TLOunge

Posted on September 12, 2013

Darlings, we …

 

 

La Vue, Hotel Concorde La Fayette, Paris

Guest Judges John Thomas and Stacy Keibler, Nina Garcia, Zac Posen and Heidi Klum

… are exhausted and probably frantically dragging 350 pounds of luggage behind us as we try and catch either a cab, a train, or another cab as we bid adieu to another glorious New York Fashion Week and head home to 3 pissed-off cats, who are all suffering from a treat deficiency at the moment.

And you?

 

 

[Photo Credit: Barbara Nitke for Lifetime, hotels-in-paris.com - Video Credit: Lifetime]

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      I’m first? How did THAT happen?

    • http://viridianpostcard.blogspot.com/ viridian61

      I am treat deprived also.

    • lillyvonschtupp

      Did you have someone take care of the. cats?

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        Care-takers do not alleviate the pissed-off-ness at all.

        • MilaXX

          Not at all. I cat sat last week. But as I was simply going by twice a day for water/kibble & litter scooping, my friends felines were definitely missing their humans by the end of the week.

          • Sarah

            I cat sat this summer for a teacher friend of mine who took off for the beach the day after school got out. Her indoor was extremely vocal every time I came over, which is odd, because he never peeps around her. The outdoor one didn’t show up ONCE the whole time I was sitting, and I got alarmed wondering if he had left for good, but apparently as soon as she pulled into the drive he came out of the woods to say hello. So, yeah, I was not good enough, obviously.

            • formerlyAnon

              On three separate occasions over 28 years I have sworn I will NEVER cat sit again, because of cats disappearing and worrying me sick. (One just took off for 5 days and his person held what I think was a coven meeting to guide him home.) All returned, or let me at least catch a glimpse of them, eventually, but third time is the charm. I really WILL NEVER CAT SIT AGAIN.

            • Sarah

              Yeah, well, she warned me that he might not be seen, but still. I have four cats of my own, and he knows me, and knows I’m friendly, so I thought after days and days he might at least let me get a glimpse. Nope. The little snooty bastard!

            • formerlyAnon

              Cats. They know how unworthy we truly are.

            • Sarah

              Oh yeah. I’m even snubbed in my own house. My ten-month old kitten, T’Challa, will not come no matter how much I call her, but if Daddy goes to the door and says “hey,” she’ll be there like a shot. He’s her favorite, and I’m chopped liver.

            • alyce1213

              Have you tried chopped liver — a little behind the ears? (That was on Frasier, wasn’t it?)

            • Sarah

              Haha yes, chopped liver would be popular with cats, wouldn’t it? I’m persona non grata, rather.

            • Shibori Girl

              Chopped liver was the only bribe that got our old cat to forgive us if we had been out of town. We learned to stop at the grocery store on our way back from vacation and start chopping the minute we hit the house. Sigh – I miss her but she was not an easy kind of girl!

            • alyce1213

              Sweet.

            • Samuel Joesph Donovan

              I love how all cat people say “his/her person” implying the cat’s indisputable ownership of the human being.

            • kimmeister

              My girl cat (Rubi) has seen my BFF tons of times and never had a problem with her. When my BFF and her son stayed at my house for a week while I was away, she remained in hiding almost all week. The moment I walked in the door, Rubi was all ready to hang out in the kitchen and living room. My BFF concluded that Rubi doesn’t feel safe unless mommy is there. So it’s not you!

          • marlie

            I have to do it this weekend, and I’m only doing it because the cat mommy is one of my dearest friends. I actually hate cats; I’m 100% a dog person.

            • MilaXX

              I am a cat person through and through, but lately I’ve been wanting a dog in the worst sort of way.

            • DuBey2

              If you hate cats, the cat will probably NOT disappear, but rather rub up against you. They go to whomever ignores them the most, and they ESPECIALLY like to rub up on people who are allergic.

            • RebeccaKW

              This is true. They have some 6th sense to figure out who doesn’t like them. I’m not a cat-hater, I just don’t care for them. I especially dislike cat hair all over my clothes. But every time I’m at someone’s house with a cat, he or she decides I’m their new best friend and wants to sit on my lap or rub my leg, etc.

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

              When you encounter a cat in someone’s home, just clap at them and speak really loudly as you lunge toward them. Seriously. They’ll dash away from you and stay away from you. The reason they’re all over you is because you’re ignoring them and they want to see why.

            • Angela Langdale

              Is that the voice of experience I hear?

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

              Well we love any cat we see, but we tell the non-cat-lovers who come to visit us to confront our cats if they don’t want to be bothered by them. In a relatively non-threatening way, of course. Cats don’t like sudden loud noises or sudden movements toward them; especially coming from humans they don’t know well. You do that once upon meeting a cat and they’ll likely leave you alone for the rest of the night.

            • marlie

              Even as a non cat person, that seems so traumatic for them!

            • NYCGlamourpuss

              That only works if the cat isn’t a billion years old and stone deaf, like mine is. Plus, he’s not a ‘fraidy cat – he loves strangers, he loves people, no matter how loud. I’m convinced when my apartment was robbed in 1998 that he led the burglars right to the good stuff, pointed out which jewelry was fake and which was real (“Oh, no no no, you don’t want that. She got that at a yard sale. Now the piece to the left of that? Tiffany’s.”), and probably brewed coffee for them while they decided what to take. Your clapping and loud noises would be like an invite to my little old man – “Clapping and lunging – you are a DEELIGHT! C’mere, let me come sit in your lap. I don’t care if you’re allergic – I just really want to.”

            • RebeccaKW

              Thanks for the suggestion. I don’t really want to scare them, but it would be nice not to be covered in cat hair from a 10 minute visit on my lunch hour.

            • DuBey2

              :) Which of course explains why almost our cats run from any children under the age of 15.

          • Emily Smith

            My husband cat sat for neighbors once as a teenager. His family never had pets while he grew up. He let a cat in to the house that looked like their’s, and kept it in for days until they came home. Was not their cat.

            • DuBey2

              :) I suppose he lost the job after that.

            • Emily Smith

              The neighbors thought it was funny, but no he has not cat-sat since lol.

            • NYCGlamourpuss

              Oh, god… that’s gold!

          • Beardslee

            We went away for THREE WEEKS and our cat was all over my friend and her daughter, who cat sat. My friend and my cat took naps together and were great friends – until we came back and the cat gave her the cut direct. I don’t know whether it was because she truly loves us best or if it was just cupboard love and we were the ones feeding her again.

            • MilaXX

              I didn’t stay over but yes the cats were super cuddly.

        • Denise Plank

          I try. I lie on the floor and read until the cats decide to come sit on me.

    • Donna Tabor

      No, not suffering from a treat deficiency.

      Oh. Wait.

    • MilaXX

      I think I’m ordering a veggie burger and making an alcoholic milkshake. I read the description and apparently they are trying hard to make this Belk wall a thing with seemingly disastrous results.

      • alyce1213

        Ooh. That sounds good. And I happen to have some nice chocolate liqueur.

        • MilaXX

          I wish I had chocolate liqueur. I love all things chocolate.

          • Trickytrisha

            Do you love pecan pralines too? Not chocolate, but scrumptious in their own right. There’s a praline liqueur that is divine. Mixes well with coffee or cream, or anything pecans would go with. Delicious on vanilla ice cream.

            • MilaXX

              I’ll have to look for that

          • lilyvonschtupp

            Fancy schmancy! All I have is Pepsi and a Snickers bar.

            • BeccaGo

              I just microwaved myself some franks & beans. I am ALL ABOUT fancy. :D

            • Sarah

              Fancy = Natural Ice in a can. That’s what’s up at my house. I think we’ll be adding something really gross to eat, too, since it is payday, so pizza is in order.

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

        Perfect meal.
        I love a chocolate shake with a banana liqueur.

        • MilaXX

          I’m just adding a shot of Bailey’s.

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

            Oh, yum. I learned to drink Bailey’s when we were once in Montreal in late November. My L.A. blood was frozen and since I don’t drink coffee, the bartender in our hotel suggested hot chocolate with Bailey’s. Not only did I thaw out immediately, I became a big fan.

            • conniemd

              In the winter I love some hot chocolate with a shot of marshmallow or whipped flavored vodka. Warms up your innards amazingly.

            • UsedtobeEP

              That whipped cream-flavored vodka is YUM!

      • AnneElliot

        Alcoholic milkshake sounds BRILLIANT. Curse my lactose intolerance!

        • MilaXX

          I use almond milk. You could probably do the same with a vegan ice cream. I love Rice Dreams brand.

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

      AH! I’ve been there. I’ve sipped Champagne in that very lounge. This site has been my early Christmas today. Charlie and JGL, a nearly identical echo to my sentiments on a random observation by our hosts, Dianna Agron shattering her style rut, and now, the only featured lounge I’d *ever* be likely to step into.
      Cheers everyone, Champagne is on me!

      • alyce1213

        In that case, a Nebuchadnezzar of Dom Perignon, s’il vous plaît.
        Santé!

        • Shibori Girl

          Oh, may I sit with you? Paris and champagne – Perfect!

          • alyce1213

            Sure. There’s enough for everyone in the bottle.

            • Shibori Girl

              I’ll bring fresh raspberries to share

      • GorgeousThings

        I’m going to be in Paris in 10 days – I gotta go there now!

        • lilyvonschtupp

          I have a passport, and I speak pretty good French. Need someone to carry your bags?

        • 3boysful

          Greener with envy.

          And if lilyvonschtupp cancels as your sherpa, I am next in line!

        • AnneElliot

          Terribly jealous, but I’m in the planning stages of a trip to Italy next spring. Have a great time!

      • formerlyAnon

        How cool to recognize a lounge you’ve been to! And what a great view.

      • Janet B

        Jealous.
        I spent a couple of days in Paris this summer, but with kids in tow we didn’t have the opportunity step inside such a fabulous bar.

      • 3boysful

        Green with envy. Shall finish off my bottle of pinot gris.

    • Pennymac

      I drove over 300 miles to visit two offices for work today. Got back to the home office and had a fight with an administrator. Walked the dog and sprained my ankle, again. Salad, apple pie, and hopefully my eyes will stay open long enough to ZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz z z Snort! huh? What? Did I miss it?

      • lilyvonschtupp

        Ice the ankle, get some rest, and check out tomorrow’s recap.

        • Pennymac

          Right? My attention has waned this season. I love the BK’s in the Lounge, tho.

          • lilyvonschtupp

            You haven’t been missing much. I myself only tune in at judgment time.

      • MilaXX

        elevate that ankle & snuggle with the pooch

    • alyce1213

      Oh goodie, another “First in Project Runway History.”

    • KateShouldBeWorking

      I’ve got some upholstering to do while I watch. I’ll expect I’ll be motivated to staple and hammer harder every time Ken speaks.

      • demidaemon

        Heh. I’ll probably be playing some sort of electronic game involving killing monsters while I watch. I’ll let you imagine whose face I am transposing onto the monster’s.

    • wontons

      Thank goodness! I’ve been refreshing and refreshing the page…

      I figured y’all must be exhausted from fashion week, so thanks for setting up the bar for us.

      Kir royale, anyone? Or is there a better choice for Paris?

    • NDC_IPCentral

      Not dealing with the same degree of fabulous fatigue as Our Boys, but tired from my 4-day work week at IP Central and coping with this enervating humidity. My cell phone just vibrated like a hornet’s nest: Severe Weather Message with flooding warnings for My Area. And “My Area” has been flooded catastrophically in April ’07 and August ’11, so this is a warning we don’t dismiss. Then again, there are O-so-not-fabulous sandbags (truth!) installed along the perimeter of the property where the flooding would occur, so… I will trust that my co-op’s Board knew what it was doing when those (deteriorating) sandbags were put in place nearly 6 months ago…..

      And the rest o’ youse, o sister ‘n’ brudder BKs?

      • wontons

        Yikes! Hope you keep dry! We’ve been having typical summer storms here in Maryland, but I know it’s bad out west.

        • NDC_IPCentral

          I’m 260 or so miles due north of you in the ‘burbs of The City So Nice They Named It Twice, so we’re in the same rowboat. Colorado has gotten hammered.

      • alyce1213

        Grateful for no flooding or other danger, but dying from the humidity.

      • formerlyAnon

        Oh, how weary-making. Hope the rain does not threaten your abode.

        My daughter in Boulder evacuated her apartment today, just as a precaution as they’re on the 2nd floor and it seems unlikely the first floor will flood. But she and her roommates are viewing it as kids view a snow day – almost everyone’s school or work was cancelled and they are having a blast.

        Hope they are not disillusioned by bitter experience any time soon. And hope you get rested and are undisturbed.

        • Sarah

          My friend’s husband is a professor at UC Denver and they canceled school today, too. I am glad I’ve been to her house and approve of its topographical elevation. She has a wee baby to be concerned for!

        • NDC_IPCentral

          Sorry to hear about your daughter’s travails, but glad that she’s high-ish up. Right now the torrents have stopped, so what’s fallen is nowhere near enough for what we went through 04/15/07 (8-13 inches in one day, can’t remember the verified amount, but the devastation here…. 100 cars lost and more…) and after Irene in 2011.

          FormerlyAnon, tomorrow is sleep-in day, and with the cooler weather I hope I won’t be as tossing ‘n’ turning insomniacal as I have been the past couple of uncomfortable nights.

          • formerlyAnon

            I have long thought that in the unlikely event I am ever called to a contemplative life, my calling would be to pray for people to have a good night’s sleep. Good sleep is almost magical in its powers. Hope you get some!

            • UsedtobeEP

              I cannot say enough about the good things an iPod and a soothing audiobook can do for the sleepless. A soothing voice is better than a sleeping pill.

      • Shibori Girl

        Thinking about all of you with violent weather – after 11 years in the south I really sympathize. Hope you are all safe.

    • Imasewsure

      Oh great… cross selling their other shows… big surprise… luckily it’s the Keibs hosting that one and she has some style. Still I don’t like celebrity judges (and like the unconventional materials challenges, they just keep coming and coming!)

      • Sarah

        That show of hers is really cumbersome. I didn’t mean to watch it, but I caught it once and there are a lot of steps the contestants go through before the end that are probably great for R&D purposes but very boring to the watcher. And their goal is to produce a food product that will be sold prepackaged in the grocery store, which is kind of gross anyway.

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

          What a poorly named show it is. Didn’t the producers test it first? She even said on Kelly and Michael the other day that people think it is contestants running through the aisles at their local supermarket.

          I only watched one episode, by accident. A lady was trying to sell individual pastries that looked like miniature apple pies. I could swear I saw the identical thing at Trader Joes yesterday.

          • Sarah

            Yeah the title is definitely inapt. The episode I saw involved a woman who was determined to expose the world to her Portuguese family soup recipe. Because that’s what people want at the supermarket, of course.

          • BeccaGo

            Wait a minute – it’s not? (I try to avoid Lifetime original programming whenever possible.)

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

              No, it’s Fashion Star for food.

            • BeccaGo

              Huh, go figure! I just don’t get all the food shows. If you can’t taste the results, aren’t you missing kind of a crucial component?

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              +1,000,000

            • MilaXX

              Without the disco lights

      • demidaemon

        I was wondering: is she wearing the same leather vulva dress she was spotted in during NYFW? It looks awfully familiar.

    • hughman

      I have no idea who John Thomas is but if you shot a buttload of botox into Alec Baldwin and jumped out in a GWB mask to surprise him, this is how I imagine he’d look.

      • alyce1213

        Executive V.P. of Belk. Oh, this should be good.

        • lilyvonschtupp

          @@

      • kimmeister

        He’s there to make Stacy K look like less of an Amazon.

        • random_poster

          I don’t think I’ve ever seen a time when a female guest (or really any guest) was taller than Heidi.

      • Ms_Flyover

        Does no one in the states know what a John Thomas is? It’s the second time I’ve seen that name today and I’m marveling that no one knows the slang.

        • BeccaGo

          I do! I do! :D

        • formerlyAnon

          I was restraining myself, and wondering if perhaps, as slang, it has become obsolete because nowadays so few people bother with a euphemism for that particular body part.

          • Ms_Flyover

            My colleague in Australia insists it is not. I think it’s just not as well known over here. Nonetheless, my son is a TJ rather than a JT with cause.

            • formerlyAnon

              Your son has parents who remember grade school, apparently. ;-)

        • MoHub

          I absolutely know and always have. One can also reference the Penis Song in The Meaning of Life.

      • wontons

        We were awfully amused by his name.

        • formerlyAnon

          It did occur to me that his parents did him no favors when they named him.

          • Ginny Ellsworth

            My husband’s last name is Johnson. Another euphemism go figure. When we were naming our first son, I was so damned sick of the Johnson jokes, I said I was going to name him Peter Richard Johnson and just call him Dick Dick Dick!

            My husband who was driving at the time almost drove off the road.

            • VeryNot

              Haha! Our last name wasn’t Johnson, but we did tell people we were going to call our son, “Richard Peter Johnson.” Those who got it looked at us in horror, trying to figure out if we were joking or not, hehe. I’d just smile and rub my belly thoughtfully. =)

    • CeeQ

      Have a good rest this weekend, you guys were great! Thoroughly enjoyed all the Fashion Week coverage – AS USUAL =D

      I’m ready for this week to end myself. The fools I am stuck working with have got on my LAST NERVE. So yes, I need a big vodka tonic please.

    • GorgeousThings

      Darlings, I’m going to be in the City of Light in 10 days! I’ll raise a glass to you from that exact spot, and put it on Instagram!

      And thank you for doing SUCH a wonderful job of covering NYFW. Gawd, you must have blisters from schlepping all over the tents in that heat, and from typing your fingers to the bone.

      xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

      • alyce1213

        Lucky you!

      • formerlyAnon

        Have an awesome trip!

      • NDC_IPCentral

        Bon voyage a bit early, Gorgeous Things, after what you went through a couple of years ago, you deserve a delightful vacance in gay Paree. Revel in it!

        • GorgeousThings

          You are such a love, merci!!!

      • MilaXX

        Have a grand old time! I wish I was getting on a plane to go somewhere fun.

    • wontons

      Vis-a-vis the show…remember the show?…I was thinking that I hope Justin goes out soon so I won’t have to be pissed off if he lasts longer than one of the real standouts, like Braden or Dom.

      Therein lies the curse of the Tim Gunn Save: it makes you think all kinds of crazy and guilt-inducing ways about the outcome. I’d rather people just won or lost in the usual not-necessarily-fair way, without adding a whole new layer of unfairness to it.

    • Sarah

      I am hung over from last night, therefore I need hair ‘o the dog. Thank goodness for PR, which gives me opportunity to consume many dog hairs.

      • NDC_IPCentral

        Woof.

      • lilyvonschtupp

        Yeesh!

    • Denise Plank

      I am also suffering from great deficiency.

    • SnackBandit

      BIIIIG glass of wine for me tonight, fellow kittens…I’ve got fifty papers to grade an my masters exams next week. For the next few hours, gonna pretend like none of that is happening.

      • formerlyAnon

        Denial, procrastination and compartmentalization! YES. Fine, fine, coping tools, in moderation.

    • Kate4queen

      Gotta finish writing this book! No time for T.V. :(

      • formerlyAnon

        Well go! go! go!

        I’m having a meeting in the a.m. for which I must produce a “plan.” A plan unwritten and largely unformulated. Groan. If I *had* a damn plan they’d know it already, how unreasonable can people be?? I will think of your much greater task for comfort as I mutter and whinge and eat too many snacks over the computer this evening.

        • Kate4queen

          Mine is a lot easier as there doesn’t have to be anything real in it-much easier than a real life plan! Good luck! :)

          • formerlyAnon

            Thanks. Having now stretched dinner for longer than is reasonable, I’m off!

            • Kate4queen

              actually that sounds ‘a lot’ like I do! ;) Basically people pay me money to make sexy stuff up!

            • UsedtobeEP

              I write too, but I don’t think I could do that kind of writing. I would giggle too much.

            • Kate4queen

              I laugh all my way to the bank :)
              seriously writing about people falling in love is such a positive thing that I love my job :) and I was doing it way before that 50 Shades came along and ruined good erotic romance writing…

            • UsedtobeEP

              I take it back, now that I think about it. I would like to try my hand at it, but in a different era. I like the Elizabethan period. And you are right about 50 Shades. Good erotica is still good literature and well written. Fortunately, before I read it, my expectations were really low.

            • Scoobydrew

              I wrote a cute little chick lit mysteries … and I was asked to do a “sequel” and my heroine has “THE SEX” in it, luckily my heroine is kinda silly, so I went that way. So Kate4Queen, if you are writing erotica, hats off … good erotica is hard to do. Bravo!

        • NDC_IPCentral

          “Well go! go! go!” said in Tim Gunn’s voice, of course.

          • formerlyAnon

            PERFECT! Tim Gunn’s voice is exactly what my lazy brain cells need.

        • 3boysful

          Make it work, dear.

          And extra bonus points if you can work in “for the first time in the history of [X organization] . . . .” Double if you maintain a straight face!

          • formerlyAnon

            You are evil. [I knew there was a reason I liked you.]

            • Shibori Girl

              And a few process names for which the acronyms are dirty.

              Spoken as a former planner, tech writer, proposal developer. (I feel so cheap now…)

            • formerlyAnon

              Oh, so tempting. But the at least some of people I work with *would* catch the acronyms, as it is a predominantly very literate, word-oriented and analytical group.

              And if you’re a typical [former] planner, tech writer and proposal developer your deep awareness of pointless jargon, verbiage devoid of meaningful information, meaningless buzzwords and the actual standards for english copy editing probably puts you on the side of the angels. Unless you’ve gone completely numb to all standards.

    • EKW2

      Everytime someone says “Belk” take a drink.

      • MilaXX

        We wouldn’t make it past the 15 min mark.

      • NDC_IPCentral

        A belt a Belk.

    • Miss WKS

      Stacey Keibler’s hair.

      (now I need a drink.)

      • alyce1213

        I hate a hair bump. And it’s the very worst style she could choose with her large forehead.

    • alyce1213

      Stacy seems to be wearing the leather dress in which she was photographed at Fashion Week. The one with the leather labia.

      • PastryGoddess

        Leather and labia should really not be in the same sentence

    • Eric Stott

      And the rerun begins…

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        Bringing the runway to the treadmill.

        • Eric Stott

          Anyone think that Karen will be a blogger on the Lifetime site next season? Somehow I think she’ll get that perverse consolation prize

      • NDC_IPCentral

        And is just as turgid the second time around.

    • rainwood1

      It wasn’t nearly as fun as FW, T Lo, but I just spent 2 days in a continuing education seminar. Eight frigging hours a day of listening to people talk. I’m feeling treat-deprived and cranky as hell. Get me some alcohol and a win for Dom STAT.

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      And here’s the fucking cow.

      • BeccaGo

        I want to beat the cow that made this.

        • alyce1213

          Okay, I’ll go one more: I want to eat the cow that made this.

          • BeccaGo

            Well done, in every sense. :D

            • oyeyemi808

              please we have to suffer through that horrid commercial 8 times every show

            • PastryGoddess

              I see what you did there :)

      • Eric Stott

        If it wasn’t for the autotune I’d actually think the cow guy was sort of cute

    • Eric Stott

      Aside from Ken (of course) I would like Jeremy gone. I liked him at first, but he’s getting more and more calculating- and just the slightest bit douchy

    • Eric Stott

      No More Diaper Pants!

    • MilaXX

      I’m assuming John Thomas is corporate from Belks?

      • Eric Stott

        He looks sort of corporate- probably one of the House Gays every corporation keeps on call.

      • alyce1213

        Exec VP

        • Eric Stott

          How disappointing- he’s sort of cute, you’d think they’d have nicer things.

    • Eric Stott

      An accent and good looks are carrying Jeremy farther than his skills

    • BeccaGo

      I’ve loved Stacy Keibler ever since her WWF days and I’m not ashamed to admit it. It makes me so happy that she’s made it as a legit celeb. Hooray for tall girls!!

      • alyce1213

        Yes, and she came through the Clooney mill better than ever.

        • BeccaGo

          Haha, the Clooney Mill should be the location for the next TLounge. :D

          • lilyvonschtupp

            Only if Clooney is actually there in it.

    • alula_auburn

      My cats only think they are treat deprived, in that there are any times when they are not being given treats.

      However, we did finally replace boarded up windows with new, uncracked glass yesterday, so they can properly supervise the neighborhood again.

      Highlight of my week? A website “project manager” telling me it was IMPOSSIBLE to alphabetize a list of names in a directory. We don’t have that technology!

      • BeccaGo

        INCONCEIVABLE!

      • formerlyAnon

        Okay. You win. None of my organization’s less stellar lights would think that.

    • Eric Stott

      I’ll give Ken credit – not a good outfit but he really did put some thought into the function. Most of the outfits are for girls who’ll never really do anything in them.

    • PastryGoddess

      Hello Kittens,

      Just got home in the nick of time. I’ve just left several hundred drunk architects and designers whooping it up at fancy shmancy event.

      • Ginny Ellsworth

        So THAT explains some of the new buildings in my city.

    • demidaemon

      I’m going to go out on a limb here and make an educated guess: Ken will be OUT tonight. Any other takers on the aufee?

      • hughman

        Nice work, Nancy Drew. You must be the top detective in your squad. ;)

        • demidaemon

          I am not apparently, as he survived. WHAT THE HECK HAPPENED, HEIDI? He lives to bitch for another week. Hopefully, only one.

          • Sarah

            I’m just as surprised as you. And it really begs the question why Jeremy showed a decoy and Ken didn’t, unless the answer is that Ken was just too much of a bitch to participate in the ruse for his own promotional purposes. I mean, it can’t HURT your career to show at NYFW, regardless of the reason, right?

      • Sarah

        I think you’re right because for one, he didn’t show a decoy collection, which is indicative of him being auf’ed. For two, he is supposed to be a southern designer, isn’t he? The producers will totally shame him at his own game, because that’s the way they roll.

        • demidaemon

          I love you guys! :)

    • oyeyemi808

      Miss Ken better get her stuff together tonight.

    • Eric Stott

      Alexander’s jacket is a little Star trek

      • Ginny Ellsworth

        I wish it was RED which means someone will not make it through the episode. How mean am I if I hope it is Ken?

    • BuffaloBarbara

      About to scoot off to the couch to watch (I really need a laptop and WiFi, just for the complete TLounge experience), but getting in under the wire on predictions — Ken will be auf, but by the other trailer, they’ll play Alexandria in trouble.

      Oh, and as long as we’re being all southern, I’ll have mint julip out on the verandah, please.

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      Ken is pulling out the guns? I thought he was a scissors guy.

      • Eric Stott

        maybe he’s got unsuspected endowments

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          Gah! Stop!

    • PastryGoddess

      Umm Ken, it’s not other people who are putting you in the bottom

    • Stubenville

      Hi everybody! A Kir Royale, s’il vous plait.

      • R. L.

        Another one here!!!

        • Stubenville

          Santé!

    • marlie

      I’ve had a seriously hellish day, so I am very, very ready to put my feet up, have a drink, and watch PR.

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

        What can I bring you my friend?

        • marlie

          I’d love a Cumberland Blue (had it at a Mexican Restaurant for dinner last night. Has cucumber, tequila and mint.). But I’m going to settle for a beer since that’s what I have in my fridge. Tequila is #1 on my shopping list for tomorrow.

    • Angela_the_Librarian

      I want a croissant!

      • Eric Stott

        It’s a southern brunch- you get a biscuit and gravy, Honey

        • Stubenville

          Where the HELL are my beignets?

          • Scoobydrew

            deep fried dough balls of goodness with powdered sugar . if you ever go to New Orleans Cafe Du Monde is a must …. and correct, southern brunch is biscuits and gravy — or grits … lovely lovely grits.

            • Shibori Girl

              Only time chicory coffee tastes good. Best eaten at 5 or 6 AM after a night out.

            • Scoobydrew

              When i lived in New Orleans, my favorite after a night out spot was the Clover Grill for grits, but Cafe Du Monde can’t be beat for watching the sunrise with your beignets

            • Shibori Girl

              I seem to recall the Camilla Grill also – Yum!

            • Scoobydrew

              I was a Margny girl, so I spent most of my time in the Quarter, the Marigny, and the Bywater. The Camilla was uptown — but I do remember going up there after Katrina and seeing all the post its from people wanting them to come back … it was one of those cry moments.

            • Shibori Girl

              Sweet! We were long gone by the time Katrina hit (like 20 years). What a heart breaker.
              Sounds like you have moved on too.

            • Scoobydrew

              I moved about a year ago, my parents aren’t old – but they are getting older and I wanted to be close to them so I am living in a dry county in Arkansas. It’s beautiful here, and has been great for my writing but CULTURE SHOCK.

            • Scoobydrew

              for your peeking pleasure. Last time I was there they had flowers that were made from the post it notes hanging on the wall

            • decormaven

              Coffee at CDM, but breakfast at Mother’s. Debris biscuits. Been a long time since NOLA- Mr. DM & I used to hit the Jazz Fest on a regular basis.

            • Scoobydrew

              oh Mother’s ….

            • decormaven

              That’s the ticket, yes?

        • NDC_IPCentral

          Or grits. MMMMM, grits, with lots of butter. And salt. And, I like to crumble bacon in it.

          Grrrrrrittts! The breakfast food I learned to love while at law school in the South so many decades ago.

          • Munchkn

            You guys are making me so hungry with the talk of biscuits and gravy, grits and beignets.

          • formerlyAnon

            Cheese grits. And for special occasions, shrimp grits. Ohmigod.

    • Stubenville

      The brunch is a lie!

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        In the wise words of Jefferey Sebelia – “They say it’s a party, but it’s never a fuckin’ party.”

    • NDC_IPCentral

      Feed ‘em and fake ‘em out.

      Brunch = Belk??

    • MilaXX

      uh oh did they not remember Sebelia’s rule? It’s never just a party!

    • NDC_IPCentral

      And Ken’s loser edit begins.

    • Cheryl

      Oh gee, I hope it’s not Paula Deen!

    • Stubenville

      This is setting up Ken to go.
      Is it Miss Piggy for a client?

      • Eric Stott

        She was a client AND a judge!

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

          Khors is back?

          *sorry, im still pissed at him about fat girls and cookies

          • Emmiejaye

            I know, right?

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      Has Tim seen the same Belk wall we have?!

      • MilaXX

        He only looks at it through the rose colored glasses Heidi gives him.

        • lilyvonschtupp

          No, he only sees through that paycheck BM gives him.

          • decormaven

            Cash always adds that certain something.

    • PastryGoddess

      Love Tim’s tie!

    • Eric Stott

      So…she’s gaudy and shops at outlet malls?

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        Track suits. Definitely track suits.

        • Eric Stott

          with pearls

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            And a charm bracelet.

            • Eric Stott

              and a BIG purse

            • MilaXX

              and big hair

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              And rhinestone “cheaters” on a jeweled…rope thing around her neck….

            • lilyvonschtupp

              And a ‘The South Will Rise Again’ t-shirt with the confederate flag on the back.

            • Eric Stott

              of course Honey – and a Hermes scarf tied over it

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              I’m pretty sure we’ve just won the challenge.

            • Eric Stott

              Shhh….don’t tell, but we’re the decoy collection

            • Stubenville

              Or an internship at Belks.

            • MilaXX

              but only after it’s carefully sprayed with aquanet

            • Ginny Ellsworth

              Where’s the big hair? You know “the higher the hair, the closer you are to Jesus.” hair?

      • 3boysful

        All right, ya’ll . . . .

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

      Yes, clothes are SOOOOO different here. They are made from the skins of our cousins.

      • BuffaloBarbara

        But then, who will you have left to marry? I mean, really. [/sarcasm]

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        Only the ones who died a heroic death, I hope. It’s good to have standards, after all.

      • UsedtobeEP

        Or their hair…

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      Oh. My. God. PLAID!!!!

      • Eric Stott

        Again!

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          And it’s still a weird word.

      • Cheryl

        Bradon, Step Away From the Plaid.

        • Eric Stott

          Pirouette away from it – Grande Jete into the wings!

      • MilaXX

        and why would drag brows go back to that well again?

        • Stubenville

          He’s a masochist?

      • Ginny Ellsworth

        Tim predicted it. It’s the tartan challenge!

    • BuffaloBarbara

      Jeez, could they vague that challenge up a little? [/Buffy]

      In my interpretation, the modern southern woman comes from Buffalo and moved down to the sunbelt when the Rust belt lost the jobs. (I mean, hey, there’s a beef-on-wick celebration in a friend’s North Carolina town…) Do you think that’s who they have in mind?

      • Scoobydrew

        Well I spent my Saturday at the Hillbilly Chili Cook Off – and let me tell you, no one was wearing plaid. Or shirts. I KID! I’m from the south I can!

    • alula_auburn

      Swatch sighting! he looks as excited as I feel by this challenge.

    • Stubenville

      Oh Ken darlin – did you ever see Violet in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory?

    • BeccaGo

      Southern women love their plaid…right?

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

        All Madras, all the time.

      • BuffaloBarbara

        I sincerely have no idea. How in the world do you interpret this?

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

        To be fair, the common big school Sorority girl is totally a Belk girl and yes, she and her douche frat boy friend do rock a lot of plaid.

    • PastryGoddess

      How come there are no modern Northern women challenges? or Modern Eastern woman challenges?

      • Cheryl

        We modern Northern Eastern women like out polka dots.

      • BuffaloBarbara

        I think that was the Macy’s challenge, several years ago.

        • lilyvonschtupp

          The challenge where Jeffrey sneered, “yeah, like *I* would have *my* stuff in Macy’s.” Dickweed.

      • lilyvonschtupp

        How about a Middle Eastern woman challenge?

        • MoHub

          Fashion burqas!

        • PastryGoddess

          The comments by the designers might actually get the show cancelled

    • VictoriaDiNardo

      I wish someone had immunity and then could do the Carol Burnett “Gone With the Wind” curtain rod dress as a mini!

      • Stubenville

        ^ 1,000

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        That would be so perfect! I would literally weep with joy!

      • lilyvonschtupp

        Did you ever see Chris March’s drag show on Youtube? I think he was dressed as Joan Crawford and another person wore the curtain dress proclaiming, “I saw it in a window and I just HAD to have it!”

        • MoHub

          I actually have the Bob Mackie Went With the Wind Carol Burnett Barbie. It is perfect.

          • decormaven

            Squee! That’s a keeper.

    • Cheryl

      When is someone going to run out of money? They seem to have all the money they need so far – but in the past, when they didn’t have a season-long allowance, someone was always running out of money at the cash register. This takes all the drama away!

      • Eric Stott

        Perhaps it will factor into the budget for their runway collection, ehhh, they’d never be that clever

      • alyce1213

        That would’ve been Sue with the long blonde dreads, she tended to over-buy and under-produce, but she’s gone.

      • MilaXX

        I think they may be safe because they’ve had so many challenges where the textile was provided & last week’s deduction for the sportswear was only $50.

    • Eric Stott

      Silk Charmeuse…..that’s been the kiss of death in previous seasons

      • MilaXX

        it’s pretty but wrinkles like a mofo

        • Eric Stott

          and forget about sewing it without puckering. Remember how Michael Kors was amazed at Wendy Pepper- “SHE PLEATED CHARMEUSE!!!”

          • MoHub

            Not pleated, tailored.

    • oyeyemi808

      “modern southern woman” WTF?!

    • MilaXX

      I’m sure it’s like chalk on a blackboard for many BK’s, but Helen’s dress sounds kinda nice.

    • Stubenville

      So Alexandria’s ideal client is Wednesday Addams?

    • Michelle Wilson

      As a “modern day Southern woman” I am offended.

    • blondie65

      Ok…I’ve lived in FL since I was 8 (moved from the NE)….I am starting my 4th decade down here. (don’t do the math please). …I am an executive in a conservative industry & dress the part. I will say…Tim’s description of what a modern southern woman looks in her outfits is pretty good. But here’s the thing to consider… north/central FL is so much different than southern FL and both are so much different than, say LA or AL. Just hope too many of them don’t go too stereotypical. Probably the best advice I would give…..select materials that breathe…b/c the one thing in common…it is hot down here 8 months out of the year! And most work does not get done inside!

      • VictoriaDiNardo

        When I first started spending time in Miami someone explained to me: In Florida, the north is Southern and the south is Northern – and Miami is the northern-most city in South America.

        And I’ve found it’s kind of true!

      • http://dcmoosings.blogspot.com LouC

        Me too! Except not from NE. I grew up in South Fla. But don’t live there anymore.

        Yes, Victoria, Floridians describe the state that way.

        I have relatives in Alabama and Kentucky. Never have I heard that plaid is a big thing in the South. Ever. Where would anyone get that idea?

        So I understand Ken’s point. Except Ken keeps dressing women in really heavy materials. It’s the South, Ken. It’s hot and humid. No woman looks attractive if she’s sweating in heavy material.

    • UsedtobeEP

      Modern Southern Woman. Well, that’s me. Except for that Modern part. But hey, never worn a housecoat, so I got that going for me. Geez, this should be hilarious.

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

      Steel Magnolias???? The fuck, thats 20 years old.

      • Angela_the_Librarian

        But no one bought Blush and Bashful pink!

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

          let’s hope they remember their Lycra on those thighs

        • UsedtobeEP

          Julia Roberts’s accent drove me crazy.

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

            And she is FROM Georgia. Oh, irony.

            • UsedtobeEP

              I completely forgot that. It was cringeworthy. I liked her in the role but at the same time I wanted to cover my ears when she talked. How is that possible?

            • Angela_the_Librarian

              Maybe she was trying for a Louisiana-ish accent and failed. Regardless, it’s still one of my favorite movies and I cry buckets every time.

            • UsedtobeEP

              If you don’t have anything nice to say…

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

              Of all time.
              The “I wanna know why” scene can make me sob like “Give my daughter the shot”. I don’t even have to watch the entire movies.

            • decormaven

              “I love you more than my luggage!”

            • lilyvonschtupp

              But she can’t fucking act. What do you expect?

      • Eric Stott

        Ken’s right…most of the others are clueless about what today’s woman would wear down South, outside of a Trailer Park or Tara

        • nosniveling

          well of course we know! what would Nene wear !! :)

        • lilyvonschtupp

          Mychael Knight’s runway collection nailed it years ago. At least as far as ATL wear is concerned.

    • MilaXX

      Black and orange? Child plz!

    • alula_auburn

      go to the forest? man, I’m almost feeling sorry for that Ken guy for a few minutes.

    • alula_auburn

      I’m impressed my closed captions managed “Trompe-l’oeiling!”

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        I still don’t know what he meant, though.

        • alula_auburn

          That would be above their pay grade, I’m afraid.

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

      oh for fucks sake. enough with the “modern southern woman.” i swear just putting those words together doesn’t actually create any meaning.

      • UsedtobeEP

        Maybe that’s the way to win this challenge. Dress a modern woman in cool (as in temperature) clothing without stereotyping her as “southern.”

        • decormaven

          As a Southern woman, I thank you.

    • BeccaGo

      Kate’s dress looks like a placemat.

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        Thank you for putting my thought into words.

        • Stubenville

          Sold at Belks?

    • SnackBandit

      Alexandria…*breath hiss*

    • MilaXX

      I swear these designers are talking like they are designing for aliens from Mars or something. “Is the sky blue down South?” *sheesh*

      • housefulofboys

        “or whatever they drink down there…” What, like swamp water?

        • Eric Stott

          Sweet Tea with Bourbon?

          • MilaXX

            well actually…..

          • PastryGoddess

            I don’t like to dilute my bourbon with tea

            • housefulofboys

              tea goes with everything. wait, so does bourbon.

            • Munchkn

              Bourbon is one of the four Southern food groups along with flour, sugar, and butter.

            • Ginny Ellsworth

              Coke, bourbon, grits and shrimp for my family.

            • UsedtobeEP

              My husband would shake your hand.

          • 3boysful

            Ya’ll need to try the Sweet Tea vodka.

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

              I don’t like the pre mixed, but I’ll mix up a pitcher of Ice Picks on a hot summer day in a flash.

            • Leigh

              Oh, yes, mixed with lemonade.

        • NDC_IPCentral

          Well, bourbon and branch….

        • Stubenville

          Apparently their entire exposure to the South are old reruns of Designing Women.

          • Eric Stott

            OH YES!

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            You say that like it’s a bad thing.

          • PastryGoddess

            If only…

          • housefulofboys

            Everything I learned worth knowing I learned from Designing Women.

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

        This is seemingly more difficult for them than the Real Woman challenges.

      • NDC_IPCentral

        Buncha parochial naifs. No one has traveled, but if Dom and Ken blow it, then we’ll know that the judges and the Belk Brigade have another image that is unlike anything any Southern woman would recognize.

        And aren’t there a few BKs who hail from the South? Southern BK gals, what’s your taken on a garment for the “modern Southern woman?

        • UsedtobeEP

          I think the differences hinge more on whether you live in a city and also in how hot it gets/stays. In my neck of the woods, we have long, warm summers and warmer winters. My city isn’t huge so we are definitely more casual, but we dress for work and we don’t wear flip flops at nice restaurants. Unless we are showing off the nice pedis we just got…(But then it’s sandals. I loathe flops.) I think we like color, too.

          • Scoobydrew

            Agreed, I think that most things are dictated by the weather … and I did notice when I went to NYC that women there didn’t seem to embrace color like my southern sisters, but it is a rather silly challenge on the whole. Also , love Heidi, Zac, and Nina – but what do they know about “southern fashion” ( as if there is such a thing ) And what is with the plaid? Seersucker I would get, but plaid?

        • Munchkn

          Well, I can’t see a modern Southern woman wearing what Alexandria, Helen, or Kate designed. They might wear Jeremy’s dress to church and Bradon’s and Alexander’s would be worn to a garden party. Ken and Dom designed dresses for Eastern Star installations.

          • miatamam

            Munchkn, you are so right about Jeremy’s church lady dress. It’s the ultimate Belk’s dress. My mama, who’s a fine church lady, and all her church lady friends go directly to Belk’s and buy that dress, in that print, all the time. In fact, if there’s every a fire in the Belk’s women’s department the place will go up in a giant poof from the polyester content on those racks. Jeremy’s dress would be upscale in the department. Bless his heart.

            • Leigh

              That’s exactly what I thought! Jeremy’s dress is exactly what you see on Southern women, but not the modern ones.

        • decormaven

          For the fashion-conscious woman (which I guess is what Belk’s silly tag line is aimed at), it’s something based on a classic design that can be layered for wear when the AC is too cold indoors and stripped down when worn outside. It definitely has to be breathable- and accessories are the crowning touch. Cute shoes, killer purse, and a hat (for the truly formal and Church Ladies.) I cringe at the crappy Belk accessories’ wall. Remember what Clairee said: “The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize.”

        • Leigh

          I found the designers’ ignorance almost offensive in this episode, like they thought Southern women are all getting dressed out of grandma’s closet. Even Dom and Ken didn’t come close. We like more color than is worn in other parts of the country; we wear well-fitting dresses and skirts; sleeveless tops and dresses are acceptable in most offices; and open-toed shoes are worn eight or nine months of the year. If Ken had done his fabric in a sleeveless sheath, he would have nailed it.

    • R. L.

      Alexandria’s really is hiddy.

    • MilaXX

      Alexandria reminds me of Kors calling something Holly Hobby.

    • Angela_the_Librarian

      They probably should have done a Kentucky Derby challenge instead. It would have been more focused and I think that is the style the judges are expecting anyway

      • MilaXX

        That would mean they’d have to have hats & then the designers would go too literal like they did with the shoes.

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          Oh, but HATS! They did a hat challenge a few seasons back…*sigh*

        • Eric Stott

          a room full of Phillip Treacy knock offs

          • MilaXX

            hey didn’t they do that like 2 -3 seasons ago. I think during Costello’s season?

            • VictoriaDiNardo

              They had to design inspired by the hats. Treacy I think…

            • MoHub

              Yep. And Philip Treacy was the guest judge as well. Costello won that one.

    • Cele Deemer

      Hideous. Tim nailed it.

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      Don’t be sorry, Tim. It IS hideous.

    • Stubenville

      Hideous? That’s harsh, Tim.

    • PastryGoddess

      Oh look another “reality show”

      • Stubenville

        [eyeroll]

        • PastryGoddess

          Here you dropped something

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        With hay bales.

    • alula_auburn

      what the hell? is there a reality show built around girls doing The Frames covers?

      • Cheryl

        Those are the MODERN SOUTHERN WOMEN!

    • oyeyemi808

      this challenge is a set up.

      • lilyvonschtupp

        Been said that!:o)

    • SinisterKid

      I have been reading TLO and their loyal fans for a while, but this is my first post…and I would just like to say this is the friendliest forum I have ever stalked. Quite lovely.
      Thanks for giving me something joyful to read in the bathroom…and at work.

      • Eric Stott

        Welcome to the Pride of Bitter Kittens

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

          I think we are a glaring. ???

          • NYCGlamourpuss

            Well, we DO glare when something ugly makes it to the top three, but I get what you mean.

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        Wait. You keep your computer in the bathroom? ;-)

      • Stubenville

        Welcome! Now that you’ve broken the ice, let the fur fly!

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

        As a modern, Southern woman, let me be the first to welcome you and offer you a refreshment.

        • decormaven

          And a fainting couch when it becomes too much. Uncle Peter, my smelling salts!

      • formerlyAnon

        Welcome! This blog has been a joy to me on ordinary days, on good ones and on very difficult ones. It makes a contribution well beyond its stated scope.

        • VictoriaDiNardo

          Well said! And I would add – frequented by some of the funniest people I have ever not-actually-met! How often the BK posts have me blurting out an unexpected laugh!

      • Cheryl

        I”m not here to make friends.

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

          Damnit Cheryl, you kill me.

          • Cheryl

            That was my very first post about a year ago!

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            More “fabric” for your cousins!

        • Cheryl

          [How do I make that ironic winking face here?]

        • alyce1213

          I see what you did there.

        • BeccaGo

          LOL!!

        • quiltrx

          Does that mean you’re in it to win it?

      • MilaXX

        welcome! come out and play!

    • BuffaloBarbara

      Eep. I don’t spend much time in the south, but c’mon y’all. “Champagne or whatever they drink down south”? I was actually enjoying the Ken/Dom conversation on the subject. Everyone is making me snicker. These people need expand their geographic experience.

    • PastryGoddess

      Is anyone else getting tired of Ken’s “cray cray faces”

      • oyeyemi808

        Ken period!

      • Targettaste

        I think Heidi is getting pretty tired of his faces.

    • 3boysful

      FIrst of all, Helen, we drink a shitload of champagne here in the South.

      Alexandria, you are going home for that L’il Abner fabric.

      Finally, everyone is so worried about the modern Southern woman. Stop and think–will anyone, save the Belk (drink up!) guest judge, have the faintest clue who she is? Of course not. Heidi & Co will figure out some way to put Kate and whoever else they want in the top.

      • Stubenville

        L’il Abner fabric Snort!

      • R. L.

        Growing up in GA it was PBR – the champagne of beers.

      • Shibori Girl

        I have a vague recollection of drinking a shitload of champagne while living in the south, but given the amount we consumed, it is indeed vague. Go Cups for heaven’s sake – we drank while waiting in line at the movies.

        (I have reformed now that New Orleans is but a memory of a younger time.)

    • MilaXX

      SFTU, it is possible to make a nice design in something other than black. Stop limiting yourself!

    • MilaXX

      All this plaid. Are they square dancing?

    • PastryGoddess

      A square dress that you cut a hole in the middle

      • Eric Stott

        WTF?

    • Stubenville

      Nothing says “Southern” like Tweety Bird yellow.

    • kipper

      Just went to Belk. com for the first time ever and…… I do not think anyone has it right . ( and I am as Southern as you can get – small town Gallent Belk Southern…)

    • PastryGoddess

      SUK SUK STFUK

    • PastryGoddess

      So Ken is now The Voice of the South

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

        Ken is our proxy.

        • PastryGoddess

          God help you.

      • MoHub

        I was so hoping to see Anthony Williams.

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

      The Help. Clearly The Help is all these people know about the South.

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        I didn’t like the book (it was a moderately well-written Lifetime movie). I never bothered with the movie.

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      Gay Brow’s plaid made my eyes hurt.

    • Cele Deemer

      All this plaid is really hurting my sensibilities. Those I have left, that is.

    • NDC_IPCentral

      JEEBUS, it’s only 9:33. How can this have trudged on for only 33 minutes?

      I’m well into my second beer and oughtn’t to have a third, but… man….

      How can this program be paced so weirdly???????

      • PastryGoddess

        Second Beer. I’m halfway through a 1.5L of wine

        • NDC_IPCentral

          You and I can harden out livers together….. I really think I’m going to have to indulge in bottle No. 3…..

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            The two of you and the rest of us Kittens.

            • NDC_IPCentral

              We need to hydrate, and NOT VIRTUALLY, to avoid the headache that we otherwise can blame on Heidi.

    • BeccaGo

      “Belk-like” sounds just as glamorous as it is.

    • Cheryl

      Darling, you look so Belky tonight!

      • Munchkn

        Their Christmas bear is named Belkie. My daughter has one that my mom gave her.

    • Eric Stott

      They should have replaced the l’oreal team with some Southern stylists…with BIG rollers

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

        Tease it to Jesus!

      • PastryGoddess

        The higher the hair, the closer to god

        • Stubenville

          I have a buddy who comes from a family of holy rollers. He claims that his aunt used to tease her hair over an empty cardboard Quaker Oats tube!

          • alyce1213

            Oh my.

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        Pop cans!

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

          FAIL> “pop” is purely northern. Everything soda here is Coke. Then you have ask what kind.

          • Eric Stott

            If you say Soda you’ll probably get seltzer – if you don’t just get a puzzled look

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            I knew I was wrong…I am but an unfashionable Midwesterner…but I couldn’t remember if the South was soda or Coke.

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

              Well I hate that for you. You be neither Modern nor a Woman because we Southerns have corned that market. We can’t describe it for you, but it’s ours damnit. : )

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              It’s just so hard and lonely to be an unfashionable Midwesterner dreaming of being a Modern Southern Woman.

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

              ^favorite comment of the night^

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              *blush*

          • NDC_IPCentral

            Ahhh, Pop. From my Michigan roots. [Which way did they go, which way did they go? FAYGO! or Vernors, the best ginger ale.] I cannot buy into the East Coast “soda,” which for me is ice cream, flavoring and fizzy water – soda fountain soda.

          • Cheryl

            That flavored fizzy stuff is soda in New York. That fizzy stuff is seltzer in New York.

          • Scoobydrew

            I remember visiting the North for the first time wondering why everyone was offering me a ‘pop’ and wondering what they meant, but being a modern southern woman, I politely declined. The entire time I just wanted a coke and some tea …which I discovered is not sweet tea …

            • BeccaGo

              I’m from New York and the first time my upstate college roommate offered me a “pop” I thought she was talking about drugs.

          • Shibori Girl

            Pronounced in some areas of the south as “Co-cola”

            • decormaven

              Served in the 6 oz glass bottle. Add salted peanuts.

          • decormaven

            Coke and only Coke, unless you’re from eastern NC and drink Pepsi.

        • Eric Stott

          Hi – C cans!

      • Shibori Girl

        And vats of makeup – some of the southern ladies I knew had a flawless maquillage although thick – very thick. Never could figure out how they avoided sweating like stevedores. I know southern women are supposed to glow, but if I wore make up it just ran down my face like mississippi mud.

    • PastryGoddess

      Belk-ing sounds like vomit

      • Eric Stott

        I can hear Nina: “That makes me want to Belk!”

    • Stubenville

      Afterschool Special in the bottom and English Daddy FTW.

      • 3boysful

        That’s so funny–I love ED’s dress, but with the jacket, it reads waaaay older woman to me.

      • lilyvonschtupp

        Whoa! You were WAY off on that! *yanks cigar*

    • alula_auburn

      oh. a twist. I’m agog with excitement.

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      Do you think the cow guy is going to be haunted and unable to get another job for the rest of his life?

      • BeccaGo

        One can only hope.

      • Eric Stott

        He’ll end up as a Meme

        • NDC_IPCentral

          But no residuals.

        • Cheryl

          I wish he was a mime.

    • kipper

      Let the hate rain down on me : I think the ” cow that made this ” guy is cute !

    • Stubenville

      Oh wait – the judges hate everything and send the dresstestants back to rework it all, y’all.

      • Eric Stott

        no fair – you watched the prevew

    • PastryGoddess

      They really need to leave the commercials to professionals, not desperate famewhores who can’t read off of the cue cards

    • PastryGoddess

      Abby Lee Miller. Why God Why?

      • Cele Deemer

        I don’t get her either. She’s annoying. As are her ‘dance moms’

      • MoHub

        Even worse, she’s guesting on Dr. Oz.

    • housefulofboys

      I have laughed so much tonight reading these comments – y’all are too funny and too quick for this little southern gal!

    • guest2visits

      Some unusual fabric selections, right from the start.

    • Stubenville

      Is Heidi from South Germany?

    • NDC_IPCentral

      TERRIBLE hair, dress and makeup, Heidi. If you’re a Southern Woman, Bavaria is about to disown you.

    • Eric Stott

      Heidi’s makeup looks odd

    • PastryGoddess

      Why is Stacy there. She’s from my neck of the woods in Baltimore.

      *Yes I know why she’s there

      • Scoobydrew

        That’s my thing, if this is a modern southern woman challenge – why is there no modern southern woman on the judging panel?

      • MoHub

        Well we are south of the Mason-Dixon line here in Murrlind. My grandmother chose to brand herself as Southern, and my Noo Yawk cousins who have never been to the Deep South think I have a Southern accent.

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

      Helen>>> really????

      • wontons

        I didn’t hate her dress, but it seemed to have nothing to do with the challenge. As they panned up it, I was expecting to see 1967 Goldie Hawn with a shitload of eye makeup.

    • alula_auburn

      Helen’s flowers make me think of shower non-skid pads.

      • Munchkn

        And no modern southern woman would be caught dead wearing those damn flowers.

    • Eric Stott

      Ken – basic but decent. If he;s out this week it’s on past lack of performance

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      Daisies=Modern Southern Woman…I guess?

      • Scoobydrew

        I saw it and thought Driving Miss Daisy.

    • PastryGoddess

      WTF Justin.

    • Cele Deemer

      Tablecloth!!

    • Eric Stott

      TITSCREPHANCY!

    • PastryGoddess

      I liked Helen’s I’d rock it with some flat sandals, killer shades, and a huge white hat

    • Cele Deemer

      Difficult fabric? Understatement of the year,

      • PastryGoddess

        That’s like saying Ken snuggles puppies for a living

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      Holy baby jesus! Alexandria’s neckline!

    • GenieinTX

      Ok, I missed the first few minutes but my guide says this is supposed to be a brunch look. Women in the south do NOT wear gowns to brunch.

      • Cheryl

        Nope, they went to brunch but I don’t think this is supposed to be a brunch look.

    • alula_auburn

      Well. . .I see the circle and the square. . .

      seriously, can they ban plaid the rest if the season now?

    • supri_supri

      I like Dom’s I think…1930s looking instead of 50s. Jeremy is a little FIGJAM isn’t he? (fuck I’m great, just ask me – learned that from Tabatha Coffey).

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        They should have Tabitha as a guest judge!

        • MoHub

          For an all-black challenge.

    • Munchkn

      My husband has a pair of boxers in that print that Alexandria used.

    • housefulofboys

      My goodness, Alexandria’s was one of the ugliest things I have ever every seen.

    • Eric Stott

      Bradon’s model covered up her swimsuit with a tablecloth

    • PastryGoddess

      I hate Jeremy’s jacket with the fire of a thousand burning suns

    • SRQkitten

      Alexandra didn’t hear “modern southern woman” she heard ” stereotypical hillbilly”

    • UsedtobeEP

      Jeremy’s could have walked right out of Belk.

      • kipper

        I agree – but isnt that what they want?

      • NDC_IPCentral

        Absolutely.

      • Eric Stott

        burning with shame!

      • guest2visits

        That’s what I thought – unfortunately. The dress; not too bad. The jacket kills it dead though.

      • housefulofboys

        Out of their “Matronly” section

        • UsedtobeEP

          But seriously—I looked up from my computer, and there it was—Belking down the runway.

    • supri_supri

      Why why why all the ModCloth rejects…ugh

      • MilaXX

        aka Helen’s dress and ALL the plaid dresses.

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      Alexandria’s got a pass?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

      • housefulofboys

        Totally do not understand that. By far the worst.

        • NYCGlamourpuss

          That was totally a plaid poncho of fabric gathered up with a belt. How the hell is she still there?

    • Stubenville

      Ken – nightie
      Afterschool Special – Pat Nixon circa 1976
      Justin – mall clothes
      Drag Brows – Snooki
      Alexandra – plain fugly
      Bradon – hate the hemline
      Dom – too simple
      Jeremy – nice secretary wear
      Kate – hip widening in a difficult color.

    • alyce1213

      Dom will be in the top. I hope. For construction, simplicity . . . ?

    • Eric Stott

      KATE IS ON ACID!!!

    • MilaXX

      Ken – pretty! (he should be top for this)
      Helen – Good, not great
      Justin – pretty, but he’ll still be in the middle
      Alexander – Eh’s read’s Nantucket-y to me
      Alexandria – Yuck – bottom
      Bradon – Nice, can’t decide middle or top
      Dom – Nice, but I feel like it needs a belt.
      Jeremy – Still designing for his mother in law -bottom
      Kate – I get what Bradon means by the scale of the print being too much

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      Kate looks like a chenille bedspread gone bad.

      • Eric Stott

        or like a tie dye project

    • alula_auburn

      wait, that Alexandria mess was SAFE?

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

        i has confused

        • NDC_IPCentral

          I only drank two beers. That “safe” says I drank 12.

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            Possibly there has been a rip in the space-time continuum? That would explain so much.

      • PastryGoddess

        obviously the producers are cooking crack in the vents

      • MilaXX

        exactly! That Lil’ Abner dress should have been in the bottom.

    • SnackBandit

      Having gone to a southern women’s college…Kate’s is probably the closest to what girls wore in terms of silhouette, Helen’s is closest in pattern.

      • Cheryl

        Wait, is that a college just for southern women? or a college for women in the South? And is it modern?

        • SnackBandit

          College in the south. And now that I think about it…modern, not so much.

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

          Totally modern. The cooking for your man classes use microwaves and everything.

    • PastryGoddess

      ooooh witches. That definitely won’t be a trainwreck

    • Wellworn

      John Thomas…what Trey called his penis…heh.

      • kipper

        That was JUST on this week, I have been chuckling the whole show!

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

      Oh Lifetime. Witches? Did you not hear about AHS? Cuz it’s going to make y’all look way worse than usual.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      I don’t see Ken going home on this look. And Helen is lucky to be safe. That yellow thing is hiddy.

      • Cheryl

        Heh. She’s been drinking the same Kool-Aid the judges have! “After all that work”? Does she not realize everyone did all that work, too?

      • Eric Stott

        remember- the Twist hasn’t come into play. If Ken recuts that gown I bet something goes very wrong

    • VictoriaDiNardo

      Wow – I made a joke before about doing the “Gone with the Wind” dress from draperies, but I guess they all decided to use table clothes or bedspreads!

    • NDC_IPCentral

      39 more minutes??? What do the producers do, send the non-safes back to Mood, for the luvapete? How can they drag this out so?

      Pacing, producers, pacing!! Didn’t you learn anything in film school?

      Answer: No.

    • supri_supri

      Was a dress required? Would have loved to see a seersucker or white linen shorts suit with a print blouse.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      I took notes!
      Ken: Pretty color — actually kind of nice
      Helen: old-fashioned looking
      Justin: Skirt moves well, wonky bust
      Alexander: Plaid remnant pile
      Alexandria: see-through and bulky
      Braden: Interesting cut, don’t like fabric
      Dom: Lovely, but too long
      Jeremy: weird ’80s soap opera business suit
      Kate: Of course. And not in a good way.

    • PastryGoddess

      Heidi likes super short. Color me shocked!

      • Shibori Girl

        Speculatation from the west coast – it’s also shiny and tight.

    • MilaXX

      WTF? With that frayed hem.

    • Stubenville

      #$%^&* Verizon. My cable just went out.

      • Stubenville

        Just got audio back… fingers crossed.

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      Oh god….the plaid….make it go away. And take the mullet dresses with it.

    • housefulofboys

      Love all the side-eyes Bradon’s dress is getting!

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

      Ken needs to work on his Poker Face

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        I think his beard Pokes quite well.

    • MilaXX

      Jeremy that’s granny

      • PastryGoddess

        to him that’s a good thing

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      Nice eye roll, Jeremy.

    • alula_auburn

      Um, plaid is “expected” if you think the South is nothing but ho-downs, I guess.

      • 3boysful

        True, except that the preppy madras thing has always been big here.

      • miatamam

        Have never seen a plaid, kerchief dress walking down the street in a modern Southern city. Plenty at Christmas parties and Easter photos on the front lawn though.

    • otterbird

      Braden, it’s not the dress, it’s Ya. Ya is magic.

      • lilyvonschtupp

        Told y’all she can WERK!!!!

        • otterbird

          I have such a girl crush on her.

    • kipper

      Head exploding : what about Belk is hip ??

      • Eric Stott

        that it makes your hips look bigger?

    • Cele Deemer

      Don’t out-stare Heidi, Ken!

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

        downfall. DOWN fall.

    • OhSayNow

      Ken’s looks a lot like a bridesmaid dress I wore 5 years ago.

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

      OH SHIT. HEIDI is a mother. She is not gonna take Ken’s bullshit.

    • Wellworn

      Ken, is side-eye on the runway modern and southern?

    • housefulofboys

      Ouch, first nightgown, then bridesmaid – this is great!

      • Eric Stott

        I kinda feel for him – I want him gone, but there are worse things on the runway getting praise

        • alula_auburn

          and there is just no way it is worse than Alexandria’s shmatte.

          • Eric Stott

            or Kate’s that looks like she hugged a birthday cake

            • BeccaGo

              Yes! That is EXACTLY what it looks like!

            • UsedtobeEP

              +50

            • lilyvonschtupp

              And they got the vapors over that shit!!

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          Stop that at once! Bitter Kittens do not have the feelz

    • MilaXX

      Come on! It’s a nice dress. You make Alexandria safe, but you complain about this? He may not be nice, but really. And Heidi just wants to poke the bear.

    • alula_auburn

      The print reminds me of the Target college dorm collection they have every year. OMG, in college you can skip class and drink and have orange and pink together!

    • supri_supri

      Does Ken actually think he can kill with his laser gaze?

      • GTrain

        for a second i really thought one of the judges would burst into flames!

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          Well, that would be a first in Project Runway history!

          • Eric Stott

            and some of the judges have been flamers

    • Wellworn

      Hate to say it, but I have a Belk in my small southern town and Jeremy’s outfit is all over their racks.

      • SouthernGirlRena

        Belk’s is a typical department store, they cover most of their basis as far as style choices. They do have LOTS of ugly boring clothes. The petite department has tons of grandma, elastic waist pantsuits. You can find cute stuff but you have to have time to really dig through some awful to get to it.

      • GenieinTX

        Of course it is. That is what would sell in the south, not what Heidi thinks is “sexy”.

        • Wellworn

          This is why Belk sponsoring PR is such a disconnect. PR wants to be fashion forward, well then they need to pick more fashion forward sponsors. PR has sold out, and has lost fashion in their endless quest for product placement.

      • 3boysful

        But it’s not “modern.” Of course, not much sold at Belk actually is, either.

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      And of course they like Kate’s chenille tie-dye.

      • Eric Stott

        It definitely jumps out at you—like a crazy person with a knife

    • otterbird

      What? Kate got criticism? Heidi, I think I love you a little bit tonight.

      • PastryGoddess

        That was barely criticism. She barely felt it

        • otterbird

          True. But one schaudenfreudes with the criticism one hears, not the criticism one wishes one hears.

      • wontons

        It’s scaring me that the last few times Heidi’s disagreed with the other judges, I’ve agreed with Heidi.

    • Cele Deemer

      oh! Hospital scrubs!

    • MilaXX

      Wow! I am not agreeing with the judges AT ALL.

      • BuffaloBarbara

        Me, either. It was like the exact opposite of what my judging was.

        And I kind of think that Dom and (I can’t believe I’m saying it) Ken may be better judges of what the modern southern woman is wearing than Zac, Nina, or Heidi.

        • Eric Stott

          Except for the Belk guy NONE of the judges are Southern – so what would they know?

          • BuffaloBarbara

            Is the Belk guy even southern, or is he a transplant brought in for the job?

            • housefulofboys

              He doesn’t sound southern to me, I think you might be right.

        • MilaXX

          I hate to say it, but it almost feels like a cultural divide in this instance. The Southern women I know would definitely be wearing Ken & Dom’s looks.

          • housefulofboys

            Well, this Southern woman wouldn’t choose either one. Maybe it’s because I practically never go shopping for long gowns, and rarely have occasion to wear them. I’m much more likely to shop for tea length or sundresses or sportswear. Both Ken and Dom’s looks are more formal and, frankly, more “bridesmaid” to me.

            • MilaXX

              I hang out in ATL and my gals like maxi dresses and heels with big earrings. But again, that’s why I think it’s a bit of a cultural divide.

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

              We must have drinks if you come town.

    • PastryGoddess

      Ken if your eyes bulge out anymore, they will fall out.

    • Wellworn

      Trey’s penis (John Thomas) doesn’t like the clothing in his own stores (aka Jeremy’s outfit).

    • kipper

      ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME ?!?!

      • kipper

        ( talking about ALexander )

    • Stubenville

      Bradon’s eyebrow to “I’d wear that dress.” LOL

    • Angela_the_Librarian

      Dom has been plenty bold before, but has almost never received feedback. They’re acting like she has been standard and boring all along

      • stayl

        I hope they aren’t going to Uli her. When Uli did prints, they felt they had seen it all before. When Uli changed, they wondered what had happened to her prints.

    • Stubenville

      Oh Ken, you’re not all that and a bag of chips.

      • PastryGoddess

        Don’t tell him that. His world might end that moment

    • guest2visits

      My three top – Kate, Alexander and Justin. Alexandria’s was horrible. Not liking Dom’s or Ken’s aged prom looks.

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      “Air Klum” Ha!

      • BuffaloBarbara

        Best moment of the show!

    • MilaXX

      The problem is like when they did the work wear. These are New York fashion people looking for their version of Southern wear.

      • Randa

        That’s exactly what I was thinking, remember they sent Kate home for her prom dress even though it was the only dress that looked like something a girl would wear to prom.

    • Stubenville

      Pageant Nina? What drugs are you on?

      • lilyvonschtupp

        Maybe she’s thinking South Columbia.

    • alula_auburn

      “a college fashion show in a nonmetropolitan city.” whereas the modern South is some kind of alternate universe, I guess?

      I’m so confused.

      • PastryGoddess

        Join the club

    • SnackBandit

      They’re PRAISING the tablecloth dresses? Did I wake up in bizzaro world?

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        Yes.

    • Angela_the_Librarian

      Wow, no mullet dress cracks…

    • Cheryl

      I love Drag Brows’ plaid strapless dress. If I were young enough, I think that would be a very fun dress to wear.

      • Eric Stott

        the cups have a titscrephency

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          You just like using that word.

          • Eric Stott

            and it’s a Plaid titscrephency

        • 3boysful

          I saw that, too! Plus the handkerchief hemline is SOOO 1982.

          • Cheryl

            I wasn’t even young enough in 1982. But could have rocked it in 1972.

          • PittypatBR

            I can’t believe they thought the handkerchief hem was a MODERN look!!

        • wontons

          THANK YOU. I thought I was the only one who saw it.

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

      Who knew my All Madras All The Time would have been the judges slogan for the night?

      • alula_auburn

        Plaid is sexy now!

    • Stubenville

      Damn. Ya could sell ice to Eskimos.

    • SouthernGirlRena

      The dog I am babysitting makes the exact same face Zac just made every time I ask her a question in a high pitched voice.

    • MilaXX

      And this is why I can’t even get that excited over the Fashion Week collections. I have no idea who will even “make it” to fashion week. I always end up loving the one that never made it to top 3.

    • PastryGoddess

      Enough of that stupid Lexus commercial

      • Stubenville

        And why does the guy always drive in commercials?

    • 3boysful

      Dom and Ken blew it. Bless their hearts.

      I would buy Bradon’s in a heartbeat.

    • annaplurabelle

      Once Alexandria was judged safe, I knew nothing that followed would make sense. How could it?

      • PittypatBR

        Amen!

      • MilaXX

        Exactly because that dress should have sent her home.

    • Michelle Wilson

      The only part of this episode I’ve enjoyed was the Ken and Heidi stare off. Priceless.

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

        It needs to be a GIFF

        • Michelle Wilson

          Absolutely.

    • Randa

      How did Bradon win? That dress is pure T.J. Maxx.

      • PastryGoddess

        That’s exactly how he won

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

        Same difference.

      • Michelle Wilson

        And they get their shit from Belk so that makes total sense.

      • Eric Stott

        It’s inoffensive and would be cost effective to produce

      • otterbird

        It’s all Ya. I’m serious. YA IS MAGIC.

        • DuBey2

          Absolutely. As soon as I saw her with him in the workroom, I thought “how is it Fair that he keeps getting Ya? Why aren’t the other designers rioting about that?”
          And sure enough, its Ya for the win.

      • Randa

        i’m saying it looks like something from the Junior’s department.

    • Cele Deemer

      The judges are clearly on drugs.

    • JLH

      I’m sorry, I can’t with this. I just can’t. As a southern woman and a sorority alumna, most of these dresses are driving me nuts. Two words to describe what a modern, southern woman wears: Lilly Pulitzer.

      • miatamam

        Right on, JLH. You nailed it! The designers were all so clueless I began to hope Tim would bring some pictures to the workroom of actual southern women.

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      Heidi going to Belk? Bradon is just so cute.

    • kipper

      Crack

    • GTrain

      i wonder if Ken will decline a redo offer?

      • Eric Stott

        If he did, I’d respect him a bit

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          Stop lying.

          • Eric Stott

            I’m stubborn. It comes from being a Republican in a Democrat city….I’ve had people say “HOW CAN YOU POSSIBLY BE GAY AND REPUBLICAN AT THE SAME TIME?”

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              The difficulty is that Republican now pretty much equals crazy. My mother was a staunch Nixon-era Republican. She would be appalled.

            • Eric Stott

              I work for the State. A Republican administration got me a good job (family influence) and I still feel I owe them something….but mostly it’s being stubborn. When people say that I’m Stupid to be a Republican they fail to convince me to switch.

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              My general impression is that you’re too smart to be a Republican. But I could be wrong. :-)

            • Eric Stott

              and the party I’m registered with doesn’t always get my vote

            • 3boysful

              Always a good plan.

            • Munchkn

              Umm, it’s Democratic. A Democrat is a person. The party is the Democratic Party.

            • Eric Stott

              I’m in Albany NY- I like the city but there is NO way I will write “I live in a Democratic city”. even if I’m slapped on the wrist by the grammar police

            • lilyvonschtupp

              Hey, I met someone like you before!

    • Stubenville

      Oh please Bradon. Heidi would never set foot in Belks.

    • Cele Deemer

      Ken looks like he’s going to implode!

    • Stubenville

      Except they did this before. Was it with Mila?

      • Cheryl

        Wasn’t it an All Stars ep?

      • alula_auburn

        there was the time Uli and Josh had to redesign on the runway, I think?

      • Eric Stott

        Michael Costello (I think) had to recut a dress on the runway

      • MilaXX

        Uli & Josh

    • MilaXX

      They could save us all some time. & send both Ken & Jeremy home. I’mma be pissed if they send home Dom the first time she ends in the bottom.

    • Angela_the_Librarian

      I could have sworn they’ve done this before

      • Stubenville

        It was with Mila or Uli I think.

      • MilaXX

        With Josh and somebody

        • MoHub

          Josh and Uli on All Stars 2. Not under Heidi’s watch.

      • NDC_IPCentral

        The remake off the runway was done in one of the previous seasons at Fashion Week time, if I remember correctly…… Mash it together in an hour….

    • kipper

      Please cant laser eyes go home ?

    • MilaXX

      FYI – Heidi you had 2 designers redo their dresses before. Stop hauling out that old troupe about “never in the history…”

      • alula_auburn

        I feel like eventually it will get to the point of the ridiculous, and then the sublime. “Never before in project runway history. . .have you not been allowed to use needles!” “Never before in Project Runway history. . .you will be designing for iguanas.” “Never before in Project Runway history. . .you must defend your design without using the letter “e”!”

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          I’m all for the iguana episode!

    • PittypatBR

      Amazing! As a Southern woman, the two looks I really liked were just safe, and the one I hated was safe also! WTF?

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        You must not be Modern. :-)

        • Stubenville

          “Modern” – the most overused word on Project Runway.

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      I still want to know how Alexandria’s badly sewn, poorly fitted mess was safe.

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

      Helen, don’t be cool and helpful and awesome about it. I refuse to like you.

      • miatamam

        She couldn’t help herself in the end with her “It’s MY skirt on that dress!”

    • GTrain

      i think Dom will be fine

    • Stubenville

      Ken is auf.

    • SnackBandit

      YIKES, Ken.

    • Cheryl

      So not cool that Dom has been “safe” all these weeks and the one time she gets any feedback, she’s in danger of being “aufed.” Have they not been paying attention to her at all?

      • martha

        Too busy smoking crack!

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

      from bridesmaid to bachelorette party

      • miatamam

        I loved that the balloon valance from Gone with the Wind made it on to the bridesmaid dress.

    • alula_auburn

      Dom’s is cute. . .I don’t know if it’s particularly Southern, but obviously the judges don’t either.

      • Michelle Wilson

        The entire premise that we dress differently down here than women dress elsewhere is just dumb so I can see where all the confusion comes from.

        • SouthernGirlRena

          It is approximately as hot as the surface of the sun (today it was 92 degrees with 95 percent humidity). I think Southern style should take that into consideration. Dom’s appeals to me most (or would if I still had my 25 year old body).

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

            I will also concede, that a generality that a more feminine, Miss Lady, type of feel is, perhaps, more prevalent here as well.

            • 3boysful

              I think the biggest thing is, while my wardrobe is heavily black, we wear a lot more color than the rest of the country (save, perhaps, Florida and California). And personally, I am a sucker for anything with a small ruffle.

            • susan6

              Florida’s not in the south?

            • 3boysful

              Of course it is, but it also has its own unique Lily Pulitizer thing going: PINK! LIME GREEN! FLOWERS!

            • DuBey2

              Florida is so filled with New Yorkers (Miami) and anyone over 50 who moved here as soon as they could to get away from the cold, that it doesn’t really fit in with the South.
              Except NorthWest Florida, which is just like Alabama. Its called LA which stands for Lower Alabama. When we moved here from Orlando I had to adjust majorly to the drawl.
              I’m a Florida native and 85% of the people I meet did not grow up here-nor did they grow up in the South.
              But the Tallahassee part of me IS a Southern Woman and I would never have thought of Plaid as defining Southern. My opinion is that Tim’s Plaid Tie subliminally influenced 3 of the designers to choose plaid. But I did like Bradon’s the best. And Dom’s (NOT her blue monstrosity)

        • Shibori Girl

          Realizing that I am not nor was I ever a Southern Woman, just lived there, I can tell you one thing this transplant to the south wore that was different – cotton underwear. Saved my live! O

          ther than that I seem to recall that southern women wore a diverse mix of things from Delta Darling ruffles to business woman chic and everything in between. Not talking about the chase me catch me date me shoes…

    • MilaXX

      Love Dom’s second dress
      Still hate Jeremy’s
      No matter, I think the judges are over Ken and will send him home no matter what.

      • Eric Stott

        Jeremy’s is jarring where the print fails to match

    • NDC_IPCentral

      Jeremy’s isn’t “southern,” is it?

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

        What does that mean though?

        • stayl

          Yeah. Exactly. Is this a clear challenge? Doesn’t really seem like it. Also, how old is this Southern woman?

          • NDC_IPCentral

            True observations from you both, but… then, why have this be “southern” woman at all?

            The judges clearly, CLEARLY want to have the designs be targeted to 20-somethings, that demographic with so much disposable income.

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

              If they wanted to dress a girl for Rush Week, they just should have said so.

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              Actually clearly explaining a challenge would make everything too easy.

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

              truth.

            • alyce1213

              Because there are no women in the South over 40 who have money. Actually, there are no women in America over 40.

            • Cheryl

              Are all Belk’s stores in the south? That’s where they got that “modern Southern woman” thing from.

            • 3boysful

              Belk’s new tagline is “Modern. Southern. Style.”

            • Munchkn

              The northernmost one is in Westminster, Maryland and the southernmost one is in Ft Myers, Florida. There were some stores in the Midwest, but I think those were all sold to Bon-Ton Stores.

      • lilyvonschtupp

        Jeremy’s a Brit. What would he know about the South?

        • MoHub

          Maybe the south of England.

    • Angela_the_Librarian

      I love how Dom and Jeremy went with the short/long hemline because it worked for the winner!

    • SouthernGirlRena

      All of their one hour dresses are better.

    • Cele Deemer

      Ken kept that ‘sweaty betty’ fabric… hope he gets auf’d

    • MilaXX

      Jeremy’s needs to be tailored at the waist a bit more.

      • Cheryl

        It’s a lot to ask in an hour, though.

    • Stubenville

      Ken gives Dom the stink eye…

    • GTrain

      yay for Dom!

    • MilaXX

      Dom should have sent that down first

    • SRQkitten

      Roflmao thinking about Heidi shopping at Belks!

      • Stubenville

        In elastic waist pants? [eyeroll]

    • Cele Deemer

      Countdown to Ken’s self-immolation, anyone???

    • NDC_IPCentral

      Well, speaking for my elderly and cranky self: I hate mullet hems!!!

      So, big win for Dom.

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        Right there with you.

      • lilyvonschtupp

        It’s about freakin’ time!

    • Stubenville

      Ken made something for The Real Housewives of New Jersey

      • Eric Stott

        It’s a good salvage job though- better than most of the stuff he made in the earlier challenges

      • jeanzhane

        I shouted “for the modern New Jersey woman” at my TV when it walked out.

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      “Kate & I”, Ken, “Kate & I”

      (sorry, the grammar police sometimes escapes)

      • VictoriaDiNardo

        I saw someone on the street yesterday with a t-shirt that said “I judge you when you use poor grammar”. I want one!

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          Me, too!

        • cook4314

          The person on this show who persistently uses the worst grammar is Zac. He is constantly saying, “Me, also.” Fingernails on a chalkboard.

          • Eric Stott

            It’s like he’s mentally translating “Moi Aussi”

        • MoHub

          I have it. You’ll also note that it’s my avatar.

          • VictoriaDiNardo

            How did I miss that?! I have a friend who once created a printed summons to give to businesses displaying signs with incorrect grammar. Her birthday is coming up. Where did you get the shirt? It would be perfect!

            • MoHub

              It’s been a while, but I think the shirt was at CafePress. If not, they have a boatload of grammar-based shirts, mugs, etc. I’ve got “Apostrophes Don’t Make Plurals,” “I’m Silently Correcting Your Grammar,” and “Team Oxford Comma” shirts from there, as well as a Princess Bride “I Do Not Think That Word Means What You Think It Means” shirt and a Grammar Police mug.

              I also have an “I Am the Grammarian About Whom Your Mother Warned You” shirt from the Signals catalog.

            • VictoriaDiNardo

              Oooh, “Grammar Police” is excellent! Thanks – I’m off on a search!

      • Jitka Pavlíková

        Oh, this bugs me too (and I’m Czech).

      • MoHub

        It’s okay. I screamed the same thing at my teevee.

    • alula_auburn

      Heidi complaining about short. . .we are DEFINITELY in bizarro world!

    • Stubenville

      Wait, Heidi said something was TOO SHORT?

      • 1carmelita

        Up is down and black is white.

      • alula_auburn

        It’s opposite day at Project Runway.

      • SRQkitten

        A real first on project runway!

      • GorgeousThings

        I know. Can you believe???

    • housefulofboys

      What??? Ken’s new mess is better?? I’m just not seeing that.

      • Stubenville

        He’s still going home.

      • BuffaloBarbara

        I liked the first one better, myself. But he did what they told him.

        • Eric Stott

          I thought the first was was very well constructed

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

      Heidi hates Ken. Period. She’s doesn’t think a thong is too short.

    • PittypatBR

      Heidi thought it was too short? What universe are we in now?

    • nosniveling

      go Dom!!

    • alula_auburn

      omg, Alexandria’s was safe, but Ken’s was “a sheet with a hole in it”?

      • PastryGoddess

        YES!! THANK YOU FOR NOTICING!!!!!!

        ARGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGH

      • EveEve

        I thought the “sheet with a hole in it” was referring to Jeremy’s dres, not Ken’s.

    • otterbird

      So, Heidi criticizes Kate and says a dress is too short. Soon, Donald Sutherland and Veronica Cartwright will come running out and Heidi will open her mouth and point and scream. Unclear if she’ll be naked.

      • VictoriaDiNardo

        OMG – I’ve said that to people and they look at me like I’m crazy. Love the reference! ( and now I’ll be waiting for it to happen! )

      • MoHub

        Pos People!

    • PittypatBR

      Bizarro World tonight, as usual.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      Okay, obviously, they’re sending Ken home and he refused to make a decoy collection. But I’m really not understanding the challenge or the judging AT ALL.

      • Eric Stott

        We’ve been Belked!

      • PastryGoddess

        But I thought he did show. Am I crazy

        • EveEve

          According to the TLo Fashion Week recap, Ken didn’t show.

          • miatamam

            Probably had to attend anger management classes instead.

            • MoHub

              Tim mentions an “intervention” regarding Ken in his most recent interview on BPR.

            • EveEve

              Apparently he was there, he just refused to send his decoy collection down the runway. A douche to the end.

    • kipper

      This is way way up there in PR Shark Jumping shows….

    • PastryGoddess

      What is up with his lips

    • alula_auburn

      woo, Dom!

      • martha

        Finally!

    • GTrain

      yaaaaaaaaay for Dom!!!

    • NDC_IPCentral

      BIG Dom redemption.

      • Cheryl

        ReDOMption.

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

      CHEERS FOR DOM!!!!!!!

    • PastryGoddess

      Double Dom Win!

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

        Finally give her some feedback and she’ll run with it.

    • Michelle Wilson

      I actually think Jeremy should go this challenge. His first dress and second dress were both terrible whereas Ken’s first was safe but ok and his revision was a bit better.

      • Eric Stott

        You Got your wish

    • Cele Deemer

      WTG Dom!

    • EveEve

      Yay yay yay for Dom – but ugh that it’s going to Belk.

      • GTrain

        yeah but any retail exposure is great for her

        • NDC_IPCentral

          Not that she sees a cent of royalties….

          • BuffaloBarbara

            True, but it can go on her resume, and if it sells well, she can point that out when applying for design jobs in other houses when running her own line doesn’t work out.

    • Cele Deemer

      No effin way

      • annaplurabelle

        Way. Project Run- Way.

    • MilaXX

      color me surprised!

    • Stubenville

      Well that’s a shock.

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      Holy crap! WTF?!

      • Stubenville

        They keep the Drama Vortex. Shocking.

    • alyce1213

      Oy. Who’s the better designer and they came up with Ken??

    • Harvard Bridges

      WHOA

    • Cele Deemer

      Now I hate Ken even more.

      • PastryGoddess

        How is that even possible?

        • Cele Deemer

          Good point!

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          Where there’s a will, there’s a way!

        • housefulofboys

          I don’t know how but I do.

        • alula_auburn

          honestly, I think it’s because I at least felt a twinge of sympathy for a) having to listen to other that stupid Southern stuff and b) getting raked over the coals for a blah dress while that Alexandria monstrosity slid by.

          Then he opened his mouth again.

    • VictoriaDiNardo

      Helen’s face was priceless!

    • Michelle Wilson

      I think that was the right decision.

    • NDC_IPCentral

      HUNH???

      What happened with the showings at Fashion Week? What gives??? Ken was not part of the collections TLo put up, but Jeremy was. HUH?

      • Michelle Wilson

        I think Ken quits in a future episode. Probably next week’s real woman challenge.

        • NDC_IPCentral

          Oh, silly, SILLY me. Producer manipulation and Ken’s anger profile. But of course.

        • stayl

          When they eliminated Jeremy, I thought they would eliminate Ken too. After all, Ken didn’t show at Fashion Week. Guess not. Big Mouth stays.

      • PittypatBR

        One of their comeback specials? “Last designer off comes back?”

      • Stubenville

        In the past if someone walked off or was disqualified, they brought back the last aufee. Fingers crossed that Ken implodes next week.

      • MilaXX

        He was at Fashion week and decided not to show his collection.

    • UsedtobeEP

      Makes me wonder if something happened to Ken that made him unable to continue at some point.

      • JLH

        Looks like that fight in the previews could be an indicator.

      • PastryGoddess

        Like when he loses his shit at Alexander next week

        • UsedtobeEP

          I meant like an accident or something, but yeah, that could be it. I’m not wishing him ill, it’s just very strange.

    • BeccaGo

      This isn’t a first-time-in-the-history-of-Project-Runway. They did the same thing on the runway during All-Stars with Uli and Josh.

      • BuffaloBarbara

        Yeah, but that was Project Runway ALL STARS. Very different, you know.

        • BeccaGo

          Of course. What was I thinking? :D

          • BuffaloBarbara

            I seem to recall that they did something not-at-all-like-it on an earlier season of PR, too, but then, they did it on the runway, not in the workroom, so Heidi’s statement totally stands up to scrutiny, as always.

    • Eric Stott

      Ken was right- Jeremy’s looks didn’t read as youthful or exciting. He’s going home on a generally lackluster performance. Only reason Ken stays another week is he’s got a mouth.

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      REAL WOMAN CHALLENGE! Ken will explode!

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        Well, it looks like he’s exploding anyway, so he’s got that going for him, which is nice…

        Can we please get through a season lately without someone going banana-pants crazy on this show? First Kooan (although he didn’t go nuts. And I don’t blame him for leaving after having to deal with Irina in the previous challenge) and Andrea, then Freddy Mercuryovich, and now Coco Montrese. I can’t deal – can we just have some clothes? Can we just let them pass the psych evaluation and THEN see if their portfolios are good enough to be on the show? How ’bout that, Bunim Murray, hmmm?

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      Bored to tears. I was downloading new ringtones on my phone when they got their “second chance”.

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

        anything good?

        • NYCGlamourpuss

          I was SO BORED that I downloaded Halloween and Christmas ringtones way ahead of time – I was THAT bored! (The themes from “Bewitched” and “The Munsters”, and “All I Want For Christmas Is You” from Mariah).

    • Angela_the_Librarian

      Cringing ahead of time for next week’s episode

    • Eric Stott

      Good night, I love you all

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        Don’t let the bed bugs bite!

        • 3boysful

          If they bite you, you bite ‘em back!

      • NDC_IPCentral

        Following in your sleepy footsteps shortly, Eric.

    • lilyvonschtupp

      Oh shit, what’s going on next week? Is Kenya fighting with Drag Brows?

      • PastryGoddess

        Yes and it looks fierce!

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          And there seems to be a mime face involved.

          • lilyvonschtupp

            And some leather, too.

            • PastryGoddess

              Don’t forget the iron

            • Fordzo

              Think of the iron! Oh, the humanity!

          • Fordzo

            I have to kind of hand it to someone who can proceed with their temper tantrum whilst wearing a pore-refining mask. I’d have to stop myself, wash my face, and THEN carry on with the fit because I’d be afraid of looking like an ass.

    • Cele Deemer

      Srsly, folks, your comments MADE the show tonite. Thank y’all so very much, bless your hearts.

    • lilyvonschtupp

      I KNEW THIS WAS GOING TO HAPPEN! I KNEW IT! I KNEW IT! I KNEW IT!

      • NDC_IPCentral

        Predict the movement of the stock market; there’s a far better payoff.

        • lilyvonschtupp

          I’m too poor for that. I’ll just play PowerBall.

    • lilyvonschtupp

      I don’t even listen to the judges anymore. All I hear is, “woomp wah wah, woomp woomp wah wah…”

      • Targettaste

        Most intelligent thing they’ve said.

    • deitybox

      So Ken has a breakdown and quits next week and they bring Jeremy back, right?

      • MilaXX

        nope. It was Ken who opted not to show at Fashion week. Jeremy showed a decoy collection.

      • epenthesis

        If he’d quit they probably wouldn’t have had him do a decoy line at all (see also: Luz, Maya).

    • PastryGoddess

      Ooooooooh Apparently Ken WAS at fashion week and backstage. He had a meltdown and refused to show his collection. So they went on without him.

      • http://viridianpostcard.blogspot.com/ viridian61

        Do you know this for sure?

        • PastryGoddess

          I don’t know anything for sure. I wasn’t there *shrug*

          It’s been reported by a few different sites. I’m fairly certain Lifetime has placed a gag on information getting out. Only the gossipy sites are saying anything

          • http://viridianpostcard.blogspot.com/ viridian61

            Ah, hadn’t seen that. Thanks.

          • MilaXX

            I think they are letting the info out now via the alleged confirmation because they like having a large pool of collections to keep us guessing until the finale.

        • MilaXX

          Divagals(dot)com says they confirmed this with Lifetime’s reps.

      • deitybox

        Whoa how do you know?

        • PastryGoddess

          google and gossip fu

      • housefulofboys

        that would explain why Ken didn’t show, but would not explain how Jeremy did.

        • PastryGoddess

          Jeremy was there last week. It was the designers who were around last week that showed. Not this week

          • housefulofboys

            Oh, okay, did not know that. Thanks.

        • Frank_821

          it explains perfectly since they would have known who would still be on the show when the fashion week runway came about

      • Stubenville

        Sounds legit.

    • PastryGoddess

      Ok I’m either house hunting internationally or Power Broking with Mike

      • Stubenville

        HHI is a New Jersey couple looking in small town Switzerland. And complaining about small refrigerators.

        • PastryGoddess

          meh. Guess I’m Power Broking then

          • PastryGoddess

            That was a bust. I’ve already seen this episode of Power Broker. Argh. There is NOTHING ON DVR.

            Guess I’ll watch SuperMarket Superstar

            • Munchkn

              I’m watching the rerun of Frazier where Frazier’s boss thinks he’s gay.

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

              I love that show. I only catch it on mornings when I’m not at work.

            • Eric Stott

              and then there’s Martin’s Gay Date

        • SRQkitten

          This is too funny, that was exactly what I turned to after PR! After eye rolling at Ken, judges, Heidi talking about shopping at Belks, it was a mindless change of pace.

          Except I did want the nice Swiss realtor to whop the wife upside the head for her continued snarky comments about the appliances. You want US appliances, honey, STAY IN THE US. [sheesh]. No patience for some of these folks – you have the opportunity to live in Europe for heavens sake, go with the experience.

          It’s been a long week, yeah, I’ll own being grumpy.

      • Angela_the_Librarian

        Rich people in Switzerland looking at giant homes…makes for a nice palate cleanser after the mess of Project Runway :-)

    • Frank_821

      Well I guess we should brace ourselves for a barrage of SUK posting next week.

      Good for Dom. That one surprise made the episode bearable since it’s true. If she had made that dress to begin with she would have won outright

      The one thing that bugs me though, is it doesn’t seem like they have had any 2 day challenges yet. Based on their runway collections, I can imagine a 2 day challenge could really result in some superb designs

      • NDC_IPCentral

        OK, I confess, I’m acronym-challenged here. Does SUK stand for Seriously Unhappy Kittens? If not that, pray tell, what?

        • PastryGoddess

          Shut Up Ken or Shut the Fuck Up Ken

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          Shut Up, Ken.

        • housefulofboys

          Shut Up, Ken!

        • NDC_IPCentral

          Thank you, all, or, given tonight’s tortured theme, thanks y’all. I am enlightened.

          • Frank_821

            well it started 2 weeks ago. People were getting so riled every time he opened his mouth that it was simpler to type that…..lol

    • Tess Danesi

      I am so mad that our new house doesn’t have cable yet and I couldn’t see this mess as it happened. Your comments, I am sure, are so much more entertaining than the show itself. Thank you, thank you, T-Lo and BK’s.

      • Michelle Wilson

        I envy you.

    • Emily Roach

      The second Alexander’s look came out, I coughed out WESTWOOD! Seriously, HBC has totally worn that dress. I thought it was very pretty and interesting, but still! I HOPE Nina mentioned that, and it was just edited out. When Belk man said he’d never seen anything like it….. pssssssssh.

      • BeccaGo

        He HAS never seen anything like it. He works for Belk. He’s never seen anything actually fashionable.

        • Emily Roach

          hahahahahaha amazing. Yes.

    • pippitypup

      The way the designers rallied for the one-hour challenge may have been a bad thing. Will all contestants now have to deal with a 1 hour, ‘live’ challenge?

      • epenthesis

        If we routinely got results like these, that might not be a bad thing. But I doubt they’ll even do it once a season; it would get gimmicky way fast.

    • jeanzhane

      All the judges and most of the designers heard “Southern,” thought “country,” and went plaid.

      • epenthesis

        To be fair, the designers didn’t appear to have been given a Belk dossier or anything, just instructed to find the middle ground between “doesn’t meet the brief” and “cliché” completely on their own.

        Is defensiveness also a thing in the South?

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

        Seriously?

    • MilaXX

      Just found out that Ken did make a Fashion week collection, but had a last minute meltdown and refused to show it.

      • lilyvonschtupp

        Either, tsk tsk or HA HAH! (Nelson Muntz)

      • Kit_W

        Ohhhhhh I wonder if it happened during one of poor Tim’s visits. That guy deserves hazard pay.

      • DuBey2

        why am I not surprised?

    • Jennifer Bober

      Oh, I’m so glad I’m not the only one whose cat gets cranky without treats. May you be spared having them smack the bag to wake you up in the middle of the night the way mine did for a while.

    • guest2visits

      That both Bradon and Dom’s kerchief dresses were what the Belk rep was looking for – surprised the heck out of me! I thought they were both very fine casual looks; but I had the impression That Southern Lady Label was going to be awarded to a more dressy, slightly upscale design. These are nice, pleasing dresses although I feel that Bradon’s offers more coverage and of course; the all important ability to use a bra (although who knows how Dom’s will really look when produced).
      All 3 remaining designers were very lucky to have their second go-round. I was much more impressed with Jeremy’s second look than Ken’s – I really don’t see much of Ken’s over done, too short 80′s look anymore. It was a nice color fabric, but he started with a long wonky prom dress and he ended with a short wonky prom/club dress. Most definitely, I would have aufed Ken.
      It’s inconceivable that Alexandria’s was not the worst look of the night – even Bradon’s mumsy 1st look had more of chance of winding up in a shopping bag than that sad plaid sack. I’m not certain; but I think it was even partially see-thru, unintentionally. There are no words for what a mess that was; and especially wrong not to be called on it on top of last week’s failed poopy pants. My favorites were Kate for the win: trendy, pretty, youthful and modern – the print and the cut was fun and versatile. I could see that dress in a much nicer stores and catalogs. Loved Alexander’s bolder plaid and the flattering cut. It also had a touch of whimsy with the use of the plaid; and it felt fresh. Liked Justin’s easy & chic coral dress, the back may have had an issue – not sure – but the front was very pretty.
      Originally had Dom and Ken on the bottom with Alexandria – Ken’s was still not a keeper, in the end. I had Bradon safe with Helen who I thought was on the edge of making something retro and fabulous but it just looked like an old attic relic instead.

      • DeTrop

        Alexander’s print and style was terrific. I thought it very striking. While I liked Bradon’s, I thought Alexander’s plaid the overall best. I agree with your statements. Alexandria should have been on the bottom but they’ve had Ken in their sights for awhile now. Ken’s days are now numbered. He offered a familiar and boring dress. I wonder if he wasn’t helped by Kate being his assistant. The judges like Kate. Anyway, the women of the South should be sobbing over their mint juleps today.

        • guest2visits

          Yes – Alexander’s walked beautifully, and we probably should assume southern women can appreciate a little whimsy and flair, as opposed to dish-water dull aprons and cozys!

    • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

      A few months ago I got a kitten so that my 10-year-old cat would have a pal–besides me–after our dog died. I haven’t had peace since. My 10-year-old cat is a jewel. I should have recognized a perfect situation while I had it.

      Give those kitties some extra treats.

      • DeTrop

        Always remember the saying ‘no good deed goes unpunished’. A dear friend of mine did the same thing. She gave a loving home to the kitten and her older cat paid the price. She spent the rest of her years in hiding. Sad. I wish you good luck.

      • alyce1213

        Give it time. And like Jackson Galaxy (the “My Cat From Hell” guy on TV) advises, make sure little kitty is frequently engaged in play — the energy is boundless. I found a kitten and brought her home when my little dog was 16 and and very slowed down. She was a bit much for him, but I think he enjoyed the attention and change of pace during the last months of his life. Cats are very different, though, I know. Does your older cat still play?

    • harlowish

      I love Dom and I’m happy she finally got a win, but it seems incredibly unfair to the other designers. She got the win on her second shot at the challenge and the middle designers (and the runners-up) didn’t get that chance. Maybe they all would have come up with something better given the opportunity. I was fine with the bottom three having to redo their garments, but it’s not really fair to give someone a win out of it.

      • M. H. Leader

        I think the “win” for Dom came because the Belk manager SERIOUSLY loved her new look. It didn’t give her immunity or anything–no one gets that any more. So, if the prize is “manufacture and sell the look at Belk’s” and if the Belks VP says he wants to manufacture and sell it, then, guess what…Dom gets the prize too. I suspect that if she’d come out with that dress up front, she’d have been the clear winner over Bradon. (Whose dress was also a favorite of mine too.)

        • DuBey2

          Agree totally. Plus, Belk needs ALL the fashion help it can get, so, two looks sounds good. I’m thinking of trying to buy Bradon’s look (although I swore I’d never do the mullet hem)

    • ShaoLinKitten

      I am moved to comment on Kate’s– Heidi was right on. That thing was sooooo unflattering! It made the 6 foot tall model look pregnant, broad and wide. The print everyone was raving about only made the effect worse.

      • 3boysful

        I thought the print was great, but the silhouette–yikes!

        • ShaoLinKitten

          The way it sort of paralleled the model’s curves suggested a thinner shape within her shape. I hated it.

      • Targettaste

        Kind of a limited market: maternity wear, or party dress for a 4 year old. Or is that Belk’s demographic?

    • M. H. Leader

      I was a little surprised that Ken didn’t go home but don’t have serious issues with the aufing. I actually liked Jeremy’s revised dress a whole lot better–there was something weird about the bust and shoulder of Ken’s and I thought it was not pleasant to look at. Just goes to show what a super-short hem will do for Heidi. But the judges were right in that Jeremy’s was super-simple. So I guess I was not surprised that they aufed Jeremy.

      It’s interesting that this season (kind of like last season’s all-team challenges), the judging process is more transparent and I’m having fewer issues of the “WHAT?? You dumped WHO???” type. I hope PR decides to (a) keep Tim on the runway, (b) keep the close-up look and discussion of the top/bottom looks, and (c) keep the longer look at the judging discussion. It’s less about clever sound bites this year and more about a real discussion of the qualities of the garments.

      Well…except for the pleasure me poopy pants. Which was not only funny but accurate!

      • Frank_821

        IT’s interesting that Heidi seemed more inclined to auf Ken than Jeremy based on their dresses.

        • M. H. Leader

          Well, the stare-down they indulged in on the runway probably shot Ken in the foot with Heidi. With…what…6 kids or so?…I’m sure Heidi takes no guff from spoiled brats like Ken. His eye-rolling and such on the runway even when other people’s work is praised, is incredibly immature and childish.

          And he’s STILL totally convinced that no other designer has any taste or ability. That’s an ego that borders on the megalomaniac. Not to mention an inability to see reality.

        • jeneria

          Ken’s revised dress looked like a 1980′s Dynasty Barbie dress. It was awful.

    • SewingSiren

      Well Jeremy shouldn’t feel too bad. At least he was auf’ed for a dress that was made in an hour (and it looked it), His first dress looked pretty much like a moderate range department store dress. The kind that newscasters all over the country wear.
      My choice for the worst dress was Helen.
      I thought Kate should have been in the middle too.
      Alexandria’s was bad and she should have been in the bottom.
      Apparently the judges were really in to the asymmetrical hem this week.

    • DeTrop

      Interesting episode last night. Not sure how the Southern women will enjoy the designers take on them. Somehow I never associate plaid with anything east of the rockies.

      What I really want to say is that I thought Heidi was baiting Ken on the runway last night. She’s fully aware of his loutish behavior and she went eye to eye trying to set him off. Obviously Ken knows when to shut it down in the face of true authority. Judging by the trailer for next week, he goes off the rails, again. Ken should never have been on PR. He has too many issues and honestly, he’s a mediocre designer at best.

      Has anyone ever been to a bullfight? The Picadores come out in a group and stab the bull with picks just before the Matador comes out to finish the job. Granted the bull is a big and dangerous animal but there is something unfair in this to me. Heidi was picking on Ken last night in much the same manner but with a different weapon. After last weeks cruel hilarity, I shouldn’t be surprised. But I’m still very disappointed in Heidi and the producers.

      • nannypoo

        And the others were in it with her. I thought it was disgraceful. Ken is clearly out of control and, I agree, he never should have been on the show. The kind thing would have been to eliminate him in an early challenge and put him out of his misery, but what’s the fun in that? I am no fan of Ken’s, and he has certainly exposed his own emotional problems throughout the show, but to exploit him for our entertainment is unbelievably cruel.

      • Targettaste

        I think Heidi was just calling him on his lack of respect towards her. He absolutely does not accept any criticism. I’m sure she was well aware of him rolling his eyes during the other designers’ critiques, then when it was his turn, he acted like he could stare her down into changing her mind! I put the whole episode on Ken’s shoulders, but I agree that the kind thing would be to eliminate him.

      • M. H. Leader

        Well, my take is that Ken got what he deserved–except the auf. The thing is, these judges are ALL nationally/internationally respected people who have long careers. Okay, some guest “judges” who are actresses, not so much. Everyone else…they’ve been in the business for DECADES. they’re not newbies. They know what they’re talking about.

        For Ken to be so constantly disrespectful of them AND his fellow designers is beyond rude. Ken is constantly putting down everyone, and his constant making faces and eye-rolling when others are praised is insulting to both judges and the other designers.

        He DESERVED to be called into account for his disgraceful behavior on the runway. And you’ll notice he did NOT have the courage to either explain himself or apologize. He’s a childish coward. And he throws nasty tantrums when he doesn’t get his way, isn’t treated like a little prince, or doesn’t get the pretty prize. Seriously? The judges said ALL three did a great job with their reworked dresses. They praised ALL of them…but only one could be determined to be the best.

        He needs to go back to Southern Manners School and learn how to accept defeat graciously instead of with a tantrum.

      • Frank_821

        I’m of mixed feelings on this. There clearly was a vibe that Heidi is tired of Ken. She didn’t need Tim to tell him of his behaviour. He’s displayed his “other self” (to quote Ken’s mom) enough already on the runway. How much is them pecking at bull depends on what was not shown during the judgement.

        I will say I can understand him seething that he’s on the bottom and Bradon and Alexander were on the top with their loud prints. Dom clearly wasn’t happy about it either but she handled it with more decorum.

        Personally I do think Heidi and Zac were a little harsh with both Dom and Ken. I have no issue with per se them being on the bottom based on the criteria the judges were using but there was a disconnect yet again what they were expecting.

        Nina I thought gave a pretty fair assessment of Ken’s dress. It was a pretty color but a very safe design that show little in terms of creativity or being fashion forward.

        overall i think it was a mistalke for any of them to make a gown since it seems Belk was after a younger demographic

      • Laylalola

        I was utterly baffled by the plaid thing — I have never in my life seen any woman in the South in plaid. I (almost certainly wrongly) associate it with … I don’t know, Ivy League colleges, or the North, or maybe COUNTRY CLUBS but that’s not the same thing as country or the South.

        • guest2visits

          I also associate the Madras plaid with up east..the beach, summertime, and preppy or college standard issue; that’s been my experience anyway. I think you’re right on the mark.
          Although, plaid is probably to be found on ANY golf course… anywhere!

      • meowing

        I hope this season has taught the producers/screeners to do a better job at eliminating the not-stable-enough sewtestants, like Ken and Sandro. Drama is one thing, threats and feeling unsafe are a pure liability to the show.

    • Victoria

      Left an earlier comment but didn’t go through – SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER – according to an article linked at a twop forum, Ken was behind the stage, with his collection, at fashion week, and the reason he didn’t present was because he didn’t feel his clothes were ready, despite everyone telling him to present. According to the article a Lifetime rep confirms this is what happened