Project Runway: Heidi’s L’il Sweatshop

Posted on September 06, 2013

We’re heading out the door to go watch a whole bunch of Project Runway decoy collections walk a runway at Fashion Week, darlings. We’ll have to keep this one brief.

 

Product Runway.

 

a.k.a.: The episode that proved once and for all that Heidi has ZERO taste.

All this hilarious talk about concepts, for clothes that look like what most ladies wear to run out and grab some tampons at the drug store at 7 am.

 

Helen

Congrats, Afterschool Special. You’re a weepy shit-stirrer who runs to teacher at the first sign of blowback, but fortunately for you, Nina Garcia apparently REALLY needs something to cover her ass on a treadmill.

We joke. It’s actually a well-deserved win.

 

Karen

The Duchess was on fire last night and we dearly missed him (as Nina clearly did), but he took it a step too far with the “fat girl” line. He’s out of practice. He forgot how to be bitchy without being a bitch.

Anyway, this is awful. Auf Wiedersehen, Drew Barryless.

 

 

Alexander

Thank God Nina jumped in on Heidi’s praising and pointed out how unflattering that color-blocking is. But aside from that, this is a good entry from Drag Brows.

 

 

Kate

 Cute, but maybe a bit overpraised. Heidi’s critique about not wanting a zipper bouncing against her back was the one smart thing she said all night.

 

Alexandria

 The jacket was fine, but she deserved every bit of mean-girl bitching the Duchess could sling for those ridiculous pants. We’ve never loved the dropped crotch, but we can see it working for certain types of outfits. To put a drop crotch on a pair of workout pants reveals instincts so bad that we’re questioning whether she belongs in the competition.

Also, she’s sour and we’re kind of over her.

 

 

Ken

GO HOME, COCO MONTRESE, you low-class thing. Afterschool Special loves to push his buttons and then cry about how mean he is, so we’re not exactly taking her side here. But he was completely off the chain. One potentially violent contestant per season, please, producers.

This wasn’t great, but it actually does look like what some women wear to gym. You couldn’t say that about a lot of the other entries.

 

Bradon

Insanely cute. Why this got waved through without comment, we don’t know. We can understand it not winning due to manufacturing cost concerns, but it’s easily the best-designed look in the bunch.

 

 

Jeremy

Stealth-bitch said that women don’t all want to wear black pants to the gym, when experience tells us that the exact opposite appears to be true. One thing’s for sure: very few women, in our experience, want to wear bright purple pants at the gym in their stead.

 

 

Justin

Easily the cutest, most wearable thing he’s done on the show, which really isn’t saying much.

 

 

Dom

 All those red lines are crazy unflattering. Although we did feel for her when she said constantly being in the middle means she never knows what the judges think of her work.

 

 

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  • Jacquelyn

    So over Ken. I hope he’s next to go. I thought Bradon’s was cute and fun. Nina and The Duchess were on fire last night!

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      Yep, they were showing Zac how it’s done last night.

    • MoHub

      Bradon’s would have been the win in my book. There’s no reason it couldn’t be tweaked for mass production.

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

        Bradon was robbed. His look was the most interesting. Whoever wore that in the gym would definitely be noticed, and in a good way.

      • Indigo54

        How did Bradon end up with that model? Wasn’t he working with a different girl last week? His outfit looked amazing on the model. He really deserved the win. Can you imagine what Helen’s jacket’s gonna end up looking like when it goes into production? El cheapo!

        • MoHub

          The models are rotated every episode; we’re just not seeing it. Don’t know whether the designers are selecting or whether production is making assignments, though.

          As for Helen’s jacket: it will be made cheaply and then sold at an inflated price point.

        • lilyvonschtupp

          You can literally buy that jacket for $6.00 at Gabriel’s.

        • lilyvonschtupp

          That’s partially because his model Ya can work it.

          • Nixonesque

            Yep. That model could wear support-hose and a dickie collar look amazing.

    • another_laura

      When I see Ken, I always flash to Carmen Ghia from “The Producers” – the original film.

      • ratgirlagogo

        OMG, now that’s all I’m going to see too!

    • lilyvonschtupp

      Either one of two things will happen with Ken:

      Either he’ll be auf’d next week, or he’ll be pushed to the finals by the producers so they can have their “drama”.
      If the second choice is validated, that means Dom will be sacrificed.

    • lilyvonschtupp

      Sorry, folks. The Duchess was rusty.

  • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

    Apart from production cost considerations, this Totally belonged to Braden.
    And Ken? Anger Management Classes, now.

    • nosniveling

      Re Braden- that spiral piecing- in knit- is amazing!

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        Right?!!!! The man has got some serious skills.

        • alyce1213

          I hope his collection dazzles us with his skills. I’m looking forward to it.

          • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

            As am I. I would also like to see either he or Dom win it all. Dom, because she is really good, and because it is so far past time for someone African American to win. And Braden, cause he’s good, and because he has behaved like a gentleman throughout

          • alyce1213

            Dom has been so overlooked, no feedback, no props. I feel for her and I’m rooting for her.

          • Indigo54

            Oh I’m so glad I’m not the only who thinks Dom was dissed last night. I’m totally pulling for her too.

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

            So long as she doesn’t go all Sandro on the runway if she is marked safe again. :P

          • lilyvonschtupp

            I know we’re supposed to be civil, but your comment is idiotic and unwarranted.

          • lilyvonschtupp

            Now what would prompt you to believe that Dom would get hostile and violent like Sandro? Come on, tell us your theory.

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

            Pretty sure that’s a joke.

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

            Thank you, sirs, for being observant.

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

            People, get a clue with the “:P” which makes it a joke. Jeez.

  • jeneria

    It’s clear to me they’re setting Helen up for a “shocking” aufing and that Kate is the darling this season. She’s another Gretchen or Anya: she’s overpraised, she under designs, when she does design it’s tacky as all get out. I did like her jacket, but can they just stop with the hyperbole about her? I’m glad Karen is gone, I couldn’t stand her facial expressions and her horrid color choices. Ken needs to go soon, but at least he can construct well. I can’t say the same about Helen or Kate or Justin.

    • Sarah

      You think they’re setting Helen up for the shocking auf? I was thinking it’s gonna be Bradon. He has been slipping the last couple of weeks, and he’s not the early darling he was.

      • jeneria

        I agree Bradon’s been put on notice, but Helen has won two in a row and now doesn’t have immunity. I can see her falling and falling hard. There’s no Tim Save so if she were auf’ed it would be shocking.

        • Sarah

          True. But she has done some seriously terrible stuff, too, so I could see her failing legitimately. Bradon, even when he is failing (like last week – woof!) is better with craftsmanship and tailoring than Helen. If he got the “auf” I’d be more shocked, because he’s more all-around talented to my mind.

          • jeneria

            Yes but you’re an educated PR watching pro. Imagine if you’re someone fairly new to the series. Helen’s aufing would be far more shocking because she’s won so many challenges versus Bradon who has clearly faded as the season’s gone on. This is the exact discussion I had with my friend who had never watched PR before and is only watching this season because she’s friends with Miranda. I couldn’t get her to see why Bradon or Dom going home before Helen would be surprising. To her, he’s clearly middle where Helen is awesome.

          • Sarah

            Interesting point. I see what you mean. I am blinded, also, mayhap, by the fact that I dislike Helen’s designs and her as a person intensely. I view her wins as flukes, still, but I am coming around to the fact that she might just be improving in her skill and reading what the judges want of her. It is definitely true that those of us who watch all the time, with religious fervor, are not the same type of audience. Thanks for the perspective.

        • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

          and when she falls, she falls apart completely. remember her dissolving into tears on the runway when almost didn’t complete a garment? what a mess.

        • lilyvonschtupp

          I can’t believe A.S.S. has two wins and Dom is simply fanned offstage.

          • BeccaGo

            “A.S.S” is such a perfect acronym.

    • Imasewsure

      She is definitely over-praised but I don’t think she rises (sinks) to a Gretchen or Anya level…. she’s better than that but not nearly as good as the judges keep telling us she is…. I don’t get it

      • jeneria

        Okay, so she’s better than Anya, but I think she could be on par with Gretchen. It’s hard to see past Gretchen’s terrible color choices, but I think they’re about the same.

    • wontons

      I confess: Karen is someone I’d probably like to hang out with once and a while. I like that sort of goofiness.

      But she was waaaay overdue for an aufing.

      Also: I’ll never get her fondness for that yellow-green color. And I hope to God she’s gotten something done about that hair. (The spouse hates its fakeness; I support the weird pink thing but want her to get it touched up.)

      • songstarliner

        Karen reminds me way too much of Catherine O’Hara for me to dislike her. Yes, she definitely needed to go tonight, but she seemed like a pretty cool person (ie not a ridiculous camera hogging cartoon character.)

  • http://dbkitschen.blogspot.com/ Bobb Robinson

    I can’t believe you had nothing to say about Tim being forced into that ridiculous referee outfit. EVIL HAS WON, PEOPLE.

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      Ah but he got some back when he asked the judges exactly what a designer was supposed to do when the host of the show likes something you were considering.

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

        I love when Tim is the voice of the audience. I know there’s been some criticism of him over the past few seasons, but he’s often the only person with any common sense.

        • Indigo54

          You’re so right. He said, what’s a poor designer to do when the host of the show loves her ridiculous, fugly, sloppy, nonfunctional, repetitive design? That made a lotta sense.

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

            It was like an informal Tim Save mentioning that to the judges, and good for him.

          • Qitkat

            Agreed, but as long as Heidi likes something, as the only producer on the panel, that contestant will not be going home, no matter what the vote is, 3-1 against in this case.

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

            Gretchen beat Mondo in their season, even though Heidi was for Mondo. I am unable to feel that secure in Heidi’s power regarding judging decisions.

          • Qitkat

            That one was a head-scratcher, for all kinds of reasons.

          • jacksonm

            Not completely true. In one of Tim Gunn’s books, he talked about Mondo v. Gretchen. The first vote was Nina and Michael for Gretchen and Heidi and (Special Guest) for Mondo. After hours of deliberation (I think Tim Gunn said they debated for six hours!), Nina was finally able to convince Heidi to change her vote to Gretchen.

            Nina is my goddess, but, I have never forgiven her for letting Gretchen win.

        • largishbearishAtlish

          anyone noticed we NEVER hear the ‘magical phrase’ “Make it work!” anymore? they really drove that into the ground….it was the ‘you look mahvelous’ or PR…

    • decormaven

      Heck, evil is just doing the victory lap now. When Tim was reduced to holding a giant sewing needle while Heidi was esconced on the throne in the promo picture, it was a portent of things to come. Maybe the Powers That Be can market Tim dolls with the “fashions” he’s had to wear this season- like that ridic “glamping” costume.

      • Ginny Ellsworth

        Oh, I have the Tim bobble head but I would love a Tim Gunn dress up doll. I could make clothes for him and everything! Just think of the tiny bow ties and pocket squares!

      • Sarah

        Evil has done taken the lap and headed for Disneyland. Right around the second time Tim told a group of contestants “you’re the best we’ve ever had on the show!”

        • RroseSelavy

          And that he told Ken with a straight face that he could win this competition. Bwahahaha!

          • Johnny West

            At this point, anyone could win the competition, so…. I mean, it’s gotten just that crazy.

      • ohbear1957

        Or a calendar. The referee outfit would be Tim in June. I have no idea which sport season is signified by those baggy black shorts. Soccer? The ‘glamping’ outfit seems September to me. Can’t choose a month for Tim and the Needle. Anyhow, I’d buy a copy for my kitchen.

    • alyce1213

      Can you imagine the production meetings – what should we dress Tim up as next? (Is that correct grammar?)

      • onetinkerbell

        I don’t care what they put him in, as long as they give him a jacket that fits! I’ve noticed that a few of the jackets looked like they were pulling when he’s buttoned them. One in particular, from 2 episodes ago (was that the ‘glamping episode? I can’t remember) was particularly noticeable. My mom was visiting and said, “Who’s responsible for the horrible fit of Tim’s jacket?” Since she’s sewn more menswear than me (she made suits for my dad, back in the day) I took a closer look and had to agree with her.

        • Therese Bohn

          The producers should only let Tim wear his own suits — he needs no costumes!

      • Linda LaPaz

        As what ridiculous character should we dress Tim?

      • BeccaGo

        Grammar is correct, says the professional editor. :D

    • Indigo54

      Awwww…I thought Tim looked cute in that ref uniform. I’m lying. Just love the guy regardless. Can’t help it.

    • lilyvonschtupp

      I almost shaved my head.

    • YoungSally

      I now know why I have never seen Tim in shorts when he is running errands in the neighborhood…and on top of it…that horrible uniform fabric….not a natural fiber in the entire thing.

      Have to give props to the sewtestant who made the Footlocker comment during the wake-up call.

  • DinaSews

    I’m just a home sewer, but even I know how to make workout wear without a side seam. Bradon’s was adorable but he should have known that production costs would outweigh his design. Who are these people that they don’t think about these things?

    • Montavilla

      I was going to say the same thing. The only difficult thing about it was that he did it with the color blocking. Otherwise… stretch fabric is stretchy. All you have to do is cut a skinny leg (with the outside seam on a fold) and sew the inside seam. The stretch in the fabric will create the fit.

      • Indigo54

        Thank you! I couldn’t believe how everybody was carrying on. I was like, even I know how to make seamless athletic pants! Good grief!!!

    • epenthesis

      Well, it kept him from the win, but it was beautiful and memorable, and it probably boosted his odds of going the distance overall. If he’d aimed lower, there’s every chance he’d still have landed in the middle.

      • demidaemon

        Or worse.

  • Jennifer Ford

    THANK YOU! So many were praising Kors’ little joke, but I thought it was mean. Anybody would wear that to “run out to get a cookie.” There’s no reason he had to add “fat” to that except to show his disdain for people who wear workout clothes but are not thin enough in his opinion.
    Which is nice — people have to BE thin already to wear workout clothes or you’ll assume they aren’t going to/from working out? Jerk.
    Otherwise, he was a breath of fresh air, and it was nice to have him back.
    And I officially *loathe* Ken. He has serious issues with women and needs to get the boot.

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      And Mr Kors? A bridge too far, sir.

      • Ginny Ellsworth

        Maybe that’s why he always wears the same outfit…to hide cookies!

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

      Kors’ comment was so mean. I was genuinely shocked. If my memory serves me, he’s seldom, if ever, gone that far. It was completely uncalled for.

      • ItAin’tMe

        I doubt he’s any different than he ever was. He probably just edited more carefully before.

      • April

        I appreciate Kors more now that he’s unfortunately just an occasional judge but regarding weight comments, lest we forget, he’s the guy who talked about the women he knew who cut pockets out of pants to look skinnier. O_o

    • kittenwithaquip

      For someone who likes being the Queen of Quips, you’d think he’d be able to come up with better than fat-girl-and-cookie jokes. That shit is old and played out. Then again, I suppose in Kors’ world there are only so many ways to call someone slutty or trashy(poor), and he’s used his quota.

      • lilyvonschtupp

        Or disco-something

    • lissonifan

      Agreed. That was a vile statement, and I hope he is thoroughly embarrassed that it made it onto the air.

    • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

      and i’m more than over the poop talk as well, with zac giggling like a little girl. if i want to hear that i’ll volunteer at a pre-school. is kors approaching the depends age? maybe that’s why he finds talk of excrement so amusing.

      • DecentDiva

        Not to mention the fact that he’s quite KORpulent himself! Pot calling the kettle fat… Seems we’re dealing with a massive case of projection here from her highness La Porcina…

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

          More like Porco Rosso?

    • ShamelessHWAddict

      In his defense, he also said that she looked like she was going to a buffet on a cruise ship. I took the cookie comment to be an offshoot of that critique, as cruises are notorious for horrible clothing. I did not take it to be a fat comment, and with the way the judging is edited, I would guess that there was more to the statement.

      • Sarah

        Buffets are also associated with fat people. So, still in the inappropriate weeds there.

      • harlowish

        But he actually said “fat girl”. People aren’t reacting the way they are because they’re just reading too much into his comments.

      • Guest

        But he actually said “fat girl.” People aren’t having to read too much into his comments to react they way they are.

    • Munchkn

      As I remarked to a dear friend a few years back, why do they make workout clothes that only look good on the people that are already fit? It wasn’t always so.

    • adnama79

      HK NB totally has a pair of pants called “slouch sweats” that are a lot, a lot like Karen’s in silhouette. I think more people could wear those than spandex pants to the gym, amiright?

      Karen’s time to go home was here, but lame sauce on the “women all want to wear tight, form-fitting clothes, esp super tight pants – unless they’re fat and they don’t matter” bs.

      • demidaemon

        Let’s all just be honest here–we’re focusing on a single phrase about what was a non-designed outfit from a weak designer. The End.

    • April

      If you want to feel disgusted about sizes in fitness clothing, look up the recent Lululemon controversy and the company’s response. I will never give them my money.

  • Ginny Ellsworth

    I’m going to curse you and threaten you and then…..go run and call my spiritual counselor??? WTH!

    As much as Ken needs to leave due to many issues, he said two smart things about his outfit last night. One, about the hiding the sweat stains, and two, about a long enough shirt to cover potential camel toe. But good gracious, he is a fearful little man.

    • Jennifer Ford

      And did you hear him getting ready to hate on his model? She was sashaying and smiling and he was muttering about how she didn’t look like she liked his clothes. He is just READY to be mad at a woman for anything.

      • Ginny Ellsworth

        I did. I also noticed he didn’t tell his Mom or the mentor how badly HE had behaved. Or maybe the producers edited that part out.

        • Jennifer Ford

          Possibly, but considering his non-apology apology, I doubt he did tell his Mom his contribution to the drama.

      • Sarah

        I thought his model did look stiff and unhappy. I wasn’t surprised, considering who she was working with.

        • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

          none of the models really looked like they were enjoying their work. helen’s looks just like squeaky fromme in this still photo.

          • Sunraya

            Love the Squeaky Fromme reference!! I, too, thought she looked horrid, but I guess I am used to so many models look like they just got out of a refugee camp.

          • demidaemon

            I think Ya (Bradon’s model) was super fabulous as usual. Of course, for her to be unfabulous she would have to be on some sort of downers or something.

    • KateShouldBeWorking

      It happens every season but I’m always shocked at how shitty some of the contestants behave. Jeebus, Ken, do you actually want to have a job in fashion someday?

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        maybe he’s planning a career in reality television. maury povitch will be next. or when they make the gay version of bad girls club.

    • Carrps

      Gah! I hate when people who are really nasty, bitter, LITTLE people excuse themselves with churchiness.

      • lilyvonschtupp

        That’s what church people do. They’re the most relentless hypocrites on the face of the earth, and I’m talking of ALL religions.

    • wontons

      This is one thing I’ll say in support of the contestants this season: they’re better at talking about their designs (including bullshitting about their designs) than any group in recent memory. I really appreciate that.

  • In_Stitches

    Kind of bummed that we lost out on seeing Drew Barryless’ decoy collection. At least it would have been colorful.

    • ampg

      If by “colorful” you mean “ten neon-green pieces in succession.”

      • In_Stitches

        hahaha, I kind of do. Still, that’s better than 10 boring looks rendered in black, white, and when they’re feeling saucy, grey.

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

    The judges are going to need to bring some sort of flavored jam the next time they critique Kate. Their effusive praising of her looks are absurd.

    • neeBarbero

      I thought the jacket looked like it was pulled during the hemming process. It didn’t look flat, but sort of wavy. Not that I could do any better, I couldn’t, but it was noticeable to me.

    • Ramon Figueroa

      What really bugs me about her is that she seems so pleased with herself. And her graciousness comes across so fake. She is Gretchen with better designing skills.

      • demidaemon

        In her defense, she was one of maybe four people on this challenge who had something worthwhile to praise. So I can’t fault them for the praise here. On other challenges, I am a bit more wary.

      • April

        Yes yes yes, thank you. I was going to save my Kate rant for next week but you put it well. It’s such a maddening parade of smiles and failure at subtlety when she’s pointing out her novel judge-pleasing details. She knows how to play the game but I don’t respect it.

  • epenthesis

    Not much else to be said about the top and bottom looks. I didn’t care for the barber pole effect on the legs of Bradon’s, which was otherwise cute. The hat on Dom’s is adorable, but the back shows some surprisingly sloppy construction, and yeah, the lines are a little much.

    • SonOfSaradoc

      I like many things about Dom’s designs, but they do often block and chunk up the very svelte models. Pretty sure those impulses would NOT flatter a normal figure, as much as the clothes are fun to look at.

  • alyce1213

    I liked Bradon’s best design-wise, but of course it would be too expensive to produce for this line. Given that, I agree with the win.
    Regarding Helen’s, I can’t believe I’m actually giving it the “I would buy that” critique, but I would.

    • Danielle

      I loved Bradon’s. It looked like something out of Tron.

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

      I think, in this case, “I would buy that” is exactly the critique they’re looking for.

      This was one of the more successful “Heidi’s L’il Sweatshop” challenges. I think Karen’s was the only total disaster in the bunch… Whoops! I just took another look at everything. Karen’s was one of two disasters, the second one being the pants Alexandria made.

      • Carrps

        Yeah, I was commenting on this to my sister last night. I can remember the last Heidi workout wear challenge, and I don’t think there was a decently designed or constructed look in that bunch. At least this season most of them were at least borderline competently constructed.

      • demidaemon

        I thought Ken’s was particularly boring. Of course, I could have just been projecting. This is a time where a double-auf would have been much appreciated, not only for getting rid of two weak designers and one bitter pill, but also reducing the number of decoys.

  • Slade Thunderdragon

    Bradon’s looks better to me in the stills than it did in motion last night. But for the most part, I agreed with the top 3 and bottom 3 last night. I would have sent home Alexandria home over Karen last night simply because Alexandria’s wasn’t even functional. Karen’s, though bland, at least somewhat sort of made sense with the challenge. I would have chose boring but sense-making over ugly and out-of-left-field. But I’m not upset with Karen’s auf. Her time was way past due. I did love her little side comment about how Ken should have went home because he’s been in the bottom so much. I sort of agree with that. Ken should have been eliminated like 3 or 4 rounds ago… but by the same token, she should have been too.

    Helen is surprisingly more talented than I was expecting she’d be. Although her shit-stirring irritates me to no end, Ken was clearly in the wrong last night. Helen was just playing the game. She wanted to have an edge on the competition. That’s not a very friendly thing to do, but it didn’t warrant Ken’s threats and meanness. His call to his mentor was hilarious as heck. haha

    • Angela_the_Librarian

      Just last week I think it was Ken who said that the knives were out now and the competition was getting real. You’d think he would have admired Helen for not giving out a snippet of information (even if it was a bratty move).

      • demidaemon

        That’s because he was unpacking the knives he had hidden in his sewing kit.

    • demidaemon

      I think, in a design competition, design trumps all. Therefore, Alexandria should have been out of consideration for the auf in this case, despite the wackadoo ugliness of her outfit. At least she did something interesting, if completely inappropriate. Karen and Ken “designed” clothes almost anyone with a bare minimum of sewing skills could create themselves.

  • SewingSiren

    1. I thought Helen’s was overpraised. Funny too that Heidi was excited about all the “color” in the workroom and the basic black wins. Most people do wear black to work out. The pants are a straight rub off of the ones already in the line. And I would love to see NINAGARCIA wearing that outfit on a plane (eye roll). Completely agree that she stirs up shit and then runs weeping to tattle.
    2. Karen’s is Wal-mart workout gear. and It’s the second best thing she’s done. The Car/Party/Group challenge being her best and also having nothing to do with real fashion.
    3. Alexander’s was my favorite of the top three. I don’t see the unflattering line. Also no side seam is standard on leggings I don’t understand why so many designers were marveling over that.
    4. I like the red part on the bottom of Kate’s pants. The jacket is kind of a mess.
    5. Poor Alexandria. I don’t love drop crotch myself. But the judges gave her very positive feed back before (and a win). This is not an exact repeat. And it does fit the challenge. It must be confusing for her.
    6. Ken should have been in the middle. This would fit right into Heidi’s line. The long top is really a good and thoughtful idea.
    7. I don’t know if I like Bradon’s outfit or if his model is so good it doesn’t matter. But this should have been it the top. I think it’s better than the winner. Maybe too expensive to put in production? Still should have placed.
    8. Hate purple pants. With a passion.
    9. Cute, maybe too cute. I have a strict no butt cheeks policy for working out.
    10 Dom’s has too many style lines , but I agree with the placement in the middle. I have to say it does look like it would fit right into Heidi’s line. In fact they all do.

    • Bexxx

      Wait- is no side seam really standard on leggings? I never thought about it before, but I just felt my own leg and there is definitely a side seam there. …on my leggings, not my leg.

      • Sarah

        Not standard, exactly, but maybe more typical – especially if the fabric is a synthetic stretch/sport fabric. I have leggings made of jersey that do have the side seam, and that’s because the fabric would not hold its shape if it was made the other way.

    • s elin

      No sympathy for Alexandria. The drop crotch was marginally acceptable on her first design, but was completely out of place for this challenge. She should have known that. It would have been eminently fair if she had been eliminated. If Heidi encouraged her to jump off a building, would she jump? She’s a big girl, and she calls herself a designer. She should know better than to design a dropped-crotch pant for exercise wear. That design was entirely her fault, and she should have been eliminated.

      • Sarah

        But Karen’s was made very poorly. There’s no room for that in the competition at this point. Or ever, really. Alexandria’s jacket alone with no pants beats the poorly constructed bo-ring sweatsuit.

      • ampg

        As soon as Heidi praised it in the workroom, she was screwed. Of course it was a horrible idea and ridiculous for active wear, and she deserved to be ripped apart on the runway for it. But if she had come to her senses and scrapped it, Heidi would have called her out for leaving out the most “interesting” part.

      • Call me Bee

        Funny thing is, since I spent the day in Stockholm, I’ve seen more than a couple women wearing those Hammer pants. It must be a ” thing” over here…

      • lilyvonschtupp

        She should’ve been long gone. Looks like she’s gonna be the bitch in the “normal” woman challenge next week, so cross your fingers!

    • mhleta

      The more I look at these the more I’m puzzled that Bradon go passed over and the more I hate Dom’s outfit. That hat is just pissing me off.

    • demidaemon

      The praise for the no side seam probably comes from the fact that none of the rest of them could accomplish it for some reason, despite it being the correct way to construct a legging, as Michael Kors pointed out. Also, if you look closely at Alexander’s outfit, you’ll notice that all the sections that are supposed to be symmetrical are just a little bit off, measurement-wise, which has the added effect of making you feel a little cross-eyed when looking at it.

  • queenceleste

    Couldn’t agree more about Heidi’s taste level. Yikes! And what was it with the white trailer park heels she was wearing when she visited the little people in the workroom? Has she been raiding the Belk accessory wall???

    • SonOfSaradoc

      And the stilettos on the practice field. I can imagine her stomping across the field walking like she’s in flats while making 4″ deep, 1/4″ diameter holes – the groundskeepers probably appreciated the extra aeration. Or did they wheel white-heels Heidi in on a dolly?

      • mhleta

        If she has such faith in her designs, she should have worn an entire outfit. Not just a generic logo shirt.

      • Munchkn

        She should have gotten stuck there with her heel wedged firmly in the grass and dirt. That’s what happens when you wear stilettos in the grass.

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

      OMG, white friggin’ heels. They were this week’s eye magnet. They’re the worst.

    • conniemd

      Heidi’s taste level is definitely bad, so it’s always amusing when she critiques others’ taste levels, like Josh or Sandro. That let’s you know it must really be hookerish.

  • GillianHolroyd

    What *was* the question that Helen asked Tim in the workroom that started the whole Ken meltdown?

    • dixie murphy ross

      Could they use the clothes given to them from Heidi’s line as a baseline for fit, etc

      • GillianHolroyd

        thanks.

  • dixie murphy ross

    Glad someone called out Helen on her own bad behavior. Her original comment in no way deserved that kind of response from Ken, but running to Tim seemed immature and childish. My mom would have laughed me back into the workroom, told me to be the better person, and sent me sewing.

    • ampg

      I’m with Helen on going to Tim – if someone brandishes a pair of scissors and yells, “Don’t make me come over there!” I’m absolutely going to feel threatened. But I think she was absolutely baiting him, and that’s definitely childish.

      • Kit_W

        Oh she was absolutely baiting him, and Ken was correct when he said that she had gone to everyone for opinions and help all along and received them up until then. But still, no doubt about it, his reaction was way, way, over the top. I can’t help but wonder what would have happened if she continued to have it out with him. Would the producers not step in until there was bloodshed?

  • Ginny Ellsworth

    Anyone else want to know how Braden got Ya back as his model? Was there a duel in the workroom we missed?

    • jeneria

      I thought they were rotating the models this season so as to keep Heidi and the judges from knowing who designed what? Am I wrong about that? It just seems that if, for example, Bradon always had Ya, the judges would soon know what Bradon had designed.

    • lilyvonschtupp

      I’m just glad the girl was saved from wearing some shitty drawers again.

  • Sarah

    I would wear Alexandria’s outfit. I liked it. I don’t work out, though. I think it would make excellent lounging on my recliner and drinking beer clothes. I seriously got skeeved out by Kors’ repeating the phrase “pleasure me pockets” over and over, though.

    • Kit_W

      “pleasure me pockets” ha! I had forgotten all about that, and even the judges were all like “…uh, uh , oh no, no, please take your hands out of those pockets…” during the close ups.

  • Angela Langdale

    If it was up to me, i would have thrown out poopy-pants before sweat-knickers. I liked Justin’s just for the fact that it had shorts, which is what most people in Texas wear to work out in – as little as possible! In fact, sometimes you see more than you want to. Fortunately for me, I live close to the University. My daughters can roll down a car window, stick their head out, and yell “woo baby!” at a guy in shorts so fast it makes your head spin!

    • Danielle

      I didn’t mind the sweat-knickers, but they were made badly and had zero creativity. You can already buy them at Target for less than $15. And that top was horrible.

      • SugarSnap108

        It’s the zero creativity that really makes it the auf for me.

      • Pril Wood

        I’m surprised Heidi didn’t single him out for that top. After she specifically pointed out the neckline issue, it looked even worse than it did on his mannequin on the runway. Seriously unflattering.

    • demidaemon

      I’m sorry. Karen’s auf was extremely overdue. Not to say that Alexandria’s was win worthy or anything, but it clearly had a great deal more thought put into it than Karen’s. Not great or tasteful thoughts, but thoughts themselves.

  • BuffaloBarbara

    I think the fact that people are supposed to already look sexy when they go to a gym is part of why many people don’t go to the gym. What’s that about?

    Drop-crotch work-out pants are nuts. Go, Nina, for pointing out the obvious on biking. Alexandria — you want cloth to catch the sweat. Not to put too fine a point on it. Loved Kors telling Heidi that it might even keep the paparazzi away from her if she wore something that dumb looking. On the other hand, they’d probably be itching to get her in something that unflattering for the worst-dressed lists.

    Helen’s jacket is adorable, but I don’t know about it for working out. Why would you be wearing a jacket inside, and wouldn’t all black be a little… dangerous… outside? Well, maybe not at midday, I guess, but then it would just look odd. Running along the side of the street in that… okay, I’m overthinking.

    Drew Barryless: Terrible. The original idea was even worse. It was time to go.

    All the colorblocked pants show some skill, but aren’t really flattering.

    And Gay Daddy? We wear black pants to the gym to hide a multitude of sins which will not be covered up by bright, hideous purple. Were you being stealth-bitchy about Heidi’s taste there?

    Justin’s was kind of cute. Maybe this is the sort of design work he should do — get a nice job at a company where works with the bosses and comes up with non-threatening, practical clothes. It may not be glamorous, but it’s actually a needed thing.

    Bradon: Definitely above any reasonable price point. Nice work, but I still don’t like color-blocked leggings.

    Kate — you guys are exactly right. The zipper comment was the smartest thing out of Heidi’s mouth.

    • alyce1213

      I think the idea of Helen’s jacket was to wear on the way to and from the gym, not at. I thought it was really nice, very flattering, and elevates the gym clothes underneath to street wear – a cute ensemble. It could be worn with other things, too. I have no problem with black, but I live in NYC, where it’s the official color.

      • VictoriaDiNardo

        I thought the same thing and I like the idea of a non-athletic-jacket looking jacket to wear over gym or yoga clothes. And why has that horrible purple become the default athletic wear color? Purple, teal, pink – what are they thinking?

    • MilaXX

      Helen’s jacket would only work if I was walking which I sometimes do in the Fall because we have some really nice hiking/walking paths. I would like it in the cooler weather to wear to the gym instead of a ratty old sweatshirt, but no, I wouldn’t work out in it. Still I liked her look far better than Kate’s jacket.

      • Sarah

        But wasn’t it made entirely of mesh? What good is a jacket made of mesh, I wonder.

        • DinaSews

          Since I’m not svelte, I thought her jacket was perfect to put over a sweaty body to get to my car without exposing my workout clothed body.

        • alyce1213

          It’s not like a sheer mesh, it’s just a light and breathable cover up. It was a smart choice of material because, as they noted, it’s inexpensive to produce. I loved it.

          • Sarah

            I thought it was okay as a cover-up, although I have a personal dislike of the hanky-hem, which I found hella derivative of a certain gladiator-boot dress from last week. I could see how it was versatile that way, but my question was more how much cool-weather wearability it could provide in mesh.

          • DuBey2

            Good point about the hanky-hem which the judges went crazy over two weeks in a row.

        • MilaXX

          Mmmm, I thought it was lined. I guess it really only would be useful for walking/hiking

        • MilaXX

          It’s up on the new balance site. The hood and sleeves appear to be solid and the vest part is mesh so the colored tank shows through.

          • Sarah

            Ah. Not sure that’s how she made it on the runway, but sounds more practical. Definitely seems that most people responded well to it as a garment.

          • MilaXX

            I actually like it more on the website. Especially the pants.

          • MilaXX

            I just checked Rate the Runway on Lifetime’s site. They stayed pretty true to her design. The sides down point as much, but it looks like Helen’s original did have a solid hood and sleeves. In fact it appears that the only real changes are better production & the NB logo.

          • demidaemon

            How much is it retailing for? I have no inclination to buy it, as I am male and also not a drag queen (although any drag queen wearing it may need their credentials revoked). I’m just curious how much they are overcharging consumers for it.

          • MilaXX

            $99.99 It’s sold out.

          • demidaemon

            Thanks for the reply!

      • alyce1213

        Working out in that jacket would be dangerous — stuck in machines, bicycle spokes, etc. It’s strictly for coming and going to the gym, or walks (in not too thorny areas).

        • MilaXX

          That’s my point. My city has lots of walking paths where people walk or bike. This would be perfect for that. We also have hiking trails that aren’t extremely woody. I’m not saying this is for anything other than to & from the gym and those trails/walking paths.

          • wontons

            Yeah, it seems like part of an ensemble–not something you wear when you’re in a gym, but something you wear when you’re out on a trail someplace.

            I’m not sure how much of a call there is for such things, but I love that she thought of something so different, and I liked the look (and would maybe wear it, if I weren’t a cheapskate who buys her workout wear at Goodwill). This was the most boring runway show ever. In general, I don’t think workout wear is a wheel worth reinventing.

          • MilaXX

            I’m the gal that would wear it. I bought a sleeveless vest to have something lightweight that I could stuff in a locker at the gym. I also wouldn’t mind wearing this if I had to run errands after the gym.

    • cheesebomb

      “I think the fact that people are supposed to already look sexy when they go to a gym is part of why many people don’t go to the gym.”

      Well, and comments like the Dutchess’ made to fat people who are trying to work out.

      • lilyvonschtupp

        These people are not manufactured to deal in reality.

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    Funny how, for some people, being a designer means putting the letters of your name on a t-shirt and call it a day. Oh, Heidi!

  • Patrick Cleary

    My friend Jennifer works for New Balance and actually designed all the graphics on all the t-shirts that Heidi and the contestants were wearing (the Project Runway-specific logos on the back were assigned to her group with a 1-day turnaround, just like a real challenge!).

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

      Thanks for the info. We BKs love the inside scoop.

  • Angela_the_Librarian

    Bradon and Kate were my favorites, but I’m okay with Helen’s win. I would have put Dom’s in the top 3, but I agree that the placement of the red details looks a bit off in the pictures. I love the hoodie though (I’m a sucker for a good hoodie).

    The more I think about it, the snit between Ken and Helen last night seemed really staged. I don’t necessarily think they were fed lines or anything, but it all seemed a little too pat from beginning to end to be a real, spontaneous fight. I wouldn’t be surprised if B/M expands the show to another half hour every week so Tim can have a Dr.Phil-style heart to heart with all the contestants and bring about world peace in harmony!

  • myangelic1

    Heidi, PLEASE quit trying to make drop-crotch pants a *thing*. My pilates instructor has a pair of drop crotch pants so Alexandria’s were nothing particularly “new” or fashion-forward. Of course, my instructor says her Dh hates them and she refers to them as her “period pants”. As someone who runs, I can’t believe that a supposed marathoner like Alexandria claimed to be would think that a drop crotch was even remotely a good idea.

    Bradon’s pants are cute but they just draw attention (negatively) to his model’s thighs. Who wants “performance wear” that gives you thunder thighs? Reverse colors to create the optical illusion of thinner thighs and maybe I’d consider a pair.

    • alannaofdoom

      Looooved when Alexandria tried to prove that you could run or do yoga in those pants by asking her model to stretch, and the model did an awkward half-squat like she was hovering over a toilet.

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

        That poor model is certainly cursed. She keeps having to wear such awful things. Instead of a designer-ology at the end of the season for each finalist, TLo should do an -ology of that model’s outfits.

        • wontons

          Great idea! She’s having a very unlucky season.

    • Pril Wood

      Yes, the darker color on the outside/thigh area would have been more flattering

  • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

    I haven’t fallen in love with Kate’s personality. She’s still trying to hard to be nice after being known as a bitch her first season. She’s the first one to clap for someone else’s win–even when she thinks she should have won–and she’s the first person to hug the loser. She’s such a pleaser.

    Having said that, I’m surprised at how good her designs are. I voted her back in only because she didn’t get a fair shake her first season because the prom dress concept wasn’t explained well. I think her sports outfit was adorable. I thought the same thing about the zipper but usually the jacket goes during exercise. She is exceeding my expectations. Right now she’s the only sure thing as a finalist.

    I disliked Helen’s design. I don’t think her talent is as developed as many of the others’ talents. She doesn’t seem to have her shit together either or she’d wash her hair. Some designers are so focused on their work that they forget to pay attention to themselves. For instance, Alexandria’s hair is often a mess. Last night she combed it and poofed it up and she looked beautiful, the ex-model that she is. I think Alexandria is the voice of reason on the show. She was pissed off on last night’s show for good reason. The judges are thoughtless and cruel and they don’t spare the designer when it comes to getting a laugh.

    I don’t blame Helen for calling for help in regard to Ken. He’s a dangerous guy. I’d bet that he has had serious trouble with domestic violence. I think he had a horrible childhood. The anger that spews from him is unattractive, and it’s obvious that he was talked to like that as a little boy. I think he’s dangerous. It takes little to set him off, and he is frightening. It is probably very painful to be inside Ken’s head. He will succeed if he gets professional help first.

    • Jennifer Ford

      I’m with you on Kate, and I really liked Kate’s outfit. I LOVE the jacket, but I’ll buy nearly any running jacket that has the thumb loops as those are fantastic in cool weather.
      And I’m SO with you on Ken. He’s a time bomb and he was threatening Helen and it was smart of her to call that out so publicly after several other women on the show have just rolled up and taken it (not criticizing them because he’s scary and it’s hard to know what to do in the moment when what you want is for it to not escalate). I’m sure the showrunners feel like they could just run in if anything happened, but he was waving around very sharp scissors and threatening her physically. That’s completely unacceptable and none of them should have to put up with that shit.
      I did love Helen’s jacket a lot, too, and thought that was a good win, but I do think she isn’t quite *there* as far as delivering a completely thought-out look.

      • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

        Thanks for reminding me about the thumb holes. I love them.

        I didn’t see much sewing ability required to make Helen’s jacket. While most of the other designers got very serious about the fit, Helen’s jacket had a drawstring at the waist–or elastic. I would wear Helen’s jacket because it would cover my flaws that would show in everything else that I saw except for Karen’s.

        I thought that Karen could have gone home weeks ago. She might have learned something from the judges if they’d sent her home after she’d done her best. Her fashion taste isn’t that good and her interpretation of design has been too literal and immature. She’ll never know that because she got sent for running out of time..

      • jeneria

        Kate is incredibly smug. I’m getting an Anya vibe off her, like she knows that she’s untouchable. I am a sucker for thumb holes, however, so I did like her jacket.

        I didn’t really like Helen’s design, but whatever.

        • Jennifer Ford

          I don’t see her as smug — I think she’s a lot more relaxed and having a lot more fun that the others because she’s done this all before and very recently so is way more comfortable with the craziness. Can she come off as a bit too much? Sure, but bagging on women for doing stuff men get away with all the time is not a game I enjoy playing. She ain’t got nothing on Gay Daddy for smug.

          • jeneria

            Gay Daddy is definitely the smuggest of the bunch, but he’s been in the bottom and knows he can go home. I don’t get any of that kind of awareness from Kate, perhaps that’s what I should have said instead of smug. She doesn’t seem concerned that she’ll get sent home which is not something I can say of the others. Maybe it’s because she’s been through this before, but somehow I don’t think that’s it.

  • MilaXX

    Just realized that Dom’s look reminds me of Tron.

  • Laylalola

    This probably isn’t fair, but when I saw Kate’s I thought, She totally came up with the entire look from head to toe months ago. (I’m sure some of the brighter contestants must do that, but especially one that has already been booted from the show before.)

    • alyce1213

      It’s safe to assume there will be a Heidi/NB athletic wear challenge, so you’re right to think that Kate was thinking ahead. They should all do that for the predictable challenges (but aren’t they all at this point?)
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      • jeneria

        It could have been another design for Nina challenge or even a design for Posen challenge. I’m not sure it’s a given they’d have to design for HKNB. I just think there’s a lot of behind the scenes manipulation going on to keep a certain designer around.

        • Laylalola

          I know all this and still I indulge in that necessarily suspension of disbelief to enjoy the show. And then something like Kate’s thing comes out and makes me roll my eyes because it’s so fussy with so many details — she didn’t even pretend to be working within the parameters of create-something-within-half-a-day challenge. Whatever.

        • Montavilla

          It’s not a given, but it is smart to consider it a strong possibility — given that Heidi does have that line, and it’s an easy challenge for the show to set up. If I were really strategizing as a contestant, I’d research Marie Claire to figure out what they look for, I’d look at Zac Posen’s designs to see what he responds to, and I’d look at all of Heidi’s fashion lines, including the baby stuff, just in case they pull that out as a challenge.

          Unfortunately, none of them could have known they’d be dealing with the Belk Accessory Wall this time out — what will they do when they get the Belk dress challenge?

  • Frank_821

    It was the episode I expected it to be. I’m fine with Helen winning. I was surprised Bradon was in the middle

    Poor Nastastia! I think someone put a curse on her

    I wish they had auf’d both Karen and Ken. Now we have to endure a decoy from Ken

    Personally I had no problem with Helen running to Tim. she certainly couldn’t run to a cameraman

    Helen was being bratty about her secret conversation, BUT, when pressed she told everyone what she asked Tim and she did it in a non-defensive and non-hostile. It was after that when Ken when completely ape-shit especially when Helen told Ken to calm down and stop making such a big deal about it. The fact is he did take a threatening tone with her and considerign how defensive he has been, I am happy she went crying to Tim. Tim was able to diffuse the situation. Can you imagine what the room would have been like if he hadn’t stepped in?

    From the video on the Lifetime website, a number of the commented that it became a very tense and uncomfortable sitaution and soem of them were very surprised by how much Ken over-reacted

    • Montavilla

      “Poor Nastastia! I think someone put a curse on her”

      LOL. She’s like the kiss of death. No matter who gets her, the look ends up in the bottom three.

      On the other hand, it gives her some quality time with the judges. Maybe she’ll get some real-world work from them in the future.

      • MoHub

        Not Nastassia’s fault. the designers don’t seem to know how to show her to best advantage.

        • Michelle Wilson

          Yeah, no one has really played up her exoticism which surprises me. She’s a gorgeous girl with a really interesting face.

      • Carrps

        My sister and I have been calling her the Model of Doom. Da Da Daaaaaaaaa.

    • jeneria

      Helen is playing the game. She’s not just a tattle tale, she’s a calculating competitor and I don’t know whether to applaud her or to chastise her. She knew exactly what she was doing by getting Ken in trouble. Tim’s little visit threw him off his game as did his (I think genuine) apology. She’s no innocent. Someone taught her how to play the game.

  • cocohall

    If anyone has been watching the US Tennis Open over the last two weeks, there have been some designs there that make all of what was on the runway last night look fabulous. Which takes some doing. And these designs are being worn by professional athletes. Which just means that this category is harder to do well, apparently, than it would seem. I actually appreciated the fact that Karen did something that wasn’t skin tight, as not all of us are really ready/willing to wear a second skin to work out in. It would frighten the children. However, what she DID design, wasn’t good and was the frosting on her goodbye cupcake (or cookie). Is it just me, or did anyone develop an eye twitch looking at the kangaroo pocket on Kate’s sweatshirt? If the judges are going to inspect things up close are and criticize for poor construction skills, how do you let that wonky thing off the hook? And the weird flare at the bottom of the sweatshirt that looked like the garment had been washed and dried on high 300 times? I just don’t get the love for Kate.

    We did learn, however, how much sway Miss Heidi K has with the producers given that drop-crotch is still in the game. WTF? Workout wear for women with prolapsed uteri?

    • mhleta

      Yes! ENLARGED prolapsed uteri! One could could shoplift flat screen TVs, sides of ham, air conditioners, steel belted radials–all sorts of large items in those pants. What one could NOT do is any real form of exercise. I wish they had challenged Alexandria to run a marathon in those pants if she believes they’re so special. She’d have better luck in hobble chains.

    • TonyGo

      THANK YOU! I’ve been shuddering at what Victoria Azarenka wears on court. Mauve/pink top (that shows every sweat stain in a very unattractive way) with a hideous grey skirt with the high waistband…do the top players not have stylists?

      • LookWhosInTheFreezer

        I’m surprised that PR hasn’t done a WTA challenge yet (at least in the seasons I have watched.) Alot of potential with players like Sharapova, Ivanovic etc., all being somewhat linked to the fashion world. Plus it would have great commercial and ratings appeal. I’d love to see it as a tennis fan and think it would be an interesting challenge (especially if they had to design for a player like Stosur/Serena with a muscular body type.)

      • DuBey2

        So glad I’m not the only one critiquing all the fashions (even the guys’) at the US Open.
        I love Serena to bits, but disliked her grey loose sweatshirt-ty top she wore (? in doubles?) but have to give her props for the flouncy skirt. Then she wore a gorgeous red and (/grey) tennis dress yesterday when she annihilated Li Na to get to the finals.
        Also, Venus had 2 cute dresses she wore in the doubles matches. And they matched her vibrant hair color. But many of these tennis players aren’t getting paid enough to wear the snooze outfits they wear. But, they probably are more focused on the actual SPORT (maybe that’s why they’re pros?) than those of us who search for fashion in every venue.

    • Margaret Nikoleit

      Thank you! I too hated the wonky pocket and hem flare. Glad I’m not the only one who noticed, because the judges sure acted like they did not!

    • Carrps

      I saw that wonky workmanship on Kate’s kangaroo pocket, too. Very surprised there were no comments on that. Unless they were edited out to keep up the drumbeat for Kate’s redemption.

    • demidaemon

      Well, just to play devil’s advocate (sort of; I don’t necessarily agree with every point you’ve made here), here is how the judging probably played out, with regards to the bottom three:

      Alexandria: Heidi loves it; everyone else thinks it’s stupid; Tim defends her choices.

      Ken: Everyone thinks its boring and unflattering.

      Karen: Everyone thinks its boring, unflattering, and poorly constructed.

      Looking at this summary, Alexandria is clearly safe because she has one pro vote while the others have none. Ken stays because his clothes are better put together than Karen’s and would have been remotely saleable.

  • SugarSnap108

    Actually, drop-crotch pants are pretty popular in yoga classes right now. Maybe that’s where Alexandria got the notion? I think her look is cute. I like Kate’s, but the fit of the pants looks weird. Pretty meh challenge overall.

    • Michelle Wilson

      It’s also very disingenuous of the judges to critique activewear on the basis of it being appropriate for EVERY activity (thinking of Nina’s bike comment). The reason it’s such a desirable market for designers to get into is because people buy so much of it and wear it for so many different activities, INCLUDING but not limited to, the gym. Places I’ve worn active wear in the last month – the grocery store, a late night movie, 2 am trip to the Steak & Shake, Hobby Lobby, around my house, as a warm up on the way to the pool, th pottery studio, laundromat, etc. Athletes don’t all wear the same uniform on the field of play because there is no one garment appropriate for every activity, and I don’t wear the same pants to the laundromat that I would wear to pottery class because I need different garments for each of my activities as well. There is absolutely a place in my wardrobe for something with a drop crotch that looks cute with flip flops and a colorful tee.

      • demidaemon

        True, but even I thought those pockets were weird and unnecessary. Also, I am with Posen on the existence of the drop crotch in general. That is, it shouldn’t even be in the fashion lexicon.

  • berlinmama

    Yawn! All boring except for Bradon. LOL< T&L for the "tampons at 7" remark

  • http://onionjam.tumblr.com SkipperJane

    I wish there was a pic of Alexander’s with the jacket on. It took me to the end of the episode to realize it reminded me of Star Trek: TNG workout wear with the black bottom and asymmetrical color blocking on top. Good thing he didn’t do it in red or we could all make “Make it so” jokes.

  • Sarah

    Alexandria is a sourpuss, but I couldn’t help but feel bad for her. Most of the judges ripped her a new one, and look. I get picking on her for 1. She did those already and 2. Not ideal for all kinds of workout, but not for the existence of dropped-crotch pants in the world. They are ALL OVER right now, and the extreme reaction that these are so CRAY and nobody would EVER wear them just made Kors & Nina seem like old fuddy-duddies to me. Fuddy-duddies that can’t handle change in fashion, which it is their job (or at least Nina’s job) to do.

    • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

      the duchess was thrilled when he saw those pants because it gave him a chance to giggle about poop.

      • Indigo54

        Sometimes MK acts like an 8 year old. Should have his mouth washed out with soap.

    • Michelle Wilson

      I felt the same way. Even her model turned against her. I see cool young girls out running around in baggy sweats with the legs either rolled up to the knee or cut off and the effect is a dropped crotch workout pant. There is obviously a market for that style and knowing that Alexandria is a runner herself I was somewhat offended on her behalf at the chortling chorus of judges claiming no one would ever want to workout in those pants and the vent she thoughtfully put in the back of the jacket was a big nothing. I wish they’d brought on a judge who actually worked in the athletic wear industry and could speak to the issues that are unique to it.

      • Sarah

        Good to know I’m not the only one. I’ve see these type of pants all over – on Ebay, Etsy, the Biebs, girls, boys, Thai fishermen, myself, Gandhi, etc. etc. It is not so unheard-of.

    • Erica_Vuitton

      I agree with you! And I was SO happy when Tim stood up for her and said “When the host of the show says I love it, it’s different, go for it! You go for it.” I thought they were on backwards though! Tight across the bum and droopy in the front.

  • s elin

    I think the judges are irrationally fond of Kate’s work, and I am not wild about this design, but I would have given this the win over Helen…even with that nonsensical zipper in the back and the fit issues with the pants.

    What’s so great about Helen’s jacket? The ends of the zipper don’t match and it is otherwise an uninspired mesh jacket, with some plain pants. Nina said she would wear it on the plane. Really; a mesh jacket in case you get chilly on the
    plane? And why is the hem of the pants asymmetrical? Is that a design feature or just a mistake? It looks uncomfortable.

    That Alexandria survived to design another day after producing that travesty is a crime against fashion.

    I like Ken’s design. The straps are an interesting idea if the top had a built in bra. The top could be shorter, but I wouldn’t have put this design in the bottom three. It’s not design forward, but it’s not fugly either; it’s just been there, done that. As for the “incident,” Helen would drive a saint to drink.

    Why do all the purple garments have what looks like grease stains on them?

    • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

      and ken is no saint. regardless of what his spiritual advisor is telling him. i noticed those stains too, esp. on ken’s.

    • Indigo54

      What’s so great about Helen’s jacket? It’ll hide Nina’s ass and thighs. We should all be grateful.

    • demidaemon

      Kate didn’t win because of production costs.

      Also, you’d rather have Karen around for another challenge (and constructing a decoy collection!) instead of Alexandria, who has won a challenge?

  • flamingoNW

    Yeah, the fat chick eating cookies line was really awful… I liked Kate’s entry except for the red at the bottom. Ken’s was ridiculously unflattering and he’s a real bitch…I don’t know why nobody praised Helen’s pants. Those were the coolest most unique on the runway. I thought the jacket was…dull….

  • Akmall Razlan

    Well, gym wear? try very hard to be versatile? please, next challenge would be farmers wear, see how they up the standard of that.

    • valerie saenz

      bwhaaaaaaaaaaa

  • Janet B

    Ken: My teen already owns this. She wore the top yesterday.
    Jeremy: Unflattering purple pants? No.

    • alyce1213

      My reaction’s to Ken’s when I saw it was — that’s in my laundry basket now. Where’s the design?

  • Indigo54

    Well? Isn’t anybody gonna give me props? I told y’all Karen would be next on the chopping block. Well, I guess people in Togo saw it coming but I still want an attagirl cuz I’m usually dead wrong. That little bralette was just hideous! The girl has terrible taste! I hope she learned something.

    • Carrps

      The problem is that she was passed through as safe in way too many of the early episodes. Given her lack of talent and taste, I think she shouldn’t have stayed longer than the second episode. And Kahindo should still be here.

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

    Heidi, stop trying to make drop crotch pants happen! It’s NOT going to happen!

    • Erica_Vuitton

      Justin Bieber has been making drop crotch pants happen for a few years now unfortunately.

      • demidaemon

        That’s not drop crotch. That’s just failure to wear pants as they are designed, over your ass and belted.

    • neeBarbero

      From your mouth…. They were hideous then, they are hideous now.

  • lissonifan

    Do not get Helen’s win. Elvira was referenced a lot, but to me it was more “Endora flying through the atmospheric continuum.” I have been to a gym almost every day for the last twenty years, up and down the social scale (from grimy Ys to Equinox on Sunset) and I have never, once, encountered a woman who would want to wear that Halloween costume. Bradon = robbed.

  • Indigo54

    OMG Ken….what’s the matter with you? You know you’re in over your head, don’t you? You’re feeling small and insecure, huh? Relax Sugah! Remember, It’ll all be over next week. You know you’re going home – we all know. There. Feel better now?

  • Scoobydrew

    I knew Karen was going home the minute I saw her outfit, because as a bit of a chub that is what I’d wear – and I am not known for my keen fashion sense. The only thing that made the moment less then perfect was that I was not snacking on a cookie ( crappy comment KORS!!! )

    Also can;t stand Ken, thought he was totally in the wrong, but really Helen you have no idea what set him off? REALLY?

    • Jennifer Ford

      Considering how wildly out of proportion to what she said his reaction was? Yeah, I don’t know what set him off either. I think it was his rage issues which always seem to manifest with women not doing what he thinks they should and looking at him and not being silent and shit.

      • Scoobydrew

        I agree he was way over the edge and overreacted — but Helen knew what she was doing, She knew it was going to send him over the edge — she just didnt know how over the edge it would send him.

        I think rageaholic Ken should have been sent home, however I also think Helen knew exactly what she was doing.

        • Jennifer Ford

          Playing the game is what she was doing, and she was playing it with everyone. There is zero justification for Ken’s behavior or abusive reaction to her no matter what she said or how she said it. That kind of thinking let’s abusers off the hook because it makes their behavior the fault of someone else. Ken’s insane overreaction is not the fault of Helen’s game-playing.

          • Scoobydrew

            As someone who was escaped a pretty brutal marriage, I think I not only have the experience but the right to say something about abusive behavior — and yes Ken was abusive, and I will say it again I THINK KEN SHOULD HAVE BEEN SENT HOME FOR HIS BEHAVIOR. However, what was shown on PR last night does not equate to what happens in an abusive relationship.

            If you think my kind of thinking lets abusers off the hook because it puts the blame on someone else, that’s fine with me, I can’t change that, and I don’t care too. I just think that Helen should own up – she did know what set him off … she did push his buttons, and let me say this again I don’t think she deserved the reaction she got, but she did know what set him off … Ken was over the line, but Helen knew what set him off … one bad behavior doesn’t excuse her for lying to Tim about it … and that is all I am going to say about this subject …

          • Jennifer Ford

            I don’t see why you’re so hung up on that unless you want to make Helen at fault in some way (which she isn’t — the discussion would be different if they’d had any kind of normal fight, but that was not even remotely the dynamic of the situation).
            If I said something game-playing and someone flipped the fuck out way out of proportion to not only the situation itself but in relation to everyone else’s reactions to that same thing, I would also not know what set the crazy person off.

          • BeccaGo

            Right on. And maybe I’m oversensitive to these things, but the fact that everyone’s so quick to condemn the black man makes me very uncomfortable.

      • Michelle Wilson

        I got the impression we saw a heavily edited version of how that conversation went down. There’s really no telling exactly what she said that set him off.

        • Jennifer Ford

          Nothing she said set him off. He set himself off because he’s a rageaholic with women-talking-and-looking-at-him-and-existing issues.

          • Indigo54

            Remember, Ken defended Helen when Santo attacked her. I truly believe he realizes how limited he is and it’s freaking him out. We won’t hafta put up with his crap much longer

          • valerie saenz

            I got the same impression about Ken. His rage is how he voices the fear that he is not as good as the others. People with rage issues are self-haters (usually).

      • guest2visits

        He made me wonder how well he can tolerate his own customers; women. He does not have a pause button or an understanding of what a threat is. Although when Helen left to get help or tattle (depending on your view); he decided he would play the much put-upon servant of God and place a call for spiritual back-up. Not excusing Helen for her attitude of ‘I have a secret – I know something you don’t know’ which she played out against the whole workroom, not just Ken. She should have shared what little help she could…it was the right thing to do, she already had immunity and she had already used other designers advice and help. Silly little player.
        My impression was – this was not the way to speak to anyone, male or female. He would probably risk getting some kind of physical response if it was a guy, though.

      • Pril Wood

        I dunno if it’s just all about women with Ken… he went off of Sandro too, remember? Stuck his nose right in the middle of things under the pretense of “defending” Helen to Sandro. I think he’s an equal-opportunity tyrant.

      • BeccaGo

        I don’t think his rage has anything to do with women. He DEFENDED Helen during THE DRAMA™ with Sandro. He just has anger issues. Admittedly, very severe ones, but nothing we haven’t seen from contestants before. Remember Josh flipping out at Bert over a comment he misheard? At Becky (“If you’re tired, take a nap!” will never be “You better cry and cut!”)? Sandro, who actually DID have issues with women, which we heard from his own mouth? And call me crazy, but I’ll take Ken over Helen any day. Ken is an angry drama queen: he absolutely overreacted with Sandro, Sue, Alexandria, Helen, etc., but his complaints have all been valid — Sandro WAS being a dick, Sue WAS a liability, Alexandria WAS a stealth-bitch. Helen is a manipulative, self-righteous phony who started it BOTH TIMES, and that’s not victim-blaming, that’s the plain truth. She didn’t run to Tim to safeguard the welfare of the workroom, she did it to get him in trouble, period. I’ll take direct, straight-out aggressive over passive-aggressive “weepy shit-stirrer” any time.

    • Michelle Wilson

      Yeah, when she said she was going to make something looser than the yoga/track pant everyone else was making I said “YES!”, but then immediately knew that unless it was crazy stylish the judges would hate it. The last thing I want to put on to work out in are pants that show all the myriad reasons why I need a good workout. I liked Helen’s jacket but really wished someone had made a top that did the same thing. Something fitted through the shoulders with a short or 3/4 length sleeve and then a more A-line body that swings away from all the problem areas and hangs long enough to confuse the eyes around the hips. The Holy Grail of workout tops. They are so hard to find that I’m forced to make my own.

      • Scoobydrew

        I admire that you can make your one … I’m going to have to call Karen!

        • Michelle Wilson

          Knitwear is forgiving and I cut the fabricator a lot of slack on craftsmanship. :)

    • Pril Wood

      LOL on the cookie thing! But really, Ken went off the deep end. If he hadn’t had his panties all in a bunch, he might have heard that Helen was actually willing to tell her secret. He jumped all over her. He clearly has some serious anger issues that have been in place far, far longer than this that have turned him into the bitchy little ticking time bomb he is.

      • Scoobydrew

        I completely agree – I think he should have been sent home for what he did … but Helen was lying when she said she didn’t know what set him off … I am in no way saying that she is responsible for his clearly over the line behavior …

  • Trisha26

    I didn’t like Helen’s jacket at all. Nina was so excited the longer length would cover her behind – but only on the way to the gym or after, it’s not workout wear – the pants and top are forgettable. And for that she gets the win. Best for me were Alexander (just move the gray legging area way down), Ken’s pants (although nothing new), and Bradon (his look was extraordinary but I have a feeling it wouldn’t look as cool on anyone larger than his stick-thin model.)

    The Helen/Ken incident was so unnecessary. Her smug little Q&A with Tim about “using the existing garments” as inspiration (?! Isn’t that what they were there for?) then not conveying to the others what he told her was so grade school. I don’t blame Ken for being angry but his OTT reaction was inexcusable. Both need to leave.

    Although she was past her sell-by date as it was, I really think Karen’s black-accented florescent yellow/lime bra top looked interesting (I’ve seen similar in stores and at the gym), so Heidi & Tim’s disapproval was bizarre to me. An entire outfit in that color would have been too much (but worse than Jeremy’s purple pants?), why didn’t she just tone it down or do a reverse, like black pants with yellow accents? I have a feeling they set her up to lose.

    (TLo, your repeated “tampon” comments are just as bad or worse than MK’s fat woman lines. js)

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

      “TLo, your repeated “tampon” comments are just as bad or worse than MK’s fat woman lines.”

      Explain.

  • mhleta

    I’m sure there was a conversation that took place that we weren’t privy to that involved Tim telling Ken that if he continued to behave like a homicidal toddler that NO ONE would ever want to work with him and that he’d better get to work fixing his image while he still has time to. Unfortunately, it’s too late. He’s shown himself to be of a level of talent that doesn’t warrant putting up with the psycho attitude. I’m glad to know he has a mentor in his camp. She needs to quit telling him everything he does is wonderful and encourage him to work on getting past his insecurities and personal issues. Once he does that he’ll be come a much better designer.

  • Indigo54

    I protest Dom’s treatment! She shoulda been in the top 3 this time! True, the red piping was a little much but still…

    • mhleta

      Oh, but the hat. The hat was heinous. It was a heinous hat.

  • mhleta

    I was really dismayed more by Karen’s sense of personal style than by her design. A pastel pink pleated polyester skirt and a matching…cable knit?…sweater? What is she, an 80 year old church organ player? And her hair! Dying one’s hair a color that doesn’t occur in nature does not make one fashion forward. Have some style, woman. No one’s going to buy into your talent if you don’t present yourself like you have some sense of style.

    • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

      and i was noticing that she didn’t seem to have combed her hair at all during the competition. strawberry shortcake, the nursing home years. so sad.

      • Call me Bee

        “Strawberry shortcake, the nursing home years” Ha! Would love to see that.

      • guest2visits

        Priceless. I will love this all day!
        I think we see a lot of fashion-irony on PR contestants, it’s like The Beat Generation of the industry.

    • Sarah

      I hate to pick on her but I will agree with you about the hair. I noticed that whenever she had it up in the workroom she looked very pretty, but if it came down it obscured her looks entirely. Not a good choice for her. Re: unnatural hair colors – hey, to each their own, but keep your roots up, if you do it. Her own red roots plus fake red tresses was highly distracting.

      • mhleta

        Yeah, I don’t mean to bash her. Having a poor sense of style doesn’t make her a bad person, obviously. But lets face it, Project Runway is the biggest PR/personal marketing bonanza a designer could hope for, so why half-ass it in the face of such a spectacular opportunity? I’ve always been kind of dazzled by the personal style of pretty much ALL of the designers, so that’s why her limp sense of style is really glaring and frustrating.

        • Sarah

          Oh, I didn’t think you were super mean. Just trying to be clear myself lest I be admonished for judging a private citizen. You are right! What good does getting yourself on the show do if you look like someone who no one wants to buy the clothes of?

  • Kate

    Every week during the intro, Tim asks if we are ready for drama. I always yell “NO!” at the TV. He never listens.

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

      Liked a million times.

  • Sunraya

    Jeez, I actually like the losing one. At least different body types could wear it. Not only the tremendously fit work out!!

    • Laylalola

      It reminded me of .. what’s the line called … Fresh Produce? One of my in-laws lives in that stuff. It’s not at all for exercising but there certainly is a market for what she made.

  • Paula Pertile

    Stop making those stupid saggy crotch pants! Geez those are fugly.

    MK, we know you don’t design for fat chicks, but that was just plain mean. Boo.

    Tim, I’m so sorry you had to wear that ref outfit. That was uncalled for. You looked cute, but still. Not fair that Heidi got to be out there in her high heels, and you had to wear THAT.

    Ken’s flip from scary mad to happy-happy was a little frightening.

    Hope they get to design REAL clothes next week.

  • Qitkat

    HK/NB-The PMS Collection
    :(((((

  • DeTrop

    Another ridiculous win. As a gym goer, I see very few women walk in to exercise with a fashionable jacket as part of their ensemble. A jacket like that brings the cost of workout clothes up too high for most dedicated gym goers.

    Last nights judging really showed MK, Nina and Zac as nasty little twits. Their critiques were insulting, unhelpful and childish. Laughing, snickering, fanning all signs of bullying. I do not care that much for Alexandria but she had to hear some very critical remarks made in a very negative way. Look at the faces MK and Nina made. These are industry professionals? They, along with the lack of enough serious talent, are bringing PR down. MK should take a long hard look in the mirror and see that he’s no Adonis. Nina has the benefit of being an industry insider with access to some very fashionable clothes and still she’s no beauty. The less said about Zac Posen the better. Heidi is a world-class beauty but with very questionable taste. As a producer of PR, she should take a more active role and bring this back to a serious concept instead of making it a laughing stock.

    • Sarah

      I agree with you on the poor quality of the judging last night – very juvenile. But what do the judge’s physical looks have to do with anything?

      • DeTrop

        They are there to critique not ridicule. My mentioning their looks is my way of treating them as they treat the designers whose clothes they don’t like. Bullyish! Get it Sarah? They’re supposed to be professionals not snot-nosed school-yard brats. Act like a snot, get treated like a snot.

        • Sarah

          Okay, I get it.
          Sorry I missed your irony. I agree they were very unprofessional! The show acts like they’re holding the contestants to rigorous standards – even though that’s debatable – and the judges should act accordingly.

    • DecentDiva

      Spot on re the bullying, DeTrop. And it’s the height of hypocrisy too. Kors and Garcia are the first on the bandwagon when it comes to highly visible, “official” no-bullying campaigns. But, as their behavior on PR demonstrates, they are bullies and demeaners themselves. They have no interest in actually embodying a non-bullying stance! As with all bullying, what’s enabled here is the propping up of their own baseless feelings of “superiority.” Many talented and actually decent people could occupy their positions and perform as well as, or better than, these not-slim, not-young (to invoke their own categories of denigration) individuals. Demeaning people over whom they have power–especially women, especially older women, especially not-slim women–helps them defend against the knowledge that, in their lives and industry especially,”One day you’re in–the next day you’re out.” They auf themselves from true humanity, in my book. Zac’s contempt is more repressed in form, and he’s clearly led a more privileged life that at least enables him to express his feelings of superiority in more repressed form–but his snarl is there in the freeze-frame. Auntie Kors and Auntie Garcia should be an object lesson for him. Lest he wake up one day and see La Duchess staring back from the mirror. (Sorry for the rant.)

      • carolclark12

        Preach, sistah.

    • Cheryl

      The models always seem to have if not a scowl, then a blank face – they never seem to show any joy or humor, or any positive emotions. But when the models can’t help laughing at the ridiculous outfits they have to wear – I’m specifically thinking of Alexandra’s model with the poopy-pants, who had to turn her face away while suppressing a giggle – then I think that those clothes are not just laughable, but extremely mock-able, as well.

      I wouldn’t call this bullying. What Ken did to Helen, was bullying. I think that was far more objectionable.

      • demidaemon

        I agree with you. And Bradon implied a bit, after the safe designers walked off, that this is to be expected with Michael Kors. And lets be honest here: pleasure-me pockets was a golden line. And we’re all mocking that outfit as well. So really we can’t judge. And I also think its incredibly unfair to turn around and judge the physical appearance of the judges when they didn’t judge any of the physical qualities of the models or the designers.

        In a way, too, they are doing these designers a favor. This is light stuff compared to some of the criticism you can get from the press and critics. As some one who also works in a creative field (writing), I’ve heard much more demeaning comments made about my work, to my face, and I was in a much gentler program. You need to have a tough skin in these fields, and nothing said on the show was a personal attack. It was all about the work. I think the OP needs to temper their view a bit and rethink about what is “bullying.” Ken’s outburst and Sandro’s actions were bullying. Kors’ comments and the other judges reactions were critiques, if sometimes misworded.

  • another_laura

    Kreepy Kors Night on P.R. He shows up and lights on “pleasure-me pockets” and “no fat chicks” comments? Somebody’s feeling a little too secure.

    • demidaemon

      Hey, I though “PMPs” was pretty funny myself.

  • DeanaDolar

    This show officially (per moi) jumped the shark last night. I expect next season to take place in a jungle with torches on the runway.

    • demidaemon

      How so? I’ve seen many other examples which were much more “jump the shark” than designing activewear, which is a fairly profitable market in the clothing business.

  • Erica_Vuitton

    Not every woman wants to wear skin tight stretch pants to the gym Project Runway!!! BOOOOOOO! I thought Karen’s look was sloppy but at least it was different! Ken should’ve gone home #1 for his insane outburst (seriously why didn’t anyone else tell him to stop screaming??) And #2 having no thought or originality in his design. Nina was spot on when she said “It’s a halter top and leggings guys come on!”

    As for the win I think it should’ve been Alexander. As a person who owns a lot of leggings the seams and piping across the legs on all the other sets would be itchy, chafey and uncomfortable. To me his model is the only one who looks like she is about to go kick ass at the gym.

  • LadyCelia

    There was a lot of seriously bad construction in this challenge–mismatched points, crooked necklines, saggy bottoms. I know that they only had a day, but decent construction should be a given this late in the game.

  • Jessica Goldstein

    I’m not a gym rat, but I do run (outdoors only) and do pilates. The winning jacket was cute enough, but Bradon’s outfit is the one that would make me break the bank to own and wear. I also really liked Justin’s. The shorts and running bra would work during a hot run, and then you could slip on the vest once you hit the AC and begin to cool down.

  • Therese Bohn

    Anyone else get a TRON vibe with all the colored piping on black? Bradon should have at least placed and definitely won.

    • wontons

      Starfleet, for me.

      • StellaZafella

        They were all dressed as “Crewman #2″… the one with no name who gets offed the minute they transport to the planet surface.

      • Therese Bohn

        Yeah, latter day Starfleet for sure! Especially Alexander’s jacket.

    • DuBey2

      I got TRON also. Mainly from the black with red piping.

  • Glenn Johnson

    The hypocrisy that spewed out of Ken was obnoxiously thick. Spend all that effort being belligerent towards Helen just because what she asked Tim was none of his business, with F this and F that at the top of his voice. Then get all weepy about it and calling his church lady for support…do you think he said:
    “Church Lady I don’t understand what I’m doing wrong. I’m trying to make friends, and I yelled F*** at her as many times as I could in twenty minutes and she still wouldn’t play nice!”

  • guest2visits

    How about a critique for ALL the designers….like Sandro was so hungry for? They all work hard for it, no prizes… no input. Seems like the least they could get is an idea what the judges think when they see their work. I’d like just to hear how they rate some of the designs that are obviously horrid and should be on the bottom, as well as ones that are terrific – like Bradon’s attractive exercise outfit….I wouldn’t care if it was a few words printed on a card!

    • tonibaloney

      I was just thinking this – why can’t the designers get the judges’ cards after the runway?

      • guest2visits

        Sounds perfect. They could read them aloud in the Lounge, they’re just crying or moping around back there anyway! (just kidding) – I think it would add to the show to hear more about the fashion, less about the drama. The critiques are important to the designers and they tell EVERYONE whats going on in the minds of these judges.

        • Tracy_Flick

          I totally agree. I watch online on Friday morning and I just mute the drama parts. I hate them. I want to see the creative process and the expert judging. I’m already married, I don’t need more bickering in my life.

          • demidaemon

            Well, the cards are probably majorly lacking in context. Additionally, as much as the designers would prefer it, personally I don’t want a three hour PR episode just to fit in snippets of “it was boring, but not as boring as A, B, and Z.”

          • DuBey2

            OK, how about they save some of the cards from outfits (like Bradon’s in this epi) – then when they do the “Watch what happens” or “Reunion” or whatever, they spend 1/3 of the time showing the OUTFIT in question & The judges’ card. Then let maybe the other designers in the competition say their opinion (i.e. – “I was really surprised Bradon didn’t win. But Tim had mentioned once that the price point was too high.. however that footage never made it to air” or something like that)
            As the reunion shows stand now, they are too drama laden and Many of us DO WANT to see more of the clothes.
            Thank goodness for TLO because here I DO get some critique of all the “safe” ones and also a good photo I can study to see things I miss in the quick runway walk.

    • DecentDiva

      You’re absolutely right. This is a clear flaw in the design of the game and is needlessly unfair. Common sense dictates that this practice will compound the “falling in the middle” effect: the more someone is deemed “middling,” the more s/he receives no feedback that might inform subsequent choices and make improvement or adjustment more possible. It’s another example of the empty cosmetic thinking (all surface, no depth) that seems to drive PR. How shameful to pretend to select the best and cut the worst when in fact you’re recursively sealing some people’s fates with the no-feedback differential. For shame!

    • Frank_821

      Actually I’ve never had an issue with that parameter of the judging. It’s always been like that since day 1. I always felt that that was part of the competition. To get the feedback from the judges, you need to get yourself noticed which ultimately requires risk taking and pushing yourself. Justin is a perfect example. He was coasting for weeks and he knew it. Granted he crapped out when he did it, but he got noticed and he positioned himself to get feedback from them.

      Also Sandro had already gotten feedback from them from earlier challenges but he did not seem to know how to distill and apply it

      • guest2visits

        I always thought – ‘wait a minute…how can this person be safe!’ or ‘why isn’t this one considered the best!’ – what are the judges seeing that I’m not – so that’s for my benefit that I’d like to know whether or not there’s a good explanation to be heard. Probably info that wouldn’t always satisfy or that I wouldn’t agree with – but that’s happening with the remaining designers left on the stage, anyway. My knowing why isn’t going to change the outcome or anything, but it’s more interesting than hearing Tim sharing gossipy bits with the judges, or a ton of workroom dramas.
        The safe designers don’t need a detailed accounting, just a marginal description of what the judges impression was. I was serious about a card in the Lounge! It would be helpful to people watching and the designers of course to know how the looks are rated. It might even help in a tiny way to improve a designer’s output. I don’t know if it’s good idea or not; but it has been something I wondered about. (&TLo mentioned Dom’s comment, above).
        But yeah; Sandro was never going to accept less than glowing reviews of his work, no matter what. He didn’t understand it from Tim, anyway. After his confrontation with the judges, he did seem more contemplative – for about 90 seconds before he got into with the others and spun out of orbit again. You’re right about Justin, he took a chance on something outside of his norm and it got him a critique (not the good kind) but it put him on the stage.
        I don’t know; it’s possible I’m just tired of everything else that has been inserted into the show, and it feels like there’s not a good enough balance of design/clothing talk, so I’m in complain mode!

        • demidaemon

          Maybe a compromise is something like what ANTM is doing. When someone gets called as safe, they get their average score, so they know where they fell. Or something like that.

    • wontons

      For all that Sandro was wrong about, he was right about wanting a real critique. It was good to hear Dom last night stating the same thing in a reasonable and polite manner.

  • majorbedhead

    Those drop-crotch pants are hideous. I don’t know who they’d flatter. The Duchess was spot on when he said it looked like she had a load in her pants.

  • formerlyAnon

    Liked Bradon’s the best. They can and have ignore any criteria they wish, so too bad for him profit margin was dragged into the matter.

    Dropped crotch workout clothes should have gone home over anything one could actually run and fully stretch in, even things which were ugly and poorly made.

    • flamingoNW

      but it wasn’t. Price point was not mentioned as a restriction for the competition

      • demidaemon

        It always is in these challenges though, whether they mention it or not. For Heidi especially, who wants as much money from the winning design as possible.

  • http://stylishsass.blogspot.com/ Terri Smith

    This is slightly off-topic, but I wish the producers adjusted filming so there weren’t so many contestants left in the competition during Fashion Week so there wouldn’t be so many decoys. Now there’s 10 collections, so, ultimately, seven people who absolutely don’t deserve to show at Fashion Week get the show at Fashion Week. It’s bothered me for the longest time.

    • Call me Bee

      Agreed. They used to time the season so only the finalists showed at Fashion Week, but apparently they now want to cram as many seasons in a year as they can, and damn the timing.

      • Frank_821

        that’s not exactly true. There have always been the possibility of a decoy. During the first 2 seasons they have 1 decoy. In S3 they had 4 finalists. However starting in season 4 the number of decoys started increasing. This started with the Magical Elves

        Now Lifetime and B/M really have no excuse not to time it so you only have 2 decoys (since the final challenge is suppose to weed out 2 contestants).

        Personally if they filmed in the summer, gave the finalist and the 2 decoys 5 to 6 months and actually starting airing it in November, you would not need any extras at all. Of course they did that with last season but they aired in in January. Of course they could have aired in November if they didn’t have that last bout of All-stars which was a total travesty

        • demidaemon

          I agree with you on this point. Generally, Bravo’s seasons (excepting the last one, which was on the trail-end of internetwork drama) did a better job of shooting and airing the seasons so as to limit the decoys–if any–to people who really deserved it. Part of the problem is location–if they want to shoot at Parsons, the earliest they can start is sometime in May, if it follows normal college schedules. You then have to take into account post-production and all that entails, the earliest you can start airing is July. They either need to shell out the bucks and shoot at a different location so as to have designers showcase Spring collections and start airing episodes earlier. Or shoot at the same time, have the designers prepare Fall collections, and start airing sometime in October.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    I’d wear purple pants to the gym, as long as they didn’t show butt sweat. #ClassyDame

    I know I dress like an off-duty clown, so maybe it’s only me, but most of the time the only non-black pants are either sweats or insanely expensive.

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      “Dress like an off-duty clown”. Bwahahahahahahaha! Excellent.

  • Michelle Wilson

    Michael Kors brought out the worst in Nina and Zac. They all came across as a pack of ugly little mean girls during last nights show. It was HORRIBLY off-putting. They were all so unnecessarily nasty at every opportunity.(With one exception – Zac and his platonic crush on “Kate the Great” – wretch). I felt sorry for all the designers and minions who have to tolerate these people on the daily.

    • carolclark12

      I know I’m in the minority here, but I never liked Michael Kors snarky, mean girl attitude. Yes, he can be witty in his put downs, but he can also cross over very quickly into rude and condescending. Not as condescending, however, as Nina. Her, I cannot stand. I miss the constructive criticism of the judges (was it during All-Stars?) a few seasons (or months) back, when the lovely Georgina Chapman was one of the judges. I don’t miss Isaac and his schoolboy crushes. Gosh, I sound so negative!

    • peacelovecrazy

      Totally agree. And I looked at the clothes in the Heidi Klum New Balance line and they were no great shakes. If a Project Runway designer sent any of those down the runway they would get trashed. Kors was awful. I don’t think he used to be this bad. And he talked about the Home Shopping Network and the discount rack in a way that I have never heard before. The magic is gone. It’s like seeing the carrot salad from an elegant restaurant salad bar when it’s in the walk-in freezer in a dingy industrial-sized plastic container. I enjoyed the fantasy that was Project Runway. I’m kind of sad to have it halfway ruined.

      • demidaemon

        Personally, I’ve heard worse critiques for creative endeavors. So I completely disagree with you. and I’d rather have Kors, who is making design critiques based on experience in the business and design knowledge, than another generic starlet with a weaker version of Heidi’s “I’d wear that/I wouldn’t wear that.”

  • Judy_S

    Just got around to looking at this sad bunch of clothes, which make me smug that I don’t work out. Except for Bradon’s. Literal gasp there.

  • Call me Bee

    Well I tried to watch the episode today, but its not available to me. So I only know what you all have said here. Make workout clothes.
    I can’t think of a more boring challenge. Workout clothes are all the same with really minor variations–the length of the leg or sleeve maybe. And the results are boring too. Look like Helen won because her jacket looks a bit different from the usual hoodie that is worn at the gym. Good for her. And it was Karen’s time to go long ago. B’ bye.

  • JaCory Deon

    Okay so it just needs to be said: this is one boring group of designers and season. Eight challenges in and I still have no clue as to who these people are aesthetically. I guess they can’t all be winners. Anyway…

    From how it looked on the runway, Brandon and Dom did the best imho (though Dom’s would widen the hips due to her placement of the lines). Helen’s looked like a nice raincoat while the rest of her outfit was middling, so of course she wins again. Ugh. I want to like Justin more but, as someone who teaches fashion/design, he’s not bringing it. Meanwhile, just stop with the Kate Train: she isn’t what you (producers) are trying to edit her to be. Kate might be the most forward but she’s lacks a signature. And can someone please tell Alexandria (and Heidi) that that style of pant is quite common in Africa and the Middle East (sorry I can’t give you the name), isn’t anything new, and is usually rendered in a more flattering way. Just because you haven’t seen something doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist kids and someone please get her a strong coffee.

    I would’ve bounced both Drew and Coco: her for being a bit blah and him for not putting all that inner bitch into the clothes. How tiresome.

  • Darren Nesbitt

    Mother Kors was out of practice. I can tell how the producers chop up his commentary.

    • lilyvonschtupp

      I KNEW I wasn’t the only one who thought that!!!!:o)

  • Adella Thompson

    Bradon’s is hands down my favorite by a long shot. Can’t imagine that not being on the top!

  • GorgeousThings

    I think the judges/producers are wary of tipping their hand, so they didn’t pull out Bradon’s.
    And Ken has GOT to go. He’s giving Birmingham a bad name. Well, him and the Belk wall.

    • putacorkinit

      I agree. And considering how awful Brum is, that’s saying something.

  • DinahR

    I think the main reason Heidi kept mentioning that she liked Alexandria’s final look was simply because she realized that she encouraged her into it even before Tim let that cat out of the bag to the other designers. If Heidi had actually panned the look during judging I am sure Alexandria would have stood up for herself and pointed out she liked it in the workroom.

    That said, I hated those pants both challenges. It was crazy she won the first time, and she was silly to try them again, especially for this challenge. And… especially styled the same way with the hems pulled up. I think the first time the pants ended up looking more like a skirt which is what saved them. This time they just looked silly.

    • putacorkinit

      I think you are right about Heidi having painted herself into a corner championing the colostomy pants in the workroom and so having to follow through with that support on the runway. As sports pants, however, the whole idea was a fiasco before it even left the runway.

      I disagree with you that the dropped crotch was a disaster the first time she produced them – I loathe the concept as much as anyone else but that particular incarnation from two episodes ago almost won me over. They were nicely done. This time round they were ridiculous, as you properly say.

      • DuBey2

        :>) colostomy pants

  • Malve Lyborg

    I love sportswear and I would SO buy Brandons Outfit!

  • Tracy_Flick

    1. Helen. Depressing and boring. I hate the uneven hem on the mesh jacket, it looks messy and sad. This isn’t exercise wear, it’s the thing you wear during finals your freshman year when you’re miserable and it’s raining and you’ve gained 15 pounds.

    2. Karen. She deserves to go home, she clearly can’t hang. It would have been nice to see some looser-fitted stuff, but this is just ugly and poorly made.

    3. Alexander. I don’t think the color-blocking is all that unflattering. It looks like the best-constructed one, but it’s pretty standard running wear.

    4. Kate. The sweatshirt is cool, the blocking/construction on the leggings makes them look a big saggy. I agree that it’s top-3, though.

    5. Alexandria. I actually sort of liked her last pair of dropped-crotch pants, they almost looked like a skirt which I thought was neat. But these are utterly inappropriate and completely hideous. She’s run more than 50 marathons and she doesn’t know about chafing?

    6. Ken. Looks like he bought it at Wal-Mart. And he’s a total jerk.

    7. Bradon. Someone tell me where I can order this. If I had this, I might exercise. This should have been the win.

    8. Jeremy. Looks like some kind of high school sports uniform from the 90s. Go Wolverines!

    9. Justin. The proportions on that crop top! Are her breasts sprouting from her collarbone? Combined with the too-short-but-sorta-high-waisted shorts, the effect is that she put on the clothes where they fit and then hiked them up as far as possible.

    10. Dom. Wow, those really are some unflattering lines. I’m always impressed when they make a teeny tiny model look wide. I would have liked to see more of the jacket, and I like the IDEA of a hat, just not THAT hat.

  • Synnae

    Ok- so I don’t actually watch PR any more, I prefer the TLO write-ups so I haven’t any of these outfits go down the runway, but as somebody who lives in the gym I can honestly say that only Ken’s not very exciting outfit and Helen’s bottoms are the only ones I would even consider for my work outs.

    And I disagree with TLO’s comment on Jeremy’s purple pants (as fugly as they are with that yellow accent which will not be flattering on most real women’s bodies). I have a slight hourglass/curvy ruler body type and coloured bottoms with a black top actually give me more of an hourglass shape. I’m always happy to find a good pair of coloured gym pants as they are few and far between.

    • Carrps

      My problem was not that his pants were a color other than black,but with the color combination he used. She looked like a sad, dowdy Laker girl.

      • Synnae

        Now that you say that, I can’t unsee the dowdy Laker girl haha!

  • DecentDiva

    Can anyone help me out with the following? When Heidi informed Karen that her design was absolutely not going to sell, Karen realized she needed to start over and noted aloud that it was, at that point, 7:00. This means that Karen had 4 hours remaining in the day (they were to design until 11 pm), and a few hours the next day, to start over entirely. Did I miss something here? If, in fact, this key information wasn’t given to Karen until 7 pm, that seems completely unfair–especially since Heidi’s rejection couldn’t necessarily have been anticipated on the basis of the challenge as outlined. Sorry if I missed something, but there were 3 of us watching and we all heard the “7 pm” comment. What gives?

    • Sarah

      This is not the first time a designer has been told their idea is not on point and they need to rethink it. It happens almost every week. It is not considered unfair because the designer, first off, is ideally supposed to come up with something viable. It is their own fault if they don’t. And, with the do-over, it is the designer’s prerogative as to how they will go about that. Karen could have and probably should have just rethought her bra top and made it simpler, and reconsidered the color scheme of her bottoms. They are free to interpret the mentoring statements how they will. Karen’s mistake was thinking just because there was a poor reaction from Heidi on her color that she had to scrap her whole concept, and then biting off more than she could chew in the few hours she had left.

      • DecentDiva

        Your’re making a lot of assumptions, Sarah. As others on a different site just affirmed, not until 7 in the evening, in a one-day challenge, was Karen informed that– for reasons that couldn’t reasonably have been anticipated based on the challenge as outlined– her design was fundamentally unacceptable to Heidi. As those of us familiar with PR know, feedback from either Heidi or Tim typically happens early enough in the process for designers to change course. Furthermore, that’s when feedback is on such a non-arbitrary level as to be reasonably anticipated by an able designer. This was idiosyncratic, delivered at the end of the day, and arguably not “anticipatable” on any reasonable grounds. Further, this particular, suddenly arbitrarily unacceptable, design choice did not in any sense lend itself to revision. Karen had no choice but to start over, an unfairness that she endured with admirable grace. It’s an entirely separate matter whether it was, more generally, Karen’s “time to go” (as I happen to think it was). It seems to me that the late-arbitrary-Heidi-swoop element was deliberately used by the producers to bring about just that eventuality. Not sure why you responded so knee-jerkily and rigidly defensively to my respectfully posed question.

        • Sarah

          You asked “Can anyone help me out with the following?”
          I answered you in the way that I felt was a reasonable answer to the question. Obviously that’s my own opinion, which I offered as a possible explanation for how it went down. I don’t know what is “knee-jerky” or “rigidly defensive” about having a dialogue when you asked for it.
          You seem to have a pretty good idea of what you think the answer is to your own question. I’m wondering why you asked, if you already felt you knew.
          I’m a bit amazed at your reaction to my comment, to be honest. How is describing the scenario as I saw it attacking you in any way? Maybe you don’t agree with me, but I wasn’t disrespectful at all.

          • DecentDiva

            You seem genuinely puzzled–I thought you were aware of what you were doing. I am sorry if I wrongly assumed that you were being knowingly dismissive. You seem to be asking for more perspective from me, so I will try to give it, despite the likelihood that it simply won’t seem to have any validity for you and feels like possible overkill to me. But in truth, your reply was dismissive; in fact it was not actually a response to the question I posed, which at that point was a request for confirmation that Karen had said “7 pm.” (Others on another site subsequently affirmed this.) If you read what I wrote, I said that IF the 7 pm time was accurate, that would be unfair. You assumed, without warrant, that I wasn’t familiar with the most basic aspects of PR, and you either didn’t read or didn’t understand my point about the arbitrariness of Heidi’s criticism. Honestly, just because someone asks, “Can you help me out with the following,” you don’t then have carte blanche to assume they are completely unfamiliar with PR, or to answer a very elementary question that they didn’t in fact ask. In no sense did I “answer my own question” about 7 pm, which turned out to be answered elsewhere. In no sense did you “engage me in dialogue” initially (though I see you tried to do that on some level with your second reply to me). In your initial reply, you answered rather dismissively and dogmatically, in a way that certainly does not feel like dialogue but like the “informed” trying to school the “uninformed.”. But a person can ask for help with one element and at the same time express an opinion about another; similarly, a request for help doesn’t mean the person is somehow less than you or others on any scale of knowledge or insight.I do understand that commenters operate on different levels of attention and reflection. There is a clear and real level on which your comment was as I’ve described it, but I understand that you may not see that. I hope this helps somehow.

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

            Oh for God’s sake. Knock it off. You asked a question and Sarah was nice enough to answer it.

          • BeccaGo

            Words! Many big words! Expression of anger in a pretentious and condescending manner! And yet Sarah is the one “trying to school the ‘uninformed.’”

        • Michelle Wilson

          Heidi said she didn’t like it and couldn’t imagine a woman who would, she didn’t tell Karen she needed to scrap everything and start over from the beginning with a completely different design. Karen could have, as many designers before her have done, stuck by her design and thought “Heidi will like it when it’s at a more complete stage, and even if she doesn’t this is my vision and I’m sticking to it.” Yes, she may have still been auffed, or perhaps Zac, Nina and Michael would have loved it and she’d have been safe. Karen over adjusted to Heidi’s critique. She should have just replaced the green panels with black and maybe done some piping along the seams with the green fabric. She didn’t need to come up with an entirely new design.

        • putacorkinit

          What struck me as odd was that Heidi, who jams her tits in your eye at every opportunity, didn’t like Karen’s take on a winged sports bra and yet did lobby for Alexandria’s diaper full of Indian food.

          • demidaemon

            I think it was more the color than anything else. Now I like a neon as much as anyone, but all that eye-searing chartreuse/green would look like someone had dressed themselves as their mother’s did when they were afraid their child would get hit by a car during Halloween.

        • ixoki

          Sarah was in no way rigidly defensive. She was merely responding to your question. You are the one who sounds rigidly defensive. Tsk. If you have all the answers yourself, why bother asking questions?

      • EveEve

        Spot on Ms. Sarah! Both Ken and Karen scrapped their original designs and both ended up at the bottom. I don’t keep score, but I wonder how often the “start all over from scratch” strategy lands the designer on the bottom vs. on top or safe. Personally I didn’t think Karen’s original design was auf-worthy, and she shouldn’t have crumpled it up and thrown it out, given how little time she (purportedly) had left. Yeah, Heidi’s harsh critique seems to have been contrived to elicit just this outcome. Mission accomplished, producers.

    • Boy Wonder

      Decent Diva, I so concur! I noticed the same thing, and I’m frankly mystified that others seem to miss your point so entirely. It’s hard to imagine any of the current PR favorites being treated this way, at least without the point being noted by some of our avid fans. In any case, I wouldn’t waste time trying to explain to those who “just don’t get it.” Some people operate at different registers, if you get my drift. Anyway, excellent analysis.

  • NMMagpie

    Alexandria’s comment about which designers the judges love was pretty interesting. Notwithstanding that favoritism was called out here first. But man alive… that fat girl comment should have been edited out.

    I always think it’s funny to listen to people judge active wear when they clearly don’t do it much themselves.

  • Louise Bryan

    $100 and it’s virtually sold out. I guess PT Barnum was right. I was not impressed with the jacket, counter to the judges’ gushing.

    • Carrps

      I just looked at the NB site and didn’t see the jacket at all in Heidi’s collection. Is is sold out now?

      • demidaemon

        Seriously, $100? Jesus, i could buy two new blazers from Kohl’s with that kind of money and they probably would last me at least ten times as long.

        ETA: I hope Helen’s getting a cut of that, although she probably isn’t.

    • mhleta

      She’s doing Lulu Lemon prices. I go through a lot of workout clothes and I buy the Champion brand at Target. It’s affordable, lasts forever, comes in fantastic colors and is every bit as stylish as Heidi’s overpriced nonsense that will probably end up in an outlet store anyway.

  • docholly

    Thank the goddess for Michael Kors. IMO, Zach Posen will need 30 years before he can touch the hem of Kors’ flowing bargain rack garment. As a fat girl.. i resemble the remark that i would wear that outfit. or poopy pants. I’ll take Alexander’s bottoms with Heidi’s tank in xxl please. I reserve my right to bare arms.

  • cocohall

    Azarenka! Thank you for spelling her name. I can barely pronounce it. That was certainly the most egregious look so far, particularly because of the way it seems to ACCENT the sweat stains. Obviously, the top players are under contract to wear these clothes, but that begs the question as to how this design was ever produced, much less selected for a top player to wear on what is a sort of extended infomercial for sports wear. You are seeing the clothes over a period of 2-4 hours. It’s hard to believe anyone out there in tennisland is thinking “I’ve got to get my hands on that dreary gray skirt!” Talk about clothes destined to end up on the sales rack. The Duchess would weep.

  • myristica_fragrans

    am i naive for being surprised that most of the designers only work with certain fabrics and have never made pants before? at the very least, i assumed that the women would have made or altered things for themselves in the past so i just don’t get it.

    ken- such an angry, hating-ass bitch for no reason and needs to go home so he can get back to making outfits for church ladies.

    karen- her outfit was ugly and poorly fitted.

    kate- i liked her outfit, but i can’t like her because i think she’s smug and getting the winner’s edit. i still don’t know why they brought her back in the first place.

    alexandria- at least she was thinking about the fashion, i guess?

    helen- whiny victim, stole kate’s win.

    drag brows- i loved this! those pants were done perfectly.

    • demidaemon

      Because she was “voted” in, natch.

  • Theresa Jones

    Afew seasons ago, Heidi had the contestants design for a casual line of hers (don’t remember if it was “active wear”) but when I looked it up, it had several of those nasty dropped crotch pants. And I’ve seen candids of her running around the city in those things! UGH! Girl just loves them for some reason… also, I looked at the current HKNB and for all the crap Ken got for the length of his tank top, most of the tanks in her line are at least that long… our longer. With the exception of Nina, maybe, they were all talking out their bottoms again lastnight.

    • demidaemon

      I believe that challenge was for the same line as this one was.

  • Jeff Warhurst

    Ken is a fucking NIGHTMARE. Just bad people. Period.

  • Imasewsure

    When I saw Karen’s outfit hit the runway I thought that I would so wear that… and that she was going home for that frumpy sack for sure (which again, I would buy in a heartbeat). I missed the whole melt down at the beginning and so glad I did!

  • Karen Clark

    Love your headline! That’s exactly what I said when the challenge was presented. I mean, c’mon, Heidi!

    I liked Bradon’s design the best. And Pet the Kitty brat needs to leave now!

  • FashionFollower.com

    Every single one of these looks exactly the same. That’s really all I got.

    • BeccaGo

      My thoughts exactly.

    • Shawn EH

      Heidi cracks a harsh whip.

  • steeg of their own

    Bradon’s is the only one I would wear to work out. His looked comfy and fashionable, but didn’t have any silly flounces or extraneous material that would get in the way of actual gym work.

  • putacorkinit

    Bradon’s was stunningly good, I thought. Not just an episode winner but a season classic. And yet it got passed over like matzoh pudding. I guess TLos’ comment – too expensive to mass-produce – might have been the reason it was shoved back into the middle of the deck.

    • ThaliaMenninger

      But it would’ve been nice to hear that. It looked so much better than anything else, you just wonder…

  • ItAin’tMe

    “And the Blek accessory wall is ..there..for..you to…use….if..you…so….choose.”

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

      I will never tire of reading “Blek.”

    • DuBey2

      HAh! I was wondering how many BKs caught that each week Tim is adjusting his Belk wall product push ever so slightly. I don’t think he’s ever before said “If you so choose” about the accessories- has he?
      But, I digress – can someone tell me WHO makes the oxford shoes most of the models wore?(i.e. Alexandria’s) — I love them.

  • putacorkinit

    As other posters have already said: fashion-wise, this is one dull season. Making gym clothes out of orange, grey and black stretchy pant fabric is never going to produce good TV fashion let along good fashion.

    If the Weinsteins wanted to claw back viewers next year, they could do worse than have an All-Couture Fashion Season.

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

      Only if the designers get two days to work on each project. No more one-day garbage!

  • jillwrites

    Dear Alexandria,

    Please look up “chub rub” and you’ll know where you went terribly awry this week.

    Sincerely,

    an Average American Woman (size 12 on a really really good day after fending off the flu)

  • http://www.thefoodhussy.com Heather Johnson

    I disagree about Drew Barryless – that was the ONLY outfit someone who’s not a supermodel could comfortably wear. I love me some Kors but the fat girl comment was over the line. There are fat girls that buy gym clothes too and we don’t want to look sexy at the gym – we just want to not look like an overstuffed sausage.

  • VivianAdvanced

    Heidi’s exercise wear= zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Same old grey, black and neon fabrics. I hate it when they don’t go to Mood. I miss Swatch’s appearances. Bradon’s should have won or at least been in the top 3. Alexandria’s droopy drawers look like they were made for that poor man whose testicles grew to the size of bowling balls.

  • Annie Lure

    Producers: STOP proffering intended to tug at heartstrings “My mom passed away a couple years ago” or “I slept in my car for 2 months” justifications for pathetic behavior. That the producers think doing so renders the viewers sympathetic is insulting. There’s no rationalizing Ken’s incoherent, illiterate spewing. I don’t care what he’s been through. Everyone encounters difficulties in life. Deal with it. Talk about it, if you must, but don’t labor under the delusion that it will engender any understanding: Oh, THAT must be why he’s so emotionally fragile and volatile. That’s gross.

    I’ve never responded to Heidi’s New Balance challenges, primarily because they’ve been so poorly posited. What are they to design: a workout outfit or a.. uh, I don’t know, “what active, busy women wear whilst grocery shopping”(?!) This season, however, it was somewhat delineated: it has to be workout attire, and it has to fulfill both fashion and function. It has to possess commercial viability. Fair enough. It certainly is a fashion-relevant challenge.

    Half had decent designs. Half had awful designs.

    THE AWFUL

    1. Jeremy’s poorly cut, ill-fitting creation. The choice of color palette evinces a terrible sense of color; the placement of color-blocking, a terrible sense of the design as a whole.

    2. Alexandria’s pooped pants and “pleasure-me-pockets” (That MK zinger worked!). I’m very aversive to drop-crotch pants; however, I can accept them when done inventively and pertinently. Clearly, this is not the case here. Unlike the judges, however, I thought the cutouts of the top imparted some style onto the outfit. Jacket’s passable.

    3. Ken’s pedestrian, ill-proportioned entry which visually fattens the model’s ass. The straps are pointless and ill-configured.

    4. Karen’s big, baggy nothing. She would have been better off recalibrating the original design in response to criticism as opposed to scrapping it entirely.

    5. Justin: I happen to to see potential in this entry. What’s lacking is the execution. The shorts are too high-waist, and there’s a bit too much ass showing. The V-neckline is very unfortunate in its configuration and placement. It flattens her boobs and gives the illusion of them dropping.

    THE GOOD

    - Braden’s meticulously color-blocked and piped ensemble deserved a top spot.

    - Kate’s entry was ambitious and pleasing in how it lineates the body. It was pragmatic save for the zipper in the back which, to me, would be a nuisance.

    - Alexander’s draping of the pants is apt; the look, in the aggregate, adequate.

    - Dom’s entry displays a poor understanding of how to accentuate a woman’s body. It is nonetheless ambitious and shows an *attempt* at differentiating her piece from the rest.

    - Helen’s was the most stylish look (sans the kangaroo pouch top). With the jacket, she injected delicateness and fluidity into the predominantly fitted and rigid active-wear aesthetic.

  • lilyvonschtupp

    As far as I’m concerned, they ALL could’ve been auf’d last night and I wouldn’t have bat an eyelash, save for Braden and Dom.

    But c’mon, boring ass sportswear that you can find at Target’s??? Give me some fashion!!!!

    • Therese Bohn

      Yeah, I’m not watching this show for sportswear! (Although Bradon’s was perfection!)

  • rkdgal

    That poor model in the saggy pants has been on the bad end of the worst outfits this season! She hasn’t gotten aufed, miraculously, but she has paraded down the unwary in more ridiculous shit than anone else. What will she be saddled with next week?!

    • BeccaGo

      I’m going to assume “unwary” was an auto-correct typo, but it’s awesome, nonetheless. :D

  • demidaemon

    These athletic wear challenges that show up every so often are usually pretty boring to me, especially in the clothes. Thank god for Michael Kors and Coco and After-School’s almost alleyway shanking. Otherwise, I might have fallen asleep.

  • SirLouie

    Dull, dull, dull. I think we all should have pulled out the Scrabble board and done that instead.

  • Ruth Sawyer

    I didn’t have a chance to watch the last half until after I picked up my son from school. He’s 4 years old and mildly autistic. He usually plays in the room while I watch PR but doesn’t pay tons of attention.

    But last night? When Karen’s look walked down the runway, he turned and GAPED at the TV, then told me “Momma….. You don’t like that one.” HA!!!!

  • erica

    Calling Ken “Coco Montrese” made me choke on my coffee. That is an uncanny comparison – bitchy, catty, delusional, over-confident, and on and on. I completely agree with the critiques of Helen and Kate’s tops. Both were not my preferred gym attire. And “sour” is the PERFECT word to use for Alexandria. I couldn’t put my finger on her attitude and face. It’s sour. Yes.

  • TVKimmy

    I’m glad I’m not the only one that took issue with Mr. Tangerine’s “fat chick getting a cookie” comment. It was simply nasty and it actually jarred me to hear it. Besides, bitch has no room to be throwing weight shade.

  • DuBey2

    #1. I’d like to see footage of Alexandria running a marathon in her drop-crotch pants. Close up footage. Slow mo footage.
    #2. I liked Kate’s look a lot. Personally didn’t like the red colorblock at the bottom of the pants (I’m petite, so sensitive to leg-shortening styles). Overall I think she has lots of different looks and at least will have an entertaining runway show. I don’t pick my favorites by their smugness, or other personality issues, just by their fashion. However, I admit that I would struggle with them giving Ken a win, no matter how beautiful his designs might have been, based on his cruelty. Thank goodness, that won’t be my problem this season!

  • Lauren Lynch Fox

    What a dumb challenge. What could be less interesting then work out wear and I am tired of hearing how Ms. K is taking over the world.

    • Synnae

      Actually, I think it is a good challenge. Work out wear has to be functional, comfortable and you can only use a limited number of fabrics, so it is all the more challenging to make something that is also fashionable.

  • Big Bear

    Ken made a veiled threat of violence – ‘don’t make me come over there’. He should have been off the show immediately, not given a ‘there there’ pity talk.

  • elemspbee

    Ok so this epi was enh, with the Duchess’s presence elevating it from being blah. But Heidi’s face was unbelievable. her face was stunning!

  • guest2visits

    The more I view Helen’s dreary ‘ Dead Moth Singed by Fire’ jacket, the more I doubt Nina’s prescription-eye-wear.

  • April

    I’m disappointed it was all shorts and pants; a tennis dress like Stella McCartney for Adidas would’ve been nice. Heidi’s logo needs to be reworked; the tilt of the HK and NB doesn’t match up. Dom’s hat was adorable. Alexandria’s look was definitely the worst to me. I wouldn’t be embarrassed to run in Karen’s.

  • Swiftlytiltingplanet

    And I’m really appalled at you.

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

    Girl, bye.

  • BeccaGo

    Well, that escalated quickly.

  • lilyvonschtupp

    What the fuck just happened here??????

  • Alloy Jane

    People be crazy. It’s like in Goodfeathers, when Pesto takes offense to anything Squit says, no matter how benign. Cuh. Ray. Zeeeeeeee.

  • Sarah

    I was wondering the same thing! Huh.

  • jeanzhane

    My guess is someone’s auditioning for the crazy slot on a future season?

  • BeccaGo

    “Schooling” of the “uninformed.”