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It's a baby shower, darlings!



Y'know, our first thought upon hearing of the challenge this week was "Ugh. Everyone's gonna think 'Pfft. Lifetime.'" But really, no matter what network the show was on, a maternity challenge was bound to come sooner or later. There are only so many variations on dress-designing you can come up with.

"Look, designers! It's Rebecca Romijn! And she's a freaking HOUSE! I carried much better than her, yes? I didn't look that big when they wheeled me into the delivery room!"

"My husband's way hotter than yours, bitch."

And we have to say, while normally any judging panel that doesn't include Duchess Kors is usually a less interesting panel, this one worked out really well. They all had rapport and, because they're all fashionable women who've also been pregnant, their critiques were precise and on point.

Model: Matar Cohen

So congratulations, Shirin! It takes a big man to admit he's wrong and we're nothing if not big where it counts. Besides, we're so rarely wrong.


We admit, we had her pegged as a lightweight who would, at best, turn out a couple cute girly-girl frocks that would never get the judges' attention until she took a wrong turn and got sent home early.

And while she may yet make that wrong turn, she's a much better designer than we originally thought. And the little minx can SEW.



She turned out two gorgeous pieces without breaking a sweat. That coat is to die. We love how it's cut to give the baby bump room to breathe by having closures only at the top. Very stylish.

And the lining on it was just beautiful. A great choice that reveals that she has a good eye both for details and for picking the right fabric.

We have never, of course, been pregnant. But we've been around enough pregnant women in our lives to know that the very last thing most of them want is frilly, silly, overdone maternity clothes. Most women we know who've been pregnant would have killed to find something that looked stylish and a little sexy and most of all, simple. Shirin either has incredible instincts or she's been around pregnant women before because that's exactly what she produced; a stylish, chic, classic and simple look that showed off enough of the wearer's body to make her feel pretty.

That lattice smocking was a brilliant touch. It added a layer of interest right where it needed to go, framing the belly perfectly.

The only minor criticism we have is that the dress is, in some ways, fairly similar to the one she did last week. Same length, sleeveless, with a similar detail at the neckline.

Still, it's not worth making a big deal out of unless she continues to produce similar looks. This look was so good, so well designed, and so perfectly executed that we really can't say anything bad about it at all. What's Farsi for "Good job?"


Extended Judging Video:




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


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149 comments:

shirin is so cute :)


It kept running through my mind that if it hadn't been a pregnant celebrity challenge, and just a challenge to create a look for the everyday pregnant lady, these designers would have bitched and moaned and created mostly terrible (and terrifying) maternity rags.

I'm never a huge fan of the "design for this celebrity" challenges, but this utilized the notoriety of the one angle to counteract the novelty of the pregnancy angle, which was a smart way to get the designers to really make an effort with their outfits.


Hmm... She seems to have a knack with jackets, judging from this and her audition vid. Jillian Lewis with personality, maybe?


I don't think anyone will argue with this win. Beautiful dress and the coat made it a slam dunk.

other designers freaked out over a pair of shorts, while Shirin whipped up an extra piece (coat) without so much as a tear or whine. I think i gonna like this gal!


Good episode. One of the best in a long time.

It was a good challenge, and finally a group of designers who didn't cry and moan about having to design for a non-model type body.

Relatively little drama, despite how much the producers tried to push for it. This group gets along fairly well with each other and is more concerned with making quality clothing rather than storylines (we'll see what happens with Johnny S. later)

GREAT Judging last night. Who knew Heidi had it in her? ML is no Duchess, but she gave great critiques, as well as RR.

The right choices were made as well. Shirin made a great outfit, as did Althea, but the cookie was smart enough to add a jacket to veer from lingerie territory. I can't imagine any pregnant woman who wouldn't want to wear that.

And oh James Pa---Malvin, back to the hills of Tibet for you. Even the Dalai Lama would have told you no pregnant woman wants to be compared to a chicken.


Congratulations, indeed. That dress was gorgeous! LOVE the baby bump detailing and the elegant color choice.


Fabulous look. And (with maybe a little less volume) one that a non-pregnant woman would be happy to wear. This is one the best things that's been produced on PR in a while. Really, nothing else even came close. The Persian Princess has some chops.


Even though I LOVE Louise and wanted her to win, Shirin definitely deserved it. Soon as I saw who was in the top three, I called her to win. The dress is simply gorgeous!


Her dress was fine. The coat lining was cute. It just didn't blow me away. I'm still amazed how quickly and effortlessly she seems to make her garments! She made a dress and a lined coat without one frazzled moment (that they showed us).

But dear God, this girl is so annoying. I just can't get over how irritating she is. I was hoping that I wouldn't have to tolerate her all season.


I was surprised that they also didn't praise her for including LAYERING on a maternity outfit...Every time I was pregnant, my body temperature was constantly jumping around and I was always pulling a cardigan on or off. A rookie mistake would have been to hide or camouflage the belly....(glances sideways at Ra' Moan) when I was pregnant, I wanted to SHOW the belly ("Look! I'm not normally this big! It's a BABY!") and hide the ass. ("I'm carrying low. And, in the back.")


Niiiiice. Love the coat and the dress. They are simple yet elegant. Sometimes those can be hard to achieve but, as some other posters have noted, didnt even appear to have had no problem with the challenge. Just went ahead and did it. Congratulations to her!


I agree that the judges were excellent together, but it would have been funny to hear Kors' input :)
But this was such an obvious win. Great dress


Congrats is right!

TLo, you boys weren't alone in thinking that Shirin was perhaps not gonna go very far. But from very early on in this episode, it became clear as she worked that her product was going to, um, deliver.

So much of maternity wear has been traditionally way-beyond-ugly. So having a celebrity with this assignment really did rachet up the need for style with the designers. Smart thinking points to the producers!

Shirin's dress was the obvious winner - the smocking was done in a novel and attractive manner, the coat was clever and stylish. This could go on your "Ten Best Looks of PR," it's just that good.

srq


Sorry double post. What I meant in my earlier post was "Shirin didnt appear to have a problem with the challenge."


oh, and thanks for getting this post up so early boys! after your prodigous output of the last week, we'd have understood if you might be a bit tired.

but, no, here's your first post and it's not even nine yet.

y'all are FIERCE!!

srq


why is mitchell still there??? ugh loved the models show afterward and how the model he picked threw her hands up in the air in disgust...priceless!


As a formerly pregnant lady, Shirin's is the one I woud have worn - any chance I got since you could dress it up or down. Loved the coat as well. She really hit nailed it.

I loved Louise's too, but it wasn't as versatile.


I didn't think she'd go very far, either - and hey, maybe she won't. But she really turned out a killer
look here and I was astounded and how much she was able to make in the time constraints and how well finished it was. I could not have agreed more with this win.

Well done, Princess.


I think this season is going to make it. So glad PR is back with a vengence.

I agreed with the win; not so sure about who got sent home.

~Sewjourner


This was quite an enjoyable challenge. Shirin's outfit was great and at least based on this, I hope she'll go far. It was both flattering and well-sewn -- not to mention impressive that she did so much in the alloted time. Her win proves the value of buckling down vs. playing (Mitchell and others modeling his big-mama "shorts") and artsy concept over real life (Malvin and the egg he laid).

I know Nina tried to throw Malvin a bone by commenting on how well he fabricated the feathers, but come on, the egg looked like it was held together at the bottom by a safety pin! Not great sewing to these eyes.

Can't wait to see what you come up with for the other looks. Your comprehensive coverage is much appreciated.


I was hoping we could get through reviews without using the phrase "baby bump," which makes me cringe in agony for some reason, but it was a great recap and show overall.

I liked the lattice smocking but she auditioned with and got in with a skirt with that detail, so I'm wondering if it's going to be her "signature" like Angela's rosettes (blech). It's also not as hard as it looks, just time consuming (which on PR is something to run away screaming from).

My favorites were 3 that were in the middle, but I'll just post when you get around to them. I thought it was a great show last night.

What about Models of the Runway? If we can get to that, now that the All-stars Challenge is over, that would be great. I was more than a little perturbed at that show last night.


I keep having to fight from saying Rebecca Ramin-Stamos.

Granted, Jerry McConnell is a cutie, but he ain't no John FREAKIN' Stamos!


"Tlo said: That lattice smocking was a brilliant touch."




Yes, and thank you for letting us know what it was called. And the coat is adorable (maternity or not).

*Which brings to mind a question: Over the PR seasons I've seen quite a few terrific coats from the designers & that makes me wonder why it's so hard to find a decent coat in the department stores. They're all crap there. Very annoying.

But I only think the episode would have been improved if the models did the pregnant waddle down the runway, instead of the model strut.

--GothamTomato


Loved Shirin's dress and coat, and although I also really liked Louise's dress, Shirin's look was more versatile.

I'm impressed that our little Farsi princess turned out two very well-made pieces seemingly without breaking a sweat.


I'm very impressed by your use of a term like "lattice smocking." For all I know about sewing, you made it up, but it sure sounds good.

Anyway, I thought there were a few contenders for the win, and Shirin certainly was way up in the top. Great job.


My god, how old is Monique L? Are we going to have to start calling her Doogie Lhuillier?


Loved the winning look. I thought it was beautiful.

But I must say that in all my years as a labor & delivery nurse, I rarely saw women who were as "out there" pregnant as these models. If they were, the Moms were ready to deliver, not go to a cocktail luncheon. Who decided the size/shape of the "bumps" they used?


The clear winner. Loved everything about the look.

What I found weird about the episode was how stymied many of the men were. I really felt badly for them. Granted, a lot of that seemed to stem from their inability to put themselves in their pregnant client's shoes. But I was really struck during the runway judging how the women all talked about what details of their designs responded to what challenges a pregnant woman would be encountering, while the guys were all "egg this," "concept that" or assuming the client wanted to pretend she wasn't pregnant.


loved this challenge, maybe cause it was so different. shirin deserved the win but i also love the retro girl louise.

great post & love love that alex is back!


Whew,
What is Farsi for hard worker?
I from a design perspective I thought the coat was a little heavy for the jersey dress, but that being said having the coat with a matching lining is what won the challenge for her.
Note to Mitchell: Next time you want to smock something ask Shirin for a lesson.


I was pretty amazed at the difference in quality and design between the top and bottom looks yesterday (I'll admit, I don't know fashion and I have trouble sometimes!)

Those ladies rocked it last night, Shirin especially. Good for her.


bitchybitchybitchy

Loved Shirin's two-piece look,and the fact that she whipped out a fully lined coat and dress without breaking a sweat impressed me mightily.

Loved the little smock detailing at the waist-very nice touch.

I think the versatility of Shirin's two pieces gave her the win over Louise, whose dress was another of my personal faves.


Am I the only one who thought the coat just looked like it didn't fit? I mean, isn't a wool coat supposed to close? Are pregnant women just cold all winter long?


I loved last night's episode, but I did sort of think, "So much estrogen." I bet Michael Kors ran away screaming when the topic of judging this challenge came up. Also, it looked like, on the whole, the women performed and the gay men struggled. Far be it from me to limit anyone's career choices, but I can't help thinking that designing for women, like gynecology, is something best left to other women. They seem to be more interested in turning out clothes that work as clothes and that make women look and feel good than in turning out moving works of art.


Need I point out that she made the little hat that the model's wearing as well? If you watch her vlog over on Lifetime's website, she says that she had EXTRA TIME (?!?!?!) and decided to make the hat too. Good grief, that girl can sew!


OMG, did you see this? Kenley!

http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2009-08-26/project-runways-jailbird-sings


I have had two babies, three pregnancies, and I would have paid good money to buy this dress and this coat that Shirin made. Perfection, and so cute! The detail on the dress was lovely, and the coat was too die. Heck, I'd wear that coat today, not even being pregnant. My thought after last night's show was that this was the best judging and most sane choice for a winner in a long, long time. Hooray for sane judges! Hooray for beautiful designs! Horray for kicking off the crazies early in the process!


Loved the dress, loved the coat. I would rock that look pregnant or not.


Great challenge; it's about time they did a pregnancy one. I thought the judges were dead-on and I actually agreed with all their comments.


Shirin is so cute and I was so happy for her. She did an amazing job, yes, the coat was 100% in the fitting department but everything looked so amazing compared to all the chickens and eggs sent down the runway.


Hey, wasn't this supposed to be the episode whose outcome Tim said would be shocking, something that's never happened on PR before, the one that looks like the winner would be aufed, etc.???


Great judging. I, too, am glad that MK wasn't there. I loved Shirin's outfit, especially the lattice smocking and the coat. Shirin never let the challenge become a problem, she just kept working. Good for her!


As a (wishfully) fashionable woman who has been pregnant, I completely agreed with the judges giving the win to Shirin.

But what I can't understand is why everyone scrupulously avoided the term "maternity." Heidi didn't use it, the judges didn't use it, Tim didn't use it... they kept talking about "pregnancy chic" and pregnancy clothes, but the term for pregnancy clothes IS maternity! Of course, it may be telling that the worst look on the runway (Mitchell's) was the one that was closest in construction to commercial maternity clothes, with the belly band on the shorts.


As a person who has actually spent a lot of time and energy (in a past life) doing smocked garments (I even taught it for a short time), I was thrilled to see this week's winner using the technique correctly.

As opposed to last week's sadness, which was the result of someone trying to do a technique when he really had no idea what he was doing. Smocking, either by hand (English) or by machine with elasticized thread is, by definition, ELASTIC! STRETCHY! If Mitchell (is that his name?) had executed the smocking correctly, he should have had the PERFECT garment for a model who fudged on her measurements. He needs to go.


Well, now I have to completely re-do my Fav and Auf list. I bet they cut hours of judging, Get four women together to talk about pregnancy and your in for a long conversation!


Gorgeous work and the clear winner. I was surprised at how mediocre so many of the looks were. Clearly, this was tough for so many of them, especially the guys.

I've thought that some kind of point system would really be most fair in determining who shows at Fashion Week. For example, the winner might get 10 points, the loser 0, the other top 2 would get 8 points, the other bottom 3 would get 1 point, and then you'd have to divide up the others into 2nd tier with maybe 6 points and third tier with maybe 4 points. And so on. It would be more work for the judges and possibly wouldn't be as dramatic but you'd have less head-scratching moments, I think. If a system like this were in place then Shirin would clearly be in the lead, having won one challenge. And in the first challenge I think she would have been in the second top group.


I thought it was a great challenge. During my pregnancies I always griped "I am not wearing something when I am pregnant the I wouldn't wear not pregnant." maternity clothes are often so cutesy. While I think the term maternity chic is a little contrived it does get that message across. Love love love Shirin's outfit. She nailed it.


This morning's PR champions: Sewing Dervish Shirin and Bleeding-fingers TLo.

The handwork on Shirin's dress was amazing--and then she added a coat. A beautiful coat. With a LINING! And then she added a little hat!! And she was still smiling. While the Child of the Corn was trying to make a decent pair of shorts (and failing). I'm as impressed as the judges were. Although I do agree with an earlier poster who noted that the coat seemed a bit heavy as a companion to the dress. Picky, picky! Great job, Shirin!

As for TLo, I can't believe you got this post up so quickly after your marathon job on Episode One, the Anna Wintour movie, etc. Bravo (sniff...) to you!


I'm so excited! She was my favorite as soon as she was on the screen last week... I just hadn't liked her clothes yet. Hope she keeps it up, she seems like a sweetheart!


I'm not even pregnant and I want that outfit. Totally gorgeous, and such a beautiful color. I had written this one off too, but now I'm watching her.


Starfish said "Get four women together to talk about pregnancy and your in for a long conversation!"

y'know, i think this was why the Duchess was not part of the judging panel and ML was brought in. Unlike more typical judging sessions, this judging discussion was heavily weighted throughout with the judges own personal experience from their own pregnancies. I can see where the Duchess may have wanted to pass on that pleasure [grin}

But, as several others have pointed out, it's a delight to see the judging be so on-target! Yeah, Mitchell's hopefully not long for the PR world, but the judging decisions seem to be made based on what's on the runway and not on the contestants' drama quotient....this is a very welcome change!

srq


Actually, I thought the episode last night was a bit boring. However, having had two children, and noticing the extraordinary change in maternity (am I allowed to say that instead of "pregnancy"?) wear since the years I had my children, I am happy PT has finally broached the subject.
I would have loved seeing something like Shirin's outfit when I was expecting (another term!). Loved it, especially the coat. Ever tried to wear a normal sized coat while pregnant/expecting?? Not pretty.
Congrats to Shirin, beautiful ensemble!!!!


Ugh..make that PR has broached the subject. Time for another caffiene fix!!!


Agree!

The judging was cool to watch especially because of the rapport the women had.

I was worried about her doing a dress and a jacket but she rocked it out =D Well done =D


Congratulations, Shirin! I thought the dress was just lovely, and the jacket is gorgeous. Really stellar work.


Happy to say that even from the previews I thought Shirin looked like a strong contender.

But I fear that this can result in the judges calling her boring. They have been know to think quality clothes that "women want to wear" too boring to win.


Very different judging without Kors. More calm and Heidi seemed so much more in control.


I was thrilled with Shirin's outfit and win. I think she is just adorable and unbelievably competent! I wish there had been outfits like that when I was pregnant (light-years ago!). But I have to agree with my 96 year old mother, who watched the models go down the runway with those ridiculously oversized bumps and said "If I looked like that when I was pregnant, I wouldn't have been going ANYWHERE!!" The bumps were so oversized they made most of the outfits look even more ridiculous than they were. Let's face it, if you are 9 1/2 months pregnant with twins, the last thing you are worried about is style!

Unlike the Fabulous Fashionistas, I have liked Shirin from the start. I hope she goes far. I definitely agreed with the top three and bottom three this week.


Yeah, VERY impressed with Shirin's work this week. Hope she keeps it up.
I was also very impressed with Rebecca Romjin. I don't think I have ever heard her speak before; I have only seen her beautiful face and body in numerous magazines. She was surprisingly well-spoken and came across as smart and articulate...not an airhead at all. Hm.


I liked that Shirin also made a beautiful coat, one of the hardest things to find when you're pregnant.

Anonymous at 8:31 AM is right that there was "relatively little action, despite how much the producers tried to push for it" and Stkr Shock felt the episode was a bit boring. True, BUT Malvin's monstrosity of a losing garment inspired the producers to outdo themselves in the extra features on Lifetime's web site.

They're so good, in fact, that I'd like to nominate the new Project Runway producers for TLo’s next Lifetime Achievement Award for “Exit Interview: Episode 2“ and “A Designer’s Farewell, Episode 2,” an outstanding duet of montages of Malvin’s poignantly short voyage on Project Runway that prematurely (or thankfully, depending on your point of view) ended when he laid a big egg in this pregnancy challenge with his weird chicken/feathers/egg sling.

The exit interview highlights Malvin’s unique design philosophy that clothes aren’t really meant to be worn, setting the required background for the farewell video, which is one of the most wickedly funny short videos ever made.

In making the farewell video, the film editors were clearly cracking themselves up and egging each other on, laying in a musical soundtrack for this poor yokel with that wailing, sappy music you always hear at the end of a “chick” flick as the story comes to its lovey-dovey conclusion. And, in a spectacular “Devil made me do it” flash of brilliance, they chose the song “Let My Soul Go” by Brannon Powers. It's just evilly funny.

To view, go to Lifetime’s Malvin Vien page and click on the fourth and fifth video thumbnails.


I watched this from over the mountain of my 6-months-pregnant belly, and I have to say that I LOVED Shrin's look. I want it! A version for me now, and one for me later, without the extra belly room, thank you! I also liked Louise's quite a bit; it was very well thought-out. Althea's deserved the praise it received, but the bust was very problematic - they only showed a mild comment from the judges about this, but it was way too small for a pregnant woman's bust. Even small-breasted women can expand quite a lot during pregnancy, and I don't know any pregnant women who want to wear anything resembling a demi-cup (or whatever that's called; please forgive me, I don't know a lot of clothing terminology).

Malvin! When he made the "chicken thighs" comment to Tim, I turned to my husband and said, "Guy like that, I'd just let him hang himself". And then the gems that fell from his lips after he was auf'd...ahhh, we added years to our lives with laughter. I will now take every opportunity I can to say "I'm too conceptual for America" and "I'm grounded as a philosopher".


Brooklyn Bomber
8/28/09 9:05 AM My god, how old is Monique L? Are we going to have to start calling her Doogie Lhuillier?


You and me both, BB. I had no idea that she was so young!


Anonymous said...

Brooklyn Bomber
8/28/09 9:05 AM My god, how old is Monique L? Are we going to have to start calling her Doogie Lhuillier?


You and me both, BB. I had no idea that she was so young!




I think she's an amazing designers and I always love her critiques on the show.


Oh, and I was so glad the judges pointed out that Malvin's design looked like that most ubiquitous baby item, the sling. Conceptual, huh?

I'm off to find myself some maternity clothes that make me look and feel like a giant chicken. It took Malvin's concept to make me realize that that was what I was missing all this time in my simple tunics and yoga pants! Feathers and draped cloth-diaper fabric, that's what I need!


LOVED LOVED LOVED this look, I wish I had that dress when I was pregnant.


It's just a tiny little bit too safe but definitely gorgeous.


I love the color she chose, and by far the best design. Congratulations, Shirin!!


GO SHIRIN!!!!


I thought this episode was going to be a disaster but I really enjoyed it. Kudos to Shririn for designing something wearable and sophisticated at the same time.


I thought this was a fabulous look. I loved it the moment the model turned the corner. And when the coat was removed, and I could see all the lovely details, I just knew she had the win.


the heart is a lonely reader said...

It kept running through my mind that if it hadn't been a pregnant celebrity challenge, and just a challenge to create a look for the everyday pregnant lady, these designers would have bitched and moaned and created mostly terrible (and terrifying) maternity rags.



That's true. Rebecca Romijn knows a lot about fashion, she was a model; it would be a lot harder to please a regular client with body issues.


Great dress: form flattering without being so binding. Nice and cool for spring, yet can be layered and worn with boots in the winter (not that you'd need it for more than 7 months). As a currently-pregnant person, I would love to own these pieces.


OMG I love Shirin. Cute dress, amazing coat that she seemingly knocked off as an afterthought. Thank you judges. I have complaints about the elimination but I'll save them.


Sweet! I was really impressed with her work. Good job, Shirin!


The lattice smocking made that dress. It's gorgeous, I want it.


I'm going to be hitting "refresh" all day waiting for the Malvin post.

Just a note about the coat - I think it's fine that it didn't cover the belly. When I was pregnant - in the winter no less - the only parts of me that ever got cold were my arms, hands and feet.


Gorgeous dress that looked great. I agree that the coat seemed a bit heavy, but that's a nit.

I don't know if it was just my cable company (RCN Chicago) but did anyone else see the ad for Top Chef that had no sound? Hilarious!!!


Shirin deserved the win; I just hope her proven ability to compete gives her the confidence to give up the "cute little girly" act. I haven't heard her speak much, but that high-pitched cartoon voice is a little too twee for my taste. And my nerves.

How enjoyable to watch a group of talented designers do their thing, with enough duds (Malvin, Ra'mon, Mitchell) to keep things interesting in the beginning while the real competitors warm up.

Can TLo please get "I'm too conceptual for America" printed onto coffee cups (or martini glasses) as a consolation prize for the posters who are most wrong in next week's contest?


To MouseAnony: excellent comments. And kudos for getting in so many "egg" puns. I'm headed off to watch the video now.

I've been sticking mostly to TLo coverage of PR, and avoiding the Lifetime site altogether. But on your recommendation, I will check it out.


TLo - I'm intrigued as to why you and, it seems, a lot of other people, had Shirin pegged as a lightweight?

Was it based on her preview tapes and last week's effort? Or were you just stereotyping the young pretty woman?

I ask because I too didn't have her on my list of potential winners, and if I'm honest with myself I was stereotyping horribly...


if u guys are liking the judging and want more check out the extended judging videos that Lifetime created...
at bottom of page...
http://www.mylifetime.com/on-tv/shows/project-runway/video
they do it for every episode.


Maybe I'm the only one who was heavily pregnant in the middle of winter, because the thing is all my non-maternity coats fit just fine if I wanted a coat to not cover any part of the front of me but my neck. In the end I had to buy a super-XL coat that looked completely ridiculous but covered my belly. Does the number minus 40 with windchill mean nothing to you people?!

Otherwise I thought this was a good challenege. I'm wondering if this is what got Mrs Seal in the mood for kid no 4! I was pleasantly surprised that so many of them turned out fairly decent outfits so early in the game.


Soooo....

Who here thinks maybe Alex! should give up Carol-Hannah-Who for the sweet, sweet Shirin?

(runs away before she gets in trouble)


I really like the dress, BUT...and I know I'm going to sound really old fashioned, but I hate when you can see the belly all the way around. I just wish she'd used a slightly less clingy fabric. Still with the same simple concept. But...I'm not a big fan of the new maternity fashion thing where everyone is like, "Hi! Here's my GIANT belly! In case you didn't notice I'm pregnant, HERE IS MY GIANT BELLY!!!1!" It doesn't have to be a muumuu, but you don't have to have full belly definition all the way round either. Just my personal thoughts.


" JLo said...

Maybe I'm the only one who was heavily pregnant in the middle of winter, because the thing is all my non-maternity coats fit just fine if I wanted a coat to not cover any part of the front of me but my neck. In the end I had to buy a super-XL coat that looked completely ridiculous but covered my belly. Does the number minus 40 with windchill mean nothing to you people?!"

The challenge wasn't to design a maternity outfit for you. It was to design a maternity out for Rebecca Romijn, who lives in Los Angeles, which, last time I checked, doesn't get sub-zero temperatures ever.


christian said...

if u guys are liking the judging and want more check out the extended judging videos that Lifetime created...
at bottom of page...
http://www.mylifetime.com/on-tv/shows/project-runway/video
they do it for every episode.



Yeah, it's right here in the post. Are you working for Lifetime?


When I saw the dress and coat combo I knew she was going to win.


Congratulations, Shirin! Great job!


Being pregnant this episode hit all the right notes for me.
I personally do not wear dresses right now or wear a pretty long one or at least a knee length. Seeing so many really short dresses was kind of unreal. Although the quality was pretty good.
A question to those who does sew. Do you think even ham on Shirin's dress technically a mistake? I understand that this is just for one challenge, but otherwise, how this dress would've been done.

-Ju


Great dress, great color, and loved the styling as well. I think she would have been a contender with the dress alone, but pulling off that jacket showed how badly she wanted it and put her over the top for the win.


I agree, MelissaTehr -- ML's designs are gorgeous. If she's anywhere near as young as she looks, it's even more impressive.


Shirin's aiming to become the greatest Farsi since Freddie Mercury!


Marketing Diva

Shirin is one of my early favorites. I loved her outfit last week. I agree good judging and this was the best of the night


Not to be too sexst, but did you guys notice that the top three were women and the bottom three were all men? Interesting result for this particular challenge.


Holly said...

Not to be too sexst, but did you guys notice that the top three were women and the bottom three were all men? Interesting result for this particular challenge.



I noticed that too. Well, sometimes women know best.


Gorgeous, simply gorgeous.


I knew she was going to win, this is a great look for those days you don't feel very sexy or elegant while pregnant.


Holly said...
Not to be too sexst, but did you guys notice that the top three were women and the bottom three were all men? Interesting result for this particular challenge.

8/28/09 11:54 AM


I think this was just a coincidence. Actually from the few obvious clunkers, most of the guys did pretty decent work. Nickolas, Epperson and Johnny S. had very nice looks, but they didn't have as much utility as a pregnant woman would need.


Commenting again about the coat....

My son's a January baby, born in DC during an unusually cold, snowy winter. By the end of my pregnancy, even my skinny husband's coats wouldn't close over my belly, and yes, it was cold enough that I wanted my belly covered. The only thing that fit was a vintage trapeze-style coat that had been my grandmother's. I was glad to have it, but it looked like I was wearing a black tent with leopard-print trim. (And when I tried on her full-length mink, I couldn't get over how much I resembled our overweight rottweiler. Sexy!) I don't know if it would be possible to design a winter coat that would fit a third-trimester woman and not look like a Slanket or worse.

Shirin's coat would be perfect for a pregnant woman living in a mild climate... precisely the client for whom she was asked to design. The way it draped around the belly was adorable.


Even if this outfit hadn't been so perfect, it still would have won because everyone else produced at best some pedestrian garbage. Most of those other outfits would have fit right in on The Fashion Show.


Anonymous said...

Holly said...
Not to be too sexst, but did you guys notice that the top three were women and the bottom three were all men? Interesting result for this particular challenge.

8/28/09 11:54 AM


I think this was just a coincidence.



I agree, i particularly liked Johnny's.


I simply loved how she managed to put a waistline on a maternity dress. That was great and it was light and pretty. And her personality doesn't annoy me, but she does need to break out and make some pants or something more tailored.

- Donna in Seattle


Beautiful work and a well-deserved win!

And Mitchell is STILL there. WHY, in the name of all that is holy???


I had a baby earlier this year, and I find myself hoping that Shirin will put out a maternity line before I have another - such a great dress! The smocking was lovely and perfectly executed. And I can say that the coat would be perfect for our SoCal "winters" - you need something to cover your arms, but the belly is like a nice little heater all on its own and wrapping a heavy coat around it is too much for our mild temps.


No arguments at all. It was very nice!


Between the coat and the detailing on the waist, I knew Shirin would win and deservedly so.

That said, I really did love Louise's. Hope she sticks around--loved the thought on her dress. Kind of got the feeling that Rebecca loved it personally, but the other judges favored Shirin's more functional ensemble.

Malvin, Malvin--who the hell wants to be compared to a damn chicken? Being pregnant's enough of a pain as it is. I think his arrogance as much as anything got him kicked off. If Michael Kors had been around, he might have been spared because the Duchess hates bad workmanship, but with four women who've been through pregnancy--not a chance. No way, no how.


Suzy said...
"Can TLo please get "I'm too conceptual for America" printed onto coffee cups (or martini glasses) as a consolation prize for the posters who are most wrong in next week's contest?"

OMG YES! Great idea, Suzy! And they could sell them, should that not be copyright infringement... hmmm...

Some people have remarked that these women were hugely pregnant. The bellies they wore are meant for pregnancy on the stage for 9 months (after playing 3 pregnant women, I have seen these more than I care to!) and everything is exaggerated for theatre. They also make bellies for earlier pregnancies, though, and they should have used them.


"But I must say that in all my years as a labor & delivery nurse, I rarely saw women who were as "out there" pregnant as these models. If they were, the Moms were ready to deliver, not go to a cocktail luncheon. Who decided the size/shape of the "bumps" they used?" --

i questioned that, too. i have a picture of me the night before i went in for my scheduled c-section (where i delivered 3 babies averaging 5# each) and i was just slightly bigger than those models' bellies were.

regardless, that dress and coat were beautiful -- the smocking detail on this dress just gave it such a simple elegance. good job shirin!


For those wondering about monique Lhuillier's age: she is 38!

I think she must have a portrait in her attic.


Regarding the sleeveless dress. When your pregnant your always hot. So the sleeveless dress would be perfect under a coat. the coat keeps you warm outside, where when you get inside the heater is going and it is so hot.

I loved the lattic smocking at an angle on the front.


This is a dress I'd love to wear, pregnant or not. It was very well done and really, the details were what made it special.

And that coat? Wow!


I've not been annoyed by Shirin yet, as some people apparently have - she's cutesy and young, but so far has been relatively well-spoken (unlike a couple of contestants...oh, and it's nice when contestants speak...Epperson?? Is editing the reason we're not hearing anything from him?)

Speaking of well-spoken - Valerie (the model kicked off last night) was very eloquent. I would have liked to hear her take as the season progressed.

Anyway, Shirin's outfit...just impeccable. The details at the waistline were beautiful without going overboard.


Daxx said: I don't know if it was just my cable company (RCN Chicago) but did anyone else see the ad for Top Chef that had no sound? Hilarious!!!

I didn't see this, but I did find the commercial for the pregnancy test, about halfway through, to be ironically amusing.


Throughout the show I kept saying, "She's young, gorgeous, AND talented! Shirin for the win!" - victoria


Keegan said...
Speaking of well-spoken - Valerie (the model kicked off last night) was very eloquent. I would have liked to hear her take as the season progressed.

I agree with you 100%. She was absolutely lovely, to boot, and she worked the runway in Melvin's disaster like baby needed a new pair of shoes. I could not believe another designer didn't snatch her up. If I were Mitchell, I think I would have chosen her over sourpuss Fatma, that is for sure!


I haven't seen the episode yet. It sure was the most effortlessly chic look of the bunch. That coat is fab. And, the damn dress didn't yoiks up in the front like so many others!

Looking at the still shot that shows designers sitting behind the dress walking the runway, I'm struck by how visibly impressed they are with it. Almost like they're thinking "So, that's how it's done." They all seem excited and happy for Shirin.


My youngest son was born Feb 08, so I was big in the winter months. I would have loved to had had this outfit!


MamaDee said...
Loved the winning look. I thought it was beautiful.

But I must say that in all my years as a labor & delivery nurse, I rarely saw women who were as "out there" pregnant as these models. If they were, the Moms were ready to deliver, not go to a cocktail luncheon. Who decided the size/shape of the "bumps" they used?

I reacted the same way—especially since the models' boobs weren't enlarged to balance the huge bellies. An I was surprised at how many of the male designers were debating over where the preg pad needed to go, considering no two pregnant women carry the same way.

I personally carried low and completely in front. (The baby never dropped, in fact.) From the back, it wasn't evident I was pregnant, even after I passed my due date.

An my daughter was nearly 8 pounds at birth—the biggest baby ever delivered in my family.


Alright, Shirin. Tulsa represent!


"It takes a big man to admit he's wrong and we're nothing if not big where it counts."

Promises, promises...


Gorgeous! Simply gorgeous! Congrats, Shirin!


Loved the outfit! She may be a contender...


And I also liked Louise's work-- I could see where she was going with it.

So they have dumped the 2 conceptual people--
Mitchell should have been tossed IMHO.
According to the show HE was the only one who has done maternity before-- and he made crap shorts!


The judging was spot on last night!
but I've always wished that the judges would critique more of the clothes
like I thought Irina's dresses in the past 2 weeks have both been fab, and I would love to see what the judges had to say!

Shirin deserved the win all the way
She makes looks that have mass-market appeal and chic-ness, plus she tends to make more than one piece (which I appreciate) and she can sew well
Hoping to see a lot more of her fabulous clothes!
(Plus, she's adorable!)


i think they should've put some fake boobs on the models as well just because the belly was standing out too much in comparison to the models normal bodies. your boobs DO get bigger when you get pregnant so it looked a little off for me.


The size of the belly on the models makes me think that they are designing dresses for Octomom.


SO proud of Shirin (pronounced SHEAR-in, by the way). She's the sis-in-law of someone I know, and from a wonderful family. We've been invited to a PR watching party with Shirin in attendance...I'll let you know what happens! Gorgeous dress; it'd sell in a non-maternity style, as well, betcha!!


Okay, If I read one more post about how those belly pillows made the models look hugely pregnant, like abnormally so, I am gonna flip. My whole family runs to big babies. I am not talking babies that are "almost 8 pounds", but 8, 9, 10 and in one instance 11 pounds. None of the models looked like they were carrying an exceptionally large baby to me. Also, I know a lot of women who gained weight in their faces, arms, legs, backs and butts when they were pregnant. I am not even talking about overweight women either. The weight just has a way of redistributing itself. I only gained 25 pounds with my second daughter, she was 9 1/2 pounds, and I was big as a house! My point being, that the models looked like a pregnant women who were fortunate enough to carry all out in front, but not nearly as huge as people seem to think. They definitely didn't look 9th month!


I think the producers should have sprung for the boob/belly pillow combo as the stomachs just looked out of place with the superskinny models.

I also loved Shirin's dress. Gorgeous. I also thought that Malvin should have been kept in since his outfit was better constructed.

If I were Mitchell I would be more afraid of Fatma then Nina.


Another Suburban Mom - "If I were Mitchell I would be more afraid of Fatma then Nina."

lol


LOVED IT!

perfect ensemble, perfect styling, perfectly made... its everything you want to see in a winning garment. totally hit the mark. i bet the girl is getting tons of calls right now for maternity wear.


I'm currently 8 months pregnant, and would buy this dress and coat combination in a *heartbeat*. It's really difficult to find cute, stylish maternity clothes that don't make you feel like you're wearing a tent. She deserved the win.


"The size of the belly on the models makes me think that they are designing dresses for Octomom.

Or Rebecca Romijn! (She was huge!)

I agree that Shirin knocked it out of the park. I had her the winner on one of my picks, with Gordana and Irina the other two. I had Althea third on one. I don't know why, but I just thought these women would do well with the maternity challenge.

I think TLo was classifying her as a lightweight based on her portfolio of pretty, feminine dresses. Nothing groundbreaking there, but pretty and well-made.

Some of these female designers have not been pregnant themselves and the men have certainly had a chance to have pregnant friends or relatives. Maybe the women were just better. I do think a few of them men did well, also.

I can't believe Epperson, having had a pregnant wife, designed a jump suit. Way too hard to get on and off for a woman that pregnant, though it was striking-looking. Also, there is the constant peeing as mentioned by a previous commenter.

I think we have the fastest sewer since Princess Puffysleeves. Princess of Persia? Princess Pregnancy-Wear?


Bahaha
Farsi for good job would be khoob karkardan
Hard worker would be saqht kar


And its really annoying when the judges call her Shirin, cause her name is pronounced more like Sheereen (with the long ee sound).


Daxox: Haha, I have RCN Chicago, too, and I've seen the Top Chef commercial with no sound a couple of times, and it always confuses me.

That dress and coat were adorable. I want!

Malvin reminds me of a male version of Claudia Kishi from The Baby-sitters Club, with the "conceptual" clothes. And with that ultra-sophisticated reference, I'll just slink away.


farsi for good job would be "afareen!"
i looooved this dress


Blogger Another Suburban Mom said...

I think the producers should have sprung for the boob/belly pillow combo as the stomachs just looked out of place with the superskinny models.


Agreed! And it seems only one designer even considered extra room for pregnant boobs in her design.

I also wondered about Qristyl making a halter dress. Does one really want to go braless when preggers? I've personally never seen a maternity halter/convertible bra.

Finally, I didn't get a close enough look at Epperson's jumpsuit to determine its bathroom practicality. It looked beautiful, but as a father, he should certainly have known how often a pregnant woman needs to pee and not made the clothing a challenge to doing so.


Anon 1:19am, you totally get bonus points for the Baby-Sitters Club reference XD And I agree, we've got a bit of Claudia in Malvin. Which would make Shirin...Mary Ann?


OMG, I want that dress. I'm going to be wishing for it when I go looking for something to dress my pregnant ass in for my high school reunion!


It wasn't the size or placement of the bumps that made me laugh, it was the ever faithful rendered "model walk" that made me laugh out loud.

I also carried both of my babies high and from the back, I never looked pregnant. However, executing a normal walk was quite a challenge. Forget about heels!

Anyway, Shirin's dress did not completely cover the bump, but the model took it off so quickly, no one noticed. I delivered both of my kids in the summer, so winter wasn't too much of a problem for me, however, my other friends had to resort to winter capes.


...if Tina Fey could only sew.
I dig Shirin's hot Fey look.

mmmm, Project Run30RockWay......


Y'know what I noticed? All female judging panel, all female top three, all male bottom three. VERY interesting results, probably less to do with producer manipulation, rather mostly (or entirely) to do with some feminine empathy for pregnant women, going back to the difference between "a man's idea of sexy" as opposed to a woman's.


I had no prob with this challenge. They've had menswear, bathing suit, figure skater costume challenges -- why not maternity! Finally the clothes are getting a tad fashionable and you don't have to walk around in a floral tablecloth anymore.

Shirin's design was lovely and fashionable and flattering. Congrats!!


Am I the only one who disliked the dress? While the smocking effect was original, the neckline was ugh and competed with the coat. Plus overall it was a little cheap-looking. The coat was very nice, though.


I do not like that coat at all.
The lining is extremely old fashion and not chic at all.
Kors should have been there.


I had twins and sadly, was that big. The small boobs and the high heels were laughable, but really, we have to remember this is reality TV, not reality.

I liked a lot of the looks, actually, but agree with the winner. I would have loved MK to be there, though - it would have been great to see him have to sit through that!


Spot on. I would have killed for either the coat or the dress when I was pregnant. Put them together? Wow!


The thing I love most about this is that, to me, the coat looks like it could be worn while the woman is pregnant and still be worn after she gives birth. It's not just a chic coat for a pregnant woman, it's a chic coat for any woman.


Congratulations, Shirin!

Do not underestimate the Persian woman! I know a few, and they can be A Force With Which To Reckon.

I think Shirin's gonna cutely, sweetly, and efficently kick some asters this season without breaking a sweat.


I absolutely love this outfit. Especially the color- but also the design and fabric texture. If she made a similar one for non-pregnant women, I would buy it in a second. This is one of my favorite outfits made in this season- is it the color? The designer? I love Shirin's outfits- she's the best.





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