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We're just not feeling this one from Dr. Whitfield. It's all just a bit too much.

That bust is kind of weird and flappy looking.

And the rest of it's just a long bloody mess.

"Bloody" being the operative word here because that's the exact shade of red she chose for this thing.

The streaky red and the wrinkled mess on the bottom combined to make a dress that looked like a wound dressing.

Uh-oh, poodles! The editors got bored so they decided to take it out on Princess Jasmine!


A couple sound bites here...

A couple edited -in reaction shots there, and presto. You've got a storyline and a character. Shirin is loud and annoying.

Model: Ebony Jointer

Shirin's dress was a little loud and annoying too.

It's well made and it's cute. Probably a little too cute.

She seems to have decided to go over the top and costumey with the challenge and that's fine. That's one way to do it.

But the judges are usually more impressed when you can take the unconventional material and make something that looks like real clothes.

This is a fine entry, but we could have told her ahead of time that the judges were going to ignore it.

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Shirin's dress is so done and done on PR. That shape booooores me.


Is there a weird bit sticking out of the top of Shirin's dress? I liked hers, though it did seem a little bit Judy-noodley.


"But the judges are usually more impressed when you can take the unconventional material and make something that looks like real clothes."

Unless you're Gordana.


Carol Hannah's was disgusting. "Bloody" is right.


Isn't that the same effect the woman who won The Fashion Show used to use? Granted this episode was shot probably a good year before that even aired...but still. It's a bit odd, no?


The shape of Shirin's dress also appeared multiple times on TFS too: http://projectrungay.blogspot.com/2009/07/tfs-congrats-and-bye-bye.html


Dr. Whitfield's bloody operation *ha*.
Both of them were pretty good for newspaper dresses. But neither were in my top three.


Liz it has already been pointed out that this show was filmed before The Fashion Show.

The whole challenge was based on the idea of the 1960's disposable paper dress. Yes it has been done before.


I didn't like Shirin's. It reminded me of those spinning things on top of industrial buildings, or an air filter.


@ Sewing Siren
So? It's a been-done shape, and it bores me.


Amen, Diana.

Also, seems like everything Carol Hannah does is too fiddley and fussy. She could stand to look at her final look and take two or three things off.


Judy Noodles needs to take a bitch aside for a word, I'm just saying.


A prom dress for Carrie! Yes, that's what this challenge needed. Thankfully, we got one.

Shirin's dress just didn't have a lot of wow factor with plain newspaper. If she'd been able to work contrasting colors in there somehow, I think she'd have been noticed. For ill or for good, she'd have been noticed. (She also needed to tighten up the base of the skirt)


What Diana said. I actually came to the comments section to post those EXACT three words.


I'm surprised, I LOVED Carol Hannah's and thought it should have been in the top three over chris'. I also have no problems with the color, Vampires are totally in right now anyway.


What surprised me about Carol-Hannah's bloody mess was that when she was mixing the pigment, she KNEW it wasn't pretty, but she used it anyway. I guess the "middle of the pack" edit doesn't allow us to see how that decision got made.


Thank you, thank you, thank you!

I've been saying all along that I thought CH's dress was poorly done. It's too blood-red, the layering of the newspaper beneath the bodice is boring, no element of surprise, and it looks shoddy.

IMO, her or Louise should've been at the bottom instead of Gordana.


OK, now that I have seen these two dresses up close, I am really outraged that Gordanna was in the bottom three. I loved Gordanna's dress, thought it would be in the top when I saw it both in the workroom and on the runway. It was really beautifully made, the tailoring was excellent, and it looked like a real dress (wasn't that the point?). And now, in comparison to these two messes--Yikes! Carol Hannah's looks slapped together on the bottom, and Shirin's was both too simple and too much a costume at once. No one could possibly wear either of these. Now I am getting on the grassy knoll--why do they hate Gordanna?
DebAC


I wanted nothing more than to drop Shirin's model into a bowl of batter and have her mix it up for me.


Did you see on Models of the Runway where they showed that CH's model had to be lifted onto and off of the runway, as she couldn't step up or down in that dress?


asparagus lust

We will never know how the real judges - Kors and Nina - would have treated Gordana. In the Heidi dominated PR world this contestant, an expatriot from the same geographic area of the world, really goes against the glam/ clownish and typically vulgar Heidi aesthetic. I think Gordana gets under her skin and no fair assessment has been possible. She is called out because she is not Althea or a mini me. It seriously pisses me off.


TLo said: "But the judges are usually more impressed when you can take the unconventional material and make something that looks like real clothes."

Unless, of course, your name happens to be Gordana. In which case you're likely to be dismissed for being too safe.

The judging so far has been very odd. Not to mention the fact that YET AGAIN we have no Kors or Garcia. WHY?


And yes, I know people have pointed out the Gordana thing. But it needs repeating. Something isn't right.


Shirin's dress = Leanne's and Anna's dresses


TLo, do you have the scoop on WHEN OH WHEN Nina and The Duchess will return?!


Hah! "Princess Jasmine" LOVE it!
I can't help but think if she had painted her paper the judges would have liked it more. The opposite goes for Dr. Whitfield.


You guys should add a "Susan Lucci Award" to the mylifetime site, for contestants who get robbed of the win (or put in the bottom when they don't deserve to be there). I nominate Gordana as the inaugural winner.


Dr. Whitfield should have kept it shorter above the knee and changed the color or have no color. What a certifiable mess! And Shirin - it looks like a clown costume version of Leanne Marshall's skirt from her winning collection. Either one of these two should have been in the bottom with Johnny and Peppermint Patty. Gordana in the bottom three just kills me. It smacks of interference.

Where the hell is the Duchess and La Nina???!!!!!! If the Duchess was working on garments for the First Lady, I think Lifetime should have changed the shooting schedule to accommodate him. He's as much a staple of PR as Heidi! Dammit. I miss his pumpkin glow. And La Nina would have ripped both Johnny and PP to shreds this week like the tough little feline she is. She would have KNOWN Johnny was full of shit by just looking at him.


Diana, Anne, et al: ditto. I was going to post precisely the same thing. And yes: something is extremely suspect about Gordana's bottoming out.

I like Sara's suggestion of the Susan Lucci Award, for the person who should have won/was needlessly in the bottom.

and Princess Jasmine! hee hee!

thanks for keeping the posts coming.


"But the judges are usually more impressed when you can take the unconventional material and make something that looks like real clothes."

Unless you make it look too much like real clothes. Then it's "wearable" and you'll be put in the bottom three for making clothes that might be actually be able to be worn outside the studio. And we wouldn't want that.

Where are Nina and Michael? I'm tired of all these second class stand-ins messing up the judging.
At least with Elle we got Anne Solwey saying "Tootie". I never thought I would say I miss her.


I just read Diana's comment. HA!
We're so simpatico.


Why is Shirin's model always so pissed? That's not fierce, that's an excuse not to hire you, missy.


Like so many others, I will say that Diana nailed it, took the words right out of my mouth/off my keyboard.

As to Ms. (Dr.) Whitfield's entry, she just didn't achieve mastery over the materials. If it had been a well-executed replication of the picture in her head, it might have been a good dress. As it was, effects she was going for (for instance, it seemed the "ruffles/gathers/??" gradually got larger as one moved down the skirt) just looked like sloppiness.


The big problem with Carol Hannah's dress was that the poor model had to be lifted onto the runway!


hmm, i disagree with pretty much everyone- i actually liked both of these dresses. now louise- THAT was a bat-shit crazy minnie mouse dress and definitely should've been in the bottom!


Liked Shirin's.
Thought Carol was getting the loser edit.
Wrong again.


I don't know - when i saw Shirin's dress, I immediately thought of Judy Noodles and some of her designs. In paper, yes it's costumey. But I think in satin faced silk organza the judges would call it Balenciaga.


OMG! Princess Jasmine! LOLOLOLOL!! that was funny! I won't be able to look at her now without thinking that!

Just like when I look at nicholas - I can only think of Peppermint Patty (Thanks A LOT Alex!!)


Honestly, with every recap I'm feeling more and more hostile about Gordana being dumped with PP and Johnny. What a travesty.


Shirin totally stole Judy Noodle's origami look. But, Judy took fabric to simulate paper folded art. Princess Jasmine (love that) did an oragami look with, um, paper. Gag.


IndyAnna
9/21/09 9:46 PM
Why is Shirin's model always so pissed? That's not fierce, that's an excuse not to hire you, missy.


Because she knows that while she's wearing that dress, there will be no bathroom breaks.

==

Carol Hannah's dress looked like an erupting volcano.


Good on paper, bad execution, bad proportions, bad, bad, bad, both of them.


I usually like Carol Hannah's work more, but I've seen pinatas with more style than the trainwreck she sent down the runway. Color, fit, construction and design..all a miss. Just look at the expression on her model's face...says it all.

And Shirin's had an almost cute top with belted waist (aside from the stray paper peaking above the bust and assymetrical rackage). But didn't the bottom remind you of the inexpensive "honeycomb" paper holiday decorations you saw as a kid (ooh it's a snowman!). And yet not as pretty. Could have been so much better.

Gordana should be pissed right now.
~robertryan


i also agree that Shirin's dress is incredibly cliche for Project Runway.

and i'm beginning to think that you two are just nit picky with carol hannah.


The bustplates on CHW's are all kinds of wrong. It really might have been okay --just okay, but okay-- without them.

Shirin's: disappointing. So. . . eh.

Tim seems to be giving some not so good advice this season. Shirin probably should have worked in the black panels. Other examples, too.


OMG is it me or does Ebony look like she is about to beat the living shit out of someone?


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Asparagus said, "In the Heidi dominated PR world. . . an expatriAtE from the same geographic area of the world. . . goes against the glam. . ."


Yes, I agree that idea of the judges wanting to see people exceed the limitations of the materials mysteriously and wrongly didn't apply to Gordana.

But can we please stop theorizing that this is because Heidi is German, and Gordana is Ger. . . er, uh, ummm, what is she? Uh, er, Deu....tchrrzzz , ermmm, uh?? Oh! Yes! not German. Hmm. Okay. She's SERBIAN FROM BOSNIA. So can we just stop with the cockamamie "Germans are competitive with other Germans [and even though Gordana apparently isn't German] - that must be the reason" thingy?

(Sorry. I've been at a party.)


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I thought Carol's looked like a real dress.


Reading all of the comments about the judging made me think. All of the guest judges are a double edged sword.

With all of the guest judges, you get somewhat of a different perspective and an uneven-ness of the judging. On the positive side, if one judge just does not like a contestant, at least the contestant might not have to face that judge every week. On the negative, there is a lack of continuity and the contestant won't know who or what to expect.

But based on that and the general opinion of Gordana's situation, since the only judge that has been there every week, it appears that she might be suffering from Heidi not being a fan?

We've seen a number of pics with Gordana wearing very short skirt, shiny, and/or short shorts. Maybe Heidi doesn't like seeing another (older) woman in her style?


One more - a question.

In MOTR, when Heidi was talking to the models about no eating and no bathroom breaks, I thought I heard them say that the models had tp be in the dresses for something like 8 HOURS?

If that is true WHY?


"In the Heidi dominated PR world. . . an expatriate from the same geographic area of the world. . . goes against the glam. . ."

As someone who has a mother that's fresh off the boat from the Rhineland, I can guarantee you that Heidi in no way considers Gordana to be from the same geographic area. And neither does Gordana.

her beach outfit was cute, but the pants were poorly executed, and it was coupled with the stripper pantsuit. Her model dress was kinda boring.I loved her pregnancy outfit and her newspaper dress and her red carpet dress was kinda cute, but wasn't anything mind blowing.

I have Gordana picked as one of the final three but she does need to step it up.


Yeah, I don't buy the whole...Heidi doesn't like a bitch who also has and accent theory...I would buy the theory that the judges are less forgiving of a older woman. Just like the designers are more likely to put the hottest but oldest model on the bottom of the pile (miss you Val), I could see the judges dismissing the hard work of Gordana because she's not a cute little baby. (Not to dis Althea...who is shockingly good for her oh so tender years.)


Shirin's is terrible. It reminds me of Kenley's auto-parts dress. She went with a concept and that was pretty much it. Use some origami to make a skirt...that was all the thought I could see in it.

However, I must say that I really liked Carol Hannah's. It wasn't blood red at all. Blood is much, much darker. The color texture looked a little bloody, but not the color. I liked how the dress moved while walking. It was much more dramatic than just about any other look that went down the runway (as someone else said, it was more dramatic than Christopher's). There was something less than thought out about the top...had she had a little more time it might have been a knock-out.


They are both ugly designs, period.
Hot Pockets and a surgical site.
Blech........


LEANNE! LEANNE! LEANNE! LEANNE! LEANNE! LEANNE! LEANNE! LEANNE! LEANNE! LEANNE! LEANNE! LEANNE!

EVERY SINGLE STYLE EVERY DESIGNER DOES ON THE SHOW IS A COPY OF LEANNE'S!

There. Expect another 50 more posts just like this.


Completely agree with everyone's comments about Gordana. She even said it on the stage that she thought the point was to make something that looked like real clothes. *sigh*

We want our Duchess and La Nina back!


Am I the only one who noticed that SHIRIN'S MODEL COULD NOT MOVE HER HANDS WITHOUT THE DRESS FALLING OFF?!?!?

Add to that the whole thing with Carol's model having to be crane-lifted onto the runway...

I guess making something 'wearable' really was a mistake.


Dr. Whitfield's dress just makes me want to take out my 'Vote for Pedro' T-Shirt, put on a blinfold, and hit her model with a stick.


I kinda like CH's. Shirin's dress is UHGly. I didn't really like the newspaper colored newspaper clothes. Why provide sharpies and craft paints if not to use them. You know what? This challenge was another cluncker. SHARPIES AND CRAFT PAINT WTF. One of the models should have walked down the runway with a newspaper folded up under her arm (like as if newspapers were still relevant), or how about newspaper sailor suits and hats, or in an ironic turn, someone could have made a little laptop looking accessory out of newspapers and dressed the model like a newsie. These are some boring ass designers.


Carol Hannah's dress, to me at least, looked so much like dresses on the red carpet on Sunday - Drew Barrymore for one. And, I think Toni Collette's dress was almost a direct knock off, down to the Pepto past the expiration date color.

PS: The model had to be lifted on and off the runway because the dress was made of PAPER!


Having said all that, I do think it was pretty ugly...


WHERE IS THE LOVE? CH didn't drown a bag of kittens -- maybe her execution fell a little short but put down the rocks already! the color isn't reading that bad on my monitor it's kind of like a burnt orange -- perfect for autumn.

I think Shirin's design would have faired beter if the geometry had been a little smaller but then again, that may have pushed it into Leannland.

Someone suggested a few days ago that perhaps Heidi is holding a grudge from WWII. Only Kors & Garcia can save her but I think they wrote this season off and we won't see them until Bryant park. ~Gary


I know PR doesn't want to acknowledge the existence of The Fashion Show, but Shirin's dress is a lot less Leanne and a lot more Anna McCraney. Could you guys post side-by-side photos of Shirin's newspaper creation and Anna's "vagina" dress? I think that might end all comparisons with Leanne.


Dr. Whitfield's dress was just a bit too much like most of her designs. Hot mess. Shirin's looked like a lampshade. Judy Noodles wannabe.


Glad to see I wasn't the only person annoyed by the ridiculous editing of random reaction shots meant to make Shirin appear to be some wild, cackling annoyance. You know, producers, you could have just added more bitchy comments from Nicolas instead. Yawn.

This is what I hate about reality shows.

These two dresses ended up right where they should have been -- with one exception: Either one of them should have been in Gordana's spot in the bottom three. Because her dress was a Michael Kors MILE ahead of both of them.


"Tlo said: But the judges are usually more impressed when you can take the unconventional material and make something that looks like real clothes."



Unless they're a bit cracky, in which case they put you in the bottom 2 for being boring.

I think Shirin's looks like a wind turbine, but Carol's should have been in the bottom 2, but wasn't, clearly, only because of Alex's Superhero x-ray teleporting powers which manipulated the judging right through the TV screen over a year after the taping actually took place.

If only Alex would use those super powers for good, not evil.

--GothamTomato


The Shirin obnoxious editing seemed really forced to me. As in, it seemed to have more to do with them editing in reaction shots and going to people they knew would be bitchy and were like "ISN'T SHIRIN ANNOYING? Tell us and you'll get screen time...."

I'm usually a big CHW partisan, but... well.... I thought this looked craftsy. I didn't realize the extent to which it did until I saw the screencaps today, but it does look like it's made out of painted paper, and not in a good way. Eek. Step it up CHW.

And of course, just to 2nd (or at this time like... 20000th) what Diana said in the 3rd comment - so true! Poor Gordana. I love her and that she'll call out the judges. "My mistake", indeed. Hahaha.


YOU BITCHES ARE BLOGGING 'GLEE'!!!!!!!!


YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAAAAAYY!

You just made my dreary week!


Highlight: Hearing Heidi say "y'all?" to Carol Hannah


I liked Dr. Whitfield's dress when I first saw it because it was something different after a sea of mini-dresses. But I really disliked the color. And I dislike it even more now that I can get another look at it. I think if it were maybe turquoise it would be better?

Still pissed about the wack judging.


Oh man, you boys blogging Glee is going to be EPIC! <3


Carol Hannah's dress needs to be put in context. If this bunch hadn't been so extraordinarily talented with paper, this dress would have landed in the top three.

Painting it in cobalt blue would have made it a knockout, not to mention made wrinkles at the bottom far less noticeable. And if she had done a slightly more elegant pattern at the bustline, it would have been a knockout.

Shirin's noodles - clearly noodles this big only work with flow-y material. Otherwise, if it's going to be stiff, a lot more visual interest is needed, such as a contrast color inside the noodles. But yeah, noodles done up like this are getting boring; we've seen it, or close to it. Rounded, triangular, what's the difference -- it's basically a high tech version of a tutu and, unfortunately, it gets boring pretty darn fast because it's not an inherently wearable look to begin with. That's not to say that if they are done in a different fashion it also would be boring, quite the contrary. If anybody were to do a noodle wedding dress out of newspaper that actually moved when it walked, it would take the prize for all time in the "weird materials" challenges.


But the judges are usually more impressed when you can take the unconventional material and make something that looks like real clothes.

No they aren't. They were circling over Gordana.

And I think Carol Hannah's dress looked like Monique L'Huillier (sp?) style Emmy dresses. We saw that on someone, and Miss Drew had a peach colored versionof the same. So it can't be crap in one forum, but great in another. Or can it?

BTW, did you see the recap last night? Uncle Nick was on.


Carol Hannah was not in the bottom three but Gordana was? Does not make sense. CH's look like a roll of crepe paper run amok. Awful.


"A couple edited -in reaction shots there, and presto. You've got a storyline and a character. Shirin is loud and annoying."

Oooo, i know you guys are under a contract of some sort that doesnt allow you to spill juicy gossip about reality shows but holy cow you should write a book!


I believe this illustrates why Gordana can't get out of the middle. It's because she has no spark,... no vision.
Her finished product is usually flawless, but there is no life to it.
She ends up in the bottom two because no one remembers it.
Her things are well made,... and very, very safe.
I agree had this been years previous, she might be a winner. Not this year.
She is easily being over shadowed by the slightly more adventurous Carol Hannah, and Shirin.


Leeann called she wants her noodles back


The boob area of Carol Hannah's looks like two seashells. Little Mermaid? Don't like it.


I agree about Dr. Whitfield! When it came out, I said "ugh" at the exact same moment that my PR buddy said "oh wow!" It was a tense moment. I immediately thought of blood, and the stiffness was awful.


But the judges are usually more impressed when you can take the unconventional material and make something that looks like real clothes.

Really? Then based on the judges own comments, Gordana should have won.

flory


MoHub said: I know PR doesn't want to acknowledge the existence of The Fashion Show, but Shirin's dress is a lot less Leanne and a lot more Anna McCraney. Could you guys post side-by-side photos of Shirin's newspaper creation and Anna's "vagina" dress? I think that might end all comparisons with Leanne.

I agree. The bottom of Shirin's dress looks exactly like Anna's cup dress. I'm not suggesting that Shirin stole the idea from Anna, because that would be impossible (and I seldom think there's actual stealing anyway. It's more likely that an idea reaches critical mass; also there's absolutely nothing new under the sun). Granted, I haven't watched all of season 5, but I don't remember Leanne do anything that looked like Shirin's dress.

I liked Dr. Whitfield's dress until I got a closer look at it. It's just kind of a mess. And her poor model.

I can live with Gordana not being in the top three, but she should have replaced either Shirin or CH in the middle. I call shenanigans, even though I have no idea what those shenanigans might be.


i'm sorry to say it but you guys are completely wrong about that dress looking like a wound dressing... it actually looks exactly like a used tampon - uncanny!


Shirin's dress was derivitave, and boring. But... CHW's had some interesting elements. I loved the bottom, it just wasn't cohesive from top to bottom.


hmm, i disagree with pretty much everyone- i actually liked both of these dresses. now louise- THAT was a bat-shit crazy minnie mouse dress and definitely should've been in the bottom!

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