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Honestly, we thought this was the oddest pairing out of all of them and yet...

Model: Kalyn Hemphill

The bitches made it work.

We could quibble over how beachy this look is (hint: not at all), but it really was a cute, chic, easy look. In fact, it kind of calls to mind what Mitchell's maternity outfit SHOULD have been if he'd been more talented.

What keeps it in beach mode is the macramé bathing suit and from the back, we have to agree with the judges, it was gorgeous and unique.

Although it does look a little like those potholders we made in summer camp in the '70s.

Still, it was stylish and simple and really, that's all the challenge called for.

Model: Emarie Wiltz

We don't care how much Max Azria praised this, we were underwhelmed.

As so many commenters have already pointed out, there was a bit too much to remind us of Christian Siriano's and Chris March's avant garde look from season 4. Namely, the big asymmetrical collar.

Aside from that, there was just too much of everything with this dress, which for some reason, is how a lot of these designers envisioned avant garde: just turn the dials up to 11 and call it a day.

And why was there so much shit brown on that runway?

Yes, the woven bodice was kindasorta interesting and we'll give them credit for tying their two looks together (asymmetrical, brown, macramé), but this just looks like an overdone party dress. Interesting, but a little too sloppy and not avant garde in any real way.

They deserved what praise they got however, and Johnny must be singled out for making sure that the judges knew how invaluable Irina was to the team. Good job, kids.

Don't worry. We'll get to Mad Men soon. In the mean time, go read this week's T Lo Awards.



Extended Judging:





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



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I wish they would have shown the actual bathing suits. I would be interested in seeing several of them. Why make one if it's going to be hidden the entire time?


I agree that the bathing suit would have been the most interesting part of either outfit. Heidi was right about the AG look. The concept was good, but the execution and the color were not. Definitely not avant garde either but not the worst AG look on the runway. Their other look was cute. Not winning the challenge cute, but still cute. And I like that they worked well as a team, not just a leader and a follower.


TLo said: "We don't care how much Max Azria praised this, we were underwhelmed. As so many commenters have already pointed out, there was a bit too much to remind us of Christian Siriano's and Chris March's avant garde look from season 4. Namely, the big asymmetrical collar. Aside from that, there was just too much of everything with this dress"

I wasn't as wild about the first look and that was partly because it called to mind Mitchell's shorts. Just because the bitches did the look better didn't quite make it a winning look. I did like the macrame look on Team Russia's outfit because, as you guys aptly put it, Team DR's effort" does look a little like those potholders we made in summer camp in the '70s" which is never a winning look IMO.

And the other look [shudder] it had several items it was lacking too much of - fit, execution, well, the list could go on. Makes me appreciate the boys from S4 that much more in how well they did in putting together their avant garde dress!

Was Mood offering some type of special on brown fabric the day they went shopping? There was way too much of that color on the runway. I don't think when the judges talked about using colors instead of black, they meant "switch to brown".

[sigh]

srq


The weave at the top of the dress reminds of the "Rami Final Collection" weaved bodice dress that Heidi was also crazy about. I guess Heidi just likes weaves! Speaking of Heidi's love for weaves.....does anyone know if Heidi wears hair extensions?

TampaBay


That first one would have been so appropriate if the top was in a bright color and the bag wasn't leather.

The second one was just rotten, all the way around.

How do professional designers not relate to beachwear? Even if it was "surfwear inspired" rather than "wearable at the beach" there was not a lot coming down that runway that reflected the dictates of the challenge. Makes Ramon's win all the more understandable.


The brown turned me off the moment the outfit appeared. The stills and extended judging video allow me to look closer and be more appreciative, but still the brown's a down.


Come on, the "avant garde" look looked like the fashion gods had taken a massive crap on the poor model. The bodice was all slouchy and ill-fittery.

Must agree on the surf-wear look though.


I loved the beach look, and even the model wasn't buying the avant garde one.


Pot Holders from Camp! I knew that those patterns reminded me of something.....
Oh YAY for a Mad Men recap coming soon. OMG Saul's bedroom scene!


I really liked the first look.

That is all.


I was surprised at how neutral all the colors were with this challenge! When I think surfer, I think bright tropical colors, not tree bark brown!


I am now beginning to understand why Ra'mon's neoprene AG design was the winning look as in beachy and presence of color.

TampaBay


I really wanted to see the front of the macrame suit. I liked the top, though I agree that the brown wasn't the best colour choice. The skirt? Totally not surf-inspired. A nice pair of board shorts would have looked much better.

I basically think that the feebleness of the avant-garde looks was wholly the fault of the producers for setting up the challenge the way they did. Avant garde needs thought and time, not throwing together at the last minute, with the constraint of matching an already-existing garment of a wholly different kind, and with 15 minutes for fabric shopping! So, yeah, they were all bad and none of them were avant garde, but that's not really a surprise with this set up.


I really enjoy watching the extended clips of the judging. You find that the judges didn't love the outfits as much as you thought. Interesting how Max didn't like the color or the choice of fabric but he did like tryign to incorporate the macramee

Yeah what is up with the color choices. Nina had mentioned that as well

Frank


Points for trying. The potholder echo effect ruined the impact for me. Neither overall look was beachy, avant garde or attractive.

Call me crabby and also cranky about this challenge. Is it Thursday yet?


I also wondered about the swimsuit under the surf look. Odd that none of them were shown.
The pull over flash dance top was okay, but why didn't he pick a brighter color. I like the pockets in the skirt. But the stiff fabric and neutral color? Not beachy.
I do not understand what what the concept was for the Avant Garde look was... at all. Dolphin poop? Or the rotten carcass of a dead whale washed up on the beach?


i'm not sure how this could be seen as 'not' beachy. it's gauzy, light, sheer... i'm not a big fan of brown myself, but i think this look was the closest to sticking with the challenge. the "ag" dres isn't great, but they put the thought to tie in the major elements of the beach outfit into it. i'm still so confused by the fact nobody showed one thing that an actual surfer would wear for a day at the waves, and nobody railed on them for it. they even consulted with the damn surfer girls in their surfer-wear!!


I've never posted here before, but I've been reading your blog since season 4 of PR. All I can say is that you guys are fab! I almost love reading your comments as much as I love watching the show :o) Keep up the good work!


I feel so bad that you guys have the obligation of writing quips and getting screencaps for such dreadful outfits. No, not even dreadful, just bland and boring.


Giant shoulder rolls are "apres garde", not "avant garde". If I never see another one it'll be too soon.

And fabric -- what the HELL is wrong with these people? Anyone, ANYONE could have made the simplest bathing suit and wrap, or hoodie, or something, out of an actual surf-related print and blown all of these idiots to Kingdom Come. Is the Mood collection they brought out that hideous? Because I can find better fabric than these losers are finding in literally under a minute online.


I didn't really care for either look. The first one was okay, but overall pretty boring and the macrame looked cheap and out of place. The second outfit had some nice work, but was an ugly color, over complicated, and unflattering.


Actually. It is very California beachy. Just not Southern California baechy. For Santa Cruz, CA it is spot on.


Actually it _is_ California beachy. Not SoCal beach but it is Santa Cruz/San Francisco beach chic.


another laura

I agree with other posters that not seeing the full bathing suit for any of these pieces is just producer bullsh*t and made the whole episode even more bullsh*tty.

Also agree with Ros that adding an a.g. twist at the end was a bullsh*tty producer stunt and doomed to failure. In addition, the judges apparently were clued in, in advance, as to which teams weren't getting along.

In other words, I know I'm not breaking new ground, but this was a total bullsh*t episode. I start to fear for our fave show.

Note to producers (because you know they're reading): Take the future episodes out and re-cut them to do a fashion show!!!!!


The back of the avant-garde outfit looks hideously done. Or maybe it was the camera angle...?


A picture keeps popping in my head of Mood running a special on brown fabric or the Mood sales people getting a bonus for pushing brown fabric.

Seriously, the designers were given 15 minutes at Mood for the first look and I don't recall how much time they were given to shop for the second look.


Kristina said, "Actually it _is_ California beachy. Not SoCal beach but it is Santa Cruz/San Francisco beach chic."

I don't know. Looks more L.A. (though not beachy) than SF to me. But, again, it was so annoying when they had Tim say "the beach is the heart of California." Give me a break.


"Why won't Mommy and Daddy stop fighting?!"

Best TLo Awards, yet!


You don't think it works as a beach look? Why not? I think it's perfect for that. This was my favorite easily. And that's even despite the shite it was stacked up against. I would have preferred a color besides dark brown tho naturally. That is one somber business casual beach.

Indeed, what was with all that mahogany?


Were there any comments about the hair styles? Wasn't that a big deal at the beginning of the challenge?


The model Emarie looks like the girl from One on One. Hate the dress though. I shuddered when it came on the runway. Then again, I did the same with most the dresses that week.


I don't think that avant garde should be done as an ad hoc team challenge, to me it is very personal creation and the designers should have to explain what makes their creation avant garde. Yes S4's Chris and Christian, and Jillian and Victorya made interesting looks, but they weren't avant garde. IMO, examples of good avant garde done on PR were Lee Anne and Jerrell's zodiac looks, Korto's car coat, Jeffrey's recycling dress (maybe), Kara Saun's post office outfit, and Kara Saun and Austin's future ensembles (maybe).


Korto's car coat referenced the 60's too much to be avant-garde, Kara Saun's postal uniform couldn't be avant-garde because it was a reinterpretation of an already-existing design and Austin's future outfit looked to much like a couch.

I'm all for people saying the "avant-garde" designs on PR aren't avant-garde, but really, nothing on the show is, so why bring up other non-avant-garde outfits?

God I hate this word.


My grammy called that color shit brindle brown - or shit brindle green if had a slightly greener hue.

For my money, a little bit of shit brindle brown goes a long way. And this week's episode filled my yearly quota.

Love the back of the first outfit, tho.


I liked the first outfit, although the top could have been red, yellow, or some other traditional beachy color.

The brown gown, not so much. Could it be that the designers think that dark colors hide more construction flaws?


I HATE the brown. The first outfit is okay, but I feel like I could have made it. There doesn't seem to be a lot of real technical skill involved.

Clearly no one on PR knows anything about avant-garde, except that a big poufy shoulder is a must. Boring.


Is anyone else still having trouble commenting on Lifetime's site? Urgh... I try every week and it just never works for me.

Bravo on the TLo awards! Loved the lifetime achievement award in particular.


Was Mood offering some type of special on brown fabric the day they went shopping? There was way too much of that color on the runway. I don't think when the judges talked about using colors instead of black, they meant "switch to brown".


Mood is a fabric clearinghouse - they buy leftover fabrics from design houses. That's why their fabrics keep up with the trends. Unlike other fabric stores which carry the same type of fabrics regardless of trend, Mood's inventory has a rapid turnaround.

When I was in design school, the students were discouraged from buying fabrics for their thesis collection at Mood because there was always a possibility that they wouldn't have it in stock if you needed to go back and buy the same fabric. Still, Mood was a good place to get swatches (they're not as snooty as some other fabric stores).


Like the front of the first look.

Btw, I think the model's correct names is Kalyn* Hemphill...unless her nickname is Kaly.


Which designer snarled something derogatory about the hoodie-and-swimsuit look that the Surfer Girls told him where what actual surf people wear? Because, lame as it might seem, THAT is what you'd throw on over a bathing suit--hoodie and surf shorts or a sarong. Maybe an 80s style flippy mini skirt. The sheer off-the shirt was totally appropriate and the brown might have worked if the skirt wasn't so...white. Snore. The skirt fabric was too stiff and too boring. A print or a soft fabric in, I dunno,one of the colors in the macrame? Total win. The AG dress? Hideous. Full stop.


LOL @ the tacky designs this season and y'all were talking s^%& about The Fashion Show lol


^At least "Project Runway" eliminates people who can't sew.


I also think that the first outfit had a beachy vibe. If you removed the skirt and added jeans and flip-flops, you would have an instant beach outfit. I live in Southern CA and would wear it. But, if they had switched out the brown fabric on the gauzy shirt for some "traditional" beach color as some have suggested, the gauzy fabric would have looked gaudy.


I really thought Shirin and Ula should've won this, but damnit, these two were pretty close. That macrame'd (sp) top was gorge, as was team East Europa (I'm not gettin' involved with that Russian shit!)

Plus I'm actually getting a "straight" vibe from Johnny S., he wanted to work with the hot chick.

And the hot chick showed that she knows what she's doing.


Thanks for the holiday post, guys!


Did anyone watch Tim's workroom critiques on the Lifetime website? Time and time again, he discourages the designers from showing their bathing suits. He told Epperson and Qristyl not to make their dress bodice removable, told Nicolas and Gordana not to even bother making a bathing suit bottom, and encouraged Louise and Althea to keep theirs covered. That is why we saw no bathing suits on the runway. Any insight into why he did this? He did say that the thought the bathing suits were not important, but how could they not be?


Per the TLo Awards - LOVE "Teutonic fury." LMAO. You guys crack me up.

And a thank you from a random minion for the subtle format change in how the winners are announced. MUCH better, IMO (yes, I am the dork that complained about the all caps).


I thought the first look was beachy. It's totally OC-Summer.

I guess that's part of the problem with the challenge asking for beachwear...it's like asking to design something for a lunch out. What beach, what time, with whom?


I could see the macrame thing amd maybe even the top in Santa Cruz, but not the skirt. Santa Cruz is very casual.

Still, I actually kind of liked the pop of color from the macrame. To me, it was the best of the four winning looks.

The AG dress--fug prom dress dunked in sewer.

Just don't get why it was a winning look compared to some in the middle.

Bizarre judging. Bizarre challenge.


Coco, where did you go to school? Only because at FIT Mood is mecca to the students, it's hard to find one of them without a damn gold and black tote bag. But, anyway, I know when I go there, they're pretty consistent with their inventory; I finished out a bolt of this amazing plaid silk last October, and when I was there last week they had a fresh new one.


TheNYCourier wrote:
"Coco, where did you go to school? Only because at FIT Mood is mecca to the students, it's hard to find one of them without a damn gold and black tote bag. But, anyway, I know when I go there, they're pretty consistent with their inventory; I finished out a bolt of this amazing plaid silk last October, and when I was there last week they had a fresh new one."


I went to Parsons. I started there before "Project Runway" existed - when Tim Gunn was just known as the Chair of the Fashion Department. When I graduated, the show had become very popular and it was known as "the 'Project Runway' school."

There were a lot of people that didn't like when production was filming during the summer and two weeks during Fashion Week (access was blocked on a few floors and elevator use was sporadic).

I was always asked questions from friends and family about production (the most common question was about Tim Gunn).

Anyway, I agree that Mood is consistent with their inventory - they usually buy from design houses that ordered thousands of yards fabric but didn't end up using all of it.


i lived in San Diego for 5 years and totally would've worn their beach look to the beach or around town; i loved it!


why why WHY is it that so many newer designers think avant garde literally translates into "one big shoulder?" if i never see a huge asymmetrical neckline/collar again, it'll be too soon.


June July and August

The Lifetime website sucks.


I kind of liked the first outfit, although I thought it was a little strange that two groups were doing macrame. Th second look was pretty bad and the color they chose didn't help much.


WTF are the black sparkly worms on Heidi's shoulder? Ick.

After seeing the gals at the beach in the beginning, I was totally baffled as to why the swimsuits weren't the focus of the beach wear. Weren't most of them wearing bikini tops?

I haven't the faintest why darling Mr. Gunn would advise the designers to cover them up. Another confusing facet to a totally confusing challenge.


I would have liked the first outfit more if there was more of the macrame than the tiny bit at the back that was exposed. It looks incongruous with the rest of the outfit. Less of the circle skirt and the brown top would have made it cuter, in my opinion.


I think Tim encouraged them to cover up the bathing suits because the challenge was to create a surfwear-inspired look and not actual beachwear.

Nina refers to this confusion in her Lifetime video.


1st outfit was cute and met the challenge the 2nd was pure poop fug. Hmm that's funny, that's almost the same result we got from team "Russia" yet they were in the bottom instead of the top...

crack-smoking judges...sigh


"Why won't Mommy and Daddy stop fighting?! We always try our best to pick sides when designers bicker, but these two made it impossible. They acted exactly like an old married couple standing outside the lawyer's office arguing over who should put money in the parking meter. ."



When did you two meet my grandparents?


I did have to hand it to Mitchell for finding the strength to crawl off that that way in one piece after Frau Seal was done with him.

I noticed that Nina was fairly tame, but did manage to glance at him as if to say, "One word out of you and I'll shiv you like a jailhouse snitch!"


TLo,

I think it also time we the bloggers RATE what Tim Gunn was wearing on the beach....A suit with FLIP FLOPS? IN or OUT?

I love TG but those flip flops were not doing it for me. Yes TG I am letting out a "Primordial Scream" as you mentioned when People Magazine when inside your closet and we saw the flip flops.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85Of-XJvivs&feature=fvsr


*I just caught myself with a bunch of Typos. I've been blogging too much today (can't get enough PR).


the amazing thing about this whole challenge is that Uli already won it in Season 3's finale. Honestly, none of these guys even could touch that look.


Macrame means "knotted".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macram%C3%A9

None of this stuff was actually macrame. It was all just woven. And I agree, it was cute, colorful, and more visually interesting than most of the looks this ep, but it was woven, not knotted. (And it reminded me of those potholders too!)

It was no more macrame than the shit brown poofy shoulder thing was avant-garde.


Don't know why that didn't come up as a link - 2nd try -

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macram%C3%A9


Awww you guys gotta "work" on Labor Day? =(

"And why was there so much shit brown on that runway"

Good LAWD YES! beach = brown?? I just dont get it.


"Anonymous said...

Plus I'm actually getting a "straight" vibe from Johnny S., he wanted to work with the hot chick."

Actually, he didn't have a choice. She was the only one left when it was his turn to choose. I always love when the team that gets "stuck" with someone turns out something better than any of the others, like Jerell and Stella's Lipstick Jungle outfit.


"Although it does look a little like those potholders we made in summer camp in the '70s."

With the macrame on one and the weaving on the other, both of them do.

It's beachy, if you're used to summers spent off the shores of Newark, New Jersey.


Look 1 is cute
the top and skirt make a nice silhouette
the styling's nice and sleek
and hte bathing suit was hot
(love the back)

the avant garde? bad length, bad color, poorly fitted
but there was a good idea there

not the best on the runway that night, but the first look was cute and summery and there was some cohesion


Thank you for bringing up the potholder thing because that's what the back looked like to me. Otherwise, I thought this was definitely a fun and flirty outfit that I could easily see some of the surfer girls around here wearing.


I wasn't crazy about these designs, but they compared well with Ra'Mon's. And kudoes to these two designers for keeping it pleasant and professional. Johnny is a sweetie.

There's brown and then there's brown. I'm not saying that brown is a "beachy" color, but why did so many go with this shit brown shade? I'm starting to believe that they DID have a clearance on it at Mood because it was so ugly. A rich chocolate brown is a whole different story, and would have improved these designs significantly.

I share everybody's bewilderment as to how a group of designers can be so clueless about color. I've never had design training or taken classes about color, but I know how to pick and combine colors and prints. Most people who dress themselves do, to varying degrees. And you'd think someone who selects design as a career would have an interest in color, if not a knack for it, just as much as they'd be interested/skilled at sewing.


Am I the only one who can't stand macrame?


TheNYCourier said...
Korto's car coat referenced the 60's too much to be avant-garde, Kara Saun's postal uniform couldn't be avant-garde because it was a reinterpretation of an already-existing design and Austin's future outfit looked to much like a couch. 9/7/09 2:08 PM


A look can reference a previous era and still be avant garde, a look need not be Jetsonian to carry the avant garde label. Plenty of avant garde designers (usually of a British or Japanese ilk) and collections referenced previous periods. If it were a designer steeped in vintage like Betsey Johnson or Kenley (to keep it PR-centric), then I would not so easily consider it avant garde. Actually, the reason I considered Korto's coat avant garde was because of the materials not the silhouette - the incorporation of a weaving technique in an unexpected way for the garment she created - a coat. I considered Austin's future design avant garde because of the way that he described its additional functionality when it came to protection from the harsh environment, but yeah that was probably more salesmanship than anything else, so I will concede that that was not avant garde. Kara Saun's postal uniform was definitely avant garde, almost in the purest sense. You can see it as a forerunner of future postal looks, one where the uniform's design elements better helps a postal worker do his /her job, while at the same time being stylish and protected from the elements. I don't think that to be avant garde a look has to be so conceptual that it is unwearable and lacks functionality. The revolution can come from the functionality itself if in fact it was not there before.


AH I AM SO BEHIND! I actually had to work every day this weekend (including Monday), and am trying to catch up on the deliciousness.

Am I hallucinating, or did Irina make a comment on the runway about how the dress was pretty shittily constructed? I vaguely recall her saying something about hoping the judges don't notice all the flaws, and just squint and go with the general concept.

At the time I was like "FAT CHANCE. HAVE YOU MET NINA GARCIA?!" but now I feel like I don't know Nina at all :'(

I would wear the first outfit - of course I don't live anywhere near a beach, but I don't think the outfit SCREAMS beach. Problematic? I can't decide.


Yes, what is with all the brown!? Brown is not beachy imho.


I was really impressed with Max Azaria as a judge. he didn't just slam the contestants. he understood where they were trying to go and also understood where they went wrong.

I found his comments to be insightful, and helpful to the contestants in a way that many of the other judge's comments are not.

I also felt that many of the garments looked better before they hit the runway.


I'm gonna be a pedant here, but Macrame is knotting, weaving is what these folks showed, not macrame. Is it too much to hope for correct terminology. Or did the Russian's use of the term poison the Drama Free team's lexicon. I think I need to re-watch the episode to see who calls what first. sigh. This pairing was the best of the worst though.


I thought the beach look was a mess, way too much going on on the back. The macrame idea was cute, but the rest was messy.

The AG look was a real hot mess, slopped together, yeech. Never wear anything like it.


Love that macrame!


I'm just totally bored. *Yawn*


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The beach look is actually very chic

But the avant garde look... I put all my focus on the weaving, NOT the puffysleeve kinda thing. Korto and Rami could weave MUCH better.





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