PR: Honky Tonk Woman

Posted on February 22, 2013

Yeehaw! Dead cattle! Never before in the history of Project Runway…!


We don’t mind when the designers are forced to make something far outside the confines of the world of fashion. Once they handled lady wrestlers and drag queens, all bets were off.


But Miranda strikes us as an uninspiring choice because her stagewear is standard honkytonk and her red carpet wear couldn’t be any plainer. The only design issue was how to make such boring clothes interesting enough to the judges to not get yelled at. Someone like Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood would have made a more interesting client.


And the fears we had about the team setup are starting to come a little true. We knew they were going to shake things up further and we think it was a mistake. There was mileage still to be gotten out of the two-team lineup and this abrupt change killed the momentum. Now, it’s all new relationships. Which is fine, we suppose, but this shook out kind of oddly. Everyone went off in teams of two. Each team conferred thusly: “Is that your design? Okay, here’s my design. We good? We’re good.” There was very little collaboration and we had the oddity of team members expressing vague concern about each other but essentially leaving each other to their own devices. “Gosh, I sure hope my team mate pulls it together.” Essentially, everyone acted like they weren’t on a team at all.



So congrats to Richard, who gave off a distinct crazy-man vibe this episode. Stanley had the thousand-yard-stare, backing-into-a-corner look of someone who realized his teammate is just a leeeetle less than stable.

Anyway, we like this, but we think it’s indicative of the problems with this challenge. It’s almost impossible to make something interesting for Miranda Lambert to wear because she rarely ever wears anything interesting. Even from a stagewear perspective, this is hardly exciting.



Again, this is what gets praised when you make a dress for Miranda. It’s fine; good even, but it’s one of the dullest garments to ever receive the kind of high praise the judges gave it. We kept waiting for Michael Kors to storm in and yell “ARE YOU BITCHES NUTS? I SHIT BETTER GOWNS THAN THIS BEFORE BREAKFAST!”

But alas…

We don’t hate it. It’s perfectly pretty. But it’s also perfectly plain.



We absolutely thought this should’ve won. It’s no more innovative than Richard’s or Benjamin’s but it had an easy swing and style to it that the other two lacked. We can’t really explain this statement, but of the top three, this one felt like it was designed by a woman for a woman, instead of designed by a man for an image of a woman they had in their heads.



Pretty, but plain. The judges were right to point out the fullness of the skirt as a problem. And it took them forever to say it, but Zac finally pointed out how wonky the fit of the bust is.



Y’know, we originally though this was loud and tacky, but the more we look at it, especially in relation to the top 3, we think it at least has some real personality to it. We’re not sure Miranda would ever wear a dress shaped like this, but we have to give Kate credit for trying to do something interesting, with personality.

So of course she gets shuffled backstage with nary a comment.






Dear God, ENOUGH. It’s time for the judges to come down on her hard. Her obsessive need to manipulate and make her own textiles, no matter what the challenge asks for, is becoming really annoying. There have been one or two times it really worked, but you can’t do this kind of thing with every single outfit.

Besides, this is hideous.



This is a really interesting dress. Unfortunately, “interesting” was not on the menu for this challenge. In truth, he was so far off from the way Miranda dresses that he really should have been in the bottom for it, but we think the judges all secretly liked the dress on its own merits and let it skate by.



Horrifying. Truly awful. So bad, we’re struggling to explain why she wasn’t auf’d for it. The only reasons we can come up with are

  1. Her Nina impression was seriously spot on and funny
  2. She defended her work vigorously and that impressed the judges/producers.

But this is just a mess.



The vest wasn’t bad, but that skirt is embarrassing. It doesn’t even look like a garment. She’s lucky she had immunity, and by “lucky,” we mean “took advantage of the fact.”




Is it time yet for us to admit that we can’t stand Daniel? We know he’s beloved by many of the commentariat, but we think he comes off phony and playing to the cameras way too much. Please don’t stone us.

We also think he got cocky last night, and this was the result. We were never all that impressed with his aesthetic, which strikes us as very ball gown, and we think his taste issues were on full display with this one. You have to be seriously delusional or have seriously questionable taste to go around singing about how gorgeous this mess is.



And it’s Auf Wiedersehen to Matthew, who we thought was sweet and kind of cute. This is not at all a horrible design. It’s completely wrong for Miranda Lambert and a very poor attempt at stagewear, but it’s not bad at all. We would have sent Daniel or Michelle home over this one, easily. But he crumbled on the runway and we suppose his lack of confidence was the reason for the auf’ing, which strikes us as a silly reason to eliminate someone.


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  • Patricia is SO annoying.  “Make a dress for Miranda Lambert, and then go get Patricia.”

    • AdamBR

      Haha! Love the Devil Wears Prada reference.

    • annieanne

      She’s damn lucky she was paired with Layana. If this had been an individual challenge I’d bet she’d be going home. That thing was a monstrosity. It could only have been made worse by adding Michelle’s ‘necklace’ to it.

      •  As a Native American woman, I’m tired of her writing everything off as being spiritual and Native American. It takes more than fringe to make something a spiritual garment, woman!

        •  I suspect that’s why she’s still here, in part. The judges seem to think it’s great she’s “embracing” her “heritage,” but it’s all a little bit too “gift shop on the reservation” for me.

          •  Agreed. If I thought she had actually embraced her heritage to make that piece, I’d be praising it. But I don’t. And I’m not.

        •  I admire, and honor anyone who takes their ethic, or racial heritage to heart and honers it with their art, or craft. Hell I LOVE my Magyar roots, and my Celtic ones.  And I have often referenced those parts of me in my art and costume work.  But it is so limiting for those who presents their heritage as a tool, and a sole reason for revealing themselves.  In the words of a dear friend, “The whole world belongs to me, so why not embrace it all?”

          •  You’re right – often we get so caught up in being something that we forget we can be more than one thing.

      • libraangel

        I think she still could have been aufed, because Matt was paired with Michelle, and he got sent home. And Yes, I can totally see Michelle’s necklace on Patricia’s dress – but it still would be ugly. (Ironic, since Michelle can’t stand Patricia)

  • HeyJamieSays

    I would mostly say praise this post (ESPECIALLY ABOUT PATRICIA), but as of right now I’m still going to disagree with Daniel. For some reason he has come across as quirky and genuine to me in a refreshing way and, while I’ll admit last night’s episode made me cringe for many reasons (the hideous outfit being the main one), I will continue being a fan until something happens otherwise. 

    • JLH

      ^ Whoops for being signed in on a different account. 

  • MoHub

    Over on BPR, my votes were Amanda for the win and Michelle for the auf. I must be getting better at this, seeing as how you two saw what I saw.

    And Patricia’s looked like a version of Cher’s “Half-Breed” outfit as recreated for someone who wanted to hide her shape.

    And, Patricia, they’re called bandoleros, not “bullet holsters.”

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Yes-Cher’s “Half Breed” was exactly what I referenced when Patricia sent that hot mess down the runway. OK, we know you  can manipulate fabric…what else do you have in your wheelhouse?

      • annyb

        Paging Sasheen Littlefeather … Sasheen Littlefeather to the podium, please …

    • I was singing “gypsies, tramps and thieves” in my best Cher voice the minute I saw that! Add to that the Emiliano Zapata bandoleros and, as Tim used to say, “It’s a lotta look!”

  • Daniel totally deserved to be smacked down for his monstrosity. Bad choices all around. Too much of that leather technique in one spot. The skirt fabric was stiff and did not move well onstage.

    And dear god,Patricia!!!! I was stunned she didn’t end up in the bottom.

    • MoHub

      I have officially removed myself from Team Patricia. Not sure whom I’m pulling for now, but I like Stanley and Amanda and can’t wait to see Michelle depart.

      • She has been playing the Native American card far too much. Her range is now showing itself to be distressingly narrow. Michelle REALLY needs to stop whining. And Stanley shows himself to be a competent, if not terribly innovative designer.

        As for Amanda, I’m keeping my fingers crossed. This was a good showing on her part. I hope she can bring it again.

        • alyce1213

          I couldn’t help but notice that she said she came from a family of NATIVE AMERICAN performers. Not just performers. 

        • StellaZafella

          I liked both Kate and Amanda’s looks…just not for Miranda Lambert…

          Daniel and Patricia on the same pairing would make Nina’s head explode…so,. at least, there’s that.

          • formerlyAnon

            Daniel and Patricia in one pairing this episode might have resulted in a double elimination.

          • libraangel

            I couldn’t even believe she said “bad” three times!

        • l_c_ann

          We’ll always remember her window pane dress (sort of like Andre’s gutter water dress.)

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Patricia has worked the ethnic heritage very, very hard, so at this point she needs, I think, to demonstrate how she takes that and translates it less literally(enough with the fringe) and uses it in a fresh way to bring it to a broader clientele.

          •  I was initially excited to see someone with a more clothing as art aesthetic get onto the show.  Her first piece showed some real promise.  I am sad that she has so quickly retreated into this very narrow vision.

          • libraangel

            I agree, and the others – Stanley’s, Tu’s – don’t have the narrow focus on their ethnicity (although it would be o.k. for some creations)

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Patricia’s first piece was really intriguing. I wish that she would show more of that kind of work.  I wonder how much prodding she received from the showruner to play up her ethnic heritage.

    • All of the aforementioned, plus FORK FRINGE. Nay, Sir Snidely.

      • It was hilarious how much he went on about that.

        • Yeah, I may have a growing fondness for Kate, because she seemed to be aware of how silly Daniel’s techniques were looking. Plus thought her dress was fab, and no more inappropriate for ML than Ben’s, if you ask me.

          • He gets huge props for actually using a color! We were drowning is a huge dark sea of fringe last night.

          • Yes, I don’t know Miranda Lambert, but I wouldn’t have guessed that “morose” would describe a country rock star. Morose fringe…

      • StellaZafella

         I said, as he praised his own originality: “Nice 1973 home-made table cloth.”

        • I know how exciting it is to be thrilled with a technique, but I think one of the best lessons I got while studying for my BFA was that when you are on a roll, you should stop and think whether anyone else is going to go on that ride with you (my professors, but in this case, the judges.)

          • Truly sage advice for any creative person.

          • mskgb

            Well said. He seemed to focus so much on each individual technique that he never fully took in what Tim and his teammate said about the cumulative effect (yes, Daniel, embellishment on the center seam–ack!–of a gown that already has a center slit *is* “too much”). He should have removed the seam along with the braid and cut bodice pieces from his leather.

          • Call me Bee

            Yes–even in high school ceramics class, my teacher said that a large part of good art is knowing a piece is finished.  

          • libraangel

            I agree, and in my art classes, you had to be thoughtful and know when to stop. One teacher told me a “perfect” painting would be one that did not need anything added nor taken away from it

        • jo

          My first 4-H sewing project in 1983 used the fork fringe technique… to fringe placemats.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I’m rather taken with the image Daniel twirling his moustache while he grins evilly at the camera and sneers, “And now, I will torment the fabric with……..(flourish)a FORK!!!!!”

        • Hahaha delightful!

    • 3boysful

       Not to mention that the potentially interesting “fork-shredding” technique on a front-slit skirt ended up looking more like a wardrobe malfunction!

      I find Daniel interesting because he seems to be the first contestant who’s always  positive (even when they were ripping him last night!), shares his knowledge, and has a good attitude.

      Also, I am assuming all of these “leather” fabrics are actually “pleather,” right?  Surely the budget doesn’t encompass genuine leather!

      • I think it really was leather. Having worked with both things before, it sure looked like the real McCoy to me. And a quarter hide piece of decent quality leather is around 50 bucks, which would put it within their price range.

        •  With the team budgets, they seem to be able to put more resources into a splurge like real leather.

          • And souvenir T-shirts for emergency tube-dress linings.

          •  One DOES wonder if that was entirely planned by the producers.

      • Daniel’s “leather” came off a bolt.  If it had been actual leather, it would have been a hide, not yardage.

  • The Oklahoman girl in me loooved to see Miranda on stage and dishing it out with honesty. I 100$ agree that Amanda deserved the win. I also agreed with Miranda that the fabric of Daniel’s dress wouldn’t be as forgiving on a woman (like myself) with curves. It would show every dent and wrinkle and pudge. Glaringly.

    • CarolinLA

      And Amanda’s design came straight from her Nashville roots.  She GOT Miranda right off the bat.  She was robbed.

  • I really thought there were moments that the team aspect shone last night — most notably with Tu and Kate when they met with Tim and were trying to work out how to keep his vision while still making something wearable. 

    I can understand why they went with the pairs last night, anyway.  If Miranda Lambert has to wear one of these garments, she’d want to make sure she had plenty to choose from.


    • random_poster

      This makes sense. Now that they got this over with, I’m hoping they go back to the two-team aspect next week.

  • They really needed a consult with Miranda for this. And I too think Amanda’s dress should have won! It was really nifty. 

    • 3boysful

       Agreed.  I liked the fringe, great for moving around onstage.  But, alas, it lacked bling, and you know they’re always gonna go for the bling-y one.

    • Qitkat

      A consult, absolutely. When a challenge has been *make a dress for Heidi or Nina*, they have always come into the workroom. SJP came to the workroom for a consult for her line; I’m positive there have been other consults. At the least, a video conference.

      Along with models who more resembled Miranda’s size.

    • Introspective

      I knew something was missing from last night. The clear sense of “who” Miranda was would have come thru if Miranda had actually materialized in the episode before the judging session. Way too late to have a sense of a client dont you think?

      In general, the episode involved many misguided garments skating by without comment (Patricia anyone?) Maybe some of this would have been mitigated by the designers connecting with Miranda beforehand…

      agree that Amanda could have won as well. Though Im not mad at Richard’s win as it also seems a good performance garment. but I do feel sorry at Matt’s aufing. 

      • Polka_Dotty

        I don’t understand how if they couldn’t get her to the workroom until the day of the runway show, why they couldn’t “Skye” her in there? They can set those things up for boyfriends and moms, why not their Muse?

  • Kayceed

    Of the two fringe dresses, I thought Amanda’s was much better – the shape on the wearer would be much more flattering. Richard’s had no fringe on the back, and I thought he would have gotten pummeled for that – haven’t we heard negative criticism about unfinished backs looking cheap? I do think the stagewear was a bit lackluster overall – normally you want a design that has impact for even those in the back row of the arena. For the formal look, I thought the red dress was pretty great.

    • MoHub

      There were more than two fringed dresses. In fact, everyone seemed to equate “country” with “fringe.” Half the designers—Michelle, Patricia, Samantha, Daniel, Richard, and Amanda—went the fringe route, with, of course, varying degrees of success.

      • Annabelle Archer

        I only caught the last quarter of the show and I wondered if fringe was specifically requested, though for the life of me I couldn’t figure out WHY it had been specifically requested.  As a Southern girl, their assumed Country aesthetic was borderline offensive.  The only thin missing was gingham. 

        • MoHub

           I am so glad there was no gingham, but I think the designers were leaning more to the “Western” part of “Country/Western” as being more edgy—thus, fringe and leather.

          • l_c_ann

            I doubt Mood has gingham.  They may have a wall of denim, but gingham?  Probably don’t have a whole lot of calicos either (guess the city folk will just have to use the prints from their 50 pound bags of flour to make pretty blouses.)

          • Believe it or not, Mood does carry gingham.  But it’s polyester, $20/yd, and does not come in the classic red/white colorway – just black/white, pink/white, tan/white and sage/white.  Alas, no calico fabrics, though!

          • StellaZafella

             It’s back in the far corner in the bins with the old Laura Ashley prints.

        • thought the same thing. I think Miranda L even commented about the stereotypical “country” look. I don’t think she would wear any of that stuff

    •  I actually thought Amanda’s would sell very well as an normal dress, rather than stagewear — it had movement but not enough glamour for stage.

    • ClevelandburbsBeth

       They liked the back of Richard’s because it “showed off the body” more. Which was the problem with the front, IMO; it obliterated the body. Which Amanda’s did not do. She used the fringe in way (the chevrons) that was hella flattering.

      • sojourneryouth

        I completely agree.  Richard’s had too much on the front and not enough on the back.  I think the added bling was a good thing, and made it more stagewear-y than Amanda’s, but I still would have given Amanda the win, since Miranda’s body would look better in her dress, and she could accessorize to bring the bling (but NOT with that awful necklace!) if she wanted to make it more honky-tonk.  Since Miranda is a curvier girl, adding a bunch of big, voluminous, flappy shit to the front is NOT flattering.  If there were maybe 50% less flappy shit, we might be in business 🙂

      • DinaSews

        East side, west side or south side burbs?

        • dschubba

          (Not the OP, but) south side burbs, here!

          • DinaSews

            East here. Short stint in the south when I was in my 20’s. That area has come a long way since then!

    • The unfinished back comment? You heard it this season from L’Enfant Terrible himself, so I’m not sure why he didn’t call Richard on it. The only reason I can think that it wouldn’t get mentioned is that it’s supposed to be worn on stage, and generally you’re not showing your back to your audience. Still, Miranda moves around a lot, so I’m sure people see her from more than one angle. Just another example of inconsistency in judging.

      • Lisa_Cop

        I thought Isaac made that comment on All Stars.

  • Also, did anyone else laugh when Miranda talked about not wearing too short of a skirt up on stage? Throwing a little shade Heidi’s way!

    • MilaXX

       I know this was taped earlier, but she  darn near showed the good china at the Grammy’s last week.

    • LearnedFoot

      Actually, my mind went immediately to Juliette Barnes’ stage wardrobe on “Nashville.” Girlfriend wears a LOT of gyno skirts and dresses! I’m sure that in real life there would be cell phone “upskirt” photos all over the place.

    • Annabelle Archer

      I laughed because the last time I saw her on stage her dress was so tight and short it was gynecological. 

    • Sweetpea176

      Then said she’d wear the outfit that Samantha was wearing.  Girl, her skirt was SHORT.  I’m not sure it actually was a skirt, but even if it was shorts, (or a skort?  life imitates PR challenges?) — SHORT!  Hilar.

  • I wanted to like Michelle so bad when the show started – but now I think maybe I just like her haircut. I really haven’t liked her clothes or her attitude. And I never liked Daniel very much, so I’m glad they put him in the bottom, but who was worst for me was Patricia, who made the most gawd-awful hiddy “dress.” And Tim was all NO until she said “bullet holsters”? Um, Tim, it was still a no, and you know it.

    • I think at that point Tim’s vision of what Patricia described deviated from her own and he didn’t recognize it, due to the fact that there was so little on the dress form; that made it difficult to get any real idea of the finished product. Either that or Tim was thinking, “I’m never going to be able to talk her out of it. Just smile and nod.”

      • Indeed, methinks Tim does that a LOT. But gold lace fabric was up, and her white suede had to be nearby, and Tim is smart enough to envision a design that hasn’t been made yet. He did it with Tu. You’re right, he probably just figured she’d do whatever she wanted anyway. OR, the producers have told him to let her be cray and not try to talk her out of stuff…

    • Tracy_Flick

      I guess I’m alone in feeling this way, but I thought Patricia had the only idea that was novel and had a distinct bad-ass western aesthetic. The others were all fringe and big hair – or just forgot about the country-western thing entirely and went full Beyonce gear (Tu, even Kate). I was so excited to see how Patricia’s was going to come out. I agree that it was AWFUL, but I think with a few tweaks it could have been really cool (different color leather, different fabric underneath). And again, at least there was an interesting idea there.

      • Kayceed

        I’m with you – there was some ideas there, but they didn’t turn out well.

      • BrooklynBomber

        I thought that what she described to Tim sounded like it had possibilities; maybe not my thing, but I could kind of picture it. What it ended up being, however, was something else entirely.

      • Alas, many a good idea isn’t executed well and really, that’s their goal, is it not? She was wrong-headed to think the textiles she chose would suit her design, hence the unfortunate appearance of the final product.

  • I am so tired of hearing Michelle blame the other people on her team, and she’s so tired of being on the losing team. Get over yourself!

    Aw, shucks, I kind of liked Daniel’s dress. And Ben’s. And Samantha’s vest. But really I liked Kate’s red leather and chiffon(?). For once I thought to myself, “That’s nice a nice combo of hard and soft,” without rolling my eyes at the abuse of the phrase “hard and soft.” 

    As I was watching the episode online, the video got all blurry when Patricia’s look walked the runway. She messed up my internet with her crazy look!

    • EditKitten

      I kind of liked Daniel’s dress, too — I thought it would have been right at home at the CMAs. 🙂

    • ClevelandburbsBeth

       If anything could break the internet, that mess could!

    • alula_auburn

      Yup, I’m seeing a lot of shit-talking from Michelle that she doesn’t have the work to back up.  I find her super-tiresome and grating.  Her Nina wasn’t bad, but that shouldn’t be enough to keep her in.

      (See, Santino was also shit-talking and grating and frequently obnoxious, but I believed he at least had some cred to stand on..)

      •  Oh, I don’t know… some of Santino’s work was absolutely criminally bad. 

        • Sweetpea176

          The jumpsuit he made for Kara Janx!  I re-watched his season a while back and thought that every single item he sent out the entire season was pure crap.  I don’t remember thinking so first time around, but on second look — not aesthetically pleasing.

      • mskgb

        I thought about
        Santino as well (imitated Tim, led Nina to one of her best comments of
        all time–“it’s not aesthetically pleasing”). Will Michelle make similar
        “screw you, judges” looks and badmouth teammates to their faces? We’ll

        And Santino’s Andrae and Tim at Red Lobster schtick? Way better than
        Michelle’s Nina. However, I may just be looking back on him kindly due
        to the redemption work he’s done via his show with Austin and his RuPaul
        judging (although he’s not out of my doghouse for disliking Pandora).

    • MilaXX

       It reminded me of the asshole comment from Justified a few week’s ago:

      Raylan: “You run into an asshole in the morning, you ran into an asshole.” “You run into assholes all day, you’re the asshole.”

      I wanted to tell Michelle, “you lose because you had a bad designer on your team first challenge, had a bad designer on your team. You have bad designers on your team every challenge, you’re the bad designer.”

      • Annabelle Archer

        Raylan…..sigh….I so heart the men of Justified. 

      • Stubenville

        But they’re keeping her around because she’s Drama Vortex Lite, AKA Joshua 2.0.

      • mskgb

        I’ve been trying to work Raylan’s comment into daily conversation, but a
        job that doesn’t really let me call folks “assholes” has thwarted my
        efforts. Should have thought of the Bitter Kittens.

      • barbiefish

        A+ comment — both for the Justified comment and how you related it to Michelle.  She has been getting on my nerves worse every episode.  When she was “defending” her teammate during judging, all I could get from that was “look at me, look at ME!!!”

  • dress_up_doll

    I agree, Matthew’s dress wasn’t all that bad. It just wasn’t very interesting or innovative, or even appropriate for Miranda. The minute Matthew opened his mouth on the runway, I knew he was a goner. I can’t remember hearing another designer sound so defeated. Even Laura’s Bennett’s workroom meltdown wasn’t as bad as his comments on the runway. I felt bad for the guy, but it just makes me wonder if he just wasn’t a good fit for the competition.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Matthew struck me as rather sweet and shy-in other words, someone who wasn’t long for PR.  A pity in a way, since his design for the floral/hardware challenge showed that he has something to offer.

    • Pam Winters

      I don’t know if this is a Lifetime thing or a Heidi thing or what, but it seems like we’re getting an increasing interest in judging designers on the basis of personality/affect. It seems like the ability to present one’s ideas should be a part of the criteria for judging, but I wonder if it’s gotten to be too much.

    • libraangel

      DEFEATED – that’s the word!

  • mightbewrong

    I’m so, so confused by the auf. Sure, it doesn’t fit the challenge in any way, but the fact that it’s well-done and very cute (to me) puts it far above some of the others.

    • You are not wrong 😉 It was a silly choice. If confidence or lack thereof was a reason for auf’ing a person, Suede would have made it farther in All Stars, for instance (he BELIEVED he was not terrible) and that didn’t happen. It was BS, for sure.

      • MoHub

         On the other hand, many mediocrities have been very successful because they believed in the quality of their work and were able to convince others through the strength of their self-salesmanship. I used to know a painter who was certifiably terrible, but the strength of his belief in his work enabled him to persuade those who didn’t know better to buy his stuff.

        • Yes, in real life, that counts for a lot, but I just always want the judging to focus on the garment made, not the person who made it. Unlike ANTM, they aren’t competing for a spokesmodel job, they are just trying to get prizes that will give them a leg up. I agree with you though about salesmanship – shoot, I’ve sold artwork to people that was by my standards just terrible, but if someone wants to pay me for it, by all means.

          • But you want that prize to go to someone who can make good use of it, and someone who can’t talk to buyers or fashion writers isn’t going to make good use.

          • mightbewrong

            Later on, when we’re down to real contenders, sure. But I think we’re still at a point where they have room to eliminate people just because their design skills are under par.

          • BrooklynBomber

            No, but, look, he didn’t even have a fully realized design. I felt bad for him; he seems very likable, but I think the aufing was justified because what he sent down the runway was wishy washy. That little skirt, well-made though it is, was thrown together at the 11th hour only so the model wouldn’t be half naked. He didn’t have a complete concept, and so he ended up with something totally wrong for the client and the challenge.

          • libraangel


          • Et moi? Hell no. The definition of selling out would imply that you had a public that was holding you up to a standard. I have no such thing, just my own conscience, and an unfortunately low income. So if I choose to sell a piece of work that I find – after trying to do a good job, mind you – less than perfect, to pay my bills, than I’m joining the scores of artists that came before me in doing the same exact thing. And I’m not so conceited that I can’t see that other people might genuinely like something that I don’t, so more power to them.

          • libraangel

            I hold myself up to a standard, and my art work is only what I want, not the public. If that is conceited, well so be it. (Many “famous” artists did not sell any work: “the public” did not like it. They painted for themselves.

          • I didn’t say you were conceited. I said I was aware that what I might think of as not my best work could be thought of as beautiful by someone else, and if they like it, I have no problem selling it to them. I also hold myself to a very high standard, but sometimes a piece doesn’t come out like I wanted. Pragmatism doesn’t make me a sell-out. And believe me, the public has never seen my work, so I’m not pandering. I’m languishing in plenty of artistic obscurity, have no fear.

          • libraangel

            o.k. Apologies about the word ‘sell-out’. Ianguishing too by the way ( and sometimes it is hard to sell and “let go”of my works.

          • No worries. Hey, just remember, you’re endowed with an incredible gift. Every time I produce a piece of art, I am amazed. It doesn’t matter if anyone ever sees it or pays for it. It is that fascination with process and my ability that makes it worth doing. I hope it is the same for you.

      • Stubenville

        Mouthing “I’m sorry” to the guest judge helped pave his way auf.

        • And being too ineffectual in general. Should have said he wanted to have sex with giraffes or something, and saved himself.

        • libraangel

          He seemed more unenthusiastic – almost depressed – to me.

  • DinaSews

    Obviously the wearability of the garment to Miranda wasn’t a factor.  Neither Benjamin’s nor Stanley’s would have looked good on her.  When she spoke her mind, Nina and Heidi both disagreed with her.  So please tell me you size 2 what it’s like to fit size 10 hips and double D’s into a dress that clings to every curve and is cut down to your navel.

    • l_c_ann

      Remember Heidi, former Victoria Secret angel, for some reason is no longer wearing bras.  So, either she is ignoring less than perky ones or just figuring smush ’em enough and one size will fit all. 

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Could it be that Heidi bought a shitload of Genie bras to smush her girls?

        • libraangel

          If i don’t wear a bra, my boobies not only are saggy, they look smaller. And besides, she had one of those stuffed-up, push-up bras on in the ‘Victoria’s Secret’ shows – and she was younger!

    • Well, Benjamin’s did have a foundation built into it, so considering that it would be custom made to her measurements, any size bust could fit into it as long as it was properly made. The same is true of the skirt portion. You adjust to the figure of the person wearing it. Stanley’s was less successful because it didn’t have the understructure needed to keep her curves from being out of control.

      And is it just me, or is a slicked-back hairstyle wildly unflattering on her? It made her face look fat, and that’s not a good look.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I didn’t think Miranda’s hairstyle was flattering to her at all-plus she was showing so much chest.

      • Pam Winters

        Her hair was pulled back faceliftingly tight, and her makeup was so severe. I gotta say, though, she was a better judge than I expected.

        • formerlyAnon

          She was a good judge – she engaged seemingly honestly, and with what seemed like genuine kindness.

          And they left a lot of her remarks in the edit, compared to some of the celebrities.

    • I disagree with that.  Far too often, larger women (in a fashion sense, since Miranda Lambert is by no means large) feel they can’t wear something because of their size, when it would be flattering.

    • BuffaloBarbara

       I actually think Benjamin’s would have been very nice on Miranda.  It has the under structure to keep the “curves” controlled, and the solid color with just the touch of flash would be very flatter.

      • libraangel

        And I think Stanley’s would have flattered Miranda. Fashion advice always says, wrongly or rightly, that a nipped-in waist makes your bottom appear smaller. And the volume would have hidden her hips.

  • FrayedMachine

    Wow… I have not watched PR in so long. I guess I’ve had good reason to. These are so uninspiring and boring holy wow.

  • Susan Collier

    FRINGE!!! Also, folks are buying Mood t-shirts for themselves with their materials budget?

    Daniel said that that awful NYC cowboy bar reminded him of Austin. Aside from the Driskill Hotel bar, I’m not sure where this guy goes.

    Man, both Daniel and Michelle are annoying as hell, but I knew that their constantly-flapping mouths weren’t going anywhere this week. 🙁

    I was unimpressed with the lot of of them. I liked Amanda and Tu’s and didn’t think Matthew’s was bad at all, but nothing was especially “designed”. Aside from Kate’s, the red carpet frocks looked like them came from David’s Bridal (which may be where Miranda gets her dresses anyway; I don’t know).

    Michelle expected folks to be enamoured with her handmade ZZ Top tribute necklace? It reminds me of when Vincent used that basket as a hat in season 3.

    • Tracy_Flick

       I’d be willing to bet that those t-shirts showed up late in the game, courtesy of the Producer Fairy.

      • formerlyAnon

        That crossed my mind, for sure.

      • Sweetpea176

        He just kept sort of hanging about, waiting for his lining to appear.  So odd.

    •  Yes, Austin is where old hippies go to die! Ft. Worth or Houston is where the old cowboys go to die…

      • Melvis Velour

        Austin has become a cesspool for every hipster, hipster wanna be and anyone who’s seen one too many programs about how cool and hip it is.  We’re already water starved thanks to an endless drought and the thought of even more people moving down here to be hip and throwing their money around is what’s going to kill the originality of this island of progressive blue in a big ass red state.

  • CPK1

    Daniel or Michelle should have gone home! So much dreadful ugly. And why they both set themselves up as these great designers and arbiters of taste and style is beyond me! I guess it makes for entertaining TV.

    • MilaXX

       yes! I love a big earring but I hate Michelle’s so much. Then she went and made the matching necklace for her model to wear with that fugly dress.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        MIchelle’s earrings needed their own zipcode.

      • BuffaloBarbara

         Yes! I joke that if I’m going to wear earrings, you better be able to see them from Mars, but… I think Michelle wasn’t joking.

        • MilaXX

          and I say this as someone who wears big earrings. Those ain’t working for her.

      • BrooklynBomber

        Did she make that awful necklace?!?!  It didn’t even occur to me. . . but come to think of it, I suppose it wouldn’t have been on the Macy’s or Piperlime or Bluefly or whatever it is accessories wall. Sheesh, what was she thinking?

        • MilaXX

          yeah and she was so proud of it until the judges asked her to remove it.

          • BrooklynBomber

            Plus, it made it so hard to see the top. Made no sense.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I felt a bit embarrassed for Michelle, since that necklace that she thought was the bomb looked like a Crafty Crafts 101 project.

          • Call me Bee

            The weird thing is–it was never mentioned until it showed up on the runway.  Had she showed it to Tim, he would have talked her out of it, I’m sure.  Usually when a designer is making an accessory of some sort, they at least give it a teeny bit of air time….

          • libraangel

            Not just proud – arrogantly proud

        • Sweetpea176

          Lord and Taylor.  Can you imagine?

  • I thought it was really weird when Nina was praising Richard for having all of the design elements on the front and none on the back. To me that’s a glaring CHEAP when dealing with clothes.

    • MoHub

       Agree. When Richard’s model turned around, it looked as if he ran out of time and didn’t get an opportunity to decorate the back half. The first thought that came to me was “paper doll.”

    • formerlyAnon

      Though if he’d put more frou fou on the back, Miranda Lambert would look like she was wearing a black leather/silver chain  inflatable puffy dress, hardly flattering.

  • Daniel’s: the model could barely walk in it.  And the pulling of the satin!  Fraying the edges definitely did not help either.

    • libraangel

      And the model looked bigger, wider in Daniel’s dress

  • CPK1

     Love Stanley and Amanda!

  • Susan Collier

    Can we discuss Nina Garcia’s shirt or necklace or visible bionics or whatever that was? She was bringing C-3PO realness to the judging chair last night.

    •  Or what about what Zac was wearing?


      • I know, like an escapee from Big Bang Theory…

    • MoHub

      We definitely need a Judging the Judges entry this week. I couldn’t take my focus off Miranda’s cleavage—and neither could the camera operator.

      And I’m still trying to figure out Nina’s look.

      • Miranda was glistening way too much and everywhere.

    • l_c_ann

      From a distance, I thought of multiple menorahs.  Close up…nothing but stuff.

      • MoHub

         Or the priestly breastplate.

    • Or what about that hot mess of a dress Heidi had on in the opening? The print made her look lumpy, like she forgot the Spanx.

    • BrooklynBomber

      Yes! What was that?!?!

  • SewingSiren

    I more or less agreed with the ‘auf and win. 
    Boy a lot of them chose to make fringe didn’t they? I think country stars should wear more fringe. Especially the kind that looks like the shredded t-shirts that carnies don’t even wear anymore.
    Patricia’s didn’t stand out to me as particularly bad. And Michelle reminds me of some 80’s comedian that wore Creepers and peg leg pleated pants. I think she had a cartoon version of herself on some Saturday kid show, but I can’t remember the name.

    • dschubba

      Martin Short as Ed Grimley?

  • Vlasta Bubinka

    Daniel Franco, where did you go?

    Patricia’s dress– something a cat shredded, ate, and puked up onto an old table cloth from a Hungarian restaurant

    • YES.

    • Hey now, ease up on us Hungarians. We gots us some taste!
      I’ll call up the spirit of my Magyar granny on you!

      • Vlasta Bubinka

        Actually, it looks just the table cloths in the ’70s at a Hungarian restaurant in Parma, Ohio. I would’ve specified the specific restaurant, but I can’t remember which one. Maybe Bit of Budapest…

        As a Czech, I’m embarassed to say that on closer inspection it also looks like the gold flocked wallpaper in the powder room in one of my relative’s house in the ’70s as well…

        • I’m a Slav, and I KNOW my grandma had that tablecloth.

        • Melvis Velour

          Funny, I was thinking the vestibule of the hard core Sicilian granny from Sout’ Philly that I used to take accordion lessons from.  She also made amazing pasta dishes which were consumed after numerous failed attempts to make it through “Tutti Fruiti”

        • I have relatives in Parma. Lol
          Mmmmm gold flocked wallpaper! Nice.

      • Jackie4g

        Did your Granny have beautiful skin? That’s an Hungarian gene pool advantage!

        • Yeah, a glorious, translucent, rosy cheeked complexion. Grandma Ylles’ was a lovely lady.

      •  (I cannot hear the word Hungarian without thinking of the My Fair Lady songline…)

        • “Though clearly she has studied with an expert dialectician and grammarian. I can tell that she was born, Hungarian!”

    • dress_up_doll

      I know, RIGHT!?! I still don’t get the pairing of that hiddy fabric with fringe. I had a mini petit-mal seizure just watching it come down the runway.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I have resigned myself to never figuring out why Patricia wasn’t in the bottom for sending that down the runway.

  • pippitypup

    Michelle stayed because the producers like people who are feisty enough to defend themselves on the runway. It adds Drama.

    • And producers like Daniel and Patricia, because by my lights they should have been in the bottom before Michelle, whose design was ugly but not as aggressively so, esp. without the “necklace.”

    • Tracy_Flick

      I actually think she did a good job defending herself. It seems like designers in the bottom either get defeated or defensive, she kept it upbeat. Her dress was awful, though. Mood needs to hide the cream-colored leather next time, Jeezus H. Christ.

      • libraangel

        Yes, but she seemed a little arrogant to me to defend that “necklace” with a loud sigh first, like the judges were ignorant or something.

  • I wish they would have used her song catalog for the challenge — it would have yielded much more interesting results than simply “stagewear/red carpet”  Let each team choose 2 songs and design something for a stage performance or video for that song.  And it would have been a new challenge instead of yet another “make a costume/pretty dress”

  • I’m surprised they didn’t get more flack for all the fringe. So stereotypical country.  I loved Tu’s but the vertical pleats would never work on a large busted woman. Ditto for the red leather-topped dress which was the most interesting, I thought.
     As usual, I agree with TLo’s opinions on all this.  Yes for Amanda’s dress FTW: it had a really sexy swing to it, and I could really see Miranda in it.
      I like Ben’s but thought Nina was wrong to ignore ML’s comment about how that fabric would not be forgiving on her. ML should know and I thought the same thing — like a solid color swimsuit will show every bump..
      Also I thought all the use of black and navy was a cop out. But maybe that’s what ML wanted?

    • libraangel

      I agree with your remark about stereotypical “country” and I’m glad someone finally said it. As I said in my post, I don’t know why Kate and Tu were safe. Both dresses were lovely, BUT not for Miranda. Especially Tu’s: how was Miranda supposed to move in that tight dress/?!

  • lilibetp

    I was surprised that Benjamin’s dress did so well.  The last thing a women with Miranda Lambert’s figure needs is something hanging off her boobs.

    • MoHub

       Even worse, it was “boob,” not “boobs.”

      • BrooklynBomber

        Yes!! Thank you! A single fringy breast?  I couldn’t believe that was praised.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I was wondering what the judges would say about Ben’s decision to use the embellishment only on one side. I suppose he thought that to send a very simple, albeit well-constructed, gown down the runway without any ornamentation might be frowned on by the judges.

          • libraangel

            I still think the fringy thing looked like something coming out from the inside of the dress, maybe he should have embellished both boobs

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I know that designers like to work that asymmetrical element, but I’m not sure if it was effective in this case.

    • MilaXX

       or a bustle of any sort on her butt

  • I loved all the whispering at the beginning, when they were discussing their design ideas. (It reminded me of that thing they do on SNL with Seth Meyers at the news desk.)

    I liked the red one.

    I liked Miranda. 

    Most of the stuff was boring and/or kind of/really awful. 

    Sad for Matthew. Hope he gets his groove back wherever he goes from here.

    I don’t need to see any fringe on anything now for a really really long time.

    • Agreed about Miranda. I didn’t know anything about her before this episode, but now I know I like her. She was outspoken and honest without being nasty when she was criticizing a look.

      • Tracy_Flick

        Absolutely. I didn’t know anything about her before, and I came away with a really good impression. She seems like she would be a blast to have drinks with.

    • libraangel

      I liked the red one too – for me. With Miranda’s figure, she would have looked encased in a red hot wiener

  • SugarSnap108

    I agree with your every blessed word.  Even though Amanda’s dress was by no means great design, I think it’s much prettier than Richard’s.  His dress reminds me of going through a car wash.  Patricia needs to just make textiles; I have no idea why she is not getting knocked down for her designs at this point.  Nor do I get why Benjamin was so in awe of his very basic, just-OK gown … or why the judges were.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Your comment about Richard’s design and the car wash just gave me a flashback to an episode of “Space 1999” that featured an alien that Mr. B3 and I always refered to as the carwash monster….

    • Qitkat

      I don’t even understand why Patricia’s output is considered *making textiles*. I did miss the first two episodes, but the last two consisted of draping floral garlands around her model, and cutting volumes of fringe to conceal whatever “dress” she made underneath. That doesn’t merit *making textiles* to me. ETA: Korto’s seat-belt coat was a stunning example of *making textiles*.

      You are spot on about what bothered me about Richard’s. Such random ribbony/carwash/fringe. If I could have seen Amanda’s better on my old TV, I might have liked it, but in a different color, and sans that SATC Carrie dated necklace mess.

      • BrooklynBomber

        The first one was really great, though. And second episode was good, too. Downhill from there, though. (Patricia’s textiles, that is.)

  • Anz

    As a rocker, myself: Michelle, please SHUT UP about glam rock before you utter the word “poser,” and your transformation into mall-punk angsty tween is complete. You’re making us look bad. And no, it’s not the judges “not getting” you. They liked Jeffrey and Seth Aaron just fine… because they were good.

    • AthenaJ

      My fiancee and I are going to Portland for our honeymoon… I’m hoping Michelle isn’t indicative of the people we’ll find there :/

      •  Portlanders are generally awesome (in my not-at-all-biased opinion)…but bring your raincoats!

  • fringebenefit

    Judging totally askew on this one. Amanda should have won–perfect for the client. Michelle should have been auffed for that monstrosity–a red carpet look?! In what universe? Should have been a fatal misstep. I am not a big Daniel fan–should have been auffed for that log he totes around his neck–but I liked the top to his “gown.” Kate’s red gown was dazzling. Unfortunately, while appropriate to the client’s aesthetic, definitely not appropriate to the client’s body. Matthew was clearly sent down on crisis of confidence–the judges had zero confidence in him to produce anything of worth going forward. His outfit was perfectly fine middle-of-the-pack stuff, however, and not worthy of the auff.

  • StellaZafella

    So ‘Leather Fringe Disco Trimmed Fishnet’ tube dress wins over ‘Genuinely Funky Fringed Wet Tee-shirt’ dress…. yawn.

    I still say Seth Aaron should have been in on this challenge…no one here is equipped or ready the design for a honky-tonk rocker chick like Miranda Lambert. I doubt some of these kids even knew what she does without being shown the video.

    I’m over Daniel he’s all superlative and no objectivity…at least he didn’t remind us  –  once again –  that he’s self-taught and came form nothing.

    Patricia should just get over it and open a craft store, even her “hand manipulated textiles” are from high school art class.

    •  EXACTLY!! I was thinking of Seth Aaron the entire time. ^5

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        You know that Seth Aaron would also have been having an absolute blast during the episode, and it would have been so much fun watching him!

        •  Seth Aaron was always having a blast, and pretty much always fun to watch.  Why can’t he come back on All-Stars if they are going to insist on doing an All-Stars season every couple months?!?

          • All-Stars has been for non-winners only.

          • BuffaloBarbara

             Now that they’ll have eleven seasons plus two all-star seasons under their belts, I say they get all of the winners back for an all-star season.

            Or put Kors and Posen and all the others into the pressure cooker of the show’s workroom and make them work on one-day deadlines doing all of their own sewing.

          •  Nah, they won’t be able to get Siriano. 

          • Carrieanno

            Wouldn’t happen – Lifetime wants to erase all memories of the Bravo (quality) seasons from our memories as much as possible.  

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I remember during Seth Aaron’s season when they got the chance to examine couture garments-can’t remember all of the specifics-but Seth Aaron was like a kid in a candy store-so excited about it.

  • MilaXX

    Dan’s head was so far up his own butt last night, I would not have cared one bit if he had been sent packing. In fact there are a few designers with ego issues based on their wins. Layana just needs to shut her Kardashian sing song voice up and sew, Ben needs to put up (more) and shut up, and Richard is weird & one step from talking in the 3rd person. Michelle on the other hand can’t get a break for trying. She annoys me for some reason and I find it hysterical that no matter what the change up she is on the losing teams. Her looks, however was hideous and I would not have been made if the judges had sent her home instead of Matt. Poor Matt, however self destructed on the runway.

  • Amanda should have won this challenge. Miranda’s reaction to the dress was clear. But, the girl recovered well from being tossed under several buses last week. I hope she gets stronger. Daniel was straight up tacky. The moment you start believing your own press, you are in trouble for sure, especially if all that press is your own personal style snaps to yourself. (Take note, Patricia.)

    What I really liked was Miranda taking the time to speak some real wisdom to Matthew, when clearly Michelle should have gone. The moment she praised that linguini necklace, I knew she needed to go for sure.

    • MoHub

       Just a bit of kitchen snobbery here: I found the “necklace” more pappardelle than linguine.

      I watch way too many cooking competitions.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Pappardelle strikes me as more appropriate than linguine.

        •  I just enjoyed thinking of it as a really long, kids’ macaroni necklace

      • Indigo54

         Either way it was ugly.  Reminded me of a stranded on a desert island beard.

  • VanessaDK

    I hate the lack of pattern on the back of Richard’s dress–  Singers do turn around occasionally, ya know.

    • CozyCat

      Or at the very least they turn sideways to the audience (walking across the stage; singing to a member of the band; etc.)  So having no movement at the back of the dress would lessen its impact on stage.
      On the other hand, Amanda’s thought process was so deep that those 30 seconds of explanation could lead to commissions from other performers.

  • 3boysful

    I liked Samantha’s top, and I thought her sketch showed some promise, but then where the hell did she come up with a teeny skater skirt for Miranda?!?

    • Indigo54

       Well, Samantha said herself that her personal style “frightens” people.  If that skirt is any indication, I can see why.  And what does being a Jamaican girl have to do with anything?  That one went right over my head.

      • formerlyAnon

        I think it was reference to her unfamiliarity with the country music scene.

        • libraangel

          And Tu seemed to be clueless about country music

  • I wanted Amanda to win so much! 

  • nannypoo

    I was really surprised that Amanda’s dress didn’t win. It would be good stagewear for Miranda or for lots of other people I can think of. It moved well and the line of the fringe in the front would be really flattering. The necklaces would be too showy and cheap looking for most of us to wear for any occasion but as a stagewear accessory they would look great. Richard’s nuttiness is beginning to annoy me and his dress was not nearly as good, so I was disappointed that he won. All the praise for Benjamin’s dress was misplaced. Miranda was right that a dress like his would not work on her body, and I have no idea why everyone else on the panel, none of whom has a body even remotely like hers, thought they had the authority to disagree with her.

    Patricia’s entries in the first two episodes were good but since then she has been on a downward slope that is getting more hopeless each week. Her bizarre ethnic references are tacky and insulting.

    The character Michelle plays on this show is my least favorite every season. She is usually in the bottom group in the judging, she blames everyone else for causing her to be there, she criticizes other designers’ taste issues while demonstrating poor taste herself, she offers semi-supportive comments to her colleagues but bitches about them in her little private interviews, and is generally a whiner. Time for her to go.

    • SugarSnap108

       Agree with everything you said … I was especially surprised that Nina insisted Benjamin’s dress would be fantastic for Miranda’s body.  Because no, ma’am, it would not.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Nina’s love for Benjamin’s dress apparently blinded her to the cold hard truth that it really would not work well for a curvy, short woman such as Miranda Lambert, who struck me as having a good understanding of what shapes work for her.

        • minnye

          Ya know, everybody looooves Nina and she’s so fabulous, and blah blah. But I hated the way she was practically curling her lip and sneering whenever she said “country.” I guess I’m just a member of the hoi polloi. She’s a snob and it bugs.

    • Indigo54

       Patricia seems to be on a mission to exalt the artistic/cultural virtues of Native Americans.  I get that but she needs to tone it down.  She even gave Tim a craft lesson when all he did was ask a simple question. 

  • IAmJ

    Thank you! Daniel has bugged me from the beginning. Very smarmy, full of himself and doesn’t even bring much to the table.

  • SRQkitten

    I respectfully disagree about Miranda Lambert, I think her figure is a bit more “real woman” (although I loathe that phrase) than Carrie underwood or Kelly Clarkson, which makes the designers have to work a bit harder….supposedly. Do agree the Amanda’s was a much better match though and should have gotten the win. Benjamin’s dress with the tassels on the one side was just meh and seemed a poor match for Miranda’s figure, as did a number of the others. Wish they’d brought in models in Miranda’s size as that would have made this a real challenge.

    I’m having a bit of difficulty rooting for any of these characters and this episode is a good example of why. Whole lot of bleh.


    •  Kelly Clarkson has a lot of weight fluctuation issues that’s very real.

  • The only thing I found interesting about this challenge (and I use the word “interesting” loosely) is the way nobody wanted to touch the issue of Miranda Lambert being plus-sized.  Whenever you have a “real woman” challenge at least one designer will complain bitterly about having to design for anyone who isn’t a size 0 model.  But in this case, the woman in question was sort-of famous and I guess it would be impolite to point that out about a celebrity.  Also, the designs were worn on their size 0 models so they didn’t need to engage the issue for the sake of actually getting something done to complete the challenge.

    But here’s the problem – almost nothing that went down the runway would look good on Ms. Lambert’s actual shape!  I was laughing when they praised Daniel’s gown that it would be a great piece to wear on the red carpet if she wanted to make The Huffington Post’s Top 10 Nip Slips of 2013 list. I agree that Amanda’s dress deserved the win and was the only piece that I felt could work well on her body-type.  I also think Daniel’s deserved the auf, it wasn’t just hideous, but it even made the tiny model look big and it would have been a disaster on Ms. Lambert!

    You know, I need to look up at your posts to get their names right.  This is the first season of PR where I can’t even be bothered to remember anyone’s name, which says something about how exciting I find this season and the designers.

    •  From a business perspective, designing for the average plus-size woman is a career killer — top fashion isn’t made for them.  Designing for a celebrity of ANY size, on the other hand, brings huge press.

      • But from what “business perspective” do you speak of?  I would argue that from a business perspective, omitting 99% of the women who could buy your clothing is bad business that has more to do with vulgar elitism and prejudice than it has to do with business savvy.  However, when you’re designing for a label like Chanel or Versace, you have the privilege to be that exclusive in whom you chose to design for.  When you’re basically a nobody reality show contestant who will likely fade into obscurity as soon as the cameras stop rolling, it’s a better career move to be as inclusive as possible because the average woman is going to be the backbone of your business.

        As for designing for a plus-size celebrity, be it Miranda Lambert or Adele, it’s important to flatter their curves and make them look good.  Not all press is good press and you don’t want your client on the “Worst Dressed” list.

        •  Absolutely — but that’s not conventional wisdom in the fashion industry.  And no, I have no idea why no one in fashion can do the math that would clearly tell them this is a bad idea (I know art types aren’t thought of as being terribly math minded but there’s a fair amount of math that goes into constructing a garment.)

          I was referring to the perception by these designers and why they can’t bear to dress a non-famous size 8 but a famous 14 is fine.  None of them thinks their work would ever end up on the best dressed list — success in a field like design requires a certain degree of delusional confidence.

    • formerlyAnon

      Also, the issue is not just that Ms. Lambert isn’t skinny – it’s also that she’s short. (Claims 5’4″).  You can carry some breadth and get away with it, especially in well-designed long gowns, if you’re on the tall end of the scale. At 5″4 or under, there are a LOT of things you just can’t wear without looking stumpy, even if you’re still in a non-plus size.

      • Speaking as someone who is short and fat, it was a lot easier to be fashionable back when I was short and thin!  But I agree that being short carries its own set of challenges whatever your dress size.  If I were designing for Miranda Lambert I’d be focusing on the following: 

        How well would this dress hide the support garments she’ll be wearing under it?

        How will this enhance her curves, to make her look sexy and voluptuous without giving her “baby heads” at the chest or make her look like she’s squeezing into a sausage casing at the bottom?

        How could I use shape and color to best elongate her body so that I give her the illusion of being taller than she is?

        It’s only after I figured that out that I would worry about how “edgy” and “rock n’ roll” glam the look would be.  I noticed Amanda pointed out that her model was wearing a bra.  This is why she had the best look, she was clearly the only one who gave thought to any of this stuff in designing her dress which is why her look was the most flattering.  Amanda was robbed!

  • Beverly Kozma

    I wonder if Amanda’s look was passed over for the win because of the Miranda Lambert-Blake Shelton-Maroon 5-Amanda’s brother connection, to avoid the appearance of favoritism.  IMO, Amanda’s dress would have been the most flattering, in great part because of the not-too-revealing V neckline.

    • dschubba

       Who is Amanda’s brother? I was grading papers when she brought up her “rocker credentials” and missed it.

      •  James Valentine, the guitarist for Maroon 5.

        • CarolinLA

          Shut the French window!!  What did she say about her rocker credentials?  I missed it.

          • formerlyAnon

            Just that coming from a family of overacheivers, she’d always felt a little inadequate. (or at least, that’s what I caught)

          • CozyCat

            I hope she wins, just so she can go “na na NA naaa na” to the rest of the family!  🙂

  • Inspector_Gidget

    They will always auf the meek person with self esteem issues over someone who’s going to go out in a supernova. There’s more drama to be had from Michelle, though I find her annoying. Every week is “I have a problem with ____”, regardless of the situation. I’d have to say it’s a race to the bottom between Michelle and Daniel. Both HIDEOUS.

    • libraangel

      Daniel started out o.k. early in this season : what happened? And remember we all loved Patricia’s fabric on the first challenge, but now she is going downhill fast

  • Indigo54

    I loved the winning look for Miranda but I would have been happy with Amanda’s dress also.  It’s strikes me that some of the designers just went off and made what they wanted to make with absolutely no consideration for what it would look like on the client.   Seriously Tu?  I thought his was as bad as Mat’s.  And Samantha wasted her immunity with that ugly outfit.  Michelle made her model look like she had a beard.  Daniel, OMG that was horrible.  I hope was humbled by Nina’s critique.  He deserved that little rant.

  • Vera L-

    While Daniel was gleefully describing what he was doing to the leather, all I could hear was Tim Gunn telling Chris March “you are in the monkey house!” 

    • janierainie

      HAAAAHAAAA!! So true!! Thanks for reminding us. I have someone I need to say that to today!!

    • CozyCat

      I lost my faith in Daniel when he pick blue and silver leather as his fabric. 

  • Indigo54

     Just noticed… Look at the sheepish look Michelle’s model has on her face.  She’s like:  Who am I, the bass singer for the Oak Ridge Boys? 

    • No, she’s wondering why Michelle (presumably) directed the makeup artists to make her look like a goddamn circus clown.

    • CarolinLA

      It looked like a bad ZZ Top derivative.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I think the women in the ZZ Top videos would have smacked MIchelle all around Texas for that outfit.

  • The gathering on the back of Benjamin’s dress was almost = to HRH The Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding gown.

  • Thank you, I can’t stand Daniel. Or Patricia. None of this batch seems all that interesting, for now I’m rooting for Benjamin by default. 

  • Oops, didn’t Heidi say there may be more than one winner for this challenge? I think she may have wanted to give Ben a win as well, but Miranda forcefully objected due to being unsure about the fabric.

    • MoHub

      Heidi says that—or “one or more of you will be out”—at least once every season. And it never happens.

      •  A couple weeks ago there were two winners when it hadn’t been announced beforehand.

    • BrooklynBomber

      In this case it was because there were two looks (performance & RC), so there could have been a winner from each category.

      • libraangel

        I know: I thought there were going to be two winners: one for performance, one for red carpet

  • MagsRagsVintage

    Am I the only one who sees Daniel and thinks Harry Bentley from The Jeffersons with a twee little mustache pasted on?

    • Indigo54

       Hadn’t thought of that one.  He looks like Snidely Whiplash of Dudley Do0Right fame to me.

      • Coco Cornejo

        Actually, I think he is trying to channel Salvador Dali…

        Only in his persona though, not his designs.

  • BrooklynBomber

    Amanda for the win.

    Miranda’s pep talk to Mat was sweet.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    “ARE YOU BITCHES NUTS? I SHIT BETTER GOWNS THAN THIS BEFORE BREAKFAST!”  Bwahhhahhhhaaa! Brilliant comment about a lovely but very safe dress.  Although I’m rather liking wee Zac Posen as a judge, this was a challenge that the Dutchess could have provided great quips. Thanks to TLo for a wonderful MK’ism.
    And thanks, too, for calling Patricia on that horror that she turned out last night. I could not believe that she wasn’t skewered for that hot mess.

    As for the winner, I too would have chosen Amanda’s design over Richard’s, and sent Michelle home for her tacky rock chick design;I knew, however, that her vigorous defense of her design would keep her for at least another episode.

    I rather like Daniel, but last night he struck out. I thought he was way too caught up in showing off his skills and forgot about from whom he was designing.

    And now I will be humming “Honky-Tonk Woman” all afternoon!

  • GorgeousThings

    Richard’s dress was fine from the front, but it was “coffin clothes”  – the interest was only in the front. The back looked unfinished. I couldn’t believe when the judges went on about how the back showed off Miranda’s curves…

    Oh, and BTW, can I just say? She looked HORRIBLE in that outfit she wore for the judging! That top was a total Titslinger special, and she kept having to pull the straps up. Miranda, honey, you look like a 2-bit madam in a backwater Nevada brothel. Fire your stylist. Now.

    Amanda’s dress shoulda won. Period, end of statement. She was robbed.

    • AthenaJ

      THIS to everything you just said!

    • BrooklynBomber

      Everything you said.


    I’m not watching the show any more so I can’t comment on the drama, ect that goes on but I can say, not a single one of these would be flattering to Miranda Lamberts figure.  Some of them would be down right horrific on her.

  • I STILL CAN’T REMEMBER ANYBODY’S NAME. This cast is such a bunch of sad sacks. Daniel is NOT the delightful imp he seems to think he is and his aesthetic is decidedly tacky. He was onto something with his patented French Succotash technique but he should have stuck to using it as a TRIM. Also, saying something is “French” does not automatically make it classy or elegant. Patricia’s leather fringe could have looked cool if she had used more of a sleek garment underneath and not that Mother of the Quinceañera bronze lace monstrosity. Did everyone look at her mess and think this was the Unconventional Fringe Challenge? Why did everyone decide to make fringe? Why was this not addressed in the judging? Does Miranda wear alot of fringe? (no idea since I have never seen her perform). 

  • guest2visits

    First; why were several of the models inflicted with poopy-face?  Especially Stanley’s – what was wrong, was she being gouged by a pin?
    And Layana’s – WTH was the model doing with the skirt; besides ruining it. Or was the skirt that poorly made,? I don’t think she ever
    let go of it.    Or Michelle’s, or Samantha’s…
    I think I’m rooting for Daniel (along with others) because he’s really into the challenges, and he seems to have skills and a point of view; it’s not showing up lately, though.   It’s too bad Matt left before he found his feet; I think he had good design possibilities in him
    but he couldn’t get in sync with the PR format.
    I also liked Amanda’s best, but I’m fine with the Richard win; I thought he was wonderfully resourceful in the workroom.
    I liked Kate’s – I thought it had a showy RC quality and she made it look perfectly proportioned and balanced. Although Stanley’s would
    probably be an easier style to adapt to a fuller figure; and I saw the flaws at the bust and the belted area but they seemed small and
    no more than other construction flaws in other designs.
    I loved Ben’s design, including the sleek bustle/train, and the beautiful color. I like the beading but I would have liked to see it used
    abit differently, in the same small amount. I think it was too elegant for C&W in general… but it would look good for a premiere.

    •  All the models look like they are participating under duress.  They barely have any life or act like they care.

      • libraangel

        Wonder if the models don’t like being in a shitty fugly dress?

  • Amanda, or maybe even Kate deserved the win. I can’t argue with Matthew’s auf-ing, but I wouldn’t have been surprised or disappointed to see Patricia or Michelle go either. Benjamin’s didn’t deserve the praise that it got, especially since it was SO simple, and didn’t actually fit quite right. One hiccup and that model was going to come right out of the dress. And Daniel… I love him dearly, but I wouldn’t have found fault with the decision if the judges had sent him home for that. It was awful. 

  • Amanda’s chevroned fringe was much more flattering to a woman’s body, in my opinion, than Richard’s more random mishmash. But c’mon, they gave it to him because he made the lining out of a t-shirt at the last minute. I was just hoping he’d send her down in a mesh fetish dress. 

    I can’t stand Patricia or the judges giving her a pass anymore (WHY wasn’t she in the bottom? TELL ME – it’s because they’re hoping she’ll become sanctimonious and pompous and try to act like a mentor to the other designers ala Gretchen, isn’t it. ISN’T IT). Plus, even ignoring that fringed harness she put on the model, her taste in fabric is terrible – what is that gold lace overlay? She reminds me of Marla. I’m going to quote my favorite boys from Philly (with a touch of Santino and Nick) and say “Oh Jesus. Deliver us from the whickety-whack.”

    Also, I think they kept Michelle because she’ll probably be the one to yell at Patricia when Patricia’s ego overinflates from lack of criticism. Watch, they’ll be forced to work closely on a team together, “randomly.” I bet they were hoping Patricia would pick Michelle for this challenge. I bet. (Her Nina Garcia was great – she should get together with Santino and do a Closer duet. I miss Santino – thank god for RPDR. YES I <3 SANTINO, I SAID IT.)

    I kind of think the same thing of Daniel, though I think it's with a touch of Daniel Franco naive cockiness. His dress looks like there's a sea creature growing on her torso. 

    The thing is, Matthew was a normal human being instead of that breed of person known as "reality show character" by the PR producers, so his aufing was really predetermined. He had cannon fodder written all over him, not for lack of skill but for not being cartoonish enough. Just like Joseph last week. It's why Patricia's skating through when she should have been auf'd for being too much like Blayne (remember his caterpillar onesie?)

    We have reached the unintelligible judging portion of the season! Do not adjust or throw things at your sets. 

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Perhaps the showrunner for this season was hoping to set up a bug eye bitchslapping between Patricia and Michelle?

    • Qitkat

      Your comments nailed everything I said in a rant I just deleted, as your post is so much funnier.

      I ended by asking myself *why have I gotten sucked back into this chupacabra?*

    • libraangel

      LOL “Deliver us from the whickety whack” I am stealing this for my vocabulary!

  • Man, these posts confirm that I made the right choice to stop watching after years of devotion 

  • PeaceBang

    I so appreciate your posts on “PR,” which I haven’t watched in years. Some of these designs are sort of interesting. I like Tu’s dress a lot but I see nothing coming down this runway that looks like something Miranda L. would wear. 

  • I thought I was the only one growing tired of Daniel. As you know, he is self taught – insert tears here. He’s self taught. He’s never had formal training of any kind. Ever. 

    • mhleta

      That was very moving. Thank you.

    • nannypoo

      I weep for him.

  • Siege

    I feel like this challenge was “make a pretty country stage outfit” but didn’t necessarily actually take Miranda Lambert’s actual body into account. She is a beautiful woman, but she has a fairly large chest and a somewhat short neck. Some of these very low-cut dresses would be a disaster for her, as would the things with higher necklines. They might as well have been designing for Carrie Underwood, for all the attention they paid to Miranda herself.

  • MagsRagsVintage

    The perpetual and preternaturally beatific smile mars the Snidely Whiplash comparison for me.

    • mhleta

       Salvador Dali on Ecstasy. 

  • Richard: I cannot stand him. He screams DIVA to me. He screams PRODIGAL to me. IT’S EVERYTHING!!!!! (798 times per episode) Oh, the dress. I dunno, it’s fine. It’s got edge to it.

    Ben: They LIKED this?? They LIKED the folded handkerchief at the ass? Given his time management issues, I’ve no doubt he folded the fabric, pinned it, and called it a tail (oops, TRAIN). They LIKED the sequined fringe at the one boob?

    Amanda: It possesses a womanliness that Rich’s lacks. The fringe is more delicately applied and arranged.

    Stan: Liked the hammered metallic cinching. There’s fit issues in the bust, and the skirt’s too volumetric.

    Kate: Of all the Red Carpet entries, this was the most successful. She did a bang up job executing the leather bodice. Look at those seams. The structured leather bodice serves as a counterpoint to the fluid skirt portion. The garment exudes power, edginess, and most importantly, distinctiveness.

    Layana: It’s no more boring than Ben’s and Stan’s. In fact, it is less so. I quite like the drapery at the bodice, but I question the engineering of the skirt portion. The model has to suture her hands over it.

    Patrica: Hate the shitty brown foundation. The dress is a foundation and the fringe an adornment (and a poorly applied one at that– look at how badly those pieces running down the crossing straps are rolled). She seems to care only for fabric manipulation and does note spare fit and silhouette much thought.

    Tu: I think Tim derailed him. I liked the sculptured skirt in his sketch a lot better. THIS skirt is too elementary. The only design interest is generated by those poorly tacked on molar napkins!!! The pleated top ain’t bad.

    Michelle: The skirt’s too oppressive. I dunno what to say about the fringe.

    Matt: Too bad he can’t coincide his quirky aesthetic– think what he did for the first challenge and for the unconventional challenge– to the dictates of a client-based challenge– see this look, his Heidi look, and his ball-boy kilt.

    Sam: The vest is pretty good, if a little boring. She clearly couldn’t engineer a skirt to serve as a counterpoint to the severity of the vest.

    Daniel: Oh, he was SO proud of his “soutache”! You know, that wasn’t a bad idea, the soutache leather, but the bodice is overwrought. It looks less like soutache and more like grunge. This is another case in which I preferred the sketch to the presented product.

    • libraangel

      Mustache blows soutache

  • A.

    Good grief who in the world are these lo budget raggedy models!? I’m sure some of TyTy’s ANTM cast-offs are looking for some work! but I couldn’t help but think how I disliked most of these outfits simply because of the way it was worn/looked on the models they used. 

    • sisterb67

       Actually, Patricia’s model IS one of Ty-Ty’s cast offs 🙂

      • A.

        You’re right! Thought she looked familiar.

      • mysterymom2

         Daniel’s model also looks like a Ty-Ty girl–maybe Jane the Ivy Leaguer?

        • sisterb67

           Ooh, I think you’re right. I had already stopped watching by the time she was on, but it sure looks like her!

  • Coco Cornejo

    All the designs are pretty much devoid of color. They ought to make a rule: No more black fabric! That would force these lazy so-and-sos out for their comfy little corners.

  • unbornfawn

    Amanda should have won. It had the best movement and fringe on the front and back! Patricia’s was by far the worst thing on the runway for the second week in a row. I’m getting really tired of her not getting called on it. Lots of boring on the runway last night.

  • rolacus2

    I love Patricia and what she brings, but that was a pretty bad dress.

    Though Michelle’s was far worse. Looked like the girl barfed up noodles down her front. At least the fringe on Patty’s dress had purpose.

    • mhleta

      Oh, thank you for that image. I’ll cherish it always!

    • spititout

      I would have liked Patricia’s design more in other leather colors and another fabric choice for underneath .  The fringe would have looked good moving on a stage.

  • mhleta

    Daniel’s dress is for the model/wrangler at the awards shows who keeps the actors from wandering off the stage. Strictly D-list wear. The model here elevates it to that level, otherwise, it’s strictly off the rack MOTB wear. He should be scrutinized very carefully from here on in, particularly for placing flower-covered boobs at the hips of his garment last week. WTF? His Salvador Dali impression is getting a bit precious for me, too. I’m sorry to see Matthew go but his garment seemed to more closely fit the parameters of the “Spin” pingpong uniform challenge that this one. Patricia’s kind of a bitch. Not really digging her or Layana. PS I haven’t seen the show yet. Can someone tell me why was Layana’s model fisting her dress like that? Did Layana sew her fingers into it? Very strange.

  • dickylarue

    My new PR drinking game is every time Patricia flares her eyeballs out of her head we drink a shot of firewater. I’m usually shitty by 9:05pm. 

    Can we start calling her “Flares With Her Eyes” or “Loopy On the Fringe With Fringe” before she’s auf’d?

  • blueberrypancake

    Amandas Dress Should have won. It was the ONLY one that would flatter Mirandas curves and still keep with the sassy country/rock vibe.  

    It seems that NONE of the other designers took into consideration the clients body shape, chest/broad shoulders, small head ( i have the same shape and would run screaming from any of these- without even putting it on I would know it wouldn’t work!) 

    Alto if you look at Miranda on stage/at shows ( in the outfit she was wearing on PR) the slicked back hair arms/chest arn’t doing her any favors.  I always question whoever is styling her. She is a really pretty girl with a really bad stylist! 

  • Amanda is pure Nashville hipster. Being an older version of the same, I can tell you that her design was exactly what a Nashville hipster would design for a pop-country star. It had the ease of a perfect Nashville dress (it’s humid down here, y’all!) and was a cure take on what tourists wear to honky Yonks

    • spititout

      I also loved that Amanda’s design could be worn with a bra.

      • CarolinLA

        And that she THOUGHT of that element as part of her design.  Where was Joanna Coles when we need her?

      • Yes. Because to be honest, Miranda’s Lamberts wouldn’t have fit in the majority of these outfits.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        MIranda appeared to appreciat that aspect of Amanda’s design. Since she has a generous bosom, you know she’s not going on stage without a good bra or real support built into her stagewear.

  • formerlyAnon

    While I liked Amanda’s dress better, I think that for stage wear, Richard’s was the better choice. It had reflective chain “fringe” in the mix.  Overall, I think several of the designers completely lost sight of the fact that they were designing for a woman who performs in arenas. (Matthew!) She doesn’t do sequins and spandex, but a little color contrast or a reflective surface or two would not go amiss. 

    Patricia was blessed by god that she wasn’t given a weak reed for a partner. It was a cruel twist that Matthew was sent home over her. (Also I’ve seen some beautiful Native costumes in performance. I’m far from an expert, but I haven’t seen any that seemed to be assembled from re-purposed string mops.)

    Finally, I haven’t read all the comments yet, so this may well have been discussed: DO WE BELIEVE that Richard went from automatic bottom tier for sending down a naughty nighty from the exotic lingerie home party to *winner* because his team just so happened to have providentially saved 20 or 30 bucks out of their budget to buy souvenir t-shirts – THIS week, not any of the earlier weeks?

    If I were him I’d have bought a dozen lottery tickets that day.

    • nannypoo

      I want to understand why they spent their PR allowance on personal souvenirs. Seems unethical in what I admit is the pickiest possible way.

      • formerlyAnon

        An earlier poster suggested that a producer fairy left the t-shirts under his pillow (or in the workroom) for him to find and use. I am not sure I believe there was that direct an intervention (there would have been plenty of drama in seeing either the model’s undies or a lining made of ? paper towels? ?) but it is more believable than them just happening to have purchased the t-shirts. 

        • Happen to have purchased, then forgotten about, then waxed philosophically about how a solution will surely come along, and then omg, I totes didn’t remember I had these! Fishy.

          • JLH

            I agree it’s fishy (even if I admired the end result) although I’m super bored and up way too late and have been sitting here thinking about the designers and Mood. Current thoughts/questions include 1.) I’d totally buy a commemorative Mood shirt on PR’s dime, 2.) I wonder how many designers have done that, 3.) I wonder if the designers have ever kept their fabric leftovers for future projects or for reference if they especially liked it and want to use it post-show.

  • grrrr… honky TONKS. Anyway, it’s exactly the dress that a girl who drinks in the same bars as Ke$ha would design for Miranda Lambert

  • Stubenville

    Your bitter kittens would never stone you, TLo. Get you stoned in TLounge is another matter however…

    I like Snidley as a person and he has very good construction skills. I like the fact that he doesn’t seem to be a backstabber or drama vortex (at least that’s how he’s edited.) He does seem to be sincerely helpful to the people he’s working with without the Max Headroom style “I’m in charge here” bossiness. Unfortunately Snidley’s taste really isn’t what the judges are looking for. While he isn’t as one note pageant-tacky as Kayne or Jerell, that seems to be his natural design instinct.

    I don’t know if it’s teams, the actual contestants or the producers, but this season seems more enjoyable to watch thus far than the previous three or four years.

    • formerlyAnon

      It’s rare I agree with everything said in a post as long as this one. (But I do.)

  • mskgb

    Before anyone else compares Patricia’s outfit with Bob Mackie’s “Half-Breed” costume for Cher, let’s do a visual reality check. Here is a 2008 version of the costume Mackie created for Cher’s Vegas show:,0,238312.photogallery. Here is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame exhibit that featured the costume and images of other “Half Breed” outfits: Patricia’s outfit is pictured above.

    Budget and vast differences in experience and execution time aside, one of these is not like the other. Mackie’s work represents the place costume designers typically arrive when they attempt something Native American inspired (heightened by the over-the-top requirements of dressing a diva and an over-the-top-and-loving-it aesthetic). Patricia’s work is a poorly conceptualized attempt to wed the dubious glamour of lace with a design aesthetic and techniques developed via lived cultural experience and an art background. Ms. Lambert’s dossier clearly indicated a love of fringe and leather, as multiple designs included these features. The movement of Patricia’s fringe was the sole interesting aspect of her look. As for the rest, I just can’t.

    For me, Patricia’s references to her American Indian heritage mirror the “rockin’ one,” “I just learned to sew three months ago,” “my design business crashed and burned,” “I was homeless” and  “my mother died” stories PM contestants are encouraged to have in the Bunim-Murray era. The significant difference is that there aren’t prior scripts for her to draw upon (show me the Lifetime movie about the Amerindian woman who makes it to the top in anything). Moreover, if “Half Breed” is what the industry produces when it goes Native American, perhaps it’s time to see a different vision. While such a vision should come from multiple sources, it hasn’t (although I can’t find Bureau of Labor Statistics information on Native Americans in the fashion industry–the organization’s identification of race as “Black, White, Asian and Other” makes that impossible–I’m guessing the percentage is miniscule). I think Patricia sees herself as a “first” who has to represent while she has a national spotlight.

  • I was glad to see Amanda recover.  I really like her positive laid back personality.  Hopefully she will get more confident and people will respect her more.  I think if maybe she had some glitter on the fringe or something to break up the dress, it might have won.  As for Richard’s, I am not a fan of a half finished dress…

    I agree that kate’s long red leather dress is quite striking and would have looked really nice with her figure.  Too bad Miranda’s taste are not so visionary.  I happen to like Michelle’s personality and appreciate her standing up to the judges- although she deserved the spanking she got.  Hopefully she will rethink her aesthetic some.  I also think those round tattoos on her arm are pretty awesome, plus she is from my city.  Unfortunately she needs to get past the hip parody of Portland and open her mind a bit.

    I liked Matt.  Sweet kid.  Miranda’s comments were sweet.  I thought Tu’s dress was surprisingly interesting.  

    Daniel has always had a taste issue and I am glad the judges called him on it.  I agree with previous comments: That horrible mustache makes him look like a cross between Salvador Dali and Snidely Whiplash (on esctasy) who is constantly getting drunk at the Eagle from being rejected.

  • mskgb

     I’ve been trying to work Raylan’s comment into daily conversation, but a job that doesn’t really let me call folks “assholes” has thwarted my efforts. Should have thought of the Bitter Kittens.

  • mskgb

     I thought about Santino as well (imitated Tim, led Nina to one of her best comments of all time–“it’s not aesthetically pleasing”). Will Michelle make similar “screw you, judges” looks and badmouth teammates to their faces? We’ll see.

    And Santino’s Andrae and Tim at Red Lobster schtick? Way better than Michelle’s Nina. However, I may just be looking back on him kindly due to the redemption work he’s done via his show with Austin and his RuPaul judging (although he’s not out of my doghouse for disliking Pandora).

    • MoHub

       Santino also did a killer Kors—particularly in the ice-skating costume challenge. “She looks like a Thankgiving turkey explded out of her butt” or words to that effect.

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        I loved the fake conversation Santino had with Michael.  “It looks like a baboon exploded all over her ass!!!”  “Okay, Michael…”  “She looks like Ren Faire!!”  “OKAY, Michael!”

  • Did you see how uncomfortable Tim was saying “A little bit country, a little bit rock and roll”?  Made me laugh!

    • libraangel

      And what was that “stinkpot” remark?!

  • I like Daniel.   I think he’s authentic and I”m happy he’s representing the hometown!!

    • libraangel

      Yeah, but he seemed way too over-confident (almost ego-tripping) in this episode, although during the runway critique, he looked as if he might cry

  • I think Michele is arrogant and annoying and I haven’t seen talent.

  • Miranda Lambert looks all hairology to me.  

  • kaywyoming

    Spot on gents. I miss Michael’s presence too!!!!!

  • spititout

    I wish people would stop smugly proclaiming that they no longer watch the show, then go on about how glad they are for missing this or that drama.  This season finally has more merit than the past couple of years based on the fact that this season’s contestants can actually sew and attention is on construction and design elements rather than product placement and silly drama.  Also, Zac Posen is breath of fresh air for his thoughtful comments, which are not trying to be cute and quoteable.  The show is turning in a better direction, but baby steps!

    • nosniveling

      thanks Spit, I agree!!
      If ya don’t like it, don’t look.

    • I agree about the direction of the show – way less stupid personal dramas and more focus on actual design. and the teams thing turned out to be a better idea than anticipated.   However Zac continues to bore me and I haven’t really heard much insightful commentary from him.  Maybe it’s in the editing. 

  • CassandraMortmain

    I thought that Kate’s red leather and chiffon (?) dress was by far the best thing on the runway.  It probably wasn’t right for Miranda’s body type but nothing else on the runway was either.  I much preferred Amanda’s to Richard’s.  Patricia or Michelle should have gotten the auf.  Patricia actually should have gotten aufed last week.  She’s extremely one note, has terrible taste and is working the race card very, very hard.

    I do think the skill level of the contestants is the best it’s been in several seasons.  Daniel clearly let his wins go to his head but I like him so I hope he recovers.  I also like Amanda and Stanley.  There’s nobody I really hate yet even though many of them are plenty annoying.  Richard is way too affected.  Plus he looks like a pit bull. It’s past time for Michelle to put up or shut up.  And I can’t even with those hideous circle tats on her arms.  Layana is a little too bitchy but she seems very talented.  Although her dress was a blah nothing this week. 

    The pics of Miranda in performance were gorgeous.  But she looked awful in the judges’ chair.  The slicked back hair is a terrible look for her and that monstrosity she was wearing was so unflattering and made her look bigger than she probably is.  But I thought she was a pretty good judge with some thoughtful things to say.  And she seemed pretty cool.  I wish the designers had done right by her.  She deserves better.

    • betorah

      So happy you send something about her look. The combination of the hair and the skin tight outfit was a truly unfortunate look. Where are Stacy and Clinton when you really need them?!?

  • thelovelydove

    I can’t understand why Richard won. Richard’s dress just looked like a cheaper, less flattering version of Amanda’s dress.

    Matt’s eliminated made me pretty angry. I actually really liked his dress, it just wasn’t right for Miranda Lambert. Michelle’s outfit was just heinous. 

  • Richard annoys me SO much.  Everything is SO EVERYTHING!  WTF?!  

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      I swear, the next time that knucklehead says “IT’S EVERYTHING!!”, I’m throwing my TV out the window!

  • libraangel

    Miranda Lambert. How do you design a look for her? She is a challenge not just because of her curves, but her style (can’t see her in Princess Kate’s gowns!)
    Yeah, o.k. Richard, cause I COULD see her in that, and in Amanda’s also. Both look comfortable and swingy for booty-shaking, but how is Ms. Lambert gonna do her thing in Tu’s tight dress? (Even though I liked his design – for me!) Same with Kate’s red leather gown. Beautiful, but on Miranda? I think not. (By the way, why so maybe blacks and blues on the runway?)
    As for the others, I don’t think Samantha deserved all that criticism: her outfit was also swingy and cute. Michelle did deserve criticism for that ‘Guns & Roses’ get-up, and Nina, please Nina, what did you see that was so wonderful in Ben’s dress?! I just saw a simple shape with shredded black sparkly bra hanging out the front. In contrast, I loved Stanley’s gown – so elegant, red-carpet – and I disagree about the volume: it would be flattering on Miranda.
    I could tell by the editing and his over-confidence that Daniel was gonna get it, and he should have for that ‘Star Trek’  meets country barn mess. Patricia’s was an acid trip (hello Woodstock!)
    As for our blahs, Matthew’s lack of enthusiasm (more than lack of confidence) created that yawn-inducing outfit, but Layana? I can’t believe that the same person who created that divine floral dress last week made such a forgettable blech this week.

  • Not a fan of Daniel either. He’s too, wink wink, nudge nudge, know what I mean?

    • MoHub

       Say. No. More.

      • bitchybitchybitchy


        • Stubenville

          Oh, you’ve come to book a holiday?

          • NYCGlamourpuss

            Are you going to be taking CANDID photos, CANDID photos, he asked him knowingly?

          • formerlyAnon

            I love this crowd.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Is your wife a Goer? Is she?

  • It seemed pretty obvious that Miranda preferred Richard’s dress to Amanda’s and that was probably the determining factor in it winning. Contrary to what I’m reading here I really liked last nights runway. The only truly heinous thing up there was the tin foil and frayed edge thing. It was so Hee Haw and tacky. Something Barbara Mandrell would’ve worn in the 80’s. I 

  • pylgrym

     I’m not sure anyone actually compared them I haven’t (and won’t) read all comments but the fact is that the minute I saw it on the runway, all I could think of was Cher and “Halfbreed” the return. It just conjured that whole vibe. I don’t remember the costumes to compare it just WAS. PS I miss Cher at the Oscars Personal Stylists-PFFT. I know the names of more shoes than I do actresses on the red carpet.

  • pylgrym

    The thought of Miranda’s wondrous assets rocking the little black bead drop off B’s dress gives me giggles if not guffaws. She is definitely a real woman challenge and they failed miserably.

    • There were several garments that might have worked on the model, but were in no way appropriate for a woman of her statue. A short short pencil skirt for a stage outfit? Nashville isn’t ready for that!

  • Carrieanno

    So we’re back to the one day challenges now.  Sadly. 

  • eight_of_nine

    Did anybody else LOVE Kate’s dress?  When the model walked out, I was like, “WHOA.  That is HOT.”

    • Lilithcat

      ~raises hand~

      • CarolinLA

        I liked it as well but I think it would’ve worked better if the top were not sewn to the bottom. 

        Lilithcat, what did you think of The Glass Menagerie?

        • Lilithcat

          what did you think of The Glass Menagerie?

          I really, really liked it.  They really got at the fact that, dysfunctional though it was, this was a family whose members truly cared about each other.  The whole cast is excellent, especially Hans Fleischmann, who plays Tom (he also directed the play).  He’s LA-based, so maybe you know his work?  They’re re-mounting the play in late May, running through the end of June, so if you are Chicago, try to catch it.

    • Lisa_Cop

      Did not like it. I found the rust color unattractive and the pleather/leather and chiffon mixture is not working for me. Neither is the mixture of corset on top and mermaid on the bottom shapes working for me. Not ‘auf worthy but not good.

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      I loved it, that was my second favorite garment behind Amanda’s.

    • libraangel

      I really liked Kate’s dress – but not on Miranda

  • Susan Crawford

    I’m definitely of the opinion that Amanda should have won – her design was so polished-looking and so well-fitted. But I get why Richard came in first: bring on the glitz, the shimmy and the kinda tacky. Not a bad dress, and definitely usable as stagewear (although I’ll bet some considerable revamping will take place before we see Miranda in it.) (And my goodness, wasn’t it just ah-mazingly lucky that somehow that Mood tee made it into Richard’s bag? I am certain that one of these days, Swatch will end up in a Mood-bag, draped around a model’s shoulders!)

    Michelle’s ramen-noodle dress was abysmal, and Patricia’s was simply cray-cray. I would have aufed either of them over Mathew.

    Here’s hoping the group goes back into larger teams next week – the pair-offs this week seemed tame and boring.

  • CarolinLA

    I have to defend Daniel for a sec:  I love that he starts every challenge by saying “yes”.  No matter what, he’s willing to bring a positive attitude.  Maybe that’s because he could see people like Josh who clearly shut down the creative process by saying no (in fact, shouting it at Bert).  Last night, at least his dress wasn’t black.  And that color would’ve looked beautiful on her.  Yes, the skirt was too tight and the center seam was unfortunate but frankly, that’s exactly the kind of dress that women wear to the CMAs.  I think he produced something that she would choose because frankly, she ain’t all that sophisticated.  She leans a bit to the tacky.  

    • Lisa_Cop

      I actually like Daniel alot for his attitude but that tin foil/dinner napkin dress was BAD.

  • bertkeeter

    Amanda’s was best and Matthew shouldn’t have gone home! OK?

  • Call me Bee

    Wow I am late for the party. 
    I agree that Amanda should have won and Patricia should have been booted.  Kate’s red leather and chifoon dress was beautiful and should have won as well.  
    I don’t know enough about Miss Lambert to know what she would wear, but she didn’t seem to say much about anything.  I never heard her say Yes I love it or No it’s awful!  A disappointing episode in my book. 

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    I’m with the rest of you Kittens – Amanda was totally robbed, and Patricia’s weirdo ass should have been sent packing.  Matt’s dress wasn’t nearly as ugly as Fringe Fest 2013.

    As pretty much the single solitary Benjamin fangirl on the internet (Holla!), I’m really excited that he was in the top.  It wasn’t right for the challenge or for Miranda, no.  But it was classic and elegant and a lovely gown.  It was nice to see Benji Baby get his shit together.

    Daniel?  I’m losin’ the love, I’ve gotta say.  Yes, he’s talented and positive and all those good things, but hell man – dial it back a few hundred notches!

    Dear Michelle – shut the hell up.  

    LOVED Kate’s red gown! Loved loved loved – other than Amanda’s dress, I think that was my favorite thing up on the runway.

  • These last two episodes the judges definitely didn’t eliminate the person who had the worst garment but instead auf’d the “cannon fodder” folks that were left. It’s no wonder Daniel thinks he can rest on his laurels.

  • MattCooper27

    Bullet holsters, Patricia? Because she’s a country singer? Really? How about peace pipes for a Native American? 

  • Amy

    Five seconds into the season and it’s “PR Team edition…haha just kidding!” 

    At least Michelle will continue to make us laugh for a while longer. And Patricia will continue to make us cringe.

  • Another episode where the winner and loser make absolutely no sense. Richard’s was pretty good but so much worse than Amanda’s. And poor Mat made a cute, well-fitted dress that wouldn’t look good on stage. As most of the other, uglier dresses also would not. 

    I did kind of like Michelle’s and Patricia’s dresses. Layana, Stanley, and Benjamin made bland and poorly executed things that somehow skated by. (What was up with the tit glitter on Benjamin’s?) Daniel’s was horrific. (And I love Miranda for calling him out on how the look was condescending.) 

  • I am feeling you re Daniel and his pandering. I’m over him and his aesthetic.

    I do prefer Amanda’s dress to Richard’s, but I’m rooting for him all the way, his dress was cute and he’s from Cali so I’m reppin Westsiiide!, lol

  • You got that right. There’s more badassery in one ruffled ankle sock of any pump-wearing ZZ Top video ho than Michelle has in her little finger. (Can you tell I used to dress my Barbies as if they were in the video for “Legs”?)

  • Janet B

    I’m so tired of all of the dark garments.
    Nice to see Ben get himself organized and not cry, which of course means he’ll be gone in the next couple of weeks.
    Stanley seemed to be the most excited to dress Miranda, so it was cute that he won. 
    Really disliked Michelle’s dress. Surprised Matthew wasn’t kept since he seemed so insecure.

    • libraangel

      Didn’t think Stanley did win: thought it was Richard. But I wondered why they did not have two winners: one for performance, one for red carpet

      • Janet B

        You are right, I got their names mixed up.

  • alyce1213

    I can’t fathom why Patricia wanted to make Miranda Lambert look like a Mexican Revolutionary.

    • libraangel

      Exactly. Bullet-holders?!

  • libraangel

    How does Michelle equate ZZTop or hard rock or punk or whatever she was saying with COUNTRY WESTERN?!

  • myristica_fragrans

    with everything the judges were saying about benjamin’s dress, nobody saw fit to mention the weeping right boob? wtf was that?

    • libraangel

      I agree: only one boob with stuff running out of it. Why not embellish the whole top of the bodice when you have such a simpley-shaped dress

  • I really need them to get rid of Layana. Like, now. She’s driving me insane with her BASIC bridal party wear and whiny attitude about how everything is working against her–excuses, excuses, excuses.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Is Layana giving off an entitled vibe? Yes, she has skills and has shown some designs worthy of praise, but the excuses get on one’s nerves very quickly.

      • libraangel

        I think it is Michelle, not Layana, who complains all the time and says it is everyone’s fault but hers. And Layana’s designs are at a much higher – elegant – level than Michelle’s. Yes, Layana’s dress was boring this week, but ten times better than Michelle’s punk/heavy metal “red carpet” mess!

      • libraangel

        Layana’s whining? Either I don’t think it that bad, or I don’t see it, but it is Michelle who uses everyone and everything as a scapecoat instead of realizing she – only she – is creating such bad looks that are always on the bottom.

        • It’s only because Michelle is so much louder that you cannot hear Layana’s quieter spazzing. Almost every week Layana has also had a crisis, that was not her fault gasp, but then it quickly works out. Michelle just drags it on and on, and is drowned in delusions of her own grandeur.

  • Slade Thunderdragon

    I wasn’t really impressed by any dress on this episode.

    Tu’s looked the best. It may have not been entirely Miranda’s style, but I think she would have at least looked good in it.

    Richard’s, Benjamin’s, and Amanda’s were the other good ones.

    Stanley’s and Layana’s were OK but boring.

    Kate’s would have looked better, to me, if she had continued with the leather on down and made a short dress, rather than make some kind of full skirt with other fabric like she did.

    Patricia’s was bad, but it could have been better in my opinion if she had done a whole dress with the fringe, rather than putting it over that fabric.

    At least Samantha’s vest was good.

    Michelle…… poor her. She can’t escape the bottom. Sadly, this time, being in the bottom was her own fault.

    Daniel’s was atrocious. I agree, TLo, he’s fake as crap, and by the way he was twitching his mustache while Nina was going off on him, I could tell the whole nice guy thing was just a facade. His technique was decent on the first 3 challenges, but since then, the stuff he’s done has been icky. I would have eliminated him. This time.

    Matt was going to be gone sooner rather than later. His outlook was very gloomy. He seemed to act like no challenge was his kind of challenge, except for the last one. This was not the appropriate outlet for his type of design.

    Joe should still be in. It’s dumb as SHIT that he’s not still in the game. His past portfolio was far better than anyone else’s on this season. The judges are stupid.

    • libraangel

      Miranda could not have moved around the stage in Ty’s dress, pretty or not.

  • Trisha26

    I loved Kate’s red gown, simply loved it, in a “that’s a long red leather bustier with a chiffon skirt & edgey studded shoulder situation” kind of way. I would love to see Miranda in that – it looked western without looking country and edgey without looking like a costume. IMO she should have won.

    • libraangel

      I loved Kate’s gown, but I just cannot see Miranda’s body type wearing it: it would look like she was squeezing into sausage casing

  • VivianAdvanced

    Miranda Lambert’s looks have always bothered me because her little round head is way too small for her body. I know she can’t help that, but I’m easily bugged by things like that, and her head looked like a peeled egg as she sat there judging. Humpty Dumpty in drag, wearing one of those breast attachments the RuPaul girls love to flaunt (we haven’t seen those much this season). Sorry, Miranda. I’m not very aware of who’s popular in the country world (I prefer the alt-country that doesn’t get much play), but at least the entertainers that were big when I was a little girl wore those flouncy, tasteless confections that were so bad they were fascinating. The PR contestants all pulled out the country cliches of fringe and blue-denim color and tried to throw a rock edge in, which goes to show that country music today is a muddle of pop and half-assed rock that has no definitive sound. I guess all you have to do is have a nasal twang to your voice. Anyway, what a bore. Most of the creations looked like they were inspired by Pulis, Commondores (dog enthusiasts will know)or car-wash machines. 

    As for Daniel, he appears to be an amusing character, but he really should have gone in the previous challenge. If anyone else had made that flower thing with the bulbous protrusions on the sides, they would have been slammed into the pavement for emphasizing the hip area. I didn’t even think his winning design was that great. The judges have always hated anything that smacks of matronliness, and Daniel’s designs are perfect for old society ladies.

  • They’re keeping Michelle and  Daniel because they’re good “characters” and have interesting “sound bytes” over the guy the let go.

  • adnama79

    Daniel’s is so very bad.

    I enjoy him, but with Posen’s (accurate) comments about his work being referential almost every week and the critique of his bragging this week, the editors are setting us up for something – auf or major shift in his work, I hope.

  • adnama79

    I love Amanda’s.  I extra love the “real bra” part.  I love that she made a dress that looks comfortable, figure flattering and rockerish together.

  • modelobrasil

    I actually kinda like Daniel. he seems kind and genuine. I remember he was very nice and chivalrious to Layana in one of the past team challenges. 

  • For the red carpet I really liked Kate’s red dress – a slight country vibe with the leather, but not hitting us over the head with a cattle prod.  Nice mix of hard and soft – feminine but with a tough edge. For stagewear I agree Amanda’s fringe dress was better – it seemed effortless, moved beautifully and would flatter the singer.  I suspect Richard’s fringe won because he added the shiny chains for some sparkle.  Whatever.  He does seem a wee bit crazy.

    Daniel’s dress was pretty bad – that center slit on the skirt was indeed a matching arrow to the V of the top.  Yikes.  I wonder if the twisted leather thing he did looked better up close… really close… and he never stepped back for perspective. And Michelle’s was very 80’s heavy metal.  Just awful.  The necklace thingy was much like the crazy oversized earrings she wore to the runway.  Not a good look. The auf – although not terrible Matthew’s offering was bland.  And for stagewear it was terrible.  So not upset by the auf. At least Daniel and Michelle TRIED to give something that had some punch, however much they failed. Matthew was just lost and offered a drab little skirt and top that reflected his lack of concept. 

  • rtuko

    Love, LOVE looking at the expression on the models’ faces. They know when they’re wearing shit, and it shows.

  • KittieLynnNYC

    Stanley’s model looks absolutely miserable. Geez, the outfit’s not nearly as bad as Patricia’s or Michelle’s.

  • LadyGewgaw

    They could at least have used models that were Miranda’s size and shape.  That way we would have had some idea of how the garments would actually look on her. It would have been refreshing, and we would have gotten something worth looking at. 

  • thecitysleeps

    /still catching up

    I can’t believe Patricia and Michelle are still on the show, and Matt is auf’ed.  Fuck you judges/producers.  Two in a row of bad aufings with Joe and now  Matt.  Next week they’ll auf Tu so I can stop watching basically.

    And that thing was not good from Richard.  And he won the challenge.  I don’t even know.  I guess mesh is not as hated by them as it is by me.