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Congratulations!

We're feeling blue, darlings.


We're not going to mince words here. Shocking, we know.

This was, without a doubt, in a season full of lame challenges, the LAMEST GODDAMN CHALLENGE in the history of the show. "Design something for a department store. The twist? It has to be BLUE!!!!!!!" What the hell, Bunim/Murray? Is it really that hard to come up with interesting challenges? Because we're seven episodes into the new regime and they haven't managed it yet. We look forward to future challenges, like "Design something nice for a nice person. The twist? The person's not so nice!" Or "Design something pretty for a celebrity. The twist? The celebrity's not that famous!!!" Or "Design something pretty and stylish. The twist? Not TOO pretty or stylish!!!!"

And what kills us is they acted like having to use the color blue was so difficult or something. Blue is like the most common color you'll see when you walk on the floor of every department store. It's a color that pretty much nobody looks bad in. If you're going to base an entire challenge around a color, they could have at least picked an uncommon one, like puce or chartreuse or something like that.

We're thisclose to writing off the season. We're not worried about the future of the show. This season has the stress of the Weinstein/Bravo lawsuit all over it and we have a feeling that most of the problems come down to the fact that everyone involved at the time of the taping was walking around in a haze, unsure of what to do. That lack of assuredness fairly permeates the whole season. We're willing to wait until season 7 to declare our judgment on the Bunim/Murray/Lifetime regime.

Feh. We don't even feel like talking about the results of the challenge, but if we must...

Congrats! Irina was bitchy and Gordana was too passive! This counts as DRAMA in the current world of Project Runway, where BLUE is seen as a major hurdle to overcome.

Whatever. You have to figure they had hours upon hours of footage and the best they could come up with was Irina complaining that Gordana's not asserting herself and Gordana complaining that she's stressed out. Puh-leeze. Give us the days of Jeffrey and Angela over this.

Model: Katie Sticksel

Pretty. That makes it a WINNER!!!!!!!!

Sorry, we just can't get worked up over this one. It has nothing to do with the dress and everything to do with the lameosity of the challenge.

Yeah, she did all that color blocking herself. Yay.

No, seriously. Good job, Irina. You managed to make a perfectly serviceable department store dress.

Model: Matar Cohen

A blouse and skirt! WOW!!! And they're both BLUE!!!!

Yawn.
Yawn.

Sorry, kittens. We just can't. It's not the fault of the designers; it's the fault of the producers. We actually still really like the cast this season. We think they're all full of personality and very talented, but the point of this show is to put them through their paces and this challenge could not have been any easier for them or resulted in anything but bland results. That's why the judges overpraised these two very basic looks and over criticized other looks that weren't nearly as bad as they made them sound.

Oh, right. The Irina bitchery. Whatever. Yeah, throwing your team mate under the bus for making something bland, when you made something only slightly less bland and when you're in line for the win was pretty bitchy of her. We can't even work up any excitement over that minor bit of drama.

They really should have just shut down production until the lawsuit was settled.

In other news, here's Irina's dress for Macy's:
It's cute. Nothing earth-shattering, but then, why would it be? You can go here and sign up to be alerted as to when the dress is available.


Extended Judging:




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



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Eh. I swear, I've seen things that are almost exactly the same as the winning dress. At a department store. Only, it wasn't even one of Macy's level. More like J.C. Penny and Target. Bored now.


zzzzzzz. I actually fell asleep during this episode.

Hope it gets more exciting.


I kept waiting for things to get going. They just never did. I didn't think the "losers" were that terrible or the winners were that fabulous. The ease of the challenges is allowing the playing field to be too even. We need a dramatic challenge. Sadly, the model show is starting to be more interesting than the show that inspired it.

—EP


This season is really lame. Unlike you two, I am worried about the future. Maybe the producers have lost their touch. At least we got a little Michael Kors. Shiny Charmuse Disco Pumpkin anyone!!!! LOL


As soon as I saw the challenge, I KNEW, "TLo is gonna throws some bitchery all over this. And it's going to be DELICIOUS."

Thank you for not disappointing.


Hmmm. I missed the episode - but that's it?

I mean, Irina's dress does look like it has some impact but. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . wha? Sorry. . . I must've dozed off.


I LOL'ed when the Macy's Rep said "Blue is a tough challenge"

Even my boyfriend, who distances himself from this show as much as possible, walked by and said "Aren't they supposed to be making clothes out of garbage bags or something?"


You're right. Lameosity. Can't even muster up another word to say about that.

Let's get on with Christopher's meltdown, L'Orange's stinging (and accurate) critiques, and the ridiculous "and ONE, or MAYBE MORE OF YOU, will be out." Bleh.

--Itsjustme


I could not agree more. Last night was the first time I considered turning off the show before the end of the episode. That's a first for me. YAWN.


My husband said he read something in one of his magazines (which are either sports or music-related) about how disappointing this season of PR is! He knows Thursday nights have always been sacred time for me and was actually concerned when he popped into the room at the end of last night's episode to find me fed up and depressed.

Oh, and the "2012" trailer didn't do much to rile my spirits. *sob*


I couldn't agree with you guys more...total snorefest


More judging insanity. If the rep from Macy's thought a shirt-dress should be white or black, something neutral, why did she pick Christopher's design for a blue fabric challenge? It was a shirt-dress when he pitched it. Was she purposely setting him up to fail?

And why didn't they rake Peppermint Patty over the coals for not speaking up about those hideous dresses he and Louise put together? Sure, he had immunity, but they still should have said something about him basically coasting through this challenge and letting his partner fail because he knew he couldn't be eliminated.

Lastly, Heidi is really beginning to annoy me.


Very disappointing episode with mediocre results.


Chloe should teach them all how to use blue. What a bore.


Even the Duchess wasn't enough to keep my eyes from drooping. And I'm sorry, that's one sorry-ass dress that Irina designed for Macy's. Big glittery butterfly---you've got to be kidding....

Watching Gordana prove, yet again, how mature and gracious she is, is always refreshing, but not reason enough to keep the TV turned on. And Irina seems to have a mild case of Sirianoitis--without the talent to back it up.

And hello designers? Does anyone know what a print is?


Snoozefest.

I had the show on mute 15 minutes in and was online shopping for more interesting, off-the-rack pieces than these.

Could not pick a winner out of the bunch because there were none.


bitchybitchybitchy

They really should have just shut down production until the lawsuit was settled.

Yes, they should have. This season has been one big yawn. With the exception of the newspaper challenge, this season has been nothing but a series of "design a pretty dress" challenges, and it is boring, boring, boring.

As for Irina's dress, perhaps it's the lighting on the show, but I was really hard-pressed to actually see the blue in her dress.
It's also a dress that I've seen before, and it's a yawn.


Worse episode ---- ever. ZZZZZZZZ-indeed!

On another note, the winning looks were atypical to INC's aesthetic. I've been an INC customer for since day one and I'd be quite shocked to see either on the floor of Macy's in INC's area. Sure, it was blue and they do a lot with that color (my least favorite color oa all), but INC is big on black which is why I gravitate to the line. It's also very affordable and wearable for most women. However, I should say that for the last two season's I haven't been loving INC because its become a bit matronly and redundant. Sure it's good for workwear and basics with a bit of a twist, but it definitely needs new blood or something. So, in short, hated the episode and I,too am thisclose to jumping ship --- I mean runway.

- edina -


I was beyond bored. Blue as a challenge?

And the worst thing is, you guys are right. There are actually some good designers there, but how would you ever know it?


So happy to see Michael Kors at least (otherwise that miniskirt that was riding up on the model might have been in the top 2).
I don't think that Nina will be on next week either. This officially makes me vote "No" for LA.


Granted I have bronchitis but I could not for the life of me stay awake last night. Blue is a tough color? In what universe?


Yeah the challenges are lame but it's also the designers. There's no one I LOVE or HATE. There are just designers that are annoying and designers who haven't annoyed me...yet.

Snore.


Once upon a time, I would read Project Rungay as a companion to the show. I didn't mind the spoilers because the show was still interesting.

These days, you guys are sufficient. Wake me up when there is an episode worth watching.


I only just now noticed how AWFUL Matar's styling is. She looks like she's been at her desk for 3 hours and hasn't got her coffee yet.

I know that's the whole point. That's why I hate this challenge sooo much.


(on the extended judging) Michael Kors said exactly what I wass thinking about the top - and Heidi WTH - was it two weeks ago she called one of the outfits for a Working Girl and this week she thought that top with a lacy show-thru bra was work appropriate - AAAAAAAAAAAAAHhhh I just put it together. Heidi working the streets is NOT what is meant when they say something is appropriate for work.

I wish Gordana would have said - something about the fact that it seems all the way through that she either wanted constructive input from Irina or the freedom to make her own choices.


C'est moi, c'est moi Lola

"They really should have just shut down production until the lawsuit was settled."

Seeing the results, I concur. AND they should have kept it in NYC, Heidi be damned.

I like the designers, I think they have the talent, but the challenges are like having Stephen Hawking in remedial physics - it's a waste.

Congrats to Irina, and I think more importantly, congrats to Gordana for staying in the game. Looking at Irina's dress, it was the best of the bunch, and the only real dilemma was if they were going to put Minnesota Slim and Easy Sewer both up for elimination.
I thought both of them could easily have left.


"Tlo said: Give us the days of Jeffrey and Angela over this."





Eek, NO! Jeffrey's behavior was to stress-inducing and repulsive to enjoy: I prefer people with talent and natural personality to talent-free camera whores.

But yes, this was dull, and it brought out more switcheroos from the judges. Why has Gordana been dismissed as a dressmaker for a past garment, but not Irina for this one? It's something I've seen so many times before, both recently and 30 years ago, that it's nothing if not common.

And don't even get me started on how, suddenly, they hate ruffles? How much prize money have they given to support the Ruffle Movement? Did the show just get Pringles as a sponsor, so now they have to hate Ruffles?

I would have yelled at my TV, but I couldn't muster the energy.

--GothamTomato


For the last two episodes, I didn't even stay up to watch them. AND I went to Project Rungay to read up on the results *before* catching up with the episodes. I agree with everyone else - boring challenges yield boring episodes. If this is what Project Runway: Lifetime will consist of, count me out. As it is, I'm having a really hard time sitting through commercials which envision me as a crotch-shaving Nuva-ring wearing yogurt eater.


I just want to be Pacino in 'Scent of a Woman' and take a FLAME THROWER to the place!

Geez, this is a talented bunch, and I can forgive some of the bitchery (even though I was *this* close to writing off Groznirina) but man, they just need to get the hell out of LA.


Maybe I'm not "fashion forward" enough, but I liked the shirt dress. Could have used a little more tailoring and maybe some unique detailing, but I liked it. Even the shiny material!


I think the most unsettling thing was to see Tim Gunn without a tie on. That man belongs in New York.
Ramon


There'll be no living with her now.


Just off the top of my head, I can think of at least 10 unconventional materials challenges that the producers could be throwing at these designers.
What's the problem, Lifetime??


I spent an hour IM ranting with a friend of mine (in LA, interestingly enough) about how godawful this season has been. "Make it blue" indeed.


Looking at those pictures, the only thing that made me sit up and take notice was how pretty Matar's hair looked.

:/

Yeah, that was it.


Yawn indeed.

I didn't like ANYTHING made in this episode. Maybe, just maybe, the blue Gordana/Irina top, or...woah, there was another one but I can't freaking remember it. That says TONS, kittens.

I actually hate the dress. The top part of it they raved about was just...odd. The skirt made her look pregnant. Hey, this would have really worked for the maternity challenge, come to think of it.

And WTF? Logan's hair was 4 inches longer than last week. Is this because they had to stop filming and pick up after the lawsuit?

I want to see them make clothes out of pillowcases, tin foil and bubblewrap. Enough of this "make something pretty" crap.


I thought Irina's dress was boring back when Uli was making for it in every challenge during season 3. The passing of three years has only exacerbated that feeling.


Brooklyn Bomber said...

Hmmm. I missed the episode - but that's it?


You missed it BB? Well let's see,there was......no.....well, he said.......um, no......then they did......not that either......but then......um......nevermind.


Worst season ever, so far.
I can't stand Irina and her bitchitude. Gordana should have punched her in the bad nose job for throwing her under the bus. When they were already in the top 2! Isn't the point of bus throwing to save your own ass? That was just mean.


Seriously, this was the 8th episode?? It feels like this season is still trying to get off the ground. By this point in the show, the auf'ings are emotional and shocking and right now I am good to just illicit a "meh."

And let me just tell you, old habits die hard. I still am finding myself flipping to Bravo trying to find repeats of the previous show. I then flip to Lifetime and grumble...


I reeeeaaaaallllyyy wanted that necklace! I MAY have to buy it. Topaz and Citrine are my kids (who are left to there own devices while I read this in the morning)birth-stones.
This ep. was LAME and Heidi was especially mean, wasn't she?
ps.
Why are we judging the designs that come down the runway as to there sales appeal and then NOT attempting to sell them? TFS is looking more and more appealing when it comes back. Is it coming back? I didn't watch the first season.


Hahahaha Gotham Tomato!! SO TRUE so many things I have thought were hideous won because of ruffles. Also, I still thought that judging was pretty cracked out last night. Yes, Irina and Gordana had okay outfits but I thought Shirin and Carol Hannah's was a WAY bigger mess than Christopher and Epperson!! In terms of wearable for a young adult ish woman, I don't think sooooo


Leave it to Macy's to come up with a lame challenge. Of course, I'm from Chicago and we're still bitter about losing Marshall Fields.


What was with throwing Gordana under the bus? Crap.

I don't understand why no one chose a print. Blue is nice. Blue is easy.

I also don't understand why the challenge PRIZE was to win the chance to design for Macy's-why didn't they all just design the holiday dress?


You took the thoughts right out of my head!! I am so longing for the days of dresses made of candy or car parts - or at least inspired by something found on a nature walk. Like Anonymous at 9:57, I, too, fell asleep. Big fat yawn. Big fat bleh. Something HAS to change.


[YAWN]

I concur with Edina, the winning look didn't look consistent with what I've seen of INC in our local Macy's. I thought that Dr. Whitfield's look actually was closer to the mark and that she might have carried the win for that and the lack of tension on her team.

silly me!

it seemed like Irina got the win for the "pretty dress" of the week, lack of creativity notwithstanding.

it's starting to feel like this season may never end.....

srq


Talk about "snoozefest"!! I am too bored to add anything to your on-target insights (how you can manage to be that funny while that bored is impressive, darlings!).

And Nina STILL isn't back next week, tho I was heartened to see L'Orangerie still there. Was it me or did even his "scathing" critiques lack passion (tho "disco pumpkin" is one for the ages). I think even The Duchess is bored to tears.


We're thisclose to writing off the season. We're not worried about the future of the show. This season has the stress of the Weinstein/Bravo lawsuit all over it and we have a feeling that most of the problems come down to the fact that everyone involved at the time of the taping was walking around in a haze, unsure of what to do. That lack of assuredness fairly permeates the whole season. We're willing to wait until season 7 to declare our judgment on the Bunim/Murray/Lifetime regime.

I hope your right fella's and all of this was just because they were trying to do this during the lawsuits, etc, because I have a BIG fear.

My big fear is that because the next season is already in the can, that they won't be able to make changes based on reviews until the season after next! That's scary.

To be honest, I don't know if I could sit through another season like this to try and get to the "better" season.


Isn't the reason for all the boring challenges because of the lawsuit? I think I remember reading an interview, probably posted here, probably with Tim Gunn, saying that they had to scrap some of the challenges because of something having to do with the lawsuit. They must've been all the good challenges, the "make clothes out of something besides fabric" challenges. Sorry, newspaper barely even counts as interesting.

I'm so sick of seeing Gordana get the short shrift every freaking week on this show. She's very talented and has made it this far, but yet everyone still writes her off. I was happy to see Louise go. I didn't think she'd get to the end, and her clothes are pretty boring.


Is it really that this challenge was so lame? PR has had similar challenges (Make a pretty dress for some middle-of-the-road women's clothing line) in the past, with MUCH better results. Season 1's make a pretty dress for Banana Republic challenge had some of the best results ever (Chrysler dress, anyone?). So what's the problem with this season?


Nancy: Dont get me started on Marshall Fields. I died a little when Macy's bought it.

I was really disappointed by the output. And I mean in terms of design. I can let go a bit on construction. That last time they had a INC challenge it was Teams of 3 and they had 2 days. Teams of 2 and 1 day will lead to sloppier work.

At least Kors was clearly not heaping all praise on their piece. Regardless of Irina's attitude on the runway, Gordana does need to step up in her designing. She is capable of it.

That outfit did look better on Matar than on the dress form but even so that says more about Matar. BTW speaking of her, what was with that runway coach? Pumpkin Pie indeed

Frank


Thanks for the recap, TVKimmy. You clarified everything!


This whole season feels like a board room meeting. Like a bunch of execs got together and decided that THEY know what people want to see, and what should be done to make the show more marketable to advertisers. YECH!


i must have hit refresh three or four times waiting for you guys to say something this morning...why you ask? because whatever you have to say will be infinitely more entertaining than actually watching the show. I am in complete agreement with everything you said.
I actually did doze off after the runway. I woke up and said, hey where did Luscious Logan and No-Lips Lenore go?
I thought the judging was also ridiculous because you know what...Vanessa looked fat in that tunic! There, i said it! Michael Kors you are blind!
And EP, i agree, models of the runway is a much better show right now...so sad.

-Erin


The clothes that went down the runway last night were so fugly that they need a new word for fugly. Oh wait, they were for the INC line, which is a sea of fug. Awful.


Gotham Tomato said: "And don't even get me started on how, suddenly, they hate ruffles? How much prize money have they given to support the Ruffle Movement? Did the show just get Pringles as a sponsor, so now they have to hate Ruffles?"

HA HA HA HA - HILARIOUS!!!

This season is like a dysfunctional relationship. You know intellectually nothing's going to change and you're not going to get what you need out of it, but you keep going back because you keep hoping against hope that maybe THIS TIME it will be different...sigh...


Sorry, that stripe dress was boring, and could only be worn by a woman with A cups or less. Ugly top, generic bottom.

Nothing in this challenge was good. Nothing was even that bad... except for Heidi's incredibly ugly transformation when she attacked Chris. That was the one thing last night that got a reaction from me, and it wasn't a good reaction.


I thought that the styling/hair on Matar and Koji was sad. Matar's hair is gorgeous and they pulled it tight and blah?


Really I get that NY'er love their city, but there really is no logical tie between the problems - of what challenges to assign, the judging, etc and whether the show was filmed in LA or NY.


I was sooo bored that half way through the sewing, I turned off the TV and read a good book. PR...See what you have reduced us to!

Sadly, even bitchery of Michael Kors could not save this episode.


borning boring boring..the designers are too camera savey, and just want to play 'safe'.

Safe=BORING.

I don't want excuses, I want the fun imaganativnes (is that a word?) craziness. The "wow" that's amazing!!!

Lifetime/the lawsuit/LA/ these are all just excuses.

blech


Word, Tlo!

And Gordana, you're a class act!


Doesn't Season Four's drama feel operatic compared to this season?

People who have lost touch with the show have been asking me how this season is, and I keep saying, "It's not the greatest but it's better than Season Five."


Worst challenge ever. I don't want to see the contestants make something with the widest popular appeal--that's sort of the antithesis of "fashion" isn't it?
Anyway. Yawn.
Oh, and even Christopher no longer interests me: he's turned into the Ricky of Season 6, with the tears and the accessories.


I'm thinking that part of the lameness is Mood Fabrics in LA. We keep seeing exterior shots of it, but the interior somehow just doesn't look nearly as loaded up with goodies as the New York store.

Yet another reason to move the show back to New York.

As to Nina, wasn't she having a baby right when this season's filming was occurring?


This is why you guys had the foresight to drop the name "Project Rungay".

Nothing good lasts forever.


Due to an evil deadline I only caught a few minutes of the show, couldn't for the life of me figure out what the challenge was. BLUE???

I am feeling really sorry for those designers. Nobody left is completely hopeless and nobody is really getting pushed to shine. Just pushed to rush through routine assignments. I guess you could argue that one or more of them could take it on themselves to bust out, but the judging hasn't rewarded risk taking so far, so why should their fatigue-addled selves take risks??

Irina is lucky that Gordana has had a teenage daughter or Ms. G. might have turned on her by now. And in any sort of real battle, I back Gordana. I read her as being tough as nails about the important things in life, just a nice person who tries not to react to the small stuff. But a teenage daughter can push every last button a mom has, so Irina is pretty safe. More's the pity.


I concur with Edina, the winning look didn't look consistent with what I've seen of INC in our local Macy's. I thought that Dr. Whitfield's look actually was closer to the mark and that she might have carried the win for that and the lack of tension on her team.

I decided to check out Macy's website for INC's current offerings, and started laughing when I found a dress with a ruffled halter top in shiny purple-so last year Macy's hated ruffles, but this year they're in. So Christopher was one year early


and the sad think is this would have been a perfect TFS challenge.


Wow Irina, just wow
Your first act as "leader" is to refuse to choose between the remaining two competent sewers?

Gordana should have recognized right away that Irina was going to be a passive aggressive pissy leader and shoved Shirin right to her.

Instead you offered to work with her and in return had her pissing all over you for helping her have the winning team.

So dissapointing, I'm officially joining Alex's CH bandwagon.


I wasn't even paying attention during this episode until the very end. And really, I though all of the clothes were pretty much on the same level. Yes, Team Ruffles were nearer the bottom, but it wasn't a huge leap between the best and the worst like it was in, say, the first episode.


TVKimmy on 10/2/09 at 10:26 AM said...... To be honest, I don't know if I could sit through another season like this to try and get to the "better" season."

It ain't THAT bad. Have we all not worked somewhere that a new high level boss came in and started making MAJOR changes? Did it not take time for the seasoned employees to train the new boss? As inferior as this season on PR may be it is definitely superior to TFS! I will keep watching if for no other reason than to get my weekly Epperson fix and watch Gordana en up surprising everyone.

TampaBay


Fell asleep. Did not even TRY and wake-up for the runway and judging. Just turned over, and continued snoring...this season is a WASTE.


The lady from Macys picked Louises designs. She knew they were going to have ruffles. If she thought they were not current why did she pick her as one of the top 5???


As far as wearing Gordana's top to work, it depends on where and where you work. NYC-Definitely NO!, California-Maybe, Florida-YES! unless you work for a bank or law office and some law offices in Tampa would be a "YES"!

TampaBay


TampaBay said...

As inferior as this season on PR may be it is definitely superior to TFS!


That's true. I'll just have to chant that in my head over and over if I'm as bored in the future as I was last night. "It's better then TFS. It's better then TFS."


I am right there with you TLo. WHAT gives? I was also REALLY sad to see Louise go. Was her dress worse that Christian's? Did he really cry over the duchess' comments? OMG. All I keep telling myself is that the designers don't NEED to win. They only need to be seen.


I know that I am just a lame agreer on this blog, but I agree.

Last week, I mentioned the same ... not gonna write off completely, but no longer must see TV for me. Don't even care about the finale ... which was ages ago anyways.

I'll watch on the web or in reruns as required ... but not tuning in on a regular basis until next year.

Let's hope things improve for next season ... this season is a big bore ... but for all the reasons you mentioned.

Just complainin' and agreein' and withholdin' judgement until next season -

P.S. Who am I kidding, of course I am judging them, but I am giving them a break this season, and expecting more/better next season.


C'est moi, c'est moi Lola

@ Nancy & Frank: I think everyone misses Marshall Fields....

Anywhooo, I don't know if you boys are going to post anything about the Models show, but I quite enjoyed it last night because of Matar.

While that asshat model coach said "Pumpkin Pie", Matar looked at him as if he was 'mincemeat'. Loved it! Love ya, Matar!


I don't think the show has become boring, it's this season. I just wish they would redo challenges. Why not? I'd love to see the wedding gown challenge again, that was one of my favorites.


Bad. Bad. Episode.


ASK, there is actually at least one direct link to the location and the current lameness. Nina herself said that she and Michael aren't around as much because, aside from having been super busy, their lives are based in NY.

I'm just so tired of this. The top four looks bummed me out so badly. It's as if the format for this season is actively stifling the designers' creativity. Nothing is really fashion forward. They're so talented, but none of them are really pushing the envelope because all of these challenges are to create something that's fit for public consumption.


i also literally fell asleep on my couch before the episode was done. ZZZzzzzzzzzz....

i thought maybe there would be a twist to such a lame challenge but yes i am also feeling like proj rw has lost its touch and its just disappointing. its gotten so boring and confusing. i want to blame the move to lifetime but then you have to remember how crappy the fashion show was.


Neither dress was exciting, but nothing was. I actually like the shirt dress of Epperson's better than the making-the-models-look-pregnant messes the second place girls put out. Blech!!!

And I can say unequivocally that Irina is a bitch. I would not want to work with her, I would not want to work for her, I would not want her to work for me. She thinks she is much more talented than she is. I hope she goes away soon, she had NO reason to be a bitch to Gordana. Jerk.


AgnesDayne said...

I don't think the show has become boring, it's this season. I just wish they would redo challenges. Why not? I'd love to see the wedding gown challenge again, that was one of my favorites.



Yup. Trash, candy, corn, bring them all back.


I agree Tlo, total snoozer of a show. I hope the excuse is the lawsuit.

I also really didn't enjoy how mean they were to Chistopher and Epperson, whose desighn wasn't THAT bad. It was mean to just manipulate and add drama, but came off wrong to me.

ANy case, you just see the hands moving the puppets too much this season. I want the illusion that the show's about talent and creativity.


I know we'll get to this, but can just say how annoyed I was with Nicolas? Yeah, you have immunity, but that doesn't mean you don't give a shit about your team. That was wrong.


As far as the "drama", I thought it boiled down to Gordana working on a team project (which involves communication) and Irina working on a project where she was team leader aka empress of life and Gordana was her minion whom she ALLOWED to go off into a corner like a little elf and produce. Should Gordana have kicked her in the ass (or maybe the nose so she could get a better nose job this time around)? Yes, probably, both because Irina can be annoying and Gordana is awesome. Still, those were probably my strongest feelings regarding the episode.

The dress was meh. I thought it was kind of cheapy and come to think of it - exactly what Irina said about someone else: on sale $5.99 from the $10 rack. This was not FASHION.

Oh, and I was glad to see Duchess back because I was waiting for someone to finally tell these bitches (ESPECIALLY CHRISTOPHER, who I never really liked, for the record) that they need to stop with stupid shit nonsense and step it up.

Also, in the plug for next week's episode, did anyone else laugh when Heidi indignantly asked if the instructions for the challenge weren't clear? Because, let's be real, the answer was probably "They were extremely ambiguous and extra unclear."


The judging is beyond idiotic this season. "This is totally something that would look great on a rack at Macy's!" "If I saw rows of that dress at Macy's, I would just leave!" Wow, some pointed critique there you guys. Seriously, is every episode this season going to turn on whether or not the judges personally would like to wear the outfit in question? No one wants to make any kind of fashion-related criticisms?

Oh, and Heidi's attempt to fool the viewer into thinking there was going to be an elimination twist -- "one or MORE of you will be out this episode" -- was flat out insulting. Seriously, B/M, if you're not able to create an interesting challenge, solicit interesting judging or construct an interesting drama, don't insult your viewer by thinking they'll be interested when you fake them out by pretending to change the elimination rules. Sheesh.


Was Louise nuts? You do not choose the guy with immunity to be your partner! Particularly when he got immunity for a not particularly brilliant dress.

Nancy said, Of course, I'm from Chicago and we're still bitter about losing Marshall Fields.

The only reason I've entered the store since the Macy's sign went up is to get to the Pedway to get out of the weather.


"Lilithcat said...
Was Louise nuts? You do not choose the guy with immunity to be your partner! "


I agree 100%. Huge mistake.


I'm with you, TLo, on the lameosity of this season but I'm not so sure it's lawsuit-related as much as the absence of the Magical Elves. We're now seeing just how magical they were. Bunim-Murray doesn't have the same talents. They're trying to mirror the look and feel of past seasons without understanding what made them good.

And I too would rather have a room full of drama free Logans and Louises than to see Jeffrey or anyone else like him darken my screen. Having intentionally obnoxious designers on the show doesn't substitute for a lack of good production ideas.


Ooooo, a holiday dress with a sparkly butterfly. Vomit.


The only positive thing I can say here is that Katie looks gorgeous in the shot where she's wearing Irina's holiday dress.


You're wrong about the color-blocked dress. Something that intricate would NEVER be found in a department store, unless it was in the designer department. It's too labor-intensive to make without costing a small fortune. Bias strips with curves? Are you kidding me? There's no way you would find such a thing in JC Penney, Target, or maybe even Macy's. Nordstrom's, maybe. For about $1,800.


Big Fat Snoozefest in Blue. I didn't care who won, and I was ready for Louise to go after the monstrocity she made. (Louise, I still love you, though.) Irina is irritatating, in fact, I'm going to call her Irina-tating from now on for what she did to Gordana on the runway.


Oh Duchess was the only redeeming quality about that episode. And uh nice "holiday dress" -- what grown woman doesn't love a good sparkly butterfly on her clothing? Dotdotdot.


Remember the good old days when the looks would come out onto the runway and you'd react with Holy crap I want it!! or What the hell?! But you'd sit on the edge of your seat with baited breath? This season? Yeah, not so much...
-MINDO
P.S. - I do like Irina's dress, though...Pretty...


Gotham Tomato said: And don't even get me started on how, suddenly, they hate ruffles? How much prize money have they given to support the Ruffle Movement? Did the show just get Pringles as a sponsor, so now they have to hate Ruffles?

mmmm.... potato chips. Which are much more exciting than this was.

I thought a second look at the Irina's would reveal something special about it. But no. I still don't like it.

I wonder what was going through the designers' heads when they heard the challenge. I imagine there was a lot of "WTF?"


I didn't think it was a bad challenge, but this type of challenge should come early - like the first one.

Yeah, and I dislike Irina, but I have to admit she was the clear winner.

But I can't get the hate to the levels of Kenley-hate or Jeffrey-hate.


Not only was it a big snooze, in the end the judges picked a look that is inconsistant with INC over Dr. Whitfield's designs that fit the challenge perfectly.

I expect than that, Princess.

Especially ironic when Heidi is show in the next episode expressing irritation that the designers did not follow the design challenge directions.

Start rewarding people who do the job instead of getting distracted by pretty dresses and maybe they will, Heidi.


I know Irina colorblocked the skirt of the dress rather than used a print, but did anyone else see that little two-triangle top and flowy skirt and think: "Uli"?


A bedazzled butterfly is always the wrong answer. Always.


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"Design something nice for a nice person. The twist? The person's not so nice!"

K8 Gosselin would be perfect for this challenge! The Twist? Jon Gosselin is a guest judge!!


How disappointing.


I strongly suspect that Irina's win was based on her portfolio being INC Holiday friendly,more than the dresses that she designed.

These dresses are not cohesive and the sundress isn't blue. Weren't those pretty much the perimeters of the challenge?
The second look was okay, it looks like an INC outfit, but I don't think baby blue and navy go together.


Maybe I'm not "fashion forward" enough, but I liked the shirt dress. Could have used a little more tailoring and maybe some unique detailing, but I liked it. Even the shiny material!

Me, too. When the yawnjudgeswhoever asked "Who would want to own that today?" I raised my hand. (I do, uh. I do watch with someone else. I'm not entirely crazy.) I don't even know if I understand what was wrong with it. Oh noes, shiny fabric? Eh, whatevs.

Which is pretty much where I am, along with many of y'all, on the show. The only parts of the show that really caught my interest last night were Epperson and Christopher's mutual respectfest (I thought it was sweet) and, well, counting the number of times I called Irina a bitch. "We're in the top! I feel a great need to dis my partner!" And then Gordana was all like, "Eh, whatevs." and now things are just getting circular...

PS: Where is the blue on Irina's dress? And did you notice how much the top of it looks like the slips the models wear during choice time?


I'm sorry, but that dress is hideous and so is the top. And they didn't even look well-made. AND no grown woman should EVER wear ANYTHING incorporating butterflies in its design. Awful.

Also, Gordana should have straight up punched Irina in the teeth on the runway.


Where are the drag queens? Where are the lady wrestlers? Where are the ice skaters? The postal workers, the weeping mothers, the dashing male models?


Irina's dress made the model look fat.


I turned it on, heard what the challenge was about, waited until they picked their teams, and then did laundry until they were on the runway.

The laundry was the most exciting part of that hour.


One of the things that I keep waiting for are the twists. Come on! Where it Tim coming in and saying, "Design the bag and shoes that goes with the dress out of scraps" or "Now make a matching outfit for the model's little boy" or something! Every time we get a lame challenge, I am optimistic, because there will be a twist, right? Only there isn't.


I did the dishes while "watching" this ep. it was HORRBLE! WTF have they done to my project runway?!?! BOO!!!!


Clueless Jock
10/2/09 11:32 AM Irina's dress made the model look fat.


*blink*
o_0


Oh, I forgot to say, I actually sorta liked the top on the outfit Gordana worked on, though it's a little too deep a V for me. Still, it's kinda cute and the sort of thing I might at least look at in a store. But as someone else said, those two blues don't really go well together.


I would wear Gordana's outfit to work, but that dress of Irina's was so over praised.

It's was cute and I liked the color blocking which I suppose makes it win worthy this season. The cut would look good on a variety of body types - as long as none of them have boobs.

I'm so over the spaghetti strap, low V-cut no support trend in tops.


In any other challenge, "this looks like it belongs on a rack in a mid-range department store" is a cutting insult. It means the outfit is BORING. So in essence, the challenge this week was "make something boring for a department store. And make it blue."

Thus it was not at all surprising that the winning looks were boring, and the losing looks were either not boring (Louise's were fug, but not boring) or not blue (Christopher, WTF? That was GREEN. Also ugly.)

Irina's dress was a nice department store look, I'll admit. I could imagine it sized up to a 14, which isn't something you can say for most looks on Project Runway.

The "new models" next week had better be interesting, like robots or homeless people or penguins.


If it weren't for TLO, I would not even be watching this anymore. Seriously, what does any of this have to do with fashion? Ugh.

The only enjoyable part for me is guessing what we'll be talking about on here. And thinking "Oh, Althea and Logan's skirt suit has to get the Heidi this week."

The show has been drained of fun.


I don't see any real difference between Nicolas' behavior and Gordana's. Both were basically the helpers to create the two designs of the leaders. Why did they have to work in teams anyway, if they couldn't collaborate on two cohesive looks instead of doing two designs of one of theirs? In other words, the non-leaders were basically the seamstresses. Nicolas just did what he was told because he choose to (in a way, I think it was nice, because it was her vision after all), and Gordana did because she wasn't allowed to do anything else.


Yep! I agree with just about everyone . . . The episode was as dull as navel lint. Design two outfits in blue???!!! (insert huge yawn)

Although, the WTF moment for me was when Louise chose Nicholas as her partner. Was she insane? She chose someone with adequate skills and a primadonna attitude that had immunity. Oh, yeah right! He's going to put in a sincere effort.

The was so much reptition in the episode's "drama" . . . Yes, Nicholas . . . we know you hate ruffles. Yes, Irina and Gordana were not on the BFF path.

I keep hoping for a knockout episode . . . maybe next week.


Yes, I agree that Lousie made a huge mistake choosing Nicolas for a partner. Both Gordana and Shirin have proven that they have very strong sewing and pattern making skills and are able to finish in time. That't what you want in a partner or assistant.


I would rather wax my kitchen floor, clean the kitty litter box or dust the top of the fridge than watch one more episode like this one. Total waste of time.
I want to be done with this horrible season, but I keep hoping that we will see SOMETHING interesting and fun. Dare we to dream??
The car parts, candy, and garden party type challenges are SO sorely missed.
All I can say right now is BLECH to this season.


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Yes, it was visual Benadryl last night. And I agree with Cluelss Jock, Irina's dress made her model look wide - hippy, to be exact. It didn't sparkle for me. But then, not much did. Sigh


mummy needs champagne

I missed the episode, and now I don't even really want to watch it. Come on! Where are the challenges that bring out the creativity? Where is the pressure cooker that pares each designer down to their core aesthetic (or lack thereof)?

The Bryant Park shows are going to be depressingly dull unless PR pulls up its socks and shows some speed.

Bored now.


I keep wondering in what universe "Design a blue outfit for a department store" is considered a challenge?

As for the great holiday dress creation for Macy's--take your basic Forever 21 jersey knit dress, iron on one of those sparkly butterfly appliques they sell in the craft store and voila--you've got an Irina original.


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The wifey and I have been dying to see more interesting challenges. Telling them to design blue was like telling a top chef contestant to make chicken for dinner, blah.

Here's what we want to see:
1) $20 budget
2) no yarn challenge
3) Suit for our new woman supreme court justice
4) school kids uniform
5) men's wedding tuxedo (but with the model's show you can't do menswear)
6) military officer's uniform


"The "new models" next week had better be interesting, like robots or homeless people or penguins."

This week's challenge is to make a pretty dress for a penguin. In blue. You have one day. Let's bring out the models.

Actually, it would be an improvement.


I long for the days when the designers had to make clothing out of car parts or stuff they found at the grocery store. At least that was interesting and required some creativity on the part of the designers. Last night's episode was a total snooze-fest, and the clothes looked like stuff you'd find in a high school sewing class. I'm afraid I'm starting to feel nostalgic for The Fashion Show, and that's just sad.


At this point, I dont care what any of the designers will show at Bryant Park. They all bore me to a level I didnt even know existed.


P.S. If they had consistent judges (excluding Heidi, because lets face it, shes the worst judge ever...) someone would have ripped Christopher for making the exact same ruffle as the last challenge, only, WATCH OUT on the front!!! INNOVATION!! Give me a break!


I missed the beginning. Watching the designers it was easy to surmised that they thought it was a boring challenge. No one shows any real fire this season.

I liked Irina's dress, but it was just another pretty dress.


1. Why was there a group challenge this late in the season? What is this--summer freakin' camp? And as usual, the specifics of the challenge weren't clear. Was each designer supposed to do his/her own work? The group leader's designs only? The two looks had to "go together?" Huh?....

2. Blue. Make something blue. We realize this will be very, very challenging.... Un-freakin'-believable!

3. Make something that can hang on a Macy's rack, something that every "modern woman" would want to wear. Really? This is the best you can come up with? You're in fucking LA, producers! Have them design bathing suits! Have them make the damn suits out of Mylar balloons! Have them design something made of palm leaves! Do SOMETHING!

4. The judging. It's really hard to accept fashion judgments from a woman who's wearing a cheap white jacket that's too small for her, lipstick that's too pink and too young for her, and a hairstyle that hasn't been fashionable since Mary Tyler Moore tossed her tam into the Minneapolis air. And Heidi? Heidi is the host. She is judging 'way too much. Her fashion judgments are predictable and boring.

5. The dress Irina got to make to sell in Macy's? It's a dress Macy's deserves for being involved in this lame challenge. It's a holiday dress for women between the ages of 19 and 21 who weigh under 105 pounds and have no idea what a "holiday dress" is.

As TLo said, "the LAMEST GODDAMN CHALLENGE in the history of the show."

It was all I could do to work up some hissing for Irina, after she rewarded Gordana's graciousness during judging by attempting to make her seem like a complete douchebag. Irina, I'd hate you if I could find any emotional energy to waste on this show.


bitchybitchybitchy

Annie said:

And thinking "Oh, Althea and Logan's skirt suit has to get the Heidi this week."

Just what I was thinking when that look came down the runway. Now, if they turn the skirt around so that the slit is in the front for even easier access...


bitchybitchybitchy said...
Annie said:

And thinking "Oh, Althea and Logan's skirt suit has to get the Heidi this week."

Just what I was thinking when that look came down the runway. Now, if they turn the skirt around so that the slit is in the front for even easier access...


I thought they would be in the bottom for that slit alone. Didn't that happen to Robert Best with his Macy's outfit?

If there was a Xerox award Althea would have to get it for this little modern suit , that already won the dress your model challenge.


I fell in love with this show with the Gristedes challenge--because I thought, here are really creative people being asked to do major problem solving in a compressed time frame. The difficulty of the challenge brought out the creativity. Also, things like the post office challenge showed the breadth of what design is and can be.

I do like it when the designers make real clothes. But I like it even more when I get to see how they perform under real creative pressure.

I've said it before. The only reason I am hanging in this season is because of you guys.


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Irina's Macy's dress is a huge disappointment. What's so special about it? Basic black with a sparkly butterfly. That's supposed to be a holiday dress? At Macy's? It looks more like a dress I'd find in the Junior's section of Sears.


Mariah Carey would love that butterfly dress. Oh wait, it may not be tacky enough.


I am utterly bored with PR this season. You know it is bad, when playing Farmtown on Facebook ended up being more interesting. Nice dress and all.. but hey... I planted pineapples!


I fell asleep and missed the entire runway.... woke up to Christopher boo-hooing! I don't think I missed much of anything!


Irina evidently wants us to be sure we know where the vagina is on the female body. She keeps returning to that pointy chevron thing again ... If anything looked like it was a tacky shower curtain, it was that skirt of hers.

I missed Michael and all, but how dare he make my Christopher cry! If only I'd been there to console him.

--CharmedBoy


Karen in Ohio

You're wrong about the color-blocked dress. Something that intricate would NEVER be found in a department store, unless it was in the designer department. It's too labor-intensive to make without costing a small fortune. Bias strips with curves? Are you kidding me? There's no way you would find such a thing in JC Penney, Target, or maybe even Macy's. Nordstrom's, maybe. For about $1,800.

What they would do is enlarge the colorblocking and sell that dress for under $100, maybe even under $50


SICK OF THE PRETTY DRESS CHALLENGES. SICK THAT THEY CAN'T GIVE A REAL CHALLENGE TO SHOW WHO IS TALENTED AND WHO ISN'T. SICK OF LA. I WANT NINA, NEW YORK, DUCHESS, AND CRAZY GRISTIEDI'S AND SATURN AND GARBAGE BIN CHALLENGES. THIS SEASON SUCKS!!!!

And, yes, I meant to yell all of that.


I hope I'm not the only one who saw Irina's holiday dress and thought, "I would NEVER show that much cleavage at a holiday party, especially if my family was there." Which might be because dresses like that would actually just show my chest since I have so little up top, but even if I had boobs like the model...


Mohab, YES! Except Uli's dresses were generally more interesting.

The thing that annoyed me about the challenge is that the 2-triangle top is limited only to women with small perky breasts. (Like my sister. Who had a dress almost exactly like that in the '70s except it was brown and orange.) In general the clothes you see in Macy's are not so limited about who can wear them. It might be OK in the Jr.'s department.

Heidi's verbal lashing of Christopher was evil and uncalled for. She was like a mean head cheerleader making fun of the clumsy girl at tryouts. Whenever the judges are particularly cruel I think of the hideous things they wear (Heidi), make (Kors), or like (Nina-prene).


I wouldn't bother piling on, except that maybe by doing so the producers will GET THE MESSAGE. You are RUINING Project Runway, flushing Lifetime's investment in the franchise down the toilet, and revealing your own incompetence in the process.

The only good thing left is Tim Gunn's reviews of the works-in-progress. Tim has the exceedingly rare talent--rarer than a talented fashion designer--of being able to make constructive criticisms on the wide-open, highly subjective topic of clothing design. It continues to impress me. Yet his critiques are edited (clumsily, I might note, from a technical perspective) almost out of existence.

I've already moved from watching it live to DVR (PR advertisers, take note!), but increasingly I just don't really care. The bad production and lame challenges have introduced in me an ennui: Does the world really need the "next big thing" in fashion anyway? Nothing on the current PR supports the potential excitement of that idea.


One thing I've noticed about this season is the gracious losers and the often pissy winners.

Irina did only herself damage when she felt she had to throw her partner under the wheels as a winner. Normally that happens as acts of desperation when designers are being called on the carpet for something in the losers' beatings. Just shows us how incredibly ugly and bitchy girlfriend really is.

Maybe even the designers are glad to go away from the Titanic that was Season 6 and that's why they are so philosophical about it on their exit.

PR isn't worse than The Fashion Show but it hasn't been much better and God help us, let's get some better judges and more consistent criteria than we've been subjected to up until now.

Another vote to move it back to NYC.


If PR dies, will TLo go sit on street corners and make fun of people? You guys have surpassed the show as the entertainment. I'm so disappointed at how much it sucks and how much it's wasting your talent.


"I wish Gordana would have said - something about the fact that it seems all the way through that she either wanted constructive input from Irina or the freedom to make her own choices."

Agreed. Gordana should have returned the favor and called Irina out.

Irina is the worst kind of boss: she tells you what it is your doing that she doesn't like -- which is everything because you can't read her mind anymore than she can -- but she'll blame you for not being "proactive."

Irina, here are some tips on being a team leader:

1) choose your partner well (don't be all, "Oooh, who wants to work with lil' ol' AWESOME me?");

2) decide how you want to work with that person (is she supposed to sew exactly what you want or be her own designer and interpret your vision);

3) give constructive, concrete feedback;

4) when she designs something good, give credit. Don't tell the camera, "Well, it turned out better on the model than it looked on the mannequin." And DON'T trash your partner to the judges while giving a back-handed compliment, "You're a designer too, just like me."

But maybe all this is going too much against the grain for you.


I hope Lifetime is treating you boys well, because at this point the only reason I'm still watching the show is so your blog entries will make sense. Otherwise I would have given up two episodes ago.


EHR said:
I hope I'm not the only one who saw Irina's holiday dress and thought, "I would NEVER show that much cleavage at a holiday party, especially if my family was there." Which might be because dresses like that would actually just show my chest since I have so little up top, but even if I had boobs like the model...

Since Irina likes displaying her own rack, methinks that she was designing for herself and other young women who like the low-cut look in dresses


I very much agree with your comments about how much the challenges SUCK this year. I waited the entire second half hour for a TWIST of some kind. Maybe the blue dress had to be able to convert into an evening gown or a wedding dress or a raincoat and we got nothing but boring blue mall clothes!!


I've fallen asleep five to ten minutes into the last three episodes. I *have* written this season off. I'm addicted to you guys, so I guess I'll keep following what's going on, but I'm not wasting any more time watching or attempting to watch.


I fell asleep during the runway show only to wake up to see a guy crying. Dayum. Had I known, I would have stayed asleep.


I actually stopped watching after they announced the winner. I actually felt sorry for Xr & Louise.

Yes, Heidi was especially mean on this challenge. She told Nic 4 times how lucky he was to have immunity. Enough already! I get it!

I also thought she was extra mean to the bottom 2. It hurt to watch. Going forward, I'm just going to read the recaps & MAYBE watch the show afterwards. TV shouldn't have to be this painful.

--Oti, formerly Kathe123


"Anonymous
10/2/09 12:48 PM One thing I've noticed about this season is the gracious losers and the often pissy winners."


How true! With the exception of Ra'Mon who was beyond shocked that he won with the Potty Dress (thanks for that one, Sewing Siren!)

I am really getting tired of the, "Pssh...They FINALLY gave me a win! About TIME! Don't these IDIOTS know that I'm a GENIUS?" type of attitude.

Especially when what they win with is really not all that spectacular.


On the whole this isn't a bad challenge - design something commercial for an established mass-market brand. It could provide some insight into what a designer can do. But the problem is it was boring as hell. If it had been sprinkled into a season with more innovative challenges it might have been okay but it's just another lame, boring challenge in a season with too many lame, boring challenges. The designers are all producing variations on their patented looks - nothing too exciting going on here even though I do think that this is probably one of the more talented groups.

The show actually may have jumped the shark. Shows have a life cycle and I'd say PR is on life support right now. And I'm not expecting Nina and the Duchess to save things - I haven't forgiven either of them for the All Stars debacle or Nina for raving about Ramon's neoprene toilet-dyed dress. I'm over them.

I'm not blaming LA either. There are so many creative, west-coast inspired challenges they could be doing. But except for the surfer challenge (which was really poorly conceived) and the red carpet challenge there's been no real LA flavor at all. They could be producing this shit anywhere. What a wasted opportunity.

And Irina, you suck. And so does your tacky butterfly dress. When something looks like it ws designed for Mariah Carey you know that ain't good.


Make a dress for Macy's! Unlike the Duchess, who had reason to care about the outfit that might be featured near his fifedom, this challenge put me to sleep. Halfway through it, I did something I NEVER do while watching PR - I opened my laptop and finished a project for my job.

I have no emotional connection to the designers this season. Make it work, Bunim and Murray!!


Isn't this challenge one they've done before? Season 3? I think Angela won? That one was 10 times more entertaining than this episode...

Also - I think the Models of the Runway thing is hampering the challenges. They need to bring in 'non-models.'


Well it looks like Irina is joining Kenley, Santino and Jeffrey in the 'bitchy' contestants pool...


This is now the SECOND best show in Lifetime.


I knew it was going to suck the minute they said "International Concepts". I shop in Macy's all the time (though I still call it The Bon Marche, and always will), and walk past the INC stuff every time. Granted, I'm talking about men's, not women's, but INC clothes are THE WORST in the entire store. They don't fit, they're shoddily made, and the fabrics are putrid. INC garments start to pill in the bag on the way home -- how the hell does a man's dress shirt PILL? And I guess there's no point in lining the buttons up correctly if they're all going to come off the first time you button them.

Ugh. INC = JUNC in my book. And the sight of that Housewife of New Jersey in her NFL shoulder poufs didn't make me any more confident.

Terrible, terrible challenge.


This season is B-O-R-I-N-G!! The judges, the challenges, the designers. Hate it totally. I tape it and can barely watch it. Can you say 'fast forward'?


"Congrats! Irina was bitchy and Gordana was too passive! This counts as DRAMA in the current world of Project Runway, where BLUE is seen as a major hurdle to overcome."

Gak you arent kidding! What a snooze fest this episode was! Actually this entire season is a bore...boring challenges, boring designers, boring judges...not even the great Dutchess himself could drag this dull episode out of the dirt.

BTW--i HATE the color blue b/c of this ep. and im sick of Macys!


I came in at the 40-minute mark when the top/bottom critiques began. Saved a lot of boredom and I got more done on a paying work project than I would have otherwise. Kors was who I wanted to see this week, nevermind the designers. And I have to wait for the extended workroom critique videos if I want to have me some Gunn time.


I thought the blue blouse was so pretty and loved the back. I've been spending a ton of time alone and felt like I need to just say that to someone besides my cat.

Also, Nicholas - yuck.


Welp, since we're bored with this challenge.

And far be it from me to tell you girls what you can write about on this blog....

...Is Virgins vs. Vixens still on?


". We think they're all full of personality and very talented, "

Really? "Full of personality"?

I mean, they all seem like lovely, nice people, but there are several folks who are just Black Holes of Charisma.

CH is fun. Shirin is fun. Almost everyone else just sucks the energy out of my eyeballs everytime they speak. The extent of personality they found find for Louise is that she makes annoying bird noises. Althea is the go to gal for blank expression reaction shots. Is anyone else even on the show?

Look, I understand that not everyone is a fireball on camera. But HOLY SHIT, is this group deadly dull. A group of nice, friendly, quiet people does not exciting TV make.

When Nicolas gets more interview time than the rest of the designers COMBINED, every episode, you have a problem.

Is it the editing? I dunno. Surely there's more going on with Shirin- she's clearly a font of energy and loopiness. All we know so far, however, is that she's kinda loud, and other designers (might possibly- editing ahoy!) look at her funny.

It's all so gross. It feels like they're afraid to let people just have personalities- unless they can be edited into a broad stereotype, the producers don't know what to do with these people. It's almost embarassing to watch.

These are talented people with inner lives, possibly interesting. But with no real challenges to draw that out, we get nothing but "logan's cute" or "irina is slightly judgemental". This isn't characterization- it's an insult to the audience's intelligence.

This season has "the real world" smeared all over it, like shit on the walls of a truck stop bathroom. A contestant has to be crying/bitchy/acting ridiculous to get any screen time. The inherent drama of talented people working under pressure is gone- there's no pressure when every challenge cones down to "make a cute dress".

I don't know where the blame lies. Maybe these contestants really are just boring as hell. Lord knows at least one or two seem like empty vessels. Maybe the editors are afraid or incapzble if letting actual human personalities emerge. Maybe there's too much producer intervention. Maybe it's being in LA, where fashion amounts to vapid people dressing celebrities in tacky shit, with the hopes of being on E! or US Weekly.

All I know is that the challenges are boring, the looks are boring, the designers are boring, and the show is a fucking drag.


Gee, this is making me miss Kenly. She would have made a 50s concoction inspired by a blue tugboat captain's uniform with a belt made out of sailing knots, handpainted anchors on the fabric, and a blue frou-frou with a feather for the hair.

Sigh. Those were the days....


walked away from the tv a little more than halfway through the show and just didn't come back.

'feh' is right.

robertryan


Can we talk about Heidi's silver knuckles please? what the heck was that all about??


Alex! I can send you some naked pictures to occupy the time wasted watching this snoozefest!


Was I the only one who thought the winning dress was various shades of gray? Only in one or two close ups does one stripe look a very pale shade of blue. So the least blue dress won the blue challenge.

My problem with the word "boring" in relation to this challenge (and this season) isn't that it's used so repeatedly, but that it isn't even close to describeing the stupifying ennui we are seeing. I sure as heck hope it's due to the lawsuit and not the death of any fresh ideas after 6 seasons.


At least Gordana didn't get throw "on the bus" as she had feared.


Eh.

I wish blue was the most common color at Macy's or anywhere else; for several years now, excluding denim, the colors have clustered around aqua through olive green and coral through fuschia.

These are, indeed, quite boring, and less fashion-forward than either Target or Macy's last year's collections; it's a damning revelation of how little real life observation and how much ingrained assumption is at work in fine fashion people when they use the words "department store."


bitchybitchybitchy

Maineiac said...
Was I the only one who thought the winning dress was various shades of gray? Only in one or two close ups does one stripe look a very pale shade of blue. So the least blue dress won the blue challenge.

You are not alone. I honestly couldn't see much blue in that dress when Irina's model was on the runway.


Macy's 'INC blue spring collection' was last spring. Were they holding 'the dress' for the run of Project Runway? If so, who's rocking a short sleeved, micro-mini with a big, fat butterfly on the side this Thanksgiving? Anyone?


This season is making the replacement show on Bravo (...what was it called...with Issac M....so memorable...) look pretty darn interesting by comparison.

TLo, your blog is 1000x more interesting than the show itself. I now find myself looking forward to your posts more than the show itself.

Thank you for toiling through this mess of a season to entertain us.


I have scanned the comments and while this may be ungracious, I am surprised to find that there is very little being said about the ill fitting ( visible tummy roll, polyester outfit worn by the Macy's VP. I was screaming at the TV that some corporate communications person HAD to be FIRED for putting such an ill dressed, lumpy person on TV to represent a major retailer. Someone commented about her "Housewives of New Jersey shoulder pads", but the fact that she needed serious slimming undergarments was a much bigger issue for me.


Is it just me, or did Heidi look like she came to the judging straight from shopping at Wal-Mart, with her sloppy pony-tail and oversized white t-shirt?


Is it really that this challenge was so lame? PR has had similar challenges (Make a pretty dress for some middle-of-the-road women's clothing line) in the past, with MUCH better results. Season 1's make a pretty dress for Banana Republic challenge had some of the best results ever (Chrysler dress, anyone?). So what's the problem with this season?

In previous seasons, they took the trouble to:

1) tell us what key elements of the brand the garments are expected to reflect, and'

2) show the judges critiquing the garments on those standards.

This challenge could have been more than "a pretty blue dress," but they didn't do anything to explicate what an INC dress should look like. The runway show had virtually no context. Even the generally mediocre Project Catwalk got this part right; the designers had to muck out stables before designing outdoor clothing for Barbour.

Nor did they find a twist like Season 2's store window subchallenge (or Season 3's cheating subplot). It's an episode that, thanks to its weak premise and lack of development, ended up telling us almost nothing about the fashion industry. That's quite a comedown for the show that got big by doing just that.


I'm beginning to think that Lifetime is trying to give us what they think their target demographic wants (as opposed to what made this show so popular in the first place). Why else would they auf the two conceptual designers in the first two shows BEFORE the Avant Garde Challenge and give us parade after parade of "make a pretty dress" challenges? It's terrible.

Also, the way they go out of their way to make Gordana feel lousy in each episode is getting old.


Diana said:
"Design something nice for a nice person. The twist? The person's not so nice!"

K8 Gosselin would be perfect for this challenge! The Twist? Jon Gosselin is a guest judge!!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Bite your tongue woman! Don't give these producers such ideas. Especially since their version would be two people I've never heard of from some Bachelor or Bachelorette show that aired 2 years ago . . .


If so, who's rocking a short sleeved, micro-mini with a big, fat butterfly on the side this Thanksgiving? Anyone?

The last time I wore a butterfly on my dress I was five--and I didn't much like it then either.


Sewing Siren said... (among other insightful things):

"and the sundress isn't blue."

Really??!! I didn't think so either, but thought it must be my monitor or my minor color confusion issues (though those have always been a green/grey thing)

Thanks for validating!


Puzzled. That is my response to this season. It is like going to hear Itzhak Perlman and instead of a violin he's got a kazoo.

Why ditch a winning location/judges/production team etc.? It's beyond me.

Puzzled.


OMG, I am so with you guys. In fact, as I was watching the show last night, all I could think of was "How will T and L rip this one up this week? Because surely the blog post will be more exciting than the episode itself."

Sigh.


Out of all the lameness the judges appall me the most. Remember in season two where the judges said they were happy to finally see sleeves? Now we have no sleeves, bad fabric, bad fit and it's all overlooked by the judges. They may not have any good options given what's on stage, but they do Fashion a disservice by leading viewers to believe there that pretty is the only thing that matters.


Meh and meh. Next!


Boring episode I have to say. Thank God for your commentary to make me laugh out loud. They better start thinking about what they're going to do for S7.


You know, I just saw your gorgeous post on the Atelier Versace Fall 2009 Collection and I just can't understand why we can't have the same on Project Runway. I don't mean the craftsmanship, these designers have hundreds of people working on these pieces, but concept-wise, that's what I want to see on the show. Fabulous gowns, not mall clothes. Even Austin achieved more fabulosity using just corn husk.


Another snoozer of an episode. Full blown INC promotion deal.


Gotham Tomato - "The Ruffle Movement" comment made me choke on my coffee


I wonder how much pressure the production staff is under to continually use Mood, hence all of the straight-up fabric challenges, since the store opened up the LA satellite location just for PR...

In any case, what a boring episode. BLUE. And that Macy's rep was way over her head. Why pick a shirt dress sketch for your BLUE challenge if you think it should be in cream or white?


Boring challenge = boring dresses, you can't really blame the designers.


"GothamTomato said...
And don't even get me started on how, suddenly, they hate ruffles? How much prize money have they given to support the Ruffle Movement? Did the show just get Pringles as a sponsor, so now they have to hate Ruffles? "


EXACTLY! It's whatever they need to say to send whoever they want that day home.


suzq said:
who's rocking a short sleeved, micro-mini with a big, fat butterfly on the side this Thanksgiving? Anyone?
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Heck, I'm not waiting for Thanksgiving, I'd like to rock that short sleeved, micro-mini with the big, fat butterfly for Halloween!!!


I suspect that Heidi's influence has not been beneficial to the show. She managed to get them to move the show to L.A. for her, and she seems to be the main judge these days. I am so tired of her opening her eyes wide at the hint of any conflict and pouncing on it like a hungry dog.

In the past, I thought that Tim said that the judges had no idea about the behind-the-scenes problems, but I think that is no longer the case. (Of course, there was no real conflict in this episode.)

The Bravo producers were better than Lifetime (no surprise) and I think that Heidi may be giving her lame input to the "challenges" now too.


Carol-Hannah/Shirin were ROBBED!


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