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Althea

Oh, right. THIS one.

So Lo says to T this morning, "T," he says, "We still have another dress to do!"
"Are you sure, Lo?" says T. "I can't even remember. Who's left?"
"Althea!" said Lo in his excitable Lo way. "We forgot to do ALTHEA!!!"
"Oh," said T. "THAT one."
Look, nothing against the girl. She's done her share of solid work all season and she certainly got the judges' attention. We're not arguing that she doesn't deserve to be in Bryant Park. We're still stinging over the bizarre judging that rewarded a dress the judges called a "mess fest" and sent home the designer the judges said made a "beautiful" dress.

Which, if we can take a second to return to Gordana, seems to have been misunderstood by some of our readers when they saw our ranting on her "Auf Wiedersehen" post. It's not that WE think Gordana should have gone to Bryant Park; it's that THE JUDGES completely overruled their own assessments to justify not sending her. It's not about whether WE thought her dress was beautiful; it's about the fact that THEY did. And the flipside of that, what made it doubly frustrating, was that the judges clearly hated Althea's look.

Anyway, architectural inspiration, blah, blah, blah. Not a bad idea, but hard to pull off the technical details.

Model: Tanisha Harper

Like the judges, we'll give her a lot of credit for the effort. Unlike the judges, we didn't let that blind us to the obvious problems.

The actual design of the skirt is great. The choice to use that particular fabric? Not great. The fact that the design of the skirt was so obviously time consuming that it left her just barely enough time to stamp out a formless tank top with no design interest to it at all? HUGE mistake.

And the fact that the skirt itself isn't even completed to what Nina would normally consider her satisfaction? FATAL mistake.

Or it would have been if the judging didn't have the sweet smell of crack hanging all over it.

That is an unfinished mess topped of by a tank top so barely made it's practically imaginary. She should have changed course early on when it became obvious she wasn't going to do the design justice in the time allotted. That's what other designers have done when the chips were down.

But for whatever reason, all of this was overlooked. Actually, that's not true. It was all addressed and critiqued by the judges, who then promptly forgot about it when it came time to send people home. We still don't get it.

Extended Judging:


Tim Gunn's Workroom Critique:




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I still am shaking my head from that episode. I'm not sure I even care to watch the finale.


Please, I'm eating.


i knew it was bad but after viewing these photos, GOOD GOD!


it's even worse than i thought


I'll be DAYUMED if this isn't true. That skirt was absolutely HIDEOUS!!!!!!


This has been the most horrifying, boring, pitiful season of Project Runway to date. I have not seen a single inspiring or earth shattering piece come down the runway. Did they not have even one applicant with even a stitch of talent apply for the show? It appears not. Project Runway needs to throw in the towel. It's been a good run. Auf Wiedersehen!!!


Worst judging ever! How does Nina know who the other designers are, since she hasn't seen them all season and NONE of them exhibit a clear aesthetic (ala PPS or Chris March). This outfit was a clear Auf'ing in any other season. They had better fix this mess next season...


Next to Chrissy Minnesota's rock fungus dress, this was the worst thing on the runway.

I have to say -- I understand giving the three finalists their slots, based more on their record of work than their final challenge looks, but when you have this utterly craptastic look on a final challenge and a far superior look that gets eliminated, that's pretty bad. Gordana should have been given a fourth slot. Otherwise, the final challenge meant absolutely nothing.


Is the back of the skirt finished?
Or did she want the bottom to look like it was coming apart?

Worse than I thought. Much, much worse.


Give me a break. I am so sick of everyone drinking the Gordana Kool-Aid. Was her dress beautiful? Maybe. I am sure every Maurice's in the country would like to carry it. Was Gordana's design thought provoking, new or remotely interesting? No.

So there you have it folks. Gordana made a pretty simple little pretty frock that was not notable or new in any way and she was sent home for it after lurking in the bottom three for nearly every episode.

Althea, on the other hand, has consistently performed and showed an interesting point of view with this skirt and top. Was it perfectly executed? No. Was it interesting enough that I thought it warranted consideration as a contender? Yes. Enough with this Gordana lovefest. She seems like a really nice lady with a mildly interesting point of view.


Oh, I just realized -- we should be getting the -ology posts soon! Yay! I love the T.Lo. retrospective assessments!!


It was a mess, bloody frumpy if you ask me. Gordana's was beautiful, I still don't get what happened other than the programme being orchestrated for a 'suitable' winner....VOMIT


Was that Althea???? lol


Saved the best for last, is that it, Boys?

Oh, my. . . what is there to say? It's just awful. And yet I can't even care enough to get upset that the designer of the dress that must have had the highest score (I say "must have" because no winner was announced) went home and the designer of this mess fest stayed. There wasn't one single designer this whole season who did consistently exciting or interesting work. Not one.


C'est moi, c'est moi Lola

Oh lord. I knew it was bad, but from the back, that skirt goes beyond the bounds of hideousness.

I'm over trying to find reason in the judging this season. Like quantum physics, I just don't understand, and I really don't want to waste my time trying. *My head hurts*

Since the pics for the final collections are already out, there's just no surprise left for the finale, unless Irina and her family force Tim to do vodka shots until he passes out. (Hey, it's still Bunim-Murray - you never know.)

I've never been this bored with the prospect of the finale before. I don't even know who I want to root for....


I love you guys, but I have to take issue with your assessment of this final challenge. I don't deny the judges have been blind and crack-addled this whole season, but I find it reassuring that they chose to overlook the results of the final challenge (Gordana: clear winner Althea: a travesty) and send who they felt the (arguably) most deserving designers to Bryant Park. Can any of us forget Nancy O'Dell choosing Wendy Pepper's dress and sending her to BP when it wasn't her decision to make. It was up to her to decide what she would wear to the Grammys, not who is in the final 3.


To the anonymous Gordana-hater:

Don't forget that Carole Hannah made a shift dress and it was like the world stopped spinning so everyone could stop and admire it. Every single one of the designers leaves much to be desired. It's really a case of "lesser of two evils"


Remember during the Tiki Barber challenge, Carmen wrapped a piece of fabric around her model and said that it "represented" a shirt? Yeah...

That being said, had it been finished, this look is pretty hot. But it isn't finished. But still isn't as fug as Irina's.


It's like The Fashion Show only Tim stopped by.

I don't even care who wins.


I still don't understand why they bothered with this challenge when they had already decided the final 3 and didn't care what the designers created. Do they want to drive away the fans of the show? Because I'm thinking this will be my last season as a viewer.


I thought it was bad, just watching it on TV last week, but seeing these stills? It's outrageous.

I've liked a lot of Althea's work, but this unfinished mess should have sent her home. It should have been her & Christopher who were Auf'd.

The only explanation for why it didn't (aside from the crack) was that the final 3 were pre-determined (for whatever reason - likely those discussed before - they are hoping a young winner will become another media darling).

--GothamTomato


Anonymous@3:16

You are entitled to your opinion. But so are the rest of us. It doesn't take some sort of bizarre cult conspiracy for people to disagree with you.

This dress is not interesting in any way to me. I can't see past the construction or the umpteenth variant of "tank top with bouncy boobies", which is not, in my opinion, an "interesting" point of view. It's my wardrobe at home. Tank top. No bra. Comfortable, but not precisely stylish.


I'm not sure I agree that Althea has produced solid work. Part of the deal of Project Runway has always (until this season) been that execution matters. You can't (or couldn't, until this season) be someone with good ideas who couldn't sew. Althea's never been in the bottom in part because the judges regularly overlooked her execution issues.


On the runway, is Althea wearing a vest made out of the same fabric as the tank top? If she took time to do that in this challenge there should be a retroactive auffing.

As for her entry...I don't have the words.


I liked the grey with the gold -- even if that particular fabric wasn't doing it.

I don't necessarily think this should be an insta-auf given her previous ideas (though imo the judges haven't been critical enough on her execution though) or that Gordana should be insta-in, but given the obvious miss here, I still think having a 4th would have been a good compromise.

I felt bad when Christopher was saying that he and Gordana kind of thought they would get to create decoy collections at least. Thanks to Kara Janx, who doesn't love to at least get a glimpse of what could have been?


Althea, on the other hand, has consistently performed and showed an interesting point of view with this skirt and top. Was it perfectly executed? No. Was it interesting enough that I thought it warranted consideration as a contender? Yes.

Oh please. Althea has recycled her low-cut tank top and skirt combination several times in this season-maybe that passes for a POV in season six, but it's hardly a particularly distinctive or interesting one.


And somewhere, the architect, Richard Meier, vomited in his mouth a little.


I didn't bother to watch this episode, so this is my first look at Althea's "work."

and a big old WTF it is!

The skirt looks like a pillowcase.
The top looks like an unfinished, cheap variation of the boring tanks Althea has produced all season - tanks that are not original, not pretty and do nothing for the bra-less women who wear them.

This is ugly as hell.

What a damn disappointing season of Project Runway - NONE of the designers are doing anything especially interesting, inspiring, amazing or original.


virginia said...
On the runway, is Althea wearing a vest made out of the same fabric as the tank top?


Althea's vest does look like the same fabric. She had spare time after creating her skirt and top???


why did they refer to this episode as a challenge again?


bitchybitchybitchy

C'est moi C'est moi Lola said:

I've never been this bored with the prospect of the finale before. I don't even know who I want to root for....

11/10/09 3:21 PM

Perhaps it's because while each one of the finalists is quite capable of turning out a pretty dress at this point in their careers none of them has developed a distinctive, unique offers a strong point of view.

It's a real contrast when you think back to previous seasons, with Jay, Leanne, Christian, and notable finalists such as Jillian and Uli.


I think they decided early on who the finalists would be, and then used their crackhead judging skills to make it happen. They decided early that Christopher was going all the way to the end, and even after being in the bottom for half the challenges, he still made it to the final 5. Gordana, the only true professional in that final 5, got sent home with the biggest load of crap excuse, when ultimately, it came down to Heidi not liking her personally.
There are no media darlings this season. No one even good for a soundbite. No Christian Sirianos, no Jay McCarrolls, not even a Santino in this bunch. They are as bland a bunch of "designers" as I've ever seen. Even looking at the final 3 collections, they were all almost interchangeable. If the judges didn't know who made what, they wouldn't be able to give the win to their favorite person. Maybe THAT's what they should have done. Chosen the best collection blindly, instead of knowing which designer made what.


sorry for the 2nd post

but dont you think it just chaps their ass (as in heidi, producers, etc) that gordana is a fan favorite?


Did anyone notice all the hair rolling and primping that went on in the apt? She put out all that time and effort and still transforms into Elliie May. I think that about says it all.


Um, so she's in WHY?!

The thing with Althea for me all season is that she's so forgetable. Everytime I read you guys' recaps I find myself going through my head saying "I can't wait until they get to so and so" but every time I completely forget that Althea is even in the competition. Even with these final posts I was like "They're done aren't they?...Oh wait there's that other chick left."

Seriously, she hasn't done anything rememberable in my opinion. I can at least remember half of things that Gordana has done. And this is just hideous. I mean this is just a TERRIBLE dress. There better not be any of this crack smokery next season.


Not a single one of this trollop's frocks have fit the model's chest properly, the books either look like there not speaking to each other or they are flopping around like a windsock in the breeze. She either needs to take a special class in boob fitting or just quit making her heinous clothes all together.


Looks worse in these photos than on my t.v.

I can see wanting to send her to BP based on body of work - given the competition left. Can NOT see denying Gordana that shot in favor of Althea, based on the works shown this week.

This bunch seems less capable of choosing appropriate fabric than previous finalists. Or maybe less able to adjust based on what is actually acheivable in the time.

And honestly, why would she see anything wrong with that top, she's gone this far with it making a regular appearance. (though I will admit, usually it is finished)


Oh who cares anymore. I'm with you Tom!
But what does commenter Heidi think? WHY oh WHY commenter Heidi do you feel this was chosen over Gordana?


I'll stick my neck out and say that I think her idea for the skirt was good. Too bad she couldn't pull it off. And too bad she didn't do anything except what she had done many times before for the top. Another tank. Another ill fitting tank.

I guess I'd have to go back and watch the other seasons to say this definitively - but has there ever been another season where contestants have made the same thing over and over and over and not been called on it?

I can think of former contestants who made the same type of garment repeatedly (Rami - draping, Uli- long flowy dresses, Laura Bennett - shift with low cut front) or used the same technique repeatedly (like Keith with the little squares of fabric). But ALL the people I mentioned (and people with better memories could add more to that list) were called on it and were instructed to move on and out of their comfort zone.

Not this season. With the absence of MK and Nina, Althea has been allowed to make tank tops over and over. And she wasn't even challenged on the fit.


I'm sorry, I have fallen asleep during most episodes this season. At what point did Fonzie ride his motorcycle over the shark tank? I'm sure it must have happened but somehow I missed it. Thanks!


Embarassing for Althea and Project Runway.


The producers decided for the judges and I think they were reminded of that fact while they were deliberating who should go.

The judges comments and who they aufed did not compute, do they think we are fools?


Looking at the finale collections, I can tell who made what, so I'm not even going to bother watching the finale. I've never missed an episode of PR when I had access to a TV, so this is saying something. I just DON'T CARE who wins.

Althea's and Irina's garments were insulting - as if they knew they were shoe-ins and could send whatever half-assed mess they wanted down that runway and still go to BP.


For me, this effort is right up there with the jumpsuit that Santino did for poor Kara, who actually had to wear it. Santino got a pass too.

It's a disaster and a mess of fug. By every criterion, it's totally auf-able.

If the final judging is going to consider all of the designer's work during the season, rather than what's right there in front of the judges' crack-glazed eyes, that should be stated.

Like a lot of you, I couldn't care less about the finale. I've seen the black, white, grey, and beige designs and the giant sweaters, and I just don't give a rat's patoot.

I am just praying that Season 7 is better. But I'm not confident.


Baby Sarah, it was the beach epp. If you squint and cock your head to the side you can see him back there. Leather jacket and water skis! Come to think of it, that is more avante garde than anyhting produced that epp.


BitchyBitchyBitchy said, "Perhaps it's because while each one of the finalists is quite capable of turning out a pretty dress at this point in their careers none of them has developed a distinctive, unique offers a strong point of view."

Exactly. If there were any contestants this season who had strong points of view PLUS the skill and taste to back it up, they were auf'ed early on, so we'll never know. The majority were either inconsistent (with a few highs and a few real lows), or just consistently fair-to-middling.


I don't see a SINGLE seam where Althea hasn't puckered the CRAP out of it. What a disaster.

What, exactly would have been so bad about an older woman winning and becoming a media darling, anyway. God knows PR needs to see somebody besides Christian actually succeed in this business, and Gordana certainly has the strength of spirit for it.

Criminy. This garbage justified a trip to Fashion Week?

Even the hated Wendy Pepper pulled it out on the last challenge, and thanks to the guest judge's insistence that her dress was the winner, actually got to go to Fashion Week. And, while you'd never hear about it from the Project Runway folks, because Wendy was so irritating during the show that they apparently do not want to even acknowledge that she is alive, her business now is a roaring success.

And here, Gordana is lovely, very likeable, and a clear fan favorite. (Watch them not make THAT award during the reunion show just to avoid having to hand her the check, the bastards.)

It looks like the guest judges in this episode were told in advance what the decision was expected to be, or that they were "educated" during extended judging, the clips of which part WE will never get to see.

And changing the rules at the last minute by not even declaring the obvious winner and sending to Fashion Week three candidates who produced ass in this challenge compared to Gordana? Why would any contestant even stick out the season, except for the wild chance that they could survive until the end and somehow pull out an upset win? Part of the core thrill of the show is exactly that an underdog could pull it out in the end and win it all.

I say line up all the executives, Heidi included, who forced this decision against a brick wall (complete with their multi-thousand dollar suits, fancy watches and designer shoes) and spray them full force with ice cold water from a fire hose until EVERYTHING they're wearing is wrecked and they are all gasping for air, so they NEVER AGAIN fail to remember to honor the core honesty upon which Project Runway was built.

I'm so angry about this Season and this particular garment passing Althea on to Fashion Week that I could SPIT.

And to the gutless wonders at BUNIM/MURRAY who let this travesty happen or, perhaps even, directed this result:

I speet on you!


Tlo, why should Althea have considered a "formless tank" or having sewing issues on the skirt a "mistake"?!

She's had sewing issues and produced formless tanks a million times already (or so it seems). Indeed, didn't she WIN at least one challenge with a formless tank and a diaper..ahem, a short skirt...ahem shorts...meh I don't know what it was but she won with it.


Althea, on the other hand, has consistently performed and showed an interesting point of view with this skirt and top

No. What Althea has consistently done is send a bunch of poorly made, high wasted, floppy titted stuff down the runway the entire season.

And this, was a joke.


oh gosh, like many said before, it looks even worse in the still photos, that it did on TV!!! it's just a disaster in construction and execution.
The only redeeming thing is that the model is wearing a bra... we should be grateful! :-)
and really, Althea also had time to do a vest for her???? she should have put more work on that top instead!
this is so annoying... i guess the only one that wouldn't bother me if she wins is CH.


Leanne would have KILLED this design.


Not to get off track with Althea's lousy skirt...

But what happens to all of the excess fabric left over at the end of every challenge?

Irina's furs, for example...


I agree with Chris March that Althea's look is a "puckered piece of crap."


Geezus. You know I wasn't really fond of Gordana's boring little dress, but seeing Althea's close-up? This is horrid, pure vomit.

This is almost as bad as Ricky's Tiki Barber suit. And at least Ricky had an excuse in that he'd never done menswear.

There's very little design aesthetic. It looks like she just took different strips of the gold material, sewed them into patterns and stuck them every which way onto that skirt.

And I think Althea is a greater offender of the repeated no-boob t-shirt, than Christopher is of the full, hard/soft dress.


We're not arguing that she doesn't deserve to be in Bryant Park.
YOU might not but I am. She has consistently produced crap, crap and more crap.

Please someone explain what was worthwhile in the flaming pile of ---- that she had on that model. Design?? It looks like the "design" was PATCHWORK scraps. The left hip (RT on the pic) - filler pieces? The top? The weird straps in one pic there are pieces that don't appear to be there in other pics.

NOTHING, not even flawless execution would have saved this - and THIS IS HER AESTHETIC.

Credit for commiting to crap?? then why were Mitchell and disco soccer ball gal out?

I don't know why this one makes me so upset. It just really makes no sense why she got her "wins" and then this mess on top of the others - with the same ass tank - OYE!


Wut? Wait . . .

This garment sucks in the execution. It's not even that interesting, either.

If bad design and sewing like this gets you to Fashion Week, then I've got a home-sewn dress I'd like to show ya......

Freakin' producers.


This is just absolutely awful.

It looks like something I could staple together in my bathroom ...seriously, this made it through to Bryant Park?

Project Runway, I am disappointed.


Fug. The only way this relates to her inspiration is the strips of fabric. Other than that, no.


It's Lifetime. Says it all.


This is seriously one of the ugliest and puzzling garments I have ever seen on Project Runway (ANY season). No offense because I love you guys but it kinda seems like you are also smoking the crackpipe a bit. The "design" of the skirt was good? The only "design" I see is layers of strips...and the strips are mostly going in random directions. The entire shape of the skirt looks like a potato sack. I said Althea's last entry looked like it was made for a hobo, well even a hobo would pass on wearing this look.

Personally, I don't think she deserved to go to Bryant Park above Epperson, Gordana, Shirin and maybe even Christopher. But everyone is entitled to their own opinions. :)


I got it right away. It's called BM sh*tting all over the process and just saying, "Here's the story: these three are going to Bryant Park. Heidi, be a good little fraulein and read the names just like we printed them in big letters for you."

Bunim Murray sucks, period.


Not to beat a dead horse, but YES. Inscrutable judging. Makes zero sense.

But can we please address Tanisha's apparent allergy to bras? Poor girl. There must be some sort of help we can get for her. An intervention? Or some allergy medication? Or a gift certificate to Victoria's Secret?


PS

If you look at the final three collections it is pretty obvious that the judges made a mistake as one of the three is so much worse than the other two as to be laughable.

Hint hint: It's Althea's


Ugh. No wonder Nina sounded like she was actively swallowing down vomit as she talked about the designs this challenge -- none of them (with the possible exception of Gordana's, though I think hers kind of looks like, um, lady parts) were up to snuff. I think the producers had their say before the runway show even started,


"Personally, I don't think she deserved to go to Bryant Park above Epperson, Gordana, Shirin and maybe even Christopher. But everyone is entitled to their own opinions. :)"

I sometimes wonder about the amount of hate Christopher gets, because this is waaaaaaaay worse than anything he ever put out. I don't know ...maybe I don't have the same style~, but I haven't been a big fan of many of her designs.


@TED said: "Part of the deal of Project Runway has always (until this season) been that execution matters. You can't (or couldn't, until this season) be someone with good ideas who couldn't sew."

Ummm...what about Santino? I would argue that he consistently hot-glued and stapled his outfits together, yet still made it to BP.

Let's not get all crazy and act like the judging in this season of PR has been any more cracktacular than any other season. There have always been crazy decisions. This season's crazy decisions just seem more CRAZY.


that skirt looks like something you'd see on a burn victim.

what killed me about this challenge is that the producers picked the museum/gallery that locals refer to as Nordstrom-in-the-Sky. it's got the blandest institutional architecture going, and the collection is mostly high-falutin kitsch (i.e. meana irina's painting). there were so many other options.

this episode is pretty much the entire season in a nutshell.


Did Althea take the time to make herself a vest from her excess fabric? Doesn't it look like what she's wearing is made out of the same stuff?


PPS

I heard that Lifetime is not doing a fan favorite. Guess that's going along with their cheap as fuck attitude in not shelling out a couple extra thousand $$ to have 4 collections.

I originally thought Bravo was being a spoiled little bitch throughout the legal mess but you know what, give it back to them because you guys obviously can't handle it.


It is soooo bad. So bad. No one since Santino has skated with work this crappy.

I'd like to know what in the hell they had against Gordana. She made a beautiful garment and she deserved to go to Bryant Park.


good idea really badly made


Wow. What's with all the hate directed at the designers?

This season showcased a talented bunch that was let down by the producers and the judges. Who in past seasons would have been inspired to greatness by "make a blue dress"? (Other than Chloe.) I'm not a particular fan of any of the finalists, but it's not their fault that this season has been so disappointing, or that they got to the end over some people who might have been more interesting given a second chance.


I'm probably in the minority here, but while I agree this was a total mess and was certainly auf-worthy (I can't remember seeing anything so unfinished on the runway), I can still look at Althea's dress, squint my eyes and think it would have been both interesting and pretty if she'd had the time.

Irina's dress this episode though, while finished and technically fine, was butt ugly and so unflattering. If I were a judge and choosing between Althea and Irina, I'd be more interested to see what Althea would do if she had six months to create a collection.


I hate to join in the conspiracy theories, and I try to remind myself that this is just an entertainment show on television, but it's damn near impossible not to get riled up about this outfit and, by extension, Althea in general.

I completely agree with previous posters that nothing she has done has been inspiring, beautiful or even all that well-made. Irina, I may not like her style, but she can turn out a well made outfit. CH might not be as consistent as Irina but she shows some promise and has had some beautiful moments on the runway. Althea is such a head-scratcher. In any other season, she'd be gone mid-season and more interesting designers like Epperson, Ra'mon and Louise would have been given more of a chance to falter and comeback.

Ultimately, for me, it isn't so much the WTF-ness of Althea beating Gordana out, it's the WTF-ness of Althea beating out multiple designers who demonstrated more creativity and skill during the course of the competition.

There's never been a finalist I felt deserved to be there so little, and I'm including Wendy Pepper in that assessment.


LOVE you, TLo!

Right on target, as always.


Hate Althea's the Bump-It (TM).
Gordana's dress, the more I see the others, is clearly the best. I'm mad they chose to edit out her work with the fabric treatment - so they could, what, have us hear CH announce over and over that it was "the final challenge" and "there's a lot of pressure"?


This was really bad. Really bad.


I'll feel bad for any of the Season 6 final three if they are ever in an "all stars" episode in the future. The designers from any other season would mop the floor with these ladies.

If you compare Irina's best effort of Season 6 (Aspen?) to Kara Saun's worst effort of Season 1 (Nancy O'Dell), I would give it to Kara Saun hands down.


So said...

Oh, I just realized -- we should be getting the -ology posts soon! Yay! I love the T.Lo. retrospective assessments!!


Yup, love those posts!


Nicole said..."Althea is such a head-scratcher. In any other season, she'd be gone mid-season and more interesting designers like Epperson, Ra'mon and Louise would have been given more of a chance to falter and comeback.

Ultimately, for me, it isn't so much the WTF-ness of Althea beating Gordana out, it's the WTF-ness of Althea beating out multiple designers who demonstrated more creativity and skill during the course of the competition."


Amen amen amen


Egads, that dress looks even worse in the still photos!


I think it's funny that most people complain about the preponderance of "pretty dresses" in this season of PR and yet Gordana, Shirin and Carol Hannah, the main purveyors of that kind of aesthetic, are fan favorites. At the same time the designers that more consistently tried to stay away from that (Althea, Irina and, to a lesser degree Christopher and Nicolas) are hated by most. I won't argue that Althea's garment isn't horribly executed but the design itself is stylish, young and modern, and not just another pretty dress.
I think the judges sent her to Bryant Park because they liked her point of view and trusted that given the time and resources she could work out the execution and fit issues. And just for diversity's sake I will add that I was glad that they did. I am not in the Gordana Love Train either. She seems nice but her ideas were really bland and certainly not up to the standards of dramatic high fashion that the judges have ALWAYS favored. I just needed to say that because of the disproportionate admiration her work seems to be getting (Her final dress the best design of the season? Please, it shrinks to insignificance next to Epperson's film costume outfit) and I think it is unfair to the designers who consistently tried to push themselves and show a more complex point of view (not just Althea and the others in the top three but Epperson and Louise who I thought were both way more talented than Gordana).

Sure, Althea can't sew but given the choice between someone who can't sew to someone who's bland I'd take the former (she can always pay someone to execute her designs). The fact that such a choice was even there to make, I agree is the fault of the producers and the casting crew, but I think ultimately the judges made the right decision.

neighbourhood.gal said...
what happens to all of the excess fabric left over at the end of every challenge?


Good question. I have always wondered that myself... maybe it's returned to Mood or donated to whatever school is renting them the work room?


HLB


I liked that Althea was the only one who chose the Getty architecture as her inspiration. It really is amazing. And I liked the color palette. Everything after that was pretty much a disaster.

I can't get all riled up about who did and didn't get to BP. I don't think any of them deserved to go, including Gordana. There's just no one here to get excited about which is a shame.

And since TLo went back to the Gordana auf'ing, I will too. Why didn't they send a fourth (presumably Gordana) to Fashion Week? Because for the first time ever, they didn't need a decoy. This is the Weinsteins remember. Why did they move from Bravo in the first place? Money. Why do they do all the lame product placements? Money. By not sending a fourth to BP, they didn't have to pay the $9000 but also didn't have to pay for more models, more hairstyling, room and board. My guess is that given the uncertainty surrounding PR at that point, they were looking to wring out every last nickel they could. And Gordana ended up on the losing end of that equation.

And did the judges (or at least Heidi and Nina) know who they wanted to go to BP? Yes, I'm sure they did. Just like every year. The only glitch was in the first season when Nancy O'Dell messed up their plan and Wendy got to go. And you could tell sometimes other years. They didn't really want Chris March to show at Fashion Week. And there were others like Mychael they finagled to show at BP not as a decoy but as a contender despite an unfortunate last effort. They always have their favorites. The only difference this year is no decoys. Don't blame the judges for that. Blame the Weinsteins.


Apparently the PR tagline "One day you're in and the next day you're out" does not apply anymore! Obviously the producers of the show have always had their fingers in the judging, but to "decide" who should go to BP long before the final challenge is really insulting to PR fans who have watched over the years and have at least a little intelligence and know how this "reality" show works!

To say this was a "mess fest" was being kind! And the judges thought Gordana's dress was bad from the back!! Maybe Gordana's dress wasn't an over the top design but, by the judges own admission, it was well made and perfectly interpreted the painting.

Oy! I'm so tired of this season... and I never thought I would ever say that about Project Runway! The producers really need to get a handle on what made this show a success in the first place, designing and constructing amazing clothes, and get away from The manufactured drama of who is making eyes at whom!!


Ugh, this looks even worse than the pics I had seen on Lifetime.com (didn't watch it on TV, won't watch the finale on TV).

To the people saying that it's right that the judges sent the 3 people with the best body of work to BP instead of the top 3 looks from this week, I have 2 points:

1) While I agree that it was frustrating to see Wendy Pepper go to the Season 1 finale instead of Austin, what was the point of even having this challenge at all if the results didn't matter? If the producers and Heidi were soooo determined to have their pre-determined Charlie's Angels final 3 in BP, the least they could've done is let Gordana do a decoy show like EVERY OTHER 4th-place finisher!

2) Althea's body of work has been better than Gordana's? Really? Really??? Sure, if you go by how often they ended up in the top 3 and bottom 3, but IIRC there were an awful lot of times when multiple viewers questioned why Gordana was put in the bottom 3, and why Althea was in the top 3, or why Althea won a challenge (look no further than last challenge for an example of that). When I look back over Althea's body of work, and I had to go through the archives to remind myself b/c I could only clearly remember this week's and last week's entries, I see a whole lot of boring ill-fitting tank top/mini skirt or short short combos. Over and over again. Not exactly groundbreaking or cutting-edge work there.

Althea seems like a very nice woman and I'm sure that, outside of the restrictions of these challenges, she can make many interesting clothes. But she didn't make them this season on Project Runway.


I'm pretty sure I could replicate this mess with three pieces of tissue paper and one of those as-seen-on-TV "Handi-Stitch" gizmos.


But what is Althea's interesting point of view? Multi layered sheer tanks have been around for more than 10 years. Pencil skirts? Bubbles? Paperbag waists? None of them are exactly new. So if shown they should be improved.


Question:

Comments have been made (and rightfully so) about how Nina missed probably half the episode judging yet is still judging the final competition.

Does anyone know if perhaps she has viewed the presentation and judging of the episodes that she missed?


One thing that does bother me about Althea is that she does do that top almost every. single. time. And it's not even a good top!


Hideous. The main reason that Althea survived this long is because the judges decreed it. As for her body of work, I can't think of many women who will buy her floppy boobs outfits. Of the three that are left, I do care that Althea does not win.


It appears that Althea made her "skirt" out of duchess satin, either poly or silk. Anyone with any sewing experience knows that this is WICKED fabric to work with and it shows every stitch, and especially every error. If you are going to create something this "worked," a garment literally manipulated to within an inch of its life, you cannot expect a good outcome.

I have made a few wedding gowns out of this fabric and it is use to its best advantage with soft pleats and as few seams as possible.

This was a rookie error on Althea's part and Tim tried to warn her early on.

Secondly, anybody who says that Gordana's dress was simple doesn't get it. She created that incredible texture and palette using silk organza, which comes off the bolt very stiff. That's why it is used for interfacing when constructing other softer silk garments. It adds body but not weight.

Gordana manipulated the fabric to echo her inspiration and did so beautifully. The effect was flowing, soft and ethereal. It was NOT a simple garment in any way.

As Calvin Klein said years ago, the simplest looking garments are often the most difficult to create.

Those judges don't know a damn thing about construction. Except for Michael Kors, but he wasn't there. Again.

--Itsjustme


This season is a disgrace. Jay had more creativity and skill (his Empire State Building dress is everything Althea aspired to with this hot mess--and failed miserably at) in his non-dominant hand pinky than any of these sorry wannabes. His Bryant Park collection was slammin', and remembering how inspiring, surprising and stunning that was, I just can't be bothered to watch the inevitable, bland finale this week.


I must add that I think the inconsistent judging this season is one of the main reasons why Project Runway has lost its buzz. We are not even bothering to discuss the episodes at work any more, except to say how zany the judging was. Ratings are down and, where I once watched the repeats to catch any detail I might have missed, I no longer bother. Time to move on.


Nicole:

Ultimately, for me, it isn't so much the WTF-ness of Althea beating Gordana out, it's the WTF-ness of Althea beating out multiple designers who demonstrated more creativity and skill during the course of the competition.

There's never been a finalist I felt deserved to be there so little, and I'm including Wendy Pepper in that assessment.


OK this is what I was trying to say.

She has had 2 main looks -
1. The first challenge/red carpet, maternity and Bob Mackie dresses were all basically the same.
2. Her bad tanks, and paper bag bottoms, ill-fitting jackets were her two wins and this mess.
While not the most innovative, the only looks of hers that I kind of liked were surfwear #2 (the navy ruffle-y strapless) and the silver Bob Mackie look - although it did have its flaws.


her "body of work" was not good. And not even counting Gordana, but Shirin and even Louise, R'amon, Chris, Epperson, and Logan all did better than Althea.


I've seen the BP collections. I really don't give a damn who "wins" this season. It's all been a waste except for this blog.
As for Althea's mummified mess for this challenge, it is very pure in all it's ugliness. I liked Santino's turkey costume for Sasha Cohen better.
We have been spoiled by the likes of Jay, Laura, Uli, Jillian, Austin, Chris, Christian and others.
Wake me when it's over.


Californiagirl

Has Althea made anything that didn't have some kid of problem in the breast area? I don't think so.

Can't wait for season "I don't mind it" to be over!


HellsKitchenDude

There was a great concept there, but it got lost in the bad execution..


LifeTimeforHomos

Wow, the closeups really show how bad the construction is.


Definitely not her best, but she deserves to go to Bryant Park.


Would Althea have sent that piece of asscrackery down the runway if she was the one who had to model it? I think not.


Althea has consistently shown absolutely minimal construction skills, and then there's that whole skirt and wonky-boobed tank "aesthetic" (I use the term as loosely as one of her tank tops). She makes the same--or a variation of the same--design each week, and makes it poorly. The week she won for the three piece suit, I thought for sure she was going to be auf'ed. Horrible, not even a sense of PERSONAL style. What she's doing here is beyond me.
Whew! There: I've wanted to say that all season.


horrible. I can't stand her. I can't stand Carol Hanna. Irina's this week was YUCK. This is by far the worst PR EVER! I would much rather see that Egg Dude's collection over any of these. And Gordana's for that matter.


Itsjustme said...
Secondly, anybody who says that Gordana's dress was simple doesn't get it. She created that incredible texture and palette using silk organza, which comes off the bolt very stiff.


I won't deny that what she did with the fabric is very impressive, but I am not sure I would consider fabric development a "designing skill". I am sure it comes very handy but for example, I am a process designer, I design chemical processes. We use softwares to do calculations and build up and evaluate a design. Sometimes a software won't do exactly what you would wish it did and sometimes you have to do calculations by hand or develop your own software. I have done this. But I would never consider this (developing a software to better render my designs) the job of a process designer. It is the job of a programmer I guess. And in the end it would make no sense for me to defend an uncomprehensive design by pointing out that I developed the software myself instead of using the sofware available to everyone else.

I feel the same way about what you just said. Fabric development is really the job of a textile designer in my opinion. A fashion designer has to use materials (wherever they may have come from) and proportions to come up with something that is visually meaningful or exciting. If it isn't, it really doesn't matter the nature of the fabric. Most of Project Runway is a testament to this but in reverse: a lot of designers have made really great outfits using food or even trash and they are great because they are built on sound design practices. You can't critize them by saying that they suck because they're made of trash just as I don't think you can defend a lacking outfit by pointing out the work spent working the fabric.

I realize you don't think Gordana's outfit is uniteresting and that's fine. I just wonder if pointing out the fact that she developed the fabric is a valid way to exalt the design itself. At most, it says a lot about Gordana's craftsmanship, but not necessarily the quality of the design. And really, I'm not even thinking about Gordana or Althea right now, I just think it is an interesting think to discuss.

HLB


Kris on 11/10/09 at 3:13 PM sID...This has been the most horrifying, boring, pitiful season of Project Runway to date. Did they not have even one applicant with even a stitch of talent apply for the show?


Yes they did and his name is Epperson. TLo hit the nail on the head with "producer manipulation" and "judges on crack"!!!

TampaBay


What's discouraging to me about this piece is the disproportionate amount of work that goes into not much effect on the skirt. There's many ways in which the same look and (I can only speculate on her intent, here) movement could have been accomplished with less cutting and stitching- every technique from stitched pleats to smocking has ways to get there, as does interwoven ribbons or wide tape. The technique she chose is most especially not appropriate to the fabric, either- I could see it working well in fine-gauge wool jersey, which would be infinitely more forgiving at the seams.

Althea's stuff has too often looked to me as if she hasn't thought through the work, and has chosen fabric and designs unmindful of how well they work together.

I think what's been most disappointing to me this year, over all, has been the consistent failure of the contestants to produce anything approaching professional couture quality. As flatly silly as some of the garments were in earlier seasons, they were, for the most part, constructed and fitted to look and move well on the models' bodies . This year, not so much.


WHAT.

What is this I don't even

This is so awful that I can't even put together a coherent thought to describe WHY it is awful. The fact that she stayed in and Gordana was sent home is absolutely appalling. You can say all you want that she has a point of view and takes risks, and that's all good, but when you send something this awful down a runway, there should be consequences. IF the skirt had been PERFECTLY executed, and that is a HUGE if, it might have been nice, but there is absolutely no defending that top, which may be the most jaw-droppingly half-assed thing I have ever seen. The judges should be ashamed of themselves.

This is offensive. Truly.


Basically, this look sums up the entire season; an unattractive sloppy, sweaty, ill-conceived mess.
And for Heidi's punishment for this gross offense, she should be sentenced to wearing in public each and every outfit produced this season by Althea.

- edina -


I won't deny that what she did with the fabric is very impressive, but I am not sure I would consider fabric development a "designing skill".

Yet Ra'mon stuffed some neoprene in dye and wadded it up on a form and was rewarded with a win. S6, inconsistency is your name.


Add me to the list of those anticipating the -ologies.

Althea, bless her heart, I think she does have an a'ight aesthetic, kind of edgy sportswear. I wish that the judges would have called Althea out on her taste and execution issues and then we would have seen whether or not she stepped up.

I am not a fan of Tanisha and her big fake boobs, but she deserves credit for selling Althea's looks.

I think in fairness to the judges, other than Nina, they did not try to pretend that Althea's dress was a good creation or that Gordana's was a bad one. I think that the B-M producers lacking confidence in themselves, made decisions based on anticipated fan response and got it wrong, because let's face it, as others have pointed out, had they done the same thing in season one with Austin and Wendy Pepper, there would not be as great of an outcry. I think that they anticipated that the fan response to Gordana would be at best at the Sweet P level which would make her expendable.


Great job on the skirt.

Shirt's problem may have simply been execution. Althea did bite more than what she could chew.

And Gordana needed to add more to the top and the back of the dress. So this may have swayed the judges in Althea's direction.


Every time I see Althea's designs, I think "BOOBS!" (in the negative connotation) because the model's tits ALWAYS seem to be bouncing around in whatever garment Althea designs.


Anonymous said...

"Give me a break. I am so sick of everyone drinking the Gordana Kool-Aid. Was her dress beautiful? Maybe. I am sure every Maurice's in the country would like to carry it. Was Gordana's design thought provoking, new or remotely interesting? No.

So there you have it folks. Gordana made a pretty simple little pretty frock that was not notable or new in any way and she was sent home for it after lurking in the bottom three for nearly every episode.

Althea, on the other hand, has consistently performed and showed an interesting point of view with this skirt and top. Was it perfectly executed? No. Was it interesting enough that I thought it warranted consideration as a contender? Yes. Enough with this Gordana lovefest. She seems like a really nice lady with a mildly interesting point of view."

The same could be said of season 1. Why did the judges choose Wendy Pepper over Austin Scarlett, even though Austin has clearly done better work than Wendy had?


Althea really really really needs to learn how to fit a bust. That top should have sent her home.


Anon 2 - at least Wendy deserved HER win for B.R. - unlike Althea's wins.


Mike B.: I almost agree with you. For the most part, when the designers were given interesting challenges -- the sort of challenges that made PR so much fun to watch, once upon a time -- they performed much better. The garments that came out of the paper challenge were far and away the most innovative of the season. Unfortunately, with very few exceptions, the challenges were beyond bland, and the clothing, predictably, followed suit, so to speak. BUT! There was the Mackie/Xtina challenge. That was a designer's dream. Go over the top! Throw caution to the winds! Go crazy!! And to a man (and woman), the designers botched it. No one took a risk. No one even looked like they were having FUN with it. Might as well have been a "make a dressing gown for a nonagenarian in the style of Jaclyn Smith for Kmart" for all the imagination, effort and vitality that went into those designs. What a letdown. I think I gave up on the designers at that point.


TLo,

Althea got picked because the judges thought she'd have a stronger collection at Bryant Park. In that sense, it's different than how they judged in previous seasons. Outfits were judged on their merits. If you were a star in previous challenges so be it.

I agree with the judges that Althea would likely have a stronger point of view at Bryant Park. At the same time, it's not fair to eliminate someone who made a clearly superior dress.

Should have sent 4 people to Bryant Park ala Uli scenario from season 3.


I must say Auf Wiedersehen!!!to Heidi and PR. I used to love this show more than any other and I watched every single uninspired episode this season, but I'm done. I'm sad about it, but I'm done. I don't need to see the finale.
I will still read your great blog!


You know what I'm tired of? People mistaking a winning personality for design talent. If they were synonymous, Gordana and Chris March would be showing in the main venue at Bryant Park every year, but they're not.

I agree that they should have made it clearer that the body of work entered into their judging decisions--as it has every year. If it didn't PPS wouldn't have made it past the prom challenge. Unfortunately, they're not going to dump somebody for one bad design or poor execution. They had slim pickin's this year, and they didn't do a bad job of picking the three most talented designers with what they had to work with and the challenges they used.


Raise your hand if you are over this season...

The sound you just heard was my right arm waving around in pure disgust.


This season blows. All of these designers... just suck! Where are the coats, and the sleeves, and the pants? Vests? Hot pants? All we see are variants of sleeveless dresses over and over with a few exceptions. Nicholas was sent home for tackling something difficult with great execution, while people who make slip dresses get to stay. Remember Jeffrey's Jet Setter outfit? Or his couture dress? The incredible amount of detail in there? Or Jillian's coats that were always accompanied by impeccibly finished outfits? Chloe's use of seaming to create interesting shapes? Even Rami's draping, and Stella's leather?

What on earth went into casting this season? Even the earliest dropouts of previous seasons could have won this time around. Are designers boycotting the show because of the move out of New York, or onto Lifetime? Something is really wrong here... I can make boring dresses. I actually really like boring dresses - but I don't pretend I'm fashionable either!


Anonymous 2 said...The same could be said of season 1. Why did the judges choose Wendy Pepper over Austin Scarlett, even though Austin has clearly done better work than Wendy had?
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Wendy's dress was chosen by Nancy O'Dell so there wasn't much the producers could do about it but keep her in.


Asstastic ugliness. Incomplete, messy, just crap. There's just no defending any part of this outfit. EXCEPT, at least Tanisha is finally wearing a bra!


"So when this beautiful dress came out and blew all the other dresses out of the water, and then when all the judges admitted that it was a beautiful dress and the only one that truly looked inspired by the inspiration"

I am confused, TLo. If you didn't mean that you thought Gordana should have won the challenge and gone to BP, what did you mean? (I'm not being snotty--I would really like to know. I was misled by the above quote and DID believe that you thought G. should have won and, therefore, gone to BP. All the "FUCK YOU, BUNIM-MURRAY! also led me to that conclusion.)


I think the next/final/whatever episodes are left in THIS season are going to require a LOT of alchol consumption on our part to get through. If nothing else, I will be watching because - hey, I've been there since the beginning.....and a train wreck is a train wreck.

Next season? To quote my 2nd favorite blogger (Cleolinda Jones), "YOU ARE ON NOTICE - BE MORE AWESOME!"


Anonymous
11/10/09 3:16 PM Give me a break. I am so sick of everyone drinking the Gordana Kool-Aid. Was her dress beautiful? Maybe. I am sure every Maurice's in the country would like to carry it. Was Gordana's design thought provoking, new or remotely interesting? No.

Althea, on the other hand, has consistently performed and showed an interesting point of view with this skirt and top. Was it perfectly executed? No. Was it interesting enough that I thought it warranted consideration as a contender? Yes. Enough with this Gordana lovefest. She seems like a really nice lady with a mildly interesting point of view.


So how much did Althea pay you to actually defend her in this blog? I love how you have written 3 long paragraphs defending the amazon and bashing Gordana. Just the fact that you have to bash Gordana even after she has been eliminated already shows that when the season is over no one will care or remember Althea but will remember Gordana. On a serious note I would like to find out what GOD Althea prayed to before entering the show that she was so protected every step of the way. She IS NOT a good designer and somehow had Heidi defending her through every crappy piece she produced. To never be criticized for her shoddy work until the end??? The producers knew it was safe at that point because they had already justified her reaching the top 3 by rewarding her with wins she did not deserve and not giving her criticisms that she deserved. She never got criticized until this last episode??? How dumb does PR think we are that we don't notice that a girl that sent absolute crap down the runway each week, very poorly constructed either won or was safe with Heidi's blessing. Shame on you Producers and Heidi for your blatant favortism. This was not a season about talent and I think nobody will look at Heidi the same after seeing her true colors come about from her nastiness toward gordana and clearly the producers have shot themselves in the foot by all this B.S.


asparagus lust

Dear Edina - you said Heidi should be sentenced to wearing Althea's creations this season - I thought she already was!


This is pure ass.

Or should I say, since it's Althea, pure boobs.

Yet another skirt-tank top combo. How original of her.

I'm so done you could stick a fork in me.


ITA with your assessment of this design from Althea, but in previous seasons I remember the judges deciding who to send to BP on the basis of who they were interested in seeing more from. Clearly they were not interested in seeing more from Gordana for whatever insane crack-induced reason but they were interested in seeing more from Althea.


Truly, the ones I feel sorry for are the contestants.
Thrown into a legal squabble, delays, high expectations, and finally indifference from those in charge, they are left reeling from criticism from a group of know nothing jackals.
I've seen past designers spit on clothes (marking territory?), recreating fashions from decades past, and decorate creations with tasteless bangles. Yet these are the examples of 'the golden years'.
Face it PR has one, yes 1 stand out in 6 seasons.
You may not like Althea, Carol Hannah, and Irina, but they do have talent.
I venture a guess this season may well produce more talent working in the industry then previous seasons.
Finally to the genius that mentioned how Gordana will be remembered, yes until next season and you guys move on. Meanwhile I believe Althea is working as a designer for a high-end label, and had a collection shown during fashion week.


If American Idol can get rid of Paula, would it be possible for PR to get rid of Heidi?

Just wishful thinking.

I have enjoyed this show so much over the years, but I'm scared because Season 7 has already been in the can for months. If it's a repeat of all the mistakes we've seen this season, there won't be a Season 8. And what will become of TLo?

--Itsjustme


Anon 7pm,
Gordana did not develop the fabric, she manipulated it with heat and steam to create the shape that she invisioned. This is the very essence of what a fashion designer is to do. That is to say sculpt the flat fabric into a three dimensional form.
Althea also was attempting to sculpt strips of silk satin into (if you take away the construction) a very ordinary pencil skirt.


TLo said: Or it would have been if the judging didn't have the sweet smell of crack hanging all over it.


I'm currently cleaning peppermint mocha off of my computer screen.


Yet another one who doesn't know what shapes and seams a particular fabric can and can't be used for.
That's been the underlying theme of the season: the designers don't know fabric.
They haven't figured out what drapes, what can be pieced, what will pucker and what won't and don't get me started on color!
How on earth did this group get picked in the first place!?!


Kudos to TLo for pointing out the true problem in all this: the judges agreed on which dress was better and which was worse, and then turned around and made the entire challenge meaningless. (It is unimportant how many viewers or TLo commenters are Gordana fans vs. Althea fans.)

As I said in my post on Gordana's aufing, past achievement is absolutely irrelevant in any true and fair competition; the judges' decision is obvious to every observer as a complete travesty, and that's why people are so upset.


so with 2 days she cant even sew the top and skirt together and that makes her a finalist?


I love the top. I would've loved to see an entire dress made of it.


TLo said: Or it would have been if the judging didn't have the sweet smell of crack hanging all over it.

I'm currently cleaning peppermint mocha off of my computer screen.
/

TomTom, I guess this is a lesson learned to not drink anything while reading TLo. But that comment made me laugh SO hard.


Imjustsaying said...
"Those judges don't know a damn thing about construction. Except for Michael Kors, but he wasn't there. Again."

What about Cynthia Rowley?

I really adore Gordana and thought she got a raw deal on a few challenges, but I'm a bit confused by the vitriol that some are spewing here. Some of it seems a bit overboard to me. Is it just me?


I'm curious which 3 designers, based on their body of work on PR Season 6, you guys think should've been in the finale. I don't necessarily mean which 3 out of the final 5 but which 3 out of all of this season's designers. For me, I'd say Epperson for sure, probably Ra'Mon, and I'm torn between CH vs. Gordana vs. Shirin. Call me crazy, but part of me would really like to see what Malvin or Ari Fish would've done with a Fashion Week collection. Sure they were crazy, but after all the bland this season a little crazy sounds pretty good right about now!


Sorry, meant to quote Itsjustme.


"But I would never consider this (developing a software to better render my designs) the job of a process designer. It is the job of a programmer I guess."

A programmer who creates programs to aid in design has to understand how the designing works to make the program work. I speak from experience. You can't just say to a programmer "Make me something that does this" without them understanding what the "this" is.

Gordana's use of fabric, working with it to achieve a specific look, is by definition design, because she had to have an end point in mind to make it work correctly. The technical skill works in harmony with the design skill, not as an alternate to it.


This mess getting Althea to bryant park and Gordana's dress getting her sent home is why I am going to BOYCOTT the finale!!

BOYCOTT everyone!!!

PS - Althea should have been arrested and locked up for the back of that dress.


i FINALLY it out.. It wasn't the Getty that her outfit reminded me of... it was THIS building!

Her Inspiration


Re: the designer and the value of skilled execution (ie. sewing skills and knowing fabric) -- the relationship can't be better illustrated than with Althea's and Christopher's results this week. How can you design if you can't sew? How can you design if you don't know patternmaking? Her lack of knowledge when it came to line placing helped make that skirt a total mess. Her tanks are off grain and sloppy. She sucks at functional design--even her winning garments were a big WTF? That short highwaisted paper baggy skirt-- eliminated the model's waist and made me concerned that model will be able to get out of a vehicle in it without a wardrobe malfunction of the Spears kind.

Knowing fabric, it's hand, how it behaves is important. You would expect a sculptor to know stone. Knowing the structural components-- proper seaming, to engineer a quality seam that works with the fabric and the design-- correct thread weight and needle size, appropriate tensins. Althea doesn't have this in her head like Gordana does. Gordana knew the properties of silk organza and knew she could get the earrth vs ethereal effect of light on it. She knew how to work it and make it work.

It is pretty clueless to pick Duchesse Satin, which has very little ease, puckers easily-- not a fabric to make very structured clothing. I don't doubt that she draws pretty sketches, but she falls short in the execution, the 3D. And I don't dislike Althea, I just think she needs to practice more. The designer, in the real world, is expected to solve production problems. they are called on for their expertise when a stitching or fabric problem occurs. Those that think they are above that quickly find themselves in production delays because their stitchers called in sick rather than try to fix and make work shoddy designs, seams that don't match inappropriate fabrics that don't ease.


I know this falls into the category of pointless, but I can't help it:

PLEASE, those who are doing so, stop calling Gordana's effort a "simple" frock or dress or whatever.

It is like calling Althea's skirt a "simple" pencil skirt (had she finished it).

The effect of the finished dress was (perhaps) simplicity, but there was a lot of technical skill and work invested to produce that effect.

Now, you may say you don't care much for it, or that her body of work is less interesting than so-and-so's, or that you think she should be canonized the first living saint, that's all your opinion and you're entitled. But there was nothing simple about producing that garment.


Eric-Do you understand 'fair competition'? Any competition based over a number of events the winner is based on ones overall average, thus;
Althea - 2 wins, 3 highs, 6 ins easily beats...
Gordana - 1 win, 2 highs, 4 ins (1 due to immunity, would have been an easy auf) 4 lows.
Pretty easy really.


Yes, Gordana's dress would have been better if she'd placed the zipper at the side seam. But compared to the construction issues on this garment, it's a relatively small point.

I do wish we'd been able to see her BP collection. Maybe it would have been great, maybe not. But it sure would have been interesting to find out.


Pepper said, "I'm a bit confused by the vitriol that some are spewing here. Some of it seems a bit overboard to me. Is it just me?"

It's not just you. It does get a little over the top sometimes. In fact, between the conspiracy theories, the organized boycotts, and the "hatred," you'd think Rush Limbaugh, Karl Rove, and Dick Cheney were going to Bryant Park.


BB throw Sarah Palin's name in therre to up the hate ante.


Brooklyn Bomber said:

In fact, between the conspiracy theories, the organized boycotts, and the "hatred," you'd think Rush Limbaugh, Karl Rove, and Dick Cheney were going to Bryant Park.


BWAAAAAHAHAHAHA! Unintentionally funniest comment in the entire thread.

Can't you just see it.

Dick Cheney - brings his blunderbuss to shoot holes in the gowns a la Victor and Rolf's unique confections this season.

Rush Limbaugh - fascinated by the mechanics of his cochlear implant, steampunks each outfit.

Karl Rove - carefully oversees hand embroidery and embellishment on each outfit. Camera close-ups subsequently reveal little hidden "GOP" and "FOX" emblems in several of these designs.


Oops, sorry, okay: Sarah Palin for the decoy collection.


Vitriol perhaps, but this post is dedicated to PROJECT RUNWAY. And the season was so bland. And the finalists all seemed less than deserving. Not that other seasons didn't have wacky critiques, but something about this one just makes avid fans quite angry.

"Get a life? Take a walk?" Perhaps in order, but no one is seriously calling for any heads.


MouseAnony:
"Dick Cheney - brings his blunderbuss to shoot holes in the gowns a la Victor and Rolf's unique confections this season."

Haha!!

Okay, good night.


Sometimes it is difficult for me to put my ideas in order, but here it goes:

Tina said...
"The technical skill works in harmony with the design skill, not as an alternate to it."

I agree 100% percent with that. In the process design analogy, most of the people who develop design programs are process designers themselves. However I don't think they are working as process designers then nor do I believe that the work involved in designing a program has much effect on the quality of the design itself. The work that the programmers produce is not a process, but merely the starting point.

I guess what I'm trying to say about Gordana is that knowing the properties of the fabric that she required for her design is a crucial design skill but actually being able to perform the operations to give the fabric those properties is not, in my opinion. She chose a design that required a fabric that was not available at Mood so she decided to modify what she got. That's great, it shows that she is resourceful, but one cannot argue that the extra work involved alone validates the design. As I'm writing this I realize the bloggers once made a post about Jillian's candy dress that articulates better what I'm trying to say: http://projectrungay.blogspot.com/2008/01/twizzler-woman-whole-world-is-waiting.html

Just for the record I don't think that Gordana's work wasn't good. It was DEFINETELY the best in that challenge. But in the context of her whole body of work it was just another nice dress (IMO) that, as Heidi said, did little to convince the judges that she was going to set the runway on fire at Bryant Park. And that's what they have ALWAYS looked for.

Sewing Siren said...
But what is Althea's interesting point of view?

Well, I'm not a fashion designer so I have trouble verbalizing what it is about her work that I like, but it has something to do with the fact that it is what I call efficient. She focuses on the silhouette and the fit, uses the pattern to flatter the figure and create visual interest without the need of extra embellishments like ruffles or drapery or other stuff like that (mostly).

Her dresses are very simple but they manage to be dramatic for these very reasons (fit and shape). Her sportswear is also simple but tailored and introduces forwardness with the shape of some of the pieces like the pants and the skirt on her winning designs.

All this, I think, makes her work very sexy, modern and stylish. Of course, it usually is for naught because I don't think she realizes how her choice of pattern affects the tridimensional rendering of her design. Also she can't sew. So her designs usually ended up looking completely different than what she had sketched. I think the judges believe that with time and money she can overcome that fatal flaw in her design training and properly execute her ideas which I do believe are dramatic and forward.

As I said that's what I think, but I wouldn't know. I've always had doubts about what is a pint of view and how you know if someone has it. What do you think?

HLB


"She chose a design that required a fabric that was not available at Mood so she decided to modify what she got."

This point highlights how you and I disagree.

She had a design in mind that required a specific look. That look was not achievable with a generic fabric. The technical skill was required to achieve the design, which, not to harp on it, was not "just a simple dress". The draping and layering and the flow of it and the way it revealed various colour combinations to reflect her inspiration was the design. Not just that she did something cool with fabric; she did something cool with fabric to make a specific effect. Again, I maintain this is pretty much the definition of design.

On Althea:

"She focuses on the silhouette and the fit, uses the pattern to flatter the figure"

And this is where I disagree with you on her. Very little of what Althea made flattered a figure, IMO. That's, in fact, most of my problem with her designs. They had odd waistlines, did not take into account the breasts of her model, and made her model, who has a great body, look choppy and blocky. I'm all for simple designs that flatter a body, but that's not what I saw made.


Exactly. It's not about whether we agree with the judging. It's the fact that the judging had nothing to do with who went home.


HLB
All this, I think, makes her work very sexy, modern and stylish. Of course, it usually is for naught because I don't think she realizes how her choice of pattern affects the tridimensional rendering of her design. Also she can't sew. So her designs usually ended up looking completely different than what she had sketched.

But again I think MANY of use disagree with your statement calling her work sexy, modern and (or) stylish.
And to take you up on your stmt that her designs look different than her sketches - that is the point - her designs are not what she sketched but what she produced. This is not (IMO)not who is the best creative sketcher - even you distinguished between her DESIGNs and her sketches.
I hate her jodphurs regardless of whether they were on paper or on the runway - but in the prior challenge, I thought that what looked like it was going to be a full collared jacket but came out as a raggy snuggy had promise on paper but the design, the physical manifestation was atrocious even if what was on paper wasn't.

Other seasons I recall seeing someone else's "sketches" as the most raw outline OVER a blur of colors - that wiould imply that the actual design going down the runway would have been a bunch of large shower puffs - when that was NOT the design.


Althea should have gotten her ass sent home. No question. Good work previously does not excuse THIS.


Oh, T-Lo. Only you guys would throw a Winnie-the-Pooh allusion into the mix for No Reason! I think that it was a Smart Decision and Very Funny, though. Love you guys!


Ability to create and manipulate fabric for a desired effect is as valid a design skill as the shape and silhouette of the garment. Creating and manipulating fabric is a signature of noted designers like Emilio Pucci, Christian LaCroix and post-wrap dress Diane von Furstenberg. I would even argue that with Alexander McQueen, he puts out crazy shapes and silhouettes, but it is his work with fabrics that are his signature and in fact with his recent collection, he went against his previous pattern and featured only a few silhouettes and placed emphasis his fabric work. It should also be noted that designers can actually patent the textiles they create, they can't patent their shapes and silhouettes.


So now that Althea has been sent to create a Bryant Park collection, I wonder who she found to sew it?

Truth be told, I think that Althea predominantly drapes and hangs fabric in her designs (which some think is her modern POV) because she CAN'T tailor fit garments. Check out her website at http://www.altheaharper.com/home.php and you'll see more effect shots rather than close-ups showing the actual garments.


MouseAnony"...and the ability of the underdog to come up with the surprising, valiant effort for a last-minute win."

Even though I never cared for Althea, lines like the one above makes me glad that Gordana was booted. Good on the judges for doing the right thing by considering their whole body of work thoughtout the season.


The judges made the wrong decision. No question. And I'm sure they regretted their decision greatly when they saw Althea's final collection. What a mess!


How does the saying go? "You are as good as your last show."

Althea should have gone home on this horrible looking thing. It was a mess. Why did they reward THIS with a trip to Bryant Park?

And her previous work was just okay, but then again, everyone's work was just okay. I understand if they want to consider previous work, but they should have done it the whole season if that were judging criteria.

It was bad on the show, but even worse when it isn't moving. Wow, was that a bad outfit and horrible execution. That thing was bad.


Maybe it's time to stop sending people home after each challenge and start judging them a different way - maybe by a point system, and then ranking them at the end of the season. The judges themselves know that they're not going to send a "designer" - and I use that word only because there's no other available - who's been performing well home at the end of the season for one disaster, but doing it that way makes them appear to be dishonest. There has to be a better way.


the person that compared fashion design to computer software design is an idiot. no comparison in what you were talking about whatsoever. OF COURSE and way DUH that being able to manipulate and change the fabric is a part of the design process! It's art. Gordana is an artist.


Compare Althea's design to Jay's Chrysler Building dress.

They are miles apart, both in construction and beauty.

Althea's skirt is not pretty, wearable, or well made. I can't think of a single person who would be able to wear it and not look silly.

Horrible judging, horrible challenges, horrible workmanship, horrible designs, horrible designers= horrible season.

Lifetime better get their act together next season or I'm finished with this shadow-of-it's-former-self show.


HLB said..Well, I'm not a fashion designer so I have trouble verbalizing what it is about her work that I like, but it has something to do with the fact that it is what I call efficient. She focuses on the silhouette and the fit, uses the pattern to flatter the figure and create visual interest without the need of extra embellishments like ruffles or drapery or other stuff like that (mostly).

Her dresses are very simple but they manage to be dramatic for these very reasons (fit and shape). Her sportswear is also simple but tailored and introduces forwardness with the shape of some of the pieces like the pants and the skirt on her winning designs.

All this, I think, makes her work very sexy, modern and stylish. Of course, it usually is for naught because I don't think she realizes how her choice of pattern affects the tridimensional rendering of her design. Also she can't sew. So her designs usually ended up looking completely different than what she had sketched. I think the judges believe that with time and money she can overcome that fatal flaw in her design training and properly execute her ideas which I do believe are dramatic and forward.

As I said that's what I think, but I wouldn't know. I've always had doubts about what is a pint of view and how you know if someone has it. What do you think?


Well you did an excellent job of verbalizing Althea's aesthetic. The thing is efficent could be used to describe the work of alot of designers. When your work is all about line and simplicity it is all the more important to make sure every line is perfect and as you intended.
I do think Althea has talent and has been skewered enough already for her sewing skills. But the thing is she can sew, Some of her problems seem to be the lack of understand on how garments are put together and how to correct fit issues.
The skill of sewing is not so difficult to master and I do find it a bit perplexing that someone who had the opportunity to show their work before such a broad audience would not brush up on their skills as soon as they found out they had been cast. Especially someone whose work is dependant on line and fit (which honestly most are).
I actually think it is stupid when they boot a designer for finishing issues (hem, zipper) that do not
effect the reading of the overall design. The contest is a race after all. But when the finishing makes it impossible to tell what the designer intended, it's a bit much to excuse.
As to what I think about "Point of view", I never heard that statement in the industry. Only on Project Runway. It may be a term used in the fashion magazines. I think Nina used it first. But they usually trot it out when they keep a unwearable mess on the show.


ASK AND Nicole on 11/10/09 at 6:22 PM discussed... There's never been a finalist I felt deserved to be there so little, and I'm including Wendy Pepper in that assessment.

Well I am gonna take up for Wendy Pepper!!!!.... THAT BITCH COULD SEW AND EXECUTE like her rent was due tomorrow and her life depended on it. Wendy's fault or trgic flaw was that she was NOT a designer. I would have no problem commission an ensemble from Wendy. I would tell her exactly what I wanted and I have no doubts she could make the garment I wanted-Flawlessly !

TampaBay


Craptacular, no question about it. There was one dress Althea created that I loved - the newspaper dress - which was more successfully executed than this and it was frickin' PAPER! An earlier poster called her use of this fabric for the skirt "a rookie mistake," which was a great point. A rookie mistake which somehow thrust her in the most UN-rookie of arenas, Bryant Park.

I hear a lot of Althea hate going on and I don't hate her, I think, with a few exceptions, her designs have been extremely problematic this season. So have many of Gordana's - her final design not being one of them. Which is exactly why 4 people should have been sent to Bryant Park.

In the end, the $9,000 B-M saved is a drop in the bucket compared to the ad revenue they'll lose if the ratings continue to plummet.


Tim Gunn stated that Althea had 'masterful technique', the pants that you guys so love was praised by the judges for its fit, and look. I guess I'll go with the judges.
For further proof, you may want to look at both Gordana's Spring Collection 2010, and then look at Althea's Spring Collection 2010. To use Tim's phrase it looks like Althea's 'trajectory' is much greater. More use of color, more vibrant, more 'life' much more interesting.
Hopefully a panel of experts can see ideas, talent, and potential. I'd say absolutely the right choice.


Sewing Siren on 11/11/09 at 8:46 AM said.....As to what I think about "Point of view", I never heard that statement in the industry. Only on Project Runway. It may be a term used in the fashion magazines. I think Nina used it first. But they usually trot it out when they keep a unwearable mess on the show.

POV means in fashions terms the signature look of the designer. We all know a Versace when we see it. High end hoochie mama to the max. We all know a Halston and/or Lagerfeld when we see it. Same goes for PSS, John-Paul, Chris March, Jerrell and believe it or not Joe Farris. None of the final collections for Season six really have a definite point of view as one really cannot tell which collections belongs to which designer. It is not fair to say the final designers have the same point of view because your POV should set you out and away from the pack.

As far as dressing is concerned, wearing long chandelier rhinestone earrings with jeans, T-shirt and 7-inch platform heels to the grocery and dry cleaners is a POV as is having a wardrobe completely made up of pieces from Anne Taylor and/or Talbot's.

TampaBay


Um, Althea stole this idea from her own newspaper dress. You know the one that she did 100x better than this?

Regurgitation FAIL.

MHB


Just looking at the thumbnail image gives me a migraine.


Um, Althea stole this idea from her own newspaper dress. You know the one that she did 100x better than this?

Regurgitation FAIL.

MHB


It is similar to her newspaper dress, which I think was her strongest piece. And she did pick to be inspired by something (as they all did ) that fit her aesthetic. But you can't steal from youself. It's called using your own ideas.


Quite a few good points made since I went to bed late last night.

Yes, what about Cynthia Rowley? One would think she would know about garment construction. But she didn't have enough conviction to strongly state that Althea's skirt was a mess and Gordana's was technically superior. Remember, she was there to judge just this challenge, and had not seen the work of the designers previously. For her contribution, she gets an F. She should stick to judging her home design show, or whatever that thing is on HGTV.

I guess I, and many others, do get riled up a bit when the judges are so inconsistent. But it's because we have truly loved this show, ever since its beginning.

Fashion has been a big part of my life, both personally and professionally, and this show has been inspirational to me. So I get upset when I see the hopes and dreams of a qualified contestant squashed because of stupidity, ignorance, discrimination, or whatever the real reason was that Gordana was sent home. It certainly wasn't because of that last dress.

--Itsjustme


Quite a few good points made since I went to bed late last night.

Yes, what about Cynthia Rowley? One would think she would know about garment construction. But she didn't have enough conviction to strongly state that Althea's skirt was a mess and Gordana's was technically superior. Remember, she was there to judge just this challenge, and had not seen the work of the designers previously. For her contribution, she gets an F. She should stick to judging her home design show, or whatever that thing is on HGTV.

I guess I, and many others, do get riled up a bit when the judges are so inconsistent. But it's because we have truly loved this show, ever since its beginning.

Fashion has been a big part of my life, both personally and professionally, and this show has been inspirational to me. So I get upset when I see the hopes and dreams of a qualified contestant squashed because of stupidity, ignorance, discrimination, or whatever the real reason was that Gordana was sent home. It certainly wasn't because of that last dress.

--Itsjustme


Sorry for the duplicate post. I've converted to a "tap" mouse on my laptop and it goes faster than I do. And I can't figure out how to delete a post. Second time I've done it.

--Itsjustme


Why are we all so sure that top was unfinished? Wasn't that exactly like the tops she sent down the runway 8 times already?

And PLEASE,Althea,I hope you did your roots before you got to FAshion Week.


what happen to my comment?it started...wow you are guys mean spirited. ( around 10:30 last nite)Are you censoring? There was nothing inappropiate...are manipulating this site?


Anonymous said...

what happen to my comment?it started...wow you are guys mean spirited. ( around 10:30 last nite)Are you censoring? There was nothing inappropiate...are manipulating this site?


Considering you told all the commenters to "get a life," we disagree on whether or not it was appropriate. By all means, state your opinions, but do it without attacking the other commenters.


It looks like a pile of scrap fabric in the corner of a designer's work space magically came alive and stumbled upon a fashion show.


Brooklyn Bomber said: It's not just you. It does get a little over the top sometimes. In fact, between the conspiracy theories, the organized boycotts, and the "hatred," you'd think Rush Limbaugh, Karl Rove, and Dick Cheney were going to Bryant Park.

But wouldn't you pay big money to see that? I can't help but think it would look like three collections from Puritans 'R Us. Imagine if they modeled their own clothes.

I agree that it can get extreme here. I sure as hell have shows that I'm very invested in, so I get that. But I won't conflate the designer with the clothes. This garment is crap on a stick, but Althea seems like a perfectly nice woman. It's not her fault that she was chosen for this season. That blame lies with the producers and the casting judges. It's not her fault that she seems to be teacher's pet.

Tina said: She had a design in mind that required a specific look. That look was not achievable with a generic fabric. The technical skill was required to achieve the design, which, not to harp on it, was not "just a simple dress". The draping and layering and the flow of it and the way it revealed various colour combinations to reflect her inspiration was the design. Not just that she did something cool with fabric; she did something cool with fabric to make a specific effect. Again, I maintain this is pretty much the definition of design.

Yes to this. I like to relate designing to cooking, because I know a lot more about the latter than the former. Anyone can throw some food in a pot and end up with something to eat. A great chef will take the same ingredients and, with manipulation and care, create a dish that can bring tears to your eyes because it's so good. It's not just about the ingredients, it's also about understanding them and knowing what to do with them to make something wonderful.


Cranky Old Fart

???WTF???????WTH??????????OMG?????????????damn...sigh.......................................................


'The Season of the Young Pretty White People'

I think Althea going through just sums up this entire season.

For some reason Lifetime seems to think we want only want to see young, pretty, white people, preferably women, preferably blonde on this show.

Hence the YPW finalists, the YPW judges (la Lohan, Cristina Aguilera),the enhanced role given to YPW Heidi, the new show given over to the YPW (mostly) models, the fact that YPW Logan and Christopher got much further than they should have done. You just know that if the show had started on Lifetime Tim Gunn would never have got a look in.

I presume it panders to Lifetime's demographic somehow - is this how Lifetime viewers see themselves, or how they wish they could be?

All I know is that I would much prefer a show that gave enhanced roles to Nina, Kors and TG; had judges like Roberto Cavalli and Diane von Fursterburg and kept contestants such as Epperson and Gordana around...


paola-Yeah, the network has one of the only tv shows based around a black woman, and its demographic happens to be middle aged women. Try again......


asparagus lust

Althea's - A clear auf, no discussion.

Gordana's - a clear win, thrown in favor of CH's by Nina.

Ruined finale; no fairness here, no credibility to finale.


Does anybody know if Althea made the bra (top) that is under the sheer tank , or is it Tanisha's (personal) bra?
It looks like it is made of the same fabric as the skirt, but that is a fairly common color for commercially made lingerie.


Anonymous said...
the person that compared fashion design to computer software design is an idiot. no comparison in what you were talking about whatsoever.

Well, needless to say, but I don't think I'm an idiot. Anyway, I wasn't comparing fashion design to software development. I was just using something I know to try and make my point. If you prefer, think of a musician: he can build his own instruments but he still has to write an engaging melody. He can't just play two notes to an audience and, if his work is called "uninteresting", defend it by pointing out all the work he did to develop the instruments in order to get the precise sounds he wanted. Does it show that he is talented and knows his stuff? Definitely. Does it, by itself, make the end product good? Not really.

I know most people believe Gordana's design was amazing, and I'm not trying to argue that. I just think that to judge a design you point out things like silhouette, proportions, fit, concept, currency, etc, and not whether it was hard to make or not, or whether it required a lot of operations or not.

Tina said...
And this is where I disagree with you on her. Very little of what Althea made flattered a figure, IMO.

Yeah, I think you're right. When I said that she focuses on fit and flatters the figure with the way she constructs the garments I guess I meant in concept. It's hard to judge her because one has to separate her intentions to what she actually delivers, and make concessions.

I'm not saying that’s ok, though. The problem is that, in previous seasons the final four or so all had interesting perspectives and good skills so there was no need to make concessions. In this season there was no one that had the whole package: Irina is a smart designer but has somewhat bad taste and is not very original, Althea has good ideas but she doesn't know how to execute them, Carol Hannah and Gordana (again, in my opinion) have good skills and are creative but lack a unique or dramatic vision, and Christopher is just all around inconsistent.

TampaBay said...
POV means in fashion terms the signature look of the designer.

I've always seen "point of view" as having an aesthetic concern or concept that motivates your decisions when making a garment so all your work ends up looking like it belongs in the same complex of ideas. However, it can change depending on what you're inspired by or what interests you at a given period.

In that sense I've always thought that men have often more recognizable points of view when making clothes for women because to most men femininity is a concept or an image so their work is, by necessity, less instinctive and more conceptual and visually striking. It's all about dressing their models like a fetishized image they’ve put on a pedestal so you have stuff like Rami's draped goddesses or Chris March's old glamour queens.

For women, femininity is, of course, an experience so I think they focus more on fit, comfort and the feel and style of the clothes (flirtiness, chicness, elegance, tastefulness, etc). I'm not saying that female designers don't have points of view or that one way is better than the other. But my impression, as far as Project “Point of View” is concerned, is that what identifies their work is less obvious, which may be the reason why most of the time male designers are praised for their perspective while female designers are dismissed for making clothes “that women want to wear”. What does everyone else think?

HLB


okay, sorry, you are not an idiot - but I disagree w/ your point about the software and I think your point is idiotic. musicians will use their instruments in unique ways to make different sounds or whill layer sounds with their instrument in recording - and this is part of the creative process of making art. it is a part of the production of the piece, and being good at it elevates your vision and helps you achieve your vision -- and in art - creating that end vision that is in your mind and manifesting it into the real world is what you do as an artist. it's the task. so Gordana being albe to do what she did with that fabric is 100% part of designing that dress.


I really dislike this dress. How many tank tops has Althea made this season, and did any single one of them fit? She ought to really thank her model for being able to walk anything down that runway and sell it.


I have stopped watching this season because I can't make myself care anymore, but I have still been reading your posts. All I can say is, I'm glad I stopped watching this season.


Godawful. Words fail.


LinensN'Things

Pretty bad entry and she is so talented. I guess they're exhausted when they get to the last challenge.


Any other season she would've gone home.


I'm glad she's showing at Bryant Park.


What was the point in having a final challenge if they are going to completely disregard the garments?
Gordana made the best dress on the runway and she still left. She never had a chance.
Gordana should not have been given a fourth place - she should have been the first person sent to Bryant Park. The fourth place should have gone to Althea.


This is the first season of Project Runway that has not had me chomping at the bit to get to the next episode. It's one of the few shows I DVR, and I haven't watched the last 2 episodes, except this horrible horrible runway show. It's impossible to tell if the problem is with the designers or the new network.

The question now: is the finale worth my time?


Althea designed something that all the judges felt was pretty bad. Why send someone else home then? It makes no sense to me.


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