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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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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.
Speaking of faith in Mondo, check out the spoilers on the final “Project Runway” collections at Fashion Week.
**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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