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Emilio & Anna

Last but not...well actually, yeah. Kinda.


"We could've been more innovative but I'm working with someone who has very little experience so I had to scale down just to make sure we had a gown on the runway."

These two didn't make a very good team. They were pretty much drama-free, but that doesn't mean they were bringing the best out of each other. She's too much in her own head and he doesn't seem to have much patience for her inexperience. Result?

Model: Cerri McQuillan
Mediocre.

Once again, the crass question that we need to ask: Do you see 500 bucks here?

And where is the technical skill we've come to expect from Emilio?

And where's the sense of fun he brought to both of his previous garments?

It's basic and dour and not particularly well made.

Model: Valeria Leonova/Alison Gingerich

And while this is at least a much cuter dress, it wasn't without its problems. For one, what the hell does this have to do with Maya and Jay's dress? It shares not one similar design element except for color.

And it too, is pretty damn basic.

Cute, absolutely, and well made. But basic.

And we're not crazy about the sheer skirt.

And that's about all we have to say about that.

Extended Judging:



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



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I was a fan of Emilio's first two outings, but noticed that Tim refers to him as an egotist in his blog post for this episode. Foreshadowing of assclownery to come?

But this: Dour and boring. Yes.


I am consistently torn by how likable Anna is in comparison to how everything she touches seems to turn to bland.


anna is tooooo boring. I say "Auf" after two episodes. (After dbag of the year Jesse and Lady Cries Alot.


I had really liked Emilio both as a person and a designer but this week did not show him at his best. And Anna seems stuck on her Grapes of Wrath palatte. And dour is the perfect word. Dour dark and depressing. Ugh.


"In her head" is a great way to describe Anna! I've worked with alot of just-out-of-school actors who are like that -- still wrapped up in their academic cocoon, they think their acting (or designing) the shit out of it...and nothing comes throught.

Still like Emilio though, and even though it's boring and sorta fails the brief, this LBD is alot better than the Nerd Herd's LBD. Heck, still like Anna as well, but girlfriend is not long for this show.


Everyone keeps referring to Tim's blog posts. Where is his blog?


(oops, fumble fingers, Anon 11:32 above is me.)


I forgot that we had any looks left to do. I guess that says all I need to say about these looks.


You know, this was a sneaky little callenge. The designers were given $500.00 worth of rope and not one of them hung themselves. Actually, Ping did and she went home. Everyone else played it close to the vest and kept there poker faces on (mwa mwa mwa mwa).
These challenges are starting to get a little boring, not unlike this dress. Let's hope they spice it up this week.
I like the cheapie look. The one shoulder evokes the fug design they were "inspired" by. I hate that they use the word inspired fpr these sorts of challenges. You really can not manufacture inspiration. Even for cash and other prizes.


I hate to be mean but jeebus, Alison scares me a little bit, especially in her closeup. Ouch! Cerri is cute, but if she gets too closely associated w/ Anna she won't last.


"Tlo said: Once again, the crass question that we need to ask: Do you see 500 bucks here?"




No, but I think giving them more money actually makes for a more difficult challenge, because of the way it changes the mindset and the expectations. More money/more expensive fabric doesn't necessarily translate into better results.

It's the same as people who think that buying a more expensive camera will make them take better pictures. It won't. The pictures have to be in your head. If they aren't, a more expensive camera isn't going to help you.

Same here with these challenges. It's all about what's in their heads - not the tools they use.

--GothamTomato


I've liked Emilio's other offerings, but he'd better get that superiority stick out his a$$ or he's going to become a real bore. I like the second cheapie dress alot. It is cute and basic and has little to do with the challenge, but I find I really don't care (and obviously neither do the judges). Anna is sweet and earnest---she is not going to win this competition, but she can do pretty and basic and there's a market for that out in the real world.


I liked--and continue to like--Emilio. Viewed his scaling down comment more as a statement of fact, not ego. In the few clips aired, the interaction between Emilio and Anna seemed positive, and I think she may have actually learned some valuable skills by working with him. Of course, I could be totally wrong in my assessment. Fortunately, in this case time will tell.


Already from previous Tim Gunn's blog entries, it sounded like him and Emilio did not exactly click...

After the first three episodes, I've made up my mind about Emilio. I was not exactly into his clothes, but I was allowing for it to be a question of taste. That he was following a legitimate line in posh-park-avenue-latino gear, in the footsteps of Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera. Not outrageously fashion, absolutely not trendy, lacking conceptual originality but making up with technique twists and cute effects, elegant and pretty, and well executed.

But really... First that first wining dress started to bug me up. You keep seeing it in the background and it already looks so stale... Like you don't want to look at it ever again, the colors look drab, the shape, after the novelty of the technique having worn off, is somehow wrong.

And then this...

I now suspect that he really is not that good a designer. He has the experience and he may have mastered a set of skills. But beyond that, I think he's pretty shallow, design-wise. His whole three-piece oeuvre looks to me far less promising than that of other contenders, who may have made mistakes, but are building a stronger narrative with their outfits in the runway.

I have the feeling that while coming from a very different, almost opposite, place, he's going to follow Christopher's path. A first win, a couple of (later perceived as) overrated designs, a string of ugly looks, survive the obvious suspects for the auf and maybe one or two surprises, and out of the door he goes.

- Don


At least they can't be accused of copying the B look?
The matching of the stripes and keeping them very horizontal was well done.

What sheer skirt?

They could have been bottom two.


Was Emilio the leader here, though? I thought it was Anna.


While I share the general sense of underwhelm that contestants' work as a body evokes when I think about that $500.00, it did clearly do one thing: (unless my memory is playing tricks) use of the shiny, puckery, polyester that shows everything even with nearly perfect, even stitching and steaming is pretty much absent from the signature looks.

And I do believe they probably *used* the $500.00, just that they aren't costumers and probably chose for fiber content, hand, and drape, not thinking about what would read as "luxe" (or, really, even interesting) on t.v.


I rank Emilio's condescending remark with Jesse's runway crack about teaching Ping to sew: Strike one.

Emilio came across as egotistical and Jesse as snotty and immature, but on the basis of one statement I won't condemn them.

(And, yes, after seeing the episode a 2nd time, as it was edited, anyway, the runway crack was really the only thing Jesse said or did that I thought was truly out of line.)


The money issue here reminds me of interviews done with the designers on Trading Spaces. When asked if you'd rather have more money or more time, they always said more time. They got more time for the challenge, but when they had to make a second look, that was time away for the expensive dramatic look.

I kinda wonder if Emilio didn't get caught up in the museum and masterpiece part. Maybe he went "serious" and "dramatic" instead of staying closer to the spirit of fun and energy in his other 2 dresses.


I thought this team seemed to work well together, but there was no "click" in neither the workroom or on the runway. They come from opposite ends of the universe with regard to both aesthetics and maturity, but managed to produce two lackluster, safe and barely memorable looks for the challenge.
*yawns*

edina


I've never understood the Tim Gunn worship--he reminds me of a prissy relative who spent a great deal of her adult life openly complaining of constipation--but I certainly liked him better when he was more about constructive criticism and less about snark.


Clueless Jock

Blah. Hopefully this will be the last of the team challenges.


"It's the same as people who think that buying a more expensive camera will make them take better pictures. It won't."

I slightly disagree.

That reminds me of when I started guitar lessons as a child. Actually a better more expensive guitar definitely helped. The cheap strings and distance to the neck and slightly wider neck made it harder to play with my short fingers.

But to translate this to the challenge, I'd say the song you choose to play and how well you play it that makes FAR MORE of a difference.

So the materials and equipment make a difference, but if you can't it "sing" ...


I think of a better sewing machine when it comes to making clothes - and it does gives you more control. (I remember working on a machine where I could not control the tension and it kept "eating" my fabric.) I'd say the same might be true with a camera that lacks focus.


bitchybitchybitchy

The signature look was underwhelming,and no, to these eyes it doesn't look like $500.00 either.

I'm going to cut Emilio some slack on his comment about working with Anna. Her previous looks are pretty basic, and she is inexperienced.

The team challenges definitely freak out the designers, and I think some of them end up going way conservative to keep themselves out of the bottom three-and we end up with ho-hum designs.


another laura

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz *snort* wha? huh? they were on last week?


Emilio's signature piece was even more of a let down because expectations were high. He's a COSTUME DESIGNER, isn't he?? He could have approached it that way. On the other hand, a costume designer may have a team to build his grand designs, and clearly he didn't have that. I'm not yet distracted by or convinced of his "egotism"; this look disappointed, but he's still more in the plus column.

By Anna's own admission, she's a beginner. Her first two dresses were slight variations on an unoriginal theme. She should be auf'd soon, though she could be one of those whose inoffensive designs keep squeaking through because someone the judges expect more of does something really awful.

The inspiration dress is cute, and did represent collaboration, melding the top from Emilio's winning design with the bottom from her two dresses. But the sheerness was indeed a drag.


For me, it isn't so much about the budget, but the freedom they had vs. what they turned out. Yes, they had parameters (create a signature, couture piece), but they really had so much freedom and no budget constraints. I expected so much more from many of the designers this episode. Especially Emilio. This was just like that other sheath dress with a vest thing, albeit better done. But really, THIS is a signature look? Arrrgghh... Like I've griped elsewhere: no vision, no fun, no fantasy, no luxury. Just a dark dress with an overlayer.


"I've never understood the Tim Gunn worship--he reminds me of a prissy relative who spent a great deal of her adult life openly complaining of constipation--but I certainly liked him better when he was more about constructive criticism and less about snark."

Whoa. Hands off my Tim. Low-key snark has always been part of the Gunn package, right along with the constructive criticism, which is certainly still forthcoming.

And he would most assuredly look askance at any vulgar mention of bodily functions. Yeesh.

BookieBookie


Toby Ziegler

Neither look is worth a warm bucket of spit.


The skirt and all the back seams of the signature look cry to the heavens for seam tape.


Museum Signature look: I don't see the $500 in the fabric either. I do think the jacket is interesting. The dress is very basic. I wonder why he didn't use the signature applique or piece work he did on his first 2 looks. That could have made the dress.

Inspired budget dress: Looks like he handed this one off to Anna. It has much more in common with her first 2 dresses than it has with the Maya/ Jay dress. In fact I couldn't figure out which dress she was inspired by. I think that Anna can sew, but does not have any patternmaking or draping skills. It looks to me like she can make one dress. We'll have to see this week. I think she and Jesse are marked for the next two auf's.


"I was like, 'EMILIO!'"

Will Ferrell in A Night at Roxbury.


The signature look is boring, uninspired and cheap-looking. The other dress is actually pretty cute. And I can definitely see the connection to the high-end piece. Same colors, of course, but there's also the shoulder detail on both. While maybe not an exact translation they definitely look like they could be part of the same collection. The knock-off dress is a million times better than Mila and Jonathan's.

I adore Anna and I love her (rather limited) design esthetic. But I don't think she'll go very far - she's just too inexperienced. She's one of the few where I would actually be interested to see how she develops in a couple of years. I think she's got great potential.


yeah! ho! wah!

agree with the consensus: YAWN.

and the look-for-less is yet another anna-dress. exactly the same as the last two episodes. i hope she gets called out on that soon.


I think that a far better investment than $500 would have been five more hours (at least). I really don't see the point of all of the one-day or less challenges. The judges crab on and on about execution, but who on this planet has perfect execution in such a short time? I would rather see a $100 dress completed in two full days. i am sure the results would have been better—ideas more fully fleshed out, smoother seams, smarter give and take in collaboration.


Jesse, Baby Jesus and Janeanne all should go home before Anna. And (forgive me, you sweet southern queen) but maybe even Anthony also. Jesus should have been gone after the first episode and even though he's cute he's tacky as hell. He was saved this past week by his collaboration with Amy. If he reverts to form and creates another tacky dog's dinner then he'd better get the boot.

I could see Anna lasting longer than any of the above-mentioned designers because even though she's very limited in what she's turned out so far she has the kind of minimalist, chic, flattering, feminine and very young esthetic that appeals to lots of sophisticated young women and the magazine editors who cater to them.


Blah, amazing amount of blah. The fishtail hem was okay, but why was this anyone's *signature* look. The LBD is Chanel--you aren't going to stand out that way.

Chanel started it and Chanel (and Lagerfeld) do it better. Conceptual mistake from the get-go.

This was a curiously weak challenge. Even though I'm in the minority liking the winning look, none of them blew me away.


Wow - I think you are all being very hard on poor Emilio!! I am fine with his comment because it is true. Anna is clearly a begginer and garment construction is much more difficult than you can imagine - esp fitting!!!!! Also, expensive fabrics are tough to work with, esp. silk and satin. They slip, slide and pucker just like polyester. I think these looks are fine, certainly not winners but not go homers.


Something about working with unconventional, free or recycled materials is that makes people feel free to create. Seems to me that when the materials are valuable, it's harder for people to let go.

So - I guess I should have expected that the $500 dresses would be stiffer and more conventional than the potato sack dresses.

But it was still a disappointment and these guys really snoozed last week. This dress isn't a "bad" dress but it is the equivalent of putting on Harry Potter's invisibility cloak. I would defy anyone to remember this dress out of a crowd of four or five women.


Something about working with unconventional, free or recycled materials is that makes people feel free to create. Seems to me that when the materials are valuable, it's harder for people to let go.

So - I guess I should have expected that the $500 dresses would be stiffer and more conventional than the potato sack dresses.

But it was still a disappointment and these guys really snoozed last week. This dress isn't a "bad" dress but it is the equivalent of putting on Harry Potter's invisibility cloak. I would defy anyone to remember this dress out of a crowd of four or five women.


"I've never understood the Tim Gunn worship--he reminds me of a prissy relative who spent a great deal of her adult life openly complaining of constipation--but I certainly liked him better when he was more about constructive criticism and less about snark."

Ha-ha.
I'm still a Tim fan, but I appreciate your alternative perspective. I'm certainly not one of those people that thinks he walks on water. And, yes, he is prissy – although prissy can be charming in the people we like.


Oooh, Anna made an above the knee pleated shirt. Gee - can't wait to see wait to see what color the above the knee pleated skirt is this week.

Bravo realizes that straight guys only watch this show with their girlfriends or wives, right?


I thought Tim's description of this was fairly accurate: the "mother version" of the geeks' look.

From the recaps of this week's episode, I get a sense that Emilio may be auffed, or in the bottom three...


I was disappointed with Emilio's behavior. I guess his first win went straight to his head. The entries are very meh. I'm underwhelmed.


In the version of Project Runway that plays in my head, these looks would have placed in the bottom and the smackdown would have been something ferocious. I would have much rather seen Matthew Williamson, Heidi, Nina and Michael unsheathe their claws over the sheer nothingness of these looks than making inane comments about "the Southern cotillion from hell" or "really ugly." To be sure, both dresses are perfectly nice dresses, especially if they were making dresses for models or real women, but they nowhere near reflect the $500 budget nor the amount of time (4 person-days for 2 looks!!!) allowed for this challenge. They were also given 15 extra minutes in Mood.

I totally don't get Emilio's comment about Anna's inexperience, IMO Anna's newbie-ness should have been a plus and not a minus. She has not exhibited a lot of ego and walked in the door touting her inexperience and voiced it again this challenge, so I doubt that she would not have deferred to Emilio's vision and therefore he basically would have had a cooperative and capable assistant to help him execute his vision. He probably had the sweetest set up of all the designers.

As I stated last week, I suspect that Emilio may be one of this season's b****es, but I am not prepared to write Emilio off as a designer, but his performance in this challenge has left me scratching my head.


Photographer Leia:

http://www.mylifetime.com/shows/project-runway/tim-gunn-blog


I know no one cares about LML, but was hoping to see a TLo recap of last week prior to the finale (assuming it's tonight):)


No, I don't see $500 in that look, either. And I was surprised considering Emilio's other offerings. I think he psyched himself out over Anna's participation, wrongly (she may not be that experienced but she's not imcompetent). I don't know. I still have him pegged to go pretty far, thinking this is more mis-step than actual indication of lack of vision.

The look-for-less was cute, though, even if it wasn't all that understandable as a derived look.

(On a different note, I am not the same Tina as above. Though it shouldn't be hard to tell us apart since I've got a blogger profile link and she does not.)


I really like Emilio (and Anna too) so take this with a grain of salt, but I think the his comment about Anna is being blown out of proportion. It occured to me when I saw Tim Gunn's blog that perhaps he was instructed to create some drama.

In Emilio's video blog on the Project Runway site he says that Anna was the best partner he could have had.

This weeks entries do seem just safe, but I wouldn't have put them in the bottom. I would definitely wear both of them.


Ms_Flyover
"Bravo realizes that straight guys only watch this show with their girlfriends or wives, right?"

Lifetime not Bravo - but I guess the rest of the comment might apply.


That first dress is so sad. It's like the fashion equivalent of a pout. Those colours don't help either...


I could see him skipping a lot of his really detailed applique stuff if he didn't feel she had the skill to pull that off (and she probably didn't), but what happened to his sense of color? No excuse for that.

In general this week, the color story was so depressing. I think it's why I couldn't hate on Brown Sugar's look too much even though it kind of sucked. Their yellow bodice (and the one on the look based on it) was literally the ONLY non-neutral on the runway, with the marginal exception of Mila's barely-visible coat liner.


The no color thing was strange. No excuse for the A, but I think the B dress fabric stripes is a fun echo of the ruffle-shoulder fungus on the inspiration dress.

Anna has skills and Emilio should've used them.

He seemed sort of douchey here.


Not much to say about the signature dress. Meh. You can certainly see Emilio's design style in it. But it sure doesn't look like $500.
But I could totally see the inspiration of the other look with this B look. The color, the stripe, the shoulder thingy...
unfortunately, when I saw this come donw the runway, I said OH NO another pleated skirt. This makes #3 for Anna--has anyone else noticed this? That all the skirts she's done have been exactly the same?


Yesterday someone asked if "douche" (or "douchey") is the only adjective we have left for bad behavior. I wonder the same. Jesse and now Emilio behaved like Summer's Eve or Massingill, washing away good bacteria and making false claims of feminine freshness?


Since there has been some discussion about more time vs more money, I'd love to see the producers play some more head games with the models. The top designer gets immunity, of course. But the top three get to choose between three things for the next challenge: they can choose to keep their model, OR they can get an additional block of time, OR they can get an additional 10% of the budget. Then we would see what really matters.

- Donna in Seattle


They would all pick the time.


I agree that both looks are pretty forgettable. I don't think Emilio was trying to bitch. I think he was stating what he w deadline anted to say and the editors helped put a spin on it. I like Tim but I do take what he says with a grain of salt, he IS part of the show after all. It's like him talking in one of the video blogs and saying ooops I have my laptop coz I was working on my book since I have a. I am telling you that coz it's the truth! And all the while the laptop is positioned just so that the brand is clearly visible throughout and of course calling our attention to it a couple of times through the blog is very good shilling. So when Tim says someone is an egoist, he may or may not be.

I think the cheaper look has Anna written all over it. Is this the same silhouette she has produced before and it's her comfort zone. She needs to get out of it.

Other than that the cheaper look, I think, is very much inspired by Jay and Maya's look without copying it. First it referenced the pallet. Then, instead of creating an asymmetric shoulder thingy they did the Wilma look with a much more subdued shoulder treatment. Instead of creating that shell look, they used the pattern in the fabric to create those circular shapes. It was sexy (in the sheer dress, and puhleeeeze, what designer has yet to send a sheer dress down the runway? Even BritBrit bless her little soul, showed up with one of those at the Grammys) without copying the signature look.

That is not to say that I think they succeeded or that they were worthy of anything other than a pass. I just "get" where they were coming from.


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TLo said "For one, what the hell does this have to do with Maya and Jay's dress? It shares not one similar design element except for color."

THANK YOU. I rest my case.


As to Emilio's remark about Anna's experience (lack of), I didn't think it was bitchy , mean, or egotistical at all. I thought he was very kind and patient with her. He got dead last pick and as far as I could tell never made a despairaging remark about it. Unlike some of the assistants Anna was probably unable to help much with the patternmaking or draping or even more advanced sewing. So he did have to scale back if he wanted to get finished. I still think he could have done some of the fabulous applique on the simpler silhouette, maybe he felt like that had played out and he needed to move on to something new.


Okay, I love Emilio, but he has put out three one-shouldered dresses in a row. If he puts out another one this week, I'm going to start getting bored.


Antonija said...

"unfortunately, when I saw this come down the runway, I said OH NO another pleated skirt. This makes #3 for Anna--has anyone else noticed this? That all the skirts she's done have been exactly the same?"

Oh yeah, it's been noticed. I've been commenting on this for three weeks. It's also the same skirt as most of her portfolio. I simply don't understand why she was selected, unless they didn't think Anthony was enough cute factor.


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Anon: "I love Emilio, but he has put out three one-shouldered dresses in a row."

Not last week. Potato sack was a strapless-type bodice with halter straps. Not a Wilma.


First garment: sooo matronly. And a little sad-looking too. Poor thing.

At first, I thought their second look was adorable and youthful, which is completely opposite their first look. However I realize that the print is doing all the work. Design-wise, I could buy that dress at Forever 21.


Disappointed in this dress because I think it could have looked better as a gown and with different material. While the second dress is well made (except for the sheer skirt) the only thing it has in common with Maya's dress is the fact that the wilma sorta matches the signature look. I get the feeling however that most of the responsibility for the second dress was turned over to Anna because that skirt is the same silhouette she's been doing all season.


Yeah, for me, this group was a complete disappointment and waste of time and money. They didn't outright suck (which is the only reason they avoided bottom two, there were two teams that did suck), but they were so utterly underwhelming, they were pretty close to sucking.
The first look is so dull and dour and boring and uninteresting and utterly pointless. There's nothing remotely interesting or exciting about it. It's poorly made, there's nothing remotely "wow" about it and if this is there signature that's saying VERY little for the, as designers.
And then the look for less had nothing to do with Maya/Jay's signature (except for the fact that both colors were gray and dour, which was the theme of the week, gray and dour). The fabric was so basic and kinda of ugly, the dress was simple, and the top was too big (in my opinion it would've been a hell of alot sexier if she showed a little bit more skin at the top).
This coming from Anna, I was not at all surprised. Not one of her pieces has impressed me so far, her designs are so basic, her fabric choices (the gold in week one and the potato print week two) were the only good thing going for her, and this week her fabric choices were bad.
But I was surprised about Emilio. His first dress was soo adorable, and his second dress, while I had issues with it, was a little bit kind of sexy and fun (even though it was too long and the fabrics didnt look good together), but this week, neither of these pieces were sexy or fun.
STEP IT UP BITCHES!


I forgot about these two.

That says it all.


egagh! what is with that 40 year old inbred-looking crackerjack in the 2nd dress?
for that matter, all these models are old and haggard looking. except one.


"Brooklyn Bomber said: I wonder the same. Jesse and now Emilio behaved like Summer's Eve or Massingill, washing away good bacteria and making false claims of feminine freshness?"



I am so seriously wounded by your hygiene-based humor, that I will likely cry myself to sleep tonight.

And besides, Emilio was not 'douchey' this week. If anything, his outing was Cream of Wheat-y; bland and forgettable (I hope that doesn't insult boring, forgetful people).

--GothamTomato


One thing about the second look: it would be more interesting, and more like the look it's based on, if the stripes in the skirt ran vertically.


I thought the 2nd look evoked the other team's dress perfectly without being too literal or copying exactly. The color, shoulder treatment, and stripes, were all right on--my favorite 2nd look. It was a cute dress plus it met the criteria of the challenge.


I think the 1st dress actually looks pretty good! And the technical skills are pretty much intact! I have to disagree TLo. I certainly wouldn't be surprised at a $500 price tag @ Lord & Taylor or Saks, NYC for this look. Especially when i look at those yellow and royal blue frocks from Victoria Beckham that Garner and Biel are wearing in your Marie Claire post! This look is at the very least akin to those! It's actually a testament to his skill that you focused all of the criticism for this look on him... his style/point of view is definitely strong

Not so much a fan of the Emilio ego though. I guess like Irina from last season... he may be taking the "I'm not here to make friends" attitude. Pity.





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