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Fabulous episode, no? We don't know who to congratulate more...

His surgeon...

Or her colorist? As always, we leave the judging to you.

But seriously, this was a fun and fabulous challenge that SHOULD have yielded fun and fabulous results.

Unfortunately, after a season full of "make a pretty dress" challenges, the designers couldn't break out of the box and make something over the top and Mackie-esque, so we got a bunch of bland black and white dresses instead. Honestly, that runway show pissed us off. Where was the color? Where was the sense of drama? Why are we looking at a bunch of ball gowns? You just know Chris March was screaming at his TV last night.

And poor Tim looks like he needs to get some sleep.

Anyway, auf wiedersehen, Princess Jasmine. While we can say it really blows that you were sent home, we can't deny that what also blew was your garment.

Model: Ebony Jointer

Seriously, poodles. We can all argue about who should have gone home in her stead but can anyone with a straight face argue that this was not a shitastic entry?

We agree with Nina (YAY!) that the top was kind of nice. Not very well executed, but nice.

Unfortunately, we also agreed with Heidi when she said the rest of it looked like a Halloween costume, which pains us a bit because she keeps making that same stupid statement week after week. "It looks like a Halloween costume" is the new "Mother of the bride."

We know a lot of you were pretty upset about this auf, and truth be told, so were we because we like Shirin and think she's pretty talented, but come on. This is just bad, bad, bad all around. There's nothing fabulous or eye-catching or theatrical about this look. It looks like a slightly shredded ball gown and that's it. Where's the glitz and the glamour?

Cause honeys, that ain't glitz or glamour; that's just sad-looking.

It's a shame, because she's been doing some really good work on fairly consistent basis, but that's Project Runway. You can bang out great stuff week after week but if you get the lowest score, you're Audi. We know a lot of you don't agree with the auf and think that either Logan or Christopher should have gone home and we can't say we blame you for that, but we can't really defend this look either. Them's the breaks.

We will say this: there was a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth in T LOunge last night, along with a lot of comments to the effect that this is the "WORST SEASON EVER!!!!!" but all we could think upon reading them was that the show must be doing something right to garner that kind of emotional response. Do we one hundred percent agree with the outcome? No, not one hundred percent. Do we think it was uncalled-for? No, not really. We wish we could come up with a definitive response here but we can't. Good designer made a shitty dress. Good designer goes home. That's the way of Project Runway and it's been like that since season one. Austin Scarlett, people? Nick Verreos? Kara Janx? Kayne? Chris March?

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I was mystified by the decision. Christopher's outfit was much worse than Shirin's.


You point about this having always happened is well taken, but man, if there were ever a season that _needed_ to keep people around for the personality factor, this is it.

4 more weeks of Althea and CH are about all I can take...


After perusing the T LOunge post-broadcast comments I know I'm going to get a lot of hate for this but I’m with TLo…I really didn't have a major issue with Shirin going home *covering ears*. The argument that Shirin was Top 3 last week doesn’t work for me because I never thought she deserved to be in what I felt was CH’s spot to begin with. This week it could have been any of the Bottom 3 to go as far as I’m concerned. Shirin's skirt was fugly (Nina was generous about the top but who could see it with that skirt blinding you?), Christopher’s a "meh" retread (he really is deluded, isn’t he??); Logan's a sophomoric costume for that still unfinished sequel “Quest For Fire: Disco Inferno!” At this stage in the competition the lesser designers are going to be picked off in short order, not necessarily in the order we’d all like, but they’re going, folks. Did anyone really think Shirin was going to make it to Bryant Park? No way. While I agree wholeheartedly that the judging has been beyond whack this season, the disconnect has been more about who’s been Top 3 vs. Bottom 3 and who’s won the challenges. The only truly shocking/undeserving auf IMHO was Epperson’s.


I just don't understand how Christopher can end up in the bottom 3 consistently, send an outfit that includes spangled hot pants down the runway and still stay? Shirin's was bad, but c'mooooon.

And how did Logan make zebra striped sequins BORING?


TLo said: We know a lot of you were pretty upset about this win, and truth be told, so were we because we like Shirin and think she's pretty talented, but come on.

Don't you mean "auf?"

I thought this dress was pure ick.


True, I don't think she should've gone home but then again it was pretty bad. And I totally agree about the color statement (with Nicholas in particular. Does he know any other color besides white, grey and black?). This is a stage costume. Yes it's all about the sparkle but it's also about the color. Not saying that every stage costume has to look like Easter. But seriously, this lack of color was awful. Chris March probably would've rocked this challenge and yes I'm sure he was screaming at his tv. Everything overall was a bit blah with a few good pieces thrown in.


Shirin's dress looked more "Dancing with the Stars" than "Lady Marmalade".
True the lowest score goes home, but some seem to get a curve, while others don't.
Truthfully Gordana's was the worst. She was lucky. But Heidi singling her out was over the top.


TLo said, "Honestly, that runway show pissed us off. Where was the color? Where was the sense of drama? You just know Chris March was screaming at his TV last night."

So I wasn't the only one who thought of Chris last night! I'm sure he was apoplectic! And I was surprised that the designers didn't have more fun with this challenge. I expected some FABulous stuff.

Didn't get it.

I think Shirin was at the end of her rope, emotionally speaking, after last week and a long season, and she just couldn't do this. Not her "thing" at all, and boy, it showed!

But honestly.... Logan? His dress was just plain hideous in every way and he's never won anything. Why is he still here? Come on, people--he isn't *that* cute!

Best moment of the night: Carol Hanna saying, "I've never won and I've never been at the bottom, but I am *NOT* in the middle!" Not the sharpest tack in the board.....


I was hoping that you'd be a corner of rationality about this. Thank you. Her dress, really, is indefensible. At least Christopher's had sparkles. I think the sequins was the only thing that saved him. I'm sorry Shirin left, I thought she was a really talented designer. However, she messed up. One minute you're in, yada yada.

I still love Project Runway. And you two. I have some concerns about this season, but it hasn't jumped the shark for me.


I don't know if I agree with your comment about the emotional response indicating some element of success.

Yes, every season has its heartbreak, and gnashing of teeth. I think that the aforementioned emotions in combination with the sad, sad challenges,
the pretty/boring dresses to date,
the wildly inconsistent judging*,
and the lack of personality make for a season worthy of the label WORST.

But that's just me. :)


* I feel that if Nina and la Duchesse are not available, then save their appearances for the final 3 episodes leading to Fashion Week, and have a routine panel of judges in their stead. Or use 'em at the get-go to weed out the shrinking violets, then use a panel. Say what you like about Tyra, her judges panel on ANTM is a strength and a good example.


I chalk it up to the fact that their hasn't been a consistant judging panel. Had Nina been there to see Christopher's bottom 3 monstrosities week after week, she wouldn't have allowed them to send Sharin home. Only Heidi has been there to see what's going on, and she clearly doesn't value consistancy.


Yes, it was a crappy dress, but it wasn't the crappiEST thing on the runway. Thus, I can't completely get behind the auf. Hell, I still am reeling from Epperson. But really, Christopher should have gone home.


Eh, Shirin's was an awful, mangled mess (Bob Mackie looked pained when she showed those panels) but Christopher has turned out 3 horrendous looks in a row. The most recent of which included actual bloomers.

On the one hand, it's like, "Hey, the competition is stiff, one bad look will send you home," and on the other, "Well, three or more fashion tragedies isn't really so bad, we see where you were going."


THis really was a bad entry. And strangely prophetic considering her Cher meltdown last week.

I like Shirin but I didn't like her dress. It was way too busy. Andrae wrote a very good assessment of her dress and its technical problems. He basically said the 2 halves were competing against each other. The bottom won but it's a hollow victory.

She should have at least had the front open to better show off the legs. or have the skirt removable

This suppose to be stage wear. It has to be functional and something like that should be modular

and yes Chris in his blog was screaming a hissy fit

Bob Mackie was a great judge though. BEST. QUOTE. EVER.

FRank


Thank you TLo!
I was reading the people who were hatin' on the show, and I kept thinking "This is a reality competition, NOT the Nobel Prize for Science!"

We will agree with some decisions, hate others. IF we all agreed, it would be Project Boring.


Christopher's was worse but I'm not freaking out about the decision because as you said, this was pure ass. I'm pretty much pulling for CH all the way so I'll only throw a tantrum if they eliminate her.


bitchybitchybitchy

That's the way of Project Runway and it's been like that since season one. Austin Scarlett, people? Nick Verreos? Kara Janx? Kayne? Chris March?

True, true, true. Shirin joins a list of talented designers who had the misfortune to have a bad day.

I won't argue that this was a great or even good dress, and to her credit, Shirin knew it, too.

I'm with TLo-why not some color on the runway, designers?????? Has not one of you heard of the color wheel????


I was sad to see that no-one used colour at all - okay, Logan had some pink hiding as lining but come on guys - here was your opportunity to break out of the black and white box you are all in and not one of you did.
I was looking forward to this weeks challenge and was sadly disappointed (yet again..........sigh).

Caz


Also I think Shirin's dress looked like something a skinny Ursula from the Little Mermaid would wear if she were human. So yes, very costumey but not stage-wise and the witch comment was pretty dead on.

Also I think Bob Mackie was the best guest judge they've had so far this season. I'm just so disappointed with this challenge because the products could've been extravegant and wonderful but they just weren't.


After seeing the coverage of the Bryant Park shows last spring(that was when it was right?), can we be surprised by the lack of color from these people.

Not a one of them has a colorful personality...none. They consistantly put out white, grey, black. With a barely able to see bit of color. There are a couple her with promise, but none of these designers are really that good.

SisterZip


TLo said: "Good designer made a shitty dress. Good designer goes home. That's the way of Project Runway and it's been like that since season one."

Yes, boys, but we don't have to like it, y'know. I had to remind myself last night of the seasons that allowed Santino to make it to the final three and ALP to win.

But, seriously, while Shirin's outfit was a tragedy, at least it had elements that worked, as LaNina herself pointed out. Christopher's outfit was just re-done fugly. And truly Taste.Less. why keep that around?

You boys are so correct in that the runway for this challenge was almost a weeper, it was so far from the Mackie look. And that's perhaps why us minions are so unhappy - we've endured crap challenges ("BLUE!"), a few interesting challenges and a long string of insipid guest judges. The sense of perspective that consistent judging allows would see that Christopher perhaps had reached his limits while Shirin was having an off night. Yes, an off night on PR isn't a good thing, but still.....

Color me disappointed with Princess Jasmine's aufing. Color me dismayed with the way this season has happened.

srq


As one boring dress after another came down the runway, I was wondering why no one could "channel Cher" and all of her wacky costumes. That is what would have won. Hell, even a g-string made out of balloons (a'la season 1 Wendy Pepper) would have been more appropriate here than some of the crap that went down that runway.


"Princess Jasmine" Love it!

PR has always been inconsistent -- sometimes the decision who to auf & who to keep is informed by the designers' previous work, and sometimes not.

BUT--yes, shitastic dress, no argument there.


Sew Sew said:
TLo said, "Honestly, that runway show pissed us off. Where was the color? Where was the sense of drama? You just know Chris March was screaming at his TV last night."

So I wasn't the only one who thought of Chris last night! I'm sure he was apoplectic! And I was surprised that the designers didn't have more fun with this challenge. I expected some FABulous stuff.

Didn't get it.
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Did these so called designers not pay ANY attention to the Mackie creations?? Did they not see the color, the sparkle, the diva-ness??
What a bunch of sad sacks they are.
I expected FABulous stuff, too, and am not getting it, either. Sigh.


I stopped watching two episodes ago. Not that this is the worst season evah (well, maybe), but just not worth the energy cause of all the production problems specific to this season.

BUT I eagerly awake the TLO posts, since I know NOTHING about what happened each episode. Much more fun that way.

For all the haters of this season, TRY IT, you'll like it. TLO get to have all the angst and suffering, and I get all the fun and enjoyment. Just as it should be.

Oh and Bob Mackie ... doesn't that old girl look good for his age ... and shouldn't have the dresses been wonderful??? Sorry to hear that they weren't .... no surprise ... but I can't wait for more dish and screen caps.

Just living vicariously-


this episode made me seriously question why i am still watching this show.

everyone is so boring! the garments are boring! and seriously... christoper stays AGAIN? he made frilly sequined granny panties!!!!


Christopher's or Shirin's were interchangeable for me. I really have no great arguments with the decisions last night.

However, come on. $300. Two whole days. Your own models. Mackie as inspiration and X-tina as your client and you can't come up with a dramatic, over-the-top look? In fact, they did the worst thing you can do as contestants--they complained about a challenge that only required their creativity.

You know, like Michael Kors, we all love a "Half-Breed moment" and here was a whole show that invited you to have one and none was had.


It's BOB MACKIE!! Where were the headdresses? This should have looked like a RuPaul walk-off, not a Night at the Daytime Emmys.


There has always been that "which is worse, bad design, or making a copy" issue on Project Runway. Frankly, I think the copying is far worse. I am betting Christopher is out next week.


Christopher dodged a bullet, there. Is it my imagination or are they aufing designers on a boy/girl/boy/girl schedule? If so, one of the boys is next. Take your pick, none of them belong at Bryant Park.

On Shirin: that dress was a trainwreck but it's really sad that a talented designer with a functional personality got the auf. I wish reality TV wasn't so real sometimes, and the talented, pleasant people got to win, sometimes! Instead, I fear that that shrew, Irina, is going to take it. Damn. Such is life.


Great challenge, but completely lackluster designs. With Bob Mackie, people should have designed some fabulous, over-the-top pieces. Instead it was a runway of lame, lackluster, boring designs. Seriously, how can you make sequins boring? This episodes epitomes the season. Nobody pushing themselves beyond their comfort zone--it seems every designer is just looking to survive in the competition. Sad, sad, sad.


Awww, I was so sad to see Shirin go but knew it was her when I saw all the unfinished edges raveling on those ruffles.

That said, the skirt she was wearing at the end was beautiful! I would like one in every colour, please.


I think the judging was perfect on this one, and I say this as someone who was hoping Shirin would be in the top three.

Chrisopher had a concept. Even though what resulted was flawed, he put thought into it. The Cyndi Lauper cover to dramatic Aguliera (sp?) original was a good concept, and one that obviously resonated with the performer herself.

Shirin admitted that she had no concept. She didn't know what she was doing, and it showed in her bedraggled, sad costume. And yes, I've seen that sort of ripped skirt in several cheap Halloween costumes. It was sad, it had no story, it had no purpose.

So even though Christopher's was seriously flawed, it made sense for him to stay.

(Same with Logan -- there was at least a kernel of rock and roll in that outfit, even if it wasn't any good. Much more rock than Shirin's sad drooping mess.)


I don't know...I'm starting to think that NONE of these designers deserves to go to Fashion Week.

R'amon's/Ra'mons/Ram'on's neoprene dress is looking better and better to me. At least I haven't seen anything like it before.


I completely agree that Heidi being the only consistent judge this season has been a bad, bad thing.


suzq wrote: "You know, like Michael Kors, we all love a "Half-Breed moment" and here was a whole show that invited you to have one and none was had."

You've summed it up perfectly. Brava.


It's a real head scratcher.

That is, the long flappy inserts Shirin used for this dress.

It's a head scratcher because this is a look that's been seen many times on PR, throughout its many season. Yet I've seen it nowhere else in life, not in stores, not in fashion shows, not anywhere.

Where does this long flappy insert thing come from? How can anybody think there's anything right or good or remotely attractive about it?


I'll save it for your review later, but I'd like to add that while Christopher and Shirin were the interchangable auf twins this week, my biggest disappointment was Nicolas.

This challenge should have been a gimme for him and he muffed it, in my opinion.


I'm tired of how the judges seem to need to develop some bitchy soundbite to justify their auf, and then move in lockstep -- Epperson's dress last week was hardly "Oktoberfest" and Shirin's while fairly blah, had nice movement and wasn't "cheap witch costume."

But more to the point, it's just amazing how boring these outfits were. This was their chance to buy lime green stretch satin and hot pink sequins and instead we got glittery black and white gowns. There is no creativity in this bunch, and I really really really don't have much interest in seeing their final runway shows. I'd root for Gordana, but she's so obviously disfavored, and she's not exactly blowing the roof off the place.


Thanks, sixgables, I was just thinking that Bob Mackie designed also for RuPaul--can you imagine Ru in any of that? What happened to over the top drama??


I don't understand all the gnashing of teeth about Christopher's outfit. Of all the outfits, his and Nicolas' were the only ones I could see Christina wearing in an actual performance. I'm still a little confused about this competition - was it a dress she could wear for a performance or was it a stage dress generally? Two entirely different things, in my opinion.

If you want to look at overall performance then one has to question why Logan is still there. He's yet to produce a memorable outfit. I am forced to agree with those, however, who think this is the worst season ever. I can't remember a previous season when there weren't very clear (and clearly justified!) forerunners from very early on. No one is truly impressing me this season.

And when did Christina become a style icon? Did I miss something somewhere? Seems she's been on far more worst than best dressed lists. She is a great singer, though. My guess is that if she were the only judge the results would have been quite different - she appeared more than a bit intimidated, by Nina in particular.


I'm with TLo and most commenters. They had this opportunity to go over-the-top and fabulous and it's all colorless ball gowns. Have any of them ever watched the Grammys, American Music Awards and or any concert where a pop singer performed? Any of them?

I usually hate all the 'worst season ever' comments (which people say every season, btw), but this season...it's really trying to earn that title, isn't it?

I really like Chris and he has done some good stuff, but it's time for him and Logan (god is he boring, both as a designer and a personality) need to go.


christopher is an obvious favorite of the producers...he might make it to the final 3 just for that...(mark my words)


"That is, the long flappy inserts Shirin used for this dress.

It's a head scratcher because this is a look that's been seen many times on PR, throughout its many season. Yet I've seen it nowhere else in life, not in stores, not in fashion shows, not anywhere."

I've seen something like it on What Not to Wear. stacey said it looked like "Stevie Nicks Goes to a Funeral."


amazing how the contestants have excelled at lameness all season. i'm so tired of the contestants crying how difficult this is when most challenges have been, "sew a dress." last night they had an opportunity to make something that is eye catching. no one came close. i could have stapled some scraps together from chris march's garbage can and it would have been better. how are these contestants telling us they are there to get to bryant park? and do what, sweeties? send out 10 uninteresting, uninspired, unimaginative cheap looking ball room gowns? have these guys ever seen a fashion show. the audience needs to be captured and amazed. if you can't even come close in one challenge, what hope is there? this is Project Ambien. no one in this season has a point of view or a style. all i see are a few decent sewers. i dread bryant park from any of these contestants.


I agree that the lack of color this week was disappointing. And I agree that Shirin's dress was pretty bad. But I tend to think that if there was any consistency in the judges from week to week some of the weak section of the herd would have been sent home long ago. Of course, I adore Peppermint Patty, but if Nina and Kors were around week to week, I think he'd be on the chopping block for basically sending the same white dress down the runway week after week.


I I kinda agree with you guys. Why is it none of these designers can seem to go over the top in a good way this season? The Avant Garde challenge was anything but and now this. Also who declared a moratorium on color?


bitchybitchybitchy

Mlle Gateau said:

I really really really don't have much interest in seeing their final runway shows.

You can check out the final collections on this blog, as they were shown during Fashion Week in Feb of this year.

Go ahead and throw the bats my way, after looking at the final collections, I think I can skip the final episodes of this season- the collections are simply boring-black, cream, gray,blah.


Ok, but but but. Christopher's look was bad. Ok? He's a nice young man and I really like him but that outfit was not happening. The last one was one of the worst things the show has ever produced. Shirin has never even been in the bottom. ARGH. Unacceptable.

Here's where I agree: where the hell was the color?


No one seemed to consider who they were designing for. I could care less about Xtina but I know that she is tiny, has great legs, likes to show off her girls (someone did mention that) and that she moves around a lot when she performs. How was that reflected on the runway? Carol Hannah's win was mystifying -- could anyone get on an escalator in that dress, let alone perform in it? It was more of a red carpet thing. Some of the other dresses looked like they would drown *and* strangle Missy Miss at the same time. As loathsome as Peppermint Patty's dress was, at least he seemed to consider that someone was going to locomote in it.


I was surprised by Shirin's aufing only because Christopher has been in the bottom for the last 4 weeks and Logan for the last 2, so I thought it would be one of them rather than her, but let's face it, her dress wasn't right for the challenge. She's a talented designer who will hopefully go far, but at this point in her career, she's not PR winner material, so if the auf didn't happen this week, it would have within the next few weeks. I seriously think Logan and Christopher's days are numbered also.
I was seriously underwhelmed by all of the garments this week (OK, this whole season!). There was really no clear winner. Some were just OK. Nothing to get excited about. I am glad Carol Hannah won, because I think she's the only one left who hadn't won a challenge. It levels the field a little more.


Can't wait to see how you and your minions here defend Gordana's piece of crap.


http://popwatch.ew.com/2009/10/15/nina-garcia-speaks/


My goodness someone is still very jealous of Gordana.


Anonymous said...

Can't wait to see how you and your minions here defend Gordana's piece of crap.



Hi, Irina.


I didn't hate hers as much as others - as a dress - but it definitely was not right for this challenge. It looked like a fancy nightgown. (as did Irina's nightie)

What I thought blew was the cheap tacky fabric that Christopher used on his bustier and shorts. The fabric on top may have been salvagable had it been trimmed with something not as cheesy.

Really sad to see her go. But again it was not inconceivable.


I for one can't wait to read Chris March's blog on this episode.


I think Shirin had pretty much burned out on this, as has Gordana, who I think will go next. Both are very talented, but I don't think either was cut out for the emotional rigors of Project Runway. Both outfits were more the result of fatigue and stress than lack of design skills.

And why did none of the runway offerings feature a curtain rod? That would really be channeling Mackie!


"Tlo said: You just know Chris March was screaming at his TV last night."



Hello!

When they introduced Bob Mackie, I swore I could hear him from here.

--GothamTomato


Shirin's dress was the worst on the runway, IMO, so though I'm sad to see her go, it wasn't unearned.

What particularly bothered me was the styling. The best part of that dress was the sparkling, criss-crossing straps, and the model's hair was arranged to completely obscure it.

I was also surprised that no one put a blond wig on their model. Why? Are wigs forbidden per the terms of the hair-product-placement contract?


I hate to say this, but her design was pretty bad. I'm sorry to see her go, she would have a great final collection.


I don't disagree with the Auf. I do believe that Chris' was MUCH worse - but I can not defend Shirin's either. Either one of them going home was fine with me.

I was saying the entire night - WHERE is Chris March??! He must have been eating his sequined hat.

This season has been a disappointment for me. I missed 2 eps and caught up on TLo and the blog posts were way more entertaining than the 2 eps I missed.

The best part about last night's eps were Tim saying "super sexy slut" with a straight face and Nina being back on the judges panel! Heidi, to quote TLo, was on her German last night! She needs to take a chill pill.

Next week - the Duchess AND Nina! YAY!


Anon @ 10:43am

There is no defending Gordana's piece of crap. She couldn't even defend it.

I sew, but I'm not a designer or that good of a seamstress. But I think even I could have found a way to make that beaded fabric not lose its beads. She just gave up.

SisterZip


The judges clearly wanted an excuse to get rid of Shirin, and this was probably going to be their only opportunity. Not that she's not talented, but it seems clear they think she's not mature enough for Bryant Park, and because she's so good, it's probable she could end up there by default. Christopher is going to go. It's inevitable. His work has been consistently terrible. They know he will never make it to Bryant Park, but the opportunity to auf Shirin might never come again. I, for one, am disappointed to see her go. She was one of the most talented contestants ever.


"Tlo said: Unfortunately, we also agreed with Heidi when she said the rest of it looked like a Halloween costume, which pains us a bit because she keeps making that same stupid statement week after week."




Yeah, I was thinking the guy speaking into her earpiece must have Tourettes.

Our Miss Heidi has really morphed into Lina Lamont this season (which is sometimes difficult to watch).

--GothamTomato


I actually liked Christopher's concept, but I know almost nothing about Christina Aguilera (like how to spell her damn name), so I couldn't tell how on or off the mark the designs were for her. OTOH, I love Bob Mackie, and these dresses were sad, pale imitations of his over-the-top brilliance. I didn't like any of them, although Logan's fabric choice had the potential to be awesome, but his design was entirely too simple and boring. Kinda like Logan, himself.


I was a little surprised to hear that people were so furious. Shirin is cute and talented, sure, but I cringed every time that dress of hers was on the screen. At least the other two in the bottom three looked like they TRIED to do what the challenge called for -- hers was not only badly executed, it seemed to have next to nothing to do with the assignment.


Honestly, all of the dresses underwhelmed me, even Carol Hannah's. The episode could have been so much better than it was.

As for the aufing, I agree that Shirin's was crap, but I still think it was better than Christopher's (and was better made).


I figured out where the lack of color was in last night's episode....

IT WAS SPRAY TANNED ONTO THE JUDGES.

WTF? Whatever fug is being sprayed onto these people - just STOP IT NOW. Y'all look like aliens. In High Def. Yuck.

And, for the record, if I hear that soundbite of Christopher or Peppermint Patty (or anyone else for that matter) referring to that cheap ass glorified stripper as an ICON I'm going to put my foot thru my TV. If I think "BOB MACKIE" and "MUSICAL ICON" - I sure as hell am not thinking Christina-frickin-Aguilera.

Where's that video of Half Breed when I need it?!?

OK - rant over. I gotta go back to work.....


I am CONVINCED it would have been Christopher's time for an auf but he got love from Christina. Which was adorable. She actually pouted when Heidi said mean things about his outfit.


Somebody needs to tell Heidi to calm the f*** down. Her comments are very mean this season.


I'm tired of all the teeth-gnashing over Logan.

Boring, yes. Fairly well made. But he admitted he really didn't know who Xtina was. And neither do I. HE ABSOLUTELY DID NOT DESERVE THE BOTTOM.

Nicklaus's retread of his "winner"/ice skating costume should've been in his place. I really don't think anyone deserved the top except Althea & CH.

But like last week & Irina, the wrong person was in the top.

This is the 2nd week in a row Christopher got saved over a bullshit auf. Unfortunately Shirin did the one thing you don't do: She bored Nina.


Shirin's dress actually reminded me a bit of the dress Santino made for the Iman challenge (at least the bottom of it did).

I can't defend the dress either. I think the sturm & drang comes from the feeling that there is a double standard at play: There are some designers who have CONSISTANTLY put out crap week after week, and yet get a pass (Santino & SweetP are the most obvious examples) going much farther than they should.

And then there are designers who are consistently good, and they slip on one banana peel and they are out the door.

--GothamTomato


I was mystified by the lack of vigor and excitement that a Mackie challenge should have inspired.

I have to wonder if the designers' youth has something to do with it - they've grown up watching all these red carpet shows where for the past 10 years or so most celebrities outsource their decisions to stylists - and dramatic originality is in short supply. No risk-taking allowed.


"Austin Scarlett, people?"

PLEASE! I'm STILL not over that one!!!


I really did think Christopher was going home this time because he seems to be going downhill. He has just been missing the mark the past few weeks after starting out strong. I felt bad for Shirin, but her outfit was kind of sad. Most of them were kind of sad. I too was shocked that a challenge with Bob Mackie and Xtina yielded such boring results. Oh Chris March, where art thou? And Tim did look pretty haggard last night.


I agree about the lack of color. If Bob Mackie and Christina Aguilera can't inspire OTT, then you deserve to be designing for Target (sorry, Ra'mon). What was with the outpouring of boring last night? I think Christopher deserves to go home because he's been so not good the last couple of weeks (esp compared to Shirin) but at the same time Shirin's dress WAS the worst of a bad lot. (Also, I can't believe Nicolas hasn't been called out by the judges for churning out versions of the same white, cheap-looking dress week after week. Most disappointing episode ever.



I hate to say this, but her design was pretty bad. I'm sorry to see her go, she would have a great final collection.


Now don't be blinded by his silver pants.


"We will say this: there was a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth in T LOunge last night, along with a lot of comments to the effect that this is the "WORST SEASON EVER!!!!!" but all we could think upon reading them was that the show must be doing something right to garner that kind of emotional response."



The show DID something right. The emotional response comes from knowing that the show is great, and having such affection for past seasons, and feeling sad (betrayed, disappointed, annoyed, frustrated) that the show just isn't as good anymore.

And I thought the talent level this season was decent, but none of them are getting me excited the way past designers have. I want an awesome Jillian coat!


I don't think she would have been aufed if she had done the dress in a bright color like scarlet and added more sparkle. At least then it would have stood out amongst the dullness that was the other outfits. It would have made her look daring.

But once again, the people this season seem to hate color. Almost abhor it. Which makes me long for Santino, Jeffery and Chris March. Say what you want about those guys but they had imagination and the balls to try something new even if they did wind up on their faces some times.

What a bland group of people this year. No one has a strong voice.

I want next season NOW!


For me, last night was just the straw that broke the camel's back. I could handle Shirin's aufing if it hadn't just come after some truly awful, uneven judging decisions. I love Christopher, but last night was his time to go.

I'm finding it hard to be emotionally invested in this season. The designers who look to be heading to the finale include Althea and Irina, and I find their designs not terribly inspiring and their personalities grating.


BTW, Bob Mackie look fab indeed. Great surgeon, oh yes!


I'll tell you guys one thing, if Logan or Christopher is one of the finalists it's pretty fucked up.


Good designers? They had numerous outfits in the FIDM museum for inspiration, yet designed gawd awful boring rags. Where was the friggin' red??? It was Christina, for crying out loud! This season SUCKS!


Just read Chris March's blog on this episode. He too seems extremely disappointed with it.


I really didn't care for a single, solitary outfit that went down that runway. Total blah with a side order of crap.

I'm still torn about the auf. I just don't know how I feel about it. My initial reaction was that Christopher should have gone home. But, like TLo, I cannot defend what Shirin made. I like the concept of the top, but the bottom was horrendous. On the other hand, Christopher remade a look CA has already worn and did it badly. Plus, he's been consistently in the bottom for quite some time now.

*shrugs*

I just don't know.......


mark f said...
amazing how the contestants have excelled at lameness all season. i'm so tired of the contestants crying how difficult this is when most challenges have been, "sew a dress." last night they had an opportunity to make something that is eye catching. no one came close. i could have stapled some scraps together from chris march's garbage can and it would have been better. how are these contestants telling us they are there to get to bryant park? and do what, sweeties? send out 10 uninteresting, uninspired, unimaginative cheap looking ball room gowns? have these guys ever seen a fashion show. the audience needs to be captured and amazed. if you can't even come close in one challenge, what hope is there? this is Project Ambien. no one in this season has a point of view or a style. all i see are a few decent sewers. i dread bryant park from any of these contestants.


---

totally agree. worst. season. ever.


Having not yet read TLo post-broadcast, I'm shocked that people gnashed their teeth at this Auf.

Christopher's hot pants and ill-fitted bustier were awful, but in concept they were something Christina would wear (and has).

Logan's "Punk Princess-cum-Cavewoman" look was a mess, but it did have a stage persona. Maybe he was right. Maybe this will be one of Christina's reinvented looks (ind brighter colors with a lot more chains).

But Shirin's disaster? Very student work TM Tim, and bad student work at that. The skirt part looked like it had rags glued to it. What was with the deep side slits? And the concept was part red carpet, part-Halloween per Heidi. No way any star performer would wear this on stage, except as a joke.


I've been thinking about WHY there was such a lack of color on the runway and the only thing I can come up with was that with the exception of Nicholas these are fashion designers, not costume designers; they were probably all insecure about their ability to stradle the fence between exuberance and tackiness. I think this bled over into their color choices (or lack thereof). Even Mackie's collection showed either the black/silver/white story or the red story; nothing in between. Perhaps the designers felt red would be too derivative, or more likely everyone took one look at the reds, blues, greens, and golds at Mood and without the discerning eye of, let's say a Chris March, saw themselves tumbling over the fence into Aufville.


"The show DID something right. The emotional response comes from knowing that the show is great, and having such affection for past seasons, and feeling sad (betrayed, disappointed, annoyed, frustrated) that the show just isn't as good anymore."

Exactly. The outcome of that emotional response for me and most of my friends is to stop watching the show. I read recaps and I love TLo, but I won't even bother going to the Lifetime website to watch clips.


I totally agree that last night's challenge should have yielded far more brilliant results. And i agree with whoever I read that commented that the designer's had a real opportunity to be creative and all they did was WHINE. It was as though they found themselves "too good" as designers for a show costume, you know? I understand that Shirin feels this is not "her" thing, but the whole point of something like project runway is EVERYTHING should be your thing, if you won't claw for the win tooth and nail, you're going to go home. If you consider yourself "better" than the challenges (cough cough Kenley) you're never going to get a positive response from the judges, and the moment you make a really crappy dress they are going to pounce.

That's just my thought on the whole season. It's not even so much that it's been fairly easy, it's that on TOP of that the designers all seem to feel they're better than this.

I also think that's why so many people love Gordana, she really competes with her heart in it and doesn't just break out the waterworks when it seems like her dress might be in trouble (Christopher).


Sorry, T-Lo, I know you boys are employed in some capacity by Lifetime, and therefore are contractually obligated to find a rationale for this season not being the steaming pile of poo that it is, but your seams are showing.

Starfucking is never a good look for anyone.


I feel like Nina didn't have the benefit of seeing Shirin and Christopher's output in the previous weeks, so had nothing to compare. Also felt TPTB wanted to balance # women/men. So that's why Shirin's auf'ing leaves a little bad taste.


I would also add to my above post that it might not be all on the part of the designers. Lame challenges are not going to lend themselves to designers who are so committed to the lifetimes they spent sewing twizzlers into a dress that they are then willing to pour soul into every single piece because they know they have worked to win.


All I could think last night was what BAD timing Chris March has. THIS was HIS season!
Shirin is so twee and I will NOT miss her. UGLY dress, like really REALLY UGLY! It was a toss up between her and Christopher and her slumping and squinting just GAVE him the win over her. She just rubbed me the wrong way with her little-ness, I don't mean her stature, it's her demeanor I'm talking about. Too bad because she proved she has talent, she was not USING her talent. So very irritating to watch her behave that way. Tim was on FIRE last night!! FINALLY!
You did the post about what would make this season better and last night I think we all realized IT'S NINA. Thank the fashion god's she has returned!


Anonymous said...

Sorry, T-Lo, I know you boys are employed in some capacity by Lifetime, and therefore are contractually obligated to find a rationale for this season not being the steaming pile of poo that it is, but your seams are showing.

Starfucking is never a good look for anyone.


Tin foil hats, though. They NEVER go out of style.


Can someone please explain why Chris, Logan and Peppermint Patty are still in this competition? I count them among the most laughable contestants PR ever had. At best, their designs are uninspired. Are the producers purposely trying to kill the show?


As a aside, I literally jumped with glee when next week's coming attractions showed both La Nina *AND* The Duchess of Orange! Yipeeeeeee!


"Tlo said: Tin foil hats, though. They NEVER go out of style."



Oh, god. How I wish I'd said that!

--GothamTomato


Hey guys, get us an interview with Chris!


"Tin foil hats, though. They NEVER go out of style."

ROFLMAO (and I NEVER use acronyms!). Too fabulous.


When Heidi said Shirin was out, I started yelling "Shenanigans!" at the TV. Was her dress bad? Yes. But in no way was it worse than Christopher's. At least the top had potential. His was just an ugly jacket with giant plastic buttons over a Charlotte Russe corset-top and and granny-panty hot pants. Awful, and he's been consistently awful for weeks now. This auf-ing just made no sense.

-dark_blue_mania


Her outfit was very bad, but she has overall been a consistantly good designer. Chris on the other hand has been in the bottom ... a lot. His outfit was just as aweful AND he has a not so great history with taste. I think he should have been auf'd.


TLo said: "the show must be doing something right to garner that kind of emotional response."

No, they're not. People are angry because they've invested so much in the franchise and it is being pissed away. We were willing to take the ride to Lifetime but somewhere along the way, something has gone horribly wrong. Whether it is the move to LA, the clusterfuck that is this batch of contestants (there has not been a single WOW design come down the runway yet and we're nine episodes in), the lack of consistent judging criteria, etc. - it comes back to the people at the top. The producers are squandering our goodwill at an incredibly fast rate. We want to see something great and there's only so much time that we'll keep coming back to this shallow well.


I vote for Mr. Mackie's surgeon over Ms. Aguilera's colorist. It is a crime that no one in her salon didn't slip tranqs in her drink until she agreed to have those stringy, thinning ends trimmed. By about 5 inches. It looked so cheap-trailer park. I don't care that maybe it's just "resting" till her next extensions or that her overall look is trailer park-based - given her career it should be *expensive* trailer park.

*breathe* It just drives me wild when people with more money than they need and a professional justification for looking good, look as if they needed to choose which grooming/maintenance needs they could afford this month.


GothamTomato wrote: "Shirin's dress actually reminded me a bit of the dress Santino made for the Iman challenge (at least the bottom of it did)."

YES YES YES!! I knew it looked familiar and I couldn't place it but there is it. Oy vey.


It upset me because Chris has been consistently producing poo for the runway (as of late) and Shirin was consisently producing amazement. I absolutely thought Shirin was going to be a top four contender going into this episode. I thought La Nina was going to defend her until the end, because she brought up how talented Shirin has shown herself as being. However, that dress WAS fug.

I also think it was funny how they said Chris's outfit was trashy. Wasn't Christina the one singing Dirrrty a few years ago? ;P


Shirin was sent home for being honest. She should never have caved to Heidi's question of whether she was happy with the outcome. Shirin should have come up with some story about being inspired by Buffy The Vampire Slayer or something to make it sound like she was inspired to create a cohesive look. The two worst looks (Logan and Christopher) had stories and that seemed to be what kept them in the game.


Anonymous said...

Sorry, T-Lo, I know you boys are employed in some capacity by Lifetime, and therefore are contractually obligated to find a rationale for this season not being the steaming pile of poo that it is, but your seams are showing.

Starfucking is never a good look for anyone.


TLo said...
Tin foil hats, though. They NEVER go out of style.


APPLAUSE


I thought that Logan's was worse if only because it was so boring — a sequined Pebbles Flintstone dress and a fur shrug with chain garland. Yawn.

Shirin should have made up a story: Christina is a jellyfish goddess singing songs from "The Little Mermaid."


I completely agreed with the judges decision. Even if Christopher's reveal was a hot mess, the initial look was at least well constructed. You could see that Christina liked it.

Shirin is a mediocre designer, and I'm surprised you guys think her auf is at all controversial.


T LO said:
Do we one hundred percent agree with the outcome? No, not one hundred percent. Do we think it was uncalled-for? No, not really. We wish we could come up with a definitive response here but we can't. Good designer made a shitty dress. Good designer goes home. That's the way of Project Runway and it's been like that since season one. Austin Scarlett, people? Nick Verreos? Kara Janx? Kayne? Chris March?

But the thing I can't get over is that it wasn't JUST that she made a bad dress and that was it. It was that at the same time that someone made a piece that was panned out equally, or even more so, by the judges who was consistently on the bottom. I get that sometimes good designers will be auf'd for their poor decisions in a one-time thing, but it's the combination of events in this challenge that upsets me so much. Shirin has managed to work her way out of some shitastic challenges due to the demands of her clients, and while I totally agree that this piece was terrible, I think that when it came down to her and Christopher that she had the clear edge. I hear something nice from Nina re: Shirin's piece. While I haven't seen the extended judging on either design, I can't imagine how anything can undo the "tasteless" comment or the "It was awful. IT WAS AWFUL," statement from Nina. Christopher has been given numerous chances for making shitty garments, and Shirin made one and gets auf'd for it, even though it wasn't panned as much as Christopher's.

It's inconsistent and ridiculous. I mean, what happened to "three strikes, you're out"? That was used once this season so they couldn't do it again??


O.k., back to clothes.

Meh I say. I wish they'd aufed Christopher or Logan based on mediocre body of work, rather than Shirin, because I'd like to see more of her work over more of theirs. But her dress was unimpressive as executed, and worse - not really classic Christina-style stage wear. That's what saved Nicolas - she *moves* a lot, and it's a very hip-shaking, athleticism-over-grace style.

So, not thrilled with who went home, but not foaming at the mouth either.


Once again, TLo hits the nail on the head.

Great work, boys. Keep it up. You're on the downhill side now.


Okay, my "This Season" rant.

What is *wrong* with these people??? Stage wear for a pop singer with serious taste issues, judged by Bob-f-ing-Mackie???? Two day challenge?

You'd think SOMEbody would have BROUGHT it!!!!!

And Carol Hannah, who is uncomfortable with the flamboyance of the challenge and chooses a black! BLACK! monotone for stagewear! is the only one who Mackie praises for the layering of different textures and materials!

(has anyone checked that Chris March is o.k.- he didn't have a coronary watching this last night?)

I am almost ready to believe that there's some unstated problem with the fabrics on offer at Mood - this is not the first challenge where virtually everyone used a similar, extremely muted, palette.

But I think that's giving the designers too much credit.

Think drag queen challenge. Think women wrestlers challenge. Think a whole heck of a lot of previous challenges where basically conservative designers went for it and did something a little more flamboyant, a little bit BIGGER, either in cut or texture or color - than anything these drones put out there for BOB MACKIE for goodness' sake!!!

I am simply baffled.

rant over

At least I've gotten a little more engaged than I was the first three or four weeks.


I think Shirin should have gone home. Her dress was TERRIBLE and i agree about the color! Why didnt she use the lovely red fabric she purchased? It would have been stunning instead of what she sent down the runway.


squinggie: "Anonymous said...
Can't wait to see how you and your minions here defend Gordana's piece of crap.

Hi, Irina."

ROTFLMAO!!!!


I too was mystified by all the white, black, and silver on the runway. Even the bit of pink Logan used was hidden. Why didn't someone do something fabulous in yellow, which would look terrific on Christina and look terrific onstage? I'm beginning to wonder if these people really are designers.


I can't quibble that Shirin's dress would have been right at home at the Hogwarts fancy dress ball,

BUT

looking a the body of her work, her auf came much too soon--and Logan's and Christopher's not soon enough. I have yet to like a single thing made by those boys, but I always enjoyed the special dressmaker touches that Shirin is so clever with.


Designers are really afraid of color these days. Look at Shirin: She brought that red back and then was terrified of using it, thought it looked too prom. Tasteful is "in," and tasteful these days means black, white, grey or nude.


I was hoping Tim was in NY and they used Chris March as their mentor this week. I don't know that Tim can go into Bob Mackie territory either.

I was thinking of Chris, too, and loved his blog. So funny!! And I never liked the designer (can't remember his name, that is how memorable he is!) who said Irina is a bitch until that line came out of his mouth last night. Now - I like. She is just horrible. Such a mean girl.


Briand said "Shirin was sent home for being honest. She should never have caved to Heidi's question of whether she was happy with the outcome. Shirin should have come up with some story about being inspired by Buffy The Vampire Slayer or something to make it sound like she was inspired to create a cohesive look. The two worst looks (Logan and Christopher) had stories and that seemed to be what kept them in the game."

My sentiments exactly. Christopher's creation reminded me of something that Mango, the Chris Kattan character from SNL, would wear. Logan's Pebbles Flintstone dress sucked too. Even Kojii looked fearful.

Shirin's dress was hardly a stunner, but not auf-worthy. She was gracious about everything. No doubt, Irina was gloating.

Even before I read your Bob Mackie screen cap I couldn't help but notice his bad bleph job. His plastic surgeon probably laughed all the way to the bank.


I don’t think that our emotional involvement says anything about the show’s success this season, either. After all, we acknowledge that this season sucks, and we STILL watch and Still love it. But because it has been so boring, we are putting more emotional weight and emphasis on things that would mean nothing in a really good season. The tearing of hair and gnashing of teeth over last night’s episode was partly because it was so appalling to see a fan-TAS-tic challenge end up with all-over pathetic gowns. Really, there was not a SINGLE Bob Mackie-style gown out there. Where were the amazing headdresses? The wire structures with shimmery fabric stretched over them? They had a two-day challenge that some of them ended up turning into a one-day challenge intentionally. WTH?

Also, as glad as I am to see Carol Hannah win, this was not the dress that deserved to get her that win. They awarded it based on what it could be … if they totally changed it. If it was a strapless bodysuit with a detachable skirt, yes, it would’ve been great (ish), but it WASN’T. The model herself could barely walk in it.
Someone mentioned their desire to see a grading rubric for the scores on these challenges, and I totally agree. This season, more than in the past, it seems, is all about knocking a designer down for one thing, and awarding another designer for doing the exact same thing in that challenge – and not even doing it better! “She wouldn’t be able to move in that. Fail.” becomes “she wouldn’t be able to move; you’re top 3!” “That’s tasteless and vulgar” becomes (during judge commentary) “just sew some diamonds on the crotch.” Oh, yeah, THAT’s tasteful.

Wirdald


Also, I think Shirin's can-can girl outfit should have gotten her sent home. I don't see her great talent.


You know that Half-Breed costume she refused to make last week? She needed it.


But God, what a carload of dullards.


Christopher stays because of Heidi. During the whole judging last night I kept getting the feeling that she was explsining what the HELL THESE designers were still doing there. Mommy's home.
YIPEE!!!


explaining


You can ROTFLMAO!!!! all you want. Irina's not the only one who thinks Gordana's shit actually stinks.


Decision aside, I, too, was screaming at my Televison along with Chris March.

Where the eff was the color? This was BORING.


Yes, the top and bottom were definitely at war in this dress. Where is this Andrae blog people are talking about?

If she had kept the kind of top she had when Tim was looking at it... well, it wouldn't have been any better but it would have made a statement instead of being a wishy-washy mess.

The ideal course correction would have been to take out those white ruffles and do some other skirt treatment that went with her revised top. Something with sleek lines. Even a bunch of long slits would have been better. Did she not notice that ruffles are DOOMED this season??


Just a thought: The only one doing really outlandish stagewear these days amongst pop divas is Lady Gaga. I mean outlandish in the Bob Mackie, Cher, early Madonna way. The theatrics are just really toned down. As much as we people *of a certain age* (myself most of all) equate Bob Mackie/Cher with the last word on stage costuming, it's a new generation and a new breed. Look, even Bob Mackie isn't "Bob Mackie" ALL the time - there were a fair share of realatively simple beaded gowns in the exhibition we saw last night. I'm not saying it's over for good (and Lady Gaga is doing a great job bringing it back into vogue), but for now at least, perhaps that ship has sailed?


I'm very sad to see her go, she is very talented and I bet her finale collection would've been gorgeous, Good luck to you, Irina.


First off, I'll say that Christopher's been able to stay in the game because of the changing judges. And I think he's lucky for that. If it were me, I'd have rather seen Christopher and Logan go and kept Eperson and Shirin who are both clearly better designers.

As for Shirin's outfit, when I first saw her working on it, it reminded me a little of Starr's BR look from season 1 ep 3, just much better made (which isn't really saying much if you saw Starr's dress) and without the color.

But I agree everyone missed the mark this week. I'm a big Christina Aguilera fan and does no one this season know how to make pants, or at least shorts, or are able to use color?! I think the designers would have faired better if this were an unconventional materials challenge so they wouldn't have gone straight for the black and white glitter and sequin fabrics.


yes, this entry was shit-tastic -- i'm getting pretty annoyed with so many of heidi's innane comments, but she was right on the mark when she said it looked like a cheap halloween costume. BUT.... i still think christopher or logan should have gone home for their consistently shit-tastic entries. the problem here is the inconsistent judging -- la nina didn't see the garbage logan has been sending down the runway or christopher's previous entries to know that pretty much everything he does has the same silhouette and they have been getting worse and worse each week. the only judge that is there week after week is heidi and we all know about her taste...

so, while i can't argue that shirin's dress belonged in the bottom was certainly a contender for the worst, i still think christopher or logan should have gone home.


Anonymous said...
Yes, the top and bottom were definitely at war in this dress. Where is this Andrae blog people are talking about?


It's on the Lifetime site. Go to the Project Runway page and click on Blogs.


I was also not happy with this choice, but all I can say in Chris's defense is that at least his outfit had some sense of style and flash (trash?). I think that was probably the saving thread. But he will be gone next week, without doubt. That makes me sad, because I think he started out really strong and then just couldn't keep up.


Totally agree with you TLo. I was reading the comments last night and was kind of amazed people were so upset. Was it because you all thought Logan should have been gone last week so he didn't deserve to still be there? Or just that Shirin's wasn't that bad? I know people usually get a curve for being consistently good, but wheny ou send something down the runway that looks like it should be Ursulas night gown, how can you not expect to be sent home? It happens, I liked her too and am sad to see her go but I definitely had the worst reaction to that entry when it came down the runway last night. Yeah Christophers might have been bad but their biggest complaint was that she had done that look before.

I was also quite disappointed witht he entry's TLo. It's like they were all stuck making Grammy dresses for Christina instead of stage and drama outfits. I missed SissyBear horribly last night :(


While I agree that Shirin made a shitty dress, I have to say that Christopher has been sending a lot of crap down the runway of late. And he made a look that has not only been done before but one that was not executed well. Isn't that worse than making a shitty dress?


Haven't read all the comments, so I don't know if it was already mantioned, but Shirin made two major mistakes as she allowed herself to be overwhelmed by self-doubt. She bought the flaming red fabric and then didn't use it, and then when she debated starting over, she didn't and decided to try to 'patch up' what was obviously a bad dress ala Tim. Sir Tim tried to save this Lady Fair, but she wasn't listening.

She could have used the red as the primary and added the black and white as secondary fabrications and trims and created something both bold, colorful and dramatic which would have set her apart and honored Bob Mackie's spirit. It wasn't the time to be half way between tasteful and explosive. Even Santino made a better dress in his 'belly dancer gone wild' gown for Iman!
I could even envision chopping off that skirt, tweeking the existing top, creating a new sexy short skirt of some kind and turning the exisitng skirt into a huge long dramatic ruffled cape that Christina could use in a reveal moment. Shirin second guessed herself for the last time, unfortunately. Either go big or go home, as the old saying goes...


Yeah, here we are again with a lackluster runway. Who would have EVER thought a Bob Mackie challenge could yeild boring results?

I've come to terms with the idea that we will never know if this was a lesser season because of the lawsuit, or L.A., or the revolving-door judges, or the newness of the producers...or the designers. We will never be able to point with conviction and say "Yes! That is why!"

That said, I'm not hating it, I'm just hoping for a bit more next time.

And I agree that while you could debate stitch-by-stitch whether Christopher, Logan or Shirin had the worst garment, any of those 3 could have gone home without me quirking an eyebrow. She's a sweetie, and I'll miss her, but this was not an unjustified auf.


What is going on with Chrissy? He's showed so much early promise. Now week after week he's brought us some cheap looking outfits. Last night he squeaked by, and I know there is some anger out there, but I think they were right to keep him. He showed, with his reveal, that he got the idea that this was a stage look. Princess Jasmine didn't get any of it.

Good God, how lame was Gordana? I even forgive Heidi her bitchitude last night. That was pathetic. She is sooo lucky that she got the last immunity.

I kinda liked Logan's. I thought it was cool. But yeah, he could have kicked it up a notch. Either more chains, or none at all.

I do agree that the lack of color last night was a crime. I hear you all on the Chris March...but jesus, even the fashion show kids would have sewed circles around this ragtag crew. Remember Anna's fantastic beaded floral gown? Reco! Chicken Diva! Where are you?

Maureen


C'est moi, c'est moi Lola

Late to the game today boys, but you summed up a lot of what I thought about the challenge.

I think even Bob Mackie was highly disappointed in the results: his face had a painful look on it throughout the runway show.

BTW, how cute was it when Tim addressed him as "Mr. Mackie". He knows how to show deference to a master, doesn't he? And it was a little more classy than Nikolai's gushing.

I'm not willing to write it off as 'worst season ever', but it's too bad that when a challenge that allowed desigenres to go hog wild doesn't produce anything of note. Talented group, yes. But they just don't seem to have 'it'.

I agree with Shirin for the auf, but MAN, did Gordana disappoint this week. She had immunity at the right time, or I'm pretty sure she would have been the one to go home.


As far as I like Shirin.. yes, she has meticulous hand as Nina said ..and she really is a good designer .. good but not best .. I know some really want Logan or Christopher or Nicolas to be sent home .. But I have to agree with Irina.. Shirin's design is rather boring .. Its simple .. Its something like normal people will think to make .. you know .. unlike the three men ..(they might be in the bottom 2 more than twice, some of their designs might be fugly .. but at least they make something different *pun intended* before ..


There was a lot of mess going down that runway in this episode. Shirin's was one such mess. The top, while well-constructed, looks like a bondage thing, and the bottom looked too ragged.

~ Ri


I can't really disagree with the auf, either. Honestly... she didn't even make a bad dress that fit the challenge. She just made a bad dress. (Sorry, Shirin!) I wouldn't have minded someone else going home, because I think Shirin's talented, but I really can't argue with her going.

I was really surprised she was playing around with that red fabric and then dismissed it as tacky. Maybe it translated oddly to my screen, but it looked like a standard bright red to me, and would not have even remotely been over the top for a challenge where you're trying to make an outfit to catch and keep people's attention. I'm pretty sure I've seen that colour used (successfully) on red carpet dresses, and for stagewear like this you want to go a little over the top somewhere; colour would be a safe place to do it if you're not sure how to handle the rest without going into tackyland. (Which would not make a good theme park. Or maybe would.)

I've already talked about the whole lack of colour thing both over at the TLounge and my own blog so I won't repeat it again, except I just did. :D


Freal said, "Irina's not the only one who thinks Gordana's shit actually stinks."

How elegantly put!


Good luck, Shirin! You've got talent and grit and you were fun to watch.


We don't know who to congratulate more...

His surgeon...

Or her colorist? As always, we leave the judging to you.


Her wig maker. I think that wasn't her real hair. Not a bad thing: there's a wig store on 36th that has fabulous wigs like that.

Regards Shirin, it is a shame, but it's the nature of the beast on PR. I have met her, and she really is a sweet gal and a very talented designer. She'll be okay, and I wish her well.


So that...thing...on C-Gag's head wasn't a wig? Oh my.


What really bothered me is how they acknowledged Shirin was having a crappy runway, but was very talented, whereas Christopher was not (they even bashed the HELL out of him).

and then they send Shirin home! Ridiculous!

And back off Gordana already! I don't get why Heidi is so MEAN to her.


There seems to be a real lack of imagination & adventure in this season's designers. Did they once have it, but the production problems (new producers/Lifetime/lawsuit) knocked it clean out of 'em?

Poor Shirin. She's been heading down the Auf road for awhile now. I'd have liked to see a collection from her.

Oh, well. Don't care that much.


Tim's "super sexy slut" comment made this episode worth watching. :)

I have to stand behind Christopher, as a Minnesota gal. And as one who met him a few weeks ago. I know he hasn't been doing great (his outfit last night was no exception), but I think he's capable of being great - I hope he steps it up next week!


"I want an awesome Jillian coat!"
And I want an awesome Austin Doris-Day-Delivers-Mail outfit!

As for last night, I don't believe Chris March was really watching because the poor thing's head would have exploded...(and we don't want that for our Sissy Bear)!

LcgN: YEAH! Hearing Tim say "Super Sexy Slut" was absolutely priceless!!!


I was convinced Christopher was going home. But one thing I think saved him. Well other than looking like he was about to cry during the critique and it looked like they felt reluctant to open that faucet, that is.

Christopher thought about Xtina when he designed and I think that saved him. He thought about movement for a performer, how to give her a second look without needing to leave the stage to change. Granted they were ugly, tacky looks. But Heidi even mentioned to the models that she wished CH's look had a "reveal" to it.

I was sad that the presence of those guests didn't inspire more exciting, colorful work though. And what was up with all the long dresses that looked cumbersome to move around a stage in?


I was thinking they should have sent them ALL home. None of those outfits were even remotely Mackie. WHERE WERE THE FREAKING HEADDRESSES?

What really made me barf, though, was when someone (Chris?) said Christina Aguilera was an "icon". Icon? Has-been, you mean. If a few pop hits ten years ago make you an icon, the pantheon's going to be pretty crowded.


Admittedly, Shirin's was bad. However, I'd much rather be seen wearing that than what either Logan or Christopher created. My biggest problem now though is that the only talented and likable designer left is Gordana, and Heidi seems to hate her. I guess I'll have to either get over Althea and Carol-Hannah's lack of personality or learn to love Irina's bitchiness. (By the way, I loved it when Nicolas said "I think Irina's a really talented designer, the only problem with her is that... she's a bitch.")


This episode highlights what happens when PR rotates the judges. I am sure that Ms. Kors would have had opinions about Christopher's outfit and that he (as sweet as he appears to be!) might have auf'd last night instead of Shirin. Not saying that her dress wasn't a hot mess - it was - it's just that Shirin's body of work has been more on task compared to Christopher's. Clearly, someone at Lifetime wants Christopher to stay.


I definitely disagreed with this auf; Shirin's dress was very bad indeed, but she's a better designer overall, with more skill, than Christopher. Ah, well, that's how it goes on this show, like TLo said.

The most surprising thing about this episode was that I liked Nicolas' dress and for the first time this season, hated someone (Irina) more than him.


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I just want all the Shirin fans out there to know that my 6-year-old daughter (and yes, I know she should not be watching PR and she learned the word "bitch")cried GENUINE tears at this auf. She thought the dress was nice. I tried to explain that Shirin will still be sucessful, but her little 6-year-old heart was broken.


I thought Christopher should've gone home last night. Not only was his outfit a travesty, but it wasn't rushed or sloppy or anything. It was just terrible taste and design. No, Shirin probably wouldn't have gone to Bryant Park, but she was consistently better than Christopher, and she had a (really) bad week. Christopher is having a bad *season.*

And as a straight man, I'm offended at the fact that Logan is still here. If you want to have eye candy to create drama, please get an attractive designer who's actually good at what he does. Logan has deserved to go home a couple times, and yet he's still here because CH is crushing on him. Oh, and his taste in hats? FUG.

Oh well, at least 2 good things came out of last night: CH's richly-deserved win, and Nicholas' calling Irina a bitch. That quote is PRICELESS. Oh, and Tim's best quote: "Here's my general disappointment..."


I thought Logan deserved the auf. His dress and style was so ridiculous. It reminded me of something from the Flinstones!


Are the judges so bored with it all that they're keeping themselves entertained by seeing "How low Chris can go"?


It's pretty obvious that the designers MIGHT have gone the true "Mackie, headdress, color" route. BUT, then the show gave them something else -- they said it's for Christina Aguiliera. SO, the designers started pulling back, and thinking "I know C.A. will be there to judge this, and I have to make it WEARABLE". Seriously -- if they just said "Make a Bob Mackie-like outfit for a celebrity, I think all the looks would have had the volume turned SO FAR UP. But with C.A. in mind, all the designers wanted to be youthful and hip and svelte (which means "safe"). The show has no one to blame but itself. It should have just had C.A. as the guest judge and left it at that.


I was so upset to see her go. Yes her dress was horrid - but still.....Christopher needed to be aufed. And Logan - YUCK!


I would like to point out one thing though, I think it's less the fact that the show is doing something right to garner the emotional response and more that the show has done things right in the past. Personally, I am highly disappointed in this season and most of that strong emotion stems from my high expectations from past seasons. Also!! Yay Nina! So glad she's back!


QB wrote everything I wanted to say. Really. Feel free to go read that again in lieu of this comment.


I don't mind this auf-fing but really Christopher and Logan need to go already. Oh, shit, don't forget the Feather Prince as well, with his nice retread of his Ice Queen (thanks for nailing that on the head, Tim!).

I just can't believe the designers' attitudes towards this challenge. The only one excited by it was PepPatty. They all should have been dying to do something over the top and daring. What a complete BORE. No color, no daring, no pizazz, no showstoppers....the fact that a black on black dress won pretty much tells it like it is this season.

Dull. boring. Lifetime.


Shirin should have stayed!!!!


It pains me say this but she did have the worst outfit. The bottom of that dress is a mess.
I'll miss her, she's funny and sweet!


i'm not dorothy gale

I thought Shirin was cute and don't know if it was editing that made me think of SanDEe, the ditz played by Sarah Jessica Parker in Steve Martin's "L.A. Story". Shirin seemed unfocused and immature and I expected her to break into cartwheels at any moment.

So it was a toss-up between scattered Shirin and deluded Christopher.


sew tired of the PR yawn fest

"We will agree with some decisions, hate others. IF we all agreed, it would be Project Boring."

actually this season is project boring. from the staid challenges, to the ho hum contestants and the off judges, the show has become something i can watch on reruns and not care who wins or goes home.

i agree with either making kors and garcia for the full review and then out at the end, or only for review at the end but this endless stable of boring and less than exciting weekly naff judges contributes to the hodge podge effect of the show.

just like andrae's criticism of sherin's dress- the challenges and the contestants are competing against each other for project boring.


It's sad because Shirin is a sweetie, but after the divorcée challenge with her client who wanted a headdress and feathers and spangles and short up to the wazoo, isn't it ironic that when Shirin actually has a chance to do all those over the top ideas that she lames it out.

And when I think Bob Mackie it's not just the obvious stuff that's shiny and textured but it's also his amazing use of nude and sheer fabrics and corsetry to give his divas oomph and buhzazz. Like how he did with Ann Margaret and Mitzi Gaynor and of course Cher.


That was not a great runway show. And you're right, it should have been amazing.

As usual, I agree with the judges on this one. When you have a few terrible garments, you have to choose the one with absolutely no redeeming qualities to be out. At least Christina said Christopher's was "fun." That saved him. Simple as that.


Good designer made a shitty dress. Good designer goes home. That's the way of Project Runway and it's been like that since season one. Austin Scarlett, people? Nick Verreos? Kara Janx? Kayne? Chris March?

I agree with this statement but that's about one unfair auf'ing per season. This one has been littered with people who have been auf'ed for completely wrong challenges. And not that everyone who is gone was going to make it until the end but many of them should have gone a lot farther.


that was F'd up! and i'm sorry, but Christina A is NOT an icon. i didn't even know what she looked like until she showed up on camera. Christopher shoulda gone with Logan sweating his balls off behind him. but then that would get rid of the Logan/CH "story".


seriously??? SERIOUSLY? Just look at the "mylifetime" scorecard and you can smell the crap that this show is selling. I have to admit that the drama is delicious (we all love to see the sweet girl cry just a little bit) but I can't help but wonder if lifetime is only keeping logan (the "been in the bottom THREE times and never won" designer) around to satisfy their largely female demographic. Can I also mention that it was obvious the judges would like the dress Nicolas made because... oh I don't know... it was the same dress he won with last time only the feather look is now on the bottom and he made it short. At this point it is safe to say who the FINAL three are gonna be. There are now only 3 who have won, been in the top multiple times and never been in the bottom. Too bad too. I am with max... 4 more weeks of those girls is about all i can take!!!


I was sick of Shirin and her incessant WHINING every single episode.....Jesus H. Christ! Enough. I thought both she and Christopher deserved the aufing. I was actually shocked that Heidi didn't tell them both pack their sh*t and leave!!
Blah episode.


Poor Shirin. Bad dress at the worst time and it's bye-bye! Thing is, I wasn't all that crazy about the top of the dress and I thought Nina was being rather kind about it.

This should have been the challenge where we all ooohed and aaahed ourselves silly, but there was little to get too excited over.


I actually think most of the episodes this season have had decent judging. We get all excited because "A" gets auf'd instead of "B", but that's not the point. "B" was equally deserving of aufing, in most cases.

Gordana's dress was the worst. It looked like a sack, and what was up with the cups? Was that hole in one of them intentional? I really don't think Heidi was that out of line, except that she has seemed to go out of her way to put down Gordana in the past. This time she deserved it.

To me, the top three and bottom three have been mostly correct, but then the winner and loser are not the most deserving. Still, I'm not sure it is that much worse than past seasons. Remember when Angela and that creepy guy kept making it through--even winning!--when more deserving designers, and designs, went home?

On the other hand, this season has been heavy on the "pretty dress" challenges, so the pretty dress designers have made it the farthest. They may not have the chops for some of the tougher challenges.

I got the feeling that most of these people were too tasteful, or fearful, to really be "out there" with their Bob Mackie homages. Shirin certainly wasn't on board with the Cher look. It's funny that they have had two pure costume challenges this season, when usually they abhor "costumey" designs.

I've looked at these designs, and I really think if Irina's had had a long skirt, maybe with a slit in it, she would have nailed it.


While I will NOT miss that annoying little baby voice Shirin insisted on using, I will miss seeing her creations. While I love Christopher, I thought his outfit was pure-ass last night, so he was more deserving of an "auf-ing" than Shirin.


Ok this challenge confounded Shirin. She didn't really know where to go with that dress and eventually produced something that was all sorts of wrong.

But cmoooooooon! Her being aufed before Christopher and Logan is a travesty! Those guys have consistently been making dresses that fall in the bottom tier. This decision just again proves the inconsistency of the judging.

I hope the show makes a better effort next time to have ALL three judges (Heidi, Nina, Michael) there for the actual judging. Hell, work around their schedules. So-so dresses coupled with bad judging is too much for this fan, even if I do know that it's just a reality show.


i completely disagree with this aufing and i have emotionally checked out. Jesus, this season has been such a train wreck and a disappointment.


I don't really think I can argue that Shirin's wasn't the worst dress on the runway, but I still think Chris should have been the one sent home. I love both Shirin and Chris, but Shirin has been pretty consistent with good work, and she knew her dress this time was shit. Chris is up and down all the time, and has happily sent terrible dresses down the runway several times expecting praise. This is one of the reasons I tend to prefer Project Runway: Canada - they tend to take a designer's previous work into account during the judging more than PR.


I think this season's contestants are just no fun. Seriously lacking in energy dept. I can't even tell you what each designer's aesthetic is. They seem to be designing to not get kicked off, as opposed to pushing their viewpoint and creating looks that reflect their aesthetic. Maybe it is the challenges forcing them into that corner? I didn't mind Shirin's aufing. She half-assed it two weeks in a row. Christopher has some real talent, but he has lost his goove. Logan is a mystery to me as a designer. What's his deal? Are we not getting the backstories we used to?


I'm seriously bummed. Shirin was my favorite, design-wise. I was looking forward to what she would make for Bryant Park. Now I don't know what to look forward to. Sigh.


girlcrush said: But cmoooooooon! Her being aufed before Christopher and Logan is a travesty! Those guys have consistently been making dresses that fall in the bottom tier.

I was about to write that same exact thing (but a lot less politely). I'm done with this season.


"What's wrong with Crissy?"?
His slip is showing; his lack of training has finally caught up to him. After his breakdown, he has retreated into this faux positive posture of just doing his own thing and standing behind his garment, each one in the last three weeks worse than the last. he's in over his head and I think he will be secretly relieved when he's aufed.


"LCCS quoted (I can't find who originally said it) : Good designer made a shitty dress. Good designer goes home. That's the way of Project Runway and it's been like that since season one. Austin Scarlett, people? Nick Verreos? Kara Janx? Kayne? Chris March?"




But what we've also seen is; Designers who get auf'd before too many in the audience feel it is their time, and it is a great career bump (as good as winning) if they know what to do with it. I think that if the audience feels a designer has been wrongly or unfairly auf'd, they are more emotionally invested in that designers and their future career.

--GothamTomato


LOVE your comment about Bob Mackie and his surgeon. I thought the same thing when I first saw him--damn, that's some good work!


Great challenge boring results.


This is the problem PR sometimes. They blindfold themselves to the designer's past work and that's what helps people who suck stay in the competition. While Christopher isn't nearly as bad as say...Victor, Wendy, or Angela.....this kind of thing is what gets people like Victor, Wendy, and Angela through the competition even though they clearly don't deserve it while legitimately talented people who have been stellar throughout the competition get booted for ONE bad design out of MANY great designs. And then you risk ending up with a final three that shows absolutely abysmal or dull during fashion week...like Wendy. Or even if you look at some of the decoys like Suede's, Jerrell's, Joe's, etc...you get my drift. Its like looking at someone's WHOLE body of work and because 1 or 2 pieces aren't working that well, you decide they suck. Doesn't make any friggin sense.


It made me so sad to see her kicked off, she showed so much talent in the earlier shows. She was blinded by the rhinestones, perhaps too young to remember the tacky awesomeness of Mackie. It also made me sad that Cher was not there to model the outfits, and that none of them lived up to a Cher moment.

The skirt Shirin was wearing was gorgeous! Such beautiful detail. I wonder if she made it herself or if we can go out and buy one too? Please ask her guys! :-)


I know this isn't the greatest season (esp. the lack of Michael and Nina - the difference when they are not there is overwhelming) but, for me at least, a not great PR season is still better than no PR. I still look forward to it!


Generally, you were right, but... ummm... including Kaynebow in the list of good-designers-making-bad-dresses? No, no, no. The Kaynebow always led to a pot of shit, never gold.


I like shirin, and was sad to see her aufed, but hers was the worst entry. Judges nailed it. Unflattering and boring. It's the kiss of death.


And Irina, she's starting to become my least favorite person on PR ever. Does she ever have anything nice to say? although I'm sure the eyeroll at the end was edited.


I loved Shirin's dress. But I'm glad that Christopher & Logan are both still in the game so I can continue to hope that they will make mad, passionate love together for yet another week.


During the judging, I can't help but notice that Heidi is getting meaner and meaner with her criticisms. They are nothing constructive but pure snarky comments - like "your dress is like a Halloween Costume. Just need to add broomstick...". And seems to me Heidi is going all the way to embarrass Gordana by calling her out. This host is really getting on my nerves.


christopher is horrible. barely any talent. total one note if anything. Logan - horrid. aweful, crap. Shirin - had promise. what is up w/ this season........where did they find this trash


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