Saturday, February 18, 2006

A SURVEY: WAITING; PICKING SEASON II HIGHS AND LOWS

We're now in the limbo between FW and choosing the final winner of PR season II, sort of like the iceskaters at the Olympics waiting in their box for their scores. Yes, there's the Reunion, which should be a blast, and purging for the designers. It seems from the previews that Nick in particular dredges up a lot of angst from his subconscious. Old wounds die hard. And there's Tim's series of "at homes" with the designers. That's always both charming and illuminating, like everything else that Tim touches. It'll be especially fascinating to hear what he has to say to them about their concepts, and whether they incorporated his advice (which has usually proven to be very perceptive and even prophetic) or not. Then it's on to Fashion Week (no matter that we on the Blog have [vicariously, it's true] already been there), and then final critiques, "grades" and awarding the golden crown to the Victor. It's hard to imagine that for two million viewers tuning in they'll be experiencing FW for THE VERY FIRST TIME!!!!! We've been spoiled, which is perhaps not the blessing that it seems at first glance. It makes the rest of the season mildly anticlimatic.

My Scores (for FW): Daniel and Chloe, even odds; Santino, the dark horse (a role that he seems to play quite naturally). As I've already stated elsewhere, I feel that he should have gone bigger, more outrageous, more in-your-face, more Santino. He can never beat Daniel at his game, which is exactly what, it seems, he has tried to do. (Kara's startlingly fine and inventive collection, my personal favourite --for its risk, vision, stretching the limits, fun, distinctive personality and POV--is unfortunately out of the running. But hopefully some magic happened for her at FW, and she made some valuable connections within the industry.)

If I had any power at all over the final decision (Lots of Luck!!! lol), I'd make it a three-way, or at least a two-way, tie. But that won't happen. You can bank on that. I'm afraid that the Banana Republic judge will tip the balance toward timid, bland and impeccable, their industry signature.( Does anyone here know whether the runnersup win ANYTHING, other than the national exposure which is, of course, priceless??)

We can now do an overview, albeit slightly preliminary, of PR season II, especially the high and low points. Here are mine: please chime in with yours.

HIGHS AND LOWS, FOR THE DESIGNERS;

EMMETT:
High: BR team challenge/with Chloe
Low: lingerie team challenge/with Santino+Nick
Comment: More than any other designer he seemed ready to leave when he was aufed. He left with characteristic good grace, even humour--not the usual teary exit with undertones of either exaggerated gratitude or "I was robbed"

ANDRAE:
High: Inspiration challenge. Runnerup: BR team challenge/with Daniel.
Low: Clothes Off Your Back challenge+accompanying runway meltdown
Comment: Should have won Inspiration. Meltdown totally understandable, if totally "inexcusable". It certainly individualized and humanized Andrae, if it rendered him somewhat eccentric. (By the way, I LOVE eccentric!!!) Andrae's Inspiration design was for me the most beguiling, magical, delicious and sensuous garment of the season.

NICK:
High: Barbie challenge.
Low: the Zuleema raid on his model, the exquisite Tarah.
Comment: Nick was a favourite of many, especially after Daniel F's elimination. He may simply have peaked too early, or not wanted the win passionately enough. He also seemed to start missing LA (friends, partner, favourite haunts) desperately about midway through.

KARA;
High: Fashion Week collection. Runnerup: Garden Party challenge
Low: TIE: BR challenge, Zuleema in s/m mode; the makeover challenge (Santino)

SANTINO:
High: NHilton, need you ask?!!!!
Low: Kara's makeover, need you ask?!!!!
Comment: things are always so clear with Santino. He doesn't evoke a shred of ambivalance in either his friends or his enemies.

CHLOE;
High: BR team challenge/with Emmett; Runnerup: Makeover challenge (Nick--at least it allowed Nick to exit in High Style)
Low: lingerie team challenge/with Daniel F. The Freakout that caused Daniel's early , and probably undeserved, departure
Comment: Some here have speculated that her comment to Daniel, it's better to be a great human being than a great designer, carried a nasty. negative vibe. I don't buy that for a minute. I felt genuine compassion, affection and support in her remark.

DANIEL;
High: Inspiration challenge. He really pushed the envelope in this one.
Low: Chloe's makeover. Was it deliberate, was he subtly/subliminally thumbing his nose at the judges because of his immunity??
Comment: his spectacular, eyecatching design for the Inspiration challenge was pure Objet d'Art, minimally wearable, if that, except on the runway.

SEASON HIGHS AND LOWS, FOR THE VIEWER (this one at any rate):

SEASON HIGHPOINT;
BR challenge. All of the designs were wonderful, probably better then BR deserved. AND Daniel/Andrae's winning design was not, in my opinion, the best. True, it had very clean lines and was, for once, very wearable.
Runnerup: Daniel Franco taking the hit for his lingerie collection, refusing to blame anyone else. Compare this to Santino's now famous/infamous, if unheard, tirade/defense of his collection, too characteristically blaming everyone else in the universe, except, of course, himself. (In hindsight, however, the collection does seem to have staying power. Who can remember anything about Daniel's, except for the bustier?
Santino's is edgier, and as only he is capable of accomplishing, marries kitch to high concept in an astonishing fusion. Wow!!!)


SEASON LOWPOINT:
Hands down, the Makeover Episode. There was all-around bad chemistry and lethal vibes floating through that on!!. Chloe alone seemed to stay out of it, AND WON. I call this episode "Andrae's Wake". His presence was critically missed, especially by Santino. All of the designer's work this episode, Chloe excepted, was "off the mark".
Runnerup (by at least five or ten heads, but still grueling emotionally): Andrae's meltdown. Being almost pathologically empathetic by nature (simultaneously a blessing and a curse), I responded deeply to the inner panic, grief, trauma and chaos that he so clearly was experiencing.That one was a REAL rollar-coaster ride.

That's it. NOW IT'S YOUR TURN TO SHARE YOUR PRIVATE MOMENTS OF ECSTASY AND PSYCHOLOGICAL MELTDOWN/GLOOM AND DOOM.

Don here, signing off.

25 comments:

@ said...

the season's low point was the makeover episode, specifically when the judges asked the designers who they thought should be eliminated. It was hideous on two levels (1)that the producers went that shallow and mean spirited and (2)that Kara and Santino and Daniel unanimously sold Chloe out.

Biggest rip-off of the season (my own category): Andrae's Gutter Water Gown was not only the best offering of the Inspiration challenge, but in my opinion, it was the finest offering of the entire season.

Most annoying judge (again, my own category): the Freddie moron who thought the jumpsuit on poor Kara was anything but godawful...famous stylist, my foot.

love this blog

Totango said...

Most touching: Daniel F.'s honorable exit and Chloe showing how moved she is by what he did.

Most disillusioning: When I came to the conclusion that Wendy last season and Santino this season were predetermined to survive in order to maintain controversy. Unlike a lot of viewers I think both are talented (Wendy somewhat underrated by the cast and judges, Santino somewhat overrated) but I liked to think that PR was different from other reality shows and would have totally clean competitions.

Low Point: The one time during the season I've gotten downright depressed watching the show was when Daniel V. and Kara went Brutus on Chloe. People tell me they think it's reasonable because she said she didn't know if she wanted it. That outweights Kara's sentiment that Santino would walk over anyone to win, and Daniel's conviction that Santino lied to the judges, resulting in the dismissal of his friend Nick? Gimme a break.

High point: Nick winning the Barbie challenge. As much as I love Andrae's gown and I hope I can own an affordable version of it some day, Nick's Barbie dress is my favorite outfit of the season.

Moment of puzzlement: The judges ripping apart Kara's season in the most recent episode. (I have no sympathy for her anymore but I still don't get the judges' remarks.) Her outfits are never quite right? They adored her makeover outfit and her garden party dress, which almost (and should have) won. She never uses color or prints? Her Barbie dress and makeover outfits incorporated both. Her plant dress had color. Her BR dress with Zuleema was all about the print. Her outfits are only memorable for their mistakes? She didn't make a lot of construction errors. What were they talking about?

miriald said...

Season high point: The episode before Andrae's auf, when the boys of 35D were swanning around A+las together, doing the hand pile thing by the elevator and taking pics of themselves on the roof. That dynamic was very fragile (as we later saw) but wonderful to watch, nonetheless.

Season low point: I agree with Don and @ that the Makeover episode was the worst. Not only were the dynamics between the designers breaking down, but the clothes were, uniformly to me, just plain fugly.

Irene Done said...

Uncle Nick's win in the Barbie challenge is a sentimental favorite moment of mine. I liked how he mixed his aesthetic with what he thought would catch the eye of a 10-year old girl. Sweet! And the low moment? When everyone picked Chloe to be out. It made everyone look petty. And I don't know what shocked me more -- that they would turn on her instead of Santino or that it revealed Daniel to be so totally manipulative and unlikeable. I think he picked Chloe because he wanted her and her talent out of the way. Since it happened just after he told Santino that he can't sew, it seemed like Daniel had a plan to mess with the people who would be a competitive threat to him. What a smug little tool.

Of course, even smug little tools can create beautiful frocks.

OurBoyDaniel said...

RE: DV and KAra and Santino "turning on" --

I saw this a different way from most folks, I guess. AS I recall the question was "who would you take with you" to FAshion week? If it was me, I would take people I thought I could beat.


And they all named Santino! and they all listed everyone EXCEPT chloe. It occured to me at the time that if I were serious about winning the challenge overall, I'd love to have Santino there becuase I could beat him just by sewing up my garments, and *I* sure wouldn't want Chloe there. She's been the most consistent (if under the radar on many challenges) of any of them, and may be the most credible threat to any of the other three (possibly excepting Daniel, but much as I love him, I don't think so).

So, I guess I didn't see their declarations as "selling out" Chloe. If anything, it seemed a sort of backhanded complement to say she should stay home.

miriald said...

I think there was a lot of editing and things we probably didn't see. (I get the feeling heavy editing was behind the apparent "look" that Daniel gave Santino at 7th on 6th. That just didn't seem to transition smoothly.)

Also, not a lot has been said about Chloe's remark (which she gave specifically to Daniel, btw) that winning might help him start his line, but that she was already established, thank you very much. Combine that with saying that she'd "been there, done that," in terms of working her butt off in the NY fashion scene and, at least to me, you have a pretty strong case for thinking she might not need the win as much as the other, younger designers. (And to his credit, Daniel said that the only thing that made him choose Chloe was the fact that she was already established.)

The point was also made over on TWoP that all of the other designers were really taken aback by Chloe's statement that she might not really want the win. So, in my own biased way, I look at Daniel's choice as a reaction to what he understood Chloe's own ambitions and feelings were (which admittedly were probably more irritating than they should have been to the other designers because of killer fatigue. You work that long with no breaks and constant stress and then here someone say 1) I'm already set up with my business and 2) I'm not sure I'd want to fully use this opportunity... I know I'd think twice before saying I'd want her at FW.)

Anonymous said...

Season: Hight Point- Inspiration challenge, Runner up: Barbie Challenge

Low point: Any time I got the feeling that designers were being aufed based on things that didn't make sense. It happened a lot this season, and it appeared to be more about what the producers thought should happen versus what this competition should have been.

Runner up: The trashing of the model Rachael.
TPTB are at fault for not giving each designer a model at the same level, in NY, no less. Or did they stack the deck from day 1? The girl takes lovely photos, but seems to not be the perfect runway model. And given that many runway models should probably be in the hospital I'm not sure that what we see among the good ones is such a good thing.

Jaxx said...

Season Low Points:

I felt different about the show after Andrae didn't win the inspirational challenge. I really loved the way he explained how he is inspired by making something overlooked or ugly into something beautiful. I think it takes a beautiful soul to have that insight and he pulled it off!!

Bonus Video:

I was disturbed by the bonus video that talked about Santino and Daniel V. having sex with a stranger in the bathroom? I didn't care for that exchange, but hey it's bonus video and not the "make over show" another low point.

Totango typed it best by stating how Kara and Daniel V. went "Brutus on Chloe" That sums up how I felt...no excuses for disloyality.

High Point:

I enjoyed the season and I have a new respect for fashion and the designers. I was able to find something good in all the episodes. I really enjoyed the Barbie episode and was happy uncle Nick won!!

npohworks said...

High Point of the series:
For me it had to be the clothes off your back. What a great way to get an early feel for the designers! I understand why Chloe won, but this was where I picked out Santino as being truly impressive. When he's on, he's so on.
Runner-up: Santino's impressions of Tim and the tim-bot.

Low point: The ice skating episode. So when is it ever going to matter if these designers can come up with an ice skating outfit? probably never. There was no room for creativity and even the "best" designs were still ugly ugly ugly. sorry chloe & zulema, even yours! plus the goofy ridiculous way that some of the designers had their models walk. i know, i know, they were trying to invoke ice skating but grace barefoot? it made her look awkward and gangly. i didn't get this challenge, it was right up there with the stupid post office challenge from last year. NEXT!

MNchic said...

high points:
*santino's impressions of tim
*kara telling santino that he can "be such an ass"
*clothes off your back challence

low points:
*nick getting the boot (tear)
*makeover challenge
*trashing of rachel (that was really mean)
*santino always being an arrogant ass

Christina said...

High Points:
-Santino, period. I offer no apologies for the dude. I get why some people don't like him. But I love him. Yeah, I was "WTF" 'ing right along with the masses at his lingerie, ice skating, and makeover designs. But I also liked his COYB, Nicky Hilton, and another design I'm blanking on right now. And based on the pictures I've seen from OFW, I loved some of his designs. I also found his Tim Gunn and Michael Kors impressions absolutely hilarious.
- The boys of 35D (Pre-Andrae Auf'ing). I loved the dynamic of the boys, and I liked each of them individually.
- Tim Gunn. I love him, 'nuff said.
-Bonus Videos. Yeah, not shown on the show, but I have loved them. It really gives you more of an inside look at moments that haven't been edited within an inch of their lives. My favorites were Andrae and Santino's conversation on the bed(I saw a tiny bit of vulnerability in Santino, of course with some major ego thrown in), and I loved the ones from the last episode, with Daniel and Santino getting ready for bed, and the "what do you love" convo in the workroom. I thought the comments Santino and Daniel made about the anticipation of sex and having sex in a bathroom were funny. I know Kara and Chloe were disturbed, but I found it hilarious.

Low Points:
-Makeover challenge. Ick. To all of the designs.
-Michael Kors. That Cheeto lookin' fool drives me insane.
-The obliteration of the dynamic of the boys of 35D that I loved so much. It really did die when Andrae left. I think his absence really affected the boys, most notably Santino. I think he was kind of Santino's outlet so to speak, and when he was gone it just screwed everything up. I hated watching it, it really tore me apart.

AJ said...

I'm going to start with my low points...

The Garden Party challenge: I hated the timing for this challenge! I think the producers introduced a foreign materials challenge far too late this season and far too early last season. It's easy for a really talented designer to mess up with a material that is not fabric, thus getting them the boot they don't deserve.

Last season's materials casualty was Daniel Franco who is clearly a wonderful designer but didn't get a chance to show his goods because it was the first challenge. I'm glad we got to see more from him this season.

This season, the casualty came in the form of Andrae, our little lamb. In the episodes between his breakdown and his aufing, Andrae showed such incredible progression and became one of my favorite designers. I really would have loved to see him at Fashion Week and actually shed a few tears when he was taken out by leaves. I think that for the coming season, the producers should have a materials challenge later in the season to weed out the expendable designers. To me Andrae was not expendable and along with Nick was the worst loss this season.

Speaking of Nick, my next low point comes from the Makeover Episode. I liked the episode overall, but by the end of it I felt as though my intelligence was being insulted. I can somewhat understand keeping Santino over Daniel F and Emmett in previous challenges, because I don't know that they had the vision to make it to FW and I can relate to the idea of "going to far" or "not going far enough". During the Makeover Epsiode, it was blatant that Nick's garment was better and w/ Nick being a favorite of the competition and a clearly talented designer, it's the first time I've been in agreement with the whole "Santino is only here for shock value" theory. I think he's a great designer, but I don't think he's better then Nick and I felt a little insulted that the producers would keep someone for entertainment value over design talent this late in the competition.

High points: There are so many! Santino impersonating Tim comes to mind...lol The one I want to touch on though, was during the Nicky Hilton Challenge when I first really took notice of Daniel Vosovic. Even with the lingerie win I didn't really see him as a front runner...then I saw how graceful he was under pressure during the Hilton challenge and how stunning his dress came out. I became a Full Dan Fan that night (he became my #1 w/ Nick) and his progression from that point forward really solidified him as one of the best in my book.

So I just wrote a book on three points from the show...lol!

Sorry so long!

PhillyKat said...

i didn't like most of kara's line, but i understand why you did. i expected something a lot more fun and over the top from santino, but i liked what i saw. i liked chloe's as well. dan's was good but boring. however, it did fit his gown. i think he'll win it all because he listens, he's classic, and he wants it. i agree that santino is the darkhorse. if he wins, it will partly thanks to debra i think. the other part will be the producers wanting to make a project santino to air next season.

well, i guess we shouldn't mention the obvious low for the designers of being aufed, huh? i don't know. i think some of the highs and lows came not in design, but in their personalities. laura, i agree that emmett seemed ready to go. i think the class he displayed, as well as, his demeanor & humor he used during his exit. the low for the designers as a whole came from nick in my opinion. as much as i loved his designs pre-rachel (not so much post), i felt his catty/snotty behavior during his last challenge was uncalled for and nasty. if he'd designed men's clothes before, he certainly failed to prove it.

many if not most of the designs bored me this season. i thought that they were lackluster. i also feel the judging was poor and the producers should keep their dang fingers out of it. i expected the designs to get better as more designers were aufed but they didn't. they got more boring and expected. i feel like i know what dan v. and chloe were gonna do before i saw it. that to me is a show low.

the only show high, and i'm not sure it counts, is the tim time. heidi could have missed a few episodes and i wouldn't have batted an eye. tim missing a few episodes would probably have had me not watching and checking out the designs online.

the designing high is andre's topiary garden dress. though, i didn't choose it as one of my top 5, it definitely makes the top 10. it took a risk, accomplished what he set out to do. the man made an audrey hepburnesque breakfast at tiffany's dress out of moss for god's sake. overall, i actually think we saw the best/most creativity out of the designers in the coyb and rtr challenges.

there are so many designing (and judging) lows i haven't a clue where to begin. i could point to almost everything zulema created as a low. the aufing of dan f over santino's hideous lingerie is a low. honestly, i think the lowest low is the judging. it was all over the place and..and (dare i say it?) vulgar.

nsa said...

The show started losing its appeal with the loss of Andrae and Nick. (and prior to that, the loss of Diana)

It started off so great though! I loved COYB, Barbie, and the Nicky Hilton challenges.

JRT said...

High Point: The Nicki Hilton Challenge was best for me, because I think everyone competed the best in this episode. Although Santino's dress won, Nick's was close, Kara's was great, Daniel's was amazing, Chloe's looked beautiful. All together, the best episode design-wise.

Low Point: Easily the Makeover, too much fussing and confusion and not enough great ideas or work. Next low point would be Road to Runway, they all just seemed to be exhausted, which didn't lead to good television.

Most Perplexing Moment: tie between lingerie challenge and the auffing process, and the Freddie whoever liking that jumpsuit.

Most Beautiful moments, Daniel 'being there' for Kara and Nick in frustrating times. Daniel F standing up for his team and their reactions.

Biggest rip-off: Easily Nick's Nicki Hilton dress.

Favorite Guest Judge: Iman, although a rather boring episode otherwise.

Worst Guest Judge: Anne Slowey, didn't like her last season, and don't this season.

Smartest and Stupidest Challenge(respectively): Inspiration. Makeover.

Thats all for now.

Dinah said...

My favorite was the Barbie episode when Nick WON!!! I loved what he made so much.

When everyone picked Chloe to go it totally made me loose a little respect for Daniel since he complained about Santino in the beggining of the show. I think Daniel is threatened by Chloe and well he should be.

Huda said...

High point: Oddly enough during the NH episode (not at all my favorite), when the designers staged their "Zoolander" walk-off. They were bouyant, having fun, and each demonstrated their individual personality. Another: Much of the fun in On Thin Ice and especially the first sight of Emmett in the pink skating costume with his white hat and the ensuing hilarity. He was such a sport about that.

Isn't it strange that my high points do not relate to the designs or fashion.

Low point: The entire Makeover episode: overall bad designs, Nick being robbed, disillustionment with judging. Lowest of the low: when Santino discussed eating his own feces and declared that he no longer counted the number in a day. There is nowhere to go from there but up.

Anonymous said...

Highlight: Andrae's growth from the meltdown (oh please..) to the Inspiration Gown (OH PLEASE, what do you mean he didn't win????)

Lowlight: Bravo's producers manipulating the drama with mean spirited stupid questions and aggressive editing instead of trusting the designers and their designs to remain the focus. BTW I think Santino would have hung in there if the drama angle had not existed because his highs can be so very high it's worth the investment to not dump him. I know, the lows are pretty bad too.

Honorable mention: BPR I needed my daily fix and Laura and friends you were always there, thanks!

leopardrose said...

Season Fashion High = Kara's OFW show, because it was delightful & so lovely to see her finally "be" Kara!

Season Fashion Low = the whole Garden Party challenge. What was that supposed to prove??

Season Behavior High = Kara helping Chloe glue on leaves. How dear was that?

Season Behavior High Runnerup = Santino's Tim-pressions

Season Behavior Low = Santino lying about the jumpsuit falling apart.

Anonymous said...

Daniel Franco redeeming himself- and exciting gracefully- Santino's impression of Tim and Andrea at Red Lobster-Kara and Chloes designs at Fashion Week-Andrea's Inspiration dress-Nick!
Lows:
the betrayal of Chloe-Jay as a jerk, I mean judge-Santino fighting on the runway

kif said...

/// High points, for me: ///

- Everything Tim, especially his Podcast

- Seeing Austin again (even oh-so-briefly)

- Andrae's Gutter Water gown

- Santino's Timpressions

- Nick saying "Whickety-Whack."

- Heidi saying "Let's eat something!" at the end of an episode 11 bonus video (- I dunno why that tickles me)

- Watching Kara's exaggerated cartoon mouth enunciations during her interviews

- Emmett's beautiful black brush stroke sketch for the BR display

- Guadalupe's hair. I just adore it. And her. I know. I'm the only one!


/// Low points ///

- Santino saying to Nick about his makeover suit for DV "You can't polish a turd." - I was *over* Santino forever after that.

- Andrae's meltdown - too incredibly painful to watch.

- The entire "What's Your Line?" episode. I think the production of it was just forced and stupid beyond belief.

- Michael Kors' meaningless fashion declarations.


/// Simultaneous Low/High point ///

- Ann Slowey referring to "down there" as "Tootie."

KCF said...

SEASON'S HIGHS
* the rush of the first episodes and taking in all the new faces and talent.

* Everything and anything Tim -- the world's ultimate teacher. Wouldn't you love Tim by your side? And, of course, his podcasts and blog.

* Daniel V making his steadiness and grace first known via the Nicky Hilton episode.

* Kara's sweet goofiness throughout.

* The tim-pressions. Like Santino or not, they were sooooooo funny.

* Seeing andrae evolve from a train wreck into a talented, thoughtful, fascinating character.

* The outing discussion between Nick and Daniel V.

* Heidi Klum, who looked glorious and who we got to know as more than just a pretty face this season.

* All the designers looking so silly and having fun on the ice together.

* The inspiration challenge -- a wonderful and thoughtful exercise.

* The clothes off your back -- another well-thought out and fun challenge.

* Daniel F. getting a 2nd chance to show his spirit and talent.

* This blog, which has made my enjoyent of Season 2 so much richer.

SEASON'S LOWS

* Santino's mean-spiritedness during the lingerie judging.

* Andrae's breakdown on the runway.

* The makeover episode -- just plain dumb in my opinion. How can you have your competitor be your client?

* The whole FW decoy thing drives me nuts. Just call it a win for 4 and get over yourselves.

* Nick's bellyaching about the Zulema model thing. I am no big fan of Zulema and I really do love Nick, but I think bitching about her taking advantage of the fair rules is babyish.

* The whole model thing, however, was whacked in my opinion. I think the winner should have had first dibs on sticking with his/her model or switching, and then everyone should have had a chance to switch, as drawn by random from the funky velvet bag!

* That stylist who let the unforgivable jumpsuit fly.

* That editor who was just plain stupid about Emmet's skating costume. It deserved to lose because it was boring, not because it was vulgar. Not.

* All the judges who showed how clueless they are about real life prices when demanding lots of flowers on a slim budget.

* The dress that was supposed to be about your line. Oh no, for imam. Oh no, your line. Whatever.

* The timing of the cocktail party. As much as it was fun to see beloved faces from last season, it seemed unfair to spring it on our exhausted designers right then.

* The fact that the last competition is always underwhelming (remember, last season), since the designers are so exhausted. Come on guys, give them a little more downtime in between challenges.

geekygirrl said...

Highs:

The Inspirition challenge.

Tim and his podcasts. They add so much to the understanding of the process. Plus I just love listening to his voice.

Kara. I really came to like her. One never knew if she was going to crash and burn or come through with something lovely, so she was fun to root for. She always hugged Santino.

Seeing how Heidi has grown into the job. She added humanity, kindness and fun to the show.

And (my personal favorite moment), Emmett's incredible life-sized sketches for the BR challenge, done on the fly while standing in a store window! Delightful.

Lows:

The guest judges, all of them.

Giving the Flower Power winner immunity - totally unnecessary.

The final evening gown project.

The fact that the designers feel they have to answer questions like "Who do you think should be out?" I was waiting for someone to say "We are all talented in our own ways, and we all deserve to go to FW and do well because our success can only be good for the industry" but they seemed so beaten down that they couldn't think straight. I think that whole exchange was a low point for me.

On another subject: I have to jump in and give my 2 cents on Tim's remarks about Rachel. When I first heard what he said I was shocked, because I thought he was talking about how she looked and walked and that seeemed so uncharacteristically mean. Later, I realized he was talking only about how she walked. Looks are something she can't help (not that she has to worry), but her walk is her trade. JMHO.

iluvtimgunn said...

Highs: 1. Clothes off your back was the probably the best of the challenges.

2. Tim confronting Santino was the funniest moment followed closely by the ice skating excursion, especially Emmet's outfit.

3. The Inspiration challenge was my favorite episode.

Lows: 1. Easily the makeover episode was the worst in terms of both the show and how all the designers were interacting, and with the outcome of the garments.

2. Santino: I actually started liking Santino in the middle of the season after disliking him at the beginning. Now I'm back to hating him. And no, it is not jealousy as he so often accuses.

3. Andrae's outburst at the beginning. At that point I didn't think I would like him too much. But, on a positive note, he grew to be my favorite designers for his attitude and likeability.

asiangirl said...

Season's High point--

reading this blog and hearing everyone's reactions.. you have made this show more than a reality show for me..its like a community.

oh and the inspiration challenge for many of the reasons mentioned..

Seasons low point.. I was really dissappointed by the evening gown episode.. i think the designers were tired and a little boring.