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Little Dresses with Big Ideas

It's all about the big poofs today!


Model: Fatma Dabo

We'll say this: it's nice to see that Louise can get away from the retro looks when she wants to.


Nice job on all the pin-tucking. It gave the dress a little interest. Without it, the collar would have been overwhelming.

It's a cute little dress. It might be a bit too little a dress for such an over the top collar, but really, that's nitpickery.

Model: Vanessa Fitzgerald

Carrie Bradshaw on steroids. This is a bit much, frankly.

In case you couldn't tell, we're talking about the flower here. It's so big you can't even see the dress underneath it.

Which may just have been deliberate on his part because the dress is way too basic.

In fact, this concludes our critique because we have nothing else to say. But that never stopped us from shooting off our mouths. Strap yourselves in for a rant.

Perhaps it's because we spend more time than is healthy looking at these dresses, but kittens, we are OVER IT. We really want to cheerlead this show because we love it so much but we're deeply disappointed with the season so far. We said this already but it bears repeating: ENOUGH WITH THE "MAKE A PRETTY DRESS" CHALLENGES. All it does is give us 20 minutes of runway looks we could find in any department store. That's not why we watch Project Runway! We watch it for unbridled creativity under tight restrictions! We watch it to see talented people struggle with little in the way of time or materials to make something that shocks, surprises, and delights us! We DON'T watch it to see endless retreads of cocktail dresses and Easter Sunday frocks. ENOUGH, people!

And this isn't so much a criticism of the designers themselves. They all seem to have some talent and some level of creativity. Granted, we think a lot of them have been playing it safe so far, but that's because the show isn't giving them any incentive to NOT play it safe. Frankly, we blame this on the show's setting. We're ready to declare the L.A. background a failure. It's not that there isn't cutting edge fashion in L.A.; it's that the show decided to go the "starlet and stylist" route in the judging and there is NOTHING more boring than a critical response that amounts to no more than "I would/I wouldn't wear/buy that."

Yeah, yeah. We know that they're doing an unconventional materials challenge this week. We have some hope for the future. Of course, the fact that Eva Longoria will be sitting in the judge's chair tends to dash that hope somewhat. We want Nina and Michael along with the leading names in fashion, like DVF, Francisco Costa, Zac Posen, Betsey Johnson, etc, etc. If the show can't get that level of judge because of the L.A. setting, then here's an idea, Bunim/Murray: DON'T SET IT IN L.A. EVER AGAIN.

Rant over. We need an herbal tea and a nap.

Tim Gunn's Workroom Critique:






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With Ra'mon's dress, I'm so busy staring at the HUGE flower that I don't even notice the model. There was a model under there? So, as far as the goal of this challenge does, Ra'mon fails.


Preach! Unfortunately, I am the choir.


can I get an amen?


AGREED! LA has been a bust. Let's all pack our things and head back to NYC.

I actually really like Louise's dress. Sure the huge collar has been done before, but it is interesting to see it paired with a LBD. She would definitely get some attention for wearing it.

Ra'mon's is ridiclous with that huge flower. And that fabric is hoooorrible. I'm not sure if it actually is taffeda, but it looks like it and taffeda belongs no where but 80s proms and bridesmaid dresses.


Madame Suggia

I'm with you on the boredom-factor, boys! Back to NYC I say, and where on earth are our judges? Did they sell them off to fund the LA move?!? Have to say though that I'm still very glad there's not so much dumpster-diving design this time around...it is possible to set interesting challenges without resorting to the 'make a nice frock' cop-out, and I wish they'd do more 'real-life' challenges, say, with tight budget restrictions or for a very narrowly defined customer base. Excuse me now whilst I head off for a PR-induced nap...


AMEN


As we say in the South, you are preaching to the choir (of which, in this case, I am a stalwart member despite not being able to carry a tune in a bucket). You are spot on, and I hope the producers take note! Well said, well said - now, enjoy the tea and the nap!


Your rant is very much on point. I like pretty dresses as much as the next gal, but where are the surprises, the risks?

As for the drsses, I LOVED Louise's. I just wish she had made it in red as Fatma requested because I think that would have cought the judges' eye better.

As soon as Ra'mon's came down the runway I groaned. Carrie Bradshaw flowers were fashion-forward 11 years ago!


I do agree. But I'm hopeful that this week's challenge (which looks like newsprint?) will be more exciting. I have to say I liked Louise's dress quite a bit. Carrie Bradshaw was the first thing I thought of when I saw Ra'mon's. But on steroids is right. So terrible.

Here's hoping this season stops being so boring. And bring back the duchess!


I really liked Louise's dress. Regardless of how she ranks in the final standings, I think she'll capitalize nicely from the exposure

But I agree time for some wackier challenges. I am willing to give the new producers some slack in terms of helping to create the challenges since they are new to producing this show.

Tim did say in his interview with Mo Ryan they had to ditch some challenges late into it with the litgation going on.

Hopefully the newspaper challenge will do what the Hershey challenge did for S4 and give it the personailty boost it needs. I still remain opitimistic with that alleged challenge where Bob Mackie is the judge

I do agree it would be nice to fly in some more predominate level designers as judges. An even mix of celebrity and fashion giants is not unreasonable. Just no bitchy stylists anymore

Frank


"Perhaps it's because we spend more time than is healthy looking at these dresses..."


ROFL


You bitches rock! The show would NOT be the same without you two, at least to me.

LOVED Louise's.


Oh, and I totally agree with the rant on the lack of interesting challenges. Yes, we're getting nice dresses, but nice is boring!


Is Los Angeles the problem? Or are the producers running out of ideas?

If they're out of ideas, they need to put a contest on the website: Come up with an original idea for a challenge. If your idea is used, you get 2 tickets to the Bryant Park show.


"...there is NOTHING more boring than a critical response that amounts to no more than "I would/I wouldn't wear/buy that."


A. FUCKING. MEN.


Hallelujah!
Man, we screamed with laughter when that big blue flower came trotting down the runway. It almost could have worked for a school play about Our Plant Friends.


I liked how Louise's model really sold her garment and designer at the "industry party". I thought Lousie's was waaaay more interesting than Ra'mon's frock.

Totally off topic, but the Hubs and I burst into giggles every timeNicholas is shown because all we can think about is Alex's Peppermint Patty comparison. That's about the most amusement I've gotten outta this cycle of PR.

Where's the Duchess? bring Nina back. NOW!


I actually like that black dress (though I think it needs a belt of something around the waist).

But as for the dullness of the season, I think it just might be a general malaise hanging over everyone because of all the litigation. I can't see how all that wouldn't have affected everyone on the production.

It seemed that way at the final collections show back in February; from Heidi coming out on the runway & saying (if I recall correctly), 'this has been very sad for our designers' (or something like that), to the final collections themselves which were dull and depressing.

There's just no spark.

--GothamTomato


TLo bang on 100% as usual. This season is sucky so far.


I've never been a big fan of novelty challenges, but I'm kind of longing for a skirt make of Twizzlers. More than that, though, is the caliber of judges. Lohan was surprisingly good, but I don't much care what a lot of these judges have had to say. And Eva Longoria? I could go the rest of my life without seeing her again.

I love Louise's dress. I think, considering the collar, she was smart to make a little dress. And she's so serious and thoughtful. I hope they start giving her more screen time.

Ra'mon. Ra'mon. Although I think Vanessa deserved to have to wear that ridiculous dress, it was still all wrong. It's just silly, and not in a good way.


I'm with you that there is an issue but I don't think that it is the fault of the location. They can do creative, bizarre challenges in LA just as well as in NY.


I don't know... I feel like so far, these challenges are not too different from previous year's. Next week is suppose to be kind of make stuff out of random stuff challenge, I guess we will see then.


"Rant over. We need an herbal tea and a nap."

LMFAO

totally agree. LOVE YOU BOYS!


I still enjoy watching PR (a lot), but your complaints have merit. When I first heard about Lifetime taking PR, I thought it was a bad fit, but now it seems like PR's changed to make it a good fit, and that's not a good thing.


I agree, the show seems to have lost its way since the move to L.A. It cannot survive on Tim and Heidi and Mood alone.

Also, I think it's not only the puzzlingly boring challenges and blase L.A. celebrity backdrop, but the contestants! In all other seasons past, by now we'd have the real "characters" singled out and standing out, and frankly this season's cast are soooo vanilla. No screamers, flamers, bitches, haters, shouters, super queens or basket cases. The one interesting space cadet was auf'd! Let's face it, half the show's charm has been bagged up neatly by the Austin Scarletts, the Santinos, the Chris Marches, the Christians.....actual INTERESTING people as well as designers.


Amen. AMEN! ***AMENNNNNNNN!!!!***

Could not agree more with the TLo rant on challenges and judging. I have loved this show with an addict-like devotion since I stumbled upon Episode 1, Season 1 by accident and saw a pretty fabulous dress made out of corn husks from Gristede's by a very pretty and fabulous designer.

But this season has been disappointing so far, and not because of the designers' talent, which I think is pretty considerable. I couldn't care less what Lindsay Lohan or the Mall Hair Stylist think about the challenges. I want designers, dammit! *Real* designers.

And yes, yes, yes, something more than pretty dresses, for cryin' out loud!

That said, Louise made a very pretty dress. :) I'd buy it, I'd wear it.

Now let's move these talented people outside of their comfort zone, shall we?


I'm worried about my girls Gordina and Louise. Both had beautiful dresses and again they were ignored.
I think Louise's should have been a contender for the win. It really suits Fatma.

Ra'mon on the other hand designed a dress for the girl that jumps out of the cake at a bachelor party. And I dislike him much, since toilet gate.


The milk's gone bad.


One of the few challenges they have left to do would be a childrens wear challenge where they have to make a fashion-forward outfit for a grown up, then create a version approriate for a child to wear.


Louise's dress was very cute. Ramon's (I refuse to add in that apostrophe) was a tacky cliche rendered in a beautiful electric blue.

Boys, you are absolutely correct. This show is BORING SNORING. Jenny Loudmouth from last week is the final straw for LA.


Is it sad that your rant is more entertaining than the show? Wait, your rants always were. Carry on.


I await this week's episode with (cautious) optimism.

~L


Can't hate on Fatma. She looks like Nina Simone.

With all due respects to La Garcia, there's only one who is THE Nina!


I'm enjoying the show still and have no issue with it being in L.A. Boring Project Runway is still much better than most fashion TV, as we saw with the train wreck of TFS. I'm content to watch them make pretty dresses.


Again I say: *sigh*

I actually liked Louise's dress, though I agree that it is unbalanced. But at least it is interesting with all the pin tucking.

Ra'mon's dress is...a lovely color. but other than that it just looks like he made a plain shift, realized he had made a plain shift, and then stuck the biggest distraction he could think of on it and hoped the judges were fans of the styling on Sex and the City.

I have to agree with your criticisms of the show thus far. Even the drama seems forced and at times incongruous with what we see later on (RE: Efferson and Qrystal - they cleared made up...but we saw none of it).

This week's challenge seems like it could be really interesting. But I have The Fear that it might be something along the lines of "Make an outfit out of unconventional material...but make sure it is pretty since it is for X celebrity function".

Bring back The Duchess and La Nina!


I think the show needs those NY vibes big time. It's just not working the same in LA. Even the LA Mood doesn't seem to be putting anyone in the mood....

I liked Louise's dress very, very much. Clean and sophisticated and absolutely wearable. (But I guess that's the kiss of death on PR.) Ra'mon, well I think the color is beautiful. The flower looks like it is about to swallow that poor model.

And though I frequently disagree with Nina and the Duchess, they are part of what makes this franchise works. This endless series of, often dopey, guest judges has been an abysmal failure. And I think it must be hard on the designers who probably feel like they have to reinvent the wheel every time since they can't build any kind of momentum with the judges on their body of work. Short and shiny Heidi isn't enough, much as I love her. At least they could've put Tim in there judging if the other two couldn't make it. He doesn't get nearly enough screen time as far as I'm concerned; there's no such thing as too much Tim.


HellsKitchenDude

Tlo, make sure you tea bag it.

Love you boys!


I liked Louise's dress and was proud at how Fatma gave her so much credit at the model party. Ra'mon's dress was a joke. That flower was HUGE and way too over the top.


A-fucking-MEN!!!!!!!!!

I truly didn't realize how crucial the judges - namely Michael and Nina - are to this show. When they are gone, all standards fly out the window - as well as a lot of the entertainment value of the show.

I hope the powers-that-be read this and take note.

XOXOXOXO


C'est moi, c'est moi Lola

Wow. I thought this season was becoming a big ol' snore, but Bunim Murray, look what you've done!

Tom and Lorenzo are now bloggers on the verge of a nervous breakdown!


A-FUCKING-MEN!

I want a Corn Husk dress dammit! I want something crazy gorgeous made from candy! I want my judges back and LiLo and company DO NOT COUNT. Just because they wear pretty clothes does not make them an ideal judge. I hate Bunim/Murray now for ruining a creative show and making it basic. Thank goodness for Tim Gunn he is the only reason I will continue to tune in.

LA + crappy "challenges" + lame judges = EPIC FAIL.


I thought it was a mistake to start the season with a red carpet challenge. And it hasn't gotten much better since then. The pregnancy challenge was a good idea but even that turned out to be a disaster.

As an Angeleno, I apologize for ruining this show. (Seriously, I'm sure it's going to get better.)


When I saw that big-ass flower, my only thought was, "T-Lo will hate this." It was entirely stupid, and, yes, Terrie is correct: the damn thing blocked off the model, it didn't highlight her assests at all. Poo and phooie upon the stupid thing. You fail, Ra'mon.

I liked Louise's dress, actually, and I though it set off...oh, lord, whatever the hell her model's name is, Fatima? Anyway, I thought she pulled off the collar well; while it could have been overwhelming on someone else, I thought it framed Fatima(?)'s lovely head nicely. It was an interesting dress, flattering to the model, and I liked it heapsful more than the winning cloth-diaper-with-boyfriend's-leftovers look which won.

As for your rant, gentlemen, I say, Hear, hear! Yet again, L.A. has ruined something I like. Stoopid L.A. Stop ruining things!

In that city's defense, though, it's not like I or many people I know associate the place with edgy and unsafe, except for gang warfare and riots sparked by the home teams winning sporting events, which is not the edgy and unsafe for which we are looking. Also, we're only a few episodes in. Maybe this week will be the challenge which makes the show interesting again.

L.A., no ticket, but you're on warning.


Oy! I think the gnashing of teeth is more than a little premature at episode four--especially given that we know the producers were handicapped for several challenges.

This is a good group of designers, and I'm still happy to watch and see what they can do. It does need to be cranked up a couple notches, but my patience is far from worn thin.


TLo said...
"...and there is NOTHING more boring than a critical response that amounts to no more than I would/I wouldn't wear/buy that."

THANK YOU! The whole "I wouldn't wear/buy that" sentiment has been sticking in my craw all season. I've actually wanted to express this thought in one of my posts, but thought it too bitchy. I, too, am over the "cute little dress" and hearing how "sweet" all the runway looks have been (this season and last).

Is it LA-itis? Is it LIFETIME-itis?Or, perhaps this season's crop of designers?


- edina -


I'm not keen on it either, but...


PR LA s.6>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>TFS NYC s.1


Thank you for this. Seriously, I'm tired of the plain jane stuff too. And you're not exaggerating when you say "things that could be found in a department store". I'm pretty sure I've seen half of these silhouettes in my local JCPenny if not basically the same dress. It's boring. It's done. And can the challenges get more vague? "Create a look for a pregnant star". "Create a red carpet look". You're definitely right about the "starlet and stylist" thing. But there's only so much you can do with that concept. Judges/producers, if you don't want them to play it safe, pick a challenge that gives them the opportunity to not play it safe. I know we ragged on The Fasion Show alot but now even their challenges seemed more exciting comapred to this crap we've gotten so far. Maybe this week we'll get a bit more of what we want. I think a move back to NYC is in order.


Yeah on what you said. It's like it's not running on all cylinders and just sort of coasting.

It seems they had lots of restrictions and unsettled challenges because the lawsuit was still going on. All the Disney (blech!!!) and ABC related challenges were up in the air so producers also went with safe. Blech!

Shame because there are some really talented designers this season.

PS - I love Louise. She's so meticulous.


PPS -- I think hair & makeup & styling has been terribly blah and blech this season, too.


I thought Ra'mon's dress looked like a big ole Christmas present. "Merry Christmas, I got you a model, they don't eat much."
Sadly, since the show has been in the can for about six years -- in fashion years? -- the rant can't do anything to help.
JMB


Ra'mons dress looks just like a present I gave at Christmas with the bow.


Yes! Thank you for the rant, guys!

Although, I'm still so scarred from the year-long absence of 'PR' as well as the insult-to-injury fest known as 'The Fashion Show,' that I'm still just grateful to be seeing new episodes.

However, I agree. L.A. is a city of fashion consumers, but N.Y. is where fashion LIVES. Heidi is wrong; you can't do the show on Mars, as she once oddly proclaimed. You need the environment to provide the insight, the context, and the professional minds of the fashion world.


Testify, boys! Testify!

If things get even slightly more exciting, wake me up....zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


Viva la TLO!

Seriously, this show has been a snooze so far. It is not the same without The Dutch and La Nina. It's just not gritty enough right now - there's no substance. Boo to LA - pack your bags and head back to the NYC!


"it's that the show decided to go the "starlet and stylist" route in the judging and there is NOTHING more boring than a critical response that amounts to no more than "I would/I wouldn't wear/buy that."


Words out of my mouth. I can take one or two episodes of those brainless starlets, but every single one of them?

They had Monique Lhuilier, Roberta Ferretti, Catherine Malandrino, Roberto Cavalli, Zac Posen, Donna Karan, Cinthia Rowley, Francisco Costa, Betsey Johnson, Richard Tyler, Vera Wang....BRING THESE PEOPLE BACK!


Marketing Diva

Thank you so much for the rant. I thought I was the only one. Last week I posted that the show needed to be moved back to New York, I hate LA. You guys speak the truth


I didn't even remember these dresses. I thought you were critiquing some other show. Clearly they didn't make much of an impact. Cute, but... this is television, not Macy's.


Wow, I honestly couldn't figure out why this season felt like a let-down until I read your observation, "ENOUGH WITH THE 'MAKE A PRETTY DRESS' CHALLENGES." Spot on again, TLo. -victoria


Any chance you're going to do a post on Leanne's Spring 2010 runway show?


You hit the nail on the head. LA fashion is starlets and stylists. The real business of fashion is in NY. They need to be judged by real designers, and fashion industry insiders, not Lindsay Lohan and Rachel Bilson. They're in Hollywood! Couldn't they even find some REAL celebrities?


I like both dresses - but the tops of both are a bit over-powering.

Excluding the 3 (eliminated) whackos... The quality of the clothes produced has been much better this season, although I agree enough of the cocktails dresses.

Fatma - second pic. Her eyes are differente enough to begin with; why did they do her her makeup so different. It kinds of looks wonky.


bitchybitchybitchy

TLo said...
"...and there is NOTHING more boring than a critical response that amounts to no more than I would/I wouldn't wear/buy that."

I would humbly like to add my name to the list of those shouting "A.Fucking.men." to this statement.

Hopefully the upcoming challenge will produce some more dramatic and less safe looks from the designers.


I am confused why there is always a little banner on the bottom during the show that says "Buy Vanessa's runway look" and it shows Vanessa in Ra'mon's dress, even when he's in the bottom. Why would anyone wanna buy that bowling ball dress when it was awful and almost got him booted? And why is Vanessa being showcased like that?


I loved Louise's dress and Fatma has the presence to carry off that collar.
I love Fatima....crazy in a totally awesome way

and please, please, please bring back Kors and Nina the judging has been pretty "meh" without them.


Oh, I love you Boys.

I'm inclined to think/hope along the same lines as Gotham: that the problem might have been the ongoing litigation, and maybe with everything settled, new seasons will get back on track. I hope so.

Louise's dress is wonderful; I wish she hadn't gone quite so extreme on the collar, but the detailing of the dress is fantastic, and now that I can see it, I think it should have been in the top 3, if not the winner.

By any chance, TLo, is there a picture of the back of Ra'mon's dress? After all the talk about it in the Tim video, I'd love to see it.

But before that, Boys, put your feet up. What are you drinking?


I don't know that I'd blame the problems on being in LA. IF Michael and Nina were there every week then guest/fourth judges woukld be less of an issue. They'd need one guest judge.

I am surprised at the fabric choice issues. We've had postings here about the lack of quality fabric stores in middle American. But there are a couple incredible stores in Washington, so I can'r imagine that LA would have stores with great selections.
Can't the issue be more the Choice of the designer, rather than the availability at Mood?

How about challenges in Detroit with an auto inspired challenge, IA/IN for a farming challenge, OH/PA for industrial/medical, FL for Beach/space, TX for rodeo/petro (make something lovely with synthetics), etc?


LA is packed with interesting design ideas. They're not showing them, though, and even the fabric is a boring import. I think Mood bears at least some of the blame -- I've seen some of the ugliest fabric of my life this season, and from the shots inside the "store", there's not much of a selection. LA has TONS of great fabric choices we're not seeing.

Drop Mood. What do they bring to the show, anything? Are they paying megabucks for the sponsorship or something? I mean, crappy hair care products don't matter (Garnier is bottom-shelf supermarket stuff) but crappy FABRIC? Nuh-uh.


Totally agree with your criticism of the current season. Bunim Murray has never produced a design competition show before and it shows. They haven't done their research and just repeated challenges from past seasons (i.e. model as client, red carpet). One of the reasons of a lack of fashion designer judges is that it's expensive to fly out a designer from New York in first class (I know SAG members fly first class when filming a production but it may be different for reality shows). Plus, a fashion designer based in New York might not take time off to be a guest judge. So it's cheaper for Bunim Murray to get judges that are based in L.A. but there isn't much of a selection of well known designers. The only judge I've liked so far is Monique L'hullier and I could care less for those other Hollywood actresses.

Anyway, the dresses look like wrapping paper topped with a large star bow.


well in fariness they did have Monique Lhuilier as a judge during this season.

There is nothing wrong with having celebrities as judges as long as you also have major industry people as well. Ironically I too thought Lohan gave good feedback (especially in the extended clips) while Rachel Bilson added nothing to the show.

Of course if you insist on getting celebrities at least get someone like Anne Hathaway who has gotten lots of attention by the fashion media or get a celebrity who would have some connection to the challenge like they did in S5. Imagine if they gotten Tilda Swinton to have judged an avant garde challenge!

Frank


fashiondna
9/15/09 2:39 PM "it's that the show decided to go the "starlet and stylist" route in the judging and there is NOTHING more boring than a critical response that amounts to no more than "I would/I wouldn't wear/buy that."


Words out of my mouth. I can take one or two episodes of those brainless starlets, but every single one of them?

They had Monique Lhuilier, Roberta Ferretti, Catherine Malandrino, Roberto Cavalli, Zac Posen, Donna Karan, Cinthia Rowley, Francisco Costa, Betsey Johnson, Richard Tyler, Vera Wang....BRING THESE PEOPLE BACK!


...and don't forget the ever-fab DVF! (Fuck the All-Stars, she's the GOAT)


Whole lotta "hell yeahs" from this corner, too. But, darlings, you scared the hoo-ha out of me with that declaration that you were "OVER IT." I was so afraid the next line would be your resignation from this selfless endeavor. Don't you ever scare me like that again!

Also in need of herbal tea and a nap now.


So, I watched a new reality show in the UK last night. 'Design for Life' takes 12 wannabe designers, transports them to Philippe Starck's place in Paris and sets them design challenges with eliminations at the end every week. Sounds familiar, right? Not dresses, but otherwise the concept is what we all know and love.

Except it was the most tedious programme I've seen in a long time. TWENTY MINUTES before they were even given the first challenge. SO many random shots of 'Oh look, we're in Paris' and tedious stuff about the contestants' background and Philippe's philosophy of life. I yearned for Heidi's clipped tones and Tim's cheerful encouragement. I'm giving it one more week and then I'm out.

So, yes, PR in LA has problems, especially on the judging front. But at least these people know how to make television. We should be so lucky over here.


PREACH, BROTHERS! AAAAAAAAAAMEN!!!
I'm usually 9-10, start to finish riveted, LOVING it. This season I'm surfing the net, talking on the phone, doing this or that, etc. I've NEVER done that before, but sure am this season. Holy sweet mother.

Can we just have a little less of Tim saying, "are you sure about that hemline, or sash", and a little more "are you sure you want to use the vacuum cleaner bag as the headpiece? Wouldn't it work better as the bodice??"

B-O-R-E-D.


Do we know why Nina and Michael have been missing lately from the show? The show is so lame without them!


On it's own maybe it's not the most inspiring dress, but Louise's dress looked amazing on Fatma, along with the styling. Considering the challenge I think she should have won – Fatma definitely would have caught my attention at any kind of occasion.

Interesting how Heidi keeps talking about how much the designers *loved* the celebrity judges, when as you point out their critiques lack the insight of an experienced fashion designer. Wonder if there's a correlation.


BRAVO. You couldn't have said it better. I was thinking the whole time that LA has ruined this show (like it has ruined many, many other things), and apparently we were on the same wavelength.

As someone who lived in Los Angeles for two years, it may call itself "the creative capital of the world," but it's really where creativity goes to die, or at least conform to low brow mass market appeal. It is truly an appalling place (although I do love silver lake!)


i think theyve said that they have already filmed the next season. do we have any info if its in LA or NYC? and please, for the love of god let it be NYC. seriously. i dont understand the idea of having a show about fashion anywhere else...


Here's a big AMEN!!!! You said it all, Tlo. In fact, (dare I say this?), I enjoyed TFS more than I have enjoyed PR thus far this season!!
The only reason I am still watching at this point, is to visit the TLounge, and your glorious Blog.
PS: Both of these dresses could have been designed by a middle school Home Ec student. I'm bored.


Agreed. I am happy the show is back and while it is as I remember in tone and pacing, the challenges are dull and the judges are hit and miss. If this new setting means Kors can only sporadically show up, then nay to LA. I haven't understood most of the wins thus far: stained scuba mini, crazy boobs and dress shorts, middlingly interesting red carpet dress.

As far as the dresses go, I dunno. Nick and Andrae raved about Ra'Mon's dress. I thought the giant clown-sized flower was a giant clown-sized flower. Louise's dress tho interests me the more I look at it.


The seventh season was in fact filmed in NY. But I've been told the eighth will be back in LA, and they'll keep swapping like that for the rest of their time. i hope they come to their senses, but in all honesty, this is Heidi's fault, not the producers.


Narita wrote:
"i think theyve said that they have already filmed the next season. do we have any info if its in LA or NYC? and please, for the love of god let it be NYC. seriously. i dont understand the idea of having a show about fashion anywhere else..."


Yes, they're back filming again in NYC. I doubt they will be back at Parsons, though. Once Tim left, a lot of the people in the Fashion Department became increasingly annoyed with "Project Runway" taking over the Fashion Building whenever they filmed.


TheNYCourier
9/15/09 3:30 PM The seventh season was in fact filmed in NY. But I've been told the eighth will be back in LA, and they'll keep swapping like that for the rest of their time. i hope they come to their senses, but in all honesty, this is Heidi's fault, not the producers.


Thanks! I was wondering about that. And no doubt, the LA switch was all about Heidi being close to her kids.

Call me a dreamer, but I would love to see the show in other cities, and since this is B-M they could possibly do it.

A season in the Chi?

Better yet, one in PHILLY!


I believe the season they are filming next will be in LA.

So I have the perfect, LA style solution.

Next time Nina Garcia and Michael Kors are AWOL, the producers need to have Kanye West in the wings to come out and announce that the final decision is bullshit and the best fashions are being produced as part of his fashion line.


TLo, your rant echoes a desparate convo I had yesterday with friends.

"...it's that the show decided to go the "starlet and stylist" route in the judging..."

Yes. This.

And these 2 frocks? Eh.


suzq
9/15/09 3:39 PM
Next time Nina Garcia and Michael Kors are AWOL, the producers need to have Kanye West in the wings to come out and announce that the final decision is bullshit and the best fashions are being produced as part of his fashion line.


LMAO! Followed by a loudmouth Senator screaming, "YOU LIE!"


Have to agree on location critique and assessment of challenges so far. Boring! The best part of PR (and how I always convince non-converts to try it out) is watching the designers come up with something creative and beautiful within strict and seemingly impossible parameters. This season has been such a bust that I don't even watch anymore. Just read Project Rungay.


First, I think that Lifetime really has made some improvement. I love that they have extended viewing, Tim's Take, as well as full length episodes available on the website, so I can't say that everything they've done has been off the mark. I can even understand "make a pretty dress" thing. While I don't approve of it, they do have a lot of celebrities available to them, and they are using them. I don't think they realized that wasn't what PR fans are into - so perhaps that is an understandable stumble.

What I don't get is if your going to do a "make a pretty dress" show, then why aren't wee seeing the DRAMA? A model refused to wear a dress because it had been in the toilet? How did we not see that?

I remember Tim Gunn saying that there would be a winner to a challenge that would cause an uproar - and I assume that the surf wear epi was it. For Tim to say that, there has to be some sort of dust up, and we saw none of that. Hard to believe that the people that do REAL WORLD would pass that up.

I'm not saying that I WANT the drama, I thought last season was pretty drama free with a friendly cast - and I loved every minute.

I just think that if you aren't going to give us innovation and creativity, at least throw us the bitch bone.


Anonymous
9/15/09 3:33 PM said:

Call me a dreamer, but I would love to see the show in other cities, and since this is B-M they could possibly do it.

A season in the Chi?

Better yet, one in PHILLY!


If this show turns into The Real World - Runway...I'm outta here....


Too bad this wasn't shown during the time it was filmed. If it had coincided with the Fashion Week they showed their final collections the kind of deer in the headlight vibe of this season would have made sense.

In January/February of last year I went to trade shows where everyone was palpably scared shitless. Attendance and vendors were half what they normally were etc. Just saying . . . the designers and everyone else in this production seem to be desperate to find a foothold while hanging on a cliff.


I liked Louise's dress, but it would have shown off the model's beautiful face better in a lighter color, cream perhaps, or a shiny rich milk chocolate. And that neck line is a pure Princess Puffy Sleeves ripoff.

Ra'mon... Hammering a seam flat. HAMMERING??? Unfortunately, that's the most exciting thing about his dress.


Maybe we're all a bit bored because we've seen these challenges before? But, I have hope for the season. They started slowly, which worked fine to get the riff-raff out of the way. They're developing the "characters" slowly, too, instead of shoving their bizarre uniqueness down our throats. I, for one, was tired of the S5 focus on neurotic, screaming, talentless bitchiness. I miss Nina and the Dutchess, but designers aren't judged, always, by the same clients or the same industry people, so mixing up the judging a bit is OK.

Have hope, kittens.


I agree with the criticism of this season. I think the challenges don't go far enough. What about a beach inspired outfit for the beach and a complimentary one for the office? Make that work. Two things that do not belong together rather than some toss off haute couture bs. Or what about giving the models a look for an actual interview/shoot rather than an industry party? Something where a job is on the line. How peculiar was it that the model who did NOT wear her outfit was the one that walked for the designer? How embarassing for our designers! Not a single outfit gave the girls a framework to get noticed. The challenge must push and they do not. Big yawn.


bitchybitchybitchy

suzq said:

Next time Nina Garcia and Michael Kors are AWOL, the producers need to have Kanye West in the wings to come out and announce that the final decision is bullshit and the best fashions are being produced as part of his fashion line.

9/15/09 3:39 PM

BWAHHHAAAHAAA!!

Now, does anyone think that Heidi might have bitch-slapped Kanye off the stage if she'd been present for his little caper?


To my knowledge, they were back at Parsons, by the way.


A member of the choir over here, too. While I'm more than happy to see the Blaynes and Vincents of this season kicked off early, there's too much focus on wearability/marketability and not enough on real innovation. A lot of these kids seem to think that innovation = throwing a bunch of crap on a dress form. I too await the newspaper challenge with some hope that we'll see something truly interesting.


By episode four of last season, we had the grocery store challenge, a "green materials" challenge, and the Olympic uniform challenge. The only "make a pretty dress" challenge was the "inspiration" challenge when they went around New York with cameras, and even that was more interesting than simply "make a cute dress your model likes."

So far this, the only interesting challenge was the surf-wear/avant garde challenge, and that turned out be a gigantic clusterfuck.


TLo - on a related note....

I felt you both needed to purchase some class-A herbal tea...so I dropped a couple of shekels into the tip jar.

L'Chaim.....


Suzq, "
Next time Nina Garcia and Michael Kors are AWOL. . .have Kanye West. . .announce that the final decision is bullshit."

!!!! Funny!


Put me on the "Amen" list.

Nina really fuels the creativity engine on this show. Designers know that if they send something ho-hum out, she will be BORED and that is the quickest way to have her at your throat. Maybe it is fear-driven creativity, but isn't that the whole point of the show?

And, producers? Maybe you want to think about not offing the avant garde designers who have technical skills, especially right before you have an avant garde challenge. Poor planning on that one. While Malvin's designs may not have pleased everyone, I seriously doubt they would have been shiteously constructed or boring.


So far this, the only interesting challenge was the surf-wear/avant garde challenge...


The concept of the Maternity clothes was fine and different (real-life?). And it produced some of the same results as some prior real-life challenges, with some disasterous stuff.


suzq
9/15/09 3:39 PM
Next time Nina Garcia and Michael Kors are AWOL, the producers need to have Kanye West in the wings to come out and announce that the final decision is bullshit and the best fashions are being produced as part of his fashion line.

anonymous
9/15/09 3:42 PM
LMAO! Followed by a loudmouth Senator screaming, "YOU LIE!"


Followed by Serena Williams with a tennis ball she'd like to stick somewhere....


I have to agree, I almost fell asleep during last week's episode...so boring.

Newspaper is the next challenge but I'm starting to think that newspaper is not going far ENOUGH...Think of Jeffery's newspaper dress from S3...the designers can just dye it and glue it on to the dress form.

These dresses were okay, liked Louise's poof more than Ramon's.


I agree with the rant. In fact, I removed the show from my DVR list, since this season has been so boring. Where's the wow factor?


bitchybitchybitchy said...

Now, does anyone think that Heidi might have bitch-slapped Kanye off the stage if she'd been present for his little caper?

9/15/09 4:05 PM
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She would have turned and quietly asked him, "Why? Do you think you have the kitty cat inside you?"


Louise could have been top three, given the competition. So, maybe there's nothing special about it, besides the level of craftmanship. With this lot, that's enough.

Ra'mon - oh, come ON. O.k., you tried to make your model stand out from the crowd - by putting an enormous fabric flower onto a blue strapless slip dress?

NEXT

Not reaching, me, that's for sure.


The flower may be huge but those seams are PERFECT. There is not a pucker; nothing. Gorgeous.


What I was hoping to see at least once is the designers getting dropped off on the corner of Wall & 9th to experience the discount fabric outlets there. Tim could be munching on a bacon-wrapped alley dog while waiting on them to scramble around.

The disparagement of Los Angeles makes me sad. I'd rather blame the producers.

~~~Mama T in LA


Bring on the fruits/vegetables challenge! The toilet paper challenge! The compost challenge! The empty liquor bottle challenge after the designers have to drink the liquor!

Anything, anything, anything more than "make a pretty dress."

And please, dear God, let MK and NG be back this week. I know these shows are all in the can already. I'm just wishing out loud.


That flower was so big I had flashbacks to Lost In Space when Judy was almost completely taken over by an alien flower.


AMEN, TLo. I'm thoroughly bored by this season so much that I'm not even rooting for any of the designers. What makes PR great is the challenges and how the designers cope, and the challenges so far have simply not been...challenging. I know the contestants would probably disagree, but the most they've been asked to do is maternity wear and pseudo-avante garde. Make them rip pieces out of a car, I say.


Thank you, Faithful Leaders. I'm glad to read such an expressive frustration with season 6's current run of competitions.

I REALLY REALLY want to encourage everyone to check out what OTHER PR's are out there to suffice or, in fact, astound. PR AUSTRALIA has produced two fantastic seasons. The designers are authentic, the comedy tasteful, and the quality of work consistent. Season Two is currently at its final episode this Wednesday.

PR Canada (Season One) had some real prowess. Plus, Iman? COME ON. IMAN. That's five-hundred times cooler than Heidi Loserface.

I will continue to cheer on Gordana, Louise and others for their shear potential through the bullshit-ery.


another laura

Bitches, I could not agree more with your rant. I am fearful for my favorite show on TV.

On to the dresses. That blue dress was horrible. I suppose that since it was at least reasonably well made, it did not land in the bottom 3.


Ditto on your rant! After waiting so long for the show to come back, this is just so disappointing.

WHERE ARE MICHAEL & NINA???


For those of you wondering where Nina and Michael have been, I've just read this Tim Gunn interview explaining their whereabouts:

http://bloggingprojectrunway.blogspot.com/2009/09/where-are-nina-and-heidi.html


Thank you. The "to buy or not buy" standard of the judging is death to the show. I am bored and I would love to love this show, even bathed in the ether of Lifetime and L.A., but I fall asleep EVERY THURSDAY!!! Literally, I am watching it on demand now.


Louise's dress was quite chic. Ra'mon's was too much.

LA is a problem because Michael and Nina have jobs in NY. The show suffers when they're both gone, especially with repeated absences. They bring a broader perspective as well as serious industry cred to the judging, plus big personalities and great critiques that make for good TV and great TLo blogs. Neither Heidi nor the celebrity starlet bring that to the table, and the show suffers because of it.

And I don't know if it's Mood's fault that the fabric selections this season are so heinous, but they really are. Someone needs to stage a fabric intervention or something.


Rainwood said:
"And I don't know if it's Mood's fault that the fabric selections this season are so heinous, but they really are. Someone needs to stage a fabric intervention or something."


Mood typically buys leftover/unused fabric from design houses so their inventory is constantly changing with the trends. Mood might be partly to blame for buying those fabrics, but it was the design houses who ordered them in the first place.


Amen brothers!

Gah, I am so over dresses.

I die for this dresses, literally. Out of boredom.


I'm so glad to find out I'm not the only one getting bored with this season.


Yes, this season is a bit boring, especially without our favorite judges. That said, I'm definitely on Team Louise/Fatma!


You said it, sisters!

Obviously, our comments can't influence this particular season (or the other one that is already in the can), but I hope the powers that be are listening (reading.)


Blogger Kyle said...

"PR Canada (Season One) had some real prowess. Plus, Iman? COME ON. IMAN. "

Thank you! PR Canada was quite fabulous, and really showcased some incredible talent. And yes, Iman as the front-woman is to DIE.


i'm not dorothy gale

This season has registered so minimally on my interest meter that I gazed at these screencaps with a sense of not having seen the dresses before. PR has unfortunately become background to other pursuits in my life.

Oh yeah. Big poofs. Big woo.


I thought I heard that next season was already set for NYC. Or am I wrong?

Not really loving LA. LiLo was fun for a first challenge, but the last two have been a train wreck to watch. It's hard to film in LA when your two main judges are based in NY, so I hope that they don't do this again.

Because if they really want to switch it up AND do it right, they should get their designers and take them to Paris or Milan for the season. I doubt that Bunim-Murray could convince Heidi, Nina, Michael, and Tim to manage their busy schedules with such a trip, but it would be so much easier to bring in guest judges with real class... instead of the abortiotacular judges we had last episode... except for the guy. He was okay, but I was still bored with him.


Word.

You finally said it. I knew you would. If there is one thing you don't do, TLo , its blow smoke up anyone's ass.
Whose fault is this? Who decides the challenges? Because THATS whats boring me to tears. I don't think its the" where", or the "who", I think its the "what". I keep waiting for it to get better....maybe this week?
Hope springs eternal.


You are absolutely right, of course. And the designers are not to blame; most of them are at least competent,and I'm that there are a couple of true designers, but when have they gotten to show it? Wendy Pepper would have been right at home this season. It's like if on "Top Chef" they just said, "Make a dessert," "Make something French that tastes good," etc. You've got to be MORE SPECIFIC with your challenges, even if they aren't "stunt" challenges.

I liked Louise's and HATED Ra'Mone's. I kind of wish Louise had gone with red, as Fatma wanted. Red is not automatically cheap and garish; it depends on the shade and the fabric. Or she could have used another color that set off Fatwa's gorgeous dark skin tone.

I think the designers have gotten a little tired of these dull challenges, too. One thing is that they did all seem to be able to work with "clients." Of course, these clients were more cooperative than "real people" would be.

I'd like to see them do flight attendant uniforms or server uniforms or something of that nature. In the past, a lot of this sort of thing has been done by name designers. Working within a tight set of requirements is what sets the designers apart from the "pretty dress" makers. Designing around a certain accessory could also make a good challenge (like the shoe challenge on TFS or the past hairstyle challenge on PR).


Adored Louise's dress. Interesting and sophisticated. Why was she in the middle again? And, yeah, it's time for a trip to LA's equivalent of the Plant House. Newsprint? Didn't Jeffrey do that up right in Season Three? Hard to beat his take, no matter what you think of him. . .


I agree...somewhat. Maybe because I am a left coaster....but I don't think LA is the problem. We do have garbage dumps and grocery stores in California. There is plenty of places for designers to stretch themselves creatively. They can find cutting edge fashion here as well....and if they have too, they can fly out a frigging fashionista judge. But our production team does have to get over the novelty of the "hollywood/big star" PR. Move on!


Gotham Tomato wrote:
"But as for the dullness of the season, I think it just might be a general malaise hanging over everyone because of all the litigation. I can't see how all that wouldn't have affected everyone on the production.

It seemed that way at the final collections show back in February; from Heidi coming out on the runway & saying (if I recall correctly), 'this has been very sad for our designers' (or something like that), to the final collections themselves which were dull and depressing."

While the litigation was fully under way by the turn Spring Fashion Week took place, let's not forget that the show began shooting as early as September, before the court injunctions, etc. So they can in no way be blamed for establishing a "malaise." There was certainly no reason for the designers (as well as the new producers) to be anything but excited to be there.

Having said this, I would point out that Season Five was also less-than-stellar. One would have thought though that new producers might give the show a boast. Instead, the producers seem so intent on following the established formula that all we are getting (much like season 5) are tired retreads of previous seasons, but w/o even the pleasure of the Duchess or La Nina.


And now, a few choruses of "Amazing Grace" from the choir...

Maybe these generic challenges continue through the rest of the season, and that explains the final shows, which I found underwhelming. (I don't think that is a spoiler, since it is just my opinion.) Also, the designers didn't really know when or IF this show would ever see the light of day, so that is a good point, too.

Yeah, I don't think L.A. is necessarily to blame. There is a lot of fashion going on there, and in other locations in the country, and I'm sure some big name designers spend time there as well. But if they are choosing to use stylists and starlets to be judges, what do they expect to get? Lotsa pretty and lotsa short, tight, and shiny. I mean, it used to be that NEW YORK was not taken seriously in the fashion design world! It had to be Paris, Milan, etc.


TLo - I have a simple question which you or your connections at PR might be able to answer:

Do the judges see the footage from the cameras at the end of the runway before they decide the winner and loser?

I ask because I just re-watched the make-your-model-a-pretty-dress challenge and focused on Althea's look. And all the problems that everyone has already mentioned were obvious while watching Tanisha walk from the end of the runway.

But, there were also just a couple of seconds of shots of Tanisha walking from the judges' POV which, frankly, looked amazing.

If the judges only see the looks from their POV, from the side, it might explain some of the discrepancy with the outraged at-home viewers' consensus.


I have to disagree about the location being the problem with the show. It has nothing to do with it.

The show changed to Lifetime, where there is a different viewing audience. The producers are merely trying to make the show accessible to those viewers. I believe from here on out the challenges will become more to your liking.


SUS on 9/15/09 at 1:56 PM said....Hallelujah! Man, we screamed with laughter when that big blue flower came trotting down the runway. It almost could have worked for a school play about Our Plant Friends.


I really liked Ra'mon's dress.


TheNYCourier on 9/15/09 at 3:30 PM said...Call me a dreamer, but I would love to see the show in other cities, and since this is B-M they could possibly do it.

If they wanted to film the show in a third city, Atlanta would be perfect. Atlanta has a huge fashion scene, a huge art scene, a huge music industry scene, a huge TV/movie production scene and a huge apparel mart.

TampaBay


TampaBay
9/16/09 8:17 AM

"TheNYCourier on 9/15/09 at 3:30 PM said...Call me a dreamer, but I would love to see the show in other cities, and since this is B-M they could possibly do it."

If they wanted to film the show in a third city, Atlanta would be perfect. Atlanta has a huge fashion scene, a huge art scene, a huge music industry scene, a huge TV/movie production scene and a huge apparel mart.

TampaBay


I actually was responding to NYCourier. And I think that an ATL season would be interesting, but there would probably be so many "hoochie" complaints, it would be deadening.


I'm not enough of a fanatic to go find the link, but I remember reading in one of the pre-season interviews with Tim Gunn that the producers were unable to do some of the challenges they planned because of the legal situation and that they had to scramble to come up with new ones at the last minute on several occasions. So, while I agree that the challenges have been boring, it sounds like they may have been making the best of a bad situation.

I couldn't agree more about the judges.


Anonymous on 9/16/09 at 8:26 AM said..."I actually was responding to NYCourier. And I think that an ATL season would be interesting, but there would probably be so many "hoochie" complaints, it would be deadening."

There is nothing wrong with "hoochie" if "hoochie" is done well and it can be done well. I present "bebe" and "Versace" as Exhibit A and Exhibit B to the "court" and "choir" of Tom & Lorenzo Rungay!

TampaBay


I forgot the King of WELL DONE Hoochie: Azzedine Alaia

TampaBay


TampaBay
9/16/09 9:22 AM I forgot the King of WELL DONE Hoochie: Azzedine Alaia

TampaBay


I thought it was Versace! LOL!


So I should keep holding your deposit on the shark tank?


I ranted last week about the L.A. setting possibly being the reason that The Duchess and Nina haven't been around much, but your broader perspective is right on. I had thought that as a show with minimal locations - a workroom, Mood and occasionally a van trip to a warehouse or landfill or flower shop - that it wouldn't matter in which city the show was set. I stand corrected. The whole LA vibe is NOT working because those sitting in for Michael and Nina are, for the most part, fluff, and worse: Boring! The challenges are boring! The critiques are boring! The clothes, for the most part, are boring! Wake me when it's back in NYC.

P.S. Loved Louise's dress this week - she should definitely have been not only in the Top 3, but even won the challenge.


I am not a designer or artist so I have no idea how "surroundings" or "local vibe' effects a designer. Since the contestants are majorly sequestered, what difference does it make if they are in NYC or LA?

There is no question that LA and NYC are two different fashion scenes but I think PR in LA is different due the challenges more so than the judges. The majority of the designers from any and/or all seasons of PR have NOT been FROM New York City.

TampaBay


Ellen M said:
Yeah, I don't think L.A. is necessarily to blame. There is a lot of fashion going on there, and in other locations in the country, and I'm sure some big name designers spend time there as well. But if they are choosing to use stylists and starlets to be judges, what do they expect to get? Lotsa pretty and lotsa short, tight, and shiny. I mean, it used to be that NEW YORK was not taken seriously in the fashion design world! It had to be Paris, Milan, etc.
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I agree with you. You hit the nail on the head. "lotsa pretty, short, tight and shiny" in LA.
I guess I'm just down on LA, though, because I'm truly a NYC kinda gal.
Plus, I'm bored with this show so far, and I think part of the blame is that the excitement of NYC is just missing for me. I don't find excitement in "plastic cities". I think more excitement would be found in ChiTown or even Miami. JMHO!!!


" TampaBay said...

I am not a designer or artist so I have no idea how "surroundings" or "local vibe' effects a designer. Since the contestants are majorly sequestered, what difference does it make if they are in NYC or LA?"

I thought T Lo was pretty clear about that. Because of the LA setting, the level of judges available is pretty poor and the challenges have been too much about "starlets and stylists."


Amanda in Austin said:

"The empty liquor bottle challenge after the designers have to drink the liquor!"
-------

HA! Now that's a challenge that would make for some interesting looks. Smelly, but interesting.


hmmmm....this suddenly feels like the season 3 of SATC "Sex and Another City" where everyone realizes that LA isn't what they thought it would be.

Carrie finds out her TV mogul is actually a personal assistant, Charlotte's marriage is a sham, Miranda doesn't want to let go of her toxic anger...and everyone gets kicked out of the Playboy Mansion because of Samantha and her fake fendi.

Quickly TLo! Click your heels 3 times and chant..."there's no place like home, there's no place like home."

If anything, much like Carrie, PR needs to get back to NYC and enjoy a cigarette!!


Larry on 9/16/09 at 9:45 AM said..."I thought T Lo was pretty clear about that. Because of the LA setting, the level of judges available is pretty poor and the challenges have been too much about "starlets and stylists."

IMHO there is not a shortage of LA based designers. The producers just seem to be going for 25-30 year old "starlets and Celebrities" who know every little. LiLo was good judge. Rachel Zoe was a good judge. Sue Wong would be a good judge. Give the producers a shovel and let them go dig up Bob Mickie and Nolan Miller. Mackie and Miller have done it all...shopTV, costume design, RTW mass market and custom red carpet.

I think the producers got lazy or the lawsuit effected the show more than we know.

Larry-not responding to you personally just the laziness of the producers.

TampaBay


omg! don't blame L.A. There is a red eye each way. I blame whoever is coming up with the challenges - and the people that they picked to be on the show (contestants and judges).


I was willing to give Ra'mon's dress a HUGE pass solely on the basis that he didn't use black or brown as the color but that gorgeous shade of blue! If only Gordana had followed him at Mood on this one....

And, TLo thank you once again for so putting your finger (or fist!) exactly on one of the issues that is a persistent one this season - using starlet & stylists as judges who's entire judging view is colored or skewed by the "i'd wear that" or "that wouldn't work for me" perspective...which leads to crack-based winners that don't seem to be particularly fashion-forward or even well-done.

srq


ovarB
9/16/09 10:04 AM hmmmm....this suddenly feels like the season 3 of SATC "Sex and Another City" where everyone realizes that LA isn't what they thought it would be.



Or more or less like Laverne and Shirley, where the whole cast moves to LA and the show is shot to hell.


Amanda in Austin said:

"The empty liquor bottle challenge after the designers have to drink the liquor!"

Wasn't that basically called, Season 1?


Love the black dress except for whatever that is on the side near the bottom.

The blue dress just looks like a cheap knockoff from 5 years ago.


The show needs to bring back Michael Kors, STAT. I never knew how much he contributed to the show until he went missing . . .


I wonder if Ra'mon is a big fan of Little Shop of Horrors? It looks like his flower is swallowing Vanessa...


I've actually found myself multitasking during the show... something I've never done before. I didn't think about why until I read your rant and thought, "why yes, that's it exactly."

Enough of the dresses. Give us some challenges, some desperation, some brilliant leaps of creativity, some tragic but inspired failures. I've only been to LA twice, but I know there's more there than starlets. Find inspiration in the amazing murals decorating some of the housing projects. Dress some West Hollywood drag queens. Hell, redesign the off-duty clothes for the California firefighters, as they could use some pampering! Just do SOMETHING other than bland dresses!


Ra'mon's model looks like she is being given away as a prize on a Price is Right showcase.


I wonder if Louise avoided using red so soon again after the pregnancy challenge?

Not sure about the wandering PR idea, but I do miss the NYC locale.

(another suz)


T&L - You guys are spot on. This season is bo-ring. It's the same thing that doomed Queer Eye. The show's producers made a wrongheaded decision to remove some of the "edge" to appeal to more of a mass-market, suburban crowd (or in my wife Robin's words, menopausal Lifetime viewers). The cocktail dresses you lament are the equivalent of the "feel good" let's-make-up-the-cancer-survivor episodes on later seasons of Queer Eye. Rest assured, P.R. is doomed to the same sad fate. Quick oblivion. God, how Robin and I miss Carson, Ted, Kyan and Jai.


First off, let me say how much I've enjoyed your blog. I'm a new fan to Project Runway and your blog is one reason for my addiction.

I've been enjoying the current season, but I can also see the complaints about the challenges all equating to pretty dresses and that's all. I'm hoping they spice things up, but I think even if they don't, I would at least give them through this season before giving up on the show. From my understanding, Season 7 is going back to NYC which should get things a little bit back on keel. Hopefully. :)

Anyway, thanks for making me laugh. I hope you guys never change.


Frankly, I'm so bored with this show I no longer look forward to another episode.


I personally love the move to L.A and to FIDM! I am proud to see FIDM on the screen! As a grad I love the camera shots of the campus and Downtown...yeah there are a few designers that I can honestly say have the talent and the challenges may be things that have been done but the truth is what is a season of Project Runway without the red carpet look or the avant garde or a challenge in honor of a person or place? I cant wait for the next episode and will keep watching no matter what channel its on or where it is at. L.A gives it a fresh vibe and L.A has its fashion charm to!





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