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The Bitter End

Let's finish this, bitches.
Althea:

Model: Tanisha Harper

It's not a bad look. It's sexy with a side of slutty, but nicely tailored and a little expensive-looking.

And we do like the skirt, especially from the back.

...

Oh, sorry. Fell asleep there for a second.

What else is there to say? It evoked a film noir aesthetic without being too literal, but it wasn't exactly an exciting look. Middle of the pack.


Shirin:

This was a pretty decent entry, all things considered.

Model: Ebony Jointer

We're not exactly experts on 19th century dancehall girl costumes, but this appears to be pretty much dead on, which is impressive considering she had no reference materials. We like the colors she used.

And the almost invisible details, like the lacing and the little bows. The only thing that irritates us slightly is the asymmetrical lace around the top.

All in all, another decent middle-of-the-pack entry.

Irina:

"From the last challenge and coming into this one, it reminded me of how good I am at doing these wow pieces."

Oh, girl. Thank god for you and Nicolas or we wouldn't have any smack-talking this year. Nothing more boring than a polite contestant. And nothing better than a smack-talker...


Model: Kalyn Hemphill

...who winds up with ass on the runway. This was one weird look. It's like Alexis Carrington's lingerie with a dryer sheet on top.

We don't mind the lace cutouts so much, except they're sending a message and that message says "Insert penis here."

That's not true; we do kind of mind the cutouts because they're so cheap-looking.

And worse, the whole thing is pretty badly executed, what with all the puckering. Still, take away the dryer sheet and pretend that it's well executed and it's not a bad design. It's just barely a middle-of-the pack entry, though. It's like one point above a bottom three.

Tim Gunn's Workroom Critique:






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I'm so glad you boys ripped Irina's. I saw it on the form and was wondering why she was making ugly lingere. Then it walked down the runway with a random white sheet... CLUNK

I actually thought that Shirin had one of the better entries...depending on what the judges were really looking for. That dress really could be plunked into a western. I really liked the colors she picked. Ebony needs to work on not looking pissed off all the time though...


Ingrid "Benson"... ha, ha, ha.


Is that a flower in the middle of Shirin's skirt or is it just a mess of tulle?


LOVED Althea's! It may have been bit boring to you, but it's an outfit that I'd love to wear; it would make me feel sexy and alluring without the blaring slut factor that Irina's gown had.
And Shirin's ... eh, and decent seamstress should know how to make a passable salon girl outfit. Nothing that really made it "hers" ... maybe that's what the asymmetrical lacing was about?


"Insert penis here." Oh, thank you boys, that was better than my coffee for getting me ready for what might be a bad day. You always know what to say!


I figured Shirin was a shoo-in for Miss Photogenic this week. The girl looked ragged.


Yawn, this whole season is a snooze fest. I never thought I would say thank goodness for Irina and Nicholas but I guess you are right on with your description of them.


KRK said...
I figured Shirin was a shoo-in for Miss Photogenic this week. The girl looked ragged.

yes that's exactly what I thought. Her hair was crazy.


Irina's looked like a slutty elf. What genre did she get? I honestly can't remember looking at it. Was it Film Noir?

Seriously, plop her into LOTR and she's a skanky slut elf waiting to seduce Frodo and steal the 'precious' ring.


C'est moi, c'est moi Lola

"It's like Alexis Carrington's lingerie with a dryer sheet on top."

Love you guys! I could not have said it better!

I'll leave Shirin's alone, since it broaches upon the debate about if the garments were supposed to be costumes or not. This, to my mind, is costume, full tilt.

It should be interesting to see Irina & Gordana work together. I forsee a lot of confessional smack-talk and throwing people under buses....


now that i have seen all the entries again, i realized how disappointed i was in the overall show. is it just me?


"Alexis Carrington's lingerie with a dryer sheet on top."

"...Insert penis here."

Oh, my gosh---Hilarious! Loved the post. I'd practically forgotten about these looks. Shirin's really rubbed me the wrong way. It reminded me of those "on-trend" hookeresque Halloween costumes that come in the plastic-wrap and cost $39.95. Her entries vary from week to week. She's pretty inconsistent and I'm still not clear on her aesthetic.


FABULOUS post, Boys! One funny after another.

Irina sure was lucky she had immunity, 'cause that was terrible.

Dryer sheet. Ha!


What was Irina's genre again? Erotic thriller?
A dame walks into a detective agency...

Althea's was better than I remember. Shirin's, however, was exactly as I remember.


You had me at "Bitter" but the dryer sheet line made my day.

I am so pissed the Orange Glo duo weren't around for this challenge.


You know I didn't even realize that was lace on Irina's until I see these pictures. I thought it was just some tacky shiny gold fabric. But that lace makes it even worse. Very much a step down.

But admittedly, if anyone nailed the Film Noir genre it was Althea. Plain yes, but at least she got the concept right.


Althea- I don't understand why Althea can not for the life of her fit the bust on her model properly. She has had the same model since the show started and every damn dress the cups are too small.

Shirin- Sorry I don't like cliche' hookers with hearts of gold.

Irina- Very lucky . This is a bottom 3 if I ever saw one. Hate the cape. The dress is too naked and it has nothing to do with film noir, even less than Louise's.


Ally said....Ebony needs to work on not looking pissed off all the time though......

I agree! That girl is gorgeous but every time I see her on the runway she looks angry.


Althea's & Shirin's encapsulate the schizoid aspect of this challenge:

Althea made a chic, updated look inspired by film noir. (And though I like the look, the tucked-in, no-fasteners blouse bothers me.)

Shirin made a costume for a western.

Which, in fact, was the assignment? It remains one of the great unsolved mysteries of our time.


Color me stupid --- my post was about Irina's look! Sorry. However, looking back at the post, Shirin's kinda-sorta fits the Halloween costume mold as well. Did not love it. Maybe too literal?
Althea's was nice, but to me very upscale restaurant hostessy.

- edina -


TLo said:
We don't mind the lace cutouts so much, except they're sending a message and that message says "Insert penis here."

WAAAAAAAAAAAAAUUUUUUUGH!!!!

OMG, I'm laughing so hard I have tears running down my cheeks.

The dress certainly isn't subtle. Huge arrows pointing right down to her Howdy Man.


Irina --

Noir does not mean Blue.


Althea's looked too much like her "model challenge" entry. Basically the same outfit with a little different shape to it.

Irina had a good idea with the cloak but I don't think she actually had time to make it. We all saw her still hand-sewing on the dress when it was time for the runway. I think she just took that big piece of fabric, added a string tie to it and threw it on the model because she was determined to use it.

I love Shirin. I thought the dress was really cute and matched her genre. But, I can see the pace taking a toll on her. She doesn't seem nearly as bubbly as she did the first couple of episodes and seems to be dragging a bit. But, she managed to complete a really lovely piece despite being exhausted.


"We don't mind the lace cutouts so much, except they're sending a message and that message says "Insert penis here."

you guys owe me a new laptop - i just spit out diet coke all over mine


Why does Ebony always looks like she just beat a bitch's ass for lookin' at her man?

Aside from that, I liked what the "hot girls" produced.

Althea's I liked the most, because it was the most modern of the looks. But then again, that wasn't the objective.

Personally, Princess Jasmine's looked like she had alot of fun making that outfit. I can't wait to see it on Alex!

And I really liked Irina's w/o the parachute. Had it been sewn better and she ditched the chute, she could've been a contenda...


I've learned something here today. The next time I want to look like a whore, I can ask Irina to make me a dress. Perfect!


"It's like Alexis Carrington's lingerie with a dryer sheet on top."

Hahahahahahahahaha! Snort!

Thank you for pointing out that cheap as hell lace. Ick! It looked like something out of a crappy lingerie catalogue.


"We don't mind the lace cutouts so much, except they're sending a message and that message says "Insert penis here."


ROFLMAO.


Me no love these.


what is it with these russians and their transparent lace fetishes?


what is it with these russians and their transparent lace fetishes?


"Ingrid Benson."
Oh, just kill me now.

. . . . .

On another subject, is the L.A. smog affecting Tim's critical thinking? Some of his advice has been so off this season. Telling Irina her tacky lace & dryer sheet were great ideas is just one example.

But maybe it's always that hit and miss, and we're seeing more of the misses because this is the first time we've seen extended critiques.


Alexis Carrington's lingerie with a dryer sheet on top.

Can't stop laughing now. Thanks so much for that boys.


I know Irina's feelin' herself a little too much these days, but the lingerie/dress worked.

Used a better lace, it's Rita Hayworth's Gilda


*puts on historical costumer hat*

Shirin's wasn't too far off, though it wouldn't have had a slit in the skirt, and there would have been sleeves. Bonus points from me for actually getting the lacing right. Not a lot of folks know the proper way to lace a corset.

Most importantly, it absolutely read as "western saloon girl"

And what the hell was that white thing on Irina's? A Twin Peaks reference?


bitchybitchybitchy

It's like Alexis Carrington's lingerie with a dryer sheet on top.

Love you two! That is priceless.
The inserts look chip in a chip way, no?

Perhaps a future challenge could team our trash-talking East European duo of Irina and Nicolas to maximize the entertainment value.


Irina's was horrible. The dress was tacky, pointless, and unambitious on it's own, but the dryer sheet just made it incomprehensible. And I loved how throughout the episode, every time they cut to her, (and this may have just been the editing) she was at the same point of taping the lace to the dress form.

Speaking of the tape, is this the first season they use it?


C'est moi, c'est moi Lola

@ "Ingrid Benson"

If poor Ingrid did wear this in Casablanca (Casablanca as noir - that's a big WTF) we would certainly know how Ilsa got those letters of transit and how jealous Renault would be of Rick. Poor Victor Laslo....


Tim's comment to Shirin about how it was supposed to be a costume, not ready-to-wear, just exemplifies how fucked up the communication of this challenge was.


Is it just me or is Shirin's red corset not centered? The whole bodice is off kilter.


It's like Irina's model stumbled into a recycle challenge.


"It's like Alexis Carrington's lingerie with a dryer sheet on top."

Oh, I love you guys so much!!


Was Irina's dress sepia-colored (see Tim's critique video)? It looked black on the runway and in the photos to me.

Brooklyn Bomber - in Tim's defense, he may have assumed Irina was going to do something with the dryer sheet other than sew a piece of string to it and tie it around her neck when he was praising it. OTOH, he called the inset material "sublime", so maybe his brain is being affected.


Having looked at them again, it's clear that Irina's dress should have been in the bottom 3, not Gordana. Not that I want Irina out, but to have the winner from the previous episode in the loser's circle and someone from the loser's circle win would have made the episode more crazy and fun.


Thank you thank you. Althea=talented but dull. The judge love confounds me. Shirin's=cute and overlooked. Irina's work I do like on the whole but this time all I could think was why is she wearing a rain slicker? I didn't even see the dress really until now. And of course, all I see now is a sea of invading penises.


"We don't mind the lace cutouts so much, except they're sending a message and that message says "Insert penis here.""

OMG!!!!!!! ROTFLMAO!!!

I still hate Shirin's. I don't care how well it's sewn or the colors or what have you. It's a fraggin' cliche with nothing to make it stand out from a rerun of "The Big Valley". Boring!!!

Althea's....zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Irina's model just needed to carry a vibrator and the look would be complete. I didn't mind it so much on the runway (cape excluded) but close up....wow. This is Nikolas' Ice Queen's tacky sister.


Althea's was a complete yawn to me from the first time I saw it. Actually, she's pretty much always a yawn to me. I've yet to understand the Althea excitement.

When I read that Louise's scrapped her whole concept because she didn't want to match Althea, I thought "you screwed yourself for THAT?" (that being Althea's design).

And Tanisha's tits still scare the shit out of me. I wish Althea would figure out how to properly clothe those things, 'cause she missed again this week.

Shirin's - eh. Costume route = crapshoot.
Irina's - WTF? To paraphrase Lil C from last night's SYTYCD, "You're not where (as advanced as) you think you are, Irina."


Kaylin reminded me alot of Melissa from s.1 (The Scarlett's fabulous jailbait)


Ho Hum.

Thanks for the witticisms.

And congrats on the Project Rungay/TLo piece in the SF Chronicle! (Though I was hoping for a photo spread!)


See, I would have switched Gordana for Irina this week.

I know she had immunity, but that doesn't make her immune to a smackdown. Then again, Gordana got the benefit of another week of "good advice" from the judges.

Now really, wouldn't Irina have done better with my strategy?

"My character a nun. They had nuns in westerns. Didn't you see 'The Gun and The Nun,' 1971?

"Oh come on, Heidi...you've got to admit that Collier aced that hairy mole on her left check. It really ties the look together."


"It's like Alexis Carrington's lingerie with a dryer sheet on top."


Hahahahaha. It does look chip in chip way. Triple meh, in my humble opinion.


TLo said: "We don't mind the lace cutouts so much, except they're sending a message and that message says "Insert penis here."

TFF!!! Once again, you boys nailed it!! So glad I finished my coffee before reading your post! Chip in a chip way doesn't begin to describe this. I can not understand why this outfit wasn't in the bottom three. Just because Irina had immunity doesn't mean she should get a total pass for this nonsense.

Shirin's dance hall girl was ok but again, was the point to do literal the way she did or creative, the way Epperson did....Epperson gets my vote in that regard for the creativity. And Ally and Anons. are right - Ebony's expression does not serve Shirin well - hopefully her new model has more of a range of looks beyond "pissed off"

Althea's was a yawner. Not getting the love directed her way at all.


Shirin's was ridiculous - can-can Girl, cheap, tacky, absurd, I hated it. Gordana's was much more beautiful and well made, and they beat her up, and gave Shirin a pass. I am so over this season and these judges. Such favoritism.


The Russians sure are bringing the smack talk this season. And the tacky as well. Honestly, there's nothing tackier than a Russian with some money and access to consumer goods.

Irina most definitely deserved a bottom three spot and a smackdown from the judges. Ramon was the correct aufee but Irina's was close.

Shirin's saloon girl look was very well done and actually kind of cute. Given the confusion over whether they were making a costume or a genre-inspired look, she gets a pass.

Ditto for Althea. Her look was chic and sexy and entirely appropriate for film noir while still looking very modern and wearable. No wow factor but not bad at all.


Boring, Boring, Fug.


I would love to wear Irina's to a costume party if the dryer sheet was red. Then I could be slutty adult little Red Riding Hood! I just have to talk my boyfriend into wearing being the big bad wolf...


Good lord, I didn't realize until now how BAD Irina's was. It didn't get enough screen time to really judge.

I had said that Gordana deserved her bottom 3 slot this time, but I take it back. Gordana's might have shown little to no creativity, but Irina's is downright awful. Gordana should have been in the middle of the pack with Shirin.

And I'm going to disagree with whoever said it looks like a costume in a bag from the Halloween store. It's worse. It looks like one of those outfits in a bag at the adult video emporium.


i'm not a conservative person, but you saying "Insert penis here" for a dress is kinda stupid. seems like you got too much penis in your head, lucky you.


Althea and Shirin -- middle of the pack, indeed. For whatever the challenge was.

Irina's entry was horrid. Slutty, slutty, slutty. Her drawing was quite good, which may be why Tim was gushing all over her. But the result was nasty. And I cannot forgive her ignorance... "Ingrid... um, Benson?" She should be tarred and feathered for that alone. And sent down the runway in it.


I like Althea's concept a lot. If she had gone ahead and made the top into a real blouse and tucked it into the skirt I think she might have had a winner. As it is, I want to reach out and do something with the top, either close it or pull it out of the skirt or lengthen, something. It's just off.


fair to middlin'. Nothin' I'm writing home about


Tamarama
9/30/09 12:47 PM I've yet to understand the Althea excitement.


Tall,
Blonde,
Leggy,
Pretty

...perfect combo for a B-M vixen

Next year, she'll be getting drunk and making out with Trichelle from 'The Real World'.


Another classic, TLo. Althea's was nice, maybe noirish, but not memorable enough to be top 3. Shirin's was cliche saloon girl, it wasn't great, and she knew it. Irina's reminded me of one of those nightgowns you consider for a moment because it's marked 75% off and then put back because it's still ugly.


Ebony, we all know you're fabulous, but please take that look off of your face like Flav asked you to give his clock back.


"Tlo said: "Insert penis here.""




The funny thing is, I have some IKEA furniture that came with the same instructions (those wacky Swedes).

--GothamTomato


A goth working girl with sheers wrapped around her belongs not only in a whore house but in the bottom three.

It's too hideous to speak of any longer.


I thought Irina's looked exactly like a Frederick's of Hollywood nightgown. Shirin's saloon girl was cute but not a wow look. I also don't understand why Althea is getting so much love from the judges. I think all her stuff has looked very messy and ill-fitting.


Re: Sewing Siren's comment "I don't understand why Althea can not for the life of her fit the bust on her model properly. She has had the same model since the show started and every damn dress the cups are too small."

Not to be catty (cause I like a lot of what Althea does), but have you seen her own bustular area? 'Nuf said.


Dear TLo:

I have been working for two days without sleep to complete a project that requires an enormous amount of accuracy in the written word.

"Insert penis here" has inspired me to push through to the finish and hope to aspire to that level of perfection in expression.

BRAVO!!

hugs and fancy cocktails,

Virginia


I saw things differently, I thought Althea followed the 'logical' instructions and made a suitably film noir outfit. Subtle, stylish, sexy, and very alluring.

A better take than the other two.

Epperson did a good job, and should have been in the top, Peppermint Patty I don't know, nice make up, nice story, but when you're called out for cheap looking I don't think you should win.

Personally if I see another one of Christopher's "play on volume" projects,... I'm going to start crying. Enough already, he would have been in the bottom 3 if it were the same judges week to week. Can he do anything else?

Gordana, and Shirin both technically great, both bland as hell. Both seem nice though.



BTW- Hey Anonymous, nice dig on Althea, the kid's a designer for Tory Burch, put on a show during fashion week to positive reviews, as well as worked on Tory's designs for fashion week.

What are you doing (maybe you could work up to making out with Trichelle).


These are supposed to be COSTUMES for a movie NOT ready to wear pieces!!! I think Althea's and Irina's may have looked a bit slutty but they are for a character whos role might be a slutty seductive woman... Duhhhhh people!


Anonymous
9/30/09 3:21 PM
What are you doing (maybe you could work up to making out with Trichelle).


Got any advice?


Brooklyn Bomber said:

"Ingrid Benson."

Oh, just kill me now.


Ha. I think you read Tim's mind. How did he keep a straight face?

It's like Alexis Carrington's lingerie with a dryer sheet on top.

No cling, all the time.

We don't mind the lace cutouts so much, except they're sending a message and that message says "Insert penis here."

I think you boys just topped yourselves.

On closer inspection, Althea's is pretty cool, if not particularly inventive. I love that kick pleat in the back. She ended up where she belonged. Shirin's is a straight-up costume, so no better or worse than Gordana's, I suppose.

I don't think Irina, or anyone, should be safe from the bottom 3 due to immunity. Immunity doesn't mean "make something crappy", and she should have been called on it.

Eh. Maybe in this particular case, I'm wrong. Considering the half-assed brief they received, and the short amount of time they had, maybe everyone should get a pass this week. Great idea, badly communicated. Anything good was just a fluke.


Did anyone else notice Heidi's expression when Shirin's dress came out? I think Miss Heidi is coveting it for her next Halloween costume (though Shirin would have to shorten the skirt a bit for her).


When I watched the show, I couldn't figure out why I was seeing little shiny flashes in Irina's lace insets. I kept thinking why would she line them in plastic? To protect her model from moisture? It wasn't until I saw the closeups here that I realized that the gleam is from metallic lace , not transparent vinyl under the lace.

The vinyl would have been better protection against the insertion of noirish foreign objects.


Loving today's post and comments, esp 'Alexis Carrington with dryer sheet'.
I thought Althea's had a '90s noir vibe to it like Madonna in Dick Tracy.
Shirin's is fine, but Irina's...**shiver**
-Anon1


Anonymous 3:23 said These are supposed to be COSTUMES for a movie NOT ready to wear pieces!!!

Really? Then you apparently know more than even the judges knew, because they couldn't seem to make up their minds on that point.


Absolutely fucking nailed it by calling Irina's weird little jacket-y thing a dryer sheet.

If I were her, after trying that on the model I would have just scrapped it. It didn't look like her original sketch at all; in fact it didn't look like ANYTHING. Just weird. And ugly.


If only the challenge had been to use things found in the laundry room of a typical suburban home, Irina would have had a contender for the top spot.

Suz


Can someone explain the now-you-see-it-now-you-don't armband on Shirin's outfit? Is it a shadow from somewhere? Or part of her lopsided lace issues?

Althea succeeded in using the Macy's accessory wall thoughtfully.......

Irina's tragic Fredrick's of Hollywood clearance bin look - I agree with Maura that she should not have been safe from the bottom 3.


As a film noir connoisseur, I must say, as boring as Althea's was, it was the most noir-ish.


For once I liked an Althea ensemble. But she still has trouble with fitting the bust. All that model needed to do was raise her arms and ... pop go the titties.


Yup...when I said there were worse entries that deserved to be in the bottom I was talking about Irina's. Dryer sheet, so true! Insert penis here, LOL.

The other two are good, they serve their role of costume pretty nicely but don't offer much else.


How completely boring to go with 'saloon girl" for the western genre. Shirin's entry lacked originality. If the judges were going to call Gordana out for being dull, why not Shirin?

I think she needed to be in the bottom set on this one.


Kerry, Shirin didn't get called out because her design wasn't dull, and Gordana's was. Both concepts were cliched.

The sleeveless look for saloon girls may not be accurate, but that is the way they are depicted in a lot of movies and TV shows.

One of the problems with this challenge (one of MANY) is that film noir, for the most part, showed women dressed in daytime street clothes rather than gorgeous gowns. Therefore, anybody designing film noir is going to have a more prosaic look about their design than, say, scifi or action/adventure. However, I do think someone could have done a gorgeous suit if they had been given more time. Another option would have been a long trenchcoat, but there would have had to be a dress or blouse and skirt underneath, and there just wasn't time.

I don't remember Gilda wearing lace inserts, unless she was in her nightgown. I do remember her in a stunning strapless satin dress with long gloves for her song, "Put the Blame on Mame."

It does seem to me that the amount of time given the designers was a big factor in this challenge. It pretty much eliminated doing more than a couple of pieces or doing much tailoring.


"We don't mind the lace cutouts so much, except they're sending a message and that message says "Insert penis here.""

BWAAAAAAHAAAAAHAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAA!!!
That was your best line yet this season!!!!
Thanks so much boys, I needed that!!


Ellen M
10/1/09 3:31 AM
I don't remember Gilda wearing lace inserts, unless she was in her nightgown. I do remember her in a stunning strapless satin dress with long gloves for her song, "Put the Blame on Mame."


Gilda didn't wear a lace-cutout nightgown, but Irina's gown was reminiscent of Rita Hayworth's trademark negligee pic, not an exact replica:

http://themave.com/bijou/40wy/galry/galry-rita.jpg


Gotham Tomato, you have given me a whole new appreciation for IKEA! :)

(another suz)


"Dryer Sheet" - fantastic.

Irina's is chip in a chip way, no?





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