Project Runway: Your emotions are like cat toys to us.

Posted on August 23, 2013

Oh, fashion people. You’re hilarious. “Don’t we look like we’re dressed for the outdoors?” Well, no, Heidi. You’re in 4-inch heels and Tim’s in a suit. Are you really that clueless?

Rhetorical question.

 

“Designers, product, product, product! I’m wearing camo! “Head of Activation,” whatever the fuck that is. Glamping! Nature!

Water!

um…

Trees…

something…

Uh…

BE INSPIRED! Carry on!”

 

*runs like hell back to the van*

 

Strangely enough, despite all the silliness and product placement, this little interlude actually benefited the show. It seems to have calmed down all the boiling resentments people were feeling and it really did seem to inspire several of the designers to break out a little.

 

We wonder if, everything else being the same (i.e., the types of people they cast, the types of challenges they come up with) the show wouldn’t benefit from regular “be inspired” interludes like this.

 

We don’t need zip-lines and marshmallow-roasting, but it clearly helps the designers to get out of the workroom for short periods of time and the NYC area has no shortage of things to be inspired by.

 

If they’re committed to shaking up the format (as they seem to be this season), then regular “inspiration interludes” might not be a bad idea. Get the “I Heart NY” campaign to underwrite some of this stuff and maybe we won’t have to be treated to embarrassing crap about yogurt and bottled water.

And speaking of shaking up the format…

 

We hate you, Project Runway. We hate you for forcing us to say what we’re about to say.

 

It seems more than obvious that Justin is a very nice guy who is clearly beloved by his competitors, possibly more so than we’re used to seeing on this show. Friendships (and even romantic relationships) have been formed in the Parson’s workroom over the years, but the raw emotion here was pretty distinct, even for a drama-fest like PR. His competitors weren’t being polite or condescending here; they truly adore the guy. That’s very sweet and that’s what sometimes provides the drama on a reality competition; watching likeable people losing.

 

We did not have one problem with Justin being auf’d. It’s rare for us to get upset over any aufs in the first half of the season because that’s one thing the show has done consistently. It effectively weeds out the non-competitors. Not that they’ve never made mistakes in that regard, but for the most part, their record is good.

Please note that “non-competitor” is being used here. Some of these people are loons and some are cannon fodder, but several good designers get sent home simply because they’re not cut out for reality TV competitions. Maybe they can’t handle the time constraints or maybe they can’t handle the emotional toll of ’round-the-clock sewing in a room full of assholes or maybe they hate being on camera. Justin, to our way of thinking, has almost always been part of this group of people; the ones not likely to make it into the finals or even the second half of the competition. He’s never produced anything noteworthy. In fact, his output is characterized only by how generic and unambitious it’s been. He’s never been in the top 3, has already been in the bottom, and produced a really crappy design this week. His auf’ing at this point in the competition made perfect sense.

 

So of course Tim uses his one “save” of the season to keep him in the competition. But not because Justin’s such a nice guy, Tim assures us! Of course not. It’s because he’s a nice deaf guy, Tim.

There. We said it. And yes, we hate you, Project Runway, for making us say it. This is a level of base emotional manipulation that leaves us a little queasy, mostly because it’s so heavily tinged with enormous condescension, both for the audience and for people with disabilities or physical challenges.

We will leave it there. We’re not exactly foaming at the mouth with outrage, but we find it all extremely eyeroll-worthy. Way to ruin an interesting new feature the first time out, Tim. What happens when someone who’s shown consistent promise, like Bradon, Dom, or Jeremy stumbles? What happens when a designer with a more interesting point of view, like Alexandria or even Helen has a(nother) bad week? Oh well, designers. You’re SOL. Tim decided that nice people with heartwarming backstories deserve more chances than talented ones in this competition.

Which tells you everything you need to know about the nature of this “competition.”

 

Alexandria

So congrats, Alexandria! Tom called it back in the workroom but Lorenzo held out hope he was wrong: the judges go apeshit for this kind of stuff. It’s the very definition of “editorial.” They’re also the most interesting garments we’ve seen all season. The drop crotch pants are cray, but that top is gorgeous and interesting. It’s a deserved win.

 

Justin

And this was a more-than deserved auf. It’s possible Tim felt guilty that he didn’t discourage Justin from that godawful plastic lace idea (as well he should) but even that’s not a good enough reason to keep him in. Is the “save” to correct the judges’ mistake or to correct Tim’s? Either way, it should be reserved for someone who’s shown the promise to go all the way in the competition and Justin clearly never has.

Besides, the plastic lace is not the only problem here. It’s just the most obvious one. The bodice is ugly, the skirt is drab, and there’s nothing modern or chic about the look.

 

Jeremy

This is a gorgeous gown which would probably get a lot of press if it walked down a fashion week runway and would probably sell very well in high-end department stores. This statement is both an argument for why it should have won and an argument for why it shouldn’t have. Beautiful, but unchallenging.

And speaking of manipulation, we’re ready to call it on Gay Daddy: he is a PLAYAH. Between the dead gran-who’s-not-my-gran, the constant references to his children, and the love letter to his partner, Jeremy’s demonstrating some rather scarily effective ways to emotionally manipulate the judges. What’s most interesting about this is that he doesn’t appear to be trying to do it to anyone else. He’s more than happy to be bitchy (with a twinkle in his eye) when discussing the other designers and their work. It’ll be interesting to see if any of his competitors call him on the blatantly weepy stuff he pulls on the runway.

 

Alexander

It took us a minute to come around on this one, but we wound up agreeing with the judges. This was surprisingly gorgeous. We go back and forth on the leather train. Tom thinks it’s too heavy but Lorenzo thinks it’s a great idea.

 

 

Karen

Awful. The “bladder issue” dress.  This one really is cannon fodder. Time for Drew Barryless to go.

It’s not as bad as Justin’s though. This is at least vaguely wearable and not hideous.

 

Ken

Tacky-ass fabric. There was no saving this look once he picked it. It’s only a matter of time before he gets the “taste issues” crit.

 

Dom

We thought this was gorgeous and interesting. We were surprised to see it waved through without comment.

 

Helen

Everything Afterschool Special makes is depression in dress form. Having said that, the skirt is really interesting. It’s one in a line of interesting but problematic or depressing looks from her. She might turn this around if the judges would coach her a little.

 

Kate

We don’t even know.

God, the shoes this season are embarrassing.

 

Bradon

The only thing that kept him from the bottom was his past performance. This is why it’s always a good idea to come out of the gate strong in the beginning of the competition because the judges’ residual love for you will get you over the humps.

We’re starting to think Bradon might be a little bit of an emotional manipulator as well. The proposal was just odd the more we think of it, and last night when he signed “We love you” to Justin, it just came off way too self-consciously precious to us.

Yes, we’re cynical bitches. We’ve been at this a long time.

 

 

Miranda

The top half is weird  – and we don’t even love the bottom half or anything – but at least Diana Prince broke out of her rut a bit and produced something different.

 

 

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

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

    Alexandria: I don’t want to be sucked into that toilet of craziness.
    And yet that’s what happened to all us viewers. It’s the new motto of the show.

    Helen was inspired by a moth dying in the bathroom sink. Ugh. Please leave already.

    • http://instagram.com/gioioio gioioio

      Alexandria was in fashion-ninja mode this episode. This show is turning more into a cartoon version of itself every season.

    • Eric Stott

      The technique was interesting – in a nicer fabric Helen’s dress could have been ethereal. As it is it would be a dandy Mummy costume

      • VivianAdvanced

        Helen’s dress was like those cat-shredded things Christopher made over and over again a couple of seasons ago. She needs to go soon.

        • BeccaGo

          That’s exactly what I said about it. It’s a slightly earthier-colored version of his Lord & Taylor collection dress.

  • joancarol

    This save reminded me of when our 17 year old dog went missing in our woods for 2 days. We figured a coyote got her and cried and cried until we were spent. Then a neighbor called and found and said she found her stuck in a pricker bush. As happy as I was to have gotten her back, I was a little annoyed that someday we would have to mourn her again.

    • Me Again

      Clearly it was not a “Tim Gunn Save.” It was a “Lifetime Producers Save,” with Tim Gunn as their mouthpiece and attempt to lend some credibility to the blatant emotional manipulation. Unfortunately, it was SO blatant that it was easy to see through. I’m surprised “Nice Deaf Guy Gets a Second Chance” wasn’t the name of the episode.

      • CT14

        Totally a producers’ save.

        • Carrieanno

          Would love to know what Tim actually deep down truthfully hand-held-to-the-fire thought about the save. If he wasn’t all-out on board with it, he deserves an Oscar for his performance.

        • Rhonda Shore

          really emotionally manipulative, but even I found my tears welling up before the save…but then again, i used to find those AT&T commercials where someone calls their grandmother quite touching…

          • NYCGlamourpuss

            See, but that’s another problem I have with it too. I’m a crier – I weep over the most innocuous things that would never make anyone else weep up. And last night, I remained dry-eyed. I actually *rolled* my eyes, to be honest. If I had cried, you could shrug your shoulders and say, “Well, yeah, but she cries over everything.” But the fact that I *didn’t* cry means they’ve officially run out of reindeer games for this show.

          • VivianAdvanced

            I knew Tim was going to bust out the save the minute I saw his nose get red and he started dabbing his eyes. At first, I thought Justin had a clever idea with the glue lace, but he didn’t take it far enough or have a good enough design to use it with. I didn’t think his was the worst, even though it was the most unsightly. He did try something different other than making a tent dress. He didn’t deserve to go for that reason. But he didn’t deserve the save either, and I kept wondering if Tim (or Lifetime) would have saved the save if Justin hadn’t been deaf. It is awful to think that way, but I agree that it is condescending and doesn’t really benefit Justin at all.

          • Pterodactyl111

            At first I thought the plastic lace was going to be really neat, but unfortunately it turned into … that. Bummer.

          • largishbearishAtlish

            have to agree, it was a better ‘idea’ than the pregnancy dress/tent dress embarrassment. (a close 2nd for auf’ing)

          • largishbearishAtlish

            I was thinking “I wonder if Tim will save him?” then, when he pulled out his perfectly ironed hanky, wiped his eye, I knew it was coming. I turned off the t.v. and went “oh crap..was it worth it? (I had hopes for his dress but coming down the runway? ugh… looked like 6 pack beer straps…ugh

          • Guest

            You forgot the doctype, “”

      • RebeccaKW

        I didn’t watch, but knowing what I do about the show, it would not surprise me at all if the producers decided to auf this guy so that Tim could save him.

      • KateShouldBeWorking

        We all saw that shit coming a mile away. I was honestly surprised it happened now and not later.

      • Topaz

        I also found the editing of the judges’ criticism super condescending. I’m sure the judges try to find something nice and constructive to say about all the designs, after whipping out their mean bon mots for the benefit of the final cut, but obviously for the deaf guy the editors had to make sure we saw them grope around for something complementary about it, because you CAN’T be mean to a guy who can’t hear. How can a guy who can’t hear possibly deal with harsh criticism in the same way hearing people can? That would be physically impossible. Everyone knows the source of a person’s emotional resilience is their fully functioning ears. (Though I guess they also had to try and find something to justify that redonk save.)

        Right now I just feel meh about it. I give him two more episodes, tops. But if someone like Bradon or Alexandria or Dom gets ditched early and the saves are used up I am going to be mad.

        • Lauren Lynch Fox

          I felt the same way about the editing of the Judges. Notice how we saw the sign language interpreter who had to sign “your out” and the rest of them sitting there like stones when he was tearing up. You just knew something was going to happen. It really was the worst dress this week. over the years, lots of talented designers had been sent home for taking a chance that did not work. Tim’s “save” felt almost dirty. Oh, yeah, I did cry which just made it worse.

        • mhleta

          I don’t know. I think telling someone their dress looks like a foaming vagina is fairly brutal, no?

          • Topaz

            Yes it was. I don’t know, I really hated the dress, so maybe it’s just that I can’t understand why they weren’t unremittingly critical – as they usually are with dresses they don’t like. Maybe they genuinely did think it would have been okay without the gluelace on it, but I find that hard to believe. Which makes me think they felt uncomfortable being ha-ha-we’re-such-bitches with the disabled guy.

            Having said that, I’d also never wear a dress that contained a love letter between some designer and his husband I’d never met. British what’s-his-name ain’t no Byron, but the judges lapped that story right up too.

          • pottymouth_princess

            Nice idea, but what the fuck did it have to do with camping/nature?

          • pottymouth_princess

            I wondered if there were signs for “foaming vagina” in ASL.

    • ransue

      What the hell kind of bush is that?!

  • OrigamiRose

    Oops – you mean Bradon signed “I love you” to Justin. (Don’t worry, most everyone in the Lounge still can’t keep their names straight either *smile*)

    • lilyvonschtupp

      I wanted to slap him silly.

  • bingo

    I feel awful for Bradon’s model–wasn’t she the one with sparkle-unicorn? No makeup, etc. And then she was with the other Milwaukee crazy who put her in hideousness. And then she showed up for the fitting and was hit with “I don’t have anything for you to try on”. Ye gods. Poor woman.

    • OrigamiRose

      I wish they would explain the shuffling of the models. Why didn’t Ya stay with Bradon? Instead of trying to sell me Yoplait and mineral water, maybe they could spend a minute or two explaining what’s happened with the model assignments these days.

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

        I’d like to know where they camped as well. The show’s been doing less and less explaining of what’s going on, dedicating that time to product placement instead, I guess.

        • Danielle

          It looked like the Kitatinny Canoes campground on the Delaware River, between NY & PA. I thought I saw their logo on one of the rafts.

        • Jackie4g

          No one was willing to pay for the product placement, or in this case, campground advertisement. That’s why they never mentioned the location. It’s always about the sponsors with this season’s show.

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

            I think you mean “glampground” advertisement. Ugh. All that talk about glamping put me in mind of Tyra Banks and smizing, which is to say it made me want to throw something.

          • H3ff

            Whenever someone said “glamping” I wanted to hurt someone.

        • stayl

          I thought it was Gilligan’s Island.

      • Carrieanno

        I miss the model shuffle/model steal most of all. At least when that caused any discord or drama among the contestants it was relevant to the actual competition.

        • FashionFollower.com

          I was just lamenting about this with a fellow PR watcher. And all the barefoot models on the stage in black slip dresses. Miss those days *tear*.

          • mhleta

            There was something of a slave auction in it that didn’t quite sit well with me, but if that’s really how it’s done, then we should see it.

        • Angela_the_Librarian

          And it gave rise to one of the best PR quotes ever: “It’s a Mother F’in Walk Off” – Daniel Vosovic

          • H3ff

            Definitely one of the best PR moments of all time (although so long ago now).

        • Heather W

          One of my “most memorable episodes” of Season 1 is the one where Jay fought hard for Morgan and then she SCREWED him in the wedding dress challenge. That was total fashion drama, none of this weak “unicorn and a greeting card” stuff.

      • Yuju Ti

        They must shuffle models, or the judges would be able to tell who made what by looking at the models on the runway. Since it is the rule they explained before, I think that’s why they just did it without showing us the detail.

        • MoHub

          Oh, the models are definitely being shuffled; we’re just not getting to see it any more. Which brings up another issue: If Heidi is there during model selection, how can she not know whose garment is whose on the runway?

          • Therese Bohn

            Heidi knows everything– it’s just another lie.

        • bingo

          that part of this season strikes me as odd–with all the whispers of “that looks beautiful” and bright eyed splendor at watching one’s own genius trot down the runway, how could the judges *not* know who each garment belonged to?

          • Yuju Ti

            Maybe it doesn’t seem so obvious in the real time? We audience at home get to see all the close ups of the contestants whispering to each other, but the judges have to focus on the models on the runway or they can’t grade the garments. So I guess the judges may not have time to look over the other side of runway and read the contestants’ behavior.

          • Therese Bohn

            Exactly!!!! That drives me crazy! If contestants were sworn to silence during the runway show, only then would the judges not know what garment belongs to who. But no, all the designers audibly gush over their own stuff while their seatmates audibly congratulate them. (in stage whispers, no less)

          • Lanus

            I think it was noted early on that there is a rehearsal walk with no judges, and that’s where the designer comments get taped. Then the real runway walk, and they voiceover/TH their impressions of Nina’s expressions, but don’t actually speak while the judges are there.

          • Brandon Stream

            Well, the whole “judges not knowing who the garment belongs to” is BS anyway because they say they don’t know when they judge but they “find out” before actually eliminating people…sure they claim the decision was made before but that’s not necessarily true. It’s also not necessarily true that they don’t know from the beginning. I mean, the disclaimer in the ending credits of Project Runway continues to say “the judges took into consideration Bravo executives’ opinions when making their judgment” or whatever.

      • Orange Girl

        Agreed. They have really downplayed the roles of the models. Does Heidi even mention they are also in competition anymore?

        • Brandon Stream

          Well, it’s Project Runway, not America’s Next Top Model. I personally thought it was stupid how much they talked about the models before.

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

      What did that model to do offend the gods, or the fates, or some witch who cursed her?

      • bingo

        she did not offer the cakes and ales at Lughnasadh, obviously.

    • MoHub

      That’s Nastassia. She was with Sustainicorn (sans makeup or hairstyling) and then was with Helen, not Miranda. Last night was Bradon’s turn to embarrass her.

      • Frank_821

        at least she’s getting more camera time than the other models. poor thing

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

          It’s not exactly the right kind of camera time. But when during other modeling jobs, if she’s asked for a sad face, all she’ll have to do is remember her time at PR.

      • bingo

        ah, correct. thanks! I just recall feeling great sympathy for her on numerous occasions this season.

  • Joe J

    And watch, next week Justin will be gifted a win, or at least a high score placement, for yet another unremarkable look just as a face-saving measure by the show.

    • Stubenville

      And be bounced off one or two episodes later, no doubt.

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        Yup to both of you. We’ve been watching this show long enough to know how it works.

  • ccinnc

    I want Alexander’s dress in my closet RIGHT NOW (though I do go back and forth about the leather train). Then Jeremy’s, then Dom’s.

    Even my son predicted Tim would use the reverse-auf on Justin.

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

      That’s a fabulous dress. I could have done without the leather train, but it did make it stand out. I also loved Jeremy’s and Dom’s dresses. I even liked Karen’s. I agree with the criticism, but I have a thing for billowy dresses.

      There was some really good stuff on the runway this week. I think this is the first time I’ve been able to say that about the designs we’ve seen this season, although it could just be a memory lapse on my part.

      • ccinnc

        I think you are right.

      • Eric Stott

        The leather train helped to give the bottom of the gown some stability – without it that would have just been a mermaid dress & they are usually quite tacky. I think that a lack of time forced him to simplify and subdue his design, and I hope he learns something from it. Then again, I do NOT want to see a whole grove of trees as a finale collection!

        • Sarah

          That train bothered me not for its nature, but for the way it was tacked on. It could have and should have been done better. I also have dubious thoughts about Alexander, in that I’m pretty sure he could’ve easily done the same treatment to a different fabric and thought it looked as good. I think it only worked out because he was “inspired by nature” and went with the forest green.

      • Topaz

        I think they just had more time to really sit and think through what they wanted to make, because of their day off. Though that makes the really bad designs even more inexcusable.

  • MartyBellerMask

    That winning look is pure “Oops! I Crapped My Pants”

    • Rhonda Shore

      The baby boomers/me-generation will need more fashionable Depends, after all…

  • Stubenville

    I keep seeing old “mummy” movies (bandages, not British mother) when I look at Kate’s snoozefest.

    • MoHub

      Kate’s? I get that from Helen’s, but Kate’s is more like a big fabric marshmallow.

      • Stubenville

        Oops – you’re right, it was Helen’s. .

      • BeccaGo

        She was inspired by the s’mores. :D

  • adnama79

    I thought Karen should have gone home over Justin, but agree re the Tim Gunn save. It needs to be there for Dom, Alexandria or after school special. Justin will go home before the top 5. The only quibbles at this point are the order in which Karen, Justin, Miranda and Ken go home.

    • CT14

      It needs to be saved for Dom. She is consistently impressive and consistently ignored.

      • MoHub

        I’m hoping she’ll never need it considering the quality of her output. She should go straight to the finale without ever being in the bottom group.

      • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

        Dom’s designs are looking a bit alike to me. They’re all tight-fitting, which requires skill. And then she does something unique with the top. I’d like to see her go into another direction.

        • epenthesis

          The Coney Island dress sure didn’t fall into that mold.

          • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

            I had to go back and look. I don’t dislike Dom. I see a talent; Alexandria teaches children to design and sew, and I thought that their Coney Island look was probably influenced more by Alexandria. That was just my guess. Dom may have what it takes to be a finalist. She is certainly skilled at putting garments together.

          • Jennifer Manning

            Dom for the whole enchilada!! Love her outfits, love her sweet personality, love her cute giggle and love the lack of drama from her (so far, at least).

            I am assuming/hoping that the lack of face time for her so far just means we’ll be seeing her on the show for a long time. . . .

          • GillianHolroyd

            Definitely Alexandria. If you look at her website, it’s right there.

          • Samuel Joesph Donovan

            Agreed–it wasn’t Dom’s design, it was Alex’s. I like Dom’s aesthetic, but she does seem to be falling into somewhat of a rut from a silhouette perspective.

      • Jackie4g

        I agree with your assessment and think Dom is going to survive the nonsense and come in 2nd place in the overall competition. She could be first place, but the people of color never seem to get the financial backing after their season that the Caucasian winners get. I would love to be wrong about that.

        • Munchkn

          Has a person of color won since Chloe Dao in Season 2? They’ve been finalists, sure, but they haven’t won the whole shebang in years.

          • Jackie4g

            Anya. She of the floaty, deep vee necklines and limited sewing skills. Never understood that win at all.

          • Eric Stott

            If you count the All Stars seasons, there’s Mondo.

          • Munchkn

            Well, he should have won his real season (8, IIRC) and not Wretchen.

          • Munchkn

            Oh, how could I forget Anya?

    • Samuel Joesph Donovan

      I’m guessing the rest of the season will look like this: Karen, Miranda, Justin, Ken, Helen, Jeremy, with Dom/Bradon facing off against either Alexandria or Kate in the top three.

    • Carrps

      Yes. Yes. Yes. I felt exactly the same as T&L about this episode. The save should have been kept for a designer who’s a contender but stumbles on one of the challenges. Justin seems like a super nice guy, but I can barely remember anything he’s done, and everything I do remember was dull, uninspired, ill-fitting and dated.

    • Therese Bohn

      I agree completely — but Karen is the producers sweetheart, even when she produces pregnant marshmallows.

  • adnama79

    Justin should have used real lace instead of Pinterest lace.

    • valerie saenz

      Pinterest lace …. LOL

    • kirkyo

      Nailed it ;)

    • StellaZafella

      I thought he was originally going to use it underneath as a sort of webbing to hold the bodice sections together and I was on board. But when he stuck it all over the outside it went to Craftyland, never to return.

      • Sarah

        Yeah, it didn’t look absolutely awful when it was in its nascent stages in the workroom – as a trim it could’ve worked, possibly on a different fabric (the bodice fabric wasn’t a good choice either) but it was like a train wreck to watch it get worse and worse!

        • Therese Bohn

          Yeah, initially I really liked the swirly glue and thought it would make an interesting (if subtle) lattice or bodice enhancement. It really could have wowed, but it was just used too sloppily. If he had used it sparingly in an unconventional fabric contest, it might have received praise. And yes, I wonder if he was translated the ‘foaming vagina’ comment.

          • Sarah

            The Challenges of Sign Language Interpreters! Haha

  • Angela_the_Librarian

    I was attending to the yucky task of cleaning up dog puke so I missed the weepy workroom scene and Tim’s justification for saving Justin. I agree that, while he seems to be a really nice, level-headed guy, that he deserved to be eliminated last night. I actually think the hot glue lace thing would be cool, just in really small doses. If he would have just kept it as a shoulder treatment it would have provided some interest and he probably would have been safe.

    Dom and Alexander were my favorites last night. Alexander’s was the prettiest and Dom’s was the most interesting. Without the handwritten panels Jeremy’s looked like a pretty basic prom dress circa 1998. It should have been in the safe group, not in the top. My first impression of Karen’s dress is that it looked like the dress seagulls made for Ariel when she first emerged from the ocean in the Little Mermaid (using belts, ropes, and sail cloth). Not good for a high end look.

    • ohayayay

      I was thinking it looks like a dress which appeared on Xena, warrior princess. Perhaps one of Gabriella’s hot warrior pregnancy muumuus?

    • Therese Bohn

      Ariel! Yes! (and yellow looked like it had been lived it for a long time (and in a very bad way)!

      Hope your doggie is better.

  • kirkyo

    I felt a bit manipulated (I cried) but I’m ok with it.

  • Carrie

    I honestly thought Ken or Karen should go. Justin was fug but he made an effort, but Karens was dull maternity wear with a belt for shoulders and Ken’s heavy and dull.

    I’m never a huge fan of manipulations in judging so I don’t mind it being gone and it was refreshing hearing other competitors being all “good call” without sarcasm or bitterness.

    • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

      Each of the competitors got burnt by the SAVE because their number didn’t go down. Same amount of people left. Alexandria got some well-needed and well-deserved props, and she can’t be eliminated next time. But the other designers had to secretly feel some disappointment since they got no closer to the finish line.

      Karen could have been eliminated closer to the beginning, IMO.

      • Johnny West

        This is my problem with the “save” in general. They should drag the other two on bottom (two bottoms?) back out on that stage and AUF one of them, IMMEDIATELY!!!

        Why keep the same number, it only adds another week of this madness!

        Unless of course, perhaps TWO heads will roll in a future episode. That would be sweet!

        • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

          You’re right. Wouldn’t the show have been dramatic if they brought back Ken and Karen to the runway and eliminated both of them? It’s only a matter of time. I’d wanted so much for Ken at the beginning of the show when he said he’d been homeless several times. I’d hoped he’d do well. Ken’s his own worst enemy until he gets the chip off his shoulder.

          • Therese Bohn

            Bringing Karen and Ken back to be eliminated after Justin’s save would have been poetic justice. (and a big relief for the rest of us)

    • Denise Alden

      Yeah, I was surprised, too, because the judges/producers seem to default to “at least it was interesting,” and both Karen and Ken’s looks were boring (as Nina spelled out). Plus, I hate Ken.

  • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

    The only reason I would have auffed Karen over Justin, is that thre wasn’t even the germ of an idea, or any technique to speak of. Justin’s regardless of how much of an over played mess it was, expressed an idea, and used an interesting technique, albeit badly.

    • Stubenville

      Agreed; usually interesting, no matter how badly executed, will trump boring.

      • CT14

        It might not have been so bad if it had been used less, like Justin intended, but once it started tearing, he had to glop it up to get it to stay on his model.

        Interesting idea. Karen should have gone home.

        • Carrps

          As I said above, Karen’s problem was that she kept getting clumped in with the middle group, when she should have been in the bottom for at least the first three challenges (and eliminated during one of them). She thought she was doing great, but she’s just AWful. Drew Barryless, indeed.

      • 3boysful

        Agree with you and Kiltd. Karen’s was ye old supersized bath towel.

        I was afraid Bradon was going, and that’s where Tim would use the save. Bradon had an interesting thing going on the embroidered fabric, but ye Gods, the various color chiffons he used were outright atrocious.

        • Stubenville

          With tea pee stains.

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      Right. Justin’s gown was bad, but it wasn’t the most horrible thing up there last night. Karen deserved every bit of the smackdown that she got from Nina last night.

      • piperkitty

        Karen? There is someone named Karen among the contestants?

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

      I swear Karen’s dress was actually done in a previous season, but not trashed by the judges back then.

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        And her effort wasn’t even remotely editorial, which was a stated criteria for the competition. Justin’s piece, at least began to head in that direction.

      • Slade Thunderdragon

        It was Michael Costello’s statue of liberty dress. It won the challenge didn’t it? The only difference between his and hers was that his was a tube with an up-to-the-thigh slit, and hers was just a tube.

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

          Also one of Josh McKinley’s finale dresses. The one with his patented “Josh Strap” he liked to use as a neck treatment is what I was recalling. I am sure there are other PR dresses that are similar to Karen’s, since it’s nothing much.

    • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

      Every week I’m surprised that Karen remains. The judges seem to forget that none of her garments fit.

    • newsieneighbor

      I think she had a potentially good idea — iliuminated tent — and she did a nice ombre effect on the fabric — but she let the leather harness thing do all the heavy lifting — and that dress was heavy and literal — honestly, I thought the Payless booties were going to nail that sucker shut. But Justin’s was really really ugly. (not as ugly as Bradon’s, of course). But super ugly!

    • Call me Bee

      Exsaaaaaaaaaatly. In the past the judges have always aufed boring over crazy. It’s been one of the few consistencies over the years. When Nina said Ken’s dress was b-o-r-i-n-g, I thought he’d be the goner.
      When they aufed Justin for his crazy look, I knew that instant that Tim would use his save for Justin and we were being manipulated by the producers.
      That made me angry. It is a really cheap shot.

  • SugarSnap108

    I love Dom’s. Cleopatra for 2013. I do like the top half of the winning look, though.

    Once again, so glad I’m not watching and just getting TLo’s take. I far, far prefer fashion and snark to emotional manipulation.

    • Laylalola

      I believe Dom is my favorite designer this season. Consistently great stuff but she never gets the win.

      • Eric Stott

        she’s a nice girl stuck in Project Bitchfest

        • lilyvonschtupp

          I guarantee the slightest error will get Dom kicked off.

  • Stubenville

    As aggravating as it is, the lack of structure in the challenges “make something inspired by whatever” primes the judging process so the producers can manipulate it to almost any outcome. Ken’s green and red mess could have been praised to the moon for being evocative of moss if that’s what the producers wanted.

    • Louise Bryan

      rainbow chest tumor

      • StellaZafella

        I like this game! how ’bout: Camo Tape Worm?

    • ccinnc

      Who said it looked like a frog was squashed and bloody? Zac? Loved it.

      • kirkyo

        What I heard was “frog queen”.

        • Terri Flynn McGinty

          He said both.

    • Fanny_Trollope

      It was like upholstery fabric. I think my mother had that couch in 1967.

    • Qitkat

      I guess your explanation is as good as any, but I’d much rather see challenges with strictures so that the designers have to dig inside themselves to become more creative. Cooking competition shows do the same thing when producers are tired of coming up with original ideas. This vague product placement bag of tricks, and alternate locations doesn’t mean anything anymore. At least the car parts challenge once upon a time produced not one but two fabulous seat belt garments; and location challenges in the past had more relevance to the actual outcome (museums, flower gardens, streets of NYC).

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

    This isn’t Project Nice Guy. That save was an emotional reaction. We’ve always known Tim was a sweetheart, but I would have hoped the save would have been used with more sense than that.

    Can I just say, Nina was giving me shades of Maude Lebowski “The word itself makes some men uncomfortable. Vagina.”

    • SugarSnap108

      Could’ve been Tim’s emotional reaction, or an engineered Lifetime Moment.

      • MoHub

        Precisely. I’ve felt that Tim’s save was destined for Justin from the time Justin was cast, and production dictated both the auf and the save.

        • BeccaGo

          You totally called it. And it was condescending.

      • CT14

        I totally felt Tim’s save was scripted from the producers and not I etching Tim freely used.

        If thy let early seasons Tim Gunn really have the power of a save, that would be cool, but there’s no way the Real World producers would allow that.

        • leftcoastpickle

          I feel like Tim was probably relieved to have a chance to use up his ill gotten power and not have to worry about it. He saved the sentimental favourite, now he can relax and let the judges get on with their bs.

    • Carrps

      Oh, man. Now I’ll have that image in head every time I see Nina!

  • Eva_baby

    Right about now 132lb scrotum guy is eyeballing Alexandria’s shorts and saying “Where were you when i needed you?”

    • Bexxx

      Possibly the funniest comment I have ever seen.

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      You? Are awesome!

  • Angela Langdale

    I think Alexandria’s pieces only look good because her model has the physique of a basketball player on stilts! If you put those, what did Zac Posen say? Droopy-drawers, poopy-pants, whatever, on a normal woman, they would be hideous. (Looks like something Madonna might wear *snort*) Now, Jeremy may be emotionally manipulative, but I think his beautiful dress should have won! (and I’m totally gonna copy that handpainted calligraphy idea!)

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

      Zac did say “poopy pants.” And with his voice, it just sounded too precious. I had to giggle.

  • AC Simons

    I’m still laughing about Nina’s comment that Justin’s lace placement looked like a “foaming vagina.” That “lace” was tragic, and the dress was awful. I was a little bummed that Tim used his save for a nice guy, but not a very inspiring designer.

    • Angela_the_Librarian

      They used several gross descriptions last night, “foaming vagina”, “poop pants,” and were they the ones that described Karen’s dress as “urine soaked” (or was that first mentioned in The Lounge?)? It must have been related to the theme of getting back to nature

      • Eric Stott

        She was inspired by the tent, and someone in The Lounge said it was as if she’d gotten out in the dark to pee and hit the side of the tent.

        • BeccaGo

          That was me! I’m a dirty girl. :D

          • Eric Stott

            Dirty Girl, J’adore!

    • http://instagram.com/gioioio gioioio

      That comment was written for Michael Kors, it was Nina’s turn to play him this week.

  • http://instagram.com/gioioio gioioio

    If the producers insist on feeding the judges lines like “foaming vagina” they’re going to have to get Michael Kors back for the delivery to be remotely believable. They don’t mention him at all this season, not even as one of the quoted designers on the workroom walls.

    Did he do something that we’re not privy to? Maybe if he had donated the accessory the wall the shoes wouldn’t suck so hard.

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

      Now there’s an idea! The Michael Kors wall! Why not? He was such a fixture of the show, and people still quote him. It would still give him exposure on a weekly basis and he would even have to do any work for it.

      • decormaven

        And there would be some decent accessories, instead of the dreck we’re seeing now.

    • alyce1213
      • Jackie4g

        Thank you so much. Did nothing but laugh for 5 minutes straight. I miss The Duchess.

      • lilyvonschtupp

        Gawd I miss the Duchess, even if I didn’t agree with him half of the time.

        “HELLO!!!! SLUTTY, SLUTTY, SLUTTY!!!!”

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

          I enjoy the high-pitched sigh of despair.

        • alyce1213

          OMG his opinions could be so infuriating, but his way of expressing them is priceless, absolutely hysterical.

      • http://instagram.com/gioioio gioioio

        Thank you! I miss my Duchess. I have been, for years, working on a Michael Kors magnetic poetry kit.

        • alyce1213

          That’s a really great idea.

  • BrooklynBomber

    Was I seeing things, or did Tim’s suit have cargo pants?

    • MoHub

      Yes. Yes it did.

  • Bexxx

    Drew Barryless. That is art.

  • http://magnetgirl.tumblr.com Anika

    I like Alexandria’s because it wasn’t such a literal translation of the challenge…it stood out amongst the parade of tree dresses, water dresses and the dead bug dress. Though, I liked the dead bug dress.

    • Frank_821

      yes the fact she did something editorial that wasn’t a gown helped her. Everyone else defaulted to gown when the word high fashion was stipulated

  • BrooklynBomber

    This is hardly the first time Tim has given wrong advice. It’s happened many times — no one’s infallible. How was Justin’s audition portfolio? (Are the audition portfolios posted anywhere? I couldn’t find them.)

    • Frank_821

      they are on the LIfetime website

      • BrooklynBomber

        Thanks. I looked but couldn’t find them. Will dig around again later.

    • Eric Stott

      Tim has given some spectacularly bad advice in the past – sometimes it’s that he sees things differently than the judges, but sometimes he’s just wrong.

    • Meredith_P

      It was absolutely fabulous. Really stunning stuff. I think that he’s just not cut out for the PR time constraints.

  • Frank_821

    TLO

    I’m glad you summed up the Justin issue so nicely. He actually does have an interesting point of view in his portfolio. He’s just not a good contestant. He admitted himself he’s been playing it safe. The truth is many of the people this season have great work in their resume. They just fail when it comes to doing well on the show.

    I think Sue is a perfect example of this. Her interview with BPR shows she does beautiful work and has been successful. However she really had no clue what she needed to do to prepare for the show. Too bad because she probably would have had a terrific runway-even as a decoy

  • BuffaloBarbara

    No time before work for a long comment, but yes — the regular inspiration interludes would be great. It’s good for the designers, and it felt good to me to see a different place (not another cityscape). It’s a little bit of a recharge. It’s really not surprising that it helped. That environment has to be constantly tiring.

    • wontons

      Sometimes I wonder whether the makers of reality shows understand that some viewers don’t see “drama” as workroom fights and oversalted confessionals; we see “drama” as human interaction. Getting to see the designers as people, relaxing in a pretty place, was a respite for us as well as them.

      I’m fine with shows that emphasize craft over characters (I still watch Law & Order reruns), but if they want to give us people, at least they shouldn’t give us people at their worst.

  • Stubenville

    Have I been mispronouncing “chambray” all these years or did Princess Zac make the most affected pronunciation ever ?

    • veriance

      I was wondering the same thing. Maybe he attended the Giada DeLaurentis school of diction?

      • MoHub

        So it’s not just me. I’ve always pronounced it sham-bray, but I’d sweat Zac went with shom-bray.

        • Stubenville

          It must be like that old joke; “What’s the difference between a vase and a vaaahse? About five hundred bucks.”

    • Jackie4g

      I’ve heard both “shom” and “sham” for chambray. It’s an eeeether I-ther. How do you pronounce it?

      • Stubenville

        I say “sham-bray”, but I’m not a boy wonder designer on a TV show. I generally don’t make affected pronunciations either.

  • dschubba

    Jeremy’s is what I imagine Taylor Swift’s liner notes look like.

    • Samuel Joesph Donovan

      IT IS!!!!!

  • Jacquelyn

    Thank you for saying it T Lo because I was a little afraid to. There was no reason for Justin to be saved. He is a really sweet guy and a “first” for PR but his garments are totally unremarkable and if he had come into PR fully hearing, he’d have been out this week without another thought. My biggest fear now is that at some point they will Auf Bradon or Dom, who are actually really interesting designers, and Tim can’t save them because the producers so clearly told Tim he had to use it this week to give the audience a good ol’ emotional wallop.

    Also, if I have to see one more product placement….

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

      I’m wondering if there’s been a rep from one of PR’s advertisers in every episode this season, or if it just seems like it. This one was really tenuous: “We sell water!” “You’ll be glamping next to water!” Bah!

  • SewingSiren

    1 The winner. Alexandria- I like the jacket , but I don’t think it goes with the diaper. The bottom would look a whole lot better in some rustic plaid. I wonder why she picked white.
    2. The loser. Yep an obvious auf if I ever saw one. And an sappy scripted save too. It would have been way better if all the crying and handkerchief in the green room had been a fart.
    3. I loved the idea of Jeremy’s gown. It looks kind of 90′s to me though. I think there was a designer named Sylvia Haskell that did bias cut slip dresses with words written on them.This dress reminds me of that in a good way.
    4. I liked the trees at midnight. The leather on the train should have been cut out to resemble the tree silhouettes then it wouldn’t look so heavy, On the other hand the leather makes a practical train (if there is such a thing).
    5. Harness tent dress. Talk about literal. Although not as heinous as the judges made it out to be. Second worse. I think the “save” would be more dramatic if second worse went home.
    6. Ken’s is boring , but “frog queen” really, I don’t see it. His reaction to Alexandria’s critique was very entertaining.
    7.Dom’s water dress was one of the more “nature” inspired .
    8. Dead moth may have been in the top if she had not spent so much time admiring her own work on the skirt and put in a little effort on the bodice.
    9. Mushroom or marshmallow?
    10. Fairy.
    11. Is this the same dress she’s been doing just floor length, with embellishment at the hem? Yes.

    • BrooklynBomber

      I think the white in Alexandria’s was to resemble longjohns. Probably should have gone less bright-white, or died it in tea or something.

    • leftcoastpickle

      I agree, second worse should have gone home after the save. Karen can leave any time, true cannon fodder.

  • Chipster

    I can not believe that Kate’s dress wasn’t in the bottom! It looked like an air bag was fitted to the front! It was just weird looking! Ugh!

    I liked Dom’s dress and I’m afraid Bradon may have peaked already (I do like him but that dress was awful).

    • 3boysful

      I’m not a huge Kate fan (nothing against her–just hate the producer manipulation to put her on top of the heap), but I thought the top of Kate’s was cool, and with a long slim gown beneath it, it could’ve been great.

      • Carrps

        Me, exactly. Not a big Kate fan, but I loved the black top on her dress. Was it patent leather? Polished pleather? But the rest was like the insides of a stuffy toy exploded.

        • demidaemon

          Bradon seems to be brain-farting, if this episode and next episode’s preview are truly what they seem to be.

  • Tess Danesi

    I don’t get fashion. I think Alexandra’s outfit looked well made but the tail on the back of the jacket is just weird to me and the poopy pants, I can’t even. I loved Dom’s, Jeremy’s and Alexander’s. Miranda’s is too literally nature; it looks like a tree trunk with stuff growing up it. Hate it. Kate must have gotten into the judge’s crack. “A pregnant fairy strapped into a harness” is damn accurate. Ken’s matches his hideous personality.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    TLo said: “There. We said it. And yes, we hate you, Project Runway, for making us say it. This is a level of base emotional manipulation that leaves us a little queasy, mostly because it’s so heavily tinged with enormous condescension, both for the audience and for people with disabilities or physical challenges…We’re not exactly foaming at the mouth with outrage, but we find it all extremely eyeroll-worthy…What happens when someone who’s shown consistent promise, like Bradon, Dom, or Jeremy stumbles?… Tim decided that nice people with heartwarming backstories deserve more chances than talented ones in this competition.”

    Agree agree agree. The absolute MINUTE they showed that semi-overhead shot of the whole circle of them sobbing and hugging, I immediately thought, “Tim’s using the save. This guy’s not going anywhere.”

    And you know, Justin seems like a very sweet person, with or without the heartwarming backstory. But his designs were just not memorable – I can’t begin to recall anything specific he’s made. He’s a “first half of the season” guy for sure, and I don’t think that makes anyone a piece of shit for saying so just because this lovely man happens to be deaf. So the “Tim Gunn’s Save” is done. And you read my mind – as soon as it was used, the first person who flashed into my mind was Dom, with Bradon following quickly behind. When they were leaving the workroom, and Tim said, “I had to use it”, and Dom replied, “It’s okay, Tim, it was worth it”, I thought, “Girl, you won’t be feeling that way when Justin is long gone, and you’re having a bad day right before the finals.” It was a stupid twist for them to use on a designer just because he was a beloved nice guy. Besides, it could have been saved – his design wasn’t even the worst. Kooky redheaded Karen should have been the auf anyway.

    On to happier things – I thought Drag Brows really should have won (I’m a sucker for dramatic gowns), but damn if Alexandria didn’t pull out all the stops. That was a really, really cool outfit, poopie pants and all.

    I wasn’t that crazy about Hot Gay Daddy’s gown – I’m sure that’s just me. But it looked like a high end nightgown which was elevated only by the personal nature of the love letter on it – which was very cool, don’t get me wrong. I just think without the love letter, it wouldn’t have been THAT amazing of a gown.

    And… camping, Project Runway? Fucking really? At the risk of sounding like a stuck up snob, my idea of “camping” is shopping outside in Manhattan instead of going inside to a mall!

  • anotherkate

    Yikes. I don’t even watch anymore (not out of moral outrage or anything; I just lack the motivation to pull it up on my computer) but this sounds even more maudlin than Lifetime’s usual. Pity.

    On a completely unrelated note: TLo, I miss “Judging the Judges”! I miss seeing you dissect all the ways La Nina is queen.

  • OrigamiRose

    Some Loungers suggested that perhaps Tim had to use the save by a certain point in the season – a producer manipulation I can certainly buy into. What wasn’t clear to anyone is if it meant the next-lowest designer was booted instead (obviously not) or if that means there is a double-auf coming down the road, or if we’re getting three finalists and no less than seven decoy shows in a couple of weeks (god help us all).

    Of all the changes to the show over the years, I find the bloated number of decoys to be the most insufferable because the finals are what we all are hanging in there for, the cream of the crop. And now it is just clogged with slop.

  • BookManFilm

    Dom has a neck issue, Jeremy IS a massive player and Brandon is by far the best , probably since Christian. But Joan Crawford (Alexander) maybe a dark horse.

    • jeneria

      I adore Alexander and i predict when he’s auf’ed the mood in the workroom will become extremely gloomy. He seems to keep things light without being forceful. I think Alexandria is the true dark horse. She was a runway model and I think she has a much better sense of what works on a runway as a result.

  • Poeta Paz

    I don’t agree with the winning look at all. When it came out, it did look interesting and different, but Jeremy’s, Alexander’s and Dom’s dresses are beautiful and impressive. My understanding was that they were supposed to make high end fashion pieces. Alexandria’s outfit it’s not at all.

    • Fanny_Trollope

      I think the key word was “editorial.” Alexandria’s best fulfilled that, in my opinion. Plus that model makes everything look stunning. She is amazing.

      • StellaZafella

        Notice how often they say Ya’s name? I’m not saying she doesn’t deserve it but, clearly, she’s being given star treatment here…for a model.

    • DeTrop

      But her outfit was EDITORIAL. Nina loves editorial. Nothing more to say. Grrr.

      PS, If the top was made of a high-end material, it may have really deserved the win.

      • Fanny_Trollope

        “Editorial” was mentioned as part of the challenge, I think.

  • BookishBren

    Couldn’t agree with this more. As likable as he is, if Justin wasn’t hearing impaired, he would have been auf’d without a second thought, group hugs or not. I found myself in tears when he walked into the room, spoke from the heart, received an obvious heartfelt hug from the others, and prepared to leave. I was thinking “What a classy young man.” But when Tim saved him, it made me a bit angry. The TGS should have been saved for a designer worth saving. Ugh.

  • UsedtobeEP

    I didn’t get to see last night’s show so I am going completely off the pictures. I do not think Justin’s was remotely the worst thing up there. Hated Ken’s. How do you make Christmas tree colors so drab?? But I think Kate’s was the worst, because of the awful proportions.

  • Eric Stott

    Miranda’s dress did look beautiful in motion, but not so great just hanging there.

    Bradon seriously needed to step up his model’s styling – she looks nearly as bad as PreciousUnicornBoy made her look.

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      I’m wondering if she’s some sort of bad-luck model? Hasn’t every designer who’s used her been in trouble or on the bottom?

      • jeneria

        My husband commented last night that he can’t believe she’s still around.

        • Eric Stott

          She does fall into a woebegone expression most of the time

      • SewingSiren

        And the good- luck model is definitely Ya.

  • Kit_W

    “Designers, product, product, product!”

    Next season, which auditions begin next month for, will probably include some of Tim’s products too. Read that:
    “Bentex and I are developing a line of home products, primarily bed and
    bath, and I’m extremely excited about the direction of the designs and
    the breadth of their scope.”

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

      Tim’s latest book is subliminally displayed all over Mood. Play Spot Tim’s Book next time. It’s hilarious.

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        Yaaay! A Mood game to play besides, “Will We At Least Get To See Swatch Tonight?”

        (And “Subliminally” – HAWW! You boys crack me up! Ain’t nuthin’ subliminal about THIS show anymore!)

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

          One good thing I’ve noticed is we get a Swatch-sighting every week.

          I’m still waiting for a “Tim & Swatch, Fashion Detectives” spin-off to appear.

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

        And why shouldn’t they show off his book for sale? He gave them that tag line for all those shirts the employees wear now. “Thank you, Mood.” He’s done a great job of advertising them and etching Mood into the viewers’ minds.

      • Carrps

        Yeah, I saw it a few times …. when whatever was on the rack next to it was blurred out!

  • UsedtobeEP

    And I think Helen’s designs are depressing, but in an Emily Dickenson kind of way. “I heard a moth weep as it died (in the sink…”

    • Eric Stott

      Because I could not stop to sew / the judges stopped for me

    • DeTrop

      Emily Dickinson indeed. Good one.

    • StellaZafella

      I like your vision…I said Charles Dickens’ Miss Haversham wedding dress.

      • UsedtobeEP

        With a side of mouldy cake.

      • MoHub

        Just hoping that doesn’t mean Helen’s model will die in flames.

  • Shawn EH

    Loved everything about signing this episode; Justin using people’s willingness to learn to test if they want to talk to him is pretty practical, and I thought Bradon’s gesture was sweet and apt.

    Bladder issue dress was tragic, just the blindness on Karen’s part to that aspect, omg! Loved Alexander’s leather train, but didn’t like the hand painting that much. Totally fine with Alexandria’s win, but Karen should have been the one to go, and then you know Tim wouldn’t have bothered to step in.

  • jeneria

    I thought Karen should have gone home. It was an Anya dress with a belt. At least take the harness idea farther and really use it, don’t just tack it to the top. Justin’s dress was bad, but he went out on a limb and usually that’s enough to save someone. It was obvious they wanted Tim’s Save to be used now before he could use it on a really good designer and destroy whatever plot the producers are concocting.

    Kate’s dress (someone in a different thread had to tell me who designed it) was fucking absurd. No design went into that. It was a poof of fabric with a pleather BDSM harness overlay (a poorly done one). I know Ken is the enemy and his dress was bad, but it was not as bad as the cotton ball and the pee dress.

    I was surprised they put Jeremy in the top since he had immunity. But I think they’re working up to aufing Dom, probably after Miranda and Karen.

    • Chipster

      Noooooooo! Not Dom! I’ll be heartbroken which means you’re probably right.

      • UsedtobeEP

        I don’t think so. I think she is this year’s Laura Bennett. I think she will win one right at the end, and develop quite a following along the way. She’s stealthy.

        • MoHub

          I’m hoping for a Jay McCarroll, with no challenge wins, a trip to the finale, and a final win of the whole thing.

          • UsedtobeEP

            I would be just fine with that. I like what Dom has done so far. But, I would have to go back and put her looks together to see if she has a real signature going for her. Unlike Laura B., Leanne, Christian Siriano, Korto, and some of the others, I can’t get a handle on “her look” just yet.

          • jeneria

            I think her look is simply bringing fun and youthfulness to whatever she does. That’s harder to quantify than some of the others, but I feel like you’d know a Dom design.

          • Ginny Ellsworth

            Jay didn’t win for his Chysler building dress? I confess I can’t remember. The stench of the Lifetime years has wiped out my memory of the good stuff.

          • MoHub

            Nope. That was the Banana Republic challenge, and Wendy Pepper won it. Jay won nothing but the finale.

          • Ginny Ellsworth

            Oh yeah, didn’t she have a little black dress with a capelet?

          • MoHub

            Yep. That was it. Very simple and easy to mass-produce.

  • BrooklynBomber

    Not really getting Dom’s; I think the print is doing too much of the work. And I don’t think the neck treatment goes well with the print or silhouette. Miranda’s looked great on the runway (at least on my not-large-screen tv), but not as good in the picture. Helen, okay, dying moth, interesting, but what about the bodice, for God sake?? Ken’s looked better on my tv; here it looks like a day dress. I thought Kate’s was more interesting and daring before she belted it (or whatever she did to the front).

    • 3boysful

      I liked Dom’s, but agree about the print. Also, during the bow tie challenge, her dress was topped with a “neck treatment.” I wonder if that’s her thing, and hope she mixes it up a bit.

      • BrooklynBomber

        I think I missed that one. My viewing has been spotty. But I’ve liked a couple things I’ve seen from her.

    • Shawn EH

      But so many designers have chosen disastrous prints; at least Dom’s was a good one that fit her intentions.

    • flamingoNW

      Exactly what you said on everything except Kate, which I thought was ridic.

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

        Oh, man, Kate’s was indeed ridiculous. I like Kate. I also like pretty dresses. Kate (usually) makes pretty dresses. But I just don’t even know what in hell that was supposed to be. Maybe she was going for editorial; I could see something like that showing up on the runway. At any rate, the proportions were kind of crazy. I wish she hadn’t been in the middle because I wanted to hear where she was trying to go with it.

        • Munchkn

          If they’d gone “glamping” in south Georgia. down around Americus, and at the right time, I’d say that Kate’s inspiration was a unpicked cotton boll. Since they went camping in the Northeast somewhere, I’d say that she got her inspiration from the marshmallow roasting. They swell up first when you roast them and then they catch fire and turn all black and delicious.

  • megohd

    I *knew* Tim was using his save this week but was sure it was going to be to save Bradon. In fact, it felt as if the judges said, “We want Tim to use his save for you, Bradon, so please come up with the biggest pieces of fairy-costume-shit any of us has ever seen outside a Disney store. IMO, Bradon’s was worse than Justin’s, worse than Ken’s, and worse than Drew Barryless (LOVE THAT! Even though she’s more Joan Cusack with a kool-aid dye job to me).

    I don’t disagree with TLo that Jeremy and Bradon both might be playing the judges a bit, but I find it striking that their manipulations come across as surprisingly authentic to my (usually cynical) eye.

  • madscntst

    Kate’s dress reminds me of a pregnant fairy in a black straightjacket.

    • ShaoLinKitten

      Is Bondage Fairy a thing? Or did Kate invent it?

      • StellaZafella

        Oh yes, dear, there really is such a thing as “The Bondage Fairy”…she can be seen around Folsom Street any night after dark. Put your handcuffs under your pillow and she’ll leave you a quarter.

    • StellaZafella

      I saw a Cage Fight Dandelion myself…talk about juxtaposition hard and soft…just put a padlock on a cotton ball.

    • UsedtobeEP

      Yes! The model looks like she is pushing her stomach out to hold up the black belt. I really do not like it. I guess she was playing with proportion but it bugs.

    • LittleMissSunshine1989

      Speaking for myself, it instantly reminded of seaweed caught in a huge ball of candy floss….

  • cocohall

    Justin’s dress is like the saddest drag queen gown ever. He is a sweet fellow. Tim’s save delays the inevitable. Alexandria’s pants look more like a skirt with capri leggings from the front and jodphurs from the back. The producers led us down the garden path during the episode by showing the garments in such distress you would have thought she was in a race to the bottom with Bradon. But she had an idea and he didn’t. Actually, he HAD an idea, just a horrible one that he could not/would not abandon. The embroidery technique could be beautiful in some applications, but the colors were dreadful – it looked like my dog had eaten a bag of Skittles and vomited same on the carpet. . . Dom, once again, was not given the attention she deserves. She needs to take a page from the Jeremy playbook and snag some airtime, dammit!

    • BrooklynBomber

      I may have missed some (and of course we don’t see everything that happens), but it looked to me as though Bradon got into his embroidery idea but forgot to design a garment to use it on.

  • Fordzo

    I love you guys because you say the things I’m thinking in my own head. From Justin to Jeremy to Bradon – I thought the exact same thoughts last night.

    Sometimes I watch these shows, and I see everyone else getting all verklempt over the sweet guy going home, or the love letters turned into dresses or the “spontaneous” proposals and all I feel is “these people watched too many soap operas in their formative years”. I worry that I’m broken, or something. But then I come here and see that so many people have the same reactions and I feel normal again! Yay for my fellow cynical kittens!

    (BTW, I do have a heart. I cried like a baby at that Budweiser commercial during the last Superbowl.)

  • Kate

    I thought Alexandria’s outfit was horrid until I saw it on the runway. The styling and the separates together were something to see. Not that I would wear the poopy pants, but the top I would rock

  • UsedtobeEP

    Oh, and I offer another theory to the Tim-saves-Justin scenario (remember I am shooting in the dark so I can’t tell how scripted it was or wasn’t). Maybe he saved Justin because Justin is a fellow design teacher. They say, “Those who can’t do, teach.” While I don’t believe that’s true all the time (as a teacher myself), I think it would be very hard to critique beginning designers for a long time and then turn around and produce original ideas and serve them up for criticism. It’s a very different skill set. So, perhaps Tim is able to put himself in Justin’s place and wonders how he would do himself if he had to compete as a designers. I think that dress was interesting. I am rooting for Justin the professor.

    • Qitkat

      I started out rooting for Justin for that very reason. Interesting take you have on Tim’s save. I also rooted for the professor that lost on the recent Design Star (HGTV). He had the most innovative point of view that scared the judges. I hope Justin uses this opportunity to stop being safe creatively, and really steps it up. The glue lace was such an artsy-fartsy technique that it made me laugh (having played with it myself); if he had had the time to make it an overlay for an entire bodice, or skirt panels, or sleeves, or a real collar, it would have been surprisingly successful, I think. Instead it was droopy and haphazardly applied.

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

        The professor from Design Star was so awesome. The way his mind worked was a wonder to see. I was happy that Tiffany won, but I was totally rooting for the professor. I’d actually watch that guy’s show.

        • Qitkat

          Here in Qitkat land we were so disappointed. I haven’t followed any of the winner’s shows in years, but like you would have watched the professor’s. HGTV went from a most favorite channel 10 years ago to contrived real estate hell.

          • Munchkn

            Why did HGTV ditch all the design shows? You can sometimes catch them in the mornings, but you really do have to catch them. I also love Cash & Cari (about estate sales) which I’ve seen old episodes of lately and there used to be a show about the cool historical things in people’s old homes. They do show an occasional episode of Color Splash with David Bromstad, too, but they don’t show much of that either.

            I do admit for having a soft spot for the episode of Yard Crashers:the Block featuring the son and daughter-in-law of some good friends of mine.

  • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

    The judges should have eliminated Karen. How can someone present that yellow dress and call it an original design? Karen is super nice but she doesn’t know how to fit clothes. Tim could have kept his “SAVE” for later when Bradon needs it.

    I am so happy to see justice served, once Alexandria and Ken were allowed to work separately.

    • Eric Stott

      Karen should be cast as the ditzy best friend on a TV sitcom.

      • StellaZafella

        She already is, sort of…look at a show called Sam and Cat on Nikelodeon…I think of it every time I see her try to explain her work.

        • Ginny Ellsworth

          The only reason I know Sam and Cat is that the children hold the television hostage at my house.

          • StellaZafella

            I leave the TV on ‘Nik’ to keep the dogs company…That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it. (Oh crap, now I have the theme music from Pocoyo! running in my head, damn!)

          • Ginny Ellsworth

            Quickly! Hum but DON’T sing “the Girl from Ipanema”. That usually gets rid of ear worms for me. If you sing it, the Apocalypse has begun.

          • Qitkat

            Ouch. I actually remember when that song was released. Everyone so loved it until we got sick of it.

      • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

        Ohhhhh. You’re so right. She has missed her calling completely. LOL. She has a bit of a comical face, and she has depth. Probably a great person. So far a decent seamstress.

        • Eric Stott

          It’s almost as if they cast an actress to play a contestant…
          I will miss her when she goes, and I hope she sends one decent dress down the runway first.

    • Inspector_Gidget

      Karen’s poor model peed the bed again, and the nuns made her wear her bedsheets all day as a sign of shame. Yeeeesh, that was awful! She has seriously outlived her shelf life.

  • Paula Pertile

    I can’t even say how much I hated the winning outfit. The top looked like some kind of straight jacket, really uncomfortable, poorly fitted and just crazy. What was all that stuff coming out the back? I don’t get. And the “pants”. I can’t even. I was SO sure she was the obvious auf.

    Until I saw Justin’s. Poor little lamb. But I got sucked in, and wanted Ken gone so bad I confess I was thrilled when Tim used his save. His dress was by far the worst, yes, but …

    I liked the dead moth dress, the midnight trees dress, the love letter dress, and Dom’s dress.
    The pregnant fairy dress was nutso.
    Drew’s yellow egg thing with those boots was pretty scary.
    The tree with leaves on the bottom wasn’t bad.
    The flow-y chiffon thing with the kids’ drawing embroidery didn’t turn out well, but like you said, THOSE SHOES. What is up with all the hiddy shoes?

  • KateShouldBeWorking

    I wanna punch the cow who wrote that effing Yoplait commercial.

    • 3boysful

      DITTO! It was cute the first time. The 10,000th? Not so much.

  • StellaZafella

    I don’t agree with the save either…but I sort of wonder if it was the safest save Tim could do? After all, why not save the good guy nobody feels threatened by as an artist…If he waited to save Dom, Bradon or Jeremy then there would be controversy when one of the others was auf’ed.

    • leftcoastpickle

      I whole-heartedly agree with this theory! The safest possible way to use the save. Tim doesn’t actually want any of that judge power because it will put him out of the place of loveable mentor. I hope they don’t bring Tim’s save back next season as it is total bullshit!

    • ThaliaMenninger

      And honestly, all it means is that Justin either lasts one more week (which I sincerely doubt — are they going to boot Justin one week after he got the dramatic Timus ex Machina?) or somebody who would otherwise have outlasted him goes home before him. If that’s Ken or Karen or Helen, I won’t care, but if it’s somebody actually showing some promise I’ll be ticked.

  • save_the_hobbit

    I agree 100% with you on Justin. He should’ve gone home this week, even if he’s one of the sweetest and most genuine guys we’ve seen on the show for awhile. I was incredibly happy to see a deaf person on PR, because they’re very under-represented on tv in general. But keeping him on for that reason….I really think Tim just felt it was his fault for encouraging Justin to go in that direction, and that’s why he saved him.

    I’ve started refering to Alexander as “Drag Brows” and I believe this is your fault.

  • http://www.lifeinspice.com/ rose88

    I have mixed feelings on this one. Yes, I agree that if Justin weren’t deaf, he probably wouldn’t have been saved. But he also comes off as a genuinely decent person — a rare trait on PR. Perhaps Tim thought someone like him was needed for the sake of elevating the workroom chemistry? I know, I know…that’s not what the save is supposed to be about, but I understand why Tim would go there.

    I also thought that even though Justin’s “foaming vagina” gown was seriously hiddy, Karen’s was even worse. Justin tried something ambitious and failed miserably – but at least he tried. Karen’s looked like what you’d wear if there were a fire in the middle of the night and you peed your sheets in terror and then wrapped the pee stained sheet around you as you ran to safety! God it was AWFUL! She deserved the auf IMO.

  • Danielle

    I liked Alexandria’s pants, but something about that top really bugs me. Maybe it’s the flaps coming down the back – it just seems awkward to me – like she pinned them that way for a fitting, but forgot to cut them off and fix the seam.

    Kate’s was fairly wtf, but I thought it was fun and cute.

    Dead on with Karen’s “bladder issue” dress. It looked like she got peed on.

    Lastly, what was up with the back of Ken’s dress? I couldn’t tell if it was supposed to be open like that, or if they couldn’t get is zipped up.

  • kcliff

    Alexandria’s looked like a duck costume. Also, she didn’t follow the rules. They expressly said it wasn’t something to be worn camping and she described her outfit as the new camping wear and made it in materials that could be worn camping. I mean, no one would wear that camping but I think that was her idea.

    • jeneria

      I think she interpreted Glamping quite well. It’s not camping wear, it’s glamping wear. And since I think glamping is a ridiculous concept, her rather ridiculous outfit was appropriate. It was better than the inspirations of “Water,” “Tree,” or “Moss.” Although I really did like Alexander’s dress. Still, talk about literal interpretations.

  • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

    Heidi looked fantastic last night during every appearance. I appreciated her hair dos. She has a great hairline for pulled back hair.

    I thought that her black dress (with her blonde hair pulled back) looked gorgeous, although I must say that upon inspection, the dress seemed very plain with a boa wrapped around it. Sometimes an over-all look can work, even when the individual elements aren’t unique or screaming for attention.

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

      I thought it was funny when Heidi criticized Ken’s dress for having too much on the chest as she clutched the overdone feathers on her own dress. Pot/kettle?

  • Slade Thunderdragon

    I completely disagreed with Justin’s auf. His design was bad, but I think he showed way more promise than either Ken or Karen. Karen has used this same tubular silhouette for EACH challenge except for the bowtie one. None of her garments have fit properly. ALL of her garments have been unflattering to the model wearing them. Ken’s best garment was from the jewelry round, and it was decent, but EVERY other look he’s created has been tacky to the umpteenth degree, with the climax of atrociousness being this challenge. Justin’s looks may have been a tad on the boring side so far (until this round), but they’ve all been well constructed and well-fitting. And he knows he has to push himself with ideas, and that’s why he took the risk with the glue lace this round. And that glue lace would have looked FABULOUS if the garment had been entirely structured out of that. Sort of Lady-Gaga costume-y, but I bet it still would have looked edgy and cool. There was no saving Ken’s and Karen’s. There was not even an interesting or quality idea behind Ken’s or Karen’s. Ken’s looked like the colors of a dissected frog, folded and shaped to look like lunch meats on a sandwich in the bodice. Karen’s was a urine-soaked cloth tube with a belt strap. Justin’s execution may have failed, but I think it’s entirely ridiculous of those judges to not see that he had more potential than Queen Drama McTacky and Tube Barrymore. And that’s why I agreed with Tim’s save. Justin to me seems like he has the ability and desire to push himself aesthetically, where as these two are going to continue to produce tubes and tackiness. And I think that now that Justin has had a fire lit under his ass, he’s going to pump up the volume, and he’s going to fall right into the redemption storyline that the producers have set up for him, just like they set up one for Kate. Next week some combination of Ken, Miranda, and Karen are going home, because this is the point in the season where it’s time to take out the trash.

    As I said last night, if Bradon, Dom, Jeremy, or Kate had been eliminated this early on, that Tim could use the save on one of them, that would have smelled ripe with judge/producer manipulation, and would have been even MORE of a spoon-fed contrived scenario than Justin’s save was. I think the unexpectedness of saving Justin adds an interesting dimension to the competition, and I’m hoping that he produces something extravagant in the coming week to show all the viewers what he’s capable of.

    I wouldn’t have wanted Tim to save the save for the final 5 or 6 anyways. I think the way they did it this season causes the contestants to put the petal to the metal, and hopefully produce some pretty things.

  • sojourneryouth

    I’m happy Alexandria got the win, and honestly, I’m a bit surprised. I see Gay Daddy as a player, too–I mean, it’s not out-of-bounds to be inspired to write a love letter to your significant other, but it is so fitting with this overall schtik that I can’t help but see it as manipulation. It sure seemed like he was on his way to a win for a while, and so, I’m surprised they gave it to the one who deserved it. He made a pretty dress and I like the way the writing turned out, but I really don’t like the color of the tan panels. I would have preferred something more distinctive like as a pale blue, or pink, or maybe even the right shade of charcoal or silver. I hate diaper-pants, but those were at least somewhat interesting, and I would really love the top if the flaps in the back were reduced just a bit.

    Dom’s looked vaguely Kenyan to me, and it was really beautiful, but I think she was safe only because the judges still get itchy when something is “too ethnic” for their Eurocentric perspectives.

    • ThaliaMenninger

      “Too ethnic” is bad, but “Glorify the dark days of the British Empire” is good? I’m on the opposite side of the judges on that one.

      • sojourneryouth

        I totally hear you and somewhat agree, it’s just that the pieces were better than pretty much anything else on the runway, and it was effective “ediorial” judge bait, so it was a good call from that perspective.

  • epenthesis

    Karen confuses me. I don’t sense either a distinct personality or a point of view as a designer. How did she get cast, and how is she still there? Have the producers just forgotten about her?

    Striking work from a lot of people this week, though sadly TLo are spot on. PR in its current form leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

  • conniemd

    I was surprised that Justin got the Auf because concept gone wrong usually beats out boring and standard, which is what Karen’s design was.

    • mhleta

      And Ken’s. I really wanted Ken sent home so the pain of Alexandria’s win would spank him that much harder. He’s a such a CUNext Tuesday.

      • sojourneryouth

        I would have been fine with either Karen or Ken getting the auf because they both had boring and dated designs, but I really thought it would be Ken. I think they saved the drama queen here, because he is the one who should have gone home, in my opinion. While Justin’s was definitely ugly, and I kind of love that Nina called him on the “foaming vagina” aspect, he at least tried something different, which is usually rewarded, as you mentioned, even if it turns out butt ugly like this. Ken’s was just a heavy-looking, not particularly well-made, and unattractive dress from the Eighties. I can’t imagine having all that heavy wool on my chest, scratching my num-nums all day. It’s a heat rash dress that even one of the Designing Women would have turned down..

  • ThaliaMenninger

    I am beginning to agree on the emotional manipulation of Gay Daddy and Bradon. I kind of wonder if they’re now trying to one-up each other.

    –You proposed to your partner on camera and hogged all the judges’ attention? Then I’ll write love letters to MY partner on my dress this week, and you just SEE if they even look at you!

    –Ah HA! I will learn enough sign language to say I love you to the deaf guy and your love letter dress will be completely forgotten!

    And now we have to see what Jeremy comes up with next week. Will he be able to go one level of emo-manip higher? It may just be the way the editors are cutting them sending each other stink eye on the runway, but I think Upping the Ante is how these two are currently playing the game to stay on camera and stay in the game.

    Oh, and I hate Alexandria’s Post-Colonial Memsahib outfit. And I still think she sewed the arm in crooked on that jacket.

    • largishbearishAtlish

      ooh, I like the ‘lets see how they one-up each other contest’ idea! something to do to stay awake!

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    Oh, and by the way, Uncles – “Your emotions are like cat toys to us” is brilliant! I laughed so hard, my coworker asked what was up!

  • Erica

    I just wanted to drop a quick note to you guys to tell you that, even though I think I’m done with PR for good, I enjoy reading your recaps much more than I would have thought going in blind. You capture the PR feeling quite well and you summarize the personalities so well, that I know without watching pretty much exactly how the people are.

    I will note that I didn’t quit PR in an angry way. I even liked last season quite a bit, as I liked the team challenges, thought they focused on the product pretty well, and I thought the right person won. But, when it came time for this season, and my DVR recorded it, and my husband pointed it out to me, I just thought, no, I’m tired. And every subsequent episode that has been recorded, I’ve deleted. I think I’m settled in this–I’ve been watching since season 2, I’m good, I’m done. Even MASH only lasted like 11 seasons, right? This feeling will only benefit me when it comes time for us to cut the cord on satellite later this year. But, I will continue to enjoy your recaps, for sure!

  • Meredith_P

    I’m sorry, but I was appalled by the winning jacket. What’s that big fold on (our) right shoulder. At first, I thought it was some sort of asymmetrical treatment, but no, it’s just terrible execution. We won’t speak of the pants. I thought she was in the bottom when top and bottom were announced.

  • newsieneighbor

    I fastfwrdd through the auffing — figuring that maxi dressed were only OK from mohawk beauty queens who couldn’t sew. It looked like Karen was going. Wow — they really sent an uglier dress home but It turns out Tim Gunn’s guilt is stronger than the universe! I’m glad he won’t be able to save Brandon’s butt next time if sends something that half-assed down the runway. How did that escape comment? So annon, right? Maybe had the judges and designers been repositioned not see each others faces? Could they have made somewhat of an attempt? Had it it been truly blind, judges would have figured Brandon’s was another piece of crap from Helen or Miranda and pulled it out to rip. P.S. that model is really getting nothing for her portfolio this season!

  • bertkeeter

    While Justin’s look had issues….”glue gun lace”….there was an attempt to create! Ken delivered another dull version of what certain southern men with taste issues always seem to think is fashion….maybe at one time…on “Designing Women”?

    • Fred Vaughn

      She looked like a “Purple Rain” extra.

  • flamingoNW

    Man, y’all are too cynical for me today. I don’t think you’re being fair to Jeremy or Brandon, and I’m especially irritated by the comment about the “dead gran who’s not my gran.” You have no idea what their relationship was.

    Re: Justin auf-ing. Well… that I can get as a possible fair interpretation, but as far as I’m concerned, he at least showed some creativity and took a chance, and I thought Karen’s monstrosity more deserved the auf.

    Alexander’s dress – I like the idea of the leather at the bottom but I thought it was too shiny to work. It was executed wrong. Otherwise I love the dress.

    LOVE Jeremy’s dress, and I like Miranda’s dress too. Kate’s dress was ridiculous and I think she got saved by favoritism. It is easily as bad as Karen’s dress and Ken’s.

    • JLH

      I’m hesitant on the Jeremy/Bradon front. I think it’s hard in reality TV to be nice, humble, or have emotions without it coming across as some sort of pandering or manipulation. Jeremy I can see a little more than Bradon at this point as wavering into “too much” territory, but we’ll see.

      • flamingoNW

        There’s been emotional manipulation on this show in the past (brain can’t think of examples at this point…), but I’m not seeing it here. I agree it is hard to have emotions or earnestness on reality TV and editing can really manipulate reality on that.

  • bertkeeter

    PS…Tim’s camouflage suit…? For Central Park’s BRAMBLES?

    • Stubenville

      Somehow I can’t imagine Tim willingly getting dirty, but I’ve never met him.

      • Eric Stott

        I guess you’re just not the type he’d get dirty for….lol

  • JLH

    I was getting teary during the Auf but his dress was awful, and I was hoping that Karen would be the one to get the axe.

    Lots of surprises to me:by Alexandria & Alexander- both offered looks that were much better and more interesting than they have individually shown on the show, by Bradon, who really whiffed it and honestly I thought he might have to be saved while I was watching the lead-in to the runway, and so on.

    I’m still hoping for a Bradon/Dom/Jeremy final, maybe with a potential fourth being Alexander or Alexandria. Jeremy does seem like a player of sorts, but not very offensively so. Again, I’m just hoping he doesn’t go to Daniel-Crazy-Town. Annnnd that’s about all I have.

  • Adrianna Grężak

    I’ve stopped watching Project Runway, but this is the first time this season where there are a couple of well made garments.

  • mhleta

    I’m going to defend Karen’s gown here, if I may. She legitimately worked within the parameters of the challenge, and I totally got what she was going for; it really did have an “Out of Africa” vibe to it. I thought the yellow was a pretty shade, that did NOT make me think of urine at all, but rather sunlight or candlelight illuminating the tent, and I thought she styled her ok, too–kind of, Safari Elegant. The dress moved really nicely, so I was surprised at the shit storm of hate this garnered. (I will NOT defend those fucking boots, though. Dreadful.) I also think that if Nina was going to call out Karen for a “seen it before”look, she also should have called out Helen. I cannot remember who started this whole shredded/layerd thing on PR a few seasons back, (anyone?) but I know it’s been around for at least five years or more, because I have a Daisy Fuentes top from Khol’s that is close this color and has the same technique. It’s been done to death. I’d also like to hear Kate defend her dress. I see no hint of this planet’s natural environs or by products in this design. I think she just put on her little crown and did whatever tickled her fancy, and ended up with a marshmallow maternity dress for a Cyborg ballet dancer. I would have given the win to Alexander. As soon as he picked out his fabric and said his inspiration was “trees at midnight” I could see where he was going with it, and the result was beautiful, elegant and different. I think a lot of women in Hollywood would fight for the privilege of wearing that dress on the RC.

    • NMMagpie

      Christian Siriano did the shredded/layered thing the best in his couture win with Chris March. Helen’s dress made me think of that immediately, the colors were so similar. As to Karen’s ombre… man alive, she could have done a better job than that. It was very badly done overall. Kate’s dress was somewhere between fug and tragic, I cannot decide which. Alexander’s dress surprised me, even the oil slick (thanks, Gay Daddy) train.

      • mhleta

        I don’t sew or dye or any of that, but it strikes me as very courageous to dye or, as Jeremy did, write on the fabric. You get one shot at it and if you screw it up, you can’t really fix it. I’ve seen worse ombre on PR. I recall April doing a piece that made me think of Stephen King’s Carry running over a freshly tarred road after the pig blood prom incident.

        • guest2visits

          April’s was horrific. I liked the dress Karen made this week (saw a little of Micheal C’s or Michelle’s and who knows who else; so I don’t see why the judges stomped all over it, except for drama).
          I didn’t think it was a bad die job, the dress just wasn’t as good as some of the other designers this week.

      • mhleta

        It was Christopher Palu I was thinking of! Thanks, whoever said it.

    • momjamin

      I, too, was curious about Kate’s defense of her dress thingie…

    • BeccaGo

      It was Christopher Palu from Season 10 who did the shredded technique over and over again.

  • GorgeousThings

    I just figured it out – Ken’s model is styled to look like the gladiator blonde on the “Star Trek” (original series) episode with the brains who bet on which of the competitors would win! Hmmmm – three brains sitting in glass jars, betting on the life-or-death outcomes of the competitors. There’s something fittingly prophetic about that episode!

    • Munchkn

      I saw that episode when it first aired: The Gamesters of Triskelion. It aired in the second season. FWIW, Angelique Pettyjohn was an exotic dancer in Vegas and did some hard core porn, too. She died at the age of 48 of cervical cancer.

  • MichelleRafter

    I think Tim saved Justin because he felt bad about supporting the glue gun lace experiment. The tiniest bit of that glue gun lace would have been OK. As it was, it was terrible. And why didn’t Justin bother to iron his garment? At least it would have been a wrinkle-free hot mess.

    • Stubenville

      I wonder if ironing would have melted the glue?

      • NMMagpie

        Yep. Hot glue has a lower melt point and it would have been all the worse for Justin.

  • alyce1213

    Thank you for saying the truth.

    I don’t agree with the win. The jacket didn’t even come close to fitting properly and it didn’t lay right. To me the look was forced and fake editorial, trying too hard. The back was messy — there’s an unfinished edge at the back flounce thing — that’s not high end, unless it’s used throughout the garment as a statement. I think she just didn’t finish it. The diaper was ugly.I had Alexandria in the bottom with Justin and Karen, with Karen for the auf.
    Why does Helen make everything in drab tan?
    My top three were Dom, Alexander and Jeremy.

  • NMMagpie

    I love me some Tim Gunn (he’s completely fabulous in person!) but even as I teared up at the group hug, I knew I was being shamelessly manipulated. I have no doubt there will be another save this season to amp up the drama.

    To their credit, there was more good work in this episode than others so far. I agree about the interludes; they need to become a part of the show without a challenge thrown in there. The potential damage of doing this show or any other reality show that demands creativity like this is the psychological toll and it appears that PR answered that, at least in this moment.

    I wish Dom’s dress had scored higher. It was lovely coming down the runway. When Miranda’s dress came down the runway, my first thought was: Kenley without the sass. Ken’s was as ugly as it gets but gets a pass from me over his humanity with Justin which unlike Bradon, did not seem overly obsequious. That being said, I almost wish I could have passed Ken some antacid when Alexandra got the win. Payback, bro. Payback.

  • flamingoNW

    Re: the winning jacket: I thought it was pretty interesting in general, but I don’t understand the raw edges thing. I don’t think it fit with the fabric or style of the jacket and it just looks like an excuse because she ran out of time to finish it properly.

    • GillianHolroyd

      I think the best part of her jacket was the sheen on the chambray which translated to upscale. I was surprised how poorly it fit the model and the back drape looked bulky and unfinished; the raw edges were very noticeable in the closeup judging. And not raw in a good way. I thought she was bottom 3 when her name was called.

  • formerlyAnon

    I had serious reservations about the winner – it was interesting and the back of the top was good in contrast to the severity of the front. But. The front of the top looked awkward and unflattering and unintentionally slightly off-kilter on the model. “Unflattering on the model” is very close to a kiss of death for me if the goal is to sell garments.

    On the whole, pro leather train on Alexander’s. Bradon’s offended my eye equally with Justin’s. Hated Kate’s the most, though I’ll admit it looked more a fully-realized garment than Justin’s or Bradon’s.

    You guys pretty much covered the whole “use of Tim’s save” deal.

  • stayl

    Tim should have used his save for Kahindo. Nothing against Justin, but she’s clearly more talented than him, Karen, Ken and so on.

    • alyce1213

      I didn’t want to see Kahindo go, she shouldn’t have been aufed. But it was too early to use the save on her. Frankly, I thought he’d use it later if one of the better designers had a really bad day, but that apparently was not the plan.

  • Stubenville

    Morticia Addams called; she simply must have Drag Brow’s gown.

  • lobsterlen

    The yellow dress with the belt neck looks very familiar. Hasn’t something very similar gone down the project runway runway in the very recent past? Just about the same color with the belt thing going on. Or is everything just blending together now.

    • OrigamiRose

      It sort of reminded me of that Anthony Ryan monstrosity from All-Stars – the tent he sent the down the runway in episode where they designed for the servicewomen.

    • Kimberlini

      I know…I was thinking that too. And it wasn’t Ken’s harness, there was a dress. Just can’t remember it.

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

      It’s what Ariel made out of canvas and rope when she was turned into a human.

  • FashionFollower.com

    Jeremy has this Chris Parnell thing going on and every time he is on screen I call him Dr. Spaceman. I liked the hand writing on the dress but overall, though it turned out sort of meh. I generally think white dresses read poorly on TV so maybe that’s it.

    And whenever Afterschool Special is talking to the camera, she sits there like she is wearing a neck brace.

  • yulaffin

    Once again, Dom was robbed. I thought her garment was beautiful –
    heck, I would have loved to wear it. Why do the judges keep passing her
    by? I also loved Alexander’s, Jeremy’s and surprisingly, I liked
    Miranda’s (some fit issues with the top but otherwise quite a nice
    change from her previous looks). Kate’s dress reminded me of dandelions
    after they go to seed – glad she didn’t make it into the top three. I
    kind of like Helen’s dress but it would have looked so much better in a
    different color – girl sure is stuck on neutrals. Bradon – oh my
    goodness, what a disappointment. And why didn’t Justin just use real
    lace instead of glue – this wasn’t an unconventional challenge. As for Alexandria winning, while I didn’t like her outfit much, I was thrilled that her win gave a dig to Ken.

    Have to agree that the Tim Gunn save was done more as a pity save
    instead of being used to keep a good designer who was having a bad
    day/challenge. In fact, I hope they ditch the Tim Gunn save next season.

  • amanda lynn

    Diana Prince!

  • Inspector_Gidget

    The challenges make less sense each week. I thought last week’s “Look at these cars and then do what you want” was pretty bad, but this week is pretty much, “Go on a camping trip and then do what you want.” Did they replace the intern who makes up the challenges?

    • FashionFollower.com

      I personally thought the Coney Island/ yogurt/ descriptive words challenge where they didn’t actually need to use the descriptive words as inspiration (though they could if they wanted to) was the most convoluted.

      • Inspector_Gidget

        I guess they have been sketchy for a while. Now it just seems like everyone makes whatever they want. IMO it was a lot more interesting when there was a clear theme, like designing an Olympic costume or a mini-collection from the future. Now we just get random, tacky-ass dresses that are hard to compare against each other based on anything but the individual execution.

        • FashionFollower.com

          It’s what happens when themes are built around the sponsors, sadly.

        • DuBey2

          I have to differ, I kind of like the different types of fashion we’re seeing this way. In the past, I hated the “make a postman/woman outfit” and ” wrestling outfit” or rollerblading, or, wait, was that on some other show?? I may be having a brain fart because how could any of those EVER be fashionable?

    • Angela_the_Librarian

      This challenge would have been so much better (and more cohesive) if they would have just asked the designers to make their interpretation of “glamping” clothes. I don’t know if they have had a sportswear/ready-to-wear challenge yet, but this would have been the perfect opportunity to introduce one.

      • alyce1213

        Oddly, that’s just what the winner did — she made a glamping outfit, against their instructions.

        • Angela_the_Librarian

          Maybe that was what the challenge was supposed to be..at least as it was explained to the judges! It wouldn’t be the first (or last) time the designers and judges appeared to be given separate challenge instructions :-p

    • oyeyemi808

      “glamping trip”

  • piperkitty

    I am tired of Dom being passed through as safe. Her work is striking and well made.

  • Inspector_Gidget

    Is it just me, or is Tim’s role in the show getting more and more muddled each week? He’s not a judge, but he’s commenting on the construction as well as the workroom drama. It seems weird to have him hanging around and giving input while they deliberate, especially when he starts giving personal opinions beyond his mentor role. And yet he’s not judging? I don’t get it.

    • Angela_the_Librarian

      Yeah, I’m not liking his muddled new role either. I like the idea of the judges seeing the top and bottom looks before passing final judgment (which is something they have done from the beginning on Face Off), but I don’t get why Tim has to be there during that segment. His role also remind me a bit of what they do on Top Chef. On that show the head judge goes into the kitchens before the food is presented and sorta mentors (usually in the form of pointed, snarky questions) and can then inform the other judges about what happened before their food arrived. For both shows I feel that the final product should be what is judged, not what went on behind the scenes.

  • NoveltyRocker

    Seriously, why is their shoe collection so bad? I’d pick the least offending pair with a versatile silhouette and get to dying, painting, bedazzling them into something that works every challenge.

    • oyeyemi808

      “BELK ACCESSORY WALL”

      • NoveltyRocker

        Just googled this. WOOF. The designers truly are in a tight spot.

      • Carrps

        BLECH ACCESSORY WALL!

    • MilaXX

      Cheap, sponsor, cheap accessories. I thought the same thing when I saw that gaudy bag Sandro wanted to pair with his dress.

      • Eric Stott

        I think that when Tim tells them to use that accessory wall “Thoughtfully” he now means “Try to think about how ugly this stuff is and pick the least offensive.”

        • DuBey2

          :) :)

  • guest2visits

    I can’t argue with any of those reasons why the use of the Tim Save was contrived, sappy and maybe wasted. I thought strongly that it should have been used for Sue over last week’s ‘team’ effort, even before I read her interview in BPR. I felt she had something more and she was ‘unlucky’ – if you still believe in PR coincidences – to be paired with both Sandro and Ken. And it’s true; even without the questionable editing to promote a script – many talented designers just won’t perform very well in the parameters of a game show. And Justin is probably one of them, he has construction skills (not evident in this week’s dress) but isn’t designing anything special, or that attractive. I just can’t think of giving the save to anyone else. Miranda’s and Helen’s were both good this week – but I think both should have been cut long ago and are somehow saved. Same with Karen – although I liked her simple dress enough this week to call it safe.
    Alexandria’s haven’t been stellar either; and this outfit may be unique; but it didn’t have much going for it other than ‘different’. It has some sculptural qualities, but drop-crotch is mostly odd and unattractive to look at. And while the front of the jacket was very nice; the back looked like an unresolved idea that became an appendage that didn’t fit with the rest of the work.
    That leaves Jeremy’s simple but elegant slip dress, or Alexander’s hand painted gown (which i thought was a good eye on his part – no matter what Zac said).
    I can’t see wasting a Tim Save on Ken after last week’s tantrum that cruded up the team, and his dull contribution this week, along with his past boring designs, means only in Ken’s grandiose dreams is a win possible.
    I was a bit disappointed in Dom’s this week; I liked the print she chose but I was totally put off with the fabric or the placement of it around the neck – something didn’t feel harmonious about it. Like a scarf added as an afterthought.
    Still it was easily safe; and maybe the only other designer that I could see worth saving to the next round. Because I feel that the rest (Bradon, Jeremy, and Kate- who I feel would never have gotten a Tim Save because she’s been given a second chance already) ; have been more consistent.. Even Bradon who choked this week; didn’t make a bottom-look. And Kate is on her own – why she wasn’t considered in the bottom this week; is a PR mystery. Unless it was that it attempted something avant garde or sculptural (which it missed, imo) the cool halter saved it from total disaster, I guess. The longer the designers stay and produce work, the more it becomes clear who among the remaining players are the more talented or skilled – and are the best candidates for the finale. I’m not sure if it’s better to hold onto a Tim Save to give the finale a 4th designer, or if it’s best to give a designer a chance early on when they haven’t had much time or luck to prove themselves. I think I’d rather just have 8 or 10 instead of 16 designers to watch develop over the same amount of time, instead of seeing so much fodder fall apart or get inexplicably pushed forward.
    Or I’m just too over it and jaded on the show to think it matters, and Justin seems like a nice enough guy. It’s just like Tim Time with the judges turned into something a lot less than I expected – my expectations of fairness were low with the new save-option.

    • Coco Cornejo

      Sue’s big mistake is that she didn’t stand up for herself. I would have love to see her say, “Yeah, I sew by hand. So there!” Granted not using a sewing machine would put her at a time disadvantage, but it would have been interesting what she produced.

      • guest2visits

        Please read her full interview on Blogging Project Runway. It’s very interesting (and not long).
        She uses many machines; just not familiar with the ones on the show. She also talks about what occurred on the episode with Ken & Alexandria.
        I was completely fooled by the editing of the show – she’s alot more skilled than they would have you know.

        • MilaXX

          I still think that was her error. By season 12 everyone knows they use industrial machines on the show. Sue lives in NYC. she could have found a machine to practice on.

          • guest2visits

            I can’t disagree. if I was to go on the show (as if – I don’t even sew) I would map out every corner of Mood and memorize 50 different looks that I’d like to present – probably down to the last stitch. I’d visit every crappy dime store & flower/produce stand in a 10 mile radius from Parsons. Even though it wouldn’t really help – the show specializes in throwing the designers off their game. Sue said she was remiss for not watching the show until after she was cast, and she tried out last minute, on a whim.
            My first impulse was to encourage Sue (through the tv screen) to tell the other designers she didn’t know the machines well but she would knock some awesome shit out anyway. Lie. Boast. Whatever. I wouldn’t willingly give them my blood to suck. That was something else she might have found useful to know if she had seen enough PR. But she wasn’t very savvy – she didn’t emote or quarrel. She stayed fairly quiet when it may have been better to step on toes, or just make it harder to edit her as incapable.
            There often isn’t enough time to have a business and have tv time too. But I understand, there are just some things everyone knows about PR especially if they’re going to be on it. And what if the machines were no problem and she was all kinds of skilled – and she still didn’t do well on the show… some designers just don’t shine in that format. Sue may have been one of these. I was curious to know. I would have kept her over Ken’s, I preferred the small wreck she turned out compared to his duck tape dress – which didn’t benefit from any machine skills anyway.

        • Elise

          I’m sorry, but industrial straight stitch machines are just not that different from home sewing machines. They are just a heck of a lot faster and more solid. Anyone who has been sewing on any machine for ANY amount of time should be able to pick up how to work on one in a day or two of intensive sewing. The threading issue has been addressed again and again on various threads, but threading them isn’t that different either and could certainly have been solved easily with a diagram or just by pulling through.

  • Vanderboom

    I agree that this was a waste of the Tim Gunn Save. Justin seems nice, but I’ve never seen this “potential” that Tim was waxing poetic about. Oh, and anyone else yell “Of COURSE you were!” at the TV when Helen claimed she was inspired by the moth dying in the sink? She really grates, and I long for the day she says something that doesn’t reek of Edgy/Needy Eighth Grader.

    • MilaXX

      She is the stereotypical emo 20 something

  • Michelle Wilson

    I dunno, I disagree with everyone about Dom’s dress. I didn’t think it moved very well on the runway and it seemed a little heavy at the top. For the most part I agreed with the top 3 and bottom 3, though I might have had Kate down there for the hell of it. On principle. ;) And I thought Alexandria deserved the win, but was sure they’d auf Ken purely for story arc. Justin deserved the auf, but I don’t mind Tim saving him because that means we don’t have to deal with that pretense at the end of every episode now.

    I really liked Bradon’s embroidery technique and the fabric he created with it but would have preferred to see it implemented in a more interesting way. All the layered chiffon was a distraction and not well done. A more casual fitted garment in that heavily textured fabric could have been beautiful.

    The trip seemed to inspire the designers and it’s a shame they couldn’t have had a little more time to implement their ideas. I hope they take note and have more of these in future. It’s much more interesting to see the designers working through their creative process and interacting with each other as human beings than all the drama and cat-fighting in the workroom.

    • guest2visits

      I feel exactly that way about the pretense of the Tim Save. You said it better than I could.
      I was thinking last night that Bradon’s thread technique would be great looking on a clutch or bag; in summer shades or autumnal, depending. Kind of an exaggerated nubby weave.

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        He mentioned that he’d only ever done it on bags when he started at the sewing machine.

        • guest2visits

          Oops! – sorry; I didn’t hear him – apparently the voices in my head were too loud!

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            I hate it when that happens!

    • MilaXX

      So that’s 2 of their new rules debunked; 10 The anonymous judging isn’t anon because it takes no time to figure out the designers style. Hell, Heidi recognized Kate’s corset on the first episode. 2)The Tim Gunn save is not for a designer most deserving, but really just another producer manipulation tool.

    • DuBey2

      This : I really liked Bradon’s embroidery technique and the fabric he created with it but would have preferred to see it implemented in a more interesting way. All the layered chiffon was a distraction and not well done. A more casual fitted garment in that heavily textured fabric could have been beautiful. maybe even a short crop top, i.e. this might be the one place where showing just a tad of abs would fit the design (sportswear..)?

      • Michelle Wilson

        Yes, of course. Why not? I’d have been happier with any form of seperates. I know he’s pulling that technique from his bag design, but I’m most familiar with it being used by contemporary quilters so my mind immediately goes to quilted motocross pants in denim or cotton twill with that embroidery technique selectively used to pad the knees, or down the sides of each leg. Maybe insulated jackets, etc. All gear great for a camping trip. I just don’t understand why so many of them equated camping with gowns instead of seperates. My only guess is that it was a result of the ridiculous time limitations imposed upon them.

  • Lefty68

    Am I the only one who saw the save coming because I recognized Tim’s suit from the teaser after the first episode where he said, on camera, “I’m using my Tim Gunn save”?

    • Coco Cornejo

      Good eye.

  • MzzPants

    Huh. Look at that. Actual design. It’s amazing what a little fresh air and natural daylight will do.

    • MilaXX

      yeah they need to take the inmate out for walkies a little more often

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    But when Afterschool Special says
    she was inspired by a dead moth in the sink…
    you can understand the whole thing!

    • mhleta

      I suppose we can be grateful there wasn’t an old tampon floating in the toilet.

      • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

        *dying*

      • DuBey2

        A new one, dropped into a glass of water, could’ve been Kate’s inspiration, oh with black plastic packaging material still at the top, maybe. And BTW, I didn’t hate her look; just glad the other 3 were chosen.

  • Coco Cornejo

    What the hell, Kate? Hunger Games Baby Doll is not a good look. Especially when you add putty shoes. Really, the producers think we want to see more of her work?!

    I’m glad Alexandria won. She’s the only one who focused on the -amping part of Glamping. The top was interesting and (apparently) well made. The pants were meh, but that means they didn’t compete for attention.

    While I can’t say that I’m glad Ken was in the bottom three, watching his reaction to Alexandria’s critique and her reaction to his provides an object lesson to everyone on that stage.

    • DuBey2

      “hunger Games Baby Doll” cracking me up. I might just picture that look on one of the Capitol residents.

  • Qitkat

    Bradon went so wrong with his thread embroidery technique I can’t even. I own a beautiful pillow with a tree embroidered on hand-dyed silk which uses the same technique, so I know how successful it can be. His mistakes were from the getgo. He needed to use a colored fabric for the base, then colored threads, maybe three in one color family, and another one for contrast. Then, NO straight lines! That was hideous. If you are inspired by nature, then all the lines need to be curving. Some of the design ought to at least have had a semblance to something in nature, like swirling rapids, or tree bark, or waving grasses. I’m not one of those people who are offended that something is too literal, in most cases, I think designers often don’t go far enough in sourcing literal. If they mean me to think about a certain object, then damn it, make it more obvious. It doesn’t have to take away from it being beautiful. His colors were beautiful in the chiffon, but they sure didn’t show any of the inspiration from the glamping (ugh! that word) trip, and the design ought to have put him in the bottom three. I think the judges were fed who each design was created by, and the producers’ story was not being met by placing Bradon in the bottom this week.

  • Miranda Prince

    Why did Helen make her dress out of muslin? Did she forget to buy fabric?

  • DeanaDolar

    Whaaaat? Alexandia’s outfit is HORRIBLE. Puckers everywhere, horrible fit, uneven hems, mostly no hems. Who the heck would wear it and what did it have to do with the precis which was to create something beautiful???? Sorry, boys, you’re way off this week.

    • alyce1213

      It was a mess. In her own words (paraphrased), she made a fancy camping outfit. It didn’t meet the challenge AND it was poorly made and ugly.

    • Kimberlini

      I liked the concept but really didn’t like the construction or fit of the jacket. In addition to the comments above, the sleeves were too big and too long. And the cascade in the back was simply odd and looked tacked on.

  • Samuel Joesph Donovan

    Also, did anyone else detect a hint of EVERYONE being a little annoyed with Bradon?

    • Kimberlini

      Bradon got very lucky that he wasn’t in the bottom three. I thought for sure that Tim’s save would be for him.

    • Eric Stott

      It may have been the editing, but while he was doing all that flailing about he seemed to be playing to the camera. I think he’s a fairly benign attention whore- remember, he came to designing from a stage career.

  • Qitkat

    How did Kate make that top? The pregnant fairy skirt is distracting and unflattering, but I’m intrigued by the top, and can’t remember what she did.

  • rainwood1

    I agree with EVERYTHING you wrote, T Lo. And I laughed out loud at the screen cap of Bradon’s model. At least he knows it was crap and he’s lucky to have built up that residual goodwill. If I’d been judging, I’d have given Dom the win, Jeremy second place, and Alexandria the third spot. Why Dom is winless at this point remains a mystery, but it sure does look racist because that woman rocks.

    The auf was fine, but I wish if Tim saved someone this early the second worst had to leave instead. They need to clear out all that cannon fodder with maybe a double elimination next episode, and Karen needs to be one of them.

    • DuBey2

      about the “screen cap of Bradon’s model” – did you mean the photo? Where she looked like a horse clomping down a ramp? If so, I LOLed also. And I noted even WITH makeup (i.e. no longer a slave to Sustainicorn’s whims) she seems to look pale and sad.
      I’m thinking Dom will just keep going great, all the way to the final 3, where it’ll be her, Kate, and I don’t know, but Bradon or Jeremy seem positioned. Unless producers are aiming for an all girls finale with Alexandria being the other.

  • Gineral

    Kate’s concoction… just no. It made the model look like an enciente linebacker. In my humble opinion, anything made of ton’o'tulle needs a defined waist, or bust, or clavicle. I rather like the technique qua technique on the black over-bodice but the bottom cut and loose fit made it look like some sci-fi sports gear. And the neckline completely obliterated the neck itself. as well as casting shadow to give the illusion of a secondary chin. .

  • JaCory Deon

    I’m still suspecting Alexandria is this season’s real villainess but time will tell. That said, her design was the best and she seems like one of those creative people who’s just not very social and aloof. The talent is there though. With Justin, I was thinking of something really raunchy with his dress (not in a good way). He seems nice and kudos for him to making this show and showing that deaf people are as good as anyone else. NOW, his designs have been underwhelming and it was a waste of a “save” because nothing he’s shown thus far merited that. IMHO, the “Auf” should’ve been Brandon, who had the worst dress there (or maybe even Karen’s “Golden Showers” dress).

    The Rest: Ken has a target on him as does Miranda. Helen, bless her heart, is just not a seamstress. The ideas are there(?) but she can’t execute them worth a damn. Gay Daddy is playing the game, ala Anya 2.0 so we’ll see how long before they call him on that. I actually like Kate this season and while I find her derivative, she’s at least giving you design each time. I’m hoping that Dom might be this show’s first black winner if Brandon keeps going down the drain but time will tell. Anyway, this episode was a nice break from all the back-bitting this season but they really do need to give them more specific challenges instead of these “be inspired and do what you want” ones, challenges which only work for the truly outrageous and gifted.

    (And just let it be said that whichever designer is so lucky to get that tall black model will likely place in the top each time because that bitch works!)

    • Kimberlini

      Absolutely right about the model!

    • MilaXX

      They were trying to give her the bitch angle this week. Making her the loner who states her variation of “I’m not here to make friends.”, showing designers laughing at her in the work room, and then much to the chagrin of the other designers, getting the win.

  • putacorkinit

    A much higher quality on view this episode – none of it terribly interesting or fashion forward though except Alexandria’s. She could be the new Laura.

    • DuBey2

      Good point. She Could be the new Laura. Not really ‘close’ to any of the other designers; works hard to put good looks on the runway. Although much edgier looking than Laura’s designs. (i.e. for a younger buyer)

  • BuffaloBarbara

    Okay.

    Definitely a jump in quality of show this week, if not garments.

    I can’t get behind a win that includes those pants. The poor woman looks like’s in some kind of post-modern chastity belt binding her knees together. The top is more interesting in stills than in motion, but it also looked like it was pulling in some very weird ways.

    Justin’s was truly terrible, but I do think Karen’s was worse. I don’t have any special problem with Tim using his save here, though I hope Dom doesn’t have a bad week later. I suspect it had something to do with encouraging that technique.

    Jeremy: I hate the writing on the dress. Just hate it from concept on. I don’t think I’d want my personal feelings scribbled on my clothes, let alone a complete stranger’s. It would be really uncomfortable, like that oddball in a long elevator ride who tells you her life story for no reason at all. But the dress itself was very pretty. And certainly moving into the emotionally manipulative category.

    Alexander: I thought it was the best of the top three. Not earth-shattering, but pretty.

    Karen: It’s a big beach blanket that someone has stitched to a leather belt, and then urinated on. Absolutely would have been my choice for the auf.

    Ken: Meh, at worst. I might not even have put it in the bottom three.

    Dom: Very lovely. Maybe it didn’t make the top three because the model looked like she was having some trouble walking it.

    Helen: Eh. I just don’t have anything else to say.

    Kate: I don’t understand what this garment is supposed to be. I don’t know that I especially and terribly dislike it. I just… what is it?

    Bradon: Should have been in the bottom three, for sure. Wasn’t it Austin who did that wretched flag dress that looked like this on All-Stars? (I checked. It was, and it looked way better than this and was in the bottom.) Also, yes, starting to get the manipulative vibe here.

    Miranda: A pretty little gown. She obviously needed a breather, and it did her design a world of good. Still not great, but I might have actually put it in the top three.

    • berlinmama

      You are right about Jeremy’s dress, and – how is it inspired by nature? Could write a love letter inspired by the Empire State Building, too! (Ditto with Kate’s – inspired by what? water?)

  • Jennifer Manning

    T&L just expressed perfectly how I feel about Jeremy. Something about him doesn’t feel quite right. He is definitely working the judges HARD.

  • GillianHolroyd

    I did think Justin’s glue gun lace was a good idea, just not the execution; that gown was truly awful.

    Helen’s dead moth torn chiffon, thank you to the poster upthread who said it was Christian S who tried it first on PR. I remember Anthony Ryan using that technique frequently. Why copy something that has been done to death?

    Jeremy’s bias satin, sorry the writing reminded me of the cliched scrapbooking meme. At least it wasn’t in French.

    And at least he didn’t use the HIDEOUS PRIMARY COLORS that he showed Tim. Really, I question his taste if he picked out those colors.

    I think Dom’s design had a problem when the model tried to walk; was it slit on either side? When they do that, the center panel just gets trapped between the legs.

    • MilaXX

      I swear Jeremy’s garment next week will tearfully be dedicated to his children. The fabric may even be in their favorite color.

      • formerlyAnon

        This is plausible enough to make book on.

        • Pennymac

          I’m in.

      • DuBey2

        Yes, and he will use the primary colors he already bought.

    • BeccaGo

      It wasn’t Anthony Ryan, it was Christopher Palu from season 10. I only remember him so clearly because he was from Massapequa (LAWN GUYLAND REPREZENT!) and my sister met him on the train one morning on her way in to work. :)

  • George Mortimer

    A water company has a “Head of Activation”!? Oh, America, you really do come up with a lot of bullshit!

  • Angie

    How exactly was Ken’s dress not something you’d find on the sale rack? At least if I found the dress that sent Kahindo home on a sale’s rack, I *might* be tempted to buy it; OTOH, I wouldn’t take Ken’s dress if they gave it to me.

    By the same token, I don’t think that ugly dress Justin made last night was worse than the disaster Helen made the episode Kahindo got axed in favor of keeping Helen because she “took a risk” and didn’t create something “boring.”

    Blerg. I wouldn’t mind the production manipulation if they were at least consistent in their rationale for the auf’s.

    Eta: Also, Ya (Bradon’s former model; now Alexandria’s) proved she can make anything look good.

    • SonOfSaradoc

      When have Project Runway judges /b/ever/-b/ been consistent in their rationale for the aufs? Ever!?!?

      • Angie

        I know — I have the same complaint every season. I’m predictable (just like the show itself).

    • DuBey2

      Oh my gosh – I didn’t realize til now that SHE was the one who used to be Bradon’s model.. I only noted he had the weepy one (who used to be unicorn’s, then ??Helen on a bad day, and now on Bradon’s worst day of all his looks)
      I think “Ya” should win the model competition rt. now, hands down, because of that– making every designer look fantastic. How impressive.

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        i also like the model who was paired with alexander last night. she can werk just about anything. if they are shuffling the models around every week, it must be hard for the designers, as they usually l.earn their models’ bodies and measurements over the course of the season and develop a working relationship with her. it is annoying that we’re not informed of the mechanism for assigning models.

  • Jeff Warhurst

    Everything you typed I thought. I turned to my friend and said “this is it. Here comes the save”. Congratulations on having the guts to speak the truth.

  • judybrowni

    C’mo, Alexandria’s reverse-diaper pants were a win?

    So glad I’m not watching this season, but only getting it thru the TLo snark filter.

    • Howard Sturrup

      Dom should have won , Alex wont make it into the top three…… she rubs me the wrong way for some reason

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    I loved Dom’s gown and I thought it deserved more praise from the judges. It’s beautiful!

  • lilyvonschtupp

    I’m just extremely depressed at how far Tim has fallen into a corporate whore.

  • berlinmama

    Sorry, don’t agree with you this time:Ms. Karen’s omelet maternity dress held together by Dad’s belt was horrendous and she should have gone home

  • Karen Clark

    I so totally agree with your assessment of the save. Justin seems to be a really nice guy, but as a designer I don’t remember anything he’s created. Except for the plastic melty dress last night.

  • Lilithcat

    Best part of Alexandria’s win? The look on Ken’s face as the judges were praising her.

    I must say that I loved Jeremy’s gown. On the other hand, I have a nightgown that’s almost the twin of that.

    • Howard Sturrup

      One thing I don’t care for is when the show pans the camera on contestants who aren’t getting along. I suppose u loved when Ken’s design was being ripped apart an then the camera pans to Alexandria an she as a smile on her face, shows how mature an above it all she actually is. weird how some folks get ripped apart for rude behavior an others get a pass.

      • Lilithcat

        The word you are looking for is “you”, not “u”.

        As to the substance of your comment, Alexandria was not incredibly rude, condescending and misogynistic to her team mates. Ken was.

        • Howard Sturrup

          It’s all relative hunty.

  • Katie Chassaing

    I am SO glad that you guys said exactly what I was thinking when I watched the show last night, although I was far more pissed off about it than you seem to be. I am not deaf so I can’t personally speak for that community, but I feel safe in saying that people who are “different” from societal norms want most of all to be treated with EQUALITY. So by saving Justin, a lovely yet unproven designer who deserved to go home, they are thereby giving him special treatment, which is the very antithesis of equality. What upsets me even more, however, is the fact that the idiots at Lifetime and Bunim Murray are trying to wrap up this incredibly misguided moment with a bow, basically forcing the viewer to participate in this little after school special bullshit about how we should treat people who are “different.” Instead, of course, it only further perpetrates the public’s misconception of this notion, and manages to turn Tim Gunn, an otherwise lovely and brilliant man into a blubbering hypocritical phony. OH how the mighty have fallen!

  • MilaXX

    Ugh the Tim save was insulting because it reduced Justin to the special needs kid who gets the participation award. He should have stood on his own merit. I called Jeremy on his emotional trickery last night,but didn’t even think about Braden may be playing that game s well.

  • BeccaGo

    Am I the only one who outright LOVED Alexandria’s look? I’m so tired of pretty gown after pretty gown. And despite how she explained it on the runway, I don’t think she made camping (I refuse to say the g-word) clothes. They were told to make “Fashion with a capital F” and she did – it was a bold look, it required technique, and I feel like I haven’t seen those shapes before. That’s what I consider “high-end” fashion. And anyone who can make drop-crotch pants look anything but utterly ridiculous deserves some credit. Sure, they’re impractical and not universally flattering (sheer skirts over granny panties, anyone?), but like Zac said, she sold these ones to me. (Someone upthread also said they looked like capri pants under a skirt from the front and jodhpurs from behind; I don’t know if that was meant as a criticism, but I think that’s exactly what they look like and it’s what saves them from being your stereotypical utterly ridiculous drop-crotch pants.) And yes, she had some fit and finishing issues, but I’ll take minor imperfection in an interesting garment over an impeccable but bland gown any day. She’s not my favorite personality, either, but she’s my dark horse pick this season.

    • jeneria

      I agree with you. I think Alexandria’s past as a runway model gives her insight into what works on the runway that the others might not have. This look, while not anything I could or would remotely wear, was strikingly different. The challenge called for editorial and she delivered. There was a story to her design. And when you compare it to the myriad of gowns, even gorgeous gowns like Alexander’s and Jeremy’s, hers stood out by far and not in a bad way. It could have easily gone Santino but it didn’t.

      I do feel for her a little bit. She’s by far the oldest female competitor (I think Karen is the closet in age to her and there’s 10 years difference) and I think she’s very much isolated from the others. This is, in part, due to the fact that she is a bitch but I think she’s just not in the same mental space to deal with the Kate/Helen/Karen/Dom giggly junior high shit.

      • BeccaGo

        Right on. Everything you said. :)

    • http://www.lifeinspice.com/ rose88

      I didn’t love the overall look. The top was fantastic but I just can’t with those pants! I still agree with the win because it’s refreshing to see a designer step outside the pretty gown box and try something ambitious and fashion forward. I’d like to see Alexandria make it to the finals so I can see what kind of collection she’ll produce. I might not like it, but I’m almost sure I’d find it interesting.

  • Anniebet

    Well, I didn’t LOVE Alexandria’s look. The skants were quirky and borderline cute, but high-end? Hell no. That jacket was okay from the front, but ill fitted, with badly over sized sleeves and bunching on the sides. That back was puzzling and bulky and awkward. You think the judges might have chosen her to keep the drama between her and Ken going?

    • NinjaCate

      I hate her outfit. I really do. I thought for sure that Alexander would win, and I wish they would give Dom a WIN already!

    • Jacquelyn

      I thought Alexandria’s look should have just been waved through, there were stronger dresses on the runway like Dom (that dress is GORGEOUS) and Jeremy and Alexander. Those should have been the top three. I guess Alexandria’s look could be 4th.

  • jeneria

    I find the way they treat her an interesting contrast to what’s happening on Ink Master. On this cycle an artist was voted back by the public, the same way Kate was voted back onto PR. The difference is this, the judges on Ink Master are not giving this artist the least bit of slack. They are all over her, her technique, and they remind her that they didn’t bring her back, the voting public did. The way PR is acting, it’s like the judges brought Kate back and they’re afraid to show that maybe it wasn’t a good idea. Or they’re totally pandering to the public and don’t want to upset anyone.

    What’s weird is that I’ve watched every cycle of PR from since the beginning and I did not remember Kate at all. I have no idea why she was the public’s choice.

    • Meredith_P

      I don’t really think that the public chose her. I think the producers chose her. I have a cynical feeling that she’s got the contract to win, like Anya did.

  • Edward Thomas-Herrera

    WHEN EXPLAINING YOUR INSPIRATION, DO NOT MENTION THE TENT! How stupid can someone be?

  • pdquick

    You can wear a diaper under Alexandria’s garment, but not a bra.

    • meowing

      Alexandria’s garment IS a diaper, pre-filled with um, stuff.

  • DeTrop

    I don’t quite understand this season’s premise of ‘blind judging’. Do the designers keep the same models each episode? If so, isn’t that a dead giveaway on the runway? Can anyone explain?

    • Denise Brown

      I don’t get it all the way either. What is the reason for the blind judging, anyway? They haven’t explained much about it. The models are definitely getting shuffled, but do the designers get to choose, or what? And how about when Miranda sat up there wearing a gigantic scarf made out of the same fabric as her piece? Didn’t that give her away?

      • guest2visits

        It looks like PR’s Blind Judging, Tim Time with the Judges, and The Tim Save are just 3 additional farces they added to ‘improve’ the show. None of it is working out.
        There were indications right at the start the designers themselves gave away who’s was who’s.
        And mostly all are surprised and disappointed with the nature of Tim’s contribution in the pre-judge chats. And now the transparently unfair but emotional use of the Tim Save.

    • Jacquelyn

      You’re totally right! I didn’t even consider the model thing. T Lo pointed out a few PR posts back that in fact Heidi and Tim do know which garment belongs to which designer. By this point, by model alone, so do Nina and Zac. So really the only blind judging is the guest judge, and that’s pretty much how it has always been. Oh sneaky producers with your “game changing format” BS.

    • Michelle Wilson

      The models have been changing though. They are no longer staying with their same designer each episode.

  • guest2visits

    God I love the title of this post. That and AfterSchool Special. : brings me happiness!

  • A Shiny O’Connor

    Double elimination is a-coming ’round the mountain.

  • DeTrop

    With the exceptions of Karen, Ken and Justin, I have to say how impressed I am with the output this challenge. In one day these designers put together a rather impressive runway show. Imagine what they could achieve if given another day. I like Alexandria’s concept but the execution was off. Again, so little time. She is a loner so you can’t say she frittered away her time chatting with the others. While Kate’s outfit was a bit hiddy, it was also a bit edgy. Her execution was spot on. Bradon had designer’s block this episode. It happens. Dom and Miranda took a basic shape and made two good looking outfits. Dom’s fabric choice was fab and Miranda didn’t embarrass herself. I thought Helen’s dress was quite interesting. As for Alexander and Jeremy either one of them could have won and I’d be fine with it. In one day they both turned out two very fine looking gowns.

  • aussie_guy

    I was pretty sure that it was going to be this episode where we saw the “Tim Gunn rescue” used even before the runway took place when Heidi said “it allows him to save one of the designers if HE gets eliminated”. Admittedly it could have been a case of “loveable German model mis-managing English pronouns”, but I rather think it was a case of “inadvertent slip of the tongue revealing pre-scheduled plot device”.

    • Lilithcat

      No, I think it’s a case of “he”, in the English language and in this context, meaning “he or she”.

      • aussie_guy

        I just don’t see Heidi using “he” as a generic term, when “they” works just as well – indeed better – in conversational English. Of course the other option is that they filmed it as an insert after the actual event took place – whatever the answer is it smells decidedly of producer intervention.

    • BeccaGo

      I noticed that, too. I was wondering if it was a slip, because I feel like Heidi particularly would have used “they” for the gender-neutral pronoun. I can see Tim using the more proper “he or she.”

  • laura magner

    TLo, can you please make a photo montage of Karen and her weird, crazy faces! It would make me so happy!

    • Eric Stott

      Karen isn’t much of a designer, but I think she’d be fun to be with.

  • Call me Bee

    I am so late t this party, having driven around the Wisconsin countryside all day yesterday. Eating cheese.

    Anyhoo–I agree with you , gentlemen, and am acrimonious at the obvious manipulation. I thought Ken should’ve gone home for that butt-ugly dress. But since it was between Karen and Justin, she should’ve gotten the auf for her boring bed sheet/belt non-design. Justin’s dress was supremely crazy, but he took a risk and it just backfired. He made some kind of an effort.

    The whole thing was just…ickky. Makes me mad.

  • Meredith_P

    The stuff shown in RTTW was divine!

  • Annie Lure

    I’m rooting for Alexander. Why? Because he’s cool. He’s not affectedly sweet how Bradon is (“We LOVE you, Justin!”; “I wish we could’ve worked together, Sue!”). He’s not ingratiating. He doesn’t invoke his dead grandmother or his relationship to his partner or his lactose intolerance as an emotional ploy. And while he has pretty much stayed out of the drama (at least out of the screaming and crying histrionics), he’s got that acerbic edge about him.

  • Emmyllou

    Everything you said—so true.

  • lulubella

    Alexandria’s jacket so was so ill fitting, I had a hard time seeing it win even though I could see how the overall look was deemed editorial. I have a weird fascination with drop crotch pants and really liked these, though; I loved the fabric and the way the model looked in them. Helen seems delusional about her skills: the concept of her dress was fine, but her execution is consistently messy, and this was no exception. That bodice – ugh.

  • Beth

    Wow Tom & Lorenzo. Cynical much? I agree with you about Justin’s look/consequent save. But if Jeremy is a playah, then so is Braden, proposing to his boyfriend to “manipulate” the judges.

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

      From the post:

      “We’re starting to think Bradon might be a little bit of an emotional
      manipulator as well. The proposal was just odd the more we think of it,
      and last night when he signed “We love you” to Justin, it just came off
      way too self-consciously precious to us.

      Yes, we’re cynical bitches. We’ve been at this a long time.”

  • patsijean

    Alexandria’s outfit was very poorly fitted (gaping neckline, sleeves, armhole height, lumpy draping in the front and back). She obviously does not know that fabric can seldom be forced to do what it does not want to do, especially if cut improperly, and with little support. The yoked cutout in the upper back offers no support for the weight of the draping, which is why she had to fight with the fabric to pull it tight which skewed the extra fabric between the pleated darts. She was trying to structurally fit, using darts, a somewhat bias garment in the back, which can be done, but can’t be pre-stitched and forced, without a properly fit muslin made into a pattern; she apparently cut her jacket front on grain all in one with the back which she tried to drape on the bias by using ever widening darts. Not successful. Alex would have better used her time by making a nice pair of slim pants and concentrating on draping the jacket properly. Absolutely hated those unflattering diaper pants.

  • SaveFearow

    When your pants go from hip-huggers to Huggies, I don’t think you deserve the win. Karen’s dress has a worse design and horrible choice of color, but Justin had poorer construction (or at least it looked messier thanks to the great big gobs of greasy grimy glamping glue.) It’s hard to say which was more auf-worthy, but it definitely WASN’T the best time to use the Tim Gunn save.

  • Nels P. Highberg

    Will two people be going next week?

    And when did Tim have to use his save by? I thought it was before the top eight, but I’m reading some say it is the top six. What is it?

  • Tracy_Flick

    Apparently glamping made everyone think of undies and nightgowns.

  • Darren Nesbitt

    The contestants are in the arena and we are the capital citizens, they have to play it up for us. . .(Sorry I just finished reading Catching Fire).

  • ArmoPrincess

    Loved Jeremy’s dress on many levels HOWEVER . . . I didn’t see the glamping inspiration. At all. Why give a theme?

  • Citagaze

    What I find really disappointing in Justin’s execution of his glue-lace was that he was on the right track with how he used it to combine the torso…the sliver of it in the torso is gorgeous to me – it makes the outfit not only interesting, but sexy, in a revealing but not-too-revealing sense, as it exposes the skin underneath, yet mutes it – it really is a wonderful little detail. The problem is that he created a ho-hum skirt and went way too far in how much exposure the glue lace was going to get.

    If he had made a top that was in panels, connected 3 or 4 times by a sliver of glue-lace, and then made a great cigarette pant, I think it would have been really, REALLY stunning.