Project Runway: Butterflies Are Free; L’Oreal is Not

Posted on October 04, 2013

Oh, God. We really have become the Grumpy Old Men of Project Runway recapping. The Statler & Waldorf of sewing competitions. Because we just spent 20 minutes ranting at each other to the effect of, “In MY day, inspiration challenges actually MEANT something! HARRUMPH.”

 

We love anything that sets the designers loose on the world and asks them to find inspiration in it. It’s the closest the show ever comes to depicting the actual creative process, even though it’s all terribly fake and staged. But they really outdid themselves on the fakery this time around. In a season in which Tim Gunn couldn’t clear his throat without mentioning the name of a product, we about hit the wall last night when the designers were asked to take inspiration both from a makeup product…

 

… and also butterflies.

Sorry, but that’s just dumb. We miss the days of “Here’s a camera and a setting. Spend the day taking pictures and sketching.” Now it’s “Make something inspired by THIS product and THIS thing.” If we really wanted to get into high dudgeon, we’d go so far as to say that a challenge like this is an offense to the very idea of creativity. As if it could be focus-group tested and directed toward a certain goal.

And if that wasn’t complicated enough – Butterflies! Makeup! Also, avant garde! – they went and did this:

 

Again: pretty much an offense to the very ideas of creativity, inspiration, or avant garde design. A twist set up for one reason: to make it that much harder for anyone to produce a truly creative, inspired, and avant garde look. Actually, there was a second reason they did this which we’ll get to in a second.

Seriously, remember when the inspiration challenges were just “Be inspired?” It was always the reward for getting to the end of the competition, having jumped through every hoop the show set up for them. “Now you get to show us what you can really do.” Are we the only ones who remember that? There are a half dozen criteria here that need to be met just to fulfill the dictates of one challenge – and it’s the challenge the show always described as the most free and open of all of them.

Bah.

 

Bradon

So congratulations, Bradon! We did not think this should have won, though. It’s odd, certainly. But that doesn’t necessarily make it avant garde and we don’t see any sort of butterfly inspiration here. And we just don’t think the shape of it is, as Nina would say, aesthetically pleasing. She looks like a toilet paper roll after a kitten went to town on it.

 

 

Sue’s original

This is fine. Pretty. We can’t get excited, but whatever.

 

 

Dom

Oh please. This so should have won. You’re lucky if once a season a garment walks down that runway that truly looks like it should be walking one of the major runways of the world. This is easily the most high-fashion look all season and might even be the most high-fashion look seen in several seasons. When Emmy Rossum immediately tried it on and it looked as good or better on her than on the model, it said to us that this was an extremely well-made garment as well, considering the time allotted. Just a gorgeous look all around and one of our favorites in quite some time. We don’t know that it necessarily qualifies as avant garde (since it looks like it could be walking in a Marc Jacobs show), but then again, we can count on one hand the number of times anything approached avant garde on Project Runway.


Jeremy’s original

She did some really smart work with that jacket and print. It’s not the greatest look in the world, but it’s a vast improvement over the original. Dom’s the real deal. She’s got the skills and she’s got the vision.

 

 

 

Alexandria

We disagreed on this one. Lorenzo hated it and thought it looked student-y. Tom admitted that it was rough, but thought there was a dark elegance to the look.

Miranda’s original

She did genius-level reworking on those pants, too. Honestly, she’s not the most likeable person on the show and she does tend to gravitate toward some weirdness in her designs, but we think she’s talented.

 

 

 

Helen

Nope. Hot freaking mess. And the judges tied themselves into knots pretending that it wasn’t. Worse: it’s a ridiculously conventional gown; a slight variation on something done a hundred times before. So it’s a mess AND it’s conventional in an avant garde challenge. Smells like grounds for auf’ing to us, but they of course, want to extend Afterschool Special’s penchant for weepy drama as long as they can.

Kate’s original

 

A fine, but not particularly interesting rework.

 

 

Justin

Boy oh boy, those judges REALLY wanted to give Justin the win last night; overpraising this awkward and ugly outfit to an absurd extent…

 

Justin’s Original 

 

And then practically weeping over his being reunited with HIS GREATEST FAILURE EVER, which is, let’s face it, the real reason why this twist was devised. It goes hand-in-hand with the concept of Tim’s Save and it was probably thought up at the same time, knowing that most people in Justin’s position would do exactly what he did, thus giving them the storyline they want.

But as much as they want the gay deaf guy in the finale, they couldn’t give him the win for either of these looks. The first one is awful and the second one lacks the cleverness of some of the better re-designs, like Bradon’s and Dom’s. We hate to say it, but his work has always been drab, monochromatic, and lacking in creativity throughout the challenge, but they overpraise or overlook (Have they even once criticized him for only making black and white dresses?) all of it. It’s a little embarrassing and we have to conclude that somehow Justin got a little caught up in it all because our jaws dropped when he said he should be in the finale because he’s gay and deaf. The former is not exactly an original point of view in the world of fashion and the latter has not been evident anywhere in his designs, if it even can be. What we mean by that is, we can buy the argument that his being deaf gives him a unique perspective and point of view in his design work, but we haven’t seen any such thing.

But whatevs. This is what they always do now; pretend like they don’t have a clear final three because there are a couple people left who are bound to provide some drama or tears so they pretend like they can’t make a decision.  We would have put Alexandria in the final three because Helen and Justin simply made terrible work this time around, but we could’ve bought the argument for putting Helen in the final three because cumulatively, her work has been better than Alexandria’s. But either way, Justin should’ve been gone and it really shouldn’t be all that hard to decide between the remaining two.

 

 

 

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

    • jeneria

      Helen puts out the exact same dress that she put out in the last challenge and NO ONE SAYS A WORD? I agree about Justin. I’m sure he’s an absolute doll, but he’s outclassed right now.

      • MilaXX

        and her so called avant garde dress is almost the same as her glamping challenge dress.

        • SewingSiren

          And ironically the “moth” dying in the sink was also a butterfly.

      • SewingSiren

        If you look at the Lifetime website designer portfolio’s click on Helen’s runway work , they have last weeks lined up with the redo (unintentionally) . From the waist up they are identical. I also can’t see where she used any of Kate’s fabric. Can you>

        • Fanny_Trollope

          There’s a white underlay to the top, but it doesn’t look like enough material to make the redone top. And I don’t see that blue skirt fabric anywhere. I’m wondering if they told the designers they were allowed to use material that was left over from each of the losing looks? Do they save that stuff?

          • SewingSiren

            The fabric Kate used for her overlay’s is completely transparent, looks like cheap chiffon. Helen’s fabric on her redo top looks like scraps of Bradon’s avant garde dress. It’s semi transparent but with more body than chiffon.

            • Fanny_Trollope

              I’m wondering if Kate purchased additional material that she didn’t use in the garment and if they were allowed to use those leftovers. No way of knowing. But that sure wasn’t in the garment itself.

            • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

              I thought that maybe Helen’s skirt was the same fabric as whatever Kate’s look had underneath. Possibly?

        • hyperionic

          I was wondering were everyone got the material to remake those looks. Where did they get all that leather from?

          • guest2visits

            Yes – I wondered where all the extra material came from; it’s almost like a whole other trip to Mood. Bradon’s entire re-work dress was made from something else….where did all this lucky bounty come from?

            • joanne0012

              All of them bought tons of stuff at Mood for the avant-garde look, that they didn’t use.

            • guest2visits

              Thanks for the info. That was a fortunate purchase by Bradon and Helen then. His leather or pleather was a perfect fit for the leftover placemats; and Helen amazingly picked out a blue fabric that mimicked Kate’s. (Along with orange and black materials….?) I guess they really didn’t hold back when they decided to clean out the credit cards at Mood. That would also explain why Helen picked out Kate’s and why Bradon would choose Sue’s flimsy design if he knew he already had fabric to replace what was missing.

            • swanpride

              Bradon said he gravitated to it because of the lines…since he and Dom were apparently the only ones who actually took the part of the brief that the redesign had to be connected with the failed look seriously. There is certainly still a little bit of Sue in his work, which I thought really nice. It was the other reason I would have picked him over Dom, too, (The first one was the fact that Dom made the jacket way to tight), even if his end design was not that exciting.

        • jeneria

          I was wondering about that, too. Her skirt looked really stiff. Shouldn’t she have used the patterned fabric in some way? I just didn’t get how they praised that. It was EXACTLY the same as the week before and Zac fell all over it like it was new and exciting because of the . . .Seaming? Is that what saved her?

        • NMMagpie

          I just watched that part of the print challenge again and that blue was not among any of the fabrics that Kate had to work with, much less the print which had a flower-like design and a concentric square shape on it. All her blues were washed out.

          Just goes to let you know I had the day off; I went and researched Project Runway episodes. #fail

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

            Not a fail. Just fact-checking for the BKs. I appreciate facts.

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

            dedication.

      • ChrisP

        And her rework is the same look that Miranda was crucified for doing!

        • DuBey2

          Oh thats right: “a pencil skirt and a crop”. But this is HELEN’s pencil skirt as opposed to Miranda.

          • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

            Miranda repeated her looks but they were great looks. The judging is inconsistent, to say the least. The judges are misleading Helen into a state of false security–unless she’s the ultimate winner and then I think I’d have to quit watching the show. I wonder how much more whining we’re going to see from Helen.

          • Gatto Nero

            Thought they are both crop tops and pencil skirts, there’s a world of difference in the design and execution.
            And I’m not a Helen fan.

      • Kristy Sheldon

        Justin may be outclassed, but at least his dress was butterfly inspired, and a lot of work went into that piping. It was sloppy up close, but that could be due to the time constraints. There was a bit of artistry there. He may be playing the deaf card as a last stitch effort, pun intended.

        • berlinmama

          If you closely at the back hem of Helen’s skirt, it is not only cut crooked, it has unraveled thread!

        • Gatto Nero

          I may be wrong, but I didn’t hear Justin say that he should go to Fashion Week because he’s deaf and gay. What I understood was that he sees himself as an outsider in the fashion industry, and he wants to inspire others who see themselves as outsiders to follow their passion. That may not be a compelling reason either, but it’s not quite so self-centered.

      • manina

        Helen’s dress, besides being un-original, had nothing to do with the monarch butterfly’s color, a rusty orange and she chose a bright tangerine and mango combination. I have never seen a shredded butterfly or moth. If the inspiration was that butterfly, which has very definite lines, almost like stained glass, she totally missed it. The same can be said of Alexandria’s rags. Butterflies are perfect, their wings are perfectly symmetrical, none have that shredded mummy style. The zebra butterfly which inspired her is very light, almost transparent, it kind of floats in the air; her rag dress looked more like old, dusty spider web stuck to the corner of some old barn.

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

      Helen’s orange dress? Mashup of final challenge in season one, Wendy’s x Jay’s x Kara Saun’s. It was not original at all, even within just the season of Project Runway. She should have been a definite out.

      • ccinnc

        Didn’t she make a dress very similar, inspired by a dead MOTH for God’s sake, in the outdoor-inspiration challenge???

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

          I can’t even remember too many of the past challenges this season because no one is really inspiring me. However, remembering season one? SO EASY!

          • Chelseayn

            I completely agree. Seasons 1-4 to me are memorable, the clothes are inspired and well-crafted, and the show wasn’t all about product placement and whiny designers. Sad, really.

        • queenceleste

          well at least the judges did admit they’d seen that look hundreds of times before. Shouldn’t that been an immediate auf, since it definitely wasn’t AG?

        • LittleMissSunshine1989

          She did it for the glamping challenge, Costello-lite did it at least twice on his season (first challenge and then the store challenge, and he won both challenges), and Gordana did it miles better in her season when she tore apart that old wedding gown and made a kick-ass lil’ dress. Not avant garde, not new, and certainly repetitive as hell.

    • HomeOfficeGirl

      Wow – I do not regret giving up PR. All this stuff looks like crap. What a shame.

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      In a world where challenges were truly judged on the adherence to the terms of it, Helen would have gone home. Her avant grade look was anything but, and her re do did not in any way reference the original garment. In fact I don’t think either of the fabrics she used were even part of it.

      • crash1212

        My thoughts exactly. I was confused by the re do part of this ridiculous challenge when I saw hers. I remarked to my cat that it didn’t look like she used any part of the original garment…thought maybe I missed something but don’t care enough to watch it again.

        • Sarah

          She said something weird about repurposing the flower fabric – all I could think of was maybe she turned it inside-out? And bitch KNEW she wasn’t avante garde with that orange mess. It was laughable how they gave her a pass for all that uninspired-ness.

          • joanne0012

            Kate’s fabric design had dots and flowers, and Helen referred to the flower shape from Kate’s fabric design, even though it wasn’t evident in Kate’s garment. But I can’t figure out where all that solid blue fabric for the skirt came from.

        • kaydenpat

          And what was your cat’s response?

          I agree that none of Helen’s “re-do” came from Kate’s original monstrosity (at least to my naked eye).

        • CurbGirl

          My cat won’t even watch!

          • MarieLD

            My cats won’t watch either! (I was too tired last night to watch, but at 9:00 my 15yo son said, aren’t you going to watch your program? I think he kind of enjoys it.)

          • zoreta

            I can convince my corgi into watching, but only with gratuitous belly rubs. Otherwise she’ll run for her bed and snooze through the episode- a notion I’m quite familiar with this season…

          • CozyCat

            My cats LOVE the show. It’s just one more proof of the inferiority of humans…

          • kimmeister

            My girl cat doesn’t watch TV, and the only thing my boy cat has ever watched with keen attention was, no joke, The Aristocats.

            • FunButNutz

              I once had a cat that was repeatedly mesmerized by the George Michael video for “I Want Your Sex”

            • demidaemon

              Was it a boy cat?

            • DuBey2

              I put the youtube video of the birds (the 40 minute one) on my laptop and my female kitty loves it.

              She sometimes watches TV if there’s cats or dogs, but she hates the blaring noise, I think.

            • kimmeister

              I’ve watched shows with real cats, like Cats 101, Too Cute, and My Cat from Hell, and they elicit no reaction from either kitty. Leave it to the singing cartoon cats to get Chai’s attention.

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

              My cats will wake up from even the deepest sleep if there’s any meowing from the TV cats. Their confusion is quite amusing.

            • Carrps

              When we first got our rescue doxies, the girl went insane looking all over the living room (including inside the bookshelves) to find the kitten meowing on Animal Planet. I don’t think they’d ever been exposed to TV before. They’re pretty blase now.

      • Jessica Freeman

        Pretty sure they now sell pre-made fabric at JoAnn’s and the likes. Not something new at all.

      • BrooklynBomber

        What are you talking about? Don’t you know orange is avant garde? ORANGE! It’s the new hoo hoo! It’s avant! It’s garde! It’s orangggggggeeee!

        • HM3

          If a “bold color” was ever a weak excuse for avant garde, I loved Nina denied her even that: she screamed, several times, that she HATED the color.

        • Jackie4g

          You’re absolutely right. Would you like a cookie? I have some nice cookies here and you could have a cup of tea, and you will feel better soon. You’re right, though, your ‘re absolutely right.

          edited for typo

          • BrooklynBomber

            Yes, please. And you’ll put a little of my special medicine in the tea, won’t you?

            • Jackie4g

              I’d be delighted. Uh, got any extra?

        • Coco Cornejo

          Orange is the new avant garde?

      • HM3

        Come to think of it, REGARDLESS of what the challenge was, making a “pretty” dress is unacceptable at any point in a competition. This look showed a tragic lack of originality or point of view.

      • Call me Bee

        God I miss you in the TLounge, Kiltd. It’s just not the same…*sniff*

        ETA: Though Stuben did pull out the champers last night. I was nostalgic…

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

          Hey Bee!
          I miss you too, and all my fellow digital denizens. You will just have to consume extra champagne to fill my spot.
          (Sighs heavily)
          And I’m really very flattered.
          Hugs
          kiltd

      • Chelseayn

        I agree. Somehow throughout the season Helen has been deluded into thinking she has all this talent–her orange dress was more avant-garbage than anything. Both looks were very similar to looks she has done earlier in the season.

    • Danielle

      I got home after it aired, and when I watched it later, my dvr crapped out right after the on-runway critique. What happened?

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        Dom and Braden are cleared for Fashion week. The other three have still got to duke it out for the thirt spot.

        • Danielle

          Thanks.

        • Danielle

          And shenanigans.

          • Sarah

            True dat.

            • NYCGlamourpuss

              Totally.

      • BrooklynBomber

        What happened is that your DVR got fed up.

    • Kate Andrews

      Blah blah blah…L’oreal…butterflies…..avant garde….
      I’m brain dead. I did like Bradon’s gown, though. It reminded me in a way of Dale Chihuly’s glass sculptures (particularly the reeds). Not that that has anything to do with butterflies, but whatevs.

      • TrixieConQueso

        What a great design challenge idea – Chihuly! Leeeerrrve him.

        • Kate Andrews

          If only he were selling something!

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Using Chihuly’s work for inspiration could be amazing in so many ways, but knowing Bunim/Murray, I’d have to close my eyes when they got to the “L’Oreal Chihuly eye shadow palettes”

          • Sarah

            What flavor of Yoplait does this Chihuly installation remind you of?

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Let’s not talk about the cow, Martha…..

            • Imasewsure

              I’ll get back to you on that after I spend some time carefully considering the Belk wall!!

            • travelgirl28

              I’m sorry, I think you mean “thoughtfully considering the Belk wall.” Even Tim can’t think of another way of phrasing that week after week. They’re all just really doing this by rote now, aren’t they?

            • FunButNutz

              I’m sure the phrase Tim uses for the accessories wall is built into the contract at the onset of every season.

            • GreenTurtle

              Designers, please approach the Belk accessories wall with great trepidation, and not a little nausea.

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

              Do not taunt the Belk Accessories Wall!

            • Imasewsure

              You are right! “Carefully” would imply that the Belk sh*t was ugly and needed to be approached with caution…. not good sponsor kissing

            • joanne0012

              “Thoughtfully” is just as bad, IMHO, it means “Use the plain pumps, not the other hideous unflattering shoes, and for gawd’s sake don’t touch those bags.”

            • marlie

              It’s not really Tim Gunn… what we see saying “thoughtfully consider the Belk wall” is an animatronic likeness of the original.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Yes, I like to think that that is the TimGunn 3000 mouthing those words.

            • HM3

              –and, which Hollywood starlet best resembles that flavor? Now design for HER…at a book-signing. Be creative!

            • Gatto Nero

              You have one hour.

          • NYCGlamourpuss

            I can’t even fathom how horrifying a Chihuly Smokey Eye would look like.

            • Call me Bee

              Bright neon green, I’ll bet….

          • decormaven

            I would get seriously stabby if that kind of f’ery would be instigated around Chihuly’s work.

          • Sue Shea

            in the lobby of my apartment building there is a beautiful chihuly ivory and white chandelier. gorgeous! it would be amazing…

        • Kate Andrews

          I live in Richmond, Va., and we were lucky to have a Chihuly exhibit earlier this year. One of his giant chandeliers is still at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and he also has red glass “reeds” outside the museum. So awesome.

          • Sarah

            I live here too! It was glorious. I adored it. My fiance was very patient while I mooned about misty-eyed taking obnoxious amounts of cell photos that now scroll continuously on our home computer. Our museum ROCKS! Go RVA!!!

            • Kate Andrews

              It was so cool to be allowed to take pictures! I did the very same thing. Gorgeous work.

            • Sarah

              I was all “why am I allowed to DO this???” until I realized that you can’t hurt glass with flashbulbs. I mean, I’m an art historian, and I thought I was getting away with murder for a few minutes. Photos are usually SUCH a no-no in a museum. I even have a little slideshow on my phone that is constantly running. It makes me happy.

          • Jackie4g

            I missed an exhibition in Pittsburgh, PA in 2007, stuck in miserable traffic, and was so glad to be able to see a Chihuly exhibit in Nashville, TN in 2010. They had it set up both indoors and outdoors and when night fell, the outdoor installations with their lighting were breathtaking. The stuff is just lush and gorgeous.

        • zoreta

          Could you imagine if there’d been a Chihuly inspiration back in season 4? I love Chihuly’s glass sculptures, and nothing warms my heart quite like a skilled artist thoughtfully referencing the work of another artist who works in a completely different medium.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Harking back to the cast of Season 4, I think there would have been major creativity. Can you imagine Christian and Jillian designing inspired by Chihuly? I can picture one of Jillian’s coats.

    • mmebam

      I gasped when I saw Dom’s look walk the runway. Also, why was there so much black? Butterflies are colorful and light, and most of these looks look really heavy.

      • Fanny_Trollope

        That coat is gorgeous. I covet it. Not that I have anywhere I could wear it, but if I did, it would be with a pair of black cigarette pants and a fierce pair of heels. In my head, darlings. In my head.

        • Ginny Ellsworth

          You can come over to my head and visit. Especially dressed in Dom’s coat. Carrying a champagne glass?

          • Fanny_Trollope

            Carrying a champagne bottle and two glasses, Ginny. Cheers!

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Yes, at this point in my life I wear these fabulous clothes in my head…especially with the artificial right knee and the arthritic left knee…sigh.

          • Jackie4g

            Needing new knees means no more stick shift and sensible flat shoes that a person can’t fall out of. Sigh again.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              I love my artificial knee, and figure at some point in the future I’ll get the left knee done,too-I can’t fully straighten it anymore. High heels are definitely in my past.

            • CozyCat

              Cigarette pants and black ballet slippers are also chic. Very Audrey Hepburn.

              Don’t let them make you feel that you can’t still rock the chic!

      • AnaRoW

        Some butterflies are black or have black in them although that’s probably not why there’s a lot of black.

        • mmebam

          Sure… But if you stick me in a bright and vibrant botanical garden filled with butterflies, it wouldn’t occur to me to make a black dress.

      • Me Again

        I agree. Dom’s look was fantastic. She has Mondo-level ability to mix prints without the result looking clownish. Braden’s best looks this seasons have been as good as Dom’s best looks, but Braden has also had some serious mis-steps along the way, and Dom hasn’t. (Her worst looks have been just ho-hum, but not awful.) I’m rooting for Dom to take it all at the moment, although I guess if Braden pulls out a big surprise collection, he could change my mind.

        • swanpride

          I wouldn’t agree there…a couple of times Dom was VERY lucky that the competition was weak and she ended up in the middle. She had a mid-season slump.
          That said, I’m not routing for either one at this point, it all depends on the final collections.

      • Inspector_Gidget

        Dom killed it. She’s the clear front runner to my eye, but I’m almost positive she won’t win it all. Mostly because they haven’t bothered to give her a carefully constructed Winner’s Story.

        • Kwei-lin Lum

          I hope she wins. She’s able to design clothes that people actually want to buy. Whether they’re Belk customers or not. It’s a rare talent to have commercial potential without being boring or a total trend-follower.

      • Coco Cornejo

        Really, PR should have a NO BLACK season. Use any black in your design and it’s an automatic auff. It would thin the herd immediately.

        • Jackie4g

          I like and respect the thought, but isn’t it black that always sells the most? I am not saying the designers should be slaves to the market place, but they’d better give it a sidelong glance once in a while. No one besides a stylist would choose to model some of the brightly colored offerings, let alone buy one.

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

            How about no SOLID black looks? And it can’t be more than 50% of the look overall.

          • Coco Cornejo

            Some designers use black as a crutch. They seem to think that black automatically equates with sophistication. I want to see what they can design when they have to really think it out.

        • kahudson

          Maybe instead of a no black season, they could have an explicitly no-black (and no-grey) challenge. Someone would just make something in white though.

          • Coco Cornejo

            I like it! Or maybe an evening wear challenge with no black or white fabric.

        • marlie

          That would actually be really fascinating to watch. So many designers default to black; it’s an instant, additional level of creativity.

      • Inspector_Gidget

        I did love when Alexandria whispered, “Jeremy’s going to shit his pants when he sees this!” Best thing she’s done all season.

      • Gatto Nero

        Alexandria’s inspiration was the zebra butterfly, which only lives a week. She said she wanted to incorporate that sense of sadness in her design.

    • TrixieConQueso

      Sometimes I worry that TLO can read my mind – am in complete agreement of your PR analysis AGAIN. Have had it with Helen and her whining. And Dom keeps impressing moi’ – can’t wait to see her collection!

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        My life has been completely crazed as of lately, so I’ve missed a lot of TLo’s posts, particularly around Fashion Week. Did they post any of the designers’ collections for this season yet? If so, can someone please link a BK to ‘em?

        • GillianHolroyd

          Just look on this website under the Television menu. They were there on the first page of results.

          • NYCGlamourpuss

            Thank you, hon!

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

            And when you do look there, take a closer look at how TLo created the icons for each of the three posts. They split up the PR logo and reused half of the U, so it looks to me like it says “Project Ruinway.” Ha haha ha haaaaa!

    • Danielle

      Don’t forget about the fabulous fingernails.

      How the fuck was that even a thing?

      • Fanny_Trollope

        So enraging to hear Nina commenting admiringly on nails and makeup. As if that is an ESSENTIAL element that designers should be exalted/slammed for. Honestly. I did a lot of yelling at the TV last night.

        • NYCGlamourpuss

          They did the same thing in the stupid AG challenge in S10. I remember them shitting themselves because Christopher did ONE different color fingernail than the rest. “You thought that up yourself? Really? That’s genius.”

        • Inspector_Gidget

          Not to mention that the nail artist basically just did what he wanted based on their look. And then they get praised for the styling!

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

        Speaking of fingernails, was anyone else grossed out by Billy B’s nails? They were bitten and dirty and disgusting. How can someone who works in the beauty field allow themselves to be filmed with those things? I would never let him put any make up on me. Yuck!

        • joanne0012

          And he must have known that his hands would be on camera that day.

        • Gatto Nero

          [Recoils in horror.]

      • Gatto Nero

        Because L’Oreal was watching, darling.

    • Pterodactyl111

      I (and most of the people I was watching with) really liked Justin’s “avant garde” dress. It’s a shame you don’t have a picture of the front of the white dress because I thought that was really pretty.

      • Emily

        I agree. I feel like Tom and Lorenzo are a little determined to hate whatever Justin makes at this point. In my mind, Justin, Dom, and Braden were the clear top three.

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

          We feel like you must have some sort of longstanding vendetta against us and that’s why you disagree with us.

          Wow! This is fun!

          • Fanny_Trollope

            Let’s judge the judges who are judging the judges who are judging the competition! And off we go!

          • Emily

            Ha. Not at all. I love you guys, and I agree that overall Justin’s work hasn’t been as impressive as some of the others on the show. However, for this particular challenge, Alexandria and Helen were clearly the worst. It seemed to me that the judges kept everyone to save them rather than to save Justin.

            • marlie

              In this particular challenge, Justin’s avant garde look may have been better than Alexandria’s and Helen’s, BUT if we’re looking at a whole body of work, I think Helen is heads above the rest (even if she is a whiny baby), and Justin has really just barely gotten by.

          • Mlle Golightly

            I personally don’t think you have a vendetta against Justin but the heavy handed scripting of the season. Tim saves the nice deaf guy who doesn’t act crazy. His work is not the best nor the worst but solidly in the middle of the competition. Fast forward to the episode where he where he remakes the dress that sent him home. It is all very touching and makes for a heartfelt moment like the Tim Gunn save. I don’t think Justin is bad but I also wouldn’t say he is the most innovative or interesting in his point of view or execution with materials. That I don’t think makes for a vendetta.

        • HM3

          The motto of this blog is “Fabulous and Opinionated.” They opine all over the damn place, and we love them for it! As with any weak designer who consistently creates boring/poorly constructed pieces week after week, they have every right to critique Justin’s work. Incidentally, this one AG piece is the ONLY thing Justin has created thus far which I (again, OPINING in contradiction to TLo) loved, but that’s the beauty of critiquing fashion: you either have a positive reaction to it or you don’t, and that is not based on any prior “determination.”

          Also: “Determined” is an absolute. One cannot be a “little” determined. If you are going to critique a critique, be direct and logical about what you really wish to say.

          • Emily

            I’m really not trying to start a fight here. Just pointing out that their opinion, to me, seemed slightly biased, based on past mediocre work that Justin has produced.

            • Imasewsure

              I think Nina was right in saying it was his best work yet but the rest of his work was so mediocre that this really stood out. Between Afterschool Special and Justin, I would have sent him home too… although I would have sent him home a long time ago because of his mediocre work. That’s what I took away from our Dear Uncles’ critique… he’s just not top three in any way (except as a “story”).

            • Emily

              I will agree with this. If we’re looking at his body of work, which judges often do at this point in the competition, then there is no reason to send him on to the finale along with the others who have in sum produced more impressive work.

            • HM3

              My apologies; neither am I…and, in that case, I quite agree: my own expectation of Justin’s work was that it may not be at the same elite level as a couple of the other competing designers. This was precisely why I was pleasantly surprised by what he presented. However, if TLo weren’t, they’ve provided their own reasons as to why.

            • Emily

              Sure. And I wasn’t trying to bash them as people or bloggers or anything like that. Clearly I love them or I wouldn’t have been on here first thing in the morning to read their opinions. I just feel like they, just like everyone else who watches the show, have some designs that they MIGHT possibly be more prone to disapproving of because of who designed them. I think that’s why added “slightly” in the original post. Whether or not that was the clearest way to say that, I don’t really know. It was much earlier in the morning when I posted that, and I wasn’t trying to write a paper. (Sorry, I’m an English professor so I get defensive about my words)

          • Emily

            “that’s the beauty of critiquing fashion: you either have a positive reaction to it or you don’t, and that is not based on any prior ‘determination.’” – And this pretty much goes against what nearly everyone here says about the way clothing is actually judged on the show. I think on a show like this where we are fed character stories and get to see the history of a designer’s work over the course of several weeks, we’re going to have certain expectations and opinions about their work that go beyond what we’re seeing in front of us on any given runway show. I’m not raging against Tom and Lorenzo here, which people seem to think I’m doing. My opinions are probably biased as well, but although I don’t think Justin is as deserving of the finale as some of the other designers on that runway, on this particular day I think he produced better work.

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

              I think you’re handling subsequent disagreement to your post quite well in this thread, but the fact of the matter is, you started off with the assumption that we have some form of ulterior motive for not liking Justin’s work as much as you do. That’s not a great way to state your disagreement. In fact, it’s a terrible way to do it. And you’re still kind of insisting on it, instead of simply accepting that people have different opinions and there doesn’t have to be a reason for it.

            • Emily

              Okay, that’s fine. I didn’t mean to offend you.

            • HM3

              This is precisely where TLo’s rationale for picking “top” or “bottom” looks differs from that of the judges: on the show, it’s been obvious that, time and time again, judges have scored contestants subjectively, based on prior work (or worse, personal speculations), rather than on the individual looks themselves. IMHO, one of the reasons TLo’s blog has been so successful is their ability to acknowledge this inevitable “subjective” side of fashion (they are human, and may hold different preferences, tastes, and opinions from you), while checking it by objectively explaining flaws in an individual garment.

              My disagreement with your earlier comment–that TLo are “determined to hate” Justin’s looks–is because it implies that their opinions of his work lack objective critique of the garments. As professional fashion critics and bloggers, not only is this speculation offensive to TLo, but it has also been proven wrong by the rationale they consistently provide for each look.

            • Emily

              Well, my comment wasn’t meant to be offensive to anyone. I think being totally unbiased in a situation like this is nearly impossible, though I agree TLo (and most commenters on this site) tend to do a better job of it than the judges. I guess I just didn’t put the accusation of bias in that context. My intention was not to insult the integrity of this blog.

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

              Honey, you have more than explained yourself and apologized for a minor offense. It’s all good.

      • MilaXX

        Justin’s dress was okay, just like pretty much everything he has made. Also it did not bear up to close scrutiny. The judges remarked as much last night and even looking here on the blogs I can spot imperfections and thread hanging from the hem.

        • Inspector_Gidget

          I think he’s been given a pass to justify the Tim Gunn Save. They’ll string him along as far as they can so Tim doesn’t look like a fool.

          • MilaXX

            yep, Justin made the same middle of the road clothes he always does and suddenly the judges love it? Really?

            • Meredith_P

              I will say though, the stuff he showed in Road to the Runway was absolutely stunning. I was blown away. As others have said, I just don’t think this is his venue.

            • MilaXX

              I don’t have a problem with that. There are several designers who have really great portfolios that just do awful work on the show. It’s not for everyone.

          • artjournallife

            If they didn’t want Tim to look like a fool, they’d stop with the challenge-related costumes, awkward placements, and bad scripts!

        • Lattis

          Boy, I thought his look was horrible. The piping idea is interesting, but his use of it isn’t new, or even well done. The back of the dress is sloppy. The cape idea (as a reveal) is hackneyed – and I hate the use of the black lace. Sorry – I just can’t even go as far as “okay” for this look.

          And, damn PR. I hate their setting up the ‘remake the failed garment’ challenge in order to manipulate the emotions of Justin and the viewer. I know it’s all manipulation. It’s just that this time it makes me kind of sick. Because, Justin is so open in his emotions and his reactions seem sincere and unplanned in a setting where pretty much all the other participants have chosen to play a persona.

          • Gatto Nero

            Yeah — that moment of raw emotion (Justin sobbing openly while choosing his own losing look) seemed engineered by the producers. It was hard to watch, and it was a cheap ploy.

          • Carrps

            Cannot agree MORE.

        • Gatto Nero

          I think it came down to time, as most of these complex challenges do. He made two labor-intensive, ambitious garments and still had to rehab his losing look. I’d like to see what he would create for a final collection, given more time to work.

          • MilaXX

            Yes but so did everyone else. Both of Dom’s looks were just as complex with 2 labor intensive & ambitious garments and a remake. This sloppiness is something I’ve noticed in all his garments

            • Gatto Nero

              Agreed. He isn’t suited to the PR format. I’d still like to see what he would do with more time to work.

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

        I think he had a missed opportunity with that black lace fabric he chose. When I saw just one layer of that over the white fabric, I was reminded of a Monarch butterfly’s wing pattern. It made me wish he played more with making that particular fabric visible.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Perhaps if Justin had chosen to use a rich or vivid color instead of white his design would have had more impact. I wish that designers would play with color more instead of relying on black and white-then again, the judges continue to reward designers for using black.

          • Jackie4g

            That’s so true. Nina is always going on about color, but they all seem to vote up the black garments. This makes the contradiction consistent. It’s just silly.

      • SugarSnap108

        Hmm. At first glance, from the front, I liked it. But the back is really convoluted for, IMO, the sake of convolution, and the lace overlay is just OK — nothing great from a design standpoint, and my impression is that he just thought, “Lace=light=butterfly.” I’ve only seen still shots, though.

      • Saturnine

        Our group thought the design idea was there, but the white swooshes on the front bodice and waist were terribly bulky looking.

      • LJCdoc

        I thought Justin’s was better than Alexandria’s and Helen’s, but not much. It was interesting in shape, but very heavy looking.

    • ClevelandburbsBeth

      And Justin deftly avoided using a print by saying he connected with the albino butterfly. Whew! Dodged a bullet, there. Thank goodness for that outcast butterfly.

      • JMWilder

        I missed that part. I didn’t know butterflies marginalized minority groups. Did Justin see the other butterflies systematically socially oppressing the albino butterfly? Man, butterflies are such jerks.

      • Munchkn

        Did Justin know that the National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation was having a webinar last evening on vision in persons with albinism?

      • the chick banal

        I’m a bit late as usual in commenting, but I had seen that butterfly of his before. It’s a white peacock, they always look like that. I guess he thought it was an albino monarch or something? Dunno. I thought it was interesting that he projected this “outsider” status on a butterfly.

    • nosniveling

      Actually really liked both of Alexandria’s looks this time. Don’t understand the love of Dom’s just not attractive to me.
      Helen’s repeat of 2 of her former looks was pretty enraging.
      fun ep tho.

      • MilaXX

        I liked the pants, but the top half and the accessorizing felt costume-y

      • demidaemon

        It’s the instant impact and, for once, she changed up her silhouette in a really dramatic way. Dom’s work was my favorite by far last night.

    • merciblahblah

      Is anyone else tired of Helen’s weekly breakdown? I was glad Tim called her out on it. IMHO she should have never gotten this far. At least she has ventured into color now, and is not making the same band-aid colored dresses, but still. That dress was no where near avant garde, and wasn’t her remake of Kate’s dress merely a re-vamp of her own star print dress? Yaaaawwwnnn….

      • Angela_the_Librarian

        Maybe I wasn’t paying close enough attention, but were they allowed to use other material in addition to the loser gowns? I don’t understand where the material for the blue skirt came from. Was it the underside of the patterned fabric?

      • JMWilder

        Yeah, I feel like Helen loses her mind at the faintest scent of criticism from Tim. I got into a discussion with my boyfriend last night about Helen’s perpetual freak outs. He said he totally understood where she was coming from, being subject to intense pressure to be creative and win week after week while plagued by self-doubt. I can understand that, but I felt like every contestant on PR should get one good, heart-felt on-screen cry, maybe two if they’re really charming, but then they should keep it to themselves. Invariably the crying contestants are perceived as 1.) Shameless attention-seekers, and/or 2.) Deviously strategic heart-string-pullers. In your private life, cry as much as you want, but on reality TV, it’s a different world.

        • Imasewsure

          I miss Andrae

          • merciblahblah

            Has anyone seen Andre???

            • Cheryl

              He’s at the Red Lobster with Tim Gunn.

            • merciblahblah

              Andre, anytime we have a squabble, you run into the bathroom. Please don’t behave this way in front of my colleagues at the Red Lobster.

              Sigh. WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO PROJECT RUNWAY?????

              Screw Sexy. I think they should bring Santino back.

            • Jackie4g

              And their host is Santino. Would you step this way?

        • swanpride

          I’m actually less bothered that Helen tends to have self-doubt (though as a designer, she should believe in her own work), and more about the fact that she distracts everyone else, especially Dom, from their work with her constant questions and worries, even interrupting them when they in the middle of their work. There was one scene last week in which Bradon was trying to concentrate on his draping and clearly occupied and she kept whining about something. Not cool at all.

      • Kwei-lin Lum

        Ultimately, Helen can’t be the winner of Project Runway. She does not seem stable enough to be a good spokesperson for the brand. And has not shown sufficient creativity to justify her winning on talent alone.

        • artjournallife

          A few episodes ago I figured she was getting the Michael Costello edit.

      • Carrps

        I think the question should be “Is anyone NOT tired of Helen’s weekly breakdown?”

    • Fanny_Trollope

      And to change the subject, can we have a round of applause for Sir Tim in his fabulous suit? What a look. Love him.

      • Imasewsure

        He looked amazing. That was the best thing in this episode…. he really makes suits sing!!

      • Call me Bee

        Yes! With all the plaid (Plaid!) he’s been sporting lately, it was so refreshing to see a dark suit.

        • Fanny_Trollope

          I suspect he bought a job lot of tablecloths and had them all custom made into shirts. Let’s get back to the classics, Mr. Gunn.

    • Sarah

      This is so exactly how I feel. Justin, I’m sorry – you seem like a decent guy, but you just shouldn’t be there. You should’ve been home when you were auf’d in the first place. I really disliked Alexandria’s dress, but I don’t have a problem with her, and I think she’s more creative than Justin. Helen, her biz was LAME. As is she. And while I was an early Bradon supporter, I’m now on team Dom FTW. I think she deserves it.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Justin does seem like a decent person, but he has yet to produce any design that I can remember for more than five seconds. I dislike Bunim/Murray even more for casting him and milking the deaf card for cheesy drama. If they think he’s genuinely talented and emotionally stable than give him respect and treat him as just another designer, not a special little flower that B/M is manipulating.
        And while I still like Bradon, I’m really liking Dom now. I’d love to see her go all the way and take this season.

        • ClevelandburbsBeth

          The special little *butterfly* that B/M is manipulating. Delicately landing on a special little flower. In a special land where the second-chances are infinite!

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            And where the second chances are further manipulated for Bunim/Murray’s benefit. I’m sure that Justin would be a fan favorite partly because he comes across as such a nice guy, and viewers respond to that.

        • marlie

          I don’t “blame” B/M for casting him, but I think it was manipulative and contrived to rescue him with Tim’s save. He’s certainly a sweetie, but his work just wasn’t up to snuff.

          • JustWannaBeFriends

            Regardless of how you feel about Justin or Bunim/Murray, I think the Tim save was fully legit. Tim loved what Justin was doing with the glue-gun lace, if not the total look in the end. Actually, if I recall, several of the other designers thought it was awesome, too, while it was coming together. Secondly, if I recall, it was between Justin and that (in my opinion) HIDEOUS muumuu from Karen that looked like a urine-soaked bedsheet secured at the armpits by a seatbelt. I can see where Tim looked at the difficulty, inventiveness and risks both designers took and thought, “No, the wrong designer was sent home tonight.”

            Since then, I think Justin’s always managed to be better than at least one or two other designers. I don’t really think he should have been eliminated instead of someone else. I don’t think he has been great, either, but it’s not like he’s been unfairly saved each week. Maybe last week instead of Alexander, but, really Alexandria’s outfit was horrifying and neither man should have been at risk in the first place.

        • Carrps

          Yes! I feel it’s so demeaning and infantilizing to Justin. They’re treating him like some helpless toddler.

          LOVE Dom!

    • Angela_the_Librarian

      I actually really liked Justin’s avant garde dress (hides under desk). I know his output hasn’t been dazzling, but I thought he really produced something beautiful and interesting for this challenge. Dom’s was my favorite last night with Justin’s a close second (Bradon’s was interesting, but I felt like things were just sorta tacked on to his dress. The back reminded me a bit of the Game of Thrones throne). All of they “why should you go to fashion week” speeches were annoying.

      • Sarah

        The only one of those speeches I thought was NOT annoying was Alexandria. I liked how she actually showed a little emotion and then just got it over with, no nonsense.

        • Imasewsure

          Yes I like that she said her mini-meltdown was just because she was tired without bringing up some deep dark (producer edit) drama to milk for the cameras….

      • Fanny_Trollope

        At least Bradon didn’t burst into tears. For that he has my respect.

      • yulaffin

        I hate those speeches. fortunately, I fell asleep when they were doing them (twice).

        • rh33

          Speeches? Time to get more Scotch.

      • UsedtobeEP

        I liked it too. I thought it was cool how he relied on the shape of the butterfly to inspire the bodice (which you can’t see in this picture) rather than the colors, to make his look. It was my favorite. I didn’t love Dom’s. It was a little clowny for me, and I usually love print mixing and avant garde shapes. I have liked her all along and felt she has gotten passed over many times before, though. Oh well. To each her own.

    • epenthesis

      I haven’t been a fan of Justin’s work, but I found his looks last night to be at the top of his output, easily better than what Helen and Alexandria created.

      I hated the runoff “twist” last night, but in the morning I can see the wisdom. Seasons that didn’t have a runoff have mostly fallen into two categories: the “Austin” category, where a frontrunner stumbles at the end and someone less interesting advances to the finale, and the “Gordana” category, where an also-ran does excellent work in the last challenge but is eliminated because she otherwise hasn’t really impressed the judges. Those are both pretty unsatisfying outcomes that the producers are right to want to avoid, even if the runoff isn’t an ideal solution.

      • Fanny_Trollope

        I have always thought that Gordana was badly treated throughout that season because Heidi and Nina didn’t care for her personal style. They were pretty mean-girl to her, as I remember it.

        • epenthesis

          Agreed that she was underrated in the regular competition as well. But they had no excuse whatsoever to eliminate her in the last challenge; Bunim-Murray were new and overestimated the amount of BS the viewers would tolerate in the judging.

          • demidaemon

            I really like your POV on this situation. It really does make sense. I think the only time where they straight up sent finalists to fashion week and it made complete sense was in PR S2, where everyone’s output in the final challenge was terrible and it came down to whose construction was worse–because everyone had next to no design.

    • BrooklynBomber

      is an offense to the very idea of creativity
      Yes, it is an offense. And it’s completely absurd. Especially the fingernails.

      Really, PRODUCERS OF PROJECT RUNWAY: you made the judges comment on the FINGERNAILS?! It’s come to that? Time to pull the plug on this show. Fucking fingernails.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        The sharks been jumped soooo many times with PR that adding the fingernails is insult to the sharks.

      • Sarah

        THIS!!! I’m really already skeeved out by Helen’s nails, but that’s a matter of taste. Either way, Heidi saying “those are the best nails on the runway” was INANE.

      • Rhonda Shore

        and not just fingernails, pinterest nails! Aside from that, when Emmy Rossum tried on Dom’s jacket, i thought she’d surely win, it was splendid…i’d like it better w/fitted pants than those loose ones, but still.

      • GorgeousThings

        Yeah, next up they’ll be bringing in Seacrest’s “Mani Cam”

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Not the Mani-cam, which is one of the more inane ideas dreamed by “E”,the home of inanity.

        • decormaven

          Oh, the horror. Don’t even go there.

        • BrooklynBomber

          I don’t know what that means, but I’m sure you’re right.

        • rh33

          Next they’ll bring Seacrest as a guest judge…shudder!

        • Call me Bee

          Actually–that’s Giuliana’s Mani-cam

      • Indigo54

        ROFL! Wait, the judges haven’t started commenting on toenails yet. You know it’s coming tho.

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

        I blame Pintrest. For everything. (Stupid muffin pan cookie bowl epic fail)

        • decormaven

          Don’t forget crap made out of Mason jars!

          • ddfrog

            Or pallet furniture.

        • Call me Bee

          You’ll have to look up “Pinterest” fails. Several hil–arious sites about doing stuff on Pinterest with funny results!

      • Lattis

        Oh, Brooklyn – well said! Well said!!!!

      • Gatto Nero

        You mean the L’Oreal Cosmic Butterfly Orgasmically Terrific Nail Varnishes?

    • Jacquelyn

      The “twist” last night was so stagey and stupid. My god. Just let them be creative and make an AG look. And I am SO SICK of Helen. As soon as Tim called her on her BS, the tears stopped. She realized she wasn’t going to get the hug and “you’re so talented” praising she was looking for.

      • ClevelandburbsBeth

        Yes! That made my eyes roll so far back in my head I thought they were gone forever. He (lovingly) yells “snap out of it!” and she says “That was just the kick in the ass I needed.” And…scene.

    • SewingSiren

      1. I loved Bradon’s Avant look. None of them look all that inspired by butterflies and if they did it would probably be too literal. Anyway I don’t think he deserved the win because his redo was almost the same as the original. Both bad. And it was a poor choice anyway because it had so little to work with.
      2. I was impressed with Dom’s avant look on the runway. I like the way the coat bounced, but I wasn’t crazy about the pattern mix. She should have won because both looks were impressive. The redo in particular. IT looks inspired by butterflies and should be sold at Belk.
      3. ALso loved Alexandria’s avant look. She also did a great job on the redo. I think she isn’t as fun to be around as the others and she got screwed.
      4. Helen’s is by far the worst avant look. It’s pretty bad if the only judge that likes it praises the nails. The redo puzzles me. I don’t see anything from the original look in it. Kate used the dot print and covered it with a sheer white overlay. I think Helen used her pattern from last week and all new fabric. Two bads should = AUF. no such luck.
      5. I also loved Justin’s avant look. Traditional is some ways but striking none the less. I agree that he was over praised for the redo. It’s better than the original to be sure, but that’s not a great accomplishment.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I especially like Dom’s redo of Jeremy’s earlier look. The way that she reworked the jacket and incorporated some of the fabric from the skirt was great, and demonstrate to me why she is moving on, and Jeremy is gone.

    • GorgeousThings

      So once again Project Runway has taken the COWARDS’ (to quote Ms. Afterschool Psycho Special) way out and not sent anyone home. Really, the show has become tiresome this season, and I’m at the point where I might not watch any more seasons after this one wraps. And that’s saying something.

      • Fanny_Trollope

        Oh, Gorgeous. We all say that, and then somehow we all have a spare hour or so when the next season rolls around. I know, I know . . .

        • GorgeousThings

          You’re so right. But it really is getting tiresome.

          • Fanny_Trollope

            I can honestly say, though, that if TLo stopped TLounging it, tweeting it, and recapping it, I probably wouldn’t bother tuning in anymore. I feel as if I suffer through the actual episodes just to get to the good stuff — the TLo recaps and the comments, because God knows this is an intelligent and witty group of bitter kittens. And I’ll bet a lot of people feel the same way about it..

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

              I did quite watching. The TLounge brought me back to it. I look forward to the lounge all week, not the show.

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

              I think the PR posts here are doing a much better, more involved job of “fan involvement” than everything Lifetime has done in their big push this season for their own fan involvement online. Thus, a very strong reason TLo should have been judges for the superfan episode.

            • ClevelandburbsBeth

              I stopped watching Glee the minute TLo did. I’d probably do the same with PR. They may rule my life in an unhealthy way. TBD.

            • Angela_the_Librarian

              Well, to be fair Glee was getting pretty terrible around the time they stopped watching. I read the occasional recap and the storylines sound mostly dreadful.

            • demidaemon

              Yes, and it’s only gotten worse from there.

            • Lattis

              Oh, Lord, me too.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Definitely most of my pleasure now comes from TLo’s blog posts, and TLo Lounge. during my recent browser problems I really, really missed being part of the BK’s.

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

          That’s right, and PRAS 3 is starting soon! Ugh. I am looking forward to Seth Aaron though.

          • demidaemon

            There is a massive amount of talent in that season. As long as the challenges aren’t stupid and overthought, I dare say we’ll get to see some great design out of it, though I refrain from commenting on the quality of the judging. Also, Alyssa Milano and her boobs can only be an improvement over the other hosts of PRAS.

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

              Alyssa is a seasoned actress, so her delivery of her lines should be exponentially better than that of the first two PRAS hostesses.

              Big talent, but not any of the designers from after season 8 deserve to win compared to those who are competing from earlier seasons. I would even prefer Sebelia to win over any of the other newer people.

      • kat89

        LOL, I say the same thing by the end of every season, but then a new season starts and there are new people and I get hopeful that this time B-M will do right by the fans. It’s like Charlie Brown and the football.

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

          and democracy

          • Sarah

            Oof. Snap!

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        They won’t eliminate Helen because she’s won a number of challenges, and B/M wants to keep Justin in because he’s likely a fan favorite.

      • BrooklynBomber

        This is the first time in the history of Project Runway that I haven’t bothered to make a point of being home or taping (yeah, I tape – no DVR or Tivo), and have missed several episodes. I think this will be my m.o. from now on.

        • Carrps

          Ha! And I thought that I was a late adopter….

      • Inspector_Gidget

        I wanted to throw something at the screen. Like a Yoplait cup. Whaaaat? I just watched 90 minutes, 2 complete challenges and NO ONE got eliminated? Robbed, I tell you! Give me those 90 minutes back! Life is too short!

      • Lattis

        OT completely OT

        Hey, GorgeousThings – you’ve changed to the NEW Spock!!!? Actually, I really like him. But, dear Leonard Nimoy, I do love him as Spock. Though, I’m getting miffed that they feel like he has to show up as OLD SPOCK in every dang Star Trek movie. C’mon.

      • Trickytrisha

        I hope to god they get new sponsors. If I have to watch yodeling yogurt eaters and that damn Caesars Palace bellboy many more times I’m not sure my TV will recover from having the remote thrown at it.

    • Winter_White

      Loved it when, after they were both declared safe, Bradon picked up Dom and gave her that elegant twirl. He lifted her as though she were weightless, and they spun together with such grace…as though they’d been dance partners for years!

      Helen, if I knew how to make a not-equal sign with my keyboard, I’d have something to say to you about “orange” and “avant garde.”

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

        =/=

      • alyce1213

        ≠ opt+caps, then =
        That was a nice moment
        Really now, Helen — Orange is the new avant garde?

      • Winter_White

        Thanks, Alyce1213 and MishaFoomin … Amazing, the things one can learn on this site. :)

      • Qitkat

        ÅÅ√√ååӥӥ†† ĞĞӕӕⓡⓡḑḑ∃∃

        [I haven't seen the episode yet, so I thought I would create my own take on the challenge; it's amazing how much time one can waste playing on the keyboard] ;-)

        • demidaemon

          THIS IS AWESOME!

          • Qitkat

            Thank you. Fonts and typefaces and dingbats fascinate me, it was fun to play around.

      • Carrps

        Well, Bradon was a professional dancer. I’m sure he knows the correct way to do a twirl. But, yes, it was a gorgeous moment.

    • MilaXX

      I thought both of Dom’s looks were better than Braden’s. Braden avant-garde look was good, but that second look was just okay and he used a little of Sue’s original fabric as possible. I would have been okay with either a Braden, Dom Helen final or a Braden, Dom, Alexandria final. This all go make a collection biz is a crock. It makes me worried that the finale will be Dom, Braden, Justin just so they can say “never in the history…..”

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

        I am leaning towards agreeing with you. They love that “never in history” shit. Though, in the preview for next week, Helen is giddy on the runway, so it seems we can expect more effusive praise going her way. Ugh.

        • Sarah

          What is silly when you think about it is that they ALL had to make a collection either way for the decoy shows. So the fact that they decided to work it into the show was just a choice production made to amp up the drama.

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

            THIS.
            It bugs the shit out of me. Basically all they are saying is, to compete really means to be shown on the TV finale. Maybe the decoys get less money to work with? I don’t know what separates the decoys, from the semi-finalists, from the actual finalists. This change, over all the many that have happened since the switch to Lifetime, is the most aggravating. There used to be REAL tension and drama and they used to have to REALLY work hard to show at FW.

            • Sarah

              I agree – it is so false to hear them give their “why I should get to go” speeches when you know that they know that they and the last five people who left before them are ALL going to be there. Might as well be competing to see who DOESN’T get to show at FW. I mean, it’s just not a prize. They could at least do us the favor of not insulting our intelligence and just talk about how the finalists are competing for the prize package, not the show.

            • altalinda

              This x 1000.

            • Meredith_P

              Decoys get the same budget.

            • marlie

              I think TLo said that the decoys get the exacy same resources as the finalists, so the decoys “win” by making it to fashion week, anyway, at least in terms of showing a collection and getting some press.

            • artjournallife

              I’ve always assumed that the decoy designers do not get a Tim Gunn visit. That would be a key motivator for me!

            • Gatto Nero

              Well, to compete also means to have a chance to win — and only the final three are eligible.

    • Jessica Freeman

      Butterflies…and everything is black and white…I know I don’t watch the show, but damn.

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

        Well. There was that ONE albino butterfly, so…….

        • Gatto Nero

          Don’t forget the zebra butterfly.

    • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

      I loved Alexandria’s reworked pants, they look so good on the model. My favorite designer this season, by far, is Dom. I hope she wins the whole thing, but the judges praise Braden so much I imagine he’ll be the winner.

      • Rhonda Shore

        i’ve always loved red plaid, which reminds me of punk. Alexandria totally got that, dropping the waist and adding leather, they were fantastic. She overaccessorized though, with that head piece and the vest, those detracted from the pants, which should have been the full focus.

        • NYCGlamourpuss

          I hated the headpiece, but I loved the vest. I really was impressed by her re-work last night. Other than the headpiece, it was great.

      • Inspector_Gidget

        The pants were kickass, but both looks could have been worn by Siouxsie Sioux circa 1985. I don’t think that really qualifies as avant garde at this point.

        • kahudson

          The challenge did not require the re-designed look to be avant garde.

    • cocohall

      I do think Bradon’s had some sort of butterfly spirit (whatever that is) without being too literal. The way the tubules bounced did create the sort of random, fluttery sensation that you get watching butterflies on the move. There was a Painted Lady migration that came through our town a few years back for about 4 days. You could walk down the street and see literally hundreds of butterflies migrating along in this eccentric, but somehow still purposeful ribbon of movement. And I did get that feel from his dress. And it was interesting to see how his design evolved in the space of 48 hours or whatever time they ended up with. Dom’s was perhaps the most visually dynamic, but it didn’t really seem avant garde. The other three were “meh, meh, meh.” I love Justin’s sweetness, but he seems to have advanced to the end stages by being the Golden Retriever of the workroom. I WANT to like his designs because he seems so genuinely kind, and committed to his work. But I never remember them from the minute they come down the runway to the judging segment. I did wish I could have seen Helen’s shroud on a person. It was scary, but I was still curious. I see where she was going with the idea of a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis. And God, weren’t we all thrilled with Top Gunn’s tongue-lashing of Helen’s meltdown? My workroom will not brook such nonsense! Get to work!!!

      • Sarah

        Golden Retriever! Yesss.

      • swanpride

        I saw a butterfly leaving it’s cocoon in Bradon’s….either way, I saw the inspiration, and loved that it wasn’t so literal.

      • Gatto Nero

        Yes — the former dancer was inspired by the butterflies’ movement. And I thought he captured it.

    • alinana

      Worst ending in the “HIstory Of Project Runway”.
      I must also add that Lifetime needs to compensate me for the visit to the doctor’s office. I think I sprained my arm making the “jerk off” motion so hard while watching the ending.

    • mjude

      I was irritated by the nail polish ect. also when they showed a close up of (was it mascara) he had DIRTY FINGERNAILS!

      • GillianHolroyd

        Ha ha. Actually I loved that part. As someone who works with ink and paint, I *always* have grimy fingernails.

      • tixilyttik

        I noticed that too.
        Who did they use for a hand model that had grimy fingernails???!!!
        At least it’s better than grimy dirty fingernails on a cooking show, which I have also seen! Ick!

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I too am becoming Statler or Waldorf, especially when I think back to Season 4 and the avant garde challenge, and then the challenge before the finale when they went to the Met in NYC and sketched. Now that was freeing their minds and giving them the opportunity to create.

    • Karen

      Love Statler & Waldorf! Keep on bitching, you wonderful old men! ;)

    • Paula Pertile

      Hmm, yeah, all that “be inspired by this really expensive mascara!” is so lame. And the nails? Seriously? They all live in an alternate universe, where people actually care about that stuff.

      I loved Dom’s and Bradon’s, they were a no-brainer.
      Justin’s coat was OK – the dress, meh.
      Helen should have used her black cocoon thing after all – it would have been more interesting.
      Alexandria’s dress was borderline for me.

      I honestly have no idea who they’ll pick for the #3 spot, but I’d think it would be between Helen and Alexandria. So I guess I’m rooting for Helen, since I’m still having PTSD from A’s saggy crotch pants.

    • Indigo54

      Shoot! I like what Justin did with his “avant garde” design – said with a pout cuz TLo totally dissed it. What’s wrong with it? It’s better than Helen’s and Alexandria’s! And at least it doesn’t have that country club look like everything else he does. Where’s the butterfly inspiration, you ask? Well, there ain’t none but what does it matter? Most of the other designers didn’t do any better….

      Poor Justin. C’mere baby and hug my neck. It’s ok, Indigo wuvs you…

      • marlie

        Justin’s AG garment *was* better than Alexandria’s or Helen’s, but that’s not saying much. Plus, the rest of his work this season has been woefully underwhelming.

    • wayout46

      I truly think Helen should have gone. Two weak designs, no matter how many previous wins (and weeps) she has in her history. In my opinion, most of the times she won someone else deserved to win anyway. Away with her!

    • kaydenpat

      Actually, I liked Justin’s AG dress and was hoping he’d be top 3. Loved Dom and Bradon’s designs and am very glad to see them in the top 2.

      • queenceleste

        It looked good from a distance, but you could tell in the workroom when he was finishing up that it was sloppily made–unlike the other contestants, who are able to achieve a professional finish even in a short amount of time. From the start his work has been sloppy, so I was really glad when one of the judges commented on it when they were doing the close up exam of the clothes. I don’t get all the love for him. He’s perfectly adequate, but his backstory seems more compelling than his actual skills.

    • Patrick Cleary

      I don’t get the praise for Helen’s rework of Kate’s dress. It looks like every other garment she’s made, down to the crop-top and too-tight, too-long skirt.

      Dom was totally robbed. I know that they want Bradon to be the heir apparent, but Dom is leaps and bounds ahead of him, even though she’s younger and a bit rougher around the edges in terms of her design.

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        I love Bradon, but Dom is amazing. I’m wondering if she could be the “Jay Carroll” of this season – sneaking up from behind to win it all from the other beloved front runner (Bradon, aka “Kara Saun”).

      • jeneria

        Helen’s dresses are reminiscent of outfits Tori Spelling would have worn during her “slutty” years on 90210.

    • nannypoo

      Bradon’s AG look was so odd that it had to win. I don’t really understand what constitutes avant garde and I don’t think the judges do either, so weirdness is as good as anything else I suppose. Dom’s look was the obvious clear winner but they have passed her over so many times that she must be used to it by now.

      Alexandria’s designs always look like mummy costumes. This was no exception.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I like this-Alexandria, the designer for hipster, “artisanal” mummies and zombies.

      • Cheryl

        Avant garde (think, “Advance guard”) is at the forefront of fashion; it is supposed to be wearable art, although the object is not to make a wearable, or pretty, dress. Avant garde is usually an inspiration for subsequent fashion designs. It doesn’t have to be as literal as a dress with a coat, and definitely not a conventional dress – I’m looking at you, Afterschool Special.

      • swanpride

        It is also about playing with shapes…which Bradon and Dom definitely did, though I think she didn’t went quite far enough for a real avant garde look. I actually rolled my eyes when the judges praised the fact that she made it wearable, because that is more or less the opposite of the idea. It isn’t supposed to be wearable, it is supposed to be unusual and mind-blowing, without looking like a costume.

        • Gatto Nero

          Yes! Thank you!

    • Glam Dixie

      Maybe it’s just me but I hated Dom’s rework that Belk challenge dress. I thought it was ugly as sin. Loved her coat though.

      • kahudson

        I like the idea of Dom’s reworked look, but the print for the top (not the vest/jacket) was just hideous and best left hidden. I liked how some of the arm detailing distracted the viewer from the print itself.

        • demidaemon

          No matter what, she handled that print much better than Jeremy did and reduced its impact on the look majorly. She’s a true talent.

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      Gotta agree with you about Justin – he’s a sweet guy, and I’m sure he’s had to overcome certain roadblocks in life being both gay and deaf. But that’s not why he’s here. He’s here because he’s a designer, and hasn’t really produced anything jaw-dropping all season long (except his outfit for the shoe challenge – I really did think he should have won that one).

      I really loved Alexandria’s looks last night. Her dress wasn’t *specifically* so “avant garde” to my eyes, but I liked it a lot. And aside from that stupid faux-hawk accessory, I fucking LOVED what she did with that hot mess that Miranda left behind.

      And how weird as hell was that pairing anyway? “Make an avant garde design based on a butterfly. And your twist is to redo a losing garment from an auf’d designer?” What? I mean, I could understand the S4 coupling – make an avant garde design, and then make a ready to wear version *of that* design. That I get. But this? Does not compute.

      Love Dom! Love her – she’s been one of my favorites since day one. I’d love to see her win this – a really good designer with a strong point of view who’s been very very drama free. Team Dom all the way for me!

      • http://twitter.com/eddiecheddar ec

        I think the convoluted concept was to transform a dud into a butterfly, or something.

        • NYCGlamourpuss

          Ahhh, thank you. I mean, the motherfuckers shoulda said that then – I was sleep-deprived! And besides, with the weird pairings they’ve thrown at us this season (i.e. “Make a dress out of carnival toys that reminds you of a yogurt flavor”), it’s like the fashion version of Mad Libs!

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Perhaps it was also a way for PR to recycle designs that didn’t sell when they were offered for auction.

        • Gatto Nero

          How generous of you.

    • Indigo54

      Lord have mercy! Helen’s model looks like a scarecrow in that ugly wig and raggedy dress. And her makeover outfit is boring as hell. I think she’s totally run outta gas here.

    • bertkeeter

      WRONG on Justins Dress n Coat! Loved the Coat, especially the panne cording detail. The ‘avant garde” theme is so old fashion it smells! Hey PR Producers…how abot some fresh topics????

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

        Dammit, Bert. I still bow to your encyclopedic knowledge. You should be hired onto PR as the anti-mentor in the workroom, the bad cop to Tim Gunn’s good cop, kicking all the designers in the asses.

        • Guest

          I worked w someone almost the same as Mr Gunn years ago…was a frustraing experience having a “design director” that had NEVER been a designer! Being a good manager of productions, schedules and “curriculum” does not make one qualified to inspire talent…

          • demidaemon

            To be fair, Tim has degrees in visual art and has worked as an artist himself. You can transfer many concepts from different realms of creativity to another.

        • bertkeeter

          Ha! They wouldn’t dare!

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        It’s not that I have an issue with an “avant garde” challenge. It’s just that since S4, there haven’t been any designs that have BEEN AG in an AG challenge. And I think the judges need to be much stricter about the parameters of what is and isn’t AG so as not to land in the bottom.

        • Gatto Nero

          [Weeping with relief.]

      • Gatto Nero

        Tell it!
        Or at least tell some of them what the f**k avant-garde means! Rei Kawakubo for guest judge!

    • NMMagpie

      I actually liked Justin’s designs. For him, this was a personal best and although I am concerned over the continual finishing issues, I think he’s gained in confidence. He’s just got such a small scope on what he permits himself to do or try; that’s got to change. I was a little disappointed in the role model speech. That was too affirmative action for me and I am a minority.

      I LOOOVVVEED Nina’s expression after Helen’s speech about going to Fashion Week; it was the highlight of the night. I just yelled for Helen to shut up after she went on with Tim about not know what to do (again). I am done with her.

      Alexandria is just so dang unlikable. Granted, that is realistically not a good enough reason why someone should not go to fashion week but although I loved the Hot Topic pants she made, the dress was just ho hum.

      Bradon’s love fest was expected. ‘Nuff said.

      As to Dom: the girl is bringing it and she definitely deserved the win. Both looks were pretty dang awesome. I look forward to her collection. I have not looked at any of the PR collections for this season yet. :)

    • Victoria

      I completely disagree with your assessment of Justin’s garments. To me, it seemed clear – based on the challenge – that Don, Braden and Justin should have been the top 3 and both Helen and Alexandria should have been auffed.

    • GoBlue134

      Bradon and Dom are obviously the best, and I’m putting my money on Dom for the win. The other 3? Meh. Who cares? I bet they’ll end up taking Helen even though I’m sick of her crying and her clothes. Everything about her offends me. I don’t like Alexandria’s style at all- that punk look was cringe-worthy. As for Justin? Very bland aesthetic and no real drama factor. Will next week just be the showdown between Crybaby, Alexandria and Justin?

      • demidaemon

        And the home visits.

    • BelleBook

      I would agree that Dom should have won. While Bradon’s avant-garde look was definitely avant-garde in terms of the overall look, it was also too weird and ugly for me.

      And I didn’t mind Justin’s looks, unlike you, Tom & Lorenzo. But he had never won a challenge and that’s a serious mark against him. I think the judges couldn’t bring themselves to get rid of him or Helen (or Alexandria, for that matter) and chose to wait until they saw what those three could do before getting rid of one or two of them.

      • demidaemon

        Heidi’s holding onto Alexandria like a life raft for some reason. That’s the only reason she is still in this thing. Helen has her past work and wins to keep her in the competition–whether or not you agree that she deserved those wins is moot. She has them and they should rightfully be taken into account. Justin finally showed some interesting design and, based on his work in this challenge, I personally would have kept him in as well. I would have been between the two women and probably would have voted to cut them both, based on this challenge, although I know why they were given another chance (for the most part–see above).

        • BelleBook

          I’d agree that Heidi is probably responsible for keeping Alexandria around. Remember how much she liked Patricia last season because Patricia had a definite point of view (even if she wasn’t ready yet to win)? I think the same thing’s going on here — Heidi likes Alexandria’s point of view and is willing to defend her to the bitter end.

    • chylde

      Dom is the clear winner of this, and all, the challenges. She better win this friggen thing or I’m done… i say this every year and keep going back but honestly, i haven’t had fun watching this damn show since Christian Siriano! And it just goes further and further downhill.

      • chylde

        DONE. I’m done. Tim Gunn, I’m done.

      • Indigo54

        My sentiments exactly! But you and I both know Dom’s not gonna win! Look how many times she’s been overlooked already! Stupid show!!!

        • NYCGlamourpuss

          But again… Jay McCarroll. We can only hope it’s the same for Dom.

    • RoxieRider

      I wish Helen had gone with her alien butterfly hyperbaric pod chamber. I was surprised Tim and everyone were so opposed. The orange and black were problematic and probably would have been a dinging point, but I think he should have pushed her to make sure the cape was wearable in some way, rather than having her scrap it altogether. She had a full day left to tinker, and she’s shown a surprising ability to make things flattering at the eleventh hour.

    • HM3

      I respectfully disagree with my uncles on Bradon and Justin’s avant garde looks. I thought they were SPECTACULAR, and I felt that from a technical and design perspective (barring a few hanging threads here and there), they were celebratory. Bradon’s particularly made me squeal with glee….I found something organic, floral, and alien in the piece. Loved it.

      Nevertheless, I’m rooting for Dom for the win. I see how Alexandria can be a favorite based on personal preference, but she isn’t mine. And don’t get me started on Afterschool Special’s BORING, BORING, TOTALLY NON-AVANT GARDE excuse for a dress (and the re-made print design dress, after the one she already presented for that challenge).

      *steps of soap box*

    • Denise

      Poor Tim… if only he could have re-enacted Cher’s (slap) “snap out of it” scene.

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

        I am sure there are many (many, MANY) volunteers here who would be willing to do the job.

    • GillianHolroyd

      I want to know what fabric Braden used for his avant garde gown; all that volume reminded me of whipped cream. IMO he deserved the win just for that.

      I loved Dom’s too, because combining prints!! can’t happen enough in my world but her look was more Paris runway (YSL? when the maitre was in charge) than avant garde.

      The re-working part of the challenge belonged to Dom though. It should’ve been a tie.

      Based on Justin’s final collection –which I can’t even remember now and I looked at it again yesterday–he seems like the kind of designer who needs more time to execute his designs. Nothing wrong with that. As we’ve seen, Helen is the kind of designer who is insecure, changes her mind a lot and needs constant feedback. Nothing wrong with that either although I wouldn’t want to work with her. Alexandria’s final collection was the one I liked the best although I rarely like what she’s done on the show.

      • NMMagpie

        Her home visit is going to be like it was with Anya. “I haven’t done much of anything because I am waiting for Tim to come to tell me what to do.”

        And it ticked me off then, too.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          And in Anya’s case it didn’t seem to matter since she appeared to the pre-determined winner for that season, as well as Heidi’s pet. OK, I need to stop so I don’t rant about my least favorite season.

          • NYCGlamourpuss

            I’ll help you rant, though.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Thanks! I remember posting a critical comment on Lifetime’s website after Anya won and someone thought I was in league with the Devil for not liking her-because, ya know, she “just learned to sew 4 months ago” and “she’s so pretty, and I just know that we’d be besties if we met” Faaagh!

            • NYCGlamourpuss

              Oh, girl, I woulda misguidedly beat up my computer!

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              I think that person’s comment was my best laugh of that day-you just have to laugh at something like that.

          • Gatto Nero

            Less favorite than Gretchen?

      • Indigo54

        “Alexandria’s final collection was the one I liked the best although I rarely like what she’s done on the show.”

        I know, I like Alexandria’s collection best too. Maybe she needs more time than the show allows to do her best work too.

        • swanpride

          I’m not so sure about hers…I think she repeated herself way too often with her pants. I think it is a little bit like Ikea design…looks interesting at the first glace, but quite pedestrian if you look closer. Perhaps it convinces me more when I see her work in movement.

          • GillianHolroyd

            Me, I liked the shape of her jackets and vests and the pants were interesting and well-made. I do wish she would’ve switched them up a bit. I don’t think seeing them in motion will change anything (!) Ultimately, she didn’t have any clunkers, like that last gown of Braden’s. (I mean, WHAT was he thinking?)

      • swanpride

        I actually have no preference between the five collections, just based on the pictures…I think I have to see them in movement. One thing for sure, none of the designers blew me away like Michelle’s collection did.

    • swanpride

      I’m actually not sure if they want to push Justin into the finale…I thought so last week, but this week they could have done it and get rid of Helen (who first repeated the moth dress and then made another version of the dress we have seen multiple times already this season) and Alexandria if they really wanted. Sorry, I disagree with you concerning the work of the latter, I think the plaid didn’t went well with the punk style and the reworking of the pants made the legs of the model look short and emphasised her hips unnecessarily. And the shredded look was way too much like a Halloween costume.
      I also disagree about Bradon. I totally see the butterfly (to be precise, I see a butterfly leaving a cocoon), and while the look was not perfect it was as close to perfect as it could be in such limited time. Considering what is usually sold as avant garde on the show, this was positively divine.

      • tired_mommy

        I agree with you on the judges not wanting Justin in the finale. I think they could have put him there this week if they wanted to. I think they want Helen in the finale, but there was no way they could with her work this week.

        • demidaemon

          I think he was supposed to be the token auf at the end (think Uli from S3; Jerell in S5), but, because his work clearly outshone the other two lesser designers, they couldn’t auf him in good faith (as with Uli and Jerell, though they did find a way around it with Jerell).

    • alannaofdoom

      Sorry Loreal, but I DO NOT THINK OF BUTTERFLIES WHEN I THINK OF MASCARA. Ugh.

      • GillianHolroyd

        C’mon, you’ve never heard of a butterfly kiss? Especially cute with kids.

        • alannaofdoom

          Oh I have – and I think I’m probably alone in this, that’s fine – but I always think of mascara’d lashes as so stiff and spiky, which is maybe butterfly legs but not butterfly wings, to me. (This is why I don’t wear mascara. Or, I don’t wear mascara and that’s why I think this. Not entirely sure of the cause and effect, here.)

          • Gatto Nero

            The butterfly effect.

        • Joe J

          Uch, now all I can think of is that utterly schmoopy, diabetes-inducing song from Bob Carlisle back about 15 years ago.

          • formerlyAnon

            Curse you. I hadn’t even *thought* of that song in years. I’m surprised remnants of it are still in my brain. But, demonstrably, “thanks” to you, sir, I find they are.

    • laurel nunya

      Since no one has said this since he’s been a judge, I just have to say that whenever Zac Posen talks, I repeat what he says but reference him as Monchichi. As in “Aw, Monchichi doesn’t like those shoes with that dress” or what have you.

    • SugarSnap108

      Can’t believe Dom didn’t win, because of the jacket alone. I’m not wild about the skirt at all. And her redo is worlds better than the original, while Bradon’s is….somewhat better, I guess?

    • yulaffin

      Again, Dom was robbed.

    • spooki C

      PR just feels like a L’oreal infomercial. It’s exhausting trying to watch while forcing yourself to believe it really is about design.

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

      Now why was there even a suggested budget for the final challenge? Shouldn’t the reward for getting to the last episode be to blow the rest of the money on the card, especially if you scrimped on the previous challenges? I am confused.

      • Pril Wood

        I was kind of expecting that part of the second challenge/twist they were going to need to spend money at mood again and someone would be reduced to using leftover scraps ‘cuz they blew through their cash.

      • Angela_the_Librarian

        Maybe any money that is left in their accounts will be added to the base amount each designer is given for their final collection? That could give a slight advantage to thriftier designers. Otherwise all the budget BS this season was just product placement.

        • Imasewsure

          Survey says……”all the budget BS this season was just product placement.” Congratulations you are the new winner on the Product Placement Price is Right!!

      • Inspector_Gidget

        Yeah I was thrown by that, too. Why wouldn’t they blow the rest of their money when there are no challenges left? Clearly the “innovative web-based bank account” product was the point of the card. (Can’t even remember the name of it… guess Tim will need to be more blatant about it next season!)

    • kat89

      I thought Dom’s work was outstanding, and Braden’s was more avant-garde than Justin’s, Alexandria’s and Helen’s were. Justin seems like a lovely person, but he has never won a challenge, his construction skills are very sloppy and his designs aren’t anything we haven’t seen done better somewhere else. Alexandria is talented, but more of a niche designer and Helen is all over the place. I liked her early on, but the weekly weepy outbursts and her constant need for affirmation have turned me off. She started out really strong, but doesn’t seem to have the stamina to keep up the pace. I really think it’s Dom for the win. She has the talent, the skills and there has never been an African-American winner, has there? I think it’s time.

      • Ramon Figueroa

        And she would be the second woman of color to win, after Chloe (Anya doesn’t count and never will). Chloe alsp came from behind to win over the annointted Daniel Vosovic.

    • BendinIntheWind

      The rework of Miranda’s look is literally the *only* thing Alexandria has made so far that I have liked. Everything she’s made up to this point has been ugly, overworked, and/or boring as shit. HOW did she get this far?

    • http://lavidalaura.com/ Laura Grai

      Really hated Helen’s orange dress (that color, ughhhh!), but I do agree that her overall body of work has been pretty solid this season. Also, I’m so bored with Project Runway doing this whole “we can’t choose, so you guys get to come back and compete for the last Fashion Week spot” schtick season after season after season. It’s so contrived and has been done to death; it’s not as exciting and dramatic as they think it is.

    • Saturnine

      You know, I like Bradon’s ideas (and attitude) generally, but more often than not, I’m not really a fan of how he designs the fronts of skirts– this challenge, the wonky southern lady dress with the patchwork apron and crooked hem, the vertical strips on the modern woman challenge. Not all design has to have the same silhouette, of course, but the area below the waist to the knee should be flattering.

    • tired_mommy

      I’m so glad Tim talked Helen out of the black cape. I think if she had included it, it may have allowed the judges to pass off her garmet as avant-garde and she would have gotten the third spot. I would much prefer to see Alexandria in the spot.

    • tired_mommy

      Did it bug anybody that Nina questioned if Alexandria should go to fashion week because none of the other designers suggested her?? If I was a designer, I’d either be suggesting competitors I thought I would beat or at least those who I’d want to be with during the finals.

      • karen s. bassett

        That really hurt Alexandria. Nina is so tiresome.

      • jeneria

        It did bother me because of the three, Alexandria has the most defined look. And as an editor, Nina should appreciate that Alexandria would give her so many photo ops, but Nina (who was wearing a bondage outfit) doesn’t like Alexandria’s dark and goth edge. It’s hilarious. She’ll wave boring Justin through but won’t give a change to someone with an actual perspective.

      • Imasewsure

        Which is why so many of them chose Justin I think… nice guy…. no competition

      • Darva Sutra

        The other designers didn’t choose Alexandria because most of her looks this season haven’t been great – some of them have been downright laughable and I’m surprised she’s still around at this point. Her avant garde look was hot mess shredded cheap witch. I agreed 100% with Nina in her critique of it, even agree that Alexandria saved the infamous high waited plaid pants (but sadly kitched up the styling on that look).

        Nina is by far the best judge on this program; her taste is impeccable and critiques are spot-on. Unlike Kors and Posen, she doesn’t get mean just to be funny – only if a contestant is delusional defending a terrible look or says something ridiculous. The jacket she wore was fierce/fantastic, I would totally cut a bitch for it!

        • tired_mommy

          My irritation with Nina’s comment wasn’t really specific to Alexandria–I just think it’s irrelevant who the designers suggest attend fashion week. I’ve always thought it was just a question to create drama, not for the judges to actually solicit feedback.

          • Lattis

            Didn’t read your comment before I said essentially the same thing down thread. Yeah, I always thought it was for drama, too.

            But, if it’s meant to be an actual evaluation of the other designers’ work, then they should give them time to deliver an actual critique. And even then, I would question a competitor’s critique because they are not impartial in the least. Their motives would be entirely questionable.

            And a further irony is that Nina used the no-other-designer-chose-her-to-go-with-them-to-fashion-week reason during a season where they have changed the drill at the runway so that the judges don’t have the designer’s name alongside the garments they are judging. So, supposedly the judge’s are assessing the garment entirely free of any personality issues.

            • Gatto Nero

              I think Nina meant to imply that the other designers didn’t respect Alexandria’s work enough to endorse her. But yes, you’d still have to question their motives.

    • Frank_821

      I will say in fairness I like the redo challenge. however it should have been done the previous week

      yada yada yada- variation of standard final challenge twist since season 4 (yawn). I will say why not show footage of Tim visiting all the decoys while we’re at it (except for Ken of course). It would be a lot more honest

    • karen s. bassett

      I think it would be a terrible blow to be eliminated on this show…but then to have your co-workers REDO your work? What a slap in the face.

      • tired_mommy

        Yea–I didn’t think about that during the show, but you are right. Might have been better if they all had to redo their own worst look as selected by the judges.

      • Lattis

        I get your point – but, I thought that part of the challenge got really interesting results. After watching that, I thought I should probably go through my closet (like I did when I was young and really poor) and think about how I could remake the stuff I have.

        I loved the way Alexandra remade those plaid pants. And Dom’s remake of the suit . . . which I have in my closet *cough* . . . was brilliant.

        • tired_mommy

          Love the idea of remaking my closet–if I could only sew…

          • Lattis

            I can sew . . . . Now, if only I had the brilliant eye for pattern, print, color, shape that Dom does! :)

      • tired_mommy

        Knowing the producers love the drama, I am surprised they didn’t make each current designer remake another current designer’s worst look (i.e. have Dom remake Justin’s, Helen remake Alexandria’s, etc.)….

    • tired_mommy

      They need to get more qualified guest judges–the final challenge prior to fashion week should be judged by a designer, not an actress. Especially someone who knows avant-garde.

      • tixilyttik

        …or at least an actress who does not believe a crop top is the perfect outfit to wear to a meeting! I’m not sure who Emmy Rossum is other than she’s considered a “fashionista” actress.

    • Malve Lyborg

      Alexandra’s work has a very, very scandinavian vibe. I saw women wearing those drop-crotch trousers in Stockholm a few weeks ago. In Sweden you have either those off-white, grey and black menswear-like designs like ACNE or Tiger of Sweden, or traditional colorful pieces like Odd Molly etc. She clearly is doing the first.

      So for me it’s no wonder it was only Heidi who saw her potential – Heidi is more used to european aesthetics than the rest of the judges.

      • swanpride

        See, I’m European, and this might be main reason why Alexandria’s work doesn’t excite me. I could put together something similar from my own wardrobe. It just looks a little pedestrian to me.

        • Call me Bee

          If you were in the middle west where I am, you’d be uber-chic!

      • queenceleste

        couldn’t agree more. It’s been no surprise that the only one supporting her so far is Heidi. It’s a much more northern european look than most of us are used to. Just wonder how it goes down in San Mateo…

      • Call me Bee

        I was in Stockholm as well a few weeks ago and you are so right. Copenhagen and Tallinn, too. Her look is very Scando-urban. Which is why I like it, but others don’t understand it.

        • kathrineb

          I think she does have a point of view. Its not my bag but good for her. My parents are Danish I have often wondered if that’s why I have always loved bright colours but perhaps I have it backwards. You do see a lot of monochromatic looks on those Scandinavian street fashion blogs.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            It could well be that Alexandria’s POV has kept her in the competition. Even when her execution is off, the judges can see that coming through her design.

    • queenceleste

      Billy Bob L’Oreal needs to stop dieting. He’s got that anorexic rich woman osteoporosis look that lots of older fashion women have (I’m looking at you, Anna Wintour–that woman has the worst posture in the world). Most men who look after themselves get more distinguished as they age. He just looks like his frail skeleton can barely hold up his giant head.

    • queenceleste

      I didn’t get all the love for Helen and hate for AvB from the judges. Helen’s AG look was not AG and her redo was a redo of last week’s challenge. Alexandria’s look had a certain glamour, and so what if it looked like the butterfly got caught in the spider’s web? Also, those pants were AMAZING. Also, Dom was robbed. Her look was fabulous for only 2 days work.

    • Kit_W

      “Again: pretty much an offense to the very ideas of creativity, inspiration, or avant garde design.”
      Indubitably.
      ‘Here is my mascara top and my yogurt pants…’.
      It’s become such a sham and a shadow of the lovely show it once was, and the producers know this so they’ve set their course and are obviously – way TOO obviously – constructing these last few seasons for all the cash they can grab before this now train wreck finally careens off its tracks and into the silent abyss.
      Is it too much to ask of these producers to allow this show to die with some dignity? For the sake of its target audience, its participants, the network, and especially us lovely bitter kittens?
      ^^don’t answer that^^

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Unless the ratings slip below Lifetime’s expectations and/or Heidi tires of this show I think it will continue, although I for one would be glad to see it either take an extended break, or end. For me, TLo’s comment when Anya won Season 9-it isn’t our PR anymore kittens-continues to be true.

        • tixilyttik

          Heidi is the one component PR cannot survive without. Until she auf’s herself, we are stuck with it.
          I cancelled my cable and just watch tv online now. I have found that coming to T&L to see the re-cap and then watching a few days later just for the heck of it is just fine for me. There was a time not so long ago when I would not have missed the show when it aired for the world.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I agree that we’re stuck with PR until Heidi get bored with it and turns out the lights. I used to get so jazzed for a new season, but now it’s just a habit.

    • queenceleste

      Since this was the Avant Garde challenge, I do wish that Tim had urged the contestants, just this once, to use the Belk Accessory Wall ironically rather than thoughtfully. It just would have made more sense.

      • Kit_W

        For realz.

    • Saucysusan

      Please help me understand the mechanic of this show. 2/3 have shown at fashion week. Do the real finalists make new collections to show? Also..Justin may be sweet, but its highly insulting to keep him on because he is deaf. I did not hate his avant garde look ( I’m looking at you Helen), but the entire season he has underwhelmed. This show makes no sense at all anymore.

      • swanpride

        All competitors are usually forced to stay in the hotel until the filming is over. Then they go home. Some of them (currently the top eight, though Jeremy did show in place of Ken) are allowed to do a collection. I’m not sure if the ones who are no longer in the competition get the same budget, but they all show at fashion week and have roughly the same time to complete their collections. The finalists are the only ones which get a TV coverage, though.

        • queenceleste

          seriously? They all have to stay, even the ones eliminated early on? That seems harsh. How long does it typically take to film the season–a month? I wonder what the auf’d contestants do in the meantime?

          • marlie

            That’s generally the case for any elimination-based “reality” show. They keep the eliminated contestants sequestered for the duration of the filming so that no plot elements are mistakenly revealed.

          • Gatto Nero

            After their tearful good-byes, they’re forced to hang out, take trips to Mood, and otherwise pretend that they’re still in the running so as not to give anything away before the shows air.

            • Carrps

              Yeah, I hadn’t realized that they were still bussed to all the filming locations after they were auf’d until I read the blog of the superfan who had Ken as her designer.

      • Kit_W

        From what I understand, and i’ve been watching this from the beginning but that doesn’t make what i’m about to say anymore correct, the designers who make a decoy collection for the show are sent home at the same time the finalists are sent home to make their collections, and the only real difference is that the decoy designers are given a smaller sum of money to do so, and do not have the benefit of a final “Tim” critique. You can’t even say that the finalists at least get the recognition of national exposure for their final collection because now here we all are staring at the decoy collections on the web for weeks.

        • Gatto Nero

          The main difference between the decoy and final three collections is that only the final three are competing for the prize.

    • tonibaloney

      Two completely unrelated thoughts:

      1) If they would just say that this challenge determines who moves on TO COMPETE in New York Fashion Week, I wouldn’t be so irritated.

      2) Is Billy B okay? He looked gaunt and unwell.

      • formerlyAnon

        Had both of those thoughts.

        I know the intensity with which I think about #1 makes me pedantic (or demonstrates that I am pedantic, she corrected herself, pedantically) but I just can’t help it. That one little change would soothe all the irritation, and it is a very large and relentlessly ongoing irritation.

    • LC3203

      I can’t stand Helen, but had she stuck with that Black Cape Cocoon thing, at least THAT would have been Avant Garde. Braden was the closest thing to completing the task set out, so he wins. I don’t give 2 flying F’s about any of these designers. At all. None of them are particularly good. And Justin is an awful designer. I don’t care if he’s deaf. You can still be bad at something if you’re deaf.

      • jeneria

        Apparently not on Lifetime. If you’re deaf, you get a pass. You get saved from elimination for a hideous dress and then are spoon fed the rest of the competition when there are clearly better designers (Alexander for one). I really thought he and Kate would be in the top three, but even precious Kate was sacrificed to keep Justin around.

      • Gatto Nero

        Justin’s performence on PR has been mediocre, but that doesn’t make him an awful designer. Even his fellow contestants have said that he has a unique and sophisticated approach to fabric manipulation and construction. Some people just can’t work within the PR time contraints. Clearly this isn’t his venue.

    • Joyce VG

      Dom is the real deal I agree. I hope she takes it all.

    • guest2visits

      Dom’s jacket looked fantastic on Emmy. And I may still be sick of print caftans/resort wear, thanks to Anya – but Dom’s onesy underneath was pretty cute.
      I disagree though; Bradon’s light, floaty sculpture was very reminiscent of the sunny garden. The dress looked like a collection of pollen waving stamens, stems, and antennae. The dress was like a airy cloud when it walked. It was close between his and Dom’s but I thought he really went the most AG and it had it’s own moment there on the RW. Actually, I could have seen either one for the win, and this was her best work on the show.

    • Call me Bee

      With the convoluted challenge and the crack (of course) judging, I have nothing but despair today. am nothing but sad. As evidence from the quips and sarcasm in the lounge last night, (and don’t get me wrong–I am right there with the BKs making fun of the program we once loved and respected…) this competition has lost all semblance of integrity. They should let it die, and let us reminisce about the good ol’ days of PR on Bravo. Unfortunately, it can’t die a dignified death–it’s way too late for that. It needs to swiftly be put out of it’s misery.

      I has a huge sad…

    • Blair Sylvester

      When Zach said simplicity is next to godliness I almost peed my pants laughing

      • SewingSiren

        I that case he must be an atheist.

    • Hilda Elizabeth Westervelt

      Two unrelated observations. First, After School Special can be shortened to “ASS.” Second, Nina was looking decidedly Gimpy last night in her pseudo bondage outfit. That is all.

    • DaveinAlamitosBeach

      I’m sorry, I have to disagree. I thought Justin was the clear third place entry last night and the convolutions they went through was to try and keep him OUT of the finals. They grossly overpraised Alexandria and especially Helen. They can’t have Justin in the finale because they already eliminated him. I don’t think they care about fairness, but they don’t want their previous judgment to oust him get challenged.
      I was so certain they would give the win to Dom that I have to wonder why they didn’t? Did they just give Bradon his runner-up prize?

      • Emily

        I hope you’re right. I really want Dom to win at this point.

    • putacorkinit

      I think the judges, for once, made the right decision. Aside from Dom and Braden’s dresses which both were of high quality, the designs of the others were good but there was not much between them. Forcing the bottom three to create a twelve-piece collection does seem like torture for them.

      My questions are:

      - Do the contestants get paid?
      - Will the bottom three get additional payment for having to make twelve new looks?

      Alexandria looks so sick of the whole sordid affair, I though she was going to refuse to participate, like a racehorse reusing to pull a milk cart.

      • kahudson

        The last ten or so all make complete collections and show at fashion week as decoys. As I understand it they also get the same budget to make their collection. So the bottom three in the finale challenge are simply making a collection that has a chance of being part of the remaining competition rather than just being a decoy.

      • demidaemon

        No one on a reality competition show gets paid unless they win. You do this for the PR and the prize. That’s it.

        • putacorkinit

          Are you sure about that?

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

            They don’t get paid.

            • putacorkinit

              Wow. Not even an appearance fee? My god, why do they do it? Do you know if they get any money or royalties when they are forced to design a costume for Heidi’s online sales brand or some other mall brand>?

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

              Nope. No compensation at all. They do it because it’s a game show and they have a shot at big prize money.

            • putacorkinit

              I wonder how many of the winners – let alone the crowd of losers think it’s actually worth it.

            • guest2visits

              I ALWAYS wonder about that. Since I don’t sew, it always impresses me that someone can get out there; imagine an outfit, and whip it up in no time – I think that alone is a pretty great skill. It would be a nice thing for the show to award more secondary type prizes to those who last past a certain time line, at least. I know everyone thinks the publicity is the prize, but that may be a little dubious; the show isn’t really about highlighting a designer’s ability to do good work – drama is the first consideration, product placement second, and clothing design a distant third. If they wanted to do right by the designers they would provide a decent time line and better challenges to show off their creativity and abilities. That kind of showcase might be a more positive experience for all the contestants.

            • Gatto Nero

              And for the viewers.

            • Gatto Nero

              The ones who come back for more punishment in All Stars evidently do.

          • demidaemon

            Yes. Contestants do not get paid unless they win. Thems the breaks.

    • Trish Saunders

      I’ve read about half of the comments, and my hair is standing on end. What’s up with all the anti-Justin vitriol? Until this last show, he hasn’t really made an issue of his deafness. At all!

      OTHER people have made an issue of it. His design skills aren’t up to Dom’s and his finishing touches aren’t perfect, but why do those legitimate critiques always have to end in a variation of “if you’re deaf you get a pass.” His skills are at least on a par with Alexandria’s. She, however, is excused with being moody and European when she puts torn trash on the runway. When he falters a little with his seaming, it’s because he’s trying to skate by being deaf. His re-work of his earlier failure was a triumph, and kudos to him for having the guts to stand there, before the world, and tell everyone that he is better than his weakest work. I LOVED his last dress. He’s not being spoon fed anything. He’s out there working, stripping himself naked to try to create art and fashion, and it’s like many of you want him to fail. So you can sneer at him.

      Being deaf is not just an inconvenience, it’s a disability that he shoulders with dignity and grace.

      • jeneria

        It doesn’t change the fact that his designs are not as good as the others. He’s consistently the weakest designer up there, but they keep him around. Presumably this is due to producer storyline manipulation, but it could also be because he seems like a super nice guy. No one is outright vitriolic toward him, it’s just that he’s not as strong as the others and he hasn’t been all season. Last night’s dress was easily his best, but compared to the others (outside of Helen), it wasn’t as good.

        I’m not bagging on Justin for being deaf, I bagging on others using that as a reason to keep him around.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I agree. If the producers genuinely respected Justin as a designer they would allow or accept that his designs would be judged on their merits. He comes across as decent and sincere, but as I posted earlier, his clothes have not been memorable.

      • Joe J

        Alexandria really hasn’t been getting a pass, though. In fact for the last two or three weeks most posters have been gobsmacked-bordering-on-outraged that her stuff hasn’t put her in the bottom more often, and even TLo has posted that she deserved to be auf’ed once or twice for her looks (the Southern woman challenge springs to mind). This is the first week in a while where she seems to be getting warmer reviews from the commenters in general.

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

        What vitriol? Show me.

        • Trish Saunders

          Whoa, are you gonna stick your sharp lobster claws in me now? Well go ahead!

          I think this shrill comment counts as vitriol: “….It’s a little embarrassing and we have to conclude that somehow Justin got a little caught up in it all because our jaws dropped when he said he should be in the finale because he’s gay and deaf. The former is not exactly an original point of view in the world of fashion and the latter has not been evident anywhere in his designs, if it even can be.” And then there’s this nasty little gem: “…And then practically weeping over his being reunited with HIS GREATEST FAILURE EVER…”

          HORRORS! He bravely took on the challenge of re working his design that got him AUFd and you dismiss him with a snide, “practically weeping.” MROW!!

          As for the convenience angle which you used to beat hi over the head again, it’s YOU, my dears, who brought that up in this little gem:

          “… t goes hand-in-hand with the concept of Tim’s Save and it was probably thought up at the same time, knowing that most people in Justin’s position would do exactly what he did, thus giving them the storyline they want. Coinveniently giving them the storyline they want.

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

            We love how your first post here was a week ago and started off “Why’d it take me so long to discover this wonderful blog?” and now it took you all of seven days to get to this point. Vitriol! Nasty! Snide! Lobster claws?

            Lobster claws?

            Honey, we’ve been blogging this show for seven years and you’ve been reading us a week. This is how we do it here. If you can’t handle some mild criticism, there are other places to go read about the show.

            • Lattis

              See – how you deflect that with humor and all – my hat’s off to you . . . That’s why I am curious about what your take on human nature is after blogging for seven years. You’ve got to have heard it all. Has interacting with so many people made your view of people more cynical or less so?

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

              Aw, thanks doll.

              We can’t say internet interactions are the best place to form an opinion on the nature of people. We’re experts on the question of how people act or respond when they’re on the internet, but we don’t think that says much about them, because in our experience, the majority of people out there will, at least occasionally, do and say things on the internet that they wouldn’t in real life. For example, most people in real life don’t get literally angry when they encounter mild disagreement over mostly trivial topics, but it’s pretty much to be expected in internet interactions.

      • tixilyttik

        He has mentioned his deafness every episode and used it to his advantage. That’s fine, but he’s just not that good. Even this week, his best work ever, had threads hanging from it walking down the runway.
        The sorry thing is that when a really, truly great designer who just happens to be deaf auditions for Project Runway, he or she won’t get the spot, because the producers will say “It’s already been done.” and to on to the next sympathetic story.

        • gurl boy

          FYI…if you made the same dress out of two different fabrics under these conditions….depending on what fabric u used one may fray much easier and faster than the other….Got it? From what I understand about the final runway is that Justin’s collection was superb…while one that everyone is raving about was ‘loving hands at home”!

          • tixilyttik

            I’m not an aspiring fashion designer so I don’t quite understand your point. Justin’s work is sloppy.
            Maybe when he is not under a time constraint it will be much less so. What do you mean “Got it”? It’s so odd the way people act tuffy in their replies. Weird.

        • bertkeeter

          Each designer is asked questions that we dont hear in these little annoying interview snippets! Trust me, it’s the producers that keep asking him “So justin, do you think being hearing impared is….blah, blah, blah?”
          And in regards to his comment that his imparement would assure him a place in finale…I think he was being sarcastic, he’s not stupid…he knows he’s been allowed to slip by due to his hearing issue.
          Lastly…he’s a lot more talented than a few who have made it to not only the finale but won the entire season. Regardless, his collection was my favorite… Hear that!

          • tixilyttik

            That’s a good point that he is prodded by the production crew. He’s starting to sound as weary of “I’m a deaf guy” as the rest of us.
            I’m glad you like Justin’s final collection. I like it too. I don’t really care to “Hear that!” What an odd rude thing to say to me.

    • myristica_fragrans

      ugh, i haven’t even watched this yet, but i’m pretty sure justin will get the third spot, helen will cry, dom will get robbed, and justin will win. i wish they’d stop being so damn transparent and treating the viewers like idiots.

    • NinjaCate

      1. If Dom doesn’t take this whole thing I’m completely giving up on this show. She’s done spectacular work all season long and has CONTINUED to get shafted. She’s like the anti-Anya: the same great eye for prints and textures, but with all the skills and none (okay, significantly less) of the judges’ praise.

      2. I disagree that Justin’s avant garde look was ugly. I think it was his best work so far. That said, there is no way he deserves a spot in the finale. TLo is totally right about his work: it’s drab, boring and basic, and has been all season. I totally see producer intervention in his redemption storyline, and I don’t like it. Completely agree that he should have been auf’d.

      3. As for Bradon, I don’t always like his work, and his tendency to get caught up in “new and interesting techniques” instead of a specific design perspective is a little annoying, but he does great work. For me, he’s never fallen farther than the top 3rd of the pack. He’s consistent and talented. He deserved a spot, but he shouldn’t have won the challenge.

      4. For Helen and Alexandria…. I would give Helen the spot because I think her work is more interesting. She definitely has a more unique perspective as far as I’m concerned. I want to see what she’ll come up with when you set her loose. I have never been a fan of Alexandria’s work and I thought her dress this week was hideous. Absolutely hated it. To me, A has cool ideas, but she never seems to execute them stylishly. I’d auf her too.

      TL;DR: Dom for the win. She has consistently been killing it this season.

      • jeneria

        When Bradon is on, he’s spectacular and darn near untouchable. But Dom has been more consistent all season long and that should net her the win.

        Justin has been outclassed all along and now it’s just painfully obvious that he’s a good story and not much more.

        Alexandria is the dark horse. She’s been my dark horse all season. Her perspective is so different from the others.

        Helen can design and sew, but she keeps going back to the same stuff over and over and over. Plus her breakdowns are tiresome.

        • NinjaCate

          Lol, yes to everything. Although I’m still no fan of Alexandria’s.

      • epenthesis

        I’d argue with “consistently”–she has some serious off days–but agreed about the win. Her highs have been higher than anybody else’s.

        • NinjaCate

          Fair point. I think she’s definitely had off days, but I also think she’s “consistently” produced good work that should have garnered her the win but didn’t. At least three times this season I’ve said “It should’ve gone to Dom” and I usually agree with the wins.

          • epenthesis

            Totally. At least they gave her a lot of high scores (though waved her through with some good looks), so she’s had her share of positive attention.

      • tired_mommy

        Don’t worry too much about Dom winning this go around. If she doesn’t, she’ll no doubt be back for all-stars. Think the same is probably true of Helen too.

    • epenthesis

      Wow, people are really eager to see Helen go. I’d also like to see a whole lot less of her, but her past performance really doesn’t merit an unceremonious auf in the very last challenge. And past performance is deservedly a major criterion, whether they say so or not.

      • SewingSiren

        She actually should have been sent home on episode #2.

        • epenthesis

          Based on that trainwreck, that’s entirely fair to say. Then again, Leanne was very nearly sent home on the second episode of her season, and we know how that turned out. It’s interesting when someone turns it completely around.

      • swanpride

        To be honest, I’m still annoyed that she cried herself in the next round while a designer I would like to have seen more of had to go in episode 2. I also disagreed with pretty much every single one of her wins.

    • Lattis

      “Here’s a camera and a setting. Spend the day taking pictures and sketching.” Now it’s “Make something inspired by THIS product and THIS thing.”

      Amen.
      I wish I knew the reason that they aren’t still doing it this way.

      • marlie

        Sponsorships/money.

    • Erica_Vuitton

      I’m sorry if this has already been said (Disqus won’t load more than two “load more comments” for me) but someone please explain how Helen’s “re-work” is a re-work when she didn’t use ANY of the fabric from Kate’s dress?? All of the other 4 used the fabric of the original plus some supplemental, but for Helen seriously, where did that blue fabric from???? Especially because I didn’t see her buy that at Mood and they went there before the second challenge was announced. I’m so irrationally angry about that. She clearly should’ve been Auf’d. IMHO she didn’t meet the requirements for either challenge! GRRRR!! Tim’s *clapclap* moment is pretty much my fav moment of the season. He clearly had to clap his hands together because he couldn’t actually slap her. /rant

      Dom should’ve gotten the win hands down. Bradon’s was interesting and I did see the sort of feeler inspiration of the silk noodles, but I thought she did a better job with both challenges over all. That coat OMG beautiful, the jumpsuit too! And I’m going to disagree about Justin, I think he deserved the 3rd place. Making two pieces for the main challenge and then a total rework of his dress (I was touched by that moment but I’m a sap I’ll admit it) to make something hideous into something chic, I thought he did a great job. They should’ve had Helen & Alexandria battle it out (because you know it will be 4).

      My favorite of all the final challenges has always been “Make us a mini collection showing your atheistic as a designer.”

    • Ann

      I thought the whole butterfly inspiration was completely missed by this group – butterflies offer an opportunity of exquisite color combinations and definitive lines. I did not see that anywhere! Agree with T&L – too many topics to address.

      Some fine work never the less. Despite repeated references to three prints, I only find two in Dom’s spectacular creation.

      • epenthesis

        I was wondering where the third was myself. It’s the back of the collar–check out the full set of pics on the Lifetime site.

    • Glenn Johnson

      Helen says when she looks around the workroom, she sees everyone going for volume and over the top. Tim comes to see her and she’s all weepy “I don’t know what to do” (read: I don’t know who to copy). Tim says get a grip and the Niagara Falls of tears shuts off like an emergency cut-off switch at a gas station. Then on the runway someone mentions cocoon and she says cocoon. Then Bradon selects who he would want to go to FW with, and uses the term “balanced show” and Helen repeats his idea of a balanced runway show. COPY-and-CLAIM. I’m sick of her.
      Also, and this is not so minor a point, she spent over a thousand dollars on fabric at Mood…and this was the result?

      Dom still has my vote to win the whole thing. I can’t say enough about how well she has performed this season. Her designs have been superb, she has also kept her cool and stuck to the business at hand. A successful technique that should have been employed by others this season.

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

        This is a very interesting observation, but I don’t think I have the strength yet to rewatch all the previous episodes to see if she has been like that the whole season.

    • Inspector_Gidget

      Tim is so wooden these days. I broke out laughing when he stared sternly at After School Special and started smacking his hands together. “Come to! Come to!” (clap clap clap) “Rally! Rally!” LIke a windup Tim Robot.

    • Coco Cornejo

      Perhaps it’s better for Dom’s career if she doesn’t actually win this little competition. She’s shown herself to be the real deal. She’s got talent, point of view, and is a pleasant person. She’s been showcased to the industry in a very positive light.

      Sure, whoever wins will get all that stuff, but they will be obligated to PR as well. I just remember Jay Carol trying to get out from under the contract after all was said and done.

      As for all the stuff they give away, somebody’s got to pay for it. That’s why we’re ending up with product placements all over the place and silly yogurt-inspired challenges. We’re way past the point where the producers should scale that stuff way back.

      • tired_mommy

        You could be right. Plus then she can come back for all-stars or another season ala Kate.

        • epenthesis

          Winners can come back for All-Stars; the new season will have three of them. And I don’t think Jay was representative of other winners (even apart from being better than most of them); not everybody chafes under the constraints of corporate affiliation.

    • YoungSally

      I’m confused — and please don’t make me have to FF through the show — did someone get auf’ed?

      • Kate Andrews

        nope :)

    • Lattis

      So – Nina!

      I thought she was mainly about the “editorial” quality of design etc etc. Floored me last night when she used “none of the other designers chose her to go to fashion week with them” as a reason that Alexandra shouldn’t go on to fashion week .

      So – this IS a personality contest?

      • alyce1213

        Could be, I’m sure that may color their picks. Could also be that having seen it close-up and personal, they don’t think much of her work.

        • Lattis

          I don’t have a problem with Nina (or the other judges) citing bad workmanship as a reason to auf a designer when they see their garment up close.

          I have to agree with your assumption that personality can never really *not* color their picks. It’s just that in a season where Heidi has made a point of saying that they are now (for the first time on Proj. . . . ) showing a designer’s look on the runway without attaching the designer’s name to it, that the decision has been made to de-emphasize personality. So – it’s odd to me that Nina would be using the other contestant’s assessment of Alexandria’s personality as a criteria at all.

      • Gatto Nero

        I think she was implying that none of the other designer respected Alexandria’s work enough to choose her. I don’t think it was about personality.

    • NoveltyRocker

      It sucks when product placement deals overstep boundaries and encroach on creative opportunities. There’s got to be a way for a program to plug the (actual) value of a product and tell the best story it can. A lot of programs are so heavily reliant on the commercial aspect of the business that their storytelling is all twisted round to push product. I think it can be a synergistic relationship. This makes me want a subscription to Adbusters.

    • Karen Clark

      Again, totally agree with you two. Why didn’t the judges say anything about the fit of Justin’s re-worked outfit? The bodice was horrible!

      • kathrineb

        It was my least favourite rework for sure. I know people like the story, but in my eyes it was not a very attractive or exciting dress. I liked his avant garde look but I could not understand why they were raving about his re-work look!

      • Carrps

        Justin cannot fit a bodice. I mentioned it once before, but is he afraid of boobies or something? It’s the same with the three looks in his mini-collection in last night’s show. So ill-fitting.

    • Therese Bohn

      YOU get a pony! YOU get a pony! YOU get a pony! Everyone gets to make a final collection! Ugh! I wish they just picked the final three and left it at that!

      • MoHub

        I wish they’d stop pretending that only four designers get to make final collections. Just be honest and say that only three or four or whatever number will have their collections compete for the big prize. Just how ignorant does Lifetime think PR viewers are?

      • tired_mommy

        Me too. It seems incredibly cruel that Justin, Helen or Alexandria would make a final collection at this point then not get to be in the running to win. It’s one thing to knowingly make a decoy collection, but to think you have a chance to at least compete for the win then have it taken away at the 11th hour just seems way to harsh.

        • Gatto Nero

          In the showdowns in past seasons, the designers competing for the final spot make an entire collection but then get to show only two looks to the judges!

      • Angela_the_Librarian

        I really wish the production team could schedule the taping of the show so that maybe 2 or 3 decoy collections (at the most) were necessary. There were somehow able to do this back when the show was on Bravo…

        • tixilyttik

          I’ve never understood why they just don’t film Project Runway to coincide with NY Fashion Week. They could do the finale live from NYC. I guess it’s because Koors and now Posen have their own collections to worry about and it’s their busiest season.

    • Meredith_P

      You do NOT wear a crop top to a Summer meeting, that is all, Emmy.

      • alyce1213

        That made me cringe, but it’s likely that there is a different dress code for sexy actresses attending meetings with producers, directors and casting agents than for actual business folk. (It’s all about her I think, not much common sense for the real world.)

      • marlie

        I thought the same thing, at first, but I have to agree with Alyce that maybe her”meeting dress code is drastically different that yurt or mine.

      • bertkeeter

        Apparently Beyonce does!??

      • Gatto Nero

        Maybe in Hollywoodland.

    • RescueMe23

      Dom was robbed – plain & simple. By this point I’m exhausted. Most times I’m just reading your recap and skipping the actual show; but I did watch last night..

    • edh

      Y’all keep talking like this is about fashion. Think about it: We have ridiculous characters, pointless plot twists, rules more flexible than Gumby, crooked judging, and winners that certainly seem to be preordained.

      This season is professional wrestling. All they need at this point is a cage – and to have Ken
      break onto the runway with a folding chair.

    • julia / xandra

      Is it me or does Billy B look unwell?

    • Meredith_P

      I loved both Dom’s and Bradon’s. Both of them are very talented and totally deserve the runway competition opportunity. I didn’t object to the COLOR of Helen’s dress…it was pretty much Monarch color, but isn’t it identical to that sickly beige number she inflicted on us? And the model couldn’t walk in it. Not sure why…there’s a technical, construction reason why.

      So is Tim going to everyone’s house? You mean I missed Tim Gunn in Raleigh, NC. Darn it!

    • Kate4queen

      I LOVED Dom’s jacket/coat and would wear it in a heartbeat. I thought Bradon’s was really interesting-so those two for me were far and away the best designers out there. I don’t get Alexandria’s work at all it always looks badly finished to me. I liked Justin’s first dress and coat. It was certainly more avant garde than Helens. She doesn’t seem to know who she is as a designer yet. She should’ve followed through with her original inspiration and sent that black thing down the runway. She’s too easily influenced by everyone else.
      I hope Dom wins. :)

    • JaCory Deon

      I have to disagree with T&L on the inspiration: butterflies are a wonder of nature. Starts out as something fuzzy on it’s belly, goes into a cocoon, and emerges as something beautiful which helps nature in its sexual processing. They are symbolically great for fashion designers, or designers in general, minus all the Loreal nonsense. Now to the designers…

      DOM: She’s the real deal and was the clear winner of this challenge. Her AV look referenced the inspiration, was very polished, and could go out and be shot today in a mag. Her second look was conceptual brilliance: turning a stewardess into the woman that OWNS the plane. IMHO, she’s the only one on this season who has a strong pov and who would be able to compete with the past (Bravo) season’s best.

      On Brandon, his avant garde look was quite McQueen to me while his second looked like a maid’s costume. Take away his techniques and who is he as a designer? I still don’t know. Justin’s AV piece was the best he’s made this season and I wonder where that designer has been all these challenges. His rework, eh, whatever. Overall, he’s boring to me (though seems very nice as a person). Alexandria only does dark deconstructed looks, HOWEVER, they don’t always work for me. In 12 challenges she’s shown pretty much only that and has never done something which looks polished. That said, she has a pov and while I don’t love like Heidi seems to, not a bad choice for the 3rd spot.

      HELEN: girl, GTFO with all of that. That strip technique AGAIN!? All these tears? And that knock-off that was her second look (really a repeat of the previous challenge’s 4th of July dress)…I’m done with her. Please don’t let her be top 3. (NOW let’s mention what really counts: Nina Garcia’s jacket. Bitch was serving it up honey!)

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

        We don’t have a problem with butterflies as a point of inspiration. We have a problem with challenges that amount to “Here’s a makeup product and a butterfly. BE INSPIRED!”

        • Gatto Nero

          … and, while you’re at it, just go ahead and fix this other wreck of a garment! Make it work!

    • DinahR

      I’m in the minority of really liking Justin’s entry this week and I think it was top three. I would have sent Helen home because that was a non-entry. I liked Alexandria’s enough. I did get a gothic-butterly from her dress. I haven’t gone back and looked yet, but I remember liking Justin’s fashion week collection. Not sure about the others. I’m glad TLo has them available for us to review.

      My kinna question is this… whether or not one agrees with the save for Justin, since that time who else would have been a better contestant for it? I wasn’t sure if I agreed with Tim when it happened, but after seeing Justin’s runway, and after seeing who else went home and why I think it worked out okay. Maybe Alexander I would have wanted to see saved. Anyone else?

      (grammar edit)

      • DinahR

        I’m replying to myself like a total goofball! Yikes! But I just went back and reviewed. Definitely Alexander!! His was actually my favorite collection.

      • kahudson

        After, Justin was saved, Miranda, Karen, Jeremy, Ken, Alexander and Kate were sent home. Of those, I would have preferred to see more from Alexander and, depending on the challenge, Jeremy. Prior to the avant-garde challenge, I think both created at least one look that was more interesting or memorable than anything Justin did in the same time frame.

        Edit: Except perhaps Justin’s superfan challenge dress.

      • bertkeeter

        Agree on Justin’s collection at Finale! I think the best along with, yes, gonna say it Alexandria’s! Both were cohesive statements … Well styled( Justin’s was superb) ! That being said who’s beat choice for BELKS? Yikes!

      • guest2visits

        Justin’s AG was very good – I just liked it more with the coat than not, and I think the judges did too; they picked on issues he had with his dress (construction, shape). And I really liked his re-work dress it – was the best re-work along with Helen’s – and I think he used all his original fabrics, whereas Helen’s re-work appeared to use a lot of extra materials.
        For me Justin has been on the edge of almost there, in a lot of his design. But that’s what I feel about many of the designers this season. I think in the end it was good to have Justin go this far…but it’s difficult to say if one of the other auf’t designers might have done as good or better. I thought he had a nice finale collection but only 2 of his pieces really stood out for me. I can say half of Helen’s, Dom’s, and Alexandria’s collections were interesting to me, and I also liked a lot of Kate’s. I don’t think any of them exactly knocked me over. Looking forward to seeing them move on the RW – sometimes that gives information that still pics do not.

      • Gatto Nero

        I think that Justin has a lot of potential but that PR may not be his venue. He has intriguing ideas about fabric treatment and construction but has trouble completing his looks in the ridiculous time allotment. Very few designers can succeed in that kind of pressure cooker.
        I think he had one of the better runway shows of the final eight.
        I don’t know who else deserved the save. I know that Kate has legions of fans, but I’m not one of them.

    • VivianAdvanced

      I’m sick to death of Helen’s crying fits. She and whathisname (the mustashioed guy from last season who, unfortunately will be on All Stars) ought to have a cry-off. Once again she did something like Christopher did all the time in seasons past and it certainly was NOT avant-garde. She should have been 86′d. Alexandria’s dress was kind of cool, but I didn’t see any butterfly inspiration, unless it was one that had been caught and mauled by a cat. Justin is lovable but he should have gone a long time ago, along with Helen.

    • ShaoLinKitten

      You can tell Emmy Rossum doesn’t go to any real meetings ever, because somehow she thought anyone in the real world could go to a meeting in a midriff baring Joan Crawford-shouldered crop top. Really? Also, what from Helen’s revamp look was from Kate’s? I see nothing whatsoever in common. That orange dress was BOOOOORING. So sick of her crying every week. And I have a feeling she’s going to be in the finale. Bah. I wanted Alexander.

    • M312

      Ugh, straight to fuck with this show. A show I used to zoom home from work to catch a first-run of is now just an hour of Loreal ads. The hell was with the stupid nail component, too? Yes, because everyone is looking at fingernails when threeasfour or Donna Karan or absolutely fucking anyone puts a show on at any fashion week, anywhere. Fuck everyone who ruined this show at Lifetime or BM or wherever.

      Okay, got that out of my system. I could care less who wins between Dom and Bradon, but I do really enjoy their work and thought both did a great job here. I also liked Alexandria’s, but in no way was that gown avant anything. I struggle to even recall our other two contestants names and designs. Orange, white ruffles, tears and that’s it.

      If Project Runway All Stars weren’t just a horrible, if not more so, than what the original has become, I’d say it’d be great to see Dom or Bradon go up against designers who really had to design (or seemed to anyway) and had talent. Frankly, the competition this year was so meh, I can only dream of what these two could do when faced with serious designers. But after the village of Uli Herzner was invaded, pillaged and burned by Issac Mizrahi’s boner for Anthony Ryan last year, who cares what happens of an al Stars season 3, if there even is one.

      Sigh, I am with you TLO. Every time I watch an episode of PR now, I recall how much fun this show used to be. I’d shed a tear, but my Loreal No Smear Anti-tear mascara won’t let me.

      • demidaemon

        Oh there is one, and it starts on 10/24.

    • http://www.readbarbara.com/ ReadBarbara

      Bradon’s dress made me think of all the little pin bones you have to pull out of a badly filleted fish. Sadly, Project Runway has dropped into hate-watching territory.The convoluted, sponsor-driven challenges are dopey and so flimsy, they can’t even be sustained from the beginning of an episode to the end.

    • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

      I can’t believe they had Billy B available and didn’t allow him to critizise the designs. Oh, the bitchiness lost on that one.

    • Tracy_Flick

      Bradon: I liked this a lot better without all the linear…features…thingies…whatever. I can’t help but think of when you need a paper towel, but you’re out, so you grab a kleenex instead – and it starts to come apart in those little rolls. The garment underneath is gorgeous, though. We won’t mention her bra strap showing under the lacing (even the hooks! FFS). For the re-work dress, I hated that pleather. Seeing the two together gives an unfortunate “toilet paper and garbage bag” effect that’s more janitorial than editorial. The shape is nice, though.

      Dom: The coat, OMG, yes. I want it. I thought the saggy overalls underneath it were shapeless and unflattering, though. Good re-work of Jeremy’s. That hiddy fabric is still a bit problematic with the sleeveless red vest, but I think it worked much better once she took the vest off. The stripe down the front and the neckline were nice.

      Alexandria: The dress looked sloppy, like something a talented goth kid totally new to sewing might put together from old pantyhose and t-shirts. It just didn’t feel professional-level. I think that in order to make that level of raw edges and mummy-bandage draping work, it has to all come together to guide the eye very firmly, or else it’s just slop. As for the re-work, I loved the pants, but the vest looked like a Patricia reject and the tank top was a non-entity.

      Helen: The blunt bob and the orange color are reading Scooby Doo to me. Blech. I liked the re-work, she clearly has talent, but like the other commentors, I don’t understand where she got the fabric.

      Justin: I actually really liked the cape. A lot. I thought the heavy collar and the light floatiness of the rest was very butterfly-body-and-wings. The dress was messy and blah, though. I wanted to hike it up. A plain jewel-toned shift under there to show through the lace might have worked. His re-work dress – at least nobody’s genitals were foaming. The neckline looks wonky and poorly-finished though. The guy is super-likable, I’ll give him that.

      • DaveinAlamitosBeach

        I think Helen’s model’s hairdo reminded me of Helena Bonham Carter’s character in Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit (or whatever it is properly called). But Scooby Doo is awfully similar.

    • tixilyttik

      Was there any of Kate’s original design left in Helen’s re-work? The skirt appears to be a different fabric entirely. Had she used Kate’s bad print and transformed it into a nice skirt, there would be something to talk about. She looks like she just took some of the excess fabric and made a little top.
      Just to echo the sentiment here…Dom was robbed this challenge.
      A butterfly can land on any flower and look good because it’s a thing of beauty on another thing of beauty. Dom captured that idea perfectly. That coat could have been paired with absolutely anything and still have been perfect. She is the fashion designer of this season, no matter who ultimately wins the contest.

    • ChrisP

      I actually thought Bradon’s redo was worse than the original. A pretty silk dress with a placemant apron.

      • kathrineb

        I thought they overdid it on the praise for Brandons re-do. The apron bit really bothered me too. He just stuck it on so that he could say he was using parts of the original garment.

      • tixilyttik

        I agree. He made a new dress and stuck one of the placemats on it, and it looks like “Excuse me Miss, but there is a placemat on your dress.” like she got up from the table and it stuck there. It was not a “re-do” at all.
        Dom was the clear winner of this challenge. What in the world is wrong with the judges? What difference would it have made to give the win to the clear winner? What did they not see? What did they see that we did not see? It’s just bizarre.

    • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

      Does anyone know what technique Helen used for the orange dress? I’d like to try it on a doll gown. Is it little pleats or little strips?

      Several competitors have made the same mistake this season. They think their awesome technique will blow the minds of the judges, but they sacrifice their fit or shape of the garment, and they spend far too much time on a technique that is not unique to the judges.

      • Gauss

        It’s little strips of chiffon, I think. They show her tearing them at some point before sewing on; the tearing creates the slightly wavy, slightly ragged edges.

        • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

          You said: “It’s little strips of chiffon, I think. They show her tearing them at some point before sewing on; the tearing creates the slightly wavy, slightly ragged edges.”

          Thank you.

    • kawadjan

      I’m so tired of Helen’s crying.

    • Trish Saunders

      Well, here’s why I went from loving this column to not-so-much. First, it’s undeniably well-written and funny. But! It’s gone from being a hilarious send up of an overly commercialized show to the equivalent of playground bullying. This endless tormenting of Helen is getting tiresome. I am heartily ashamed that I joined in with snarky comments of my own. When I read them later, I was deeply embarrassed that I had joined in. You’re taking your ability to attract hundreds, if not thousands, of followers and using it to humiliate her in a way that is simply unkind.

      Yes, she has been weepy in a way that is annoying, but I can only imagine how deeply exhausted she must be. Yes, she is an insecure woman. Who cries! That is what young women do! So what? Then, when you turned it on Justin, who embodies kindness itself, it was a little too much for me. And, as a matter of fact, I think it’s you who didn’t like my criticism. As for that, don’t like it, go elsewhere, please, that’s kind of the level of Helen’s communications, which you sneered at so abundantly. I JUST DON’T LIKE PROLONGED MEANNESS. Beyond that, I wish you well.

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

        It hasn’t “gone” from anything. It’s always been this. You’ve been here a week. Go and find what you want out there on the big, wide internet and stop yelling at people who aren’t giving it to you.

        Also: Thank you for “Stop being so mean to Helen! You’re just as bad as Helen!” That was kind of beautiful in its circularity.

        • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

          Trish just got told.

          • Trish Saunders

            And Trish is thrilled. Trish is not a butt kisser.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Both Justin and Helen-in fact, all of the designers on this show are adults. PR has been on TV since 2003 or 2004. Any designer who auditions has to have some idea about the format and the pressures that they can expect to encounter. If they choose to accept a spot then they need to be ready for it-and that includes the manipulation by the production crew, the lack of sleep, and having to deal with designers who may have emotional problems (i.e., Ken).
        If a person knows that they are likely to handle these kinds of stressors poorly, then perhaps they should have said no, despite the exposure that they get from being on PR.

    • Trish Saunders

      Damn, you’re thin-skinned.Talk about not liking criticism. I’ll interpret any g.d. want to interpret, and I say it’s gotten meaner, and shriller, and just nastier. Say what you will about Helen, she is creating art and fashion and you are making a living by sneering at people like her.

      • Presumptuous Insect

        Trying again…. I disagree. I have been reading for a long time, and T and L always try to evaluate a garment fairly–it doesn’t matter if the designer is a dick or not.

      • BeccaGo

        Your story has become tiresome. Go away.

    • marlie

      An all-day work retreat means that I chime in LATE in the day.

      DOM WAS ROBBED. End of story. Bradon should have been second. I thought Alexandria’s avante garde garment seemed like she’d been mauled by an animal. Helen’s was unoriginal AND in a rather ugly color. And as much as I like Justin, I wasn’t that blown over by his dress.

      TLo are right; I miss the days of “take a camera and find some inspiration.” I also miss the days when a sponsored challenge was a rarity in the competition, rather than the norm. Inspiration from nail polish? REALLY?

    • George Mortimer

      Thank you for saying everything I’m thinking. EVERY SINGLE THING is exactly what I thought too!

    • BeccaGo

      RE: “Be inspired” — 2 words: gutter water.

    • dschubba

      I don’t watch anymore, but what’s the deal with the reworked looks? These are pieces from previous episodes, right?

    • janierainie

      I just love how Emily Rossum grabbed that coat and spun around! Dom should have won!!

    • Lilithcat

      Dom astonishes. I’m generally not a fan of mixing prints, because it’s hard to do it right (see, for example, Tim’s horrendous mixes), but Dom is an absolute genius at it.

      Bradon’s “avant garde” look was, I’m sorry, dreadful. Clothes should flatter the wearer. This made his model look dumpy and miserable. FAIL!

      Alexandria’s flat affect creeps me out. Aside from that, I don’t understand why her zebra butterfly inspiration was solid black.

      As (almost) always with this challenge, I have to ask: where was the “avant-garde”?

      • Gatto Nero

        Avant-garde is about pushing the envelope — usually with strange shapes and proportions. It’s not about making wearable garments that flatter. (See Rei Kawakubo.)
        Bradon’s look was the only one that fulfilled the challenge.

        • Lilithcat

          Wrong. It should be both.

          And, frankly, I don’t think sticking spaghetti on a garment qualifies on either front.

          • Gatto Nero

            Wow. I am blinded by your intellectual brilliance and powers of persuasion.

    • Diane_Chambers

      I haven’t posted in so long, but I just have to say… DOM SHOULD WIN THIS SEASON. Not only was her avant-garde look the best look in several seasons, Dom is the most talented contestant the show has had in several seasons, AND she would be one of the most likable winners ever. But I’m so convinced they’re going to give this to Braden. Maybe it’s all misdirection – the show does seem to slant toward female winners since the move to Lifetime – but that’s how it feels.

    • Carlos Abreu

      guys… there’s only one person who won this show and actually show regularly at new york fashion week… christian siriano… after 12 seasons and hundreds of contests… dont you think it’s a little odd… not to say absurdly comic????

      • ItAin’tMe

        Yes, but showing at FW isn’t the only mark of success for a designer. And Siriano may not be solvent.

    • Cate

      Am I the only one who thought Alexandria COPIED Alexander McQueen from the plaid to the mohawk headpiece??

      • ItAin’tMe

        You’re right but I didn’t mind, because I loved the irony. She took a piece that looked like a Young Republicans’ Christmas party outfit and made it into a punk look that is now iconic.

        • queenceleste

          [snorts coffee out through nose.] Thank you for that image.

    • Profreader

      I wonder which of the producer-types comes up with the challenges? I would bet that that person has no experience in a creative endeavor like hands-on fashion – because if they did, they’d understand what we all understand from watching this competition for years: more parameters and twists do not make the challenge better. They make it far, far worse – especially when you have competitors who are a mixed bag as far as talent goes. Adding twist after twist is like the equivalent of asking someone to color in an elaborate coloring-book outline that you’ve already constructed for them.

      A commenter here said that the connection between the twist and the main challenge was turning a caterpillar into a butterfly. THAT’s brilliant (and I bet that really didn’t occur to the producers.) It ties into something all creative people, whatever their field, wrestle with – how do you take your past missteps/mistakes and turn them into something beautiful.

      I know they have to get the sponsorship in there somehow (although – pet peeve – if you’re going to just shake sponsor after sponsor down for money, howzabout springing for more 2-day challenges). But – I wonder – are any of the sponsors truly happy with the results – when the product is so clearly brushed aside, or the challenge is revealed to be ridiculous? I’m thinking of the yogurt challenge. Come on.

      I’d sooner have this. The marketing person from Yogurt Company XYZ rolls out to say – hello designers – we here at XYZgurt love and support the creative process – we think it makes the world more beautiful – LIKE OUR YOGURT. So – we’re sponsoring this next *two day* challenge, which is (something sane and not involving bullshit marketing ridiculousness.) So we can’t wait to see what you come up with. Be bold, new and flavorful – LIKE OUR YOGURT. But we make yogurt and you make clothes, so we will let you do your thing and we’ll go do ours.

      Like – if the show or sponsors had an ounce of self awareness, I’d go buy that yogurt, because they gave the designers some space to do their thing. (Obviously, challenges like “make something for our department store” are a bit different.)

      I just wonder, all the time – who fools themselves into thinking those challenges are effective in any way – at inspiring good design work, or selling a product? They ain’t.

      • bertkeeter

        Totally with you on this! The producers haven’t got a clue about what fashion is or how to incorporate new ideas or themes into the show…C’mon it’s 2013 …Avant Garde? ZZZZzzzzzzzz……

        • Gatto Nero

          Bert, what new ideas or themes would you choose for future challenges? Or would you rather not show your hand and hope they hire you as a consultant? (Seriously — I’d like to see that.)

          • bertkeeter

            Hmm?

            • Gatto Nero

              I’m really curious about your ideas for new challenges.
              I also wonder why you feel that avant-garde is so passe. Wouldn’t the concept change over time, depending on what’s considered mainstream?

    • ItAin’tMe

      I agree that Justin should be (long) gone by now. And Helen should’ve been gone for that total failure of a dress. Alexandra got on my nerves though a little with her sewing camp play for sympathy, but then again, maybe she figured Justin’s working the deaf angle so she might as well use the camp kids.

      • queenceleste

        I was wondering about the camp angle, too. It just seemed so out of character, since she is so private about herself. I wonder if she was made to do it, as a way to get some sympathy, since she doesn’t come across as being particularly sympathetic. I kind of like her personality, but I know I am in the minority here. Maybe the producers felt they needed something to make her seem more human?

        • tixilyttik

          Alexandria is just a different type of person than most fashion designers. She’s a northern European stoic tough as nails woman. She will be 90 and cranking out knotted shredded tops and tie around skirts! Heidi doesn’t see anything out of the ordinary because basically Heidi is cut from the same cloth. The camp angle was odd and I have to admit the thought crossed my mind that it was not even real or maybe she’s not as involved with it as they led us to believe. IDK what to believe or not believe any more!

          • queenceleste

            I think the camp thing is real–its a big part of her web site. I just don’t think she’s the kind of person who wears her heart on her sleeve. As you said, stoic and tough as nails.

            • Gatto Nero

              I admire her for that — especially in the emotional pressure-cooker that is PR.

    • LittleMissSunshine1989

      Extremely happy about Dom going to Fashion Week as a contender and not just because she’s part of the top 8 (BS, Lifetime, total BS. Taping seasons in accordance to FW’s dates not only increases the value of the overall prize, it also saves you money, you know? It’s not rocket science). Bradon’s had “Katniss wedding dress” written all over it and that’s probably the reason why I felt better about his win – although Dom should have won, because not only her AG look was awesome, she did a better job of transforming a losing look than Bradon (sorry, but that was a waitress with a towel).

      In regards to the other three, I do have to say I really liked Justin’s look, which was definitely the best thing he has done in the show. Alexandria’s AG was a hot mess for me, I’m not a fan of that whole twisted and knotted fabric thing, poor Ya (who actually looked like Halle Berry with that wig) looked like she had just got out of a building on fire. As for Helen, don’t even get me started. That simple shape? Not AG. That colour? Halloween. That shredding technique? Not AG at all, and we’ve seen before. Gordana did it before (better). Costello-lite did it before. SHE did it before and how the judges didn’t call her on fact that it overall it was a repetition of her previous dress (if rendered in a non-band-aid colour) is beyond me. God knows how many (undeserved, for the most part) wins under your belt aren’t an excuse for everything.

      On a happier note, I NEED NINA’S JACKET RIGHT NOW And I mean, RIGHT. NOW. Who’s the designer??? I’ll just head to the website and pay it with my imaginary zillion dollar account…

    • ItAin’tMe

      Also, is this the first time they’ve sent 3 people home to vie for the third spot?

    • EverybodysStarling

      I was laughing my butt off when Helen basically showed Tim a burqa with leather appliques and she didn’t even realised it. She is one true dramaniac.

      I don’t find Alexandria unlikeable, I even like her very much. She has got this dry humor and a little bit of snarkiness without being mean. That said, I hated most of her entries thru the competiton but loved her collection shown at fashion week.
      Bradon & Dom truly deserve to be in the finals. I still think many of Dom’s designs tent to go a little junior, but girl has got a great eye and a fresh perspective. And I know a lot of grown women who love to dress junior.

      Justin may be a sweet guy, but… just no.

      • queenceleste

        I’m glad I’m not the only one who kind of likes Alexandria. I think we’re in the minority, though…

        • BeccaGo

          Minority of at least three. :)

          • nosniveling

            I like her too!

            • Lattis

              After somebody said a few episodes ago (in comments here) that Alexandria was very much like the people they’d just visited in Scandinavia, it all clicked into place. Oh yeah – just like my husband’s side of the family. I get it. He has an aunt who was a dead ringer for A. 20 years ago and still is a dead ringer for A’s personality.

              So, count me in on liking her, too – or at least being neutral on her.

            • Gatto Nero

              Same. She gravitates toward the dark, temperamentally, which I can appreciate. She’s quiet and works hard. And even when she’s having an emotional break, she downplays it and doesn’t milk it for drama.

            • leonps

              She cried at the end of the day, when everyone was leaving, so was not disruptive. Also, when she was depressed after the presentation, she perked up immediately after the other designers spoke just a few words to her.

    • thecitysleeps

      1. Heidi, shut up.
      2. I loved both Dom’s and Bradon’s and I thought Bradon’s was more avant garde and that’s why he won. I personally loved the silent fluttering inspiration but I questioned why he took off the back he showed to Tim in the work room. Still loved it though. Dom’s coat was spectacular but less avant garde especially with that beautiful but conventional jumpsuit underneath.
      3. I liked Justin’s avant garde look personally. I think the work was there, especially in the white dress underneath which I though was very pretty but not at all polished and finished. I still think he does not deserve to be there over some of the eliminated designers though.
      4. I dislike Helen and Alexandria a lot but I still think Helen is a better designer. Judging on this runway though Helen deserved to go home. I’d prefer to watch a Helen collection, however.
      5. Heidi, shut the fuck up.

      • bertkeeter

        Thecitysleeps….STFU!

        • thecitysleeps

          Dude, calm down. It’s a tv show, you might get an aneurysm.

    • Stacy Smith

      Oh y’all are SO right. It’s OBVIOUS Dom is IT and they just LOVE Bradon and Helen, so they have to find a way to keep them in there for the possible win. And they are bending over backwards to prove that they LOVE people with disabilities with Justin; it’s embarrassing. Just a big mess–kind of like Bradon’s dress.

    • M. H. Leader

      Okay, I just went back through the decoy collections again to see what my response to them is now that we know the five who (potentially) make it to the finals. Once again, just looking at those five, here are my responses…

      THE THREE ON THE FENCE:

      HELEN…easily, the WORST of these–the worst of all of them. Those double-slit skirts look like…well…I won’t say what they look like. But the word “hideous” comes to mind. If she makes it to the top 3 it’s a sin. Afterschool special girl is an easy OUT. I wish she’d been Auf’ed a while ago.

      ALEXANDRIA…I still dislike this collection a lot. She’d be an easy out for me. I don’t like her stuff. AT ALL. I’m tired of Goth and think it’s only appropriate for maladjusted teens. OUT. Same thing. Goth Girl should have been auf’ed a long time ago.

      JUSTIN…easily the BEST of the three on the fence designers. The one thing I wish he had done was use some color in something. His whole collection is cream, gray, taupe. Is he color-blind, do you think? But I like the designs. They’re wearable attractive and interesting. Easy IN.

      =========

      Okay, given that, let’s think about the top three, assuming they push Justin forward into the finals.

      JUSTIN…Really like his collection. Just wish he had SOMETHING with color in it, but it’s very intriguing. A contender.

      DOM…You know, I have loved Dom’s stuff through the season, but I think this collection isn’t exactly her strongest work. Maybe it’s because still photos don’t show the clothes moving. But there’s a bit of same-same-same in one long dress after another. And it seems to me like there’s less cohesiveness and completeness in her collection. The big thing with her is inconsistency. She hits it big…or she misfires. I think this is more of a miss than a hit. Damn. I was cheering for her–I WANT her to win. She was cheated out of several wins earlier in the season. But I don’t think her collection justifies a win. If she wins anyway…I’ll be cheering.

      BRADON…I like his collection a lot too. It’s interesting, attractive, wearable. Very workmanlike, but not wildly inspired. If he wins…okay.

      (And if either Goth Girl or Afterschool Special Girl make it to the final…that’s HORRIBLE.)

      If it comes down to the two guys…it’s almost a toss-up. But I’m going to vote for Justin because his emotional story (deaf gay guy) is a bigger producer sell than Bradon. Either could take it, but I think it’ll be Justin.

      PR…an equal opportunity disability-friendly “reality” show.

      Sigh. I’m trying to decide if my nerves will tolerate another season of “All Stars” of people I hated the first time. They gonna bring back Unicorn Boy? Or Raging Russian from this season? Or Ken the Incipient Psychopath?

      • bertkeeter

        You got this right! Justin’s was awesome!

    • kathrineb

      Team Dom!
      I adored her look. It should have won! Without a doubt!

      Also… Who would have thought? A project runway designer that loves bold colour, print and has good attitude. How refreshing!

    • sadiesue1828

      First, I can’t believe it has taken me this long to find this site and actually add to the commentary. I have really enjoyed reading the commentary written by T&L as well as most of the posters. Plus the pictures are soooo much better of the outfits.
      That said, it was a real toss up as to who should have won this week. Both Braden and Dom did outstanding work. On both of their re-do outfits, they did as instructed and referenced what had been and made something better. And if we’re going for the catepiller/butterfly theory, THIS should have been the subject matter instead of making this the AG challenge. They could have traded last week “inspiration” challenge to the AG challenge with the fabric making and everything. Few of those people were awe inspiring. PR has lost its way since moving the Lifetime, there’s no doubt about that. This season has had a very weak group of designers. This is the THIRD time since being on Lifetime that someone has left the show – that cool chick in the season with Mila, Mondo & Gretch the Wretch, the Hippy Dippy older female and now Sandro – they all left because of the pressure. At least on Bravo when that slimeball Michael was 86ed, it was because he broke the rules. One Lifetime they have mostly had 1 day challenges which is little more than 12-14 hours to make a conceptual outfit. Now, if they were truly looking for the next Great American Designer, they should have enough time to be able to create and present them. It shouldn’t be about who can sew fastest.
      Looking forward to seeing Dom’s runway and Bradon. Can’t say much about anybody else really. Of the three remaining, I have a feeling that Alexandria is going to be the surprise here. Justin’s a nice guy but haven’t really seen much from him, I think Helen is completely overrated and ego-inflated (enough with the tears!). Alexandria is – you should pardon the expression – the dark horse here. IMHO….

    • Chelseayn

      How have I not found this blog before today?! after loyally watching this show (over and over) for twelve years? Glad to see I am not the only one who dislikes Helen. She is not even a designer with a point of view, if she were, she wouldn’t go around asking everyone for their opinions and whining all the time. This week’s redo was the same thing as her stars bs from last week (THAT was what she got from her visit with THAT artist?!) and the “avante garde” look was, as previously mentioned, a copy of her glamping dress. How did this not get called out? What is happening to this show? when people with ideas like Alexander go home and oatmeal-personality Helen is making it? Kate really annoyed me but she even deserves to be there over Helen. :/

    • wolfefan

      Sorry if someone else mentioned this – I haven’t read all 500 comments. Am I the only one that thinks they missed a bet with the budget gimmick? If the number was set right that could have been interesting and provided a glimpse into designer strategy. Spend early in hopes of impressing the judges and then figure out how to make it work later? Save early and run the risk of not doing enough but having the bucks to really go for it at the end when it counts? Since they have made so little of it and since the designers all seemed to have enough left to spend a ton on this episode it seems like they must have been too generous with the limit originally set. Unless of course there really is no budget and it’s just another product placement.

      • tixilyttik

        I was expecting at least one “I ran out of $” drama this season. Maybe they did not do it because it shows how potentially easy it is to lose track of your spending with the bank card?

        • WhiteOprah

          Well, the last time they had someone have an “Oh S***! I’m out of money!” (Anya) they just devised a scenario in which she could get more money so I’m guessing if someone the judges were determined to save ran out of money there would be some kind of twist in which they would be OK. (Man am I cynical about a show I used to love).

    • adnama79

      Since Dom’s current life isn’t in fashion, I really hope she’s got a Christian Sirano-like approach to taking advantage of this spotlight and/or that someone grabs her up and trains her/employs her in fashion. She’s been obviously, clearly, wonderfully putting out great stuff all season. Her worst stuff has been department-store-stuff-I-would-buy.

    • berlinmama

      “kitten and toilet roll” You guys slay me! LOL

    • Dawn Sinclair

      is it me or has Ms Garcia been circumspect in her criticism this season?

      • Gatto Nero

        In what way do you mean? I’m curious.
        All that comes to mind at the moment is the “foaming vagina” comment, unfortunately.

    • Jacquelyn

      I keep coming back to this post to stare at Dom’s coat and lust after it.

      • queenceleste

        maybe as bored as the rest of us?

    • Cathy S

      Dom’s gown is freakin’ amazing. Love that.

    • Gatto Nero

      Much as it pains me, I have to respectfully disagree with TLo about Bradon’s design. Since it was the only truly avant-garde look, it should have won de facto. But beyond that, it was strange, creature-like (without being literal), sculptural, and beautiful. It referenced the movement of the butterflies more than any other quality — which I find interesting because Bradon was a dancer. It took my breath away when it moved down the runway. I thought it was a well-deserved win.
      Dom’s look was stunning, too, but more as a couture piece. It wasn’t avant-garde.

      • minerrva

        I got the sense of a beautiful, airy creature emerging from the long grasses we saw in the butterfly house–and for that reason, I’m glad he kept it all white. You got the image and idea without paint-by-numbers.

        • Gatto Nero

          Yes, exactly. He was wise to observe and not sketch at Sweetbriar. He came away with an impression of movement that served him well, rather than a static drawing. And the white was beautiful and unexpected, allowing the forms to be the focus of attention.

    • Gatto Nero

      Yes. And it wasn’t even fresh when he did it.

    • http://www.rcantor.com BobC

      Being deaf doesn’t seem like that much of a handicap for a designer. However, a blind designer would make for a spectacular Project Runway season, and no doubt a fine Lifetime Movie in the bargain.

      • leonps

        How about designer with no sense of taste (food-wise) who has a sewing school for artistic gay men? Nina says, “I question his sense of taste.” Heidi replies, “I believe his lack of taste gives him a unique POV that we have not seen before.” Tim says, “But Nina means his design is tasteless.” Heidi, “We made our decisions, right?” Everybody smiles and nods in agreement.

    • randeekay

      In the old days if the Judges had known that Helen spent over a 1000 bucks on that awful dress that would have made them even madder. I have been very disappointed with the judges this season. Dom is clearly going to win!

    • Ksbw5

      “A twist set up for one reason: to make it that much harder for anyone to produce a truly creative, inspired, and avant garde look.” -T&L

      Talk about nailing it on the head. But then to remember that these challenges are set up by not very creative people ~ People who wonder at creative people but also enjoy f’ing with their heads :/.

      • Gatto Nero

        The producers are only interested in sponsorship cash and manufactured drama. PR stopped being about creativity a long time ago.

    • trooper6

      I am just very sad that Project Runway so clearly has a problem with women of color…more specifically black women. There have been so many really talented black women on this show…who never really get the love they deserve. Maybe this year will the year? But what do you want to bet Dom will be runner up to Bradon’s win?

    • epenthesis

      I haven’t been on board with all of her wins, but I don’t think there’s a real WTF in the bunch. Her body of work is much stronger than Justin’s and Alexandria’s, and as such it doesn’t really do anyone (well, maybe the two of THEM) any favors to toss her out and let one of them into the finale without some extra challenge to confirm the result.

    • Lucas

      I just watched this episode off my DVR last night, so I’m very late to this recap party. And yet, I want to add: THANK YOU for your comment on Bradon’s “avant garde” design! I didn’t know what to think of it when I saw it on TV, and I still didn’t know what to think of it when I looked at the pictures here. I don’t love it. I don’t hate it. I’m not sure I even LIKE it but, I can respect that it is unique, and…special, in some weird way.

      That being said, comparing it to a “roll of toilet paper after a kitten got to it” was PERFECT!!!!!! That is exactly what it looks like! Only silk. I think.

    • LAMusing

      After many many seasons of PR, I finally stopped watching 3 weeks ago. I’ve still dropped by to check out T&L, but the magic of the show is gone for me. I haven’t even been interested enough in the stills to comment. Until now. I loved Bradon’s. She is a butterfly emerging from her cocoon. Love Dom’s. Not impressed by any of the rest. And totally unclear about what the re-do’s have to do with the avante guarde/Loreal/butterfly challenge.

      Anyway – miss the posts and the posters here, but not missing the show. Which is sad.

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

      LOL