Project Runway: Bottomless Fries

Posted on August 15, 2014

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Bottomless fries.

 

 

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Bottomless.

Fries.

 

 

 

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Bottomless fries.

 

It really works as a metaphor, doesn’t it? Project Runway is now the bottomless fries of fashion. Here’s to you, producers.

congration

 

You done it.

We remember a time when we thought designing costumes for lady wrestlers was the lowest point the show could go. How quaint of us. And look, we understand that a show like this pretty much needs corporate sponsors and product tie-ins. Let us not forget the very first Banana Republic challenge from season one. But of course, designing a dress for a national clothing retailer makes perfect sense for a fashion competition while shilling for french fries has the stench of  grease and desperation. And the silly part is that this was a decent challenge, for the most part. It would have been a lot more fun if they’d just framed it as the Leisure Suit Challenge and not forced Tim and the designers to make awkward little speeches about fast food.

 

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And if the smell of the fry pit wasn’t enough to make this episode a painful one for us, the Gretchening of Amanda is enough to drive us to drink. This shit is frikking HIDEOUS and we were embarrassed by the judges all pretending that she’d done something innovative or pretty. It will take a long time for us to erase the memory of Nina going gaga over the kind of fringe you tend to see in boardwalk t-shirt shops. But they’re really selling the Amanda story hard this season. You could add up the camera time of about a dozen of the designers (not including Mitchell, Sean, and Sandhya) and it wouldn’t total the amount of time she gets. Pay attention. Even in shots of the group, the camera seems to always place her in the center.

 

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We liked this, but it would not have been our choice for the win. He gets all the kudos for fully reimagining the suit, but it looked way too Hunger Games to us. It’s interesting, but it’s been done by other people recently. And we don’t think his finishing is as impeccable as it should be, given the extra time he had to make things perfect. It’s never a good idea to be smug about your speed in this competition. You wind up convincing yourself that you’re winning some sort of race when you should be examining your design as you go along and making adjustments or perfecting things. No one should be napping in the break room with time to kill.

 

 

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It’s good, but a little awkward. The neckline is interesting, but we don’t think it works with a crop top and flare skirt.

 

 

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 Char, we love your attitude and even like some of your work, but this is tacky and weird.

 

 

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It’s … okay. Everything below the waist works fine, but everything above it looks half-assed and like an afterthought.

 

 

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T turned to Lo when this walked out and said “You cannot possibly tell me you think this is the best thing on that runway. That’s ugly and stupid-looking” Lo hesitated and struggled to form an argument, but he eventually relented. “No, this is not good. But I still say she’s the most creative out of all of them.”

“Maybe, but she has yet to make anything that’s actually chic or pretty. It’s just ‘creativity’ left and right, with no real sense of style to it.”

“True. Still think she’s a frontrunner, though.”

“Hm. We’ll see.”

On the other hand, it’s nice to see she’s decided to take no shit from any of her competitors. Hernan’s lucky he got sent home because she’d about had it with him by the end of the episode.

 

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 This is tacky and not particularly well made, but he gets points for finding a unique and original way to deal with fabric that he found ugly and unworkable. Even better, he took something he hated and turned it into something that represents his own (tacky) aesthetic very well.

 

 

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This goddamn should have won the challenge over Amanda’s ridiculous Atlantic City couture. It’s chic and gorgeous. And he does interesting things with proportions and shape.

 

 

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 As a design, this was not the most original thing in the world, which made her bitching about Kristine’s equally as unoriginal design look petty and silly. You both picked a motorcycle jacket, a fashion cliche going back 30 years. Still, this was the best thing we’ve seen from her in the competition. It looked polished and wearable, with a little bit of (basic) style to it.

 

 

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This chick needs to step it the hell up. Her designs, like her personality, are so low key that they instantly become forgettable. And yet we can see that she’s got skill and a point of view. There are interesting ideas here, but all the eyes see are a shapeless black blob of a dress.

 

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Horrible. She almost won it last week and then crashed hard this week. She really needed to find a way to transform that suit into something no one else could have predicted. Instead she took an ugly suit and made another ugly suit out of it. Those pants are painful.

 

 

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 We actually didn’t mind the skirt at all and we felt that the judges we being way too harsh about this look. It’s true that the top is terrible, but the judges pretended there was something wrong with his deconstructive aesthetic when they’ve praised designers for similar work over the years. He does deserve criticism, though. His showings so far have been either underwhelming or disastrous, but it’s clear that he has real talent. He’s just not expressing it well at all so far.

 

 

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Goddamn, this was one sour bitch. Happy to see him go. Delighted that he was sent home for clearly being the worst on that runway. He went on and on and on about how awful and unworkable that polyester fabric was and when given a chance to purchase an accent to go with it, he chose BROWN VINYL. Auf Wiedersehen for that alone, you nasty queen.

 

 

 

 

 

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

    • jeneria

      I just rewatched the episode and I still don’t understand how Fade did not win.

      • sugarkane105

        I’m confused as to how he didn’t even get critiqued! If you blinked, you missed his garment.

        • Kimbolina

          And they barely showed him working on it!

        • http://attiresmind.blogspot.com/ Kiltdntiltd

          I’m thinking that he just doesn’t bring it on the face time front. Not good at yapping for the camera, mugging or getting hysterical. He’s just calmly doing the work. Sadly, that means he won’t make it to the end.

          • http://redheadedwolf.wordpress.com/ Laura Renee

            Well, I hope he reads TLo and at least gets some satisfaction of knowing they (and many Bitter Kittens) appreciate his stuff…

            • Fäde Zu Grau

              thankzzz, laura!

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Faede, I just want to say how much I loved your design for this challenge-the way in which you combined the patterns is so sophisticated, and fun!

            • Fäde Zu Grau

              thanks so much, bbb! i appreciate it.

            • Carly Clement

              I completely agree! Your design this week was my overwhelming favourite! It is stunning, and I love the way you mixed the prints (especially the polka-dot!) I hope you made it far in the competition!

            • Fäde Zu Grau

              carly, i very much appreciate your conment! thanks!

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

              Send that dress to Gina Torres. She’s the perfect person to carry it off.

            • Aragon131

              Fade is there someplace I can buy your clothes? They are so good! How that Amanda’s Texas Freakshow outfit WON is beyond me. I love your work!

            • Fäde Zu Grau

              hopefully by the end of the year i will be able to offer my ‘creations’, chuckle. thanks aragon, for you interest! amanda’s dress wasn’t my fav either but i love her. she is pure inspiration to me.

            • Miss_Alias_Sobriquet

              Hi Fade! I predict, post-Project Runway, the fans will love you, whichever way the judges go.

            • Fäde Zu Grau

              oh, cool! thanks so much, MAS!

            • MarcN

              Yes, so far Fäde is one of my fäves..

            • http://fadezugrau.com fadezugrau

              “fäves”! so clever! love it. thanks, marc!

          • MM4321

            Chiming in late, but I thought the opposite . . . they are showing designers now who may not be sticking around. The ones who aren’t getting camera time now are the ones we’ll see more of as the season progresses. Hope so, anyway. Fade’s design was excellent and I like his whole aesthetic. And yippee for him making great outfits that don’t show all of the model’s lady parts!

          • Adi Shiffer

            This design reminded me of Mondo’s designs. Definitely the best on the runway.

        • Jackie4g

          Yes. How come no one pointed out how brilliantly he combined fabrics? I thought the dots and the stripes mixed with the glen plaid was really clever. That dress was chic. They just glossed over it. The judging is so damn subjective. Amanda’s was a big nothing, but TPTB spend a lot of time interviewing her. Is there some Redemption in her future?

          • VivianAdvanced

            Yes, and the model showed the garment to its best effect. I was taken aback when Fade was just given a pass on his design. He does different work each week and uses the confines of the challenges to his advantage. Amanda has done that same patchwork fringe crap in other challenges. I do hope Fade doesn’t fade and manages to make it to the end. I liked a lot of the stuff he had in his audition showing, so you know he could come up with a cool collection.

            • Paula Carr

              Yes! We remembered Amanda doing an almost identical dress before.

            • Jaye44

              Exactly. So what was all that ‘how original and creative’ nonsense falling from Nina and Lord Fauntelroy’s mouths?

            • CozyCat

              Actually Posen said several times that Amanda’s design had been seen before. His complement was that she did a very good job with an ugly fabric. Which she did.

            • Passionflora

              Give the devil her due, she did a nice job with the fabric, even if the end product looked horrible.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          He isn’t Amanda, so he doesn’t get any time.

        • Passionflora

          His garment clearly is the best of the lot, but I don’t remember it. I must have dozed off when his model walked.

          • Winter_White

            You probably just happened to blink at that moment.

        • Raspberry2012

          Right? How was something that awesome merely safe? It’s Dmitry’s candy dress all over again.

      • http://attiresmind.blogspot.com/ Kiltdntiltd

        As soon as I saw Fade’s look, I was impressed as hell by it. It was fully realized, impeccable looking and a wonderful re-do of the starting point suit. The introduction of the dotted textile was terrific.

        • Freynika

          I liked it, but it seemed a bit derivative of Chanel’s latest, with the proportions that exaggerated the waist.

          • Djwilke

            I said the same thing as it went down the runway. I still really liked it, though.

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

            These days, I’ll take derivative over bargain basement inspired.

            • MilaXX

              Or just plain butt ugly

            • dharmabum8

              Yes, at least it fit the “high fashion!” catch phrase.

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

              “High fashion” for me always cues Flight of the Conchords:
              “You think you know fashion, but fashion’s a stranger;
              You think fashion’s a friend, my friend, but fashion is danger.”

            • Inspector_Gidget

              But, sadly, not the “bottomless fries” catchphrase.

            • DuBey2

              Or Woodstock reruns(Amanda)

          • myandyleigh

            Yeah, I said to my sister when it came out, “that’s beautiful, but I bet he gets dinged because it looks like Uncle Karl’s illusion dresses.” I was kinda surprised it didn’t get critiqued, I had an instant critiquing scene in my head where Zac would say it was beautifully rendered and Nina would mount her high horse to descry the ripping off of Uncle Karl’s vision. With maybe a side of Heidi complaining that it’s not sexy enough and the mystery guest saying she’d totally wear that.

            I thought it was fantastic. I could see my waifish 17 yr old granddaughter rocking it.

            • Winter_White

              You’re good!

            • throwslikeagirl

              Great comment!

            • demidaemon

              These are probably the exact critiques it got as it went walking by and exactly why, with the whoever she is vlogger’s opinion, why it got passed by as safe. Dumb reasons, mind you, but reasons nonetheless.

            • scoobysnacks

              Speaking of the mystery guest, that girl was the most annoying thing ever. She was totally reading lines rather than speaking off the top of her head (if you’re gonna be like that, at least act like the thought just came to you), and I definitely didn’t get the impression she understood as much about fashion as she thinks she does.

            • demidaemon

              She was just UGH and I’m pretty sure she had a major hand in the win. She’s young and dumb and we all know how we interpreted fashion at that age.

            • Miss_Alias_Sobriquet

              I don’t think she’s dumb. She is pretty brilliant in terms of social media and self promotion. I wish she weren’t judging a fashion design competition though.

          • alyce1213

            It’s similar, but I don’t think derivative. Anyway, Fade did it better than Chanel.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Each time I look at Fade’s look, I like it more, and am impressed by his design and craftsmanship.

      • UsedtobeEP

        Kini and Fade and several others were better. Amanda’s looks pure Myrtle Beach Wings shop to me, sorry.

        • ccinnc

          OMG, Wings, yes!!

        • Raspberry2012

          Haaah!! I love it!

        • Kate Andrews

          If it had a tacky slogan on it, it would be in the store window!

          • UsedtobeEP

            Party Naked…

      • luludexter

        Agree his garment was so beautiful, the craftsmanship was so clear. and it was infinitely wearable.

      • Inspector_Gidget

        I wonder if Fade is being saved for the Leanne-style “come from nowhere in the middle of the season” edit. Since everything’s a story. Or maybe the judges have just been sniffing bath salts.

        • DuBey2

          Yes, I’ve been hoping his skills over snarkiness will win in the end, a la Leanne.

          • CozyCat

            He strikes me as the type who has a very quiet, dry sense of humor. He will probably get me camera time when they weed out the pack a little bit and the can concentrate more on him the the TH’s.

      • Fanny_Trollope

        I am convinced the producers are saving Fäde to play the Traditional Dark Horse Role and suddenly become front and center in about 3 episodes. “Amazing! Where did he come from? He really stepped it up!” The narrative is so predictable. You bore us, producers.

        • CanIbeFrank

          The irony is that “real life” is almost always more interesting that manufactured reality. Even the designers who don’t have showy personalities often have a very interesting life or perspective or background. And believe or not, most of us tune it to see creative, innovative designs! NOT to watch bitchy, back-stabbing and complaining. There are plenty of reality shows (and talk shows) featuring that. Do the producers NOT know their audience??

          • carrie

            THANK YOU!

          • CT14

            THIS! I fast forward through most of the show because I cannot stand the bitchery. It’s nonstop Real World. Yes, it’sreality TV, but I’d rather see the clothes created and drama because of THAT than the nonstop crap the producers pull out of them.

          • jacksonm

            If you took someone who has never seen the show before, and told them that this show was first on one network, and then another, and marathoned the entire series, I am betting they could tell you when the show changed networks.

            The Bravo version of this series was far better, because it was about the clothes and the creativity. The move to Lifetime has turned this into a mix of “Keeping up with the Designers” and “The Real Designers of New York City”.

            • altermyego

              I also think that changing it from an hour to an hour and a half was a mistake. They fill the time with unnecessary drama and way too much time on shopping at Mood.

            • Aaronius

              Considering that Bravo reinvented their entire network post-runway to be the home of camp drama, guess which paradigm sells more?

              I still think PR is one of the least dramatic focused reality series out there.

          • annieanne

            Since the show originated on Bravo, maybe the producers think they’ve inherited a Real Housewives audience — more dramz please!! And who knows — with the exception of our sane little corner of the intertubes here at TLo International — maybe they have? And they’re doing their job playing to that audience.

          • Miss_Alias_Sobriquet

            I don’t think they care about us since they assume we will watch anyway.

      • VivianAdvanced

        I know! It’s like he fades – ahem – into the woodwork (sorry) as far as the judges are concerned. You’d think Heidi would stick up more for him since he’s a fellow German. I thought his work last week was deserving of the Top 3. This week he should have won, and he didn’t even make the Top 3. Dang, if I knew how to sew I’d apply for this stupid show. I could think of a zillion things to do with those suits. It’s like the designers were so obsessed with how hideous the suits were that they got completely stymied when it came to utilizing them. At least Sandhya has fun with her projects, whether they look good to us or not. I always get amazed at how they go to Mood, which probably has thousands of cools fabrics to choose from, and come out with the most boring, drab and unworkable material. I realize they don’t have a lot of time to study all the inventory, but geez, they surely have time to figure out what fabrics will complement or work with the designs they have in mind. Hernan had not only the white jacket and pants, but he had a bunch of vest material he could have incorporated into something without having to match the brown crap with vinyl. And don’t get me started on Amanda! She’s got immunity again, so we’re stuck with her for a couple more weeks. Although, the way the judges have been fawning over her, she could sew a couple of wadded Kleenex and used paper towels together, add some string for fringe, and they’d just love it.

        • demidaemon

          When will they learn that black is a terrible color for the shitty lighting of this runway? No matter how many fancy details and deign ideas you put into it, no one is going to see it until it’s too late.

      • ShaoLinKitten

        I liked both Kini’s and Fade’s. My thought is that they looked too similar to both be in the top, so they went with Kini’s. I personally liked Kini’s better, but Fade’s was also amazing. He at least deserved Top 3, but I suspect stupid reasons kept him out. His was better than Alexander’s. I won’t speak of Amanda’s. I can’t believe she had the nerve to steal the lampshade from a Wild West bordello and pass it off as a dress.

      • Anne Silberman

        That dress was genius.

      • demidaemon

        You know, I completely forgot about his look but seeing it again here, I am dumbfounded at it being ignored. WTF.

      • MegaeraThe3rdFury

        Seriously, that dress KILLED.

      • frannyprof

        This isn’t the first time he’s been overlooked for a great garment. I really hope he turns out the be the dark horse in this competition, but, if last week was anything to go by, they’ll find a totally stupid reason to auf him and we’ll be stuck with stupid Amanda FTW.

      • jacksonm

        Maybe they thought it looked too much like the Lagerfeld Illusion Dress?

    • Karen Belgrad

      Sadly, I forgot all about Fade’s look three seconds after I saw it… not because it didn’t deserve the win (upon seeing it here), but because I fell prey to editor/producer kool-aid. (Kini though, not Amanda)

    • Slade Thunderdragon

      See, I really liked Sandhya’s. It was my favorite on the runway. Her stuff may not be all that practical, but She has a vision, and I think her clothes this round look interesting together, but could look even better apart.

      I would have chosen the top 3 as Sandhya, Fade, and Samantha, and I personally would have given the win to Sandhya, but would have completely understood giving the win to Fade.

      The worst 3 were Amanda’s, Hernan’s, and Christine’s, and I would have sent both Amanda and Hernan home.

      • MilaXX

        Sandhya’s looked juniors to me. It felt like something one of the young folks wore to the Teen’s Choice awards

        • Slade Thunderdragon

          I can agree with that, especially with the mustache and really bright colors.

          What I thought was cool though was how, while most of the fashion world sees a translucent fabric, their immediate thought is to make a see-through dress to either show off a model’s nude body or the lingerie she’s wearing underneath, she used it to mute the neon color palette of a patchwork skirt and lined it with the lapels of an old yellow suit. The only part of her outfit I didn’t care for was the mustache on the top, but I didn’t even notice that when I looked at it on television (that’s probably a testament to how observant I am haha), but I was more intrigued by whatever technique she used on the white fabric. I am guessing she hand painted it or whatever, but I’m just really fascinated by how interesting it looks. Her crafty leanings are translating much better to fashion than Patricia’s from a few seasons back.

          • deyna

            yeah i didn’t mind her look either. I’d wear the crop top. (without the two moustaches at the back)
            The skirt I’m not sold on as is (it could do with some editing) but if it were restyled or re-constructed with the same materials I’d love it more.

        • Miss_Alias_Sobriquet

          I agree. I don’t see anything wrong with that personally, but Heidi and Nina tend to hate anything not intended for their own age group.

          • MilaXX

            I don’t necessarily agree that Heidi & Nina only like things for their own age group, however I do agree there were several looks that felt juniors to me. The black and white look (Alexander’s?) that was praised being a prime example.

      • sundaynightaddict

        This was the first week I didn’t *hate* what Sandyha did. That being said, if I never see another one of those hipster mustache graphics, it will be too soon.

        • Raspberry2012

          What the hell ARE those things? Why do the hipsters love them? Why are they supposed to be “cool”? What the hell are you kids doing on my lawn?

          • Joanna

            I really need someone to answer this question – I do NOT get the mustache thing AT ALL.

            • Raspberry2012

              Really. That’s it – someone under 30, we need you in here stat to explain this!

            • DuBey2

              Um, they’re all still asleep. Or maybe at a job where they have to do work w/o benefit of this awesome blog.

            • Slade Thunderdragon

              I’m under 30, and I can’t even explain it.

            • Alloy Jane

              Well, I’m 35 and I love the little mustache. But I don’t pay attention to hipster fashion so I did not realize mustache graphics were a thing. Not sure why it is a though, but it reminds me of the narrator for The Big Lebowski, with his giant handlebar mustache. Or the evil villain mustache that gets twirled. Or Freddy Mercury.

              But I agree with @MilaXX:disqus that her outfit is very junior. Still, I love the top and I’d love it better if it was a shift. Not that that wouldn’t be junior, but I’m clearly immature since seeing a tiny yellow mustache makes me wonder if it belongs to Horace Slughorn.

            • Munchkn

              Tips for referring to The Stranger from The Big Lebowski, Freddy Mercury, Horace Slughorn and Snidely Whiplash.

            • demidaemon

              31 (sooon to be 32) year old here. When I watched it online, they kept showing a commercial for Sears that had the same mustache graphic and that’s all I could think of.

            • Alloy Jane

              Was walking through the park today and I saw a small boy, kindergarten-aged in all likelihood, wearing a primary yellow shirt with a brown mustache graphic on it. I think the mustache has transcended into the mainstream because children that young don’t normally understand irony :-p

            • demidaemon

              I think you have settled the argument. :)

            • onetinkerbell

              Thank you! I’ve been wondering why it’s cool, myself, and thought I was the only person who didn’t get it. My 5 year-old son loves the mustache thing, but it’s because he’s a 5 year-old boy and he thinks facial hair is both awesome and hilarious at the same time.

          • myandyleigh

            Ha!

          • EveEve

            Right? In MY youth, we embroidered butterflies, rainbows and mushrooms on our bell bottom 501s and denim overalls, and THAT was cool.

          • earlymoderngirl

            Mustaches were a thing with hipsters a few years ago, but I think they’ve gone mainstream– which probably means that most hipsters would say they’re over them. I did appreciate Sandhya’s incorporation of something so alt-pop, although I didn’t like her placement of them. I still would have put her in the top with Fade, though.

            • Aaronius

              I actually liked Sandhya’s dress this week. It was possibly the first time I could see her designing actual clothes versus interpretations of what her vision for actual clothes would look like.

      • demidaemon

        The one thing I appreciate about Sandyha is that she will never be boring. I actually thought she chose the best suit to go with too (mix of colors and fabrics) versus the all one color/pattern of the others.

        And I loved that she gave the finger to Hernan and successfully psyched him out of the competition. Not that he needed help getting aufed, but she may have brought about his end a little sooner than expected.

        • CozyCat

          I think Sandyha’s designs reflect her cultural background–lots of bright colors and embellishment. Unfortunately, except when someone like Galliano puts out a collection like that, it will be considered “juniors” by the mainstream fashion establishment.

          One of the things i find interesting this year is the large number of designers from different cultural backgrounds and how that is reflected in their work. Fade and Sandyha both bring their life and experiences into their work and it really provides more variety than the usual parade of short, tight cocktail dresses.

          I had high hopes that Hernan would bring a latin influence to his work. But he turned out to be a third rate Casonova….

          • demidaemon

            Agreed. I’m actually tired of the casting of Latino/a designers with this similar, extraordinarily tacky, VMA aesthetic. It’s getting into stereotype territory, which is never good.

        • Pinup Ghoul

          I know I’m late to the table here, but I just wanted to say that I definitely agree! I can’t explain how much I appreciate that Sandhya did not tolerate being called a bitch. I love that!

          • demidaemon

            No problem! :)

    • Sarah

      Well, let’s see. I agree that Sean’s skirt wasn’t THAT bad, but I don’t understand the side biz. I totally agree RE: Fade, and damn if I don’t find myself liking that weirdo AND his clothes. As for the weird ass pants Kristine made, I have to say I was shocked. Like one of those things where you see a bunch of letters & numbers that approximate words and you can just read it anyway, I thought the model had boots. It wasn’t until the close-up with the judges that I saw the organza shin-sleeves for what they were. SO WEIRD. She’s lucky Hernan was just straight. up. terrible.

      • FrigidDiva

        Those velveteen pants made that model look HUGE, and you know those models are built like coat hangers so can you imagine what they’d do to mere mortals. Egads, they were hideous.

      • onetinkerbell

        “I totally agree RE: Fade, and damn if I don’t find myself liking that weirdo AND his clothes. ”

        Yes! That and his name ends up being Fade to Gray, so how could you not? He’s kind of like a male Uli.

        • Jackie4g

          Uli was low key, competent, sophisticated and her stuff was wearable. Of course she came in 2nd. She continued to mind her own business and I bet her shop makes money. I really liked Uli and wish her the best. I like what I have seen of Fade, and I want to see more.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I remember when Uli showed her final collection for Season 3 that Nina said something along the lines of “Women want to wear your clothes”, which is the kiss of death.

      • demidaemon

        Hers had dumpy butt and dumpy crotch. Nobody wants to have a dumpy butt or a dumpy crotch.

        When Hernan cut that hem, I knew he had to go or I would throw something at my computer.

    • Frank_821

      I was as perplexed as anyone with the Amanda win. I fully expected her to be in the bottom-and I kind like and kind of rooting for her

      Glad you mentioned Fade. His outfit was a good version of those channel suits that Uncle Karl put out

      I have no sympathy for Hernan. He did a shitty out outfit and his complaints about working with polyester were lame. Zac pointed out that is not fabric that will fall apart. I had missed the part where he apparently called Sandhya a bitch and she gave him the finger. There is only so much room for crappy contestants at the same time

      • Karen Belgrad

        The best was when, with the finger, she said “don’t ever talk to me that way again.”

        • Sarah

          Heck yeah!! Especially after Hernan tried to be all “she’s not who you think she is off camera.” What, a girl who tries to be nice but doesn’t appreciate being treated like crap? No, I got that pretty well.

          • MoHub

            I loved when she said, “I’m not your prey.”

          • oldscrumby

            And then all the footage the cut to to illustrate that was basically her not being a fucking doormat. It made it seem like maybe she plays a little more sweet and humble for the camera, but is *gasp* actually just a normal person here to do a job and not take anyone’s shit.

            • deyna

              i don’t think she plays sweet and humble. I think she’s from a conservative upbringing and doesn’t have the same tolerance for BS and childsplay that some of the other designers do. Like she’s said in this episode…she thought she would be friends with everyone but that’s not happening and she’s here to win.

              Regardless of if she was playing “sweet and innocent” you can’t fault the girl for that. Plus her personality comes as more transparent and genuine and I don’t expect to get a disgraceful Hernan bitchfit from her. From her reality-tv example you can see that don’t have to be the drama queen with a sob story background to get far – you can be a sweet humble girl with talent.

            • oldscrumby

              I didn’t mean “plays a little more sweet and humble” in a disparaging way. Pretty much all of us have nicer, more polite public face we put on when we want to make a good impression; it’s not a radical personality change, just a best-foot-forward editing of it. That’s the impression I get of Sandhya when she’s dealing with Tim or the judges, or directly on camera versus the more candid shots. Herman/the editing crews attempts to portray the times when she relaxes a bit as a radically different “real” Sandhya is laughable. It’s even more absurd when you consider how we’re sold this idea of “real” these people are which we know is so much of an act, and then the mildest form of “act” possible, the one the majority of the population engages in as a part of their daily lives and interactions, is singled out as a great deception. What a crock.

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

            Plus she did make a middle-finger dress (either in road to the runway, or on the rack, first episode).

            • Sarah

              Yeah she did. She is spunky!

        • Danielle

          I just wish she’d said that during the team challenge, when he was talking down to her with that, “Honey, honey” crap.

        • Raspberry2012

          I know! I haven’t been totally on board with Sandhya yet, but I loved her a little bit at that moment. I was like, “Yep, Sandhya, you serve him up!”

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I appreciate that Sandhya stood up for herself. Next step, take that creativity and create something that is creative and more wearable.

        • Jaye44

          Heck yeah. That alone should have got him sent home. #yesallwomen

      • Carrie

        Ir was during the runway show. He bitched about the suit again and then she flipped him off. It was glorious

        • Inspector_Gidget

          LOVE Sandhya just for that moment. So awesome. You go, girl. The bitchy queens have cornered the market on attitude for far too long on this show!

        • ShaoLinKitten

          He called her a bitch. That’s when she flipped him off, as I would in her shoes.

          • Aaronius

            …and I know his excuse would be “it’s like a gay term of endearment,” or however he’d mangle the English of that. And, bitch, please! It’s only endearing and sassy gay best friend if you haven’t been a total, complete douche to the person.

      • NinjaCate

        ALL AMANDA DOES IT PUT FRINGE ON THINGS!

        • demidaemon

          I was so surprised they didn’t say, “You know, this looks awfully familiar to your last win.” I was saying it, for sure.

          • Kitten Mittons

            IT WAS THE SAME DRESS. DAMMIT!!

            Pissed me off so much. Feh.

            • demidaemon

              EXACTLY. The only difference is that the fringe was slightly lower and there was actual fabric involved.

            • Kitten Mittons

              And it was two challenges ago. The fact that it was almost the same dress and the wins were so close together bothered me more than the facts that it wasn’t particularly inventive, or even that difficult. Or good, in my personal opinion. I can admit it’s not to my taste, though. I wouldn’t be caught dead in that thing. I’d say I wouldn’t clean in it, but the fringe could be handy in a cleaning situation.

            • demidaemon

              For those people who find mops and brooms terribly unattractive accessories, Amanda Whatsherlastname has introduced the Swiffer Dress for the low, low cost of an ugly Good Will leisure suit and plastic from the dollar store!

            • Kitten Mittons

              Ok, you sold me. I’ll buy one if they’re reusable. :)

            • demidaemon

              Of course! Go outside, give it a whirl, and the dust just flies off!

            • Kitten Mittons

              That Amanda is so clever! It’s almost as if….she’s done this before….

            • demidaemon

              HA! :)

    • Geoff Dankert

      Yeah, “fade” did a great job, and it was truly “high fashion.” I didn’t mind Amanda’s garment — it’s certainly HER, fwiw — but there’s no way it would have won a “high fashion” challenge in Seasons 1-6. I was never that impressed with Kini’s; I thought it was well-made, but hasn’t he sent exactly that silhouette down the runway at least once before? Enough with the exaggerated hips already. And I also felt bad for poor Sean; I thought the skirt was interesting, and prettier than Sandhya’s creative-but-still-totes-junior outfit.

      • Lorelei_D

        Also, and this is NOT a defense of Hernan and his VINYL, but… how come it was ok for Kini to make a whole bunch of “V’s”? Well made & striking, but certainly not wearable for anyone who ever wants to sit. I would not have given the win to anyone that was in the top 3 this week.

        • Geoff Dankert

          That’s a good point. I usually always throw out wearability when Heidi and Tim start using phrases like “high fashion” and “avant-garde,” but it did occur to me that the only way a woman could wear Kini’s frock is if she took the train and stood the whole time.

          • Munchkn

            There was an episode of I Love Lucy where the girls thought that Ricky and Fred were paying too much attention to a young woman (Barbara Eden) at a country club dance. At a dance the following night, Lucy and Ethel decide to glam it up to attract Ricky and Fred. Lucy’s dress is so tight that she can’t sit down at all.

            • DuBey2

              OH, I’m going to look for that one. I’ve been DVRing old I Love Lucy eps this summer & I love them. The ones with Little Ricky practically make me cry.

          • AnneElliot

            I love you for your usage of the word “frock.” Why does no one use it anymore?

    • sugarkane105

      But GUYS she MADE the fringe. Amanda MADE it.
      ….
      I COULD MAKE FRINGE. I’ve never even owned a sewing machine, and I could do that!

      I wish the show wasn’t pushing her so hard on us, because I like her personality. But Kini and Fade were obviously the best out there last night.

      • pdquick

        “I put fringe on everything. It won’t take long. I’m really good at it. It’s the quilting that really eats up my time.”

        • sugarkane105

          She’s like the fashion equivalent of the old lady in the Texas Pete commercials – “I put that shit on EVERYTHING.”

          • MoHub

            Frank’s, not Texas Pete. I hate that I know that.

            • sugarkane105

              Ha! Thank you for the correction.

      • Stubenville

        And it was HAND CUT fringe Gretchen Amanda made.

    • Jangle57

      I thought, if they give it to Amanda for yet another dress with stuff hanging from it, I’m going to stop recording this because I can’t handle watching them award wins to crap any longer. Excuse me while I delete that setup…..

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I’ve been watching this season’s episodes on demand, but after reading this I think I’ll skip this one. I do not understand why the showrunners are pushing the Amanda redemption storyline.

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

      Bottomless fries. Where to go from here. With you on this, TLo.

      • ljh

        “Next week on ‘Project Runway:’ 64-oz Slurpees with unlimited refills….”

        • pdquick

          Not legal in New York.

          • mug of mead

            yes it is. that legislation that bloomberg proposed never went through.

            • Raspberry2012

              But it’s funny, so I’m pretending that it’s real!

          • Raspberry2012

            And that will be their hook. “Making it work” with illegal beverages. It will take a truly innovative designer to get around the new “blue laws”!

          • alyce1213

            Just a note — Bloomberg’s giant soda ban was, in fact, overturned by the courts. I understand he meant well, and the smoking ban he put into effect was an enormous success — with impact on may other cities. But the soda ban made no sense, really. I mean, you can just order four 16 oz if you need that much slurp.

            • Call me Bee

              Another example of the gov’t trying to be your mother. Ya just can’t legislate good behavior.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Or common sense.

      • Aaronius

        You know, they had a looooooot of ways that they could have spun this challenge that would have made more sense to the audience and the sponsor.

        Design a new uniform (Mitchell brought this up in the car.)

        Design a garment inspired by a Red Robin menu item.

        Design an outfit that represents “the lifestyle of the Red Robin brand,”‘especially apt considering that the WTF position guy from RR was there.

        Take elements from Red Robin branding and incorporate them into a high fashion look.

        This wasn’t a bad challenge, at all. It was absurd in the corporate sponsor pairing.

    • EveEve

      My sense is that Amanda’s getting auf’d as soon as they’ve given her enough “fan favorite” attention. From an unbiased eye, she does not have the talent that the judges are trying to pretend she has.
      The producers seem to have learned their Anya lesson, in that all the contestants seem to have basic construction skills this season, so there’s that.
      Fade’s got to come to the fore sooner or later – they’re probably keeping him in the background to build up toward the season finale where it really counts.

      • Inspector_Gidget

        Until this week I was sure Amanda was being groomed as the next Michael Costello…. Nothing but praise and then somewhere in mid-season a sudden, “WTF were we thinking?” But now I’m not so sure. If she makes it to Fashion Week I’m not sure I can watch this show any more.

        • Jackie4g

          Seriously, I think there is some kind of redemption/2nd chance subplot going on in the producers’ tiny minds. They ignore Fade and promote Amanda. Then there will be some revelation. Manipulative, but I’m still watching, so it must be an effective ploy.

        • ShaoLinKitten

          I’ve sworn off this show like three times now… maybe we should make a pact.

      • MilaXX

        Yeah if Kate’s run of over praised crap is any indication she’ll make it to top 6

      • sundaynightaddict

        I really really really hope you are correct. This shitshow has got to turn around at some point, right? Right?

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          It can either turn around or continue to ever so slowly inch closer to the sewer.

      • jen

        Oh my god, I hope you’re right. Maybe they’re just setting her up to drop her really hard because all of her stuff has been horrible so far.

      • FrigidDiva

        I loved little Zac’s comment about her dress saying something along the lines that it wasn’t really all that creative or original, but it was well made. Thanks for confirming what we’ve all suspected, that trying to make something truly “fashion forward” is going to get you cut and you should just make something that’s safe and will get you by.

        • jacksonm

          The problem with that is that Kini’s, despite what you think of the overall design, was way more “well made” than hers. So, they couldn’t give her the win based solely on that rationale.

        • Call me Bee

          Yes! Used to be that a great design could save bad execution, but good execution could never save a crappy design. Guess that’s right out the window…

      • Qitkat

        I guess what really gets me is that by Amanda getting all this attention for shittastic looks is to redeem the judges for having played a part in bringing her back in the first place. Because that’s the only explanation that makes sense. They have to “save face.” Otherwise, wouldn’t it be refreshing, and full of drama too, if in the very first episode the fan favorite was sent packing? Because with all the experience of their previous showing, they ought to be the starter horse right out of the gate, blowing everyone else away. But with these manipulations, the judges have to pretend that Amanda is that superior, when she clearly is not.

        Did this make any sense, because it did in my head, lol?

        • s elin

          It makes a lot of sense when you look at Amanda’s winning designs.

          • Qitkat

            I’ve never gone back to look at her past work. I guess I should force myself to do so.

        • demidaemon

          Yes. I’m sure they are saving that subplot for next season, for someone who truly deserves the second chance. Like Korto.

          • jacksonm

            Korto has finished second three times. Poor thing. I cannot imagine her coming back for a fourth go round. Especially not anytime soon, since she had a baby earlier this year.

            • demidaemon

              I would assume that she is done with the franchise for that exact reason. I know I would be. And she certainly doesn’t need them, either.

      • demidaemon

        They are going to do to her exactly what they did to Kate (the trajectory so far is pretty obvious). She’ll make it far enough to show a decoy at fashion week and then they will drop her.

    • Sarah

      Shit, forgot to say: As someone who lives with a professional chef, I was informed that “bottomless fries” cost Red Robin about FIVE CENTS for each contestant. Like, you couldn’t let them choose what they wanted? Real Klassy, RR.

      • Lanie Accles

        I think they also got a burger of their choice. lol

        • piperkitty

          I only saw fries on the tables during the time they were sketching.

          • demidaemon

            They got drinks too.

      • ccinnc

        All I could think was, I hope they washed their hands well before rummaging through Mood’s fabrics.

      • dharmabum8

        I mean, at least they could have partnered with a decent burger joint like Five Guys. My husband and I always joke that Red Robin is owned by an evil genius who created fries that are so bad that no one would ever order a refill and then marketed them as ” bottomless.” Went there once, and the burgers were okay but the fries were just awful.

        • onetinkerbell

          Which is why I get the onion rings if I go there. Not bottomless but better tasting.

          • AnneElliot

            They do have excellent onion rings. And I noticed all the contestants were drinking the strawberry lemonade, which I also like. I’m sure they would have preferred something from the full bar, though. Maybe it was a little early in the day.

      • Danielle

        Right? A place that presents themselves as the home for gourmet burgers with so many varieties, and they gave them french fries.

        • Agnes Gooch

          Fries that it looked like no one ate because, judging by the outdoor light, it was about 7 or 8 a.m. when they visited! Yum!

        • jacksonm

          I’m going out on a limb and saying they avoided the burgers because Sandhya is Indian, and, they can’t eat that.

          • Freynika

            Their rep did make a point of saying how they have a meatless burger, so I’m going to just call RR cheap for not making any actual burgers to display next to the designers to not eat as they sketched.

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

        Point taken. They were being cheap bastards, no doubt. With 13 designers, it wouldn’t cost them all that much money to give them whatever they wanted. On the other hand, who doesn’t love fries?

    • homespunner

      Fathomless Lies! (That’s to Nina, Zac and Heidi for gushing over Amanda’s frock.)

      • hughman

        Lies! Lies-a Minnelli!

      • Raspberry2012

        Bottomless Fries!!

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Bottomless Fries and Endless Lies!

    • Elisabeth Ashley

      Weirdly enough I like Fade the most out of all the designers, he doesn’t talk all that much shit but his designs consistently look pretty good (he or Kini should’ve won this week imo). And I seriously don’t know why they’re pushing the Amanda story so hard, she wasn’t that likable to begin with and the more they show her the more insufferable she gets!

    • bowlwoman

      A Cake Wrecks reference on TLo? My Internetz are complete. :)

      Amanda’s sucked fringe. Fade’s was fun. I did like Sandhya’s, but for high junior fashion or Grammy’s couture.

      • HeisenbergHattie

        “Amanda’s sucked fringe” <- Sounds like an entry in the design a cocktail competition.

      • Munchkn

        CakeWrecks! I couldn’t remember what that blog is called! Thanks for setting me straight.

      • demidaemon

        That was totally a Grammy dress. For someone like Avril Lavigne.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Put a pair of western boots and a hat on Amanda’s model and she’s ready for Showtime at the Rodeo.

          • demidaemon

            It’s Jewel’s dress for the PBR tour!

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Exactly!

            • demidaemon

              :)

    • Carrie

      I still don’t get why Amanda. Her story isn’t interesting, she has even less range than Gretchen did – this was her unconventional dress redone!

      Fade’s look was great, but clearly he’s too drama free for the producers to reward him.

      • MoHub

        I think the producers were expecting more drama from Fäde, and when they didn’t get it, they decided to bury him with the editing.

        • Carrie

          I buy it. Drama is the number one thing for the show now, no matter how much Hernan protested.

        • Miss_Alias_Sobriquet

          I stand in awe of you umlaut. How did you make your keyboard spit one out?

          • Pinup Ghoul

            If you’re on a Mac, just hold down the ‘a’ key, and a small menu of various accent options should pop up!

      • teddy partridge

        Her brother’s in a famous band — Maroon Five? I think there’s a BMurray reality show waiting in the wings: Wacky SibS!

    • clevRcat

      Just when it seems I’ve been pulled back into watching this show, they offer an episode like this. Painful. I am (probably) out. Auf Weidersehen!

      • Tee

        I’m out as of last week and I’m so glad. I can’t tolerate nonsense in the name of fashion.

    • In_Stitches

      Fade’s really unnerved me. I found it….unsettling. Clearly he’s doing something right if he can provoke a reaction like that. I liked Samantha’s quite a bit, but in the fast paced scan-and-judge runway experience, it fades to the back.

      I’m with you on Kini-he took every trend from the last 7 years, duct taped them together and hoped for the best. The strong, squared off shoulder, cut outs, hip flounces…he had it all. I’m shocked it didn’t have a mullet hem or a sheer element.

      I really loved Sandhya’s, but the mustaches were a bridge too far.

      • Danielle

        I’m cool with real ones, but I can’t stand the whole mustache image trend that’s been going on for the last 5 years or so. It’s tacky and kinda skeeves me out.

        I like Sandhya’s personality and I think she’s creative, but the final products have just been cracktastic.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          The mustaches remind me of trends that I’ve seen in papercrafting(that’s scrapbooking, just renamed). About six years ago scrapbookers were putting twee little crowns on every thing, then three years ago it was twee little birds, now mustaches. It’s a minor plague, but annoying.

        • CozyCat

          The mustache image is getting to me just like that d*mn “keep calm and carry on” slogan that EVERYONE is appropriating….

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I would be quite content to see both the mustache and that “keep calm” slogan be retired. They are both being very overused.

    • Glam Dixie

      I CANNOT BELIEVE FADE DID NOT EVEN MAKE IT TO THE TOP THREE! Goddamn this show is irritating, almost as irritating as Amanda’s smug face and hideous clothes. The outfit she was wearing was even uglier than the one she designed.

      • Sarah

        THOSE PANTS. OMG they actually made me actively upset. I HATE THEM.

        • Glam Dixie

          And they made her look HUGE! What was she thinking, who wears that shit? It makes her taste seem questionable, you know?

          • Sarah

            I thought it was kind of weird because there have been comments that she’s stuck in a retro sort of nineties-hippie-redux style of design, and those frikking high-waisted mustard palazzo highwaters weren’t helping her case.

            • Glam Dixie

              Sing it sister. I never thought that about her either until the girl who I don’t know her name kept saying it and then I saw that ‘outfit’ and I was all, Ahhhhhhh, I see what you mean.

            • Raspberry2012

              To go off to the side for just a second – and I promise it’s related to Amanda – but you know what kind of soured me about Sandhya? First episode, when all the designers are giving their smarmy little opinions about each other, Sandhya said that she was glad Amanda was the returning designer because “her brother is a rock star.” And I just thought, “Hi, 10 year old Sandhya, aren’t you up way past your bedtime?” I mean, okay – on the one hand I get it, because there isn’t a whole lot of reasons to like Amanda. Her clothes aren’t barely “okay” and her smug personality is grating. So I *guess* liking her because her brother is a rockstar is as good a reason as any. But it made me wonder about Sandhya, seriously! It’s like when I was in 3rd grade, I buddied up to the girl who always had gum.

            • Grumpy Girl

              I found that an odd comment too. I was wondering if it was impacted by editing, to make her seem more Americanish?

            • Pril Wood

              Yeah, I thought that was editing too, but more for the purpose of having her validate Amada’s winning the fan favorite vote– it seemed like the producers put the words in her mouth somehow.

            • altermyego

              I thought she won fan favorite because of the choices they gave us. I think she seemed much easier to tolerate for another season than Kenny and his I-won’t-move-my-ironing board.

            • EveEve

              Maybe her mantra is “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all” and yet the production format required it. That was the nicest thing she could think of? Or they fed it to her to say after she came up blank?

            • altermyego

              And how come it’s ok for her to be stuck in nineties-hippie-redux style, but it’s not ok for what’s-her-name to be stuck in grunge style?

        • FibonacciSequins

          Haha, Amanda’s pants were just awful!

        • Pterodactyl111

          She was wearing a REALLY hideous jumpsuit the first time she won, too.

      • sundaynightaddict

        Every. Week. Fascinated by her revolting sense of personal style.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Amanda will next be starring in her own made for Lifetime movie trilogy: Amanda: The unexceptional journey followed by Amanda: the desolation of Smug, and Amanda, the Smugpocalypse.

        • demidaemon

          Who is playing Amanda/ Lindsey Lohan?

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Why, none other but Amanda! Now we have to cast Nina, Lord Fauntleroy, etc.

            • demidaemon

              I see Nina as Sophia Vergara and Lord Faunterloy as Daniel Radcliffe, although the latter would probably find the project beneath him.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Good choices for both roles

    • Tee

      I’m sooooo glad I stopped watching. Based on the photos, I would have had a fit when they gave the win to Amanda over Fade.

      • Alloy Jane

        Yeah, none of what I’m seeing or reading is making me regret checking out two episodes into this season.

    • housefulofboys

      I loved Fade’s design, craftsmanship, the shape and reworking of the fabrics as soon as his model walked the runway. Loved. It. Of course, I had no idea what his was going to look like because – along with half the cast – they get virtually no camera time leading up to the runway. It’s criminal that he is being ignored thus far in the competition. Amanda’s storyline has to be the one that the producer’s are pushing, in order to justify her “win” in the fan fave competition where she was put up against horrible Ken and that other guy with the red hair whose name I can’t remember. Actually, whoever won that “competition” was undoubtedly going to have the scripted storyline. Girl is smug and doesn’t have nearly the talent or charm that she thinks she has.

      • MarshaMarz

        alexander

        • rhymeswithorange

          Alexander Pope!

      • Glam Dixie

        She was guaranteed the win simply because of who she was put up against. They may as well have only given one person to vote for and she has no reason to be smug about that.

      • MoHub

        What chaps my ass the most is the way she talks to the judges: as if she’s their buddy just because she’s been there before.

        • teddy partridge

          “Thanks, guys!” as she left the stage. Entirely too familiar, and cruising for a Big.Fall. (I hope!)

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            She sounds like those irritating waiters at chain restaurants who have been taught to greet every customer/diner with that “Hi guys” faux bonhomie. Sets my teeth on edge.

            • Kitten Mittons

              I love this comment because my parents haaate that. Sets their teeth on edge to be greeted like that.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              I’m perfectly fine with a greeting such as “Hi/Hello/GoodEvening. My name is _____ and I’ll be your server”. Does the job, without presupposing that everybody is everybody’s best bud.

            • Kitten Mittons

              Me too. I notice it so much more since my parents started griping about it.

        • s elin

          Not just their buddy, but their peer. She stands on equal footing with the judges. It’s extremely irritating.

      • CozyCat

        Imagine if Ken had been on that team with Sandhya and Hernan.

    • UsedtobeEP

      I missed last night, and I am sure everyone said this a thousand times, but “V is for Vagina!” Dang!

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

        The term Super Vagina! was used last night.

        • Geoff Dankert

          I’m stealing “Vagina Superhero” as the name of my band.

          • UsedtobeEP

            I’ll buy tickets.

    • UsedtobeEP

      And that dress from Amanda is ridiculous. I thought they just showed it first because they were making fun of Amanda, and I was looking for who the real winner was. Sorry Nina.

    • tbarranti

      I don’t really remember Fade’s look (although now that the pictures are out, I definitely agree that it should have won), but I do remember thinking that that would have been the suit that I would have chosen.

    • HeisenbergHattie

      I nearly cried (with joy) when Hernan was eliminated. No whining allowed. EVER!

      • Rachel Sawyer

        Me too! Frankly, it softened the blow of the Amanda win. Plus everyone had an ugly suit, but he had yards and yards of white fabric. He could have done anything with white fabric.

    • http://fibonaccisequins.storenvy.com/ Danielle

      Create HIGH FASHION using the ALDO wall and RED ROBIN burger chains. Amazing.

      • HeisenbergHattie

        Cheap plastic accessories/shoes are NOT high fashion? Who knew?

      • decormaven

        The shoes are so, so bad this year.

        • ccinnc

          Maybe that’s why _______ created “organza shin sleeves” (props to the commenter who coined that phrase) vs. putting her model in knee-high boots.

          • MoHub

            Kristine. And in her shoes, I’d have simply made knickerbockers out of the pants.

            • ccinnc

              “And in her shoes…” Good one.

          • Sarah

            Why, thank you. Yes, her explanation re: the reason she made the shinsleeves was totally bizarre. Girl shoulda taken a step back and been like “well, I don’t have enough fabric, so I’ll make shorts.”

            • demidaemon

              Shorts would have been infinitly better. Probably still dumpy butt-ed, but better.

        • marlie

          And I don’t think I’ve ever noticed before, but they must not have that wide of a selection, because there are a few models wearing the same exact shoes.

          • Sarah

            Yeah those strange black boats.

            • FrigidDiva

              And those terrible gray, open-toed bootie vulgarities. Ick.

    • MarshaMarz

      the reason Fade’s design was not in the top 3 is because if anyone saw it with Amanda’s there would be no way for anyone to make a logical conclusion that she should win. I think Amanda is a pretty girl, but not a great designer. I am also embarrassed that project runway is using red robin and mary kay as sponsors — ok – mary kay is at least make-up, but a third-rated fast food joint that is continually selected has having the most fattening food, etc.??!!

    • http://jeffala.com/ Jeff

      When Sandhya said to Herman (whatever), “do not ever speak to me like that again” during the runway show you just knew that if he stayed around he was getting his hair cut off while he slept.

      • veriance

        I’m glad she said it. Like or or not she seems disinterested in the interpersonal BS the producers love so much.

    • sdtripper

      I am liking Fade’s aesthetic (still not on board with his personality). When his look came out I did a low whistle (in my head) and said out loud, “Damn, that’s good.” But knew based on the edit that there was no way he was any better than safe.
      ITA with TLo about Kini. Offhand, the only quick sewer I can remember who made it all the way was Princess Puffy Sleeves. So far none of this year’s crop are worthy to shine Christian’s shoes.
      I read but did not see that Sandhya flipped Hernan the bird. That was disappointing. Her response to him on the runway was enough. SO glad that her gurl power aesthetic prevailed over his tired arrogant macho misogynistic posturing. I have not liked anything she has sent down the runway so far, but her story is compelling, and I always appreciate her thought process.

      • jeneria

        ” I have not liked anything she has sent down the runway so far, but her
        story is compelling, and I always appreciate her thought process.”
        That’s why she bugs me. She’s just a story and good rhetoric at this point, which would be fine if Project Runway was Project Interesting Person. But as far as her designs go, most of her stuff is kind of fug.

        • Jackie4g

          Bugs me, as well. yes, I think she is creative, but none of her stuff is either wearable or saleable.

          • Raspberry2012

            I’m with you, kittens. I don’t get why the judges have such a boner for her.

            • alyce1213

              She delivers something different and creative to look at. At this point, it’s enough. We’ll see how she develops.

      • DuBey2

        I was disappointed in her flipping the bird. Simply standing up to him verbally, as she did, would have been enough. I was also disappointed that producers made sure to show it (as they’re sitting next to the runway), but I was Not surprised.
        I think her look was interesting, but not likable, and I just kept thinking “Prada. Miu Miu. ” because its wacked fashion. But its fashion & certainly not derivative.
        Actually I think I like derivative. Compared to the other options.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          The producers love that kind of tacky, juvenile posturing, sad to say.

        • Miss_Alias_Sobriquet

          Sandhya has appropriated the bird for a print too. I think she views the symbol as empowering.

          • DuBey2

            Yes, I remembered the print, too.

      • Miss_Alias_Sobriquet

        Seth Aaron was also very quick- not Christian quick maybe, but he usually finished early and helped other people.

    • MarieLD

      I liked Fade’s for the win too. And it’s what he should have made last week for future fashion. Many of these designs, actually, would have fit better in last week’s challenge.

    • Sanglots longs

      I liked Fade’s, but it was close enough to Chanel Couture Spring 2014 silhouette that I was worried about the judges deciding it was too derivative. I enjoyed it when Zac condemned Gretchen’s–I mean Amanda’s–fringe as “bathing-suit fringe” (or maybe “swimsuit fringe”). Yeah–the sort of tacky, cheap fringe that makes me veto certain items of clothing for my teenager. We knew she would win anyway, as soon as Heidi said she wanted to wear that dress.

      To me, the most cringeworthy part of the episode was when Mr. Red Robin mentioned hamburgers for vegetarians and Tim laughed. It was a laugh I have chosen to interpret as “I’ll play along because of my contract, but my soul is not for sale.” But it might have just been desperation.

      • Sarah

        That was dumb. Any restaurant that has burgers as a theme is going to have a veggie burger. You guys aren’t original, yo.

        • marlie

          That might have been comment-worthy 20 years ago. But it was laughable last night.

    • Chuck Barthelme

      I really liked Fade as well. And Hernan was annoying the bejeezus out of me, and I’m glad he’s auf’d. Pretty much everyone’s suit was ugly. THAT WAS THE POINT! And I completely agree on Sandhya’s look. It was interesting and colorful, if a bit odd. She seems like she could be a similar designer to Mondo if she could reign in her creativity and give her looks some more polish.

      • MoHub

        “rein in”

        • ccinnc

          I like the use of “reign” too. :)

        • Chuck Barthelme

          Ha. D’oh.

    • Aidan B

      I only half-watched this last night as I was whipping up and then eating dinner, and I don’t remembering seeing Fade’s. Having seen it now, WHAT THE F***, judges? How did that not even make it into the top 3? That should have won, no doubts about it! Also, I cringed when Tim laughed at the veggie burgers line. I could just feel his shame.

    • BeeBeauNYC

      I’m glad to see Hernan go, but I do think that one of Chloe Sevigny’s personalities could have pulled of the “V is for Vagina” dress.

    • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

      I thought fäde would make the top three, because I loved the outfit he made. I don’t understand why Amanda got so much praise, when the judges have seen that same thing from her in her original season. I hope they really aren’t “Gretchening” her, but it does look like they are. I don’t despise Amanda, or anything, but I really want the judges to let the best talent win. I had the slight hope that this season was turning out to be an improvement over the last couple season (less like a ridiculous game show, more like a talent show), but now I’m starting to worry.

    • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

      I’m still struggling to understand how Amanda came back as the “fan favorite”. WHICH fans were asked?

      • Aidan B

        I wasn’t!

      • decormaven

        Apparently, “fan” stands for Fake Alien Network.

      • marlie

        Amanda, Ken, or Alexander Pope (bright red hair from the same season as Ken). Ken and Alexander are the ones who had the altercation last season. So she was a shoo-in… she was the less dangerous of the three.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Giving fans the choice of Alexander, Amanda and Ken seemed more likely to swing Amanda’s way, especially since Ken generated a big negative reaction during his season.

        • AnneElliot

          I liked Alexander, and I was annoyed when he was auf’ed. I remember thinking that his dress really wasn’t that bad when he was eliminated.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            When I think about PR I sometimes wonder how many decisions are predetermined according to whatever story arc the producers are pushing for the season.

            • Stubenville

              All of them I suspect.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              You could well be right about that, sadly.

        • Aaronius

          Let’s vow to never see Ken again!

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I have no idea what Ken’s issues were, but he really did himself a disserve by his behavior during his season.

    • Tanya Wade

      Oh, so delighted to see the Fäde love! It was a little reminiscent of Unkle Karl for Chanel, but so much chicer. He is the Floridian we can all embrace. I swear I have seen Mitchell at local craft shows (as a buyer, not a seller) and that’s no lie. He is the Florida that shames us even more. Amanda is the co-worker we’ve all had whose every thought MUST immediately leave her gaping maw, with no editing. That dress might have worked without the Urban Outfitters fringe. I am so sick of her Car Wash dresses. I expect to hear Rose Royce every time her model stomps down the runway at this point!

      • alyce1213

        Someone last night commented “Chanel did it,” but damn, Fade did it a lot better.

        • Miss_Alias_Sobriquet

          Chanel didn’t have to do it in one day either. Or make it out of a stinky old suit.

    • http://myriameron.blogspot.com/ Heron

      I remember, back in the day (after I had walked 10 miles uphill in hip-deep snow to get home from school) that I would challenge myself by picking the top three and bottom three and then seeing if I was right. If I wasn’t, I usually learned something from the judges about historical context or construction that I would help train my eye.

      NOW, I just pick my tops and bottoms and hope to hell that the designers I like aren’t chucked off or lose heart. Cause there is NO FUCKING LOGIC to the judging OTHER than ratings. And it makes me sad.

    • Liz

      Hernan’s gross but I have to confess I enjoyed him saying “It’s not about talent” or whatever he said upon exit. Yeah he followed it up with “I’m talented and should still be there”, but for those few seconds it was nice to see a designer momentarily call out the bullshit of the judging.

    • Judy_J

      I thought Amanda’s was one of the worst things on the runway last night. How Nina and Zac could possibly heap such praise on that garment with straight faces is beyond me. As Jon Lovitz would say, “ACTING!” Those two should get an Emmy. Fade clearly had the best design of the bunch, hands down. I keep threatening to quit watching because the show is a mere shadow of its former self. TLo and the bitter kittens are the only reason I now watch Runway.

      • Qitkat

        TLo and the bitter kittens are the only reason I now watch Runway.

        With you 1000% on that!

        • Munchkn

          I think you speak for most, if not all of us, JudyJ and Qikat!

      • alyce1213

        True, the show is a shadow of its former self, we all know what bs to expect with Lifetime.
        But I still watch for moments like Fade’s dress coming down the runway, and it makes the nonsense somewhat worthwhile. Frustrating that it got no love, though.

      • Call me Bee

        I think there’s a huge number of us. A huge number.

    • papillon

      I really liked Fade and Alexander’s. Hated Mitchell’s and was very satisfied with Hernan’s auf. Not even going to TOUCH Amanda’s win, ugh. Is it me or did the judges all seem particularly harsh last night?

      • Aaronius

        They were, but Super Vagina and Zack’s squee pose was amazing.

    • RescueMe23

      Boy I hope someone, anyone from PR and/or the judges reads this blog. Fade was ROBBED. I turned it off before the final judging when I realized he wasn’t going to win. I was SO disgusted.

    • http://www.redriverhistorian.com texashistorian

      I remember thinking to myself during the runway show that if the judges pick Amanda’s dress as their favorite, then I’m just really clueless when it comes to style. I’m so glad that others – aka, people with eyes and/or ears – also didn’t understand the judges. There was some WHACK going on there.

    • Sanglots longs

      I am almost inclined to watch this again to see if I can get a better read on Sandhya’s choices of suits for the other designers. My instinct is that anyone in her position would enjoy a bit of payback…or at least to passively-aggressively handicap her competition, but she didn’t seem to do that in every case. And she took the purple and yellow monstrosity, which no one else would have been able to manage at all.

      • marlie

        Sandhya’s decisions about the suits weren’t any different than what any other contestant on any other competition-based reality show would do. She was somewhat strategic about the suits that she gave to people, based on who her serious competition is, and who she might be friendly with. No one (Hernan) should really take it too personally, because that’s just how the game is played.

        • demidaemon

          But he made the biggest stink about it, because he thought she was out to get him after the whole team debacle. Understandable but still paranoid, because you could see she didn’t give two shits about it while he was thinking “This bitch is after me. She sees me as a threat.” Um, no and no, dude. She saw you as the cannon fodder tacky ass designer that you were. You just proved her right and psyched yourself out into an aufing.

          I certainly thought that they were going to dump Sean to keep the drama quotient up, so I was really glad the judges at least didn’t smoke all the crack available, for once.

          • swanpride

            Even the judges know that a designer which is constantly in the bottom has to go by the third time, no matter how entertaining he is.

            • demidaemon

              Was this the third time? I thought he had only been in the bottom twice.

        • Aaronius

          And honestly, he got off easy. It’s a white fabric to work with, dude. He could have easily made a Sharon Stone Basic Instinct number and put the high fashion into a cape or coat. As much as I wasn’t feeling Amanda’s win, her outfit to work with was infinitely harder, as was the brown corduroy suit.n

      • swanpride

        Honestly, if she had wanted to sabotage him, she would have given him the brown cord or the flowered one. The beige one was easy to work with…just imaging he would have paired it with gold instead of the brown, had not used the V and had kept it long. The result could have been beautiful.

    • tired_mommy

      I’m wondering if Amanda is being set-up for another reality show? Under The Gunn??

      • Sarah

        Ugh. I have sneaking suspicion that her being celebrity-adjacent is coming in to play. Like, in the future: The next challenge is to design stage outfits for Maroon Five! Amanda Valentine will be a guest judge!

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

          I’m pretty sure Amanda’s brother is celebrity-ish, at best, making her celebrity-ish-adjacent. I mean, is Maroon Five still popular?

          • Sarah

            Well, I never listened to them :) The lead guy is on one of those singing-competition shows, though….

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

              If I’ve ever heard them, it was purely by accident and I wasn’t aware of it. I seem to recall the band name from sometime in the mid-90s, maybe? That’s the extent of my Maroon Five knowledge.

            • kimmeister

              No, not that far back. Their first album, Songs About Jane, hit it big in 2004, although it had actually been released in 2002.

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

              Oh, Ok. I guess I lumped them in with the 1990’s bands that had numbers in their names. Thanks.

              I stopped keeping track of popular music about 20 years ago. It had little to do with the music itself. I just couldn’t take commercial radio anymore, by which I mean the actual commercials.

            • demidaemon

              If her brother was Adam Levine, I would care (because he is hot and I am shallow). Since it’s not, it’s just like “you aren’t as famous as you think you are, dear. Shut up.”

          • kimmeister

            Yes, they are! One of my faves, actually.

          • Call me Bee

            Well–Adam Levine from The Voice is the lead singer. He’s cute, but I always found their music too generic.

            • demidaemon

              I actually really like their music, just because we don’t hear as many of those very high pitched male voices much anymore. To be honest, he (and Blake) really won me over through The Voice. When someone admits that they would probably suck it on the reality show they judge and gives me lots of homoerotic fanservice, I will buy whatever they are selling.

    • HeisenbergHattie

      I wish Sandhya had stenciled the mustache on her model. That would have been fun.

      • ccinnc

        Love your name and avatar. I miss BB.

      • dharmabum8

        Mondo did that I think.

        • Raspberry2012

          Yes, he did.

    • Susan Crawford

      I love that T and Lo are pointing out the parallel between Amanda the fan “favorite” (really??) and Wretchen. It’s not about the design, it’s about the production values and drama quotient. *sigh* I actually loved this challenge – minus the Red Robin tie-in, but we’re stuck with that cray-cray. Did Sandhya set Hernan up for the fail by lumbering him with the ugliest suit in the pack? Do bears poo in the woods? But Hernan also set himself up by choosing very badly at Mood. In fact, hardly any of the designers chose very well at Mood. What is the deal with VINYL??? Why, designers, why? To me, the big question is why the judges seem to be completely ignoring Fade. IMHO, he was the clear winner. His ability to create texture is superb, and this week’s design was truly stunning, very editorial (hear that, NinahGahcia?) and the most flattering look on the runway. But . . . oh, never mind. I’m over motorcycle jackets . . . I’m over deconstructed, destroyed looks, and silly collar treatments and random bows. I’m over Amanda, but the drama quotient must be met. Best moment? The gang rushing Hernan to comfort him, and Sandhya quietly sitting on the couch working a bitch-face like nobody’s business. Tim’s usual regret at sending the aufed designer to the workroom seems quite muted thus far. And it seems clear that this season, demeanor on the runway during judging plays a part. Lame excuses, hostility, tears and anxiety, outright nastiness: that crap is buying you a ticket to ride, designers, when paired with poor design,

      • MoHub

        I sincerely believe Sandhya assigned the suits based on what she perceived as each designer’s strengths and aesthetic—even Hernan’s. Had she targeted him, I think she’d have assigned him either the mustard corduroy or the pink damask tuxedo. And I think she assigned Mitchell the “denim” because it read casual beach to her, and gave Sean the corduroy because she overestimated his ability to work with it.

        • Susan Crawford

          I definitely think her pairings were very thoughtful . . . yet I still think she got in a jab at Hernan with the suit she chose for him. The other choices DID seem to reflect her perception of each designer’s strengths. What did you think of her design, MoHub? I think she chose the suit that every other designer was fearing for herself, and came up with something oddly endearing – despite the moustache motif, Which is something else I’m kind of over.

          • MoHub

            I loved her personal choice, and only she could make those Mardi Gras colors work. The final design was whimsical, and she seemed to be almost the only one who had fun with the challenge.

            The moustache motif kept making me flash back to Blackadder’s Christmas Carol, which is never a bad thing.

            • Pril Wood

              Love the Blackadder reference :)

            • Susan Crawford

              Blackadder! Yessss! So funny!

          • Stubenville

            Actually I think she threw Hernan a softball; a mostly white suit with a bit of chocolate trim; no patterns to match.

            • Susan Crawford

              You may be right, Stubenville. Let’s face it, that was a hellacious collection of fugly suits!

        • demidaemon

          Yes. She gave the tackiest suit to the tackiest designer. Made perfect sense to me.

      • sundaynightaddict

        I’m still not convinced that Hernan was handicapped in any way by that suit. Yes, it was ugly as shown, but it was basically off white fabric. It *should* have been one of the easier ones to work with.

        • Susan Crawford

          Agreed. Let’s face it, NONE of those suits were in any way fabulous, Hernan thought he could make excuses for his garment based on the tacky fabric . . . but he went further and actually made up a song and dance about the fabric “shredding” as he tried to cut it. The other designers had equally hiddy materials and many of them managed to come up with acceptable, even pretty great designs: Kini and Fade, and even Sandhya, for example. Hernan tried smoke and mirrors (and whining) but Zac, tugging at that fabric put the kibosh on him once and for all. As I said: standing in the runway spotlight pissing and moaning about all your problems is NOT flying with the judges.

          • DuBey2

            Yes, glad Zac did that “Reality Check” or truth check or whatever by tugging on the fabric but it was kinda weird how he kept his hand there in that location( very short hem in front of the model’s thighs) for so long, just tugging it again & again. I think those models must have amazing ability to be “teflon” and not react. I.e. when everyone keeps invading their personal space. And was it Her blood or hernan’s on her back when she squeezed so hard to try & get that white dress over her head? I never saw how he got the blood out of the garment. Hmmmm. probably with scissors. He’s very talented with scissors.

            • demidaemon

              Truth be told, that was probably tame for the crap models are put through for fittings and runway shows. It’s partly why I love that Heidi and Tim seem to make a point to mention the models’ names during the close-ups, so they aren’t completely seen as mannequins.

            • http://www.jaimieteekell.com/ Jaimie

              He might have said something and it didn’t make the edit.

      • Miss_Alias_Sobriquet

        I think all these people voting for her must be hardcore Maroon 5 fans. She just isn’t interesting enough on her own.

    • Cindy Claussen

      They should have brought in Rupaul’s scruff pit crew to model the suits

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

      I just can’t help thinking how much more fun a “bottomless fries” challenge would be on Drag Race.

      • Raspberry2012

        I love you.

      • Stubenville

        Condiments for make up!

    • Frank_821

      Yes I wonder why the show is so set on pushing Amanda. I don’t find her annoying per se. It’s the overload of camera time

      I always found her a decent designer. If nothing else, it’s clear she is proficient at construction. her outfit was a puzzling win but the dress itself clearly too a lot of work. Her outfit last week would require skill and proficiency to crank out in such a short amount of time. However so far she’s not wowing me

      It’s funny reading the Lifetime blogs from the PR alum, how different everyone tastes are on they love, like are indifferent to and outrightly hate. The only consensus for this episode is that were all happy to see whiny Hernan get auf’d

      • DuBey2

        I was impressed with Amanda’s dress(not saying it should have won) because I couldn’t IMAGINE what could be made with that awful pink brocade chalkboard-scratch-reaction inducing fabric.

    • elemspbee

      this epi was tacky, hence the tacky winning dress. scraping the bottom of the greasy fries bin.

    • Bonnie Blue

      I think fade deserved to win and don’t know why he wasn’t in the top 3. I often find myself wondering if things really good so much better in person because I can’t figure out how they come up with the top 3 sometimes. I didn’t like Amanda’s at all. The “Gretchening” is so funny. Hernan’s complaining about the suit he got was ridiculous considering it was mostly whitish fabric and at least he didn’t have raspberry velour to contend with. Glad to see him go!

    • marlie

      Fade at least deserved the top 3, and I really would have been ok with him, Kini, Alexander, or Korina getting the win. Amanda’s look placed her in the bottom 3 for me, and it’s ridiculous how the producers are manipulating the outcomes.

      • demidaemon

        I don’t want Korina getting any wins until she actually puts out something worth all her talk. She talks the talk but I have yet to see her walk the walk.

        Agreed on Fade for me. I would have put Amanda clearly into the safe pile. Not awful but not that interesting either. I would have replaced Sean with Mitchell and called it good for the bottom three.

    • http://redheadedwolf.wordpress.com/ Laura Renee

      Re: Mitchell’s — “This is tacky and not particularly well made, but he gets points for finding a unique and original way to deal with fabric that he found ugly and unworkable.”
      Heh, was that solution to laminate it?

      I don’t watch the show, but I agree with your choice of winner, definitely.

      • marlie

        I thought Mitchell’s was ugly and tacky and definitely deserving of the bottom three. I think his garment was actually more auf-worthy than Hernan’s, but Hernan HAD to go.

        • demidaemon

          His was marginally better to me, because, you know, it had an actual FINISHED HEM.

      • DuBey2

        I would have loved to have heard all that poly vinyl creaking as it walked down the runway.

    • tired_mommy

      Have to say based on the initial postings about “The Mitchell” I was pre-disposed to disliking him, but I find myself rooting for him not to be auf’d each week. He’s completely grown on me. I don’t much like his designs, but he handled his bad-fabric situation really well in the challenge from an attitude standpoint.

      • oldscrumby

        Yeah, Mitchel’s biggest issue is that he doesn’t have much of a filter. He’s comes off as pretty friendly and seems to actually do stuff to get a long with other designers. He’s gossipy but not particularly catty or mean, and I don’t think he has it in him to really hold a grudge if he were mad. He’s immature in a way that I expect out of people a few years younger than him, but not so old that I hold it against him.

    • GorgeousThings

      I was INCREDIBLY offended by Nina’s “This looks like breast surgery” comment. BC survivor here, Neens. Cut. That. Shit out. NOW. I’m tired of her rotten attitude this season. I think it’s time for Ms. Nina to take a year or several off. She’s clearly burnt out.

      The only thing I have to add to your commentary is that Sandhaya’s things look like they belong on Etsy. Or Regretsy. And Fäde was robbed.

      • tired_mommy

        I feel like Nina’s trying to replace Michael Kors one-liners and it’s not working. I am shocked to find myself preferring Zac’s comments over Nina’s.
        And congratulations on surviving BC!

        • berlinmama

          I agree with you about Nina’s comment, and I am SOOOO sick of the ‘V’ word being tossed around – everywhere!

          • onetwothree

            “The ‘V’ word” — what do you mean by that? Vagina? It’s a body part, not a curse word. We’re all adults here — we don’t need to use stupid euphemisms. I wonder why you are so offended by it being “tossed around.”

            • berlinmama

              I am not offended, and yes, ‘v’ is for vagina, and I am not a prude and I know it is not a curse. I am just tired of it being so much in social media, and used gratuitously just for a laugh. Also, how about using prick or dick instead?!

        • dharmabum8

          Nina was much better as the stern, scary judge. She can not pull off sassy one liners a la The Duchess.

        • Pterodactyl111

          Posen was the only one with any kind of sense this week.

      • NDC_IPCentral

        She threw out that bandage bon-mot twice – at the runway critique and the close-up. I was offended mightily as well.

        She has become snide and cutting, as has Frau Klum, and that is Mean Girl behavior rather than worthwhile judgment and criticism. They both should be ashamed of their judging personas.

      • Bonnie Blue

        Thanks for bringing that up. BC survivor here too, and maybe Nina wasn’t trying to be funny, but I had flashbacks to wearing an ace bandage for 2 weeks after reconstruction, so I wasn’t too amused.

        • GorgeousThings

          Stay healthy, Bonnie Blue.

          Nina’s comment makes me question her taste level.

          • Munchkn

            You, too, GorgeousThings! Virtual {{{hugs}}} to you both.

            • Bonnie Blue

              Thanks to you both and same to you. It’s almost 12 yrs for me, but 5 yrs since I decided to do the “big” surgery. Er, surgerIES.

      • Call me Bee

        You know she says that shit about every single piece of clothing that is tan or beige and is tight-fitting. The “bandages” comment comes out at every judging. Ugh.

      • Fugitive Vizsla

        It was not a good zinger by any stretch, and you’d think they would have edited differently in production. That said, I think there’s a chance she was referring to implants not a mastectomy. Not defending the inclusion of it, but throwing that out there to maybe make her seem slightly less callous.

    • SewingSiren

      1. I don’t hate Amanda’s . She did a good job with the hand she was dealt. It’s funny that they tried to blame Sandhya for the bad suits, when basically they were all bad. Every single one. Even the plaids and the pinstripes looked like heavy polyesters. Anyway this was a good attempt but not the winner. Not even top three.
      2. I would have given Kini the win. He did have one of the better fabrics. This was by leaps and bounds better than anything he has made to date.
      3. Alexanders is better than last week . I would not have put it in the top three. He had one of the better suits too. Just okay.
      4. Char’s is okay. Middle.
      5. I liked Emily’s a lot. I would have had it in the top three.
      6.. How odd that Sandhya actually picked the worst suit for herself. Amanda and Hernan would have probably quit if they had this one. She made a remarkable garment with it. Very odd but also very interesting. I like the way she uses the make-up studio too.
      7. Mitchelle couch cover. Bottom three.
      8. fade top three for sure. No problem with it winning either.In the lounge, I actually predicted that who ever got the window pane plaid would win. I guess it wasn’t in the script.
      9 Korina, bored now.
      20 Samantha…. could have done anything . And did nothing.
      11. Kristine… It is bad. But at least there is something there to critique.
      12. Sean- why the hell did he ditch the original top? This is bad, bottom three . Pull up your socks Sean!
      13. In complete agreement with the auf’ . One of the ugliest dresses ever to walk the runway and it’s all Sandhya’s fault. Boohoo.. She’s a mean mean meany and she didn’t give me that really really cool suit with all the best fabric in it.

      • Qitkat

        All great points. Yet I wasn’t surprised at all that Sandhya chose the colorful suit. It screamed Indian color combination to me.

        • SewingSiren

          No, me either. I called it when I was watching the show. But I was still a little surprised because it is sooooougggllllyyyy.

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          I loved her model’s blue lipstick.

          • Qitkat

            Of all the challenges up til now, at least this week, I didn’t hate what she presented. The blue lipstick was an interesting choice.

    • Steven Elliott

      Can somebody please make a photoset of all of the designs that have gotten people eliminated that were more innovative, well-made and attractive than Amanda’s winning look? I have a feeling there would be a lot of material.

      • Winter_White

        The first one that came to mind for me was Gordana’s Monet cathedral dress. She did a lovely job of paying tribute to the painting she’d chosen as her inspiration: she crimped and dyed her fabric to look like brushstrokes and shading. It was flowy and pretty. But it got her eliminated — as the very last elimination, in fact, so she didn’t make it to Fashion Week.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Your comment reminded me of how mean Heidi was to Gordana during that season-for no reason, it seemed.

          • Winter_White

            Wouldn’t you be curious to hear Heidi and Nina explain their behavior toward Gordana? It went beyond mysterious — which usually means “it was in the script” — and into ugly.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              I would be curious to hear their explanation or excuse. While I understand that designers have to be able to take criticism as part of the job, Heidi and Nina went beyond mean in their behavior toward Gordana. It didn’t speak well for either of them.

          • Alloy Jane

            Oh, I forgot how awful she was to her. Ugh, I would definitely love to hear whatever excuse they have for being so nasty.

        • Inspector_Gidget

          Oh, man. That was one of the worst decisions ever. I have no idea how they could do that to Gordana. Funny thing is, I started the season not really caring for her and her stuff, but she made a believer out of me.

        • Miss_Alias_Sobriquet

          Didn’t Gordana basically win that challenge and still get eliminated?

      • Call me Bee

        It’s funny–I can more easily remember the BAD fashions that have come down the runway, and the people who didn’t get eliminated for them. Wendy’s balloon and string bikini. Emilio’s washer and string bikini. Vincent’s paper column dress. Anya’s outfit for the male musician. Anything Gretchen made….

    • Sanglots longs

      Fade didn’t use mostly the suit fabric–but the judges couldn’t have held that against him because they loved Alexander’s, and most of his look (the skirt) was supplemental fabric.

      • Susan Collier

        Same with Amanda’s She used the suit and supplemental fabric in equal amounts.

    • Brad Watson

      Sandhya’s look was exactly what I love to see from a designer with immunity. I wouldn’t have picked it to win, but I love her fearlessness.

      • alyce1213

        Exactly what I thought — with immunity, go big, go wild! Just what she did.

        • demidaemon

          I feel like she would have done this the first time around, as well, had Hernan not basically fashion cock-blocked her.

      • Miss_Alias_Sobriquet

        She does that when she doesn’t have immunity too.

    • RoseJB

      Agree that Fäde should have won. His look was gorgeous!
      I thought Sandhya should have been in the top three as well. She delivers fashion with a wink.

    • dharmabum8

      If we were still in the Bravo Era of PR, I’d be thinking fade is now getting the Jay McCarroll sneaky ninja contender edit. But since it’s Lifetime PR, and Amanda is like the love child of Anya and Gretchen, clearly it’s gonna be a Free People vs. Etsy finale.

    • BookManFilm

      Fades was the best outfit on that show in years. Years.

    • Freynika

      This is slightly off-topic, but I have a note for Lifetime: GO BACK TO THE ONE-HOUR FORMAT. I watched the shortened replay instead of the original broadcast, and I don’t think I missed anything. We don’t all have time in our lives for roughly an hour of whining and 30 minutes of judging. I didn’t bother with the last 2 seasons at all because of the longer format. This season is only getting a shot because it’s summer and there’s nothing else on.

      • tired_mommy

        I’m so glad you mentioned this–I could not figure out why my DVR was recording two version of every episode.

      • GeoDiva

        I hate the 90 min format too. Which is why I never watch it live. The dvr lets me watch it in 60 minutes. There are 30 minutes of commericals!

        • Freynika

          Even with the DVR, I still don’t have 66 minutes to watch superfluous crap.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Cynical me says that the 90 minute format is used to include more phony drama, and to sell more commerical time. I wish that they would use some of that time to feature some of the other designers in the workroom, but whom am I kidding?

    • ThaliaMenninger

      I am so not into that hippy nonsense Amanda sent down the runway. Is it Sandhya/Amanda/Sandhya/Amanda so far? And if so, how contrived is that to illustrate Heidi’s IN/OUT dichotomy and did In and Out turn them down before they went for Red Robin? I was laughing so hard last night when I paid attention to the prizes. it’s not just makeup by Mary Kay or that they’re getting fries from Red Robin. They get travel around the world to fashion hotspots and lodging from BEST WESTERN. Next year, Motel 6 will chip in a nickel and a fly strip.

      As for the designs… I would’ve put Fade, Kini and maybe Samantha in the top 3, with Sandhya, Amanda, Christine, Mitchell and of course Hernan in the bottom. I realize that’s a bottom 5, but those designs are AWFUL. I can live with the top of Mitchell’s, but the bottom is just hiddy. Sandhya’s is “Somebody’s crack pipe set the party on fire and I had to run out wearing a smoke-damaged pillow case over pieces of the Twister game.” Christine’s takes me way back to 1975 and a pair of lavender velvet gaucho pants I thought were awesome. In 1975. I really didn’t imagine that a whole season of PR (original recipe) would be worse than All-Stars, but it so is.

      • s elin

        “Sandhya’s is ‘Somebody’s crack pipe set the party on fire and I had to
        run out wearing a smoke-damaged pillow case over pieces of the Twister
        game.'” I am dying as I read this!

    • krelnick

      Fade (the German love child of Dennis Christopher and David Patrick Kelly) was robbed. I think they don’t give him more camera time because a lot of his t-shirt designs that he wears have “Atheist” printed prominently on them. I want one of those damn shirts. His dress last night was KILLER. Much, much better than Holly Hobby Meets Charo. Kini’s was pretty cool, but it was doing a weird rucking thing in the front. I also liked Sandhya’s because COLOR. The judging for the winners has been cracky as usual, but I have enjoyed all the aufings so far–boring drop-crotch dude, angry purple hair girl, “delicate” crying banker girl, and Mr. Ponytail Bitchface.

      • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

        “Ponytail Bitchface” sounds like a great name for a doll. ;)

        • Qitkat

          And designed by someone who frequents this blog ;)

          • GinAndPopcorn

            I would buy that doll, and all of the outfits – also designed by BKs.

      • Munchkn

        I want one of those T-shirts, too.

    • pdquick

      Amanda’s: A quilt with the fringe dress from a couple of weeks ago on it. The woman loves her quilts and fringes.

      • AnneElliot

        She’s giving me flashbacks to Angela and her persistent fleurons from Season 3. I’m tired of the patchwork already and it’s only the fourth episode.

        • Miss_Alias_Sobriquet

          Remember Ven and his floral fixation?

    • Lattis

      Goooooood Night! Amanda’s won?

    • NDC_IPCentral

      I agree that Fade should have gotten the win – when I saw his dress on the runway I was terrifically impressed with the Mondo-like use of the original fabric with other patterns. This was a darn fine creation.

      I like Fade’s personality, too. Then again, he’s older than many of the dresstestants, and he’s demonstrating some maturity that others have in short supply.

      In agreement on everything else, especially the clunky Amanda fix. And yeppers, Kini’s dress had finish-problems. Rather than loll in the lounge he should have worked on that skirt to correct the puckering. With the extra time he should have corrected every conceivable fit short-coming.

    • Sophie

      Still hate the pretentious name, but I will admit I love Fäde’s design. (The TV people didn’t even bother writing it right – his look is shown as #DesignerFade. If it is indeed faux-German, then the umlaut makes a difference to the vowel.)
      I also like Samantha’s look. I didn’t actually watch the episode, did she choose the black fabric or was the costume imposed?

      • oldscrumby

        That two second google search to find out how to code in an umlaut takes time away from applying another large moving graphic advertising Dance Moms at the bottom of the screen.

        • DuBey2

          Ohhh. I hate ALL the large moving graphics at bottoms of the screen on all channels. Hate.

      • s elin

        As the winner of last week’s challenge, Sandyha assigned hideous menswear suits to each designer, which the designers had to use as the fabric for their high fashion designs. They also got a $100 to spend at Mood.

    • BobStPaul

      Haven’t decided yet whether to watch this episode or not since it’s obvious it would be a frustrating experience. Judging from the stills alone, I would have put Amanda’s in the bottom three. The very clear winner to me was fade.

      • HeisenbergHattie

        Oh… just watch it. It’s very entertaining. It’s just a TV show.

    • Inspector_Gidget

      I’m really surprised that Sean is doing so poorly. I wonder if he’s one of those people that just doesn’t work well in this environment. On the other hand, if he was making something fabulous it would probably lose to Amanda’s tick-tackery. This show is confusing as hell.

      • FibonacciSequins

        I’m surprised about Sean too. Maybe he just needs more time for his creative process than a single day.

      • s elin

        Why is everyone surprised that Sean is not doing well? Is he a famous designer who has fallen on hard times and who has been reduced to hustling on Project Runway?

        • demidaemon

          Probably because it is clear he has ideas (which is more than can be said for a bunch of this lot).

        • Inspector_Gidget

          His portfolio was unique and interesting, plus the stuff looked well-made. And he always talks a good game in his critiques, actually thinking of things like silhouette and proportion and all that. Then the dresses turn out… meh.

    • MilaXX

      I choose Kini for the win because for some odd reason the made Fade safe. However you are absolutely right Gade should have won.

    • GeoDiva

      Fade’s was the best one by far! I am starting to see Mean Girl Nina show up. It was just like when she and Kors bullied Heidi and Jessica Simpson into giving She Who Shalt Not Be Named the winner’s crown.

    • Ray Ray

      1. “The Gretchening” needs to be the title of a horror movie.
      2. I’m deeply amused that a vacuum cleaner is part of the “entertainment package” shown when Heidi is describing all the prizes.

      • Inspector_Gidget

        Maybe next year they’ll throw in a Slap Chop!

        • piperkitty

          That made me hysterical. Thanks

      • Winter_White

        That gets a big laugh here, too! Although a Roomba is much more entertaining than a vac…maybe next year.

        • Raspberry2012

          And your cat can ride a Roomba, which makes it infinitely more fun for the city designers who live in apartments!

          • Winter_White

            That’s exactly what I was picturing, in fact! To watch a cat ride around on a Roomba like it was his fabulous Italian sports convertible is to be damn-well-entertained. :)

            • Jackie4g

              At least you have your priorities straight.

            • ohbear1957

              Hilarious vision! I want to run out and buy a cat and a Roomba right now, but that would lead me down a slippery slope ending in videos of my new kitten, “Micino,” in her fabulous outfits as she drives a Roomba through Europe. While I’m out, I’ll pick up a vintage Pucci scarf and a diorama of the Colosseum for her debut video: “Micino Visits Italy.”

            • Winter_White

              Lol. I will begin checking YouTube daily for your video, so hurry up and acquire that kitten, Roomba, scarf and diorama. And will show it to my cat, so he can add her to the fantasy…Micino! Ciao, bella!

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              I’d totally watch that series!

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        You know that vac is really going to come in handy when you’ve got to clean up the leavings of the fringe monster.

    • Inspector_Gidget

      These are the kind of challenges that are interesting, but unbalanced as hell. Kini made top three for turning a straightforward pinstripe suit into a LBD. I agree he did a decent job with it, but how is that anywhere near as praise-worthy as having to work with garish colors of velvet, polyester and corduroy?

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Amanda’s dress is tacky beyond belief. PR keeps finding ways to hit new lows, I am truly sorry to say. Faede and Kini both were much more creative.

    • annrr

      Fade was robbed. His dress is everything, gorgeous, innovative, editorial and perfectly styled.

    • shopgirl716

      Wow, haven’t seen the episode yet. How did Amanda win? Are win in for another season of crack smoking and dubious decisions? Fade’s design is amazing and Amanda’s is terrible. I will be willing to bet Heidi drooled over Amanda’s fringe.

      • myristica_fragrans

        amanda and heidi must be having some sort of affair.

      • s elin

        “Are we in in for another season of crack smoking and dubious decisions?” You haven’t been watching this season so far, have you? If you had been, you wouldn’t ask that question.

    • CanIbeFrank

      OK, when they have the little preview clips and Nina said something about “the vagina dress” I thought for sure she was referring to Char’s weird-ass neckline. HELLO! Was that not a vagina? (OK, actually a vulva, but Nina’s not so great on anatomy and loves to call any and all lady parts “vaginas.”) Anyway, back to Char. Horrific design if you ask me. The only saving grace was that it was a very non-flesh color blue. {{shudder}}

      • BLauDGaspode

        The biggest problem is that I didn’t know if they were talking about Char, Alexander, or Hernan… If there are that many dresses that can be interpreted as a vagina dress, it’s probably not a good week.

        • CanIbeFrank

          Ha ha! No kidding! Or, maybe that should be a design challenge: “Designers, this week our sponsor is Monistat 7 and to celebrate how effective it is in relieving that embarrassing vaginal itch, your challenge this week is to create a design that emphasizes oft-overlooked, yet important part of a woman’s body. Make it work, designers!”

      • GinAndPopcorn

        I had issues with that neckline, too. Char kept calling her design “sleek” and I couldn’t figure out how that word could possibly apply when it looked like that collar was giving birth to the model’s head. I like Char and was glad that didn’t land her in the bottom three.

    • Agnes Gooch

      Fade’s design s the only one I WANT. Also puzzled by the lack of camera or judge attention for him, but hoping that the Pollyannas amongst us are correct in that the producers are saving his story arc for later. Either that or they’ve decided to avoid showing all the atheist statements on his clothing and accessories.

      As for Amanda, her personality doesn’t grate the way Gretchen’s or Anya’s certainly did. She reminds me a lot of a friend who is really quite pretty, but because her build is on the tall and statuesque side, it’s clear that early on in life she defaulted to a personality that seems to think she has to be loquacious and “funny” to fit in. As for Amanda’s designs, she’s working her aesthetic hard: I can’t fault her for that, but I can fault the judges for favoring it. It’s just not interesting at all to me.

      And good on Sandhya in all regards!

    • Susan Crawford

      I meant to throw out a question earlier, but got carried away being frustrated that Fade is not getting any attention thus far from the judges. Here’s the query: Supposedly, it is a “blind” judging process. But given the designers’ tendency to make comments as the models are walking, and lean toward the featured designer for back pats and whispers IS it truly blind? Granted the lighting might impair the judges’ ability to see across the runway, but I’m curious anyway. Also, exactly when do the judges actually see who designed what? Before their scoring or after?

      • Grumpy Girl

        My understanding is that those are two different sessions, so it’s editing. Like the judges see one runway show, and the designers another, and the reactions are edited in. For all I know, the models walk the runway a few more times inbetween, too. I always wonder how that works with the dresses that are almost falling apart to begin with.

        • Qitkat

          I didn’t know that, I’ve thought the same as @Envisione:disqus does too. My thought has been if it is all the same runway show, then the designers ought to be sitting behind the judges so their expressions and whispering don’t give them away.

          • Grumpy Girl

            Sadly I have no memory of where I read/heard that. So for all I know, my oldest and I made it up years ago (when we watched together and would make up stories about the dresses and contestants), and I decided it sounded reasonable enough to believe it.

        • Susan Crawford

          Thank you, GG! That would certainly make perfect sense. And, yes, given some of the more tortured and cracktastic designs we’ve seen coming down the PR runway over the years, those models DO earn their money, I’d say! This season’s models are pretty darn professional and really work that runway. My fave model moment of the week: Hernan’s model sitting by the worktable, staring off into space as Hernan wrestles with that hot mess of a garment. Her completely blank expression spoke volumes! LOL!

          • Call me Bee

            But I gotta say–she has (had) an awesome walk and worked that mullet dress like it was a $10K designer gown.
            Also–remember when the models had their own show? A number of them said they had to be in those outfits for a huge amount of time–hours and hours. Which was tough, I suppose, for some of the unconventional materials–they couldn’t sit down!

            • demidaemon

              I think the models this season are really a step up from previous seasons (which is surprising, given the sponsors and all the other cost cutting). Usually, there are at least 4-5 clunker models, but this season they all seem to work it, despite the dreck some of them are forced to wear.

        • Stubenville

          Thinking about camera angles, that makes perfect sense. The camera shooting the judges would have to be roughly where the dresstesstants are seated and vice-versa.

      • guest2visits

        Yes plus the designers are always looking across the RW to see the expressions of the judges – sometimes making comments about what the judges are possibly seeing or thinking about their work. I take the comment ‘blind judging’ with a barrel of salt.

        • demidaemon

          I just think most of them are either a) too dumb to take advantage of the judging system and shut up or b) trying to sabotage each other with facetious comments that the judges can hear. Who knows?

      • BLauDGaspode

        I’ve wondered about that and mentioned it a week or two ago, but I think Grumpy Girl’s explanation makes sense. No reason the models don’t tromp up and down that runway a few times.

    • CanIbeFrank

      I was disappointed that Sandhya didn’t get a critique this time–it was a very interested and innovative look, and considering she had the yellow and purple, she pulled off a great design. Not saying she should have won, but I would have like to hear what the judges thought of it. I personally thought the mustache motif was not necessary and awkward but other than that, I solid design, IMHO.

      • Grumpy Girl

        Yes, if Lifetime really wanted to make their site popular, they would insist that judges critiques of all the designers be transposed and posted there.

    • BrooklynBomber

      Okay, well, I didn’t see last night’s episode…. I guess I’m officially not watching. I think the last few seasons have only been worth it for the hang out here, anyway.

      Re the episode: I guess they took old Red Robin uniforms and remade them. Yep, that stinks pretty bad. And you’re saying that first one, with the fringe, was the winner!? How is that even possible??

      • ccinnc

        It wasn’t even old Red Robin uniforms … they were men’s suits or tuxedos from the past. I think? The Red Robin tie-in, I just don’t know where that came from.

        • NDC_IPCentral

          It came from BUX.

        • BrooklynBomber

          Thanks. I was wondering, because they don’t look like fast food uniforms. To quote Heidi, “Beezarhhh!!

        • Gatto Nero

          Classic burgers! Classic suits!
          No — seriously.

          • kerryev

            *That’s* why they kept calling leisure suits ‘classic suits!’

        • demidaemon

          It was very, very tenuous. And I’m actually glad of that. I would rather not relive the stupidity of the Yoplait challenge again.

    • Susan Collier

      Adding fringe to a dress is this year’s Trinidad/Tobago schmatta sack.
      I can’t believe that she won and will now have more screen time talking all her game talk. TLo’s right! She’s been Gretchenized and is getting that Gretchen push.

      I actually liked this challenge (well, not the awkward corporate tie in). I like how most just demonized Sandhya for her suit choices, as if there were a whole lot of awesome choices there. The designers who tried to hide the suit fabric (Hernan, The Mitchell, Amanda) made some butt-ugly workarounds.

      I agree that Fade’s was the best. And I liked Samantha’s black dress. And I like blue hair lady’s plaid thing. Kinda.

    • Frank_821

      forgot to mention, I really hope 2 designers actually get kicked off with no Tim save in play. It would reduce the number of decoys.

      • Qitkat

        On Twitter, TLo mentioned that it will be 10 designers showing at Fashion Week this year.

        • demidaemon

          The double auf was probably built into the next challenge, no matter what. They’ll try to make it surprising and all, but I’ve just glad to get the proceeding moving. Still too many designers, when I think maybe three of them should even be allowed to show, considering what they’ve produced so far.

          • Miss_Alias_Sobriquet

            I really hope it isn’t two strong designers to pave the way for a favorite.

            • demidaemon

              Me too. My guess, just based on showcasing so far, is probably Emily and Kini or Sean and Alexander.

            • housefulofboys

              Well, it’s not Sean, since Heidi was wearing his design for next week at the second-tier Emmy’s.

    • Raspberry2012

      “The Gretchening of Amanda” – YES! See also: “The Anyaing of Amanda”. The fact that Kini didn’t win is ridiculous. Amanda’s was seriously “The second day out at Woodstock” kind of hippie.

    • OwnsHairlessCats

      Loved Fade’s work. Hated all the others, especially Amanda’s.

    • CeeQ

      I’m so sick of the Amanda storyline and of Amanda in general! How many more times can she mention that she has done this all before?!?!

      Bottomless fries. Promoted by an industry known for models who eat a cube of cheese for dinner.

      I really loved Fade’s work and was surprised he got no love from the judges! I didn’t mind Amanda’s design but when you put it up against Fade’s, it is night and day.

      SO HAPPY Hernan is gone. Bitch would not shut the hell up about that fabric. He did NOT make it work – and worse, decided from the first second that he was NOT going to make it work and was just going to bitch and whine the entire time.

      • Raspberry2012

        And the thing that was so ridiculous about Hernan and his stupid complaining is that he acted like he was the only one who got stuck with an ugly suit – they ALL got ugly suits! That was the point of the challenge! Oh, poor Hernan, all the other designers get to cut up the finest silk suits in the most beautiful colors. Only you got the ugly polyester suit. Poor poor wubby.

        • FibonacciSequins

          His suit wasn’t nearly as bad as most of the others. At least it was in a solid neutral color!

          • SewingSiren

            Exact;y. It looked like heavy poly double knit which could have been used to make a very structured winter white dress or just about anything except a swingy draped mini dress (with extra added vinyl)!

            • Stubenville

              …except a complete lack of taste and questionable sewing skills, of course.

            • demidaemon

              He was doomed from day one. It was just when his doom would come. Sandyha is eating this up like it’s Fashion Week for her.

      • Miss_Alias_Sobriquet

        I thought a cube a cheese was breakfast. It’s lettuce and sparkling water for dinner.

    • alula_auburn

      The only vague, vague thing I can say about Kristine is maybe she was trying to create an optical illusion of riding boots? I don’t know. . .why you would do that, but. . .

      Fade should have won.

      I wish I didn’t find Sandhya’s styling so ugly and distracting. Especially because whatver hair/makeup she wears at the runway shows looks really lovely on her.

      Sean’s looks better than I remembered, especially the skirt.

      But yay Hernan is gone.

      • BLauDGaspode

        I thought they were riding boots until the judges started critiquing her.

    • Qitkat

      First of all, THANK YOU TLo, for presenting the looks so we could be reminded what these Lounge Lizard Leisure suits actually looked like.
      Secondly, excellent summation. Pithy and on point.

      Fade was robbed.
      I agree with Tom about Sandhya.
      Little Miss Fringe is the New Black needs to be put in solitary confinement.

      You said on Twitter that no one in the industry takes this show seriously. Another kitten said that they never get judges like DvF anymore. Heidi, do you hear the slow banging of the gong in the distant valley?

      • Gatto Nero

        I’m guessing that Heidi plans to rake in as much cash as she can, for as long as this lasts. Then she’ll move on to the next tasteless reality project.

        • Qitkat

          Mr Q and I had an extensive discussion of all things runway tonight. The simplest conclusion we came to is that it is now only about the money, no longer about design or good mentoring of talented people. I know this much, I don’t plan to fall into her rabbit hole again if I see her name attached to a new project.

    • Stubenville

      But that was HAND CUT FRINGE!!!

      • Raspberry2012

        Yeah, so is the toilet paper my kitten gets a hold of when I forget to close the bathroom door before leaving my apartment. ;-)

        • Stubenville

          (Shhh – it’s a sarcastic Gretchen quote.)

          • Raspberry2012

            (*Muuuuhahhaaaa…*) <3

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          I bet your kitten’s fringe is nicer.

      • jtcbrooklyn

        Hand cut, like the delicious fries at Red Robin!

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        And fringe is a trend-and if that’s true, I’ll be more than happy to be offtrend.

    • fananafanafophalec

      you say “everything below the waist” as if that’s not a two foot span on emily’s model. which side of the waist, pray tell

    • jtcbrooklyn

      Speaking of fashion, did you know you can get a burger with a fried egg AND mushrooms AND peppercorns at Red Robin? (This comment is brought to you by one of our sponsors.)

      • ohbear1957

        That sounds like the “Red Robin Accessories Wall” in the upcoming deconstruct a hamburger challenge.
        Of course, Amanda would make strings of mushrooms and peppercorns as fringe.

    • Munchkn

      TLo, you must have gotten that picture of that cake from CakeFail. If not, it belongs there. Amanda’s dress belongs on DressFail. It looks like something I might’ve designed on a acid trip.

    • LilyVanessi

      I realize the judges’ comments are probably severely edited, but it was pretty obvious who wanted Amanda to win. Why don’t the producers just let Nina unilaterally decide who wins? Oh, I forgot, THEY ARE.

      • NMMagpie

        Nina was responsible for Gretchen’s win. Unforgivable from my point of view.

    • CassandraMortmain

      This was one of the most egregious wins in the history of the show. I really thought Amanda was going to be in the bottom, especially since it was pretty much the same thing she did with her previous winning entry (ugh) – make a sleeveless shift and tack on a bunch of crap. Ridiculous. I’ve been neutral about her – she’s not inherently loathsome like some have been, she’s just a bit too full of herself. And she can’t seem to stop talking. But her undeserved wins and excessive screen time are really starting to bug.

      Fade or Kini should have won. Sandhya’s mustaches were a bridge too far. She really needs to learn to edit and show some restraint. But otherwise I loved her look. Korina’s was basic but chic. I liked it. Sean’s wasn’t remotely as bad as the judges said. It was an interesting approach to a hiddy corduroy suit. Samantha is doing safety pins in a dress? In 2014? LMFAO. Char seems nice but her designs have been underwhelming at best. Kristine’s pants are one of the ugliest things I’ve ever seen. The Mitchell is growing on me. He sent something reasonable down the runway. Alexander’s concept was good but the top was too clunky, heavy and awkward-looking. Emily’s was a little too ’90’s Vivienne Westwood.

      It’s become almost embarrassing to watch this show. I don’t know how Nina, Zach and Tim show their faces in fashion circles. Heidi is making a cash grab, plus she clearly lives being on tv, so she’s fine with whoring herself and the show out. I expect more from the others.

    • Kate Andrews

      I’ll say it. I hope you guys don’t feel the need to cover PR if you’re tired of it, even though you made your name with the show. Seriously. I’ve shouted at the screen a million times that “This is it, I’m not watching anymore!” but now? Now, I don’t care. I don’t like Zac Posen and his fussy, stupid dresses, I think Heidi is an idiot, and Nina must have hit her head on the sidewalk at some point because she has lost all sense of taste. Their bottom-feeding ways are beneath my attention. I’ll read you guys if you continue to post, because you’re fun, but I probably won’t even remember to watch next week’s show.

    • CassandraMortmain

      I didn’t notice how uneven Hernan’s hem was until I saw the stills. He should have been embarrassed to send that out. A well-deserved auf. He should have gone home last week.

      • Kari Roberts

        That is because he didn’t hem the dress. It was just a raw edge.

      • alyce1213

        I cannot believe the judges looked closely at that hem (you could see it from yards away), and didn’t go absolutely apeshit. It was choppy! They called him on the V, and made some remarks that the back was nice (which it wasn’t), but nothing about the cut hem. That alone should be an auf.

    • dmkava

      Not sure I can watch this again because of Amanda. I think just reading the T & L tweets instead would save me a lot of pain.

    • teddy partridge

      Sandya gets immunity, gets to choose her own fabric first, then gets to assign each designer a suit — why not put her on the judging panel, too? But — Did anyone else think it funny that our Subcontinental Favored Contestant got so much advantage during the “inspired by a hamburger chain” challenge?

      • MilaXX

        That didn’t feel like producer manipulation designed to get the others to hate her even more to you? What advantage did she get? She choose the ugliest suit for herself.

        • Geoff Dankert

          I thought it was very “RuPaul’s Drag Race”-y. I really wanted Tim Gunn to tell the designers “don’t f*** it up.”

        • Gatto Nero

          She chose the most colorful suit for herself. I think she genuinely wanted that one.

          • MilaXX

            True, but every other designer was recoiling in terror at the thought of that suit. I’m simply not seeing any malicious intent on Sandhya’s part with the suit choosing. That’s always been a producer driven thing. Even when they are grouped in teams, they are often paired for maximum drama.

            • Gatto Nero

              I didn’t see any malicious intent on her part either.

            • demidaemon

              Nope. Though the producers were clearly hoping for it. They did get a little something out of it (considering how polarizing she seems to be with the other designers, it was inevitable) but it didn’t end up being the drama nuclear bomb they were hoping for.

      • CanIbeFrank

        I really do think she was sincere in giving each designer what they would have chosen for themselves, as much as possible. I mean, of course NO ONE would have chosen the gold corduroy but someone had to get it. I was actually OK with that twist, though I do wonder if they would have done it that way had Sandhya NOT been the winner last week….

        • Shawn EH

          I think Hernan had worked her last nerve and she was like “that’ll show you.” He was so angry he didn’t even try to make it work.

          • Stubenville

            Except Hernan actually got one of the easier suits to work with – white with a bit of chocolate trim. Sandhya took the far more difficult yellow and purple combo herself.

            • Shawn EH

              She didn’t see it as difficult, however, because of her love of bright colors. She abandoned all thoughts of “suit” and just harvested the fabric. I think she guessed Hernan lacked such creativity.

            • demidaemon

              She alluded to that in one of her comments in the confessional. She basically said a good designer should be able to make something nice out of whatever fabric they are given. You may now take that statement to it’s obvious conclusion.

      • Angela_the_Librarian

        They do this type of thing at some point on most competition/reality shows (i.e. have the winner of the previous challenge select item X for each of the fellow contestants for the next challenge). They may have done it on purpose to cause more drama, but I don’t think Sandyha got any special treatment in this particular instance.

        • teddy partridge

          Having the previous winner choose first, as well as have immunity, is one thing I’ve seen done before, including on this show. But I’m pretty sure having the previous winner choose *all* her competitors’ materials was an innovation.

          • Chartreusite

            I saw it done at least on Project Runway Australia. It’s definitely up to the whims of the producers and it’s ridiculous and inconsistent, but it’s been done before.

    • LuluinLaLa

      Wait – so what was the actual challenge? I’ve stopped watching the show, but still like to visit here for recaps. TLo, would it be possible to add a line stating the actual challenge as it was presented to viewers at the beginning of the recap? That would help me appreciate these much more greatly!

      • Ros

        Take a suit (allocated by Sandhya as the winner of the previous challenge) as inspiration and materials to create something high fashion. Add up to $100 worth of fabric from Mood.

        • LuluinLaLa

          Thank you! But what does that have to do with Red Robin?

          • FibonacciSequins

            Not a thing!

            • Raspberry2012

              Therefore, it’s the perfect challenge!

            • Stubenville

              Now you’re thinking like a producer.

          • Shawn EH

            Bottomless fries!

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              I think I’m going to start using “Bottomless Fries!” as the answer to any questions I don’t want to answer/don’t know the answer too.

              “Hey, Swift – are you finished with the thing?” Bottomless fries!
              “Why are you drunk at work?” Bottomless fries!
              “Do you think I’m sexy?” Bottomless fries!
              “What the actual fuck?” Bottomless fries!

            • Stubenville

              “Where were you on the evening of August 14th?” Bottomless fries!

          • Gatto Nero

            There was some flimsy tie-in line about Red Robin serving classic burgers, and the designers using “classic” (in this case, hideous) suits as their inspiration and their fabric.
            It was shameless.

            • demidaemon

              Truly, but still better than that Yoplait mess. Yes, I know it is a low bar, but they actually overreached slightly this time.

    • MilaXX

      Here’s my question about Kristine’s pants. If you’re making pants out of pants, how do you run out of fabric?

      • Stubenville

        It was just an excuse to cover her lame calf detail.I’m surprised the judges didn’t call her on it.

      • Raspberry2012

        Who did that before? Was it on S2, when they had to make another garment out of a garment they brought with them? And someone made pants out of pants? I laughed so hard.

      • Susan Collier

        Remember in one of the early seasons they did a Clothes Off Your Back challenge and designers got dinged if they used the pants for bottoms and tops for tops? Ah, good times…

    • dmkava

      Also, I don’t get Zac Posen’s critiques. He’s always “concerned” or worried about a designer’s lack of “vision”, “point of view” or direction. I feel like if it was a legendary designers/s critiques, like Karl, Vivienne Westwood, Valentino, etc.-those kind of comments would make sense. But isn’t Posen like mid career, is he qualified to make those kind of critiques? Is his “vision” so legendary that he can instantly judge another designer’s creative direction?

      • Alloy Jane

        How absolutely fabulous would it be if Uncle Karl was a guest judge? Can you imagine it? All the judges would be dead, Heidi would be broken in a corner with a picture of Claudia Schiffer stapled to her face, and the contestants would be emotionally mutilated beyond functioning.

    • msdamselfly

      Grrrr. Frustrated that Amanda won. Should have been Fade. Second place Korina.

    • BrianaJC

      char’s neckline looks like a blue vagina

      • ohbear1957

        I see the profile of a dolphin trying to swallow the model’s head.

    • Passionflora

      I was shocked when Amanda was proclaimed the winner. That dress looked too much like the one she won two weeks ago (and that wasn’t all that special). Nothing about it was original. She took something hideous and another hideous something. That dress reminds me of those cheap patchwork dresses that are sold at summer street fairs.

      The decision to auf Hernan was the smartest thing that the judges did this week. So much for a guy who won’t take responsibility for his own work. Good riddance.

    • Joyce VG

      When I saw Amanda’s garment I said to myself ” she’s gone. it’s hideous.” and to my surprise – well TLo summed it up perfectly. I don’t get it. Well I do – I guess. She’s someone’s favorite in production? I agree Fade should have won. His design was gorgeous.

    • SockMonkies

      They are going to push Amanda on the viewers like they pushed Anya down our throats (I am still severely upset about that season when she won. It irks me to this day). I hardly ever see Fade or this girl Samantha. Last night I kept leaning over to my friend and going “There’s a Samantha??” The screen time is so blatantly biased. Seriously, I don’t need to hear everything that comes out of Mitchell’s mouth.

      Oh boy PR. The only good decision made last night was getting rid of Hernan. Second to that, I enjoyed Sandyha so much this episode. Everyone was so afraid of the yellow and purple suit and I just knew she was gunning for it Lol Also, putting Hernan in his place by saying not to speak to her like that ever again was wonderful to see. He was rocking my last nerve.

    • kathryn_dc

      Poor Char; she kept referring to her design as “sleek” even with that fugly bow sticking out everywhere. I liked what Sean was doing; sorry he changed it.

    • minnye

      I would buy fade’s dress and wear it for years. He’s emerging as a front runner for me personally. I hope he winds up in the finals, along with Sandyha for her innovation in itself.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I would definitely wear Fade’s design-loved it.

    • Kaonashi

      Man, fade got robbed. I loved his outfit and want it for myself!

    • EEKstl

      Fade’s dress was gorgeous, shoes were perfect too. How this wasn’t in the top three, much less not the winner, is jaw dropping to me. I didn’t mind Amanda’s as much as many here do, but the over the top accolades were preposterous.

      • FibonacciSequins

        I think it wasn’t in the top three because choosing Amanda’s over Fade’s would have been indefensible.

        • s elin

          Choosing Amanda’s design over Kini’s design is indefensible. She made a polyester dress with t-shirt fringe. That is not high fashion, no matter how you spin it.

    • another_laura

      I have nothing to add on the substantive parts of the episode. I can’t read through everything but man, I was really bugged by Tim Gunn, of all people, using the word “boobage.” Oh, Tim.

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        In the PR open thread, we decided he was drunk, if that makes you feel any better. :-)

    • carlatheviking

      Fade’s dress was PERFECT. Pretty much the only thing I’d wear. If I had any money, I’d pay him to make clothes for me.

    • Doozie58

      I don’t know if it’s the beyond-lame sponsorship, the annoying focus on Amanda, who I didn’t like the first time around and who is insufferable this time, or what, but as I watch, I can’t help but think of past designers such as Laura Bennett, Christian, and others who stood out not only for their designs, but for the quality of their work. I want to weep for the Project Runway of days gone by, and the current version, but a shadow of its former self.

      • Paula Carr

        Partly, I’m sure, it’s a function of the nothing but one day challenges.One day challenges used to be a surprise element. Now, it’s only one day every day.

    • piperkitty

      Fade is being ignored. I don’t understand why. His design this week should have been the winner. His outfit last week should have been top three. His work is not middle of the pack.

    • http://www.bertkeeter.com Bert Keeter

      NOW I CAN START MY DAY …knowing you guys call it as it should be! C U at the PR finale???

    • Kimberlini

      Do they not have an accessory wall this season?

      • BLauDGaspode

        Aldo

      • NDC_IPCentral

        Aldo = NO.

        • Chattygal

          I can’t decide if Aldo is a lateral move or a slight improvement. The choice of shoes this season hasn’t been anywhere near as appallingly hideous as what we kept seeing last season, so that’s a plus at least.

      • Kimberlini

        I know Aldo makes shoes but where is the rest of the crapola? A lot of the models have no styling other than shoes/hair/makeup.

    • alyce1213

      I’ll say it again, I love Fade’s aesthetic and find him unique among all the designers. The dress was gorgeous and the shoes he chose were perfect for it. We haven’t seen anyone work prints like that since Mondo, and I think he does it in a more sophisticated way (read: European) than Mondo. Fade should have won, and he should have been in the top three all along. When are they going to break him out of the pack already? (Maybe it’s all in the script.)
      Big uptick in respect for Sandhya for saying what she did to Hernan, and flipping him the bird. I enjoyed her outfit, it was fun. She has some crazy creativity in her.
      When Kini’s dress showed up close, there were some puckered seams that he should have smoothed out in the two hours he gloated about being done. He used the striped suit well, but not for the win.
      Amanda is getting on my last nerve. She’s trying way too hard to be “lovely” and it comes off insidious.
      I was amused by Mitchell’s — it was tacky, but he did a good job. I don’t dislike him as I did in week 1. They’re either editing him nicer to he’s calmed down, I don’t know.
      I loved the skirt Alexander made, it was flowy, elegant and feminine — a great alternative to a pencil, A-line, or circle skirt. The collar part of his top was well done, lined in white. But it shouldn’t be a crop top

      • Chartreusite

        I heartily agreed with everything you said. I didn’t think Sandhya’s outfit was winworthy or even near the top of the pack, but I respect it as an explosion of aesthetic that sets itself apart from pretty much everything on the runway. Although I think she’s got a pretty definite voice, I was shocked to hear Hernan say she was doing the same thing she always does; yeah she has a pretty consistent colorsense, but I didn’t get the impression this week’s look was similar to the past three looks she did besides that? The mind boggles.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Good point about Sandhya using her immunity to simply go for it-that’s a pleasant surprise on PR.

      • demidaemon

        You nailed everything i was thinking.

    • shoodrat

      Fade should have absolutely won. And while I do not understand the RR tie-in, I love RR. I sang along with Kini as that is my ringtone.

    • LeelaST

      LOVED fäde’s look, it was my winner by far. Kini’s was fine, reminded me a little of Leanne’s designs from Season 5. Amanda=Annoying. Fringe=Fail. Leave already. Still have faith in Sean, couldn’t believe how nasty the judges were, especially Heidi when he was trying to explain the ragged finish she’d just asked about. #bottomlessfries (I think this should be the official unnecessary hashtag for every PR post from now on.)

      • Shawn EH

        Didn’t Tim sort of encourage Sean to go “deconstructed?”

        • Gatto Nero

          He did. And when the judges were ripping it apart during the closer look, Tim said nothing (at least in the edit we saw).

          • Shawn EH

            I thought so: shady Tim!

    • Yoshio

      I loathe Amanda. I don’t know if I can get past it to watch the rest of the season. No talent, annoying and full of false piety, ugh.

    • gitchygitchymama

      Wait……….Did spandex fringe just win???? ….wdf!……………. Fade man you were robbed.

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        You don’t understand: She MADE it HERSELF!

        • Stubenville

          Out of HAND CUT FRINGE! Just like Gretchen!

    • KT

      Yessssss I love this wrap-up. LOL’ING REAL HARD at “Project Runway is now the bottomless fries of fashion.” Haaaaahahaha. Brilliantly said.

      I also love the term “The Gretchening of Amanda” — so true. I thought for sure that Amanda was going home for that hideous, fashion-backwards, cheap-looking thing. The only person who would ever wear that is Amanda herself, as her personal style is consistently questionable (note her high-waisted flared trouser capris in this episode).

      Totally agree that Fade’s should have won, or at the very least, been in the top 3. Another huge WTF moment this episode.

      I appreciated both Sandhya and Korina’s designs, even though they were both flawed. I feel like Korina is maybe a bit too much of a slave to fashion, frequently making things that feel current but a little generic, whereas Sandhya is too far in the other direction — creative, but doesn’t really have her thumb on the pulse. I want to see them paired together on a team challenge, which could lend to strong results.

    • JaCory Deon

      Why are they sleeping on Fade? You could take his outfit and put it on any woman and she’ll instantly look chic, polished, and elegant. Perhaps because he goes a bit long with the skirts is the reason Heidi & Co. (i.e. Heidi) overlook him? Shame, because his was far and away the best thing. For me Kini’s had something somewhat cliche about it…it was well done but ho-hum for me. My god, they’re really pushing Amanda on the viewers which is a shame because, truth be told, she’s getting way out-classed/designed by the other contestants…it just makes the producers look manipulative and the judges crazy (isn’t her “dress” just a variation on her unconventional “dress” from ep.2 anyway).

      Poor Hernan, bless his heart. He’s all the worse for actually being a professional designer already and one, having that attitude and two, designing such tripe. I would’ve bounced him and that tacky one from FL too. I like that they’re giving them actual design challenges though even if they’re doing it in the clumsiest way possible. Still if they can tie a fashion week challenge into Tide, why not bottomless fries. Hehe. :P

    • swanpride

      At this point I am getting really tired of Fäde getting constantly overlooked. So far he did four dresses which all could have been in the top, and yet he didn’t any critic so far. This week, his dress was so much more impressive than everyone else’s, it was just ridiculous that this was not in the top over Alexander’s or Amanda’s…but I guess a redemption narrative is just more interesting, and his designs speak to a different customer than Heidi is.

    • kim bunchalastnames

      your intro: perfect deployment of the comedic triple. bravo! <– oops. inappropriate given the change of venue? ;D

    • MM4321

      Yep, Fade should have won. I like his aesthetic and I like that his model doesn’t always have her lady bits hanging out (which Heidi probably hates, haha). Can only surmise that he’s getting no screen time now b/c he’ll be around for awhile. Dom Streeter was similar last time. And it was weeks before Michelle Lesniak started getting props from the judges.

    • jacksonm

      Fade should have had Alexander’s spot in the top three.

      I have absolutely hated both of Amanda’s winning garments. I’m baffled by what’s going on this season. Two wins each for Sandhya and Amanda? Really? I’m usually one of their staunchest defenders, but even I am baffled this season.

      T&L talk about the Gretchening of Amanda. Can we talk for a moment about the Patriciaing of Sandhya?

    • MM4321

      Totally would have worn Emily’s outfit when I was younger.

    • kim bunchalastnames

      omG. the look by fäde was STUNNING. are they smoking old design sketches?

    • thomas

      the fade look took my breath away! great review as always guys.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      Wow. I didn’t look closely at fade’s when it went down the runway. CLEAR winner.

    • Chartreusite

      I think I’m starting to understand where the distaste for Amanda’s personality comes from. Watching the episode right now, and Tim’s crit with her sounded like a scripted scene from a kid’s sitcom. She’s way too rehearsed and while I like that she’s comfortable in front of a camera, I honestly would like to hear more “here is my design process and I’m going to work” rather than “let’s make a joke about how down and out I am even though the judges have given me two wins at this point!”

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Makes me wonder how many takes they do to get the reactions that the producers want for what seems to be a very forced storyline.

    • DuBey2

      My choices (based on last night: the runway & seeing the backs of the outfits also, which made a difference especially in Emily’s)
      1. Emily – loved her look & esp. the back.
      2. Fade – high fashion, great work w/print/plaid AND a dress that even a size 8 could wear!!
      3. Kini.

    • crash1212

      I thought Fade was the clear winner when they came down the runway. Silly judges. I’m happy to know that I wasn’t the only one who was baffled all the love for Amanda’s tacky-ass dress. As for Hernan – good riddance.

    • LC3203

      I love how angry you are. Because me too.

    • Call me Bee

      I don’t know why I watch–then get so acrimonious about the stoooopid judging. Is it because I am ever hopeful that, miraculously, the judges will come their collective senses and actually give the win to someone who actually created something beautiful and imaginative? Is that it?
      Then I must be totally insane, since you all know the definition of insanity…..

      • Qitkat

        We’re all here together in our little asylum ;-) IBFBK*

        Insanebitchfacebitterkittens

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          It’s so nice to finally be in an asylum with a well-stocked bar. All my other asylums just had padded cells.

          • Stubenville

            Exactly. I just come for the perfect mix of booze and snarkiness. =)

        • Shibori Girl

          I want the t-shirt!

        • s elin

          It’s so nice to belong.

    • dickylarue

      The only thing that can possibly explain the overpraise of Amanda is Adam Levine showing up as a guest judge at the finale. None of this makes any sense. She basically walked the same dress they also overpraised with all the crap hanging off the fringe. Heidi would never wear that with all that fringe covering her hoo-ha.

      Hernan deserved the auf for designing something only suitable for one of Chloe Sevigny’s alter egos.

      I actually would’ve given Sandhya the win with Fade & Kini in the top with her.

      • Qitkat

        Be sure to remind us of your comment if AL actually is the guest judge at the finale!
        We will be in awe of your Long Island Madam (lol, whoops) Medium skills.

    • Paula Carr

      Can we call a moratorium on calling everyone bitches? Hernan was working it — with a stealthy serious edge — all night. Super annoying.

      And that poor wee Red Robin executive dude. Man, did his suit every fit him badly. Did you see those mega-awkward shoulders?

    • oohsparkley!

      Add me to the chorus of thinking Fade should have won. As I watched I thought I might have been alone thinking that, because I am frequently in disagreement with the judges and TLo. So I was so excited to see they agreed with me this time,

    • Tracy_Flick

      Amanda: I don’t hate her like others do. And I sort of liked the dress, at least you can tell that she has some skill.
      Kini: WTF Nina, the pinstripes DID NOT match up. For an example of matching patterns, see Emily’s entry.
      Alexander: It’s an FMO outfit, but I like it. I think the full skirt is sort of a clever nod to the retro suits.
      Char: That skirt looks pure home ec. Yikes.
      Emily: I don’t understand the top, but the skill is there.
      Sandhya: Mustaches? No. Even pinterest is sick of those. But she’s got something unusual. And I was happy when she didn’t let Hernan call her a bitch and get away with it.
      Mitchell: Surprisingly likeable for something tacky. His designs have a certain buoyancy, like his personality.
      Fade: WINNER. Where can I buy that dress????
      Korina: That church-length skirt with the big slit – NO.
      Samantha: She had the easiest suit, she should have hit it out of the park. I liked the design but it needed something to make the detail stand out.
      Kristine: Ooooh. Not good. Maybe do full sleeves (no cutouts) then a little pair of shorts? The organza was hiddy.
      Sean: I don’t mind it I guess, but WHAT did he use the time for?
      Hernan: UGH.

      • demidaemon

        RE:Samantha: It needed a contrasting color. Black is terrible for this runway.

    • Tracy_Flick

      I have this to say about Hernan and the fabric “falling apart.” A colleague of mine once excavated an historic cemetery, where the burials were supposed to date to the late 19th/early 20th century (moving it to built a road). I guess they snuck one in there later, because he said they pulled up a coffin, cracked the lid, and there was a skeleton in a pristine lime-green leisure suit. He said it looked like you could put it on and walk down the street. That is not a fabric that gives up easily.

    • Ellen T

      Amanda must go. That is all.

    • LadyCelia

      You know, this is the kind of challenge that could really show off someone’s design chops. And it did. For Fade. The rest are sad pretenders.

    • GM

      Completely agree with everything you said in this article!! You have written down, word for word, all of my thoughts on the designs & the designers. Literally, the only things I would say different is that I liked the top half and the back of Sandhya’s look, and I would not be so forgiving for Sean’s creation. Why was Fade not in the top, and how the FUCK did Amanda win with that monstrosity?! Also, it was supposed to be a high fashion look. So, putting aside personal taste, Amanda’s look didn’t even meet the challenge!!

    • guest2visits

      I guess I liked this challenge a lot more than I thought I might. I’m still turned off by the thought of sitting down in a Red Robin for inspiration over fries, but whatever. The fact that these were all vintage uglies means everyone had their work cutout for themselves. I’m sooo glad Hernan needed to have a long and useless pout over his selection, it shows he has a narrower range of imagination. The designers went in all directions, some completely reduced the fabrics into strips and pieces, obliterating anything resembling their suit. Others broke them down just enough to reshape their suits into new angles and interesting new items.
      I don’t mind Amanda’s design or personality as much as others. The things she has to say are not particularly inflammatory – I don’t think she’s oozing poison towards any other players in the game. Or has tried to mislead, or undermine in this season or her first. I think she can sound mildly annoying at times but not enough that I care. I see she was a bit whiny over this fabric, but then got right down to deconstructing it so it was totally incorporated into something that is clearly very much her aesthetic. I liked it enough on the RW, and I’m guessing Nina is thinking how well it would photograph – the fringe gives it drama, something Amanda knows from past experience, and it IS her style. It was a good repurposing of the suit – but I saw others I liked more. Patchwork has never been my favorite thing either.
      I’m having a hard time deciding over Kini or Fade’s for the win. They both chose to use their suits in different ways, Kini’s retained more of the image of a suit (yet completely reshaping it), while Fade reduced the suit into it’s materials and seamlessly fused it with a tasteful blend of his own. His was very ‘refreshing’ is the only way I can describe it – not loud or crazy but still very unique and stylish.
      I also liked Korina’s reworked red suit – well made and attractive. I didn’t like how she brow beat Kristine in the workroom and wondered if that threw her off her game. Kristine’s did turn not out well (as the judges said; lacked any defined style, confusing), just weirdly frumpy.
      But not as bad as Char or Hernan’s. I do not understand how Char’s got a pass(awful) any more than Fade’s(terrific).
      I liked Sean’s from afar, too bad it wasn’t as well made as it needed to be, I liked the idea. And STILL not as bad as Char/Hernan’s. Although I like Sandhya’s abstract art, the kitschy mustache thing irritates and was unnecessary. But it worked overall even though it was like an explosion of color and shape; it maintained proportions, cohesion.
      I liked the effort of Mitchell’s but it was a tad tacky, like TLo I respect his attempt. It wasn’t the worst thing on the RW.
      Emily’s – pretty imaginative, but needed better execution.
      Samantha’s LBD was intriguing in front but odd looking when she turned around, almost a bottom look.
      I liked Alexander’s 2-piece but wondered about all the black fabric for the skirt portion, if his suit was only used for the top.
      A lot of interesting ideas from most for yet another one day challenge.
      LOVE the cake. Like bottomless fries, it says so much.

    • Chartreusite

      Is anyone else reminded of Betsey Johnson or a more ready to wear, conceptual Agatha Ruiz de la Prada? At least in this runway, I felt like her goal was very much to embrace the fun silliness of the challenge and do something that was sort of zany. The judges smiled when they saw her look come down the runway this time, and I feel like they’re kind of treating her in that “fun, loud” designer mold. Is her work particularly chic or high fashion? Not all the time, no, but I do think she knows how to make clothes that will make a statement and stand apart from the crowd, and at the very worst make people smile.

      That being said, I’m kind of lost when it comes to her and I have a feeling that my opinion on her is gonna change every week depending on what she sends down the runway.

      • alyce1213

        I’m liking her more and more as a person, especially since she stood up to Hernan. I agree about her clothes — varies from week to week, but interesting.

        • Chartreusite

          Her standing up to Hernan was GOLD. I think she’s very level-headed and probably among the more mature of the designers (week 2 notwithstanding) and it’s refreshing to see the most-hated contestant amongst their peer group be like “ok people don’t like me? I don’t give a shit I got to win a prize.”

          • Alexander Peterhans

            I don’t know, I get the opposite feeling from her, that she’s quite immature. Was it last week’s episode when she ran crying to Tim? (The drinking helps to make the show watcheable, but doesn’t help my memory..)

            • Chartreusite

              That’s what I meant by week 2 being the exception. Besides that drama (which admittedly was weird as hell), I don’t think she’s really said or done anything in reaction to all the shade people are throwing at her except to tell them when they crossed the line. She didn’t get weepy or indignant or huffy when everyone said week 1 that they felt like Char would’ve won. Compare to other cast punching bags like Michael Costello, I’d say she’s doing alright for herself.

            • guest2visits

              I’m split about her attitude myself. On one hand she may be someone who’s way too primed, or ready to be offended by all those around her – either because it’s a shrewd (and very unattractive) strategy for self promotion, or it’s because she’s truly being antagonized unjustly and is having none of it; or she may have had to do battle so much in her life it’s just reflex behavior. Don’t know.
              I like what she’s brought so far into the competition. Sandhya seems to embrace her idea or concept fully and sets about making that vision happen in her small allotted time. She’s confident enough in her skills that it allows her to go off on her own little journey. It’s working so far – and having good clothes under the art can be convincing, too. Many designers have had lots of ideas for arty fabrications and techniques that failed because the garment itself suffered from poor or incomplete workmanship; Sandhya’s designs do not forget a person is wearing it…it fits, it functions, it flatters. So far.

            • Chartreusite

              Your assessment is spot-on. Like I said in my initial post, I’m not sure where Sandhya’s storyline is headed and I could see her crashing and burning potentially. I do think she’s got some goods though, and I agree with Lorenzo that she’s a frontrunner…not for the win, I think, but probably to get to the end, at least.

            • Samantha

              You cracked me up. Thank you. :D

      • Samantha

        I think you hit the nail on the head. Her clothes aren’t something I would wear, but neither are 99% of designer’s, and that includes the ones I love. However, I can appreciate the creativity of the designer’s, and you’re right, I found myself smiling when her model walked out. I think the older I’ve gotten, the more I can appreciate something different, if that makes any sense. :)

        • Chartreusite

          It definitely does :) And heartily agree on your comments regarding the wearability of most fashion. I’m not built for those kinds of clothes myself but I can still appreciate something as fun to look it or as a conversation-starter.

          • Samantha

            HA! Unfortunately, my problem…”not being built for those kinds of clothes”…Is I’m more on the *COUGH COUGH* rounded side. lol

    • Jaye44

      When Nina was gushing about how original and creative Amanda’s ordinary cheap dress was all I could think of was ‘didn’t you guys just give her the win for another short basic dress with stuff hanging off of it, like two weeks ago? (3 days their time?)’ This proves that the show is pre-written and the ‘judges’ have no integrity; no way they thought this ordinary, repetitive tacky piece of junk was fresh, original, stylish, pretty or the best thing on that runway. I like Kini’s better and would have been okay with a win for him but Fade was clearly the best thing out there.

      • Gatto Nero

        Kors would have ripped the crap out of that fringed mess.
        Fade is terrifically creative. His proportions, pattern mixing, and construction are superb. I hope he gets some recognition soon.

    • KM

      Sean’s skirt was the single ugliest thing I have ever seen. I thought Tim Gunn really did him a disservice by encouraging him to use the wrong side, with the seams. The clean side was pretty and I’m sure he could’ve worked with it to make it more interesting, instead of making that hideous “I’m a kooky 60 year old lady” skirt.

      Also, Kini’s styling was terrible, I’m surprised he didn’t get called out on that. And I’ve noticed PR has made an effort to discourage outfits that lack colour, because they’ve ended up with numerous runway shows that have just been black-black-black (which are always a major letdown). I wish he’d added some of that bright orange in somewhere. He had heaps of time to make accessories, and that wins challenges sometimes.

      • Stacy Herlihy

        I didn’t like Kini’s outfit. It screamed Star Trek extra to me.

    • ShaoLinKitten

      Q: What do Red Robin’s bottomless fries and the judging on this season of Project Runway have in common?
      A: Both of them make me want to barf afterwards.

      • Alexander Peterhans

        Oh, but those shots of the designers sitting in those booths, awkwardly stuffing fries in their faces while trying to draw.. I just couldn’t stop laughing. It was beyond ridiculous.

        • Chattygal

          I love that they wouldn’t even provide any of the so-called great burgers – just a basket of greasy fries and pink lemonade for everyone.

    • cpjones79

      I wanted to scoop up that Red Robin marketing guy and see taste his bottomless fries.

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

      I would pay a lot of money for a dress like Fade’s. That thing is freakin’ gorgeous.

    • Milos Mom

      I am with you regarding Fade. How is it they are not seeing his talent? And how is it he is not getting any camera time? Is it that he is NOT a complaining, whining, immature amatuer with poor taste and he just puts his head down and produces good work???? Perhaps.

      • Stacy Herlihy

        I liked his work a lot for this challenge. Maybe it wasn’t quite high fashion?

        • Milos Mom

          Compared to some of the atrocities that walked down that runway, it was the highest of high. ;-)

        • s elin

          And Amanda’s “design” WAS high fashion? I think we can all agree that the answer to THAT question is, “NO,”

      • Chattygal

        I’m hoping he’s getting a Dmitry edit – under the radar, under-appreciated until finally starting to crest upwards towards the end.

    • fashionfootie

      Thank you. Amanda is the Gretchen of this season and I cannot stand her. Mute button is always at the ready.

    • k op

      I’m so happy to read the TLo agrees with me about Fa(umlaut)de’s outfit. So far, that is the only outfit that surprised and delighted me this season. How did the judges not see it???? I mean, are they afraid of giving The Amanda Redemption story any real competition?

      Gosh I loved those separates and would play with the whole line if given a chance! BTW, Fa(umlaut)de’s name, without the precious umlaut, would be pronounced Fah-duh auf Deutsch and means “insipid”. Not this design though.

    • Stacy Herlihy

      I am so glad Sandhya told off Hernan and even more glad that he’s gone. He was just awful this episode. He acted like he’d been singled out for punishment for being handed less than ideal fabric. He then chose even worse fabric. For all the sexist accusations he made against her, he was the one acting like the allegedly stereotypically bratty little girl. He was whiny, complainy and sulky. I’m so glad she stood up for herself and he went home. He’s as bad as that idiot a few years ago who kept complaining that size zero models were fat.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      Okay, aside from the obvious WTF-ery of a Red Robin fashion challenge (let alone the “prize” of designing an accessory for the wait staff… is that really a big goal?), I didn’t mind the actual challenge. “Make an awesome look from an ugly suit” is actually one of their better ones. It did make me wonder, with some despair, why many of those suits existed in the first place, but that’s not PR’s fault.

      Now, let’s say I accept the need for narratives. Sure. We live by narrative. The species should be called homo narrativus. If they weren’t making up stories, we’d make them up ourselves, and they’d probably be just as bizarre, because people tell stories.

      But the thing is, they could let a natural story happen. The first few episodes are always pretty jumbled, with too many people to remember. Let the designers do what the do their thing, and see which of them is worth making up a story about first. We shouldn’t be able to tell that they picked their favorites before the auditions.

      They seem to have two competing narratives — “redemption” for Amanda, who I barely remembered from her season, and… something… with Sandhya. I don’t get her narrative. Is she supposed to be the unappreciated talent who everyone resents? The stealth bitch? Underdog? They’re doing something and manipulating the bejeezus out of her and everyone around her, but I seriously can’t tell what. Let’s give her two questionable wins, then let her determine the parameters of everyone else’s challenge. Talk about smelling of desperation. Could they actually be going so meta as to set up a plot in which we’re talking about what plot they’re setting up? Turn it into designers v. producers? I don’t give them that much credit, but I’m not sure what else their game is.

      Okay, dresses:
      Amanda: Seventies costume shop. Fringe is hideous. Fetch is not happening, producers.
      Kini: Of the top three, the easy win. I’m not a great fan of cut-outs, but other than that, this is sharp.
      Alexander: What TLo said. Plus kudos for trying to get the concept of the suit non-literally. But too awkward for the win.
      Char: I liked it. (ducks rotten tomatoes) No, really, I did.
      Emily: A mini-kilt over tartan leggings. No. I don’t know what I’d have done with that suit, but no.
      Sandhya: Should have stopped with the patchwork skirt (and obviously, a top, but the skirt is the sell-point). The netting the mustache, etc=TOO MUCH.
      Mitchell: The creativity with the fabric probably saved him from the bottom. I liked the way he was thinking, but the dress isn’t great.
      fäde: You’re right, absolute winner of this challenge. I didn’t even get a good look at it, because they’re ignoring him so diligently, but in the still? Yeah. No competition.
      Korina: Gives me as much an 80s vibe as Amanda’s gave me a 70s one. Actually, what it looks like is someone in the 80s doing a design challenge for what would be in fashion in 30 years.
      Samantha: Boring and kind of ill-fitting.
      Kristine: I want to redeem it — like, see what she could do with it. But this is all over the place. I (gulp) agree with the judges. Too many ideas.
      Sean: I don’t like the deconstructive aesthetic, but then, I didn’t cast the show knowing there was someone with that aesthetic in it. I think his problem was that he was fighting really hard with the corduroy. It seems like a challenge like this would be for making peace with the wretched fabric and figuring out how to make it work.
      Hernan: Told off by Sandhya (epic win: Simple, direct and to the point. “Never talk to me like that again.” You’re going to make me a fan if you keep doing that.). Gave judges their best moment (“Does he know we look at the clothes?” and “Super Vagina!”). All by being completely insufferable, and making a dress that was even worse than the ugly suit. That’s a lot of productivity in one episode.

    • Shibori Girl

      Sorry if this has already been said, but Hernan’s garment has a giant “V” over the model’s lady bits. Not attractive!

      • bingo

        Zac Posen made a jibe about being “Super Vagina”, so everyone saw the same thing.

        • Shibori Girl

          I didn’t get a chance tipo watch the episode yet. Agreeing with Zac is scary!

    • NMMagpie

      Fade was robbed. I thought that was a great look he sent down the runway. Kini should beware; any designer who napped in the lounge got sent home soon after.

      As for Amanda… I just can’t. I do think “Gretchening” should be trademarked, though.

      • bingo

        I really thought Fade’s look was the best. I couldn’t believe it flew under the radar.

    • Fashion Is Spinach

      I hope Fade stays till the end. I want to hear Heidi speaking German with his mother during the relatives’ challenge.

      If I’ve seen Amanda using fringe (every week), Nina must have seen it too.

      Tim can’t even pretend he’s sorry the aufees are leaving.

    • Laura Davies

      Is it just me or did anyone else start yelling that Kini made a Coraline “other mother” costume? The whole thing screams Belledamme to me. Looks very, very similar to the spider-like outfit the villian was wearing in Coraline. *shrug* I have kids and I’ve seen that movie dozens of times….

    • Annie Lure

      These idiots. It’s the 13th season, and they still don’t understand that overtly disliking somebody will bite you in the ass. Say you can’t stand someone in front of the producers and they’ll pounce on it. They’ll have you work with the person you detest. Collectively dislike someone, and the producers will confer so much POWER over ALL of you on HER. If they knew better, they’d have kept their mouths shut about Sandhya.

      Anyway… challenge was fine. Design-based. Not too much latitude. Stricter parameters demand some problem-solving. But the fast food! Fast food is yucky, but what’s more yucky is pairing fast food with high fashion. These product placements are very non-sequitur as presented. Don’t conflate them with or append them to the brief of the challenge. Introduce them separately. I know you must.

      My contenders for the win: Kini & Fade. They both retained the integrity of the suits– the masculinity, the tailoring, the patterns– instead of fighting the material. They didn’t simply make SOMETHING out of the suit fabric. They examined the particularities of the suits and envisioned how said suits could morph into womenswear. No idea why the judges don’t respond to Fade’s excellent work.

    • dschubba

      I heard Oprah’s voice yelling “VAGINAAAAAA” twice while reading this article.

    • s elin

      Has anyone been following Gretchen’s career? How about Anya?

    • Jay

      I don’t understand the feelings of disdain Amanda seems to have inspired in much of the viewership this time around. She’s arguably been overpraised and can seem a bit into herself, but the same can be said of many, many other PR designers who haven’t been so criticized. She seems sweet to me and I don’t begrudge her her success thus far. I also suspect that she’s being set up for a big downfall later on.

      • bingo

        Maybe, but she reminds me of Van in season whatever who put his flower fold on everything. She is just adding a fringe to everything and waving her hands and saying “70s”

      • Inspector_Gidget

        I think a big part of it is the way she is presented by the producers. She got eliminated, what, fourth or something in her season? Most people barely remember her and they’re all, “BACK because you DEMANDED it!” Plus she’s always portrayed as having some huge advantage, but really… If I were a PR contestant, I’d say hey, load up the show with previous losers! I mean, they bombed out once already, right?

        I do agree that she’s not so bad at face value. She’s just being pumped up as something she’s not. Which is annoying lots of people.

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

        There’s practically no such thing as a PR designer who hasn’t been criticized for being either overpraised or overconfident.

        • Jay

          I thought Dom of S12 was both and she was very popular at the time.

    • bingo

      Amanda is becoming such a caricature of herself–“well, just add fringes to it!”. Chant “Bohemian” and then feign modesty. Reminds me of the Portlandia episode where they just “add a bird” cutout to items and then double the price. How can Nina seriously say she “hasn’t seen this before” when it is exactly the same F’n thing Amanda made LAST CHALLENGE. Oy. Short term memory issues there.

    • SunGold

      I regularly watch “Suits” and Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres) would totally wear Fade’s dress. He did an amazing job, making something that’s ready right now, no fumbling about. I thought Kini did a marvelous job, too, but Amanda?!!! The smug one with the semi-famous brother sews fugly stuff that wouldn’t have made it in the 60s.

      • Mojone

        Who is her brother?

        • SunGold

          One of the guys in Maroon 5.

      • s elin

        You are so right about Jessica. I can absolutely see her in that dress.

    • Larry Bouchard

      Spill the real beans, TLo. You obviously must have run-ins with Heidi, Nina and Zach at the finale. Surely you’ve expressed there what you express here so eloquently and with the perfect amount of bitchy observation. Does Nina squirm and decry the depths she must go to in the name of fashion for the sake of the Lifetime paycheck? Bottom line is that it’s just getting almost to the point where it’s impossible to watch, but thankfully easy to DVR and whittle down from 90 minutes to 20. Have they no shame?

    • shar67

      I hated Amanda’s dress (if that is what you want to call it). The original suit ALMOST looks better than the dress…almost because that is one ugly suit! I think it would have been better without the fringe, of course making the dress a little longer. What I hate is when the judges say things like they did about Kini’s-“I’ve seen it before” but this kind of stripper on acid dress is just the same dress Amanda made for the unconventional challenge isn’t it? I loved Fade’s but since they only showed him for maybe 3 minutes I knew it was going to be a safe when it walked, but it was clearly the best thing on the runway. I think Fade is the most interesting and innovative designer there, though they’ve apparently given that title to Sandhya. I’d love to see what both of them could do if given a decent challenge and more than one day to do it though.

    • Colin

      I LOVE FADE. He doesn’t really get the context of wearing shirts with ‘Atheist’ written on them in the US though. It’s probably a statement in Europe but here its definitely going to nonplus alot of lifetime’s middleaged mom viewers. Ahh, he’s the only one with an aesthetic. And omg people are actually doing the lapel-on-the-top-of-skirt thing. I wanted to vomit seeing that done on runways two seasons ago ITS JUST STUPID ITS NOT QUIRKY

      • swanpride

        It’s not a statement, it is simply normal. A lot of people in Germany walk around in shirts which either comment or religion or on society, often with a very dark humour. It’s just not a big deal. Most oft Germany, especially the east, is not very religion oriented with most people being only nominally Christian (and in the east usually noting at all because the last regime discouraged religion in general), and the general mistrust German have towards “extreme” beliefs since the last war includes being fanatic about religion. Honestly, nobody would even notice the shirt over here.

        • Aaronius

          Or here, in any blue state or island of sanity within a red state.

      • Miss_Alias_Sobriquet

        Middle-aged mom from a red state right here. Everyone in the US has the right to any belief or non-belief and the right to print it on a tshirt too. If some people in the US have a problem with that they might want to go live in the theocracy of their choice.

        • Skippymom1

          I have to agree with you. Any [of us] middle aged mom viewers who are watching PR, regardless of our political and religious views, are pretty accepting of others’ beliefs or non beliefs. If we weren’t we would be over leaving comments on 19 kids and counting or Duck Dynasty, supporting one very narrow idealogy.

    • emilaweb

      Made a gif for ya’ll highlighting the Posen’s reaction to motorcycle jackets, but alas, I lack permissions. Too bad, it is perfecto.

    • Michelle Gennari

      I think Fade’s dress was the best – but I don’t think the judges take him seriously. Glad Hernan is gone. I really liked Sean’s design and thought he should have left it a whole dress and show the “un-raggedy” side (which Tim said was boring).

    • angela rose

      why do I keep coming back for more? the wheels fell off the bus so long ago, but yet.

    • Scarlet39

      Well, this episode killed any enthusiasm I had for this season. How on earth Fade was only safe, and that hideous monstrosity that Amanda made was not only praised to high heaven; but also won, is beyond me. I would dare Nina Garcia to put that tacky thing in the pages of Marie Claire. I would also dare Heidi to wear it, but with her taste…

      • alyce1213

        Oh Heidi wants that monstrosity! She wants to sweep (literally) onto a red carpet in that thing.

    • GillianHolroyd

      I’m a bit uneasy with the producers’ manipulation this episode. Sandhya seems to be one of the odd ones out. Fortunately she can stand up for herself but after two controversial wins, having her pick out the suits for everyone else is just setting her up. It would have been funny if she just said, everyone run and pick one, setting up a melee. Or gone in order of how they were lined up. This way, you had the designers muttering about payback under their breath. Great TV. Not so great for Sandhya.

      That said, the work she’s done on the show so far is boils down to 1) bright colors and 2) throw crap on it/ draw crap on it. It’s all very gimmicky. If “Michaels” sold clothing, this is what they’d sell.

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

      Definitely can’t understand how Amanda won. Of the top shown, I would have given it to Kini. But I think Fade’s was really great and he should have been in the judging circle, not just safe. Glad to see Hernan go, I don’t think he had talent at all.

    • largishbearishAtlish

      watching you get caught up in the editing….reading here reality sets in..and I see Fade in a whole new light and the ‘fringe mess’ looks much much much worse….I ‘bought’ it watching, but re-seeing/reading? wow…was I sipping the same kool-aid?

      Wait! Wasn’t Amandas dress in an/the? En Vogue video 20 years ago? all it needs is pearls!

      • s elin

        En Vogue? With their emphasis on sex appeal? In that fringed, patchwork horror? Never.

    • Aaronius

      I know I’m late to the board…

      1. I kinda think that Sandhya was screwing with Hernan, although not in the way he interpreted it. It was more “if you can’t take this relatively easy, cream-white suit and make a dress out of it, you shouldn’t be here.”

      2. The more I look at Sandhya’s outfit, the more I really like it. More than anyone else, she GETS Project Runway, and especially the unconventional materials challenges. Her outfit looks nothing like the origin (that bonkers suit,) and that’s the point. It’s probably the first outfit I’ve seen her create on this show that I can see someone wearing.

      3. I think the only saving grace about Amanda’s dress is that she really worked the living hell out of her suit. The white pant fabric piping is smart, and the whole thing is really well made. It’s entirely not high fashion in the least, however, and her hippy drippy design is really one note.

      4. I loved Fade’s, but I think his mistake here (along with Amanda’s and a lot of others, really,) was that it looked like something you could buy today, right now, in a high end department store. Now, part of this issue is inconsistency on the judge’s part, where they praise wearability one week and deem it not risky and daring enough the next. However, he really transformed the suit and deserved the top three, and perhaps even the win.

      5. Man, Mitchell got lucky this week! His outfit is one step away from the finale of the movie Xanadu. I really like him, however. When he got on the floor to do a vagina check, I basically fell in love.

      6. “Super Vagina” and the associated pose from Zac made my night. That dress really did look like something that Lynda Carter would have either worn or fought another bad actress wearing on Wonder Woman. “I am Vulva Grande, Wonder Woman! Prepare to meet your doom!” Cue fight music.

      7. Nina putting on her glasses and groping the fabric with disgust is a hug from Jesus.

      8. If they are going to have the hour and a half format, devote more time to the judging, please. I may not always agree with their choices, but I’d relish more of a chance to get into their heads. Nina Garcia spends five minutes deconstructing a dress? Bring it on.

      9. I work in marketing, and “President Of Brand Revolution” or whatever the living fuck the title was might be THE most bullshit, made up, contrived and pointless position in the history of corporate America. EVER.

      10. Hearing Tim Gunn’s clipped, proper, elegant speech wrap around the Red Robin tag line was pure, unadulterated, delicious camp. I cannot wait for the Hot Pockets challenge, guys.

      • BuffaloBarbara

        The only thing I can think of with fäde is that the suit material wasn’t the majority of the dress. But really, that’s the only thing.

        I work in marketing, and “President Of Brand Revolution” or whatever the
        living fuck the title was might be THE most bullshit, made up,
        contrived and pointless position in the history of corporate America.
        EVER.

        Heh-heh. It does sound like something out of Dilbert, doesn’t it? Maybe his whole job is trying to make unlikely sponsorships for “visibility.” (I mean, I can see where PR’s interest is in this: Money. Duh. They don’t care who’s handing it out, as long as they get some. But RR? Is the Runway contingent really an untapped market for overcooked burgers?)

      • Linderella

        When I heard that job title (#9), I was just like, “Where the fuck do I sign up?!” Because you know that’s one paper-pushing, delegate-all-the-REAL-work position!

    • psychoblonde

      I agree that Amanda’s look was hideous. It belongs on a rack in a vintage store where some college kid can snatch it up and wear it as a joke to a Halloween party. Not fashionable woman in her right mind would put this on. It kind of reminded me of All Star’s when a designer who actually was quite talented, Althea, got stuck with a bad print and made it dowdy and more sad.

      But on the bright side..didn’t the show have a love affair with Kate’s redemption story? And look how THAT turned out! Here’s hoping…

    • R. L.

      Dammit Uncles, what kind of meth are the judges on? I totally agree about Fade’s beautiful dress. I can’t believe they didn’t even put him in the top 3!!!

    • shanteUstay

      I don’t hate the suit Kristine made, I just wish it was better fitted. It could’ve been really cute

      Also I’m sooo sick of sour face korina

    • Elci

      YASSSSS to pretty much every word of this recap!!! Fade’s dress was my hands-down fave as soon as it walked the runway for so many reasons – the play in proportion between the shoulders and waist, the mixing of patterns, the play with layers, the fact that it was goddamned beautiful and polished. Sigh, I have no idea why he wasn’t called out for a critique at all. I have really liked a few of his designs and am sad he is flying under the radar. WHAT THE FUCK WAS GOING ON WITH AMANDA’S FRINGE NIGHTMARE?!? I am so angry at this show for making me dislike Amanda when I loved her on her season, but girl has to shut up. On her season, she went on and on and on about fringe (and won challenge, the Miranda Lambert one I think, for a fringe look), so she really needs to draw from some other creative well or reference point. B/c putting fringe or stringy shit all over a garment does not fashion make. Unless Nina Garcia is judging, I guess – she has a bit of a bohemian hard-on, it seems, which would explain her love of Gretchen’s finale collection way back when (the Gretchefication of Amanda is a most excellent way to explain what is happening here). I have no idea how her dress was in the top let alone the winner. I really adored Kini’s dress even though I agree it wasn’t very original – but that tailoring, the strong shoulders, the pocket detailing on the back of the skirt, were all gorgeous enough to merit a win. I too didn’t think Sean’s garment was so bad – I actually really loved the skirt for its deconstructed ediginess, so I don’t know where the judges were coming from. The top did look like a bandage, but I thought the skirt was rather cool. And please don’t throw tomatoes at me, but I didn’t hate Sandhya’s look, like, at all! I kind of liked it…… it was the most youthful and potential-street-style-y thing she has done. I thought the ombre/burnt out top was very cool (minus the mustache). Up close, the skirt looks messier than how it walked, but I didn’t hate the play of colors and shapes. I dunno. I didn’t think it was the most hideous thing from her. Am I losing my mind?! Oh, and good-bye Hernan. You will forever me known to me as the designer for Super Vagina.

      • Chartreusite

        When I saw Sandhya’s look my immediate thought was Kooan from season 10…the japanese streetwear designer? From that viewpoint I definitely think her garment had potential.

    • Linderella

      Very late to the game this week. All I can say is, “Whew! Thank goodness it’s not just me!” The high praise of the judges for Amanda’s dress had me questioning my taste level. What are they seeing that I don’t?! Because to me, it looked like Holly Hobby heading out to the chicest disco of 1970!
      Oh, Hernan, you might be my favorite Auf of all time. Loathed him since day one. You know if sweet little SANDHYA flips you off, you’re one wicked queen.

    • Lilyana_F

      Yeah, fade should’ve won that one. And him not even being in the top 3 is pure bs.

    • Marcus Macleod

      Sandhya’s dress was a tacky mess. I can’t stand her aesthetic, which probably means she’ll win. Because she is tacky. She may be “creative”. But it’s just not good looking at all.

    • Laylalola

      Sean’s a dead man walking, which is really too bad. But he’s done something to personally piss the judges off (who know what). Heidi’s nasty “It’s not our first day here” pretty much sealed the deal.

      • Gatto Nero

        My heart sank for him at that moment. Designers are often castigated for *not* defending their work, and then when Sean does (in the mildest possible terms), he is nastily shut down.

    • Chattygal

      Just re-watched it and god, in addition to the dreadful sponsor tie-ins, the caliber of guest judge is in the crapper too. I don’t know who that “Fashion Vlogger” was, but her bizarre enthusiasm for the hair styling of Amanda’s model (which was nothing special) was mind-boggling.

      Looks like next week is the “Design an Emmy Dress for Heidi (That Will Be Completely Reworked Before She Is Seen In It)” Challenge.

      • Miss_Alias_Sobriquet

        She isn’t even a fashion Vlogger more a general lifestyle vlogger. I guess she is more qualified than a Kardashian because at least she does something.

        • Chattygal

          They haven’t yet stooped to a Kardashian as a judge yet, have they? Off the top of my head, I’m thinking no, but there are a couple of seasons where my viewership was iffy-to-non-existent. That might be the point where my many threats to quit watching for good actually comes to fruition.

          • Miss_Alias_Sobriquet

            Sorry to be the one to tell you. They stooped to Kim in season 9. The other judges (Kors, Garcia and Heidi) seemed to be pretending she was a figment of their collective imagination.

            • Chattygal

              And that would be from the time I was completely tuned out (seasons eight and nine). Blech!

              Bottomless fries is looking good in comparison.

    • SheriD

      Uhm…Korina’s jacket looked so cheap, I really don’t see any redeeming qualities.

    • BlackbeardsWyfe

      What kind of kool-aid are they serving the judges this year????

    • ACC

      Tim just spoiled the outcome of this week’s challenge on Twitter. Why?

      • Chattygal

        Wow. And how could the PR have scheduled this challenge to air after the Creative Arts Emmys? I figured the dress was for the full show on the 26th.

      • MilaXX

        Tim and Heidi on FB and Twitter. Heidi yesterday and Tim today.

      • SewingSiren

        It is a beautiful dress. But boy do I bet the winner of this (suit )challenge is going to be mad.

      • katetastrophe

        Apparently, someone was smart enough to figure fringe will win. Even if it just looks like automatic carwash brushes.

      • Guest

        Tim AND Heidi on both twitter and facebook.

    • sisterb67

      To channel a little Fäde: mein Gott im Himmel, those SHOES. Those Aldo shoes are so fucking cheap and hideous they make my eyes hurt. (Well, even more than they already hurt from looking at some of these monstrosities. How on earth Fäde was merely a blip on the radar is beyond me.)

    • Dara Fargotstein

      I know I am in the minority but I kind of liked Amanda’s. I don’t think it was win caliber but given that she had some serious couch fabric she was graded on a curve (which given their pushing hard on the redemption story line they seem apt to do with her). She’s also a pretty girl with personality so she like Anya is getting the lion’s share of screen time. When you don’t give them the one liners or “something they can use” you tend to be on the side lines and ushered through the middle.

    • VeryNot

      I’m not even an Amanda hater (I quite like her and think her recent insufferability comes from producers editing her for the storyline), but I can’t believe that upcycled Etsy fringe thing won. They clearly wanted to tell a story: here are two people who hated what they got. One bitched and moaned and made a terrible dress and was auf’d. The other put on a sunny face and made a terrible dress that won.

      Fade should have won. That was one of the chicer things I seen on this show. That it didn’t get top 3 is ridiculous.

    • frannyprof

      Finally got a chance to watch this episode last night. What. The. Fuck. Fade was robbed!!!! His outfit was heads and puffy shoulders above the rest. Amanda BUGS BUGS BUGS. What a condescending, patronizing, humblebragging person. As for Red Robin, I’m truly embarrassed. Not that I was ever proud to say “Hey, I worked at that tacky burger joint in the mall, the one with bottomless fries!” But, still…

      • SunDevilWitch

        I like Amanda but totally agree Fade’s was flawless.

    • Fred Vaughn

      Hernan gave this dress Paradise Island scat-queen realness.

    • Sweetvegan

      I wish the judges had said what they were probably thinking: Amanda started with a hideous suit, while Kini, Fade and Alexander started with suits that were made of fashionable fabrics. It was much easier for Kini, Fade and Alexander to make something chic and wearable than it was for Amanda or most of the others.

      • somebody blonde

        Honestly, I think that completely screwed up the challenge- I did think Kini’s, Fade’s, and Alexander’s were all better than hers, but you’re right, they had decent looking fabrics to work with and she had a hideous one. But that was the producers fault for having some non-hideous suits and some hideous ones. The designers who got better suits shouldn’t have been penalized for having better starting materials.

    • Skippymom1

      My cat has barfed up better looking crud than Sandyha’s outfit. Kini, Fade and Sean were so much better.
      Everyone has said what needs to be said about the trainwreck that was Amanda’s dress. I love the “Gretchening of Amanda” hahaha.