September 13, 2006

"Project Runway."

Well, a lot of things happened tonight, but in the end, exactly what you knew would happen happened. Kayne got eliminated. Something was missing at the taste level. We'd been told that ten times. Another thing I knew -- once they said there would be some special guests -- was that they'd be bringing back eliminated contestants. Do I have ESP or was that obvious? When Heidi called for the entrance of the first mystery guest, I knew it was going to be Vincent. And I knew he and Angela would be sent off once again, since they had to win to stay, and they weren't going to win. And when they gave the home viewers a chance to vote on which contestant they'd rather have seen return, you would have been safe betting any amount of money that the answer was going to be Alison. And it wasn't suprising that Michael made one of the nicest dresses and also took time out to help another contestant (Kayne).

So what was surprising? It was surprising that Laura acted so weak. Her confidence was shattered, she'd been blindsided, she was so terribly tired. She cried. But it wasn't all weakness. She had the strength to bully Angela, really to try to play a mind game on her, telling her she didn't deserve another chance. And Laura made the prettiest dress and won. It was a tad surprising that Angela dealt with the requirement to use all the fabric by stuffing lots of leftovers into a purse, that she tried to justify it as needed to puff out the purse, and that Heidi pointed out the purse in question had rigid sides and what was in it had no effect on its shape. It was kind of surprising that the tattoo boy, Jeffrey, finished in the bottom two, though not the slightest bit suprising that he survived. The judges swing back and forth with him. They either like their rock and roll boy, or they wonder why he is always the rock and roll boy. Well, I like him, and I even liked his goofy cocktail dress with plastic leg casings. So what if we keep getting Gwen Stefani?

Then there was the highlight of the night: Michael Kors imitating Uli, saying, in her German accent: Well, I live in hot wezzer. Clearly, they are sick of Uli's Miami mentality, and the smart bets say she's going home next week. The final three are Michael, Laura, and Jeffrey. And Michael wins.

18 comments:

Fenrisulven said...

So what if we keep getting Gwen Stefani?

My thoughts exactly :) ...although it really wasn't a cocktail dress. He does need to work elegence into his line.

I had no problems with Red's breakdown. She's three[?] months preggers at 42 with 6[!] kids already. Tough woman. I'm wondering if her hormones are wreaking havoc on her. Besides, its was good to see the Ice Queen cry - needed to see her human side. Hope she can keep her energy up for this.

She was dead on about Angela not deserving another shot. Very clever mental attack on her. I'm glad she's on our side.

Fenrisulven said...

ah hell, I forgot the primary reason I posted: I missed the last clip of text - what happened to Vincent's model? Is she okay?

Fenrisulven said...

OT: cannot access comment section of the Clinton-Lunch thread.

Palladian said...

Fen- Apparently she is ok. She had a bicycle accident, but recovered and apparently modeled in some shows during fashion week.

I watched PR for the first time tonight at the laundromat (!), the Paris episode and the new one. What a fun show! I wish I had cable... cable? I wish I had a TV! It's funny that I had a handle on the various personalities based solely on Ann's posts about the show. Oh, and I hate Jeffrey, mostly because his "rock and roll" schtick reminds me of all the grotesque "rock and roll" hipsters that wander around my neighborhood in Brooklyn. Ick! Take a bath! Take the sunglasses off!

Ron said...

Jeffrey is an ass and designs awful outfits. His model looked like a hooker and people shouldn't have to put up with his incredibly ugly personal style and personality because it's somehow "rock and roll". Where are the adults?

Joan said...

Palladian, I am now a PR junkie, and it's all Ann's fault for getting me into it with her winsome posts.

Jeffrey's outfit tonight was, to quote Tim Gunn, a "hot mess," but I knew Kayne would be going because, duh, he didn't use any white. I thought Kayne's dress was lovely from the front, though -- the back needed a little help. But Jeffrey's "dress" looked like something a streetwalker would wear.

I was so, so happy when Laura won! She's fabulous, and I have so much admiration for her for even attempting PR -- I'm just a little older than she is, and I can't imagine doing what she's doing, much less being first-trimester pregnant (can you say exhaustion?) while doing it.

That said, I agree that the final 3 will be Michael, Laura, and Jeff, and that Michael will win it all -- unless Michael is this season's Daniel, which makes Laura Chloe, and means she'll win. Could go either way.

David said...

Mike wins

But Allison would of won this week - you know it.

Pogo said...

The tattoo boy's act is a tired one. Add ten years to his frame, a bit of a gut, and see what you think. By then the "Detroit" starts wrinkling and looks intermittently like "Derit", puzzling passersby why he's plugging a danish sauce company.
Really, the angry adolescent schtick just tells me he needs a good whack upside the head.

He's stuck at maybe 16 or 17 years old, fashion-wise. Seriously, this is the same crap worn by the Sex Pistols, The Cramps, The Specials, and Siouxsie & The Banshees. Sheesh, is this all new to Michael Kors? I think Jeffrey just fell in love with his mom's stash of NME and The Face magazines and never got over it.

OhioAnne said...

I tuned in just in time to see the runway show. May I say that the collar on Angela's dress looked like a fungus I have growing on a tree in the woods behind my house?

It would have been much more fun to have Allison back than either Vincent or Angela.

I also loved the front of Kayne's dress. I have to agree with his elimination but I thought the idea of the dress is a good one.

Both Uli and Jeffrey tend to do the same thing - which is why I've wondered why Jeffrey has gotten away with it, but Uli hasn't. I thought both outfits looked more like something from a lingerie show than a cocktail dress show.

And Michael's was fabulous ....

Ann Althouse said...

"It would have been much more fun to have Allison back than either Vincent or Angela."

I think Vincent and Angela were a special kind of fun in that they were always troublemakers and they maximized the freakout factor in bringing back eliminated contestants. Angela, especially, drove both Jeffrey and Laura nuts and led to some of the best dialogue and confessionals. If Alison came back, they couldn't really have been mean to her and said she had her shot and didn't deserve another. The whole vibe would have been different. But it might have been better, because she'd have had a shot at winning, and two on the final five would really have been at risk. It would have been a more serious -- not fun -- show about, you know, designing clothes.

OhioAnne said...

But it might have been better, because she'd have had a shot at winning, and two on the final five would really have been at risk.

And that risk factor is what I would like to have seen ...

Neither Angela or Vincent ever impressed me for their designs. Angela's win was a group project (as I recall) and Vincent's (again, as I recall) was mostly the best in a bad field of choices.

BTW, since I missed most of the show, who was Laura referring to as "the Olson twins" in the previews? Was it Vincent and Angela?

knoxgirl said...

Seriously, this is the same crap worn by the Sex Pistols, The Cramps, The Specials, and Siouxsie & The Banshees.

True, but it's back in fashion right now. Unfortunately. And I too have wondered what he's going to do when his neck gets wrinkly. That's gonna be real attractive.

I'm so glad Laura finally won one. And she deserved it. I am already worrying about how she's going to get her line done (got her line done I guess) for fashion week.

tcd said...

I thought Zac Posen made for an excellent guest judge. His critiques were right on the money. I nominate him for best guest judge.

Joan said...

OhioAnne, Laura's comment about the Olsen Twins was a reference to how the judges are always complaining that her designs are too "old". The baby doll silhouette she produced last night was the most "youthful" look she has attempted all season, and she executed it perfectly.

The more I see of Jeffrey, the more I realize his style is just 80's rock-n-roll redux. Ew. However, I was watching bonus video over on Bravo yesterday, and saw some of the interactions between Jeffrey and the other designers, and he comes across as a much nicer guy. The editing really does portray him as screwier than he really is -- whereas with Angela and Vincent, the editing was actually quite kind to them!

Bo Steed said...

Professor Althouse, from one member of the Academy to another, I compliment you on your prescience. The show will play out exactly as you have mentioned.

Bo Steed said...

Oh, and I compliment you on your picture taking as well. Indeed, I may incorporate one of your Wisconsin sunsets into a watercolor I am working on at present, unless you object.

Janet Rae Montgomery said...

I think Laura's comments about the Olsen Twins was directed at the criticism from last week that what she was doing was "designing for herself" and that her dress was "tired", "old" and had "been done before". She was upset and felt undermined --as she very articulately expressed because this is her design aesthetic and because she liked her dress and was proud of it (and Tim Gunn liked it too and thought the criticisms unfair -- listen to his podcast). I think she was just emotional that she had been told her ideas were old and she needed to be fresh and new so now she feels pressured to design something the Olsen Twins would wear which is completely counter to what she thinks is elegant and appropriate. By the way, I agree with her. I do attribute the meltdown to her pregnancy (as I can remember doing that a few times when I was 39 and pregnant and I had to keep going on crackers and raisins because I was working late for goofballs who didn't know I was pregnant).

That's the explanation for her Olsen Twins comment.

That said, it is really beginning to bother me that the show keeps plying her with champagne at parties because the alcohol can't be doing her or the baby any good with her tiredness and the meltdowns.

I too think it is Laura, Michael and Jeffrey -- which I think is a shame because the only person Jeffrey has ever praised as a designer is himself and he is so third rate in that company.

JRM

DrawLady said...

If you look at the Olympus Fashion Week website and look under the list of designers, you can see Project Runway listed. Click it and then looka the 12 designs shown. You tell me if this doesn't look like Laura, then Michael and then Uli's work... although the 3rd dress in the bottom line looks like Michaels "Pam Brier" like model...