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LML: Runway Rundown Part 2

Strap yourselves in so you don't get whiplash, kittens. Ready? Go!

Louanna & Jim


They seem to be working well together, but come on:

Pull something else out of your trickbag for once.

Oh, look. It's shiny, it's gray, it's off the shoulder, and it's draped. Done and done. We promise not to do this too often, but if this was PR, Nina would have had their spleens for doing too much of the same.

The belt's nice, though.

Eric & Galina


Tacky and Tackier.

COLOR! AND VOLUME! AND SHINE!

And if none of that works...PEACOCK FEATHERS!

If they keep throwing everything they've got at the judges week after week, they're eventually going to run out of things to throw. The proportions are weird on this thing. That lower half is way more voluminous than it needs to be and that sash is way too big.


Vanessa & Tressa

We adore The Essas. It's like every week, they put their heads together and ask themselves "What's the craziest thing we can send down that runway?"

Answer? CHINCHILLA CULLOTES.

At least we think they're culottes. They weren't allowed to make dresses, and they weren't sent home, so we have to figure that this isn't actually a dress, even though it looks like one.

It's kind of cute, if a little plain. It goes without saying (but we'll say it anyway) that we do not support the idea of chinchilla culottes, even if there is a part of us that loves the insanity of the idea.

Thing is, they were supposed to be inspired by the animal and just wrapping some faux fur around Amanda's thighs isn't enough. So, while we applaud their boldness, we have to wag our fingers at them for not really doing what they were asked to do.

[Photos: BravoTV.com/Trae Patton - Screencaps: Projectrungay.blgospot.com]


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44 comments:

CHDQ would have called this a "jumper dress".


wow, i cant believe i'm the first to comment (or one of the first anyway), but i would have to say that i didnt care for any of them very much, but my favorite is the LBD minus the boots


Well credit to Amanda to selling those coulettes as well as she did

The others are not worth commenting on

Frank


"CHINCHILLA CULLOTES."




Yeah. I'm thinking an outfit that makes a girl look like she needs a wax is not going to fly. I think they suffer from the same malady as a lot of these teams: creeping 80-isms. Amanda's mom probably wore this outfit to Danceteria in 1984. A lot of deigners seem to be stuck in the 70s & 80's. Sort-of the design equivalent to those women who still wear the acid wash jeans & big perms of their youth.

But I'm only whispering these criticisms because The Essas look like they just might be some sort of Superhero duo that attacks opponents with their super-sharp bangs.

I'm watching my back.

--GothamTomato


Gotham, now I know where I recognize you from -- that was you I saw passed out in the ladies' at Danceteria, right?


Louanna & Jim - Gosh it must have been terrible growing up in any place outside of Dogpatch with that name. Yep done and done.

Eric & Galina - Ooo, this is worse than what showed up on my television screen, not that that was all that great. That second picture is just hideous. Yeah, volume and too much are the key terms.

Vanessa & Tressa - I may like this better than most because the fur is not showing up on my computer and television screens. It is the best of her three looks (it reminds me of a LV collection from a couple of seasons ago, thank goodness no bunny ears), but I am ambivalent about her staying around after landing in the bottom three times. On the other hand, it is debatable as to whether this was one of the three worse looks.


Does anybody else think that it's slightly awkward (or lamely ironic if it's deliberate) that they called this episode "Walk on the Wild Side" and Lou Rawls's kid is on the show?

-dark_blue_mania


For the essas...brown boots with a black dress (or whatever the hell it is). Oh, kittens, NO!

thought it was cute, though.


i cannot believe people watching this show still...!!??


Uhhh?..."Walk on the the Wild Side" was from Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground


Amanda worked the hell out of that romper. She was the best thing about it. Still, I kinda loved the proportions and overall look. It was very 15th/16th Century Spanish explorer missing only the codpiece and doublet to make it authentic. Well done.


chiejun:"i cannot believe people watching this show still...!!??"

First episode looked promising. By now, if I'm home I'll watch, but I won't worry if I miss it.

It's a clever conceit, but I don't think it works as a series. With a group of mostly amateur designers, the quality just isn't there -- not enough to sustain interest over a number of weeks.


yes, I was surprised the Essas were in the bottom with this. Sure, hairy thighs are usually a problem, but the over-all look was kind of cute. FAR cuter than that Studio 54 shit.


I mostly agree with you guys this week. Louanna's was... OK for a jumpsuit, but way too reminiscent of her first week's look. Although she seems talented and works well with Jim, I'm starting to get bored of her already.

Eric's was just so ugly, and I can't understand why he wasn't called out on it. And seriously, peacock feathers on something meant to represent a toucan? Not all birds are the same, Eric!

I actually thought the Essas' look was one of the least ugly this week. Yeah, throwing fur (or faux fur, or whatever) on the shorts was not exactly refined, but in the ug that was this week, theirs was more of a middling ug to me. And yeah, I'm not sure if the pouf was a cullotte or a skirt, but in that picture in which the camera seems to be looking through Amanda's legs you can clearly see shorts underneath the pouf, making it technically not a dress.


"Thing is, they were supposed to be inspired by the animal and just wrapping some faux fur around Amanda's thighs isn't enough. So, while we applaud their boldness, we have to wag our fingers at them for not really doing what they were asked to do."

It wasn't just the fur, though. Vanessa told Dean and Dan that she was inspired by how the chinchilla bunched itself up in a little ball, hence the poofy pants ringed with fur.


"So what about the toucan inspired you, Eric?" "The colors," he replied, which makes perfect sense, considering that the toucan was black and yellow and the outfit was blue.


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Amanda rocks that outfit. Take away the chinchilla, and you have the most innovative and flattering design of the show so far.


Paigealicious! said: Vanessa told Dean and Dan that she was inspired by how the chinchilla bunched itself up in a little ball, hence the poofy pants ringed with fur.

Good point! I'd forgotten about that! Still, even if the only nod to a chinchilla was the fur, the inspiration would still have been more recognizable in Vanessa's look than the monkey inspiration in Louanna's look, or the tortoise inspiration in Merle's look, or the llama inspiration in Kevin's look, or...


"It goes without saying (but we'll say it anyway) that we do not support the idea of chinchilla culottes."

he he! literally laughed out loud, and luckily did not spurt coffee out of my nose since I had fortuitously swallowed it just before I got to that line.

Love ya, T-Lo!

oh, and add me to the list of those who think the chinchilla outfit was sorta cute. I mean, maybe if it were a little dress and not culottes that would help. It was a lot cuter and more interesting than half the crap that we've seen on the show so far.


CHINCHILLA COULOTTES!
Another brilliant fashion term contribution by the fabulous TLo!

I've gotta say I love the Essas! Not only do they & their kicky bangs constantly flirt w/ disaster, they tease it, kiss it, then bitch slap it w/ amazing abandon. There's something about that reckless behavior I can't help but root for.

Leave to Amanda to storm that runway like it was Normandy & make me enjoy the CC.

Can't wait to see what they'll do next!


I like the dress thingy, but how shall I say this? -- the placement of the brown fur, peeking in and out like that, was...unfortunate.

Do I have to spell it out? I can't bring myself to do so.


Amanda worked the hell out of that chinchilla crotch though. This show is kinda boring to me, I didn't pay attention to half of the last two episodes.


Duh, my stupid...

-dbm


The first one is blah. I actually liked the volume and the huge belt on the second design, but I didn't care for the colors. I must say, I sorta love the last dress/culottes design, culottes and all. I just love the kookiness of it, and it's pretty cute. As for referencing the animal, nobody seemed to do that very well, or at all in some cases.


"The belt's nice, though."

I almost fell out of my chair. You're right, but it's a belt...!


i liked the belt too...but why did it have to be directly under her boobs?...so not a fan of that look


Oh, my, the first look is so tired I want to use it to wipe my kitchen down. I wish La Nina was there to debone these two for basically sending out the same look as their first dress with legs. Bah.

The blue thing is horrible. Why pool the legs onto the floor. "I'm melting.....melting..." into a big puddle of tacky blue goo.

Ok, I do kind of like the chinchilla culottes. Though if beaver was the inspiration, I could then stretch the imagination as to the placement of the fake fur. But alas...it will remain a mystery.

When chinchilla culottes are the closest thing to inspiration, something's a little flakey....


I thought that the chinchilla culottes were inspired both in the fur and in the shape (round and soft) of the animal. As far as I'm concerned, passing the "inspired by" bar is NOT part of the problem with that outfit.


Faux Gaga could have had a cute outfit if she used some common sense regarding the placement of her fake fur.


Louanna: yes, she's done it before, but it's a cute look. Love the belt, but it's the wrong belt for that jumpsuit. The higher waist isn't all that flattering. Still, the high end safari look is fun.

DJ guy: Ugh, HATE!

Essas: I have to admit, it's very cute. While I really, really hated her first two looks (both reminded me of elementary school, home-made valentine and lisa frank binders covered in bright colors and tick tackery) this one was minimal and would be very sellable and flattering without the furry culottes


I saw "Chinchilla Crotch" back in the '80's. That lead singer gave Wendy O Williams a run for her money, let me tell you. Their cover of Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side" was AWESOME.


I'm in total agreement with TLo. None of the designs were particularly groundbreaking, innovative or even truly inspired. While I'm not especially wild about The Essa's "chinchoulottes," they came pretty close to cute and unique. Oh, heck, I'll give them more than a pass for the furry underskirt/pantaloon creation. One thing that I will say about this team is that one can never predict what The Essas will send down the runway next. And I say that's a pretty good thing in an otherwise less than awesome first season of this show.

edina


I get it that Vanessa's wasn't cohesive with the rest of the collection, but c'mon, no way that should have been in the bottom.


"Answer? CHINCHILLA CULLOTES."

ROFL.


Dearest TLo,

I was just curious to know what you would have seen as a better design inspireed by a Chinchilla ? I am having trouble thinking of something that doesn't look like a grey fluffly version of what the 'nessas did.

That or some thing that Barbarella might have worn....


"Dearest TLo,

I was just curious to know what you would have seen as a better design inspireed by a Chinchilla ? I am having trouble thinking of something that doesn't look like a grey fluffly version of what the 'nessas did.

That or some thing that Barbarella might have worn...."


maybe they should have stepped away from the idea of fake fur on the inner thighs (gag) all together and maybe chosen a nice silvery fabric with a lovely sheen and maybe chosen a silhouette that wasn't cinched in at the waist? to be honest, and i never thought i'd possibly say this, but this might have been the one time ever that harem pants could have possibly been appropriate.

you know, because harem pants make women look like they have stumpy little rodent legs.


Considering Vanessa was the jumpit fan, her looks was good at hiding the fact it was a romper (by making it look like a cute dress.)

All the raging on her for her chinchilla inspiration - what animla was the inspiration for Louanna (or most of the rest) - Eric's - toucan and Patrick snake - but most realy had littke that would identify the animal.


Aww, I kinda like the chinchilla culottes. I'd never be able to wear them, of course, since I don't have tiny thighs like the model does, but it's still a cute look.

And of course they're going to revert to 1980s-isms. When else were rompers and jumpsuits so prevalent??


I love Vanessa! Thanks for blogging LML, guys.


If these were the TLo Awards, Amanda would have won the Runway portion. She rocked those mammoth fur underbritches.

I almost fell out of my chair when I heard a judge use the word "puss." I actually had to rewind and then mute with subtitles to make sure I heard correctly. I almost fell out again when they said Vanessa was improving. This was bar none the worst look she has created yet so wtf. This show is interesting but there is waaaay too much fug on that runway. And what isn't fug, is frequently boring which is worse. Are the time constraints too Draconian? Was the provision to have them buy all their fabrics ahead of time unrealistic and adding an unnecessary complication? (I vote yes.) Is the "line" part of the challenge adding wrinkles to the narrative that most viewers won't follow and/or care about? Anyways, this show has promise but needs some polish. They definitely should keep the hosts tho.


I actually liked the "Essa's" garment, aside from the chinchilla part -- ucky. Of course, that's the only part of the garment that really related to her "wild side" animal, so there's that ;)

I didn't realize how close Louanna's garment was to her first look until you pointed it out -- I clicked on your previous post and yowza: I-Dentical (said in the voice of the prosecutor from My Cousin Vinny).


Vanessa's was one of my favorites this week. And it completely reminded me of the animal--a little puff ball. In fact, it was more evocative of the animal than any of the other looks.


Somehow, and I know this is wrong on many levels, the sound of "chinchilla culottes" just made the entire outfit more appealing. I don't understand why!





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