Monday, December 31, 2012

RPDRs5 • Meet The Contestants 
Premiers Monday, January 28, 2013

Are you ready for the Eleganza Extravaganza?

Alaska Thunderfuck
Justin Andrew Honard 27 • Pittsburgh, PA


Alyssa Edwards
Justin Johnson • 30 • Mesquite, TX

CoCo Montrese
Martin Cooper • 38 • Las Vegas, NV

Detox iCunt
Matthew Sanderson • 26 • Los Angeles, CA

Honey Mahogany
Alpha Mulugeta • 29 • San Francisco, CA

Ivy Winters
Dustin Winters • 26 • New York, NY

Jade Jolie
Josh Green • 26 • Gainesville, FL

Monica Beverly Hillz
Juan DeJesus Anaya • 21 • Owensboro, KY

Penny Tration
Tony Cody • 40 • Cincinnati, OH

Roxxxy Andrews
Michael Feliciano • 29 • Orlando, FL

Serena ChaCha
Myron Morgan • 21 • Tallahassee, FL

Vivienne Pinay
Michael Donehoo • 26 • New York, NY

Jinkx Monsoon
Jerick Hoffer • 25 • Seattle, WA

Lineysha Sparx
Andy Trinidad • 24 • San Juan, PR

This is rough, folks.  Some of them have SO much of an online presence.  Some of them, I can't find anything on.  I'm captivated by Lineysha Sparx, but mostly that is because she has many youtube videos up.  Of course, we all know Alaska Thunderfuck as someone who has tried out every single year, but only made it after her significant other, Sharon Needles, just tried out once and won her season, season four.  We know Detox iCunt (is that spelling correct, I see it all kinds of different ways online) from the "Chow Down At Chick-fil-A" parody of the Wilson Phillips 1990 #1 smash "Hold On."

Which brings me to my next point.  I want to be able to purchase music by Willam and also by Manila Luzon.  Make that happen, won't you guys, er, girls?  Please?  I see a little bit online, and I get all excited for more. 

If I can find some dish on EVERYONE, and not just a mere few, then I'll revise this post.   It just doesn't seem right to gush over a few and have NOTHING for the others.  In the meantime, I am so thrilled to watch this in a few weeks when it premiers.


Saturday, December 29, 2012

PRAS s2e9 • There's No Business Like Sew Business • 27 December 2012

Last time on Project Runway All-Stars the contestants faced-off with 1920's inspired designs.  

Anthony Ryan Auld won for his after hours night look.
That's his third win so far this All-Stars season.
He only won once on his original season (9,) right?

Laura Kathleen Planck was let go for her evening outfit, while
Ivy Higa was kept in for her heavy after hours night look.

Did you like the teasers for this week's episode?

JOANNA COLES:  (Seemingly directed to golden child Anthony Ryan)  That feels to me like a lazy designer.

IVY HIGA:  (Crying & Skyping to eliminated contestant and real life friend Casanova)  I just feel really discouraged. 

CARLOS CASANOVA:  You have to fight.  You're not a loser.

JOSHUA McKINLEY:  ..... but it looks like she's got a dump in her butt!

GEORGINA CHAPMAN:  (Seemingly directed towards Emilio Sosa)  No one likes to have a droopy breast.

ISAAC MIZRAHI: (Seemingly directed at Ivy Higa)  Is it enough from you?    I say "NO!"

CAROLYN JONES:  (Yawns loudly.)  Ah, again!   (Gianni can't tell if that's directed at Anthony Ryan or Joshua.)

Do you think that any of those will actually happen on this week's episode?  Do you suspect anyone other than Anthony Ryan is going to win the whole shebang?  Will Uli be a strong #2 just like in season 3?  Do you think they can go another episode without the heavy handed Winner/Loser Edit?

What?  They still do that?

This week on PRAS the five remaining designers are tasked to create high end ready to wear, and the tie-in is acclaimed designer Elie Tahari.  They are to construct something that will sell for $500–$700 retail.  The key words are modern, sophisticated and feminine.  The winning designer will have his/her outfit made and sold in Elie Tahari's stores and online.  All monies will be donated to the charity Save The Garment Center.

The fabrics and notions will be supplied by Elie Tahari.  (Think the DVF s5 challenge.)   When the contestants check in with his staff, 4 learn that they are just fine on the price point, but Uli has to let go of her vest, and do just her dress.  Ruh-roh!

However, first, I have a complaint.   In what world is a movie about a catastrophic tsunami "uplifting?"  Did Oliver Stone direct this?  Would it cheer up your family, friends & neighbors if you passed in that horrific "act of God?"  Isn't losing over 200,000 people enough to qualify as sad?

Alright, I have another:  What's with Santa 2 days after Christmas?  And are those two poor souls anamorphically incorrect?

I SO want to say "let go of 1983!," but, the truth is, that's one of my favorite years.  Not even Abby can ruin it for me.  Maybe she looks like a Cabbage Patch doll?  I'm trying.

However, this, I can't.  I just can't.   Wait, I've got it, I can do this.  For the first time today, I feel THIN.  Ah, this I like.   =o)

On the Joanna & Elie-thru Ivy is told to shorten the dress.  Ivy wants to override their critique, stating that the purchaser can hem it themselves however they might want it.  Joanna's "lazy" sound bite shows up here.  Joshua teases Joanna that he will have the front entirely exposed.  Yes, if someone were going to do that and be PROUD of it, it would be you, JM.  Emilio's color combinations are put down, and Emilio decides to chuck the orange, keeping the yellow and burgundy.

We find Uli stressing over using only one color, an off-white.  Mr. Elie doesn't like that silhouette.  He really waxes philosphical while observing Anthony Ryan's work.

Say it with him, "All from love and no fear."

Oh, how DARE he say that right before a severely heavy-handed Winner/Loser Edit?

Anthony is pleased as punch to be calling home.
Doesn't he realize he might be getting the LOSER edit?
Or does he already think that he is the chosen one? 

At least Ivy knew enough to cry.

So, how did they do on the runway?

 Anthony Ryan





Isaac professes his love for Anthony Ryan's work, and for Emilio himself.  Has anyone ever thrown themselves on the runway before?  I remember Heidi CLEANING the runway in season 8, but not throwing herself on it.  Joshua's craftsmanship and design ideas are called into question.  We hear GM's "Droopy breast" quote.

You know what?  That makes me mad.

Elie himself takes issue with the length of Ivy's look, it's much too heavy.   

Here's how they place:

Anthony Ryan wins yet again!
Uli places 2nd.   Emilio comes in 3rd.

Joshua and Ivy are the bottom two.

So, bottom dweller Ivy is set free.  Joshua is kept, but if we can go by how they are doing all season, Joshua will likely place #4 next week.

 Is this seeming even more of a dog and pony show than Mondo's All-Star season?  Do you think ANY surprises are coming our way before Anthony Ryan is crowned king of the designers?  All I can say is I'm ready to move on to season 11.  Someone makes an older contestant cry.   Oh, the drama!

What a difference from the very first All-Star challenge where winner Danny V. DID surprise us with growth and a stronger POV.  Let's hope that I'm wrong and the next few episodes have some life to them.


Saturday, December 22, 2012

PRAS s2e8 • Flapper Fashion Face-Off • 20 December 2012

Last week on Project Runway All-Stars we saw the seven remaining contestants use unconventional materials from a Christmas-themed store.  Their task was to make it seem like it didn't come from said shop.   Uli won the challenge, and a nifty watch, too.  BFFs Ivy and Casanova were in the bottom.  

Mr. C. was sent home.

I was?
I was NOT, Marion!

Waaaaah.  I miss Casanova.

The latest episode of PRAS finds the last 6 designers eating out on the balcony.  Ivy misses her season 8 buddy and seamster slave Casanova.  We all do, ma'am.  Captain Obvious & Chosen One Anthony Ryan states that all six will get a runway critique this time around.  Then, I swear, Emlio says they all have to "Vamoosh."

Is that an abbreviation of Vamoose and Tush?
Whatever happened to Vamos or Vamonos, huh?

Mme. Carolyn Murphy comes out with invitations (of a sort.)  At the end of the segment we have three teams of two, each facing off against the other for a high scorer and a low scorer.  Think "Bird Challenge" from season nine.

Did you notice that Uli has "Soiree" while KLP has "Soriee?"
Isn't Evening Soiree redundant redundant?

At any rate Emilio and Joshua will be making day / afternoon looks inspired by the 1920s. 

Ivy and Anthony Ryan will be making an ''after hours'' look inspired by the 1920s.

Uli and Laura Kathleen make evening looks inspired by the 1920s.
Not a morning party or reception held in the evening,
but an evening party or reception held in the evening.

I wonder if they'll have roast beef with au jus drippings at said event.
(Sorry, it's a repetitive pet peeve of mine.)

Carolyn decides to channel a little HK quirkiness as she departs the runway.   At first I thought she was Angela Lindvall 2.0, but she is growing on me.  She DOES seem like she is in slow mo / over exaggerated enunciation mode, though, right?

The designers get $250 and one day, and it hits me, haven't ALL of their challenges been one day long?  I'll have to look that up.

Is this how Swatch has always looked?
It looks like he had a stand-in for the shot, no?

The main thing to take away from the Mood outing is that Ivy has purchased 1.5 yards of $150 / yard fabric.   That sounds exactly opposite of what Michael Costello would do.

Oh, so now I'm supposed to say that
I would get 15 yards of $15 / yard fabric?
Oh, wait, I'd totally do that.
I'd have 10 outfits finished before
she had finished her one, too. 

In the work room we see Joshua do gymnastics, and when Joanna comes thru, she dances.  Damn, I wish she was sticking around Marie Claire just for our benefit.

Joanna is concerned that Joshua's look is too marsupial.  S6e2, anyone?   She tells him to channel his inner Joshua.  Are ya sure?   Emilio's pattern reads "grandma sofa."  Ha!   Joanna likes Laura Kathleen's pants.   She thinks Uli's work is too reminiscent of her prior work.  She likes both evening looks, though.   Ms. Coles adores Anthony Ryan's feather caplet.   Joanna raves about Ivy's expensive fabric.   Wait a minute, she liked EVERYTHING?

W T H ?

And, please, let me tell you, I still love Jesus, but ...
I am

so sick



Let's take a look, shall we?

The judges were all over the place, huh?  Joshua's dress itself is alright, if safe, but the accessorizing is too much.  Emilio's use of 1929 is suspect, but the judges like the length.  Ms. Chapman says she doesn't know who Emilio is yet.  Ouch!   Uli's outfit is a hit, even if it is too reminiscent of the '20s.  Laura Kathleen's top is marvy, but the judges don't like the dowdy pants.  Isaac doesn't even know if he likes the fur bit that LKP put together.  The judges (naturally) adore Anthony Ryan's, but find Ivy's look is too Prada referential, and it is too heavy.

How did they make out?

1. Anthony Ryan
2. Uli
3. Emlio
4. Joshua
5. Ivy
and we say goodbye to 
6. Laura Kathleen

Laura Kathleen is eliminated.  How does Ivy do it?

Tune in next time when Ivy's over previewed crying finally takes place.

I think she is merely Skyping Casanova,
maybe we were sold a bill of goods?

Or maybe Michael Costello gives her a call?