Project Runway: The Ties That Bind – and then cause meltdowns.

Posted on August 09, 2013

Two things before we get started. Jesse Tyler needs the beard and Tim actually doesn’t look good in a bow tie. Who knew?

Hey, it says “OPINIONATED” at the top of the page. We can’t help ourselves. It’s like breathing at this point.

 

Oh, God. This level of drama we did not need. You’re a little sewing contest; you’re not a cable drama about terrorism. Get a hold of yourself.

And speaking of getting a hold of yourself.

Ugh. We have no interest.

We hope this doesn’t come off like we’re apologists or anything, but our eyes saw someone who never should have been cast on the show. Sometimes, a casting director simply can’t tell the difference between “colorful character with loads of personality” and “psychologically unprepared for reality television.” It happens. It’s an industry and a genre that supports and rewards extreme personalities – and we all watch it, so the moral huffiness only goes so far – and sometimes people get in who never should have gotten in.

(Psst. As an aside, Miss Posen does not like to be questioned, does she?)

No, this was not staged and no, we don’t think Sandro did this for calculated reasons. He strikes us as incredibly attention-seeking in almost any instance, but here, we think he really did snap under the criticisms he wasn’t prepared to receive and then completely lost his temper. Mind you, this is not a defense of the guy. He’s an asshole. But we heard some cries of “FAKE!” last night and we have to say, we don’t agree. He shouldn’t have passed the psych eval.

Last week’s free-for-all of crazy was entertaining to us in a train wreck kind of way but stuff like this just isn’t. Reality competition meltdowns with stuffed unicorns and magic letters from models can’t NOT be fun, but violence-tinged rage sessions just aren’t what most of us signed up for.

In other news, Afterschool Special needs to STOP SEEKING OUT DRAMA AND THEN GETTING ALL WEEPY WHEN IT FINDS HER. She bugs.

This was sweet but a little odd and too stagey. When we’d heard that there was a marriage proposal this episode, we assumed the person being proposed to was going to actually be there. Proposing to a roomful of people, none of whom actually know the person to whom you’re proposing, is just kind of awkward. Honestly, we’re not criticizing him. He clearly got swept up in the emotion of it. But that stiff and highly staged epilogue with the fiance was just weird. We wish them well, of course. How could we not? And they make a very cute couple.

 

Bradon

But congrats on all fronts, Bradon! And just so everyone will think we’re total bitches, after questioning your marriage proposal, now we’re going to mention that we don’t think you should have won.

We liked this a lot, but our one issue came down to this: he did kind of what you’d expect someone to do when you tell them to make clothes out of ties. The only thing that really impressed us here was the fagoting technique he used to construct that top, but from an aesthetic point of view, we didn’t love it. We also thought the shorts and jacket looked too heavy for such a flimsy top. A much lighter fabric would have helped.

 

Sandro

And it’s do svidaniya to Sandro. Don’t let the door hit you in the ass, buddy. The irony is, this was probably the best entry yet and he’s amazingly good at construction. If they could have gotten him to edit himself, he could have made it through to the end. We’re serious.

 

 

Dom

We thought Dom should have won. This was easily the most stylish look to us. Unfortunately, she went too far with the tie embellishment at the collar. If she’d toned that down, she might have won. Her construction skills are impressive.

 

Kate

Does anyone else feel like Kate is a product that ‘s being pushed a little too hard on the audience right now? We don’t get it. We don’t get why the judges love her and we don’t get why the producers think we’re fascinated by her and we don’t get why she has such high self-regard. We wouldn’t be thinking about Kate much at all except we keep getting told how much we should think about her.

The top is bleh. The pants are cute. It didn’t deserve the high praise.

 

Jeremy

Yikes. First there was the confusion about exactly whose grandmother died; his or his partner’s. Then there was the idea of using her as an inspiration, which was never going to go over well with the judges. Then there was the way he kept wielding it as a shield to prevent his auf’ing. THEN there was the fact that he made a really ugly outfit. Gay Daddy can sew, that’s for sure. But he’s got to step it up on the design front.

 

Sue

AWFUL. Honestly, it’s so bad it’s kind of offensive; especially when you consider she spent twice the budget amount to produce this big pile of ugly nothing.

 

 

Miranda

Another really awful one. Another person who needs to go because she clearly can’t handle the rigors of the show. And she was in the military for eight years? Did she cry the whole time? Was this the special military where everyone speaks softly and supportively?
 
 

Alexandria

Credit where it’s due: she’s got an eye for design. We don’t love it unreservedly but it looks modern and a little sophisticated.

 

 

Ken

Awful and tacky.

 

 

Justin

Deadly dull. Another one who needs to either step it up immediately or go home.

 

 

Helen

We’re not sure why the judges singled her out after waving her through. If she really was one of the worst designs, then she should have been in the bottom three, immunity or not. That’s how they’ve done it in the past. If she’s really one of the middle-scoring designs, then why single her out for the crit? Besides, we don’t think this was so awful. It is, to our eyes, exactly what the judges seemingly scored it as: a middle entry, neither good enough to praise or bad enough to put them in danger. The back of this dress is horribly overworked but the front is kind of interesting.
 
 

Karen

We are completely distracted by the way she sounds EXACTLY like Drew Barrymore. Seriously. Close your eyes next time she speaks. Anyway, this was semi-interesting, but needed editing and better construction.

 
 

Alexander

Are you fucking kidding us? Leave the rainbow clown clothes for the Pride parade float, Drag Brows.

 

 

[Photo Credit: Barbara Nitke for Lifetime - Stills: tomandlorenzo.com]

    • zenobar

      Nina commenting, in bro parlance, that Kate’s pants were “sick” – I choked on my wine. I really did.

      • Rhonda Shore

        I’m not getting the Kate fascination either and her little speech about herself onstage was cloying.

        • MoHub

          Kate projects a combination of false humility to the judges and condescension to the other designers. I’m not in the least fooled by her. She’s a total phony with a sense of entitlement.

      • GorgeousThings

        I was right there, choking with you!

        • lilyvonschtupp

          I was like, “the bitch lost it”

      • Sarah

        “I CAN be hard!” Bullshit. You can be passive aggressive. And I’d take one look at that outfit in the hood and laugh. Fluffy silk backless blouses are not “tough.”

        • zenobar

          But I’m a princess! Who can be hard! A fluffy, badass princess!

          • Sarah

            Her and Nina should come to my “sick” neighborhood for a weekend. We could have lots of “badass” fun. Heheee.

      • zenobar

        I *accidentally* upvoted my own comment, y’all. Just so you know. (I was trying to see who upvoted. Vanity, vanity.)

        • Sarah

          What, you don’t upvote yourself all the time??? (you can un-upvote. Just re-click it.)

        • drdarke

          You can downvote your upvote, @zenobar:disqus – I accidentally Upvote my own comments all the time on my iPad to see who LIKE’d them, then Downvote my own vote off….

          …because I’m shallow that way.

          ::blows kisses to the crowd, poses dramatically in front of a forest of microphones – just like Madonna playing Eva Peron::

      • mjude

        i just despise the term “sick” really nina?

        • Rhonda Shore

          the thing is, that use of sick is so mainstream now that my teenage son would probably tell me it’s over and NO ONE uses it anymore…

        • NMMagpie

          Nina is also the one who fought for Gretchen saying several times those granny panties were “on trend.” As if folks everywhere are wearing them today. Yah, right.

          • Kimbolina

            And she’s yet to wear them. I’m still waiting, Nina.

      • MoHub

        Nina is trying too hard to be hip. It’s not in the least becoming.

        • alyce1213

          Her shirt was trying too hard as well.

          • http://heartprintandstyle.com/ Vivi N

            Hahaha. I liked her top, though! It was sick.

            *ahem*

        • Jackie4g

          Nina is not now, and never will be, one of my favorites, but I try to control the vitriol (most of the time). I still don’t understand how the woman ever got a job like this, she’s such a pile of pretension. Now she loves Kates pants? If Kate had listened to Tim and done a tuxedo pant, Nina would have been disdainful and condescending, because Kate’s top wasn’t all that good under any circumstances. Nina contadicts herself on aregular basis and using “street” words,while critiqueing the way she does is just unnecessary and silly.

        • Call me Bee

          Agreed. She really took a step down in going from Elle mag to Marie Claire–never understood that move till now. She just wants to be “hip” and must think MC is a younger, hipper publication. In reality, it’s just a teensy step above the drek that is Glamour.

          • MoHub

            As I recall, Nina was “dismissed” from Elle after a feud with Anne Slowey. Marie Claire probably headhunted her as soon as they knew she was out at Elle, but leaving one mag for another wasn’t really Nina’s choice.

            • DuBey2

              Thank you, MoHub, because I wondered how that happened.

        • largishbearishAtlish

          Oh wait!!!!!! T’lo hasn’t been rating this judges this season…please please please, we bitter kittens beseech thee….rip the judges! Please of fabulous wise ones.. surely you can say something about Nina and Ms Posen? (and after view, god does Jesse need that beard back…too pale with out it)

          • ricky rocky

            <—— thinks Jesse looks better without..

        • ricky rocky

          it was odd, but snaps for trying…

      • http://michjeff-quiltersparadise.blogspot.com/ Michelle Young

        Me too! And, was she wearing a tee-shirt? Is she going for hip and young? Not that she doesn’t look fantastic always, but I thought it was kind of strange.

      • drdarke

        Oh, they were sick all right, @zenobar! Just not in the way she took it….

        I’m not hating Kate this season like I did last time – but honestly, she’s a mediocre designer at best.

    • Sarah

      Holy moly, Drag Brows’ outfit just struck me. I was not paying attention last night. It is…bright.
      I don’t usually care so much about the drama, but the Sandro biz made me sick. SHUT UP, man.

    • Rhonda Shore

      “…violence-tinged rage sessions just aren’t what most of us signed up for.” WORD.

    • decormaven

      “Was this the special military where everyone speaks softly and supportively?” Bowing down! No, it was the Dream Police.

      • zenobar

        When I read that line, I choked on my coffee!

        • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

          You’re going to have to implement a beverage free TLo Zone.

          • zenobar

            Actually, I’m working on a fabulous bib.

            • decormaven

              It can be retailed as the “Spew-Tum.”

            • zenobar

              I wonder if TLo would star in the infomercial with me? *Drifts dreamily off into soft-focus QVC reverie*

            • decormaven

              Yes! It will fill the void after the demise of Quacker Factory couture. Maybe they can get some of that Kirks Folly mystic vibe going on.

            • Jackie4g

              Well, it’s hard to keep all that glitter attached to something that’s gotta be washed every time we read ths blog.

            • Munchkn

              My daughter and I used to watch Quacker Factory to laugh at the sheer awfulness of the clothes.

            • zenobar

              Quacker Factory is no more? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

              No amount of reasonably-priced Isaac Mizrahi fashions will ever make this right.

            • Call me Bee

              Oh yes–it’s still around. But now it’s run by the daughter of the original gal. And she’s an almost perfect clone.

            • lilyvonschtupp

              Oh its alive and kicking on QVC, along with Dennis Basso.

            • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

              A brilliant Bitter Kitten solution!!

            • http://mothereseblog.com/ Kristen @ Motherese

              Maybe you could repurpose that awesome bowtie bib from the front of Dom’s dress?

          • marlie

            Or maybe there needs to be a warning before TLo or one of the BKs makes an especially snarky comment to warn the rest of us to put our drinks down.

        • wayout46

          My favorite TLo line this week:

          “…Afterschool Special needs to STOP SEEKING OUT DRAMA AND THEN GETTING ALL WEEPY WHEN IT FINDS HER.”
          Spot on.

          • d4divine

            She’s like a cat that swipes at you then runs behind the couch. Lol

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

            Great Holy Mary Mother of God. If Helen were older, I’d be sure she was the actual inspiration for the term “drama queen”. So much crying; so many public displays of severe insecurity and self-doubt. She almost always seems like she’s on the verge of a meltdown.

            I gotta say, I’m glad Sandro is gone. He wasn’t fun to watch, and it must have been nightmare to work around him. I am not going to miss him. But I’m still scratching my head over how Sandro’s behavior on the runway turned into being about Helen.

            She wears me out.

          • largishbearishAtlish

            god I just LOVE T’lo’s wonderful skill at naming ‘contestants’ (that doesn’t seem right…’dramalings’?

          • elikit

            Totally! Telling Insandro “at least you were safe! Think about how I feel!”

            That was never going to work, trying to get the most self-centred person on the show to think about anything from anyone else’s perspective. Dream smaller, chick.

            It is kinda reassuring though that these people who cultivate these hard or hip exteriors are clearly trying to create a tattoo, leather, hairstyle exoskeleton and aren’t really tough.

        • http://www.jaimieteekell.com/ Jaimie

          Wine up there, then coffee… be careful!

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        This is why TLo keeps me coming back, day after day – utter total shade like that! I died!

      • MoHub

        Certainly nothing like the Army in which my daughter served.

        • EditKitten

          For real. Maybe she was a civilian on a base somewhere, babysitting the kittens of deployed soldiers, and somehow deluded herself into thinking she was actual military.

          • MoHub

            She does actually have a uniform, so that part is legit. Not everyone who joins the military is shipped overseas. My daughter spent her time in Texas, at Fort Bliss. Still had to do all the toughness training, though, so Miranda’s emotional breakdowns don’t make sense to me.

            • EditKitten

              Oh, no, I’m aware — I was just cracking a joke. I come from a military family, too. But you’re spot on; this chick is unlike any ex-military member I’ve ever met.

            • Nexli B

              Anyone can buy a uniform at a surplus store…

            • onetinkerbell

              Especially the green ones, since they’re no longer being worn. They’re all over the place.

      • Nexli B

        I’ve been waiting for TLo to call this chick out on her military line of bs. I’m a veteran, and I really find it hard to believe she was ever in the Army, she has absolutely no military bearing. And anyone who’s been in for more than a day knows that you wear your uniform completely or not at all – she wore parts of her uniform for the first episode runway and looked disgraceful. I’m wondering if they vetted her background story, cause I’m calling “made up bs to get her on TV.”

        • flamingoNW

          Well I don’t have your background, but yeah, it is kind of hard to believe that she spent 8 years in the military

          • Nexli B

            I just went and checked her out on the PR pages. She’s got some pics of her in uniform, but they are fairly old. I have a feeling she was in the guard or reserves. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but it’s a very different type of military, and there can indeed be a lot of “soft supportive speaking” in their units. And now she’s giving all women in the military a bad name. I wish she’d just drop it already!

          • Cz

            I agree. I worked with someone who flew chinooks (sp?) in Iraq and the guy was never fazed in the workplace. Everyone’s hair would be on fire and he was the calmest, chillest person EVER. She, on the other hand, is an emotional mess and a one trick pencil skirt pony.

            • Pink Sith

              “One trick pencil skirt” UNICORN! THANKYOUVERYMUCH!

        • onetinkerbell

          Honestly, I don’t know one woman who has EVER worn that green Class A uniform who had a desire to wear it as civilian wear – most get rid of their uniforms as soon as they can. Even now for active duty personnel, dress blues get the pass if you’re allowed to wear civilian attire to a ball; my husband’s female colleagues jump at the chance to not have to wear their uniforms (he’s an army doc).

        • RroseSelavy

          She also said she wore “men’s uniforms” in the military. Huh? Im pretty sure they have had women’s uniforms for quite some time now.

          • onetinkerbell

            I’ve spent some time in MCS (Military Clothing Sales) on various posts. And yes, they divide up the men’s and women’s uniforms on the racks, but it’s not as though the ACU (camouflage) pants are made with any concession to a woman’s figure, nor are the t-shirts or jackets. The one difference is that they also sell maternity versions of the ACU. The Class A and Class B uniforms are much more tailored and the majority of women will choose the skirt over the pants, though they’re allowed to wear both. The shirt that went with the green uniform that we saw Miranda wearing was more feminine in cut than the current white shirt that goes with the blue skirt/trousers. The ACU outfit is what she would be wearing on a daily basis and that’s probably what she was referring to. Soldiers of either gender wear a tan t-shirt, olive green socks, tan boots and digital camouflage pants and jacket-like tops, with patrol caps in the same pattern and most people in general think of it as a man’s uniform, since it was created for, and is worn mostly by men.

        • Levedi

          I’m starting to think the same thing. All the military folk (active and retired) I know take the uniform really seriously. They aren’t all loyal fans of the military, but they don’t do that half-in, half-out thing. And they handle themselves better.

        • drdarke

          Army Brat myself, @NexliB – as is my wife. Unless things have changed a LOT since our Dads were in the Service, she’d have gotten tossed out on a Section Eight!

      • http://michjeff-quiltersparadise.blogspot.com/ Michelle Young

        Absolutely! God help us, she is the reason many men don’t feel comfortable with women in the military.

    • NDC_IPCentral

      I didn’t watch last night, and I can see from Our Boys’ recap and review, I made the right decision! That bow-tie tie-in guaranteed lousy garments, eh?

      • Sarah

        It guaranteed a total lack of anyone knowing how to incorporate a bowtie into their look, pretty much, except Bradon and Dom.

        • marlie

          Yep. Most of them were either too literal, or they barely used them/used them for piping.

    • ShaoLinKitten

      I thought Karen would be in the bottom. WTF is going on with those pants? It looks like she is wearing a diaper underneath. Disaster. Really, there were only two good entries this week, Bradon’s and Dom’s. I liked Dom’s better but Bradon was getting the winner’s edit something fierce. Dom’s day will come, though. She’s one to watch.

      • Rhonda Shore

        Dom’s really the sleeper.

      • Kate

        For sure. Dom is headed to fashion week.

        • BrooklynBomber

          Based on last week and this week, I hope so!

        • MegaeraThe3rdFury

          Agreed

          • SRQkitten

            I hope so, her detail work last night was quite impressive. Cynical kitten that I am, I suspec that Bradon’s win had more to do with the overall arc/theme of the challenge, marriage equality, than about the actual talent & results. Mind you, I liked Bradon’s outfit, I just thought Dom’s was more deserving of the win.

            • marlie

              Not cynical at all. It wouldn’t be the first time that the producers manipulated a win to fit in with some other theme of the episode.

            • NoNeinNyet

              Probably. Of course, that’s also why I knew Jeremy wasn’t going home (besides the fact that his was no where close to the worst look). They weren’t sending the married gay dad home for the marriage equality challenge.

            • DuBey2

              THey weren’t sending him home last night because of the “grandma died” card.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

          Dom’s a cutie. I want to ruffle her hair and pinch her cheeks.

          • lilyvonschtupp

            Now who in the world would downvote that?????:0S

            • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

              Maybe Dom. Adults don’t usually want to be treated like that. :P
              I can’t help myself though. It’s so refreshing to see someone with so little drama, as well as a very upbeat attitude in PR, with a lot of skill. Go, Dom!

        • Jitka Pavlíková

          Yes. And I love her model – she’s super cute and Dom’s aesthetic really suits her.

      • MoHub

        In terms of Karen, it’s a big WTF all over. She hasn’t made a decent outfit yet, in both creativity and construction, yet she continually skates by in the middle. I have to wonder whether she has an Invisibility Cloak that keeps the judges from noticing her.

        • Sarah

          Still plenty of cannon fodder.

        • marlie

          She’s not the worst of the worst. Yet.

        • Inspector_Gidget

          Yeah that was bad bad bad! Her auf is in the mail.

      • Fanny_Trollope

        They have both had fabulous models as well.

      • Kwei-lin Lum

        Anyway, Bradon is just out of fashion school. He has talent and a subtly charming personality (a breath of fresh air for the show although there are several with a similar personality type this season) but is he ready to take on a winner’s mantle? Is he still a performer at heart? Is he too much the artist for a mass market? Meanwhile, Dom has an excellent eye and skills. She’s capable of designing for everyone and possibly for people on a budget, too. Those are golden traits. Will her youth and lack of experience be a hindrance if she were the winner?

      • Inspector_Gidget

        Dom is being set up to be robbed… make it to the end, get praised for her nice designs, and then come in second or third.

        • Ramon Figueroa

          But Dom could also end up being the Chloe Dao of this season, and it would make an even better story; the first African American woman to win and only the second person of color.

      • FightingGroundOwl

        I keep thinking Karen is going to be on the bottom every week. Her invisibility cloak is really something.

    • Kate

      I can’t even handle this episode. Dom needs to win for once, I am utterly glad PsychoSondro is gone, and half of the rest need to grow a pair.

      • marlie

        Dom won a couple of episodes ago, but I agree that she should have won this one, and that, thankfully, Sandro is gone. The rest… I can’t take all of that crying.

        • MoHub

          Dom hasn’t won yet. She’s been the bridesmaid on three challenges so far.

          • marlie

            Really?! I thought she won two episodes ago. Bummer. In that case, she is certainly way past due for a win!

            • lilyvonschtupp

              I said the girl gets screwed over BECAUSE SHE’S NO DRAMA!

            • drdarke

              No, Dom hasn’t won yet – though I think she didn’t deserve to win this week, either. Her construction skills are impressive, but it looked like the model sneezed untied bowties all over the collar to me. Not as blatantly laughable as Drag Brows’, but in the same ballpark….

              I thought Brandon deserved the win this week, honestly. There have been other times I’ve felt Dom deserved the Win and didn’t get it – but not this week.

    • Frank_821

      yup you guys summed it up nicely

      glad some of the looneys are gone

      It was clear Miss Posen and Heidi was NOT having that breach of protocol by Sandro.

      BTW with all this talk about people and their drama, I have to say Ken seems to me more and more is lacking in diplomacy. What he said to Sandro was techincally spot on but he didn’t have to say in such an antagonistic way. obviously lots of people were fed up with Sandro by then.

      Jesse Tyler Fergusen alluded to it in an interview when he was in the workroom

      • Iva

        And it looks like Ken is taking up the drama queen reigns next week. Oh joy.

      • MoHub

        Ken is the new Sandro.

      • Tony Grima

        What’s with all the broken protocol this season? We had Helen break down crying *during the runaway show* a few weeks back, and this week Sandro insists on getting some feedback when he’s safe. I wonder if the producers are somehow encouraging this as a way of spicing things up this season. If so, they got what they deserved this week.

        Also noticed that we don’t regularly see Tim talking to Justin in the workroom.

    • DinaSews

      Since they discussed it several times, I’m guessing Sue’s overspending on this challenge will come back to bite her later on. Providing she makes it through a few more challenges.

      • Iva

        Yeah. I think they really want to set up that bit of narrative, so I wouldn’t be surprised if she sticks around for a bit yet.

      • BrooklynBomber

        I missed the first episodes–were they all given a budget for the season, out of which they decided what to spend per challenge?

        • DinaSews

          Yes. I believe the season amount was $5,000 and they get to decide how much to spend per challenge. They give them a recommended amount which was $200 last night.

          • BrooklynBomber

            Thank you!

          • AnneElliot

            I still haven’t figured out if they can use leftover fabric from previous challenges if they run out of money. Sue bought twice as much fabric and made two dresses. I think she would have been better off sticking with the red one. That octopus dress was a disaster.

            • Ginny Ellsworth

              But remember she made two dresses last night. When Tim asked her about it, she said “that’s how I work.” They have such time constraints that I am always amazed at the people who make multiple outfits.

            • Jackie4g

              The black jersey dress was an hour or two, especially if they have access to a serger or overlock machine, and I bet Brother makes those as well, so the time element of the basic black dress body is minimal. Cut it out, serge the seams, top stitch the armhole and neck edges and hem. Then put bowtie seaweed to hang from strange places.

            • Sarah

              She didn’t serge it or topstitch, I don’t think. When the judges were looking at it, Zac noted it was JUST cut. She spent a boatload on an expensive enough knit that wouldn’t fray, and just cut it really cleanly. I am sorry she failed, because I like her. She could have appliqued those ties ONTO the dress, if she wanted the webby look.

            • onetinkerbell

              She didn’t even bother to finish the armhole edges, that much was clear.

            • marlie

              That’s her problem though (among other things). Rather than split the limited time that they have between two crappy/mediocre garments, maybe focus on making ONE garment really work.

            • Imasewsure

              yes but they also called her out on that this week when they mentioned how basic and uninteresting her dress was under all that illogical frippery… agreed too that they might be keeping her around long enough to go broke at Mood later in the season…

            • flamingoNW

              so far she has a lot of competition for the fugly, has hardly been the worst of the bunch so the fact that she hasn’t been eliminated doesn’t seem forced yet. We’ll see what happens…

            • onetinkerbell

              It’s not really that impressive if she’s not done any finishing on the armholes and neck. It’s not especially difficult to cut out a very basic jersey dress and throw it together. She would have been better served to really develop a wow-worthy design with the ties and do only one dress.

            • Ginny Ellsworth

              I wasn’t thinking that the sewing was that difficult, I was really commenting on where all her money went. Sorry I wasn’t clearer in my comment.

          • Pink Sith

            Sue has been designing the same damn dress the entire season. Jersey knit and long and slinky. I do like her aesthetic but she also seems to be a one trick unicorn. However I do like her hair and wish I could get mine to do that semi dread look.

        • 3boysful

          Probably less for the competition interest it provides than the fact that it’s yet another vehicle for product placement–the app that lets the designers track their funds.

          • BrooklynBomber

            Oh, brother.

            • MikeW_Vegas

              No.. Those are the sewing machines..

            • 3boysful

              I posted out of the reply email, but we’re clearly on the same wavelength–scary, for you . . .

            • 3boysful

              No, those are the sewing machines . . . :)

            • Ginny Ellsworth

              Jinx! Great minds think alike. And, well, so do Bitter Kittens.

      • Inspector_Gidget

        Oh yeah, you KNOW they were expecting a “ran out of money” scenario when they set up that needlessly elaborate account scheme. Well, that and sponsorship by… whatever online bank is doing this.

      • Danielle

        I think she’ll be out before that becomes an issue.

    • Joe Schmartin

      Every time Bradon’s top came onscreen, I thought, “Oh good, there’s the top you wear with that Etsy-looking tie skirt thing we’ve all seen a hundred times.” Why the judges all peed themselves over it is beyond me.

      • marlie

        I didn’t get the love for it either.

      • wayout46

        I thought the reveal showed a wow factor – but maybe we have the model to thank for that (both for the art of revealing and for her genetics).

        • sojourneryouth

          Yep. I’m afraid that top reminded me of those pot holders you weave on a plastic loom made out of loops of old sock material. The 3 or 4 strips holding it together in the back was almost offensive to me. Her body is supernaturally amazing and gravity-defying, because no ordinary woman could make that flimsy thing look like an actual garment.

          • flamingoNW

            “Her body is supernaturally amazing and gravity-defying, because no ordinary woman could make that flimsy thing look like an actual garment.”

            yeah, but isn’t that true for so many Project Runway garments?

            • sojourneryouth

              In some ways, yes, but that garment had no real structure whatsoever. It’s not just a questions of not being able to wear a bra (which is indeed common among PR garments), but of having no lumps, bumps, or jiggles anywhere on one’s body because there is nowhere to hide and nothing much holding you in if anything shifts. You couldn’t really raise your arms safely in that top!

            • onetinkerbell

              There was a brief moment on the runway when I swear I thought I saw tape under there. Maybe it was one of the stick-on bras, but remember back when they still did “Models of the Runway” and there was that brouhaha about someone using fashion tape? It was supposedly against the rules. Looks like that might have changed.

            • StellaZafella

              Tape’s never been against the rules…it’s available as a ‘saver’ for anyone who needs it. Tim explained to a designer who complained about it giving someone else an unfair advantage that, though it’s use is usually frowned upon, it’s not breaking any rules…
              Without tape, I dare say, Anya wouldn’t have made it as far as she did with all those navel-plunged necklines.

            • Pink Sith

              It was probably to cover her nipples, because glob forbid anyone sees a nipple!

        • lilyvonschtupp

          Yeah, I wasn’t bowled over either. Ya made that shit work!

        • Pink Sith

          You could put a burlap sam on that model and it would look like Haute Couture. She’s just that good!

    • Iva

      Karen’s construction was so awful it makes the model look like she has a massive tumor growing out of her mid section. Just awful. I’m glad Sandro is gone. As my sister and I were watching last night (and the week before), I just kept telling her how uncomfortable it made me to watch. Last week with the misogyny and the way he treated Sue was just absolutely dreadful. I’ve been in (and got out of!) an emotionally abusive relationship, and watching him dredged up some shit. Not at all entertaining. Certainly not what I want out of a glass (or three) of chardonnay to unwind on a Thursday night reality tv show. Blech.

      • DuBey2

        I’m so glad someone else noticed that ‘tumor’ in Karen’s outfit. Although, other than that, it was the best thing she’s produced so far IMO.

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

          I can’t even tell what Karen was going for with the fabric tumor. It looks like half of a crooked waitress apron. It’s just a wad of fabric that appears to be glued or velcroed onto the pants. Or is that a skirt over pants?

          The top is cute, and I like how she used bow ties on the blouse. I think she forgot what she wanted to do by the time she got to the pants. It’s just all kinds of a mess.

          • Luneowl

            I thought it was a skirt over pants, too, until you mentioned it here. Had to scroll up to look again since it made so little impression on me the first time I saw it.

      • Pink Sith

        I was really surprised that Karen’s outfit wasn’t in the bottom. Those pants were an abomination. It looked much worse that the Bea Arthur Kennedy Center Honors outfit that Jeremy made.

    • Donyelle

      Sue presented over priced Sigmund and the Sea Monster drag.

    • ShaoLinKitten

      I also have to admit, it was a bummer that no one got auf’ed. Yes, Sandro exploded like a gay Borat on PCP, but Tim Gunn (or should I call him Top Gunn?) gets his one save. Wouldn’t that even out in the end? Or couldn’t they find some way to figure it out? Someone needed to go last night. There was so much ass on the runway.

      • AnneElliot

        “Gay Borat on PCP” — priceless!! I almost lost my beverage.

        • http://heartprintandstyle.com/ Vivi N

          LOL! That’s actually a great description of Sandro.

      • wayout46

        I thought the same thing. But then when I saw the previews for next week I got my answer – they are dividing the remaining contestants into teams of three, so they need a multiple-of-three number of contestants (12).

        • ShaoLinKitten

          That makes total sense. But then we also know that Tim’s Free Pass is also rigged– what if he had saved Kahindo, or Sustainicorn? Would they have had a double auf to make up for it?

          • wayout46

            They figured (correctly, it turns out) chances were Tim was not gonna use up his free pass on early eliminations. The first batch of eliminations are usually pretty easy and not controversial enough (even with Khalindo).

      • Ginny Ellsworth

        I thought so too until my husband pointed out that they need to have enough people for the Teams Of Three! for next week. Unless they brought Timothy back. And I don’t think anyone wanted to go there.

    • hac51

      Bradon’s entry put me off because it looked faux-tribal, and I’m not a fan. Cultural appropriation and all that.

      • Melanie

        I am super confused about where you’re seeing this. Can you elaborate?

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

          Yeah, we’re befuddled as to how a tweed suit and a top made out of silk ties is tribal, let alone how it signals cultural appropriation.

          • hac51

            Since I can’t seem to explain myself well– never mind. It was a point I shouldn’t have made.

      • marlie

        I could sort of see where you’re coming from but I kind of ignored that last night because I don’t think that was his intention. If he’d said “I want to go with a tribal theme,” it might have bugged, but as it is, I think it was almost accidental.

        • hac51

          Yeah, I don’t think it was intentional either.

      • hac51

        Hey! My first ever downvote!

    • iheartbuffy

      I need to start watching PR.

      • decormaven

        No, from the way this season is shaping up, I need the Buffer Zone of TLo and the BKs. The cray-cray is oozing off the screen now.

        • iheartbuffy

          that sounds so ENTERTAINING though

          • Sarah

            It is…come to the dark and swatchy side…

          • Iva

            Honestly, I just want the cray to shove off, so we can watch some talented folks make neat stuff. There are some really good designers this season, I think. (And a whole lot of messes.)

    • BrooklynBomber

      Agree Dom’s should have won. Bradon’s was cool, but would it have looked so cool on a non-Amazon? Not sure sure. And I think instead of Kate’s in 3rd place, it should have been Alexandria’s; the dress has problems but it also has a feeling of originality and chic.

      • Michelle Wilson

        I agree about Alexandria. I thought it was a great dress.

      • JimiG

        Agree. Bradon’s model made that look work. I doubt a mere mortal could wear it.

        • Ginny Ellsworth

          Yeah. I can see me wearing that to work on Monday. My boss would have me committed. Probably next door to Sandro.

          • DuBey2

            :)

        • onetinkerbell

          Not that this show is about fashion that mere mortals can wear. At least, not at this point. It’s only at the end that the consideration of “who is your target client” and “can this look be broken up and sold as separate pieces” start to come into play. Right now we’re still weeding out those who can’t hack it from those who can.

          • NoNeinNyet

            And for that I’m grateful. There are times where it seems like they’ll give the win to someone because they could see someone wearing it one week and then send someone home for being too department store the next. There seems to be a little less of that this season than there has been in other more recent seasons.

      • Winter_White

        Loved the clean, Scandy-modern feel of Alexandria’s design. Sometimes her voice sounds so much like Heidi to me! She’s always off in the background so far…I keep wondering if she will have a breakout moment or if we’ll just never see much of her.

    • Meklar

      Tim Gunn is Yoda now: “Sad it may be, necessary it is.” Haha. Love it! Loved Bradon’s winning look. Very cool.

      • onetinkerbell

        My husband said the same thing!

        • harlowish

          So did my mom!

    • Michelle Wilson

      Thank you. Why does Kate get everything! Kate, Kate, Kate!

      • MoHub

        Because the fix is in. Daniel V. got the makeup win in the one-off All Stars; Mondo got the makeup in All Stars 1; and Anthony Ryan got the makeup win in All Stars 2. This “regular” season is set up for a makeup win for Kate.

        • Michelle Wilson

          I wish you weren’t right, but it’s easy to tell by the way they have her essentially narrating the season thus far that she’s the winner. Not sure I can stick it out until the end this time.

        • Fanny_Trollope

          I have a feeling they just want to justify that whole “let the viewers choose a designer to come back” shtick. I don’t think she has what it takes to actually win. Then again, Anya.

        • MilaXX

          I’m beginning to think that. I hope I’m wrong.

          • MoHub

            I just hope I’m wrong as I was in thinking the fix was in for Stacey on Food Network Star, but I think that was a one-time error in judgment on my part.

            • MilaXX

              I lost interest in that show. I didn’t even watch one ep this season.

        • Sarah

          Gawd. I know your reasoning is right, but damn. As much as I’m automatically repelled by anyone who is a judge favorite, I really think Bradon or Dom or anyone who doesn’t consider the firkin’ corset their signature is a better winner. Girl got limited range.

        • Courtney

          With Daniel and Mondo, though, there was notable fan outcry that they’d been robbed somehow. I don’t remember anyone lamenting Kate’s loss that way.

          • flamingoNW

            I barely remember Kate from her previous season. I do however like her more than most Bitter Kittens, it seems. I didn’t mind her outfit last night except for the color choices.

            • Courtney

              I have nothing against her, but I certainly didn’t think she’d gotten the shaft when she and Tu were eliminated, and I don’t really remember anyone else saying that at the time. I don’t think she’s really delivered anything to deserve the praise she’s getting, but that’s how it works with producers’ pets.

      • Imasewsure

        “Marsha Marsha Marsha”….

        • Michelle Wilson

          Glad someone got that reference.

      • Inspector_Gidget

        It’s really bizarre. At least Daniel V. and Mondo lost by a hair. Kate’s ass was aufed about halfway through last season. And they expect to sell this narrative that she’s suddenly become a savant what, six months later?

        • BeccaGo

          Exactly. It was the same with Anthony Ryan and I didn’t get it then either.

    • Sweetvegan

      Wasn’t it weird for Heidi to say, “If I had Ya’s body, I’d wear that”? Although I think Bradon’s model in this case helped him a lot.
      I’m not sure if Sandro was faking it last night, but either way, he had to go.

    • Paula Pertile

      I figured I was the only one who heard Drew Barrymore – now I know I’m not crazy!
      I don’t get the Kate love either. Why did she get to come back? Do we know?
      Sandro’s style is very Russian. Not my taste, but I kind of get it. He was frightening.
      Loved Dom’s.
      The gran outfit was hiddy.

      • DinaSews

        People were allowed to vote in an aufed designer. She was one of the three who was selected to be voted upon.

        • Paula Pertile

          Thanks. I didn’t remember/know that.

    • stardust462

      Oh good, Sandro’s gone. Now I can start watching again. Then again, I might wait till Miranda is gone before I do that.

      • MoHub

        You might want to wait until Ken is gone as well.

        • FightingGroundOwl

          Not to mention AfterSchoolSpecial.

    • Sweetvegan

      And it seemed like Sandro didn’t want constructive criticism. He wanted an argument. He couldn’t understand why he wasn’t in the top 3 and wanted to tell the judges that.

    • SewingSiren

      I missed most of the show. But I more or less agree with the top two. I also favor Dom’s slightly of Bradon, does anyone else think he looks like Jesse Tyler? Maybe that gave him the edge. Kate’s was alright and probably 3rd best. I don’t know who else should have been third . Because most of the middle didn’t feature the bow ties any more than Miranda, who got reamed for it.

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      • Melanie

        I agree. The judges reamed Miranda for not showcasing the tie, but Jeremy didn’t even USE one, I don’t think. He even said the red hanging bit was just referencing the bowtie conceptually. And lots of the others used theirs at least as sparingly as Miranda. Such nonsense – only some people have to follow the rules.

    • Danielle

      I can’t remember the last time a challenge produced this much fug.

      I think I most enjoyed the Sandro/Zach Posen exchange. I’ve always heard (from people who’ve worked or interned for him) that ZP was a total jerk, but this season I’m really finding him likable.

      • OrigamiRose

        I’m going with the Thunder from Down Under challenge of last season as the bigger fugfest. Was there even one garment produced during that which wasn’t a total design disgrace? : /

        • Sarah

          Yeah, that one was BAD. And I didn’t think this one was so terrible. In contrast to the ugly stuff, there was some interesting and cool ones, so I didn’t think of it as a fugfest. As for Zach, I really liked him last time, and I still do. I am glad I don’t have to work with him, but as a judge, he’s good.

        • Danielle

          You’re right, OrigamiRose. Oh how quickly I have erased that memory from my mind!

      • Rhonda Shore

        Sandro really asked for it from Zak…he broke protocol and was just so inappropriate. What i really liked was the expression on Heidi’s face and her retort, i think she has a future as head of a reform school. Maybe she should be put in charge of Lindsey Lohan and those sorts and whip them back into shape!

        • flamingoNW

          I’d almost be a little worried if I were Zac…. He’s stalker material, srsly

          • Rhonda Shore

            I thought that too.

      • Call me Bee

        Oh I do. The rock band challenge. Menswear challenges always produce a lot of WTF, but that was the absolute worst ever in Project Runway history!

        • Inspector_Gidget

          Yeah, the Sheepdogs, wasn’t it? Or something like that. That gets my vote as well.

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      I could not agree more about Sandro. I really do hope he gets the anger management help he obviously needs. If not he will never have the career that he wants for himself.

      • StellaZafella

        And someone who can make him hear it needs to define the word “Misogyny” for him.
        I left off with even watching him when he was worrying Tim…not about his design work, no…but about the accessory purse…?!?!?.

        I don’t even want to see him back in the recap show.

        • marlie

          It’s just so weird how he kept demanding feedback and constructive criticism, but in reality, he wanted praise. And when he didn’t get that, he turned all rage-monster no everyone. I’m glad he’s gone too.

          • Courtney

            Narcissistic, maybe. Not weird. He wanted to hear things that would confirm his own self-image of his personal awesomeness. Perhaps he doesn’t get much criticism in his day to day life; who’d risk setting him off if they were in close proximity?

            • marlie

              Yeah, maybe “weird” wasn’t the right word. But still, glad he’s gone.

            • Rhonda Shore

              Try personality disorder.

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

          I kinda doubt we will see him. Considering the assault on the cameraman we witnessed, and the clear breech of contract, there may be legal issues that will keep him away.
          Like most bullies, he is clearly hiding massive insecurities. I do actually wish him a brighter future, than what has obviously been his past.

        • onetinkerbell

          I found that entire exchange between Tim and Sandro bizarre. It was almost as if the producers told Tim to encourage Sandro to be himself and not listen to the judges in order to push Sandro into a confrontation. Sandro was perceptive enough to realize that Zac was going to have issues with his design and accessory choices. Tim is no newborn fawn when it comes to the egos on this show and he’s been privy to Zac’s critique of Sandro’s work. He understands what the judges mean when they say a contestant has “taste issues” and in the past he hasn’t had a problem with reminding a designer that their taste level has been questioned. So was this Tim’s attempt to reach Sandro without being explicit because he didn’t want to be on the receiving end of the rage? Or was it completely staged? Or did Tim not agree with them – maybe this was his way of expressing his displeasure with the way things were going?
          I like to think of Tim as the voice of reason amidst the insanity so I don’t want to think that he was deliberately pushing Sandro to do something the judges didn’t want and which would create extra drama.

          • Courtney

            In a way, Sandro kind of reminds me of my students – they want to be told exactly what to do and how to do it so that they can get an A. That seemed like what he was (poorly and angrily) driving at with Tim and Zac. They don’t like what he does, so tell him what they want him to do so he can do that.

            Of course, I may well be giving him entirely too much credit for rational thinking.

            • drdarke

              Yeah, that’s what I thought, @canyr12:disqus – and that’s what Tim doesn’t do, usually. The time he did, with Kahindo, she got auf’d for it – and I kind of think Tim didn’t mean that to happen. Not enough to use his One Rescue this early in the game – but enough to not want to repeat the experience.

              He might also have felt that Sandro second-guessing himself would get him auf’d for sure – which I think was a fair guess. If Sandro hadn’t taken Tim’s advice all wrong, he wouldn’t have auf’d himself, either….

      • Darva Sutra

        Yes, the grossness is gone! Project Psychward this season for sure. Several of these people CLEARLY are not equipped to deal with pressure or life – it’s just sad to see them on TV. Hope this is the last we hear from this human black hole, but sadly asshole “celebrity” behavior is often rewarded in our culture. Sandro doesn’t get any of it at all, and he probably never will.

        I imagine Pornstache is now in Jersey, sewing “outfits” for strippers. Hell, he can’t always even bother to cover their privates (outfit 1).

      • Call me Bee

        Or–he can go back to Russia where the entire population is crabby and just feel right at home….

    • OrigamiRose

      Totally agree with you on Bradon’s proposal to the room of strangers (sweet as it was) and the win. I was depressed to see Dom overlooked again. Perhaps she is this season’s Dmitry.

      And everything you said about Sandro. I was surprised/not-surprised that he wasn’t allowed back. Bunim-Murray, throughThe Real World, has shown increasing…. err tolerance, I guess, of insane, violent behavior. In fact, after PR ended last night, I caught on E! news an interviewer with a Variety writer who’d penned a piece this week called, “Why Did Producers Stop Intervening on The Real World?” If you missed it, the most recent season screeched to an end with a fight involving three housemates, and the fight concluded with one of them sneaking up behind another and clocking him in the back of the head with a hair dryer that had the cord wrapped up around it for maximum impact. She was not kicked off and unlike in early years of the show, the entire house was not allowed to vote on her fate – only those not involved in the fight. She was allowed to stay, and the two she had fought decided to move out for their personal safety. (Note: I did not watch this show! But I listen to podcasts on Grantland that recap reality programs.)

      But, mercifully, unlike TRW, Project Runway is a reality show-slash-job interview. It’s not the story of seven lazy professional layabouts acting out, drinking and having sex in front of cameras for MTV, it’s a competition that has names big names and faces participating every week and ignoring violent, psychotic outbursts directed at crew (twice, physically) and other competitors, would have utterly sunk what was left of the brand, and more so, seriously tarnished Heidi, Zac, Tim and Nina – no matter how much other silly drama and plushie-hugging they might be willing to abide. I don’t know if they overruled B/M, or the producers were left to concede this was a position not even they could defend, but I was relieved to see them do the right thing, for the safety and well-being of everyone, even those bags of emotional asshattery, Helen and Miranda.

      I still say they should have auf’d Miranda and done a retro-faux-Tim-save to bring back Kahindo (sorry Sustainicorn!) but I’ll take what I can get, a severe cutback in nuttery and insane antics.

      Lastly, I still think Sandro’s garment was an homage (albeit less whacked out) to Geena Davis’ 1992 Oscar gown. And felt validated when Zac mentioned the awards show aspect of it :)

      • marlie

        This as a perfect assessment of the Sandro situation. Spot on.

      • MilaXX

        I remember when Real World was about more than fights. Speaking of which Sean Sasser, the guy who was Pedro Zamora’s partner back when Real World was good, passed this week.

        • OrigamiRose

          And yet Puck still lives. Ugh.

    • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

      Psych eval or drug screen, either way, Sondro slipped through some producer’s net.
      I didn’t watch last season, I too do not get the judge’s ass sniffery of Kate.
      Dom is super fun, has a great eye for detail and will clearly break our hearts this season. Oddly, as well as she has styled her model each runway, I think the win last night was fully impacted by the perfect marriage of model to outfit.
      They easily could have lost two last night.

      • Shawn EH

        Re: Kate, I think it comes down to two things. She makes tight-bodice dresses that Heidi wants to wear. Maybe Heidi has a secret save counterpart to Tim’s yet-unused pardon.

      • Munchkn

        I loved Dom’s styling of her model though I did hark back to Season 3 and Alison’s Minnie Mouse bow of hair atop her model’s head. The judges hated that bow and Alison got the auf that week.

        • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

          I had given up PR for a while, I was unaware of this particular showing of the judge’s hypocrisy. That hair style is a more than a bit played out now, but clearly spot on for this challenge.

    • Sarah

      The Karen pants, y’all. Business in the back, abdominal sling in the front…what the hell. And in polka dots. I hated that look.

      • tonibaloney

        What was going on with that weird pooch??!! It was an abomination! I would have liked that to get a closer look from the judges because it made no freakin’ sense.

        • Sarah

          They had too much other stuff to comment on, I guess, but REALLY. I *think* it was trying to be a sort of nod to drop-front 18th century pants? But it had no business being there. I know it is tough to make pants, and tougher to make them unique pants, but a 40’s sailor with buttons would’ve been the way to go if you were gonna refer to old-timey pants styles.

      • Courtney

        I thought it was a skirt over leggings when I first saw it.

        • Sarah

          Skortpant. Skant.

      • MilaXX

        and her going on about the great fit as her model is walking down the runway. Where?

        • Sarah

          Weirdly, when she was walking away, they DID look pretty good. I was very confused, as if another pant jumped in there. The arse part wasn’t bad, but in front – lordy.

          • onetinkerbell

            The pants needed an injection of Michael Kors-style wit with a comment about what she was possibly hiding in front.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

        That whole color and pattern scheme reminded me of something from a much older season… The window dressing challenge of day to night? Where a lot of people used navy. Something like that. Karen’s was way too familiar looking.

    • nannypoo

      I agree Dom should have won, but I loved Bradon’s look. His model is spectacular. I thought the construction was interesting and the fabrics were beautiful on her.

      Every week Helen worries because she’s making a bad dress and it’s going to look terrible next to everyone else’s blah blah blah. If she isn’t happy with her work she should do a better job.

      • Sarah

        Right. She isn’t good, is the thing. She bitched about ‘how DARE THOSE PUNK JUDGES say I maybe won last week because of Kate’ but she only did because she knows it’s true. She just doesn’t have the chops. And, I’m sorry, honey, but if you “hate criticism” and it derails you, you have no business in the arts. Critique is what you use to get better. Students behave better, and she’s competing for a damn half a mil prize. Unconscionable.

      • StellaZafella

        Both Dom and Bradon have exceptional models for this run of PR…I get so itchy when these kids refer to their models as their muses, but the 2 of them really do seem to consider their models’ aesthetic abilities and play to their sensibilities in a winning manner. I also liked Bradon’s pieces because they had an almost humorous crossing of Chanel tweeds and over-proportioned menswear overlying the skimpy top punctuated by his pun of using fagoting in the construction for a gay themed challenge.

    • MegaeraThe3rdFury

      Ugh. Was it just me or was there some really terrible stuff on the runway last night?

    • tb

      Karen: I just keep seeing Joan Cusak.

      Drama: I blame the Hollywood Writer’s Strike of 1988 for the plethora of drama-driven-scripted-“reality” shows (don’t get me started on SciFi’s wrestling, paranormal crap) we are now dealing with.
      I think I need a martini again.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

        It’s “SyFy” now, to justify the wrestling.

      • CheriCPat

        Yes! Joan Cusak, that was the name I kept trying to come up with. When it gets down to fewer designers and the middle of the road ones get featured more, that sneer of hers is going to drive me nuts. Is it something that could be helped, or do I need to be more forgiving?

    • Sarah

      Why did no one say out loud that Jeremy’s gran not only inspired the outfit, she haunted it? It was so apparent.

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

        So, are Jeremy and his husband first cousins? Is that considered incest?

        • drdarke

          @IAMSOBZ:disqus – I suspect it’s like how my wife calls my Mom “Mom” rather than by her given name, b/c they’re close.

          Yeah – forget Mother-in-Law jokes here!

          • demidaemon

            That’s what I thought too, though it was a bit whiplashy confusing for the first few minutes until I was able to wrap my head around it.

    • flamingoNW

      I think Bradon’s by far deserved the win, but Dom’s was also very good. I kind of like how her dress was kind of men’s shirt fabric to play against the ties. I guess because there are still so many contestants a lot of fugly gets by, but man, I’m surprised Alexander’s design didn’t get called out for absolute ridicule. It’s a stupid and juvenile design and man, he thought he was all that. But I guess there was a lot of competition tonight.

      I LOVED Bradon’s proposal and did not react at all the way you guys did!

      I liked Karen’s entry but I could not figure out what was going on in the front of the pants. They never showed a good angle on that. Now that I see the picture, I still can’t figure it out. I love the top though.

      I would have picked Miranda to go home for sure. She is a total train wreck and that is one horrible outfit.

    • hac51

      Oh, and Jeremy was clearly going to do Gran fashion this week, regardless of the challenge. The ‘slung tie’ think was shoehorned in to meet the requirements.

    • BrooklynBomber

      Also, what’s going on with the hairstyling?! Okay, Bradon’s & Dom’s models look good, but the rest range from running-out-for-coffee to outright disaster (Sue’s, Jeremy’s, Justin’s models).

      • Scorpia_Mossmoon

        I was just going to comment that half of the models look like they lost catfight on the set of an Edwardian drama. So many dissheveled, poufy updos. On the other hand, if I didn’t already love Dom for making great clothes and being an adorable cartoon mouse, I would be on her team just because of her model’s hair.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

      Zac was so bitchy to Sandro. I didn’t know he had it in him!

      I loved the color combos in the paisley ties. That was the only reason I was glad for what Sue did, picking them all out in the workroom, so I could see and admire them. Her dress was not admirable.

      But HOW was Helen not in the bottom?? Again?!? Another ill-fitting top. The whole thing was a sloppy mess.

    • kim bunchalastnames

      re karen’s entry: “that crotch is INSANE.”

    • Patrick Cleary

      Ha! I mentioned that Karen sounds exactly like Drew Barrymore on Twitter last night. It is spectacularly obvious once you hear it.

    • tonibaloney

      Did anyone else LOVE that Jesse Tyler Ferguson singled out Dom’s model’s styling, especially her hair bowtie, when Alison got ripped apart a number of seasons ago for that very same styling? When it cut to Heidi kind of mumbling a vague agreement, when there were rumors that Heidi really pushed Alison’s aufing, I smirked with joy.

      • LearnedFoot

        I noticed that too! Granted, the hairstyle was more in keeping with the theme of this challenge, and with the quirkiness of Dom’s garment, than it was in Allison’s case. But there have been a couple of Minnie Mouse hair-bows on the runway since Allison, and I don’t think any of them have been criticized like she was.

        • Munchkn

          I said pretty much the same thing in a comment above (though not posted earlier.) I am glad that the judges did see Dom’s hair bow tie favorably even if they did not do so with Alison’s.

      • MilaXX

        Hair bows are very pinterest now.

    • Stubenville

      There was a whole lot of bad fit on that runway last night; several dresstestants need to go immediately.

      • OrigamiRose

        I read “dresstestants” and “distresstants.”

        • Stubenville

          Exaaactly.

    • NMMagpie

      For myself, I loved the ill-concealed look of joy/relief on Nina’s face when Tim told them of Sandro’s leaving the show. I am also glad that he was not allowed to return, despite whatever ratings his antics may have gained the show. I agree with TLO’s comments entirely.

      My big takeaway from this episode was being disappointed in people just not knowing how to take criticism. Granted, it’s never fun to do something you don’t want to do or listen to what you don’t want to hear, but this is a show and an industry based on criticism; how can you not expect it and in turn, have to handle it? I was disgusted by Afterschool Special in that she expected (perhaps even DEMANDED) that all the mea culpas and attention go her way. Get a backbone and get back in there and fight; you get another day to do so. Make it count.

      That aside the fashion was mostly just OK. I agree that Dom should have won and Sue and Miranda should both have gone for what they have shown us so far. Miranda can sew. The unnecessary lining of the jacket proved that. Sue cannot sew very well and that bowtie mess was inexcusable. Onto the next unconventional materials challenge!

      • Courtney

        Nina’s look and Heidi’s faux-shocked gasp of “no” were easily some of the most entertaining moments of last night’s show. Granted, that’s a little like being the best ice hockey player in the Caribbean, but still enough for a giggle.

      • Darva Sutra

        I live for the looks that Nina gives, you can so clearly tell what she thinks as the designs walk. Disgust, bafflement, boredom, amusement… and the rare approval – she gives me life! Huge girl-crush. I would LOVE to go out drinking with her, she seems so down-to-earth and fun! The Anti-Wintour!

    • Stubenville

      Actually, I’m relieved PornStache is gone, but surprised that the producers didn’t try to keep him on for the D-R-A-M-A. Maybe he declined to come back.

      • GorgeousThings

        I suspect that when he smashed the camera, that was it for him.

        • Rhonda Shore

          smashing the camera was violent behavior and violence can’t be tolerated…also, there are probably liability issues, hope noone was hurt.

          • formerlyAnon

            Put the liability issues FIRST, and concern about violent behavior second, and I think you nailed the reasoning.

            • Rhonda Shore

              *sighs*

          • flamingoNW

            he smashed a few things. Definitely a risk for crew and participants. Bye.

        • marlie

          My first thought was “now he’s gone after the crew; he’s really done for.”

        • drdarke

          Well, as somebody said about a fight on another Bunim-Murray “reality” show, that was between contestants – and Hell, they probably signed waivers before joining holding The Magic Elves harmless from being abused by their co-stars!

          But damaging equipment? That costs money, Dammit! He’s OUT OF HERE!

      • MoHub

        They’ve got Ken, Miranda, and Helen. It’s drama overload. Sandro was just one too many.

      • Carrieanno

        I recall a mention in at least one prior season that if a contestant leaves the premises without authorization, that’s it for him or her. That plus the destruction of camera equipment, plus the apparent shoving of a cameraman, plus who knows how many other violations of the contract that he signed (thereby indicating his knowledge of and agreement to abide by its terms) would leave the producers no alternative but to kick him off, whether or not he’d want to continue. I’d hoped he would be booted prior to this for bodily dragging an crew member into the workroom to show him how to use the steamer.

      • Stubenville

        In a real world employment environment, PornStache would have been escorted off the premises by security. I agree with the logic everyone is using, but IMHO these producers will waive any rule and excuse almost any transgression if they think it will get them higher ratings.

        • Imasewsure

          Absolutely… he didn’t really bring the ratings or inspire a spin off so why keep him around anyway

      • Imasewsure

        Plus I don’t think the kind of drama he brought was all that popular with the PR demographic in general. He wasn’t annoying but charming like Santino or edgy but talented like Jeffrey, etc. … probably not considered a loss to anyone (especially since WEEPY is the new buzz word for this season at least!)

      • elikit

        I really had my fingers crossed for the Tim Gunn save there…

    • Stubenville

      And another unconventional materials challenge next week? What, the carny prizes last week were made of silk charmeuse?

      • MoHub

        And Tim delivers the challenge as if it’s the only unconventional challenge rather than the third.

      • Melanie

        Edited because I just plain old did not read MoHub’s comment, which is exactly the same as what I said!

    • GorgeousThings

      Tim looks better in a bow tie than Heidi does. Marginally.

      • bertkeeter

        Too much like “Good Bye Mr Chips” for me!

    • alyce1213

      I’d have been happy with a win for either Braden or Dom. Kate’s outfit was hugely overrated.
      Using bow ties as dress straps or a belt is simply the easiest, cheesiest choice.
      Sorry to disagree uncles, but no woman in her right mind would ever wear Sandro’s dress, so ship it off to (the old?) Lindsay Lohan, it’s right in her wheelhouse.
      It’s lucky for Sandro that the camera operator did not file assault charges.

      Tim’s worn a bow tie on the show before, no? Maybe on another show. I think he looks fine.

    • tonibaloney

      I’m still kind of confused why Karen flamed out so terribly after talking with Tim. Did she want it to look like menswear, and was disappointed that Tim didn’t see it that ay? Why did she cover the entire thing with the weird shear fabric? I mean her dress was totally boring, but the idea of mimicking the curve of the bowtie wasn’t bad (it got Kate in the top 3). It almost seemed like they were having two different conversations.

      • Sarah

        I too am confused by that. She had a perfectly decent looking dress there. It was bland, but she could’ve worked with it better than that drape n’ truss thing she devised. She choked, is what’s up. Didn’t matter what Tim said.

        • tonibaloney

          Helen, your insecurity is showing.

      • Melanie

        I think you mean Helen, but I was confused too. I dug what she had, she just had no confidence to carry her vision through to the end.

        • tonibaloney

          Fixed! Thanks, this crop is not sticking in my head yet…

      • Inspector_Gidget

        ‘Tis the season for mental illness and personality disorders. Clearly that was their casting goal, given they structured the whole episode around Sandro’s blowout. And this bunch is paying dividends in spades. Only three or four episodes in and I’ve lost track of the baffling meltdowns.

    • crash1212

      Dom was robbed. Braden’s model is FIERCE – she sold that outfit for him. Was confused by all the Kate love – to my eye those two items didn’t go together – either in style or in color pallet. Maybe it’s the pictures. Sandro – scary dude and I’m glad he’s gone.

      • Rhonda Shore

        and the fabric of Kate’s shirt made it look like something you buy in a Dress Barn type of place…awful.

    • otterbird

      The marriage proposal might have looked awkward, but it still leaves me with a warm fuzzy today. When I was born, homosexuality was considered a mental illness. And today, a major cable channel considers it beneficial to their brand to broadcast a same-sex proposal. That’s pretty cool.

      Okay, sentimental moment over. I’m really tired of the judges’ Kate love. If Bravo is so eager to develop another female-centered show, can’t they approach Michelle from last season? Good designer and actually has a personality.

      Michelle and Bert Keeter. I’d watch the shit out of that show.

      • Michelle Wilson

        Yes Please! I’d set my tivo but be so excited each week I’d watch it live, commercials and all.

      • wayout46

        Not limited to major cable channels.
        Just two days ago I saw an episode of “Let’s Make A Deal” – one of the most Americana, low-brow, middle-class shows in the history of TV – where Wayne Brady needed the contestants to be a couple (it’s usual fare at least once an episode). So he turned around and picked this male couple: one white and one Asian to boot! No mention was ever made of the particularity of their relationship, just the usual “how long have you been together?” chit-chat. It was very heartwarming for me (also from a generation who did not dream of this ever happening in our disco-tinged lifetime) to see them treated – by audience and staff alike – just like any other ridiculously attired and obnoxiously behaving contestant couple in the show. BTW, they went on to win …A NEW CAR!

        • otterbird

          That’s really cool. My favorite internet comment after DOMA was struck down was someone saying that no sooner did SCOTUS hand down the decision than millions of Americans got phone calls from their mothers, reminding them they weren’t getting any younger.

          • VictoriaDiNardo

            Interesting piece in the NY Times today about gay couples feeling the “so when are you getting married?!?” pressure from friends and family.
            I love that “Let’s Make a Deal” story. Last week in Ohio my 85 year-old parents went to one of their high-school-friend’s son ( follow that? ) wedding to his longtime partner – and all they could talk about was how nice the ceremony was and that the food was really good. Two husbands? Whatever! So great!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

        Bert and Laura Bennett. They could be so catty together about others’ lack of taste.

        • otterbird

          I would totally watch that, too.

        • Ginny Ellsworth

          A Bert and Laura show would have actually sewing involved! Real designs! Actual talent! Articulate stars! A total pipe dream! sigh.

    • flamingoNW

      By the way, next week was announced as the “Unconventional Materials” challenge. Isn’t that pretty much ALL of the challenges so far?

      • MoHub

        And note that Tim said “your unconventional materials challenge” as if it were the only one.

    • wayout46

      So, are Jeremy and his husband cousins?

      • Melanie

        I thought it was kind of gross the way he appropriated his husband’s grandmother’s passing, but then again, on these kinds of shows, I’m always wary of sob stories, so maybe I’m just being cynical.

        • Qitkat

          I think gross is kind of a strong word. People sometimes do get very close to their in-laws, which is effectively what she was in this case, and feel much grief when they pass on.

          • Sarah

            I agree. I must’ve missed the confusing part, because I just took it for “his gran” the whole time, and he seemed exactly as distracted and concerned about his family as you would after a death. And it was so poignantly clear in the way his outfit, despite the orangeness of it all, turned out grannish.

        • flamingoNW

          Wow, that’s pretty harsh. How do you know how close they really were? For all we know he may have been more close to his in-laws than his own family, may have even been rejected by them because of his relationship.

          • Melanie

            Well gosh, I sure did say maybe I’m just being cynical, didn’t I?

            • Peeve

              You didn’t say anything so egregious, it did seem a bit like he was appropriating his partner’s loss. If he wasn’t, he would have said, “Gram-in-law” or “my partner’s grandmother” and then mentioned how close he’d gotten to her, not “my grandmother”. People love to be overly-sensitive to opinions!

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

        I just wrote the same question in almost the same words.

        First Jeremy said it was his grandmother. Then he said she was his husband’s maternal grandmother. So either they are first cousins or he loved the lady as if she were his blood relative. I recently lost someone who was an aunt-in-law of my ex-husband. Absolutely no relationship to me at all, but I loved her more than any of my own relatives.

    • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

      I am so glad Sandro is off the show. His kind of drama is completely wrong for Project Runway, there’s nothing fun about him.

      Wish Dom had won this challenge, but I did like Bradon’s outfit. I thought the colors looked so beautiful on his model, of course she would have looked lovely in anything, though.

      • Danielle

        I was starting to think I was watching The Real World for a few minutes there.

    • marlie

      I didn’t get the love coming from the judges for Bradon’s look. When his name was called, I thought he was being pegged for the bottom three. The colors are HIDEOUS, and look terrible on his model’s skin tone. Plus, the jacket and pants seem too big for her. I also really hate the styling.

      In my opinion, Dom got robbed on this one.

      • GillianHolroyd

        I agree Dom should’ve won but I also liked Bradon’s outfit. I was not impressed by the faggoting (except that he managed the time to do it) and the strappy-ness of the top but I LOVED

      • Melanie

        Huh. I *loved* the colors against his model’s skin tone. I do think the shorts were a smidge too big, though.

    • TerryMH

      I didn’t think Zac Posen came across as bitchy at all. Sandro broke the protocol of a show (which he HAD to have been well familiar with) like a 2 yr old throwing a tantrum because he thought his garment should have been in the top 3. But then Zac entertained Sandro’s misplaced demand for feedback and gave him some. l thought Zac was professional and calm (which couldn’t have been easy given Sandro’s simmering rage on that stage) and gave Sandro a necessary critique about the need to be less referential.

      I agree with the post. Watching mentally impaired people like Sandro crosses the line. Its uncomfortable to watch. The producers need to up their vetting process.

      • MilaXX

        I found Zac very bitchy. It was a “how dare you question me vibe” in response to Sandro’s very challenging questioning. He could have started the critique with the positives.. It’s well sewn and honestly looks like there was an attempt at editing. He could even have spoke about how a designer needs to be true to their own aesthetic. Instead he felt challenged and slammed Sandro for it. I get that Sandro poked the bear, but that doesn’t excuse Zac.

        • DeTrop

          I agree. I was put off by his attitude. Instead of feeling proud being asked for a critique, he acted defensively. Not very professional and yes, very bitchy.

        • TerryMH

          Yes, I see your point that Zac could have been nicer, and more encouraging (and with any other designer I might have felt the same way). But when dealing with Sandro why would you want to? I think Zac’s response was perfectly matched to Sandro’s demand.

          • Kwei-lin Lum

            I agree that the response was perfectly matched to the demand except I disagreed with Zac. I liked Sandro’s entry. I didn’t think it had too much going on. It also had good lines, fit, and coherent color scheme.

        • TonyGo

          I felt the judges should have shut down Sandro’s request for critique immediately. If you’re going to open up that can of worms, than all the “safe” dresstestants (thanks Steubenville!) should have been offered some feedback…fair is fair. The show has now set itself up to present and future contestants to try and breach protocol and get some unwarranted notes or more camera time.

        • marlie

          Something else to consider… we the viewers have no idea how the conversation really played out. I’m not necessarily apologizing for Zac, but creative editing isn’t beneath these producers.

    • MilaXX

      Sandro’s melt down was right up there with “The red hots are for my mommy” levels of scary.
      I cannot shake the Anthony Ryan vibe I’m getting from Kate. I hated her whole look. I *really* hated the smug delivery she had when presenting it to the judges.

      • MoHub

        I’ll never forget the Seth Top Chef: Just Dessert meltdown. Others have not even come close.

        • flamingoNW

          that was total mental illness. Not good.

        • alyce1213

          I missed that? Can’t believe it, must look up now.

          • MoHub

            Oh yes. The man had a total breakdown and had to be comforted by Elizabeth Falkner. He was taken out in an ambulance and left the competition.

    • rtyon

      I was hoping you would explain the Grandma issue. He said she was ALSO his partner’s grandma?

      • Fanny_Trollope

        Right? Unless they’re cousins. A world of no right there.

        • Shawn EH

          If Grandma loved him like a grandson, why can’t he call her what he wants?

          • Imasewsure

            Because it’s just as easy to say, “My husband’s grandma just died and she was like a grandmother to me too”…. Just kind of strange and stage-y when I’m sure he was feeling real emotions and real loss…

            • Shawn EH

              Strange, maybe, but we don’t know what his family conventions were.

        • flamingoNW

          ? why? Don’t in-laws call their parents Mom and Dad? Confused

          • Courtney

            I call my mother in law Mrs. Lastname, as I have never been invited to do otherwise.

          • Munchkn

            My sons-in-law call me Mom, but I call my mother-in-law by her first name even though it’s not entirely comfortable for me to do so.

          • Tapetum

            I called my in-laws Ma and Boss to distinguish them from my parents (Mom & Dad). Ma and I were a good deal closer than Mom and I are, but vice versa for Dad and Boss.

      • JMB_edits

        He said once it was his partner’s maternal grandmother. But if they’ve been together, I think he said 18 years or something, then she could have been a big part of his life for a long while. Still a little odd but I think I get it. Maybe she was always super supportive of their relationship. OR he was milking it for a free pass, IDK! ;)

      • StellaZafella

        His partner and him have been together for quite a few years…I’ve known other families who were so inclusive of partners as to make them part of the family. Clearly there is a lot of love there, regardless of who’s “grandmother” she is.

        • ChrisP

          Yes. I call my in-laws Mom and Dad (although I wouldn’t refer to them as my mother and father when talking about them).

          • MoHub

            Exactly! My mother-in-law was Mom; my mother is Mother, Mommy, or Moomoo. But I certainly didn’t call my MIL by her first name or address her as Mrs. H.

            • Sarah

              I just call my future MIL Sue. But my BIL calls my dad “Dad.” I wonder if it’s generational – my sister and he got married in the 80’s. I have no mother for my fiancé to call “Mom” but I don’t think he would, either.

    • MoHub

      I’d like to see every pair of platform hoof shoes removed from the Belk accessory wall. Aren’t the models tall enough?

      • Targettaste

        I would like to see platform hoof shoes removed from life.

      • bertkeeter

        Those HIDEOUS patent leather pagoda toed platforms have been on PR for almost the last five seasons! They have huge boxes of this crap they drag out each season!

    • AnneElliot

      Wow, some serious fugly on the runway last night. Not that I could see it on the TV screen — is it just me, or is there less actual footage of the runway garments???? I could barely see what they looked like during the final show. The camera work is really going down the drain on that show. I was really underwhelmed by everything except Dom and Bradon’s outfits, and now in the TLo stills I’m even more disappointed.

      Though how much can one expect with only eleven hours and the distraction of Sandro in the workroom? Thank God he’s gone. I was really hoping for a double auf last night!

      • guest2visits

        My biggest peeve is how they film the RW; all that wasted time shooting bad behavior, facial expressions and product endorsements…..yet barely a twirl on the stage and poof, they’re gone.
        Mostly terrible angles and faraway shots or flashing images.
        As a fan, I want to see the results of the workroom, not the drama so much. And I want the show to make it so the designers have a better chance to produce a good design, so we don’t end up sitting through a big soap opera just to watch a lot of nothing come down the RW.

    • ChaquitaPhilly

      Whatever Happened to Baby Sandro?

      • Stubenville

        Well, I can safely say he’s not at Red Lobster with Tim.

        • Winter_White

          Where the HELL is Sandro’s chiffon?

        • RR May

          eating clams

      • alyce1213

        He was spotted with Shelly Miscavage.

    • appliquer

      I really loved Dom’s look and would have been happy with her in the win column. It was fresh and cute and something that people would actually wear! Bradon’s look was gorgeous – it helped that he did a good job of picking fabric that would highlight the beauty of his model!

    • Chartreusite

      Dom is quickly turning out to be my favorite with this week’s and last week’s outfits. She has a great mind for fun and very modern outfits that are loaded with personality and seem like they’d be very enjoyable to wear. I really hope she gets to show at fashion week because I think she’d have a wonderful collection.

    • spooki C

      Kate’s top was ugly, I don’t get why the producers love her so much. Her bed sheet dress was awful too. The pants were kind of cool but the whole look was bad and definitely not a top look.

      I want to like Helen, but girl just can’t produce. Her construction skills aren’t there and she’s not emotionally ready for a competition.

      When is Justin going to get called out on his boring crap? Can’t wait for him and Miranda to go home.

      And lastly, Dom should’ve won this one by a long shot, her construction was perfect and her styling was on point plus she used the ties in a clever way. I think the tie top was kind of cool, but the whole look wasn’t cute. The shorts are swallowing his poor model’s tiny legs.

    • UsedtobeEP

      I have to agree about (gulp) Sandro. He makes clothing that leans toward slutty, but his work is tight and if he could find a point of view that isn’t so much about what he is exposing and more about what is left to the imagination, I think I would like his clothes. They are very feminine and pretty if you take them down a few notches. I wanted to see what he did for the couture challenge if they had one.

      And I think the whole Kate-love dance is simply because the viewers voted her in, and the show seems to be all about trying to please the viewers this seasons. Although “YOU WANT DRAMA” does not please the BKs.

      • MoHub

        I think the reason so many viewers voted Kate back was that most couldn’t remember Ra’Mon and Valerie. It would have been interesting to see whether, if the voting pool had included more recent designers with Kate, the ultimate selection would have been different.

        • Michelle Wilson

          That was my feeling as well. The whole thing seemed rigged from the start.

        • NoNeinNyet

          I probably would have voted for Valerie if I had known the whole vote thing was happening in the first place. I wasn’t necessarily upset that Kate was the one voted in because I don’t think she should have gone home for the duct tape challenge. I was totally fine with her going home for the duct tape challenge, though, because she wasn’t particularly awesome in the first place. Kate is a technically-proficient mediocre designer.

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

        I don’t believe for a minute that the viewers voted Kate in.

      • gurl boy

        “Leans toward slutty”? No, it falls flat on slutty’s face!

    • veriance

      Dom was robbed. I liked Justin’s dress, but wish it were in better fabric.

      Miss Posen’s make up was done by the same person who made up Al Gore ‘lo those many years ago. dis-tracting!

      • UsedtobeEP

        I noticed that immediately too. He was blushing up a storm last night.

      • Denise Alden

        And that prom tux she was wearing! WTH?

      • marlie

        SO very true. Can you just imagine how adorable Justin’s dress would have been in brighter colors? Totally cute!

    • SugarSnap108

      God, most of these are hideous. I realize most ties are also hideous, but … Dayum. Sue’s is just pissing me off.

      I’m with the judges on picking Bradon’s. Dom’s goes astray for me at the neckline, and that’s really the only interesting part of the dress, though it looks well-made.

    • Danielle

      They lost me at “Belk wall”.

    • bertkeeter

      I can’t fathom how they will get through the remainder of season with this cast of hum ho’s or is it ho hums? Bradon is talented…maybe one more designer…not sure who it is actually. Karen’s look had a sort of Gwen Stefani vibe about it…maybe? I liked the fabric combo on Bradon’s look… as for the weight…similar to Chanel tweed….and I was impressed by the clean execution of the bodice.
      Finally Sandro did something to help another designer…walk off the show. If he had not left I would have voted Miranda off for showing the same look for the third time….and being a bore!

      • http://heartprintandstyle.com/ Vivi N

        Is this really the Bert Keeter?

        • bertkeeter

          I think I am?

          • http://heartprintandstyle.com/ Vivi N

            Lolol. Just wanted to know.

          • Shawn EH

            We love you, Bert!

      • Sarah

        Aw, Bert, you don’t like Dom? She makes a good item.

        • bertkeeter

          Actually I did like her look last night…Very well cut and executed…she used the ties in just the right way….as a bold accent!
          Most of the rest are unmemorable!

          • Sarah

            I was in awe of her piecing. I don’t quilt with stripes…anymore. I haven’t the patience for making patterns bend to my will. Yes for the ties! Best use, I agree.

      • MoHub

        Oh Bert! You so need to be recapping again—if not on the Lifetime site, then independently. I miss you so much!

        • bertkeeter

          They aren’t exactly the sharpest “tool in the box” if you get my drift?

      • Michelle Wilson

        The only point I could see was to further the “Kate is a Prodigy!” storyline they seem hell-bent on telling this season.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

          But she’s not…

    • DeTrop

      i just checked out the designer’s portfolios on the PR site. I couldn’t understand how some of the people got on the show. It’s an eye-opener for sure. Alexandria’s design last week with Dom was similar to one of her designs in her portfolio, as is her design last night. Alexander is definitely a theatrical/costume designer. Bradon’s portfolio is so good I want every piece. I am so glad he won last night.

      BTW, Kate’s personal clothes are far better than the designs in her portfolio. Ken shows some very interesting designs.
      I had to stop because there’s a lot to digest.

      • GillianHolroyd

        Re Alexandria, for sure they are adapting designs they’ve already made. It makes sense when they’re given one day to design and sew a garment. Also you don’t get Heidi snidely querying why you’d attempt bra cups if you’ve never made them before.

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

          You get the same kind of self-plagiarism on other shows, such as Top Chef or Chopped. Often a chef will say, “We make this all the time in our restaurant.”

    • Sarah

      Justin’s dress is like Red Bull. And his model, why such a tiny hairdo? So pinheaded. Unfortunate.

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        how is it like red bull?

        • Sarah

          It gives you WIIIiiiings. On yer hips…small rimshot?

    • Fisher&SonsFuneralHome

      Alexander’s looks like a tie table in the men’s department of Filene’s.

      • Shawn EH

        And Drag Brows thought his use of the ties was the best of all? Go back and look at Dom’s, princess.

    • Sonja Brisson

      Except for Dom, who is not only a great designer but seems to be a sweet, professional human, this episode was beyond embarrassing. They should have auf’d the lowest scored designer, actually the bottom three, because they deserved it, even if Slime Russian skipped. The winning design — WTF? The model got the award for making it look good (gorgeous!) — she would look fab in Glad bags. They need to get this back to being about clothes…Christian Siriano, where are you?

      • Shibori Girl

        “Professional human”- good one! Some of these designers behave as though they aren’t even amateur humans.

    • katespeed

      I haven’t seen anyone mention this, but maybe I missed it… Did anyone notice that instead of saying Sigourney Weaver, Nina pronounced it like Señore Weaver? Anyone? Have I lost my mind that I heard that?

      • flamingoNW

        nope, I heard it

      • Sarah

        NOOO, I heard it. Signore! Weaver! WTF!

        • Shawn EH

          That’s how they say it in Colombia?

          • Sarah

            What’s sad is she has enough cache that I thought she might know something I don’t. As if Sigourney Weaver hadn’t been a star for the last 30 years and everyone didn’t know how to say her name. Like Nina calls her up and says “Signore, dahling, let’s go out for drinks.”

      • wayout46

        Ditto

      • MoHub

        Many of us heard it. You are not in need of a hearing check.

      • MoHub

        Maybe she’s a member of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Consonants—mostly comprising chefs. Members use pronunciations like MARS-ca-pone, chi-POLE-tay, PAR-pa-dell, ba-SAL-mic, and or-kee-ET-ty. It’s speech dyslexia.

        • alyce1213

          Similarly, in-and-out vowels: CARmelizing instead of CARAmelizing — drives me nuts!
          Also vinegarette for vinaigrette. Those chefs.

          • MoHub

            I’m glad it’s not just me. And there’s no tilde on the n in habanero.

            • http://communionoflight.com/ Frank Butterfield

              Or on the n in cabana (speaking of Spanish words that get unnecessary tildes).

      • marlie

        I thought it was just me!!! No, Nina definitely mis-pronounced Sigourney’s name.

    • Calinda_L

      Kate’s “this is only the second pair of pants I’ve ever made!” had me screaming at the TV. How is it at all possible after TWELVE SEASONS of this show — TWO OF WHICH SHE HAS BEEN ON — that designers don’t learn how to make a damn pair of pants as soon as they’re cast?! Even if you don’t recreate every past challenge, you MUST learn how to make: pants, a jacket, menswear, underwear/swimwear, evening and pants (yes, learn how to make them twice). Instead, she practiced ways to flaunt her ignorance (then again, it worked for Anya).

      • Michelle Wilson

        See, I just assumed she was lying to make the pants look more like an achievement than they actually were. You must be a better person.

        • Calinda_L

          I’ve certainly never been accused of that before! I think your assumption about her lying to offset criticism/increase praise was 100% correct — I originally included almost the exact same thing in my comment, but cut it because the comment was getting so long!

      • Ariel

        Also, I don’t get why making pants is such an issue? I get that it’s hard, but like, that’s your job. Pants = common womenswear. I understand if you don’t often make pants, or you prefer to make skirts, or you’re a babywear designer and you don’t specialize in pants so much as snap-in snap-out onesies in teeny sizes, but pants aren’t an uncommon garment. In fact, I’m wearing them right now.

        • Sarah

          It’s not hard. You just have to know how to do it. And the thing with PR is, you aren’t allowed to present a pant unless it is an extremely tailored, body-conscious pant, unlike most people wear for regular day clothes. So you’ve got issues like crotch whiskering, camel toe, and wedgies to avoid. But no, not hard. I learned how by taking apart my favorite pants and making pattern pieces the same shape when they got worn out when I was about 14.

        • Calinda_L

          Even babies wear pants sometimes.

        • BeccaGo

          “Pants aren’t an uncommon garment. In fact, I’m wearing them right now.”

          LOL! Personally, I try to avoid wearing them whenever possible, but you definitely have a point.

      • NoNeinNyet

        If you’re going to be on Amazing Race, learn how to drive stick. If you’re going to be on Top Chef, know how to make a dessert or two. If you’re going to be on Project Runway, know how to use a professional sewing machine and how to make a pair of pants. These things are not difficult.

        • http://communionoflight.com/ Frank Butterfield

          OMG! Exactly this (particularly desserts on Top Chef)!

      • JimiG

        That coy little “I’ve only made two pairs of pants” had me screaming “Liar!”at the TV. I made more pairs of pants in one year of Home Ec oh so many years ago. Crappy pants, but still. Lots of practice.

    • GillianHolroyd

      I thought they should have auf’d one of the bottom 3 as well as Sandro. Since they only film for one month, the producers could have amortized the extra time and given the designers extra time to work on the next challenge.

      • alyce1213

        Extra points for “amortized.”

      • wayout46

        The next challenge needed teams of three, hence they had to keep the number of contestants at 12

        • MoHub

          And it beats bringing Timothy back.

          • janierainie

            I was really freaking out that they might do that. I couldn’t stand him.

    • flamingoNW

      Did you notice the expression on Nina’s face when Tim Gunn gave them the update on Sandro? She almost laughed. Also, I think Zac’s comments to Sandro in response to his questions were pretty spot on, if not a little passive aggressive…

      • Shawn EH

        His fabric story: “she went home with a stranger and now his tie is stuck to her torn dress …??” Wow. Sandro was right that Zac hated him, but he did answer his questions honestly I thought. Which he shouldn’t have asked, except he clearly could no longer bide his time.

    • Trisha26

      I found Timothy & his unicorn & greeting card pep-talk essay from his model much more disturbing than Sandro. If anyone was, if not unstable then certainly unfit for a reality show, it was Timothy. Sandro’s personality is the very definition of a reality show cast member, albeit Jersey Shore. From the horror of Season 1’s Wendy Pepper to the nonsensical wins of bland Gretchen & “I can’t sew” Anya, numerous cat-fights & personality conflicts, we’ve endured nonsense & aggravation but actual fashion & design skills have made it watchable every season – at least for me.

      But now we’re supposed to believe that for supposedly not being staged/scripted/or otherwise designed – cameras are conveniently following Sandro as he left the building (how much are the contestants paid to appear in such a bad light, it can’t all be in search of that elusive 15 minutes, can it?), and that Tim Gunn would come on stage to tell the judges (and the 6 contestants under scrutiny) about Sandro’s meltdown? Come on. I have much less respect for Tim the more he appears on camera. And his tweet expressing surprise about the “nude” billboard being perceived as tacky & desperate did him no favors.

      As for the actual designs, all were lacking. I liked Bradon’s the best overall but those shorts will never not say “wool diaper.”

      • flamingoNW

        Well yeah, camera people can follow people wherever they go. What makes you think they couldn’t? The other contestants weren’t on stage when Tim told the judges. I think your reaction is overblown on the staged front.

        • Trisha26

          I never said the cameras “couldn’t” follow the contestants just that it was convenient they were there. Okay, my mistake. It was the models who were on the runway, not the contestants. Nevertheless it was unprofessional to address a development like that in front of the cameras and just reeked of staged drama. Tim could easily have come into the waiting area, told the contestants that Sandro was gone and that the judges had been informed.

      • otterbird

        For what it’s worth, I once attended a seminar about reality TV and the person leading it said that the circumstances are staged but the reactions are not- essentially, producers will create circumstances that they think offer the best chance to provoke an honest reaction. In this case, I have no doubt the judges were instructed to criticize After School Special’s design because they suspected she’d melt down and I wouldn’t be surprised if Freddy Mercuryovich was encouraged to ask the judges’ for their opinion. So the producers put both of them in situations that were likely to get them emotionally revved up and then just filmed the result.

        Compare with the week Bert Keeter had immunity and the judges criticized the next design, telling him he was lucky he was safe and his response was basically, “Yup, you’re right and I know.” End of scene.

    • Aaron

      This whole episode made me, as Nina said “sick”. From the preachy, self serving political themes, to the drama of Sandro, the “marriage” proposal, and concluding with the faux praise of Kate, I had enough. I watch PR with my wife for one reason… to see something that catches my eye. Dom’s outfit did that, even though the stripes played tricks with my TV. If I wanted to watch politics, I would turn on the news networks.

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

        Your use of scare quotes around the word marriage and your insistence on framing this episode as a political one means we don’t want you here. Sorry.

        Bye,

        Your recently married hosts

        • flamingoNW

          thank you….

        • alyce1213

          Thanks. He didn’t even get Nina’s use of “sick” right.

        • Shibori Girl

          Gentleman, you almost needed to spray with ” Troll Begone”. Nicely handled.

          And a Mosel Tov to you both!

        • drdarke

          Oh, you two got married? Mazel Tov!

          So – did your Moms keep calling you, reminding you you weren’t getting any younger…?

          ::halo::

    • StellaZafella

      Dom, Jeremy and Bradon for fashion week…let’s just get this show on the road.

      • alyce1213

        Those are my choices. But you know they’re gonna break our hearts by aufing one of these designers so they can keep Kate for fashion week. Sucks.

      • JLH

        100% Concur.

    • ChrisP

      “Jesse needs the beard”: thanks, I was wondering why he looked so weird!

      • NoNeinNyet

        A So You Think You Can Dance recapper was actually happy that the beard was gone when Jesse was a guest judge on there earlier this season. I just shook my head at how wrong he was. At least TLo understand.

    • Shawn EH

      Bradon’s proposal didn’t bother me since he’s been with his partner for almost 20 years … he knew there was little chance he’d be turned down, so he decided to borrow the ProjRun spotlight and shine it on his sweetie. I can see doing that in a long-term relationship where marriage was previously not an option. It was a grand gesture to his already committed life partner.

    • Imasewsure

      Pretty bad results all the way around… glad to see Sandro go but even more importantly, “Afterschool Special needs to STOP SEEKING OUT DRAMA AND THEN GETTING ALL WEEPY WHEN IT FINDS HER. She bugs.” AMEN – done with the criers all the way around!!

    • Glenn Johnson

      I’m sure you meant to say that Sandro’s was “HIS” best yet. Not “THE” best yet.
      I’m wondering if we will get an update as to what bar they found him in and how much vodka was involved. Also whether they will press charges for assaulting the cameraman.

    • Therese Bohn

      Brandon: Agree with everything TLo said. I appreciate the tie work.
      Model has Barbie figure, everything looks great on her.

      Sandro: Agree with the judges, although I like the color combination. I have to say that I actually cheered a little when Sandro mentioned that this isn’t a competition about what HEIDI WOULD WEAR! Bye Bye.

      Dom: Should have won, but I think the bow tie trim could have been trimmed down.

      Kate: Pants okay. Top is sloppy. Don’t know how she deserves the judges’ boot licking.

      Jeremy: Sorry about your Grandma. But this is wrong on so many levels.

      Sue: I like her, but I agree with the judges. Too much Alien tendril…

      Miranda: Focused more on the Army? (Hounds-tooth epaulets?) And that awful blose — I would have been happy with the prim pink over this! Not youthful, 80’s in the worst way. She’s lucky Sandro bolted.

      Alexander: Okay. Don’t love it , but okay.

      Ken: Totally agree with TLo here.

      Justin: If it had red or maybe green stripes… nah. Ugh.

      Helen: This dress was so much BETTER in the workroom! This was a mess. Get her some Sam-E.

      Karen: All I can see is the droopy crotch. The rest is a bad ’80’s throwback too.

      Alexander: Please send away the clowns! Tie table display does not a chic moment make.

    • YoungSally

      Did Miranda’s outfit suffer from skirt spin on the runway? It looks like the side seam is running down the front.

      • tonibaloney

        And the pattern didn’t match! Gah! So distracting.

      • alyce1213

        Her piecing together of the houndstooth was a tragedy.

    • Therese Bohn

      Did anyone else find the timing of Bradon’s proposal, the Supreme Court decision, and his partner’s proposal just a little too coincidental? I’m really very happy for for them both, and his proposal was sweet, but the whole actual reality of the Supreme Court solving the problem of the reality program dilemma of THAT contestant for THAT week just struck me as kind of staged — or was it really all just a happy co-ink-a dink? I mean we don’t know if Bradon’s confessional about his frustration with Prop 8 filmed before or after the Supreme Court decision — I have no doubt of Bradon’s joy at winning and that his heart-felt proposal was real, I’m just wondering how manipulated the ‘reality’ was to serve the ‘storyline’. You know what I mean?

      • Fred Vaughn

        It felt over-edited (and tacked on) at the end with the Skype proposal.

        • Shawn EH

          But if they hadn’t done it, wouldn’t we be demanding to know if he accepted? At worst, it was more like fan-service.

          • Sarah

            Yup. I think it was tying loose ends.

            • Therese Bohn

              Yeah, it was tied ends, but it all fit together so neatly!

            • Sarah

              True. But, I propose that people actually go to college and get degrees in broadcast production so that they can present television programs that fit together neatly.

            • Therese Bohn

              True that!

      • Sarah

        Think it had to do more with the theme of the episode – Marriage Equality as championed through JTF’s organization. It’s not too complex to picture it that way, IMO.

      • Fordzo

        Nothing is a coincidence.

      • drdarke

        I suspect that’s exactly what happened, @5970d555205d80112ee5c6b2c34cefae:disqus – they either asked Brandon to hold back on the actual proposing to his boyfriend until they saw how the Supreme Court ruled on Prop 8, or they shot the show right after the Supreme Court ruled, and decided not to mention it except in the coda for “added drama”. Since we couldn’t have been sure this Supreme Court wouldn’t find some excuse to find homophobia “Constitutional”, I prefer the latter possibility: Scalia and Thomas in particular seem to have a genius for twisting the Constitution into knots to fit their own bigoted Corporate übermensch prejudices, while Roberts clearly believes in Doing The Exact Minimum Necessary To Keep The Peons From Rioting!

        • Shibori Girl

          Oh drdarke, I think I love you, in a totally appropriate and platonic way. Lets do get started on the NSA and the surveillance state, just not here since to do so might harsh T&L’s buzz. Completely agree re The Supremes, the decision, the producers, etc.

          As a resident of Seattle, I rejoice in marriage equality and am in the running with another 60-some year old cohort as “world’s oldest flower girl”. (We were actually listed in the order of service as “Flower Shiksas” The gay wedding we participated in was joyful, solemn and supported by a loving congregation. To Brandon and his fiancé, a hearty mozel tov. To Roberts and his ilk, we
          peons will riot if we want to.

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

          “::Boy, I’m just FULL of politics today, aren’t I? Don’t get me started
          on the NSA or Obama Supporting The Surveillance State…. ::”

          You keep asking why your posts are getting deleted. Stuff like this is why. Please stay on the topic.

          • drdarke

            Okay – sorry, didn’t mean to offend or cause trouble. I’ll try to keep the politics out from now on – b/c Your Treehouse, Your Rules.

      • XPT

        They probably just taped more than one version of the proposal scene. Contrived, yes, but that’s the way editing works. Btw it was pretty much assumed that the Court would dismiss prop8, though it was a closer vota than expected. With a different decision by the court, they would just have edited the episode differently.

        • wayout46

          Or the whole court decision thing could just as well have happened at some other later time, then they tagged it to this show because it was relevant to its theme (notice no one talked about that subject during the show – it was just a Skype conversation Bradon had with his boyfriend, which could have happened anytime thereafter).

    • Fordzo

      I keep forgetting about Karen. Then they’ll show one of her little interview clips and I’m like, “Is this person on the show? Is she a producer? A model?” Her pants are awful. WTF is that waistband? Does it have a skirt over the top of the pants, or are those just droopy drawers?

    • BeccaGo

      As much of an asshole as Sandro was, Helen bugged me in this episode even more. The “Why do I need to put myself in your shoes?” portion of THE DRAMA™ was actually pretty spot-on. There was no reason to feature her last night at all. SHE HAD IMMUNITY. So you f*cked up; enjoy your free ride and invest your energy in the next challenge. That she claims evening wear is her forte, yet hasn’t sent a (solo) presentable garment down the runway yet, and that she opened the season trying to pass herself off as a badass, yet has an emotional breakdown every episode, just makes me want to smack her. Sandro may be (he totally is) an irredeemable jerk, but I agree that at least he’s genuine (a genuine psychopath). This chick just needs to get over herself.

    • wonderdivaEtsy

      Waaaay too many of the pieces in this episode made me think of Stevie Nicks twirling around singing “Rhiannon.”

    • Joyce VG

      Had to skip all the drama again and read on the internet who got aufed. I wish Dom would have gotten the win (but she did need to edit the collar). Brandon is adorable tho. I switched over to watch “Please Like Me” on Pivot. I’m in no way affiliated with the station or show but it’s so good and I hope TLo would watch it and review it. Anyway, another uncomfortable Project Runway for me. I liked Sandro’s dress but it looked like a dress to wear at the AVN’s.

    • unbornfawn

      Excellent wrap up. I’ve been away from the TV for the last couple of weeks and kinda glad I’ve missed the first few episodes. Agree that Jesse needs the beard and bow ties are not for Tim. Good riddance to Sandro, real or fake I have no interest in his style of drama. I am very impressed by Dom, at this stage of the game, she’s my favorite. Her construction and fit on those stripes was beautiful. I cringed a little at all the bow ties at the neckline and think that is what lost it for her. The bow tie hair was genius.

    • PrincessVespa

      HA! Drag Brows slayed me. Especially when he thought he was going to win, WHAT? I agree that Dom should have won, but Bradon’s model is freaking gorgeous, I think her coloring against the ties pushed him over the top to win.

    • Meredith_P

      If you can’t match your houndstooth, Miranda, don’t use houndstooth. That whole outfit was a tragedy!

    • TSkot

      Either the producers didn’t care if the contestants had any design or sewing skills at all this season, or the one-day time limits are damaging this show. So much crap on the runway!!!

      Helen looked off to a good start at Tim’s critique; the silhouette based on the shape of the tie was cute, and I really liked the color combination. Girl is troubled.

      Sandro should have been in the top three over Kate. Zac’s criticism was accurate, but compared to the mundane garbage put out by the likes of Justin, Karen, Jeremy, Ken, Sue, Miranda… at least he had a POV.

    • Scott Gould

      Jeremy’s outfit looked like he designed it for Kathryn Hepburn.

      • SewingSiren

        I think so too. I think he made a huge mistake mentioning his grandmother. Once the judges hear that, they will not let go of “old”. To me it looks like an updated 1940’s woman. In other words like he was inspired by her youthful self.
        My problem with the look is there is no bow tie in it.

    • royinhell

      Pardon me if this has been said before, but I FINALLY realized who Alexander looks like-

      He’s the Ginger Klaus Nomi.

      • Shawn EH

        He needs to exploit that Gothic side.

    • pippitypup

      Dom’s dress looked a lot like my going-away dress. It was my vote for the win.

    • Call me Bee

      Not much else to say, dear Uncles. You wrapped things up here perfectly. The only thing–I thought the winning look was great. I loved the juxtaposition of the tweedy suit and the delicate faggoted top. I think a lighter suit fabric would have been…expected with that tie top. The tweed lent a bit of heft to the whole outfit.

      I coulda lived without Russian A-hole’s drama, but I am enormously glad he’s gone. Good f*cking riddance.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      I agree that it wasn’t staged.
      And that it was UNCOMFORTABLE. Anyone who’s ever dealt with one of these rageaholics was probably getting ready to prepare the bunker last night. In scripted shows, they always get it wrong — the rageaholic rages about… well, something worth raging over. In real life. It’s “Don’t you dare yell at/roll your eyes at/turn away from me!” And it
      makes no plot sense. Like last night’s little meltdown.

      Helen, on the other hand, seemed pretty staged for drama.

      I disagree with you guys about the win. I thought Braden’s was really sharp. Was the proposal a little staged? Eh, maybe. But I can see him having thought about it spontaneously, told the producers, and then gotten the stage time to do it. Which suggests that his win could have been manipulated to set it up, of course, but in this case, I think he also had the neatest garment, anyway.

      Sandro: Without the ties, this might have been interesting, but of course, that would break the challenge. And that’s why it’s a challenge — using the things creatively. Just tacking them on there as faux shoulder straps looked awkward.

      Dom: I liked it a lot in the workroom, but the unedited neckline is why I wouldn’t have given it the win. That was definitely a case where he should have listened to Tim, and if she had, she’d have won the challenge.

      Kate: Like I said last night, Katniss forgot her bow and arrows. Unfortunately, she also forgot Cinna. I didn’t notice in motion how ill-fitting the top was. Definitely not a top three entry.

      Jeremy: Dear Lord, that looks worse in the stills. The blouse is okay in an old-lady way (and hey, old ladies need clothes, too), but the pants are atrocious.

      Sue: Bad in a quick view, worse in a still. She needs to send Sandro a big bouquet for aufing himself.

      Miranda: Needs to drop this silhouette from her repertoire. And it was fine tucked in. Enough croppies already.

      Alexandria: I like the skirt, but what’s with all those potato sack tops? NOT flattering.

      Ken: Didn’t think it was that awful, but then again, it’s one I couldn’t remember after the runway last night. Points for trying to intervene in the tantrum.

      Justin: Big old yawn.

      Helen: Looks better in stills than it did in motion. Still middle of the road.

      Karen: Forgot about it. Looks pretty ’80s to my eye. Come on. Joan Cusack would have worn the hell out of this in Working Girl.

      Alexander: Ouch. Honey, no.

      • jillwrites

        I’m not sure if Helen was trying to flame the drama, or if she’s just one of those Millenials who needs to always turn the conversation back to her and her crisis of the day. Sandro was in a rage, and all she could say was, “What about what they said to me?” Really? Because he’s going to stop his tirade against Zac Posen and say, “Yes, Helen, the judges were completely incorrect about your level of talent. Going forward, perhaps you should do simpler silhouettes and make sure you give a critical eye to what you send down the runway.” It seemed to me that she wanted to turn the subject back to her and the judges’ “unjustified” comments about her design.

        • BuffaloBarbara

          That’s a good point. I’m not sure the current reality TV model would work if it wasn’t dominated by Millennials who think the world revolves around them. (And there’s something satisfying about Xers like Heidi and Nina finally giving it the gigantic eyeroll it deserves, I must admit.) Sandro was doing the same thing, of course — if he’s being criticized, it must be because Zac Posen is jealous of him or dislikes him personally.

          I think that may be a bigger part of the change in tone in the show — the contestants have switched generations.

          • DuBey2

            Or LIFETIME is trying to pull more Millennials to its audience & thus fanning this flame with camera editing. There always is one older contestant, who usually gets the ‘auf’ in the 1st 2 challenges.

            I’m part of a minority that would like a Competition show, without the drama. Or, at least with only 15% drama per episode.

    • d4divine

      Dom should have won. The judges keep saying the want “young and modern”, there was nothing young or modern about Brandon’s upholstery suit.

      • Shawn EH

        The length, the fit and the silhouette signify modern to the likes of Nina. It looked like a kind of trashy/resort Chanel. OTOH, he has the most fabulous model in Ya and is quite the lucky boy.

    • River

      Just looking at these, I like Dom’s the best and I actually like Jeremy’s too. Sandro’s looks like a burlesque outfit, which is sad because it has potential. The rest are awful.

    • JaCory Deon

      To my eyes, Dom had the best entry this week while Sue and Sandro tied for the worst. Speaking of him, I just can’t see that character as serious or if it is, MY GOD, the horror! It’s prob just as well he walked out though because if he’s feeling beat down by challenge 4, how can he last through 6 more? Speaking of which, how is it that Helen has zero self confidence yet decides to go on a “design” show with contestants who might be better than she? Perhaps she’s one of those people who has good ideas but needs others to execute them for her. That said, it kills me how she’s all rock n’ roll but then the biggest baby at the faint mention of criticism. A poser through and through.

      Anyway, less of this drama and more about conceptualization and design would be nice Lifetime.

      • DuBey2

        Yes, I’m guessing that the producers were thrilled when Sandro was kicked out because then they could show way more footage of everyone weeping over proposals, or insecurity(Helen) or Grandma’s, and even LESS time than usual on the fashion, since there was no rehashing on the bottom 3 while the judges argued over whose design really was the Worst. I spent 50% of the show with it muted. The thing is, for me, there really IS no other show that shows decent new fashions and designs (certainly not Fashion – gag- Star) and so I’m stuck watching PR while so many of you just skip it and then come here. I just can’t give up the habit.

    • April

      Helen had a great concept with the shape (which Kate also used on her pants) so it’s tragic that she threw that baby blue thing on top; it looks like Baby’s First Lumbar Support Belt

      • d4divine

        Yes….I was very confused by it

    • d4divine

      Zac Posen looked like he was about to back hand glove slap Sandro! Hold my earrings girlfriend…I’m going in!! Lol

    • wayout46

      In order to curb the unnecessary and many times annoying drama, the following people need to exit (in descending dramatic order):
      Diablo Cody
      Betty Page Carpenter
      Miss Thing I AM TALKING NOW SO YOU NEED TO SHUT UP
      Princess Kate
      Dyan Orangina Cannon
      …and as much as it pains me to say so, Cousin Gay Daddy is starting to pursue a dramatic degree in order to hog camera time
      Now, in order to enjoy some great designs, the following people need to go (in ascending order of talent)
      Betty
      Drew
      Orangina
      Look for overlaps and those should be the next to go.

    • DuBey2

      Totally agreed with TLo on Dom, Kate, and Bradon’s designs. But for some weird reason I liked Alexander’s (if the color collar had been smaller). I thought it looked awesome on his model, & loved her high ponytail.
      Also, I’m sadly admitting that it looks like Justin just doesn’t have it.
      As for Miranda, I was surprised how much I loved that emerald green against the houndstooth(Love all houndstooth!)- if the blouse had been fitted and tucked, maybe? It was just so cute from the back to see that little sliver of em. green against the jacket, which was quite cute. She does make a very fine pencil skirt, but of course Zacky is sick of pencil skirts now.

    • guest2visits

      Going to disagree – I liked Braden’s for the texture and color, the 3 well made pieces and of course the stunning impact of his design on his model. Dom’s was very sweet and creative, and I wouldn’t have edited any of her ties. I liked Kate’s too, she didn’t go cute, she worked with the ties in a different way and I think the top and pants were young and sophisticated. All she’s guilty of is over doing the chat and the sugar when trying to sell herself to the judges. I like it better when a little confrontational (just not Sandro level).
      Completely forgot Ken’s and several others. The top 3 were Braden, Dom and Kate. The bottom was almost everyone else.
      Karen’s – messy and dated, the bag didn’t help.
      Ken’s – considering it was a leather look it was blah. A bit cheap too.
      Justin’s – also blah and dated, odd design.
      Miranda’s – don’t get her androgyny story, at all. The top was a disaster. the suit was a touch clownish because of the oversized houndstooth with the garish green. Not to mention this is the same skirt, yet again.
      Helen’s – messy especially in the back; looked like static cling everywhere. It’s like she doesn’t know how to make a non see through dress in conventional materials. She is hoping quirky looks will cover up construction issues.
      The rest were safe:
      Sandro’s – sort of pretty, but very costume-y. Not sure what it was supposed to be, but it was made well. Of course he fled the PR gulag. I agree with TLo; he makes better clothes than many here and it would have been interesting to see if he could have been turned away from the Dark Side (wildly bad taste and aggressive behavior).
      Alexander’s – showy, well made, I didn’t hate it.
      Alexandria’s – blah and boring, don’t like the skirt-front at all. But the top was nice.
      Jeremy’s – I liked this more than the judges. I think if the fit on the pants was a tiny bit better, and the jacket didn’t expose her belly button, and the he did away with the satiny ties in the front – it would have been in the top.
      Sue’s – I confess I love her back story and I think she’s only missing the kind of experience that a little more pre-PR time would have given her to explore. I hate ruching yet I love the sculpture it becomes in her hands… she does have a passion for the material and she has an eye for style and shape … but she’s just shy of enough knowledge about the fashion world, that it is almost certainly a handicap. This week’s was an indication she is leaning on familiar territory, and she didn’t go far enough with the bowtie overlay. She makes great jackets out of difficult materials – I thought she could have made a kind of raggedy snug jacket over the dress. Almost a bottom for me, however Zac’s childish mockery of the dress by yanking the model around with the bowtie straps… just pissed me off (not Sandro style) so I mentally pushed her design up a notch.

    • lilyvonschtupp

      “fagoting technique” Isn’t that offensive? Just asking.

      • Stubenville

        I would say no. It’s the correct term for that technique and predates current usage as an insult.

      • bertkeeter

        “Faggoting” is a stitch that joins two pieces of material together, leaving an even consitent open space between the two pieces of material. I was really surprised and impressed by the skill / speed that Bradon was able to complete his bodice with the “faggoting” done by hand…it’s usually a machne that does it!

    • Pennymac

      Am I cured of my PR addiction? I thought last night was a sorry excuse for a show and downright hated the majority of the designs as dreck. Watching Sustainicorn’s tears from the week before seemed mockery worthy, but watching Sandro explode in a fit of violent rage last night was pathetic. I’m almost ashamed I watched.

    • JaCory Deon

      All the foolishness aside, it really is unfortunate Sandro had one of the most beautiful models on this season because in a good designer’s hands, she could look amazing. (Overall, the models are better this season than the last one imho.) Brandon should pray that they don’t let them pick models again because someone would surely snatch up his, who is killing it.

      • lilyvonschtupp

        Ya has really got it goin’ on!

    • Angie

      Just de-lurking to say one thing about Sandro — *not* to defend him — but I also agree that his walk off wasn’t fake. Personally, I think a light bulb went off in his head that he wasn’t ever going to actually *win* with his Russian hooker circa 1700 aesthetic (hence his constant questioning of Tim with “what do the judges want me to do”) and with no help but “be yourself” decided “eff it I’m not going to stress out to produce something every 24 hours to be cannon fodder.” IOW — he finally figured out how this show works and decided he was over it. Just my opinion.

      Oh, I’ll say one more thing too — Bradon — I really like him & I like his style but honestly his model is a big contributing factor in his stuff always looking so good. Those legs! For the love of all that is good & holy, sometimes life is just *not* fair.

    • Lilyana_F

      Spot-on commentary, as usual. What bugs me the most with this show is the way they do the casting. Just put some talented people with actual skills and don’t worry about the drama – it is bound to come naturally, normal people crack under pressure too. You don’t have to cast nutcases, emotionally unstable individuals and call them “designers”. Producers cannot convince me they saw something above average in almost 80% of these people talent-wise, so I don’t know what’re we supposed to be holding our breath for…

    • myristica_fragrans

      how was karen’s outfit safe with those pants?

      • janierainie

        Exactly! And she was sooo proud of it. She made the model look like she had a beer gut!

        • lilyvonschtupp

          That crotch is INSANE! – The Duchess

    • elemspbee

      omg Karen DOES sound like Drew Bee! wowz

    • largishbearishAtlish

      Did the red nose fall off the models nose on Alexanders model? That outfit would be wonderful at a childrens hospital… this was the clown outfit challenge right? (or maybe a RuPaul challenge? but just a bit not-awful enough for the bottom three. I do think Justins was bottom three….where was the bowtie in that yawner?

    • George Mortimer

      As usual, I agree with almost every single thing that you say. Only really disagree on one point, where you said “Dom went too far with the tie embellishment at the collar.” To me, it is completely perfect the way it is!

    • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

      There is this one queen I DESPISE, but he could sew circles around any of these contestants, he has innate talent and a well defined style — maybe his style is a bit too much mature, but he could probably have these challenges done with hours to spare. Plus, he is a sociopath and a bald faced liar without peer. He’d go far on this show, and as much as I can’t stand him, he’s so talented I’d be totally rooting for him to win. I’d also be rooting for him to fall off the edge of the runway and break his neck, but only after he aced the win. He’s really that good. There’s a whole lot of people out there who are as talented as anyone who’s ever been on PR, and a good portion of them are as batshit crazy as anyone who’s ever been on PR. But they’re not quite crazy enough to go on PR. They realize PR is a game show, no different than “The Price Is Right” except there is a tiny chance that you might hear from them after their time on the show is up. Like all those horrible talent and singing shows that are supposedly about finding the next big thing, they exist only to pad the wallets of the producers, and the only stars are the judges. The contestants are replaceable, interchangeable chaff.

      Also, I wonder if Freddy Mercuryovich flipped out over something we weren’t seeing on tape — I wonder if there was some producer fuckery that set his unstable bowl of crazy off.

    • peachykeen5014

      Can we just get to the inevitable Kate vs Dom vs Bradon finale?

    • save_the_hobbit

      Did no one else laugh hysterically at Sandro’s “He is bruja!”? Because I honestly almost fell off my chair, he looked so seriously disturbed that the guy could possibly be a psychic because he guessed it would be a gay challenge.

    • Mariah J

      “Two things before we get started. Jesse Tyler needs the beard and Tim actually doesn’t look good in a bow tie. Who knew?”
      I kept thinking that the whole episode. lol

      Ugh, I thought everyone’s except Bradon, Dom and Karen’s was awful, and I didn’t even particularly care for those three. The talent level in this season is just sad. The part with Sandro screaming? Fast forwarded right through it.

      Alexander took the bowtie display rack and hung it around the model’s neck, amirite?

    • Meelah

      I don’t think it was staged but I think they planned to wind him up by having him either safe or at the bottom until he blew a fuse. They just didn’t know he would do that so early. I think that, because Zack seemed at the ready with a nasty thing to say about Sandro’s dress and if it was that bad he should have been in the bottom 3. Sandro could/shoud have been kicked off or bottom 3 for his last 3 designs.

      Same observation about Kate. I thought her outfit was good enough for a safe. I’ve seen that same exact pant design several times over from different Runway alums in the past.

    • https://twitter.com/athoughtfultree Robin Yé Chen

      Bradon’s top looks good, but only if the sides of it are covered up by a jacket. The jacket was a good idea, because only the exposed front panel is good; the sides are messy and sloppy (seen in close-up during examination when jacket is taken off). The sides of that top should not have qualified him for the win.

      I was over Sandro’s aesthetic and personality after the end of the first episode. However, I thought that his design this week had a good concept; the tie straps aren’t actually half-bad (from the front); the top halves of the straps are fine, but the bottom halves end in a weird position. But, of course, in traditional Sandro style, he had to turn his model once more into a hooker.

      I was surprised by Karen’s entry; it’s actually quite nice! This should have been a contender, in my opinion, along with Dom’s and Bradon’s.

      I did not like how the hem of Alexandria’s top kept exposing the midsection at various times; it was distracting. Her design should have either been two distinct separates or one dress; two separates emulating the continuity of one dress create a weird disconnect at the midsection.

    • Annie Lure

      I wish they– “they” encompassing the producers, challenge presenters, and designers– hadn’t conflated the “inventively/non-traditionally incorporate the bow-tie into a design of your choosing” brief with the marriage equality cause. The latter could have been celebrated without permeating the problem-solving part of the challenge. Asking the designers to reconfigure/re-purpose the bow-tie element had merit in that it made the challenge a design-based one.

      Bradon: Clear winner. It exhibits not only kick-ass technical skills and meticulousness but also good instincts about the aggregate of the design. The relative simplicity of the tweed shorts and jacket served as a counterpoint to the elaborateness of the hand-crafted top.

      Dom: Tim’s urging her to concentrate upon perfecting the cut-work resulted in a polished dress. While I appreciate how well she matched up the striping, I see no reason for conjoining so many pieces that contain the same patterning. The bodice is the most egregious example of that. There’s also an overabundance of bow-ties in the neckline. This look is in need of editing.

      Kate: Not bad. While neither the top nor the pants are particularly exciting, the tie shape forms a motif throughout the garment.

      Sue: She and her pin-tucks should have been out already. She does the pin-tucking (or, in this case, the… I dunno WFT that is) without sparing silhouette any thought.

      Miranda: Yup, pencil skirts is all she can do. She has no other designs/design details in her repertoire. Her vision is painfully limited for it.

      Jeremy: He displayed proficiency in cutting and contouring the lace but failed to address the brief. The bow-ties aren’t appropriated in any way. They’re merely hung around her neck. Also, the red clashes with the orange.

      Alexandria: She hardly considered the back portion of the garment but interpreted the high-low skirt in a sharp way with the cut and the color-blocking.

      Alexander: No less than what I expected. He’s a costume designer. All his entries are bound to be costumes (and have been in all four challenges). I don’t mind the concept: plain black suit as canvas for an exuberant collar. Problem is the collar consists of poorly tacked-on bow-ties.

      Karen: Best she’s done, but I have no idea what’s up with the upper portion of the pants which is beyond monstrous.

      Ken: With Sandro gone, he’s free to pursue the attention he desperately wants. Just watch. His construction skills are decent, but his designs are pedestrian, dated, and tacky.

      Justin: I like the appropriation of the bow-ties as piping. The neckline’s poorly cut. As is the hem. The silhouette is kicky, though. On the whole, not bad.

      Helen: Awful. That skirt portion ain’t draped; it’s tangled.

      Sandro: Don’t feel like commenting on his emotional instability. The explosion and subsequent bolting and shattering weren’t staged, but the conflict between him and Zach was. It isn’t a coincidence that Zach was the only judge to criticize a design that was deemed safe. The design was too ambitious to execute in the time allotted. The pleats are poorly arranged in the back, and the whole thing’s overwrought.
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      • wayout46

        Wow, very thorough and well articulated review, with which I agree in all terms. And while many of us couldn’t resist succumbing to sardonic nicknaming and catty remarks (hey it’s a “reality” show with lots of bitchery after all) ,you kept it cool, clean and professional. Are you in the fashion industry?

        • Annie Lure

          Thanks :-) I’m not in the fashion industry. I just happen to have an interest in fashion and garment construction.

    • Middleage_Cranky

      Karen reminds me of Joan Cusak. Now Drew Cusak.

      • zazzy

        Ha! So I’m not the only one that’s been seeing Joan Cusak. But I don’t see Drew. A comment on another site dubbed her Rumer Willis.

      • mhleta

        Yeah! I got Drew first, but now that you’ve mentioned Joan I won’t be able to unsee it.

    • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

      I honestly preferred Kate as a bitch. She’s so sickly sweet and anxious to please that I can’t stand it. Her little gimmicky choices were clever but they didn’t blend well into the outfit.

      Has anyone noticed that Karen’s clothes don’t fit at all? or is she creating a new look with large underarms that jet outward and hang down? The crotch of her pants were nowhere near the crotch area of her model. She needs to go.

      Miranda’s skirt looks weird. What’s with the seam down the front? Is this almost matched intentionally to have a unique effect? Or doesn’t she know she needs to match checks, plaids, and houndstooth.

      I thought that Helen’s dress resembled her dress from two weeks ago. The color were same. She thinks she’s a good designer. Why does she think this?

      • Michelle Wilson

        If Kate were less manipulative and more honest about her feelings I’d have a lot more respect for her. I like bitches. I don’t think Kate really has a clue yet that she’s not a sweet princess. In her desperation to not appear as bitchy as she really is she instead comes across as fake and manipulative.

        • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

          Where did that “princess” idea come from? Is it her gowns? In her first season they were doing a group or pairs challenge and Kate said in the confessional, “There is only room for one….(and that’s me).” I think that the winner has to think like that, but should not talk this way to teammates. But into the confessional, YES! She was sent home early. They owed it to her to take her back because when they did the prom dresses out of Duck Tape, they said to design a dress that a high school girl would really wear. Kate’s dress was cute, like a prom dress. It wasn’t edgy like Michelle’s or one of the others, but they hadn’t asked for edgy. I mean, edgy is always a good thing but their wording made the designers confused, and they all said so. I thought it was so wrong to send Kate home because her other designs had been good. I liked her last season. I’m not liking her now. She was much too generous to Helen when they worked together. But she wanted Helen and the others to like her. When the first person was sent home, Kate was the first designer to hug her. This hug looked contrived. It would be kind of like Michelle running up and hugging everybody.. That would be weird.

          • Michelle Wilson

            I believe Kate dubbed herself a princess last season, but perhaps it was her fellow contestants. She went so far as to wear a tiara to the reunion special so she certainly seems to enjoy the characterization.

    • adnama79

      On Rate the Runway, Alexander got 2.58 and Alexandria got 2.59. What is wrong w/ people?

    • Edward Thomas-Herrera

      I do not understand the pants in Karen’s outfit. At first, I thought they were overalls with the top half undone, and then I looked again and I thought that the model was pregnant or had some kind of messenger’s bag hanging from her waist… or maybe it’s a skirt OVER a pair of pants…

    • Astrid Bonnets

      I can’t get over how gorgeous Bradon’s model looked. Besides the outfit, her hair and make-up was fabulous.

      I think that Kate’s top was sad and fugly and I can’t believe this made top 3. When the designers stood there, I actually wondered for a moment if there was a top 2 and 4 low scores.

    • Lis Outland

      It’s painfully obvious there’s a new teacher’s pet and that we’ve got another Gretchen or Anya on our hands with Kate. They might as well just hand her the win and forget the rest of the episodes. Her outfit this week was really bland and did not deserve to be in the top 3 at all.

    • rtuko

      I really can’t with the judging this season. Bradon’s wasn’t all that interesting — when you get down to it, it’s just a shorts-suit with a halter top, and the suit looked like it was constructed out of carpet. On the other hand, everything else except Dom’s (which is a basic dress with a collar, but I give him points for excellent construction) and I liked Jeremy’s top, was utterly terrible.

      And I’m really surprised Sandro left so early and that they LET him…is there a rule that you can’t storm out? Or did he refuse to return? Who are the producers going to flog now to the top four because that specific person has only passable skill but lots of drama?

      • mhleta

        I think the fact that he was violent, destructive and assaulted a camera person was more the issue than the dramatic hissy fit. They really can’t have people assaulting the crew. That was the second time he went off script and pulled the curtain back. Not cool.

    • Erica Codey-Rucker

      Miss Posen was a little bit of a shit when he called out Sandro about his dress being derivative. I seem to recall one of Posen’s own designs looking an awful lot like something Edith Head did. So he needs to take a long hard look in the derivative mirror before he opens his maw.

    • blanca

      I wish there were great high fashion, drool-worthy pieces walking down the runway each week instead of this dull, matronly clothing . For the past few seasons the talent has been mediocre at best. I cant imagine after scouring the country that these contestants are the best they can find.

      • putacorkinit

        I agree. The talent over the last couple of seasons has been very generic. Where are the Christians, the Jeffrey Sebalias, the Kortos?

    • Roza

      If Heidi is such a BECKY, why are there still two black designers left? What is that thing stuffed down the front of Sandro’s trousers?

      • mhleta

        Yeah. I realized that too, after I went off on my PC white lady rant when Kahindo was booted. Oops.

    • Allen Robertson

      Zack ” Harpo” Posen pushed Sandro over the edge. After school special had the nerve to tell Sandro he was out of line for questioning the judges. Why does she think she should tell anyone what to do.? Just because she lucked into winning last week? She who is so insecure that one comment by Tim about her garment and she starts to melt down? She should keep her mouth shut and get a backbone. Sandro had anger issues but After School is a total basket case.

      Too much drama? Never. I was hoping Sandro and after school special would start wrestling on the floor.

    • mhleta

      Alexander’s model looks like she’s wearing the display table in the men’s department at Barney’s. Literally. Karen has been reminding me of an SNL parody of Drew Barrymore, but not at all endearing. The pants are so bad and weird and they’ve just got to be really uncomfortable, don’t you think? Helen’s only crime was that she didn’t find a good way to use the ties. I like her dress. For a girl with scissors in her neck, she’s very wimpy. Toughen up! The hair styling on all the models except Bradon’s and Dom’s was awful! What do they put in those styling products–Ether?!? They have to stop making this a show about mental instability. Every time they get rid do one nuthatch, the next one steps forward and happily assumes the role. Please, bitches, just make some clothes ans STFU already. Bradon’s model and his Cinderfella story line won him that challenge. His design was really good, but there were two others I liked better. But I like him a lot. He’s a lovely man.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

      LOL! The contestants have been disturbing Swatch too much with their running and drama.

    • mhleta

      And..I know I’m very late to this party and I may be just whistling in the dark to a deaf prostitute, but I finally watched the show last night and spent a good deal of my insomnia thinking about it. As much of a DICK as Sandro is, it occurs to me he has a point about needing feedback. The people who always end up in the middle have no clue what the judges are thinking. And they won’t know until they either finally fall out of the bottom or somehow blunder their way to the top. Why can’t the designers all get the judges notes after every challenge and a score to go with it? For example, the judges score them on design, construction and styling and give them a GPA. They could also tell the designer what order his or her design fell into. So if there are 9 designers left and a designer gets a 6 they know they were almost in the bottom. If they get a 4 they know they were almost in the top. When they get down to the top ten designers they each get to have some face-time with the judges, like a teacher review. If the show is truly about promoting good design in the fashion industry then the producers should want to see as many of the designers succeed as possible. Sandro wanted to win and he wanted some direction. Tim played Polonius to Sandro’s Laertes (ie “This above all, to thine own self, etc”) but it didn’t really help him to grow. Sandro needs to edit and Tim had the chance to tell him that. If Sandro chose not to hear him (and he would have, because he’s a total narcissist and a child) it would have been his decision.

      • calbear97

        I think this makes me a deaf prostitute? Anyway, I have always thought they don’t give a critique to the middle group because they are hoping they will push themselves next time to get in that group with stage time? Preferably (for the contestants) in the top 3, but pushing themselves might at least get them noticed, even if it’s in the bottom, and thus given a critique. Just a thought.

    • Nexli B

      Wow, thank you for sharing, I’m really glad to have read that. This just changed how I view her, I have to admit most of my opinion of her was based on her wearing half her uniform on the first episode.

    • zoreta

      Thank you for sharing this. I’m the daughter of a long line of military men who took their service very seriously (multiple-purple-hearts seriously), so the breach in uniform- and her reaction to stress overall- had struck a sour note with me. This clears up a lot.

    • Nixonesque

      Drag brows! Has anyone commented that he’s usuing the name of an 18th century satirical poet? And yet he possesses NONE of his namesake’s qualities, such as wit and taste.