PR All Stars: Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons

Posted on December 14, 2012

“Hello, Designers! We are standing here for no good reason! Really! This setting has nothing whatsoever to do with the challenge you are about to undertake! By the way, can you even hear me right now?”

 

“What?”

“Did she say something?”

“The sun is in my eyes.”

“Hey, is that Carolyn Murphy standing over there?”

 

“This dude makes watches! Also nothing whatsoever to do with your upcoming challenge! HAHAHAHAHA! MY PONYTAIL IS AWESOME.”

 

Is it us, or did Santa look … kinda Jewish? Like a slightly grayer Mandy Patinkin in Homeland. Sandy Clautinkin.

 

But enough tom(andlorenzo)foolery. This was actually a fun challenge. Unconventional materials challenges generally are, but a Christmas-store-themed one allowed the designers to produce some fairly glam-looking getups while still making it kinda tough on them.

 

Uli

So congratulations, Uli! While we think you did an admirable job, we thought this dress was more than a little overpraised.  It’s interesting, sure; but it’s so heavy-looking, over-embellished and armor-like. Normally, those elements are considered bad in a challenge like this.

Anthony

Ditto with this dress, with the extra added bonus that it looks way too much like some sort of Christmas Spectacular costume, when they were all specifically told not to make a garment that looked Christmas-y.

 

Laura

This, to us, was clearly head and shoulders above any other design on the runway. We take the judges’ points about the placement of the embellishments and how they could have been done differently, but this actually looked like a high-end fashion garment rather than a costume or a muslin dress with a lot of shit glued on it. This was one of only two pieces last night that really looked like it should walk a runway.

Wait till you hear what we think the other one was.

 

Emilio

This is really, really bad. We’re a bit surprised that he was judged to be safe because this was, to our eyes, easily one of the worst things on the runway. It looks cheap and it looks like exactly what it is: a garment made out of Christmas ribbons.

 

Joshua

Believe it or not, we think that top is pretty damn amazing and worthy of quite a bit of praise. We think with this challenge we finally “got” Josh. Sure, we groaned at the sight of those shorts, which are truly awful, but when the camera lingered on that top, Tom said to Lorenzo, “Y’know, to be fair, if we saw that walk down a runway during a Blonds show, we’d be ecstatic.” Granted, The Blonds don’t really do high fashion either. Their stuff tends more toward stagewear, but we think that may be where Josh’s talents lie. He should stop trying to pass himself off as a standard womenswear designer and really embrace his tacky, disco ball aesthetic.

But yes; the shorts were horrible. We don’t think he should have been considered for a Top Three position, but that top is so strong that we think Emilio should’ve traded places with him in the scoring.

 

Ivy

We don’t know how she managed it, but Ivy made a glittery, gold dress with fringe that somehow looks depressing. It’s not bad (although it does look cheap), but it feels like she gave up halfway through the process. We think she may be so focused on rehabbing her image this season that she’s tamping down some of her natural talents as a designer. She really needs a WOW moment right about now. Dig deep, girl.

 

Casanova

And it’s Schmauf Wiedersehen to Casanova. Can’t say we disagree with that choice. When a designer in this competition keeps scrapping his ideas and starting over, it’s a pretty clear indication that they’re drowning. There’s so much going on with this dress that you can practically feel his desperation. We’ll say this, though: it’s not nearly as bad as we thought it was going to be. He almost turned it around. If he’d edited this look a bit – and if it was all executed well, which it’s not – then he might’ve at least skated by.

 

[Photo Credit: Lifetime - Stills: tomandlorenzo.com]

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/57DSN5XCR5VONZ2JUMQ5M6EF54 Sabrina

      Sandy Clautinkin. ROFL!

      • hmariec19

        I almost spit my coffee all over my computer screen. Fucking hilarious.

      • bittykitty

        I can’t stop laughing,
        Last night at the Chanuka party we were trying to come up with a Jewish-sounding Santa… Sandy clautinkin ftw!

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      Emilio is just damned lucky that Casanova was having a crisis of epic proportion.  His garment was neither unconventional nor remotely well constructed, which I find head scratching, considering his talent and skill level.  Plus, How can a man who is a professional costume designer be afraid of unexpected materials?  Its part and parcel of the profession. I use strange materials all the time to achieve what is needed.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lucía-Gavello/1253586868 Lucía Gavello

        EXACTLY! I mean, take Chris March’s show for example, I know it’s exaggerated for entertainment value but you can see that a HUGE part of the process is not only thinking outside the box but taking a hammer to the box and using the pieces to make shin guards. 
        I can’t even look at Josh’s shorts but I could see Katy Perry rocking that top and the train pieces as epaulettes was a pretty good idea.

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

           Hell, I just finished a costume that involved wire, doll heads, fake branches of leaves, and god knows what else.  Sure, professional stage costumes are created to last a long time and wear hard, so glue is rarely in use, but no shop is without a glue gun, at least for emergencies.  To say he’s never used one is hilarious.

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

            That sounds truly disturbing — doll heads are creepy.

            • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

               Fortunately, it was supposed to be.

            • Indigo54

              Doll heads?   OK, I’m scared.

              I’d almost rather Emilio had just quit than send that horrible grade school project down the runway.   I think his was far worse than Casanova’s.  I’m really gonna miss him.

            • LambeeBaby

               Did paint them in shiny black paint because that would exponentially increase the creep factor.

          • librarygrrl64

            I once had to cover something with googly eyes. You can’t sew on googly eyes. Hot glue is the only thing that works sometimes.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lucía-Gavello/1253586868 Lucía Gavello

            I’d love to see pictures of your work someday, there are a bunch of creative kittens here!

          • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.kucera Lisa Shinn Kucera

            You had me at doll heads! Sounds crazy but in a good way!

            • Indigo54

              IT DOES NOT SOUND GOOD!  STOP SAYING THAT!   Why do I come here?   I need my head examined.  

          • allcapsERINN

            I’m dying to see a picture of your doll heads costume now! :)

      • BuffaloBarbara

        I don’t know, but as he pointed out, he struggled with it during his season, too–that’s the one he should have gone home for and somehow didn’t.  Has to be counting in other challenge scores.  That’s all I can think of.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Emilio does have a problem with the unconventional materials challenges.  Since he’s won two challenges this season I figure the judges have taken that into consideration for the judging. It’s never really been “one day you’re in, the next day you’re out” on PR, as we know.

          A

      • Violina23

        As I said in my comment, I think he psyched himself out after his last unconventional challenge from his season which was a disaster of EPIC proportions.  Doesn’t excuse the awfulness, but I think that’s why he sort of imploded before the challenge even began…

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

          I’m still confused by that.  The biggest part of that fail was that he simply had nowhere near enough material, which boggles me.

          • Violina23

            He was kinda if freaking out in the store, I think the self-realized implosion started there. He lost the challenge before it even started.

          • libraangel

            That’s right – I remember – Emilio didn’t have enough fabric in his season.

      • librarygrrl64

        Preach, son. I just made white wigs for the footman and the king in Alice In Wonderland that were fashioned out of white baseball caps from Michaels and a few old white bath towels. They ended up looking a LOT better than that sounds. ;-)

        • Terrie_S

           The great thing about stage wear is that you can pull of things that shouldn’t work, because no one is getting too close.

          • librarygrrl64

            Exacula. :-)

        • BuffaloBarbara

           I remember in elementary school, we did The Sound of Music, and the nuns’ habits were a piece of white cloth, then some black turtlenecks turned inside out and pulled back over the hair.  Worked fine.

          • librarygrrl64

            As a child, I would fashion a nun’s veil out of a white headband and one of my mother’s black half-slips. ;-)

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

              “Costume From Afar” should be a class. If there’s no scrutiny, then the fact that your Halloween Laura Ingalls Wilder costume for Storytime at the library this year had a skirt made out of cotton curtains with a ruffle means you’re resourceful and clever, of course.

            • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

               Soooo true. My first costume teacher gave us this axiom, which serves me well to this day. “If you can’t see it from a speeding Chevy in the dark, it probably doesn’t matter. Even from the first row, actors are 20 feet from their audience.”

            • YoungSally

              Who didn’t???

            • librarygrrl64

              Anyone who didn’t see A Nun’s Story? ;-)

            • YoungSally

              Or Sound of Music and have an aunt who’s a nun….in my case.

            • Spicytomato1

              Haha. We used to use the sofa’s arm protectors. Fit right over our little heads, which were apparently about the same size as the sofa arms. I guess I — and my fellow Catholic schoolmates — wasn’t the only one playing nun!

        • Iroqhard

          Can I just say every time I hear a costume designer talking about stuff they’ve created I am so happy? I think costume designers have like, the ideal fashion job if you ask this non-fashion professional- use whatever you can think of, and make something awesome/crazy. If I had any sort of fashion/sewing skills my dream job would be costume designer. So much fun! So rock on, you magic maker you. I’m sure no one in the audience even suspected they were baseball caps! 

          • librarygrrl64

            I am not a professional (in that, unlike with performing and directing, I have never been paid for designing), but it is challenging and ultimately rewarding trying to costume a cast of 18 on a total budget of $400. It forces out-of-the-box thinking, using what’s on hand, re-working, creative approaches, etc. :-)

            No, I don’t think the audience realized that the armature was a baseball cap (I cut off the brim, so it was really a more substantial version of a skull cap). The cast had quick changes both on- and off-stage, so the wigs had to be easily taken off and put on. And an unexpected bonus: the little adjustable band in the back of the cap meant that the wigs were somewhat adjustable. I had never made a wig before, and thank goodness this was Alice, where the director and I agreed that things should look less than realistic. The third wig looked a LOT better than the first one!

      • StellaZafella

        The difference between Emilio and Casanova, in this case, is this: Though both of them expressed that they think it beneath them as “Real Designers” to be forced to work with elements that aren’t Fashion – (Check the nearest Gautier (sp?) or McQueen runway, darlings) – Casanova was sort of cute and funny and he at least tried…Emilio simply refused to get behind the challenge and his disastrous result was self-fulfilled.
        I will root for someone who gives it their best shot, like it or not…Emilio gets no sympathy from me when he pulls these arrogant snits.
        And now I remember why I didn’t like him so much in his first season, either.

        • random_poster

          Agreed.  Also during his season, wasn’t Emilio’s entry in the unconventional materials that ridiculous pink string bathing suit disaster that almost had him aufed?  He is so wrong when he said that the ribbon dress was the worst thing he’s ever made.

        • Call me Bee

          So totally agree about Emilio.  Granted he’s dialed down the drama this time ’round, but the arrogance is still there. 

      • random_poster

        Kiltdntiltd — do you work costumes for Beach Blanket Babylon?

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

          Nope. I work exclusively with individual private clients. Though I have done theater work in my dimly lit, and misbegotten youth.

          • formerlyAnon

             Totally stealing “dimly lit . . . youth”!

            Fortunately, for those of us youthful pre-cell phone camera, time HAS drawn a bit of a veil. Thank god.

            • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

              For example, both the negatives and any extant copies of pictures of yours truly in his embossed double knit mint green three piece suit with the dark green top stitching have been destroyed. Obviously the memory cannot be similarly expunged.

            • formerlyAnon

              Oh, you were one foxy young man!

        • StellaZafella

          Chris March did costumes and many of the fabulous city-block-sized hats for BBB back when Steve Silver was alive.
          Both sweet, dedicated, very funny, incredibly talented people…I keep hoping Bravo will relent and bring back another season of Chris’s show.

          • Girl_With_a_Pearl

            Speaking of Chris March, the Bitter Kittens might be interested to know that he’s starring in his own Off Broadway show.  I haven’t seen it, but I thought it was an interesting development in his career.

            • Miss_Magpie

              A friend saw it, an equity performer, and she said it was FABULOUS.

            • YoungSally

              So Buttcracker is worth the $50?  My sister and I were debating whether or not to see it this weekend.

            • Miss_Magpie

              “so y’all … get thee butt to Butt-Cracker Suite. You will not be disappointed. It is a HIGH-LARIOUSLY well-done piece of xmas fun fer reals!! You have no idea what you are in for! So.funny. Im goin again! Congrats to all involved!!! ”  - my friend posting on facecrack.   A pretty ringing endorsement.  

    • http://kingderella.tumblr.com/ kingderella

      not watching the show, but judging from those stills, uli is the clear winner. lauras could have been close without the small mirrors. the rest is hilarious.

    • Vickiefantastico

      I completely agree with you about Josh’s and Emilio’s designs. However, I agree with the judges about Laura Kathleen’s. When the model walked out, she looked like a big girl. I know she’s tiny, but the placement of the jewels, or whatever they were, made her chest and middle look very wide. Also, the cut of the dress was very boxy, and I feel like I’ve seen a version if that dress in department stores around the holiday season. Honesty, I thought she should have been at the bottom.

      I normally can’t stand Anthony Ryan, but I loved his dress. The fit was fantastic, and the jewels looked very pretty and expensive. I liked Uli’s, but the fit was off for me.

      On a lighter note, I laughed out loud when the host said, “what do you think, Lala?” What a ridiculous name. Who is that person?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PVIY3NBCZJAJNFWDBCWG2DMKL4 Jen R

        I thought LK’s dress made the model look much bigger, too. Why was Isaac the only one who pointed it out? That and when they showed that dress and compared it to shots of Uli’s and Anthony Ryan’s, it seemed like LK’s model was pissed off and deliberately not really trying to sell the dress. She has this expression on her face that was kind of blank.

      • http://twitter.com/nova1000 sarah

        Why insult someone when you don’t even know who she is? La La is her nickname, and she’s been a successful DJ and host on MTV and various shows for more than a decade. She’s also married to Carmelo Anthony. You probably have no idea who he is, and think his name sounds ridiculous, too. Google first, then snark. 

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

           Silly names are silly names, regardless of how fantastic the person may be. 

          • Vickiefantastico

            Thanks!

            • mike__tv

              Yeah Vickie, HOW DARE YOU insult what’s-her-name without first getting to know her! JEeez! *snort* 

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

               I mean, for all you know, Mother Teresa was ReRe to her friends!

            • libraangel

              Never mind about La La’s name! WHY IS SHE A JUDGE OF FASHION??!!!

          • cam_lo

            Yeah, seriously. And ask Knicks fans if they think Carmelo’s a fool too. 

        • RroseSelavy

          It’s not like “DJ and MTV host” are going to suddenly raise her esteem, but yeah, I suppose we should Google first, ask questions later.

        • Vickiefantastico

          Sorry, Lala is a ridiculous name, nickname or not. There’s nothing wrong with me giggling when I hear something like that. Her choice in that nickname is meant to evoke some sort of emotion from people. It made me laugh, so she met her goal, I suppose.

      • turtleemily

        A Teletubby, obviously.

    • http://twitter.com/phd_tv Heather B.

      Maybe the next season of Homeland can take place at the North Pole! Sandy Clautinkin needs Carrie’s help to find an elf who may or may not be working for al Quaeda. 

      Anyway, I really enjoyed this episode too but I gasped when Emilio was safe. The wrinkly ribbons were terrible. He’s really lucky he got to stay, let alone was deemed “safe.”

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

         Pretty clear, no, that Emilio is getting a final three edit?  This week and last week were both tragic messes on his part.  I’m kinda amazed that he ditched the embellished bodice piece he had going on for the final dress he did. It would have elevated his look considerably.

        • http://twitter.com/phd_tv Heather B.

          Yeah, that’s the only explanation I can think of. I was also wondering where the butterfly embellishments went. At least they would’ve added some visual interest and distracted from how poorly put together the rest of it was.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      You know, I kind of hated Josh’s last night, but when you switch the concept to stagewear,  you’re right… that would be pretty awesome on some young singer who’s out to get attention for her crazy stage fashion.  Much more stage than AR’s, anyway, and that’s what he was going for.

      I cannot for the life of me figure out the pier setting or the watch.  Do you guys happen know which watch she got?  Was it somehow holiday themed, or related to… anything?

      Ivy may be playing it smart in terms of rehabbing her image–I imagine a lot of people being hesitant to work with her after her season.  But dang, you can make good clothes while presenting a nice face!

      On the unconventionals, if I had some idea I might do this show (and could, you know, design and sew), I think I’d be visiting random stores a lot when not on the show and getting ideas of how one might make X out of Y.

      And I still think they need to take away the muslin and make them work only with the the unconventional materials, not gluing decorations to cloth.

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

         I SO agree about their taking the muslin away from them.  It gives everyone an easy way out to simply glue a bunch of crap to a simple shift dress, of which we saw three last evening.  Laura Kathlen, Anthony Ryan, and Uli.

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

           I really wonder about these people — do they not get into Christmas at all?  I mean, I don’t know that I could do anything great, but the materials certainly wouldn’t be that unfamiliar.  They clearly don’t make a lot of Christmas crafts…

      • Angela Hardi

        I didn’t understand the watch thing either other than product placement. The watch Uli received at the end looked like a fairly plain black watch (couldn’t tell what material it was made of, but looked plastic-y). I’m sure it was really expensive, but it looked like something you could get at Target or Wally World..no bling or anything (I’m guessing they went with a unisex watch?)

        • formerlyAnon

           As someone said last night, the most sensible thing to do with any 5-figure watch would be to sell it, pay the taxes and you’d still have a pretty good chunk of change. Of course, I don’t really “get” preferring accessories that cost more than my car to the cash, and I know many people do – but I imagine few PR contestants can afford to do so.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3JSTXMWWVZN2QNP2UEKJMTWD7U Isabel
          • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

             And for a watch, I definitely would — I can’t wear them because I screw with them somehow.  No matter how cheap or expensive, they will not keep time if they are on my wrist regularly.

      • Indigo54

         Yeah, I do think Ivy is focusing on her image BUT, I  also remember her clothes her PR season.  Even then, she was totally one dimensional and still is.  Jackets, granny panties and sheer fabric hanging to the floor off the ride side.  That’s Ivy. 

      • formerlyAnon

         Without the muslin, these challenges would end up with a LOT of models wishing they had something as substantial as the metal-washers-string-bikini concoction to wear.

      • libraangel

        Josh’s on Nicki Minaj!

        • Indigo54

           HA!  Perfect!!!

    • bluefish

      Didn’t care for any of the clothes aside from Josh’s top piece.  Too bad he didn’t have sense enough to pair it with something sleek and simple on the bottom.  Love the work he did on the shoulders.  Uli’s dress looks so awkward and bulky on the model — really unattractive around the neck and shoulders.  And, just because, I hope this is CM’s last gig as hostess on the show — So unlikable.  Zero warmth, zero charm. 

      • Call me Bee

        Agreed about CM.  Her manner of speaking drives me nuts.  She talks to everyone as if they were three-year-olds.  Slowly.  ugh. 

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

          Hear hear! She is super condescending, I think, but then I wonder if she’s just overcompensating for the fact that she’s a terrible “on screen personality” and comes off stiff. Either way, auf.

          • Indigo54

             At least she wore a decent outfit this week.  Not that that does anything to improve her dull as tombs personality.  Reminds me of my frigid history professor from college. 

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

      I love Josh’s top.  The shorts are fairly awful, though. 

      I actually like the armor vibe of Uli’s.   To me, it takes the materials and figures out a way to make a statement from them specifically because of the heavy armor feel rather than in spite of it.

      As for Ivy… well, in two season’s I’ve yet to see a WOW moment from her.  Her first jacket this season was nice, but not really a WOW for me, and that was the best I’ve seen her do.

      • Introspective

        agreed. as in, she should have gone home already…

    • Kayceed

      Above the waist, I really liked Uli and AR’s dresses – but to highlight the nether regions with wings and mirrors , respectively, was just weird to me. LK had a great dress, but the judges were correct about the mirrored trim onthe torso – it jars a bit. I thought Ivy or Emilio should have gone – their designs were really uninspired.

      • http://visceralresponse.com Dina dV

        Plus Isaac was right about it making that very slim, very young model look thick and saggy.  It may be one of the better designs, but that’s because there weren’t many good ones.  But while it could be high-end fashion, it would also get any celebrity caught dead wearing it on a red carpet hooted off this blog for not having a mirror.

    • Jangle57

      I thought for sure Emilio was going to end up in the bottom because well, what was unconventional about what he made his dress out of?  It looked like woven strips of fabric.   Silly me forgot the teacher’s pet factor.  And I agree that Anthony’s looked way too Christmasy for what was supposed to be a non-Christmas dress. 

    • Frank_821

      Yes I am surprised about Emilio’s fears of the unconventional materials. than again that bikini from his season was a horror

      I’m glad they picked Uli over AR. hers had a much nicer shape and a more deliberate feel. I felt it was a cop-out on his part to say he was going to make stage costume.

      I didn’t care that much for LK’s. My first thought was: “Why does her model look so thick?”

      I keep thinking how Josh really has not learned to edit. If he just attached a subdued piece of muslin as an empire style skirt, it would have look amazing and he probably would have won. That top is very editorial but radiant

      alas adieu Casanova. It was nice everyone was so sad to seem him go

    • Judy_J

      Joshua had half a garment.  If he’d thought as much about the bottom as he did the top, he would have been the clear winner.  I felt bad for Cassanova, but he just couldn’t deliver the goods this week.

    • bitterk

      Sad to see Casanova leave but I agree it was the right choice.  It was amalgamation of bad choices.  I believe however he deserves first the crown for most improved.  I don’t know if it’s Ivy’s influence but I recall him sending tacky dresses down the runway week after week during his first season.  This time around his work was far more restrained. 

      I admire Emilio because he knows when he is is sending crap down the runway.  The others can be totally delusional about their garment’s shortcomings.  He is very self aware which is what, I think, makes him a good designer.  

      Did anyone else notice how quickly the judges shushed LaLa when she reminded them during their over the top praise of Anthony that the challenge was to make an outfit that did not look Christmasy?  His look was cute but it screamed Christmas.

      Ivy’s dress looks like a cheap figure skating outfit.  I actually like the concept the best but the execution was bad.  Really bad.

      Joshua.  Stop. talking. so. damn. slow.  And design!   I too loved the top but those shorts were criminal.  The view from the back was 10x worse than the horrid front.   I will give him credit for spinning a story on the runway.  He always makes his mistakes sound intentional.  

      Laura’s dress was a nice concept but I agree with the judges that it looked shapeless and unflattering in the middle.  You can really notice it in the pics posted here.  Perhaps an inch of two more length would have made it look less square.  

      At this point in the competition, I can’t see anything but Emilio, Uli and Anthony in the finals.  

      • Introspective

        LaLa wasnt shushed by the other judges so much as her comments were chopped out. I too was feeling what she was saying about the Christmas overload of ARs garment, but her thoughts were edited to further the great big set up for ARs eventual win. 

        • mike__tv

          Isn’t AR getting a little full of himself? But I guess they all are. 

    • siriuslover

      I missed this episode! And it looked like a good one based on the recap.  Can’t say that dress wasn’t auf-worthy, but it would have been nice to see more Casanova. He had some interesting designs that were overlooked in favor of the pre-ordained favorites. Oh well. 

      • l_c_ann

        I wish we had seen his other two designs.  Even if they were unfinished, it could have been interesting (poinsettia leaves= corn husks possibly)

    • Violina23

      By far my favorite part of this episode was when Josh unrolled the blue “fabric” and it was an awful-looking Channukah collage. I laughed aloud for about half a minute.  Although I did wonder why they sell any Channukah stuff in a [clearly] Christmas-themed store!

      I agree on Josh’s top — it was amazingly constructed and interesting. I thought Uli & Anthony Ryan was both going to be producing hot messes, and yes, they were both interesting, but it still looked like a bunch of tacky Christmas decorations pinned to a dress. Emilio’s dress gave me a sad. I think he partially psyched himself out after his metal bikini disaster from his season. He REALLY should have gone home for that in his season, that was one of THE worst PR outfits I had ever seen walk down the runway, bar none.

      • Girl_With_a_Pearl

        “Although I did wonder why the sell Channukah stuff in a [clearly] Christmas-themed store!”

        So that some well meaning, but clueless shopper can buy something for their jewish friend or in-law.  “Look, I have something for you too!”

        • Call me Bee

          Well–and they don’t call them “Christmas” stores anymore.  They are “Holiday” stores.  And I found it interesintg that Macy’s set up an entire holiday department in mid-summer just for PR.  I wonder if they just left it up after the designers were done…

          • http://twitter.com/kerryev kerryev

            Not Macy’s–I think the store name was “Christmas in New York,” and it was located where they met the watch guy.

      • guest2visits

        I burst out laughing too -  it’s still funny!  
        And he didn’t even totally melt down like he should have; every challenge that a designer can do well in, even if they
        don’t win it; I figure has to do them some good, after the show ends.
        (how fast must they be whipping through the store if Josh picked up a canister and didn’t even see what was in it ?)

      • MoHub

         ” Although I did wonder why they sell any Chanukah stuff in a [clearly] Christmas-themed store!”

        Because most non-Jews think Chanukah is Jewish Christmas and not a totally separate, unrelated, and minor celebration that happens to come at around the same time of year.

        And the item Josh got is made for very young children, who can affix a new “candle” each night without incurring the risk of playing with real fire.

        • Violina23

          Ha, yeah I wrote this as a Jew too :-)

          That’s a cute toy – without getting a good look it just looked like an awful & tacky decoration.

        • fashionzombie

          Agree, agree. Also, I was confused as to Josh’s inability to read a label. How is it that he picked up a Chanukah wall hanging that must’ve cost at least a couple dollars accidentally? Also, why would he think a Christmas store would provide a roll of blue material all by itself? Unless this was in a fifty-cent bargain bin of unlabeled items, I feel zero sympathy for Josh here.

    • http://twitter.com/sjcAustenite Erik Stadnik

      Am I the only one who for a second thought the “Laura” in question was Laura Bennett? That dress reminds me so, so much of one of Laura’s from Season 3. Still, a gorgeous dress. But so was Laura B’s.

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

         Except that Laura Bennett’s would have been perfectly cut and executed.

        • l_c_ann

          And Laura B would never, evah have put cut pieces of glass/plastic where the owner might want to/need to sit down, sometime  in an evening.

      • BP180

        Definitely looks like Laura Bennett’s work.  Pretty surprised TLo liked it so much, since it seems rather derivative and not particularly well executed.  That model’s hips look so wide and blocky…  Uli 4-ever!

      • CozyCat

        You’re thinking of the first challenge LB’s season, the “make an outfit from the contents of your room.”  challenge.  Laura B. made that lovely coat with the fake fur collar and the chandelier dangles.

    • http://profiles.google.com/dorothymichael Dorothy & Michael n/a

      My breasts are itching just looking at the bodice of that last one.  Looks like someone re-purposed some boat rope and went nuts with the gold spray paint. 

      • Indigo54

         ROFL.  I got the same sensation looking at Casanova’s bodice.  That model surely was chafed wearing that scratchy thing.  Poor guy.  He’s soooo much better than that! 

        • libraangel

          In the regular PR, I always thought Casanova was kinda creepy and swarmy. Now that I see more of his personality in All Stars, I find him very endearing and creative, even though this week (Sorry, Cas), he failed

    • Girl_With_a_Pearl

      I liked Uli’s the best.  The sides were a little odd, but it looked ethereal and did nice things for a woman’s figure.  

      Emilio must have a fabulous model because I didn’t realize how cheap that dress was until I saw the stills.  His model really walked it.
      Izak was right.  Laura Kathleen’s made the model look larger than she was in the stomach area.  Or pregnant?

      Josh’s model looks like she was in The Mummers Parade or Mardi Gras with pieces of menorahs on her shoulders.

      • RroseSelavy

        Emilio does have the most gorgeous model, followed by Josh and Uli’s models. The rest look like they have better things to do.

      • mike__tv

        I wonder if they chose their models, because some of the models are better than others, and I think that makes a difference. Uli’s and Emilio’s model always sell their garments. 

    • Stubenville

      Emilio’s $1.95 hooker dress out of purple ribbon makes Korto’s seat belt coat in season 3 look all the more amazing. 

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

         Amen, Bro.

      • sarah jacobs

        I felt sad that he left off the butterflies at the neckline..those might have helped the dress look a bit less earthbound.

    • Girl_With_a_Pearl

      Forgot to add that I think Emilio psyched himself out from bad memories of almost being auffed during the unconventional challenge from his season.  He’s certainly capable of doing this challenge with his background.

    • Janet B

      I would put Josh’s fabulous top in the top three despite the shorts.
      Too bad he didn’t have a roll of blue fabric to make shorts, but why did he think that would be sold at a Christmas store?

      • libraangel

        I thought it was hilarious when Josh unrolled his blue fabric to reveal a menorah!

    • LCTerrill

      Josh is Sad Jeremy Scott/The Blonds.

    • librarygrrl64

      Casanova’s bodice makes me itchy just looking at it.

      • libraangel

        me too

    • SewingSiren

      1. I like Uli’s and agreed with the win. Sometimes the judges like lots of crap glued on to muslin and sometimes they don’t. I knew they need to ignore the part where they weren’t supposed to make it look like Christmas. ITS THE CHRISTMAS special, duh.
      2. Why are there so many pictures of Uli’s… Oh wait it’s Ryan Anthony’s a slightly less refined version of Uli’s.
      3. Laura Kathleen_ I think it would have been worth of the win.. Except the model looks fat!  Bogus. It’s a shift type dress. It isn’t

      supposed to hug the body, if fact with heavy beading and shortness, it is less vulgar to go this route. And the placement of the “beading” really? Those kind of refinements cannot be made in a quick challenge.
      4. I thought the bow at the back neck of Emilo’s was cute.
      5. Josh- Love the bra, hate the shorts.
      6. Ivy’s love the skirt and sleeves, hate the bodice.
      7. Casanova, Mi amor,, the dress I hate.

      • Call me Bee

        SS–I always enjoy your posts, and you never disappoint. 

    • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

      Emilio was so lucky. Man oh man. How was he not in the bottom three? As for the continued over-praise of Anthony Ryan…ummm…it looks exactly like something that is hanging on my tree right now so wtf?

    • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

      Aww, goodbye Casanova!  He may not be the best designer, but I really love him. He seems to have a big heart, and I enjoy his personality so much.

      I was surprised the judges were so harsh on Laura’s dress. I thought it was the only one that looked like it wasn’t made from decorations. I also loved Josh’s top.

    • Lilithcat

      Seriously?  Anthony Ryan and Laura Kathleen had two of the worst pieces on the runway.  I liked Ivy’s.  It was the only piece that didn’t look heavy.

    • http://twitter.com/lisledanielle Danielle Lisle

      That bustier was absolutely gorgeous. The shorts were tragic but I agree that Josh and Emilio should have traded places in the scoring.
      As much as I HATE Laura Kathleen, any sparkly dress that includes pockets is all right in my book. I audibly gasped with pleasure when the model slipped her hands into the pockets on the runway.

      • RroseSelavy

        Kylie Minogue and I have so much in common, for instance the delight in those pockets.

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

      Uli: I can’t say I like it. It’s overwrought. This piece, to me, is about ornamentation/beautification, and the sheer sides only underline that.

      Anthony: Same as noted above. I hate that skeletal/spiny paper-white… thing he likened to a belt/belt embellishment. The small geometric pieces found above the hemline and on the chest could have generated some graphic impact had all the snowflake crap not obliterated them.

      Laura: You know, I wrote it looked like a pillowcase with earrings stuck on it last night, but looking at it now… I still think it’s boxy, and I’m not on board with all the embellishments (the blue-black ones look the most earring-like to me); but, it really is much more successful than many of the other entries. It does not read Christmas (in part due to the materials she selected), and there’s something harmonious (or at least not overburdened) about how she arranged the embellishments.

      Emilio: He has absolutely no clue how to handle (as in “hold by hand”), let alone manipulate, unconventional materials. If you want to use ribbons in a challenge such as this, then that ribbon-comprised garment better be flawlessly executed.

      Josh: He, on the other hand, feels comfortable and confident using unconventional materials, and that bra-top is inventive in the deconstruction of the existing materials and the appropriation of the resulting material (i.e. train pieces as epaulets). This is what these unconventional challenges demand: defy functional fixedness. Too bad with the “shorts”.

      Ivy: Blah.

      Casanova: Eh, whatever we’re seeing is the result of his lack of proficiency with non-fabric materials.

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

      I feel like not one of these designs was “unconventional” or innovative. WWWAY less interesting than most versions of this challenge. Surprised you didn’t bash them for more “glued shit on other shit” like you usually do. Very disappointing episode.

      • mike__tv

        It’s hard to be unconventional when you have 5 seconds to design. 

    • http://www.ellenciompi.com/ NurseEllen

      Emilio’s dress looks like it was designed for RPDR.  Josh’s creation reminded me of something Carmen Miranda might have worn in some B-movie musical from the 40s (Don Ameche would probably have been the leading man).  Just slap on a tutti frutti hat and a floor length half skirt in the back.  Ay yi yi yi!

    • julnyes

      I am still happy to skip PR, but I do have one comment – Emilio’s model looks like she is sculpted from stone – she has amazing arms and shoulders! Especially for a model!

      I have no opinion on any of the rest of it.

    • Tausha Woods

      Why do I recognize Emilio’s model? Was she on ANTM? Or PR before?

      • Call me Bee

        Yes–her name is Amanat (sp?) and she was on ANTM in cycle 12 I believe….when Teyona was the winner (though I wanted Alison with the big eyes to win….) 

    • LC3203

      Ok, Isaac clearly has it out for Ms Laura Kathleen.  The model did NOT look fat.  She looked no fatter than everyone’s favorite color-blind designer Anthony Ryan.  At least he didn’t use Navy and Yellow, the only two colors he CAN see apparently.  I really liked him on his season, but this time he’s just a bitchy mediocrity. 

      • RroseSelavy

        Is it in her contract they call her that?  But I agree Laura Kathleen’s garment was not flattering to the figure (although I would never use “fat” as an insult — hello, eating disorder culture!).  It completely drew attention right to the shiny stomach.

        • libraangel

          Repeat: THE BEAUTIFUL Georgina is the wife of the producer of PR so he probably wants it mentioned everytime.

    • Inspector_Gidget

      Uli’s dress is pretty but it does look really heavy, almost like it’s been undersea and encrusted with barnacles.

      I don’t know, Josh’s outfit sort of gave me a flashback to Wendy Pepper’s “candy bikini” for season 1, for some reason.  Can’t disagree that he should head straight to a costume design house, though.

      • MoHub

         Next best thing. Josh and Kayne are now working together.

        • formerlyAnon

          Depending on what each’s real, off-camera personality actually is, that could work.

          (edited for gratuitous repetitive adverbs)

          • libraangel

            Did you notice how close Joshie and AR are becoming?

    • GretaChristina

      So Emilio not being in the bottom makes me think of a question I’ve been having for years with PR: What do people think of the whole “judged on this challenge alone” versus “judged on this challenge plus previous work” question?

      I’m going to go out on a limb here: I actually think it’s entirely reasonable and appropriate to judge on “this challenge plus previous work”. I wish the judges would be honest and acknowledge that that’s what they’re doing… but I think it’s totally appropriate to do it. I keep thinking of Ra’mon’s elimination in Season 6, which was criminal and absolutely would not have happened if the judges/ judging in that season had had some continuity. Yes, the look he got auf’ed on was a hot mess: but it was an inspired hot mess, from an inspired designer, who’d been delivering great work up to that point. And if the judges had seen his previous work, I don’t think they would have auf’d him. Doesn’t it make some sense to give a pass to an inspired designer who just had a bad day, or who was trying to do something interesting and missed the mark? When it’s closer to the finish line, it makes sense to send great
      designers home for one bad look… but not at the middle stage of the competition.

      I guess what I’m saying is: Yes, Emilio was a hot mess this week. But he has been the strongest and most interesting designer this season, by a country mile, and while I think he should have been in the bottom three, I think it’s appropriate to not send him home this week.

      • Lilithcat

        What do people think of the whole “judged on this challenge alone” versus “judged on this challenge plus previous work” question?

        I don’t particularly care one way or the other; I just wish they’d be consistent about it.  It seems as though the judges use one or the other criterion randomly depending on who they want to win/auf. 

        • Inspector_Gidget

          They change this on a whim all the time, depending on who needs to win.  They always have.  It’s a bit annoying.  But I would come down on the side of “work as a whole.”  I hate it when a really good designer goes home for one cracktastic design that’s outside their wheelhouse.  Plus, if you think about it, almost all of the previous winners were saved by their previous work during one bad challenge, Christian and LeeAnne included.

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

            Everyone has at least one bad look and Christian’s was particularly bad.  And imagine how much shit this show would have taken had they auf’d him and then he’d gone on to a similar career arc.

            • Inspector_Gidget

              Not to mention, it encourages people to actually try to do good work rather than barely squeak by on someone else’s meltdown. 

        • GretaChristina

           Agreed. The judges are either “It’s bad this week, but we know the designer has talent and we want to see what they’lll do next” (if they’ve decided they want to keep them), or “We have to judge this week alone” if they want to auf them. I wish they’d be consistent, and honest.

    • GretaChristina

      Oh… and I’m going to defend Uli’s look as the winner. I like the armored quality of it. I especially like how it looked armored and militaristic and fierce, and at the same time playful and exuberant. Like a butterfly with an AK-47.

      • Kenisha Hill Phillips

        “Butterfly with an AK-47″

        Please be my friend…

        • mike__tv

          awww :)

        • GretaChristina

          Sure! We’ll make scrapbooks and everything!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1129137319 Paula Pertile

      It is to amuse, the way they pick at something like Uli’s slightly heavy looking back hem, then let Emilio off scot free into the safe zone.
      Who is LaLa? 
      Laura’s girl did not look so emphatically FAT, like Isaac pounced on. More like just not quite sleek enough maybe. I thought hers was the best, actually.
      Anthony’s screamed Christmas from every sparkly snowflakey thing he had on there.
      Uli, eh, OK. 
      I’ll miss Casanova. That was pretty bad though.

      • l_c_ann

        The project Runway blog linked to LaLa’s website which is LaLa dot com which will tell you all about her.

        I got a G Paltrow vibe from the site

    • guest2visits

      Laura’s was one of the best and looked even better in the stills.  Hers, Uli’s, and Anthony’s were all pretty good.
      Ivy’s looked very cheap – the color looked like another off-shade of yellow. The design looked like a very low end, Halloween
      ice-skaters costume out of a bag for children.
      I thought Casanova’s would be safe – barely.  Josh’s ‘shorts’ were about as bad as only he can make them; truly hideous -
      but the top was amazingly good. Again, I thought he’d be safe – if barely.
      I continue to be perplexed with Emilio’s output; is it that I expected to be blown away by his work this season, or that he just
      hasn’t been turning out his best – I feel like he’s just gettting by.

    • Girl_With_a_Pearl

      I gave her a chance, but Substitute Heidi has finally gotten on my last nerve.  I want to play fast forward whenever she’s speaking.

      • Introspective

        finally??? shes been sitting on my last nerve and the spare one since the season began!!! girl with a pearl, I tell you- you are waaaay more patient than introspective. 

      • CarolinLA

        Heidi probably thinks to herself “See?!!  Doesn’t seem so easy now, does it?”

    • Kenisha Hill Phillips

      Team Uli/Bravo!

    • annieanne

      Can’t agree with you boys on Laura Kathleen. The embellishments were done really well but the underlying dress shape was really bad. My first thought when she walked out on that runway was that it looked like maternity cocktail wear, it made her middle look so large in comparison to the rest of her.

    • MoHub

      Thank you for the Roy Orbison quote! I love you guys.

    • marilyn

      To begin with, I want to thank all the designers for NOT using Christmas lights in their creations. 

      That being said,

      I think Casanova should not have gone home.  His dress was well made and interesting.  It did not look like materials from a Christmas store.  Ivy and Emilio should have been the bottom two.  Hers was a pathetic go-go dress without enough fringe.  You are right-it was depressing.  It was not festive or over the top.  Emilio’s  looked like foil Christmas wrap made into a dress.  It looked cheap.  Either of them deserved to be eliminated.

      I agree about Josh deserving the win.  I like his use of color.  It is always vibrant and polished.  He generally falls down on the actual design of the garment.  He gets so distracted working with the colors that he leaves too little time to design a garment for the color design to go into.  I liked the shorts.  There I said it.  I thought they were colorful, and an interesting contrast with the top, considering the restriction on materials and time.  They even looked better than something made with stuff from the Christmas store.   Even when stuck to make pants with the ribbons, he managed to make them work.  I liked hnis Mulan outfit too.  He is great when he works with color.

      Uli’s dress was fine.  She should have won.  I thought Anthony’s dress was a dowdy version of Uli’s.  It was definitely overpraised. 

      Laura’s dress was basically uninteresting and made the model look fat through the middle.  The beading was nice, but that’s about it.  She and Casanova should have been in the middle. 

      I just noticed that this All Star challenge has been missing one annoying element:  The thin, pale young female designer who will only design in black.  Kudos to the production team for leaving that brooding element out!

    • BPlease

      I keep trying to see it in a different light, but I can’t get over how unflattering Laura Kathleen’s dress is on her model.

      I think Ivy and her mumsy no-aesthetic aesthetic should’ve been booted (her clothes are sort of Wendy Pepperish in that way to me — not forward at all, not interesting, not pleasing in terms of palette or anything), and that Emilio deserved to be in the bottom two (…but I really want him and Uli in the finals so I’m hoping he’s around ’til the very end.)  

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

      The mesh sides on Uli’s dress were so hot!

      I thought the back on LK’s looked really bad, like something was really out of proportion.

      Why did Emilio get rid of his ornament collar? It was the only interesting thing on his dress. I am sure he was kept as consideration for final three.

      • GretaChristina

        “Why did Emilio get rid of his ornament collar? It was the only
        interesting thing on his dress. I am sure he was kept as consideration
        for final three.”

        I know, right? Early in the show, I actually thought his look was one of the stronger ones, mostly due to that collar, which was a bit on the tacky side but very pretty. On the other hand, tacked onto that Flying Purple People Eater mess, it might have just drawn more attention. I think he was just trying to slink by unnoticed. Which he basically did.

    • formerlyAnon

      I love this blog. I would never have looked at Josh’s top separately from the whole ensemble unless prompted to do so. While I still am not a fan of the look  I DO think could like if presented in another context. Admire, even if not like.

      As a whole I enjoyed this challenge, but seeing the results in review, here, I’m having trouble caring deeply about the differences between them, even though there are huge variations in workmanship and in resemblance-to-an-actual-garment.

      And, despite my love-of-blog, I’ll be visiting only sporadically for a few weeks. In case I miss the right days, I wish you all a happy ending to the year.  Some of you may enjoy hearing it from Danny Kaye (this clip also has Jack Cole, Gwen Verdon & a couple of other recognizable dancers. Sorry if this sends you off to waste half an hour or so on youtube!): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lLRuLnBo4Q 

    • Call me Bee

      I always enjoy this challenge becasue we see thebest cray-cray. 
      Love that Uli won, though the watch she won looked like a Swatch from 1982.  He dress was well thought out with the placement of the embellishments and the sheer side panels. 
      AR’s dress was a pale imitation.  It started out ok, but in the end, it looked like he just threw on any silver thing he could get his hands on. 
      LK’s dress was also well done–though I agree that it woud have been better had the crystal colors been reveresed (with the darker stones near the waist.)  I think becasue of that, it was an optical illiusion that the dress made the model look thick in the middle.  also contibuting was the fit–it was baggy at the waist and bit strained t the hip.  Never a good combination. 
      Emilio’s & Ivy’s–meh. 
      Josh’s top was awesome and had it been paried with a cute flippy skirt instead of a diaper, he would have won for sure.
      I am so sad to see Casanova go. But–his dress was a hot mess.  I agree with another poster that said it would have been nice to see his first design.   Emilio did say the sweetest thing to him when he left–that he has a good heart.  That was a really cool moment.   

      • mskgb

        The 1960s sheath silhouette LK chose meant that she was making an embellished rectangle. Also, her model did her no favors. When the camera cut to reruns of Uli’s, AR’s and LK’s models walking while Kylie Minogue commented on the relative heaviness of LK’s design, two models glided down the runway while the other walked like some strange combination of a duck and a colt finding its legs.

        Speaking of models, can Emilio’s model stay in the competition even if he goes?

        • Call me Bee

          That would be awesome.  She’s very entertaining. 

      • libraangel

        Yes. I think the judges said that LK could have used the crystal pendants thingies near the top neckline and then the metallic bits on the rest of the dress. Would have looked better I think.

    • fringebenefit

      TLo…you are brilliant. Absolutely on target…as always. LOVED Josh’s contraption. I think the only reason Emilio was deemed safe was that if the judges had critiqued his garment, the comments would be sufficiently scathing that it would be clear he was the one to go home. It was an unforgivable get-up, but they were keeping him on past performance.

    • FlowerofScotland

      I agree with Casanova being out but Ivy is really beginning to bore me.  Is it not the same shape she sends out every runway?  With a sheer element?  Although that could be her thing that she applies to every challenge, I’m just so bored of the sheerness and the shape

      Loved the episode – always my favourite!

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

         She has launched an “Essentials” line (sorry, but that term when applied in this instance will never fail to crack me up) of 8 chiffon blouses.  So everything must contain chiffon to promote her off show work.

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

      Pffft I was a little surprised the two Christmas angels were the top two. But I guess that was the only real way to go (since even Laura’s is like angel-lite). I do like how Uli’s somehow manages to look like clockwork gears instead of Christmas. 

      I also liked Josh’s almost Thierry Mugler-esque top – it’s a pity he couldn’t find a way to mesh the bottom. I think he was in the bottom over Emilio just because they wanted to talk to him about the top.
      Casanova’s reminds me of “barefoot appalachian barbie” from season 2, but maybe just because it’s been rerunning on Style Network.Ivy’s kind of reminds me of a dress Trudy wore on Mad Men – was it Trudy’s salmon x-mas dress? Or something? My hangover might be playing tricks on my memory. EXAMS ARE OVER! 

    • RroseSelavy

      Yes, my thoughts exactly. She talks like a kindergarten teacher. Horrid.

      • RroseSelavy

        Somehow this comment got separated from its point of origin, i.e. the intolerable presence of not-Heidi.

    • mskgb

      I assumed Caroline Murphy selected the location because she wanted to fit in a morning PR shoot after a night spent working the docks.

      • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

        Ouch! 

      • Stubenville

        Meow!

    • Terrie_S

       I kept thinking that it’s a shame that the top couldn’t be paired with a simple pair of black pants.

      • alyce1213

        Just about anything else would have worked better than those shorts.

    • alyce1213

      Uli deserved the win (yay), but Josh’s top was the star of the show last night.
      I thought LK’s looked exactly like a muslim sack with a lot of shit glued on it. Very bulky and unflattering. Did you see the unfinished hem?
      I’m sorry to see Casanova go before a couple of the others.  I like him a lot and I think he made some interesting garments.

    • mike__tv

      Caroline Murphy  = Miss snooty, she always seems to be smelling her surroundings. 

    • BobStPaul

      In the workroom, it appeared that Laura Kathleen’s look would be the strongest but it just didn’t work nearly as well once it was on the model and walking down the runway.  As others (and Isaac) pointed out, it made the model look heavy.  I’m not sure quite why but somehow the fit – or something – was off.

    • http://www.facebook.com/eekphoto Karen Elizabeth Evans

      Casnova & Ivy remade Ivy’s monstrosity from last week. The top three were the same basic party dress with silver shit on it, Barbie gets points for pockets, thats it. Josh’s was the only thing up there resembling innovative (the top I mean). His shorts are revolting. Can someone please restrain him from making shorts? His vision when it comes to that part of a woman’s anatomy goes beyond the occasional male designer sadism to something deeply disturbing….

    • http://www.facebook.com/jacoryd JaCory Deon

      Uli’s was of course well done BUT Josh turned it out with that top…it was pretty amazing imho.  I would’ve sent Ivy home on this challenge as it just seemed more of her same see-through, boxy top, sad aesthetic.  LK’s work always has fit issues to me and she’s yet to make her model’s body look really as amazing as I’m sure it is.  What is happening to Emilio?  Here’s hoping he can pull it together.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      “GETTING”?!!

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      They weren’t in Macy’s.  They were at a Christmas store that is open all year at the Southstreet Seaport.

      • Call me Bee

        Oh my mistake.  I must have mis-heard. 

    • MilaXX

      Had to watch this twice to get it, but I agree with you. I was also surprised at how much I enjoyed the challenge as a whole.

    • Shangie

       

      I completely agree with you;
      Emilio was lucky Casanova’s design was an epic fail otherwise he’d have to hear
      Carolyn Murphy take five minutes to say good-bye to him. I wasn’t able to watch
      this episode when it aired because of my work schedule at DISH. I recorded this
      episode, but I’m bad with setting weekly timers on my DISH Hopper so instead I
      set it to record the entire season. I have over 400 hours of HD DVR room, and
      with that I won’t miss a single episode and I can still record my other
      favorite programs the same night without using up much space. I think Ivy
      dodged a bullet this week; I’m hopeful next week she will leave the gold fabric
      alone.

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

         Wow, that’s impressive spam work there.  Nice product placement!

      • Call me Bee

        Yes!  I am surprized they didn’t call her out on making yet another gold dress.  Wasn’t this her thrid?  Fourth? 

    • minnye

      I liked Laura’s “beading” (but not so much the mirror pieces) and I think it’s ok that it wasn’t fitted – although I think it was too shapeless. The dress would have been more stylish if she had done something more interesting with the silhouette – when her model put her hands in the pockets I thought of a dress I loved and wore to pieces in the early 90′s. It was a shift dress with 3/4 sleeves that tapered in toward the hem. Can’t recall the name of the silhouette.

      Ivy’s was rather dull, but at least she actually constructed it and didn’t fall back on glue-shit-on-muslin.

      That said, Uli’s glue-shit-on-muslin dress looked like a fun New Year’s eve party frock. She was so charming when she won that hideous watch. 

      Anthony has done the fitted, sleeveless, high necked minidress one to many times. I’m sick of it.

      Josh is starting to grow on me. Ack!!! Help!

      • Zippypie

        Calvin Klein made that sihouette in the 90s.  I have a Vogue Pattern of that dress, both sleeveless and with 3/4 or long sleeves.

      • libraangel

        I agree that Uli was very gracious when she received that AWFUL black watch. I was expecting a beautiful diamond bracelet type of watch.

    • CarolinLA

      Yes, Josh’s top was amazing, but what does it say about him as a designer that he can’t replicate the same fabulousness on the remainder of his garment?  Why can he never create a cohesive look?  

    • Zippypie

      I found the results of this challenge very disappointing.  The top three were just basic boxes with stuff glued on.  I did appreciate that Uli used the sheer side panels, but it was still a lot of crap glued onto muslin.  Anthony’s was a poor imitation of Uli’s and very Christmasy disco-ball (oh, how I yearned for a Duchess disco comment here!), which should have bopped him down to safe level (except there really was no one to take his place in the top three).  Laura’s looked the best in the workroom but it just didn’t walk well.  The shape would have been good for a fluid garment but with all that crap glued on, it was too stiff and it just didn’t work.  I agree if she had reversed the color of the crystals it would have been better but the best thing would have been to eliminate the damn mirrors.  Those killed it for me.

      Emilio should have been in the bottom.  That look was complete ass and a complete producer save, no subtlety about it.

      I hate to say I like anything of Josh’s but…despite the fact that I so wanted those things over the boob cups to spin and play a song, the bodice at least was creative and outside the “glue shit on muslin” box that I was angry at him for effing up so badly on the shorts.  He could have won this challenge if he had put some effort in on the design for the bottom half instead of an afterthought.

      I wanted Ivy to go home.  Her dress was just blah and boring and unimaginative.  Cassanova’s at least had the beginnings of creative thought, though it was nothing good.  I’m sorry to see him go.

    • libraangel

      T&L, I loved your Tom and Lorenzo-foolery: it gave me LOL on a cold winter evening. And the PR boys and girls did much better this week. 
      Dare I say it GULP! kinda interesting to watch! BUT I see me some flaws. My darling Uli should have won, but what is with those ugly shoes,girl! And the sheer sides did reveal panties – pretty bikini panties, but…! AR’s nice, BUT I, contrary to the “judges” (La La – really?! WHY?!), hated the triangular blue/silver detail on the bottom of the dress, pointing to the crotch with little fringy/hairy bits above it. Sorry,T&L, usually I agree with everything out of your darling mouths, but I really didn’t like LK’s pendant-necklace-hanging thingie. A little too cheap Las Vegas for me – especially from Ms. Hamptons. Josh did have a very interesting, smashing (literally!) design. I remember him even saying that he was going to cut the shorts shorter. C’est dommage! They could have been divine longer. And last, but certainly not least: Emilio – what can I say except ugly?; Ivy so yucky and mustardy that I would have sent her home; and poor Casanova. After last week, he had terrible fabric, but still had a wonderfully shaped dress; this week the rose’s petals have fallen in Jamaica.

    • ThaliaMenninger

      Uli’s does look heavy, but I give her credit for placing the crap in such a way that it gave her model a shape. A-R’s just looks random and stupid, like somebody sprayed glue on a girl and rolled her in Christmas crap. Laura’s looked better to me coming down the runway than in the pictures — I would’ve chosen it as my #1 last night, but I’m not as sure after seeing it here. It does look thick. But if I don’t pick hers, what’s left? Josh’s pinwheel top is lovely, but those shorts… Heavens to Betsy. I can’t pick that as my top choice with those shorts. Emilio’s purple Reynold’s Wrap is really, really awful. Like, REALLY. Ivy’s does manage to be both cheap and sad. And Casanova’s mess makes her look like she’s having an alien pod baby. I think Emilio, Ivy and Casanova would’ve been my B3 and I probably would’ve sent Casanova home. Although the purple Reynold’s Wrap is working my last nerve. I don’t think I’ve got a T3. I’ll just let Laura win another one and see myself out.

    • CarolinLA

      Ivy, God bless her, just couldn’t make it through the competition without accusing someone of cheating.  Last night it was Anthony Ryan when she said that he gets his ideas from other designers’ work.  Where does she get this stuff?!

      • guest2visits

        There were only 2 of her things that turned out well during her season, imo. One was the challenge when the designers
        had to put together another designer’s plan (I think it was maybe Chris); and she executed it perfectly.  She blamed
        him for screwing up her design (an incredibly bland, sheer nightie).   And then there was the very next challenge where
        she made a look that borrowed heavily from the design she had just made for Chris. I think she won that one.

    • Carrieanno

      I kept hoping to hear Casanova say “plush puppies” last night; that cracked me up when he would say it in the workroom during his original season’s unconventional materials challenge.

    • cam_lo

      I think you are nuts about Laura’s dress. I thought it was horrendous and I was so glad Isaac said what he said because I so, so agreed. I thought her model looked ENORMOUS, especially while she was walking. She honestly looked pregnant. I also thought the length was awkward and there was nothing innovative at all about the shape of the dress. I feel like she just made a shift with pockets and glued stuff on.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5UQHEKG5EDX4T6NMARUC565TPQ Amy

      I feel robbed. This is always a great challenge to watch with many “oh my!” and “look at that!” moments. Instead,as you pointed out, it turned out being a bunch of crap taped on muslin. Not to mention, 3 of the dresses looked almost identical if you watched from afar on tv instead of up close like Isaac and co. Josh was the only one who did something truly awesome…on top. I am sad that he had to turn it into something an arts and crafts prostitute would wear :(

    • pookiesmom

      I adooooore Uli’s. Didn’t watch the episode, but from these pictures it’s head and shoulders above the rest to my eyes (which are less innately fashionable than TLo’s, but still).

    • Rebecca Jay

      I actually do think Carolyn’s ponytail is pretty awesome.  I like her dress too.  I think she looked better last night than she has all season.

      Uli’s and Anthony’s dresses both looked like CHRISTMAS trees!  The tacky metallic ones.  
      Even in that funny dress, Emilio’s model is friggin’ gorgeous.

    • watchmeboogie

      I just can’t stop laughing at Josh’s diaper shorts! Bless the model for walking them with a straight face.

    • Laylalola

      At least Casanova’s wasn’t a “muslin dress with a lot of shit glued on it” — I would have kept him over Uli and Anthony Ryan for that alone.

    • http://twitter.com/jen_canary Jennifer Ford

      I gotta say after the sparkly pictures, the actual watch presented was quite a let-down. If it was a let-down for Uli, though, she totally covered it great.

    • Linderella

      When they called Emelio first, I honestly thought they were going to dispense with conventional judging and just say he was out.  Don’t get me wrong, I like him, but this was truly awful.  If the Aufs are genuinely based on the challenge at hand and not past work, then he should have been outa there.  Egregious!

    • barbarienne

      I haven’t seen the episode, so all I have to go on are the photos here. Does Josh’s top light up and blink? It should. And the things on the breasts should twirl like propellers.

    • Jenny Bee

       Talent, lying in the understanding, is often
      inherited; genius, being the action of reason or imagination, rarely or
      never.

    • Jenny Bee

       Man has to suffer. When he has no real afflictions, he invents some.

    • alyce1213

      Why do you think Santa looks Jewish?  Just wondering.

    • pylgrym

      With the top 3, I kept thinking, the Sugar Plum Fairy goes Disco

    • nannypoo

      I thought Uli’s dress was beautiful and really flattering. I don’t know how Laura Kathleen could have made hers so unflattering when it was a pretty simple concept, but I dislike her so much that maybe I’m not able to see her work objectively. No, on second thought, her dress would be unflattering no matter who made it. Casanova’s dress was infinitely better than Ivy’s. It wasn’t attractive or well thought out, but it had design elements and variety in the materials. Ivy created a sack dress for a figure skater and it wasn’t even sewn well. I’m sure they’re just keeping her around for the drama that she’s capable of producing. After the crap we’ve seen her send down the runway the past few weeks, I hope it’s worth the wait.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002396153672 Ann Martina

      I loved Josh’s look.  I’m into mosaic right now and it was Just pretty and interesting to look at.  And by golly, he did hide those trains in the outfit!

    • ccm800

      NO idea who Lala is – but I liked her as a judge. Seemed above all the nonsense producer stuff.
       

    • wayout46

      No Miss Universe Parade of Nations coverage this year?! I was so looking forward to your commentary,T&L! There are even costumes with lights and made of chocolate this year!