Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Project Runway 1/23/08--"Even Designers Get the Blues" summary

Previously on Project Runway: What looked to be a stupid challenge, about hair, turned out to be kind of awesome. The designers have to make avant-garde looks inspired by their model’s hairstyle. Marred slightly by the lame “surprise” of having to make a ready-to-wear look too, some of the greatest designs I’ve ever seen on this show turned up. Victorya and Jillian made a black punk fitted long jacket with pink plaid lining, but they were beaten out by Christian and Chris, who used 45 yards of fabric to create a bazillion layers of ruffles and a giant collar. I have pictures on the post before this one. Rami turned out to be kind of a jerk, but Sweet P’s cute everyday dress saved his ass. Kit ended up going home because her design involved aprons and cutesy flowered prints. (click for more)

Victorya calls Sweet P “Kit” for no reason. Multiple times. There’s no excuse for that. Sweet P thinks Kit kicks ass and she misses her. Chris says their apartment hasn’t lost anyone and then he tells Rami to get out. Ricky says he’s tired of not being good enough. Or being told that. Or something. Maybe his denim capri cutoffs are too tight.

This week only Christian gets to pick out another model. Blah blah, you don’t know who they are anyways, do you? Where is Morgan? Camille? Nazri? When the one model gets sent home Christian tells her “thank you more than life.” Huh? Heidi says Tim is waiting to take them on a field trip. Everyone groans. Rami knows you could do something incredible or end up in garbage. I vote for garbage. (Kmanpat: “Field trip to my house! Only Rami should come!“) Someone asks Tim if they’re going to meet someone fabulous. Tim’s response? “We ARE fabulous; we don’t need to meet anyone fabulous“. Hee. Chris thinks they’re designing cement galoshes. Ha! They end up at a random warehouse. This bodes well for my idea. Except that the woman meeting them there is Caroline Calvin, who is senior VP for Levi’s. OK, I had heard it would be denim, but I held out for trash as long as I could. In the warehouse there is…nothing? No, some clotheslines with jeans. Rami says there are hundreds, but it doesn’t look like it. Tim does confirm, however, that inside the warehouse are 500 pairs of jeans and some 1 yd. bolts of white cotton. They have to make garments with “the spirit of originality and creativity of Levi’s“. 3 minutes to cram laundry bags full of crap. And of course they’re far away and they have to run. Chris looks pissed. You bastards, making the fat man run. Sweet P loses a shoe. She shows us her filthy feet for some reason in interview. Rami wants all dark denim. Poor Jillian is almost too short to reach the jeans. She is going for light colors. Christian also went for jackets like Jillian. Victorya dropped her jeans all over the floor and she’s claiming the random piles on the floor. Whatever. Now all the jeans are on the floor and they are dirty. Godammit I wanted trash.

Levi’s has provided notions for them so there is no Mood trip this week. They have until midnight. Ricky says no one can fit denim like he can so he’s making a corset. This is after he tells us that he’s made hats out of denim. That would be better than that mesh number he likes. Jillian is making a fitted coat with an epaulette of the Levi’s red tags. It looks like last week. Christian calls Rami a greedy bitch for grabbing a ton of stuff. He‘s just kidding. Rami starts talking about his life and how he‘s not an American designer because he didn‘t grow up here, he grew up in Jerusalem and his taste is different. I missed the middle part because he was interviewing in a tank top. He thinks this makes him more edgy and fashion forward. His outfit is not draped, I‘ll give him that. Sweet P’s jeans are all dirty and she for some reason asks Chris how to clean them. Chris and Christian argue about how to clean, which boils down to Chris telling her you can wipe the finished garment with a damp cloth and Christian telling her to clean it with a clean piece of denim (?). Chris says obviously Christian’s never been paid as a stylist (which, if Chris does costumes he should know how to clean stuff) and Christian is like, well, I know more than you, since you’re going to wet denim. Only in that “I’m going to pretend I’m muttering under my breath, oops, did I forget to talk more quietly?” kind of tone. Chris interviews that “it’s so cute to see youth (GIANT EYE ROLL).” Hee. I love Chris. Jillian is like, whatever, immature. Once Christian leaves Chris wants to give him a bottle and send him to take a nap. In the sewing room Christian continues talking, bitching about denim, about how this is so fashion school, about how “this is not how fashion is” or whatever. I think he brings good drama but sometimes I want him to shut up. Rami would tear out his hair if he had any.

Victorya wants to do a classic trench. She also begins to talk about her mom and childhood…hmm. Jillian notices that they’re both doing coats, and she claims that she made the coat last week, but wasn’t Victorya in charge? Wasn’t that her design? I don’t know. Jillian doesn’t like copiers.

Christian pretends that working with denim makes him feel manly. Honey, nothing will make you manly. Apparently they got look books, and it had a trucker jacket, so he’s making biker stuff. Sweet P is making a wedding dress. Her actual wedding dress is so pretty, there‘s a picture. She starts talking about how her husband has been supporting her. I see how it is, Bravo. You‘re making everyone talk about their real lives so we can‘t tell who will go home. Chris and Christian talk about annoying people. Well, Chris says that cool people have been going home, and you can tell he’s nowhere near about to say “But you’re cool and you’re still here!“ Christian bitches that annoying people are still left. OK, pot. He thinks Ricky should have gone home instead of Kit, even though that dress was Kit’s idea. (Kmanpat: “I don’t think you have the right to complain about people always doing the same thing, Puffy Sleeves.”) Ricky knows people want to send him home, but he has a lot of experience and he’s cool with that. He starts listing his experience for us. At one point Chris is alone in the workroom, and when Sweet P asks if people think he’s lonely, Christian says he’s probably talking to himself. Which he is. I talk to myself too. He’s making a “little black dress” except in denim, and he says when he works he talks to his garment. Jillian says it disturbs her a little but he totally doesn’t care.

Tim time! Ricky’s dress is very cute and Tim is impressed. Well…his blog says he wasn’t actually impressed. He told him something to the effect of “make sure it’s finished and when it’s finished, that it’s stunning”, and then they cut it so it sounds like he called it stunning. In reality Tim doesn’t know why he won, even though he is happy for Ricky. Chris has some weird strap down one side of the dress which Tim thinks is incongruous. Jillian’s jacket will be great if she can get it done. Rami is using the zipper as trim. HMM I HAVE SEEN THAT BEFORE. If you look closely at Jeffery’s green striped dress from Fashion Week you’ll see that all the trim is yellow zippers. Tim says nothing. Victorya’s trench is further along than Jillian’s, but it’s patchworky because the denim doesn’t all match. This is not on purpose. Sweet P’s dress scares Tim. “I‘m making a wedding dress, Tim.” “Mm-hm.” “Am I scaring you?” “Mm-hm.” Then the dress is declared “Happy Hands at Home granny circle”. See, Kors, that’s how it’s done. Then he says “hippy dippy” which I didn’t know anyone other than Stacey London said. Crazy! Tim leaves them with two hours.

Sweet P promptly freaks out and shortens her dress. Jillian complains that she wouldn’t mind all of this if there was time to do the work and everyone is like, um, did you ever watch this show? Where have you been? She complains (in her passive aggressive manner) that she’s just venting like everyone else does. Chris points out that she knew her time limit so it’s her own fault. With like 10 minutes to go Jillian cuts herself, again apparently, and she completely loses it and starts crying. I think we’ve found Jillian’s breaking point. Sweet P tells her to freak out in 10 minutes. Christian has even stopped talking to people and he is quite thankful to have immunity.

Jillian, all dolled up in her interview the next day, is much calmer. Rami drenches himself in perfume. Exciting times.

Jillian still has a ton to do and now she is hot gluing. I think a lot of people are. They only have an hour. Of course they only have an hour, now that everyone expects two. Jillian collapses across the table. Victorya only has the coat. No pants, nothing else. Ricky is very proud of himself. He says he’s over “them”, the judges I guess. He’s in the mode of “I am staying true to myself so I am awesome even if I lose”. Sweet P thinks she’ll be safe. Jillian’s model promises her that Victorya’s outfit is not cute. Christian of course thinks he deserves to win because he’s fierce. He’s actually made jeans out of sleeves from a jacket. OK that is cool. He whines that he’s sick of tube dresses. Shush. Rami is freaking out and gluing things. Jillian isn’t proud of her workmanship and thinks she should have made it simpler.

Guest judge is Caroline Calvin, who I think is wearing one of those fake hair scrunchies. You know, the kind made out of fake hair in some random color. No more immunity any more. Heidi is busting out of her dress, I have to say. Chris has a halter dress with a sweetheart neckline and shimmery purple scarf. It’s OK. On one side the trim is frayed but not on the other side. Ricky’s dress has a drop waist and a ruffle, buttons down the front, strapless. The boots go well. Sweet P looks short, which is better, and the darker panels along the waist and hips make it interesting. Victorya has a trench. It’s not super exciting. Kind of full at the bottom. I feel like I could buy it, and that‘s because when you look at the top of the trench coat, it basically looks like the denim jacket she started with. They had been showing the outfit from the back so it wasn‘t as obvious. Rami’s dress has no draping but it does have pleats. It‘s actually a two piece, a skirt with the zipper detail and a top with a high neck. It‘s cool. Christian’s jacket is cropped with the puffy sleeves and popped collar. I like how you can tell he used jacket sleeves for the pants because he left the cuffs. Not only does Jillian’s jacket look kind of like last week but the model has a high ponytail, just to emphasize the similarity. Also there’s a high loose collar, the kind you can sink your face into when you‘re cold.

Heidi makes them all stick around to get harassed. Ha! Christian talks about truckers and motorcycles, two things I doubt he has experience with. They love his sleeves as pants idea. He wisely lets Nina talk and just agrees with her. Kors points out that the jeans are tight, and believe me, they are painted on. Chris talks about his little “black” dress, but Nina thinks it looks dated. Caroline thinks it’s two ideas and unfinished, but she likes the concept, I guess. Of course they hate the frayed part. Rami, of course, gets a lot of praise but no one calls him on the zipper thing. I don’t even need them to attack him for copying Jeffrey; I just want them to be like, “You know? I’ve seen zippers as trim before and I liked them then, and these are just as good.“ Ricky talks about the bitch in him, but they like his dress for once. Kors compares it to Amy Winehouse since his model looks a lot like her. Kors can see how he works on lingerie, Nina tells him it’s impeccable, and Ricky is tearing up with all the praise and everyone pats him on the back. At one point he bugs his eyes out to keep from crying. Also I notice he comes up to his model’s shoulder. He explains that it’s a rollercoaster and he doesn’t know where he’ll go next, or something. Jillian’s coat gets her in trouble, because it’s not impeccably done. Caroline thinks the red tags are distracting. Nina thinks there are too many ideas, Heidi says it makes her look fat. Sweet P talks about patchwork and changing her design to make it better. Kors loves it and Sweet P is obviously relieved. Also it has “slimming voodoo” and Nina says, “I think all the girls here, except for Michael, would wear it.“ Kors says he would wear it with the right shoe, but I think he ignored the bigger issue which is that Nina just called him a girl. Actually I would pay to see Kors in that dress. Caroline is missing “the Levi’s 501”, whatever that means, but she still likes it. Up close you can really see that Victorya just took a jacket and put a skirt on it. She insists that she did a ton of work. Kors likes the idea of a trench coat but the execution is wonky because “it looks like a party skirt got glued onto a jean jacket”. Jillian looks as smug as she ever does.

Praise: Ricky was clever and meticulous and they can see the lingerie experience. Christian had a lot of details and was iconic, plus he sent out a “new jean” which Heidi thinks a lot of people would be into, which just tells me that Heidi has not shopped at a regular people store for a long time. Sweet P made it elegant and chic. Rami had cool zippers. Whatever. Jillian made it too complicated, Chris was dated and not rough enough. Kors tries to have a quote but he’s not going to beat “Happy Hands at Home granny circle”. Victorya didn’t have fun and it made no sense. I know this part is boring but it’s late and I’m done with this episode already.

Rami is in. The winner is Ricky. Cool! Caroline wants to sell a limited edition of his dress on Levi’s website. Sweet P is in. Christian is in. Chris is in. Oo, battle of the coats. Jillian’s look was unfocused, and Victorya was uninspiring. Jillian is in. Victorya says she’s competitive and she tries to let her work speak for itself. She seems calm. This is only a small reflection of me, I am going to have a great career, etc.

Next week: another stupid field trip and I think I hear children. Of course I was wrong last week. Lots of shiny fabric. Kors says he feels “like the Pope at a sex club”. Uh…maybe those aren’t shrieking children.

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Monday, January 21, 2008

Last week's avant-garde looks

I wanted to have pictures of Christian and Victorya's looks from last week, because they are some of the best clothes to ever come out of this competition. They rival Jay's pink dress from Fashion Week. Here is Christian and Chris's:

I love the way this looks; this is real couture. I don't care that "couture" models have this posture, she looks like she has cramps. That's the only problem I have with it though.

And Victorya and Jillian's, which matches her hair perfectly:
It's so punk and edgy. It fits beautifully and I love the pink plaid.

I don't usually have pictures but I wanted these two. Who knows when they'll have clothes this great again?

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Project Runway 1/16/08--"On Garde!" summary

Previously on Project Runway: The designers had to make prom dresses. The screwing of the models continues as the high school girls are allowed to model their own dresses. Seriously, I don’t know any of the model’s names and the producers don’t seem to care, seeing as how every other challenge doesn’t include them. There was a LOT of disagreement with the judges this week. Victorya won with a bubble hem skirt, which was OK, but Kit and Chris did excellent jobs and got no recognition. Christian got slammed for his ugly dress and his willingness to throw his client under the bus, but in the end Kevin went home because his model looked older than me. Also he decided not to finish his hem and he thought he could get away with it. Not Christian for his ugly dress, and not Ricky for his boring bubble hem dress. Whatever. It makes me feel a little better to know Tim Gunn doesn’t agree with things either. (click for more)

You know they tape the opening credits in the middle of the season? After people are out? So when Carmen says “Bottom line? I’m the best” it’s entirely possible that was after she was eliminated. Good acting job, if that’s the case.

Christian the next morning says his client almost got him eliminated. Then he says that he knows his dress wasn’t that great, but other people’s dresses were not cute so he shouldn’t have been in the bottom two. Shut up, Christian. You and your cowboy boots. Ricky is going to turn it around. But he does not promise not to cry.

Heidi comes out with the velvet bag. Today the models have strange hair. I don’t know. Heidi says they have to make an avant-garde look inspired by the models’ hairstyles. Chris is thrilled. Oh, one poor girl has dreds. Do you know how hard it is to get rid of those? AND two of them will be out, meaning they let them jack up their hair for no good reason. So, when I heard that this challenge had to do with the models‘ hairstyles, I was pissed because models don’t have hairstyles; their hair is often damaged because it gets styled within an inch of its life on a regular basis, and also it has to be boring so the designer for the show or the shoot or whatever can do stuff to it. So I thought that using “hairstyles” like that was pretty stupid. This is only slightly less stupid. Model selection. Whatever. The final 3 models are left up there for Ricky to choose from. They show clips and it could all be the same girl. Seriously, they all look the same. The girl with the dreds doesn’t get picked because Ricky picks the girl with the giant 50’s “Hairspray” bouffant.

Tim says since it’s avant-garde they don’t have to make practical or wearable looks. Now they have to work in pairs. Ha! And Tim will pair them up with the bag. HA! Kit and Ricky, Sweet P and Rami (she is thrilled), Chris and Christian (HAHAHA) but Christian lucked out. Chris does crazy stuff every day. Victorya and Jillian are the last pair. They get to pick between the two models, and they‘ll have $300 and 2 days. Each team has to have a leader. Christian doesn’t want to be leader because he doesn’t want to be eliminated but he feels strongly about this whole thing. He wants thousands of circles of fabric to match the braids on their model. Kit is working with the girl with better hair, not the one Ricky picked. She has a very cute curly bob, but for some reason Kit thinks it looks like a bird’s nest. Um, hello? Oh wait, “rat’s nest” and “bird’s nest” are not the same. Anyways, Kit starts talking about nesting. Rami is leading because Sweet P doesn’t think avant-garde. And they’re using a red head with gorgeous long wavy hair. Somehow this is “hard and soft“ and Rami wants to have curvy lines but also pants. Jillian wants to make a trench coat but Victorya wants punk. They‘re using the girl with the row of ponytails that makes her look like she has a Mohawk. She and Victorya have to flip a coin to decide leader but they both seem to agree that’s only way to decide. Victorya wins. Jillian says that’s OK but she has concerns about some of the design and they have to make sure they have a story.

Shopping. Christian needs 50 yards of organza. Rami and Sweet P play Marco Polo. Somehow I remember shopping being more interesting in previous seasons.

Kit describes her clothes in more detail now: the girl’s hair is a nest, and so there’s layers of aprons like she‘s working in the garden. Christian declares that if he was a diva, his name would be “Feroche”. (Kmanpat: “If?“) Their dress of circular layers includes a circular neckpiece to match. As Chris is making the skeleton of the neckpiece out of wires, he jokes about making a cell phone tower, but Sweet P wants a spaceship to Elisa’s planet. Chris: “Didn’t you know, Elisa left me these instructions.“ Hee. Jillian is making a trench coat and replicating the hairstyle down the back. She’s worried about time management because neither of them are good with that. Rami is doing the corset because of the detail, and he’s left Sweet P to do trousers. When he describes it, it’s phrased very carefully. Not “Sweet P is going to do the trousers”, but “Sweet P assured me that she would have no problem making the trousers.“ Dun!

Ricky jokes about boning girls. Heh. Rami tells us he has to constantly help Sweet P all the time and it’s putting him behind. He’s kind of condescending when he talks to her, in that rather than asking her if she has questions, he’s like, “Do you feel comfortable with that?“ He continues to harp on her in the sewing room, saying he thinks the pants should be almost finished and so he’s just concerned. She thinks it’s fine because they’re ahead of his schedule. We don’t see her asking him questions, at all. He interviews that he feels he’ll get blamed for any conflict. I’m not sure why he’s bugging her to make sure things are done; if he’s had to spend all day answering her questions then wouldn’t he know how far along she is?

The next day Sweet P makes sure she has enough smokes for the day. She’s nervous because Rami was upset last night. You guys, I totally missed Rami shirtless last week. I’m so ashamed. Ricky and Kit are working well together. Sweet P is trying to get a bustle for some drama but Rami thinks it’ll look terrible. It is up to him, I guess. Tim makes them gather ‘round and they are all freaked out. That’s almost never good. He says there will be another look walking down the runway tomorrow. Everyone is angry. They have to make a second garment, a ready-to-wear look that embodies their avant-garde look. PLEASE. Seriously, tell them that in the beginning! They’ll still freak out and have drama! Now the challenge is as stupid as I thought it would be. ALSO I was so glad to have half as many designs to describe. $50, 15 minutes to shop and an extra hour to work. Only one person can go shopping. The only good point is that Tim does have a point about how most designers have to do this all the time: make crazy runway stuff, and then make stuff people will buy. I think Tim hates this too. Victorya freaks out because they’re already behind. Rami shoots down Sweet P’s ideas, but to his credit, she’s describing it and he wants her to sketch, but she refuses and he can‘t picture it. But she wants navy and he says, “Navy’s not so much day, though.” Navy isn’t day? WTF? Kit is going shopping for fabric but Ricky is going to make the dress.

The models get to come in for a fitting. Immediately Sweet P tries to get rid of some of the stuff because there’s too much but Rami loves it. But he didn’t want the bustle? Ricky and Kit thrilled with their look. Victorya only has pants. In the sewing room Sweet P says her dress is done, and Jillian bitches that great, I’m glad for you, everyone is done but us. Sweet P has to apologize for making an observation. It’s really bitchy and passive aggressive, and I kind of hate it, but it’s the most emotion I’ve seen from Jillian ever so I kind of like it. She’s upset because if they lose, Victorya is immune so Jillian goes home. Chris doesn’t want anyone to forget their dress as long as they live. Christian demonstrates fierce walking. OK, that was dorky and cute. Sweet P seems to be in charge of the ready-to-wear look. Rami demands to know when she’s going to be done with stuff, and she’s insisting that she’ll get done, but he feels he is “entitled” to know when they’re going to be done. He tells her that his ass is on the line, as if hers isn’t. She reminds him of this fact, and he says that she’s not in as much danger as she is. Rami gets really frustrated that Sweet P won’t give him a time frame, I guess because he doesn’t trust that she‘ll be done, and he tells her to understand that he’s in danger of elimination and that‘s all he‘s asking, is for a time stamp. He says that he has to be careful because Sweet P is so defensive and it‘s exhausting him. Perhaps if you didn’t attack her about being done she wouldn’t be defensive. The man is wearing bell bottoms, I just have to point that out. Sweet P is in tears and her model has to comfort her. She keeps saying that she’s almost done and Rami needs to calm down and get off her back. I know, there may be editing with this. But what I saw was Sweet P forced to explain how close she was to finishing, but she can’t or won’t say something like, “I’ll be done in two hours,” which makes Rami yell at her like they’re going to send the model down the runway naked. Not knowing exactly when you’re going to be done doesn’t mean you won’t finish on time.

Tim time! He starts by making them gather ‘round again, models too, and introduces Nathaniel Hawkins who is from Tresemme. Oh, sorry, TRESemm√©. So they can tone down the crazy hair for their everyday look. The winning team gets to be in an ad in Elle. Hair consults. Not exciting. Tim comes to visit. He loves Christian and Chris’s avant-garde look but not the other one. Christian thinks it looks expensive and awesome. Tim thinks Ricky and Kit have made a costume which is apparently not OK. They need to punch it up. Time for Rami and Sweet P. Tim thinks Rami isn’t going to surprise the judges. He thinks they haven’t gone high enough. Rami is like, well, they haven’t seen corsets from me yet. I see. Sweet P makes some comment which is bleeped, and all of a sudden Rami is talking about how they don’t get along. They are both diplomatic about their problems, even though Rami brought it up for no reason and he actually says, “Well, how is the experience so far? I want you to talk a little bit.” Wow. Victorya and Jillian are slow. He loves their coat if they can get it done. They haven’t even started the second outfit yet, with 4 hours left. Sigh.

More working. Sweet P and Rami are now not speaking. She wants to make the everyday outfit awesome so she can stand on that when they’re on the runway. Jillian freaks out and shows some emotion. Chris sits next to her and calmly sews and curses in a weird accent. Jillian and Victorya aren’t done of course. Frighteningly, they go home without starting the everyday look. Are you serious?

Morning! Sweet P hopes to avoid a fistfight. Christian has a vest and puffy shirt. Sigh. Jillian is only now starting on the second dress. They’ll get their everyday models first, because the avant-garde models are already in hair. Kit and Ricky’s everyday dress is simple and Ricky doesn’t like the fabric but he admits it’s up to Kit. Lots of shots of hair. Christian knows they’re going to win. Sigh again. Jillian’s everyday dress is really basic. She knows it’s an afterthought. Kit is nervous because her dress is so different from everyone else. Jillian thinks it would be great if they won. Yeah.

Guest judge is Alberta Ferretti. Only one of them will win and only one will go home. Rami and Sweet P: beige corset and ribbons. Draped, of course. Asymmetrical, of course. One side is pleated and draped, and on the other side you can see the boning of the corset and there’s a ruffly ribbon outlining it. The skirt is flowy and airy, but then there are black pants. With the airy beige. Bleh. The everyday dress is short and one shouldered and in a silvery fabric with beige trim. Lots of pleating, with a wide band at the bottom and a belt. I like it much better. Christian and Chris have ruffles everywhere and I love it. There’s vertical pleating right in the center of the bodice but layers and layers all around the skirt. The best part is the giant one-sided collar with more ruffles, that is like 4 feet high but only on her left side. Then the everyday look is a pencil skirt, a belt, and a sleeveless blouse with the same ruffles, like tux ruffles. Kit and Ricky: hoop skirt with layers of shiny fabric (darker on the bottom layer shading to peachy near the waist) and then wider layers of what looks like printed cotton. It’s cute but not that fashionable. The bodice is boring, square cut like an apron, blah. The second look has some of the same fabric but the skirt isn’t even that full. How does it go? It’s a very boring sleeveless dress with pockets. Victorya and Jillian: the jacket is fabulous. Double breasted, a huge bustle and ruffles with a dark pink plaid lining. Underneath there are tan jodhpurs and a white sleeveless blouse with more ruffles like a tuxedo shirt. The black dress is boring. One shoulder, some ruffling with the same pink plaid lining. I can’t tell if it’s well made or not, because the black hides it well.

Rami and Sweet P, and Kit and Ricky, are called forward, they have the low scores. They have to leave so the judges can talk to the winners. Christian says that they loved the romantic look of her hair and decided to make all the ruffles and worked together no problem. It’s amazing. Kors makes them admit the skirt of the everyday look is a throwaway, but the top is great and they love their team. Victorya describes their “equestrian-punk” look. The blouse has contrasting ruffles in the back, and the judges ask why they covered that, but the jacket is so great that you have to have the jacket. They have 3 looks and Victorya jokes they should win and Christian looks pained. The judges like their everyday dress. It’s OK I guess.

Rami immediately thought of a corset and flowy skirt, but then they needed pants to make it different or something. Sweet P’s dress is more forward looking and commercial which is the point. They think Rami only drapes and they wanted to see something else. The pants are ill fitting and could have been cool but they really aren‘t. Sweet P says she wanted a bustle but Rami was taking ownership of the look and didn‘t want her putting too much into it. They do seem pretty calm about how they don’t get along, like, not a lot of finger pointing. They just both say that they don’t see eye to eye. Kors says that the best design teams don’t get along. Kit made the skirt of their look and Ricky made the top and everyday dress. Alberta says it’s Scarlett O’Hara but her dress looked like a real dress, whereas Kors thinks this dress looks like bedsheets. Heidi thinks the satin on the skirt is too puckery and it’s not avant-garde. Whatever. I mean, they have a point, but whatever. There are lots of problems with that dress and you’re going to pick on wrinkly satin?

Christian’s avant-garde is perfect and the team worked together so well. Victorya and Jillian have terrific clothes that women will want to wear. Rami drapes all the time and now is the time that the judges are tired of your signature stuff. Sweet P got thrown under the bus but she did a better job on her dress than Rami did. Kit’s dress isn’t avant-garde and the only thing that’s good is that they made a hoop from scratch. Apparently in other fabrics and higher quality stuff it would be better. Plus the everyday dress looked poor.

Christian wins. Wow, I agree! He gets immunity, so I guess Chris is out of luck. Christian says that he doesn’t have that much press yet. Those cowboy boots will get you press. Victorya and Jillian are in. Ricky is in. Sweet P is in. Rami’s avant garde look wasn’t dramatic and it’s his fault that there was drama. Kit’s look took them backwards. Kit is out. Oh, like the judges would get rid of Rami. They all want to get in his pants. That’s right, I said it. He’s their favorite and I’ll be surprised if they get rid of him before Fashion Week. Kit doesn’t have any regrets but she has two full suitcases of friendship. Aww (barf). It’s unfortunate for the competition that she’s out. They apparently did the Elle photo shoot right then, because everyone is on the runway and Chris and Christian are wearing the same clothes. They look cute, although Christian is standing in front of his model so you can‘t see her dress as well. Figures.

Nest week: some warehouse garbage challenge. You know it is, they’re at the Port Authority. Jillian breaks down. Ricky cries and Kors looks on in disgust.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Project Runway 1/9/08--"What a Girl Wants" summary

Previously on Project Runway: The contestants have to make outfits from materials from the Hershey’s store. Sadly, only Jillian used actual candy. Rami won with a very cute pleated skirt and halter top. Elisa lost, with some boring dress and a random story that didn’t match up. I mean, Angela came up with some wack stories, but at least her clothes matched up. “She’s the director of an art camp in Paris called Jubilee Jumbles and it’s her dog Pattycake’s birthday and she’s throwing her dog a party.” You have to admit that as terrible as her cropped vest/bubble skirt/rosettes everywhere turned out to be, if you were director of an art camp in Paris, called Jubilee Jumbles, and you named your dog Pattycake? That’s probably what you’d wear. Elisa’s dress was not a modern take on Gretel. I am sad to see her go, though. (click for more)

Rami talks about winning and how he knows he’s “set apart” from the rest. Victorya has to move in with the other girls and she misses Elisa. She seems surprised about missing her.
Heidi shows up to tell them the challenge is about making memories, for one of the most important days of a woman’s life. Rami hopes they aren‘t making wedding dresses. “Let’s bring out your models”. The models? Teenaged girls in school uniforms. The same music plays as when the dogs came out: that prancing piano tune that‘s not quite tootling but somehow isn‘t as peppy as it could be. Kevin is pissed. Everyone is like “They’re school kids“. They’re not kids, they’re in high school. They don’t look like kids at all. They’re from St. John Vianney High School in Jersey. Heh, our Vianney High School is a boy’s school. They have to make prom dresses. Why did they even hire models this year? Those poor girls got shafted. Christian hates prom because it‘s tacky and gross. I’m sure he’s bitter he didn’t win prom queen. In a nice twist, the girls have looked at the contestants’ portfolios and they’ve picked out people. Chris is horrified and entertained at the same time. I wonder how they did that. Did the velvet bag make an appearance?

In the workroom Tim explains that he’s sending in the girls, and most of them will have strong ideas but of course the designers have to assert themselves. Meaning if the design doesn’t match them they’ll be in trouble. They have $250, the rest of today and all of tomorrow. Chris’s model is willing to pop. He says they knew there would be an evening wear challenge but not on high schoolers. Kit’s model liked her edginess. Kevin talks about prom, and somehow by the grace of God a producer has found his prom picture. He looks like a total dork but most people look like dorks in their prom pictures. (Kmanpat: “Not me, I look the same as I do now.“ Me: “So…dork.“) Rami’s girl says she likes fitted but she can do drapy. Victorya’s model had the last choice but she promises that she liked her portfolio. Sweet P’s model wants a super plunging neckline and ivory fabric. This worries Sweet P because she doesn‘t want to make a wedding dress. Christian’s girl has been studying fashion design and she is actually sketching for him. Ha. He bitches about how tacky she wants it, with lace and gold or something, I don’t care, he‘s just insulted that she doesn‘t praise his fierceness. It puts him on the floor in agony. This should be good.

Shopping. $250 will get you a good prom dress. Kevin goes with red. Sweet P gets champagne, instead of ivory. Shopping is exciting.

There is a great picture of Christian from his prom, where he says he was “best dressed“. He looks the same. Chris asks if that‘s just his opinion and he‘s like, they took a vote! So much is important in this challenge, and he insists that he’s never worked with anyone who had that many specific requests. He is not feeling fierce. Jillian wonders if her hair is big. They call her “Tina Turner”. Hee. She’s making a silk “mosaic” that will be like the inside of a jewelry box. I don’t know if that’s the look I would go for, unless you mean a jewelry box with the jewelry in it, so it’s sparkly. Kit says she’s prom king and Christian is the queen. She looks pretty normal in her prom photo. She’s making a pretty but unconventional dress. Chris makes a weird joke that I can‘t make out. Ricky has the thickest nerd glasses on. Where did those come from? He gets to call his mom, and he interviews about being creative and about how all these doors are going to open up and he’s going to cry. Bad sign, editing.

Sweet P tried to drape the plunging necklines but she couldn’t make it work so she just changes everything. She says she’s not going home because she listened to a teenager. Frantic working. Everyone seems really exhausted. Christian is done of course, the better to complain about how tacky it is. From here it looks fine. I mean, it’s not awesome, but it could be so much worse. He says he can’t let a 17 year old girl overpower him. (Kmanpat: “Does he mean physically? Because a 17 year old girl could probably beat him up.”)

The next day, Christian says something about being randy? He’s doing some intricate beading/lace stuff which is more “him“. Kit isn’t super worried, just about the color. Victorya compares her dress to something an old Italian divorcee would wear. Christian tells her to drape more, and she says she trusts him. In interview she says that she “made an executive decision” to change it and at the end of the day “I have to do what I want”. You or Christian? Tim appears to send in the models. Then the moms come in too. This should be good. Kevin’s client’s mom thinks she looks pregnant but the girl is like, OMG mom it‘s fine! Victorya’s girl loves her dress. Chris’s dress is this great green color and she likes it. He asks mom what she thought of his portfolio. Which is full of costumes. Which he is wearing. No, really. Drag and giant wig and giant boobs. Like this:

The best part is that they didn’t realize it was Chris in those costumes. Sweet P didn’t cut the gown as low as the girl wanted but they both seem to like it. Plus her mom is standing there, and that‘s not the time to complain that your neckline should be lower. Christian’s skirt is really poofy and she thinks her butt looks huge. He says he’s not a dressmaker but a designer. Sweet P for some reason tells the girl he’s the golden boy. He’s also pissed off that she’s claiming that she helped. Well, she did help, you were bitching about it. Jillian feels bad and Rami thinks he should have steered the girl more in another direction. The girl hates it, you can tell.

Sweet P thinks it’s her turn to win. Thanks for sharing, JEN. Chris is like, um, honey? I’ve been eliminated. Tim comes by to investigate. Kevin gets the advice to be critical “because you know how the judging has been going”. Plus Kevin thinks that they won’t notice an unfinished edge. Sigh. Don’t you watch this show? Rami’s dress has his usual draping, but only one one side, and it reminds me of his gray dress. He says that nowadays high schoolers like fashion and they‘re more sophisticated. Tim feels it’s matronly. Victorya has a halter and some crystals, which reminds me a lot of Kayne’s Miss America dress. Christian has been “doom and gloom” about stuff. Tim says that the dress is fine and he can see Christian in it. Also he says he has no fabric left but Tim pulls a whole bunch of fabric from the table. He’s ready to go home but Tim tries to encourage him. Whatever, let him pout in the corner.

Kevin is determined to not finish his hem. Joking in the sewing room about Kit and whether her mom‘s name is “Machine Gun“ or “Uzi“. Hee. Christian gives up. Back at the apartment Chris thinks Christian’s losing it. He puts a towel on his head and says they’ll miss him when he’s gone. Now, I know that there is one challenge this season where one person had such a horrid outfit that everyone thought they were out, including the designer themselves. And then they won. Tim said so while he was talking about the judging this season. I know Christian is convinced he is out, but I’m not sure everyone else is as convinced as he is.

In the morning Rami says he was raised in Jerusalem and there is no prom there. He and Chris think Heidi would have a lederhosen short prom dress. Hee.

Christian seems to be determined to make it work today. They get an hour for fitting before sending them to get makeup and hair. Ricky says when he had a girlfriend he made her prom dress. “That should have been a clue right there.” I’ll say. Ricky’s concerned that the girl’s dress doesn’t really pop, but it works for her. The girls have to wait around for stuff to happen and they are loud. Sweet P says that she was a Catholic school girl. Her date…that is some surfer hair. “Look at y’all, and look at me. Hello. This is you in 30 years.” Ha! She also won't say much about her prom except to say it was fun. Chris stayed home and got drunk instead of going to prom. How sad! Kevin says he put a stitch in the hem but it is not finished. It doesn’t look as bad as an unfinished hem usually looks. Christian futzes with the dress and annoys his model. The girls look good.

The survey question today asks who you would take to prom: Christian, Jillian, Kit, or Rami? Even though I am a girl, I would take Kit because I’m sure she’d cause trouble and that would be fun. Christian has the potential for bitchy commentary but he’s not funny. Actually I’d probably go with Chris because we’d have so much fun. I actually went to my prom with a friend of mine who’s like Chris and it was a blast.

Guest judge is Gilles Mendel. I don’t know who that is. Sweet P: the champagne color looks good with her skin and it’s basic but so glamorous. A long skirt with a high waist and some gathering above that. I can see some actress wearing that on the red carpet. Victorya: bright blue, with a bubble hem and empire waist, and the jewels. It’s young and cute. Chris: gathered but the top looks weird, almost too big, plus a train and straps in the back. Kevin: short and red baby doll. She looks hot, although the hem is above her knee and it doesn‘t look right. Jillian: aqua with a skirt that‘s shorter in front (the shortest part is tea-length), and a weird top. She’s outlined the girl’s boobs with a darker fabric, and some spaghetti straps. How is this a mosaic? It’s elegant, although there‘s some puckering. Christian: oh Christian. It‘s dark copper and knee length in front, with black netting sticking out of the bottom of the skirt, and some lace details on the bodice and the hem. The skirt is really stiff and it sticks out in a bell shape but the back looks like a bustle. It’s unique, I guess. Kit: dark blue with vertical stripes in the bodice. It’s weird because the stripes are almost neon. But it fits beautifully. Ricky: another bubble hem and light pink that almost blends in to her skin. Rami: one of his draped things. It’s very high fashion and it would be better without the drape, I think. Then it would be a dress with rouching down past the girl’s hips and a ruffly skirt. Plus I don’t like her hair, it‘s in a bun on the side of her head with a sideswept bang.

Kit, Jillian, Chris are safe. Sweet P talks about Hollywood glamour which matches what the dress looks like. The girl loves it. Praise for the color, but Nina is like, it’s so sophisticated for 17. Kors points out that we all know what Hollywood at 18 is like. Nina doesn’t like Kevin’s color because it makes the girl look old. Well, now that I’m looking at her, I think her hair looks kind of old too. And of course Kors notices the hem. Heidi thinks it looks cheap. Victorya dodges the question of “Is this the dress your client asked for?“ by responding that “I think this is the girl she wanted to project herself to be on prom night“. Nina loves the color, it looks fun and modern and appropriate. Her model loves it. Christian is like, this was hard, she’s opinionated. His client is kind of shocked. The dress doesn’t match his client, although Heidi doesn‘t mind it. He gets the usual “if the client is wrong it’s your job to talk them out of it”. Nina bugs him to not blame his client if the dress is bad. Ricky loves his dress and says “The girl inside me would wear this“. The rouching is sloppy and the color is wrong. Kors wants more color volume. The judges think Rami’s dress is too sophisticated and that it’s “lady at lunch”. It’s too old, and Rami asks permission to defend himself and he says that’s how he is. If the dress makes the girl look 35, that’s because his clients are usually adults. Hmm, slamming Rami. Odd.

Only two dresses are good: Sweet P’s, who is simple but finished and elegant, and also Victorya, who made a modern prom dress that was bold. Rami’s color was old and they didn’t like his excuse that he doesn’t work with teenagers. Christian’s excuse that his client was difficult also hurts him. Ricky’s dress is boring and the color washed her out, and Kevin’s dress was cheap. I guess that’s true, it doesn’t look like it cost as much as, say, Sweet P’s dress.

America would like to take Rami to the prom. Well, he is hot, I guess. (Kmanpat: “I would!”)

Heidi tells them that they only liked Victorya and Sweet P. Victorya wins and has immunity. She’s pretty psyched. Ricky is in. Rami is in. Kevin’s dress was cheap and made his client look old. Christian blamed his client for his poor execution which had nothing to do with her. Kevin is out. Dang. He says he wants to show a collection and he’ll probably show one anyway, and look for his line. Plus Heidi hugged him. Also, slow cap for the editors because that whole thing with Ricky, his mom, and talking about how every door will open up? Nice misdirection.

Next time: Tim has another special announcement. Everyone is pissed. There are some crazy pointy pieces and ruffles. Sweet P and Rami fight. Maybe it’ll be a team thing?
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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

This morning I was very excited to read that "The Mole" will be returning to ABC this summer. "The Mole"!! The first high quality reality show aside from "Amazing Race!" Well, in my opinion anyways.

In case you missed it (which you might have, it was only on for two seasons, not counting the celebrity editions), "The Mole" on the surface presents as your typical competition reality show. Contestants perform random challenges for the chance to earn money. Winner gets all the money. The first twist comes when it's made clear that the amount of money the winner will get is dependent on how well everyone does in challenges. There is no set prize; if the group can't finish a task, or they screw up somehow, then the pot goes down. (click for more)

Making matters more complicated is the second twist: the mole. The mole is hired by the producers to keep the pot as small as possible and prevent the group from earning money. He or she is disguised as a contestant, and the other contestants have no idea who the mole is. Each round the mole gets information about the challenges from the producers. Well, most of the time; there was one round in Season 1 where the producersdeliberately didn't tell the mole about the upcoming challenge in order to get a genuine surprise reaction. Sometimes the producers tell the mole what to do, and other times the mole has to figure out how to sabotage the tasks. When you first watch the show, you think that all you have to do is see who threw the challenges that week and that would be the mole. But what if the mole decided that week not to do anything? What if the person who lost the challenge for everyone really just sucks at cycling or whatever? What if that person screwed up on purpose so people would suspect them and not the mole? It's a lot trickier than it looks. People pretend to be the mole on purpose because elimination depends on a quiz about the mole's identity and activities. Score well and move on. Score poorly (because you have no idea who the mole is) and you will get a red thumbprint.

Viewers at home aren't told who the mole is either, except for stupid clues that are either ridiculous (Katherine was the fourth person to be seen in the credits and 4 is the magic number because "mole" has 4 letters) or stupid easy (anyone with a Tivo can pause the second season credits to find a message that says "Bill is the mole"). So you can play along with everyone else.

Oh, but by far the best part of the mole was the host. Anderson Cooper.

Yes, I know he's on CNN now and he's a well respected journalist. Whatever. He's the perfect host. First of all, I could listen to him talk all day long. Important when you have a lot of voiceovers. Second, he's hot. Somebody somewhere (I can't find it now) said he looks like he could be a CIA agent. He really could, imagine him in a trench coat. I would probably watch the show just for that. Third, he likes to screw with the contestants. In the first season one of the challenges was to distinguish between a fake watch and a real Cartier watch. Of course they are in France somewhere and no one speaks English. As the contestants run from shop to shop, Anderson is hanging around outside laughing at them. At one point he is eating a sandwich and when they run by he yells "Don't you wish you had paid attention in French class?" So much better than Probst's lame play-by-play. He lent a good aura of authority but you could tell he was having a great time. Sadly he won't be back. But I am hoping they find someone just as good. They didn't ask Ahmad back so that's an excellent sign.
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Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Project Runway 1/2/08--"Eye Candy" summary

Previously on Project Runway: Jack’s face swelled up because of an infection, which was pretty scary, and he had to leave the show because the treatment basically involved a hospital stay and an IV. Chris came back to the show to take his place, which everyone on the show was very excited about. I’m excited too, I like Chris, but I do see the point that he lost and then got a do-over with no penalty. Kmanpat pointed out that since there were real people involved, it’s possible the producers were obligated to make something happen for Jack’s model, and also my sister thought that this way, they don‘t have to cut a challenge. Oh! The best part was the challenge! All of their models were women who had lost a ton of weight and the designers had to use their old fat clothes to make new outfits. Christian won, so you know we’ll hear about it forever. Steven got stuck with the woman who brought her wedding dress, neglected to use most of it, and was out. So we lost both Steven and Jack. (click for more)

Kevin complains that his roommates are gone and it sucks. Chris laughs at Ricky because he doesn‘t care that Steven‘s gone. Well, Ricky asks him what he thinks and he‘s all, I‘m still here after my do-over, so ha ha. Christian makes sure we all understand why he thinks Steven was eliminated, as if anyone cares. Sweet P starts talking about sticking around, so you know she’s going to have trouble today. Kit (I think) points out that this is challenge 6 so they‘re halfway there.

Heidi greets everyone with her stupid velvet button bag and they pick new models. Everyone. I wish they’d pick one model selection method and just stick to it. Either everyone picks models every week, or only the winner gets to pick, but no more of this crap where you just do whatever you feel like that week. I haven’t even bothered to learn the models’ names because after Morganza there is no model drama. Sweet P isn’t last! That’s the most exciting thing. And also the fact that some girl is going to be out even though they weren’t around the last challenge, and that’s happened twice now. Heidi tells them Tim will be waking them up early tomorrow to take them on a field trip for their next challenge.

Tim Gunn wake up call! 6am! At least he knocks politely, rather than busting in all, “I want breakfast!”. Kit is traumatized to be in her pajamas. Ricky answers the door holding his entire comforter for some reason. Chris asks where Tim’s footie pajamas are. HMM I want to relate this to Tim‘s earlier comment about stupid decisions at 3am but I can‘t come up with something good. Jillian dresses herself in rainbow suspenders. No, I’m serious. Tim takes them to Times Square and Jillian is like, maybe we’re dressing a musical? Because she doesn’t watch the show. No, it’s HERSHEY’S. Elisa is thrilled. No shock there. Oo, chocolate clothes.

Tim introduces Michelle Gloeckler. They have to use Hershey’s products as raw materials. Now, I happen to know that people make chocolate clothes all the time. But those are like, poured and molded chocolate clothes. But still. I will quote Tim: “You’ll be using items from Hershey’s as the raw materials for the outfit of your choice”. The graphic says “use items from the Hershey’s store”. That becomes important later. 5 minutes to grab whatever they want, no budget. Chris laughs that you shouldn’t use food to make things. He is grabbing pillows. Heh. Christian is only taking Reese’s peanut butter cups. I must point out that in this shot you can see his boots, which are pointy toed but not high heeled. Still…not sure he should be wearing boots that I could wear. It’s like a tornado hit that store when they‘re done. They can barely carry all their stuff. Jillian’s suspenders come in handy because she’s taken the larger bags and laid them lengthwise so the suspenders hold them next to her body. On the second go-round I noticed the amount of product that people took that I saw none of in the outfits. Where did it all go?

They’ve got 13 hours now, back at Parson‘s. There’s a lot of shenanigans, playing with the candy and so forth. Tim arrives to remind them they have to make their clothes wearable. Of course. Jillian tells us she’s the only one using edible product. So, everyone else is using stuffed animals and wrappers? Lame!! I demand clothes made out of food! Sweet P is using broken pots and bears. Christian says he works “instantaneous” and it works for him because he has a strong style. In the background there is jaunty music which is just this side of Crazy Tootling. He’s using the wrappers from the peanut butter cups, not the foil, the brown wrappers, glued onto some brown fabric that came from…somewhere. And the calls them “Ree-see’s”. Chris is making op-art which looks cool. Everyone talks about Jillian using real food. Rami has stolen wrapping paper, I think, and he’s saying how he only picks stuff he can work. Elisa is telling a story about her daughter Calliope. She says it was her daughter’s idea to try out for project runway. Apparently when she was in London she got hit by a car and broke her neck, was in a coma, all that. Not like I’m trying to dismiss what she’s gone through, but you can guess what all her injuries are. She’s trying to reclaim her life that she could have had before the car accident. Oh, ELISA. You just sealed your doom. Kevin has many pieces to his outfit, and I hope he can get done with everything. Christian is done already, and insisting he doesn‘t know how it happens! He‘s just so great! Ricky is tired of him and his ego. (Kmanpat: “But he’s so fierce!“) Christian gives unwanted advice to everyone and interviews that other designers don’t have a real direction because they think about their pieces too much. Eh? Kevin says every interview he has to tell us he’s going to kill Christian. Sweet P is starting over and she gets help from Christian. Blah. But it’s too crazy, her broken pots and bright blue animal pieces.

As time goes on, people start freaking out. Tim comes in to discuss. He tells Victorya to change her ruffles. Her whole dress looks like ruffles. Rami’s skirt has great pleats, it looks cool. Tim declares it “Jillian”. Elisa is interpreting Gretel. This worries Tim because it’s not exuberant enough. Jillian explains that she is working but her materials are more tedious than she thought. Sweet P gets her interview as she is starting over. So of course it looks really bad when Tim tries to see what she‘s doing. Tim tells her that her skirt looks like a maxi pad. Yikes. A hidden gem from Tim‘s Take: what we didn’t see was that Tim pulled Christian aside (since even Tim saw him sitting around doing nothing but irritating everyone) and told him maybe he should do some more thinking. He has immunity but I guess Christian thought his candy wrappers and the cut of the dress were enough to win because everyone else sucks so much. Tim received a death glare for his trouble.

With an hour left Jillian is still not much further along. Chris goes to sleep. Jillian can’t get the Twizzlers to stay on. She tells Rami that when she picks up the skirt everything falls off, but I didn’t see anything fall. She’s worried she won’t finish, and Sweet P comforts her. She says she’s terrified but she’s still got that monotone. You know that she’ll be fine.

Elisa’s goal is to be safe. She thinks she can make final 3. Jillian is still upset that she’s a good designer and she doesn’t want to fail. So she’s fine. Elisa is probably out. Christian says something about a “tranny mess” but I’m not sure what or who he’s talking about. Shut up Christian. Sweet P still doesn’t know what’s going on with her dress. Everyone fits models. Chris feels for Jillian and knows about trying to make dresses with food. Jillian’s model, on the other hand, offers to help her stitch Twizzlers on. Nice. Sweet P is in trouble. I half expect Christian to be in the makeup room getting makeup. Rami reminds us that his outfit (and everyone else’s) are made of paper, mostly, which is pretty fragile.

Heidi tells them their outfits will be auctioned off for charity. Aren’t all the outfits from every episode auctioned for charity? Guest judge tonight is Zac Posen. I don’t know what he has to do with candy. (Kmanpat: “He’s tasty!“) Ricky: silver bodice and Hershey’s wrappers. The skirt shape reminds me of a kiss; I think a bubble skirt works here. Chris’s outfit has Hershey’s on the bodice, in vertical stripes with a plain brown skirt and is non-costumey. Kit’s bodice is Kit Kat wrappers and the skirt is Hershey’s wrappers, those giant oversized bars. I think that’s what Chris used. It‘s OK. Elisa’s hot mess is brown velvet and ruffles at the top, which I guess isn‘t a hot mess, and then puffy silver water wings. Kevin’s model has a silver bodice with a brown pencil skirt, with a little silver ruffle, and a darker brown bolero jacket. It looks like I could buy it in a store. Christian’s outfit actually does look hot, damn him. It’s a halter dress and the wrappers are shiny so it is neat. Sweet P’s silver thing, eh. The model is throwing candy and looks asleep. It’s just a silver bodice and a light colored skirt. Rami’s skirt is pretty cute, I like the pleats. The top is shiny vinyl in a halter. Jillian…the bodice is stiff but the skirt is amazing. Victorya’s ruffled mess is asymmetrical and the model is holding her hands out like she’s a Barbie doll and it looks dumb. I guess Victorya used Peppermint Patty pillows or something, but she turned them inside out so they’re not exciting.

Ricky, Christian, Kit, and Kevin get to leave. Ha on that, Christian! He looks pissed. Rami explains what he used to make his clothes. And Zac is impressed with the complicated construction and Kors says it could have been stupid. He mentions working with candy which I don’t think there is actual candy in the dress. Elisa wanted her dress to feel like candy. Randomly they attack her for being boring. Well, I guess it’s not that exciting. They were looking for the “joy of candy”. Jillian does get praise for using actually candy, thank God. Kors self-consciously says she looks “deliciously chic”. Shush. Victorya argues that she would wear her dress, because Kors thinks she never would wear it, and she works at Dairy Queen? Or something? They also point out that her model walked stupid. Victorya wanted “Ice Princess”, which doesn’t go with wearable. Chris talks about his op-art bodice, and Zac thinks it’s not fanciful. Chris points out he totally could have brought them a parade float. Kors does admit that from Chris, his outfit is smart editing. Nina says she is all set for Elle. Good. Sweet P’s skirt is made out of those paper tabs that stick out of the kiss? Only in tissue paper form? Kors wants more joy. Sweet P argues that she has a simple style, but Nina calls it sad.

Kors does know they all enjoyed themselves but some people did well. They know Chris’ garment was good. Hilariously, backstage he is eating candy. Rami did a ton of detailed work in his pleated skirt that we at home couldn’t make out. Jillian’s was also well done. And actually used candy. Elisa wants to be avant-garde but she’s not making it. Victorya didn’t do anything interesting or inspiring, and Zac complains about using the pillow with the logo, even though I‘m pretty sure that‘s what Chris used for his skirt. Sweet P’s also wasn’t very exciting.

Chris is in. The winner is Rami. Stupid non-edible clothes. False advertising, is what that is. I wanted to see more candy. Wendy Pepper is screaming at her TV right now, you know she is. You know they were hoping for a train wreck like that bikini and then only one person used candy. OK, two, I think Kevin had Rolo buttons. Still. Jillian is in. Victorya is in. Elisa should have been playful and creative, and Sweet P’s look was boring and thrown together at the last minute. Sweet P is in. Aww, poor Elisa. She feels fortified and evolved. She’s grown and the other contestants were the true judges and she won. I’ll miss her.

Next week: creating memories. Christian is on the floor. Ricky cries. I am thinking it may be family members. Why did they even hire models this year?

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