Project Runway: Big Fat Wrapup

Posted on October 18, 2013

We have …

 

No complaints. Seriously.

When four talented people show good collections and don’t engage in any drama or backstabbing, and then when a worthy person is chosen for the win, what do two bitchy recappers like us have to say? Not much, it turns out. It wasn’t the most entertaining finale of the show, nor were these the most beautiful of the finale collections in the show’s history, but that’s okay. After the episode was over, we were struck by how odd it was to have four talented finalists and no personality orders on display. The biggest drama moment of the evening? Someone spilled coffee on a dress. The only drama that caused was with the Tide PR people, who  were seething with frustration that it was spilled on silk charmeuse. They all would have orgasmed on the spot if someone spilled coffee on one of the “washables.” They’d be frantically wheeling a fucking washing machine across the Lincoln Center plaza within minutes.

Incidentally, thank you to our fairy blogsisters the Fug Girls, for pointing out on twitter last night that what everyone else kept calling “washables” over and over and over again, the rest of us just call “clothes.”

Anyway, major congratulations to Dom, not just for winning, but for being the first black winner in the show’s 12-season history. The reason this is notable is because typically, the fashion world has a distinct problem recognizing black (and especially African-American) designers and styles. We’re gonna leave that there, though. Dom doesn’t deserve to be designated a standard-bearer by us or anyone else. It’s enough for us to note it, but the deeper congratulations are for a job well done.

Now let’s get judgey.

 

Bradon

Huge disappointment. There’s no getting around it. He Vosovic’d. He skated into the finals high on perhaps a little too much praise from the judges and not enough constructive criticism. He has a wonderful eye and a great facility with various techniques, but we think his collection lacked vision and cohesion. And when you strip the tricks away, the designs are basic and even a little on the boring side. He doesn’t know yet who he’s designing for. He just knows she likes pretty things.

 

The ruffle on the bottom of that skirt is gorgeous, and like Zac said, if he’d rendered the whole thing in a creamy white the look would have been vastly improved. Bradon doesn’t have the best eye for textiles. He was a bit too in love with this blush metallic. To be fair, it really was seen a lot on the runways this past season, but we don’t think he utilized it well.


Pretty. Not enough excitement for a ten-piece collection, though. This is a look you show among 50 other looks.

 

Retirement community.

 

Credit for picking that print, which is beautiful, but we didn’t see one good or inspired use of it. We’re all for mixing prints, but the juxtaposition has to have some sort of impact. She looks exactly like someone who only has two clean items of clothing left.

 

Ugly.

 

Golden Girls.

It seems to us that gay male designers over 35 on Project Runway have a tendency to make mature-looking clothes.

 

Boring.

 

The skirt’s pretty but the bodice looks like a pillow sham.

 

The bodice and neckline are poorly fitted. The dress is pretty, but kind of expected considering the print.

 

Without the metallic ruffle, it’s a pretty if un-notable gown. With the metallic ruffle, it’s a metallic ruffle with a dress attached to it.

 

 

Justin

Justin’s collection was impressive, but largely because it was surprising. He never really did work on this level when he was in the competition. Even the judges noted what a surprise his collection was. But even so, we think that might have been overstated a bit. Justin is definitely a designer with vision, but when you strip away the showier techniques, like the much-mentioned 3d printing and the sound wave motif on the fabric, you’re left with a lot of very simple forms rendered colorlessly. We think it’s a good idea for him to explore his deafness in his design, mainly because the idea of using the tactile and visual to represent sound or the lack of it is an interesting design challenge. But we think this collection lacked a personal exploration or statement from him. It was just “about sound.” Personally, we’re more interested in why a man whose primary sensory experience his whole life has been visual would be so averse to using any color.

 

But let’s be clear: the 3d printing was a brilliant idea, beautifully executed. It elevated every design. This was one of our favorite looks from his collection. We loved the open circle formed by the vest on the back. We have an issue with almost all his fabrics, though. They tended to look flimsy and a little cheap.

Basic dress.

 

Another relatively basic dress.

 

Nice, but somewhat too similar to his first look.

 

Paint splatters are such a cliche, but Heidi was right. He really did find a very subtle and chic way of using them. That skirt’s kind of dowdy and there’s probably one design element too many in the top.

 

Again, take away the 3d printing and the print on the dress and you’re left with something very basic and colorless. Still, we like this look.

 

This seems to be the one where he threw every technique and motif in the collection into one look. We think the print motifs are fighting each other and the whole thing looks too … pleated, somehow. We’re not loving the way he used the 3d print pieces here.

 

So basic it’s almost shapeless.

 

Ditto.

 

A true showstopper piece. And the fact that it made so much noise on the runway was a lovely statement that couldn’t fail to make everyone in the tent smile as it clattered up and down.

We think if we had one constructive criticism for Justin it would be that he explore form a little more over technique and think about what he really wants to see as a deaf man designing fashion.

 

 

Alexandria

And to prove that we’re not totally averse to colorless collections, Alexandria was our pick for the win. We’re not upset over it, because Dom was almost equally as deserving in our eyes, but we do think Alexandria made the most modern, cohesive, and polished of the collections, with the most firmly declarative aesthetic; a cool, chic, slightly askew point of view with a very Scandinavian feel to it.  We still wish she’d used some color, but at least there are a range of greys and blacks here to provide contrast, as opposed to Justin’s one shade of grey.

 

The proportions here are a bit on the crazy side but we thought this was stunning when it walked out. Love that vest.

Our only issue with her Swedish-punk aesthetic is that it occasionally looks a bit… expected. We really love that top, but the pants feel like an afterthought.

 

Gorgeous. We realize a lot of her work is not wearable in the real-world sense or for women above size fill-in-the-blank, but we do love the way she plays with proportions. Those pants are beautiful, even if they’re only gonna look good on .01% of the population.

 

Too basic for ten pieces. If it weren’t for the booties and the headpiece, there’d be nothing to look at here.

 

Again, the pants aren’t gonna fly off the racks, but we love the design. The jacket is ridiculously chic.

 

Once again: like the top but the pants are too basic. We also think she needed to show a different pant silhouette at least once in this collection.

 

Chic, but too minimal for a show like this. Love the pocket thing. It’s not practical, but it’s cool.

 

We actually think this an interesting look, even if the skirt’s ridiculously impractical and the top is too stiff. We’re not even sure these pieces belong together, but they’re both such statements from her. We think that’s partly why we respond so well to her collection; it was the clearest and most declarative of the four.

 

Chic and very modern-looking. This is what the runways of the spring ’14 collections looked like to us. She’s the most on-trend of the four.

 

Yuck. Really don’t like this one at all.

 

 

 

Dom

Alexandria’s collection may have been the most declarative, but one look at the above picture and you can see that Dom is no slouch in declaring who she is as a designer. Every model looks like a taller version of her. Like Alexandria(but unlike Bradon and Justin), she has a very defined vision of who she is as a designer. Also like Alexandria’s Scandinavia-lite aesthetic, Dom’s origins and background have an influence on her work, but not in an overt way. She has a fantastic facility with prints and loves to use saturated colors in her designs. Again, not to make her a standard-bearer, but these are elements (along with shiny fabrics, also seen in her collection) that help define African-American fashion. Once again, it’s notable that the judges gave a win not just to a black designer, but a black designer with a distinct, if subtle, African-American sensibility in her work. The world of fashion is primed to wrinkle its nose at shiny, bright fabrics and wild prints, after all. Alexandria’s collection is more in line with what someone like Nina or Zac is going to automatically praise on sight. Dom did it her way and forced the judges to see the value in her work. Can’t argue with that.

 

It’s a gorgeous print and a true wow piece. It’s not fitted as well as it could be, though. And it wouldn’t have been our choice for an opening look.

We’re not at all crazy about the jumpsuit. It doesn’t seem to have much shape to it. What really works here is the plastic jacket, which was one of the most visually exciting pieces in her collection. We think Dom needs to learn how to style her work, because pairing it with this focus-pulling purple jumpsuit drastically reduced its impact. Still, she could have won the whole thing based on that jacket alone. It’s a shame, because you really can’t see it well in pictures or on TV.

 

Another stunning print. We like that she offers the option to be covered up sprinkled among  her sexier looks. We just think the neckline here looks a little strangling.

 

As much as we love that clear plastic she’s using, we can’t get behind using it as a peplum. And like the purple jumpsuit, this gown looks a little shapeless and limp.

 

We’re getting a little repetitive at this point, although we do love the idea of the print going black and white like that halfway down the look.

 

We give her credit for trying to break things up with a bathing suit, but she made a bathing suit that looks an awful lot like most of the dresses in her collection. We would’ve liked a little more variation. And this would have been a better place to put a plastic jacket, we’re thinking.

 

Love the jacket, but if you’re gonna use a fabric that shiny, we think you should leave it alone as much as possible. It’s looking pretty close to tortured, especially in the bodice.

 

Love it . No complaints.

Okay one, but it’s a general one: we didn’t like the hair styling.

 

It feels a little left-field in relation to the rest of the collection, but we love this look. What really works about all these pieces, even if some of them have problems, is the range of styles and women being addressed. Of course the flipside of that is a lack of cohesion, because it’s hard to reconcile this classically chic look with the purple satin disco jumpsuit and clear plastic jacket further up.

 

This is what she should have opened with. A total knockout of a look. Granted, things do go a little bare around the crotch. That could be improved.

We think Dom won it over Alexandra because she showed a little more ambition in her designs, even if they weren’t as cohesive. Alexandria’s collection looked chic and on-trend to us, but Dom’s collection looked more like someone who had a lot to say and not enough room or time to say it. There’s an energy there that probably appealed to the judges greatly. And it’s just nice to see someone win it who isn’t an asshole or whose win seems highly questionable. Maybe not the most exciting finale in the world, but a satisfying one nonetheless.

And with that, we are HAPPILY taking a break from all things Project Runway, including what looks to be a truly horrible season of All-Stars starting next week. No, kittens. For the first time in seven years, we’re looking at an impending season of something with a Project Runway name attached to it and saying, “You know what? We think we’ll sit this one out.” Don’t take it as a grand statement on our parts. We’re just burnt out on the back-to-back-to-back seasons.

In the meantime, check out the November issue of Marie Claire, which us has chatting away with Nina Garcia on all things PR-related! Because you LOVE us! Also, because we love YOU, we’re opening the T LOunge every Friday night starting next week, just so the Bitter Kittens can chat about all things bitter and kitten.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[Photo Credit: Pawel Kaminski/Lifetime]

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

      Coffee stains brought to you by sponsor: Green Mountain Coffee!

      Who was that in drag behind Justin’s family? He reminded me of Acid Betty from season 5.

      Was Rocco from Camp Couture in the audience? He should have been. He needs to see his venue of competition up close. :)

      I still don’t care who won. I like them all personally. It’s just that none of the collections wowed me. Please fix that in All Stars for me, Seth Aaron. Give me stuff to talk about.

      • Kathy_Marlow

        Seth Aaron has probably been my favorite winner, besides Michele from last year. I might watch All Stars on mute until the runway, just to see what he does.

        • swanpride

          I just saw pics of some of Michelle’s new pieces (called “decay”)…before I even read who did it I thought “This looks like Michelle”…she has a very distinctive style. While those were a little bit weirder than what she showed in her collection and certainly less wearable, I couldn’t stop staring at them.
          But at least it was suspenseful to the very end this year.

      • LC3203

        That coffee model better be fired forever. FOREVER.

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

          I know! They showed Bradon how many times telling the models to go away with their food and drinks. Is that how it is in the industry normally, or these models know Project Runway is no big deal?

          • GillianHolroyd

            My thought is that the accident happened first and then he spent the rest of backstage dabbing the cloth and telling the models to keep the drinks away and it was just edited to look the opposite.

            • ampg

              But it showed him doing fitting and finishing work while yelling at the models to move their drinks away.

        • Sweetvegan

          I wonder if that dress didn’t fit properly because she was fired and they put a different model in it at the last minute?

        • MoHub

          I’m a theater person. I can’t begin to count how many times we’re told not to have any food or beverages around the costumes.

          • pippitypup

            As a Costume Dragon, you’d better believe I start breathing fire when mere mortals come near the costumes with anything I didn’t give them permission to touch.

            • MoHub

              Yep! I used to do a lot of costuming, but when both costuming and performing took up too much of my time, I opted to be on the stage rather than behind it.

            • Derek_anny

              “Halloween is the only time in the whole year you’re allowed to eat in costume.”

            • Christopher Coyle

              This, so very much this! Hell, when we had actors who smoked, we even had “robes” that we forced them to put on backwards, in an attempt to at least try to keep them from smelling too much like cigarette smoke!

            • pippitypup

              A lot of them seem to exist on cigarettes and diet Coke. But not in the costumes. Dammit.

          • Kent Dorfman

            I do costumes for my 9 year old’s dance concerts and spend a lot of time back stage making sure no food or drink is anywhere backstage – they can only have water. If I find a packet of biscuits, I confiscate them. And this is small time. If I had a collection about to hit the runway at fashion week I’d be the food and drink Nazi.

            • MoHub

              We’re often not allowed to have even water, as some fabrics are adversely affected if water gets on them.

          • JustWannaBeFriends

            Since Bradon was a dancer for so many years, he was probably extremely concerned about it, too. Surely he was not allowed food or beverages around his costumes, either. I was sad for him, that was ridiculous. It didn’t affect the outcome, but imagine if that coffee spilled on one of Justin’s or Alexandra’s white outfits? Can’t save that.

      • Introspective

        I have been obsessed with finding out who the drag queen whose face is painted to the gods was in the audience!! thought it was just me that kept trying to get a good look!!

        • VivianAdvanced

          Me too! Was it Alexander? I don’t recall seeing him among the other PR contestants, but then, the camera panned around so quickly it was hard to catch them all. Doesn’t he do drag (hence, the nickname “Drag Brows”)?

          • Introspective

            actually, now that you mention it I think youre right! its drag brows! how appropriate…

            • VivianAdvanced

              I hope someone can verify this for us and provide a good picture. I didn’t get to drink him all in.

        • Brad Pitt

          Alexander said on twitter last night that the person in question was Acid Betty:
          “Alexander Pope @AlexanderAPope
          @tomandlorenzo @acidbettyrocks that’s acid Betty honey. Learn it.”

          • Introspective

            werq! acid betty is too fierce. that makeup is EVERYTHING.

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

            I was right! Ha! And I didn’t think it could be Alexander, since he had to present his dummy collection for the audience, right? There would be no time for him to put on all that makeup in between.

      • Constant Cat

        Hahaha, pure gold. Edited to add: all of the, but that opener re: Coffee Stains R’ Us. Everything is a potential product placement!!! Curling iron burn? Let’s get you a Product Runway printed Band Aid! Model in need of 1/6th of a lb but NO more?? YOPLAIT, damnit, lots n’ lots of Yoplait.

    • http://aldonsusi.blogspot.com/ Susi R

      I am so happy Dom won. She earned it and deserved to win! Congrats Dom!
      Her collection was beautiful! I hope she really makes a name for herself and becomes successful!

    • mjude

      I was surprised that I thought Alexandria should have won. I did think her collection was chic. but I am happy for dom. I get it boys why you don’t want to all stars, but what about me? btw, I must have missed your post about your marriage. so congrats!

      • tallgirl1204

        it’s going to be an interesting experiment– will I be even vaguely interested in watching all-stars if the TLo recap is not there? I actually watch the show online AFTER I read the re-cap (call me a spoiler-lover), so whether I will seek it out sans re-cap is questionable. Glee lost me as a viewer when it lost TLo, so there is a precedent…

      • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

        I’m a little nervous about the All Stars show. In the past it has been like a bland imitation of the real deal. I’m annoyed at Alyssa Milano every time the previews show her yelling at the designers. I want to know her qualifications to host. The show won’t be nearly as fun without T.LO, and I usually get my photos from T.LO. (with a nice link to these pages) for my own blog that is mostly about dressing dolls, but inspiration comes from everywhere.

        • RroseSelavy

          Her qualifications to host is that she is not a bland walking automaton. I’m looking forward to getting a host with a little life, who doesn’t speak like a kindergarten teacher.

        • JustWannaBeFriends

          She also has an apparel line, but I think she mostly does team-logo athletic wear. You know, t-shirts and sweatshirts that have, like, “49ers” on it.

      • Eve

        I was surprised about Alexandria as TLo’s pick for the win…her collection looked like scandinavian bloggers or Berlin Designer’s collections since 2006. Nothing to get excited about here.

    • LittleMissSunshine1989

      Yay Dom :D

      Where’s Bradon’s “unconventional materials” look? I can’t stop it :(

      • Kathy_Marlow

        It was the short white dress. Or that’s what he said on the show.

        • LittleMissSunshine1989

          Thanks! it does look made out of paper maché but apart from that… meh

          • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

            is that what it’s made of? i had a hard time spotting it too. it doesn’t look very unconventional.

            • LittleMissSunshine1989

              I don’t think it’s made out paper maché, but it really looks like it could be… doesn’t matter anyway, didn’t care much for his collection

    • Winter_White

      Loved the overall feel of Alexandria’s; it was my favorite. Loved Justin’s 3D-printed pieces, and the way he presented his story through the pieces in his collection…and I wish his family would adopt me. I didn’t care for her prints, so I ended up being a bit disappointed in Dom’s. I had such high hopes for her after she made that beautiful coat (the one that Emily Rossum tried on)!

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        i’m just not a fan of alexandria’s. too neutral and low key for. it bores me.

      • Munchkn

        I didn’t care for Dom’s prints either, but then I prefer prints on my upholstery not on my body. If I were skinny enough to wear more prints, I’d not wear Dom’s. They’re too big in scale.

      • ybbed

        I also loved Alexandria’s collection, agree with T and L on everything they said about it.
        Does anyone else see a little penis on the front of Dom’s first look?

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      For the first time in Project Runway history, I am in full agreement with the judges.
      *faints from shock*

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        This is why one truly needs a comfy couch upon which one can recline when feeling faint from shock.
        I am happy for Dom, based on the overall season, but I was surprised by how much I liked Alexandria’s final collection.

        • onetinkerbell

          I was surprised at my reaction to Alexandria’s collection, too. And even more surprised at my reaction to her attitude in this last episode. I wanted to smack her.

          • TLJezebel

            I too was surprised at how much I liked A’s collection. You know Heidi and Nina
            will wear those schmattas and look fierce as shit.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              It wouldn’t surprise me at all to see Heidi wearing an Alexandria creation in the future. She has been very supportive of PR designers in the past-and yes, both Heidi and Nina would bring the fierce to these looks.

            • CozyCat

              Alexandria was obviously heartbroken she didn’t win (though she managed to be a good sport about it.)

              But I’m betting that her business will get a big boost from that showing–Heidi and Nina aren’t the only slim, chic women with money who would be interested in those clothes.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              There was a short item in the NYT on Thursday about the casual look seen in Paris during Fashion Week, and when I saw it I immediately thought of Alexandria-some of her pieces would definitely work there.

          • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

            really, i about thought a. would have to be admitted to belleview if she lost.

      • ampg

        I know – when it came down to Alexandria and Dom, I was sure they were going to give it to Alexandria at the last second. And while I agree with TLo that her collection was the most polished and cohesive, I really felt like Dom deserved it for being such a fresh voice.

        • leighne

          I thought they were going to give it to Alexandria too. I also thought back to the whole season and I thought Dom was consistently great. I never would have sent her home, whereas Alexandria made some pretty terrible looks that slid by as safe. Alexandria’s collection was just as much of a surprise to me as Justin’s— not in the style or voice but in how well polished and cohesive it was.

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

          I was also afraid they were preparing Alexandria for the win. Since this is a creative competition, is being on trend a good thing? Dom actually created new looks with her dynamic prints. I think she is the rightful winner.

        • madamovary

          I hated when she said “I deserve it”. It just jumped out at me as NOT the right thing to say. I deserve my husband to not be a cranky jerk tonight but hey it ain’t gonna happen. Deserve is a dangerous word in an age of entitlement.

      • Introspective

        yaaaaas!!!! I was at home in glee that who I wanted to win actually won. This hasnt happened for me since christian siriano’s win. so proud of dom!

        (and yes, black girls rock :)

      • Carrps

        Heh, me, too. Color ME surprised.

    • Emily Smith

      I would be really curious to see a compilation by you guys of what you think are the best finale collections in the history of the show, like top 5 or something. There’s been so many finale collections I’ve pretty much lost track.

      • mmebam

        There is a post a couple years ago, during the cluster fuck that was Anya’s season, where they just cherry pick their favorite collections over the years. Surprise surprise: most of them were from the bravo years.

        • HM3

          *Gasp!* Where is this “collection?? Can we make a new one??

        • NYCGlamourpuss

          I think they also provided links to their favorite finale looks when they recapped Dmitry’s finale season.

        • Emily Smith

          Oooh can someone find that link?

          • TropiCarla

            See my reply to Nicole C in this comment thread. :-)
            I tried posting the link but those comments have to be moderated.

      • Nicole C

        I can’t find it, but if you comb through their old PR posts, you’ll find a great compilation of their favorite finale looks of all time. Anyone have a link?

        • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

          try clicking on the pr link at the bottom of this post and search backwards to anya’s season.

        • TropiCarla

          Okay. I posted a link in this comment thread but it’s awaiting moderation. To find those posts, do the following:

          Google this (with quotes): “top ten pr looks of all time”

          Click on the result from polyvore dot com
          Click on the thumbnail image to get to the archived post
          Click on the label at the top of that post that says “Project Runway Top Ten”

          Enjoy!

    • save_the_hobbit

      I…agreed with the judges…

      This is revolutionary. I agree 100% with ALL their decisions last night. I’m left in a spiral of confusion.

    • Stubenville

      Dear TLo – I hope you’ll partially reconsider the upcoming Allstars and open lounges for your ardent fans… pretty please?

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

        I have to support this sentiment completely. I am unable to participate in TLounge because I work second shift. Even a quick-fire, one-liner style of TLo critique for each competitor’s looks Friday mornings would be good for me, as done for the group awards show posts.

        It’s not like we need personality assessments of the All Stars. We already know Jeffrey’s a douche, Seth Aaron’s wacky, Korto’s dour, Irina’s “mean-a,” ummm… moustache guy (cannot remember his name!) is weepy, and so on. I need my TLo bitchery to validate my own feelings about PR.

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

          Just to nip this in the bud now: Absolutely not. We’re standing firm on this one, guys. Sorry, but it had to be done. What you’re asking us to do is the very definition of “going through the motions” and we can’t do that.

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

            Aw, shucks. At least I get to look at picture of pretty bars Friday nights, and then wish that some place, any place would look like that where I lived. Then I would actually like going to a local bar.

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

              Look at it this way: you can chat with all the Bitter Kittens on Friday about the previous night’s episode of All-Stars in the T LOunge. It’s not a total loss, right? We’ve trained you all to pick up the banner of bitchery and run with it.

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

              Yeah, I got confused with you saying FRIDAY nights, but in my head being used to TLounge on Thursdays. So, yes, I still get to recap bitchery with the PUFs and BKs. Thank you!

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Darlings, take a well deserved break from all things PR. YOu’ve gone above and beyond for your BK’s! Put the laptops and remote down, and chill.

            • EveEve

              So, you’ll find a nice TLOunge for us to hang out in, even if you aren’t going to re-cap (she asks hopefully)? I can totally live with that. Better you focus on your book release/tour and not get burned out on what looks to be a miserable season of PRAS.

            • Call me Bee

              Thank you dear Uncles. I will be happy seeing all my BKs anytime.

          • NYCGlamourpuss

            It’s okay, TLo. It’s a good time to cleanse the palate, so to speak. If it were a regular season, I’d probably be sadder, but I understand from an All-Stars point of view. Will you be recap the next regular season, or are you thinking it over?

          • ampg

            I totally get it, especially considering the amount of content you two provide now. As a side note, I wonder if there will be a TLo-related ratings drop for this round of PRAS? In other words, how many of us watch just to keep up with the commentary here?

            • Violina23

              LOL I was thinking the same thing…. TLo-Ratings drop… haha!

              I may DVR it and just FF the personal drama/judging. I’m still a sucker for the creative aspect, even if Lifetime seems to be actively trying to stifle that…

            • NYCGlamourpuss

              I thought the same thing, too! LOL! “Without TLo, maybe now Lifetime will see that they can’t just shove this show down our throats without a break!”

          • Inspector_Gidget

            I totally respect that. I think the constant drip feed of Project Runway is a huge mistake and I’m not really looking forward to more next week either.

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

            So, you’re saying there’s a chance? : )

            (seriously, why is there no font for sarcasm?)

            • Saturnine

              one exists, in theory at least; it’s called *sarcalics,* and it’s supposed to lean left instead of right.

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

              That’s a start! Now to make it a universal truth.

          • Guest

            I am not sure how I missed that announcement but I am rethinking watching PRAS now.

            Seth Aaron might be the only reason I watch or attempt to do so. <3 him but I am NOT a fan of Alyssa Milano…not sure if I can stomach her or Jeffrey Sebelia.

          • Alloy Jane

            I’m just amazed that it took you guys this long to burn out. I read the recaps on some of this season and I have no idea how you made it past the first mental breakdown from the unicorn person. That put me off so much I waited a while to pick up reading recaps again. Enjoy your PR blogging vacation, it’s been a long time coming.

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            I will miss snarking as the show is on…but I will make do.

            You’re the best Uncles a Bitter Kitten could have – setting a good example with your firmness and your principles.

          • Kent Dorfman

            I admire the ability to stand firm. I didn’t watch a single episode of Season 11 because I was too bitter after the shambles that happened the prior season but PR to me is like a train wreck that I want to turn away from but can’t for some macabre reason. I’ve never watched All Stars. I’m just such a skeptic – I mean why do they choose contestants who didn’t win any challenges on the regular show? Why do prior winners appear on the show? Are they broke and in need of exposure? Too many questions in my muddled little brain.

    • Rhonda Shore

      I’ll really miss your coverage of PRAS though…no tweeting even?

      • ampg

        No kidding; I’ve been on the fence about PRAS, but figured I would want to watch just to follow the TLo commentary. Without it, I don’t know if it’s worth my time to watch. :(

      • Introspective

        and jesus if she shows up to this season of all stars wearing the bright ass clown-esque makeup & clothing she was wearing last night, there will be much to cover in TLounge about alyssa alone. cause girl? your look last nite did not do the best job of announcing you as a style maven worthy of hosting a fashion-based show.

        • Rhonda Shore

          EXACTLY!!!

    • mmebam

      I was pleasantly surprised to see not Justin win.

      Maybe his color palette is as mute as his sense of sound. That’s a weird thing to say, but I, as a legally blind person, love color and print.

      • Carrps

        I understand completely. When one of my friends was pregnant with her first child, her doctor told her to get something to focus on during labor. I bought her a royal blue silk scarf. She was about 90% blind (sadly, her two pregnancies caused her lose the final 10%), and she said it was perfect. She loved the bright color…plus it had that wonderful tactile quality.

        • Qitkat

          What a heart-wrenching story.

      • Qitkat

        I think you are on to something here. What a fascinating insight, from your personal experience.

    • Rebecca Harvey

      I love a good print, but why didn’t Bradon (with all his staring and draping and attention to detail) notice that the florals on the shorts and pants appear to be emerging from the model’s va-jay-jay? I’d have kicked him for that alone.

      • HM3

        Kors would’ve caught it. And made some shockingly distasteful joke about it. How I miss him…

        • alyce1213

          Kors would’ve had a few choice words about Dom’s naked va-jay-jay/tushy dress, too.

          • Carrps

            I loved how Heidi’s eyes lit up when she saw that bare butt!

        • Sweetvegan

          Different is nice, but it sure isn’t pretty.

          • different

            Pretty is what it’s about.

    • NDC_IPCentral

      Thanks, as always, gentlemen, for the pix, which give us a better look at each garment than the reliably wretched camera work on Lifetime.

      I’m still in the Alexandria camp for the win; I think hers was an elegant, modern and cohesive collection that was very well made and presented. I think that several of Dom’s prints – and I give her credit for creating and working with prints and color – wind up getting placed on the body in an unfortunate “Here’re my female organs” mapping. Nonetheless, I wish her and the others well.

      I was pleased to have the drama dialed back, but I sure wish the weepies would have been forestalled. The waterworks in this season must have kept Kleenex, Puffs and Scotties in business ’round the clock. The default to tears is not mature, and one of the eventual yardsticks for these people achieving a modicum of success in the fashion business is being business-like. Tears don’t cut it, except in Lifetime’s cutting room.

      • Rhonda Shore

        Thank you! All the tears were annoying.

        • Glenn Johnson

          Especially the crocodile tears.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        To once again quote the immortal Shatangi, “you can cut and cry, but you gotta sew.” I am very happy for Dom, and love that dress with the print on top and the black bodice and skirt. had I no hips or gut I would wear that in a heartbeat.

        I was really surprised by how much I liked Alexandria’s final collection, probably because as our fav gay uncles said, it was clear and declarative of her POV as a designer.

        • MoHub

          What Shatange told Kara Janx was: “You can cry, but you gotta cry and cut.”

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Thanks-I knew after I typed it that I”d misremembered that classic PR line.

            • MoHub

              It scares me that I remember that but can go into a room without remembering why.

            • DuBey2

              I feel your pain

            • Alloy Jane

              It’s all about priorities lol.

            • Superannualted

              Moi aussi!

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Hey, we BK’s simply have different priorities!

      • ItAin’tMe

        I agree too many tears, but I prefer them to the oxygen-sucking theatrics of Helen, and the violence of Zandro and Ken. Alexandria didn’t really indulge until the last couple shows when the pressure was intensifying, and she kept them pretty much to herself. Actually, tears were an effective tool for some. I don’t believe that Tim would’ve saved Justin without them, and Helen would’ve gotten thrown out after the second challenge if Nina hadn’t taken pity on her after her runway whine out.

        • marlie

          I actually said to the bf last night that Helen seemed to burst into tears every challenge and that I thought it got others (contestants, judges) to help her/feel bad for her/keep her in the game.

        • CozyCat

          Alexandria’s tears were moving because she has been so reserved and focused all season. When she spoke of how hard she had worked to build her business, you could feel those struggles. It was probably one of the best answers anyone has given to the silly “why should you win” question.

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

            I don’t think “because I deserve it” is the winning answer. It should be about what they can contribute to the world of fashion, the business of fashion and finally, the consumer. I wouldn’t say to one of my customers, “Buy from my store because I’m a good person, I work hard and I deserve your business.”

      • Qitkat

        I agree with you 100% on the tears, but as a person who has struggled all her life to not become weepy in inappropriate situations, I can understand how extreme emotion affects other people. Especially when you want to come across as mature (and you look mature) and well put-together, it is very very difficult for some of us to control. Sometimes I have thought I was fine, and was quite surprised how my tears betrayed my strong feelings.

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

          I agree. I’m not much of a crier, but I think that, if I were on that runway after showing at Fashion Week, I’d burst into tears too. It had to be overwhelming. I mean, I was thinking about the amount of tears on the runway, and wondering if there had ever been that much crying in The History of Project Runway, but I can’t blame them. The pressure must have been insane.

          And I’ll cop to welling up a bit when Alexandria lost it. I really like her, and admire what she’s doing for those kids. (And I loved that some of them were at the show) Also, I thought her collection was pretty damn fantastic.

    • Ann VerWiebe

      Ack! All-stars with Seth Aaron (yay) and Daniel (boo). I wonder if I want to watch, either?

    • kirkyo

      My heart says this was the right decision, but my mind thinks Alexandria would have won if her personality was just a bit more appealing. Either way, the girls were the top two and there was very little between them.

      • Rhonda Shore

        i don’t see what the issues were with Alexandria’s personality, she doesn’t exude warmth, and could come across as a bit arrogant, but she delivered the goods and behaved in a professional and mature way.

        • ampg

          Yeah, but none of those things are valued by the Lifetime Powers That Be.

        • Jackie4g

          You’ve employed logic. The issues with Alexandria’s personality have nothing to do with logic. She’s cool and blonde and somehow, restrained and well mannered, even when stressed. People seem to crave over the top reactions, and that’s not her style. So she paid for being well brought up in terms of her popularity. We’ve become too used to people behaving badly. I like her and she is an evolved and evolving designer, She will land on her feet.

          • Introspective

            (not sure if you are implying this) but I would like to volunteer that dom didnt win for her personality either. she consistently didnt show anything over the top. things you say about alexandria (restrained, well mannered, even when stressed) were exactly true of dom all season too.

            agree that alexandria will land on her feet because she has great fabric instincts and excellence in execution.

            • Jackie4g

              You’re right. I didn’t specifically point out that Dom behaved professionally because I was writing in answer to the comment about Alexandria. I voted up on several replies that commended Dom, but I didn’t specifically post to that effect. I do agree that Dom has what it takes to make it, the first Project Runway winner since Christian Siriano about whom I’ve felt that way.

            • DuBey2

              I thought the same thing: hope and expect that she will succeed just as Christian has. Based on her work ethic and her designs, she stands out to me above all other winners. Oh, I forgot Mondo. I’m a huge Mondo fan and hope/expect him to succeed post PR also.
              I’d wear Mondo’s and Dom’s clothes if I could afford them. Christian’s designs would probably look ridiculous on me (his PR designs, I mean). He was VERY fashion forward/avant garde.

            • Rhonda Shore

              Dom came across as being a warmer person and being more humble. There was a very sweet aspect to her personality that came across on camera.

            • Saturnine

              I think Dom won on the strength of her designs and execution, but I admit it was VERY refreshing (and an added bonus) to see a winning designer behave gracefully and with civility the entire season.
              I liked Alexandria and (most of) her designs all along, so I would have been OK with a win there as well. I just think Dom had a more vibrant point of view.

          • marlie

            I appreciated that all of the top 4 contestants seemed to be the types who largely kept their heads down and did their work. All of them were likeable precisely for their “blandness.” Maybe this is a reaction to the anger, vitriol and drama surrounding some of the other contestants; but I was just happy to see a bunch of designers who knew “how to behave themselves in public,” to quote my mother.

    • Kate Andrews

      Yay! Thank you for your points, guys, especially the comparisons between TV, photos and in person. I’m happy for Dom, and I really like that print dress that’s covered up in the front but has that nice dip in the back. Very cool. I’m not watching the all-stars either. Life is too short!

    • swanpride

      I think Bradon and Dom were a little bit at disadvantage, because they didn’t get a primarily critic from the judges…and yes, especially Bradon could have used a more critical look.

      Bradon: I agree that this was disappointing, but I see what he was trying to do. “Lux” is rarely seen as “youthful” too…he tried to connect it, and nearly succeeded. He could have used a little bit more mentoring during the season – the same is true for Dom.
      Dom: I think she should stuck to the more graphic pieces. They work way better than the others. Interestingly, each piece looks like it is from a different fashion era.
      Alexandria: I think she mostly lost because she didn’t really have enough “wow” in her collection. From afar, nobody is able to see the tricky details. Also too many looks which were basically “pants with some top”. (Honestly, the fact aside that I wear my pants of the hips and have practical pockets, I have a lot stuff like that in my wardrobe, bought in the local supermarket).
      Justin: Again, I agree, the accessories are more interesting than the actual dresses. He did the best job to “sell” his dresses, though.
      I still maintain that I would be okay with a win for all of them, but none of them impressed me as much as past finalists like Leanne and Michelle did.

      • Rhonda Shore

        I don’t know, Alexandria reminds me a bit of Jil Sander, muted hues, classic cuts, et al. Some of the pieces would need a bit of tweaking for the general public, but i understand that’s what usually happens, things that are sold in stores are often adapted from the runway.

        • CozyCat

          The comparison with Jil Sander is quite apt. Alexandria’s collection was, despite the punk influence, fairly minimalist–but the best thing about it was how it moved as the models walked.

          In some ways the judge’s decision reminds me of Siriano’s win. Jillian put out a collection with some of the most beautiful but wearable clothes of any final collection. But it was primarily sportswear, which doesn’t carry the elusive “wow” factor. Christian put on a real show, and that carried the day. LIkewise, Dom had a better show than Alexandria.

          That isn’t to say that either Christian or Dom didn’t deserve their win. Just that when faced with two good choices, the judges are more likely to go with the choice with more dramatic impact over the more “subtle” choice.

          • Rhonda Shore

            well put…

      • Violina23

        I was thinking the same thing… it must be a huge disadvantage to not have the prior judges feedback. Although, on the flip side, for a show-stopper like Justin’s test tube dress, I wonder if it is a DISADVANTAGE in terms of impact since it’s already been seen before.

        Alexandria’s collection didn’t do anything for me, but I don’t tend to like funky-shaped pants, and she had a lot of funky pants. I can appreciate the difference between my personal taste and what works on the high-fashion scene.

      • Carrps

        Yes, I didn’t like that Justin played the deaf card…again…when asked why he should win. Certainly explain why your deafness inspired your collection. Don’t say that you deserve to win BECAUSE you’re deaf. It would have been like Dom saying she deserved to win because she’s AA (and not because she interprets an AA sensibility) alone. Or did she? My sister hates the weepy “Why I Deserve to Win” speeches so she ff’d past them after Justin. Anything else of note said?

        • DuBey2

          I’m with your sister on that. My opinion is that its a requirement by the TV producers (yes, Bravo, too) and that the judges don’t take those teary pleading monologues into consideration. At least, I hope they don’t.

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

          I despise that Heidi asks “Why should you go to Fashion Week?” The answers are almost always some variation of “I worked so hard” and/or “I’ve wanted this for as long as I can remember.” Those are not good enough reasons.

          It’s not as bad as asking them who else should go to fashion week. That’s just gross and divisive, and someone always ends up with hurt feelings. I wish they’d do away with both questions. Ugh!

          • BeccaGo

            “Why should we hire you as our resident brain surgeon?” “Well, I’ve always wanted to be one and I just KNOW I’d be great at it!” “Ok! Welcome aboard!”

            Just reinforcing your point that those are NOT GOOD ANSWERS.

    • LC3203

      I was super surprised how much my opinion of Alexandria changed by the end here. I labelled her “serial Killer” throughout the competition, but here at the end, Zach nailed it. She’s very vulnerable. And it was lovely to see in her and her designs.

    • Eva_baby

      I liked Alexandria & Dom’s collections the best. My personal taste aesthetic is somewhere between the two. Not quite as mod minimalist as Alexandria’s but not quite as bold as Dom’s. But I do think Dom edged Alexandria because I think her collection felt more ambitious & lively. Also I don’t necessarily agree there was no cohesion in her collection. As I watched, especially with the styling of the models that made them all look as if they were the same person, it felt like almost like she was telling a story of one woman’s closet.

      And also I dislike intensely Alexandria’s droopy crotch pants. Hate them.

    • Glam Dixie

      My issue with Dom’s collection is similar to your issue with Justin’s. If you take away the print, you have really basic designs. I really think Alexandria should have had this one just based on their finale collections. However, based on the season of PR, Dom had it all over Alexandria.

      • alyce1213

        Based on the season, I think Bradon had it all over the other three, but didn’t do a winning final collection.

        • Glam Dixie

          Oh I agree completely. I was just comparing the two final ladies. Bradon really dropped the ball at the end there.

    • rainwood1

      I loved Dom all season and I’m pleased she won, but to my surprise I’d have given Alexandra the win based solely on the collections. I didn’t love either Dom’s prints or the silhouettes the way I did during the regular season and that bathing suit was awful. Alexandra’s collection was just flowy and cool. When Zac put Alexandra’s and Justin’s looks side by side, it really helped me see what Justin’s lacked although I loved individual pieces of his and would probably wear his designs in real life more than the others.

      Disappointing was the right word for Bradon’s. I loved what he did in some of the challenges but I loathed the fabric selection both together and separately, and there truly was a lack of cohesion in his collection.

      I LOVED the lack of drama and each designer’s support of the other. I found it uplifting instead of boring.

      T Lo, thank you for another wonderful season of insight. And THANK YOU for not blogging the upcoming season of PR. I would have felt compelled to watch so as not to miss anything, and I don’t think I could take another season of Jeffrey and a few of the others.

      • HM3

        Dom was, by far, my personal favorite, but I’m going to troll my own damn self and point out that a lot of her looks reminded me of Diane Von Furstenberg (minus the SUPER-COOL plastic pieces). –and, as a hilarious footnote, her models’ hair was styled very closely to Ms. Furstenberg’s own trademark ‘do.

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

        Is that your dog in your avatar? So cheerful!

        • rainwood1

          Yes, it is! She’s a happy happy girl when she’s in the water.

    • Winter_White

      I liked all of the finalists, but it was an odd season, wasn’t it? Slightly-unstable Helen, odd-duck Timothy…and not one but two guys with anger-management issues. I even had the strangest feeling at first that Sandro was some sort of comic-relief plant — that his whole persona was a put-on; that his accent was too Boris & Natasha to be real. But then he got violent, which seemed real/raw enough.

      (Lol, don’t know why this memory popped into my head but — [Masterpiece Theater-presenter voice]: In Season 12 we learned that Heidi Klum loves, indeed, CRAVES, roasted marshmallows. Who could ever forget the unexpected *s-s-l-u-r-p* sound she made as she revealed that information? An evocative cross between signal-interference and a lewd sex noise.)

      • BrooklynBomber

        Agree about Sandro. I was sure he was played by Sacha Baron Cohen. And, yes, two people with anger management issues. That was two people too many.

        • Carrps

          Heh, a VERY short Sacha Baron Cohen.

        • Winter_White

          Lol — we though of Sacha BC too. Especially during his conversations with Tim — “Mees-tar Teem Gahn…”

    • otterbird

      I was not a fan of Alexandria until last night. I was actually pretty affected by how emotionally honest she was. In retrospect, she reminds me of Bert Keeter (one of my favorite contestants EVER) in not pandering to the camera. It’s rare to see someone on a reality show be so thoroughly real that I think it can be a bit off-putting, in the way that having your expectations upended is off-putting (meaning it’s more a problem the viewer has than the person being viewed). So, while I was Team Dom all season and happy she won, I really hope Alexandria also has oodles of success. Anyone that beloved by her young students deserves all kinds of good things to come her way. She certainly designs for the kind of woman I WISH I was!

      And I liked Dom’s styling. Having been a very young imp in the 1970’s, the 70’s hair and sunglasses, for me, added to the exuberance of her collection. Probably because I was too young then to worry about recessions and inflation. ;)

      • kahudson

        I was a fan of Alexandria throughout (even when she turned in some auf-worthy clothes) and she reminded me of Bert as well. I think that most of the contestants figure out how to play the game of saying all the right catch phrases, name-checking sponsors and sitting down on-cue to have the obligatory i-wonder-what-the-challenge-will-be-today discussion for the show bumpers. She didn’t do that very often until the end when I’m sure she was told to sit on the bed, discuss the topic of the day and like it. When they had the glamping trip, she found a quiet spot by herself, which I’m sure must have felt like heaven given the claustrophobic nature of filming reality shows. I like it when the contestant is frank, honest and just wants to design and sew clothes as well as she or he can.

        • otterbird

          I really liked Alexandria’s home visit, too. Those little contestant dolls the kids sewed just about killed me with the adorableness. Especially the unicorn.

          • kahudson

            I really want to know what the persons who were depicted thought of them. They did not all seem like favorable likenesses!

            • Eric Stott

              and Tim said that most of them were “spot on”. He’s getting a bit snarky again.

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

              But I like a snarky Tim.

            • CozyCat

              Much better than pitch-man Tim!

            • CozyCat

              I doubt they were offended. The dolls were more like those exaggerated caricatures that are done of celebrities.

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

            I hope she gets a lot of support for Camp Couture out of this. Her space there looked kind of dingy. I think the kids deserve a brighter, bigger place to learn.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            that home visit, especially the section with the children really gave us a look at a another, very appealing side of Alexandria-and the dolls were such a hoot!

          • DuBey2

            They could sell those for big bucks. Seriously. And then fund more “camp couture” which is such a cool idea. Loved TLo’s statement of “Alexandria’s little sweatshop”.

      • ampg

        It’s funny, I had the opposite reaction to her, even though I agree that she was being very “real” and I usually give reality-show competitors a lot of credit for refusing to play a character. But I thought the tearful plea to win because she had worked so very hard was just incredibly self-centered. Everyone else was right there with her and working just as hard. Nobody phoned it in for this finale. It was like she couldn’t even make a case for herself.

      • Celandine1

        Dom’s collection and styling very much reminded me of DVF. No quibbles with the judges decision, either of the top two could have won.

      • Carrps

        Wish I could give you more UP arrows. Great comment!

    • Pennymac

      For once, I am content with this PR outcome. Although the upcoming All Stars without my beloved Uncles horrifies me to no end. Sit out a PR clusterfuck? What will I do on Thursday night with out TLo and PUF’s?

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      A great big “AAAIIIEEEEE!!!!” for your Nina interview, and for regular Friday Night passes to the TLo Lounge! LOVE you!

      And lookee, don’t feel bad about skipping All-Stars. First off – it’s All Stars. Second off, with the way they repeatedly shove back to back seasons down our throats, it’s your opportunity to take a break. If you need to take a stand about skipping a season, this would be the one.

      SO happy that Dom won! I was rooting for either her or Bradon from the beginning, but about halfway through, I just started rooting for her to pull out the win. Actually, I really did love her collection the best – but I love lots of color and prints and such, so it really made me happy.

      Oddly enough though, I didn’t even watch last night! I was beat, hadn’t slept much this week, so I watched Rachel Maddow at 9 PM, and hit the hay at 10 PM. I’ll catch Dom’s actual win on the repeat.

      • Carrps

        Oh, my. That put an interesting Rachel Maddow/PR mashup in my brain.

        Yeah, this particular up-coming PRAS looks to be a real train wreck. And including previous winners earns a huge side eye from me.

    • VictoriaDiNardo

      I think it’s great for Dom that she won, but I preferred Alexandria’s collection, and esthetic. She has a very artistic sensibility along with a modern feel for dressing women. I thought it was telling that – was it Heidi? – at the end said all they all wanted her clothing. I do too! I’m hoping that the exposure leads her to a backer and she can put out a line without the restrictions of a PR alliance and under her own steam.

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

      So, how’s this for a fun Friday night activity? Let’s take shrooms and stare at the crotch of Bradon’s floral trousers.

      • BeccaGo

        OMG, I’m crying. XD

    • bizarro

      Dom deserved the win. Alexandria’s, while it had a cool vibe, was essentially 8 of the same looks with different detailing. And the other 2 looks- the phone book dress was striking but the other dress was a clunker. She could sell sportswear in a high end department store. Dom certainly showed more range and I love her prints.

    • NMMagpie

      After years of disagreeing with the judge’s final decisions, I was surprised to find myself with nothing to complain about.

      Personally, I preferred Alexandria’s collection, particularly for the fabrics she chose. They had a cool funkiness that I often believe that I have naturally. Sometimes.

      Bradon was one big letdown. I almost thought that he had caucused with Jeremy, the looks skewed so old. I am in agreement with TLo in that he clearly does not know who he is designing for. What really ticked me off was the freaking eating and drinking among the garments! What the hell? I have a costume design background and the first rule you learn is that no one at anywhere or anytime eats, drinks or smokes in any of the garments you make. EVER. I was honest-to-God offended that happened and that Bradon allowed it. Ridiculous.

      Justin’s collection was at the end of day, a great starting point for where he can go next. I wish he had spent less money on the 3D pieces to purchase better fabrics. That was really the edge he needed, minus a use of real color. As you go though his collection, some pieces would have been better shown without the jewelry. I am in agreement with Ms. Washington about the sound wave fabric; I loved it.

      What I love best about Dom’s collection is that you can see she has so many directions to grow in. She embraces both color and print and will soon, make more interesting shapes. When I see these final collections on PR, I am usually struck by the thought that for many of these designers, their collection they show may be the best they can give at all. When I see some of the pieces they do past PR, they are either similar or just not great.

      While I will miss TLo’s recaps for All Stars, I can completely understand their decision.

      • Eric Stott

        Could you please post a T Lounge for the All Stars episodes so the regular blogging group can come here to dish?

      • DuBey2

        I agree with you except about Justin. I think he may have been at the top of his ability with what he did in the finale and it was beautiful. But the 3D details made a huge difference and got him past Helen in their “run-off” IMO. How I loved his test tube dress. But Dom had a pretty perfect show, and the hair and that shiny silver gown under the jacket really did reference her retro esthetic. We shall not mention the bathing suit. She is human, after all.

        • NMMagpie

          Oh, I hope not. :)

          That bathing suit was kind of the needle scratch of the whole collection but the rest of it was pretty fun so I just didn’t think about it.

        • CozyCat

          I wonder if Justin doesn’t have a better future as an accessory designer than a clothing designer. All season long he showed a love of playing with materials. That doesn’t work too well with garments, but it has lots of possibilities with accessories. And while his clothing designs didn’t really have much to say from a design perspective, those “3 D” pieces were new and interesting and still chic.

    • SewingSiren

      This was one of the better finales for quite some time.
      Bradon.
      Hated the first look. Liked the crocus prints. Hate the gold lame. Like the prints. Agree with 4th place finish.
      Justin.
      Loved his unconventional look. He may have should have saved it and not let the judges see it till the show. Love the 3-D jewelry. And the original print. I have no problem with the print or the jewelry carrying the collection because he designed them. I think his wash and wear, and unconventional looks fit seamlessly into his collection. For this reason I placed him second.
      Alexandrea
      Love her unconventional look , but it is at such odds with the rest of the collection – completely out of left field. The rest of her collection is beautiful and professional. the wash and wear is one of my favorites.
      Dom.
      Love her original print and use of plastics. The unconventional look is brilliant. I wish her solids were a little less shiny.. My least favorite is the bathing suit. My most favorite is the dolman sleeve print dress. My other most favorite is the unconventional. I hope the dolman printed one and the wash and wear one end up on the Belk racks.
      Congratulations to Dom.

    • janierainie

      I felt bad for Alexandra. She really brought it. She put everthing into what she did. It was like she was completely spent. I’m okay with Dom’s win, though, because she was energized and on her way to something. It was a boring finale.
      I don’t blame you guys for sitting out the all stars. I’ve had enough PR for a while.

      • NMMagpie

        Her why I should win speech just killed me. That was a shot to the gut for anyone who has given their all for their passion.

    • Cathy B. Sure

      I am glad I have your blog to get an actual look at the clothes from last night. The cameras were so busy focusing on the audience and crying, I felt like I barely could get a good look at what this entire show is supposed to be about: the final four collections! Was I the only one who felt like that?

      • NDC_IPCentral

        The runway camera work, both during the contests in each episode and during the finale, that Lifetime does is predictably lousy. They opt for jazzy, weird angles, stuttering shots, and no good long look at the front and the back of a garment. The camera folks aren’t interested in fashion.

        • Winter_White

          Yes! I often finish watching the runway show (which includes rewinding to re-watch portions of it) — and then shrug and think, “oh well, I’ll find out tomorrow what the designs actually looked like, as soon as T&Lo post their recap.” :)

        • Cathy B. Sure

          IT IS (predictably lousy)! I mean, I know this is a reality show. But c’mon. Beyond the constant crying I would at least like to see some clothing in there somewhere.

        • Cathy B. Sure

          HA! Hilarious, I just read your “weepies” comment. Sorry, new to this whole disqus thang… Glad I am not the only one with the same thoughts. Missing Season 1 so terribly…

      • BeccaGo

        You were not alone.

        • Cathy B. Sure

          Ha! I am so glad to hear that! I was thinking I was turning into a curmudgeon!

    • GillianHolroyd

      Funny, I was all Braden and then Dom during the season but as soon as I saw the final collection photos posted in September, I started looking at Alexandria. Still didn’t like much of what she produced during the show but, like Justin, she really broke out for her final collection and I think Braden and Dom stumbled at the end.

      • swanpride

        Actually, I remember that I once commented at the very beginning (third episode or so) that Alexandria might be a sleeper.

        • Winter_White

          I had thought the opposite thought — that she wouldn’t be around for long — because they didn’t seem very interested in letting us get to know her. Now I understand: she’s low-drama and self-possessed; she put her head down and concentrated on her work. Which probably didn’t give them much to use!

          • swanpride

            I am not sure…there was apparently a lot of drama around her stealing Bradon’s model, and nothing about it was shown on screen. Perhaps they were more careful this year after the shoot themselves in the feet last year by making Michelle look so bitchy even though she was popular with the other designers. This year they did their best to hide the fact that Alexandria was mostly a lone wolf in the group. That and there was enough drama provided by the nut-jobs.

            • Winter_White

              Huh, I hadn’t heard about the model theft. They’re really determined to keep the model selection/situation out of it these days, aren’t they? In the early seasons that sort of drama was an inherent part of the competition, and was pretty interesting, I thought.

            • Daxx2513

              Here, here! That always was interesting “drama” as it was tied directly to the competition and had the opportunity to change outcomes. As we’ve all seen, the right model can elevate any look, from bad to good, or from merely good to great.

            • Winter_White

              Exactly! Remember S2 Nick’s tailspin when Zulema poached his gorgeous muse-model Tara (and then promptly got herself aufed, thus sending Tara home too). And I also liked seeing the relationship that developed when a model and designer who were a perfect match found each other: Jay McC and Julia, Korto and her beautifully curvy model, Mila and Brandeis, etc. Now, that whole process flows along underground, invisible to us.

            • Michelle Wilson

              I was thinking last night after looking on Alexandria’s facebook page and all the traveling she’s done that being in that workroom and sharing those tiny dorm rooms with such an immature and entitled group of young women must have been close to hell for her. Kate, Helen and Dom had their own little clique, which makes sense due to their being so close in age, but judging by their twitter feeds they really had no affinity for Alexandria and she probably had little patience for them.

            • Qitkat

              I never look at any of the other resources so I had no idea of Alexandria’s life. I might have had more sympathy for her if I had. It is hell to share rooms in those kinds of situations. I experienced that once, and found it a nightmare.

          • Winter_White

            (Oops, that comment is mine. I tried to edit it, hit the wrong button, and became a mysterious “guest.”)

    • Joe J

      Satisfying end to a decent season. Talented and non-hateable designers, and I hope all four of them go on to bigger and better things from this. I also hope Dom actually has some cash left over once she pays the taxes on her non-monetary winnings.

      Uch, All-Stars. Also known as “let’s gift-wrap a six-figure check to a fan favorite by any contrived means necessary”. Not getting sucked into that shit again.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Oh, Anthony Ryan, what makes you so wonderful? I sat out last night’s episode, and might just do the same next week.

    • Indigo54

      CONGRATS DOM!!! So glad Dom won, she deserved it. I wasn’t in love with the hairstyles on her models but it’s not like I noticed that at first. Ya know, I wouldn’t have expected such sophistication from such a young person. Of course, I said the same thing about Christopher Siriano. Good job Dom. You have a very bright future ahead of you!!!!!

      I loved what Alexandria did but I agree with TLo, a lot of what she did is what you’d expect to see in a punk collection. You really wonder though if she could ever design for any other customer. Something about Alexandria just turns me off, can’t put my finger on it. I hated her answer to the “Why do you deserve to win PR?” question. Sounded a little entitled – though I’m sure she didn’t mean it that way. Anyway, it was wonderful seeing her with the children.

      • ampg

        I said this above, but I didn’t like her answer either, although I also thought it was the most emotionally honest and least calculated of the four of them. Bradon’s was especially bad, since it was almost exactly what he said a couple of episodes ago.

        • HM3

          From a PURELY opportunistic standpoint, the judges also may consider who had the wherewithal to progress as a professional designer AFTER the show. In this light, Alexandria pushing her own business savvy, and reminding them that she HAD already kick-started two independent ventures on her own–ironically–may have worked against her. Braden’s insistence that he just left one career and now wants to start this new one is admirable, but hints at a lack of determination–that fashion was the second runner-up. And–please, PLEASE don’t take this the wrong way–Justin is a remarkably talented deaf designer. There just aren’t as many of those out there, and his exposition on PR alone will probably be enough to kick-start his career.

          Based on all that we know–and, most likely, all that the judges know–about Dom, her vision, and her dedication, she seemed to have the greatest “need for opportunity:” great talent, a focused viewpoint, yet a lack of assistance or resources to get where she needs to go. This isn’t the ONLY deciding point in picking a winner, but I’m sure that, when it came down to it, it was a major factor.

        • MilaXX

          Of all the responses Bradon’s sounded the most calculated. Not that it wasn’t true or even genuine, but it felt the most rehearsed and prepared. That was a turn off for me.

      • In_Stitches

        That’s what they’re asking for though; they wanted a reason for why she should win and she spelled it out. Nobody deserves to win a competition like this because they’re deaf, or poor or used to be a dancer and can’t do that anymore; they deserve to win because of their skill set, their experience, their ability to be a successful designer. She was the only one that really answered the question.

    • http://smalltownbigwardrobe.com/ Catherine

      I just want to say… I love you guys.

    • nosniveling

      agree with you gentlemen, as usual! Loved Alexandria’s collection, but was happy to see Dom win.
      Alexandria definitely has a shot at a career, her work is very sellable.

    • Tatiana Luján

      I think Alexandria’ and Justin’s collections were better than Dom’s.

    • HM3

      Dom: I love ya, but I have four words for you: awkward bathing suit tan line.

      I was delighted by the runway shows, and triply delighted that Dom (whom I fully believe in) won. Alexandria’s collection was chic, but Dom showed a stronger, newer, clearer signature and vision as a designer. Bravo, non-Bravo Network.

      • Coco Cornejo

        Honey, one doesn’t actually go out in the sun in Dom’s bathing suit. It’s more of a lounging around in the poolside cabana in Vegas.

        • CozyCat

          There are worse things than lounging around a pool in Vegas. Lord knows, I wouldn’t turn it down these days….

        • Daxx2513

          The only part of that look I liked was the cover-up. That print was amazing and I loved what I could see of the shape.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          while waiting for that very cute cabana guy to bring you your beverage of choice.

    • onetinkerbell

      “But we think this collection lacked a personal exploration or statement from him. It was just “about sound.” Personally, we’re more interested in why a man whose primary sensory experience his whole life has been visual would be so averse to using any color.”

      Exactly what I was thinking. The color palette he chose was just kind of blah, although conceptually I can totally understand the use of white to represent the silence. But I didn’t get the chaos of suddenly hearing from the darker pieces. If he had used color to represent that sudden startling ability to hear, I could get behind the idea more. As noted, the real question is, what does he have to say after he’s used up this theme?

      • MilaXX

        The more I think about Justin’s lack of color, the more I think it does reflect him as a hearing impaired person. He didn’t get his implant until he was 18. If I’m remembering my training with hearing impaired children they are often giving lots of visual stimuli. Color may be Justin’s “noise” so to speak. He may prefer the calmness of neutral colors after a lifetime of visual over stimulation.

        • tlb

          >>milaxx: He may prefer the calmness of neutral colors after a lifetime of visual over stimulation.

          I think this is exactly what is going on. As a late deafened adult, my experience in losing my hearing is that neutral colors–and solids vs. patterns–are aids to my communication needs and my opinion and view of color and design have changed because of it.

          I stumbled across tlo a number of weeks ago and I’ve really enjoyed not only reading tlo’s postings but also all the BK’s comments too. A week without The Lounge is a week poorly spent…’-}}

          [PS: my initials really are "tlb" so my userid is not a play on tlo...'-}}]

    • HM3

      Isn’t anyone else irritated that the “washable” looks weren’t judged AT ALL (outside of having to exist cohesively on the runway show), and that–more than any other meaningless form of product placement on the show–this was, by far, THE most meaningless, in that it sucked away valuable time the designers could be focusing on well-considered, well-executed cohesive designs?!

      Aargh!

      • Angela_the_Librarian

        I thought for sure they were going to actually prove their “wash-ability” by washing the garments before the runway show. Half of the “washable” looks probably would have disintegrated in the washer though!

        • Introspective

          I thought that too that the test would involve washing machines for sure!

          kept wondering and saying to myself that what proved the garments’ washability wasnt even the question: for me it was whether the tide they were promoting down our throats was up to the test of washing high fashion clothes and them still coming out as wearable and in the same form…

          that would have made less of a statement against the designers and more of a statement against tide if the looks disintegrated, so I think that’s why that washability schtick lived and died real quick in the workroom…

          • tixilyttik

            I guess they couldn’t have done that because then there would have been the chance of blaming the Tide Pods for the disintegrated garments! I thought it was funny when Bradon said his dress would come out “perfect” after washing. I thought no way in hell would that dress stand up to multiple washings in a machine with Tide Pods. It would come unraveled, which in the case of that dress, would not have been a bad thing.

        • CozyCat

          The whole idea of foisting one more challenge on the designers just to get money out of yet another sponsor was repulsive.

        • Daxx2513

          If that was seriously considered as an actual goal, wouldn’t they have been better pursuing Woolite?

      • Qitkat

        Amen.
        And wouldn’t you think, by and large, that most garments that come down a runway from anyone’s collection, ever, are not washable in the conventional sense? This challenge was product-placement, pure and simple, and shows how far the mighty have fallen. Yes, really meaningless, and probably replaced a nicer outfit from the runway.

    • Angela_the_Librarian

      I think Dom’s collection looked better in motion (some of the execution problems are more noticeable in stills), but I would still picker her as a winner. I think she did the best job of showing a variety of silhouettes and her patterns were interesting. I hope she is able to put out a capsule collection at Target or elsewhere I could actually afford.

      I thought Alexandria’s was effortlessly chic, but was a bit repetitive. I’m far from being a fashion expert, but I think for a show like this you probably want to amp up the drama a bit and make more show-stopping pieces. I didn’t particularly like her phone book dress, but it was a creative use of materials!

      Finally, I just wanted to note how pleased I was with Justin’s collection. I think it was a big step forward from what he showed during the regular season. His pipette dress was the most single most stunning thing on the runway. I would love to see him or Bradon return for an All Stars Season.

      • Qitkat

        Having not responded very well to any of the collections as stills when posted previously, I was happy to see they ALL looked better in motion. I also agree with all your comments.

    • alannaofdoom

      Part of me loves Alexandria’s pocket/glove hybrid things but the other half is enraged because that removes all functionality of the pocket AS A POCKET. I have things to carry! Come on now!

      • Eric Stott

        I’d love to have heard Michael Kors comment on those pockets.

      • Angela_the_Librarian

        Madonna would probably love those un-pockets. She could hide her hands (as she apparently likes to do) without wearing gloves.

    • Sarah

      “Personally, we’re more interested in why a man whose primary sensory experience his whole life has been visual would be so averse to using any color” That’s why you’re the pros! THIS is what kept bothering me – that and the fabrics that Justin did use seemed cheap (also aforementioned.) Anyway, congrats Dom!
      We will never be able to parse the offerings of All Stars as well as you, Uncles. But thank your for the Lounge!

      • demidaemon

        He did say that he often envied Dom’s facility with prints and love of color, so I wonder if there isn’t a psychological disconnect there.

    • alyce1213

      I’m surprised (after all I’ve not liked from her early on) that I think Alexandria should have won. Of all four, it was the best-conceived and designed.
      Of all four, Bradon had the best “history” on the show, but didn’t pull together a cohesive collection.
      Justin made a decent showing, and of course, the best story AND comeback.
      Dom has been middling most of the show, with a couple of highlights and near-wins. I like her very much, but I didn’t love this collection, it was just okay.

    • Eric Stott

      I get more than a little Diana Ross And The Supremes vibe from Dom’s line- especially with the big hair.

      • GillianHolroyd

        Wasn’t she talking about Judy Jetson or did I dream that?

        More like *Jane* Jetson hair.

        • Eric Stott

          Bless her Heart, but I think that Dom needs a little cultural education in things that took place before she was born.

          • alyce1213

            “. . . a little cultural education in things that took place before she was born”
            Yep, it’s a national crisis, my dear.

        • papillon

          I actually thought her Judy Jetson reference made sense because I felt that her prints looked a little galactic/futuristic (which I think she mentioned as well) and of course, the Jetsons cartoon was set in the future.

      • HM3

        DVF.

    • Jacqueline Wessel

      For all who care, qvc is sponsoring PRAS this time around…

      “The fashion competition is fierce on season 3 of Project Runway All Stars…and QVC is making it even more fabulous! Starting October 24 on Lifetime, watch as 11 former Project Runway contestants return to New York, and the runway, to battle it out with their best designs with the help of QVC! This season, QVC is the exclusive sponsor of the Project Runway All Stars accessory wall—so watch the show, then shop items from the QVC accessory wall, plus pieces inspired by the show’s weekly challenge, including fashion accessories, designer purses, and more.With host Alyssa Milano and an esteemed panel of judges, including Isaac Mizrahi, be sure to stay tuned for all the fashion twists and turns, including a red-carpet challenge to create a look for QVC host Lisa Robertson, who also serves as a guest judge.”

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        “Designers, use the Quacker Factory wall very thoughtfully…”

        • alyce1213

          Laughing . . . . .

        • ItAin’tMe

          “Our guest judge tonight, Susan Graver!”

          • NYCGlamourpuss

            (*Tearful confessional from Daniel or Christopher*) “I’ve been WAITING for the Denim & Co. challenge since I got here! This could change my career!”

      • http://aldonsusi.blogspot.com/ Susi R

        You’re joking, right? right? :O

      • Qitkat

        Please let this be the final nail in the coffin.

      • tixilyttik

        I know but…when you think about it, it’s really a brilliant tie-in. QVC has some good stuff.
        It’s also a chance for the winning designer to make a LOT of money, depending on what kind of indentured servitude they have signed with PR.

        • ItAin’tMe

          Agree. I think the accessory wall hasn’t been good since Blue Fly went away. Issac M is big on QVC, so…

          • NYCGlamourpuss

            I’m sure Isaac is the connector between PRAS and QVC, but still…

          • tixilyttik

            Oh I totally forgot Issac M is HUGE on QVC. They also have a huge variety of accessories. They could have the contestants shop online. They can also tie in with Joan Rivers who is also big and I believe Chloe Dao sells there as well. It’s a good tie-in and I would not be surprised if it does not carry over to the “real” PR next season.

            • Munchkn

              Yep, Chloe’s done QVC. She’s also been a judge on PR: Vietnam.

      • DinahR

        You know what? I’m actually okay with this. The accessory wall hasn’t been high-end, cutting edge or couture in quite a long time. Was it ever? Anyway, it’s pretty much been racks of a department store for a while now. So, why not? PR alums and designers associated with PR and similar shows are on QVC. It seems almost appropriate to me in that way. Way more so than Belk. I’d rather see product placement in a scenario like this where it Makes Sense. Maybe they will leave the poor Cows and Butterflies out PRAS.

        • MilaXX

          I agree, I’d rather see a QVC accessory wall than Belk and you can bet QVC won’t wait 6 months to put any designs into production.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          My first thought was to cringe, but on second thought, QVC as sponsor could work well for PRAS.

      • MilaXX

        Well there’s no Fashion week to lump them in so I guess this is as good as it gets. As lucrative as it, showing with QVC kind of pigeon holes the designers. I realize Isaac shows on QVC, but for him it’s more like Siriano’s Payless deal.

      • decormaven

        The Uncles are wise to run away from this crapfest. (Hits head to stop eye roll) QVC? Really???

      • Michelle Wilson

        QVC is selling some pretty high quality designer goods these days, including my beloved Isabella Fiore handbags. It will probably be quite an upgrade from the Belk wall.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          One wonders how many drinks TIm needed to choke out “Use the Belk accessory wall thoughtfully”.

    • stayl

      No review by TLo of the decoy collections: Helen, Jeremy and Ken’s invisible collection?

      • HM3

        They don’t review the decoys…do they?

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

          They used to.

        • Cheryl

          Yes, about six weeks back. You can check them out on this site.

          • harlowish

            They posted the runway pictures, but those weren’t reviews. They used to actually discuss each look in the decoy collections.

    • alyce1213

      I was disappointed in Kerry Washington as a judge. I think she fell into judging as “shopping for me.” She didn’t add much, other than pretty.

      • MilaXX

        I really thought she had some interesting things to say and only made the “shopping for me” comment once with Justin’s dress.

      • Qitkat

        I’ve just always assumed that the guest judge was token, and the other three were the real deciding factor, anyway.

        • alyce1213

          I agree — the guest judge doesn’t have any real weight in the decision. I meant from the point of view of her commentary on TV. Too much “I would wear that” thinking. I’d like to have seen a more critical and objective eye.

    • In_Stitches

      I was disappointed by Bradon and intrigued by Justin, but Dom was my pick for the win when her collection came down the runway which surprised me greatly as it really didn’t resonate with me when TLo posted it weeks ago. It came alive in motion.

      Alexandria’s left me unsettled. I just didn’t find it aesthetically pleasing. The styling was straight up ugly from the clunky booties to the native american headdress visors. The pants with the built-in MJ gloves? Ludicrous. The rest? Kind of boring.

      I like her pants with the asymmetrical cross-crotch pleat; they’re a new idea that I’m sure a lot of women would love, but that’s about all she’s bringing to the table. Well, that and draped vests rendered in ugly fabrics.

    • BrooklynBomber

      One of the things I find really interesting about Alexandria’s collection is it works both as a collection and for many different women. If you look at the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th pieces alone, they’re clearly from the same collection, but they’d all be worn by different women.

    • ItAin’tMe

      We can see now why Alexandria choked so hard on the southern ladies challenge. Her vision is focused, and not really amenable to distraction. I didn’t understand that the short beige dress was Bradon’s unconventional until Heidi said so. What was it? Also, the Tide dresses were never mentioned by the judges. Was the point purely product placement?
      I was moved by the extreme emotion in Alexandria’s and Bradon’s closing statements. Justin’s, blah,

      • HM3

        I was not moved by any of the closing arguments, although I felt they were all sincere. I commended Justin and Dom for being professional and direct in their speeches: emotion is great for television, but not the sign of someone who knows how to present themselves in the industry.

        I was, however, moved by the moments with family afterwards.

        • ItAin’tMe

          I understand what you’re saying. But after all, these people are artists, they need emotion to create with. Too, they’ve been through a grueling couple of months and their futures are very much dependent on the outcome of the contest.

    • BrooklynBomber

      Completely agree with you guys. Alexandria’s was more “complete” and pulled together, but Dom’s was so close and had some big impact pieces (for me, the final look and the “covered up” dress). For the first time in the history or Project Runway I found myself wishing they’d had two winners.

    • Qitkat

      Personally, we’re more interested in why a man whose primary sensory experience his whole life has been visual would be so averse to using any color.
      My take from this is that white and neutrals perfectly represented his silent world, ie, a type of synesthesia, where colorless=deafness.

      It’s interesting that Justin’s neutral fabrics were discussed as cheap, and Alexandria’s as luxe. I couldn’t tell the difference even in HD. But in person, I suppose that might be more obvious. I love Justin’s use of 3D printing. It was a brilliant use of this fairly new technology, and I’ll bet some established designers were paying attention. I hope he continues to refine it, as it could become a real statement, rather than a gimmick if properly imagined. Looking at the stills together, I can see now why his simple designs placed behind Alexandria’s hipper use of similar neutrals. But we’ll be referencing his showstopper dress whenever there is an all-time best looks conversation.

      Bradon’s floral gown, while very pretty, reminded me of Anya, which I’m sure others have noted. I didn’t like his ombre, as I’ve yet to see one PR designer who knows how to really create ombre that isn’t just blurry stripes. I still do not know what his unconventional materials dress was created with, it just looks like fabric. If I ever live in a retirement community, god forbid, I’ll never be caught dead or alive in that shiny metallic. His washable was hideous, what lack of brain cells created that look? I wasn’t in love with anything of his.

      My favorite look of Alexandria’s was the next to last combo, the one TLo said was most like spring ’14 runways. I hated the two piece unfocused silly sheer skirt, origami tablecloth combo. And was not crazy about the unconventional look, but in retrospect, because I liked Justin’s and Dom’s more. In any other year, it would blow everyone out of the water. I suspect some of my negative response to Alexandria’s collection was personality-driven, she often made me uncomfortable and squirmy, with her OCD-like tendencies.

      I was thrilled enough that Dom won to clap at home, which hasn’t occurred since Leanne for me. Great description, guys, of her inspirations for this collection. My favorites were the black and white print jumpsuit, and the final unconventional materials dress, though we were quite taken aback here at Qitkatland, where one of us appreciated the sheerness of the bum better than the other!
      There’s an energy there that probably appealed to the judges greatly. I agree, of all the collections and designers, Dom had the largest quantity of that IT factor, that flowed through all her designs and aesthetics.

      Sitting out All-Stars? Right there witchu. Thanks for all the recapping (t)lo these seven years. It can truthfully be said that it wouldn’t have been the same without you.

      Also, because we love YOU, we’re opening the T LOunge every Friday night starting next week, just so the Bitter Kittens can chat about all things bitter and kitten. AWESOME!

      • Carrps

        I thought the difference in quality between Alexandria’s and Justin’s prints was pretty obvious — both in stills and walking the runway. Justin’s (especially the white) fabrics looked like he cut the garments from cheap cotton/poly bed sheets. Stiff, yet still somehow lank.

        • Qitkat

          I can see how her fabrics are softer and drapier in most looks, although with his expenses with the 3D printing, I can see that he most likely had to take some compromises with his fabric choices. I did love how Justin’s first look worked, it seems flattering and soft. I never thought bedsheets with Justin, though.

      • BrooklynBomber

        It’s interesting that Justin’s neutral fabrics were discussed as cheap, and Alexandria’s as luxe. I couldn’t tell the difference even in HD.

        I couldn’t see the difference on TV (and found it interesting that they talked about that) but what struck me looking at the pictures here is that Justin’s white outfits look like the muslin models people sometimes make before the making the garment in the actual fabric. I’ve never thought that before looking at white garments, so I wonder if it’s because of the quality of the material. (This doesn’t apply to his unconventional materials dress, of course.)

        • Qitkat

          Since you’re the second person that has pulled out this comment, I guess I need to give it some thought. In the workroom it is always really clear when someone is still working something up in muslin. As I said to Carrps, I can tell a difference in the drapiness between Justin’s and Alexandria’s. I would have to see and feel them in person to recognize the difference in quality. While I’m a pretty strong visual person, the tactile quality of any object, fabric or fiber, or steel or cement, for example, has always attracted me, and made me have to touch to get the whole experience.

          • BrooklynBomber

            I couldn’t see it on TV. . . and it’s not that they really look like muslin in these pictures. It’s more that on a purely reactive level, they looked unfinished (in the pictures), like they’re supposed to be made over in some prints or colors..

            • Qitkat

              Fair enough. And I do wish he had used some prints/and/or/colors.

    • random_poster

      TLO — Thank you for your dedication to the PR blogging over the past several seasons. I stopped watching the season after Dimitri won, but I continued to read your posts. I ended up watching the finale last night so I could see the clothes in motion, and would not have done so if it weren’t for these blog posts.

      Enjoy your break!

    • Carrps

      TLo echoed my thoughts exactly. Did you have my living room bugged last night? :-)

      Also, is there a nip slip in Justin’s fourth look???

    • Inspector_Gidget

      I have to eat a little virtual crow today. I was sure they wouldn’t give Dom the win because she had no constructed narrative, but they did it! I also railed on Tim for saving Justin, but it’s clear he had a lot more to say than when he was auf’d. Whether he saw something we didn’t or just got lucky, it’s clear the Tim Gunn save went to the right person.

    • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

      I am so happy that Dom won. I had to peek on the internet–since I’m on the West coast–to see who won before I watched the show because I don’t always enjoy suspense. I thought that Bradon would do better because he won so many challenges. Objectively, I think I like his designs because I am older (than some, than many, than most probably). I love youthful clothing but it would look silly on me, so I lean toward beautiful fabric. Although Alexandria didn’t use much color, I LOVE those neutral COLORS. Nothing looks richer than white or off-white, tan and gray. Justin’s collection was a bit boring but his main look was more fabulous up close.

      Although I love what Dom does with color, most of her pieces are too loud for my personal taste. I am happy that we have an African-American woman, finally. She is a nice girl who can truly use the prizes.

      It was difficult to watch the “losers,” especially Alexandria. At about 2/3 through the competition, something in her changed, and she realized it was possible for her to win. I hated to see her so broken-hearted. Yet, I love what she said about Dom.

      I do not need loud nasty people to keep my attention on any TV show, especially this one. I loved the bond that formed among these finalists. I hope they each prosper in their fashion careers.

    • nannypoo

      In spite of the fact that Alexandria’s collection seemed like nothing but an endless parade of nearly identical droopy monochromatic pants, I liked it the best and thought the judges would too. I hated those big hairdos on Dom’s models and I hated the bathing suit. Otherwise I liked her collection and I’m glad she won.

    • GorgeousThings

      “… typically, the fashion world has a distinct problem recognizing black (and especially African-American) designers and styles”
      I won’t argue too much, other than to say, “Tracey Reese”, but she is one lonely example.

      Good for Dom, though the whole thing elicited yawns from me. I almost fell asleep again this week, which is really saying something. I also found it amusing that the only shots they did of the audience showed former contestants and a photobombing drag queen par excellence. Like you, I’ll skip PRAS. And I may end up saving my Thursdays for other shows from now on. PR has really gotten tiresome.

      But thank you TLo for your wonderful recaps, and BRAVO on your interview with La Nina!!!

      • MilaXX

        Tracey Reese is out there, but before her you have to go back to who? Willie Smith (correct me if I am wrong)? He was big in the 80’s so yeah, I say a bit of a problem.

        • Munchkn

          I first remember Willi from his work with Digits and then Williwear. There was also Stephen Burrows, Jeffery Banks and Patrick Kelly who, like Josephine Baker so many years before, found Paris a better environment to work in.

          • MilaXX

            Thank you! I forgot about Patrick Kelly. Had to google the others.

    • Inspector_Gidget

      It’s true that Alexandria’s looked the most like an actual collection. But it seemed so expected. The phone book dress came closest to a wow moment, but to me the whole thing was execution over energy. I get the impression Nina sunk her chances for the win — she managed to say “I *liked* your collection,” and then you didn’t hear another sound bite from her.
      For once I think Nina was right to draw a line in the sand. They picked Gretchen because of her execution and mass appeal, and we all know how that turned out.

      • ItAin’tMe

        Nina was behind the Gretchen win though. Heidi wanted Mondo. Nina has the juice, don’t she?

        • Inspector_Gidget

          Definitely. I think the Duchess was the one who really pushed for Gretchen, and then Nina went along with it because Mondo ignored her suggestions. But yeah, I can see the other judges caving before La Nina. Especially with Kors gone now.

          That was hilarious moment when Tim told them there would be “retribution” for ignoring the judges. Translation: Don’t get Mondo’d!

          • ItAin’tMe

            Yes! That was great! Tim definitely seems to be getting more candid.

      • kathrineb

        It seems odd that Nina voted for Gretchen. Gretchen and Alexandria, both design for that cool girl. But I think alexandria s was better than Gretchen’s. But then I’m more of an upbeat colour and print girl, so I guess I will always favour the Mondos and Doms of this world. I guess it all comes down to personal taste

    • Sunraya

      I haven’t watched, but from the photos, Alexandria’s seems to go back and forth from Scandanavian chic, light and clean, and dark punk rock. The disparity made my head hurt.

      • Michelle Wilson

        Scandanavia has it’s share of death metal bands and punk rock. I think she was trying to do Scandanavian chic with a punk edge to it, and for the most part succeeded.

    • marlie

      I’m SOOOOO glad Dom won! And regarding the professionalism of the contestants; I remarked to my bf that when they reunited after their time away, it seemed to be one of the least stressful reunions that the show has ever had. As much as Alexandria might not have been one of my favorite designers, these 4 designers have all been professional and focused more on their work than on the drama, and for that, I commend them. Plus, each of them had at least a couple of really outstanding pieces.

      • ItAin’tMe

        I appreciated that they all seemed respectful of each other’s work.

    • Inspector_Gidget

      I’m really annoyed at the way seasons d-r-a-g out at the end. The 90 minute format doesn’t help. Two whole episodes — THREE HOURS of television! — to eliminate a single person from the Final Five. And then all the pretending that half the designers didn’t get to show anything.

      Really, they could have combined the last four episodes into two hour-long segments and it would have been better.

    • berlinmama

      Don’t understand what is practical about Alexandria’s pockets: please explain.
      Also, I think “maybe” Dom’s models’ hairstyles were meant to evoke the 60’s, Jackie O in Greece look?

      • alyce1213

        They’re not practical insofar as they don’t hold anything, other than your hand. I wouldn’t want all my trousers like that, maybe just one, but I think it’s a cool design element — someplace to rest your hand other than your hip, and not inside a pocket. I stand like that, so it would work for me.

        • Carrps

          Yep, they work for me, too. I seem to spend a lot of time standing in line, and it’d be nice to have somewhere to rest my hands/arms.

        • Michelle Wilson

          The bottom part of the pockets still exists, it just has the hand slit half way down. They’ll still hold things, just not large things. Things like change for the coke machine, or keys. How many women carry a bunch of stuff around in their front pockets anyway?

      • Coco Cornejo

        There’s nothing practical about them at all.

        I’ll say it again they remind me of what kids who cut do with their long sleeves to hide their scars. Don’t like them at all.

      • MilaXX

        There is nothing practical about Alexandria’s thumb hole pockets. It’s just a cute, quirky feature. The pockets Nina was talking about are the regular pockets on some of her other pants.

    • Coco Cornejo

      I just noticed every designer had a couple of African American and at least one Asian model in their runway show. Did PR take some kind of pledge? At least I think Alexandria had at least on Asian model. It’s hard to tell since her ridiculous headpieces cover several of her model’s faces.

      I too am getting a Diana Ross in Mahogany vibe off of Dom’s hair styling choice. Let’s just say it doesn’t work for every woman. But it’s a nice hat tip, even though she made reference to The Jetsons in her narrative. Cohesion in the story is oh, so important to the judges.

      The Diana Ross hair reminded me of Oprah in The Butler. They did some really interesting things with her costuming in the movie–showcasing African American middle class aspirational women’s fashion across the second half of the 20th century. I so wish TLo had written it up in the manner that they analyse the fashion in Mad Men. It would have made for some interesting reading and discussion…

    • tixilyttik

      I think I will sit out All Stars as well this year.
      THREE former winners? Really.

      • ItAin’tMe

        Right? Winner vs winners I could see. But the winners who’ve already gotten their big chances, vs those who haven’t yet…I don’t know. Is it fair?

        • OrigamiRose

          I mentioned downthread I would be okay with former winners if they were doing a Top Chef Masters deal, participating for charity. Then it would be cool they got former winners.

          But who am I kidding, this is Lifetime; product must be pimped out. Screw charity!

          • tixilyttik

            Now that I know about the QVC sponsorship, the former winners makes a bit more sense, or at least I get the angle now.
            Whoever wins gets to sell a collection on QVC. That’s a BIG prize, maybe not prestige wise, but it has the potential to be big dollar win for the winner.
            I think they got former winners to make sure they got something worthwhile to sell to the masses.

            • OrigamiRose

              Good point, I didn’t realize that :)

        • MoHub

          Exactly! With 12 seasons done now, an all-winners competition might be fun—especially if Anya was auf‘d first.

          • Trisha26

            LOL! I’d watch that with popcorn!

          • ItAin’tMe

            Ok, but let’s have Gretchen off first. Please?

            • MoHub

              Gretchen second. At least she can sew.

      • alannaofdoom

        I’m torn because: one the one hand, you’re dead right that including three former winners is strange to say the least. It’s not a great look, either reflecting badly on the winners (couldn’t manage to make a name for themselves even with winning and/or don’t have anything else going on right now) or the show itself (the prize and the exposure of show isn’t really enough to launch a career). Not that these are necessarily fair judgements, but there they are.

        On the other hand I adored Seth Aaron and Ari on their respective seasons, and there’s no one in the cast that I find truly intolerable. And bogus as it all is, I can’t seem to tear myself away. So… maybe I’ll give it an episode or two and see if there’s anything interesting beneath all the product placement.

        • MilaXX

          I’m not going to lie. I’m in. It may be hate watching at this point and I’ll miss not having a TLounge to snark in during the show, but I’ll definitely be watching,

          • sisterb67

            I am not sure if I can reconcile my dislike of MANY of the returning designers against my love of Michael, Korto and Seth Aaron (my god, what the hell did SA do to his hair?). If I do watch, like you I’ll be hate watching!

    • tempost

      About 5 episodes in I actually forgot the show was still running. I think that says a lot for the season, really. I’m glad it was Dom that won, simply because I cannot stop thinking about her Domo dress. The show has gone steadily downhill since it moved to Lifetime. And it must be losing money since they couldn’t make a single episode without pimping the heck outta some product. I just got the issue of Marie Claire featuring Michelle’s dress and am very concerned about Nina’s credentials – that dress looked as flat and boring as a priced for clearance Halloween costume! I’m not very interested to see what happens in the All-Stars.

      • TigerLaverada

        Yeah, I quit watching, too. Kept up via TLo’s far more entertaining recaps.

        Re: these collections… from not good to pretty good, IMO. I have no argument with Dom winning, based on what I see here. Nobody did anything remotely exciting, with the exception of Justin’s and Dom’s strange materials entries. Alexandria’s stuff certainly demonstrated a professional level of skill and a specific POV, but a very narrow and rather depressing POV to me. Dom’s had the most energy and joyfulness, despite a wandering focus, and deserved the win from what I can see.

        Won’t be tuning in to All-Stars. The whole franchise is pretty shopworn at this point. Hope they can refurbish it and attract early season levels of talent in the future.

    • ShaoLinKitten

      Bradon’s shorts and pants– the print looked like it was representing lady parts, no? Vaginas, uteruses and ovaries. Tell me I’m not the only one who saw this.

      • Wellworn

        The reproductive system placement and use of fabrics has been there for years now, especially in print dresses on the runway. I am not by any means an expert, but maybe I saw a lot of it with McQueen? More informed BKs can help me out here. Point is, it’s been done a lot and for a long time.

        • ShaoLinKitten

          I believe it. I just don’t care for it and I can’t believe any woman off a runway would wear it.
          PS–Are there any men’s fashions that have blatant representations of the penis, urethra, and epididymous on them? I’m not talking about phallic symbols here.

      • MoHub

        The first time I saw Bradon’s pants weeks ago, I immediately thought “external ovaries.” I have not changed my mind on additional viewings.

      • ItAin’tMe

        I do see what you mean, but flowers are a pretty cliched (not hard to understand why) and poetic metaphor for the female reproductive system.

        • ShaoLinKitten

          Yeah, but do you want to wear them above your actual vagina? That seems excessively, even laughably, literal to me.

          • ItAin’tMe

            Well, no…not flowers. But if someone would make a print of the actual organs…now that could be interesting!

      • kathrineb

        Yes LOL. Looking at the recap I see a lot of floral ho has.

    • Sweetvegan

      I think the thing that won it for Dom, despite Alexandria having the better colleciton, was Dom’s consistently great looks throughout the season. Alexandria had some good ones too, before the finale, but also had some clunkers.

    • Chris T

      Did anyone else find it horribly awkward when Dom won and only Heidi came up onto the stage to congratulate her while Zac, Nina and Kerri sat stiffly in their chairs? It was as if the producers told Dom she couldn’t go mingle with the rest of the judges.

      • BrooklynBomber

        What?

      • ItAin’tMe

        Isn’t it always like that, though? Heidi is the one who kisses them off when they lose, and the one who hugs the winner at the end.

    • MilaXX

      Oh happy day! I wanted Dom to win from the moment I saw her collection. It sounded as if Kerry was going to say something about them both being ground breakers in a way but was cut off. I’ve hear many say they weren’t crazy about the hair, but it reminded me of Diana Ross in Mahogany and I liked it. I also really loved how her clothes hugged the model’s booties.
      As a whole Alexandria’s collection is not really my style, but I must admit she has always had a distinct POV. I would however wear those pants in #5, the off center buttoned ones. I would also wear a lined version of that sheer skirt.

      Not much to add about the boys. I will say I hate the asking why I should win question. I realize that many reality competitions do this, but I hate the feeling that it forces contestants who have already jumped through crazy hamster wheels to get to this point to practically grovel at the judges feet.

    • Wellworn

      I’m glad that Dom won. Last night was not one of the better finales in terms of impressive collections. Dom’s struck me in a personal way, with both the clothes and styling. I was a teenager in the 70s in Los Angeles, and it brought me back to that time. I think that might have been her “retro” era idea. The hair and clothes were a little bit urban disco and to me it was a clear point of view, and it worked. I also liked Alexandra’s collection, but there was too much repetition of those pants for me and the collection didn’t set itself apart from what you can find in most hip clothing stores right now already. Justin’s clothes were too colorless and shapeless with a fabric band placed in most of them to give definition. Bradon was a big disappointment to me too. With too much freedom and time, he couldn’t find an interesting point of view beyond “pretty and romantic”. PR was so dysfunctional this year, and the clothes in the finale lacked the drama that dominated with the mental issues the rest of the season. PR, we want clothes drama, not people drama. But best part was, a nice person won, and I liked her collection. So I’m ok with this, and I feel the same as TLo about this show. Why do they have to crank out so many back to back seasons? Does someone have some major credit card debt they have to pay off, or some alimony payments to make? Are there so many sponsors lined up that they must use, and we will see Kmart, Stouffers, and Tire Pro challenges in the future? So many starlets with tenuous fashion connections that need the air time so they can “judge”? For the next season, I will probably watch with the TV on mute and reading TLo’s book. I might just enjoy PR more that way, than I have in years.

    • tixilyttik

      Thanks to Tom and Lorenzo for saying what I wanted to say but was too worried about being seen as a meanie.
      I wonder if Justin is also colorblind? It makes no sense. I would think everything would be color color color and that would be so amazing to hear the story of how sight and color was what he relied on in a life with no hearing. The sound waves…so literal. I do have to say I liked his final collection.
      I’m so happy Dom won. I did not care for the final collection but her body of work deserves the win. I’m just thrilled for her. I seriously did not think they would give it to her.
      Bradon choked. T&L are right…to much praise too early on and no constructive criticism. He was the darling and I think who the producers and judges wanted deep down to win, but he would have had to have soared over everyone in order to do that, and he just could not.
      I like Alexandria’s okay. I do like the pants and I still think if she could somehow make a variation of those that could be worn by more people in a nice soft fabric that still looked dressy yet casual…she could be sitting on a goldmine.
      I’m sure we will see all three on All Stars next season, if they don’t completely kill it this time.

      • leonps

        I think it has to do with Justin’s timid personality. A design teacher, upon seeing a poor use of color by Justin, could have told him, “Are you also color blind? It makes no sense. I would think everything would be color, color, color …. ”

        Using color is a skill that needs to be developed. Justin was scared when Heidi came to critique him in the workroom. A few negative comments about poor color usages might have scared him off of color, while someone as confident as Dom would take it as constructive feedback and just try to do more versions.

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

          I don’t think he’s quite the scared little woodland creature you’re painting him to be. He’s a professor himself, so it doesn’t seem likely he’d be that scared and upset over a possible critique.

          • leonps

            You’re right. I complain all the time about how the editing manipulated our perceptions and I fall for it myself. Justin’s background info didn’t jive with how he was being edited. In an interview, he complained about the editing too. I think he said doesn’t cry all the time and Ken was really a sweet guy. P.R. editors must be really skilled.

        • tixilyttik

          Oh, I get it…I’m the mean design teacher!

          • leonps

            No, you’re a sweetie, I’m the meanie.

    • DaveinAlamitosBeach

      Wow, I thought Alexandria’s collection was a major snooze. Everything was exactly the same as the next piece. I ended up wishing I could fast forward through it all.
      Bradon’s collection was downright unattractive. I’m surprised he couldn’t see it. Very old-ladyish.
      I would have given second place to Justin. Not that I thought his collection was anything more than attractive and not embarrassing. It was definitely more exciting than the similar Alexandria collection.
      Dom’s was the clear winner to me in every way. Interesting, varied, colorful, youthful with a hint of sophistication. And don’t hate me, but I kind of liked the Jackie O on the tarmac hairdos.

    • Trisha26

      Haven’t read the recap yet, just wanted to post first – I’m firmly in the Alexandria camp. She should have won. Beautiful, polished, edgy clothes that are salable and wearable by a variety of women. I gave most of her deconstructed looks during the show the side eye, and her less than outgoing attitude was often a challenge, but there’s no doubt in my mind she’s the most accomplished and deserving contestant. Having seen the collections in the posts after Fashion Week it was nice to see Justin’s on the runway – much more impressive in motion – I hope he has a career of some sort, his inspiration and use of technology was moving and impressive.

      • ItAin’tMe

        I loved Alexandria’s clothes and I wish I could wear them. When you saw ‘wearable by a variety of women’ I agree, as long as the women are of the skinny, under 40 variety.

        I think Justin’s clothes could be worn by women with less than perfect bodies, who could be I over 40.

        • disqus_LQmjCZP25F

          Maybe the Hyatt Regency crown of “over 50″s.”

    • Inspector_Gidget

      You know what would be a cool post? A breakdown of what really happens at the MBFW show. It seems so Edited for Television.
      I know they replace the copyrighted music that plays during the show. And they insert clapping and reaction shots where they don’t belong, right?
      Also I noticed some of the decoy people that actually showed collections were sitting in the audience. Were they all sitting in the audience and then got up to do their collection? They give the impression that the Final Four are backstage for the whole thing, but if they don’t sit with the others isn’t that a dead giveaway?

      • Qitkat

        This x1000. But I expect there are legal/contract/no reveal issues at play.

    • LittleMissSunshine1989

      Also, it’s the 3rd time in a row my favourite wins it all. Don’t know what to make of that…

    • TLJezebel

      Why are past winners on this season of All-Stars? Isn’t it supposed to be for the also-rans?

      • Nels P. Highberg

        It probably was in the first couple of seasons, but they are doing these so quickly, they are running out of people.

        Plus, there are the winners who have careers, like Christian and Chloe, and the ones who are able to take off a month to play the game again.

    • Nels P. Highberg

      I can understand the comments about Justin’s silhouettes being simple and how the 3D printing is all that makes them special, but I think that could be Justin hearing Tim in his head going, “edit, edit, edit.” He could have easily gone overboard. Instead, he did what he did and made a lot of us think, “He really did create a finale collection.”

    • thewitofthestaircase

      I have to say, I love the fact that Justin’s final look – the one representing his acceptance of sound (as he explained last week) – was literally NOISY. He not only managed to make an unconventional material fit aesthetically with his collection (which all of the designers did quite well), he used it as a powerful sensory component of the story. And didn’t one of the judges mention that it was meant to sound like rain, his favorite sound? It was a show-stopper of a dress all around, but it’s especially moving given that context. I was pleasantly surprised by his collection. I’m quite happy with Dom’s win – this is the least batshit finale in recent memory!

    • JaCory Deon

      I found the ending with the family quite moving, the dad coming out on crutches and crying…just a beautiful moment that had me a little teary too. Congrads to Dom, she deserved the win out of all of them if you take into account not only the last collection/challenge but the work the entire season. They didn’t go totally safe with picking her over the more commercial Alexandria and took a chance on someone young, hip, and with a pov that’s not what they typically reward. (Also Anya, look at Dom’s jumper: that is how you do it.)

      Brandon’s collection reminded me of the Golden Girls…there was something so dated and dry about it, in spite of the colors. Justin’s finale collection was good and was what he should’ve done all season. Alexandria’s clothes are cool and “now” but very limited in the pov…certainly her tv personality is too “off” for my tastes but she’ll get business out of this show. Overall a good if a bit boring show.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        As the season developed I thought that Braden, while talented, has a lot of growing to do as a designer, in that he needs to find his point of view, and for whom he wants to design. He has a tendency to get caught up in a concept and/or technique, I think. I like him, wish him well in the future-as I do the other finalists from this season.

      • kathrineb

        Her parents looked so proud! I was so happy for her.:-)

        Brandons work surprise d me. I was expecting something more youthful and modern from him!

    • Annie Lure

      What a travesty. Dom had THE MOST PROBLEMATIC collection. How is it that they awarded her the win? Let’s take a look:

      Look#1: Nice print. Utilized in an utterly basic silhouette.

      Look#2: The plastic, striated jacket seemed like a good counterpoint to the solid to me until I viewed its back on the official PR site. IT’S A SHAPELESS MESS. Her solids are ALL tacky.

      Look#3: See note about look #1.

      Look#4: See note about look #2. Credit where it’s due, the translucent peplum is constructed better than the translucent jacket. And this shade of blue is richer than the purple in the previous look.

      Look#5: See note about look# 1.

      This is where I’ll stop. All the silhouettes are uninspired. If what you’d like to showcase is your print-making, then demonstrate inventive use of the prints. Remove the prints, and the garments fail miserably. There’s nothing to them. There’s hardly any technique on display save for an attempt to match up the prints at the seams. The unconventional piece is awful. Very poorly configured. Look at how badly the metal pieces are arrayed in the top half. I won’t get to the bare pussy and ass in the bottom half. Oh, and that bathing suit!

      So why she’d win? The producers must have realized by now that they ought to crown a black designer. Well see, that’s not how it’s supposed to work. The winner, be he/she white, black, Asian, Latino, multiracial, blond, dark-haired, bald, fat, skinny, loud, soft-spoken, gay, straight, European, Native American, deaf, or whatever the hell else, SHOULD BE THE SUPERIOR DESIGNER. If they wanted to give it to an African-American or African-African designer, they’ve had multiple opportunities to do so. Could have given it to Korto, for example, whose clothing not only honored her heritage in the silhouettes, colors, details, and accessories, but also showed an understanding of how to extend that aesthetic beyond its point of origin. But she was up against Leanne, whose collection was more cohesive, more imaginative, and more impressive in technique. But had Korto won, it would have been deserved, too, for the reasons I noted above. They could have given it to Kimberly (Season 9). Her Brooklyn aesthetic was well-presented in a variety of clothing and techniques. But, no, they had to give it to the can-barely-stitch beauty queen. So now, it goes something like “it’s been 12 seasons, we HAVE to give it to a black designer, even if hers is the worst finale collection, because then they’ll hate us, blah, blah, blah”. So Dom won. Even though every SINGLE look is in need of editing/recalibrating.

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

        “Even though every SINGLE look is in need of editing/recalibrating.” Um, you could pretty much say that of every designer who presented. The idea that Dom was the worst of the four is just wrong.

        • Annie Lure

          Please note that what I wrote is my opinion only. It is no more wrong or right than another viewer’s opinion. I enumerated the reasons why I (emphasis on “I”) found her collection to be the weakest. I don’t think there’s ever been a prefect collection from anyone, even when PR was in its best, and the designers had months, as opposed to weeks, to design and execute their vision. My view is that Dom had one of few finale collections in which every piece needed to be remedied. I’ll forgive fit, for they have little time to fit the models, but I don’t think one ought to win with tacky jumpers and dresses, utterly unimaginative silhouettes, a poorly cut bathing suit, and poor construction with unconventional materials. That is my view, and I’ve expounded upon what informs it the best I can.

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

            Sorry, poor choice of words. I just meant that I disagree heavily. I like jumpsuits, personally, and I think if you’re going to take someone to task for “utterly unimaginative silhouettes,” I’d take Justin to task first, and for tackiness, Bradon (though he had some shining moments in between). I thought it was a tossup between Alexandria and Dom. I also feel protective of Dom because I disagree heavily that it was a purely affirmative action win (though you’re entitled to your opinion), and I found those comments petty and offensive.

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

          Sorry about the poor word choice, TLo. Wasn’t trying to be a snot. <3

      • SewingSiren

        I think it VERY unlikely that Lifetime would “give” the win to a competitor because they were African American. More likely that they would NOT give the win to a competitor who was African American

        • Annie Lure

          I understand that. Their not selecting someone whose aesthetic has been informed by their African-American (or African-African) identity and beautifully proffered as such HAS BEEN A PROBLEM. And, it seems, they’ve very belatedly realized this, which is unfortunate. They could have given the wins to Kara Saun, Korto, Kimberly, and even Emilio for his All-Stars collection, and it would have been either fully deserved (in the latter two cases) or fully understood (in the former two cases). I maintain that Dom did not present win-worthy looks, and I sincerely hope she didn’t win due to the producers’ trying too little too late to rectify what’s been conspicuously pervasive since the show debuted.

          • demidaemon

            They could have, yes. But each time these designers–who are talented in their own rights–were outdone by someone who just blew them out of the water. For Kara Saun, it was Jay; for Korto, Leanne; for Emilio, it should have been Uli. Kimberly is the only one that this does not apply to, because I think her collection was highly problematic–more so than Dom’s was, as you state it–and I quite frankly don’t remember who else was in her finale (I want to say that was Fabio and Dmitry’s season but I’m probably wrong; if it was, then Fabio should have clearly won). If it was Anya’s season, well, that was just a frickin’ trainwreck.

            I do not think Dom won due to producer interference. If that was the case, Justin or Bradon would have won. Dom and Alexandria would have been out from the start.

            My question for you is the following: If Dom should not have won this season, who should have and why?

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

      I am glad Dom won, because I thought her collection was the best. She especially fulfilled the generally unexpressed parameter of Project Runway finales- it was dramatic and looked good on TV. And I’d pretty much wear all of it (except the bathing suit and the peplum dress). I also liked Alexandria’s, but I thought her stuff was a little basic and the color scheme, while pretty, bland.
      Also, I would like to laugh at the people who called Dom’s collection washed out in colors last night. Only one other print in one other designer’s collection was more saturated. So, yeah ok.

      • CitizenLame

        Her prints won the 500 washes Tide challenge. Ok that was me, perhaps I can blame it on the fact that I wasn’t watching in HD as I usually do.

    • Dawn Sinclair

      on a side issue, anyone else noticed that Helen disappeared from Twitter. Did she have a final melt down or did PR get her to pull the plug?

      • OrigamiRose

        I noticed she deleted it; perhaps someone finally said to her that professionally, having a twitter called “helenthelush” combined with obvious drunk-tweeting, wasn’t a good career move.

        • Dawn Sinclair

          Having just looked at her time line (ty BB) I think I can answer quite categorically that no, she hasn’t stopped with the negative tweeting. It is a teeny bit entertaining though, I know, I know! There’s a special ring of hell reserved for me ;)

          • OrigamiRose

            Can I have a seat in your ring of hell? Because I’m so into entertaining stuff like this :)

      • BookishBren

        She has set up another. @hlncstlldesign or skinny-witch

        • Michelle Wilson

          But no fear, the new account is just as toxic as the last. Her Alexandria fixation is a little bit frightening.

          • demidaemon

            Then why did she delete the first one? Seems like a waste of time for someone clearly more interested in drinking and whining than designing.

            Although, I admit I am really interested in the trainwreck that the reunion will be. I really hope that Tim Gunn spanks all the designers with personality problems, at least verbally. I doubt he would resort to physical violence anyways.

    • Almut Weidenprinzessin

      Please don’t leave me, I need you.

    • Kwei-lin Lum

      I agree with the judges and agree that they had a hard job. There was no standout collection and all the finalists were worthy.

      Bradon was justifiably fourth. The proportions of his silhouettes and fabric patterns were rhythmically not in sync and ugliness happened. Oh, how sad. However, he’s very intelligent, comfortable with success, well-adjusted, artistically talented and will find a good niche. I wish he’d done the show two years from now and not fresh out of design school.

      Justin’s fabrics didn’t lend themselves well to his designs, they were too stiff. The garments didn’t go very well with the wonderful printed accessories. The paint spatters added an unneeded design element. Loved the first garment. Overcoming deafness is a huge task. I wish him very well and PR will enhance his career.

      Alexandria’s collection was very finished and very specific. I loved the shapes and the way the fabric draped. I think the collection’s cohesiveness acted against her. It boxed her in as a casual wear designer, made her seem just a little small, and PR seems to want more from their winners. She would have done well with PR winnings and could have started a profitable modest fashion business. I hope she can still do that because her clothes would sell very well.

      Big congrats to Dom. I think she won because she showed the best capacity for a diverse career with a unique perspective. She has the ability to design for everyone including African-Americans The collection itself was a bit klunky but the prints were great (and she designed them!). She is confident, in a good way, and composed beyond her years. The best of luck to her.

    • Kate4queen

      I actually agreed with the judging last night-a miracle. Dom’s collection was lovely I really want that Tide Challenge dress! and I was pleasantly surprised by how cohesive Alexandria’s collection looked. I wouldn’t wear most of it but I could see the appeal.

    • OrigamiRose

      After seeing the collections “move,” I thought Dom deserved to win, but I have to eat some crow because I really didn’t think Alexandria deserved to be there and she proved me wrong. Then you have Bradon, who seemed like the slam-dunk winner early on, flopping badly when given what we all think the designers need to shine, time, money, and breathing room. It’s a curious Catch-22; some people excel with strict limitations (it’s why I picked 16-hour comps over a thesis in college – I knew with too wide a berth, I’d go nuts and lose focus) and others flail until they are free of those limitations.

      With the exception of the non-stop runway crying, the designers did a uniformly good job of leaving the audience – be they viewers, potential investors, fashion critics, etc. – with a good personal impression of them. It should reward all four of them well going forward.

      I do really think Alexandria should auction off those PR Designer Dolls her students made, those were adorable. (Although I *hope* she gave Tim his gratis!)

    • Lorelei_D

      Regarding the 3D printer accessories: Do we really wanna wear plastic jewelry/accessories? Alexandria did a great job, but NO one will look good in those pants. I would wear Braden’s Bow Tie Challenge outfit, but his shiny collection would be very unforgiving to most figures. I would wear Dom’s dresses and I think she can do anything. Well deserved win!

      • Carrps

        No! I remember a lot of jewelry pieces in the 80s that were plastic with similar lines to Justin’s. Hated them then. Hate them now.

      • Lilithcat

        Do we really wanna wear plastic jewelry/accessories?

        Hell, yes. Or at least collect it. Have you seen the prices on Bakelite lately?

      • swanpride

        You know, there are also 3D printer for metal pieces…they are just even more expensive.

    • Mike

      Alexandria was my favorite from the moment she made that monster dress for the third challenge. She would have been my pick for the win, and I hope that she goes on to be incredibly successful.

      • otterbird

        Funny thing is, that was a team challenge, and it was both Alexandria and Dom’s dress. Foreshadowing of the final! I loved that dress too. Would wear it in a heartbeat.

        • Michelle Wilson

          If you look at Alexandria’s pre-Runway portfolio though, you’ll see she was already doing the monster dresses so the design was clearly hers even within the team format.

    • DeTrop

      Alexandria was robbed. Dom is a favorite of mine but her collection was not couture. Actually, I would have picked Alexandria, Justin, Dom and Bradon in that order. (You are so right in saying that the visual was important to Justin so where is the color!!!!) Well congrats to Dom. Was there ever a sweeter and more charming winner?

      • Lilithcat

        Being couture is not a requirement to win Project Runway. It’s not even a factor. If it were, none of the contestants would win, because none of the collections are even close to the definition of “couture”.

        • berlinmama

          And the winning design is for Belk! – BELK!

          • OrigamiRose

            Blech :)

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

              Blek!

            • OrigamiRose

              We need a Liz Lemon gif here. BLERGH! :)

    • DuBey2

      Last night was a great night. And there was cheering at my house. I wasn’t sure who I’d want for the win until I saw them “walk” because when TLo kindly posted the Fashion Week finales of all the last 6, I had picked Alexandria’s. But last night, Dom’s walked great and I wanted either TWO winners ( ” for the FIRST time in Project Runway history…”) or Dom.
      Other than the awful swimsuit, I loved everything she did, and am drooling to own the main print dress we all keep alluding to (5th down in her collection) and the Tide Challenge dress. I’d also like to see someone wear that blue gown & peplum on the RC, or her ‘so sheer it had Michael Kors coming up with new quips’ unconventional dress. A showstopper. Heidi and Zac were eagerly whispering about it, but I guess they couldn’t come up with a funny enough quip for it to survive the edit room floor.

      Zac earned his keep last night with the comparison of A’s and J’s outfits. That was very astute and I think it helped narrow down the field.

      • demidaemon

        I liked that too. I thought, “Bad luck for you Justin to have chosen your muse look with almost the same silhouette’s as Alexandria’s.”

    • BookishBren

      When you add in the decoy collections and make them contenders, who do you think should have won? Which decoy collections were better than some in the final four?

      • Angela_the_Librarian

        I think Alexander and Kate’s collections were pretty strong. Not sure if either would have beat Dom or Alexandria, but they certainly could have been alternates in the top 4.

      • Pril Wood

        The only one that really stood out for me was Alexander’s. I was less than wowed by Kate’s and didn’t like Helen’s much at all, but I guess these would be my top three.

      • Michelle Wilson

        I liked the starkness of Helen’s but can also see that it was very derivative and not a unique vision. As Alexandria said, she has a student mindset. She’s still recycling very recent references without much thought to reinvention and at the barest hint of criticism and she collapses like a house of really nasty, insecure little playing cards. That gray spot on the sternums of the printed pieces was also problematic because it looked like an oil stain.

        I felt like both Alexander and Jeremy had some wonderful moments in their collections but they also had some real clunkers and there was a lack of cohesion and polish to them. Kate also suffered from lack of cohesion and a lack of anything really original or expensive looking. The only bright spot being the polka dotted babydoll which I’m guessing was her unconventional materials dress. Ken’s was perfect, ie. not shown.

        • BelleBook

          Agreed about that Ken’s collection was perfect just for not being shown! :)

      • miatamam

        Fun question!

      • ShaoLinKitten

        I liked Alexander Pope’s.

      • swanpride

        I actually think that the four best contended. Alexander has a sense for drama, but his collection was way to much on the drag site of things…he has a future, though. Jeremy was boring and very much old lady, but in his defence, we don’t know when they made the decision to cut Ken in favour for him, maybe he had less time than every else. Helene’s was my least favourite collection overall which had my favourite runway look of all collections…the red cape over the shiny skirt. But I basically agree with the judges concerning all her other pieces. And Kate had basically two collections, one which looked Hawaiian inspired and was very boring and overdone, and one which looked film noir inspired which I liked much better, even though it was a little bit expected.
        Interestingly with most of the collections, the unconventional look ended up my favourite or at least something I remember to be unusual and impressive.

        • George Mortimer

          Jeremy was actually always one of the decoys, so no excuses for him! :-)
          NY Times had an interview with Tim Gunn about a week ago, in which he said that there was a 5th decoy designer (Ken), who pulled out of the runway show on the runway day. So, Jeremy was not drafted in as a replacement, he was already planned to be one of the decoys. By the way, sounds like Ken & some others were truly horrible to Tim & others this year. He said so himself in that interview that they were really nasty! I can imagine exactly who were being mean, rude bitches!

    • Constant Cat

      I loved Dom’s from the get go. Actually, the only other one I found to be a contender was Helen. (Around these parts, aka “After school Death Wish”.) Her work was nuanced. But Dom was the most wildly creative, colorful and fun. Fun! Fun is so often under appreciated in fashion, I feel. I feel like all of her clothes were party dresses. I want one. :)

      • stayl

        “Fun!” is another reason I thought Dom would lose. I’m happy and relieved that she won.

        • berlinmama

          I agree that Dom was creative with her prints, BUT check out the dress just before the bathing suit. When the model walks away, her butt looks like she sat on some black paint!

    • HobbitGirl

      TLo, darlings, I love you, but NO to those pants. They’re just horrific.

    • ewenice

      I think ShelleyO is her target market for many of the looks.

    • traceyishere

      I love the hair on her models, so Dianne Carroll.

      • queenceleste

        that’s it!! I was trying to remember who it reminded me of. Very 60s and glam without seeming old.

    • ore

      Nice personalities, but the fashion boring.

    • BelleBook

      Here are my comments on the Final Four:

      Bradon: I loved his blue floral print dress, but his collection *was* the least cohesive and most of his outfits looked too safe. And I don’t think he realized that part of the challenge behind the final runway show was to show how his design aesthetic showed throughout his collection.

      Justin: I actually thought he’d come in second! But at least he showed what he was capable of. Too bad he didn’t do so until near the end. He definitely wasn’t ready to win.

      Alexandria: I wasn’t a major fan of her work, but her collection *did* show who she was as a designer! I’m glad she came in second and I think she’ll have a fine career ahead of her.

      Dom: I’m delighted Dom won since I wanted her to win! I thought she had the best collection and certainly the most ambitious one! Congratulations to her and if my Mom is in any Belk stores in Raleigh, I’ll have her look for some Dom creations in the stores, just to see how they look!

    • putacorkinit

      I can’t think why you say Dom’s collection – which I liked – was infused with an African-American or specifically African feel. I thought the opposite – early 80s European or New York inspired if anything. The big hair, in particular, was deliberately non-African American and far more Fay Dunaway or Lauren Hutton. I am glad she won though all the collections seemed to me a little lacklustre.

      • DuBey2

        I’m glad you said this. I, too, wondered about TLo’s interpretation of the prints. Dom was great and was so professional the whole season, even down to the fact that she never mentioned (at least not that I recall) her ethnicity. She just wanted to be judged based on her output: a truly anonymous runway (which we all know didn’t happen).
        I only disagree with you about this finale – I really did like the shows of 3/4 of the finalists.

        • putacorkinit

          That’s fair enough. In matters of taste, there can be no dispute. I personally did not like Alexandria’s at all. It was too shapeless and boneless for me. I guess I still yearn for the haut couture days of the first seasons.

          But as I said, I am glad Dom won. However, I am also pretty sure that it was the bold and exiting styling that tipped it over the edge for her rather than any actual intrinsic originality in the clothes. So let’s big it up for the merry boys and girls of the L’Oreal Paris Hair & Make-up Styling Parlour! Tell us about your products again…?

    • queenceleste

      Oh my, oh my, I LOVED the styling of Dom’s models. That hair and those sunglasses–they all looked like 21st century Diana Rosses and Elizabeth Taylors. It was just perfect with the clothes. One of my fave PR wins in a long time, even if she did get her chronology off by a decade or two. And I am so glad that Alexandria came second!

      • sojourneryouth

        I agree, except that the hair was sometimes messy, and I think the faces could have used more color, but I looooove the general idea. MAHOGANY!!!

    • Call me Bee

      Loved Alexandria’s collection. It will sell well in her native Sweden, where, honest to God, all the women are tall and thin. I thought she would get the win. I’ll bet she would have if she’d done a few more dresses, maybe
      But I’m happy that Dom won. Very talented.
      And I’m more happy that, given all the dramatic shit that went on earlier in the season, the four finalists were well adjusted and actually had designing talent.

    • Melissa Brogan

      I just could not with this season after watching the first episode, but looking at your finale recap I’m really excited that they chose a winner who looks like she has something to say without it being all Drama TV.

      That is some super ugly hairstyling, though.

    • BobStPaul

      I didn’t see the show so I’m basing my opinion solely on the still photos. Obviously then I couldn’t see how Dom’s collection moved which seems to have been a big deal for many people. The more I look at her collection the less I like it. I don’t think there’s a single piece I really like though there’s a couple that I would like with some editing. Although I generally like prints I don’t like hers much or what she’s done with them. I’m obviously in the minority with this opinion but that’s all it is – opinion. When I first saw Bradon’s collection I liked a lot of the individual pieces though it was less than cohesive. My opinion of his finale work has dropped since I first saw it. I honestly liked Justin and Alexandria’s finale work the best even though I much preferred Dom and Bradon’s design work during the course of the show. The best part about how this season ended up was the lack of drama from the final four.

    • Big Bear

      Welcome to Alexandria’s Sweatshop. Phone books are by the door.

      Seriously. She made children weave for her? What’s the bet she lured them in with a gingerbread house?

      • nosniveling

        oh for God’s sake. way to misinterpret everything.

      • Pril Wood

        As an art teacher, I have to point out here that the kids very likely LOVED helping. I have taught 3D paper art classes and my students would have been totally excited to be involved in any way with something like this!

        • OrigamiRose

          This. I mean, I won’t deny that I joked about it, but those kids made PR designer dolls, I am sure they were thrilled to be a part of it.

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

            and I totally want the Tim Gunn doll

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

          Knowing kids, if Alexandria had initially refused, some probably would have pestered her until she agreed to have them make something for the finale collection.

      • queenceleste

        I bet they LOVED seeing their work strut out on the stage. What a thrill! That said, I kind of like the gingerbread image…

    • papillon

      I was really, really happy with Dom’s win. Even though I had been rooting for her for most of the competition, I never thought they’d actually give it to her, especially since so many of the great pieces she made during the competition were passed over by the judges again and again. I’m usually not invested in finales but I almost teared up seeing her win. She seems so sweet and warm and down-to-earth and I love her aesthetic. Her clothes are bold and youthful and FUN and I could definitely see myself wearing some of her designs. I definitely think she has a handle on her aesthetic and her influences and I hope she has a long, successful career ahead of her in fashion. I honestly think she’s got a lot to say.

      That being said, I wasn’t as impressed by her final collection as I hoped to be. I loved her prints (so galactic!) and the colours she chose to work with, especially the purples and blues. The black and white jumpsuit was gorgeous and I even liked the bathing suit – and liked that she included a bathing suit because it was unusual and unexpected. I LOVED that chic, stream-lined black and white dress. It was stunning. But I didn’t care for the shiny, neon bright looks like the purple jumpsuit or the plastic looking jacket she paired it with. I also didn’t really care for the way she styled her models. I think she was going for a 70’s look but those hairstyles just didn’t work for me.

      Honestly I was never a fan of Alexandria’s – I thought she was quite weak and her designs boring for most of the competition but I’ll say that I thought her final collection looked incredibly cohesive and on trend. It’s very post-apocalyptic desert wasteland survivalist chic and I wasn’t surprised that the judges loved it. It does look very editorial. That being said, I didn’t actually LIKE any of her looks myself. I thought they were kind of bland and just too neutral and understated. I also disliked the fauxhawks and the faux pocket technique.

      I was shocked by how good Justin’s collection was based off of what he did on the show. I think he definitely stepped things up after being eliminated and saved and in the end, I don’t think the save was as bad a move as I had before. He also seems very sweet so I wish him well. But I hope he’ll use more colour in the future.

      Bradon’s was terrible, imo. It looked confused and I really, really, REALLY don’t like that gold, metallic fabric or the colourful print he chose. I did like his unconventional look and the billowy blue and white dress. They were beautiful and memorable. I also kind of liked the peach fabric.

      Thank you for the recaps and the live tweets. They’re fun and informative. And although it’s disappointing not to be able to look forward to them for All Stars, I completely understand wanting a break.

    • DamH

      I would love to see Alexandria win personally, but I guess Dom’s winning does me fine.
      The former’s collection has a stronger statement and also very sophisticated.

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

      All PR posts prior to season nine can be found, perfectly indexed, on our original site: http://projectrungay.blogspot.com/

      • Sweetvegan

        Thank you!!! <3

    • Melvis Velour

      When I saw Dom’s B&W jumpsuit that TLo both loved, it reminded me of this AMAZING similar outfit my Mom got from Pucci back in the 60’s. It was killer then – and turned more than a few heads in Beirut where we lived – and still looks fabulous now. I could easily see that silhouette flying off the shelves in colorful prints.

    • embers618

      re: Justin’s lack of color. I have synesthesia, so for me, every color has a sound. Justin’s collection “sounds” quiet to me, and some of his pieces (the muted greys) have almost no sound at all. His using only greyscale for the whole season makes total sense to me as a representation of his POV, because it allows me to hear his deafness.

      • Pril Wood

        Very interesting POV and something few people would realize. Thanks for sharing, Embers. BTW, Justin’s collection would have been my first choice to win.

    • queenceleste

      What was Helen’s reaction to the final? Her Twitter account has gone quiet, it seems.

      • demidaemon

        Above it shows that she has a new one (or more).

    • Milos Mom

      What of the decoy collections? Will you be posting those?

      • Gatto Nero

        TLo posted those a while back, but without critiques.

        • Milos Mom

          Found them… Thanks!

      • Milos Mom

        Found them… thanks!

    • Cam

      Just know that someone far away from Southeast Asia is thanking you for your thoughtful recaps. :)

      • GillianHolroyd

        Hey, same here as of next week and I was counting on the recaps to keep up. My wi-fi is not robust enough to stream.

        • ItAin’tMe

          Gillian, I love your movie!

    • George Mortimer

      Woohoo! So happy for Dom’s win!
      So not happy that you won’t be doing All Stars recaps though. ;-(
      Ah well, understandable, I guess. They really are overdoing it!

    • Glammie

      Sat this season out, but *finally* a black designer won. (I’m not saying African-American, because I think of Korto as African). It’s about frickin’ time–I was thoroughly sick of the bridesmaid syndrome.

      And you guys are quitting All-Stars–okay, I have to look, it’s gotta be bad, really, really bad.

    • GTrain

      I was Team Dom all season but also very much liked Alexandria’s final collection. I wasn’t very impressed with Dom’s final, just a couple of pieces, but based on her body of work and general pov I’m satisfied with her win. I would have been happy with an Alexandria win as well. No doubt both of them will be successful!

    • lrhoff

      I completely agree with you two in your choice of who should’ve won. The pants in Alexandria’s collection — no, pretty much everything in it — I would buy and wear in a heart beat. Once again, the judges just don’t get it. The question to be answered is what is fashion forward and what is most likely to fly off the racks. Alexandria wins hands down.

    • patsijean

      I did not like any of Alexandria’s work, all season, and actually found her work unattractive. She relied heavily on vests, baggy pants, and “t-shirt lik” tops. In your photos #3 & #5 of her final show, the style of the pants has been featured at least 3 times in past issues of Burda Style Magazine, so it is not that original a pant style. Still ugly.

    • Pterodactyl111

      As a biologist, the fact that Justin made a dress out of pipette tips just thrills me.

    • MaisyMcGregor

      Bradon’s first gown with the white ruffle made me think of Vera Ellen in White Christmas.

    • A Shiny O’Connor

      Interesting that they’re bringing back winners for All Stars.

      • DuBey2

        Really? That doesn’t seem fair.

        • A Shiny O’Connor

          Yes, a few. Seth A, Jeffrey and Irina. Mega weird.

    • Scott Finley

      I’m going to miss my Thursday night drinking game of whenever Justin mentions he’s deaf or gay or both, drink.

      • disqus_LQmjCZP25F

        Not that I support drinking, but I have to say that I find this comment hysterical. I actually thought that if a begger’s cup would have made him seem more pathetic, he would have brought one to the final. I feel certain that there were millions of hearing-impaired across the nation that were embarrassed by him.

    • Rebecca Welch

      As usual I think you guys are spot on with your critique. I kind of wished that Alexandria had won. I could see her passion and I think that she makes really cool clothes. Love Dom too. I don’t have a problem with her win. Loved you statement about “four talented people show good collections…”. So true!!

      Got a kick out of the bit about the washing machine!!! You are not kidding. They would have feasted on a spill on a washable garment.

      It’s your blog and you can blog if you want to, but I am so going to miss you blogging runway. I’ve read you since the beginning and it won’t be the same without you.

    • demidaemon

      I totally understand the PR overload and the obvious result–a break from TLo’s great critique and analysis. I mean there has been a total of maybe 2 1/2 month break from PR in the past 2 years. Hopefully, the new season won’t start up after All-Stars until June-ish, giving us all a nice six month long break. It’s what I like about ANTM now–there is a whole year to get re-excited for it. Distance makes the heart grow fonder, etc.

      As a non-blogger, however, I will watch All-Stars because I am a masochist. However, if the season turns out like last year’s, I may be done with it. After the wrongness of Anya’s win, there seems to be a movement towards giving talented competitors the win in the regular seasons. I hope to see this continue! And that I haven’t just jinxed myself.

    • estella_nyc

      Really glad you guys are taking a PR break – you totally deserve a breather from all of that mess.

    • Jacob Bowen

      I don’t know how Alexandria’s was the most “declarative” when a bunch of the captions of the photos read “too minimal” and “too basic”. Her t-shirts and similar pants bore me.

    • karen s. bassett

      I love Alexandria. Some people are upset because she said she deserved to win. I don’t think she said it with malice or snobbiness…she truly believed in her heart that she could win. She bore the brunt of Nina’s constant criticizing with grace. She may have seemed a little awkward at times, but that made her endearing to me. I couldn’t handle all that pressure and be Miss Congeniality, either. I hope she has great success in the future. And I tip my hat to her for working with those precious children.

      • Gatto Nero

        I like her, too. Because she’s reserved, some think she’s unemotional, but she’s actually quite intense. She has conviction, killer skills, and a strong point of view.
        On the season 12 reunion show last night, hosted by Tim Gunn, the other designers ganged up on her and accused her of being duplicitous. It was painful to watch. (Kate: “I thought you were my friend!” Helen: “Why do you hate me?” Really.) And the odd thing is that Alexandria didn’t attack the others personally in the confessionals — she criticized the work, as did every other designer on the show.
        I wish her well.

        • karen s. bassett

          I watched that horrible show, too, and wanted to cry. I can’t believe Tim just sat there and let everyone else beat up on her. He should have defended her!

          • Gatto Nero

            I agree. I’m wondering what really transpired in the studio versus the edited version we saw. I’d like to believe that he mediated the exchange somehow — but it sure looks as though he didn’t.

    • Gatto Nero

      Came here hoping for a word on PR All Stars and then remembered that the uncles have declared a moratorium. Although I can’t blame them for PR burnout, the season will be so empty without them!

    • christy

      Who makes those camel booties that Alexandria uses in her final collection?

    • Zyxomma

      Love it? No complaints? How about the FACT that you can see most of a breast without even looking, and that it’s one spaghetti strap fall away from indecent exposure?

    • Becky Simmons

      I just wanted to thank you, TLo. I have gotten mad at PR for messing things up, but have not vowed to stop watching, in fact, I like to re-watch. Season 12 is one that I don’t like to re-watch (it has bumped season 6 from that top spot), but I did want to review a bit before S13 starts. I decided to do that by reading your blog instead of watching. So… thank you TLo for watching so I didn’t have to. (Never thought I’d have to say that about this show…)