Project Runway: Steady As She Goes

Posted on October 11, 2013

Always the most boring episode of any Project Runway season, the penultimate show is also the hardest to recap the next day. Like we’re going to make fun of family members?

 

And while it’s always fun to see Tim outside his element and re-calibrating his settings in order to give advice, the scenes are all the same. He’s either concerned or exhilarated. The designer sees him to the door at the end of their rap session thinking they’re either on the right track and oh my god they have so much to do or they’re completely screwed and oh my god they have so much to do.

 

Then it’s smiles and tears reunion time.

If we sound like we’re complaining, we’re really not. There’s something a bit comforting about the steady security of it all. If anything…

 

We really hate when they fuck with that formula.

Tide? Really?

If they were smart, they’d first smear Yoplait all over their garments and then wash them with Tide. And then take pictures with their HP something.

 

Anyway.

Yadda yadda yadda. Justin and Alexandria are going on to compete during Fashion Week.

 

Afterschool Special gets sent packing, and while we think she’s among the more talented designers of the season (and on a good day, better than both Alexandria and Justin), it was the right decision by the judges.

 

Justin

We’ll leave the assessments to the finalists’ runway shows, but Justin managed that thing that the judges always want to see at this point: wow moments. They want to know that they’re right to consider this person Fashion Week-ready. The 3d-printing alone took his work to another level, but the test-tube dress was a knockout.

And making his deafness the centerpiece of the collection was just plain good common sense.

 

 

Alexandria

And Alexandria’s collection is both highly cohesive and thoroughly of a distinct point of view. Very Euro-punk-inspired. Again, this is exactly what the judges want to see at this moment. Point of view. Polish. Cohesion.

Of course there was that bit of crack-smokery where they went on and on about how colorless this collection is, conveniently ignoring the lack of color in EVERYTHING JUSTIN EVER DID.

 

 

Helen

She really is talented and her final runway collection really was among the better ones. We don’t really dislike any of these looks and we especially like the print, but they’re all way too similar. Basic dresses with twists. It’s nice, but it sure as hell doesn’t look like runway-level work.

 

 

 

 

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

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  • save_the_hobbit

    I feel like no one’s really competition for Dom, but I have a sinking feeling that she’s not going to be the winner. They’ve pretty much ignored her for most of the show even though she’s clearly one of the most talented of the bunch.

    I was actually really surprised by Justin’s dress, it was absolutely gorgeous. He usually does such simple stuff, it was nice to see that.

    • Chartreusite

      Agreed. I think she could still win, but it’s probably more likely that Bradon or Justin will.

    • Kate Andrews

      I know, and I really hope that Dom wins. Somewhere in Bunim-Murray-Project-Runway-land, though, they’re thinking about how they have never had an African-American designer win. And while that’s not a good enough reason on its own to give her the victory, it has to be somewhere in the back of a producer’s mind.

      • Sarah

        Yeah, but a DEAF guy. He might trump that. (Not that he should, but you know, shallow-producer-wise)

        • Kate Andrews

          I know, but geez. He is one of the more underwhelming contestants to reach the finals. IN PROJECT RUNWAY HISTORY!

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            For me Justin is on the list with Anthony Ryan as nice guys who don’t produce memorable clothes. It was great to see Justin’s unconventional materials gown-a genuinely memorable moment for him, and this season, but aside from that gown, he has been in the bottom more often than the top.

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

            So if Justin doesn’t win, does that mean we can expect to see Isaac Mizrahi drooling over every one of Justin’s looks in a future season of All Stars?

          • LJCdoc

            Undoubtedly.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Definitely a possibility.

      • tixilyttik

        I agree. Somewhere in PRland they seriously have to be thinking they have never had an African-American designer win. This is the time. The clear winner just happens to be African-American. If they don’t do it now they never will.

        • Kate Andrews

          Also, since I’m of a certain age, I well remember how many African-American people on The Real World were pretty much demonized. Bunim-Murray is not exactly guilt-free in this arena.

          • mmebam

            You mean the season when David tried to pull the covers off of that one girl who was in her skivvies?

          • Kate Andrews

            Yes, and a couple of other seasons, including the first — not that David wasn’t in the wrong there, but even then, it felt like there was some manipulative editing going on.

          • ddfrog

            Honestly, I think it’s every Reality Competition show. One of the first 3 competitors ousted is nearly always a person of color. It’s so common that it’s embarrassing. Particularly since there are only ever 2 African-American contestants cast in the first place. I’d love to see someone so a real study on this.

        • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

          I personally think that Bradon is in a world of his own as a designer, but i LOVE Dom as well, and the show needs to have an African-American winner. I think that Dom is 24 (or 25) and Bradon is 38, quite a difference in age. Dom is so mature when you compare her to Helen who is around the same age.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Dom and Helen are a contrast in temperament, and Dom may just be one of those individuals who has a level of emotional maturity beyond her biological age.

          • DuBey2

            Yes, and her family setting seemed all very calm also.

      • d4divine

        Yes! First African American winner of Project Runway who is also one of the most talented designers the show has EVER had….nah, she won’t win.

    • epenthesis

      Well, she’s won twice and been on the top a bunch, even if not all of her work that should have been recognized actually was. I wouldn’t count her out by any means.

      Agreed with what Kate said; it’s cynical, but if it means the best designer wins, I’ll take it.

      • Kate Andrews

        I think Dom absolutely deserves the win, and for once, the cynical viewpoint coincides with the “rewarding talent” viewpoint, I think.

        • lissonifan

          Love Dom: she is vibrant, beautiful, she has a good soul; she radiates optimism and cheer. Although I hated her feathers at the beginning of the show, in the intervening twelve weeks she has totally won me over; she is the single person I’d actually like to hang with (with Bradon a close second). Actually all the finalists are pretty decent, based on the onscreen editing of their personalities. But even there she stands apart. She is so not a diva or a drama queen; and her clothes are, of course, lovely and distinctive and “editorial.” The criticism of her work will inevitably be that she skews “junior.” In addition to being mixed race–and so I think a frontrunner for a show that has an embarrassing track record with its treatment of black finalists (Kara Saun; Korto)–let’s not forget that she is also consumamately photogenic, which is also something the judges usually reward more frequently of late. Fair or not, they seem (like most of the world) to incline toward the more attractive contestants (do the names Anya or Gretchen ring a bell?).

          • elemena

            let’s not forget poor samantha from last season; she was basically the Dom of her season just with a nose ring.

    • MilaXX

      OMG yes! I think Dom should win, but I don’t trust the judges to deliver that outcome.

      • epenthesis

        I don’t trust the judges to deliver a pizza.

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

          I usually go with “deliver a newspaper”, but “deliver pizza” works just as well.They’ve been making questionable decisions since season 1, and I’m sure there’s always been some interference from the producers. It’s just more blatant now.

        • Kate Andrews

          Wow. 61 upvotes must be a record. You win… a pizza! Delivered by NINAGARCIA!

          • epenthesis

            You think I have time to shower before it gets here?

            And I’m kinda shocked. But I’ve learned my lesson: in future, less analysis, more bitchy asides.

        • lissonifan

          Epenthesis for the win.

    • kat89

      I agree that Dom should win, but it seems like Justin is who they’re grooming for the win. Like Kate and Sara both said, there has never been an African American winner, but a gay, deaf designer is even more rare, even though Justin has serious construction issues with every challenge, including the finale collection, which he had more time to create.

      • mmebam

        Exactly. Deaf is more special than black.

      • Wendi126

        And lest we forget…the TIM GUNN SAVE

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I for one would like to see the Tim Gunn save retired after this season. I don’t trust that he actually got to make that decision on his own-but then, I’m cynical that way.

      • SugarSnap108

        I fear that you’re right. Nothing against Justin – It’s not his fault he fits a Lifetime-esque story. It doesn’t appear that Dom has a story, just talent.

        • epenthesis

          Word. They do sometimes spin stories out of nothing, though (cf. Kate’s “redemption”); if Dom doesn’t go all the way this year, I expect they’ll soon be knocking on her door about All-Stars.

          • SugarSnap108

            And somehow she’ll lose to Anthony Ryan.

        • LANDRU3000

          She’s got a story: Talented young hardworking girl from Philadelphia. Raised right by a poor single hardworking mother. Learned early on that if she wanted something, she had to work for it, or if you will, she learned to “make it work”. She waits tables at night in a restaurant to make it possible to pursue her dreams during the day. And she’s only 24 or so. That’s a pretty good story. They just haven’t spun it the way they did Justin’s story.

          • lissonifan

            I agree: that’s a pretty nice story. Her interaction with her family during that shoot, contrived as such events always are, actually seemed really very sweet. Girl’s had a lot of love in her life, and it shows.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            It is a good story-and it speaks volumes about Lifetime and Bunim/Murray that they didn’t pick up on that. It probably gives Dom more in common with parts of the Lifetime audience, too.

          • leonps

            I think she said she’s a hostess. A waitress or server is a much tougher job.

      • epenthesis

        “…serious construction issues with every challenge.” Seldom impressive designs, either. That’s my beef with Justin. Where’s he BEEN? Has there ever been a finalist who was virtually always in the middle (and on the bottom more often than the top) during the challenges? It seems unfair to the people who aimed high and sometimes struck out.

        As for having a story…what gives me hope is that the producers do have an occasional habit of abandoning their stories in the finale, once they’ve run them to the bitter end. Season 8 was all about Mondo, but look how that worked out.

        • Munchkn

          Season 1 winner Jay McCarroll never won a challenge until the finale. but he did score high 5 times and was safe 3 times.

      • UsedtobeEP

        Not gay, just deaf. Gay on this show is the rule, not the exception. And that’s just about the only place in the world where that’s true!

        Seriously, though, I have to say I loved Dom’s and Bradon’s work, but Justin won me over with his final three looks. I will have to reserve my opinion until the finale, though. Pictures aren’t anything compared to seeing it move. I am thinking, of course, of Leeanne’s wedding dress.

        • harlowish

          Gay may be the rule for contestants in general, but it hasn’t been for the winners. I believe the only gay winners have been Jay McCarroll and Christian Siriano (not sure about Dimitry, but I remember someone here said there was an interview in which he said he was straight). So only two gay winners overall, and none since the show has moved to Lifetime.

        • DuBey2

          Just a reminder that Justin himSELF made this distinction in this episode, that he might be ” the 1st gay, deaf man to win”. He did not say “the 1st gay man to win”.
          Personally, I just want the best finale collection to win. I already know that some of my favorites (even Dom) kind of “lost me” when I saw their Finale collections.
          Either way, I can’t wait til Thursday to see how the Finale collections MOVE.
          As much as I love Dom as a person, and want her to win, I will want Alexandria (or someone else) More, if I love their collection more than I love Dom’s. This was my experience with Uli in her regular season: I had not loved her designs, UNTIL we got to the Finale: but I loved her Finale collection the most that day.

          That’s also how most of us choose the clothes we buy.
          Sigh…. wishing TLo would be the judges, as I think they are so unbiased in their choices of fashion over personality. As evidenced by their positive comments about Helen on this page.

      • lissonifan

        I realize that this is about the most politically incorrect thing I could say, but I kind of hate Justin.

        • BeccaGo

          It’s also probably really inappropriate that I just cracked up laughing at that. :D

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I’m reminded of the Seinfeld episode that featured the “bubble boy”, who, in Larry David’s imagination, turned out to be a sarcastic, bitchy guy-which was rather refreshing-to my mind, it’s so condescending to treat people who have disablities as if they are all precious, darling little creatures-let them be the individuals that they are.

          • Carrps

            Yes, yes, yes! I’ve been saying they’ve been infantilizing him, and that is what’s an insult to him.

          • Merv

            YES! Your comment reminds me of Teal Sherer’s show on YouTube, “My Gimpy Life”…they aren’t here to be an “inspiration” for us fully-abled folks.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      To register on the Bunim/Murray radar Dom needed some kind of adversity/tragic backstory that she overcame-mere talent isn’t enough for those manipulators.

      • CozyCat

        This show is becoming more and more like “America’s Next Top Model.” There are so many product placements that it sometimes seems like a long commercial (which at least makes some sense on ANTM, since the models do commercials.)

        And the winner has to have some sort of tragic back story.

        It’s very sad.

        • lissonifan

          Perhaps Dom will really wow them with the Tide challenge!

        • demidaemon

          Yes, but on ANTM, they at least have the decency to make up 90% of the products, or have them tie into the show. A model is expected to model anything. A designer is not expected to be inspired by yogurt.

    • George Mortimer

      I completely agree with everything you’ve said, and I so hope we are wrong!

    • kikisayshi

      I think you’re right about Dom. Plus, I often find that my favorite designer from the whole season ends up with a disappointing final Runway show (think Mychael Knight) and they go with someone who’s been groomed by the judges the last few episodes for the win.

  • Demeter

    Sorry, but Helen’s grey dress (eyeball print) looks cheap to me.

    • 3boysful

      I liked the print, but the combo of print and arm-binding shawl gave me an 18th century Williamsburg vibe.

      • Kate Andrews

        The model swinging her arms around during the critique was priceless!

        • RussellH88

          At least if the woman wearing that dress is assaulted by teens from the 80′s, she has has the mobility to do Wax On, Wax Off.

        • 3boysful

          I was so tickled at the person in the Lounge who referenced “Danger, Will Robinson!” because that is EXACTLY what I thought when she began swinging her arms!

    • Danielle

      I actually liked the design of the dress, but I wasn’t crazy about the print. It was ok close up, but the distance shots looked like cheap faux-denim.

      • Chartreusite

        It has impact when you know the story behind it and can see it up close, but agreed that the texture becomes weird from far away. Perhaps she should’ve scaled the print up a bit so the texture of the iris comes across a little better?

      • Erica_Vuitton

        I kept seeing acid washed denim in the eye print.

        • Kate Andrews

          I hate seeing the words “acid” and “eye” together in a sentence, but you are so right!

        • peacelovecrazy

          Exactly. Anyone who liked that print must not have lived through 80s mall culture.

      • madamovary

        Exactly – almost acid washed late 80s fake denim. I saw that and said, uh oh.

      • TLJezebel

        Could not agree more. The print looked murky.

    • Fanny_Trollope

      I immediately thought “cheap tie-dyed denim that faded badly.” Between that and the strait-jacket top, I was not impressed.

    • GillianHolroyd

      It also looked like it was sliding off the model’s shoulders, giving her a very sad look with the droopy ends.

      I also really disliked her combination of colors: bright red/orange solid with a washed out blue-grey muddy print. ((shudder))

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

        I hear you. Helen’s print was bad enough on its own, but combining it with red was a big mistake. Alexandria was right when she said Helen can’t step back and look at her work with a critical eye. I think she does have talent, but she’s quite immature. She needs time to grow, both emotionally and professionally.

        • lissonifan

          I liked Helen’s dresses, but did not find them at all worthy of a fashion-week collection ( I realize this is not a startlingly original opinion). They were quite pretty, to my eye. But they were just so subdued, very high-end department store or Melrose Avenue boutique. They had little showmanship. But as garments–even that odd stiff print dress–they seemed quite clever and wearable. If I were a contestant on that show, though, my one unbendable rule would be never to belt a dress. That decision never works out well, so long as Nina is a judge (which I hope is forever).

          • demidaemon

            I agree, but in the case of splitting hairs between two contestants–which they seemed to be doing at that point–construction might have been the thing that tipped it in Alexandria’s favor.

    • Jim Wright

      As a comic Geek I can tell you that dress top looked just like the White outfit from the initial run of Astonishing X-Men. Only more restrictive in the arms. At least the artist on the book knew enough to give the outfit pants.

      • demidaemon

        If you mean the White Queen outfit, I totally see what you’re saying.

    • ShaoLinKitten

      It looked like acid wash to me. Not attractive.

    • MaisyMcGregor

      That grey circle on the print right in the middle of the model’s chest looks like a stain instead of an intentional design choice.

  • RussellH88

    I never really noticed much of Alexandria’s work on the show, but those three looks were just cool. I think that’s the best way to describe it. They’re cool and effortless.

    Justin surprised me as well, I thought his 3 looks were interesting. The tube dress was great and the 3D printing was interesting.

    Helen probably caters to the kind of clothes that I respond to the most, but her looks disappointed me. I don’t have any issues with them individually, but as a mini-collection it looked really redundant. She needed to include more Wow, assuming she has more exciting pieces in her collection.

    • Chartreusite

      That’s a good way to think of it (in regards to Helen’s collection)…I was very confused by her aufing but in that context it makes a lot of sense. It’s kinda funny because Tim sorta pushed her in that direction when selecting the pieces didn’t he?

    • onetinkerbell

      What confuses me is how Alexandria produces pieces that are so cool and yet she herself seems far from it. If I didn’t know who did which collection I would have assumed that Helen had done Alexandria’s work, simply based on the vibe they give off. Helen looks like she understands cool but then she doesn’t seem to be able to infuse that into her garments.

    • lissonifan

      I agree that they were cool, and that they were effortless; but I also think that they have been around / in the air for a while. Don’t get me wrong; I found her suede jacket (the middle outfit) breathtaking. It looked beautiful, and it looked as though it felt beautiful. But compared to Dom and Bradon, she strikes me as a very good designer working in a line of ideas that other people have been doing for a while now. Not setting trends; following them. But that suede jacket, boy: it was sumptuous. Alas, when the jackets came off the tops were just so blah–very so-cal chic, which you can buy in any shop on the West Side of LA.

      • peacelovecrazy

        Alexandria is very skilled. Perhaps she is not headed towards being a “name” designer. I don’t know anything about the fashion world, but I would imagine someone like her would be an in-house designer for a name brand.

        • Jackie4g

          That makes sense because there is definitely a market for the kind of sportwear she has been doing, in exactly that sort of non-color color palette. Very high end and subtle stuff, worn by 30 ish and older types with slender bodies (and too much money).

    • tixilyttik

      I think women (and men) would embrace something in between tight uncomfortable jeans and comfortable but not appropriate to wear everywhere sweat pants. Alexandria’s pants done in the right fabric could maybe fill that void. Something you throw on but it’s comfortable and looks good.

  • dixie murphy ross

    Tuned out halfway in because I was bored to tears.

  • Glam Dixie

    I’ve been very bored by all of the runway shows this season. I didn’t like anything Helen showed and Justin’s and Alexandria’s were just ok, better than Helen’s but nothing to gasp over. Meh.

  • 3boysful

    Justin surprised me, pleasantly! (North Carolina-woo!) That test tube dress was amazeballs. Unlike Heidi, I liked the weird hair bob styling. It was sort of lifting and elevating, and made you focus on the clothes.

    • Terri Ellis

      Just an FYI, those were not test tubes. They are plastic pipette tips. He has us science-geek crowd at hello with that one! I also love that it makes noise as it moves. It’s so part of his story.

      • MoHub

        The sound element is what clinched it for me. And I loved that he dealt with the negative effect of hearing after first getting his implant. Most outsiders simply think: “Wow! He was deaf, and now he can hear. How fabulous!” But they don’t understand how traumatic such a radical change in one’s life that can be. It was fabulous that Justin expressed that in his design.

        • Superannualted

          Thanks for the clarification. My attention was diverted just as Justin was explaining his artistic rationale but now I can understand it more completely.

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

          About 5 years ago, I became deaf in my right ear for two weeks. There was no warning or explanation for why that happened. One day I was walking down a busy street in Midtown Manhattan and my full hearing suddenly returned. The sounds of the street flooded in and were terrifying; I ran into a nearby store almost in tears because I couldn’t take the sounds of the traffic. After about 5 minutes of adjusting, I was okay and relieved that I had my full hearing back. I can only imagine how much more intense that experience would be for someone who experienced a lifetime of full deafness. When Justin talked about that last night, I remembered that experience and got where he was coming from right away. I was moved that he shared that story and was very impressed by how he expressed it in his designs.

      • alyce1213

        You sure plastic? Can plastic make that sound? Just asking.

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

          No way they’re any kind of breakable material. That would be too much of a risk in ruining the garment and harming the model. There are different kinds of plastic that are made into pipettes for different purposes and price points. Some are softer and some are harder.

          • leighne

            Agreed-, they are definitely plastic. Glass pipettes are used but generally are made to hold much larger volumes, whereas these only hold 1 ml. Plastics in the lab can be pretty strong, such as tubes that can withstand extremely high temps.

            Glad to see there are so many scientists that read TLo. I’ve been wondering how the dress would have looked if he used tips with filters in them. I think there would have been more of a white background and maybe you wouldn’t have seen the mesh as well.

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

            The filtered ones would cost more. Anything he could do to save money means more to spend on other things.

            But, yes, with so many kinds of pipettes available, he could make a whole range of pipette dresses! I was thinking the clear plastic ones with black gradations could have been used to make a “patterned” or textured dress

      • 3boysful

        You’re so right–just was easier to type than plastic pipette tips!

      • Kate Andrews

        There’s a band called The Pipettes, btw. They have a great song called “Your Kisses Are Wasted on Me.”

      • DamiaRain

        Although I think I did see a couple of (1.5 ml?) Eppie tubes + lid near the shoulder… I’ve been trying to find a close up pic because they all kept saying test tubes but they ~really~ look like pipette tips :)

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

          I excuse Justin’s terminology because
          -he is not science department,
          -he may be dumbing down the term for the general population to understand, which I have to do all the time when I am explaining my work to non-tech people.

      • susan6

        I squee-d when I saw that dress and the 3-D printer too. The thing is….those pipette tips are available in different colors. He could have ombre-d that dress. (Too bad he doesn’t like using color.)

        • UsedtobeEP

          You know, that would have been a wonderful statement, adding color to the monochrome. Adding hearing to the other senses would certainly color an experience more completely, in some ways. Although, I can see why he wanted to keep his audience’s focus mostly on the sound it made. He may have thought the color would be distracting from his statement of audio. I just thought the whole idea and execution were brilliant.

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

      NC-woo! indeed.

      I’m also pleasantly surprised by Justin’s collection (what I’ve seen of it, anyway) I loved the hair too. It’s not like we never see nutty hair on the runway, so I’m not sure what Heidi’s and Zac’s problem was with those bobs. I thought they were fun.

      If I’d known Tim was in the area this summer, I’d have been at RDU waiting for his plane to land.

    • onetinkerbell

      I didn’t get the issue Heidi and Zach had with the hair. Lots of big name designers have done shows with hair similar to that over the years. And at the same time they were all over Alexandria’s feather faux-hawk, which my 13 year-old is now calling a ‘feathawk’.

  • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

    I was completely on board with Helen’s Auff. The clothes were uniformly ill fitted, and badly finished. When you go for gimpicity like this it must be immaculate in order to work.

    • Aidan B

      Agreed 100 percent!

    • Vanessa

      I agree. She was a classic PR example of someone who made the wrong choices selecting three items for the pre-finale show. Without giving spoilers, some of the pieces from her final collection were much more wow. I don’t get why she would choose these. She also has a lot of trouble articulating her thought process and story line in a way that will sell her ideas.

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        The biggest issue is that her overly obtuse point of inspiration was nearly impossible to realize.
        She did what she almost always does, over think, and focus on the wrong things. It’s not an insurmountable problem. But it is a major stumbling block for her career path.

        • alyce1213

          I thought Posen was correct when he said she had talent, but needed time for her work to mature. And then there’s personality maturation, too.

        • ItAin’tMe

          Agreed. The ‘clairvoyance’ inspiration was b.s. When she was asked to articulate the inspiration, she couldn’t. She’s just young and lacks insight. She vacillates between over-confidence and meltdown. Alexandria assessed her well when she said she was still in a student’s headspace.

          I bet she will show up on All Stars.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            It seems that any designer who has appeared on a season of PR will get the chance to do PR AllStars-although I don’t think we’ll ever see Ven or Ken again.

    • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

      Ditto.

    • wontons

      The fit (or lack thereof) was one of the things that shocked me most about her collection. She’s been so good at construction! And then those awful color combinations…

      I have to think that she’s just very immature (I was kind of a mess at 25 as well, so I give her some leeway–we can’t all be Dom) and she’ll maybe become more self-assured in a few years. She’s got the goods; she seems to self-sabotage.

      • swanpride

        Honestly, she never was particularly good as construction….it was one of the reasons why she mostly won with pieces she either did in team or were all black (meaning that construction issues were easier to overlook).

  • Aidan B

    I was really impressed with Justin’s looks; he’s one of my favorites because he’s just so sweet, but I never kidded myself pretending his work was revelatory. And yes, the lack of colors bugs. But that test tube dress? BAM. The 3D printed accessories? BAM. Way to knock it out of the park! I even really like the gray dress. The first look with the white separates seem a bit like an afterthought, but those other two looks were enough to send him to the finale and I’m really happy about it.

    • Aidan B

      That said, I am still rooting for Dom to win! Philly represent!

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I”m still cheering for Dom because she, for me, is the more talented designer.

        • Aidan B

          Oh yeah, me too. It’s just a plus that she happens to be from Philly.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I hear you! Among the reasons that I was cheering for Christian Siriano was that he came from Maryland-and one of my sisters-in-law knows his mother very casually.

    • Sarah

      The grey dress was great for me until he splattered the hem with paint. I think it brought it down. Don’t know exactly what he should have done, but not that.

      • Ginny Ellsworth

        Glitter! Just kidding. I have kids. And it is glitter season since school started. Mostly my fault. I LOVE the shiny.

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

      I am excited about the 3D printing. My group is just starting to mess with it at work. Did anyone else see that Justin’s bow tie on the runway was also 3D printed? Awesome!

      • Aidan B

        I hadn’t noticed that! That’s awesome!

    • Superannualted

      While with the exception of the “test tube triumph” this is Justin’s first entry without the constraints imposed by each individual challenge dictated by the powers-that-be. I believe he could very well be a dark horse in the finals.

      • UsedtobeEP

        This. I love Dom, and think she is super talented. She sews and fits better than Justin and is great with mixing prints. She “knows what women like” (bored to death with that phrase). But after last night, I am seeing Justin as perhaps more visionary, and better equipped to embrace technology in design. If it comes down between the two of them, it may be a context between salable and wearable versus conceptual. I will have to see their designs walk to decide what I think!!

    • peacelovecrazy

      Maybe Justin is not good at designing on a 24-hour super-high-pressure schedule. I thought a couple of his earlier dresses (like the one with the signature) had a swingy ease that indicated he was capable of better things.

  • Democracy Diva

    As someone who also blogs this show (though not nearly as fabulously as TLo, obviously), literally the first thought I had when I turned on this episode was, “Oh, great. The most boring episode of every season, and the hardest to blog about.” I practically did a spit-take when I read the same exact reaction from you brilliant gentlemen in the first line of this post.

    Also, if they’re going to do so much product placement, could they at least find one person from each company who has a modicum of acting talent? Or the ability to read a script without sounding like a robot?

    Anyway, Team Dom since the beginning and til forever, as far as I’m concerned.

    • MoHub

      Oh, Diva! You underestimate yourself. Your blog is one of my first go-tos each week.

      • Democracy Diva

        Stap, dahling, I’m blushing! <3

    • Fanny_Trollope

      I’ve found a new recapper to read every week! Bookmarking you now, Democracy Diva.

  • HorseNPonyShow

    The Lady Boner Heidi has for Alexandria was in full effect last night. I loved the epic eye roll/bug eyes Nina gave to her during the (probably heavily edited) critique.

  • Kate Andrews

    Yeah, I have to say, the judges made the right call last night, and I’m glad they didn’t just say, OK, everybody gets to compete! Alexandria’s second look is pretty cool, I think.

  • Jangle57

    The test tube dress was a wow but really, can anyone realistically sit in that without needing stitches? Ok, call me a pragmatist. Still team Dom.

    • Aidan B

      I thought they appeared to be made out of soft plastic, but I could be wrong. (And I’m still team Dom too!)

      • Kate Andrews

        They were glass — the noise when the dress came down the runway was loud!

        • Aidan B

          Someone below says they are plastic pipette tips…we may never know!

          • Kate Andrews

            I’ll take the scientist’s word for it below. Glass probably isn’t allowed — can you imagine if one of them broke on the runway? Bad news.

          • wontons

            I think it’s a really hard plastic. It’s definitely not glass.

          • Munchkn

            There’s lots of kinds of pipettes and some indeed made of glass, but these are plastic, disposable Eppendorf pipette tips. They are made so that the experimenter can easily add a specific amount of a liquid (e.g., ethanol) to a test tube or petri dish.

        • Carrps

          She sounded like a walking Christmas tree!

    • MoHub

      Doesn’t matter. It was unconventional materials and purely conceptual. Not meant for the real world.

    • MilaXX

      The point isn’t to sit in it. It’s an unconventional materials dress. No ones’s sitting in dresses made from chocolate, or toilet paper or Dom’s metal bits either. They are works of art, not ready to wear pieces.

  • Chartreusite

    It’s hard for me to say I’m okay with Helen’s auf but then again I did see her decoy collection…my roommate went on and on about how much these three outfits sucked and it was hard for me to agree because I just kept thinking about how cool her collection as a whole was. On that same note, I do not get the appeal of Justin’s pieces. I like the 3-d printing and the test tube dress was great but idk…the clothes themselves just don’t excite me very much. If I had to choose between his prints and Alexandria’s attention to detail in her work, I’d prefer the later. I’m surprised by how fond I am of these pieces and she’s gonna jutted to the top of my rooting for list by default. She’s got a vision, and I don’t think it’s as “done” as Nina and Zac made it out to be. If I were a female-bodied individual, I would absolutely wear those pieces. I’m not sure she can win at this point (Nina and Zac basically said they didn’t like anything about the collection conceptually) but I’d love to see an upset. If not, I’d gladly take a Dom win.

    • MilaXX

      I get both Dom & Justin’s collections. They are my style, but I can appreciate the collections as a whole.I just don’t think they are winning collections.

  • Nikko Viquiera

    I’m just happy we’re going into a finale where I can root for 3 finalists and be happy with whoever wins.

    • epenthesis

      Too bad there are 4.

      • Nikko Viquiera

        hahaha! I know. I’ve decided to ignore one.

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

        Here’s what I don’t get. Only three designers were supposed to (officially) go to Fashion Week. The judges seemed to have a lot of reservations about Alexandria’s mini-collection. So why did they put her through? (Rhetorical question. Who in hell knows why any of the judges do anything?) I mean, I like Alexandria, and I love what she showed to the judges, so I’m glad she made it. I’m just kind of confused by the judges’ decision.

        • Kit_W

          i think it just makes sense in terms of the ratings the producers are hoping to procure for the show. The finale will have more mass appeal thanks to the higher number of designers they allowed to go MBFW, those that have been emotionally ‘invested’ in Alexandria through out the season will tune in on Thurs. night as opposed to maybe catching it ‘on demand’ a week later, if they even bother to do that.
          Helen had served her ‘investment’ purpose by being slotted as this seasons ‘villain’ of sorts and keeping viewers tuned up until the finale, now they need to retain the remainder of the audience for the actual finale.

        • demidaemon

          Heidi boner. That is all you need to know.

  • Lynn Landry

    WHAT! No mention of Little Timmy falling down the stairs?

    • Kate Andrews

      Poor Tim. That looked so painful.

      • Lynn Landry

        It WAS! But easily the most exciting thing about the episode.

        • stayl

          I enjoyed the dolls made by Alexandria’s students.

          • AnneElliot

            Highlight of the episode for me was the dolls. I’m dying to see a Zach Posen doll, or a Nina Garcia doll.

          • GillianHolroyd

            Based on the treatment they’ve given her, the dolls were probably NSFW (watching). I’m sure the Nina doll was used as a pin cushion.

          • wontons

            I think I saw the Alexander doll in a stack on the table. It had small frowny-slanty orange eyebrows.

    • Targettaste

      Poor Tim had all the emotional battering this season of dealing with Sandro, Ken, and Helen, and then gets a physical knock down! It looked a little better on runway day; hope that wasn’t just makeup (by L’Oreal, no doubt).

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

        I hope it wasn’t one of the crazies that “helped” Tim down the stairs.

  • cocohall

    Justin deserved his spot. The three looks he chose to illustrate his life from deaf to hearing, ending with a dress that you can literally HEAR as it moves was brilliant. Pus he had done his homework and watched previous seasons where the judges always say “Wow us” with your mini collection, don’t play it safe.” Helen was playing it safe. I actually think Helen knows on some level that she isn’t ready just yet for the big leagues. She is very young. So is Dom, but Dom has preternatural self confidence and an ability to deal with critiques. Helen has potential, but she needs some more time to pull herself together. ALexandria was a pleasant surprise with her kids and PR dolls in her little Fashion Camp studio. EIleen Fisher has made a fortune working the same color palette (although for a less modern, Euro gal) and I think she has a valid, commercial point of view. Although please someone intercept the next delivery of feathers to her workspace. Those head dresses/crowns are just silly.

    And at our house, on our couch, we spent a good five minutes listing all the things you COULD NOT DO in Helen’s eyeball print dress: brush your teeth or hair, put your bag over your shoulder, wave goodbye to your kids, hail a cab. Go ahead, play along.

    • AnneElliot

      No dancing, unless it’s Irish stepdancing like Riverdance!

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

      I loved the dolls so much. Tim was right when he said they were spot-on. I was also touched by how touched Tim became when seeing the Tim doll. It was a Make it Awwwww moment.

      But… Alexandria has her own underage sweatshop! The kids were making fabric and accessories for her collection. How much were they paid for that. PR requires receipts for all contracted work.

    • HM3

      I’ll play: driving (comfortably)…putting on makeup…drinking a glass of anything…putting on/taking off the very garment in question…

      Her model did exhibit a hilarious range of motion when prompted by Heidi, but then it immediately resulted in wrinkles in the fabric, at the elbows. It is too awkward for wearable fashion, yet too boring to be classified as couture.

  • SugarSnap108

    Count me as another who’s pleasantly surprised by Justin’s looks — though the white pants in the first one are the work of Satan. Saggy ass, crazy crotch and wide hips are not on my must-have list.

    Love Alexandria’s second look, but the stupid head gear with the other two prevents me from being objective about the clothes.

  • SignLadyB

    I don’t think I’ve heard the word “cool” so often in many many years. Everything was just so cool on the runway. COOOOOL!!

    • MoHub

      Me, too! Especially from Alexandria. I was so glad I didn’t make a drinking game out of it or I’d have been sloshed!

    • Fanny_Trollope

      At least it wasn’t “sexy.” Both words are overused and abused on this show. Weasel words, meaning nothing.

  • Targettaste

    I love the home visits! Tim is always gracious to the friends and family (He jumped on a trampoline with Seth Aaron! He visits the beach in his suit!), and it’s fun to see the designers in their own environment. It’s also interesting to see if the designers are just like their families, or the kid no one can figure out.

  • Sarah

    I did not get the navy dress of Helen’s. It REALLY looked like when you tie a sweater around your waist. And the binding eyeball number, no. Too pale. The only one I did like was the red one with the belt off. Too bad, she should have had it walk that way.

    • Jennifer Ford

      I KNOW RIGHT?! I could not unsee that silhouette and am shocked no one on the show mentioned it.

      • Sarah

        Really. It she might as well have put some tied sleeves on the front. She was already there. Slap a hood on that ass.

    • wontons

      Strangely, that sweater-around-the-waist silhouette was what I liked about it! But it was so badly fitted in the bodice.

      • Sarah

        Yesh, it sure was.

  • megohd

    Alexandria is doing so beautifully the thing that the judges were pretending that Gretchen was doing. (Does that make any sense?)

    I find it interesting that Justin’s showstopper is one that you can *hear* coming down the runway. I did love his minicollection, which justified his save in a way that none of his previous had done, IMO.

    Helen is like Girl … Interrupted, the designer. I’m not surprised she produced straightjackets because that’s what her personal style has reminded me of all season. The way her hair hangs like a cloak over her cheeks, the stiff way she holds herself when interviewing–the clothes completely mimicked this affect. I find her so completely unlikable. And damn, her own mother was so unenthusiastic. That was an awkward home visit.

    • NMMagpie

      OMG! Exactly right about the Gretchen thing!

    • Vanessa

      I haven’t been watching the backstage drama all season, so I was struck by how arrogant(?) Alexandria came off, and how the producers purposely undercut her every time she made an overblown statement, For example, when she barely was “in” at the end and her voiceover said “I *knew* I would be in the final” or earlier when she says “I hope the other designers are intimidated by how many pieces I have finished” and Justin is interviewed and says “I think Alexandria has too many pieces and it will be a problem for her.”

      • guest2visits

        For someone with such a ‘cool,’ reserved, and chill type of aesthetic; Alexandria definitely has her subtle bitchy side – she has made these little dagger comments about the other designers all season. And always with a wicked little smirk. Possibly she’s doing what the producers are prompting her to do, but I think it’s likely all her.
        Doesn’t matter to me, I’m not that into her aesthetic anyway. I like cool and simple chic as much as anyone, but I dread the the thought of her excessively droopy drawers becoming a thing – again. Alexandria’s haute couture, baggy rags with strings, straps, zippers, snaps, buttons, hooks, or now with tiny holsters have been made over and over again by everyone it seems for the past 30 years. I agree with Nina; these weren’t exactly fresh, new looks.

        • oyeyemi808

          “tiny holsters” ripped from Chanel ss/2014 collection Karl did them on dresses and pants.

        • MaisyMcGregor

          I think she has a big wall around her to keep from getting hurt. Remember how she backed down immediately when Ken told her not to look at him?

          • guest2visits

            True. And I must say I don’t think being on this show brings out the best, more likely they are all tired and feel like they’ve been poked by sticks for days. She’s been on the verge of weepiness, as much as Helen; just better at restraining it.
            I don’t think any of the designers are the sum of these few days on tv.

    • Pennymac

      Yes, this. Alexandria is actually DOING what Gretchen allegedly tried. (and failed)

    • Sally3000

      Alexandria’s work doesn’t remind me of Gretchen’s, it reminds me of Melissa’s work from Season 10 but with more pants instead of dresses. With Gretchen, I felt like everything looked awkward and like it was trying too hard to be bohemian chic or something. With Alexandria, it looks more effortless and modern to me. I haven’t loved Alexandria’s work throughout the season, but I like her final collection a lot. I agree with the comment last night that they don’t appear to be showstopping runway clothes, but I do like them.

    • demidaemon

      You know, until you referenced the Gretchen thing, I did not see the resemblance at all. But, now, I totally do, and I completely agree with the comparison you are making. Alexandria is Gretchen x1000.

  • Jennifer Ford

    Helen’s first dress has the exact silhouette one gets when one ties one’s hoodie around one’s waist. Yeah, I want me a hundreds-of-dollars designer dress that duplicates how I look six hours into a theme park visit.

    • AnneElliot

      I agree. It just made the model look wide. And I noticed it’s the SAME MODEL who had to deal with all the crazy looks the entire season (sorry, I forgot her name). It’s nice that she’s been around so long but that poor girl! I hope she gets to wear something beautiful in one of the final runway shows.

      Also, one of the judges (Nina?) pointed out how unhappy all the models looked while wearing Helen’s clothes. If the models don’t like them, how are they supposed to sell them to the judges? All the models wearing Justin and Alexandria’s collections were just rocking them because they loved the looks.

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

        I was amazed to see that unlucky model (also cannot remember her name) smile during the close-up judging. She is so so pretty when she smiles! The six break from wearing awful things must have been good for her.

      • MoHub

        That would be Nastassia (the Cursed).

        • Carrps

          I call her the Model of Doom.

      • Lisa_Co

        When I saw Alexandria had lucked into having the goddess Ya as her model I knew she would be in. And when I saw Helen had unlucky Nastassia I knew she would be out.

        • Lauren Hall

          Ya makes EVERYTHING look amazing. She would make a paper bag look fabulous.

  • swanpride

    I saw the pictures of Helen’s collection, and I wonder what she was thinking…those are easily among the worst looks. Not that I think that her collection was outstanding or anything like it (even though she produced what spoke the most to me of all the looks off all collections with her glammed up red look), I especially hated the grey looks with the circles on the breast…they looked like somehow water (or worse) ended up on the fabric.
    And the styling…the straight-jacket look is bad in itself, especially in the grey dress, but paired with the hair choker the model looks as if she was strangled to dead by a frustrated designer and we are now seeing her ghost walking down the runway.
    Helen is simply not mature enough to understand what is expected of her and at this point she is pretty much a one-trick pony.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      When Alexandria and Justin’s mini-collections walked you could see that both had carefully thought about how those looks represented their complete collections, they’d considered the styling, and both had an impact. Helen didn’t seem to think about the need to make a statement and give the judges a reason to send her on.

    • Fanny_Trollope

      I think you mean “one-way monkey.”

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        One way monkey-easily one of the best lines from that season of PR!

  • Chartreusite

    For all the people that saw the collections before this episode…was anyone else having massive cognitive dissonance when Helen kept referring to her pieces as red? For the life of me they read as orange in the stills that TLo posted, but lo and behold they’re a very vibrant red on the tv screen. Color me confused.

    • janierainie

      What I couldn’t stand was that she kept saying “the color speaks for itself”. I wanted to ask “then why are you here?” It looked student-ish.

      • Fanny_Trollope

        I so wished someone would ask, “If it’s speaking for itself, what exactly is it saying?” I’ll bet you any amount of money that she couldn’t have answered that question.

        • demidaemon

          Since she had a great deal of difficulty explaining anything about her collection or point of view, I think anyone would be stupid to take you up on that bet.

  • Jacquelyn

    Justin surprised me last night but I still don’t see him as real competition against Dom and Bradon. BUT if the producers have their emotional manipulation way…he’ll win the entire thing because after the SAVE and then his redesigning his hideous gown from his elimination, him winning the kit and kaboodle would be the perfect ending to their story.

    • MoHub

      Reference Kristen Kish on Top Chef season 10.

      • Joe J

        There is a slight difference, in that Kristen was absolutely KILLING the competition up until the point where she got eliminated (for a completely bullshit reason), and did so once she was back in the game.

        • GenXcellent

          Also, I’ve eaten Kristen’s food and it is amazing!

          • Munchkn

            Lucky!

          • Joe J

            WRITHING with jealousy.

  • SewingSiren

    I agree with the judges decision for once.
    As for the finale, I believe will come down to Dom and Justin.

    • Call me Bee

      Me, too. But from a purely execution standpoint, I think it will be Alexandria and Justin. I have not seen the final collections, but Justin seems to have trouble with any fabric any thinner or more difficult than a knit. His work with chiffons and silks has been problematic, whereas Alex’s is perfect. AS MK once said to Wendy Pepper–she could tailor tissue paper.

    • Lisa_Co

      That’s what Nick Verreous said in his live web chat Thursday night.

  • MilaXX

    Meh, let’s just get to the finale already.

  • Nels P. Highberg

    Wait, what happened with Dom and Bradon?

    • Aidan B

      Nothing! They were already cleared to go to the finale, it was just these three battling it out for the last spot(s).

      • Nels P. Highberg

        Ah! I now realize I didn’t read last week’s recap. I stopped watching a few weeks ago after Ken’s fit and Helen’s twitter tirade.

        • Aidan B

          I don’t blame you at all.

  • Ginny Ellsworth

    Even with the collections I don’t like, I find it hard to see how they could possibly do all of that work in six weeks. Dom had to have her fabric printed, Justin was using the 3D printer and Bradon spent five days crocheting one dress. I have a Halloween costume to make and I have started now in order to be finished in time. And it is just one costume.

    • Fanny_Trollope

      Oh, for the olden days when finalists got — I think — around three months to make their collections. The quality issues with these garments are striking, even on TV. I can only imagine the problems when you look at them close up.

      • Gatto Nero

        I wondered about that, too — I seem to remember a three-month preparation period. Six weeks is ludicrous for a 10-piece collection — and one that has to include an unconventional look.

    • GillianHolroyd

      At one point when Time was leaving a home visit, Tim said (to Helen?) I’ll see you in two weeks (?) Whatever, it was a short amount of time. Braden had only made a couple looks by the time Tim arrived. Alexandria completed enough to stock Lord & Taylor.

  • Erica_Vuitton

    I’m ok with the final 4. I thought the right person went home based on the 3 pieces shown. Poor Tim and his fall!!! I’m still holding off on looking at the collections. They are grouped in the previous posts instead of individual so I can’t even look at the decoys. (Uncles!!) I agree with the meh comments… let’s get to the finale already!

  • alyce1213

    I agree with the judging and the four finalists.
    Justin brought it, with the 3D printing, good variety of looks, and that test tube showstopper. He made something MEMORABLE, possibly setting a new standard for unconventional materials. His pants outfit was the weakest — a bit saggy, but it looked nice walking.
    After all is said and done, I’m glad they kept Alexandria as well. I haven’t been on board with her work (I thought she should have been aufed a couple of times), but I really like this mini-collection. It was sleek and chic and I’m okay with the neutrals (probably because I usually dress in neutrals).
    Helen’s wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t special in any way.

  • NMMagpie

    I love Tim Gunn so much, this episode is always like candy for me. Yeah, most of the conversation is expected but with gems in there (Dom working a job while creating her collection!). And how awesome were those ugly dolls at Camp Couture? I loved Tim’s face during that entire segment.

    I am in agreement with Helen’s AUF, as well. Her pieces were just bland. I am tired of designers who mistake this as the moment to give the judges a tease rather than a WOW moment. Justin, bless his nerdy little heart, did just that. The 3D printed pieces were really awesome. I like that we got to learn a bit more about his background from architecture to fashion. It’s not so weird, either. My sister is one who is moving from architecture to awesome quilting.

    I loved Alexandria’s pieces, minus the headgear. I was thinking those were pieces I would choose for myself.

    Dom is clearly going to bring it and Bradon clearly has a very strong thing going in his collection. And I too, feel as others on this thread do, that Dom will get passed over for the win even though she’s clearly got what it takes. In the end, I just want to see a strong runway from everyone.

    • Aidan B

      The ugly dolls segment was easily my favorite part of the episode. All of them were spot-on, and Tim was clearly finding it hilarious. And I agree, Tim’s extra screen-time during the home visit episodes make them well worth sitting through.

      • Ginny Ellsworth

        I loved Tim with the kids and admiring their work. And then he hugged them all good bye. Such a nice man. I love these check on the designer episodes too because I get to see more TIM!

      • Kate Andrews

        The one of Sue, with the deep tan and crazy hair, was hilarious.

        • Ginny Ellsworth

          And Sandro with the green face and mustache!

          • janierainie

            And the leopard pants!

          • Darva Sutra

            Yes! with one tacky over the shoulder strap, perfection!

      • Kimberlini

        Definitely part of the show that I want to watch again. So much fun. :)

      • CozyCat

        It really goes to show how some personalities aren’t very “telegenic.” Alexandria comes off as a bit of a cold-hearted bitch on the show. Yet she is one the one working with children, and, at least from what we saw, doing it well.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Alexandria seemed in her element with the children. Whateve else happens, that’s a lovely thing that she’s doing there.

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

      I have the same attitude about Tim. I want to know if he ate that mac and cheese that he said was sinful, or does he watch his figure that closely? :P

    • Munchkn

      I didn’t catch that Justin had a background in architecture. Laura and Uli did as well.

  • Kimmu

    I can’t decide if the hat for the third look from Alexandria is hipster cultural appropriation or stealing design ideas from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure

    • Kate Andrews

      When Heidi said she wanted that hat, I was like: Sure. Tell us that when you come down from your crack high.

    • alyce1213

      Was that piece made by the kids in Camp Couture? I’m not sure, but it could be childrens’ imagination.

    • guest2visits

      Just my opinion, but I liked the feathered cap accessory. One of her few pieces with a feeling of exuberance.

  • GTrain

    I’m still Team Dom but I do love Alexandria’s work. A lot of it I could actually wear, but since I don’t have the kind of cash she’s probably charging I can at least use it as styling inspiration.

  • jonnyf8

    Really? We all know that the only reason Alexandra is in the finals is because Heidi for some reason likes her. She should have been auffed with Helen.

  • tixilyttik

    I have to give Justin credit where credit is due. His collection was beautiful, if a bit bland. The issue holding him back must have always been the time constraint. Also, my feelings about his milking his deafness have softened, thanks in a large part to T&L’s take on it. Look, when life hands you a card, any card, good or bad or indifferent, you had better play that card. That’s what he’s doing (that’s what he’s being encouraged if not forced to do by production) so more power to him. Honestly, I hate the “nice guy” tag more than I hate the “deaf guy” tag. Best of luck to Justin, he’s actually a contender now.
    I am sure Heidi championed Alexandra because she loves that Euro stuff. I actually don’t mind it. I can see a lot of women throwing that kind of stuff on. She does have a point of view.
    Helen is talented but this was a disappointment. The judges made the right decision.
    I am rooting for Dom, but I have a feeling next week we are going to see Bradon, Dom and Justin up there. They may very well play the “deaf card” to the end, but I have a feeling it’s going to be Bradon. Dom always the bridesmaid (hint hint do some amazing bridesmaid dresses that women will wear over and over in prints that coordinate with the wedding!!!)
    Oh well, another season of PR almost gone. I don’t know if I can take another one. Maybe it’s time to auf the entire series.

    • MoHub

      With the exception of an Alexandria win, Lifetime will get a first with any of the other three winners, with either the first African-American winner, the first gay winner, or the first deaf (and gay) winner. Other than All Stars, all male winners since the move to Lifetime have been straight.

      • tixilyttik

        I was thinking more in terms of Project Runway than Lifetime but good points.
        I think that’s why Alexandria won’t win. They have already given it to her in the from of the less deserving Gretchen, to please what they thought was their demo.
        Good point about the gays. I started to say you must be kidding but that’s true. Lifetime has never had a gay PR winner? I can’t keep up. I thought the guy who won was gay.
        My point was just that it’s a win-win for PR and Lifetime. The clear winner just happens to be African-American. That’s what it should be about. They should not be trying to play any card. They should just give the prize to the most deserving person. Dom Dom Dom!!

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          If Bunim/Murray and Lifetime cared about talent the win ought to go to the most talented designer-but I don’t trust them to do that. Prove me wrong this season, people!

        • MoHub

          Seth Aaron is unquestionably straight. Married (to a woman) with two kids and living in the ‘burbs of Portland, OR.

      • janierainie

        The Russian guy was gay wasn’t he?

        • MoHub

          Nope. Dmitry was straight. (At least until proved otherwise.)

      • HM3

        What about Mondo? Or Jay McCarroll?

        • MoHub

          Jay McCarroll won in the Bravo days, and Mondo won All Stars, not regular PR.

          • HM3

            Ah–I see you mentioned a LIFETIME winner. That IS odd…

  • mjude

    after all these years of watching project runway I can never remember past seasons. is 4 the normal final? I am surprised by Justin. anyway are we going to be watching all stars?

    • MoHub

      It usually starts with four, with one elimination just before the final runway and three designers actually competing for the win.

      • mjude

        thank you!

  • karen s. bassett

    I loved the dolls Alexandria’s kids made.

    • SewingSiren

      They were the best designs of the night.

  • pattie capet

    i had the show on mute during the commercials and so when tim came into the workroom with his split lip i thought for a sec he’d had a fight with the tide lady.

    • Fanny_Trollope

      If only.

    • Kate4queen

      maybe she pushed him down the stairs?

    • CozyCat

      Too bad they couldn’t contact BandAid in time for a product placement….

    • LANDRU3000

      Wasn’t that his second injury? Didn’t he break an arm or something earlier?

  • Pennymac

    Oh, PR, you exhaust me. I lurked in the Lounge and didn’t post, I’m totally uninterested in the upcoming All Stars, and I really don’t care who wins this season.
    (Although, the fact that you can HEAR Justin’s showstopper is causing me to lean in his direction. Marketing GENIUS!)

    • Renaissance_Man_ATL

      Wow, I hadn’t connected the clanging of the test tube/pipette dress with his concept. Guess I’m clueless since he spoke about the cacophony he experienced after getting the Cochlear implant. It makes the piece even more impressive to me.

      • MoHub

        But the pipette dress reflected Justin embracing sound after the initial cacophonic trauma he experienced after the implant—which was realized as the paint splotches on the short dress.

  • TLJezebel

    These pieces by Alexandria were the first things I’ve liked from her all season.
    I just pray she injects a little color into the final collection.

    • CozyCat

      Her work during the season always looked a little sloppy. But she showed up at the finale with a large number of pieces, some of which had some time consuming details.

      Maybe it was the fatigue? Or that the environment doesn’t promote concentration? Whatever the cause, this work was much better than her work during the season, despite the extremely tight deadline.

      My own view is that she won’t win for because 1) as the judges said, it’s not really a runway type of collection and 2) she doesn’t have the type of backstory needed to overcome 1. However, her work would sell really well, and she may pick up the financial backing and consumer interest needed to take her line to the next level. On nearly all these talent based shows you can win even if you lose if you can stick around long enough and not make a fool of yourself…

  • Patricia

    I feel totally manipulated by the end result of this season. With all due respect to Justin, he should have been gone long ago; feel like the producers did everything possible to keep him in the running. And though his three looks last night were surprisingly good, seems like Helen (whatever else one thinks of her personally) and several others did collectively much better than he did over the season.

    A question though: Grateful if someone could explain to me (a newcomer to this website) the whole decoy collection thing. Because is it not the case that, in reality, Helen will (did) get to show her collection, along with, like, ten other designers, at fashion week? And if those in the fashion week audience don’t know who is really in the running and who isn’t, then on some level, if you’re one of these ten designers, you’ve still realized your dream of showing a collection in New York, no? Not the same thing as being in the top three and having your collection seen on national TV, but still a golden opportunity.

    Guess I just always thought the decoy thing — never mentioned on the show — really changes things around considerably. But I’m probably missing something.

    • MoHub

      Back in the Bravo days, decoy collections were at a minimum since Bravo was evidently able to look at a calendar and figure out how to coordinate PR seasons with Fashion Week dates. However, since the move to Lifetime, someone seems to have burned all the calendars, and the timing of the competition has become so awkward that half or more of the competing designers get to show collections at Fashion Week.

      However, only three or four designers actually compete for the ultimate win and that $500K prize package.

      It would be more honest if the script used the word compete rather than show at Fashion Week and didn’t try to create the illusion that only a handful of designers actually get to the tents.

    • Fanny_Trollope

      Yes, it’s annoying that the show continually implies that only the competing finalists show at Fashion Week. The reality is, between one and — I don’t know, as many as six or so, if I’m remembering right — non-finalists always show as decoys. It depends on how many designers are left when Fashion Week hits (and I’m not sure why the show doesn’t plan the timing better so there can be fewer decoys; I can’t imagine being in the audience and having to sit through so many collections, many of which look markedly inferior). So those non-finalists do show collections, which are never shown or referred to on the final PR episode and which cannot win the pot. I don’t think they get nearly as large a budget as the finalist do, and they probably have even less time to put their collections together. It all detracts from the quality of the final show, I think, and in general keeps the “real” fashion world from taking PR seriously.

      • MoHub

        Nine decoys this season, except that Ken withdrew his collection.

        • Fanny_Trollope

          That is a ridiculous number of decoys. It’s like they thought hard about coming up with a formula to make the final runway show as boring and irrelevant as possible.

          • geeeque

            i’ve been wondering this for a long time, thanks for clarifying. if i were a contestant on this show i would just try to get to the point where everyone does collections, finalist or not, since the actual point of fashion week is to show your collection to buyers, editors and stylists and secure potential clients, contracts, press, purchase orders.

          • LANDRU3000

            Except that nobody in the fashion industry takes PR seriously.

        • demidaemon

          It isn’t nine decoys, just nine collections, which equals out to 5 decoys, 4 competing collections.

          • MoHub

            Oops! I Mistyped. IMeant to type “including” between “nine” and “decoys” but thought it without typing it.

    • Lisa_Co

      Your point is completely true. Of course the last few seasons the runway collections walked anonymously so no designer could benefit from a decoy collection. However, this season they let every designer introduce their collection so just making it to the final 8 (the number of finalists plus decoys) is a bid deal and one 50% of the designers did.

      • demidaemon

        Part of the problem is they like to use Parsons for the workroom, and it only becomes available once the school has finished class sessions. The earliest that would be is May. If they were willing to pay for an alternate workspace, they could shoot the show earlier and make the number of decoys less abhorrent.

  • http://onionjam.tumblr.com SkipperJane

    So Tim Gunn was wearing the exact tie/jacket/shirt combo he has on when he visited Bradon on Monday’s episode of “How I Met Your Mother.” Looks like he sneaked the cameo shoot in on the same day he visited Bradon, or at least on the same visit.

    • MoHub

      That would have made sense, since Bradon is the only Left Coast designer in the mix.

    • peacelovecrazy

      Tim has worn that orange gingham shirt at least 3 times in this season. I didn’t think about filming at the same time. That makes sense.

  • Hilda Elizabeth Westervelt

    I was deeply offended by the blue dress that A*S*S (After School Special) made. I had to hide my eyes, it was so horrible. Everything about it set my teeth on edge.

    • meowing

      I think I replied on the wrong thread: did you see the BK in the blue print? Just below the model’s navel, two little kitty eyes and a nose. I’m sure Afterschool Special didn’t intend it, but I tried to focus on the kitty, not the boring dresses!

  • Paula Pertile

    Highlights:
    Helen’s Communion picture
    The dolls
    Tim, with gashes on his head, acting like falling down subway stairs and going to the ER was no biggie

    How did Justin transport that dress around without breaking it? It was cool, yes. Loved the 3D stuff.
    Helen’s little collection was kind of – plain. But I still liked it better than Alexandria’s.

    I never thought we’d see those two (J and A) in the final group. I thought Helen was a shoe-in.

  • HM3

    Helen stuttering onstage was telling of how–in reality–she had little “inspiration” for this (“clairvoyance?” “my boyfriend’s eyes?”), and that she really chose designs and colors because she thought they would look cool. This is the same reason she chose the “noose” hairstyle: a goth-girl cliché, which she thought looked neat, but which had nothing to do with her collection.

    She has some interesting ideas, but her vision is garbled and her execution is amateur. She will probably be great in time, but she should have been aufed awhile ago.

    • SewingSiren

      Helen should have known that the judges don’t like hair (Chris March) or nooses (Kenley Collins).

  • LJCdoc

    “Of course there was that bit of crack-smokery where they went on and on about how colorless this collection is, conveniently ignoring the lack of color in EVERYTHING JUSTIN EVER DID”/

    Thank You! This was my major complaint with the whole judge crackery last night.

    I think either Justin or Alexandria is going to win. I love Dom, but the more I look at her collection, the less I like it – it seems very uneven to me. The last dress is fabulous, but there are some things (ahem … purple jumpsuit – probably her product placement washable look) that are atrocious. The more I look at Justin and Alexandria’s, the more I like them. I think Bradon is a nonstarter, partly because of that hideous shiny fabric, but mostly because I don’t see an “unconventional materials” look anywhere in his collection; he trashed the one he first showed Tim.

    • swanpride

      I think all four collections have their clunkers. I’m not sure about Bradons, because I have the feeling that it looks way better in movement. Dom’s is somewhere between fabulous and “what was she thinking”. Alexandria keeps repeating herself too much, especially with the pants. And with Justin’s, the accessories are more impressive than the actual looks.
      I guess at this point I don’t care who wins…I’m somewhat okay with all of them.

      • Gatto Nero

        I miss the days when I expected to be knocked out by at least *one* of the final collections. Though I was an early fan of Bradon’s, no one thrills me this year.

        • swanpride

          Well, I was VERY impressed with Michelle’s collection last year, I still think that it was one of the best collections ever, but I also remember the dry spell beforehand…and at least, there are four collections on final level. The years beforehand there was rarely ONE which was at least not an emberassment.

          • Gatto Nero

            I loved Michelle’s collection too.

  • MaggieMae

    Love both of those sports coats on Tim.

    • Lattis

      yes x 1000
      He looked so good

  • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

    I don’t see Helen as a good designer, period. When she does something worthy, she repeats it, over and over. Her black dress was plain and uninventive except for the hem. She takes herself so seriously, thinking everybody understands that she’s a marvel. I think she said three times, “The red (dress) speaks for itself.” It really didn’t–or doesn’t. What is the red dress saying? The red is too far away from her eye print. There is nothing cohesive about her looks except for the flap in the final show that we don’t get to see. Wink. Wink. The red dress was somewhat homely.

    Helen’s idea of a cape goofed her up because she had rounded shoulders in her head that carried over into everything and ruined it. There was nothing fashion-forward about her capes. Her black cape that was to cover the butterfly dress or her capelets.

    Her third look–the off the shoulder look–was so terrible because she doesn’t seem to design for the female body. She’s designing for a cocoon.

    I was super disappointed in Helen. I was impressed with Justin, and I think Alexandria is a solid third place. I don’t like the way her pants fit, especially from the back, and I hate the head pieces.

    • Sabin

      Agree wholeheartedly on everything except that I see Alexandria’s as really strong – arguably first. I liked what Justin showed, but hers had a stronger finish and point of view to me.

      • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

        I don’t know if this helped, but I meant that Alexandria would be third place after Bradon and Dom. She’s definitely ahead of Justin and Helen. I’m not loving the pants, probably because I can’t get a good look at them. They’re a little too loose, especially from the back. I’m open to loose pants. I especially loved pleated pants with baggy tucked in shirts in the late 70s and early 80s. Her pants look thrown together–or possibly thrown together because they’re too baggy to get a good look at. She has a casual look that is unusual and all her own. Her jackets are clever. For Nina to say last week that Alexandria had no point of view was silly. She has had a stronger point of view than anyone else, except for Dom (maybe). I truly hate those head pieces. I wish she’d make little pill box hats that tipped to the side. Her hats look sloppy and without form. I think she’s fabulous though.

        • Sabin

          That makes sense. I’m not sure why I like her stuff so much – that spartan Euro look isn’t usually my favorite. I even like the silly hats. She was one of my least favorite designers for the first third of the season, but despite being uneven, she won me over with her consistent aesthetic.

  • HM3

    Zac made a good point about Alexandria’s collection: the details (fish hook, buckle, glove/pocket, exposed zipper, cut-outs) make the garment interesting, yet there was also something incredibly cliché about them: these are what someone would expect “punk clothing” to look like. Then again, the fact that they’re paired with a fabric that is soft, rather than harsh, and an unexpected color palette, maybe makes them neo-punk.

    I dunno. Conflicted. I still liked her collection better than Helen’s, though not nearly as much as Justin’s.

  • Coco Cornejo

    The silhouette of Helen’s cape dresses remind me of British nurse uniforms from a by-gone era. She keeps trying to be edgy, but I think she tries too hard. She tweeted last night that she was auf’ed because of “politics” then added that she’s “alright with it.”

    Honey, it’s all politics. Sandro figured that out early on when he kept asking Tim what the judges want and how he could win this thing.

    You got to show at Fashion Week. Someone else paid for it. Realize that you are very young. And get on with your professional life.

    • wontons

      Politics?

      • Gatto Nero

        That’s the default accusation when someone’s being defensive about his or her own failings.

    • disqus_LQmjCZP25F

      Don’t flatter yourself, demon-girl. You were auf’d due to your lack of talent and skill! Add to that your toxic personality and, there, you have the reasons for being auf’d!

  • Coco Cornejo

    Am I the only one bothered by the finger pockets on Alexandria’s pants?

    They remind me of the gloves Madge wears, presumably to hide her aging hands. And they remind me of what kids who cut do to their long sleeves to hide their scars.

    Zac made a very good point when he asked how Alexandria is going to respond when the buyers say it’s very nice, but I already have that.

    Overall, that’s what’s bothered me about Alexandria’s work. It seems like a mid-range knock off for the 30-something ladies who lunch and do yoga.

  • GillianHolroyd

    I don’t think Justin will win. He’s a super-nice person with a made-for-Lifetime story but he hasn’t exactly wow’d the judges during the competition. The 3-D printing was another smart move but I didn’t think any of the pieces coordinated well with the outfits. Even with the test tube [sic] dress, the collar necklace competed with the neckline of the gown. The black dress seemed stiff and boxy.

    I would have loved for Dom to win but her mistake was making her own prints and they came out faded and drab-looking. All these designers fall in love with their looks, no matter how problematic; this also applies to their textile designs.

    Braden’s collection unfortunately skewed older which is anathema to these judges. Exquisitely made but mature. I love the grey and maroon plaid jacket and shirt and bow tie combo he was wearing.

    Viewers here seem to dislike Alexandria’s “cold” personality but to me, she is just reserved. You could see how lively and relaxed she looked at Camp Couture. I love her slouchy look and would LOVE to have that trench coat jacket. Her mistake is only making the short trousers. She needed to make more than the one skirt. That’s what the judges will focus on. But I think her collection is very polished and I hope she will be the winner.

    • IngridSchorr

      Yes, aren’t those pipettes on Justin’s dress and not test tubes?
      Agree about Alexandria. She teaches full time at her studio, not just CampCouture but adult classes and private lessons. She must be well liked in her town and she totally comes alive with the kids. I like that she is so matter of fact on the show and doesn’t waste words. She knows her strengths. Go Swedes!

      • Gatto Nero

        I appreciate that Alexandria doesn’t feed into or respond to all the psychodrama on the show. She just goes about her work and makes incisive comments when asked. I loved the scene at Camp Couture. The kids and the dolls were fabulous.

  • Dawn Sinclair

    Dear Uncles, I’m apologise for disagreeing with you and the lateness of my post – had to go out and pick up The Cub from school we’re HOURS in front of you dahlings!

    I’m sorry Afterschool Special, you have the nerve to have a pop at Alexandria’s colours AFTER THAT GODAWFUL PRINT? Also, that third dress was fugly – can we say it together F.U.G.L.Y! Also, the Renaissance Fair is that way —> And can we say, sour grapes much?

    Dom, bitch much? Nooooo when Alexandria came in. I think not!

    And breathe!

  • ItAin’tMe

    Just looked at the finale collections again. All the finalists have some beautiful pieces, but Alexandria’s and Justin’s collections seem the most focused. What I appreciate about Justin’s clothes are that you don’t have to be as skinny as a model to wear them, or as young as one either.

  • madscntst

    “If they were smart, they’d first smear Yoplait all over their garments and then wash them with Tide. And then take pictures with their HP something.”

    You forgot to mention that after all that, they would jump into the Lexus IS350 and drive to the Belk store for some shopping.

  • Annie Lure

    Justin should win. His collection exceeds all of the others’. First to all, it is the most cohesive. It is perhaps a bit too cohesive, but he wisely presented these three garments to the judges for this episode because they constitute the core of the collection. The rest of the garments are variations of them. I like that the 3D-prints form a motif. He utilizes them as shoulder enhancements, neckline/collar pieces, and belting. The test-tube gown? Probably one of the best garments I’ve seen in ALL seasons. It’s meticulously rendered in a fittingly simple silhouette. I respond to the glitter and to the sound-wave print in look #2. Very nice touches and well integrated into the design.

    Alexandria: I like the final collection. It exudes ease and chicness. Her collection, too, is cohesive, particularly in the silhouettes and some of the detailing. If Justin doesn’t win, then it should be her. It’ll be a shame if they award the win to Braden or to Dom because both their collections lack imagination and inventiveness.

  • Kimberlini

    Since TLo won’t dish about family, I will. OK, not family but boyfriends. Dom can do so much better!! Maybe he’s the life of the party when the camera isn’t on but tubby boy could at least dress better, no? Brady’s beau is cute and charming…love! One family comment – when I saw Justin’s family around the table, I thought all the kids were adopted until I realized the black child was actually the deaf interpreter.

    What happened to Tim’s forehead and lip??

  • EverybodysStarling

    Has Helen made anything with normal, not-tortured looking sleeves? All of them look kind of weird, even in her earlier entries. Makes me wonder.

  • veriance

    smear the dresses with yoplait then wash in Tide. You slay me!

    I’m not sure about Alexandria’s crazy crotch collection in cream, but I loved seeing the dolls they made at her school.

  • Calinda_L

    I feel so, so bad for the first model in Helen’s black-or-is-it-navy dress with the hip-detail-that-only-looks-good-on-a-model. Ever since that first episode when Unicorn (what was his name?) wouldn’t let her get hair or makeup done because of attention seeking, er, I mean, because of the environment, she seems to always be wearing odd or unflattering outfits or, perhaps worst of all, a hair choker.

  • Mike

    I really dislike the way Alexandria has been treated by the other designers. She doesn’t seem like an especially warm person, but she’s not hostile and I find her critiques of her competitors to be spot-on. She has a strong point of view and I thought that her collection was the strongest, regardless of what Zac and Nina said.

    I think that Dom’s work is consistently overrated, and her rude comment last night (combined with her behavior on Twitter and friendship with Helen) lead me to believe that she’s benefited from flattering editing.

    What a relief to have Helen off of my TV screen!

    • disqus_LQmjCZP25F

      I’ve always thought that Dom was a classic ‘passive-aggressive’ personality. She reminds me of someone who has been spoiled due to her good looks but she pretends to play it down. Not; she is full of herself and quietly aggressive. Think about her “mistake” in saying “on, no” when Alexandria won out over Helen. That was not mistake, my friends, it was as intentional as it could be. Not a fan of hers.

    • GillianHolroyd

      My people!

  • Patrick Cleary

    It was so obvious on Twitter that Helen didn’t get through to the finale, because she was so busy yelling angry things at the tv, at the producers, at the other designers, and everyone on Twitter. I’d followed her up until now, but it was just painful to watch her break down all over social media.

    • Gatto Nero

      She’s too immature and self-centered even to realize how damaging this behavior is to her career.

  • adnama79

    Unicorn doll.

  • JaCory Deon

    No mention of the little boy at Camp Couture named Rocco wearing a turquoise skirt? That was just beautiful! Anyway, Justin gave the best showing out of the three under consideration and is Dom’s only competition imho. (If they consider all of the designer’s work on this season and not just the finale, this is Dom’s to win!) Alexandria made some very cool clothes that were, like her, modern, hip, and very restrained (perhaps too restrained for the runway…I was on board with Nina on that one). I may have bounced her out too, but Heidi is pulling a Patricia again so there you go. Alex isn’t a bad choice but she’s so damn understated.

    Ah Helen, you really were out of your depth. The shapes she was attempting really weren’t that ambitious hence her craft needed to be stronger to pull it off (which it wasn’t). She proved what I’ve suspected all along: all white noise and a poser. Perhaps it was a little mean of Lifetime to let her embarrass herself like that but she really earned that…perhaps now she’ll go take a seat.

    • CozyCat

      I womder if Justin’s aversion to color comes from his training as an architect. Laura Bennet also studied architecture, and color wasn’t her strength either.

      Architects are trained line and form, but not the use of color. It makes sense that they would gravitate to neutrals.

      • Stubenville

        Look up the Mexican architect Luis Barragán if you’d like to see the work of a designer unafraid of color, His Cuadra San Cristobál is this amazing collection of cubic volumes in searing colors set against the red earth and blue sky. It’s gorgeous.

      • leonps

        Okay, he also a color aversion problem because of his architect training, beside just being deaf and gay.

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

      “No mention of the little boy at Camp Couture named Rocco wearing a turquoise skirt?”

      Why would we mention that?

    • IngridSchorr

      I did notice Rocco’s adorable little skirt. Whether Rocco is a girl or a boy, go Rocco! And Rocco’s family!

  • BrooklynBomber

    I saw very little of the show (was trying to watch at 2 a.m. and kept nodding off), but I did see the damn Tide rep, and that was just completely obnoxious. Really, seriously, obnoxious. I wish the producers of this show would get a clue. It’s just insulting at this point. We get Nina critiquing fucking L’Oreal fingernails, Tim extolling the fashion qualities of Yoplait and now this: make a washable dress because Tide put some money on your GoBank debit card or paid for the Belk shelves or put some Brother sewing machines in the workroom or is paying for a sunroof on the Lexus . . . . Enough. ENOUGH. PRODUCT. PLACEMENT.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I foresee a Yoplait commercial in which the cow has a L’Oreal mani-pedi- and then drives off with the Tide Teddy Bears in a Lexus.

      • BrooklynBomber

        carefully accessorized courtesy of the Belk wall…

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Yes, thoughtfully accessorized!

  • Sam Smith

    I’ve not watched for a few years, that season they gave all the wins to the gal who couldn’t sew did it for me. But I luv Tim and I luv his blazers, both of them.

  • Kate4queen

    I was pleasantly surprised by Justin’s work, found Helen’s boxy and awkward and she confirmed my opinion that she’s too young to have her own point of view. I just don’t get Alexandria’s at all. They look fussy, and drab with little details that get lost in the overall unfinished look.

  • Paula Pertile

    Forgot to say before how much I hated that gimicky pocket thing on A’s pants. Seriously. Who would do that with their hand and think they looked cool?

    • meowing

      Evidently, Heidi.

    • Daxx2513

      I saw it as a play on a specific punk-inspired use of “holes” in the fabric. It’s being done now with those sweaters with thumb holes in the sleeves.

    • BeccaGo

      I’m always hooking my fingers through the belt loops on my pants instead of putting them in my pockets, so the pseudo-gloves totally worked for me. But I already look cool. :D

  • BrooklynBomber

    So there will be 4 finalists, right? Did they say anything about it (you know, like: “Never before in PR history have we had 4 finalists, except for the times that we have”), or not even bother?

    • disqus_LQmjCZP25F

      You don’t know what you are talking about. This has happened many times before!

  • Molly

    “My name is Rocco. I’m learning how to sew.” There’s the future winner of PR!

    • BeccaGo

      I *LOVED* that little kid!

    • Therese Bohn

      That’s what I thought too!

  • Glitter Somerset

    I did not like Justin’s gray dress. It looked home-made and ill fitting. I did not like Helen’s collection at all.

    • disqus_LQmjCZP25F

      And, Justin’s gray dress looked like the model sat on a seat with fresh paint. Really a high school project if you ever saw one!

  • Lattis

    Damn it Justin, now I really want a 3-D printer. :)

  • tired_mommy

    I think it was actually a disadvantage for Helen to win so many times during the season. Even when she didn’t win, her garments were often over-praised. The judges seemed to love her re-do of Kate’s print-challenge dress. In her mind, this collection is at least as good or better than most of what she made on the show so it must be good enough for the finale.
    No doubt she’ll be back for an All Stars…

    • disqus_LQmjCZP25F

      Let’s hope not. Better to keep her toxic nature near the dumpsters near where she lives.

    • leonps

      Due to her overconfidence, she may have wasted half her time celebrating her success, while Justin and Alexandria worked the entire time.

  • Tracy_Flick

    Justin: The pantsuit-vest combo looked really floppy, wrinkly, and sheet-like to me. The back of pants looked droopy and poorly fitted. Not sure why this got praised. I loved the little dress, the visual tension and shape created by the belt was cool. And the test tube dress, wow. I would have liked to maybe see a different neckline on it (and the printed neckpiece detracted, IMO) but I can’t complain too much because it was cool as hell.

    Alexandria: The fit on the first pair of pants was much better than the other two, which looked droopy and sad. Overall, I’m not sure why she was criticized so much, I thought they were pretty cool, innovative, and cohesive looks.

    Helen: The first dress didn’t look quite well-fitted to me, and I think it needed a little something for impact. Maybe some super-cool and innovative tights/leggings? Pretty shape, though. I’d buy that dress off the rack if it fit, which means that it’s probably underwhelming for the runway. For the second dress, I like the idea, and I actually love the acrylic belt as a little answer to all those metallic flat belts. But it didn’t quite come together. The third dress – I don’t mind the pattern so much, but it’s just way too constricted. I wanted to slice the cape part down the middle in the front and let it fly in sculpted pattern out back instead of all that fussy tucking.

  • KT

    I completely agree with you on the crack-smoking — when they criticized Alexandria’s collection for not having enough color, I shouted at my tv “OH but Justin’s has all the colors of the rainbow??” Also, there have been multiple project runway winners have had colorless final collections (not to mention the number of top fashion designers who use mostly neutrals), so I don’t see why they occasionally decide to use that as judging criteria. If Nina had just said that she worries there aren’t enough “wow” pieces in Alexandria’s collection, that would have actually made some sense.

    I’m glad Alexandria was chosen for the top 4 though; I’ve always thought she was one of the more talented designers, frosty though she may be. I think Afterschool Special has skills, but she also may have borderline personality disorder, and it’s really hard to watch sometimes. I’m happy for Justin, but I can’t agree that he’s one of the top designers in the group, and it once again feels like he’s getting special treatment. I love both Braden and Dom, but I’m really hoping Dom takes the whole thing!

  • s elin

    Someone please slap Alexandria. All of a sudden she’s the voice of fashion.

  • George Mortimer

    Ding dong, the witch is dead! Nah, seriously, Helen has done a lot of good work this season (not always, but sometimes), but I’m glad they didn’t let her through with that collection. Each look was progressively worse than the last. And that hair choker around the neck! ughhh, gross and creepy!

  • BelleBook

    I think Justin deserved to get into the finale with his collection. I’m not so sure about Alexandria — she could have gone either way for me — but Heidi was her biggest fan, so I’m not surprised Alexandria moved on. Besides, Alexandria has a definite point of view, so I’m okay with it. I knew Helen was going to be showing a decoy collection as soon as I saw the looks she chose to show as representative of her collection.

    I think Bradon’s collection will be eliminated first, followed by Alexandria’s. Then it’s between Dom and Justin for the win. I think Dom should win as she’s been better than Justin throughout the season, but Justin’s deaf and there might be pressure to make him the winner.

    • bertkeeter

      The designer with the best FINALE collection should win…this is when each designer gets to do their real thing…not a yogurt, car or whatever challenge!

      • Gatto Nero

        I was disappointed that they threw in an unconventional challenge for the collections. But at least this time the materials are completely up to the designers. No carnival toys, hardware, vegetables — no boundaries!

      • BelleBook

        True enough, but I also think the work the contestants did over the season should be taken into account. Even if Justin has the best finale collection, he never had the winning design and would have gone home if Tim Gunn didn’t use his save! Meanwhile, Dom had one real win (and was a co-winner after being given a second chance the only time she wound up in the bottom), and was more often in the top than Justin was.

        • bertkeeter

          Haven’t seen end yet…BUT I want a designer to win that can make it in the real world…not jump through gimmicky challeneges….that have nothing to do with who they are! I’m ok with Dom winning…but frankly her stuff does not excite me in the least! :(

    • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

      yes, it seems heidi has demonstrated who wears the pants on the judging panel. two out of three judges may hate a collection, but der heidimeister will prevail.

  • Jane Morris

    We should thank our lucky stars their sponsor isn’t Ex-Lax.

  • BeccaGo

    People who saw the Alexander McQueen Met exhibit: Is it just me, or did Justin’s test tube dress immediately remind anyone else of those 2 opening dresses (red specimen slides and razor-clam shells)?

  • peacelovecrazy

    My favorite moment was TIm Gunn laughing delightedly at the dolls made by Alexandria’s students. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Tim taken so much by happy surprise. Those dolls really were charming and cool. And those tiny kids sewing so expertly! Alexandria is doing an amazing thing with the kids sewing.

    • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

      it’s odd because her personality came off as so serious and morose on the show.

  • myuniverse4me

    it’s crazy to me how nobody notices that Helen pretty much stole the silhouette of the dress Alexandria made in the shoes challenge and has remade versions of it 2 or 3 times since then.

    • Michelle Wilson

      I find it hilarious that the LBD she showed in her final collection is exactly the same silhouette as the shirt Alexandria is wearing in the champagne toast photo TLO posted above.

  • quiltrx

    So, I quit watching this year once I was sure the Sustainicorn was gone, and I have a question.
    Are the accessories on Justin’s models (neck pieces and the belt-ish things) what he made with a 3-d printer? They’re absolutely gorgeous, and nothing I’ve seen before. They really caught my eye in his finale collection (thought I couldn’t see enough detail to tell what they were, and still want to see them closer!).

    • unbornfawn

      Yes. He made those on his 3D printer.

      • quiltrx

        Extremely cool–and smart to do something unique.

  • Crassy

    Helen’s hair noose was creepy and gross.

    • Carrps

      Ha, I read this dyslexically and I thought you said “nose hair,”

      • Molly

        SO did I!

  • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

    I am starting to pay attention to the maturity and the kindness of the designers. Its not that maturity should play a part in choosing talent, but I find fault with a person’s behavior in the work room that distracts other designers from thei own. work. After the third time I saw Helen whining until the other designers pulled her out of her funk, I lost respect for her. Also, when Tim Gunn tells Helen that she has a problem garment, she tries to make Tim feel bad by saying, “I spent all day yesterday working on that. Oh, well….,” as if he should pay for her mistake.

    Dom is pleasant. Her time management is good. She almost missed the runway once. She didn’t go off on anyone else.

    • ItAin’tMe

      I do wish an atmosphere of professionalism would be demanded. Helen, Sandro, Ken, Joshua, Elena were all good at stirring up dramas that starred themselves, and creating storms in the workroom that made everyone unhappy. In the end, the lack of emotional intelligence didn’t benefit any of them..

      • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

        Some people think that the crazy or self-centered people raise the ratings, but I enjoy watching the process of designing and the runway shows themselves. Those who are full of drama make me a little anxious. I always breathe a sigh of relief when the trouble-makers are gone. Thr unicorn guy made me uncomfortable. I end up feeling sorrow for some of the troublemakers but I still want them gone.

        • Lattis

          Helen drained so much energy from everyone. She was like a little, but powerful, vacuum pulling all the air out of the room.

          Her POV and her work are interesting – but, holy mackerel she’d be tough to work with, or live with, or really interact with on any level. She just wears me out watching her from half a continent away.

          • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

            even her parents looked exhausted. and her boyfriend just looked strange. i will struggle to restrain myself from further snarky comments.

        • Elizabeth

          I agree and unfortunately some of the most drama filled people end up winning, Gretchen and Irina from past seasons come to mind.

          • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

            I was an Irina supporter. I still am. That may have been when I first started watching. In fact, I’m not sure I saw the season from the beginning because I don’t remember Irina being all that bad. I thought she was serious and maybe opinionated, but I didn’t think of her as someone stirring the pot, at least in a devious way. I’d love to see that season replayed. In fact, I’d watch the replay of any season. I loved what Irina did with fake fur. Her gowns were nice too.

            It will be interesting to see the next Project Runway Allstars, although I wish they’d change the name of the show because it implies that the show has past winners. I think they invite past designers who are interesting. I didn’t care too much for the model that hosted that show. She was just okay. Alyssa Milano is hosting this season, and I feel a little funny about that. In one preview she’s chewing out the designers, and I’m not sure who gives her the right to do that. Does she have any kind of fashion background? or reputation for her personal fashion?

          • Gatto Nero

            No, she doesn’t — so she should fit in with all the other clueless guest judges and producers associated with the PR enterprise.

      • Gatto Nero

        In a meritocracy populated by adults, that would make sense. But Project Runway is not that. And the producers mistakenly believe that narcissistic crazies are good for ratings. Most of the viewers, though, are more interested in design.

  • ItAin’tMe

    I’m a little concerned about Tim’s fall on the subway stairs. His facial injuries were severe. Hope he didn’t get pushed by any of the recent crazies.

  • StillGary

    Alexandria’s little sweat shop had me laughing out loud! Loved those freaky dolls — so wicked! hoped that her unconventional (that all the kids helped on) is stunning, but we really weren’t allowed to see it, Justin’s dress was very cool looking (reminded me of the white beaded number that Ginger wore o the island),
    but the model could NOT walk in
    that.

  • GillianHolroyd

    I keep going back to the Final Collections posted earlier and Dom…a plastic peplum, a seriously *unflattering* bathing suit, those faded prints, and some basic long satin dresses, nothing new there. Bradon, a couple of beautiful pieces and he made a variety of silhouettes but not very cohesive and that last gown is SUCH a clunker. Maybe it looks better in motion. Justin, still think that the 3-D jewellery is more of a gimmick (but a *timely* gimmick) and it competes with the sleeveless long vests. His choice of fabric seems very stiff and the all the pants with pleats at the waist look dowdy to me… I just think it could be Alexandria at the end. Nothing earth-shatteringly new but a very confident collection.

    • Kimberlini

      If someone didn’t know about the 3-D aspect, would they be impressed?

      • Coco Cornejo

        I didn’t know about the 3D printing aspect when I first saw the photos and was intrigued. I knew one thing for sure: Justin didn’t find them on the Belk accessory wall.

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        i’ll be the first to admit i don’t understand what is meant by 3D printing. can anyone give a brief synopsis?

        • DuBey2

          Did you watch this episode? It showed the 3D printing AS it was happening, and I loved that. A picture (or a video) is worth a thousand words. Before this I had NO idea how 3D printing worked.

        • leonps

          I think it’s a machine that make 3-D objects with plastic using a
          sprayer to make the object slowly layer by layer. In old days, kids
          made toy balls layers by layer from the metal on gum wrappers. With
          this machine, you create the 3-D image on a computer and the machine
          will make the object layer by layer. They are trying to make living
          human organ for transplants with this process using layer and layers of
          living cells.

  • Lilithcat

    they’re all way too similar</i.

    And Alexandria's aren't? My first reaction to her choices was that she'd get slammed for sending down nothing but three versions of the same outfit.

  • Gatto Nero

    The hemline on Helen’s black dress is an exact ripoff of a Rick Owens shearling jacket from a few seasons ago. And even with that edgy fashion reference, it’s a snooze.
    Her attempt to explain her inspiration to the judges was embarrassing. Clairvoyance and capes? It didn’t make sense even to her.
    The model in the printed dress couldn’t even move her arms. This isn’t a conceptual piece; it’s supposed to be a wearable garment.

    • Kimberlini

      Helen went from cape to straight-jacket in her collection.

  • Jolene Barnett

    Helen’s print looked like 80′s style stone washed denim to me. If it were for the pupil at the top, and knowing it was a print, I would’ve assumed it was denim.

  • demidaemon

    You know, I am just now noticing how horrible the shoes Helen chose were. Which says something about how basic the clothes were, despite the hilarious moment when she tried to prove to Heidi that her models had full upper-torso mobility. That still gives me the giggles, four days later.

  • Ksbw5

    A very good-hearted fellow, one of the best people to ever appear on this show, Justin’s designs are cringe-worthy; 80′s paint splatter and all. And even over the tinkling din of his test tube gown, I’m still saying he should never have been welcomed back. Dom, Alexandria and Bradon (“Brady,” says his fiance. God that was so tender and sweet..) are clearly the best of the season and the finale should have been between the three of them. (Not to live in the past, but Helen’s iris straight-jacket with the sternum pupil…who would wear that?).

  • Elizabeth

    I loved Justin’s unconventional materials dress the best. I wasn’t impressed with Helen’s designs, I love red and her blue print was interesting, I just don’t like or get her “design vision”. I find all of Alexandria’s finale collection to be boring in color and design. I’m more into colors like blue and green, loved the colorful outfits of Bradon’s.

  • Bootsctr

    Rooting for Dom! She should win! She’s consistent and she is mature! Love her work.

    • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

      she proves that maturity is not necessarily related to age.

  • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

    hey, TLo, that rock in the headline clip looks like a beached whale. is that a comment on the current state of the show? i get it.

  • peacelovecrazy

    Everyone seems to be predicting Dom vs. Justin for the winner. I have been thinking it would be Bradon all along, and I think it should definitely be between Bradon and Dom. I adore Dom as a person and I like her clothes ok, but I find Bradon’s clothes more interesting. I guess I’m not as into prints as in interesting shapes and construction. And Bradon seems like a nice guy too. I’m impressed that someone can have a career as a ballet dancer and then excel at fashion at the level that he has. He is apparently someone who works hard and succeeds at a variety of things. Impressive.

  • sadiesue1828

    Two of Justin’s garmets were the best things he has made all season. And yes, the test tube dress was a definite wow! If judging from just these 3 garmets, then yes, he deserved to move forward. I still don’t think he’s a strong designer and has miles to go but whatev. I liked Alexandria’s collection – they were cool and true to her vision. And since when is a neutral colored runway something odd? Lots of designers do it all the time. The clothes speak for themselves. Helen’s outfits were just plain bad, bad, bad. I think Alexandria summed up Helen best in saying that her talking and her work were those of a student designer. Justin may have miles to go but Helen has many more than he to go to get to that place of making good, consistent design. And just let me say that the TIDE challenge – puleeze! Really? How about washing all those fugly Belk accessories and shoes!
    I’m pulling for Dom but think that there’s gonna be a dark horse here by the name of Alexandria….

  • JenR

    Have to say, I didn’t understand Helen’s final collection. The color red with that print she made — I don’t see the connection. And while I liked some of her work, I feel much more strongly about other competitors’ work, like Dom and Bradon. And actually, Alexander’s runway show was pretty amazing, although he was a decoy. I would love Dom to win, but I think it’s going to come down between Bradon (tagged as the winner by the producers, it felt like, from the very beginning) and Justin (who turned in somewhat dull clothes all season only to bring out terrific stuff for the final runway). Not sure I like Dom’s runway show, sadly.

  • http://www.facebook.com/susan.carson.378 Susan Carson

    i have been rooting for our Print girl all season, but, I think Alexandria is going to win. Her collection is cohesive and tells her story. Dom’s wasn’t as strong ( at least the bits I have seen and the bathing suit neckline is strange, but kudos to her for getting all that work done in less than 2 weeks. For the life of me the neck and shoulder pieces on Justin’s looks are distracting. Bradon just got lost a bit with his shiny silk? pants and finale dress, plus the print placement on the pants was not good.

  • Elizabeth

    I thought the right person won. I still can’t believe Alexandria made it to fashion week. I wanted to see more color in Justin’s collection. I loved the variety of Braden’s collection and the flower motif, lots of beautiful designs.

  • Current Resident

    It’s pipet tips, not test tubes! Sorry, that has been bugging this biologist for awhile.