Monday, August 11, 2008

And we're back...

Ok so last season we tried to 3way this blog and it turned into a CHORE. Basically we were busy and really just couldnt commit to a full scale blog production.

This season we still want to share our thoughts on the train wreck that is, so we have decided to share our weekly post show chat with you.

Think of it as stream of conciousness....

PR5 Instant Message Chat: July7
Jeff - did you watch it yet?
Jayne - no
Jayne - :(
Jayne - sorry
Jeff - wanna know who gets it? :)
Jayne - i read the blogs
Jayne - Korto
Jeff - who???
Jeff - oh
Jeff - yah
Jeff - it was hot
Jeff - cept
Jeff - i liked Detroit’s better
Jayne - noooooooooo!
Jeff - lol
Jeff - yesssss
Jeff - you know its the response to loriders
Jayne - short, athletic chicks can't wear those!
Jeff - yeah you can
Jayne - yeah
Jayne - but damn
Jayne - i hate those
Jeff - with yo big o platforms grrrrrrrrrrl
Jeff - disco style
Jayne - if you have any kind of hips, those pants are a NO GO
Jayne - ew
Jeff - clomp clomp clomp
Jeff - clomp clomp clomp clomp clomp clomp clomp clomp clomp clomp clomp clomp
Jeff - clomp clomp clomp
Jeff - thats you stumbling around with yo big ol platforms
Jayne - i've got too much junk in the trunk to pull off high waist-ers
Jeff - welll it comes down to
Jeff - age vs liking to eat vs fassshion
Jeff - I mean look at Cindy McCain
Jeff - poor thing must be hungry
Jayne - I'll stick with my non-fashionable jeans if being in fashion means i have to give up eating
Jayne - fuck that.
Jeff - shit girl i would starve
Jeff - or run like a maniac
Jayne - that's you.
Jayne - i tried the whole eating disorder thing in college
Jeff - ooooh barf?
Jayne - i was thin...but i was MEAN because I was so hungry
Jayne - no way
Jayne - i just didn't eat
Jeff - boooo
Jayne - for like 6 months
Jayne - i HATE throwing up
Jeff - barfing is what the cool girls do you know
Jeff - yeah its gross
Jayne - guess i'm not cool then
Jayne - i HATE barfing! i'd rather die first
Jayne - ugh
Jeff - lol
Jeff - ok lets talk about something other than body image
Jayne - fair enough
Jeff - so jennifer got the *yawn* chop *yawn*
Jayne - total yawn
Jeff - omg
Jayne - she was so boring
Jeff - and the funniest thing was that on her way out
Jeff - she talked AGAIN about her abstract view point
Jeff - ??????????????????
Jeff - i turned to Joe and started to yell
Jeff - "what the hell is she talking about??"
Jayne - it was like last week's chick talking about how her clothes were so "underground"
Jeff - ROFL
Jayne - these people are delusional
Jeff - yeah they are!
Jeff - Detroit starts yelling at the dark haired boy
Jeff - black dude is a woman
Jayne - haha
Jeff - tanorexic is freaking cause hes getting pale
Jeff - rocker chick is awesome
Jayne - blayne is totally scary
Jeff - YAH
Jeff - Blllllllllllllllaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyynnnnnnnne
Jeff - what kind of name is that
Jayne - i know a blayne
Jayne - he has an Olympic gold medal
Jayne - for gymnastics
Jeff - so then i cant use my rhymes with lame joke?
Jayne - oh no, please, go right ahead
Jeff - he’s gay right?
Jayne - neg Jayne - he's just short and bitter
Jeff - yeah that’s what i was wondering
Jeff - cause he wanted to eat 40s girl
Jeff - why don’t i know thier names yet
Jayne - oh wait...we're back to talking about the show?
Jeff - LOL
Jayne - THAT blayne is totally gay!
Jayne - hello?!?!?!
Jeff - ooooh ok
Jeff - well i dunno
Jayne - who says "hollah atcha boy" like he does
Jayne - gay.
Jayne - gay.
Jayne - gayy.
Jeff - you think?
Jayne - just a thought.
Jayne - but what do i know
Jeff - he looks like a pole smoker to me
Jayne - yeah.
Jayne - ok...i have some QA shit to do today, so I need to go...
Jayne - but I luv ya!
Jeff - ok my niacin flush is gone and its safe to bee seen in the coffee room
Jayne - and I miss blogging with ya!
Jeff - im off!
Jeff - i know
Jeff - so busy
Jayne - me too
Jeff - we should just post these chats??
Jayne - hahaha Jayne - totally!
Jeff - hmmmmm
Jayne - that's a thought...
Jeff - im gonna
Jayne - hahahaha
Jayne - doooooooooo it
Jayne - :)

Friday, February 22, 2008

It's SEW not over!!

Jayne says: First, the good: I admit, I really like the idea of giving 12 out of the 15 designers (Sweet P?! Ice Queen?! That chick that got auf'ed in the first episode?!) the opportunity to vie for $10K by creating a 3- look collection that we, the little people, get to judge. "It's Sew Not Over" is an awesome concept in theory. In practice, however...

I don't like the fact that the final three designers got to participate here. It seems like overkill...and a bit unfair to the other designers. I think that giving those who are very clearly talented, but were auf'ed too soon a chance to show what they've really got was the point. For Christian, Jillian and Chris or Rami, they made it all the way to the end of the competition, so we've already seen what they're capable of. PLUS they get to show at Bryant Park. Why include them? I guess this is why I'm not involved in the production of reality TV. Too fair, I am....

Anyways, I'm gonna need a bit more time to digest the collections, but here are a few pieces, good and bad, that caught my eye right off the bat...

The Horrid:

Holy shit. The only place this would fit: The 2008 off-Broadway remake of Seven Samurai: The All Drag Version. Otherwise, UGH! Carmen, honey...NO. Those shoes hurt my soul.

I am not joking in the least when I say that, at first glance, I thought this was a picture of Ricky modeling his own design. Maybe it's the hat. It actually might be a cute little dress. But I can't get past that HAT! Jesus man! They don't look good on you...what made you think they'd look good on a woman in a cocktail dress? For crying out loud Lady Tearbox, ENOUGH with the hats!

Again, time is needed to really sift through everyone's looks. I'm sure there's some serious fug up in there. But for now, on to...

The Fabulous:

This orange little number from Elisa, oddly enough, makes me want a Creamsicle. I love those!! And I totally love this dress, too! (Honestly, I love the little blue flower, even if there is an obvious its-growing-out-of-her-crotch joke to be made here. I don't care, though...that dress is so damn flattering on the model!)

I love the colors on this dress from Jack. The shoes...not so much. But minus those, I think the overall look is darling and something (minus the shoes) that I would totally wear.

Now, here's a case where the shoes work!! Kit chose to add a little pop of Burberry-esque fabric to this look that I LOVE WITH ALL OF MY HEART! Best in show: the short-sleeved overcoat. I covet. Honestly. The sleeves of the shirt might be a tad long for my taste, but when the whole look comes together like that, who cares about the sleeve length! Gorg-e-ous!!!

Jeff, Marc? Any thoughts?

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Project Runway 4: The Reunion Episode

Jayne says: This was, by far the most snooze-inducing reunion special EVAR!! As far as we, the humble viewers could tell, there was no alcohol or pre-partying. WTF?! Traditionally, the reunion episode marks the one time where we get to see the designers cut loose and have a little fun, for crying out loud. No booze?!?! The resulting hour was exactly what you would think a bunch of people sitting around talking would be like...

Dry. Except for the video of Ricky's tearbox scenes...and Carmen's real actual tears.

Boring. With the glaring exception of Michael Kors's little laughing fit video, nothing actually happened. (Note: If anyone can find a video clip of his hysterical hyena-like laughter, PLEASE let me know. Holy shit, that was funny. His laugh made me laugh twice as hard. Classic.)

Jeff says: Yeah, I wasn't even planning on blogging this week as it was total a non-event. It was so clear that everyone's appearance was part of their contract. But let's recap the highlights:
  • Michael Kors's laughing fit. Last weekend we caught a shot of a 62 year old man's leopard print g-string over the top of his short shorts - my friend Dan and I were channelling Mr. Kors to the point of having to leave the bar we were in.
  • Christina smiling away while they replayed all of Ricky's crying events (snicker)
  • Nina Garcia's touched up face courtesy of Botox and Restylane, now expressionless and bag free!
Jayne says: I'm interrupting this recap to bring you the following rant: Why do I always hear about all the cool new face enhancement stuff from Jeff?! Damn it! Now, back to your regularly scheduled bitch-fest...

Anyways, I'm totally amazed at the amount of "Hey, you're fabulous!" ass-patting that went on. No one got pissed and walked off the set. No one went on a famously drunken aimless rant that perhaps would have made more sense had they been sober. For the most part, everyone just sat around and congratulated each other on how wonderful they all are. At one point during last night's love-fest, I seriously asked myself if the producers secretly replaced the alcoholic drinks with ecstasy-spiked bottles of water. ("Let's see if they notice!") Mass amounts of positivity ensued! It was a Project Runway reunion special first!

Honestly, I hope the boys have more to say here, because *damn*, I was just bored to tears. And in the event that the Jeff and Marc were as underwhelmed by this episode as I was, I invite them to create captions for the following pictures, because they are pretty funny...

Jayne says: "There once was a man from Nantucket..."

Jeff says: They sooooo want each other.

Jayne says: If Victorya was a super-hero, her special power would be shooting ice death-rays from her eyes, while ever so slightly curling her top lip in total disgust.

Jeff says: Condolezza Rice and Victorya: Separated at birth.

Jayne says:
Heidi: "There were jackets coming down the runway with no shirts underneath."
Carmen: "Bitch, I'll cut you, so help me GOD...Right after I finish being butt-hurt and needy...with this weird thingy on the side of my head. But damn it, I'm STILL fabulous!"

Jeff says: Hi Crazy Lady.
If I were straight she would scare the crap out of me. I mean can't you imagine what she would be like on a date, or even worse as your WIFE?!? She would be in the bathroom all insecure and obsessive asking you if she looked fabulous.

Next week: On to Bryant Park!!! Hollah!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Project Runway 4 Recap: Episode 11

Jeff says: Wow. I can't believe we are at the end already. To be completely honest, season 4 left me a little flat. The designers were, for the most part, already established. The producers seemed more worried about the gimmicks and drama than the actual contest.

This morning I was walking by the front desk at the office. The woman who works the front desk - who is a real kick in the chonies - wanted to chat about Tim Gunn. Specifically, how he always seemed to know exactly what the judges wanted. Now in the past I may have chalked it up to the fact that he is a former instructor, and was a probably part of designing the overall challenge. But when I started to answer her, doubt came forward and I explained that I thought they might be using Tim to guide the results for dramatic effect, possibly manipulating who stayed on the show.... because maybe the remaining players had more drama value, rather than overall talent.

Take the unexplainable stamina of Ricky as a case in point.

Or the fact that they spent a good 2 minutes chasing Chris down into the break room and discussing his nap - puh-leeeeeese, who CARES?!?

OK, bygones... here we are at the final 5: Rami, Jillian, Christina, Sweet P and Chris. They are all talented, and have a point of view. Its all about the clothes, right?

Jayne says:
And when did Ricky's schtick become good TV? I can watch sissy-boys in bad hats cry on any channel (like MTV). Where were the Santinos? The Zulemas? The freaking WENDY PEPPERS for crying out loud?!? I want another motherf*cking walk-off, damn it!


Jeff says:
The designers were taken to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. Over a 45 minute period, armed with a product placement - I mean - digital camera - they were to find inspiration in classical works of art spanning several periods and cultures. There didn't seem to be any guidance or limits other than time allotted to construct their vision based on the inspirations (and a 300 dollar budget). The end result of the show would culminate in 2 auf'ings and 3 contestants promoted to the finale at New York Fashion Week (SWEET!)

Jayne says: In theory, that was the plan. But the final twist made things a little more interesting for Rami and Chris, who will have to design a whole line, and then present their best three looks in order to secure the last spot at Fashion Week. Very interesting, indeed.

Let's start the show...


Jeff says: Jillian. HELL YES! Her outfit was sex-on-legs meets-blondie-at-the-disco. She drew inspiration from a painting of the Argonauts leader. What was super clear was that it was just inspiration as she created an out that was ultra modern and hella tight. I could see that outfit with the black jacket, gold dress and matching lining on any B-lister sexpot at any urban museum show opening. I wish I had a better picture, specifically one from the catwalk: the color contrast and reflection mixed with the movement of the dress was flat out stunning.

Jillian has met every challenge head on and always delivered - she has a fan here in SF.
Go Jillian!

Jayne says:
Did Jeff really just say "hella tight"? OMG. ROFL!!
But yeah, this was my fave of the night too. I loved the cut-outs on the back of the jacket and the lining! Very creative, very chic. Jill, darling, call me. I want that jacket.

And here's my PSA for the night :
Future PR designers, take note: Judges cream themselves when you line a jacket. Do it. Often. You will succeed. Nina will not be bored. Promise.


Jeff says: Christina. To quote Jayne, it was "Hor-eee-blah!" I saw Christian LaCroix and Yves St Laurent and Ralph Lauren all mixed into a mish mash of classic looks. I know he won, but it was EW! In defense of the judges it was super flashy and I think they were wearing their Fashion Week beanies (a little too tight). This was clear as they continuously harped on the designers for having (or not) a sense of showmanship. The high point in the show for me was when the now barely living, Robert Cavalli rattled out some platitude to Christina about how much love and was in the creation... love the detail... so forth.... Christian looked like a confused mix of flattery and the thought of what it might be if he had to sleep with him.

Jayne says:
Christian's schpeel was that he wanted to create pieces that could be worn separately. Ok, seriously. Look at those frilly, wacky, POOFY pieces. Could any of those realistically be worn with anything else without looking like you broke into the costume closet at the local high school's drama club? Nah. Not a chance. What this mess of fabric did have going for it was the WOW factor on the runway. I definitely took notice, but not in a good way. Even so, I say Christian FTW at Fashion Week.


Jeff says: Sweet P and Rami. SweetP because, really honey - it was boring. It was nice, there was a slight uniqueness about the dress but I was a 300.00 dollar cocktail dress. Rami, OMG why does he keep doing the same boring dress! I swear hes making me want to poke my eyes out.... In other seasons he would have been weeded out a long time ago as a one hit wonder - he has no versatility. The dress this week was immaculately constructed and a nice piece but it was also a 300.00 dollar cocktail dress. Both Rami and Sweet P are not America's Next Great Designer.

Jayne says: Sweet P fell so damn flat on this one. And I'm sad, too. I snuck a peek at the collection she presented at Fashion Week, and I have to say, it was really the only one that I liked. She will be successful, even without this tragic peacock court jester mess. And Rami, good God man, get over yourself and the draping! Basta!! In seasons past, other designers have gotten the entire can of Nina-whoop-ass for being a one-note. Let's just hope that Rami can crank out something different for the last challenge against Chris. But then again, I hope he brings more of the same boring Grecian drapey crapola, because holy poop on a stick, I love this dress of Chris's:

I've got my fingers crossed for you Chris, my little round boy of love!

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Project Runway 4 Recap: Episode 10

Marc says: In episode 10, the designers were given the challenge of creating outfits for female wrestling Divas, each was given a budget of $100 to work with spandex. After being away in Tokyo for a few weeks, in the land of brand worship and pooches sticking out of Burberry totes, it was nice to be back home and see women strut their stuff in "fierce" and ultra-sexy outfits. I am a child of the Rollerderby era and feel a natural connection to anyone who pulls hair, screams or is just plain violent when clothed in shiny fabric. These Divas reminded me of the new batch of Republican candidates' wives for some reason, minus Janet Huckabee who is a dead ringer for Julia Child. Tall, strong and ready to grind any competitor with the blunt end of a Payless heel.

Separated at birth? You make the call...

I must add that Heidi is looking a little tired, I'm afraid it's all catching up with her, the modeling, the Bravo show, supervising three nannies, touring with Seal in t he Balkans, she needs to scale back.

Jeff Says: So I am sick in bed but I did have the chance to watch this today. Im not sure who is giving the Producer (Heidi) advice here but WHAT THE HELL ! Since when is anything on the WWE remotely close to fashion. I recall on more than one season and on more than one occassion designers critizized for "costume-y" work. So I get the rub but it seems like hypocrisy is afoot when you bring out a bunch of transvestite wrestlers and then trot the designer down to "Spandex World" (or whatever it was called, I don't want to see a bunch of corrections in the comments please).

I did chat on the phone this morning with Jayne (or maybe it was just voicemail, damn that cold medicine is messing wiff ma heeeead) and she commented that "This was the stupidest show EVAR!" Ok, so Jayne can be a little dramatic but she's RIGHT! It was weak.

Jayne Says: We're sorry but Jayne is in Las Vegas working - the management.

Jayne, for reals, says: Actually, I'm in Vegas playing. It's my annual birthday-drive-the-car-of-your-dreams weekend. I'll be back soon...


Marc says: Christian's leather and lace outfit, loved the detail and the fit. This may shock America but this is what women wear when pushing a stroller at the Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco.

Jeff says: As a proud San Franciscan I of course have a similar outfit and let me tell you; people aren't so shocked if you are wearing that kind of thing at the appropriate time - OK? I do think that it was super well done and Christian was actually tolerable this week and even got a chuckle out of me. Too bad about the hair though.

Marc says: Chris's leopard print hoodie was in a word...."hot." Who knew Chris would last this long in the competition. The outfit may scream out "HOOKER", but let's face it, this is what women will be wearing in Aspen when global warming hits full force. A well deserved victory for our Chris.

Jeff Says: My favorite was the Jean-Paul Gautier number that Chris did. It was so well made, loved the stiffness of the hood on the jacket, loved the bootie shorts and loved how the pattern on the cups of the top seemed to look back at you (I wonder how many people just ran for the TiVo to see what I'm talkin' about).


Marc says: Rami's pink monstrosity, the top, the skirt, the gloves...all very unflattering. Wasn't this originally Tara Reid's prom outfit?

Jeff says: Yeah I am gonna agree with Marc, that outfit Rami did was NAS-TEE. On my plasma that "Good-God Pink" made Michael Kors's orange "tan" look somewhat less nauseating. Rami is turning out to be a one hit wonder and will be ultimately found doing gowns in West Hollywood from his shop "Rami!" only to be "discovered" by starlets every 4 Oscar seasons. Sad.

Marc says: Jillian's blue number. This is what a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader wears when relaxing at home, it's not that bad's just that I hate Jillian.

Jeff says: BOOOOOOO! I totally disagree with Marc. I love Jillian and would love to see her go to fashion week. The bootie shorts and knee-high socks were totally hot. I saw women pushing strollers at the Folsom Street Fair wearing the same thing. Her outfit was third in my book and ONLY because Christina had such a strong showing this week.

Marc says: Ricki's Lady Marmalade swimsuit, not the greatest obviously, but it has that Bond Girl feel to it, with a control bottom. I'm sad to see Ricky go. We've mocked his tears and silly hats but this guy had a beautiful heart.

Jeff says: I'm sorry but did we have a tear free show, Ricky? WOW is all I can say. But then let's talk about that swimsuit, I mean, outfit that you made for the Jay-Z video - whoops - for the WWE. Ricky has been skimming by, last week's win was a fluke - it was was his time.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Project Runway 4 recap: Episode 9

Jayne says: I'm looking around the room and finding that I'm all by my lonesome this week. I don't know where the boys are, but it's safe to say that they're probably out having more fun than me. Those two live such illustrious, glamorous lives. Me, I did my freaking taxes earlier, for crying out loud! *deep sigh* Anyways, I've got butt-loads to say this week, so here we go...

This week's challenge found the designers heading out to another random loading dock. The Senior VP of design from Levi's is introduced. (Sidebar: Design? For a denim company that specializes in jeans that fit no one correctly? Why? Maybe it's a throw-away title. Hmmm.) Door #2 is raised to show numerous pairs of ill-fitting 501s and boring white fabric that I don't think anyone used in their final designs strung up like old, forgotten laundry. The best part? The 100 yard dash to grab the denim. You could just see Chris thinking to himself, "Don't make me run! I'm full of chocolate!"


Chris and Uter. Separated at birth? You make the call...

Anyways, the designers were challenged to use as many pairs of Levi's jeans and denim jackets as their little hearts desired to create an all-denim "iconic" look. I had to ask myself "How iconic can denim be? It''s...denim! How ever will they make an interesting garment out of crappy jeans?!" Well, boy, was I wrong! Let's start the show:

The Horrid:


Victorya's "trench" was auf-worthy, but it wasn't nearly as criminal as the length and the wash (that blue makes me shiver with icky-ness) of Jillian's effort. And those shoes, while incredibly fabulous, do nothing to improve her look. Either designer could have taken a hike and it would have been OK with me.

The Fabulous:

In my humble opinion, this was the only real contender for the win. I was a little worried when I saw Sweet P. making a long denim wedding dress. "Hippy dippy" described the long look perfectly, but the short dress ended up being very attractive. And no patchouli oil anywhere in sight! YAY!!

The Meh:


The judges drooled over Ricky's outfit and gave him the win. I'm totally underwhelmed. All I have to say is Forever 21. On sale.

Christian showed his incredibly innovative design aesthetic by taking a pair of jeans and making, HOLD ON TO YOUR BUTTS, a pair of jeans. Snore! (and as much as I liked Christian last week, he's reverted back to squawk-mode and again, I want to shove pencils in my ears to make it stop!)

Michael and Nina had clothes-gasms over Rami's use of zippers as seams. So clever, they said! So interesting! Hmmmm, wonder where they'd seen that before?

Oh. Yeah. Right. Nevermind.

Who should have won:

Sweet P. Hands down. Her design, while not necessarily "iconic", was original and totally wearable.

Who should have gotten the boot:

The judges would have been totally justified in sending either Jillian or Victorya home, although really, what's going through the judges' heads is a total mystery. Anyone could have been auf'ed. Who knows.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Project Runway 4 Recap: Episode 8

"I Don't Believe In Regret."

Jeff says: Marc is in Tokyo on business this week. ( I feel like I am the replacement anchor on the evening news now)

You go through life and every once in a while something catches you, for just a second, and for just that second you go - RIIIIIIIIIGHT?

Kit, our beloved prom queen from The OC  was always a curio in my cabinet. Pretty to look at but not serving much purpose otherwise. I loved her personal look but she never quite delivered on PR. This week she payed the ultimate price but on her way out, she dropped the bomb that made me think she was more that she appeared to be.

She dropped the line that I live my life by, "I don't believe in regret". Life is a journey of unexpected events - go with it and do your best. Never beat yourself up with "I coulda, I shoulda, I woulda.."

Cheers Girl.

This week the challenge was to design an Avant-Garde look based on the designer's selected model's special-for-the show-hair style.

Twist 1: Designers were paired up in teams of 2, one model was a throw-away.
Twist 2: Enter throw-away model to do a second Ready-To-Wear look inspired by the Avant-Garde look.

Jayne says: Ugh. Another team challenge. Has a single season of PR *ever* seen this many of them? I think not. At least this time the teams had to create two looks, thereby giving each member of the team a design voice. Oh wait...just kidding. I forgot about Rami's freak-out control fest. Didn't he get the memo that micro-managing is SO 1997?

On with the show....

The Horrid:

Jeff says: This was from Team Kit 'n Ricky, Kit was the team lead here..
I look at this now and wonder, didn't we do Prom Dresses last week? This looks like something that might have been popular when
Muskrat Love was a hit. Maybe her date was wearing some flared Wranglers and a vest over a ruffled shirt? Maybe she didn't have enough money for a prom dress and had to make it herself from bed sheets and satin trim from the old blankets.

I wonder if maybe it was one of those things that just became like a vortex of UGH: it was good in concept and just got worse as construction proceeded. I also recall Kit kind of haphazardly accepting a fabric suggestion at Mood. I think she would have done better with more expensive looking fabrics.

Jayne says: What the hell is Muskrat Love again? Anyways, this dress was Laura Ingalls Wilder meets Laura Ashley meets Betty Crocker meets a vacation to a Texas Dude Ranch. Its a big ol' hoop skirt of fug. For some reason though, this dress makes me hungry for buttermilk biscuits. And don't even get me started on their ready-to-wear look! Oooof!

Jeff says: BAH! Rami is now in a shame spiral fueled by yawns. This looks like last weeks dress, but in beige, oh and with pants, and then some ribbon glued on.

Soooo not imaginative and really left me wondering the same thing as the judges... "Hey Rami, what else can you do?" Seems like he is this seasons
Uli: same thing over and over, but this time with less flavor.

Jayne says: Introducing the New and Improved Rami: Now with more one-note drapey dresses, bitchiness and Xanax! (as in, "I need a healthy dose of Xanax after watching his behavior in this episode". Ew.)

The Fabulous:

Jeff says: This is the winning design of the evening from Chris and Christian. Poo. Of course Christian predicted that this was the best design on the show - again. This time it was, under Christian's guidance, they stuffed 45 yards of fabric into one garment - fabulous. This was really a great team, Christian's commercial eye and Chris's drag queen scene stealing costume construction experience. It was a wonderful dress and really could have come from a high end garment house - although it was a somewhat dated look. In fact all the Avant-Garde looks seemed dated to me. In any case, it was great and Christina called out Nina Garcia, who couldn't keep the grin off her face as the model walked this down that catwalk. That says it all right there.

Jayne says: Two challenges ago, Tim Gunn made a comment about the skirt of Sweet P's dress looking like a maxi-pad. In response to that, I submit to you the INSANE collar on this dress. Talk about wings! (Ok, sorry. I couldn't resist). Actually, I loved this design and knew it would be the winner as soon as it came down the runway. Minus the maxi-pad collar, the 45 yards of fabric look *amazing*. So intricate! So interesting! So well done! And forgive me, but damn it, I'm starting to like Christian! I found him to be adorable under Chris's tutelage and not nearly as grating and squawky. I KNOW!! I can't understand it either. In related, albeit odd news, this one makes me want biscuits, too!

Jeff says: BRAVO Sweet P! This was the ready to wear component of Rami's Avant-Garde design. I love the color and the layering. I equally love that she clearly has been inspired by Rami's design style and is channeling his Greco-Roman swag-fixation. She however does it in a fresh way with length and the really great ribbon around the waist. Ima thinkin' shes gonna bump his ass off the final 3 (or 4) and make it into the finale.

Jayne says: Just. Gorgeous. So young! So chic! So something if I had better, longer legs I would wear! Maybe if I ate less biscuits. Just maybe...

Who should have won:

Jeff says: I am agreeing with judges. Chris and Christina pulled together great concept outfits executed them very was the most original of designs this and was perfectly executed.

Jayne says: Although I liked Victorya and Jillian's Avant- Garde outfit, their ready-to-wear look killed it for me. Hated it! Therefore, the judges were correct in awarding this victory to Christian and Chris. Their dress was honestly the first look I've actually been excited about all season. Word up, Team Fierce! Oh, and I totally take back my comments I made last week about Christian being a minimally talented Santino wanna-be who is just around for TV ratings. This dress took my breath away.

Who should have gotten the boot:

Jeff says: Kit sadly. Again, I am agreeing with the judges, she missed the assignment by a mile and added the secondary insult of sending in a ready-to-wear dress that looked like Little House On The Prairie meets Wet Seal.

Jayne says: Man, there were so many people to choose from last night. I'm gonna go on record right now by saying that I think its bullshit that its always the team leaders that get the auf. When is Crybaby Ricky Tearbox FINALLY gonna get the axe?! How many times has he been in the bottom now? Damn near every challenge but the last one? Jesus. Just what is it that the judges see in him anyways?! That said, I would have been OK with Rami taking a hike last night, too. Kit, I'm sad to see her go. No regrets, though! I admire people who go out with their head held high! We'll miss you, chickie!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Project Runway 4 Recap: Episode 7

Jayne says: I loved last week's challenge (mostly because I love candy so very , very much). And even though us at Horridfabulous didn't get around to covering it, it was still arguably the best episode of the season thus far. Until last night. Catholic high school young ladies (and one drama queen) from Jersey? Prom dresses for the Catholic high school young ladies (and one drama queen) from Jersey? A cat fight between Christian and the female equivalent of Christian? Are you kidding me!?! FABULOUS! Oh man, this episode had it all: beautiful dresses, so-so dresses, miserable sacks trying to pass as dresses and one delicious meltdown.

Marc says: Last night's show was one of the best since I became hooked on PR, and I must say I have become somewhat emotionally attached to some of the designers. I would hate to see sweet Chris leave now knowing that he spent his prom night at home alone, sucking from a bottle of Scope (memories of Kitty Dukakis's own youth). Little Christian showed a vulnerable side as he lost his cool facing a teen who seemed to be the love child of Diana Ross and Predator. What would this show be with without our little Christian? Sweet P my dear, I so regret now having compared you to Miss Piggy, actually I don't, but we got to see you in a different light this week, you seemed to really connect with these New Jersey teens, showing the warmth and understanding of an over-tattooed social worker. And that dress, that flowy white thing that we may have seen at the Golden Globes this year if those greedy writers hadn't ruined the award season for the gays! You saved yourself from damnation my lovely Sweet P.

Jeff says: Agreed, this was the best episode of the season so far. Sadly that I found most of the designs kind of lacking and thought that the final 2 was almost an arbitrary selection. I mean that beige swag of blah from Ricky was auf-worthy. Oh and WHAT was Ricky crying about in this episode? I mean what's so emotional about your mom making prom dresses for your sister? (that's what he was talking about RIIIIIIGHT?) I appreciate the amount of stress that is present in this kind of environment but canned drama, AGAIN, is hardly appropriate. Rewind back to Austin Scarlet having a melt down during an elevator ride that stops on every floor while he is up against a tight deadline. Now thats good television!

The Horrid:

Jayne says: I don't care if Victorya's dress was the winner. My god, this is all kinds of awful. It hurts my soul. First off, she's Bedazzled. Secondly, its a freaking bubble skirt! Didn't Angela receive a new asshole for her affinity for bubble skirts just last season? Now they're in? Damn, I don't get fashion at all. I give up.

Marc says
: I loved this dress, it was the only one I felt had any real originality, the color was great, the cut was great, the touch of bling was fabulous, and it even made this "Jan Brady" like prom queen look hot. I must add that based on personality and team spirit, Ms. Victorya needs to GO, I mean floor opening up and being fed to the sharks GO. She's mean. Vicky my dear, apply for "The Apprentice" next year where your kind belongs. Hiss, snap, done.

Jeff says: Sorry Miss Jayne, but I am gonna gang up with Marc here - this was a good dress. When high school B-list dream date Jessica first hit the runway, the dress got a little back lighting from the screen that hides the entry to the runway. The layering of the dress was superb. I did find the "jewels" to be a little 1967 Star Trek alien sex kitten, but its a flippin' PROM DRESS. The teen girl counter clerk that works in my neighborhood drug store wears ear rings with bigger plastic jewels and she's totally cute. (I just hope she gives that look up before she heads off to community college..)

Jayne says: This didn't need to be as bad as it was. The color's actually pretty on her. All Christian had to do was remove the crinoline-esque wickety-wack to create a somewhat flattering silhouette. And you know a dress is just not fitting correctly when the back is unintentionally shorter than the front. I do have to say though, I thoroughly enjoyed watching Christian lose his haughty swagger when confronted with himself in female form. Deee-lish, I tell you!

Marc says: What Maddie needed more than a fitting was a firm slap in the face. Missy should have shown a little more respect and trusted Christian, he' s good, of course we'd all like to swing him at the end of our arms like a rag doll when he gets on our nerves, but he has vision, and if Maddy hadn't intervened she wouldn't have ended up looking like a Folies Bergere dancer on break.

Jeff says:
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. What a mess. The dress was bad, Christian was so unprofessional, this girl lives in a dream world. TRIFECTA.

The Fabulous:

Jayne says:
Oh my stars, this is beyond STUNNING!! Sweet P, I knew you had it in you! You were robbed of a very deserved win in favor of a Bedazzled bubble mess. I only wish I looked this breathtaking at my prom. Well done, lady!

Marc says: This is what Demi Moore would wear at the Oscars if she were still invited, just a beautiful creation. Flowy and angelic, we were all shocked by Sweet P's creation. Bravo my inked one.

Jeff says: I totally wore this same dress on New Years Eve! OMG! Everyone loved it and I got soooo many phone numbers...

Jayne says: My darling round boy of love, Chris March, I WANT THIS DRESS. E-mail me. We'll talk. (Love the color. Love the neckline and the draping and THE COLOR!! Gorg-e-ous!)

Marc says: I love this dress as well, good draping and color, and sexy as well, in an Angie Dickinson kind of way.

Jeff says: This was my favorite dress. The color is so great and the design was PERFECT. I have chills as I look at the dress. Fuckin HAWT - Chris you should be very proud.

Who should have won:

Jayne says: Um, yeah. In case you weren't paying attention earlier, Sweet P was ROBBED!!!

Marc says: Victorya justly won with that snazzy blue number. However she still needs to be sent to charm school.

Jeff says: Sweet P. That dress was so perfect, although it wasn't as hot as Chris' , but it was perfectly made. Loved it. Marc is right, Victorya is a hag. Did you hear the first thing she asked her client? "So why do you think you could work with me?"

Um, self centered much?

Who should have gotten the boot:

Jayne says: As much as I hated Victorya's and Christian's dresses, Kevin's looked like another Dress Barn clearance rack special, and although common, not worthy of an auf'ing. I'm sad to see him go. I liked Kevin. He was a decent dude. But reality TV thrives on ratings, and people don't tune in week after week to see a straight, non-smarmy guy like Kevin who creates no drama. Christian is this year's Santino. Marginally talented, but clearly only around for the ratings. Happy birthday, princess. This one was a gift. Treating your clients like that is not good for business. You think a teenage girl was bad? Try anyone from Hollywood. High maintenance actresses will own your squawky ass. Suck it up, Miss Thang. Otherwise, you can kiss your career in fashion buh-bye!

Marc says: I liked Kevin as well, sweet guy, beautiful eyes, but sadly he transformed a sweet and innocent seventeen year old into a prostitute. A crime only forgiven if you're a Hollywood director.

Marc adds: Don't you all think it's time they brought back "Battle of the Network stars"????? I mean can you imagine Bravo versus Food Network? Little Christian wrestling with Rachel Ray? loser forced to eat the shitty meals she cooks in less than 30 minutes. Fun, snap, done.

Jeff says: Christian. He bugs, his hair bugs, his clothes are for the most part crappy, he's a hag, and his dress looked like a brown taffeta nightmare. I want him to go away.

And I want Tyson Beckford to hire me as his personal assistant.
And I want a million dollars.
And a Porsche.
That is all.

Jayne says: I TOTALLY vote for a Raechel Ray/ Christian smackdown. Now, THAT'S good TV right there! Oh, and if you can please throw in a side of Tyson Beckford, it'd be greatly appreciated! =)

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Project Runway 4 Recap: Episode 6

Marc says: This week we saw the designers head out on a "field trip" to Hershey's flagship store in Time Square where they had five minutes to grab as much merchandise as possible. The challenge was to create an outfit using whatever they got their greedy little hands on... wrappers, pillows, food.

This was actually one of the more interesting challenges so far and some of the designs that came out of it were truly original. Rami's winning outfit was playful and had great detail. Elisa got the boot this week after creating what looked like a dress that belonged in a bad school play, we also found out that her bizarre "flower child" behavior is the result of being run over by a Porsche in London. Always look left when visiting that overpriced city. Sweet P continued to have the facial expressions of someone who's just been beamed on earth for the very first time. Little Christian (he's actually only four inches tall and seems much bigger thanks to the magic of television) continued to strangely channel the energy of Nefertiti.

Is it just me or does he remind you of Kira in "Dark Crystal", too?

Jayne says: As much as I enjoyed this whimsical challenge, it was very difficult for me to watch as well. You see, after severely overindulging in holiday sweets of all kinds, I've recently decided to give up all candy, cookies, pastries, cakes, pies, donuts, brownies, ice cream, and chocolate for the entire month of January. This is quite a feat for me as I have an INSATIABLE sweet tooth. Two seconds after the designers walked into the Hershey store, I was drooling for the sweet, forbidden Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Barring the fact that I salivated at the thought of the tasty York Peppermint Patties, I loved this challenge. Although, if there is one guest judge I loathe and never wish to see again, it is Zac Posen. Pompous little orange man. He gives me the willies.

Note: We here at Horridfabulous couldn't quite get it together this week. Jayne and Marc were traveling and Jeff had a nasty cold. We'll be back next week. Promise. Kisses, queridos!