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2 Tops and 1 Bottom

Which is either a dream come true or annoying, depending upon your point of view.

Althea:

Model: Tanisha Harper

This was a contender for the win. You can tell the judges, Rebecca especially, loved it. It wasn't without its problems, though. And considering that the winning outfit was pretty much flawless, it just wasn't the time for Althea to produce a less than perfect look.

We really like that stripe detail in the bust and the straps. Without it, this would have been a nice, but mostly uninteresting design.

Unfortunately, the execution wasn't what it could have been. The finishing on them looks a little rough.

And from the back, they look pretty uneven. Honestly, we're being a little picky here, but like we said, this was not the week to show a less than perfect look and expect to win. Shirin really brought her A game.

The other area where she faltered was the design itself. No woman as pregnant as these models were attempting to appear is going to wear something as low cut and with as little support as that.

Especially if that woman is Rebecca Romijn, who's got a bodacious set even when she's not pregnant.

Still, a good try from Althea and definitely puts her in the "one to watch" category. Although it's notable that her dress last week had some finishing issues in the bust as well.

Louise:

Model: Lisa Blades

This was a very sweet, very sexy little dress from Louise and it hits all the right notes when it comes to maternity wear. As we said previously, women in this state tend to want to look pretty and feminine and even a little sexy. She nailed it on all those fronts.

And while this is all those things, it also fulfills the other major desire of pregnant women: comfort. This dress looks effortless to wear. Everything is well covered and non-binding, while still having an easy, breezy sexy feel to it.

It's probably a little short for some women's comfort zones, but again, we're talking Rebecca Romijn here, who did three blockbuster movies wearing nothing but some strips of latex and blue body paint. Body issues just aren't on her menu.

She did a nice job on the bust. Not only was the hand-dyed lace a nice touch, but she designed a bust for multiple sizes, knowing that a pregnant woman's boobs don't stay the same size for long.

And as Nina pointed out, the layered hem was a nice touch, too.

We have a bit of a reservation declaring that she's one to watch as well only because if you've checked out her portfolio, you know that this is a pretty standard look for her. She's probably made this dress dozens of times already. Pretty, but if she can only send these 1920s-inspired pieces down the runway, the judges are going to get bored or she's going to run into a challenge where she can't get away with it.

Ra'mon:

Model: Vanessa Fitzgerald

It's like an Olympics Closing Ceremony outfit for the Women's Labor & Delivery team. We really don't like anything about this look; hate the colors, hate the color-blocking, and when you take those elements away, you've got a very basic dress with some alarming technical issues. All the criticisms we had for his dress last week are even more evident this week.

Namely, his technical skills and his fit issues. He clearly has no idea how to fit a bust. Granted, his model is pretty flat-chested, but that should have made his job easier, not harder.

And, as we said last week, you can see every seam from twenty feet away. It's Puckerville all over again.

You would think that if he knows this, he wouldn't have gone with all that color-blocking, but again, last week he pin-tucked the hell out of his gown, so we're assuming that he doesn't recognize this deficiency on his part.

Look, it's a design competition and not a sew-off. Having less than perfect sewing skills doesn't mean you're out of the game. But designing things that highlight your lack of sewing skills is definitely asking for trouble.

It's not a great dress and it's not a great design. Those Nike swoops were such a bad idea it was kind of funny. Part of the reason he didn't get more shit from the judges for it is because he owned up to it immediately and showed a sense of humor about it.

Extended Judging Videos:







[Photos: Mike Yarish/myLifetime.com - Videos: myLifetime.com - Screencaps: Projectrungay.blogspot.com]



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105 comments:

You two are fabulous!! Thanks for everything.


I think one of the reasons the judges let Ramon off lightly was that he did admit to his own cluelessness in working with the pregnant female form - as his dress clearly showed!

Althea's would have been much more of a contender with the bust area better covered. Although even then, I just don't see her besting Shirin's outfit - it was just too well designed & executed.

I'm still finding it hard to believe Althea's just 23...

you boys need to take off for the night -you've been working very hard - go have some FUN!

srq


We were really not sure the chicken costume we more horrible that the poor sad bowling bag dress. He even chose bowling alley colors. From the 1970's.


"Which is either a dream come true or annoying, depending upon your point of view."

LMFAO!

I loved the layering on Louise's look, because the hem didn't stick five feet away from the model's body; that was the only thing I didn't like with Shirin's.

And, not to sound bitchy, but is anyone else glad Ra'mon didn't become a neurosurgeon? Because if his dexterity is this bad sewing fabric, imagine what your head would look like if he was your doctor...


You guys are amazing -- eye of the tiger marathon posting!

The extended judging videos are especially awesome. Thank you for reposting them!

Althea: Beautiful color -- I thought the navy was a smart, smart choice. But lordy, I thought the girls were gonna bust loose on that dress.

Louise: It's very much Louise's style, true, but I thought she put a lot of real thought into the dress with the expanding bust and the layered hem that could stretch to accomodate the growing tummy. Plus, it was gorge. I liked her judging comment that she wants the observer to look the dress up and down -- too many people ignore hems!

Ra'mon: So pretty... (the designer, I mean). The dress? Not so much. A bit of a peak-and-valley effort in the past two eps, no? Maybe this one was just a big misstep. I'm looking forward to next eps' work!


Althea's was good, but I find Louise's aesthetic more interesting. I think her dress last week was different enough from her '20s-inspired looks and still pretty. I won't say she's one to watch, since my predictions are terrible, but she seems to have the good ideas and good skills to stick around for a bit.


And now we get to what I considered the most painful part of this week's show. Bowling ball bag! Even RR called that! Oh dear, why why would you make a color blocked garment out of satin if you can't sew those seams perfectly!? It might have worked in jersey, if it didn't cut in under the belly... Hopefully, things will shape up or shake out for Ra'mon and Mitchell next week...Loved the ladies dresses, but didn't realize what was NOT going on in the back of Althea's dress (matching!!!), and of course the bust issue.


Louise's dress was my second favorite after Shirin's. I love her 20's - 30's aesthetic. I hope she sticks around for a while.


I want to see Althea's i.d. !


Ramon women aren't race cars.


I thought Althea's look was very much something that Rebecca R. would wear, if fitted properly, but Shirin's garment was executed so flawlessly I would have been surprised if Althea took the win. Either way, for such a young designer I thought she nailed the maternity/sexy/fashion-conscious side of it. I mean, I can't imagine she's had many friends who were pregnant or been pregnant herself. I was impressed.

I also agree that Louise's dress was great (I think she could have been top two, personally) but I liked the idea that she took a style that's generally not about celebrating curves and still kept it sexy and cute for a woman likely carrying more curves than normal. But I also agree that if she doesn't end up showing range, she'll slip into the background and eventually get auf'd for her first mishap.

Seeing Ra'mon in the bottom three was disappointing. I think he's adorable. But, I think he suffers from a similar lack of technical skills as Mitchell. If fitted properly, I think the dress would have been fairly cute. However, I'm willing to bet that the "belly" was squashed sideways but pushed foward withing the dress, making the "pregnancy" looking even larger than it was (and on that tiny girl, it looked HUGE anyway). I hope Ra'mon gets used to desgining for her and can overcome his sewing issues.


Shit. That's "within" and "look."


Here is my beef with the Lifetime PR so far.... if I get another 'pop up ad' for the channel during runway, I am gonna scream. I was hoping that some of the lighting and filming issues during the runway part of the show would improve, and it hasn't. In fact, with all the distracting logos, it's even worse! OMG, Lifetime, I am trying to watch a show here! Stop being so pushy. Ok, I feel better. Thanks TLo for your always dead on posts!


I thought Louise's look was extremely flattering. But it would require a strapless bra that might feel a little uncomfortable to wear with a huge belly just underneath. This didn't seem like the kind of fabric to provide sufficient structure and support in the absence of a bra.

Althea's gown was interesting but didn't blow me away, especially because of the execution issues with the striped trim in the back. The color was also a bit funereal somber for a preggers woman.

Ra'mon's dress:

"It's like an Olympics Closing Ceremony outfit for the Women's Labor & Delivery team."


ROFLMAO!

The problem with this dress, other than the annoying "Look, look, baby growing right here in this big bump sticking out" thing is that it is depressing. Who wants to be wearing dark and drab colors when pregnant? When those nesting hormones kick in, a woman wants to be wearing brighter, happy happy colors.

I just thought this look was totally inappropriate for a pregnant woman.


Yay weekend posts!

I didn't mind Ra'mon's design so much when it was walking down the runway, especially since I gravitate toward such curvy color blocking.

But contemplating it in stills, it's just not a hot look.

As for Althea's dress, I didn't understand what the big deal was. The straps in the bust were weird and give this effect similar to Mychael Knight's couture disaster.


Louise's look? Pretty great, but you're right; she's a vintage chick and I hope that garnering positive comments with a garment squarely in her comfort zone will encourage her to push herself.


I personally thought Johnny's dress should have been in the top; so simple with the white trim, but effective. And Epperson, God love him, should have been in the bottom, with that nightmare jumpsuit thing that makes her look like she's hiding a basketball in her painter's pants.


Somewhat OT, but Althea's model has obviously fake boobs, globes just standing there, and that is not the bust of a pregnant woman, who is going to be fuller and more relaxed in her bust until her lactation begins. It is not a real bust to fit.

But really, that model has a BAD boob job!!!


I was absolutely flabbergasted when I realized that Louise was on the stage to be praised rather than punished. I'll readily admit that she put an above-average amount of thought and time into the look, what with the hand-dying and the expandable pleats, but the overall look is a 20's sleepwear costume. I can't think of a single occasion where an outfit like that would be appropriate. Even at a nice dinner, I'd expect it to get confused stares from people wondering why she bothered to do her hair and makeup without changing out of her nightgown.

But then, I'm biased. I hate designers like Louise who blindly adhere to the fashion standards of old as if the acceptable terms of "beauty" in the 20's were somehow superior to what we hold as beautiful today. Fashion design like that is, by necessity, made up of nothing but costumes. Women today do not live in the 1920's, and wearing a dress that looks like it's from that era is not unlike a kid dressing up as a ninja turtle on Halloween.


I also thought it was interesting that the top three designs were made by women and the bottom three were made by men. Maybe women just understand the issues involved in being pregnant better, even though at least Althea and Shirin said they have never been pregnant.


Wow, didn't really expect a third blog post from you guys today. Thanks--you're right on point. Yep, pregnant women want comfort and they want some remnant of attractivess.

For some reason, Malvin seemed to be the one designer who didn't get it.

Know why Shirin won, but I loved Louise's little dress.


Wow another saturday review and at night. You know this probably could have waited til at least tomorrow. Not like you have another 50+ dresses to go over

That being said, Althea and Louise really delivered despite the bust issue which at least Altheas knew was going to be brought up. I am glad for Louise that she got into the top 3. That way people will get a good look at her style. No matter what happens now she should get an increase in her business and expand her clientele. Probably will get her more steampunkers

And as for Ra'mon. EGADS! This was so bad. I cannot believe he was going to be a nuerosurgeon. Can you imagine the lawsuits that could result if his operation went done with this level of skill?

The idea wasn't bad and at least he took a risk. But as Tim said that dress doesn't just celebrate pregnacy, it's giving it a big trumpeting fanfare

okay I agree though you need to go have fun and find yourself your own tops and bottom :p

Frank


Am I alone in thinking that Louise's dress was somewhat inappropriate? It really, really looked like a negligee. It was uncomfortably short -- what pregnant woman wants that? I thought it bordered on vulgar.

I did like Althea's, except for the bust. Loved the color, hated how low-cut it was. I definitely think I underestimated her last week.

I definitely agreed with the judges this week on the win. Shirin's was flawless, and very tasteful. An obvious winner, in my opinion.


I have to say I dont have major issues with the pop-ups on Lifetime when compared to what they now do on Bravo. Those are horrid. Almost 50% bigger and they pop up from the middle of the screen instead of the bottom. At times they hae blocked peoples faces!

Then again I'd rather see ads for Drop Dead Diva than the latest trainwreck of Housewives

Frank


Stacy @8:51,

I really don't understand the entire second paragraph of your post. Louise is somehow "blind" and insulting modern fashion, because she happens to like 1920's styles and uses them in her designs? Huh?


Loved Althea's and Louise's but for Althea's the high res pictures definitely show less than perfect construction. I think Ramon got a pass because of his strong showing last week and because you can tell he was headed in the right direction with a glamorous maternity dress that celebrates the baby (even though its pointing out to it in neon lights lol)


Stacy said:
"I'll readily admit that she put an above-average amount of thought and time into the look, what with the hand-dying and the expandable pleats, but the overall look is a 20's sleepwear costume. I can't think of a single occasion where an outfit like that would be appropriate."


How about jumping into bed for a snooze?


I'm hoping Louise turns out to be like Laura or Stella: Someone who works within a narrow range but somehow makes her style fit each challenge's guidelines. She already seems to have good technical skills with traditional fabrics (unlike Stella). Now all we need to see is a funky challenge to see how she does.


The more I look at Louise's dress, the more I like it. The opposite is true for Althea although I do think it's pretty good.

Everything else aside, the way the skirt falls on Ra'Mon's dress looks really unflattering. That dress is terrible from the side.


"It's like an Olympics Closing Ceremony outfit for the Women's Labor & Delivery team."

Best line of the last oh-so-busy 10 days or so of your blog. TLo rocks my socks.


stacy wrote: I hate designers like Louise who blindly adhere to the fashion standards of old as if the acceptable terms of "beauty" in the 20's were somehow superior to what we hold as beautiful today.

Well, fashion is by nature derivative but I somewhat agree with your point. However, there's a difference between referencing a historial element in an otherwise updated design, and simply repeating what has already been done (and doing it over and over like Tugboat!) Whether one era is more "beautiful" than another is a matter of taste.


I liked the first two that you mentioned here, of course they just aren't practically perfect like Shirin's was so they really had no chance.

Louise really thought about the challenge and comfort, I like that-- this will take her far.

On different week either of those two could have won.

I really don't know what Ra'mon was thinking-- I actually could see some young and unknowing starlet in this (although with way better execution). but not someone as experienced and sophisticated as RR.

Thanks for another post!


"It's like an Olympics Closing Ceremony outfit for the Women's Labor & Delivery team."


This is why I have been an avid reader of your blog since the very first day. Thank you, thank you, thank you.


I really liked Louise's frock, though I wish the skirt was longer (but this could be a reflection on my own maternity wear taste, not Heidi Klum's). And, yes, I do wish the fabric was less shiny (nightgown-y), but it looks like a lovely "going out" dress.


"Which is either a dream come true or annoying, depending upon your point of view."

Mmmmmm...total dream come true, until you show me that fugly dress of Ramon.


Take the weekend off!!! You deserve it (plus it leaves more goodness for work procrastination).

Thank you for all the snarky love, though!

My boyfriend said Ra'mon's dress looked like a Vikings helmet, which is even funnier because he's from MN!


Stacy said:

"But then, I'm biased. I hate designers like Louise who blindly adhere to the fashion standards of old as if the acceptable terms of "beauty" in the 20's were somehow superior to what we hold as beautiful today. Fashion design like that is, by necessity, made up of nothing but costumes. Women today do not live in the 1920's, and wearing a dress that looks like it's from that era is not unlike a kid dressing up as a ninja turtle on Halloween."


I understand not digging a specific aesthetic, but this paragraph passed the 'harsh' curve by about 3 miles. Dayum.

Fwiw, I absolutely love vintage style. More even than modern. And I could list you 25637 reasons why I, personally, like it better (which is the same why I like OOAK pieces). Thinking that it looks like costume, shows extremely narrow-mindness, which, imo, is the opposite what fashion should be about.

Anyways.... I didn't care for Althea's design at all. Boring and the bust was a crime for PG boobies. But, then again, I guessed Althea in the bottom twice, because I don't think she's that good at all.

Ra'mom is such a beautiful man. The dress was a FAIL, though.


"No woman as pregnant as these models were attempting to appear is going to wear something as low cut and with as little support as that."

Man, here and elsewhere I've seen all these assumptions about pregnant women and what our bodies ALL do.

For the record, at 39 weeks pregnant I wore a top cut very much like this one. I was a small B cup at my biggest, and loved the fact that during pregnancy I could finally show off a bit of cleavage that I'd never ever had before. (And, since weaning my son, have never had since.)

Really, I looked and felt sexier when pregnant than at any other time in my life before or since. It's not always so bad!


On closer inspection I don't like althea's dress. Something about it I just don't find pretty, even if is an interesting design.


Although apparently in the minority, I didn't mind Ra'mon's dress. I think that if it was better constructed and fit, it could work as a teenager appropriate non-maternity dress. Think something sporty.


MouseAnony, thanks. I, too, was concerned about a spaghetti strap for a pregnant woman. Louise should have had a wider strap to accommodate a bra. I am as flat as Ra'mon's model, but when I was pregnant, I grew a set and needed support! She thought about a growing bust size, but not a growing need to hold those boobies up.

Thanks, TLo. for all these posts! You fabulous boys spoil us rotten!


"It's like an Olympics Closing Ceremony outfit for the Women's Labor & Delivery team"

well, better than for the Men's Labor & Delivery team.

I'm watching PR on mylifetime.com; they post the full episodes on Saturday, and it's FABULOUS. It's streaming video, so you click "play" once, watch ONE short (30-second or less) ad, and then - nothing but runway. No popups, logos, commercial breaks - nothing. Gotta wait two days to check in for my TLo, but it's worth it (I can't afford cable). And watching PR with no commercials is DREAMY.

and wow! congrats on the email from Professor Gunn! I can picture him wiping tears away from behind those glasses as he laughs himself silly over your ingenious repartee. Because - as kind and wonderful as that man is - you KNOW he's dying to say thing like "It looks like the women's labor & delivery team!" to some of these designers.

The big plus about Shirin's outfit, for me, is that it would be amazingly gorgeous as a non-pregnant-lady outfit as well, with some slight modifications. Though Althea's dress was pretty, if it was just a red-carpet gown it would be stolidly boring. not bad, just absolutely unremarkable.

I liked that rose colored thing that Qrystal made, and the white-piped garment from - is it Jonny? but you'll get there eventually!

thanks for the weekend posts! can't wait for this week's TLo Awards.


Well, I was GOING to comment something like "he gave up being a doctor for THAT!?" But I just read his bio, and it seems like he was just pre-med. Hmph!

I thought it was funny that Mitchell teased him about it looking like a bowling ball bag, then Heidi turned around and said the same thing. It was truely awful, but kudos to him for taking the critism so well.


I thought Louise's dress was absolutely beautiful. The one change I would make (as others have suggested) is wider shoulder straps to cover bra straps.

I was really surprised Althea was in the top 3 - I thought it was a pretty basic dress with more room in the belly. I'm glad she realized her cups were too small.

Oh Ra'mon. I think when RR said something about 'celebrating pregnant curves' he took it too literally and made it ALL about celebrating the frontal sphere. Oy.

But just like I think there was a big jump from 1 & 2 down to 3 (Althea), I think there was a big gap from bottom 1 & 2 (Henny & Mitchell) up to Ra'mon.


kittens not kids said...
congrats on the email from Professor Gunn! I can picture him wiping tears away from behind those glasses as he laughs himself silly over your ingenious repartee.


What are you talking about, kittens not kids?


You guys really are spoiling us today! Thanks for the hard work - it definitely makes my life infinitely better.

As for the garments, I thought I liked Althea's dress when she was designing it and when it came down the runway. Not like OMGLOVE, but just "oh, that's nice". The thing is, the more I look at it and consider it, the LESS i like it. Theoretically it could have been cute had there been better execution, but I also don't really feel like it held its own with Shirin and Louise's garments. The more I see it, the more I am underwhelmed.

Speaking to the boobage issue, I'm not pregnant, and I've been known wear very low cut shirts, but I would feel uncomfortable in this. If I were with child, and my boobs were to GROW? Pshft. Forget that.

Louise's dress = love.
Ra'mon's dress = things that TLo said more eloquently than i could ever hope to.


Loved Althea's dress. I thought it looked gorgeous.
Louise's dress looked like lingerie to me.
Ra'mon dress was a disaster. I hated the shape and the colors, so not flattering.


"It's like an Olympics Closing Ceremony outfit for the Women's Labor & Delivery team"

OMG!


It's like an Olympics Closing Ceremony outfit for the Women's Labor & Delivery team.


ROFLMAO. You bitches kill me.


HeatherSnow said...

kittens not kids said...
congrats on the email from Professor Gunn! I can picture him wiping tears away from behind those glasses as he laughs himself silly over your ingenious repartee.

What are you talking about, kittens not kids?



Heather, Tlo posted this on their Facebook page:

"Kittens, we just received the most wonderful email from Tim. It's always a pleasure to hear from him, but this really made our day:
"I'm struggling for breath from laughing so hard while reading your blog! Tom and Lorenzo, you are the... two most brilliant guys in social commentary! Thank you for being you!
Love you,
Tim XOXOX"

We love you, Tim, we really do."


Stacy said:

"But then, I'm biased. I hate designers like Louise who blindly adhere to the fashion standards of old as if the acceptable terms of "beauty" in the 20's were somehow superior to what we hold as beautiful today. Fashion design like that is, by necessity, made up of nothing but costumes. Women today do not live in the 1920's, and wearing a dress that looks like it's from that era is not unlike a kid dressing up as a ninja turtle on Halloween."
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But the funny thing is, those baby doll dresses were not popular for women in the 1920's. Drop waisted and kimono styles were more popular.


Which is either a dream come true or annoying, depending upon your point of view.


LOL


Thanks for the late Saturday post!

I really liked Louise's dress and loved the idea that it could be still be worn after the birth (hell, it could have helped start the conception... ).

I quite liked Althea's. But, yeah. When you're going to be showing a top like that with two contrasting colours, you'd better damned well make sure things line up at the back and even watching the torrent on a small computer screen I could see the problem when the model walked back.

The only thing about Louise? She can drop the left shoulder wacka-wacka now. We don't want to get her a reputation for frou-frou like that Fleurchon woman, damned it.

I must say, after Season 5's so-so designers and that gag-inducing horrorshow from a few weeks ago, this is a really good start to this season.

Hurrah!


Two tops, one bottom. Sounds like a Saturday night. But seriously, is anyone else wondering why they gave them the silly faux-foetus pillows but no fake boobies? Even eeensy leetle pregnant peeps have at least slightly inflated chests. Just Sayin.

-Perce


I agree completely, TLo. Althea's dress was very RR worthy. Louise's I liked as well, but that vintage look can get played out awfully quickly. Nice job by both women even if their designs weren't quite right for pregnancy boobs.

Ra'mon presents and dresses himself far better than he did his pregnancy model. That dress had workmanship issues, but the fabric, colors, and design would have been bad regardless. I'm hoping he's more talented than he appears because he seems like a nice guy with a nice sense of personal style.


I didn't like any of these 3 looks.

Ra'mon is CUTE though.

Louise looks like Dawn Wiener all grown up...


Althea's dress is too Herve Leger-like.


The phrase "...Women's Labor & Delivery team" alone made my entire weekend.


I'd have voted Althea for the win, despite workmanship, if only the bust had been better covered/supported. I loved how *sleek* the model looked in it, and sleek is damn hard to come by in the third trimester.

Poor Ra'mon

I love Louise's details, her workmanship so much that even though this dress is far over my personal line for girly femininity, I almost love it. BUT. I have blathered before about my hatred of large fabric flowers. I now know that I hate large fabric fungi almost as much. What WAS that mess? And why does it seem to bother so very few people besides myself?

Thanks, TLo for sharing the Gunn email - how cool is that? - and for the weekend posts. But pace yourselves or you'll be hollow-eyed and starving in a cluttered home littered with unpaid bills by the time the designer herd thins!


Love Love Love Louise's dress, and the fact that she is a vintage chick ... love that even more.

I can think of quite a few girls I know who would love to wear a dress like that anytime, and anywhere. I personally can think of lots of places that would be appropriate to wear that dress.

So she likes vintage and twists it into her work, big deal. A lot of designers are inspired by what's been before. It's a great look, it's a popular look, and it's where I live it always has been.

So yeah, I love Louise, and with my track record - she'll be aufed next week.


Fabulous double entendre, boys...LOVE the title.


Being in the midst of maternity designing myself these days, I was really hoping for more wearable, well executed designs from all of them. Aside from the winning design, none of them hit the mark in my books.


Fashion is all about recycling and reinterpreting past designs and looks. The return of the '70s and '80s. The key is that they need to be reinterpreted, not slavishly copied. I think Louise IS reinterpreting them for the modern aesthetic. Very few people would be interested in wearing a copy of a '20s or '30s dress. As someone upthread posted, the '20s were about low waists and basically pretty shapeless silhouettes. And no boobs! They would even strap down their breasts. Also, the hemlines, though scandalously short for the time, were actually about knee length. Then in the '30s, the dresses got very long.

I agree that spaghetti straps would not support most pregnant women's breasts. And this design was for Rebecca Romign--and we could see how big her breasts have gotten! My problem with Louise's design was that it isn't something I could really see RR wearing unless she wanted to do something really different than her usual style.

I liked Althea's design and it looks very RR to me--but it would need to be remade in the bust area. That it is somewhat Herve Leger-ish is not a detriment, to me, any more than Louise's '20s references are.

Ra'mon's dress was a disaster on all fronts. The colors and design were just not right, let alone the construction. I hope he will stop overreaching beyond his construction skills because it will bite him in the ass sooner rather than later. It was a cut above the bottom two, though.


The only thing that's 20s about Louise's dress is the designer's haircut.

And Althea? How tall is this woman? She's a few inches above her model.


"It's like an Olympics Closing Ceremony outfit for the Women's Labor & Delivery team"

You guys are the best! How you come up with new on point hilarity every day is inspiring.

Thank you!


"It's like an Olympics Closing Ceremony outfit for the Women's Labor & Delivery team."
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LMAO!! If there is an award for best line of the season so far, give it to yourselves, TLo! This is priceless!!!

On to the designs: I absolutely loved Louise's. Comfortable, pretty, feminine, and designed with the changes in a pregnant woman's body in mind. Second only to Shirin's design
Upon further study, Althea's was not all that. Nice basic design, but rather poorly executed with the too small bust cups and the mismatched stripes in the back.
Ramon: Frightening.
Thanks so much, TLo, for your tireless work on entertaining us, your loyal minions, this weekend.
Now, please get some very well deserved rest!!! XOXO


Actually, I remember seeing a pic of pregnant Rebecca Romijn on page six wearing a dress with strapping similar to Althea's dress. The strappy bodice was monotone, though, and covered more. Other than that and finishing issues, this could be the same dress. It's definitely the sort of thing Romijn wears.

On the other hand, no woman wants to look like a bowling bag, much less a purple one.

When I was pregnant, most of the maternity clothes that I could find did exactly what Ra'mon's did... drew attention to the bump. I might as well have pasted a neon sign on my abdomen. OR they were tents cut down to tops and dresses. It was refreshing to see cute, sexy maternity clothes. (And I don't mean Ra'mon's or chicken boy's.) But it seems that Ra'mon's thought process is actually fairly common in the maternity fashion world.


Seeing these reinforces my thought that Shirin just blew everyone else out of the water with something that was miles ahead of everyone else in design and execution.

It was very poorly made but Althea's dress was beautiful and exactly the kind of dress that could be worn on the red carpet by a preggers celeb. There was way too much boobage but she acknowledged that and presumably in the real word with more time she would have fixed that. And, even normally flat women have glorious boobs during pregnancy and why not flaunt it while you've got it? Especially if they're going to deflate after the baby comes.

I really wanted to love Louise's dress. I usually love vintage-inspired designs but I really didn't like this at all. First of all, it was much too short and that much shiny redness was overwhelming. Why do designers insist on using shiny material? I never see people wearing this crap in real life, even at dressy occasions. I did like the tiered skirt(s) but the overall effect was kind of meh for me.

Ramon - cute guy, mediocre designer.


Anonymous 10:18 said, I didn't mind Ra'mon's dress. I think that if it was better constructed and fit, it could work as a teenager appropriate non-maternity dress. Think something sporty.

But that wasn't the remit. That's like saying an evening gown is a fine entry into a sportswear challenge because you could change the fabric and shorten it and turn it into shorts.

You're supposed to design within the parameters given, not create something that's would work as something else.


Althea's dress is very appropriate for the client and challenge. Regarding the bust, I think it's okay not to take a true pregnancy bust into consideration for the runway, because after all the models aren't pregnant. But you do have to take your actual model's bust into consideration. The model looks in danger of showing a nip. For that she should have come in 3rd.
Louise's dress is also very pretty. Not to costumey or lingerie inspired in my opinion. She does very fine work , this dress , like her first does not look like it was done in a rush. I like that fabric corsage that she puts on the shoulder. But I hope she does not use silk charmeuse for this weeks entry.
Ra'mon took the form fitting request a little too literally. The piecing of curved seams is not an easy thing to do, so I give him a pass on the workmanship. Which isn't nearly as bad as the very simple garment that Mitchell turned out.


I'm going to have to defend Louise's dress a little bit. It appeared to be very well executed and (important) thoughtfully designed with the pregnant woman in mind. I thought she made a charming yet practical dress that could be worn in different times during pregnancy, and the lace was a lovely touch. Short? Well, there are pregnant women wearing short dresses out there, kittens. Me, I would want something longer, but I've never had good legs! And as for making something in her comfort zone, I agree she'll have to step out but we know she will be forced out by some crazy challenge down the road, and I wish her well.

Okay, I'm done.


Third Trimester Esther

The reason Shirin's dress was my fave and Althea's and Louise's didn't deserve to win is the fact that neither A nor L's garments could accommodate a supportive bra. There is no way I'd ever wear a dress, at this point in my pregnancy, without one. Trust me, no one would want to see that either. A thicker strap on Louise's would have helped. With Althea's, well, the only thing she could have done is make a much more constructed bust that a pregnant woman could wear without a bra because it was so supportive in itself. That dress could barely cover the itty bitty model titties. You can tell neither of these gals has ever been pregnant...


I liked Althea's dress, despite its execution issues.

Maybe Rebecca Romijn wouldn't wear it, but Heidi sure as hell would. Any reason to let the puppies out...


Louise's was gorgeous, and had some real style and wit to it. But I also said she has probably made 50 dresses similar to that, so it looks like she's just pulling out her bag of tricks. Still liked it, though.


Ramon's was a complete disappointment. He's better than this. RR was dead on with the bowling bag comment. But there was at least one outfit that deserved that third spot before he did.


I want Louise's dress. And I'm not even pregnant. I just adored it. I think she's a one to watch because her execution is really flawless. If she switches up her aesthetic a little bit so it's not one-note, I think she can go really far.

Plus, I love her hair.


Hope Ra'mon comes around.

It really looked like Tim's take was pretty accurate. He thinks "too much" and that's going to burn him.


I suppose since the dress was to be for a celebrity who probably doesn't wear anything twice the point it moot, but a super structured dress like Ra'mon's would fit ONE time. Pregnant with twins--and not her first pregnancy--her body is likely growing by the hour.


I LOVE Althea's dress, love the fabric, the color, the back...it looks like if she had steamed the top just a little it would've looked much better. Lifetime, give these people a steamer!

By the way, Tlo, congrats on the email from Saint Gunn. That is awesome!!!


As for boobage - I missed out on that. I only went up half a cup size during pregnancy, and I started out with an "A." Probably why I didn't take any points off for Louise's spaghetti straps. We don't all become wonderfully endowed, unfortunately.


bitchybitchybitchy

I agree with TLo's reservations about Louise-I think that she's turend out two lovely dresses so far, especially in the pregnancy challenge-but I would love to see if she can move outside her comfort zone, so the coming weeks should be interesting.

I didn't hate Ra'mon's design as much as some posters have, but admit that it had lots of problems.

I will cheerfully confess to a partiality for Ra'mon, so I hope he picks up his game in the next challenge.


From Louise:

"Hey guys, thanks again for the nice write-up. I only wish I'd kept in mind how tall Lisa is. I kept forgetting she's 6ft and that dress was a little too short on her. I had also planned on putting another cap sleeve on the other side, but ran out of time. I was so happy with the dress though, and plan on doing a small range of these in very soon."


With the crap lighting on the PR Runway, I couldn't really tell the true color of Althea's dress. The judges were raving about it. Was it navy? Midnight blue? Black? I'm not really clear on what's so amazing about these colors, particularly since Ra'mon got slammed for being too "safe" last week with his color selection (navy blue).


I love Louise! I hope we get to see a lot more from her.


"It's like an Olympics Closing Ceremony outfit for the Women's Labor & Delivery team."


Oh. my. God. I can't stop laughing.


TLo said...
From Louise:

"Hey guys, thanks again for the nice write-up. I only wish I'd kept in mind how tall Lisa is. I kept forgetting she's 6ft and that dress was a little too short on her. I had also planned on putting another cap sleeve on the other side, but ran out of time. I was so happy with the dress though, and plan on doing a small range of these in very soon."


8/30/09 3:09 PM


We've all spent a lot of time discussing whether this spaghetti strap was appropriate for a pregnant woman's boobs. But, you know what? If Louise had done the cap sleeve on both sides, her dress would have lost the asymmetric look that made it so stunning in the first place.

I liked the asymmetric look. And I apologize if our "back seat driving" comments make it sound like we think the dress is fatally flawed for not having a more structured bosom. That's not the case at all, it's just that some of us would not have been able to wear this delightful confection. So it may not be wearable by every shape of pregnant woman -- what dress is, anyway? Clearly the judges were not unduly disturbed by the "practicality for every single potential wearer" issue because the dress was so beautiful and feminine and many pregnant women would in fact be able to wear it.

Louise showed incredible talent in dressing a woman who is beginning to look like a baby hippopotamus and making her look feminine. She did a magnificent job and justly deserved the kudos from the judges for her efforts.


What a sweetheart! Louise is now my favorite along with Gordina and Shirin.


MouseAnony said...

I liked the asymmetric look. And I apologize if our "back seat driving" comments make it sound like we think the dress is fatally flawed for not having a more structured bosom. That's not the case at all, it's just that some of us would not have been able to wear this delightful confection.


MouseAnony,

You DO NOT speak for all of us. It's bad enough that we have to read your long-winded essays, now you decided that you represent all of us? PLEASE. That's a little too much.


Sorry to offend, I didn't mean to imply that and I will stop saying "we" when I mean myself. It's a habit from work - every opinion I write in that forum is done in the "royal we" because the opinion is on behalf of the firm, not any one person.

Also, nothing compels you to read my comments. Feel free to just skip them.


Love this blog! I thought Shirin definitely deserved to win because her garment was well executed and she even had the time to make a coat with printed lining! Very chic. Louis's dress was pretty although something I would probably wear if I had been pregnant at 18. Althea's dress, although poorly constructed, seemed as if it was more Rebecca Romain's style as it looked comfortable and flowy and fit for a celebrity...if the bust had alot more fabric it would have been a great pregnancy dress for daytime or night. I think commenter "Nancy's" got a case of the haterade as her comment is a little unnecessary as who are we to judge if the models tits are real or fake...who cares...and if the designers had actually made the dress to "Nancy's" standards they would have all been critiqued about how the tops were too big on the models frame...


Althea
=Michelle Pfeiffer

in "Grease 2"


Anonymous said...

Althea
=Michelle Pfeiffer

in "Grease 2"


HA. YES!


I think the girls are kicking ass this season. Go bitches!!


Mariana (The Unoriginal)

I thought Althea's dress looked gorgeous, I love the color choice and elegant lines. I would totally wear that and she's sweet,always smiling and very friendly. I'm rooting for her.


"It's like an Olympics Closing Ceremony outfit for the Women's Labor & Delivery team."


You boys never fail. Freaking hilarious!


Third Trimester Esther

All the women commenting about how THEIR boobs didn't grown when they were pregnant, or that not all pregnant women have big boobs, may I remind you who this challenge was about? Rebecca Romijn. She has a huge rack and would never, ever have been able to wear Althea's gown (even if she wasn't pregnant), and probably not Louise's either, because of the lack of support. So, while your personal experience may differ, this isn't about you or me, it's about Rebecca Romijn. If even a B-cupped model is busting out, the dress isn't appropriate for her. That's the bottom line.


"Anonymous
8/29/09 8:24 PM Ramon women aren't race cars."


Oh yeah? Ask El Robbio.


Watching this episode again, I think that Epp and Johnny S had better looks than Althea (even though what she made was very nice).

I actually WANT Johnny S's dress, it was just that fly!


Linensn'Things

Louise looks like Louise Brooks.


Louise: loved her dress,stunning details and nice touch of lace

Althea: Love the color and the criss cross stripe

Ra'mon: Hey, at least you do not need to pack your bowling bag


I thought Louise's was a little too baby-doll for me to be a maternity dress.


I thought Louise was going to win. Ra'mon's dress was an absolute disaster. I kinda likes Althea's but the ribbon looks unfinished.


Althea FTW. She rocks!


I wonder if Ra'mon had picked a darker color if the dress would've looked that bad. I think the purple makes it look worse.
Louise's? satin + lace = lingerie
Althea's: love the gold accents especially around the back, gorgeous draping too.


Ra'mon's dress makes her look like a Pokemon.


I feel like I'm an outlier, because I really don't like Louise's entry. It's fine--but it's very Contempo Casual meets Victoria's Secret. It looked outdated to me and also like lingerie. That said, it was well-made, and the color was beautiful.

By the way,I have the exact bowling ball bag the judges were thinking of. Color, stripes, everything.


something's tellig me this is a girls season...


I HATED Althea's dress. The overall concept has been done a million times before, so a big yawn for her design idea. And the boobs were god-awful. They reminded me of Zulema's "winning" skating costume. As far as Ra'mon & Louise, your comments were spot on. Carry on!


I think people who think Louise's dress is too much like lingerie, should also consider style choices in more southern (aka hot weather)cities. Here in New Orleans we wear a lot of styles like that, simply because it is so hot here. And since this challenge was for an L.A. woman I wondered if the designers may be more conscious of the climate and therefore style changes.

And no, Louise's not for every occasion and if you walked into a fancy dinner with that on, it would turn heads for the wrong reason. But for a day strolling around and a early dinner at an outdoor cafe, it would be quite cute, maternity wear or not.





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