Project Runway: Shoe Be Do

Posted on August 30, 2013

Is it us? Or is the Marie Claire shoe closet…

 

… MASSIVELY disappointing? We expected more than, we don’t know, the Nine West sales rack, y’know? Looking at the first pic above, we can count on one hand the number of shoes that are anything but standard-looking.

Ladies, for real: If you’re the type who squeals over pretty shoes, tell us: Did you squeal at anything last night? Did you squeal at more than one anything? Shouldn’t the shoe closet of a major fashion magazine send you into constant squeals for at least an hour? After weeks of looking at PVC pumps supplied by the good folks at Belk, we were really excited about this challenge because we thought we were going to see some kickass high-end footwear.

 

We got these instead. Ronald McDonald’s drag night shoes.

What a letdown.

 

And from that uninspiring launch, it’s not surprising that we wound up with the first really boring episode of the season (which is to the season’s credit, truth be told). The only interest came from whether the quickly fading Golden Boy was going to be eliminated (not bloody likely)…

 

…or whether the weepy mess with the ticking clock on her back was going to collapse from the stress of plaid. Other than that it was dull.

We did get that LUDICROUS moment when Tim claimed once again, with a straight face, that THIS group really is composed of the greatest designers in Project Runway history, not like all those other (LITERALLY TEN OTHER TIMES) he said it. Having spoken to roughly 80% of the Project Runway alums over the years, let us tell you, they all freaking HATE IT when Tim says that each season – and we don’t blame them. Tim’s such a sweet guy, but he seems to have no idea how that oft-repeated statement is taken by previous PR contestants. Why compare them like that, Tim? Especially when you say it every single season and no one really believes it?

 

 

Helen

So congrats, Afterschool Special! We were a hundred percent behind the judges on this one. Yes, the dress is as standard as a LBD gets, but that cape is beautifully shaped and current-runway-chic. She nailed it, really. This looks seriously high end, which is why Nina was so in love with it.

We’re glad to see she’s gotten over her weepy defensiveness. We had a feeling she had some interesting things to say if she’d just calm down.

 

 

Miranda

And it’s a hearty Auf Wiedersehen to Diana Prince. We don’t mean to sound so gleeful about it, but let’s face it: the girl had an expiration date. It was clear she was never going to make it to the finals and she already got one major meltdown moment for the season. The longer she stayed in, the higher the likelihood that we were going to have to suffer through another, greater one. And this time, there’d be no giant stuffed unicorns involved, which means it wouldn’t be nearly as entertaining.

The pants really are awful. We can’t think of a worse, less modern design to pair with those shoes.

 

 

Alexandria

 

Overpraised to an absurd extent. The judges said she made some smart choices, but they seemed like pretty obvious ones to us. Someone with rudimentary design and style skills should understand that these boots – which are hideous, by the way – require a very simple garment. Sure, she did some things with lace and asymmetry, but we weren’t feeling the orgasmic love the judges were.

 

Ken

Same thing goes for Coco Montrese’s getup. It was okay, and the textured fabric was a nice find, but we failed to see how they warranted such effusiveness. The “peblum,” as Heidi called it, looks too large and high to us, and the shoulders look poorly fitted. It’s the best thing he’s done yet, but we didn’t think it was amazing or anything.

 

 

Jeremy

Gay Daddy continues to get a little stealth-bitchier with each passing week. We thought the judges may have over-criticized this one. We agree that the skirt was not a good idea paired with those boots, but we think the “Pretty Woman” comparison was way over-stated. We thought the top had potential, but it was really sloppily made. A dated-looking and half-assed entry to be sure, but no worse than quite a few of the other looks.

 

 

Bradon

 This is a huge tumble down the ladder (of judge favoritism) for Bradon. It’s horrible. We think what disappoints most is that he made the same base mistake that quite a few of the other designers did: he made a garment that looks like the shoe. That’s not what it means to be inspired by something. That’s just copying it.

And at some point, he should have been able to see that the technique he was using on that top just wasn’t pretty. We’re wondering if he’s someone who doesn’t know how to self-assess. That could be a big problem for him.

 

Dom

 

HORRIBLE. A bigger disappointment than Bradon’s to be honest. It’s ridiculously literal. So much so that we’re surprised the judges didn’t put it on the bottom. We give her credit for choosing an unusual pair of shoes, but the answer to that design challenge was not to make a dress that looks exactly like them.

And really, who wants a quilted, wildly colorblocked dress? We have a feeling the Duchess would have gone to town on her for that.

 

Alexander

Drag Brows surprises once again. The boy is definitely rallying. He has a tendency to overwork his designs, and that’s true of the top here, but the overall look feels very modern and a little different.

We’re shocked a drag queen chose such a bland pair of shoes, though. Maybe that’s why the judges failed to be impressed here.

 

 

Kate

 Horrible. Badly fitted, poor design. Should’ve been on the bottom for this one.

The clothes have absolutely nothing to do with the shoes. Why pick them if you’re not going to deal with them?

 

Justin

We’ll admit, there’s a slight improvement here. That shrug/jacket is the most interesting thing he’s done. But other than that, it’s all as bland as it’s always been with him. We continue to protest his “save.” If he really rallies it might have been worth it, but we’ll be surprised if that happens.

 

 

Karen

Are you kidding us? Ignoring the fact that it’s a just plain ugly and unflattering design, it’s EXACTLY the shoe design. It’s the shoe, in dress form. We would have been happy with a double elimination last night. Drew Barryless hasn’t done one good thing in the competition yet. It’ll be galling if she gets to show a runway collection at Fashion Week.

 

 

 

[Photo Credit: Barbara Nitke for Lifetime]

    • Chuck Barthelme

      I saw a ray of hope in Brandon’s comment during on of the asides when he said something to the effect of “I need to stop getting caught up in a particular design technique.” Which is pretty much what he’s done on a couple of his failures- this week with the pleating, then on that embroidery thing he was trying. He needs to focus more on overall design, which it seems like he gets.

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        I was thinking just the same thing. He can’t keep trotting out cool techniques if they aren’t meaningful to the design in some integral way.

      • Introspective

        exactly. the consensus among all of us at home is that while all these time consuming design tricks make Bradon not look like a one way monkey, they do distract him from creating nice looking garments that anyone in their right mind would wear.

        his arc still feels about right though. cause past seasons’ clear winners (siriano comes to mind) had a midseason slump as well… although her last two designs mean the same could be said about kate, who is unfortunately being poised for a slot in the winners circle (and undeservingly so…)

      • Fanny_Trollope

        Jeremy got caught up in the technique trap in much the same way. I hope Bradon pulls out of it, anyway.

      • Jackie4g

        Like the drummer who wants to show us everything he’s ever learned, when all that’s needed sometimes is to keep the beat. I can’t blame him for wanting to show interesting surface treatments, but as you say, he needs to focus more. All the shoes were pretty bad, to my way of thinking. Inspiring? not to anyone last night!

        • Denise Brown

          To me he seems uninspired by the particular challenge, and falls back on a fancy technique

      • KateShouldBeWorking

        Good builder, poor architect.

      • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

        Bradon’s problem-solving skills and ability to take constructive criticism will save him in the end. He’s right on the money. Jeremy should do the same thing. Some of these designers’ fabulous techniques take them down the wrong path.

    • Introspective

      Barryless, Dom and Bradon all made the same mistake of replicating the shoe too closely. so many others went safe and took the route of black garments to showcase the shoe. Not a soul tried a contrasting color. which disappoints given how much more challenging to the eye (and therefore more cleverly designed) such a garment has to be…

      honestly those shoes at Marie Claire look like they were sourced from Belk. and therein lies the fucking problem. They either took the contestants to the throwaway part of the closet, or Marie Claire is as much of a rag as I always thought it was…

      • 3boysful

        Live in the heart of Belk-land. Pity me.

        • Introspective

          as someone living a 15 min train ride away from Barney’s honey I *mourn* for you.

          • NYCGlamourpuss

            Can we kidnap 3boysful and sneak her into NYC with us? I’m up for a reconnaissance mission if you are.

        • Julie Ree

          Sweetie- I am right here with you in Belk-land. Pity us!

          • 3boysful

            Julie Ree, it looks like our BK buddies (see above) are coming to our rescue!

            We’re over here, ya’ll! In the bad shoes!

          • Denise Brown

            Where exactly IS that?

            • Julie Ree

              The Carolinas

        • momjamin

          Bless your heart.

      • Call me Bee

        Absolutely! I saw more interesting shoes this morning on the Macy’s clearance rack!

    • Frank_821

      As far as Ken (or SUK)_you nailed it. He’s PR’s Coco Montrese. nasty petty ungracious bitch

      At least jeremy is a nice bitch. however I eyerolled about his reaction to the judges’ critque. his entry was self-indulgent

      • StarburstLady

        Not to mention self-righteous. He’s the type who underscores his nasty attitude with bible verses, as though that makes him into a saint…

    • Frank_821

      Oh I forgot to say. I am behind Helen’s win.. yes it was a clean and simple and people in the the lounge ragged on her for it but it was the right kind of simple. The cape was just editorial enough

      • Ginny Ellsworth

        I need to go refresh my memory, but didn’t this look like Wendy Pepper’s dress that won the Banana Republic challenge? Even down to the capelet?

        • Jitka Pavlíková

          Wendy had a cape, too, but it was differently shaped and so was the dress.

          • Eric Stott

            “Wendy had a cape, too,”

            I think she wore it on her broomstick.

        • MoHub

          Thank you! Wendy Pepper’s season 1 Banana Republic capelet dress was precisely what Helen’s brought to mind. And that, too, was an undeserved win—especially when Jay McCarroll’s Chrysler Building dress walked the same runway and became my all-time favorite PR design. (Andrae’s gutter-water gown is second; Chris and Christian’s avant garde gown is a very close third.)

          • Shibori Girl

            You have excellent and discerning taste. Your assessment of favorite PR designs is right on. Translation: those are my favorites too!

          • FashionFollower.com

            I always thought Wendy won because Jay’s would have been much too expensive to reproduce for the Banana Republic shopper. But yeah, Jay’s was stunning.

            • MoHub

              Oh, absolutely. Wendy’s was mass-production-friendly. Jay’s was too close to couture. However, in later seasons, the retailer would likely have changed the design to a print and manufactured it.

            • Miranda Prince

              I loved Jay’s design too, and I thought Wendy’s looked like something one of the reject nannies from “Mary Poppins” would wear. But (maybe this is my inner girly girl coming out) I really loved Austin’s design from that episode. (Please stop throwing Belk shoes at me.)

        • sojourneryouth

          I thought the same thing, though I was aware that the silhouettes were very different. I just didn’t think the cape was as stunning as the judges seemed to think. Yes, it was well made and expensive looking, but reeeeeeeallly boring. I would have given the win to Drag Brows. I know his designs were their own kind of standard, but I thought he took some very plain shoes (which probably did cost him, in terms of the judging) and made an interesting outfit to go with them. I especially liked his top.

          • Jackie4g

            It IS/WAS boring, but stores would sell the hell out of it to a certain customer. Subliminally, the judges recognized that. Something saleable, something that the judges would (or say they would), wear and normal people would by, will be recognized and rewarded. There were a lot of yawns in last night’s offerings.

          • Miranda Prince

            I thought the cape made the model look a little hunchbacked.

            • sojourneryouth

              Because it did. I don’t like the silhouette, and it looks too prim for my taste. Someone here said it read as nun-like, and I totally agree. I also hated the model’s messy hair with the purposeful flyaways.

          • ampg

            The problem I had with Drag Brows’ top is that the material seemed to be the exact color and weight of muslin, so it read as unfinished. In fact, I saw it on the dress form in shots of the workroom and thought it was his pattern.

            • sojourneryouth

              I actually agree with you about the color choice, but I like the design. I think it’s interesting and flattering (thought not groundbreaking or anything), but would definitely benefit from being rendered in a better color.

            • Call me Bee

              Exsaaaatly. Had he done it in a color, it may have won. But I’m sure he was trying to match the putty color of the shoe. And had the shoes been an actually color, it surely would have won.

            • elikit

              I thought the same thing as well!

            • Denise Brown

              I love Drag Brows, but didn’t Oliver make pleats like that on everything?

      • Ramon Figueroa

        In the immortal words of Edna Mode: “No capes!” I don’t care if they are on trend. That was a well made boring design.

    • 3boysful

      Ok, I missed the show, but honestly, I can’t be too critical based on the stills because these are actual clothes–there are sleeves, and collars and sewed parts, and everything! This is not just a bunch of draped-and-tacked nonsense or origami napkin dresses.

      And from my little vacuum, I’d have sent Karen home, closely followed by Alexander or Kate. And for the record, I liked Dom’s dress.

      • Tanya Wade

        I loved Dom’s dress. You are not alone!

        • NYCGlamourpuss

          Not alone – I loved Dom’s dress as well. Sure, it was literal to the shoe, but it was cute as hell.

          • MoHub

            And the pattern and execution of the colorblocking was fresh and different.

        • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

          Dom’s dress missed the mark (in my humble opinion) because the boobs section wasn’t quite right. It was a little too low. It had potential. She has potential still.

          It’s funny to hear Alexander in the confessional saying things like, “Bradon is my competition,” or “Kate is my competition.” He actually thinks he’s one of the best two or three. He may have some unseen genius but probably not.

        • SeamsFunny

          Dom’s dress looked like it had grease stains on the bottom , like the model had eaten a fritter on her way to the runways and had no napkin. Just wrong.

      • sojourneryouth

        I think she had some good ideas there, but the execution was off. Especially that little band across the right boob. I think if the whole corset-shaped part were a little higher on the dress, and she got rid of the little red band, she would have had something that scored higher. One could quibble maybe with the quilting, but it was done really well.

        • SugarSnap108

          Completely agree — the ‘bodice’ part def needed to be higher, and that inexplicable red band must go. The length of the sleeves bugs me, too. But with some refinement, this could be a really cool little dress (though I get TLo’s criticism for it being a literal translation of the shoe).

          • Carrps

            I actually kinda liked the red band on the bodice, but I think the length was way too long. Those shoes called for a shorter dress. Maybe something Courreges-esque? And the model did a horrible walk. Hated the styling, too.

            • SugarSnap108

              Heh. We’ll have to agree to disagree on the lil’ red stripe. But yes, shorter skirt is in order.

            • sojourneryouth

              Yeah, the stripe kind of reminds me of the PBR label. No likey.

            • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

              I agree with you re: the length of Dom’s dress. The look wasn’t in proportion, and I think that’s why. Karen’s and Miranda’s also looked clumsy.

              In a runway show that featured not one, but two pairs of friggin’ plaid pants (I thought I might have an aneurysm), Karen’s was, to me, the absolute worst thing up there. It was sloppy, like everything else she’s made; it also looked cheap, trampy, and outdated. Karen seems like a pretty cool person, but I swear she doesn’t have an ounce of imagination. It’s that, or she doesn’t think fast enough to produce anything good in the short amount of time they’re given for these challenges.

            • Call me Bee

              Agreed. Unless she pulls something fabulous out of her arse next time, she’s a goner–and should have gone weeks ago–actually last week!

            • onetinkerbell

              I agree with you about Karen. The part that made me most angry was that she made a comment about someone else’s design being shapeless and I swear she hasn’t shown anything that isn’t a shift dress with no design whatsoever. Hello, Pot? This is the Kettle calling…. Yes, the dress she made this time had more design to it than anything else she’s produced so far but that doesn’t change the fact that it looks exactly like the shoe and that means she’s just copying someone else’s design, right? She needs to go.

              As an aside, has anyone else noticed that whenever the camera focuses on her, she has the strangest look on her face? It’s like she’s trying to smile but can’t and so she ends up looking like she’s sneering or smells something bad.

            • Eric Stott

              I’ve been calling her KookySitcomBestFriendGirl – she looks like she’s auditioning for FRIENDS

      • Meelah

        I loved Doms dress too. The only issue I thought was the fit of it. It could have been a bit tighter.

    • Arjay Gallo

      God those shoes were so depressing and lame. Prozac Runway.

      The best part of the episode is this review, and Coco Montrese.

      • Introspective

        ive never seen a more fitting nickname than coco montrese for that tired queen ken!!!!

        i feel like he’s the antithesis of the lovely Anthony from a few seasons ago, but may have been cast for filling that same demographic. Anthony was also a black queen from the south, but mostly a pleasant person who brought life into the room rather than sucked the air out of it. and could also back up all the shade he threw with actually thoughtful designs.

        • mmebam

          To a point. Anthony did love sweetheart necklines.

        • ewes_urn_aim

          Take away Anthony’s phoniness and you see he’s just as bitter and hateful as Coco-ken. They both need therapy -and that’s not a put-down! Everybody needs some therapy IMO :)

          • Imasewsure

            I think you’d have to go back to Ms Pepper to see the same level of “bitter and hateful.” Anthony definitely has an act that he puts on and he was shady but I never saw hateful. Not seeing where you got that. He got farther on his personality than his talent but I found him likeable and fun.

            • Call me Bee

              Please don’t throw Belk shoes at me, but Wendy was not bitter and hateful. She came to PR thinking that the would “play the game ” and discovered that PR was not “Survivor”, but a real design competition, so she stopped. But all the mean girls (Jay included) decided that she was not just cool enough for them and ganged up on her. She told the truth about their team leader (I’m sorry I forgot his name–the namby-pamby one…) and she was ostracized.

            • Imasewsure

              Gawd I would never throw those ugly shoes at you. BK’s are above footwear that is beneath us… You could be right but I still think she was as bitter as she seemed… not that they weren’t awful too

            • Denise Brown

              Yeah, I saw no hatefulness in Anthony. The guy made prom dresses for goodness sakes!

        • ohbear1957

          “Coco Montrese” ought to have come with a warning sign. Note to self: Do not drink while reading the review!

      • largishbearishAtlish

        maybe the reason for the lame-*ss shoes was those were the only ones that came in ‘a lot of sizes’ (but seriously…all those shoes and…. I would think a DSW or something would have a better selection of ‘wicked, challenging and NO SNOOZE inducing shoes. Isn’t Marie Claire “fashion” (I never read it so maybe I am missing something? Just shocked at the boring shoes. There was stuff there my grandmother would wear..

        • MoHub

          DSW is probably too mainstream for PR.

          • formerlyAnon

            It’s maybe more downmarket than they’d like – but though the quality is no doubt not up to the Marie Claire shoe closet – the styles are closer to Marie Claire Closet than Belk. (Albeit with many knock-offs).

        • LaurieRoz

          You’d think that a shoe designer would happily provide a range of sizes of their shoe if they were told it would be featured on television. Errr… maybe Marie Claire only picked shoes from designers who wouldn’t be upset with their shoes being shown with those lame@$$ outfits!

    • Andsheewas

      I would be excited over any of those Doc Martens on the wall, but that’s just my inner 13-year-old crying out for attention. The only one of note was the one that one, but I really did like Drag Brows’ effort.

      Dom’s shoes were my favorite out of the bunch that were picked, but agree too literal.

      And Kate’s shoes would have gone well with the bridesmaid’s dress I wore last weekend.

      • FunButNutz

        I have those DOc Martens in shiny metallic gold. Love them to death.

      • Targettaste

        I’m trying to visualize a bridesmaid’s dress that goes with those shoes!!!

        • BeccaGo

          Well, it’s not like Kate’s outfit did either…

    • epenthesis

      Dom would have been better served by making pants. Not a good effort, though I like that she took some risks.

      I’ll repeat what I said last night: especially with the anonymous runway, they could easily have had three top contenders on the bottom here (assuming the judging is honest; ell oh ell). The waste of the Tim save is disgraceful in that light.

      • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

        Bradon should have gotten the axe and Tim could have saved him with the SAVE that he wasted. I’m probably in a minority that likes Miranda’s “aesthetic,” Unfortunately, she is a one-trick pony. I like her one trick though.

        • http://www.GiftedCollector.com/ The Gifted Collector

          Miranda’s outfit was almost identical in style to the other short jacket, cropped top and high-rise pants she made, but surprisingly, no one said a word about that. She really is a one way monkey.

          On the other hand, this outfit was perfect for those shoes. Not fashion forward, but those shoes were screaming for those pants.

          • blanca

            ONE WAY MONKEY! lolll that was dmitrys line two seasons ago. This episode was dull and inspiring what a disappointment.

          • Denise Brown

            Maybe Dom’s shoes would’ve looked better with Miranda’s pants.

        • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

          I like the idea of Miranda’s aesthetic. Nerdy Girl isn’t a common aesthetic. I think, though,that it’s a look created by the girl wearing the clothes, and not so much by a designer, if you get my drift. Miranda’s weakness appears to be an inability to inject style and attitude into her aesthetic.

          I think it’s like punk in that it’s more about the person wearing the clothes. Punk is very DIY; it’s exactly what genuine Punk is about. I’ve always been kind of put off by fashion designers who try to duplicate that sensibility with high end clothes. IMO, it never really works.

          • BeccaGo

            Bingo. And Nerdy Girl is actually the de rigueur aesthetic in my Brooklyn ‘hood. :D

          • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

            I see a 1940’s influence on her designs, She was a soldier. She relates to strong women even though she’s sensitivel.

            • Eric Stott

              She’s one of those designers who seems to design for herself – she’d have looked good in that outfit

    • Jacquelyn

      I am really nervous for Dom and Bradon now. Those looks this week were so bad! They’ve been in my top 3 prediction since the start. Glad Helen got the win, the dress was great.

      • Jitka Pavlíková

        The more I hated Dom’s shoes choice, the more excited I was about what she would come up with. Major disappointment.

    • Jitka Pavlíková

      Did Tim Gunn really say that they were the most talented group in the history of the show? With all due respect, the man is pooping in his mouth.

      • MoHub

        I’m sure there’s a production sniper offstage pointing a rifle at his head.

        • Jitka Pavlíková

          I’ll rather go with the explanation that he gets so overwhelmed by his emotions after each elimination that his realistic point of view goes to offline mode for the moment. I’ve just re-watched 1st and 4th season and I have to say – MAN! Those were some talented guys there.

          • MoHub

            All of the Bravo seasons were head and shoulders above what happened after the move to Lifetime. The pool has gone downhill each season since season 6 in terms of the percentage of designers with any real modicum of talent, and the proportion of overly dramatic cannon fodder has risen.

            • marlie

              With the move to Lifetime, it seems like actual design talent took a back burner to whether or not the person was a good reality TV character.

            • Imasewsure

              And how much they featured the sponsors (references to the wall products are just a tad bit easier to take than the hair and makeup product placements!)

            • Jitka Pavlíková

              True. Lifetime producers seem to have forgotten that people have internetz and can thus compare old and new seasons.

            • formerlyAnon

              forgotten = simply do not care

          • Denise Brown

            Does anyone ( besides me) think the problem with the lack of talent lies with the people who are picking them? For instance, Laura Kathleen? Do we really think she’d pick anyone better than her own mediocre self?

        • formerlyAnon

          It proves I’m either sick in the head or bored at work, but I am quite taken with the idea that “production sniper” is a standard position on reality t.v. show crews. Explains SO MUCH.

    • Donyelle

      Alexandria’s dress was Colorforms Dress Me Up game. Poor Dom’s dress was Patrick Kelly lite.

    • Kate Andrews

      Yeah, seriously, I thought for sure Karen would be on the bottom.

    • Tatiana Luján

      The one I liked the least was Kate’s: boring and poorly made.

      • Carrps

        Dang that blouse had an awful fit. The poor model looked like she was in a straightjacket. And what was with the geisha mouth? Yeah, the pants were kinda bushido warrior, but she looked so off-putting when she came down the runway.

    • OldPandaDayz

      I love it when this post confirms my disappointment with a PR episode. I really expected the Marie Claire shoe selection to be better, and for that to result in some more interesting looks. I was really bummed by the number of designers who chose to go the “little black dress” (or skirt) route. I guess they thought it was a good way to focus on the shoes but it felt dull, especially Kate who really could have done more with such a weird/artistic looking shoe. I’m fine with Afterschool Special getting the win, but honestly I wasn’t that impressed with her look. It seems to be constructed well and the fit is clearly impeccable which is what counts I guess, but all I could think of when I saw it was “modern day Hester Prynne”- the boots were awesome though!

    • fringebenefit

      I watch PR every week in an online chat situation with a group of friends, and no one–absolutely no one–thought Helen should have been anything but safe for that basic black non-event. Dom’s was outrageously bad, as was Karen’s. Karen’s was far worse than Miranda’s in fact, which is really saying something. All of the chatters thought it was the most cracktastic judging ever and that the results had nothing whatsoever to do with the quality or lack thereof of the “fashion” in question. A bad night all around.

      • marlie

        Out of curiosity, who did your group think deserved the win?

      • http://www.GiftedCollector.com/ The Gifted Collector

        ” All of the chatters thought it was the most cracktastic judging ever…”

        While I didn’t think it was the worst judging ever, it did seem that the panel was passing the pipe. Helen’s outfit was just so black. I mentally placed a brooch on it to relieve the expanse of darkness.

        • BeccaGo

          “Her outfit was just…so…BLACK!” – Sir Mix-a-lot, guest judge.

        • Eric Stott

          I think it could have used something thoughtful from the accessory wall

    • Erica_Vuitton

      While watching I didn’t realize how poorly Kate’s blouse was constructed, what a mess! I think she should’ve been in the bottom three to explain how her look was inspired by the shoe. And speaking of the actual challenge, it seems like some designers chose to interpret the challenge as “create a look to highlight/wear with the shoe”. When worn together the more literal interpretations look over the top but I think they embody the actual meaning of the challenge better. Helen’s dress was beautifully constructed, very chic and well styled but I didn’t see how it was inspired by that actual boot.

    • eight_of_nine

      I must wholeheartedly disagree with the hatred of Dom’s look. I loved the shoes in a jealous kind of way (my feet are too big for creepers with a thick sole) and I thought her dress was fun and unique. In reality I couldn’t wear a quilted dress either, but I liked the technique and the colorblocking. Yes, it was literal, but unlike Karen’s look, it was done in a whimsical way. It was a complete departure from everyone else’s Serious Fashion look, and for that I applaud her.

      • Carrps

        I loved Dom’s shoes, too, and I would wear the hell out of them. And I also appreciated that Dom did not go the LBD cop-out route. Alexandria, Ken (too much tootie!), Justin, Helen and Kate (to an extent) created looks that could go with almost any shoe.

      • Qitkat

        I wanted to love Dom’s look. I was happy to see someone take on quilting in a garment. But the final result seemed to have all sorts of issues. It really was too bulky to be flattering. There was lots of puckering and pulling. The white panel pulled too much focus. It was too literal for the shoes, and I don’t mind literal as much as most do, but she needed to dial it back a bit. I’ve made an overall quilted jacket in the past, and believe me, as much as I loved it, it was bulky to wear, and always felt like I couldn’t move easily. Good thing the dress had short sleeves, which did not look even to me, but still the dress must have been uncomfortable to wear and to showcase on a runway with any panache. Less quilting, and a little bit of flirty, flippy softness, and her idea might have worked really well.

      • conniemd

        I think Dom should not have quilted the whole outfit. Maybe make a quilted “sweatshirt” with plain pants. Dom’s fashion aesthetic is really different from what we’ve seen. It’s not “high fashion.” It’s whimsical rather than dramatic, uses a lot of color and tends towards sportswear. I’d love to see her design a Resort Wear collection. She does need to do a gown or a dress to show she can, which I’m sure she can, as her sewing skills are impeccable.

    • Angela_the_Librarian

      I think Helen’s and Alexander’s were the only two designs that looked complete and well-made last night. The rest were very problematic. I liked the idea of Dom’s dress, but I think the purple faux-neckline for the dress wasn’t lined up properly and needed to be closer to the model’s actual bust line. Alexandria’s dress just looked like lingerie or a rag sack, and Ken’s was wildly over praised for looking so shoddy (the hemline was cringe-worthy). I wasn’t paying close attention when Karen’s went down the runway, but seeing it now I think she should have definitely been in the bottom, and perhaps sent home.
      The best part of last night was seeing Tim try to help Swatch find his ball in Mood. As suggested in the Lounge last night, they should probably just scrap the rest of the season and replace it with a show about Swatch’s fashion adventures!

      • Jacquelyn

        I would gladly watch a show with Swatch’s adventures at Mood over anything PR has given me this season.

      • Carrps

        Karen’s garment got almost no attention last night. I think that was purposeful. She was so obvious an auf that TPTB didn’t want their cracktastic judging exposed too baldly. Did you see how poorly constructed her jacket was? Awful awful awful.

      • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

        Tim and Swatch are the best TV duo of all time. I thought I might die from how awesome and cute that moment was. I said this last week too – I love that we have at least one Swatch sighting a week. Last night we had three or four.

    • AC Simons

      Coco Montrese – hahahaha. Ken is so far a mediocre designer with a major bad attitude. I can’t imagine working with him, or being client. Looks like Tim is going to be chatting with Mr. “don’t even look at me” next week.

    • GoBlue134

      Wow- I thought the exact opposite!! IMO, Helen’s dress and cape were overpraised and basic, but I really liked Kate’s outfit. It looked interesting and stylish. At least everyone agrees the right person went home. Looks like Tim confronts Anthony about his antics next week. Yay.

    • decormaven

      Everyone who watched this episode should get a free issue of Marie Claire- something, anything! – for watching the truly dull designs trotted out last night. And the shoes- I’ve seen better choices at the local Goodwill rack. Not one design shown raised my hopes for a stellar season. The statement “greatest designers in Project Runway history” should have an asterick beside it- greatest since the production got Belk as a sponsor? No way is this the best season!

    • DCDY

      DId anyone else find it funny when Heidi stood on the runway singing the glory of amazing footwear in a pair of Silly Putty pumps? If you are going to go on and on about women’s orgasmic relationship to shoes, at least put on a pair with a bit of omph to them!

      • rh33

        I always do an eye roll anytime Heidi criticizes a design for being slutty. She of the shiny, low-cut, low-back, micro-mini wardrobe,

      • BeccaGo

        If one more person had said “SHOOOOOOES!!” like that the show would have turned into a Cathy comic strip.

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      You called Ken “Coco Montrese”! Yes, you did! You did, and I love you for it! If I could hug the computer without my coworkers giving me the side-eye, I’d do it. I just… I just… I mean… (*giggles like a bitch*)

      I’m actually surprised Helen won for that one. It looked like a nun outfit to me!

      I really loved Justin’s outfit – so much so that when it hit the runway, I thought, “And heeeere we go: the typical, expected formula of ‘Tim saves eliminated contestant. Contestant rallies forth with the winning look the following week, proving the Tim Gunn Save was the right choice’ blah blah blah…” I also protest the “Save”, but I did love his look, and figured it would “coincidentally” be the win. I was honestly surprised that he was safe.

      My favorite contestant is gradually transitioning over from Bradon to Alexander. Drag Brows is really winning me over. I was also surprised that he was merely safe. Although I cannot, CANNOT, argue with Miranda’s tired ass getting sent home last night for making what was, basically, a really ugly version of Alexander’s outfit. You know what the two outfits looked like side by side? Every month in Allure (I think it’s Allure…), when they show the “Lust vs. Must” outfits? You know – one outfit is a $7,000 piece from Dior, and next to it is the $49.95 “duplicate” from Dress Barn. That’s what their outfits reminded me of, I swear.

      • ampg

        I thought Justin really brought it this week, too – he defaulted to black like so many others, but he really seemed to be thinking about what type of woman would wear that shoe.

      • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

        Ha! Allure’s Lust v. Must list is a perfect comparison for Alexander’s and Miranda’s pants. Now, I hate plaid with a hot flaming passion, and I’ve never understood the affection designers have for it. But Alexander’s pants were beautifully made. I loved everything about them except the pattern.

        On the other hand, the pants Miranda made were high-waisted, pleated, and pegged. They were also too short for those red flats (which I like a lot, by the way). The model should have been wearing Suntan L’eggs under them to finish the look. Gah!

        I also liked Justin’s outfit, even if it was rather on the slutty side. It was good to see him step it up. Also, I think he had the best shoes of the any of them. They were rockin’.

    • jeneria

      I wanted someone to take on the Doc Martens. Those were the only shoes I was excited about.

      • fashionzombie

        Agree re: Doc Martens! What was wrong with everyone? Had I been a contestant, I would’ve been shooting metal darts into the people standing on either side of me, just so they wouldn’t get to the Docs first. But this crew left them sitting on the shelf. Do not understand.

    • MarieLD

      Because I tend to hang on Tim’s every word, I think I recall his saying something about how they had a limited selection of shoes based on size. Which struck me as odd — Most models are tall and probably take size 7 and up. Are the shoe samples sent to magazines typically smaller? I think they would be at least 7s and up.

      • Lilithcat

        The selection was based on which shoes were available in multiple sizes. After all, not all models wear the same size shoe, so if you only have a size 8 and your model is a 9 1/2, she’s in trouble.

        • marlie

          Still, you’d think that with all of the sponsors and product placement, they’d make sure they had a wider range of shop sizes and options for the designers, unless they intentionally wanted to limit their choices to ugly or boring shoes.

          • LaurieRoz

            Or why not make it a surprise and assign models based on which shoes they picked? I’d love it if they did random assignments of models each week – or better yet, rotated them so that they had to fit a different model each week!

        • MarieLD

          Oh. Lilithcat … purr … that makes so much more sense. Thanks for the explanation!

      • Carrps

        7s? Heh, I’d be surprised if any of those models wear anything smaller than a 10. Meow.

    • itsnotoveryet11

      When I was 15 they used to sell metallic blue doc martens just like that and I think my inner angsty teenager died a little inside when no one picked them. Actually I’m gutted that none of the pairs were picked, I think someone could have come up with something really cool for them. Instead most people picked the dullest shoes out there.

      Then again Dom took that risk and the less said about her look the better

    • Fanny_Trollope

      Oh, Dom. That dress belongs in Mel’s Diner. Kiss ma grits, honey. No.

      • Eric Stott

        It DOES look like some sort of huge oven mit

    • jeneria

      Dom disappointed me, Bradon disappointed me, and Kate send another terrible, ugly, poorly constructed mess down the runway only to get waved through. The shoes were ugly and/or lame and hardly inspiring. Alexander’s outfit was cute but not exactly ground breaking. Helen’s dress really didn’t impress me but I guess it was the best of the lot.

    • Karen North

      The only thing remotely interesting last night was the little promo of the duchess laughing. Just when I was finally bored of it. Now I can’t wait!

    • http://www.pinkraygun.com/ Lisa

      I’d wear the hell out of Dom’s dress and I’d do it with those metallic blue Docs. But, I also have what Nina calls “a taste issue.”

      • BeccaGo

        Right on, sister! :D

    • Fanny_Trollope

      Could not understand the judgerly love for Alexandria’s. First off, those boots were hideous and didn’t fit the model properly in the legs; they were wonky, slipping all over the place, and looked like a joke. Very distracting. And the dress was mighty simple and not particularly well constructed. THEY PRAISED THE FACT THAT THERE WAS LUREX IN THE LACE. Are you kidding me, judges?

      • Carrps

        Yeah, those plastic kneepads kept slipping beneath her kneecaps. I know Ya is seriously skinny, but they couldn’t get them adjusted properly? When they showed Alexandria strapping her into them in the workroom, I was thinking “Who’d want a pair of shoes they’d need a lady’s maid to get them on?”

      • ampg

        Yes, I thought it was a massive fail, starting with the shoe choice. I understand why she’d want to pick something so unusual and challenging, but she should have thought about her model – her legs are just too skinny for those shoes. She looked like she was wearing orthopedic braces. And the dress gave her no shape at all, plus having no color whatsoever in the outfit made it look incredibly drab.

    • ShaoLinKitten

      The only outfits I liked last night were Helen’s, Ken’s, and Justin’s. Everyone else’s sucked. Alexanders’s was OK. I liked the pants, but the top was not good. Alexandria’s looked raggy to me. Can’t believe they loved it. Not sure where the judges’ current fascination with her is coming from. Nothing she has done has wowed. The criticism of Jeremy’s was ridiculous. It looks NOTHING like what Julia Roberts wore in Pretty Woman. Nothing whatsoever. Couldn’t they criticize the lame faux-sweater without saying his model looked like a whore when she clearly did not?

      I still like Dom and Bradon for the top three. Both looks were well-made, if overly literal. I didn’t hate Bradon’s as much as I was supposed to. There were worse looks that deserved to be in the bottom (Karen? Kate?) I feel like the judges needed to spank him a little so it doesn’t seem like a fait accompli that he’s in the finals.

      • s elin

        “Pretty Woman” means hookeresque. Hookers wear off-the-shoulder sweaters or t shirts and thigh-high boots. Jeremy’s look was textbook Pretty Woman. That “sweater” was a sad waste of time and energy.

        • ShaoLinKitten

          Wait, what? Do you really think that hookers wear off the shoulder, bulky cable knit sweaters? Maybe hookers in Anchorage or Helsinki, but most ladies of the evening do not dress remotely like Jeremy’s model. She was wearing a miniskirt, which many women wear with high boots, and a sweater with a cami underneath. It was much more “tacky sorority sister” than hooker. Please google “Julia Roberts Pretty Woman” to see what she was wearing. There was no sweater involved. Then do a Google image search for “hooker.” This will disabuse you of the notion that Jeremy’s outfit looked in any way like hooker-wear. Yes, the sweater was an ugly waste of time, but it was not at all prostitute-like. That criticism was bull.

          • s elin

            No; just off-the-shoulder t shirts. Let’s just go with off-the-shoulder.

            • ShaoLinKitten

              No, I cannot go with that. Plenty of women wear off the shoulder shirts who are not hookers. I do not associate off the shoulder tops with prostitution. I associate bikini tops, tank tops with or without side cut outs, tube tops, and bras with no shirts over them with hooker-wear. Definitely not off the shoulder cable knit anything.

            • SugarSnap108

              I agree there’s nothing hooker-esque about the outfit. And I like the sweater — I’d wear it to my very non-hooker activities. I do think the overall look is dated, though.

            • ShaoLinKitten

              Indeed, dated and done to death is the primary criticism I’d level. It’s not a bad look and I did not think it deserved to be in the bottom when several other, much worse looks got a pass.

          • Call me Bee

            I’ll be in Helsinki in about a week, so I’ll let you know…

        • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

          They were criticizing him for specifically mimicking the iconic tight mini and thigh-high boots outfit from the film.

          • ShaoLinKitten

            Suede knee high boots with a mini (Jeremy’s is not skin tight) are a very common outfit. We’ve all seen it millions of times on all sorts of everyday women. It does not read hooker to me, nor Julia Roberts. That outfit was thigh high patent boots with a lycra micro skirt. I see no meaningful similarity. The real criticism IMO is that it is a look that has been done to death, is boring, and is dated. The Pretty Woman comparison is way off the mark.

            • Frank_821

              Well I have to say the first thought that popped into my head when she walked the runway was she reminds of Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman

            • Imasewsure

              Pretty Woman was the first thing that popped in to my head when I saw the finished look. Not only cheesy hooker but 80′s cheesy hooker. And the sweater thing was horrible which left only a tube skirt which I could have made (and I haven’t sewn since middle school)

            • ShaoLinKitten

              One thing we can agree on– it was ugly!

      • http://huesday.tumblr.com/ Maya Banerjee

        For me, it was the fact that those thigh high boots had a gold chain running down the sides that made them look cheap and early 90s Pretty Woman. I didn’t think they were hooker so much as tacky.

        I imagine Jeremy chose faux cable-knit to mimic the chains, which makes it an even lamer outfit.

    • madscntst

      So, the message from last night is that if you have a really interesting shoe – pair it with a little black (boring, pedantic) dress. The top three dresses were all a variation of the little black dress. Disappointing!

      • ShaoLinKitten

        Truth! But were any of those shoes really interesting? I was not enthralled by any of them. The only one remotely intriguing to me was Justin’s, and he kind of had to go monochrome for that pair. I think Helen’s looked so good because everything else was soooo bad.

        • s elin

          Agreed. Belk has been derided as downscale and the antithesis of fashion, but did we see anything in the Marie Claire closet that we could not find at Belk or Off Broadway or DSW…if we cared to look, that is. I, for one, saw nothing that would make me pull out my credit card.

          • marlie

            I can find better shoes at the DSW near me. :)

    • Sonja Brisson

      The most talented group ever? Hey, I had an uncle who would tell every single kid in the family “Don’t tell anyone else, but you’re the best looking one in the family” at every party. And I think he had Alzheimers. Tim, stop! and stop with the stupid ‘Tim saves one designer’ schtick. The whole thing is almost as embarrassing as these heinous shoes. Where were the Louboutins? Even a Ferragamo. These were Payless.

    • Karen North

      the little quick fire quiz was mildly amusing

    • YoungSally

      I like how all the labels for the shoes appear to be obscured….unless they are, in fact, no name brand shoes….or decoy shoes because La Nina doesn’t want the “sewtestants” anywhere near her stuff.

      • Jen

        I recognized a few of them, but I think they must’ve kept logos hidden intentionally– Karen’s were $40 shoes by Michael Antonio… Kate’s and Alexandria’s were pricier than that (around £155 and $300 respectively) but that’s still not what you imagine a magazine’s shoe closet consisting of… at least I don’t.

        • kerryev

          I think Ken’s were from the Prabal Guring for Target line.

          • Jen

            oh! Yes they did look suspiciously like the pair earlier this year! Glad I wasn’t the only one watching intently to figure out the shoe’s origins the whole time….

        • Carrps

          That’s some cheap ass shoes.What? No flip flops?

      • neeBarbero

        Maybe next time they could just invade a drag queen’s closet. I saw much nicer (and certainly more expensive) shoes in Willam’s closet on Billiam’s Wheatdown on you tube!

    • SewingSiren

      Well there were some duds in the shoe closet for sure. And by that I mean ones that the judges hated therefore they would never win. Lots of Dr. Marten’s , I don’t know if I could have helped myself from picking the iridescent blue ones.
      1. Helen’s was pretty and sleek and super safe. I think she should have attached the cape , because when it was removed it was a completely unoriginal dress. Okay with the win though.
      2..Nina doesn’t like flats. No flat shoe was going to win. This is Miranda’s best effort. The top is horrid. But the pants are working for the Christmas shoe. this was maybe the third worst outfit on the runway.
      3. Ya in the top again. They keep putting Ya in the top. Ya is the best model . I think Ya is going to win the competition. I think every designer will stab each other to get Ya next week.
      4. Ken’s dress was black. The judges like black dresses to show off dull shoes.
      5. I like Jeremy’s “sweater”. The under top was too much. And the skirt would have been better as shorts. I would not have placed him in the bottom.
      6. Fabric should not be boiled. The shoes are flat. The model is sad. Sad models are always in the bottom. But this time it was deserved.
      7. Dom’s was one of my favorites. I think it should have been a little shorter and boxer like her sketch. The model walked funny in the creepers. But creepers weren’t going to win anyway.
      8. Alexander had his best look yet. The only problem being the shoes do not work with it.
      7. I liked Kate’s shoe but I hate the dress. Not bottom 3 , but damn close.
      8. This was Justin’s best look yet. I would have placed him, Helen , and Dom in the top three. I think I wrote “Jeremy ” in the lounge.
      9. Also in full agreement that Karen’s was the worst. By far. Literal , badly fitted , ugly. the holy trinity of bad design.

      • AnneElliot

        I agree about Ya. Whoever gets Ya for the finale will win. The designers must be fighting each other every week to see who gets her — I wish they’d include that as an online extra.

        And once again, Bradon’s model (I can’t figure out her name) gets stuck with a crappy outfit. She started out with Timothy’s disaster in the first episode and it seems like it’s not getting any better for her. Poor girl.

        And I totally love the nickname “Drew Barryless.” Perfect!

      • formerlyAnon

        Yes. Extra points always to the designer with Ya.

    • marlie

      As a lady who LOVES shoes, I was incredibly disappointed here. Aside from Alexandria’s and Kate’s truly fugly shoe choices, the rest were totally snoozeworthy. Not a singly interesting pair among the bunch.

      And I don’t have a problem with the win or the auff-ing, though Ken needs to get his attitude in check if he wants to stick around much longer.

    • sojourneryouth

      All I could think of when I saw Alexandria’s sandal choice was We Don’t Need Another Hero!

    • Indigo54

      Oh Dom, how could you? I’m so upset. A quilted jigsaw puzzle horror of a dress? I hoped that dress would look better here than on TV but it actually looks worse. I’m just beside myself….

      • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

        I’m looking at Dom’s dress as a misstep that will quickly be corrected. I think this was the first thing she made that I didn’t like (I could be wrong. I can’t remember everything she’d done), but she gets a pass from me because she was taking a risk.

        I know what you’re saying, though. Her dress really was terrible. That it was too long just made it worse.

        I’ll be really annoyed if she doesn’t make it to the final 3. Girl has talent and is very creative. Plus she’s as no-drama as Justin is. I’m definitely rooting for her.

    • Indigo54

      I’m thru with you too Alexandria. You’ve got the best model in the bunch – girl, look at the body on that model! And what do you do? You lace her up in those ugly boots and just THROW a flimsy black rag over her! Seriously?? Wrong, just WRONG!

    • s elin

      Please tell me how Kate was not in the bottom three: a Forrest Gump
      meets Roy Rogers cowboy shirt and some god-awful wide-legged pants.
      Please; explain.

      • MilaXX

        Exactly. She starts with the ugliest pair of shoes ever. Then ignores them and makes an ill fitting top with ugly old lady pants.

      • Indigo54

        I can’t explain. The poor model looked like she was choking in that cowboy shirt. I have no idea what Kate was going for. Maybe she should go back to designing foo-foo gowns.

    • Mark Boston

      Get thee to a nunnery Helen! In the glory days of this show, a designer would have been eviscerated for doing something so safe and boring. Sadly, those days are long past. There’s nothing wrong with a LBD, but hers did nothing new or interesting with the concept. It’s a Banana Republic knockoff.

      • tonibaloney

        The LBD was a big ol’ nothing, but I did appreciate the cape, since it looked inspired by a suitcoat draped over her shoulders, but made chic.

        • conniemd

          I’d have loved the cape to be in a fabric different from the dress, kinda like those amazing jackets with the too wide belts that were in the Chanel collection some days ago.

      • s elin

        So true. She won for “designing” a basic sheath. How the mighty have fallen, Project Runway!

    • Marlsgate

      Did anyone else think Alexandria’s boots looked like leg braces on her model? I cringed every time I saw them.

      • kerryev

        With knee pads.

        • Domo_Konnichiwa

          That were too low for that poor model’s long legs.

      • MilaXX

        They looked like the contraption they attach to do leg lengthening procedures.

      • KateShouldBeWorking

        Dammit. I initially thought they were cool. Now all I can think is “Run, Forest, run!”

      • ampg

        I should’ve read further; I said that in a reply upthread. They absolutely looked like that.

    • Bexxx

      Coco Montrese. Y’all actually KILL me. Someone call a doctor.

      • s elin

        I finally think I get it. Coco Montrese was a contestant on Drag Race, who Ken does somewhat resemble.

        • Bexxx

          Not physically- Coco has the same obnoxious vindictiveness and holier-than-thou yet defensive stank ass attitude.

          • Eric Stott

            and I think if you shaved Ken, and added Coco’s surgical touch-ups they’d have a “Strong family resemblance”

    • s elin

      Bradon’s design was a disaster and I thought they were joking when they started praising Alexandria’s design.
      Re Dom: a quilted dress; moreover, an ugly, quilted dress? Who needs all that bulk?

      • Eric Stott

        I could see that technique working on the right dress- maybe the train of a huge gown- it would need to be a big dress

        • Denise Brown

          Maybe the inside of a casket?

    • SugarSnap108

      Like last week, my first reaction was, “THAT’s the winner?” And then the mystery resolved once I scrolled down. Ugh. The designers actually picked their own shoes? Their choices must’ve been Naturalizer sales rack indeed.

      As bad as those plaid pants were, I would’ve sent Karen home — because that shit’s bananas.

    • Poeta Paz

      My biggest problem with Bradon’s look is the model’s hair style. What is that? Also, she doesn’t seem to have any make-up. Why? The poor model probably thinks, why do I always have to go with bad hair and no make-up?

      • guest2visits

        Right – ! I was thinking the same. She’s beautiful and yet she keeps getting the short straw in styling; no matter who’s the designer.

    • Indigo54

      I guess I’m just evil today. What the hell is Karen still doing there? Did y’all see that jacket? Not here but on TV last night. HORRIBLE! And what was under the jacket was even worse! Karen shoulda been sent to the dunce corner and then sent home for that hot mess! tsk, tsk, tsk

      • MilaXX

        This is what happens when you cast for personality first and design skill second. I’m hoping there’s a double elimination next week so the potential number of collections can be chopped down to 8 by Friday

      • Carrps

        Yeah, that jacket was so BAD. And it was only the tip of the fashion disaster iceberg.

      • BeccaGo

        She also used the ‘word’ “weaksauce.” Get her the f*ck out. Now.

    • Courtney Harris

      It seemed to me that none of the designers were “inspired” by their shoes – they simply designed a garment around them, and relied on the shoes to be the focus. I was not impressed by any of the “designs” last night. Agreed that it was a very boring episode with boring clothes.

    • flamingoNW

      Very disappointed in Bradon’s outfit. WTH were those little pieces of ugly striped fabric he stuck into his wavy top? Hideous…. And that skirt is just ugly, and all so wrong with the shoes. I loved Helen’s outfit. I thought it was very chic. Did anyone else think just a little of Justin’s plastic lace disaster when looking at Alexandria’s dress? It seemed slightly inspired by it as far as the use of the lace. I thought it was okay. Justin’s wasn’t so bad either but kind of dull compared to the sheos. Ken’s dress looked poorly made and not very original. I was surprised it was on the top, but then, it was a craptastic bunch of outfits. I think Alexander’s outfit should have been on the top. And tell me, do you think Dom’s shoes would EVER be in Marie Claire?

      • tonibaloney

        It looked like peppermint candies stuck in there! Awful!

      • Carrps

        The top outfits were all plain and black. Totally uninspired. And Ken’s peplum was way too big and the skirt too short.

      • neeBarbero

        Ken’s dress WAS poorly made, even on tv I could tell the hem was a mess. Looking at the picture here today, I can clearly see problems with the proportion of the peplum to the skirt. I thought Alexandria’s was over praised (but I thought last weeks win was also cracktastic), and the dress barely mediocre. I sort of liked Justin’s because the shoes were so loud, the outfit could be quiet? Dom’s shoe? Marie Claire? ROFLMFAO nope.

    • GorgeousThings

      “Ladies, for real: If you’re the type who squeals over pretty shoes, tell us: Did you squeal at anything last night?”

      Nope, not a peep.

      • Passionflora

        Those shoes looked like they fell off a truck. Serious fugly footwear.

    • Michelle Wilson

      My biggest problem with this week was the lack of clarity in the challenge and the judges increasing weight on styling as the seasons go on. This week ended up being much more of a style challenge than a design challenge because the parameters of the challenge were so vague. I really felt Alexander should have been in the top three over either Ken or Alexandria. He made a decent attempt at something that was both original and walked the fine line of being inspired by the shoe but not presenting a blank canvas with which to show them off. The judges should have realized when they’d chosen 3 LBD’s as their top 3 that perhaps they weren’t any more clear on what the challenge was than the designers were.

    • http://onionjam.tumblr.com SkipperJane

      Project Runway: where all the designers are above average.

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        See, now you’ve got me dying to hear Tim come into the workroom with a rousing pep talk of, “This group of designers are our most *mediocre* group ever! I’m honestly not sure how any of you have any fashion sense beyond ‘fun socks to wear’!” That would make my day, especially if he said it in his usual enthusiastic, positive and sweet Tim Gunn way. Go ahead – do your own Tim Gunn imitation in your head and tell me that wouldn’t be gold if he finally just said that out loud.

    • rh33

      At first I thought they went to Nordstrom’s Rack.

      • MilaXX

        Even my local Nordstrom’s Rack is more interesting than that

      • SewingSiren

        Belk more likely.

    • paultoes

      So the lesson learned is to just make a fucking LBD.

    • otterbird

      The most interesting part of the episode was the quiz show and they cut most of it. What was Alexander McQueen the answer to? WHAT WAS THE QUESTION? AUGH!

      • BeccaGo

        McQueen is the answer to EVERYTHING, darling. ;)

    • mhleta

      Even though there was an entire wall of shoes, it looked like they were actually limited to choosing from those two columns of shelves. I don’t understand why Alexandria went for that half-assed wimpy design of a dress. She could have done something very cool with black shorts and a bitchin’ top–Mila Hermanovski could have killed it with those shoes. Kate’s shoes were heinous. Miranda’s outfit–let’s say it would go over big at the family Christmas party out in the sticks of New England. Marshall’s rejects all around. Good for Helen for keeping her head and working to her strengths. She really was the only one who deserved praise on this. Dom…don’t even get me started. Harajuku tea cozy. Dreadful!

      • BeccaGo

        “Harajuku Tea Cozy” would make an incredible band name.

        • ohbear1957

          or my drag name.

        • mhleta

          Yes! I call tambourine!

    • JLH

      Ugh. I wasn’t impressed by the runway at all this week. I like challenges that are relevant to the fashion world but the selection of shoes (chosen from this wall because they come in a variety of sizes, my ass) and the truly uninspiring outfits made for bad TV. Helen’s? Is okay, but still boring and uninspired. I would have auf’d half of them last night. I’m kind of hoping Drag Brows runs off with it this season for some reason. Idk.

    • Lilithcat

      I did not squee over any of the shoes. And I’m astonished at how many of the designs seemed to be totally unrelated to the shoes.

      Helen’s win was well-deserved. There is nothing better than a simple, elegant, well-cut, well-fitted LBD.

      Agree that Alexandria and Ken were way over-praised. But I expect they needed to say something to justify their inclusion in the top three. I’m not sure, however, who I’d have put in their place. Everything except Helen’s was either heinous or boring.

    • MilaXX

      No squeeing here. I was hoping for a moment like when Carrie goes into the Vogue closets and finds the Mary Jane Manolos

    • Paula Pertile

      As a knitter, Jeremy’s cabled tissue paper craft project offends. (and why did he call it argyle up on the runway?)
      Ken is a really poor loser.
      Bradon, you are sooooooo lucky.
      The shoes were uninspiring. Maybe that’s why the clothes were so sad.
      They picked the right winner for once though – what happened?

      • marlie

        Same thing here about Jeremy’s “sweater.” That’s insulting to real knitters.

      • Edward Thomas-Herrera

        Oops. I just asked the same question about the “argyle” sweater. Doesn’t Jeremy know the name of his native country’s greatest contribution to world fashion?

    • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

      Am I the only one who hated Helen’s cape? It looked frumpy to me. I’m happy to see that she can fit a garment. The show should have a “little black dress” challenge so the designers can demonstrate fitting. Karen’s black dress would undoubtedly have a yellow collar.

      Karen’s interpretations are so literal that she comes across as a bit of a simpleton. I’m not saying this right because she isn’t stupid at all. Her interpretations are naive.

      I think that Ken got a sympathy top three. There was nobody who stood out last night. When they called up the last six, I had no idea which category the designers fell into. Ken’s structure wasn’t good. The top fit funny at the seam that joins the peplum to the waist. The fabric was fabulous. End of story. It was downhill after he chose. The skirt was way too short. The hem looked tacky. Ken must hate women. I shouldn’t say that; he hates everybody.

      Dom’s dress reminded me of something Helen would have made (picture the boob area) except for the bright colors.

      Those high sandals were ghastly, and once Alexandria selected them, she probably kicked herself.

      • GoBlue134

        I too hated the cape. Borrrringgg.

        • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

          The shape reminds me of a dowdy old school marm. The cape would look great over an old-fashioned nurse’s dress with clunky shoes.

          • NYCGlamourpuss

            “Serving up Mrs. Danvers from ‘Rebecca’ realness!”

      • Denise Brown

        I hate the cape. I keep thinking I must be missing something…even T&L seem to like it.

        • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

          When each of the judges gets stars in their eyes over a design that I can’t stand, I gotta laugh. They see genius in a sad sack. I should do some research so that I can describe the era that this cape comes (should come) from.

          The dress was all right but not for a design competition. I’m a bit surprised when the competitors pat themselves on the back for accomplishing something grade C or lower.

    • Lily-Rygh

      Did. Not. Squeal. Once.

      Sigh.

    • VivianAdvanced

      I was thinking the exact same thing as T&L when I saw the “closet” o’ shoes. I didn’t see anything unique or inspiring there at all. Those strippy, gladiator-type sandal-boot things have been around for years; they aren’t even “edgy” anymore. Nothing on those shelves looked anymore high end than Designer Shoe Warehouse to me. The pair that caught my eyes first was the creepers Dom chose, but I was disappointed with what she came up with. Again, I agreed with T&L that some of the designers just made clothing versions of the shoes, not an outfit inspired by them.

      I’ve been forgetting to mention in past posts that Ken looks like he could be Coco Montrese’s bitchy little brother, so I got a big laugh out of T&L referring to him as Coco. And, I couldn’t understand the adoration for his ensemble. However, I didn’t think Helen’s Haute Amish was thrilling enough to win. The lady judges all wanted to wear it, but they’d all look awful in it, even Heidi. Dull results all around on this challenge.

      • marlie

        It depends on which DSW you go to, because the DSWs in my region even have shoes WAY more upscale than these.

        • Lilithcat

          Last time I visited my local DSW, they had Manolo Blahniks. Can’t get much more upscale than that! Of course, I still couldn’t afford them!

        • formerlyAnon

          Where I am, DSW doesn’t get any better than 9 West, Clarks and the occasional Steve Madden, but their cheaper shoes are pretty fun knockoffs, if a couple of seasons behind.

          • marlie

            That’s a bummer. I can at least oogle the designer stuff at my stores.

      • Carrps

        Good grief. I’m way even beyond a “certain age,” and I remember gladiator sandals when I was in high school!

    • Sarah

      I agreed with everything except Kate should have been in the bottom over Gay Daddy. I cannot believe that blouse got a pass. It was such crap. I thought his “sweater” could’ve been cool, but maybe not how it is styled. I thought it was a cable-knit thing, not argyle, though.
      And yeah, I am mad at Dom. WAY too matchy. A little quilted dress – okay, but not in the same colors! And, sorry, but she quilted the heck out of that sucker. Very tortured looking. Wonky sleeve, wonky hem, pulling across front, puckering everywhere. Makes her model look wide, too.
      Also, Helen’s model’s runway walk makes me think she is always about to turn her ankle with every step. Weird.

      • Lilithcat

        . I thought it was a cable-knit thing, not argyle, though.

        Oddly, he did call it cable-knit originally, and that is, indeed, what it was. I think when he said “argyle” on the runway, he was likely just nervous and misspoke. It happens.

        I do agree it was an interesting idea, but the execution failed.

        • Edward Thomas-Herrera

          If it had been done really well, I think it would’ve be beautiful. The boyfriend said it looked like it was made out of Kleenex – and I have to agree.

    • BrooklynBomber

      I did not squeal. Not over the shoes, not over the clothes. Well, I don’t squeal generally, but the shoes were blah and most of the clothes were, too.

    • ThaliaMenninger

      My bottom three would be Who?, Judges’ Pet Who Came Back, GI Jane, After School Special, Tim’s Pet, Dom, Proposal, Love Letters on the Dress, Coco and The Person Who Was Lucky Enough to Get Ya This Week. Drag Brows is the winner by default. Absolute worst above all was Who? (Or Drew Barryless. Or Karen.)

      • LaurieRoz

        Agree – not sure why she keeps skating by each week. But Karen reminds me most of Molly Shannon’s Mary Katherine Gallagher character from Saturday Night Live. Not sure if it’s the mousey personality or the flaring nostrils. I keep waiting to see her in the runway judging lineup with her fingertips stuck in her armpits.
        And speaking of SNL, Ken reminds me of Tim Meadows doing that character who drinks Courvoisier. His speech at time seems very pretentious to me: “I am highly pissed” Why not just “I’m pissed”???

        • DuBey2

          Hah! Yes, he is like that pretentious character. Long live SNL

    • MilaXX

      The judges have already auf’ed Justin. Tim’s save may have brought him back, but unless he really steps up his game, he’s never gonna be anything more than safe.

    • deitybox

      Obligatory weekly post: KEN IS THE WORST OMG WHYYYY GET OFF MY TV

    • Winter_White

      We gasped when Justin thanked Tim for saving him, and Tim responded, “No, no, you…[and here there was a little sputter, as though he wanted to say 'deserved it' but couldn't bring himself to lie]…NEED TO BE HERE.” He even repeated those words, with emphasis. “You. Need. To be here…”

      Tim was too kind to finish the sentence: “…to fulfill the producers’ manipulative intentions.”

    • Trisha26

      For the first time in 11+ seasons there wasn’t one garment I liked. That is saying a lot. I strongly disliked Helen’s look – a cape? I don’t care if it’s “on trend.” Ugh. Boring. Dated. Ridiculous garment. Her attitude is totally confusing. She’s all badass and weepy when the judges don’t get her aesthetic, then decides to sell out and make a LBD/CAPE and is gleeful they like her, “they really like her.”

      Miranda’s outfit was truly uninspiring but I really take exception to Nina harping on it “looking like Christmas.” That was Nina’s impression only and not a reason to fault the garment. The kneepads on Alexandria’s gladiator sandals were just ridic, couldn’t take anything about her look seriously. Ditto for Ken’s “the mother of all peplums.” Guess I’m alone in not hating Bradon’s top. If only he’d used that skirt fabric to make a pair of slim cocktail pants. It still would have recalled the 50s but it could have been cute & stylish.

      Dom said she was going to make a skater dress and that certainly fit with her styling and those creepers. A fun, flirty quilted white dress with one accent color here and there – would have been adorable – but what happened?! Kate’s shoes were awful but I kept thinking Dr. Seuss – to think what she could have done instead of giving us a long black loin cloth! Karen needs to leave, I just can’t with that dress/shoe combo – and the jacket was horrendous.

      • Qitkat

        Great analysis!

      • momjamin

        I was mostly impressed at how well Dom and Karen matched their fabric colors to shoe colors. I missed the first part of the show, but those don’t seem like easy colors to make so matchy-matchy ;-)

      • LuluinLaLa

        Dom’s sketch was adorable – they showed it during it her crit for a second, and I had high hopes. But that was not what walked down the runway.

    • Pinup Ghoul

      I thought what’s-her-face from Big Bang Theory was a TERRIBLE judge. I hate it when people prelude a critique with “I’m sorry, but…”, and pull a weary face. So irritating. If you have a strong opinion on something, or a legitimate critique, it’s foolish to apologize for it, especially in a professional setting. If you can’t stand by your own critiques, how can you expect them to resonate with the subject at all?

      I liked Dom’s look. It was adventurous and exciting.

      • Angela_the_Librarian

        Most of the guest judges don’t really give good input, but for some reason she was particularly grating last night. I’m looking forward to next week when Michael Kors returns. He critiques are not always helpful, but at least they’ll be entertaining!

        • stayl

          I’ve been wondering where Rachel Roy is because she’s usually excellent.

      • DuBey2

        I, too, had a problem with Kaley or Kelly or whatever her name is. I also didn’t think her styling was at all impressive last night – maybe we can get T&Lo do critique all the guest judges over the seasons, as well as to add some Nina caps. Speaking of Nina, am I the only one who notices how silent she is most of the time this season? And wouldn’t it be cute if all the judges had to wear Belk Accessories each week??

        • Kimberlini

          LOL at your last line!

      • Carrps

        She wasn’t good, but she had a little more life than drab, boring and forgettable Allison….er, Williams. It’s pretty bad when the only way I can remember her name is to conjure up her father.

      • harlowish

        Yes, and they already had a guest judge in… the Marie Claire lady, so I don’t know why Kaley Cuoco needed to be there.

      • Denise Brown

        Dom was not helped by her model. The girl’s walk was all rounded shoulders and clomping down the runway without a hint of a smile. She did not communicate sporty or playful at all at all!

    • formerlyAnon

      I was partial to Alexander’s mostly because of the plaid, though I understand the logic of giving Helen the win.

      I would have sent Karen home over Miranda because Karen’s bodice was not just hideous but too pointlessly matchy with the shoes – & I say this as someone who still reverts happily to matchy and rarely criticizes it in others. Also, Miranda’s plaid appealed to me, however uninspiring the ensemble.

      The herd of these folks showing at Fashion Week irks me.

      • Carrps

        I thought the top on Karen’s dress looked exactly like an old alien costume from the original “Star Trek” series.

        • Indigo54

          It looks like melted, smushed and stretched out “Now and Later” candies to me. I used to love that candy…

    • Jane Patterson

      The only shoes I thought were awesome ( the metallic combat boots) were, of course, not picked. Sure, they aren’t really cutting edge anymore, but they would at least have been *fun*

    • Kimberlini

      Perhaps Helen’s look was dull because the model was so blah. NOPE! Scrolled down to cut off her head and it was STILL dull. A cape. BFD. I actually liked Miranda’s the best. What does that say of this competition?

    • Kimberlini

      Who wants to join a pool as to when Justin gets auffed again? He was safe this week but now that Miranda is gone, he’s fair game. If Bradon doesn’t snap out of his romantic vapors soon, he’s also in trouble. And I can’t wait for that little shit Ken to go!

      • Carrps

        I agree that Justin is not long for the PR world, but puhleeze let Drew Barryless go first.

      • Indigo54

        If there’s any justice, Karen should be auffed next! Who’s with me?

        • Denise Brown

          Me. But it wouldn’t be a tragedy if Ken were to leave first.

      • putacorkinit

        I agree. Braden’s romance is so yawn-inducing that I nearly unhinged my jaw like a python. I’d like to hear a little tinny voice from his phone going: ‘Actually, Braden, I’ve met someone…’.

    • JaCory Deon

      Maybe it was the way it walked, but I thought Justin’s was much sleeker and forward looking than Helen’s. Helen’s was nothing without that cape and she was smart enough to style it like Paris Dior…it was good but not that great. While I agree it was MIranda’s time to go, I would’ve done a double and eliminated her and Gay Daddy, someone whose twinkle in the eye is giving the game away. Brandon is going down the tubes though part of me wonders if that has something to do with his muse, Ya, being taken away. (I’ve said it before and will again: whoever has Ya will be top 3 no matter what because that bitch werqs!) He’d best get it together or he’s out.

      As for the rest, what is Karen still doing there anyway? And Ken, bless her heart, is giving us in attitude what she lacks in imagination and skill. What is wrong with Alexandria? It’s like she’s pained to to discuss her own creations or has no social skills. What is she on?

      And let it just be said: this crop, while good, is NO WHERE better than S2-S4! That’s just absurd of Tim to even say…maybe he meant they’re better than LAST season’s cast collectively, but in the show’s history? Girl no.

      • putacorkinit

        “What is wrong with Alexandria? It’s like she’s pained to to discuss her own creations or has no social skills.”

        I disagree. In Europe, she would be known as ‘class’. The reason she looks pained is that she’s minor Danish aristocracy surrounded by hooting rag-trade plebs for whom the term ‘trash’ would be a promotion.

        • s elin

          Is this a serious response?

          • putacorkinit

            If you can’t tell, then no answer will satisfy you.

    • Sara

      For most if this season, I have watched PR in Friday, after reading the TLo posts. Yesterday, I was home, so I watched it when it aired. I realized that I need the TLo snark to truly enjoy PR. I propose that the show would be improved by adding a crawler written exclusively by TLo. BM would have to send send an advance copy of the show. Most critically, this will only work if the producers give full control of the crawler to TLo. No editing allowed! Ii

      • BeccaGo

        This is why you need to watch the show with Twitter open. :D

    • Qitkat

      Looking at all these stills and remembering how alternately bored/wtf we were all last evening in the Lounge, I’m realizing I don’t care a fig leaf who wins. Everyone seems to have used up their best ideas early on, and are sliding downhill quickly. I think the judges should have declared no winner at all, and told all the designers at once how disappointed they are in the quality and imagination being expressed. But that would require that the judges actually care, which they don’t anymore, just counting the bank notes and putting on a stiff upper lip going to a job they are beginning to detest. At least Kors will be there next week, for a bit of refreshment. How useless was Kaley Cuoco and whoever the other judge was.

      I’m fine with Miranda going home, but I liked her plaid pants better than Alexander’s (and I just had to scroll back up because I forgot his name, what does that say about this season?), but they should have had a bottom 5 with Dom and Kate included. And I hate hate hate those knee brace boots, did I mention I HATE them? Not on board with this LBD win, at all.

    • DeanaDolar

      I just want to bring Ya home and feed her.

    • Scott Fitler

      Did Chloe Sevigny volunteer to be Kate’s model for this episode?

    • Denise Plank

      The only way to make these shoes look good is to pair them with a dumpster.

    • Call me Bee

      Since the beginning of this season, I have been disappointed in my fellow Beertown designers.
      So that’s that.

      When they announced this challenge, I was so hopeful. Do any of the BKs remember that (really awful) show called “Running in Heels” following 3-4 interns at the Marie Claire offices? The fashion closet then was fabulous–they showed it often.
      But I agree, with you, gentlemen, that the shoes offered were mostly…meh. I love me a tuxedo flat (I have a pair in purple suede,) but two pairs? And those S&M sandal/boot things? Awful. So disappointed.

      But–so looking forward to seeing MK next week. I miss him terribly.

    • Trickytrisha

      I’m wondering what the “judges” were smoking. All that praise for Alexandria’s sloppy skimpy slip was questionable as hell, and those thigh high sandals looked just plain silly on the model. Maybe they think anything put on Ya automatically becomes wonderful?

      At least they got the winner right, but frankly there wasn’t much to choose from.

    • putacorkinit

      It was a boring episode indeed a boring challenge leading to boring design. I am so glad that it looks like Michael Kors is returning as a guest judge for next episode. The way the editors cut the teaser was very mischievous: Kors gobbling out some crude insult and then cut to a shot of his empurpled head suffocating with laughter at his own Proustian wit. Oh, I wish he would come back as a permanent judge.

    • putacorkinit

      I can’t believe the cape and nurse’s dress in black won. I can’t believe how fashion-forward and exciting everyone seems to think it is. She looks like a receptionist at the Bide-A-Wee-Laddie Funeral Home for Beverly Hills Pets.

      • momjamin

        All I thought when it came out was “Don’t bore Nina.” I keep thinking I’m learning “something,” but I’m so confused ;-)

        • putacorkinit

          I agree. If they do something classic, it’s ‘Don’t bore Nina’; if they do something showy it’s ‘Oh, it’s too costumy’. To a great extent, the show is a lottery. But so it is here too – I personally thought Kate’s dress was exciting, modern and dramatic but TLO seemed to hate it. As the Romans said two thousand years ago ‘De gustibus non disputandum’.

    • onetinkerbell

      Did I squeal over the shoes (or anything else)? No way. I get more excited when I see that zulily has Irregular Choice shoes on sale. They should have had shoes from them – definitely shoes that make a statement and way more high-end looking than the crap in the Marie Clarie closet. No wonder I never read that rag.

    • putacorkinit

      Oh, and Jeremy’s twee jumper-miniskirt-boot dress was not from ‘Pretty Lady’ but from a much worse actress and film. It’s a spitting rip-off of Patsy Kensit in the appalling 1988 British musical ‘Absolute Beginners’.

      I also loathe ‘Gay Daddy’ or, as I call him, the Chuckling Nazi. I keep on coming up with phrases for him to say in his laughing, guffawing voice that he thinks makes him seem so affable: ‘You’re nothing to me Fredo gun ha ha ha ha Not a brother, not a friend, ha ha ha’, ‘It rubs the lotion on its ha ha ha ha skin or else it gets ha ha ha the hose again”, I’ll get you, my pretty, ha ha ha and your little ha ha ha ha dog too!

      • Denise Brown

        Even better, though I doubt many of you are old enough to remember the show, that outfit was pure Shindig Dancer!

    • turtleemily

      I can picture Chloe Sevigny in Kate’s outfit. Or at least one of her alters.

    • conniemd

      Ultimately the challenge was too vague. There is a difference between designing an outfit inspired by the shoes like a work of art or architecture (which is what Dom did) and design an outfit to go with the shoes. Personally, I’d like to have seen the challenge phrased as pick a shoe and then tell a story about the woman and what she is wearing the outfit to.

    • Tracy_Flick

      Those are some cheap, uncomfortable-looking shoes. I gasped in horror at the Pretty Woman boots.

    • guest2visits

      I liked the boots Jeremy picked, and a couple on the wall. But no; most of what was chosen by the designers weren’t pretty. Unfortunately; Jeremy made the most Kmarty sweater I’ve seen. It looked like two cheap acrylic tops that got permanently twisted together by static-cling in the dryer. Over lame’ for heaven’s sake. It’s Kathy Lee Gifford styling.
      I have the wants for a few of the bags, booties and shoes on the Anthropologie catalog.

    • bertkeeter

      Kate’s look …tad Valentino….?

    • CKMia

      I’m fairly certain the choice of shoes had much to do with not having to pay royalties, or fees, or whatever else to certain brands. I think they chose the shoe designers that didn’t require some sort of remuneration (think royalty-free stock photography) which of course would be the domain of the “unwanted designers”. You don’t really think the Louboutins of the world would be caught letting their shoes be used for free by a shoe that has something called the “Belk Accessory Wall” without getting paid, do you?

    • Kimberlini

      What happened to the token straight guy this season? Left out because two (three?) wins in ten seasons was too many?

    • psychoblonde

      Am I the only one tired of Zac P? I kept wishing it were Michael K up there and then when I saw the preview for next week’s show, I smiled for the first time during the entire episode!

      I also don’t understand Ken’s dress being in the top? The judges have penalized designers in the past for garments that squeezed the life out of (and squashed the breasts of) the models. They also tend to call out designers who make skirts short enough to be considered fashionable by Mile Cyrus. I honestly think there were only 2 top looks on that runway.

      • s elin

        Then you must have concluded that there was only one top look, because to call Alexandria’s…I-am-at-a-loss-for-words-as-to-how-to-describe-it-rag a winner is a travesty.

    • vitaminC

      OK, apparently we can’t post links here. Didn’t know. The Ronald McDonald hooker heels are actually pretty awesome, design-wise. I first saw them at Akira last year. Granted, they look way better in any other color, even silly putty, than red plastic. Google this:
      Julian Hakes Mojito Shoe in Electric Blue & Fuchsia
      to see different views.

      • guest2visits

        Thanks for the link!
        You’re right – the red are probably the gaudiest, least pretty. I liked the matte-black and putty colors, kind of chic.

      • BeccaGo

        Wow, every single pair is prettier than the ones they had.

        • vitaminC

          I know, right? If I had the money, I’d buy them just to have around as sculpture.

    • DuBey2

      OK, true confession: I did squeal a teeny bit when they 1st scanned the whole shoe closet & there were too many to even begin to start choosing — but, BUT, when they said “Oh, just only choose from these 2 little rows here” , my hopes plummeted. I did love Jeremy’s boots. I’m a sucker for boots. I wish Heidi’s gold strappy sandals she wore when announcing the challenge had been part of the choices. Oh, and I like Ken’s shoes, too. They upped the fashion quotient of his dress by a large percent, IMO. As also, the model, Ya, upped the quotient of Alexandria’s cheap looking slip dress. My gosh, she is a fascinating model. I’m beyond impressed.

    • Meelah

      I don’t believe they had full pick of that shoe section. The fact that no one wandered around or picked a shoe from behind Tim is evidence of that. Also why do many of those shoes looked like they’ve been worn a lot?

      • Lilithcat

        They didn’t. It was made quite clear on the show that they were limited to a couple of shelves, because those were shoes that they had in multiple sizes.

        The shoes look worn because they were worn. These are all items used in Marie Claire photo shoots.

        • Meelah

          Photo shoots. Some of them looked like someone walked several miles in them.

    • Annie Lure

      Evidently, zip-lining and sleeping in tents engendered far more imaginative and ambitious garments than the Marie Claire assortment of shoes. The latter challenge is more fashion-pertinent than the former because it demands the designers demonstrate some styling instincts. Design a garment that’s synergistic to your given/chosen accessory. Sounds fine as a brief. It’s admittedly vague, but, come on, it’s PR. Each season they’ve had to do stuff like this: draw inspiration from a particular hair-style or hat, design for the cover of Marie Claire etc… What’s to be expected? MORE STYLISH SHOES, that’s what! The shoes available were either utterly pedestrian (Jeremy’s stiletto boots, Helen’s pointed-toe studded boots, all of the pumps. Yes, it is telling that the pair of short, leather, spiked boots that I bought at the MACY’S of my local mall look a lot more interesting than those Marie Claire purveys), affectedly dainty (Braden’s beaded loafers), or designed by someone who apparently loathes human feet (Kate’s and Alex’s– RE Alex: I like gladiators in general, but these are horrid. Just look at those knee-pads.). Uninspiring shoes spawned uninspired, and, in some cases, monstrous, designs. It didn’t help that these bitches replicated the shapes and color palettes of their shoes onto the dress forms. What the fuck is that… THING Dom did? My retinas are disintegrating looking at it. What IS that? Did someone tell her to do her rendering of fallopian tubes? Why wasn’t she sent home for this? Has it escaped the judges’ notice that her entries have gotten progressively more gimmick-y? And why’s Karen still on show? She should have been out since the very first challenge. She has no idea how to design for a woman’s body (strange, since she lives in one). Everything she’s done is horribly ill-fitting. What her model is wearing is NOT a jacket. It’s just some rag drooping off her shoulders. WHY have they allowed her to assault our eyes not once, not twice, but SEVEN times? In previous seasons, some of the designers who made it through 6-7 challenges were actually very talented: i.e. Ramon, Louise, Kevin etc… Yes, yes, I get it, they let characters make it far enough with minimal efforts, but she ain’t no character!! What is noteworthy about her? Tell me. I want to know.

    • Toto Maya

      The only shoes on the entire rack I thought were pretty were the ones Justin chose, but they look awful on the model.

    • adnama79

      I would like to see an episode where they have elementary school kids empty their pockets and have the designers make something inspired by what is revealed.

      I would love if it were a button bag episode. “Karen, you are going to be inspired by the penny that Dasia had in her pocket. Alexandria, you are going to design based on Kimmie’s gum. Bradon, you are going to design based on Imaan’s gummi bear. Ken, you have John’s spider-man band-aid.”

      • sisterb67

        I would watch the hell out of that.

    • sisterb67

      I cannot believe that there was nary a word about that atrocious blouse Kate made – so poorly constructed, so ill fitting, it was like the womenswear companion piece to those heinous “shirts” that Richard made for the Thunder Down Under challenge last season (paging Bill Cosby, yet another designer is channeling the homemade Gordon Gartrelle shirt!)

    • elikit

      I really think Alexander could have designed something wonderfully hideous, OTT, and auf-able if he’d had Kate’s shoes. I really wish we’d seen that.

      Barring that, I wish we’d seen Kate called onto the carpet for her monstrosity, instead of getting safe passage so they can keep trying to make fetch happen.

    • lareveuse73

      Ken made a dress for the Addicted to Love video, messed up the hem, and took away the guitar and they praised it like it was fresh and new. Give me a break. Looked cheap and junior, like something you’d buy at DEB in the mall. Also, you’d stink from the plastic fabric. Gross. They are just keeping him for the drama. He’s coasting on his witch factor.

    • Stubenville

      Late to the party, but…

      Dear B/M, Heidi et al; stop trying to Make Kate Happen. Long sleeves with a skirt slit up to the good china? A sloppily sewn outfit with essentially nothing to do with the shoes? And that styling? Did they feed Nina horse tranquilizers to keep her from clawing Kate’s eyes out?

    • Stubenville

      Dear B/M, Heidi, judges, et al; let’s play a game. Have English Daddy’s model put on another pair of shoes, perhaps the gold strap ones Heidi wore while delivering the challenge. Do you still see Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman? No? So it’s the boots which Marie Claire magazine and the production team selected that you’re blaming Jeremy for.

    • Stubenville

      Dear B/M, Heidi and Tim; please hire someone devious to pull together your challenges, perhaps one of the more bitter queens who sashayed away from RuPaul’s Drag Race? The challenges are stale. You KNOW they’re stale. Here’s how you could have stepped up the last epi:

      Tim ushers the dresstestants into the Times Square branch of Payless Shoes Marie Claire shoe closet, where the models are standing in a row. He says: “Designers, I’ve had the models pick their favorite pair of shoes. You can pick a pair of shoes and that will determine the model you will get or you can pick a model, and that will determine which pair of shoes you get.”

    • Stubenville

      What the he hell, while I’m on a roll…

      The plaid challenge; the dresstestants may only use plaid and must use at least three different plaids in their outfit.

      Plaid challenge II – all the dresstestants must all use exactly the same plaid which they have to agree upon in Mood.

      The Anya challenge – assemble an outfit with the least sewing (or gluing.)

      The Musical Chairs challenge; make a pretty dress, buy fabric at Mood, bla, bla, bla. The production assistants place the purchased materials in opaque plastic bags, arrange them in a circle and the Dresstestants circle the bags as London Bridge is Falling Down is played. When the music stops the dresstestants have to lunge for the bags. Plot twist; there’s one fewer bag than dresstestant, so the unlucky person has to make their outfit totally out of muslin.

    • NikkiDee14

      Alexandria’s design looks like it came from Versace’s Spring 2013 collection! Obviously there’s no way there was any “copying” done, but I was like “hot damn, Alexandria and Donatella were on the same page!” I can’t decide if that makes Alexandria more impressive, or if it makes Donatella less impressive lol.

    • Shibori Girl

      Well, the answer to the question I posed in the lounge is that it was a blessing when my cable went out with half an hour to go on Thursday night. Cable problems (operator error – duh) solved, I watched the judging last night. Dull shoes, pedestrian, literal or weird designs and predictable judging. The saving grace is all y’all’s comments. Steubenville, you are hired – great challenge ideas, far superior to the recycled stuff we are actually seeing. Hey – how about a recycled challenge – no, wait – that is what we are getting now…recycled challenges.

    • Edward Thomas-Herrera

      The gladiator/dominatrix shoe/boots were HIDEOUS. For one thing, they come with knee pads. KNEE PADS! As far as my experience goes, knee pads are for three things: playing a sport, dancing a Bob Fosse routine, and giving blow jobs at a circuit party. For another thing, they didn’t fit – you could tell the pads were sitting BELOW her knees. Finally, why put the boniest model with the boniest legs in something that shows off the legs? I don’t get it.

    • PeggyGravel

      I really can’t believe Dom was not on the bottom with that match matchy quilt nightmare, I couldn’t take my eye of the grease stain on the bottom.

    • Edward Thomas-Herrera

      Sorry if I’m late to the game, but one more question: why did the Irishman Jeremy refer to his top as being inspired by the “argyle” sweater? In the run-up, he referred to a cable knit sweater, and being Irish, I figured he knew what he was talking about. But then he got up on the runway before the judges and referred to an argyle sweater, which is an entirely different thing. Was it just nerves?

      • bringbackbeatles

        Well, from what I understand, Jeremy is british, not irish. He certainly doesn’t sound irish to me. He repeatedly referred to the sweater as replicating a cable knit. I noticed that he said argyle on the runway too, but that’s the only time I heard it, so I think it was just a slip up. Could have been nerves like you said.

    • Therese Bohn

      Did Helen’s LBD and capelet remind anyone else of a nun’s habit?

    • Shibori Girl

      Hey – is it just me or does Karen’s effort look like there is a titscrepancy? Also, that shape is reminiscent of an ace bandage. Sorry, but there you are.

      • Eric Stott

        Titscrepancy? These days it’s enough that it COVERS both tits!

      • sisterb67

        Holy crap, how did I miss that? The bust dart on her poor model’s left boob is at least an inch higher than the one on the right boob AND it’s going at a 45 degree angle. It’s like she’s created the clothing version of one implant with bad encapsulation scarring!

    • Renaissance_Man_ATL

      Thank you, T-Lo! Ken is SO Coco Montrese!!!

    • StillGary

      COCO MONTRESE! It has been bugging me: “Who does he remind me of?”

    • Denise Brown

      So let’s see if Helen picks Ya next week. Or do they not pick in order because that would spoil the anonymous runway?

    • berlinmama

      Why is a plain black dress, depressing and looking like one is going to a wake, number one? Please someone explain this to me.

    • save_the_hobbit

      The only pair I really loved were the creepers Dom picked.

    • Amy

      You call her Drew Barryless, I call her young Joan Cusack with that twisty mouth.

    • April

      Sweeping generalizations drive me insane. EVERY GIRL’S DREAM! EVERY WOMAN’S FAVORITE ACCESSORY! False. This episode was even more annoying than the diamond one. I know Timothy’s cynicism about material things in that episode was odd on a fashion show but it was nice to at least have another point of view.

    • TAGinMO

      All those references to dueling plaids throughout the episode, and never once did anyone say “Clash of the Tartans”?

      Come ON.

    • Kent Roby

      Coco would have absolutely been on the bottom with another dated 80′s look if Tim had not steered him in a totally different direction, yet the evil queen was all indignant over not winning. And her stupid talk about “pulling out knives”/ time to “play this game” are such horrible unnecessary cliches, especially coming from someone who is less than mediocre. Ugh.

    • MisScarlett

      Late to the party, but… “Ronald McDonald’s drag night shoes.” I love you guys. That is all.

    • kathrineb

      Miranda’s was not the worst! I am disappointed with Doms effort because those shoes were sort of amazing.

    • MiccyA

      Isn’t Helen’s winning “Afternoon Special-Get-Thee-To-A-Nunnery” ugly-ass, capelet-covered sheath dress, just a less shiny version of Season 1′s Wendy Pepper’s winning “Get-Thee-To-A-Nunnery” ugly-ass, capelet-covered sheath dress??? Ugh.