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Posted on January 31, 2013

Darlings, settle yourselves in for a long flight, because we’re jetting off to candy-colored DUBAI tonight! Don’t dress slutty, now!

 

 

IKandy Bar, Dubai

Fabulous. We’re taking a couch and not moving until our flight home is called. They have people to spray you down if you start ripening.

Guest judge Susan Sarandon, Nina Garcia, Zac Posen and Heidi Klum.

The big news is that Michael Kors is still not here and Susan Sarandon is. We have no idea what the challenge is.

Clues:

Tim Gunn and Brandon Hirsch present the next challenge to the designers on Project Runway season 11.

Okay… so. They’re at a ping pong table in a GAP? We don’t get it. Cute guy, though.

 

Okay, that basically told us nothing except Susan Sarandon said “ballsy,” and Heidi is batshit insane. Neither of these developments are particularly surprising.

 

[Photo Credit: Barbara Nitke for Lifetime, worldsbestbars.com - Video Credit: Lifetime]

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  • Stubenville

    I was worried you forgot your bitter kittens. What drink goes with ping-pong?

    • PastryGoddess

      Nothing in a martini glass, they spill too easily when you’re jumping to and fro

      I’ve got a Tom Collins to start

      • tinyredlocks

        You can put a martini in a tall glass and call it a Collins. That’s what I plan to do while I drink and play PingPong.

        • Snailstsichr

           Oh honey – just drink straight out of the stainless steel shaker; it’s tough, right?

      • MoHub

         There’s always beer helmets.

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      Something fizzy.

    • Call me Bee

      What drink goes with ping-ping??!?!  Beer of course!!  Beer from Milwaukee!! 

      • Lily-Rygh

         With an attitude like that, I’ll call you whatever the hell you’d like!

        Signed,
        Wisconsin Native

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LSGDWPRY6JLBPB43EO6MIAURZI what

         umm Gin…and …. Gartorade?

      • NDC_IPCentral

        Perfect, Bee, but let’s go for a craft/artisinal brew, shall we?

        • Call me Bee

          Oh sure!  We have some wonderful micro-breweries around here.  How about a nice Spotted Cow from New Glarus?  My fave…

          • NDC_IPCentral

            I’m terribly partial, from an artisinal, nano-micro-brewery perspective, to Old Home Town’s (suburb) Dragonmead Brewery, but it is really only distributed in The Old Home (Mitten) State.  I partake liberally when I’m back there.  That said, I think a Spotted Cow sounds intriguing.  Just wish the tasting wasn’t virtual!

          • Louise Bryan

            You should get some nice Drunken Goat  and crackers to go with the Spotted Cow.

          • NDC_IPCentral

            Brilliant pairing!

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

             I don’t drink beer, but Spotted Cow is VERY highly recommended by everyone I know who has tried it. 

  • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

    Awwww, no slutty dressing? I was gonna wear my black chiffon kilt with a thong. Damn.
    But, in honor of this bar, cani have a spear of pineapple in my champagne, and a little umbrella thingy?

    • Call me Bee

      And I really wanted to see you in your black chiffon and thong.  Darn it. 

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        Lord help us all, if such a thing were ever to come to pass. LOL.

        • Call me Bee

          Well I can wear the same, and together we’ll send all the BKs run screaming into the night!  :) 

          • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

            You are So On!!!!

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I suspect the BK’s could handle this…the modesty squad in Dubai?  Not too sure!

          • Melvis Velour

            Honey, we’re talking the tourist sector of Dubai, anything goes…as long as you have money, of course…

      • Monabel

        Don’t we all?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LSGDWPRY6JLBPB43EO6MIAURZI what

       You may have an umbrella in your drink if you also have one of those
      little plastic swords to spear your pineapple in it, because clearly
      it’s a sports related challenge and mincing while fencing just goes
      together, don’t ya’ think?
      …and I’ve already managed to post this in the incorrect spot so I’m personally cutting myself off already…

    • Celandine1

      Awwwww shucks, stop teasing us.

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        It’s not something the world really needs to see.

    • MilaXX

      You said spear & kilt in the same post and clearly I am 12 ;-)

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        For which I love you, dear Mila.

    • CozyCat

      Shhhh….. You don’t want to give Heidi any ideas….

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    Fuck this week.  Tequila shots for me.

    • Violina23

      Seriously! This week sucked monkey balls.. :P

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

        A demon log fell on my deck last night and destroyed it, so my outdoor entertaining area is now a rubble heap… I’ll take a few shots for that.

    • NDC_IPCentral

       I’m on the lousy week, bandwagon, but there was sunshine today (not that I saw much of it at IP Central), and I did get a “Spinach” (IP Central’s term for work we avoid, just like kids skirt spinach on the dinner plate) case done, so… better hours (judging PR S11E2) are ahead.  And this fine cabernet sauvignon is working mellowing magic.

      • EveEve

        NDC – so you have a better week ahead of you right? I’ll drink to that!  I’m settling in with some sweet vermouth on the rocks…my go-to lousy week cocktail, ’cause I can sip it all evening long and not wake up with a hangover.  Bring on the three-hour team challenge!

        • NDC_IPCentral

          Better times ahead – tomorrow I work on my taxes (a noble task, so that’s a good thing), exercise and chores over the weekend and then next week, a routine visit with y gynecological oncology surgeon (as my sister characterizes him, “my cute Russian doctor), a meeting with a client – yup, a good week.

          I am SO going to look into sweet vermouth (which I need to get for Manhattans, too; I’m out) on the rocks as a tipple, EveEve, what a tasty idea!

          • EveEve

            You seem to be getting your energy back in a big way NDC!  Yay!  A twist of lemon or lime enhances the vermouth (and sometimes I make Negronis – equal parts sweet vermouth, Campari and gin – but then…hangover…)

          • NDC_IPCentral

            Yes, and thanks for your remarks, EveEve, but my energy does flag by the end of the day.  Whether that’s residual chemo (and it has been 2+ months since the last infusion) or age (which increases daily!) or a combination, who’s to say?  Neuropathy continues, but it has not worsened.  AND my head hair is getting thicker (still about an inch and a half long), my eyebrows have regrown (though there are wayward coarse ones in there that I hope will settle down), and my eyelashes are about halfway grown in.  Belly pain, still, but that’s long, looong-term healing from the operation 8 months ago.

            I’m no gin drinker – got turned off it 36 years ago in an ill-considered bout of drink mixology – but I have lines and lemons here, so they’ll be a nice addition to the vermouth on the rocks.

            Sleep tight, sister BK.

    • conniemd

       I’ll take your week and raise it. Had no water for 2 days due to frozen pipes from well.Then pipes burst on third floor, flooding all 3 floors. Clutch went out on SUV. Oh and hubby was been hospital since 12/23 for auto accident with 5 surgeries. Am I a bitter kitten. I want some pretty, not freaking uniforms.

      • formerlyAnon

        Girl, you  are definitely on the short list for winner in the category: Suckiest Week (not containing terminal diagnoses).  Sorry that all you got were uniforms.

      • 3boysful

         OK, those were your 3 things, not counting hubby, who is last year.   You’re done–wishing you smooth sailing, good things, and a recovered hubby in the coming year!

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

    Whatever happened to Judging the Judges? The Dauphin even wears discussable clothes…

    • http://www.facebook.com/jes.billings Jes Billings

       I’d like to see this come back as well. Shall we start a groundswell of demand?

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

        We shall!
        And while we’re at it, I would love to see a “Heidi’s alters” feature a la Chloe Sevigny now that her personal style has degraded into “slutty dumpster”. 

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      I’m with you, Victor! For once the one male is actually bringing a bit of style and consideration to the proceedings.

      • Snailstsichr

         Tim, however, looks surprisingly casual. I’m going to assume it is so he will not embarrass the tie-less guest.

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

          True, he is working a bit more pulled back look. Pretty boy man needs to back off on the bronzer, or stay away from the tanning salon for a while.

        • Karen Maslowski

           I really don’t care for that spread collar shirt.

          Tim could not care less about my opinion, I’m sure.  :-)

        • WhiteOprah

          That’s his ping pong playing outfit. ;)  

          I wonder what kind of twisted logic will be used to make this challenge tie in to Susan Sarandon’s ping pong business?  

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I’m rather hoping for toddlers and their moms who are pimping for Heidi’s “Truly Hiddy” toddler line out for a night on the town at the pingpong parlor!

    • Celandine1

      Yah we need to judge those bitches! And Nina caps, been going through Nina caps withdrawal.

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

        Well said! But, unfortunately, Nina hasn’t verbally cut a bitch for a couple seasons now…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WKSM57KFWUGRMKPDUW4SPL3GDM Kathryn

       JUDGE THEM!  JUDGE THEM!  JUDGE THEM!

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

      Yeah, I was surprised not to see that up last week.  I love judging the crap out of the judges.

    • http://twitter.com/elle_ife Elle Ife

       Yeah, and are we finally going to start discussing how hot he is?

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

    I must have some drink that clears the sinuses. I am drowning in global-warming-induced allergies, and all I can think of is the noodle bowls I used to get when I was a teen in Japan which cleared a snout right up. HELP! CLARITIN IS NOT WORKING! And if another frikkin’ hippie recommends a neti pot, I’m gonna pop a cap. For reals.

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

      Oh, and in honor of my dear departed grandfather, who would have turned 95 today, and was a postman in Torrington, Connecticut and a true Gentleman with a capital G, I say Good Evening, Bitter Kittens, and I shall pay for your first, second, and possibly third rounds. (Assuming my card is not declined.)

      • another_laura

        Thanks, Sarah, I salute your grandfather with a Grey Goose Martini, up with a twist.

        Nasonex.  It’s the only thing that ever helped me.

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

          Antonio Banderas-Bee? I am so unfamiliar with this realm of products, but thank you, I’ll check it out.

          • another_laura

            Yes, exactly!  I think still prescription only. 

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        I lift my champagne flute in his honor. He sounds like he was a lovely man.

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

          Very much so. He raised my dad and his sisters while his wife was institutionalized on and off for mental illness, and always had a smile for everyone, enjoyed fly fishing, and couldn’t have been kinder to each and every one of his 11 grandchildren. He died 25 years ago, but we still spent the day talking about him.

          • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

            What a fortunate woman you are to have had him in your life.

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

            Without wishing to go to too dark a place, it does help to remember your grandsire was a truly good man when you have the genetically linked generation between displaying truly despicable characteristics, hence my keen fondness for his memory.  

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            He sounds like a truly lovely man-I tip my cap to him, and to you and your family as you remember him.

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

            Thank you. I appreciate it. Any man that can fight in WWII with the name Valentine deserves a few cap-tips :)

          • MilaXX

            Here’s to grandpa!

      • Call me Bee

        A hearty “prosit” to your Grandfather. 

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

          Thank you! He would be so pleased to have hearty toasts in his honor!  

      • NDC_IPCentral

        Sarah, back in my more salad-y days, about 30 years ago I bicycled through Torrington, and my recollection is that it was all uphill, both ways.  Salutes to your grandfather (who’s younger than my father who would have been 104 tomorrow, bless his wonderous heart); postal carriers back in his day really observed the “Neither snow, nor sleet, nor dark of night” dictum.

        You have my sympathies about the deck destruction; the winds have been fierce ’round these East Coast parts today.  At least no person was injured; just fight like the dickens with your homeowners’ insurer.

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

          Grampa knew everyone in town, by first AND last name, and when he passed, he was alone in his apartment. He wasn’t seen in his normal haunts for a day, and everyone knew something was wrong, because he never missed lunch at his favorite diner, hello to the neighbors, birdseed for his “chickies” (we were chickies, too) etc. He may have been alone in that apt., but he was loved by everyone who met him, and I am so glad to have some of that in me. Also, by way of the setting, he was quite a natty dresser. Fashion, dahlings!

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PBGUD7Y6KYRNL7PCKYNPD2UGSM Carol

            Your Grampa sounds like my mom.  (See below.) She knew everyone in town, even the people not on her regular route.  If someone needed something my mother knew about it and did what she could to help them out. She’d say that it was one good of delivering mail to patrons’ doors, but I think part of it was her personality.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PBGUD7Y6KYRNL7PCKYNPD2UGSM Carol

        My mom, who would be 83 this year, was a postwoman.  She was a letter carrier walking her route in a small South Carolina town and secretary of her local of the National Association of Letter Carriers, the letter carriers union.  She eventually became postmistress of several small post offices in SC.  We must have postal work in the blood.  One of her brothers was a postmaster in another small SC post office, another was, IIRC, assistant postmaster of Greenville, SC, and an older sister was also a letter carrier.  They are all gone now except for her sister who celebrated her 91st  birthday last fall. Oh, and my oldest daughter worked in the university PO as a college student.

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

          A noble profession. I have often said that Gramps would be sad to see the Post Office’s current situation, and be working his butt off to save it, however he could. He was the postmaster for his town, also.

    • Call me Bee

      I feel your pain.  I don’t have the guts to try a neti pot either, but I do use saline nasal spray.  And–my acupunture-ist suggested that I put a hot water bottle on the abdomen (under the belly button) for about 10 minutes each night before bed for about 3 weeks straight.  Supposed to help the spleen regulate the fluids in your body, including the sinuses.  But I was told not to use a heating pad–it has to slowly cool down.
      I’ll be trying that as well–sinuses have been horrible lately.

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

        Thanks for the tip! I have never had nasal allergies at this time of year, at all, so I’m totally unprepared for this nonsense. I usually get hives, but when it started, I was hurling everywhere and thought I had the flu so I went in and the dr said I was having the worst allergy attack she’d ever seen, and the throwing up was sheer volume of mucus in my throat (sorry for the graphics). I understand skin allergy manifestations can change to upper respiratory as you age. Yay. Now, to find out WTF is causing it…

        • MilaXX

          That would me. Nasty sinus allergies year round. When it’s bad, my face swells.

        • 3boysful

           I am no hippie, but I have to tell you, my MIL got my 16 yr old son onto the neti pot s couple of years ago, and he voluntarily uses it on a regular basis.  Feel better soon.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jes.billings Jes Billings

         I finally wiped out a long-lasting sinus infection that defied 3 rounds of antibiotics, by drinking hot water with apple cider vinegar and honey and garlic drops in my ears. It probably would have gone away faster if I’d been able to tolerate a stronger vinegar solution. It’s gone now, so I’ll have a vodka/tonic with a big chunk of lime (pedestrian tastebuds)

        • MilaXX

          I like Braggs ACV. I can tolerate a straight shot of it.

          • http://www.facebook.com/jes.billings Jes Billings

            Will try it next time (and oh, there will be a next time)

      • Karen Maslowski

         The saline spray is worse than the neti pot, FYI.

        Ya big chickens.  :-)

        • Celandine1

          I think you are confusing nasal saline spray with nasal decongestant spray.

      • MilaXX

        I’ll stick with drugs. Just got a script for nasonex

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

         Could you use a rice sock?  (It’s a tube sock filled with rice, heated in the microwave for 30 seconds)  It cools more slowly than a hot water bottle in my experience and conforms better.

        • Call me Bee

          I’m sure you could.  In fact, I don’t have a water bottle–I plan on using a rice pad that I made actually for my shoulders.  it should work….

    • Celandine1

      Take a couple of shots of Goldschlager, that will clear those pesky sinuses. Also claritin sucks, try chlor-trimetron, it works for me & doesn’t make me drowsy. Rinse often with a sterile saline-only nasal spray. You would think those frikkin hippies would be dead from fungal brain infections by now, neti pots scare the bejesus out of me.

      • WhiteOprah

        I don’t think I’ve ever been lumped in with the hippie crowd.  I’m sure if I tell my friends they’ll die laughing.  ;)  But, you do need to use boiled or distilled water in your neti pot to avoid getting a fungal brain infection.   

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

          ‘Twas I who called neti-pot users hippies, because I have had many of them recommend them to me since I fell victim to an extreme allergy attack this winter. That is because I AM one, but in the more “I make my own clothes and do drugs and hang out with biker types” way and less of the “blue-green algae and neti pots and yoga” way, so I am around them A LOT and I got really annoyed with peeps telling me it would heal my ailments. I stick with liquor and weed for that, generally.

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

            Um, you’re afraid of a neti pot but you get high?  Smoking weed gives you lung fungus.  Lung.  Fungus.  

            Neti pots are recommended by ENT doctors.  My sister had her head rinsed out with one a few months back.  She said it was gross but we’re all for doing something gross every once in a while as opposed to tossing back chemicals that cause side effects and god knows what else.

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

            I may not want to use a neti pot, but I’m not scared of it. That was other people’s comments. I just would prefer not to. My beef was more in the “I’m a grown woman, and I can take care of myself without your unwanted advice” vein. Incidentally, I got some very nice advice about how to handle my newfound allergies without a neti pot via the other BK’s. It’s how the information is offered, I guess. Imperious assertions that I MUST TRY something just offend me, because of the implication that I’m not intelligent enough to figure out how to take care of myself on my own. Suggestions, however, are fine. As for your “Um,” – yeah, no.

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

             Oh honey, I feel your pain.  So help me if one more person tells me about how they’ve heard that acupuncture can really help with headaches, I’m going to practice my own damn puncture skills on their heads! 

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

            Hehehee!

        • PastryGoddess

          I am also a fan of the neti pot.  Make sure you close your eyes when using it.  You really don’t want to see what’s up there.

          I’m an Alka Seltzer with Vodka fan myself

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

        Right? I am not trying to mess around with the juice in my noggin. My mom liked chlor-trimeton. I will get some. And nasal spray. AND Goldschlager. Good advice, all!

    • MilaXX

      Blargh! I don’t mind naturalpathic cures, but I hate my neti-pot. I used it all of one time. Just gross.

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

       My grandfather would tell you eat some horseradish straight. 

    • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

       Hot & sour soup or tom yum gai always does it for me!

  • Call me Bee

    This is a fabulous place.  I’ll not have a beer, but a tall cool gin & tonic, as it looks so warm and tropical–unlike the weather here–it’s about 12 degrees right now.  Oh–with an umbrella thingy, please. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Linda-Harris/1358701372 Linda Harris

      it’s 10 degrees here and a HIGH of 6 degrees tomorrow

      • peacockprincess

        It’s 70 here dropping all the way to the mid 40s tonight.  I am going to a hockey game so it will be cold there.  Will have to tape and watch the goings on  later. 

  • OrigamiRose

    What a grand setting.  I’ll take a French Martini (but throw serious shade, and the glass back, if I see an ounce of pineapple juice going near the shaker), and please, keep them coming all evening.

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

    Gotta love Heidi’s witchy laugh in the preview.
    “HA, huh-HAH, huh-HAH, huh-HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!”

  • Laylalola

    Heidi’s long pink dress for the promos has been bothering me — the boobs are roped off in such a sloppy strange way.  

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

    Maybe they’re making uniforms for Sarandon’s NY ping pong club? Or something?

    • peacockprincess

      That is precisely what I was thinking.  Definitely her ping pong club.  Maybe they are making something for the gift shop.

    • uprightcitizen

      Had totally forgotten about Sarandon’s whole ping pong thing. Thanks for the reminder. Funny … you live in a gay neighborhood long enough, and a man wearing a kilt that’s more of a skirt really doesn’t look that unusual. I’m not saying I see one every day here in San Diego, but in the summer, it’s common enough. Probably great for playing ping pong (or lots of other games).

    • Call me Bee

      Oh yeah…she has those Spin clubs.  When Spin opened here in Beertown she came for the Private Investor Party.  It was  all over the Society Pages. 

  • tessasouthworth

    I get to go to Dubai on business a few times a year, and I’ve actually been to this bar! It’s in an hotel called Shangri La, believe it or not, and it has a great view of the city. Anyway, I digress…

    Susan Sarandon! SUSAN SARANDON! It’s been a very long time since I watched an episode of PR, but I’m going to make a point of DVR-ing it tonight so I can watch the runway & judging, as La Sarandon is sure to bring her “ballsy” brand of sarcasm to the circus! And I’ll be sure to do the same when the Divine Miss M makes her appearance as well!

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

       I’m waiting with baited breath for the Better Midler episode personally.

      • 3boysful

         Me, too, Shannon.

  • NDC_IPCentral

    What a venue!  A not so subtle whap of heat as the winter winds start to blow again here in the IP Central environs…. well, actually, at the Apartment That Money Built.  Do we all wear desert white against the Kandy Bar’s brilliance?  And as to the challenge – ping-pong uniforms seem a decided step down from the Postal Challenge of Bravo-days yore.

    I have a glass of a very nice red (real time, not virtual) here to accompany my braised beef with dried cherries and shallots over egg noodles and steamed sugar snap peas (leftovers from a dinner party I threw over the weekend), so I’m primed to be nourished and a bit in the bag by the time festivities start in an hour and half.

    Ping-pong.  We had a ping-pong table in the childhood home; I enjoyed playing it, but man, my brother got into the Chinese-hold for the paddle, and he just creamed me when we played.  ZING! Carom off the edge. Unhittable.  Good times, long ago.

    • Call me Bee

      Wouldn’t it look awesome if we were all in white robes and sandals in this gorgeous place?  Oh–and wearing lots of gold–bangles, pendents, fabulously huge earrings?

      • NDC_IPCentral

        Or like a buncha swells at a spa waiting for our next treatment!

        I do think that white would be the perfect foil for all the color in this bar, though.  Of course…. I’m in brown slim slacks, a rose colored top and brown socks… but wishing’s a marvelous pastime. ;-)

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

      It might be time again to bring up a Bitter Kitten cookbook. Your leftovers sound delicious.

      • NDC_IPCentral

        This WAS a good meal.  That braised short ribs with dried cherries and shallots is a somewhat venerable (1999) recipe from Food and Wine, and it is a sure-fire winner.  It takes a long time to make (5 hours or more) but it repays with the results.  I actually had two dinner parties this weekend, since folks could only attend on alternating days.  On Sunday night my neighbor concocted an utterly swoon-making chocolate syrup for the Trader Joe’s French vanilla ice cream we had for dessert (lipids, anyone?).  It was sweetened dark chocolate, peanut butter, sugar and cayenne pepper.  I have a good amount residing in the fridge since she made a lot.  I have to limit myself, because I’d go outta-control bonkers if I let myself.  That sauce…. whoa.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          The entreee and the chocolate syrup are inducing a major food swoon in me!

          • NDC_IPCentral

            B3, that chocolate syrup was MOAN-worthy.  “Worthy?”  Heck, I did moan with unbridled pleasure.

        • EveEve

          TJ’s French vanilla ice cream is great!  I crumble up their ginger snaps for a topping.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LSGDWPRY6JLBPB43EO6MIAURZI what

     You may have an umbrella in your drink if you also have one of those little plastic swords to spear your pineapple in it, because clearly it’s a sports related challenge and mincing while fencing just goes together, don’t ya’ think?

  • suz72350

    Ohhh, the IKandy Bar is gorgeous. I’ll have an Italian Margarita, please, and keep them coming all night long.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WKSM57KFWUGRMKPDUW4SPL3GDM Kathryn

    I have been watching “Design Star” on hgtv. This show is new to me.  What strikes me is how it is so obvious that the show is not fixed.  At least that is the way it feels to me.  The judges seem really serious and consistent.   It’s so different from PR.

    I LOVE the pink palm trees.

    • demidaemon

      I tried to watch that show ( a few seasons ago), but I found it kind of dull, to be honest. Give me cracktastic creativity and judging and I’m in, it seems.

    • MilaXX

      Been watching Design Starr since season 1. It may not have reached PR. Levels of obviousness, but it’s still a reality show at heart. Also Kim Myles (forget which season) was definitely a fix. Her designs sucked and she got on the show because she was the producers hair dresser.

      • BuffaloBarbara

         Kim was season two.  She was up against Dan, who made the awesome white room challenge wave thing.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WKSM57KFWUGRMKPDUW4SPL3GDM Kathryn

          Good to know.  So far Seasons 4 and 6 don’t seem fixed.  But, what are the odds!

      • Lisa_Cop

        Is Design Star the show where different stores try to buy your designs? If it is, I couldn’t get through 10 minutes. Blech.

        • MilaXX

          No this is on HGTV and is where they designing rooms. It stars designer Vern Yip from Trading Spaces

    • BuffaloBarbara

       Oh, when it gets near the end, it’s fixed.  Is it on again?  Must start watching.

    • zelavie

      I love that show!  I’m glad it doesn’t have all of the usual drama (although it definitely has its share).  

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PBGUD7Y6KYRNL7PCKYNPD2UGSM Carol

      When is Design Star on?  I’ve not seen any promos for it that recall.  They were showing Colorsplash this morning, though.  David Bromstad is just adorable! I’d be so proud if he were my gay son.  I thought HGTV was 90% canned real estate shows now like House Hunters.  I miss the old HGTV!

    • http://www.facebook.com/jes.billings Jes Billings

       I like Design Star. The designers have a realistic amount of time and are helped by painters, carpenters, handyhelpers. So they don’t have to do the equivalent of sewing on buttons. I like watching creative people do their thing in challenging, but reasonable, circumstances — I kind of remember another show like that. (And David Bromstead is just delicious)

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WKSM57KFWUGRMKPDUW4SPL3GDM Kathryn

         you can watch all the seasons at their website hgtv.com.  There are lots of other shows to watch, too.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Heidi’s laugh does have a real batshit nutty quality to it, doesn’t it?  I think that Susan Sarandon has some interest in a NYC pingpong club.  Ah, let the night’s shenanigans commence!  Bring on the booze!

  • MilaXX

    Susan seems to have forgotten she’s not 21 and once again is not wearing a bra. I guess we should be glad she didn’t bring the dog.

  • MilaXX

    If you can’t wear slutty clothes while getting drunk in a nightclub in Dubai, there is no hope left in the world.

  • unbornfawn

    I’m smelling a lot of product placement tonight.

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

      “Designers, you will be playing a game of ping-pong yourselves. HP Intel has kindly sent us more of their worthless tablets to use as paddles.”

  • BuffaloBarbara

    I wonder what Tim actually said that they cut. each. word. out. separately. to. make. him. say. something. else.

    I don’t remember — do female designers tend to complain about unfamiliar protuberances the  way the guys complain about big breasts on real woman challenges?

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

    What a long week! Just bought a fifth of gin, should that hold me? Any insane drinking games tonight? I ‘ll try to behave, this looks like a lovely place.

    • Stubenville

      I can’t speak for the actions of the designers, but the judging should be relatively sane. It’s still early in the season.

  • http://twitter.com/BigBearSpeaks Big Bear

    I keep expecting to see that marvelous Joanna Coles pop up on PR. It’s not fair of All Stars to keep her to themselves. Maybe Nina could suffer an accident…lights fall on people all the time…

    Alternatively make Katie Holmes an ongoing guest judge. She gave great critiques on All Stars and anyone who can face down Scientology to protect her daughter gets an A from me. No A+ though because marrying Tom Cruise.

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

       She certainly learned something from her father!  I’d hire that man to protect assets in a divorce for me (should I ever get divorced or have any assets worth protecting) in a heartbeat.

  • EveEve

    So all of the game contestants…er…designers are wearing blue, gray and green…and the judges are in a narrow range too.  What is going ON?

  • zelavie

    I’m guessing all of the designers are color-coordinated on purpose?

    • Stubenville

      But they still need name tags, except for Snidley Whiplash and Princess Water Lilly.

  • NDC_IPCentral

    GEEEBUSSSSS! 

    That teaser with the quick cuts between the cryers, and the snippy judges and the frenetic, nastiness.  Oh, how this show has declined.  SMH.

    • Stubenville

      It could be worse – they could have Abby from Dance Moms as a judge.

      • Pennymac

         Hahaha!

      • NDC_IPCentral

         {{{shudder}}}

      • blondie65

        That’s the stuff of nightmares….

      • SRQkitten

        shhhhhh,

        Please don’t give lifetime any more bad ideas, they’ve got quite enough already as the ads for their other shows and movies indicate.

        And we know BM has no limits either.

        srq

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Shhh. don’t give them ideas…although I wouldn’t be surprised if they’ve already thought of that. The Horror.The Horror.

  • alula_auburn

    Oh, gosh, I blocked out those stupid team names.

    I’m actively embarrassed for Tim in the credits.

  • Pennymac

    I’d love me some Dubai about now. FFFreezing!

    • Stubenville

      Word. But damn, that’s a looooong flight!

  • Pennymac

    Jeebus, team drama already?

  • EveEve

    ah a Susan Sarandon advertising hour.  Now I get it. 

  • alula_auburn

    I would suggest a drinking game for cheap ball jokes, but it’s not Friday yet, is it?

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

      Anyone remember “Animal Wooly Balls”? :)

  • Stubenville

    Team mop-and-bucket.

  • guest2visits

    I don’t believe I’ve mentioned how much I hate TEAMS………

  • Pennymac

    Sooo biting my tongue to avoid ball jokes…..

  • alula_auburn

    Ugh, are skorts a thing again?  (not according to spell check, they aren’t!)

    Aw, I feel you, Swatch!

    • zelavie

      I saw a pair of skorts at Kohl’s about 2 years ago.  Khaki, high-waisted, total early 90′s soccer mom.  Sold with a matching belt.  It was all I could do to not simultaneously laugh out loud and dry heave.

    • Lisa_Cop

      No they are- check out your latest Athleta catalogue or Lululemon store. Which means, have these contestants never seen Atleta or Lululemon wear?Or Nike? Jeez! Have they never belonged to a gym? They are CLUELESS?

      • EveEve

        Just got an Athleta catalog yesterday, so they were fresh in my mind. They look comfortable. But fresh and innovative, or fashion forward…not so much. 

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

         I’m still confused by the skort for the gym… why wouldn’t I just wear shorts?  If you are looking good at the gym, you are not working hard enough!

        • MacFrannie

          I love generalities and live to defy them.  I work like an animal at the gym and I look fantastic and I often wear skorts while doing so. 

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

             How do you do that?!?  Don’t you sweat?  I mean, I don’t think you need to look like a total slob — I wear well-fitted yoga pants or running shorts, and a cute tank (with 15 bras..:) And I always have my hair braided and that kind of thing.  But I always look so much worse after the gym than when I get there!

          • MacFrannie

            I sweat like a beast :-) but my workout clothes fit well and are relatively stylish and colorful. I don’t look like I’m ready to go to the club but I don’t look like a schlub either. It seems like lots of ladies, at my gym at least, wear really baggy mens t-shirts and baggy capris or pants in black or various shades of grey. I tend toward more body conscious gear. I probably look worse after my workout than before but I spend a lot of time at the gym and I like variety. So I have shorts and skorts and tank tops in a rainbow of colors. I personally can’t stand having anything but shorts on except for yoga so I’m always in short or a skort for my cardio and weight workouts.

  • GenXcellent

    I’m generally a person who is always up for trying new things, but I have no desire whatsoever to go to a ping pong social club.

    • Pennymac

       Relieved. I thought maybe I was either too old or uncool, cause I was thinking WTF??? Ping Pong Social Club sounds like an SNL skit.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        With those delicious Schwetty Balls, no doubt….

  • MilaXX

    Who is paying $78 for what is essentially a cat version of the ugly xmas sweater?

    • zelavie

      Hipsters with wealthy parents?

      • AthenaJ

        Ding ding ding! We have a winner!

    • Pennymac

      Wasn’t there a design-testant who made cat sweaters? LOL

      • MilaXX

        Yes they showed one of his sweaters, It retails for $78

        • Pennymac

           Judging without looking. YUCK.

  • MilaXX

    That’s the delima with being on the losing team, you get paranoid. Hence all the micro managing and sipping at each other.

    • Polka_Dotty

      Is it still paranoia if they really hate each other?

  • VictoriaDiNardo

    I’m trying to be optimistic about this team idea, but I’m starting to realize that it’s just one more way they figured out to create more interpersonal drama at the expense of showing actual designing. I’m so in denial about this show….

    • Polka_Dotty

      Think of it this way: It’s Team Bitter Kittens against Team Project Runway. And every week, we win!

      • zelavie

        Do we win?  Really?

      • EveEve

        Yes – this open lounge is way, (way way) more entertaining that what’s on the screen.  Plus – drinking games!

      • VictoriaDiNardo

        yeah, but right now I’m feeling more Bitter than Kitten!

  • alula_auburn

    So is the expanded 90-minute edition just to give them more time for product placement?  Because “ping pong socia club” and “ball boy” sound sillier and more meaningless every time someone says them.

    Oh, and every interview about team drama is like a mash up of the worst of reality tv cliche and the worst of eleventh-grade history projects.

  • Polka_Dotty

    This episode is a disaster! (Literally. My digital box crashed, I had to re-boot, and I’ve missed half the show. I need a drink.)

    • Stubenville

      Ping pong social club. Design employee uniforms. Squabble. Visit Mood, argue. Squabble more. Bitch at camera.

      • Polka_Dotty

        Thanks. Like I said, this episode is a disaster.

      • Pennymac

         You haven’t missed a damn thing, Dotty. T-shirts and leggings. Wait staff. BLURG

    • Lisa_Cop

      You have truly missed nothing; nothing on this episode is worth watching.

  • EveEve

    This has to be one of the boring and uncreative challenges evah.   Making waiter and waitress uniforms for a ping pong social club. In one day.  zzzzzzz

    • Polka_Dotty

      But there are jeans and cat sweaters! Creative!

  • Pennymac

     Aw, Snidely. You’re kinda cute.

  • Pennymac

    Was that an ANTLER necklace? What?
     

    • EveEve

      yeah, that’s really going to help when he’s leaning over a sewing machine!

    • Stubenville

      Doubles as a beer opener?

      • EveEve

        or an erotic enhancer…

      • Pennymac

         I might need one, then.

  • notdorothygale

    I’m late to the lounge; looking for your comments to wake me from the torpor that nearly overwhelmed me when I heard the words: Ping pong. Mad Max Headroom is fraying my last nerve with his pastel Laura Ashley t-shirt and attitude.

    • NDC_IPCentral

      Max Headroom!!!  THAT IS SO IT.  You win tonight’s nicknaming in my book, notdorthygale.

    • Call me Bee

      Laura Ashley T shirt….(snort!) 

  • Jasmaree

    Why is everyone so against Patricia? I think she’s right. She was in the bottom last week, so she’s going to have to do something more than make a pair of leggings. If her team is on the bottom, then there’s a good chance she’s going home for not asserting herself. 

    • Pennymac

       Patricia was in the top three last week.

      • Jasmaree

        Oh, I thought she said she was in the bottom. Whoops. Point still stands. You can’t be that person who “just helped out any way I could” on the team. Might as well draw a target on your forehead.

        • Pennymac

          That’s true. But if I was in this mess of a team challenge I’d gratefully take leggings and let the risk takers have the limelight and the AUF.

        • zelavie

          This early in the season, safe is okay.  It’s generally the ones taking risks that get the top and bottom.  Leggings should keep her squarely in the middle.

          • Jasmaree

            It’s usually like that because there are just sooo many designers and there’s too many outright bad things to actually focus on the safe. But the team dynamic changes this a lot. When you’re being evaluated as a team, doing something plain and useful can be a death sentence, especially if most others had a stronger design role and especially if you plain and useful garment is only part of a larger look.

      • Polka_Dotty

        Yes, they liked her dress a lot; it was pretty complex. That’s why she’s afraid to just make a plain shirt or pant, because it won’t show off her mad skillz. She’s probably right.

  • Polka_Dotty

    Tim Gunn is sounding like a parody of Tim Gunn. Thoughts?

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Our beloved Tim has been replaced by the evil cyborg TimBot 3000.

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

    Quoted MKors

    • Lisa_Cop

      Oh no! If he is quoting MK Tim has hit rock bottom.

  • notdorothygale

    Dear Tim, the entire show is wackadoodle. Stop channeling that whiny Kors.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I’m sitting this episode out-any insane crotches appear yet?

      • Lisa_Cop

        One crop crotch, one not so well fitting but not crazy.

    • CozyCat

      I thought Suede introduced the term “wackadoodle”

  • Call me Bee

    Was gone for about an hour to have some great ribs.  So what’s the challenge? 

    • Stubenville

      Ping pong social club. Design employee uniforms. Squabble. Visit Mood, argue. Return to workroom, squabble more. Bitch at camera.

      • Call me Bee

        Thx–I just read that very thing up a page or two…LOL..

    • EveEve

      team design of waiter and waitress garments for Susan Sarandon’s new ping pong social club.  How hard could that possibly be?

      • Lisa_Cop

        It seems not 1 designer has been a member of a gym, gone into a Lululemon or Nike store or seen an Athleta catalogue. Pathetic bunch.

    • notdorothygale

      My challenge is to remain conscious for the remainder of the show……

      • Call me Bee

        Actually–I’m right there with you.  Not the most exciting challenge…I mean what do servers wear?  Polos, comfy pants, sensible shoes.  Yawn.

  • guest2visits

    I can’t really watch.. I feel the irk in my throat.  It’s painfully boring and stupid. Thanks for the useless drama Tim and Heidi.
    ‘Lets all get in each others creative space and try to make something less shity then the other team with 4 quarters and 15 minutes;
    and you take this seam and I’ll take this one and oh what fun maybe we’ll meet in the middle! And then we’ll stick hot needles in the
    viewers eyes and ears by chatting about it in a real-live sewing circle!’   oh Tim! oh Heidi!  The Drama! It never ends!

  • NDC_IPCentral

    Lots o’ boy flesh in that fitting sequence.  Methinks some of the Bitter Kittens were purring.

    • Call me Bee

      Um….I liked it….

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

      PRETTY MAN. 
      ME LIKE PRETTY MAN. 
      ME WANT PRETTY MAN.

      • Stubenville

        Santa says “only if you’ve been good”.  =)

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

          What if I’ve been really, really, baaaaaaaaaad?
          *is punched for the innuendo*

      • NDC_IPCentral

        victor, you made me laugh aloud; the caps took it to the hilarity zone.  Thank you.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DBSIHWVY4ECXGNXAXFXJMSCNIE Katrin

    I approve of the addition of male models.

    • BuffaloBarbara

       Next season twist should be “Project Runway: All Men, All The Time.”

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

    This place is beautiful.  I wonder if it has strippers dressed by Casanova.

    • Stubenville

      Yes, but they’re male.

  • Stubenville

    Would it be asking too much to see them actually create something?

    • alula_auburn

      But then we wouldn’t get all those brilliant insights into team dynamics!  

    • EveEve

      yes

  • Stubenville

    Calling it – dream team wins it for the kilt.

  • Stubenville

    I’m kind of surprised that nobody thought of doing a big circle applique wrapping around the body, like a big ball…

  • alula_auburn

    I’m really distracted by Kimberly’s? dress? top?  with the colors and the bareness. . .

  • MilaXX

    Is Sammy gobba wear than sweater for every runway?

    • Polka_Dotty

      That’s it. I’m cutting you off. :)

      • MilaXX

        That’s because due to PR’s 90 min time, I end up trying to watch and tweet 2 shows at once.

  • Polka_Dotty

     So what did Michael Kors know (and when did he decide to jump ship?)

    • notdorothygale

      Maybe the decision wasn’t his……

      • Polka_Dotty

        I think he saw the challenge for this episode — ping pong uniforms — and quit retroactively.

        • notdorothygale

          If so, smart man. Very smart man.

      • Lisa_Cop

        How can Nina stick around for this. How can I?

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

       The story given is that S10 and S11 were filmed back to back and Kors couldn’t be away from his own business that much.  I don’t know that it’s true (’cause honestly with the whole “we’re going to wrap filming four weeks before FW” thing they’re going with these days, I don’t see how he could have had time to do the show before…) but that’s their story.

  • Pennymac

    Well, that answers my immunity question. I don’t think they mentioned it last week. Anyone?
     

    • DeTrop

      I certainly heard nothing about immunity last week.  Good to know.

  • alula_auburn

    So last week Heidi went super-sheer and now she has extra flaps over her breasts?  Oh, Heidi.  You confuse me so much. And what is even happening with the hair?

    I still love Susan Sarandon’s voice, though.

  • Pennymac

    Brown house dress?
     

    • http://www.facebook.com/mary.nease Mary Nease

      I was hoping that Heidi would say something about the color of that dress and then have someone point out that she herself is wearing the same damn color. 

  • OrigamiRose

    “You’re only as strong as your weakest link.”  *cue shot of Lady Funeral*

    OOOF.  That’s way harsh, Tai.

  • Call me Bee

    It is difficult for me to look at Susan Sarandon–she is the spitting image of my sister.  Only her hair is a bit lighter.  Creeps me out just a little. 

  • Jasmaree

    This first team is looking pretty damn bad.

    Edit: I can’t help but like the kilt though. Can’t resist.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DBSIHWVY4ECXGNXAXFXJMSCNIE Katrin

    Was there a color requirement that I missed? What’s with all the black and grey?

  • Call me Bee

    The first server’s dress is really cute.  FTW!! 

  • MilaXX

    Hate man-pris! Love the kilt

  • Stubenville

    OMG! Nina smiled!

    • Lisa_Cop

      But when? These are distinct reaction shots (of judges and contestants) edited to make you think a certain way. If you don’t see the runway and Nina in the same shot, maybe someone just made a joke when no one was on the runway.

      • Stubenville

        True – she might just as well have been smiling at the production assistant bringing her a cup of coffee.

  • alula_auburn

    That first male server t-shirt was embarrassing.  I could do better than that.  Probably in the same time frame.  

    • Stubenville

      And have time left over for a Chris March style nap, I bet.

  • Stubenville

    Ugh. Ball boy is heinous.

    • OrigamiRose

      My nose is stuck in “cauliflower” position from recoiling at that one too.

  • Call me Bee

    Well–looks like neither of the teams came up with anything worthwhile, save for the very first dress and maybe the shorts and vest outfit.  They looked kinda stylish and functional. 

  • Pennymac

    If the Dream Team wins I think it will be for the kilt and not much else. Although Funeral Ladys jacket was nice.
     I liked Keeping it Real better this week again. Except for putting the female server in an LBD. Really heavy on the L.

    • Stubenville

      Within 1/4″ of showing the good china…

  • Stubenville

    This crap makes Aeroflot flight attendant uniforms look fashion forward.

  • alula_auburn

    :giggle: at Daniel’s Valentine sweater.  It’s still better than the cats, though.  And I love cats.

  • NDC_IPCentral

    How much under-the-bus-tossing will there be among the Dream Team?   Heaps.

    I thought Team Keeping had a more cohesive collection – that sells it.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/DBSIHWVY4ECXGNXAXFXJMSCNIE Katrin

      Ohh, bus throwing and ass covering in progress by Australian dude!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DBSIHWVY4ECXGNXAXFXJMSCNIE Katrin

    Heidi wants to be the one with everything hanging out? Well, I would have never?!

    • alyce1213

      I can’t believe she said that.  Well, yes I can.  Just look how she dresses, and she’s apparently a competitive woman.  

  • NDC_IPCentral

    Daniel – very gracious in his giving the “win” to his partner if it were up to him.  I am impressed and find that mature and reassuring.

    • EveEve

      He emphasized that he did that because he has immunity

      • alyce1213

        Yes, but he had immunity for this week, not next.  It was gallant.

        • alula_auburn

          Yup.  If there was any gamesmanship/politics, it was just that it was an easy and gracious way to sidestep that question, which is always an awkward one.

        • l_c_ann

          But will the winner become an ANYA, who learns to sew and fit garments on the show? 

    • Pennymac

       And she just won. Nice.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mary.nease Mary Nease

      He’s such a sweetheart and an early fave of mine. Talented, not pretentious, kind, and just a bit kooky? That’s my kind of person. 

  • annaplurabelle

     Can anyone see the black pants? They sound great, don’t they?

  • Stubenville

    James deserves to go.

    • EveEve

      Think so too.  He’s got the least personality, and it’s all about personality on this show.  

    • OrigamiRose

      You called it!  A round on the house for ya.

  • Addictedtowhitewater

    Didn’t want to watch this at all but broke down tonight. All I keep thinking is, “this is so boring!!”. I want to see individual efforts, not all the teamwork issues. I know in the real world people have to work together but I want to see design! OK, I’m done whining now. Do love Susan Sarandon. 

  • Addictedtowhitewater

    ….nothing to see here….sorry!

  • Jasmaree

    Ah the old “I was such a great leader that I failed miserably” excuse. Didn’t take long to trot that one out.

    • carolclark12

       I’m having flashbacks to Gretchen.

  • Polka_Dotty

    I like Cindy Lou Who’s jacket. It shows construction skills. Also, she tried to class it up. What was she thinking?

    • BuffaloBarbara

       I know, I didn’t get the judge-hate for that at all.  It was cute, and paired with the shorts, it actually would have been a neat little uniform.  With the logo on it somewhere, anyway.

      • Frank_821

        personally I felt they should have made the top out of that periwinkle James was originally going to make a shirt out of. That color was more feminine anyway and it would have given their outfit a much needed pop

        • BuffaloBarbara

          Yeah — I agree that would have made it better, but the kind of over-exaggerated judge-hate for a perfectly decent little thing seemed… extreme.

  • Kyle Crawford

    This is getting shark jumpy

    • Polka_Dotty

      This is only the second episode. There should be no shark-jumping till at least the third!

      • Kyle Crawford

        its a waitress uniform, a black waitress uniform….its a skort and vest……sigh

        • AthenaJ

          You called it… looks exactly like every other waitress uniform I’ve seen in a casual restaurant.

  • Stubenville

    The judges have turned into the adults on Charlie Brown; Wah wah wahwaaa Wha wahwa…

  • carolclark12

    Did Zac Posen just say, ” … and that’s why fashion isn’t ‘cate-goro-rized’ “?

  • alula_auburn

    “That is a very disturbing . . .length for pants.”  Oh, Nina.  Please call things “disturbing” more often.  

  • EveEve

    The crotch piece was tasteless?  The slogan is tasteless!

    • Kayceed

      This, exactly.

  • zelavie

    James for the Auf, no question.

  • carolclark12

    Heidi calling the older woman “dowdy” really chaps my butt.  She’s getting to that same “dowdy” age herself.
     

    • notdorothygale

      Unfortunately she will likely follow the path of certain movie actresses…continuing to think she’s 25 and putting her cosmetic surgeon on retainer. Sad, really.

  • OrigamiRose

    Funeral Lady.  It’s gotta be her.  She was already called out as the weakest link!

    • Polka_Dotty

      But it would be sweet revenge if they kicked off the “strongest link,” Benjamin.

      • OrigamiRose

        I agree.  Drinks for everyone if that were to happen.

  • Pennymac

    Susan has NEVER HEARD OF A SKORT? Wow. Speechless. Number me amongst the pedestrian then.

    • Polka_Dotty

      Yeah, I’m pretty sure we share a decade, and it definitely was around in my teen years.

      • formerlyAnon

        I WORE skorts in the 1960s. Sometimes they were called culottes, interchangeably, at least by my family.  Sarandon has definitely seen them, though perhaps she hasn’t thought of them in years. And she has a daughter right? She had to have encountered skorts sometime in the last 2.5 decades.

    • ThaliaMenninger

       I knooow! Where has she been? Skorts were all over the tennis courts, plus for awhile there, we wore them to school when shorts weren’t allowed.

    • alyce1213

      Unbelievable.

    • Jepham

       I’m a bit younger than Susan Sarandon and I wore skorts when I was little and so did my sisters. There were lots of them around back in the 1950′s. I was shocked when she said she’d never heard of them.

    • http://twitter.com/LAMusing LAMusing

      I had a few in the mid 70′s :)  I actually love that they had the freedom of shorts without the possibility of that unattractive thing that can happen if a woman’s thigh is not nicely toned and the length is off even a bit – when she sits in shorts the fabric can cut into the thigh leaving a fatty bulge below it.  Yech.  Or if the shorts are too short it’s like a visit to the gyno. And whatever the length, the crotch fit has to be perfect or it looks awful. A skort covers that up and no unattractive bulges! 

  • UsedtobeEP

    I wonder if the “Team Leader’s” teammate ever said, off-camera, “You didn’t lead, you micromanaged. Learn the difference.” I thought she was going to give him an elbow to the nose.

    • alula_auburn

      I feel petty, but with the combination of micromanaging AND slow, excessively wordy talking, I’d have wanted to smack him.

    • BuffaloBarbara

       At the rate he was hovering, she could have elbowed him by accident.  Or,  you know, “accident.”  Either way, my claustrophobia would have gotten to me by the end of the Mood trip.

  • EveEve

    And someone wins for a little black skort?! Christ.

    • Pennymac

       But it’s so NEW and INNOVATIVE!

      • Stubenville

        Does it have POCKETS???

        • BuffaloBarbara

           Yes!  It’s like a little faux apron!

          • Stubenville

            GENIUS! I never would have thought of putting pockets THERE!

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

             Which still keeps me up nights!  I really want to know where Mizrahi is putting pockets.  Are they on the knee?  In the shoe?  On the forearm?  Because I can only assume that to be that impressed by a pocket placement, one must REALLY be missing the concept of the pocket and all knowledge of where you find them…

        • https://openid.aol.com/opaque/50253638-569b-11e2-9c91-000bcdcb471e carolclark12

          No, because Anthony Ryan patented pockets.

    • Kyle Crawford

      A BRAND NEW AND EXCITING SKORT!  with a black vest… AMAZING

    • Introspective

      I remeber buying a white tennis skort from banana republic that i wore the entire summer that i was 17. That was 18 fucking years ago. I CANNOT with this show & its wild overpraising of some ordinary ass been there done that shit.

      As for cindy- great construction but the fabric choice damned her. it is a wonder that james ever made it onto our tv screens… Was he brought in for his “design talent” or rather as a mole to fuck up a team dynamic?? I call bunim murray bs once again.

      Im totally hate watching this season. And i really may need to stop soon and just rely on recaps cause this dreck is keeping me from watching scandal.

    • DeTrop

      Susan Sarandon never heard of a skort?  She’s most definitely of an age to have seen them around.   She gets free advertising and a free design. Nice!

      I think the model sold the outfit. She had just the right demeanor and flirtyness and the judges were all smiles.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mary.nease Mary Nease

      To be fair, this was a challenge for a client with garments that had to fill specific purposes. Waitresses hardly wear haute couture and there’s no need to reinvent the wheel when creating a work garment. It was a relatively creative and practical garment- a unique piece of clothing that fills the needs of the bar’s waitresses. 

      • EveEve

         I don’t appreciate spending an hour and a half of my life watching a challenge where a generic little black skort is considered unique enough to take the prize. One of the most boring episodes ever. 

  • Stubenville

    Oh good – cutie Matt is till in.

  • alyce1213

    Cindy.  Next week . . . you’re out.

    • Stubenville

      Yup. Her expiration date has passed.

      • alyce1213

        So it is scripted, so it shall be.

        • Pennymac

           I just heard that in Yul Brenners voice.

          • https://openid.aol.com/opaque/50253638-569b-11e2-9c91-000bcdcb471e carolclark12

            I heard Jean-Luc Picard.

  • Stubenville

    Quel suprise!

  • zelavie

    Two weeks in a row of good judging?  I’m (nearly) speechless.

    • Stubenville

      Just wait…

      • zelavie

        Oh, I know it’s coming, but I’ll enjoy this while it lasts!

      • Lisa_Cop

        But what were they judging? Black skort, tank top? This is a design show? This might be my last episode.

        • http://www.facebook.com/mary.nease Mary Nease

          Because waitresses at bars totally need to wear innovative avant garde clothes to serve beer. This was a work, real worldish challenge- reinventing the wheel would have been stupid. 

  • Stubenville

    stupid Disqus

  • Kyle Crawford

    Seriously, this is starting to be elder abuse….

  • Call me Bee

    Cindy’s in.  This time good execution saved a mediocre design.  Actually–it was a cute blazer and not dowdy at all–it was just the wrong garment for this challenge. 

    • VictoriaDiNardo

      The color took it own.   In a bright oreven black it would have looked younger.

      • DeTrop

        I was questioning why they chose that color too.  Too somber and too corporate imo.  

    • guest2visits

      Agree. It was as much a suitable server’s uniform as the winning design; just not for the ping pong bar.
      I feel bad for Cindy and all the designers who are stymied by the team aspects.

  • MintaHallWriter

    Again this week…they dumped the right person. Cindy’s jacket may not be the trendiest, but even the judges said it was beautifully made.  That shows promise.

    She’s cannon fodder sooner or later, though. Heidi is convinced she’s dowdy and that’s that. She’ll never make it past the halfway point, if she makes it that far.

    Oh, geeze…design for Heidi…no way Cindy can do a good job on that challenge next week! Cindy doesn’t design hootchie-mama clothes…

    But that Keep It Real team is working super-well together.  Very supportive of each other, while mostly letting each person shine. And wasn’t Daniel a charmer–deferring to his partner on the outfit?
     

    • NDC_IPCentral

      Don’t you think that the teams will be broken up and remixed, and fairly soon?

      • Celandine1

        For sure because all that actual teamwork by Keep It Real is prolly frowned upon by the producers. Wonder how the evil BM will set up the remix to cause maximum drama. 

  • EveEve

    You know what?  I’m glad a generic little black waitress skort won because TLo is going to be all OVER this shit in the morning.  Goodnight bitter kittens – time for some beauty sleep.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    Cindy and James deserved to be in the B2. Given James’ work this week and
    last, I’m wondering how he ever got on this show in the first place.
    Showed someone else’s clothes? And Team Dream is gritting its teeth,
    wondering why they got saddled with James and Cindy and that other loser
    from last week. Not they’re a dream themselves, but Cindy seems frumpy (and touchy about it), while James was just totally clueless (and touchy
    about it.) Team Leader Ben needs to concentrate on his own beeswax cause
    neither his managerial style nor his actual work is impressing me, for
    all his supposed genius and experience. 

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

       Agree RE Ben. There was questionable design last episode and no design this episode. I really dislike his personality, too. There’s something ostentatious about him. He has a lot to say, but very little to show.

    • https://openid.aol.com/opaque/50253638-569b-11e2-9c91-000bcdcb471e carolclark12

      I always laugh when someone says (or types) “beeswax.”  Beautiful word.  Seriously, I am laughing.

  • MilaXX

    I turned fir a minute, who got aufed?

    • Stubenville

      The predictable - James. Funeral lady is probably next.

      • MilaXX

        Oh good he sucked. I’m hoping against hope she makes it at least half way

  • Frank_821

    I have to say I thought that ball boy uniform was the best outfit on the winning team. That being said, I couldn’t really decide who should get the win. I felt their outfit was the most organic and they were both equally responsible.

    Ultimately for me Dream Team lacked a sense of fun.

    Cindy’s jacket was technically wrong for the challenge but Ben could have helped make it more playful or youthful at least

    James was awful. The pants were a trainwreck. plus he really didn’t come across as an effective team player. Cindy makes an effort at least. I will say he does seem like a decent designer based on his portfolio.

    • WhiteOprah

      The most ironic part was when James said something about how they all needed to communicate better when they first got sent backstage.  Seriously?  You were the one who went off to your own corner and wanted to do everything your own way.  

    • janierainie

      Somebody should have put ball fringe on SOMETHING!!

  • enonymous

    LATE PASS: Where the f*#@ is the Duchess??????????

    • Stubenville

      Replaced by the Dauphin, Zack Posen.

  • VictoriaDiNardo

    So what are they going to do if the losing team – I can’t remember those lame names – keeps losing people?  I’d love to see one frantic designer trying to compete with the eight on the winning team group.  They must have a plan for this as the “competition” goes on.

    That said, I do think the judging is better this time around.  Too bad they have so little to judge!

    • EveEve

      They will reshuffle

    • drae27

      Like dodge ball!!!

      • VictoriaDiNardo

        Hah!  Because it went so well the last time they took the designers to a gymnasium!  ( I would totally watch it! )

    • l_c_ann

      Victoria may have unintentionally renamed the Dream Team to the Lame Team.

  • AthenaJ

    grr disqus

  • SewingSiren

    Who thinks the losing team will get to pick a member of the winning team to be with them, or the winning team will have to pick a member to get rid of?  ME.
    * I liked the kilt.
    * of the top three I liked the ball boy uniform better than the winning design
    * The picked the right design to go home.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      Oh, jeez,  you’re probably right.  I was thinking they’d reshuffle entirely, but why do something like that when you can cause DRAMA.

      • Lisa_Cop

        Since they went to the trouble of naming the teams, I think they might keep them relatively intact. Next week’s runway showed the 1 team down 2 contestants.

    • http://www.lifeinspice.com/ rose88

      I kind of liked the kilt too!  I mean, clearly it wasn’t a winner but it was hardly the worst of that bunch.  The motto “Balls are our business” doesn’t exactly inspire good taste so I didn’t get all the pearl clutching over it.

      • umeboshi

        EXACTLY. as IF they weren’t asking for it, with a motto like that. give me a break.

      • SewingSiren

        It did seem to me that the judges were criticizing the motto. Even Susan Sarandon said “my guys” don’t like wearing it.

    • BuffaloBarbara

       Oh, also, I thought the kilt was hilarious… but not so practical for actually doing a job that requires a lot of bending over.  Unless it came with a speedo underneath that also says “Balls Are Our Business,” I guess.

      I liked the ball boy uniform better, too.  It was more… uniform-y.  And I hope that, regardless of the win/non-win status, she incorporates the net holster.

      • SewingSiren

        Maybe it was a skort too , with bicycle shorts attached.

    • MoHub

      “Who thinks the losing team will get to pick a member of the winning team
      to be with them, or the winning team will have to pick a member to get
      rid of?  ME.”

      Re-imagining season 2 of The Fashion Show yet again.

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

    Funeral lady isn’t a bad technician (which is why they kept her, I think). Her construction’s decent; the problem is her designs, which lack inventiveness and fail to address the challenge. I think Richard should have won. His shirt was impeccably fitted and appropriate for the particular venue.

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

    Haven’t watched yet but – is there going to be Judging the Judges this season? 

    • Lisa_Cop

      Hoping but there wasn’t last week.

    • Sharon Greene

      I certainly hope so.  I feel that all bitter kittens must discuss Heidi’s Burlap Vagina.

  • BuffaloBarbara

    Truth on the winning outfit: I liked the bouncy ping-pong ball concept, but it didn’t come through.  It’s a uniform for a ping-pong bar, for God’s sake.  It doesn’t need to be street wearable.  Use some silver stitching to indicate movement and put a flipping ping-pong ball on it.  Don’t cover the thing with ping-pong balls, but one branding detail on a bar uniform?  That would not be untoward.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mary.nease Mary Nease

      I wish that one guy had gotten his way and was able to use polka dotted fabric. In the context of this challenge, white polka dots on black fabric totally look like ping pong balls. That would have been an excellent use of a print and would have added some whimsy to the garments in a tasteful, tongue-in-cheek sort of way.

      • BuffaloBarbara

         That’s what I was thinking when he suggested it.  A point for the nerd from Massachusetts.  But this is Project Runway: @#$&)@&$# Teams.  Override.

      • drae27

        You are on to something here. The winning design was too generic. It needed to have some graphic pop so that the workers could stand out from the customers.
        White polka dots on black fabric – could have been a play on a referee uniform.

  • http://twitter.com/otterbird otterbird

    Oh, PR.  After the idiocy that was All-Stars I said I was done, and then you lured me back this week with male clothes hangers.  Truly I am week.  And truly the clothes hanger wearing the winning team’s male server outfit was a thing of beauty and a joy forever.  He needs to be the subject of a website of fanfic devoted to him and that male server outfit, but fanfic in which the shirt is better tailored.

    • Lisa_Cop

      The most exciting part of this episode was Swatch lying on his side, half asleep and growling (yes Swatch, that’s how the audience feels):)

  • ZnSD

     Heidi saying that the balls are my business was tasteless on the kilt was beyond eye roll inducing. Miss short tight and shiny herself. Bitch, please.

    • nannypoo

       Boobs are her business.

  • pippitypup

    Well! With that win, are we seeing Anya 2.0? Anya:The Remix? Or simply Anya Stopped Blowing Harvey, So Get a New Chick STAT?

    • demidaemon

      No, because Daniel was equally responsible (if not more than equally) for that outfit. Quite frankly, I’m not sure she would have finished it without his help. I find her to be cannon fodder who lucked into a win–it’s happened before. She’s due for a breakdown at some point, which may be her downfall.

  • demidaemon

    Okay, so I see a lot of kvetching around these parts for what I thought was actually a pretty decent episode. 1. It wasn’t a “Make a pretty dress challenge.” 2. It was a very specific design brief that we actually got to see designers problem solve in creative (and sometimes inappropriate) ways. 3. There was some team drama, but a) it’s a given, so we’ll have to get used to it and b) it all had to do with effectively solving the design brief, not because so-and-so doesn’t like so-and-so’s personality/attitude (think Josh and Becky from S9).

    I do have some quibbles–mostly in the choice for winner, which was clearly determined by manufacturing costs, when the ballboy outfit should have won. But that’s about it. It may change later in the season, but can’t everyone enjoy it for what it is and not treat it like your ex-boyfriend who royally pissed you off in the end (I’m talking about you, All-Stars S2)?

    Anyway, nobody is probably going to read this since I posted it at 5AM, so I’ll probably repost this in the recap comments tomorrow.

  • http://twitter.com/LAMusing LAMusing

    I really like him – he’s appears to be warm and friendly, helpful but not pushy… and I swear he’s one of the few designers I’ve EVER seen on PR who seems like he’s there to actually enjoy the experience!

    • nannypoo

       I think he’s fabulous. Maybe it’s just the editing and in real life he’s a pushy, back-stabbing maniac, but as for now he appears to be sweet and generous, a genuinely kind person. Of all the contestants he’s the one I would want on my team.

  • Presumptuous Insect

    I long for Michael Kors. Yeah, I said it.

  • http://twitter.com/LAMusing LAMusing

    I miss MK.  I never realized the energy his bitchy quippy lil orange self brought  to the show.  Zac is putting me to sleep.  And nina seemed lower key – Heidi practically had to prod a comment out of her “what did YOU think Nina?”

    • Presumptuous Insect

      Will Zac ever come up with something to match “Comme des Garcons goes to the Amish Country”? NOOOO! 

  • http://twitter.com/LAMusing LAMusing

    I missed the first hour… which was apparently no big deal.  Tuned in on the last commercial before they did the runway – perfect! 
    Liked the Ball Boy on the winning team.  Very eye catching, appropriate, uniformy but still kind of cool.  Like someone mentioned the women could also wear a version of it.  I like the kilt outfit on the losing team but get that most of Susan’s employees would not want to wear that.  And some guys just don’t have the legs for one.  Overall seemed like a pretty dull challenge.  So why did they devote an hour and a half to it?  
    Zac Posen is boooooooring as hell.  I heard nothing interesting come out of his mouth in judging.  He doesn’t need to be MK bitchy/funny – informative or insightful would be fine.  But he has nothing much to say.  Example: his comments on the black pants with a dropped crotch – he apparently indicated he didn’t like it, when questioned on that he couldn’t say why exactly, hemmed and hawed a moment, then shrugged and said something like “but if you can wear it it’s okay” before pulling his head back in his shell.  Way to have an opinion Zac.  
    I’ll give an opinion on that for you Zac –  I hate dropped crotch pants on men.  Don’t care if it makes me seem not hip enough – they look sloppy. 
    I think I’ll stick with tuning in at runway time and forgoing all the other nonsense. Oh, and I’ll still be checking here after of course!

    • ClevelandburbsBeth

       I don’t know, he’s no Kors in personality, but I wouldn’t say he has no insight. When Joseph Aaron was talking about his inspiration coming from art and music, and needing to do something dramatic, Posen gave a pretty smart little speech in reply. He reminded JA that fashion is a combination of art and commerce, and that’s why it is not classified as a fine art. In short he told him that sometimes you have a client to please, and in this instance there was a very specific need for which they were commissioned. Sure, his cadence is enough to put you to sleep, but that doesn’t mean he has nothing to say.

  • umeboshi

     so, why was a skort – A SKORT, PEOPLE – treated like some revolutionary design? wtf?

    • umeboshi

      if skorts are so gd fashionable i should have been on the cover of vogue in 1991

    • SewingSiren

      It was bazar how they praised that skort like they had never seen one before and almost gave “frumpy” the boot for designing a department store jacket “that could be purchased anywhere” (as could the short that was shown with it I might add).

  • MoHub

    Fell asleep again! Woke up just in time for the auf. Will have to catch a rerun or watch on line, I guess.

    It’s a bitch getting old.