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Get your minds out of the gutter!


Let's start with the top (haha!). He seems sweet, but perhaps a bit too serious. He turned out a pretty fine dress this week, but he strikes us as the type that may overthink things a bit too much.

Not that there was evidence of that this week. It's just a hunch we have. One thing's for sure...

...he turned out a killer look. It's not revolutionary or anything, but it's a beautiful dress with a lot of wonderful details.
Model: Vanessa Fitzgerald

We loved all the pin-tucking and the treatment he did at the shoulder.

And we think that trains on red carpet dresses can quite often veer into obnoxious territory, but this one was restrained and classic.

And we loved the back of it.

Our criticisms are thus:
He managed to stop just before he got into overworked territory and that's something he needs to keep under control. The color is boring and we think it's the main reason why the judges said it looked like a dress for a mature woman. Had he picked a more vibrant color, it would have looked more modern and trendy. And finally, there were some technical issues. You can see every seam and pucker from 20 feet away and the bust doesn't fit so great. We think that these are the reasons why he came in second. It is, as we said, a beautiful dress, though. He's definitely one to watch.


And in the "words that'll bite you in the ass" category...

"I love pressure, give me as much pressure as you can give me and I will make something beautiful."

We can just picture the producers hearing that and running off to fill out his model card, trying mightily to stifle their laughter the whole time:

Height: 4'10"
Bust: 19"
Waist: 12"
Hips: 14 1/2"

At which point, they all fell to the floor, rolling around and clutching their stomachs in laughter, tears rolling down their face.

So what did Mitchell do when he read his model card?

He went for a "Ma Ingalls in ABBA" dress that defies belief. We haven't seen smocking like that since Holly Hobbie was a fashion icon.

He's damn lucky his model turned out to be gigantic, because if he'd sent that misguided attempt down the runway, Nina's and Michael's heads would have exploded.

There was so much else going on in the episode, but looking at this screencap...

... and this one, it looks like he attempted two more looks before he settled on the final dress.

Finally, in a burst of last minute desperation, he put a smocked pseudo-Elizabethan collar on a sheer curtain and called it a day.

Model: Yosuzi Sylvester

We can't believe we're saying this, because the "dress" he sent down was so sheer and so barely put together that it bordered on imaginary, but we can kinda see where the judges were coming from in keeping him.

Despite its lack of...well, almost anything, there was still a certain style to it. Like something Lola Falana would have worn for a TV special in 1972.

Yeah, that collar was pretty ridiculous, and the outfit was more about her panties than about any technical skill Mitchell brought to the table, but he benefited from Ari turning out something far worse and we think the judges were a little impressed that he pulled something together that had a little style and attitude to it when he was up against the wall and had almost no time to course correct.

Two bits of business before we go: As you know, we have a TON of dresses to rip, so we'll be posting throughout the weekend. Keep checking back. Also, check out the cool new widget on the sidebar of the front page, which keeps you up to date on all the supplemental posting we're doing on our Facebook page. We're so tired, kittens! We want to take a shower and a nap!

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118 comments:

Sadly, I was very underwhelmed this episode. Oddly enough, the only look I found slightly interesting was Ari's...

:(


I didn't think any of the designers brought it in terms of innovation. Ra'mon's gown was pretty and flattering, but it wasn't exciting.
I know I will be in the extreme minority here, but I loved the gown that Mitchell had on the dress form. I am completely baffled about what happened in regards to the "fit" or the models measurements. She certainly was not 5" bigger in each area than the dress form. And if she was why didn't he just open up the side seams and insert a 2" panel ( I know- not pretty, but a better solution that what he came up with) at least his concept would have stayed intact.


Lola Folana? Didn't you mean Maude?


I have to say, awful as it was, I too was impressed that Mitchell managed to pull something together at Zero Hour. At least it looked like a dress!


What was "bonus" about the judging videos? Wasn't every one of those points included in the episode?


bitchybitchybitchy

He went for a "Ma Ingalls in ABBA" dress that defies belief

OMG- How do you two keep cojing up with such killer descriptions?

I agree that the judges gave Mitchell credit for managing to come up with something at the last minute. He was very lucky that Ari's design was such a complete misfire.

I like Ra'mon's gown, and I would also be happy to look at Ra'mon all day!


Loved the ABBA comment! Yes - that first dress looked like a polyester jumpsuit that I wore back in the 70s, and even then, the other kids looked at me funny.

His final "dress" looked like a last-minute homemade ghost costume for Halloween - a sheet with a hole cut in the middle for the head, except the person didn't have a white sheet so they ripped a sheer curtain down from the windows.

But I'm glad they kept him in, and cut him some slack since his model did not match the measurements he was given.

Sewing Siren, I'm with you - she must've been just a couple inches bigger in a couple of different places. He should have inserted side panels and he would've at least sent a *dress* down the runway!


Kill two birds with one stone and nap in the shower.


Let's start with the top (haha!). He seems sweet, but perhaps a bit too serious. He turned out a pretty fine dress this week, but he strikes us as the type that may overthink things a bit too much.

Not that there was evidence of that this week. It's just a hunch we have. One thing's for sure...


Uh, could that hunch be because Tim wrote about it and you posted about it already? What a "hunch."


Lola Falana is exactly the 1970s pop star who would have worn something like Mitchell's thing -- but with color, bold print and chunky jewelry.

Does that date me?


Ra'mon is so cute. I sincerely hope he's in the finals. I see his vision and I like his quiet confidence.

I don't like Mitchell. The way he treated his model in the model show was disgusting. You can say it's his prerogative to switch models, and it is. But he berated her when both of his designs were pure ass. She walked down the runway nearly nude and worked the shit out of that fugly piece of shit and he rewarded her by trashing her and sending her home. I don't like his face; I don't think he's immensely talented and I don't like how he thinks he's the center of the universe, talking about gifts he brings to the world. The collar looked like it was made out of a tube top and the actual dress was more Katherine Hepburn as Eleanor of Aquitaine in The Lion In Winter than anything I've seen in a LONG time. I hope he goes home next.


" Anonymous said...

Uh, could that hunch be because Tim wrote about it and you posted about it already? What a "hunch.""

We told you we were tired!


"I like Ra'mon's gown, and I would also be happy to look at Ra'mon all day!"

Me too, and he seems both talented and sweet, so I hope he'll go far. Only thing is, though, I can't figure out how his name is supposed to be pronounced! It looks like it should be "Ra-MONE," but Heidi pronounces it "Ro-MAHN."


I know I'll be in the very minor minority, but I really liked something about the collared naked dress. I can't put my finger on it, but I could imagine an "Elizabethans in disarray" story that could be really provocative.

But I have a weakness for historical fashion, so maybe it's just me :)


Never mind...just watched his audition tape and it is indeed Ro-MAHN. Guess I'll have to get that into my head. Boy howdy, that man is pretty.


I really liked Ra'mon's dress, not my style but extremely well made. Mitchel's looked like something you find at a vintage store on sale.


"Ma Ingalls in ABBA"

ROFL.


I actually liked Mitchell's initial dress. I thought it was an interesting play on contrasts, and certainly a much better way to 'experiment' than Ari's dreadful thing. It wasn't really a red carpet gown though. The thing he ended up sending down the runway was bleh, but I am really curious as to what he will show in the future.


I liked Ramon's dress but the shiny fabric might prove his undoing if he can't fit them better.

As for Mitchell and Model-Measurement-gate, I was inclined to believe him. Why in heaven's name would he ignore or botch up accurate dimensions? Granted, it shows his inexperience to have not given himself some fitting leeway (as Epperson did -- see the extended Tim critique video), but I also liked the ombre fabric. Wasn't crazy for the high neck, but the smocking on the bodice looked pretty cool. What he sent down the runway was ass, but I think the judges went with what they assume is greater potential in him than in Ari.

And bless you, boys, for typing your little fingers to a bone this week. Please know that your wit and sparkle is very, very, very appreciated!


I'm not surprised that none of the results were innovative (well, I must say I thought Ari's was innovative)-- (1) the challenge was about as un-innovative as you can get and (2)Standing out in the very first episode is not necessarily a good thing (See: Ari).

I'm sure we'll see more creativity when the challenges get wackier.


SewingSiren, I had the same thought. I was picturing a panel added to the back with the sheer fabric draped out of it. Seems like if he really wanted to use that dress he could have figured out a way. Gives some credence to the model's accusation that he used her size as an excuse. Maybe he saw that hot mess on her, figured he could get booted for it, and decided to send down a half dress and an excuse and cross his fingers. If so, it worked. Just barely. Because Ari missed the mark so badly. The whole five inches thing has to be an exaggeration. If not, that girl should have a talk with her agent. By the way, I am so happy all the model drama is in its own show. If it turns out to be fun to watch, cool. If not, nobody has to watch. And no more model selection taking up time on the main show


I HATED the train on Ra'mon's gown. It was so... chopped off?... butchered?... angular?... I don't know how to say it, but compared to the finesse of the gown it just didn't work. Maybe if it were less straight and more curved?

Mitchell's initial gown was better than what he presented. I agree with Sewing Siren that he should have just inserted a panel.


Can I just say that Ra'mon is total eye candy? And smart too! Mmmmmm.

OK, now that that's out of the way, I did like his dress, but saw the same execution issues that TLo did. However, he met the challenge better than most, so I want to see what else he can do.

About Mitchell, I keep wondering why, if he only had that sheer material, he didn't at least double it up and make something shorter so it would be less sheer? He is so indecisive he may be gone quickly.


TLo said:
Two bits of business before we go: As you know, we have a TON of dresses to rip, so we'll be posting throughout the weekend. Keep checking back. Also, check out the cool new widget on the sidebar of the front page, which keeps you up to date on all the supplemental posting we're doing on our Facebook page. We're so tired, kittens! We want to take a shower and a nap!

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We SO appreciate you posting throughout the weekend, but as a loyal minion, I am imploring you both to PLEASE get some rest!!
As usual, you are right on about both designs. I think there is real potential in Ra'mon!!
NOW REST, BOYS!!!! Nitey nite!!!


The reason it reminds everyone of historical fashion is because it was. It was a caftan with a tube top as a neckline tacked in at the sides. It looked as though it was made with the techniques and materials (i.e. forged iron needles and twine) of the Saxon period. It was just such a horrible concept; so dated even in it's ombre fabric... and way to go designing a dress with no room for error when he had never met or worked with his model. I just find him to be so boring design-wise (looking through his collections) and his pretentious nature and inability to own his own failure is what makes me wish he's aufed next.


Cher would've worn Mitchell's dress in 1987 in a heartbeat--just add a feathered Carninval headdress. He should've just owned it, instead of apologizing. "My outfit is for Cher to wear to the 1986 Golden Globes." BAM--Mitchell for the win.


I am so digging Ra'mon's expression in the first pic of this post. He looks like he's all, "Hey, girl, let me chat you up and let you discover how smooth I am with my intense eyes." I'm going to have to tuck this away for a low-confidence day.


I don't think Cher would have worn this dress. I think a Medieval queen would wear it in the birthing tub, but that's about that.


gotta disagree about the neurosurgeons dress. As a woman I can't imagine wearing something so busy and pleated in odd places. And I thought the one shoulder looked dumb, and just there for drama not for elegance, coherence or prettiness.


Vienna Marriott,
What did Mitchell say about the model and what did she say about the situation? Sometimes I don't pay very close attention to the dialog. Models do frequently have incorrect measurements on their card, especially the hips which they want to measure at the hip bone rather than the fullest part(butt projection) and that fullest measurement is what you really need.


Sewing Siren or other expert, could you please comment on all that smocking? Was he supposed to use elastic thread or...? I think Chris March speculated about that in his blog.

I noticed that Mitchell told Tim the model was 5 inches off, then on the runway he said she was 6 inches off. Excuses, excuses.... I'm sure everyone had to adjust their designs. Isn't that called "fitting"?!!

It appears that he blamed his model for his own mistakes and treated her terribly. Am waiting for karma to get him! In the meantime, I'm not feeling the love for him.
Cheri


his intense eyes aren't real!!! They are color contact lences....Eyes are a window to a persons soul and I dont think they should be manufactured....Makes me not trust him.


I am LOVING the riches of TLo posts here! Thank you guys for all your hard work.

I agree that Ra'mon not only seems to have the talent, he also has those melty eyes...*sigh*

I was interested in Mitchell's original design - but yeah, I wondered why he locked himself into something that apparently couldn't be altered. That was dumb.

And his last-minute solution? Total 70's. Yes, Lola Falana, yes, Cher.

Re: the model "issues" - I hope he doesn't turn out to be a bitch -- it will be interesting to see how both his personality AND Yosuzi's develop. On old PR we wouldn't get to see much of hers, but now we should be able to see pretty well which side flies the bigger bitch flag.


Anonymous said: They are color contact lences

I didn't think so - I usually catch those. And I don't like them. They make your eyes look dead (Star in PR1). I'm off now to check photos.


Anonymous said...
Sewing Siren or other expert, could you please comment on all that smocking? Was he supposed to use elastic thread or...? I think Chris March speculated about that in his blog.


Anon, I am not an expert on hand sewing techniques, but there is a version of smocking that uses elastic thread that is usually refered to as "mock smocking". The technique that Mitchell used I would not actual call smocking, I would call it multiple rows of gathering. Actual smocking usually has an additional application of decorative embrodiery that hold the gathers in a particular pattern (looks like a honeycomb).


Ra'mon take out the contacts


Hate to add more work, but I find it helpful when you guys tweet about new posts as well.


He said basically that he had issues in the last challenge when he was choosing his model and went on to say it was all because of his model, not because the dress was a hot piece of steaming, fecund shit.


I absolutely adore you boys for posting through the weekend...thanks for all the hard work you are doing to keep us, your loyal minions, entertained and happy. :-D


JoyJoy: Lola Falana is exactly the 1970s pop star who would have worn something like Mitchell's thing -- but with color, bold print and chunky jewelry.

Does that date me?
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After the show I dug out my Holly Hobbie swap cards to show my daughter to explain mt horror. You are dating just fine!


I don't know what Yosuzi could have done to SELL Mitchell's dress. And I really don't understand how/why he didn't take the skirt from the disaster dress, and hike it up and make an Uli dress with it. But now he thinks he didn't suck. And he threw Yosuzi under the bus in model land. Can you tell I love Yosuzi's name alot???

If that dress was totally unwearable because Yosuzi was bigger than her stated measurements, that means he put 0 ease in it-and that's skin tight. She would have looked like eels in a baggie any way you sell it.

Ra'mon's dress? The back is pretty. The front bodice pleating is crooked. Not bad. You can tell he made an effort.


The puckering and titscrepancy on Ramon's dress prevented me from loving it, but I definitely want to see more. Mitchell's original concept had me interested but the final product looked like he gave up, although I'll admit I see where you're coming from when you say it had a certain style to it.


Forget about the dresses, I just love the Lola Falana reference.

Yes, the sheer end result does look like something she would have worn in 1972. And the original dress, with all the smocking, looks like something a folk singer would have word to the Grammys the same year (with wire rimmed glasses and flowers in her hair).

--GothamTomato


There is two kinds of smocking and multiple techniques to achieve both kinds. I guess he used the decorative smocking that Sewing Siren described. The other kind is decorative but also smocked on top of elastic bands, so that it stretches.

Had he done elastic smocking, it wouldn't have mattered how big or small the model was. I have a 50's wrap dress with elastic smocked panels that could fit someone size 6 to size 12.

If he had done continuous pinch pleating, I think it would have been hard to insert side panels without destroying the look. At least hard for me...as a home sewer.

Poor Mitchell...I think his problem was falling under the spell of the dreaded ombre fabric. It always seems like a good idea at the time. It beckons you on the table at Mood....pick me! Pick me! I'm pink on the top and blue on the bottom! I'm daring and colorful. I'm subtle and sophisticated.

Has there ever been a successful ombre dress on Project Runway? I have visions of the staff mixing up all their bolts just before the Project Runway folks come in!


Ra'mon came close, but not quite. I like the top and bottom critique and I think the bottom was a lot more successful than the top. But it was not my favorite gown of the evening. I think he made it to #2 because his color and techniques were a bit more sophisticated, but less sophisticated dresses were more successful, in my opinion.


I really didn't like Ra'mon's dress at all. Something about it was very not attractive to me. I preferred the sheer curtain.


Tamarama,

Did you watch Models of the Runway? You'll get the answer to your wondering from that show.

Kind of a surprising twist.


I remember thinking when Mitchell was bragging about his smocking that it looked more like shirring, and I hoped at the time that he used elastic thread for it so he could get it on his model. I love the Lola Falana reference!


Actually I thought Ra'mon's was a little more over-rated. There were more on the runway that I liked better. Though he is very nice to look at.

And really, Mitchell's wasn't that bad. It did have a certain sexiness & attitude to it. I like the collar/neck. But the model show really showed how poorly he fitted her beneath.


LOVE Ra'mon! oh, and his dress too. Isn't he dreamy?


I think that Mitchell should have gone for the Visible Panty Bunching alone. Of the two I wanted to see more from Ari. The judges should have given Ari a major, major smackdown on the runway and then let her stay.

Sewing Siren said... I am completely baffled about what happened in regards to the "fit" or the models measurements.

EXACTLY! First of all there is no way that that model's measurements were off six inches in any direction, because I don't believe that she deviated that much from the mannequin. Furthermore, it seemed like they fitted the models early enough in the process that he could have fixed the existing design.
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Anonymous said... Lola Folana? Didn't you mean Maude?
Endora gets my vote.


It looks like elastic smocking, but I think he did it without using elastic thread. It IS more like shirring or gathering. You run a couple of rows of stitching half an inch or so apart. machine sewing uses two threads in a pattern i'd have to draw to explain. but if yo pull the top thread very gently, the fabric gathers in nice little rows.
When you use elastic thread, you can thread the bobbin with elastic, and as it sews it stretches. When it's done, the elastic retracts, pulling the fabric together. Elastic smocking is very stretchy. The other kind is not. That is his mistake.
I'm fairly sure he didn't use decorative smocking. It has a VERY distinctive look (like diamonds).
Regardless of what he did, he completely threw his model under the bus. The mistakes were all his. Ari's disco soccer ball was so much worse, Mitchell got lucky, lucky, lucky.


Re: Ramon's dress, I think it is overdone, he needed to lose one or two of the four elements: the asymmetrical bodice, the pin-tucking, the plunging back or the train. I think he should have foregone the asymmetrical bodice and went with simpler one. Also, the dress it is mildly unflattering on the model, but I give him a pass because of the newness of the relationship with the model.


How sad is it that I would rather watch a 1972 variety special or episode of The Glen Campbell Show with Lola Folana than this show? But you're right; the only thing it needed was to be lime green or flame orange.


I'm not really sure if it was intentional or not, but I hope the pleating detail on Ra'mon's dress was supposed to be on the torso and accidentally ended up on the model's crotch. It wouldn't speak well for the guy if he purposefully gave his model venetian vagina blinds.


In a different fabric, Mitchell might have pulled off his final look. Sewing Siren said it first - completely jettisoning the original dress (except for the collar) didn't really make sense to me, given the time constraints, but he was there and knew how he'd constructed the first garment and what he was capable of doing with it. Maybe he thought inserts would create uncontrollable puckers & ripples in the fabric.

I'm curious to see what he does next.


Please eat, shower, nap and drink as much as you need to. Don't burn out on episode 1!!!

We can be patient, TLo. Please don't kill yourselves on our behalf. There is plenty of time to dissect and critique all these hot messes later!

Deep breaths. Deep breaths....


I also thought Ra'mon's dress had too much going on. There were too many parts to that bodice, and the selected fabric magnified the execution issues. The back was the best part by far.

I fell asleep during the model show so don't know the story between Mitchell and his model, but his Lola Falana special did have something that suggested there might be a spark of talent. It wasn't great but Ari was plagued with both a lack of design ability and few sewing skills. She was a goner soon enough anyway so I'm okay with Mitchell staying.


Ra'mon's dress really underwhelmed me. I normally like the kind of pleating detail he did, but it was terribly unflattering (I thought) to the model; she looked flat chested and as though she had a little belly and not-quite rolls above it.

Now, maybe in ultra-self-critical fashion model land, that's how she sees her body - but from out here in the real world (& I went to Target today folks, and you KNOW how many 40+ lb overweight women in stretch camisoles & skin tight spandex-laced capris I saw), that's not how I would expect to view it

Maybe it's the lighting and the photo and it looks different in motion. I'll have to re-watch the runway walk.


But I should add that I did love the back view of Ra'mon's dress. Just for fairness.


Suzq, could we ask you to spoil the "models of the runway" bit? I couldn't bring myself to watch all the vapid small talk, I just wanted to know whether her measurements were actually off or whether Mitchell was just being a crybaby...


Love the Lola Folana reference! I thought Mitchell's dress was more Tatooine haute couture.


I don't get the "there's something there" about Mitchell's look. Picture it in tomato red--Isn't that Robert Best's dress from the Real Women challenge?

If you can use the word "caftan" in your description--that says "auf" to me.

However, I do have to say that I am impressed with Lilo's comments on this one, about having to put that dress on first while someone does your hair and makeup.


I'm not a sewer, but didn't Mitchell have 4 hours to work on the dress the day of the fitting? I thought they flashed the time right after the models left. Was that not enough time to do a bit more than throw the collar from what he had onto a giant fabric square? I find it difficult to believe that someone who has come this far did not realize he should leave a margin for error until the fitting with his model.

I think more credit should be given to Yosuzi for pulling off the alleged dress. I'm sure she had a lot of doubts about what she was wearing, but she walked the runway with a great deal of confidence.

Mitchell had to defend himself to try to stay in the competition, but I think he should have done it without blaming Yosuzi.

Polly Glot


OK, what I don't get about Mitchell's dress is--he had a TON of fabric! Why he sent it down being sheer is beyond me. If he had doubled the fabric and made the dress a mini, or knee length, it would have worked and boom, job done, maybe the bottom two would have been Ari and Qristal. I don't think this is the kind of guy to "work harder" because he was in the bottom two this week.


I kinda like the ABBA mess. Just because it reminds me of a couple favorite outfits worn in in early 70s high school. They were cute!

He shoulda made it in a mini. Prim on top and legs for miles.


"Despite its lack of...well, almost anything, there was still a certain style to it. Like something Lola Falana would have worn for a TV special in 1972."

LOLA FALANA....
only TLo would come up with that name. That was hysterical!


Yesterday I opined that the caftan reminded me of something I would have seen on TV by some Hollywood actress when I was a kid.

Some of the points have been kind of made...

But isn;t most smocking made with elastic? SO it should have been able to fit? In fact I just saw a lovely 20-something is the cutest little dresss (she said she got it at TJMaxx) - at first I saw her from behind and it looked like a lovely border printed scarf fabric with inverted triangle that just "mysteriously" ended so the other fabric almost looked like noodles (she had a short cardigan over it) When she turned it appears like it was a tube dress with the top all smocked and it gradually ended below the bust. Adorable!

At first Mitched said 5 inches and then at judgin her said 6 ...to 8) That model did not appear to be that large (compared to the other models) - so I agree Mitchel sounded full of s...

Until I saw the close ups, I thought Ramon's also looked schizophrenic (like Qrystal's) with the top of the right going better with the bottom left - dang the close ups make a difference.


Is it bad that I actually kind of liked Mitchell's original dress?

Please talk about Shirin's dress! I loved it.


I'm glad Lifetime is including the extra judging now, because looking at Ra'mon's dress, I didn't see what was so wonderful about it. Nina and Michael made perfect comments about it. And, of course, so did Tom and Lorenzo.


The last time I wore anything that had smocking, I was four years old.

I am with some of the previous posters in wondering why he felt he had to start basically from scratch when the first one was not going to work.


Please don't make me use the apostrophe in Ramon. I hate when people stick pointless apostrophes in their name. So pretentious. But Ramon seems like quite a great guy.

Epperson's dress was my favorite this week. But I wish he'd cut his hair and get rid of that nasty-looking beard. How can such a sweet man hold on to all that ugly beard & hair?


Ramon's dress was very pretty when it breezed down the runway but on closer inspection there's a lot I don't like. I think he did overwork it - there's way too much going on. And it wasn't well executed. There were other things on the runway that may have been better. I say may have been because I'm going to need a closer look at them but I recall liking Gordana's, Epperson's, Shirin's, Carol Hannah's.

Mitchell is a little bitch. I thought his model was a goddess. Seriously, she was just stunning. And she did work the hell out of that tablecloth he sent her down the runway in. I'm shocked that no one chose her because she was my favorite model. I confess that I thought the caftan has a certain elegance to it but it doesn't matter. Bitch is going home soon.


Why hasnt anyone noticed how Yosuzi's amazing body hands down made Mitchells dress. I know that wasnt saying much but it at least kept him in the comp seeing how the dress could fall on a beautiful shape like hers. And then he up and drops her! What an ass...!


LifeTimeForHomos

I probably liked Ramon's dress the most, even it was a bit boring, I like that kind of gown on the red carpet.


Ramon's dress was pretty and safe, no real innovation, nothing new. Mitchell's night gown was sad. really sad.


Mitchel's original smocked dress was fugly too. His model saved his ass and then he dumped her. What an ass.


I read this on TWoP:

"Here's the thing with smocking. The fabric is gathered onto thread in tightly spaced rows. THEN you usually stitch a pattern with embroidery thread up and down the rows, using the threads as a spacing guide (think a musical scale -- up and down in a v-pattern or any other pattern you like -- it can be very simple or very elaborate). THEN you REMOVE the orginal threads. With the guiding threads removed, depending upon how tightly or elaborately you've embroidered, the smocked area is able to expand much like elastic. So I find it odd that even if the measurements were off, he couldn't just do a quick, wide flame stitch in a matching shade of heavier thread and then remove the smocking threads to create some give. It could even be done from the backside if he didn't want the thread to show as a design."


Very interesting! Is that true? I don't know much about sewing.


Michell's dress is all wrong for a red carpet. Who would wear that?

Hahahahaha. Love the ABBA reference.


Mitchell is a hottie : p


As much as I hate the dress, I could totally see Mitchell's sheer curtain monstrosity on Tilda Swinton. You all know how bat shit crazy she is.


Ra'mone's dress was gorgeous! If it had been in a clear, pure red, it would have shown off all that stunning workmanship in a way that the dark fabric did not.

Mitchell deserves a lot of credit for pulling it out. The dress he ended up with had far better lines than the one that he started with. It's basically the fave rave '70's caftan with a gathered neckline grafted on. )In fact, I have an old Simplicity pattern with this exact caftan silhouette, which was wildly popular back then exactly because it draped so beautifully. Had this dress been made of a beautifully patterned silk charmeuse instead, it would have been a real knockout.

Both of these efforts were wonderful, and I hope to see more spectacular output from these two men. It really makes me look forward to the rest of Season 6 with great anticipation.


That model was thick around the middle. That threw him off, but he overcorrected too much, by attempting to hide her waist completely. I don't doubt that the 6" he spoke of were around her middle.


So as I was watching measurement-gate, I kept thinking "why didn't Mitchell just let the dress out at the seams, I wonder what Sewing Siren will say?" - and then you beat me to it!

But just now I saw something that makes me want to call Shennanigans on him, and think that those who think he said "fuck it, I can't pull this off so i'll send her down the runway with a caftan and an excuse" might be right...

In the Tim's critique video, we're looking at the front of the dress, and it looks like it's smocked all the way around, necessitating exact measurements of her midsection. But right at the end of the video, they show the back of the dress, and while the neck is smocked all around, the rest of it isn't - it's just lots of pretty fabric draping down from the neckline. So WTF? How the hell could he have fucked THAT up so badly? Definitely curious to see if he pulls this shit again, or if it really was a one-time issue...


This is going to be the dorky-ist thing I have ever said here, so here goes.

Ra'mon looks like Lando Calrissian as played by Carl Weathers in Star Wars....

OMG I am so embarressed I said that !!!!!


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Height: 4'10"
Bust: 19"
Waist: 12"
Hips: 14 1/2"

LOL! Seriously, how far off could it have been!?

Yes, I agreed with Nina; Mitchell's look did have a certain style to it that made me want to see more from him. I can't say that about Ari.


OMG you guys, take a shower and a nap...we will wait for you!


Sewhat:

Lando Calrissian was played by Billy Dee Williams.


Take your naps! Have a couple of drinks!

I loved RaMon's dress, but I'm boring. Oddly, initially, I thought Mitchell's smocked-neck thing could have worked - it looked like it was going to be sleeveless? sort of drawstring-bag-ish (but nicer) style dress with the high smocked neck and then loose and flowy and bare arms? could have worked.

I wondered about the model's measurements. If they really were off by 5 inches...that's a lot to have to compensate for, especially if you only bought fabric for a smaller figure. But maybe not - what do I know?

I KNOW I LOVE TLO!


I just watched a rerun and I was struck again by how gracefully Ari made her exit. When she said the thing about winning a VMA and the Nobel Prize on the same night, I pegged her for a total asshole, but I loved that her exit speech was about the lesson she learned rather than "These peons just don't understand my VISION." Surprisingly classy.


Was Yosuzi the model who didn't want to wear the dress down the runway or the soccerball dress model?

Or is that another episode?

Didn't TLo mention something about Tim having to drag a model out to walk?

I'm upset Yosuzi wasn't chosen by someone else. What gives?


I was re-reading the post and suddenly realized that Ra'mon's model kind of looks like Angelina Jolie!


Mitchell was very lucky that he had a model who could work with nothing.

Had she channeled Iman a bit more, the judges might have actually been a bit happier.


I thought Ramon's dress was beautiful. I love the pleats, the train...everything.


tintin said...
I was re-reading the post and suddenly realized that Ra'mon's model kind of looks like Angelina Jolie!



YES! She is gorgeous!


Homo Ono said...
What was "bonus" about the judging videos? Wasn't every one of those points included in the episode?



No.


Susan said...
I HATED the train on Ra'mon's gown. It was so... chopped off?... butchered?... angular?...



Really? See, that's what I liked about it, the fact that it wasn't the conventional type of train we see all the time.


Shame on you for not keeping our model, Mitchell!!! She saved your ass!!! Not cool, man!!!!!!


Lin said...
I have to say, awful as it was, I too was impressed that Mitchell managed to pull something together at Zero Hour. At least it looked like a dress!



It looked like a dress because the model walk the shit out of that crap. Sorry to see you go, Yosuzi!!!!!!


Good morning gorgeous people! Don't call that sad, drab piece of cloth a caftan. It looked a more like a swimuit coverup with a difficult neck. And how did she get it over her head if elastic wasn't used? Anyhoo, if you want to feast on some real caftans, I like this blog -
http://marocfashion.canalblog.com/


Smocking is a technique used in heirloom sewing; you frequently find it on christening dresses and children's clothing. It requires hours of pleating and hand stitching. What Mitchell did was gathering, not smocking. The original dress was victorian fug. Blech.

However, I strongly disagree about the new dress being suitable for Lola Falana. It was clearly too long. Miss Falana would have hiked it up to way above the knees so she could show off her kickin' dance moves.
Now, for Miss Joey Heatherton, it would have been PERFECT.
:)


Moi said: "I wondered about the model's measurements. If they really were off by 5 inches...that's a lot to have to compensate for, especially if you only bought fabric for a smaller figure"

I wondered about that too. could it be that he was talking about 5-6 inches total? a couple inches on top, middle & bottom could really foul up a design if one hadn't put in huge seams.

OTOH, it did seem like he had a lot of fabric, in that he was able to create the dress he did in the last moments.

didn't Heidi make a comment in the extended judging about Yosuzi's needing to work the garment a bit more on the runway? i rather thought Yosuzi and Mitchell deserved each other, trying to mutually throw the other one under the bus.

srq


Susq asked if I had seen the model show to answer my question of "will the real bitch please stand up? - Mitchell vs. Yosuzi"

I did watch (and liked it), but it didn't really answer that question for me yet. It kinda looked like what srq said:

"i rather thought Yosuzi and Mitchell deserved each other, trying to mutually throw the other one under the bus."

SO FAR anyway. I am glad that Yosuzi is staying, tho with Crystal's taste level she may be in the same boat soon.

I also took the 5 inches as being a total from all areas - like when you're dieting & you add up all the inches you've lost. The 6-8 inches was bad panicking.

Ari's model looks like she's going to be a pain from next week's previews. Interesting.


Is anyone else a bit shocked that Ms. Lohan's comments are... insightful? Kind? I agree with her more than any of the other judges, which surprises me. I thought Nina and the Duchess were too hard on Ra'Mon and too easy on Mitchell. La Lohan seemed right on target every time. Maybe she's leaving her fugue state?


Tamarama said: "SO FAR anyway. I am glad that Yosuzi is staying, tho with Crystal's taste level she may be in the same boat soon."

Yosuzi is not staying. She was aufed. Erika, Ari's model, is staying.


Loved Ra'mon's dress. It fit the challenge.

I worried that Mitchell would get aufed, but in the end figured he showed a spark of innovation at the 1th hour - and he is kind of cute.

We haven't seen smocking like that since Holly Hobbie was a fashion icon.

No, but remember that Holly Hobbie was one of Angela's style icons with her travel romper ensemble.


I'm sorry this tool should have gone home. The original concept was fug, the replacement was ludicrous and I did not like the way he blamed his model. At least Ari had an original point of view.

I am rooting for Ra'mon because he just seems so interesting but his dress was a pretty snooze for me.


Maybe so on Ramon's model, but I thought Mitchell's dress looked like something Angelina Jolie would have been all over a couple months (?) ago, bleagh.


Nobody from Savannah was surprised by Mitchell's original design. We have seen a variant a thousand times before at every high society soiree and charity event. The only thing missing was the over-coiffed hair, some gaudy jewelry and a long drawn out, "well isn't that just precious." He had better stop designing for the Ladies from the Landings and step it up a notch or he is going to get a german language lesson real soon.


I agree with the comment about the bustline on Ra'mon's dress. When I saw it coming down the runway I blurted out "Ugh! Titscrepancy!" To which my husband said. "Whaaat?" (poor dear doesn't read your blog).

As for Mitchell's dress, I could totally see Tilda Swinton wearing it(if it was lined) for some reason.

~ muellersdayoff


Is it horrible that I kindasorta liked Mitchell's original dress? The midsection reminded me a lot of those scrunched-up tanktops that are being worn around a lot right now. His final product wasn't too bad, even though it's more of one of those "there's not really enough there to even call it bad" deals.

I like Ramon and I liked his dress, although I could barely look at the supposed beauty because it was so puckered and the pleat-y things on the front just accentuated that. He's got talent, but he needs to get that under control.

Saw the Facebook widget, which made me realize you have a Facebook, and now I'm another of your fans.


The red carpet gown is beautiful and could be reproduced in many colors. Interesting but still sleek ad not overworked.

The other one, ugh. The smocking looked terrible on the original. The final version was interesting. It looked nice in motion but could have benefited tremendously from another nude/semi-sheer layer underneath. But he feels like a daniel(season 5) and that is not good.


I'm thinking that the sheerness of Mitchell's fabric may also be a result of his colorblindness.

He probably thought it was pink rayon.


They all copied Leanne.

I mean c'mon...they ALL used fabric, pins and a sewing maching like she did.


I guess it is a little nit-picky, but Ramon seems pretty self-important and it really bugs me. I hate it when people over-inflate their past experiences, but man can it be prevalant in PR. FYI Ramon...you can not major in anything in med school unless you complete school and then match into a residency (of which neurosurg is one of the most competitive)... the statment "I majored in neurosurgery in med school" is a load of douchy BS. Hope he keeps the pseudo credentials in his back pocket because his dress was solid and I want to see what he brings next.


Mitchell's model was gorgeous and she sold that thing he made for all that it was worth and more.
She was totally calm and confident through the whole thing when he was frantically trying to whip up something and then sent her down the runway in that.

I definitely would have wanted to see more of her.


"Get your minds out of the gutter!"

oh, c'mon, you guys. if our minds weren't in the gutter, we wouldn't love you as wildly as we do, and vice versa. ;>





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