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"I don't call it plus-sized, I call it plus-sexy."

Can we just say, that from a former copy editor's perspective that drives Tom completely nuts? It makes no sense. If she had said "I don't call it plus-sized, I call it SEXY-sized," THAT makes perfect sense. And a cute little tagline. "Plus-sexy?" That doesn't mean anything.

It is the bane of copy editors and former copy editors to go through life having these thoughts. Pity them.

Having said that, we do love the gal and look forward to high entertainment coming from her direction all season. Consider what she's like merely buying fabric:

"Designers..."

"WAAAAUGH!!! OHMIGO--!
WHAT'MIGONNADO???!!!!!
RUNNINGOUTOFTIMEDOITMYSELF!!!!!
OUTOFMYWAYTIM!!!!!I'LLRIPITWITHMYTEETH!!!!!!"

"As I was saying, Designers, you have 15 more minutes."

As for her dress...
Model: Kalyn Hemphill

There are aspects of it we like, but we can't argue with the judges putting her in the bottom. Back when we were pre-judging her, we said it looked like she had issues with the kinds of fabrics she uses and we're sorry to say it looks like we were right. They're bright and vibrant fabrics, but they don't look expensive at all. Does it look to you like she had 200 bucks to spend in a high end fabric store?

In her defense, color- and pattern-wise, they're bold choices for the red carpet. We just think she could have found fabrics that provided the same effects AND looked high-end.

Also in her defense, we have to say that while we couldn't argue with her low scores, there's definitely something there, from a design perspective. Good enough to make us (and the judges apparently) want to keep her in to see what she does. That treatment at the front looks to us like a good (or at least interesting) idea gone wrong.

It seems that she cycled through too many ideas in the process. Check out the back there. It's completely different from the final dress.

And the front looks less blousson than it did walking down the runway.

It looks like she had a crisis of nerve (which was practically an epidemic in that workroom) and overthought her garment.

We will say that the back was as beautiful as she claimed. It was the one thing she got completely right.

Girl just needs to find her center and take a few deep breaths next time. If she panics during a basic red carpet challenge, what's she gonna be like when they ask her to go dumpster diving for materials?


Kittens, we have a dilemma here. We are, as you know, total bitches. But we feel a little funny making fun of someone in recovery.

Oh, the hell with it. He chose to air it on national television, didn't he? Every 10 minutes or so, right? He announced it to his roommates within THE FIRST TWO MINUTES OF MEETING THEM.

"Hi, I'm a recovering meth addict. Oh, and my name's Johnny. Nice to meth you. I mean meet you."

Anyone who's ever had a friend go through 12-step can tell you that for quite a while after their recovery, there is literally almost nothing else they're capable of talking about. You want to be all supportive and yay and you can do it, but on the inside you're all "Ohmigod, can we talk about ANYTHING else for a while?"

Such was the case with Johnny here. Some commenters called it out as a Sebelia-esque ploy for attention, but we don't think so. We think he's still in the throes of obsessing over his downfall and we kinda wonder if a reality television competition was a good idea for someone in his state.

Then again, he's got Tim Gunn and his magical hugs there, so maybe he'll do alright in the end.

Model: Emarie Wiltz

He certainly did alright with this competition although to be honest, we can't see why.


The dress had a couple things going for it, but to our eyes, it had just as many things wrong with it as right.

Here's what he got right: the back.

Very sexy and provocative and well-fitted.

But the front? Kittens, we don't get it. It's very basic draping and it looks like it's held in place by a couple stitches. The effect is not particularly flattering or fabulous.

Further, we're not all that crazy about the fabric and the trim. Red and black are difficult to do without going into whore territory and he's right on the cusp there.

In fact, in a weird way, he had exactly the same issues Qrystal Qristal Qristyl did: fabric choices that looked a little cheap and tacky, overthinking his garment, and a back that looked great but a front that looked unflattering and messy. So why was she in the bottom and he in the top?

Gosh, you don't think they were going for a "storyline," do you? Perish the thought.

Extended Judging Videos:





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109 comments:

It's my life ambition to get one of Tim's magical hugs.


Holy hell! I could not for the life of me figure out why the judges liked Jonny's dress. It looked like the model stood there and he threw some fabric on her. A couple of stitches and...Presto! A red carpet dress. I thought it looked ridiculous.
And the whining and crying got old really fast. Fresh from rehab and he thinks a high stress reality show is the logical step? Maybe he can hop on over to Survivor when (fingers crossed) he gets aufed next week!


I hated Jonny's dress until the Duchess said that it would have looked great in black. Then I could have kinda seen it.


TLo said "It is the bane of copy editors and former copy editors to go through life having these thoughts. Pity them."

oh, yes, dear friend of mine is of that disposition and she can be a stitch when she gets going......

I'm probably in a very small minority but I loved Qristyl's color choice - that purple was a very pretty color, that isn't seen as frequently on the red carpet. Pairing with the print was a bit daring, unfortunately, the final design crashed and burned. More editing is clearly called for, so it'll be interesting to see how Ms. Q will do with this as the season progresses. I'm rooting for her as I think she's got a sense of fun that could be interesting to see come out in her designs (with some sage mentoring from Mr. Gunn).

With Johnny's dress, I believe it was noted that the photos didn't do it justice. But you're so right, red + black = whorish way, way too easily if one is not careful. I'm also wondering if Johhny will be this season's Ricky, crying the minute things get tense.

Have to say, I LOVE the extended judging videos that Lifetime is providing! Much more interesting to get a bit more in-depth perspective on what the judges were commenting on!

srq


Tim's hugs are like sparkling unicorn kisses.


Qristal dress was very unflattering and kind of cheap looking.She deserved to be in the bottom,but it was in no way worse than Johnny's.


Oh, I have a sinking feeling about Johnny Polarize. His dress sucks. The poor girl looks like she had a one nighter with a sleezy guy who had those polyester red satin bed sheets, in the morning she couldn't find her clothes so he made toga out of the sheets for the walk of shame.


I have to agree that Johnny's dress was not attractive. It was tooo drappy. The model could have been pregnant and you wouldn't be able to tell. The back was pretty.
I liked Q's (I am not trying to spell it!) colors. I think Heidi said something like the dress should have been all purple and plain and let the back be the interesting thing. I totally agree with that. I did like the pattern but it was just too much at once.


I almost never laugh at posters' comments more than T-Lo's, but SewingSiren; your "The poor girl looks like she had a one nighter with a sleezy guy who had those polyester red satin bed sheets, in the morning she couldn't find her clothes so he made toga out of the sheets for the walk of shame." comment made me go apeshit with laughter... because well, I've done it.


"It is my life ambition to get one of Tim's magical hugs."

Oh yes, yes.

(I know this doesn't advance the conversation, but needed a dream there for a moment.)


Uranus for Nixon's Head on 8/23/09 at 12:39 PM said...."I hated Johnny's dress until the Duchess said that it would have looked great in black. Then I could have kinda seen it."

Navy or rich chocolate brown would have been gorgeous too. I also would love to see it in silver metallic lame as I think lame might be an interesting fabric choice for flow when walking.

TampaBay


"WAAAAUGH!!! OHMIGO--!
WHAT'MIGONNADO???!!!!!
RUNNINGOUTOFTIMEDOITMYSELF!!!!!
OUTOFMYWAYTIM!!!!!I'LLRIPITWITHMYTEETH!!!!!!"



ROFLMAO.


I hated Qristyl's dress. Just too much going on, I didn't like the fabric; and I actually loved Johnny. Poor executed, yes, but the back was sexy as hell. I love to show my back :)


Walk shame gown...HaHa... Perfect description(good thing Lilo was there to judge)


I couldn't understand the judges' praises for Johnny's dress either. The front? The model almost looked pregnant, there's a lot of fabric there! And the red? I just don't get it.


Amen amen. The Q tip was on to something there, but that dress looked very Boscov's prom line to me. Johnny? Wah? ....


C'est moi, c'est moi Lola

'Tim Gunn's magical hugs' beats 'Tim Gunn's cold black heart' any day. And in the extended footage of his walk 'round the workroom, many designers seemed to be asking for them.

Anyway, I'm with you guys about not making fun about someone's recovery, yet they chose to put it all out there for national TV. I found the whole episode a little grating, like all contestants now want their Andrae moment.

Hopefully he turns out some great stuff further on into the competition, so that I don't constantly refer to him as meth boy.

As for Qristyl: Tone down girl, and switch to decaf!


I didn't understand the love for Johnny's dress at all. The odd bloused skirt made me think the model tucked parts into her panties in the bathroom.


I don't know if its the chain smoking, or you guys, but a lung just popped out of my mouth from uncontrollable guttural spasms.

The thing about Qristyl's (right?) dress was, I liked the print she chose. Just bunching it up like that made it look like a favor at a birthday party.

And, you have to hand it to the judges for not destroying a young man's life by throwing him into a depression only meth can cure. They wield such power, those judges, but they showed some vestige of a soul. Who knows how far their guilt will lead Johnny in this competition?


If Two-Face from the Bat-Man comics decided to go tranny, he would kill for Qristyl's half-n-half design!


"Tim's hugs are like sparkling unicorn kisses."
I bet they are!

I'm a word-nerd (english-teacher-to-be), and I also felt cringey at plus-sexy. but I appreciate the sentiment behind it.

Jonny's dress was okay - I didn't like that pouffy thing in front, because it just - it kinda looked like the dress was tucked into her pantyhose by mistake.

Qrstl's dress definitely had issues, but I felt like the judges were a little harsher than necessary. Michael was in hysterics "the front is just a MESS, it's a TRAGIC DISASTER, it looks like it came out of a BABOON'S ASS!"
and I didn't like it, and I agree it's cheap looking, but it doesn't look like catshit, either. And the woman can sew, and the back of the dress was gorgeous.

I have to say, I was very impressed with the way Tim handled Jonny's breakdown. It was "tough" love in the best "make it work" way, but (as always with Professor Gunn), there is a real sincerity and desire for Jonny to succeed. That kind of genuine, patient kindness is very rare. Professor Gunn is an example to us all, and I absolutely mean that, no snark at all.


They should totally start a line together and call it "Qristyl Meth"


It's a head-scratcher. Two dresses with undeniably sexy backs but woeful fronts.

Qristyl's color choices and that stunning print were exciting. It's really too bad that she couldn't have worked that print into something more elegant. It had such possibilities. It seemed to me that she got stuck between exuberant fabric and exuberant design and chose to mash both together rather than sticking to just one. The clash of over-styling and print was just so unfortunate.

Johnny's dress was, in the front, really pushing that fine line between fabulous draping and sackaroo. But you just know that somebody like Anne Hathaway could have rocked this look in a darker color with a simple diamond pendant at the neck.


I just hope that Johnny's roommates don't spill sugar on the countertop when making their morning coffee. The boy looks so jittery that he might snort a Pixy Stick just to feel the burn.

That being said, I wish him well. I just hope that he doesn't turn into another Ricky.


I have nothing to add on the top/bottom dresses, aside from thinking perchance, that the judges have entered an alternate universe since last year.
Maybe when the Duchess forswore his orange fix it changed his thinking?
But please, (Lifetime, are you listening?!) as much as I feel for Johnny in his situation, the viewers who have made Runway into the hit it is, are not watching for the personal drama (alone).
God help me for channeling Zulema, but if you want this show to continue successfully, the contestants (and the editors!) must absolutely, in her words:

"I don't care if you cry and cut, but you gotta cry and cut, you gotta cut at that rate. Don't stop and cry. "

Don't stop the show for the cry.


"path said...

But please, (Lifetime, are you listening?!) as much as I feel for Johnny in his situation, the viewers who have made Runway into the hit it is, are not watching for the personal drama (alone)."

I have to disagree, at least partially. Maybe not for the drama alone, but the drama has always been a huge part of the show's success.


"Tlo said: Some commenters called it out as a Sebelia-esque ploy for attention"




I'd disagree on that: Largely because Angry Little Peanut used his addictions as a way to dismiss his serial bullying and general obnoxiousness and mistreatment of others.

Jonny, on the other hand, didn't hurt anyone and just seemed to have a little crisis of confidence meltdown while fighting inner insecurities & temptations.

--GothamTomato


I wanted to like Qristyl's dress because the colors were gorgeous and the treatment she was giving the front of it looked promising. But then when it went down the runway and she started talking about seeing someone like Miley or Lindsay wearing it, I did some major cringing.

Especially when Lilo, immediately afterward, was all, "Yeahno."

And I can't for the life of me understand why the judges were rhapsodizing over Johnny's Christmas tree skirt thing. It looks like it's hanging on by a pin and a prayer.


Both of these dresses were all about the angles: I think Qristyl's dress looks good in the first runway still. I didn't like it when I saw it walk the runway in the show, but in that still image, it works.

And that actually is the way it is in a lot of fashion photography: There's a lot of clamping and duct tape on the dark side of the moon to get some dresses to photograph well.

--GothymTomayto


Change the red to black, Jonny's dress looks exactly like something Lindsay Lohan would wear. Think about it: droopy front (to show a little side boob), low-cut back, shiny fabric. You know she would rock that look with her orange skin and hair extensions. That's your answer right there why it got picked to be in the top three.


Tim's hugs make the bad thoughts go away....

Awww meth head...I hope they just edit the rest of his "I need to talk about my addiction" monologues out of the show because despite the initial shock of: "CRYSTAL METH? ARE YOU F*CKING KIDDING ME?!?!" It was just plain boring, kinda like his dress.

I liked Qristyl's dress quite a bit, it had some funny things going on but the color choices and the design intent felt very now, very red carpet.


Anonymous @ 1:26:
"They should totally start a line together and call it "Qristyl Meth""

Funiest thing I've heard all day. Nothing I have to add can possibly top that.


Well, I thought Johnny's dress was mostly good. I got the concept and wasn't even put off by the red. Although the black trim was a bad choice. But, Jesus, if there's a queen in L.A. that isn't in meth recovery or still on meth I want to meet him. I've been through it myself and that's probably the last thing I would want to talk about on camera.
I would kill to see his past audition tapes when he was still using. Is that tacky?

Qristal is my new fave, except that name. I'm not a fan of creative spelling. The dress was not bad. A little messy, but I loved the color and ever the print.


I actually like the purple dress.

What I don't like is Johnny's inside-out hoodie.


Ok, Johnny, enough with the crying. OK, so you're a recovering addict but it's not like you grew up on a tugboat or anything.


My first comment ever on TLo!!!!
I have to say that I could find a lot more positive things to say about Qristyl's (?) dress than I could about Johnny's: she had a beautiful back, the judges praised her for her color choice, and even if I and the judges didn't like the print action at the front, I think that it does demonstrate a certain amount of skill and technique for her part. As for Johnny, let's just say that I thought it looked like he took 3 yards of fabric, played around with on the dress form, then quickly threw in some stitches here and there, and sent it out on the model. It just looked too "quick" and it showed very little technique, except for maybe draping, but I thought that the hemline, and the way the fabric came away from the model's body when she was walking and standing still just made it look a little amateurish. I think that the critique that Heidi gave about being able to see the other side of the fabric is very important: it's the details like those are eventual the ones that make or break the deal for you, and that is something that Johnny obviously didn't think of because he started out with a completely different dress. The one thing that I could praise on that dress would be the back, but even that seemed a little "done".
Also, I think that you guys are being way optimistic if you think that he's gotten over his compulsion to talk about his addiction: I know that Tim's hugs are magical, and they are, but he's gonna need a whole bottleful of 'em to drown his problems.
There my little rant is over now, everyone can go back to what they were doing!

-Turner

PS: did anybody else notice that, when describing his dress, Johnny said that he envisioned it for "a 1920s starlet who's obsessed with the 20s" (not an exact quote)? Is that weird or is it just me?


I almost liked Johnny's dress. I agree with the judges that it would have looked better in black. The main part I didn't like was the hem in the front. It looked like a garbage bag. But if he made it black and changed the hem, I bet a bunch of skinny actresses would look great in it!


Oh, you guys are in great form! Agree with everything you said. Thanks for all your hard work and fabulous analysis! Cheri


Got real tired, real quick hearing the "I'm an addict, I can't handle this"...and maybe, just maybe it is a little too soon for Johnny. His dress looked great from the back. I was glad to see that he didn't use that as an excuse to be a complete jerk to everyone, like Jeffery did, he just spent a lot of time stalling himself. Of course, that could just be editing...:)

I like Qristyl. She seems like a cool person, and the colors she chose for her dress were pretty. The ruffle was a bit much though.


The back of Jonny's dress was actually pretty great for red carpet, IMO. If the front had had a more controlled, purposeful looking drape (no, not Rami-esque), perhaps along the along the lines Gothym Tomayto (giggle) was thinking with her references to clamps & duct tape, it could have been gorgeous.

Ms. Q (I have enough trouble with standard English thanks, I'll figure it out if she lasts 2 more weeks) was maybe not entirely wrong with her changes to the original dress, she just took them too far. And, as noted, her fabric underwhelmed. The print & color combo looked as if it came off of the three-wearings-max polyester "special occasion" dress rack.


Anonymous said...

'They should totally start a line together and call it "Qristyl Meth"'

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I feel a little bad about it, but not only did this crack me up, I can't believe it didn't pop into all of our heads immediately - it sounds just so right.


C'est moi, c'est moi Lola said...

"Hopefully he turns out some great stuff further on into the competition, so that I don't constantly refer to him as meth boy."

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
In our house he started out as "Just Out of Rehab Boy" but it was too long, so now he's just "Fragile Boy"

Which is flip, but doesn't mean that we don't wish him well, realizing that he's doing something insanely difficult.


You know as much as I hated Bravo hot mess o' flash website, I would kill for a good still of each dress. I've searched Lifetime's website and unless they are really well hidden, they aren't there.

As for Q's dress(not trying to spell that name) she would have done better to use the print all over. I just don't want someone who makes clothes for plus sized figured to become known for making clownish outfits.

Johnny meth, would have done better to have used all black instead of that red.


I adored the back of Johnny's dress-simply adored it. Absolutely beautiful. The front needed to be neatened up-wouldn't a Grecian styling in white be GORGEOUS? And Q (however the heck she spells it) needs to EDIT-there was just too much going on!!!


I think "Satin Tomato" would make a great band name.


Sewing Siren said "The poor girl looks like she had a one nighter with a sleezy guy who had those polyester red satin bed sheets, in the morning she couldn't find her clothes so she made a toga out of the sheets for the walk of shame."
LMAO!


Seriously, I thought this was backwards also. Johnny's dress was just a mess, and Qristyl's had definite potential. I wonder how it would have been if she had used the first back she made and left the free-flowing scarf off of the front. Or if she had kept the second back and somehow restrained the front. It just seemed the combination of freeflowing and ruching made it kind of bipolar. But there were some nice ideas there, I thought. Not what I would have called bottom of the pack at all.


I loved the way Johnny's dress moved. I thought it sexy and elegant in motion. That said, yes, another color.


"Qristal Meth" ... he he (snort) -- I like Qristal and hope she doesn't (or DIDN'T -- cuz we're seeing this like a year later, right?) come undone -- It was probably a blessing that she got the "taste issue" critique first up. She will never send something purple-plus-tuti-fruti-sexy down the runway. I agree the back of Johnny's dress was nice -- I like the color but wasn't it the same color as the red carpet? Same dress in black? Sorry, that would look like a garbage bag. Gary


I really didn't like Johnny dress... like Chris March said on his Lifetime review, many designers were given bad critics from the judges (and auf'd!) for outfits like that... I really didn't get it.


... now he's just "Fragile Boy"

Which is flip, but doesn't mean that we don't wish him well, realizing that he's doing something insanely difficult.

He gets my well wishes too. I certainly hope that the producers aren't using him just for "good TV." I can't stand playing up psychodrama on TV, whatever the origin - addiction, trauma, injury, you name it. My gut tells me that although Johnny has some talent, the judges soft-pedaled criticizing his work full-tilt.

I loved that Q's dress was purple. Overall, the dress didn't measure up. Too much going on. I liked her and look forward to see what's next.


Jac@12:46pm said about Johnny's dress, The model could have been pregnant and you wouldn't be able to tell.

That could be a really good selling point, actually.


Ya I was thinking that if Qrystil did her dress in black and white it would have been va-va-voom.


Honestly, while I feel sorry for Johnny, and pleased that he is in recovery, I wanted to smack him at one point and say, "Get a grip! No one held a gun to your head and made you come on this show. Suck it up and get back to work!"

I guess that makes me evil. Johnny did pull it together finally, so good for him. I can't wait til next week with Crystal er, Crystil er. Cristalle - oh, whatever - nasty boy takes her model and she tells him to take his hands off her when he tries to pat her on the back!


"It is the bane of copy editors and former copy editors to go through life having these thoughts. Pity them." Do you ever drive by a billboard with spelling and/or grammatical errors and then make your friends and family drive by it with you, just so you can point it out to them and fume, "Somebody got PAID to write that!" I'll bet you do.

Anyway, PR6-1: I liked Qrystal's fabrics, just not together and I fear I shall tire of her quickly. Jonny's success was due to one thing and one thing only: His model had a phenomenal ass.


I'm going to defend Johnny's behavior here because, frankly, I'm scared for him. Anyone who has had to know someone who is a crystal meth addict knows that it takes years upon years to recover. Scientists argue that it takes a meth addict's brain at least two years to recover to the state it was before taking that first hit. And some scientists argue that the brain NEVER recovers even after one hit. It's why many of us who fight for awareness of what meth does to a person wear a black bracelet that says "not even once." Once can be enough, according to some scientists to destroy the brain forever. As someone with my own history of use of some drugs, meth terrifies me.

Some would argue that Johnny is making a mistake doing this stess-intensive show so soon after starting his recovery. That breakdown was nothing compared to what meth users go through. David Sheff's Beautiful Boy is the best account of what meth does to the brain that I've ever seen.

I hope Johnny can survive this experience and that it doesn't send him down a spiral. But I also hope he recognizes the challenges he is facing and doesn't try to do it alone or put too much pressure on himself.


I believe I read that Johny is just recently out of recovery. Not a good idea to be on PR right now, if that's the case.

Also the dress? Reminds me an awful lot of Kevin's prom dress.

I really felt there were more that should be up on top, than Johny's.


Anonymous 1:59 said Ok, Johnny, enough with the crying. OK, so you're a recovering addict but it's not like you grew up on a tugboat or anything.

I think his daddy was a drugboat captain.


I hated Qristyl's fabric choices! The design had a lot of potential, but the colors of the fabric were exactly what I would have expected from a plus sized designer. Have you checked out plus sized clothing lately? It's nearly impossible to find something that doesn't have "taste issues" when it comes to fabric.


I thought he was going through withdrawls at the time of filming. He never mentioned when he last used meth.
Anyway, he must be really brave since everyone who meets him will first think addict instead of fashion designer.


The first thing I thought when I saw Johnny's dress was, "Oh, no, he tried out for the TFS draping challenge and LOST!". I hated the dress. I'm not going to comment on his crying "I wanna quit" jag, except to say thank heavens for Tim.
On to Qrystyl (sp??). Though I really didn't care for her dress, I saw a flicker of talent there, and hope she can step it up each week.


I'm glad I'm not the only person who liked Qristal's dress - I really loved it! Gorgeous print, great and unusual colours. :( I hope she does whatever magical thing she needs to do to make everyone like it next time.


I loved the fabrics Qrystal used, but i don't think she used them well together. less print used to just accent the purple might have worked, or, as the judges suggested - make it all solid purple would have served her better. the back and the solid side of the dress were nice, but the print side was too drapey/floppy and it was a bit of a mess, though not nearly as bad as the 2 bottom entries. i'm glad she survived and i will look forward to seeing what else she can do. hopefully this is just a glitch and she will hit her stride and give us some truly stylish garments.

as for johnny-rehab:
"we kinda wonder if a reality television competition was a good idea for someone in his state." i kept saying the same thing to the tv as i was watching the show. while i feel for his situation and i applaud him getting clean and sober, putting oneself in the high stress situation of reality tv is bound to send even the strongest, healthiest contestants to the edge.

as for his dress, sorry i just don't see how it belonged in the top 3. this really felt like producer manipulation to help boost his confidence, knowing how fragile he is. the dress had some nice elements, but i thought the front was particularly fug. sewing siren's description of it looking like satin bedsheets pulled together for the walk of shame was right on...


I didn't like Miz Q's final product, some of her earlier stages were better. I hope she can step it up. The fabric worries me, though. It looks and drapes like polyester or something from Walmart. That's hard to do. I hope she can get a feel for the expensive stuff at Mood and learn to work with it.


There was a hilarious moment among our watching party when Tim was critiquing Qristyl's design: they were discussing the back, which to all of us looked pretty promising, and then he turned the mannequin halfway, and we were like, "Ooh, not bad-"
Then Tim turned the mannequin fully around.
And we shrieked in terror.


I'm still trying to figure out Johnny's dress. I don't hate it, I want to love it, but I'm a little confused. It hangs so oddly that the proportion changes depending on whether the model is standing still or walking. It even changes while she's walking. So it looks elegant, then sloppy, elegant, then sloppy.

The color isn't helping. Red is very unforgiving, besides being tacky sometimes. I think the dress would work better in a darker color (not black. I agree it would look like a garbage bag). MK suggested navy, which I think would look much better.

Johnny talking about his meth addiction bugged me, but I still feel for him. I give him a lot of credit for trying to kick it (and apparently succeeding). And yet, I laughed at "Cristyl Meth".

Qristyl's dress: great colors, bad combination. I love the patterned fabric she chose, and the purple is beautiful, but they're too much when they're put together.

I wonder how she feels about having to work with standard size models.


I gotta say, I didn't really get what the judges supposedly saw in Johnny's dress and I'm glad I'm not the only one who felt that way. The draping was just kind of confusing and not flattering. While it's good to see him do well after overcoming an addiction, I would rather see the recognition go to someone who deserves it. At least he appreciates how "Tim is a god." I like Qristyl's independent woman attitude, but her dress looked like something a Real Housewife would wear.


I think Johnny's dress would look great in black, but especially on a pregnant or plus-sized woman. Just Sexy in the back, flowing in the front.


I'm appreciating Rami and his draping a bit more after viewing these dresses.

On second look, I like Johnny's dress a bit more than I did the first time. The back is gorgeous and the front could have been with some editing. A rich, solid color would have looked better. I thought the shoes he selected were a big mistake; they looked like something you'd wear with a daytime dress or suit, not on the red carpet. Also, the model's stance and facial expression didn't help the presentation of the dress.

I'll give him a pass for his behavior, since I've never had to deal with an addiction. Maybe talking about it helps him. Meth is an evil drug, largely because of the highly toxic solvents used to extract it from pseudoephedrine. Every time someone uses it, they are poisoning themselves, evenn more so than with other drugs or alcohol.

I wish him the best and hope that he finds at least one supportive buddy in the house.

I still don't like Qristyl's dress, except for the back (which saved her, along with Ari's complete misfire). "Taste issues" just about sums it up for me, along with "overworked." I agree with whoever said, "Switch to decaf." She was thinking too much and fussing too much with her design.


oh lordy--I totally agree. I could NOT BELIEVE that Johnny was in the top. It looked like he was going for a whore-house remake challenge. The fabric plus the tacky trim--no no no!


Can we just say, that from a former copy editor's perspective that drives Tom completely nuts? It makes no sense. If she had said "I don't call it plus-sized, I call it SEXY-sized," THAT makes perfect sense. And a cute little tagline. "Plus-sexy?" That doesn't mean anything.

I'm a copy editor, and one of the reasons I like my job is that I've learned to let shit like that go when I know it pleases the writer. From Qristyl's POV, she (a) wants the alliterative effect of replacing one word with another that shares its first letter, and (b) wants the rhetorical flourish of using a word that isn't the right part of speech (cf. Timberlake bringing "sexy" and not "sexiness" back). "Sexy-sized" is more correct but not at all memorable.

That said, I bleed a little inside whenever someone uses "impact" as a verb.


Mike B. said...

"[the real comments cut] That said, I bleed a little inside whenever someone uses "impact" as a verb."

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I'm not even a copy editor and I have still not gotten over that one.


Qristyl's dress definitely had some taste issues. And why is everyone in love with the shiny?

Johnny's dress being in the top 3 was a puzzler. I think the judges secretly believe the terms "edgy" and "young" mean ugly. Almost every time they use those terms, what they're looking at is actually a hot mess, but they don't want to seem like old fogies and say they hate it. Are they so desperate to find the next big thing that they'll pretend to see it even where it doesn't exist?

And somebody help me here. Didn't we see a dress like Johnny's in a different season in a turquoise or something? It looked really familiar.


oh, those magical Tim hugs...you know he could make a few million with those,

I didn't agree at all with Q's dress being in the bottom three and Johnny's being in the top three. They both should have been in the bottom, if anything. Johnny's dress looked like a sack from the front. A SACK. Who's gonna buy that? ("Oh but my back and my ass look great!" I just don't see that happening)


Miss Q ? no, MISCUE.


Johnny ? brave but misguided.


When they called the top and bottom contestants out I was sure that Johnny would be in the bottom three. And I was pretty sure that he would be going home. That dress was a hot mess. I like sexy bare backs but that just looked vulgar and whorish. And it looked poorly made to boot. There were a lot better dresses on the runway and it's a joke that he was in the top three. The producer manipulation on this show is getting old.

I wish him well but addicts are the most selfish scum on earth. I do not want to hear him whining every week. If he can't handle it then he should go home and focus on healing.

Q has taste issues. She won't last long.


The back of Johnny Meth's dress worked because of Emarie's ass more than anything else.

Johnny, enough with the crying. OK, so you're a recovering addict but it's not like you grew up on a tugboat or anything

Genius.


Anonymous
8/23/09 1:26 PM They should totally start a line together and call it "Qristyl Meth"
I guess that I should be embarassed, but this made me crack up.


OK maybe it is my midwest religious backgound, but I don't know any (ex) drug addicts. So I am looking at this from my own POV - and Jonny's breakdown on the FIRST episode, combined with THAT dress, AND the judging - makes me cry foul for the other designers.

Not only would his situation be a distraction, but the fact that the judges seem to be giving him an advantage, seems unfair to the others. Epperson, Shirin, Logan, for example. And even Qristyl.

While sometimes producers take advantage of illnesses (mental issues) after some deaths/tragedies, it would seem that some producers would try so hard not to push a (recovering) addict, that I hope this is not what is happening here - for the sake of the others.

MK says the "shape was cool"? It was a bib with what looked like a band across the front bottom?


I likes Q's color and print, but is was kind of messy looking - but I agree with most, that it was no worse than Jonny's.


And not that I think that should just blow Jonny out of the water. But perhaps a conversation...Hon we respect you and your abilities but this is a high stress competition. We suggest you keep working your program and get stronger and then feel free to come back in a year or two.
??


I absolutely, positively HATED Johnny's red fug dress. When he wasn't declared safe I thought he was in the BOTTOM three. I was hoping hed go home because he was much less annoying (and less interesting) than the granny dress smocking disaster guy.

Q's dress was at least more innovative and alive than his santa sack. Her colors were vibrant and while it was wrinkly as all get out and everything but imho it wasn't any worse than the blue dress with the 'vagina curtains' as someone disturbingly described it as.

But the thing that makes me most upset about his win is that the judges said if his dress were a different color it'd be fantastic. IF it were a different color. Well you know what, it ISN'T A DIFFERENT COLOR. He picked out the hoochie color combo and they aren't concerned with his taste level? Sure Q's dress was a little prommy but IF it were the same dress in a different color, like black and white as someone suggested, they would have liked it a hell of a lot better.

If you're gonna judge on crack, crack judge equally!


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I am not sold on Q one way or another as a designer, but she had a fun personality, "Don't touch me!" so I want her to stay.


Because I like the idea Jonny Lonesome was going for, I didn't hate the dress. Ya know? Done right, it could've been beautiful.

However, I don't like the way he treated his model.

During judging, instead of asking her to turn around or making a gesture to indicate what he wanted, he sort of jabbed her arm & yoiksed her around. I can't explain it very well, but it made me hate him.


I thought the exact same thing about the "sexy-plus" comment. Such a strange way to put it.

I would have had Johnny's dress in the bottom. The hem in the front is ridiculous and then the rest of the dress goes way too far into "street walker" territory for the red carpet. Unless it is for the Adult Film Awards.


MyFawny said...
You know as much as I hated Bravo hot mess o' flash website, I would kill for a good still of each dress. I've searched Lifetime's website and unless they are really well hidden, they aren't there.

Did you look at "Rate the Runway"? There you will find stills of front, back, and in most cases side views of each dress, plus pics of the fabric (but usually just a pile of scraps on the work table, can some sewer explain if that helps?). Plus you can zoom on different parts of the pics just by mousing over them,kind of cool.

Forum comments are TOO funny this morning. "Qrystal Meth"? Love. You. People.


Qristyl rocks!!! Love her!!!


I didn't get Johnny's dress at all. It looks like satin sheets draped on her body.


"It is the bane of copy editors and former copy editors to go through life having these thoughts."

It's also hard to watch TV with a video tape editor.

I want to like Qristyl. I really do. But I fear for her "taste level." Just because you can make dresses for plus sized women doesn't mean they are tasteful.

But in her defense, I swear the staff at Mood hide the silk shantung and all of the matte fabric bolts when the see the Project Runway contenstants coming.

Jonny without an h was in the top group because his dress looked fabulous while the model was walking. Now THAT model should have been stolen immediately. When she was standing still, it looked like a red toga about to fall off. Imagine Angelina Jolie wearing that dress and setting off all sorts of "baby bump" rumors--whether or not it was black.

As for his tears and anxiety, at least he has an excuse. What was Ricky's?


I am going to post here what I wrote on my own humble blog about Miz Qristyl:

How in the world this piece of crap didn't get Qhwristalllle sent home toot sweet is beyond me. The ruching is a travesty, the floral pattern is even worse. U-G-H. It's like the two worst dresses at Deb's Dress Barn bumped uglies, and this is the mutant baby that was born from their unholy union. It's like the Quasi-Modo of fashion. It's the Sloth Fratelli from the Goonies of the red carpet.

Okay, I think I'm done now.

As for Johnny's dress - I actually liked it but thought it looked better moving down the runway than in the still photos.

Bottom line - thank the hebbins PR is back. Woo hooo!


bitchybitchybitchy

Frankie said...
It's my life ambition to get one of Tim's magical hugs.

8/23/09 12:33 PM

I think this too could become one of my lifetime goals!

Taste may be an issue for Qrystal-hopefully she'll develop a more critical eye for fabric.


"Nice to meth you." hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

I thought both of these dresses were ugly. Johnny's in the top 3? Puh-leeze. That thing was ridiculous.


I sincerely hope we don't have to hear about his addiction or how Tim saved his life on every episode. Enough!


I really liked Qrystil's dress. I could definitely see that on the red carpet. Not everyone likes plain, boring, solid color gowns, you know.


Plus-sexy bothered me too! I can believe Tom was a copy editor because I've always wondered how/why your blog is so impeccable. I can be a total grammar nerd, but a close friend of mine is a copy editor and she has her own pet peeves that far eclipse mine.

One more reason to love you guys :)


Did anyone else think that Q's dress would have been more successful as a plus-sized/plus-sexy/sexy-sized creation?

I could easily imagine it on a larger woman. The low back and slit skirt would show off smooth skin, curvy legs and a hot pair of shoes, while the flamboyant ruffle would distract the eye from stomach bulges.

On a slender model, though, it just looked wrong. Actresses work HARD to keep their torsos slim (God, I weep for all the bread they don't eat) so the last thing they'd want in a red carpet dress is to hide their skinny little ribcages behind a patterned flounce!


Greenlei said "...He picked out the hoochie color combo and they aren't concerned with his taste level? ..."

While the hoochie oolor combo was a problem, the dress itself was not hoochie mama by long shot.

I give the judges credit for looking at a dress and being able to see where it might work (alternate color, higher/lower hemline, longer/shorter sleeves, etc.). Looking beyond color and a few mistakes can give far more direction to the designer than just giving it a numerical score.


I liked both of the dresses.

And I like Johnny- I think he can succeed at his recovery and in Project Runway.

Who doesn't need a hug every once in awhile?

((((hugs!))))


I could definitely use a magical Tim hug! As for the first dress, the fabric gave me the willies that way it did pretty much every week with Kenley last year, but I see what she was going for. The red dress? Hated the front, loved the back, color and fabric combo too hoochie.


Boys ... the whole talking about sobriety I get completely. I have tons of friends like that and I'm there for them whenever they need to talk, but after awhile, you really DO want to talk about something else. Like me! :D I'm kidding, but they also know friendships can't be one sided and they do their best to listen to what you have going on as well.

Okay ... the dresses ...

both not my favorite at all. I do think in black, Johnny's dress would be STUNNING and I think Qristal's dress in one solid color would be SO MUCH BETTER than that mash up.

Maybe she needs some lessons from Uli. :) (ooh ... I think they would work so well together!!)


I really like Q (I'm not even attempting to spell that name) and I really did like her dress, but her fabric choice was tragic. I would love to see that dress in a matte black fabric, or even a vibrant color; just not some ugly print like she used.

TLo said:
Anyone who's ever had a friend go through 12-step can tell you that for quite a while after their recovery, there is literally almost nothing else they're capable of talking about. You want to be all supportive and yay and you can do it, but on the inside you're all "Ohmigod, can we talk about ANYTHING else for a while?"

This cracked me up.


LOVED Qristyl's dress. I'm a sucker for prints like that : )


Johnny got on my nerves. He was so faking the whole thing, c'mon...


""WAAAAUGH!!! OHMIGO--!
WHAT'MIGONNADO???!!!!!
RUNNINGOUTOFTIMEDOITMYSELF!!!!!
OUTOFMYWAYTIM!!!!!I'LLRIPITWITHMYTEETH!!!!!!""


Hahahahahaha. You boys rock, keep them coming! Thank you for all the posts, guys.


I laughed until I was wheezing while reading the Tim/Qristyl screencaps. Oh my god.

I liked her dress, and I love her from what we've seen of her personality. Maybe the fabrics could have been a bit better, but I still thought it was fun and interesting and shows that she has some talent. A little off the mark, but most designers are during the first challenge.

I can barely stand Johnny. Every fifth word from his mouth was "addiction" and, forgive me, but I started cracking up when out of no where he starts crying and talking about quitting and sitting on the couch hugging pillows. It was like, one minute everything is all "making a dress" and then suddenly "OH GOD I'M READY TO GIVE UP RIGHT NOW AHHHH" and Tim's is (very sweetly) trying to motivate him. He's going to be this season's Ricky, I think.

His dress was, in my eyes, undeserving of the praise it got. It was in a sickly color and was just so...weird. I didn't like the trim at all and while the back was okay, the front is wonky; I hate where that hem hits her in the front like an apron, but then also has more fabric peeking out below. Ew.

Maybe I'm forgetting something, but I don't remember Jeffrey mentioning his addiction that much. It came up in the mom challenge and that was about it, wasn't it? I didn't consider it an attention ploy since it was only brought up when his mom was discussing his past that one time.


Tim's hugs are like sparkling unicorn kisses.


I FINALLY had enough time to watch the Lifetime stream last night because I got tired of avoiding these entries.

Oh that Qristyl/Tim exchange: I haven't had a good morning laugh like that in ages.

I like homegirl and fuck it, I like Plus-sexy. Totally understood where she was coming from.

But was disappointed in the dress. She got tripped up too quickly.

As for Johnny S., I was expecting a douche-bag extravaganza Sebelia-style, but found myself liking him quite a bit. But they're definitely building up to something.


say it with me....RELAPSE!!!!!!


And big claps for Uncle Tim encouraging Johnny!

God, how I have missed him!


Qristal Meth?

My day is PERFECT!


"But the front? Kittens, we don't get it. It's very basic draping and it looks like it's held in place by a couple stitches. The effect is not particularly flattering or fabulous."

Spot on.

-victoria


I can honestly say I don't watch this show for the grammar. Have a drink and stop worrying about it! LOL!

I love Qristyl but I hated her dress. Thank goodness it wasn't the worst.


Qristal Meth.

Outrageous. I'm embarassed for laughing, but geez, that was this week's winner.

I too share the copyeditor's curse. I cannot listen to songs on the radio without correcting the grammar.

Itsjustme (which should be "It's just I")


Absolutely HATED Qristal's dress. Ugg! I didn't care for the haphazzard assymetry, the shorter in front long in back business, the ticky tacky print, the weird gathering... As a whole, the effect was very bargain basement, trying to look expensive and interesting. She was my pick to leave.





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