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Put your red dress on, girl!



Okay, kittens. We're all feeling the S7 love and everything, but if we see one more challenge with the words "signature dress," we're going to scream.

And while we're always happy to see a quote, unquote, "real woman" challenge (because we're guaranteed a fight and the extra comments that come with it), this one seemed, well, a little flat. Call us cold-hearted bitches if you want, we won't argue, but we don't watch Project Runway for inspiring stories about real life women overcoming adversity. We watch it for dresses and backstabbing.

We're sure these are all lovely women and we're impressed by their strength, their ability to make fashion designers cry, and their willingness to wear unflattering dresses in front of millions of bitchy people like us, but...well... we were kind of bored with them. Not one demanding, attention-seeking client in the bunch. People who live with life-threatening or -altering illnesses tend to make shitty reality show participants because they're all "deep" and "centered" and shit. They better make up for it by having pageant moms on next week.


Using the logo SHOULD have been the most interesting and challenging part of the challenge and we were all set for some Hershey's challenge-style creative use of iconic graphic elements, but frankly, it looks like with Ping gone, everyone took a boring pill and decided to play it safe.

Bunim/Murray: This is EXACTLY what happens when you give them too many "make a pretty dress" challenges in a row. All the creative drive gets sucked right out of them. Make a note.


Anyway, congrats to Amy. We thought it was obvious even when she made the soap dish dress that the girl was going to catch the judges' collective eye at some point.

And while we don't want to take too much away from her win, we think she got the win in a week when the offerings from her competitors were pretty damn thin.

It's just an all right dress, frankly. It moves beautifully, but that's about it.

And yeah, okay, it was of some slight interest that she frayed the edges like that.

But we don't think that bust is flattering at all and we don't understand why the judges got moist over that mostly hidden sash with the logo on it. We like Amy a bit more each week and we definitely think she's got something worth watching, but this wasn't the dress to fire up our imagination. Then again, right from the beginning it didn't seem like a challenge that was going to reward innovation, which is why most of the dresses were safe entries and why the safest entry of all won.






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The dress was beautiful in its movement and design but the fact that Georgina Chapman was the guest judge made it the clear winner. It also put Maya's dress in the top 3, even if I thought it was a bit of a hot mess.


The dress was beautiful in its movement and design but the fact that Georgina Chapman was the guest judge made it the clear winner. It also put Maya's dress in the top 3, even if I thought it was a bit of a hot mess.


I really was disaapointed with most everyone this week. I agree that use of the branding was supposed to be the innovation part of the challenge. Why did we get so much crap on the runway? The life has been sucked out of them. This dress was ok and I knew it would be in the top 3 once I saw the entries, but it didn't excite me the way it excited the judges. I guess the movement was the big thing that won them over and it's clear she's one of the front runners, but it's not really that innovative.


I did get a chuckle from Amy's Campbell's headband though.


Clueless Jock

Lovely dress. It was my favorite. Congrats Amy!


I can't believe they gave her the win, even though it moved beautifully, because it really downplayed the logo! Obviously, Georgina Chapman was not the representative from Campbell's.


TLo said, "Bunim/Murray: This is EXACTLY what happens when you give them too many 'make a pretty dress' challenges in a row. All the creative drive gets sucked right out of them. Make a note."

Agree! But climbing back onto my hobbyhorse, I also think that having 10 hours to make a "gala event" dress on women who required more fitting than the usual models contributed to the blah-ness of the results. So I hope that BM is also noting how much more exciting the results are when the designers have a decent amount of time!

Amy's dress did move beautifully, which gave her the edge over the charmeuse dresses. Also giving her the edge: a model who looked like she was having the time of her life on the runway! Good for her!


I'm not impressed. It's a wad of fabric, gathered with part of the skirt stuffed under the tit like a napkin at a lobsterfest. The logo was undecipherable. I have a paper shredder beside my desk that can give that same effect.

I will add that Seth Aaron look stunning didn't he? He is so pretty.

Ha! After 2 brain surgeries and ovarian cancer is that "deep" and "centered" and shit? Opinions? I haz 'em!!!


Looked like a basic flowy Grecian thing to me, nothing special, but the lady looked nice in it, which *was* special, considering how bad some of the others were.
Real women: sigh. I'll open a can of worms. Wouldn't it be more fair to have all the R.W. in the same size range, maybe 14-16? Designing for a size 4 R.W. (Jesus) is so different from a size 14 R.W. (Amy). Just sayin'


Well, according to Tim, she got the win because it's going to be sold on pr.com: more appealing to the general population and will fit more people. It's OK, but I don't like the fit on the bust and hate the frayed edges. It looks like a nightgown (without it's spaghetti straps) to me.


Booooring.

That is all.


It was a great dress for her client. It looked good ON HER CLIENT. And it's easily reproduceable.

Jr. Goddess


The dress did move beautifully, but I loved Jason's, was shocked that it was not even in the Top Three.

And just to be a bit nasty because my favorite went home, Heidi was glowing and grinning like a fool when Jesus' dress came down that runway, then she had the nerve to call Jesus on his "taste level"!! Will the irony never cease?!? And Nina looked blah in blue.


The dress was lovely, if nothing too special. But it looked good in the model, you could see it at the gala ocasion and the branding... they didn't take that seriously did the?

I said it before but for me what was wrong with this challenge was the 12 hour frame more than anything. To start with it was a very complex challenge, with a set of requirements that I think not one designer was able to meet fully:

- real women - please and flatter them.
- tomato red
- incorporate branding
- for a gala
- to sell online

And spend a sizeable amount of time listening to your clients' stories and shedding tears. All in 12 h., I mean... even Galiano would have played that safe.

I thought Mila's dress was the one that fulfilled most of the parameters, but it was not a dress to sell online. Amy's is, so congratulations to her.

Love the Alice band. Jonathan wore a burlap necktie in the second challenge too. I love how all the remaining designers have great personal styles!


- Don


This really looks bridesmad-y to me. I did love the way it moved though, and I think that it was that movement that gave it the win. And not a very creative use of the Campbell's branding.

On a side note: The whole thing with Campbell's supporting heart health did crack me up though. If they really wanted to do that they'd make healthier products with A LOT less sodium. But I digress.

--GothamTomato


bitchybitchybitchy

I'm OK with Amy's win for this dress. No,it's not going to set the world on fire, but it looked good on her model and moved well.

And I will add my name to the petition to Bunim/Murray to stop the "make a pretty dress" in 12 hours or less petition.


"...which is why most of the dresses were safe entries and why the safest entry of all won."


I agree, I was very disappointed with the entries. One day is not enough to make a gown. You end up with unfinished, ill-fitting crap on the runway.


" meow said...
s. Wouldn't it be more fair to have all the R.W. in the same size range, maybe 14-16? Designing for a size 4 R.W. (Jesus) is so different from a size 14 R.W. (Amy). Just sayin'"

Well, Amy won and Jesus was sent home...


Great cause, but totally boring show. I dozed off and completely missed the runway portion of the show. After seeing the "quality" of the designs, I didn't miss much.
WHEN are the producers going to allow more than 12 hours for a challenge??


I cannot believe the level of hatred The Fashion Show got when this is what Project Runway has been for the past two seasons. Another bland challenge, with equally bland results.

TFS had far more interesting challenges and had FAR funnier and more interesting contestants. Reco, Merlin and even the tragic Haven blow this crowd out of the water.

When will people wake up and accept that PR is not the show that it once was? Not that I'm going to stop watching (mainly due to Michael Kors), but there is just no place anymore for this holier-than-thou attitude when other fashion reality shows come along.


Yes, I'm never a fan of pairing "real women" with 10 hours, which they've done before. (And it was crappy then, too.) If nothing else, out of respect for the women give the designers more time. There were a lot of things out there, I think, that would have been edgier and more realized given a second day.


I didn't get to watcch last night.
It looked like it was a Tvoer, guesse I was right.
There must have been some serious blah walking down the runway for this to win.
That model is lovely though, and the dress is flattering to her. Empire waist's are everybody's friend though. You've seen one you've seen them all, you know?
Maybe there are no cool ideas left in PR land.
I'm beginning to feel like season 6was soooooo bad so that we would all be fooled into thinking season 7 is FANTASTIC when it might just be ass.
Like they knew season 6 was a lost cause so they used it to their best advantage.
It's a theory.
Now, where DID I put my tin foil hat. SHIT, the dog's got it, I knew that bitch was looking at me sideways.
;)


Blah dress, blah challenge, blah episode.


Heff, I have to agree with you. I enjoyed TFS a lot more than PR's last season and so far this season.
I hope they step it up, because I love Nina and Michael.


I absolutely loved Jay's Dress. Probably because his model had the most startling transformation. I had actually noted prior to the show based on the still photos that the middle-aged asian woman would be a hard fit as she was rather short and stout. Jay's dress made her look taller, slimmer and very elegant. I would buy that dress in a heartbeat if it should offer the same transformation for me :)


An understandable win -as soon as they said the winning dress would be sold online to benefit the American Heart Association, you knew the dress with the broadest appeal was going to win (i.e. - safe and boring).

But - congrats to Amy for understanding the challenge and for making her client happy.


"They better make up for it by having pageant moms on next week."

Haha! You said it.


I couldn't see anything good coming out of using the Campbell's branding in the design of these outfits. It's a clumsy script that only looks good on a can or on a Warhol. But I let my mind go there at the shot of someone leafing through their Campbell's branding dossier and stopping at the label for a can of Chunky soup!

All in all, this was a nice gown.

BrianB


I am praying for the day when Tim Gunn announces that the challenge is to just MAKE PANTS.


I thought they should have used soup labels or something like that in this challenge. It would have made it a lot more interesting.


Right on! This "feel good" shit is what doomed Queer Eye. In face of sagging ratings, they dove into the nauseating abyss, which only drove ratings lower, leading to cancellation. When they lost their edge, they lost their core audience. Sadly, history may be repeating itself. Bring back Wendy, Jay and Austin!


oy vey, sometimes i just sit & watch & dont get it.


It's not so much that there was a lot of blah on the runway, but a lot of the ick factor. I can honestly say that this is the first challenge that I can recall where I hated every single dress. The only one I remember is poor sweet Jesus' shortightnshiny little number.

I'm really glad Maya won, but I couldn't really distinguish her dress from all of the others because of the massive amount of red fabric coming down the runway.

edina


I agree with other posters that Jay did the most with what he had -- I was very impressed with how nice his dress looked on a woman who was the antithesis of a willowy model. Amy is one to watch but this dress didn't do it for me, and the effusive praise for it from the judges left me scratching my head. But truly, many of them were BAD (boring, unflattering) so there weren't too many decent ones to pick a top 3 from. Gotta like Mila's the best; I thought it was a stunner. (Admittedly I gravitate toward the bold, graphic statement rather than the sweet and feminine.)


Who else would like to have seen what Chris March would do with this challenge?

And is anyone else diggin Ben and his superhero vibe? Did you see the Wonder Woman belt? I think he is one to watch.


I agree, TLo. And I rolled my eyes when the designers started that whining about how to fit "real women." OMGSTFU!!!!! And Jesus was all, "I love my model because she's TINY!!!"

UGH. Is that enough all caps for you?

It could have been an interesting challenge, but it turned out flat. And Maya's was pure fug. I have no idea what kind of Campbell's crack the judges were smoking but that was a hot mess of a dress.

And half the designers didn't even make dresses for a gala. Who wears a knee-length dress to a gala?


YES! Pageant moms - that would bring out the bitchery for sure (and I say this having spent the longest flight of my life on a plane sitting next to two pageant moms...don't have to worry now, have DONE my time in hell!)

anyway, I had issues with this challenge from the get-go. The assignment of making a "gala" look and using the Campbells brand seems to be pretty contradictory if one is going to make anything that folks would want to actually buy.

So what did we get? designers being clever as to how little Campbells fabric they could use in ways like belts, flowers & the like.

And, for heaven sake, if they're not using their models, they should automatically get more time. To do otherwise guarantees us a bunch of bleh

which is what we got last nite.

srq


Thank you to one of the Anonymous posters who said that this dress looked like a nightgown-I kept saying that all night! It was nicely made and would suit a gala event,but there was really nothing more to it than that,honestly.

The dress that should've won was Maya's-loved the red and gold heart draping and it had a very "strong like an Amazon" energy to it(plus the Campbell's label clutch purse was a nice subtle touch there). Oh,well,at least she's still in the running.


"And I will add my name to the petition to Bunim/Murray to stop the "make a pretty dress" in 12 hours or less petition."

Ditto

The distance from the designers preliminary sketches of what they want to make to what they have time to make is just too great. I would love to see what some of them could create if given the time. I am more interested in creativity and design than speed sewing.

And, BM, let's dump the Models of the Runway show and add that 30 minutes to Project Runway. I know I'm not the only seamstress here that would like to see more of the creative process used in making these clothes. Hell, I'd watch for two hours if I could hear the designers discuss their vision and how they plan on sewing it into a garment.


I liked the challenge because they had to work with pretty much the same materials, and everyone turned out a different look. I agree that Amy's didn't set the world on fire (I liked the 'star' dress better) but it was fine for the limited time.


...we don't watch Project Runway for inspiring stories about real life women overcoming adversity. We watch it for dresses and backstabbing

Welcome to Lifetime! I have noticed that even the promos have taken on that tone, along with the cheesy music. On the other hand, the burlap challenge did give me some hope for this season, so I'm not throwing in the (signature) towel yet!

Anyway, happy as I was to see Jesus go, I have my (figurative! completely figurative!) knives out for Jesse the boring now.


What a snore fest last night! You know if you want to do something for others, PR, how about giving the designers TWO DAYS to make coats for kids. Now that would be a challenge. Hmm, something with sleeves and cute kids.


I think she won because her dress was one of the few that wasn't shiny. I was absolutely blinded by the shine on that runway last night.

That said, it was still merely okay. Frankly, I'm surprised they were able to find three garments to put in a top three (and the ones they chose would not have been the ones I would have chosen).


I'm totally with Laurie. I'd love to see how the designers get from vision to runway. I get the gist, but want to know more!

If they don't do the pageant challenge this season or next, I'm gonna be pissed! And the guest judge can be that awful little man from Little Miss Perfect. *blech*

Ginger


Mila and Amy definitely deserved to be the top two, and Amy earned her win by delivering a dress that flattered her client, looked like a reasonable outfit for a gala, and had sales potential. Amy was very, very smart to use red chiffon rather then the red satin that so many other designer chose. Bright red satin just says "whore's bedsheets," no matter how sleek a garment it's crafted into.

I find it interesting, though, that the page to buy Amy's dress doesn't have any photos of the "replica" dress, only of her client on the runway.
http://projectrunway.seenon.com/detail.php?p=257253&v=All


While I love flowy dresses like this and the fabric was gorgeous and everything, I didn't think this deserved the win. I didn't think it really deserved the top either. Safe sure but not the top. And truthfully my favorite dress (Emilio's) wasn't even in the top. I didn't think any of the top dresses were particularly looks that really stood out a whole lot. And I'm not even going to mention the "real women" aspect because there's not point.


This was the best entry by far.


Here I was sitting all happy that no designers had the "OMG you know my model is not a size 2" pout going on. I liked that part of the challenge and thought the winner was a clear winner.
My only gripe id that the Campbell's logo should have been required to be used more prominently. I thought Maya's fug of a dress should have landed her in the bottom 3. Not only was it ugly, but making a clutch out of the logo fabric felting like a slight cheat. It should have been required to be included in the design of the outfit, not the accessory
Have no fear TLo, I'm sure there will be plenty of opportunities for the comments to go apeshit before the season is over..


Most of the dresses were wince inducing. They weren't crazy bad, just boring bad.

I was really hoping that someone was going to make a dress in Campbell's Cream of Tomato Soup red with a shoulder bag that looked like a grilled cheese sandwich.


Forgot to mention that it seemed the designers are dressing for the challenges more and more this season. Amy had the Campbell's headband and I swear Seth Aaron was dressed like one of the Campbell's kids.


"People who live with life-threatening or -altering illnesses tend to make shitty reality show participants because they're all "deep" and "centered" and shit. They better make up for it by having pageant moms on next week."

~~~~~~~~~~
Oh fellas, never change! When I can't gossip with my most entertaining friends, you two are there.


While Amy's model wasn't the slimmest, she was one of the tallest of the group. And that usually works to the designers' benefit in the 'real women' challenges.

Pageant moms? Hell, why not dress their pageant toddlers!


"Heff said: I cannot believe the level of hatred The Fashion Show got when this is what Project Runway has been for the past two seasons. Another bland challenge, with equally bland results."




I think that is because The Fashion Show's production was just entirely flat. It just had no point, no chemistry between judges or anyone. It was completely lacking in that 'it' factor.

This PR ep might have been a flat challenge but the production itself was better - so it's not quite as bad as TFS. Could have been a lot better though.

--GothamTomato


1. One day challenges suck. They are, across the board, lousier than two day challenges. This more than anything else is the reason S6 lousy.

2. One day challenges that ask the contestants to come up with anything fancy are stupid. This was the reason this episode was lousy.

3. Judging is SO MUCH BETTER this season, in every regard. I don't agree with them on everything (never have), but at least I respect their viewpoints and at least they're consistent.

Yay Amy! Nice dress.


Laurie: "I know I'm not the only seamstress here that would like to see more of the creative process used in making these clothes."

Count me in -- and I don't sew. But the very premise -- the chance to see people with skill, talent, and imagination make silk purses out of sows' ears -- is what hooked me on the show from season 1. I always want to see more of the process and more of the final results.


"I love my model because she's TINY!!!"

the minute he said that I thought Loser Edit - bye Jesus"

I liked Amy's and thought it deserved the win, but all in all it was a boring episode ...


Amy did deserve the win.
I think if they had not had the survivor clients they would have had stronger entries with the soup lapel/logo fabric.
It was a rush challenge with too many elements and tricky fittings too. That's why they ended up with so much slop.


Boring challenge. Ugly fabrics. Meaninglessly short time frame. Amy's winning dress was okay, but nothing special. Many of the others were horrifying.

No more gowns, please, PR. No more boring, fugly signature gowns. And give these people more time to work, okay? Thanks.


Pretty dress, glad she won. But yeah, last night was pretty boring! I hadn't even thought of the amazing Hershey challenge comparison.


Anonymous said...

"I am praying for the day when Tim Gunn announces that the challenge is to just MAKE PANTS."

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The Occam's Razor of challenges. Genius in its simplicity.


I really liked this dress, particularly compared to what else was on offer.

I agree that having real women models combined with the logo challenge is what killed some of the creativity - none of the clients were going to want to walk out looking like a Warhol painting (although how fabulous would that have been). I did keep thinking of Rami's aweseme candy dress during this challenge - but that it neither gala, real woman, or generally sellable.

Good job, Amy. And Mila too for her creative graphic. And Seth Aaron, for being cute as all get out.


OMG! I can not believe that Mila was in the top three! What the hell kind of drag queen flag mess was that? Don't get me wrong I LOVE a good drag queen, but that dress for that "real woman" just looked cartoony and made her butt look big. Was I the only one who thought she was channeling RuPaul in the opening scene from Too Wong Fu?

~K~


Laurie said...
"And, BM, let's dump the Models of the Runway show and add that 30 minutes to Project Runway. I know I'm not the only seamstress here that would like to see more of the creative process used in making these clothes. Hell, I'd watch for two hours if I could hear the designers discuss their vision and how they plan on sewing it into a garment."

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Agree.

And in a longer format there'd be plenty of time to show more model interaction in the context of the workrooom, runway & designers, so that if there were insufficient designer drama, they could manufacture some from the models.

But it'll never happen. Rightly or wrongly, (and I don't know the research, if any, behind it) t.v. clings to the idea that it narrows the viewing audience too much to go past an hour for a weekly show.


What a boring episode! I thought it was just because I was watching it at 1 AM but I'm sure it would be boring as hell in any time slot.

And they produced some of the most boring dresses ever seen on this show. No real disasters except for Baby Jesus' blingfest but just lots of meh. Mila's was striking and the best use of the Campbell's ID but Amy's dress was more marketable. And I thought it really did look great on her model. I love the way it moved and flowed. I agree with Nina that the frayed edges gave it a modern feel and took it out of the bridesmaid's dress realm. Somebody had to win - it might as well have been Amy.

And can we all agree that these 12-hour challenges lead to mediocre results? What's the rush?


I am praying for the day when Tim Gunn announces that the challenge is to just MAKE PANTS.

To quote Chris March; [rolling eyes] "Pants are just two sleeves sewn together."

I want these slackers to make a dress out of car parts, like PR Australia did in their first season. Maybe Amy will sport a seat belt headband if that happens...

As for the last episode, Jesus was a marked man, but IMHO not the worst of the litter. Yes, litter; the dresses were pretty much all dogs.


bitchybitchybitchy

lovesmesomesethsaid:

Who else would like to have seen what Chris March would do with this challenge?

Me,me, me! Oh, to have had Sissybear back for this one would have been joyful-thanks for putting a big smile on my face!


Anonymous said...
"And can we all agree that these 12-hour challenges lead to mediocre results? What's the rush?"

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

I'm starting to suspect shooting schedule & production budget is reason for the rush. Seems so pointless and wrong-headed otherwise. If so, it's short-sighted.


My favorite was Jay I think. Even in his blog Tim Gunn said he should have been in the top three. His model was the shortest but she looked tall and slim. In the close up pics where you can see the bust, one can see how beautiful and detailed the top of his dress was.

I liked Amy's but I don't know if it made her model look the best that she could have.

All I have to say about Mila's dress is..
Jem... Jem is truly outrageous Truly, truly, truly outrageous Woo ooo Jem...

I did not like Maya's!! She need another day to work on the drape of that dress


I think this is a lovely dress that worked perfectly for the woman it was designed for and lends itself to mass production for a variety of body types. It's not going to set the design world on fire, but then that wasn't the mission.

I wholeheartedly agree with TLo's comments re: the inspirational stuff. Not to take a thing away from these worthy women, I'm watching PR for entertainment. Period. At 10 PM on Thursday night, It's the end of the day and I'm tired. I don't especially want to think or be moved to tears or frankly, be inspired by anyone or any cause.

I just want to have a little fun, fantasize about Tim being my wonderful gay uncle who takes me out for terrific lunches and always gives really thoughtful Christmas presents, watch people come up with interesting things working under ridiculous constraints, and get mad at the judges. That's all. Is that too much to ask?

And processed soup isn't healthy for anyone even if Campbell's wants to call it a "healthy choice." (And goodness, what an annoying little commercial.)

I'm happy for Amy.


Please. No more 'special' episodes.


I like Amy, and her win was appropriate, but it felt a little a little bit like Butterfield 8.

And...
"People who live with life-threatening or -altering illnesses tend to make shitty reality show participants because they're all "deep" and "centered" and shit."

Yeah. Fuck deep people.

H


I agree: snooze. And, as a real woman, can't any of these aspiring designers do some practice on a RW in their neighborhood before they get on the show? It's pretty much a given they'll have to do one of these. Where do they live? In an anorexic rehab facility? The whole lot of them was a lot of red-ass fug.

Also, I do like it better when you don't have the hardluck fat women as models. If you're going to get some RW, they should all be roughly the same size and bitchy as hell. Some of those designers should be snapped in half. Where was Jeffrey to throw a recovering heart patient under a bus?


This challenge lived up to expectations. Not to take away from Amy's win, but the outcome was predictable as soon as the challenge was announced. Amy's was beautiful, but was also the best design for mass production.


Lovely dress. Fits the challenge well. Works for the gala. Looks good on the woman. In order for me to be able to wear it, it would need straps and possibly even cap sleeves. Otherwise fits well. Cute addition of the Campbells logo. I am fine with this win- it truly was a toss-up between Amy and Mila.


GT: On a side note: The whole thing with Campbell's supporting heart health did crack me up though. If they really wanted to do that they'd make healthier products with A LOT less sodium. But I digress.

Ha! That's exactly what I said. Well, no, not exactly; I said "Great, you make some lower-fat soups; when are you gonna cut down on the sodium?" Seriously.

lovemesomeseth: And is anyone else diggin Ben and his superhero vibe? Did you see the Wonder Woman belt? I think he is one to watch.

Me! I would've put him in the top 3. I love his comic book inspirations, because he manages to incorporate the feel without going too far into costume-land. I absolutely adored that belt and also thought it was flattering on the client.

As to the rest, I must've liked the results more than just about everyone else here. I admit that I looked while muttering under my breath about 1-day challenges, which means I forgave some things that I might not have with a 2-day (and yes, you can take that as another vote for "stop making all the stupid one-days!") , but honestly I saw some stuff I really liked the idea of even if the execution didn't work.

I do think Amy's win is reasonable, though; it fit the criteria (well, except maybe the Campbell branding and they clearly were mostly overlooking that given how little was used) and was well-made and flattering (I disagree with TLo on the bustline, btw, which I think was well done), if not precisely the most original thing. I did like Mila's better but this was clearly the more commercial look.


Congrats, Amy! Not to take anything away from the girl for her much-deserved win, but this was definitely not an A-game week for pretty much anyone. Man, to channel Laura B, there was some serious ugly up on that runway this time! Perhaps red is a difficult color to work with, but a lot of it turned out like hookerwear to me, or at least tacky tacky.


What makes me acrimonious about this, is PR could have done the same thing for the American Hart Association that has their Go Red For Women project. The "make a beautiful red dress for a heart disease patient" could have been So much more effective if done for a non-profit.
The affiliation with Campbells, having the designers use their cheesy logo in the dress, and having upteem thousand soup commercials during the show is just slimey in my book; the ultimate sucking up to a sponsor. Ugh.
And--even though Amy's dress was lovely and her model loved it--all in all, the dresses seemed like nothing special.
But that's just me.
Seems as though PR has lost it's edge since moving to Lifetime, eh?


Ooop--meant American Heart Association!


Maya's mess of a dress in the top 3? Please it was a brown fabric snake draped over the front of the dress. And remember her reason for strapless?? So the model could show her scar? so that's why her hair was covering it like the Shear Genius challenge this week.


Wow, was that ever boring. I didn't see a single look that I liked or would wear. I think they needed more time. I don't know. I buy more beautiful, flattering dresses at the Dress Barn.


Princess Die

Agreed on all counts. No more pretty dresses EVER AGAIN.

Bill: "I was really hoping that someone was going to make a dress in Campbell's Cream of Tomato Soup red with a shoulder bag that looked like a grilled cheese sandwich."

Ahahahahah YES! I really wish somebody had gone there.


I don't know why somebody didn't try harder to use Warhol pop-art type imagery, like Chris March did in the Hershey's challenge.


Princess Die said...
Agreed on all counts. No more pretty dresses EVER AGAIN.

Bill: "I was really hoping that someone was going to make a dress in Campbell's Cream of Tomato Soup red with a shoulder bag that looked like a grilled cheese sandwich."
Ahahahahah YES! I really wish somebody had gone there.


and
Michael said...
I don't know why somebody didn't try harder to use Warhol pop-art type imagery, like Chris March did in the Hershey's challenge.


I think the designers would have been freer to do that kind of thing if they hadn't had the "real" woman component to deal with. I think they didn't want their clients to feel foolish.


Antonija, you make a good point. And just to add to your (more serious) point, what the hell is a Vice President of Innovation, anyway?!?


I don't know, but I want me a grilled cheese sammich bag!!


Sewing Siren, I love the heart shaped sleeves.


yeah! ho! wah!

im glad amy won, i love her and she clearly is a top contender. the dress was a little boring but it is also very commercial, which it should be if they are going to produce and sell it for a good cause.


After seeing all fugly dresses presented last night...I guess this is the best of the worst...maybe. Still a sad sack if you ask me though... :(


Lazy Mama said: Also, I do like it better when you don't have the hardluck fat women as models. If you're going to get some RW, they should all be roughly the same size and bitchy as hell. Some of those designers should be snapped in half. Where was Jeffrey to throw a recovering heart patient under a bus?

<3

Entirely too much heartwarming & inspirational and entirely too little ball breaking & bitchtastic in this episode!!


It moved nicely, but I have to confess: I hate the fraying. It looks like crap to me.

And the belt is a horror! All of the tied belts were - I kept trying to figure out the weirdness with the fabric at the waists of these dresses, and it wasn't until judging that I realized they were tied belts in the same fabric as the dresses.


Whoever thought red could be so boring?

For that matter, the dresses didn't have to be all red--red just had to be prominent.

This one-day stuff has got to be about budgeting, but it should be the exception not the rule. UGH.


Gosh, I guess the vitality of NYC isn't the cure all y'all thought? Apparently the dreaded Satin Disease has hit Manhattan too? (Yes, still bitter about all the LA bashing. California represent!)

What a lot of fug! I guess Amy deserved the win. In my fantasy life they declared no winner and nobody got immunity but I guess that wouldn't be very nice to the guest models.


Why didn't anyone design a dress with sleeves? Apart from the two looks with jackets - again, over sleeveless dresses - there was nothing to cover shoulders/upper arms. While shoulders remain an asset for most long past middle age, the upper arm areas tend to get flabby/saggy. Little flutter sleeves, a portrait neckline with cap sleeves, etc. could have gone a long way to flatter some of these looks!


Me like pretty dresses!

But yeah, I am looking forward to a different kind of challenge. How about a winter wear one, where pants would be nearly obligatory?


Why didn't anyone design a dress with sleeves?

The dress was for a gala. You don't see a lot of sleeves at galas.


This ep was such a snooze it was difficult to stay awake at 1 am when I was watching.

Tomato red is a really difficult color on a good day and to create a 12-hour gala dress for a "real" woman incorporating some cheesy corporate logo....egads!

This dress is okay. I still can't forgive Amy for that ass she sent down the first runway (soap dish boobettes, anyone?), so I'm not exactly jumping for joy at this winning. It will be the easiest to mass reproduce - since this dress is out there already in other incarnations.

Just not a reasonable challenge.

I will join the "B/M NO MORE PRETTY DRESS CHALLENGES!" petition. The last two challenges have been very boring and disappointing.


I would have killed to see what Christian Siriano would have done with this challenge.

I thought there would be more drama between Seth Aaron and his model, after he changed her tacky Grecian dress to something that was more his style and, frankly, looked way better on her. With the editing, it almost looked as if they had their argument behind a screen and the only part we got to see was the end of the fight, where she signed and said, "Well, you have to be true to yourself."


This is, without question, the worst challenge ever on seven seasons of PR. I am NOT feeling the love. Not seeing the talent. Personally--and this is a radical notion--last season is looking better to me than this one. And I never thought I'd utter those words.


But Lilithcat, you could.

Upon hearing the challenge I pictured a couple in my head - I don't have the ability to draw and input it - but Sewing Siren has a gorgeous option - that could have had long sleeve on that lovely base.

If you were on the show - You'd have so many fans!


What I don't get is why make such a short time for a dress that people are actually going to wear? It's insulting to the "client" that they are going to be stuck wearing a dress made in less than a day.


This is the exact same reason Wendy won S1's Banana Republic Challenge. It was the easiest to mass produce.


Just a note re the challenge itself. Up to now Campbell's soups have been some of the most UNHEART-HEALTHY stuff you can guzzle. Just check the sodium content. What a load of baloney. Yes, I'm sure they took some of the sodium out of their new healthy heart line, or whatever they're calling it, but I'm betting the salt is still semi-through the roof.

And as for the fashions, I'm clearly flunking Taste 101, because I liked Jesus' rhinestone strappy dress, and I thought the dress with the big stars was an unholy mess.


I love Amy, and though this dress wasn't thrilling to me, it was nice enough and I understand the win. It's wearable and easy to reproduce (that always comes into play when part of the prize is to have your dress sold to the public), and she was the shouldabeen winner two weeks ago.


Lilithcat said...
"The dress was for a gala. You don't see a lot of sleeves at galas."

I disagree. You might not see them on 20+,30+ or even some 40+ year olds, but you see a lot of upper-arm coverage on older ladies. Not only sleeves, but shawls, off-the-shoulder straps, illusion net sleeves, etc.


I was kinda hoping the judges would send everyone back to the workroom and start over. Or not give the win to anyone.


i'm not dorothy gale

You know, it's ALMOST too bad that Bravo keeps rerunning the early PR series which was fresh and innovative. I ALMOST feel as though the steam is leaking out of the franchise particularly with "challenges" like this.

Like you I applaud those who have overcome physical problems but it just doesn't work in this setting.

And I don't like the color red, so this episode was pretty much a "watch in between doing other more engaging things".


I was so bloody bored with every dress this week. I get it,these women are inspirational, but for my mind, the designers weren't that inspired by them...
Great big hot mess? I dunno, they all made my shit itch personally *yawn*


We definately need a Pageant Mom competition. I need bitchery not weepy. I think the designers were way too involved in their "model's" lives and lost sight of themselves. I really thought Mila's star dress should have been the winner. It truly outshone the others in my opinion and Amy's was a distant second. It did compliment the model but I kept thinking it looked like a nightgown too. I am happy that Seth Aaron woke up from his coma and fixed the FUG he almost sent down the runway.


I agree that this was the winner and the only dress that had any flow. Still, I think it looks like fugly cinched-in mumu that Mrs. Roper would wear. I wish they rewarded Amy for her stunning burlap dress instead of this. But hey, immunity is immunity.


Uh-oh. This episode made me cry. Of course my heart stopped in July and after 4 minutes of CPR and then paddles I came back. (Only to crash a couple more times that night.) Would I have worn any of those dresses? Maybe one, but Sweet Jesus, not the trampy one!


And, BM, let's dump the Models of the Runway show and add that 30 minutes to Project Runway. I know I'm not the only seamstress here that would like to see more of the creative process used in making these clothes. Hell, I'd watch for two hours if I could hear the designers discuss their vision and how they plan on sewing it into a garment.

Yes! Yes! Yes! Thank you!!!


I agree with all who say there should be some uniformity among the "real women," if that's not a contradiction in terms. Amy put a beautiful chiffon sack on a tall woman and it looked elegant. Put that same beautiful chiffon sack on a short woman and it loses. If suitability for the model is a strong criterion, Amy does win. But in terms of design, not much going on.


Whoa baby. I guess I'm sitting at the opposite end of the table on this one. I hate the drama, and have no interest in seeing a repeat of Jeffrey & Angela's mother. And I liked the fact that this challenge required everyone to use the same color palette. And unlike you, TLo, I thought having to incorporate the Campbell's logo was tacky rather than an opportunity to innovate. The more they could disguise it, the better I liked it.

I also like that the designers had to design for non-models because it's another way of taking them out of their comfort zone and challenge their skills. Having two days would have been nice, but I'm not sure it would have produced edgier garments. The designers wanted their clients to feel good coming down the runway, and that's not going to translate into someone walking down the runway in an Andy Warhol soup can. And I'm okay with that for one challenge.

I'm also okay with Amy's win. Her gown moved beautifully and best fit the requirements of the challenge. I didn't think the other two in the top three belonged there though. I'd have put Jay and Ben as the other top two designs.


Rainwood, I couldn't agree more that including the logo was tacky. I mean, really? I think they did the right thing by keeping it as minimal as possible. I guess nothing says elegant like canned soup. And speaking of canned soup, a big "ditto" to everyone who questioned the congruity of Campbell's having anything to do with a heart disease campaign.

Amy's dress was "meh", and it needed straps, at the very least. Sleeves would have been better. It moved nicely, and I liked the length. It just didn't do anything for me. But I don't think anything was great.

But I like Amy, so good for her.


I thought the dress was beautiful.
T&L. You have your syncophants on this blog.


2 comments -
first the model seemed pretty unhappy about it... and feels like a 'fashion victim'
and
second - Campbell's products are not in the LEAST heart-healthy with all the high-sodium and sugar going on.


"I'm really glad Maya won"
She didn't.

"And I rolled my eyes when the designers started that whining about how to fit "real women""
Not a one of them did that.

Pay attention, Teresas.


"but we don't watch Project Runway for inspiring stories"

do i get an amen and send this line to the producers ears.

What a LAME challenge.

I'm back to DVRing the show.

what a snooze fest


Dudes, if you really want to crank up the dramameter, then PR should feature a challenge for the "Real Housewives of Atlanta".

There's some home(-girl) grits prancin' princesses with a slab of hot ham hocks and a side of honey buns bitchitude served up for ya.


I cannot believe Mila and Mya's dresses were judged so highly. They both were tacky, moved horribly, and were poorly fitted. Of course nobody took a chance with the challenge. It was a set forth in a way that said "play safe" from every angle. Dull episode. Ben's design had intrigue, but we barely saw his work.


you guys need a vacation, you're becoming way too JADED. it was a good episode, not every challenge can be make a dress from a sack. we've enjoyed the entire season so far, though as always, don't always agree with judges.

LOVE tim's new video blog, please continue to embed those on your site!


Seth Aron should've been in the Top3. That's all I'm sayin'.


Princess Die

Sewing Siren: "I think the designers would have been freer to do that kind of thing if they hadn't had the "real" woman component to deal with. I think they didn't want their clients to feel foolish."

Anon 3:56: "What I don't get is why make such a short time for a dress that people are actually going to wear? It's insulting to the "client" that they are going to be stuck wearing a dress made in less than a day."

The lackluster episode really wasn't the designers' fault this time. I don't get what the hell Lifetime/BM think they're doing, trying to make PR more of an Oprah Does Dresses kind of show. You can't have it both ways, producers.


Very Marchesa-esque, no wonder it won.


Heart Disease in women is a big deal folks...just say'n

The woman in the dress looked happy...nice to see.

LLF


The dresses were sad sad sad. And what was up with that fucking star dress? It was like the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders evil step mom dress.


What bothered me was that none of them seem to have recalled the iconic Campell's Soup Can from Andy Warhol. They could have really worked that fabric and done something avant garde, yet still wearable to the event.

Sad. I would have though Maya would have gotten it.

Anyway, yes it was a boring effort made on something that really could have been fun.


"Call us cold-hearted bitches if you want, we won't argue, but we don't watch Project Runway for inspiring stories about real life women overcoming adversity. We watch it for dresses and backstabbing." Perhaps Lifetime couldn't resist the temptation to put their "heart warming movie" stamp on this episode. I expect we will see more "overcoming challenges" models in the future.


Thought the challenge was zzzzzzzz. And if I here the term "real woman" one more time, I think I'm going to hurl. Puhleeze! What does that term mean. Last time I checked, the models were "real" women too. Can we please get off the 'the models are too thin' bandwagon now. This is fashion, people...get over it already.


This dress looked like a nightgown to me. I do not understand why it was the winner.


I thought she looked like a whale in this dress.


I was happy to see Amy win! She truly is the only one who seemed to get this challenge. It's about your damn client...she made her model feel beautiful which was evidenced by that fierce and sexy walk down the runway! I loved the way the dress moved. I think I'm also still bitter about Amy's dresses auctioning for so much more than the other designers and yet her not winning more often (ie: burlap dress kicked ass)!


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Bill said: I was really hoping that someone was going to make a dress in Campbell's Cream of Tomato Soup red with a shoulder bag that looked like a grilled cheese sandwich.

YES!

This is one of the few "real women" challenges where I would have loved to have been one of them. Especially if I could have had a Chris March as my designer, someone who would have had big fun with the challenge. When they announced the Campells link in the challenge, like Bill above, I immediately thought Warhol, Tomato, Grilled Cheese. Imagine the movement and column shape of Amy's dress combined with a Warhol Campbell's can sculpture painted in 360 degrees around it. (I was thinking a grilled cheese hat or shoulder treatment, but an evening bag works even better.) Sissybear would have knocked it out of the park -- maybe Seth Aaron could have worked it too. Costumey? Kitch? Yes, but it would have made the customer very happy. I'm FAR from a model, have no desire to look like a size 2, and would have rocked that thing.





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