Project Runway: The “Pretend Heidi Has Taste” Challenge

Posted on August 22, 2014

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No. Absolutely not. It is a universal rule that the quality of a reality television competition declines sharply with each second of highly (and awkwardly) staged scenarios (see: “America’s Next Top Model”). This looks like a low-budget version of a Real Housewives franchise. Why are the “paparazzi” all dressed alike, like henchmen on a Batman TV show? Why do we think they just borrowed some cameras from the window display behind them, since none of those cameras look professional grade? Oh, Project Runway. You vex us in your dotage.

 

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As for the challenge, because it’s Friday and we’re lazy, we’re just gonna repeat what we said yesterday in the PR Open Thread (which you should all hang out in on Thursday nights, because the Bitter Kittens really unsheath their claws to delicious effect):

We have no idea why they return to this well every season. It just seems like a reason for all of the designers to go as safe as possible (which means a really boring runway) and Heidi gets to down a bottle of bitch vitamins and unleash a lot of producer-generated vitriol as she parades through the work room like she’s Coco Chanel.”

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And to that we would add that the designers are under a totally unworkable limitation – and no, we’re not talking about the ludicrous idea of making an Emmys gown in no more than 16 hours. It’s the silly conceit of talking about issues of taste when the brief is to design a red carpet gown for HEIDI FREAKING KLUM.

A refresher, in case you need one:

Project-Runway-Season-13-Episode-5-Review-TV-Show-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO-(9)Heidi Klum attends the 2013 Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party in a Julien MacDonald plunging v-neck gown accessorized with Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.

Project-Runway-Season-13-Episode-5-Review-TV-Show-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO-(10)Heidi Klum attends the MTV Europe Music Awards 2012 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany in a Versace gown paired with Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.

Heidi-Klum-America-Got-Talent-Roberto-Cavalli-WPSR15-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Heidi Klum attends “America’s Got Talent” Red Carpet Event in New York City in a Roberto Cavalli look from the Resort 2015 collection accessorized with Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.

Heidi-Klum-America-Got-Talent-APBD-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Heidi Klum at the America’s Got Talent red carpet event at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

Project-Runway-Season-13-Episode-5-Review-TV-Show-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO-(8)Heidi Klum at the “America’s Got Talent” Season 8 Live Voting Rounds Kick-off Pre-Show at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in a Versace dress paired with Saint Laurent shoes and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.

 

Our case, it is rested. Everyone knows she secretly loved all the flashy, tacky, skin-baring designs, but because she was standing next to Tim, everyone had to pretend she was Cate Blanchett or something.

How do you get Tim to mentor a challenge like this? How do you please Nina? What are you supposed to do when Heidi sniffs and acts offended by the idea of a python print, when it’s clear she’d prefer the world to think she skins cats in her spare time? We joked on the twitters that it shouldn’t be all that hard to design a dress for Heidi, given her style preferences, but the designers were all restricted to designing for this fictional version of Heidi.

Which is why this dress won, really:

 

Sean
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Sean managed the trick of making something that really spoke to Heidi’s attention-seeking side while at the same time preventing Nina and Zac from having to award the win to something they found revolting. This was perhaps a bit overpraised, but that’s been the case for every win so far this season. The judges are working really hard to act like they’re seeing rare displays of talent and innovation, instead of mostly really basic stuff.

Don’t get us wrong; we think it’s good and probably the most deserving of the win, but it didn’t set our world on fire or anything. We thought it looked really heavy.

 

 

Kini
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Again with Kini making decent, but basic looks. He seems like a really sweet guy, but he’s way too smug about how he finishes challenges hours before everyone else. If you have hours to perfect your work, then perfect it. This is good, but far from great.

 

Amanda
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We just can’t with this one. That shit is straight up ugly and the judges all gritted their teeth and pretended it was chic. Amanda II: The Gretchening continues.

 

Char
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Enh. It’s dramatic, but too voluminous. And it looks dated. Char really needs to step it up – and soon.

 

 

Emily
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See? This is what we mean. If everyone was being honest, this would have been the clear winner. It’s tacky as shit, but Heidi ate it up with a spoon.

 

 

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This was pretty, a little bit different, and yet totally Heidi. The only reason we can think why it might not have scored higher (aside from the judges’ inexplicable boredom with fade) is that the train looked a little flimsy and might have benefitted from a lining.

 

 

Sandhya
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We don’t think she did anything wrong, necessarily, by immediately scooping up the budgets of all the people not going to mood, but that kind of Wendy Pepper-style maneuvering (after all, she admitted she was doing it as much to keep the money out of others’ hands as to keep it for herself) doesn’t exactly make her look good. And it definitely makes her earlier tattling to Tim look very calculated.

Anyway, we were split on this one. Lorenzo liked it, but Tom thought the lace looked terrible over that sickly-looking green-gold, and the dress looked heavy and shapeless.

 

Samantha
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STEP. IT. UP. GIRL.

Her stuff is consistently forgettable, week after week.

 

 

Alexander
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We like Alexander, but this was not the time for your fashion student experiments. Heidi would never wear something like this, even if you raise the hem in the back right up to her ass cheeks.

 

Let’s just take the bottom 3 as a group:

 

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Kristine
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Mitchell
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None of these were good and we’re pretty okay with how the low score shook out. But it seems to us that Kristine is the only one out of the three who’s shown promise in her work. If you were going to do a double elimination, then it should have been Mitchell and Korina. Their dresses were basic and ugly. Kristine’s dress was at least a little different and nowhere near as awful as Korina’s.

Seriously, WHY would you run out to buy more drab green fabric after Heidi hated the first drab green fabric you picked? Girl should’ve gone home just for being so clueless.

We really missed Kors last night. He would have had a field day making lip jokes about Mitchell’s dress.

 

 

 

 

 

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    • UsedtobeEP

      Sandhya = nun’s habit, compared to what Heidi usually likes to wear.

      • marlie

        Same with Kini’s. And of course, they were two of the nicest looks on the runway.

        • Snarkmeister

          I thought Kini’s was good (it fit his model perfectly) but Sandhya obviously let the fabric do all the work in her dress. It was pretty, because that lace fabric was stunning (and I happen to love that green/gold color), but it was also boring and shapeless.

          • Kent Roby

            I kept thinking about how awesome that black fabric would look with color gradation under it, like bright yellow on the top fading down to deep red on the bottom. That would have given more life to the dress, even with this basic design.

          • onetinkerbell

            It seems to me that she doesn’t have much to say in the way of shape when it comes to her garments – she puts out pretty basic shapes. It’s the bling that the judges have been responding to, so she went out and bought a fabric that no one else could afford and that allowed her to have the bling and still get away with making a fairly uninspiring dress that had little innovation in terms of shape and wasn’t particularly flattering.

    • tpalgal

      Korina’s dress was so wrong on so many levels – not the least of which was getting a shiny fabric in exactly the same color as the first fabric and calling it “emerald green.” Girl, go watch The Wizard of Oz in glorious Technicolor and check out the Emerald City. That is emerald green.

      Does anyone else think that it was inappropriate for Heidi to give the designers a second trip to Mood because she didn’t like what they were designing? Of course, it turned out to be an advantage to exactly no one, but still. On principle.

      • UsedtobeEP

        She should have gone home for that alone. If you are designing something that your client calls a failure, and you pick up the main failing element and repeat it, then you need to fail for it, as a lesson. There were no rules that said, “You cannot change colors.”

      • Frank_821

        it did benefit Sandhya

        • tpalgal

          You’re right, it did benefit Sandhya, not only because her second dress was better (marginally) than her first “Dynasty” creation, but because the ineffective hysteria of Mitchell, Korina and Christine trying to start from scratch in creating a viable red carpet look with five hours of work time left resulted in their being in the bottom. I can think of very few instances when starting over at the 11th hour netted a positive result on PR. Of course, let’s be honest – Mitchell was doomed from the get-go on this one because “red carpet” just wasn’t in his DNA.

          • CozyCat

            Yes. And Sandya was smart enough to incorporate her new fabric into her old design. Even if she hadn’t collected the extra money, that approach would have kept her out of the bottom three.

            • tpalgal

              Sandhya is definitely a smart designer. Personally, I had no issue with her collecting money from those not going to Mood. Tim clearly stated it could be done. Why was Korina so whiny about it?

            • MoHub

              And none of the designers from whom Sandhya collected were obligated to give her the money, so anyone complaining needed to stop. shut up, and consider doing the same.

            • StillGary

              interesting to note though, when she approached the first designer, she asked “Can I borrow” the $100. It would be very interesting to see if anyone tries to collect a favor from her down the road and if she is gracious. My gut tells me that her voice is the only thing that is soft and sweet about her.

            • CozyCat

              On her way out, Sandya asked Emily if she could bring her anything (though Tim stopped it was being agst the rules). So she did at least acknowledge some sense of gratitude.

              My guess is that Sanya is tough as nails inside. But, despite Hernan’s accusations, we haven’t seen her play dirty. She does seem to follow my amended golden rule: do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Until they do unto you badly, at which point, the gloves come off….

            • Fäde Zu Grau

              uhhh… not true. sorry.

            • SunGold

              What part isn’t true: that we haven’t seen Sandhya play dirty? Or that she’s tough as nails?

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Sandhya demonstrated a knack for playing the game that is PR. No one can fault her for that;had the producers wanted to, they could have stipulated that the designers returning to Mood could collect money from only one other designer, but they left it up to the designers themselves. No harm, no foul.

            • RroseSelavy

              Because no one likes her enough to give her their money. Or she didn’t think of it.

            • Denise Alden

              Because whining is in Korina’s DNA.

            • CozyCat

              Mitchel was worse. He called Sandya selfish for not sharing.

              But the fact is: if Mitchell had had all that money, he still would have messed up the construction, and Sandya would still have been safe even with cheaper fabric.

            • Susan Collier

              Because DRAMA!

            • Inspector_Gidget

              Because she didn’t think of it. Personally, I have no problems with Sandhya. She treats it like a competition, takes every advantage when she can get it, and doesn’t let others trample her.

              Not overwhelmed by most of her designs, but what else is new these days.

            • http://www.domesticdisturbia.com/ Christi Wampler

              She definitely knows how to play the game, which apparently is all that matters any more.

            • Passionflora

              Korina has been whiny about Sandhya from the first episode. I think that she is jealous or threatened of Sandhya. That debacle of a home-ec prom dress proves that Korina is completely inept as a designer. She’s only being kept because she’s “good TV.” Christina is far more talented than she is. I hope that she’s sent home soon.

            • Call me Bee

              She certainly seems to be obsessed with what everyone else is doing, instead of working on her own stuff. I know the producers…well…prod the designers to crab about the others in the workroom, but she just seems to delight in it.

            • Passionflora

              I find her childish. This show has lost its edge because it keeps these no-talent wannabes around for so-called entertainment value.

            • Sarah

              Is she “good TV”? I am not sure if she is. She makes crappy designs, and doesn’t even get much screen time. I would’ve kept Christine, too.

            • madamovary

              Honestly, I think they kept Korinah because she’s fairly attractive, which is maybe what you meant by good tv. With Sandhya, Korinah strikes me as the popular girl in some B movie who can’t believe a hot guy takes a geek to the prom. She’s just so “outraged” and has been from the get go, so it feels like some pretty girl entitled crap to me. Oooh, I am being so mean! Sorry.

            • Raspberry2012

              I think it was a double edged sword for sure. It was part of the rules, so she was allowed – she did nothing wrong. But you know it was set up that way to make the person who *did* do it look like a “bitch” to the whinier designers.

            • tpalgal

              Agreed and agreed. Those producers are playing us all like violins this season!

            • H3ff

              Did you notice how the producers clearly tried to get Char to bitch about Sandhya’s getting all the money, but she didn’t take the bait?

            • Snarkmeister

              Because she was too slow on the uptake, and Sandhya beat her to it. I love Sandhya. I love that she is playing the game like a pro, and churning out crazy shit when everyone else is making mall dresses (this week is an exception). I love that she doesn’t really give a damn what the others think of her. I love that she makes Korina’s head explode every week because Korina just “doesn’t get it” and resents Sandhya for being a more creative designer.

            • MoHub

              Smart is the key word here. The woman uses her brain, and it might behoove the others to do the same.

            • SayWhaaatNow

              She’s been criticized for making outlandish and unwearable items, but I thought the dress she made in this challenge was toned down and perfectly suitable for a RC. The yellowish color wouldn’t have been what I would have picked, but perhaps that’s what she thought Heidi would like. Overall she’s demonstrated that she can be adaptive and creative.

            • MoHub

              Precisely. She knows when to be conceptual and experimental and when to produce ready-to-wear. She’s a smart cookie all the way.

            • Sherlock

              Don’t be stupid. Sandhya is Indian, so is just use to begging for everything. You can be “conceptual and experimental” but you still need to have a certain taste level which she obviously does not have.

            • young.racheal

              I simply can’t get over the fact that Sanya had an arranged marriage. That is not the sign of someone who has a mind of their own. It sounds to me like she’s a child, rather than a woman who thinks critically and maturely. The fact that parents have to pay a dowry to the husband to marry off their daughter is positively medieval.

            • Lucía Gavello

              I’m sorry but I don’t see how her personal life has to do with anything. Many women in India have arranged marriages, and she has stated that she is very happy with her husband. As for the show, she may not have handled every situation perfectly but she never seemed childish or immature to me, quite the opposite in fact, she seems to be able to stand her ground even when she realised she wasn’t going to be the likeable one, and she’s smart about it too.

            • onetinkerbell

              Agreed – her personal life with her husband is really moot. And anyway, arranged marriages can work well, despite what many people think. Perhaps not all do, but some do. I went to college with a woman whose family is from a Middle-Eastern country (Jordan, I think but not sure) and she had an arranged marriage to someone she’d never met and they totally fell in love with each other and have several kids and a wonderful marriage. This all after she dated men in college and expressed concern about the fact that she knew she would have to marry the guy her parents picked.

              Having said that, I still think that going to Tim during the second challenge was childish – she made no attempt to cooperate with the other designers on her team for that challenge because she had immunity and knew that she wouldn’t be sent home, even if her design was the worst of the group. And if her design was the best, she should have reminded them that she wasn’t going home and tried to help her team mates. But she didn’t make an effort, as far as I could see. That may be a result of editing, but that’s all we have to base her behavior on. So unless I see a reel of footage that shows otherwise, I’m going to say that she’s childish. She should at least realize that the way she acts can come back and bit her in the rear if there’s another team challenge and, based on past PR history, there’s got to be at least one more.

            • Lucía Gavello

              I guess I saw that more as a calculated move than anything else, but if it was genuine I agree, one may see it as childish.

            • RRozsa

              I have co-worker (grown man, a Sr. Auditor for a very large telecommunications company) who returned last year to India and when he came back to work we found out he had married, in an arranged marriage, and had brought her to the US. Apparently it is common in their culture. She is a lovely lady and they seem happy.

            • CozyCat

              When I was in grad school, a male Indian student in my class took a semester off to go home and manage the process of selecting a husband for his sister. Their father was dead, so he was the “responsible male.” His sister was highly educated, but she worked at an agricultural college in a rural area was it was socially unacceptable to date. So, the only way she could find a husband was through the arrangement process. The way he described it, the process was more like match making than a forced marriage–no one was forced to marry someone they had never met or didn’t like.

            • tpalgal

              Exactly. My husband is from India. When he married me 13 years ago – an older, divorced, white American with a teenaged daughter – his family could not have been more open and welcoming. His older sister (the eldest sibling and only female) married an Indian man whom she met in college in the U.S. (both Indian-born, but naturalized U.S. citizens decades ago after their marriage). Our marriages are both “love” marriages. His older brother chose to have an arranged marriage in India and it has worked out well. The concept of the arranged marriage is like you said – more of a matchmaking thing, especially among the educated middle class. Families try to pair young adults (usually once the young adults express a desire to get married) who come from similar backgrounds and have similar value systems, educations and interests. The couples meet, normally several times, and decide if they want to get married. In a way, the Indian culture was way ahead of e-Harmony. :) And couples in these marriages usually have very realistic expectations of marriage – that it takes work, that love develops from respect and shared lives, that it’s a long-term relationship that will have ups and downs, but should endure. My father- and mother-in-law had an arranged marriage that lasted 50+ years, until his death a few years ago. There was so much respect, affection and love between them – it makes me feel very lucky to have married their son.

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

        I suspect it was because they clearly saw that without it the runway show would be aa complete train wreck and they’d have to AUFF half the designers. BTW, a double elim means there with be an ep where no one leaves. wait for it.

        • Kimbolina

          Probably so Tim can get his save in somewhere.

          • Jay

            I wish they would get rid of that gimmick. I bet Tim is going to use it to save someone who was eliminated for a horrible design and hadn’t done anything great beforehand, as he did last year with Justin.

            • prettyinmink

              In Tim’s defense, Justin did seem to step it up a bit afterwards and presented a fairly decent finale collection. So perhaps he saw something in Justin that we as the audience could not see.

          • onetinkerbell

            Let’s hope it’s worth it. Because I was really afraid he might use it on this episode.

        • CozyCat

          Tim’s save is still out there…

          • tpalgal

            And he has made it abundantly obvious within seconds of entering the green room each episode that is he not using it on the designer just eliminated! ;D

          • RroseSelavy

            As it should be.

          • UsedtobeEP

            I wonder if Tim chooses the designer early on that he will use that save on, and then waits to see whether it will need to happen. If I were Tim, I wouldn’t waste it on a dress that wasn’t that bad. I would hang onto it for a good designer who had a really bad day. And I would make sure it was a designer who really deserved it, not just in terms of talent, but also in character. I think he used it perfectly with Justin, who had huge potential.

            • tpalgal

              Tim uses his save very thoughtfully. Or sometimes very strategically.

            • CozyCat

              Just like the aldo acccessory wall…

            • tpalgal

              :D

            • SaveFearow

              He might even ‘listen to his viscera’ before using the save.

            • onetinkerbell

              Have you noticed that as the seasons have gone on and the ability/talent has diminished, so has Tim’s propensity for using large vocabulary words?

            • disqus_LQmjCZP25F

              I hate the “save” that Tim has. It should be let the chips fall where they may. I remember the last time he used the save it just extended the misery many of us felt about the designer who was voted off. Tim can get attached to someone and use the save very “emotionally” and that is not a good thing!

            • tpalgal

              I don’t mind the save, actually. Tim can sometimes be the voice of reason when the judges appear to be losing their minds. :)

            • RRozsa

              Ah, you noticed that Tim changed his ” thoughtfully” to “strategically” in this episode! In this episode, unfortunately, I don’t think the accessories had any bearing at all on the outcome!

            • tpalgal

              Well, those gigantic putty-colored horse feet that Mitchell’s poor model had on did not help his case any! ;D

            • madamovary

              lmao.
              very clever :)

        • Call me Bee

          And here I thought they did it to have an even number for the next challenge, which loos like a team challenge–in pairs.

        • demidaemon

          I agree. And it still ranks up there as one of the worst runway shows in PR history. Holy crap was that a lot of bad and tacky, and not even the good kind of tacky.

          • Kent Roby

            I was sincerely hoping that 5 or 6 designers would be eliminated, which is not a ringing endorsement of this season.

      • muzan-e

        What got me about Korina’s is the miserable translation from page to sewing room. I loved the design she drew: it looked to me like some kind of crazy metallic-ish-duochrome-ish-sheen-ish fabric drawn tight across the bust, attached to a snug skirt with some of the Cavalli-esque lacing that Heidi clearly adores. Tacky as hell. Gaudy as hell. Easy win.

        … and it turned into a drab muddy-green nothing. I don’t understand.

        • http://www.domesticdisturbia.com/ Christi Wampler

          I completely agree! Even the color of the sketch was GREAT. Yet she came back twice with pond scum. I don’t understand.

          • Abbey Rogue

            Greens are sooooo hard. Something can look vibrant in a store and turn to mud in the wrong light. I went through this in my office with lime green mohair, and now in my dining room with emerald silk.

            • Margaret Leyden

              I do remember one season Nina made a comment about green being hard to shoot well.

            • demidaemon

              Nina and Michelle Visage must have a mutual green hating society.

            • Imma Mäder

              I just read somewhere recently that the eye can see more shades of green than any other colour, that would explain why green fabrics tend to change the most depending on what light they’re under

        • demidaemon

          I thought both the sketch and original versions looked akin to a dress Sharon Needles wore on RPDR. If a drag queen is wearing it, it ain’t original design.

      • tired_mommy

        I was only ok with the trip to Mood since it reduced their design time–seemed like a fair trade off. Mitchell should have chosen to skip Mood–if he just did a passable dress in his original fabric he would have been safe. I think Korina and Kristine were the only two that really had to change out fabric.

      • Stacy Herlihy

        Yeah. That was not emerald. Dusty teal maybe.

        • Inspector_Gidget

          Yeah, her eye is definitely off. TWO attempts at an interesting shade of green and failed both times. How did she not go home on a double elimination?

          • Stubenville

            Unfortunately both Mood and the workroom appear to have fluorescent lighting (the runway is halogen). Fluorescent lighting misrepresents a lot of colors because fluorescents do not have a smooth spectral curve, but a series of spikes.

            • kerry noodles

              Makes you wonder why a fabric and store and design studio would have fluorescent lighting . . .

            • Chartreusite

              Most definitely a cost-efficiency issue, I would imagine. That being said, you’d think they’d be able to take pictures with those tablet computers and adjust the white balance on it for fluorescent lighting so they could see what it would like under ideal conditions. Or do they not get tablets this year? I can’t remember, it’s all a blur.

            • Kent Roby

              Meaning that Korina’s design was graded on a curve! (Oh how I love the smell of a silly pun in the morning!).

      • Raspberry2012

        Yeah, I’ve gotta say, I’m not fond of the “second trip to Mood” business, which they did in the S10 Rockettes’ challenge. I have to agree with Emily (*who, full disclosure, is my girl crush this season. Don’t ask me why – she’s not turned out anything really magnificent, she’s very quiet, but she’s got an interesting look to her. She looks like Joan Jett and an alien had a really funky and glamorous baby – which, that’s probably the reason I love her. It’s the Joan Jett connection – I worship Joan*). When Emily said they shouldn’t get a second trip to Mood, that they should just have picked better fabric the first time around – why, yes. This exactly. Tim’s catchphrase is “Make it work”, which is what they should be doing. You picked shitty fabric? Oh, well. Do your best with it, but you get no special favors. And really, how well did that extra trip work out for them? It didn’t. Two of the people who went got auf’d in a double elimination, a third person who went picked the same boring color and was in the bottom three. And the fourth person who went hogged up all the money in the world and still cranked out something mediocre. Where was the benefit?

        I’m also “concerned” because this is the second time they’ve pulled that shit, and I’m not a fan of it. In S10, two of the guys who didn’t go to Mood wound up winning the season and coming in as the 1st runner up (*Dmitry and Fabio, respectively*). Yes, Christopher went on the second trip and won the challenge, but he crashed and burned at the final four – so where did it ultimately get him?

        • tpalgal

          You are spot on. If you picked the wrong fabric, deal with it. Others (i.e., Fade) were able to make adjustments without completely starting over. I’m still not over the fact that Korina selected another fabric in the SAME sad color, slapped together a horrid dress (the state of which made even her cry), and somehow she’s still here.

          Emily has a quiet grace about her (but I sense a little mean girl streak that I hope won’t come out).

          BTW, Jinxx Monsoon is my girl crush. :)

        • demidaemon

          That’s true. But it is the choice they had to make. Mitchell actually said it well in his confessional. They made that choice. And, as much as one might like Emily (personally, I though that comment sounded like really unreasonable and illogical sour grapes, which turned me off a little), she didn’t turn out anything of great shakes, whether or not it would be the dress Heidi would choose on any other day.

        • swanpride

          It’s a double-edged sword, though. I think in the end time has a greater worth than fabric.

        • RRozsa

          The really talented designers would have dyed or otherwise treated the green fabric and then just replaced the snakeskin with something flashy but kept the original design. I was extremely surprise that they aufed Christine and kept Korina, for that alone.

      • Inspector_Gidget

        Yeah, but… Say what you will about the judging, but did you notice all three of the Top 3 designers stayed in the workroom? And all the losers went back to Mood. So it didn’t seem to affect anything whatsoever.

        In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if the finalists are all from the bunch that just kept working. (Sean, Alexander, Fade, Amanda, think I’m missing someone.) The people who weren’t second-guessing themselves.

        • Raspberry2012

          Yup, you missed Emily. I think you got everyone else who stayed, though.

        • Lisa_Co

          Fade went on the second trip to Mood. I just rewatched the episode.

          • Inspector_Gidget

            Doh! Oh well. He wasn’t a finalist, so it still makes sense.

        • Kristin McNamara

          Pretty sure Kini stayed.

        • demidaemon

          I have a pretty good feeling that Sandhya is going to be a finalist.

      • DollyMadisonWI

        God forbid that Heidi consult with the designers BEFORE they go to Mood…

    • annrr

      Never has the producer manipulation been more transparent than watching Nina and Zac struggling trying to praise Amanda’s dress. That was painful to watch. The bodice is pure “Becky Home ecky” and that stripe reminded me of a priest’s Alb. Also consistently ignoring Fade despite is getting ridiculous. His dress was eye catching and well made. Love the fabric.

      • madscntst

        Nina and Zac were gritting their teeth so hard I was waiting for them to fall out of their mouths like a handful of chiclets.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I fantasize that Nina and Zac go into a private room after the judging and get smashed, and reveal their true thoughts.

        • demidaemon

          Zac wasn’t able to hold it all in, thank god. I could see at least two others I would have put up there over hers (personally, Sandhya was in my top three with Sean and Kini).

          • ampg

            It seems that Zac has decided that the storyline is going to chug along whether or not he cooperates, so he’s free to preserve a bit of professional integrity by refusing to praise the crap Amanda keeps throwing down the runway. I actually thought she had a decent idea with her dress, but the execution was lousy and it certainly wasn’t innovative or fashion-forward in any way. I would’ve put her right in the middle.

            • demidaemon

              Agreed. And I would have done the same. There were four dresses fighting for the bottom, four that were decent/good, and four enhs/could have been better. Amanda clearly falls into the final category.

      • RroseSelavy

        Fade is, true to name, fading into the crowd, which is good on the one hand, as he is off the radar and will remain to kick ass later, but I also think he would benefit from the judges’ comments. Or maybe not, actually. Never mind.

        • MM4321

          Just had a thought. . . maybe it helps Fade stay true to his own self by not having the judges’ trip him up with their ridiculous commentary?

          • RroseSelavy

            That’s what I was thinking. Their cracktastic commentary would not likely be helpful.

        • Susan Crawford

          RroseSelavy, from your mouth to God’s (or Bunim/Murray’s) ear. I am keeping my fingers crossed that Fade will be the late-season ace in the hole. The comeback kid who suddenly pulls ahead of the pack and wows in the final eps. But they’d better fet cracking on this if it’s going to happen, because thus far he is so far off the radar that he’s almost invisible. Yet his designs are consistently intriguing and well-sewn. Not perfect, but a real cut above the rest. #TeamFade

          • Raspberry2012

            I was fully prepared to hate him before the season, because his whole look just struck me as “poser”. Now I’m screaming at the TV, “WHY ARE YOU GUYS SENDING FADE TO THE MIDDLE?!”

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              I too was put off by the business of his name, but Fade has presented some good designs(I’m thinking of the first challenge and last week’s), and he’s coming across in what little screen time he gets as someone who has his stuff together.

          • H3ff

            His creativity and polish remind me of designers from the initial seasons.

      • RroseSelavy

        I liked the idea of Amanda’s dress, but the execution was pretty sloppy.

        • Jaye44

          Amanda’s dress looked like a summer camp craft project. No glam at all — The stripe was to award show runway as madras is to summer wear — ick. And once again Fade’s dress was far above the others and ignored. It looked wonderful flying down the runway. Both of the last two sessions, he should at least have been in the top 3.

          • tpalgal

            He straight up should have won last week. Still scratching my head over that one.

        • tpalgal

          I am always so irritated when designers — who have supposedly done things like this before — say things like, “Beading is hard” as if this is the first time they’ve picked up a needle and thread. Or when they fume and fuss about having to design red carpet stuff because it’s not their “thing.”

          Future potential designers on PR, let me give you a few words of advice: before trying out for Project Runway, you might want to practice whipping up a few fancy gowns or making things out of rubber bands, brass washers, candy and corn husks. You might just have to do something like that if you get picked and it would be good if it weren’t your first time at the rodeo. Just a thought.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Why designers are flummoxed by a red carpet challenge is puzzling; if they are familiar with the format for the show, they have to expect that they are going to be challenged to design something that falls outside their range.

            • Ms. Blake

              Agreed! Plus, if a designer isn’t adept at red carpet designs, particularly those that appeal to Heidi of the Horrible Taste, they should go with a basic silhouette and a bright colored fabric then go shorter/lower cut/more backless than they would for the average celeb, spend some time on the tailoring and bam! safe to go onto the next round.

          • CanIbeFrank

            EXACTLY! If I were to be on the show, I would make myself do many challenges on my own, copying the format ($100 and 6 hours–go!). It’s unbelievable to me when the designers whine about how impossible it is to design something in one day, or that they’ve never done some type of design, as if it’s Season 1 and they Had No Idea.

      • Maine1ac

        I thought the exact same thing last night. Usually when they call out the last six I do a mental count “highest, lowest, highest…”. Last night I had two highests and four lowests.

        • Kristin McNamara

          I did the same thing. Except then I remembered that all the judges have giant boners for Amanda and realized she was probably not actually one of four Lows, and was going to be (inexplicably) a High again.

      • Inspector_Gidget

        Amanda’s was BUTT UGLY. Half standard dress, half LIttle House on the Prairie. What are the chances of Heidi going to the Emmys in something like that? A lot of judging decisions lately are a bit loony, but that… I don’t even know how you’d defend something like that.

        • RroseSelavy

          I thought it was sort of Egyptian looking and could be lovely if well done, but I don’t get how it beat others (read Fade) for top-3. It would have needed less chunky and crappy application of decoration.

          • Inspector_Gidget

            Hmmm, I guess I can see where that could be cool. But the poor execution keeps it from going there for me. The embellishments look like they came from the General Store.

          • Laughingworld

            I thought “Egyptian” too and kept waiting for the Cleopatra jokes.

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

              You know there were Cleopatra jokes and they were all edited out. I’m not even good with the jokes and it was the first thing I thought of.

          • Paula Carr

            Yes and Yes. I immediately said “King Tut” when I saw it on the runway. Hated her version of it, but Egyptian is what it said to me.

            I loved Fade’s. I picked him for top 3 and Amanda for bottom 3.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            The embellishment with the beading was so time-consuming that it would have been a miracle if Amanda had turned out a more polished look. The strip down the front looked hastily tacked on, which it probably was, given the time constraints.

          • demidaemon

            I thought she picked the cheapest trim possible. How did she pick stuff that looked like they came out of the leftovers drawer at ACE Hardware when someone like Laura Bennett could find the most beautiful beading at the same store?

          • MichaelStrickland

            Amanda’s dress looked like a costume for a supernumerary in a cheap regional production of Verdi’s “Egyptian” opera, “Aida.”

        • CozyCat

          Well, given some of her previous red carpet outfts, the odds of her wearing something like that to the Emmy’s are actually pretty good.

          • Paula Carr

            Nah. Not nearly bare enough.

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

        I wonder if Fade is being ignored because of his similarity to Alexandra, the Scandinavian lady, from last season who placed so highly. There seemed to be quite a bit of dislike against her designs on the comments here, and maybe that was more widespread across the viewership. He has a cool Euro vibe like she did. Perhaps Americans aren’t into that.

        • Qitkat

          Interesting…you may be on to something here.

      • Edward Thomas-Herrera

        Amanda’s model looked like an extra from “Aida.” And not Verdi’s “Aida,” the Elton John/Tim Rice “Aida.”

    • CO Gal

      A blind monkey would have put Fade in the top 3 over Amanda

      • UsedtobeEP

        Or a one-way monkey.

        • Denise Alden

          “One-way monkey” never gets old, does it? :)

          • UsedtobeEP

            Nope, never.

            • Raspberry2012

              Ever!

          • RoseJB

            Had to look it up, but it was worth the chuckle.

            • Raspberry2012

              And aren’t you glad you did? Everyone’s life is better with a little one-way monkey.

      • madscntst

        Pity that there’s never a blind monkey around when you need one…

      • amanda siegelson

        fuck yeah. i mean, i have zero love for the guy on a personal level. and i hated the first three outfits he made with a passion. but last week and this week’s especially, are the AWESOME. and heidi got to speak german with him, so why so little love????

        • StillGary

          Funny that you mention it but Heidi has never favored her ex-pats (Uli was particularly underrated) but she does seem to get a a kick out of Fade. I already wrote my conspiracy theory down the thread but I’m wondering if Fade didn’t shoot himself in the foot with his athiest jewelry? (was there a t-shirt too?) while the fan base of this show is across the board, I wonder if producers are concerned by him…

          • amanda siegelson

            i had forgotten about the jewelry… i did love that, being one myself. but if that is the case, i’d really be done with this show. athiests are valid too!

          • Inspector_Gidget

            I think Fade and Heidi may just be very different, despite both being German. He seems kind of taken aback when she barks in German at him. I mean, Tyra Banks and I are both American, but I doubt we would have much to say to each other.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              There are still regional differences within Germany, and Heidi’s reaction to Fade could reflect that,or just that they are very different personalities.

            • cocohall

              Wasn’t he raised in East Germany? Or did I manufacture that memory? If so, he would have quite a different Weltanshauung (world view) from Miss Klum’s, one would expect. I loved his dress but thought it looked perhaps too sophisticated for Heidi. She favors, shall we say, less subtle work.

            • swanpride

              Born in East Germany but the family fled before the wall came down. Heidi was born in a smaller town near cologne (well, not that “near” but Cologne should be the next really big city)…the Weltanschauung is different but it should be more a matter of being raised in the city vs being raised on what one can call countryside. That and half of the people in East Germany don’t follow any Religion, while the rest of Germany is either protestant (in the North) or catholic (in the south). Heidi should at least be nominally Christian, most likely Protestant. But being Christian is for most Germans not a particular serious matter…”live and let live” is the most common attitude, which goes back to the Prussian King Frederic the Great who famously tolerated all faiths.

            • jorinde

              being born in East Germany too and living in the West now: I doubt the non-similarities between Heidi and Fäde have anything to do with where they’re coming from. In Germany Heidi incorporates a generally tacky style. Very mainstream, very – we would say – “American”: showy, but not really fabulous. There are a lot of Germans on both sides of the former wall, who have no sympathy for that showy thing. Germans like depth, sometimes forced depth, too, one can see it in films and stuff.
              Furthermore her Germany’s Next Topmodel show is really awful and her father’s model contracts with the winners don’t show the whole family Klum in good light.
              However- as much as we want to hate Heidi and her tackiness – we can’t have anything but respect for how she made her way. We have feelings between admiration and disapproving.

            • Inspector_Gidget

              Thanks for the info. It’s always interesting to hear how expats are perceived in their home country. I guess that was what I suspected. These celebrities all seem to sort of lose whatever other identity they have and become entities unto themselves.

            • jorinde

              In Germany we only know Heidi through that Model show and as occasional Talk Show guest or through Celebrity Gossip programs. Older Project Runway shows are being broadcast on small stations, noone really watches them. Imagine if you Americans didn’t know Project Runway, how would your impression of Heidi be?

            • mmebam

              I would imagine that she is very pretty and delightfully tacky. Remember, she was also a Victoria’s Secret Angel around the time of Tyra Banks.

            • jorinde

              there are no Victoria’s Secret shops in Germany, so whenever Heidi was introduced as Victoria’s Secret Angel back in the days, we Germans all thought that’s something like a huge Badge of Honour. I can still remember how taken aback I was when I first saw the shops in other countries. They were so H&M-like. I thought VS would be something super glamourous, knowing it only through Heidi marketing.
              Heidi herself was always presented in Germany as a supermodel in the States. We put her in the same box as Claudia Schiffer. That’s why whenever you discuss if you like Heidi’s looks, the other person will always say: “I like her more/ less than Claudia.”
              (and the people who liked her more than Claudia would generally be the more “common” people :)

            • cocohall

              Thanks for the info!. My mom was born in Hungary in 1938 and her family escaped right before the borders were closed. She lived in Germany in poverty for six years prior to coming to the US. I was born in Seattle 10 years later. And yet, I might have well been born in Europe, as she unconsciously passed along quite a bit of fear and anxiety to her children. It was as if i was being prepared to live as a refugee in a displaced persons camp. My sense of Fade is that he hasn’t forgotten his early experiences, but chooses to focus on beauty/design/music to ease his way in the world. Whereas Heidi is well, Heidi. Tall, gorgeous, blond. And has experienced a lifetime of mostly positive reception to her genetic winning lottery ticket. To be fair, she has also worked very hard to capitalize on her luck. But despite their common language, they are worlds apart. She might as well be an alien who speaks German, which could explain why Fade looks so startled whenever she addresses him in Deutsch.

            • swanpride

              I think that is simply the “which language did she just use?” look…I have the same problem, to me German and English sounds exactly the same, someone can switch between those two and I wouldn’t notice. You just need a second to remember which language you are supposed to use for the answer.
              Heidi is practically the girl from the province who has worked herself up to the top with her beauty. Thus said, she deliberately emphasises her German ancestry in the US media, while in Germany, she acts stereotypical American. Neither version is the true Heidi. One should always remember that she plays a role as soon as the camera is on.
              Fäde…hard to tell where to put him. In general, Germany was very welcoming to people who managed to flee from the east, and a lot of them had relatives across the borders. But leaving meant naturally to start anew, which is never easy, and most of the time reality didn’t live up to expectation. But he is the type of guy I expect to find in the more artsy communities of the big cities….a job to keep him aloof, but totally dedicated to his true dream in his free time, and the emphasis is on community.

            • cocohall

              I love this website because you can have conversations with people like you and learn so much! Very interesting about our Heidi and her shifting identity emphasis. I just watched a documentary called Get Bruce about Bruce Vilanch, a gay comedy writer who has worked with Billy Crystal, Robin Williams, Bette Midler, etc etc. He observed that he has met many people who are very talented over the years, but the ones that are uber successful all share a single-minded focus on his/her own success. He said he personally did not have it. I suspect our Heidi does. And I suspect you are right about Fade, and his allegiance to community. I just wish the PR producers would give him a little more screen time.

            • jorinde

              I’m constantly hoping our waiting for him to get more screen time will pay off eventually. I remember having had the same impression with Mondo and Dmitry. They were pretty much out of camera focus in the first episodes, too.

              Howsoever Fade’s upbringing reflects him or not, his aesthetic is just not Heidi’s aesthetic at all. No surprise he wouldn’t be successful in designing a dress she would wear.

            • cocohall

              I agree, his aesthetic isn’t a match for hers, but I was so surprised the judges picked Amanda’s look over his. I wonder if Heidi had final say on who was in the top three? Because it did seem like Zac Posen and Nina would have responded more to Fade’s look. I know that hours go by while they are embroiled in the judging process – and it’s only the editing that makes it look so fast and basically seamless. You wonder if at least one of the other judges was pushing for Fade. I too hope that he is being cast in the dark horse role like Dimitri. Fingers crossed.

            • jorinde

              fingers crossed tight! Who else would be a real contender for the last three? Who else is consistantly showing something that’s really original and his very own language and surprising yet well thought? I actually also like Sandhya, not because I love her designs that much, but I’m always curious with what she will come up. She really has unique ideas.
              Don’t ask me anything about Amanda..

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              I need to check his bio. If he was raised in the East, yes, he would have had a much different upbringing and Weltanschauung(one of my favorite German words). I agree that Fade’s work is a tad too, as you said(cough, cough) subtle for Fraulein Klum

            • demidaemon

              Just imagining this conversation made me laugh, because you know she would try to go all Fauxprah on you.

            • jorinde

              she was wrong in that conversation btw. The colour of a Lodenjacke is totally different from Korina’s. Korina’s colour was much more emerald than it was lodengrün.

            • demidaemon

              I saw that, although Korina still has color choice issues.

      • SugarSnap108

        Any self-respecting monkey would. I can’t grasp why Fade is being ignored. I’d say it was his lack of drama, but the runway is supposedly anonymous.

        • MoHub

          Supposedly is the key word. I don’t believe it’s anonymous for a second. Besides, this time around, Heidi saw what every designer was working on during her workroom tour.

          • SugarSnap108

            Yep, there’s no way this one could’ve been anon (at least for Heidi). And I’m with you in disbelieving it ever is.

        • KELLEYKAT

          The “anonymous” runway has bugged me since week 2! This week she at least addressed that SHE knew who was who, but their models are the same every week! I liked the seasons when they could steal each others models. There are definitely a few who WERQ those garments. That and the fact that they sit and talk amongst themselves during the runway. Complimenting each other and gloating or grimacing over their work as it walks.

          • demidaemon

            Actually, their models have been switching around a bit every week. And, speaking of models, Mitchell’s was so sweet when he was getting torn apart on the runway. I did like how, for once, the designers just ate the criticism as best as they could without breaking down.

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

        A blind monkey would also have reprimanded her for missing the bottom three yet again due to her immunity. Hideous!

      • DollyMadisonWI

        I know I’m in the minority but I wasn’t a big fan of Fade’s entry this week. I think the wave pattern would not have photographed well and it seemed to be missing half the dress. I didn’t get the mostly-black panel at the crotch level either.

      • Introspective

        Fade was robbed of a surefire win from last week and was ignored again this week for something that may not have won but was definitely ahead of the pack. The focus being pulled from his lovely work to play up Amanda’s dreckitude is just a head scratcher.

        The collective crack hits the judges keep taking are something strong… and have been since the move to Lifetime. Lifetime must have some drug kingpins on staff…

      • dmkava

        maybe they’re setting up Amanda for a “shocking exit” One can only hope…

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

          Shocking that Tim Gunn doesn’t save her!

      • Aragon131

        The dress Fade made was beautiful, well made and totally Heidi! seriously at this point I feel like the judges (or the producers) have it out for Fade. Seriously what is going on?

    • Abbey Rogue

      I think Korina got to stay because she hasn’t been in the bottom yet (if memory serves). Also, she’s striking and looks great on TV.

      • Frank_821

        they probably needed to keep someone around to keep bitching about Sandhya

      • MoHub

        She’s also coming across as Amanda’s honorary little sister. Did you see their interactions?

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Yes, Amanda and Korina are being played up at this season’s besties. They’re going to be sharing clothes and confidences before the season is out. Perhaps Korina will stay long enough for an eventual aufing at which time she and Amanda will have an especially heartfelt and tearful farewell.

      • Susan Crawford

        Yes. And she gives good bitch on camera, so she’s gold for now.

      • Paula Carr

        Eh. Her mouth is so huge, she reminds me of Conrad Veidt in “The Man Who Laughs.” It’s so off-putting (that, and her poisonality) that I can’t find her attractive. She’s tall and thin. That’s about it.

        And Kristine is short and plump and (relatively) old. Gotta dump her. Even though I think she has more potential that Korina.

        • Starryfish

          Korina is older than Kristine.

        • Josephine Wagner

          Ikr. She reminds me of heath ledger’s joker :P

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

      “Girl should’ve gone home just for being so clueless”! HA!

    • Sophie

      I quite like Kini’s dress, but it doesn’t exactly scream “Heidi”, only “basic”.

      • Abbey Rogue

        Kini made a red carpet dress for a young starlet trying to be taken seriously; a Disney graduate with JLaw dreams.

        • tpalgal

          I kept seeing it on Charlize Theron in my head.

          • FibonacciSequins

            Maybe it reminds you of the gold dress Charlize wears in the Dior commercial. It’s the same basic cut, and they’re both sparkly.

            • MM4321

              If his dress were some other color, it may have won. The work and design were gorgeous, but it came across boring in black.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              It looked as if Kini wanted to go elegant and defaulted to black with the sequin insets. If he’d chosen a gorgeous deep blue his design could have been more of a standout.

        • demidaemon

          His and Sandyha’s definitely read at least Golden Globes level, which may have played a part in the fact that both did not win.

      • Call me Bee

        It was elegant–but I think way to formal for the Schmemmies.

      • DollyMadisonWI

        The Creative Emmys lend itself to a touch more whimsy than the regular Emmys and Kini’s dress was a bit too formal.

    • GillianHolroyd

      Kudos to Sean for divining the Heidi aesthetic but it’s not really *his*, is it? If you just respond to the immediate challenge without thinking about your overall body of work, the judges will ding you for being unfocused.

    • Frank_821

      I know there is plenty of revulsions for Amanda’s work and certainly last week’s anger was deserved but I like the idea of her gown. It was in keeping with her POV and if it was executed properly, Heidi could really rock it with the both the color and the beading

      Personally as much as people swooned over Fade’s dress I thought it was just competent at best. The train needed to be fuller and wider. The black needed to be better integrated into the dress. Something was missing for me. I would have preferred it in a bolder color. Heidi said she wanted him to amp it up

      • FibonacciSequins

        I thought the idea was fine, but the embellishments she chose looked cheap/crafty, and the whole thing was poorly executed. Not good enough for the top three, in my opinion.

        • tpalgal

          Exaaaaactly.

        • muzan-e

          This. The beading looked like an Etsy original and the overall effect, to my eyes, was bulky and weighted down.

          • MoHub

            The quality of Amanda’s beading made me long for Laura Bennett.

            • Jackie4g

              Laura Bennett’s finale dress with the greys and blacks ombre’d and the flash of yellow was something she said she had worked on for months. And it showed.

            • MoHub

              But Laura also hand-beaded he entire Black-and-White challenge dress over a 2-day period, and she won that one in a walk.

            • Qitkat

              Two Day. The words that matter ;)

            • MoHub

              I don’t think Amanda could do that kind of beading if she had 2 weeks.

            • Qitkat

              Or a Lifetime!
              Oh, wait…she does have a lifetime ;p

            • Introspective

              word. can we go back to the era of 2 day challenges? its like lifetime told them that they MUST film the show from start to finish in a month. so even as the prize packages and the budgets seemingly expand for this show, the actual amount of time dedicated to design seems to be downsized?????

              i am really starting to hate this show.

            • Qitkat

              Have you ever seen those cat cams on YouTube? That’s what we need, a behind the scenes, oh so cute, real kitten, to wander around backstage during filming.THEN WE COULD GET THE TRUTH!!! Hahahaha………….MEOW.

            • demidaemon

              I think it also has to do with the time frame they are filming the show. Generally, the show starts filming in late May/early June, ends by late June/early July, and needs to have the episodes finished by mid-august so as to at least have the number of designers down to ~10. If they started filming earlier, they could extend the challenge times, reduce the number of people they need to provide with cash for fashion week to avoid spoilers, and still meet their deadlines.

            • Saturnine

              Oh yes. Add Laura Bennett to my nostalgia post above (or is it below?)

            • MoHub

              Above for me. I have my board sequenced oldest first.

            • Laughingworld

              Every episode makes me long for Laura Bennett.

            • Angela_the_Librarian

              When I saw the preview for next week’s episode (with Dita) all I could think was “wouldn’t it be great if Laura could come back for just one episode, just to show how it should really be done)”

            • DollyMadisonWI

              I wonder how LB’s doing since the loss of her husband. I hope well. I’d like to see her orbit the PR world again.

            • MoHub

              She’s done great. She’s actually become an Olympics-level competitor in archery, and I think she moved back down south.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Thanks for the information. I always liked Laura Bennett and have hoped that she and her boys are doing well.

            • demidaemon

              I mentioned something similar upthread.

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

            YEah, the big problem here is that the design idea, though a good one, would only be able to look good with custom hand done beadwork. Appliqueing all that stuff just made it heavy and awkward looking.

            • muzan-e

              That godawful stripe down the middle, though. Just looking at it made my teeth clench, and I still can’t figure out if it’s an idea that could be salvaged.

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

              I really think it could, There’s an Egyptian vibe that I see there,a nd if the beading was properly done, and less rough looking, it could be classy as hell.

            • Susan Crawford

              Agree! A really well-executed Egyptian beading effect would have elevated Amanda’s design 100%. But the color choice was slightly off in the beading; the texture of the mix of beads was really wonky, and the overall placement dragged the fabrig a bit and looked sloppy.

            • Paula Carr

              That’s what I saw — Egyptian.

              And why? The brown? She really really loves brown, doesn’t she? Another touch of Gretchen.

            • AnneElliot

              I thought so too. And I thought the back was really nice. Maybe it could have been really interesting if the beading was better, but I still don’t think it was nicer than fade’s. Ah, well.

            • SugarSnap108

              To me, getting rid of that stripe and shoring up the whole sternum window would save this — though, of course, the execution would still have to be far better. I like that the colors are unusual for the red carpet.

            • MM4321

              How did she design that stripe to make it appear as if the model had a pooch, when we know that can’t be true . . .

      • BrooklynBomber

        When I watched last night, there were 4 dresses that stood out as being notches above the rest: Sandhya’s, Fade’s, Kini’s, and Sean’s. Better made, better design, all around better than everything else on the runway. BUT I thought Fade’s relied too much on the impactful-for-being-unexpected stripes, and wouldn’t have said top 3. Though, now, looking at the pictures, I think it’s on a par with Sandhya’s & Kini’s — good enough for the top, but not the winner.

        • demidaemon

          Agreed. Those were the four best, by a long shot. Amanda’s clearly wasn’t awful (those three spots were filled in seconds), but most definitely not top worthy, either.

      • StillGary

        I agree it was true to Amanda’s style but it would have looked a lot better without the bric-a-brac stripe down the front.

        • disqus_LQmjCZP25F

          I actually think it would have made no difference at all if she had used bric-a-brac down the front panel of this dress. And, it would have taken less time and money! A really, really hideous “creation” and one that would not have qualified for a summer camp Project Runway challenge!!

    • swanpride

      I don’t get why they still keep Fäde in the middle. This design was (again) certainly worth to be discussed, but the only thing they want to show of him are brief scenes in which Heidi speaks German at him (not even with him).
      Either way, I am okay with the win and dispassionate about the bottom. They are all canon fodder. Korina is slightly more annoying than the other two, but since this was her first time in the bottom, I’m okay with her staying. After all, they should reward what is actually on the runway, not the potential, and Kristine kept choking.

    • ctopine

      What’s with the model wearing Emily’s dress? She seriously looks like she just wet her pants and is afraid to tell her mommy.

      • tpalgal

        Maybe it was from trying to walk in a dress that was dangerously short? I know models are supposed to just put it on and sell it, but I’m sure some of them would rather not show their bums, given a choice.

      • MM4321

        Have to say I don’t super-duper love the models this time around . . .

      • demidaemon

        Maybe it’s because she can’t breathe?

    • Bree The Vole

      Wait, is that Victoria Henley as Korina’s model?

      • demidaemon

        Is that the crazy chick from ANTM who wanted to marry her mother? If so, I think you are right.

    • Jangle57

      I agree they should have kept Kristine and booted Korina. While Kristine’s dress was a mess, it had glimmers of possibilities if she had just had more time. Korina’s was just fugly and bland.

    • Adrianna Grężak

      I missed Michael Kors on last nights episode too. Those dresses were made to be made fun of ruthlessly

    • Slade Thunderdragon

      I mean whatever. I just think it’s so unfortunate they eliminated Christine so early. They eliminated her (who had been in the top twice, and produced some ok middle ground stuff, and though she may have also been in the bottom twice, she was in the bottom this round because she had to remake a dress because Heidi hated the fabric and she had to remake her idea) over Korina who’s middle ground efforts I have still found hideous and whose one time she was in the top was only because they were playing into Amanda’s redemption storyline.

      Seriously, the producers wanted a bunch of trainwrecks, because if they really wanted to produce something pretty for her and also make the challenge a bit less of a crapshoot insofar as picking out fabrics trying to guess what Heidi is going to like, then after the damn sketching, each of the designers would have had the chance to consult Heidi with their idea to see if she remotely was liking the direction they were going in.

      Oh, and then they would have more than 1 day, or 4 hours if they were unlucky enough for Heidi to have hated their first attempt, for the damn challenge.

      Ughhhhh

      • demidaemon

        And Korina still would have failed, because she clearly does not know how to pick good color shades.

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

      It left me gobsmacked that so many people could not get on board with Heidi’s aesthetic, if I may call it that. And what was with all the short dresses? Ridic.

      • Frank_821

        even more, there’s usually some kind of Heidi related challenge and there’s usually some kind of red carpet related challenge. and sometimes they together.

        There’s is NO excuse not to have worked out a red carpet design or at least an evening wear ahead of time. And it doesn’t have to be a gown. Nina’s suggestion to make a halston like jumpsuit would have elevated that drab green of Korina’s 10 fold

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

          So true. Plus, has Korina never heard of draping before? She could have done a quick draped gown out of that silk and been far better off.

        • marlie

          That’s what I couldn’t figure out… someone complained that the didn’t “do” red carpet, but come ON. They should all know that at some point during this competition, they’re going to be asked to make a red carpet or evening look. Same thing with the ones who complain about the menswear challenges, and the “real woman” challenges. They do it Every. Year.

          • UsedtobeEP

            If you are going to do Project Runway, you may be asked to make a dress from corn husks, or rubber tires, or metal washers, or to dye fabric in a toilet, or to make menswear for a size 22 female wrestler who is a fellow contestant’s mother. If you don’t “do” anything as basic as red carpet, you may as well clean up your workstation on the first day, sister.

            • Susan Crawford

              Surely by Season 13, any potential contestant for PR should know there will be: a red carpet challenge; an unconventional; an avant garde; a “real woman” challenge; a Heidi challenge . . . Wouldn’t you prepare by practicing on your own??? I would. And I would try to visit Mood to case out the floor plan (and hug Swatch). The readiness is all . . . and I just don’t buy it when contestants moan, “I don’t DO red carpet” or “I can’t design for a size eighteen . . . ” Then why are you here, sweetie???

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

              Like the superfan episode as the real-woman client challenge last season, how about a superfan contestant for the public to vote in? No more voting in contestants from previous seasons.

            • tpalgal

              “(and hug Swatch)” Yes, a thousand times yes. The real reasons I watch PR: Tim Gunn and the occasional Swatch sighting.

            • CozyCat

              I loved the big Swatch poster we got a glimpse of in mood.

            • Aaronius

              It’s like those idiots who go on The Amazing Race and don’t know how to drive a stick shift or how to swim. C’mon!

            • tpalgal

              Just saw this….I said something similar (but not nearly as cleverly) on another thread. I am always shocked when contestants behave as if they’ve never watched a season of PR. Do they really think that they’re going to be able to do only what falls within their comfort zone every single week?

          • Fisher&SonsFuneralHome

            Its like a drag race contestant not having their snatch game character fleshed out. You know its happening!

            • demidaemon

              Exactly. If you are a big enough attention whore to want to be on a reality competition show and want to get your 15 minutes worth, DO YOUR DAMN RESEARCH.

        • Pennymac

          I’m wondering if this is the secret to Kini’s speed….

          • Micaela Cannon

            if it is, the more power to him! You’re going to be in a damn competition…PRACTICE!!!! What are these people thinking sometimes…I’ve loved in the past when designers can’t make a basic pair of pants or some other essential clothing item. If I was going to be on this show, I would go through and obsessively practice making items in an extremely short time limitations and low budgets. That way, I would know that I have a pair of shorts, pants, skirt, top, jacket, dress, jumpsuit that I could bang out in ___ amount of hours.

      • muzan-e

        Passing by, my husband immediately pegged Emily’s as the winner, because “isn’t that one she’s worn before? the blonde supermodel?”. And then loosed a happy little gasp when he saw Sandhya’s, a gasp so delighted that we agreed right then that Sandhya was probably about to be aufed. Sigh.

      • UsedtobeEP

        What, you don’t like short, tight, and shiny?

        • Linderella

          I swear when Heidi told the designers at the beginning what she would be looking for, I thought she was going to say “Short, tight, and shiny.” When she gave us three different adjectives, I was like, “Who is this woman? What have they done with Heidi?!”

          • UsedtobeEP

            You made me laugh out loud, through a pretty tenacious migraine. ETA: I watched Michael Kors’s litany of funniness on YouTube today, and he actually comes out with shiny, tight, and short. It’s worth a rewatch for those of us who miss him. “Slutty slutty slutty,” “Disco soccer ball,” “Pooping fabric,” and the like.

      • NDC_IPCentral

        I object to the use of the adjective “aesthetic” {alas, that grammatical and lexicological horse is out of the barn, more’s the pity] when the correct word should be “style.” In this case, “style” and Frau Klum equate to extremely tight, skin-baring and attention-seeking. Not high style, but her style. Sean’s win certainly is a departure from Heidi’s “style,” but it’s a more stylish dress than she usually selects. The pix at the ceremony showed her having fun whirling the fringe, so she can (and should, of course) expand her hoochie horizons.

      • MM4321

        Heidi’s aesthetic IS short dresses. ;-)

        • alyce1213

          If it’s not super short, it has to have a very high slit.

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

            Plus a very low one.

            • demidaemon

              It has to show wide swaths of skin, for sure.

      • DollyMadisonWI

        It left me gobsmacked that people channeled proms circa 1981.

    • http://wardrobemalfunctioned.tumblr.com Yaysita

      They should have just eliminated the bottom three right then and there, they were that bad (and also I can’t stand Korina). But really they were all atrocities.

      Again, the winning design is the only one that displayed some kind of personality, something different. It was the only dress that elicited some kind of response and caught the eye. Everything else out there was straight up boring.

      I don’t understand why the producers are insisting in the one-day challenges, which clearly are not letting the designers do anything interesting or even well-executed. I guess they really needed to get production value down and stick to a budget by making the shooting of the season as short as possible, but come on! This has just sucked all the creativity out of the designers and all the fun out of the show.

      • FibonacciSequins

        Completely agree about the one-day challenges.

        • dmkava

          same. they should start with a lower number of contestants if they have production constraints, let them focus on the ones who might have some actual talent, and give them more time to produce quality work

          • Stubenville

            It’s more likely the cost of union camera crews (they are filming in NYC); the dresstestants’ lodging is probably free since they plug the rental building, so the producers just have to pay for catering for everyone, not a huge expense.

      • Raspberry2012

        The one day challenges kill me, especially on a challenge like this. And then you have the judges act like their heads are going to explode over a bunch of poorly executed, straggly looking gowns, as though these designers have no business being there. Even someone like me with the most *basic* sewing skills knows you can’t create a red carpet gown in a day.

        That being said, I would have loved to have seen Korina get sent home. Probably the most fun part of the episode was watching Heidi and Fade shit-talk Korina’s dress in German. I could have just re-wound that part and watched it again and again. I want that conversation as my ringtone.

        • demidaemon

          It was pretty amazing. And then Heidi went straight into Zulema mode. That was enough for me not to call this episode a total wash.

      • Violina23

        I think it’s more a desire to see the contestants panic and meltdown than production. Value… They think we’d rather see drama than creativity. What a shame…

        • MoHub

          Cheap drama is Lifetime’s raison d’être.

          • Raspberry2012

            Right. And it’s such bullshit – Nina with her withering outrage. Bitch please – you gave them one day to create a red carpet look and you wonder why the butts are puckered and the hems are unfinished? Ms. Garcia, you should probably count yourself lucky that they sent anything down the runway at all.

            • MoHub

              And I doubt Nina could even sew on a button.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Nina would have people to do that for her, no doubt.

        • http://wardrobemalfunctioned.tumblr.com Yaysita

          And they are even failing at that. The drama in the episode is hardly compelling or fun to watch, they can’t even get *that* right. Just having the designers panic all the time, frantically trying to put a garment together and whining about the constraints of the challenge does not make good television.
          It is sad that the network doesn’t trust us enough to deliver an episode that emphasises the creative process by providing the designers with a doable challenge under interesting conditions/limitations (other than a time constraint). We’d like to watch that, please.

    • Katarzyna Pałka

      Sean’s dress reminded me of Louis Vuitton dress Leighton Meester wore to 2011 Art of Elysium Gala. Aside from that, I really don’t mind him winning. I liked Fade’s but I knew he would never win in this challenge. I just hope to see more from him.

    • SugarSnap108

      Ha! TLo, thank you for the walk down Mammary Lane.

      • alyce1213

        Such pearl clutching about Christine’s plunging neckline (which was badly executed), but it’s no more revealing than Heidi’s gold dress at Elton John’s party, or the blue MTV dress, and many other things Heidi’s worn.

        • Raspberry2012

          When she said she liked “a little cleavage”, I guffawed. I was like, “GIRL, please – you consider it ‘a dress’ as long as the nipples are covered.”

          • MM4321

            Raspberry – truer words never spoken!!

          • SugarSnap108

            I thought she actually said “a little boob-AWGE.” Of course, the “little” is still patently false.

            • Paula Carr

              Yeah, she did. Just like Jonathan Winter’s gar-BAWGE.

    • Paula Pertile

      I’m tired of Sandhya now. The fabric did all the work. Good for her getting all the money, but I’d be hissing at her if I was in that room.

      All three bottoms should have gone home. Lord a mercy, those were ugly rags. But if they had to just pick one, I thought FOR SURE it would have been the green one.

      The Amanda beaded thing was hideous too. Those colors! She grates.

      • FibonacciSequins

        You’re right, the colors of Amanda’s dress were pretty awful.

    • frannyprof

      Where to begin, where… to… begin… First of all, was it just me, or did anyone else hear Alexander’s comment on the fridge in the PR breakroom? I’m convinced that’s the only reason he wasn’t in the bottom three. Way to butter up the sponsor, dude. Also, Mitchell’s bitching about Sandhya’s maneuvers made him look stupid. And the designers who chose not to go to Mood (Emily) bitching about the other contestants made *them* look stupid. Basically, all kinds of stupid going on last night. And our new name for Heidi during the “Make Heidi a RC Gown” challenge should be Coo Coo Chanel.

      • http://wardrobemalfunctioned.tumblr.com Yaysita

        Yes! It was so irritating to hear them complain that it was unfair when it was an advantage/disadvantage (depending on how you see it) given to *all* the designers. Suck it up!

        And also the complaining that Sandhya got so much money for her materials. Well, she was the only one that acted with some common sense. The *first* thing they all should have done was ask the designers around them for the extra money, bad on them if they didn’t do that. And I liked how open she was about her strategising, she isn’t an idiot, she knows she is in a competition.

        • frannyprof

          Totally. I don’t love Sandhya, but at the end of the day, this is a competition! Take advantage of all opportunities, I say.

      • alyce1213

        My son, who doesn’t really pay attention to the show when I’m watching, even caught that product plug (maybe because it was about a refrigerator). They’re shameless.

      • shar67

        Pretty sure the comment about the fridge was Mitchell.

        • frannyprof

          I stand corrected!

          • shar67

            I’m sorry. Hope that didn’t come across as rude, just remembered Mitchell saying how cool the fridge was.

            • frannyprof

              Not at all! ;-)

      • BobStPaul

        According to Mitchell, the reason he complained about Sandhya is because he was promised half of Kini’s money and she refused to give it to him.

        • frannyprof

          Then Mitchell should be mad at Kini for giving “his” money away! What a putz…

    • jonnyf8

      Korina should have gone home. Kristine and Mitchell should have stayed. At least they tried to do something. At this point I think that the producers are just effing with us. I mean we all know these show decisions on reality tv are manipulated and/or subjective but even Ru Paul and Tyra Banks show more objectivity than these judges do.
      You can’t even say this is good television when Korina and Amanda are rewarded for ongoing mediocrity. I don’t really understand why this would appeal to the typical Lifetime viewer or Marie Claire reader.

      • rhymeswithorange

        They are clearly catering to an idiotic audience. A few seasons ago on the show they asked a bunch of people on the street who their favorite contestant was. Most said Anya, “because she’s pretty!” These are the people they are thinking about when they keep the challenges one day and reward “fan-favorite” Amanda, who had never even won a challenge in her original season. Not people who care about design.

    • Chattygal

      I didn’t even notice the hiddy putty platforms THE Mitchell paired with his monstrosity. How did anyone manage to not burst out laughing when it walked the runway?

      • tpalgal

        It gave me the sadz.

      • muzan-e

        Alpo.

      • DollyMadisonWI

        I was thinking about Mitchell listing himself as THE Mitchell etc in the pre-season literature and how pretentious it all sounded on paper. And then we meet the guy and he’s just a young kid who seems to be a sweet guy and was just out of his depth. I felt for him last night.

        • demidaemon

          And it is clear his model adored him. I actually felt sorry for all of the bottom three (even Korina!). But especially Mitchell and Kristine, because they tried so hard to make something work even when it didn’t.

    • SewingSiren

      I agree completely with your point about Heidi’s taste level. She should not have had a problem with Kristine’s at all.

      1. I do love Sean’s dress . It is at heart a relatively simple dress. He chose well his materials though. Color and trim. She could have hated the figure obscuring element. She may had to be talked into it, but ultimately she looked better than she ever has on the red carpet.

      2.Kini is very skilled and has a high level of experience. He needs to break out the originality though.

      3. Amanda’s is pretty rough close up. To her credit she didn’t bitch about Sean’s win. I don’t think her dress should have been in the top three.

      4. Char was lucky that there were so many bad dresses, because this looks like it was put together for a toga party.

      5. One of three short, black, bare back, asymmetrical hemmed dresses.

      6. fade’s is very nice. I think he should have been in the top three. This is the 5th dress he has done with a fade to grey. I DO like seeing a connection from one challenge to the other.

      7.Sandhya picked really nice fabric the second time around. I almost think she should have taken Kini’s spot in the top three .

      8.One of three short, black, bare back, asymmetrical hemmed dresses.

      9.One of three short, black, bare back, asymmetrical hemmed dresses. Distinguished only by the bare behind. Bottom (ha) three.

      10. Korina I really don’t know what criteria they used to keep her . Very bad.

      11. Kristine, The least bad of the bottom 3. At least the bust is exposed and Heidi likes that.

      12. Sorry Mitchell , I agree with the judges.

      • Paula Carr

        Also, I had some sympathy for Heidi earlier in the week when she said that the dress was rather painful to wear all night, because it was being held up only by the spaghetti straps. And the dress she wore did have spaghetti straps.

        Sean’s runway dress last night did NOT have spaghetti straps. Who made that change? If Heidi, she no longer earns my sympathy.

        • Micaela Cannon

          …those strapped looked pretty noodly to me but I’m only a clothes’ wearer…what consititutes spaghetti vs straps that are just pretty thin?

          • Paula Carr

            Well, spaghetti straps really are like spaghetti. They’re tiny tubes, like piping.

            The straps on the dress on the show were obviously flat and wider than, well, spaghetti. I know! Circular explanation, but does that explain it?

      • CPK1

        Kristine’s was absolutely the least bad of the bottom dresses, plus she has produced some cool stuff. The Mitchell did not have any discernible talent, sorry to say, but he didn’t seem like a bad person.

    • krelnick

      Mitchell deserved to auf’ed just for those hiddy shoes.

      • Lex

        I thought the exact same thing and couldn’t believe Nina didn’t rip his accessorizing on top of the dress- what was he thinking?

        • CozyCat

          They didn’t attack the shoes because as ugly as they were, they were better than the dress.

          • RroseSelavy

            And because they were from the Sponsor’s wall.

      • DollyMadisonWI

        Why did the model have to hold onto his arm while standing on the runway? Was it to keep her from running away?

    • Frank_821

      You know all the whining kind of got on my nerves. Yes this challenge will be tougher for those who don’t do gowns or evening wear. I get it.

      Yet 1 of the persistent problems was fabric choice and these people had $250 to go shopping. When I think how Andre and Daniel V cranked out a gorgeous dresses from the inspiration challenge with a $100, I can’t help but sneer and roll my eyes.

      • SewingSiren

        But,,but,,,but…they (season 2) all choked when ask to design a dress for Iman.

        • Frank_821

          Oh I know but at least they had the excuse of final challenge burnout. Let face it Andre’s water gutter dress would beat almost any of these entries

          • MoHub

            Andrae was robbed on the gutter-water dress, and it was obvious that Jay McC wanted to give him the win.

            • Raspberry2012

              Oh, Andrae’s gutter water dress. Good lord that was a gorgeous gown.

            • UsedtobeEP

              It should have won for inspiration alone.

            • CPK1

              i loved that dress!

            • MoHub

              Me too! My second favorite all-time PR dress after Jay’s Chrysler Building.

          • Micaela Cannon

            Oh Andre….now THERE was a contestant who not only made some great pieces but great tv at the same time

      • Aaronius

        I said this elsewhere, but it’s not as if Project Runway is an unknown commodity at this point. You’re going on a show where at some point during the season you’re going to be asked to design an evening wear/red carpet outfit. Practice at home on a couple of designs and have that be a “safe” week for you, if it’s not your forte. I mean, really.

        And Korina was almost petulant and surprised about it! Can you BELIEVE that PROJECT RUNWAY, of ALL shows, is asking ME, of ALL people, to design an outfit for the RED CARPET? Quelle horror!

    • elemspbee

      Clearly Sean took a page from the last challenge winner–fringe, when Heidi’s says I want this dress, I will wear this dress. So, fringe fest it is, and boobage. sigh.

    • Denise Rambo

      They should have had a “SPEW ALERT” flash on the screen right before she said she didn’t mine wearing a short dress but it had to be elegant. Apparently elegant in German means tacky.

    • Chuck Barthelme

      A designer friend pointed out that the images of Heidi in the binders they gave the contestants still had the Getty Images watermark on them. Which means they probably hadn’t paid for them. How cheap can they get? I actually liked Sandhya’s and Fade’s dresses a lot, and totally couldn’t understand how Amanda’s was in the top 3. Smacks of favoritism. And I really couldn’t understand how Korina ended up with almost the same green, and was still calling it Emerald. You’d think a designer would have a better eye for color. Because that was NOT emerald.

      • Qitkat

        I was yelling at the TV: that is NOT EMERALD! Damn girl, totally color challenged. Ugh.

        • MarieLD

          Me too! And I kept saying, Heidi never wears green. Which made one of my son’s do a google search and he could find only one instance of her wearing green.

    • Lex

      Korina was obviously spared because she’s attractive and bitchy. Typical reality TV character that audiences love to hate. Her being spared is infuriating- she had a bad attitude and her dress was not only poorly designed and unimaginative, but it wasn’t even DONE. Kristine’s was at least completed and the interesting panel hem spoke to some sort of design talent. Also, Korina’s negativity and constant complaining just makes me hate her- she is a spoiled little brat.

      I’m fine with Mitchell going home. His destiny on the show was always to be let go early on as he obviously didn’t have the same skills yet as the others.

      Amanda: the bodice was HEAVY, hello! It just hung and made the model’s boobs look horrendous. WTF- one of the top three?! It was so cheap and tacky up-close.

      I agree Fade’s should probably have taken Amanda’s slot but I didn’t love the mini skirt in front- wish he’d gone full length all around because that fabric kicked ass- so cool!

      Ya know, Sean’s dress looked STUNNING at the Emmys last weekend and Heidi got tons of positive coverage She looked gorgeous and it DID have amazing movement on camera. When I first saw it on the runway, Cookie Monster came to mind, but I ended up loving it and think it was the right dress to win. I have seen variations of Kimi’s dress a million times.

      • FibonacciSequins

        I think Fade’s dress could have used more softness in the front. The right angles of the mini hem and the topskirt worked against the fabric pattern. I would liked to have seen him do some draping, or cutting the topskirt at an angle.

      • Aaronius

        Even though it’s simple, I think it might be one of my favorite Project Runway looks. Ever.

      • disqus_LQmjCZP25F

        Has anyone noticed the similarity in looks between Korina and Jodi Arias?

    • Catharine Garcea Senior

      Why didn’t this episode air before the Creative Arts Emmies? Sort of made the whole thing anti climactic as we already knew who won.
      Also I suspect Heidi “approved” a second trip to Mood because she already had her eye on Sean’s fringe gown. She knew the trip would be an advantage to nobody.
      Lastly: everyone is missing the real point as to why Korina didn’t get eliminated – she’s a straight up catty bitch and makes for “dramatic” face time.

      • MoHub

        Lifetime appears to be calendar challenged. Hence, nine or ten collections walking the Fashion Week runway. Back in the Bravo days, we normally got three competing collections and one decoy.

        • Frank_821

          yep. there does seem to be something wonking about BM not able to crank out the editing on time

          however by season 5 bravo had cranked up to 3 decoys.

          • serenab44

            It’s not the editing. Typically these show are on a deadline that can’t be missed due to various technical steps tv must go through to get on air. Most likely it was poor planning on the part of BM or Lifetime. Lifetime just doesn’t seem to care much about the show-advertising anyone??

          • MoHub

            Yep. But Bravo was pretty upfront about it.

    • papillon

      I really wish they had kept Kristine instead as well. I doubt she would have won but I agree that she seemed to have promise which I certainly haven’t seen from the other two. I seriously have NO IDEA who Samantha is. And I liked Kini’s and would have preferred it for the win – it is red carpet 101 but it looked chic and pretty and was revealing enough at the back to appeal to Heidi’s notoriously tacky aesthetic. I didn’t mind Sean’s win though – the dress is pretty and interesting. And I kind of liked Amanda’s? But I just really liked the ancient Egyptian motif. I can totally see that it’s not a great dress.

      I really liked hearing Heidi speak German.

      • FibonacciSequins

        I barely remember Samantha from week to week. Same with Emily.

        • papillon

          Same here. I also feel like we only ever see Char at the runway show. They’re all so forgettable.

        • DollyMadisonWI

          Who? LOLOLOLOL

        • cocohall

          Yes, she is the etch-a-sketch girl for me. The minute she is off camera I have zero memory of her or her work – shake shake shake and she’s gone.

      • Saturnine

        I agree about Kristine. Mitchell and Korina should have gone.

    • bouionice

      So agree with you about Amanda. That thing was a hot crafty mess. It was like Cleopatra meets Amish quilters – the bodice looked like one of those awful patchwork vests from the 70s and up close the embellishments looked like a 3rd grade art project, especially the giant silver rickrack. Totally agree that Fade should have been in the top over Amanda. Actually, the best part of the entire episode was Heidi and Fade being bitchy mean girls talking about the ugly green fabric that Korina had. We just couldn’t stop giggling about the “lodenjacke”.

      • MM4321

        Lodenjacke . . . hee hee. That WAS pretty funny.

      • Qitkat

        Oh, man, don’t lump Amish quilters in with any of Amanda’s artsy-fartsy messes:)
        The aesthetic of Amish quilters is in no way anything like what Amanda creates; most importantly they don’t work with embellishments, only solid colors and black. I have seen many stunning Amish quilts close up and their workmanship is impeccable, at least those quilts that end up in museums or public shows. Treat yourself the next time you see an announcement of one of their quilt shows. The beauty of their creations, both the vintage and the newer ones, just takes my breath away. They have wonderful combinations of colors. Broadly speaking, the Amish are very very creatively talented fiber artists.

        Don’t mean to sound like I’m scolding you, I’m not. I just wanted to set the record straight.

        • Paula Carr

          Seriously. Amish quilts are much more like modern art than the crafty calico crap you see most quilters create.

          My mom took up quilting after she retired, and she loved to create her own designs. She did only one Amish-inspired quilt, but, damn, my older sister got that one. Simply beautiful.

        • oldscrumby

          It’s very strange when you’re familiar enough with a somewhat niche subject that you can think “I know exactly what you are trying to say with that metaphore!” simultaneously with ” that’s a terrible metaphore…” So from one quilt-savy person tom another, Amanda’s dress- faux vintage crazy quilt, right down to the misuse of rickrack.

          • Qitkat

            Oh I see the crazy quiltness of her dress for sure.
            But I found the OP comparison with Amish quilting to be out of left field. Enough so that I wondered if she had any knowledge of it. And for the record, and I may be mistaken, I don’t think the Amish were known for typical crazy quilts. So while her comment was meant as funny, and I see that, my serious hat came out with the bizarre, to me, comparison.

          • demidaemon

            Seeing this, I think with this and the last dress, we have finally nailed Amanda’s aesthetic: vintage crazy quilt clothes. Sounds like just the right tagline for an advertising campaign!

      • Paula Carr

        My sister was going INSANE over that silver rickrack. Talk about wickety wack.

        Heh, loden is actually the name for that shade of green.

    • Stacy Herlihy

      My husband called the winning dress Cookie Monster Does Fringe. Ha.

      • RroseSelavy

        Perfect. The sad thing about this win is that Heidi had to twirl for every photo of the dress. It looked rather wooly yak-like like otherwise.

    • hughman

      I was unduly incensed by the fact we KNEW WHO WON ALREADY. There are only two shaky “plot points” to the whole show! Who won and who goes home! If you carelessly give away one before the show even airs, then what’s the point? They could have done this challenge last week, before the goddamn Shmemmys even happened and it wouldn’t have made any difference! I mean, thank god they got rid of Mitchell but someone is dropping the ball on any plot.

      • GillianHolroyd

        It was hysterical to see the live poll at the bottom of the screen: whose design was most popular. Sean was like 95%. That had *nothing* to do with knowing Heidi already wore the dress.

        • Paula Carr

          I commented that it should have been 100%.

          Either 5% were not paying attention or thought that an already taped in-the-can show could somehow change. Maybe that was wishful thinking. :-)

    • PinkyK

      Korina seems to have more confidence than skill. She should’ve gotten the Auf!

      Amanda’s gown looked like it had turquoise ric rac down the front. Ew!

    • BookManFilm

      Best episode this season. Despite knowing the winner, fun and interesting.

    • Frank_821

      I keep forgetting to add how much I enjoy MIla’s blog for Lifetime. I always like how she reflects back on her own time on the show. It was interesting to hear that Heidi can actually be pretty intimidating

    • Aaronius

      Korina totally should have gone home last night. She basically designed Faye Dunaway’s nightgown from “The Towering Inferno,” and badly, at that.

      Mitchell was destined to go, really, and it was sweet how Heidi noted that “we all love you” on his way auf. And really, his outfit had more effort in it than the Dunaway slip.

      Props to Nina, during the close-up stitch and sneer for not even being able to LOOK at Korina’s dress!

      I understand why Fade was in the middle; his dress, while attractive, felt more appropriate for an upscale (but not 4-course/5-star) dinner date in Boca than the red carpet.

      Who else is super-pissed that we didn’t get to witness Sandhya’s original “Troop Beverly Hills” outfit?
      “The scales are covered with green bird droppings to symbolize a connection with nature.”

      Also, how is it a machination if she was the only non-idiot to take advantage of the extra money? I actually liked her new dress this week, and even with cheaper lace, it would have been safe.

      Amanda’s look would have been eons better without that bizarre sky blue framing trim among the beading. I didn’t really mind the dress as a whole, and I LOVED the back. She’s growing on me, sadly (?)

      Props to Zak for his insane Willy Wonka bow “Good everning, designers.”

      I loved Sean’s dress. Loved it. Totally glad he won. And obviously (even without spoilers from earlier this week,) he was going to win.

      The issue with Kini, at least for me, is that his classic, simple refined chic has been done, and done better, by past designers on this show. Part of the reason he’s done so quickly is that he’s not innovating these classic, simple refined designs in any way. Imagine if Season Two’s Chloe Dao had designed that dress: the front would have been split into eight hourglass seams creating a sculpted whole body bodice of supreme interest, for example.

      How Alexander’s black mullet napkin dress wasn’t on the bottom is a mystery for the ages.

      • paginatrix

        Gratuitous Faye Dunaway reference! Gratuitous “The Towering Inferno” reference! Thank you.

      • Qitkat

        Superb deconstruction! I bow to you :)

      • Paula Carr

        Alexander’s looked like he’d folded a movers’ blanket across the front of her body, then, tacked a napkin on her ass to preserve her modesty.

        • Aaronius

          It was really, really bad to me…and to pull my Nina Garcia out of my ass, on the ‘taste level,’ which can’t easily be fixed by ‘getting used to the format of Project Runway.’ Like, he’s always going to design these quilty, sweatery, scarfy outfit approximations of slugs and sea cumbers, right? Auf.

      • demidaemon

        Well, it would have been any other day, but the other three dresses got in fights with sewing machines and came out as losers.

    • BrooklynBomber

      The stroll down memory lane (aka Heidi Takes the Trash Out) is hilarious. That blue Versace is just beyond words.

      Last week I said I was officially last not watching, but last night I was home in time to catch the runway show and the judging. I’ve never been a conspiracy theorist – not even with this show, even though Gretchen’s win and Anya’s win made no sense whatsoever – but now they’re not even trying to hide the manipulation. They CRITICIZED Amanda’s dress, said it needed — what was it? fixing up? reinterpretation? I forget the specifics but it was something — yet it was in the top 3. It’s everything they hate. The crafty vibe. The messy hair. The poor sewing and fit. When Heidi included her in the group that stays, I thought for sure it’d be in the bottom 3.

      • Raspberry2012

        Yup, it’s a problem. Unfortunately, since they rewarded the hot messes that Anya churned out week after week with a season win, then Amanda has nothing to worry about. And for us, that’s not a good thing.

    • Pennymac

      I continue to watch and deride as this show goes down hill at warp speed; “I wish I knew how to quit you.”
      Nothing about this makes sense anymore, other than its a money train for Klum et al.
      ((I’ll be in the PR Open thread next Thursday)) LOL

    • Chelsea

      “Amanda II: The Gretchening continues”. THIS.

    • Saturnine

      *Le sigh.* It’s official–I’m really only watching now for TLo recaps and BK comments. Where are the halfway decent designers? Usually there are two or three designers who can legitimately compete for top spots in any given week; here, nearly *nothing* worked, from Char’s lumpy blue wrap to Korina’s hideous green dreck. Kini’s and Sean’s garments were acceptable, but the Heidi challenge should have at least one spectacular dress. Amanda can’t stop smugging for the camera soon enough. She can take her apparently endless supply of beaded curtain fringe with her.

      I’m sure I’m being overly nostalgic, but this season’s designers are supremely uninspired from a design standpoint (except perhaps Fade, who’s last two entries showed interest and should have ranked higher, I think). Where are the Jays, the Christians, the Irinas, and the Seth Aarons? As of now, I might be interested in seeing a Fade fashion week collection, but not much else.

      • stardust462

        I think the halfway decent designers don’t want to both with the show because the time restrictions are way too short.

        • tired_mommy

          I seem to remember from the Road to the Runway show, quite a few designers from this season had tried out for other seasons and were rejected. At least Kini, Korina and possibly Samantha and Mitchell.

      • FibonacciSequins

        I think a lot of the lack of inspired creations has to do with the time restrictions.

        • Qitkat

          I think the lack of inspired creations has to do with the lack of talented designers. After this many seasons, those who can read the writing on the wall know this will not be the best path to a respectable design career. The people like Jay, Christian, Irina, SA, and those beloved but rarely mentioned like Jillian, Leanne, Korto, Uli, or Laura would not dream of stooping so low as to be on this show now. After all these seasons, and the current production team, the truth has been revealed. This show is just as tacky, low brow, and manipulative as any of the bottom feeder reality shows out there.

          • FibonacciSequins

            I agree, this show has definitely lost what prestige it had in the fashion/garment industry.

    • NMMagpie

      Fade was overlooked unfairly again. Either he’s getting the Dark Horse Edit or he’s going to be the one Tim Gunn uses his save on. Either way, he’s better than this show.

      Sandaya played the game well for this challenge but she made a schmatta with it. Done with her.

      When Amanda’s look came down the runway, I just cracked up, knowing it was going to get over praised when it really is a train wreck from Hobby Lobby. Her all-too-knowing reaction looks on the runway are driving me up a tree; girl needs to go. Soon.

      What really stood out was how uneducated these designers are about what makes a good runway or luxe look. When Korina stated that she does not do runway wear, my first thought was: “Gurl… get out of this business.” And take a color theory class, stat.

      • Qitkat

        Judging by her past efforts, none of which I particularly liked, Sandhya was pretty smart in this episode. She knew she would have very little time left to sew, so she let the high end fabric do all the work and managed to finish a basic dress, which Korina could not even do. Her workmanship was terrible and she ought to have gone home too.

        In total agreement with everything else you said.

    • decormaven

      “Why do we think they just borrowed some cameras from the window display behind them, since none of those cameras look professional grade?” Is one of them using an Instamatic with a flash cube? Where’d he nab that? Ebay? What a contrived setup!

      • FibonacciSequins

        I think that camera is an Instamatic. That made me think they were playing the scene for laughs. If they were, it fell flat.

      • Coco Cornejo

        It’s moments like this that really point out how low budget PR is.

    • MM4321

      Hahaha – haven’t even read this whole thing yet – the title alone has me LOL. Too true.

    • stardust462

      All I want is them to get two days for a challenge. Just once a season. This one day stuff is ridiculous. And to hear the judges lament about how can they go about getting the designers to deliver? More. Time. Please.

      I don’t understand the quilting Korina put in. She must have wanted to put something interesting in, but ugh. She was probably better of just making a simple bias cut dress so she could correctly put in a zipper and actually hem it.

      • FibonacciSequins

        I just realized she also quilted the bodice. What a bizarre design choice. You can barely see the quilting, it just has the effect of making the fabric stiffer. Which is not something that dress called for.

        • Paula Carr

          I saw it on the close-up, but didn’t know what I was seeing. It was so barely visible that I thought the fabric might have had a super subtle pattern in it.

    • V No Privacy

      fade’s look needed to be a bit skankier to appeal to Heidi’s aesthetic. It was too classy for her.

      • CozyCat

        Fade designed a great dress for a different woman. Someone with a quirkier style (Cate Blanchette) or someone sportier who is not comfortable with the classic red carpet (Sandra Bullock?) would love that dress. It would look great on Heidi, but should wouldn’t have been able to sell it on the red carpet because she wouldn’t have “felt” it.

        • Qitkat

          Excellent observation. I can totally see those two actresses liking his gown very much.

    • BrooklynBomber

      The Batman henchmen ref is BRILLIANT.

    • MM4321

      Emily’s dress was SOOOO Heidi! Yes it was too short and slightly tacky. But that’s exactly WHY it should have been the clear winner . . . it couldn’t have fit the challenge better. (Oh, right, unless it had some boobage hanging out.)

      • GillianHolroyd

        I think the three short dress designers erred in choosing black for material; a jewel color would’ve been better. Heidi likes color. Not that Alexander had a hope in hell of making top 3 with that awkward stiff design.

        • Frank_821

          Very valid point and whatever else heidi is, she is a goofball at heart who likes things that are fun

          that’s what gets me. As long as the dress is fun it doesn’t have to be tacky or skin baring, it can be high end. Sean was the only one to get that in his design

      • MilaXX

        Isn’t that the same model that also really sold that jumpsuit a few week’s back?

      • CozyCat

        I think they picked the right winner. But Emily’s dress should have been top three for exactly the reasons you mention.

      • Raspberry2012

        Yeah, poor Emily didn’t have a prayer since the breasts were completely covered.

    • jbj

      I’m baffled by the “I don’t do red carpet” comments. How can anyone compete in this show without having a workable design in mind for the repeated challenges? Was it a surprise that they’d have to do a red carpet look? Did unconventional materials shock them too?

      If you manage to get yourself picked, how can you not watch every past season and prepare for what you have to know is coming?

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

      “Why are the “paparazzi” all dressed alike, like henchman on a Batman TV show?”

      Now I’m trying to picture their names. “Enquirer! Us Weekly! Daily Sun! Stop fighting Batman and get Heidi!”

      • Raspberry2012

        OMG, I love you!! Those are perfect Batman henchman names!

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

          Bless!

    • StillGary

      Like last week, I thought Fade should have made top 3 — I see him being the most talented designer so far, but would Lifetime permit a guy that proclaims his atheism (a lot) to win? I wonder if producers are keeping him in the center of the pack but will seize the opportunity to send him home when he makes his first blunder?

    • Coco Cornejo

      Amanda’s was Bohemian Cruise. Let’s hope that doesn’t trend.

      Good for Sandhya, playing the game. I bet she plays chess. Too bad that $150/yd lace wasn’t more interesting in the final product.

      Korina is a whiner and should have been sent home. This challenge really unnerved her. So much for her smug self-confidence. Maybe she’s be targeted with the Angela Nerviousa curse and the producers will mercifully release her soon.

      Speaking of acting smug. I think Kini is Zen, not smug. He makes his design decision and executes it. No second guessing. No getting distracted by what other people are or aren’t doing. Can’t argue that he doesn’t have some serious construction skills. When he’s done, he’s done. Too many contestants fall prey to the dreaded “over-worked” pitfall. But not Kini. Time will tell just how much design range he has.

      • housefulofboys

        Agree on all points

      • NinjaCate

        Yeah, I think Sandhya decided they didn’t like her anyway so there was no point in trying to be nice about it anymore. I was amused by the others bitching about her money because she’s right, they all had the opportunity to do the same. I think the initial mean comments have kind of steeled her and now she’s going to play the game.

        • Qitkat

          This was the first episode where I didn’t mind Sandhya and her game playing. She seems to have a strong backbone after all, and a determination to stay in the game as long as possible. She put on her big girl panties.

      • frannyprof

        Kini reminds me of Chris March. They get the job done and take a nap!

        • Paula Carr

          His nap TOTALLY reminded me of Chris March.

          But sadly I think Chris March took naps because he probably had weight-related sleep apnea. It wasn’t just that he wanted to nap. He NEEDED to nap.

        • cocohall

          I agree! My daughter asked me how Kini could finish so quickly and I said it is because he doesn’t waste hours of time wandering around the room snooping on the other designers, or torturing himself with endless draping possibilities or using miles of tape to lay out his designs. He has a clear idea of what he wants to do and he just does it. His may not be the most dramatic looks, but he clearly knows how to get the work done.

      • Paula Carr

        Recc’d just for the Angel Nerviousa. Genius.

    • Susan Collier

      Well, I would have put Amanda Love in the top three for a Make King Tut Sarcophagus’ Red Carpet Look challenge.
      Really, we’re dinging Kini, Samantha, Fade, Sandhya, and Char for uninspired fancy dresses, but when given one day you can’t expect more than that. The only ones that stand out do so for all the wrong reasons.

    • MilaXX

      I still don’t understand half these designers acting as if they never watched the show or had knowledge of who Heidi is or pop culture for that matter. Complaining they don’t “do” carpet is silly. So is making a tasteful gown for Heidi.

      • GillianHolroyd

        I think they were prepared for the dreary Heidi-workout-wear challenge instead.

        • cocohall

          Or the even more dreadful challenge for her children’s line.

    • dschubba

      Was Alexander designing for an Unconventional Materials challenge? That looks like a bedspread.

      • MoHub

        I was thinking baseball catcher’s chestpad.

        • Paula Carr

          I was thinking a moving van’s padded blankets.

    • GeoDiva

      Can’t believe Korina stayed. She has been bragging since day one and she is awful.

      • jen

        I know! She’s a bitch and her work has been just average. They’re just keeping her on cause she’s got the whole pretty, thin hipster thing going on.

    • Linderella

      Is it just me, or is Heidi meaner in German? It could be that I don’t speak the language, but I swear when she speaks her native tongue, her eyes flash dangerously and her mouth automatically turns into a sneer. It’s delicious.

      • frannyprof

        And now she has a fellow German to vibe off of!

      • cocohall

        She is direct in both languages. German can sound harsh. But what she said to Fade was pretty much just fact checking – isn’t this the same color as the traditional German hunting jacket? Which is of course a COMICAL idea to use a color so closely associated with hunting for a red carpet challenge.

    • Inspector_Gidget

      I was kind of shocked that Mitchell realized his dress was hideous and poorly constructed. He seemed like the type that go out in a blaze of glory, rant about having NO IDEA why he was going home.

      • MM4321

        I know, right? The week that I decided I like him is the one he gets sent home. . . .

      • GillianHolroyd

        All three bottom designers knew they’d failed. I liked how their self-awareness and that the judges didn’t turn around and castigate them for *not* defending their work

      • Qitkat

        I think Mitchell had become over the competition. He seemed like a lost lamb in the workroom, knowing he was not having good ideas, with poor time management, basically wringing his hands and moping. He was more than ready to go home. Out of his element and not having any fun any more. He used up his allotment of talking smack about everyone, probably because he’s basically a nice guy with design skills that weren’t as strong as what he saw in his competitors.

    • Judy_J

      When the judges were praising Amanda’s dress, I could actually visualize them with their fingers crossed behind their backs. None of what they said sounded like they meant one word of it. And I’m sorry, but anyone who has seen Heidi in action knows she likes short, tight, and shiny. Why in the world any of these people would design anything for her that hides the goods under yards of fabric is beyond me. You’re just guaranteed to lose.

      • CozyCat

        Nina’s complements were definitely “left handed” She praised Amanda for doing somthing “out of her wheelhouse.” Which is pretty meaningless.

        Posen slammed everything but the fit.

        I think both of them are waiting for the moment when they get the signal from the producers (including Heidi) so they can dump Amanda. Which is kind of unfair to her, since she is not getting the type of feedback that could help her become a better designer.

    • Freynika

      Which one is Samantha, again? I honestly don’t remember that dress at all.

      • Qitkat

        I swear, every single week I have forgotten who Samantha is again. I don’t remember the person, or the designs.

        • Aidan B

          The one with the dark hair and glasses who isn’t Korina? That’s all I got.

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

        The one that reminds me of Leanne. :P

        • Qitkat

          Huh? In looks? Surely not her design aesthetic?

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

            Yes, looks. Every time I see her, I think, “It’s Leanne’s little sister!”

    • Bonnie Blue

      Heidi said the look had to be elegant…I would ask her to look at the pix that TLo posted above and say which ones are “elegant.”
      I wish the show would use the extra half hour not for catty drama or pushing products, but have the judges give a brief critique of the looks not in the top or bottom. A lot of times my favorite look is in the middle and I’d love to hear what the judges thought. I caught a PR rerun of the season w/Emilio & Seth Aaron, don’t know if it was Lifetime or Bravo but MK was a judge, how I wish he was still a judge and not Zac Posen and whatever “blogger of the week.” And there was no lengthy “commercial” in the guise of the hair and make-up studio. Finally I wish Korina had gotten auf’ed. I actually thought Mitchell’s was the least bad of the bottom 3.

    • alula_auburn

      I missed y’all in open thread last night (had a workshop to attend.) And seriously. Those looks. I have no idea what happened with the money and the multiple trips to Mood–I got home just before the runway on the second airing. should I care about the set up shenanigans?

      fade’s definitely the most interesting. at least Alexander’s fringe was less tacky looking. Those sequins of Amanda’s looked awful–talk about crafty.

      • Aidan B

        Re: the Mood shopping: Heidi disliked so many of the designers’ fabrics that she gave them the option to go back to Mood. Everyone got $100 whether they were going or not, so Sandhya begged money off the designers who chose not to go (which was allowed) and bought some really expensive fabric. Everyone bitched about it, but that was actually pretty smart.

        • alula_auburn

          ah, thanks!

    • Jay

      I agree that Kristine should not have been sent home. I thought she was a sleeper and would have liked to see what her collection would have looked like. I did, however, appreciate Korina’s honesty in evaluating her design, admitting that she wouldn’t wear it and that it was boring and poorly constructed. Few thing annoy me more than when a designer sings their own praises as a truly heinous creation walks down the runway.

      Thought Alexander and Emily should have been called to the runway to make a bottom 5.

    • Susan Crawford

      There was a moment – I think in Season 8 – when Heidi dogmatically advised some luckless contestant: “Boobs OR legs: but not both!” or words to that effect. Yeah. Right, Heidi . . . words to live by in the alternate universe that is your own mind. This was a really sad episode. So many truly AWFUL designs. Winning look? Not dreadful, but not really original. Amanda’s “beading” was just horrific: mismatched, heavy, crafty and really fug. Sandhya, you spent a bomb at Mood and ended up with an unoriginal and drab gown. The two red gowns gave red a bad, bad name. And AGAIN, I ask, WHAT is UP with the lack of respect for Fade, who has IDEAS??? Sorry to get het up, but my one remaining hormone – Stella – is having a tantrum. Unless something drastic happens, this season may well go down as the Dud di tutti Duds of PR history.

      • http://www.domesticdisturbia.com/ Christi Wampler

        I completely agree on fade!!!! He is original, his looks are elegant, his workmanship seems to be really damn good, yet he’s looked over. His was LEAGUES ahead of Amanda’s!!

        • http://www.fatladysings.us/ TFLS

          You bet! I really like his work. It astounds me he’s never taken seriously. It’s as if they are keeping him there for Heidi to have someone to speak German to….whick is a real dis to Fade. I think he’s worth ten of Amanda any day!

    • shopgirl716

      Hmm, this looks like another season where I can skip watching the show and just read your recaps. Fade seems to be the designer who really has interesting ideas and an original point of view. I would love to hear Nina inform Heidi that she has a “taste issue”.

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

      Next season for the “dress Heidi” challenge, she should just eliminate designers from the workroom without them even getting to go on the runway, if they make such horrible outfits. That’s a twist and shock for viewers.

    • Sweetvegan

      I suspect that they felt that they couldn’t put Fade in the top after Heidi gave him a bad review in the workroom, and he didn’t change his design at all. In the workroom, she had no idea that the finished dress was going to be fantastic!

      • GillianHolroyd

        He went to Mood though. Did he just buy more of the same (gorgeous) fabric?

        • alyce1213

          That’s impossible to know because they show nothing of him or his work, like 1 or 2 seconds, tops. Maybe he bought more of the grey and white, maybe the beautiful coordinating black and white — who knows?? He gets no respect. It’s making me mad.

    • Annie Lure

      I hate these red carpet challenges. Not because there’s anything intrinsically wrong with them, but because designers who are not evening-wear-oriented resort to making basic, conventional gowns (or tortured, highly contrived ones). I noticed this in the most recent All-Stars, too (RE: Elena and Seth Aaron). Red carpet can be most anything; if you’re not a gown maker, then why not make something, say, tailored? Yes, you have a client, a client with terrible taste, no less. But as that client explicitly stated, you’re to coincide your aesthetic to her sensibilities. Rather than show ass-crack and boobs, why not proffer something more tasteful and push her in that direction? And even if she doesn’t like it, if your design is tasteful, well-crafted, and representative of your aesthetic, then Zach and Nina will appreciate it, and you’ll be safe, at least. Anyway…

      Sean: I like Sean as a contestant, but I can’t say I’m appreciative of his offerings. I haven’t forgotten that triangle-dropping vagina (his debut entry in the show). And didn’t he do a fringe dress before? He did. Out of straws. I’m confused as to what his point-of-view is. I’ve seen unbridled color-blocking, fringe, and shreds/amateur attempts at deconstruction. W.T.F.? This gown isn’t bad, though. The fringe is well-applied. I’m glad Zach commented on the chevron cuts as that construction detail wasn’t immediately evident. In fact, I like Zach’s examining and remaking upon the construction. It’s too bad Heidi and Nina often override him with uniformed comments. I’d rather hear his professional opinion, not Heidi’s “it’s sexy/it’s not sexy/not easy to make, huh, you don’t just slap on the fringe, right” nonsense or Nina’s producer-interfered-with zingers.

      As to the eliminated designers: I think both Mitchell and Kristine possess some talent. One reason they’re out, IMO, is what I noted earlier in this post. They didn’t embrace their strengths. They didn’t let their design perspectives inform their evening-wear. Second reason: they started over with only a few hours left when they should have amended only a few elements in their pre-existing designs to accommodate some of Heidi’s suggestions. Kristine’s aggregate work has been pretty much crap, though, save for that textured, minimalist & slashed coat future entry. Mitchell’s entire output has been slightly better: his CD dress, his wet suit, and even his transformed leisure suit all had merit and potential.

    • Sweetvegan

      I didn’t even notice the fake paparazzi. That’s funny.

    • vickilu

      Can anyone tell me who makes the fabric that Fade used? I didn’t watch the show.

      • alyce1213

        Call Mood.

    • guest2visits

      Really, Sean’s gown was excellent for Heidi, he deserved the win – if only for making one of Heidi’s best RC looks, attention-wise and tasteful even. It was very pretty and it suited Heidi and the occasion. And so nice his idea was just different enough to make it appear ‘new’ too. How interesting that the designers that didn’t do Mood a second time were the ones that turned out on top. Except maybe Fade – his dress material may not have had the special amped quality for Heidi’s style, but it was very clever and felt young and fresh looking. It flowed beautifully down the RW. He should’ve replaced Amanda’s on the RW for a look-see and discussion. I liked the basic retro idea Amanda had, but the results looked like she was working off of last week’s vintage materials challenge – the beaded placket(?) areas seemed to be salvaged directly from a 70s caftan, not the most attractive selection of materials or even the necessary precision to make it work. Nina correctly called it out for lack of polish.
      Sandhya’s first look had promise – the fabric painting was looking good – but then the dated placement of the feathers – whoa. She really pushed her gown into territory Heidi isn’t willing to think about yet. I agreed it was not her style at all, even though Heidi’s worn a range of….things. It means Sandhya didn’t read Heidi or the challenge correctly at all, like many of the others. Interesting. Most seemed to have a very specific idea of what a RC gown should look like and it was pretty conventional or dated. And HOW could so many not know Heidi’s taste – does she not appear on stage most every week in something about to reveal the Klum-china? (Ok, how many were SURE Heidi was going to flash us under her trench last night. Considering her latest naked-hanger-ad for the show, I truly thought we would be seeing the latest in Heidi underwear-fashion, for some type of promotion).
      Kinis was very attractive too, well made and sexy….I felt Kini knew Heidi’s criteria the best, apart from Sean.
      Sandhya’s 2nd version was also very pretty, but for me the fabric actually went a bit over board and said Oscar Awards.
      The rest were very bland and/or badly made: Kristine – although I’m certain if she had constructed her short red dress a thousand times better, Heidi would’ve jumped at the chance to wear the devil-horned cleavage. See above.
      Korina – So others have called her color blind. I would agree. And why this was such a struggle to re-conceptualize after Heidi nixed the snake I don’t get either. And another dated look for Heidi.
      Emily – just like something I might’ve made for one of my Barbie dolls; a ripped, torn, and twisted piece of fabric. I was kind of surprised that this was so short and tasteless from Emily. It looked too tight and poorly fit.
      Char – a nice idea but the bodice fit her model so badly it was distracting. Not a Heidi look either.
      Alexander -wth. I couldn’t tell if the fabric was midnight blue or black. Doesn’t matter. Another Barbie special by moi.
      Mitchell – What a mess. I guess he tried but when you start with this dated prom gown, it doesn’t even matter how ridiculously it’s constructed.
      SO many bottom looks. This should’ve been kind of fun to create a RC look. For Heidi or anyone.

      • somebody blonde

        I kind of took Emily’s as an honest assessment of Heidi’s style- it was tight, short, and shiny, plus it had a unique style. Was it tacky? Yes, but Heidi is tacky. Her only problem was that she didn’t take into account that Heidi wasn’t the only one judging it.

        Otherwise I agree with everything you said.

        • guest2visits

          I think even the model is a little stunned about what she’s wearing. The fabric is rich, although hard to see that on this side of the screen. But the design is not up to what Emily can dream up, I’m sure. Even if it were longer…what would it be? Still not really a dress special enough for a Heidi style entrance.
          Although the things Heidi likes are always debatable in taste, I’m maybe deluding myself into thinking even Heidi wouldn’t choose this tiny micro dress for this particular event! But agreed, I can see Emily thinking it looks like something Heidi’s worn before.

      • s elin

        Is it just me? Did anyone else think Alexander should have been in the bottom three? That dress was hideous.

        • demidaemon

          I think he certainly lucked out that three of his fellow designers crashed and burned so spectacularly. The other three dresses had so many blatant construction flaws that they needed to be the bottom 3. Any other day, yes, it should have been.

    • CPK1

      Normally I don’t mind Little Zac Fauntleroy but last night he bugged. First of all he told The Mitchell that good evening wear takes time when he was a judging a competition where the competitors had one day to complete a red carpet worthy dress. Secondly he praised Kristen’s side treatment but then said her dress was the first zero he gave. (Korina should have gone instead IMHO)

      • Inspector_Gidget

        Yeah that struck me as odd also. Based on the snippets they showed in the episode I don’t understand how Kristine went home and Little Miss Amateur Hour survived.

      • Paula Carr

        Man, when he said that I was thinking “what did you score Korina’s? minus one?”

        I’m starting to seriously hate Posen.

      • Raspberry2012

        “First of all he told The Mitchell that good evening wear takes time when he was a judging a competition where the competitors had one day to complete a red carpet worthy dress.”

        I DIED! Can I just tell you? Flat out DIED! The gentle chiding of how good evening wear takes time… when you gave them 10 hours to complete it, start to finish! I was completely flabbergasted at the balls on that kid. I actually felt bad for The Mitchell! (*Oh, and by the way – “Little Zac Fauntleroy” is priceless!*)

        • Pril Wood

          His shortened “hood” name could be “Z-Faunt”

    • Annie Lure

      Oh, another thing: Does anyone REALLY believe Fade is German? I don’t. That’s the second time Heidi has addressed him in German, and he has been unable to reply in German. His accent, too, is not authentically German. It’s affectedly so.

      • shar67

        He did reply, but I think he isn’t catty so he didn’t want to be too mean about Korina’s dress color. Honestly that is why he is being ignored, absolutely NO drama with Fade.

      • Raspberry2012

        He replied in German. I think he was just momentarily stunned that she was directly addressing HIM while shit-talking a competitor who was standing right there.

        And sometimes language doesn’t “get” the same language because of dialects. My mom and dad are both first generation born in America from Italy (*Dad was Northern from around Florence, and Mom is from Sicily*), and all four of my grandparents came over on the boat. But they both spoke different dialects – and even when I decided to try and learn Italian in a class, my mom couldn’t help me very much, because the dialect was so different. The textbook, i.e. “proper” Italian, that I was learning in the classroom was totally different than the dialect that she and my grandmother used to speak. It was Italian, and it was foreign to *her* – and yet, she spoke no English until she started going to public school.

      • GM

        You obviously don’t know many Germans. He is very clearly German!

      • Hellene Jakinovich

        My in-laws are German. Like Raspberry said, there are a lot of regional differences. Moreover, in school they’re taught the Queen’s English – some of the cousins have a proper English accent when speaking English.

    • Angela_the_Librarian

      I really liked Fade’s, but would have preferred it as a full ball gown (don’t like the short/long dress style). Apart from Kini, Sandyha, Fade, and Sean everyone else pretty much put out a crappy product and could have been deservedly auf’ed. Of course it was also ridiculous to expect something exceptional with a one day challenge.
      Maybe I’m just not as observant, but I’m not getting a Wendy Pepper vibe from Sandyha (at least not yet). I think she’s just being shrewd and playing the game (which is what this show had evolved to being). The others going back to Mood could have easily done the same thing she did…she couldn’t talk to everyone simultaneously. Having more money did help her purchase better fabric, but she still had to do something with it (and her dress was nice but not outstanding).

      • MarieLD

        I really like fade’s too. he’s been so ignored this season.

      • tallgirl1204

        I also think Fade should have stuck with the ball gown– but it was clearly not Heidi’s style either way. I like him the best of all the designers and can picture several of his looks (I want and would wear the weird grey sweats from the futuristic challenge) but I don’t think this week’s look fit the brief to make something Heidi would wear.

    • Laughingworld

      Apropos of nothing, I thought Heidi looked so nice with her hair up.

    • kaydenpat

      I thought Tom and Lorenzo had outdone themselves with the title “Calling All the Basic Bitches” but this one is the clear winner (for now).

      As for the show, I was okay with the winning dress but was surprised that two designers went home. Don’t recall that ever happening before. Couldn’t understand all the love for Amanda’s crafty looking dress though.

    • Elci

      I DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY THEY LOVED AMANDA’S!!! Please, please someone explain this to me! I could see Zac gritting his teeth commenting on it close up when it was in the Top 3 grouping. It looked like cheapo Cleopatra meets holly hoppy meets hippypalooza meets Michael’s craft store beading. Look, I ADORED Amanda in her season – maybe that is bc she worked with Michelle, whom I also liked very much (even though others thought she was the bitchiest bitch to ever bitch) and they worked well together, or Amanda seemed like a kitty-cat compared to Michelle’s more aggressive personality. But I am having such a negative rection to her this season, that I am beyond angry she was brought back. Even Heidi has to muster up all her acting ability to manage an “I don’t know, I like it” in response to Amanda’s dress. I. do. not. get. it. I too didn’t have an incredible problem with Sandhya grabbing up all the extra cash quickly – anyone else could have done that – but it didn’t rub me entirely right either. I give her all the benefits of the doubt when she approached Tim during that group challenge, and I still think she is an overall nice lady, but I dunno, I am having second thoughts now…lol. Korina continues to bug (why oh why oh why did she go for ANOTHER sad, drab green color? WHY?!?!? that was neither emerald nor jewel-toned) and I continue to love Fade mit ganzem Herz. He looked so incredibly euro-90s walking back into the waiting area after he was announced safe, I loved it!!!!

      • UsedtobeEP

        I think that the producers believe they are appeasing the audience by praising Amanda. After all, “we” voted her back in, right? It should mean that we are rooting for her, but we are tired of this part of the game. I remember when they brought Daniel back early in the series, and it turned out to be a great move. He didn’t make it all that far, but his aesthetic was interesting, and he was a memorable and quite likable contestant and highly skilled at certain things. But this bringing back been done too many times now to do it with just anyone. We just aren’t curious enough about most early leavers anymore to automatically pull for her.

        • somebody blonde

          Also, there is no way Daniel should’ve been aufed the episode he was aufed. He made pretty, if unoriginal, actual lingerie. And Santino made a bucket of hideousness and tick-tackery.

          • Queenbitch

            Santino was really a one way monkey all he seem to do on the show fashion wise was baby doll dresses with tacky crap on them. He was only on the show for so long because of his personality. He did do a great Tim Gunn though.

            • s elin

              Santino was the first “Personality.” He has gotten out of design as far as I know…and rightfully so. He is mostly a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race.

            • CozyCat

              I read an interview with Tim where he said that he was really afraid Santino would win. After having Jay, an outsized (though very talented) personality win first year, if Santino had won, every future contestant would think that they had to play to the cameras to win.

              Well, playing to the cameras may not get you a win these days, but it can get you to the finals (remember Cliinique Josh?)

        • Elci

          LOOOOOVE Daniel Franco. Daniel Franco….where did you go? Oh Daniel Franco, where did you go?

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

            He was an okay kind of crazy, not like some other kinds of crazy PR has had over the years.

    • EverybodysStarling

      I just seem to have an allergic reaction to Amanda’s esthetic. I hate it. I hate the dress. Haaaate it. I really thought they’d put her in the middle (because immunity) and tell her (again) that she’s lucky she got through.

      • Pril Wood

        And didn’t the styling just make it worse? Horrible!

    • Elisabeth Ashley

      My biggest issue with this season (and believe me I have plenty) is just how boring so many of the designers are. If you’re going to make something tacky and poorly constructed, at least let it be interesting. These designers are reluctant to take risks so we end up with boring looks like Kini’s being overpraised and storylines pushing designers like Gretch-err I mean Amanda to the spotlight.

      My only hopes are Fade and Sandhya, I don’t always love their looks but they have interesting points of view.

      • Elci

        I look forward to Fade each week. With my luck, the first and only time he will be called fore the judges is when he is in the bottom and auf’d ;( And Even though I wasn’t sure how I felt about Sandhya’s move to collect all the extra Mood money, I did like what she made this week. I thought it looked very luxe and pretty. But you know, too covered up for Heidi.

    • BobStPaul

      The “pretend Heidi has taste” episode – how apt. Well, at least for the first time this season I agreed with the winner. However, how Amanda’s made it into the top three I’ll never know. They should have had a bottom six for this one and Amanda would have been no better than fifth from the bottom. And once again I fail to understand why Fade’s work is not recognized. I would have had him, Sean, and Kini as the top three. I would probably have sent Korina home instead of Mitchell. Mitchell’s was a failure for sure but at least it had some design possibilities to it.

      • Bonnie Blue

        I just saw the Jessica Alba post of her wearing blue satin w/a seamed bodice by Zac Posen…reminded me a little of Mitchell’s which got auf’ed!

    • JaCory Deon

      Conceptually, this was their easiest challenge so far: all the needed was to do something tight up top, floor length, in color, maybe highlight the boobs. I actually like this sort of challenge with restraints as it forces the designers into a real design situation. That said, Fade’s was the best for me but I fear he may be too restrained/elegant for what this show is now. Were he on seasons 1-5, he’d get more attention. They’re really sleeping on him which is a shame because he’s making great stuff. The winner’s look was a bit “meh” for me: nice color but looked unfinished.

      They really need to stop insulting our intelligence with all this praise for Amanda. Her “gown” was a cheap, Cleopatra cast off…not even for a screen test. She seems nice enough but they really should be harder on her as she (never tires of reminding us) has done this circus before. I didn’t mind Korina getting the boot as she was like those pretty-but-smug hipster girls who think they’re more than they are. Bye gurl. The other designs for this challenge were a big bore.

      • Pril Wood

        Fade should really have been on Project Runway Australia, which has a much higher bar/general aesthetic set for its contestants…. Unfortunately I think they stopped production a couple of years ago.

      • Pril Wood

        Korina didn’t get the boot, Christine did.

    • DollyMadisonWI

      It’s appalling when at least half of the entries in a challenge wouldn’t pass muster at a 1981 prom.

      • serenab44

        Oh I missed that line. But Heidi was in Parks and Rec playing a Danish mayor. Sure it maybe wasn’t a challenging part but she was really good and funny. I was kinda impressed. (maybe I have low expectations??). She can be pretty kooky adorable.

      • cocohall

        I sensed he was using the word in an “aspirational” way. Meaning Heidi has decided to add acting to her portfolio and she told Tim to describe her thusly. Poor Tim did not look well at all. I think the cognitive dissonance of having to pretend to care about what I’m sure he thinks is patently ridiculous work is putting a strain on him. He is showing the aufed designers the door with an almost perfunctory “We’ll miss you.” You can hear the “not” lingering in the air, unspoken, each time.

    • Winter_White

      Sandhya to Tim after the next elimination: “Tim, if you are not going to use your SAVE….may I have it? In case I need it in the future?” “Thank you, Tim, you make me feel so humble.”

      • Stacy Herlihy

        I liked her for that move. She’s smart and willing to take every advantage she can get. I’m still in love with her from last week. She was totally right to call out that sexist moron and his inappropriate insults. He had the nerve to blame her for his incompetence. I hope she’s at least in the top five. I really don’t want to hear people whining about a make a pretty dress contest. If you can’t manage that sort of thing, don’t try out for this show.

        • Winter_White

          I agree with what TLo wrote (above) about her.
          I love that she’s smart…love that she stands up for herself and for women in general…but mostly don’t love her work.

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

            I think she needs to rein in the Bollywood. Heidi said as much, and I hope that sticks in her mind despite it coming from Heidi.

            • swanpride

              You know that it’s a dark day for Project Runway when Heidi is the voice of reason.

      • somebody blonde

        BWAHAHA. That’s pretty funny. On the other hand, I was totally fine with her doing that. They told everyone they could ask the designers who weren’t going for their money, and it wasn’t Sandhya’s fault that the others weren’t asking. Also, the staying behind designers didn’t have to give her the money.

      • guest2visits

        That was most wonderful.
        She DID recover from a bad design choice…have to give her that. Although Fade, Kini and Sean didn’t really need to spend big bucks for nice ideas or expert construction.

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

        I love her. She is smart. It’s a competition so I can forgive some tactful cut-throat. I don’t get the feeling that outside of a competition she would behave that way (besides the general competitiveness that comes with making one’s career).

    • Call me Bee

      Oh I’m late again. Anyhoo–I cannot argue with the win or the loss. A miracle at this point….. What I can argue with is the praise that was heaped on that thing that Amanda made. Ugh–it was embarrassing to watch Nina and Mr Posen fall over themselves to say nice things about it. Geoffrey Bean??!?! In your dreams, Amanda.

      • Passionflora

        Oh gag me, it was horrific. I was sure that she would be raked over the coals for that one, but no, heaps of praise for that beaded misery of a gown.

      • Munchkn

        Geoffrey Beene just rolled over in his grave.

      • Stubenville

        Perhaps Amanda meant Mr. Bean…

    • jjfg

      Silly me, when Amanda was left standing I was thinking they’d called top two, bottom four. I’m trying not to hate her because of the editing, but still – there were better dresses than that (fade, even Char) already dismissed as middling. That shit looked like a summer camp project.
      Sandhya – Really? All that $, and that’s the best she could come up with? Don’t resent her tactics – seriously, whatever – but she seemed to expect the fabric to do all the work. Nope.

    • Ellen T

      Are we maybe looking at the final season of Project Runway?

      • kaydenpat

        I hope not. I still enjoy it and Tom and Lorenzo’s recaps.

        • Ellen T

          I hope it isn’t either, but they need some fresh challenges and some better designers. And Michael Kors back – the sarcasm is missing.

          • s elin

            The wit is missing. Kors was bitchy, but most of all, he was witty. He was entertaining.

      • alyce1213

        I doubt it. It’s still very popular.

      • Raspberry2012

        I don’t think so. It’s popular, it still has some life in it.

      • Angela_the_Librarian

        I think Lifetime will keep it on as long as it’s making money (and chances are it’s probably one of their top rated shows). It would be nice if they shook up the format of the show, but that would probably eat into the production budget :-p

        • Gatto Nero

          “… as long as it’s making money” — exactly.
          They’ve already cut down on production costs by sticking to one-day challenges and increasing sponsor presence to a ridiculous degree.
          When it stops being a cash cow Heidi and company will move on to the next cheesy reality project.

      • Aaronius

        Not by a long shot. Lifetime is enjoying tremendous ratings success with the series and its absurd spin-offs. While PR may have lost its cultural, fashion, and zeitgeist cache, it’s still grabbing the eyeballs…and I actually think more eyeballs than who watched it on Bravo.

      • Aaronius

        I also still think that PR, even in its cracktacular worst moments, represents the best metaphoric expression of what working in a commercially creative field is like, and much like PR, talent rises to the top when you have to make a $100 dress look like a $10,000 one, or a $10,000 set look like a Broadway stage.

    • Sarah Miller

      Did anybody else see all the photos of Heidi wearing the winning look last weekend at the Creative Arts Emmys? She completely ruined her own show by wearing the winning look before the episode aired. I fast forwarded through the episode just to see who was eliminated. As if the season weren’t boring enough, ruining the surprise of who won the week isn’t helping.

    • Passionflora

      I thought that Amanda would be in the bottom this week. What’s the story with all the praise that was lavished on that dress? If anyone else had done that, it would have been costume-y. I don’t think that anyone would even want that dress for a opera workshop production of “Aida.”

      Wasn’t it Emily who said that Amanda was getting so much attention over her work? I didn’t like Amanda first time around, and like her even less this time.

      • alyce1213

        Yes, Emily said something — not in a terrible way, sort of matter of fact — and my esteem for her went up.

        • Passionflora

          Yes, she made that comment almost off-handedly, no nastiness at all. I feel the same as you alyce.

    • crash1212

      Completely agree about who the two auf’d should’ve been. Mitchell because his days were numbered anyway, but I could not believe that hideous green monstrosity was an “in”. PUHLEEZE. Also, the Amanda love is getting SO old. That thing she created was worthy of “safe’ at best. The fact that her crafts project beat out Fade is just nuts. The top two people who bug this season – Amanda and Korina. Blech.

    • Diane Iafrate

      what a horrible runway last night… except for a few exceptions…and I really liked Fade’s…Sean’s dress was cool and I am glad he won, but again, it wasn’t anything ‘WOW’ …Sandhya is totally calculated..I am sick of that fake smile she flashes.

    • fiddlecub

      Fade’s dress is GORGE. But he was simply safe for the second week in a row?

    • LeelaST

      LOVED Fäde’s look. LOVED. When will he get some respect? (Oh, I know, when it’s his “turn.” Ugh.) Sean’s was my next fave, so glad he won. Kini’s was very pretty but if he can do a basic dress so quickly, why not use the extra time to do something more elaborate or innovative?

      Amanda. God Awful. Do the judges *cough* producers *cough* not believe we can see what’s going on behind the curtain? Inexcusable that she and her minion Korina are still on the show.

      • wayout46

        There’s no secret agenda behind the Sponsorship of Amanda. It’s a pretty open and clear agenda. When in doubt, go with the obvious – the viewers picked Amanda to return. Until some of the other designers develop a popular following that the producers can trail, she will continue to enjoy excessive and unjustified ranking and airtime. However, as soon as she is knocked off the currently locked-in top three pedestal currently occupied by Kini, Sandhya and youknowwho (and SHE WILL, otherwise we’ll just have Anya v.2), Fade better be ready with his best work to swoop in!

        • s elin

          But what viewers? Who liked Amanda that much?

          • demidaemon

            It was more like who we hated the least, which has been interpreted as “liking a lot.”

    • CB

      It pisses me off that the judges ignore fade every week. I think that he should have won last week’s challenge, and been in the top this week (I agree with Sean’s win). I did, however, enjoy him bitching with Heidi in German about Korina’s dress.

      • Elci

        lol I too enjoyed the German shade-fest! Although Fade didn’t see completely interested in sharing in the bitchiness.

    • Pret-a-Pretty

      Each season there’s a red carpet or similar challenge. Each season, they have to design a fancy look for a celeb. Sometimes it’s Nina, sometimes it’s Heidi, sometimes its Marge Simpson. So, why would anyone proclaim, “Oh, no! A runway look?! I don’t do runway!” Haven’t the contests ever watched the show? I would think they’d study and bolster their weaknesses to prepare for the challenges that are in every season!! Right?!

      • CB

        I was just saying that to my mom! (We have a bitchy post-PR gabfest every week…it’s the best.) Every season has a variation on the same challenges–red carpet, unconventional, cocktail, sporty, uniform, menswear, etc. Like, make a freaking evening gown before you go on the show so you don’t have to be the idiot saying “I have never made a red carpet dress before”!

        • Pret-a-Pretty

          Exactly!!!

    • Josephine Wagner

      I am so angry that they keep ignoring Fade :c I’m just praying that they’re giving him a dark horse edit, and that it’s not something stupid like burying him because of the atheism wear.
      I swear if he gets aufed without any recognizion I’m done with this season.

      • tallgirl1204

        O.k., I’m clueless. What is atheism wear?

        • Josephine Wagner

          In several episodes he has worn shirts with ‘Atheist’ printed on them. I was just trying to be witty.

          • tallgirl1204

            Ohhhh fer dumb. Thanks for explaining. I hadn’t noticed his personal wear– I thought there was some subtext in the fashions that he was creating. That could be a problem for him– and for me– not that I’m offended particulArly, but because I am far more interested in the designs than in the personal lives or beliefs of the designers. I am bored by preaching of all kinds.

    • GorgeousThings

      I’m watching this season, but only so I can keep up with your commentary. Next week I WILL take part in the PROT. Everything on that runway was pretty forgettable, except for Sean’s dress, which looks like a Samba dress I designed and made (better) for my son’s ballroom dance teacher a couple of years back. Sandhaya really should go home soon. Not because she Peppered the extra monies, but because she made a dress that looks like it belongs on a NY Social Xray at the Met Ball after party. It’s like if depression took up design.

    • Alfred Cox

      Their gonna keep Korina there for- I say- a couple more episodes, give her arbitrary praise for some basic with a lil style look and then send her home amidst tears in some impossible challenge. Shes a drama queen and a character while Kristine was way too reserved and tried to get along with her work. So of course Korina stays.

    • Alfred Cox

      Oh, Mitchell, luv ya hun, but you should’ve never been on the show in the first place. He’s what a call a Britches designer. There’s this shop in Columbia called Britches and its where all the snotty, stuck up Caucasian Sorors go to get their slutty wares. I can definitely see one of those gals wearing a Mitchell Perry slutravaganza. Which means his clothes aren’t inherently bad. He just needs to realize he’s a insignificant dressmaker who can make a lot of money selling slutty party clothes to the Amanda DeCadenet’s of the world-post babies, of course. But Ill still miss u boo!

    • GM

      Judges, stop ignoring Fade, you cunts!

    • somebody blonde

      To be fair to Amanda, I did think the back was nice, and if the trim/beading had been done with beads/trim that wasn’t so tacky, that idea would also have been nice. It’s just inexplicable that hers was in the top over fäde’s, though.

    • Introspective

      OMG I cannot. this blog feels 1 part gwynnie paltrow combined with 1 part tavi gevinson in terms of self-importance about FASHION with a dash of the southwest on the spin cycle. and all of it = debacle.

      Gretchen defined the phrase “much ado about nothing” in her season, and especially if this is all that she’s got to show of her PR afterlife she continues to do so. And Amanda is following right in her footsteps. just boo.

      • Micaela Cannon

        I hate to say this because I hated Gretchen, never understood her numerous wins…especially the rennaisance fair dress make up challenege thing….but in retrospect Nina was right when she said Gretchen’s aesthetic, and not Mondo’s was where fashion was headed for the next several years. Hippie-light hipster fashion is very much in.

        • Introspective

          Indeed you are right that her aesthetic was the future. But I didnt like it when Gretchen was trying to sell it then, and I still dont now that everyone’s selling it. Pretty much hate the big flowy patterned everything that’s in stores now as it makes everyone but size 0s and 2s look like linebackers….

    • Becky Simmons

      I’m confused… at some point, maybe off camera, did Heidi express a disliking of her right leg?

    • Karen

      The Gretchning?! Bahahahaha! So true.

    • destroy1234

      Sean’s dress reminds me of car wash machine…

    • nunsuch

      I loved Fade’s. I wonder if/when he will ever be appreciated. I think his work has been the most consistently interesting all season.

    • Calvin Philips

      I love Sandhya, but the design was about twenty years older than Heidi.

      • CozyCat

        No. It’s 20 years older than the age Heidi thinks it is. It was appropriate for the age Heidi actually is. (though, with that body, she can get away with a lot that most women her age can’t….)

        • Chartreusite

          Seconded on all accounts. Heidi’s in her early forties, and I think that dress would be perfect for a woman her age (who would be fine doing sleeveless and mostly backless, but again, it’s Heidi the ex-supermodel and she obviously doesn’t have a problem with that). Only problem is it’s a little too quiet for Heidi’s taste…which is curious because she placed Kini’s even quieter and more conservative design over Sandhya’s and almost everyone else’s. Maybe that was the other judges’ influence and scoring?

    • Chartreusite

      I just watched the episode and I’m still a little confused why all the other designers were making such a fuss about Sandhya this week besides their continual “we don’t like her cause she got two wins and we don’t get it” story. I do think it was shrewd of her when she realized her dress wasn’t gonna work (and to be honest she is starting to remind me more and more of Patricia in the craftiness of her work, although that first dress was beautiful in a cliche, mature way) to rest on getting a real stunner of a fabric and focus on a design she could churn out in a shorter amount of time. It shimmered fabulously on the runway, and while it is kind of a copout to buy your safety in fabric for a week, it was probably the best approach to that twist since she knew Heidi didn’t like anything about her old dress. I do think Sandhya is probably gaming the system, but I do respect her for taking that critique and rebuilding from the ground up when she had to.

      As for top and bottom, I honestly thought it should’ve been fade and Sandhya in the top over Amanda and Kini; Amanda’s dress was not glamorous, to say the least, and Kini proudly touted how conservative and classy his dress was in a “Make a Dress for Heidi” challenge…clearly off-the-mark and the dress looked like it was for one of the more humble red carpeters. Between fade and Sean, I could see why Sean’s won for making a louder statement, but I’ll still cry foul if fade doesn’t at least get to show a decoy at fashion week. I could see him getting auf’d because the judges mind find his PoV too narrow (not something I agree with but they’ve penalized people for having too clear an aesthetic before), but it needs to happen near the endgame because his work is miles above everyone else in terms of vision and in execution.

    • Bittybis

      Cookie Monster’s wet dream.

    • Tracy_Flick

      I laughed for like a week when Zac Posen criticized the designers for making satin gowns.

      Also, the dress that one looks like a car wash. A heavy, damp car wash. I hate it and it looked shapeless and silly on Heidi.

      Fade’s was amazing. I want him to come live in my house and make me amazing things to wear every day.

      • Gatto Nero

        I like Fade more and more every week. His design for Heidi was more modern and chic than anything else on the runway, and it moved beautifully, with the train billowing out behind. No one else used a print, and the placement and execution were flawless.
        Plus, unless someone solicits a response from him, he just keeps his head down and does his work. I admire his approach to all the madness.

      • Pril Wood

        I’m with you. I love Fade’s clothes, and I also thought the muppet/mop dress was only pretty when it spun– otherwise it looked like a blue fraggle-rock muppet and like it weighed 50 lbs.

      • EEKstl

        Fade’s was my favorite, and I loved his first version too. Amanda’s was gawd-awful, this Amanda Love is getting really tired. The judges’ crack smoking is legion this season; the dabbling in WTFery has hit an all-time high (or low, as the case may be…)

      • SunDevilWitch

        I think he was suggesting they can’t make a well-made satin dress that will photograph well in the time they are given. They need to stick with more easily manipulated fabrics.

      • SoAnnaPropriate

        I have no problem with the car wash/muppet dress winning. It was HEIDI and at least a departure from her short/sparkly/booby outfits. But I definitely preferred Fade’s.
        Amanda, ugh. So tedious, this trope.

      • somebody blonde

        I actually agree with Zac on this one- he knows better than anyone that you can’t make a good-looking satin gown in a day or a couple hours. When they went back to Mood, knowing that they would have less than 6 hours to complete the newer garment, they should’ve picked more forgiving fabrics.

    • Therese Bohn

      I really liked Fade’s gown, and the way it flowed, but it seemed a little more beachy than red carpet. I thought Sanhyda’s moved beautifully too, and I would have definitely put it in the top 3 over Amanda’s hideous K-Mart Cleopatra gown. But I’m glad that Sean’s won, it’s lovely.

      • Gatto Nero

        Sandhya’s was pretty, if basic (except for the fabric) — but I noticed that her model couldn’t walk properly in the dress. It was too narrow around the bottom. She had to mince down the runway. Not good.
        I hope the Amanda insanity ends soon.

        • janierainie

          I thought for sure Amanda was in the bottom at first. That dress was fugly! And it was poorly “decorated” Bleh.

      • SunDevilWitch

        Agreed. I thought it looked a bit too South Beach, but might have been interesting (gimicky) if the train came off? I loved the dress though.

    • Tracy_Flick

      OMG you guys. Look at that Zac Posen dress Michelle Dockery is wearing in the red carpet rundown post. It’s a strapless satin evening dress in almost the same shade as Korina’s.

      • ShaoLinKitten

        I didn’t think that the issue was with that color green per se. It’s that Heidi stated that she didn’t like it, that it was too somber for her, and then Korina went out and bought nearly the same color again. Heidi said she wanted a jewel tone. Does Korina not know what jewel tone green looks like? I also think the incredibly bad construction made that green look sadder than it was. Different colors look different on different people. What looks like a lodenjacke on Heidi looks classy and sophisticated on Michelle Dockery. JMO.

        • Gatto Nero

          Yes. Dockery’s dress also had a bit more blue in it. And it flattered her coloring.

    • Gatto Nero

      TLo, thank you for articulating the “pretend Heidi has taste” rule of this game. When she said, with a straight face, that she didn’t like snakeskin, I almost lost it. Her comment about wanting to show some “boobage” was much more in character.

      • turtleemily

        I was wondering if her issue wasn’t snakeskin as a pattern but that it was actual snake leather, so it just looked like a dead snake wrapped around the waist of the dress.

        • Chartreusite

          She didn’t respond well to the snakeskin when she thought it was fake and was even more adamant against it when she found out it was real. I do think she likes that print from time to time, but maybe she doesn’t want people even entertaining the idea she wears dead animals? The mind boggles.

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

      Doesn’t Alexander’s look like his filmstrip dress, only shorter?

    • BlackbeardsWyfe

      I am beginning to wonder if Kini didn’t do a bit of “practicing” at home prior to coming on the show. I don’t know at this stage why ALL the designers don’t have certain looks in their toolboxes that they can make at the drop of a hat. EVERY season, there are a number of gowns, separates, cocktail, sportswear, etc that they know they are going to eventually have to make. Why would you beg to be on the show and not know how to pull off a “Red Carpet” look…..

      • Pret-a-Pretty

        I think that same thing! It’s as though none of the contestants have ever seen the show before.

        • Robin

          It’s the same thing on the Amazing Race! There’s always a swimming challenge and often something involving being able to drive a manual transmission. And yet, season after season, contestants arrive who can barely swim and who can’t drive a stick. *smh*

          • Big Bear

            I know! Every season a group
            Of designers say. ‘I’ve never made X before!’ So why didn’t you try before you came on a show where there’s always a challenge where you have to make X!!

            • Geoff Dankert

              Two words: Snatch. Game.

      • SunDevilWitch

        Completely agree. Even if it’s not in your wheelhouse to do menswear, or couture, etc., wouldn’t you practice beforehand?! I don’t claim to be able to design my way out of a paper bag, but sweet Jesus if I applied for the show I’d rewatch previous seasons and plan some basics.

      • EveEve

        I have made this comment many times! They cant bring any plans with them, but everyone of them should have memorized a couple of long and short red carpet looks, some men’s wear, a “real woman” look, a silhouette for an unconventional materials challenge, etc. Adaptable to variation. Then do a mind-dump when they get there. Kini obviously did that. His dress was pretty much done before Tim and Heidi came in the first time, and then he tweaked it. (His is the one that should have been RED though.) If nothing else, pre-planning reduced his stress level. The whining about how you don’t do men’s wear, or don’t dress women larger than a size 2 (or dont do sleeves) is eye-rolling pathetic. It is like going into the bar exam and whining that there is a uniform commercial code law essay and you didn’t study that in law school.

        • BlackbeardsWyfe

          I loved the season that had Chris March!! He always had time for a nap!!

        • DuBey2

          Yes! And Kini SHOULD have made his dress red — I couldn’t really see the detail & it just looked like another black dress. (and yes, we have a new TV)

      • Stubenville

        The mantra on Top Chef is “have a dessert recipe memorized.”

    • dmkava

      I think they’re doing the one day challenge because there’s the potential for more disasters, which gives the judges the chance to be more “entertaining” in their criticisms.

      • EveEve

        Or it saves on production costs.

        • Gatto Nero

          Both, I think.

        • dmkava

          well, that’s obvs, but I’m referring to the glee on the judges faces when they get some digs in on the bad pieces

    • s elin

      I heard that Sean had won before the episode aired, and I saw the dress. To be honest, I was not impressed. It’s kind of shapeless and heavy. It’s the best of a bland bunch. Oh for the days of Austin, Kara, and Jay!

      • CozyCat

        But Austin was eliminated when that tasteless woman from E! liked Wendy Pepper’s dress the best.

        Sean understood the challenge and clearly stated it a TH: make something that Heidi likes which still reflects you. That’s an important skill for a successful designer, who will frequently have tasteless clients s/he has to please w/o making something awful. And he fulfilled that task admirably.

        • s elin

          You’re right, of course. I just look back wistfully at the olden times.

      • Gatto Nero

        And oh for the seasons of two-day challenges!

    • cocohall

      Sean’s design deserved to win, as the clever boy picked a spectacular color and a dress that Heidi could work to death. And based on his straw dress, he has some love for this type of thing, so good on him. I thought all the hand wringing about Sandyha was silly – she was simply being strategic. The fact that should could take her pile of cash, buy hugely expensive fabric, and STILL make that dress means that she is too in love with her point of view to produce a garment that met the design challenge. I liked Fade’s dress, but it was too sophisticated for Miss Klum. If Amanda had kept the embellishments to the bodice of the dress and refrained from putting the landing strip down the front, it might have had some potential (if she had executed it with more skill than your average preschooler left alone with the Elmer’s and a box of fake jewels). And SHAME on all the designers that perused Heidi’s past RC wear and decided to produce a black garment. Really? They are collectively a bunch of fuckwits. At least poor Mitchell knew enough to pick red. I will miss him. He was trying so hard to be bitchy, but his clueless sweetness betrayed him every week.

      • EveEve

        to be fair, Sandhya had very little time to re-do the dress. Just look at the others who tried to start over to see how badly it could have turned out. Her mistake was not making it more form-fitting and exposing more skin (specifically more boobage, as Heidi herself commented to another contestant). Sandhya wouldn’t know sexy if it landed on her face.

        • greenwich_matron

          I wonder if Sandya isn’t comfortable showing a lot of skin (although the dress’s first incarnation was very form fitting).

          Char

        • BlackbeardsWyfe

          If I were Sandhya, I would have pumped out a Sari-inspired look for Heidi. She should be able to do that in her sleep. Heidi loves the unusual and unexpected. Sandhya would have found herself with another win if she had thought about going in that direction…..

          • Chartreusite

            Didn’t Heidi wear one of Marchesa’s indian inspired dresses a while back and TLo featured it? I think you’re on to something…it would’ve been a very smart decision.

        • cocohall

          You are so right! She did have very little time, which made picking this elegant fabric even more confusing. It just seemed like she was focusing on how clever she was to negotiate with the designers for their cash, and not questioning how to improve her own look. Which makes me say again, YOU ARE SO RIGHT, because “Sandhya wouldn’t know sexy if it landed on her face” is really the whole point. Sexy landed very close to her face, in that Miss Klum was presumably inches away when she was giving her critique of the first dress and Sandhya failed to absorb even the tiniest amount of Heidi’s short/tight/shiny and boobalicious energy. And this is why I keep watching the show, despite its many flaws, For these little windows into human behavior. And for comments like yours which make me laugh out loud! Thank you!

    • greenwich_matron

      Kristine’s model really let her down. She had horrible posture, awkward movements, and an allergy to smiling. I liked Fade’s dress, but the fabric didn’t read “red carpet.” Heidi said she didn’t like the fabric, but instead of changing it he doubled-down. I suspect that his atheist-chic wardrobe is working against him, but he should have figured that out while he was packing.

      • EveEve

        What is an “atheist-chic” wardrobe? I have never heard that expression.

        • greenwich_matron

          He has a couple of t-shirts that say “atheist” on them (or he wore the same one twice). There was a comment above suggesting that it was working against him because the producers don’t want to offend the more religious viewers.

      • Chartreusite

        I think it is, but not in “it might be offensive to viewers” kind of way. I imagine he’s probably getting the same reception Laura Bennett was, where his personal aesthetic and design aesthetic are so similar and pervasive that the judges don’t see his work as anything particularly special cause they’re basically seeing his aesthetic twice a week already.

    • Ros

      Well, I for one am enjoying this season. There’s relatively little manufactured drama and a correspondingly higher amount of screen time given to construction and design. I haven’t agreed with all the judges’ choices (especially the Gretchening of Amanda) but in general they’ve sent home the people making crap and had the people making good stuff in the top three. I could use a few more two day challenges and more interesting, design-led challenges, but I’ll take what I can get.

    • Ros

      I don’t think Heidi ever claimed to have a problem with a snakeskin print. She just didn’t want to wear actual snakeskin. Which is fair enough.

      • DuBey2

        No,as I recall it: when the designer then said “it’s not real snakeskin”, then Heidi said “that’s even worse”

    • Liv

      Am I the only one who caught sight of the side-boobage on Sean’s dress? What does that say about me?

      • ShaoLinKitten

        Heidi has worn things that showed a lot more than slight side boob. This dress was downright tasteful for her.

    • Stubenville

      Had the religious gal who wore a headscarf, Nzinga Knight, not been eliminated at the Road to the Runway stage, this challenge would likely have doomed her. Heidi and modest dress aren’t two words ever seen together.

      • Chartreusite

        Fair enough. Maybe they knew that and it was a pity “we know you’re not gonna win so we’re not even gonna set you up for that”? Idk, i still would’ve loved to have seen Nzinga’s PoV over, say, Mitchell or Hernan…

        • Scott

          Yeah, I don’t think she had a great chance of winning but I was very curious to see where she’d go with this. She did seem flexible enough to meet Heidi halfway, maybe something sleveless and short without making some “where’s the rest of it?” skin-fest.

          • Chartreusite

            Oh she was definitely never winning but I think she would’ve brought an interesting conversation to the show and could’ve potentially gotten the whole “covered up is UNFLATTERING” argument amongst the judges to stop.

    • kim bunchalastnames

      sandhya’s dress looked like a really sloppy reference to the kors’ dress that piper perabo wore as a wedding gown.

    • emilaweb

      If I were on twitter, I’d be starting a #fadefanclub.

      • Guest

        I don’t see a winner in this dress (or maybe it’s that the model look like she’s 8 years old).

      • DollyMadisonWI

        Maybe Sade could provide theme music…

    • emilaweb

      Also, not at all sad about Mitchell going home purely on his “hot t****y mess” comment. This ain’t 2008.

    • CJ Guziewicz

      It’s not a question of Heidi’s taste, it’s her show. If she ended on the worse dressed list, ultimately it would be the result of her choice with blame going to the designer.

    • Obviously I Have No Taste

      The “Amanda-Love-Fest” needs to be over! Not only are her garments plain and sometimes downright unflatterlng, she has a really bad attitude i.e. smugness. I wonder what happened to the Amanda from S11 – this must be her alien “body snatcher” type thing!

      • alliekat9090

        I think most of the other designers have such low key personalities that the producers are trying to make Amanda the lovable- goofy- class clown- hippie chick. It isnt working. I am sick to death of looking at her obnoxious mugging for the camera. And her designs are not good. A plain shit brown dress with uneven cheap shiny faux Egyptian/hippie embellishment? No. It reminded me very much of something from the Miss Tina line at Walmart.

      • bingo

        agreed. Zac is not fully brainwashed though – he said it looked “like a beaded curtain”. I thought it looked like a hoochie Egyptian halloween outfit.

    • DollyMadisonWI

      Wasn’t Amanda just barely in the top three? I sort of remember Zac saying that he didn’t like it.

      • bingo

        yeah, he said it looked like a “beaded curtain” Zac keeps it real.

    • deech_sea

      I miss Iman.

      • Pril Wood

        Yes, wasn’t Iman the best judge/host ever? She’s tough but fair and has impeccable taste. She also genuinely seemed to want to give the designers useful feedback.

        • deech_sea

          She did, indeed. She was truly wonderful.

    • somebody blonde

      Honestly, I kind of agree with Heidi about the snakeskin because she was putting it on a GOWN. What’s more, she was putting snakeskin with hunter green. Snakeskin and snakeskin print is great in a lot of contexts, but it seems a little country for a gown.

    • Joe Schmoe

      Worst. Runway show. Ever!

    • DuBey2

      Thank you for that link! And I clearly remember Heidi saying “I don’t want to wear snake/snakeskin”

    • Kristy Sheldon

      Korina’s model looks pissed that she even has to wear that.