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Girls on Top. Again.

Sparkle!

Dr. Whitfield seems to have settled into her role as "strong contender." She's only got one win under her belt, but it seems like it energized her a bit, mainly into talking about what a bitch Irina is.

As for her look...

Model: Tanisha Harper

Well, it's Uli 2.0. We don't like to make those types of comparisons ("She's totally ripping off Leanne!!!") because let's face it, fashion is about a limited number of elements that get reused time and again in various combinations. It's all variations on a theme and looks that remind us of other, earlier looks are an inevitability.

But seriously, this looks EXACTLY like an Uli dress.

Except Uli would have picked a better print. The judges all moistened themselves over this print and sure, we can see how they might like it, but it's only just alright to our eyes. To be honest, we thought it looked a little bedsheet-y.

She really bumped it up with that braiding detail. Nina really loved it and we have to say we agree. We normally find braided fabric to be clumsy and uncomfortable looking but she managed to give it a delicate nature it rarely has.

Even in the back. Braided straps often look a little like a yoke, but not here.

So, good job, CH. It's a bit of a cliche from an inspiration point of view, but it's extremely well made with some interesting details, which automatically sets it far ahead of the rest of the pack.

And Blue Hands comes roaring back strong with an "In your FACE, BITCH!" to Heidi.

Just when you think the little slav who could is down and out, she finds something inside her and pulls out a great, eye-popping design with which no (leggy, German, bitchy) detractor could find fault.

Model: Katie Sticksel

This is, in some respects, similar to CH's in that it comes right up to the border of cliche.

But, similar to CH, she did such a good job in the detailing and the execution, that the superiority of the look simply can't be denied.

Long story short: she nailed the look on very little money and with very little in the way of embellishment. She kept it simple and between the near-flawless execution and the shiny details, it gave the outfit a classy, understated, expensive look.

To be honest, we were not sold on the necklace until it showed up on the runway. It was looking a little "crafty" to us when she was working on it. But paired with the dress, it really works. We know she made it removable for use with other outfits but to our eyes, it's meant to be paired only with this dress.

There was a lot of pulling and puckering in the dress, but that all appeared to depend on how Katie was standing. For the most part, it's beautifully fitted and technically well done. We especially like the lines running through the dress, which lift it up from being boring.

So good job, Gordana! Show that leggy German how you don't take shit from no leggy Germans! It was practically killing her to admit it, no?

" I think it's a really sexy. sophisticated, sleek dress..."

"You want me to say what? No."

"It's urban...it's all of the things that really are very Park Avenue."

"I don't WANT to. She looks at me funny. And her hands are blue. And she cries all the time. Oh, fine."

"The little voice in my earpiece told me to say 'Good job."

"Oh. Uh, well thank them for me."

"Of course, the dog collar is not something I would wear. In fact - what? I'm just saying! I can't even say that I hate the collar?"

"Fine. Whatever. Good job. Get off my - I mean, you may leave the runway."





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I liked these two looks. I really like the asymmetrical serpentine details in the bottom of Gordana's dress. I wouldn't have liked it as much if they were symmetrical.

And I liked Dr Whitfield's too. Though Uli-ish, it was as cliche as her inspiration.


The voice in Heidi's ear is pure gold, in a teutonic way.

Spot on, guys.


In complete agreement.

Has anyone noticed in the models' show segments, that next to those dewy young things, how striking Ms. Klum's (comparatively) advanced age is? She'd best soon learn to eschew the outfits that are for-the-very-young-and-the-incipient-cougar, and cultivate a little more elegance. Perhaps the lesson that you can't compete with youth on its own ground, no matter how damn beautiful and well preserved you are, is making Ms. Klum cranky.


I like the concept of Gordana's dress, but I think it really fell down on execution. I realize we all want to like her a lot, and root for her, but "a lot of pulling and puckering" does not add up to "near-flawless execution" and the dress was pretty basic. In all, this should have been a solid middle of the pack look. The necklace was pretty, but like Christopher's belt, shouldn't make you overlook other problems.


My bf and I were saying the exact same thing about CH's dress.... that it was Ulli all over again, but without the Miami/WBP flair that Ulli mastered....

I guess the whole Gordana v Heidi issue is just another Sudetenland battle. I hope Gordana finds enough restraint to keep her blue hands from turning Heidi's face the same color... :)

Nice work, fellas....


I for one am really disappointed in the ridiculous time limits that they are giving the designers this season in both the challenges (although this one was two days) and in the fabric store. 20 minutes is simply not enough time to sort thru Mood (even the smaller LA one). I think that these silly time limits are one of the reasons that this season has been so boring. i realize that the one day challenges no doubt make the season less expensive to produce, but the real cost (boring pretty dresses = less viewers) is high.

Peri


Ugh, I *hated* Heidi's, "You need more confidence," criticism. Really Heidi? Because you've pretty much beat it out of her...


I keep waiting for the day when a technical glitch pumps errant AM radio signals into Heidi's earpiece and she starts screaming that all the designers are socialists and nazis who are indoctrinating her children before reporting an accident on the 405, and finishing with Bohemian Rhapsody.

I'll keep waiting.

--GothamTomato


I loved Dr. Whitfield's look! The only thing about it that I didn't care for was the print, it seemed like it leaned a bit to the cliched for a dress inspired by a FL community with the palm print. But the detailing was terrific! It's a real compliment to rank it up there with Uli's classic looks!

Gordana's necklace looked a bit frayed in places which didn't quite make it for me but the overall look with the dress and the necklace was lovely. Enough so to make it especially sweet to hear Frau Seal have to choke out some compliments.

I would have been ok with either of these two looks winning, although I do understand why Irina's was selected. Right now, it does look like an all-girl finale is in the works, the question, of course, being whether it will be Gordana or Althea as the third (myself, I'm on Team Gordana as I am very tired of Althea's sloopy boobage construction).

srq


I seem to remember CH saying she had twisted the fabric rather than braided it. Maybe that's why it works better than braiding usually does.


We all must bow down to Gotham Tomato.


It's extremely rude that Heidi (of all people) gives Gordana a stern talking-to every week, no matter how good or bad her results were. She keeps singling her out for inexplicable reasons. I used to be neutral about Heidi, but this season I really dislike her.


I guess I'm just not seeing the Heidi v. Gordanna thing.

Yes, Heidi has made a few comments in the past, but these seem to have been blown out of proportion by the minions.

And you know what? Heidi is often right. Gordanna really only did miss getting auf'd over Shirin by the skin of her teeth last week and her garment was hideous.

This week, she noted, as did Milla, that Gordanna really doesn't have a lot of self-confidence. She doesn't, and it bugs. (I will say, however, that it's refreshing to see a reality show contestant with a bit of humility). Love Gordana - but get a backbone, girl!


Gordana's dress worked and I loved the collar, but if her model had had even a hit of breast, it would have been a disaster. When she was putting it on, she had to adjust very carefully in that region and I suspect Hollywood tape was called in to secure it. That dress just looked like she ran out of fabric.

And yes, I thought Dr. Whitfield's dress was total Uli. Fabulous and well-executed (I love that macrame stuff she pulls), but not a win b/c it's not at all New. Is that the same print someone...Epperson and Alphabits maybe?...used earlier?


I LOVED Gordana's dress - obviously, the necklace/collar is the masterpiece there. I wish the dress had a little of the fluff & glitz (a LITTLE! a very little!) of the collar, but as it is, I quite like it. And i think it filled the brief of the challenge nicely.

I hated CH's dress. I loathe maxi-dresses in general. CH has worn them more than once in the workroom, and after seeing this, I'm assuming she wears her own work. I thought the braiding/twisting DID look chunky and yoke-like, and the print was boring. I don't get the love for this - any designer/sewer should be able to produce a well-sewn maxi dress. The print wasn't so fab, and the braiding trim was a detail, but not really a terrific one. Uli's dresses (those that I've seen, anyway) had a kind of sophistication that this one lacks.

BOO JUDGES.

and Heidi is nasty and useless this season. I question her taste level.


These were pretty dresses, but I'm not sure that either one was worth the praise lavished on it. They were both very simple designs, complicated only by the little trims...the braiding on CH's dress and the necklace on Gordana's.


What's up with constraints this season? And no interesting ones. Instead of "You have three days, ten dollars and 80 pounds of trash to make a dress" we get "You have 12 hours, 200 dollars and 15 minutes in a fabric store to make a dress". No wonder all of the garments are boring. They have no time to do any real designing, and no time to be inspired by the fabric. On several occasions the designers have commented that they just bought a ton of fabric at Mood because they didn't have time to decide or think of what to do with it.

To be honest, this season keeps getting more and more boring. CH's dress was alright, but it did look like an Uli dress. Only the print was boring and the colors were drab. Don't get me wrong, I liked it, but it looked like a department store version of an Uli original. In fact all but Irina's entries looked like department store clothes.

I can't stand Irina, but at least she's got the balls to keep going outside the box a little bit. She knows she has to top herself each week and she's been doing it.

I hated Gordana's look. I liked the necklace, but the dress was just SO boring. Really? A grey hatler dress? You added some piping? That's IT?! It reminded me of Kara Janx' inspiration dress. A black dress with some yellow fabric on it and she was SLAUGHTERED. It just shows that the contraints of this season are ruining the designers' inspiration. I think she would have been better off making a pair of jeans and a tee shirt to wear with the necklace than sending down that sad dress.


Totally agree with the post (as usual) except I really like Gordana's necklace thingy. I think it could work with other (simple) outfits. I definitely think she should make more jewelry(ish pieces)!


Uli's stuff was more inventive and original. My living room contingency all agreed that CH's dress, while very pretty, could be found on the rack at any resort gift shop.


C'est moi, c'est moi Lola

@ Gotham Tomato

After hearing a couple of former contestants talk about Heidi and her earpiece during taping, I'm with you in waiting for that errant switch in frequency....


i think heidi is mad at Lady G because she wears shorter skirts than her...btw i noticed that the collar from Lady G's dress is almost the same like the green dress she made on her portfolio.


C'est moi, c'est moi Lola

CH's look: Uli, Uli, Uli! But hey, better than some of the other poorly conceptualized stuff mentioned in earlier posts.

Gordana's: Liked the look, even with the puckering, etc. Perfect for cocktails at some sort of function.

Boys, may I ask a favor? When you get around to interviewing Ms. G, and I know you want to, please ask her what she does to keep her gams looking so great. Is it genetic, or does she have to work on it like the rest of us?

Thanks!


I liked Gordana's. She definately deserved the 2nd place.
Carol Hannah's suited the challenge. It is similar to Uli's work, but Uli's was very Palm Beach too. Meaning that look exisited before Uli, Uli was just working in that genre all the time.


I loved Gordana's. And there does seem to be a stereotype of NY'er in black all the time, so the choice of gray, I think it was inspired - nod to black but changed enough - and she was right the crystals are fab. The only thing is I really don't love the ragged edges on the trim on the necklace. I have a gorgeous necklace that uses large gray pearls intertwine with satin ribbon and her necklace made me want to go pull out my necklace and wear it.

I like Carol Hannah, but the fabric did seem a little boring. As others have suggested maybe a brighter print - OR I think a silky material would have helped.

She's done that same style enough now - let's hear the same complaining that we've heard about Christophers bustier and full skirt or PP's use of white.


I think some of y'all are overstating Heidi's bitchiness level on this episode. She's been slow to give Gordana credit in the past, but her "good job" sounded sincere this time, and she really does have a point about the confidence. I think Gordana is charming, and I think she's a talented designer, but she'll be much more successful in the long run if she shows less doubt and insecurity. When the guest judge said that she wished it had been simpler, instead of saying that she added the details because she was worried about the judges finding it too boring, she should just have said that she thought the details worked well with the neck piece. Which they did.

By the way, I'm not so sure that the so-called pulling and puckering wasn't an intentional rippling. I thought the ripples added something to it when it was coming down the runway.


I keep meaning to post this.

Did anyone else notice the clock in the background when Tim was in the workroom.

I haven't been able to watch that part again - but when I first saw the clock when he went up to the first designer I was trying to see how long he took visiting the designers. I may be way off, but I thought he came in like a 15 after the hour, was finishing (with all of them) like 15 minutes later - and then he was saying goodbye BEFORE he visited (meaning the time was BEFORE the time of the first stop?

Like I said I wasn't able to go back and look but wondered if anyone else noticed this.


As soon as my daughter and I saw Carol Hannah's dress, we both yelled "Uli!" That being said, she did a really nice job with it, and I agree, the print was a little boring, but still a nice effort.
Gordana's dress was really pretty. The dress itself was very basic and let the necklace pop. It was a nice touch, but you could almost see that it was killing Heidi that everyone liked it so much. I would love to know what Heidi has against her.


Ha! Loved the screencaps! I liked Gordana's dress. CH's reminded me too much of Uli and Korto.


I'm also tired of the time constraints this season. I feel like I can't criticize anyone for doing something kind of crappy, and the good stuff is just a fluke.

CH's was indeed just like a Uli dress (and, like TLo, I don't like to make comparisons between current and former designers), but I love Uli and her dresses, so CH's is fine by me. I think the fabric, while not spectacular, is pretty, and at least she used some color. As I said re: the colors Irina used, color has to be graded on a curve this season.

Love Gordana's. It's elegant and rather cool.


TED -

(sorry I've posted this before, but when I see the criticism of Gordana's "confidence", it fits)

Heidi : "Gordana YOU SUCK"!
Heidi : "Gordana YOU SUCK"!
Heidi : "Gordana YOU SUCK"!
Heidi : "Gordana YOU SUCK"!
Heidi : "Gordana YOU SUCK"!
Heidi : "Gordana YOU SUCK"!
Heidi : "Gordana YOU SUCK"!
Heidi : "Gordana YOU SUCK"!
Heidi : "Gordana YOU SUCK"!
Heidi : "Gordana YOU SUCK"!


Heidi: "Gordana WTH is wrong with you show some confidence..."
the other judges don't know I've beaten it out of her and not she feels defensive"


"I don't WANT to. She looks at me funny. And her hands are blue. And she cries all the time. Oh, fine."


LOL You know that's what she's thinking.


I honestly thought the material Gordana made her dress out of looked cheap. if it was made out of slightly less flimsy material, the puckering could have been more minimal, and it wouldn't look like it was hanging out to dry on the model. it looks a bit 'saggy' to me.


If you look at Gordana's portfolio you can see that she had already done the collar thing, still an ok dress but not my cup of tea, I'd rather see the collar with jeans a white t-shirt.

http://projectrungay.blogspot.com/2009/08/project-runway-season-6-meet-gordana.html


I am bored. to. tears with this show and these designers...bored beyond belief. These are the most average, cliche designs in the history of the show--as Michael said, they're clothes, not fashion, down to a designer. No one has produced a single memorable, innovative garment (one exception: Shirin's maternity dress). Everything else is mind-numbingly average and derivative....I don't care about any of it, or any of these designers. The show in LA = one big Fail.


Katie is not the most beautiful or memorable model this year, and indeed that dress is giving her somewhat stubby legs, but she absolutely sold that garment like there was no tomorrow. Her reveal shortly after taking the runway and dramatically pulling off the scarf was breathtaking!

Contrast her performance with Lisa, who is like a walking zombie. No intensity or fierceness there. I guess I just don't get it.


I'm assuming that this (the little season that shouldn't)provided all sorts of constraints (time for the judges and production crew, mostly, and the contestants just had to roll with it).

Personally, I think Lifetime would have done itself a greater favor by running this whole season in a week or as a marathon, instead of as a weekly. That would have cleared the air, and made next season (the real Lifetime debut) something worth promo-ing the crap out of, instead of making a big deal out of, meh, not so much.


Wow do I feel bad for doubting Gordana in recent weeks. She rocked this one. Go Team G!


Re: all the "safe," boring pieces:

I've been playing this game the last few episodes where I pause the show before they go to Mood so I'm not influenced by anyone else's designs or sketches, and then try to come up with something to fit the challenge on my own. I've never been to design school or taken a construction class and I am just now finally learning to sew, so I'm not sure these garments I imagine could be made exactly in the time frames given, but I will bet you anything the outfits I've come up with would blow away half the talent this season. Even if they ended up being too difficult or time-consuming to pull off, I always thought the best part of the show was the creativity and the *ideas.* Between impeccably executing a boring piece or crashing and burning on the runway because you tried to make something amazing, I think the latter is more admirable, and at least makes for better television. Just my humble opinion. :)


I don't think anyone who is pointing out Heidi's behavior toward Gordana is blowing it out of proportion.

Even if Heidi is spot on with a comment, the point is, why is she basically only going after Gordana? There is not one designer this season who is anywhere near being "perfect" in either their finished product, their attitude/behavior, or their work process. Why is Gordana the only one who has to be given a lecture before she is dismissed, well after the judge's commentary/interview part of the runway is over?


GothamTomato, you are spot on. I suggest everyone follow GT's lead. It will make the rest of the season far more watchable.

Considering how quickly Gordana put that dress together, I was very impressed with the work, and very glad for the simplicity.

I think Dr. Whitfield's use of a print compared to the block colors on rest of the runway is what made them praise the print. (The rest of the runway were whites, black, greys, safety-bleh-color; I can't recall who mentioned the all-brown-ness of Irina's winning outfit bugged them, but it was brought up, and other judges agreed with the comment.) I don't think they would have if we'd the Duchess and La Nina the entire season, but there we are. While it was rather Uli 2.0, the twisting details were very well done, as was the pleating, and the dress moved beautifully (another contrast to the rest of the runway). Sure it was clichéd, but so were the frickin' inspirations. Blergh. I would have been far more interested to see CH inspired by, say, Bangalore.

I wonder if Irina would have won if she'd had to design inspired by Cairo? (Probably not.)

If Christopher would have turned in the exact same outfit if his inspiration had been CancĂșn? (Probably.)

A potentially interesting challenge made boring by the dullness of the specifics.


It blows my mind that people keep referring to CH's look as "an Uli dress". . . as though there was anything at all new about that dress when Uli made it for EVERY SINGLE CHALLENGE in season four.

It wasn't. That dress has been done and done again since the late sixties. And the prints were nothing novel either.

In fact, at least Carol Hannah has only made one generic sundress instead of being fawned over for making them time and time again.


You say bedsheet, I say patio furniture. But agreed, the braiding was nice. I think Gordana's may have been the best.


Anonymous10/26/09 12:01 PM said: Contrast her performance with Lisa, who is like a walking zombie. No intensity or fierceness there. I guess I just don't get it."

You're not alone on that one Anon! I've been a bit surprised that Lisa is still there - although it may be because she's one of the taller models (think someone make that comment, perhaps on MOR). When compared with Tanisha or Matar or Katie, she just seems very subdued and unenthusiastic. Contrasted with Katie, who's been workin' it as best she can (and given she's been in Christopher's designs for quite a spell, that definitely constitutes work!)

srq

srq


Seriously, do we have to see CH put on MORE black eyeliner? Every show at least twice girl is putting on more eye makeup. It looks terrible on her, she really needs an intervention or something. Such a pretty girl doesn't need all that crap around her eyes.

Oh, yeah, the clothes were nice.


I really do think that the "fail" aspect of what the designers are producing has a LOT to do with the time constraints. There are so many techniques and idea's that have to be chucked because they simply don't have time. I'm not saying that's the reason behind every bad creation we've seen, but I do believe it plays a roll.

GothamTomato, your my hero. Please never change and never leave us. I'll even sing Bohemian Rhapsody if it helps! lol

I LOVED G's dress. I found it interesting that when they showed the pan of her dress during judging, all you could see where those pulls, but clearly you can see that the dress didn't always look like that. It did vary depending on how her model was standing. You even have ss's of her standing there at judging with no puckering whatsoever. Seems to me that the producers edited judging to make Irina's win more justifiable. Kinda like "Oh look! Gordana's is pulling! See?!?! We CAN'T give her the win!!"

CH's was a bit cliche, but it worked.


Anonymous (11:54)

"These are the most average, cliche designs in the history of the show--as Michael said, they're clothes, not fashion, down to a designer. No one has produced a single memorable, innovative garment..."

ITA, Anon. This season has been pretty close to unbearable to watch, but I can't not watch. I haven't given up yet, but wonder if the main problem lies in the cast of designers selected for the season. Even Tim seems tired or simply just not that into it anymore. And Heidi --- well, this post just says it all. Funny as hell, but so true. You can feel Heidi's frustration with the designers and challenges as well. As another poster said last week, this season Heidi's 'radiating irritation.' The only bright spot is the fact that it's given TLo much fodder for fabulous and funny posts for us suffering fans. Rant finis. Loved Gordana's look. Merely liked CH's look.

- edina -


In past seasons, the designers were able to find things/places within the parameters of the challenge that inspired their vision. This just seemed like forced inspiration, and that's why we ended up with such lackluster designs.


Long-time lurker, infrequent poster here.

The thing about Carol Hannah's look: It's South Beach, not Palm Beach.

Maybe it's because I once lived across the lake from Palm Beach. But even my fashion-phobic DH, who used to be a reporter covering the Mar-a-Lago mess, said "that's not Palm Beach."

This is Palm Beach. It's all about tennis and golf. And benefit balls.

I loved Gordana's dress. and especially her necklace.


Except Uli would have picked a better print.

Actually, Uli would have picked several prints. Her real gift was her ability to use different, seemingly clashing prints together in a cohesive garment.


One last comment about the time constraints. When they are given "1 day" to finish, it's not 24 hrs. Think about that for a sec....

If your at home or in your studio and you have "1 day" to create something, your going to spend most, if not all, of those 24 hrs available to you to drink coffee and sew your ass off. They aren't given anything close to 24 hrs.


CH- boring, but well done. She would be in the middle in a normal season.

G- like the collar, hate the dress. I know everybody else likes it but I think the dress looks like the $30 she spent on it. Just really hate the silhouette. But, well made.

I hope this means G's going to start making some risks! I want to see FASHION!

But, yes, I agree that they're two of the stronger competitors left, along with Irina. Althea? eeh. She gives the EXACT.SAME.BUSTLINE EVERY.SINGLE.TIME. Drives me crazy.


Besides being very Uli-ish, the print on CH's dress screamed "throw pillow print on a sofa in a Florida retirement home", NOT Palm Beach!!!
I loved Gordana's dress, and I do believe the puckering (as TLo said) may have been due to the model's poses, because when the model was standing still next to Gordana, there was not evidence of puckering. And I loved that removable "necklace".


Anon said, "These are the most average, cliche designs in the history of the show--as Michael said, they're clothes, not fashion"

I agree. It's so disappointing. And to add insult to injury, there aren't even any big personalities. Everyone says Irina is bitchy, but compared to some previous contestants, she's a lightweight. As much as I disliked Wendy's competitive bitchiness, Santino's delusional confidence, Christian's pure egotism, Laura's holier-than-though snarkiness, Jeffrey's poor-me defensiveness, Kenley's pugilistic obliviousness (etc., etc., feel free to add your own), I now have to admit they gave us something to watch.


Oh, also sorry to say I didn't like Gordana's entry at all (sorry because I feel sympathetic towards her). I missed the episode and when I saw the screen caps I thought she was in a the bottom three. But now that I've seen everything, I understand how this ended up in the top: there just wasn't anything else.


Carol Hannah's dress is nearly an exact copy of what she did for the Sun 'n Surf challenge. I liked this dress better but I wish someone had called her on the fact she did the EXACT SAME dress.


I wish the challenge had been more challenging. Get them to be inspired by Krakow or Darfur or Somalia and see what they come up with.


Loana said...
If you look at Gordana's portfolio you can see that she had already done the collar thing, still an ok dress but not my cup of tea, I'd rather see the collar with jeans a white t-shirt.




Loana,
There isn't anything wrong with using ideas that you have already used successfully. In fact in these challenges with really short turn arounds , is were having a lot of experience and comes in handy.
I would venture to say that all of them did something similar to designs that they have previously worked on. There just isn't enough time to do revisions and work out kinks in completely unchartered territory.


I don't know, I didn't really like Gordana's. Middle of the pack for me. I think the dress in a colour would have made it work better and I did NOT like the cut of it AT ALL. It seemed to small on her model. I do, however, LOVE Heidi's reaction to Gordana. You guys nailed it! It just KILLS her to give Gordana a compliment. I hope Lifetime did a reunion show. That would be fun/hard to watch.
CH's was ok. It was cliche for sure but, that seemed to be the judging criteria.


I don't love Gordana's dress. Like some of the commenters, I think it's pretty solid middle-of-the-pack. The idea is very slick and sexy, but the collar still looks crafty to my eye and the dress could have done with a sliiightly higher cut around the boob-armpit area. Not bad though. I loved the braiding on CH's. She did hit her inspiration head-on, but in a very, very done way.


Maura said...

"I'm also tired of the time constraints this season. I feel like I can't criticize anyone for doing something kind of crappy, and the good stuff is just a fluke."
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I especially feel this when it comes down to workmanship - and think it has something to do with the sameness of a lot of what we've seen this season, more than others. More one day challenges = more need to fall back on whatever the designer thinks they can do best at top speed.


Two very strong looks. I agree about CH's fabric, I was sure we were going to get a "palm beach lawn chair" comment from the Duchess but still a really well done dress.

Gordana's was also very nice but I have to say I'm getting tired of all the gray (and this is from someone who loves to wear gray) and the dress could have benefited from some more fabric up top. If Katie had a bigger chest the girls would have been falling out. The neck piece really MADE the look, loved it.


@ GothamTomato: "I keep waiting for the day when a technical glitch pumps errant AM radio signals into Heidi's earpiece and she starts screaming that all the designers are socialists and nazis who are indoctrinating her children before reporting an accident on the 405, and finishing with Bohemian Rhapsody."

...and I just did a spit-take at my desk.

The only outfits that made me sit up and take notice this week were Irina's and Gordana's. I was so glad they were the top. Hopefully all the stand-in judges took the requisite PR judging crack pipe back to wherever they came from with them.


Gordana's was the nicest thing on the runway, and while I know she's been beaten into submission by Frau Tight und Shiny I do wish she wouldn't apologize for (and therefore announce) any issues she feels her work might have. In this particular case Frau TUS did have a point and constructive advise. Gordana should heed it stand proud.

Dr. Whitfield does an Uli dress very well, minus Uli's genius for picking a great print. Tho I am a CH fan, the judges liked this more than I did.

Great screencaps, boys. The varying font size was hilarious.


TED said...
By the way, I'm not so sure that the so-called pulling and puckering wasn't an intentional rippling. I thought the ripples added something to it when it was coming down the runway.
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In the image posted of the model standing up completely straight, there's no puckering in the dress. If it was actually puckering, it wouldn't miraculously disappear depending on the movement of the wearer. I'm in agreement that this was an intentional affect with the material.


Was Heidi wearing a Michael Kors leather dress? Angelina wore a black Michael Kors leather dress recently.


I liked the print on CH's dress. Honestly, I thought it was pretty, and a good choice for the design. And sure, she didn't do anything groundbreaking, but it fit her challenge and the detailing was cute. I think that CH's market, at least for a while, is going to be women near her age, so it seems really her style, too.

I see the issues now in Gordana's dress that I didn't really notice during the show, but tbh I don't think it's possible to make a fitted garment that never looks at all pulled during some poses. I'm sure the time constraint didn't help, though. In any event, I think the colour was nice; neutral without just going with black is good for her look, and that collar/necklace was great.

I wish she'd won, but at least she was in the top, and Michael Kors obviously really liked it overall, which given the place inspiration and the challenge itself counts as serious validation IMO.

Heidi really did seem like she was choking on her compliments to Gordana, so the screencaps ring oddly true instead of really being funny... for me. And that's all I'm gonna say about that.


TLo!

Thank you for lifting up this hellish Monday morning.


PS - I loved Gordana's little "Ciao, Milla!" as she left the runway.

Milla was great, wasn't she?


"Girls on Top. Again."

I'm beginning to think that it's going to remain this way thru the finale.....


Absolutely loved both CH's and Gordana's dresses. Gordana did a fantastic job with the necklace- though she should have spent more on the dress and less on the necklace. It looked great on Katie and truly reflected NYC. CH channeled Uli- but the dress was gorgeous and I loved the details on the back.


Count me in the LOVED Gordana's dress camp--thought the gray was sophisticated, necklace gorgeous.

And TLo, next time you offer up a prize, I want to win drinks with Gotham Tomato!!


Both dresses were nice, neither was remarkable. Pretty much like the rest of the top looks this season. Are we at the finale yet?


LOVED G's dress, but I can see why she didn't get the win. Grozirina came up with several pieces and not just another dress, which put her over the top.

Despite Frau Seal's bitchiness, she would look great in that dress herself.

And don't get me started on Dr. Whitfield, but let's face it, an Uli-styled dress fitted the location perfectly, so I don't blame her for going down that route.

I knew what there were going to be a billion Uli references in terms of the dress, but like Uli's, it was well done, moved nicely, and the back ribbing was lovely.

Dr. W is definitely the dark horse in this race, which is very much to Alex!'s delight.

Besides, this means G gets to show at FW now, so screw the winner.


Is it just me, or does Gordana remind me a bit of Kara Janx personality-wise?


Does anyone else think that Heidi hates Gordana because that's where Heidi is headed, looks wise, if she spends too much time in LA?

BeccaGo - I do that too! Shame I can't sketch...


These looks didn't show much creativity but they were both fine. That's the best thing I can say for the results of this challenge.


Gotham Tomato said:

"I keep waiting for the day when a technical glitch pumps errant AM radio signals into Heidi's earpiece and she starts screaming that all the designers are socialists and nazis who are indoctrinating her children before reporting an accident on the 405, and finishing with Bohemian Rhapsody.

I'll keep waiting."

*snicker* Well said, Tomato!


People in the comments write as if Uli Herzner invented flowing dresses in lightweight print fabrics. For the record, she did not.

She's well know for doing great work in that style, but that doesn't give her any exclusive rights, either in the Project Runway miniverse or the real world.


Whatever we may say about her personality this season, I just wanted to chime in on Frau Klum's leather dress. It looked pretty hot. And hot on her. Also loved the 70's do.
OK, back to the Heidi bitchfest!


I really wanted to like G's dress - but can't stand the furry bits in the necklace. Also hated the styling - that dress needed killer strappy silver sandals and Katie looked like an uptight librarian...


It was the braiding that flicked the ULI! switch in my head when I saw CH's dress. I wasn't a big fan of Uli, unlike Fwow Seal, so I wasn't crazy about this one either.

Gordana's I loved. From the necklace to the trim on the dress to the color. I wish she had more confidence too, but I don't think she needs a stern lecture about it every week from Heidi.

And speaking of Heidi, tt was hard to lwatch the judging when one of the judges wore a black leather mini dress and brown suede Frankenstein ankle boots. Heidi, really--it's hard to take your judging seriously when you wear crap like that.

Marshal said, "Instead of "You have three days, ten dollars and 80pounds of trash to make a dress" we get "You have 12 hours, 200 dollars and 15 minutes in a fabric store to make a dress". No wonder all of the garments are boring. They have no time to do any real designing, and no time to be inspired by the fabric. On several occasions the designers have commented that they just bought a ton of fabric at Mood because they didn't have time to decide or think of what to do with it."

A really insightful comment. I hope the producers take note because if the next season is as boring and blah as this one, this series is cooked.


CH's model..... real or fake ones?


To everyone disappointed in Gordana's color choice: remember her influence was New York. We don't do color here.

I actually work on Park Avenue (for a non-profit; no glamorous life for me) and it made me disproportionatley excited to see it as one of the choices. You'd think it was me, personally, that they were picking, and not one of the most populated and well-known areas in the world. :D


I love how everyone is like "OMG this SEASON IS SOOOOOO BORING".......but they keep watching! PR must be doing something right then.


Ok, is it just me or does Dr. Whitfield's dress look like Epperson/Qrystil's beach look? (Without being problematic)


Gordana needs to ax that model of hers (Katie) - yuck.

Heidi is just mean.

Confidence is something you have despite mean girls like Heidi. You can't blame Gordana's lack of confidence on Heidi. Confidence comes from within - not from some outside source. And only you can take it away from yourself.


You know, Heidi already started being nasty on the last season of Germany's next topmodel (early this year) when she massively bitched at this one candidate, not even in judging panel. (Girl won Austria's next top model and part of her win was to join the german topmodel-show as one auf the 16 finalists. Guess Frau Klum didn't like that she didn't have a word to say in this decision). Still don't know what her problem is, but to run down a 16 year old girl on a personal level like she did was just beneath contempt.


The "ragged" or "furry bits" on Gordana's neck piece are part of what makes it successful and beautiful.... essential and savvy contrast of textures in what is a very muted palette of color.


Could we have our first all-girl finale? I suppose not, since B-M probably wouldn't allow it.

Love your Heidi screencaps, guys. Love!


BeccaGo - yes, you are spot on. Had this been in a pink or any bright color, it would never fit in with real NYC society. A color shift could turn this NYC dress into a Miami piece in about 30 seconds.


[BeccaGo said...
To everyone disappointed in Gordana's color choice: remember her influence was New York. We don't do color here]

What a tired stereotype...I've lived in NY for 15 years and "we" do plenty of color here, along with everything else. If you follow Bill Cunningham's photos of society life (aka, Park Avenue) you'll see fashions straight off the runways full of color and prints. New York is a bright, lively style capital, not a monochromatic wasteland.


In that first picture of Carol Hannah...

Is that her bra? What a way to wear those clothes, girl!


Please, can we retire complaints about "puckering"?


Asparagus lust

There is a personality clash that is one sided, Heidi vs Gordana. Among other things Gordana is naturally sexy and built, though not an Amazon with a biracial leather theme as is Heidi. Gordana reeks of creativity, Heidi is all show, very shallow substance. Heidi has turned into a real life dominatrix and I am left cold as ice over it. She ihas an ego deficit, a hole that cannot be filled. The problem is hers and hers alone. Over-exposed to the billionth degree and getting that no more wire hangers hard as granite face along with it .


Love both dresses. I'd totally wear them.


Gordana's dress is very chic, I love the fabric she chose and the neckline is gorgeous. The only problem is that it appears to be riding up.


GORDANA SHOULD HAVE WON!!!!!


Hahahahahaha love the screencaps, boys.

Anonymous said...

I don't think anyone who is pointing out Heidi's behavior toward Gordana is blowing it out of proportion.

Even if Heidi is spot on with a comment, the point is, why is she basically only going after Gordana?


Exactly, she's rude to Gordana. It's uncomfortable to watch her interact with Gordana, she can't even hide it.


cocomochacapuccino

CH's dress is something you can find in any store, nothing special, the fabric is boring and done. I don't understand why the judges like it so much.


Anon 6:38 -- I was being facetious. But you have to admit, the easiest way to make sure the judges see "NEW YORK INFLUENCE!" as opposed to, say, Palm Beach, is darker colors.


another laura said...

"Could we have our first all-girl finale? I suppose not, since B-M probably wouldn't allow it."

Last season was an all-girl finale, no...?


What a tired stereotype...I've lived in NY for 15 years and "we" do plenty of color here, along with everything else. If you follow Bill Cunningham's photos of society life (aka, Park Avenue) you'll see fashions straight off the runways full of color and prints. New York is a bright, lively style capital, not a monochromatic wasteland.

Hear, hear Anon 6:58!!

I loved Gordana's dress and neckpiece but I thought she shot herself in the foot by bringing up problems instead of pumping up what's right about the dress. I am crossing my fingers for Gordana in the finale.

Dr. Whitfield made a nice maxi dress. I have one just like it in my closet in a better print but it was executed well. Much better than Althea's rag which may have been well-executed but so boring and drab with boobs hanging down to the waist (how you can do that with a stick thin model is beyond me but she does it again and again!).

The Heidi caps had me laughing out loud at the office. Right on!!


I thought they were both OK. This challenge was a great opportunity to show their very best, nothing wowed me. Actually, very little has wowed me this season.


It seems that Heidi has too much confidence this season. Much less attractive than Gordana's supposed lack of confidence.


Penny Sycamore

I'm so glad someone else brought up Carol Hannah's model's ta-tas. Tanisha's boobs are too far apart. They could be that way naturally, but it looks like her boobs are starting to go all Kelly Bensimon on her.


I really wanted to love Gordana's dress. I like the concept, the necklace, the muted grey tones and understated sparkle of the necklace. But it just looks dated to me. It looks Carrie Bradshaw circa 1999. It would've been chic then but now, not so much.


Penny Sycamore said: I'm so glad someone else brought up Carol Hannah's model's ta-tas. Tanisha's boobs are too far apart. They could be that way naturally, but it looks like her boobs are starting to go all Kelly Bensimon on her.

I never noticed Tanisha's boobs before but now that you guys mention it... in the 2nd screencap of her, her left boob appears to have a ring around it that looks an awful lot like capsular contracture!


Honestly, honeys, the dialogues that you write for Heidi (here and in other posts) may be THE funniest things you've written. I rarely laugh so hard, especially when I'm supposed to be writing a paper in my campus's very quiet computer lab and everyone around me is giving me horribly judgmental looks.


Given CH's inspiration location, there was really no way she could avoid comparison to Uli. However, I thought the braiding was beautiful and distinguishing, as was the print.

Gordana did an excellent job with those contrast lines on the skirt. I'd have preferred the top cover the sides of the breasts/chest more, but that's my only real complaint.


It's twisting, not braiding. Even if Carol Hannah had not pointed that out, it doesn't even look like a braid. It looks like a twisted rope.


Gordana's neckerpiece is not removable. She said she should have, or wanted to, make it removable, but didn't.
Pay attention people!


I, for one, loved Gordana's whole look. It looked classy and snazzy at the same time.

I.Loved.It. (that was for emphasis for Anonymous at 4:02 am).

Heidi has been a bitch this season and it's not pretty. I think she had a lot more influence when La Nina and the Dutchess were absent and it went to her head, but her attitude towards Gordana is ugly and unprofessional. She wanted it in LA this season so she didn't have to moved her children and she had a lot more say in the judging and it's all been a rather disappointing turn out. Thankfully they'll be back in NYC for the next installment. Let's hope her pregnancy hormones calmed her down for it.


Whatever, can't jump on the Heidi is a Bitch bandwagon.

Just not seeing it.

Nina is the bitch! And we love her for it.


I will have to disagree with Michael Kors regarding the shawl. I like it. Makes the dress even more wearable for many of us. And it adds glamour- not to mention it can be worn on slightly chillier nights.

Another reason why I would have given the win to Gordana, even though I understand the judges' decision quite well.

Now I wonder what shape did the judges want Carol Hannah to give her dress. I would have made it higher cut in the decolletage area- more coverage. Otherwise, not sure what they want.


Guys, "We don't do color here" was a *joke.* I wrote it *because* it's a stereotype. Next time I'll remember to add the winky emoticon to make it clear. ;)

BillyBalls said...

"Gordana's neckerpiece is not removable. She said she should have, or wanted to, make it removable, but didn't.
Pay attention people!"

"Neckerpiece" is my new favorite word. :)


Could we have our first all-girl finale? I suppose not, since B-M probably wouldn't allow it.


We had an all-girl finale in season 5: Kenley, Korto, and Leanne.

How soon they forget!


Hahaha. I love you TLo. it did seem Heidi was really sucking it up to give Gordana a compliment, but then she still managed to get a little dig in. She can't be completely nice. Way to go Gordana!


I liked both these looks and would have picked them before Irina's only because hers looked so cheap to me.

I remember CH said that she twisted, not braided, the fabric.


I love Gordana's dress; everything about it really works. I especially love the ruff/necklace/collar, it's very unique.

CH's look is ok. It turned out alright and it fit well enough, but there really wasn't any wow factor to it. We know she's a maven at twisting fabric for back treatments- we've already seen it in the surf challenge. The fabric is a little too literal (palm trees for palm beach?) and drab.


Maybe it's just me, but Tanisha looks used, old, like she's been around the block a few times. She doesn't have a young fresh look. She looks boney to me.


My mother would wear Gordana's dress in a heartbeat! That is the greatest complement I know to give!





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