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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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