Project Runway: There’s Something About Amanda

Posted on August 29, 2014

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Designers, the challenge his week is to design something for a really TACKY AND CHEAP WEDDING!

Oh, Project Runway. How you have fallen.

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We like the idea of an unconventional wedding dress challenge, but they had to go and fuck it up by adding a second dress, forcing them into teams, and giving them mere hours to complete the task. In other words, once again, the show designs a challenge that all but guarantees terrible results. This is what the show wants now. Long gone are the days when you could expect to see gasp-worthy designs walk that runway. Today everyone oohs and aahs over anything that has a finished hem. The rest of the stuff is just fodder for the judges’ bitchy one liners. The shittier the clothes, the more material they have.

Bah.

And if that wasn’t bad enough…

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We had to be subjected to not only a manufactured attempt at drama  but a BORING AS HELL manufactured attempt at drama. Nothing actually happened on camera except a lot of tight smiles, evasions, and vaguely passive aggressive behavior. That Korina and Amanda don’t like each other seems apparent, but aside from that, there was nothing else to say about the matter.

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But we were informed that Korina said something mean to Amanda and then watched as they were “randomly” put on the same team together. Then? Nothing. Although a whole hell of a lot of camera time was spent on that nothing, as we watched Amanda talk about her feelings and watched Korina struggle with her design and watched Amanda help Korina with her designer but possibly maybe sabotaged it slightly because the pants were too tight. And after all that non-drama, they wound up being the only designers waved through as safe and not given a critique.  A total waste of time with no payoff whatsoever and the only reason so much time was devoted to it was because the producers are inexplicably devoted to some sort of Amanda storyline. We’ve joked about it several times already, but they really do seem determined to create an Anya or Gretchen character, except Amanda’s neither as bitchy as Gretchen was, nor as likely to manipulate a situation as Anya was. She’s just not that interesting, producers.

 

 

 

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So congrats to Sean? We guess? Sure, there’s some slight interest to this design, and we fully acknowledge how lacklustre most of the other entries were, but THIS is the winner of an “unconventional wedding dress” challenge? What the hell kind of crack are you smoking, judges?

 

Kini
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The post-show online consensus seems to be that Kini was robbed and sure, we can see giving him the win for this. We don’t think it’s a very interesting design, but it was definitely one of the better ones on the runway. The judges, however, seemed more impressed by how much he managed to complete in such a short period of time, rather than what he designed. And we tend to agree with them on that. Kini is impressive for his skills, but not necessarily his designs. He was pretty bent out of shape that Sean won when he basically made the pants for his outfit, but that’s the thing. This isn’t a sewing competition. Speed and technique will get you some praise from the judges but you have to actually give them something to be excited about.

Or you have to be someone the producers are excited about.

 

 

Korina
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For all the attempts at making this seem like a dramatic disaster, it was perfectly fine and inoffensive. Bound to be waved through.

 

 

Amanda
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To be honest, we thought Amanda’s was a much weaker piece. There’s just not a lot going on here. Then again, that could be a metaphor.

 

 

Emily
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Goth wedding dresses are a huge cliche. Anyone who defaulted to this idea should have immediately ripped up their sketch and started over. It’s about as conventional as you can get with an unconventional wedding gown. There’s an entire cottage industry surrounding goth-style weddings at this point.

The only thing of interest is the hood. The sleeves are overwhelming and the skirt was one texture too far.

 

 

fäde
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Once again, fäde probably should have won it. Unfortunately for him, Heidi found this dress too demure.

No, seriously. She complained that the neckline was too high. This is why you just can’t take this seriously as a competition anymore.

 

 

Alexander
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Horrible. It looks like a gown being attacked by a bath mat.

 

Samantha
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Another bland design from the most forgettable of the designers.

 

 

Sandhya
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The wheels are starting to come off the Sandhya bus. She wowed the judges a few times early on by being colorful and unexpected, but it’s becoming clear (to us, anyway) that those seem to be the only tricks in her bag. We have yet to see a design of hers that could be called chic or stylish. And that would be fine if all of her work was editorial or innovative, but a lot of it, like the above, is just plain crap.

 

Char
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And it’s Auf Wiedersehen to Char, which is a shame, because we really liked her. We don’t have much of an argument against the elimination, though. She didn’t produce impressive enough work during the competition and this was arguably the worst look on the runway this week. Her mistake was that she let Sandhya railroad her into this color, which she had reservations about from the very beginning. Between this and the fighting with Hernan, you can bet no one’s going to want to be on a team with her again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

    • Gatto Nero

      “… once again, the show designs a challenge that all but guarantees terrible results. This is what the show wants now. Long gone are the days when you could expect to see gasp-worthy designs walk that runway. Today everyone oohs and aahs over anything that has a finished hem. The rest of the stuff is just fodder for the judges’ bitchy one liners. The shittier the clothes, the more material they have.”
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      This, exactly. What a wasted opportunity.

      • ampg

        And it says something that the only entry they liked was the one by the designer who can do two days of work in one day. If they had kept everything else the same but given them two days, I think the outcome would have been totally different. The better designers would’ve been able to push themselves, and the ones who get by on turning out mediocre looks quickly (I count Korina in this group especially) would’ve been exposed.

        • Gatto Nero

          If Korina’s look had actually been examined by the judges she would have been in trouble. She’s really lucky that the yellow team stumbled so badly.

          • alyce1213

            Absolutely, I am amazed she got by with that disproportionate, ill-fitting, too-tight pants, sleeves-rolled-up (AS IF a bride would wear that) suit. The fabric was luxe, but it was awful — and in this day and age, is a white pants suit considered unconventional for a bride? Been doing it for, like 40 years now, at least.

            • Frank_821

              No kidding. Amanda questioned that from the beginning. Of course once Tim echoed that she panicked

            • CanIbeFrank

              And didn’t the pants go out without a waist-band? Just unfinished material? I was hoping she’d be in the group the judges examined so they could pull up the jacket and see that the pants were just side and inseam seams and nothing else.

            • alyce1213

              And the model was sewn into them!

            • dialyn2

              Amanda made the pants and made some comment about how she couldn’t fit them properly because she didn’t have the model there. When do they ever have the model except when they are doing the fittings? She didn’t have the measurements? Amanda does not appear to have Kini’s skill at being able to finish a garment. Continually underwhelmed by the fringe goddess.

            • swanpride

              I actually think that the material read cheap brides dress, I don’t get why so many people are saying that it looks luxe.

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

            I seriously question Korina’s skillset. So far I’ve seen not one thing that justifies her high opinion of her own talents. She continually makes stubborn decisions that get her in trouble. Like last week when she stuck with an abysmal green after being told it was not welcome.

            • Susan Crawford

              When Heidi dissed her original green, and she went right back to Mood and returned with . . . an almost identical green, I burst out laughing. Heidi is not exactly the most subtle person on the planet. When she says “nein” to the green, honey, go with the shiny or go home, kiddo!

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

              Yeah, Korina has no imagination; I doubt she has much design instinct either. Couple those with her questionable construction skills, and you have someone who needs to find different line of work.

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

              A good deal of what I see as the issue for her is that though she sees herself as a hip. cool girl, she essentially has pretty conservative instincts. now, as we know there is a ready market out there for fairly conservative clothing, and she could make a good place for herself there. As long as she has that dissonance going on though, she won’t be able to voice what she wants to effectively.

            • fashn4ward

              Every episode, she lists the things she DOESN’T do: “I don’t do unconventional; I don’t do gowns; I don’t do black and white.” What DOES she do? I’m still waiting.

      • MaryMitch

        This is why I don’t watch the show any more and just get my fix by reading TLo. I got tired of the manufactured drama. Give the designers a CHANCE and you might see some exciting fashion!

        • Tina M.

          This slapdash work ethic the show now encourages means that when it comes time for Fashion Week, it’s nearly impossible to guess which collection is which, and often the best of the bunch is a decoy from someone who simply can’t execute their level of design in a day. I guarantee the only collection I’ll be able to pull out of a lineup in this bunch is fade’s.

          • mmebam

            Kini, for me. His stuff is usually very tailored, sleek, and black.

            • dmkava

              my sister lives in the same town as Kini–Kapolei, Hawaii. it’s not exactly a hotbed of high fashion. what he’s designing is very “downtown Honolulu/Wakiki”,–mostly black, a little bit elegant, gets the job done, but not fashion forward at all

            • swanpride

              And boring as hell…no, I want to see Fäde’s the most, though I think a few other contestants might surprise us if they don’t have to work with so many constrictions.

          • Hrfe

            Sandhya’s will be the technicolor one.

          • CelandineM

            Fade’s collection is the only one I am really looking forward to seeing.

            • TiffanyJWhite

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        • julnyes

          I tried to give it another shot this season and just couldn’t sit through it. I am sticking to the TLo recaps from now on.

      • HeatherMcIlrath

        AMEN! why not give them three days so that each designer could complete both looks! when dita said something regarding the yellow color of char and sandhya’s dresses about the bride being a lemon heiress my brain went “omgzz, remember when all the designers had time to think through their designs/clients and came to the runway with coherent thoughts about what they were working on?!!?” i miss those days.

        • FibonacciSequins

          I miss those days too. It’s sad when the judges are excited just to see someone complete an outfit in one day.

        • supri_supri

          YES. Jubilee Jumbles was not built in a day, producers!

      • MM4321

        We should start a drinking game where we have to do a shot every time Heidi says a top needs more cleavage. That’s all the show’s about now.

      • Filmjen

        …and that’s what makes the show depressing.

      • Ing

        When Tim was like “Yes, this does sound like a lot of work!” I, for one blissful moment, thought he was going to say “So that’s why we’re giving you two days for this challenge” but then of course what came out of his mouth was “So that’s why we’re putting you in teams of two”. My sigh could be heard around the world.

        • swanpride

          It was echoed from my home

        • Nelliebelle1197

          Exactly what I thought. How funny… not :(

    • Chuck Barthelme

      I liked Char, but agree it was her time. Sandhya isn’t far behind. And I can’t but hope that the final has Kini and Fade in it. They’re kind of flying under the radar, but making a lot of great stuff while doing it. My favorite part of the episode was Dita.

      • momjamin

        Dita was fun to watch, but I felt she was personally offended that the other judges didn’t recognize how “offensive” that goth cliche was, and it kinda took the wind out of her sails. Or maybe the Parade of Disappointment did it.

        • alyce1213

          I thought she was unnecessarily rude and bitchy.

          • momjamin

            That’s what I mean — there was some potential there, but it was derailed by the reality (I use the word loosely) of the actual garments and the other judges.

        • marlie

          That “goth” bride WAS totally costume-y. Which is precisely what they were told NOT to do.

          • momjamin

            The judges remembering and critiquing based on what the designers were told to do or not to do — not a very consistent peg on which to hang your veil.

            • MM4321

              Haha, too true. :-)

          • VivianAdvanced

            But wedding gowns are costumes of a sort. A wedding is a performance in front of an audience in most cases. I thought they wanted unconventional designs with no rules. Somebody was bound to produce “costumey.” I was disappointed that most of the designers went with dreary, dark colors, which have become a big cliche. Suits have been around for weddings since the ’40s, haven’t they? Then, the ones who did decide to go with color … whoo, boy! Poor Char shouldn’t have allowed Sandiyah to even touch that vulgar yellow fabric, let alone leave Mood with it. Sandiyah’s really did look like an eaten corn cob, as whathisname said. Char’s wound up looking like something you’d wash your car with. I’m always amused at Heidi and Nina as judges since they wear some of the worst crap I’ve ever seen. I still look forward to watching PR every week, yet I always finish with frustration and longing for the good old days of Austin and Jay–and even Santino.

            • Paula Carr

              Ha! It did look like a chamois!

        • Chuck Barthelme

          Lol “Parade of Disappointment” !!!

        • FibonacciSequins

          I was with her on the goth cliche. And Parade of Disppointment is a good catchphrase to describe last night’s debacle!

      • StarburstLady

        There was a moment in the workroom where I saw something in Sandhya’s– picture it in marigold on top instead of that acid yellow, a little more fitted, and a little more finished, and I think it could have been something. The technique on top looks like flower petals to me, and it could have been a nod to the use of flowers in some Indian weddings.

        • myandyleigh

          All I could see when I looked at it was a giant-stitched crocheted mess. When I was in high school in the 60′s/70′s, there was a brief but horrifying period when giant-stitched crochet was a “fashion” thing. There were vests, there were skirts, there were halter tops, gigantic ugly sweaters, all made of it. They all had to be lined, of course, because there was less coverage than you’d get by using a trawling net. And since polyester was all the rage, the yarn used was shiny, stiff, itchy, ugly synthetic stuff in colors that seared your retinas. An open flame was an invitation to a burn unit if you were wearing one of these things. My grandmother made afghans that were more stylish. I, myself, crocheted a couple of bustiers for friends who wanted them. I’m surprised they ever spoke to me again. I didn’t feel like Sandhya improved on that (thankfully) dead fashion throwback.

          • Bonnie Blue

            Google “crochet man on subway” and you’ll see a guy wearing a yellow and white crocheted hat, vest, and pants, while he crochets on the subway….he’s fabulous! I love that picture. I was in elementary school in the late 60′s/early 70′s but I remember that crochet trend, all in the most garish colors.

            • MM4321

              Ok Bonnie – you just made me do it . . . and yes, fabulous! I’m still laughing.

            • Paula Carr

              My aunt made me a buttoned poncho (kind of a poncho/shawl combo), but it was the most AWful day glo eye searing orange. I never wear any shade of orange lighter than the deep DEEP burnt oranges, so sadly I never wore it.

            • Kristy Sheldon

              My crocheted poncho was red, white and blue.

            • Kristy Sheldon

              I also had doll clothes, doll blankets, afghans, slippers, covers for tp rolls and appliances, and coated hangers. Today I saw images of knit baby hats that make the back of the baby’s head look like a breast with a nipple to piss off the people that hate public breastfeeding. Yarn has come a long way, baby!

            • Kristy Sheldon

              This was a nice trip down memory lane. Maybe they could do some sort of challenge involving Grandmas and yarn and retro items and modernizing them. It would be more interesting than the last few episodes I have struggled to get through without falling asleep.

            • myandyleigh

              Ha! That’s fantastic. I love it! :D

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

              The things seen on subways!!

          • Call me Bee

            Awww thanks for bringing back memories of those horrible crocheted accessories. I thought I had successfully blocked them out of my mind…..

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              I think that I still have one scarf that grandma crocheted for me during the 60′s/70′s. She outfitted all of her granddaughters in scarves and matching cloche hats. She stayed away from the glittery yarn,though. so they were actually pretty cute.

          • MoHub

            My granmother crocheted me a closetful of velour thigh-length open vests when I was in high school in the mid- to late ’60s with a tie at the bust as the only closure.

            • Call me Bee

              Oh– the young people would just eat those up now.

            • piperkitty

              Thanks for the memory, I too had a crocheted vest, burnt orange and gold.

            • Saturnine

              Poncho and beanie here, also in various shades of rust, orange, and gold.

            • myandyleigh

              Yes, yes, and that avocado green that was all the rage in appliances, carpets AND “stylish” accessories of the era. The color combos managed to be both dull and gaudy.

            • Kristy Sheldon

              That was the reference I was trying to think of last night. Korina’s color choices we closer to Avocado than Emerald or Hunte’s. Actually, avocado might have been more appealing.

            • RRozsa

              I had a crocheted hat and matching vest in ecru, trimmed in brown. No wonder I didn’t date much. I think I may have worn them with my elephant-leg hip huggers.

            • Kristy Sheldon

              Oh, ya. I had a vest too. I frickin loved that yellow vest with the bumble bee thing on it. (I could not spell applicae?)

            • piperkitty

              Did you have a fuzzy helmet like hat with the bumble bee poofs on the end of the ties? I sure did. Orange of course..that 60′s orange.

            • MoHub

              appliqué

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

              Those vests from my grandma were among the items bought from me by Janie Bryant. Didn’t see them last season, so they’d better show up in the final Mad Men go-round.

            • Susan Crawford

              I miss the days when Bea Arthur was our style icon.

    • Filmjen

      Horrible. clothes. I am glad Fade FINALLY got a critique though and I’m hoping he’ll be a contender now.

      • Gatto Nero

        I thought his fabric treatment was amazing, and the dress was chic and well made. The proportions were beautiful, but Heidi would have ruined it with a neckline cut to the waist.

        • Marcia

          She contradicted herself (what’s new?) because previously she has said that a very short dress shouldn’t have a low neckline. I thought the neckline was perfect for the dress.

        • Aragon131

          Fade keeps sending beautiful well made clothes perfect for the challenge and he finally gets a teeny bit of recognition. I loved that dress.

      • Glam Dixie

        Didn’t the judges say something about his dress like, it almost looks like you painted it and he only said thank you instead of, yeah, I totally painted that shit. Is he too reserved to toot his own horn or did they edit that out I wonder.

      • Liz

        Maybe Fade is this seasons Dmitry? As I recall, Dmitry got no love early in the season either.

        • Call me Bee

          Yeah–you’re right. All through his season, Dimitri just quietly made really interesting and well-constructed clothing and was finally rewarded in the end.

      • swanpride

        Did he? They barely said anything about his dress.
        I’m hoping that he is a case like Michelle…started out constantly in the bottom due to the stupid group format, was dissed for some of her ideas, but then raised above all that. Towards the end, they usually create challenges which are more designed to gauge what a designer really can do – I think at this point Fäde will outshine them all.

      • Kristy Sheldon

        Gotta love that guy, and I liked his Heidi dress too. I hope the whole, “I will let my model walk naked to help you,” statement was bullshit. Gotta play strategically, Fade. Fuck em if they can’t take it.

        • luludexter

          Maybe its me but it seemed like he was quietly humoring, maybe even mocking, her with that line and couldn’t even see it. I love Fade and hope he sticks around.

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

        I am so late to this game, and haven’t even watched the episode yet, but I’d rather he be the winner of it all, not just a contender. Just from the picture I am intrigued by the optical illusion-type quality in the dress. He is always doing this with his print mixing. That’s got to be a type of genius even beyond Mondo’s ability to mix prints.

    • BLauDGaspode

      Did no one else think Alexander’s look was a half=plucked chicken? I mean, seriously. All I saw were blood and feathers.

      • CanIbeFrank

        Do you think that would have worked in another color, with the trim and lace matching? Maybe it wouldn’t have been unconventional if the whole thing had been say, a smoky gray, or a soft turquoise, but I’m wondering if it would have worked, not as a winner, but at least not the horrific thing it turned out to be.

        • FibonacciSequins

          I do think that. I also think the texture of the lace fought against the applique. The textures didn’t complement each other well, but that might not have been an issue if the applique and lace had been the same/similar colors.

          • Mary Stone

            Agreed, and who the heck, as a design decision, uses a great big ole’ honkin’ horizontal SEAM to attach the long, see-through lace skirt? You mean to tell me you couldn’t construct an elegant method of attaching the skirt somewhere at or near the waist or hip, where it would have made sense to locate such a structural seam? It’s not just bad construction. It’s hideous design. Eeeewwww…

            • myandyleigh

              I totally agree about the seam. There was no reason for the great honking seam to be showing, especially since he appliqued so far down the skirt. That seam could easily have been hidden.

              I think the two-toned thing could have worked if the color choices had been better. Those white appliques were hideous, they’d be bad on any garment. What if the lace had been gold and the applique that red color, or a deep purple? I feel like a gold with a jewel tone might have worked. The design was never going to work, though, no matter what color combo he used.

        • conniemd

          Yeah, I liked his concept, a turquoise or teal might have matched better. He also had way too many appliques, so a lot of the pretty lace was unnecessarily covered up.

          • onetinkerbell

            I think the excessive use of the appliqués stems from being overly cautious about any naughty bits showing. He did say that he was embarrassed about the “sneaky cheeky”, as he called it, from the previous challenge and wanted to make sure it didn’t happen again.

        • BLauDGaspode

          Another color certainly wouldn’t have hurt. I mean, it was definitely the white and red that led it into dead bird territory for me. Not sure it could have really saved the design much, though. He really needs to settle down and start editing. I have a feeling he just freaks out.

        • geeeque

          I was thinking the same thing–in ivory and navy or ivory and gray I think it could have been really cool.

      • Glam Dixie

        All I could see were those grippy things you stick to the bottom of your tub to keep from slipping stuck all over a very lacy dress. I think the shorter dress was (slightly) more successful because her embellishments were the same color as the lace. He definitely suffered from a lack of a critical eye.

      • MoHub

        To me, Alexander’s looked like a burgundy-colored tree with advanced lichen incursion.

    • ashtangajunkie

      When I think of the first few seasons – Jay, Chris March, Christian Siriano, etc. – I get a little blue. It was SO GOOD.

      • stayl

        The majority of wedding dresses from Season 1 were really wonderful creations. Nothing last night was particularly inspiring. It was actually a bit depressing. They’re eliminating people and other than Fade, who might end up being treated like Uli, it’s hard to expect anything other than a dull finale.

        • CanIbeFrank

          I kept wishing that Austin was there!

        • Gatto Nero

          The Fade/Uli comparison is apt. Both have been underappreciated, and both take a low-key approach to all the madness.

          • MM4321

            Sad but true. Still can’t believe Uli was on twice and didn’t win either time. :-(

            • Paula Carr

              Wasn’t she on three times? And was robbed three times?

            • MM4321

              Even worse!

        • Hrfe

          The girl who got eliminated on that challenge made a better dress than most of these.

      • docholly

        I loved watching the Emmy’s and seeing so many wearing Christian’s resort line. it was like a “proud mama” moment

        • muzan-e

          He has a fragrance coming out soon that, god help me, I will purchase purely for the bottle.

          • PlethoraofBooks

            It’s a beautiful bottle! #NoJudgement

        • http://www.adriannagrezak.com Adrianna Grężak

          I follow him on Facebook and Instagram, he posts a lot of good Work in Progress photos. It’s great to see his career truly blossom from a reality show

      • http://www.adriannagrezak.com Adrianna Grężak

        Even the mediocre or tacky designers produced much more interesting work

      • OmegaBlush

        I just re-watched the season with Chris March, and it becomes so much more evident that what that other guy said last season about the judges just pigeonholing designers is completely true. No matter what that guy put down the runway the regular judges would just wave it off or call it costumey. Remember, he was kicked off pretty early and brought back when that other guy got sick. Week after week Heidi, Nina and the Orange One would scoff at his creations while the guest judge would rightfully fawn over him. He should have been in the final three, but in the last challenge the judges just refused to move him through and made him go against Romy. They called out him using a shoulder treatment as ‘done’, but again let Romy’s same same draping go (though I think Romy is quite talented, too, but at least Chris’ design was stunning and unique). Meanwhile the guest judge, a famous European designer (forget his name, I’m terrible with names) was drooling over it and said he should be on the runways of Paris immediately. It was just clear that the judges had Chris pegged as the “costume” designer there only to make freaking things to laugh at, not as a serious designer. I loved it when he came back for the one off ‘all-star’ challenge and slept most of the time. It was a good eff-you to the show and the judges, while he still made great clothes (if somewhat dated). Anyway, my point was how the judges pick their favourites early and don’t let things like actual skill or creativity get in the way, and this has been happening before the move to Lifetime.

    • Gatto Nero

      I’ll repeat what I posted on the open thread:

      Sandhya’s conceptual work — her entire creative focus, as far as I can tell — is all about fabric treatment and not actual garment design. She reminds me a lot of Patricia, from a previous season (in focus, not in style). Everything she constructs is pretty basic in terms of shape and silhouette; the only thing that makes them stand out is the dyeing, ripping, weaving, etc. (and the wild choice of color). And I don’t think these effects are even particularly successful in serving the final garment; she seems more interested in the process than the result. Her pieces are idiosyncratic, but I wouldn’t call them innovative or even good designs.

      I’m glad she’s finally being called out for it.

      • myandyleigh

        Ha! Amen! :D

      • Aaronius

        I think the primary issue THIS season regarding Sandhya’s work is that nobody is remotely taking ANY risks of ANY kind OTHER than her. I’m not a fan of her work (although I [insanely?] liked her Red Robin Challenge outfit…very “Nuclear Winter Madonna.”) But I can see where the judges have been coming from with regards to her “innovation.” Each week they get a series of looks that basically represent the American mall and its chain stores, ranging from Anthopologie (Amanda) to Bloomies (Kini.) Even the ‘edgy’ and ‘dark’ designers are pretty much tossing out something perhaps daring for American Outfitters.

        And then there’s Sandhya, who may not be really innovating the dress forms but is really pushing the concepts, the colors, the treatments and so on. What’s worse…SHE’S THE ONLY ONE DOING THIS. How insane is that?

        • OmegaBlush

          I completely agree. I think rewarding Sandhya, and Patricia before her, has less to do with those particular designers and more to do with encouraging the others to take risks. The problem is, when you only have a few hours to put something together it’s hard to take those risks because you just don’t have enough time in the workroom to play with the design or redo it if it isn’t working. So most designers just do what they know they can do quickly. As a viewer, I’m much more interested to see what Sandhya will do next week than almost anyone else. Yeah, it might be fugly, but it’ll likely be memorable and attention getting. I’ll take that over half-finished mall clothes in muted colours.

          • demidaemon

            I am completely with you. Even though what she made this week was whack (and she seems to be the Black Hammer of the season–RIP Char, though next week’s preview hints at a last minute save), it was about five hundred times more interesting than the rest of them.

    • Frank_821

      Yes why wasn’t this a 2 day challenge!

      At least the judges made it clear there was only 1 good pair of outfits

      Oh Char. It was so bad bad. no defense possible

      I was surprised how bad Emily’s gown looked to me in the stills. It really was over designed

      THe Amanda-Korina drama was such a waste of time to focus on. This you can clearly lay to the producers. Mila blogged that it was like her scenario back in S7 when she was teamed with Jay. The real issues at hand were never really shown or addressed and they avoided any real conflict when teamed up.

      I said this last night I kind of wish Amanda had intentionally sabotaged Korina’s pants. It would have made things more entertaining

      The other thing is I was genuinely surprised the producers left so much in of Heidi’s comments during the judgement. Her assessment of Tweety and Big bird was so spot on and so articulate. There was no need for other comments

      PS: That italian blogger needs diction lessons

      • Gatto Nero

        The fashion blogger was superfluous. Why add a fourth judge when they had Dita?

        • Tlazolteotl

          What got me about it was that she lost the sing-songy quality that Italian has in her spoken English. I love it when native Italian speakers still keep it when they speak other languages. ETA: But her English was beautiful and far, far better than my Italian or Spanish!

          • OmegaBlush

            I teach English as a second/foreign language and I always tell my students that keeping some of the flow of their mother tongue is good. There are so many different kinds of Englishes around the world that it is the one language that you can put your own local flavour into it and still come off natural and fluent. It’s what gives your speech personality, and people will be more interested in what you have to say. Intonation and some pronunciations are important, but never lose your personality when learning another language, especially the global hodgepodge that is English. (Note: I’m from Montreal where English and French are blended together daily, along with pretty much any other language you happened to grow up with).

            • Tlazolteotl

              That’s lovely.

      • 3boysful

        To your first point – because it’d cost more to produce, therefore we are destined for crap.
        To your last, that’s the way Italian is spoken; it’s basically speaking English with an Italian accent.

        • Gatto Nero

          Almost all Italian words end with a vowel. It’s hard for a native Italian speaker to speak English without adding that extra sound.

          • MoHub

            Gabriele Corcos doesn’t do that. It sounded almost as if she was affecting a cliché vaudevillian’s Eye-talian accent. Even Chico Marx didn’t go that far.

            • Gatto Nero

              I have known people from Italy who lived in the States for decades and never lost certain elements of their accent — including the “-uh” at the end of words — and they were clearly not affecting it.
              As a blogger her focus is likely more on written than spoken speech. Maybe that will change if she gets more media exposure.

            • Paula Carr

              This reminded me of an older gentleman who lives in my neighborhood who is from Italy. He walks his neighbors dogs for her (so much so that I thought they were his dogs). When she got a second dog, it was a rescue who had a lot of issues with other dogs. I’d suffered through that with my two rescues, so I sympathized and tried to help him socialize “Sophia.”

              Turns out her name is really Sophie. Ha! And I still call her Sophia.

        • Frank_821

          Oh I know about the ay italian is spoken. beautiful language that has a nice organic flow. I’ve heard native italians speak english with that issue before-just not to that degree

          • Gatto Nero

            Chiara’s accent was particularly strong.

      • alyce1213

        She’s from Cremona, in northern Italy. They speak the same way in southern France. It sounds affected, but it’s what it is. It’s her second (maybe third?) language, so I give her a break.

        • 3boysful

          I was impressed that despite her speaking accent, she clearly understood spoken English well enough to follow the discussion and contribute.

          • FibonacciSequins

            I’m impressed with anyone who can speak more than one language fluently. I didn’t think her accent was affected, more charming and amusing. Almost how an American would fake an Italian accent.

        • conniemd

          When I was in Venice, the announcer voice for all the water bus stops pronounced them in English with an “uh” at the end. I cracked up every time it said “Nextuh stopuh ….”

      • Saturnine

        Agreed on all counts. I wish they would show more of the choices the designers make in creating the team look than the personality problems with the teams themselves.

        It’s precisely because the Italian blogger was fluent (e.g., in terms of syntax, phrasing, and pronunciation) that the ubiquitous “ah” sounds so strange (and possibly one affectation she is reluctant to give up).

        • Gatto Nero

          I thought so, too!

    • Carrie

      Fade’s dress would be a great seller. I kind of wish he’d been on Fashion Star. He’s got a fun aesthetic that feels different, but not inaccesible. He’s destined to go out in 3rd or 4th.

      • alyce1213

        Fashion Star has its problem, but I agree, he’d do better in that situation than this. His stuff would be LOOKED AT.

        • Carrie

          It wasn’t a perfect show, but man, I can see the Saks buyer eating up his stuff.

          • alyce1213

            I like that guy.

      • tired_mommy

        I’m so glad Heidi seems to finally have noticed Fade. I’m interested to see a final collection from him.

        • Carrie

          Just a shame that due to his asctetic of sexy not slutty that she doesn’t appreciate his work.

    • tallgirl1204

      Seriously? Fade didn’t win? Scrolling down through the screen caps, his was the only one that made me pause for the pretty. Oh well. I still watch (online, the day after) for the speedy sewing, if not the design. I think of it as a “the afternoon before Halloween costume emergency” kind of show.

      • Gatto Nero

        The whole show has turned into a kind of emergency instead of a forum for creativity.

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

      Char only deserved the Auff because instead of taking that atrocious color and making it work, she allowed it to defeat her entirely. Sandhya’s gown would’ve worked if the chiffon had fallen in a simple column to the floor.

      • Frank_821

        no kidding. And when they picked up the skirt and saw what was underneath. I reeled with them!

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

          There was absolutely NO excuse for that. Outrageously bad.

          • Rhonda Shore

            The top part of Sandhya’s gown did look like a corn cob, as one of the other designers pointed out. And i liked Char’s personality but the dress was awful.

      • Call me Bee

        I think Char would’ve made it work better had they been given two days to make these garments. I swear they make all the challenges 1 day so they dont have to pay room and board for the designers any longer than absolutely necessary.
        Anyway–the idea of chiffon, leather and satin all in the same color was interesting. And the original sketch as interesting as well. She just didn’t have enough time to execute it well.

        • FibonacciSequins

          It’s not just the designers’ room and board, either. By making all the challenges one day, they’ve probably cut the entire production budget by at least a third because it just doesn’t last as long as it would if most of the challenges were two or three days.

          • CanIbeFrank

            So, give them two days but then eliminate them two at a time. It is obvious that the sponsors aren’t contributing at the level they used to though so they probably don’t have the budget–even the Mood budgets seems smaller than other seasons I think…..

            • FibonacciSequins

              Eliminating the designers two at a time would give them almost half the amount of episodes they have now. I agree about the budget. I wish the show were still on Bravo.

            • flamingo14

              I’ve been wondering about the sponsors and the support as well. Is it just me or is the Mary Kay makeup pretty awful or is it the makeup people?

            • Call me Bee

              No–MK makeup is as high quality as department store brands, IMHO. It’s not Bobbi Brown or MAC, but I’ve used Lancolme, Clinique and Elizabeth Arden, and MK is just as good. And much better than the Walgreens brads like Maybeline and Cover Girl. The eye shadow and blush lasts forever. (Honest–not an employee, just a satisfied customer..)
              The make-up artists this year seem to be much less talented than in the past. They just seem to pile on the color and it ends up looking garrish and ugly.

            • MM4321

              I feel like it’s the makeup people . . .not as good at reading the designers’ minds and producing beautiful results. Not as creative. Not as talented. I.e., a metaphor for the whole show!

      • CanIbeFrank

        Char should have also just had the chiffon flow out of the leather simply rather than that nightmare of odd pieces she did, which made no sense whatsoever and was the worst sewing job ever. She could have then used the lace as a cape or something to cover up the atrocious work on the leather. Not saying that would have been a fabulous design but it may have kept her in.

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

          And when Sandyha critiqued her dart placement early on, if she had listened, (since she was absolutely correct in her assessment of the problems, Char might have been the one staying. Clearly there was plenty of yellow leather to re-cut a bodice from.

          • CanIbeFrank

            I got the sense that Char had never worked with leather before, which is understandable, but then don’t use it in a challenge. Or, make sure you have the pattern EXACTLY correct before cutting and sewing….. Design 101, really.

      • Jackie4g

        I think there is a cultural element. There were two people on that team who didn’t fear the idea of yellow, because both of those ladies can wear yellow, in varying shades, of course. I am reminded of Emilio Sosa and his marigold yellow, a color that sings against skin with enough pigmentation and is deadly on a pale Caucasian. All the judges behaved wretchedly about his strong yellow/gold color, but that’s because they were women who couldn’t wear the color. And yes, about the column of chiffon.

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

          Oh the cultural connection is a real one. Personally I have no problem with a brilliant yellow. If they had selected one that was a bit warmer, with a touch of red in it, it would have made all the difference.

          • MoHub

            You just know Lupito Nyong’o would rock that color!

          • Call me Bee

            You are very correct.

        • momjamin

          I was surprised that Sandhya (from what we saw) didn’t tell the story to the judges that she told in the voiceover in the Mood trip, about getting married in bright colors and it being part of their culture. I would think the judges would have loved that. They still might have (rightly) fussed about the specific yellow choice…but IIRC, one of the judges said they were expecting some story, like the intended customer was a Peeps heiress or something.

          • Paula Carr

            Up arrowed for the Peeps heiress alone.

    • Patrick Cleary

      Given the previews for next week, I’m going to predict that Tim will bring back Char with his “save.”

      • jonnyf8

        I hope you’re right. I didn’t get the whole “too early” excuse for not using it.

        • Marcia

          I’m not sure, but I think Tim used his save even earlier last time around.

          • Chattygal

            Wow, I would have sworn Justin was pretty late, but according to the wiki grid, it was week six.

      • Saturnine

        I could see that if this week were the only “off” week for Char. If Tim’s save is based on “we like you the most,” then I could understand it. But she’s been less than impressive this season (her first week’s look was the best, I thought). Could the thing bothering Tim in the previews be the win for Sean when Kini sewed Sean’s pants?

        • Gatto Nero

          Kini sewed the top — but the whole look was Sean’s design.

        • tired_mommy

          Could it be bothering Tim that everybody’s work is so under par?

          • Gatto Nero

            Tim said recently on a talk show (Kimmel?) that he’s genuinely impressed by “what these young people can do” but also noted that the one day challenges are essentially 10 hours of working time, from initial drawing and shopping through the finished product, which is a nearly impossible deadline.

        • marlie

          I don’t think he should bring Char back either. Sure, she was likeable enough, but none of her work really stood out in a positive way. And since there aren’t really any parameters for the save, he can use it for whatever he wants, but I think it should be reserved for saving someone who legitimately has a chance to win, and had perhaps *one* bad showing.

          • FibonacciSequins

            I don’t think he will. He would have saved her last night if he wanted to save her.

            • MoHub

              And he even said outright that he wouldn’t save her because it was too early. Kind of sticking the knife in and giving it a twist.

            • Saturnine

              Though it is entertaining to imagine Tim tossing and turning at night thinking “I should have saved Char . . . I should have saved Char!”

        • MoHub

          Exactly. Char showed a lot of promise with her first design, but it went steadily downhill from there.

      • docholly

        Or they will give the win to Kini – as it should have been.

        • alyce1213

          I think so too. It will be A PROJECT RUNWAY FIRST!!!!

      • tired_mommy

        I so hope that was just a tease–I like Char’s personality, but she hasn’t justified a save.

      • altermyego

        I think that it’s either Char coming back or giving the win to Kini. Won’t it be a hoot if it’s something NONE of us expected and they really surprise us?

    • alyce1213

      I have a few thoughts about Dira von Teese as a judge:
      They showed her wedding gown as an example for the challenge. The problem is, her Vivienne Westwood was not an unconventional wedding gown; it was a conventional couture wedding gown in an unconventional color. Her concept of the challenge was locked into that. The only unconventional thing about Kini’s dress was that it was not white.
      She defaulted to being an “I’d wear that” judge. If she couldn’t see herself in it, it wasn’t good.
      It was like having a rude guest in your home. Her criticisms were offensive. She’s a bitch.
      I admit, I was never on the Deeta bandwagon, and don’t really get it the burlesque thing, which I find hokey. She’s always seemed two-dimensional, and having seen her in action last night, that’s a better view of her. She’s a shrewd gal with a successful, popular hook.

      I thought Fade and Emily should have been the top team. Like the dress or not, Emily was the only one that made an unconventional wedding dress, even if there is a Goth market. It met the challenge. And Fade should have won.

      Sad to see Char go. But that was one of the worst I’ve ever seen, especially in the close-up look. Sad, because she has some skill.

      • Saturnine

        Agreed on all counts. Dita’s usually flawless in appearance, but that ability didn’t translate into useful (or constructive ) criticism last night. However, she was marginally better-ah than-ah the Blonde Salad blogger-ah. My job over the years has put me in contact with many, many English-speaking Italians, and I’ve never heard anything like that.

        • Sanglots longs

          Half my family is (well, was now, may they rest in peace) Italian (northern), and none of them had that accent–nor had they learned English in school, where they might have had such an accent drummed out of them. It wasn’t so much the accent as the very dour, snotty attitude the blogger seemed to have that put me off.

          • alyce1213

            I didn’t find her dour, I found her serious.
            I have heard that accent before.

            • MM4321

              Agree with Alyce . . . she was just taking her task very seriously (which is a good thing, except last night’s show perhaps didn’t deserve it).

          • http://www.adriannagrezak.com Adrianna Grężak

            I’ve been in America for 18 years, and people are still put off by how I speak and present myself. I’ve had to consciously think “add emotion in your speech when you meet strangers” because some Americans are so thrown off by a serious/deadpan tone of voice.

          • Elizabetta1022

            Our family is Italian, too, and I have definitely heard that accent with many of them when they speak English. I thought she did a good job and was thoughtful in her critique, actually.

            • Sanglots longs

              Since I had never seen/heard this woman before, I just looked up some other videos in which she speaks English. There, her accent sounds a bit different, as is her affect (more bubbly and spontaneous and hence more personable). Maybe she was just stiffer in this role on PR?

        • kerryev

          This week I ran across the word “anecdata” and wondered where it has been all my life.

      • CelandineM

        Dita was a terrible judge and a huge disappointment for me considering her red carpet style. When she called Elvira a fashion icon, Holy Shit I lost it. I think you are spot on with everything you said.

        • BrooklynBomber

          Haha! I know – Elvira a fashion icon. “And she would never wear THAT!” Hahahahhah!!

          • Inspector_Gidget

            Has Elvira ever worn anything but that Goth Marge Simpson wig and the boobtastic black gown? I don’t think I’ve ever seen her in any other outfit.

            • berkeleygirl

              Not in public…

          • GillianHolroyd

            I thought she was talking about another Elvira, someone I’d never heard of. But no, there’s only one Elvira and apparently she is ultimate authority on Goth couture. *cringe*

          • scoobysnacks

            Elmyra’s more of a fashion icon Elvira.

      • Gatto Nero

        I was frustrated by Dita’s comments, too. Given her “style icon” status, I expected something more incisive and interesting. I agree that Emily’s dress deserved a little more praise, and I’m glad Heidi appreciated it at least.
        Though I do think that Kini’s was unconventional in that he mixed gender style elements (the sharply tailored jacket with the sculpted skirt) in a way that is unusual for a wedding dress.

      • jonnyf8

        She just seemed like a huge bitch to me. None of her comments were clever or insightful. They were just mean. So why is she different than any other stripper. Better clothes? It’s not because she’s witty like say a modern Gypsy Rose Lee. It felt like Heidi and the guest blogger were the only ones with anything useful to say and that is pretty weird.

        • Kimbolina

          I was kind of amazed that Heidi seemed to be the most thoughtful/insightful judge this week. We are now entering the Twilight Zone.

          • BrooklynBomber

            Haha! That’s true. And I also liked that they showed the judges really disagreeing. I’m sure it happens, but they usually show us agreement so we have clear winners and losers. So when Dita and Zac hated the goth gown, it was refreshing when Heidi had nice(ish) things to say about it (and not just, “I like it! I’d wear it!).

            • ShaoLinKitten

              Heidi is the voice of reason. She does battle with the cracktastic nonsense Nina spews on a constant basis. Do you think Nina really believes the stuff she says, or is it all contrived drama?

            • BrooklynBomber

              I always loved Nina but, lately, no bueno.

            • ShaoLinKitten

              She lost my love when she championed Gretchen, and she has never regained it, or her sanity.

            • jacksonm

              I love Nina but I keep coming back to that Gretchen thing too. The only reason I can think of for Michael and Nina to convince Heidi to give the win to Gretchen would have been because, while Mondo’s clothes were light years better in terms of “style”, Gretchen’s, while boring to me, were more “commercial”. I’m guessing that is what Nina and Michael saw????

            • Meanie

              But Gretchen’s clothes were not more commercial. Don’t get the impression she’s been a big success as a designer.

            • CT14

              I thought they thought Mondo’s clothes were too similar to Seth Aaron’s from the previous season, and they wanted something different.

              Nonsense, but there you have it.

            • http://www.adriannagrezak.com Adrianna Grężak

              She was commercial for a certain demographic. I’ve lived in NYC the past 7 years and there’s a lot of girls who want to be the woman Gretchen dresses. There’s a stereotype that NYC fashion is hard and black, but I’d say it’s been the opposite for a while

            • Inspector_Gidget

              I have always liked Nina. But lately she seems to be trying too hard with the zingers. Like the hashtag line. Granted, she probably feels like Zac isn’t stepping up so she has to take action. The Duchess has left a void!

            • http://www.adriannagrezak.com Adrianna Grężak

              She’s always been a bit mean, at this point it’s like she’s turned the volume up to maintain her “brand”.

            • muzan-e

              And the other girl, who pointed out that it could work nicely in an actual shoot. I know people are criticising her, but seriously … that was one of the genuinely useful pieces of critique that surfaced last night.

            • luludexter

              She (the blogger) actually had some good and useful things to say, didn’t just default to I want to wear that like so many guest judges.

            • http://www.adriannagrezak.com Adrianna Grężak

              I was so frustrated that people were criticizing her so harshly. English is also my second language, and even after 18 years and a college degree I still feel like my communication skills aren’t 100%.

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

              You’re being kind by just being frustrated. I’m offended by the criticism of the blogger. English is my first and only language (I can occasionally decipher simple words and phrases in Italian, French, and Spanish because I have a passing knowledge of Latin, but that’s as far as it goes*). I wouldn’t dream of demeaning someone else for her accent. I thought we were better than that.

              *Do not test me on that because I’ll just embarrass myself. ;-)

            • http://www.adriannagrezak.com Adrianna Grężak

              Yeah, the older the I get the more I’m aware just by how xenophobic America is. People love to brag how they’re Irish, German, or Italian, (which they’re not, they’re American with European ancestors) but as soon as they encounter somebody culturally different they have something nasty to say

            • CommentsByKatie

              I’m American and I agree with you. One of the most important lessons to learn in life is that the world is an enormous place and there are thousands of different lifestyles and cultural norms; the tiny bubble one is raised in is not ‘correct’ or ‘better’, it is simply one of many. Most of the world has figured this out, but Americans still struggle with it for some reason.

            • FibonacciSequins

              I used to love to watch Michael Kors and Nina disagreeing, and Heidi chiming in with something nutty. Those were the days!

        • dustinrhodes

          That’s the exact reaction I had: Heidi was the one saying smart things! It was like being transported to an alternate universe!

          • MM4321

            True! Only Heidi recognized that Emily’s “wedding gown” was at least some sort of “gown.” The majority of the outfits weren’t close to something that could be worn to a wedding . . . goth or not.

      • dustinrhodes

        I totally agree with your criticisms of Von Teese. I am neither a fan or not-fan, but the episode definitely made me fall into the latter category. This is not nice, but she doesn’t seem to be very smart/interesting (when the mouth comes open). All “style” and no substance.

      • BrooklynBomber

        I’m with you: never been into Dita or the neo-Burlesque thing. But she’s all about image, not content, so maybe we shouldn’t be surprised that she assumed (as so many do) that bitchy one liners are the way to go on reality TV.

        • FibonacciSequins

          Maybe that’s why I wasn’t as unhappy with Dita as others are. She’s pretty much what I expected. She’s made a career out of styling and promoting herself and doesn’t seem well educated outside of her retro sphere, so her comments would be limited to that perspective.

          • alyce1213

            But why so bitchy? She was like a mean girl.

            • FibonacciSequins

              I didn’t think she was overly bitchy. Maybe I should watch it again.

          • BrooklynBomber

            Good point. She SHOULD sound like someone in an old movie, both in what she says and how she says it.

        • OmegaBlush

          Well, she did have one of the most memorable guest appearances on Drag Race a couple of years ago. The queens were too busy arguing with each other backstage to realize Dita was waiting to meet them, so the camera showed her sitting there bored and listing off things she needs to get when grocery shopping. It was pure gold, though RPDR has the best editing teams in reality TV.

      • stayl

        I think Char’s handicap might be her lack of formal education. There’s nothing wrong with being self taught, but a teacher or teachers can expand your vision.

      • Glam Dixie

        Her attitude smacked of the pretty and mean girls clique in school. Talking down to the designers and making bitchy comments instead of constructive ones makes you less attractive, Dita.

        • Presumptuous Insect

          Exactly. When you are still using high-school sarcasm at her age, you might want to think twice about opening your pie-hole in public.

      • tired_mommy

        I also thought it was a bit ironic when she said the same girl would never wear both Emily’s and Fade’s dresses because I think Emily would wear both.

        • MM4321

          So true!

      • Qitkat

        Mr Q asked me last night, Who is that woman? She looks like a cartoon. I tried to explain to him why she would be a judge, but basically I was less than impressed with her also. Defaulting to ‘I would wear that’ sealed the deal. Goth may be over and done with for many people as a wedding gown trope, but the truth is, it’s not something I’ve ever seen that much, so I was intrigued to see it on the runway, and completely surprised it got so much hate.

        • alyce1213

          I was going to say “cartoon” in my comment, but refrained. Thank Mr Q for saying it for me.

      • http://www.adriannagrezak.com Adrianna Grężak

        I wouldn’t consider myself a Dita von Tease fan, but I generally liked her as a celebrity. Last night was disappointing, I agree with your points 100%

    • momjamin

      I typically suspect no conspiracies or prejudice unless it’s very overt — I’m naive that way — but the phrase that kept coming to me last night was “women of color.” There was the in-your-face color that put the YELL in yellow. And of course, Char and Sandhya — given Sandhya’s had a couple wins, and her dress was marginally more finished, I knew it had to be Char.

      Is this the first time a “safe” has gotten so much screen time throughout the episode, at least before we get to smaller numbers?

      • Gatto Nero

        The only reason the “safe” looks got so much screen time is that the producers are working overtime to generate drama (in this case between Amanda and Korina).

    • Kate

      Sean’s model’s legs look very thin in that picture.

      • MM4321

        I’ve actually gasped at how thin a few of the models look this season.

      • tpalgal

        Well, I do think the cut and length of those pants is only for those who have absolutely perfect ankles. If you have either tiny little bird legs or cankles, those pants will highlight the hell out of it.

        • demidaemon

          I actually felt the proportions were kind of unflattering, which surprised me that it got so much love. The shirt was beautiful, yes, but those pants needed a wider leg in order to be more flattering.

          • tpalgal

            Completely agree. When I saw it come down the runway, I thought, “Nice top.” I thought the pants seemed uninspired and awkward.

    • BrooklynBomber

      THIS: “the show designs a challenge that all but guarantees terrible results. This is what the show wants now. . . . The shittier the clothes, the more material they have.” I’ve said this before, but watching the contestants spin hay into gold is what drew me in from Season 1. Those days are long gone. TLo nailed it: they don’t even want to see exciting (or even good) design any more; they want crap. And crap’s what they’re getting.

      • decormaven

        So. Much. Crap. I would love a post showing what contestants designed in this exact same week in S1 or S2. Doesn’t matter what the purported challenge is- I guarantee there’s better design from the weakest contestant in the earlier season than there is with the “stars” of this season. Harumph!

        • BrooklynBomber

          What week is this, anyway? We could look it up here on TLo dot com!

          • decormaven

            I think this is E6 of S13. Off to look at photos…

            • BrooklynBomber

              I just searched, and maybe I’m doing something wrong, but it seems like the earlier seasons aren’t archived here. I’ll bet they’re somewhere, though.

            • smayer

              In S1 it was the swimsuit episode, where Morgan went out partying in her outfit and came the next day for judging with ripped clothes.

            • smayer

              Next week will be really depressing–at this point in S1, they did the 2055 challenge.

            • Hrfe

              That was the first episode I ever saw of Project Runway. I still will go back and look at the designs, even though fashion has changed a lot since 2005 you can still see how much work and effort went into everything. Even unsuccessful designs were most unsuccessful because of the design, not the ridiculous time crunch.

            • BrooklynBomber

              Oh, that was a good one.

            • BrooklynBomber

              Ah, yes, and Robert did gymnastics on the scaffolding, and fell down, and broke his crown.
              I miss the Project Runway of old, when we were young, and the models and contestants got drunk, so we didn’t have to.
              Those were the days. . .

            • BrooklynBomber

              Ah, yes, and Robert did gymnastics on the scaffolding, and fell down, and broke his crown.

              I miss the Project Runway of old, when we were young, and the models and contestants got drunk, so we didn’t have to.

              Those were the days. . .

    • PlethoraofBooks

      Long gone are the days that I desire to watch Project Runway – and the only season I didn’t get to watch was Season 1. I miss challenges where designers get time to produce something beautiful or truly innovative. This season has cemented it – to where I pretty much fast forward to the runway show and then wonder what the judges are smoking.

    • EverybodysStarling

      Sandyha’s corncob. What has been seen….

    • Chattygal

      Does the vaunted “Aldo Accessory Wall” really not provide a sufficient number of strappy heels for a challenge like this? All those horrible, stacked platforms make a bad runway worse (and I spy the soul-destroying putty pair under Tin Tin’s skirt).

    • Grumpy Girl

      I am completely missing how these say “wedding.” Yes, alternative wedding, blah blah, but there’s very little here that I see calling to what we think of a conventional wedding dress. Seems like if it’s an alternative, there needs to be some reference to the traditional? (And I realize the whole world, even the western world, is not tied to the white wedding gown concept.) Was this addressed when they were on the runway? Or completely abandoned?

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

        I did notice that only one designer bothered to reference the veil concept, and got slammed for it.

        • muzan-e

          And she did it with such care, too. While I think the dress might have fared better if she’d just titled it “cybergoth” wedding instead (no, nevermind, you’d have to explain very slowly why there were no circuit boards woven into the fabric), the way it lowered to sit just so against her shoulders was really lovely. I dimly remember one of the judges actually taking a second glance at the poor thing when that happened.

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

            There were just so MANY other ways she could have expressed her dark sensibility without veering into the trite.

            • muzan-e

              And her fabric choice didn’t even suit it. I love the fabric she’s chosen for the skirt – it’s sleek, it’s crisp, it’s interesting. But all those sharp, crisp lines are not remotely goth and the damn thing’s two-thirds of her dress. I don’t understand how of all the fabrics available, that screams Gothic Wedding … and if Dita had taken offense not at the triteness of Gothic Wedding but the confusion with which it was attempted, I’d have been right behind her.

              … ima step off this soapbox now. Aherm. *g*

          • Saturnine

            The veil did sit beautifully and the sleeves bothered me less than the lattice work skirt

            • FibonacciSequins

              I liked the lattice treatment, but I don’t think it went well with the lace. Too much going on.

          • jacksonm

            If she had left the sleeves off, it would have been much better.

        • Gatto Nero

          Sean said that he was going for a veil effect with the “cape” on his top. Not sure if the judges picked that up.

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

            oh RIGHT. I forgot that bit.

          • Meanie

            More like a train effect.

        • Frank_821

          I kind of took it as there was so much going on with her design that nothing looked good to them

          too bad because her fabrics were cool. again if she had a second day, she probably could have edited properly and Fade could have made an even better reception dress

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

            If those sleeves had been missing entirely it would’ve elevated the whole thing.

        • ShaoLinKitten

          I agreed with Nina– if she’d skipped the sleeves, she might have had something there. The sleeves were a bridge too far.

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

            Especially as they were insanely too long.

            • Aaronius

              That shit was so bananas, y’all. That was a Haunted Mansion costume for an animatronic.

          • jacksonm

            One idea too many. But, when you only have one day, you don’t have time to properly edit.

        • swanpride

          Actually she didn’t get slammed for the reference itself but because everything else was so over the top.

          • MM4321

            The thing is, I can see Emily actually wearing that dress. So it didn’t strike me as strange. Maybe I don’t live in a goth enough world, myself, to recognize the cliche.

      • Chattygal

        As much as I liked Kini’s, I thought it was more “unconventional mother-of-the-bride” dress.

        • MM4321

          THIS.

      • Kimbolina

        Yes, the challenge was pretty poor in my opinion. I feel like there needed to be some sort of condition that would make it read “wedding”. Even though it’s supposed to be an “unconventional” wedding challenge, with no condition tying the design to the concept of a wedding, it’s basically just another make a pretty dress (or outfit) challenge.

        • Qitkat

          Over and over again, in the last few seasons, the judges pay very little attention to the parameters of any of the challenges.

    • SugarSnap108

      TLo, when you’re right, you’re right. I know I find petty drama tedious, and would weep tears of joy to see good design and hear it discussed by (so-called, anyway) experts.

      But the producers must assume the audience for petty drama is much bigger. And I can’t really say they’re wrong. :(

    • sdtripper

      A lot of people have compared Amanda to Gretchen lately. Gretchen was self-absorbed and not concerned how she came off to others. Amanda, OTOH, apparently does care how she comes across. (I think she’s annoying but not a phony – if, in fact, that’s what Korina called her. Why we couldn’t see that exchange for ourselves, I have no idea.)

      Agree with everything T Lo said about Sandhya and Char. Poor Char, but like Angela, this is not her environment to thrive.

      And I have this burning question: if Kini really wanted to win, why did he not speak up on the runway? Say he made the shirt that everyone loved so much. Maybe he was taken aback by Sean saying he should win, but it was the perfect opportunity to toot his own horn a little. Way more effective than whining after the fact.

      • BrooklynBomber

        I think the comparison of Amanda to Gretchen may have more to do with how it’s obvious that she’s a producer favorite and is being pushed as a front runner, whether it seems warranted or not.

      • Gatto Nero

        Kini sewed the top, because time was running short, but Sean designed it.

        • chubby ballerina

          Thank you for continuing to bang that drum – I agree wholeheartedly! It’s Sean’s look, regardless of who did the sewing.

      • Saturnine

        I actually appreciated that he didn’t speak up on the runway, which would have come across as petty. The team worked well together, and it was Sean’s design, so he didn’t really have strong position to complain. I wonder whether Tim’s concern next week relates to that, though.

        • sdtripper

          I did think about that. At this point being on the winning team is pretty much equivalent to being “the” winner, but if Kini said something that ticked off the judges for whatever reason, they might decide to punish him in the future. All in all, he was pretty good-natured about the result.

      • marlie

        As for Kini, we have no idea if he actually did speak up. God knows the producers only show what they want to show, to force whatever storylines they’re interested in. So, maybe he did, maybe he didn’t.

      • momjamin

        Kini had the opportunity to speak up about Sean’s top when they asked the pair who should win, instead of giggling that he agreed with Sean that he (Kini) should win. He could have done it in a way that didn’t dis Sean at all, and still supported Sean’s design while just letting them know he actually constructed the top. Maybe he thought he didn’t need to because Sean already “voted” for Kini (but not in a very persuasive way, just because he hadn’t won yet).

      • guest2visits

        I don’t see Amanda as a Gretchen or even an Anya. Gretchen was both mean and manipulative until confronted bout it. Amanda doesn’t seem have any of that in her. Amanda is circling one-note like Anya, and I feel she is one of the weaker designers – but she’s still making an honest effort to be true to her ‘look’, and approaches the challenges with a sense of playfulness (Fade) and open-mindedness. She basically has a good attitude about it all – maybe that’s why she doesn’t offend me, or maybe that’s why she’s such an easy target. I think her dress last night was too simple and God too short (perfect little girl’s frock, imo), but I can still see it on the rack, commercially successful.

      • swanpride

        As much as I like Char, I think she overestimated her skills a little bit. After the first design she didn’t really deliver and this one was fairly simple on the construction level.

    • Frank_821

      I wanted to say as well I was a little disappointed in Dita as a judge. She was just okay

      And if you are going to get an extra judge, why this fashion blogger and not Vera Wang? It’s not like she hasn’t been on the show

      I forgot to add. I liked Amanda’s fabrication. The dress itself was a little boring in shape. If this had been a 2 day challenge like it should have been, Amanda should taken her fabrication and made the wedding dress and Korina should have had the suit as the reception outfit

      • joanne

        Because now that this show has fallen so far that it offers the “chance to design an accessory for Red Robin” as part of the prize package they can’t get someone amazing like Vera Wang.

        • Aaronius

          Dude. Vera Wang’s “dearest friend” is nut bag, Z-list fashion loon Sharon Stone, master of the ignorant fug. Wang ain’t all that.

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

        I thought that was what they had agreed to in the first place. Am I mis-remembering it? I distinctly remember them saying that Amanda was doing the wedding dress and Korina the reception look.

        • Frank_821

          I thought Korina’s was the wedding ensemble. They discussed during the sketch phase how innovative her suit would come across

          • alyce1213

            Women have been wearing white suits to get married in for 30-40 years. So innovative!

            • Frank_821

              sorry I meant to say if it would come across innovative enough

      • BrooklynBomber

        But the guest judge’s accent was the most appealing thing on the show!

        • momjamin

          I know! I wanted to hear her talk more, even though she didn’t seem to have much to say.

      • FibonacciSequins

        I don’t think the show can book Vera Wang-level judges any more.

      • Danielle

        Austin Scarlett would have made a good guest judge, considering that’s he’s the only one who made an unconventional wedding dress during the challenge in Season 1, and he went on to work as the creative director at Amsale after his time on PR.

    • Aaronius

      I think had Sandhya extended her weaving down to the ground as a sort of column gown, where the bottom separated into flowing, separate tendrils, it would have been a really interesting design, actually. I liked that she owned her place in the bottom, as well.

      Gonna miss Char, but man, that was a MESS. Sad because had she just made it even a LITTLE better, it would be Alexander’s “moths attacking a blood clot” dress. Man, that was fug to the max.

      Amanda’s dress was both forgettable and probably the best thing she’s designed this season. How sad is that?

      Kini’s dress looked like something Lauren Hutton would have worn to the set of Falcon Crest. Fast he well may be, but I’m getting a dated vibe from him.

      Fade was great…he’s clearly getting the underdog takes the lead edit (and it neatly ties into Amanda-as-hero, since they’re pals and all. Yawn.)

      Corina can go. I hate her, hate her design, hate her ‘tude, hate her weird shoulder tatts. HATE.

      • numenah

        LOVE your post. I have to give some serious thought as to why I’m still watching this show.

      • SugarSnap108

        That’s precisely why I don’t think Kini was robbed in this one: Too Falcon Crest-y. Fade was robbed, IMO. (I don’t like Emily’s, but they could’ve reasonably been the top team.)

        • Aaronius

          I actually don’t think he was robbed, because Emily’s was SO cliche and SO “Winona Ryder in Beetlejuice,” that they couldn’t POSSIBLY win as a team. If anything, they should have followed Fade’s interpretation of a goth chick having a classy, Japanese wedding versus Fade taking her insane, near-costume gown and infusing his style and taste level into it. Honestly, the pair I would have LOVED to have seen would have been Fade and Sandhya, just to see how Fade would have taken her color-crafty design ideas and turned them into a sleek, sophisticated look.

          • SugarSnap108

            It does have that Beetlejuice vibe! OK, Fade was foiled by the team setup. A pairing with Sandhya would’ve been interesting — but he still would’ve been weighed down by his partner, if the corncob dress is any indication.

            • Gatto Nero

              Fade is so anti-conflict that I shudder to think what would have happened to him in a Sandhya pairing.

            • Aaronius

              Am I watching the same show? Sandhya, at least to me, doesn’t seem remotely pro-conflict, which is to say that she doesn’t seem to be starting fights or going out of her way to cause drama…and in many instances, she’s appeared to shut down drama as it was gestating in front of her. So…I don’t get it.

            • Gatto Nero

              I didn’t say that Sandhya was pro-conflict at all. I said that Fade is anti-conflict, and my perception of Sandhya is that she’s not good with compromise and can sometimes steamroll her ideas through (as she has done on a couple of team challenges so far). E.g., Char expressed misgivings at Mood about the fabric color, but Sandhya plowed on.

            • swanpride

              He is anti conflict but not stupid…when it was obvious that Emily wasn’t ready to cooperate even one bit, he did the smart thing, concentrating on his own design. He is hardly the type who would get steamrolled into something he really doesn’t want…he is ready to negotiate, but not to compromise his own style. It was the same with Angela…instead of wasting energy on convincing her, he just let it go, knowing fully well that at the end of the season, nobody will care how many challenges you actually won.

          • momjamin

            Everyone liked Emily’s except Dita, no? (Not saying it’s justified, but…) Emily/Fade could have been a contender.

            • Aaronius

              I think Nina was also like NO. And not that it matters, but I hated it. HATED it!

            • MM4321

              I can see WHY you and some judges hated it but I still give it credit for being more of a gown or an “event” dress than most of the other designs. :-)

            • Gatto Nero

              Zac said that even Elvira wouldn’t wear it.

            • alyce1213

              Zac didn’t like it and wouldn’t shut up about the blackness.
              I didn’t hate it, I thought it needed editing.

            • Aaronius

              It needed a bucket of kerosene and a match.

            • swanpride

              I don’t think that they necessarily liked it, but I think this was actually team with the second best score (I guess mostly because of Fäde’s dress) – normally they would have bullshitted around the fact that only one team created something remotely acceptable, but since Dita was fairly merciless concerning Emily’s dress, they had to adjust to the situation.
              I think if Emily had listened to Fäde at least once, had run with the painted denim idea and toned the gothic aspect down a little bit they would have won…rip off the sleeves and the dark overskirt so that the fabric beneath is visible, paint said fabric, and you have a really impressive alternative wedding dress

    • stellavision

      God. Remember the S1 wedding dress challenge and Nora’s aufing?

      Her rose-petal thingy would have beaten the pants off of ANYTHING on this runway. Thanks, Lifetime!

      • http://angrynerdgirl.net/ Jessi03

        I loved that challenge, partially for Kara Saun’s gorgeous dress and mainly for Jay’s cracktastic model’s shenanigans.

    • UsedtobeEP

      Remember Leanne’s wedding dress? Wow, how the mighty have fallen.

      • Dora Kishinevsky

        Aw, you almost made me weep. That season had some gorgeous designs.

      • Marcia

        Sigh. That dress was perfection. Exquisite,

      • Liz

        But the wedding dress was in her final collection, not a challenge-right?

        • UsedtobeEP

          OK, I actually went back into the archives and did a tiny bit of research—had to stop because the end of the school day beckons. Yes, I think you are right—they also had to whip up a corresponding bridesmaid’s dress, it seems. I think they had to make the wedding dress and show it prior to Bryant Park, or something…there was some kind of twist. Anyway, your point being that it isn’t really fair to compare a final challenge garment to a one-day garment, is well taken.

          • UsedtobeEP

            And, your comment begs the question even more. Why give just one day, all the time? Why practically push them into tacky land? How about tell them what kind of unconventional wedding they were having and then have the same standard to hold all the designers to? Second wedding? Seniors’ wedding? Rock-n-roll wedding? Gay wedding? Sure, but let’s set some rules and constraints, and give the designers real direction instead of letting them drive all over the map. They didn’t have time to be “creative,” they needed direction. And who wants a crappy one-day wedding dress? If you give a couture challenge, give them a passing chance to do a decent job on it. It’s no surprise that black pants and a white shirt were the winning entry. Think about it: black pants, and a white shirt. Won a wedding challenge. How sad for the viewers.

            • Qdahling

              It’s even more bothersome because “no rules” translates to “you are just supposed to know what the rules are but we aren’t telling you what they are for un-needed drama”

    • cocohall

      I was happy to see more screen time for Fade – and his hilarious “Come to me and open your heart – I will send my model down the runway naked for you” support of Amanda. They seem an unlikely pairing as friends, but at this point, I’ll take what I can get for Fade time. I loved his look – it was clearly the most interesting thing out there and if he hadn’t been paired with Morticia, he might have won. Kini is some sort of sewing wizard. But I didn’t really love his look. Sean’s was simple and elegant. I loved Dita saying “I would wear it on a Tuesday.” Brilliant line. Right up there with He’s a one-way monkey. And I love how she held her ground about the cliched look Emily put together that Heidi kept praising.

      And please-a, who was the hilarious woman-a that was completely extraneous to the judging-a, but had the most winning accent in the history-a of the show-a?

      Sandhya is on my last nerve. She should have volunteered to lie under the bus for choosing that horrendous yellow. I’m all for embracing color, but that yellow was awful. Char really folded her tent though. She could have used a little of the yellow as an accent and gone a different direction. Did I miss a moment where Tim said you MUST USE THE SAME COLOR AND FABRIC!

      And Samantha? Forever 21 is calling and wants their dress back. Sweet Jesus did that look “chip.”

      • Saturnine

        Agreed. I thought for sure the judges would throw “taste issues” out there for that dress.

      • NinjaCate

        That was Chiara! She runs that blog “The Blonde Salad” that I used to follow. I didn’t even know she was still relevant. She’s Italian I think, which explains the accent. She got big when the blogging bubble blew up, but I stopped follow pretty much every blog but this one, so I dunno what she’s up to these days.

        • cocohall

          A blog would not do her charming accent justice! I thought she was lovely, but I can’t imagine the conversation between her press people and her about appearing on the show. “You have been invited to judge a wedding dress challenge. You and a little unknown named Dita Von Teese – don’t worry, I’m sure you’ll get plenty of screen time. Dita is very low key.” Not.

      • swanpride

        What really angers me is that Fäde’s dress was barely discussed. They spend so much time on the Gothic mess that nobody even acknowledged how striking his work was (aside from the idiotic neck line comment I hope Fäde will ignore).
        Considering that the yellow was the last of the problems in Char’s dress, and they disagreed only about the shade of it and not about yellow in general, I don’t think that Sandhya had much to own up to. If Char had done a properly constructed dress, she would have been save, no matter what colour.

        • cocohall

          I hope that the judges DID acknowledge Fade’s work, but it just didn’t make the broadcast. Perhaps because the producers would rather focus on the negative critique, or perhaps they didn’t anticipate how many people would be fascinated by Fade and would want to see more of him.

          I’m not so sure the judges enjoyed the yellow – seeing how they were referring to the models as Tweety and Big Bird – but you are so right, the color, while challenging, would not have been as big an issue if the design work and finishing had been better. I think if Char had abandoned her leather and just worked with her other materials she would have fared much better – she seemed to really lose time and confidence trying to force the leather to “behave” on the bodice. Which, in real life, she would have figured out after a day or so, and moved on and created something interesting. I wonder if she was overly-impressed by Sandyha’s two wins and thought she needed to follow her lead.

          The one-day challenge is really an impediment to creativity and the iterative process of design that many designers need. It completely favors someone like Kini who has mad sewing skills. Fade is that rare bird who can think on his feet, AND execute his idea with polish. I’m so rooting for him!

          • swanpride

            The thing is, there was no reason why Char was forced to use exactly the same yellow. She could have used a different shade of yellow, or she could have said “I’ll use a complementary colour”. Sandhya steamrolled her a little bit when it came to the fabric, but beforehand, Char seemed to be on board with yellow, only the shade was a matter of discussion…and then she had construction problems. Thus said, as Nina pointed out: Making a well done bodice with skirt is something doable in one day. And on principle, I am not against the concept that designer who actually have sewing skills or make the limited sewing skills they have work prevail. I think, though, that team challenges should in general get one day more and that the designer should get an hour or so to bounce ideas around in peace before they even get started. The show acts as if working in a team will make the work faster…which might be true when two people work on one dress. But when team challenge means “you not only have to do a dress but also coordinate with someone else” then it means that the designer need time to coordinate their ideas on top of their usual work. It makes nothing easier but everything more complicated.

      • MM4321

        +1 to everything you just said, cocohall!

        • cocohall

          Grazie!

    • Lattis

      Yeah. I remember a long time ago Gotham Tomato said that it would be a great idea to market a line of coats from PR contestants. And she was right – at that point there had been some great coats made and walked down the runway on a weekly basis. But not now. A contestant can barely get an a-line skirt and a shell together and finished (unless you are phenomenally fast like Kini).

      • ShaoLinKitten

        Kristine made a great coat early on in this season, and then got aufed when Korina should have been.

        • Lattis

          I mean outerwear type coats. Google ‘Project Runway Jillian’ – she made some beautiful coats and jackets as weekly challenges.

      • jacksonm

        You would never get the sublime Korto woven seatbelt coat these days. They don’t give you time for that level of achievement.

        Maybe we should lobby Netflix to take over the show. They’d put more time and money into it! Oh, and to binge watch a whole season at once…..

    • ShaoLinKitten

      Question: why was this a wedding challenge? What woman wears one dress to the wedding and a different one to the reception? Unlike Samantha, I’ve been to lots of weddings, and never have I see the bride change out of her dress. Maybe the challenge should have been, one dress for the rehearsal dinner, one for the wedding?

      Also, why does Lifetime think anyone cares about their manufactured drama? If drama happens naturally, fine. I might be titillated. But when you stir it up, then it goes nowhere, it’s just annoying.

      • decormaven

        Two dresses – one for ceremony and one for reception – is trending here around ATL in the monied set. More is more…

        • ShaoLinKitten

          Ah, I see. I’m only attending the weddings of poor and working class people, so to me it all seems rather contrived and stupid. If you spend all that money on a wedding gown, why would you change out of it? But that’s my declasse ethos on display I guess. I also like burgundy with white. SO SUE ME!

          • decormaven

            I worked with a project for a special events venue where the bride had two dresses- both very expensive. That wedding was a Pinterest extravangza- custom banners, full dinner/bar, table decorations and flowers to die for, all photographed and videographed.

            • ShaoLinKitten

              And I bet the people who made those dresses had more than one day to make them. Were they both white? Was one poofy and the other more casual? This is all new to me.

            • decormaven

              Ceremony dress was white strapless satin empire waist – fairly simple, with a train. The reception dress was a creamy white, strapless with a bustier top and floaty chiffon skirt.

        • MoHub

          It’s trending all over. Also wedding gowns with removable skirt pieces to allow the bride to dance at the reception. And for that matter, my gown in 1972—a hand-me-down from my cousin and made in 1970—had a removable train to make it easier to negotiate the dance floor.

      • numenah

        Alas, the “reception” dress has become a practice at over-the-top weddings to allow the bride to get her groove on in comfort. Supposedly.

      • SugarSnap108

        I actually have a few friends who’ve worn a different dress to the reception. But they’re the opposite of the “monied set” decormaven mentioned. :) They just wanted something more casual that they could dance in (and spill drinks on with abandon).

        • decormaven

          The current crop of “neighbor babies” (young women I’ve watched grow up in my neighborhood) are looking at reception dresses. Definitely not monied; a more relaxed and less expensive dress to wear for the reasons SugarSnap108 mentions. Seems like most young couples I’ve seen have opted for sit-down dinner receptions, with dancing afterwards. A less expensive dress can handle that kind of activity.

      • Frank_821

        Certainly in Chines-american cultures, the bride has 2 dresses

        1 more traditional western wedding gown and a chinese wedding gown. The chinese one of course is red and more like a asian ensemble and save for the reception. Thinking about it, 1 of the teams should have done something along those lines!

        • ShaoLinKitten

          Too bad Sandhya didn’t think of that. She could have done something calling back to her wedding dress (in that hot pink with gold accents that was shown) and then a more Western style dress. A missed opportunity there, because the judges love a personal narrative like that.

          • luludexter

            I’ve been thinking that Sandhya has been missing the boat all season on drawing on her heritage. I could see it more early on, but lately I don’t see the connection at all, and she could win with that approach. It was strange that they showed her wedding dress and she talked about her culture of color, but then she didn’t pick a color that was even particularly South Asian, nor did she approach the design with any kind of alternative cultural frame. a missed opportunity indeed.

            • Saturnine

              I wonder if its on purpose. She might have made the decision not to go the Patricia route, although Patricia did get rather far in the competition.

        • Kimbolina

          The first doesn’t actually have to be a “western” white gown. Both dresses can be the Chinese cheong-sam or the even more traditional ensemble involving a long skirt and a long sleeved jacket (can’t remember the name of it). Of course all in embroidered/beaded brocade silks, etc. My mother had a pink one and a red one. And you can actually have more than 2 dresses. 2 is just the minimum. (Show off your family’s wealth, blah blah blah). I think if you’re super fancy you’re supposed to change dresses for each course of the banquet/each part of the celebration. One for the tea ceremony, a few for different banquet courses, etc. Sounds like a pain in the ass to me but I do know that whenever I end up getting married, I will probably be expected to have at least two dresses.

          • Frank_821

            My sisters did the 2 dress thing more for a compromise. Personally I prefer the chinese dress. If no other reason they were more user friendly and easier to show off all the jewelry they were forced to wear :)

            My oldest sister married into a prominent family and her arms were dead from all the gold. She needed the simple chaon-sam since they were bouncing between 2 venues. Yes there were that many guests. Basically his and hers receptions

        • Saturnine

          I think last week’s double -auf made everyone stay away from red.

        • luludexter

          I was very disappointed in how all the teams conceived of an alternative or nontraditional wedding. Sandhya of all people could have gone bicultural. Interesting that no one else thought of that, and only one team thought of a gay wedding! I don’t feel the designers are very creative this season…

          • swanpride

            I first thought that she would when she picked the yellow and mentioned her own wedding. To be honest…I somehow disliked the gay theme. It implied that females somehow don’t want to dress like females just because they are gay, which is not necessarily the case.

            • luludexter

              I can see that. I liked that they had a story/specific client in mind. I saw it less as lesbians don’t want to be feminine and more about the play of masculine and feminine, a nod to the room for play with/of gender that is historically part of gay cultures…

            • swanpride

              Yeah, but why has the woman who decides to go with something like that has to be gay? Why can’t it simply be a woman who likes to wear suits and likes to play with those stereotypes? Is it automatically gay if a woman doesn’t like frilly dresses?

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

              Nobody said she “has” to be gay or that it’s “automatically” gay if a woman doesn’t like frilly dresses. You’re applying all those meanings to a simple decision to design for a specific client.

          • usedtobelucy

            I blame it on the crazy constraints. Not only did they face the daunting challenge of making a wedding gown plus something to complement it that would be good for a party, they had to come up with an alternative to the wedding-dress memes that are absolutely ground into all our heads, AND get their aesthetic in line with that of another random person. There simply isn’t time to do all that in a creative and thoughtful way in 10 hours, the bulk of which had to go for shopping and technically constructing the clothes.

            If contestants from other seasons could come up with so many cool ideas, I’m sure these people could too. And I feel cheated — for us the audience and for the designers — that they’re not getting even a remote chance to do so on a regular basis.

            Project Speedway really is making me sad.

            And not just for my missed fun. … Tim has said that this season is characterized by people pingponging from the bottom to the top and back again. And I think that’s more evidence that these mostly are creative adn capable designers — but the challenges are so crazy-demanding that it’s really a fluke when somebody makes a truly good one, and even the most talented of them are repeatedly set up to have disasters.

        • Paula Carr

          Yeah, I went to a Korean wedding years ago. She had a traditional Western white wedding gown for the ceremony; changed to a traditional Korean wedding outfit for the dinner; more casual outfit for the dancing/party after.

      • FrigidDiva

        I used to be a wedding dress consultant and amazingly enough it is a trend to buy one dress for the ceremony and one for the reception, but it’s not a very widely done trend, at least not in my neck of the Midwest. Personally I only worked with two brides that did this and usually they would have a very much larger dress with embellishments for the ceremony and something more simple for the recpetion that they could “party” in. Suffice it to say that in both cases the brides had more money than your average bride.

      • Qitkat

        Clearly you have not watched TLC’s Four Weddings >;p
        Ah-hem, not that I have either, lol.

        • ShaoLinKitten

          No. I have an irrational hatred for the wedding-industrial complex. Imagine how conflicted I was by my own wedding!

      • swanpride

        To be honest, I have no idea what a fitting dress for a reception would be…and I doubt that Fäde does either. German weddings are a much simpler affair. The bride wears a beautiful dress, the groom some sort of suit, and everyone else just picks what they like to wear, usually festive clothes preferable not in black (too gloomy) or white (because that’s the colour for the bride). Sometimes there is a theme given and everyone tries to follow it, but that’s it. There are no bridesmaids (only two witnesses, usually female for the bride and male for the groom but that’s not a must) and all the other overprized nonsense which seems to belong to an US wedding. You usually have a band or a DJ, but the entertainment is something friends and family organize – meaning a lot of surprises and games.
        Thus said…my sister actually did have two dresses, a flowered dress in 70th style for the official wedding (which used to be the wedding dress of my mother who never had a church wedding) and a traditional wedding dress for the church wedding. And both were totally different from each other.

    • Karen Belgrad

      Did Samantha’s dress remind anyone else of Halle Berry’s Oscar dress (the year she won)???

      • Aidan B

        Yes, I did think of that!

    • bunnydiet

      I think Heidi, Tim, Zac and Nina have too many outside interests and are not focused on PR anymore. It shows. The show has really gone downhill while their outside activities have picked up.

    • NinjaCate

      This is actually the first time I’ve ever really hated something Sandhya’s done. It was just a MESS. And SO yellow. Char’s was just terrible though. I didn’t want her to do, but I feel like she didn’t even give us the benefit of the doubt with her previous designs. I like her and I wanted her to stay, but all her designs have been really tacky.

    • marlie

      They might as well make this “Keeping Up With Amanda” or “The Real Housewives of Project Runway,” where all they do is fabricate one dramatic fight after another, and not actually, you know, DO anything. Because this show is far, far, far from anything about fashion now.

    • In_Stitches

      Fade’s has the unique problem of looking like a lot of really cheap ‘going out’ looks. Short mini dresses made of lace and black, to cover the bits, are a dime a dozen at clubs in my city. His was very well done with unique, artistic touches, but because it was visually so paired with something so low end, I couldn’t love it.

      Kini’s was just stale. It looked much more mother of the bride than bride, the ruffle flounce was oversized, and the fit wasn’t as perfect as I would like to see. The lapels didn’t lay in the most flattering manner.

      …and those are the two best. I’m not being sarcastic, I do agree. It’s frustrating that that’s where we stand. I don’t blame the designers; I think this crop is pretty great. The show needs to give them the chance to shine.

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

      So in the previews for next week, do we think Tim brings Char back with his save??

      • Aidan B

        That’s my prediction.

      • Gatto Nero

        As much as I like Char’s personality and character, I hope Tim doesn’t use his one save on her. I don’t think her designs merit it.

    • Ana the Hated

      I feel like in earlier seasons, one-day challenges were rarer. Now it’s every challenge. I’m guessing this makes the show even cheaper to produce, since they are making one show per two days basically.

    • SewingSiren

      Agreed and agreed about the manufactured drama. Also slopping together really expensive fabric in a short time … not done in real life. Except by wealthy students in fashion design school.
      I wonder why none of them went with a casual idea. Something that could actually be completed in the time frame given them and still be outside of the traditional box.
      1. Sean it’s all right the cape looked good on the runway. it’s a nice call back to a veil or train. I see this one more as a ceremony outfit for a bride not comfortable in pants.
      2. Kini. this one looks more like the reception dress for a bride that had a really over the top wedding gown that would have been impossible to dance and/ or socialize in.
      Team 1/2t I don’t think the same person would wear these two outfits for there wedding. And if you wear a suit (such as Kini’s) to the wedding you probably would leave it on for the reception.
      3. Korinia’s idea is fine, but the execution is terrible. She should have been more grateful to Amanda for cutting and sewing the pants. They look much better than the jacket.
      4. Amanda. It’s okay.
      Team 3/4 I also don’t think a bride who wears pants to the ceremony would wear a mini shift to the reception. She would probably leave the pants on.
      5. Emily. I don’t hate it. I like the hood a lot. Head dress, hat , veil, those are all major signifiers for a bride. She should have played down the goth angle and played up the Spanish angle. Old time tradition is Spain was for the bride to wear black to reinforce the “til death” part of the vows (or something liked that).
      6. fade. Always the brides maid…. It’s good. Not a stand out win, but better than the winner for sure.
      Team 5/6 now these two actually DID look like dresses the same woman would wear.
      7. Alexander’s is terrible. I would have been fine with him going home.
      8. DId Samantha say she had NEVER been to a wedding ???Really?? she is from Seguin, Texas. That is virtually the only social life in that town… for reals. I have nothing to say about the dress.
      Team 7/8 it is the same dress. so I guess the same person would wear it.
      9. Sandyha -Ugly. But why on earth they came up with that stupid rock star daughter story is beyond me. Tell about the yellow and the Indian tradition of BRIGHT colors and so on and so forth.
      10 Char- Ugly X 10. Plus Tim telling her I would save you , but I’m saving my save for somebody else.. Oh okay, that makes it all better.

      • BrooklynBomber

        “Tim telling her I would save you , but I’m saving my save for somebody else”

        Wait. . . what? I didn’t see the whole episode, so….what??

        • SewingSiren

          Well, what he actually said was more along the lines of – We hate to see you go.If it were a couple of challenge later , I would use my save on you.
          Basically horse shit.

          • BrooklynBomber

            Oy.

          • jacksonm

            I agreed with Tim, it was too early to use it. Imagine if he saved Char and next week Kini was eliminated? He’d hate himself for not having the save.

            • Aaronius

              …and if it wasn’t THAT dress.

            • MoHub

              this was episode 6. Tim saved Justin after episode 6 last season. I call shenanigans.

          • MoHub

            Cruel, insensitive horseshit.

      • Kimbolina

        “I wonder why none of them went with a casual idea. Something that could
        actually be completed in the time frame given them and still be outside
        of the traditional box.”

        This would have been great. Hell, make some overalls and come up with a story about getting married on your grandparents farm.

        • Saturnine

          The overalls would be creative and fun, none of which is represented in this season of PR. Santino would make great overalls.

          • Kimbolina

            Oh my god, I would LOVE to see Santino wedding overalls.

            • Aaronius

              I’m betting they’ll feature glue.

            • Paula Carr

              Seriously. I’m having tummy-rumbling flashbacks to that horrific jumpsuit he made for Kara Janx. Shudder.

        • usedtobelucy

          I’d say that nobody thought of this because they truly didn’t have time to think of anything. PLus, they all had to be too worried about not just making an outift but making an outfit that would match somebody else’s.

      • Qdahling

        “Old time tradition is Spain was for the bride to wear black to reinforce
        the “til death” part of the vows (or something liked that).”

        Ooooh, I would love to see that dress!

    • SewingSiren

      Also I wish they had shown the actual wedding pictures of the designers a little longer. It appeared that most of them had gowns that were representative of them and not cookie cutter bridal industry.

    • Mozo1

      Looks like Char will be back next week at least. Seems that was Tim’s big “This has been weighing on me” moment from the preview.

      At this point, who cares? I just watch PR to have something on television while I do other things.

    • Inspector_Gidget

      Tim talking about not using the save was just so weird and awkward. So he basically admitted that a) he has to save it until late in the season for more dramatic effect and b) he uses it on people he likes, rather than the most talented auf-ees. Why even bring it up? If he brings her back next week because he just misses her SO. MUCH. and can’t live with the guilt…. just ugh. UGH/

      • Qdahling

        Did you see the preview for next week when he tells the designers “There’s something that’s been weighing heavily on me”? I was wondering if he does…

    • Susan Collier

      I forgot to watch last night. Not sure if I’m going to watch it now.
      Char’s dress would have looked bad in any color.

    • DollyMadisonWI

      Well, now we know why Korina was kept last week – of the three in the bottom, she was the one most likely to diss Amanda, the golden some-might-say-orange faced gal with the plucky spirit to her face. Ah, transparency thy name is B/M.

      • Inspector_Gidget

        The vultures have been circling for Korina every single week! Surely even being a (somewhat inept) drama queen can’t save her much longer.

        • Gatto Nero

          Let’s hope.

    • BrooklynBomber

      In defense of yellow. Not that I would wear it. But if they’d gone with 1960s styling it could have worked. People wore that daisy or buttercup yellow. It was a thing. Sandyha’s could have worked if she’d styled it right. Also, google “yellow wedding dress.”

      • Dora Kishinevsky

        I love that color. I’m not planning on getting married anytime soon, but that looks like a lovely, joyful color for a wedding dress.

      • muzan-e

        I appreciated that one judge (was it Heidi? it actually might have been!) pointed out that yellow in general is not necessarily a bad choice, although Screamin’ Fierce Neon yellow might have been. I can’t wear pastels and I look like a greying zombie in white, but give me a rich mustardy ochre and my skin starts looking luminous. Totally valid choice if, yeah, it’s handled with care.

        • ktr33

          Before they hit mood, Sandhya said “spring yellow” or some such, which is, or at least sounds like, something far less harsh. Daffodils or the centers of daisies. Not 70s kitchen curtains.

          • Karen Miller

            “Citrus.” She said “citrus,” and that description lit Char right up. I was excited, too.

            • Aaronius

              Sweettart isn’t citrus?

      • helene

        1972, Long Island, NY , i wore it as a bridesmaid with a hood for the church that fell back beautifully like a collar after. The color was impossible to wear. It didn’t look good on any of us. But Gloria (the bride) loved the color for its “happy look” . if i can find the picture i’ll put it up for you all. Really, nothing new under the sun anymore, no wonder Nina is so bored….

        • SewingSiren

          Please do!

        • BrooklynBomber

          I’d love to see it!

        • helene

          ok, here we go, I found it and scanned it in; how can i add a picture here?

      • SewingSiren

        I did not have a problem with the color. I strongly feel that they should have played up the cultural aspect of using a bright color for the wedding attire.

      • alula_auburn

        I think there’s something about that shade that makes the wadded-up draping seem particularly bad (or vice versa). Not sure if it’s just too much muchness, but besides mutant daffodils, it felt like, idk, beach towels slopped all over floor or something.

        • Saturnine

          You’re so right. I think sleek and minimalist is the way to go with that color, which is formidable in its own right. Other than the hanging scraps of leather and chiffon, the real crime in Char’s design was the lace applique over the leather, which took that color straight to hideous.

      • luludexter

        I do think the yellow was just a little neon-y, but there’s no denying that yellow (and orange and other bright colors) are colors that look wonderful on women of color, and it’s no accident that Char and Sandhya were willing to go “citrus” with their color sensibility – so the judges’ comments that no women want to wear these colors is always off base and bound by white skin-centric idea of color. I do wish they’d picked a richer yellow color though.

        • wontons

          It made me wonder whether the designers ever choose their color palettes on the basis of their models. The Yellow Team had models whose complexions were especially ill-suited to that color.

      • turtleemily

        I liked Korinna’s comment about NOBODY EVER wanting to wear that shade of yellow, when I think many dark-skinned women would look fabulous in it.

        • Saturnine

          She really can’t open her mouth at all without being offensive, can she! She comes from such a limited viewpoint. Everything is “I don’t do this,” and I can’t design like that . . . ” Add to this, apparently, that *nobody* wants to wear that shade of yellow. Although challenging, I don’t think the yellow was irretrievable. Give it to Chris March or Seth Aaron.

        • BrooklynBomber

          Of course. And the judges have always been like that. “NO WOMAN EVER WANTS. . . ,” and it’s always Eurocentric/NYFashion-centric But also (per my comment above) it really was a thing in the ’60s — I can see in my mind’s eye images of Twiggy & Cheryl Tiegs type models holding daisies and wearing bright yellow dresses.

          • turtleemily

            Yellow represents happiness, which is completely appropriate for a bride. Emily and Sandhya needed to switch models for this challenge.

          • usedtobelucy

            Plus, the judges have always been hypocritical about things like — Make an “unconventional” wedding dress. In Season 1, Austin made the exact unconventional dress that his model ordered, and they bashed the heck out of him on the grounds that no one would wear it — even though the person who actually asked for it and swore that she absolutely would wear it stood right in front of them, wearing it.

            • BrooklynBomber

              I think the trick for us is never to expect consistency from the judges or the judging!

    • docholly

      Just awful… I so sorry that Sandyha didn’t use a sari as her inspiration maybe using red/gold in a more traditional western style wedding gown. – and update it for the wedding look and Char could have pulled a party dress out of that.
      I think Tim is going to correct the mistake in the Sean-Kini duo. Since they know that Kini made the shirt. I think he should have spoken up but didn’t. I doubt Tim will bring Char back though I do like her stuff.
      just my inner skinny girl fationista speaking.

      • Aaronius

        I hope that’s not the case. Sean, after all, designed the outfit that Kini whizzed out.

    • tpalgal

      With the exception of Fade’s, I thought every single design was flawed. Some flaws were minor (the fit on Sean’s winning pants looked off), others were egregious (Char, Sandhya, Alexander, I’m talking to you), and some were just “who cares?” (Sam, Emily, Kini). I was genuinely excited about this challenge when Tim glided in with a gilded Dita (though the stage set said “high school play” to me). “Finally,” I thought, “a challenge that has the potential to produce edgy, gorgeous couture!”

      So that didn’t happen. Instead, we got unfunny snark, some of the ugliest fabric/color choices since – oh – last week, and designers who are once again unprepared to actually put together a polished look. (Except for Fade. Fade is exempt from this rant.) We all long for the amazing designs of yesterseasons, and it makes me wonder if America’s well of creative capable designers has run dry and PR can only attract those who graduated in the bottom of their correspondence fashion schools.

      Also, I am wondering if the show’s budget has been reduced and forces a short filming period which means all of the challenges have to happen in 10 minutes. That might also explain, well, Red Robin.

      Oh, and one final thought: Dita is pretty, but best served in a giant champagne glass, apparently.

    • Inspector_Gidget

      I don’t think Kini was robbed. As annoying as Nina has been this season, her “flamenco and matador” assessment of the winners struck me as spot on. (She said that! About the WINNERS!) His dress is well made but nothing special, design-wise. And how hilarious that Heidi was running around insisting that he win because he is SO FAST. Remember the days when primarily being a good seamstress made you the riff-raff on this show?

      • tpalgal

        Kini sent Alexis Carrington realness down the runway, not alt wedding. It was apparently well made (although that flappy right front of the jacket seem awkward to me and the model kept tugging on it), but there was nothing exciting about it.

      • Tlazolteotl

        I know that she meant the flamenco and matador as snark, but I think that both flamenco dresses and matador costumes can be quite lovely.

        • Inspector_Gidget

          Absolutely. But I don’t think it’s a compliment when talking about wedding attire.

    • Tanya Wade

      What I really want to know is: How in the name of all that is holy does Alexander keep winning “Fan Favorite” each week? I know the obvious answer — he has friends stuffing the ballot box, per se. But come on! He has the personality of a paper napkin and has made nothing of positive note!?

      As for Sandahya, I hate to be the one to break it to her but hairpin lace is not some vintage French technique. It is Victorian. And it’s also what those of us in the yarn biz would have gals do who were too slow to learn to knit or crochet. I hated to see Char go, because I understand how she handled the Sandy conflict — she just capitulated. Having done this on many occasions when faced with someone who’s stubborn, I get it. But on a show like this, it gets you nada.

      Although I admire Kini’s superior sewing skills, and frankly loved his dress, there was nothing that said bridal, either conventional or non-convential. Really hard-pressed to pick a winner on this one. Fäde’s rises or falls on the basis of his partner, and since her barefoot goth contessa schtick wasn’t flying, he was overlooked. Again.

      • Inspector_Gidget

        It is kind of funny that someone who gets very little screen time keeps winning Fan Favorite. Not sure whether it’s ballot stuffing or a revolt against the manufactured drama.

        • Aaronius

          He must have either a huge dick or people are seriously impressed with stained chicklet teeth nowadays.

    • 3boysful

      Not much point in discussing design when all we have these one-day challenges, where only the occasional freakishly fast sewer has a chance. Might as well give them all remnants, a glue gun, a stapler and two hours. But I guess that wouldn’t allow for the “drama” to simmer and boil.

    • Elisabeth Ashley

      Every week this show disappoints me more and more. Don’t the producers know that most of us watch this for the clothes and designs, and not the random fake drama? And all these 1 day challenges are killing me, because the time restraints really do make it almost impossible for them to make good clothes.

      Side note: Fade should’ve won, but I’m glad he at least got a critique this week. I am so much more interested in him than I am Amanda or Korina’s boring back and forth.

      • Pril Wood

        I loved that when Fade was consoling Angela he said that even if she needed him 30 minutes before the runway show, he would be there for her to talk to. Not that I’m an Angela fan, but It made me like Fade even more that he was so sweet to her when she was upset. And yes, I agree with the posters that think Korina is being a whiny bitch.

        • Gatto Nero

          I love the way Fade let Amanda vent without fully engaging in the conflict. He never actually offered an opinion one way or the other — he just sympathized with her frustration. A real master, Fade.

    • http://trooperschaf.blogspot.de/ TrooperSchaf

      Thanks for the recaps, I still have to watch the episode. So far the best designer this season to me is Fäde. I would wear everything he made in this competition so far, and that includes the stuff he himself wears (maybe with a little adjustment to a lady figure) *lol* Hopefully he finds a way to sell his designs after the competition, if he doesn’t win the whole thing.

      Kini is amazing as well, but maybe, just maybe, he doesn’t have the competitiveness that is needed in this show.

      • alyce1213

        I completely agree about Fäde. I’ve loved everything he’s made. (First place)
        Kini has mad skills, and I admire his work, but I don’t think he’s innovative. (Second place)

      • Paula Carr

        I’m really hoping he at least puts out a t-shirt line. I’d buy bunches of them!

    • asherlev1

      At this point, I would weep with joy if fade got to show a collection at fashion week.

      • Chattygal

        Anyone still in it after next Thursday’s elimination will – the PR show is a week from today.

    • lahallita

      Every week this season, I want to stop watching and just read your posts. But, I figure I can keep DVRing the show and fast-forward through all of the producer-spun ridiculousness.
      Also, I can’t believe no judge commented on the pulling at the front of Kini’s look! It was really bugging me, though not to say it wasn’t a lovely look overall.
      I couldn’t believe Heidi’s neckline comment… Yeah, after all of that class they were trying to wash her with last week.

      • papillon

        You can do like me and just watch the runway show and the judging. I don’t care about the ‘drama’.

    • Angela_the_Librarian

      Fade & Emily were my favorite team last night. Fade’s was probably the best dress, but I didn’t think Emily’s was all that bad (needed some editing, but I really liked the idea of a hood instead of a veil). Kini and Sean’s were probably the best executed, but Kini’s dress seemed like a sad version of the coat dresses of yore in PR history (I’m thinking of Jillian’s equestrian style coat from season 4). My interest in Sandyha’s designs have certainly cooled over the past few weeks. If she doesn’t come out with something amazing next week I think she could be ripe for the auffing.

      • Call me Bee

        Just wanna say–I miss Joel and all his wacky bots…(reacting to your avatar…)

        • Angela_the_Librarian

          If you haven’t already, I recommend checking out Rifftrax. It has Mike instead of Joel, but otherwise it’s comprised of most of the original MST3K cast and they do some hilarious stuff. Actually, I think they could start providing riffs for PR, it would make it far more entertaining (though the BKs are pretty hilarious on the open forum too).

          • Bonnie Blue

            I just discovered Retro TV is showing MST3K on Sat. nights (Joel episodes, though I prefer Mike…get both in “Mitchell”!).

            • Paula Carr

              Ah, I always liked Joel. He had an eeyore vibe that really appealed.

    • hughman

      I thought the worst dress was THAT FAKE ASS “FASHION BLOGGER” THAT WAS A JUDGE. Granted, I don’t subscribe to “Fashion Blogger Monthly” so I had no idea who she was but c’mon people. “I-ah think-ah this-ah dress-ah was-a too-a short-ah”. Who really talks like that unless you are playing a Pizza Parlor owner in a video game?

      Also (since we’re venting), I HATE when Zac Posen goes and touches all the models during the critiques. Granted he must want something to do since he can’t just mope and read off Kors Wannabe quotes but it’s so presumptive and flippant and “Don’t worry, I’m gay”. I cringe every time. You can just look and have an opinion, you don’t need to show your authority by feeling up the model.

      • Eztizen Sánchez

        Who talks like that? Italians talk like that. It’s what happens when the phonology of your mother language doesn’t let you finnish words with most consonants and you have to speak a language that follows that syllabic pattern. If she sounds like an Italian plumber, it’s because she’s Italian. Not sure about the plumber part.

        • Saturnine

          Not all Italians.

          • alyce1213

            A lot depends on which part (of Italy).

            • Saturnine

              This is true. But even given predominant traits among regional accents, not all northern Italians retain the “ah” when speaking accented English, and not all central and southern Italians lose the “ah.” For some, conforming to accepted English pronunciation is easier than others, regardless of their region of origin.

            • Eztizen Sánchez

              Of course it does. And it depends on your knowledge of linguistics, and of English’s phonology, and on the time you’ve spent learning the language, and on the time your teacher has spent teaching you that phonology… But it is common in Italian native speakers (and Japanese as well).

          • Eztizen Sánchez

            Depends on the proficiency level, but they’re all gonna start sounding WAY WORSE than that. We all do. It’s part of the learning process. And there will always be part of your native accent when you speak a foreign language.

      • Chattygal

        When Heidi referred to that blogger as “The Blonde Salad,” I gagged.

        Is this what judging has come to, week after week of no-name people who run blogs?

        • Gatto Nero

          Apparently yes.

        • ShaoLinKitten

          The Blonde Salad is the name of her blog and her book. It’s a weird name and I had to Google it. That said, I actually found her comments to be more insightful and direct than Dita’s. The language barrier gave her a bluntness that I appreciated. She and Heidi were far more compelling than Nina, Zac, or Dita, who are supposed experts on fashion.

        • alyce1213

          I wouldn’t dismiss her just because she’s a blogger (and author). I mean, wouldn’t we be ecstatic if T-Lo were invited to be judges?
          As it turns out, I though her comments were more intelligent and pertinent than the famous Diva’s.
          It’s also nice to get a “foreign” perspective from time to time.

      • alyce1213

        I love you madly, but you are being unfair to the Italian. That’s the way they speak where she’s from (northern Italy). I won’t ridicule non-English speakers for their accents. She’s quite fluent, and it’s probably her third language — better than I’m doing.

        Totally agree about Zac’s manhandling. Models are used to being touched and looked at, but he does it like they’re actual mannequins, with no consideration.

        • Eztizen Sánchez

          He’s not being unfair, he’s being an ignorant. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to know a non native speaker will have a non native accent.

          • Saturnine

            I think “ignorant” is not fair, actually. Her English was otherwise fairly flawless in other respects, so the adherence to ONE very vocal pronunciation remnant is an interesting choice on her part. I find it curious that she can be otherwise fluent without addressing this particular trait. But she writes for a living rather than speaks, so to each her own.

            • ShaoLinKitten

              My grandmother came from Italy when she was fifteen years old. She lived in America and spoke primarily English for 70 years and never stopped talking like The Blonde Salad, with-a the vowel-a at the end-a each-a word-a. For some people, it’s hard to root that part of the accent out. Chiara Ferragni s also only in her 20s, so may not have been speaking English regularly until recently.

            • Saturnine

              Italian-speaking grandmothers are the best! (I had two, though neither adhered to the end of the word “ah” as consistently as the blogger). I do agree that pronunciation may not be high on the list when she communicates professionally in a written format. I work mainly with business people for whom English is a second (or third) language, and when in improvement (rather than maintenance) mode, most of them will concentrate on that extra fluency in pronunciation. If she were a client of mine (but she’s not :-)), we would address that one issue *precisely* so we’d be discussing the substance of her critiques this morning, not *how* she verbalized them. I’m not saying it’s a fair response on the part of her listeners, but there you go.

            • ShaoLinKitten

              My Italian grandmother was a bit of a strega, to be honest with you. Not very interested in losing her accent either. I bet The Salad will gain fluency as she does more TV. She probably has only been speaking English for five years, so to me, she sounded fine. I kinda liked her, and I will be checking out her blog, so not a total fail for her.

            • Saturnine

              First (internet) thing I did this morning was check her blog :-).

            • alyce1213

              Strega! Love it.

            • Tlazolteotl

              Strega nona. Tee hee.

            • MilaXX

              I believe she moved here when she was 17

            • Meanie

              Heidi mispronounced Chiara’s last name. She said Ferrani, not Feran-yi. But maybe Italian is her third or fourth language.

            • ShaoLinKitten

              At least she didn’t say Fer-RAG-nee, the way so many Americans would.

        • hughman

          OK, I’ve been properly educated here. But I’ve met TONS of Italians and have never talked to one who has that much of an accent like hers so it caught me off guard. Some accent I would expect of course but with that women there were words where she added the “ah” at the end where it didn’t even make sense. I also suspect there’s always some awareness of how having an accent somehow makes one more “exotic” or something so I assume they pile it on for that reason.

          • alyce1213

            My father-in-law steadfastly kept his French accent for the 50+ years he lived in the U.S.A. In fact, it got thicker. He was an art and antiques dealer, so it worked for him.

          • ShaoLinKitten

            Some people just can’t lose their accent. I mean, look at Charlie Hunnam (just look at him–pay no attention to the “acting”). He’s been playing an American on Sons of Anarchy for seven years, and STILL his Manchester accent seeps through rather egregiously. Maybe it has to do with how the person hears him/herself. My Italian relatives spent the vast majority of their lives in America and still sounded like they were fresh off the boat. The Blonde Salad’s accent was thick and weird-sounding to our ears, but I have to assume she can’t control it.

            • Qitkat

              It’s not just foreign accents in English. Specific American accents can be hard to lose also. My husband swore he could barely understand my dad’s Alabama accent for the entire time he knew him, over 30 years. Dad hadn’t lived in Alabama for more than 50 years.

            • Qdahling

              Hunnam’s accent comes through so much! I didn’t realize he wasn’t American for a while and I had such an Aha! moment when I found out. I just thought he talked really weird…

          • Call me Bee

            My folks were in the US from the Baltics for almost 60 years before they died and never lost their accents. And they both worked in factories with much interaction with English. Some things just stick with you. In fact, I spoke Estonian and German before English, and a few foreign words (ach ja!) still sneak into my speech.

          • somebody blonde

            Some people easily adapt to new accents, some really don’t. I had an exchange student from Spain, and she was one of two at my high school. When they arrived, both of them had strong accents, but while their English improved immensely over the year, she still had a very strong accent at the end and his had softened considerably. I’ve known New Yorkers who’ve moved to California who you wouldn’t be able to know unless they told you within 2 years, but I’ve also known the type who’ve been here 30 years and it’s still obvious. Some people actively try to maintain their original accent, but I think others honestly can’t hear that their accent is strong.

      • BrooklynBomber

        I loved her accent! It’s very real (not for all of Italy, but some regions).
        Agree about Zac. It’s weird.

        • Saturnine

          I know T & Lo said in the Open PR thread that the hands-on approach is de rigueur with runway models, so I do think Zac’s just doin’ what he does. That said, I do wince a bit when he starts getting handsy. .

      • MilaXX

        The thing is I like and respect a LOT of fashion bloggers. In addition to TLo I follow several. That doesn’t mean I want to see them on Project Runway as a guest judge. I’d rather see past contestants than this endless parade of generic bloggers.

    • Lex

      I find it interesting that most people think Amanda is the season’s villain over Korina. Korina is a total bitch– all she does is sneer at EVERYONE else’s designs and complain about every challenge that puts her outside her comfort zone as if she were the sole victim. I cannot stand her. I dislike Amanda and agree she should not have any of her wins, but she does not strike me as a shitty person– Korina definitely does. She is toxic. It stuns me that she ripped on Amanda after Amanda offered to help her make her pants because Korina couldn’t manage her own time on her cliched design that Tim basically tore apart. Korina is an insecure little brat and her sewing skills are not up to par with the others– look at the seams on that jacket, how they bulge and do not lay flat– how is that acceptable and decent? Every week she puts out sub-par work with a bunch of snide, arrogant remarks to let everyone know she thinks she is superior to the others. Ick. Go home. Ok, rant over.

      Amanda’s dress was not enough of an impact for a bride to wear at her own reception. It’s a club dress. It was cute, but it was for the wrong venue.

      I agree that Sandaya scares me now and isn’t putting forth innovative designs so much as throwing shit at the wall to see what sticks. Her stuff is starting to look arts n crafts in garish colors.

      I loved Sean’s look. LOVED it. However, I felt it was a daytime look and therefore probably would have given it to Fade or Kini. I agree Kini’s design is not groundbreaking– you can get that at any David’s Bridal; however, it is impeccably made in one day and that is impressive.

      The maroon dress was just plain ugly and the reception version was for a hooker wedding. I was fine with the bottom two ultimately but I felt that Korina/Amanda should have not been sent backstage and should have been in the bottom with the others.

      • ktr33

        Agree completely re Amanda v Korina. I don’t know how Korina is still there. Dodging the bullet week after week, without one even half-way decent look the whole season. Agree with pretty much everything you’re saying here. You are the vinner of tonight’s challenge. Congratulations, you may leave ze runway.

      • MilaXX

        They’re both toothless dogs if they are the “bitch” of the season. After having the likes of Wendy Pepper, Gretchen, Ivy, Sandro & Ken these 2 are a bunch of nothing without obvious manufactured drama.

        • Lex

          I wasn’t implying it was a bitchiness competition– the ones you mentioned knew they were being assholes whereas I don’t think Korina has an ounce of self-awareness as to how she comes across to others. Korina provoked Amanda by telling her she is phony– who does that except someone who is easily threatened and insecure and needs to cut other people down to feel better about themselves? I agree the producers obviously manufactured the pairing of them for the team challenge, but Korina notified Amanda of her phoniness of her own accord, as if she was being helpful? So disingenuous and lacking in class or professionalism. And yes, I get the irony of PR having any type of professionalism- as if! ha ha ha! :D

          • MilaXX

            I just doubt Korina made that remark completely out of the blue when the cameras just happened to be filming or for that matter that she is the first contestant to say that to another. Also what grown up goes around crying because someone said that to them? I’d have shrugged and been like “Okay”. The entire interaction feels fake and forced. Like the producers asked Korina what she thought of Amanda and then one of them suggested she tell Amanda.

            • evave2

              Since they have cameras in the hotel rooms, I wonder when this was said. I thought they were on film ALL the time. I could be wrong. Everybody keeps saying the Korinna overestimates herself; i see a person who the last three weeks has been saying she is in over her head. That does not sound overconfident to me.

              I think Amanda is going through the show sort of feeling herself inevitable; or at least final 3.
              I think Korinna knows this is a hard row for her to sow (great saying).

              If it wasn’t on camera I don’t believe it was said, or was said the way Amanda said it was said. But I believe something was said.
              On the whole, even if I didn’t agree with her wins, I find Amanda better able to compete on the show. She is a much better conceptual designer than Korinna, I am angry with Korinna because she keeps saying this is not her comfort zone. Hello: what show did she try out for?

              But I don’t hate Korinna OR Amanda. I thought I would dislike Kini; I don’t. Emily and Samantha are not people I have grown fond of yet, but hey, that’s ok too. Fade seems well-grounded. Sean is trying so hard it hurts. Alexander is in so far over his head he is just lost. Sandhya’s aesthetic and mine do not jibe, so what? In the end the show will pick somebody and i will probably see it.

              When I first watched it was Season 4, and in retrospect I noted that when it came down to the final three I could argue for anyone to win. When it was down to the last 5 the same (well, not Sweet Pea, but I did like her). I don’t know if the talent pool is stripped bare or if it is the one-day challenges that guarantee mediocrity, the designers themselves are not as good.

              Remember Chris March/Christian Siriano’s couture gown? Chris said he wanted people’s mouth to hang open and for nobody ever to forget it. I haven’t. TWO-DAY challenge which had a knock-off dress added at the last minute. But the main dress was spectacular.

            • Geoff Dankert

              Evave2, I think you’re on to something. On a reality competition show where seemingly every single moment of every interaction is recorded, no matter how banal or mundane, there seriously is no footage of Korina calling Amanda a phony? There’s not a scrap of footage of any of these related conversations, so that we’re forced to relive it through second-hand accounts? And there to be no payoff, either on the runway or in the “chill room” after? I call shenanigans.

            • Lex

              Didn’t Korina flat-out say to the camera that she just doesn’t find Amanda trustworthy in response to being asked why she told her she was phony? And didn’t Amanda say aloud in the room during the initial scene something along the lines of, “I can’t believe you called me phony” and Korina just sat there and murmured something in response about how Amanda shouldn’t take it so hard or bad, etc? I swear those things happened to confirm she DID say something personally critical to Amanda. Regardless, I agree it was fishy editing that we didn’t hear/see exactly what went down in the room before just seeing the aftermath!

            • Aaronius

              …or Amanda’s line producer told her, just to cause drama. That’s a now-common Real Housewives trick of the trade that B-M pioneered on TRW.

    • Eztizen Sánchez

      FADE WAS ROBBED. AGAIN.
      That’s it.

    • Paula Pertile

      If Kini was upset that the judges didn’t know he made the blouse, then why didn’t he speak up and tell them? He would have won for sure. And it was interesting that even though Heidi really wanted him to win, the others wanted Sean, and she gave in to that.

      I didn’t like fade’s dress at all. Didn’t love the fabric or what he did to it, the design, and that hem bugs. I must be missing something.

      Big Bird and Tweety Bird – heh. They’re so clever. Those were HORRIFYING, especially when they got a peek ‘behind the curtains’, as it were.

      • FibonacciSequins

        I liked Fade’s, but it was a simple silhouette and wasn’t enough to outweigh the flaws in Emily’s dress.

    • aquamarine17

      for some reason, i liked the guest judge’s accent. thought it was adorable in a way. i study Italian and am a linguist and kept thinking last night about how it takes a lot to cure that final Italian é on English words. there is something in every language that is tough to overcome when speaking English. i grew up with a Japanese aunt who could never say “v” in English in words that started with “v”. (I’ve often wished we could hear our own English accent in other languages)

      • Saturnine

        I’ve been told we speak too sloooowwwwwly and have an unnatural fixation on pronouncing every letter in a word.

        • aquamarine17

          yeah, because in Italian, you do say almost every letter. i love it especially with the vowels being pronounced individually. i love Italian so much. It’s gorgeous. I learned French early and it is my second language. talk about letters that are not pronounced—maybe the queen of them all, French. I spent a lot of time with accents since I i grew up with a mother from Budapest Hungary and a bunch of Hungarian relatives…

        • somebody blonde

          Where are you from? That is definitely not something I’ve ever heard about my accent in other languages, but I talk fast in English as well.

          • Saturnine

            Northeast, so the talking slow and overenunciating surprised me. It’s not all non-native speakers, but some Central and Latin American Spanish speakers have accused me of such. To be fair, you can only tell I’m from New York when I’m drunk or angry ( or so they say).

            • somebody blonde

              Heh, my accent gets stronger when I’m drunk as well. I bet the whole speaking slowly thing happens because we’re generally not very good at other languages and we’re insecure about it. What I’ve been told about my accent in other languages is that my vowels can sound too similar and that I often use the wrong kind of “r”, but those are definitely things that are extremely prominent in my accent so it’s not surprising.

      • Call me Bee

        Oh ja! My mother never learned how to sound the English “th”, so for my whole childhood I was told to go take a “batt”!

        • aquamarine17

          yeah, i’ve been around that a lot, too!

        • Froggae

          My mom (Italian) has been in the US almost 50 years. She still cannot pronounce a “th” sound at the beginning of a word. “Thank you” is “tank you,” “this thing” is “diss ting” and so on. If it’s at the middle or end of a word, she gets about half the sound out, so “bath” sound like “batuh.” Her accent is great fodder for my brother and I when we’re making fun of, excuse me, “makkinfunna” her.

    • alinana

      These one day challenges are killing me. How can anything good from a one day challenge? And, the don’t even really have one day. First they have the little song and dance challenge set up, then sketching time, then the Mood trip, then the interviews…how much time do they really have..6..7..hours?

      • Gatto Nero

        Tim said on a talk show recently (Kimmel?) that it’s about 10 hours, total.

        • Aaronius

          I’d love for them to move the show to a location that has less expensive overhead JUST so they could increase the amount of time per garment. Like, you could easily structure a season based are WDW as an inspiration and tie-in, drop daily production costs waaaaaaaaaay down, and give the designers more than half a day to put this together. It would make a MUCH better show.

          • usedtobelucy

            New York gives people a lot of cash to film there. And since this show really features New York, I have a feeling that they get that cash and that the trimmed time has pretty much nothing to do with needing money. They’re just cheapskates and think we like stupid drama more than we like watching talented people get a chance to produce interesting work….. And as I type that, I know that’s what’s driving it.

    • Presumptuous Insect

      Dita seems like an unpleasant person.

      • Inspector_Gidget

        Yeah. I think the adoration is going to her head, big time.

      • ShaoLinKitten

        Her facial expressions were so disdainful.

        • FibonacciSequins

          I think that was due more to the botox and fillers than her thoughts and emotions.

          • ShaoLinKitten

            Her face was moving, but she always looked as if she was smelling a particularly noxious fart or something.

            • Inspector_Gidget

              I think that’s her Royal We face. I was picking up a very “Off with their heads!” vibe.

            • ShaoLinKitten

              She’s very much the Red Queen– as long as her motif is red and white and not burgundy and white, of course.

    • FrigidDiva

      None of these dreses said unconventional wedding dress to me. I don’t think that every wedding dress needs to be cream or ivory, but there needs to be something special or extravagant to it that makes it a wedding dress. The only one to me that seemed like something you wouldn’t wear to an average cocktail party was Kini’s, but even that was pretty tame. Sean’s look was chic, but I agree with Dita’s comment that it was something she could wear on a Tuesday, not really interesting enough for a wedding look. This episode just continued the theme of the season: Basic, Bland, and Boring.
      And yes Kini, you sew crazy fast, but so did Seth Aaron and at least he made interesting garments.

      • ShaoLinKitten

        Emily’s Goth Italian Widow get up was the only outfit that said “this dress is for something special and extravagant.” Too bad she got a little too witchy with it.

        • somebody blonde

          Yeah, if she’s just ditched the sleeves, I think she could’ve won it.

    • tired_mommy

      Kinda weird after seven eliminations there are still so many obvious auf’s to go–I wish they’d just cut to the chase with a mass elimination and let Fade, Kini, Sean, Alexander, Sundhaya and Amanda compete for the final 3-4 spots.

      • swanpride

        I think Alexander is pretty much canon fodder, too. Korina is also on my “will be gone soon” list…Not sure about Samantha and Emily yet, even though the former has so far be on the forgettable side and the latter has taste issues. But all in all it is pretty much business like usual…as always I have two designers of which I am pretty sure that they will make it to the top (Sandhya and Fäde) and three or four which fight for the third spot.

    • Marti Phillips

      I agree with absolutely everything said in this article about this episode (and the show in general). But boys, come on, your posts on any subject matter are getting a little sloppy with the grammer / spell checks. I find at least two or three issues in anything you post nowadays. Proof your copy boys!

      • Inspector_Gidget

        Grammer = grammar, bee tee dubs.

        • Marti Phillips

          My point exactly.

    • ktr33

      Am I alone in feeling like there is not ONE truly talented designer among this entire bunch? and if there is, WHO?? TLO = totally right. This competition has become meaningless, when once there was true talent and specialness on the runway.

      • alyce1213

        I think there are one or two. I like Fade and I think he has a very distinct and modern design sensibility.
        The problem is — how would we even know? They’re not given enough time — to edit, to revise, to finish.

        • Gatto Nero

          Yes — that was TLo’s real point, too.

      • Carrie

        Like others have said, the one day challenges all but squash creativity because creativity in design takes more time to execute than they are given.

        That said, I do think that the obvious switch on focus from skill to drama has impacted the quality of designer willing to try out. At this point I think being on the show is almost as much hinderance to your budding career as it is a boost. The new Christian Sorianos won’t want to touch it so they don’t get tainted.

        • numenah

          And from what I’ve read, Siriano has distanced himself from the show.

          • Carrie

            Don’t blame him at all.

            • Saturnine

              It was a very different show under Bravo.

            • Carrie

              Because it wasn’t run by the Real World people while on Bravo.

        • somebody blonde

          I’m not even sure it’s the one-day challenges. There used to be plenty of one-day challenges, even on Bravo. But they were one-day challenges that actually had less challenging briefs. A challenge like this probably would’ve gotten two days.

      • Presumptuous Insect

        Now I am feeling sad that I never get that “oooooooooooh” moment when I see a lovely piece come down the runway. It used to happen all the time!

      • MilaXX

        I don’t think we can judge until after fashion week. These one days challenges almost force them to make mediocre to awful designs.

      • usedtobelucy

        I don’t believe we can tell. The challenges are too fast and ringed with too much stupid constraining nonsense to allow people to be creative. They seriously need an hour or so of real thinking time for that. This season, for example, the unconventional challenge– which is difficult enough and can call forth some amazing stuff — was a frigging team challenge. ….. Unconventional is enough — you shouldn’t have to deal with a team as well PLUS do something “on a movie theme.” That’s just nuts to ask from people in one day. They’re not being allowed to show their abilities.

        They no longer set up situations that spark creativity. Now it’s more like that show where you have to navigate the crazy obstacle course full of giant plastic windmills that smack you into the water.

    • Bonnie Blue

      My reaction was the same in that the show spent the entire time on the “drama” between Amanda and Korina, and of course paired them together “randomly,” so I figured they were for sure going to be in the bottom and have to blame each other. But then I saw Korina’s model and thought, well, that’s not THAT bad, it can’t be on the bottom, can it? And it wasn’t. So the producers wasted our time. I’m ready for Korina to go though, I don’t think she has designed anything that outstanding, and her personality is grating on me.

    • Presumptuous Insect

      What was it that Dita said, that you can’t have white with burgundy? Why not? I just googled “burgundy and white dress” and found a zillion lovely creations.

      • alyce1213

        Her comments were either rude or nonsensical.

        • Saturnine

          She did show us how to hide from bad design, though. Graceful kneeling and shielding your face with your hands.

          • alyce1213

            What the hell was that?

          • Mothra

            That was the best bit of the night, for sure!

        • MarieLD

          I went into the show certain that I wouldn’t like her because I saw her as a guest judge on Top Chef Masters and thought she was rude or nonsensical there. And, let’s face it, I’m not her target audience. I find nothing about her appealing. But I didn’t dislike her as much as I thought I would. She was just, eh. On the other hand, I could listen to the Italian judge all night. Her voice!

          • DuBey2

            I loved her (Italian judge) though I must admit I confused my “romance languages” & thought I heard a French accent!
            Dita looked like she felt unwell or something. Maybe it was just that glamorous ‘don’t smile’ thing.

          • jilly_d

            Now that’s interesting, because I found the Italian gal’s habit of ending every. Single. Sentence. With “-ah” to be extremely grating. I like the sound of Italian accents – hers just sounded like an affectation to me. Different strokes, right-ah?

      • Gatto Nero

        I think she said that she didn’t like white with burgundy. But overall I was underwhelmed by her judging.

      • MilaXX

        Perhaps so, but that one we saw last night wasn’t even close to lovely.

      • CanIbeFrank

        OK, I just googled that and I have to say that I REALLY don’t like that color combo AT ALL. While some of the designs are pretty those colors together are too much blood and ice or blood and a medical smock, or as someone said above, blood and chicken feathers. Ugh.

        • alula_auburn

          Yeah, I think the texture in this dress magnified it because of the laciness and the positioning–like it’s dripping or seeping through. It’s a little better with clean lines and warmer shades of white, but I still think it has a high potential to go badly.

      • somebody blonde

        Having done the same thing… I’m pretty much with CanlbeFrank on this. The only ones that look “lovely” are the ones in which the burgundy is very minimal or the white is very minimal, like a dress that’s burgundy with white trim or vice versa. Otherwise it just looks really harsh. If you change it to “burgundy and cream”, that combo works a lot better.

        • CanIbeFrank

          Frankly I hate the color burgundy pretty much in all forms, unless it’s in my wine glass! ha ha!

      • pdquick

        There’s one thing to be said for Alexander’s dress, which is that the white actually referenced a traditional wedding dress. A “non-traditional” wedding dress still needs to read somehow as a wedding dress. Dita Von Teese’s Vivienne Westwood dress reads as a wedding dress because of its enormous volume. In this challenge, Alexander’s and Kini’s were the only ones that did make the reference; Kini did it with the tuxedo reference and the volume on the bottom, as well as with embellishment. Emily’s veil was an attempt at reference, but it didn’t work. Sandhya’s was just a badly made gown.

    • papillon

      Everything is just so boring now. Kini, for example, is a competent designer but nothing he makes is particularly innovative or unique. His stuff is basically just fine all the time. I did like the blouse he made for Sean a lot though – it had great movement. Char seemed nice but nothing she made was interesting or even just good, really. I don’t like fade’s stuff as much as TLo seem to but he definitely seems to have an aesthetic and he makes interesting stuff. I didn’t like his dress tonight though because it was so close to the model’s skin tone that it kind of looked like something was growing on her skin which disturbed me. That colour for Sandhya and Char was bound to be a death knell. It’s just TOO BRIGHT. And it’s not easy to make red lace look classy and not cheap and Alexander and Samantha did not succeed in classing it up.

    • alula_auburn

      Can’t believe Sean won. It’s just. . .not very interesting. I’m not bowled over by Kini’s, but it’s not something I could see on the El train any day of the week.

      I still think Amanda’s looks uncomfortably short right at the crotch. Alternative or not, I wouldn’t want to spend my wedding vows worrying about flashing someone. Korina’s looks poorly-fitting to me at both the button in the jacket and the crotch, but maybe it’s just the shiny. I think I honestly might have waved the fugly bloodstained bathmat team through instead–whatshername is so forgettable she could go anytime, anyway.

      Emily’s doesn’t even seem particularly good Goth to me, and during
      judging I kept thinking the model looked like she was trembling like
      mad. Was the lace really itchy or something? I think the hood and the
      sleeves might have been pretty, if not outstanding, as part of a
      different, not cheap-looking black lace look.

      I don’t get the Amanda storyline either–she’s annoying but not villainous, competent but not brilliant, smug but not funny about it.

      Love fade. Probably too much to hope he’s getting a Comrade Snape arc.

    • MilaXX

      So that happened. A whole bunch of nothing. I wish you guys had included the Kara Saun dress. That was a thing of beauty and made me remember why I first fell in love with this show.

    • Inspector_Gidget

      This was the worst runway in a while. Can’t say I really like any of it, except maybe Fade’s. If this is what you get when you do a “There are no rules” challenge, then please! Give us some damned rules!

      • Gatto Nero

        Another another day to work.

        • Inspector_Gidget

          Or that!

    • Tina M.

      Wow. This is the first time I’ve been moved to comment on a PR post in… I’m pretty sure years, and it’s just to say any one of these designs could be found in the bottom 3 in the first 5 seasons. It’s really sad to see Project Runway go from So You Think You Can Dance to Dancing with the Stars.

      • CommentsByKatie

        This is a great description of exactly what went wrong with the show. Brava

    • Ros

      We’re at the point in the season where a designer appears (Samantha) who I literally have no memory of. Are we sure the producers didn’t just slip her in this week without saying anything?

      • Qitkat

        Hah! I said something similar two weeks ago. This week I paid ‘special’ attention so I would know who she is. And I’ve already forgotten what she made.

      • FibonacciSequins

        I have repeatedly googled her to remind myself of what she looks like and what she’s made.

      • Saturnine

        Maybe they should give her “introducing” or “special guest star” billing just to reinforce who she is.

    • CanIbeFrank

      OK, maybe it’s a regional thing, but do brides change into a cocktail-type dress or pants for the reception these days? Is that a thing now??

      • alyce1213

        It has become so lately, but not for everyone. Usually the story is that, out of tradition, the bride wears a long dress, veil, and all the fixings for the ceremony, and CUTS LOOSE for the reception to show her sexy, partygirl side. You know, for the “Woot, Woot” entrance to the reception.
        Of course, multiple wedding and party dresses are the rule in traditional Indian and Chinese weddings.

        • SewingSiren

          The only problem with that is, the challenge was to design a non traditional wedding dress. A dress more or less custom made for the brides personality. There fore there shouldn’t be a need for the bride to change from the (traditional long white) dress (and veil) that was purchased to please some one else. You would think she would want to wear the dress made specifically to her personality would suffice.

          • alyce1213

            That’s right.

          • CanIbeFrank

            VERY good point!

            I have to admit that the idea of changing for the reception seems strange to me. Do brides still spend thousands on the dress, if it’s only worn for about 30 minutes?? And do the bridesmaids get to change too?

            But I totally agree–if you’re going to go “unconventional” then choose something that works for the entire time, ceremony to reception.

            • papillon

              Honestly I watch a lot of wedding shows and some brides still spend quite a bit of money on their gowns even if they buy another one. I don’t think it makes sense to change, especially if you spend thousands of dollars on the first dress but it seems even crazier to me when a bride buys a second dress that is just as big or complicated or similar in style to the first. That being said, there are a lot of options nowadays for brides (etsy, modcloth, ruche, custom made gowns, chinese replica sites, vintage dresses, etc) so no one has to spend thousands just to find something they love which is awesome and if someone doesn’t like the current popular styles, you can still find something you’ll feel comfortable in.

              The bridesmaids don’t usually change though from what I’ve seen.

            • CanIbeFrank

              re: bridesmaids–ha ha! still stuck in ugly dresses for the whole time! (And as much as they’ve improved over the years, a bridesmaid dress is STILL usually not something you want to wear again!)

            • somebody blonde

              I’ve actually worn my bridesmaid’s from my sister’s wedding many times! The only problem with it is that it’s satin and flowy so if I sit down, it creases hardcore. I do think it helped that there were only four of us and we all could go shopping together, though.

            • CanIbeFrank

              I actually borrowed back one of my bridesmaid’s dresses from my own wedding to wear to a formal Holiday party for my work. But to be fair, it was an “off the rack” dress at a dept store, not a bridal store…..

            • SewingSiren

              Except in cases were there are culture reasons, such as the couple wanting to represent two cultures at their wedding, it seems strange to me also. Especially if you are worried about spilling something or “ruining” on the expensive gown, where on earth would you wear it again anyway. I say get a dress that you love and wear it all day. Better yet get one that you can wear again if you feel like it.

          • Qdahling

            This! I would much rather see them design a gown that showed a bride’s personality and get two days to design and see what they came up with.

          • alyce1213

            That wouldn’t suit the producers. They prefer the “not enough time, too much to do” scenario to quality or sanity.

      • Mothra

        And, then does the bride change into the going away dress? I always loved those beautiful little suits that ladies would change into. With the little hats and everything. I’d rather see that (hey you, get off my lawn) than these little slutty numbers with a lot of sparkle that I see at weddings now-adays.

        • papillon

          Well, most couples don’t leave for their honeymoons right away anymore if they’re even having one so I doubt that that still happens.

          • somebody blonde

            Personally, I hate this particular fact. I know it’s true that most of them don’t leave from their reception to go to the honeymoon anymore, but I love the pictures of my parents doing it. My mom looked just as stunning in her honeymoon suit as she did in her dress.

            Also, the old people have a really hard time dealing with this because when they were young, you never left before the bride and groom. It causes a lot of awkwardness when they don’t have anywhere to go anymore.

            • papillon

              Honestly people don’t traditionally take honeymoons where I come from so this is blowing my mind. I always thought that leaving for the honeymoon right after the wedding was just something people did in movies, not real life, ha.

              That being said, while it is unfortunate, from what I’ve seen, some people still buy a new dress to wear when they leave for their honeymoon. And I don’t think it’s the couples’ choice most times – a lot of people seem to want to go big for their honeymoons (backpacking through Europe or hiking to Machu Picchu or going to a resort in the Caribbean or Hawaii or something) and with the hours that most people work, it’s probably hard to get the time off for that right after the wedding festivities as well. But it certainly sounds like a nice tradition and I’ve seen some lovely honeymoon suits. I’m sure your mother looked fab in hers.

            • somebody blonde

              I definitely think that’s what’s changed- people want to do much more exciting things for their honeymoons than people used to. My parents honeymoon still sounds great to me, but they literally just took the Coast Starlight (Amtrak train) all the way up the West Coast. Both sets of my grandparents just went camping in-state. Plus the American workplace might be a bit less flexible for the middle class than it used to be. If we had as much vacation as basically any European country, this wouldn’t be an issue at all.

          • pdquick

            Plus, sad to say, no one dresses up to travel anymore.

            • Saturnine

              Did you ever see a movie called “The VIPs” with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton? I don’t remember the whole plot but much of it is set in an airport while they wait out a plane delay. The styling is to *die* for: big hair, fur stoles, diamonds, silk frocks, and merino suits . . . . Yes, yes, I know it’s Liz and Dick at their swankiest, but I never board a plane without wishing I looked more, well, something along those lines.

      • MoHub

        My daughter changed into a different but similar gown that was lighter weight and had less fabric in the skirt so she could dance, but at a quick glance, it looked a lot like the ceremony gown. And that was just earlier this year.

    • suzq

      Interesting that Sean and Kini’s vision was a “gay wedding.” Where Kini went wrong was the whole cockamamie story about how a business woman couldn’t be pried from out of her suit, so why not design a wedding suit? Or something. It was bizarre. For all his lightening fast skills, the fit needed more work. The jacket was a bit wonky and that bow or whatever it was on the front side was out of control.

      Sean’s design is something I’ve ACTUALLY SEEN AT A LESBIAN WEDDING. For reals. The blouse was a beautiful, water color print fabric. Only in that case, the cape wasn’t so long that the bride looked like a flying squirrel. And I thought at the time, “well THAT’S an innovative take on wedding attire! Feminine, but not girlie!”

      Sean’s attention to detail on the pants, while it might have infuriated Kini, really paid off. Had those pants been sloppy, the beauty of the blouse would not have been noticed. Again, had Kini that same level of attention to detail, he might have won the challenge.

      • SewingSiren

        Kini’s is a suit. Not a business suit, but a suit. The top is a jacket and the bottom is a skirt, more like a cocktail suit, I guess.

        • MoHub

          I think Kini did a sly play on the massive wedding dresses with skirts that have multiple pickups by putting the hunk of foofiness on the side and keeping the rest pretty tailored and clean.

          • DuBey2

            I would wear Kini’s in a heartbeat: not to a wedding, but maybe to Astor to watch the races & the Royals.

            • MoHub

              Did you mean Ascot?

            • DuBey2

              Hah! Yes, I did mean Ascot. It always appears so much classier than what our Ky Derby has become.

      • Saturnine

        flying squirrel!

      • pdquick

        If Kini had used the phrase “femmy butch,” he would have nailed the look they were going for.

    • Qitkat

      I am moved to reference another song:)
      “Yellow bird, up high in banana tree…”

    • Mothra

      I think both Sandhaya and Char should have been let go last night. Those dresses were a horrorshow. Both. Bad design, terrible color, bad sewing. Sandhya totally bullied Char (who would have been more assertive) and she paid the price. I didn’t think Char was anything special as far as being a designer, but I think she was thrown under the big yellow bus this time.

      • pdquick

        There was nothing about Sandhya’s behavior that was “bullying.” She is an assertive woman, and that is all. She asserted an idea about color, after Char laid out her vision and Sandhya agreed with it, and Char didn’t push back. As Tim said, the looks could have still worked if they had been impeccably finished, and they weren’t. Getting leather was a mistake, especially for a short challenge with someone who’s not experienced enough to work with it, because once you sew it, it’s ruined. Char was left trying to piece something together, and she did it badly. I think Char has lots of interesting ideas, and could have shone on two-day challenges. But to attribute her loss to “bullying” by Sandhya really diminishes the definition of bullying.

        • pdquick

          Oh, and I notice after the fact that I failed even to mention Amanda’s. Because why would you?

    • Froggae

      Dita was… surprisingly useless. I really expected some interesting critiques from her. Talk about looks being deceiving.

      This should have been a no-winner. Not a single entry one of the bridal “gowns” were passable. And they should have been judged as teams–pitting wedding dresses against reception dresses just made for a lot of confusion about what the winning criteria should be. Fadë’s is OK, but it’s really just a cute little club dress. For all the talk of Kini’s sewing skills, that top is poorly fitted. And it looks like something Meryl Streep would wear to the Golden Globes. And I feel bad for Char, but hers really was the worst. At least Sandhya had the start of something interested with that braided top.

      • somebody blonde

        THANK YOU! I could not figure out who would wear the dress Kini made and where she would be wearing it, but you answered the question. It’s a dress for an older actress at a non-Oscars awards show. I knew it wasn’t a lesbian wedding dress, but I was having a lot of trouble figuring out who it was for.

        Honestly, I thought the reception dress was a stupid idea. It was just a way to allow half the designers to make a much less ambitious design. This should have been a two-day challenge with no teams and 8 wedding dresses, or they could’ve decided to have a lesbian wedding challenge and had teams and forced everyone to make two outfits for the same event. I honestly thought Korina’s came a lot closer to dressing a butch girl than either Kini’s or Sean’s, but whatever.

        Also, you are totally right about Dita! She just made the “I would wear that/not wear that” critiques that every other starlet makes. Very disappointing. She was a much better judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race.

    • swanpride

      Thank you! As much as I bow for the skills which went into Kini’s and Sean’s dresses and while Sean’s design was somewhat dramatic, I agree that Fäde had the only truly interesting design this week. I can’t stop looking at it, and honestly, the best part about it’s style is that it’s attention grabbing without showing off a lot of skin or having ridiculous appendages.
      Speaking of which: I wanted to troddle Emily for being so dismissive of Fäde’s input. He went at least two steps in her direction, but she wasn’t ready to budge even an inch. The ironic thing is that if she had done a simpler dress following his denim idea and then added the hood (without the sleeves) for the dramatic effect, they most likely would have won this easily over Kini’s and Sean’s well done snooze feast.
      The only thing the whole Korina and Amanda drama accomplished is that I (dis)like the two just as much as before (well, I am pretty indifferent towards Amanda, it is not her fault that the editors try to built a story around her), but like Fäde even more for being simply supportive without allowing himself to get invested in their little drama.
      I think Sandhya is pretty much set for the final, but not for the win…they will want at least one controversial collection, and she is the one who will deliver. But they also will want to give the win to someone who produces something wearable, and there she will choke.
      I would also be very surprised if Fäde doesn’t make it…while the judges keep overlooking him, he is the only one in the bunch who delivers constantly well made designs with some interest (instead of just well-made design or just some interest).

      • GillianHolroyd

        It’s late but I wanted to add that IMO, Fade’s denim idea would have been disastrous. Well, Fade being Fade, he probably could’ve pulled it off, not sure about Emily at all, but the main reason is that it would inevitably invite judicial allusions to that Britney Spears/Justin Timberlake concoction that was just featured on TLo after someone else wore denim recently. ((shudder))

        • swanpride

          I don’t think that Fäde had something like this in mind…he wanted the denim so he could paint it, I am pretty sure he would have created a very sophisticated denim dress…and can you imagine Emily’s dress in denim, with exactly the same hood (perhaps even in white)? I also don’t think that he wanted blue denim (you can get this fabric in other colours, you know).

          • usedtobelucy

            All of this is why I think the true killer was making this a team challenge. Fade could have made something wonderful with denim, I expect. But Emily couldn’t. So they had to find something that would work for both of them — which wasted valuable time and also kept us from seeing people’s true inspiration, which you really NEEDED to see in an “alternative” challenge. Ditto for others, I expect, perhaps even Sandhya’s and Char’s yellow brides.

    • Andrea B

      Just a note from the Old Ladies’ Craft Circle: Sandhya’s top is made of hairpin lace. It’s really most commonly used among Old Ladies Who Craft to make the loopy hair for Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls. Works great for that.

      • SewingSiren

        I love the hairpin lace part, but the droopy chiffon skirt is awful. She should have used part of that chiffon to make a long yellow chiffon scarf to loop around her head and trail behind her back.

    • LadyCelia

      Fade makes beautiful things that are often worthy of a win. I’m beginning to wonder if his choice of clothing (the jewelry and clothes that speak of religion and atheism) are what is keeping him back. Is his having a point of view that may be considered controversial by some the reason that they keep blowing him off?

      • somebody blonde

        Maybe, but I also think it’s his color choices. The understated neutrals he’s been picking, I think, might be a little too quiet to attract tons of attention.

    • Aidan B

      I for one was definitely not in love with Alexander’s look and was shocked when it won. The waist is too high and so are the hems! it’s not flattering. The way the shirt moved was beautiful, but is the rest of the work so lowly that this is what we reward anymore? Oy.

    • Mona_Visa

      Char may have lost the challenge, but she’s a winner in my book. She’s one of those people I feel like I could be instant BFF’s with. I hope we see her again somewhere.

      • tallgirl1204

        I just watched the show and I’m with you. Her farewell interview was absolutely first class and even inspirational. Detroit should hire her as an ambassador.

    • Winter_White

      My favorite moment last night was Alexander’s description of Sandhya’s dress — a nibbled corncob.
      But I laughed almost as hard when Zac was watching Char’s screaming yellow dress leave the runway with a blink-blink-cringe-recoil-blink-blink expression on his face……and my husband said, “Huh, that’s the exact reaction of a CAT encountering CITRUS.”

      • alyce1213

        One of my favorite things that come up on this blog are “Things my husband says.” Or my kid, or my mother . . .

        • Winter_White

          I’m so glad I’ve roped him into watching with me. :)
          We even have a little ritual: during Tim’s accessory wall speech, we each call out one adverb as a suggestion for Tim to use in replacement of “thoughtfully.” (The suggestions are usually grand or nonsensical, but my husband’s recent contribution was “prayerfully.” Which I loved…just the simple, funny/sad truth of it…!)

          • Gatto Nero

            Love the adverb game. Geeking out here.

    • Chartreusite

      Wow…should I even bother watching last night’s episode? Everything looks like boring crap to me.

      • somebody blonde

        Honestly, no. I watched it, but this post really has all you need to know.

        • Chartreusite

          Good to know. I might watch it if I’m VERY bored before next week’s episode.

    • annrr

      Nobody, unconventional or not, would wear dresses of the same fabric to their rehearsal dress and the actual wedding. It was so stupid that all the teams went in that direction. I am sad for how bad this show has gotten. You are absolutely right there really is no runway show any more. The models are lackluster IMO and they all do a walk of shame in their half finished shitty clothes.

      • alyce1213

        It was a reception (not rehearsal) dress, but I absolutely agree. No one would wear the same fabric. They all did it, but Fade and Emily and Korina and Amanda to a much lesser, more subtle degree.
        I get angry at these models. Some of them can’t even walk, much less own, the runway.

        • somebody blonde

          To be fair to the models, I’ve heard that it’s not a particularly good deal for them, so most models who get any work don’t even consider it.

      • jillwrites

        That was my thought, too! If a bride can afford two dresses, she does not want them made out of the same fabric.

    • guest2visits

      Kini’s can be the winner, for me. I think neither his or Sean’s were all that innovative or alternative, but they fit the occasion and they were both very attractive and well made. I can see Dita loving these two looks for herself, which probably helped. It continually boggles that the one day challenges are the norm, making completion or construction the biggest factor for winning. It’s not a foot race but it’s treated like one.
      I liked the Emily dress a lot, not something for me, but it felt new and complimented her model beautifully, I especially liked the sleeves and hood, the cutouts: not so much. Fade’s after ceremony dress was attractive and well made, and just unusual enough, one of the best ideas of the night. I wonder what Fade could do with more time.
      I’m fine with Amanda and Korina in the safe slot. Korina’s, like the Kini/Sean team is something I’ve seen before, but it’s pretty and suitable also. The pants appeared to turn out fine. Amanda’s was too simple and too short – but I think it would still manage to be a commercially successful design. I thought Amanda handled the Char and Korina baiting very well, especially after she got tied to Korina; courtesy of PR loaded dice. I don’t think the Char/Korina commentary was imaginary though.
      Alexander’s verged on mess simply because of the hideous color combination. If the silvery appliques were over white lace instead of the dead red, I think it would have some similarity to Uli’s style. His was better than the short, cheapy look by Samantha. Her stretchy lace dress looked more like a last visit to Chippendale’s.
      I found the brilliant yellow as good an alternative as black, or red for wedding looks. It seemed to be in the spirit of a happy occasion. Too bad the dresses were such a wreck. I didn’t think Char needed to make hers using the same color. This would’ve been a team look if Char had picked another brilliant shade to compliment the bright theme. Or she might’ve gone with bright white. And she’s not the first one to decide to go along with another designer’s ideas. Those are the choices for all the designers, stay true to your own concept no matter what, or go with the team and make it work for you somehow. It didn’t sink Amanda/Korina or Emily/Fade that they weren’t exactly twins. I’m not getting the same admiration for Char as everyone else – I only count one or two looks that were successful imo, and this one was a construction disaster. I liked the idea of Sandhya’ dress (the corncob effect) but it wasn’t completed well either. I’m fine with the Char auf.

    • Annie Lure

      Fade spoke! He received screen time! That’s the only entertaining thing that emerged from Amanda’s “I was called phony” and whatnot. Fade got goofy. Perhaps affectedly so, but he was adorable nonetheless. And, yes, now that he uttered more than two words and one “errr, er, JA”, there’s no doubt in my mind he’s German. I really love his work. He consistently displays proficiency with pattern-mixing and textile development. His print-pairing isn’t flamboyant how Mondo’s is. It’s understatedly sophisticated. One wouldn’t guess he makes his textiles because his design is always greater than the sum of its components (see his plaid, dot, and stripe pairing in his leisure suit transformation). This entry is no different. I love how he intermingled the solid, brushstroke-like black with the black lace. Neckline is too high? That’s why Fade hasn’t won yet. Because Heidi’s idea of sexy is baring the boobs and the vagina. She can’t appreciate something harmonious and refined.

      Oh, Kini. Why didn’t you tell the judges you executed the blouse? Instead, you confessed it to the producers! He’s too sweet for this competition. He’s not giving the producers any material, and that’s why they’re withholding the win from him. They’ll dangle the win tantalizingly close multiple times in the hopes that he’ll feel robbed and then finally snap. That’s the narrative they’re ascribing to him. Oh, and Sean’s pants are extremely dowdy.

      Sandhya is Patricia Michaels 2.0. She paints, dyes, stencils, braids, and appliques without sparing the aggregate design much thought (i.e. the silhouette, the proportions, the counterpoint…) Hernan was a nasty, perverted bitch, but he was absolutely right when he characterized her work as arts and crafts.

      • somebody blonde

        I think part of the problem with Sandhya is that she clearly designs for herself. The colors she picks clearly go with her own skin tone and not necessarily with the models she’ll have to put it on. But you’re definitely right about her tunnel-vision focus on creating a textile every time.

        Totally agree about fäde. I only wish he’d work in a good color at some point. I love him, but his German love of neutrals is hurting him.

      • pdquick

        I wonder if he finally figured out that the trick to getting screen time was to get between the camera and the refrigerator.

      • guest2visits

        Sadly, I think this is turning out to be true with Sandhya. Amanda has a craft-project-like quality to her work too. But I don’t dislike everything they’ve made…there’s some unique and even pretty nice looks from both. It’s not going to be enough for a win or final three, or will it?

    • https://www.facebook.com/pages/Words-in-Design/158664667624412 Tejana

      This is such a *yawn* season with not much talent, as compared to the earlier seasons filled with so much talent. And I hate the fact that the producers are manufacturing drama around Amanda, whom I suppose was already crowned the winner when she was picked for this season. :-(

    • Marlene Jewell

      Kini should have won. Also he made Sean’s top not the pants. So he made a dress and the top. Tim knew that why didn’t he say anything to the judges? Again, the judges would rather make snide remarks rather than offer a critique and help the designers grow. In the past challenges such as the red carpet and wedding dresses were two day challenges not one day. Why not give these designers an opportunity to offer a well made and maybe a “Wow!” garment instead of a rushed one day challenge. A Project Runway failure challenge again!

      • wayout46

        Tim was not in the workspace when Kini sewed the garment. I don’t think he knew. Also, it is still Sean’s design

    • BobStPaul

      Seriously? Sean won? Perhaps it’s the photo but from this single look I’d put it in the bottom three if not the very bottom. Those pants are incredibly ugly. Fade is the only designer of real interest this season. Once again, I would have had him the winner – for at least the third time. I guess I’ll have to watch the show now to see how they could possibly justify this result.

    • somebody blonde

      Char and Sandhya could’ve at least explained the color a little if they’d bother to bring up Asian weddings. When we were looking at pictures of Sandhya’s wedding, that made it really obvious where she wanted the yellow to come from. On the other hand, Char was right about the color in the fabric store- she wanted a paler yellow and Sandhya kind of railroaded her into this more difficult color. I think if they’d gone more pastel and less highlighter, the judges probably would’ve gone easier on them.

      This is the first auf I don’t agree with. I would’ve kicked off Alexander. Char’s was interesting, and might’ve been okay if she’d had two days to finish it instead of one. Alexander’s, on the other hand, was finished and INSANELY UGLY. That was the design he wanted to present. Honestly, I questioned both their taste levels when they bought that lace, because blood red lace is just difficult to make elegant. Samantha’s is a nothing, but it’s less offensive than Alexander’s.

      I actually liked Amanda and Korina’s looks. I could see those looks on the same girl: a young, tomboy, Italian heiress who parties in Ibiza every summer. I liked Korina’s better than Amanda’s, surprisingly- Amanda’s just looked too simple (and like normal clubwear), whereas Korina’s was really fun and fit a wedding theme. I’m definitely sick of the whole overfocus on Amanda, though. The producers need to realize that she’s not interesting, unless something insanely dramatic happens in the next couple episodes and it won’t make sense without this backstory.

      I liked Kini’s, but didn’t get a lesbian wedding vibe from it. It’s not the kind of outfit I could imagine on a butch or a femme, probably because it’s halfway in between. I also didn’t think Sean’s pants were very flattering to her, and they were gushing about the top, but it looked like you could get the same effect from tucking in a piece of fabric. I think they won by default.

      I loved fäde’s and liked Emily’s. I think they were right that she should’ve had the hood or the sleeves but not both, and the hood was much more beautiful than the sleeves so I think she should’ve cut them off. I don’t mind that they went for a goth wedding because that is so obviously Emily’s aesthetic- if she was going to design for an unconventional bride, of course she’d rather design for a goth girl. Fäde’s was awesome. The judges need to wake up and notice that relentlessly Germanic style going on. Everything he’s made so far has been chic, interesting, and understated. He should break out a color next time

      • Pret-a-Pretty

        I agree about the storyline for Char and Sandhya completely! It would have been awesome if they’d said they were designing for a wedding combining different world cultural traditions – maybe Indian (bright yellow) and Mayan (with the weaving), something that would have brought it to another level and that would support their choices.

    • Gatto Nero

      Do you remember how much time the designers had for these challenges? Genuinely curious.

      • Froggae

        I have a vague and certainly not unimpeachable memory that in the early seasons, the designers typically had up to 2 days and that occasionally the show threw them off with 1-day or x hour challenges. Now it seems typical that they get up to one day and every once in a while are thrown a bone with a 2 day challenge.

        • Gatto Nero

          Yes — in the Bravo days they typically had at least two days to work, and the one-day (or less) challenges were rarely thrown at them (and always created a bit of panic). Now it’s all panic, all the time.

      • somebody blonde

        The strange thing is, quite a few of those challenges WERE one-day challenges. 6 out of 9 in the first season. In fact, one of them was a 5 hour challenge. It’s really not the one-day challenges that are the problem, it’s that the tasks assigned are not interesting and the talent level they’re recruiting is not as good.

    • Qdahling

      I used to adore this show like so many of us, and I still love the fact that it introduced me to the amazingness of TLo and the Bitter Kittens.

      I finally got fed up with the show after Anya or Gretchen…can’t remember who came first. I kept up with the TLo reviews because the reviews are always better than the show anyway. I decided to give the show another chance this season and it started off decently. Each week it’s gotten worse and worse and I just groaned as soon as the challenge came up last night. I really only watched it in real time this week because of the stunning Dita Von Teese (swoooon)

      Design an unconventional wedding dress! (awesome!) There are no rules! (yeah right!!!!) You have ONE day to make them! (WTF why???) You have to make a second look! (must be teams…) You’re in teams! (of course…)

      My other thoughts are that I liked the direction Sandhya and Char were going in and I wish they had executed it closer to what a sari look would have been and used the color to their advantage. I don’t disagree with the Auf because really, so many of them could go. They are screwed from the beginning with all these gown challenges and having one day to sew, how do we know any of these designers, except for Kini who whips his looks out in a few hours? Char summed it up nicely when she told the judges “You said there were no rules!”. It’s in the implied fine print.

      TLo, you have trained this BK very well, because as soon as Heidi said the neckline was too high, my eyes rolled to the heavens and I thought of you guys!

      • somebody blonde

        Maybe THAT’S the problem. Too many one-day GOWN challenges. Hell, too many gown challenges in general. There’s no good reason for it.

    • Kay Nixon

      Emily’s goth dress reminds me of what the little old ladies wear in Catholic mass on Sunday.

      • Shawn EH

        It’s got the faintest whiff of D&G I guess?

        • Saturnine

          Yep. Faint, though.

      • Kay Nixon

        All I could think of when I saw the Goth dress was that it was a dress to wear if you were having a meeting with the Pope. I used to be a Catholic so I hope I don’t offend anybody by my comments.
        I liked Fade’s dress the best and Fade has impressed me each week. I agree the designers aren’t given enough time.

    • Leslie Saunders

      In addition to the horrible showing this week, I was irritated that the preview for next week pretty much showed us all the garments!

      • frannyprof

        Right?! I thought the same thing. I think that definitely proves the show is no longer about the designs, but the designERs. (and Heidi, of course. Always Heidi).

    • Kay Nixon

      Sandhya seems to be developing a behavior pattern of setting up other people for failure. It appears to be her strategy to smile and say nice things while she stabs them in the back. It will be interesting to see how many more people she manipulates in future shows.

      • Aaronius

        I don’t really think she does this. She’s been pretty straightforward with the designers. I think her “strategy,” if she has one, is to play the risk card as much as possible: to push the idea of concept and vision over construction and finish. You could call it the Santino Strategy.

        But…I don’t think, for example, she set up Char to fail. She could have easily said “I don’t want to use yellow.” She could have easily not used materials that were hard for her to manipulate. Char not speaking up and expressing her own vision, her own ideas, was CHAR’s doing and fault, NOT Sandy’s.

        And I loved when she called out Korina for coming on the show and being a bitch who thought she was all that. It’s one thing to be a bitch. It’s quite another to not be able to back it up.

        • somebody blonde

          I half-agree with you. I agree that Sandhya is not manipulating anyone on purpose, but the whole yellow thing was partly Sandhya’s fault. It’s true that Char should’ve stuck up for herself more in Mood, but Sandhya clearly wasn’t into hearing her concerns about the color at all. In addition, it’s partly Sandhya’s fault for even wanting to use that extremely strong yellow in the first place.

          • Susan Collier

            I’m sorry, but Char’s dress would have looked equally bad in citrus, black, or pastel blue. It was a hot mess.

        • Chartreusite

          The “Sandhya is secretly a backstabbing asshole” theory is really confusing to me. I don’t think she’s a precious innocent victim either; she’s just a relatively normal woman who doesn’t work well with others be it by circumstance or because she has a very firm commitment to her PoV and poor teamwork skills. Nothing as sociopathic as say Josh McKinley or Sandros or Ken or any of them.

    • JaCory Deon

      Don’t know if it’s been said yet but to my eyes, Fade is just too sophisticated and tasteful for this show. It’s a pity he’s not on PR Australia (where the level of design is much, much higher than the US version) because he’s consistently produced polished work which is something none of the remaining contestants can claim. The fact that his aesthetic is “something you don’t see all at once and appreciate it the longer you look at it” just shows he’s in the wrong competition. It’s a pity because all this praise for Kini too much.

      My take on it is either this is a design competition or a sewing one, but it can’t always be both. Sure Kini works fast and he seems nice enough, but for me he has yet to produce something original. Love her or hate her, at least Sandhya has some originality to her. As far as Amanda goes, she made the same racerback dress again just in a different color, length. She’s just so blah to me. They can’t get rid of Korina soon enough for me. And Samantha who?

      • somebody blonde

        Should I be watching PR Australia? Is it better than American PR? Who are the judges?

        • Chartreusite

          PR Aus is no more, but the four seasons it ran it was pretty good. Didn’t watch the first season, but the other three all had acceptable if not really good winners. There’s not much producer manipulation as far as I can tell, but the judges definitely play favorites so you sometimes have to deal with puzzling entries winning or doing well, but overall worth a watch cause there have been some amazing designs on it. You can find em all on youtube :)

          P.S. The judges, host and mentor circulated. Host and mentor switched out halfway through the series but both of them were pretty good, and the mentor in the first half was pretty excellent.

          • supri_supri

            Oh no :/ I really liked PR Aus! I kept hoping new seasons would turn up on YT. The first two are pretty great if you can find them. Now I’m going to be obsessed with finding S3&4.

            • Chartreusite

              3 and 4 are on youtube! :) That’s how I watched both. If you’re struggling to find ‘em I can link em to you because they can’t be missed. Well, 4 can’t, 3 I was a little less happy with but 4 had the best winner’s collection I’ve seen from a PR contestant in a while.

        • JaCory Deon

          Really just give a glance to PRAus S2 or S4 to see what a joke the US one is.

    • kim bunchalastnames

      i miss those magic elves.

    • golden_valley

      Auf them all! Lame, dull, cheap designs are not what I am interested in seeing. I’m finished with this season. The time constraints are ridiculous and the contestants seem to have no talent beyond trying to be camera hogs. PR hasn’t been good since the 5th season (Leanne Marshall won). It’s been stupid since the 8th season (Gretchen won).

      • somebody blonde

        I enjoyed seasons 7 and 8, but Gretchen winning did kind of ruin it for me.

    • Stubenville

      TLo, I have to disagree – there’s nothing (special) about Fetch Amanda.

    • dmkava

      It really is more about the judges tastes now than the actual design. I still think Posen always goes too far in his critiques-everything becomes what he’s “not seeing” from the contestants. I just don’t know who made him the expert on all things fashion, since his own designs are kind of “shrugs”

    • BrooklynBomber

      Ooh, thanks!

    • LeelaST

      Loved fäde’s look and Sean’s (hate those shoes with the ankle straps though.) Kini’s was nicely made but seemed more avant garde than unconventional. Have to wonder why they didn’t design something for Dita – a “real woman” with unconventional style. Amanda made yet another plain dress with stuff hanging off of it. Yawn. So over all the manipulation.

      • Gatto Nero

        That’s Amanda’s aesthetic in a nutshell: a basic dress with stuff dangling off of it or hot-glued onto it.

    • GinnyThePainter

      I don’t get this bitchy Dita person. I mean, she started out life as a blonde named Heather.

      Oh wait, I do get her! She’s a Heather!

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

        I haven’t done the research but is Ditta’s last name like a twist on TEASER or TITS?

        • MoHub

          I’d say tease as in striptease.

    • carrie

      I’ve been waiting SO long for them to bring back the wedding dress challenge, and then they pull this garbage. If I hadn’t seen the show, and just looked at the photos, I’d never be able to figure out what the challenge was and DEFINITELY wouldn’t think wedding. I remember being so excited to see what kind of amazing designs would wow me each week. I don’t want to give up on PR, but they are making it hard not to want to.

    • EEKstl

      For SHAME, producers and judges! The Real Housewives of Project Runway is getting increasingly harder and harder to watch.

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

      Guys….So on the mark with describing the show format OR lack of one! The time eaten, boring us with all the posing and moaning would be better spent showing amazing designs taking place in the workroom on a TWO DAY CHALLENGE! I liked Sean’s look…took me a while to think where I had seen that caplet affair lately…then I remembered. Zac Posen’s gown for HEIDI at the ENMMYS last week! Bad boy ZAC!
      Secondly, Why are the judges soooo narrow minded and critical? It’s like a crime if you don’t hit on JUST what they want. DVT…sort of bitchy one liners, from a high class stripper no less!

      • Shyla

        I had to look up what Heidi wore. That is bad.

    • pdquick

      “Emily’s dress would have worked better in emerald green.” Discuss.

      • turtleemily

        Emily’s dress would’ve worked better, IMO, without the sleeves and as knee-length with fade having the floor-length gown.

    • Caaro3

      I’m wondering if there are more people simply reading TLo’s recaps of PR than there are actual viewers of the show. Would this be the first time in the history of the internet that this has happened? I myself have not watched since Anya won but I never miss these recaps. They are far more rational and entertaining.

      • Chartreusite

        I watch for the most part because sometimes I miss something from the show that the recaps reference, but I’m definitely skipping this episode. Severely underwhelmed by the results this week.

    • supri_supri

      Aside from the fact she came back in the first place, I don’t think Amanda craves this attention which makes me kinda sad for her. She’s just trying to cut some sweet fringe and bring back the 90s version of the 60s.

      And because I can’t help it: THE NECKLINE IS TOO DAMN HIGH.

    • CJ Guziewicz

      Was Sandhya’s choice a poor choice or strategy? Alexander couldn’t get a bust to look right in leather, so Char tries a canary yellow leather bust? It had disaster written on it from the beginning. So over Amanda..

      • Shyla

        I am so over Amanda too.

    • Shyla

      Is the problem the money? Has Lifetime deemed that the show has to be filmed in half the time to save money? I assume that’s what is going on.

      • Lattis

        That’s what I’ve been wondering all day. Why has the show changed in the way it has?

        Is it that:

        1. The show has to be filmed in less time to save money (as you say).
        2. They are not attracting top tier talent (for reasons like stingy prize money, or it doesn’t pay off in any kind of career boost, or the experience is not fun but actually sucky, time consuming, no-pay work, or it looks like a giant trigger for an embarrassingly public emotional breakdown ).
        3. They have actually run through all the design talent in the entire US and the world.

        4. or . . .

        • martha

          1 and 2 for sure.

          • tallgirl1204

            I’m betting it also has to do with getting Nina there for the whole thing. Remember the year she and Kohrs didn’t show up for several episodes because they had another commitment? I’m thinking they want to be sure the major judging talent is there every time and that has influenced the shortening of filming.

        • BlackbeardsWyfe

          The show is not about design talent……..it has morphed into “A someone who can sew and be “good TV””. A fantastic designer who is quiet, or tunes out the room to put their head down and work, is not necessarily exciting to watch on TV.

        • frannyprof

          All of the above, plus they want to amp up the drama. Stress=drama! Fun!

    • Chartreusite

      Who I want to see in the final three: Kini, fade, Sandhya
      Who will probably end up in the final three: Sean, Amanda, and Korina

      We’ll see how this season goes but I’m not too thrilled about how it’s playing out.

      • ShaoLinKitten

        Korina isn’t going to make it that far. I’m hoping for Sean, Fade, Kini, Sandhya. They always have four these days, it seems.

        • Chartreusite

          There wasn’t one in the teams season Michelle won, but point taken

        • AutumnInNY

          I agree. I think Korina will be exiting next or soon after. Following her green dress & this last creation plus her immaturity IMHO she’s on the chopping block. #teamFade.

    • Becky Simmons

      Dear Kini: this is (ostensibly) a design competition. It’s not “Project Seamstress”

    • Skippy Devereaux

      Don’t know if this has been brought up, but does Char come back next week? The previews, at least to me, make it seem like it does, as Tim is crying about something.

    • Tracy_Flick

      I would rather be single forever than wear any of that.

    • CJ Guziewicz

      If Michael Kors was a judge, we’d of heard “…it’s not Project Seamstress,” a bunch of times in reaction to Kini. With regards to Kini’s whine about sewing Sean’s top…. It’s not Project Seamstress, Sean designed the top. I’m over Kini

    • Diane Iafrate

      Agree about Fade, he turns out some interesting stuff. This season is a bore fest :(

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Heidi though the neckline on Fade’s was too high. That confirms my opinion that Heidi is best qualified to judge German Karneval floats and parades, but not fashion.

    • Laurel

      Hey! the bag behind Amanda in that top picture is by Joseph Aaron Segal from season 11, right?

      • guest2visits

        Sorry but mutant kitty is giving me nightmares, as is Amanda’s giant eyeball T with string lashes.

        • Skippymom1

          I’m not going to be able to unsee multiple eyeball kitty. My cat freaks me out [in the dark with her glow laser eyes] enough as it is – but that bag? ::shudders::

    • Pret-a-Pretty

      Again, you’re spot on (although, I thought Amanda’s dress was cute). However, it also strikes me, not only did Sean win for making a pair of pants, but in a wedding dress challenge, a wedding dress didn’t win! Oy. Everything. Just, oy. Fade FTW.

    • Linderella

      I had to forcibly keep myself from having a seizure when someone called Elvira a “fashion icon.”
      Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. Fashion Icon. Go ahead and let that percolate a minute. I’ll wait.

    • Susan Crawford

      I’ve been binge-watching previous seasons, and it seems we haven’t had regular two-day challenges since , maybe Season 9 or 10! And even though by then the overall talent level was fading a bit, we saw some truly interesting, fashionable, original designs on the runway nearly every week. But now? It’s the attack of the killer bathmats, the big yellow bus gowns, and a whole lot of dim “drama” and product placements. This week’s episode had potential, if only because we had a chance to see the ever-fabulous Miss Dita, who is always worth a lingering gander. (Does this woman NEVER age? Does she bathe in the dewy sweat of virgin faeries?) Anyway, the wedding dress “challenge” was a mess, all right. As soon as that weird opening sequence of Amanda and Korina staring at one another with Amanda’s hushed voice-over opened the show, I said to my cat, “Gato, here come hell go. It’s gonna be a team challenge and those two beeyotches are on deck for a head-to-head.” Cue button bag. Cue “random” selection. Cue manufactured – and anemic – drama. And I’m going to say it again: fade was dismissed with faint praise, when his design was, if not stupendously original, at least elegant, polished and beautifully styled. If in the next couple of weeks he does NOT get the recognition he deserves, I am going to have a tantrum. The right design went home, though I will miss Char. Sandhya’s gown was a hot crocheted mess, but poor Char just couldn’t with that leather, which looked about as pliable as a piece of linoleum. And a truly dull design won the challenge because . . . oh, never mind. I would absolutely LOVE to see a season of PR that is comprised of ONLY two-day challenges. Throw in all the cracktastic teams, the product placements, the bizarre and random stuff so dear to Bunim/Murray’s withered, raisenette-like hearts . . . but give the designers two freaking days! Cue laughter in the production offices.

      • altermyego

        They did a season of all team challenges so why not a whole season of two- day challenges? Oh right, because that would actually improve the show.

    • jillwrites

      Was it a rule that they had to use the same fabric on both dresses? I thought it just had to be a dress that would be worn by the same person.

      • GillianHolroyd

        The only rule is that there were no rules but yes, both designs had to look as if the same person would wear them, but not necessarily the same fabric.

    • Saturnine

      This is not the way I envisioned my Friday night! I’m explaining my position because I am awful about having the last word (!). Seriously, I feel we are both on the same or similar page, but maybe my experience puts me rather in a footnote on the page, if that makes sense :-). I’ve assigned no crime to her, or any other non-native speakers of English, at all. Your observations about the challenges of linguistic proficiency in students of non-native languages are unassailable.

      My comments in this thread come from two admittedly anecdotal places: (1) as a member of a large Italian-speaking family with relatives throughout northern and southern Italy, many with widely varying accents, but none with such a consistent, marked vocal trait, and (2) as a vocal coach for non-native speakers who wish to increase their spoken fluency in English. I am very, very well aware of the hard work non-native speakers put into perfecting another language, and please do not take my remarks as disparaging the accents or efforts of non-native speakers to learn another language. Nothing can be further from the truth.

      My initial remarks merely registered surprise that a public speaker with an otherwise fluent grasp of the language retained one very pronounced vocal attribute. Of course this happens *all the time* in second and third language speakers, but in this case she exhibited very few other phonological hallmarks (i.e., generalized pronunciation traits based on alphabet, intonation, or inflection) that you would expect from an Italian speaker– the “ah” after nearly every word was the *only* consistently articulated trait. In my experience, most (but not all) speakers at that level usually make more isolated or random pronunciation mistakes, as they may be in the process of addressing strong accent elements once the grammatical fluency is more or less achieved. But as I clearly don’t know *all* Italian speakers of English, or the linguistic aims of this particular blogger, my comments are derived from my personal and professional experience.

      Before the uncles tell us to take it outside :-), I agree with most of your statements overall. Here’s where my footnote comes in. While I adore the varied patterns and often lyrical elements of accented speech, I’m used to working with clients that work tirelessly to achieve pronunciation fluency in public speaking. Most want to identify and minimize *any* vocal behaviors that distract from their ability to get their point across. Admittedly, my client population has this stated objective; not all speakers can achieve this goal or have the desire to. My professional filter is the concern that nobody will remember *what* she said, but rather *how* she said it.

      • Eztizen Sánchez

        I meant that the comment you originally replied to acted as if she was committing a crime by not being able to come across as a native in her pronunciation, not that you implied it ;)

        I’m an interpreter in training, so of course, I’d like my accent to be as subtle as possible. And of course, we all love certain accents and hate some others. But I don’t find that ridiculing someone because they couldn’t overcome one phonological difficulty is unfair, but ignorant (which was my point). Almost no one will sound like a native in their non-native language, and asking why she sounds non-native shows a very big ignorance.

    • BobStPaul

      After watching the episode (the shorter version on Hulu), I do have a different opinion on some of the outfits than just viewing them in stills. Poor Char’s was the worst. However, I still don’t understand all the love for Sean and Kini’s. I feel that’s sort of Kini’s default, the ruffles were just too large – sort of like a monstrous, lopsided chancre on the dress – and it sure looked like the fit of the top was off in terms of the center seam which appears to be pulling. The best thing about Sean’s was the top that Kini sewed. I just didn’t see anything all that special about Sean’s high water pants – but perhaps it’s just my monitor not providing them high enough definition. I didn’t even realize that was a cummerbund because it blended so well with the pants. I definitely preferred fade’s over the rest of them but I really didn’t think Emily’s was all that bad – though it would have been improved considerably with different sleeves. I do find it semi-amusing that Alexander changed his design because of Tim’s critique and Nina said she thought it would have been better had he not added what he did. And Dita was a major disappointment. I think the best thing that can be said about this season is that at least the designers for the most part have some proficiency at sewing even in they’re not exactly good designers (though I do really like fade’s work).

      • pdquick

        I just figured out last week that there are two different edits of the show, a 90-minute version for broadcast, and a 60-minute version for reruns and streaming. Was I the last person to know this?

      • mug of mead

        re: “Poor Char’s was the worst. ”

        on one end, you have kini who sews up a storm. this challenge exposed one of char’s weaknesses – her own sewing skills. it was telling she had to consult with sandhya for how to sew that garment; poor char didn’t seem to have a clue.

    • pattie capet

      It’s really too bad that Lifetime won that lawsuit over Bravo. It was really a good show.

    • Big Bear

      Who on earth is arguing Kini was robbed? No way am I going to read down if that’s waiting for me. Kini sews fast. That’s his trick. Design certainly isn’t because this (a) is in no ring of Hell a wedding dress and (b) it’s not remotely interesting or innovative.

      Fade, on the other other, continues to be robbed. I have no idea why they don’t rate him. He’s the best of the bunch here by a mile.

      • Chartreusite

        He’s the new Michael Costello without all the tears and notoriously tacky taste but perhaps the same sense of self-satisfaction. He definitely deserved to be top but I’d rather him put some extra time in the design process instead of preening about how fast he can get his garments done. It’ll be extremely satisfying to see him crash and burn eventually and extremely frustrating if the judges decide to give him the grand prize for it. It’s the same issue with Dmitry (although, In Dmitry’s defense, he had a somewhat more declarative point of view)

        • mug of mead

          …except (according to gretchen especially during the team luxe challenge-yeah, i know) michael costello’s sewing skills weren’t as good as the rest of the crew. i thought that was one of gretchen’s main complaints when she threw him under the bus.

          michael costello had notoriously tacky taste? compared to chris march? ;)

          • Chartreusite

            I think there was a lot of talk about that first season (although i think Georgina chapman actually praised his skills during that team challenge) and he might have bad finishing skills, but I think his legacy has been (especially after all-stars) how his process is executing his garments as quickly as possible and putting stock in that. He might not be the strongest sewer but he was definitely one of the fastest.

      • DollyMadisonWI

        I’m pretty sure Kini is aruging that…

    • DollyMadisonWI

      Looking at the designs of the reception outfits in the light of day, there’s nothing about them (sans Sean’s) that says “center of attention”. I guess the designers didn’t take into account that a bride wants to draw the congratulations of the wedding guests and to dress them appropriately. Sean’s subtly said “I’m so happy”. I don’t think Fade’s would’ve stood out at all at a goth-themed party. Amanda’s is so generic, it says “yeah, I just got married – where’s the bar?”. Char’s says “I got drunk in Vegas – what happened? I got WHAT?”. And there’s something about Samantha’s design that says “I was purchased in a Russian mail-order catalogue to a man who smells bad.” No wonder the results were so bad/mediocre this week.

    • luludexter

      Scrolling down I’m just struck by the total lack of imagination and creativity here. Unconventional wedding! Think of the possibilities! And what we got was lace, draping, and tuxedos for women…. Yawn…

      • Laylalola

        They had one day. With the mess of dealing with a “partner” who wasn’t working with them but on something else entirely that could bring them to the bottom.

    • GillianHolroyd

      I would like to suggest that all the readers who do *not* watch the show and who rely on the recap photos to at least watch the runway portion–god knows it’s brief enough. Seeing the clothes in motion might explain a few decisions. For instance, Sean’s cape-blouse looked very dramatic when the model was striding down the runway. Amanda’s triangle fringe fluttered (only one side was stitched down). I’m sure 90% of couture (made-up number) looks better in front of a wind machine. Just a suggestion.

      I agree with Sean and Kini’s win in that they had a united viewpoint, their clothes were dramatic and unfussy (yes, even with that cascading ruffle, the top was tailored enough to offset it). They understood that the clothes did not have to be overboard avant garde but did have to be well-designed with good construction.

      Sandhya’s problem is that she gets too involved with the technique to the detriment of her silhouette. Yes it ‘s fun to create new textiles–Fade does it–but never at the expense of the garment itself. I wish Char had spoken up about the acid yellow color, about using leather, about using acid yellow leather and lace together. She seems like an agreeable person and Sandhya has a singular aesthetic which she’s very determined to follow. It’s all well and good for Sandhya to be sorry that Char was auf’d afterwards but I think she needs to reflect on how she might have contributed to that aufing.

      I also liked Emily’s gown. Not being familiar with the goth wedding trope, I liked the use of black, I loved the grid-like weave of the skirt contrasting with the swirly black lace, the wrapped bodice was flattering and a good division between the two other fabrics, the hood was interesting. Were the sleeves a cliche? *shrug* Maybe. The real issue was that the two designs did not complement each other. But they were successful in that each designer stayed true to his/her aesthetic, each made an attractive garment, and there was a enough overlap in the choice of fabric to allay the judges.

      I am looking forward to Fade’s final collection. What always happens though, is I read TLo’s spoiler postings from FW and then I lose interest in watching the rest of the episodes because the final collections have been so lack-luster in recent years. See, I do the same thing I complain about in my first paragraph! Not watching the collections in motion. Forehead —> table.

      • swanpride

        Well I really loved Michelle collection from…two seasons back I think? If I remember correctly the only reason the last season was not uttely forgettable were the high number of downright crazy costentants in it, but I can’t even remember who made it to the finals….

    • Fred Vaughn

      TLo, thank you for the awesomeness of your recaps (since PR has become kind of a joke to actually watch without being hooked up to a vodka I.V.)!

      • SoAnnaPropriate

        I agree, I can’t watch, but I enjoy the recaps with alcoholic lubricant.

    • HeisenbergHattie

      Sean’s winning look … I’m asking myself …. Would I wear this to my own wedding ceremony? Absolutely not. I might wear it to your ceremony. The only entry I would even consider wearing to my own ceremony would be Fäde. And, that’s a stretch. I would refuse to be buried in either of those yellow (citrus) disasters. The two oxblood lace numbers are too ugly for prom. Kini… the sewing wonder-kid … has something figured out. He will always finish his garment. He smartly figured out that an unfinished garment (highly likely with these time constraints) will go home before a finished garment. iI’s a strategy that might carry him to the finale.

    • HeisenbergHattie

      I think Emily has the talent & I hope she kicks butt next week.

    • HeisenbergHattie

      PS: Sean’s model has dangerously thin ankles. I’m worried for her.

    • Marlene Jewell

      Char wanted a citrus yellow gown and unfortunately they choose Sandja’s yellow highlighter.

    • joancarol

      That Chiara judge had the fakest accent I’ve ever heard. I come from a family of native Italian speakers, and none of them uses that “-a” at the end of words.She sounds like Andy Samberg trying to talk to and old Italian guy.

      • helene

        i’ve read all the comments back and forth on Chiara’s accent. Real or not, i found it terribly distracting, to the point where i couldn’t hear the content.

      • GillianHolroyd

        I did check out her blog, yep, for sure Italian, born in Cremona. Her posts look like sets from Polyvore and elicit circle jerk responses from similar bloggers, travels a lot and photographs herself wearing pretty clothes, has a shoe line…. was thrilled to be photographed by Terry Richardson. Has photo of hug to prove it.

        • Chattygal

          Ewww. I wrote her off as just another lame “fashion blogger” who scored a judge spot, but hugging Terry Richardson is a bridge too far. Gross.

      • ItAin’tMe

        Why affect an accent like that? It wasn’t cute.

    • Jaye44

      There are only two designers who appear to have any talent at all this season Fade and Kini — it doesn’t help that they have so little time but the designs are also so uninspired as well as badly executed. Sure some challenges are, well, a challenge — but why haven’t they all arrived with a smashing red carpet gown in their heads and a wedding dress, and fashionable business wear etc. It isn’t much fun to watch the show when the payoff is so weak. The stuff this week looked like something a bunch of teens would produce at a slumber party. Badly designed and poorly executed. Ridiculous. (oh and look at Seriano’s spring collection — he has a couple of pieces in that hideous yellow the losers used this week — it works for him)

    • Sweetvegan

      I was thinking, were Korina’s and Amanda’s names even in the button bag? By leaving out their buttons, they would be guaranteed to be the last two left, and stuck on a team together. And yes, Kini was robbed.

      • http://www.witgirls.com/ Lyn Paton

        My thoughts EXACTLY! The producers already knew there was drama between the two, so they just left their buttons out, so that they would be the last two remaining designers to be paired. I even went back to see if Tim reached in his bag for the last two buttons, and unless they edited that out, he didn’t!

        • Sweetvegan

          Yup! I think in the past, they usually show him pulling out the last button, even though they already know what the answer will be!

    • Susan Crawford

      Glancing again at the runway photos, and I have a query: do you think some of the recent PR designers who consider draping to be their major skill need to understand that true draping is vastly different from producing pieces that look like what happens when a clothesline full of garments is caught in a tornado? Just asking, Sandhya and Char?

    • geeeque

      fun fact! emily was on my plane ride from SF to NYC last night and my husband (not knowing at all who she is) was going to compliment her on the patches on her jacket until he saw how poorly they were stitched. oh and her carry on was 2 garment bags so i guess she’s showing at fashion week.

    • yayito83

      This is the worst group of models this show has ever had

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    • samo_samo

      I had hoped Tim would use his save this week to rescue Char. I sorta get why he didn’t, but I still wish he had.

    • guest2visits

      The more I look at Amanda’s the more I think I underrated it. Yes it’s simple, but this would make a cute little wedding dress in all white. Or chic in all black, for an evening look. But I still think it’s missing an inch or two length, hate seeing the back of the dress from the front.
      Or it could stay this baby doll short and be produced in pastels or shades that might appeal to a younger set.

    • frannyprof

      Joining the PR Party late… What a depressing show. The props at the beginning? Guitars…? What….? and Dita didn’t even want to be there. At all. The Italian blogger chick bugged. Oh, wait, this is a show about fashion. So… yeah… not much to add to the convo about that. Sad, overall. Sad Wedding Challenge.

    • frannyprof

      There are a lot of comments about the lack of talent this season… but doesn’t every season have its share of less-than-talented designers? Maybe this season’s seem worse because they have less time to do the challenges. And, it seems that this season, especially, many of the designers are shooting for “safe” rather than the win, because they just don’t have enough time to do a good job or be as creative as they’d like to be… Take Kini, for example. He’s not doing anything groundbreaking, and no, this isn’t “Project Seamstress,” but, he’s relying on his strength, which happens to be sewing. I don’t blame him, especially when he sees his competition floundering when they take on too much in too little time.

      I’m not saying it’s okay to be “safe.” I just think this show is rigged in a way that the designers don’t really have a choice. It’s too bad, really.

    • BethanyNotStephanie

      Producers are definitely setting Fade up as the dark horse and I’m guessing he’s going to take his first win very soon. They gave him quite a lot of screen time as Amanda’s new confidante, implying that she gives him her approval. Later in the ep she verbally stamps it on him by saying she just loves what he does. I’m also guessing that when Amanda does go home it’s also going to be on a Fade win. That way she can be all chill and greater than thou by saying if it means her friend Fade advances to FW because somebody had to go home and if it had to be her then so be it. I do not get the producers infatuation with Amanda but if it brings Fade to the forefront then she has now served her purpose and can get Auf’ed already. Also BKs, since Amanda tries so hard to push her “rock n roll” lifestyle, was her original season the one where everyone designed highly embarrassing rock apparel for the Rollingstone ep featuring The Sheepdogs?

    • BitterOldQueen

      Once again, thank you, gentlemen, for watching this show so I don’t have to. I’ve been enjoying PR so much more since I started watching it solely through your blog. Bless you.

    • fashn4ward

      One of the many things that sicken me about this show is that whenever there is a scene showing the actual actual design process, a Lifetime popup blocks the scene and exhorts us to vent our opinions on some contrived drama. This show stopped being about design when Lifetime took over and has gone downhill ever since.

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

      And the team thing made them choose similar fabrics. If I had the money and the choice to wear not only two dresses, but two unconventional dresses, they wouldn’t be the same colors and fabrics. Right?

    • mayanempire

      The most interesting thing about this episode were the earrings Amanda wore at one point that looked like Louise’s amulet from Teen Witch. I may be alone in this, however. Top That?

    • CB

      Not one of these dresses read bridal to me. Yeah, unconventional, blah blah blah, but something can be both unconventional AND bridal, and none of these were.