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I really fell off the recap wagon this season (yes, AGAIN) because it was just not good enough to write about. Although it was a better season that we’ve seen in a long time, I just couldn’t muster up the snarky comments and the will to CARE enough to recap the rather boring (or downright ridiculous) challenges.

Instead, I offer up to you a concise little recap of the Season (picking up where I left off after Episode 6), with my feelings about the finale/winner/decoys.

Episode 7: The Lord and Taylor PR Capsule Collection

Another nod to the ‘omg-its-season-10-of-PR!’ crap they’ve been slinging at us all season, this challenge had the designers compete to join 9 other looks representing each of the prior 9 seasons in a capsule collection for Lord and Taylor. Actually this was a good challenge as it forced them to work within constraints that are realistic for most designers: budget, price point, manufacturability and fitting your own aesthetic into a larger brand. WINNER: Christoper Palau, who wasn’t yet annoying me at this point. OUT: No one.

Episode 8: Sell crap on the street that has nothing to do with the 2 Fall looks including outerwear that you will make in teams of 3. (Even typing that description makes me mad.)

In this episode they made the designers go out and embarrass themselves on the street for money, which they made surprisingly large amounts of in a short time – smells like Producer influence as I cannot imagine anyone being willing to pay 20.00 for even a fraction of the stuff the teams had made. Anyways, it seems designed to set up whichever team made the ‘most’ money to fall from grace when they didn’t produce a good mini-collection compared to teams with less money. Smell that? Yeah, me too. WINNER: Sonjia Williams (for her adorable coat, a well deserved win.) OUT: Alicia

Episode 9: Design your Own Print

Ahhh, the product placement episode! Oh, wait, they’re all product placement episodes now aren’t they. Le Sigh. Anyways, its always fun to see the designers get really artistic with the prints – except so many of them were totally uninspired for this challenge that the prints ended up being rather sad. WINNER: Dmitry, and lets face it, mostly for the awesomeness of his jacket and not the print itself. OUT: Gunnar (should have been Ven in my opinion.)

Episode 10: Design for the Rockettes

This, like the ‘Wrestling Outfit’ challenge or the ‘Drag Queen’ challenge of past seasons, is designed to create some potentially TACKY ASS clothing from designers who have no experience with (or desire to) design with spandex, sequins and glitter. Elena’s effort in this ep was a prime example: over-embellished to the point of insanity. And she recognized it way too late to fix it. WINNER: Christopher Palau (beautiful concept, but I bet you anything it was changed for actual use as the skyline wouldn’t be visible from the 10th row, much the less the back of the Theatre.) OUT: Ven. (and a collective ‘yes!’ is heard from bloggers far and wide)

Episode 11: Babysit Robot Infants while Sewing Baby Clothes for Heidi’s Sweatshop!

UGH. I don’t even want to dignify this challenge with a recap, however short. It was exactly what the headline above says – I’m not exaggerating. WINNERS: Christopher and Sonjia. OUT: Elena (psst, Fabio should have won)

Episode 12: Avante Garde My Ass!

Oh the (unsubtle) irony that Elena was eliminated before the Avante Garde challenge. Too bad because she was the only person besides Fabio who could have turned out something even remotely Avant Garde. Producers, you screwed that one up big time. Basically it was the MAKEUP challenge (design a look based on the makeup palette/character you are given) and calling it anything other than that is a painfully bad joke. WINNER: Dmitry. OUT: No one.

Episode 13/14: Finale, of sorts.

The finale was especially dissatisfying to me this year. I think the Producers of this show must not have computers, or the internet, or even assistants with freaking iPhones, because it just doesn’t make any sense to me why they keep up this 10 decoys thing season after season. The whole point of making it to Final 3 is that you get to show at Fashion Week. When they basically give that opportunity to everyone? It cheapens the entire show, and the finale especially. “Everyone’s a winner” does not make good television. And if that isn’t enough, Part 1 of the finale episode ended with no one being eliminated and everyone getting to show at Fashion Week… so BORING. Personally I think that its because Melissa was the clear ‘auf-ee’ and the Producers didn’t want to eliminate their only female finalist on a LIFETIME show. Too bad because Elena’s collection could have easily put her in Top 2, and perhaps even won. (Really, check it out – its AWESOME.)

Anyways, on to Part 2, where all of the designers make adjustments to their presentation or garments for the runway – wouldn’t it be easier for the designers to just have a consultation with MKors or Nina in the workroom about styling prior to the show? It would make it feel more like they were getting some kind of mentorship instead of being trashed on the runway for 4 hours and then told, “Sooo.. to sum up, change everything in 2 days, cuz we’re still letting you show at Fashion Week! lolz!” Ugh. Anyways, Christopher panicked, Melissa just did exactly what she was told, Dmitry stayed calm and Fabio absorbed the critique and used it the way a real artist/designer does – he interpreted it to make his work better. WINNER: Dmitry

The only thing I really liked from Dmitry’s collection

Although 95% of her comments were not useful at all, Jennifer Hudson made one comment during judging that cemented (for me) who should have won. She said, “Maybe Fabio deserves the push a little more than Dmitry does – his stuff is so conceptual that he needs the backing, for someone else to say yes, this work is really something.” And I think she was right. Since 99% of us regular people weren’t at the actual show, we have to trust the ones who were there who say that Fabio’s fabrics were much more luxurious in person. But more than that, his collection was the only one with any surprises in it. I was shocked that Dmitry was never called out for doing things he did on the show (which the judges usually do) such as the floating cut outs and the exaggerated sleeves. Personally I think Fabio deserved the win.

Come back soon as I intend to TRY TRY TRY and blog recaps for PR AllStars. At least Uli is on the show. I freaking love her – she’ll make it bearable to watch (and hopefully recap) for awhile at least.


I know, I know. I promised I was going to be all on top of things this season. I’ve just found that I’ve been wanting to blog more about other subjects lately so most of my blogging efforts have been going elsewhere.

Anyways, this will be a mega-super-update (see the three posts below) with a spicy little rant on top about this week’s episode.

Episode 6: Fix my Friend

Makeover Challenge.

Ohhhh. The dreaded makeover challenge! The dreaded ‘real woman’ challenge! Every designer’s nightmare!  Oh the horror! They’re not model-sized! What can possibly I do with this fat frumpy client!!

I actually thought that the producers found a much better way of getting around the whole “designers pick the thin clients first until all that’s left is the fat ones” problem of previous seasons. Randomly assigning them and not even allowing the designers to see their client until the workroom was an excellent solution – except of course for the problem of Ven being a complete an utter ASS and totally insensitive to his client. Regardless of her size, any girl getting a makeover is going to have some insecurities that need to be handled deftly.

I’m sure the Internet is already exploding with outrage over Ven and his attitude. I am very tempted to raise my own voice and tear him down for his words and actions too, but I’m going to take a different tactic here.

I’m in NO WAY defending Ven’s statements when I say this, but the ‘problem’ of designing for real woman sizes in the fashion industry is not limited to Ven or any one designer. It’s a problem with the entire industry. How many times have you walked into a department store or really ANY store and seen even a mannequin that reflects your proportions? Clothes, in general, are designed to look good on that one size and shape. As soon as you pull that cute dress or skirt or top off the rack in a larger size, the proportions are lost and nothing will make you look like that mannequin, whether you’re a size 8 or 12 or 24. Its pretty basic people – the only people who look good in model-sized clothes are duh, models.

There are plenty of arguments for why this is: samples are sewn in small sizes to use the least amount of fabric, blah blah blah. Basically they are designing clothes that look good on a hanger – a human hanger called a model – that provides no real shape that will affect or change the silhouette that the designer has in mind.

You know what would be a really great challenge? Have all the designers design something for the SAME CLIENT who is of normal proportions or plus-sized proportions. Then you’d really see what each of them is capable of. It’s fine and dandy to say that you understand silhouette and proportion and design and construction when you basically don’t have to deal with any kind of real shape underneath the clothes. Put a little booty under there, a large bust, a pear or hourglass shape, a boxy shape, some muscular shoulders and that’s when the real designers are going to shine.

What shocks me more than anything in this episode is not Ven’s comments. If you’re an asshole, you’re going to say asshole things. What I’m surprised by is that NONE of the female designers said anything to him. There are some very strong women in that room. They all commented about his actions in interviews…but NONE of them confronted him about it. None of them said what needed to be said. Finally, his client’s friend said something to him but I feel like the other designers (male and female) kind of had a responsibility to take him to task for it.

This is a bit of a tangent, but one of the biggest problems with feminism in our modern era is that so many young women seem to think that they aren’t feminists at all…or that its somehow a dirty word.

I have, on countless occasions, witnessed firsthand a classroom of women in a university openly declare that they are NOT feminists. Um, hello? You are taking classes in a UNIVERSITY. Do you believe you have a right to be there? Then you are a feminist. Full Stop.

Despite what the propagandists of the 70’s and 80’s would have you believe, feminism is NOT about hating men, or advocating that we deserve more than they do. It’s about equality. It’s about fair treatment regardless of gender. It’s about realistic representation of women. It’s about freedom regarding our bodies, our choices and our lifestyles. And when we stop standing up for those rights, which are basic and kind of laughable that we have to fight for in the first place, we are doing ourselves a disservice.

Every time someone tells a joke about a girl needing to eat a sandwich (or alternatively to eat a salad), every time someone tells a rape joke (or justifies rape), every time someone says something sexist or demeaning to ANY other gender or culture, its our responsibility to say something. That is the only way things are going to change. That’s the only reason things DID change. I applaud the other designers for treating their clients more humanely than Ven did, but I shake my head at them for not making him accountable for his actions.  In the preview for next episode, Ven issues another decree about how “men make better designers than women.” Speak up designers! Make your voices heard beyond the interview room and put them right in his face where he can’t defend himself.

The judges too, had an opportunity to make a statement about acceptable behaviour towards women and clients in general and although they teased around it (“One, OR MORE OF YOU, will be out.”) they didn’t follow through. Ven is safe to wage his reign of misogynistic crap another day. Nathan, the human being, was eliminated instead.


“It’s My Way on the Runway”

Challenge: In two teams, design a mini collection for a woman at work to be photographed for a spread in ‘Marie Claire @ Work.’

The designers are split into two teams: Team 6 and Team 5, producing 6 and 5 garments respectively. Another team challenge leads inevitably to more drama. Elena shows just how much of a bitch she can be, Gunnar is ignored and turned into a ‘tailor’ and Raoul spends so much time worrying about being in the bottom, that he ends up in the bottom.

Honestly, the most notable thing about this episode was Elena’s insane behavior. Dmitry called it her ‘work ethic’ but what he meant is that she basically has no respect for any one else – whether its their opinion, aesthetic or shared workspace. She curses and yells and does not seem to understand just how rude it is to impose your angry working style onto others forced to share the room with you.

  • “Its pink its so cliché”
  • “I think its very tacky”
  • “This is fucking stupid”
  • “This is so fucking ugly”
  • “Fuck, this is so not me”
  • “We all hate the navy blue you have”
  • “Fuck off. Stupid.”
  • “Eddie Munster, the vest he made, is shit.”
  • “That looks bad.”
  • “That curtain is hideous”
  • “She looks like she is taking a shit.”
  •  “Don’t fucking talk to me like that!”

ugh.

I would have tried to provoke some of that from her on the runway so the judges could see for themselves how rude she was.

In a PR first, it was a tie between the two teams – usually there is a clear top and a clear bottom but obviously each collection had strengths and weaknesses. As evidenced by the fact that the winner and the auf-ee both came from the same team.

Team 5 designs

Team 6 designs.

WINNER: Melissa (although it is laughable to me that anyone could consider this to be ‘work appropriate’

OUT: Raoul

My favorite line (and design) of the episode: “Ven is a one way monkey.” Oh Dmitry, you are awesome both in your designs and your comments.


“Women on the Go”

The morning is full of drama as the news of Andrea’s departure makes its way around the room. But it’s another day, another vague challenge.  After meeting with Michael Kors, the designers have 1 day to design an all day look for a ‘Woman on the Go.’ Versatility, sophistication, easiness – your own aesthetic for ‘your’ woman.

The designers are all very critical of Andrea – unprofessional, cowardly, treating this like a joke, disrespectful of the opportunity etc.  I totally agree that sneaking out in the middle of the night is odd, but on the other hand on some level I can understand wanting to leave. There is really no way to know what its going to be like to be in a competition like this, followed around by cameras everywhere you go, no down time, no privacy.. and then to be embarrassed like she was during elimination – I can imagine that leaving seems like the easiest way out of something that you really didn’t comprehend how hard it was going to be.

Now, like I said, I would prepare myself as best as I could if I was going to be on a show like this, but some people…I guess they think they know what to expect, or that they’ll be able to handle anything no matter what it is… and sometimes people are surprised by their own limits. Like Kooan, for example, he realized that this type of competition was not for him, not the way he wanted to move forward in his evolution as a designer.  And I can respect that.

Anyways, after the bomb drop of losing two designers, they bring back Raoul to make everyone feel better and the challenge really gets underway. Buffi struggles and Christopher tries to nudge her away from doing something that will get her eliminated…but she reacts kind of badly to it. She would ‘rather go out on something she believes in’ and unfortunately…she does.

L-R Sonjia, Alicia, Melissa

L-R Raoul, Elena, Christopher

L-R Buffi, Fabio, Gunnar

L-R Nathan, Dmitry, Ven

Personally I think that if you have someone eliminated who is brought back and then immediately ends up in the bottom again, that person is probably supposed to be out of the competition and should be eliminated again. I get the feeling sometimes that the producers don’t want to do that “you’re out, no wait you’re in, nope sorry you’re out again!” in one episode even though they probably should. So Raoul stays another week and Buffi goes home.

Guest Judge: Hayden Panettiere

WINNER: Sonjia

OUT: Buffi


Episode 3: Welcome Back (or not) to the Runway

Challenge: The designers work in teams of two to design an Emmy’s dress for a former Project Runway contestant*.

(*After this episode aired I was really concerned that the entire season was going to be one big incestuous Project Runway lovefest where every challenge had to revolve somehow around the ‘history’ of PR and its ‘legacy.’ Thank goodness it was not the case. As a viewer I am not interested in them just rehashing old territory over and over again.)

The teams and their clients:

  • Christopher & Andrea designing for Anya
  • Buffi & Elena designing for Laura
  • Sonjia & Nathan designing for Valerie
  • Ven & Fabio designing for Kenley
  • Gunnar & Kooan designing for Irena
  • Dmitry & Melissa designing for April
  • Raoul and Alicia designing for Mila

Now I’ve said this before… but if I was going to go on a reality TV show, I would literally do everything in my power to learn everything I could about it – watch all the previous seasons, read about the designers, and even check out the alums blogs (if they have them) to see what their experience was and what they’ve done after the show. So I am always surprised when the designers complain about having to design certain types of garments, work in teams, and work with clients, as if they don’t know anything about the show. “I hate evening wear” and “I don’t do gowns” are just, in my opinion, RIDICULOUS statements to make if you are a contestant on Project Runway. If you’ve watched even ONE season you know there is always a red carpet challenge and often there is more than one. Some designers can get through the entire competition making nothing but dresses! If you can’t sew a dress then you probably shouldn’t be on the show.

Anyways, as with every single episode of Project Runway in which there are teams, there is drama. At first, everyone is ok, tiptoeing around and being respectful but as soon as the time starts to crunch or there is a disagreement between the designers or a designer starts carrying the team.. that’s when the swearing, tears and arguments start. I really respected Christopher’s attitude going into the challenge about being paired with Andrea. I mean, her designs are definitely a bit odd – and not really the same aesthetic as his, so I could see there being some potential tensions – but he looked at it like,  “I can learn so much from this woman – she’s being working in this industry forever, she’s a teacher – what a great opportunity.” Unfortunately she failed to live up to that potential. Even though I know the events were edited, I’m still shocked at how things developed. After incorrectly cutting the skirt, re-sewing it, and all the while being very la-dee-da about the time limits and the amount of work left to do, I would be pretty peeved at my team-mate as well. And then when she said she’d almost be relieved to go home and then took it back and said she didn’t say that on the runway – I could feel Christopher’s frustration through the screen. Whenever someone says they didn’t say or do something they did do, its stressful and to be put on the spot defending yourself and it basically being your word against theirs – I felt for him.

Christopher and Andrea defend their design.

RUNWAY

Guest Judge : Krysten Ritter (who has never been to the Emmys – wtf!)

  • Laura – a bit bedroom nightgown-y
  • Anya – bad slit, awkward construction, makes her look bigger
  • Kenley – cute…love the texture on the top, good proportions, is it evening though?
  • April – waistline is a bit weird, back is nice, cool fabric
  • Mila – kind of a nothing design
  • Irena – dramatic look, but the details were shoddy
  • Valerie – fun and flirty, looks very professional and red carpet, but seen it before.

WINNER Ven

OUT Raoul

And in the middle of the night.. Andrea disappeared!


I was browsing the ‘ol Spring Runway shows on NY Mag and I came across this collection. As I clicked through each look, I became more and more dumbfounded – really? REALLY? From any designer I would be critical of this collection, but when it is freaking MICHAEL KORS!!!?

This collection is shockingly bad. I can imagine Michael Kors barbs if a Project Runway designer showed even a single look like this, much less an entire collection. It overwhelmingly reminds me of “Derelicte” from Zoolander, which was meant to make fun of high fashion. Sad thing is, Kors is being serious here. Kors calls this collection Afriluxe. I would call it “Who let the filthy hippies into Lincoln Centre” (no offense to Hippies intended.)

First up is the styling.

Just how every girl wants to look - sweaty and shiny.

Holy Hell Kors! For someone who is normally pretty spot on with what women want, you really went wayward. Sweaty, dirty models with forehead shine that could warn passing ships of the dangers ahead? Sooo not what ANY woman in their right mind wants to look like, especially in thousands of dollars of Fashion.

Ugliest Shoes Known to Man.

Now if the clothes weren’t already bad, then there are the shoes. Dear lord, the shoes. Thick, heavy-soled gladiator open-toed boots and sandals just kept bringing the eye down while looking at this collection. Some of the looks could have been saved with a chic heel or at least a less-heavy sole.

On to the clothes….

Michael Kors or Derelicte?

Ugh! UGH! I just, CANNOT see anyone in Kor’s clientele wanting to look like this. And yes, 3 of those looks have HOLES in them. Intentionally. The dying looks dirty. The tye-dye looks like she wanted to cover up stains on her pyjama bottoms. Everything is so baggy, shapeless and sad looking. The menswear looks were actually WORSE if you can believe it. There were also a few looks incorporating animal prints, (you can see a couple in the b.g. of the above pics) particularly bathing suits and caftans, but paired with the hideous shoes and styling they just read as slutty slutty, instead of luxe, which is what Kors is known for. Even the dress below could have been (mostly) salvaged by a softer shoe.

Patchwork Flinstones with hideous shoes.

Now the entire collection wasn’t a total abomination. There were a few Korsian looks in there that actually managed to get across his Afriluxe idea. But in a collection of nearly 75 looks, finding 5 that ‘aren’t awful’ is pretty bad. I get the feeling that Kors might have taken a page out of Gretchen’s book with this collection, tried to go more earthy and relaxed – but it just aint working for me.

The Luxe Michael Kors we know and love peeks through.


Project Runway Season 8 Episode 8 Recap

Mondo Guerra.. designs my favorite look AGAIN. I want this shirt.

We get a quick reminder of the ‘bus-throwing’ trend, Ivy’s neuroses, Valerie’s crisis and the demise of Casanooooova in the last episode. Mike C tells Andy about the eye rolling he got called out for and we get another shot of Ivy’s attitude on the runway towards him. Ivy, however, is over what happened and ready to move on to the next challenge…. likely to bore us yet again with some drab color choices.

As Mike C reminds us…opaque is not a color.

After the requisite meet with Heidi on the Runway which yields no information, the designers head to Capsule Studio to meet Tim, who is standing in front of a projection of Jackie Kennedy photos.

This week’s challenge has the designers creating an outfit of American Sportswear, showing their Point of View, channelling Jackie Kennedy as their muse… I think. Is it just me or was this week’s challenge a little confusing? The designers even sound confused as they ‘sum up’ the challenge for the interview cameras.

Chris C is confident because he feels his strengths are in Sportswear. Andy is worried he can’t do American Sportswear because his aesthetic is Asian…although I have to say this seems odd coming from him since the last challenge he created something that seemed pretty American Sportswear to me (albeit American Sportswear for Resort.. but still.) As Mr. Nicky V will no doubt remind us on his recap, the secret to Project Runway is being able to design interesting separates in the form of American Sportswear (which I hadn’t noticed until he said that… but it is so true!) so its pretty essential to nail this challenge… or at least not flop on it. The judges always remember these things…even if they SAY they don’t take into account past challenges.

The designers head off to Mood with a plethora of ‘keywords’ from Tim to try and remember as they pick out fabric in a frantic 30 minutes. Quality, taste, effortless, chic, expensive… I lost count. Mondo is listening to the fabric again and I find myself continually intrigued by his creative process. Tim blurts out ‘leader!’ to Gretchen and I wonder what their conversation was really about because it seems like a pretty random snippet. Ivy has no clear vision but she does have a color palette. Black and White. Chic and Timeless. Boring and Boring… knowing her, I expect to be bored even though she has picked out something with some contrast to it for the first time! Mike D worries about his fabric choices at the cashier, but its too late… and they’re off to Parsons.

Mondo starts draping, he is not feeling it. Gretchen is worried Mondo is being too Mondo… I wanna tell her to shut it because Mondo always surprises me and so far he has had 5 of my favorite designs on the show. Go Mondo!

Mike C reminds us why this challenge is so important. Most women’s wardrobes are FULL of Sportswear and separates. It is essential to be able to design appealing and flattering sportswear to make it as a mainstream designer. Period.

Mike D doesn’t like Sportswear…. and I’m already thinking he could be out on this challenge before I even see what he is making. He is channeling the Puritans! My guess for Auf already, and I haven’t even seen what everyone else is making yet…

Valerie reminds us she’s the Susan Lucci of the show. Been in the top 4 times.. never won. Blah blah blah. I like Valerie but I am tired of hearing about it. Just make something without a zipper in it ok? Jackie wouldn’t wear goth. No she wouldn’t. But according to Andy, she might wear a hip hop outfit. Whaaaa?

Tim comes in and we see mostly little glimpses of the designs. Just by the editing I am going to guess that April and Gretchen are going to be SAFE… we are spending hardly any time with them this episode. So far this season the editors have done a fairly good job of not giving the safe, top, and bottom’s away through the editing so I am surprised they are doing a poor job this episode.

Valerie has to get feedback from all the designers and Tim to make a decision. Mike C is working on something that looks more cocktail. Andy claims that he isn’t interested in helping Mike because ‘it’s a competition’ but it seems pretty disingenuous considering how many times we have seen him talk s**t about Mike C. Why don’t you just come out and say that you aren’t helping him because you want him to get kicked off? At least it would be honest.

April SLAMS Andy’s pants and I’m glad SOMEONE said it because man oh man… they are bizarre. I am rethinking my prediction that Mike D will be out… dated is on a whole other level than wackadoo! Can’t wait for the judges reaction to this one…

Model Fittings –nothing special except Ivy doesn’t have much to fit on her model.

At 20 minutes into the show, the designers are in the workroom on ‘Runway Day’.. and I am thinking.. this is way too early in the episode for that. Where’s the twist? And here comes Tim….

The designers have to create a second piece for their look! A piece of OUTERWEAR. Now this is cool. The designers have never been asked to deliberately create a piece of outerwear before. Although many designers have made sweaters and coats and jackets in the past, it was always their own design choice, not mandated by the challenge. It will be interesting to see what people come up with when they have a whole day to do ONE garment! And.. oh no.. Valerie already made a coat. See – herein lies the problem with the ‘twist.’ What is she supposed to do now? Seems a little unfairly stacked against her.

The designers start sketching. Mike D is Captain Outerwear, Ivy LOVES Outerwear and is planning a silk organza jacket. Mike C doesn’t do outerwear because he is from Palm Springs. Andy wants a high collar to go with his hammer pants and Valerie is stumped. Rightly so – she is not allowed to use the jacket she already made and might have to scrap all the work she’s done.

The designers head off to Mood with another 150 dollars to buy fabric for their outerwear piece.
Gretchen and Mike C fight over the same fabric and Chris is looking for fur. He tries the faux fur section but ends up going to the real fur and leather.. and the editors, in a brilliant move, cut to Swatch! ( BA HA HA HA!)

Back in the workroom, Ivy has to pay a lot of attention to detail (as usual) because the organza shows everything, Mike C makes a jacket that looks like a towel and starts over with denim (what is he buying all these random fabrics for?) Gretchen says Mike C never seems to have a vision for the challenges and just makes multiple pieces and then waits for Tim to tell him what to do. Even though I like Mike C and still hold a grudge against Gretchen and her elitist attitude… I am agreeing with her on this. I gravitate most towards designers with really clear and unique vision… and Mike C is slowly showing me he doesn’t have one. Mike C knows people are talking about him and how they can’t believe he has won any challenges.

Tim visits with Valerie and she has decided to make a vest to go over her coat. Mike D schools us in the “Gauges of Tim” which I can’t resist showing here:

Tim cautions Andy about camel toe and encourages Mondo to make what he is working on work, rather than starting again. In a classic Tim moment, he warns Christopher that his shrug looks anemic. I am wondering how a shrug is a piece of Outerwear.

It the REAL Runway Day and Mondo has dressed like a Munchkin crossed with Alfalfa from the Little Rascals. Never change Mondo. Never change.

‘Grinch’in and the bitchettes are dissing Mike C’s work again and we get an insightful explanation from Mike D. Many people come to the show with an elitist attitude about fashion. They think they know what they are talking about. “He may not be as seasoned, but it doesn’t mean he isn’t talented.” I think this is a fair statement. It is true that some people are trained and some are self-taught, but everyone is talented or they wouldn’t make it on the show.

Andy is having a crotch problem. As predicted. Chris is REAL about his shrug and how ug it is.
Mondo has a mini crisis with his zipper. MIke D is working to the last 120 seconds and Gretchen predicts more than 3 will be in the bottom. We’ll see.

On to the Runway! I’m still loving Heidi’s haircut. I want it!

My biggest beef watching the runway is how few designers really created a true OUTERWEAR piece. I like Chris’s dress but the shrug is really weird. Aprils outfit is very April but I don’t know how a gauzy vest thingy is outerwear. Ivy’s looks kind of dated and old. Mike C’s look was just OK. Gretchen’s feels too Hippie for Jackie O. Mike D’s initially looks flirty, but I think it doesn’t translate on TV as quite so bad as it was in real life for the judges. Valerie’s look is ok, I didn’t hate is as much as the judges but I agree it doesn’t look iconic. Andy’s looks way too young and urban and the fit is off. I don’t know how a little vest like that counts as outerwear. Mondo’s look is so beyond the clear winner (unless the judges are blind!). It’s chic, iconic, memorable, and has surprises (the stripe detail at the elbows, the lining of the jacket, the little pockets on the skirt.)

Mike C, April, and Gretchen are safe. You can tell the girls aren’t impressed that Mike C is safe. Mike C is blowing smoke up Gretchen’s ass but I have no idea why he would bother.

Judging is HARSH. Valerie is criticized for putting a jacket over a jacket and I wonder why she didn’t just tell them what happened to her. Her colors are sad and Mkors and Nina are bored and feel there is nothing special. The judges like Christopher’s dress but hate the shrug. Mkors calls Michael D’s look insulting which I thought was a little overboard. Up close the look does have a lot of problems including fit and proportion. Mondo gets a rave review. Chic, clever, sharp are all bandied about. Yay Mondo! Ivy’s look gets a good review but I agree with Heidi – it’s a bit over-designed. Not bad, just too much. For once I am not irredeemably bored. Andy gets the worst critique – Heidi laughs at him, Mkors is MR. SASSY PANTS and Nina calls it a train wreck. I kinda agree.

Mondo WINS – congratulations Mondo!
Mike D is out. Did I call that or what?

Next week is giving Tim chills… can’t wait to see what’s gonna go down. We’re only a couple episodes away from no more ‘safe’ designs.. my favorite part of the season usually.