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The “Project Runway” Season 8 reunion just aired, before the finale where Mondo Guerra will inevitably take the crown.
(Go ahead and fight, Heidi Klum, Jessica Simpson, Michael Kors and Nina Garcia. We all know how this will turn out.)
(*UPDATE* Except we don’t! Somehow Gretchen Jones won over Mondo Guerra.)
Reality show reunions are always fun, but this one was a little vanilla. It needed more Someone Call Out Ivy spice.
After Valerie Mayen announced she got a marriage proposal from someone on Facebook and Casanova said he learned a lot of English from watching the show, we got to the bitchfest.
Of course, everything this season has been back-and-forth between being incredibly bitchy and being incredibly emotional.
A.J. Thouvenot said people on the street always want to know about Gretchen, Jason and Ivy.
Is Jason really crazy?
Is Ivy really mean?
Is Gretchen really bitch?
Gretchen’s defense: “I’m not a bitch, I just play one on TV.”
For some reason Heidi laughed at that.
Gretchen, choking up: “I think being a girl that’s confident quickly shifts into role of ‘bitch’ in a manner that I feel is not right just for saying my opinion.”
Ivy Higa — of all people — shakes her head and Heidi calls her out on it.
What is fake, Heidi asks.
Ivy: “We lived with her!”
April Johnston says Gretchen would say things that are positive — like complimenting Christopher Collins’ work — and then in the interviews she would trash what they made.
Gretchen: “What I say is not about people’s characters. My biased opinion about design, it’s just my opinion.”
Michael Costello: “In Gretchen’s defense … I know that she does mean well.”
Mondo doesn’t think it’s fair to pick on Gretchen.
True, if we’re going to take on Gretchen we need to address the Poison Ivy issue. To me, Ivy will always be worse, especially for the way she accused Michael C. of cheating.
But Gretchen is wrong about the b-word. She is not being called that for being an outspoken woman. She’s being called that for being bossy, arrogant, controlling and holier-than-thou. She thought she was Tim 2.0.
She’s not one-dimensional — she does have a nice side, and she and Tim became friends later in the season. And the other designers are no saints. MC bitched with the best of them and Mondo has plenty of attitude. I wish they had all been called out on it.
And is Jason Troisi really crazy? He didn’t get to say one word on the matter.
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Moral of the story: Stop letting Heidi Klum be the client on “Project Runway.”
Never let her bring the runway drama into the workroom. It produces the emotional equivalent of fingernails on a chalkboard, a car horn going off and a baby crying in the upstairs apartment — all combined. It’s just not good.
On Season 8 Episode 11, “A Look in the Line,” Mondo went Gretchen. Gretchen went Gretchen. Ivy went Gretchen + Satan.
Even Gretchen’s model went AWOL. She got off lucky. (Although I am sorry about her family emergency.)
No one knew how to create designs — three! — for Heidi Klum’s collection. You know why? Because it’s Heidi’s collection, not theirs. Why were they even asked to do this for her? Where are their own voices as designers? Her stuff was very bland and scaled back and inspired exactly no one.
Never has fabric so blah produced such passionate responses — although the passion was all negative and most of it had nothing to do with the garments.
I loved Andy South’s looks, but wasn’t too thrilled about anyone else’s.
I have no idea why Mondo Guerra was in the top again. Or April Johnston, who did dark, drab stuff again.
I’m not even slightly surprised to see the back of sweet Christopher Collins — who was probably going to go home anyway, but certainly after he chose Ivy Higa as his partner.
She is the kiss of death, you know. Karma came for her and took Christopher down too. His three designs were sad face garments. No smiley faces.
No wonder they decided to bring back all the people who hated poor Michael Costello. The garments were destined to be dull, so they had to find an alternate source of interest.
So they accused him of cheating. Ivy spoke the words, but she was congratulated for it. She “took one for the team.” She’s the martyr.
*** THE CHEATING SCANDAL/ AKA TAPE-GATE ***
What brought all this on? Ivy, of course. The new designers were in the sewing room and Ivy was sitting behind Michael C.
Ivy asked how he felt about still being there.
He said he was in shock.
Ivy: “Why, because you cheated?”
He said no. She said they saw the dress he cheated on. It was the Jackie Kennedy challenge. They said the blue dress was taped on so it wouldn’t fall off his model. He said his model used sticky boobs. (To be fair, that Episode 8 challenge was doomed from the start.)
She kept pushing, the way she does, and he said she’s been a bitch to him all season. He swore. Ivy said his low-class language showed what a “despicable” person he is.
Michael said he’s there for a reason. Ivy: “Because you played the game. You talked shit about people and you sabotaged people and that’s why you’re here.”
That sounds like trash talk and low-class language to me. When MC leaves, Ivy says “Satan has left the room.”
AJ talked to Michael and said people do think he cheated. MC said if he didn’t have Mondo as a friend he would’ve thrown in the towel.
April congratulated Ivy on calling MC out. Ivy also gloated to Valerie about it.
Ivy: “I think Michael C. deserves to be disqualified. The world will give him what he deserves. I definitely believe in karma.”
Right after that we see her get poked in the eye. MC laughed.
At that point, Tim Gunn came into the workroom. “Designers, I hear that there is an accusation about cheating. Is that true?”
Michael C. said yes. Ivy said the girls saw a bunch of topstick in the bathroom, during the Jackie O challenge. Ivy saw it and Gretchen raised her hand to indicate that she saw it as well.
Ivy said they didn’t say anything that night, but they brought it to producers’ attention the next day and they told her it was too late.
Tim said it was too late. The judges saw nothing on the runway, Tim saw nothing in the workroom and the many cameras caught nothing.
As far as Tim is concerned it was “a case of a non-case.”
To me, it was really just a case of Ivy trying to damage Michael C.’s reputation and instead damaging her own.
But why are we as viewers seeing this now? Why did Tim get involved at this point? Why didn’t we see this the day Ivy and company approached the producers? I’ll be interested to hear Tim explain this in his Episode 11 vlog.
*** ON THE RUNWAY ***
The rest of the show continued as if Tape-gate had not just happened.
Here are the pairs of remaining designers and returning designers:
Mondo – Valerie
Gretchen – Casanova
Christopher – Ivy
Michael C. – A.J.
April – Peach
Andy – Michael D.
Gretchen: I like her separates, especially the slashed top on the third look. The color palette is bland, but that’s what we’re stuck with. Bland. Judges: Lower scores. Heidi Klum said she had the same problems with this that she had with Michael C’s outfits. It’s too “hoshkaposh,” aka “hodgepodge.” Nina Garcia said it looked very forced. She has weird transparent Spanx showing. Her styling does not help her.
By the way, Heidi and Gretchen did not connect well in the workroom. Heidi didn’t like Gretchen’s fabric choice and after getting defensive, Gretchen said if the fabric was a major concern, it was out. She then threw it across the room.
April said Gretchen was coming on too strong because she can’t take criticism. April — who has otherwise turned into Gretchen’s new #1 Toadie — said Gretchen can be demanding and disrespectful without realizing it. True!
On the runway, before calling her “safe,” Heidi gave Gretchen some advice: “Constructive criticism is not your enemy.” Gretchen: “Heidi really doesn’t like me.”
Andy: Very sportswear. Very Andy. Love the hoodie in the second look. LOVE the third dress. Very cute. Judges: Higher scores. Heidi Klum likes his looks a lot. Michael Kors called them super-wearable. He likes the variety but it’s also singular. Nina Garcia likes the lightness of it. She thinks it could look a little Halloween, but each piece is good on its own.
April: Dark and drab. This is what April does, I guess. I’m not seeing anything new from her. The third look seems like 80 percent curtains. Judges:Higher scores. Michael Kors loved the asymmetry on the first dress. It’s not athletic, but it’s sophisticated. Heidi liked the looks. Her least favorite is the little shorts.
Christopher: One snore after another. This is not fashion. Sorry. Love Christopher, but this went wrong. I do kind of like the third look, though. It’s a shapeless dress, but… no, I guess I don’t like it. Judges:Lower scores. Michael Kors said the clothes look so cheap. He doesn’t see anything anyone would pay more than $10 for. The dress is a “sad face” dress, not a smiley face. Nina hates the proportion with the pants. MK said “You tortured it. You beat that with a rock.”
Michael C.: I like the first jacket. I don’t care about pumpkin spice; I love orange. Love the second jacket too. The third look is really simple and sexy. Very low belt. Not sure about the belt. Judges: Lower scores. Michael Kors said just because it’s oversized doesn’t make it easy and relaxed. He tried to make it look “fancy” and lost the easiness. Nina Garcia didn’t like the styling and unnecessary accessorizing. It doesn’t look relaxed. They don’t care for the color. MK says so much of it is how you put it together.
Mondo: Look, I never quite get Mondo’s stuff so it’s no surprise to me that I don’t like it. Having said that, I don’t mind the third look. It’s mostly a hospital smock, but for Mondo it’s scaled back. Judges: Higher scores. Michael Kors loved the kooky headbands. He thinks the clothes have some whimsy. Mondo lost him on the waist down. “I think there are so many interesting things you can do on bottom.” Well! Nina Garcia liked the athletic/satin combo. She loved the middle look. Heid Klum thought he did a fantastic job. Ugh.
By the way, Heidi and Mondo fought in the workroom too — even more than Gretchen and Heidi. Mondo got bored and above-it-all with Heidi when she questioned his look and couldn’t fit into it when she tried it on.
Mondo: “Maybe I’ll dress my dog in it when I get home.”
Heidi: “There’s no reason for you to be rude.”
Mondo: “I’m not being rude.”
But he was being rude, in his words, in his expressions, in his attitude. Actually, Gretchen and Mondo both have major “I’m an artist” ego issues. Mondo is still a sweetie, but he’s no saint.
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Things likely to reappear in Mondo Guerra’s autobiography:
1. Mondo likes to walk around his apartment in his underwear.
2. Mondo has never made more than $12,000.
3. Mondo left Colorado with $14.
4. Mondo now has $20,014 after winning the “Race to the Finish” challenge on “Project Runway” Season 8, Episode 9.
5. This is going to come in handy since Mondo really needed some drinking money.
I half agree with the judges this week.
I did love Mondo’s ready-to-wear look. I liked most of the ready-to-wear looks this week, but I’ve accepted that if I ever met Nina Garcia she would squint under her note card about my taste level.
The back of Mondo’s high fashion dress looked, as Michael Kors put it, like a Kentucky Derby horse ribbon exploded. Oh, and he said the gown was too short and Nina said the fabric looked inexpensive.
Apparently those are all fantastic things that scream “winner” because he won. Again. Two in a row.
Heidi Klum adores Mondo. He is her new Christian Siriano and I think there is nothing that will stop her from making him the Season 8 winner.
By the way, Andy South —who had a major comeback, go Andy! — said he considers Mondo, Gretchen Jones and April Johnston to be his closest competition. And — spoiler alert — that list just happens to match Tbone of Blogging Project Runway’s final 4 prediction after seeing the final collections in person on Sept. 9.
Over to Ivy Higa for a minute. She’s gone!
Back to the good designs.
I actually liked Gretchen’s looks this week. They don’t look great in the photo I have here, but watching them on the runway — I kind of thought she might win. But there’s no stopping Mondo. Mondo not only gets $20,000 from L’Oreal Paris, his high fashion look will appear in a L’Oreal advertorial.
(I had to Google “advertorial”: An advertorial is an advertisement designed to simulate editorial content, while at the same time offering valid information to your prospective clients.)
In a shameless bit of overwhelming L’Oreal self-promotion, each designer had to pick one of the Studio Secrets eyeshadow finishes as inspiration:
Gretchen insisted that velvet was a serious risk. Michael Costello said velvet is a boring fabric and Gretchen designs boring clothes, so it’s a perfect fit.
And so Gretchen vs. Michael C. resumed anew.
They both went for the same kind of “Bordeaux” color, which apparently Gretchen already patented.
Gretchen: “Those are my colors and he’s using them as well.”
Gretchen isn’t threatened, but she’s insulted that maybe “some boundaries were crossed.”
Gretchen: “Somehow I’ve created a monster.” (It’s in the mirror.)
Gretchen: “Michael C. replicates. I don’t see a point of view in his work. I see other people’s point of view.”
She thought his long high fashion gown’s train was “trouble, trouble, trouble.” Shocker: Michael Costello didn’t like what Gretchen was doing either.
On the other end of the spectrum, Valerie Mayen started the episode defending Ivy, saying she is a good person and her best friend in the house.
This was followed by Ivy saying Valerie complains too much and it’s very wearing because they all have problems.
Valerie had a major emotional breakdown and when she was spared instead of Ivy, she was shocked. Valerie needs to pull it together RIGHT NOW and give us back the girl who was at the top of my favorite designers list after the first week.
After two days, $300 for a high fashion look and $100 for a ready-to-wear look, and one look at a cute dog named Swatch at Mood, the designers produced decent work:
Gretchen high fashion: Kind of 1920s flapper meets hippie.
Gretchen ready to wear: I like this. Gretchen holla-ed at her own piece, though. That’s odd.
Judges: Higher scores. Michael Kors thought the high fashion dress was very wearable. Heidi Klum wanted the back to be the front. Guest judge Naeem Khan wanted more emphasis on the front, because that’s the part people notice at the table when at a dinner party (or something). MK didn’t like her hair. Nina Garcia said the makeup was perfect.
Mondo high fashion: Very Mondo. Love the hair piece.
Mondo ready to wear: LOVE this. This is more my style.
Judges: Higher scores. Heidi loved the hat. Naeem liked the hair and stripes and he loved the cocktail dress. Michael Kors said the gown is too short. Nina said the fabric choice looks inexpensive. MK thinks the back of the high fashion dress looks dreamy. “I think it looks a little like a Kentucky Derby horse ribbon exploded.” Heidi adores him.
Andy high fashion: I love it! Go Andy! He is the only one who did separates and he went for it. Love his model, too. Strong black armor.
Andy ready to wear: Simple and black with sleeves. Streamlined. Nice.
Judges: Higher scores. Naeem liked that he kept to his vision. He loved the cocktail dress. Michael Kors liked that it’s not so obviously metallic. MK loved the boot pants and how they could translate into something wearable. Nina liked the blend of metallics and that he went for fantasy makeup. Heidi said in terms of craftsmanship he did a great job. She didn’t like the high fashion look, though.
Christopher high fashion: Bjork’s swan is back!
Christopher ready to wear: Casual and nice. Kind of dull, but fine.
April high fashion: Black witch costume.
April ready to wear: I think I like that more.
Ivy high fashion: Nah. This doesn’t look high fashion. It’s more ready to wear.
Ivy ready to wear: I like this. This color is great and this strapless cocktail is cute enough, from afar.
Judges: Lower scores. Michael Kors: “I think they look like bridesmaids under the sea.” MK said the colors could’ve been gorgeous but they needed to be alleviated by lightness. Nina said both dresses have fit problems. She aged her models. Heidi liked the back of the high fashion dress better than the front.
Valerie high fashion: She calls it Rainbow Brite on crack? I kind of like it.
Valerie read to wear: Black and boring. Very dull.
Judges: Lower scores. Naeem says the #1 thing to learn in fashion is to listen to the fabric. She didn’t listen to the fabric. She tried to do structured dress out of soft fabric. Nina said it looked like a beauty pageant dress. She looked like Miss Guatemala. Nina questions her taste level. Uh oh. Michael Kors said she needs a magic wand. Valerie agrees with their points.
Michael C. high fashion: It seems hard for the model to walk, but I like it.
Michael C. ready to wear: Sexy as hell. Like it.
Judges: Lower scores. Naeem said the proportions in the high fashion dress need a lot of work, but he liked the cocktail dress. Heidi said he needed to choose between boobs or legs on the cocktail dress. MK said he’s the only one who had clothes that were constructed, sewn and tailored well. He called the high fashion dress train “ridiculous” and she was styled like Scarlett O’Hara in “Gone with the Wind.” “Hello! I mean, she’s got all the curtains from Tara ripped off the walls and put into the one dress.”
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Dang. “A Rough Day on the Runway” is right.
Chicken and egg time: Did the judges start the bullying trend on “Project Runway” season 8 or are the judges feeding off the Gretchen/Ivy Mean Girls tag-team from the first half of the season?
At any rate, I’m starting to question my own taste level — and the judges’ morality level.
You can make a point about garments without being cruel. The judges don’t seem to see the line anymore, piling on poor Andy in a way that amounted to laughing at and bullying him.
They have the power and they are abusing it.
Their words were not constructive; they were hurtful and I felt uncomfortable for him. He dealt with it, of course, with incredible class. More than the judges deserved. I’m actually angry for him right now.
And I liked what Andy made. I really did (except for the crotch). Deal with it. I also liked what Casanova made last week.
I also hated Mondo’s take on “American sportswear”— declared “the clear winner” by everyone.
You’re trying to tell me Jackie O. would wear that? Where exactly? When I think of Jackie I think “classic” and “timeless” and this ensemble already looks dated to me.
And don’t give me the nonsense that “she wouldn’t wear it just like this, but you can see the idea of her as the inspiration.” Bull. Everyone else was called out on the idea that Jackie would or would not wear the look. The rules apply to everyone, including Mondo.
Mixed patterns may be trendy right now, but Jackie wasn’t trendy; she was a trend-setter. Not the same. She’s classic and elegant and that outfit was quirky Mondo.
What did Michael Drummond say? “If you took Jackie Kennedy to the desert and gave her some mescaline to eat then you would have Jacqueline Kennedy and Mondo.” I think Christopher had it right with “If Jackie Kennedy came back as a tranny…”
The judges love that Mondo did something unexpected and stuck to his own style, but they also bashed Andy for basically the same thing. They just think Mondo is cute with his Cotton Club look.
(He is cute, but Casanova was cute too.)
Anyway, Christopher had my favorite look. He is an American sportswear designer and I loved his simple, classic look. It fit the challenge.
The Episode 8 elimination came down to Michael D. and Valerie and, as MD expected, he was toast. There goes the funny Valerie wishes she could be.
What happened to Valerie, by the way? There’s always someone on PR who starts strong and goes off-track. Looks like it’s Valerie this season. I blame the way her voice? Goes up? Like every sentence is a question?
Sidenote: I’m so disappointed in April. The second she moved into The Bitch Pad she became one of Them. Ivy braided her hair, she ragged on Andy’s look, she even used “we” when referring to herself and Gretchen. She needs Peach to come back and remind her what it means to be snarky but sweet.
Gretchen, of course, thought there should’ve been more than three people in the bottom and she was shocked — shocked! — to not be in the top.
Bye Michael D.! Go look up Waterloo and then play the ABBA song. It will make you smile.
***RATING THE RUNWAY***
Christopher Collins — Pale, elegant, classy. I think it hit Tim Gunn’s “quality, taste, style, sophistication, elegance, expensive” buttons. Betty Draper would wear that, if nothing else. I love it. Judges: I love that January Jones loved it too. Heidi thought the shrug looked like “a dirty old rug.” Thanks.
(By the way, if you aren’t, you should be watching January Jones as Betty Draper on “Mad Men,” #1 on my list of the top 15 TV shows. Sundays at 9 p.m. on AMC. Be there.)
April Johnston — It’s edgy like April, but not Jackie O. Judges: Safe.
Ivy Higa — I don’t think it’s original or anything no one has seen before, but it’s OK. Judges: She was inspired by shapes and squares? MK thinks “intrinsically it’s elegant.” He likes the neckline and the geography. Heidi thinks there’s too much design on the top. She doesn’t know where to look. It’s better without the coat, I agree. Nina loves the shoes.
Michael Costello — Very plain cocktail dress. Nice color, but way too safe and not on point. Judges: Safe
Gretchen Jones — Don’t like the back of her cape. Don’t like the cape at all. Underneath was probably OK. Judges: Safe. Gretchen was so upset that she wasn’t in the top. April kissed her ass too. Michael C. joined in, then told the camera he was bullbleeping her. Bad MC! Don’t be two-faced.
Michael Drummond — No. Nothing about this is appropriate. It’s too young, not fashionable. He thinks he’s going home and so do I. Judges: MK thinks this is “schizophrenic Jackie.” Old lady on top, mall-walking cheerleader on the bottom.
Valerie Mayen — Dark, drab. Valerie, what happened to you? I agree with the judges. I don’t care about jacket over a jacket, but the colors are drab. Judges: Michael K.: “Simple doesn’t mean boring.”
Andy South — Other than the crotch fit, I love this. Love Andy. But what do I know, honestly. Judges: Heidi found it hard to keep it together; she wanted to crack up. “I feel like I’m on a different planet.” If you can picture Jackie in Mondo’s why not this? She doesn’t see it at all. At all. At all. AT ALL, if we didn’t get it. January doesn’t see the silhouette or American sportswear. Uh oh. Andy makes excuses. MK: “So what are you, a grand couturier?” Ouch! He calls it “MC Hammer meets the Beverly Hillbillies grandmother.” The fit is horrific. Then there are ankle boots. Nina wanted him to take the terrible vest off. Nina calls it “a train wreck.”
Mondo Guerra — I’m just going to have to accept that Mondo’s world is not my world. Maybe mixing patterns is “in” but not for me. Cool crowd elitists, feel free to mock my lack of fashion sense. Judges: Mondo always tells a cute little story to help him sell the garment. Heidi wanted to hear about his look. I knew they would love that. Heidi could see Jackie in this outfit?! Um… Well, this seems to fit with the Blogging Project Runway predictions.
Michael C.: Opaque is not a color, but if it was, it would be called “Ivy.”
Mondo: Why do I feel like Harry Potter in this coat?
Michael C.: Whenever Tim Gunn says there’s a twist, I want to smack him in the head.
Gretchen: I feel like the easiest way to screw yourself is second guessing.
Gretchen [to Ivy]: Jackie O. would not wear goth. You are right, madam.
Valerie [on Michael D.]: He’s the funny that I wish I could be.
Tim [to Andy]: How is this whole crotch area?
Tim [to Andy]: Jackie Kennedy would not have cameltoe.
Christopher: A little piece of my soul is dying with each second.
Christopher: If Jackie Kennedy came back as a tranny…
Michael D.: If you took Jackie Kennedy to the desert and gave her some mescaline to eat then you would have Jacqueline Kennedy and Mondo.
Andy: A fashion-forward person takes risks.
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Tim Gunn: “I’m not going to talk about the crack-smoking judges. I promised I wouldn’t.”
Ha! Oh Tim, why are you so awesome?
And yet by calling the judges that, right after saying he’s sorry for the loss of Casanova and calling out Ivy as the new villain, I think Tim is saying he’s not happy with the way “Project Runway’s” “What’s Mine Is Yours” challenge panned out.
Tim taped his Episode 7 vlog from a car on his way to Fashion’s Night Out. As usual, he had some lovely and irreverent things to say — and not just about those three hot wasted hours on a boat.
When he heard about the challenge he loved the topic of resort wear, but not the way in which it was done.
In the original plan, each team of two would make one garment and five garments total would walk the runway. One team member would work on the garment for an hour while the other would rest in the designer’s lounge.
Tim: “I thought this was ridiculous. It’s a game show stunt and there’s no corollary to what happens in the fashion industry. So if you hated last night’s challenge, or at least the structure of it, you have me to blame.”
At 6 a.m. on the day the challenge was being presented (“God forefend that I know anything in advance”) he told the producers if you want a corollary to what happens in the fashion industry, one designer should execute the other’s design work.
(I just love that Tim uses words like “forefend”!)
He thought it would be a good opportunity for the designers to work with different models, but that didn’t happen. Instead, for example, Gretchen executed Casanova’s design on her own model. So if you were late coming into the show you might not get that it’s Casanova’s design on Gretchen’s model, and Gretchen’s design on Casanova’s model.
But this is the funniest part: On runway morning, Tim was asking the director why the designers were moving “like molasses.” He was told they were waiting for him to come in and tell them they could get their designs back. Someone had told them the night before, don’t worry, Tim will be coming in the next morning to tell you that you can get your garments back.
Tim: “I said ‘Well Tim’s not doing anything of the kind.'”
The whole challenge was about not touching the garment and now they are going to get it back for 2.5 hours? And furthermore why were they told the night before so they had all night to think about what they would do? How would the judges judge it? How would the audience understand it?
Tim: “Look, I’m already getting hot and bothered all over again!”
He wanted to talk to the executive producer but they weren’t around so he talked to the designers themselves and told them he heard what they were told last night and he believed it was “a profoundly bad idea” and he didn’t want to do it. He wanted them to stick with what they were doing.
They applauded and were “so hugely relieved” and Tim was glad that hurdle was over.
But I’m confused by that, because we DID see Ivy and Michael Drummond exchanging garments on the morning of the runway show. So they did have some time with their own garments, right?
Anyway, Tim ends with a chuckle about Gretchen 2.0.
Tim: “And a new villain has appeared on the scene. Welcome, Ivy! So Gretchen has some competition.”
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Michael Kors should watch his back.
Last week on the “Project Runway” bridesmaids challenge, Ivy Higa went after Michael Costello. This week on the “What’s Mine Is Yours” team execution, she went after Michael Drummond. So next week it stands to reason the fast-talking yippy dog will be going after the Michael in black.
I hope to gawd she does since she’d finally get the smack she deserves.
Michael D. should not have spent A SINGLE SECOND feeling guilty for Ivy’s lack of design skills.
This is the girl who was inspired by the hospital drapes. It shows. Every week it shows. Drab. Boring.
Whenever she has someone next to her to blame for her lack of creativity she — cue Heidi Klum — throws them under the bus.
But she is the one who keeps designing bland, bloodless work. So why is she still here? Heidi can’t actually imagine Ivy will magically “wow” them next week. Where would she begin? She should’ve gone home this week. Period.
Michael Kors said it: She’s a seamstress. That’s all.
Some people can sew, some can’t. Apparently the Michaels, C and D, are not great at sewing. But at least they have creativity to fall back on.
Maybe I should duck after admitting this, but I kinda liked Casanova’s look. Maybe it’s just that Gretchen Jones’s model looks gorgeous in everything, but I thought it was simple and classy.
(Would you believe I have nothing bad to say about Gretchen this week?)
But I was 100 percent positive Andy South would win. Not only did his one-piece bathing suit scream “resort wear,” I’d actually buy it. I want that.
So how did April Johnston’s super punky edgy baby doll look win? It was cool — cooler than MD’s long black look from the same edgy frame of mind — but where’s the resort wear? (Congrats, though, April! Moving into The Bitch Pad must’ve lifted the curse.)
At least it wasn’t Mondo’s look. That was embarrassing. Actually, that was a free pass. It says volumes about the judges’ faith in him that he wasn’t even in the bottom two for that discount-rack-at-Forever-21 thing.
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**Stream of consciousness recap**
April had to move out of her cursed apartment and into The Bitch Pad. That sucks. But at least Ivy, Gretchen and Valerie were welcoming. Still not worth it.
Michael Costello was hurt by the designers’ lack of support. Andy was at least honest with him, telling him he doesn’t know who he is as a designer.
Heidi looked AWFUL in loose royal blue Hammer pants and heels before sending the crew outside to talk to Tim Gunn and Michael Kors.
MK said they had to do resort wear — interesting, eye catching and super fashionable work from their own point of view. Oh, and they get eyeglasses from his line. (At least the shades will hide eye rolls.) They also went on a boat. Cue The Lonely Island’s “I’m On a Boat.”
Michael Costello comes from Palm Springs, so he thought he had this. Mondo never goes on vacation and he likes to wander around in his underwear and he thought that was important to share. Casanova appears to be holding a grudge against Michael Kors — in addition to Tim and slutty girls and Donna Karan in the 1980s.
Andy’s hair is the new Philip Treacy orchid. Did Kristin bequeath that to him?
At Mood, what are the odds, Ivy gravitated toward the most bland, hospital-drapes fabric.
Back at the ranch, Tim brought out a bag. They had to execute each other’s designs. At least they didn’t get to choose whose work they wanted to do.
Successful designers don’t produce their own work, Tim says. They have to trust other people to execute it.
• Valerie was teamed with Andy
• Michael C. was teamed with Mondo. Mondo was so pissed and wanted to scream, but he used the same monotone he always uses so how can you tell when he’s really upset?
• April was teamed with Christopher
• Casanova got Gretchen, her former “hip buddy”
• Ivy got Michael D. She — ha! — was worried that his construction level wasn’t up to par with hers. Right. He was worried because he’s handing over his work and she’s handing over her neuroses.
I’m asking: What has Ivy done to earn this level of world-weary superiority?
Mondo openly said to Michael C. “your construction is awful.” Michael admitted he’s a draper.
Mondo was being condescending to Michael C. I was disappointed in him for joining the bullies. He was complaining on the first episode about feeling alone and now he’s just part of the mob attacking this one poor guy.
But at least he owned up to that and realized he was being a jerk. Michael C. won him over. If only Ivy had his open mind.
Gretchen made 6 or 7 huge sketches to communicate with Casanova. He thinks she thinks he’s a “retard.”
Gretchen was excited for some “face time” with Michael Kors, who dropped by the work room to diss the contestants. At least Tim just got to stand and nod instead of being the bad guy.
What is it with Ivy and Gretchen and beige?
Michael C. complimented Mondo’s designs. He calls him an amazing designer. I’m not into Mondo’s wild prints at all, but at least I can recognize his work as “Mondo.” It’s interesting even if I don’t always love it.
MK recommends a tailored boy short for April, which was what she wanted to do to begin with.
Michael D. called Ivy’s design “dumbed down” and “boring.” Yes, that would be it in a nutshell.
Mondo called Ivy a “powerhouse” and a “bossy lady.” She’s a fast-talking yippy dog off the leash is what she is.
MK said Valerie keeps going back to colors that no one likes. WHAT? What is he talking about? That is not true at all. Remember that gorgeous red dress that should’ve won the billboard challenge?
Ivy was frustrated because Michael D. sucks at sewing her work. He admitted it and he felt bad.
Valerie called her family and started crying. Don’t worry, you will get to Fashion Week. Everyone in the top 10 did.
Michael D. said he’s not as good as Ivy. She did a great job putting together what he wanted. So maybe Ivy should be a tailor?
Ivy is turning into her mother. We don’t want to see a Korean get angry.
He can feel her crazy energy coming off. He would never do that to somebody. I feel for you, man!
On the runway, Ivy finally realizes she designed something boring. But, no, Michael, the Statue of Liberty has style.
MD’s look was great, but that’s because he’s the superior designer, even if she can sew better.
April’s look was like the aftermath of a slasher film.
Mondo’s look is a no for me. Too bubblegum cutesy.
Casanova used Ivy’s bland colors but produced something classy. I don’t think it looks old. I like it.
Valerie’s panels were showing. Not very good execution by Andy.
Andy’s outfit looked better than I expected. His model is stunning and that helps.
Top 3: April, Michael D. and Andy
Bottom 3: Mondo, Casanova and Ivy
Why did Mondo feel compelled to repeat his underwear issue?
April complimented the work that Christopher did. They were a good team. MK called her look a punk edgy baby doll.
Guest judge Kristen Bell loved loved the look. Nina loved it too. I’m surprised.
Andy’s one-piece bathing suit is phenomenal. I would actually buy this. Andy complimented Valerie’s workmanship.
MK thought it was beautifully done. This is the win for me.
Michael D. complimented Ivy over and over. Ivy, of course, dissed him. Or, as Heidi says about everything, “threw him under the bus.”
MK loved MD’s look. I’m not as into it. It’s too long for me, with all the black. I like April’s short black slasher look more than this.
In the back room, Valerie was nervous for Ivy because “her partner’s skills were lacking.” No. It’s because Ivy’s design skills are lacking.
Nina called Mondo’s work “disappointing,” which no one wants to hear from The Goddess. His work looked “junior.” Not knowing resort wear was deemed “a cop out.”
What did MK say? Something on the discount rack at Forever 21? Ha!
Michael Costello raved about Mondo.
Ivy just went off on MD, blaming everything on him. She said she had to change her design repeatedly.
Nina said she’s very good technically but does she have the ideas to be a designer.
OK, but what about every other challenge? It’s the same story.
Michael Costello rolled his eyes about Ivy. He knows how she is. But did he really tell everyone not to vote for her last week?
MC keeps making faces!
Heidi repeats her “throwing him under the bus” comments. It’s true, though. Ivy keeps making hospital drapes and this is the first week she’s tried blaming it on someone else. Actually, no, on the Team Luxe challenge they all blamed Michael C. for their lack of talent. Her look was the worst.
Casanova’s look got thrown under its own bus. MK went on about how if this were a challenge to design for a 70 year old woman waiting for the bus or whatnot, this would be good. It’s all about buses.
I guess I’m a 70-year-old woman waiting for the bus. I love this.
Nina said Casanova has no middle ground between slutty slutty (she didn’t use those words, but MK would’ve) and matronly.
Michael D. is in. He was glad that he didn’t win. He was feeling so guilty. He could’ve thrown Ivy under the bus but he’s not going to retaliate because it’s childish.
He should not have felt guilty at all.
April and her super punky baby doll look won the challenge. That didn’t look like resort wear to me. Andy, you were robbed. Oh well.
Andy was in. Mondo was in.
It was down to Ivy and Cahzahnovah, as expected.
PLEASE dump the wicked witch.
Dang it! Not only was Ivy safe, everyone was happy about it. MD was relieved. You’re kidding me.
And Heidi, she’s not going to wow you next week. She does not know how.
Bye Casanova. You are a cute diva. And I liked your look. I did.
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Blogging Project Runway just sent a dispatch from New York Fashion Week with details on the “Project Runway” Season 8 show. Like last season, they are showing collections from the top 10 designers instead of the final three, which helps throw off the finale spoilers.
To quote BPR:
“Predictions: first, a bit of a spoiler. Earlier this week Nina Garcia mentioned on her twitter that they had narrowed down to the final three and that it ‘was one of the most emotional eliminations yet’. So we think they came in this week with a final four. There was a significant pause before they showed the final 4 collections. This may have been to ready the filming process. Although we have no certain knowledge, we think Gretchen, Mondo, April and Andy are the final four. Maybe Gretchen is the emotional elimination? Based on the quality of the collections, our consensus prediction for the win is Mondo. It will be a tough choice for the judges and we can’t wait to see how all of this goes down.”
If Mondo does win, I hope that will be enough to get him to stop complaining of loneliness. His talent is a curse, people!
By the way, it looks like Jessica Simpson is the guest judge for the finale.
Here’s the full scoop as of Thursday afternoon from BPR:
All 10 remaining designers showed this morning as predicted. Here was the order followed by some initial thoughts on the collections:
Michael Drummond - inspired by underwear? Hmmm.
Valerie Mayen – Rainbow Brite meets David Bowie! Fun looks and one of the crowd favorites.
Christopher Collins - went for elegance but fell a little flat.
Carlos Casanova - gold sparkly glitter glue on the models distracted from the designs.
Ivy Higa – inspired by one of her favorite beaches and the yellow tang fish in the tide pools. A beautiful beachwear collection.
Michael Costello - inspired by one of his dear friends. There were a couple of outstanding individual pieces in this collection but may have been trumped by the monochromatic rose taupe color of every look.
Gretchen Jones - looked a little melancholy and talked about the “journey” she went through on the show. Collections was called “Running Through Thunder”.
Mondo Guerra – inspired by what he loves and dedicated to his grandmother. Very strong collection.
April Johnston – inspired by “dusty dolls gone to a tea party and getting washed away”. There were short, loose buckles as a thread in the collection. We are concerned about her fabric choices.
Andy South – the theme was “bringing statues to life”. He had some cool starburst head pieces on his models. He was very teary-eyed at the end!
So that’s all from BPR right now. They are planning to post photos later.
Or you can go to these direct Tom & Lorenzo links:
Michael Costello collection (I’m surprised by how much I LOVE this — except for the boob exposure in that last one)
Mondo Guerra collection (And how much I hate this)
Verdict: There are pieces of Andy’s that I really love, but overall I have to pick Michael C. and Gretchen as my favorites. I’m shocked. I think I will be alone on the MC front, but so be it!
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First of all: Peach, I’ll miss you.
“Project Runway” needs its Fairy Dragmother. She’s funny and sassy while still being classy. There’s not a lot of class going on in Season 8.
Speaking of …
Why couldn’t Ivy Higa have stayed at that hospital she loved so much?
If I hear one more nasty comment from her, in that insufferable Valley Girl-not-even-from-the-Valley voice, I’m going to pull a Tim Gunn. I don’t know how, since I don’t have access to these fools, but I am now inspired.
On the Episode 6 bridesmaids challenge, “You Can Totally Wear That Again,” Ivy continued to be the little yippy dog she is, going after Michael Costello while disavowing her role as Mini Gretchen after the Tim Gunn vs. Gretchen Jones incident.
The best part: The judges loved Michael C.’s short, edgy black dress. He won. Gretchen and Ivy were safe and dissed him after judging. They expected him to be in the bottom, with all his “construction issues.”
Once again, everyone was shocked that Michael C. was adored. Gretchen had to hold her tongue not to pull her own Tim Gunn with the judges. “What show are we [bleeping] on? I feel like I don’t even know why I’m here, man!”
Then LEAVE, you insufferable thing!
(G)retchen thought construction would be respected more. She doesn’t trust the judges now, which means if she wins the judges made a bad call. So just go.
Heidi Klum was happy that Michael C. did so well after being thrown under the bus by Team Luxe last week. The judges are now rooting for him. He is their pet.
So no one is approaching this from the right angle. The contestants are ganging up on Michael C. like playground bullies. The judges are protecting him like helicopter parents.
He needs to design great clothes or go home. Period. No being rewarded for sub-par work just as a “screw you” to the all-stars. But while he’s on the show he should not have to watch his back for stray knives from Gretchen, Ivy and their gang.
Mondo Guerra deserved to win for an amazing and dramatic but ultimately simple transformation. He also got the most button votes from the general public.
Speaking of the general public, Michael C. allegedly told a lot of the guests that Ivy is “the bitch of the show.” (Well, if she isn’t “the bitch of the show” she’s the bitch of the show’s sidekick.)
Michael denied ever telling anyone not to vote for Ivy. He said he can be bitchy, but he’d never say that because he knows how hard they all work.
He actually talked to Ivy about it in the sewing room, which was very mature.
However … Ivy: “I choose not to believe Michael C.” She told the camera he has a bad track record. She didn’t want to hear any “proof” from his model. She is the bitch of the show.
Gretchen asked Michael D. why Michael C. would say that in front of all of them. Michael D.: “Because he’s an idiot.”
Is all of this just editing to make Gretchen and Ivy the “villains” of the season, with Michael Costello as the victim? I don’t get it.
Anyway, the judges also liked Christopher Collins’ look, even though he didn’t seem to do that much to change the original material. (Granted, he started with a royal blue gown before his model got cold feet.)
On the cold front, Peach Carr went sour with a “Holly Hobbie Halter” dress with dinner napkins in her pockets. Michael Kors: “She’s got an avocado goiter!”
Apparently that’s enough to send a person home. Oh Peach.
The judges also hated Michael Drummond’s “mosquito netting,” which added worse materials to his original dress. And Valerie Mayen had her first miss with a downright fugly outfit with an unfortunate little bow on the front. All wrong.
Although he didn’t make the cut, Casanova really impressed me with his sexy loose top and motorcycle pants. I was surprised to see that as just safe. That was a more impressive transformation than what Christopher did. Ditto with April Johnston’s look. That was a “wow.”
By the way, PR alumnus Laura Bennett nailed this appeal for the end of schoolyard picks when it comes to “real women” on the runway:
“I am certainly not saying anyone over Size 6 should not be included, I am just saying — no, begging — the producers to assign the women to the designers and save us all from having to watch this embarrassing process. Models are accustomed to being rejected. It’s their job. These women have been kind enough to participate and should be treated better.”
Read her whole blog. She’s priceless.
So we’re down to the top 10! Here are my rankings at this point in the season:
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**Stream of consciousness recap**
The contestants get $50 for up to two yards of additional fabric, but you have to use most of this dress.
Christopher’s model backed out. He leaves royal blue for gold.
Valerie and Andy trash Michael Costello. They don’t respect him as a designer. I’m disappointed in you, Valerie.
Gretchen goes off to her mom via some HP touchsmart type thing. “Life’s more than fashion.” She wants to go home.
After Tim’s “malicious/bully” rant, Christopher was crushed inside for Gretchen. “There’s not a malicious bone in her body.” Lord.
The Tim and Gretchen mentorship was a bit awkward, but they both focused on the task at hand.
She kissed his ass a little after he said her outfit is looking a little athletic.
Words of wisdom from Gretchen: “A scar can turn into an open wound if you don’t let it heal.”
She’ll be making a yoga tape next.
Michael Drummond didn’t seem to be making enough changes to his dress. Tim told him it was an honor to dress for someone who wasn’t the typical tiny size. His finished product was better than I expected, though, especially with the little black jacket.
Mondo made a really cute dress. April complimented it. I think I like April because she can be cutting in her comments, but she can also be nice.
Andy made Tim a clubbing outfit. Sexy and tight. Husband-stealing fashion.
Valerie wasn’t making fashion, she was making “clothes.” Country club, soccer mom clothes. Ivy and Gretchen told her not to second guess herself. NEVER listen to Ivy and Gretchen.
Peach’s model gets a little hippy but “don’t we all.” Yes! I love when she tells her model “thank you for being so beautiful.” But she gets into “a Peach panic” when she made a cutting error. She struggled with that skirt.
Regular people off the street voted on their favorite outfits and that factored into the judges’ decisions.
Gretchen’s model had lots of side boobage. Gretchen also showed a lot of boobage in her outfit. Gross.
Michael Drummond got one button. Valerie didn’t get many buttons. But Michael Costello did. It raised his confidence. Mondo got the most buttons, which is not a surprise. He and his model with her “Jersey strut” deserved the praise.
Michael C. allegedly told a lot of the guests that Ivy is “the bitch of the show.” Why not?
Michael denied ever telling anyone not to vote for Ivy. He said he can be bitchy, but he’d never say that because he knows how hard they all work.
Ivy: “I choose not to believe Michael C.” She told the camera he has a bad track record. She didn’t want to hear any “proof” from his model.
Gretchen asked Michael D. why Michael C. would say that in front of all of them. Michael D.: “Because he’s an idiot.”
Why does everyone trash this guy?
Peach couldn’t even look at the judges.
Christopher didn’t do enough to change his original look.
Casanova (aka Cahzah-novah) had another great look. Two in a row! He also did separates — a loose, sexy shirt and motorcycle pants. I loved it.
April’s was an amazing transformation.
Michael C. thought he was going home because he was looking at The Goddess Nina Garcia and Nina was holding the card over her eyes to block the light. He took that as a sign that his dress was too short.
Michael C., Mondo and Christopher in the top. Peach, Michael D. and Valerie were in the bottom.
Peach, Peach, Peach. It was only a matter of time.