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Friday, July 28, 2006

Taste is Such a Strong Word - Project Runway, Season 3 - Episode 3

This post could have been titled a variety of things...

Like Doggy Style...

...or Canine Design...

...or Poochie Print...

...or even, Birthday Magic (cuz some kind of fairy god mama was looking over BB's shoulder)

But I thought, with all the talk on good and bad taste, and of course those with non-existent taste, that this was more appropriate.

Now, before I delve into what was the most adorable episode of PR ever (asside from Andrae montages, of course...but that would be far too much splicing for one epi), I want to talk about what's better...bad taste, or no taste at all?

I am leaning toward no taste. I guess I'd rather look at something boring, rather then something ugly. Even if said boring piece was made badly. At least I didn't feel mildly nauseous after looking at it. More on this later...

There are small dogs EVERYWHERE!

How exciting!

I love dogs!

I have three...Bailey, Baxter and Winnie the Poodle. Bailey and Winnie are both standard poodles, and Baxter is some sort of hybrid puppy. Sounds better then mutt, no?

Tim instructs the designers to design something inspired by their dogs. How hot is that? They are also to come up with a story about said dog and base the design off of that.

If my dog were to inspire a design, I can't even imagine how it'd look.

My Winnie...

...yeah, that Winnie...

...hangs out at frat parties...

Party Animal

...chills with Tigger (get it? Winnie the POO(H)dle...)...

...and HATES it when I carry her!

(There was glass on the floor, I was doing her a favor!)

She's not very awe inspiring for fashion, but fortunately for our designers, their dogs were!

On top of being REALLY cute, our designers dogs sort of resembled the designers they ended up with. JudeKeith noticed this first (I think..maybe it was Jeffrey) and hell if he's not right!

So, Laura hates dogs, Robert hates stories, Keith hates Laura and Vincent's dog hates hats.

"Mine is so much more tasteful then both of yours."

Wait, say wha?

Laura says this little gem to Kayne and Robert at Mood. The two designers who have won the two challenges separately and together. Perhaps taste was a strong word in this instance. Perhaps her boring tweed would have been better described as...well...boring...

And I could be nuts, but doesn't this concept look an itsy bit familiar...

*see episode one*


Compared with Kayne's colorful and flirty design, Laura's was hella hella boring...

Holy hell! How did he not win again? And of course, the detailing on the back was fantastic as always. Plus, he chose a poodle!

But to be fair, there were A LOT of really fantastic designs.

Michael's also stood out for me:

The neck criss crosses looked SO chic! And the fit was perfection! It was such a clean look that really shone in it's detailing. How it wasn't one of the top designs was beyond me.

Also great was KeithJude. Unfortch, KeithJude did not make a doggy outfit...

Not that the poor dog needed anything else with that ridiculous hair cut, but he could have at least added a funky (not bracelet) collar to the hand cuff leash, a la BB. This cost him dearly with the judges as did lying (sort of) to Heidi about the collar.

But there's no way they are getting rid of this guy. An asshole who can actually create beautiful garments?? Ratings whore say wha?

Speaking of BB. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Your fairy god mother has smiled upon you.

The judges LOVED it.


To me, it kind of looked like a poor man's version of Daniel V's Inspiration challenge design.

But it is his birthday, so hooray! Bradley is back for more!

The top two were Allison's:

and Uli's:

Both girls took this fantastic concept and RAN with it! The stories were great and the designs were perfection to go along. However, Uli came out the big winner.

While Allison's taste level was ginormous, her design didn't have that special little something that really had it standing out. Uli's use of pattern and draping really stood out. As did her little greeting on the runway "Hi Ladies"

That special little touch had her standing out from everyone.

Except maybe for Angela's which was just plain ugly.

This is where I bring up bad taste vs no taste. I'm not saying Katherine has no taste, but compared to Kayne, Uli, Michael, Allison, et was hella boring. Even Laura's hella boring fabric was transformed into a hell cool jacket. Familiar, but hella cool.

Katherine's dress was good in concept. The color's at the top were great and the combined pieces at the top were really attractive. Unfortch, she didn't listen to Professor Tim about adding a hoodie or shrug or shroodie or whatever.

Plus, she was thruthful about her hemline. That shit looked on purpose and she blamed the machines. Make it work Katherine...make it work.

Angela's outfit was immaculate as far as construction is concerned, but it was super duper fug.

Maybe she could create a super hero based on her fug outfits. I'd call the hero Super Fug, but that would be super duper predictable. How about Wonder Fug?

Eh, whatev.

So Angela's nutty ass stays, and sacrificial lamb (ie: inexperienced) Katherine is auf'ed.

Next week, Tim opens a can of whoop ass, but who is it?

I'm not bothering with the guessing game, it makes my head hurt.

Auf Wiederwhatever...

Thursday, July 20, 2006

The Nicest Disney Villian There Ever Was- Project Runway, Season Three- Episode 2

Well shit.

Malan almost made me cry.

No joke.

I think I was just emotional about my leg...

...or something.

Or perhaps I jumped to conclusions too soon about Malan.

But hell if they don't make him look all evil and scheme-ish. Damn you, Powers That Be, damn you!

Okay, I'm done with that.

I did change my opinion on Malan, however. During the episode, I also changed my opinion on Angela.

Yes, we all know/knew that Vincent is bat shit crazy. That was no surprise. What was surprising was how wishy washy Angela was.

Now I understand dealing with someone elses vision and having said person shun your efforts to help. Unfortunately, Angela handled herself in the worst possible way. Her reaction to Tim's questions on the dress were offensive, rather then defensive and it bit her in the tushy later on when the dress turned out to be one of Tara's favorites.

Tara is Tara Connor by the by. Miss America, soon competing for Miss Universe and our designers were put into teams to create an evening gown for the big event. Jude/Keith decided it would be a great idea to seduce Miss USA and feel her up. She totally took the bait however and chose his design. I probably would have too.

But back to the Angela/Vincent drama...

Angela handled the situation terribly, and made me sort of not like her anymore. Yes, it isn't her fault that Vincent wouldn't let her help and it wouldn't have been her fault had the dress looked like shit.

But the dress turned out sort of hot. A little matronly, but classic enough to keep them "in".


But her reactions were awful and totally turned me off. Plus, I really hated everything she wore this week. Especially that skirt. Are you a 3 year old ballerina? Yeah, I didn't think so.

I have to give Malan props though (yeah, I said props...and I mean it). Malan had me seriously liking him this week! Yes, there was a sob story that may, or may not be true. But his Daniel Franco moment had me absolutely thrown for a loop. It was totally classy of him to keep his word to Katherine and take the fall on his own design.

It made me want Angela to be auf'ed just so I could keep Malan around for awhile. Possibly fake accent and all.

Let's move on to the fashion...

SHUT UP KAYNE!!! On top of being a total genius about choosing Robert (Mr. Barbie) as his partner, his design was FANTASTIC. The color choice was perfect and Tara will look mad hot in it.

Kayne is rapidly becoming my favorite designer. Could he be the new Nick, or SHUT UP! the new Austin Scarlett???

I cannot wait to see more from him =)

We only had a total of seven dresses though, and most of them were pretty good. If they weren't seriously fashion forward, then they were classic with a special touch.

Laura chose Michael to create a total Yin-Yang effect whenever you saw them standing together.

The dress was pretty, but not nearly as special as Kayne's.

Uli chose Bonnie and the dress was ethereal and really pretty. I didn't see it as pageant-ish though and was surprised it almost won. Oh well, still pretty.

I thought that Keith's dress looked really similar in style to Uli's, just strapless. Still not pageanty though. But again, still pretty. NEXT!

Wait, back up. I forgot to mention that Keith chose Bradley, who's still totally adorable. Hooray!

Jeffrey chose Alison and they made a dress that again, was pretty. It turned out rather ill-fitting though and I expected it to be scored much lower.

Malan's dress was clearly the worst. It fit badly, the color was terrible and the hem was non-existant.

Maybe if this was the Woodland Nymph pageant, it would have fared better, but that's clearly not the case. A challenge like that would happen much later in the season ;)

So Malan Breton from Taiwan was aufed. I take back the whole Disney villian thing. Maybe he'd make a better accent-challenged mentor to a young boy looking to dress elves and chaise lounges.

We could call it Not A Disco Ball---The Legend of Taiwan John or something to that affect.

I'm going to miss Malan. He was sort of fantastic in an odd, British, cocky, squinty way.

The cockiness is running rampant and next episode the designers are doing something with accessories. In The Bag, perhaps?

Until next recap, auf wiedersehn...

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Wall-to-Wall...Bitchery?? Project Runway, Season 3...Episode 1

FYI: there are no pics cuz blogger is being totally unhelpful here. I'll try to add some later on, but no promises as I have the technical savvy of a newt.

Hooray! Project Runway is back and early too!

Could it get better?

Of course it can! We have 15 designers, most of whom are cocky, bitchy and relatively established in the industry. So on top of big, moody personalities, we will also have a tight race as far as talent goes.

I guess I'll start with my first least of those I think are noteable...I'll go deeper as the show progresses...probably...

Bradley- Is it strange to think that a 32-year old man with a scraggly beard is absolutely adorable? He's a total pothead (I think). All mellowed out and kind of free, but his face is totally darling! I thought his video collection was beautiful as well not to mention completely endearing. We'll see how he fares on the show, but I have a dorky crush on him already.

Malan- Does he remind anyone else of an evil Disney character? Kind of like Jafar from Alladin, but instead of wanting magical genie powers, he was everyone to dress well and have creepy slicked black hair. He's got the snide villian attitude down pretty pat. However, since he tried out twice before, was denied once and declined once, I'm a bit wary of how he'll do. Plus, his bitchiness sets him up for some serious Santino-like moments.

Laura- Momma K, is that you? She is impeccably dressed at all times and I can't help but respect someone like that. Especially considering I'm in sweatpants most of the time lately to go over my stupid cast. Laura seems like she could be a stone-cold bitch at the drop of a hat. I like it.

Keith- Jude Law is that you?? Will his menswear background hinder him a la Emmett? Not if the first episode is any indication, but his bitchery is fantastic.

Robert- Barbie's stylist has entered the building and I am THRILLED! Cannot wait to see more of him!

Kayne- I came into the show ready to hate all the glitter and sparkle Kayne was bound to put on his designs based on his pageant background. I'm happy he's proven me wrong already. I'll get more into his fabulous design momentarily.

Jeffrey- I think I'm a fan solely based on the fact that he looks like a guy I used to hook-up with. Older and a lot rougher-looking, but the resemblance is there. Kind of sexy in an "If I ever brought him home my mom would die in shock" kind of way.

But I do have to say, Jeffery when you are quoting your resume of celebrity clients it may not be the smartest idea to include Ms. Spears on that list. At least not as of late. Aerosmith? Shut the eff up, I'd die to design clothes for them. Gwen Stefani?? She is a total style maven who starts trends single-handedly and always looks amazing.

But Britney?

I mean, it's been quite a time since she's presented herself in a way that one would want to associate their stylings with. But whatev...I'm no judge.

Let's move on to the episode...hey Heidi! She can actually drink champagne.

So the designers are going to tear apart their apartments. Sort of like Clothes Off Your Back but instead of an outfit, it's your home...or at least your temporary home.

My foreshadowing tells me that the apartments will remain in the state the designers leave them in. Good thing my foreshadowing sense is almost always right. It keeps the surprises on the low end.

Malan is all "What's wrong with these people tearing apart the apartments?" Yet his villian ass ends up with all the tweedy knitted material for his top and purse. You know he beat someone down for that off camera. Et tu Malan? What's wrong with you?

It's too early to comment on the work time. Too many people. Makes my brain hurt. Except Stacey...if you didn't know how to sew, what made you think you could be a designer? Hand sewing is fine and all, but fa real, did you really expect to win this thing?

The designs on the runway were stellar as a whole. I'm impressed so far...I mean, aside from a basket hat or so.

My favorites were Kayne, Robert, Angela, Uli, Laura and Keith.

Kayne- Holy crap! His was AMAZING! The back was absolutely beautiful and the detailing was so intricate. That intricacy mixed with wonderful color use and the back of his dress...don't get me started! I thought he used his materials the best to make a really detailed piece that still outlined his material useage. I thought he should have been one of the top designers if not the winner. And to think...I was all set to hate his designs based solely on sequins!

Robert- Oh so cute! I can't get over how sweet his dress ended up. The necklace front and the bow in the back. It was a really special dress. He's going to be a fantastic designer to watch.

Angela- I didn't hear a lot of people loving hers, but I thought her use of the leather and the peep-shirt were great. It looked kind of arts and craftsy but really high fashion as well.

Uli's use of the beading as a necklace front ended up gorgeous! The line of the dress looked so long and really elegant.

How on earth did Laura end up with an elegant, fur-trimmed jacket from all that junk in the rooms?! Couldn't you just see some fabulously dressed 70's icon wearing that coat to Studio 54 or something? I just don't know if she can get away with anymore kitsch then that. However, as sharp dressed as she is, I think this kitsch is a one time thing.

Keith/Jude- Naturally, I thought it was too fabricky to use bed sheets. The dress looked beautiful considering he claims to have never done womenswear before. Is Jude pulling a fast one on us? I think that there were better dresses and outfits that used the materials better and still looked fashionable, but my name isn't Nina, Kate, Heidi or Michael.

My favorite, hands-down was Kayne's, followed closely by Robert. I cannot wait to see more of them.

Jeffrey in the bottom two...are you serious? The judges said it was "too much". I thought we wanted more here, hence immunity. In my opinion the dress was really beautiful. The jacket was a nice touch as well. It's probable that it looked unfinished because of time constraints but it was far superior in detail to Vincent's (which was basically a tube dress with a braided halter).

Don't get me wrong, I'm excited to see what Vincent's batty mind has for us next, but I didn't like the first attempt.

Like I said before, almost all of the designs were high fashion and attractive. Stacey was an aobvious choice with her lack of experience, but this season seems to be shaping up to be a REALLY close call.

And it's only episode 1!

This is a PR fans dream come true. And this season comes complete with a boot-off!

Who will it be? Keith/Jude mentioned something about sabotage in the previews, did he not? Malan has evil genius written all over him. Vincent could crack at any time and Michael might choke a bitch with coffee filters.

Only time, and Tim, will tell ;)

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

When God Gives You Lemons...

You take those lemons, clone them, and make SUPER lemons!

I stole that from this short lived MTV cartoon show called Clone High. It had characters at a high school that were clones of historical figures, ie: Ghandi, Abe Lincoln, JFK, Catherine the Great, Joan of Arc, etc...

Only the clones were high school students in high school situations where Ghandi and Abe were best friends and Abe was in love with Joan who has the hots for JFK who's boinking Catherine the Great, who in one scene of them making out in a closet he calls her "Catherine the So-So".

So basically this show was totally whacked out but I kind of got a huge kick out of it. I laughed multiple times during each episode I saw, and the crazy cloning man brought about one of my favorite lemon quotes.

Except this isn't Clone High, and instead of lemons, life gave me puppy pee.

And what do I do? I promptly step in that puppy pee at the very top of a flight of wooden stairs and proceed to fall down said stairs, breaking my ankle. Technically I broke my leg, the fibula to be exact, but it's all the same to me...I was no longer whole.

The worst part? I was on vacation, at my brother's place, in Connecticut, puppy-sitting, and all alone. I was puppy sitting until Sunday when my brother would be back and we'd spend the fourth getting drunk with his friends. I didn't make it that far.

I spent my fun drunken weekend in the hospital in need of surgery.

So now, I'm the proud owner of 6 screws and a plate in my well as a 5 pound cast.

The worst part...or one of them...I was supposed to go into NYC to wander around and see Emmett's store. Trish even called cuz we were possibly going to meet up, but when my phone rang I was in a hospital bed, waiting for someone to put me to sleep and cut open my leg.


I know right!

So I'm crutching around for the next 6-8 weeks. Boo.

Hey, at least I've got a story for the kids ;)