Thursday, January 26, 2006


Good morning! I'm finally watching the "Inspiration" episode. The "Walk-off" was not really all the drama I imagined it would be. It just seems....sad.... Really sad.

By the way, I was really floored when Heidi said, "Alright Zulema, you picked Tarah, that means Rachael will be now Nick's model." HUH? Anyone else surprised? Of course, now I'm expecting Rachael (and Nick) to show a renewed determination.

Instead, I'm seeing Nick kind of pouting as he goes through the motions of taking his photos. Come on Nick - Suck it up - you've got work to do!

Okay - now everyone hates Zulema - it's like Wendy in the Post Office episode. Zulema is the outcast. Well, what did she expect? She had to know this would upset at least Nick and Tarah. But she did what she needed to do to improve her situation.

Anyway, Tim has come in and announced that the designs have been "Lackluster" up until this point. THANK YOU for saying so, Tim. I've felt the same way.

No, Nick! Don't give up, think of your fans!

Now they're at MOOD - always one of my favorite parts of any episode - Oh hello, that is Austin's fabric, Santino. Didn't you watch the first series? I can't believe that Tim would say something so unkind about Rachael. Wow - that was harsh, Tim.

Now they're in the workroom and I notice that Nick has added a little bit of booty padding to his form...

Awwwww.... Daniel is so sweet. Danny V, where are you?!?!?

Now Zulema is admitting that she would switch models again.

Back in the workroom Santino is doing his Timpression.... Okay, now THIS is my favorite part - the workroom. I LOVE watching the actual cutting, sewing, pinning and draping. Thank you producers for showing more of this than you ever did last year.

Why suddenly does Zulema have problems with "Time Management?" Isn't she the one who emphatically claimed that she "Always met her deadline."

Okay, wait - the three guys are lined up on the couch and Nick says "I wanted to cut her..." THIS is my favorite part. Please watch the bonus video of this entire exchange because one comment is completely out of context. Nick is saying that the MODEL'S attitude on the runway should be "You wanna f*** me? Well, you can't." On the program, it sounds like Nick is saying this about Zulema.

Does Zulema sleep in her clothes? That's okay Zu. Sometimes I do that too.

Wow, models can TALK?!?!? Just kidding. It is really refreshing to hear the model's opinions of things.

Wait?!?! Was that a Timpression? "Andre...your dress doesn't have a back on it!" Excellent!

Of course we have the usual semi-nude shots of the models getting dressed. Always a highlight....

Runway time: Okay, THIS is my favorite part. Andre's dress (gown) is first...FABULOUS! Actually Andre is fabulous. I was really really impressed with him last week. (Did anyone even notice that I didn't post my impressions of last week's episode? I was so concerned with everything else that I never got around to it...) There is a photo of this dress on the Bravo site but it does NOT do this dress justice. Andre is a master of the bias-cut. Wow. And using the photo of gutter-water as the inspiration shows even more brilliance. This design sums up the challenge perfectly. How did he make this in ONE DAY? How is Daniel going to top this? We'll see....

Kara's model has a STUNNING figure.

Santino's design looks a little sloppy and unflattering. And with Austin's design in my head....well....I'm not too impressed with this....sorry.

Okay, Daniel's design is strikingly original. Have I mentioned that I love Rebecca?

Here comes Grace. The fabric looks stiff. I guess when your inspiration is a building - that's to be expected.

Here comes Rachael with her slinky and delicious walk...and even a hint of a smile...for a change. Marshmallow indeed!

Now, Zulema's dress on Tarah. Suddenly I'm more interested in how Tarah is working it than I am in the actual design.... The dress is... red...Tarah looks great and Zulema looks...pleased. Actually I like this dress - and Tarah is gorgeous.

Okay now the judges are agreeing with me on Chloe's dress being "hard." Chloe - you look gorgeous tonight!

Jay?!?! Where's the snark?!?!? Come on?!?!?

Nina is telling Zulema that this is the third time she has seen her designs and every time there is an "execution problem."

Okay it's totally funny how everyone seems so surprised that Santino has used Austin's fabric. Hello? Couldn't anyone see this while he was working on it? Surely the producers knew. Surely Tim knew.

The judges are debating. Michael is a "Full Dan fan!" Love it. How long before Cafe Press comes out with products featuring this line?

Well, you know the rest. Daniel wins and Zulema is out.

Preview of next week - okay THIS is my favorite part.

For the first challenge on Project Catwalk in the UK, the designers had to fashion garments from stuff they found at a flower store. It looks like something similar next week for "Flower Power."


hellparadiso said...

Okay...first of all, what an AMAZING challenge. We were absolutely intrigued from the second those cameras came out of the box. It's really nice seeing a challenge where the only restrictions are the designer's own ability to see beauty. And, you know, time.

I was sad for Nick (although I laughed heartily when I saw Rachel walk like a pro for him!), and strangely, I was sad for Santino too. I think he seems genuinely upset about his track record, and it seemed clear to me that he really did want to make an effort to follow the judges' comments along the way. I didn't see any of last season's episodes, so I had no idea about the fabric issue until they pointed it out on the runway. I felt so bad for him! The first time he really tones it down and steps outside of his comfort zone, and it turns out to be a copy of someone else's dress. This is NOT like what happened to Marla. Also, I thought Santino's dress looked a bit shoddily put together. Uneven stitching, etc. The concept, however, was awesome.

Andrae absolutely, positively BROUGHT IT this week. HE BROUGHT IT. That is an amazing dress, possibly my favorite all season, and Heidi's comment that it "looks expensive" is dead on. I was a little surprised that Andrae didn't win, but happy that Daniel did. I'm pulling for one of them now.

Kara is so out next week.

WHAT THE HELL IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO TARAH? I mean, Nick didn't win, so he can't get her back, which means he's left with Rachel. Daniel won, but there's no way in hell he's getting rid of Rebecca, Tarah, like, GONE now? If so, I'm going to be SO pissed at Zulema for essentially yanking Tarah out of the competition. She was, in my opinion, one of the best models available. It will make me very sad.

Anonymous said...

Well, my speculation about Santino's dress being "inspired" by Austin's was totally off the mark!!

Anonymous said...

laura ... i was thinking the same thing: doesn't anyone notice austin's fabric? of course jay did because he was so immersed in it last year and we do as viewers because how many times have we watched these shows??? i'm thinking that tim sees so much fabric everyday with students that it could slip by ... the producers however aren't going to stop a trainwreck.
as much as i like daniel, andrae should have won this one.
as for kara ... well, unless santino finally goes over the edge next week (or his construcion problems continue), i think she's next to be auf'd.

Anonymous said...

RE: the twin fabrics--Tim says in his podcast that he informs Santino of this far before the runway, I think perhaps at MOOD when he is actually selecting the fabric? So Santino's surprise on the runway is I think a bit contributed, either for camera or for judges. But it's still interesting it didn't become more of a "scandal." I thought it was heavily irresponsible of a contestant to a) not be sublimely familiar with the entire first season and b) to not really do anything about it after being informed. Ack!

Moi ;) said...

Yeah, I was surprised when they automatically gave Nick Rachel. I thought the rule was that they let everyone pick over again.

Then again, paybacks are a biotch and so is (was!) Zu....

Rachel did bust her booty our Nick, didn't she? Go's nice to see Nick dress a woman with a real figure....maybe Zu just never inspired the poor girl!!! I mean, really, would you bust your can for that biotch?

And BTW I *did* see the Greece in his outfit. So there, judges.

As for Santino, his dress was just a bag with a bra on top. Jay made the Best comment on that one, lol. Dig, dig. The only resemblance to Austin's dress, however, was the fabric. Austin's dress was GORGEOUS. This was a sack. Looked like Zulema slept in it.

Chloe's dress looked nothing like a building. What do stripes around have to do with it? If she'd woven them, in a squarish formation...then maybe....but I didn't buy it as it was. And the color of the fabric was blah.

Andrae keeps getting better and better.

Last 3: Nick, Andrae, and Danny V.

AJ said...

Unless Tim did inform Santino at Mood though, I don't see what Santino could have done...

The fabric is very distinctive and will look rather similar in effect in many designs. He can't go back and get different fabric, so it's a matter of doing the best you can.

This is just in assumption that the conversation didn't happen at Mood...

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure if anyone mentioned this already, but isn't Jay a guest judge because his BR design was inspired by the Chrysler building? I didn't watch the episode yet, but it didn't seem to be mentioned in the recaps

Anonymous said...

I didn't realize that Jay was a judge because of his Chrysler building dress last season, but that would make a lot of sense.

Overall I thought this episode had a sad tone to it - there was much less joking around and everyone seemed kind of depressed. I felt bad for Nick and Tarah, but I couldn't believe the way Rachael was treated here.

I've always been a fan of Tim, but I was shocked and disappointed in his "marshmallow" and "gumby legs" comments about Rachael. He was just plain mean and it seemed juvenile and totally uncharacteristic of him.

Anyway, I loved Andrae's and Daniel's dresses, but, like a lot of people have said, I thought it was really Andrae's win. His dress was stunning head to toe. The top of Daniel's dress was great, but the skirt looked really ordinary.

Hopefully everyone will be back to normal next episode!

Anonymous said...

I think I'm the only person who didn't love Andrae's dress, and wrinkled my nose every time he said "gutter water." haha.

I am glad Zulema got eliminated, she was really a vile person in the past few episodes, and I have to admit I was a little, “Whaaa?” when she said she had time management issues because she was so good at making garments properly. Riiiight.

Katey said...

What was nice is that this episode had genuine drama to it, like a well-constructed play or something. Nick's mid-episode turnaround to get back in the game, Zulema's backstabbing, the conflict over the models... it was like we've been seeing the producers attempt to create drama all season and we finally get to see the designers dealing with actual issues related to their designs.

I'm heartbroken over Tarah. Even if Nick got to choose over again, it's hard to tell if he would go with Tarah, because he loved Rachael so much. Anyway, I loved this episode because so much was going on, even if it was a huge transition from the silly-happy ice skating episode last time.

Kara is a goner. I still stick with Chloe, Nick and either Daniel V or Andrae in the top 3. Though I'd really like the competition to come down to the 35D gays.

geekygirrl said...

What a great challenge. Finally, something all the designers should have been really able to sink their teeth into.

Daniel's was inspired. Andrae's was drop-dead georgious, but in terms of using the photograph as inspiration to make something that could never have been imagined otherwise....I was seriously impressed with Daniel's work.

Listening to Tim's podcast, he makes it clear he informed Santino about the history of the fabric while they were at Mood. Tim didn't seem to think it was that big of a deal, but it was a big deal that Santino relied on the fabric to carry his concept. If Santino hadn't found (what he called) the "perfect" fabric he might have had to stretch and give the design of the dress more thought.

I was pleased that Nick snapped out of his funk and made his model look beautiful. Isn't that what a fashion designer is supposed to do, make all of us gumby-legged, marshmallow gals look like a million bucks? She looked beautiful, she felt beautiful. Way to go.

Terrific episode.

Anonymous said...

First I must say that I was shocked at Tim's snarky comments! Poor Rachel and how humiliating. *bad Tim Gunn bad*

I was so glad Nick rallied as I adore his personality and Tarah truly was his muse, I felt. So sad about Tarah as she was FABULOUS and now she will be out due to Zu, who I never connected with anyway! Nick's dress was lovely and I like the fishtail but he does need to move away from the one-note hem.

Chloe - ummm, pretty and Grace looked fabulous and this was a step away from her usual few notes of "Chloe blue" and slinky dress with some back details - good for her and I do like her craftsmanship - I just want more from her, it seems.

Santino - EGADS!! First I liked him, then I detested him, now I think he is more of an avant garde artist than a fashion designer. I would never been seen in anything he's made since the first episode's babydoll dress. It's all the same "whickety wack" shredded and retreaded. Design something man!

Andrae, at first the dramatic whining irked me but I really felt he was talented, then he began to WOW me!! I love love love his "Social Scene" dress as it was a go-anywhere and sparkle piece of perfection! While this week's "Inspiration" dress didn't wow me as it did others, I felt it was a lovely piece, finely mad and the dramatic twist from gutter-water to catwalk fab was GREAT!

Kara - umm, not much to say. While I loved the black dress, I bet I could find one like it at Macy's and simply sew on my "no trespassing" details. Yawn!

Daniel V. - will you marry me! *grins* I love his work! I am a FULL DAN FAN (isn't that what Kors said?) I love him! His "Social Scene" dress rocked my world!! Yet I felt his "Inspiration" dress was too high fashion for my tastes, still well crafted and well connected to the inspiration.

I miss Emmett!!!


Anonymous said...

Oh and another thing....I saw on Kathy Griffin's show how she made Jay - and called him a total bitch - he was very snarky and sooooo holier-than-thou! Ummm, did the hoopla go to his head? As anyone else seen this or heard of such? I LOVED Jay but I ain't into the "Hype Queens"!!

Rock on Daniel V.!!


eric3000 said...

I feel so sorry for Daniel because he's going to feel responsible for the elimination of everyone's favorite model next week when he decides to keep his own. He's going to feel so bad for Nick but what can he do? I also was surprised Nick didn't at least get to pick between the two remaining models instead of getting stuck with Zulema's.

The judging was so good on this episode! I really agreed with most of the ranking for once. Daniel's was the best; so simple and beautiful, dramatic without being too costumy. Andrae's was second best; very beautiful and great inspiration, but I thought a little too much like his other dresses. Chloe's was pretty nice but not great. I wasn't impressed with Nick's or Santino's and I didn't get their inspiration (it's the same color as the grafiti, so what?). I'm becoming less impressed by Nick and thinking he may be replaced in the final three by Andrea. He seems to keep making those silly fishtail-hem skirts.

Kara and Zulima clearly had the worst designs but I think Kara's was worse and Zulima was robbed. I understand when they keep Santino in because he makes good television but that theory doesn't work with Kara, who is less interesting than Zulima. I don't think Zulima is very good but I do think she has been consistantly better than Kara and deserved to stay another week.

Well, Chloe will be back on her own in the women's apartment soon!

Anonymous said...

Models: I was not surprised at all with the switch. Heidi has said more than once that the winning designer "can switch". I always took that to mean the designer with the stolen model would not have a choice in the matter.

The process stinks and is unfair to both designers and models.

Anonymous said...

Designers -

Andrae: absolutely stunning work, his best to date on the show. If he can maintain consistinency he has a better chance at final 3 than I ever thought.

Chloe: Where was she yesterday? Not her best, but still on my Final 3 list. I want to see more of her!

DV: cool as a cucumber, this guy. Amazing poise under pressure. Loved how he propped up Nick. I wasn't thrilled with his top, but he nailed the concept and completely realized the challenge criteria.

Anonymous said...

Just a few thoughts about the episode:

Santino seems to be spiraling downward. He has lost a lot of his bravado and swagger, it seems, over the course of the last several episodes. I was actually more impressed with the photos he took from his hour walking around NYC than his clothes. For the record, his best piece was the very first one he made!

Andrae did a spectacular job with this project. He followed Tim's advice, he found motivation in the most unusual place and he executed a beautiful gown.

Daniel V has produced the most aesthetically pleasing pieces CONSISTENTLY through the show.

A quick thought about the theme of this episode and the subsequent judging: "inspiration" was the word of the day but when it came to the runway the judges seemed more focused on "translation." How accurately did the desiner "translate" the photograph into a garment? How palpable was the connection between the photo and the garment? Could you look at the photo, look at the dress and say, "yes, this photo led to that dress"? I think it was for this reason (and the beauty of the piece) that Daniel V won. Rebecca was essentially wearing an orchid. But while Andrea's dress was gorgeous the translation from gutter water to gown is not A to B. Had he picked a cleaner body of water (say a fountain) he may have gotten closer to what the judges were thinking. Thoughts?

As for the model drama. I can appreciate both sides: Nick loves his muse, the status quo is everyone sticks with the first person they picked. At the same time, everyone knew that Zulema's model had trouble walking and an usual body shape (not my thoughts, but whatever)-- Zulema said so, Tim said so, and Nick felt the same way. So for this reason it made sense for Zulema to dump Rachel. However, Zulema messed with her own mojo as a result, built pressure among her peers and eventually fizzled on the runway. I won't miss her designs.

My picks: Daniel V, Nick, Chloe in that order.

A question: why do we see very few, if ever, outfits that call for pants/trousers? As a non-sewer I imagine it has to do with the time constraint, and maybe the budgets they are given, too?

Anonymous said...

Nick: I am really starting to worry about Uncle Nick. I never thought he would crack, and he let the model fiasco take him off his game. My sure shot Final 3 pick doesn't look as certain anymore.

Santino: Now that the quality of competition has been raised, he looks weaker and weaker each week. He is providing much needed comic relief and for that I am grateful.

Kara/Zu: If there was true justice in this world, there would have been a double elimination yesterday. I mean, come on! Is there any doubt that Kara is gone next week? Why make us suffer??

isejanus said...

I was reading Tim's blog earlier today and saw that he mentioned my friend Grace Mirabella (former editor of Vogue and publisher of the short-lived Mirabella) in his answers to email from readers. I called her to read his comments and mentioned that Tim has become quite the sex symbol to fans of PR. She positively screamed with delight and said "Oh, I must tell him that," and I replied, "I doubt it will be news to him -- he has hundreds of groupies by now!"

Anonymous said...

As far as the walkoff is concerned it was way too hyped. I wish that Zu would have taken Grace. She is the worst to me. She is sickly looking and cannot carry off anything low cut. Breast bone and then ill fitted top, always.

I am soooooo upset with Zu because she had to take Tarah down with her, that was just uncalled for. As far as the rest. I wanted to see Andre win that challange. I love his designs and that dress was gorgeous. Daniel V's was amazing too, but I am not really a fan of his style, not that he is not a great designer, He deserves to be in the final 3.

Ah it is only a matter of time till Santino is out. Yeah and Kara should be gone pretty soon too.

ABC said...

I'd like to see Tim cram his backside into a Zulema creation -and see what lovely comments people have to say about him. I couldn't believe that nastiness that came out of Tim's mouth. It was uncalled for.

Poor poor Tarah - but I hope the model Zulema ditched goes all the way! The poor girl had her ass on TV in that nasty sweater dress.

PhillyKat said...

"Of course, now we know that Tarah is the "star" model of PR2 who has secured a brand new Maybelline contract..."

we do? how do we know that?

diana said...

Does anybody else think that Daniel's "JC Penny-basic" comment refers to Kara's design in THIS episode??
During "On Thin Ice" he wore about 15 layers with a flannel... also seen in most of his commentary for that episode. When he talks about Kara, he's wearing the blue shirt/sweater combo from this episode... and the comment seems more fitting for this episode...
I think I watch too many reruns

LauraK said...

Phillykat, maybe that Maybelline thing was just a rumor (I read so many boards, I've forgotten where I heard it.) I will edit my post. Diana, you're probably right, and welcome to the asylum!

geekygirrl said...

Anonymous said"

"A quick thought about the theme of this episode and the subsequent judging: "inspiration" was the word of the day but when it came to the runway the judges seemed more focused on "translation." How accurately did the desiner "translate" the photograph into a garment? How palpable was the connection between the photo and the garment?"

These are very interesting comments. My reading of the challenge and judging was somewhat opposite of yours. Daniel V's garment didn't look like an orchid made of cloth, but it was inspired by the qualities he saw in that orchid: the straightness and hardness of the vase, the soft, almost weightless volume of the flowers. If I hadn't seen the photos, I would not have known what his inspiriation was. However, if Daniel hadn't had the photo, he probably would never have thought to do a dress like that. First he had to make the photo into an abstract concept, then he had to use that to make a garmet. He was open to the inspiriation he found in the photo, and not afraid to go where it led him.

Andrae had a similar success. His photo was more abstract to begin with, so that step was already done for him. I thought Daniel was rewarded for the whole process.

Santino had a similarly abstract photo, but then relied on his "lucky find" fabric to do all the work for him. Chloe probably could have found fabric to do most of her work for her, too, but she chose to construct the dress instead. Like Daniel, she had to abstract her photo, then use what she gleaned from it to make a dress. I sensed she really wanted to really the texture of the building by creating a similarly intricate texture of tucking and pleating in the dress, but with only a few hours she had to convey the concept as mininally as she could. On that level, she was successful and the judges acknowledged this.

A case of "translation" was Zulema. She even said flat out that she took the traditional African dress and made it into a contemporary American dress.

It all comes down to what Tim said in his Podcast. You don't have to just sit there and wait for Zuess to strike you with a lightening bolt of inspiration. You have to make your own inspiration and not be afraid to follow it where it takes you.

[Lecture over. :-) ]


geekygirrl said...

One more thing...

I so agree with a previous poster that Emmett is missed! How fun it would have been to see if he could have tackled this challenge! Does anybody else wish that all the designers could stay for the whole time? The judges could rank each design and the final three would be determined by the total number of points at the end. Maybe it wouldn't be as exciting, but I don't know......

Tantalize said...

"As far as the walkoff is concerned it was way too hyped. I wish that Zu would have taken Grace. She is the worst to me. She is sickly looking and cannot carry off anything low cut. Breast bone and then ill fitted top, always."

I sooooo disagree! I think that Grace is the EPITOME of a HIGH FASHION MODEL. Put Daniel V's "Inspiration" dress on Grace as that is style her body and personality were made for, in my opinion. And the ill fit of her tops should be blamed on Chloe, who should be able to fit Grace by this point!

I feel so sorry for Tarah - next week will be interesting.

I miss the model competition that was it was last season!!

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fashionasart said...


Yoour recap is absolutely CHOICE!!!!! Better then the show actually, although I thought this was one of the really fascinating/challenging episodes.
I'm not reading ONE of the other replays. It would be definitely anticlimatic, like a can of flat soda after a brilliant glass of vintage Champagne.

I thought Andrae's design was nothing less than THRILLING, and it would have unquestionably been my choice. The whole concept (and Daniel's too) was etremely imaginative. Between them they ruled this episode.Bravi!!!!

Don : ))))