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Boo Boo Kitty, Jay, Jonathan

If we see one more red fucking dress, we're gonna scream.

AAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!

There. Now that we've gotten that our of our systems, let's get to rippin'.


Oh Boo Boo Kitty, we love you so much. Even though you haven't treated us to nearly as many tears as we'd hoped for, you do add some nice tension every week as we lean forward in our seats and say "This is IT! She's gonna WAIL this time!" And we thank you for that.

Also, the facial expressions. Priceless.

We really support the new regime's tactic of randomly placing dangerous objects like buckets full of water around the work room. We look forward to small fires in the corners and maybe some broken glass and live wires artfully placed around the room. Perhaps for the finale they could open the workroom door and let a tiger loose or something.
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Okay, the dress. We actually really like what she did around the neckline there. Not so much the Campbell's corsage, but those little noodles that provided some movement in an area where there's not usually any movement. Unfortunately, the color of the fabric makes it look like she's got half a box of Kleenex stuffed into her bra.


And it seems to fit her fairly well. There are some issues with the puckering in the seams, but for the most part, it's executed well too. BUT THAT SKIRT, KITTENS. What was she thinking there? It's like the dress starts off okay on the top and the further your eyes go down, the worse it gets, until you hit the bottom where it just goes right off the rails.

Y'know, the Red Dress Ladies were fabulous and fun and all, even inspirational, but we honestly don't get the crying. Granted, we have long established that we are cold-hearted bitches, but heart disease is fairly common and if we burst into tears every time we met someone living with it, we'd never get anything done.

Jay did a really nice job dressing her in a manner that is appropriate for her age and body type. The silhouette and the proportions are all fine.

But this baffles the hell out of us. It looks like the thorax on a bug. We don't understand why he went in that direction and we don't understand how he couldn't see how weird it looked on her.

We'll give her credit for one thing: she's rocking it.

Can we just say that we kind of adore Jonathan? He's the perfect blend of bitchy and sweet. Hey! He's where the gritty meets the pretty! We get it!

We also get what he was going for here. If you follow the line of the dress from the top to the bottom, it's a continuous curve in and out, like a Christmas tree effect. That's thoughtful and interesting. We also have to commend his fabric choice because we are SICK of looking at that cliched Valentine's red.

But there are two major problems here. The fabric looks absolutely tortured...

And that sash is horrible. It looks like what it is: a last-minute add-on put there just to fulfill the dictates of the challenge.

And we're also not supercrazy about the over-worked back (okay, that's 3 things). Like we said, we get where he was going. With some time and without the need to slap a soup logo on it, this could be a real knockout of a gown.

Tim Gunn's Workroom:




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ouch Jonathan's - what was happening to her breasts again? (esp her right one) and sorry that back reminds me of toilet paper dragging off the back of your skirt.

Boo boo kitty - That add on fabric was horrible and though the idea of those "ruffles" may have worked the execution was awful. And the bottom of that skirt? Oye. Without those elements it might have been nice - although those very simple straps were also blah.

Jay - another example of how not to make a dress for woman without a tiny waist. (Or how to make a woman look like she has no waist.)


Boo Boo Kitty's could of been cute but the corsage thing was awful!!

I kept thinking of a Victorian vampire when I saw Jonathan's.

I actually thought Jay's made his model look really good. She looked taller and leaner. I liked where he was going with the bodice but it looks like it poofed too much. Tim Gunn said in his blog that he thought Jay should have been in the top 3. I'm assuming that his dress also looked better in person then in TV...


Oh and Jay's model was great


Oh Fug.
All of them. really, really bad.
Jonathan's is MAYBEEEEEEE all right, if it was not for the strange vulca lump he gave his model.
Jees! This may be the worst showing in a single epp. of PR ever. It's right up there with the season 5 zodiac fiasco.


Boo hoo's is just a sad, sad dress. It looks like it walked in from the season 4 Prom Challenge. In the rain. This I would have put in the bottom it's worse than Jesses and Jesus.

Jay- I thought he did a nice job for his client. It's a good Red Gala dress for his client with a lot of Jay in there too. I would have put it in front of Maya for top 3.

Jonathon-It looks like a Red Gala dress for the Junior League Christmas party. It also looks like it's been out in the weather and the back is awful like she has her apron on. Again I don't like the Campbell sashes so many put on their gowns. It doesn't read Campbell's so they should have just left it off, cause it more or less ruins the dress.


Vulva lump, I mean.
I am a bad typist.


You thought bug, I thought lobster when I saw Jonathan's dress. I'm utterly sick of red dresses too. I hope we get something interesting in the next episode!


Clueless Jock

Jay's was fine. The rest, no comment.


If Jay had done that bodice work upside down so that it just layed flat (instead of spilling outward), I think it would have been just as interesting but much more figure flattering.

TLO said...We really support the new regime's tactic of randomly placing dangerous objects like buckets full of water around the work room. We look forward to small fires in the corners and maybe some broken glass and live wires artfully placed around the room. Perhaps for the finale they could open the workroom door and let a tiger loose or something.

Have I told you guys lately that I LOVE YOU?


"I kept thinking of a Victorian vampire when I saw Jonathan's."

Hope you're not saying that as a bad thing.

The fabric was rumpled, the fit was off, the use of the logo fabric was lame.

But the dress has a certain flair.


There's a third thing wrong with Jonathan's dress: the boobs. Note to designers: when you're dressing real women, you have to make a bra possible. Most adult women can't let the boobs flop around like that.

Why didn't PR provide them with proper undergarments, like a convertible bra? hel-LO, most women need bras!!!


WE LOVE YOU TOO, BILL! We have to get together soon.


Jonathon should have been in the top 3 over that snake-biting-tit dress. However, speaking of those, can he give his poor lady no support in the bust? Seriously?


Boo Boo Kitty's would have probably looked better if a tiger had been turned loose on it. *shudder* What a mess that skirt is! And it's so uneven in the hem, to make matters worse. How this got a pass is only testimony to how much complete ass there was on the runway this week.

Jay's dress would have been fine without the bug molting bodice. I actually thought on the runway that it looked like she had lumpy boning poking through the top and giving her a boob shelf - it was only in seeing the stills that I saw the bug shell effect. Yuck. Just plain would have been better, Jay.

Big Boy's dress wasn't bad - I prefered this color by a mile to the other crap color, but it wasn't "Campbell's" color so I was surprised he wasn't called out for that. The back is a holy mess and reminded me of Chinstrap's penchant for too much ruffles and bs on the skirt. The top also doesn't fit. The model's boobs are hanging to her waist. Build in support or give her a proper strapless bra, please!!!! The sash is crap, but that fabric is crap. Seriously, it looked like hell on all the garments.

This episode needs to vanish in a dark, deep, dank hole.


Janeanne's offering reminds me of some of things I pulled together when I was a teenager, before I accepted I was pretty much hopeless at sewing and gave it up, except for felt costumes when my kids were preschoolers.

I thought Jay's dress was cute, and the model seemed quite happy with it. The ridges were not my style, but I didn't think they were bad, per se.

I liked the color of Jonathan's dress, but everything above the hips looks like afterthought, right down to the last second sash.


The dresses are red, ithey have Campbell's logo on them, The models have heart disease. Over it. next?


"We really support the new regime's tactic of randomly placing dangerous objects like buckets full of water around the work room. We look forward to small fires in the corners and maybe some broken glass and live wires artfully placed around the room. Perhaps for the finale they could open the workroom door and let a tiger loose or something."



R.O.F. L.


I love you bitches!!


What is it with some of my favorite fashion gays (Tim and TLO) and not recognizing the boob-trosity that is Jonathan's dress?

Gravity happens in the real world and no woman wants to go out with her boobs resting on her belly button.

With the crimes against breasts, that dress was better suited to Granny Clampett (after the black gold was found and she was going to a Beverly Hills gala).


Boo Boo Kitty's (who looks exactly like Jane Adams -- Mel from Frasier) dress was awful. The nude fabric begs the question: Why?

Jay -- his model loved it and rocked it.

Jonathan -- enh.


Thank you for addressing the ridiculous bucket of water! WTF? All I could think of were the words, Why? and Wha'?

Your recap of it made me laugh out loud. And I love your nickname for Janeane.

Also, this made me almost do a spit take:
Granted, we have long established that we are cold-hearted bitches, but heart disease is fairly common and if we burst into tears every time we met someone living with it, we'd never get anything done.


interesting post. I would love to follow you on twitter. By the way, did any one learn that some chinese hacker had hacked twitter yesterday again.


I think the bodice of Jay's dress was supposed to suggest overlapping hearts, or the tops of hearts. But yes, it had the exo skeleton vibe. Still a decent entry.


The top of Jonathan's dress is HORRIBLE. The fact that her boobs are resting on her hips is bad enough. But the cut on the arm holes is incredibly unflattering to her body type. It makes her chest look so pinched and narrow and long. I saw it and thought of those drawings from the 1880s or whenever of orphan boys suffering from tuberculosis.

I'm sure there's nothing actually wrong with her chestal area in real life, but that dress made her look like some sort of mutant.

I thought Jay did a good job overall. His client had a tough body type to deal with. I think a bit more fullness in the skirt would have been nice to balance the width of her shoulders. One thing it had going for it--with some editing (bug thorax!), it would be something that one actually could wear to a gala.


Jonathan's dress made that poor woman's boobs look droopy as can be. Not figure flattering AT ALL!


"Perhaps for the finale they could open the workroom door and let a tiger loose or something"
LMAO!

Yea Jonathan isnt as annoying as I originally first pegged him to be. His design was the best of the 3 posted, snaps to his use of dark red material instead of the valentine's day red.


Princess Die

We really support the new regime's tactic of randomly placing dangerous objects like buckets full of water around the work room...

God yes. Anything to relieve the boredom.

I was really surprised that Mila and Maya got higher scores than Jonathan. I liked his dress a lot. I loved the color, I liked the pairing of sporty-ish bodice with flamenco-ish skirt. I had a problem with the tomato godet train, and there were definitely fit and finish issues, but overall? Best dress after Amy's.


I've made this comment on Rungay before - what the hell is it with satin? Because nothing shows up bad and hasty execution better than a slick shiny fabric. It's like designers get to PR and they get all fixated on satin for some reason, which rarely looks anything but cheap unless it's done as lingerie. NO MORE FUCKING SATIN!!!!!


I'll give Jonathan a pass on the boobtrocity (will have to remember that one, thanks Anon 2:24!) as I don't think a lot of the other neckline styles wouldn't have done the same thing with that particular model. He got MAJOR points in my book for staying away from that cliche red that everyone else used.

BooBoo Kitty's dressed looked like a red slip - with an auf'ul underskirt. Well-fitted but....

And Jay's model was cute (and worked her look well!) but the dress itself..eh.

this challenge was worse than last season's "blue" challenge methinks....

srq


It was the lump at the crotch that really got me with Jonathan's dress. She seriously looks like she's hiding a boner under there.


I actually didn't mind Jay's exo-skeleton. I think the reason that I'm not a huge fan of "real woman" challenges is that the dresses are at best either a) boring but figure-flattering, or b) innovative but hideously unflattering.
I think Jay's exo-skeleton lacked a bit execution-wise, but at least it differentiated it from the generic gowns this challenge generated.

No one watches this show for a dose of realism. Bring back the candy gowns and burlap cocktail dresses!


srq, the boobtrocity could have been avoided with a higher back that allowed the use of a strapless bra. That's all it would have taken.

Well, ;) it would have taken a designer who recognizes that the older the real breast, the greater the need for some artifical support LOL.

-Anon 2:24


Boo Boo Kitty's was a disaster from top to bottom. Why did she and Anna both pick such terrible beige fabric?

I thought Jay's dress was great, thorax and all. She looked fabulous and I'd have put him in the top three for making his client look great.

Overworked is the perfect adjective for Jonathan's dress. The outine for the bodice in front is so unflattering - totally wrong for his client's body. And the bright red fabric and Campbell's logo clash so badly with the rest of the dress.


Anonymous 2:51 I had been so mesmerized by the boobtrocity that I hadn't noticed the lump in the crotch until you pointed it out? Giggle, do you think that crotch lump is actually her breasts?

With the boobtrocity and the 'boner', I seriously don't know how some could think this dress deserves top 3?? Jonathan's model has a beautiful figure for her age...he had more of the typical model figure (except for age) than almost all the other contestants. Shame that he couldn't handle the few bits of her :) that exemplify 'real' women.

-Anon 2:24


I thought the middle pooch under the sash of Jonathan's dress looked like a prolapsed vagina.


yeah! ho! wah!

janeane: her style so far seemed to be "boring and sad". with this challenge, she stepped out of her comfort zone, making something that was truly atrocious.

jay's look doesnt seem so bad at first, until you realize she has a cross between a insect and a body-builders sex-pack on her stomach.

im feeling the jonathan-love too. his fabric choice here is refreshing and the dress not bad, but overworked.


Good foundation garments and more time would have benefited all involved.

I'm hoping no one makes a pretty dress for the next few weeks. Let's see sleeves, jackets, pants, uniforms, swimsuits, something different, anything...please?!


Dear Tim Gunn:

You are a delightfully prissy, always well-put-together man. You are the mentor for these poor souls. Please, do us all a favor...teach these designers how to PRESS their garments!

Seriously, each of them this week looked like they were slept in by the model...except Amy's, which already looked like a nightgown.

Help us, Saint Tim...show them what the irons and steamers are for!

p.s.--putting buckets of water near the ironing board is only going to discourage them, dear.


I really did think that Boo Boo Kitty's client had tissues stuffed into her bra when she walked down the runway. And I had assumed that the bucket of water nearby was a bucket of her own tears. (I stole that thought from someone but can't remember who now.)

Really, Jonathan had the only dress that I thought was interested and was in a color that didn't make me want to puke.


JacquieOblue

Bottom line, had they had more time some of these dresses could have been pretty decent. Some, of course, could not have been saved at all.


Quiltrx
2/8/10 3:10 PM Dear Tim Gunn:

You are a delightfully prissy, always well-put-together man. You are the mentor for these poor souls. Please, do us all a favor...teach these designers how to PRESS their garments!

Seriously, each of them this week looked like they were slept in by the model...except Amy's, which already looked like a nightgown.

Help us, Saint Tim...show them what the irons and steamers are for!

p.s.--putting buckets of water near the ironing board is only going to discourage them, dear.


Well, with these short challenges they are all working on finishing their gaments to the very last minute so maybe they just don't have the time to press them properly.
or
They kept the models waiting a really long time after they were dressed and not being professional models they all sat down to wait.
I recall one of the models from the newspaper challenge saying they had to wait a really long time wearing the newspaper garments.
Also the steam iron Boo hoo is using looks really flimsy and plastic-y to me, didn't they used to have a couple of big old industrial steam irons in that work room?


Noone would ever wear the first two dresses in real life.
Like nevah evah


What up with that bodice on Jonathan's. Ack!

And why didn't Boo Boo Kitty make this a long gown?

Jay's model so cute! That is all.


blech.


I was loving Jonathan from the first episode and my love continues to grow (but as a Birminghamian, I must also root for Anthony). I wasn't a big fan of this dress, but I totally agree that he had one of the best fabric choices.

Boo Boo Kitty-Ha! Best nickname, reminds me of Jay's nickname for his girlfriend in the Jay and Silent Bob movie. I love her facial expressions and everything she says is always in that wavering voice that suggests she could burst into tears at any second. Maybe next week someone will throw the bucket of water over her head. Those facial expressions would be even funnier if she was soaking wet.

I honestly was not a fan of Jay's dress, though. I don't know, I think I agree with Bill that it would have looked better had the top been done differently.

-Purple Leah


I can barely pull a sentence together about this entire episode. The work was complete ASS. Probably the worst results from a challenge ever.

Make a red dress...gimme a break. It goes without saying that it must reflect who they are as a designer at this point. That can't be a part of the criteria for a challenge anymore.

I swear how can someone become a celebrated designer if they can't make a dress that makes the wearer look half-decent.

GRRR. Next week better do a big save.


I'll tell you what annoyed me about this entire episode. Every single designer was a coward. They needed to embrace the logo, like this or this.

Instead, they buried it in a sea of red, tried to pretend it wasn't there, with little sashes and silly florettes.

Where was the imagination?


Anonymous
2/8/10 2:33 PM

I think the bodice of Jay's dress was supposed to suggest overlapping hearts, or the tops of hearts. But yes, it had the exo skeleton vibe. Still a decent entry.

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Thank you Jay for explaining your work..LOL...

jay cried because a close relative of his died from cardiac arrest..


I'm hoping no one makes a pretty dress for the next few weeks....

"Gather round, designers. For your next challenge you will be designing a party dress for a six year old, to be worn to tea at American Girl(tm) Place..."


Sewing Siren, you're absolutely right...their pressing equipment is looking wimpy these days, and there doesn't seem to be as much of it.

Perhaps a sponsorship with an iron company is in order...

"Designers, you have an hour to send your model blah blah makeup blah blah hair...and to press, press, press these wadded-up messes with the Rowenta pressing aids!"

It just depresses me when I *think* I see a prety good garment underneath a huge pile of wrinkles. For heaven's sake, Boo Boo Kitty didn't even press the HEM of hers (or maybe it was just too wet, snort).


Jonathan's "real" model has a very sexy back. And I actually don't mind the sash...
Although, that second statement may be partially related to the first.

~L


Boo Boo Kitty's dress reminded me of one word by Lucille Ball in "Yours, Mine and Ours," the 1968 movie where she's a widow with 8 kids marrying a widower (Henry Fonda) with 10. On their first date, her daughters have shortened a red dress for her, but not the slip. It is quickly pinned up under the skirt and, of course, comes unpinned during the date. Lucy's red dress with the slip hanging down - that's Boo Boo Kitty's entry this week - and that ain't good.


Boys, all I can say is, this is (an example of) why we love you:

"We really support the new regime's tactic of randomly placing dangerous objects like buckets full of water around the work room. We look forward to small fires in the corners and maybe some broken glass and live wires artfully placed around the room. Perhaps for the finale they could open the workroom door and let a tiger loose or something."

Tigers. Bwah!!


Oh, I guess it's not all I can say.

Bill, jinx. I posted the above before seeing your post. Clearly, this is why we make such a great couple. Oh, and say hi to "Ed" (wink, wink).

BBK does get credit for making a dress in a silhouette more flattering to a "real woman" than any of those we saw in yesterday's ripping. Considering how so many of the designers did the opposite of what would flatter their clients, she deserves some credit for that.


Re Janeane's hem.

People keep commenting that it needs hemming - but it looks to me as though it was some kind of bubble hem (like a roman shade)??


I liked Jay's a lot and thought it should have been top 3, even though the bodice was a little strange.

Jonathan's I liked better when I saw it on TV, mostly because he used a deeper shade of red. I didn't notice the sash or weird fabric additions on the back of the skirt.

I won't even comment on Janine's.


Zippy! "Big Boy!" ROFL


edinamonsoon

TLo said...

"We really support the new regime's tactic of randomly placing dangerous objects like buckets full of water around the work room. We look forward to small fires in the corners and maybe some broken glass and live wires artfully placed around the room. Perhaps for the finale they could open the workroom door and let a tiger loose or something."
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Pure genius, boys! Also my faaaaavorite part of this post (I can't even comment on those damned red dresses anymore). Wouldn't it be fabulous if there were weekly mini challenges like these where the surviving designer whose design was unmarred or unblemished, got immunity on the next or any future challenge of their choosing?


edina


I wonder why someone would leave a bucket of water next to a STEAM IRON? Could it be that it's not near a SINK and needs to be constantly REFILLED?

Sheesh.

That said, I fully support the tiger idea, especially if Rachel Zoe is in the room, wearing nothing but raw bacon.


I think Jonathan bit off a bit more than he could chew in 12 hours, but I really like where he was going with it. He didn't incorporate the branding very thoughtfully, and the finishing wasn't great, but it got my attention. I preferred it to Maya's, and I say that as a Maya fan.

I think, aside from how ugly Boo Boo's was, the major crime was how poorly it suited her client. What's interesting about these "real woman challenges" is not just watching them have to fit a woman above a size 6 with a shape. It's seeing how well they can design for a real person, not an imaginary woman in their head. Boo Boo failed there.

The bodice on Jay's...oy. I think his was the former "real woman" challenge failure rather than the latter. On a straight-figured woman with little to no bust, this might have looked interesting. Instead, it's unflattering and strange.


I would have consider Jonathan's for the top 3 just on the strength of him having used a different red, allowed or not.

Jeannene's was beyond ugly, could a skirt be any more unflattering?

It looked like they all had gone into their own inside competition to see who could use the campbell logo fabric the least. Not that I blame them...


- Don


Consequences

" Stubenville said...

I wonder why someone would leave a bucket of water next to a STEAM IRON? Could it be that it's not near a SINK and needs to be constantly REFILLED?

Sheesh."

Sheesh yourself. Lighten up.


Each of these dresses suffered from being overworked. Get rid of the weird skirt, thorax effect and sash. There, so much better!


Boo boo's wasn't bad - but it was terrible on that particular woman. Jay's was pretty good and looked nice on his gal, but the 'up' pleats were kind of weird. Jonathon's had potential, but the chiffon train was awful, along with the bunching around the waste and the pathetic Campbell's tie. I wish SOMEONE would have embraced the print and used it more dramatically.

- KO


Boo Boo's dress was hideous. Her work so far has ranged from dull to awful. Jonathan's dress makes his model's breasts look incredibly saggy. The bodice on Jay's was so odd. Overall, the results this week were dreadful. Was this challenge really so difficult?


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Jonathan's was the best entry of the week, IMO...which is not saying a lot, given the debacle that was this challenge. Agree completely with TLo, however, that the Campbells belt and contrasting red tail feather brought it down a notch or two.


I had hoped that the bucket of water was accompanied by a mop that would just be lying on the floor, waiting for a designer to step on it and have the handle shoot up and whack him or her in the face. Like a Tom & Jerry cartoon. More mayhem is always good.

The bodice on Jay's made me think of trilobites b/c I'd been looking at the WesFeld dresses...


We really support the new regime's tactic of randomly placing dangerous objects like buckets full of water around the work room. We look forward to small fires in the corners and maybe some broken glass and live wires artfully placed around the room. Perhaps for the finale they could open the workroom door and let a tiger loose or something.
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LOVE, LOVE, LOVE you guys!


Jonathan is a fabulous & talented guy; and I can say from knowing him that the person you see on the screen is exactly who he is.


My problem with Jay's dress was that he designed the bodice -- and put piping -- to cut right across her belly pooch. He should have tried to emphasize the narrowest part of her waist. Maybe he was trying to visually lengthen her torso, but he made her look a little like a fire hydrant.


Jeanine needs to go, that dress was awful and *0's prom-y

Jay-kinda weird dress, but it has some interest and definitely makes her look taller

Jonathan- He could have ranked in the top 3 instead of Maya purely for not doing a short satin bright red dress. The shape was interesting, and it looked much more fitting for a gala than most of the others. Plus, he's adorable and I loved all his pieces so far. The edgy romantic look works


I really thought Jonathan would be called out for using the "wrong" shade of red. Kind of like Kayne using no black in the black AND white challenge. Guess not. I hated his dress anyway, color notwithstanding -- too Chinstrappy.

Jay's model IS, well, built like a fire hydrant. Trust me, a column cut is the only type of dress that look good on a woman with no waist -- I speak from experience. If the skirt billows out, it only emphasizes the width of the waist. I was surprised when he said he was making it floor length, because usually that makes a short woman look shorter. But the double skirt at the bottom actually worked well. I won't comment on the bodice -- 'nuf said on that.


The bug thorax bodice was actually my favorite thing on the entire runway. I think it looked like a bunch of paper hearts stacked on top of each other, and was, you know, conceptual and unique. I'm starting to think the truffle dress was more Jay than Maya, or at least a true collaboration. Hmm. Anyway, I would have given him the win.

Boo Boo Kitty made the saddest looking dress. It was just so mopey. Okay, so you know how in Like Water For Chocolate, the chef's emmtions would magically be expressed in her cooking? Boo Boo Kitty's designs are like that. Even the petals at the top looked wilted. How do you make a red dress that doesn't have an ounce of pizazz? The more I look at it, especially the skirt, the more I think I would have put her in the bottom and MAYBE even offed her instead of Jesus. If I'm one of those RL models, I think I'd rather look tacky than wallflower-ish.

I also give Jonathan credit for daring to use a deeper shade of red. Hallelujah! The design had some flaws, but was one of the better showings.


BooBooKitty's dress is of two minds: '10¢ a Dance' on top, and 'Little House on the Prairie' on the bottom.

Jay, I'm thinking had an innovative idea for storage, which is always sorely lacking in an evening gown.

And Jonathan had some good ideas, but that bodice had a wonky fit.

--GothamTomato


"Tlo said: Y'know, the Red Dress Ladies were fabulous and fun and all, even inspirational, but we honestly don't get the crying."




You know, when I was watching this I was thinking that maybe they were all just conscious of the cameras, and no one wanted to be the Jeffrey.

--GothamTomato


I thought Jay's should have been in the top three rather than Mila's or Maya's. Looked great on his client and was well made.

I feel for Boo Boo Kitty. I am a reasonably attractive person who just seems to make the weirdest faces when I talk. Candid photos are not my friend.

Boo Boo's and Jonathan's dresses both suffer from the same thing: decent idea that weren't executed very well or were totally overworked.


raisin mountaineer

I wanted to like Jonathan's because I liked the color so much, but I didn't, and here's why.

His model looked like me, and that dress would have been awful on me as well. She had decently sized shoulders and a small ribcage, and a long face. The narrow top made her whole top half seem very very narrow, and her face even longer. Some horizontal feature at shoulder level would have balanced her out and given her face something to play against, instead of long-and-thin against more long-and-thin.

It was a pretty dress, but not pretty on her.


I have to say I liked Jay's dress and felt it should be in the top 3 instead of Maya. (Loved the snake biting boob dress or however that was described someone's post.) The dress looked like something a real person would wear to a gala and it fit well/flattered a "real" model. In fact it looked better then a lot of things I see when I attend gala events. Interesting top/concept and the model rocked the dress. Anonymous 2:51 and 2:24 -- I peed myself laughing at your posts. Loved the "boner hiding" comment. I could not figure out what was bothering me more about Jonathan's dress the saggy boobs or the middle of the dress until I read your comment. Keep it real people.


... and no one wanted to be the Jeffrey. --GothamTomato

EXACTLY what Mr. ProfP and I said!


Regarding the wishes that more designers had "embraced the print"--

--that print is a quilter's weight cotton; probably an upper-tier brand, but still...not what these designers are used to using for garment construction. (FWIW, I can't even find that anyone is manufacturing this now...maybe they found this in a deserted warehouse somewhere. It probably smelled like mouse pee.)

Heaven knows, I'd (as you might guess) much rather sew that than slippery valentine-box satin. And it CAN work, as Shelley O showed on inauguration day (the fabric is Kona Bay):

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2009/01/21/article-1125126-0322122F000005DC-532_468x723.jpg

Now, if only someone had appliqued "mmm mmm good" across someone's behind...


Oh, Alexis, thank you! If it takes me the rest of my life I'm going to find a situation where I can use the phrase "vulva lump"!


"Designers, feel free to run for your lives as this wild tiger claws at your jugular. I don't see what you're trying to accomplish with that spool of thread. And try to use the Bluefly wall of accessories thoughtfully as you flee for your lives."


Bwahahahahaha!

Suziqa


Although I wasn't crazy about his design, I have to say Jonathan reminds me of Jay McCarroll a little bit. Consistent good designs, sweet little bitchy comments here and there, funny, and has a great personal style. Hope he makes it far!


Wasy Jay crying just because she had heart disease or because the woman literally came back from the dead? I mean, of all the stories we heard from the women, hers hit me the hardest and seemed pretty damn compelling.


*sigh* There are just no words...


Was Boo Boo's dress the one that Tim said was one of the worst things he'd ever seen on the show? Or was it Anna's? It is horrible. I think the top looks like a prom dress. The whole thing just makes the model look old.

I like Jay's dress more now than I did when I first saw it. I think if he'd confined his bodice treatment to just the top one or two tiers, it would have looked great. It would have accentuated the boobs and minimized the waist. Still, I do think he did a nice job. I thought he was sweet to cry at the story, which was quite dramatic.

I was all ready to really like Jonathan's dress until I saw the back. It had one of the more compelling designs, but that big train on the back was a bad color and was just one element too many. Without that, and with the dress properly pressed or whatever, it would have been stunning.


Did Jonathan's model have, er, low-hanging boobs? A bra or more supportive bodice might have helped that a bit.


t.goodfellow

honestly, I'm kind of disappointed with the way almost everyone used the Campbell's logo. Only Jesus tried to do something interesting with it. With everyone it was hidden and pushed in as an afterthough. When I think of S4 and Rami and Chris March, or even Kit Pistol's dresses, I really miss that spark of fun. Tho maybe heart disease and Campbell's soup really aren't that much fun to start from.


CORRECTION ..."People keep commenting that it needs PRESSING...


Re: Pretty meets gritty. Other issues aside, I wonder how Jonathan's entry might have fared if he'd boldly accepted that the challenge was, at its base, a plug for a corporation? How might the dress have fared if he'd replaced the valentine red panel with a swatch of Campbell's official fabric?


Good lord, could the designers have picked any uglier RED fabrics? This challenge really sucked.


All 3 of them had good ideas on paper. But the execution is what prevented them from getting high scores. All are wearable and pretty, though.


Why did nearly everyone go for that horrid, shiny-shiny red fabric? Ugh. Cold medicine is making me forget words, but you know what fabric I mean, yes? Could we please put a moritorium on the cheap-looking shiny-shiny fabrics, designers? They give me a tension headache.


"Can we just say that we kind of adore Jonathan? He's the perfect blend of bitchy and sweet. Hey! He's where the gritty meets the pretty! We get it"

that made me really laugh. I think jonathan and I should be friends and I hope he's in the top 3 sometimes soon!!!


Janeane - I think the design of the dress, sans corsage, is interesting and would have looked much better if different fabrics had been used, especially the accent fabric.

Jay - Tres cute model. I like this dress a lot on my television but that is because the resolution is so crappy that the heart / armor / insect torso bodice is obscured.

Jonathan - Sigh, medium / high resolution is not a good thing. Another look that appeared fairly decent on my television screen, a bit heavy and drapey but still good and one of my favorites. Scratching my head at the red chiffon on the back... did he run out of fabric? And what is up with the wrinkling, don't theses designers know that when they send wadded up looks down the runway, that it's going to take weeks for Iman's voice to stop playing in my head?


Fragile Industries

Boo Boo - eeeeeeeeesh.

Jay - The top could have been inoffensive -- why not stitch those layers with a 1/4 inch pleat between them instead of such flappage from the top -- it wasn't so much that they separated, it was that they separated so MUCH. The rest is still meh at best.

Jonathan -- I liked the idea and shape and color quite a bit. I blame a lot of the execution issues on the one-day challenge and actually taking risks with the shape. You can't say he played it safe.

Oh, and I think you boys should take over production ... the tiger thing is INSPIRED!


formerlyAnon

Jay's was one of the few that I thought that maybe, even without a few drinks and lots of lying encouragement from their posse, one of the models might have voluntarily worn outside of the Parsons building.

Jonathan's was the dress of the whole episode that I'd have liked to see the three-day version of. The one where he'd have a little time for thought and trial and error. (I kinda like the "victorian vampire" vibe.)





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