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Bye-bye Birdie

Let's keep singing the blues, ladies.


Louise finally showed a little personality with the bird noises and that was all she wrote for her. Let that be a lesson, future contestants: don't show any personality.

As an aside, does it strike anyone else as a little weird that, even though the designers all seem to get along for the most part, at the start of every episode they're all "Oh, so-and-so went home. Any coffee left?" You'll see more emoting at an Asperger's convention.

Show of hands: who else thought these two were a disastrous combination? Nothing about them, from personality to aesthetic, would lead anyone to think they'd make a good team.

And hey, bitchface, how about you discuss your concerns about the pieces with the team leader instead of with everyone else in the room, including the camera man? Way to be a team player there, Pocahontas.

We felt bad for her. She fell into that classic trap: "The judges said I was boring last week, so this week, I'm going to do something CRAZY."

Model: Kojii Helnwein

Well, she succeeded on that front.

Although to be fair, this wasn't all that bad.

Ridiculously basic, but not that bad.

Unlike Nicolas, we have no problem with ruffles (and someone who keeps returning to cheap flammable lace should probably think twice before expressing his disgust). It's just that these ruffles were kind of weird and weirdly placed. Had she or Nicolas come up with a better way to utilize them, it could have saved the dress.

Model: Kalyn Hemphill

On the other hand, we don't know WHAT could have saved this dress. And who picked those shoes?

It's not just that it looks like she has a fungus growing on her; it's that the dress itself is so badly made. Look at her left boob. Why does one cup look about three sizes larger than the other one?

And look at how wrinkly and puckery the rest of it looks. Why did they ever choose that fabric? Despite what the judges said, this doesn't look like a bridesmaid dress to us but we can't deny that that is definitely a bridesmaid dress kind of fabric.

And again, take away the frippery and it could be more basic of a dress. In fact, that was her whole problem: she made two very basic dresses that she tried to tart up with some very bad ideas.

At least it allowed Frau Seal to get her German on. With Nina gone, clearly She and Michael felt they had to step up the bitchiness.

"Nicolas, did you win the last challenge?"

"Yes , Heidi. I did."

"So that means you have immunity. Aren't you lucky that you have immunity?"

"Um...yes."

"Say it, then. Say, "I'm lucky I have immunity."

"I - I'm lucky to have immunity."

"Damn straight. Get off my runway."


Extended Judging:



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


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Couldn't agree with you guys more. This team was clearly set up for the lose at the very beginning - I was shocked Lousise's designs were picked! Also, Louise's runway outfit was so questionable. Ugh!


I agree that the blue dress is ug, but to me, it still looks better than anything Blaine ever sent down the runway.

And I think the purple dress is kinda cute, in a "commercial, mid-America enterprise trying to look fashion forward" sort of way. I saw some very similar weirdly-placed ruffles at Ann Taylor (similar clientele to INC) the other day. So for me, this wasn't so off for the challenge.

And I'll miss Louise. She seems groovy, and I like her aesthetic - vintage-inspired in a funky, critical way, as opposed to Kenley.


Poor Louise

What's odd is that her sketches really showed something that could have been pretty and possibly win. Even though she said the dreaded word rosette, Angela never used rosettes this badly on the show

Personally I thought NIcholas was a lousy teammate. I was surpised Louise picked him. I didn't think he really contributed anything and should have. I wonder if that's why Frau Seal got extra German on his ass about his immunity.

Also Louise usually seems quite skilled at detail and finishing work, so again I could not understand how her dresses came out so odd and/or ugly. Guess in the long run she was not cut out for the show. At least she made top 3 on 1 challenge

Frank


Atleast I know where to go if I need a bath loofah. I shall call Louise...."Loofah Louise!!"


"You'll see more emoting at an Asperger's convention."

Oh, you are going to get in SUCH trouble for that! :D

Okay, I have never said this about any contestant before, but I'm finally breaking down. Nicholas is a jackass. I would have any combination of Santino, Jeffrey, Jack Mack and all the first-aufed from every season on my design team before I would ever let him near anything. What a prick! He almost makes Irina look good. But nothing can do that, sorry.

Yeah, I have PMS today - you wanna make something of it?!?


"Say it, then. Say, "I'm lucky I have immunity."

Haha!

And that first one is Louise's "do something crazy" dress? It's not crazy, it's not horrible, it's just odd. I like Louise; I think she's in that category of contestant that does her own thing really well, but isn't cut out for competition. Nothing wrong with that.


Hahaha, great exchange at the end there!
The first dress I thought was just alright, nothing earth-shattering, and the ruffle placement could have used a little more work.
That treasure-trail dress, though! Horrible!
You could tell by the look on that blonde guest judge's face that she really wanted to send Peppermint Patty packing.


Ugh, ugh, ugh. Most people who win immunity try to make the most of it, right? As opposed to crapping out something idiotic just because they know they'll skate by? I still don't understand how he won last week's challenge to begin with, but that's a whole new kettle of fish.

I'm sure Louise will do well back in her own element--her pre-show work seriously blew me away. She seems like a sweetheart, even though we didn't really get to see any of her personality. Maybe being functionally invisible is better than being edited into a pigeonhole.


C'est moi, c'est moi Lola

"On the other hand, we don't know WHAT could have saved this dress. And who picked those shoes?"

THIS is why I keep on coming back to you, boys.

I was mortified when Louise couldn't answer the question "who's wearing it?" It's clear she did not have a concept serving a particular customer, other than someone who likes ruffles. (What, no Pringles?)

And for as much as Pocahantas bitched about it, I agree: I hate ruffles. (Don't eat Pringles, either.)

Duchess was fantastic in the extended judging vid. Loved it. Minnesota Slim needs to learn to take criticism the way Louise did. But Frau Seal needs to tone it down a notch.


In defense of Nicolas:

Nicolas hated the ruffles. The judges hated the ruffles. Nicolas was never shown on camera telling Louise how much he hated the ruffles.

He was also never shown on camera telling Louise that he loved the ruffles and he loved her idea and she was sure to win.

The ruffles were a big part of her design from conception. Nicolas may or may not have expressed his dislike to her, but it probably wouldn't have made a difference. They had a difference in aesthetics, but SHE was the leader, and the designs were based on HER aesthetic.

I'm not a big fan of Nicolas but I think he's getting the bitch edit here.

I liked Louise, but she made a classic PR mistake. She recieved criticism, and went too far in the opposite direction in the next challenge.


Sorry to see L-Boogie go, but I knew from her first line that she was dead in the water.

First off, misplaced ruffles? Didn't you catch Emily last year? Yeah, she was gone before we knew it. You know why? SHE PUT MISPLACED RUFFLES ON A PRETTY BASIC DRESS.

And Feather Queen is two steps away from a good smack. She kind of reminded me of that whiny Daniel from last year who basically was a shitty teammate to Kelli. This whole, "It's not my idea, so I don't care" attitude has to come back to bite her in the ass.

What's Marv Albert been up to lately? Basketball season hasn't started yet, has it?

Good grief!


I don't think she had the worst dresses. They could have been much better. But the critique they gave her was stupid and lazy.
1. No modern girl would wear that, has more to do with her personal style than the dresses she made.
2. If I saw that dress in Macy's I would turn around and walk out. Huh? You see one dress you don't like in a store and you leave? Oh, brother.

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Why did the designers resist the color blue so? If you look at the whole line up it's hard to tell the challenge was to do a blue dress (or whatever).
I see black, grey, silver, cream, and green. Nobody used flat out blue.

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Does anybody know if Louise designed the bird T-shirt she is wearing. It's very cute.


Waiting for the torrent to download but I just gotta type; from looking at these photos of Louise's outfit, I can't believe that the tailoring was nicely done and the seam puckering was so amateurish.

It's crazy seams!

Ah, well. She has lovely ideas and I very much appreciate her look and style and if she designed some of the stuff she actually wore, kudos to her!

I really get the feeling this season's problems haven't been about the designers. At. All.

They're all solid designers who just haven't been pushed by any of the challenges or had critical, sustained judging to guide them.

I really hope for Louise that she creates actual *clothes* with her aesthetic that women can actually wear (i.e. not just those incredible corsets that I just can't see myself wearing to my office cube job).

She most certainly has talent *and* vision, that one.


bitchybitchybitchy

Poor Louise. She seems to be another designer who was tripped up the time constraints and her admitted trouble with time management.

That second dress really was a mess. It was very basic, not well constructed, and the ruffle detail looked as if it was thrown on almost as an afterthought.

I liked Louise, and I hope that she was able to regroup after her PR experience, and go forward as a designer.


My husband watches with me and snarks the whole time. This pairing got "Holy Crap! Peppermint Patty AND Marcie! He should have been the team leader so that she could say 'Sir'"


I liked Kalyn's grimly determined "pleasant" expression in the screencaps.

I actually thought the first dress might have had possibilities, with a better partner, perhaps. The second was beyond redemption.

I like Louise. I even like ruffles, sometimes.

On the other hand, I never like cheap lace. And I also never like Nicolas. Seriously, he needs a good Auf.


I got the impression that Louise was a victim of the exhaustion/madness of being on a reality show more than any fundamental design flaw. She (like many of us) seems to have gotten caught up in the wacky judging and, as a result, lost confidence in herself and her aesthetic.

It's too bad, really. Her clothes are way more interesting to me than, oh, say, Althea's. How many short suits it that woman going to send down the runway?


That interaction between Heidi and Nicolas made me smile. Then I read it again, and I chuckled. Then I read it AGAIN, and I was sent into hysterics.

This has proved two things to me: 1) You bitches are hilarious and 2) I need to get out of law school because I'm losing my damn mind.


Louise picking Nicholas showed a serious lapse in judgement on her part. Especially when Shirin and Gordana were still available. As she picked him, I said goodbye to her right then.

Although, in all fairness, it seems that the dress that he made (the dark blue one) was prettier than the one she made, which was a plain disaster. So she may have been auf'd no matter who her teammate was.


I really hate when the designers try to set themselves up as "personalities" for the cameras, like Nikolas does. I don't think I would have hated Suede or that Johnny guy from The Fashion Show nearly as much if they had kept their "humor" and "deep thoughts" to themselves.

The darker dress wasn't horrible but the chest hair nightie was atrocious. I think that was the sure thing that sent Louise home—that HER creation was worse than her underling's dress. The other teams' more successful outfit was created by the team leader/visionary, with the teammate's one usually suffering slightly in translation.


Had the ruffle effect been off to the side of the first dress and just one layer, it would have been sculptural and not overdone.

Put a stick on the bottom of the second dress and I could do my dishes.

I agree with Miss Heather. The quality of this season's aufs are superior to those of the previous season's.

But boring challenges are boring challenges.


Did you hear me screaming "BLUE?!" in New York? How lame! How about twist- it has to be made from hideously out of style used clothing, or groceries, or something slightly more shocking than any shade of blue!

Louise looked shaken by her turn in the bottom 3, and second-guessed herself. Why oh why did she pick Princess Nicholas? That was a bad move. Take Gordana so at least your looks are guaranteed to get finished!

How did the booty-baring skirt skim out of the bottom? That's just depressing.

Louise, I hope you read these! I adore your dark romantic style, and hope that you are successful! You're my favorite designer of the season, don't let this ridiculous challenge get you down.


I think it's established Nicolas is a backstabbing piece of shit, who admittedly isn't there to make friends and is only there for the 100g; and then he'll retreat back into obscurity.

The one challenge he won; was a costume challenge with no tangible criteria. As in "what constitutes a costume?" Well; you could put on a barrel and a pipe and go as Popeye or you could slave over 90 yards of peu de soie for a period French piece. Or you could; you know... slap together a white stretch sheath with some netting tacked to it for a community center production of The Lion; The Witch & The Wardrobe.

Admittedly a novice sewer, I could make anything he's made thus far and much better. I don't put it beyond the realm of possibility for him to sabotage another designer. That's how people like him get attention when they can't back up their mean nature with talent.

Louise is a crafts-person who works well with expensive material, old world techniques and TIME. My heart bled watching her try to slap things together in 8 hours; it's just not her thing. I wish her all the best though. She's definitely talented.


Tlo_ thankyou for those screencaps! I laughed, I cried, I emoted, I scared my cat!


Ok, the "hey, bitchface" and the Heidi dialog was priceless and well made up for that boring ass episode. It was SOOO worth it now! lmao

I really liked Louise and really liked a lot of her pre-show work. Unfortunately, she sent crap and more crap down the runway and was tossed.


For the life of me, I cannot fathom why she chose Nicholas as her partner. Why would you choose anyone who had immunity as your partner? It's a huge risk! If your team is in the bottom, then you go home. And Nicholas certainly isn't the sort of designer of whom you might say, "He's so good, there's no way we'll be in the bottom if I choose him." Au contraire.


The dark blue dress had great potential. Had those ruffles been framing a deep "v" neck, the dress would have been quite nice. Throw in some long, wide godets to make a swishy skirt, and it would have been stunning.

The light blue dress was just miserable -- a clown costume. Even the hem looked like a second grader did it. It's as if Nicholas was determined to do such a blatantly crappy job that Louise would be guaranteed the auf.


I like Louise; I think she's in that category of contestant that does her own thing really well, but isn't cut out for competition. Nothing wrong with that.

This. I loved her portfolio, and obviously so did a lot of other people (including some of the models), and she does What She Does really well. Unfortunately, the show needs people who can do What They Don't Do (or at least go somewhere in between the two), and as she herself said, she also isn't someone who does well with time restraints.

I haven't watched her extended exit interview yet but in the show version she did say she's learned from her time there, which is a nice positive attitude to go out on. I think even for the people who aren't suited for the show or moving outside their comfort zones, the show can be beneficial, and hopefully it will be for her.


Vienna Marriott said, "I think it's established Nicolas is a backstabbing piece of shit who admittedly isn't there to make friends and is only there for the 100g; and then he'll retreat back into obscurity."

I imagine he'll beat that retreat long before the hundred thou makes an appearance. His talent is, to be generous, minimal. His personality is well below that level. Plus, wash your hair, man.

I liked Louise and her style so much, but, as so many have noted, it was not a good match with this show. I think her career will be just fine, however. I expect good things from her.

From Nicolas I expect lots and lots of feathery, cheesey-lace crap. And then more crap.

That pale blue dress was just hideous. Sad.


Sigh. We have to endure another week of Pocahontas. But he's on Heidi's bad list now. Hee hee.


"You'll see more emoting at an Asperger's convention."

BRAVO! I nominate that for best line of the week, on any blog, anywhere!

Didn't we all know that when Louise said, "I know he has immunity buy I'm not worried. My design is strong enough to make me safe...." It was the kiss of death! I knew she was gone right then and there.

And again, the game of "musical judges" didn't serve Louise well. None of them knew that she was told to be more flamboyant (well, Heidi knew, but that is irrelevant at this point.)

And poor Louise - more flamboyant is GOOD on a movie costume, it is NOT GOOD on a dress for Macy's. Evan I knew that.


I think the second dress was hideous, but the first one wasn't awful. Whereas, it seemed like Epperson/Christopher sent two uglies down the runway. And they were both so clueless about how awful it was. I think they deserved to lose more than Louise.


I thought that Macy's lady was kind of bitchy. All "No modern woman would wear ruffles", but she approved Louise's sketches. I think once she saw Duchess & Heidi weren't down with it she totally back peddled. I liked Louise's sketches, and dress #1 was well executed but #2 was well, #2!!!!! yuck!
kelleykat


They kept saying unwearable, so is it bad that I could see myself wearing (some version of) the navy dress?

Louise seems adorable and classy. I love her aesthetic--it's just not for PR. Nicholas on the other hand...well, he needs to disappear.


Honestly, I have a lot of INC clothing because it works well with my office job. And Louise was not far off- INC clothes seem to be pretty basic, tailored, and yes, some have ruffles! The purpley blue dress looks a lot like something I would think INC would make. The other one.... was too much... but if the ruffles were toned down, better placed and it was tailored better, it might fly too. I agree that she was probably too wrapped up in "pleasing" the judges than listening to her own instinct... because both of these could have been saved.


Louise has her own etsy:

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5191694

I thinks this is more HER, because those dresses were awful.


"Vienna Marriott said: I think it's established Nicolas is a backstabbing piece of shit, who admittedly isn't there to make friends and is only there for the 100g; and then he'll retreat back into obscurity."




Don't kid yourself: They are ALL there for the 100K.
And from what I've heard, they're all friends.

--GothamTomato


Guys help -- am too broke for cable/sat and can never wait for till Lifetime posts the episode (around Saturday afternoon). Does anyone know where I can watch episode 7 online without filling out endless surveys re: my cellular provider?

I might have to skip this episode -- do we have another Jeffrey on our hands?


That first dress looked better when it was unfinished, on the manequin, when the ruffle went up the front, around the neck, and under the arm. The finished, symmetrical, version looked to weird.

As for the other dress looked like what you'd wear to a formal car wash.

I think she just lost her bearings with the last runway judging, and just threw spaghetti against the wall for this challenge.

--GothamTomato


Just wanted to say that I have a daughter with Asperger's and I laughed so hard at the image that came to mind with your witty comment, "More emoting than at an Asperger's convention". Loved it, and so would my daughter (I think)!


It just goes to show: it's not the what, it's the how. The problem is not the ruffles and rosettes -- Louise was able to draw two attractive dresses featuring them. Unfortunately, she wasn't able to translate the sketches into actual clothes.

Also, timing is everything: The time to go over the top is not the mass market challenge.


someone who keeps returning to cheap flammable lace should probably think twice before expressing his disgust


ROFLMAO


J'adore you bitches!


Previously, Our Contestant Louise made pretty clothes that underwhelmed on the runway. Occasionally, she made something kinda beautiful. Most of the time, her clothes were quite well made, with adorable, if hard-to-see-from-10-feet-away, details, and almost all of the time, they fit.

This week, she threw out everything she did well, previously.

Or her teammate sabotaged her - deliberately or through his own incompetence.

She did not compensate by creating a bold, arresting "look."

I am very sad, but she earned the loss.


The dark one (which I thought was Nicolas' dress, so why was Kojii wearing it?) actually looked cute before they added the 2nd ruffle. But the shower-sponge dress? Probably the worst thing on this season yet. Reminds me of something Suede would've made.


So, I fast forwarded through most of the episode because...BLUE?!! SNORE.

But that shower loofah dress made me hit pause. In a bad way. My hubby thought it looked like a blue pubic hair stripe.

Poor Louise. I really liked her.

And to the Macy's rep who said something about BLUE really tripping up the designers this week...oh, hon. No, no it did not.
Uninspiring theme = uninspiring garments.


I believe this Blackbird will be just fine, with her talent, determination, vision, and integrity. Yeah, I see her singing all the way to the bank.


You could wash the car with Louise's second dress and dry it with Ra'Mon's beach dress.

You'd get the road tar off and leave no streaks.

But seriously...Louise used the Laura Bennett ruffle strategy, which only works when you are competing against Vincent Libretti.


GothamTomato said...

"And from what I've heard, they're all friends."

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Oh, GT, I so hope what you've heard is right! This batch of contestants has had to suffer what must be the worst torture: get you chance to show the world your stuff on t.v., get a production clearly put together under a shadow with even-more-uneven-than-usual judging AND THEN - even if you make it to Bryant Park you're not supposed to let anyone know which collection is yours - and then, when the show finally airs - it's a YEAR later, and if your aesthetic was spot-on trend, or even forward-looking, you just look like you're trailing the trends.

It'd be so nice to think that at least they had friends who really got it to commiserate.


Don't kid yourself: They are ALL there for the 100K.
And from what I've heard, they're all friends.

--GothamTomato


Even with Johnny S?


"with whom to commiserate."

Sorry, I know it's a tad OCD to feel compelled to correct that when I let so much else slide.


Am I the only person who heard Nikolas tell Louise, "Okay, I'll do the alterations, then?"

Which dress did he alter? It totally looks like he sat back and did nothing in the hopes that she'd be cut.


I Love Louise. I love "vintage inspired" looks. And she does her thing really well. I wish her well.

Maybe Louise chose the UberAnnoyer (sorry for the self indulgence - I've only come up with ONE moniker that is fitting and funny) as a way of getting off the show. Because it was the PR equivalent of self immolation.

Remember the team challenge where Angela was the team leader and Laura and Michael were the team? To me, that's a good example of team work. When Angela suggested plastering her rosettes all over the place, Laura and Michael groaned - then they (Laura) figured out a way to include their team leader's "signature rosettes" in a good way - as buttons. Oh, and they won.

What Nicholas did - either by design or default - was sink Louise.


Louise admitted the problems with her pieces this go-round. Does everyone understand the meaning of "team"? Nicholas, not-so-much, it seems. Oh well. One day you're in, the next you're out - that's fashion. Ambition shouldn't trump integrity (i.e. being part of a team)though. I can't say for sure, but Louise seems like she would value relationships/friends more than some of these others might. Fashion seems such a make-believe world, it's nice to see there are some "real" people there as well.


You know, I was just watching the end of Season 4; and I have to say despite my eye rolling @ Kenley; at least I could tell a Kenley design from Korto, a Korto design from LeeAnne, a Jay, Laura, Uli, Kara Saun, Jillien , Christian, Chris, etc, etc. Even Stella had her leatha!

That is what's missing for me from this season. Everyone makes pretty (or ugly) dresses. No one makes or has made yet, anything truly distinguishing from one another.


The moment Louise started to whistle, I knew she was a goner. TMI about a designer in one episode heralds aufing.

Having said that, her dresses were awful. Choosing Nicholas was a huge mistake and spelled her downfall.


I loved Louise's vintage-y aesthetic, but it didn't come through at all for this challenge. The dress Kojii wore was OK, but the bridesmaid's dress looked like it had sprouted monster pubes. I couldn't believe she let that go down the runway.

Nicholas was no help whatsoever, but with immunity, what incentive did he have beyond basic humanity?


Wow, does Heidi ever look overjoyed when Duchess starts flailing that designer! I've never seen her smile so big.

Next week's challenge: You must use thread!!!


Ya know, if you squint your eyes, there's kind of a flock of seagulls vibe to that first dress.


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A teaming of Nicholas and Irina. A challenge to redo the gingham dog and calico cat, a modern interpretation, 21st century, with lot's of fur flying. meow!


Heidi cracked me up. "You're a lucky boy. Say it. Say, 'I'm a lucky boy.' SAY IT!"


Amen, Boomphf. The judges have winnowed the field down to the most competent seamstresses - but they have aufed designers with (to borrow Bush senior's phrase) "the vision thing."

I don't know, it seems to me that in previous seasons they have managed to keep some designers with vision even when they have a bad week. Christian Siriano wasn't aufed the week he turned out the horrid brown prom dress, for example. And the designer who lost that week (was it Joe?) made a competently sewn dress - but blah. Christian's was actually ugly.

I blame Heidi. "Would Heidi wear it," is the dominant criteria this season.


In past seasons, even if I could never pick who'd be in the top and bottom three, once they were picked, I always knew which ones were the top and which ones were the bottom. This year I can no longer tell.


Louise fully deserved to go. Not just for the shittiness of these two dresses, but for what they illustrate or the greater picture - she has zero range. One basic silhouette - a short, sleeveless dress - then stick some detailing on the top to try to differentiate it from all the other short, sleeveless dresses. That does not a PR winner make.

The real crime though is the utter WASTE of Kojii. She gets a model with a real Look, with an edge to her, and what does she do? Instead of finding inspiration in it and designing something that's going to flatter Kojii and be enhanced by her, she styles her to look COMPLETELY different. Not to mention how dreadfully unflattering that navy dress looks on her from behind. Maybe it's just because she's walking, but her head and torso look about the same length as her legs. Dreadful.

Oh, but I loved how pained Heidi's smile got when she realised that she couldn't actually send Nicholas home.


LOL @ the screencaps, ingenious.

I think it was Nicolas who worked on the loofah dress, no? The little shit.

Too bad Louise didn't pick Gordana or someone who didn't have their head up their ass.


Embouchment, you're right on about immunity contestants sending out decent stuff, but not this season!! Irina, PP, Althea all sent out the worst assery in their un-auffable week. Shame!

It is unfortunate that Louise got auf'd, and I agree with the judges there. However, I think that the looks were very cohesive. Alternating the dark blue with the light blue between dresses was proof of that. However, the ruffle continuity was off. Flounces & ruffles aren't very compatable.

Christopher & Epperson's looks were not cohesive at all, but they were well made. In my opinion, the fault ultimately was Mr. Reardon's. She chose the leaders and their sketches. If Xr & Epp made something so incongruent, then why did she green light it?

Finally, I think the biggest challenge the designers had this week was changing their models. Louise liked Fatma and they had a good rapport. Xr liked his original model (can't remember her name!!) and was more than happy to go back to her.

Now bring me the thread about Althea's "creation". I'm lacing up now!

--Oti, formerly Kathe123


Aww, Louise. She was quietly turning out nice pieces with some really fantastic finishing, and I hate to see her go out like this. Her biggest mistake was picking Nicholas, and then she fell into the trap of second-guessing herself like crazy to try and please the judges. Meh.

I'm still interested in this season, but that's mostly because the core concept (watching people make things) is still interesting, and there's nothing on against it that I'd rather watch.


If y'all are going to pick on Nicholas, then you need to be just as snarky about Gordanno because she was every bit as silent to her partner and whiny to the camera.

And why does No-Lip Blondie Althea and Bland as Shit Logan keep getting passes? Their crap was fug and they were just passed through. I don't care if it's in LA and that these two embody an LA aesthetic in terms of their facial features (if you like 23 year olds who look 40), their work wasn't good. Certainly Epperson's team was better than those two.


Couldn't disagree with the aufing, the dress Koji was in was okay but the other one was unforgivable. She probably saved Althea because the only worse thing on that runway was her ass-cut skirt.

I grow weary of Peppermint Patty and I think his time is nigh...


Another TLo Classic:
" You'll see more emoting at an Asperger's convention."

AND those screencaps???? My weekend is complete...


Screen captures! I love you TLo =D


Gotham Tomato said
"As for the other dress looked like what you'd wear to a formal car wash."

LMAO. Good to see you return to your snarky self! That's the minion we know and love.


Louise sure was a dumb cluck to choose a partner that had immunity. From the moment she chose him, I knew she was a goner.


I'm going to have to play devil's advocate for a second and defend PP a bit. While I don't disagree that he smack talks while producing ho-hum work, I do think that being a helper in a team challenge can be a double-edged sword: On the one hand, if you don't speak up and give your opinion on the outfit, then you're accused of not contributing and letting your team leadre go down in flames; on the other hand, if you [i]do[/i] give your opinion and say you think something is wrong with the design, you're reminded that you weren't chosen to be team leader and are accused of not being a team player.

So really, I can understand his hesitancy to speak up in this case. Personally, I think Louise would have taken his advice (and I think the main reason she chose him as a teammate was because she hoepd he would help her do something that wasn't boring), but it's hard to tell how your team leader will react if you give your opinion and whether or not they will badmouth you in front of the judges for it.

Other than that, yeah, he's a tool.


So sad to see Louise go - I love her clothes and her mild quirkiness. These two particular looks, though, were just terrible, so I wasn't surprised she got the auf. The light dress with the dark ruffles made me think the model had eaten Grover and then barfed all over herself. It's like she got so worried about doing something dull, she forgot why she was chosen for the show in the first place.

You'll be missed, Miss Louise! Keep rockin' the vintage style.


Embouchment said "I'm sure Louise will do well back in her own element--her pre-show work seriously blew me away."

Exactly right. She wasn't going to win this competition in a million years -- she has her own little retro niche, and works beautifully in it. For someone like her, falling out of an INC challenge isn't a criticism.

She was dead the second she chose Darling Nikki. The weasel.


honesty.not.pc

Man oh Man...that silver dress is a turd. They didn't really show it in its full glory until it hit the runway. As soon as I set eyes on it I knew...that was the end of the bird noises.


And hey, bitchface, how about you discuss your concerns about the pieces with the team leader instead of with everyone else in the room, including the camera man? Way to be a team player there, Pocahontas.

Hilarious, and so, so true!!!


Aw. I liked Louise.

But, ugh.


How can Nicolas be so skinny and still have a double chin? I mean why bother? he might as well eat a cookie now and then.


Gary said...
Does anyone know where I can watch episode 7 online without filling out endless surveys re: my cellular provider?


try www.realitytvfan.org


"The light dress with the dark ruffles made me think the model had eaten Grover and then barfed all over herself."

EXACTLY! LMAO

This ep had no suspense due to Louise picking PP and then birdwhistling. Dead meat.

I'm just so bored. What crappy challenges.


If they have a crying challenge, Christopher will win.


"You'll see more emoting at an Asperger's convention."

As a Special Ed teacher, this was just a freaking brilliant line. You gave me the best laugh of the day. I love you two!


" You'll see more emoting at an Asperger's convention." LOL, I love you guys.


THE DUCHESS IS BACK!

Frankly, it's too bad they didn't actually SHOW the extended judging on lifetime, because that is the best part of this "snoozefest."


Speaking of Bye Bye Birdie... save your money on the broadway revival and watch Bryan Batt on repeat a few times.


We emote.


I don't know why she would choose Nicholas when she was one of the first people to get to pick a partner. Had she gone with someone who actually could get sent home, they probably would have done a little ass-saving and tried to reel her in.

I am sad she's gone. Not because I really dug most of what I saw, but because she seemed like such an interesting person, I kept hoping she'd find her groove.


Nikki the Weasel is right! That's better suited name than Peppermint Patty...but Althea is not far behind ...or hasn't that been noticed?
For all her talent she seems to do quite a bit of backstabbing bitchery herself. Talent should not supercede integrity.


The first dress wasn't all that bad, but the second one? Hideous.

And Pocahontas? I just about it lost it when I got to that part.


As someone who contemplated ordering one of Louise's corsets on Etsy but didn't when a close friend had a corset that was delivered over 6 months late, I have to say her estimation of her inability to deal with time constraints is so right on.

I'm also agog that I didn't put the corset Louise Black that I knew of together with the PR Louise Black. der.


I've read through all of this today -- every bit of it. And the more I read, the more peeved I get. This show, which I have enjoyed so much through the years, has been mutilated by Lifetime. WAKE UP!!!

1. You can't change judges every week. The judges need to be consistent to prevent something like an Althea short-skirted-suit from winning each "competition" when she trots it out over and over. If this week's judges haven't seen it before, how do they know that Althea is a one-trick pony? This has become a serious flaw in the program.

2. The competition rules need to be concise. "Go into the grocery store, spend $50 and make a garment out of your purchases." Not "Look at the surfers, talk to them about their lifestyle, and create something that might be inspired by someone who surfs or has surfed somewhere in California, or maybe likes watching people surf."

3. Somewhere along the line, construction HAS to matter. This season we have seen garments put together with tape, staples and glue guns, all of which have been serious offenses in previous years.

4. The challenges have to be imaginative. "Make a pretty dress. Make a blue dress. Make a pretty blue dress." I've read 100 good ideas for challenges in this week's blog alone -- what the hell is so hard about this?

Now I'm going to rail on Heidi. First of all, I don't care if you would wear a garment. Your taste is . . . tasteless. You have no taste. Anyone who wears silver sequinned leggings one week and a silver sequinned miniskirt the previous week just needs to shut it. Just shut your mean German mouth. I've had enough.

Next I'm going to offer my condolences to Tim. It's just a bad dream Tim, and you will be back in NYC soon. These whackadoodle contestants and crazy judges look as though they are really wearing on you this year. Kisses to you for being the only man in LA wearing a suit.

Lastly -- hey Macy's lady. WTF? That hair. That makeup. That suit jacket. When Heidi asked "Who would wear that?" about Louise's dress, all I could thnk about was you. What fashion executive looks like that? And Michael Kors sat next to you and asked about modern women and what they want to buy? Are you that modern woman? Is it 1988? What a joke.

Goodnight.

--Itsjustme


fancyschmancy said

A teaming of Nicholas and Irina. A challenge to redo the gingham dog and calico cat, a modern interpretation, 21st century, with lot's of fur flying. meow!


I love this idea, especially if it would eliminate those two in the end and leave only the flying fur behind!

Does anyone else think Heidi is trying to be snarky to cover Nina's role, but being very unsuccessful at it? There's only one Nina, and we miss her a lot. Heidi somtimes makes nasty comments for no good reason, and she seems to be really trying to assert herself more.

Poor Louise. I thought the first dress wasn't too bad but even SHE said she wouldn't wear the second one. If she could see that, why couldn't she do something to rescue it? I wonder if Ramon's loss last week after changing to a different design intimidated her.


Feh. I did not like this episode at all. Boring challenge, boring designers, but I really detested the judging. Usually I've felt that the judging is to the point but also constructive and useful. This time it was like watching someone get their guts yanked out and handed to them on the runway. They were being nasty just for the sake of being nasty. Poor Louise. She never had a chance.

And I HATE Irina. Maybe it's the editing, but how tacky is that to start the trash talking when you're up for the win? Ugh! She was also being nasty simply because she could. Yuck.


1. Louise was picked as a team captain WITH drawingd that looked very much like what she produced. I'm assertive enough that I would have responded to that criticism by pointing that out. ( The drawings were TWO dresses with ruffles/flourishes and what she produced was two dresses with ruffles. Gasp - how did that happen.) Why pick her as captain if you hated to concept?

2. Heidi's diatribe was GHASTLY. No attempt to be constructive, clever or even accurate. Did she decide that she wanted to be that Rude Rade woman?

Agree with Miss Heather - but even further, there have been MANY worse farcicle (?) outfits that have not been fit for a human to wear and HEIDI attacks these asnd Lousie?

3. The dark blue one wasn't perfect but really was not that far off. The lighter one was actually kind of pretty from behind and despite execution issues and too much flourishes, WAS wearable (it wasn't pooping fabric, a costume with a large brim hat, using a scarf instead of a shirt, a plastic bag with a hole in the neck, as half of a sweater with no bottoms, etc, etc)

3. Why no judges comments on the color choices - The main resstriction was it had to be blue, and some designers choose green? (It doesn't help that I hate teal.)

4. Some people had commented on Gordana here. I watched again and several times Gordana TRIED to express an opinion and Irina overruled her.


@Heidi:
This bitchery from a woman who obviously wore her pajama top to the judging.


The bottom 3 of the bottom 4 had one thing in common: the loofah disaster, the unreinvented shirtdress and the disco pumpkin all used shiny fabrics. Looking at the INC looks at the Macy's website, there isn't a whole lot of shiny there, with the notable exception of some shiny leggings on one of their Fall Trends.

I shudder to think what Tim would say about shiny leggings.


I totally fell for the 'one or more of you...' line and thought that Heidi was going to tell Nicolas that he was out, immunity or no immunity. He is the one designer whose clothes consistently turn me off, to say nothing of his personality. Ugh.


"You'll see more emoting at an Asperger's convention."

Oh, you are going to get in SUCH trouble for that! :D"


as a mother of a 14 y.o. daughter with asperger's i can tell you there is PLENTY of emoting in our house. i have a sense of humor about AS, because otherwise i'd be spending my days in an alcohol and/or xanax induced coma, but seriously, AS kids aren't well known for appropriate emotional responses :). although, having seen AS kids work together as a group i'd say they have these teams beat by a mile in working cooperatively. but i appreciate the sentiment behind the comment boys and as always you had me laughing at my computer


I love Louise, but like many other commenters said before, she just wasn't a good match with this competition. Her dress wasn't nearly as horrible as Heidi was trying to make it out to be though.

Nicolas just bothers the hell out of me. He doesn't have nearly as much talent as the rest of this group, and is bitchy in a really unamusing way, and is just plain tacky. As a person and as a designer. Get off my TV show, Pocahontas.


Jim Hu on 10/3/09 at3:33 AM said..."Looking at the INC looks at the Macy's website, there isn't a whole lot of shiny there, with the notable exception of some shiny leggings on one of their Fall Trends."

INC does great classic pieces that can be worn forever. Comparing price versus quality, INC is definitely bang for the buck.

TampaBay


"And hey, bitchface, how about you discuss your concerns about the pieces with the team leader instead of with everyone else in the room, including the camera man? Way to be a team player there, Pocahontas."

GAK you said it! So unprofessional! And yea this team was doomed from the start.

Its really a shame b/c i really loved Louise's original designs and i would LOVE to purchase one of her dresses!

UR still AWSOME GIRL!


LowerConstrast

To be honest, both my daughter and myself liked the dark blue dress but also agreed it should have been a plunging V-neck.

We didn't like the "scrubber" dress at all from the front. I also noticed that the bodice was two different sizes and that made it not fit correctly. Unfortunately, that was Louise's work and she made the mistake of trusting Nicholas to correct it.

FYI, that dress that ER did was really not that bad, but it would have looked better in a good linen. Shiny is what killed it.

In addition, if you look at the Macy's demographic where I live, the disco pumpkin would have sold out in two minutes. I have seen similar tops all over town--over jeans, leggings and pencil skirts. Expecting designs that would only work in NYC is silly, to say the least.

I love the show, but would never be on it. I am allergic to killing my potential career with the bitchiness and backstabbing this show demands. My daughter and I will continue with our custom one-offs and just watch.


If the dark blue dress had an open neckline, with the ruffles as a trim to said neckline, it would have been passable.

But the other dress...ugh....


"Just wanted to say that I have a daughter with Asperger's and I laughed so hard at the image that came to mind with your witty comment, 'More emoting than at an Asperger's convention'. Loved it, and so would my daughter (I think)!"

My husband has Asperger's, and he thought it was hilarious.


I agree with everything you said so I won't add anything else.

"You'll see more emoting at an Asperger's convention." The most wonderful, politically incorrect, hilarious statement in the history of funny statements.


That first dress really was that bad. I swear it gave me a headache, then the second dress kicked it up to a mirgraine.

The right person got auf'ed. I sincerely hope that Nicholas is next.


"Say it, then. Say, "I'm lucky I have immunity."

Oh, my god, I'm dying!


Thanks for the superb screencaps! Too funny.

An unfortunate situation for Louise. Why in the world did she choose Nicolas to be her partner?


I liked Louise. As a person and as a designer. Unfortunately, I could tell that she was middle of the pack material. But I still think she did a great job.

I wish they had made an exception and auf'd Nicolas. He is just not good.


I'm kind of glad to see Louise go but not because I disliked her. It just seemed like this wasn't the right environment for her.

The ruffled dress didn't seem that offensive to me. Not that interesting but not that offensive. The fungus dress tho--there are no words. I was so distracted by it I didn't even notice the boob malfeasance.

Speaking of Heidi, does she seem kind of bitchy this season? I realize this is hardly breaking news given her treatment of Gordana but still. I always loved Heidi because she was so chipper and even-keeled. She barely batted an eye when Kenley sassed her on the runway. This season tho, I'm loving her less. Maybe LA doesn't agree with her either. Ok, it's settled then. Back to NYC.


Ok, so perhaps it's the low-res version of the show that I'm watching on the lifetime website, but Louise's navy dress was my favorite thing that came down the runway this week. Yes, the shape of the underlying dress was basic, but it was flattering as hell, and I loved the blue/blue ruffles. Sadly, I could never wear it myself, as I am well-endowed and ruffles in the boob area would be, er, ill-advised, but otherwise I'd be clamoring for it. Surely I can't be the only one.


Anonymous @ 4:08 said... Ok, so perhaps it's the low-res version of the show that I'm watching on the lifetime website, but Louise's navy dress was my favorite thing that came down the runway this week. Yes, the shape of the underlying dress was basic, but it was flattering as hell, and I loved the blue/blue ruffles. Sadly, I could never wear it myself, as I am well-endowed and ruffles in the boob area would be, er, ill-advised, but otherwise I'd be clamoring for it. Surely I can't be the only one.

You're not the only one. I liked that dress a lot. There's nothing wrong with a basic dress that has some embellishment. This was, after all, a challenge for a line of basic clothing that's sold in a department store.

I'm not a fan of ruffles because I have the same issue you have. But I thought it was a nice little dress, and it would have fit nicely into the INC. line.

The other dress, though, was a disaster. It's easy for me to miss the details, but that hem was screaming at me, even without a close-up.

I like what Miss Heather said upthread. Louise *is* groovy.

And hey, bitchface, how about you discuss your concerns about the pieces with the team leader instead of with everyone else in the room, including the camera man? Way to be a team player there, Pocahontas.

Thank you, boys. Why did he think it was OK to run around the workroom badmouthing his teammate while everyone was still working? Nicolas was acting like a mean-spirited little gossip.


HAHAHA! I love the last part of this post. The Heidi "comments" were hilarious! LOL


jkelsofarrell
10/2/09 5:27 PM
And why does No-Lip Blondie Althea and Bland as Shit Logan keep getting passes?



Because a year ago, it was decided that they were to be finalists.


Not sure about these people who say these two dresses aren't bad... they're hideous! I liked the sketches, but those were no rosettes! I can understand why her design was initially chosen but the end product isn't the same. The crap on the light one looks like pubic hair to me. I think because it goes right over the hoo-ha.


I think you guys are too sweet calling Nichols "Peppermint Pattie". In my household we call him "Put the lotion in the basket"


The second dress looks like a skinned muppet.


Oh good God, I'm slow in catching these episodes.
I have to say that I've been waiting all season for a commnent like the one that Michael Kors offered about the light blue dress.
That dark blue ruffle TOTALLY looked like a train of bath poofs.

This is the episode where I wondered whether Louise had watched any prior seasons. Those were not ruffles on the light blue dress. They were straight out of the Angela toolkit.

I've got to say, though, that the dark blue dress could have been something quite nice with some editing. If that ruffle had been placed on a matching fitted jacket -- perhaps one that crossed over to the side -- it could have provided some nice interest.

I don't know. I just wonder whether, with more feedback, Louise could have shone more.

Nicolas is pissing me off.
- Windy City Wendy


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