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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!”


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.


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.


OUT Raoul

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

Bonjour mes fashionistas!

I have been away on vacation for the past month so I was not able to even view the current PR season much less recap it during that time. This will be a short catch-up post and then I hope to be recapping in earnest for the next episode onward.

So far my impressions of this season are meh. I haven’t fallen in love with any of the designer’s aesthetics yet. So far there are no Mondos or Jay McCarrolls. The challenges have only been so-so. Mostly they just feel like re-fried challenges from other seasons. Nothing so far seems entirely original.

Come as You Are was really the same challenge as the S2 Clothes Off Your Back challenge – complete with scarf drama.

The losing designs from the oh-so-similar challenges.

The Pet Store Challenge was really just another Party Glitters, Manhattan Supermarket, Hershey’s Factory… etc.

The Stilts challenge, while admittedly a new idea was just plain ridiculous! NONE of those outfits had much merit. Even the winning look was so incredibly derivative of Gucci’s Fall 2011 work as to be insulting.

Deja Vu?

The Nina Garcia challenge was of course just another ‘celebrity client’ challenge, which we’ve seen every season, sometimes more than once. BORE.ING.

In addition to the challenges being been-there-done-that, I haven’t seen anything truly inspiring or omg-i-gotta-have-it go down the runway. I liked Olivier’s Pet Store look but its more a matter of being the best of the mediocre than being the best of the best.

Sooooooo yeah, I’m still waiting for this season to blow me away with something innovative in the challenge and something exciting on the runway.

I hear Episode 5 is another New Balance challenge. Oh goody. Wake me up when this season gets interesting.


Project Runway Season 8 Episode 9 Recap

The Winning Look. Mondo Guerra.

After seeing Tim’s Vlog on the last episode, I am seeing things a little differently in the recap. Tim does NOT look pleased about standing in front of photos of Jackie Kennedy, or about the challenge in general… and now we know why!

There are 8 designers left and since the boys are 2 and 2, Mondo and Christopher have to move in with Andy and Michael C. Andy says its nice to “have people you can trust”… which is just another sucker-punch at Michael C… seriously, this is high school stuff. Shut up. He’s your competitor, you don’t have to trust him.. but you don’t have to be a dick either. The ongoing narrative of Gretchen hates Michael / Michael hates Gretchen also gets some renewed force in this episode…the editors must have loved having all this juicy stuff to work with after last week’s ‘snorepisode.’

Heidi tells them that Tim will tell them about the challenge. What is her job on the show again? Oh yeah, to select the clothes she would wear amongst the designer’s work and remind us that “one day you’re in and then next day you’re out.” I usually like Heidi, but I’m getting bored with her this season. Anyways, she teases the designers saying the winner will take home a big chunk of change…which in Project Runway-speak usually means something other than the obvious.

The designers head to the workroom to meet Tim and Collier Strong is there to present the L’Oreal Challenge. The designers have to create a high end look that complements one of their 5 eyeshadow lines which will be featured in an ad campaign in Marie Claire magazine…oh yeah, and the designer will also receive 20,000 bucks! (so the ‘big chunk of change’ was actually a legit hint.) The choices are Crystal, Metallic, Matte, Velvet, and Bright. Mondo chooses Bright (no duh.) Chris chooses Crystal, April chooses Matte. Mike C chooses Metallic. Ivy chooses Bright (with an interview about how she doesn’t want the judges to think she can only design in a muted color palette…seriously? – it took you what, 8 challenges to decide to show some variety?) Valerie chooses Crystal. Gretchen chooses Velvet and Andy chooses Metallic. The designers have 300.00 and 2 days.

A little aside here… ok, I am a fan of this show. I have watched every episode of every season more than once. I could never be ON the show because I am not a designer, but if I was, I would make damn sure to watch every episode and learn what I could by watching other designer’s mistakes in past seasons. Do these designers watch this show? Has there EVER been a 2 day challenge that didn’t involve some kind of twist? And I think almost every time there has been an avant-garde challenge, there has been the requisite ‘ready to wear’ component. I’m just sayin’….

Sketchy-time.. Mondo is thinking about a Kaleidoscope and I am already excited to see what he does. Gretchen waxes about how this challenge is about showing that they can really BE designers.

Off to Mood and Swatch interrupts Tim! Mondo is grabbing every bright colored thing that whispers sweet nothings in his ear. He’s a playa… with fabric. He doesn’t want just one crayon to play with…he wants the WHOLE BOX.

Tim chases Swatch.

Back in the workroom, the designers are slowing down, taking their time with this challenge (which is a mistake, right April?) Ivy is concerned about color and finishing on time. Valerie is doing an evening gown. Andy is doing a modern warrior look. Mike C has the same palette as Gretchen…and Gretchen (poor dear) is INSULTED because BOUNDARIES WERE CROSSED (how dare he choose the same color!?) She has ‘created a monster’ apparently… and it’s a monster who likes the same colors she does. Ahem. Takes one to know one? She continues to wax on about Mike C being a replicator and not a visionary and April pipes in with a non-committal “you might have the same palette but what you’re doing is worlds apart.” Notice how she didn’t actually compliment Gretchen’s design?

Makeup Consultations… and Andy is doing something reminiscent of war paint, Mondo is using color, Gretchen’s is so plain it doesn’t even read on camera and Ivy is doing a blue smoky eye.

Tim visits and people are being ambitious, worrying about time, following their guts, straying too close to ‘pageant’, the usual. Many designers haven’t started sewing yet… they are still working in muslin and are going to be SCREWED tomorrow. Models come in for a fitting and most of them can’t try on anything. Mondo has a crisis with his bodice because his model is smaller than his dress form. He lost the whole day working on it and has to make a new one. Everyone is spent and exhausted.

The next morning Tim comes in with the (fully expected) twist and tells the designers that they will be creating a ready-to-wear look as a companion to their avant-garde design and that they will get more money (100.00) and another trip to Mood, but not more time to complete it. The designers gasp. The designers moan. The designers are f***ed.

Andy has the bright idea to use the pattern he already drafted for his avant-garde piece to save himself some time. Back to mood and the designers are running around like maniacs, except for Valerie who is at a snail’s pace. Swatch chews on a donut.

Back in the work room the designers are getting dollar $ign$ in their eye$ and thinking about how they would spend the 20,000 if they win. Many of them are poor or in serious debt. April wants a miniature pony.

Tim visits again and Valerie is in BIG TROUBLE. Her design is not working. She is flat out of time to fix it but doesn’t want to compromise her vision. She has a little girl’s room cry.. and the other girls come and cry with her and talk her back out into the workroom.

Models come in to fit for the ready-to-wear look and Ivy’s model’s measurements are off. The designer’s leave the workroom with a ton of work to do in the morning.

The Boys are yakking about runway day. They speculate Valerie might be going home because the judges might be bored. Her ready-to-wear look is made of wool ‘of course’, they joke. Gretchen thinks Mike C will be in trouble because the train on his dress is so stiff. She worries her look is too different from what the others have done. Mike C thinks hers is too old looking. Mondo thinks he does his best work when he is under stress. Ivy is struggling to finish on time and looks heartbroken at the 10 minutes left mark.


April’s avant-garde look is, somewhat predictably, ALL BLACK. It’s interesting. It’s her. Her ready-to-wear look reminds me way too much of her look last week, especially the little sheer jacket.

Mondo’s avant-garde look is a whole lotta look! Its exciting to look at, which I’m guessing will go far with the judges, although I love the back waaaay more than the front. His ready-to-wear is totally commercial and very cute. I want it.

Ivy’s avant-garde look is way too plain. I don’t see much that is avant-garde about it. Kind of bridal and kind of pageant as Tim said. I like her ready-to-wear look better, but it is still pretty blah.

Mike C’s avant-garde look is pretty epic although I’m not sure if I like it or not. His ready-to-wear is wearable but there is that DAMN ZIPPER AGAIN. TRIPLE UG. Did a zipper company provide a bunch of free zippers to Project Runway? Is there a Zipper Room next to the Brother Sewing Machine room? Stop putting so many honking zippers on everything designers!

Christopher’s avant-garde look is kind of tacky. Like an evening gown-length-ice skating costume. His ready-to-wear look is forgettable.

Gretchen’s avant-garde look reminds me of a dressing gown from the 20’s with all the feathers. Also kind of reminds me of a mu-mu. Her ready-to-wear is very her.

Valerie’s avant-garde look is giving me bridal… or like, a first time student trying to figure out what avant-garde means. Her ready-to-wear has no relationship to it.. its just a bad black dress.

Andy’s avant-garde look is interesting and memorable. I don’t like the ankle ruffles, but I can guess this will be a top 3.. it is actually avant-garde. His ready-to-wear dress is great… maybe the best.

April and Christopher are safe. Ivy, Val and Mike are in the bottom. Gretchen, Andy and Mondo are in the top. The judges love Gretchen’s fantasy take on ‘herself’ and her bohemian flavour. They think Andy’s look has one of the best translations to ready-to-wear and appreciate he made pants. Mkors calls Mondo’s look glamorous, exciting and unique and Nina loves that he embraces color

Ivy talks about the ocean. Mkors sees bridesmaids, Nina can’t get over the fit problems. Naeem Khan (the guest judge) thinks its overkill. Valerie is called out by Khan for not listening to the fabric and forcing it away from what it naturally wants to do. Mkors says the only accessory that would go with the white dress is a fairy wand. Nina says pageant.. and worries about Valerie’s taste level. Mike C is complimented for listening to his fabric but cautioned that he has to choose between boobs or legs. I could not stop laughing when Mkors said it was constructed well, sewn well, tailored well (cut to Ivy… fuming.) LOL. Overall the judges think that the low scoring designers had a problem with being too old fashioned. While Mike C’s is salvageable, it’s a toss-up between who was worse, Ivy or Valerie.. and there is the suggestion that they might BOTH be sent home.

And the winner is… Mondo! I am so genuinely happy for him because he is completely true to his point of view as a designer and he is honest and humble. He came to the show with 14.00 in his bank account. Now he has 20, 014.00!

Mike C is safe. Ivy is out. Valerie is in. Valerie wishes she could go home for Ivy. She thinks it should have been her. Although I understand that they became friends on the show.. I don’t really understand this from Valerie. Last episode she said going home was not an option for her. I would think she’d be relieved she squeaked through. I think she is just tired of being in the bottom and wants to give up…but would rather be eliminated than quit. For the first time in the entire show, I have some sympathy for Ivy. She says she will miss designing and gets choked up about it.

Mondo at the photo shoot. The dresses both look great photographed. And so does he. Congratulations Mondo!

Next time, the designers are creating their own textiles… can’t wait to see Mondo’s!