PR All Stars: Turn the Beat Around

Posted on November 02, 2012


Put on your cha-cha heels, bitches, because we’re all heading out to the DISCO!


We sympathize, Uli. This was one poorly defined challenge. “Disco” isn’t a design brief; it’s just a descriptor – and it’s such a broad descriptor that you could take it to mean just about anything – and most of the designers did just that: defined “disco” entirely in their heads.


But first, an awkwardly staged word from Uncle Karl.

“I don’t know who I am speaking to right now, but you are probably all fat. Good luck, fat people. Work hard, because you’ll never get a job in this industry if I have anything to say about it.”




Like watching your grandparents dance to hip hop at a wedding. But hey, at least they had fun. The episode was relatively light on the drama. The only stuff going on in the workroom right now is the forming of bonds or the forming of grudges. And so it goes.



 So congrats, Uli! Your attempt to rebrand yourself away from the beachy aesthetic has paid off. But if we hear “It’s the new Uli!” one more time, we may scream. We think this dress is cute, but there’s just a bit too much going on. We also don’t think it has anything to do with the shoes she’s wearing. Still, it was a good dress and we have no issue with the win.



 This was a pretty idea that never quite reached its potential. The garment looks rushed and a little half-assed, but it was very close to being excellent.



We have no idea why the judges praised this as much as they did. It’s got a nice shape to it, but the shininess works against it and that spider web in the back is just plain ugly, we don’t care how much Schmeidi-2 loved it.



 It hurts our eyes. It hurts our feelings.



 It’s fine – although the blocking makes her boobs look positively tiny – but it has nothing whatsoever to do with “disco” as an aesthetic.



 Absolutely hideously horrible. It’s a disgrace he wasn’t sent home for this.



 This looks a little “1978 JC Penney catalogue,” but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s on point and it’s well-executed. We just don’t love it. We think we’d like it more in another color. But the real problem is that this looks like something you’d wear to work the next morning, rather than something you’d wear to Studio 54.



 Enh. Pajamas with a gold lame jacket. Looks a bit geriatric to us.



This was a bit overdesigned and it really had nothing to do with disco.



 Oh,  girl. You haven’t changed a bit, bless your heart. The pants are gigantic, but impressively executed. The top is generic.



What the fuck is the deal with these weird non-jackets he keeps making? The outfit underneath isn’t bad, but again, it has nothing to do with disco. It looks like another work outfit. And we are having the hardest time watching him sniffle and vamp his way through every judging session. At least most of the other designers understand that they have an opportunity to re-brand themselves, but here’s Andrae, acting exactly the same way he did 8 years ago: like a wifty, spacey, drama queen with a pretentious faux accent.



And it’s Schmauf Wiedersehen once again to Wendy Pepper. We think Suede should’ve gone home first, but there’s no denying that this is a tacky, overdesigned outfit that didn’t really fit the brief.

Then again, that describes the majority of the outfits this week. They’re just checking names off a list. “Okay, it’s Wendy’s turn to go home. Let’s see what she did and then figure out a way to justify eliminating her.”

Credit to Wendy: she seemed to be happy that she was leaving with her dignity intact this time, which was kind of sweet.




[Photo Credit: Barbara Nitke for Lifetime – Stills:]

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