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El Frodo & Ping

It's an International House of Horrors, bitches!



It's not that we think Tim is infallible. Sometimes his instincts tend too much toward the practical and conservative and sometimes he tends to forget that he can't predict what a guest judge can do to throw the decisions. What he is very good at is predicting what the three main judges will say, especially Nina. He doesn't get it right 100% of the time, but when Tim says "I'm afraid the judges will..." then it's a good idea to listen, especially when he called it exactly on your previous effort.

Model: Brittany Oldehoff

It's not that what he did was "against the rules" so much as it was against the spirit of the challenge. Most of the other designers - and all of the top 3 - went with the idea of transforming the burlap and using it in unexpected ways.

He mostly just covered it up. Yes, he used it in the bodice, but in the most basic, minimalist fashion and dyed a color that practically makes it invisible.

No, clearly the focus of the look is the skirt and it's entirely made out of ribbons, let's be honest.

Technically, he used the burlap, but he never put a moment's thought in to how to use it in an interesting way. That's really where he failed.

And as Nina pointed out, his color story so far has been surprisingly drab. We have to say we're a bit surprised. We expected over the top fantasy pieces in the Kayne mold but he's been putting together some really depressing-looking fashion. Come on, little hobbit. We know you have it in you.

People don't love Ping?

Really? How can you not?

Model: Elizaveta Melnitchenko

Okay, well there is that. That's a love-killer of a dress.

We basically said most of it in the Pam post, but here it is: she at least attempted something unusual and expressive in her design. She clearly failed on all fronts, from practical to aesthetic, but the judges will almost always reward an entry with a point of view over a bland design or a design with "taste issues." Fashion's a bitch, but that's the way it is.


So yeah. Awful design, no arguments from us.

Okay, tangent time: Look at the way Elizaveta is holding that clutch. Honey, if we were your runway directors you would be viciously slapped by our assistants when you got back behind the scrim. That is the exact opposite of "workin' it."

Moving on...
One thing we can say in its defense: she started out decently on the bodice. Not earth-shattering, but the braiding and the construction was nice.


It's just... how do you get to here from where she started? How does she not stop along the way and realize, "Oh shit. This looks awful?"

Hello?! How do you not notice that until she's out on the runway? Tim noticed it before she even made the skirt.

Let's face it: the likelihood of her being a finalist is slim, given the parameters of this show. But S6 taught us a lesson about the whacky, impractical, "character" designers: if you get rid of them too early, you have a boring season, from both a design and entertainment value point of view.

Tim Gunn's Workroom:



Extended Judging:




[Photos/Videos: myLifetime.com - Screencaps: Projectrungay.blogspot.com]



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153 comments:

I'm the first. ^^
When I see more in Ping's design, there's actually some interesting design element.
And I hope Jesus will push himself a lot harder next week. I don't want to see him as next Mitchell.


I find Ping highly entertaining. Jesus needs to wear a lot less.

I see no point in discussing their clothes: the less said about those monstrosities, the better.


I love her, and I felt really bad for her when she clearly knew she had made something awful. Here's hoping she can pull it together and hang in there for the next couple challenges, because she seems like a really sweet person.


I really love watching Ping, and i think that some of the funniest points of the episodes so far, are when other designers comment on her creations.

As for Jesus, I think he sucked for 'skirting' the challenge, and i agree that his dress wasn't all that great, but i still don't think that he had to be in the bottom 3, and def not the bottom 2. I think the Pirate's creation was worse.


But S6 taught us a lesson about the whacky, impractical, "character" designers: if you get rid of them too early, you have a boring season, from both a design and entertainment value point of view.

Yes. Remember how happy we all were last season when they got rid of Ari and Malvin first, and we were all talking about how B/M had finally gotten rid of producer manipulation, now it could be a true contest, etc.? And remember how bored we all were from like the 3rd episode on? Wacky, cracked-out designers are a staple of PR, and we've all seen what a mistake it is to eliminate them too soon.

I love Ping, she's a total cutie and I adored her first look, but this week's look was a nightmare. And I really didn't get her "I expected Elizaveta's skin tone to be different than it actually was" explanation - didn't she work with Elizaveta last week??? Also, the skin tone wasn't anyone's first (or second) complaint about that dress.

Jesus? Meh. Pretty dress, but not in keeping with the spirit of the challenge. He really needs to learn to listen to Tim.


I agree with Jarhys, I really don't want Jesus to be the next Mitchell.


And he definitely wasn't bottom two this week. I'd have switched him for, for example, Maya's colorfull mess. Well sewn, but a pain to my eyes.


yeah! ho! wah!

ping really did have an interesting concept. burlap is a stiff fabric, and the boxy skirt is supposed to enhance the movements of the models hips. it makes sense if you think about it.

unfortunatly, it stops making any sense if you look at the result.

still, i loved diana, i loved elizah, and im loving ping. i hope she makes it far, even if i dont think shes gonna make it all the way.

jesus: sorry, but he needs to go.


Ping! Ping! Ping!

I would love to hang out with her. But wouldn't want to be dressed by her. No, no, no.

Ping!

BookieBookie


I even like the idea behind Ping's skirt. I wouldn't wear it, but I like how she thinks about the movement of the body. By bracing it in the middle, it accentuated the movement of the hips when she walked (just 5-6 more inches). It just needed to be a bit longer. But I think her insistence on trying to get that movement going was her downfall. At a decent length, it might have just moved like a pencil skirt. I think the hem needed to be high to really move the top around when you walk. She doesn't remind me of Vince, at least, who was more of a decorator than an innovator.


TOO funny - Time DID call it before she even made the skirt! But Zulema didn't get auf'ed for that either, did she?

Apparently the judges don't mind a little ass.


@yeah! ho! wah! Jinx!


I get the impression Ping doesn't know diddly squat about construction. Facing? What be that? Hem? Huh? She is an origamist.


Perhaps providing Ping with an interpreter during the instruction part of the challenge would help her.

I thought the bodice of her dress was interesting, I thought her idea for the skirt was also interesting. Not particularly wearable, obviously, but an interesting silhouette.

Her aesthetic is not at all my taste, however I do appreciate her view point.

Jesus is just a hot mess. I cannot understand why he avoided the spirit of the challenge, when so many embraced it wholeheartedly. His color choices are fairly drab, although I've seen fantastic designs in those colors and they were not drab. His view point is not something I'm interested in seeing any more of. Maybe he just bores me to tears...


If the market for Pam's dress is gift shops at truck stops, what's the market for this--boutiques in Crazytown?

Ping does seem like an interesting person and designer, but both her process and her technical skills are completely unsuited to this contest.


Good grief, I thought those were pockets when I saw Ping's dress on the runway. What *was* she thinking? On the other hand, at least she was thinking. I mean, she needs support beams or a cantilever system for that dress, but now that I see what she did, I get why she stayed.

Jesus' just makes my eyes hurt.


Jesus will rise on the third day. I know he will.


This late in the game the comparrisons to the ghosts of designers past is inevitable. And these guys are mostly being compared to obvious losers! (love Kayne, but he was never going to win. happy he is doing what he was meant to do)
Inevitability aside, there will never be another Jay of Austin or Laura or Chris. (When i see anthony i see qurestyl) To bad for these later day saints. They will only ever be a mere shadow of what came before...good or bad.
Besides, when ever I see jesus, all i see is Fez.
Theres a fun off-season spin off, your favorite tv characters in a design competition.


Ping's dress is the only dress that still looks like a burlap sack. Jesus is stubborn, he doesn't listen to Tim or the judges.


OK, I might be the only one here, but I didn't think Jesus' dress was that bad. Yes, he covered the fabric, so what?


TLo said: "Honey, if we were your runway directors you would be viciously slapped by our assistants when you got back behind the scrim. That is the exact opposite of 'workin' it.'"

Oh, boys, thank you for pointing out these details! It was pretty clear Elizaveta would be in the early round of models being auf'd and her performance on this runway guaranteed it. So WHAT if your ass is on display - if you're workin' the rest of the garment well, it may not be as, um, noticeable perhaps?

Jesus could have been auf'd in my book for straying so far from the intent of this challenge. He was very fortunate that Missy Pam was consistent in her use of fugly designs. Will be surprised to see him stay too much longer - he's got LaNina on his case 'fer sure.

And Ping. [sigh] love her enthusiasm but if we get more by way of real challenges, she may not last much longer. She needs to listen to what St. Tim is saying! otherwise, honey, your days may be numbered.

srq


I find Ping cute and entertaining. I like her designs and point of view, which is very asian influenced, and is exactly the kind of clothes my Hong Kong friend ALWAYS wears. I've always wondered where she gets her clothes because they're hard to find in Melbourne.

Anyway, AT LEAST, Ping is aware what a shithouse dress she made. Maybe from now on, she'll be more careful in her desicions and editing, but hopefully still retain her aesthetic. We have all seen some designers who are so full of themselves that they don't even realise the monstrosities they're creating in the workroom. Blayne, Santino anyone?


Ping's original idea of cut outs on the bodice could have been really beuatiful. I guess she ran out of time and thought hot glueing shapes on would work just as well?

Ugg.


Yes the dress was a disaster for both. I wont bother to comment on jesus. He seems to be playing it safe and Nina made rightful comments about color

I admit I hated Ping dress but at least see ideas. I was wondering what happened to the cutouts she was goign to do on the neckline. That idea struck me as being cool.

I hope she lasts a while at least. The burlap situation brought up the concern Kors mentioned in the last episode for her about not having flowing fabrics.

The bottom line is Ping is creative even Tim says so. The problem is she may not be able to show off what she can really do within the constraints of the show. Tim says most of her innovative work is with knitwear which she can't do during the challenges. But imagine what she could accomplish if she made it to Bryant Park then.

Oh well here's hoping she redeems herself next week. Then again she seems to be paired up with that actor guy Jesse. That could be good or could be disastrous

Frank


I thought Lauren Hutton would be a better judge than she was. For someone who spent her whole professional life in fashion....she did not seem that interested in fashion.

TampaBay


I think, had this been a different challenge, Jesus would have got by. I liked that he stitched together the ribbons to make a fabric of sorts...no, it isn't the most original idea, but it was an idea and I think it would have scored him points otherwise.

Ping's model looks so pissed to be wearing that thing. I can't blame her, frankly. But honey, you are a model and it is not your job to like your clothes; it is your job to act like both your garment and you are the hottest damn things on the planet. Even if your butt is hanging out.


And Jesus has chance to say to his model "You were very difficult...". So he might not leaving next week.


Oh I forgot I am glad Ping had enough sense to drop Elizaveta. Nice girl but she was clearly 1 of the weakest on the runway. Those other girls should not have acted so shocked that Ping wanted a stronger model. Ping is a sweetheart but she knows this is a competition

And it can't be said enough how fab Lauren Hutton was as a judge. Her comments about jesus' dress and it being a bad painting that hurt your eyes was unexpected. And how about the advice she gave those girls during MoTR?

FRank


Ping is messing with everyones fantasy points. Did we not all have her in the bottom before the first episode? Show of hands, how many took her out before last week? Has anyone gotten anything right yet?
Some day when you guys are really bored , find a numbers guy to caluclate what our overall percentages were from the contests last season.
grade your-selfs people.
90-100% your a NINA
80-89% your a Tim
70-79% your a Michael
60-69% your a Heid
50-59 your a quest judge
below 50 your a producer


Ping.
Ping was wrong.
Burlap's rough, burlap's strong.
Ping sews good things, and bad.
Ping is happy, and sad...

Ping.
Sew a thong.
Sew it simple to last the runway long.
Don't worry your dress's not long enough to cover your model's rear.
Just, Ping,
sew a thong...

La, la la la la...

Ping,
Sew a thong...
Ping,
Sew a thong...

La, la la la la...


I think that Ping's construction skills are not strong and then she makes it worse by draping on herself as opposed to the dress form. Entertaining yes, but she is screwing herself. The model was obviously taller and possibly hippier than Ping.

I have a question for sewers, if there is going to be a lot of model switching, would it make more sense to have the dress forms be model specific and switch them (if all parties are amenable) when models are switched, or should the dress form stay with the designer.


love Ping! fun, exuberant, sweet. bad dress, of course, but getting there with her is fun to watch.


Ping's mess reminded me of Andre's "door mat" dress from the Garden Party Challenge, except Andre's was MUCH better, IMHO.
I'll hang in there for a while with Ping because she is just so cute, but the cuteness is going to wear thin after a while I fear.
Jesus? I just don't know, at this point, he's kind of a non-entity to me.


PLANET PING! Who doesn't love her? Well, apart from her model I should think. That dress was literally ass. Ping is exactly what PR needs, though -- from a fashion point of view as well as for the lolz -- and her dress wasn't anything like as soul-crushing as Pam's. She and Frodito deserved to stay. If they don't start listening to Gandalf, though they're both soon for the auf.


I was going to chime in with more Ping-love, but now I can't remember what I was going to say because I am laughing so hard at Bill's song lyrics!


The thing about keeping in wacky designers is that they have so much more to learn from this process than do safe ones with perfect construction skills. You can train someone to construct a passable garment, eventually. You can teach a designer how to edit. And, you can teach them to adhere more closely to challenges. What you can't do (as easily) is make someone who isn't creative become suddenly be creative, and you can't really help someone find a point of view, at least not in the time alloted for a season here. Ping is creative and she has a strong point of view, so let Tim and the judges work on the other stuff. Wouldn't it have been interesting to see what Malvin and Ari were doing after six or seven challenges?


yesterday sewing siren said
I think the producers like to put someone in the bottom (think Ricky and Christopher) repeatedly (deseved or not)and save them repeatedly (deserved or not) just to mess with their heads and the heads of their competitors.
needed to be said


I know not everyone watches Models of the Runway. If you did, you'd know that Elizaveta was walking with a very painful knee. That's why she looked so sour on the runway. She practically fainted during judging.

She did her best to show off the dress, but she was playing injured. She was probably squeezing the hell out of the clutch to keep from screaming.


Ping Wu!

I love Ping Wu! But I do not love the little flour and braiding that passes for embellishment on the front of the "dress."

It would have been better if the dress had been a play on shapes.

Oh, and LOSE THE FRENCH BRAIDS!

But still, couldn't you see Tilda Swinton wearing this with tights?

==
I, too, didn't think Jesus' dress was THAT bad. It was boringly ok. If you're going to flout a challenge, you should do it with as much flair as you can muster. It's got to be spot-on perfect. This was not. Still, it was quite wearable.


Ping may be a cutie but let's be honest - that was truly one of the most horrible creations ever to "grace" PR (though the top wasn't bad).


Agree with you on all fronts guys, great commentary.

Love Ping. But the judges seemed to have picked up very early that her problem is that she doesn't seem to listen... potato party?! the skin of my model doesn't contrast? Tim told her the model's bottom was going to show, and it did, surprise?! I found it hilarious when Jonhathan was commenting on her final look and doubting his own judgement on what a mess it was on witnessing Ping's delight... she's from another planet.

-Don


In addition to running through the first loophole he could find, Jesus also managed to make a dress that just looked...fungal. I wasn't a fan of Pam's either, but Jesus has been in the bottom three twice now and I really expected him to get sent packing this time.


Well I agree with most of TLO wrote until I got to "she started out decently on the bodice. Not earth-shattering, but the braiding and the construction was nice." I used the zoom tool on Lifetime and the neck trim and sewing was funky and the braid ends were a mess. The 2 little braids look like some odd suspenders for the "skirt".

I see the top of Andre's flower/plant dress. The weird "lace" in the "pockets".. I see NO redeeming value.

I think Nina seems biased against Jesus. The issues with color?? SO one all brown dress (as opposed to seasons of black and dark gray) and one with (one of my fav shades of) green and black/brown(?). (Have both of jonathan's been black, anna's blah beige-y?)

To be fair it has to be acknowledged that Mila Maya and Jonathan all used a lot of trim/embellishments - Jesus used his with more density. But how many times have the judges praised someone (Chloe's comes to mind) for "creating a fabric"?

I can kind of see the point of the line:
It's not that what he did was "against the rules" so much as it was against the spirit of the challenge
... but the expressed rules were that it was to create a party worthy look which the models will wear to a special industry event. (which SOME people didn't do)
I am sorry by IMO "spirit of the challenge" was not totally clear and seems too much like "you know you did" mind reading.


By the way, it looks like Ping is taming up with Jesse for next week's challenge. Totally diverse design esthetics and characters... Like both of them. Jesse was shown punching the air in anger, somehow one cannot blame him... That is going to be interesting!


She clearly failed on all fronts, from practical to aesthetic, but the judges will almost always reward an entry with a point of view over a bland design or a design with "taste issues."

My feelings exactly. Ping's dress, I have to say I really like the back of the BODICE (LOL).

Jesus....oh goodness...that dress is so awful on all fronts.


I'm glad that Ping didn't get auf'ed she deserved to be in the bottom three for exposing the models butt, other than that I like the design. I like that she utilized the stiff quality of the fabric and the skirt almost brings to mind an actual sack, but still looks like clothing. She should have filled in that too high slit from the back with a small square of contrast fabric or burlap. Then the model could walk but she would not be exposing herself with every step.

I think the judges are giving Jesus hell for nothing. He has one of the better fit bodices he dyed the fabric and decorated the skirt with a rather remarkable ribbon pattern. Maybe he should have turned the skirt inside out and just had the stitching showing. I still think he is talented . And I can not imagine someone matronly wearing this dress.


Yeah, it's TV. They'll keep Ping from Ponging out, just as they did Elisa.

As for her dress, I figured those two little luv buckets on the side were to put potatoes in as the model went back on the farm during harvest time.

Very useful, them thar pockets.


Oh, and may I say this luv bucket potato sack made me laugh as much as Sweet Pea's botched men's wear design, and Elisa's "shitting fabric" dress. There are some disasters just meant to be loved for entertainment value alone.


Frank - I thought it looked like she was getting teamed with Jesse also. But I can't imagine her being a good team mate for anyone. First I don't believe she has the (any) construction skills.

Also, she totally seems like the type to say sure, ok, ok, sure and then go off on her own tangent.

I will be surprised it she plays well with others.


Geez, what did they do to Elizaveta's HAIR?! She looks like that character in "Four Weddings and a Funeral", the girl that falls in love with Hugh Grant's deaf brother.

I actually yelled out loud when Ping's model turned on the runway and I saw her ass. I do adore Ping and I was praying they would keep her around for another week. Of course she won't make it to the end, but she sure is entertaining to watch.


Let's not give matron's a bad name. I can't imagine one wearing Jesus' dress either.


I forgot to say, thanks for the Saturday post, TLo!


Baby Jesus should have been the first one out the door last week for that Naugahyde Nightmare. This week's effort was only marginally better. He bores me. And I hope he gets the boot soon. His portfolio was tacky, tacky, tacky. Not at all interested in seeing more from him.

The less said about Ping's ass-baring monstrosity the better. She would probably drive me to homicide within about 5 minutes. People who are just so utterly clueless drive me up a wall. The sobbing hysterics when she had to choose models in the first week annoyed the hell out of me. She should have ditched Elizavieta then since she's clearly the worst model. But I thought it was really unsporting of her to get rid of her after E literally bared her ass for her and defended the dress to the judges. Bad, bad karma, Ping. You could tell that none of the other models wanted to work with her. I hope it all comes back to bite her in the ass, one way or the other.


Bill at 10:36: once I figured out what that was, I got tears in my eyes from laughing! Hilarious! That song will be going through my head all day now.


Bill!
You are the master of words. I bow before your creativity!


I'm just gonna cut-and-paste what I said on the Pamela post, because it's true:
"Ping's dress looked like a sheltered, unwordly Mennonite girl took her home-sewn burlap dress and tried to sex it up. If she had designed some burlap panties to go with it, the impudence of it might have won me over."
What I find interesting is that everyone complains when a bad designer is kept around because they're "hot" (see all the Logan hate in S6), and yet many here keep saying that whacky Ping should stay because she's "entertaining." What's with the double standard? She sucks, get rid of her. It's that basic.


~La la la la la~

Sew a thong!

LOVE-IT


Thanks Bill.


Ok, I have to ask-was there any reason why Ping could not have her model cover her ass with an accessory like panties or tights or something since it was clear it would be exposed? I mean just out of mercy for the poor, doomed model.


Bill is a poet!

And Ping needs to learn construction. I fear it may be too late for that. Even though everything is all draped and folded, there still needs to be facings, hems, bootie covering, etc. Seriously, maybe an interpreter would be helpful to her. I don't think that would be unfair or "un-level" the playing field. So what's Jesus' excuse.

Oh well, I was completely blown away by many of the other designs so PR is BACK! Can't wait to hear the take on those. I loved the red dresses!


Patchworblu said... "Jesus will rise on the third day. I know he will."

BWAHAHAHAHA! *sniff* Ahhh... I hope he does, if only because he's nice to look at.

I think Ping is cute and sweet and all, but I really don't know how much longer she's going to last. Especially if the next challenge is a partner challenge. It's going to be a good show, for sure.


"Taste issues?" How could the skirt on that thing not raise any "taste issues" with the judges?

And she's my favorite designer to watch, don't get me wrong, but this was horrid.


I do get that Ping heard "industry party" and assumed it meant "potato industry". Ridiculous, but haven't we all had a good laugh at ourselves when we've made dope slap goofs like that?

As for her sewing skills, well, I very much agree with a previous poster, I'm betting on Ping for hurdling a wider curve in the few short weeks she'll have ahead of her. And, I'm giving Nina & Heidi about 5 more minutes to call her out on the water works. There are no tears on the runway. Oh, wait, well actually there are lots of tears on the runway, but, well, I fully expect them to tell Ping to suck it up anyway.


queenb said...
I do get that Ping heard "industry party" and assumed it meant "potato industry". Ridiculous, but haven't we all had a good laugh at ourselves when we've made dope slap goofs like that?


Unless she heard "Back door hook-up party" she still missed the mark a little.


I think that Ping is lucky that she was in the top 3 the first week. I suspect that protected her quite a bit this time around.


I have to agree with those who observed that Ping's dress reminded them of Andre's moss creation for the flower market challenge. It really was quite cute and his model looked adorable.

I also agree that Ping is all kinds of cute, adorable and most definitely, entertaining. I get get her POV and can appreciate it to some degree. However, I also get the feeling she's that she's manipulative as well and really only hears what she wants to hear with regards to the dictates of any given challenge. I'm glad that at least Michael & Tim can see past the cute quirkiness and get to the heart of issues with her deficiencies in design and execution. Next week looks awesome. There's nothing like a well timed team challenge to bring out the best and worst in PR's competitors.


edina


I just want to beat Ping. C'mon, girl, how much "ooops, i didn't realize her ass would hang out" do you think we'd believe?

And Jesus, Jesus. Jesus-please us. Give us a break, and step up. We WANT to cheer for you!


If anyone else had made Ping's dress, you know they would have been aufed in a hot second. Sorry Ping fans, but you know it's true.


I do not for one minute believe that she thought they meant "potato industry party." She's lying through her teeth. And even if it was a potato patch party, how is this any more appropriate? And what was that nonsense about the model's skin tone? I couldn't even follow that...Yes, I am over her.


Princess Die said...
Frodito...


Thank you!!! Each time I start reading the comments fresh, it takes a few attempts for me to switch over to the Latin pronunciation, so Jesus definitely needs a nickname so that I can stop feeling like I am breaking the third commandment when I read comments like "Hay-sus sucks" or "Hay-sus is tacky."


@Bill
Hahahahahahaha! Snort! That made my day. Now I have Karen Carpenter singing that in my head.

Yeah, Ping's got some interesting ideas, but she needs serious editing.

Hobbit-boy, OTOH, hasn't had any ideas that look interesting so far. I'm afraid he may be three-strikes-and-out.


The real questions are -

Which TLO award will Ping win this week?

Will Ping's dress bring Alex out of hibernation? Apparently he is all wrapped up in watching football games. Oh, Alex.

Did anyone notice new whack-a-doodle music showing up on Ping segments? She's going to be around for a while.

Which designer gets stuck with Ping next week in the partner challenge? And will PR have its first assault on a contestant?


edinamonsoon - when *I* said it looked like the top of Andre's *I* was NOT complimenting it.

I liked some of Andre's outfits but THAT was not one of them


OK, hearing what Nina said in the extended judging, I can see why Ping stayed. But what I don't understand is, how could she not know about the muslin when they were all in the same room?

And I can see how the industry party might get lost in translation, but I'm wondering if she asked anyone. Does she talk to anyone?

--GothamTomato


Can someone please make a quick resume of the extended judging for those who aren't allowed to see the videos due to those annoying country restrictions? :(


Oh my. Frodito is an adorable hobbit but this dress wasn't remotely interesting even with the changes he did incorporate after talking with Tim. It's just dull, despite the fact that it looks very well made. One more chance, little hobbit!

Ping! Ping! Ping!


Did she not grab enough burlap sacks to cover the ass?? Come ON!!

Oh and what stylist braided that hair?? It looks like a kindergartener's attempt at a french braid. YUCK!!!


The judges talked about who they wanted to see more of. I believe this was also mentioned last week. Maybe this how they really do the judging - picking bottom 3 based on scoring the worst looks, but who gets the auf based on who they feel has the least potential to grow/evolve. That type of system actually seems to justify some strange "auffings" in past seasons. It is obvious they don't base it only on who has the worst garmet that day.

With that criteria, I can see why Pam would go. Jesus could have gone too - his two appearances in the bottom 3 may have made him more worthy of auffing. But his design didn't make the model look like a hooker, so that gave him a slight edge so he stayed. For now.

For those upset about Ping, I wouldn't get too worked up. I believe it was mentioned in Tim's blog for week one that Ping didn't sew much - the bottom garment was pinned together, etc. Her burlap design appears to be the same way. The lack of construction skills is going to do her in soon.


"Apparently the judges don't mind a little ass."

Nope, what they mind is a BIG ass... or, more specifically, making a skinny model look like she has a big ass.


I heart Ping, not as a designer, but as a character on the show. So, if she goes soon, I'll miss her but it will most likely be fair. I have to say, my heart broke to see her cry on the runway. She is so happy happy happy most of the time, it was wrenching to see her break down. I got what she was going for, but why not make the skirt longer? That one simple little thing alone would have helped a bit with the judges.

Jesus better figure his shit out. I think his construction skills kept him in it for the past two weeks, but he dodged a serious bullet this week. The back of his dress (with the ribbons ending at the middle seam) was pretty much what got whatshername kicked off last week, right? PAY ATTENTION DUDE!


Can these people please learn how to sew in a zipper. the inside- out/deconstructed/backwards look is so last decade


The comments about the design are on point, but this was just wrong:

Let's face it: the likelihood of her being a finalist is slim, given the parameters of this show. But S6 taught us a lesson about the whacky, impractical, "character" designers: if you get rid of them too early, you have a boring season, from both a design and entertainment value point of view.

No, no, a thousand times no. As previous seasons have taught us, the show becomes a dull caricature of itself when it promotes wacky characters over real designers. There's zero dramatic tension in having to sit through a craptastic runway show by the Santino or Kenley type, because you know there's no way that designer can possibly win. Think back to S5 and S3 -- particularly egregious examples of lame judging that has to contort itself in order to justify the preordained conclusions about the final 3, and which get pretty dull because the interesting characters are lousy designers.

Can you imagine how much more taut it would have been to head to BP in S5 if Terri had been in the final 3, instead of Kenley? The sole dramatic interest in Kenley's participation was what she would say and how Leanne and Korto would interact with her. Had Terri, a strong designer, been there, we would have had some real suspense going into the runway, because of the possibility that any one of them could pull it out.

Honestly, when people like Kayne and Suede advance instead of folks like Allyson -- boring as characters, but interesting as designers -- that's when PR stinks itself up.

S6's issues had nothing to do with bland on-screen personalities. Its issues were the judging, the uncreative challenges, etc.


Anyone who has had the opportunity to work with a Ping-type character would be completely over her in short fashion - that is how I am feeling about her right now. But I still think that Jesus is the one with the most egregious taste issues, and have very little interest in people who say banalities like "I am a pretty big deal..." more than once when introducing themselves. He is NOT a big deal, IMO, and needs to go.


Oh, Saturday, how I love you - time for coffee and reading every comment on TLo!

Thank you TLo for a Saturday post !


This show needs a crazy designer. Viva la Ping.

The dress was awful, no doubt. But I think she can do better.


I would rather see what Ping does next than Pam, so I'm glad she stayed. I want more challenges like this. Why not have them have to make something fashionable out of a Snuggie, be forced to make something with dotted swiss?


Bill is Brill!
Thanks, Brooklyn Bomber! I couldn't put more perfectly!

Ping has become a household word-- & that word is a verb.

Recently heard in my household--

"Don't Ping it! Just write the note!"
"That's very Ping, isn't it?"
"Interesting turn of phrase. Very Pingy!"

I really liked the subtle elements in Ping's frock. It was just too short.

Jesus, though, doesn't interest me @ all. He tried to use empty trickery to cover his lack of creativity.
What keeps them both in the hunt is simple curiosity. I for 1 am tremendously curious to see what Ping's going to do next.


the purse, the purse.

consciously or unconsciously (did i even spell that right?) she was hoping the purse would somehow cover up her bare but cheeks.

she is a crummy model, but(t) I can BAREly blame her.

all bad puns i am afraid


I was kind of pissed at the elimination, I love ping and pings' point of view which many designers don't have, but I thought pamela should have stayed. She clearly made a better dress. I completely understand the elimination process and how ping is creative and entertaining, but I'm wondering here, what's going to happen to the designer who ends up making a winning design and ends up in the bottom two with ping?

There's no point in watching a show if there's unfair producer manipulation.


What I wouldn't give for a challenge that forces the designers to make sleeves! I keep thinking back to some of the quality work I have seen on this show that involved pants, jackets, long dresses, and shirts...I swear if I see one more little tiny sleeveless dress I am gonna throw something at the TV. How about a season based challenge?? Say, winter in New York, and you can't use black. See what I did there?? Please let there be something along these lines coming up soon. Thanks as usual for the great commentary, TLo, and also for letting me rant.


Watching the extended judging I can understand why Ping wasn't auf'd. There is some potential and she seems to have misunderstood a few things like what type of industry party and the fact that muslin was allowed. I see that giving her a pass once. I worry if she just gets so stuck in what her vision is that she doesn't stop, step back & look objectively at her design.

What I don't get is why Jesus didn't use that same technique but used the burlap instead. He could have dyed the burlap, cut it into strips and alternated that with the natural colored burlap. It may have made an interesting pattern and saved him from being in the bottom. Only Nina could say, "I'm surprised you used brown again." and have it sound like a threat. Michael hit the nail on the head calling his designs sophisticated for a 1972 Vegas show. If he doesn't send something a bit lighter and more modern down the runway, he's going back to Hobbiton.


Holly, I love your idea for the challenge!!! But until the designers get more than 12 hours to work, I think we're stuck with sleeveless dresses. Well, either those, or the kind of pants that pirate-boy made.


Ping! The musical.

God luvya, Bill. You do make us laugh.

The detailed shots of Ping's "thing"

(Thing. Thing sans thong. -- you've got me started, Bill and it's hard to stop!)

... Anyway... she's skating close to "costume" and I hope she can learn that fine balance.

I love her.


I adore Ping. Sure, this entry was middle of the road and the back of the dress gave the model a look that suggested that her rear had a carapace, but...she at least is working outside the pretty dress aesthetic that some of the other designers are trudging.
Then again, I adored Stella and Shirin, which means that Ping is likely doomed to an 8th/9th place auf'ing. I hope she last this long-if they could allow Guadalupe to assault our senses 5 times, then surely there's room for a little bit of left of center designing...

Jesus' taste issues go back to his showcasing dead seal on his audition. I lack any curiosity to see what else he can conjure. Also, like Logan, I don't get all the adulation. Jesse and Ben are far cuter.
That dress was depressing. Can't imagine where a woman would find it appropriate to wear. Garish laced with sad colors. Maybe if there had been a funeral scene in Boogie Nights?


I adore Ping. Sure, this entry was middle of the road and the back of the dress gave the model a look that suggested that her rear had a carapace, but...she at least is working outside the pretty dress aesthetic that some of the other designers are trudging.
Then again, I adored Stella and Shirin, which means that Ping is likely doomed to an 8th/9th place auf'ing. I hope she last this long-if they could allow Guadalupe to assault our senses 5 times, then surely there's room for a little bit of left of center designing...

Jesus' taste issues go back to his showcasing dead seal on his audition. I lack any curiosity to see what else he can conjure. Also, like Logan, I don't get all the adulation. Jesse and Ben are far cuter.
That dress was depressing. Can't imagine where a woman would find it appropriate to wear. Garish laced with sad colors. Maybe if there had been a funeral scene in Boogie Nights?


PS -- I don't think we missed much in Season 6 by losing Ari early, but it's a shame we didn't see what Malvin might do. I liked his egg wrap!


Ping is interesting, I'm just concerned that she is equally untalented beyond a very narrow look.

Also, blaming your model is such a low thing to do. "I need a stronger model." Please, what you need is to not send fugly shit down the runway.


"She is an origamist."

WTF? Would this have been said about Ping if she wasn't asian?


She did need a stronger model. Elizaveta was the weakest by far, and by getting rid of her, Ping has just increased her odds. The worst dress can look hot on a model who knows how to work it.


another laura

Bravo, Bill!

"Ping, sew a thong ..."

My new ear worm for the day.


Brooklyn Bomber said . . .

"Bill
Bill is brill"

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

He absolutely is. His little ditty was so great I shared with another. She, unfortunately, was too young to remember the original ditty, so I felt old.


Jesus already bores me, but Ping, well, I keep thinking what if she had made it long enough and sewn a little better.

I think a couple of posters made really good points--one, she's really hurt by using herself as a fit modely--what fit on her was too short for her model--and, presto, butt flap. And, boy, she needs to use her muslin.

The time constraints do make it hard for experimental designers. I always felt that Chris March was the one guy who really knew how to make the weird in a given amount of time.

Ping picked the oldest model--Brandise--I'll be interested to see if Brandise has the savvy to keep Ping from embarrassing her. Ping was tactless, but right--she needs a stronger model, one who can talk back to Ping a bit.

And, yeah, Ping needs to listen. It's not just a language barrier--it's Ping in Ping land.


Not gonna lie... I loved Ping's design. Yes, it was impractical, and there seemed to be some construction issues; however, the design itself was lovely.
So far, I've been a fan of her aesthetic. Her first look was FABULOUS.


Here's what I worry about with Ping after seeing the extended judging: does she think her charm is going to immunize her from failure? To say her excuses were lame is giving them more stature that they deserve.

And I *love* Ping. I can imagine how pissed people are who don't like her.

I wanted to shake her and holler "Snap out of it Ping! Own your failures - don't blame language barriers, your model, or not noticing that EVERYONE in the room is using muslin."

grrr.

I hope she has some inner voice that is shaking her and shouting at her. Because, it was pretty clear from the things MK and the other judges said to her that they are only going to give her so much rope.

I loved her first look - I can see where she was going with this one and I think if her technical skills had been up to snuff she could have made it work.

And I think her POV is really interesting. I actually do want to see more.


I appreciate her aesthetic and I loved her design in the first episode, but she has an inability to absorb what's going on around her. I have a feeling that whoever is paired with her next week (looks like Jesse) is going to get the auf - I can't see Ping being able to collaborate or execute someone else's designs effectively.


Robert said...

I would rather see what Ping does next than Pam, so I'm glad she stayed. I



That's just it. Plain and simple.


I like Ping, and I hope she's not gone anytime soon. I do think she has it in her to create some good stuff, and hopefully she will while she's on the show.

As for the model - I hated that model, and I'm glad she was the one eliminated.


BTW - under the heading, THINGS I HAVE LEARNED FROM WATCHING PROJECT RUNWAY: number one would be "hold the waterworks." I don't think that crying either softens the criticism or gives you any break. It is just bad strategy. So, other than just expressing one's inner angst - it is useless.

Furthermore, the blogoshpere will eviscerate you.

I say this as a fairly weepy person. After seeing what happens and what people say about weepers on PR, I am developing a new paradigm for public crying . . . I am putting it in the same category as farting in public.

So, there you are - another day, another useful lesson learned from PR!

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Please take this in the spirit of my all time favorite line from The X-Files. (Nerdy guy says self-righteously) "I didn't spend all those years of playing Dungeons and Dragons without learning A LITTLE SOMETHING about courage."


Next week should be interesting; it looks like Ping is a team leader - or at least is acting like one. I work with two Chinese, and let me tell you they are confident of their abilities and very adamant about their point of view. I think a person would pretty much have to be to leave China, so props to her for that. But that can make them seem uber-pushy, so it should be interesting to see how well she can play with others.


@sewing siren

queenb said...
I do get that Ping heard "industry party" and assumed it meant "potato industry". Ridiculous, but haven't we all had a good laugh at ourselves when we've made dope slap goofs like that?

Unless she heard "Back door hook-up party" she still missed the mark a little.

Oh My God! I laughed so hard at that comment! It is sooooooo true! Now my 7 yr old wants me to explain why I'm laughing. I think not.


I thought Ping was being disingenuous with her crying on the runway and saying that she didn't understand the instructions for the challenge. She is a physical therapist, for gosh sakes. Also, if she'd come out of her little creative bubble, she would have seen what the other designers are doing.

She knew her design was crap and she was BS'ing her endearing little ass off.

I didn't think Jesus's design was that bad and the color combination was interesting. I could see this at an "industry event" more than Ping's or Pam's (or some of the others)--at least in concept.

Lauren Hutton never seemed to be a person who was interested in fashion. She's a tomboy, who would throw on a pair of khakis, a t-shirt, put her hair in a ponytail, and ride off on her Harley. That's why she is so great. She's like a modern-day Katharine Hepburn.


Here's the thing about Jesus: He probably thought he was being clever in his use of ribbon, but when Tim expressed concern, he didn't seem to really understand what the issue was. That inability to see the critiquer's PoV, not ugly ribbon (and that ribbon is really ugly IMO) or dated designs, is probably what's going to wash him out. One major objection the judges had was that most of the rest of the people were trying to transform, not obscure, the burlap... which is more or less exactly what Tim was concerned about.

Ping... I don't know, I'm glad she's stayed because she clearly has some interesting ideas about shapes, but she needs to pay more attention to results. I do actually believe she has some issues with understanding certain things (I had a coworker who sometimes had to translate things into her native language to really "get" connotations, even though she actually did speak English fairly well), but I'm also pretty sure that she completely understood Tim's warning so I was shocked when she didn't double-check the hang in the back.


The only thing more horrifying than Ping's execrable design abilities are Elizabeta's cellulite cloaked thighs !!! Is she really a model ? With THOSE thighs ???

And I find Ping so twee, annoyingly dense and saccrine, that she makes me cringe and my teeth hurt the way the sound of fingers nails on a chalkboard does.There is NOTHING appealing about cluelessness and such a self-absorbed view of ones abilities. She is completely convinced of her own 'specialness' while in reality she has no actual talent.

Her outfit required the most basic of sewing skills and she could not even accomplish that. She has no ability to visualize a concept and then carry it out. All of her work is accomplished by draping on herself. Apparently she says she cannot even drape on a dress form. That is not true design, that is dress-up.

She is an annoying joke who took the place of other accomplished and serious contestants just to fill a 'reality show quirky character' role that the producers think is neccessary.

At least this was a decent challenge. That is an improvement over last season.

She needs to go...asap. But I fear we are in for another challenge or two of her tears and her wide-eyed vacuousness.

Sewhat?


I have to say i actually really like Jesus's look even if he did work around the challenge...it's not like he's the first to do it either.


After a stress filled day at work I needed the laugh that watching Ping's dress sashay down the runway brought! I did think it was endearing how the poor model tried to lie and say she liked having her bottom hang out from a lampshade shaped dress in front of the world. I don't think Ping can last more than a few more challenges but I have to admit I want to see next week's episode cause I want to see what insanity she will design!


I like the colours Jesus has used so far in the competition. I think the dep chocoloate brown and the green ribbon go together beautifully. He needs to pick it up in the imagination department. He's boring and being boring while you are trying to be sultry is sad. He, however, reminds me of PeeWee Herman and so I enjoy him.

You know, I thought Ping was a little bit mean when she got rid of her model but, looking at her in the screen caps, it was the right move. Not only was she a weak walker but she has a lot of cellulite. I would LOVE to wear something that Ping designed. I would love to see a full runway show by her. I hope she makes it decoy collection level if she doesn't make it to the end.


ASK said...

"when*I* said it looked like the top of Andre's *I* was NOT complimenting it."

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ASK,
*I* did NOT interpret your comment as a compliment to Andre's design.


edina


Really, Jesus isn't the first nor it will be last to skirt a challenge!

Remember... let's say... Keith and the dog challenge, where we actually refused to make a garment for the dog! At least Jesus used the burlap!


sorry I meant "where he actually refused" and "nor he will be the last"...


Jesus should have been gone. That dress was both not in the spirit of the challenge and not in the spirit of creating something interesting. Plus, he did that fabric stops at the center back thing that helped get Kristianne auf'ed last week. He's lucky to still be around.

I'd love to see Ping be able to adapt to the challenges because she does have a different POV and she's fun to watch. Probably annoying in person but great on TV.

Nina mentioned liking Ping's dress on the dress form. What all is in that little book the judges get to look at?


I understand that Ping is cute and fun to watch, but her garment never left the farm. The model's ASS was hanging out, it was poorly made, complete with unflattering looking feed bags for the horses on the hips,so so ugly. This was supposed to be wearable to an industry party where I would think the model would want to look....attractive. There is no one on the planet that would look good in that outfit,at least the other two would be wearable to an event like that. She missed the challenge entirely compared to everyone else, point of view or not, it was by far the worst from all aspects.


I like how Ping thinks a bit differently than the "classic" designer, but I'm not sure it's going to work for her in this competition. And PLEASE Lord, help Ping develope a little tougher skin-girl will never make it in this "Girl, don't MAKE me cut you" profession.

Jesus-he's just kind of a bore.And boring and painfully stubborn is no way to go thru life son.


I didn't buy the skin tone versus sack color excuse. The models were wearing the sacks on the farm when the challenge was given out!


SS said, "Unless she heard 'Back door hook-up party' she still missed the mark a little."

Oh, it's late and you probably won't see this, but may I just say. . .

Siren, I'm SHOCKED! SHOCKED!!


Ping's dress is poo, as in poo!


I'm ready for another men's wear challenge. Most of the designers seem talented and it would be interesting to see what they would come up with. Or at least a challenge where they HAVE TO make pants. I agree with a previous post,no more little sleeveless dresses.


OMG, Bill, I finally figured out what song that is! Hahahahaha! Brilliant! (hey, it's Saturday after a Patron night out...)

90% of women have cellulite, which includes stick-thin models. It should be the norm, not a symbol of the anti-christ. I think some of the remarks about Ping's model are cruel. She sucks as a model - that's legit - but so what if she has the hint of cellulite. Horrors!!


Ping is a really cute girl with an awesome personality but please, even if you did not understand what type of industry party you are desiging for you still cover the ass. Period. So, okay you have trouble with the English language -- here are some phrases for you to familiarize yourself with: "indecent exposure" and "cover thy model's ass and other vital parts. Ping should have been ponged out of there and they should have kept Pam. Tim even told her about the skirt length. One last rant on Ping's creation - what's with the gaping sides of the dress? Did she mean for these to act as large pockets so one can stick their drink and appetizers in the sides if they were tired of holding them???? Good luck next challenge. You do have an "interesting" point of view though I don't think we will see many more of them.


P.S. Thank you Bill for your Sew a Thong song. You got talent!


If I were the producers, and I knew that a team challenge was next, I'd fight, clean or dirty, to keep Ping in the game 'til then. I like her - but can't imagine being paired with her. Unless I had immunity - then it'd be a blast!


El Frodo & Ping, love it! Coming to Fox this fall.

I went from loving Ping to, well, not so much. After the episode and the extended judging clip, I was waiting for Rupaul to pop out with "Did a dingo eat your baby too, mate? That's a lot of excuses ya got there."
Remember last season when Gordana made a better dress than Althea and the judges kept Althea because they liked the idea of her dress more? I feel like that's the same thing that happened this week, only not everyone's talking about it. Maybe I'm the only one. Granted, Pam's dress < Gordana's, but still...

I guess I still like Ping but this episode's judging just bummed me out. It's a bit too early for cracktacular judging, for me at least, although obviously the judges love crack. :) I don't have a problem with Ping staying or with Pam going. I do have a problem with Pam leaving against what Ping (and even Jesus) made. Taking the challenge at face value, if Ping just has to stay, than Jesus should have gone. I was truly shocked that Jesus stayed after the judges seemed to have ripped him apart and had some compliments for Pam.


Oh well. This is why we love you, Project Runway. And then hate you. And then love you.


If Ping thought her dress was appropriate for a potato industry party, maybe there is something about the potato industry we don't know...


Seeing the extended judging, it's clear that the judges didn't think Jesus' dress was as terrible as Pam's. He didn't embrace the challenge, and it was boring as hell, but it was well made (he does have technical skills), and well, decent. He's getting on through good execution, not giving the judges "enough" reason to get rid of him. But he has no imagination, and really little cool for someone so young.

The extended judging also makes it clear that the judges, at least Nina and Hutton, liked Ping's concept, and on the strength of that she went through. The thing is, the program is edited to keep suspense, so that it is not "easy" to guess what the judges will do, and even to create a certain expectation. The problem with that is that often the public is left with the impression that the final decision was somehow not in tune with the comments we witnessed. Extended judging tends to be very revealing in that respect.

What also comes across is what little tolerance Michael Kors had for Ping's lame excuses. I was glad they kept Ping, and find her charming, but really... and she's not stupid at all that girl. As for her English... Well, anyone in 1st grade English would kind of get what an "industry party" is in this context. However, the concept "country fair party" requires a high level of English and inside knowledge of American mores. Most foreigners wouldn't have a clue what does that mean. So Ping, sorry, not listening is not the same as not understanding...


Ok - this is going to sound ├╝ber-bitchy, but I'm sooo glad Elizaveta is gone, and I would love to suggest that she find herself a new career (sorry Elizaveta - I'm only going on what we saw...).

Yes, she was "injured", but if it's that bad, then don't accept the job. Once you're hired, it's your job to sell the clothes, even if your leg falls off.

Oh yeah, I'm a Ping fan. I can't help it - these designers can sometimes scrape by on execution alone, but it's VERY rare that we get to see a designer who has vision, originality, and something to say.

Jesus didn't say anything interesting this week. He just kind of... burped.

In real life a seamstress (or seamstrer if it's a man???) will take care of execution - it's the designer's job to have vision.


I forgot to mention how GREAT I thought Lauren Hutton was as a guest judge. Here's one of the first "supermodels" or at least famous, a sew-er from way back (she made all her own clothes in high school). She knew her stuff and was interested. I loved that she dropped by MOTR to check out Amy's outfit construction. I too loved that dress (with the handkerchief hems and halter).


Just remember: Santino made it to Bryant Park with poor construction, poor fit, and off-the-wall ideas. Ping could well be in the same boat. She just needs to work up her Tim and Michael impressions and write a few songs.


Michael said "I guess I still like Ping but this episode's judging just bummed me out. It's a bit too early for cracktacular judging, for me at least, although obviously the judges love crack. :) I don't have a problem with Ping staying or with Pam going. I do have a problem with Pam leaving against what Ping (and even Jesus) made. Taking the challenge at face value, if Ping just has to stay, than Jesus should have gone. I was truly shocked that Jesus stayed after the judges seemed to have ripped him apart and had some compliments for Pam.

Oh well. This is why we love you, Project Runway. And then hate you. And then love you."
Amen, to that, Michael. That just about sums up my thoughts to a tea.

I get bored whenever designers are seemingly kept because of their "emotional" appeal. I feel nothing against Ping, or Jesus for that matter personally, but I find their failure to follow guidelines for challenges and placing their so-called point of view in the forefront annoys me. Ping's outfit was fugly to the nth degree, and Jesus was just in his own orbit, once again ignoring what was asked in the challenge. Yes, they have talent, however, the judges shouldn't make excuses for keeping them because of their point of view.


I don't know, but I loved Jesus' dress. The bodice cut was excellent and extremely flattering and I loved his color sense. Everything can't be either black or bright jewel colors. Some people shine in brown and a great shade of green, especially brunettes. I don't know exactly what he did wrong because he definitely used the burlap AND transformed it. Here it looked like a raw silk weave and in a luscious coffee bean color. I'd wear it happily.


Here's the thing about Ping. She's plays up the cuteness but seems she'll cut someone off at the (free-moving) knees. Here in the frozen tundra, we call it "passive aggressive"


To Anonymous @ 8:32 pm - I could see that happening.


Sewhat - thank you for this
"She is an annoying joke who took the place of other accomplished and serious contestants just to fill a 'reality show quirky character' role that the producers think is neccessary."

As to the people that think it will be funny in the team challenge, it seems highly unfair to the poor person stuck with her. I've been stuck working with someone like her and it is maddening and you cannot win. In fact you've lost the minute you find yourself on the same team.

Saw that Tim confirmed that last week she just pinned the fabric on - how is THAT
in the spirit on the challenge or competition?


Isaspacey - I didn't mind Jesus' dress until she turned around and you saw the back with the lopsided brown on one side of the rump. In fact I really liked the embelishments and thought the color combo was quite nice. The thing is Jesus was not true to the challenge and Tim called him on it. That bothered me along with Ping's lame-ass excuse and poor execution after Tim called her out too. That said, I agree that all three belonged in the bottom 3. I really liked Amy's dress along with the winning dress and the 1 red dress. Amazing what one can do with a burlap sack.


Instead of the neoprene dress - Tim should make Nina (and Ms. Hutton) wear Ping's at the next Industry event (or the next county fair potato party they attend.
(with the same styling of course.)


Elzabeta seems like the sweetest girl, but she was a disaster.

On the one hand, I found Ping should have dismissed her more graciously, like she didn't need to say that about a "stronger model", she could just have done like Ben and talk about wanting to try another look blah blah (btw, it was funny to witness the sighs of relief of other contestants when Ping's move gave them free reign to change models).

On the other hand, I don't know, but when Elizabeta left the comment in our room was: someone should tell this poor girl she's never, ever, going to make it as a model...


Don't anyone blame angles or lighting. That model has cottage cheese back of thighs. Holygrossness.


bitchybitchybitchy

Lin said:

What I find interesting is that everyone complains when a bad designer is kept around because they're "hot" (see all the Logan hate in S6), and yet many here keep saying that whacky Ping should stay because she's "entertaining." What's with the double standard?

Here's my modest attempt at an explanation for the double standard.

Ping Wu does have charm. She's endearing, and appears to be someone who enjoys creating. On the design side she brings a particular aesthetic to the show, and I think that some viewers are responding to her personality and her design sensibility.

I don't think anyone can deny as that viewers we are responding to the personalities of the designers as they're shown in each episode, as well as to their designs and their ability.


I loved when Ping's model said, "I really like it, Ping" So cute.


BitchyBitchy, I think many people mean entertaining from the perspective of his design asthetic and the look she produces, and it's legit to want that in the context of the design context. Which has nothing to do with Logan and his combination of hot pans and yawn-inducing looks...


How many times have the Muppets been used to describe an outfit that has come down the runway?

Now Bill comes up with a brilliant parody of the "Sing a Song" er- song that has been sung on "Sesame Street" forever. I could just picture all those furry little guys standing along the runway serenading Ping.

As for the outfits - both of them - El Frodo and Ping's - meh. I don't think Frodo was in the spirit of the challenge and Ping's well, we all know there were construction issues. Auf with both their heads.


I f*cking LOVE PING


Bill, the Ping song is hilarious and brilliant!

Ping-a-ling - I with Kors and Heidi, I ain't buying it... and the runway tears, chile please! Her aesthetic is interesting because it has not been seen on much on PR, if at all, but I don't think that she is a good standard bearer for her POV. Ping does bring the funny.

Frodito - IMO Fro did not deserve to be in the bottom last week, so I agree with others that he is the "special" one. Now he may have been tagged for "special" treatment because he is hard headed which dates back to his audition tape. He deserved to be in the bottom this week for treating much of the burlap like it was muslin. He tried to do something interesting with the burlap portion of the skirt that he did expose, and if he reversed it and gave the same amount of real estate to the burlap that he gave to the ribbon, I don't think that it would have violated the spirit of the challenge. Another option would be to use the ribbon to do an obi belt waist treatment.


Dear Bill, (And BB)

I'm posting this days after you wrote "Ping sew a thong. . . "
But, if you happen to check back - I have to tell you that your song has made us all laugh for days! We've had a mountain of work to do and periodically one of us breaks out in your song - with added verses of "Bill, Bill is Brill . . ."

Thanks!


Blushing here, SusanID. Glad the song has helped you & your friends get through the work. I was singing it myself as I got wasted on BriWax fumes while staining furniture in the barn last night. xo


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