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Chinstrap

Oh, honey.


"When my garment walks down the runway, they're going to look at it and go, "That's a Christopher piece."

Oh, honey.

Oh, HONEY.

This concludes our summary of reactions to Christopher's decisions this episode.

Actually, that's not quite true. At some point when we saw the direction he was heading in (i.e., the same direction he always heads) we actually yelled out "Jesus Christ, Christopher! Really?!"

Model: Katie Sticksel

Because how unself-aware do you have to be to not realize that this look is just a basic retread of every single other look he's done this season? How unself-aware do you have to be to realize that doing the same thing week after week is exactly why you've been in the bottom so much?

And how unself-aware do you have to be to not realize that this is in fact the worst version of your typical "volume, volume, volume + needless frippery" aesthetic that the judges lost interest in weeks ago?

There's a question here that needs to be asked and it's such a basic question that we're surprised the judges didn't haul it out: Who is wearing this dress? Where would anyone wear a dress like this? We'd say it looks costume-y except we wouldn't be able to figure out what exactly it's supposed to be. One of those old toilet paper roll covers that you can buy at church bazaars maybe?

Not to mention how cheap and badly made this thing is. The black portion of this look, the "over dress," as they called it, fits her terribly. What's with all that extra fabric hanging off her left hip?

Sure, it looks similar to the original dress but only in that he made the same dress and removed anything interesting or stylish about it.

The ruffles on the bottom look cheap and way overdone.

And those petals are ridiculous. This kid has absolutely no tools to self-assess or edit his work.

Wow. We're cranky this morning. But we can't help it, kittens. This isn't just a terrible entry. It's the latest in a long line of terrible entries representing all the same mistakes. And to watch the show and hear Christopher say over and over again that he loves what he's doing and he thinks the judges will love it too is just painful to hear. He can make pretty dresses when he sets his mind to it, but as a competitor in a design competition he's severely lacking in the skills one needs to make it to the end.

We know a lot of you are pissed that he's still here and that he should have gone a while ago. We can't say we disagree with that, but we will say this: we suspect that he's still her because he showed so much promise early on in the competition and the judges are loathe to let go of that image that they had of him starting out. Besides, it may be cynical of us to say this but let's face it: at this point it's all about biding our time until they whittle the pool down to the final three that we all know is coming. Maybe he should have gone home this week (or last week or the week before that) but we're fairly convinced (in fact, we're sure of it) that he won't be walking a collection down the Bryant Park runway.



Extended Judging:


Tim Gunn's Workroom Critique:



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137 comments:

I can understand why you're cranky given not only Chris's lackluster performance and lack of self-awareness, but the explosion on Mad Men last night. I am anxiously awaiting your posting on that! Alta


Looks like he tacked a feather boa under the overdress. I think with some study and more experience, he does have a lot of promise.

—EP


Christopher is so frustrating. He just doesn't have the ability to step back from his look and edit. If he had ditched the bed skirt at the bottom, made it cocktail dress length, and toned down the pedals some, it probably would have been cute. Or even make it ballgown length, but ditch the bed skirt, bring the pedals all the way to the bottom and use LESS of them... Ugh.


Personally I liked that at least in the extended video, Nina took him to task for re-treading old ground. Just doing a bad, ugly version of his winning dress

the odd thing is how could he not see he should have at least ripped off the bed skirt. It would still have been a lesser entry but it would have improved it 100%

Sadly is Christopher is talented as a designer but as a contestant, he's a major disappointment.

Christopher at least is being consistent with 1 thing. No one who has won the first challenge on their season has ever won the title.

FRank


This looks like a parade float.


poor thing, he just doesnt get it.


It had such a weird flapper way of moving when the model walked.


I really don't mind it, as a toliet roll cover it would fit pefect in my aunt sadie's garage sale.


I know he needs to go, but I'm like the judges in that he had so much PROMISE in the beginning! *sigh* I think it would do a great service to himself if he went to a design school for a few years - he's definitely got the talent, but he needs to learn how to self-edit since he apparently doesn't already have that skill. =/

Or maybe he's like Kara Janx and just can't keep putting good work out when he's overwhelmed and sleep-deprived. =/


THANK YOU for showing the drawing in your critique. It really helps to see what the designer had in mind, versus what walked the runway.

Mind you, he would not have won with the drawing he had on the pad. Still, had he been able to execute his original vision, it would have gotten a better reception.

- The v- neckline he made drags the bodice down. His original design called for a halter neck, which would have widened the model's shoulders and balanced the outfit.

- The bodice of the dress he made is form fitting through the hips. This puts all the volume at the thigh and butt area. The original drawing showed volume at the waistline.

- The underskirt in the drawing had neat rows of pleating, not haphazard folds and gathers.

- The original drawing showed a thin row of petals in the front, graduating to a more dramatic fall of petals down the back to the bottom of the skirt. What he made was a thick donut of petals around the thighs and butt.

Big difference between the drawing and what he actually put together. Perhaps some training would help Chris pull his vision together on the dress form.


It all wouldn't be so sad and/or annoying if he wasn't the one constantly jabbering on about his own work, how it's this and how it's that. On and on he goes (although I'll concede that could just be editing). It's ridiculous.

On the other hand, these probably are symptoms of him being quite young and inexperienced, which is fixable (only not in PR's runtime).


This season of PR is just so disappointing. The absence of Michael Kors and Nina Garcia, the lack of interesting challenges, the poor quality of designs and execution...your commentary and wrap-ups are the only reasons I still watch the show. Christopher's tired re-tread of a poorly executed design is not surprising...it's just depressing.


I don't quite understand the Christopher hate-train, and I really don't think this is OMG AWFUL I'M GOING TO PUKE BECAUSE I'M LOOKING AT IT. It could be improved, yes, but I don't think it's that terrible. At least it was interesting to look at, right?

Maybe I have no taste, oh well.


True; he'll be gone soon. I just dread Gordana's aufing, even if it is inevitable.


Miss Crissy dosen't bother me at all. She sees herself as an underdog due to her lack of formal training, and I hope that she uses this exercise as some sort of insight into pursuing some academic guidance.

And I liked the silly petals, and did think it was a decent attempt to re-translate her original design. If only she didn't send the same type of gown down the runway week after week, the judges definitely would have given her stronger marks on it.

What can I say? I like her. Gonna miss her when she's auf'd this week (unless Gordana fucks up BIG TIME)


TLo said:
"we suspect that he's still her because he showed so much promise early on in the competition and the judges are loathe to let go of that image that they had of him starting out"

an interesting theory... IF the judges were the same more than one week in a row. Aside from Heidi it has been an endless carosel of judges. Unless it is Heidi who keeps him in. I kinda doubt it.


I believe in his ability, as demonstrated by his portfolio and his first few excellent entries. But I don't believe his ability is something that translates well to a design competition--in the real world, people get to eat and sleep and get a variety of helpful outside opinions and start over when their designs aren't working, and at this point he's running on fumes.

He's not really unique in this, as most contestants have been affected by the stress by the last weeks--he's just the most extreme case of burnout we've seen on the American show. (There was a designer on the last season of Project Catwalk who had a similar flameout after huge early success and, similarly, escaped a long string of bottom-two looks to make it to Fashion Week, and come in third.)


She should've gone before Shirin.


On Andra√© Gonzalo’s blog, he pointed out that Christopher doesn't seem to understand how to achieve volume through crinoline undergarments, etc. Instead he just buys 30 yards (?) of cheap lining and bunches it up so it looks heavy and droopy and fugly. If I were him, I would stop bragging about not having any formal training & go get some more training. It couldn't hurt.


I remember reading an interview with Tim, where he said they really shouldn't be considering anyone to be a contestant who didn't have at least one semester of fashion schooling. I can't remember if that was before or after they filmed this season. If it was after, I wonder if Christopher is why.

It was almost sad when he was going on about how he bought 30 yards of this gorgeous fabric he found, and the rest of the group was like, 'um, why is he buying so much lining material?'

-dark_blue_mania


That was a harsh post, but the post itself is so far the most interesting thing that resulted from that episode, so kudos to you on that.

I thought this one was a solid third-from-last place. The only thing he did right was to not use the dingy grey color from the first dress, but otherwise - yeah, what you boys said.


Yup. That's a Christopher piece, alright.


Wait a sec, didn't Tim say in an interview that there was an extremely shocking elimination the show this season? Has it happened already? Maybe Mean Girl or Althea gets kicked off and Christopher goes to Bryan Park after all...


Can we please send this kid to design school? Like others, I think it would help him immensely.


Heather
11/2/09 11:16 AM "Wait a sec, didn't Tim say in an interview that there was an extremely shocking elimination the show this season? Has it happened already?"


My guess? Yes.

Either Mitchell's (because he was team leader) or Epp (becasue that was just bullshit.)


Here's what I love about Christopher: his childlike, utterly naive joy and excitement about what he's doing.

Here's what makes me cringe about Christopher: his childlike, utterly naive joy and excitement about what he's doing.

One word: Parsons.

With some education, training, and experience, Christopher could develop into a good designer.


Part of Christopher's problem is that he's a legend in his own mind ("...they'll say, "that's a Christopher piece."

How about fewer award acceptance speeches in the bathroom mirror, Christopher, and MORE study & practice?

Blech. Half of these contestants have little talent for design, they're just attracted to the notion of fame.


I just watched the extended judging. That thing hanging off the back of the neck on his dress reminds me of an uvula. Or a scrotum. Either way, yuck.


Christopher seems to have pumped his creative well dry. I'm not sure if it was shallow to begin with or he just doesn't have the training to plumb its full depth, but it's clear he's run out of ideas. Like so much of his work, there's a good concept in there somewhere, but it's hiding under bunches of needless embellishment.


Oh, honey.
Too funny.


Poor guy. I'm beginning to think his winning entry was a fluke. It's not even that there isn't potential in his ideas -- there is. He's one of those who badly needs to get his ass SOMEWHERE where he either go to school, or get a job with a design house and learn, learn, learn.


I feel bad for him. That ass-kissing in the first few episodes made him myopic.

Junior Goddess


dark_blue_mania said....
"It was almost sad when he was going on about how he bought 30 yards of this gorgeous fabric he found, and the rest of the group was like, 'um, why is he buying so much lining material?'"

Anonymous (11:10am)
"If I were him, I would stop bragging about not having any formal training & go get some more training."


My thoughts exactly, dark_blue_mania & Anonymous (11:10) No hate. No animosity. No taunting. Essentially, Christopher really, really, really needs to step outside of his self-taught box and learn from other professionals. From day one I felt like, this kid does NOT belong in this competition. His work isn't horrible and I'm sure there's something there, but he needs more educational training, experience, maturity and above-all self-confidence.

- edina -


Dear Christopher,

If you are reading these posts, please do one thing for those of that watch PR - GO TO DESIGN SCHOOL! Go to NYC, got to LA, go to RI, go to lauderdale, for Christ's sake hock your awful chinstrap and eyebrow tweezers and GO TO SCHOOL! He seems to be talented, but really needs to learn how to self assess and understand critique.

Love,

CCGUY


I could have found reasons for his escaping the aufing so far, but this week was just the last straw for me. 5 straight challenges in the bottom three, 4 of them in the bottom two, and still not out - what happened to the three strikes, you're out? Yeah, he showed some promise and made some good garments (unlike Mitchell, whose looks were more sloppy than butt-ugly), but still. This was not better than Logan's by ANY stretch of imagination, and his delusions make it painful.

Not that Logan really deserved to stay, either, but Christopher's offenses were much more egregious. And I find Logan to be better eye candy, and we would have seen Kojii for another week. So I'm not a happy camper, but I haven't really been for most of the season anyway.


Was it last year with Kenley that Tim made the comment about folks without fashion school having issues with the ability to take constructive criticism and self-edit? Ms. Crissy is a classic illustration of this. His skills for design & execution seem to be very limited, which is perhaps why we keep seeing variations of the same theme, ad infinitum.

On the other hand, the revolving door of judges has facilitated this, because someone (production company? Frau Seal?) has apparently held onto him due to his initial "vision"....whereas if we'd had consistent judging from the likes of LaNina/MK, I suspect he would have gotten some tart constructive criticism that would have resulted in either:

a: he rachets up his efforts quite substantially to stay in the game, or
b. (more likely) he'd have been auf'd weeks ago.

Instead, we're stuck with him throughout the season as better designers like Shirin, Nicholas or Epperson get tossed.

srq


I liked how Irina descibed it with a question: "Why is one dress throwing up the other one?"


Awful. However, the drawing he made of the model and dress is really darling. Maybe he should be designing for Bratz dolls?


I thought this dress was horrible and way worse than either Logan's or Gordana's. They said Logan's dress was like student work. Well, Logan's student was at least in college. Christopher's is still in high school.


Looking at his sketch, one can say the dress as made is less like a Barbie-knock-off dress than the dress sketched.

Poor Christopher. To go onward he's going to need a little more perspective on his own work.


C'est moi, c'est moi Lola

I feel your pain, TLo.

The sketch itself began the trip down the road to hell, but the biggest mistake was buying 30 yards of cheap-ass fabric to create the bottom of the dress.

I have reached a point that I never thought I'd get to watching PR: I have as much ire for Xtopher now as Gotham Tomato had for Sweet P in season 4! No offense to GT, but only now can I understand the frustration of seeing this much mediocrity from a 'designer'. Especially when you know so many others were in line behind him to get on the show & just didn't make it.

Seriously, because he's so hapless as a designer, there's nothing he could really say or do now to get me in his corner, unless he took a bullet shielding Tim from sniper fire.

Speaking of, he didn't listen to Tim either when Tim implored Xtopher to 'sex up this top like there's no tomorrow!'(Thanks for the sage pick-up bar wisdom there, Tim!)

Anyway, I HOPE there is no BP for Xtopher, but on this season, I'm bracing myself just in case it DOES happen. Stupid season....


>>>but we're fairly convinced (in fact, we're sure of it) that he won't be walking a collection down the Bryant Park runway>>>

Of course he will. He'll probably be a decoy - which means he'll still get to show at Bryant Park, just wont be on the show. That's what's REALLY irritated me about hte show the last 5 seasons. They make this big adeal about being in the final 3 - but what.. the last 5 or 6 have showed at Bryant Park the last few times?


I would also like to add my voice to those who say GO TO DESIGN SCHOOL. I suspect I would actually enjoy watching a Christopher who has refined his (metaphorical) tools, instead of cringing at the current one. Do yourself a favor, Chris.


11/2/09 11:16 AM "Wait a sec, didn't Tim say in an interview that there was an extremely shocking elimination the show this season? Has it happened already?"

My guess? Yes.

Either Mitchell's (because he was team leader) or Epp (becasue that was just bullshit.)


The elimination in question was supposed to be most shocking because a judge (other than Heidi) said she'd wear the winning look. I don't think that happened in either of those episodes, but I could be wrong.

Of course, a butt-ugly winning design and a promising contestant being eliminated is kind of par for the course this season, so take your pick.


Anon 11:06 says TLo's idea that they've kept him this long because he showed promise early on is "an interesting theory... IF the judges were the same more than one week in a row."

Lo throughout these many seasons of PR, the judges have NEVER been consistent in that regard. They've kept people who created disasters because they'd done well earlier, and let consistently good (or good enough) people go for one bad design. This has always been the case.


I wish Christopher had the ability to actually make dresses that look like his original drawing. The concept itself wasn't horrible, he just can't execute worth a darn.

And if he'd listened to Tim and edited his dress...all he heard was "petals toward bottom RAWR!!!"


I think he had the beginnings of an interesting idea, he just doesn't have the skill level to bring the idea to a sophisticated realization. I think a little formal training would go a long way.


This is off-topic, but following on the issue about "a dramatic aufing" (which, yes, I'm thinking was Mitchell) -- didn't Tim also say that there was a model who refused to wear a look on the runway? Did I hallucinate that? Have we had that episode already?


C'est moi, c'est moi Lola said:

"Seriously, because he's so hapless as a designer, there's nothing he could really say or do now to get me in his corner, unless he took a bullet shielding Tim from sniper fire."
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Oh, thank you so much! I'm nowhere near that irritated with Christopher, but as an image that's priceless.


Yes! We were promised a model's refusal to wear an outfit. Every week, when we see the models arrive for the fittings, I'm ready to savor the promised drama... but, nuttin'.


Mike B.
11/2/09 11:33 AM

The elimination in question was supposed to be most shocking because a judge (other than Heidi) said she'd wear the winning look. I don't think that happened in either of those episodes, but I could be wrong.


In that case, my guess would be that the judge was La Nina who gave such high marks to Ra'mon Potty Dress.

Tim proclaimed that he was going to win the bid so that Nina would actually wear it.


Oh, poor Christopher. The wasn't a soul watching the show that didn't look at that dress and know it was a Chrisopher creation.

You can hardly blame the poor guy for going in that direction again. He was praised for this dress in the Costume challenge. They told him to use bright white, instead of ecru in the Red Carpet challenge, and he did. I do think he is a nice guy. But it is the judges who are at fault for keeping him on the show. He is untrained, what is their excuse for no seeing it?


I think Chris is the safety valve at this point. His continued presence means that they have an easy auf in their pocket if one of the favorites screws up.

"WHAT??!!! Irina made something so asstastic it competes with the Tumor Dress??? Let's off Chris. No one will argue with that."

They know he is not going to pull out a streak of greatness at this point and sneak into BP.


bitchybitchybitchy

Oh, Christopher. Just add me to the list of people who would love to see you go to design school.
He really needs that if he wants to continue in and succeed in fashion.


"didn't Tim also say that there was a model who refused to wear a look on the runway? Did I hallucinate that? Have we had that episode already?"

Yes, it happened already. It was Vanessa who didn't want to wear the potty dress that was still wet from the toilet.


I was a wee bit kind to this when it first came down the runway (well, two thirds of it anyway) but upon re-examination this is so many kinds of wrong I don't even know where to begin. But I do know where Christopher should begin: Design school. This boy is in desperate need learn the art of detatched assessment and editing.


"This boy is in desperate need OF LEARNING the art of detatched assessment and editing" is what I meant to say. Apparently I need to learn to edit as well.


Christopher reminds me of a compulsive gambler who won big their first time out and keeps going back expecting the same results.

Or: Winning the first challenge = winning an Oscar too early?

But I feel for Christopher because he's from Shakopee, MN, and I'm one of the few people who knows how to pronounce that: SHOCK-uh-pee. FYI


A question: does anyone else think that --despite the horrible train wreck of a production that "The Fashion Show" was--- their top designers were more talented than those on this season's PR?


It's not enough to poison him, stab him, and shoot him -- you also have to throw him into the icy river, where he will finally drown.

Seriously, though, this happens all the time in the performing arts (I'm a musician), and is particularly obvious in sports: those who evaluate young talent get sucked in by someone's POTENTIAL, and become willing to ignore that person's actual accomplishments for perhaps too long. I know from firsthand experience that when someone praises you as being "so talented," it means you might be really great someday -- but aren't yet. Chris, we love you -- get to design school ASAP!


I really hope this kid gets an opportunity to attend design school as a result of this competition. Somewhere in there he does have some promise. The same might be said for this dress. As the one of the judges said, there's a good idea in there somewhere. By the time he gave the dress it's own dust ruffle tho, it was long gone.

I agree with a commenter on another post--I'd be happy if they just killed the season right now and started anew. I remember reading reviews from this season's Bryant Park showing and how underwhelmed people were. Now it makes sense.


C'est moi, c'est moi Lola

Eric said:
"It's not enough to poison him, stab him, and shoot him -- you also have to throw him into the icy river, where he will finally drown."

Project Runway's Rasputin? I thought Santino had that title, hands down!

Speaking of season 2, I always thought that season was high on drama, low on design surprises and "oh my god, how did they make that?" pieces. I see similar things with this season. Season 7 better produce at least 1 or 2, or it's no longer worthy of recording, just reading TLo's recaps.


I thought the shocking elimination was going to be a double one. I can easily see them sending home Christopher AND Gordana this week. How cruel would that be though? At least in the past two seasons, even the fourth, fifth, and sixth place finishers got to show but they were not televised. However, we know that there's only three collections sent down the runway this year.


This would have been the perfect time for him to make a simple dress. Lose the white bedsheet, lose the petals and let this be a straight dress. You want too keep the pom-poms at the neck? Fine. Better yet make that a funky halter top and a pair of sleek pant.

Maybe he should have gone home this week (or last week or the week before that) but we're fairly convinced (in fact, we're sure of it) that he won't be walking a collection down the Bryant Park runway.
Gotta agree here. Looking at the final collections, it's clear who's going to Bryant Park. In fact the sweaters-gate made that even more obvious.


I really like virginia's safety valve hypothesis (about ten above.)

Makes more sense than aesthetics.


His sketches and design look like he is working for Disney. Doesn't it look like a princess they would create?


Seriously, though, this happens all the time in the performing arts (I'm a musician), and is particularly obvious in sports: those who evaluate young talent get sucked in by someone's POTENTIAL, and become willing to ignore that person's actual accomplishments for perhaps too long. I know from firsthand experience that when someone praises you as being "so talented," it means you might be really great someday -- but aren't yet.

Not just in the performing arts. This reminds me of some other high-profile people.


"His sketches and design look like he is working for Disney. Doesn't it look like a princess they would create?"

I was thinking the same thing. The skirt reminded me of Cinderella's ballgown when the birds and other critters were putting it together.


What makes this season so frustrating is that better designers left before Logan or Christopher or Nicolas so now we are getting close to the end and I'm not sure if even the Bryant Park collections will be interesting.


YowZa! That is such a very strange dress. Was he bottom 2 for that? I can't remember, was it Logan and Gordana because that makes no sense. Maybe the producers were just trying to create the Christopher/Gordana drama for the last episode before Bryant Park and that's why they kept him in it for so long. That dress is just so pointless and WTFish.


I believe the "shocking" thing was that the neoprene "stain" dress won. And Tim wanted to buy it for Nina to wear.

By the way, the Lifetime website is as annoying as hell. And now that we know that TLo stay up all night on Thursdays working on the blog & awards, why is it that Lifetime takes so damn long to update the TLo Awards?


Am I the only one who's missing something with Chris? The designers (if memory serves) were given a budget of $100 for this dress and Chris managed to buy 30 yards of silver fabric, plus the black fabric, plus the stuff for the shiny flowers, plus the yarn and extra stuff for $100? My wife buys yard all the time from Joann and even the cheapest drek stuff in the store is over a dollar a yard. Am I missing something?


Isn't Katie's expression wonderful? She's like, "Can you believe the craptastic princess nightmare I'm wearing? Yup, he did it again!"


Oh Chrissy poo. Sigh. TLo, you are so right. It is the complete lack of self awareness that is so astonishing. It's not that he doesn't have ability or talent, but this poor kid needs to wake up and get a clue.


Sprite said:
His sketches and design look like he is working for Disney. Doesn't it look like a princess they would create?

thanks to my 4 yo, I have exposed to all the Disney Princesses, and that's exactly what I thought when I saw his sketch.... it would be a perfect dress for Belle from the Beauty and the Beast.... although it would need some color, or the little girls would NOT like it ;-)


Carol in LA said,
>I thought the shocking elimination was going to be a double one. I can easily see them sending home Christopher AND Gordana this week. How cruel would that be though?

Cruel for the designers maybe but for us? It would be mercy.

ThatOtherRedhead


Before this episode I still kind of believed in Christopher. I didn't really like him, but I knew he had the potential to make a good garment so I wasn't ready to start naysaying. Now, though, he's just gone too far and really shouldn't be there anymore.


Maybe he should have gone home this week (or last week or the week before that) but we're fairly convinced (in fact, we're sure of it) that he won't be walking a collection down the Bryant Park runway.

Please, let it be so! I keep thinking about that one interview Tim gave about the show, saying that there was one ep that would have all the blogsphere up in a tizzy. That hasn't happened yet, and all I keep thinking is that they're some how going to keep Christopher. Because that would be an uproar and a half.

Thanks for the commentary, delightful as always.


The sketch is actually kinda cute. Maybe a little precious doll, but cute. The result looks... well, awful. I said it elsewhere, but I'll say it again: boy needs to learn how to edit.

Honestly I hope he does decide to try to get himself to school, or, if he really doesn't want to leave his hometown and there isn't anything close enough, at least look into something online. Because I think he does have talent, but needs to learn better how to translate ideas into reality.


I was really hoping he'd do a black dress pant with a soft, embellished top instead of yet another dress....

I think he has potential but he needs to go to design school and develop the ability to edit (although I worry that it's an issue of taste).


ugh. never understood why people were supporting this guy.

i think the challenge would have been better if they would have assigned each other's winning piece to make a companion piece instead of their own.

but, given that, not sure the results would have been much different: Logan out, Christopher almost out.

GAH. So disappointed with this season.


For his sake, I hope Christopher is aufed next week. Watching him desperately grasp to recreate the one 'winning look' makes me cringe. It's like the producers are keeping Christopher around as a sideshow so we can watch his ego self-destruct.


I just want to take a moment to thank Tom and Lorenzo for posting the videos from the Lifetime site for easy viewing. Because for the life of me, I CANNOT get that site to load! Even with broadband internet! Is anyone else having trouble getting the Lifetime Project Runway site to load? This also means I have missed all the fun TLo Awards.


I'm impressed that he was able to cut out so many petals in the short time they had for the challenge.

Seriously.


Jake, Lifetime loads on my computer, but getting it to move from one page to the next is another story. Lifetime needs a plucky heroine to rescue its website from the hands of evil programmers.


Jake -- yeah. Me, too! The site hasn't been loading properly for at least a week now

Luckily, someone always puts the episode on YouTube, so at least I can watch that.


TZF108 said...
A question: does anyone else think that --despite the horrible train wreck of a production that "The Fashion Show" was--- their top designers were more talented than those on this season's PR?

11/2/09 11:58 AM

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Well, since you asked, I'd say that some were on par with this cast. The frustrating part of TFS was that so many of the designers couldn't sew worth crap. It's as if they had cast a design show and tried to produce a design/sew contest.

I think Bravo's next effort on the design front might be more promising. But if it is purely design focused, you won't be able to compare.


I thought this was the most hideous thing on the runway, but then I was not a fan of his winning look either. It looks like a prom dress from the Barbie collection with a crushed Hefty bag cinched crookedly over the top. He should have gone home a long time ago.


I was full-on hate for Christopher up until the disco pumpkin episode. His tears and runway breakdown really broke my heart.

I'll agree that he makes the same concept week after week after week. It's more than a signature look, it's his ONLY look.

His saving grace, for me, seems to be that he's a nice contestant. He has never said a mean thing about anyone and has often made sweet comments in the workroom.

I even like his goofy Sandra Bullock-like smile as his garment goes down the runway.

But this guy doesn't need to go to BP. It would spoil him if he does.


To all those people who think he should go to design school. I can't say I disagree completely.

To people who keep calling him a kid, knock it off, he is 30 for God's sake. It's infantilizing a grown man.

Chris stated on the show that he didn't go to design school due to personal circumstances (My guess is that they will be revealed in the next episode). Going to college at 30 is tough, more from a social and psychological standpoint. He missed his boat and has moved on.

What I think Chris needs is mentoring: internships or to work as a junior designer under a better known designer. That is how he will learn best.

Someone needs to get him a copy of "9 Heads" pronto, can't stand his Bratz style illustrations. Perhaps a more classic fashion drawing style might let him see which ideas won't translate into real fashion before they leave the drawing board.


TZF108 said...
A question: does anyone else think that --despite the horrible train wreck of a production that "The Fashion Show" was--- their top designers were more talented than those on this season's PR?

11/2/09 11:58 AM
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I do think the designers on TFS were more talented than this bunch. TFS' designers problem was that they were poor in the execution department. Hmmmm, now that I think of it, this PR bunch isn't so great at execution, either.
At least the TFS group used COLOR and had some semblance of personalities.


I echo whoever said that the sketch was much prettier than the actual dress that we saw on the runway. That being said, I thought Gordana should have gone home for creating something that could very well have been worn by one of the nuns at my elementary school. (Ducks from rotten eggs being thrown.) I usually love Gordana's designs, but that thing was heinous, drab, old and ill-fitting.


Common, we all know that Christopher is sleeping with one of the judges/producers.... That's the only explanation for why his no-talent ass is still in the competition.


If y'all are just too through with the mediocrity--scratch that--just pure lack of talent in this season's project runway, please watch Project Runway Philippines season 2 on you tube. Seven episodes are available. If you want to be convinced, just watch the latest one--prp 2 episode 7. That's where talent, drama, charisma, and fashion design is being done!


Clueless Jock

I think it needs a bustle.


And will someone please teach him how to smile without showing both sets of teeth? It's gruesome when he flashes his smile.

This dress looks like something he might have made as a freshman in high school, doing costumes for a play. Only then he would have hot-glued the petals on.


I think Christopher should become an illustrator.


I think the problem is that he DOESN'T have any formal training, therefore his story is more compelling. You can even see it in the opening credits: *hands in prayer, melancholic look* "I need this". I don't see it as anything else than producer-manipulated inspirational story... gone WRONG! Just because someone has promise doesn't mean they don't need the training. It chickens my skin to think that he may just make it to BP just to get a tear-jerking story on how he made it through his high school years making dresses out of bed sheets. >.>


I disagree, TLo, that the judges have kept Christopher on for some hypothetical talent. IMO they've kept him on because they know they can auf him at any time--he'll never ever end up in Bryant Park by mistake. They've been aufing the other contestant in the bottom two every week to make sure that person doesn't end up at Bryant Park. I think they know who they want at BP--have known for weeks--and they are shaping who ends up there by taking the opportunity to auf the contestants who are better than Christopher, but who they don't want at BP, which explains some strange auffings in weeks past.


"Oh, *honey*" perfectly sums up my feelings about Chris at this point. I want to like him, I really really do. He's so sweet and hopeful, like a Golden Retriever who just wants the judges to say "Goood boy!" and give him a cookie. But daaaaamn he is so limited, and seems to give so little thought to what women actually want to wear. His lack of design education is such a detriment. Hopefully this experience will give him the incentive to get his butt into school.


bitchybitchybitchy

Kathleen said...
I disagree, TLo, that the judges have kept Christopher on for some hypothetical talent. IMO they've kept him on because they know they can auf him at any time--he'll never ever end up in Bryant Park by mistake. They've been aufing the other contestant in the bottom two every week to make sure that person doesn't end up at Bryant Park. I think they know who they want at BP--have known for weeks--and they are shaping who ends up there by taking the opportunity to auf the contestants who are better than Christopher, but who they don't want at BP, which explains some strange auffings in weeks past.

11/2/09 3:25 PM

I wonder how much input the new production team had in shaping the final three for season six. Did Bunim-Murray push for the younger, more physically attractive designers that they hoped would appeal to the Lifetime's traditional demographic, forgetting or ignoring that the series already has a devoted following who actually do care about the talent of the designers who make it to Bryant Park?


Logan, hit it on the head when he said that Chris made a skirt out of lining. He did! It looks just as cheap as the kind of material you use to line drapes. What was he thinking? Especially when he went with off-white for the first dress to then use a blinding white like that knowing they would be compared?!


Christopher just reminds me of a famous quote.

"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."


Poor Katie. So not going to Bryant Park.


I wondered how he was able to afford so much fabric and stay within his budget. Logan hit the nail on the head with the "lining" comment.

I have this weird feeling he DOES make it to Bryant Park, if only as a decoy. Wanna bet?

I think you are right about why he's survived this long, TLo. This week, I think he made it because he actually did try to make something that related to his first design (if in a crude and obvious way), whereas Logan's was just random.

I think he does have promise and talent, but he is just not ready for this level of competition. It's amazing that he could do this much work in one day, though. Sure, it's crappy work, but what ambition.

I really believe that at least part of the problem this year is too many one-day challenges. The smart designers scaled down what they were doing, thus the mediocre designs. The more ambitious ones over-reached and had execution disasters. And some of the more talented designers just were not comfortable working in such a rushed atmosphere.


Poor Christopher! Those "petals" just sort of took over like some malignant growth; and worse yet, the clotted mass of them in the front was about knee high, so his model appeared to be kicking this floppy appendage down the runway. I,too, am inclined to agree with virginia above that Chrissie has been kept as an easy default auf if one of their designated finalists has a bad week. I mean, who's going to complain if Christopher FINALLY goes home? And as for the "this is a Christopher piece", although much more innocent and less pretentious, it reminded me a little bit of Suede, who began talking about himself in the third person ("Suede thinks that this piece would.....")as if he was a famous designer with his own line....Until the Duchess icily deposed him of that delusion and cut him off at the knees.


nolageek said:
"He'll probably be a decoy - which means he'll still get to show at Bryant Park, just wont be on the show."
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Take heart: there weren't any decoys this year. Because of the lawsuit and delayed airing, only three designers showed, and they were only identified by a number. Sad for the designers who made it not to be able to introduce their collections, but it also means that less-deserving designers did not get a Bryant Park decoy showing.


Clueless Jock said...

"I think it needs a bustle."
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Bwahaha! And more cowbell.


bitchybitchybitchy,
Please do tell us what great designer they have missed this season? What great auf'ing has lead you to this questionable statement?
The fact is this year the younger women designers were much stronger.
I looked through previous collections and statements i.e. 'I never watch again' (season 3), 'wrong final 3' (number of seasons) and so and on. This year has been pretty on course as previous years.


Jake, the Lifetime site loads fine for me, also on broadband. It's very, very Flash heavy, though. It might be your computer more than your connection.


It is too bad, because with good and consistent judging, Chris wouldnt have been permitted to linger so long in the land of self-delusion. He would have had some constructive criticism to work with. Oh well, if he doesn't pull it together, at least he'll be able to get a job designing for the Disney Princess collection.

-Anon1


I think this dress is beautiful. And so is Christopher.


Gawd, I hated the way that "overdress" bobbed down the runway over the curtain skirt. He also seemed very in love with his idea to put petals on the ends of his dress straps.
It does annoy me that this one wasn't in the bottom two. I, too, hate that the judges haven't been around enough to notice the obvious pattern in his PR fashions. Man, other seasons they'd even mention it to Christian, Laura, Uli, and Rami, who were all superior to Chris, who skates through without comment week after week.


Much as his continued presence annoys you, it is not Christopher's fault. It's not wrong to have a dream, and he is clearly trying his best even though he is floundering and getting ripped to shreds every week - AND he manages to be a kind and considerate individual through it all, unlike a bitch like Irina who keeps winning and has nothing nice to say about anything other than herself. Cut him a break, will ya? Blame Bunim-Murray. All the judging has been wack and forced this year, not just with regard to Christopher.


As much as Irina's bitchery gets on my nerves, I must say that "Why is onoe dress throwing up the other?" was spot-on and hilarious.


Another craptastic design from another less than average designer.

This season sucks eggs...


Personally, I'm tired of hearing people say that every look of Christopher's has been the same when clearly it hasn't. Talk about selective memories. Although I think Christopher has rightfully been in the bottom two several times I also question whether that should have been the case in at least a couple instances. Be that as it may, this is in my opinion far and away the weakest group of designers we've ever seen on PR. Though there are occasional flashes of competence, I don't think I've actually been wowed by a single look that's been designed thus far. I said several weeks ago that I thought there was no doubt that Irina and Althea would be showing at Bryant Park and the only question is who would be the third. I think it's increasingly clear that it's likely to be CH.


Asparagus lust

I sincerely believe Christopher feels he is the siriano of this season who just isn't getting the love. Everyone who comments here, including TLo get him very fairly and right -he needs a real crash course on design that a show like PR is not. I wish Walley (from Leave it to Beaver), I mean Christopher would go on a long cruise and take Hyde Date Klum with him - like forever. There is no fixing what ails those two. It's their way or else, they are not able to see the big picture as everyone else is forced to. The ego is outta control.


Christoper would make an AWESOME barbie designer.. if there is a barbie challenge this season.. he will WIN without a doubt


The man has myopic vision, I tell ya! Up close, his creations are sometimes beautiful. He hasn't stepped back far enough to see that it's a hot mess from far away.


Tim gave Christopher some good advice, and he didn't follow any of it. I wonder if it's because he didn't listen or because he's not capable of doing what Tim suggested.

For the most part, I've thought his biggest problem is that he does variations on one look. He's done some nice stuff, despite his limited ideas. (And I also think he should have gone long ago.) But this is just a disaster. There's no flow to it, it looks cheap, and it's scary big.

we're fairly convinced (in fact, we're sure of it) that he won't be walking a collection down the Bryant Park runway.


I'm not convinced he won't make it to Bryant Park. After Hosea won Top Chef last season, despite being so clearly inferior to Stefan, I don't think anything is written in stone when it comes to this kind of show.


AL: Chris is no where near acting like a "grown man" - - - he is acting quite as if he was in his 20's still.


"Anonymous said...

AL: Chris is no where near acting like a "grown man" - - - he is acting quite as if he was in his 20's still."


I think Chris has expressed a lot of maturity, he treats everyone fairly well and respectfully. He has very little experience in the way of taking critique and editing, and he breaks down fairly easy because of that, but grown women like Gordana have also cried and you don't go around calling them girls. It's a stressful situation, nerves wear down.

I think the problem is that people forget Chris is 30, cause he looks a lot younger than that.


OMG. It is true! The real PR is PR Philippines! The designers talk about design, and structure, and form, and, and many other things!
Not that I expect the designers here to give a Master class of clothing design, but these guys in the Philippines know what they are talking about.
Ditch PR Lifetime! Somewhere else is where the real talent is.

DL


Looking at the scorecards, Logan had 5 bottom 3 showings (including his auf) and 0 win or Top 3..

Christopher had 5 bottom 3 showings, 1 win and 2 Top 3.

Just because his bottom 3 showings are more sequential doesn't mean he has done worse in the competition, imo. Honestly, I think that he, along with Gordana, have been just incredibly nice people on the show. Maybe they won't win the show but at least they'll still have my respect as down-to-earth honest people. Hopefully, Chris won't read the snarkier personal comments from the blog commentators and take them to heart.

If memory serves, he mentioned (in his intro video on Lifetime) the reason why he didn't get to go off to design school (as has been wished up on him here) due to taking care of a family member. Our loss, as well as his, that he didn't get the chance. Hopefully his circumstances will change and he can follow his dream. If not, there's at least a nice guy out there who is willing to look out for someone else while doing his best to make due with the circumstances he's been dealt.


bitchybitchybitchy

Anonymous 5:54Pm,

I don't disagree that Irina, Carol Hannah and Aletha are talented. I'm thinking about Epperson's elimination, which I think was too early I'd much rather have seen Epperson for more episodes than Logan, who consistently did not impress.


al - I just think it's clear to me that Chris has an immature mentality. adults have found themselves and are confident. He is no where near that. But - that's just my opinion. I have no problem calling him a boy. You can call him a man if you like. People can only judge by their own experience.


Actually, I think everyone is being too hard on C...think about it, he is the ONLY one in the competition who is self-trained. No formal design or technical skills education. So, if he can do what he has done, entirely on his own, I hope he at least has the opportunity to go through formal training so the promise that he did show can be cultivated. I believe in him and I hope he finds a way to get some formal training or find a mentor.


TLo said...but let's face it: at this point it's all about biding our time until they whittle the pool down to the final three that we all know is coming.
Absolument, let's just hope that he does not pull a Suede. All I can think of these days when it comes to Christopher, is "bless his heart!" I think that another reason that he has stuck around is that while a lot of his stuff is bad, more often than not it is not boring, he tends to give the judges something to sink their teeth into while they are ripping him apart (excuse the overuse of metaphors).


Andrea-You are incorrect, both Gordana, and Carol Hannah are self taught.


Isn't it mind blowing, though, that he is the last male in the competition, considering who has already gone? Ramon, Epperson, for God's sake, and even Nicholas are out and CHRISTOPHER is the "last man standing"? What kind of glue are the judges sniffing?


Tlo said:
"Maybe he should have gone home this week (or last week or the week before that) but we're fairly convinced (in fact, we're sure of it) that he won't be walking a collection down the Bryant Park runway."


I know the final collections are out there... but I really hope the above isn't giving anything away...
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Marissa said...
Isn't it mind blowing, though, that he is the last male in the competition, considering who has already gone? Ramon, Epperson, for God's sake, and even Nicholas are out and CHRISTOPHER is the "last man standing"? What kind of glue are the judges sniffing?


No, it's not mind blowing, because Christopher outperformed the three of them.


christopher did not outperform Epperson, he did not outperform Shirin --- hells no!


You know, I'm thinking it's not a coincidence that such lackluster male competitors managed to hang on to almost the end. Hmmm, the first year PR shows on Lifetime: Television For Women, the finalists will all be women. What an amazing coincidence!


@Myn

Actually it is mostly a co-incidence, seeing how the exact same thing happened last season while the show was on Bravo.


I think when one of the judges said "I wanted to like this dress" that summed everything up quite nicely. Christopher is so damn earnest and vulnerable that it's painful to watch him. He so badly wants Tim especially to like his ideas, but then he doesn't actually take Tim's suggestions; he remains convinced that Tim and the judges will get it and him when he's done. I want to like him but I just can't see him creating a whole collection. As much as I hate to say it, it's time to take Christopher on a long drive, if you get what I mean.


Anonymous:
christopher did not outperform Epperson, he did not outperform Shirin --- hells no!


Then why did they get kicked off first? Why weren't they in the top as many times as he was?





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