Project Runway: Calling All the Basic Bitches

Posted on August 08, 2014

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Hey, you guys! It’s 1994! RAD! To the EXXTREME!

 

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Also, did you know that it was TWENTY YEARS AGO? It’s true! And if you didn’t believe it, everyone on the show was here to remind you, over and over and over again.

Cute pictures, though.

 

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We hesitate to say this episode was boring (but it was) because we clapped with glee when the challenge was announced. Long ago, we lamented that the show had stopped putting the designers through design-based challenges and spent all its time putting them through style-based ones. And while there was a style-based need in this challenge to make something editorial, yet appropriate for the pages of Marie Claire, it reminded us of the ultimate design-based challenge in the show’s history, the 2055 Challenge, from season 1.

Of course the entries this time were, for the most part, nowhere near as imaginative as those from the original cast, who spent much more time working out how life would be different in the future and how that would be reflected in the clothing. Granted, there’s a much shorter gap between now and 2034, but even so, there was very little thought (as far as we could see) put into reflecting changes in society, technology or environment.

 

 

Sandhya
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So congratulations once again to Sandhya, who is certain to become even more hated by her fellow designers after this one.

 

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But it totally deserved to win.

Now before you start screaming, we want you to quickly scroll down to remind yourself of what everyone else made for this challenge, then scroll back up to hear us out. We’ll wait. You don’t have to read everything yet; just a quick scrolldown to compare ever other entry on the runway to this one. Go.

Back so soon? You didn’t scroll down, you bullshitter. We’ll wait some more.

Okay. Now.

WAS THAT THE MOST BASIC PILE OF DEPARTMENT STORE CRAP YOU EVER SAW?

Look, the brief was to design something for 2034, which, as they reminded us over and over again, because they fear their audience can’t do basic math, is twenty years in the future. Except for a few half-assed and totally cliched attempts to be forward-thinking, everything on that runway looked totally off-the-rack 2014. Everything but Sandhya’s entry (and one other we’ll get to). We honestly thought she was nuts when she was putting this together in the workroom, but when we saw it in context with everyone else’s entry, we had no choice but to declare it the most original, editorial and forward-thinking of the entries. T & Lo are generally split down the middle on her designs, but we’re both in agreement that so far, she’s the only designer thinking outside the box in this crowd. And it might even be said that she’s one of the best outside-the-box designers the show’s had in several seasons.

It’s quite possible that the judges are over-rewarding her simply on that basis alone, though. They’re so delighted by the unexpected that they automatically hand it the win. At some point the more practical-minded people on the judging panel (like Heidi or any random celebrity judge) are going to start questioning whether her stuff is actually pretty or wearable.

 

 

Kristine
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Having said that, this was a very strong contender for the win. The top and skirt are interesting and have a cool, minimalist, Calvin Klein vibe to them that suits the challenge, but it’s that jacket that really made the look special, interesting and editorial. To be honest, we were torn as to whether she should have won it. Sandhya’s was imaginative, but Kristine’s was imaginative (on a lesser scale) and chic.

 

 

Emily
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We were with Nina on this one. The judges were overpraising this very basic look. The hood looked dramatic because the mdoel worked the shit out of it, but the jumpsuit is nothing to write home about.

 

 

fäde
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Relentlessly German. We’re only half-joking. We were both in agreement that the first thought that would pop into our head if we saw this on the street would be “German tourist.” It’s cute, though. Very him.

 

Hernan
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HORRIFYING. It’s ridiculous that this was in the middle.

 

Korina
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You know, honey, maybe you should spend less time looking around the workroom and saying bitchily “I don’t get it” and more time looking at your own dress form and executing a design that actually looks good.

 

 

Char
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BASIC.

 

 

Mitchell
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Not terrible, but not terribly imaginative either.

 

 

Samantha
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BASIC.

 

 

Amanda
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BASICALLY HORRIBLE AND BASIC AND HORRIBLE AND OHMIGOD WHY ARE WE LOOKING AT THIS.

Look, we get it. We have no doubt that Amanda is constantly being pushed and coached into saying insipid shit like “I have such an advantage because I was in Mood when I was a contestant before,” but JESUS that shit is annoying. Some after-the-fact advice for you, dear: stop comparing yourself to everyone else and smirkily declaring your advantages. Not only does it make you look insanely insecure, but you’re either getting cocky or delusional about your own designs. She really thought she had something with this one. It’s hideous.

 

 

Kini
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Sigh.

Basic.

 

 

Sean
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SHOCKINGLY basic. We’ll give it to the show’s direction and editing for presenting this one well. He spent the whole episode talking a big game about his design and we found ourselves believing that he was producing something chic and forward-thinking. But you never really got a look at it until it walked the runway, where it was revealed to be both boring and badly executed. To be honest, it was a tossup as to whether he or Hernan should have been sent home, in our opinion.

 

Alexander
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This was bad, but there was a semi-decent design idea here. It’s just that he rendered it in a fabric that looked like an old blanket.

 

 

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Honestly, as annoying as she is, we would not have sent her home for this. The judges really seemed to be gunning for her right from the beginning, and yet we found her entries to be competent and occasionally interesting. This is as unimaginative as most of the entries this week, but we didn’t think it was the worst thing on the runway.

 

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It was interesting – and okay, yes; a little funny – that Tim made the unprecedented move of essentially saying to her, “It’s for the best, don’t you think? You couldn’t handle the pressure.” We have no idea how she managed on Wall Street for seven years, but somehow she got through it completely unscathed. She admitted she’d never been criticized so much in her life as she had been the few days she was in this competition. There were far bigger drama queens in the history of the show, but it’s true that she came off a little fragile about the whole thing. She hadn’t really been put through her paces yet but she was always about ten bad seconds away from clawing someone’s face off in fear.

 

 

 

 

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    • Feathers McGraw

      I truly believed I would start watching again this season (and I was kind of looking forward to it) but somehow, your posts are enough to stifle my attempts to watch the show again. I’m not sure who I would switch on for, the only interesting one seems to be a bit of a pill.

      • RutGot

        I feel exactly the same way. I thought I would pick it up again, recorded the first episode and just couldn’t bring myself to watch. I’ll just read TLo and that’s good enough.

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

      I can’t say I’m sorry about her leaving, I don’t think I could have faced another session of tears. It really is best for her.

      • rayleighburd

        We were, what, 3 minutes into the show last night and she was already crying? And I loved how Tim basically shoved her design in front of the judges and said, “This HAS TO GO (read: She has to go).”

        • Kimbolina

          I feel like Tim was pushing for her to be Auf’d not because of her design but because he saw how she worked and realized that this competition wasn’t the best way for her to showcase her talent.

          • Sarah

            “This is not an environment in which you can thrive.” BURNNN

            • Targettaste

              I don’t think this was a burn. It acknowledges that PR is the wrong place for her, without criticizing her design abilities.

            • Sarah

              Yes, of course. Tim is extremely diplomatic and would never say anything actually rude to a departing contestant. I meant that compared to his countless other buy-bye chats this one was fairly blunt in contrast.

            • Qitkat

              The entire persona we are seeing from Tim this season is much more blunt than ever before. Of all the people employed by PR, he is likely one of the few that knows ALL the BS and manipulation behind the scenes.

            • Sarah

              Yes, true. He’s been more outspoken I think since they’ve had him participate in the judging.

            • http://wardrobemalfunctioned.tumblr.com Yaysita

              Yep, after so many years of having to deal with the designers he finally has an outlet where he can voice his opinions, which are often quite valuable and constructive. I enjoy this Tim.
              It is much better than how the judges have been acting lately, they have gotten so shrill and annoying. They really turned it up to 11 this season, it’s like the network noticed people liked whenever Michael Kors said something deliciously bitchy (shocker) and basically told them they could only speak in lame bon mots and insulting criticisms.

            • Prairieguy

              True, he’s extremely diplomatic ‘to’ the contestents – however, he did say during the close-up that her blazer needed to be euthanized. Harsh!

            • SimpleSins

              He said her outfit had to be euthanized. That came across as burn-like to me.

            • Citagaze

              Yeah, like it’s been stated before, I think Tim saying “this isn’t for you” wasn’t meant to be a burn toward her talent, just that PR is a rough kind of machine to strap yourself to, and in this particular case it wasn’t conducive to her work. I can imagine that is why a number of very talented young designers choose not to participate: between the bizarre challenges, the time restrictions, the lightening-fast turn arounds, the OFTEN questionable opinions of the panel (with the exception of Tim), and how first and foremost it’s a reality show that will reward drama or some self-constructed narrative over what is clearly the best garment on the runway…there’s a lot about this format that would swallow and spit out designers that would be praised and adored in any normal context because the extreme limitations and expectations of PR are exceptional, and it takes a certain kind of designer to do really well on it.

        • ItAin’tMe

          “Euthanized” he said. Which was perfect. He used his save last season for a crier, but he believed in that one.

          • SaveFearow

            I honestly think the Tim Gunn Save was worth it last season to see Justin’s final collection. That test tube dress was my favorite unconventional design since Austin Scarlett’s corn husk dress. It was just so bold and innovative and so relevant to his collection.

            Still doesn’t make me forget Justin’s awful idea to make glue gun lace though. But I guess lots of PR contestants bounce back and forth between wackadoo designs and totally amazing works of art. I didn’t see anything amazing from Angela so far, but I didn’t think this entry was truly terrible either. I’ve seen worse.

            PR did seem too stressful for her, though.

      • Raspberry2012

        I know, it was just enough already. As for her Wall St. job, I work on Wall St., and I can’t imagine someone with so little self confidence who cries so easily working around here. And I work for one of the few bunches of nice people!

      • ersmom

        But I lost one of my drinking game rules: Drink when Angela cries!

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

          I was going to play that game, but I feared for my liver.

        • Lucía Gavello

          That was your drinking game rule? You should really go to an AA meeting.

      • GeoDiva

        They sent her home to prevent a law suit from the stoke or mental breakdown she was going to have.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        They did Angela a favor by auf’ing her last night. She seemed fragile, and not suited for the pressure-cooker atmosphere of reality TV. I wish her well, and consider her fortunate to be out of this season.

      • Dino Bonačić

        After the episode, I was just happy for both her and me that she’s leaving. We’re both saving some nerves.

    • Anapestic

      For the record, I haven’t seen the episode yet, so I did the scroll down as instructed, and, yes, that was a whole lotta boring and not-from-the-future.

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

        As someone who has done costume design a long time. Getting a realistic feeling take of the near future is always tough. Not that I’m giving any of this lackluster performance a pass. I do though, understand that it ain’t easy to pull off. So easy to veer into Sci Fi territory, or got retro. These just went low rent shopping mall.

        • StellaZafella

          That was my problem with the last few seasons:…This is supposed to be about fashion…not off-the-rack clothing.

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

            And boring, basic, we’ve seen this a gazillion times clothing at that. (sighs heavily)

          • annla

            But they don’t give them time to make fashion. Get with it production team.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              I feel that the possibility for creativity is increasingly limited by the fact that almost all challenges are only one day.

            • Me Again

              I completely agree. It used to be that most were 2-day challenges, and once in a while they would throw in a 1-day challenge to throw the designers for a loop. Now, almost everything is a 1-day challenge, which the producers probably thinks heightens the drama, but it does so at the expense of the quality of work. I like the show for the creativity, not the BS drama, so it was a sad turn of events. Even now, when they get a 2-day challenge, there is usually some twist, like having to make a second look.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              We see so much use of black fabrics, simple, really basic designs, and given the designers’ desire to avoid the auf, that isn’t surprising, but it is disappointing.

        • Rhonda Shore

          I couldn’t help but wonder if Sandhya plays video games…my son does and the outfit she designed really brought some things i’ve seen onscreen to mind.

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

            I was skeptical about the trim she was talking about, but realized, I liked it a lot. it had great graphic punch.

            • Rhonda Shore

              She also considered functionality, so the wearer wouldn’t have to sit on the leather trim.

            • MoHub

              Oops! posted before I saw you beat me to it.

            • Kent Roby

              I would have rathered that the leather strips ended above the butt instead of continuing unembellished, but she did do a good job of selling that functionality (I wouldn’t be surprised, though, if she ended there because of running out of time and/or embellishment!)

            • ItAin’tMe

              And she made it herself.

            • MoHub

              I also like that she left off the 3D effect on the lower part of the back of the skirt so the wearer could sit comfortably. To me that was just a further example of her intellectual approach to design.

              Just think about how many dresses we’ve seen here with overall crusty beading and wondered how it was even remotely possible for the wearer to sit.

            • jacksonm

              The biggest “what were they thinking” moment in Runway history, for me, was Leann winning. I kept asking myself “how will those petals in the back hold up to people sitting down in them?”….

            • StillGary

              ..plus, “Leanimal” was just annoying!

            • Nelliebelle1197

              If you like it, then it must be decent. I do trust you on these things. But I just kept seeing SNAKES ON CHAIN!

            • onetinkerbell

              I thought the color of the dress didn’t do justice to the impact of the embellishment.

          • Sarah

            I think she’s bringing her ethnic heritage to bear, actually. Lots of colors/metallics/patterns mixed together is pretty Indian to me.

            • Rhonda Shore

              The 3D aspect of the trim isn’t traditional, but yes to the rest of what you observe. It WAS a cool and different design, it really stood out.

            • StillGary

              While the designs, and techniques are completely different, Patricia, (from two seasons back) was also an original designer with strong cultural ties. The judges didn’t seem to get her, but they are totally open to Sandya — still scratching my head over the last win, but this was interesting.

          • Fanny_Trollope

            She also had a very articulate and compelling narrative about why she made what she did. That is always going to help.

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

          I think retro would probably be a better call. Do a 90s-inspired design with a bit of whackadoo, some unusual fabrics or something – sort of the Blade Runner school of futuristic costume design.

          • fursa_saida

            Looper, too. (In terms of riding retro to the future, because fashion goes in cycles.)

        • Targettaste

          I’m glad we didn’t get Star Trek flight suits, but the “future” theme should have been bumped up a little.

        • Kent Roby

          Well, I, for one, am absolutely certain that we will all be dressing like the cast of Barbarella in the near future!

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

            I’m in! Short tunics, tights and boots for men. I’m on board.

            • bowlwoman

              We’re men, we’re men in tights *TIGHT* tights!

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          With only one day for challenges, the designers default to basic designs that they are more likely (at least in their minds) to execute well enough to stay in the game, too.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      When I saw Sean’s design on the runway I thought that he was dressing The Wicked Witch of the West for a board meeting-seriously.

      • R.A.

        I thought “Samantha Jones attends Javier’s funeral after she went on the heroin binge with him.”

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Love this-and yes, Samantha Jones would have worn this-maybe an inch or two higher, but yes.

      • onetinkerbell

        I loved how Zac said it was like Mary Poppins went shopping at Prada and they showed Heidi do a slow head turn toward him and give him a look like he’d lost his mind.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Zac wasn’t out of his mind;he saw Mary dressed to kick ass and take names.

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

      Wow. They really had a sponsor overhaul, right? No GoBank cards. No HP tablets. No… taste in sponsors they do have! I am surprised they are still going to mood. Why not the Walmart fabric department?

      • Beorn

        …or the CVS Pharmacy accessory wall!

        • ccinnc

          I’m anticipating Pic & Pay.

        • MoHub

          What about Payless?

          • Inspector_Gidget

            Dress Barn!

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Designers, please use the Dollar Tree accessory wall …..carefully. And after uttering that line, Tim will no doubt vomit in his mouth and run offstage to clean up and drink himself senseless

      • LittleMissSunshine1989

        Once I’ve heard that Heidi voice-off saying the winner of PR gets to design a fashion element for Red Robin’s uniform, I lost yet another chunk of faith in this show. And to think people like Anya got a winning package that was much more spot-on and dignifying…

        • j_am

          Agreed. RED ROBIN???

          • MoHub

            Yummmmm!

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

              That’s a better tag line to hear than “I wanna meet the cow that made this.”

            • TropiCarla

              Ha Ha! How could I forget about the cow even for a moment? Thank you for reminding me.

          • demidaemon

            On the other hand, we can all go to Red Robin and criticize the “accessory” if we hate the winner.

          • JohannaEG

            It couldn’t have been Red Lobster?

        • FibonacciSequins

          PR seems to become more low-rent with each season.

        • Kent Roby

          Yes, they don’t get to design new uniforms for Red Robin, just a “fashion element”, so hysterical! I bet the designers are all dreaming of getting to design socks with french fries on them!

      • FibonacciSequins

        Probably only because there’s no Walmart in Manhattan.

        • Inspector_Gidget

          Is there a JoAnne’s?

          • FibonacciSequins

            I don’t think so. Too many independent fabric shops that now sell retail as well as wholesale, like Mood. No need for a JoAnne’s. There’s a KMart and a Michael’s, if they sell fabric?

        • pdquick

          There’s no Red Robin in a lot of places. I’d never heard of it.

      • jacksonm

        I didn’t mind Aldo, but, Mary Kay? Really?

        • FibonacciSequins

          I had the same reaction to Mary Kay. The ultimate in downmarket appeal. WTF?

          • Kent Roby

            I agree, though I do have to say that MK has stepped up their ads. Speaking of ads, I am completely obsessed with the Maytag guy who becomes the appliances!

            • Daxx2513

              Ah, our poor Mr. Ferguson. Thankfully he’s gotten himself another series gig, unfortunately its on the Vampire Diaries. Interested in seeing him complete his story arc on Haven.

            • FibonacciSequins

              Who is he? He looks so familiar but I don’t watch either of those shows.

            • Daxx2513

              His last big gig was on Eureka, but he’s been around for awhile. He was on the short-lived, Americanized version of “Coupling”.

            • kerryev

              Eureka was beyond ridiculous but he was fun in it.

            • 3boysful

              Re Maytag–completely agree! I think this is so clever. Esp when he run as the fridge!

      • Qitkat

        And they are still only getting 100K in cash, with the entire package worth over 300K? Hell, a HUGE chunk of that cash will go for the taxes!

      • Adrianna Grężak

        Does anybody know what happened? Why there are no sponsors? Was it b/c half of the previous designers had meltdowns?

        • Nelliebelle1197

          That is a super good question. Even Season 1 had Banana Republic internships. In fact, several of the first seasons had actual fashion-related prizes

      • Stubenville

        Next year their budget will be the loose change found under the green room couch cushions and whatever they can shoplift from Mood.

      • ddfrog

        I’m sure Mood gives them a very large discount. Mood was not a household name before Project Runway.

    • Carrie

      Basic. Banal. Bland. Didn’t feel 90s. Didn’t feel like THE FUTURE. Sandyha may nott have quite nailed the execution, but at least she got the memo. Here’s hoping she has a bigger spine next week.

    • EzzyV

      Really, the other designers should worry about what they are doing instead of what Sandhya is doing. I saw a whole lot of ugly in these designs. Also, if the challenge is for Marie Claire, they should really choose fabrics that are photograph-able.

      • Leslie Streeter

        OMG are they the cattiest middle schoolers ever?

        • NinjaCate

          Korina is just the worst. Such a snippy little bitch, and I’ve hated everything she’s produced except the very first look.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Whenever the camera is on Korina she seems to be smirking;she’s moving to the top of my irrational irritation list.

          • demidaemon

            Like I said to my mother, she is not a talented designer but talented at bitchiness. Also, where the hell is the Native American influence she was touting? Patricia may have been batshit insane, but I at least could see her aesthetic represented in her designs.

    • Stubenville

      Can anyone tell what Sandhya attached to her dress? it looks like brass plates, something I think Mood is unlikely to sell.

      • 3boysful

        I think she said it was leather that she formed and stitched into place.

        • Angela_the_Librarian

          Which makes me even sadder that the unconventional challenge was a team one. On her own she may have made some thing really cool (those leather straps really did look like metal pipes)

          • NinjaCate

            I thought that too. The one time she DIDN’T go with her instinct, she lost badly. The times she did, she won. The other designers should stop bitching and start thinking like her.

    • http://recapscallion.blogspot.com/ Claire

      I thought it was really precious when people started clutching their pearls about how revealing Hernan’s was during the fitting, as though fashion shows aren’t basically nipple parades these days.

      • DollyMadisonWI

        He should’ve been sent home. His was ridiculous.

        • 3boysful

          OH, no! I love how he talks like Hank Azaria in The Birdcage! It makes me laugh!

          • TropiCarla

            Ugh. The way he talks makes me mourn for “Cazzanohva.” He is not da bomb.

            • Jacob Bowen

              I am so with you, but I also love Caazzzaahhnnoovvvaa out of pure accidental comic relief.

            • TropiCarla

              Oh yes. Casanova was comedic genius. Hernan gets on my nerves because he’s a sad imitation.

            • LittleMissSunshine1989

              Eggzaaaaaactlee :P

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Ploooooshhhhhh Puuuuppppies!

            • Nelliebelle1197

              And Casanova was sweeeeeeet!

          • TheDivineMissAnn

            Oh, now I am going to have to watch (I stopped watching PR a couple of years ago), if only to hear Hernan’s voice. Hank Azaria stole every scene he was in in The Birdcage! One of my absolute favorite movies!

        • demidaemon

          It was tacktasitic. Heidi probably gave it a decent score and it got through.

          • Paula Carr

            Ohmigod, did you see how her eyes lit up when she saw it on the runway? Lol.

            • demidaemon

              No, but I blame the blood in my eyes from seeing that hideousness. I believe it happened, that’s for sure.

      • kittenwithaquip

        You know what’s bugging me the most about it? It looked like he used boob tape. Maybe I didn’t see it correctly, but if he did isn’t that a major no-no? Okay, maybe that’s not what’s bugging me MOST, but it is BUGGIN’.

        • Sarah

          Oh, he definitely used boob tape. I’m not sure it’s verboten to do so, but they clearly showed him putting it in and then the model saying “that’s better” before they headed down to the runway.

          • kittenwithaquip

            It USED to be verboten. I’m trying to remember who got nailed for it during a previous season, but they made a big deal about how designs needed to stand up on their own, so to speak.

            • Winter_White

              Michael Costello was accused of using it, and he denied it…it was a whole big dust-up, you’re right!

            • MoHub

              Gretchen tattled on Michael about the boob tape, but it was later determined that the model went into the ladies’ room and applied it herself, and Michael knew nothing about it.

            • Sarah

              Yeah, I remember the era. I don’t know why they gave him a pass on it – maybe because he was safe? (For no apparent reason)

            • FibonacciSequins

              I think it was Michael C. I remember reading at the time that boob tape was commonly used by the designers even though it was against the rules. Maybe the producers revised that rule.

        • rubigirl

          yes!!! I hit rewind…def double sided tape and the tall bitchy one with the long hair (Korina?) was giving him the side eye…might have just been editing, but I totally thought she was going to rat him out to Tim and there was going to be DRAMA. But…no.

          • kittenwithaquip

            Funny that they walked away from potential drama, huh? Normally they flog the hell outta that shit.

        • NinjaCate

          I thought that too! Wasn’t there a huge thing with Michael C. and Ivy over some fashion tape?

    • Stubenville

      As I said last night, apparently the future is butt ugly.

      • evave2

        Stubenville, I love you. I look for your comments.


        The only designer who EVER designed clothing for a future time which looked like people (any people, groups of people) might wear was Jean Paul Gaultier. And I think he is in his own rarified company that it doesn’t surprise me that nobody on this show had any idea of anything that anybody might’ve worn.

        • Stubenville

          I kept waiting for something inspired by Gautier’s costumes for The Fifth Element. Even just a tiny bit of the styling. Instead we got mall clothes.

      • demidaemon

        Also very boring. And drab.

    • DollyMadisonWI

      Kristine was robbed. Adored her look.

    • j_am

      Here’s the thing… 20 years into the future isn’t really that far. And the way fashion trends cycle back around, it’s completely possible that we’ll be looking at something that reflects back onto the era we are in now at that time. I’d much rather have seen a challenge that was based 50-70 years into the future, or with a very specific “the polar ice caps have melted and cotton production has halted” type of brief to allow them to go a little crazy.

      • Kimbolina

        Yes, this exactly. In a way, I wish one of the contestants had brought this up, just for fun. When you think about it, the cycle actually kind of seems to be ~20 years. Bell bottoms came back in the 90s, a few years ago 80s trends started coming back, now a bunch of 90s trends are coming back, etc. etc. So in 20 years, some of the trends we have going on might be making a comeback. Who’s to say jumpsuits won’t be back in style in the 2030s? I totally agree that they should have picked a time further into the future.

        • tallgirl1204

          this is why I didn’t think Amanda’s design was so bad– it wrapped back to the early 1980′s for me, which in turn wrapped back to the 1930s– a 50 year cycle. I kind of loved the bell bottoms.

      • otterbird

        I had the same thought. I have things in my closet from 1994 that I still wear.

        Since they were supposed to (I think) have some sort of influence of 1994 as well, I was sorry that none of them did anything with the babydoll dress with baby tee shirt under. That’s what I think of when I think of 1994. Well, that and overalls. Good grief, I loved my overalls and my baby doll dresses with the baby tee under. I LOVED THEM SO MUCH.

        But, as I said on another blog last night, Alexander will have the last laugh. Twenty years from now, after two decades of structural unemployment, we’ll all be wearing potato sacks. ;)

        • j_am

          “Twenty years from now, after two decades of structural unemployment, we’ll all be wearing potato sacks.”

          SO TRUE!!

      • RroseSelavy

        Twenty years ago, people were wearing hoodies and jeans, and today, people are wearing hoodies and jeans. I agree that a look 20 years from now will not necessarily be too “futuristic,” although I feel only a couple of the contestants even considered social or environmental changes over the next two decades. Interesting how the future looks bleak to us today versus the optimistic view of say, Paco Rabanne or YSL in the 1960s.

      • Qitkat

        ^THIS
        Such an uninspired brief this was, like everyone else, many things I wear are so similar to what I was wearing 20 years ago. Twenty years makes a hell of a difference in relationships; in fashion, not nearly so much.

        • Sarah

          Depends on your life stage, I’d imagine. The things I’m wearing couldn’t be much more different than twenty years ago, when I was a college freshman at art school and extremely….countercultural. I may still feel that way on the inside, but am a grown person with bills and a real job, so I can’t walk around in gigantic patchwork pants and tops that tie onto my torso in an intricate manner anymore. Now, do I dress much the same as ten years ago, when I got my job? Yup.

          • Qitkat

            Good point. I didn’t consider it in that vein :)

          • Eztizen Sánchez

            The brief wasn’t “design an outfit for yourself in 20 years time”, but an outfit for Marie Claire’s cover in 20 years time, though.

            • Sarah

              Yes, but the idea is that once you (or a Marie Claire reader) are an adult, styles don’t change as drastically in twenty years’ time as one might think.

          • Paula Carr

            Which parts of your torso did you tie your tops on to???

            • Sarah

              Haha. I used to sell “tour kid” clothes which were apron-style tops with crisscross laces making the straps and tying in back. So, to be more fashion-y than my own products, I would make tops that tied around my neck and back in complex ways. Like, lace it, tie it around your waist and/or neck, bow in the back.

            • Paula Carr

              Thanks for the reply…my imagination was running rampant!

    • DollyMadisonWI

      It’s hilarious to think that a print magazine is going to be produced in 20 years.

      • decormaven

        Spot on.

      • jacksonm

        The magazine would still exist, in some form. Even digitally, it has “pages”.

      • Qitkat

        I guess this shows how “old” I am, but this possibility depresses me more than any of the clothes last night.

      • DuBey2

        MarieClaire magazine will definitely not be around (digitally or otherwise) in 20 years.

    • NMMagpie

      Hernan should have been in the bottom. What a cheap, tawdry design. Angela’s design was not the worst but the execution was terrible. When she said she’d never been criticized this way… man. It’s what this business is about.

      I see why Sandhya won but it’s still a little depressing. Amanda has got to get her ego in check, pronto. Her musings are fast becoming tedious. I could not agree more about Korina. Just be silent and work well, girl.

      • Inspector_Gidget

        Hernan should have gone home. Could say that about last week, too. He’s definitely circling the drain.

    • 3boysful

      I really preferred Kristine’s. Sandhya’s to me was a sheath dress (in a nice color, granted), with cool trim attached to it. One of the contestants said jet-pack. That was my reaction as well. Guess this is why I am not a fashion editor.

      • Jangle57

        I agree about Kristine’s. And when you think about it, Amanda won by designing a basic dress with things hanging on it, and now Sandhya has won for designing a basic dress with things hanging on it. Just two basic dresses with fancy trim. Is that all you have to do anymore to win this show anymore?

        • Winter_White

          “Is that all you have to do anymore to win this show anymore?”

          No, you must also have a personality — real or concocted; doesn’t matter — which is guaranteed to polarize the audience. And the potential to fit into one of several predictable “story arc” templates the producers have created over the years.

      • Paula Carr

        I understand why Sandhya’s won. It definitely had a wow factor on the runway. But I loved Kristine’s!

    • Stubenville

      Angela – Hello Kitty Air stewardess uniform. She won’t be missed for her talent.

    • Rhonda Shore

      Agree on the hideosity of Hernan’s design. Also, kind of liked Samantha’s – maybe basic but really well-styled and fun.

    • Munchkn

      Gawd, Hernan’s outfit was awful! I wore something too much like Amanda’s outfit back in 1972: wide leg pants and a see-through blouse. Not futuristic at all, from my point of view.

    • GillianHolroyd

      The thing is, I had a year’s subscription to Marie Claire once–basically they were giving it away–and halfway through I ended up leaving them in the post office for anyone else to take because seriously, they were not worth carrying home. So combining MC and futuristic fashion is an oxymoron. Future mall clothes is more like it. And Sandhya’s win was another wtf because those shiny air hoses were just tacked on over a basic dress. They hung down awkwardly when the model walked.

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

      Not one pair of knee high platform boots! Take note, Wonder Woman costume department.

      • Stubenville

        Does Walmart Aldo sell those?

      • cocohall

        “Thoughtfully” take note. :0) The designers are limited by what ever is hanging on the accessories wall which is sponsored by ????? I can’t even remember. I think that if ZAPPOS was sponsoring the shoes on this shoe (and hey, why not?) we’d have seen a bit more drama below the knee. Wishful thinking, eh?

        • decormaven

          Seriously. If the future hasn’t progressed footwear further than some variation of Vans slip-ons in 20 years, I will weep.

        • Call me Bee

          I’d love Zappos to sponsor the accessories wall. They have *everything*! (Even lots of size 12s for us large-footed persons…)

    • Jangle57

      I was throwing things at the tv last night when they announced the winner. What woman is going to sit it a dress with a 3-D whatever that was crawling down her back? Can you imagine trying to lean your back against a chair? You’d either be totally uncomfortable or you’d be crushing whatever that is. Plus it’s ugly. If that’s any indication of what women might be wearing in 20 years, I ‘m glad I’m as old as I am. All I could think of was Falling Skies and the harnesses the aliens attached to the humans’ back. And Amanda – please – make her go away next.

      • ShaoLinKitten

        I think Heidi replied to this issue by saying that the dress was not meant to be worn out in the world. It was meant to be part of a runway show, which often has a few looks that are couture weirdness and not real people clothes.

      • MoHub

        Sandhya ended the 3D effect high up enough in the back to enable the wearer to sit comfortably, and the “pipes” were made of leather and would therefore flatten when pressed against the back of a chair. and likely pop back out once one stood up.

        • evave2

          Jangle57 referred to sitting BACK on the chair. Shadhya stopped the thingamabob stuff about halfway down the back but that means your rump could sit ON the chair but your BACK could not lean BACK in the chair.

          I would feel even leather “pipes” if I tried to sit in a chair.

          I agree that this is supposed to be an editorial look but hey, I would STILL want to be able to sit down.

          The best “futuristic” imagery was the makeup. THAT was spot on. One more time I hear “smokey eye” I am going to scream like the kids in the the commercial where mom shows up saying “smokey eye, what’s the problem?”

      • DeTrop

        Sandhya ‘Empowering women and not referencing menswear’. Sounds terrific. Her realization not so much. Just the outfit for the Boardroom – No? NO! What c.r.a.p.

        If some of the others used ‘color’ they may have sparked more interest in our shiny loving judges. The future did look awfully dark on some of my favs – Kristine, Emily, and Samantha.

    • ShaoLinKitten

      A marriage of Mitchell and Angela’s ideas would have been great: a business suit made of wet suit material. At least it would have been edgy-looking. It could have been explained with some back story about climate change or something.

    • In_Stitches

      Angela’s was defensible. Clothing changes slowly, with tweaks happening bit by bit. Lopping sleeves off a suit and giving it one strong lapel felt like a viable option for 20 years from now. No way she deserved to go home, but I guess if she can’t hack it in the long run, why not cut her free?

      Amanda’s was definitely something Buffy wore in the Bronze.

      Sandhya, I love for the story she built behind her look. The idea that women’s power has been reflected through clothing throughout time and that, initially, it mirrored menswear, but in the future, it no longer will, was a very cool thought process.

      • ampg

        I really thought Angela’s concept was a pretty good guess for how fashion will have evolved in 20 years. I think the fabric choice was her fatal mistake – there was no way that color and fabric could look fashion-forward. I really liked her point of view in general and wished she could’ve handled the reality TV aspect of it better, since I think she could’ve put out some interesting looks.

        • conniemd

          Yes. I would have liked to see Angela’s suit in a navy or royal blue. Would have contrasted with the white lapel much better and looked less drab than her sad pink.

          • Gatto Nero

            She favors delicacy in her designs, and in this case the delicate color really worked against her.

        • Daxx2513

          I have to agree. I thought she should have gone full-on with the concept. Make the vest portion out of traditional menswear fabric, then use a patterned silk for the lapel to echo a tie. May be cliche, but I liked the idea of it. The skirt defninitely needed to be longer though.

    • Gatto Nero

      “… there was very little thought (as far as we could see) put into reflecting changes in society, technology or environment.”
      ———————-
      Yes, this. (Someone also mentioned this in yesterday’s open thread.) Why weren’t the designers made to defend their looks based on form or function arising out of these changes to come? There was talk in the workroom about rising sea levels and repurposing materials but no real evidence of this in the designs.
      And although I agree with TLo that Sandhya’s was the most — arresting? — look on the runway, I didn’t find it either particularly beautiful or functional in the context of life 20 years from now. It’s a basic shift with faux tubing tacked on. It was, I guess, editorial from Nina’s point of view. (And Heidi loved it.) But that’s about all. And I guess that was enough for the judges.

      • Frank_821

        actually heidi was the one who dissented. She did not really care for it at all but she conceded it was memorable and had impact

        • Gatto Nero

          Yes, you’re right; thanks for reminding me. I was flashing back on Heidi’s love for the ripped sleeves of two weeks ago.

    • Angela_the_Librarian

      I was rooting for Kristine because I really liked the coat and the fact that she was referencing Clueless, but I wasn’t that angry about Sandyha’s win. Her design at least had some visual interest and looked somewhat futuristic. It seemed like most of the designers skipped the whole 20 years in the future theme and just made whatever dark, depressing outfit they wanted (which is disappointing because with a little imagination you could really have fun with the whole future premise).

      Angela’s wasn’t the worst (on viewing the stills I think that honor goes to Hernan), but I did feel relieved when she was sent home. Hopefully she’ll be able to pursue her dreams under less pressure.

    • Paula Pertile

      I would have picked Kristine’s green jacket / white 3-piece dress for the win, but I do agree that Angela and her sad pink ‘suit’ needed to go home.
      I love Sandya and the whole ‘idea’ of her and her stuff, but that dress looked like it had 2 cobras draped over it. I hope 2034 doesn’t look like that, geez.
      I also didn’t hate Alexander’s brown rag dress at all. It could have been better, but compared to some of the other horrifyingly badly designed things that walked out? No, not that bad.
      We got to see Swatch!

    • nosniveling

      Loathe Sandhya’s- no redeeming value IMO. Boring pink dress with some ductwork thrown on.
      Did not think Angela’s was the worst either, but agree that she should have gone- mercy aufing.

    • berlinmama

      Alexander’s was the worst: A stolen blanket from the horse farm. UUGGLLLY!

      • evave2

        It was odd to me that Alexander went out of his way to CHOOSE that horse blanket. He had a REASON for using it.

        It made no sense to me, but hey, he’s 22 I’m 64, somebody else might’ve been able to make something interesting.

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

      In an odd way I sense a distant echo of a sari in Sandhya’s dress. Imagine a pink sari with fancy gold trim totally redone.

      • RroseSelavy

        While she was making it, I was wondering if we won’t all be wearing some variation on the sari in 20 years. I’ve always wanted to wear one because they look so comfortable, but know if will look ridiculous on me. At any rate, fashion should have absorbed some touchpoints with other cultures over the next two decades.

        • Qitkat

          Your last sentence is a brave one, but I would think there would be some truth to it.

        • Paula Carr

          If not a sari, shalwar khameez??? Also, totally comfortable.

          • Jenny_Lou_Who

            I loved wearing a shalwar khameez. I bought a lot of clothes when I was India so that I would be appropriate, but also deal with the heat. I wish I could wear more of them here… I’m all for saris in the future.

            • Paula Carr

              Comfort! Such a concept…..

    • LittleMissSunshine1989

      I see where you (and possibly the judges) are coming from regarding the winning designer and her entries but, sadly, while I can commend her for thinking outside the box and trying to innovate, her designs don’t appeal to me at all. That’s just my personal opinion and maybe it contributes to a huge bias on my judgement, but I really thought Kristine should’ve won. As you’ve said, 20 years is quite a short timeframe and so I could easily see Kristine’s as a possibility for fashion trends in 2034 than Shandya’s (sp?). However, if they wanted something better and more “avant-garde” (for the lack of a better word) than, as you’ve rightfully said, basic department store clothes, they should’ve given them at least a 50-year (more like 100) timeframe. The results would have been more interesting for sure.

    • Bonnie Blue

      I liked Kristine’s more than I liked Sandhya’s. I thought a lot of the clothes were cute but as TLo pointed out, they were very basic. Sandhya’s treatment looked like pipes to me, but I can see how she goes out on a limb which is more than what some people are doing. Angela was so insecure, she was the only one who when asked if she could win PR said she didn’t know or wasn’t sure. If not, why was she there. I laugh every time Heidi says she likes something because it is “short” and “sexy.” We know you do, Heidi. Also what’s up with the Tim Gunn air kisses this season? He air kissed the designer who got auf’ed last week and again with Angela. His heart doesn’t seem to be in it so far this season.

      • SewingSiren

        Tim air kiss = revolted by snotty Kleenex.

    • mgarbowski

      I was just disappointed that none of the designers said that the future would be all about butt zippers

    • SewingSiren

      I agree on almost every point.
      !. Very happy with Sandhya’s win. It’s not perfect but considering the time constrains, it’s fine. I like the colors and her reasons for picking them.
      2. Kristine’s was my second favorite. Love the jacket. I would have been happy with her winning too.
      3. I agree that Emily’s jumpsuit has graced the runway a few too many times for it to win. But the jacket and the model were FIERCE.
      4. fade’s probably the closest to what most people will be wearing in 20 years. Comfort rules. Not sure where that fits into fashion though.

      5.Hernan’s was shittastic. Three for three with bad garments. He needs to be called out. I would have sent this one home. Worse than horse blanket even.
      6. Korina’s fabric selection looks like it came out of the magic scrap trunk from episode one. The pattern is from the see and sew spinner at Wal Mart.
      7. Char’s is okay.
      8.Mitchell’s is okay. High middle.
      9.Samantha’s is high end junior in 20 years. . High middle.
      10.Amanda’s is okay. Much better than about half the others on the runway. She didn’t deserve the call out.
      11.Kini . Bad. Low middle.
      12.Sean- the hat is so bad. The dress is very boring. Lucky for him they already had Angela as the aufee in the script.
      13. Alexander- worse than Angela and better the Hernan.
      14. Angela deserved to be in the middle. More innovative than a about half of the others.

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

        Korina’s fabric selection! For the workroom shot of them getting ready for the runway, and all I saw of hers was the yellow top, I was glad there was not going to be a black fabric overload. But seeing her whole outfit is terrible. Somehow that is a $200 look.

    • homofascist

      I’m not watching this mess of a show anymore (I stopped drinking, so trying to watch it sober would be near impossible), but I just wanted to say I love the title of this post. That is all. (oh, and thanks for the recaps – I feel like I don’t miss a thing!).

    • DinaSews

      Emily’s jumpsuit? I made myself 2 of those in the late 80′s. Exactly the same.

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

        But her model was FIERCE! I am getting bored by too many of the models. I want to see more stomping, and frankly more expressiveness.

        • demidaemon

          Which is why she scored so high. She should be buying that model everything she ever wanted for getting her in the top.

      • Targettaste

        Nina: “Jumpsuits are so easy to wear.” Really? Do these people not go to the bathroom?

        • Call me Bee

          Or have butts bigger than little plums?

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          They have people who do that for them,methinks.

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

            OMG how would that even work??? You’ve made my eyes fall out! LOL

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              We won’t go any further LOL!

        • Paula Carr

          Thank you! Exactly what I said….

          Especially public restrooms. Ugh to the max.

    • Frank_821

      I know people are divided about Sandhya. But I really want her to remain in the competition. At least long enough to get a collections seen at fashion-even as a decoy. There really is a point of view there and I think her collection would be exciting to see on the runway

      • Denise Alden

        Agreed. I’m a big fan of hers for many reasons. She really does have a point of view, and it’s been on display from the get-go. Many of these contestants *think* they have a point of view, but honestly, I’m not seeing anything as interesting as Sandhya’s. That being said, I would have been happy with Kristine for the win, too.

        • Frank_821

          Oh yes I wanted Kristin to win as well.

      • Chartreusite

        I couldn’t give this the thumbs-up quick enough. Regardless of how you feel about her, I think she (like Elena in her season) is gonna turn out the most interesting final collection, be it decoy or not, so I’m rooting for her purely because I want to see her get to the fashion week cutoff.

      • jacksonm

        I am not a big fan of hers yet, but I’d like to see an entire collection. She may not be my taste, but she isn’t boring. And her show wouldn’t be boring.

    • veriance

      Seans dress isn’t mary poppins, it’s Mrs. Doubtfire in platform heels.

      Also, too much teal in the future. Do not want.

    • Victoria

      To be fair season 1 had two days, they had one. I’m sure Kara would not have been able to make that in one day. The one day challenges have doomed PR

      • LittleMissSunshine1989

        ^THIS. It’s ridiculous that the judges demand such a meticulous execution level when the designers barely have time to think about what they’re sketching or making. It might be OK for a “make a pretty dress for Heidi” kind of challenge because, let’s face it, if they’ve done their homework they already know what she likes and doesn’t like. But a challenge like this demands a bit of time to sit down and actually think it through.

        • decormaven

          Agreed. When I think of the S1 challenge, I weep. So much fierceness then; so much banality now.

        • teddy partridge

          The entire judging process has come down to “Would Heidi Wear This?” If you hear Heidi say, “I would not wear this” or “I do not like this” that design will NOT win. Heidi’s show = Heidi’s rules

          • FibonacciSequins

            But that didn’t happen this week. Heidi didn’t like Sandyha’s dress.

          • Adrianna Grężak

            I laughed so hard when at one point she literally said “I love that it’s short”

            • demidaemon

              “We know, Heidi. WE KNOW.” But I appreciate the honesty.

      • GorgeousThings

        Yes – WHAT is up with giving them 24 hours for any challenge? Are the Weinsteins too cheap to hire a film crew for more than 2 weeks? Next season I’m willing to bet they will give 8 hour challenges and cut the filming to one week.

        • jacksonm

          We’re going to film the whole season in a day! You have 2 minutes at Mood, 2 hours in the workroom, and then it’s Runway time!

        • rainwood1

          I think the Weinsteins see PR as one way to fund the rest of their empire so they prefer to extract money from the show rather than inject it.

        • Adrianna Grężak

          Yeah I can’t wrap my head around that. Bravo producers clearly allocated the funds better

      • SugarSnap108

        Good point. And yes, the one-day challenges serve no point other than to lower everyone’s melt-down threshold.

        • Fanny_Trollope

          And that, of course, is the point. DRAMA! Snort.

        • FibonacciSequins

          It also means they can produce the show more cheaply, although IMO the show has really suffered because of it.

      • Gatto Nero

        I remember when two-day challenges were standard, and the announcement of a one-day challenge instilled panic. Now the panic factor is standard.

      • Call me Bee

        I wonder if the change has to do with the, ahem, lower class sponsors that they have this year. Since they no longer have any department stores, HP and their cool computer stuff, higher end hair and makeup products (though MK is more pricey than L’Oreal…) perhaps their budget has been slashed, and productions costs keep going up, so they can’t afford the crew for very long, or they can’t keep the designers in the fancy hotel for more than three weeks! They have to have all one-day challenges to get them out and home faster!

        • Qitkat

          Yeah, I could buy this except WEINSTEIN! Different web sites give Harvey’s net worth at $150,000,000.

          • Call me Bee

            Well yeah, but that doesn’t mean they’re pumping money into this show.

            • Qitkat

              Obviously they are not, anymore. But why keep a franchise going under diminished conditions? They just think the audience is a bunch of big ole dummies I guess? I don’t have any respect for producers who don’t appreciate their audience. But here we all are, watching and bitching, and still watching. And those millions keep on growing, as they keep on supporting mediocrity.

        • pdquick

          Yes, I think, but I would reverse cause and effect. The cost-sutting seems to have preceded the reduction in sponsorship, and a lot of viewers have abandoned the show as the quality of the show deteriorated.

    • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

      I’ll be honest, I want to live in Fade’s future, where we are all comfy and wear sensible shoes.

      • RroseSelavy

        It’s actually hella cute. I was worried about him at the start of the series, but he’s becoming a fave.

      • Inspector_Gidget

        Fade’s model could totally hang out with Uli in 20 years when she has to pack up her beach wraps and move inland to escape global warming.

      • demidaemon

        I could get behind this, if it didn’t mean basically wearing pajama in public, which I despise.

    • FunButNutz

      Sorry…that “Bride of Doctor Octopus” look is just ridiculous. Look at how the front “tentacles” poof out at the bottom of the dress. The other entries were dull and uninspired, but this was sheer what-the-fuckery to me

      • ShaoLinKitten

        Bride of Doctor Octopus! Hahahaha. I’m all too familiar with Otto Octavius, considering my child is obsessed with Marvel Comics. And you are totally right. This is like an H.R. Giger does the Jetsons dress if ever I saw one.

    • cocohall

      I preferred Kristine’s look to the vaguely insect inspired Sandhya dress, but either won made sense for the win. Even though we see only a fraction of the critiques, I suspect our girl Sandhya is very good at expressing her ideas in a way that appeals to the judges. I can’t remember where I saw her discussing her designs (Road to the Runway?) but she had a strong, original point of view and wasn’t afraid to talk it up. And she seemed to be the only one listening when the challenge was explained that this was going to appear in the magazine. Of course Miss Nina would want color or shine or something to catch the eye. Last week the judges gave the win to the group that used bright green. I mean, read the tea leaves, people! I loved the textile Kristine used for her jacket. Emily’s jumpsuit was well-executed and it was funny to watch the judges fall all over themselves about how they wanted to order one, completely missing the obvious that the design was on point for 2014. The boys really let down their side. Especially Alexander with his schmatta. God, I wish Michael Kors had been there to dispense his critique and toss that boy a bottle of uppers. SAD. Hernan, you are NOT this season’s Casanova as you seem to think – you are not that funny, charming or talented (Casanova had questionable taste, but the boy could sew.) I liked Mr. Kiwi’s strange little Mary Poppins number with the hat. I normally do not find myself agreeing with the Jr. Duchess, but when Zac Posen put on the hat, I found myself loving him just a little. The sewing was atrocious, but at least there was a little humor. I wish he had said that in 20 years everyone would have a nanny (young and old) and this was a uniform for a 2034 nanny agency. He just didn’t take his idea far enough . . . .

      • kahudson

        Nina commented about Sandhya’s ability to explain the thinking behind her designs. I do think that ability to contextualize and frame is key and has been since the show-and-tell. That ability works wonders with patrons, critics and writers. However, in design and photography classes, we were always taught that if you have to explain it, you didn’t do a good enough job.

    • SugarSnap108

      I would’ve given Kristine the win and Hernan the boot. Sandhya … I don’t know. Twenty years is a short time from now, and she seems to have adopted the standard “Future people will be crazy” aesthetic.

      I’m not upset she won, mainly because I don’t care enough. It’s depressing when you contrast this to Season 1.

    • SewingSiren

      And to this “Also, did you know that it was TWENTY YEARS AGO? ”

      Yes , I absolutely can. I was married in 1994 ! I think I would have to make a dress using 3D printing for a civil union in 2034 and call it Rope de Marige in honor of Marie Claire’s apparently forgotten French origins.

      • Gatto Nero

        On this subject, I hope there’s at least one challenge (and, please, more) in which the designers are given at least two days to work and access to technology that offers more creative possibilities than shopping at Mood. I’d like to see them design their own fabric; and 3D printing would be a dream.

        • MoHub

          But you know they’ll give the designers a 2-day challenge and then throw in a twist the second day. Nothing is ever as just as a true 2-day timeframe.

          • Gatto Nero

            I know. And for once I’d like the producers to choose creativity over bullshit.

    • Michelle

      Was anyone else thinking “Hunger Games” with Mitchell’s look? Also, WTF with those seams???

      • BLauDGaspode

        The way nothing lined up drove me batty! I can’t even look at it.

    • Sarah

      I know I’m hopeless, but if you hemmed Alexander’s and straightened out that plaid, I’d wear it with boots, happily.

      • ShaoLinKitten

        No, I actually agree with you… but make mine in a color. Maybe a very small plaid in forest and black? And a soft fabric. But the overall style is cute. Not futuristic, but not offensive. To me, it’s the color palette and the wonky sewing that did this look in.

        • Sarah

          And the raggedy hem! Yeah, a tad on the drab side. I’d put a necklace on and maybe bright tights.

        • demidaemon

          Yeah, I’m a little afraid of the fabric he chose. It looked itchy.

      • LittleMissSunshine1989

        That makes two of us. It might not say much about futuristic trends or fashion in 2034, but I’d happily make space for it in my closet.

      • Daxx2513

        Hell, hack it down to a shorter wrap/kilt, with the leather waistband, and I’d be in it in a second.

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

        I guess we’re both hopeless, because I love Alexander’s dress. I understand every single complaint about and criticism of it, but I love how it flairs out, I like the neck, and the length is fantastic. It needs a different fabric, but that’s the only drawback for me.

    • Anna

      Samantha seems to have been confused – she made a design appropriate for 20 years in the past! You know she totally wore something like that while dancing to Deee-Lite in her bedroom.

    • ItAin’tMe

      Sandhya articulately puts forth her concepts. She said that in the future women would no longer be taking their cues from menswear. The dress demanded attention but not because of sex. You wear that thing, you’re getting looked at but no one is thinking, “I’d hit that!” They’re thinking, “Whoa, this person needs to be reckoned with.” Which to me made it perfect for Nina, and not something Heidi would ever wear. Pretty much every other design shown was heavy on the menswear influence, what with all the overcoats and pants. Or else, made to please men with “boobage” and short skirts. I prefer to think Sandhya’s vision is more prophetic than say, Hernan’s veils with bondage, or Angela’s hoochie stock broker.
      Having said that I did love Kristine’s, though I didn’t see the future in it. And Fade…I want to buy that and wear it everyday. I’ve got a little German in me.

      • Noreaster88

        I would buy her “empowered women not motivated by sex appeal” story if her model wasn’t wearing five inch stilettos.

        I keep hearing S1 Jay’s voice in my head when he was a guest judge, “That’s a lot of good talk. Talk talk talk” when it comes to Sandhya’s clothes. She does a good Powerpoint presentation, but her clothes are really ugly.

        • ItAin’tMe

          I don’t know…stilettos are pretty “don’t fuck with me.” They can make women tall and intimidating. But I do see the pure sexual attraction aspect of them too. However, no way she could’ve styled that piece with anything but stilettos, I don’t think.

          • demidaemon

            It’s not like she had a lot of options on the Aldo accessory wall. ;)

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

        I think a lot of the reason she is articulate is that English is her second language. Many of the younger American designers are probably using too much text-speak that they are eroding their abilities to explain things in a distinct and thoughtful way.

        • Denise Alden

          I’m not convinced English is her second language, since English is one of India’s two official languages (Hindi being the other). I agree, though, that she is one smart, articulate cookie!

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

            They are not teaching English in India in the same way they do in the US. We ought to import English teachers from India to teach here because they are clearly doing a better job.

            • Denise Alden

              lol! I’m shamed nearly every day by my Indian husband, and I was an English major!

          • Targettaste

            I think they learn British English, and with a Hindi accent it is almost musical. I love listening to her.

        • ItAin’tMe

          That, and then they choke on the runway. Sean, for instance, had a great idea about clothes needing to be easier to wear in the future. His execution didn’t back up his concept, but just telling it to the judges would’ ve helped him. And I wish Alexander had told them that his retro reference was the afghans that his mother wrapped around him as a child. I love the idea of clothing being a source of comfort, but still looking fierce. Ok, he didn’t pull it off, but the concept was so interesting.

          • scoobynacks

            Well it’s edited down. He may have told them. We just didn’t see it. They edit it to create maximum drama. Sandhya didn’t bring up how in the future we’d be using recycled materials did she? I think I only heard things like the no cue from menswear bit.

      • Denise Alden

        “She said that in the future women would no longer be taking their cues
        from menswear. The dress demanded attention but not because of sex. You
        wear that thing, you’re getting looked at but no one is thinking, “I’d
        hit that!” They’re thinking, “Whoa, this person needs to be reckoned
        with.” Beautifully said!

        • ItAin’tMe

          Thanks!

      • Sarah

        I liked Fade’s too. I thought it was fairly sportswear, but the brief didn’t preclude that. It was original looking and had some color and creativity to it. AND it looked comfortable. I was pretty unimpressed by his backstory (Words! On garments! AVANTE GARDE!!) but I am liking his competency and his point of view so far on the show.

      • Marcia

        When Sandhya was constructing her dress I thought it was going to be hideous, and then when it came onto the runway it just…worked. The pink and gold were so distinctive next to the dark dystopian stuff that nearly every one else did.

        • ItAin’tMe

          It was the same for me. Also, though she did use a pastel, it was more alive than Angela’s blush.

    • hoopoeofhope

      She has a future as a limp rag.

    • papillon

      Amanda’s outfit looks like something Alyssa Milano wore in the early years of Charmed.

      I liked Samantha’s outfit but it looked very current except for the neck piece. I wish that Sean had taken a cue from whatever style era he was thinking of (the late 1800′s? Mary Poppins?) and had modernized it to show that things are always coming back in style but with a twist. Sadly, I only found his hat interesting.

    • hoopoeofhope

      Sandhya’s resilient optimism and championing of empowered women once again wins her new fanatical enemies amongst the home and studio audience.

      • jeneria

        If I believed her rhetoric for a second, I might overlook her bad designs. But I can’t help but think that her “empowered women” speeches are just her saying what she thinks people wants to hear.

        • hoopoeofhope

          Bingo!

        • Targettaste

          You’re right! And good for her. Goodness knows, there is no way to figure out what style the judges actually want.

        • Pril Wood

          I don’t. Sandyha’s from India, and that women’s oppression shit is FOR REALS there, for god’s sake… In India, women, especially of lower caste get blamed and punished for being raped, are forced into marriages as children (I’m not talking about arranged marriages, but essentially the sale of children as sexual and domestic slaves), and deal with all sorts of repressions and societal obstacles that we in the west will never know (I hope!). She’s coming from a pretty serious POV, and the judges are responding to that, because they know what she is talking about.

          • alyce1213

            I do not understand how all that related to the dress she made.

            • jeneria

              Exactly. There’s a disconnect between what she’s saying and what she’s designing so I can’t quite take her at face value. I’m aware of the horrible oppression of women in India (watch the documentary It’s a Girl! for some hard realities) and I get that she’s overcoming a great deal but still. . .her speeches don’t reflect her designs. That dress she sent down the runway this week did not scream strong and empowered. Perhaps if she’d put more edge into the weird snake thingies and in a color that really contrasted with the overly feminine pink she chose. But I’m just not buying it.

            • Pril Wood

              I was responding to the comments above that Sandhya talks a good game about her work being about strong women and that all has has been to empty talk to impress the judges, I don’t think it is. However, I also don’t think her work is fully realized to the point where this message is totally clear. She says her dress is about women moving away from menswear looks and embracing the feminine (the cut & color), and about strong women who survive on their own by being resourceful & recycling– hence the metal tube thingies. Not sure that she was successful in conveying her message, but I don’t doubt for a minute her message is genuine– and I’m rooting for her to “make it work”.

            • alyce1213

              I don’t doubt her sincerity in wanting to promote the empowerment of women (albeit preaching to the choir), but I still see no connection between the words coming out of her mouth and the product. “Cut and color?” — it was a basic dress! I also think that strong women who survive on their own by being resourceful and recycling are clever enough to recycle into something useful, not merely decorative and useless, like the metal tubes. Are they a metaphor? Maybe, but for what?

            • Pril Wood

              I hear ya. She’s not there yet in her designs… which are, I think, meant more as symbols than metaphors– she seems to be pretty direct in her explanation of what her looks represent . Undoubtedly to some eyes her designs are going to be seen as pretty weak symbols of femininity & resourcefulness & strength, especially when viewed through our western cultural lens…but that’s what she was aiming for.

            • Denise Alden

              I’m with you!

      • HeisenbergHattie

        I get a “zero reading” on my bullcrap meter with Sandhya. From my perspective, she made the conscious decision to turn off the horror shrieking and cutting comments from her opponents and simply focus on her own voice. It does take courage & strength to do that. She listens to Tim because she trusts him.

        • hoopoeofhope

          She’s what we call in England, ‘a sneak’ that means, I guess, an oleaginously prissy narc.

      • Gatto Nero

        I think it’s great that she’s for women’s empowerment. I’m with her.
        I just don’t see how that translates into her designs, which to me are just basic silhouettes with random stuff tacked on.

      • swanpride

        I honestly I think that this is really her stance…don’t judge her from an American perspective, but remember she is of Indian heritage. That’s a culture which is very, very much behind in woman rights. Currently there are constantly demonstrations in India over things which are as simple as “it is not okay to rape a woman”. Knowing that, it is clear where she is coming from.

    • Cindy Claussen

      Heidi loves to use the old horse blanket analogy. I though a more interesting way to use the magazine would have been to have each designer update a look from a 1994 edition or have two people assigned to each look and one does today’s fashion and another do the future, both based on the original 1994 look.

      • ItAin’tMe

        Love that idea.

      • Targettaste

        Could you please join the creative heads at PR? Or rather, START a creative team at PR.

        • Cindy Claussen

          Hey, thanks! Would love to. Most of us here have more interesting and creative ideas than these producers these days.

      • DollyMadisonWI

        I’m always shocked with each season that they never use suggested challenges from the viewers. Maybe they should have a competition for best submitted idea.

        • Cindy Claussen

          Best idea to submit : Bring on TLo as guest judges or in a consulting role.

      • Susan Collier

        Remember when they had that team challenge where folks had to take three outdated fashion trends and try to make them hip? That was an interesting challenge. But yeah, missed opportunity. I like your idea better.

        For this challenge, so many folks defaulted to the Gautlier bra tops and sheer shirts

    • GorgeousThings

      Nope, sorry – I can’t agree with you on this one. The judges were smoking some serious crack. Sandhaya’s dress is a basic McCalls pattern with tacky shit badly appliquéd to it. It is only forward thinking in that she added textural interest with the tacky shit. And the tacky shit is uneven in the back.

      Kristine was robbed.

      • jeneria

        I could not agree with you more! I thought Sandhaya’s first dress looked like a Chanel knock off with rips in the sleeves. How that is forward thinking is beyond me.

      • Aunt Betty

        It looked like a Calvin Klein dress that was two sizes too big and had tacky shit stuck on it. I don’t get the love the judges have for her. Her first winning dress, as someone on this site astutely noted, was a copy of McQueen’s Highland rape dress and now she’s copying CK.

        • DeTrop

          Calvin is crying.

    • jeneria

      I am over Sandhya. She reminds me of too many of my students who are quick to throw their teammates under the bus when things don’t go the way they want. Her designs are not interesting as much as head scratching. I loved Kristine’s jacket and Emily’s hood.

      • SewingSiren

        Who did Sandhya throw under the bus. Last week when she was on a team , her team threw her under the bus and she did not speak against them.

        • jeneria

          I mean when she went to Tim to whine about being picked on. They weren’t picking on her, they were trying to work around her immunity. I don’t think they were exactly nice about it, but it’s not the same as picking on her. She made it sound like they were bullying her and really they weren’t listening to her. Imagine if every designer went to Tim every time that happened? For all her integrity and standing up for herself, that didn’t sit well with me and she hasn’t redeemed herself yet in my eyes.

          • Denise Alden

            I don’t think crying on Tim’s shoulder qualifies as “throwing teammates under the bus.” He basically said, sweetly, ‘buck up.’ She said practically nothing on the runway, which is where, traditionally, contestants are thrown under the bus.

            • jeneria

              I have to disagree. She knows she’s the pet right out of the gate and she used that to her advantage. Yes, her teammates made her make something ugly and one of them was punished accordingly. It’s the 12th cycle. The contestants know damn well that the person with immunity in a team challenge tends to not give a fig because they have immunity. I agree that the two were obnoxious and their theme was poor, but I don’t admire her for running to Tim. Again, what if every designer who felt like they were being “picked on” did that? I agree with TLo that it’s only a matter of time before Heidi or a guest judge start to question whether her designs are all that pretty or wearable. I don’t have a favorite designer yet, but I don’t get why the judges love her designs. Her story, yes, but the designs, not so much.

          • fallingstarryuu

            the thing is, it was very clear they were against her immunity and any ideas she pitched right from the start of the challenge. she talked to tim for advice, compromised to what the other two wanted because she had immunity and took all the heat without even saying anything bad about them. a gracious lady if anything.

          • jacksonm

            What they pushed her into was worse than what she was originally making. They bullied her into mediocrity. Thankfully, one of them got sent home for it. Both of them should have been.

    • HeisenbergHattie

      What is wrong with me? I find myself in complete agreement with Nina ! Shocking.

      • DeTrop

        I hope you have a speedy recovery.

        • HeisenbergHattie

          Probably a virus. I should recover by Thursday.

    • Freynika

      I wish the Dutchess were still there so he could tell Korina “that crotch is insane!”

      • Fanny_Trollope

        I think her model was channeling Kristen Stewart. I could see KStew wearing that crotch. Model looks a lot like her, too.

    • http://batman-news.com ChristopherM

      Sorry but the winning look was like a drag costume for C3PO. Hideous, ridiculous costume.

      • jacksonm

        I was soooooooooooooo hoping Nina would follow up her “WTF” comment with “C3P..O…M…G”

    • Danielle

      I mostly liked Kristine’s, but I really hated that leather bib thing. It’s better in the still-shot here, but up close it was bulky and unflattering. It looks like someone took an apron and chopped it off at the boobs. Then again, that might be something I would have done in the ’90s (and regretted it on the look back)…

    • HeisenbergHattie

      It was a mercy auf’ing. Angela lacks the protective ego-shield required to survive the rigors of this show’s criticisms.

      • jeneria

        True. It would have been cruel to keep her on and watch her fall apart week after week.

        • Pril Wood

          And highly annoying for viewers.

      • FibonacciSequins

        I just said the same thing.

        • Targettaste

          Just noticed your name. Best ever!

          • FibonacciSequins

            Thank you! I got it from a Power Puff Girls character, I can’t take credit except for being a clever thief. :)

            • serenab44

              Power Puff Girls! Gosh, I haven’t thought about them in ages. The best! Thanks for that memory.

    • Sarah

      Mitchell’s is not scuba-inspired, it’s just straight up scuba. She looks like a Bond girl in the “emerging from the deep on the beach after ejecting from a personal submarine” scene.

      • demidaemon

        Well, to be fair, it’s better than the bubble skirt he was originally going to have.

        • Sarah

          Oh, heck yeah.

    • FibonacciSequins

      TLo, I am with you on Sandhya almost all the way. I think Kristine should have won this challenge. Nobody would really want to wear Sandyha’s dress with those silver worms crawling up it. But she had a creative concept, which she clearly executed and articulated to the judges. She also showed a good eye for color and texture. After thinking about it, I get why the judges gave her the win.

      Alexander could have been a contender had he chosen that blanket (?) fabric in a more eye-catching color, and done more with the leather than a simple halter (too bad his first attempt didn’t work). I’m surprised more designers didn’t go dystopian.

      I think Angela was a pity auf’ing. I wouldn’t be surprised if she had begged the producers to let her go. Hernan got lucky this week because his design was much worse than hers.

      Sean was disappointing, Amanda was delusional, Korina skipped the 90s and went back to the 80s (I swear I saw that look in the movie Mannequin), Fade was basic but at least interesting. The rest were just basic.

      • Gatto Nero

        I actually loved Emily’s jumpsuit (I’m not a jumpsuit fan) and cowl/hoodie thing — it was well executed and probably the one look I would actually wear — but it wasn’t forward-looking.
        I felt bad for Alexander. And I wonder (yet again) why there were fit problems with his original look. Don’t they have the model’s measurements, and aren’t the mannequins sized properly? At least a few times a season someone has a meltdown over fit and has to start over.

        • FibonacciSequins

          Leather isn’t as forgiving to work with as some fabrics. He had a lot of seams to match up. That, along with the heft of the leather, would probably make fitting around real breasts (as opposed to a mannequin) tricky. I think it would have worked better if his model were flat-chested. He bit off more than he could chew, especially given the time constraints.

          I agree about Emily’s look. It feels like something I’ve seen before. The only interesting part for me was the way the hood snapped off. I think she might have fared better if she’d worked in color. Some of them didn’t seem to consider how their outfit would look photographed.

        • Aunt Betty

          I’m sure they have the model’s measurements, but from what I understand models routinely lie about their measurements on their comp cards.

    • Stubenville

      Is it time to trash the Zorro hat yet?

      • Sarah

        Why, yes. I think it is. I felt it was rather “scarecrow on a post in a field for four or five years” myself.

      • HeisenbergHattie

        I wanna be a Broadway Producer!

      • Gatto Nero

        Oh god — when he started making the hat, I would sure it would be the last coffin nail.

        • FibonacciSequins

          I don’t understand why he was like “la-di-da, I have extra time so I’ll make a hat from a Mood bag” when the hem on his dress was uneven. Priorities!

      • Winter_White

        I think Sean was entertaining a fantasy that the judges would adore the fact that, left with a bit of time on his hands, he decided to make a hat. He was probably imagining the moment when he would reveal (with a shy, humble smile) that he’d used the Mood bag: “They’ll be delighted, and impressed by my resourcefulness….” I actually felt kind of sorry for him, it was so bad!

        • MoHub

          Flashbacks to season 2, when Kara Janx dressed Santino, and Michael Kors’ “She made the hat!!!!!”

        • jacksonm

          I like Sean, but I screamed when he cut up the bag. I own two of those Mood bags, and I would NEVER desecrate them in such a manner!

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

            I’ve never even been to Mood, but I was kind of horrified when Sean cut up that bag.

      • DollyMadisonWI

        I would’ve sent him home last night.

      • RroseSelavy

        I thought for sure when Zac picked it up he’d see the Mood logo inside the crown! I was waiting for that.

    • HeisenbergHattie

      Korina thinks that 20 years from now- fashionable women will wear 25 inch crotches on their trousers. The proportion of those trousers is coo-coo-ka-cho.

      • Stubenville

        Handy for shoplifting.

        • HeisenbergHattie

          You’re right! The future is a world of sad-crotch kleptomaniacs.

        • MoHub

          Is it too late to send a pair to Winona Ryder?

    • LittleMissSunshine1989

      Oh oh oh, I know I’m late to the party and I should’ve posted this on the other thread, but it just came to me:
      The Motherfucking Walk-off: Blue Curaçau, Absinthe, vanilla essence, Malibu and two ping-pong balls with black pupils drawn on it as garnish. (brownie points and a round on the house if you correctly guess which elements represents who)

    • Bexxx

      TLo, y’all are cruel for linking to season 1. Oh the former glory of Project Runway. How the mighty have fallen.

      • BLauDGaspode

        I went back and watched some season 1 the other day because I was missing it so much.

    • jonnyf8

      So I just don’t believe Amanda was ever a fan favorite in the first place. I think we should have some kind of pool where we guess which week she get’s booted this year. Of course she may make it to the finale, but man what does Lifetime see in her. She is annoying and not entertainingly annoying like Gretchen.

      • Mothra

        That is exactly what Lifetime sees in her. Why bring back someone everyone likes? That doesn’t make for good TV!

        • jonnyf8

          my point is that there’s the kind of annoying where someone says something, you roll your eyes, and then talk about them when they leave the room. Amanda is the kind of annoying where the person laughs too long at their own jokes and YOU leave the room because you can’t stand to be around them a moment longer. Gretchen inspired some great posts and even some great edits on the show. Amanda inspires nothing.

      • Targettaste

        “Entertainingly annoying” is a great description of Gretchen (and many others).

        • jacksonm

          SANTINO was “entertainingly annoying”….Gretchen was just straight up annoying.

      • DollyMadisonWI

        Well, it was between her, Ken the angry short man, and Alexander the red-headed costume designer. I would’ve voted for Alexander.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Given those choices, I suspect that Amanda picked up votes based on who voters didn’t like.

          • demidaemon

            That’s pretty much how I made my decision in the vote. I also did actually like her the first time around, but I really think she let her head blow up from the whole being voted on thing, which doesn’t make any sense to me.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              I wonder how Lifetime chooses which designers to include in these votes;also, how many former contestants have turned Lifetime down when approached for this.

            • demidaemon

              It probably says a lot more about those who agreed to participate over those who didn’t.

              I would assume they make a list of the biggest drama creators from recent seasons, rank their drama capabilities, and then start making calls.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Your supposition sounds right to me.

      • demidaemon

        Well, the three in the vote-off were obviously chosen by Lifetime, because Ken was, in no way ever, a fan favorite. But we could have had ken back instead, so I’m fine dealing with Amanda, since she’ll get the boot around the same time Kate did.

    • http://instagram.com/nevareese International Model

      Sean did have “Eliza Doolittle: 2034″ down pat, you have to admit.

      • Pril Wood

        More like Eliza Doolittle 1984. His was totally a Throwback Thursday submission in my eyes. I HAD that Jacket, only creamy white and a better version of it. Even the hat was 80s…

      • MoHub

        between the Mary Poppins and Eliza Doolittle references, I can only say: “Julie AN-drews”!

    • S-k-s

      Sandhya reminds me a little of Chloe on the sense that her ability to communicate strongly might have given her the win.

      I thought it was sort of stereotypically futuristic, but at least it was an attempt at something. Everything else was just make what you want and pretend it fits the challenge.

      I liked the idea of Angela’s jacket – with different colors and fabrics and sleeves, I’d wear it now, if that makes sense.definitely not the worst of the night, but I think her aufing was a mercy killing.

      I can’t believe Hernan wasn’t b3. That was atrocious.

      • Gatto Nero

        Sandhya’s inspiration was “strong women.” Still not sure how that translates into a pink shift with gold hoses tacked on.
        Yes, Hernan’s was awful. Maybe in a week or two, after a couple others are weeded out, he’ll start getting called out for his lack of taste.

        • MoHub

          The point was that Sandhya was saying women in the future won’t need to show their strength by dressing like men, so her pale pink reflected her woman’s ability to be strong without having to take on a male vibe.

          As for Hernan: This makes 2 weeks in a row that he should have been gone.

          • Gatto Nero

            Re: Sandhya, I understand that, but I don’t think the design worked overall. I don’t believe that any of the designs were defensible in a form/function future context. So I think the judges went with the one that caught their attention.

    • ohbear1957

      Sandhya jumped the gun and designed the new uniform for the Red Robin servers. Those gold hoses could dispense the flood of ketchup needed for Red Robin’s Bottomless Steak Fries®. Change the pink to red, attach a backpack filled with Heinz., and she’s ready to take your order.

    • guest2visits

      While I put Sandhya’s in the top 3, I didn’t think it was the winner. A second look at Sandhya’s and I see the pockets are too low and visible, and the gold straps look like they should be attached all the way or not at all for the bottom half of dress. Still, it really fit the Marie Claire requirements of the challenge; it needed to be bright and attention grabbing for a cover. And it did move nicely, it was some sophisticated pink and gold candy on the RW; it made a cheery statement.
      I had Kristine for the win, interesting, stylishly designed pieces, it looked clean, crisp, and well made on the RW. I also liked Alexander’s horse blanket. A lot. I liked his design, I liked the color. I liked the fray. *Sigh*. I just wish the construction was that much more precise, and the knit material less sweater-y and more tweedy or expensive looking. I thought he styled it well too. But Nina pretty much stomped that one into the dust for it’s color alone. While the highly praised fatigue-green jacket next to it was sooo nice. I’ll be watching to see if Nina or the other panelists turn up in Alexander’s shade of brown/moss. At least it wasn’t the ever popular black on the RW.
      Have to thank Nina for not going nuts over Emily’s jumpsuit though, whew… I thought it might be the winner listening to the judges swoon over the fabric. I thought grim reaper too; dark, but so were several designs. Her pant legs were great, but actually the pants that Kini designed were the best, and his outfit looked very well made, even if I don’t care for ponchos or gap-shoulders and there wasn’t anything future about it.
      Mitchell’s wet suit was literally a very well made wet suit. She should’ve been bare foot and carrying a board. Kind of silly looking, imo. And Fade’s nice, but simple pj’s….I can’t say it isn’t futuristic looking, but I just saw hippy jammys. I’ll be in my padded space pod with a bag of chips. At least it was different and made me smile.
      Korina’s wasn’t terrible, but it had a dated 80s, 90s look. Her poisoned eye darts are priceless.
      I pretty much disliked everything about Samantha’s strangely proportioned school girl’s outfit. I will say it appeared very well made, but the hefty neck rolls and awful attached vest….no. I thought it was squatty and unattractive. Not a future look either.
      Char’s top was pretty cool – but the bottom was costume-y; futuristic only in a tv-trekkie way. (Her HS photo was gorgeous!)
      The bottom looks go to Hernan (messy straps and construction, the model looked like she was trying to fight her way out of it), Amanda; if she had no immunity that one would be hard to save…so disappointing. So badly put together, ick. No style to it.
      And Sean… I don’t see one futuristic aspect to his purple coat and Poppins hat. Everything was poorly executed, one of the most depressing designs. And while Angela’s was also a bottom look I thought it had some style and a little something in it’s pale design. The skirt was a fail but the top had a futuristic feel. Yes it was stewardess-like; but not the worst design of the night.

    • Pril Wood

      Can I just say that I love THE MITCHELL? Not his designs, so far, they are at best Meh and at worst tacky– but his personality is AWESOME.

      • jacksonm

        You can say it…..but I soooooooooooooo won’t agree with you.

        • Pril Wood

          No? I find his pursy-lip goof-ball faces and sassy matter-of-factness to be excellent comic relief. And Char seems to dig him, so he can’t be all bad.

        • RroseSelavy

          You said it. Total pain. He works so hard at covering up his preternaturally sweet disposition with a layer of gay cliche.

      • DollyMadisonWI

        We should have a poll for who’s going home next week. I’m gonna guess Hernan.

    • AMartel

      Mercy killing both as to Angela and the viewing audience. Can’t wait for the clearing of the deadwood section of this program to be over.

      • DollyMadisonWI

        I’m ready for Korina, Hernan, and Amanda to go.

        • demidaemon

          It’ll be entertaining when Korina gets cut, because she clearly thinks she is the shit.

    • Winter_White

      When Alexander saw that the bodice he’d labored over was too stiff — and was going to create a uniboob — he should’ve found a way to salvage it. I was hoping that he’d make an under-layer and sort of ‘float’ it over that. (In fact, Kristine did exactly what I was picturing.) Instead he gave it up and started from scratch…and I do mean scratch: that burlap fabric was tragic. The frayed hillbilly hem!

      But it reminded me: an early challenge in some season involved making garments from potato sacks. Anybody remember what season that was — or any details about it?

      • RroseSelavy

        I remember a peanut sack that was cleverly put to use. Someone help me here – the designer with something like 8 kids?

    • Democracy Diva

      I write my recaps before I read TLo’s, because otherwise I can’t get their opinions out of my head because that’s what fairy blogfathers are for. But I feel VINDICATED that you feel the same about Sandhya’s design as I did. The judges’ love for her might be going too far, too fast, but nothing else on this runway looked futuristic.

      Also, the title of this post is, in the words of every Project Runway contestant of the last four seasons, EVERYTHING.

      • MoHub

        Hi, Diva! Will be reading you later!

        • Democracy Diva

          Hi, Mo! <3

    • marlie

      Hernan deserved to go for that tacky mess. Or Sean, for the hat alone. Angela couldn’t really handle the pressure, BUT her designs were also not nearly as bad as the judges made them out to be. I could at least see where she was going with her concept, and how it referenced the future. That’s also why I’m not disappointed with Sandhya for the win.

      • somebody blonde

        I agree about Angela. I liked her designs a lot more than the judges did for whatever reason, but I also think she’s probably better off not being there because she was SO stressed out all the time. Not only that, but I HATED watching her be stressed. I didn’t fault her for it but it was definitely painful to watch.

    • Eva_baby

      Nah. I think Sandyha’s dress looks like what people back in the 30s thought the years 2000 would look like, with hover cars and everyone would be wearing clothes that look like those Star Trek Next Generation uniforms only in metallics. To me it just looks like a dress with metal worms crawling over her body. Looking back at 1994 fashion shows, a lot of those clothes look a lot like what people are still wearing today. I am not on board with this one.

    • SewingSiren

      Right. I don’t think any of your dresses deserved to be on the bottom. The one from the group challenge should have been in the top!

    • somebody blonde

      Honestly, I was just amazed at how well so many of these bitches can sew. Also, I think referencing 1994 and then saying that it would only be twenty years in the future is what caused so many designers to default to current-looking clothes. As you guys say, there’s a 20-year nostalgia cycle in fashion, and talking about 1994 probably only served to point that out to the designers. If only they’d done 2094 instead.

    • FoxInSocks

      I think I would have given Kristine the win but that said, I think Sandhya may be a genius. She makes the most bizarre-looking things in the workroom that, when the walk the runway, suddenly and very obviously completely meet the terms of the challenge. Someone walking down the street in that get up, even in the *cough* far-flung future of 2034? No. But as an editorial for Marie Claire, especially making use of the metallics in terms of photographing it? Kinda yes. Very clever.

      Alexander should be thanking his lucky stars, ’cause “My design didn’t work out, so I made a sack” is a pretty weak excuse. Angela’s didn’t quite work out, but at least there was a thought process there. I have to believe it was a close thing between Hernan and Sean landing in the bottom. I have to.

      • ShaoLinKitten

        You know what, I am starting to think that Sandhya is a genius too. I don’t mean that sarcastically either. She manages to take whatever is thrown at her to make something bizarre, surprising, and eye catching. The PRW judges are so jaded now, and the usual products so predictable, that they are rightfully enamoured by her offerings. Such a talent is no joke, in any art form. If you can surprise people and do it well, there will always be eyes on your product.

        • Chartreusite

          I really hope Sandhya gets something out of this experience. I think she’s definitely been a breath of fresh air this season and she’s got some chops to make a statement in the high fashion world if the exposure works out well for her.

          • Shawn EH

            Her edge is that she has those construction chops AND the crazy ideas that need them. The other designers need to stop being “confused” by her and get busy.

            • demidaemon

              They are so focused on her and what the judges see in her that it is eclipsing their ability to create. Sandhya has mindfucked them all without even trying and it’s kind of awesome.

            • Shawn EH

              Too true. Those metallic piping things shouldn’t have worked at all, and yet they looked pretty good when they were done!

            • demidaemon

              It was really amazing and I liked the tension of not knowing how they would look until the runway. Good on her.

    • jacksonm

      “… there was very little thought (as far as we could see) put into reflecting changes in society, technology or environment.”

      Michelle Lesniak would have nailed this challenge.

    • Call me Bee

      I enjoyed this challenge on the face of it. It was refreshing to have a very clear inspiration (yourself in the 90s) and a clear assignment (make what you would wear in 2034) as opposed to the nebulous challenges in the rent past. And I thought all of the designer really took the past into account. But I agree with others here that the job of making clothing for 20 years in the future produced pretty much the same things we wear now. Especially the older you get and more classic clothing you tend to wear. Really–we wear the same things we wore in the 90s, the 80s, even the 50s. Different silhouettes and fabrics, to be sure, but really the same outfits. I guess fashion just doesn’t change as quickly here in fly-over country as it does on the east coast…
      Now–we wear completely different stuff than we wore in 1904, so if you want to see future clothing, you have to go ahead a 100 years!
      But anyhoo….
      I’m ok with the win and the top outfits.
      Very disappointed in Sean’s entry. He spoke all the right things, and his sketch looked promising, but boy that was some ugly outfit.
      And when I saw Hernan’s…just eww.

      • alyce1213

        “There are no new silhouettes, only variations.” (or something like that) — Charles James (1950s).
        (I just re-saw the exhibit today at the Met before it closes.)

    • Cindy Claussen

      Every time I hear the sound of Sandhya’s name, I think of Zendaya Coleman, who DWTS watchers will remember her from a few seasons ago.

      • carolclark12

        I always think of Sanjaya, the contestant on American Idol a few years back.

        • Cindy Claussen

          Yes, the faux hawk!

    • MilaXX

      I was leaning more towards Kristine for the win, but I have no issue with Sandhya. I can’t help but wonder if after a season with Sustaina-corn and Ken the show decided not to push the crazy ones too much and pity auf’d Angela.

      • Inspector_Gidget

        Angela totally got pity-auf’d. I think even the producers could see that someone weeping in every single episode just can’t go on for weeks and weeks.

    • http://wardrobemalfunctioned.tumblr.com Yaysita

      Agree, those were some BASIC designs. What a snoozefest.

      But that challenge was so vague and at the same time convoluted that I kind of understand how/why the majority of the designers went that way. The whole ‘make an outfit fit for the future but that is also inspired by past style/aesthetic’ is really tricky. Vintage-isnpired, but not a total ripoff; futuristic, but not too ‘out there’.
      Plus, with the idea that this look should potentially look like it could grace the pages of Marie Claire (not the most fashion-forward/progressive magazine) I can see how the designers feel a little inhibited and go the restrained route. This isn’t Dazed & Confused, or Numero or Italian Vogue, it’s not even Vogue or Elle. Whenever they hear Marie Claire, they instantly go for “wearable” or accesible which translates into safe, boring, department store clothes. And with the judges arbitrarily shifting criteria when judging each individual piece, it easy to see why they would think safer is better.
      Not to mention they only had a day to execute this thing which kills most ambitious ideas.

      • guest2visits

        You nailed the challenge. We have a winner! They did mention all the above….it was to design a future outfit….something DIFFERENT than what’s walking around now. They could’ve said 30yrs or 50. Or 10. Just make it different from today’s fashion in a forward projected imagination – no period pieces, and then think about making it special enough to put onto/into Marie Claire. Which means it should photograph nicely…interesting shapes, concepts and no dark (as in black) colors. One day to work magic. It’s amazing there were as many different pieces constructed and made fairly well too.

    • somebody blonde

      I didn’t think you deserved to go home over this, though I do feel that the way they were editing you was super annoying and I don’t think I could’ve taken another episode of it. I don’t blame you for it though, I have quite a few friends who totally worry over their work until it’s done, but it’s much worse when it’s compacted into an hour like that. I thought all your designs were interesting, though this one could probably have done with some pattern or more vibrant color- if you’d sent it out in houndstooth or colored tweed, I bet you could’ve won it.

      Also, you should definitely make and sell those pants from the first challenge, because I loved them, even if they weren’t the best sewn. I can’t believe the judges were having the vapors over them when Heidi walks around in uterus skirts all the time.

    • KT

      I agree that Angela’s wasn’t the worst on the runway, and that the decision to send her home was decided in advance of the competition by the producers, after watching clip after clip of her crying/overly stressed/etc. That’s not good tv. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t great, but I wholeheartedly agree that there were other designs far worse than hers, and she’s shown some potential leading up to this point.

      I get the sense that she is probably suffering from the Little Miss Perfect syndrome, where she’s spent most of her life succeeding at most things she attempts, but once she’s put in an atmosphere where she isn’t necessarily the cream of the crop, she doesn’t know how to handle it. Hence the constant anxiety, and beating herself up before the competition even begins. I feel bad for her — she needs therapy more than she needs a reality competition, it seems.

      • somebody blonde

        Actually, she replied below- she says that it’s just the way she works. She seems really worried and stressed, and then she gets the work done.

        • KT

          Oh whoops. Sorry Angela!

          • somebody blonde

            I do agree with you that if the producers were so intent on only showing her worrying and looking stressed, I didn’t really want to see more of it. It was painful to watch.

            • KT

              Totally. Interestingly enough, she seemed totally calm and collected in her final monologue. I’m sure the producers weren’t very happy with that, since it didn’t gel with the story they were trying to tell.

        • kerryev

          Oh, sheesh, she replied again?

    • Adrianna Grężak

      I don’t necessarily agree with the decisions (especially Angela’s elimination) but so far this season has been refreshing. It seems like PR has paid attention to the criticisms last season

      • Chartreusite

        I agree. The judges are rewarding huge risks or doing crazy shit, and that can only be good for the show in the long run.

    • Mothra

      I totally agree! How futuristic do people expect life to be in 20 years? I mean, with the exception of smart phones and hybrid cars, what has really changed in 20 years? Can you tell us anything about that refrigerator? I have a real beef with everyone drinking out of disposable plastic water bottles when there is a fancy water dispensing fridge RIGHT THERE! Good luck with everything!

    • rainwood1

      I didn’t agree with the win or the auf but I don’t have enough vested in the show to scream or even care. PR is no longer must-see TV for me; it’s must-remember TV because I keep forgetting it’s on. The show is like a party you don’t want to go to because the host is a hot mess, the food will be terrible, the alcohol will be bottom-shelf and run out to soon, and you’re only going because some of your favorite friends will be there and you want to hang out with them. T Lo and the BK’s are those friends.

      I tuned in a little late (which seems to be my MO at this point) but what struck me is how much of the show is just talking heads of designers griping about other designers and their designs. The remarks aren’t clever or memorable, they’re just a lazy way of producing and editing the show. Last night, I really missed the clever, ironic, and impish touch of the Elves.

      • Qitkat

        I haven’t been interested enough to try to put my thoughts into coherent words, but you have done far better here than I could have. I forgot the show was on, didn’t even miss the Lounge, and had much more fun babysitting my grandson. When I got home, I discovered I had indeed taped it, watched it, wondered why nobody understood the brief, guessed the winner and loser, sighed, and went to bed. Bored. Boring. Barely worth bothering with. I think I’ll skip next week on purpose. It’s a sad thing this early in the season to feel so letdown.

    • Mothra

      I still think in 20 years women’s fashion will consist of shapeless maternity kitchen aprons, bare feet and a glowing badge that shows when we’re ovulating.

      • myristica_fragrans

        snatch that idea out of the universe before the republicans get it.

      • serenab44

        Wait, I’m confused…I may be naive or ignorant or??? but why do you say this? Just curious, not judging.

        • Gatto Nero

          Have you read “The Handmaid’s Tale”?

          • serenab44

            No. I know I should…

            • Gatto Nero

              Not necessarily! But I think that’s the kind of dystopia that Mothra is referring to.

            • serenab44

              Ok, thanks! This is a smart kindle of kittens!

        • Mothra

          All one needs to do is pick up the newspaper and read about how women’s rights are being eroded in many of the United States.

    • Patrick Cleary

      My problem with Sandhya’s entry is that it was an incredibly basic dress (take off the metallic things in your mind and look at the dress…it’s Simplicity Pattern #1) with weird tubing draped over it. Yes, it was different, but it’s not a “50 years in the future” challenge, it’s a “20 years in the future” challenge. In 2034, we won’t be breathing through oxygen tubes and eating Soylent Green, we’ll just have an updated version of what we have now.

      • Gatto Nero

        Agree. The argument that it was artistic and visionary doesn’t fly with me. It’s a basic shift with a science-fiction cliche tacked on.
        It stood out only in contrast to the other basic (and overwhelmingly neutral-palette) other entries.

        • Tracy_Flick

          I totally agree. I thought it was a dated dress in an ugly color, with some Star Trek cheesiness attached. Those accents reminded me of a vacuum cleaner hose. I can’t believe she beat Kristine with that thing.

    • Jay

      If Heidi is going to insist that Tim isn’t a judge, he needs to stop opining during the deliberations. Saying that Angela’s design “needs to be euthanized” is wildly inappropriate coming from a mentor, IMO. He came across as a self-important, bullying ass on ‘Under the Gunn’ and doesn’t seem to have learned from that at all.

      • Chartreusite

        Definitely. He should be in judging deliberations only to answer very diplomatic questions regarding what the design process was like for the contestants, not to color the decision-making himself.

      • guest2visits

        That was an awkward moment. Not pretty at all, so surprised it made the edit.

        • Gatto Nero

          I think it made the edit precisely because it was a little shocking (and out of character for the Tim of past seasons). As a mentor he would be entitled to comment on the designers’ thought process and workroom critique, and even on the design and construction quality, but this comment crossed a line.

          • guest2visits

            Line was SO crossed. Unfair to contestant. Of course, we don’t know what’s probably bounced back and forth all the time, and we don’t hear of it. The show wanted to steer the audience into thinking Angela’s was the worst dang thing you’ve ever seen and don’t forget it. Tim says so, so there. That’s something the judges usually do.

    • LeelaST

      Absolutely not drinking the Kool-Aid. Sandhya’s winning designs are ugly, unwearable, and silly. (Week Two’s film strip dress wasn’t the horror the judges made it out to be.) It bothered me that she said women’s wear has been influenced by or derived from menswear and that her look for 2034 would not be, it would be “all woman” – yet those heinous straps looked like nothing less than men’s suspenders to me. I also found it hilariously absurd that the judges called Angela’s fabric color sad or drab yet Sandhya’s was almost identical. What made it better? Metallic caterpillar Slinkys!

      I would have given the win to Kristine or Fäde, too tricky sleeves/current sportswear look aside. Had to laugh at Heidi’s expressed love for Kristine’s look “I love how short it is” were I think her words. Ugh.

      I love Sean but this just wasn’t his week, hope he finds his way back.

      The judges’ comments are horrendous this year, more mean-spirited than ever – and they’ve been edited! (For mean-ness or toned down we’ll never know but c’mon!)

      I was going to give this season three weeks to find its way but it’s now reached car accident caliber and I can’t not watch. Sigh.

    • GTrain

      I’m putting Sandhya in the “BASIC” pile too because she started with a basic dress then put a metallic treatment on it that to me calls up all kinds of cliched sci-fi movies where everything is glass and metal, also basic. I can’t believe she won.

      • Gatto Nero

        It struck me as cliche, too, and as costume, not fashion.

    • Coco Cornejo

      I have a question. Didn’t we see Hernan the Horrible using tape to keep his model from having a wardrobe malfunction on the runway? I thought that was against the rules.

      • Gatto Nero

        I don’t think they’re allowed to use tape to hold the garments themselves together, but I think they can use tape on the models’ skin to avoid wardrobe malfunctions.

        • Stubenville

          No. This came up in a past season; it’s not allowed.

      • Citric

        If he didn’t use tape it might be against FCC rules, or at least Lifetime broadcast guidelines.

    • sk8tfan

      These designers all need to watch Blade Runner (all five cuts) to see what futuristic/vaguely plausible clothing can look like. I think Sandhya is overrated but won because she didn’t design like the model was going to a funeral. She wasn’t afraid of color, and even though I thought her outfit was silly, it was a relief to see something other than dinge gray.

      • Chartreusite

        Absolutely. Considering how colorless these past few seasons have been, I’m kind of enjoying that the judges are rewarding bold color palette choices.

    • Chartreusite

      Am I the only one who’s kinda loving Fade? Sure his name is pretentious and he has a very art/clubkid background, but I think he’s someone who’s a blast to be around and who seems to have the age and experience to just have fun with something like Project Runway. Plus he’s one of the few designers this season who has a really declarative, unique point of view. I don’t think he’s getting the edit to make it far, but I hope he at least gets to show a decoy at fashion week.

      • Gatto Nero

        I like him, too, and wish he had more screen time.

      • serenab44

        Fade seems to do something slightly off (I mean that in a GOOD way) each time but doesn’t get recognized for it. I am rooting for him too.

        • Chartreusite

          Definitely. He’s got the same focus towards doing something off-the-beaten-path as Sandhya, but I think he’s much more wearable and retail-ready. I’m scared he’s gonna be gone soon cause he’s not getting much judge recognition, but who knows!

      • Chartreusite

        If fade makes menswear I’d be in HEAVEN

      • alyce1213

        I like everything he’s done so far. I actually think the outfit he made would look right and could be worn 20 years from now, even if it is pajama-y.

        • Chartreusite

          His separates were definitely one of the more forward-thinking garments of the group, and I really hope he starts getting top recognition soon because his work has always been so distinct and interesting yet still RTW.

      • pdquick

        No one seems to have gotten that it was a reference to acid-wash denim, oh-so-hideously popular in the early 1990s.

        • swanpride

          I thought it was a reference to leggings with patterns, which were also (sadly) popular in the 1990s. Perhaps it was a mix of both. And I think the colours are a reference to batik, another trend of the early 1990s.
          All in all, I think he was the only one who really fit the brief, which was not just “20 years in the future” but also “Inspired by 20 years in the past”.

      • swanpride

        Yeah, the pretentious name put me off too, but his designs speak to me…but then, I am German, and yes, his style is very German.

    • SockMonkies

      I couldn’t agree more. As much as Sandyha’s look is either rubbing people the wrong way or inspiring them entirely, it was the only original thing coming down that runway (apart from Kristine’s green jacket). The unfortunate part about it is that her designs/who she is, leaves so much room for bitchy, side-line convos *cough Korina..really?* and bullying from these so called adult designers. For the sake of “TV”, that drama will work wonders for ratings but for people who watch the show to see fashion and innovative design, it’ll just be sad. I think anyways.

      Second thing: How on Earth did Hernan scrape through without even a nail scratch or disapproving eye from Nina with that outfit???

      • guest2visits

        How indeed. He used one fabric, one color (black of course) – while others used multiple materials and made multiple pieces. I don’t even know if he made the straps or bought them at Mood, but he struggled with them. Even though there wasn’t much of a design it looked messy and overwrought.
        He’s one of the designers I imagined would do better – but you can never tell. Some don’t get an opportunity to show their best in this kind of format either. I would’ve kept Angela over Hernan’s entry.

      • serenab44

        I know. Hernan’s was hideous. I feel like Kristine is quietly really good but she doesn’t provide very many good sound bites so she doesn’t get featured and therefore she’s not really noticed to the degree she should be; I thought she should have won. She really turned around her look in the first episode and I was shocked how cool it looked.

        • Shawn EH

          Hernan is going to hit the “taste-level” wall any second now.

          • RroseSelavy

            Is that near the Aldo accessories wall? #settingbarlow

            • Shawn EH

              And right down the street from Casanova Blvd.!

          • pdquick

            He’s going to crash into Jorts McFlipFlops when he hits.

            • Shawn EH

              Except The Mitchell hasn’t dressed any of the models as bad as he himself dresses …. yet?

      • swanpride

        Remember when TLo made a list of “the worst designs of Project Runway”? You could have said that all of those were “original” too. In face, this one has a whiff of the cancer dress.
        I’m more in the middle concerning Sadyha’s designs…I don’t mind her going all out, but I object to the shoddy finishing. The first dress she made had a lot of construction issues and I think the shoulders were a little bit too much. This one doesn’t feel organic at all, just some tubes attacked to a very simple dress.

    • Linderella

      I anxiously await Sandhya’s third win, when we will get to see Korina’s head literally explode. It’ll be unprecedented in the annals of reality television.
      P.S. I’d have totally sent Sean packing. Hideous, dated, and terrible construction–all that served with a side of smug attitude. Auf!

      • Chartreusite

        My thoughts exactly. When I saw his outfit my first thought is that it would’ve been something that would’ve been modern in the early-mid 2000s, which is SO off the mark for this challenge it hurts

      • ShaoLinKitten

        Korina keeps saying, “I don’t get it!” Yeah, we realize that you don’t get it. That’s why you haven’t won any challenges.

        • demidaemon

          BURN! I love it.

        • s elin

          I’m not a designer, but I know what I like. I can’t sing or play the piano, but I know when you’re off key. Korina can rightly be frustrated by Sandhya’s wins.

          • ShaoLinKitten

            Korina can feel however she wants to feel. However, the fact that she doesn’t get why Sandhya keeps winning indicates that she fails to understand what the judges want. They want daring, done well. They want to be surprised. Making pretty clothes isn’t enough to win. In fact, pretty alone is going to be boring. I personally don’t like Sandhya’s clothes, but I understand why she keeps winning. If I were one of the other designers, I’d try to “get it” instead of hating.

            • s elin

              That may be what the judges want. Is that what they’ve gotten? A print dress with torn sleeves and frayed edges? Emilio Sosa washers and strings redux? A pink sheath with…what…attached? I see what you’re saying. I still say that the other designers are rightfully frustrated, even the ones who had no chance of winning themselves.

            • ShaoLinKitten

              The judges are on crack. No doubt about it, but we are used to this. The three wins we’ve seen so far have all being weird shit, which makes me think, this season, they are rewarding risks. Being safe and pretty isn’t going to get you a win. Korina doesn’t get it. The only reason I have the tiniest inkling of getting it is that I’ve watched every damn season of this show.

            • s elin

              Me, too, Miss Kitten!

            • Eztizen Sánchez

              The judges want drama and pissing the designers off by giving the win to clearly fugly designs is perfect for it. So yeah, Korina doesn’t get it because there’s nothing to get.

      • s elin

        Except my head might explode, too.

    • rainwood1

      I didn’t think you should have gone home last night, Angela, and was surprised they criticized the color when the winning look was also pale pink. And Tim was just being a douche – something I never thought I’d say about him. I thought the criticism of your design last week was also unwarranted because your dress was adorable, and agree the first episode criticism of your pants was nonsense. The judging, in my view, has been a big batch of what the fuckery. Stick with your aesthetic. Your designs are much more sellable and wearable than most of what we’re seeing on PR from the others. Best of success in the future.

    • kerryev

      I just realized that Kini turned his model into a taller Hernan.

    • Yuju Ti

      I guess as a self- taught designer surrounded by people who devote all their energy on making money, Angela’s cloth must have been praised all the time. Wall Street folks buy everything, the fact that one of their fellow money makers can make something else is amazing enough for them.

      • Qitkat

        What does this even mean? It’s a confusing comment.

      • kerryev

        I think you’re probably right, except I don’t think she was self-taught. I thought she said she went to FIT or somesuch.

    • s elin

      The judges criticized Angela’s pink dress as bland, and then praised Sandhya’s pink dress as fresh. What? Sandhya designed a sheath with some weirdness attached. Zac said, “It’s not the most revolutionary dress, but…” Wasn’t that the challenge, to design a dress for 20 years from now? I agree that no one else knocked it out of the park, but I would have given the win to the green neoprene coat. What are the judges smoking this season?

    • Skippymom1

      Is it my imagination or does Korina’s model look eerily like every K. Stewart RC publicity still I have even seen?

      • SewingSiren

        Yes she does. And her walk was terrible.

        • Shawn EH

          We called her “Mrs. Paul Edie Brickell Simon” when she appeared on the runway.

    • unbornfawn

      Mitchell should have saved his look for the “design something for Heidi’s sportswear line” challenge.

    • JulieTy

      Samantha’s looks like something Zosia Mamet would wear, and would be able to pull off well.

    • AmyP

      Am I just being nostalgic, or is there less emphasis now on the designers’ process and more emphasis on the runway and critique?Only 50 minutes of the 90 minute television show involved the design and creation process. 40 mins is too much for the runway and critiques IMO.

      • BuffaloBarbara

        I wouldn’t mind if they used it to actually talk about the clothes and the design process, and whether it worked or not, instead of “I don’t care! How dare you question me?!”

    • BobStPaul

      Thanks to this and other blogs, I won’t have to watch this episode. Kristine’s is great but as usual I hated Sandhya’s look. I probably would have auf’ed her just for the horrible make-up let alone that dress. I guess I’m just totally out of the loop on this season.

      • s elin

        Don’t think you’re out of the loop because of the lipstick. That is straight out of Star Wars.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      I have to disagree about Sandhya — not just because it was ugly, but because it reflects nothing at all that makes sense would happen only twenty years in the future (though, as I said in the lounge last night, if I’m wrong and in twenty years, everyone is wearing gold snakes, I’ll march around with a sandwich board saying I missed the call). It didn’t seem like a good answer to the challenge because it seems extremely unlikely, given the last twenty years, that we’ll suddenly be wearing SF costumes. Maybe 200 years, if we’re living on the Paramount lot by then, though personally, I’m expecting jeans, tee-shirts, and some headgear to secure all the wearables, presuming they aren’t implanted. I saw a lady at the store the other day using her hijab to secure her phone while she went through the produce. That struck me as a fashion answer to tech problems. Working with headgear would have been a good answer.

      I actually liked the dress before the gold snakes. I thought that using Bollywood colors was a good extrapolation — growing immigrant community with more visible influence all the time. I think it’s very likely that Bollywood-flavored clothes could be in 20 years from now. I just thought she overdid by making the snakes.

      Weird that they praised her for pink immediately after castigating Angela for using a just slightly paler shade of it, though.

      If the assignment had been to create editorial high fashion, I could see something like it (though that doesn’t fix the fugly). But it sounded to me like they wanted some analysis of actual trends to try and predict a reasonable fashion trend. In that, Angela’s was actually the most likely. They said it themselves. She looks like a very reasonable stewardess. It extrapolates the tendency we’ve had to drop sleeps from everything (grr, had to buy a bridesmaid dress and nothing had sleeves!), and just messes around with the lapel and neckline. That seems reasonable in only 20 years. The rest all seemed to be overshooting.

      That said ,Angela needed to leave, for her own sake. I don’t know why exactly they were gunning for her, but they certainly seem to have been.

      There was definitely a lot of “basic” out there. I’d have sent the potato sack home. Hernan definitely deserved a call-out on “taste issues.”

    • Tvdiva

      I am very disappointed in Tim Gunn. He is a mentor and should be neutral in the judging. The contestants look to him for support and guidance. His opinion would be best spoken in the workroom BEFORE the runway. It was mean spirited and terrible to throw her under the bus at judging. He demonstrated some of this behavior in his show Under The Gunn as I attributed it to bad editing but this is no editing to say it should be euthanized !!!! There were worse outfits and if she is THAT fragile why choose her anyway ????? I am close to not watching anymore if this keeps up. Tim should be a trusted advisor and mentor not a critic at judging. He went way over the line and no one will want to try out I’m the future knowing he doesn’t believe in them and have their back.

      • Samantha

        Agree! I was shocked at his behavior on “Under the Gunn” and hoped to never see that show again, yet here he is doing the same thing on PR. My adoration of him has been smashed.

    • Tracy_Flick

      Quick, before next week. Someone run to Mood and hide all the fabric in shades ranging from Easter Bunny’s ears to Pepto-bismol. Wait, no, don’t hide it, burn it.

    • Tracy_Flick

      I don’t want to be a bitch (I do want to be a bitch) but when Jorts McFlipFlops said he was designing for a future where climate change had submerged major cities, so, BEACH FUN! I just couldn’t believe my ears, it was almost like it had to be satire. This guy is almost like something out of Zoolander.

      • veriance

        teal! He used teal. Should have auf’d him for that

    • destroy1234

      Korina’s dress makes her model’s thighs three times bigger than they should be…

    • Jose R. Medina

      I’m so glad she is finally gone ! I don’t know who was going to have the nervous breakdown first Angela or me watching Angela meltdown and explain how she only wanted to do things that were clean and simple. Jeez

    • swanpride

      I would have had Sadhya in the top on the grounds that she really nailed the brief, but wouldn’t have given her the win on the grounds that the golden stuff doesn’t look like an organic part of the dress, but like something foreign which was just attached to it. Kristine’s had some construction issues in the back, but it was more like something I can see a Marie Claire costumer wear in the future.
      Perhaps I am too German, but I really like Fäde’s vision of the future…for one, it was the only entry which showed a clear 1990th influence (something all top designs were missing), and two I like the idea that the future is comfy and colourful instead of edgy and dark.

      • Chartreusite

        I loved Sandhya’s dress but I agree that the applique could’ve been thought out differently. When I saw the still photos I thought it was sewn completely onto the dress but to have it loosely bend and fold as the model walked was kind of jarring.

      • Samantha

        Am I the only one who thought his design looked liked pajama’s? I swear, I have some comfy pj’s just like that outfit. I wonder if I can get away with wearing them out? hehehehe

        • swanpride

          Well, it’s 20 years in the future. Until then, I can see it becoming a trend to wear the house ensemble out. Honestly, I think you would be able to get away with this one in Germany, now, at least for making sport.

        • s elin

          The fabric reminded me of Nik Nik shirts from the 70s.

    • Jose R. Medina

      The challenge was so simple go back 20 years so that you can project 20 years into the future ! yet these designers don’t have a sense of history or or any kind of fashion knowledge to be able to do that! that’s why everything was so hum drum and boring !

    • Jose R. Medina

      On the subject of Sandhyas second win ! #jetpackdress NO. I’m still offended by her first win that dress with the torn shoulders,frayed edges ! Representative of a sexual assault not worthy of a win!

    • Micaela Cannon

      To begin…I preferred Kristine’s design, thought that Marie Claire would have liked her design better as well, but I agree that Sandhya’s work was the most out there. For those of you who don’t get it, and are completely baffled by the applique of the ‘jet pack’ …I really didn’t think it was outside the realm of possibility. 30 years ago women felt the need to make their shoulders look ENORMOUS…why is the jet pack anymore crazy then some of the designs we saw in the 80s?

      • Eztizen Sánchez

        30 years ago women felt the need to make their shoulders look enormous and it was ugly as fuck. In 30 years time women might feel the need to wear badly made jet packs and they will be ugly as fuck. Just because someone wears it doesn’t mean it’s good, or pretty, or well done.

        • HansMoleman

          And where did the designers 30 years ago get the idea for shoulder-pad dresses and jackets? From the designers 30 years before them – from Lauren Bacall and Joan Crawford.

          Fashion is cyclical and that’s what the challenge was supposed to show. Twenty years ago, who was wearing metallic snakes on their dresses?

    • CJ Guziewicz

      I agree with the win. Most played it safe, Hernan and Korina were just as horrific as the three on the bottom.

    • Eztizen Sánchez

      Sandhiya’s dress was imaginative, but those straps or whatever they are look arts & crafty. In the future we will make our own shitty straps and wear them over a basic pink dress from 2014? It wasn’t forward thinking, it was Sandhiya on crack. Again.

      Emily’s jumpsuit looks like a bad replica of Gretchen’s from Season 9. Nice, but unoriginal, very current (not futuristic AT ALL).

      Angela’s wasn’t very good, but it wasn’t that bad either. The other two outfits on the bottom and many in the middle were way. WAY worse the hers. And I love that they said “the skirt is too short”. For 2014? A little. For 2034? Bitch, please. People already go around showing half their private parts. You think showing your knees will be skanky in 2034?

      The only good thing about this episode were Emily’s and Kini’s photos from 1994.

    • Prairieguy

      Every contestant on every reality show ever: “I’m not here to make friends.”

      Sandhya: “At first I thought I was going to make friends with everyone…”

      I was already rooting so hard for her at this point, but that just sealed the deal. Shine on, sister!

      Also her design this week gave me a serious Stargate vibe, and sure enough a glance at IMDB confirmed that it was released in…1994. 90′s retrofuturism for the win.

      • Samantha

        OMG, I just love this post. :D

    • ewenice

      I was very angry that NONE of them went for sustainable fabrics like bamboo, wool, silk, linen etc. Then talked about the world getting colder, instead of hotter (at least Mr. Neoprene got that bit). Then the styles were just shit on a stick. Bamboo fabrics with clever layering in some kind of chic design was needed.

    • alyce1213

      I strongly disagree about Sandhya’s win. I’m not convinced that draping plastic gold snakes down a basic shift dress is forward thinking in any way. I did not get that dress. I would not wear that dress as is, now or in the future –maybe without the gold snakes, but then it would be so BASIC.

    • alyce1213

      You go girl! They done you wrong. I like your aesthetic.

    • Scarlet39

      I think it was a win be default because everything else (except for Kristine’s fabulous coat) on the runway was so banal. Under any other circumstances she would have been called out for being artsy crafty and costumey.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        So far the designers are turning out a lot of meh and/or WTF looks. For me, Sandhya’s dress won because it was the best of a very basic bunch.

      • s elin

        Then why not give the win to Kristine’s fabulous coat? I think most people agree that it was indeed fabulous. Why give the win to a pink sheath with twin slinkies attached?

    • Carriganak

      There were definitely some odd results in this one. I thought Samantha’s model looked way too timid and scared walking down the runway, and I don’t feel the outfit made her look like someone comfortable in her own skin (I did like it though).

      Also, your photo supplier gave you a really bad photo of Kini’s model. She looks really mannish.

      Does anyone else get the idea they might be building Sandhya up really high just to watch her fall? I think she’s talented, but two wins in three episodes seems like there’s going to be a real collapse of ego down the road.

      (Also, T Lo, you guys responded to a tweet I made and said you loved my hair. That was hair I had in February, but that really made my evening. Thanks!)

    • Filmjen

      WTF with Hernan’s garment?! W.T.F. Also, the whole “grunge aesthetic is passe” critique for a 2034 by way of 1994 challenge? That just made no sense especially since Kristine’s look wasn’t even grunge. I get Clueless (which was a few years later than 94), but not grunge. Then, Zac defended the damn Poppins hat?! I shouldn’t even allow myself to apply any kind of logic or sense of style to these critiques.

    • Guest

      Sean’s look was SO “Samantha Jones attends Javier’s funeral after she went on the heroin binge with him.”

    • dmkava

      Hernan is consistently a disaster, Sean is consistently overpraising his work, Korina is consistently peering around the room and judging with her bitchy eyes-the only one who is consistently doing anything worthwhile is Sandhya, and that’s winning. Honestly I think she belongs on a much earlier season when the designers were much more creative. This show, while still entertaining, feels like the latter seasons of American Idol, where they ran out of worthy contestants.

      • somebody blonde

        Heh, I think the problem with these long-running reality shows is that worthy contestants stop trying out because they see that it really doesn’t pay off for the winners. Very few Project Runway designers seem to get much of a career boost from being on the show (Christian Siriano being the major exception), and the same seems to be the case for Idol at this point. RuPaul’s Drag Race will probably be fine for a while, mostly because there’s still a major incentive to try out: once you’ve been on RPDR, your booking fees go up.

        • Obviously I Have No Taste

          Which may be why they are pushing Sandhya. She is capable of producing fashion much like Alexander McQueen (whose company she interned with) and McQueen had many “runway” pieces that no one would wear on the streets but he could still produce wearable pieces as well. I guess we will just have to wait and see. I have been to Sandhya’s shows before so I know she can prouduce wearable and salable items.

    • Kristy Sheldon

      “ten bad seconds away from clawing someone’s face off in fear.” hahahahaha

    • Jasmaree

      I’m still not getting the Sandhya hype. I’d maybe consider it if the challenge said to create a look 100 or 50 years in the future. But, as others have noted before me, 20 years isn’t a very long time. There will be changes in how fashion is perceived but nothing as drastic as Sandhya’s. I’m with Heidi on this one: she heard the word “future,” ignored everything else, and went directly to the “Comic Book” section of her mind. But even if it was a brief for 100 years in the future, that wouldn’t stop her dress from being butt-ugly. They criticized the color of Angela’s look, but from where I’m standing, it’s very similar to Sandhya’s–a very ugly shade of pink. On top of that, the dress looks like the very worst of the “unconventional materials” challenges–it looks like she just made a basic dress and glued bunch of shit to it (and not even in a visually appealing way). But at least in those challenges, designers are faced with a problem with materials. This girl had $200 and freedom to roam Mood.

      Cannot get on board.

      • Obviously I Have No Taste

        Everybody had $200 and the freedom to roam Mood and most picked DARK colors and evidently that is not what the judges wanted. Also, as T&L said, most looks had nothing to do with the future. Emily even told the judges that her look was from her line that she made several years ago. (But I LOVED her jumpsuit!) As to the designers not addressing any aspect of how the world and our lives might be different 20 years from now – we don’t know if they did this or not. So much of the show is left on the editing room floor. I hope they have the “extended judging” videos that they have had in the past so we can see all that was said.

    • AdamBR

      Thank you, TLo, for that direct link to the 2055 Challenge from season 1. I’ve stopped watching Project Runway, and just read your recaps, when the show moved to Lifetime. From the looks of things, it doesn’t seem like I missed anything. Kara Saun’s Blade Runner coat (and Jay’s Mood Patch dress) remain two of my most favorite Project Runway looks of all time.

      Anyway, you were dead-on with your comments. Basic and incredibly lacking in vision (of the future).

    • ElaineMarie34

      I thought Sandhya’s dress was awful. I’m surprised no one used more vivid color. My immediate thought for the future was that it’s going to be HOT, so I would design a voluminous linen tunic/minidress, but then we will also want to be armored, so some sort of structured bolero to hold in the volume, and we will be nostalgic for nature and global, so maybe some very colorful botanical embellishments. I know that’s a lot of ideas, but I was really surprised that no one even seemed to address climate change and how that will affect what we wear.

      • Gatto Nero

        No one addressed any aspect of how the world and our lives might be different 20 years from now. And they weren’t asked to defend their designs from that perspective. That was disappointing.

    • http://www.redriverhistorian.com texashistorian

      Hernan makes me angry…. his “vision” was the reason his team was ripped in the last episode, but he, for some reason, thinks he always nails it. It’s like there’s a serious case of delusionisim that several of these designers have – Alexandra and Korina come to mind. I can’t believe no one used lighter fabric (global warming?), some kind of spacious, breezy hood (sun protection), and designed a pocket to store the bio-information center that will no doubt be implanted into all of us by then. Geesh.

      • demidaemon

        There was so much goddamned black on that runway. Sandya was really smart for using color and using it fairly well.

        • Chartreusite

          I’m so surprised so many designers stray from color. Considering it’s pretty much common knowledge that all PR contestants limit themselves to neutrals if not entirely black, using any sort of color automatically makes your work stand out in a good way as long as you’re not dumb about it. It reminds me of the design a dress for Lord and Taylor challenge that Michelle won with a dress that was yellow when everyone else was using pink.

          • demidaemon

            I think it is pretty limiting, but I expect many of them use black because it is easier to hide sewing flaws and patterns need a fairly expert hand. That just makes those who do rise further to the top.

    • Nelliebelle1197

      T & Lo- thank you for the visit to Project Rungay. My friend and I used to read it together in the mornings at our respective jobs and email about the rundown.This was before texting was a “thing”! Of course, the archive look is different, but I am heading over now to visit Kevin Johns and Jay and Kara Saun and Star! How come I remember them better than whomever was on last season?

      • somebody blonde

        I know the answer to this one: because they were more interesting. Let’s face it, the move to Lifetime and to Bunim/Murray was a terrible thing for the show. Seasons 7 and 8 managed to be decent, but seasons 1-5 had various great combinations of characters/talent. TLo complained at the time about season 4′s relative lack of drama, but I think the final collections made up for it.

        • Nelliebelle1197

          After I posted this, I went and sought out a “Where are they now” article or two; those articles just reinforced how sad the show is now. You are 1000% correct in your assessment.

    • Annie Lure

      At least this challenge yielded more design than the make-a-spring-look challenge. Many designers had fairly polished garments. Very few of the garments could be considered futuristic, though.

      Sandhya: I appreciate the fabrication. I wish it were a bit more integrated into the basic dress (which appropriately served as foundation for the embellishment). The industrial sensibility she was aiming to convey is palpable. She’s indubitably a visionary, although the producers, upon observing the dynamics in the workroom, have decided to ascribe her the “award multiple wins to the girl no one likes just to watch the others simmer and dislike her more and more. Then maybe she’ll break down and seek therapist Tim again” narrative.

      Kristine: Hers should have been the winning entry. I respond to the juxtaposition of the soft ensemble against the textured slashed-sleeved neoprene jacket. One criticism: I wish the skirt and top were more pristinely cut as befits the minimalism.

      Emily: I’m glad she didn’t make something wacky again. No, this time she made a well-executed, balanced piece. Love the texture and the versatility (with the hood). A top-scorer but not a winner due to its lack of futurism. This jumpsuit is ubiquitous as of now. Nothing forward-thinking about it.

      Fade: Nice graphic impact, well-executed as per usual, and sporty. But it’s in no way futuristic or inventive. In fact, it’s pedestrian.

      Hernan: He’s a pervert, that one. Feeling up the models’ boobs and pussies. Oh, Baaaybiee. Disgusting. His dress? Expectedly trashy. Trashy Heidi loved it though, so he’s through to next week. But, you know, as trashy as the dress is, it’s not entirely without merit. The cutouts and the draping do generate some design interest.

      Korina: Pants are AWFUL. Quite dowdy. Too wide. The crotch is, uh, ineffable.

      Char: Sleek pants vs. voluminous, folded top. Proportions aren’t particularly pleasing. And how is this futuristic?

      Mitchell: Decent idea, badly handled. Stripes don’t match, and I don’t understand why the pant portion’s waist sits so low and makes it appear as if the top portion is tucked into the pant portion. Why have a pant portion at all? Why not one piece?

      Samantha: Super cute. Nicely layered. Luxurious. Inclusion and placement of the backpack was cool. But I’m no convinced there’s much futurism to it.

      Amanda: I didn’t hate this. Of course it’s not futuristic–how many entries were– but it IS well-designed. She made three impressively finished pieces. Structured, severely cut bodice vs. sheer shirt-top. I see nothing offensive about it.

      Kini: Ambitious and well-rendered. It certainly possesses versatility and affords options. But it’s not particularly forward.

      Sean: Eh. His two previous entries were ugly but well-executed. This is ugly AND badly executed. Quite dreary. Lacking in imaginative surprise.

      Alexander: An elimination-worthy entry. Poor fabric choices and ZERO design. Silhouette is near identical to his first-challenge entry and thus evinces narrow range. No idea why they kept him in. Edgy, did he characterize this dress? Delusion won’t serve him well.

      Angela: Watching her crack hit her head on the edges of tables and and injure her feet by dropping scissors and whatnot compelled the producers to ascribe her the “not a bad designer but scarily frantic. Let’s have the judges rip her competently designed pieces and reduce her to a puddle of tears.”
      None of her the three entries she’s presented is terrible, and her aesthetic is discernible: delicate, as she calls it, and softly structured.

    • demidaemon

      It was a pity offing, and I can’t really blame the judges. She needed to be put out of her misery. Also, her aesthetic was one that a) the judges have never responded well to and b) needed a lot more time than this show would ever allow to be properly executed.

      Everyone should want to steal Emily’s model (since she was basically the reason for the high score) and Sandya is my clear favorite, which means she will probably lose or be eliminated halfway through.

      • Chartreusite

        With two wins under her belt so soon in the game, I have a feeling she’ll at least make it to an episode or two before the finale. Winning the first challenge usually gives a lot of good will, and winning a bunch of early challenges practically guarantees fashion week.

        • demidaemon

          I hope so. I think she is probably near the top of this bunch for vision and aesthetic.

          She’ll still probably lose the whole thing and be Korto 2.0.

    • Big Bear

      If I’d known I could win this thing by making an ugly pink dress with vacuum cleaner hose tacked to it I would have entered myself.

      Worst line of the night: Amanda De Cadanet praising the fact that you could change the length of the dress by hoisting it up yourself. Um, that’s pretty much true of every dress with pockets ever made!

      Worst line of the night – runner up:Nina thinking ‘Houston, we have a problem’ was clever.

    • largishbearishAtlish

      Glad you said ‘boring episode’…we are 2 (3? 4?) eps in and I am already very very bored with this season…anyone else? where are the ‘personalities’ and…um….stuff?? anyone else starting to debate just reading T’lo’s (wonderful!) reviews instead of watching the “drama” (more like “editing”)…anyone?

      • s elin

        Yes. And yes.

    • fringebenefit

      In this living room, we were actually on Angela’s side until she said something like, “My feet are basically very thin.” Wha?! We took it as a metaphor, and when she was sent home we all said, “Good thing. Her feet are thin and couldn’t have held her upright for the long haul.”

    • DuBey2

      Uncles, you Cracked me up and were TOTALLY right – I did NOT scroll all the way down before reading your defense of Sandhya’s. But then I did, amazingly obedient BK that I am. And I grudgingly admitted then & Thurs.p.m. that hers was the most futuristic & interesting. I think the stilettos helped offset the length & straightness of the dress, & I even liked the lip detail she styled with it. However, for some reason she really bugs me. However, that would not keep her from being a successful designer & she definitely could win the whole thing.
      My other favorites:
      Samantha (I would wear that ASAP, in a petite size!, please)
      Kristine – She’s emerging as a force to be reckoned with. Loved the way she saved jacket from being “Too ‘Lady’”
      Emily – who I picked for the win — loved the way the jacket looked when unzipped to show the metallic buttons or whatever & lovely shape over the jumpsuit
      Mitchell – who rescued a frightening looking (ice skaters outfit) after the Tim review. It also looked a teeny bit futuristic.
      Fade – although I’d never wear it myself, he keeps surprising each week with his versatility

      As for Angela, who I’ve been pulling for, I hated this & thought it looked like cheap polyester. I still think, away from ‘reality show craziness’ she may become a quite successful designer – taking more time & designing for a certain type of woman. A business woman, or even a politician, who wants something different than the same old. But this was NOT it. Throw it out and start over, please, Angela. You can impact business clothes in a great way — keep tweaking.

    • RroseSelavy

      I had thankfully forgotten Fashion Farm but could never forget the fabulous Laura Bennett. Must watch some season 3 episodes now.

      • Winter_White

        I’ve been meaning to rewatch that Season 3 episode with the dogs…hilarious that each designer ended up with a dog that looked exactly like him/herself. :)

        BTW, only a couple of the S7 burlap sack-outfits were as sad as Alexander’s dress. (The most memorable was Ping’s — it just looked like a burlap sack…except she’d cut it so that most of the model’s personal business was on display.)

    • Michael Albert

      Sandhya has a strong design perspective, but this was a poorly made pink dress with a bunch of metallic leather hoops made to look like the model was carting two hoses around and didn’t know how to apply her lipstick. I didn’t even like it in the sketches. Kristine was the clear winner to me. The clear loser? Alexander. He almost LITERALLY sent his model down the runway in a burlap potato sack with some leather detailing on top (maybe saved by the fact that it was a last minute save). I was pleasantly surprised by Mitchell….it was fun and had a concept that I kind of dug. And I wasn’t as down on Amanda as T&Lo seemed to be. If the model had been in a fashion forward blouse instead of a bikini top, I think it would have come off kind of chic. Hernan’s was atrocious, but the model worked it. He probably came in 4th from the bottom. Angela should still be in, mental health issues aside.

    • bunnydiet

      Spot on once again with your review. There will be drama now when the other designers go after Sondjay.any one who can survive a pre-arranged marriage and actually make it seem enjoyable should be able to handle herself around the vultures.

    • TLJezebel

      I do not understand the judges’ boner for Sandhya.

    • tired_mommy

      Wonder if we’ll get a team challenge next week that pairs Sandhya with Korina to amp up the drama??

    • SophieCollier

      You know, it’s a shame no one went with a Mad Max/Tank Girl dystopian future angle. That would have been awesome.

    • Jena Marie DiPinto

      I think they may have also Auf’ed her to avoid the ever-annoying episode when one contestant goes completely batcrap, snaps their last fragile nerve and runs away, messing with the elimination sequence.

    • Tee

      If I wanted to waste 90 minutes and be mad, I’d watch the E! network. Time to delete this bad mushroom trip show from my DVR recording list. Heidi & co, you’re out!

      • Obviously I Have No Taste

        Make sure you keep to your word. Don’t want to see you back here next week complaining about PR!

    • Larry Bouchard

      Can we all at least agree that Zach is into Sean for all the wrong reasons?

      • Chartreusite

        Absolutely. I was shocked and appalled he went to bat for Sean so hard.

    • kismet026

      I am essentially very similar to Angela, so I’ve related to her during her brief tenure on Project Runway. I am Asian (Japanese, I’m unsure of her ethnicity given her surname) and I related to her every step of the way. I think she was undone by the (unnecessary) criticism from the first two challenges. She never got to be a real contestant, because she was told immediately she wasn’t enough, and though she tried to buck the judges’ expectations, that did her no good. I’d have loved to see what she would have designed if she felt it was just for herself, because her portfolio designs were gorgeous.

      • minnye

        The “shop” page on Angela’s website says “coming soon!” & I am rooting for her to succeed. To me she seems pretty strong and focused. Crying isn’t an unusual reaction to stress. I felt for her too. It seemed like everyone was gunning for her, from the judges to the vast internet commentariat… didn’t make sense to me. I hope the exposure from PR helps her career.

      • Kwei-lin Lum

        Yes, and I think she’d do well designing for smaller boned women. It’s a nightmare trying to find clothes. Everything is cut for larger women, and petites are not always very attractive, and sometimes those prints overwhelm you. She’s an Asian woman trying to find footing in a creative industry for which her family, I’m sure, did not want her to enter (so she didn’t). Good luck to her.

    • Marcus Macleod

      I HATED Sandhya’s look and I think Kristine should have won. Ugh. Sorry but Sandhya’s was SO costumey! Kristine’s I could actually see people wearing.

      • Michelle Gennari

        Totally agree with you 100% on both!

    • Michelle Gennari

      Kristine definitely deserved this win. I just don’t see Sandahya’s look as anything “futuristic” at all. It didn’t look like something you could/would really wear. I’m unsure why she deserves this win, really.

      • Obviously I Have No Taste

        It was supposed to be editorial. Dark looks generally are not considered editorial.

    • shanteUstay

      I can not be the only one who thought Sean gave us “Mary Poppins funeral attire”
      That is exactly what flew through my head when the model hit the runway!!

    • nandeyanen

      I don’t know if I’ve ever been quite so… IRRITATED by a result on project runway. Sure, I’ve had more than a couple of “whuuut” and “nooo” moments through the seasons but well, I suppose it acceptable(ish) in general. This week, when Sandhya was revealed to be in the top, it was “whuuut”. But when she WON over Kristine…………..I’m genuinely mad for Kristine. I understand that Sandhya’s look was “inventive and imaginative”, but to call it fashion-forward, to me, just seems pretentious. Like how famous designers knock out really ugly clothing but people are like ooo that’s sooo creativeeee. There have been past designs on PR that are creative AND yet strong and wow. Sandhya’s just wasn’t. I think she’s going to win this season.

    • Agatha Guilluame

      I would jump on the Kristine should’ve won bandwagon except for the fact that I’ve seen that exact look at Zara’s clothing store. That’s their aesthetic exactly.

      • Obviously I Have No Taste

        Yes, Agatha, I have seen the same jacket on DIY videos. You take an old leather jacket and cut the sleeves to get a shredded effect. It’s a grunge/punk look. Krisinte just used the Army green and a quilting effect.

    • yayito83

      what a boring runway… If I hadn’t watched the show before i would never have guessed the challenge was to design for the year 2034, and it got even worse after a followed the links to the season 1 episode, what a difference!!!

    • oekmama

      I’m German, and I would only wear that to bed. In winter. After hubby put out the lights. Or maybe for gardening. Definitely not to get the newspaper from the mailbox. And those shoes! Fügly. There. I said it.

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

      So sorry Christine didn’t win. Loved that look. I get the push the envelop appeal of the winning dress, but all it really looked like to me was a costume for a sci fi spoof movie.

    • Ksbw5

      From lower spinal cord to shoulders to kneecaps I really thought the shiny pseudo-snakes on that very BASIC dress were deplorable. Pass on the crack pipe.

    • Lilithcat

      This stuff was so dreary! I’ve never seen so many muddy browns in my life.

    • kaydenpat

      It would be too funny if next week is a team challenge and because Sandhya has immunity one of her teammates is sent home. I like her but am not sure if I like her designs. We’ll see how far she goes being so far out there.

    • Cynthia Kepler-Karrer

      No NINA CAPS????? God, there were some delicious looks she gave last week.

    • ddfrog

      Sorry if this was posted (just catching up…) Isn’t it illegal to tape the garment to the model???

    • unbornfawn

      Angela. really wasn’t up to the pressure of the competition, and I fault the producers for casting her and then to some extent let her be bullied. Her designs have been fairly basic but not horrible.

    • ktr33

      Korina should’ve been out with that duct tape fiasco 2 weeks ago, but the judges liked it. WTF???? Her piece this week was GODAWFUL. I’d wear Alexander’s post-apocalyptic horse blanket over that tacky, unflattering mess that Korina made.Take a second look at it. It’s abysmal. It’s making me MAD!