TLOunge

Posted on March 07, 2013

Darlings, we’re feeling low-key, intimate, and Parisian at the moment.

La 25ème Heure, Paris

Pack your clove cigarettes and meet us there.

Guest judge Chris Benz, Nina Garcia, Zac Posen and Heidi Klum

Yadda yadda yadda.

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Yadda yadda bo badda bananana fanna fo fadda .

Talk amongst yourselves. We’re tapped out (obviously). Our book is coming up on deadline and we’re scribbling and editing furiously at the moment.

 

Our prediction: We’re talking about reality television here, which means a significant number of these attention whores probably never got over high school. A meltdown is inevitable.

Your prediction is to pick who’s most likely to tell a sob story about their own prom and then, well, sob.

 

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

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  • http://www.facebook.com/samuel.j.donovan Samuel Joesph Donovan

    CHRIS BENZ AND HIS PINK HAIR!!

    He’s going to be SO much fun. I can feel it.

  • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

    I’m banking on Amanda for total meltdown.
    I’m taking over an armchair and ordering the champers.
    Who’s in?

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

      Et moi! And I just got chewed out recently for smoking cloves from time to time since I quit actually smoking cigarettes seven years ago, and I promised that I wouldn’t do it anymore, so I have one left, which I’ll be enjoying tonight and discontinuing forthwith, in an effort to prevent blood clots in my legs. Paree!

      • 3boysful

         Moi, bien sur!  And I concur re the Amanda meltdown.

        • GorgeousThings

          Well, given that she’s probably the only one who actually WENT to prom, I wouldn’t be surprised. She’ll probably melt because she didn’t get elected queen.
          I’m so evil. :)

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

          Bon Soir!
          She so narrowly escaped last week, she’s gonna lose it soon.

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        Light on up, and have a seat. This promises to be a hot mess tonight.

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

          Heh, thanks. Methinks a woman can handle a small cigar now and then, but one doesn’t want to piss off their manimal. I am now officially on team I Don’t Like Amanda, so I am hoping there’s some way they’ll re-position the teams and her and Patricia can go down in a blaze of ill-conceived notions tonight.

          • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

            Oh I do like how you think.

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

            It happened! Just not how we would have preferred, eh?

          • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

            Promise me that you will only ever use your powers for good.

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

            Promise made. I feel no remorse for Kate, but I am sorry for Tu, although he was admittedly far too deferential.

          • l_c_ann

            Tuesday night on Face Off they had a double elimination and it was wonderfully cathartic.  If only PR had the fortitude to off two this week and none somenight in the future.

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

            Yes, now would be a good time.

          • Indovina

            A double elimination might not be a bad thing indeed.

            On the topic of Face Off, though, I have to say that this week’s double elimination would probably have been more cathartic if this season weren’t: “Anthony. And some other people are there, too, I guess.” (I’m not thrilled.)

          • NYCGlamourpuss

            Oh, but I love Anthony!  The slobbering from the judges is well deserved!

          • Indovina

            Oh, no, I don’t disagree! I just wish that there were more real competition.

            The only other real standout to me is Eric F. and he suffers from the same problem as Roy last season, only even more so. He’s incredibly creative and ambitious, but, as Glenn has pointed out, he overreaches and the final product suffers dramatically. Take, for example, the giant challenge, which he actually won. It’s an outright amazing accomplishment, given the time frame, but – objectively – not even in a made-for-TV movie on Disney or Nickelodeon….

            When I compare it to last season and all the great work from so many people (most of Laura’s work, Nicole’s later work, especially her cyborg, Sarah’s pirate, etc.), I can’t help but be disappointed.

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        did you, or anyone, ever smoke beedis?  not sure on the spelling, but they are some sort of indian tobacco product, rolled in a beedi leaf (or some sort of leaf) and tied with a little string if memory serves.  they were quite the international thing to smoke, back in the berkeley days.  and gave quite a boost, if i recall.

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

          Yeah, I tried ‘em when I was a kid. Didn’t like the actual leaf wrapped around it, because I felt it didn’t burn evenly. But yes, if you were a certain type of disdainful pre-hipster, you whipped those out and put everyone else to shame with their machine-made whatevers.

    • tinyredlocks

      Underemployed me is is! Hey, yall!

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        Welcome to the fold, M’dear.
        What none of these designers will be prepared for is how unashamedly snarky these prom going girls can/may be. Nobody does vicious like a teenager.

        • tinyredlocks

          Thanks, Kiltd! I’m more of a lurker, but I am here every Thursday!
          And yes, those teen girls can be awfully bitchy. I blame it on the hormones. And the fact that some of them were raised by wolves.

          • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

            Trust me, the boys are just as bad. I think it’s that at that point in our lives we have developed the vocabulary to inflict great harm, but without the social filter we develop later on.

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

             Jockeying to determine who will serve and who will eat.

        • 3boysful

           Do you think anyone will balk when Patricia tries to give the the Native American spin on the duct tape prom dress?  Or will Patricia make her own duct tape?

          • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

            Yeah, watching her try mightily to spin it somehow should be interesting. Plus, prom dress,as a category doesn’t really seem like her métier.

          • NYCGlamourpuss

            Duct tape fringe…. I’ll bet that’s gonna be a sight to see!

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

           I would love to see that — really snarky clients. Too bad we can’t have them design for T and Lo and some of the BK’s.  Bartender, can I have something light and fruity? It’s full out spring here today.

          • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

            Oh but if they failed with TLo and the BKs they would not only dissolve in tears, they would be reduced to little piles of smoldering ash.

            TLo and the BKs? Sounds like a band name from the 80s.

      • UsedtobeEP

        Yep. I like the lighting too. Which means, darker the better.

    • Call me Bee

      No champagne for me this evening.  Just some apple juice, please, for me and the Dear Grandson this evening.  :)   We’re bonding over “How to Train Your Dragon” but the TV will be mine at 8pm!  
      So–just saying Hi and see you next week.  I left word with the bartender to put all BK/PUF champagne on my tab tonight.  Have fun!

      • CozyCat

        When the little angel is fast asleep, you can sneak out (virtually, of course) and have a double tequila!

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        Have a great time with your grandson, Bee! And thanks for picking up the tab, you’re a treasure.

      • NDC_IPCentral

         Next week will be here in a blink, except for the interminable work days in between…. ;-)

  • GorgeousThings

    Ohfergawdsake, Lifetime, come up with an ORIGINAL idea for once, will you? Kids have been doing duct tape prom dresses for years, better than what I saw in this preview.

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      Can you sense the bottom of the barrel being scraped here?

      • StellaZafella

        Where I come from, Duct Tape doesn’t go on the outside…

        of anything.

        Barman: ice in a bitters and ginger please…(I won’t insult you, you gorgeous thing, by speaking in crippled French).

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

          Bless you for that compliment.
          And honey, that’s what translator apps are for. Saves me a lot of struggle when I get stuck.

  • lexilexi

    I haven’t watched a single episode this time around, and I have to say that I’m not missing it.  The TLo recap on Fridays is all I need to give me a little PR fix.  Withdrawal was never so easy.  I’ll still take a champers with you SF man.

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      Delighted you can join us!
      (Hands over chilled glass of bubbly stuff)

  • spititout

    Casual dress day for Nina in pedal pushers…or bike to work?

    • StellaZafella

       Nah…I say it’s just Nina digging at Heidi…this is Nina’s version of Short, Tight and Shiny!

  • MilaXX

    Amanda will have a sob story for sure. Maybe Kate as well. 

  • kimmeister

    I doubt Tu was in the US in his teen years, so he’s out.  My bet’s on Moustache.

  • NDC_IPCentral

    Don’t even know what the challenge is – prom dresses? 

    Man, my Junior Prom was so utterly dreadful and equally so for my best friend – we double “dated” though “date” was not what was going on.  Stone-snubbing, on the other hand, from our escorts was.  We sat on a settee the whole damn time until one of the teacher chaperones corralled two boys in our class (very small prep school; very small class) to ask my friend and me to dance.  We didn’t like those boys, and they didn’t like us, but I will always think well of Gary and Bruce for doing the gentlemanly thing 46 years ago.

    I didn’t even go to my Senior Prom; went with another close friend and her parents to an amazing Tony Bennett performance at The Roostertail, the supper club back in Detroit waaaaay back then.  And even though I knew, as a 17 year old, that Tony Bennett was really nifty, I still wanted to be at that wretched prom.  If I could only turn back the clock so that I could have given Mr. Bennett the appreciation from me he deserved.

    So… prom dresses are freighted with bum memories for me.  Picture me scowling at the tube tonight.

    • StellaZafella

         My junior prom: Zilch.
        But I took myself to my senior prom because I had enough friends then not to need to ‘fake a date’. I was openly queer and the captain of the football team (straight/lifelong friend since the 50′s) acted as my personal bouncer…and even danced a fast dance with me to break some faces…his girlfriend loved it – and I felt lucky.
         A new teacher asked my why I was there “alone” and I replied: “I’m not alone, I’m with myself…and if I play my cards right, I MIGHT take me home and have my way with me!” It was great having my reputation precede me…the other chaperones just laughed and explained to the poor idiot who I was.

      • NDC_IPCentral

        Good on ya, Stella! You had great self-possession for a teenager, and you exhibited healthy, mature confidence.  Hope that teacher learned something that night.  What you did, however, never would have occurred at My Fancy Private Day School way back when.  Some kids’ grades/classes were good (my brother’s three years below me); others were not ( my sister’s four years below me – every bit as clique-y and judgmental as mine – she left after two middle school years and went to Very Good Suburban High School since we’d moved into the ‘burbs, and she then fared much better).  Luck of the draw. 

        I really do admire your senior class style, girl.

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

         I offered to go with a friend who was gay because  he was the only gay guy in school so it wasn’t like he could really take a date (At least, the only one who is out to this very day) just to run interference for him if necessary.  He opted to ditch instead, saying he’d prefer I not get blood on his rented tux from decking some ass. 

        *I never actually hit anyone or drew blood… though I’d imagine a few of the guys I dressed down would have preferred it.  Hey, they should have been better people.  (I had a rather unpleasant temper in those days, and I STILL can’t stand to see anyone pick on someone weaker than themselves)*

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

      I only went to my junior prom so that I could make my own dress for it. It was in Tokyo, because I’m a Navy Brat. I made the dress with my mom, went long enough to have dinner, and blew out of there for some drinks at the clubs. I was WAY TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL. So were you, it would appear. Bum memories be damned.

      • NDC_IPCentral

        Sarah, I was not too cool for school – I was an insecure little prig, I’ll admit it.  But I attended a very insular, class-ist, elite day school that could be very cruel.  If you were in, you were golden, but if you were out, Siberia was your realm with no reprieves.  A fine, fine education, but socially, the place left scars.

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

          Aw. Sorry, but the Tony Bennett concert makes you cool, whether you like it or not. Nobody wasn’t insecure in high school – some people just hid it better than others. And your scars are what made you who you are, so while it hurt to get them, you are better for it, I’m sure. Look, you hang out here, don’t you? Pretty cool.

          • NDC_IPCentral

            That which does not kill you makes you stronger, but the slights experienced in one’s youth do make an impression.  I’m  46 years older than I was for that mid-winter (I’m recollecting February) Junior Prom, and 45 years older than that Senior Prom (yes, it’s a Reunion Year, and I don’t plan on attending).  Lots of water under that bridge of life, with ups downs, triumphs and failures.  What is good is that at more schools now there is no absolute pressure to bring a date – going to social functions is more a group activity, and I think that’s healthy.  That just was not the norm back in the mid-60s, though.

            And, yes, it is WAY COOL to be hangin’ in the TLOunge.

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

            I am in a reunion year, also – 20th. I didn’t bring a date because I was busy dating fellows that were of legal age to serve in the military in an attempt to infuriate my high-ranking father, to no avail (he couldn’t have cared less what I did). I understand what you mean, though. Even 20 years ago, there was not much pressure to bring a date, or not for me, anyway. Certain girls seemed to feel it, but I purposefully cultivated the old “if you don’t care about it it can’t hurt you” attitude long before prom came around, so I just went with a coed group.

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

            I went to Junior prom with a bunch of girls – we paired up and got each other corsages, had dinner as a group, had our picture taken and just had a blast. Plus, I got to wear a beautiful vintage dress that I snagged from my aunt. I personally think we had more fun than any of the couples there.

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

            I’m sure you did. Sounds like a blast!

          • Qitkat

            Amen. To everything you said.
            I never went to a prom, junior or senior. So true about the mid-sixties, going alone or with a girlfriend just wasn’t done. But the disappointment hung on for a long time. Even now, the song At Seventeen just kills me, I cannot listen to it.
            And I have never gone to any of my reunions either. My best friend and I hold our own personal reunions every five years or so. We graduated together, but have lived across the country for many years now.

          • NDC_IPCentral

            I agree with you completely.  Some of those early-in-life friendships, if nurtured, stand the test of time quite wonderfully.

            I had a reunion two years ago this coming May in Chicago with three girlfriends of mine from Our Big Ten University; we all lived on the same dorm floor for the first two years and met each other the first day we moved into the dorm, in the cafeteria line that evening for dinner, and it was kismet.  Had a fabulous time with all of them – we stayed in a glorious Gold Coast B&B with a floor and two suites all to ourselves, just had a blast.  A much more meaningful reunion than mouthing platitudes or snarkiness at high school classmates would be later this year… or five years from now when the big Five-Oh Reunion occurs (assuming I’m still alive…..).

          • Qitkat

            Project Runway may not be alive, but you may very well be, and for a lot longer than that. Serious health issues certainly do make us contemplate our own mortality, as does getting older, but modern medicine continues to amaze with treatments once unthought. And besides, your value to the TLo and Bitter Kitten community just kicks damn cancer’s butt. Stay positive, my Internet friend.

          • NDC_IPCentral

            You made me mist up.  Thank you, my TLo gal-pal.

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

             My two best friends are girls I knew in junior high.  The only difference is we spend less time sleeping at each other’s places now. 

          • AnneElliot

            Which Big Ten school did you attend?  Not my alma mater, Northwestern, by any chance???

          • NDC_IPCentral

            No, not an Illinois school.  I’m a Wolverine.  We chose Chicago for our reunion because one of our quartet lives in the Chi ‘burbs and another had lived in Chi for nearly 30 years and was a great guide for our perambulations.  I hadn’t been there in decades, too, so it was a wonderful opportunity to see the Art Museum, the Field Museum and the Frank Lloyd Wright studio and houses in Oak Park, among other sights.  We’re hoping to do it again in a few years.

          • CozyCat

            Early one Sunday morning in college I was playing Janice Ian in my room.  A guy from down the hall (co ed dorm) knocked on my door and asked if I was OK because he heard what I was listening to.

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

             My mom went with a girlfriend in 66 — but her school had the policy that you couldn’t bring anyone who didn’t attend the school and she was already engaged to a guy who was a few years older.  There were a lot of girls doing the same thing for the same reason there.

            I skipped prom — seemed to me like it was going to be spending an entire night listening to crappy music with people I couldn’t stand the rest of the week or people that I could hang out with any other time for free. 

            The most interesting prom system I’ve seen was a school near my hometown.  Small Catholic school.  They do a lottery for prom — every kid who wants to go gets a date from the lottery, you aren’t allowed to take anyone else.  Shockingly enough, there’s not really any stories of “I got someone I hated and he was a total dick all night.” And it’s voted on by the class every year and they always vote to continue it.  When they have an uneven number of boys and girls, they just assign some of whichever has less 2 dates.  It apparently started due to a lack of guys during WWII

          • EveEve

            No such thing as a prom at my all-girls English boarding school, but my kids, who went to U.S. city public schools, did the full-on prom scene.  They all had nominal dates, (mostly for the photo-ops) but it was more of an excuse to dress up and party, rent the limo, etc.  No duct tape dresses, but I’ve seen some pretty amazing ones on the internets.  

    • l_c_ann

      So no one besides me had the “You’ll go with the first boy who asks you or you won’t go” rule from your ever so proper parents?

      Prom with someone loathed was miserable.

      • NDC_IPCentral

        Ann, no boy in my class (31 girls, 19 boys) asked me.  My date was a kissin’ cousin from across the state.  My folks arranged it with his parents (who were my siblings’ godparents).  His whole family came in for the weekend, and I confided about the fiasco of an evening to his sister, who’s a lifelong dear friend/practically sister to me, that night.  I fixed my best friend up with the boy across the backyard fence, and I swear, though those two guys had never met, they caucused and decided to not dance the whole evening.  Humiliating.  Them were harsh days back in the mid-60s.

        My ‘non-dancing date’ still is a kissin’ cousin, and he was two years behind me at the same law school 7 years later.  I see him only every decade or so, and I do love him because of everything else, but I’ll always hold that night against him, though I’ve never discussed it with him!

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

        I almost didn’t go my senior year until I asked an exchange student that I’d sort of been dating – he went to another school. No one believed he would be my date, since he’d had his picture in the paper for basketball and because he was an outrageously good-looking blond viking from Norway. It was great to walk in to prom on his arm and have everyone stare.

        • MilaXX

           I missed my junior prom because I turned down the guy who asked me because I was hoping another guy would.

  • Louise Bryan

    Tapped out or taped out?  Prom dresses from duck tape?  I think this show jumped the shark a while ago, and would likely be better in reminisces than current reality.

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

      Actually, this challenge is one that’s been going on in the DIY/craft world for some time. Duck Tape sponsors it (obviously) and people design prom dresses/outfits to compete for a $5000 scholarship, plus the winner’s school gets $5000, too. It’s really popular. That’s why there’s been an expansion of the colors and prints of duck tape in the past few years. Google it and you’ll find all kinds of interesting garments.

      And as an aside, a popular sewing blogger who lives in NY was shopping at MOOD recently and was assisted by none other than PR Season 10′s  Kooan (aka Frokémon), who apparently works there now. 

      • 3boysful

         Hmmm . . . I can’t recall whether Frokemon actually selected good fabric in his short season.  Do we want him assisting us at Mood . . . ?

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

          In his short season, Frokemon had excellent technical skills with sewing and fabric, but the judges just didn’t like his aesthetic. 
          And then he quit. Sad day.

          • OrigamiRose

            Oh yeah, he quit right after the lady split in the middle of the night.  What ever became of her?

          • Lisa_Cop

            I saw her last week on our local NYC 24 hour TV channel, NY1. It was a profile of a political/charitable organization that she runs. It took me a few hours to place her because the profile had nothing to do with design (or any other art). Again, shows how little “reality” there is in reality TV.

          • OrigamiRose

            Holy cow.

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

          Well according to her, he helped her find a gorgeous red silk gazar for a dress she’s making. From the pics she posted of it, it looks lovely. It wasn’t clear whether or not he knew what he was doing though, since she was originally looking for silk organza. It might have been a case of knowing that the gazar would do what she wanted it to better than the organza, or it might have been that he thought it was just a more opaque organza. I just find it amusing that he works there now, proving that you can make connections for a job almost anywhere.

      • UsedtobeEP

        You are right. Duct tape is very “in” right now. Check out Pinterest and you will see tons of crafty things you can make with it—I even pinned a purse I might try to make for my niece to win some coolness points. Because she has two other aunts, and I have to be the cool one!!

      • AnneElliot

        He does work there!!!  I was in NY over the Christmas holidays and we visited Mood.  I didn’t realize until afterward it was him.  I asked another salesperson and they confirmed it was him.  The store was really busy and I couldn’t find him after that.  

        But one of the highlights of the trip was seeing AUSTIN SCARLETT eating in the same restaurant for Christmas dinner!!  Sadly, I was too embarrassed to ask him for a photo or an autograph.  I’ll be kicking myself for a long time.

        • Lisa_Cop

          I find not everyone wants to sign an autograph but saying “I love your work” or how you loved them on their show is appreciated.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F73LIJ3SJGI5AJQMXMWXCKILHI Pamela

    According to the promo, “Project Runway hasn’t lost a step” and Tim Gunn says “this is the best season yet”.  I find both statements very difficult to swallow.

    • StellaZafella

       That’s where the liquor comes in, dahling!
      There’s plenty of drinking game fodder here: Take a shot (or a scoop of ice cream, in my case) every time Patricia reminds us she’s native American…or Amanda realizes she doesn’t know what the hell she’s doing…or ol’ what’s her face blames her lousy design skills on being on the loser teams all the time….

      see how easy that is? hee,hee!

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

        I believe you mean MEchelle!
        I am also taking the time to advertise my favorite nickname for Kate: the “Bitchernational House of Pankokes”, or B-HOP for short. 

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        We can’t take a drink every time Patricia reminds us she’s Native American! We’ll be shit-faced by 9:05 PM EST!

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      I weep that Tim Gunn has begun telling us bald-faced lies.

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

        I think the real Tim Gunn is tied up in a dark basement in Mood and the magic of 3D animation gives us the one we see on TV.

        • NYCGlamourpuss

          It’s a hologram, not unlike Princess Leia in “Star Wars”!

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

            “Help me, Bitter Kittens. You’re my only hope. *kshht* You’re my only hope. *kshhhttttt* You’re my only hope.”

          • NYCGlamourpuss

            Freaking fantastic! (*Sniffle*)  I’m proud of you!

      • CozyCat

        He probably figures that there’s no point in trying to hold back a tsumani.

    • Stubenville

      What that means is “I’ll say anything to keep the checks rolling in to pay for my Chelsea co-op.”

      • Lisa_Cop

        Upper West Side Co-op (he lives around 89th street, just east of Broadway. I live about 6 blocks away and sometimes see him food shopping.

        • Stubenville

          Did Tim move? I remember seeing an article a while back, and I thought he bought an unusually shaped duplex in London Terrace.

    • UsedtobeEP

      But you know, it hasn’t been nearly as bad as I thought it would be. Less drama, more focus on the design, some interesting challenges, better critiques, and the right person going home more often than not. It may never be the fresh new thing it once was, but I don’t find myself having the urge to throw things this time out.

  • Imasewsure

    I haven’t had an urge to watch any of this train wreck, but if it’s about prom dresses, I have to tune in… High high school drama among drama queens is not to be missed (and if it’s boring, I can always turn it off!).

  • OrigamiRose

    A French Martini seems perfect for this venue.  And keep them coming!

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

    What a delightful place for an intimate gossip fest!  Or discussing the latest disaster of PR.  Champagne?  Why thank you!

  • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

    hi everybody!  i’m starting work on a big photo/fabric piece due at the end of the month, so won’t actually be joining til later.
    also, just had a thoracic epidural injection yesterday so we’ll see how the working goes.  just got up at 3:00 pm pac time.  of course amanda will go nuts, and possibly michelle who seems to think see’s not getting enough attention YET so she may bring out some emotional big guns.  kilt’d, keep an eye on that situation for me and enjoy the champs for me.  think it’ll be hot toddies and hydrocodone for me after work.

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      Of course I will!
      You just keep on keeping on. I sure understand about creative deadlines.

    • NDC_IPCentral

      Yow, I can hardly “like” that treatment.  Hope the discomfort is transient, SLeah.

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        thanks for the sympathy vote.  i’m on chronic pain management, so it’s all a matter of degree,  that said, it was a little more pain than i expected.  that thoracic area just hates to be violated.  in a few days, the steroids should kick in and i’ll be a bit manic, which i’m looking forward to.

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

           Now I’m annoyed — I didn’t get any sort of productive mania from steroids!   All I got was a chance for a hidden infection to blossom into a 104 degree fever!  ;P  I’m totally going to lodge a complaint the next time I’m in the office that I got the crappy kind.

          • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

            hi, shannon.  i have kind of an unusual reaction to steroids.  i was given oral prednisone in the past for severe asthma, and i had a psychotic reaction.  after it was all over (about 3 weeks), my doctor said that 4% of people who take oral steroids get what’s called “steroid psychosis”.  that’s a lot of people if you consider it’s a commonly used drug.  it was the scariest thing that ever happened to me.  i thought, among other delusions, that there were snipers outside my house trying to kill me.  so, no more oral steroids for me.  now when i get a spinal injection i have a mild manic reaction which is pleasant for me, except i can’t sleep!  anyway, that may be tmi, but i do love to talk…

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

             I have that reaction to morphine (and codeine gives me night terrors) — I have been known to attack nurses.  One I actually tried to bite.  It’s unfortunate.  I know where mine came from though; I had it as a local and they OD’d me to the point I couldn’t do anything voluntary — couldn’t talk, couldn’t move, couldn’t even tell them, and couldn’t mention that it wasn’t doing anything for the pain so I got to feel everything they did — for about 10 minutes.  Now I tell them not to give it to me unless it’s in an epidural, which is no problem, or synthetic forms, because I react fine to those.

          • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

            wow, it’s interesting how each of our bodies respond so differently.  i always wondered if mine was related to heavy LSD use when i was young.  aren’t you glad we have tlounge, where we get to talk about ourselves a bit?  thanks TLo, love and kisses to you both.  you work so hard for us minions.

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

    My prom is next Saturday!
    Will it be fun, fellow BKs?

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

      How are you having prom in March? But yes, it will, if you go into it with the knowledge that it is really just a high-school dance, and should be nice, and a chance for everyone to be good to each other. And make sure you do everything you can to not be self-conscious – just let go and have a good time. Tell some folks they look nice, and mean it. Dance your butt off. Take a goofy picture. Don’t drive drunk. Be happy!

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

        Because our prom is mega-freakin’ early, that’s why.
        Will try to enjoy myself. Not a huge fan of dances, but hey, this is the rare one that all us ugly nerds are socially compelled to go to, so at least my friends will be there.

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

          Ah, then you can have a nerdy dance-off – the best kind. And if you like fashion, which I assume you do, since you are here, then is this not your chance to shine? Be a Sharp-Dressed Man, my friend.

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

            Custom tux, shoes bought weeks in advance, and I picked a stylish date as my accessory.
            I will be THE Sharp-Dressed Man.

            Now if only I could be less self-conscious. 

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

            I send you a Virtual Valium in the form of this mantra – “I owe no one in this world an apology for who I am, and I owe myself, my date, and this tux a good time.”

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

            “Shouldn’t care how fun prom is, you can always get wasted at the after-party.”

            GOT IT.

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

            You can always get wasted anytime. Getting wasted grows monumentally boring the more you do it (not to be a buzzkill) so just remember that actually being able to recall some stuff is worth it, too. That being said, yeah,  prom is just a blip, and there’s a world of kick-ass partying to be done afterwards and for the rest of your life.

          • NYCGlamourpuss

            (*Nods wisely in agreement*)

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

            Haha, well my “cool” reason for going to the after-party is to get hammered, but the real touchy-feely lame one is that I want to be with my senior friends who are graduating.

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

            Hammer it up safely, youngblood.

          • CozyCat

            And with time you will learn that drunk and stoned people are incredibly boring to be around.  So if you learn to imbibe moderately, you will attract more interesting people and ultimately have a better time.

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

             No driving with anyone who has had even a sip.  If you’re going to pass out, do it face down so you don’t choke to death.  Make sure to hydrate well and know the signs of alcohol poisoning.  And anything requiring a chem lab to make IS NOT YOUR FRIEND. 

            This is your PSA for the evening. ;P

          • NYCGlamourpuss

            Wow!  Nicely done, have a wonderful time!  If anything, you’ll be the best dressed guy there!

          • Peeve

             From someone 30-odd years away from proms, the cliques are all gone at this point. A lot of the people we all thought were so cool in high school peaked in high school. Many people who never made a dent in the social strata are doing amazingly well. It’s hard to see it at your age, but it’s really all pretty insignificant 5-10 years down the line. Have a great time, dance your ass off! (And, for bonus karma points, pick out a couple of girls who aren’t dancing or looking like they’re having a terrible time to dance with…)

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

           Ours used to end up mid-March occasionally too.  All of the schools nearby coordinated both prom and homecoming so that everyone had it on a different day, so that students could take dates from other towns — an important measure when 90% of the student body are cousins… (You have no idea how much I wish I was kidding about that…)

      • 3boysful

         Sage advice, VIctor.  Listen to Sarah and have a blast.

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

          I will! :)

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      Only if your cat wasn’t put to sleep the night before your prom, Victor!  (May 1981 – R.I.P., Hobo the cat)

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

        Rough! Did you go?

        • NYCGlamourpuss

          Ohhh, yeah, sure did.  I didn’t want to, but my Mom talked me into it.  Plus, it wasn’t like I had to impress a crush – I went with my best male friend.  The boy I liked wasn’t interested in me, and my date didn’t have the nerve to ask the girl he really wanted to go with, so a week before we decided to go with each other.  So, at least there’s no one like your best buddy to understand a situation like that!

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

            Still, a pall on your evening. Unfortunate. I got entirely too liquored up before, during, and after, and have almost zero recollection. I am not too sorry, because that’s the story of my last three years of HS and I am over it, but I would, in retrospect, liked to have gotten a picture in my dress.

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

            Ergh, that totally happened a couple weeks ago.

            Best girl friend and I both wanted to ask the people we liked.After days of pussying out, we settled for each other.

          • NYCGlamourpuss

            You know, you’ll still have fun, even with your buddy!  32 years later and he and I still tell stories about what a bizarre prom that was!  When I met his wife, that was the first story we relayed to her.  ”Ohhhh, god, first our crushes didn’t want to go with us, then the cat was put to sleep, etc., etc…” I honestly can’t wait till his 5 year old son is old enough to appreciate that story! “So, R.J., when your dad and I went to the prom…”

          • alula_auburn

            For what it’s worth, whenever I’ve compared prom stories with people, the best ones were almost all friend-dates rather than crush-dates.

          • MilaXX

             I went with a friend too. Last minute we went to the after prom and had more fun there than the actual prom. Went to iHop for breakfast then home to crash

  • http://CallMeJane.com/ CallMeJane

    What?  Only one?

  • rainwood1

    My prediction?  I won’t care what happens in this episode one way or the other.  The designers don’t inspire, the challenges don’t inspire, and the judges are either producer puppets or just pulling decisions out of their asses.  I wouldn’t even remember to watch PR if I didn’t see the T Lounge post.

    • 3boysful

       ”The designers don’t inspire”

      Seriously!  Where have all  the individual characters from the early years gone?  I can never remember anyone’s name in these recent pitiful seasons.

      Perhaps the powers that be need to revisit the PR casting mission form the early years and see where they’re going wrong.  Yeah, like.

      • NDC_IPCentral

        Excellent point, 3boysful, I don’t remember contestants’ names either.  Sheesh.  I remember that during the late summer of 2006 I was writing elaborate e-mail recaps of Season 3 shows, with pix, and sending them to my young niece in Kenya… she was entranced, and I was, too, because I was quite caught up in the characters, especially Laura Bennett, Uli and Jeffrey Sebelia. and, of course, crazy Vincent.  That season had Robert Best and Malan, too.  Wow, a lot of talent and personality back then.

        • SRQkitten

          Thank you 3boys and NDC, for making me feel better. I thought my brain was just on overload from a host of workrelated stuff because I could not remember the names of the designers at all this season. I just thought I was seriously disinvested but apparently this is an affliction common to bitter kittens who remember fondly past (bravo) seasons.

          [le sigh]

          srq

  • Pennymac

    I’m, here; I’ve had to lurk the past few Thursdays because my little netbook and Disqus do not get along sometimes. IMHO, duct tape dresses are a craft, not a design. Grrr. Lifetime.

    • OrigamiRose

      IMHO, duct tape dresses are a craft, not a design.

      Which means Patricia (of the Cray Cray Eyes) could bring it home.

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

        “I love this challenge! On my RESERVATION, the CHIEF of our TRIBE would make our TEEPEES out of duct tape! Did I happen to say that I’m NATIVE AMERICAN?! DID I?!?!”

        • NYCGlamourpuss

          BWHAAHAHAA!!  That’s fabulous – and I’m betting on it!

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Just ginger ale for me, please.  No alcohol with the pain meds I’m taking.  I took a tumble down a flight of stairs and I feel like I got hit by a bus.  This episode looks like it will cheer me up, however.  :)

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      Oh, holy crap!! Are you okay?

    • 3boysful

       So sorry about your tumble, darling.  Here, we’ll pull up one of these padded setees and get you all cozy.  I’m not sure we’ll find an afghan/throw at this bar for you, but here’s your ginger ale!

    • NDC_IPCentral

      Yow, that has to hurt a lot, LOT.  Be glad you’re ok, I hope.  Brother-in-law of a dear friend took a tumble down the stairs at home and damn near died – broke important stuff (can’t remember whether it actually was neck-related) and had to undergo a lot of physical therapy.  Falling down stairs scares the bejeebers out of me, having done so a time or two in my unsurefooted past.

    • MilaXX

       ouch sending virtual ice packs your way. Feel better!

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

       Ow!  I hope you feel better!  My mother has the world’s most dangerous steps — the house was built in the 50s, so I don’t know why the stairs are the wrong size, but if you wear over a size 6 shoe, your foot does not fit.  I have to do the ballet first position bit just to get down them, and I fall all the time. 

  • marilyn

    I vote for Amanda.  She has been slowly but surely revving up for the big meltdown.  If it’s tonight, they can then eliminate her next week.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    I’ll watch, but I’m still bitter (as only a Bitter Kitten should be!) over my lovely Benjamin’s aufing last week!  I’m still debating what style of mourning I should adopt for the rest of the season – Jackie Kennedy in her black Givenchy suit with the veil over the face, or should I go full-on Miss Havisham?  On the one hand, Jackie is always a classic.  But on the other hand, with Miss Havisham, there’s enough cake for everyone!  (*Logs into Lifetime website to Benjamin’s picture.  Lays flowers down on the screen.  Sits and watches flowers slide off onto the keyboard*)

    Who has the meltdown?  Going by the clip (and hoping!), I’ll say Amanda (a.k.a. “Backstabbing Dirty Pirate Hooker Who Throws Teammates Under The Bus After They Try To Help Her”.)

    Can maybe possibly Patricia PLEEEASE finally go home tonight?

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

      What’s sad is I would be happy to see Patricia, Amanda, or Michelle go. I would also not give a hoot if Stanley left, either, but I just think he has a bo-ring point of view and demeanor. Maybe duct tape will bring out some heretofore unseen strokes of genius that will make me care about these people, but I’m not holding out hope.

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        I don’t mind Stanley, but those other three are the top of my hit list, especially Amanda after last week!  

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

          Amanda after every week. She is trying to cover poor skills with bluster, and it doesn’t work. Begone, Miss My-brother-is-famous-and-I’m-seething-with-jealousy!

  • DeTrop

    I’m prepared with Absinthe over ice and Galouise ciggies.  Let’s go!

  • lintvedta

    Awww we were just talking about The Name Game around here–that’s too funny!

  • 3boysful

    I am concerned about high school kids voting on our poor designers.  HS girls will go for whatever dress is strapless and tight (a la Say Yes to the Dress), their guy friends–straight ones, anyway– will vote the way the girls tell them to.

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

      You just described what Heidi votes for ;)

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

        Heidi: “I love THIS dress!”
        Tim: “Heidi, that’s the physiology classroom’s female anatomy poster.”
        Heidi: “But she’s showing so much sexy skin!”

        • NYCGlamourpuss

          Victor, man, you’re on fire tonight!  Another great one!  :-D

  • Stubenville

    I zipped over to Laduree for a virtual croque-monsieur and a couple of raspberry macaron. I think  glass of Champagne is in order to wash it all down.

  • Stubenville

    This whickety-whack challenge is right up Princess Water Lilly’s alley. Will she be able to pull out a win?

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      Bite your tongue!

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

      The next episode, Tim will sheepishly announce the Native-American challenge.
      Behind the scenes, we will see a producer pull off his mask and it turns out that he’s actually Anya Ayoung-Chee, cackling maniacally.

    • EveEve

      Isn’t it kind of hard to make fringe out of duct tape?  Or maybe she is going to make her own duct tape?

      • Excellence_and_Elegance

        She will use traditional Cherokee war duct tape.

  • Funkykatt

    Put that book in my cart right now!

  • OrigamiRose

    *pours another French Martini*

    Please, let tonight be the night where Mean Girl MEchelle gets sent packing back to PDX.  I’m sure her exit interview would be a masterpiece of cognitive dissonance and passing the buck.

    • Stubenville

      I’ll drink to that. Cheers!

      • OrigamiRose

        Salut!

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

      I really want to think the same thing but she’s the one who made my favorite finalist/decoy….

      • OrigamiRose

        NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

        Although then again, aren’t all but two or three of them finalists/decoys?

        Maybe next season, they should just kick-off with the entire cast having a runway show.  

      • Qitkat

        You know, I’ve already forgotten the fashion week looks and which ones I hated and which ones I could just tolerate. It will be a surprise all over again when they are finally revealed, and Tom and Lorenzo rip them.

    • alula_auburn

      Yeah, listening to her annoys me way more than looking at what Patricia does.  And Michelle’s design skills are not nearly enough to compensate for her obnoxiousness.

      • OrigamiRose

        I agree.  Patricia has shown skill, albeit limited in terms of a complete fashion designer vision.  Michelle?  I can’t remember a single garment she’s sent down the runway.

  • zelavie

    Oh, THAT’s why they auf-ed Ben.  They ran out of rent for the extra room!

    • Stubenville

      As good a reason as any.

  • alula_auburn

    LOL forever at “What is that?” “It’s a duck!”

    • OrigamiRose

      I was kind of hoping Fred would take a dump on Heidi’s foot.

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        You read my mind!

      • alula_auburn

        Are ducks as bad-tempered as swans?  (I have limited experience with waterfowl.)  

        • OrigamiRose

          Ha, this I don’t know, but seeing the duck did make me think of Larry David clubbing the black swan to death on Curb.

          • Qitkat

            I have a friend who told me a story that on R&R in Thailand, during Vietnam, a bunch of the guys got drunk, and captured a swan, and cooked it. They got in an unbelievable amount of trouble. Although it’s really not funny, the way he told it was hysterical.

  • NDC_IPCentral

    Wow, Heidi looks harsh.  Bad hair, weird gold lace dress, badly fitting bust.  Geeze.  She needs a Stacy and Clinton intervention with the first step being going to The Town Shop for a brassiere fitting.

  • Sweetbetty

    Isn’t that a goose?  Not a duck?

    • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

      nope it’s a duck.  smaller, shorter legs and neck, different beak and different sound-  geese honk!

      • Sweetbetty

          OK; I didn’t think ducks had necks that long.

    • CozyCat

      “Why a duck?  Why not a chicken?”"

      • MoHub

         Somewhere, Chico Marx is smiling.

        Lasciviously.

  • Polka_Dotty

    I hoped maybe they were going to be using generic “duct tape.” Nope, product placement rears its ugly head.

    • Stubenville

      Of course.

    • OrigamiRose

      Did you see the recent Onion piece on the Top Chef product placement?  Spot on, and along the same lines as PR.

  • Stubenville

    “It’s a prom dress! What can go wrong with a prom dress?” Oh, Snidley, you poor fool.

    • zelavie

      Foreshadowing much?

  • OrigamiRose

    Christ on a cracker.  It’s not teams anymore, it is pairs.  When was the last group team challenge?

    • MilaXX

       At least they actually have to work together this time instead of making 2 individual looks.

  • MintaHallWriter

    Michele & Amanda already bitching over not getting any gold. Two most likely to go home…

    • Polka_Dotty

      It’s a pretty nasty move, taking all of the gold out of the collection. What can you do with silver duct tape. It looks just like duct tape?

      • Stubenville

        It is a competition after all. Nobody would have said a word if they had taken all the fluorescent green.

  • Stubenville

    Michelle, STFU.

  • Polka_Dotty

    Stanley and Layana are probably the best pair. All the others are out of balance.

  • Sweetbetty

     OK; I didn’t think ducks had necks that long.

  • snich11

    Samantha’s nose ring is YUCKY!

  • NDC_IPCentral

    “Aesthetic,” “aesthetic”…. – no, it’s your vision, your style. “Aesthetic” really, to my mind, is an adjective: “concerned with beauty, artistic impact or appearance.”

    But, as a noun: aesthetic – “the study of art or beauty; that which appeals to the senses.”

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

      Also, designers, there’s an “h” in it. “Aesthetic”, not “Aestetic”. Ugh. At least pronounce correctly the word you’re using incorrectly!

      • MoHub

         Without the h it refers to self-denial in a hermit-like way. I don’t think this crew denies itself anything.

    • Stubenville

      It’s PRT –  an anesthetic is probably more appropriate.

    • Jasmaree

      Meh. Words change meaning depending on how people use them. As long as you and most people can understand, it doesn’t really matter. Words are how they’re used.

      • NDC_IPCentral

        Words and their precision are my business, so I really take umbrage at sloppy usage.  Yes, I understand to a degree what these people are attempting to say, but for the love of Webster, it would be nice if there was some erudition displayed.  And words used incorrectly can precipitate disastrous consequences.

        • MoHub

           I think I love you. You are saying what I’ve been saying for years now. And what scares me is that people care so little, the job of copyeditor—my job—will become obsolete. Glad I’m almost old enough to retire.

          • NDC_IPCentral

            We may be dinosaurs, MoHub, but we have standards.  I’m an attorney, and imprecision is the short and straight path to Big Problems – loss of property rights and more.  I really take firm exception to linguistic laxity.  A “kinda/sorta” attitude is not what you want in building bridges, reading a doctor’s prescription or orders, or directions to a destination.  Intellectual rigor is not an evil, it is a virtue.

            Man, I’m as cranky today as I was yesterday!  And I’m counting down the years, months and days to retirement myself.  Apres moi, le deluge, et vous, aussi!  And then we won’t care.  Well, we will, but not as much.  Maybe.

  • zelavie

    The arrows pointing to Amanda’s age made me laugh!

  • EveEve

    Cammo prom dress?!  Oh Michelle – that will be in your suitcase on your way out the door.

    • OrigamiRose

      If only she had prevailed, although a houndsooth prom dress does not sound like much more of a winner.

  • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

    here i am !  done working and ready to medicate.  the sudamericana, whatever her name is, should speak for herself when it comes to showing skin.  high school girls indeed.  glad to see amanda and michelle are paired, so when psych emergency arrives they can catch them both with the same net.  

  • guest2visits

    It’s a fun idea, but the half day time line is not so promising.
     Yes Layana; prepare to be judged by awesome little sweethearts   – just like you.

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      Benjamin hangs out with the fans on Twitter quite a bit.  I mentioned that the one day challenges are totally not enough time.  He said that between travel time, meals and interviews, they actually only have about 10 hours total for a challenge. I mean, WHAT?  Who can create in that time frame?

      • guest2visits

        I think that’s why it seems like designers vs producers all the time.  It’s like they just get squashed with bad intentions.
        I respect the designer’s skills; they’re doing something i can’t do – I’m on their side.

      • Lisa_Cop

        Just rewatched the first 2 episodes of PR Season 1. Both were 1 day challenges. And for the unconditional challenge 1 contestant simply bought 4 plain opaque white shower curtains to wrap around his model. And he was not the one eliminated! So not everything is so bad now.

  • NDC_IPCentral

    Daniel: “Baked potato!”  Precisely!

  • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

    and is the product placement getting out of control, or what?

  • alula_auburn

    OMG Amanda of all people lecturing about pace and time management!

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      I know!  Ridonkulous.

  • zelavie

    “I don’t want it to be an arts & crafts project”

    In that case, may I suggest drugging Patricia and hiding her under the table until prom time?

    • MintaHallWriter

       Well, they could drug us viewers instead…

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        chez sleah, we already took care of that.

    • Polka_Dotty

      I’ll take Patricia over any of those 20-something whiners.

      • OrigamiRose

        Amen!

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        i’m with you!  give me a frustrated artist anytime over the mean girls.  amanda, if you are twice their age, why do you whine like one of them?

        • OrigamiRose

          I’m really hoping that Michelle and Amanda get the mean girls treatment from the experts on dishing it out, teenage girls.

      • zelavie

        Oh, I’d rather work with Patricia any day.  Just saying that if her partner doesn’t want “arts & crafts”, she’s kinda screwed.

  • Polka_Dotty

    My prom dress (actually, my boyfriend’s college prom, in 1968) was a very elegant white linen gown, with tiny accents of pink flowers on the neckline. The wow factor was a panel of white linen down the back. I wore long gloves, the color of the pink flowers, and matching earrings. No none else wore anything like it. If I could still fit into it, I’d wear it today.

    • VictoriaDiNardo

      That sounds FABULOUS!

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    That “close to tears”, slightly hysterical tone of voice that Layana always has would get on my last nerve if I had to be in the workroom with her, challenge after challenge.  

    • alula_auburn

      Yes.  And the way she whines to make her point instead of just coming out and saying it.  

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        I would love for her to go home just so I don’t have to listen to her anymore.

  • Stubenville

    I adore Snidley.

  • Stubenville

    “…without compromising our personal aesthetic.” Oh please – it’s DUCT TAPE!

  • Jasmaree

    You’re making conceptual prom dresses out of duct tape, honey. “Realistic” shouldn’t be the goal. Listen to Tim next time.

    • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

      always good advice.  and if you get kicked out, you can always blame it on him, in your own mind.

    • EveEve

      but the judges do often end up preferring the ones that lok most like real fabric on these kinds of challenges

  • Polka_Dotty

    OMG – what if the kids are “Preachers’ Daughters”?

    • alula_auburn

      Or “Restless Virgins”?  Oh, Lifetime.

  • Pennymac

    I’m actually spending more time on facebook and just keeping one eye and one ear open. Is that bad? Is anyone else bored?

    • OrigamiRose

      I hate the ninety-minute format, but this particular episode seems to be zipping by more so than most of them before they get whacked down to an hour.

    • Polka_Dotty

      I follow T&Lo on Twitter during the show. I toggle back and forth.

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        Same.

  • MilaXX

    It’s both funny and sad to watch everyone relive their breakfast club high school experiences as they make these dresses.

  • zelavie

    I really dislike the use of the word “everything” as an adjective.  ”That dress is everything” just says to me that you need a thesaurus to find an appropriate descriptor.

  • OrigamiRose

    What’s up with the “impossible to view the dresses” camera angles during the runway?

    • zelavie

      It’s SO frustrating when someone is saying “that’s so cute!” and the freaking editors won’t show us what it is that’s cute.

      • OrigamiRose

        Why bother even showing them walking at all if we can’t see what they’re wearing?  It is just so incredibly frustrating.

    • NDC_IPCentral

      The camerawork during the runway walks is execrable.  All jittery camera and strobes.  I want to see the doggone garment – front and back.  Not the designer’s name taking up a third of the screen and strobed stutter shots that may be “arty” but don’t give the finished works their due.  If we didn’t see the stills from Our Boys the day after I wouldn’t know how half these dresses really appear.

      • OrigamiRose

        Well said.  (Sorry, thanks to the Dis notification delay, I only just got alerted to your info on Tuesday!)

  • MintaHallWriter

    At least the HS kids don’t like Amanda & Michele

  • Jasmaree

    Sometimes I really wonder if Stanley is a robot. Has the man ever shown a single emotion?

  • MilaXX

    I could see a lot of girls liking Patricia and Samantha’s dress. I kinda want them to win just to watch Michelle’s head explode.

    • MintaHallWriter

       I kind of liked it too. Which probably means the judges hate it.  I have a better perspective on Patricia’s vision than most of the PUFs. And certainly more than the judges…

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        i’m a fan of patricia, too.  native american artist perspective appeals to me.  at least she’s interesting, something in short supply this season.

    • alula_auburn

      She pushes my schadenfreude buttons like nobody’s business.  And I’m the kind of person who frequently squirms during fictional comeuppances.

    • Sing4yursupper

      It’s no coincidence that the first shot of smack talk is MEchelle. 

    • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

      watching michelle’s head explode is high on my list of desires.  here’s hoping…

  • Pennymac

    Tu:  “Come on, Girls. We’re going to prom, not going to Halloween” In that accent? Too funny!

  • MintaHallWriter

     Interesting that they get to change the dresses after the HS preview.

  • MintaHallWriter

    Oh, geeze.  A “hair bow” for Michele & Amanda???
     

    • OrigamiRose

      I know, I’m flashing back to the designer back in… Season Three maybe?  Who sent her model down the runway looking like a Twinkie with a hair bow on her head.  (It was the Michael/Laura season, I think.)

      • MilaXX

         Was that Kit? Blonde lady, caused a kerfuffle because she called her size 6 model plus sized?

        • OrigamiRose

          YES, that was her, good recall!

        • Indovina

          That was Allison, but it was her. (Kit was the edgy one from S4 with the long bleached almost white hair – who, coincidentally, probably should have, but did not, win the prom challenge.)

          • MilaXX

             Ah you’re right. Thanks!

          • MoHub

            Alison Kelly indeed. And she claimed afterward that she was handicapped not only by her gigantic size 6 model—whom she chose, by the way—but by the fact that Heidi did not want another pretty blonde on set and had her auf‘d out of jealousy.

            And for my money, Sweet P was robbed on the season 4 prom challenge.

    • EveEve

      Nothing says “Punk Rock Girl” prom dress like a big ol’ hair bow.

  • EveEve

    Jiffy Pop Dress – hahaha!!!

  • MintaHallWriter

    Oh, god…jiffy-pop dress???

  • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

    amanda says “i hope the right kind of kids are there.”  first i think, who would volunteer to wear a duck tape dress to prom.  but then i think, who in the new york area high school population would volunteer to be on tv?  and i’m not clear if or how this is related to the wearing duct tape to prom as opposed to just dishing on it.  am i the only one confused?  it’ll be fun to see who’s there.

  • MintaHallWriter

    I gather from the preview that the response from the judges is, “We Are Not Amused.”
     

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    Oh, look – Patricia just made her comedic Bobby Moynihan face – quick everyone take a drink!  Aannnd, I’m drunk!

  • Jasmaree

    So…I’m the only one who likes Amanda & Michelle’s dress? I don’t think it’s costumey; the right girl could easily pull that off at prom. And when I was in high school, the ideal with clothes/prom was to stand out (but not in an absurd, over-the-top kind of way). This dress seems to fit.

    • CozyCat

      I like it a lot.  But I think it’s a really chic cocktail dress, so I’m not surprised that the HS crowd didn’t go for it.  If it had been hot pink it would have been very Katy Perry and would have won with the HS students.

    • blondie65

      No …you’re not the only one…my 19 year old just said that if anyone at her prom wore a dress like that, they would “totally turn heads…in a good way, mom.”

    • Sweetbetty

       I’m with you; I think that dress would be coveted by many hip teens.

    • Peeve

       Far from the only one who likes it! But I’m a “houndstooth whore”–I adore the stuff. Love the graphic qualities of it. I’ve been coveting a Jonathan Adler houndstooth rug forever!

    • Celandine1

      Nope you’re not,  I loved that dress.  It was fun and stylish. I thought the houndstooth pattern was genious. The black/zebra pink bow dress was costumey but still super cute. I didn’t get all the complaints in the comment section here prior to the episode starting. I thought this episode was fun and had been looking forward to it.

  • Stubenville

    I’m thinking Tu or Michelle for the auf.  And Snidley or Michelle for the win.  The judges are either gonna adore Michelle’s dress or detest it. Generally the judges will forgive cray-cray but punish boring.

  • dschubba

    I’ve heard more out of Tu in the past 15 minutes than I have all season.

    • CozyCat

      So he’s doomed.

  • OrigamiRose

    Did I just hear that the winner gets a roll of Duck Tape named after them, or is that the alcohol talking?

  • Stubenville

    Barbie pink bow. Ugh.

    • EveEve

      yes – this dress seems the weakest, and Stanley has immunity, so….
      On the other hand, Tu’s dress – no way a teen can dance in that thing.

  • OrigamiRose

    Ugh, Snidley and Hallmarq Card… it’s so… Oscar statue.

    • AnneElliot

      Yes — and Tu and Kate’s dress looks like something to wear to the Oscars, not prom.  Not fun or youthful at all.  

      • OrigamiRose

        Yes, but Kate & Tu’s is the only true “evening gown.”  It may commit the sin of being “now” instead of “fashion forward” but now is still classic.  That glitter bomb from the Nolan Miller collection should have sent Snidely or the Hallmarq card packing.

  • Jasmaree

    “The winner will get a donation made in their name.”

    So…no prize. Dont get me wrong–I love a good cause. But that charity is getting $5000 no matter who wins and it doesn’t even matter whose name it is. I could understand if they get to pick the charity, but they don’t. It’s not a prize if you don’t benefit.

    • alula_auburn

      Also, Autism Speaks is not. . .without controversy, as a charity.

      • l_c_ann

        And maybe the winner got a tax writeoff out of it?

        • pdquick

           No. It’s not her money.

    • Polka_Dotty

      $5,000 donation. How much value did this company get out of a 90-minute commercial?

      • CozyCat

         I don’t think members of the primary duct tape market watch PR, so they may not have reached as much of their target audience as Glade.
        But still, you’re right:  it came off as cheap.

  • zelavie

    No doubt which decade Snidely and Richard went to their proms.

    • DeTrop

      They dodged a bullet this week.  That dress was strictly 80′s and showed a real lack of taste.  They went from heroes to zeroes per Nina and she’s right.  

  • Stubenville

    Tu, you are a prom queen.

  • MilaXX

    Mechelle & Amanda: not really prom to me and that point is costume-y.
    Layana & Stanley: Pretty. retro
    Richard & Dan: I think the ruffles make it look a little off. This would work better as a mini
    Kate & Tu: Total pageant dress
    Patricia & Samantha: Honestly this is the youngest look out of the bunch

    • Polka_Dotty

      I really like Stanley’s and Layana’s dress, but it’s a party dress, not really a prom dress. And the pink bow reminds me of the breast cancer pink bow. (Not what you want at your prom.) However, what do I know? the last prom I went to was 45 years ago.

      • MilaXX

         Mine was 30 years ago give or take.

      • Sara__B

        The girls in my area mostly wear “party dresses” to prom. Not many gowns worn around here. But my town is small and far from urban influences.

      • CarolinLA

        Prom has much more of a party feel to it nowadays.  It’s still got a bit of a formal atmosphere but the girls like to be able to dance with abandon and not have their dresses stepped on.

      • MoHub

        I was never invited to prom, but the one I didn’t go to was almost 45 years ago. The whole emphasis seems to be very different now.

        Back in the day, the object was to show one was no longer a kid, and for many, it was their first formal affair. Girls went nuts looking for elegant gowns then—not kicky fun dresses—and Kate and Tu’s would have been right on the money.

    • dschubba

      The proportion of Richard & Dan’s is so wonky.

  • EveEve

    Patricia’s dress  - I don’t get the love from the students. 

    • BuffaloBarbara

       It shows off major leg.

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        and that mullet type hem is hot with the avant garde younger crowd.

      • alula_auburn

        And assuming you were pretty confident, I feel like it would be fun to dance in.  I think it’s a scotch short in the front, but I’m not even comfortable in shorts, so I’m a little warped.

    • Jasmaree

      I’m only 3 years out of high school and I still don’t get it.

    • lessax3

      In doing a quick google of 2013 prom dresses I can see what the kids liked about it. A big recurring style was the mullet skirt. Super short in front, long in back. They were the only one that had that style. I like theirs least but I’m approaching 40 whose girls still shop the little girls section so what do I know.

      • http://twitter.com/Kamilaahh Kamil

        *googles too* 

        Wow. You weren’t kidding about that. Okay, well, when I was that age people older than my high school crowd despaired of what we were wearing (aka, my parents =), so I suppose that’s par for the course. 

        Still weird though. 

    • Stubenville

      Probably because it’s so different… and the shortest.

  • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

    alright, amanda, have a panic attack.  make my day.  

  • Stubenville

    Again, who is the 17 year old judge with the pink hair?

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

      Chris Benz. Despite the babyface and the cotton candy ‘do, he actually has renown.

  • Peeve

     I must be too old as well. I really think it’s fugly.

  • BuffaloBarbara

    There was some costume in Grease that I’m thinking of with Michelle and Amanda’s.  The dancer that Danny Zuko danced with in the Vince Fontaine scene? (I’m scared that I’m name-checking it.)

    I’m guessing the teenage girls are saying, “LEG!!!!” with Patricia and Samantha.  Then they noticed the pretty cool textile creation.

    I like the blue one from Kate.  I really actually do.

  • Polka_Dotty

    “Dang.” So that’s what the kids are saying these days.

  • Stubenville

    Nina eyeroll! Take a drink!

    • SRQkitten

      Nina caps!

      srq

    • 3boysful

       Hey, TLo!  I realize you sweet uncles are super-busy with your book (which we’re all dying to buy), but Nina’s expressions tonite were particularly communicative. Soooooo, tomorrow, if you don’t feel like throwing up photos of ladystars on the step-and-repeat (and I mean posting, not really throwing up!), some Ninacaps might be fun . . . .  Just sayin’.

  • zelavie

    Zak & Nina bitchfest!  WOO!

    • Stubenville

      Knife fight!

  • alula_auburn

    Oh, meow!  Props to pink-haired baby judge for trying to stop that Nina/Zac cat fight.

  • http://twitter.com/urban_gypsy Tess Danesi

    I don’t know what these people are talking about. As a mom whose daughter went to prom last year and is headed there this year, every single girl wore a long dress. Every single one.

    • alula_auburn

      Yeah, I think a lot of girls definitely have sort of a traditional-princess fantasy look in mind.  

      That said, Heidi was right about how hard that dress was to move in.

      • http://twitter.com/urban_gypsy Tess Danesi

        Oh yeah. That dress was no good at all, way too old looking for a young girl. But long is what girls are wearing to prom. That said, I love Michelle and Amanda’s dress. Just not for prom.

    • EveEve

      It really depends what part of the country you live in.  Big difference between the Bronx and Tulsa. A friend of mine who lives in Tulsa sent me pics of her daughter’s prom. Every single boy was wearing a cowboy hat and bolo tie. Serious.

  • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

    i was surprised how many kids were interested in layanna and stanley’s look.  it was my least favorite going in, but it’s growing on me.  awfully busy bodice. 

    • alula_auburn

      Yeah, I wasn’t a fan when it first walked.  The pleats seemed really heavy.

      • Pennymac

         The ductape crinoline was beyond creative, though.

  • dschubba

    Wow. Nina really laid it on thick. I’ve got to give Posen some props for calling her out.

    • MoHub

       Zac has balls! Who knew?

  • Stubenville

    Nina likes the fluorescent pink bow. Of course.

    • UsedtobeEP

      I think a lot of girls would think that bow was way too Barbie to wear to the prom. This is what bugs me when they do teen challenges like this. Heidi and esp. Nina seem really clueless as to what teens would really wear. I don’t see too many of them lining up to wear a huge pink bow, but I could see a lot of them wearing a long, blue dress. 

      • MoHub

         It will be interesting to see what happens with Heidi’s eldest in a few years.

  • MilaXX

    Michelle & Amanda’s reminds me of a cosplay outfit. I’m not good with comics but I think it’s Harlequin?

  • alula_auburn

    Wow, they are cutting a LOT of slack on those cut-outs on Michelle and Amanda’s.  Lucky they aren’t too visible, because they almost give that model faux-fat rolls.

    I don’t really like the way it fits across the top, either.

  • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

    ooo.  layanna and stanley should have left that bow alone.  i could stomach it before, but…yuck.

    • Stubenville

      And yet Nina adored it.

      • Pennymac

         Tonight I’m questioning her taste….

      • 3boysful

         What gives?  Girls won’t wear long, but they’ll wear a big-ass pink bow???

        I think NOT.

  • carolclark12

    I love Zac Posen tonight.  Challenging Nina on who is more current on prom trends!

    • Indovina

      Who doesn’t love watching a man in his 30s and a woman in her 40s argue over what 16 year old girls want?

    • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

      give her hell, zac.  shake those old ladies up.

  • Stubenville

    Nina likes the mullet hem?

  • http://twitter.com/urban_gypsy Tess Danesi

    Nature oriented! Maybe that’s why Patricia’s dress reminds me of a praying mantis. I can’t believe those kids liked that the best. It’s god awful.

    • Stubenville

      It’s also the shortest.

    • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

      patricia herself said it looked like a praying mantis.

  • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

    i have to say, none of them are really awful.  and no psych emergencies yet.  oh well, there’s time.

  • OrigamiRose

    Oh shut up with the “old-fashioned,” Nina.  If I had a daughter and she wanted to wear a dress like that to a prom, I’d be ecstatic.  Just as long as it wasn’t made from duct tape.

    • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

      and it seemed like a lot of the kids loved it.  but that could be editing.  

      • OrigamiRose

        To me it was the only true “evening” silhouette.  I refuse to acknowledge that gold contraption inspired by The Breakfast Club.

        • UsedtobeEP

          Too literal, no?

          • OrigamiRose

            Just a tad.  They could not have set themselves up more for the “twenty years old” slam any better.

  • zelavie

    “The most obscene version of a prom dress that anyone could think of”

    Spot on.

    • Stubenville

      Isn’t “obscene prom dress” redundant?  =)

  • Stubenville

    Tu and Snidley in the bottom. Michelle FTW (grrrr.)

  • dschubba

    I can’t believe that the producers got Nina to whine like a toddler.

    • Peeve

       I know! Her whining “old-fashioned” irritated the hell out of me!

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

    Calling it.
    Toodaloo, Tu.

    • OrigamiRose

      Agreed.  Really thought he would go further; he seems to have the same problem as the other guy who was booted a few weeks back, a bit too milquetoasty and not able to stand behind his designs.

    • NDC_IPCentral

      I think you’re right; a shame, he’s a very sweet young man.

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

        He’s a talented one, but he needs more time in the incubator.
        His execution has always been piss-poor and he had MAJOR trouble with clients.

        He feels like a student with a lot of potential more than anything else.

  • Jasmaree

    Heidi keeps repeating that “this was a FUN unconventional challenge” like she can make it true with words.

    • MoHub

       It’s the Germanic tradition of the Big Lie.

  • http://twitter.com/urban_gypsy Tess Danesi

    What! What kind of twist is this?

  • EveEve

    whoa – double auff.

  • BobStPaul

    That was the most whacked judging I’ve ever witnessed.  I see lots of prom dresses on the street every year (as they go to dinner) and the one most likely to be worn around here was Kate and Tu’s. Seriously – Patricia’s and Samantha’s was truly horrendous – and talk about coming dangerously close to revealing the good china.  I actually really liked Amanda and Michelle’s but by no stretch of the imagination was it a prom dress.  And Layana and Stanley – all I can think of when seeing it is those old-fashioned Christmas bowls made of Christmas cards strung together with yarn.  Do they still make those anymore?

    • guest2visits

      The judges were insane. INSANE.

    • IamstillAnonymous

      The majority of girls around here still wear long dresses to prom.  I thought Nina made an ass of herself at judging.

      I had the same thought as you about Layana’s and Stanley’s dress, and yes, Bob, they do still make those old-fashioned Christmas bowls from Christmas cards.  It’s a popular craft for Seniors (and I don’t mean the high school variety).
      Patricia’s and Samantha’s was so reminiscent of a Jiffy Pop I could almost smell the inevitable burned bottom of the pan.

      • MilaXX

         Nina was wrong making a blanket statement. Girls still wear long dresses, but they don’t wear body hugging dress. They wear long dresses they can dance in, or at least sit in. They don’t wear serious dresses like what Kate & Tu made unless it had an Angelina Jolie slit in it.

        • CarolinLA

          Right.  The dress had no movement to it.  The mermaid silhouette is just not right.  

  • zelavie

    OOH!  The rare double elimination!

  • Stubenville

    They must have really detested that dress.

  • Tigerfly

    Double elimination – didn’t see that coming!

    • Stubenville

      And next episode, either three teams of two or two of three. Very neat.

      • l_c_ann

        I was just enjoying the men and (I admit) I didn’t notice how many different faces were there.

  • NDC_IPCentral

    Well, the judges shaft two nice people.

    Nice, Bunim-Murray.

  • http://twitter.com/urban_gypsy Tess Danesi

    That Tu is a classy little man. 

  • MintaHallWriter

    Wow.  Dumped both.  I didn’t think their dress was HORRIFIC…But it wasn’t really appropriate for a teenage girl at the prom.  Even I know that.
     

    • Nelliebelle1197

       It does look like Morticia’s sunny happy prom dress. Which is not a compliment.

  • DeTrop

    Maybe now Michelle will calm down.  They got rid of Kate and Tu.  I need a few minutes to digest this.

    • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

      too bad.  i was hoping her head would explode.  maybe later.   

    • alula_auburn

      LOL, I actually assumed she will become even more insufferable.  I’m grouchy tonight.

  • NDC_IPCentral

    No comments from Tim Gunn to the aufees, what’s that all about?  Hmmmm……

  • alula_auburn

    Huh. That was what bought the double-elimination?  How odd.

    Or is it just that now because it’s Project Runway Pairs they didn’t want to bother with an odd number.

    I half expect a Michelle interview where she insists somehow Patricia should have been sent home anyway.

    • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

      was there a double elimination recently on top chef?  there was one on a major reality show.  oh wait, it was ru paul’s drag race!!!  is project runway trying to keep up?

    • Sing4yursupper

      I wonder how many minutes into next week’s show it’s going to take MEchelle to crow about how SHE won, and Patricia lost. 

  • zelavie

    I guess they really need an even number of people for the next challenge.  Which, by the way, I am now very much looking forward to.

  • BPlease

    TERRIBLE fucking decision.  Terrible.

    Are you fucking kidding me, judges and producers?  A dress that looked like something worn to the inaugural AVN awards is an appropriate prom dress in 2012/13?  Fuck that noise.  Richard and Daniel are out of date in a HUGE way.  **Who** is seriously interested in them as designers, not dressmakers? 

    • OrigamiRose

      I hate to say it, but I agree.  Their dress was truly “old-fashioned.”  Tu and Kate’s at least had an evening silhouette that is, regardless of what Nina thinks, contemporary and elegant.

      • Melvis Velour

        I recently went prom gown shopping with my niece and EVERYTHING that the girls were trying – and more importantly what was selling – were long and with the same silhouette as Tu and Kate’s.  She bought this amazing bubble gum pink strapless number in the same shape which for the first time made her look like a grown woman.  Her mom – in between sobs of happiness – said “…my god, you look like a woman” and K turned around grabbed her boobs and said “I AM a woman!”  That’s my girl!

        I so enjoyed watching the truly annoying Richard and the Countess of SoCo have their little love fest ripped to shreds as it was indeed a horrible dress and should have been the one to go BUT, they’re still in cannon fodder mode and haven’t squeezed everything out of those 2…

        • OrigamiRose

          Awwww I love that story.  Maybe I’m the old-fashioned one (sorry Nina!), but I do think – in general – that teenage girls view dressing up/older as something that one does in a long dress.  Doesn’t mean it isn’t sexy, womanly, or boring (although, the KaTu gown could have benefited from a more inspiring color).  I can see a lot of girls liking the top three dresses for a lot of events; a prom?  Except for Patricia’s skirt that straddled the long/short conundrum and gave it an evening edge, I think not.  There was nothing remotely formal about the winner or the Barbie concoction, although both were technically beautiful and fun to take in. Although length trends may vary, prom traditionally means “formal.” Short, swingy cocktail or play-date dresses generally do not meet that description.

          I have a feeling that Kate’s description of why they chose that silhouette – what was it, so that a girl could take a picture with her dad while her date still went “dang!” – was very spot on in terms of its appeal to young ladies like your niece.  I bet she looked spectacular that night!

    • CarolinLA

      They let two guys stay who made a reference to Molly Ringwald’s dress in Sixteen Candles.  A movie from 1984.  I’m a little speechless.

  • EveEve

    ohhh. ..  Emmy Rossum AND beefcake. I’m so here next week.  ’nite y’all.

    • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

      i adore emmy rossum.  if you don’t know what i’m talking about. check out shameless.

  • NDC_IPCentral

    MAJOR SHARK JUMPING next week.  SHEESH.

    No shame, Bunim-Murray and Frau Klum, no shame, obviously, whatsoever.

    Ugh.

    • Polka_Dotty

      For the highly-coveted male stripper demographic. Tear-away pants?

      • OrigamiRose

        G-strings.

        Wait, is that what male strippers wear?  I have no idea!

        • notdorothygale

          Too bad they didn’t combine concepts…”make a g-string out of duck tape”. Talk about tear-away garments….

    • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

      i’m sure heidi will enjoy the beefcake, in her current situation.  ooo that was catty.

      • MoHub

         About as catty as a cougar.

    • CozyCat

      In their defense, I’m not sure it’s more tasteless than the female wrestlers (“I feel like the Pope at a strip club!”)  And that was classic PR.

      I wonder if we’re all (and I include myself) in that space where anything that a certain person does really offends us because we totally can’t stand that person.

  • dschubba

    I’m glad I’m not working late next Thursday night, ’cause next week’s is gonna be a disastuh.

  • Kaonashi

    So, they get rid of two nice people and keep that Michelle. Ugh.

    • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

      just hope, along with me, that her head explodes.

    • donegal_ribbon

       Yeah, too bad it’s not Project Nice People.

      • Sing4yursupper

        No, it’s Producers’ Runway.

      • Susan Collier

         They’re not here to make friends, just make passable clothes and really annoying confessionals.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1314915676 Harvard Bridges

    Based on tonight’s results, I think the concepts of “prom dress” and “duct tape” don’t really mesh well. The duct tape idea really pushed most of the designers to make interesting dresses, but nowhere near something one would see or wear as a prom dress.

    I can smell some producer manipulation here… The look I liked the least was Daniel’s and Richard’s, but the way the judges talked about them was in a way that they were clearly judges’ pets, and I could tell from the get-go they were not going home tonight. Kate and Tu will be missed, as they were probably my favorites. I will say that I did like Michelle’s and Amanda’s the most, even if it was a too far out there to be a prom dress. But again, duct tape.

    In other news, we now have our eight designers! So we’ll get to know who made which finale collection!

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

      Yes, let’s reevaluate:

      1: Layana
      2: Daniel
      3: Samantha
      4: Richard
      5: Michelle
      6: Amanda
      7: Stanley
      8: Patricia

      It all fits now.

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

        Yep– I was so sure #5 was Tu’s. It contained some configurations, such as the breastplate/bodice’s protrusion, which were depicted in his portfolio sketches.

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

        Michelle ftw.

    • BuffaloBarbara

       There are hundreds of them every year, though — it’s an annual contest for scholarship money.  Girls in duct tape dresses, boys in duct tape tuxes.  I even heard of some of them duct taping decorations on their car.

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

    Nina: I’ve known all along that she’s a nitwit, and I’ve consistently expressed that view (and marveled as to how someone boasting such an extensive list of credentials could be so deficient be it verbally or aesthetically), but her commentary– HEROES to ZEROS; Long? LONG? Long! For prom?– this particular episode had bile take the elevator to my esophagus and shimmy in my mouth. I’ve never/ever stated that I won’t watch PR for any reason, but she may be it. It’s going to take an elephantine effort to barrel vomit back to my empty basement.

    • CozyCat

      It’s too bad they couldn’t bring in an editor from one of the teen fasion mags.  But does Marie Claire have an adolescent version like Teen Vogue?

      • AdamBR

        Marie Claire’s parent company in the USA, Hearst, also publishes Seventeen.

        • CozyCat

          An editor from Seventeen would have been perfect!

      • 3boysful

         What a good idea!  Too bad you’re not a producer, CozyCat.

    • carolclark12

       This.  All day.  Every day.  A million times. 

      I have not liked Nina AT ALL since the year Gretchen won.  I’ve said it before here, and I’m not particularly proud of it, but I dislike her so much, and I’ve let her know how I never agree with her critiques or choices on PR, that she finally blocked me on Twitter. 

      I’m just glad someone else seems to share my feelings.  I am not alone.

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

    Oh, and aren’t Daniel and Richard more than a bit fake? YUP. Richard puts on his want-to-come-across-as-sultry voice, and Daniel flashes his dentures (trust me on this, I know from a friend of a friend of a friend) and adopts a “my belly’s about to burst and my mustache is juggling candy and my balls are jiggling” intended-as-jolly demeanor. Oh, kids. Oops, these two aren’t kids. OK then, forty-something inexperienced camera whores. Coz post-coital and post-food munching voices ain’t what camera savvy contestants do. Highlight the producers’ worn out tactics, you bitches. Have someone like Kimberly or Viktor exclaim upon being told he/she is not this season’s winner “I know I wasn’t going to win. Of course Anya is gonna win, and I’ll just SUUUUCK it like a beauty queen”. That’s what I would have done.

  • BobStPaul

    And does anyone really believe the student input had any effect whatsoever on the end result?  

    • 3boysful

       Since they never tell you how the votes go, unless it’s unanimous, they could have said 5% . . . 17% . . . 34% . . . and we’d never know.

  • wawawah

    OKAY…a DUCK TAPE sponsor?  NO!

  • wawawah

    You know what Project Runway really needs? A ROOM FRESHENER sponsor…cause this show is starting to stink!

    • Sweetbetty

       They already did that with Glade and the flower and hardware challenge.

  • guest2visits

    Maybe I need to watch this episode once more so I can be sure I heard the stupendous BS I think I heard. LIARS.
    I fully expect Nina’s tongue to turn black and fall out (just like my parents said would happen if I had the nerve to unload that garbage).
    There is no way Samantha & Patricia’s dress was a better look than Daniel & Richard, or Kate & Tu.  Ugh.. the things that were said.
    That dress was a tacky (no pun), unflattering, deflated balloon. I think PR just got punked by some students. Or more likely – since we

    didn’t see the actual count; something closer to button-bag magic was used. Since a very pretty bodice that Samantha constructed
    was still on the form (which looked so much better than the final choice); I am inclined to believe – no hell no – I DO believe it was
    Patricia’s long overdue time to go.   Yes D&R’s gold design was pure 80s; but it had better construction, the craftiness of the faux side
    corseting, the expert flounces, the fit – it was even more flattering than the droopy, loose, wonder-woman cartoon of S&P.
    K&T”s was also more prom-friendly, and the fit was better, it was abit boring in color and in the adornment that was added – I think
    if had been even more sleek and revealing; it would have won more teen-votes. (it certainly would have had Heidi’s) But it was still
    a pretty dress. And to Zac’s credit; girls do wear long gowns, as well as short. It can change from place to place, and the tastes will
    often change from season to season; it’s all out there. From princess to near house arrest. 
    Michelle & Amanda worked very well together; and I thought the design was a winner, even if it was one of the least likely prom types.
    (and I thought the cutouts were a mistake)
    Stanley & Layanna’s was sort of pretty; I loved the skirt – but the top wasn’t that great to me – and it didn’t really fit the bottom in style.
    I thought they all accomplished alot in the time allowed. I would like to have seen Kate in the final three.  Damn. It.

    • spititout

      You are entitled to your opinion, but imho a tacky deflated mylar balloon is a cool shape for a duct tape challenge and the original duct tape color added to the camp-i-ness. All the designs had merit, but this was not make a “pretty” dress challenge.

      • guest2visits

        It was make a dress for prom-challenge.  For some that meant make a real dress, for others it meant a costume
        or parody of a dress. They were all making a sculpture of a dress, because of the material. The judges didn’t really
        seem to care if it was one or the other, as long as it was creative. Tim encouraged creativity; which makes all kinds
        of sense to me since it’s duct tape. But the reason I thought S&P’s dress was a fail isn’t the idea (so much) as the
        execution. I think that ALL the dresses turned out better than theirs. It wasn’t that they went space alien, it was just
        that it was really bad looking space alien. Theirs was the only one that looked like cheap tin foil, to me. And I am
        totally not impressed with Patricia’s handiwork, or the crumpled half pouffy skirt. I think there was alot of genius in
        M&A’s design, and it was so much better looking on the model. And those are not even my favorite colors. And it was
        not a traditional ‘pretty dress’ – it was not really a prom look either; but it was the best dress on the RW tonight.
        All the dresses had some amazing work in them, except I don’t really see it in S&P’s; even if it was time consuming to
         make. I thought Samantha had a beautiful start on a design, but saw that Patricia could not make a bottom to go with it.
        So she scraped her’s to make something to match the skirt Patricia was making. I think the dress was hugely over-
        praised by the judges; yes, the back closure was kind of nice… but not to the epic Nina bedazzlement.
        Still, thats just my opinion…  I am not the all knowing PR fan; I just spout about what I think I’m looking at, so it’s
        perfectly ok with me to disagree, if you like.

  • wawawah

    TG grins, “THIS LOOKS LIKE A WOW”! He left out the Bow to “BOW WOW”!

  • wawawah

    Oh HEIDI!

  • wawawah

    First of all Chris Benz is CUTE!  Red n Black…Katie Perry? Pink Bow cute! Old Gold dress thing SUCKS! Gown…very nice but a bit conventional? Silver and Blue…I see paris I see France…that girl aint got on any underpants!

  • OrigamiRose

    Watching the replay, I don’t think I really appreciated the first time around what a passive-aggressive little putz Richard was about the gold duct tape.  Between this getup and that hot, overpraised mess last week, I wouldn’t have minded saying adieu to Mr. Hallmarq tonight.

    • Fordzo

      He was like Gollum with all that tape.  He even kind of looks like Gollum now that I think about it.

  • wawawah

    The Greedy Gold Queens …HA! The Gold should go home but I doubt if they will let go of either of these personalities! Theirs was absolutely the least exciting and poorly made…zero energy. Sort of cruel letting Kate thing she was still safe. Nope…the traditional but VERY well executed gown team is aufed. 

    Congrats Michelle!

  • judybrowni

    Frigging Tim Gunn saying “Prom gowns made out of DUCT TAPE!” BEST LAUGH I HAD ALL DAY.

    Never thought I’d hear Tim linked to Duct tape, ever.

    However, this is an old hat challenge: teens have been fashioning their prom outfits out of Duc ttape for years, in hopes of winning a yearly prize (scholarship?) from the company.

    Didn’t see the episode, but find it difficult to believe any of the PR contestants designed something better than Cole and Lara 2012 Prom Duck winners:
    http://duckbrand.com/promotions/stuck-at-prom

  • CarolinLA

    I’m gonna show these dresses to my neighbor who is 17 and shopping for a prom dress to see which one she would pick and why.

  • pdquick

    Two words from this challenge: MATH. And TESSELLATONS.

  • CarolinLA

    I thought Stanley and Layana’s was the best.  The bow was too much but the dress itself reminded me of something Santana would (and did) wear on Glee.  

  • Fordzo

    To my utter joy, and at times, dismay, I find myself working as the librarian in a public high school.  Last year I chaperoned the prom, and so I feel like I can offer this bit of opinion from a recent experience.  

    Tu and whats-her-name’s dress was prom-impractical because there was NO WAY a girl could booty-drop in that thing.  And it seems that, at least in my school, that is all that is involved in dancing.  

    Richard and Daniel’s dress was dated and boring, but a girl could dance in it.

  • Karen Frank

    Every year, I have fun looking at what the Duct Tape Prom gowns end up looking like – and a lot of them are really over the top and costumey. 

    http://duckbrand.com/promotions/stuck-at-prom/gallery/2012

  • Erica_Vuitton

    A camp shirt and khaki capris Nina? That’s a question of taste…

    • carolclark12

       I know, right?  She is so phoning it in this season.

  • MoHub

    Didn’t Heidi make the same comment about not having prom in Germany back in season 4? I was definitely having a moment of déjà écouté.

  • StelledelMare

    I’m 23 so prom wasn’t too far back for me and both of my dresses (for junior and senior proms) were long. And most of my classmates also wore long dresses. Most of the prom dresses now are still long but very few of them look like Kate’s and Tu’s which I thought was definitely too serious and stiff. And that color was absolutely wrong. I did like Amanda’s and Michelle’s best because I felt it was the most visually interesting (though I didn’t like the bust and the cutouts). And as much as I personally like mullet hems (of the flowy variety) Samantha’s and Patricia’s was just doing nothing for me.