Project Runway: Hearth & Home

Posted on April 19, 2013

Well, shut our mouths.

Say what you will about Patricia – God knows we did – but one thing’s for sure.


The lady walks the walk.


Granted, the home visits are more staged than your average royal wedding and when she took him to her “studio” which really just looked like an apartment to us, we suspected we’d been played, but still. Kudos to herΒ  for giving both Tim and the viewers an entirely new kind of home visit. Most of the home visits are entirely useless, but this reminded us of when Tim visited Jay McCarroll. Everything clicked into place and explained who she was.


Unfortunately, the rest of the home visits lapsed into their normal rut. “Tim, welcome to my gracious home.” “Tim! I have so much left to do!” “Tim, I’m really scared.” “Hug me, Tim.” “Hug my mom/sister/partner, Tim.” “Goodbye, Tim.”

Geez, we really hope they flew him first class.

As we noted in last night’s T LOunge, everything played out exactly in a manner any Project Runway fan would recognize. Stanley didn’t have anything done. Daniel (QUITE ABSURDLY) held onto a grudge, Michelle had real doubts about her entire line. Everyone hugged. Everyone trashed each other’s collection in the confessional. It’s almost comforting in its routine. Or it would be if it wasn’t so boring.

We’ll keep the clothing commentary fairly light, since we’ll be looking at their final collections more extensively.



She’s the one to beat. Admittedly, we looked at her wolf sweater and chaps ensemble and announced from our couch that we just didn’t get it. On the other hand, the individual pieces are fantastic and the overall point of view blows almost all the other finalists out of the water. Girl desperately needs to edit. And she needs to pick up on the fact that Nina isn’t inclined to like steampunk or any, as she put it, “tricky” details. Regardless of whether there’s a market for steampunk clothing (and there is), the likelihood of it being heavily featured in a mainstream fashion magazine like Marie Claire is slim. Love the skirt, love the coat, love the quilted skinny pants.



Patricia is the only other designer demonstrating a strong point of view in this finale and she suffers from the same problem Michelle does: it’s not a high-fashion, Marie Claire kind of point of view. Michelle’s aesthetic and pieces are more editable, however. You can take away some details or zhuzh others and her looks are ready for photographs. We just don’t get that from Patricia’s work. It’s awkwardly styled and many of the pieces, while interesting to look at, aren’t exactly chic in their shape or style. The beautiful fabrics in the skirt and scarf of the first look are rendered invisible under all that jewelry and that unflattering bodice. We don’t mind the horsehair, but we couldn’t help thinking she’s trying too hard to make Native American designs look chic by hiding them. She gives the impression that she’s trying to somehow camouflage her Native roots and inspiration. She doesn’t have to worry about being a stereotype because there simply is no history of Native American styles having a heavy influence on high fashion, outside of a few trends, like beads and fringe. The road is wide open for her on that front. She should take a page from Dolce & Gabbana’s book. Those two do nothing but indulge in Italian cultural imagery, even if it’s pure cliche.

But we’ll repeat what we keep saying: She’s a very talented textile designer but we haven’t seen much evidence that she’s a very talented clothing designer.




We were shocked that Stanley was the one who showed up unprepared. But then again, he’s a designer who loves to delegate and he knew he was getting an assistant. Still, it’s a lot to show up expecting someone else to do so much of the work of finishing.

These clothes are perfectly fine, high-end department store clothes. But that’s it. The gold dress is awkward, stiff and old-fashioned. The third look is interesting, but we agreed with Nina that those pieces need to be broken up and not worn in the same outfit. The first outfit is suitable for your average 90-year-old socialite.



Biggest shock of the night? Daniel didn’t cry when he got eliminated. But OH LORD, there was some wailing in that hotel room that night.

If Stanley’s pieces are high-end department store, then these are pure mid-range. Stanley is Saks. Daniel is Kohl’s. There’s a very good market for Daniel’s stuff, but it’s just not high-fashion. He’s a Wendy Pepper; a highly skilled dressmaker who should have a steady and dedicated clientele.

In fact, we’re just gonna say it: There are only two designers working in the realm this show tends to reward: Michelle and Stanley. Daniel is obviously not what they’re looking for and Patricia should have a nice artisan’s boutique somewhere but it’s clear she’d never be able to produce a salable line. Our prediction for the win is Michelle, but the judges are by no means consistent or predictable in their choices, so it’s anyone’s game at this point.


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    • DeborahJozayt

      I’m not even into steampunk, but I love Michelle’s collection. That coat is to die for.

      • mskgb

        Gorgeous and practical. Forget Heidi and Nina’s advice about leaving off most of the bags and envision the ease of packing kids’ lunch/homework in one bag, work projects in another, bus pass and book in the third and detaching bags as you dropped off kids and proceeded to work, your hands completely free. To quote Clinton and Stacy, that’s how a mom on the go should look.

        • formerlyAnon

          My only objection to the bags on that coat is that I am short, and would probably NOT keep my hands free, but would sling a large laptop bag full of laptop, legal pads, articles and file on my shoulder. And then, some days, add a gym bag. Thus reducing my silhouette to that of a lumpy, bumpy fireplug.

          But I might well wear coat, with bags, anyway.

      • This! I really think steampunk has gone way too far in the hipster/Etsy scene. But these aren’t so overly literal they couldn’t be mixed with other things and be very workable.

        • DeborahJozayt

          When thinking about it, it’s like steampunk at its most basic foundation, or steampunk for grocery shopping.

          • adnama79

            “Steampunk for grocery shopping.” Love it.

      • formerlyAnon

        The chaps are a little silly, and those tiered protuberances on the hip of the over-skirt are unflattering and impractical in daily life. But otherwise there’s nothing in Michelle’s any more outre or unlikely than in most runway looks, IMO. The steampunk flavor isn’t exactly cutting edge anymore, and if you have to be skinny to wear some of her stuff, or select pieces to mix with less original pieces for some work places, that’s not uncommon for a designer ensemble. I don’t get some of the reluctance to embrace her stuff.

        • The chaps are definitely silly, but I love them anyway. I just love that she made them. I agree that Michelle’s designs are not more out there than a lot of runway looks. I think what we saw is perfectly in keeping with a runway show. It’s weird that she was criticized for being over-the-top, when we see much crazier stuff at Fashion Week all the time.

          Michelle’s most memorable line of the night: “Apparently I make really, really tiny pants.”

          • greyhoundgirl

            I’m glad you remembered Michelle saying that–I thought it was funny and loved that she joked about it instead of moaning and groaning.

          • adnama79

            Hilarious and a great contrast to Stanley complaining that his model’s body made his dress look bad. Um…

        • i would wear that sweater with some skinny jeans and flats like it’s nobody’s bidness

    • I feel like the winner is going to come down to who does the actual crowning – the judges or the producers. If it’s the judges, then there’s no reason that Michelle shouldn’t win. Her pieces are the best ones there, period. If it’s the producers though, we could have a dark horse win in Patricia. The judges comments to Patricia as she left the stage were ridiculous and I couldn’t help but wonder how far up her butt they were going to go.

      I think Stanley has been a contender in the past, but it’s clear that he’s run out of tricks at this point and the judges are kind of over him. Daniel should have gone weeks before, period.

      Overall, I’ve never been a fan of this episode of the season and this did nothing to change that.

      • Deb Oswald

        If Patricia wins, any possible remainder of credibility for this show is over. Like there is much left. I do not understand the fascination. the fabrics are interesting, absolutely, but that is not the focus of the show

        • DeTrop

          Despite Nina’s declaration that ‘fashion is not art’, fashion like beauty and art, is in the eye of the beholder. Your statement negates her originality and creativity. Perhaps you prefer Michelle’s point of view ‘lone wolf’ or Stanley’s point of view ‘Yesterday’s Joan Crawford’ but Patricia has a point of view too. She comes from a beautiful and ‘magical’ part of the USA. Her clothes are colorful, moveable and for the most part airy. Most fashionistas have East Coast sensibilities. Black is chic, less is more, etc. Well there is a whole world out there and many of us live and vacation all over it. I would prefer to pack the 3 pieces of Patricia’s in my suitcase than any of those Stanley showed (ho-hum) and I’m not sure Michelle’s would pass security. At any rate, rest assured Michelle will win. She is very ‘editorial’. ZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

          • Yeah, but that whole “east coast, fashionista, editorial” thing IS the show. It’s right there in the name.

          • zelavie

            I think it comes down to what many people have said all season – Patricia is a highly talented textile designer, and does amazing things that we’ve not seen before, but she’s just not a very strong fashion designer. Those roles can sometimes be played by the same person, but not all the time. Her final collection is evidence of that. There are some garments that are well-designed, but the only thing of interest with many of them is the textiles. This doesn’t negate her originality or creativity, it just defines it.

          • CozyCat

            Yes, Patricia has a point of view. But she doesn’t really have the ability to fully realize it in finished garments, let alone a complete show.

            I think this is what is polarizing the judges on her: Heidi want to embrace the new point of view; Nina is looking at the design of the final garment and finding it lacking. That’s why each is so bewildered by the other’s opinion.

            • Sarah

              I’m not sure she’s not realizing her point of view in finished garments. I just think that her “finished” is not what Nina likes to see. For instance, I felt the horsehair cape last night was well made and looked pretty good, but Nina saw hair swatches, which of course, after she mentioned it, I could see too. It is a matter of taste. I didn’t like a lot of what Patricia made this season, but I think her final collection will be completely finished. The question will be whether it will be palatable to the public.

          • Deb Oswald

            Actually, I find the entire season of people quite underwhelming. I do like her ability to design fabric, just don’t think she is a design reality show competition when the focus is clothing design. that’s all i’m saying!

        • She’s not my cup of tea. But I could see the argument being made for her in that she has a wholly personal and new POV.

    • Not having watched this season, it was interesting to tune in to the penultimate episode and know exactly what was going on. Michelle’s stuff is the only stuff that looks runway-ready to me. Stanley’s stuff is lovely in a stylish, mature, but not “high fashion” kind of way. As the judges put it, Patricia’s just not ready. And Daniel’s nuts, right?

    • I too, was shocked that Stanley of all people was so woefully unprepared, but his runway presentation was exactly what I expected. It was perfectly constructed, extremely dated looking clothes. The beaded dress, which on its own was pretty great, paired with that very badly shaped leather sack of a jacket was a total needle scratch.

      Patricia pleasantly surprised me. I am truly looking forward to what she brings to Fashion Week.
      Michelle was the clear front runner. Yeah, she needs to edit a bit, but overall the work was terrific. Every piece individually was great, and highly marketable.
      Daniel, well, we all knew he really didn’t have it in him, no?

      • tb

        I’m new here-please explain something to me. I know the collection pieces require a cohesive look, but does the use of a honkin piece of jewelry (that Stanley ring, for instance) achieve the purpose?


        • Frankly , it doesn’t. His work, though technically superior, has been lacking a currency since day one. He is a very talented man, but he needs to let go of the Dior New Look, and move to the 21st century.

          • tb

            Thanks! I am just branching out of my brown paper bag of a wardrobe and sometimes I’m not sure if my thinking is spot on or not. I read all of your comments, and I lurk in the bar now! Maybe I’ll buy you a drink next week.

            • Hey there, tb. Its a pleasure to meet a former lurker. Welcome into the Kittenfold! Also, I’m very flattered. And anytime you want a seat at the table I’m at, just plop yourself down. There’s always plenty of room.

            • Zorkness

              “kittenfold?” Awesome…

            • formerlyAnon

              Yeah, I think “Kittenfold” is going have to get some play. I’ve been needing something better than “the Minionry.”

          • I don’t think I’ve ever had to say this before, but I disagree with you, Kiltd… I don’t really think anyone ever need let go of the New Look. He just needs to update it and spin it to be his own far more successfully. πŸ˜›

            • Thanks Shannon! Actually you made a great point, and one that was in my mind, but unexpressed. He references the New Look too literally; which you pointed out.


            • Yes, I think you’re right. There’s an exceptional amount of style in the New Look; it’s one to draw inspiration from. Stanley can skew towards being too literal, but the man makes gorgeous clothes. His third look, above, is stunning. I think it would work better as a dress instead of two separate pieces. On the other hand, I’d kill for the skirt alone. If you take apart his first look, any one of those pieces can look fresher with a different skirt, pant, jacket, etc. I don’t understand the gold dress. It looks like it could fit me, and I’m no size 2.

              I think Stanley’s biggest mistake is confusing sexy with skanky. No one is telling him to design clothes for the Kardassians. Just freshen things up, Stanley.

              With that said, seeing as how I can no longer deny being A Woman of a Certain Age, I’m getting pretty damn tired of the fashion industry’s insistence that everything has to appeal to young women. It’s ageist and insulting. I’m not the first one to say this, but it can’t be said enough.

            • hac51

              Plus, WCA’s usually have the income to buy fashion! “I’m older and I have more insurance.”

            • I think America confuses sexy with skanky, but the other way around from how Stanley’s doing it.

          • Indovina

            Well, since someone had to disagree with you, I’ll have to agree with you so strongly that you disagree with me.

            Everyone needs to let go of the New Look. It needs to die and perhaps even be forgotten. And after that, when it is reduced to a nothing, it can be rediscovered – and maybe then people will be able to find real inspiration in it, instead of turning out soulless pastiches, naΓ―ve in any and all respects, some to the point of delusion, of the Legend of the New Look.

            No more simulacra of simulacra.

            • I can agree with that in that I think they fail to look at what made the New Look work and interpret accordingly. For instance, for me personally, I have always loved how much it played up the hourglass shape (’cause that’s mine and I like it) — but you don’t have to copy everything to bring forward that same POV

    • Michelle’s collection rocks. Stanley, ho hum. Patricia – interesting. She may win because PR is desperate for a minority winner. And it makes them look hip and cool and because how many Native Americans are fashion designers?

      • I bet there are plenty. They just don’t identify themselves as “Native American Fashion Designer”– just “Fashion Designer.”

    • EzzyV

      I just remember that there was red and white in Daniel’s home visit. What happened to those pieces? If he had mixed some of those in, I think he might have been able to compete.

      The judges’ boner for Patricia is distracting. (Nina is immune.) I called her the Wendy Pepper of this season.

      Michelle is the clear front runner. It is on the edge of being used for cosplay.

    • Geez – how did this end up as the final 4? Michelle and Stanley, sure, but the rest are ridiculous.

    • Michelle is quite honestly the only one who should be showing at Fashion Week. Stanley’s clothes are just plain boring, Patricia has a point-of-view, but it’s not translatable into anything that will sell. This was a weak season with few outstanding designers, sadly. Michelle’s stuff is interesting, but other seasons would have placed her squarely in the middle.

      • I would have to agree with you. Michelle’s work is not only really intriguing to look at, every single individual piece has got SELLABLE written all over it. Plus, her work is highly editorial.

      • I disagree. Her collection is in my top 3 out of all seasons. It’s impeccably made and shows a unique vision that is both editorial and commercial.

    • SugarSnap108

      Stanley *is* designing for the 90-year-old socialite — though his more youthful looks are for the 75-year-old socialite. And did he really blame his RUNWAY MODEL’S BODY for the fit of that dress?

      If Michelle doesn’t win, I’ll eat my blue horse-hair hat. Hers is far and away the best combination of interesting but marketable design.

      I’m just seeing the same Patricia I’ve always seen: Some cool, unique fabrics, but little evidence of design.

      • BrooklynBomber

        I know: I couldn’t believe, first of all, that he thought a gold dress made of what looks like upholstery fabric is chic or, second of all, that he thought the design–pleated, high-waisted, bedazzle gold upholstery fabric–would be flattering on anyone. I do like the skirt and top in the last look (I would wear the top in a minute), but the jacket has no shape. But even if he’s not ground-breaking, he does make some beautiful clothes, and I think he could have a successful business designing for a pretty specific clientele.

        • SugarSnap108

          I think the skirt and top are great (though sitting in that skirt might be painful). But he ruined the overall effect with that shapeless jacket.

          • I suspect he thought pairing that leather jacket with the skirt and top would make it more funky. He had the right idea, but used the wrong jacket.

      • CozyCat

        I think Stanley suffered from the absence of Kors this season. They are both designing for the same woman: one who has reached a point in life where she wants real elegance and has the funds to get it. (i.e., not the under 25 crowd). But Kors always manages to make his designs, for want of a better word, “youthful.” You can see his work being worn by a woman in her 30s, 40s, 50s, or even older who is high energy, sexy, confident and successful. I’ve always admired that about him: he has targeted a market that has the money to spend on expensive clothes and he knows exactly how to design clothes that are appropriate but exciting.

        Stanley, on the other hand, showed three looks for a woman in her 40s or 50s who wants elegance but who no longer has the confidence to stand out. Kors would have called these looks “mother of the bride,” in the sense that this woman is well dressed but she is not the star of the event.

        • Totally agree on Kors and Stanley.

        • SugarSnap108

          That’s an interesting point. I wonder if Stanley would’ve listened to him – he seems pretty set in his ways. Of course, he might listen to a person who’s judging his fate.

      • When Stanley blamed his model, I wanted to reach through the screen and throttle him. Also, if that particular model’s spectacular little body didn’t suit his needs, he had at least two others to choose from. What a lame ass comment.

        The only thing I liked of Stanley’s was that top & skirt, though, as so many have pointed out, not together. Make that skirt a little shorter and pair it with a simpler top and I think it would be spectacular.

        I really respond well to Michelle’s. I LOVE her sweaters and want to own them. The coat is fantastic but attaching a messenger bag to the back (you can’t carry stuff on your back in a city like NYC and not expect to get ripped off) and saddle bags (Zac was right, no women wants to spout those words – “hey, dig my saddle bags” ) was a bridge too far, and it doesn’t seem like she edited that down for Bryant Park.

        • Sarah

          Oh, yeah, that model-blaming was ridiculous. I’ve felt that Stanley was a bit of a shit the whole season, and I think the final show is really going to bring that to the fore. Especially now that he’s faced with the critique of his precious works and whether or not to edit them to try and win or simply stick with his outdated vision.

        • Not everyone lives in New York and I think that coat was designed with a very Portland POV. Putting the messenger bag on the back facilitates a hands free bike ride with the additional weight exactly where you’d want it.

    • MilaXX

      I think Michelle should win, but I know by now that means squat when it comes to the judges decisions. I actually disliked Stanley’s collection more seeing it in motion last night. That gold dress has to be huge! A gorgeous, 6 ft model was drowning in it. Odd as Patricia’s stuff is, I wouldn’t mind if she came in second.
      When Daniel’s sister started crying during Tim’s home visit, all I could think was this is a family of weepers. Reunions must be a blast with that lot. I’m sure everyone is just a snorting, snotting mess.

      • “When Daniel’s sister started crying during Tim’s home visit, all I could think was this is a family of weepers.”

        My thoughts exactly.

      • “Reunions must be a blast with that lot. I’m sure everyone is just a snorting, snotting mess.”

        Hilarious. You gave me my first big laugh of the day. And I thought the same thing when his sister started to cry. It did give me little “awww” moment, though.

        Patricia made some weird-ass stuff throughout the season, and I still maintain she has little fashion sense, and doesn’t fully understand proportion and line. But, with the possible exception of the horse hair jacket, I don’t think she showed anything particularly odd to the judges. OK, the hat’s pretty wacky, but that’s just runway fun stuff. All of those pieces have some style to them, and I could see them hanging in a shop somewhere. I’m actually looking forward to seeing her full collection.

        • DeborahJozayt

          Do you think if she went to some place like Parsons to learn the fashion-side of things, would she be successful as a mainstay? Or do you think she’s too set in her ways?

          • I think if Patricia decided to go to design school, she’d have accepted that there are things she needs to learn. She is pretty bull-headed. That’s good and bad, of course. She stays true to herself, but she also doesn’t listen when people who know more than she does try to tell her something.

            I believe some people have an innate sense of fashion, but it can be learned. And it’s not that hard to learn about proportion and why, say, her shorts and that lumberjack shirt didn’t work together. She’s ahead of the game because she does understand how to translate a two dimensional idea into a three dimensional garment. So, yeah, I think if she set her mind to it she could learn the fashion side of design. It would be more work for her than for some other designers, but it’s not unfathomable to most people.

          • Lisa_Co

            Patricia went to the Art Institute of Chicago.

          • She’s talented as a fabric artist. But she just doesn’t understand what flatters a body or about proportions. Nice lady, but lacking actual clothing design talent.

    • SugarSnap108

      I think the Jay McCarroll home visit is still my fave — though Seth Aaron getting the Gunn on a trampoline rivals it.

      • ballerinawithagun

        The trampoline scene was great!

      • Coco Cornejo

        What ever happened to Seth Aaron?

      • Introspective

        agree. and i was thinking too about what seth aaron and michelle could do if locked in a room together with fabric, a sewing machine cause their aesthetics combined could make some crazy amazing steam punk hello kitty on acid kinda clothing.

        and Id love to see it!!!

    • zelavie

      I can’t get past those horrible sequin-things that Patricia is using. It looks like she cut up some pieces of aluminum foil and stuck them on her garments. They cheapen both of the looks they’re on. I absolutely hated the blue dress when I saw it last night (and in the original collection posts), but I’m realizing now that it would be perfectly fine without the silver pieces.

      • Terrie_S

        I believe it’s actually hand-done silver, hence the rough look.

        • Sarah

          The big pieces are mica, like you find in the ground, and then some is hammered silver. Hence her use of the term “micaceous.”

        • zelavie

          I wonder if they look better in person than on screen…

    • Apocalipstick Now Redux

      Overall I think Michelle’s collection is interesting. However, it looks like a collection designed to coincide with the launch of SyFy’s Defiance and the matching video game. It’s the SyFy Western Defiance line.

      Come on, isn’t every single one of her outfits designed for Gina Torres playing Zoe Washburne?

      On the other hand, Stanley’s is old and Patricia is all fabric, although I love the horse hair coat.

      • Scoobydrew

        List night I said ” First outfit – Zoe. Second outfit – Saffron. Third coat – River Tam.” Not that it’s a bad thing, I love Firefly, it’s my favorite show of all time … I think she’s going to win, but I’m rooting for Patricia.

      • dharmabum8

        You say that as if its a bad thing.

    • Frank_821

      Yes I like Michelle’s the bets. There is the work of a deisgner who is current and created a coherent point of view. And she really has evolved. In the early episodes there didn’t seem anything special about her or noteworthy-except for the ranting during the confessional. Here we see the work of something worth discussing. I loved that she collaborated with Joe on the sweaters

      Poor Daniel. The judges like him as a person and he does have talent. I like him. But he’s not ready. He’s still evolving his voice. In a couple of years he could be amazing.

      I met him last night at the Univ of Texas annual fashion show for their senior class. He’s a charming guy and actually a handsome one too. Cutting his hair and going clean-shaven helps in his case. He’s capitalizing on his tv fame well and stylists have been helping him as he preps a line of clothes. He mentioned to my partner about arranging a mentorship to help develop as a designer

      • formerlyAnon

        I am SO GLAD to hear that it sounds as if Daniel is on a path to at least sample a higher profile design career path than he’s been able to so far. If he doesn’t like it, or isn’t successful enough, the exposure should help him attract enough high-end clients to make a good living doing custom work. He made me proud to claim him as a fellow Austin-ite during his time on the show. Better a bit over-sensitive or determined-to-be-positive than Not At All A Gentleman/Lady.

      • kaydenpat

        He’s a cool dude but he needed to let go of the silly spat with Michelle. I think she had long moved on from that.

    • I like some of Michelle’s pieces but over all it looked like it needed some bows and arrows, over the top Hunger Games. Why didn’t the judges mention that? The one skirt over the dress is very Joan. The coat was lovely but without the bags.

      Stanley’s stuff was exactly as you said, high end old lady. I was surprised. Loved the back zipper/snore comment last night. Spot on. Details were great but skirts wrong length,

      Daniel’s problem was that he choked and should have used other things out of his collection, The red dress and the white jacket with the black zipper would have made a better showing, enough for him to stay I’m not sure.

      Patricia’s looks could have been fantastic (if she had some help putting them together) except for the blue dress that really seemed out of place, maybe a deep teal would have helped. The jewelry used was a poor choice, the crazy good scarf lost on a print. Loved the arrow print, such a modern take on her heritage. She has such potential but comes up a little short. I’ve been to the Taos Pueblo and it is a magical place, People really live there, not enough space for all the offspring to live there but most stay in the area, they are a real tight knit group, very nice people. So it is not surprising that she would have a nearby space.

      I vote that no one wins and they send them all home to rework their collections.

    • NDC_IPCentral

      Cohesion takes a designer rather far, but having an objective critical and editing eye does, too. That last attribute rarely is on display by the contestants. Tim tries to nudge ’em in the right direction but the blinders or exhaustion or defensive creative pride usually prevents a complete, shrewd evaluation and adjustment. While we know the show and the decision is long in the can, all of T Lo’s criticisms of the four here are valid advice that Stanley, Daniel (who was gracious and mature in his departure), Patricia and Michelle should heed in the future.

    • C. C. Winslow

      I was very touched and teary-eyed by the visit with Patricia and her family, don’t know why. Maybe it was staged, but it seemed authentic.

      • janierainie

        She strikes me as a sincere person. I know a friend/colleague of hers and he says great things about her. It was a beautiful part of the episode. And her family seemed so genuine. I think TLo are right. She walks the walk.

    • janierainie

      I have to say it kind of bothers me how people are so quick to dismiss Patricia (not talking about you guys tlo) It’s all wrapped up in Nina’s attitude with her. I don’t know, but it seems a little personal. What the hell was that insulting Dr Seuss remark? Way to stick up for Patricia Zac! Nina needs to leave remarks like that to Michael Kors. Nina seems determined not to like anything. She looked really pissed off last night.
      But I agree with you guys about her (Patricia) needing a boutique shop somewhere. She seems so close to SOMETHING. Michelle’s the one to beat. I don’t particularly like her as a person (at least the way she was presented earlier in the competition), but her stuff seems cohesive and fully realized.
      I was surprised it was Stanley that was unfinished. He’s usually so above all that. I think his perfectionism must have gotten in his way.
      I’m okay with any of these three winning, or maybe I just don’t care who wins.

      • Sarah

        Y’know, I agree with you. If I sound somewhat incredulous, it’s because I myself have been a Patricia detractor most of the season, but I guess I’m not anymore. I think she deserves her say, and in a season peppered with BORING designers with incredibly dated points-of-view, I don’t mind her being in the final. And I give props to Zac for defending her, too.

        I don’t want Stanley to win, though. He is the most snoozeworthy and I’m repelled by his hubris.

      • onetinkerbell

        I so agree with you. Nina’s dislike for Patricia’s work has been palpable for a while. She can’t WAIT to use the word “craft” as an insult, as though Patricia makes things out of popsicle sticks and Elmer’s Glue.

    • Can someone PLEASE point out that Daniel is TERRIBLE at making pants?!

      • SugarSnap108

        Daniel is TERRIBLE at making pants. (I realize I’m probably not the ‘someone’ you want.)

    • Laylalola

      Nina finds ways to defend and overpraise Stanley’s stuff even when she has to really stretch, and really stretches to find and then inflate minor issues with Michelle’s things. Stanley will thus probably win.

    • Sarah

      DAMN MY EYES, but I may be rooting for Patricia. I can’t explain it. I found the defense of her by the judges refreshing and delightful (however staged) and I agreed with the statement that it would be a tragedy for the viewers not to see what her full collection would be (yes! CIRCUS!)

      Michelle – I see her stuff as well made and fine looking but I’m not about steampunk and her “tricky” details turned me the heck off. Even without them, her colors were drab and the layering was excessive. I liked the sweater, though.

      Zac Posen, your comments last night made me heart you. You’ve won me over, and your defense of a blue hair-hat couldn’t have been more amusing to watch.

      • myristica_fragrans

        i’m shocked that i’m starting to root for her again because she’s very talented. she needs to collaborate with someone that’s skilled at construction and i think they could be really successful.

        • Sarah

          Yeah, that seems like what she needs. TLo are right, she probably can’t produce a Marie Claire collection, but she definitely should be producing SOMETHING.

        • MoHub

          She had me at the beginning, then lost me, and now I’m back in her corner 100 percent.

          • I can see Kate Hudson in the horsehair poncho look.

      • conniemd

        I’ve always found Patricia interesting, she just has no concept of shape or silhouette. I think of the Anya & Bert collaborations. Anya could pick beautiful fabric, she just couldn’t sew. Patricia can sew, and she makes really interesting textiles, she just needs someone who can design an outfit and style them.

        I agree, Zac Posen was the most alive I’ve seen him all season.

        • Sarah

          Therein lies the fashion-y rub, sadly. Do we define “fashion” as sexy and body-conscious? Heidi seems to. Do we allow it to be art? Not according to Nina. Joseph Aaron got auf’ed because he specifically had a vision of clothing that didn’t have traditional, “flattering” shapes. Personally, I think her shapes and silhouettes are just fine – it’s the styling that is bad, so that could be easily fixed.

          Now, that being said, do I think she CAN edit her styling? Probably not. But I’m interested to see it.

          • Terrie_S

            To me, if fashion can’t be art, what’s the point? It seems like if we’re only allowed variations on the same things, then the entire fashion industry is even more of an illusion of an indistry than it thinks.

            • Sarah

              I agree.

            • UsedtobeEP

              This is a really interesting point to me, and where I get very frustrated with Nina. I can’t excuse her defense of Gretchen. To me, Gretchen made a nice line of salable clothing. In a show like PR, I want to see more than that. I want a designer who has taste, but also has an artistic vision that stands out. Not everything has to be avant garde, and a good designer should know how to how to sew and tailor well, but there should be some allowances made for (and even encouragement of) wild creativity. IN other words, I don’t think everything in fashion should HAVE to look like it could appear in Marie Claire.

        • I think Anya won because she did the same thing over and over in slightly different ways. The way she dealt with fabric was unique, but wearable. I didn’t think she was a great designer, and I thought she entered the competition on a whim. I think an existing company should hire Patricia as a designer or textile designer. She has so much to offer.

          • I think the real opportunity for Patricia is for some good clothing designer to snap her up as a textile designer. Her textiles paired with good design could be gorgeous.

            • I hope we get to follow up on some of these talented people. I’ll be surprised if Patricia wins. But who knows?

        • Patricia needs to pick one thing/application and then work on her shapes and silhouettes and then apply her technique in ways that will be innovative and flattering to the individual pieces. Then her collection will be conhesive and not a circus.

      • Terrie_S

        As someone who likes steampunk, she’s not nearly as steampunk-y as they tried to portray. In fact, I’m not entirely sure they know what steampunk fashion actually looks like.

        • formerlyAnon

          Yes. I’d call her style here more generically “sci-fi-influenced urban fantasy” dressing. Which is more unwieldy than “steampunk” and probably no more accurate, so whatevs.

          • Terrie_S

            Maybe “post-apocalyptic western fantasy”?

            • formerlyAnon

              Yes. I think that’s much closer!

            • Michelle Nguyen

              I could totally see Saffron wearing outfit #2. Maybe it’s because the model is a redhead…but yes. This is very Firefly.

            • Danielle

              I dunno, that vest/breastplate thing on Christina Hendricks would not be good.

            • BarniClaw

              Like Firefly?!

            • Terrie_S

              To me? Not really. It’s as close to Staw Wars as it is to Firefly, both of which had a bit of a Westerny feel to them.

            • fashionzombie

              haha! My husband said, “wasn’t that exact outfit already in Firefly?”

        • Sarah

          Of course it’s not actual steampunk. It’s very very distantly steampunk-lite, watered so hipsterly-down as to be almost not. But, for the rest of the world who have no reference point, I think that is the only reason why Zac used the term. Could you not agree that there is some correlation there?

          • Terrie_S

            To me, it’s like saying any rectangle is sort of square like. He could have as easily used terms like fantasy or post-apocalyptic, both which would have just as easily accessible and more accurate. As someone who is a name in the industry, I’d expect him to be more knowledgeable than the average person off the street.

            • Sarah

              I see what you’re saying. A valid point on Zac’s knowledge, but I don’t see Michelle’s clothes as post-apocalyptic – that calls to mind a grubbier aesthetic, to me. A fantasy look would be too open for almost any interpretation (Patricia’s blue outfit could easily be termed “fantastical” for the headdress alone).

      • I’m loving Zac Posen, too.

      • forward_slash_PRS

        Yes. I thought ZP was awesome, the strongest he’s been all season.

    • Kenisha Hill Phillips

      I. Need. Michelle’s. Coat. (Sweater would be nice, too).

      • merciblahblah

        and don’t forget those quilted leather pants. and the crazy neoprene skirt. and…

    • BrooklynBomber

      Someone, please enlighten me. Daniel said “stingray” about a thousand times, and that Zac Posen talked about how difficult it is. People make clothing out of stingray skin?!? Why, for god sake? And did Daniel think using stingray youthened up his clothes? I did like his sweater, and I thought the black dress is somewhat chic (but the I-guess-it’s-stingray strip down the back is not attractive).

      • NDC_IPCentral

        “Stingray” perplexed me, too.

      • Sarah

        Yeah, people make things out of stingray leather. I have seen it in jewelry, mostly, because it’s expensive and hard to work with, but I’m thinking Daniel thought it lent a luxe factor to his garments.

        • BrooklynBomber

          Thanks for filling me in. I suspect you’re right re “luxe factor.” But. . . ecchh.

          • Sarah

            Yeah, I’m not sure what the, um, harvesting process is on that, but it definitely doesn’t seem pleasant. The actual leather is interesting – it’s got a tiny pebbly surface, and has that reflective shiny quality you can see on Daniel’s garments, hence the jewelry use. It can be dyed other colors, too. But, it is not a cozy thing, and yeah, a bit icky.

          • SRQkitten

            Ecccchhhhh is right. How about leaving the string ray leather on the stingray in the water. Using it in the name of all that is trendy is disgusting, not luxe in my book.


            • BrooklynBomber

              That would be my preference, too.

            • Sarah

              I agree. It is not necessary to skin EVERYBODY. Didn’t help Daniel anyway, did it?

            • zelavie

              I feel that way about all animal-derived materials. That leather was much better on the cow, and don’t even get me started on fur. I don’t understand how cruelty = chic.

          • Call me Bee

            Well–in all fairness, some humans will always be meat-eaters, and if the skins and be used after an animal is harvested, all the better. Just as with cow leather, stingray leather is used after the meat is used.

    • Did anyone in the Tlounge last night point out that Stanley’s beaded dress looks like a Dalek?

      • O. M. G.

        you nailed it!

      • Frank_821

        he clearly didn’t get the memo that dalek dresses are no longer on trend with the Who fans. It’s now Tardis dresses and suits :p

        • Maybe it was an attempt to win over the BKs, since there are a lot of us Whovians πŸ˜›

      • CarolinLA

        Wouldn’t it be hilarious if someone’s finale collection was inspired by Dr. Who? That could be so much fun.

    • I have wearied of this lot. I hope Project Runway takes a long, restful vacation. Mama needs a break.

    • SRQkitten

      I’ve not been a Michelle fan this season but then my investment in this season has been marginal at best. But her coat was impressive as well as the sweater, the rest, meh. Patricia did kinda surprise me, with the diverse energy of her mini-collection. I said when I saw the blue dress and hat ,”Dr. Suess!” because, y’know, it’s such an obvious reference although it did have a sixties fun vibe flavor. As far as being insulting, sorry, the duchess has made far worse comments and Patricia does have a playful element that could work a Suess reference, IMO. I’m disappointed by Stanley’s mini collection as it was overly staid albeit well-worked though lacking in detail finishing that might have helped it. Having not looked at the full final collections, I don’t know if the rest of his collection is as consistent and thus likely to bore Nina & more.

      I will give MAJOR props to Zac Posen for his judging comments and am now a HUGE fan after his comment about exposed zippers, finally it has been said, OVER.DONE.NO MORE!


      • onetinkerbell

        Sorry, but that headpiece was definitely NOT a nod to Dr. Seuss – that much was clear from Patricia’s confused look when Nina said “Welcome to the wubulous world of Dr. Seuss.” and Zac had to explain that it was supposed to be a sort of compliment. That headpiece is a reference to New Mexico native festival costumes – something Patricia specifically told Tim when he came into the workroom to see the mini collections. Just look here:
        The mohawk-looking headpiece is what she was referencing. It may have a similarity to Thing 1 and Thing 2, but that wasn’t her intent and Nina’s linking them is indicative of her complete disdain for Patricia’s work. It wasn’t meant to be a compliment. I’m not saying that Patricia is a fabulous garment designer, but what she does is innovative and outside the box from a PR perspective. Just because it doesn’t fit Nina’s apparent narrow definition of “fashion” and wouldn’t be something that Marie-Claire magazine would ever contemplate showing doesn’t mean that it isn’t fashion.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      I loved the coat from Michelle, and the wolf sweater. I can’t get behind those chestplates, aesthetically speaking, but they’re definitely different. It seems that during the off weeks, someone explained “steampunk” to the judges.

      I disagree about Patricia’s blue dress — I thought it was quite lovely. But you’re right — and have been all along — that she’s a boutique designer. Her stuff, no matter what your aesthetic opinion, isn’t really mass-production friendly. The textiles are special because they’re hand done. I’m not sure she’s trying to camouflage so much as “translate.” What she said during the home interview made sense — people loved the looks, but didn’t want to “steal” them, so she wanted to bring the elements into contemporary clothing so people could wear the things they liked without accusations of cultural appropriation.

      Stanley: Sharp and finished (amazingly), but nothing to write home about.

      Daniel: I was disappointed in what he chose to show. The things he was showing Tim, with the piping details and so on, were much more interesting. What happened?

      • Daniel didn’t have it in him to win the competition. He never pictured winning. He said several times that he was happy to get to the finals. It’s important for a winner to picture winning, IMO. It’s more difficult to hit the bullseye if you’re not aiming toward it.

    • CozyCat

      Daniel’s first look was done much better by Christian in his final show. The gown is nice. The pants and sweater look like what I wear to work

      I don’t think much of Patricia’s work, but I think she did a good job in selecting her three looks. The first two really showed her effort to bring Native American culture into fashion. Unfortunately, I don’t think she has the fashion design talent to pull it off. (textile design talent is a different matter). The first look almost gets there. The second veers into costume territory–you can do fringe, or a cape, but to do fringe on a cape gets you a costume. The third look is from a different show; I could see Lagerfeld doing a show with pretty flowy dresses and then have the models wear the wacked out wigs to shake things up. So the judges saw the potential for a couple different but potentially interesting shows. (spoiler: having seen the final shows, I will be upset if she wins)

      Someone last night compared Michelle’s collection to Jay’s. To me it seems more of an darker, earthier version of Seth Aaron’s final collection–both take an almost comic book sensibility and transform it into some highly wearable pieces (along with a few that are really over the top…)

      • Frank_821

        Yes Nina had a valid point with Daniel. If you want to do an all black collection or a monochromatic one, your shapes and textures really need to be dramatic. You have to do something like Christian or at least what Irina did

    • DinaSews

      The show was so boring last night that I have no comments.

      • Eric Stott


    • I want Michelle’s sweater but as hard as I look, I don’t see a wolf anywhere in it. Which, I guess, is a good thing or else it would look like something you’d purchase at Gymboree.

      • alyce1213

        Look closely at the black circles. Each circle is made of 4 small wolves, running in a circle, interconnecting with other circles. It’s subtle, and for me, totally brilliant. I adore it.

        • BeccaGo

          Thank you! That was driving me crazy!

      • Elci

        The wolves are in black, outstretched in mid-leap motion. The feet of each outstretched wolf is touching another, so that this sort of diamond shape is created. It’s subtle which I love. Michelle just needs to reign in the gimmicks, and some of the steampunk details. And I know she will have more diverse colors in the collection so I am not worried about that. So other than the editing, she is solid imo. I would wear her clothes in a heartbeat. I love ugly pretty, and I loved the cohesion I saw in her mini collection. The sweater and chaps were stunning.

        • Thank you! I finally see it. I need that sweater.

    • spititout

      Patricia’s work uplifts and inspires me. Her designs don’t fit the mainstream idea of wearable fashion, but her work makes native culture more accessible and beautiful to me. After 20 years of living near Montana Indian reservations (SF Bay area transplant) and exposure to pow wows and all things “Native American,” I am finally appreciating what has been around me all these years. Patricia is important, much like Fabio and Korto and Austin and Chris March and others who did not win the competition, because creative and thoughtful designers like them influence and educate people like me to greater understanding of fashion as an art form and as a historically significant statement.

      • Zorkness

        Well said!

      • Sarah

        Aah, thanks for stating my thoughts better than I ever could!

      • I would love to have something made with the feather-motif fabric in that first dress. It would make a gorgeous skirt.

        • Alanna Wisteria

          Although I knew it was meant to be feathers, it really looked like piano keys. She could’ve done something interesting with that as well.

          • That’s what I thought too.

          • Same here, I actually said “Play me!” when the model walked the runway.

      • MissAmynae


      • kaydenpat

        I agree. Her clothes are interesting and make you take a second look. Some of her designs are a little kooky, but she keeps things interesting. And she seems like a very nice person.

      • CarolinLA

        Tim’s reaction to his visit last night brought tears to my eyes. I think he felt the same. He absolutely knew who she was.

      • Theactualdiva

        Korto’s first final collection is one of my all-time favorites. It strikes a deep chord with me.

        • Me too! One of the best. Way better than Judy Noodles.

    • merciblahblah

      Not to sound too much like Heidi, but I would wear everything that Michelle made. I loved that crazy layered wolf-sweater leather harness chaps look so hard, and do not get me started on the quilted leather britches. Sick and wrong, in the best way possible (and by no means do I consider myself a fan of the steam-punk look). I didn’t like Michelle at the beginning of the season, but have really come to respect her – I feel like she has grown as a designer, and I don’t think she has been nasty to other contestants (at least to their faces – but they can all be somewhat snarky in the confessionals). I reallllllly hope she wins.

      • StellaZafella

        Michelle offers a counter-point to the “Left Coast Perspective” that got so badly misrepresented with the disaster that was Gretchen.
        I’d wear many of Michelle’s pieces as a boy OR girl…as a knitter I want the pattern for the wolf sweater,stat…and I’d cut a bitch or a boyfriend for the quilted pants.

        • alyce1213

          I suspect that’s Joe’s business will pick up significantly after this. His collaboration with Michelle resulted in genius. He did a great job for her.

          • Sarah

            True that. If that sweater was on sale already, it’d be sold out this morning.

            • formerlyAnon

              Very true – though I can’t get excited that it isn’t – I think PR owns everything the designers make on the show, and I have enough resentment for this show that I dislike the idea that they’d be making [even more] money off of the contestants.

            • alyce1213

              Yeah, they’ll reap the profit off his work for the show, but his personal business should benefit. I hope so.

            • formerlyAnon


            • Sarah

              Ugh didn’t know that. Makes sense though. Jeez.

          • I bet he did that bleeding heart sweater too.

        • jayetyler

          RE: sweater. Me too!!!! I’ve been trying to find close-ups to see if I can figure out how to reverse engineer it.

        • Introspective

          “id cut a bitch or a boyfriend”!!!! Love that!!!! and Im so using it with my friends starting right now.

    • kirkyo

      Loved Joe’s wolf print and was glad he got another mention. I wish we’d heard about his knit pattern work while he was still on the show.

      • I bet he worked on Michelle’s bleeding heart sweater as well.

    • Frank_821

      I know someone like Patricia is polarizing in a format like this. I don’t think she should win but in a crazy way I am pleased she’s in the finals. Personally for me she represent a different point of view that should be examined. For that reason alone I want to see her work on the runway. She reminds in a way of Season 4’s Elisa whose work I really responded to. Of course I think Elisa was more successful as a designer than patricia

      I like that Patricia evokes such division amongst the judges. It brings to the forefront issues about what is fashion. Further it was good that both sides had valid points to make and both sides acknowledged Patricia’s strengths and weaknesses

      And overall it’s good that all 3 finalist have very different viewpoints. Different aesthetics and styles are good to show.

    • alula_auburn

      Last week I read somewhere that some of Heidi’s championing of Patricia may be an attempt to steer interesting, off-the-beaten-track people back to the show, which I think makes some sense (and would also support Nina’s lack of interest–Project Runway isn’t her baby.) I do think at this point Heidi’s enthusiasm is mostly sincere–she’s just not that good an actress, but I can definitely see a case for her wanting to get back the kind of PR Jay McCarroll could win. And from last night, I like to think it’s been a battle for Zac’s soul, and Heidi has clearly won.

      I’m still glad Patricia will show, and I will say she has always seemed deeply, earnestly sincere to me, and it has bugged me when people have made (IMO) cheap jokes about how she uses her heritage–especially when I think just a season or two ago we had judges unironically describing things with terms like “Cherokee Cher.”

      A lot of what Michelle did in the early episodes rubbed me the wrong way, but I don’t really feel deeply about anyone at this point. I don’t instinctively love or respond to her collection myself, but I get how it works and is more interesting than Stanley’s and more cohesive than Patricia’s.

      • Qitkat

        That is great to learn about Heidi, at least it shows that she has an awareness of how the show is perceived by the audience these days.

        • Sarah

          Yes! I hope it’s true about her. I want it to be. And Qitkat – thank you for your kind words last week. It was rough, but spring is here and Mom wouldn’t want me to be down πŸ™‚

          • Qitkat

            My mom wouldn’t want me to be down either πŸ™‚
            Let us find our joy in our memories and being creative, and feeling blessed by the poets who express feelings so well.

            “Mindful of you the sodden earth in spring,
            And all the flowers that in the springtime grow,
            And dusty roads, and thistles, and the slow
            Rising of the round moon, all throats that sing
            The summer through, and each departing wing,
            And all the nests that the bared branches show,
            And all winds that in any weather blow,
            And all the storms that the four seasons bring.

            You go no more on your exultant feet
            Up paths that only mist and morning knew,
            Or watch the wind, or listen to the beat
            Of a bird’s wings too high in air to view,β€”
            But you were something more than young and sweet
            And fair,β€”and the long year remembers you.”

            – Edna St. Vincent Millay, Mindful of You the Sodden Earth in Spring

            • Sarah

              Oh, how truly lovely. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

            • Qitkat

              Sarah, you are welcome, from my heart.

            • Sarah

              For you, sweet Qitkat, for our mothers, and as a thank-you:

              i thank You God for this most amazing
              day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
              and a blue true dream of sky;and for everything
              which is natural which is infinite which is yes

              (i who have died am alive again today,
              and this is the sun’s birthday;this is the birth
              day of life and love and wings:and of the gay
              great happening illimitably earth)

              how should tasting touching hearing seeing
              breathing any-lifted from the no
              of all nothing-human merely being
              doubt unimaginable You?

              (now the ears of my ears awake and
              now the eyes of my eyes are opened)

              e.e. cummings

            • Qitkat

              I have been gone a few hours to an artist’s opening and just returned to read this. Wow. I am humbled by the extraordinary talent of our poets, to use the same language that we use, and yet transcend the ordinary. What a gift for us, and from you to me. Our moms must be smiling, that their two daughters are communicating with poetry. It was my mom’s favorite source of joy. I will be able to approach this 10 year anniversary with a lighter spirit because of our interaction.
              Thank you, dear Sarah.

            • Sarah

              You’re most welcome. I go to a mass dedicated to my mother tomorrow morning – and I’ll think of her and our poems and be happy to know she IS smiling as a result. Hugs to you!

        • formerlyAnon

          I do hope that’s true. I’m not sure if Heidi’s “smart,” exactly, though I would bet that way – but she is definitely shrewd, practical, and not afraid of work. So it makes sense to me that she might, indeed, be considering such things.

      • I love that she uses her heritage. I make jokes about HOW she does it — too often it flops, and badly.

        • CarolinLA

          I think it may have flopped in the competition weeks.

        • I also like that she references her heritage and do think she has astounding talent as a textile designer (which is nothing to be sneezed at) but she really has no idea how to design clothing. It kinda makes me sad that she doesn’t run toward what she naturally does best.

      • Zac’s dad is an artist and I think he understands and is responding to Patricia’s work as an artist. I especially liked that he insisted the choices were HERS to make, not Heidi’s or Nina’s, and that she just needed to be true to who she was and distill her vision into something strong and cohesive. Of the three judges, he is clearly the best mentor and has the most useful advice.

        • CarolinLA

          YES!!!!!! When he said that was HER choice, I almost applauded.

    • Eric Stott

      Daniel’s sweater is nice – my mother might wear something like that over a blouse, so you’ve got it right: not high fashion. That long gown with the “walking away” back is also nice, but you see at least two of them every PR season. It’s been done so much I think even I could do one.

    • Stubenville

      The first outfit is suitable for your average 90-year-old socialite

      As I said in the lounge last night, “Nancy Reagan.”

      And the gold dress looks like something inspired by an Infant of Prague (baby Jesus) statue.

      • piperkitty

        Infant of Prague….you made my day.

      • gogobooty

        If not Nancy Reagan, Lucille Bluth.

    • tereliz

      I stopped watching this season after the first episode, so I could never keep everyone straight in the recaps, vis-a-vis a design aesthetic (with the notable exception of Patricia). That being said, I was just blown away by the three looks here from Michelle, who I honestly couldn’t pick out of a lineup. The market for steampunk clothing may be somewhat small, but there are enough cons and fests that there definitely is a market, and people pay top dollar for their costumes.

      In these three looks, I see the steampunk influence, but I also see the influence of McQueen, Hermes, and Balenciaga interpreted in very wearable, fun and edgy ways. The sleeves peeking out beneath a graphic crop-sleeved sweater looks really fresh, and I love how the romance of the blouse in the second look is offset by the structure of the skirt. And that coat with the straps and buckles? GETINMYCLOSETRIGHTNOWIDON’TCARETHATIT’SALMOSTSUMMER!

      I’m very impressed by how expensive and handmade (couture handmade, not Butterick handmade) everything looks. I love Nina, but her vision may be limited when it comes to this type of fashion because she may not know how to treat it. I can see these clothes working in an editorial, but only the right kind of editorial. Set in London with lens flares and wind and brass goggles and zeppelins… Okay, composite the zeppelins in afterward to save a few hundred thousand bucks. Fine!

      • Winter will be back next year, and that coat will still be freaking cool!

    • Stubenville

      I keep wondering why Patricia seems totally immune to the critiques we’ve seen a lot in the past. Her work is all over the place, it is in no way a collection (or even Fall.) Her first choices for the runway last night? Dr. Seuss, Lumber Jackie and Faux Lauren? Really?

    • Sing4yursupper

      I’m not a Michelle fan, but she is the one to beat. Aside from the chaps, her clothing is well-designed and styled. Stanley was a disappointment. Daniel’s designs made me gag. Although I didn’t like Patricia’s designs, I do enjoy her point of view. I’ve been a loyal fan from the beginning.

      On a personal note, thank you, TLo and bitter kittens for your commentary and remarks. I am in close proximity to the events in Boston, and you’ve given me a welcome distraction this morning. Thanks for sharing today and always.

      • SRQkitten


        I used to live in Brookline, couple blocks from the marathon route, and this past week’s events have been heartbreaking. Given this mornings news can see why a distraction is a good thing, stay safe and best wishes,


      • I sincerely hope and pray that everyone in your life came through okay.

      • Sarah

        “Daniel’s designs made me gag” is a pretty good summation of my feelings. Just UGH.
        And please, let me speak for all of us as someone born at Mount Auburn Hospital in Watertown. Words can’t express the love and support that are yours in these days, but most importantly, stay safe and know we are with you in spirit.

      • Sweetpea176

        Sing4, I hope your proximity is far enough to keep you and yours safe. I’m in Boston, too. We’ve had a tough week, but I’m miles from the action. Take care. And thanks everyone for well wishes and witty distractions.

        • Sing4yursupper

          We were fairly close to today’s action. Happily, the stand-off has come to an end. The suspect is in custody. Again, thanks to TLo for bringing all of us together.

      • forward_slash_PRS

        Oh, yes! I live in Cambridge & wasn’t supposed to leave my house today. So I had a T-Lo day, catching up on Mad Men & PR, then the great pleasure of coming here and hearing what all of you have to say! I enjoy & learn from every comment.

    • Isabel

      The blue hat – I’ve seen a tamer version of it somewhere. Breakfast at Tiffany’s, maybe?

      • VictoriaDiNardo

        You might be thinking of a feather hat Audrey Hepburn wears in the movie, but it was a very popular style in the fifties. I have a version made with black feathers made by Schiaparelli and a white and bronze version with a Saks label. I believe in Patricia’s case she’s using Native American references, and she did call the headpiece by a specific name that I can’t remember.

        • Sarah

          She called it the “female roach headdress.” My boyfriend, who was in the room for a hot second to get something while on a break from hockey in the other room, said “sexy” and walked out. Silly boy – FASHION.

          • VictoriaDiNardo

            Thank you – you just sent me to Google Images for a look. If you Google for ” female roach headdress” you get photos of Native war bonnets, insects and Max Roach and Abby Lincoln concerts!

            • Sarah

              Ahh, weird Googling. Such fun!

      • Angela Langdale

        Mag Wildwood!

    • StillGary

      I think Stanley might be a genius — deliberately stacking his deck against him — so that he could redeal it in a more modern way. Make no mistake that gold dress will reemerge, shorter, steamlined and chic as hell and the judges will reward him for what they thought was their idea.

      • Stubenville

        I thought he commented that the model was too short for the dress in the workroom, but nothing else fit. I just find the fabric way too heavy.

      • zelavie

        Yep, the final product is quite different (and a LOT better). I hadn’t thought that this could have been a strategy, but I wouldn’t be surprised. We all know the judges go crazy when the designers listen to them, and he gave himself 3 opportunities to listen.

    • Stubenville

      Is Richard the project Runway cockroach that nobody can get rid of? Sheesh, he’s the last person anyone wanted to see as a helper last night.

      • OrigamiRose

        He’s a zombie who comes in and tries to suck the life out of whichever remaining designer he’s assigned to.

        Really, he’s worthless.

        • zelavie

          Not entirely worthless… what would we have done without occasional cries of “YeeeEEEEah!” and “That’s EVERYTHING!” each week? He really helped with the drinking.

      • That was a bummer, getting Richard. I’m surprised at how clueless the judges were about him.

      • Coco Cornejo

        And Richard, once again proved to be of little help. I can’t figure out if he just can’t sew or if he’s being passive aggressive.

        • Introspective

          id like to credit him with some forethought. but motherfucker just cant sew. period.

          and shit if this isnt a season where we kept seeing the recently auf’d way too many fucking times??? im kinda over it, really.

      • Arrowhead74

        he hurts my eyes and ears. just. can’t. stand. period.

    • crash1212

      Highlight of Daniel’s three pieces? The way that model worked that long gown. THAT’S what a good model can do for a garment. She was fab.

    • SewingSiren

      1. I think Michelle put the most work into her collection. And she definitely has a strong skill set. The clothes are well made and look like people could wear them . I just find the whole point of view a little stale .Like costumes from Firefly.
      2. Patricia does not have the pattern making ability that Michelle and Stanley have, but when you do extreme fabric manipulation the way she does its better to keep the shapes simple. She bases most of her designs on simple geometric shapes which is a fairly sound design principle. I don’t think she has a place in the commercial design world, but I do think she is worthy of her spot as a competitor for this particular prize.
      3. Stanley’s collection looks like it could have come right out of Nina’s closet. He is very skilled. I enjoy is very droll personality. I like that made Easter dresses for his niece. I wish he had pushed himself a little further with experimentation , because this was a unique opportunity were he didn’t have to worry over actually selling the dress. I suppose it’s hard to get out of that mentality . I don’t hate the gold one that everybody ragged on.
      4. Daniel used entirely too much black . It all looks basic and the same. The stingray doesn’t show up at all.

    • Isabel

      I think that Nina is peeved that no finalist is from NYC. And, the one is even from a flyover state.

      Hey Nina, life exists elsewhere besides NYC!

      • CozyCat

        If I recall correctly, Nina was the judge who tipped the scales in favor of Chloe Dao, who was from Texas–much MUCH worse than a flyover state! πŸ™‚

        • SewingSiren

          We were taught by rote memorization that Texas was the largest and grandest of all the other states*. Not only did all the other states revolve around Texas , but if fact all the planets did as well.

          *Texas our Texas

      • Jay McCarroll lived in PA, Chloe Dao in Texas, Jeffrey Sebelia in Los Angeles, Leanne Marshall in Portland, Seth Aaron in Seattle, Gretchen in Portland. They all won. The show – and Nina – doesn’t really have a history of only rewarding designers from New York.

        • Isabel

          I agree with you that the winners have not all been from NYC, but I remember at least one NYCer in the finale.
          Austin during Jay’s win , Laura during Jeffrey’s season, Kenley during Leanne’s win, Emilio during Seth’s season, Victor duing Anya’s run,

          During Gretchen’s season, Ivy was eliminated too early too count. Season 10 bucks the trend: 2 NYCers were in the finale and one won: Fabio Costa Brooklyn, New York and Dmitry Sholokhov New York City, New York – winner

          • Regardless, I think it’s a stretch to say Nina’s pissed about this when she’s never minded giving the prize to a non-New Yorker.

          • zelavie

            But don’t a lot of designers flock to NYC, since it’s the most fashion-heavy city in the US and the place they’re most likely to find work? I think that speaks more to the fact that there’s a disproportionate number of contestants living in NYC than to Nina’s preferences.

          • Danielle

            Austin wasn’t a finalist, he was eliminated on the last regular week of the season.

      • That doesn’t even make sense. This is the most tinfoil-hat comment I’ve seen on the Internet all day, and that’s saying something.

    • Inspector_Gidget

      I can’t get super excited about Michelle’s designs, though she probably is the winner out of this bunch. It’s so middle-of-the-road compared to previous winners.

      Say what you will about Patricia, but at least it’s not dept. store rack. Honestly, none of this stuff should be in a tent at MBFW, but at least she brings a few dramatic elements. I loved the kooky sea anemone hat, the way it pulsed as she walked. Too funny. Certainly not Marie Claire-ready, but not yawn-inducing either.

      The others… blah. The thing that really struck me is that the “wow” piece is completely missing from all these collections. None of them have that showpiece that really pops your eyes out. It’s like they didn’t even try to do that and all just produced a set of functional looks.

      Oh, well. Already spent more time typing this than it’s worth!

    • cheeselover

      My favorite piece of Michelle’s was the sweater, which was made by Joe (someone correct me if I’m wrong), who was my favorite designer at the beginning. Surely his collection would have been as interesting as any of these.

      • StellaZafella

        Yes, it was made by Joe according to Michelle’s design. Using a computerized knitting machine. I thought it was cool that she thought to go to him (a coast away) when she could have, more easily, commissioned the knit pieces from any number of places right in Portland, or there abouts…it was, as Heidi/Nina said, a great use of resources.

    • copper

      I really like Michelle’s coat (minus the bags) but the sweater is a fail for me. I think it’s annoying me because i would have loved it except for that mustard turd color. It just needs to be banned. The steampunk dress/skirt/breastplate combo also fails just because of that hideous color and the over-pleating on the skirt.

      I can’t say I LIKED any of Patricia’s pieces but they all had elements that were intriguing. I think i’d love them if they actually fitted properly – horse hair and shiny baubles and all. She really needs to team up with someone who can work on that with her.

      I actually really liked Stanley’s beaded dress but the rest of his garments (including that appalling jacket) were just badly thought out cliches. It’s sad because i had really liked him initially.

      Daniel is just … not worth more than a quick scrolling through.

      And what’s with all the leather in everyone’s garments? It’s really not that interesting.

      • I know, in street fashion I have been seeing it in everything. I quite like it, but I don’t need it everywhere, I was discussing it with a friend who was bemoaning that a perfectly good goth classic coat had been ruined by it here( – Outerwear&style=M84-033&index=14&closeoutgroup=true&sort=&closeout=true). And when the goths think you are using to much leather, you are using too much leather.

    • spititout

      Heidi looked very lovely, healthy and fresh last night, I liked her makeup and hair. Cougar print, not so much.

      Nina is usually impeccably tasteful but who designed her black one-sleeve jersey top? Richard? I want to see Nina rock Richard’s studded ball cap with the top!

    • Qitkat

      I have a lot more respect for Patricia’s point of view and aesthetic after last night’s show, as I haven’t been a fan of hers this season. I have been to the Taos Pueblo, and found it to be a very special place. i am not clear that her family lives in the pueblo, as Taos abounds in adobe homes. I would have to re-watch to see if I missed something. However her native heritage and family values are clearly an integral part of who she is. Clearly when she is not under the time and challenge constraints of the show she can produce attractive, wearable clothing. As far as being a textile designer, that still seems to need quite a lot of refining, she is inconsistent. The scarf and stylized feather skirt fabric are lovely, the blue dress with the handmade sequins charms me, but I detest the *Dr Seuss* hair hat, it belongs in a different show. Adding horsehair fringe to a cape does not a textile make, in my opinion. I’ll reserve the rest of my judgment til I look at her runway next week. Can she win? Possibly. Should she win? My vote is for Michelle.

      As for Michelle, based on the wolf sweater alone, I would hand the title of *textile designer* to her. That is one amazing creative concept. From a distance, there is a very compelling graphic, without knowing it incorporates a wolf. Once that is pointed out, the cleverness of the way the drawings intersect is marvelous. I would like to have seen that design explored further, but I would have to look at her collection again to see if she did. Again I’m waiting, but I don’t think she did from recalling my first viewing. Michelle badly needs to learn to edit, I was shocked that Tim of all people, told her to include all the bags on that amazing coat, which is every bit as good as any of Jillian Lewis’ coats. I dislike everything about her second dress with the armor vest, it is over-worked and drab to my eyes. In this group of three, she ought to win, but she is not as good as Seth Aaron, or Korto, two of my favorites from previous years. I have other favorites, but don’t know who to compare her to, as I haven’t looked at collections in years.

      This post has gotten too long, so maybe I’ll talk about Stanley’s and Daniel’s later. One more thing. Color, where is COLOR? Damn it, why are they so afraid of color?

      • SewingSiren

        As far as Tim telling Michelle to “go for it” and include everything. It was pretty good advice. She can now edit and follow the judges recommendations, which is something that they almost always reward.

        • Qitkat

          OK, sure. It is interesting though, that in the past few years the judges give advice on how to better style and refine the looks in the penultimate episode, whereas I recall they never used to do that when there were more truly talented finalists.

    • wina

      i could see christian Hendricks wearing the 2nd look of Michelle’s

      • alyce1213

        With the quilted breastplate? I dunno. Better on a small-breasted woman, I think.

    • formerlyAnon

      Most to least interesting to me (e.g. I’d stop to look at an editorial and I’d want to wear pieces): Michelle, Patricia, Stanley & Daniel, but Stanley barely edging out Daniel.

      Most to least likely to fit into my wardrobe & look good on me: Michelle (selected pieces only), Daniel, Patricia, Stanley, with not a lot of distance between Patricia and Stanley. For something identifiably department store, Stanley’s work looks strangely unflattering for a person in middle age who struggles to keep her (modest) chest and hips proportional, even at the low end of her weight range.

      I’m not sure the perspective of a middle-aged person who rarely pays full retail and who most enjoys and admires “interesting” garments they couldn’t find two occasions a year to wear has any relationship to what Marie Claire’s editors want to show, but there it is.

      • Qitkat

        I like especially for your last paragraph, as I’m sailing in that same boat with you.

        • formerlyAnon

          I think that there are a lot of us in that boat, and probably we are a disproportionately large segment of the PR-viewing audience.

    • Winter_White

      By the time I started watching this season there were only about seven designers left, and I didn’t dislike any of their personalities — that was refreshing! (Daniel reminded us of either Geraldo Rivera imitating Dustin Hoffman’s Tootsie, or Dustin doing a mashup of Tootsie and Geraldo, or some mix of those three ingredients. But at one point Daniel became a little agitated and my husband said kindly, “Aww, that was Geraldo-does-Rainman.“)

      Ahem. Anyway. I look forward to seeing the collections, especially if the judges’ comments are taken to heart by all three designers.

      But, Nina, just calling everything you dislike “scary” is uninformative for the viewers, and unhelpful for the designers, and its overuse became tiresome.

      • Nina has become boring. Is she then annoying herself? “Don’t bore Nina,” as Tim says.

    • Paula Pertile

      I loved Michelle’s messy-haired styling (Nina did not). Loved all her stuff, hope she wins.

      I also liked Stanley’s ‘lux’ feel, and guess that means I have some old lady gene. Agree it needs a little ‘lift’ though.

      Go Patricia! Give us a circus, please! Have a model come out on a pinto pony or something. GO FOR IT.

      Oh Daniel, I’ll miss you. I was touched by his “pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and keep going” comment. Amen.

      • alyce1213

        Am I remembering correctly — that Heidi said she liked the messy hair, but by the end she caved to Nina and cautioned Michelle to clean up the look?

      • guest2visits

        I didn’t see anything wrong with the model’s hair; they were all beautiful. I think it was just something to pick apart,
        like the multiple bags that were obviously just editorial.

      • Theactualdiva

        Me, too.

    • You know, I find the reactions to Michelle’s collection really interesting — people are citing Firefly, Defiance, and the Hunger Games. I kind of love it all the more for that. I love the idea of incorporating more geek elements into women’s fashion.

      • SewingSiren

        It is not that I find those influences unattractive. It’s more that the judges site it as young or fresh or what ever adjective they are apt to use for “new” . If you Google “steam punk” it is very clear that it is not a young or fresh market, lots of middle age into that.

        • tereliz

          But they aren’t googling steampunk, they’re seeing Burton for Alexander McQueen Spring 2013, and Galliano for Dior Spring 2010. So to them, it doesn’t feel overexposed or reference the middle-aged.

      • Hi Shannon, as usual– I tend to agree with you. I don’t know about disqus but I have posted here a long time–under lucelu and my regular name. I really love her stuff. Her clothes reference historical dress styling as well as a lagenlook variant in clothing I can picture myself wearing– casual, practical yet stylistic separates in a day to day life. I really loved that coat and the detachable bags–perfect for biking or traveling about without having to worry about carrying a purse, a messenger bag for tablet, change of clothing, or lunch. I live in the Northeast and those clothes are more practical for Fall/Winter weather. They look warm and still stylish/have a nice shape. I could fantasize about the Seth Aaron and Michelle’s collection in my wardrobe coexisting quite well. Anyway, I think they will probably choose Patricia (she seems to be the predetermined winner (like Anya and Gretch–the Heidi favorite). I haven’t really watched this season– I think I saw one show and I was sure they would eliminate Patricia but they kept her and I couldn’t figure out why (I think it was the Marie Clare one).

        I tend to like more Lagenlook style with Victorian and Edwardian influences vs. Asian minimalist influence. I guess I never grew out of loving dress-up. I am also a hopeless fan of Defiance (was looking for screen shots of some of the costuming last night), Firefly, and other science fiction genre. I’ve stopped watching the PR brand (all stars and runway) d/t the fact they seem to be fixed. Fashion Star is more interesting as they are totally up front about their judging criteria (don’t pretend to be highbrow) and has lots of dazzle, –it’s entertaining like Japanese Lady Wrestling was back in the 80’s–blood thirsty drama, costumes, fashion show + dance & songs! Plus Jessica Simpson has become quite campy, and such a sweetheart, I’m loving her.

    • Qitkat

      I think Nina is bored, and disappointed in the lack of the show uncovering unknown extraordinary designers and lackluster contestants compared to the very earliest seasons of the show. She is bound to her contract, but can’t hide her distaste any longer. Perhaps Michael Kors missing has taken some of her joie de vivre away too, as I think they played well against one another.

      • spinachleaf

        I agree on your larger point – how come the earlier shows did manage to find ‘unknown extraordinary designers’ and yet, since the Gretchen win, all the winners have been ‘Meh’?

        • VictoriaDiNardo

          I think it’s because the original shows were not quite as drama based as they’ve become, so now your talent pool is reduced from the already small segment of designers who would do a competition to Drama Queen Designers who would be willing to compete and be manipulated.
          It’s like in politics – a lot of people who would be great elected officials are now unwilling to go through the machine, so we lose out.

        • Sarah

          Bravo vs. Lifetime, my friend.

      • CozyCat

        If, as we all suspect, the producers are influencing the final outcome to fit a storyline, can you blame her?

        • Qitkat


          But I still maintain she is disappointed in the quality of contestants that are in Marie Claire‘s wheelhouse, and that is out of her control, i would guess.

    • It may just be me, but Stanley’s third look reminds me strongly of the wallpaper in the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland (the one with the creepy faces). I just can’t un-see it!

    • dickylarue

      Okay. Was Daniel high during his home visit from Tim? He was acting almost like Geoffrey Rush in SHINE during that. I loved him and a lot of his collection this season but there was something very off about the man during that sequence and I wonder if PR showing the shot of him with the water bottle was some kind of tip off? I still liked his clothes, although I don’t understand why he didn’t show that amazing jacket he showed Tim and didn’t put a little color into his mini-collection. I would’ve liked to see his whole collection walk next week.
      Michelle should be a costume designer for films. Not a fashion designer. Her collection felt like modern Lord of the Rings/Hunger Games which is very cool, but I live in NYC and don’t see many women walking around dressed like The Legend of Zelda.
      Stanley’s collection was a snooze and why did he put the short red haired model in that dress? Was that producer fuckery so when that dress walks on the right model next week we’ll all oooh and ahh?
      Patricia’s horsehair thing was cool. Her Seuss dress which reminded me of that room in the The Tunnel nightclub once upon a time was fun. I’m happy Heidi is championing her because Nina wants to stifle the poor woman from ever showing clothes in public again. Nina’s vitriol towards Patricia is way up there and bordering on uncomfortable for me.

      • crowgirl

        Our assessment was that Daniel and sis had polished of a bottle or two before Tim arrived.

        • spititout

          I replied to another post that mentioned the emotions of Daniel and his sister. The intention was for Daniel’s mother to be present for Tim’s visit, but her brother died the day before the filming, so Daniel’s friends and sister came to support him. Tim Gunn consoled Daniel’s mother off- camera. Daniel and Tim Gunn are the epitome of kindness and grace, and I hope they never change!

          • crowgirl

            Thanks for the back story. That puts it in perspective. What an emotional roller coaster for them all!

    • Zorkness

      I think one of the most interesting aspects of the final four (three now) is that they all come from the west. Patricia from New Mexico, MIchelle from Oregon, Stanley from Socal and Daniel from Texas. I thought in this respect the final four really do go together in a show. Too bad Daniel did not draw more from his roots in a more original way. No wonder Nina is having a fit. Personally I am glad that we are seeing diversity in geography. Wish Patricia had better finish and that Stanley had more originality.

    • I hate steampunk..but I would wear the shit out of the quilted skinny pants and coat. After dropping about 20 pounds first.

    • I don’t have an organized way to post my comments. I’m all over the place. I like much about every contestant, but love few of their designs. I remember being wowed by past runway shows (ie., Irina Shabayeva, Christian Ciriano). I haven’t been wowed that much during this season. I don’t know how fake these home visits are, but I remember feeling amazed by Ciriano’s work space, or lack thereof. He created beautiful dresses within such a small space that he slept on the hallway floor. At the beginning of this season I thought that Patricia was going to gag us with comments about her heritage every five minutes. I was wrong about her. I love her sequins. Anybody have an idea how she makes those? I would never wear horsehair. How is it removed from the horse? Do all the nearby horses have skimpy tails? I appreciate what Patricia does so much. I’m not sure how to classify her.

    • VictoriaDiNardo

      I find the criticism – in this case particularly with Michelle and also Patricia – about streamlining the looks and having too many elements like the messenger bags, sort of oddly in conflict with what the judges also keep bringing up: will they give us a good runway show? Aren’t most runway shows a bit over the top and fantastic and of course everyone assumes that the parts get edited down for stores and wearing in real life.

      I loved Michelle’s collection and I hope she wins, because I think she is a talented designer and has a strong point of view. I hope she doesn’t streamline the zest out of the looks. We all see what those pieces can be on their own – show them as you conceived them.

      I also kind of bristle at the defining of her by many fans as “the bitch”. I thought she was very spot on of her criticism of the other designer’s work, sensible about her work ethic and I respected her drawing her own boundaries, ie hugging and crying.

      • Chartreusite

        I’m really not a fan of the “bitch” label either. It’s a very loaded word and the fact that everyone’s jumping to use it for why Michelle shouldn’t win (despite making good clothes) is just really hard for me to swallow. That’s the thing with reality tv though; a lot of the time it is a personality competition.

        • VictoriaDiNardo

          True, and I think she’s done a pretty good job of navigating that middle ground of feeding the beast and preserving some degree of self-repect.

          As for the b word – I loved Tina Fey when she ranted on people calling Hillary Clinton a bitch during the primaries, claiming the word as a symbol for women who a strong willed rather than a denigration with “bitches get things done! ” but I’d still rather see it fade away as a standard way of describing opinionated women.

          • Chartreusite

            Agreed I read that quote on another article on this episode of Project Runway and I just loved it. I think that’s a good way to approach it, but you’re right, it’s definitely something that I’d rather see become a dated form of referring to someone.

      • I think the mixed messages are deliberate–if you have multiple, competing/conflicting mandates the judges can cite any of them to justify decisions.

        • VictoriaDiNardo

          Good point – then they can be arbitrary but fall back on the mandates. Crafty producers, er, judges.

      • nosniveling

        I agree with your points here- especially about the labels applied to Michelle.
        Compared to the major bitches that have WON this competition in the past, she’s a pussycat.
        Good observation about the mixed messages also, you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t.

      • BeccaGo

        Spot on. Everything you said.

    • marilyn

      I agree: Stanley and Michelle are the top two. The problem is that neither is particularly outstanding. There are no Laura Benners or Chloe Daos here.

      I have mixed feelings about Patricia. She is totally immersed in Native American culture, which is great. She has used the symbols, styles and vibes in her clothes. But she does not have the eye for the shapes that are needed for Marie Claire type clothes. The horrid ensemble Tim talked her out of showing was rather frightful. Loose leather shorts and a loose plaid shirt. How is that fashion? The scary thing is that she did not understand that it was horrible. In fact, she thought it was one of her best looks. The blue dress was the most mainstream thing she has done, and it is not that interesting. And, how in the world does it work with the other clothes in her collection? She is clever to use head gear to try to elevate a look. But it is just stuck on there, and not a part of the look. She spends hours torturing fabric, which has saved her more than once. How many times has she been on the bottom and saved at the last minute? I think that her work is marketable, particularly in the Southwest. But her fashion design skills are not refined enough to keep her in the New York fashion scene.

      Daniel needed to go. He needed someone else to edit his designs just before they went out last night. That is pathetic. He is obviously a good enough designer, but is suited to a more mature market. The old-fashioned over the arm pocketbook on the first model’s arm killed that outfit. Sending him home made sense.

      Then comes Stantley: His clothes were older than Daniel’s. I think he has gotten too much self-confidence. His collection was more a period piece for the 1920’s than anything. I was surprised how much change the judges felt his clothes needed. This is the last minute, folks. The judges were talking about major changes. Stantley may have rested on his laurels too early.

      Unfortunately, Michelle looks like the best. It is unfortunate, because the self-proclaimed child of the 80’s has recycled that era here. This decade is too close in time to be considered vintage. It is like people holding on to the hippie look in the 1990’s. Just out of date. Everything Michelle showed is sharp, well coordinated, but not original. These competitors are so mediocre that she is the best of the lot. How do the producers find such mediocre people?

      • DeTrop

        You mention mediocrity and I agree. I wonder if over the years of watching PR the seriously talented are unwilling to put themselves through the requirements. The lack of sleep; the silly challenges; the back-biting etc. Only the egocentric seem to enjoy the exposure.

      • meowing

        I think Patricia needs to flip her design process: first come up with a killer design/outfit, THEN do her magic on textiles to work with the killer design. I think she’s doing the opposite now, to her detriment.

    • Kathy_Marlow

      Michelle’s collection looks like it came straight from DM Cornish’s Monster Blood Tattoo series. I could so see Rossmund or Europe wearing the coats (especially the first one in the full collection as shown on TLo’s site) I love it, so very much. The rest don’t even compare to me.

    • ccm800

      What an old trend to capitalize on. Steampunk. It’s already over! Patricia and Michelle are the only two designing anything on this season. The boys are just remaking – derivative and dull. Michelle will win they just cannot make it as obvious as when Irina won, thus the do or die nonsense.

      • spititout

        thankfully michelle was restrained enough to style the models hair a little tousled instead of clapping steampunk headgear on their heads, or googles. though i did like jays headgear way back when. sorry no caps, my hand is tired

    • Anabag

      I like Michelle’s quilted breast-piece, but I have to say it reminds me of the chest protector that a baseball catcher wears.

      • DeTrop

        Someone likened it to a carapace. I looked the word up and one of the definitions was the shell protecting a turtle.

        • The top shell of a turtle is called the carapace. The underside is called the plastron. In case anybody wondered (turtle lover here).

    • Does anyone how much time the designers were allowed to complete their 12-piece collections? I ask because there’s a lot more craftsmanship on display as compared to the past couple of seasons.

      • Seems to have been 4 or 5 months.

        • Is it really? It’s hard for me to gauge, because quilting an entire coat would take me quite long to do, but I’m delighted to see Michelle’s craftsmanship. Her work stands in stark contrast to Daniel’s whose leather pants I’ve done already. My very first pair of pants… leather knickers. I think she’ll win. Her work exudes distinction.

          • I’m sure all the quilting is machine done which really doesn’t take that long. It’s all straight lines. The only kind of quilting I can manage. πŸ™‚

      • CarolinLA

        Then Stanley should be ashamed that he didn’t complete his looks in that amount of time.

      • Theactualdiva

        I think they said six weeks.

        • Thanks for letting me know. Six weeks… not nearly enough, tho. I look at Michelle’s work… quilting that entire coat… that’s a lot of work. Well, for someone like me it is. And yes, I’m quite surprised meticulous, control-freak Stan showed up with drafted patterns and not much in the way of execution. Look, I always gravitate towards hand-crafted detail, and his hand-beading is quite enticing; but, his clothes are old. I’m in my mid 30s, and I wouldn’t wear anything in his presentation. Sure, not everything needs to be” hot and sexy” as Heidi puts it, and most of us don’t walk around with our boobies hanging out as she does, but some edginess is warranted here.

      • I rewatched the DVR recording tonight and as Tim is walking up to Patricia’s parent’s home it says “4 months later”. Then as they arrive in New York it says “4 weeks later”. So that’s about 5 months.

    • dschubba

      I watched live, but I’m only now realizing that Michelle’s models are wearing that same terrible bootie that Fabio used in his collection.

    • as much as I liked the coat with all the clip on bags, (and I would wear the shit out of it), it strikes me as really, really, impractical. how are you supposed to put anything in the back-pack part without it dragging the whole jacket of your shoulders?

      • DeTrop

        I wonder how that coat would work on the subway. You just might have the whole car to yourself.

        • Qitkat

          In a very crowded, standing room only car, I would be concerned about being robbed. And sitting down comfortably. I thought wearing all the bags at once was a gimmick, and even Michelle realized that in practicality they wouldn’t all work well at the same time.

          • Theactualdiva

            I don’t think the coat embellisments were about practicality, but art. When you get down to it, the matching bags were glorified fanny packs πŸ™‚

            • Qitkat

              She wanted them to be art, but IMO they were novelties. But fanny packs, yes indeed.

              I was just responding to
              @DeTrop:disqus about the subway.

        • Theactualdiva

          Especially if Michelle was wearing it πŸ™‚

      • Call me Bee

        All of the bags unhooked and came off, so they would be easy to get at whatever was in them.

    • Coco Cornejo

      Daniel knew he was the one to be eliminated. He was on the verge of tears during the “confessional.” Too bad he didn’t show that fabulous leather jacket. And where was the red and white we saw during the home visit.

    • VivianAdvanced

      Screw “Marie Claire” and what Nina would approve of! The designers should stick to their own aesthetics. What made the first couple of PR seasons interesting was that the contestants didn’t seem to be creating things with marketability in mind. Patricia really can’t design outfits that scream Native American if she is to appeal to the general public. I perused many relatively recent Native American publications at my job (digital imaging company that specializes in curatorial material) and the consensus on “Indian” fashions was that anyone other than actual Native Americans look patronizing and ridiculous wearing them. I came across articles that scorned layouts with white models in tribal wear. She’d have to subtly reference her heritage for her designs to be marketable to the masses. What she has presented so far demonstrates that she can do that. While her stuff hasn’t always appealed to me, a collection from her will certainly be more intriguing than one from Daniel. As much as Michelle irritates me, I have liked many of her creations, although I’d tweak them with colors other than mud, bile and moss.

      • Qitkat

        I’m convinced, though I would have to go back and watch every Bravo show, that the word *marketability* was never, ever even mentioned. By anyone.

        It seems that you might have a unique perspective on Patricia’s designs. I think you are probably making a great point that her designs would have to be subtle for wide marketability. This addresses the issue that has come up on this forum many times before, with cultural appropriations of designs from around the world often offending folks here because of their overtness.

        As far as *Indian fashions* go, my sole experience with them has been with the traditional turquoise jewelry. Back in the 70s, especially, I knew many white women (with much more money than I had) who loved, loved, loved wearing the chunky necklaces such as squash blossom pendants and bracelets that showcased huge turquoise and carnelian stones, set in silver. At that time, many of these items were available directly from native jewelers of the southwestern tribes of Navaho, Hopi and Zuni, especially. My husband and I both bought small pieces of turquoise, shell and silver jewelry directly from both Hopi and Navaho jewelers living on the reservations in Arizona, as we thought it only appropriate to deal directly with them rather than through a re-seller. You had to have someone direct you to where they lived or worked because there were no advertising signs whatsoever. These jewelry traditions go back centuries, although the ability to create extensively didn’t happen until the late 19th century. In the early to middle 20th century it became fashionable for wealthy (non-native) women to wear these gorgeous elaborate pieces with gowns, purchased through city buyers who went directly to the native jewelers. Arizona Highways put out editions in 1974, which have since become very collectible, on the history of Southwestern Native American jewelry, weaving and pottery. I’m fortunate to own these, since we lived there when they came out on the newstand. Anyway, the point I am trying to make is that even at the time, I personally would have felt uncomfortable wearing the largest, most elaborate sets of necklaces, rings, and bracelets, even if I could have afforded them, having seen them worn on native American Indians, and then on Caucasian men and women, there was a real cultural disconnect for me. I understood why this jewelry was so attractive to them, but I always thought it looked like it truly belonged on the native tribesmen and women and looked out of place on the white folks, just a bit.

        So Patricia has to be smart and careful in her choices of heritage elements for translation to a wider audience, to avoid what @VivianAdvanced:disqus said in her post here, “patronizing and ridiculous” looks for non Native Americans. That alone makes it challenging to mass market a clothing line from her, so that it is not so “dumbed-down” so as to appear trite, but that actually references her native influences in a respectful way. It’s a fine line. And I’m not so sure it can successfully be done, other than in boutique one-of-a-kind items.

        • spititout

          Good points, do you remember the (decoy?) finale collection of Gunnar Deatherage? Quite literal from a non-native designer.
          Even looking at pre-PR designer contestant work other than Patricia this season, there is a surprising amount of fringe, handmade jewelry and native or ethnic influenced aspects. Check the PR website, the work is not limited to Amanda only. In his post-PR work, Daniel credits Patricia with inspiring more attention to textile and leather work in his newest designs, but the trend seems to have already been making a comeback.

    • Kate4queen

      I have to admit that Michelle showed the most interesting pieces, I loved that coat. She does have a tendency to over-embellish though, but she is definitely the one to beat.
      Stanley was disappointing but then I think seeing several of his pieces ‘together’ actually only emphasized how they veer toward the frumpy/older end of the market.
      Patricia just amuses me, I love her point of view but wouldn’t wear anything she makes-I’d put it on the wall though. πŸ™‚
      Daniel just needed to go. Kohls indeed,

    • Coco Cornejo

      Stanley designs for the mature church lady. As TLo says, not the Marie Claire market. Still yet, there is a market for what Stanley produces.

    • Tracy_Flick

      1. Tim Gunn is such a sweet, genuine guy. Unlike everyone else, it’s NEVER about him. You learn almost nothing about him on the show. He’s the polar opposite of your average reality TV star. Also, I think he sleeps in a 3-piece suit and tie. I can’t imagine him in gym clothes or jammies.

      2. I love Patricia. And I hate that she is always so close, yet so far away. As others have said, it’s just so refreshing to see something completely different.

      3. Stanley. Oh, that was a sad collection. A lesson in how to make gold and sparkle look bland and stuffy.

      4. Daniel. Blah. I think there were other things in that collection that would have been a lot better to show. The sweater? Ugh.

      5. Michelle. Well done. The steampunk-ness is a bit dated (lose the compass, FFS), but everything was interesting and well-made.

      6. Have we engaged in crass speculation about Layana’s pregnancy yet? Would she have been pregnant when she was on the show?

      • NoGovernmentName

        I wondered why Daniel chose those pieces when he had several more exciting, dramatic pieces. I think he went too safe on the runway show, and that lost him his spot. It’s a shame, because I liked him throughout the season.

      • CarolinLA

        Layana is about six and a half months pregnant right now so she must’ve gotten pregnant right after the show.

    • Call me Bee

      Yes–Michelle is the one to beat. I thought so since she did that snazzy little dress for the “Spin” challenge. The judges didn’t like it, but I thought it was brilliant. Anyway–her stuff reminds me both of Jay McC and Kara Saun with an edgier bent.

      Agreed–Stanley is Saks…or Chico’s. Had he shown that last dress without that awful leather jacket (those drapey jackets have run their course, even here in the middle west…) and adjusted the fit and hem of that dress….no never mind. Nothing could save it. As it was: clothing for the elderly.

      I was very disappointed in Daniel’s. Maybe it would have been better if the clothing were in color. It was so depressing. I mean–I know it’s a fall collection, and goodness knows we love our black clothing, but this was to be the “wow” collection. The outfit with the hat was fashion forward (except the hat itself…) and I thought the knit piece looked interesting, But…whatevs.

      Ahhhh Patricia. I was annoyed by her talking about “Native American” culture all the time, and not referring to her own tribe. Does she expect to represent ALL Native Americans with her POV? Her experience is specifically Hopi or Navaho, or whatever Southwestern tribe her family is part of. To me, that’s like me continuously talking about my “European” culture, and never talking about Estonia/Latvia. It is those specific cultures with which I am familiar. “European” culture, just like “Native American” culture, encompasses so much more than my experience.

      It is just a small thing that grated with me all through this season.

      And Patricia’s fashion is not fashion. It is craft work, albeit very interesting and well done, that happens to be clothing. She does really neat things with surface design, but that makes her a fiber artist, not a clothing designer. She has no business being on PR at all.

      • guest2visits

        What irritates the hell out of me – more than Layana’s whining, more than Daniel’s constant weepiness, more than
        any of the currant PR personalities – is that Patricia has the attitude that she’s inventing a new art form. Fringe? Really?
        These are not new design elements. What we needed from Patricia was new way to look at them and she got stuck
        making elaborate craft projects… How about some beautiful clothes?
        And it’s not really fair to the designers with talents who were auf’t so early.
        What if this was a cooking show and they were all told they would be making a chicken dish today, but Patricia
        announced she would be making a desert instead. But see the kitchen didn’t have any sugar or flour because those
        ingredients were not stocked for the dish they were being judged on. So Patricia’s desert was only partially baked, or
        edible. But you have to give her credit for trying?…. I sense another Anya debacle.
        I agree 100% – this isn’t PR invent textiles, it’s PR invent a successful clothing line.

    • gurl boy

      Sorry, I was not impressed by any of these four. Michelle’s is in gimmick overload! Clip on bags? WTF? Patricia’s was creative but way bad in the styling dept! The other two…NOTHING exciting or even close!

    • MissAmynae

      After his defense of Patricia’s work these last few weeks, I take back all the times I called Mr. Posen “Princess Prissy Pants Posen”. Okay, all but one. I love Patricia and her work. Need that scarf like whoa. See what happens with more than 12 hours, PR? See??!!

      Michelle’s is cool and all, but SO VERY PORTLAND! It needs a bird on it.

      Stanley’s having a Chico’s kind of day, apparently. Its all pretty and well made and blahblahblzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

      I’m extraordinarily proud of our Daniel. I don’t think what he showed were his best pieces, not sure why he didn’t bust out with that red gown. But- I am so happy for him for making it this far, and for doing Austin proud! love you, honeybunch.

      • DeTrop

        Daniel has come a long way. Unfortunately, he showed three black pieces. He should have injected some color in his mini-collection. Having said that, I don’t think Nina would have put him in over her favorite – Stanley. We know she has no love for Patricia and she has little like of Daniel. Michelle is back in Nina’s good graces but I’m pretty sure Stan’s her man.

    • davidjp2

      I have no idea about dress making. Can someone please help me out? Why do you think Patricia is a talent textile designer? She has many interesting idea. But, it is a big but, how do you use the textile on a dress? Or, mass production? What kind of dress will they be? Who will be the customers? She can show her textile in a art gallery. If no one can actually use the textile to make clothes, how does her talent fit in the fashion business?

      • DeTrop

        I believe a woman (or man) will go to Patricia for a one-of-a-kind outfit. She is not a designer – yet – for a store like Lord & Taylor’s, Dillard’s, Macy’s etc. There must be a place for the Patricia’s of the world or why did PR give her this opportunity. I love many of her designs and would very much like to own and wear that dress with the scarf that most people have dissed. The colors are sophisticated and it flows so prettily.

    • pylgrym

      Has anyone else noted that Tom showed up in the same blue and white shirt pattern that he criticized in Patricia’s leather jacket?

    • kaydenpat

      “The first outfit is suitable for your average 90-year-old socialite.”

      Had me doubled over with laughter. Stanley’s designs were okay, but a little boring. But not quite as boring as Daniel’s.

      I like Patricia. She’s not snarky or mean. She’s not a designer whose clothes I would wear, but I’m glad she made the top 3 over Daniel. And I loved the glimpse at her family and Native American culture.

    • This is Michelle’s game to lose: none of the remaining designers even come close to the level she’s on. It really makes you wonder what her whole show output would’ve been had they not had this team gimmick. Her collection is the business.

      Sorry but I just can’t get on the Patricia train. For me her use of “native elements” has been cliche and poorly realized. That she’s being championed as someone with “vision” just shows how far this show has dropped in terms of quality, forward-thinking designers. Team Nina all the way on that: she’s arts & crafts…a good textile maker/artisan but a rather poor fashion designer. Obviously Heidi loves her, hence her still being there, but over Daniel?

      Stanley has the taste but is def a bore. There’s nothing “now” or “could be” about his work: it’s all 50’s/60’s upper east side luxe…that’s not a bad thing but really, who cares. I was actually shocked they booted Daniel over Stanley (or over Patricia!) but I guess they didn’t see anything more in him? Ah well.

    • BeccaGo

      Has anyone coined the nickname “Patrocious” yet?

    • MoHub

      Did anyone else have a flashback to Chris March’s human hair garment from season 4? I thought that was terrific, and I also loved Patricia’s use of the horsehair. I don’t know why Nina was so creeped out by the idea, and I’m willing to bet she has no problem with human hair wigs and extensions. I was pleased to see both that both Heidi and Zac not only “got” Patricia’s work but were excited by it and were willing to take Nina to the mat.

      • unbornfawn

        My daughter and I were prepared to jump out of our seats and scream “hypocrites!” if the judges suddenly decided they LOVED the horsehair, after being so creeped out by Chris March’s use of it. Nice to see that they are taking baby steps to appreciating the beauty of hair in places on than the head. Thanks Chris for opening everyone’s eyes.

        • Theactualdiva

          Nina didn’t like it because it looked like human extensions. It was Chris March using human hair that creeped all the judges out.

    • >>Patricia is the only other designer demonstrating a strong point of view in this finale

      I was seriously wondering if they were going to send Stanley and Daniel both packing and have a 2 person finale

      • Theactualdiva

        No chance of sending Stanley home, but I thought it was tactful of them to announce Patricia was in before they said Stanley was in. I think once Daniel heard Patricia was in he knew he was out. He was my favorite contestant as far as sweetness.

    • BeccaGo

      No finalists under 30! Suck it, kiddies! πŸ˜€

    • Coco Cornejo

      TLo I wish you would do a What ever happened to…? series for all the PR winners and fan favorites. As a reader/viewer I’m curious what these folks are up to. And I think it would be a reality check for all the contestants who weep in front of the camera that “this is their one chance.”

    • guest2visits

      I wasn’t enlightened by her home visit; it was a large family gathering – much like other past hopeful and heart felt meals held
      for Tim’s arrival. But the store/studio was informative. I thought I would see some nicely polished and finished items; but I was
      disappointed how crude and simple everything came off. Apparently time allotment made no difference. This is her style.

      I don’t see whats new or fresh. None of Patricia’s tribal elements are original either. Looking at the season and her collection;
      I don’t think she did a great job bringing these motifs and totems forward to make appealing fashion out of them; which
      would have been wonderful if she could have. Because what’s not to like about fringe, or bouncy head dresses, or braid work,
      or cool stylized feathers and horse hair swags… I’ve loved them on all the other American Indian art and artifacts.
      But she doesn’t have a feeling for the art of making clothes. Nina was right; it’s not there.
      And I liked the pretty blue dress and maybe 2 other outfits she made for the finale, but that’s not near enough.
      Michelle’s pieces, elaborate details, and quirkiness could’ve gone wrong, but she understands the need to pay attention to the
      human form and her work related to the wearer in a pleasing, stylish way.
      Stanley and Daniel may be ready for the dept store but missing some passion and unique qualities.

    • CarolinLA

      If PR is looking for the next great designer, why can’t it be a textile designer? It would certainly be a different way to go.

      • Because they’re looking for the next great fashion designer. Textile and fashion design are so afar apart, you might as well say that choosing the next great interior designer would be a “different way to go.”

    • CarolinLA

      I’m rooting for Patricia to win. I know her finale collection is a mish mash but there are several pieces in Michelle’s collection that I do not care for.

    • NoGovernmentName

      I love the wolf sweater. LOVE IT. Want it. Not with the blouse underneath, though.

      • crowgirl

        I’ll take it even with the blouse, and Patricia’s printed eagle feather dress too, please! I have long been describing my personal style as “Firely extra meets Dickensian orphan” though, so I don;t think I am Nina’s target marketing demographic.

    • CarolinLA

      If Patricia winning is what gets Nina to quit, I’m all for it.

    • What the fuck was Daniel wearing? Omg, it looked so odd! It was like 1 half of a black waistcoat and 1 half of a navy waistcoat randomly stuck together. Not being mean, it just looked strange

      • Targettaste

        It reminded me of a Halloween costume where you are one person from one angle, and another person from another angle. Weird.

    • CarolinLA

      I think we know now why Stanley was so persnickety on Twitter with TLo. He was the one to beat and now he’s in third place.

    • CarolinLA

      I love, love, love that we have a real horse race this season. Based on the judges, they each have their own favorite going in although Zac seems to like Patricia as much as Michelle. I hope to Christ that Kors doesn’t come in and just parrot Nina because THAT would sink this season. I hope a year away has given him a different perspective given that he’s one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People.

    • CarolinLA

      If Patricia wins, Nina is going to have a giant Make It Work moment at MC.

    • myristica_fragrans

      if patricia loses, marimekko needs to scoop her up for a season.

    • SRQkitten

      Tinker bell, I must have been snoozing (very possible) when Patricia explained that and if that is the case, that’s way, way different. Nina does not have the one right view of the fashion world. Frankly, I think we’re better off with a bit more diversity in the fashion world and Patricia has clearly worked hard to infuse her cultural references into her work. Thanks for the explanation, guess i’ll have to stick with expresso for the next TLO lounge.


    • sado

      Michelle s victimhood is vomit inducing……you are goddamn 3rd rate designer from a dump called Portalnd, get over yourself…..and didn’t just lived through a war……..she is sooooooo obnoxious and vile

    • carolclark12

      Since when do Project Runway winners have to show wearable clothes? Has anyone ever seen anyone wear Gretchen’s “stuff”?

      • spinachleaf

        I always thought that Gretchen’s stuff was drably, wearisomely ‘wearable’. It marked the cut-off between the ‘old’ Project Runway – which was about fashion and couture – and the ‘new’ – which has always been about ‘sellability’..

    • adnama79

      I can’t believe that Stanley said his model’s body was making his dress look bad. Dude. Clothes are supposed to make a body look good, and if the DRESS was WRONG for her body, you should have put her in something else.

    • Theactualdiva

      Michelle’s double purses wouldn’t have been so bad, and kind of funky, if they hadn’t been black patent leather…looked cheap. The bulky ruffle on the skirt was awkward. Coat and quilted pants rocked.

      Now, if as someone suggested, Stanley purposely sent out stuff he knew would be critiqued, that leaves him wide open to shine, and ultimately, Michelle’s could be labeled costume-y.

    • bellafigura1

      Wendy Pepper, spit-laugh. Haven’t thought about her in years.

    • First season, Kara Saun gets reamed for having shoes made for her collection. This season, Michelle is lauded for “using her resources in collaboration”. Interesting how things have changed. (And I know, money had something to do with it, but whatever… Michelle likely didn’t pay an hourly rate commensurate for the wolf sweater.)

      • davidjp2

        I think Kara Saun got those shoes for very little money, almost free. It was seen as unfair to other designers.

      • Kara Saun had those shoes “donated” to her initially and then eventually paid something ridiculously cheap for them like $10 a pair. There is no reason to believe Michelle didn’t pay a fair hourly rate for Joe’s work. She had a $10,000 budget to work with and he had no reason to do the work for free.

      • That’s not what happened with Kara Saun. She got in trouble because she had no receipts for those shoes and clearly didn’t pay for them. So , yeah; money had “something to do with it,” in that she didn’t pay any. There’s no indication that Michelle did anything like that. PR finalists commission other people to do work on their collections every season, from knitwear and crochet-work, to leather and shearling work, and even just plain old finishing.

        It just amazes us how HARD some of the viewers want to hate Michelle. “She’s probably cheating and exploiting people.” Based on absolutely NOTHING.

        • Good point. I love Michelle. Loved her from the beginning. I’m just pointing out how the competition had changed. Kara Saun may not have had receipts and may have used resources unfairly, but at the time it was also poo pooed because it was not all her work, (though frankly, it was smart.) The playing field has evolved.

          That’s all I’m saying. πŸ™‚ Stanley also used outside resources, though poorly. Michelle deserved the win, IMO. She had it all: talent, drive, smarts and she produced the best collection, no doubt.

          • It really wasn’t poo-poo’d because it wasn’t her work. The designers were not expected to make their own shoes. The only issue was that she didn’t have the receipts. Jay McCarroll paid to have pieces in his collection crocheted and knitted. It was entirely okay to do that sort of thing, right from the beginning, so long as they paid for it from their budget.

      • Citric

        It was a resource everyone had – everyone there knows Joe – and it’s a resource that she likely had to pay for – I imagine Joe isn’t giving out use of his sweet computerized knitting machine for free. She wanted some cool knitwear, she knows a guy who does cool knitwear, she went to him for advice and help with the execution, paid him for his services, and got a sweet sweater for her collection. What’s wrong with that? It’s not like he did the entire design – she had several drafts of the design on the home visit – and it’s not like other designers didn’t collaborate – Daniel also had some knitwear, and he collaborated with someone too. The Joe connection was highlighted just because they met on the show and worked together afterwards, which is a bit more of a storyline than “I hired someone to do something”.

    • LookWhosInTheFreezer

      I’m sorry but as talented as Michelle is, I just want her to go at this point because of her attitude. She talks more shit than anyone else. And frankly, her complete disregard for explicit instructions from the client/judge, Nina, was totally unprofessional and is the type of action that would give her a bad reputation in the real world. She’s lucky to still be there after that (though I agree, talent-wise she is probably the front runner.)

      Also did anyone else think that Daniel looked like he had done a LOT of coke just before Tim’s visit? Dude looked like he was flyin’ higher than Randy Roads.

      • “And frankly, her complete disregard for explicit instructions from the
        client/judge, Nina, was totally unprofessional and is the type of action
        that would give her a bad reputation in the real world.”

        You mean that time Nina said “No pants” and Michelle made pants and then Nina turned around and handed a Marie Claire editorial to the guy who made pants?

        No one in fashion, unless they were dealing with a horrible client, would get a bad reputation for trying to design the client something they didn’t ask for. That’s how good people in fashion make their names

        • LookWhosInTheFreezer

          I’m guessing the reason that Nina reprimanded Michelle and not Stanley is because Michelle’s look was far closer to what Nina was asking the designers to avoid. I believe she said something like “I don’t wanna see just a shirt and pants” as her warning. Now Stanley’s outfit technically has pants, but they are much closer to a skirt in appearance. I actually thought it was a skirt, at first. Also, his look had the leather jacket over it. Michelle’s look was undeniably “pants” and a top (and nothing more.) I thought it looked great, but I think she got just a little too close to the line of what Nina was imagining when she gave her warning. Stanley didn’t. That seems the most likely reason to me, unless she just has a beef with Michelle (which is possible.)

          Now I don’t understand why Nina had such a bug up her ass about the concept of a shirt and pants combo to begin with. It seems kinda weird given what is seen in fashion magazines all the time. But she went out of her way to say “don’t give me X” and it was a very specific request spelling out forbidden territory and was rather unusual guideline for a PR challenge, so clearly Nina felt very strongly about it. I agree with you that designing something for a client that they didn’t ask for is no big deal. Heck, it’s a sign of creativity, confidence etc. A good designer. But there’s a difference between giving something somebody didn’t ask for, and giving them something that they told you not to give them. The latter runs a high risk of coming off as almost a passive-aggressive attempt to start a pissing contest with the client. Knowing Nina’s personality, Michelle had to know she was treading on dangerous ground. Heck, didn’t she even say during the design process “I know Nina won’t like it but she’s just gonna have to deal with it” to one of the other contestants. Anyways, she’ll have the last laugh because she will probably end up winning the whole shebang.

          • Sarah

            Hey, Phishy friend – I think maybe you’re putting way too much stock in Nina’s statement. “Knowing Nina’s personality” how? From watching her on TV? I don’t think anyone who doesn’t live and work with her every day knows her personality. I think she’s a pretty hard nut to crack, myself. And as far as Michelle “had to know” – it was patently clear that she didn’t. She didn’t think of it at ALL. She was shocked and dismayed to be called out regarding it, and her comment in the workroom was more of a generalization regarding what she viewed as Nina’s probable distaste for her personal POV judging from reactions in prior weeks, not the shapes of her garments.

            So all I’m trying to say is I don’t think Nina was really that hard-assed about it and she and the other judges DID give the win to separates with bifurcated legs regardless of how skirty they looked, so I think it just boiled down to what they felt was editorial, and Michelle’s look was too “sportswear” for the judges to reward on that challenge.

            I’m gonna go down down down down down πŸ˜‰

          • I think Nina and the rest of the judges punished Michelle because the producers thought it would make for a good storyline. Stanley sent out a peeps jacket and a pair of hot pants that week and got waved through.

            Shirts and pants – even white ones – are featured on Marie Claire covers and in editorials all the time. It was a totally arbitrary decision, from a practical standpoint. From a producer’s standpoint, the loudmouthed frontrunner got slapped down a bit, while the weepy drama queen got to stay in, even though he made a far worse set of garments that week. Result: more story.

            I’m not railing against it or anything. This is what PR does and has done since forever. But I don’t buy for one second any talk of “Well, Michelle should have listened to Nina, but she didn’t and she paid the price.”

          • guest2visits

            You’re right, Nina did recite a shopping list of things she did and didn’t want to see.
            But I think most of it went *whoosh* right over Michelle’s head. I think she was already busy in her mind
            with what she could do for the challenge. I just don’t see her deliberately plotting against Nina’s wishes.
            What she designed was declared chic and beautifully made by all the judges that week. It just didn’t come
            close enough to what Nina wanted.
            Normally; she would have been at least safe; not off the show.
            And not treated like a very bad little kid made to stand in the corner for a time-out, either.
            I think they cooked up that exaggerated move to save Patricia and Daniel from being on the bottom –
            they were making damn sure Patricia was going all the way.

      • spititout

        For your information, Daniel may have appeared high because Daniel’s mother’s brother passed away the day before Tim’s visit. The plan was for Daniel’s mother to be a part of the filming, but she could not mange it, so Daniel’s friends and sister supported him. Everyone was obviously emotional and Tim comforted Daniel’s mother off camera, because he is a class act.

        • LookWhosInTheFreezer

          Hey Spit, did they show that on the show? (I must have stepped away and missed that.) Well that explains the red eyes on Daniel. Yikes, what a bummer. That must have been a major distraction for him. I was surprised that he chose 3 all-black outfits for the runway. While what little we saw of his collection didn’t blow me away, I love black/red/white as a color scheme and was interested to see how he did that across the collection.

          • spititout

            Laura Kluvo on Blogging Project Runway interviewed Daniel for her blog after he was eliminated, and he mentioned the home visit situation. Sounds like he got the exposure he needed from being on PR, lots of exciting opportunities coming up for him now.
            I don’t know how it all works, but since he did not show those color pieces in his decoy collection, does that mean PR does not own the work, and he is free to use them for his own gain now? Daniel is a true gentleman, I appreciated his generous spirit throughout the show.

    • DCSheehan

      Bitchelle for the win. I want a man’s version of her coat and those quilted pants. It’s a solid collection and deserves the win.

      But I also want a man’s coat with horsehair fringe. And One with those homemade sequins all over it. Patricia’s work might not be Marie Claire but I see a glimmer of greatness in it. She just needs someone with a commercial eye giving her some steerage.

      • Chartreusite

        Agreed. What I like about Michelle’s separates is that they do translate across genders as I find myself coveting a lot of her outerwear designs. If you’re listening to this Michelle, you’ve got at least two people who would be interested in seeing you do menswear!

    • spinachleaf

      I was suspicious of Patricia’s workspace. If she’s just a little old Indian lady making beads by the roadside who happens to be a genius – as she seems to portray herself – how come her studio is a giant split-level complex about six times larger than her parent’s space?

      • I’ve never thought she portrayed herself in that way at all. But regardless, It looked like her studio was a room in her home or perhaps she rents the space from someone else. She may be one of those lucky Natives to get substantial income from casino money. Who knows.

        • spinachleaf

          She did speak about ‘children’ – I didn’t understand whether she was talking figuratively or literally but her parents were the only family we saw.

        • Terrie_S

          Taos Pueblo does have a casino, but I believe much of the money is reinvested into land. The place where they had the meal looks like part of the pueblo building proper — which is preserved, so of course it would be small. Most of her family probably lives in more modern housing — only about 200 of the some 4500 members live in the pueblo building. Based on her home visit video on the lifetime site, her studio is the lower level of her home, which, depending on where it was located, wouldn’t be all that expensive. The architecture and layout is fairly standard modern southwestern.

      • Terrie_S

        Probably because her family’s home is generations old, while her studio is a modern building. And, to me, Patricia simply portrays herself as someone heavily rooted in her culture. If that’s the only image you can come up with, it says more about your limited experience with SW Natives.

        • spinachleaf

          Well, I think that’s how you perceive her to be, not what her shtick is, That’s natural. As a great Indian fighter once said: ‘There’s a rube born every minute’.

      • CarolinLA

        She’s not just an Indian lady making beads by the roadside. That is so insulting of you to portray her in that fashion. Jesus, was it a surprise to you that they had electricity and running water as well?

        • spinachleaf

          Kindly do not transfer your disgusting racist aspirations on to me. I mentioned the TV persona she disingenuously projected right from the start – that of of some back-to-the-earth Pueblo indian come to the big city – and which has been seen to be fake right from the start. Remember the ululated prayer on the boat in episode one? Far from being surprised ‘that they had electricity and running water’, it simply confirmed my idea of what Patricia Michaels really is – an adept, modern designer who studied at design schools in Chicago, has a very prosperous boutique in the ski resort of Taos and whose children – whom we did not see in favour of her elderly wizened parents – are film-makers, artists and designers. Now if you think that’s racist, you’re off your chump.

          • CarolinLA

            I’m transferring nothing. I’ll let the 10 dislikes you have speak for itself.

          • Terrie_S

            Plenty of highly traditional Natives also live very modern lives. The conflict between the two “images” exists only in your mind.

            • spinachleaf

              That’s not relevant to any point I’ve made even if it were true, which it isn’t.

            • Terrie_S

              Than I’ll be sure to tell my coworker who works in IT while still upholding her family’s traditional beliefs that she is somehow managing to fake half her life. I’m sure she’ll be so glad you’ve managed to correct her misconceptions.

            • spinachleaf

              So, your co-worker is Patricia Michaels, is she? Because that’s whom my comment was specifically directed. If I meant you or your co-workers, I would have said pompous cubicle fillers.

            • Enough.

          • Sarah

            You are anxious to point out your opinion of Patricia as someone who dissembled when presenting their identity, but you are assigning that identity to her. Your comment “just a little old Indian lady making beads by the roadside who happens to be a genius” is inherently racist and ageist and frankly you have made it up to satisfy your own view of Patricia. You have every right to have that view; many of us here have views about the contestants that probably have very little to do with their actual personalities or talents. That being said, I also have the right to point out your argument is flawed from the get-go – firstly, because if she was indeed a “little old lady” (which, by the way, is insulting in itself, because if she WAS “old” who cares, but she’s 46 and she looks fine so what the hell) how then could she not also be a genius with textiles? And when on earth did she portray herself in this manner except in YOUR OWN HEAD? And even if she did, what would then separate her from dozens of other contestants that came before her that tried to portray themselves (or had producers portray them) in a different light to further their chances?
            I’m not sure what it is you’re reacting to – TLo’s statement that she’s the “real deal” living in Taos, or the idea you seem to have that Patricia perpetrated a ruse to make people think she was some different kind of Native American than she is, but regardless, your choice of words showed a lack of sensitivity to her life and culture and – lets be clear here – I don’t care what you think, but if you’re going to defend your words as “not racist” because you want to believe in your own fantasy that seems just ridiculous. They certainly are.

            • spinachleaf

              Grow up. Something isn’t ‘racist’ just because you say it is. To suppose so is childish and ignorant.

            • Sarah

              I am a grownup. You, however, are clearly not interested in a dialogue because other people don’t agree with you. How childish is that?

            • spinachleaf

              Since your idea of ‘dialogue’ seems to be long and windy rants ‘proving’ I’m a racist, I would suggest ‘not very’.

            • Sarah

              I am a grownup. You clearly don’t wish to engage in dialogue with anyone who disagrees with you – and I DID address your points, so how childish is that?

    • spinachleaf

      I like Daniel’s sister – even though I still think it was very wrong for her to try to steal Danny Zuko away from Sandy at the Rydell High Senior Prom.

    • ZnSD

      I am so sad that Patricia doesn’t know how to manipulate her beautiful fabric. That would’ve made a killer maxi dress, Uli-style (or Old Uli Style, rather) anyway. I really wish she had done so much better. She needed more volume, more flow, more swing; more turquoise, feather, beaded anything werqitout Native high fashion and she woulda been a contendah. Congrats to Michelle. As soon as I saw that collection back when Bryant Park happened, I knew whoever owned that one was the winner.

    • Trisha26

      I Love Michelle, didn’t mind her post-apocalyptic styling, i.e. messy hair/drab makeup according to Nina. Her designs show creativity and actual “design.” She’s my pick for the win. I actually love Patricia and would love to see her win just to eff with the show but I’m sure the producers won’t allow it. As for her “hiding” her Native American influences – if the designs were more overt she would be criticized for being too literal and there’s a danger it would quickly go costume-y. Stanley I had high hopes for but all that old-fashioned fabric – doomed. Salvador-Daniel-Dali shouldn’t have been in the final four. I just can’t with his instantaneous responses when being critiqued – he blurts out thank yous before realizing he’s just been called out for something heinous.

    • Chartreusite

      I’m heavily rooting for Michelle to win (there’s just so much there to love in terms of separates), but I’m worried that they’re gonna pull a last season and give the win to the more sophisticated-esque designer. Then again, I don’t think PR has had a similar result two seasons in a row ever (with the exception of the Gretchen-Anya stretch, depending on your point of view), so I’m going into next week with high hopes.

    • Lumber-Jackie is totally going to be my Drag King name.

    • Theactualdiva

      The only two looks that said ‘Marie Claire’ to me was Michelle’s sweater and Patricia’s blue dress, minus the headdress, of course.

    • Resting my index finger to my chin a la Tim Gunn…The previews for next week concern me. In my unbridled opinion, neither judges nor producers of this show can be trusted to choose the right winner (Michelle, obv. πŸ˜‰ and I can see them jumping through hoops to justify a win for Stanley or Patricia.

      Something is wrong with Nina this season, not because she can’t get on the Patricia bandwagon, but because she spent the entire season championing Daniel and Stanley when so many others were far more interesting. And let’s not even get into the whole Fashion is not Art debacle.

      Heidi on the other hand has obviously never stepped foot in a local Artist’s Market or she wouldn’t be so amazed and enamored with Patricia’s work. I know some cool hippy chicks down at my local market that are doing more interesting things with textiles “upcycled” from the local Good Will. As much as I like Patricia, her textile work is pretty middle of the road and unfocused. She needs to stop flitting from technique to technique. She’s got Art ADD, something I completely understand and recognize because I’m EXACTLY the same way, but with clay instead of fabric. She needs to spend more time thinking about proportions and shape and less time experimenting with surface techniques. (yeah, yeah. Physician heal thyself.)

      Zac is the only judge that seems to have his wits about him and is unafraid of Nina. But he’s the new guy and likely has zero influence on the outcome.

      I dunno kittens. I’m really worried.

      • Qitkat

        Re your paragraph 3: EXACTLY why I have not been so enamored with Patricia’s work either.

        • mhleta

          I’m actually looking forward to the all-stars harvested from this group. I really think Amanda and Samantha have much much more to offer and I want to see them show up in a future season.

          • I was surprised to see Samantha go so soon. I believe she’d just won the previous challenge. And in the challenge that sent her home, she knew what she wanted to do right away and did it, while others were still lagging. She made a couple of bad decisions. Patricia mentioned that she never won a challenge this season. That doesn’t seem to matter much because people won challenges and then went home. I didn’t love Samantha’s last dress with the heart keyhole. But the part I objected to was the skirt because it was too much like children’s skirts of today, and they’re in Walmart. (Hers was better but too much like that look.) I loved her craftsmanship and tailoring. I am touched by these good designers who come back and help their previous competitors.

      • l_c_ann

        Thank you for the good and (for me) insightful read. My life has been far from art-based, so your comments have set me to thinking.

      • CarolinLA

        However, no one has brought what Patricia has brought within the context of PR before. Sure, there’s always people who might be better out there but Patricia is unique within this competition series. And who knows how much her work would improve if given the PR bump. I think she had ADD on the show because she tried to do something different in each challenge. And she certainly did. We didn’t see her sending out the same old make-a-pretty-dress every week and I give her credit for that.

        • I don’t think that’s entirely true. In the past the more arts and crafty designers didn’t have the benefit of a team to protect them. If this season had been like previous seasons I think we’d have seen Patricia making an earlier exit. There were a few challenges where she was easily bottom 3 if not the worst.

          • CarolinLA

            Oh, that’s a such a great point. Patricia really does have the benefit of being in this team season. I still want her to win. It would be such a great story while Michelle winning would just be passe. Another winner from the Pacific Northwest – blah, blah, blah.

          • nosniveling

            Totally agree. She would have been out as quickly as spit marking girl or Pei (?)
            I like Patricia also, and am glad she has some champions among the judges BUT there is a whole world of wearable art out there that’s truly fabulous. Patricia is just skimming the surface.

          • Peeve


    • Why, why didn’t Daniel show the leather jacket!! The one Tim asked about. The winner, I hope to win, is Michelle!

    • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

      Patricia’s first model is really and truly unattractive. She looks like the scarf is strangling her. And the last one? Looks like a character from Sesame Street. Never in a million years would I wear ANYTHING she made. But I want everything and I mean EVERYTHING Michelle makes. Now.

    • jw_ny

      I was happy to see how excited the judges seemed to be with both Michelle and Patricia…all encouraging criticisms during the critique. I knew they both were going thru. I was impressed with Patricia and agree that she deserves her spot in the F3…she’s raw tho and still needs refinement. I must say I’m happy for her making it this far.

      Stanley and Daniel tho…yawn. I really don’t see Stanley being able to modernize or amp up his collection in order to win this..he’s too rigid, and designing for the elderly is also not the way to impress the judges and win this show. Daniel…oh, too wrapped up in his own thoughts and ideas to really hear what others are saying. He finally won me over this episode…as for liking him, but as a designer…boy has got to break free of the past.

      Fingers and toes crossed for Michelle…so talented and interesting. The deserved winner.

    • Everything said said about Patricia was said about Alabama Chanin years ago. And no one laughs at Natalie Chanin now.

      • l_c_ann

        Now to go to look up Chanin, Alabama and Chanin, Natalie.

        edited to add: Thanks for the suggestion. We keep our boat where her home studio is, so I’m going to enjoy getting to appreciate her in her place.

        And the readling list at the bottom of her home page is an interesting collection of books of all sorts that tie together in a sense of place kind of way.

    • Does anyone know how to hand make sequins similar to Patricia’s?

      • Which ones? The large mica ones or the small hammered silver ones? For the small ones I’d either get some heavy gauge silver wire, make jump rings and hammer on an anvil or spend a substantial amount more on a sheet of silver and have them punched. Then hammer for texture.

        • I guess I don’t even know what sequins are made of. How does she make the big ones? Those are really pretty. I’ve never used sequins, I guess.

      • And for the large ones just order from this website:

        • Thank you so much, Michelle. Please pardon my ignorance on this, but when Patricia said she made her sequins, did she obtain this form or was she pounding mica (if that’s possible)? The origin of sequins had never occurred to me until I saw those big ones that are both rustic and delicate at the same time. I don’t love all of Patricia’s designs. I don’t care for the horse hair, but the blue dress is beautiful, IMO. I’m glad she has come so far in the competition.

          • I don’t have any insight into what Patricia did, but I can’t imagine why she wouldn’t have just purchased the discs and then made whatever adjustments necessary to attach them to the dress. That’s likely what she meant when she said she “made” them. Kinda like you don’t have to have milled your own flour to make bread. Know what I mean?

    • kikisayshi

      I can’t WAIT to see what The Duchess has to say about all this! And I’m a little freaked out because Michelle was wearing a cat on her collar.

    • jetpackdino

      This episode gave me a Project Runway Season 7 flashback.

      The competition at *this* exact point was Emilio Sosa’s to lose. At the finish line, though, Sosa choked. He put out one old, boring ensemble after another, and… and Seth Aaron got the win. Even the colors that Stanley is using right now seem to be the same as Sosa’s.

    • I would absolutely love Michelle to win but I bet any money that it’ll be Patricia and we will all be screaming at our TVs yet again, stating that we’ll never watch this show ever again.

    • Patricia fans may enjoy reading more about her history and work on the Beyond Buckskin’s blog. They’ve written quite a bit about her over the past several years and are also following her progress on Project Runway. She’s a beautiful woman now but even more stunning in her younger years.

      • l_c_ann

        Also interesting on Beyond Buckskin are some of the shows that Patrician did two and three years ago. And how her use of the eagle feather/arrow/piano fabric has stayed pretty constant.

    • allcapsERINN

      My DVR cut off THE MOMENT they were about to announce who was going home. During the earlier seasons, I would have been devastated, but this time I just shrugged and thought, “Guess I’ll have to read about it from my beloved TLo.” I don’t really have anything intelligent to say, though. Oh – I loved Tim’s visit to Patricia’s house. And you GO with that STEAMPUNK, Michelle! And I felt sort of bad for stingrays during this show. That’s about it.

    • Patricia’s clothing is more one-off art-to-wear and does not lend itself well to a ‘collection.’ It could, but she clearly doesn’t have that kind of discipline. Daniel’s and Stanley’s clothing bored me. Nicely sewn department store clothing. But Michelle’s collection is truly more innovative and the front runner in my opinion. So I’m prepared for her to lose, ala PR “let’s jerk our audience and fans around.”

    • mhleta

      I don’t understand how Tim (and TLo) didn’t really “get” Patricia until the home visit. She ululated on a barge in the middle of the East River, for shit’s sake; haven’t we always known the woman is nothing if not authentic to her Native American roots? Still, I agree with Layana’s assessment of Patricia–the three pieces she ultimately selected for the runway show great promise, but the rest of the collection looks to be a disjointed mess with pretty serious red flags indicating lack of sophistication/taste. I am terribly disappointed in Stanley’s collection–it’s all so Nordstrom’s Off-the-rack. I’m crazy for everything Michelle showed, but I disagree with labling the look as “steam punk.” It’s not nearly so precious as the Steam Punk I’ve seen. I also think the hair and makeup were exactly as they should have been; Roughed up a little, but terribly fierce. Daniel’s behavior ranges from eccentric to pretty unbalanced. I’m pretty sure he couldn’t handle a PR win. He’s just too fragile.

      • Thank you. I didn’t understand the “walk the walk” comment either since Patricia has never struck me as being anything but authentic and true to herself.

    • I’m intrigued by how the designers dress themselves. Some of them wear clothes that identify their point of view. Others don’t bother to dress “like a designer.” Picture Vera Wang next to Betsey Johnson, for instance. Vera probably dresses nicely but in most photos she is at work, focused on her designs and not herself; whereas Betsey wears her look. Michelle attended one of the runway challenges wearing a head accessory similar to that of her model(s). I love her spirit for doing that.

      I love how some of the men wear vivid colors. I love a bow tie on a man. I can think of past women competitors who put no time or thought into their clothes. I understand that these designers are exhausted. Dressing themselves is a low priority.

      I appreciate the designers who do show their creativity and talent by what they wear themselves.

    • MyrtleUrkel

      Love this recap! I like Zac Posen as a judge (Nina has always been worthless, inconsistent, and contrarian to me), but I miss Michael Kors, he was funny. This video makes me excited for what he’ll say about these collections:

    • nannypoo

      I finally got around to watching the show last night. I was absolutely appalled by Layana’s behavior. She was brought in to help Patricia yet she criticized her and gossiped behind her back about the quality of her collection. And shame on Samantha for listening to her without correcting her.

      I loved Stanley’s first outfit. The skirt and top in the third look, minus the jacket, are also great. The gold dress may have had beautiful details but it was stiff and unflattering. He clearly did not impress the judges and I can’t imagine him winning at this point.

      Michelle’s pieces were beautifully made. The first outfit would be beautiful without the ridiculous chaps, although I have tried and failed to see any wolves in that sweater. The second one was overwhelmed by that stiff and unwearable overskirt. The last outfit was gorgeous but she really should have thought about a blouse or tank under the coat. The model can’t show the beautiful pants without removing the coat and she can’t remove the coat because she doesn’t have a blouse. She also needs to get rid of the gimmicky add-ons. She is inclined to be self-indulgent and to persist against the advice of the judges, but at this point they may have intimidated her into getting rid of the stupid bags so we can actually see her coat.

      Patricia’s pieces are interesting and her craftsmanship is obvious. Even more obvious is Nina’s contempt for her and for her designs. It’s Nina’s magazine. She should get a vote.

      Daniel was brave and dignified in his loss. Good for him.

    • I thought it looked like Dr. Suess. Perhaps if I were NA, I’d think differently because I’d have a different cultural reference. I hope they hand out some kind of points of information cards to the viewers of the runway show pointing out the NA source inspirations because most people will think of Dr. Seuss. I guess one person’s sacred festival dress is someone else’s fanciful childhood illustration reference. Objectively, no reason to get insulted by the reference. The Wolf theme in Michelle’s work is just as full of meaningful references in another religion and ritual. But this is fashion people!

    • LOL. My son’s Journalism 101 class professor had the class look at these pictures. She surveyed them to see what they thought of them and who should win. My son thought Patricia’s blue dress looked like it was made out of garbage and likely only to be purchased by some Middle Eastern oil baron’s elderly wife for a costume party.- Seriously, those words. The mica or hand hammered metal things — he was not impressed, thought they didn’t look good. He said there was a skirt (Stanley’s) that was so narrow that he couldn’t understand how the designer expected the woman to walk. He liked Michelle’s garments. He thought they were more practical. He thought the chaps looked cool. He liked the sleeves being baggy and the pants kind of baggy at the bottom. This is my 20 year old…. The teacher did not inject her opinion-she only showed 3 designs–blue dress, black dot skirt & top, and chaps outfit. The majority voted for Michelle