Project Runway: Prints and Princesses

Posted on September 27, 2013

 

In this episode of Project Runway, the designers —

 

Seriously, we have no fucking idea. You can tell the season’s losing steam when the challenges start getting as convoluted as 19th Century Russian novels. Something about inspiration and Miss Universe and cake. And a dying aristocrat who has fallen for a revolutionary and left her children in the snow to kill his landlord and something something. We think.

 

Oh, yeah. And they HP’d their asses all over that workroom, making cheap kitchen curtain fabric.

 

Honestly, it was a pretty boring episode. We suppose after weeding out the ones with the personality disorders, the show was inevitably going to seem tamer. Not that we’re asking for any more rage-y meltdowns this season.

 

There was some minor drama surrounding Afterschool Special’s lack of confidence in her design but we couldn’t yawn hard enough and besides, we’ll get to her in a minute.

 

Dom

So congrats, Dom! We actually cringed at the sight of her print, because it just didn’t look very sophisticated to us, but she designed a dress that utilized it in the best possible way; a perfect blend of print design and fashion design, which is what the challenge calls for.

 

Bradon

It’s true that the dress was, as Peter Som kept saying, “sick.” But that jacket really wasn’t. In fact, it was pretty awful. The print is pretty, though.

 

 

Helen

Lorenzo liked this more than Tom did. He thought the design of the dress was chic and minimalist. Tom agreed with that part of it but he felt the design really had nothing to do with the print, which was cute, but felt a little junior, or at the very least, like something you’d see on a t-shirt.

Oh, and while we’re on the subject…

 

Dear Helen,

Please stop reading our tweets and our recaps. We can’t handle your astounding hypocrisy, demonstrated by a sling of tweets calling your fellow competitor Alexandria a bitch, while at the same time sending a sling of tweets about how horrible we are for saying the print designs were ugly this week, culminating in a tweet this morning where you actually wished death upon us. Congratulations, girl. Of all the pouty little attention whores who couldn’t take a joke in the history of this show, you win the prize for being the first one to escalate their hatred of us to purely sociopathic proportions.

 

 

Get a grip, girl. Or go away. Don’t take your drama to us.

 

 

Alexandria

It’s horrible. We’re not even going to try to defend it. The only reason we can think of as to why she wasn’t eliminated for this comes down to the ever-elusive and hard-to-define “point of view” that the judges love so much. What might be called sloppy crap coming from another designer is seen as conceptual and editorial coming from her. A lot of it comes down to style and attitude.

But really, she should have been eliminated just for the idiotic, “I’m going to take inspiration from this brick wall,” which we almost think was a passive-aggressive bitchslap against the whole challenge.

 

Justin

A kind of ominous-looking print turned into a really dreary dress. He continues to fail to impress. The idea of using an abstract version of sign language in the print was a good one, though. He should take his designs in that direction for now, simplistic as it may be. You need a hook in a reality TV competition and we can’t think of a better one than this.

 

Alexander

You know what? We kind of love this. We actually felt a little embarrassed for Heidi and Zac, when they kept saying “But it’s not sexy!” over and over again. What a limited, pedestrian idea of fashion. We’re a bit surprised we didn’t hear Nina speak up against that, but then again, we think she lost her ally in Michael Kors and she’s floating out in that panel all by herself. Zac is constantly backing up Heidi and kissing her ass.

“Sexy.” Bitches, please. It’s dramatic and it’s different. He didn’t deserve the Auf.

 

 

Kate

Kate, on the other hand, did. If there had to be a double elimination, we think it should have been her and Alexandria. We simply don’t get what happened here. That is a huge nothing of a print design. We presume some part of her realized this and that’s why she so awkwardly tried to obscure it. But she really seems to have lost all perspective with this one. It’s funny how “inspiration” challenges tend to un-do some of the more talented designers. Probably because you can’t force inspiration on someone with a 24-hour deadline – or any deadline at all, really.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

    • RussellH88

      I have no idea how Kate’s print was “binary”. I thought she was going to use 1s and 0s to make a cool design, but instead it was a lot of nothing.

      And considering her inspiration was a girl who helps educate women in computer coding, how the hell did she end up with a “My momma made me a dress because I’m queen of the rodeo, y’all” outfit?

      • Kate Andrews

        Yeah — to me, that was the strangest thing. It was so cutesy!

        • marlie

          Yeah, nothing smart or empowering about that print or the dress.

        • TVKimmy

          Cutesy, yet you could see her ass and almost her crotch through the pleats. It was bizarre.

        • Gatto Nero

          That’s what Kate does. Various iterations of cheap fairy princess.

        • Nixonesque

          Smells like a dive to me.

      • jennaa03

        A flower design in binary could have been amazing and interesting. Too bad I don’t think Kate knows what binary is.

        Tim should have done critiques mid-pattern design before they printed those godawful things on fabric and it was too late to fix anything. I know letting the contestants hang themselves with their own designs makes more drama, but Kate definitely would have benefited from a well-articulated “What the hell are you doing?”.

        • RussellH88

          It seems like the first half of the HP Textile episode is always “Oh my God, I LOVE my print. It’s SO cool!” and the second half is “I have no idea how I’m going to use this print you guys.”

        • MoHub

          Dear Kate—
          You keep using that word (binary). I do not think it means what you think it means.

          • TropiCarla

            I love you SO HARD for this.

            • MoHub

              Inigo Montoya is my hero.

            • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

              Mine, too. He’s now the head of intelligence on Homeland.

          • Winter_White

            :)
            My favorite ‘honey-I-don’t-think-you-meant-that‘ moment this season: when Sustainable Unicorn guy — what was his name? — declared with pride, “I make no-impact art!”

            • formerlyAnon

              !!!

          • yulaffin

            I think she was trying to be a cool kid. Fail!

        • BuffaloBarbara

          The thing is, I could swear she said something about “ones and zeroes,” implying that she knew what it was before she started designing. What she came up with… not so much.

          • TropiCarla

            She did say something about “ones and zeroes.” I remember I got excited for a second because I spent most of my undergrad degree as the lone female in my CS classes. I could immediately think of a few ways you could use binary code to generate some fabulously interesting print.

            Then she started talking about flowers and putting dots randomly on the screen and I sighed in disappointment. What an ugly, piece of crap textile and garment design.

            • Trish Saunders

              Exactly. Exactly. And she comes up with a simpering, cutesy wutesy design with godets, I was really hoping she would design something for a grown up woman. Did you notice that her beautiful model looked verrry embarrassed to be in that dress?

          • JMWilder

            Weird! That makes her pattern design even more bewildering…

          • Trish Saunders

            Well, we know those comments are produced long after the show has ended. I think a producer clued her into what binary code is…so that she wouldn’t look too much of a Luddite. I like Kate, but she really dissolved into nothingness on this show.

          • Gatto Nero

            She got the “zero” part.

          • Rhonda Shore

            The thing is that the kids who do coding now are using C++, Java, and so forth. They don’t do much binary anymore.

        • Kate Andrews

          Hey, I KNOW what binary means! (Oh. Wrong Kate.)

          • StillGary

            “there are 10 types of people: people who understand binary, and people who don’t” :)

            • Emmaline

              I wish I could like this twice!

            • BeccaGo

              I think you mean 10 times.

        • Trish Saunders

          I think that Tim has been advised to stop helping the designers so much. He’s definitely more hands-off than he used to be. As proof, he should have told poor Justin that his dress needed to be short. We could all see that train wreck was coming.

          • Gatto Nero

            Justin keeps getting caught up in gown-with-sheer-panels mode. It seems to be his default. On Mila’s blog on the PR website, she explained that in the HP challenge the choice of fabric is either cotton twill or cotton sateen — very limiting in terms of garment design.

            • Jenna

              Yeah, I was surprised when Zac Posen said prints work best on chiffon – er, that’s nice but I doubt it was an option.

      • tonibaloney

        That’s what I thought, too! And then she’s there with baby blue and little dots?! Bizarre.

      • Akmall Razlan

        We dont know what to called Kate’s. Dots? what? Drips? please, huhu.

        • momjamin

          Keeping with the computer theme: Bugs. Defects.

      • docholly

        yeah she really missed a big opportunity to show that geeks can be girly.

        • CozyCat

          I liked it when her inspiration girl said “Nice color.”

          That the classic “I have to say something nice even though it’s awful” comment.

      • Vanessa

        It did look very young, with a nothing print, but I thought that Helen’s was the worst print (as a print) and the judges seemed to talk around it when evaluating the outfit.

        • GillianHolroyd

          oh absolutely this. Helen’s print looked like a novelty fabric at a quilting store in the Kountry Kraft section. She saved it with her garment design however and I had to admit that.

          • Gatto Nero

            The only thing Helen could do was to incorporate her textile as panels, front and back — which is what she did. Tim saved her during the workroom crit.

            • Emmaline

              She got the save from everyone in the room. Helen picks other designers’ brains, draining their energy, wasting their time, and using their inspiration/knowledge. She comes off as an only child whose helicopter parents didn’t know the difference between her science project and their science project.

        • Carrps

          I couldn’t un-see the Macy’s stars when I saw her garment.

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

            I was thinking wallpaper for a boy’s sports-themed bedroom.

            • Therese Bohn

              THIS! Exactly!

            • Gatto Nero

              Yes! Except for the vague Wiccan references.

      • Zach Aberman

        Some behind the scenes info: she wasn’t able to print the original design on the fabric due to the printer’s settings…

        • marlie

          If that’s the case, that really sucks, and the producers should have given her additional time to either make a new print, or to perhaps buy something else at Mood.

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

          So, Zach, what other inside info do you have?

          • Zach Aberman

            Nothing more…the other comments I have are just speculation,,,but the point about the printer was true. unfortunately, the printer could not print the binary pattern, I believe Kate also tweeted that last night.

            • Trish Saunders

              That problem with the printer couldn’t be mentioned on the show last night, because it might have raised uncomfortable thoughts about HP’s capability of producing print-able patterns.

            • Lux Landon

              But during ‘closer looks’ Tim did mention Kate’s print not coming out right but the judges seemed to ignore it more or less.

        • Trish Saunders

          Really? Poor Kate! It doesn’t excuse the cutesy look, but the judges should have toned down their harsh critique of her. Nina, in particular, pounded on poor Kate for allegedly not understanding that it was a print challenge.

        • kahudson

          Season 9 (?) Bert also had difficulty getting his design to print in the HP/Intel Challenge. His complaining about the printer not working sets Josh off.

          • DuBey2

            Oh Josh! hah! I used to think he was bad until I ‘met’ Sandro and Ken!

        • Celandine1

          That was so awful for her. It must have really thrown her off her game because although I am not a big Kate fan, nothing she produced prior was ugly or very poorly made. This dress was so poorly executed, I really couldn’t believe it was her work.

        • Call me Bee

          But that doesn’t excuse the absolutely horrid design she came up with. Good print or not–the dress itself was a big mess.

        • guest2visits

          Just now reading this – If this happened I wonder why Tim didn’t say it; he just left the judges to believe her print was so bad it was better covered up or not used. I kind of wondered why her dress passed the Tim Critique because it had no visible print, and he gets very vocal about making sure the designers use their prints. Also; it was such a poor design – it was obviously crying out for a Tim redirection-rebuke. CRAP!!
          I feel doubly bad for Kate. She tried to hide whatever the print was, she knew it wasn’t good.

        • oyeyemi808

          Don’t believe it!

          • Zach Aberman

            Feel free to ask Kate or call Mood and ask if you can print numbers on the fabric. Also, check out Blogging Project Runway’s Interview with Kate; she alluded to it. Believe it or not, it really happened…

      • mskgb

        Did you catch the look on the “inspiration” girl’s face as Kate’s dress came down the runway? Both print and dress are antithetical to her organization.

        • Kevin Key

          one of the other designers had it right when they said it was a big tampon.

      • megohd

        Reminded me of a cheerleader skirt.

      • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

        I was expecting 1s and 0s as well. :-)

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

      Prints and Princesses? T.Lo, bravo, sirs!

    • Chuck Barthelme

      I completely agree- I think Alexander should still be there. It wasn’t the most glorious garment ever, but I could honestly see it’s relation to pastry- perhaps not cake, but pastry can go modernist, which I feel like this dress did. And how on earth Alexandria could make a model look pregnant and not go home is beyond me. I completely agree- I feel bad for Kate going home, because she actually grew on me this season. But that dress was certainly one to get you cut. And she should absolutely have been joined by Alexandria.

      • RussellH88

        It reminded me of something Lady Gaga would wear in a music video where she’s priestess of the mud people or something. Not that that’s a bad thing.

      • Chuck Barthelme

        Also, yeah, this season seems to have seen some of the most convoluted challenges ever. And probably the heaviest product placement.

        • marlie

          It’s *painfully* heavy. Every single other word that Tim says when he’s introducing the challenges is the name of a product/sponsor.

          • Trish Saunders

            And aren’t you just so damn sick & tired of those endless Yoplait ads?

            • TropiCarla

              I am. Daddies T and Lo are also. I’m not on Twitter but I sometimes read the TLo feed during/after the PR episodes. Their side comments on the Yoplait ads from last night are side-splitting. I LMAO reading them. More enjoyable than the episode almost.

            • Trish Saunders

              Really? LMFAO…I’ll have to go look for them. I knew I couldn’t be the only one tired of hearing that clown yodel, “I want to meet the cow that made this.”

            • maasai2012

              oh god, yes.

            • marlie

              TLo *hate* that part too. Check them out on Twitter when the episode airs. It’s awesome.

            • Celandine1

              I want to punch the person that made the commercial.

            • Iva

              I fly into a fit of rage every time they come on.

            • ChrisP

              TLO forever!

            • marlie

              I just can’t with them any more. They actually make me *angry.* I have to mute the TV the second one comes on.

            • Trish Saunders

              I will never ever buy that crappy yogurt again. Nevah.

            • momjamin

              Seriously. I used to buy it on occasion, but they lost me on “It’s SO good.” Nail in the coffin with “I wanna meet the cow that made this.”

            • Rebekah B

              CANNOT handle those Yoplait ads. I’ve started watching the show 15 minutes late so that I can fast forward through all the commercials.

            • marlie

              I’ve tried that, but then the show isn’t synced with Twitter, and I love TLo’s commentary as the show progresses. ;)

            • Rebekah B

              That is true. I always see TLo’s tweets later, and I’m like, who were they referring to??

            • yulaffin

              And yet I love the Lexus ads. I even look forward to them.

            • Therese Bohn

              I usually DVR it and watch it the following morning, skipping all the commercials, the hair and make up part, and the judge intros. But this week I practically skipped the first two-thirds too!

              Can’t believe Alexandria was ‘safe’. Ugh.

            • ChrisP

              Like Like Like Love

            • JuliaInBlack

              We just caught up on the last two episodes back to back so we got to blow through commercials. Each time it popped up my husband sang “we get to skip the cooow that maaade this!”

            • DuBey2

              That’s the point every Thursday night when I just get down on my knees and give my DVR a kiss as I FF to through the ad.

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

        The pic TLo included of just Alexander’s print really made me like it even more. It could work in many sizes of squares, large as was used, or even smaller. He did a good job making it.

      • Trish Saunders

        I agree, Chuck. At least Alexander’s dress was well made. I think he was booted unfairly. However, I think he’s coming back….don’t you??

        • Chuck Barthelme

          Oo, that would be a nice twist. Stranger things have happened.

      • DuBey2

        I agree 100%. If Heidi thought Alexander’s was “masking tape”, then I wonder what she thinks of the colorblocking and other modernist looks on the “real” runways each season at NYFW. Well, each season that its not all sheers and lace, that is!
        I liked Kate’s designs almost all season, up til this one. I hated it. But still I was shocked she was aufed, just because it seemed (as has been noted here so often) that she was the judges’ favorite and that she had a lot of talent.
        Thank you for mentioning the poochy stomach Alxandria’s dress made on that lovely size 0 model – I was shocked she wasn’t in the bottom 3 w/Justin and Kate.
        Both Justin’s and Alexander’s looked quite wrinkledy at places, like the white parts of the bodice where it was pieced in with the prints. Was that also due to the required fabric choices for this particular challenge? I know zilch about sewing. Just love clothes and the artistic ways they can be designed.

    • kirkyo

      Kate’s design was so honky-tonk. Surprised that didn’t come up in the judging. Alexander grew on me this season. His end product turned out much better that I expected it to.

      • Chuck Barthelme

        Alexander was one of my favorites. Other than his reaction to Ken (justified, in my opinion) he was impressively mature the whole season. Hard to do when they’re forcing crazy on you like the show so often does.

        • RussellH88

          He was able to do sassy without being bitchy, which is a nice change from the overly nasty queens that can sometimes be on the show. My brother and I were laughing out loud last night at some of his talking head comments. He just seemed like a fun, good old fashioned queen.

        • Denise Alden

          Agree, with you and TLo (“It’s not sexy” jeezus!). Drag Brows really grew on me, and he was really pleasant to watch on the show. And I really liked that dress. Heidi saying something about how it didn’t look like cake was moronic: what was she expecting? Candles and freaking icing?

          • Munchkn

            Yep, and the more the print looked like it was designed by somebody who took a Wilton cake decorating class, the better she’d like it.

          • CozyCat

            I thought it came about as close to the cake as he could without going into the frothy wedding dress route. He had the chocolate ribbons and the white fondant. What more do you want?

            The only object I had to the dress was that while the print was nice and on point, and the design was good, somehow the minimalist design and the print didn’t quite work together.

            But I agree with everyone else that that “not sexy” comment was silly. Helen’s lbd with the cape was not particularly sexy. But it was a great (again minimalist) piece, especially with the equally non sexy cape.

      • MoHub

        Really! Not just godets, but pleated godets.

        • Meredith_P

          Not just pleated, starburst pleated. ;-)

      • Sarah

        OMG, the studded collar tips. Line dancing time.

      • manina

        I also like Alexander, he has a great sense of humor and I liked his designs. That dress, minus the white thing, looked like a really cool 1940’s design, add a small hat and it is a killer. Alexandria’s was “unfixable” – Off with her head.

        • Gatto Nero

          Yes. Alexander = solid basic dress design, versus Alexandria = unforgivably unredeemable.

    • wayout46

      Alexandria’s rags- WTF! Her model looked like she had just barely survived a (real) cat fight. But STILL, Kate’s dress was the worst, and at this point in the game there shouldn’t be past-performance passes. Your outfit sucks, you go home. That said, Alexander should have stayed. His weird concept was well constructed and the blouson silhouette was kind of nice. But maybe they needed to level off the redhead surplus in the designer pool.

      • kirkyo

        I laughed when hers came down the runway. It didn’t help that she was so smug about her execution.

        • alyce1213

          I thought she had the AUF locked up for sure.

        • M312

          Yeah, I don’t even remember seeing much of it during the creation of that mess and when it walked down it looked like she cobbled it together using castoff scraps from the other designers. Was her inspiration surviving hurricane Sandy as in getting yanked from wreckage? Nutso.

          • marlie

            “Castaway” chic.

        • Gatto Nero

          Kate is smug about everything she makes. She can’t seem to see the flaws.

      • MoHub

        Well, now there are NO redheads.

        • wayout46

          I don’t know about your TV, but on mine, Braden’s beard is super ginger red.

        • alyce1213

          Bradon! (Dark red, with a lighter red beard.)

          • MoHub

            Well sort of. But he’s greyed, and he’s not as neon as Karen, Alexander, and Kate.

            • alyce1213

              But natural.

            • MoHub

              Yes indeed. Proper Celtic redhead. Would love to see him in a kilt. Maybe that’s why he works so much in plaids.

            • alyce1213

              It’s in the DNA.

      • Rhonda Shore

        it was a mess. i can’t imagine ANYONE buying that. How she stayed and Alexander left was beyond me.

      • demidaemon

        That was my big WTF of the night. I’m not sure who should have been safe instead–probably Alexander. Justin’s had construction problems that created design problems that needed to be seen and Kate’s was just awful.

      • Rhonda Shore

        Alexander’s print really was inspired by his inspiration guy…it really was evocative of chocolate!!!

    • Latin Buddy

      First, I agree. The prints were awful. Surprising that such creative people can’t conceptualize vibrant prints.

      Second, Angry Girl with Tweets. Sweetie, if you can’t handle criticism, don’t be in a creative industry where you’ll always be tasked with defending your point of view.

      • Akmall Razlan

        so agree with this. Those who cannot handle POV tweets, should just close the twitter acc, live in a cave and die there.

      • FunButNutz

        How does one put out a twitter hit on someone? (Asking for a friend)

      • Gatto Nero

        All that exterior fierceness is hiding some major insecurity.

        • Celandine1

          Her insecurity hasn’t been hidden since the second episode. I don’t see how she can survive in the industry.

      • Trish Saunders

        What would she do after a runway show, if the critics savaged her in print or online? Threaten to shoot them all?

    • Kate Andrews

      Kudos to you guys on handling After-School Special in your fine way. If I may add on to your comment, she needs to grow a thicker skin or avoid social media. And I couldn’t believe that Alexandria skated through. I thought for sure she’d be called out for that ripped-up mess of an outfit. Seriously! Congrats to Dom — it’s a really cool dress.

      • CozyCat

        Dom’s dress was great. But Mondo did it better.

        • dixie murphy ross

          Okay late to the party but this just made me laugh for two minutes straight.

    • kathy

      I so agree with you about Alexander’s dress. I thought it was chic and graphic. Heidi’s whole problem with stark white against brown was just a little too much.

      • Rhonda Shore

        they should get Dieter as in “touch my monkey” (Mike Meyers in Sat Night Live) to judge on that ridiculous panel…

        • Kate Andrews

          I’d be just fine with that.

        • DuBey2

          Love Dieter. And he could dance during the ‘break’.

      • Gatto Nero

        Did you see what Heidi was wearing last night? Can we talk about taste?

    • wayout46

      Did anyone else catch Hot L’Oréal Guy making a pass at Braden. Imagine all that facial hair on top of each other…

      • tonibaloney

        He’s engaged, Hot Makeup Daddy!

        • wayout46

          So is Braden. Doesn’t stop them from flirting with each other.

          • tonibaloney

            That’s who I meant. And it certainly doesn’t stop anything – little fireworks between them last night!

          • formerlyAnon

            A little harmless flirting is sometimes extremely beneficial for the thoroughly and sincerely committed. And even their partner. Nothing like re-affirmation that you’re together by choice and would make that choice again.

            • NYCGlamourpuss

              You know, that’s nice, and it’s very true. I’ve flirted for fun, and then I’ve turned around and taken a good look at my boyfriend and thought, “Damn, I’m lucky I have this guy!” It’s almost like it clears your head sometimes.

          • artjournallife

            Braden is in a very stressful situation AND is away from home – he needs the break of a little harmless flirting!

      • mjude

        i do love your photo! LOL

        • wayout46

          Thx. Found in the interwebs.

      • largishbearishAtlish

        thought I was the only one that noticed…woofs :)

    • mjude

      i am still shocked at after school special girls comments to even comment on the show. sad

    • Eddie Verdonk

      I uttered a huge “WTF?” when Alexandria was called safe last night. I honestly think her design was worse than Kate’s. When your clothes look as though you’ve been mauled by a bear when they’re on the model, there’s a real problem. Alexander’s sweet, but I’m not sad to see him gone. His finale collection isn’t really a contender as far as I’m concerned. This competition is coming down to Dom, Bradon, and Helen… and frankly, that’s how it should be. Who knows that fuckery will happen in the next couple of episodes, but I hope that the judges choose to keep Helen and Dom at the least for fashion week.

      Though Helen’s passive aggressiveness and shadiness toward you all qualifies her as the new Coco Montrese.

      • marlie

        She (Alexandria) at least deserved to be in the bottom. If anyone, I would have declared Alexander’s “safe.”

        • wontons

          Shouldn’t Alexandria’s design at least have been called up for discussion–even if some of the judges loved it and some hated it? I get the sense that they didn’t know what to make of it, told themselves “This must be artsy because we don’t get it,” and let it skate.

          (Once again, I find myself wishing, with Ken and Dom, that everyone’s designs could get feedback from the judges.)

    • TerryMH

      Agree,agree, agree! I literally gasped when I saw that Alexandria was safe – come on! It was horrible from concept, to print design, to execution. Horrible!

    • amian3

      I actually love Alexander’s. It has a bit of Marimekko to it–a nice complex fabric deployed in an interesting but simple garment. I wonder if a different color for the accent might have worked better–black or a contrast like turquoise. Also, the styling is not helping.

      • Kate Andrews

        I feel like if it were an off-white cross or something less glaring, it would have been ok.

        • Guest

          Or even just removing the upper stub and turning the cross into a T would have been more interesting. But girlfriend was obsessed with Pope.

        • SugarSnap108

          I agree off-white would’ve been better.

          • 3boysful

            Or black.

            • EveEve

              black illusion netting – so “on trend”!

            • Gatto Nero

              Zac would have pronouced it “sophisticated.”

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

          Alexandria said the same thing. I think she has a soft spot for Alexander. I cannot recall her ever really trashing him. Then again, it’s hard to recall anything over the super drama issues of Timothy, Army girl, Sandro, Ken and Helen.

      • wayout46

        Good observation! The different color accent definitely would have been an improvement. Unfortunately, Alexander was obsessed with the Pope idea more than he was with the cake concept.

        • miatamam

          Can’t help but think ti would have helped him if he had never mentioned cake and only talked chocolate for inspiration.

      • alyce1213

        I actually like the style. It’s something a real woman would wear (maybe not with the cross. though).

        • alyce1213

          Oh my — you said styling, not style. I agree. (Never mind.)

      • Trish Saunders

        I’m not sure I liked it but it wasn’t terrifying ugly, and it was well constructed. Damn, doesn’t that count for anything?

        • Gatto Nero

          That puts it two points above Alexandria’s trash-bin couture.

          • Trish Saunders

            lmfao

            Also, I happen to like Alexander. He seems like a kind person. Only when Ken pushed him beyond endurance, did he stand up to him. And even then, Alexander owned up that his response was inappropriate. Okay, that doesn’t count.

            But….mark my words, we haven’t seen the last of him.

      • Laughingworld

        The first cake they showed seemed to me to be an inspiration. It was formally traditional — a classic three tier, double layer cake– but made modern by the free-form chocolate piece. I hoped Alexander would do something similar and I think he did. His dress wasn’t radical in silhouette, but the surface treatment and the pattern opened it up a little. I agree with several commentators below that the contrast of the white cross was a little extreme. Perhaps a simple stripe or a t-shape.

        • wontons

          I really appreciate him for resisting the most literal interpretations of cake: being all frothy/frosting-y with ruffles and chiffon, for example, or doing a three-paneled dress that widened toward the bottom.

          I really liked what he came up with. I didn’t love the white cross, but I didn’t hate it as much as the judges. The print was subtle, and the shape of the dress was beautiful.

    • OMG

      I could see Chloë Sevigny wearing Kate’s design.

      • Bexxx

        I can actually see her wearing Alexander’s design with some clunky clogs.

        • Ginny Ellsworth

          But which Chloe? She has about a bazillion alts.

          • Bexxx

            Cult Leader Chloe!

            • Ginny Ellsworth

              That’ll work! And Kate’s design would go on Cowtown Kicker Chloe!

            • wontons

              Sister Coco, head of the Chocolate Cult?

      • GenXcellent

        Lengthen it a bit and then maybe on Big Love.

    • wayout46

      I’m also growing tired of Helen’s neediness. She needs to be told “Bitch, you’ve won four fucking challenges and I’m not gonna handhold you through your angst! How many designers have YOU hugged and supported through their needs?”

      • Ginny Ellsworth

        True, After School Special was bawling her needy little head off that Kate was leaving while Justin was busy hugging people. Probably because there would be one less sounding board for her constant whining. Everyone gave her good advice which she neglected to take.

        • EveEve

          You realize the auf’d contestants don’t actually leave, right? They all are kept together until the end of taping so nobody who sees the tapings can tip off/publish spoilers.

          • Ginny Ellsworth

            I thought the aufers (aufees, auflettes) were kept in the mysterious Sequester House and only brought out to fool the public when they went to Mood or some airfield etc. On no condition would they be allow to talk to, nay taint the surviving contestants. i.e. Yes, I knew.:-)

        • kbshee

          Everything is about her. Ev. Er. Y. Thing.

          I’ve never seen a more narcissistic person on PR, and that is truly saying something.

          • Trish Saunders

            Yes, there have been many!

      • OrigamiRose

        Helen actually claimed on Twitter a week or two ago that Dom’s comeback Belk win gave her (Helen) five wins.

        She’s delusional and should stay off Twitter – she was still rambling on at two a.m. ET last night.

        • Fanny_Trollope

          Perhaps her twitter ID, @helenthelush, gives a clue. That all reads “drunk tweeting” to me.

          • OrigamiRose

            Indeed. You’d figure at the point where you had national exposure on a (somewhat) A-list reality competition show, you’d upgrade your moniker to something a bit more professional. Why does it not surprise us that she wouldn’t?

            • Fanny_Trollope

              Her Twitter bio: “Project Runway Season 12 Designer; shocking families with my foul mouth and impressing the masses with my aesthetic. you’ll see.”

              It’s so important to have lofty goals. Shocking families is right up there.

            • OrigamiRose

              She’d probably a great drinking buddy for the LBB blogger (i.e., girl who sent the insane break-up text message).

            • Ginny Ellsworth

              You would think if she was so drunk, she couldn’t type……damn autocorrect.

            • OrigamiRose

              Oh dear. The Lush has awoken and is back at the keyboard:

              “I suppose cyber bullying is trendy. I think it’s very sad that industry ‘esteemed professionals,’ sit behind a computer screen and insult talented designers for their dying efforts. You do NOT have to agree with me when I say I don’t take kindly to being insulted for no reason, but there is nothing trendy about senseless Internet bashing. If you don’t like the show, DON’T WATCH IT.”

              *whispering* Do you think she’s talking about us?

            • sweatpantalternative

              How unsurprising that she conflates “don’t like HER (i.e., don’t like her attitude and personality on the show)”, with “don’t like the show”. No honey, we like and watch the show DESPITE your ridiculous antics, the producers’ escalating insistence on choosing designers for their drama potential, and having said antics shoved down our throats. Seriously little deluded one, if you actually read through these comments with any objectivity, you’d see most comments about your designs have been fairly positive–it’s YOU we don’t like and don’t really want to watch.

            • marlie

              And it’s also not like they said “we don’t like her because she has tattoos,” or “we don’t like her because of her pointy nails.” TLo offered fairly reasonable criticism – no one, in any work place, would last very long if they burst into tears every time they were given a project with a tight deadline. Also, she needs to learn how to separate out “we don’t like the prints” from “we don’t like the designers.”

            • NYCGlamourpuss

              But if TLo doesn’t watch the show, they can’t comment on it for their blog, HELEN.

            • OrigamiRose

              Shhh, don’t confuse the girl with your fancy logic and rational thinking :)

            • DinahR

              I suppose it is trendy to misapply the term ‘cyber bullying’ too, Helen. And if you don’t like the Tweets, or you don’t like people voicing opinions on the Internet… well, I suggest reading your own sound advice given in that last sentence and just try applying it closer to home.

              Oh, and ‘dying efforts’? Girl, please. You are making dresses. Chill out.

            • Targettaste

              She’s such a little victim. She needs to learn that criticism, especially in her chosen field in a competition, is not bullying.

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

              But she’s the one giving us reasons to insult her…

            • Call me Bee

              Wow–that is stunningly unaware.

            • PastryGoddess

              ahem…does she really want to go there with us? I mean we have had how many years to practice sharpening our claws on much more worthy foes.

              We can throw so much shade, it’ll look like an eclipse is happening.

            • wontons

              Who’s “dying”?

              (Or did she mean “dyeing”? Maybe there’s some ombre in her future.)

            • OrigamiRose

              It’s as if Charlie Kelly on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia was on Twitter: “I think I made myself perfectly redundant!”

            • Stubenville

              I’m just gobsmacked by Helen’s (lack of) logic. She goes on a reality TV show and expects only nice comments? Any comments that aren’t to her liking are bullying and cyber bashing? Is Helen utterly delusional? HAS SHE EVER WATCHED PROJECT RUNWAY BEFORE???

            • OrigamiRose

              I’m no doctor but I think what we have here is clearly an advanced case of SPECIAL SNOWFLAKE SYNDROME :)

            • NYCGlamourpuss

              LOL!!! Oh, Helen… oh, CHILD!

            • Fanny_Trollope

              On a level with terrorizing kittens.

            • demidaemon

              She sounds like the PR version of Miley Cyrus.

        • YoungSally

          Dear Helen — It strikes me that the trolls on TLo (although I dare say it is not a trolling board) might be more sympathetic with your outbursts if, in fact, the competition was still going on. We might then attribute your comments to being stressed out/lack of sleep etc. But the competition is OVER!!!

          Are you perhaps suffering from some Post-traumatic-stress? If so, please get some help and avoid twitter, reality competitions etc. And go back to designing…you have real talent when you are focused.

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

        I am so sick of Helen. She’s about as bad as Ken. Plus she gave her model tiny nipples, due to the placement of the print. Those two little black dots? Right there? Really? Nipplets. Cannot unsee.

      • leilah

        Ordinarily she should be told, “get over yourself”–but she’s so tightly-wound, ego-centripetal and idle in the wee hours of the morning, “Helen, get under yourself … “

      • Winter_White

        Hellen fronted as a dark, fierce warrior-artist. But her behavior has been closer to They ARE SO called ‘Pig Newtons!’

        (Haven’t looked at the final collections…I wish her good luck in her life, but cannot cheer for her to win PR now.)

        • JDreesen

          WOW. i was scrolling through all these comments, sort of half-reading things and trying to get a sense of just what the fuck i’ve been missing by not having a Twitter account, and then i saw Pig Newtons and almost had laugh come right out my nose (you know what i mean).

          thank you.

          • Winter_White

            :) I love that Pig Newtons jumped out at you! (Oops, that sounded scary…)

    • tonibaloney

      Kate’s look was HORRIBLE and I am so glad she was eliminated.

      The silliest part was that the producers thought we would care about Kate (??!) and just kept showing her crying about and hugging everyone and more crying with the mannequins. Meanwhile, Alexander is not shown for several minutes and then just says, “Meh, I wanted to win, but I did pretty well. Byeeee.”

      • Michelle Wilson

        I had to fast forward through the Kate Cryfest. That was not good tv. I think she must be dating a producer or something.

      • GillianHolroyd

        It dragged on for so long, it was funny in the end. Since she was voted fan-return-favorite, someone somewhere must be upset. Wouldn’t want to be reading that blog though.

        • tonibaloney

          I still just don’t get how she won that vote. She’s SO bland.

          • GillianHolroyd

            Two words: Lifetime Demographic.

          • demidaemon

            Most recent contestant was my thinking.

          • terpsichory

            Aw, admit it. It was cute when she confused masochistic with sadistic.

        • marlie

          And god forbid any of them find their way over to this blog.

          • formerlyAnon

            Strictly speaking I’m pretty sure I *am* the Lifetime Demographic, unless I’ve gotten too old & aged out of it. But I voted for Ra’mon, so I can hold my head high.

            • demidaemon

              I voted for Valerie, but I thought both the other choices were much more appealing and had more interesting aesthetics than Kate’s. Not that hers is bad–it’s perfectly suited for her clientele and main business, wedding design–but it often felt out of place on PR.

      • Gatto Nero

        The producers clearly milked the Kate auf for all it was worth, thinking that PR fans nationwide would swoon with shock and dissolve in a sea of tears. I was so relieved to know once and for all that she wasn’t a shoe-in for the win.

    • s elin

      Alexandria was safe. WTF!

    • veriance

      I agree that the wrong “Alex” went home.

      Is it the magic of editing or does Heidi just not like Dom?

      • Denise Alden

        I get that, too. Heidi has some kind of axe to grind with Dom, but I can’t for the life of me understand what it could be.

        • marlie

          She fawns all over some, and hates others. It makes no sense.

          • Ginny Ellsworth

            Perhaps because Dom doesn’t design STS (shiny, tight and short)?

            • demidaemon

              But Dom hits two of her buttons (short–sort of, I mean respectable short and body-con (tight) as Dom likes to call it). What gives? Is the shiny the part that truly entrances the Kluminator?

            • Ginny Ellsworth

              Shiny! Look a chicken!!!!

    • formerlyAnon

      I’d say we can be pretty sure Helen didn’t win. She’d be in a better mood.

      I liked Dom’s in large part because she forced me to leave my opinion of the fabric behind. (I usually conflate my opinion of the print and the garment in this challenge.)

      Kate made her model look waistless, which is indictment enough.

      • MilaXX

        I was thinking the same thing about Helen. Unless shes just an all around bi-yatch then she didn’t win. This makes me hopeful for Dom.

        • NYCGlamourpuss

          *Fingers crossed!*

        • BeccaGo

          Pretty sure she’s just an all-around bi-yatch. :(

          • MilaXX

            True, but most winners keep a lower profile.

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

        You could be right. Stanley made a similar type of snotty comment towards TLo at the end of last season before the finale aired, though not threatening death.

        By now I am wanting Helen to not even be top three. Please let it be Dom, Bradon and Justin (preferred), or Alexandria.

    • Angela_the_Librarian

      Alexandria and Kate were definitely my bottom two last night. I was disappointed that Justin didn’t do something more creative with his fabric. He tends to default to dresses a lot..would be nice to see separates or sportswear from him.
      I did a happy dance for Dom. Her dress was by far the most interesting and did the best job of using the print fabric. I liked Alexander’s as well, but thought it would have benefited from using a different color. I’m so glad TLo brought up the inane critique Heidi et. al. keep bringing up about a dress “not being sexy.” Not every design needs to be sexy to be interesting or fashionable. Sheesh!

      • Carrps

        I didn’t like Justin’s much. The closer you looked the worse it looked. And the bust was very poorly fitted…the same as with most of his garments. Is he afraid to touch boobies or something? And while I thought the idea behind his print was creative and fun, in execution if was drab, boring and depressing.

    • Frank_821

      To be honest I hated Alexander’s. I also hated kate’s and Alexandria’s as well. I wasn’t crazy about Justin’s either. I would have been fine with a bottom 4.

      Anyway I winced at the stripes. I was excited that he wanted to do something futuristic. This felt just incongruous and the stripes were not well integrated. It felt so diappointing

      With those dolman sleeves I really wished he had made a voluminous jacket and white skinny pants. It would have made it chic and confectionary without it being too literal

    • tonibaloney

      Does anyone else think Alexander was eliminated because of fallout from the Ken meltdown? They did include the clip of Tim saying that he did not excuse Alexander’s flinging of the iron… Reaching here, since Alexandria’s was so heinous I feel like there may have been producer manipulation.

      • GenXcellent

        I was wondering the exact same thing.

      • Jennifer Ford

        Seriously, that was a really stupid and unsafe thing to do and it may have led them to decide to just clean house on anyone left who had no impulse control.
        I also wonder if his complete lack of trying to get into the spirit of the challenge weighed against him in the producers’ minds. I mean, dude, you get to make a cake with a guy who makes amazing cakes. I’m not sure how that’s something about which anyone should be allowed to be super-blasé in a reality setting (or in life). Even if you make the world’s ugliest cake at the end of it — you’ve still got a CAKE!

        • wayout46

          LOL. I was left wondering what happened to the cake. It looked delicious and I hope the crew was treated to it. They deserve at least that, after having put up with more than one abusive contestant this season.

          • leilah

            The production and shooting time can vary so much that it was probably a fake cake.

            • EveEve

              not to mention that heat coming off camera lights will melt real icing in no time.

            • Gatto Nero

              The icing was melted in the workroom shot. They said something about the 90-degree weather outside.

      • Karen North

        yep. i must have been typing the same time you were. I said the same.

      • kahudson

        They didn’t need to get rid of Alexander to save Alexandria’s place. Honestly, Justin could have gone instead. As TLo mentioned, I think the judges do think things that look like mistakes to me are actually edgy choices for Alexandria. After what she sent down the runway for Let’s Do Brunch was not even in the bottom three, I’m no longer surprised. In general, I like her work, but she really should have been auf’d a couple of challenges ago.

      • Gatto Nero

        I hope not — especially since they kept Ken on for weeks after his first psychotic episode.

      • swanpride

        I think Alexandria was mostly safe because the outfit looked better (downright good, to be honest) from the sides and the back…since the judges sit at the sides of the runway and not the front, they might not have noticed the pooch effect that much. Justin’s shoddy work at the bottom of his dress, the giant cross and Kate’s mess on the other hand were very noticeable. In short, Alexandria skirted by because at first glance, there were three outfits which more glaring issues. If she actually had been in the bottom, who knows how this would have been ended. But I wouldn’t have picked Alexander either, though he really should have listened after two people warned him about the cross (he should at least picked another colour…as it was, it distracted from the print, which is a no-go in the print challenge).

    • SewingSiren

      1. I thought Dom deserved the win. I also wasn’t crazy about the print, it looked 80’s (not just her’s either) , but she did an excellent job utilizing it. Made it much more appealing than it initially was.
      2. Ya places in the top again. She is a great model. She can even make an 80’s nylon jog jacket look great or sik.
      3. Helen. you little cry baby you. Cry to Tim because you don’t do prints, it’s so not fair . But ironically you have more tattoos than The Illustrated Man and are therefore wearing a print every single day. Your dress was boring and your whites didn’t match. The print was okay, I guess. Now go send a twitter threat and cry when you get a negative response to it.
      4. Alexandrea’s deadly dull. Lucky there were worse. I don’t get why she is so into the showing maternity panel. That is at least the 2nd time she’s done it and it is ugly.
      5. I like Justin’s print and it IS inspired by his muse, but the dress is horrid.
      6. Poor Alexander. I like his print and his design. Hate the big white cross. If the cross had been chocolate brown or 1000 times narrower…… But even as it is he was 3rd in my book and the “Skinny Witch” was 5th.
      7. Kate’s was by far the worst look out there. I haven’t disliked her as much as a lot of posters. But this is a terrible dress. And print.

      • Denise Alden

        I love Ya! We call her “Baby Iman” at my house. That girl can sell anything!

        • SewingSiren

          I think almost every dress she has worn has been in the top three.

          • Denise Alden

            I think you’re right. I hope she is the winning model. And I’ve never given a damn before about the models!

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

        But did you see the undergarment Justin made for his dress? It was shown briefly during the model fitting. I was amazed he made such a complex-looking thing in such a short time. Plus isn’t that the type of thing Helen is supposed to be good at, as a self-described expert in gowns? I think Justin has talent. It’s just the show format is not good for him.

      • Lattis

        Alexandrea – I don’t get why she is so into the showing maternity panel.

        That is so on the mark. Maternity panel. And because of the prominence of the belly, the whole proportion of the look is thrown off.

        It does remind me, though, that even tall, thin models have to think about proportion when they dress.

    • GoBlue134

      Kate’s dress was absolutely horrible but I’ve liked pretty much everything else she has done this season. I don’t think she should have been eliminated. I didn’t mind Alexander’s- it was interesting/unique and looked good, imo. I could not believe Alexandria was safe!!!!!! God, it was horrible. She and Justin should have gone home.

      • marlie

        As much as Kate annoys me, AND as much as I don’t think her work necessarily warranted the praise that the judges were constantly heaping on her, she IS a talented designer. Last nights looks just went WAAAY off the rails somehow, and she paid the price for it. I think there should have been a single elimination, and it should have been Alexandria.

    • LC3203

      THANK YOU. I LOVED Alexander’s dress. LOVED IT!!! I think he was goddamned robbed. And honestly? Didn’t someone get booted for the whole “Let’s just cut this dress in half and call it a day” crap? I dislike Helen. I really do. She’s here because people are too nice and keep helping her. She’s awful. AWFUL.
      I think Kate was told to throw the challenge. And I think she did it in the most obvious “LOOK WHAT THE PRODUCERS MADE ME DO” way possible. She’s NEVER designed anything that awful. EVER. Her construction is generally flawless. I guess they just didn’t want her to walk away with the win. Also, why are they all crying about Fashion Week? Don’t all these bitches get to show? I’m so confused about that.

      I’m about over Ms. Posen. He’s exactly the word he uses because he just this year learned what it means: Banal.

      • Eric Stott

        Posen’s remarks got rather over the line last night- Alexander flashed him a quick “I could kill you” look. He was a little princess who didn’t remember how to behave in front of a Queen.

        • LC3203

          They DID! And coming from Posen those comments just sound mean for mean’s sake. Unlike Tangerine Queen who couldn’t care less one way or another and you almost WANT a raking from his fingernails.

          • alyce1213

            Tangerine Queen is (almost) always funny. It’s like getting roasted.

          • Eric Stott

            Kors can be cutting but he’s almost never mean. Posen came off like a little sh*t with power he doesn’t deserve.

      • kahudson

        How did they make her throw it? What stops Kate from producing a great garment and forcing the judges to get rid of a great or at least ho-hum garment? They don’t mind doing that and letting garment versions of train wrecks stay on.

        I just think Kate had a bad day and the judging is almost random anyway.

      • Gatto Nero

        Kate seemed to love her look until she got raked over the coals. How could the producers force her to throw the challenge? And why would they do that?

        • demidaemon

          That theory just makes no sense. While BM isn’t subtle about there manipulation, they like to keep it to things that they think will make the show more interesting: team and project assignments, money, twists. I don’t think you can even force someone to do that on these shows. There is a nearly $500k prize at stake. I don’t think anything less than a death threat would cause that, and that shit is clearly illegal.

      • DuBey2

        I have to admit I also wondered if she had to ‘throw the challenge’. It just seemed so out of character. But I can’t figure out why. They ALREADY brought her back — they can’t do that again. And apparently a lot of BK’s believe that is Alexander’s fate.

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

          It’s not in the show’s style to get designers to throw challenges. If they want to send someone home, they judges will twist themselves in knots to justify it. They don’t need anyone to do any throwing. Besides, Kate was pretty much sobbing on her way out and we don’t believe she’s that good of an actress that she can summon up buckets of tears on demands.

          The way of reality TV is to manipulate reality so that the people involved have emotional reactions, as opposed to narrative TV (and movies) which have people manipulate their emotions in order to tell a story.

          • DuBey2

            Good point about her sobbing. I just hope the “other” Kate (who KNOWS when an outfit is horribly rendered and strange, but not in a Good way) resurfaces. For the sake of her future as a designer. I loved most of her looks and hope she’ll do well.

      • Trish Saunders

        Aren’t you tired of Zac twinkling at the camera?

    • Synnae

      Now I don’t watch the show, only read the recaps (which means I only judge on the actual designs) and how on earth did they Auf Alexander??? Seriously, there is so much fug on that cat walk and none of it was his. Kate, Alexandria and possible Justin should have been Auf-ed before him!

    • Patrick Cleary

      Zac kept harping on the fact that Alexander’s dress wasn’t working with that fabric, and that’s the problem with this challenge. It’s printed on stiff, unworkable fabric (printed on one side only), so making a dress out of the print entirely is almost impossible. Dom came closest, though you could tell the model was stiffly stuffed into it. Alexander’s dress was dramatic and different, and that’s not at all what Zac and Heidi want.

      Dom’s dress is fine, but it’s so 1986, it’s not funny. Is Joan Collins realness now “modern”?

      • marlie

        Yeah, I wonder how much leeway (probably none) the judges give the contestants, considering they have to work with that heave cotton (or poly blend?) fabric. I mean, they’re MAKING them use the fabric; don’t criticize them for the clothes being stiff!

      • kahudson

        I kept wondering what the fabric was as well. I wanted to take Ken’s iron or Sandro’s steamer to Dom’s garment. The wrinkles were so distracting.

        • Gatto Nero

          According to Mila in her PR blog, the choice is cotton twill or cotton sateen. No stretch, no drape, no flow. Not much you can do with it, even cut on the bias.

          • Call me Bee

            No kidding. With twill, you can at least make sportswear. There’s not much you can do with cotton sateen. It gives me horrible flashbacks of 80s floral curtains.

      • GillianHolroyd

        I’m annoyed that, with all the product placements and promoting last night, Tim never mentions the *type* of fabric. The fact that it doesn’t drape well is a HUGE factor in the outcome.

      • Carrps

        Yes!!!! Do you remember Zac saying something about how the fun of a print is watching how it moves on the runway …. IN A SILK OR GEORGETTE. Dude. They get fabric that looks like cotton duck. Let’s see YOU make that really move on the runway. Zac really got under my skin with that remark.

      • swanpride

        Yeah, which is the reason why I liked Bradon’s solution (and I actually like the jacket very much, especially the placement of the black in it). The fabric is really the best used in a jacket.

    • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

      My first thought on seeing Dom’s dress: “Mondo really could have made that work.”. Her dress was ridiculously over-praised. And it’s not any “sexier” than Alexander’s, whose print was much more sophisticated.

      • GillianHolroyd

        What I liked about her design was that the body of the dress was (mostly) two color and the only the sleeves had three colors. She had that in the original sketch so it is something that she had planned ahead of time.

        The color combination itself wasn’t very sophisticated though. She also had drawn hearts in the pattern. Fortunately, those didn’t show in the final garment.

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

        The top of the sleeves should have been more fitted and the shoulders reduced to take it out of the ’80s.

        • Gatto Nero

          She always goes overboard with neck and shoulder treatments. Otherwise the shapes are pretty pedestrian.

    • alyce1213

      Alexander was robbed. The white cross was a bit problematic, but his dress had a beautiful shape, dolman sleeves (which we never see) and was infinitely superior to Alexandria’s — by far THE WORST, and Kate’s, which was an embarrassment.

      • Eric Stott

        Alexanders dress would have looked much better rendered in a material that draped better.

    • upinalather

      That tube “dress” of Bradon’s was a Cop. Out.

      • tonibaloney

        PREACH!

      • M312

        But it was sexy and hot and every woman who weighs 4lbs can wear it!

      • Michelle Wilson

        As one of my art teachers once told me, it doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming to make. It just has to be good.

        • nosniveling

          kind of what crossed my mind when watching Helen interact with her *artist* inspiration.
          Except about the good part.

      • Denise Alden

        Exactly what my husband said.

    • Klee

      Stunned that Alexandria was safe. Over Helen. Kate’s dress was one of the ugliest things ever made. Yay, Dom!

      • 3boysful

        Perfect summary.

    • M312

      I loved Dom’s dress and agree that Alexander didn’t deserve the boot. It had issues but I liked it. You could see Kate going home for that one from space.

      • MoHub

        I actually though Alexander had one of the better prints, and the basic silhouette wasn’t bad either. If he’d just listened to Tim and ditched the white cross, he could have been in the safe middle instead of Alexandria. Or maybe in the top, with Justin in the middle and Alexandria auf‘d with Kate.

        • M312

          The cross was distracting. If it were thinner or more stylized or something — I dunno. I liked the print, too, and would have at least made him safe. To go home for that with three other clear fails is just odd. I am still baffled over Kate’s. I can understand designing yourself into a hole you can’t crawl out of, but it’s almost like she never watched an episode of PR before, and although not my favorite, she’s very talented. But those pleats? I just wanted to punch them off her dress.

          • SugarSnap108

            I think the cross could’ve worked if it were thinner, like you said, or not blindingly white — the point being, a pretty minor change could’ve make the look quite chic. Nothing could cure what ails Alexandria’s…except fire.

            • M312

              Ha, yes. Fire could have only helped.

            • Emmaline

              The white cross did dominate Alexander’s dress, but it suits his costume-designer aesthetic. Had he placed it off-center, it might have worked. I loved the design and construction of the dress. If you look closely, you see his finely fitted and constructed bodice.

          • Qitkat

            The cross really annoyed me, because a) it was so intensely white, and, b) because it was centered and so symmetrical. If it had been thinner, in black or dark, and most of all, if it had been asymmetrical and/or off-center, he ought to have been safe, as the print was quite good and well-utilized. And Heidi, if sexy were the best criteria for evaluating a garment, a lot of us would be running around nekkid.

            • jeneria

              I don’t know. It looked like a ribbon on a cake. I just wish he’d exaggerated the sleeves more. I think if he’d done that he would have been safe because it would have looked dramatic instead of baggy.

            • Qitkat

              I missed all the workroom drama last night, so I have no idea what his working process entailed. I was bewildered at the challenge.

            • jeneria

              What? You didn’t think “use this person who has done something” was a strong enough inspiration?

            • Qitkat

              I literally turned on the tv as the runway started, hence the bewilderment. I didn’t know who all those extra persons were!

        • 3boysful

          I hated Alexander’s dress last night, but think it reads better in the stills this morning. It’s the cross that kills it; the print was okay.

          But the worst ones were clearly Kate and Alexandria.

    • Eric Stott

      Alexanders print would look quite luxurious on silk

      • Eric Stott

        I’d go for a necktie with a smaller scaled version of that print.

        • alyce1213

          I would like a silk scarf.

          • Eric Stott

            I’d like one too…but wouldn’t wear it. Still, I can picture it – about 3 foot square, with a dashing ALEXANDER signature in the corner.

    • Jangle57

      I so agree with you on who should have gotten elminated. I found Alexandria’s to be so completely utterly hideous , you could have knocked me over with a feather when she was deemed safe. Seriously? Two pieces of what looks like dust rags is safe??????????????

      • s elin

        The model looks like a bag lady.

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

      Hey what happened to putting the winning and losing designers’ outfits on mannequins along the walls in the workroom?

      • OrigamiRose

        They couldn’t find a way to exploit a sponsorship out of it.

        • Angela_the_Librarian

          Charmin wall for the losers! Yogurt wall for the winners?

          • formerlyAnon

            Nah, they already have contracts with Charmin and Yogurt. Additional sponsors are required. Too tired to even try to think of who’d be appropriate. Though, really, appropriate doesn’t really have to enter into it, does it?

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

              A couple of brands of alcohol would be appropriate, considering… well, many factors about this show and the designs.

              Hey, we haven’t seen Moet champagne yet this season, have we? I remember it being a presence in the past.

          • OrigamiRose

            YES, the Toilet Paper Bear Wall of Shame for the losers!!! The Yoplait “Okay!” Win Wall!

            • decormaven

              Please don’t give those people any ideas. The minds that came up with “Enjoy the Go” tagline teaming up with Bunim Murray… I shudder at the thought.

            • DuBey2

              :)

    • OrigamiRose

      Every time I look at Helen’s, the caption in my mind is, “The Magic of Macy’s.”

      Why is Alexandria getting such a pass week after week? I can think of precisely two designs of hers: The poop pants that won a challenge, and a repeat of the same that should have gotten her tossed. Not an impressive memory-portfolio.

      • alyce1213

        I have not liked a single thing Alexandria’s sent down the runway, and downright HATED a few. She should be long gone.

        • OrigamiRose

          There’s also something so… flat about her. When she was interacting with her Superfan, Alexandria just seemed so out of it. Like she was stoned (not saying she was, just that she came across that way.) Her affect is very lifeless. Her designs seem to reflect that.

          • s elin

            She does have a flat affect, but her designs say borderline personality, schizoid type.

      • ItAin’tMe

        Macy’s, yes! What a boring, commercial print she made of a graphic artist’s work. Though I didn’t think the piece he did for her was all that inspired either. And then the judges blathered on about the ecru. Sheesh! It looked like something Alex McCord would wear to a barbecue in the Hamptons.

        • Trish Saunders

          Well, thank you! I don’t think drawing devil’s horns on a face equal Fine Aht.

          • ItAin’tMe

            Nope. I don’t think Helen inspired him much.

      • marlie

        For some reason, the judges – especially Heidi – have a hard on for Alexandria. And she’s really not produced anything all that outstanding, to me.

        • demidaemon

          It’s the European model connection.

          • s elin

            Is she perceived as attractive?

      • Carrps

        Heh, didn’t see this comment until I made my Macy’s allusion above. But, yeah. Macy’s.

      • Call me Bee

        Not even Macy;s. More like JC Penny’s or K Mart

    • Stubenville

      So Alexandria inexplicably gets a pass over a truly hot mess, Drag Brows gets sent home over what was (IMHO) probably the best print of the night, worked into a meh dress, and Kate Doesn’t Happen. Damn, where did Kate get the idea to recreate a Dames at Sea costume? All it needed was a jaunty little cap and Patti LuPone belting out a number as the model strolled down the runway.

      • ItAin’tMe

        You’re right about Kate, she choked. But at least she didn’t cry on the runway until after the judging. Unlike After School Special’s tactics. What a needy little energy vamp. Alexandria deserved a pass just for her very accurate assessment of Helen. Now if she would just say that chit to her face.

    • largishbearishAtlish

      or um…whatever….what were the parameters again? the print challenge plus the pull obscure personality disorders out of the person plus guess the number the producers assistant wrote down plus…..um..wait, where are we??

      “Dom … a perfect blend of print design and fashion design, which is what the challenge calls for.”
      Bravo T’lo, as always, Bravo!

    • SugarSnap108

      Good sweet lord, Kate’s is awful. Her model should be line-dancing to “Achy Breaky Heart.” Cannot believe that didn’t get the auf. And yes, I like Alexander’s, too. SEXY is not the end all, be all. Nor is it defined by cleavage, side boobs and slits to the hoo-ha. Arrgh.

      • MilaXX

        Didn’t his dress have a cut out in the back? I find that sexy as all get out. It’s just not Heidi;s short, tight & shiny sort of sexy.

        • SugarSnap108

          Yes, and I, too, think that can be sexy as hell. I see the problems (enormous white cross) in Alexander’s, but I don’t think it suffers from Sexy Deficiency.

    • mommyca

      I’m glad a lot of people (and TLo!!) like Alexander’s dress, because I did too… It definitely had more elements of design than Alexandria’s… (which was definitely worth the auf).

      Also, I’m glad I don’t do Twitter, because if I had seen Helen berating our TLo, I would have gone crazy… what’s up with this chick? not cool, not cool!
      so I guess the final 3 will be Helen, Dom and Brandon?

      • tired_mommy

        If you look at the final collections, I think the final three will be Helen, Dom and Alexandria.

      • demidaemon

        I’m thinking next week they will eliminate one, have a four person walk-off the next week (which will probably knock out Bradon, judging by his FW collection), and leave us with the final three for the finale.

    • R. L.

      Agree!!! Alexandria makes one mess after another and is still there? Poopy pants needs to GO!

      • Stubenville

        Or as Kors quipped “pleasure me pants”.

    • Guest

      Alexandria’s work has been questionable for awhile. How she has managed to remain is very sYet I have to admit I liked some of her show at Fashion Week.

    • epenthesis

      Wow. I like most of Helen’s work, but that’s so far over the line you can’t even see the line from there. What is it with sociopathy this season? A garden-variety nice person like Dom comes off like Mother Teresa in this context.

      I’d have sent Alexandria home too, but I’m content to know that she and/or Justin will almost certainly be out next week. Helen, Dom and Bradon clearly all deserve to be finalists; at this point if one of them slips up, the producers will probably just bend the rules to allow a fourth final collection.

      • MilaXX

        Either that or they string Alexandria along as a fourth, send them all home to make collections and then auf after the mini show they make them do before the finale.

      • s elin

        I wish I could believe that. Reason says that Alexandria should have been gone long ago, but here she is. I will believe she’s leaving when I see it with my own eyes.

        • epenthesis

          I agree that she’s been let off lightly, but I think she’s also been protected by her win and high scores–she’s usually been kept over people with worse track records. I’d wager that her luck will run out now that she’s near the bottom.

          She and Justin really needed to start getting high scores as the regular challenges dwindled to the last few, because without a consistent history of strong work it would be tough for the judges to justify keeping them over any of the others. (They sometimes don’t bother to justify their decisions, true, but I think they want their three obvious favorites in the finals.)

    • R. L.

      This isn’t the first time I wish WE could see the properties of the fabric. Down thread someone says it is stiff and printed on only one side. I’d love to know about all the handicaps they are giving the designers so we can better judge wtf is going on with their designs. How about it Lifetime? Full disclosure!

      • Stubenville

        Someone mentioned that it’s on a fabric akin to quilting cotton. The drape didn’t look terrible last night.

        • Eric Stott

          It never drapes well. Often designers end up with tents (Mila)

      • MoHub

        Mila says in her Lifetime blog that the designers get a choice between cotton twill and cotton sateen. Neither fabric drapes well, and either will put the designer at a disadvantage.

        • Daxx2513

          But shouldn’t the knowledge of that fact affect how a garment is designed? I certainly don’t know if that knowledge would help, but would assume that someone who works with it should understand. Wouldn’t it mean that you would be better off doing something more structured/tailored (a challenge given the time frames, I’m sure)?

          • MoHub

            Absolutely. If you have a stiffer fabric, you should go for a more structured, tailored look. And the print itself should play to the nature of the fabric as well.

        • Call me Bee

          Well–you can at least make sportswear with cotton twill, but there’s not much one can do with cotton sateen. Gives me awful flashbacks of 80s floral curtains. Ugh.

    • marlie

      Kate and Alexandria should have been the ones to be auffed. Kate because reasons. And Alexandria because her her “edgy” was really a sloppy, raggedy mess.

      How much do you want to bet that next week, no one gets eliminated. Maybe that’s why they did the double auffing this week.

    • Karen North

      Alexander was eliminated because some lawyer said…look Iv’e seen the tape He threw the hot iron.
      They had to send Kate home for that nonsense before she had a chance to embarrass them for bringing her back. She started strong but has obviously run out of ideas.
      Alexandra has long since exceeded her expiration date but gets by because of the crazy drama surrounding her. Unfortunately she will end this thinking she is a great designer since she made it this far. They will bring her back for an all-star season just to torture her. Poor girl.

      • Carrps

        Maybe Ken was threatening to sue???

        • formerlyAnon

          They seem to write a pretty tight & enforceable contract, as evidenced by the surprisingly little that’s leaked out over the years from former contestants about how things are done. I doubt they’d care about Ken’s threats unless he’d suffered some real harm.

    • Akmall Razlan

      there are a lot of things to inspire these fashion designers and YET, they have nothing? *well, except for Dom’s, she did great. Please, you want it so badly into this fashion industry and yet, inspiration is a no no? Please, do something.

    • chylde

      For some reason Heidi likes Alexandria’s aesthetic which is why she remains… Remember how she defended the poopy gym pants? But come on, did you see what Heidi wore to the Emmys?
      I’m sad to read that Helen is a freakazoid. I kind of liked her best this season, the pointy fingernails and insecurity, so goth. But threatening my boys? So I have no favorites this season and I hope one of the 3 remaining nice folks win – Bradon or Dom or Justin.

    • M312

      Also, I was hoping Ken would come back screaming or light himself on fire and crash the runway because his whole insanity thing. I mean, aren’t we all still watching this show for laughs now anyway? They stopped caring about fashion seasons ago.

    • MilaXX

      I saw some of Helen’s ranting last night. Like Ken & Sandro, her off the show behavior just cemented my low opinion of her. I actually think she has skills as a designer. Her dress was okay, but not deserving of all the praise they heaped on it last night. Still, I’m over designers with attitudes this season.
      I also like Alexander’s dress last night and would have auf’d Alexandria & Kate. Kate is obvious, but I think Alexandria’s been floundering since the New Balance challenge. I have no idea why the judges are keeping her. Her look appeared unfinished and cheap.

    • Michelle Wilson

      I gotta agree with you about Alexander. I really liked his dress and felt he was bringing some drama to the runway that has been missing this season. There was a time when this show rewarded a designer who took chances and made pieces that were a little tongue in cheek. I too grow weary of the “It’s not sexy” mantra that Heidi has taken up. I would have sent Justin home for that sad and somewhat trite take on the challenge. A pageant gown about love just does absolutely NOTHING for me. I agreed with Dom for the win and Bradon as a very close second. I’d have had Alexaner in third, and Helen a distant fourth.. I’d have liked Helen’s more but felt the skirt was too short and looked unfinished as a result. The seeming was good and though I didn’t love her print, I found the starkness of it intriguing. Alexandria in the bottom but safe over Justin and Kate’s atrocities.

      • MilaXX

        A pageant gown about love would absolutely work for me if it was well made & fierce.. Justin’s sad sack of a gown was neither.

        • Carrps

          It was a sad sack pageant gown with baggy boogies.

        • Gatto Nero

          Even more of a pity because Justin’s textile was unusual and beautiful — very dimensional

          • MilaXX

            I agree the textile was nice, the resulting garment wasn’t.

    • Meredith_P

      I don’t understand the over-praising of Helen’s project. It looks like two types of muslin, and she got out her star stamps and went to town. You’d almost think the fix was in for her, except as someone noted, she’d be happier and less troll-y if she had won.

    • Kat

      On the ‘top’ of Helen’s, all I could see was a happy face. It freaked me out a bit. Especially given all of her meltdowns. Hate her dress, hate how the ‘whites’ were fighting with each other, beyond over her drama. Seriously, Nina? It looks ‘aged and vintage’? No, she picked up the wrong fabric and instead of dealing with it, threw is a tantrum.

    • Tom Rosenberger

      as to Helen tweeting you and actually daring to respond – if you fags can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen

      • M312

        How adorable.

        • OrigamiRose

          Probably a Friend of Helen.

          • Eric Stott

            certainly no friend of Dorothy

            • OrigamiRose

              Touche ;)

          • GTrain

            Probably IS Helen.

            • OrigamiRose

              True… his appearance coincided with a burst of Tweets by her…

          • MK03

            Helen has friends?

      • Inspector_Gidget

        Aw, check your ignorance at the door. Better yet, go audition for Project Runway. I hear they are looking for more basket cases and “off-their-meds” types for next season!

        • s elin

          Don’t feed the trolls. If you ignore them, they disappear in a puff of smoke.

      • Guest

        Hate speech, much?

      • SewingSiren

        What? Wait a minute are you saying Tom and Lorenzo are GAY ??

        • Eric Stott

          OMFG! I never thought they were more than Cheerful!

        • OrigamiRose

          OMG. I’ve been reading a gay blog all this time? *drops laptop, runs out of room*

          • SewingSiren

            I know.. I know….Think of the CHILDREN!!!!

            • Stubenville

              Children? Are you referring to Zac?

            • SewingSiren

              I hate to say this Stubenville, but (whispers) I think it’s too late for him. Such a shame .

            • formerlyAnon

              Heh heh heh.

              You’re on today, SS.

            • NYCGlamourpuss

              No, by “children”, we’re referring to this asshead friend of Helen’s who just called TLo “fags.”

          • conniemd

            The bitter kittens crack me up. I love ya’ll as much for the humor as for the fashion.

        • formerlyAnon

          I never know when I’m going to get an unexpected rush of laughter or fondness from/for this blog & the Bitter Kittens.

          • marlie

            We’re a special kind of (sometimes dysfunctional) family over here.

            • Call me Bee

              Amen! :)

        • Ginny Ellsworth

          Tom and Lorenzo don’t need to worry about no kitchen, since they are smoking hot! :-)

        • NYCGlamourpuss

          WE HAD NO IDEA!! Come, villagers, get your torches! Let’s chase them homasexshuls right outta town!

          • MoHub

            And we’ll all have a big Barilla pasta meal when we finish!

        • AlwaysCoco

          Ok.This made my Day, Week, Month and Year! Thank You!!

      • Fanny_Trollope

        Ugly.

      • BookishBren

        Ooooo. Hate speech is so cool.

        • Trish Saunders

          And takes brains.

      • Angela_the_Librarian

        LOL, yeah how dare they respond to a Tweet..the highest, most exulted form of communication known to mankind. Maybe sounds like someone else wasn’t able to handle the heat?

        • marlie

          Besides, this is THEIR kitchen. She shouldn’t have even opened her mouth. Nor should this guy.

          • ewes_urn_aim

            My thoughts exactly.

        • Emmaline

          Please forgive the English teacher in me (I generally keep her chained in the basement with a bowl of granola and a bottle of spring water), but that’s “exalted” not “exulted.”

      • Michelle Wilson

        Classy.

      • Ginny Ellsworth

        Don’t scroll, it’s a droll troll. Lol!

      • Sarah

        You should do some soul-searching. Maybe you’ll find one, Tom Hosenberger.

      • neeBarbero

        When Helen displays the class of Willam; comes here and chats nicely with everyone; perhaps then we might take her seriously. She’s a whiny little brat. She sometimes makes nice clothes, which has never been denied. Attitude will be long remembered, especially when SHE is a nobody, and T Lo are already people to be esteemed in the fashion world. Designers are just about a dime a dozen (sane ones are harder to find). In the same way Ken has created his own drama and reputation, so is Helen.

        • s elin

          Emphasis on the “sometimes.” Extremely sometimes.

      • Peeve

        Fags? I didn’t know TLo were cigarettes! What brand might they be? Do tell!

      • Emmaline

        Better a fag than an a$$hole. I’m talkin’ to you, Tom Rosenberger. And Helen “daring” to respond? She dares from the safety of her laptop, but she whinges and whines face to face: “Help me?” “I’m so freaked out?” “My amazing fine artist mommy and daddy aren’t here to help me?” Oops. The last one wasn’t a direct quote; it was inferred from her actions.

      • Trish Saunders

        What a way with words. A real wit.

    • jeneria

      I don’t care how nice Justin is, he should have been gone a second time. I’m tired of his drab, dull, and mediocre designs. I am so happy to see Kate and her fake little “I’m the pet” smile go packing. That dress was hideous and the poor young woman who was supposed to be her inspiration could only must “It’s a nice color.” Atrocious. My poor Alexander. I really thought he was going to stay, but Nina was overruled by Kitten and a woman who only wears short, tight, and shiny. And I thought Helene’s looked awful. Not fashion forward and not at all inspired by her ARTIST!

      • Eric Stott

        I’m not the only one who thinks that he had his sign language print planned in advance, and was lucky to have a “muse” with such a broadly defined charity. If he’d ended up with the baker would he have used the sign for Cake?’

        • jeneria

          It did strike me as really contrived. Yes, she was passionate but that’s not the same thing as love. I bet he would have used love for cake, Kiva, parkour, or whatever. It clearly was going to be his design regardless.

        • alyce1213

          I assume they all anticipated the print challenge and may have had things in mind — I mean, who wouldn’t? — although you’d never believe it by some of the finished products.

          • formerlyAnon

            The ones who come on the show unable to navigate a commercial sewing machine maybe wouldn’t. Otherwise, yes. If they didn’t ALL come on board with ideas for this challenge (as well as the 20 most common others) they’re fools.

        • Patrick Cleary

          Ever since Mondo putting a plus-sign on his pants (a print which worked with or without the message), every designer wishes s/he could have a printed statement. Justin is playing that perfectly.

          • Eric Stott

            It was pretty close to the Mother’s X Rays print from a couple seasons back

    • s elin

      Helen is like a bad actress in a “D” movie. She kept scrunching her face, and wiping away nonexistent tears for Kate (her best friend, who she loves so very much), but she can’t cry for anyone but herself.

      • jeneria

        Her dress looked like it was designed for Donna Martin circa 1994. Or maybe for her to wear in Mother May I Sleep With Danger or Co-Ed Call Girl.

        • OrigamiRose

          Mother, May I Tweet With Danger?

          • Bexxx

            !!!!!

          • Eric Stott

            I love you more now

          • NYCGlamourpuss

            *Snorfle!*

      • ItAin’tMe

        Ya, I thought the whole “I’m so devastated that my BFF is going home” was so fake. She couldn’t even look at Kate because she was afraid she’d laugh. She hated Kate in the beginning and when she said she’d grown to love her, she was only foolin’.

        • StillGary

          YEah, and Kate pretty much saved her butt — that first partnership really turned things around for Helen — who was trolling the bottom big time before Kate helped her make something actualized.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      I have to admit, I really didn’t like Alexander’s at all. Aside from the weird masking tape thing (which I thought the judges were right about), it seemed about three sizes too big for his model.

      Alexandria’s and Kate’s were both terrible. I’m baffled as to how the former was safe at all.

      • Inspector_Gidget

        I thought Alexander’s print was terrible, but then he saved it somewhat with the interesting “weave” placement of it. I agree that the fit was off, which added to the clerical look of it. Still, certainly not worth an auf-ing.

    • Inspector_Gidget

      I thought for sure Alexandria was out as soon as thing appeared. Terrible! If I hadn’t seen the episode I would have assumed this came from a “make a dress out of leftover construction materials” challenge. Kate’s was bad, bad bad — but I figured they would give her a pass because they liked her previous stuff.

      What a yawn. I have absolutely no investment in who wins at this point.

      • Karen North

        A winner? Wow, once you said it I realized I stopped thinking about that concept long ago. Remind me again why I watch this show?

        • formerlyAnon

          At this point I watch for TLo & the Bitter Kittens. I have to admit it’s only because of this blog that I’ve remembered the show was coming back on, the last two cycles.

          • Qitkat

            Regretfully, I’m not sure that will be enough for me in the future. Weary.

            • formerlyAnon

              I confess I don’t watch every week anymore. And sometimes I start an episode (I usually watch the next day on line) get distracted by life and never get back to it. The glory days are over, but it had a few good years and is still marginally better than most reality t.v., IMO.

          • Call me Bee

            As do we all…(watch PR just because of TLo.)

          • Karen North

            So true, and the lounge…oh the fabulous places we go to share a drink together! There have been moments, like hearing the duchess laugh again or watching Tim give an icy stare instead of the requisite hug. I’m not saying they are great moments, but mildly entertaining. Its like watching that formally dynamic superstar on an episode of The Love Boat.

      • ThaliaMenninger

        For me, Alexandria’s looked like the “make a dress out of what you can grab from a kindergarten classroom and make it with the kids’ gum and tiny safety scissors” challenge. It looked like what you wipe the board with, some construction paper, maybe a portrait of George Washington chopped into pieces…

    • MK03

      Oh, Afterschool Special. Karma will get you for that. As Vivian said, “Big mistake. Big. Huge!”

    • Meredith_P

      And may I say, if it weren’t for T and Lo, PR may have been canceled long ago due to lack of ratings. So there, Helen.

    • BookishBren

      I am very sad Alexander is gone. I actually liked his dress well enough and I really liked him as a contestant. His facial expressions were hilarious and I truly admired how he handled himself on the runway when they would criticize his work. He will definitely be missed.

      Alexandria has dead eyes and should have been gone long ago. I really don’t know what is going on there.

      Laughed at Kate’s “I knew they would find a way to get rid of me” attitude. Girl, that was fugly and you deserved the auf.

      I also love love love that Helen is being bitchy about Dead Eyes but is annoyed with TLo for being critical of her. BAHAHA! Seriously, she sucks the energy out of the work room.

    • Sarah

      Oh, shut the hell UP Afterschool. You’re defensive because your talents don’t measure up to the people around you. How you could go on and on about how you know ALL ABOUT fine art and are SO COMFORTABLE in that world, and then derive a print that had ZERO to do with anything that guy produced in his studio is beyond me. The judges had nothing to say about that. But then, they didn’t really seem to give a crap about anybody’s print inspiration. Either way, I didn’t think her outfit was so fab. Pretty much agreed with “patriotic hipster” – and hated it.

    • Mudskipper

      Am I the only one who noticed the smug smile Kate had on her face as Alexander was critiqued? I rewound several times to make sure. She had to be eliminated. She is extremely conniving and insincere, and it shows in her designs.

      • OrigamiRose

        When Kate started going off on how she knew when Heidi said, “One or more of you will be going home,” that it was just an “excuse” to auf her, I nearly lost it with laughter. Yes, hon, this entire season happened just to punk you.

        This season has to be the gold-standard for the sheer number of headcases that were cast.

      • jeneria

        I really think she bought into her own hype and thought she was the Anointed One like the winners of the two All-Star cycles. She really thought she was untouchable.

        • Ginny Ellsworth

          “They loved me, me, ME so much they had to bring me back!”

    • Maureen Foster

      I’m confused. Didn’t Bradon purchase a ‘tube’ material that became his dress? If so, does that qualify as designing and sewing now? And if that is the case, why was it not mentioned by anyone?

      • Michelle Wilson

        Was it already a dress when he bought it? If not then he designed and sewed a dress.

      • Meredith_P

        Some type of knit yardages are manufactured in tubes…and remain that way until someone cuts them. Consider it as fabric that hasn’t been cut yet.

      • Ruth Sawyer

        Tube rib knit, yeah. If you google that you can see what it looks like. On the one hand I thought, dude, wtf, it’s just a tube that he hemmed up the back to make it fit. On the other hand, it looked good and that had to be one hell of a time saver so he could concentrate on his jacket.

    • Pril Wood

      I’m vindicated to hear T & L like Alexander’s dress. I thought the big cross was a bit too much, but the silhouette and fabric pattern are good and it was light years better than Alexandria’s pregnant hobo look… and, if you ask me, Justin’s pageant-y gown. No way did he deserve the auf.

      • Eric Stott

        One consolation – quite a few Auf’d designers have gone on to bigger careers than the “winners”.

        • NYCGlamourpuss

          Well, I hope that’s true for Alexander. No way did he deserve the auf last night.

    • jjfg

      How Alexandria got a pass with that piece of crap is beyond me. It looks like a pinned together collection of placemats. I had Kate, Justin, and Alexandria in the bottom and would have been fine with a triple elimination.

    • Jacquelyn

      Damn Helen. Youre not my favorite but I totally just lost all respect for you with your death to TLo fuckery.

    • Nexli B

      “Seriously, we have no fucking idea.” My thoughts exactly watching this episode last night.

    • http://trooperschaf.blogspot.de/ TrooperSchaf

      Braden’s and Justin’s prints remind me of x-rays…

      • Eric Stott

        and we’ve had actual X rays in the competition

        • Qitkat

          Next year’s challenge: be inspired by Man Ray.

          • Eric Stott

            The Artist, or the Dog?

            • Qitkat

              Snort! You win! Oh I had momentarily forgotten Wegman and his awesome dogs. Makes you wonder, if the designers had a choice, which one would they prefer?

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

              So long as it’s not Man-Faye. I dare you to Google it if you don’t already know.

            • Eric Stott

              EWWWWW_ IT BURNS!

            • Eric Stott

              Probably the dog. If they used Man Ray the artist we’d have clever Dada designs using unexpected textiles – and where would the drama be?

    • Uncle Spike

      I know the episode is all about fashion and stuff, but I could not ignore some of the best scenes that had absolutely nothing to do with fashion. To wit:
      1) Braden flirting with Makeup Artist Daddy. ROWR. The fantasies just grow…er, grow…crap, I mean GO…from there. Yum.
      2) Alexander giving Thiago the pastry chef a verrrry knowing and friendly look on the runway, and Thiago returning said look. Yow. Again, yum. I hope Thiago had plenty of opportunity to, uh, comfort Alexander after his auf.
      3) “Go with your…viscera!” Oh, Mr. Gunn, we love you. Don’t ever change. Although…
      4) For someone with such an encyclopedic knowledge of the English language, I really wish he would recommend that the designers choose their accessories from the Belk Accessory Wall ANYTHING other than “thoughtfully” or “strategically,” like he has every single time since time immemorial. A thesaurus would help out immeasurably at this point..

      • jeneria

        “Haphazardly” is one word that comes to mind.

        • formerlyAnon

          Though he IS supposed to be advising them how to proceed, not predicting how they inevitably will proceed.

      • ItAin’tMe

        “Sparingly.”

      • Eric Stott

        “Style me Daddy- please!”

      • Shawn EH

        “Regretfully”

        • formerlyAnon

          Nailed it.

      • Call me Bee

        Prudently. Discreetly. Cautiously. Carefully. Sloooowly.

    • Paula Pertile

      Too bad Tim already used his save for Justin, because he could have used it for Alexander’s chocolate cross dress. That was a cool idea, even if it didn’t turn out perfect. And it was SO much better than some of the crap that got to stay. And yeah, why does everything have to be “sexy” to be good?

      It was such a relief to not have all the drama this week.

    • ItAin’tMe

      I’ll take Alexandria’s outfit over Justin’s boring gown, any day. It would have been ugly even if it had been sewn perfectly. And you know he’d always planned to use the sign for the print challenge. I didn’t like Alexander’s print, but I loved the dress, including the big white cross. It was so deco. And saying that the cross went with his name, Pope, was as legit an inspiration as the cake maker, or any of those other muses they were given. Tim’s save of Justin early on hurts now. Alexander deserved it.

    • TonyGo

      Can someone tell us how Dom, for the first time in the history of Project Runway, figured out how to get a large scale print produced from her HP scribble, rather than the usual small design repeated in what looks like a tile or patchwork pattern?

      • docholly

        certainly it would have helped Alexander’s print..

      • GillianHolroyd

        A THOUSAND times this.

        It’s my biggest peeve (well, other than the crappy fabric). Pattern tiling and scale is crucial to the finished garment. Ask me how I know this (sigh).

      • StellaZafella

        I think the scaling ability was a new feature of the software this year…Dom mentioned being able to scale the patterns.

        • TonyGo

          Thanks! I musta missed that.

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

        But she’s not the first. Mila had a giant print as well. I think hers only repeated lengthwise down the roll, not even reflected in the middle like Dom’s.

    • docholly

      How the hell Alexandria has stayed after not one but 2 rounds of diaper poopy pants is beyond me but last nights outfit? was like the bottom of the rag bag in my grandmother’s closet. She must know someone. That’s the only explanation I can think of. Because they don’t need a moody chick – they have Helen. Stars & moons? She’s channeling JK Rowlling? Sarah Palin? While I was so disappointed with Kate’s fabric design, at last her dots were subtle. If I wanted to see red white and blue stars I’d watch Faux news.
      On the other hand I really loved Justin & Dom’s fabric and while the Justin dress was a little Honey Boo boo on the bottom – his fabric was way better than at least the others. And I’m glad Dom finally won one. and yeah for Kiva!

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        Yeah, i forgot to mention in my post, I really loved Dom’s dress – it was adorable, and I was glad she got the win.

    • rh33

      When I saw Helen’s print I thought, wow! a tattoo design that had nothing to do with her muse…

      • jeneria

        Exactly! There was nothing of her inspirational person in the design. Quite frankly, I felt the same way about Dom. I didn’t see any of what the KIVA guy was talking about reflected in her pattern.

      • Meredith_P

        And apparently, she (Helen) couldn’t remember his name on the runway?!

      • alyce1213

        I thought exactly that — it could have been on her body. It might also be a cute print for baby stuff, like a receiving blanket.

      • valerie747

        Bingo!

      • marlie

        Actually, a well exceuted “tattoo” would have made a *great* fabric for her. Such a pity that she choked.

    • Glenn Johnson

      Not to bemoan that Kate was finally auf’d because it’s been weeks in coming, but I was actually excited in my own mind that she was going to make a “Hidden pattern” using binary. After I pictured and dismissed the Matrix, I thought that she could have created a large colorful print pattern that, when looked at up close, would have been made up of 1’s and 0’s in different sizes, typefaces and colors. But what she ended up with made me think she had gotten into the ample crack supply they obviously keep in the production offices. The crack supply responsible for Alexander and NOT Alexandra being sent home. Congrats to Dom! I am hoping she wins the season. She had me at the shark dress.

      • Ginny Ellsworth

        Wait just a darned minute here! She better not have had you anywhere Oh hunny bunn of mine. :-)

    • M. H. Leader

      You know, I liked Alexander’s print. I even liked his dress design. What I *HATED* with a killing passion was those horrible white “accent’ stripes. The contrast was too extreme. Looked like duct tape or something pasted on top of the dress. If he’d used a light complimentary print–even a beige muslin–anything except stark white I might have swallowed bravely and accepted it. I think he just kept adding and adding and should have been saved from himself.

      Both Alexandria and Kate had utterly horrible dresses. I would have aufed those two, but Alexander was a close 3rd in that worst-of-the-worst race. So I wasn’t all that upset that he went.

      Alexandria has to be the next to go. Or maybe Helen just for general bitchery.

      • putacorkinit

        I can see what you mean but for me, the stark white bands were a much stronger style statement than if they had been in a muted colour.And remember, the real ‘fashion’ of the dress was the daring nude back.

    • dickylarue

      When I saw her dress & print design I thought the producers came in and made Kate throw the challenge to amp up the drama. However, all the crying she did made me think differently. She choked. I don’t know how we’ll live without her smile and crippling earnestness/eagerness at every pre-challenge meeting.

      After School is exhausting and I want to think that she’s the contestant they give false praise to and set up to lose in a major meltdown. Like Michael Costello.

      I can’t wait until we find out that Dom is really the child of Elvin & Sondra from The Cosby Show and she walks a fashion week collection of Cosby sweaters dedicated to her Grandad Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable.

      Alexandria is getting graded on Heidi’s “former model curve”. She makes me think of a sketch character Aimee Mann might play on Portlandia.

      Alexander’s cakey nun was hideous. Loved him, but that dress was bad.

      Apparently Tim’s save was for the rest of the season. Can’t explain how Justin is still there.

      The best thing that walked on the runway was Braden’s sweater dress. The fact that it had no print speaks volumes about how everyone blew this challenge.

      • miatamam

        Dicky, you should be TLo’s Joan Rivers and man the desk whenever they must be away. Fabulous recap.

      • sojourneryouth

        I L-O-V-E Dom as Sondra and Elvin’s daughter. I think she should partner with Michelle and put beating hearts and other carnage on some o’ them sweaters. One would never think the same way about pudding pops ever again.

      • janierainie

        The same thing crossed my mind about Alexandria. She’s riding the ex model wave. That is the only explanation.

        • s elin

          Wasn’t there an ex-model on the show last season (from Nashville, her brother was in a band, I think)? She didn’t last very long.

          Alexandria was a model? I just don’t see it. She is so bland that she is borderline ugly.

    • Fanny_Trollope

      And the notion that all clothing needs to be “sexy” is why we as a society are currently infested with the plagues of see-through garments, visible nipples, and Miley Cyrus’ butt cheeks hanging out of flesh-colored latex. Bah. Get your ball off my lawn. And get a haircut, you hippie pinkos.

      • valerie747

        Bwhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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

        Wasn’t the back of Alexander’s look completely bare? Isn’t that super sexy? The judges were just looking for some reason to boot him over Alexandria.

        • Emmaline

          Loved the holy white cross on the front with the bare back. The visual humor was too subtle for the judges.

    • CassandraMortmain

      Alexandria has had heinous looks for the last three episodes. I’m baffled as to why she keeps getting passed through to the next round. She should have been aufed weeks ago and most certainly should have been out last night. Kate’s was horrible and deserved the auf but her overall body of work has been much stronger than Justin’s so I would have liked to see him get the auf. His work certainly didn’t merit bringing him back after the first auf and nothing he’s done since – with the exception of last week’s super fan dress, which I loved – justifies his continuing presence on the show.

      I kind of loved Alexander’s print and the dress. The masking tape cross was problematic but it was probably the most creative thing on the runway. I would have had him in the top three. And Heidi just embarrassed herself with the whining about it not being sexy.

      I hated Dom’s print and I hated the dress she made. The fit was horrible and it was very unflattering. But she’s sweet so good for her. Bradon’s was the clear winner. Helen’s look was meh. Nina embarrassed herself with her gushing over it and saying it looked vintage. WTF? Embarrassing oneself on the runway seems to be a constant this year. If they really believe 1/10 of the crap they say, remind me never to take fashion advice from Heidi Klum and Nina Garcia.

      • putacorkinit

        I agree. I think she talks a good game in the ‘explain your dress’ sections of the judging that we don’t see. I have to say, her recent dresses have been very weedy and washed-out.

      • scurvey

        Alexander’s reminded me of musculature; images from Body Worlds came to mind. Combined with the cross/crucifixion theme, it was conceptually interesting. Circling back to the cake inspiration – cakes feed the body, celebration of the body, etc. The dress wasn’t without problems, but it made you (well at least me) think.

      • s elin

        I liked Dom’s print, but I hated the neckline. What was that around the neck? I hated Bradon’s print. And a bomber jacket with a tube print dress? The more I read the comments, the more I worry that I am Alexandria’s twin. I think I look good, but people all around me are gasping in horror.

    • bertkeeter

      Any chance we will see some true HIGH FASHION before the FINALE? Hmm?

      • Qitkat

        Only if you return, dear one!

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

          Bert for PRAS 4!

      • putacorkinit

        I agree. Even the best stuff seems off-the-rack mall fodder. Where is the haute couture and avant garde output of the first three seasons where the show first made its reputation.

        • conniemd

          drama over fashion. More two day challenges needed.

          • OrigamiRose

            What is confounding is that with all the expanding sponsorships, the corner they cut hardest over and over is with the time allotment on challenges. It’s just pure greed to cram so many tie-ins into the shortest shooting schedule possible.

            (And I every time I hear about the $150K GoCard, I assume the winner will use most of that cash to pay the prize taxes off of everything else.)

            • formerlyAnon

              I’d say you’re dead on about the GoCard.

        • Trish Saunders

          Producers realized they have a talentless bunch of designers and create drama to make us forget that. Death to producers! (oh damn, Helen’s influencing me)

      • ShaoLinKitten

        I wonder what you thought of Alexander’s final collection. He took risks and was the most high fashion of any of the collections.

      • formerlyAnon

        You know the answer to that: unlikely.

        • bertkeeter

          Sad isn’t it?

          • Eric Stott

            There isn’t enough time for a miracle. I’d be satisfied with Attractive and Wearable.

            • bertkeeter

              Maybe next season? Ha… Sure!

            • Eric Stott

              They should have to make a couture gown out of the 300+ vintage silk neckties in my closet.

      • Trish Saunders

        I dunno…I think I believe in the tooth fairy more than I believe in high fashion ever coming out of PR this year.

    • valerie747

      Dom & Braydon manage to design beautiful clothes without outbursts of immature drama. Imagine that!!!

    • spooki C

      Ugly prints all around but if I had to choose one I would pick Bradon’s. It’s totally just plaid again but I love the colors. What he did with it was underwhelming. I liked his tube dress and shrug thing way more with out the jacket.

      Kate’s -thing- was the most god awful hideous piece of crap since Santino’s lingerie. poorly made, ugly, unflattering and weird. Her idea of binary code being slightly hidden and peeking out was cool but she didn’t make a binary print, it was ugly flowers and dots and then she just hid them completely. Alexandria better thank Kate for that fabric vomit because her tattered scraps were fit for a cavewoman and she should not have been safe.

      Helen is so insecure and needs constant praise and direction; it’s sad because she’s really not that bad of a designer and could probably be really good if she would just STFU, focus and just be creative instead of needy. Her annoying personality is ruining her work.

      • conniemd

        I liked Bradon’s print, too. I didn’t see it as plaid. I thought he was going to make a tube top out of the black and then a skirt out of his print. He could have then made a small capelet or scarf or some such thing with his print and it would have been a great look.

    • valerie747

      PS TLo: “We couldn’t yawn hard enough” …. Thank you!

    • putacorkinit

      Don’t get involved with off-topic pats. It makes you seem small, unreliable and spiteful, and you are none of those things.

    • Judy_J

      The photo of Alexander’s design has a 3-dimensional quality which I quite like. It almost looks like basket weave. The dress he designed was sad. That fabric deserved better.

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      OMG, TLo, thank you! Look, I love me some Drag Brows, and he grew to be my favorite, but I can’t even believe they didn’t get that dress and auf’d him. I had a hard time believing they liked Alexandria’s over that – she should have totally been the auf along with Kate, who’s dress was truly tragic. I felt bad for Kate for her two seasons – for whatever reason, they kept trying to force her into the “bitchy girl” box both times, and it wasn’t fair – she really seemed like a nice enough girl. And on the fashion side of things, I felt that she actually was a pretty good designer, but boy if a dress deserved an auf’ing last night, that one was it! Poor Kate and Drag Brows – I liked you both very much!

      And Helen – WTF? SHADE!! So she’s turned into a Twitter psycho, eh? My guess would have been Ken or Sandro to go that route with you, but I admit when I’m wrong! These designers better learn to take criticism better – if they go on TV to compete, some people might not like some of their work – that happens. And if bloggers report that, it doesn’t mean the designer in question should throw immature threats back at you. Being rude is bad enough – I know you’ve mentioned that, and It’s not cool, but it happens. But what Helen said back on Twitter – not only is it uncool, and it’s bad for how people will think of her, business-wise too!

      • madscntst

        What Helen is about to discover is that by insulting TLo, she has released a hoard of flying monkeys.

        • Eric Stott

          Flying Kittens – with claws!

          • NYCGlamourpuss

            Dat’s us!

          • rh33

            Here us roar!

        • StellaZafella

          I don’t fly…I glide.

          • formerlyAnon

            Do you give lessons and does it work in high heels?

            • StellaZafella

              Best in heels, darling! It’s all in the shoulders, hips and knees.

        • Trish Saunders

          she’d better stop messing around with my TLo.

      • marlie

        Especially since TLo have themselves cultivated friendships and working relationships with a number of high-profile people in the industry. She’s not in a twitter spat with a couple of rando no-name bloggers; all of the people that she might want to work with in the future are watching this behavior as well, and it may hurt her career.

    • ShaoLinKitten

      TOTALLY AGREE about Alexander’s! I loved it. It was cool, interesting, and different. Way better than Alexandria’s or Justin’s. It was a crack-headed auf. Also, loved his final collection. It’s too bad the judges have no taste.

    • putacorkinit

      And did anyone think the actual print designs – with the possible exception of Alexander’s and Justin’s – were of any interest at all? Especially compared with those of other seasons.

      • Inspector_Gidget

        Especially since it’s an expected challenge now. You’d think at this point all contestants would design a pattern before even showing up, or at least think about one.

        • Eric Stott

          I think they might have – that is what the “muses” might have been for – to stir things up so they might have to come up with a new pattern, or modify one they’d planned.

    • Inspector_Gidget

      The sudden double elimination seemed kind of arbitrary. But now that I think about it, they should have that random threat hanging throughout the season. Might cut down on the “I just need to be slightly less shitty than so-and-so” strategy.

      • Frank_821

        Actually it wasn’t that arbitrary. Since Justin was saved, they would have to have had a double elimination at some point to balance out the episode count. of course that should have happened during the episode after the save

    • madscntst

      Alexandria should have been eliminated – that travesty of a dress made a twig-thin model look like she had a belly. Seriously, I’ve seen better looks on insane homeless people.

      • broke&fashionable

        Right! She looks pregnant! I couldn’t take my eyes off of her midsection and I am normally not like that. Terrible, terrible, auf-worthy.

    • Mariah J

      Justin and Alexandria should have been auf’d. Justin hasn’t made a single good garment and Alexandria has made one or two with the rest being beyond hideous and poorly made. Kate had one misstep and Alexander’s wasn’t even that bad (except for the white stripes on it). Pure BS.

    • miatamam

      Alexandria – Office intern stood too close to the paper shredder. But her European esthetic must give her a pass. Her clothes kind of remind me of Ikea furniture. Justin- interesting print, but my gosh, his sewing has been so sloppy. Thinking he has long out-stayed his skill level. Bless his heart, but he should have gone home the first time. After School Special – I’ve seen prints like that in the Tractor Supply Company store. It’s all about her isn’t it? Narcissistic much? Her muse showed her his art and instead of exploring it, her first response was about herself, “My parents were fine artists…” In spite of all the whining she did manage to make the rodeo print work. Kate’s was a mess but I love her soft, feminine designs. The body of her work is far stronger than Justin’s work. She has worked her butt off. Hated to see her leave for a bad day. Broke my heart she didn’t get to officially go to Fashion Week.

    • Fanny_Trollope

      “@helenthelush

      I suppose cyber bullying is trendy. I think it’s very sad
      that industry ‘esteemed professionals,’ sit behind a computer screen and insult
      talented designers for their dying efforts. You do NOT have to agree with me
      when I say I don’t take kindly to being insulted for no reason, but there is
      nothing trendy about senseless Internet bashing. If you don’t like the show,
      DON’T WATCH IT.”

      And don’t critique it, either, and HOW DARE you have a sense of humor or an opinion. I’m the only one who’s allowed to have opinions. And I pride myself on the foul language in which I express them and the bitter epithets I apply to my fellow contestants. Learn how to behave, you two. Honestly.

      • dickylarue

        With a username like “helenthelush” we should all really take her more seriously and spare her feelings.

        • Ginny Ellsworth

          Yeah, I don’t think she is referring to her figure or eyelashes!

    • Qitkat

      I guess I’m going to have to seek out the pre-runway drama, since I was clueless about the challenge, just coming in as the runway started. For once, it would have clarified things.

      Someone said in the lounge that “it wasn’t in the script” for Alexandria’s schmatta to be auffed. I thought it was close to the worst thing I’ve ever seen on PR. It literally looked like it was made by someone who had never sewn before, or used scissors badly in need of sharpening.

      I thought Justin’s and Bradon’s prints were cool, more intricate than in previous years of this challenge. The sewing in Alexandria’s, Justin’s skirt, and Kate’s was atrocious. I didn’t especially love Bradon’s print, but he used it well except for the fail of the cross element. Happy for Dom’s win, but surprised to see such a super large print. I sort of liked Helen’s at a glance, but after reading of her behavior on and off the show, I think she’s best left in the detritus with Ken and Sandro.

      I’m hoping for a final three of Dom, Braden and Justin with Dom the winner.

      • Sarah

        Yeah, you should watch. Because all the whining and complaining Helen has done up to this point was nothing compared to how lame she acted last night – and that’s just ON the show, not including her nonsense IRL.

      • Shawn EH

        I think the complicated instructions and the muses were meant to insure no half-assed fabrics, and it still failed with Kate and Alexandria. But at least we didn’t get Emilio writing his name over and over again.

        • Qitkat

          Emilio! Didn’t that design create some unintended humor in the final look? (I can’t quite recall it)

          • Shawn EH

            I remember the judges were divided over it; and it seemed to copy directly from something another designer had done on a real runway.

          • MoHub

            Yes. Emilio based his print on his name—e sosa—using a heart for the o in Sosa. However, it read as “e loves sa,” interpreted by many as “Emilio loves Seth Aaron.”

            • Qitkat

              Oh, yes. Thanks I remember now. Good times!

            • Ginny Ellsworth

              Good designers!

      • MoHub

        Alexandria’s actually made Vincent’s scrap-paper tube in season 3 look like couture.

        • Qitkat

          Lol. I have no recollection of that. Off to search!

          • Eric Stott

            He was delusional and kept calling it “Couture” – I think he was one of the first contestants who was kept on the show for the sole purpose of drama.

            • demidaemon

              That’s probably in my top five of horrid dresses and WTF eliminations.

            • Trish Saunders

              He nattered on and on about his “gift” and constantly giggled with delight at his own genius. OH, that was the best season ever!

          • s elin

            I can instantly recall it. I have been watching this show too long.

      • Trish Saunders

        Even Susan, who doesn’t know what to do with a sewing machine, would have done better than Alexandria.

    • Inspector_Gidget

      Doh! Wrong post. Sorry.

    • Shawn EH

      You’re so right about Nina speaking to the crickets these days, TLo. I think it’s why she’s been so silent lately. She liked Alexander’s design, she’s always been the queen of the “taste level,” and she’s sorely outnumbered at this point. The show was better when boring Nina mattered.

      Though I am finding it interesting how much more power Tim seems to have. No more of the big conceptual breaks between his advice and the wacko judging this season.

      • Kate Andrews

        Yes — and I wonder if Justin’s stayed on longer because they didn’t want to turn around and cancel out Tim’s Save. If it were me, I would have aufed Kate and Alexandria this week, with Justin a close third.

        • Shawn EH

          Justin’s print at least was superior to theirs; I always thought they made Tim use his save early so as not to let him vote effectively on the final three, but maybe he really did appreciate Justin sincerely.

    • BrooklynBomber

      So Kate’s out?

      • Sarah

        Yup. And Alexander.

        • BrooklynBomber

          Thanks. That’s surprising. Though it looks like she really gave up on this challenge.

          • Sarah

            It was a hideous disaster. The picture doesn’t do the fact that it was ill-fitting and poorly sewn justice, either. And strangely, she was quite sure of herself in the workroom – she had a huge smile when she was telling Tim about how she was going to do “crystal pleats” all over the skirt. Yeesh.

            • BrooklynBomber

              Eek.

            • mhleta

              Yeah, she really thought she’d made a pretty thing. If they’d handed her the win, she probably wouldn’t have questioned it. I think she was more exhausted than she was letting on.

            • Sarah

              She got way too far into her own head. It is weird how they have let people get by on past work before, but suddenly this time it’s all no mercy. I mean, I hated it, and I didn’t like her, ever, so I don’t care, but really, there were some other badnesses last night and less promising overall designers that probably should’ve gone before her. (cough*justin*alexandra*cough)

            • mhleta

              This goes back to my criticism early on in the season about designers in the middle needing to receive some sort of criticism, too. Like, maybe they should all get to see the judges score cards and comments. Had that happened I believe Kate might have understood that the Peter Pan costume she sent her real life model off in last week was not nearly as well received by the judges as she thought it was. Some of these designers who’ve been “safe” may have been in the bottom four all along and had no idea. (cough*justin*alexandria*cough)

            • Sarah

              That’s a good idea. You’re right – Kate had no idea that Robin Hood look was not good, and she should’ve been looking to bring her super-A-game, and I really don’t think she would’ve tried something so convoluted if that was the case. But, then again, as you said, she really thought it was pretty, so who knows.

    • Tracy_Flick

      1. Dom. I like it, but the neckline is a little choke-y looking, and the print fabric doesn’t seem to be laying quite right.

      2. Braden. I love that print and that bomber jacket. You can really see the movement and energy. Perfect. The dress, eh. The fabric looks a little cheap to me, though the bodice is cool.

      3. Helen. The shape is cool, the sleeves are interesting, and I really like the way the print panel didn’t go all the way to the bottom at the back. But it’s too tight. And the print just doesn’t have any interest or movement.

      4. Alexandria. NO. I think she easily could have gone home for this. The vest is a disaster and she made a size 0 model look 3 months pregnant.

      5. Justin. I agree with the judges on this one, depressed pageant gown. The print was kind of cool, and I would have liked to see what a more innovative designer would have done with it. Send it off to Emilio, please.

      6. Alexander. I love his commitment. But his print looks like the floor of a salon. The whole thing just screams hair shirt. I actually really liked the silhouette and even the cross, but hair hair hair ugh.

      7. Kate. I don’t think she knows what “binary” means. And that dress is ugly as sin.

    • p_capet

      i agree with who should have gone home.

      this was such a dreary week on the runway that if i were you guys, i would drop recapping this show. that’s how bad it is. okay, maybe if it has a good season or even a good week, you can take another look. but doing it this way, week after week, you’re kind of punishing yourselves. it’s become a depressing show, no doubt about it.

      • onetinkerbell

        No – they can’t stop yet because I’m already eagerly awaiting recaps of the upcoming All-Stars season. There’s actually some talent in that cast (Korto, Seth Aaron, Jeffrey Sebelia, Irina), plus a transgendered designer, Ari South (formerly Andy from season 8) AND the replacement of Angela Lindvall- robot model/TV host with the least personality ever – with Alyssa Milano, someone who actually knows how to be on TV. Oh, and no Joanna Coles. I’m anxious to see how things play out on this one, since our standards for most of the designers are already pretty high. We could see some decent fashion for a change.

        • GillianHolroyd

          I’m concerned about no Coles though. She was out-mentoring Tim in the last series.

        • p_capet

          those do sound like improvements…well, as i said, tom and lorenzo could take it on a case-by-case basis. i forget if they are as stingy on time with the all-stars as the regular crew; they probably are; i know they want to save money. even so, it’s nearly inexplicable, all the little things this network has done that has ended up cutting and snipping the show’s quality to pieces. there used to be such a buzz for PR at fashion week. don’t get me wrong, i enjoy these great recaps. i just wonder if the show deserves them.

        • Elizabeth Szubert

          I did not know that Ari South was Andy from season 8! That’s awesome. Plus, I;m looking forward to all of the ones you mentioned, especially seeing Seth Aaron and Jeffrey possibly working together. :)

        • putacorkinit

          KORTO IS DUE!!!

    • Qitkat

      I’ve always thought that the biggest fail of this annual challenge is the unfortunate restriction of the fabric having to be somewhat stiff, non-drapey cotton, instead of something with a soft hand, like silk or rayon. It’s as if they want to give the designers a deliberate difficulty, which is fine, except that in the real designing world, designers get to choose the type of fabric they wish to use, just as home sewers do. People only make a cotton dress, and there is nothing wrong with that, if they have specifically created a pattern for the properties of cotton. It always seems as if PR designers have not worked with cotton before, and are clueless that it won’t behave like a knit or a softer fabric.

      • Michelle Wilson

        It has to do with the restrictions of the printer which is basically an oversize inkjet printer. It’s not an intentional effort to stymie the designers. The fabric needs a certain stiffness to go through the machine without wrinkling or binding as the print head moves across it. The designers should be able to design for the fabric they are given though. Cotton lends itself to certain shapes better than others and it’s up to them to sort it all out.

        • Qitkat

          Sure, I understand that. I sew and have considered fabric design myself, and looked at the websites that provide those services. But in the professional designing world, DVF for example will get her designs printed on any fabric she chooses. But there must be turn around times, and minimal yardages there too, which wouldn’t be possible in the PR real world. So I totally believe the producers rub their hands in glee when this challenge rolls around. Of course the designers ought to know how to work with cotton.

          • marlie

            And just like many of them have a fabric design in mind before the challenge, you’d also think that they’d practice designing for and working with the stiff cotton fabric.

            • Michelle Wilson

              I kinda think Bradon should have won the challenge just because he did a much better job of both designing something that related to his inspiration and also designing something that was appropriate for the fabric they were given to work with. But I also really liked Dom’s so I’m not complaining.

        • GillianHolroyd

          I wonder why they don’t just come out and say this though. As in: Your design will be printed on cotton twill (or whatever) so design thoughtfully.

          • MoHub

            Mila says they get a choice of cotton twill or cotton sateen. Both stiff and difficult fabrics.

        • vitaminC

          They have inkjet printable habotai silk. It comes with a peel-off paper backing to get it through the printer. I’ve used it, and it’s gorgeous, although the blacks aren’t very rich.

          • Michelle Wilson

            Yeah, and there are a lot of nylon based fabrics that sign and banner printers are using now as well, but none of them are as reliable as the basic cotton twill and sateen. I’m thinking budget and time constraints limit them.

            • demidaemon

              Remember too that there is probably a cost involved in this. Cotton is one of the cheaper fabrics available, and this–as far as the show shows–comes straight from production’s budget.

            • Trish Saunders

              I just don’t get it that P.R. should have these budget constraints. That show is raking in millions – -thanks to the revolting Yoplait ads they shove down our throats every 15 minutes — so why they should be so penny-pinching is beyond me.

    • Annie Lure

      Dom: I, too, cringed when I saw the print. I found it to be crayon-like, very much like a small child’s drawing: squiggles, thickened lines… I LOVE how she utilized it, tho. She didn’t allow the print to do all the work; she worked it! She took a seemingly disharmonious print and configured it symmetrically, strategically inserting black panels to lineate the body. Love the many-leveled collar, too.

      Braden: The dress is fine. It’s actually very easy to construct. He used a stretched material to make a tube dress. There’s no need for side seams. Still, I liked the cutout. The jacket is fabulous. Love how he tailored it, love the snaps, and especially love how he interspersed black blocks throughout the print–cuffs, bottom banding of jacket, collar, arms– so as to contour the jacket. I wouldn’t have minded if he took the win.

      Helen: Yup, this works. It’s a discrete print, but the consecutive use of the motif is synergistic to the scale of the skirt. Liked the ivory inclusion.

      Alexandria: AWFUL. A nondescript print is further effaced by the chewed black stuff and the white backdrop/tank top. What the fuck? Look, I’ve checked out her website, and I like most of what she does: it’s dark, edgy, and seductive. She does favor deconstruction, and in some cases it works, for it looks deliberate. Here it sure doesn’t. It looks poorly conceived and unfinished. I think she should have been out, but I can see why they kept her. Every season needs a female designer who understands that a fashionable woman doesn’t want frippery, or chiffon, or flowers.

      Justin: It’s unfortunate this landed in the bottom because his print is well-wrought: painterly, excellent geometrical configurations, lots of superimposing, and a pervasive eeriness. He appropriated it very well in the bodice, both in the cut of it and in the insertion of the white panels. The skirt portion is disastrous. He should have allowed the print to proliferate toward the bottom half, and the bottom half should have been rendered in the same solid fabric as the top.

      Alexander: I commented on this last night. I maintain he should not have been sent home for this. Of course it’s not sufficiently sexy for Heidi, despite the open back. To her, sexy means baring her boobs. I like the print: it’s not literal-minded. He gravitated towards the intricacy of the wrapping/lacing and used a chocolate brown to allude to the inspiration. Would they rather he replicate flowers and balloons and squiggles? Yes, I understand the criticism about the cross: it is glaringly white against the brown backdrop; however, it also imbues the garment with a distinctive style. The only thing I feel could be bettered is the cutwork: in the back, the squares do not match up very cleanly at the seams.

      Kate: I don’t think it deserves any commentary. It’s an assault to the eyes.

      • Kimberlini

        At this point in the season, all of the designers should be good, male or female.

    • Michelle Wilson

      It amazes me that even after so many seasons of Project Runway there are contestants that truly don’t get it. The real prize is the exposure and the opportunities that exposure brings to you after the show. Ken and now Helen have lost this season, regardless of final Runway outcome. Jeffrey Sebelia is a great example of how to win and lose the show at the same time. He’s got the same career now that he had before going on the show.

      • stayl

        And he’s going to be on PR All Stars again! Huh?

      • marlie

        Don’t forget Sandro. No one anywhere is going to want to work with him after seeing his behavior on the show.

        • Michelle Wilson

          Of course. I’ve already completely forgotten him.

      • Tracy_Flick

        So, so true. Who has a real career post-PR, anyway? Siriano obviously. Chris March? Mondo? Seth Aaron? Maybe arguably Austin Scarlett. Who else? None of the drama queens, anyway.

        • OrigamiRose

          Chloe.

          • Qitkat

            And wasn’t she modestly successful before she came on the show?

            • OrigamiRose

              I think so; I always liked her.

            • formerlyAnon

              What she did after the show was basically put the winnings into her existing business, which has done well and even did well through the No!-Not-A-Depression we are still climbing out of.

          • Tracy_Flick

            Oh right! And doesn’t Casanova work for her?

            • OrigamiRose

              Ohhhh that I did not know.

            • MoHub

              Casanova works for Ivy. Chloe has a very successful business in Texas and has expanded.

        • Michelle Wilson

          Some drama queens do ok for themselves but not the psycho ones, and not necessarily in fashion. What’s-his-face on RuPaul’s Drag Race comes to mind.

          • MoHub

            Santino Rice.

        • mhleta

          Mila is making some very cool stuff and doing pretty well, though far from the stratosphere that Siriano seems to be approaching.

        • MoHub

          Even Malan Breton, who was an early auf in his season.

          • Ginny Ellsworth

            But wasn’t Malan an auf because he sacrificed himself for his team? Didn’t it turn out to be the ugly lingerie challenge?

            • MoHub

              Nope. The lingerie challenge wasn’t even in Malan’s season. Malan was partnered with Katie [?], but the dress—a gown—looked like an ugly brown tree. She was a sportswear designer, and he was more formal, so he was responsible for much of the design.

            • Ginny Ellsworth

              Okay thanks. But who was in the challenge for the ugly lingerie? Santino did that nasty Nazi Cabaret stuff. Was it Franco who threw himself under the bus for his teammates?

            • Carrps

              I believe you’re right. Daniel Franco making cow eyes at Heidi and some black (navy blue?) and white lingerie.

            • MoHub

              That was season 2, with teams of three. Santino was partnered with Nick and Emmett. Daniel Franco was with—I think—Kara Janx and Zulema, and Daniel F. went down, as you say, throwing himself under the bus. Daniel Vosovic won the challenge for lingerie based on ripped-up men’s clothing.

          • Fanny_Trollope

            Malan Breton. From Taiwan. Oh, good times.

        • Eric Stott

          Chris March was a costume designer – the Runway was his attempt to break into fashion- he’s back to costumes. I think that Project runway was good publicity but he’s doing the same thing he was doing before, though maybe with bigger exposure.

        • kahudson

          Kara Saun. However, she already had something of a career before PR.

    • alinana

      My two cents:
      Dom. Loved it. However I think the model really made it. On a blond haired/blue eyed model I don’t think it would have had the impact.
      Bradon. Loved it.
      Helen. I would have waved her through with no comment. The dress was expected and dull.
      Alexandria. No. Miss poopy pants needs to leave.
      Justin. My poor sweet Justin, I’m afraid he doesn’t have much time left and I’ll miss him when he’s gone.
      Alexander. I hated the dress but after reading comments I see others like it. That makes it much more interesting to me than “it’s sexy”.
      Kate. WTF is all I have to say about that.

    • alinana

      Oh and did anyone else read Nick Verreos’ blog on Lifetime? He referred to TLo as the “famed bloggers”. Loved it.
      You had better watch your mouth Helen!

      • OrigamiRose

        I just noticed in the picture of Kate and her model on Nick’s blog, they’re both in those same fug putty platforms. Ugh. The Belk accessory wall is an abomination.

        • valerie747

          “Belk” sounds too much like a bodily function. Sorry. That snark has been eating away at me.

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

            Blek! LOL!

        • Trish Saunders

          Yes, cheap shoes are SUCH an accessory!

      • MoHub

        Yep. I whooped just a little when I saw Nick reference T-Lo.

      • Trish Saunders

        Yes (bowing to Nick) his call-out got me onto this blog, which i LOVE.

    • JaCory Deon

      I may be in the minority but I’m glad they had an episode without crazy blowups and focused on design. That said, Alexander and Dom were the only ones really giving you design and utilizing print as an element of design instead of as an afterthought/embellishment. IMHO, Alexandria should’ve been the one out for that indefensible look as well as Justin who, if you take away his deafness, really isn’t aesthetically bringing that much. (His final collection is amazing to me though.) I was a bit shocked they sacked (overrated) Kate though as she’s been at the top/safe for most of the competition…then again, the judges/producers change the logic as it suits them, so there you go.

      Helen, my god, what a crybaby. I was so glad they got Alexandria voicing what I’ve been thinking about her for weeks. She’s such an overrated poser who seems so insecure and who, let it be said, would never be so praised in a stronger season. She does more or less one silhouette/look and her designs (for me) seem like sketches of something else (i.e. work in progress); nothing she’s done ever looks finished. Over her and the judges saying everything has to be “sexy” – fashion is and should be more than that as certainly it’s not the sole criteria for how people adorn themselves. Judges, just stop with that.

      • Robin Murray

        “Indefensible” is the perfect word for Alexandria’s look. When she was called out as safe I was gobsmacked.

    • Clydette Wantland

      The tweets from Helen last night to TLo was the only interesting aspect of last night’s episode. Poor, tear stained Helen…get over yourself already. Better grow some thicker skin.

    • Robin Murray

      After School Special just keeps on swinging. Ad hominem attacks: check. Whiny backbiting: check. Pulling the “cyber-bullying: card: check. This is way more entertaining than that dissected blancmange jumpsuit she sent out yesterday.

    • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

      Kate’s dress is a box of Kleenex in dress form.

      • mhleta

        “But she really seems to have lost all perspective with this one.” I’m sure after a few days away from the design room she must have said to herself, “What the hell was I even thinking?” She genuinely thought it was pretty and was completely dumbstruck when the judges started criticizing her. Alexandria also was somehow under the delusion that her outfit was “well made.” I can’t even imagine how she couldn’t see how awful it was except to suppose that it’s got to be pretty hard not to lose perspective when you’re immersed in this kind of creative bubble for as long as they are.

        • Trish Saunders

          They gave her extra points, just for not making poopy pants.

    • http://cassykinsvstheworld.blogspot.com/ Cassy G

      So confused by this whole episode. I am in the crowd that really loved Alexander’s dress. Alexandria’s on the other hand I literally said, “What the ever-loving f-” as it came down the runway. Then when she passed through, I thought I missed something and everything would be clear when I saw the still in your post. Nope, just said the same thing again at the computer screen. I also thought Helen’s kind of looked like something Gwen Stefani would have worn in her older No Doubt days. Not worse than Kate’s tissue tampon dress, but I would have probably made her the one to just pass, move Alexander to the top and Alexandria’s to the bottom.

      • Tracy_Flick

        I can’t get passed that Alexander’s print looked like hair on the floor of a salon, but there is NO WAY that look was worse than Alexandria’s. Maybe they got the names mixed up in the scoring.

        • leilah

          Names mixed up … excellent assessment.

        • http://cassykinsvstheworld.blogspot.com/ Cassy G

          I thought that, too! I was like, what if they wrote Alexandria but accidentally said Alexander. Then they ran out of filming budget, so they just had to go with it. In fact I’m just going to assume that’s what happened because I can come up with no other explanation for that lawnmower mauled-esque creation.

    • Carole Scofield

      Helen’s thin skinned tweeting just proves what I’ve thought all along–a passive aggressive instigator who plays victim when things don’t go her way. Guess she has more courage hiding behind a smartphone keyboard! What a jerk. OMGOD I hope she doesn’t win the whole thing…..

    • VivianAdvanced

      I’m always amazed at how lackluster these print challenges turn out to be. Of all the times to let their imaginations run wild. Of course, they did have the curve of having to be inspired by strangers. Upon closer look, Alexandria needed to go for that thing, although it did look like the clothing of someone who’d been swept up in a hurricane. Wasn’t that the inspiration? The woman was helping to rebuild hurricane-damaged property? Kate deserved to go for the happy-birthday-four-year-old-cowgirl dress. “Drag Brows” Alexander shouldn’t have been aufed. I was expecting more frivolity from the baker’s inspiration (a chance for fun colors and forms), but the dress was definitely NOT one of the worst. It was backless, wasn’t it? So why the non-sexy complaints? Grrr. And murderous Helen, who should have gone long ago, should consider herself lucky to still be skating through. Most of her creations have been lousy, and she speaks as though it’s a given that she’ll be showing at Fashion Week. (Well, she will, even if for the throw-them-off-the-scent show.)

    • mhleta

      “Kate, on the other hand, did. If there had to be a double elimination, we think it should have been her and Alexandria.” THANK YOU!! I can NOT believe Alexandria’s got a pass. It’s about the worst thing I’ve ever seen come down that runway other than Emilo’s washer bikini. She made her model look like she had a beer gut and a fat ass. It looked like something she scraped out of the bottom of a dumpster. I don’t know how these judges expect us to take them at all seriously after this.

      And can I add, Alexander’s model walked like she’d just come from hours on the operating table after some awful ass surgery. On a different model, that dress would have been a different story. He most certainly didn’t deserve the auf. I applaud him, however, for handling it with grace.

    • Trish Saunders

      Why’d it take me so long to discover this wonderful blog? I must ask: Isn’t anyone being driven insane by the incessant ads for Yoplait yogurt? Four one-minute spots in one hour are too much. I mean, Heidi, how many millions do you need?
      This season is the absolute bottom for P.R. How did they come up with this largely untalented group, from all the thousands who applied?
      While we always knew the producers had a heavy role in deciding who gets eliminated (how, then, is it a competition), they’ve definitely overplayed their hands. We all know that something is up with Alexandria, else she would have been sent home for that mess of a dress.
      But…how many of us will be left who really care at the end of the season?

      • mhleta

        The Yoplait ads are driving me insane. I’m starting to wonder if there’s some secret message imbedded in the auto-tuning.

        • Trish Saunders

          Something subliminal? Could be…!

        • SewingSiren

          If you play it backward , you will hear Helen sobbing.

          • mhleta

            “DEATH TO SNARKY BLOGGERSSSS! HISSSSSS!!!”

        • Fanny_Trollope

          I want to kill the cow that made that, actually. And then the guy who sings that. I think everyone does at this point.

          • SewingSiren

            I always sing ” eat” the cow, or “beat” the guy that sings this, depending on how drunk I am at the time.

      • berlinmama

        I agree: When the Yoplait ads come on, I must leave the room!

      • Robin Murray

        The only thing I muted last night was the Yoplait ads. I used to like Yoplait.

      • Lilithcat

        Y’know, for the past few weeks I’ve had scheduling conflicts, and have watched the show on Comcast’s On Demand. Best part? Fast forwarding through the ads.

    • NoveltyRocker

      The only person who made a print with a pattern that tiled seamlessly got eliminated? Saying this as a person who doesn’t watch and doesn’t have a bigger context but everyone else’s prints really distract in the way that you can clearly see where they cut off and mirror the other side. The effect makes sense with how Dom designed her dress but it looks not so chic elsewhere. Plus, Alexander’s dress looks intentional in every way—the shape of the sleeves, the fit in the torso, where the hem hits his model’s legs in a flattering way, and the shoes, hair and makeup make actual sense. It’s a balanced, considered look where everyone else’s just doesn’t feel followed through on. Besides Dom’s. What a confusing auf! But maybe his elimination was to do with previous sucky submissions or drama, I don’t know.

      • Trish Saunders

        Hi, I was shocked that Alexander was sent home. He was one of my favorite designers. I’ve got to be the only person on the planet who didn’t like Dom’s dress. Love her, hated that dress. I don’t know why a screamingly 1980s dress is sometimes applauded, sometimes derided.

        • mhleta

          My issue with her dress was the placement of the pink splotches so close to the nipple area. It was very odd looking from the wide shot.

          • Trish Saunders

            Yes!

        • NoveltyRocker

          Aaargh, it is so frustrating to watch this show thinking the judging will commence based off whether the goals they laid out in the challenge were met or even just taken into account. I know subjectivity and personal taste comes into play. But somewhere along the way, the show veered off from eliminating and rewarding contestants based on actual design merit more consistently. It all just seems so arbitrary. It truly is a matter of whim whether a something get’s a pass.

          The last time I watched PR was when (don’t remember any names now) a girl whose submissions were strong and consistent over time got booted instead of a guy whose submissions were usually in the bottom group and brought up questions of taste-level or coherence repeatedly, and he was always saying how things “turned him on” and creeping out his cast mates. But the judges said her paper dress (this was a found materials challenge) made her model look fat. His dress was better even though it was coming apart on the model and was basically butcher paper wrapped half-assed round and splattered with paint because ART, or something. Something was definitely awry to me and I haven’t watched it since because even the drama of strangers interacting isn’t very fun anymore. But I like checking in on these posts because it’s still fun to see the results of challenges.

          • Carrps

            Vince. Crazy ol’ Vince. Gave me serial killer vibes. Brrrrrr.

            • Trish Saunders

              Yes, he kept going on about his ‘God-given talent.’

          • Lilithcat

            That was Alison, who was wrongly auf’ed in favor of Vincent “that gets me off” Libretti, whose model could barely walk in his garment.

    • Kimberlini

      I did not care at all for Tim’s plaid and checked ensemble last night. Anyone else?

      • Tracy_Flick

        I can’t possibly be objective when it comes to Tim Gunn. I love him too much.

      • valerie747

        I did stare at it for a moment. Then the phrase “How quaint” came to mind, and I was at peace with it.

      • Fanny_Trollope

        I’m with you on that. It did not flatter. But unflattering ensembles cannot dim my Tim love.

    • jrbear

      The viewer ratings this week on the PR site:
      Top 2:
      Dom-Dom 3.95 the Winner and maybe the highest score of anyone all season. Clearly by far the best this week.
      Modern Family Brandon 3.93. the good looking plaid jacket. I liked his pattern but didn’t see BMX in it? His already made tube dress seemed like a cheat?

      A big drop-off the the next Middle group:
      Helen the Lush: 2.67 bland star dress with not matching side panels.
      (I thought sure she’d use that pic of her that the artist made with the devil horns…)
      Justin Time: 2.65 the dark ‘alien’ inspired pattern with side panels and a flowy bland bottom.
      Bottom 3:
      Alex Tin-Tin: 1.95 Elim’d; The ill-fitting ‘monkey-poop’ pattern with a BIG white cross. A “Planet of the Apes” Crusader?
      Kleenex Kate: 1.46 Elim’d; a hardly seen pattern with those ‘what was she thinking’ tissues coming out of the skirt???

      And what most of us are saying..the very bottom:
      Alexandria 1.25 ugly dish towel skirt and ‘road-kill’ vest thing.

    • Constant Reader

      Congratulations, TLo! You’ve really arrived on the world-class stage of opinion-givers when you start getting death threats. Take each other out for fabulous desserts and champagne to celebrate.

      • Fanny_Trollope

        Well, to be fair, it wasn’t so much a death threat as a death wish. Takes it to a more childish level.

    • Sonja Brisson

      They should have auf’d three this time: Kate, Justin, Alex. And call me crazy, but I agree that the white cross dress was strong and not a slew of random material like Alexandria’s post-modern unsewn garbage pile. It makes no sense whatsoever that she was safe.

    • manina

      Two things, at least, baffle me about this episode: Why didn’t the judges “auff” Alexandria and where in the heck did Kate learn about binary code? With the smurfs? rainbow bright? my little pony? care bears? Girl watch the Matrix!

      • Michelle Wilson

        HA!

      • Tracy_Flick

        I know! I thought a print of 1s and 0s but feminized in her style could have been really cool. But the print she did was just…. no. Alexandria’s print actually looked techie to me, not brick.

        • jeneria

          It looked like she was inspired by the PC game Eufloria where you send out seeds to colonize planets. There was nothing binary in her design, but the initial idea of seeds as information was viable (if not also a rip off of Avatar). And I say this as someone who hated Kate, hated her designs, hated her fake persona, and hated her construction skills.

    • GillianHolroyd

      Doubt that anyone is reading this far down but here goes…

      Apparently I’m the only one who did not really like Alexander’s print for a garment. When you see the yardage, the repeat makes it look very boxy. FIne for home decor but not for a dress. Also the fabric was too stiff for that style of garment.

      That said, his outfit had possibilities. Someone upthread said he should have made a dolman-sleeved jacket with it and then made white skinny jeans. Because I LIKE the white and the width of the cross. White because: contrast with a neutral = drama. If he’d put that cross on the *back* of a swing jacket, it would have looked stunning.

      Justin’s pattern and garment = dreary. Also poorly made. Actually I think he should have made shorts out of the rest of his cloth. (And really MIss America? wearing a strapless to a business meeting? weren’t your shoulders chilly in the aircon?)

      Helen obviously defaulted to some previously planned pattern as hers had nothing to do with her artist [sic] muse. Certainly she could have done a spray graffiti pattern; soooo easy to do on a computer. I was impressed with how she saved her awful textile though. She placed it judiciously and her midriff-baring garment was well made. Not getting the love for the off-white panels but it worked in the end.

      Alexandria. My opinion is influenced by her final collection. I wasn’t wow’d by any of them but I did like hers better than most. In the past I haven’t like *any* of the deconstructive designers but for some reason I like her. Not her designs so much but I like her laconic personality.

      Kate. Jesus that was bad. She deserved to go home twice (thereby saving Alexander).

      • mhleta

        You had me in the palm of your hand until Alexandria. I strenuously disagree on that point, but I’m really with you on all the rest of your excellent points. Especially that Alexander’s textile would be perfect for home decor. That dress might make a very cool throw pillow, cross and all.

      • marlie

        I agree, BUT I have to remind myself that this is all taking place before the runway show. We can judge the designers on their previous work, but not on their “future” work.

    • alinana

      I think I’ve come up with ideas for new PR shows:
      1. Project Runway All Stars Winners. All previous winners compete against each other.
      2. Project Runway All Stars Runner Ups. The second and third place designers compete.
      3. Project Runway All Stars Want to be. Whoever the F answered the phone when we called.

      What do you think?

      • marlie

        I’d watch. Just for the TLounge and the recaps the next day.

      • Trish Saunders

        Those are all good ideas.
        I would add:
        Project Runway Most Disturbing (& Disturbed) Aufs. Let them all compete against each other.

        • alinana

          Put them all in a room together and leave. Whoever comes out alive in the winner.

          • BeccaGo

            Project Hunger Games.

            • BeccaGo

              Project Hungerway. :D

      • mhleta

        Very good. I’d also like to see a PR Former Guest Judge season where all those who claim themselves to be worthy of criticizing the designers try to tolerate the same working/living conditions while creating beautiful clothing they clearly have no idea how to make.

      • ddfrog

        I would love to see Project Runway pairs. Where a pair of designers applies for the show together, and stays together the whole season. That could be fun.

        And I’d love to see a ‘short season’ of menswear. A 6 week season. Short and simple.

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

        PRAS First Aufees. Get a chance to know all the designers who got the boot in the first episode of each previous season… well, except for the one who gets the boot in the first episode of this PRAS. Ha!

      • Stubenville

        I want to see Project Runway Anonymous, where the judges have no idea who designed the garment and the judges change every week, The dresstestants watch on a video feed like Top Chef does occasionally. Heidi could remain as a non-voting hostess. Evil plot twist – every week one outfit is actually bought from a department store, vintage store or a charity shop.

    • Trish Saunders

      Note to Zac: A woman does not want to look sexy every minute of the day. What about a dress you could wear to work?? I’m tired of his exclaiming, “but it’s not sexy!” (Actually Alexander’s dress did have a beautiful back, which was sexy to me.) At least Heidi has stopped proclaiming “old lady” to dresses she didn’t like. On previous episodes, I was always LMFAO when a thigh-high cut dress with décolleté was dismissed by her as being too granny. On what planet, Fraulein?

    • Nels P. Highberg

      Wow. We clearly need to add Helen to the list of contestants who are not simple attention whores but people who may need genuine psychological help.

      • Tracy_Flick

        I’m actually really surprised. She seemed as stable as most of the rest of them. I mean, a few teary meltdowns in the reality tv pressure cooker doesn’t really strike me as abnormal. But wow, those tweets. Helen: There is no way for you to win that one, because they care less than you do. Just compose yourself, and stop.

    • maasai2012

      just me, or is Tim just becoming a pasty geek? not loving his outfits at all this season.

      • mhleta

        Tim has always been a pasty geek. That’s what we love most about him, no?

        • Lilithcat

          True, but he used to have better taste in clothing. I miss the Tim who wore jeans and sweaters. He’s got some butt-ugly suits now, and he does not know how to mix patterns.

      • Stubenville

        His plaid jacket at the beginning of the episode was hideous.

    • Nels P. Highberg

      Oh, did anyone else think that the entire reason they had the twist this year of having to base your pattern design on someone else so we didn’t have the gay boys creating patterns of birds taking flight to showcase their freedom? Or the realization the no one could ever surpass Mondo (or Seth Aaron, for that matter)?

    • BPlease

      Wow. I never thought of myself as naive but I’m shocked by Helen.

    • Gatto Nero

      Agree totally about the double Kate/Alexandria elimination instead. Kate has legions of fans, but her look was an epic fail for a print challenge — and the dress design itself was a disaster.
      Justin’s look was even more disappointing because his textile was one of the most sophisticated and ethereal on the runway. But Alexandria should have taken his place in the bottom three.
      The big white cross on Mr. Pope’s design did him in, I think.

    • frannyprof

      Alexandria should have gone home. What a dreary depressing outfit. Regarding Afterschool Special, looks like there’s one more personality disorder left on the show.

    • EverybodysStarling

      That “thing” Kate sent down the runway must be one of the ugliest I’ve ever seen. And Alexandria’s looks like she got dangled in a shredder. Horrible.
      After school special’s reminds me of a straight-jacket. If Tinkerbell would wear it. Which, considering her behaviour, is kind of fitting.

    • Erica_Vuitton

      Justin & Alexandria should’ve been Auf’d. Justin for an ugly dress and Alexandria for the least inspired print. Kate should’ve just gotten the “we could let you go right now but we won’t because you look scared enough” PR fake out… even though her print was very poorly used. That above swatch looks like… ah hem how do I say this… Monica Louinsky-esq stains.

      I’m sooooo sick of the “its not sexy” comment from Heidi, did they not see the back? That certainly WAS sexy! And I loved Alexander’s “its not a kids birthday cake” comment. The actual construction was very interesting with the folds. He didn’t deserve the auf IMHO.

      Yay for Dom’s win! The best print, the best use of a print though I could’ve done without the odd rubber trim around the neck but well deserved.

      I love a good Twitter feud, I think both sides got a little overly sensitive but ultimately if you sign up for a TV show expect people to talk about you. Especially if you come in saying you’re a bad bitch… and then cry in every single episode.

      • Trish Saunders

        Heidi used to complain that any look she didn’t like was “old lady” glad she retired that worn-out comment, but now it’s ‘not sexy’ by both her and Zac.

    • Rebekah B

      I can’t remember if Peter Som or Nina said it, but I agree that Alexander’s dress would’ve been nice in a different type of fabric. This fabric just kind of puckers in odd ways. And I don’t know if the constant “sexy” comments would’ve bothered me had you not brought it up in past weeks, but I definitely had a good eye roll last night.

    • crash1212

      I’m so glad to hear you liked Alexander’s look. I could not for the life of me understand why they came down so hard on him. I really liked his print and thought his dress was well done, interesting and flattering as hell on his model. Idiots. Proper aufing should have been Alexandria and Kate. Humph. To my eye, Justin’s print was really pretty, his dress wasn’t. For the good print – he stays.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      In the still, Dom’s looks better than I remembered. Not that I thought it looked bad. I just remembered it with slightly disproportionately long sleeves that bugged me, and the black neckpiece seemed a skosh too high. But here, I don’t even see those faults, so maybe I imagined them. It’s really lovely.

      Even on a third try for Alexander’s, I can’t. I just can’t. It’s wonky and ill-fitting, and I don’t like the print, and I don’t like the cross on it. (Also, the judges have a thing about brown. They never deal well with brown dresses, no matter how they relate to the challenge.) I do think he deserved an auf on that one, and I don’t think Justin did. So I was pretty much with the judges there, once Alexandria’s monstrosity was weeded out of auf consideration.

      Though I think I’d have let Alexander skate over Alexandria, rather than Justin. Kate’s and Alexandria’s were the absolute worst things up there.

      My Justin issue, aside from the skirt construction, is that I thought the print was trite. I thought he used it fairly decently in the bodice, but I was just rolling my eyes really hard at it.

      Helen’s random star print didn’t seem terribly inspired by her muse, and it made a boring outfit, but I guess, in terms of only seven outfits where four were outfight fugly, it was in the top three.

      • demidaemon

        That’s my thinking as well. Helen was in the top by default, so they had to come up with some praise for it. Justin’s and Kate’s had innumerable construction errors (with Justin’s having a salvageable bodice; Kate’s was pretty much DOA) and design problems; Alexander’s could have been salvaged as well, had he listened to Tim: I don’t even know WTF Alexandria’s outfit is supposed to be.

    • yulaffin

      Why is Alexandria still there? She has no point of view unless crap is a point of view. She should have gone instead of Alexander – loved his print even though he ruined the dress by adding that white tape to it. Glad Dom finally got a win.

    • Tracy_Flick

      The worst-designed and ugliest piece on the whole show was Alexander’s cake.

    • Michelle Wilson

      I think there’s only one thing we can all agree on and that is that Ya would win the model challenge if there were one. She’s fabulous. And I miss the cute little Eastern European girl who kept getting stuck into ugly dresses. I guess she got tossed along with Ken last week. Natasha? Something like that.

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

        Oh, that’s right. She’s gone!Her torture is finally over. I hope she’s had some nice, strong drinks after being freed.

    • DeTrop

      So Dom finally won. And surprise, surprise she won for a sheath dress. Oh wait, isn’t that Dom’s MO? I checked out my DVR and of the 5 episodes I saved, including last nights, only Heidi’s New Balance did not have a dress by Dom. Why hasn’t this been mentioned by the judges? Can it be she’s a one-trick pony? The Tie The Knot episode had a sheath dress, with ties in different positions around the neck. The Choose the Material epi had a straight dress with spikes/stalagmites at the shoulder. Shoes First had a straight quilted color-blocked dress. Last night she made yet another straight/sheath albeit with long sleeves. I like Dom. I think she’s pretty, dresses quite nicely but seriously?
      The same old style with different sleeves or necklines.

      I think the talent level this year, despite Tim’s statement, has been mediocre at best. I’m very fond of Bradon and I enjoyed some of Alexander’s designs too. I don’t think they were challenged enough by the competition. and we have not seen their best. Of course, this is only my opinion.

      Did anyone else think Alexander’s outfit looked like a Hot Cross Bun? Keeping with the religious theme he mentioned? I’m excessively fond of Hot Cross Buns by the way.

      Didn’t Alexandria make a very similar jacket in black in a previous challenge? Ho-hum to this episode.

      • Passionflora

        That’s it – Alexander’s hot cross buns dress! That white cross was unfortunate.

    • GorgeousThings

      Well, Helen is really proving herself to be… nothing, isn’t she? Maybe she’s a Single White Female sort of psychopath. Looks normal at the beginning, but then gets weirder and weirder. Her meltdowns are becoming vodka shot-worthy.

      I actually did fall asleep during this episode, somewhere around the runway show. I woke up just in time to see Alexander and Kate walking arm in arm off into the sunset, and I figured I didn’t miss anything.

    • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

      Thanks for including the closeup shots of the prints. Does anyone know what kind of fabric they used? Did the designers choose chiffon or rayon? Some fabrics are better suited to color.

      This time I was able to write my own blog before reading this one so my thought were all pure. I thought Bradon should have won with Dom second. Since she always gets stuck in the middle, I was happy to see Dom get recognition but not necessarily for this challenge. She truly loves prints, especially loud ones. The dress she designed would never had worked without the solid black separating the body from the sleeves. What’s interesting is that she was able to use the design in her print to accentuate the lines in her construction and vice-versa. Remember the colorful design that she made awhile back with Alexandria as her partner? I see a similarity between that and this even though the purpose of the garments were very different.

      What is wrong with these challenges? Is it Heidi or Tim or someone else? who comes up with the descriptions of these challenges? The designers DID NOT NEED A MUSE TO DESIGN FABRIC. But since they were given one, it would have been nice if the designers had found inspiration from the spirit of these fabulous people instead of a brick wall or the top of a cake. Weren’t those literal and lame interpretations?

      At the beginning of the show Kate stated that Helen was a threat and it was between Helen and Kate or Alexander and Kate (I think), only she said, “Between her and I.” I wish she’d get her pronouns right. Anyway, the joke was on her.

      This is the second week that Alexandria received a free pass to the middle group (of two and then of one). Why are they handling her with kid gloves? I remember her saying that she did not try out for this season. She tried out for the show a few seasons ago, so they contacted her for this season.

    • Meredith

      Wow, sorry about that guys.
      About the dresses, I like Justin’s on the model, and I do like Alexander’s EXCEPT for the hem, I really think the whole look would have read better longer or with a little more shape at the bottom of the skirt.

    • StillGary

      Not on twitter — but I can only surmise Helen did not win — and it serves her right if those are her true colors.

    • StillGary

      OK, I know everyone loved Bradon’s dress, but I just kept seeing the Pretty Woman Contempo Casual hooker dress!

      • Passionflora

        I couldn’t stand Bradon’s jacket. Fancy Members Only. Kate’s auf was well-deserved, but Alexandria should have exited with her.

    • mom2chj

      What I don’t understand is how Afterschool Special’s design is exciting or new. Zach almost had kittens over the fact that she split the top and skirt. It looked (other than the star pattern) exactly like a blouse and petticoat that an old Indian woman would wear under her sari.

      • marlie

        “Zac almost had kittens…” I almost choked on my food.

        • Eric Stott

          removed

    • Mark Boston

      Sorry, but I hatedDom’s look. That silhouette looked awkward, uncomfortable and unflattering, and that print was all kinds of fug. I agree that Alexandria should have gone home for that F-U mess she sent down the runway, but Alexander using those horrible shoes confirms that his aufing was justified. I also hated Helen’s look and wondered what on earth her Betsy Ross print had to to with the art that her inspiration guy produced?

      • Trish Saunders

        I totally agree. I thought I was the lone person in the universe who hated it. I just know that if any other designer had made it, Nina would have screamed TOO 80s and it would have been an Auf. But Dom, being the sweetheart that she is, got a pass for it. Dom is hugely talented, and after the green-and-blue prom dress, this was her worst.

    • Lilithcat

      Ack!

      Kate made her model look dumpy and Alexandria made hers look pregnant.

      Double ack.

    • save_the_hobbit

      I actually loved Alexander’s. I couldn’t believe when freaking Alexandria wasn’t even in the bottom with that trainwreck! I would’ve been completely okay with Justin and Alexandria going home. Kate’s was ugly as hell, but she is a good designer.

      I was rooting for Helen (for second place of course, Dom should take the whole thing) to end the season, but after that little twitter meltdown, I’m pretty sure there’s actually a 12-year old girl operating that body.

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        Seeing the picture here, I don’t not like Alexander’s, but I don’t like it, either. I just can’t quite get with the starkness of the white cross. I do like his print, though

    • BelleBook

      I’m just wondering when Tom and Lorenzo are going to critique Jeremy, Alexander and Kate’s decoy collections during Fashion Week. I’d like to read what they think of them.

      I was surprised when Alexandria didn’t wind up in the bottom, but of the bottom 3, only Kate had won a challenge. Both Alexander and Justin came close but they didn’t win. And Alexandria had won more recently than Kate did. I also think the “point-of-view” element helped her out, especially against Justin (and maybe Kate).

    • NMMagpie

      I just finished watching this episode and when Kate’s look came down the runway, all I could do was yell “HOT MESS!!”.

      Yeah it was boring but I kinda liked that they met with non-fashion muses for inspiration. I will stand up for Alexanders print; it was actually pretty cool.

      Helen’s need to be soothed at every turn is extremely annoying. She better make a hugh pile of money at some point so she can employ a full time yes-man. And those death comments… oh hell, no.

      BUT… just when you think you have seen every beyond-obvious machination on this show, someone got eliminated that really needed to be. So goodbye, Kate. I wish you had done a better job by your muse but going by her expression, I am sure she wished the same thing.

    • Ksbw5

      Alexander’s looked like swatches of bear fur. And I love that guy, but that was not a good looking piece at all. Any which way. The rest of the designs sort of looked like x-rays and sheet fabric, even hooray-for-the-red-white-and-blue could have fit on a twin bed. I really wish for one season that they would offer minimal parameters, just let the designers do what they do and see what happens.

      • Sheokaf

        I’m so done with the HP Challenge, it seemed so staged to me, like no one really got the design they requested? And the material was so stiff as always.

    • AW

      Think it’s safe to say After School Special has not won PR, if she’s lashing out with such extreme bitterness.

    • martha

      Alexandria and Kate should have gone. I wish Alexander had used a color instead of the white.

    • http://instagram.com/gioioio gioioio

      What’s a twitter?

    • Trisha26

      They didn’t say make a wearable dress let alone a sexy dress. One could be kind and say Alexandria’s was a deconstruction mirroring the ruined brick building. Or not. On the other hand I really liked Alexander’s, it looked like genuine fashion & I can imagine an entire runway show of prints & solids with the same white lines. The back of his dress was sex personified. And now he’s gone. Sad.

      Dom’s dress was cute, good use of her print, but her execution is always lacking to me. I loved Bradon’s jacket and thought he deserved the win. (Just skimmed through After School Special’s twitter and it seems she’s intimating Bradon copied what she was wearing in the workroom! It did look similar, but seriously? She’s still looking for conspiracies now?)

      Justin’s print was meaningful and very unusual and I thought his finished gown was lovely. Boring perhaps, but nicely made. I couldn’t believe Zac Posen suggesting the dress would have looked better if the print had been continued on chiffon. Justin wasn’t given that option! Why suggest something that wasn’t a possiblity?

      Helen’s was meh to me and very junior. I dislike a bare midriff to begin with and in that horrible white/ivory combo? No. Kate’s was awful. No question she deserved to leave. And based on last night Alexandria, deconstruction or no, also should have been auf’d.

      What a weird season.

      • Trish Saunders

        And didn’t you think it was odd the way the judges kept ooh and aaahing over the white and ivory together?

        • ItAin’tMe

          Very.

      • queenceleste

        I agree with everything you wrote except that justin’s dress was well made. It looked horribly made–I was shocked he wasn’t auf’ed.

    • http://instagram.com/gioioio gioioio

      “Star-spangled hipster” was the guest judges favorable comment about Helen’s design. *facepalm*

      • Trish Saunders

        And it was said with a STRAIGHT FACE.

    • psychoblonde

      Alexander was really starting to grow on me as a designer and a person! And I’m not ashamed to say his dress was chic even thought the cross probably shouldn’t have been so long.

      And what’s with the judges constantly not aufing anyone with a bunch of wins and then eliminating 2 people with hardly any bad critiques and saving the guy that they don’t typically like?!

      And why did Alexandria’s outfit look like the model walked through a weed wacker? Why not be really destructive and just set the skirt on fire before the model walks out?

    • whonami

      Am I the only person who was bothered by the pink handprints over the boobs in Dom’s dress? Just wondering.

    • quiltrx

      I didn’t watch, so I’m seeing the designs for the first time here. I actually REALLY like Alexander’s print–I guess, as a quilter, I see it as the most ‘like an actual fabric print’. Not crazy about the color, and I think the white was too much of a contrast…but it’s an interesting dress. He shouldn’t have gone home.
      Especially since Alexandria’s ‘look’ can best be titled “Dirty Clothes Piled on the Floor.”

    • kathrineb

      I L O V E D Dom’s print and look. Amazing job! :)

    • kathrineb

      Before I even watched the episode I knew subculture girl would have a meltdown and rant about how she “doesn’t do prints” This gets more tiresome every print challenge. If you don’t love colour and print why are you a fashion designer? Why not just dye peoples hair black for a living and call it a day!

    • kathrineb

      It’s disappointing when there is a print challenge because there are always so many missed opportunities. Every print challenge seems to a handful of washed faint motifs that I would barley classify as prints.Sorry to say it but I thought Alexandria’s was by far the worst.

    • LittleMissSunshine1989

      TLo, I know that by now you’re totally fed up with the shenanigans of this show and that’s why last season there were no posts ripping the decoy collections, but I really ask from the bottom of my heart, could you make an exception this time around? I’m really interested on what you guys thought about Alexander’s last piece and Justin’s overall collection, not to mention Dom my favourite. Pretty please with a cherry on top? *sad puppy eyes*

      As for this, about time Kate went home. I was tired of that Annointed One edit they kept giving her, but I guess that after all there’s only so much crack the judges can smoke/shit they can see going down the runway. Even Kate’s elimination didn’t stop them from auffing Alexander, sadly, because we really stepped up his game during after the first few episodes and proved to be quite competent if a still a little costume-y. How Alexandria didn’t end up in the bottom is a mistery to me – Hunger Games refugee much? And I was pretty sure someone would comment how Helen’s print ended up framing the model’s ladybits, but alas I was wrong :P

      • Coco Cornejo

        The Duchess wasn’t there to make the ladybits comment. Missing MK on the judges panel this year.

    • jorinde

      not having seen the episode yet, and just by looking at the pics I immediately wanted Alexander’s dress. So I not only have to cry over Alexander leaving (who was my fav this season) but also see him going for a design that I would wear and consider myself adorably sexy in.

    • snarkykitten

      Death threats? against my adoptive-whether-they-want-it-or-not gay uncles? BITCH IS CRAY

    • Trish Saunders

      Friends, look, Alexander will be back. Project Runway has something up their sleeve (sorry for the pun). Spoiler Alert: How many showed at fashion week this year?
      And by the way, anybody else notice that Alexander exited with real class? Love him for that. Loved the way he put an arm around Kate, comforted her, and helped her off. CLASS, CLASS CLASS… (hope you are reading, Helen. )

      • Clacey

        He was pretty classy throughout, except for that contretemps with Ken, but even then he admitted afterwards that he could have handled that situation better.

        • tixilyttik

          I think that behind the scenes they told Alexander he was next off after the fight with Ken. His heart was not in the challenge and you could tell. Still, his dress was IMO one of the best and certainly not the worst. The white stripe was a bit much for me but it was fashion.

    • Clacey

      I’m with TLo on this episode. Kate and Alexandria for the auf. I haven’t liked anything Alexandria has done so far; the gown for the jewels challenge in ep. 2 wasn’t hateful, but it wasn’t very interesting, either. As for her POV, the Post-Apocalyptic EuroAngst look does nothing for me. Flattering a woman’s shape clearly isn’t part of her design philosophy.

      As for Kate, I don’t remember her at all from her previous season. Not one look, good, bad, or indifferent. For me she’s been hit-and-miss all season and this last look was an all-around disaster, although she continued to defend it in her Sobbing Head segments. I think she might have been safe had she ditched the sheer fabric and just made a pleated skirt out of the print. It still would have been a bad print, but it wouldn’t have been secondary in the design and pleating the actual print might have obscured it better than five sheer pleated godets.

      Alexander. Sigh. Every time a designer says “I’m going to go ahead and do it anyway” after Tim’s critique, I know they’re in danger of getting aufed. I didn’t like his dress, but it didn’t deserve the Auf, IMO. If he really wanted that stark white contrast, he could have placed those bands in something other than a cross and been safe. White bands on the neckline and cuffs, maybe, or a white waistband. Something other than a huge white cross sewn to the front of the dress for no apparent reason. With all that said, I thought that (unlike Alexandria’s) it had a few redeeming features. I did like the silhouette, and I did like the print. I just didn’t like them together.

    • Bwin51

      Alexandria, nooooo. But thanks for trying. I think that’s why she wasn’t eliminated.

    • gabrielamoralesperez

      Way to sink down to her level!

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

        Yes! Because pointing out that someone wished you dead is EXACTLY THE SAME as wishing someone was dead!

        ON PLANET DUMB.

    • Lilithcat

      I finally watched the episode on On Demand.

      Innovators? Really? The only one of that bunch even approaching innovation is the guy from Kiva.

    • Karen Clark

      Totally agree with you two, as always. I personally think that Justin is still on the show because of his hearing loss. His designs are very pedestrian — something you can find in any discount store. Don’t intend this as personal against him, but let’s judge on actual talent, please.

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

      That’s not Kate’s print though, or at least not all of it. She had flowers at the bottom. You could see them when the insane pleats were out of the way.

      And how hypocritical of Alexandria to say Kate did not embrace the spirit of the print challenge when hers is as washed out and boring as Kate’s!

    • Boo!

      I expected Kate to do a 1’s and 0’s print too.

      Maybe the dots are supposed to be radio buttons.

      A horrible, horrible dress. Or skirt and blouse

    • guest2visits

      As much as I would have liked her to be safe – Kate’s dress was really so bad it was painful. Not one thing was right; it didn’t fit well, it had construction problems, the print was invisible, it was a messy collection of elements – it looked awful. The one thing that could have saved it may have been Alexandria’s entry; her’s was nothing but post-apocalyptic day wear for the living dead. Or perhaps Tim in the workroom – why didn’t he step in and let Kate hear it? He’s given the plain truth in his critiques before. Instead he let it go. If Kate hadn’t been so very crushed by her auf; I was ready to believe her design was part of some PR plot – it was so obviously terrible. And in my opinion; Kate had more successful designs this season than Alexandria. Still; I had the feeling from start it wasn’t in the playbook for her to finish, even though I think she has the skills and the point of view – even if it’s a more commercial ready to wear pov .

    • Prems

      I was so happy to see that Dom’s muse was named Premal because that’s my name and I’ve never seen that on TV and I got so excited when I heard Tim Gunn say my name!!!

    • MandyM

      Not amused (or surprised) by After School Special’s twantrum. It is the season of tantrums; she simply took hers to the web rather than the workroom. (and I was going to abreviate until I realized that I would be calling her an ASS and I’m a skeered of that chick!)

      Kate’s dress was awful but Alexandria’s was way worse. I was sad to see Alexander go for what was a perfectly wearable dress, especially watching those two monstrosities go down the runway. So basically I agree with everything you already said. Why I am posting then? ;)

      • Trish Saunders

        Go check out her Facebook page! You will not be disappointed.

    • pdquick

      Helen would definitely have won with this outfit if it had been the “Design costumes for Up With People ca. 1974″ challenge.

    • annrr

      “Death to cowards” GOD What a hypocrdite. She cries about everything because it freaks her out. She was scared to cut her own print last night.

      I liked Alexander’s print and dress even the white. This episode’s judging was the most producer manipulated we’ve seen in a while. It is kind of gross to see Heidi do it right on the air. The upper half of Justin’s dress isn’t cute and neither is his fabric. I can’t believe they tried to sell that, and that bottom is embarrasing. And Alexandria was kept because someone needs to get into a fight with Helen next week.

      • zejee

        I like Alexander’s print and dress — even with the white cross. I thought it was dramatic and I could see a far-out lady wearing it. I’m glad a few others liked it.

        Alexandria’s dress was awful.

    • GreenTurtle

      Would’ve been a great opportunity for a Tim Gunn save…

      • ItAin’tMe

        Agreed. I think the early save was wasted. Justin has not proven worthy. Apparently Tim is a sucker for tears.

    • guest2visits

      Sorry to see Kate go, I hoped she would make it to the finale; but that dress was just the worst. Bad construction, no discernible print and a hodgepodge of elements made a poorly fitting, unattractive design. The only thing that could have saved her might have been Alexandria’s own post apocalyptic office wear for the living dead. And the fact Kate had better designs throughout the season than Alexandria. I never thought it was in the PR playbook for a Kate win; but I still think she had the skills and point of view (even if it’s a more commercial, daily wear pov) to go farther.

    • Trish Saunders

      PR. Friends, if you are not too cowardly, head on over to H’s Facebook page, where you can read (in between boasts about her ‘wins’) many posts like this one, quoted here: ( I swear, I am not making this up…)

      “… oh boo hoo America! I think it’s so flattering that I get so many negative comments for my poor work on challenge 2. My design was there, whether the quality was far from perfect or not,…. I apologize for being an incredible designer and being accepted by the judges for that aspect of my work. No, I take that back. Call me arrogant, a huge bitch, a self proclaimed ‘badass,’ I can dig it. “

      • guest2visits

        Helen can be thankful for the first of 2 Tim Saves when she had her meltdown next to the runway just as her sloppy work came on out. Her bucket of tears may have swayed Tim and the judges, but it DEFINITELY gave the show the drama it was looking for; and has been exploiting all season. No wonder they kept her on. Episode 2 was when Tim should have used his option to save Kahindo, in my opinion. And possibly Sue after that. I never thought for a second Tim would ever use his option for Kate – she already had her second chance by getting on season 12. Sad to think Kate had such a hard time because the HP product didn’t produce the print she originally submitted.
        Part of Helen is amiable and fine to work with, as we’ve seen. The rest of her however, wants to think of herself as some kind of bitchy player. She thinks that her minor cage rattling and tears are ways to control or manipulate her situations and environment. Another adult size 2yr old… this season has seen them all…..

        • Trish Saunders

          But which is the true Helen, lmfao?

        • tixilyttik

          Yes, Helen was the first “Tim Gunn Save”. She should have been sent home and we should have been done with her after that. She’s manipulative. She knew the breakdown was her only chance of being saved that week…and it worked.

    • Clacey

      If she’s so incredible, why does she need help all the time?

    • http://www.bethposts.blogspot.com/ Buffy

      Why can’t they just make a print? Why do they have to throw all this other “inspiration” into it? What if I’m not all that inspired by X (Alexander pretty much said that with the cake). If they had just let them come up with a print that was based on something that actually inspired them, then they probably would have come up with better prints. Auf’s should have been Kate & Alexandria. Kate’s was plain ugly and Alexandria’s was so unflattering, made her model look awful. It’s telling that in the beginning of the show when they said there’s 7 left, I was counting and for the life of me couldn’t figure out who the seventh was. Was Alexandria in the bathroom the whole time? I didn’t love Alexander’s but I think the print could have been something neat in a different fabrication, like organza or even something heavier like a printed velvet. The cross might have even worked if it wasn’t white. Justin’s print was neat but he should have used more of it, chopping it up like that was a bad idea. For some reason I want to see a suit in his print. I did not get all the love Helen’s was getting, it was boring and the print was nothing. I loved Bradon’s but I think the stretchy tube did most of the heavy lifting, so not sure how much “design” is in that. Dom’s was definitely the best. When they unwrapped the prints I thought oh crap, what is it, but it turned into something really special.

    • Kent Roby

      “For the first time EVER in the HISTORY of PROJECT RUNWAY…..a contestant tweets DEATH THREATS!” Bunim/Murray, I will never forgive you for the joke this former design competition has become under your watch. Ugh.

    • shanna bowie

      Whoa I didn’t get to the end of the ep before reading this (I can’t handle the wackadoodle judging). I thought Alexander would be in the top! I love a simple dress with an open back. I loved it.

    • queenceleste

      so who will throw who under the bus next week? I’m guessing there will be a lot of Alexandria tossing going on.

    • tixilyttik

      I can finally post on T&L! Thank you Disqus!
      If there was indeed an issue with the printer not being capable of printing the prints…then that’s a real problem and the judging should have accounted for it, even if they did not mention it on air.

    • tixilyttik

      I loved Alexander’s look but I think it would have been perfect if he had thought to use a chocolate brown ribbon somewhere inside the white stripe. Alexander should not have been auf’d. IMO Justin’s dress was awful, it looked like the skirt was just tacked to the top, so sloppy.
      Oh and the Miss USA or Universe (I know it was not Miss America as he called her) was bringing water and education to impoverished children in South Africa and all Justin could get from it is the sign-language signal for “I love you” (all together now AWWWWWWW how sweet!). He’s really milking the deaf guy/nice guy thing to the point of it being annoying. He expects to get something from it and so far it has worked like a charm. It’s gotten him this far and that’s fine, but if he wins PR that’s just too too much.

    • tempost

      I absolutely forgot PR was even still on! The last show I watched was the one after the shoe challenge – I’m not even sure what it was. And I had to go to the site to see who the designers were. So, yeah, captivating season….

      Anyway, I’m glad I forgot. I don’t know what’s going on with that Kate. Somebody on her previous season must have filmed her in the shower or something and that’s why she got back on and why she’s still there. The fit is wonky, that belt looks silly and the print looks like something she spilled bleach on to. And as much as Alexander’s dress looks like the model is being crucified, at least she doesn’t look like a 4 months pregnant post-apocalyptic comic book character like Alexandria’s model.

      And don’t get me started on Helen. She started off the season calling someone a bitch and doesn’t hesitate to say how she thinks she’s so much better than the other designers. If she can’t take the heat, she needs to STFU and be glad the “judges” are still drinking her Kool-Aid because she’s kind of a hack – I saw that little 2 piece number all over San Diego this summer and San Diego AIN’T Fashion Capital USA, y’know what I mean?