Saturday, October 29, 2011

Project Runway Finale Part 2

Well here we are.
It is actually--no ACTUALLY--the finale of Project Runway.
Yes, the moment all of us have been waiting for. When we can stop giving up our 90 minutes of Thursdays out of pure sentiment and HOPE that this season would get better.
Well guess what, kids, it didn't.
Not that any of us were watching, anyways. Anyone heard of the World fucking Series? Well I have. #CardinalNation, bitchesssss.

Anyways, about how much this season sucked:
In fact, the clothing were so bad that Tim Gunn literally told half of them to redo pretty much the whole collection. He sent them all to Mood for fabric--but not for the classic "twist" 13th look, but rather to try and remake their collections.
Anya is the one who really needs this (let's just rename this show the "Surprise Trips to Mood to Benefit Anya") since her collection was pretty much eaten on the Runway. And rightfully so, those clothes looked like tropical shit.
So while Anya is trying to recreate her collection, Kimberly is wasting a lot of time trying to make a really ugly skirt just ugly in black. And she can't even do that. Tim's plea that the skirt looks stapled together falls upon deaf ears. That skirt was one tortured motherfucker.
Viktor is trying to perfect his collection. He doesn't like some of his prints and is planning on taking them all out and redoing a lot of his collection in a leopard print sheer. Ruh roh.
Tim is worried for Joshua who seems to be changing the whole direction of his collection. I'm worried because he's making some slutty Halloween lookin lace-up shorts shorts in neon green. Which is more strip club than fashion week.
But since when has style had ANYTHING to do with this season?
It's runway time. Wah wah wah.
Here's a guideline to writing your VERY own cry-speech before fashion week:
"{Insert something corny about how you can "almost taste it"} {choke on a sob} {talk about how being poor or loosing someone is why you should win} {start to cry} {say you want it more than everyone else} {say how devestated you would be to loose} {say something selfless about how you "want it for your dead brother or your hometown or you uncle's pig Charlie because he never gets anything but seconds in his life} {conclude by saying that you've done what you've done and something corny like "I hope it's enough!"}."
Example (Kimberly): "I'm so close I can almost taste it. I want this for my mom and for my brother, I want this more than everyone else. They don't understand what it's like to be from nothing. I don't even know what I'd do if I loose this. It's not about me anymore it's about representing Brooklyn and my family. But, you know I've done what I did and I just hope it's enough."
Example (Viktor): "It's just the door is wide open right in my face and could smack shut any second. I don't just want this for me, but for my brother too and to support my family. I just can't even imagine loosing at this point. It's not about me it's about Mexico and it's about my brother. And I only hope that I do them proud. Oh my lord of the RANNNGGSSSS."

Bam. You can be on Project Runway too.
Anyways, it's collection time.
Josh's is a mix of hits and misses. It's a blur or blacks and crazy prints and every type of garment known to man and I'm just not sure if there was any cohesion. It is edited, though (for him), and I commend his variety. And there are ideas. LOT'S of ideas.
Anya's is straight tropical Skittle explosion from the minute it hits the Runway. The first looks is absolutely gorgeous. There is an easiness but a sophisticated easiness I like. But everything has the same neckline. And there is no shock factor. Flowy look followed by another flowy look followed by a bathing suit underneath a flowy look. No pants, no jackets, no nothing. Congratulations, Anya, on giving the judges JUST what they wanted from you.
Viktor's first look is fucking boss. I quite like his collection, even though he felt the need to destroy some of the best looks before pretty much just to show he can. Unlike the judge's, I do like the sheer. It's very in right now. Grab a pair of boots, low-rider jeans, a sheer top and a bandeau bra and you can hit any summer day, club, or date. I love the prints and appreciate the sheer, over all it was a pretty glammerific collection.
Kimberly's was one I couldn't decide on. I absolutely adored everything but I couldn't quite tell if the simplicity made it fashion or Wallmart. The simple shapes and bright colors were hot, street, and sexy, but also rather retail. I can see everyone of her outfits selling (I call the pinstripe crop top with the bow in the back) and I really liked the street vibe. I missed the bangles, not gonna lie, but that could be my Jersey side talking.

Now they're back on the Runway with a guest judge no one has heard of.

They pretty much rule Kimberly and Viktor out in the deliberation, which makes me mad because they were my favorites.
On the runway, it comes down to Anya and Josh.
And since last year the villian won, Anya is the crowned the Season 9 Champ.
Who didn't see this coming from the first episode?
Was it rigged? Yes.
Was her collection great? No.
But did she deserve the crown? I guess.

Congrats to Anya. She's absolutely beautiful and extremely talented, and most importantly: she gave the judges EXACTLY what they wanted.

See you all for All-Stars. Maybe the contestents will have some personality.

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Project Runway Episode 13 Part 1 Recap

Hello fashion lovers!
Sorry for my absense--it's been a busy past few weeks!
I was really wasn't feeling this season. In fact, I missed this episode originally to watch my team, the Cardinals (#CARDINALNATION), in the World Series.
But then, yesterday morning I was chilling, eating Cheerios on the sofa with my cat, and there were reruns of Season 2 of Project Runway on the Style Network. Yes, I own this season. But nonethless I watched the commercial-y marathon for about two episodes before I got a little taste of the former charm that was Project Runway.
Back in the days when Santino and Nick would make songs in the workroom, and they would all skate with Sasha Cohen and just love each other.
As much fun as the supple drama is nowadays, I truly miss the heartwarming bonding, the friendships, and the fun the designers in the previous seasons had.
But nonetheless I was inspired to watch this most recent episode, without doing work during it, without being on Facebook the whole team and watching out of the corner of my eye.
And let me say I did enjoy.

Now it is time to recap!
So for what I've missed--Bert (?) was eliminated, Laura Kathleen and her adorableness was eliminated. My father met LK a little while ago. He said she was lovely and much prettier than she looks on television!
They decided to keep all four remaining contestants (Kimberly, Josh, Anya, and Viktor) to compete for three spots in this episode. Yawn. Whatta shock. Anyone feel like they've done that plot more times than not?
Anyways, the first person Tim goes to visit is Kimberly in Maryland. She lives in a beautiful, big house. But she did not grow up that way, Kimberly reveals. She tells Tim she grew up in pre-gentrified Brooklyn. Her collection looks beautiful to me. Street, but street smart. Paired with the hoops and the bracelets and the necklaces it seems to me like it's gonna be a really, really cool collection.
Next, Tim is off to Trinidad to visit Anya. Perhaps he will break out a swimsuit? Can we all just think for a second what kind of swimsuit Tim Gunn would own? Would it have a bowtie on the front? Perhaps a detatchable pocket square?
Anya reveals that her brother Pillar passed away a while ago, and she wants this collection to be for him. Uh oh. That's a lot of pressure. But what's even more uh oh is that all she has is a bunch of beachy, flowy fabrics and NO DESIGNS yet. In fact, Anya has designer's block and can't even come up with any new silhouettes. Oh dear.
Wait, but for a second can we just compare and contrast ANYA and a certain past contestant Uli. I just realized they are the same person.
With their maxi dress prints, foreign accents, and lack of variety. Perhaps Anya IS Uli, disguised as a beautiful Caribbean Princess, just trying to redeem herself after the Allstar Challenge. Just a thought.
Anyways, after the Anya scare, Tim is back to New York to visit Viktor.
Viktor went to Mexico for the anniversary of the death of his brother. Oh my God, so my dead brothers and mothers and partners and ahhhh! Can you even make it on this show without a sob story?
Anyways, he has taken pictures and is converting them into textiles. His collection looks very, very Viktor. Glam, pop, pow, and perfection. Watch out other designers.
Last, Tim visits Joshua.
Joshua is in trouble. Tim calls pretty much all the prints that the collection is centered around dowdy and sooo not sexy print. Well this is a problem. "... Where’s the sex that you always want to exude?" Tim asks. Ummmm there something you're trying to tell us?
Back in New York, they are staying on the penthouse of some gorgeous hotel. When Josh walks onto the balcony, a gust of wind hits him, that reminds him of his mother.
Anya sneaks up behind him to surprise him. Has anyone else noticed she is dressing more and more like a stylish high schooler at a prep school as the competition goes on? All these tight mini skirts paired with Ugs. Come on Anya, this is supposed to be fashion. Guess she's going for skin for the win? That'll sure help with the Kors ticket.
Everyone pretends to be happy to see each other, but is snarky to the camera. Except for when Viktor pulls out his white leather jacket with pearls cascading down the sleeves.
All the designers are just like: "Holy. Fucking. Shit."
Runway time!
Anya sends this God-Awful collection down the Runway. Yes, the first dress is cute. But come on. The first dress is cute. And not that they are absolute twins, but the fabric choices are just too reminiscent for me of this. The second thing is just ridiculously terrible like that shit would have been eliminated in the first challenge had it been shown then. And the puckering, disgusting look golden gown at the end should have received the auf'd on it's own. I know Anya is dressed like she's starting highschool there, but we can't treat her like that! I know she's a good person but these designs are HORRIBLE and she should have been eliminated for them. Case closed.


Honestly, I liked Kimberly's collection. Not that I'm the biggest fan of Kim or her past work, but this stuff was, well, cool. I guess too cool for the judges to quite get. There are a lot of shitty pieces up there and bad styling, but some of the individual pieces are great. I love the subtle sexiness of the gown, the crop top worn with the heinous bubble skirt (Kim channeling the Kim Kardashian much?), and the whole outfit on the right (minus the shoes). Like all of those pieces would sell. They are cute, comfy, and in right now. And I like the hoops and bracelets, didn't mind the hair, but could see the matchy shoes and the bags go. Overall, I think Kim has a shot. It certainly was my favorite!
VIKTOR Viktor's collection is very Viktor. There were some nice pieces, but overall there is A LOT going on. I like the jacket, I'm not a fan of the mullet style of the dress. I like the jacket and the glass top, but don't understand the praising of the pants. Come on. It looks like she has her period all over the front of them (top left). The dress on the right is cute, nothing new. Overall, Viktor has a good shot of taking it all, and I wouldn't be angry if he did. BTW Viks: You did look like a drag queen. Sorry, babe.
JOSHUA You all know I'm not only Joshua's biggest fan, I kind of am his only fan. But his collection right now is bleh. I like the top of the look on the left, but the flowiness is kind of bleh, and then the back is a total wtf was he thinking. And then the dress in the middle is ordinary and somewhat subpar. Not bad, not good (hehe modesty tab). But definitely not for the model. And as an average sized girl, I shouldn't be the one to comment on the model's weight but she was a little straight for this dress.  Or maybe it's just not a flatter dress, but she looks like a long torso with feet up there on the runway. The look on the right is my favorite, it's very Joshua. Honestly, love Josh, but this collection really is a C+ for me right now. Nothing new, nothing exciting. I hope he steps it up for the finale.

The judges decided to keep everyone.
Josh was rightfully mad: there are some jank collections that are gonna get to show. And yes, it is unfair. I get the judges couldn't make a decision because they're all bad, but then why not get rid of both the girls (even though I would disagree)? THAT would be a shock! Instead it's fuddy-duddy everyone's happy. Woohoo.

If I had been the judge it would have been goodbye Anya. Her collection just doesn't cut it, no matter how gorgeous she is.

Well, see ya next week for the grand finale! Who do you think will win?
MY money's on Kimberly. They need that black winner for their rating.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Asian F GleeCap

Helllllo there Gleeks!
This week, we got Ryan Murphey has been promising us (but no one really cared about...): development of second tier characters. Yeah. Whoopee. Personally, I found Mike's character all the more dynamic when he was "Other Asian." Because, really, he's an Asian kid with a pipe dream going again overbearing Mom's and Dad's wishes. Has that been done before? I'm not sure. In the end, his mother melts into tears and promising to help him achieve his goals as a dancer. Yeahhh. Awww. Tiger Moms turn out to be kitties. But I mean, once again, RM does a whole story arch in one episode instead of one...why not wait for him to win over the Mom or something for a few episodes? Why was that so damn easy?
OKAY. Rant (about Mike Chang) closed.
Also in this episode, Mercedes because Diva x 1,000,000. If you thought she was diva-licious before, she is even more diva-licious now. She is showing up late for Booty Camp (harharhar, Will Shuester, you are so very clever) and showing just general attitude. To play the devil's advocate, it is true that she has just as much talent as Rachel, and it is true that they never utilize or realize that.
Mercedes and Rachel have a showdown for the part of Maria. Bieste, Emma, and Arty cannot make a decision, so they double cast them. But Mercedes and her big head can't take it, so she quits the musical and the Glee Club and goes and signs her soul away to Shelbey, Sugar, and the Shitty Show Choir.
Dayummm there are like three people left in Glee Club! Well, Santana is somehow back (missed that plot point...) and Quinn is back, dressing like a suburban mom on her way to the tennis court.
Brittney's campaign for Class President is up and running with a delightful rendition of Who Run's the World (Girls). She can't sing. But she can dance.
Rachel, desperate for the feeling of winning, decides to throw her hat in the ring too. But Finn is not sure who he will vote for...his demanding girlfriend, or his flamboyant brother?
Speaking of his flamboyant brother, Kurt delivers Blaine a handful of flowers on the prison steps of their school and tells him he support his auditioning for Tony in the play. Cop out. I guess Kurt's maturing, but then why have the whole dramatic cliffhanger at the end of last episode? And also, WHY NO KISS? I know they were embarrassed and shit, so find some place in private for them to kiss. Cuz some of us fangirls can't wait much longer.
Final plot point is Will Shuester. And I saved this rant for last. So, Emma does not want Will to meet her parents. But his sorry ass thinks that that means they are not in a relationship or some shit. So his ass dials them up and SURPRISES his OCD (note the bold) girlfriend with her parents that she hates at her dinner table after a hard day at work. Her parents turn out to "Ginger Supremacists" (Haha...wait no). And they make Emma incredibly nervous and call her "Freaky Deaky" or something. Point taken. Her parents are complete asses. But at the same time, what RIGHT did Scheuster have to call them out? Or what right does he had to call Mercedes out, or make a petty comment about Beaste's weight...Shuester's character pisses me the fuck off. He think he's so noble and that he's so cool and kind, but he's one of the biggest jerks on the show. And Matthew Morrison can suck my dick too because his portrayal of that God awful character is cringe worthy...All those wrinkly, pensive looks he gives to the camera. So, once again Shuester calls people he does not know out completely out of context (what if Emma's mom has OCD too, and she's just in denial?). Basically, he invited them over to dinner and then shouted at them and gave them some self-serving comment like "If my kid had brown hair and OCD I'd still love them" (WOW, YOU ARE SUCH A GOOD PERSON). And Emma is happy that he surprised her with her parents and then yelled at them. What a good guy, only a true man could do that, you know?
Then he has the audacity to pretend to pray with Emma in the most gut-wrenching scene. And then break into some offkey Coldplay.
Fucking shit. This was a good episode, but this is how they want to end it? Wow. That's cool.
This Glee episode was okay, but definitely the worse of the last three.
Glee needs to get their shit together for when they return in November (once again, really?).
More Klaine, less adults, back to basics as they promised. When Quinn and Rachel were the main character. I get they want to give everyone a chance, but in TV shows there needs to be MAIN CHARACTERS and SUPPORT CHARACTERS. We can have this one Mike Chang episode for the whole season, or we could try to have a continuous thread about Rachel. You pick.

See ya'll in November!
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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Project Runway Episode 9 Recap

Can we just call Project Runway "That 70's Show" and get it over with?
Just kidding...but this weeks challenged was 70s themed...again!
It's almost like the producers knew how badly they were going to fail at 70s wear last challenge...oh wait, they did, because it was menswear!
But what started out as a chance to redeem themselves turned into quite the pressure cooker for Anya, who lost her money at Mood! She scoured the aisles, but it was no where to be found.
Who thinks that the producers intentionally stole it to see how perfect Anya really is? Well, if they did, her beauty queen-ness prevailed once again. After shedding a few delicate tears, she scrapped together Anthony Ryan's extra $11.50 and bought a few yards of a print fabric. No cursing. No yelling. Why is so perfect? Can I please have her side-head-shaved babies?
So Anya can only use this and muslin.
But the producers cannot screw their accented Trindadian baby that long. So Tim tells the designers they have to make another 70s look, and that they can return to Mood to purchase the necessary fabric. Yeah for Anya, Boo for everyone else. But that's kind of how this season is, right?
Anya and Kimberly are sewing down until Tim Gunn's last glasses-at-the-tip-of-the-nose discerning look.
Runway time! No cute Adam/Joshua sexual tension on the runway tonight. Booooo.
The winner is Miss Anya, who turns out two wide-legged pants perfectly adequate looks. Like all of Anya's work, they commend her for being good on her own merits.
"I can't believe you did this okay because _____________"
A.) You just learned to sew
B.) You had $11.50
C.) You can't speak English
The bottom two consist of Joshua and Anthony. Oh no, my two favorites! Anthony made an awkward dress that is super confusing and some other thing I forgot, and Anthony Ryan made a God awful pink and black blouse paired with plaid pants, that looks very, very much like a grandmother who rides horses trying to look hip.
I think this bottom two was sooo wrong...Anthony Ryan and Joshua are two of the best in the competition. I thought Joshua was going to be sent home because he totally un-redeemed himself in his bitchy hissy fit back stage. But instead it's cutie pie Anthony Ryan. Who is Heidi going to German/gay man rape now???
Tim reminds us that things are going to be tough from now on.
But personally, I feel like it's going to be hard because they all have equal and mediocre talent. Which will be hard to watch.

Till next time...

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