TLOunge

Posted on February 14, 2013

Darlings, we may have mentioned once or twenty times lately that we’re wiped out after Fashion Week. So let’s keep this simple. And by “simple,” we mean “Easy for T Lo so they can go take a nap.”

 

Bar:

Glamour Bar, Shanghai

Fabulous.

Challenge:

Unconventional.

 

Guest judge:

Diva.

 

Preview:


Discuss.

 

 

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

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  • Vera L-

    Wait, on FB they were showing some chick in a Jets Jersey as tonight’s guest judge. 
    The flu is mucking with my mind!

    • alyce1213

      I had to check this out. It’s someone named Leandra Medine who is a fashion blogger. I read quickly, but I think one source said she’s been on the show before. But — is she judging tonight with Bette? 

      • l_c_ann

        Is that the prepubescent blogger?

        • Polka_Dotty

          No, she’s the Man Repeller. She advocates women dressing in ways to repel men. Or something. http://www.manrepeller.com/2010/04/what-is-man-repeller.html

        • Polka_Dotty

          I posted the link to her blog but it’s awaiting moderator approval. She’s the Man Repeller. She advocates dressing in ways to repel men. Although why she would want to do that is not the teensy bit interesting to me. (Obviously she isn’t very good at repelling men, since she just got married.)

      • formerlyAnon

        This strikes me as very silly. There are many easier ways to repel men. Plus, if all you’re doing is dressing in some particular way, unless you are a) already of little interest to most men and b) do not happen upon the (possibly tiny) subset of men who will find you attractive regardless, it isn’t going to work.

        • Linda Tredennick

          I have read Man Repeller, and while her writing style isn’t to my taste (I’m pretty formal about such things), I think what she is doing is interesting. I don’t think it is quite right to say that she advocates women dressing in ways to repel men. I think she is exploring a female fashion sensibility that isn’t geared towards pleasing the male eye, or with the idea of matching an ideal of female beauty constructed by men and imposed upon women.

          • formerlyAnon

            This sounds far more likely and reasonable. 

          • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

             I thought nearly all female fashion (as actually worn by women) fell into that category?

  • Judy_J

    Bette Midler?  I’m there!

    • EveEve

      Bette Midler AND flowers and hardware. This is gonna be cracktastic (she says hopefully…)

  • enonymous

    OH LAWDY!  THE DIVINE MISS M!!!!!  BATHOUSE BETTY!!!!

  • alyce1213

    Bette’s always worth watching, so I’m looking forward to seeing her.  The challenge . . . we’ll see.  
    I think she’ll be a good judge for an unconventional materials show.  And look how cute she looks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/bert.keeter Bert Keeter

    I first saw her when I was 17 a hundred years ago when she performed at the Continental Baths in basement of the Ansonia! And no I didnt get laid!!! Guess who her piano player was???/ Barry Manilow…God I’m ancient!

    • StellaZafella

       We were probably on opposite sides of the showroom, Bert.

      We’re not old…we’re historic.

      Story goes that BM and BM hated each other in rehearsals but on opening night Barry asked Bette: “Where the hell did you learn to sing so good since this afternoon?”

      Bette supposedly replied: “The same place you finally learned to play a piano…let’s do an encore!”

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jane-Morris/1076502799 Jane Morris

        You don’t get old. You just keep getting a new head.

    • enonymous

      Ah, Bertie! How I envy you!

    • CarolinLA

      What a GREAT memory to have.  I’m a big Springsteen fan and I didn’t discover him until 1983 when someone suggested Born to Run which had been out for nine years already.  It’s so fun to hear people’s stories of being there when he was playing the clubs.  And that scene in The Rose where she played the gay club/bathhouse was so electric.  And you were there.  That’s cool.

      • Wendi126

        Little Stevie Wonder as he was called played at a dance at my husbands high school in 1968 :)

    • alyce1213

      How did you get into the Baths at 17??  Tricky.
      Gosh, she was so amazing — nobody did what she was doing in those days.  And with talent, too.

      • wawawah

        I was VERY determined! 

    • Call me Bee

      That is awesome, Bert! 

    • Targettaste

       Count me among her “historic” fans.  It was during her bathhouse days that she first started appearing on the Johnny Carson show.  I fell in love with that big voice and big personality.  She is a perfect judge for the unconventional challenge.

    • YoungSally

      Not too ancient….although the baths are now just another part of one of many fabulous old UWS places that are now parts of a condo.

      I had an 8-track of Ms. Barry…..and Ms Bette on vinyl as “The Rose.”…I was about 13 or 14.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      No,dear man, you are not ancient-you are classic!

  • MintaHallWriter

    From what I read, there are 2 guest judges, with Diva Bette being one and the blogger being the other.

    I generally love the unconventional challenge. Don’t know about this one, though. We’ll see.

     

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

       I wonder what she’s going to do with that venetian blind? (I have no idea who almost all these people are. They are pretty much interchangeable. As for the blind, gladiator vibe.

  • kimmeister

    I’m looking forward to seeing more of Bette’s epic red glasses!

  • notdorothygale

    On my second glass of Fontana Candida Frascati and mellow enough to appreciate the extreme Botox in the Divine Ms. M’s face. And the fact that this creative challenge might…MIGHT…awaken a sense of goodwill and patience with Project Runway, which threatens to get on my last nerve week after week. In our beautiful peaceful lounge, I wish to all of you a Happy Valentine’s Day! Let love and sweetness color our every comment. Yeah, right…….

  • Call me Bee

    I usually like the unconventional challenge.  I like that they are doing while there are still a larger number of designers–so cool to see what they create. 
    Well–since we’re in Shanghai, I feel like I should drink something that Rita Hayworth would have.  I can’t imagine what that could be, so I’ll have a champagne cocktail, s’il vous plaît et merci.

  • Lilithcat

    I almost forgot about this.  But I’m leaving in a few minutes to see a production of The Glass Menagerie that got raves, so I’ll have to catch it on On Demand later.

    Nice bar, though.

    • CarolinLA

      Where?  I was just thinking of a friend of mine who played the Gentleman Caller today who I thought captured the character better than anyone I’d ever seen and I’ve seen this play a LOT.  I played the mom in college and I had my first moment of being so in character that I reacted absolutely instinctually.  I remember being shocked a little and I realized later that I should be doing that ALL the time.  Still trying today.  Knock, knock.

      • Lilithcat

        Mary-Arrchie Theatre in Chicago:  http://maryarrchie.com/wordpress/

  • NDC_IPCentral

    After a grueling day at IP Central, this Portia is of half a mind just to hit the hay.  But… unconventional materials always is fun and Bette Midler is such a bonus!  Let’s just hope the inevitable waterworks are kept somewhat in check.  Otherwise the doggone program should be underwritten by PUFFS (P&G) or KLEENEX (Kimberly-Clark), two stalwarts in the tissues wars.

    LOVE the exchange between Bert and Stella – the TLOunge is worth the piffle that shows up on the tube.  Always nice to see whomever of the gang can manage to show up on this Hallmark (R) holiday.

    • notdorothygale

      Perhaps a design challenge using Puffs (r) or Kleenex (r) is in the offing!

    • Call me Bee

      Don’t go, NDC–come sit next to me and us PUFs will keep you awake.  Maybe something fizzy but non-alcohol, like gingerale.  Or coffee. 

      • NDC_IPCentral

        Bee, the scintillating repartee here in the LOunge will rally my energies.  Coffee at this hour and I’d be thrashing around in the Dux Bed all night long.  I’ve already had a slug of my beer (in honor of Kiltdntiltd I’ll pretend it’s vintage Champagne!  The rest of dinner is nuking away, and that will perk me up, too.

        Y’know, it really would be fun – or so I surmise – if some of us PUFs could actually get together RT one of these days.  After the initial shock of genuine faces and forms to go with the mental images we’d created, I think we’d have a blast.

        • 3boysful

           What a marvelous fantasy!  I have assigned everyone faces, you know.  Probably have some of the genders wrong, too.

          I am drinking a pink sparkler in honor of Valentine’s Day.  Happy to share–it’s a tad sweet, but not as bad as I thought it might be.

          And I j’adore Ms Bette.

        • Polka_Dotty

          I always picture my online acquaintances as glamourous and beautiful. Facebook’s profile pictures notwithstanding (but so disillusioning!), I will continue to picture my online acquaintances as glamourous and beautiful.

        • Call me Bee

          I think so, too.  Like when all the parents of the MASH people got together.  (OK–so my life has been measured out in TV episodes rather than coffee spoons.  Oh yeah–those, too…) 

        • formerlyAnon

          I alternate between imagining us as dead ordinary folks I’d see around town on Saturday errands, or as a mixed bag which trends toward one of two poles: well groomed and of scintillating conversation, dressed in the finest vintage styles, mostly of real silk, or artist in the mode of Patti Smith, riveting, brilliant, emotional and not always easy to know, but not traditionally glamorous.

          • Call me Bee

            I want to like this a thousand times. 

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          NDC, I think we’d have a blast, too.  The lounge is always such a great place to hang out, catching up with the repartee of my fellow BKs and PUF’s.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    You can’t take a nap now!  It’s Bette Midler!!

    And isn’t a flower store challenge mixed up with a hardware store challenge just setting these poor hamsters up for failure?  Two unconventional challenges in one?  

    • BuffaloBarbara

       I bet one team gets the flowers, and the other one gets the hardware.

      • Stubenville

        That could be the twist – switch materials between teams.

  • OrigamiRose

    *orders a Kir Royale*

    I love this bar.

    • Stubenville

      Your drink matches the decor!

      • OrigamiRose

        I can’t end up the subject of a “Girl, That’s Not Your Drink!” post by our hosts! :)

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

    Dear T and Lo, after fashion week you really should lounge at this fabulous bar with flattering lighting, while the minions gather around you.  May I freshen up your drink?

  • Jordan Brodley

    Yes, I’ll have a French 75 and keep them coming. 

  • BuffaloBarbara

    While we’re imagining ourselves in the fabulous bar — frozen grasshopper, barkeep — why don’t you two imagine yourselves at a nice spa, taking a mud bath and soaking  your aching feet.

    Unconventional!  Yes.  I’m still mentally willing them to take away the muslin to remove the opportunity for “gluing crap on fabric,” then giving them time to actually do something that will work.  My powers of telepathic persuasion do not seem to be working.

  • altalinda

    I just got back from an ActionAids benefit in Philadelphia, where Mondo was the featured guest.  Mission accomplished, ActionAids — I dropped a bunch of money at your event and, as an added bonus, got to meet Mondo, who could not have been nicer and eager to chat with this middle-aged lady he’d never met before.  Happy.

    • formerlyAnon

      I am always gratified when younger people are willing to treat my middle-aged self as if I were just as “real” a person as their contemporaries. I know this is ridiculous, but so it is. I think I may be suffering post repetitive traumatic teen-eye-roll-and/or-flounce-off disorder.

  • Call me Bee

    I have to plug in or find another power sourse.  I’ll be back. 

    • Call me Bee

      OK–all better. 

      • Polka_Dotty

        Welcome back!

  • alula_auburn

    I feel like such a fuddy-duddy, but those  circle tattoos that woman has on her arms really distract me.  My brain keeps reading them as scales.

    • Targettaste

       I keep wondering if they are really just circles or if there are details (and meaning) we can’t see.  Anyone know the story behind the tats?

  • Stubenville

    I cannot believe they snagged Bette as a judge. I hope she wore her bitchpants.

    • MilaXX

       She probably got a huge donation to her foundation or gets a mention on air.

  • alula_auburn

    Wow, this is one of the most awkward product placements EVER.  ”Our friends at Glade” indeed.

    • BuffaloBarbara

       I know!  I was just thinking, “Honestly, how do you even think about scripting that?”

  • NDC_IPCentral

    GLADE! S.C. Johnson.  My trademark instincts are not wrong today.

    • blondie65

      ” A family company”

    • Call me Bee

      A family company.  From Racine, WI! 

  • notdorothygale

    Fraulein! Gravity is not your girls’ friend!

    • l_c_ann

      Even my husband laughed at the highlights zeroing in on Heidi’s drooping assetts.

  • Stubenville

    Called it last week – new teams this week.

    • notdorothygale

      “Project Survivor”: design your team buffs.

  • Peeve

    Jesus. Now the product placement isn’t even particularly related to the challenge! Glade candles. Really??? Related to the flower unconventional challenge. Do you need money that much BM?

    • formerlyAnon

      I swear I think this show must break even before they sell a single minute of commercial advertising.

  • Polka_Dotty

    I don’t care what Heidi wears. She’s adorable.

  • OrigamiRose

    Did Ben understand that the team reshuffle wasn’t just for this challenge but, you know, going forward?

  • Jasmaree

    Why didn’t they choose Daniel? He’s been in the top every week.

    • OrigamiRose

      It seemed to me Benjamin was thinking strictly in terms of this one challenge and not long-term.

      Ben really needs to go next.

  • alula_auburn

    If I were Benjamin, I don’t think I’d be snotty about Daniel.

    Of course, if I were Benjamin, I wouldn’t have sent a model down the runway with a tourniquet around her boobs.

  • Stubenville

    $2,500 and two days? there WILL be a twist.

  • Peeve

    Oooh. A whole $5000 challenge. Guess that’s why they needed the Glade placement.

  • notdorothygale

    RuPaul meets Gilligan’s Island????????????!

  • rolacus2

    Michelle should be called “MEchelle” and Ben should be renamed to “Ven”

    Ugh no wonder Dream team has been losing. They choose stanley and lanesha over bonafide uber talents like Daniel and Patricia because they  “don’t like them”.

    More like they feel threatened by them.

    • Stubenville

      Threatened – bingo!

    • BuffaloBarbara

       I wonder what we’re not seeing, because Patricia comes off as way nicer, on top of being talented.

      I’m not sure I’d have gone for Michelle if I was Team KIR.  I haven’t been impressed with her. I think I’d have gone for Tu.

      • alula_auburn

        Someone last week said she talks all the time, and now Michelle says she’s condescending–but usually don’t we a little montage when someone makes a complaint like that?  I seriously can barely remember Patricia having any screen time outside of critiques and the runway.  She definitely doesn’t seem to be pulling a Gretchen.

        • OrigamiRose

          And honestly, even if she is a bit of a chatty one, she’s placed in the top two out of three challenges.  Isn’t that more important?  (Rhetorically asking, of course *smile*)

        • MilaXX

           There was that one designer who was apparently nasty all season and we had no idea until towards the end of the season. IIRC it was the designer who called his model fat at the reunion. It’s possible for the editors to let us see only what they want us to see.

          • alula_auburn

            oh, yeah, but I’d be surprised if they were giving a favorable edit to Patricia, given their general favoritism.  It’s just striking to give talking heads complaining about her but not show complementary footage.  Even the bit with the moss they show everyone hating.

  • Stubenville

    Alopecia Snidley? Don’t you mean it’s shedding?

  • Call me Bee

    Well were I a designer, I’d be thrilled to have a big budget and two whole days to make something.  And the dress Heidi chose for her fragrance ad turned out to look pretty cool! 

  • Polka_Dotty

    Why are they blindly following Stanley? Has he distinguished himself somehow that hasn’t appeared on screen?

  • lessax3

    Hey, she actually wore a version of the dress in the commercial.

     

  • rolacus2

    Ugh I’m seriously hating on michelle now. Calm down. Patricia may talk alot and be stubborn, but she had NEVER been mean or rude.

    Stay classy miss Patty Cakes Water Lily <3 Don't let that "cry me a river" troll affect you.

    • OrigamiRose

      Yeah, Miss Portland has an awfully inflated sense of self given that her team is a bottom-dweller.  I’m wondering if her negative energy has been a driver of that, and if so, if we’ll see it manifest/sink KIR this week.

  • Stubenville

    “I don’t like flowers… Moss is perfect.”

    • WhiteOprah

      Really.  And didn’t she watch Season 2 and how Andre got raked over the coals for his moss dress?  Didn’t he go home for that?  

      Where is Andre?  He’s our little lamb.  

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Andrae…last seen weeping quietly in a corner booth at Red Lobster after Tim gently but firmly told him that they could no longer “make it work” as a couple.

        • WhiteOprah

          A friend and I will still randomly ask “Wherever is Andrae?” and crack up.  

          BTW, we’re 34.  

  • NDC_IPCentral

    Daniel is SO good – he’s a problem solver, and at least in the way that he’s photographed, he offers his suggestions graciously and warmly.

    • alula_auburn

      I know!  His mustache originally made me wary, but I’m finding him very charming.  Like I want him and maybe Uncle Nick to host an advice show or something.

  • Stubenville

    Max Headroom couldn’t finish his garment in the last episode and now he’s weaving fabric?  Is he delusional?

    • MilaXX

       yeah, and he’s been circling the drain for a minute. Either this is his farewell episode or this is his redemption edit. My money is on farewell.

      • Stubenville

        I hope you’re right, but he may just glue a bunch of crap on a muslin shift at the last minute and squeak by.

        • MilaXX

          looks like he lives to mismanage time once again.

  • Jasmaree

    “We’re cohesive because we’re using hardware and floral.”

    Really, Patricia? Really?

    • notdorothygale

      “and we’re all human”.

      • lessax3

         And the models are all women…

        See, they are fine.

      • ThaliaMenninger

         ”and we’re all on the planet earth” “and we all breathe oxygen”

        • Stubenville

          And they’re all carbon based life forms! Brilliant!

  • MilaXX

    Late to the party because I have real wine instead of virtual. Someone gifted me a bottle of Sutter Homes. Not too fancy, but it works with my dinner salad.

    • Stubenville

      [waves hi]

      • MilaXX

         waves  back!

  • Polka_Dotty

    Who is your girl? Where is she going? What time of day? What month? Indoor or outdoor? Figure out who your client is and dress her. People, it’s not that hard.

  • notdorothygale

    Looking at the designs so far, I’m reminded of “Brazil” and “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome”.

  • Stubenville

    I have Lambs Ear growing here mi casa.

    • Call me Bee

      Oh me too.  It really loves the winter. 

    • l_c_ann

      My husband, who knows the difference between grass and trees, heard that Lambs Ears were used on the skirt and wondered out loud why a hardware store would stock lambs’ ears, maybe as dog chew toys.

  • notdorothygale

    Benjamin, the contest is building garments. Not looms.

    • alula_auburn

      “It’s Project Runway, not Project Loom!”

      • Stubenville

        Try “Project Time Management”

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I wonder if B/M specifically looks for designtestants who emit whiffs of time management problems because they know they will invariably melt down/collapse in some dramatic fashion.

  • lessax3

    Well, the Dream Team may save the others simply by them having two models with incomplete outfits. 

    • Polka_Dotty

      Can they send more than 2 people home? ‘Cause I have a list of 8.

  • MilaXX

    Ooh she’s pretty. Why have I not noticed Joe’s model before?  I miss when the models were actually treated as part of the process.

    • Polka_Dotty

      They would join Heidi on the runway in their little brown slips and barefeet, and you could just feel the chemistry between the designers and their models. I miss them, too.

      • MilaXX

         we knew their names. How can I feel bad for a person who is little more than a prop?

  • Stubenville

    Is Dog Sweaters getting the loser edit?

  • alula_auburn

    When Patricia said she didn’t want to see any “moss exposed” I had a BAD American Horror Story flashback.

  • notdorothygale

    And about at this point in the competition years ago – when it was just flowers – we had hysteria and fun in the workroom, hot gluing leaves to muslin, Daniel with his beautiful moss (?) and floral dress, and Santino’s impression of Tim who walked in just in time for embarrassment and merriment. Remember when?

    • alula_auburn

      “What’s happened to Andrae?”

      • Stubenville

        He’s at Red Lobster.

      • notdorothygale

        “Our little lamb”.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      As soon as I saw Stanley’s dress I flashed back to Chloe Dao and her mountain of leaves that she transformed into a dress-with Kara’s help, I think.

  • NDC_IPCentral

    Y’know…. I’m liking the teamwork requirement – we see some thought processes and joint creativity.  Joe’s problem solving, Daniel’s suggestions.  Synergy and sharing.  I think this is enjoyable.

  • alula_auburn

    AH haha, the passive-aggressive “dreaming” is AMAZING.  I will incorporate that into all my criticism from now on.

  • Jasmaree

    Don’t even need to see the full runway on this one: Dream Team wins, just from the peeks we’re getting.

    • notdorothygale

      Some of the peeks made me gasp (in a good way). Others…not so.

  • formerlyAnon

    I am waay late and not able to watch the show in real time, but I have to say: This bar is very, very much as I would imagine the company cafeteria at Mr. Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.

  • Wendi126

    Yeah!! He said smokey eye! 3 times! Smoky smokey smokey! My husband and I take a healthy drink whenever smokey eye is said

  • Susan Crawford

    So delightful to be back at the TLounge with the PUFs and BK Brigade after a bit of a hiatus. Still on chemo, but the outlook is good – so I’m indulging in a glass of Veuve Cliquot (or two) to celebrate. Bette – Divine Bette! I’m going to don my mermaid tail and tell the Harlettes to fetch more bubbly while I belt out a few truly golden tunes in celebration. Glad to be back, commentariat! There’s no place like TLounge – there’s no place like TLounge . . .

    • notdorothygale

      Welcome back, Susan! We celebrate your positive outlook with floral tributes!

      • Susan Crawford

        Thanks so much! I really feel so fortunate to have dodged not only a bullet, but the whole darn firing squad. Despite the chemo/radiation side effects, I am generally feeling strong, and in 60 days, I hope to hear two important words: “You’re clear.”

    • NDC_IPCentral

      Welcome back, Susan!  How good to hear that you have a promising outlook.  I’ve missed you and am so heartened by your news.

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

      Susan, it’s good to see you back!  You deserve to have a glass or two of Veuve Cliquot. Be well.

    • formerlyAnon

      So happy to hear that the outlook is positive! Enjoy every sip, compadre.

    • Call me Bee

      Yay Susan!  Enjoy your well-deserved champagne. 

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Great to have you back, and so happy that you have a good outlook! Tipping a virtual glass of bubbly in your honor, dear!

    • l_c_ann

      Susan,
       
      Do you know how good it makes us feel when we hear good news about other BKs, even if they are cyber friends?  Thank you for sharing and I’ll click my heels for you, if I can find my red high heels.

  • blondie65

    Kinda like Michelle how that we’ve seen more of her….sarcastic with just the right twist of bitchiness.  Hope that doesn’t mean she’s out.

  • Jasmaree

    There’s no way they’re letting Patricia’s monstrosity go without a comment.

  • notdorothygale

    Nina biting her lips to keep from bursting out into guffaws.

  • Polka_Dotty

    I would wear Kate’s cupcake dress as a wedding dress. So romantic. I love it!

  • Polka_Dotty

    Oh, boy, Ben sure redeemed himself.

  • MilaXX

    I  like cat sweater and cupcake dress. I’m meh about Freida Kahlo.
    Dream has the strongest collection once again. Ben is safe. My money is on Amanda for the auf.

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

      I could see the Frida Kahlo in Patricia’s dress when she mentioned it.

  • notdorothygale

    Dream Team FTW. Gorgeous.

  • Stubenville

    Dream Team may finally win one.

  • OrigamiRose

    I do like Patricia but woo, does she bring those crazy eyes.

    KIR looks like it will lose this one, even though they had a lot of strong looks.  That cupcake dress is to die for.

  • NDC_IPCentral

    WOW.  This was very imaginative – both teams!  Great visual interest.  I want to see the pix tomorrow from Our Boys so that I can really study each.

    Dream Team was more cohesive, but Team KRIL was exuberant and pushed ye olde envelope of invention.  GOOD episode.

  • EveEve

    Samantha’s dress was incredibly creative with the leaves underneath the scrim skirt. 
    Really smart move picking Dior ’50s as inspiration designer and era. And then sticking to a similar color range.

  • Call me Bee

    Love the dress with the mini-blinds!  Actually –  liked a lot of them.  Remember in season three when all the looks were green?  These are all so colorful!! 

    • Stubenville

      Bee, as I recall the problem was the small budget on that challenge; the designers couldn’t afford a large number of flowers, so most resorted to leaves. I think someone denuded a ficus tree!

  • WhiteOprah

    Stanley’s dress is gorgeous!  

  • Stubenville

    Moss dress auf. Not sure about the win – several good contenders out there.

  • blondie65

    Wow…Dream Team really brought it.  Props to Stanley.  I have a feeling Daniel may be on the bottom…The Divine Ms. M’s face when his walked was not good. (and he was the timekeeper….never a good sign).

  • Jasmaree

    Almost winning=losing

  • blondie65

    And of course Ben talks first.

  • Stubenville

    Max Headroom needs to STFU. He barely contributed to the team win.

    • ChristinaRi

      So true

    • alula_auburn

      If they give him a win for that stupid loom, someone should spit.

    • EveEve

      And no credit to Stanley for coming up with the Dior inspiration?!  Maybe it got edited out, but for shame!

      • BuffaloBarbara

         Yes, that’s what I noticed!  And you could see Stanley noticing it, too.  That was bizarre and not good sportsmanship.

  • OrigamiRose

    So if there’s no losing team, can the auf be from either?  (Or did I miss them explaining this already?)

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      No, they said there was a winning team, and then phrased the other one as a “not as good team” or something passive like that.  So yeah, it was just a nice way of saying “the losing team.”

      • OrigamiRose

        Thank you!  I sense that if the Dream Team were not on a losing streak, this might have been declared a tie, but the judges wanted to finally give them an official win.

  • rolacus2

    Samantha’s should win to be honest <3

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      Yes!  And she wins!

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I’m quite pleased for Samantha, especially after the comment about Layana’s being better finished. Perhaps it was, but Samantha took the unconventional materials and ran with it!

        • CozyCat

          Samantha did the best job combining the flowers and the hardware to produce something that was more than either would have been alone.

  • Call me Bee

    Tu FTW.  His outfit looks like a suit with an excellent print skirt. 

    • Jasmaree

      I feel bad for Tu. He barely gets any screen-time. It seems as if they don’t want to acknowledge his existence.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    Is it necessary for Patricia to always have a look on her face like she’s Bobby Moynihan about to do a pratfall?  

    I think Samantha should win this one.

    • carolclark12

       I’ve been feeling under the weather with a sinus infection, and I’m sitting here the morning after, reading the clever comments and smiling.  But, when I read this, I laughed so much I coughed for minutes.  It was well worth the pain.  I will never be able to look at Patricia again without seeing Bobby Moynihan.  Thanks!

  • notdorothygale

    This episode has reinstated my joy in watching creativity run rampant with a minimum of drama. As Nina said, “Bravo”.

    • Polka_Dotty

      Or, “Lifetime.”

    • OrigamiRose

      Could this be “Project Runway: Season Redemption”?

  • Stubenville

    Random Female Blogger must just be a chair filler.

    • notdorothygale

      Yeah, she certainly doesn’t appear to have any fashion sense.

      • Stubenville

        I was shocked when she finally got a line.

    • Polka_Dotty

      She’s the Man Repeller. I posted a link to her blog earlier.

      • alula_auburn

        I’m surprised they didn’t feed her a line about Joe’s sweater.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    I feel bad that the whole team threw Amanda under the bus.  I know they didn’t particularly want to – it didn’t come from a place of malice.  But her dress came together really well, it was a great look up there.

    If anyone should go home, that hot mess that Patricia sent down the runway should send her packing.

    • Peeve

       I don’t really understand why the judges seemed to give Patricia’s dress a bye. It was my least favorite along with Joe’s.

    • Polka_Dotty

      There’s no reason to make them vote someone off the island. I mean, under the bus. This shouldn’t be like Survivor. That said, of course it’s easier to gang up on one person; more votes for that one means less chance that someone will vote you off. Nasty business. This should be based on the designs, not what went on in the workroom.

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        I just wish the judges would knock off that, “Who should go home?”, because that’s where it all came from.

        • BuffaloBarbara

          I absolutely hate that.   It’s a waste of screen time that could have been used giving more details about the clothes, and they don’t listen on top of it.  It’s sheer drama-mongering, and it’s annoying as hell.

          • 3boysful

             You said it, Barbara–HUGE time-waster.  And once we name a potential auf-ee, it’s in everyone else’s best interest to also name them so as to be a candidate less-likely for auf-ing themselves.

        • Call me Bee

          Absolutley.  It’s as though they just can’t make a decision, so they put it on the group.  For once, though, they listened to the team–then disagreed and made the right decision. 

          • CozyCat

            I think they ask the silly question to incite DRAMA! 

             Lifetime must be annoyed–they set up the whole team thing to up the drama, and instead it’s putting the emphasis on the creative process and smoothing over the conflict.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ginny-Ellsworth/534496198 Ginny Ellsworth

          I wish one of the contestants would say “You, Heidi. I think we should vote you off.”

    • http://twitter.com/uyeahu Michelle Wilson

      I can completely understand why they felt that way. When you’re working on a team and there’s a single member who is constantly sucking all the momentum out of the room it hurts everyone. She’s like a lead weight in their hot air balloon.

  • dschubba

    “This is PR and we have to send someone home” 

    I miss the days when that was actually true.

  • formerlyAnon

    You guys! All these happy comments are inspiring actual pleasant anticipation for my on line watching tomorrow!

    Be still, my heart.

    • notdorothygale

      Enjoy…this is one I would re-watch, and that hasn’t happened in years and years.

      • NDC_IPCentral

        Me, too.  I’m longing for the instant repeat from Bravo days.

  • Call me Bee

    Just becasue Amanda was struggling does not mean her look was the worst.  Patricia’s was way worse, I thought. 

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

      Patricia’s was awful and it was completely uncommented on!

      • 3boysful

         I agree.  It looked like a Rose Bowl float rather than a garment.

  • blondie65

    well damn.  This has been a really enjoyable episode.  That, I was not expecting.

  • ChristinaRi

    My question is why do the judges seem to give Patricia a pass all the time.  Is she the new Anya?

    • rolacus2

       no, because she’s legitimately good with a unique perspective. Her past 3 outfits ranged from good to great. This one just happened to veer off into ping wu territory. they probably took her past entries into consideration compared to joe and amanda

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I agree. This design just didn’t gel into a really complete garment;it gave off the vibe of a craft project to me. Given her previous efforts, the judges gave her a pass.

        • l_c_ann

          And she fits the older lady demographic as well as being an ‘artsy’ does her own fabric sort.  Being a Native American probably doesn’t hurt, either.

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

        Her last outfit was bad. This outfit was terrible. Not buying it. The producers like her because she’s grating and will eventually cause a designer to lash out at her (probably Michelle). 

  • Jasmaree

    Samantha? Really?

  • rolacus2

    Samantha’s dress is one of the best I’ve seen in recent seasons. Totally fabulous.

  • ChristinaRi

    Yay Samantha!

  • MilaXX

    I feel like Samantha’s dress is what Daniel’s wanted to be.

  • Stubenville

    Dog Sweaters goes back to the pound.

  • alula_auburn

    oh, man, it’s going to be Team Keeping it AWK-WARD

    ah, cat sweater Joe, you were just starting to grow  on me.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    And Joe the Crazy Cat Lady goes home for sending something ugly down the runway – which is as it should be.  I’m glad Amanda didn’t get sent home for needing help and still turning out a reasonably nice dress.  

    • http://www.facebook.com/jon.kahrs.9 Jon Kahrs

      Bingo.  This is a team effort.  If someone needs help and it works out ok, which it did- then move on.  I thought that whole team was stabbing her in the back and discouraging discussion to resolve creative blocks.  She is certainly not as high maintenance as Benjamin   

      I like Joe’s personality, but I think Zac was absolutely right -His problem was not taking his design far enough.  His design was supposed to be about the future, which means there are no real limits on a material challenge.  He could have taken that design into a whole new realm.  I think he is more quirky then avant garde.

  • MilaXX

    wow! Really? I thought Amanda’s was much worse than Joe’s.

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

      I thought Patricia’s was the worst, and am amazed there was no comment on it. 

  • Jasmaree

    WTF, judges?

    “We love all of the looks today! But, Joe, you’re out because it was unflattering. Giant cupcake dresses and shifts with huge hip flounces, however, are so slimming.”

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

      See, I get the panniers and the cupcake dress, because at least there’s a fashion statement being made there. BUT PATRICIA’S WAS UGLY DRAPED CRAP! What the hell? Not even a comment on the totally thrown together nature on that? 

    • Indovina

      Giant cupcake dresses and huge hip flounces are so slimming, though. Exaggerating the narrowness of the waist and general slimness is actually the point of their existence.

      Or they are when they’re done correctly.But, on Daniel’s dress, certainly, the panniers were placed too high and in an odd spot, which was decidedly unattractive.

  • EveEve

    aw bummer -Joe is a good guy and a talented designer.

    • AthenaJ

      I just wanted to give him a big hug, he seems like such a sweetie. Hope he succeeds out there in designland!

      • CozyCat

        I suspect he’s the type who either ends up managing a vintage clothing store or becomes a famous cutting edge designer.

  • BuffaloBarbara

    Oh. And bye-bye, geeky Joe.  Sigh.  I kind of agree that he had the worst thing on the runway, but he also solved Amanda’s problems, so it doesn’t feel quite fair.  Oh, well.

    There was a lot of creative work out there today.  And less gluing crap on fabric than usual.  I think I’d have gone with Layana’s over Samantha’s for the win, but I liked everything on that team.  Benjamin just gets special points for building a loom and actually pulling the thing off.

  • OrigamiRose

    WTF is that?  Is there a Keith-like scandal to be revealed?

    • Stubenville

      Perhaps someone hid horticulture books under their bed. Or hardware catalogs.

    • Laylalola

      I was a tiny bit scandalized knowing the judges were not being clued in to the fact that the only reason Amanda had anything presentable on the runway was because of (G.I.) Joe’s amazing last-minute creative suggestions.

  • nosniveling

    fun ep!  Like Joe a lot, too bad.
    that who should go home business is krap.

  • alula_auburn

    What the hell, Tim?  What is this drama? Is there a SCANDAL?

    • notdorothygale

      Maybe someone (shudder!) brought in a PATTERN BOOK!!!

    • MoHub

      I’m guessing that Joe might not actually be auf‘d due to the overall quality of both teams’ work.

      And we will see a double elimination down the road.

  • NDC_IPCentral

    Joe was very sweet in his auf.  And mature, too.

    These are, basically, all very decent, nice designer/contestants.  I LIKE that!

  • Call me Bee

    Oh poor Joe.  He has such a different esthetic–they just didn’t get it.   He reminds me of that guy who didn’t know who Cher was–he was sweet and certianly a compentent designer, but they just didn’t understand him.  Bye, Joe.  :(   

    • http://www.facebook.com/sue.e.anderson.9 Sue Ellen Anderson

      When the designs by the Keeping It Real team came down the runaway, I thought ‘Oh, finally.  A win for the Dream Team.  Theirs has GOT to be better!’  And it was.  I thought Patricia’s was by far the worst of the designs by the first team.  Those old flowers dripping off that dress.  And I love flowers!  They looked depressing the way she used them.  The exquisite designs were on the Dream Team.  They should have gotten higher praise and the KIR Team should have been the acknowledged losers.  JMO.

    • Stubenville

      These judges wouldn’t get Rei Kawakubo either…

  • http://twitter.com/uyeahu Michelle Wilson

    That felt like watching Heidi kick a puppy on the runway. And no, Joe’s garments aren’t the most flattering or practical but Amanda is a creative succubus whereas Joe has creativity to spare.

  • OhSayNow

    They really need to do more two day challenges, it actually gives them time to be creative instead of just racing to get finished.  

  • EveEve

    Country Western next week.  Flashback to season 9 where they had to design for a band called the Sheepdogs  One look (Josh?) walked the runway with the pants split up the ass – and didn’t even lose because Olivier’s floral chintz shirt look was even worse!  It was all so bad it was funny.

    • Stubenville

      And Bert’s dye didn’t set properly so he ended up with purple fabric!

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

       The split ass was– gasp!– Anya’s.

      • EveEve

        egad, right you are!  Here’s the link  http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/2011/09/pr-comedy-tonight.html   
        Still can’t believe she not only did not go home, but won the season.  That could have been the show that jumped the shark.

    • dschubba

      My mind went to Leanne and Korto in Season 5.

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

      The difference is that I fucking love Miranda Lambert and people actually know who she is. 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H3XBSNN3JLZWI4R2EPZ2BQYT5U Suzanne S

        I actually had no idea whatsoever who she is. When I saw the preview. I  had assumed she was a country singer, since that’s a genre I know literally nothing about, nor am I ever exposed to it.  A quick internet search confirmed my theory. 

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

          I’m from the south and I grew up on country music. She’s pretty much the most badass female country singer out there and I adooooore her.  ^_^

          Perhaps I’m in a bubble here in the south, but everyone who follows country music knows who she is. Her and her husband (Blake Shelton, another country singer) basically stole the CMAs this past year. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H3XBSNN3JLZWI4R2EPZ2BQYT5U Suzanne S

      That episode was an all time classic to me if for no other reason than some of the “INSANE” (TM Kors) outfits that walked the runway. In spite of it being in my personal top 10 (for my amusement factor, if nothing else), it’s also memorable because before the show (and after)-I had never heard of the band they were designing for. The “Sheepdogs” were pretty good sports about it all, IIIRC.

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

    I liked the output for this challenge. I wouldn’t have given the win to Samantha, tho. I thought Stanley’s was amazingly well crafted, and he generated so much movement. Tu’s was pretty good, too.

    There was ass that walked down the runway, too. Daniel’s was pretty bad, I though. Tumors. 

  • http://twitter.com/uyeahu Michelle Wilson

    I hope the producers are taking notice that a TWO DAY CHALLENGE resulted in a fantastic runway show and there was still plenty of drama. Aside from Joe going home instead of Amanda, it was a perfect episode that I will rewatch at least once. 

    Does Michelle remind anyone else a bit of a young Catherine O’Hara?

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

      I can see a bit of resemblance to Catherine O’Hara.

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

      Yeeees. 

  • AthenaJ

    Money + Time = Awesome Designs. Who knew??!! 
    Is there a way we can make this happen for more than ONE episode?

    • Laylalola

      When Heidi was so impressed with the results this episode, I kept worrying that the producers are going to figure it’s some fluke or attribute it to something other than the obvious.

    • EveEve

      The whole season is already in the can.  And I get this gut feeling that this is the last season.

  • Laylalola

    There is something about the Project Runway cosmos that requires anyone who saves the day for another contestant to be sacrificed that very episode.

  • guest2visits

    What a pretty and somewhat girly lounge.. I feel like I can get cupcakes or soda fountain drinks and maybe face paint my girlfriends
    while getting sloshed at the most exclusive prices!
    So this seemed a very chatty, personality driven episode – ALOT of talking about each other.. so and so’s work style, work ethics and
    what everybody likes about everybody else, or not.    And the teams are now grouped differently.. essentially new teams which I guess
    have to toil under the past performances of one of two flags. The names are interchangable.. yet they will somehow matter in the
    judging process?   Anyway, both groups manage to work ok together (too bad Lifetime!) so we get alot of clips with quips.
    I think Daniel made a terrible look this time around; the tumor-like cabbages were so distracting, I thought he might be in the bottom.  I also thought Patricia’s was a bit messy and the feathers were just extra junk left in. It’s funny she chose to run down
    Amanda’s developing design when she and so many others completely changed the original concepts on their dress forms. I saw lots
    of designers having second thoughts about their concept, including the winner; Samantha.   I also thought Joe was in the bottom;
    his design reminded me of a clown costume, I didn’t like the colors or the strange shape.
    I liked Samantha’s – especially the silhouette and the way she used the metal mesh to build the peplum. But I Iiked both Stanley’s and
    Layanna’s more; they were my top three.  I think I would have given the win to Layanna for the creativity with the straw-webbing.
    And I didn’t see anything special about Ben’s weaving, on my screen; I have no idea what pattern or detail it had.

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

    There were good designs this episode, but I can’t believe that no one on Team KIR (oh can we rename them after drinks? Team Kir and Gin Team?) threw Patricia’s BUTT UGLY garment under the bus. And it wasn’t even in the bottom? WHAT THE HELL?
    Layana’s was gorgeous. Loved the net. Would have given her the win. Not opposed to the actual winner, but it felt trend-based, as many recent decisions, rather than imagination base. 
    Also, I felt like Leandra Medine was surprisingly quiet. I love her blog, I’d have expected her to come to the defense of some of the crazier designs. 
    But I still think Patricia’s was awful, ugly, and should have at least been COMMENTED on (and, in my opinion, should have gone home). She ain’t all that. I sympathize with Michelle – Patricia’s annoying as hell. 
    Also, I don’t care (or get) what the judges said, I liked HipsterInGlasses/Joe’s sweater-flower dress. It had a McQueen-esque feel (the straight-jacket dress from one of the more Japan-inspired collections; same “dripping” wisteria type flowers; same color scheme). CAN’T BELIEVE THEY SENT HIM HOME. Bullcrap. 

    • Melvis Velour

      Great analysis but I think we all knew deep down that he was destined to be early season roadkill.  I really liked his stuff – totally off the wall and didn’t really give a rats patootie if people didn’t get where he was going which I really respect.

      What a boring ass season….

    • EveEve

      Seems to me that  Patricia is one of the Chosen Ones who will not be auf’d no matter how awful her work is. It has been pre-determined by the producers.  Just like Anya.  So, with that in mind, I just watch it all unfold to its inevitable conclusion.  And I won’t be surprised when she is in the finals.

    • alyce1213

      I felt the same, that the judges (who are frequently fashion sheep) go for what the current, or recently-past trend is — in this case PEPLUM.  They spew “fashion-forward” but that’s really not the case, or they would celebrate someone like Joe, who has a different vision.

  • http://twitter.com/amndad amanda lynn

    first: I LOVE YOU, BETTE.
    second: Someone on my fantasy team was on the bottom; but was safe!  Thankful!!

  • ZnSD

    FUCK. What a bunch of bullshit. Joe was auf’d? After he saved Amanda’s shitty astroturf dress? And he made a beautiful sweater dress. FUCK THAT BULLSHIT. That shit that Amanda did was garbage.

  • EveEve

    discus grrr…

  • MoHub

    I think if anyone got a pass based on past performance, it was Daniel. I love Daniel, but I couldn’t take my eyes of the tumors on the front of the skirt—and not in a good way.