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TFS: The Mini-Challenge

We thought the idea of making a little black dress out of a big black t-shirt in an hour was pretty inspired.


But here's the thing, Bravo: We want to see the results. There were barely any shots showing any of the dresses in their totality.


And don't even get us started on THIS bitch.


Here's another thing, Bravo: Clearly, you got the message that reality competition fans love to see a little bitchiness in the judging, but you only understood half of it. If the judge is capable of offering those little bon mots all on their own (like Kors or Garcia), then you've got some primo entertainment. If the judge just runs in and quickly spouts off some obviously scripted lines instead of offering any real assessments, then it becomes cringe-inducing.


Nothing she said amounted to anything like a real critique. It was just one one-liner after another and they were nasty for no real reason at all. She made fun of dresses that she wound up picking as winners.


Still, we liked the idea that she made her choices without knowing who the designers were and we have to admit, we agreed with all the choices.



She bitchily called that shoulder treatment an airbag, but we thought it looked chic and unique.



Perhaps a little plain, but it was a flattering design.



We liked the line on the shoulders and the back looks a little tacky from a t-shirt perspective, but picture it on a real dress that's been sewn instead of a ripped-apart and pinned-together t-shirt and it's got potential.

As for the rest of them, we barely got a good enough look.


Angel: Feh. Looks a little trashy.


Anna: Could be nice, but really poorly executed. We're assuming execution takes a back seat in the judging on the mini-challenge (as it should), but this one was too bad to ignore.



James-Paul: GOD. Save us from the facacta safety pin. Any designer in 2009 who still considers that "edgy" needs to be viciously face-slapped.

Daniella: Horrible.


Jonny D: Ew. No.



Kristin: Not bad. We like the neckline and sleeves.


Laura: Badly done and boring.



Lidia: "It's very avant-garde." Fucking please. As if 8-year-olds haven't been whip-stitching yarn on their arts and craft projects for decades.



Markus: Um...kinda? It's not great, but we're interested in what he was going for here.


Reco: It's ticky-tacky stripper wear, but it's amazingly well done for such a short turnaround time. Who else managed to fit a bust in that time?

They never even showed Haven's or Andrew's entries. That's poor form, Bravo. Do better next week.


[Screencaps: Projectrungayblogspot.com]



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87 comments:

i love Johnny R


"But here's the thing, Bravo: We want to see the results. There were barely any shots showing any of the dresses in their totality."

THANK YOU! The camera work and pot-shot editing was so frustrating because I couldn't see the dresses unless they were cut apart.

And yes, the bitch that judged this needed to go! She was so busy trying to be Simon Cowell and didn't say anything worth a damn.

Especially after her little "jabs", and then complimenting the dresses...what the hell?

These clowns don't know what they want...:0%

And Johnny "Samurai Delicatessen"'s dress was lovely, so I didn't get her little insult about it at all.

Bravo: don't bring her back ever, ever again.


Totally agreed -- I was so disappointed not to see the finished dresses in a way that didn't require freeze-framing and squinting. Your screen caps are great, as always, but it would have been nice to get a better look during the show. And that judge? Feh!

Lidia's avant-garde comment baffled me. Purple yarn is avant-garde? Lidia, you keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.


I actually think that Recco may be a long shot worth betting due to his construction skills. Note that he was the first picked. The others saw his ability to turn around a garment in record time. Can't say that he will be a great designer, but I would pick him for a team challenge based on his sewing abilities. Plus, I have a serious problem liking stripper clothes, but I am in treatment...:)


Agreed. How dare they not show two entries at all?
And she was the worst judge: not funny, not entertaining, not helpful, just a bitch with a boom over her head.


I agree the one with the shoulder treatment took it the furthest.
Keith's looks like a blouse..
Merlin's I don't care for slashed t-shirt.
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Question- did the designers know that they dresses would only be shown on the dress form? If they did it seems like they all could have taken it a little further. A little black dress doen't have to be that little.


I liked the neckline of Kristin's black dress. Very classic, elegant. You could even imagine this neckline on a beautiful, full-length black gown.

Oh, wait -- later on, it was! Just last week, we saw Shelly O resplendent in a black, corseted Michael Kors gown worn with a cascade of necklaces, and it had an uncannily similar neckline.

To me, necklines are everything -- they frame the face or distract from it. And, they're often just about all that differentiates each version of the "little black dress." Kirsten captured the flattering neckline perfectly.

I think Kristen's sure hand and sense of proportion bodes well for her in this competition.


Just because I'm strange that way, all I kept thinking about was how short those dresses would have been on human hangers.

I mean, just tootie flying everywhere!

And James Paul seems like a real sweetie w/o the ego, but GOOD LAWD my 7 y.o. nephew could have done better!


aimee said:
Lidia's avant-garde comment baffled me. Purple yarn is avant-garde? Lidia, you keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
Somebody's been watching reruns of The Princess Bride again!


Yeah, I agree, I didn't mind her bitchiness (though it was over the top) as the fact that her delivery was stilted and made it seem totally scripted and awkward. And yeah, then she picks one she insulted to be in the Top 3. Whatever.

I do like the idea of these mini-challenges though, and hope they continue to be as interesting as this one was. I have a feeling we'll be seeing more of each the garments once there aren't so many designers. So far this show has been better at filming the looks than PR has been for a couple seasons, so I'll give it a pass for now.


I don't like the idea of the mini-challenges. It seems just like pure pressure. It works on Top Chef b/c it is fairly easy to make food in half an hour. A dress, not so much. And that woman was heinous. Hopefully she will not be on every week. It is called "constructive criticism" not just being mean and failing to say one kind thing to anyone.


Another thought - it would have been nice to have the judging of the black dresses in a brightly lit room, not in the shadows!The photography on this show just leaves SO much to be desired.


Yes she came across stilted and pointlessly harsh. However I think part of that was in the editing. I suspect she did say nice things about Johnny's dress but it was edited out. In fact only the attempts at snark were left in probably of all her commentary. I think in her bravo blog she commented that Recco's was well constructed and she was impressed by that.

Frank


I actually liked Merlin's a lot. My favorite.


I like the idea of a mini-challenge and its being the basis for selecting team leaders, granting immunity or some other reward. I also liked that they chose the teams based on the remaining dresses. It was probably my favorite part of the show (minus the excessive criticism).


Anonymous said...

The fact that she picked one that she insulted was really annoying to me. Why would you do that? I hate her already and what's up with all these British people working for American fashion magazines? Don't we have talented people in this country?


Since I saw this thanks to who-knows-if-its-legal-or-not torrents, I thought the darkness of the lighting was just my computer screen. But by the sounds of it, no.

Mini-challenge. I like it. The challenges will have to be small in scale and I can't see them constantly be about garments so I'm hoping they may focus on other talents designers really should have but we never really get to see during a typical show. This could be very interesting for future episodes.

With so many contestants, I don't need to see *every* garment (although I would expect to see all at the website if I cared) but I definitely want to see the better ones and *at least* the bottom two or three. As the season progresses and the designers start dropping, I expect to see every design and in better lighting.

I like La Miz specifically for her bitchiness because that boy knows fashion from the inside. The judge this week? Reeeaalllyyy bad idea to give them scripts and expect them to come off naturally and there's no reason for the bitch without the insight.

Still, I thought this group of designers, as a pool, is better in design quality than most Project Runway season openers.

If they can just get better lighting and cut the craptalk, this could be a decent show.


With a little bit of editing, I would totally wear Johnny's airbag number. I think it's a fabulous detail.

The BB (British Bitch) was VERY annoying.


I don't mind the mini-challenges, I think they can an entertaining addition to the episode, as long as they don't have to design a wedding gown or a couture dress in 30 minutes.


"Sewing Siren said...
Merlin's I don't care for slashed t-shirt."


I HATE slashed/ripped anything.


Mariana (The Unoriginal)

First of all, thank GOD for your screencaps. It seemed over before it had started, everything went by like a flash of lightning. I liked the mini-challenge and some of designers did a pretty good job considering what they had to work with. They should pick the bottom two or three like Top Chef.


Johnny had the best dress hands down.


Anonymous said...

". . . and what's up with all these British people working for American fashion magazines? Don't we have talented people in this country?"

Maybe Bravo looked at Heidi Klum's German accent and Nina Garcia's Brazilian accent and concluded that females with accents were a key part of PR's success that should be mimicked.

That would be as brainless as a lot of other production decisions evidenced in this show.


Yes, that Harper's editor was almost as dreadful as the camera work and editing. I do hope they improve. I'd like to like the show. But they have some serious work to do to get it to the level of (no, not that!) other Bravo shows like Top Chef.


Lighting! Too dark in there to see much of anything. I noticed the elves had to step in and highlight the tshirt when it was first presented to the designers.


There's a difference between being funny and bitchy (right, Tlo?) and just plain mean.

"This dress should be in garbage bag not the garbage bag in the dress" or something like that.

Her comments made my mouth drop. If I were Asian PPS I would've flipped my hair and said "Bitch, I took off work."


I do not like the mini-challenges - as we saw, with this shit happening, there wasn't enough time for anything besides DRAHMA DRAHMA DRAHMA! in the workroom. I loves me some drama, but I need to see more of the creative process.

And that horrible judge woman needs to never appear on my TV again.


"Brian said...
And that horrible judge woman needs to never appear on my TV again."

I hate to inform you but apparently she will be judging every mini-challenge. They should bring different people even if it's from the same magazine.


LaFemmeFataledeNY

"If the judge just runs in and quickly spouts off some obviously scripted lines instead of offering any real assessments, then it becomes cringe-inducing."


It reminded me of Stylista and Anne Slowey. Not a good reference.


"She bitchily called that shoulder treatment an airbag, but we thought it looked chic and unique."

What we think is chic, unique, and quite adorable they think is odd and Sodom and Gomorrah-ble! Do I smell some Thoroughly Modern Millie?


frogponder said...
"Lighting! Too dark in there to see much of anything. I noticed the elves had to step in and highlight the tshirt when it was first presented to the designers."

Well, the whole point is that the Magical Elves production company produces Project Runway, not this show. If they had produced it, we'd all actually be enjoying the show.


I liked the challenge, I just wished they had spent more time showing the dresses. That is still reason #1 why I watch these fashion shows - to see their creations. If it wasn't for your post I would have not remembered most of them.


"Anonymous said...

What we think is chic, unique, and quite adorable they think is odd and Sodom and Gomorrah-ble! Do I smell some Thoroughly Modern Millie?"

ROFL. LOVE. IT.


SewNotTwittering

Anonymous said...
"Just because I'm strange that way, all I kept thinking about was how short those dresses would have been on human hangers.

I mean, just tootie flying everywhere!"

Not that we'd be able to SEE it in this crappy lighting, though!


"Well, the whole point is that the Magical Elves production company produces Project Runway, not this show. If they had produced it, we'd all actually be enjoying the show."

Yes, because no one ever complained that they couldn't see the dresses on Project Runway.


This show is a poor, poor replacement for Project Runway;

I will give it one more episode and if it doesnt improve drastically as far as showing the actual work instead of trying to be "The Surreal Life - the sewing season" I am out of here.


I have to say I intensely disliked that judge. Michael Kors is bitchy but funny AND you get the idea he really does care about those contestants; and that critique was neither constructive nor amusing. Since neither I nor any other viewer has reason to hate these contestants en masse personally, it is no fun to see their work ripped on like that (especially when they had a men's tee and an hour-or whatever.)

I found her so dislikable it made the idea of reading Harper's unpalatable. Is anyone at Hearst listening?


Bitch and moan and after a few episodes you're all going to be hooked.


If that is avant-garde what I have on right now is futuristic. Please.


Okay, so I haven't seen the show yet. But WTF is that judge wearing? That looks HORRIBLE! Nina wouldn't be caught dead in that thing!


Johnny's dress reminded of Leanne's design. I though it was a pretty dress.


CanIGetYouAnything?

RECO ROCKS!!! I love that he designed for strippers : )


I agree. There needs to be more of the completed dresses. I felt like I blinked and they were gone. It's like they're trying to fit in too much in an hour. As interesting as the mini-challenge was, I would rather have that time spent showcasing the drama during construction time and less fancy camerawork on the runway so that we can see the dresses.


When my husband and I were dissecting the show between ourselves, the Mini-Challenge was a major topic. We think it works well on cooking shows, not so sure about something like this. He had a great suggestion: break it down to discrete tasks that display some fundamentals and related skills, possibly making it shorter.

Our ideas included:
Rank these 5 or 10 fabrics by cost-per-yard.
Identify which of these linen/linen-like fabrics is the synthetic imposter.
Be the first to perfectly execute some tricky or couture sewing technique; maybe inserting a smooth invisible zipper or a double welt pocket.
Fit a bodice on someone with unusual/uneven dimensions.

I'm sure you all have other fabulous ideas! But at any rate, we came to the same conclusions most of you did, and would like to see this section of the show improved.


TLO said - But here's the thing, Bravo: We want to see the results. There were barely any shots showing any of the dresses in their totality.Yes! Exactly! I want to see what the judges are seeing when they critique the garments - not just random closeups of the contestants! The editing was very jarring in that respect. I hope it evens out as the season progresses.

And, can we just auf Merlin now? I cannont stand that little twerp.


I really hope this is just a case of there being too many contestants and once the fat has been trimmed we'll actually be able to see what is being made.

And I like the idea of a mini-challenge in the beginning, but couldn't they have come up with a better name than "Harper's Bazaar Mini Challenge"? I mean, you have the Quickfire Challenges, the Pop Designs, which are all cutesy fitting names, but Haper's Bazaar Mini Challenge? Ew.

I really want to like this show, and I hope I do by the time the series is over, but it's coming across as a sloppily-made Project Runway, which is horrible. Project Runway is one of the sleekest reality shows out there, and for this to be Bravo's way of replacing it is just tragic.


I was insanely jealous that this was the first challenge because I could have won it. marieiscool.etsy.com
I was suprised this was difficult for many of the contestants.


Why is everyone so upset about this show? Just shut up, don't watch it and tune into Tlo!

Ahem.....

I totally agree that Reco's was well executed, and I am sure there are plenty of women out there who would wear it. I thought the jacket he made for the the runway competition was awesome too. AND did I see in the previews that he cries this week? I think I have my favorite designer already.


I could have done without judge Shecky as well. Completely affected. Sounded like she came up with the zingers before she ever saw the dresses.

What would have been inspired was if they'd gotten Jennifer Beales to judge this one.

But what is truly missing from this show is heart. The heart of PR was provided by Tim (and his genuine kindness). There are some great elements to it, but at the end of the day, wwith it being so close to a PR clone, there is a Tim-shaped hole in the center of it.

--GothamTomato


Ahhh. isn't fashion fun. Loved the idea of the min-challenge,just did see the results till the scfeen caps. Thank you!!!


I liked the idea of the mini-challenge and I would've liked to see some of the action in the work room. Also, part of the fun is to see weather or not you agree with the judges so it would've been nice to see the finished garments. If it weren't for your recap, I wouldn't know what anything looked like. Let's hope the editing gets better as the show progresses.


I think most of the problems we have with the show will be fixed over time. I'm hoping anyway. Right now there are too many designers to show all of the garments well. Also, you know Bravo rushed this show together when they lost PR and the production issues were probably dealt with on the fly. And hosts (Kelly) and judges can be replaced if they are not up to par. I say give it a chance, it has potential.

Blanche


" Anonymous said...

What we think is chic, unique, and quite adorable they think is odd and Sodom and Gomorrah-ble! Do I smell some Thoroughly Modern Millie?"


R.O.F.L.M.A.O.


I really liked Johnny's dress and even Merlin's. I thought they did a good job considering how much time they had. Mrs. Harper's Bazaar needs to tone it down.


Here's her bio:

"Laura Brown
Harper's Bazaar Mini-Challenge Judge

Laura Brown joined Harper’s Bazaar in 2005. In addition to booking all of Bazaar’s covers, Laura has put the fun back in fashion by sending The Simpsons to Paris to meet designers like Donatella Versace and Marc Jacobs; producing a satire of society’s obsession with rehab-culture starring actress Chloe Sevigny; having Karl Lagerfeld and rocker Courtney Love kiss and make up after a fashion feud involving Courtney wearing fake Chanel; and convincing celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe go from size 0 to size 8 — with the help of some padding and photo technology. Most recently, she reframed supermodel-turned-talk-show-superstar Tyra Banks into America’s first lady. As the public face of Bazaar, Laura appears frequently on television and in print to promote the magazine.

Before joining Harper’s Bazaar, Laura was Articles Director at Details, and Senior Editor at W. Before relocated to NY from Australia in 2001, she was Features Editor at Harper’s Bazaar Australia."


Could it be editing?


Johnny's LBD was the best, gorgeous, but harem pants? WTH was he thinking?


I don't know, I got a Blayne-esque vibe from most of the designers. I hope I'm wrong.


Her blog on the magazine site:

"On to the Harper's BAZAAR Mini Challenge! Isaac Mizrahi reveals the task at hand by unwinding a T-shirt from around his neck and announcing that our "kids" need to make a Little Black Dress out of it, stat. They look scared.

The judging begins. For the record? I had no idea that Reco had actually designed stripper clothes. I must say, though, all power to him because no one's going to fall out of his look. The seaming was indeed impressive — and might even allow for a navel piercing too. Modern! Oh God, Lydia and that purple thread. Why the purple thread? It's an LBD, not a craft project. I sail past a couple numbers that look like they've fallen victim to Edward's scissorhands and look more like customized T-shirts than dresses. Until I come to Johnny's: cool, simple and sleek, with three shoulder pads as a detail on one side. Sure, it's an airbag, but at least it's interesting. I also liked Keith's, fastened with a simple bow. Merlin's little number was "business in the front, and party in the back."

The one concoction that really did me in? Markus's. The Dress with the Hair. A girl puts that on, and Mama's gonna look like she needs a wax. Women pay vast amounts of money to remove hair from their bodies, not add it! Whatever she is wearing, a woman still wants to feel like a woman. Not an extra from Planet of the Apes.

But anyway, congrats to Johnny, Keith, and magical Merlin for winning the first HB Mini! I tip my hat to these "kids." They have such a burning desire to succeed in fashion, they are willing to endure a sometimes brutal spotlight because they want what they want so much. They're tougher than I am, I'll tell you that. "

http://www.harpersbazaar.com/bazaar-blog/laura-brown-fashion-show-blog


Reco has amazing skills. I think he'll do great.


EspeciallyGay

Keith's was my favorite. Simple but elegant. I have a feeling that Merlin will be very annoying.


I agree with the other commenter who said Recco could be the underdog winner. If he can stay away from making stripper clothes, he could pull it off. His LBD was well constructed under the circumstances and the jacket he made was cute and wearable. It is early to say but I think he is starting strong. I also think he is hillarious; I loved his comment about harem parents just being the high class name for MC Hammer pants!
One thing I did not like- the "safe" team that did not win or lose got no one camera criticism. I would have liked to hear what the judges thought of harem pants as as a staple. But that is a beef I have with PR, also.


One hundred percent agree with TLo's critique of the judging and of the [lack of] good looks at the garments.

I also liked this challenge a lot, though I forsee disliking the mini challenge simply because it takes time away from seeing the process of making the garments and hearing the judges' critiques. Though, if the judges' critiques don't improve & actually address specifics constructively, that part can be skipped.


Still Anon And Loving It

formerlyAnon said...
One hundred percent agree with TLo's critique of the judging and of the [lack of] good looks at the garments.


I got a laugh out of your posting name, since you still are an anon, right?


Still Anon And Loving It

One thing that sticks out in the judging - lack of any crabbing about execution.

The almost-loser had a white blouse that was hemmed so badly and so unevenly that Nina Garcia would have had a heart attack. Also, there was a white blouse with a front inset panel of a shiny white fabric, and the seams ending at the neckline were all off by as much as half an inch. Clearly, an interfacing was needed to conform the edges, but somehow the stitchtestant didn't get that far (or just called it good enough).

I hope the judges will start stomping people who put up such carelessly finished looks.


The one thing that bugged me about the mini-challenge-- it was very similar to something TLC had the Miss America contestants do in its reality show before the pageant. But there was much more be-dazzling involved.


I think the mini challenges are going to be my favorite part of the show. I hope they spend a little more time showing them. It tells me a lot about a person in how they work with limited materials under severe time constraints.

Totally agree on the editing and the way the "jugding" was rushed. Let us get a good look at every garment and spare us the quickie quips.


That stupid woman from Harpers Bazaar was ridiculous. Nothing she said was even worth listening to and her comments and choices were inconsistent to boot. Get rid of her - unless she adds some value.

The air-bag dress was my fave to be honest. The rest didnt tickle my fancy.

This show sorely need some REAL judging and assessments. Witty comments are fine but not for no freaking reason at all except to BE bitchy.


From the pictures here, I liked Johnny's and Keith's but Merlin's looked like Flashdance Pt. 2. I thought the point was that they not look like t-shirts? Kristin's should have been up there for 2nd place, IMHO.

Some people so obviously struggled with working with a knit, that I daresay they will not be around for long.

I love Margaret's ideas for mini-challenges. There are so many ways to show fashion savvy without actually making something. Accessories would be a good one, or how about looking at two dresses, purses, etc. and saying which one is more expensive? (I probably just mentioned that because I am really good at it. To my dismay, I usually pick the pricier one.)


Agreed. Mainly upset over the fact that I couldn't SEE their designs. Less showing of bitchiness and more designing please.

On a side note, I love David Guetta's 'When Love Takes Over' feat. Ms. Rowland :D Am I the only one?


Ok, am I the only one to think that Laura Brown of Harper’s Bazaar wore the most dreadful dowdy outfit imaginable? Was it my delusion or did she PIN or BASTE an APRON to her dress, and did she wear black tights with clunky black shoes to complete the 1930's housewife effect or not? Even her skirt length reminded me of Sister Virgina's navy and white a-line skirt ensemble. (She was my philos0phy teacher in Catholic girl's school.

And SHE calls herself an arbiter of fashion? ERM, er, huh, forgive me for puking, and I beg your pardon for doing so in public - but Laura had some nerve choosing the best black dress for the quick fire, er, challenge, when she can't even get her own act together. Puhlease, Bravo, check out your guest judge's taste before you hire them.


Still Anon And Loving It said:
formerlyAnon said...


I got a laugh out of your posting name, since you still are an anon, right?

******************
As anon as one can be on line, which is not so very as we'd like to think, were anyone to try very hard.

But, in this case, the idea was to become recognizably the same anon every time I post.


"And don't even get us started on THIS bitch"

LOL! And we have to put up with her every week?! I'm hoping she starts to grow on me like Toby did on Top Chef.

We'll see more of the clothes as there are fewer clothes to see. I'm not worried about that.


The mini challenge was a nice idea but I agree I want to see more of the garments. And the guest judge sucked.
As to the winners, I didn't like Merlins design at all. This slashed stuff looked trashy.


Honestly, I felt a little sorry for Lidia. I thought she had a good idea in theory of using the yarn to add a splash of color but it went horribly wrong.

So far, I'm getting the Sweet P vibe from her and Heavenly. So it looks like they're going to be struggling.

Hope they don't turn out to be bitches.

And I like Reco. Just a guy from tha hood with lots of attitude and looks like he can sew. He's out "Jerrell"-ing Jerrell right now, and that ain't no small feat. LOL!


Each of these was uniquely atrocious and if I were a judge, I'd have crossed my arms and refused to select a winner. They're all that bad.


"Anonymous said...
Honestly, I felt a little sorry for Lidia. I thought she had a good idea in theory of using the yarn to add a splash of color but it went horribly wrong."

I agree, at first I was like wow that's interesting I love a pop of color and then I realized where she was going and went downhill from there. The top looks ok, but the back looks horrible.


Love the mini-challenge. Can you imagine if PR did that too? No one would complain.


The action-film camera and editing was very annoying on the runway. The camera angle shifting all the time... and the editing is so poor that you can't really see anything.


So far, Reco is my favorite, I don't care what bitch face said, he had the best dress.

She claims she didn't know he had designed for strippers before:

"For the record? I had no idea that Reco had actually designed stripper clothes. I must say, though, all power to him because no one's going to fall out of his look. The seaming was indeed impressive — and might even allow for a navel piercing too. Modern! "


And yet she made fun of him. Whatever bitch.


Now, here is the burning question:

Is there going to be a TLounge?


I think it's a bit unfair to remotely compare this show to the Project Runway of today. If anyone remembers, the first season of PR was pretty lame until they got down to the last 6 or 7 designers. I say give TFS a chance.
Right now we are in the midst of a large gaggle of designers we practically know nothing about, except for a couple like Merlin and Ms. Pink Hair, both of whom I dislike, but they do add snark to the show.
I found the show entertaining, simply because I love fashion and I love LeMiz.
Soooooo, I am going to sit back and enjoy it, if for nothing else than pure fun. Even the total bitch from Harper's Bazaar should be taken with a grain of salt. I hated her, but then, don't we always need someone to hate on these shows?


One thing that worries me is that these designers seemed to be too caught up in "art" and being "Avant Garde" to make the kind of clothes we could see on something like Project Runway.

You know, after all these seasons, I'm beginning to think that Austin was one of the most rebellious designers ever on the show, because he wanted to do classic, pretty dresses, which after watching so many seasons of Project Runway seems so different. A lot of people seemed to think that if they send up weird, messed-up, ugly clothes, then it makes them an artist or something like that, which I'm kind of getting bored with.


I think Recco's skills behind the sewing machine, he speed, and his ability to construct will have him in the competion for a while.

LOL@ bravo picking a man that says " I use to make clothes for strippers" and thinking they were going to get anything diffrent! I LOVE HIM ALREDY * big booty hoes hump with it ....you ain't nuttin but a hoochie mama hood rat..."


I really like Johnny R's t-shirt dress the best and he seemed to a good project leader - his team was the only one that didn't seem to have friction.. I hope to see more of Johnny R's work


RussellH88 had an interesting observation:
"I'm beginning to think that Austin was one of the most rebellious designers ever on the show, because he wanted to do classic, pretty dresses"

YES! I admit I don't own/wear many classic, pretty dresses, but if I had the money for couture that's what I'd want. I don't need deconstructed, weirdly shaped, ugly artyness. Bring back the Austin aesthetic, please!


not sure how creative this challenge really was.
ANTM had the models do it in a judging challenge in like season 3. and ya know what, some of their dresses kick most of these dresses off the runway!





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