as a fancy word for party, but back in the day people used it to distinguish between a day party and an evening party that was more upscale, say, than a dinner party

    • Lisa_Cop

      Just used my DVR in slow motion over the invites. Actually, Uli’s invite was correctly spelled “Soirée” just LK’s misspelled.

  • Did Josh find some leftovers from last week’s challenge under his table or did he thoughtfully pluck that brooch off the wall o’accessories?  

  • For my money it would have been Uli for the win. But what was up with the designers?  half of them sending weird accessories down the runway that would have been better left gone.  LKs “fur coat”, which was hilarious looking.  Uli’s admittedly lovely, but wrong for that outfit beaded cowl. Josh’s brooch.  Would he have done better to pull the lime to the front with a small flat bow at the same point of the hip as that brooch? Yep.

    • That first shot of Josh’s dress makes it make a little more sense to me — at least at that moment, he seems to have captured the boy-body silhouette of a lot of 20s dresses.  I still think it’s fug, and the brooch was a big misstep, but I can see some service to the challenge there.

      •  The biggest error on his part was his textile choice.  Rendered in a lightweight silk of the same color, the draping he attempted would have fallen closer to the body, and it would’ve read much more expensively, as well. The fabric he chose had too much body, and so the draping stood away too far, and looked stiff, rather than fluid.

        • Terrie_S

          It was so far from her body that it put me in mind of a baby sling.

          •  Exactly.  His look was wildly over-praised.

          • Over praised to the point of sheer silliness. I don’t care for LK, and I didn’t mind her going, but I seriously don’t remember anything Josh has done this season that didn’t have MAJOR problems, and they keep him in? C’mon, man. ‘Tis to laugh.

          • libraangel

            But somehow Josh seems nicer and quieter this season. And does anyone else think there is an attraction between Josh and AR?

          • But at least he reined in his club kid aesthetic and went with a silhouette that was fairly on point.

          • I will absolutely grant you that. The basic shape was a good choice.

          • annieanne

            And a dart or two up top wouldn’t have hurt either.

      •  It was a good concept- and maybe not a brooch, but a bit of trim there would have been good. In the 20’s you’d have seen a panel of beadwork.

  • Laylalola

    I thought Anthony Ryan’s was truly awful. 

    •  It was basically a sparkly sack.  What the heck?

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I started laughing when Heinous Poufette’s design appeared, and still remain amazed that he won the challenge. WTF? 
        Not sorry to see Laura Kathleen go, although I thought Ivy’s dress might get her the schmauf last night.

        • libraangel

          His poufette LOL seems to be growing taller! Chia pet!

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            There could be Chia PR designer kits-grow your own Chia AR or Clinique counter!

          • Kristin McNamara

            And as it grows, the back view begins to look more and more like those really tall flat-tops black men used to sport in the 80s/90s. Anyone else see that? I laughed out loud when they showed a shot of AR from behind.

    • annieanne

      I didn’t think it was awful but it didn’t read 20s to me. That feather duster must’ve looked a lot better in person than onscreen.
      At least the producers are being a bit more clever with the edits. I was sure it was Uli for the win after the judging discussion.

  • Why is it that younger people don’t know more about this era? Have they stopped teaching history in school?   Do they not read The Great Gatsby?  (Honestly, if that is the answer, I totally understand. I hated that book)   I mean, when I think 1920s, I see silent movie stars, champagne parties, the Charleston, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington, Clara Bow, and Model Ts.  Is that not normal?

    Now back to the topic at hand.  Laura Kathleen’s pants kind of screamed Katherine Hepburn to me, but that is more 1930s and 40s.  Josh’s also screamed 1930s to me. In fact I wanted to sing “It’s a Hard Knock Life” when I saw it.  Does anyone else get an Annie vibe?

    • hac51

       I think it’s a auf-able offense not to have a basic knowledge of the history of fashion, frankly– like that episode of Top Chef when Colicchio just dismissed the cheftestant who didn’t know how to butcher a piece of meat.  These are people who are PROFESSIONAL fashion designers, and it bugs me when they never take some pains to understand the evolution of style.

      • BuffaloBarbara

        Agreed to an extent (the ones who say, “I wasn’t born then, so of course I don’t know it!” bug me to no end).  But with the time constraints and the crazy drama requirements, it’s easy to forget Fashion History 101 in the rush to crush beads and not send your model down naked.  Having reference works available could only up the quality.

        • hac51

           Good point. 

          • libraangel

            Did anyone else think it was hysterically funny that Uli and LK dressed as flappers, sat at their tables, and toasted their martinis? (By the way, I liked what Uli was wearing – the black with gold neckline- better than what she designed!)

        •  Both of you make fair points.

        • MissAmynae

          valid points both of you! especially when they’re doing such period-specific challenges. pictures of 20’s decor, even some music would have helped.  Update the drop-waist sheath in a slinky, beautfiul fabric, ta daaahhh! 

          but….if you don’t know what the fundamental designs like Coco Chanel’s look, I have no sympathy, and would auf you in a second.  It’s like being an artist and not knowing what the Mona Lisa looks like.

      •  Even just a cliche reference!  At least you’d have a starting point.  Something like… WOMEN DIDN’T WEAR PANTS IN THE 20s!!!!!!! 

        •  LOL…Exactly.  It isn’t like they were asked to design something based on the fashion of 1842.

          • hac51

             I would love that challenge.

        • You would think with her Rick James “I’m rich bitch!” mentality, she’d watch Downton Abbey.  Remember the scandalous harem pants?  Yeesh.

        • Therese Bohn

           Indeed, the only pants women wore in the 1920’s would be as silk ‘lounging pajamas’ — Like this in “Singin in the Rain”:
          in the 1930’s there were beach pajamas

        •  The only places pants appeared for women during that time was in beach and resort settings, or lounging pajamas.  And even then it was considered rather daring.

        • Lisa_Cop

          Also (for Ivy) Art Deco Did NOT t Influence the 20’s. It was not even a real movement until the 30’s (the Chrysler building in 1931), though a few historians cite it beginning in France in 1925.

          •  I can forgive Ivy a bit – there were a lot of modernistic influences during the 20’s that now get lumped into Moderne or Deco. Grandmother had a drop waist dress with little panels of stylized peacock detail at the bottom- it’s like a step towards Deco.

        •  I think there were pants for women around then, but they were something for home and very casual- I think my grandmother had what she called “Lounging Pajamas”.

          • MoHub

            Pants for women were advocated by the Rational Dress Society in the UK  in the 1890s, but they were very full and much like harem pants, only out of heavier materials. Mrs. Oscar Wilde was a leading proponent, but the idea never really caught on.

            However, there was actually an episode of Dr. Quinn in which one of the sisters embrace the pants-for-women aesthetic, and the costume she wore was very authentic.

            Also, consider Amelia Bloomer, although that type of pant was pretty much relegated to sportswear.

    • stardust462

      Also, if you want to be a fashion designer shouldn’t you study fashion history? Even if you don’t go to school and learn on your own, I think anyone who wants to be a fashion designer should study fashion history and know the styles, silhouettes, and designers.

      • Any school that teaches Fashion Design requires fashion history.  Its an integral part of the learning process. Hell, I learned a great deal of what I now know from taking vintage clothing apart and reassembling it, to understand cut and structure.

        •  I used it for art history (my fine art gen ed for my accounting degree) — you don’t even need a design degree!  My midterm or final was on fashion as art, because I find art really really really mindnumbingly boring.

          •  SWEET!  You managed to make something that bores you into something interesting.

        • libraangel

          Did all of this season’s designers go to fashion school? 

          •  I know that both Josh and Anthony Ryan did.   I think Laura Kathleen did as well.  As for the rest, I don’t know.
            Weigh in, please.

          • Lisa_Cop

            Emilio seems so smart, I have to believe he went to fashion school. Then again, Tom Ford went to fashion school but studied only marketing.

          •  If you recall, he was quite specific about the time during the 20s that he was going after, which he nailed precisely. The dress he made would have been ultra fashionable in 1928 and 29, and became the silhouette of choice for the 30’s.  I’m sure he studied his history.

          •  Emilio is a stage costume designer, and to do period shows you’ve got to know your history. He’s a lot nicer this time around and I think in part because he’s not clashing with Tim Gunn.

      • There is a certain amount of history to be studied in any formal artistic training, but as a person who holds a degree in Fine Arts and is now pursuing one in Art History, I can tell you that the amount of depth and effort required to study the history of your genre is a “whole other level.” That is not to say that you are not correct, entirely, but the craft of learning construction is a whole world of knowledge in and of itself, and history is another discipline.

        •  But you don’t need a graduate level understanding.  Just a basic reference point.  Especially because you probably don’t need to know anything about a farthingale (beyond costuming or construction, and even then…), for example.

          • Quite right. They should certainly know what the basic styles of any era are, and whatnot. I was speaking to the fact that “x” history and “x art” are two different things; very particular to my personal situation, obviously.

          • MoHub

             It all takes me back to Angela Keslar in season 3 and her offering for the Black and White challenge. It had a high late-Tudor collar, which she kept referring to as Edwardian.

          • Grr, that’s irritating. Know of what you speak before you speak it, precious lambs of fashion. Edwardian is particularly an un-collarly era, too.

    • Given that “The Artist” was something of a smash recently, it’s surprising that the designers didn’t draw from that. That said, if you look at images from the film (google them), you’ll see that the wife of the leading man wears a shift dress with the same shape as AR’s dress – the difference being that the one from the movie is much sleeker than AR’s boxy cut. Josh’s dress is similar in silhouette to the black and silver beaded dress that Peppy wears, although it doesn’t have the surplice front. So even if they don’t/can’t reference Gatsby, they have “The Artist” to go on. Also, Uli probably didn’t read Gatsby in high school, given that she grew up in East Germany. 

      All that aside, it’s difficult to know how much the judges are going to lean on the 20’s part. Do they want it to look totally authentic or not? Their instructions were to interpret a 20’s look for the modern woman. That makes it a touch ambiguous, no? I mean, there’s the danger of veering off into costume and getting slammed for it. Then again, it could get you praised to the heavens.

      • libraangel

        I think you are right. They wanted the 1920’s to be made into a modern look, I think so it wouldn’t get too literal or costumey.

        • Lisa_Cop

          I have to say Carolyn Murphy’s runway dress was a great example of updated 20’s.

        • You’ve also got to remember that the judges probably have an image in mind when they name an era. There were a LOT of styles in the 20’s but they’ll be expecting a reference to the drop waist sheath.  It’s like Anthony Ryan’s season: there was a 1970’s challenge, and most of the designers went the expected route. Anthony Ryan (to his credit) referenced the unstructured flowy “natural” look of which there was a lot. His dress was pretty lousy, but it did stand out.  Kors grudgingly admitted that it did reflect the “Hippy Dippy” 70’s but pretty much said “why would you want to remember that?”

        • MoHub

           And if it was supposed to be for a modern woman, please tell me how many modern women are frequenting speakeasies?

  • GretaChristina

    If I wasn’t convinced before, I am now: The fix is definitely in. Uli’s may have had some proportion problems, but at least it was buoyant and joyful. AR’s look was just beyond sad. That winged shrug thing would have been awesome at a comic-book convention — it was well-made, I’ll give him that — but it looked ridiculous on the runway. And the dress was just boxy and pointless. The fringe trying to liven it up just emphasized how dumpy and depressing it was. And it was waaaay too short. Which also emphasized how depressing it was: short plus shapeless screams “low self-esteem,” like you hate your body but are still desperate to get laid. I was seriously on the fence about whether his piece or Ivy’s should have been in the bottom. The fact that AR won has turned my heart to stone. The fix is in. Whatever remaining shreds of respect I had for this show have now been ground into dust.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      As soon as they gave AR the win I turned the show off, and plan on following it now through TLo’s blog.  When the judges continually overpraise a fairly nice guy for turning out clothing that is consistently nothing more than pleasant, and instantly forgettable the show is just not worth even the 40+ minutes it’s taking out of my life.

    • annyb

      Ermagerd, you’re right – that feather capelet was worn by one of the aliens trying to pose as Leeloo Dallas in The Fifth Element.

      •  Too True!
        Though I keep remembering the actor’s clear vinyl cone mini skirt over a thong.  hee hee.

  • Judy_J

    I thought Uli should have won this one.  Of all the designs presented, hers seemed to be closer to the mark in both style and appropriateness for the event.  Anthony Ryan’s was awful…I couldn’t believe how Isaac kept praising that capelet.  It looked like football shoulderpads made out of feathers.  Laura’s design was a total homage to the 1970’s, not the Roaring ’20’s.  I hadn’t noticed the misspelling of soiree until you pointed it out.  Guess the production assistant had no spell check.

    • annieanne

      If we needed any more proof the fix was in, it was Isaac’s 180 degree turn on the capelet. First he HATED it and couldn’t understand Anthony Ryan sending it down the runway until the producers not-so-gently reminded him who he was supposed to be praising this week.

      • Judy_J

        I thought he said at first he didn’t like it, but then started praising it to the skies, so I thought I’d just misunderstood his first comments (I had a couple of pints of Guinness at this point).  What a joke!

      • Pam Winters

        Yeah, we rewound (or whatever you do with a DVR) because my husband said “Wait! He said he hated it! Now he’s saying someone else hated it!” That was really, really weird; I can’t believe it made it thru editing, whatever the cause.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Isaac’s response to the capelet had a  Faye Dunaway in “Chinatown” touch-“I hate it! I love it!” I hate it AND I love it”!

          • Lisa_Cop

            Remember the judges all wear earpieces in their left ear. That is why they shoot the show from the right and why the women (especially Georgina) almost always wear their hair down and covering their ears.

  • How is Ivy still on the show?!

    • How is Josh?!??!

    • StellaZafella

       They’re waiting for her melt down…3…2…1.

    • Even she can’t believe it – did you see how far her eyes bugged out of her head when they told her she was safe? She couldn’t get off the runway fast enough.

  • Am I the only person who got a total 80s vibe from Emilio’s dress? The lace insets, the hideous pastel patter, the belt? The silhouette wasn’t 80s, but the rest of it…it was, like, totally 80s. 

    • Vickiefantastico

      Yeah, I felt a Golden Girls a la Blanche Devereaux (sp?) vibe.

      • libraangel

        Blanche Devereaux! LOL! You’re right!

    • GorgeousThings

      I thought it looked like a costume from the Pointer Sisters.

      • another_laura

        Exactly, who I thought took their costume references from the 40s.

    • Anathema_Device

      That was a very ’80s floral fabric. It reminded me of some dresses I had back in the day.

      • Call me Bee

        I saw that fabric on more than one sofa in the 80s…

  • Carrieanno

    I was actually on board with Emilio’s finished product.  Grandma’s couch print or not, the body con silhouette sucked me in and he had credible knowledge of specific time frames of the decade.  Although it read 30s to the judges, I appreciated it more than the “slap on the fringe ‘n’ feathers and call it a 20s with a twist day” philosophy of the majority of the pack. 

    • Same here.  I consistently respond well to Emilio’s designs.  And I thought his styling and accessorizing was quite good.

    • Lisa_Cop

      Costume designers generally need to know their fashion history. Witness Janie Bryant from Mad Men. A friend of mine who designs hair for Broadway shows researches time periods by studying Vogue magazines for that time period. Emilio works as a costume designer and I believe him about his look being late 20’s.

  • BuffaloBarbara

    Personally, I loved Isaac’s forgetting the plot. “I hate the capelet!  I hate the… oh, wait, right, we like capelets!” Later, “Now, you didn’t like the capelet, but I did…”

    In the still shot, it looks like LK’s model was sweating in unfortunate places with that fabric.  Which is the fault of the fabric and the design.

    Why in the world don’t they have research materials around for historical challenges?  I mean, it’s bad enough to have the insanely shortened time limits, but trying to do it while racking one’s brain for references other than, “I think I saw this in Singin’ In The Rain” is unfair.

    How heavy was Ivy’s fabric?  It looks like it weighs a ton! 

    •  Isaac was hilarious with his change of heart.  “Wait I have to be in love with AR, right?”  “The capelet is great!”

    • Girl_With_a_Pearl

      As I noted earlier, that capelet was a poor imitation of work we’ve seen by Chris March.

    • muzan-e

      “Now, you didn’t like the capelet, but I did…”

      For me, the high-point of the show was Clinique’s giggling shriek when mauled by a rampant Emilio – but this was where my jaw dropped, and I was actually intending to glance back at the recording to see if he said this or if I’d just imagined it.  Because I understand dropping the script, but correcting your mistake when you realise it?

      I like to imagine that it was a cry for help, a hostage slipping a note under the door.

    • Oh, thank  you! I was CONFUSED by that. I was a tad tippled by that point in the show, and I could’ve SWORN that he flip-flopped on the capelet, but the cats on the rug and the boyfriend on XBox in the other room were unable to back me up. I knew it! So contrived!

      • CozyCat

        Those sneaky cats will NEVER back you up!  It’s all part of their conspiracy to keep you insecure and easy to control…

        • Worse, there are three of them working in concert. Devilish critters, with no sense of fashion.

          • l_c_ann

            Only three?  You need a couple of spares.

          • Got a new one for Christmas, so I’m up to four. Better? (We needed a mouser for the yard, so she’ll be an outdoor cat, as opposed to the three pampered fatties indoors.)

  • siriuslover

    I really have nothing to say about this challenge. Just nothing. None of them “got” the twenties or streamlined it well. Actually, all tackiness aside, from a historical perspective, Josh probably got the closest. Seriously.

    •  Josh managed to suggest the 20’s without using fringe or beads. That’s a good thing.

  • miagain

    Do the pants have grease stains all over the crotch??

    • CarolinLA

      Somebody fucked up and let the model eat.

  • VicksieDo

    I admit I’m not proud of this, but my favorite part was watching LK spew through the whole eppy how she was going to kick ass over Uli, and how of course she’d be doing a fur, and how Uli shouldn’t have shared with her how to crush the beads because she was sure to win.  So fun!  

  • MissMariRose

    Why does LK keep making palazzo pants? Who wears that crap? It’s wildly unflattering to just about everybody.

    •  She wears them.  Which is actually not a wise choice for her, given her height.

      •  I love palazzo pants, and you have just hit on why I don’t wear them.  Not only am I short (5’4″) but I have the legs of a much shorter person, to the point my 3 inches shorter sister-in-law wears the same skirt length I do…

        • SapphoPoet

          I like them, too, but also can’t wear them for the same reason you state. I’m also 5’4″ and they make me look about two feet tall (and three feet wide).

        • Ladies, ladies! 5’4″ is SHORT? Now where did we get this idea? I am SHOCKED. I thought I was average! AVERAGE I SAY.

          • libraangel

            I agree: I am 5’4″ and I have always been considered average.

          • Lisa_Cop

            I’m 5’3″ but always thought 5’5″ to 5’7″ was average.

          • Linda Woodland

            Common mistake to think 5’7″ is average (it’s Nancy Drew’s height! And what I wanted to be!). But 5’4-1/2″ is average height for women.

          • That’s what’s up. I know it’s average; shorter women than me abound.

          • formerlyAnon

            Hah. In my case, 5’3″ (and-a-smidge-in-my-younger-days) is very, very short when you want to look like the Charlie girl in wide-legged pants.

            More practically, depending on your bone structure, somewhere between 5’3″ and 5’4″ seems to be where “petite” sizing starts working better than regular.

          • Not so have you a long torso and short legs like your father, unfortunately. It is then that you must learn how to hem all things, after you get old enough to be ashamed of stepping on your cuffs.

          • MoHub

             I have a short rise and proportionately long arms and legs, and I’m 5’4.” I have a terrible time with clothes because petite pants look like high-waters on me, but the waistband on regulars comes up a tad too high, and my hips don’t like lower-rise pants.

          • I have the waistband up too high relatively often, mostly because my legs are super short and I want to keep my pants from dragging. I don’t know who these long-pelvised supertall Amazons are that they’re making pants for, but if 5 foot 5 inches is average-ish, then why so long in the leg, manufacturers?

        • Anathema_Device

          I like palazzo pants and used to wear them a bit. But I am 5’9″ with a pretty small waist and wide-ish hips, so a good palazzo pant does wonders for me. Laura’s, it must be noted, were not well are or proportioned properly. Also, She insists on pairing them with skimpy tops, making her (or her model, as the case may be) look super bottom heavy.

        • BuffaloBarbara

          I don’t like them anyway, but yes, as a fellow-short-legged/long-waisted person, they make me look like someone cut me off, either at the knees or only slightly below them.  I’m melting, I’m melting!  A tall person almost pull them off.

  • GorgeousThings

    Didn’t even realized I had missed it, and clearly I missed nothing. Laura’s design is heightened by the fur chubby. Definitely late 70s Studio 54. The rest of them are somewhere between “meh” and “WTF?”

  • Vickiefantastico

    Am I crazy, or haven’t I seen that feather capelet somewhere before? Like in another season of PR or on a runway? It seemed so familiar.

    • janierainie

      I don’t know specifically, but my guess would be something by Chris March. 

      • l_c_ann

        There was also Laura Bennett’s use of feathers in her finale in a short cape (maybe with sleeves) for the not-win competition that the judges mistook for fur.

      • Lisa_Cop

        Yes, Chris March finale collection with many bits of human hair.

    • Girl_With_a_Pearl

      Well there’s this:  Go to the last two pictures to see the feather shoulder piece.    

    • hyperionic

      Christopher Palu did something quite similar with black feathers last season for the avant-garde challenge. 

  • Girl_With_a_Pearl

    Anthony Ryan = Anya 2012 except he can sew.  

    •  But he doesn’t seem to be able to cut since everything is coming out oddly shapeless this season.

      • LesYeuxHiboux

        I see him making outfits for a skinny man over and over. No hips, no bust, no waist. Straight as a ruler. He should really just switch over to menswear.

        • libraangel

          I wasn’t crazy about AR’s dress (Would gown/nightgown be a more apt description?), but to be fair, most of the dresses from the 1920’s were shapeless.

          • LesYeuxHiboux

            I grant you that, but I am talking about his entire body of work from this season. He was a little more conscious of feminine shape in his own season. A little. What I see him really succeeding at is creating a menswear line with pieces coveted by the likes of Brad Goreski.

  • Beverly Kozma

    Uli’s dress would have been awesome without that lap beard.

    • ClevelandburbsBeth

       I love the term lap beard, but I’d apply it more to LK’s pants. Or we could call the LK pant’s crotch a “lap five-o’-clock-shadow”.

      • A fringe on the bottom is ok, but it shouldn’t look like a stage curtain.

  • Anathema_Device

    Ivy’s dress was pretty bad. The so-called chevron pattern she tried to make out of that fabric came out really half assed. Her model looked stumpy. Not that I’m sad to see Laura Kathleen go. Those palazzo pants she insists on making are not flattering, which misses the point of palazzo pants.

    I would have given the win to Uli.

    The edits of the judging are getting so predictable. It looked like Uli won and Ivy was going home, but of course we get the “shocker”

  • Diane_G

    I was waiting patiently for Georgina Chapman to scream at Emilio for his horribly crooked seaming with the lace in the back. Did nobody else see that? Am I imagining things?
    For my money I would’ve given Uli the win. I understand why they didn’t, though, because this is basically a repeat dress from the week before for her with added fringe and less stuff in middle, with the added perk of a shrug covering the shoulders. I love the 20’s style because I’m slim and tall, and I love to play on that.  Unfortunately I don’t feel like any of these outfits do that.

    •  I noticed it right off, so you are not alone.

    • CozyCat

      What I can’t figure out is why everyone kept saying that this challenge was especially good for Uli because it immediately suggest (according to the designers) feathers and beading and other embellishments.  In her original season, Uli was known for her masterful use of prints in flowy tropical dresses.  Then, she (successfully) tried to show her range by including simpler and tailored looks in her final collection.  Maybe she’s moved into a more embellished style, but when did she become “known” for it?

      •  About 2 weeks ago when DvF liked her feathers.  Which doesn’t speak well of any of them if they think their work can change that much, that fast, based on a single critique.

        • CozyCat

          Ah!  She’s probably thinking:  “this time I’m going to give them EXACTLY what they want.  I really want to win this time!”

          Poor thing doesn’t realize that the fix is in for AR….

      • i was wondering the same thing.  

      • Kristen W

        To be fair, during the very first PR All-Stars, Uli put a big emphasis on how she had changed away from the flowy prints and all that. But I don’t think she was the trim queen just yet.

  • spooki C

    Ivy’s model looked like she was rolled up in a carpet. Such a waste of a great fabric! Josh’s was awful, I don’t know why they liked it with the ugly colors and ultra cheap looking fabric. It looks like something you’d buy at Deb. Emilo’s despite the doctor’s waiting room wallpaper print was pretty fab but I think having the best model had a lot to do with it. Loved Uli’s to death and wish she had won. It’s such a fun dress. Anthony’s is just an embellished potato sack with a cool caplet that unfortunately was all wrong for the dress.

    And she of the saggy jumpsuits is gone. Not mad about that at all.

  • When did PR become so damn predictable? I knew Anthony Ryan would win, and Laura would go, and I knew it wasn’t because Anthony had the best outfit, or that Laura had the worst. 

    • Lisa_Cop

      Actually before the show I predicted AR would win and Ivy get the Auf ( because she hasn’t won a challenge and has been in the bottom alot). I was surprised (but pleased) to see LK go home.

  • Look at the crotch of Laura Kathleen’s pants in both photos.  The shadow or stain shows up in each one, running from the crotch to the model’s upper left leg.   What the heck is that?   

    • Ms. Chapman commented on that, cautioning her to not use ‘reflective fabrics’ on pants, because they tend to make weird shadows like that. It was funky looking, I agree.

      • Not the darkness in her crotch area, it’s running from her crotch down her right leg.  Eeew

        • sarah jacobs

          I think it’s a water stain from the steam iron.

          • ohbear1957

             It’s shaped like a water mark that a wet penis would make. How could L.K. explain that? 

    • Ew! I didn’t notice in the episode, but in the first picture it definitely looks like the model lost bladder control and wet herself.

  • That crotch was insane.   And, why is Josh always so shiny?

    • nannypoo

      Apparently Clinique doesn’t make a product to correct this problem.

    • hyperionic

      He slathers himself in baby oil.

    • Stubenville

      I don’t know, but between the color and the shine I think “rotisserie chicken” when I see Josh.

      • Damn, now I’m craving Boston market

      • libraangel

        Josh’s hair is even kinda shiny!

        • well, that’s because he wants it that way. He’s even said that you wouldn’t believe how much time he spends on it. I think he’d admit that he’s a bit over the top, but it seems that every PR designer has some kind of visual trademark. The last comparatively unadorned man was Bert Keeter, and he grew up in an era when men didn’t feel the need for obvious makeup.

          • libraangel

            Actually, I think what some of the designers are wearing really are bad taste and ugly!

  • They were all pretty disappointing. I wanted to cut off those feathers on Ivy’s, they were driving me so nuts. Actually the whole show drives me nuts. And still I watch.

  • bluefish

    I loved Emilio’s dress!  Loved it. 

    • It wasn’t very original, but it was the most wearable piece to walk the runway. 

  • Yes, because if anything says ’20s flapper, it’s a strong shoulder.  Spaghetti straps are known for their ability to impart a lot of impact to the upper body, after all? 

    I can’t believe no one looked at this bunch and went, “I don’t even know how to respond to this.  Just… go do something else…”

    • libraangel

      I agree. Sometimes I wonder how they choose/audition the designers. None of them are particularly brilliant.

  • SewingSiren

    I didn’t hate any of the dresses.
    !. Except I thought Anthony Ryan’s was the worst of the lot. I knew he wouldn’t go home, but win? What a joke. It looks like a baby doll gown. A cheap one from Fredrick’s of Hollywood.
    2. Uli’s is nice and 20’s , maybe a little too literal. I hate the shoulder thingy.
    3. Emilio’s was  my favorite. I knew he wouldn’t win because the English lady didn’t like it. I know it’s not THE silhouette of the 20’s but  so what. He up dated it didn’t he? I think this dress would look hot anyone 15 to 70 years old.
    4. I liked Josh’s too. I liked it so much I had one just like it when I was in high school. I think I paid $15.95 for that dress .
    5. Ivy’s is no winner, but I thought it was better than Anthony’s. She drew the short straw. I knew whoever was teamed with him would lose their match.
    6. Just between Laura and Ivy, I agree that Laura’s is worse. But the critique the judges gave her made it sound like they sent her home for a fabulous frock that was worn with a fabulous vest that just didn’t go with it.

  • Susan Collier

    When I think of the roaring ’20s, I don’t think pageboy haircut, but a ponytail-fauxhawk, just like Clara Bow! Hey! I’m Anthony Ryan! I like attaching lots of rectangles on my tops. It’s sorta my trademark!

    Unlike Anthony, I think that most folks going to a speakeasy didn’t want to attract attention going there, so as not to get the place busted. I think that’s my main beef with the Mayan linebacker shoulders.

    they usually give a lookbook for these sort of challenges? Perhaps we
    might have had more variation in styles and detailing, but almost
    everyone defaulted to the standard dropwaisted beaded flapper dresses,
    which all read as costumes to me.

    Josh… your work pains me. Please research clothing styles utilized before the height of Right Said Fred mania.

    Laura Kathleen, your JLo jumpsuit was hideous, but I sometimes dig your ideas. I wish you spent more time designing and less time playing some rich whitey sitcom character.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I’m now trying to figure out how I will introduce the phrase “Mayan linebacker shoulders” into my conversations-that’s a great image.

    • GretaChristina

      “Mayan linebacker shoulders.” I will be cracking up over that for days. You nailed it.

  • I have finally figured out what’s been driving me crazy with the designers lately — they have no demonstrated understanding of their own work.  When they hit a good design, it seems like an accident.  And I know that’s not true of many of them — both Uli and Emilio have a freaking clue, for instance — but the way they’re edited make it looks that way.  

    • LesYeuxHiboux

      I think that is true of all artists, in that it is difficult to split the difference between creating what you feel driven to make, and making what people want to see/buy. I think the hesitance and randomness we are seeing is a frantic attempt to hit the judges’ sweet spot, from people who have no idea where that is. 

  • nannypoo

    Uli was robbed. What is it with these judges and Anthony Ryan? They love anything he does. Isaac went off script for a moment when he said he didn’t like the cape, then when he saw the dress without it, Nope he was wrong he loved the cape. They must think we’re idiots. Well, maybe we are. We watch this dreck, after all.

    I was surprised and happy to see the end of Laura Kathleen and her snobbish comments. My personal favorite was “I’m not dressing America’s farmers”. Who does this bitch think she is anyway?

    • I never got his popularity, but AR lost me totally when he used the “40 to death” comment in a previous episode. That’s just rude. Also unoriginal since Clinique used it first in their season.

      • AR played the Cancer Survivor card a little to often on his season. It was almost like “I’m so proud to be on this show  before I die”

  • Laura Kathleen’s look was Katharine Hepburn circa 1942 meets Cher circa 1967. 

    • It wasn’t the worst look on the runway, but LK has used that design too often.

  • StellaZafella

    In response to Vickifantastico (thanks Disqus): Chris made a black feather collar for John Legend’s model girlfriend after the studded leather collar he wanted to give her made her squeemish.

  • Minus the feather cape, I thought Anthony Ryan’s dress looked a lot like a cheap Halloween costume.  Ya know, Flapper Girl in a plastic package that’s $30 but cost $2 to make in Sri Lanka.  And on his model, it looks like that cheap costume on someone too small for it…

    • When I was 16 I dressed up for Halloween as a flapper with one of those cheap Sri Lanka costumes that came with a very tacky feather boa!  But everyone at the party thought that I was a hooker (well, to be clear they thought I was wearing a HOOKER COSTUME).  Anthony Ryan’s dress made me flashback to my flapper/hooker costume from 25 year ago.

  • AR’s looked like a lampshade, and considering the time of year now… How’s that line go? 😛

    I liked Emilio’s use of lace in the back, but it was poorly executed. At least it felt like a new and interesting take on the current lace trend. I thought the fabric was doctor’s waiting room. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen it there before.

    Ivy’s had no shape at all. It even made her model look heavy.

  • nannypoo

    OK, I just viewed Laura Kathleen’s engagement photos, where she is shown wearing a cheap looking dress that doesn’t fit and makes her butt look big. My favorite is the one where she’s leaning on her poor victim’s shoulder and sneering at the camera. I’m sure she’s really a lovely person, but holy crap she has no self-awareness.

    • formerlyAnon

      I’m struck by how clinging/revealing the gown is. Normally a gown that covers literally everything but is clingy is sexy. Sexy is in the eye of the beholder, so the fact that it makes her (perfectly lovely and healthy) physique look more lady wrestler than romantic fiancee is my take but probably not hers. 

  • Did anyone notice that it was “The LOVE-LEE Georgina Chapman” last night? Did she get a downgrade? Whither her previous title?

    • And Isaac got an upgrade. He finally got his own descriptive intro! 

      • I noticed that, too. Shakin’ it UP! Silly, but I had pretty much decided it WAS a contract rider that she had to be referred to as “The BEE-YOU-TEE-FULL-” and was pretty shocked when they switched descriptors.  

    • nannypoo

       Maybe it’s a promotion. Now she’s both beautiful and lovely.

      • Presumptuous Insect

        Next  she’ll be delovely.

        • MoHub

          And then “DeSoto”? I know; I’m seriously dating myself.

    • Lisa_Cop

      Gretchen Mol got Bee-u Ti-ful this week.

  • MilaXX

    I have to admit I liked Ivy’s, but I agree with your point about the fabric doing the heavy lifting.  I totally would have given Uli the win & I hated AR’s look.

  • Qitkat

    I missed the entire show, completely forgot about it. I had a fight with my husband instead. More fun probably. As I was about to go to bed, rather late, I flipped through the channels just in time to see Laura Kathleen trying to defend her look on the runway. Amusement ensued as I tried to figure out the challenge. Basically I agreed with everyone else here, with nothing more to go on. Funniest moment was when Isaac went off script. I’m actually happy for myself that I forgot this was on. I may have just broken any addiction to this train wreck.

  • judybrowni

    Ivy somehow managed to make her model look lumpy. That’s quite a feat.

    AR managed to make his model look wide in HORIZONTAL stripes. That’s quite a feat, too. And otherwise his design rated a Meh.

    Joshua: WTF?

    Laura: WTF squared. Also: doubt flappers were into wearing clothing in that shade of mud.

    Don’t mind the Linebacker shoulders on Ulli’s design, but hate the mullet and multiple hem lines, “Here’s the end of my skirt, no~! psych! Here’s the hem of my skirt — no! Psych! Here’s the hem of my skirt, no!~ Psych!

    Loved the ’30s shape of Emilio’s dress, but TLO is right, the fabric is faded chair upholstery from the ’80s.

  • SapphoPoet

    So what does it say that I completely forgot that this show was on last night? Instead, I went out to dinner with friends and had some apricot brandy. 

    I quite liked Uli’s and Ivy’s dresses. The only thing about Anthony Ryan’s dress that says “1920s” is the fringe. 

    • Lisa_Cop

      Which, btw, was glued not sewn.

  • librarylady2u

    I had a flashback moment to Alison being Auf’d over Vincent in season 3. I screamed at the TV. How the heck is Ivy still here?

  • l_c_ann

    I think we’ve missed the real fashion statement.  Watch Isaac’s hair.  It’s going vertical in homage to Anthony Ryan’s.  Our judge du jour is starting to comb it upwards.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Does this mean that Ms. MIzrahi will have a Heinous Poufette to match his boy-crush AR by the end of the season?

  • Pennymac


  • Carrieanno

    My revisionist history fantasy:  Uli, Emilio and four other designers from past season who truly represent the “All Star” concept are given this challenge (in face-off form or not, doesn’t matter) and two days to complete the garments.  Imagine what we’d see.

    • conniemd

      Completely agree. The fact that these are all one day challenges completely destroys the design. When was the last time we saw a well designed jacket? It takes time to do that, and seems like most every episode the designers are sewing the clothes on the model right before they go down the runway. Also, with only one day challenges, the clothing isn’t even halfway done when the models come in for their fittings. 

  • tallgirl1204

    uli’s was the clear winner to me.  I could see it on the red carpet worn by any number of starlets looking for a dress that is eye-catching but not overly revealing. 

  • StephenTrask

    Anthony Ryan’s dress positively screams “NEELY O’HARA” at the top of it’s lungs.  If the decade had been 60s and the card had read “Slumber Party” this dress and styling would have made more sense.

  • BrooklynBomber

    I’ve only seen 1 full episode, but somehow I knew Laura Kathleen was next. But based on these pictures (since I didn’t see the episode), I’d say Ivy’s should have been the loser. And Anthony’s proportions are absolutely terrible. What you said about Uli’s: not perfect, but she got more right than anyone else.

  • They didn’t want to give Uli yet another win though she’s pretty heads above the rest of them, Emilio excluded.  AR’s to me was ill-fitting and drab, yet they are on him like he’s the next Siriano (he’s really, really not).  Laura’s to me was 70s more than anything and the pants were off BUT it was far above Ivy’s, a dress where the fabric did all the work with very little in the way of design.  Ivy would’ve been the auf for me.

    (All I could think seeing Josh’s was that it must’ve looked better in person because it looked terribly cheap on my monitor.)

    • I don’t think they wanted to give Uli a win for a dress that was so similar to the one she won for last week.  I really didn’t think she’d win.  Even if it was a pretty wonderful dress and my favorite.  If she made it in red, she might have won.  

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    I love Emilo’s dress.  Even the icky fabric, because I love the way that dress is shaped.  SO MUCH.  I want it.  I just want it in a different fabric.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I liked Emilio’s silhouette, and it reminded me of a Simplicity reissue of one of their vintage 20’s patterns that I once bought.

  • That pic of LK’s big fake smile and the misspelled ““soirée” is the funniest thing I’ve seen all week.


    Emilio’s dress was the best of a fairly good lot, which is almost surprising this far along in the season.   They’re usually kind of half drained by now.   I really like the way he used the lace for translucency just below the shoulders.   The print didn’t bother me at all, but I don’t spend much time in motel rooms.  The whole shape of it, right down to the way the flared-out hem hits the calf is spectacular (meaning: it draws the eye.)  Uli’s was prety nice also, but looked more like a costume.  It hit all the flapper notes.  I also preferred Ivy’s dress to Anthony Ryan’s, though neither one was bad.   The worst outfit up there was Laura Kathleen’s.  The pants were badly made; also inappropriate to their social function and the era to which they were supposed to refer .  It’s too bad, because I think she’s generally a much better designer than Josh.   He should leave next.

  • marilyn

    Ivy should have gone home.  Her dress was a dowdy unshaped mess.  It showed NO design.  She took an expensive, interesting fabric and turned it into a dumpy swimsuit topper.  Too bad.  If she had not gone home, then Joshua should have, for his purple tube with sparkly pin.  I assume they are keeping him here because he always has something interesting to say. 

    Poor Laura Kathleen.  Her outfit was not officially horrible as Ivy and Joshua’s.  The judges said to use 1920’s elements and update them.  I think she did so.  She just does not project a media friendly personality, so she goes.

    Ryan Anthony’s outfit was ruined by the capelet that had nothing to do with the dress.  If he was serious about using it, it should have been worn over a FITTED long dress.  Putting it over an unshaped babydoll dress made the dress look dowdy and the capelet look hopelessly old. 

    I actually think Laura Kathleen should have won.  Not because her outfit was the best, but that it was less worse than the others.

    • libraangel

      LK’s pants were too long and sloppily hemmed!

    • Lisa_Cop

      That capelet was hideous. Reminded me of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven.

  • Emilio: I, too, associated his garment with the 1930s (from the form-fitting silhouette to the ruffle/flare component to the gentle detailing surrounding the low neckline). I like it, though (and, no, he’s not wrong about the late 1920s embracement of this narrow silhouette). I think his was the best piece. He didn’t gravitate toward feathers and fringe and beads (these are more like props). He gravitated toward a print (which, for a 20s-inspired garden event, is very apt). I don’t like this particular print. He utilized it well, though. He thought about the cutwork and the arrangement of the motif. 

    Nothing else is particularly good. That’s primarily due to the misappropriation of the above-noted props. Let’s tack a shapeless furry piece on a 1970s jumpsuit, or let’s wrap tinfoil into a shrug and slap it above a fringe-dress (coz, 20s, FRINGE! Meh.).

    • Lisa_Cop

      And the print Emilio used, though not graphic in and of itself,had graphic images on it (Chrysler Building anyone?). I loved his look and Aminat is a great model.

      • LesYeuxHiboux

        I also appreciate that his look had sleeves, which was far more appropriate for a 1920’s party during the day than what Josh created. Soft color, soft fabric, more coverage. I like that he found a way to stay true to his figure-hugging aesthetic and the challenge as well. He made something a woman could actually wear. 

  • Kate4queen

    I loved the shape of Emilio’s dress but didn’t like the fabric. I had an Austrian blind in my bathroom in the 80’s that was exactly the same print.
    Ivy just over-thinks things and doesn’t have the skills to execute the designs she comes out with, I think it was Ulli who said she was ruining the beauty of the fabric by cutting it into too many pieces and I agreed, she made her model look wide.
    AR, lampshade, LK hideous pants, Uli, nice but expected, Joshua, liked the back, reminded me of Debbie Reynolds in Singin’ in the Rain.

  • Actaully, I like Joshua’s dress, including the brooch, the best. The handbag is horrible, tho. 

  • I like Emilio’s dress other than the hideous fabric. I’m pretty sure my parents had sofas in the same fabric/pattern and had the good sense to get rid of them long ago.

  • It’s funny, I actually like Ivy’s the best.  Truly looks 20’s inspired, fun hemline detail, clean and wearable. All of the others are either completely boring or costume-y. *shrug* I’m a huge fan of 1920s style and felt like this challenge could have been fantastic.

    • l_c_ann

      Re the 20’s, have you gone to a library that has books and magazines, the real paper ones?  I was in the storage part of such a library doing other research and there was a Harper’s Bazaar open from the mid 20’s and I fell totally and unrequitedly in love with a coat there.  It was so magnificent.  But I was rushed and didn’t even copy down the year and issue number. 

      Someday, I’ll go back and just live in the 20’s for an afternoon.

      • libraangel

        Actually, I don’t think pants for women were even around in the 1920’s? I thought Marlene Dietrich first wore them in the early 1930″s.

        • Lisa_Cop


        • They were around, mostly in the form of ultra-casual Lounging Pajamas for wear at home. There were also some women who wore mannish ensembles, but we’re not talking fashion here.

    • libraangel

      Yes, Ivy’s dress is most like the 1920’s – but it is still ugly!

  • guest2visits

    Getting a good look at the designs really helps to see and understand  what’s going on with each of the pieces; the colors,
    the level of construction, the quality of the fabric, and the way the dresses are really put together. 
    It would be nice to see all this more clearly on the RW. Even the photo-stills for PR’s site are not so good.
    The pics here on the TLo site seem to have much better resolution.  The details of Uli’s work are clearer, and even prettier.
    I think the showdown is between her and Anthony R; I like different things about both.  The craftmanship of Uli’s and the back
    of the skirt was just so much more than Anthony’s. I still like the simplicity of his and I like that type of simple neckline better
    than the deeper one on Uli’s. It almost looked like her material relaxed/stretched out at the shoulders – when she took the wrap
    off, they didn’t want to stay up.  I also think a kind of shapelessness was part of the 20’s dress revolution,; so I don’t fault his
    for being a straight shift. It’s close – but I think I would give him the win this week. 
    I originally liked Ivy’s alot more; but like the judges said, the dress does come off as heavy, and even stodgy in the stills.
    The bag and shoes seemed to age it even more.  I especially didn’t like the pairing of the leather with this material and the
    feathers. Not for this design, anyway. I still thought it was more inspired than Emilio’s, Josh’s, and LauraK’s.

  • rainwood1

    The editing made it pretty clear that Laura Kathleen was a goner.  She was talking a lot of smack and the edit seemed to capture it all.  I’d have given Uli the win as well.  Anthony Ryan’s feather capelet (or whatever it was called) was a great piece if it had been paired with something else, but the dress by itself was sad and unflattering in the front. Josh needs to be the next to go.  His playing to the camera is getting very tiresome, and his clothes are too. 

    Is Carolyn Murphy getting worse with every episode instead of better?  She still sounds like she’s talking to kindergartners.  Schmeidi was bad but she seemed to get a little better as the season progressed.  Carolyn started a little better and is going the wrong way.  

    • nannypoo

       I agree about Carolyn. If her speech were any slower we would be unable to understand what she’s talking about because we would forget the beginning of the sentence by the time she got to the end.

    • crash1212

       At least the Carolyn-bot switched it up this time around and went for the “lovely” Georgine Chapman instead of the “beautiful”….I’m so tired of this show!

  • alyce1213

    I think Joshua’s is a “could have been” . . . with better fabric choice and tailoring.  The design itself was quite charming and true to the ’20s without being costumey — except for the hip brooch, which it just didn’t need. The side gathering was well deployed and the asymmetrical hem was unexpected and a little modern — an update. But oh, those fabrics ruined it.

    It could have been Ivy for the boot for abusing beautiful fabric into a heavy sack, but after all is said and done, Laura Kathleen really deserved to go.  The furry thing was a joke, the slacks were just embarrassing, and you can’t get through on a tank top, which was the only decent, if uninspired, feature of this monumentally bad outfit. 

  • e jerry powell

    Hum, meet Ho.

  • libraangel

    Well, darlings, it’s time to stop bashing Laura K.: what shall we do? Oh yes, I forgot: we have dreadful Ivy.
    There were a few “cute” (?!) things on this episode: Josh’s cartwheel, Carolyn’s “dancing” (Does anyone else think the opening introduction to the challenge is awfully awkward?), Joanna’s “dancing”, Josh’s modelling, and AR’s remark that his dress “would want someone to have sex with my model.” Um…….yes.
    But on to the designs. I guess AR’s (a.k.a. ‘Teacher’s P.’ Does P stand for penis?!) was the best, but I hated the scary Edgar Alan Poe capelet. Quote the Raven: “Nevermore!” Oh Ivy, Ivy: the back neckline WAS nice as Isaac or someone pointed out, but couldn’t you put the fabric stripes vertically and forget about those feathers! Uli’s was what PR’s judges would call “costumey”; LK’s had roadkill, but a beautiful top, but horrible, horrible, horrible trousers! I have a love/hate relationship with both Emilio’s and Josh’s. Emilio: hate the fabric, like the lace embellishments. Josh: like the draping/shaping, hate the colors.
    By the way I DID like Carolyn’s last dress, that gold drapey thing. And did you notice that the BEAUTIFUL Georgina Chapman was now the LOVELY Georgina Chapman?!

    • Lisa_Cop

      That was because it was Beautiful Gretchen Mol.

  • libraangel

    Yes, Ivy’s does look the most like the fashions of the 1920’s, but – it’s still ugly!

  • libraangel

    Yes, Ivy’s dress does look the most like the fashions of the 1920’s, but – it’s still ugly!

  • libraangel

    Yes, Ivy’s does look the most like fashions of the 1920’s. but – it’s still ugly!

  • libraangel

    Yes, Ivy’s dress was most like the fashions of the 1920’s, but – it’s still ugly!

  • libraangel

    But the pants were too long and not even hemmed correctly!

  • NCDFan

    I would have been just as happy to see Ivy go but LK’s auff was still deserved. Did you see how surprised Ivy was when they gave the auff to LK? That was priceless.

    • libraangel

      Yes, I loved the look on Ivy’s face! She really thought she would be aufed!

  • ccm800

    Anthony – I actually liked this. One of hisonly designs I actually liked. I could see a Fanning in this.
    Emilio – Gogh thatsa horrid print and the back looked RIDICULOUS where the “doilies” cane together. Nice shape.
    Uli – same thing over and over
    Josh – Not even a competent designer. One Etsy bra does not a designer make
    Ivy – Her woman is Mamie Eisenhower?
    Laura Kathleen. Palazzo pants and a tank top over and over and over again. The pants version of Anya’s caftan.
    Sigh. SoAR or Uli will will. Both mediocre.

  • ccm800

    PS josh makes the worst silhouettes – this one – starving person with distended abdomen and gangly legs. If Gandhi were out of the closet this might have been his party dress (not really – even he had better fashion sense). 

  • In fairness, although volume on dresses was below the waist/hip, volume on outerwear (which both the feather capelet and the shrug could be sort-of classified) was definitely at the neck and shoulders (and often sleeve cuffs).

  • conniemd

    Judges were right about Laura Kathleen’s pants looking dark around the crotch. Looking at your sites pictures of Uli’s dress, with LK’s right behind Uli’s, there’s a definite dark spot that looks like she wet her pants.

  • swanpride

    It’s too bad that Laura didn’t go for a skirt…the top part of her desings is, imho, the best one of all of them. It’s really just the trousers which drags it down. But, either way, I would have auffed Ivy…that thing is horrendeous from head to toe.

  • quiltrx

    Well, I’m glad stupid LK is gone (I didn’t like her the first time around)…but boy, Ivy’s is horrid.  She should have been auf’d just for Abuse of a Beautiful Textile.  It’s basically a bathwrap with a satin tank top beneath. 

    And the crookedness of the straps and “center” seam make my eyes twitch so badly it took several minutes to focus.

  • Lisa_Cop

    The black and white photo on the far right gives some indication of the more fitted silhouette I think Emilio was going for. Too bad there were no hats like that on the accessories wall.

  • Lisa_Cop

    Used my DVR in slow motion over the invites. Weird that both Uli’s and LK’s are correctly spelled “soiree” on the show re: my DVR. Maybe something changed in the screen caps they distribute?

  • Lisa_Cop

    OK guys. Editing. First shot of LK with invite has correct spelling of “soirée”. Then cut to Uli, cut back again to LK and now invite spelled incorrectly. EDITING EDITING. Gosh what on this show is NOT due to editing?

  • Wow, what 3 days does to Anthony Ryan’s project…. then it didn’t look so bad…now? wow what a dud, trash bag with tacky top.

  • I think if Ivy was trying to do chevrons then the angle wasn’t steep enough.

  • jonnyf8

    I know a lot of people find LK annoying and some days I do too, but there was no way that was even close to the worst look out there.  Really, the only look that I thought was better than hers was her direct competition Uli.  Ivy’s was definitely worse and Josh, the wildly inconsistent Emilio all gave us stuff that was pretty shoddy too.  Yeah those pants were a little but Josh’s hideous hot pants the week before didn’t get him auffed.

  • kikisayshi

    Bahahaha re: Soriee! I hated Emilio’s dress and thought he and Josh should have switched spots. And Ivy should have been kicked so far Auf for this complete dud. The feathers are ridiculous and the hem makes the model’s legs look large. Plus, the “chevron” wasn’t executed well at all. Not a fan of Ms. Neiman Marcus, but I think she deserved one more week.

  • Stubenville

    I just realized that Laura Kathleen’s “I’m entitled” attitude reminds me of Die Antwoord’s parody Rich Bitch video.  If you look up the YouTube video, be forewarned that the lyrics are definitely not work safe. 

  • When they said “20s,” I immediately thought of my grandmother’s wedding dress, a wispy, handkerchief hemmed beauty made of ivory gauze with matching fingerless glovies…HEAVEN. Then they served a heap of costumey dung.

    “They’re young,” I tell myself. “Their grandmothers were hippies.” But STILL. Ugh.

  • Call me Bee

    When I watched the runway show, I thought that the designers had done ok.  I agreed with the auf–but not the win, which should have gone to Uli.  But as I see the close-ups, not a one of them was worth a win.  Sorry Uli–pinning “stuff” to a simple shift, even in an artistic way, does not a good design make.  The judges really should have had some integrity and admit that none of the designs deserved a win.  That would have been great TV. 

  • Phew. Shorter women than me seem to abound, and I’m 5’4.5″ plus fluffy hair.

  • Aah, they were short on adjectives, clearly.

  • She may have just been sweaty. You can’t wear silk pants that fit that close to the crotch (as a result of far too little ease in the tailoring) and not line them or you’re going to see any moisture, whatsoever. Poor cut. Bad pants!

  • fashionzombie

    Totally. I was saying that Schmeide2 should’ve won this challenge.

    • libraangel

      I agree: that gold gown on runway day was beautiful and kinda 1920’s too. Her personality seems blah. But it is amazing what the combo of Photoshop, good photographer, and good make -up, and minus cardboard box personality can do . Carolyn was in last month’s Wall Street Journal’s magazine and I didn’t even recognize her! Absolutely stunning with no funny neck or teeth!

    • libraangel

      Actually, thought about it, and GASP! I actually like Carolyn better than Heidi ( but I don’t mean like-like, just a preference).
      Carolyn at least sounds like a person. Heidi, to me, sounds fake and weird, like a robot, and her “bye” is awkward, cold, fake.

  • fashionzombie

    HAHA! Thanks for the Nancy Drew reference!

  • Trisha26

    As much as I don’t really care about this season of PR AllStars I think you’re being too hard on the designers, TLo. There. I feel better. Anthony isn’t my fave but I really liked his look. Maybe the feather “stole” didn’t go with the dress, but it was a cute accessory. As for the dress itself, sometimes girls like to wear something cute and pretty and fun without showing “the goods” or having to worry if their figure flaws are noticeable. I’d wear this in a heartbeat! The best thing about Uli’s to me was the “cowl neck shrug thingie.” The rest I pretty much agree with you – except that I like Emilio’s fabric. Can’t be happy enough that “Privileged” Laura is gone.

    • alyce1213

      I’m obsessed with Uli’s “cowl neck shrug thingie” and think it’s my favorite item in last week’s show.  
      I haven’t been sewing much lately, but I am driven to make myself one of these when I find the right fabric.  So easy.

  • Johnberry22

     No poet sings because he must sing. At least no
    great poet does. A great poet sings because he chooses to sing

  • geeeque

    Ivy’s only redeeming quality that I can see are her initial sketches, which are usually quite inspired. But she doesn’t have a tenth of the talent necessary to pull them off and it drives me kookoo week after week she gets a pass on the unwearable fugly she presents. Her poor model!
    I gotta say in terms of shilouette I thought josh’s was pretty cute and wearable and definitely referenced 20’s day dresses…if in a woolen textile with a cloche and maryjanes. The execution, color and styling were dreadful though, as all have noted.

  • THE TYPO. I’m so happy someone else saw it! Josh was wildly overpraised, Emilio’s print was heinous, and Ivy’s was a sad sack.

    I was so happy to see Laura Kathleen go home I screamed out loud.