The designers are tasked with creating an outfit for the Broadway musical Godspell.
AS-7: "Puttin' on the Glitz" 2012.02.16
Posted Feb 12, 2012 @ 3:12 PM
Posted Feb 16, 2012 @ 10:03 PM
Hated Austin's dumpy skirt (not helped by his model's dumpy walk).
Jerrell's looked like something Joan Crawford could have worn if she played a teacher in an old movie. I was okay with him being in the middle (even tho I don't like him or his designs) he did do a lot of work and had a well finished outfit.
Edited by CrumbyButtons, Feb 16, 2012 @ 10:04 PM.
Posted Feb 16, 2012 @ 10:09 PM
As much as I liked Michael's outfit, I couldn't picture how the cast could dress her in the design on stage. What would her foundation garment be? A bathing suit?
Posted Feb 16, 2012 @ 10:16 PM
The right person went home. However, I thought Jerell should have been on the bottom and Kenley safe. Jerell's looked so matronly! Kara's at least looked a little more youthful.
I'm enjoying Kenley this season. She's more pleasant and less abrasive this time than she was in her season.
Isn't this Mondo's costume?
Posted Feb 16, 2012 @ 10:22 PM
Posted Feb 16, 2012 @ 10:23 PM
Loved Mondo's--it was true to his esthetic but also fit the terms of the challenge really well. But I loved Austin's too, and would have had a really hard time choosing between the two, as the judges seemed to.
And speaking of the judges, it's been a recurring theme this season, but I so appreciate that they can disagree with each other without sniping, and especially that there are nuances to their comments--the top three get some criticism, the bottom three aren't pilloried as the worst designs in the history of the world. It's so refreshing after years of Michael and Nina alternately gushing and acting personally affronted by the designs. Now if only they could fix Angela...
Posted Feb 16, 2012 @ 10:28 PM
I so agree with this. It's simply not possible for four judges to all love the same things for the same reasons or all hate the same things for the same reasons. I like that these judges have their own opinions. And that they find something they like enough about the bottom three that sometimes I'm not entirely sure if an outfit is on the bottom.
And speaking of the judges, it's been a recurring theme this season, but I so appreciate that they can disagree with each other without sniping, and especially that there are nuances to their comments--the top three get some criticism, the bottom three aren't pilloried as the worst designs in the history of the world
ETA: The whole "Starlett - Scarlett" debate between Isaac and Austin sure turned out to be nothing, didn't it?
Edited by CrumbyButtons, Feb 16, 2012 @ 10:53 PM.
Posted Feb 16, 2012 @ 10:58 PM
I wasn't surprised that Kara was out because she was crying during at least one of her talking heads. She deserved to go. That giant silver bow was hideous and the red skirt was very poorly made. I kind of liked Kenley's coat but I hated the skirt. Mila and Jerrell each made ugly outfits, but what else is new?
I enjoyed Austin's dignified smack down of Isaac's mispronunciation of his name. Does Isaac do that on purpose, or is he just a clueless asshole? Georgina may be my favorite reality judge. Her comments are always cogent and thoughtful. If she doesn't like something, she explains why and doesn't have to make snarky one-liners a la Michael Kors.
Posted Feb 16, 2012 @ 11:11 PM
Jerrel steals one of Nancy Reagan's outfits and sends it down the runway...and is safe?!
Kenley sends a model down the runway that is supposed to look rich but instead looks like a dumpster diving behind Joanne Fabrics with a rusty needle and palsy. And stays?
Mila's also does a dumpster diver look only her model apparently raided Phyllis Diller's cast offs not good enough for Good Will. And stays?
And Austin Scarlet's potato in convection oven exploding mid baking? Top three? And close to Mondo's making the judging hard? What the hell?
Costello's easy second place dress was even a little too derivative. I feel I've seen that style done to death and there was nothing really fresh about it. I've even seen the use of an acid tone material with the patterned fabric for a top but not sure where.
Overall, Mondo was the only one to produce a design worthy of being on television other than draped in a loose wrinkled mess; emphasizing that Alex Chung lives pushed up under someone's sofa.
Posted Feb 16, 2012 @ 11:17 PM
The only flaw I saw in Mondo's from a stagecraft point of view was that it was long enough to cause potential problems. Besides being maybe the single most beautiful garment he's created in two seasons for my tastes, I could see that it would really respond well to stage lights.
Michael's also would have probably done well onstage (well, except for the actor having to come out topless before being dressed by the cast).
I'm not sure how well black fabric comes across on stage in a production like Godspell, which was my main problem with Austin's.
I found Jerrell's flat-out boring, Kenley's odd and not in a good theatrical way, Mila's confused and the bow in Kara's killed it for me.
Posted Feb 16, 2012 @ 11:27 PM
Mondo's outfit was gorgeous. Unless they are doing an "upscale" version of Godspell I don't think any of the designs would work.
Posted Feb 16, 2012 @ 11:53 PM
And I think Mondo's robe is actually my favorite piece in the competition to date.
Posted Feb 17, 2012 @ 12:12 AM
Not surprised the person "receiving" the debut turned out to be Mondo, his design was stunning, but I thought Austin's look was more suited to the role and the stage.
Edited by Ketzel, Feb 17, 2012 @ 12:14 AM.
Posted Feb 17, 2012 @ 12:12 AM
Posted Feb 17, 2012 @ 12:18 AM
Posted Feb 17, 2012 @ 12:44 AM
Other than Jerell's, I didn't really hate any of the outfits. Kara's and Mila's probably did fall the most short of what the challenge required, but Jerell's was still hands down the worst, IMO. Personally I'll take Kara's simplistic but clear "underdesigning" over Jerell's conceptless, overwrought garbage any day. That gray thing his model wore tonight was just atrocious. And he's coming off as an insufferable human being to boot. I'm so sick of his ugly-ass designs getting a pass, and his ugly-ass personality clouding my TV screen. He can't leave soon enough for me. (Funny how this season is just the opposite of season 5. Back then I was defending Jerell and - like just about everyone else - ragging on Kenley. This season Kenley seems really sweet, and I'm liking her work much more.)
Mila's comments about Kenley and Kara haven't bugged me too much in the past, but in this episode she really came off like a sour pickle. I don't think I've ever seen a more perfunctory hug than the one she gave Kara as she was leaving the runway.
The one thing that really surprised me is that there was very little discussion about how the costumes would work on stage -- how the actor could dance, kneel, climb (in a pencil skirt, really Joanna?); how the costumer would show catch the stage light and show up against the backdrop.
Exactly. I thought any of the looks could work in "Godspell" really, depending on the director's vision and the overall design concept, so without more specific guidelines, picking the one that best fulfilled the challenge would be something of a crapshoot. I think Mondo's and Austin's deserved top 2 for beauty, creativity, and overall visual impact, and I would have been happy with either one winning.
I'm honestly not crazy about her (I know she's talented but I'm just not really a fan), and I didn't think she contributed much of anything to the discussions at all. I have no idea why she was there. An ad for her show ("Anything Goes") did run during the commercial break though.
I absolutely adore Sutton Foster and think she is not only insanely talented but the most adorable thing ever.
Edited by CatsWithAxes, Feb 17, 2012 @ 2:16 AM.
Posted Feb 17, 2012 @ 12:49 AM
I really hated Austin's look and it didn't look like a rich lady or much like Godspell to me. Kenley's coat was OK but they didn't say "do a thrift store challenge" and thrift store doesn't spell rich to me. Mila had the worst outfit though and deserved to go. Her skirt was especially hideous.
Posted Feb 17, 2012 @ 1:12 AM
I also loved the Bieber cut he was sporting.
Mila shooting daggers at the guest judge: priceless.
I actually liked Kenley's look. Please kill me now.
Posted Feb 17, 2012 @ 5:18 AM
And why was Mizrahi talking about Austin's outfit as if women would be going out to buy it at a store? This was a costume for a Broadway show!
I loved that once again Mondo really knew who he was designing for-- a woman who was using separate bits of her life, her father's smoking jacket, little things that she had acquired from around the world, to put together a rich-looking costume. I liked the smile on Sutton's face when she walked the model walk back up the runway.
I did, too. Though maybe not as much as Kenley did. I wonder if she even knew she was in the bottom three, until she was actually standing on the stage in the bottom three?
I actually liked Kenley's look. Please kill me now.
Edited by Mystery, Feb 17, 2012 @ 5:19 AM.
Posted Feb 17, 2012 @ 5:21 AM
So is Austin getting annoyed about the sewing machines over and over again because he sets one up, steps away, then someone else wanders in and replaces Austin's thread with his/her own? Or I suppose some of the machines have different capabilities?
Posted Feb 17, 2012 @ 8:27 AM
I think Kara's been "dead designer walking," for a while now. So not knowing her from previous seasons, I was glad to see her go.
Posted Feb 17, 2012 @ 8:35 AM
Is English Angela's second language, too? I could understand if Heidi came out with, "You will receive your Broadway debut as a designer," but a native speaker of English should know that one doesn't "receive" a debut, one "makes" a debut.
Homegirl is from Oklahoma. She does have a strange affect.
Posted Feb 17, 2012 @ 8:53 AM
Posted Feb 17, 2012 @ 10:05 AM
But I do think that Mondo captured the look perfectly. Even the model's Mrs. Lovett hairdo worked. Glad to see Mondo get his mojo back.
I agree that Mondo's outfit was perfect for the role, and beautiful as a design in itself. But he really needs to stop whining, when and if he's ever criticized again. I was saying back to the TV, "Then LEAVE!" (after each time of his complaining about his "grilling" on the runway or how stress he was). I really liked his outfit, but I'm liking him less and less each week.
Maybe I'm a hard-hearted bitch, but this is the second time these people have been on this show. They know what to expect. Their tears don't move me at all; well, my eyeballs move when they roll. YMMV.
Posted Feb 17, 2012 @ 10:33 AM
Posted Feb 17, 2012 @ 10:44 AM
I did not like the top or the skirt at all.
Posted Feb 17, 2012 @ 10:51 AM
I really thought Mila's hooker wear would get her booted. Also awful.
Both Mondo's and Austin's were breathtaking.
Posted Feb 17, 2012 @ 10:51 AM
I really liked Kenley's jacket this week, and her skirt. However, I did not like the two together, and I did not like them for this challenge. Something about the shape of the jacket (while I loved it) reminded me of an 1800s London prostitute. If she had been designing for "Jack the Ripper: The Musical," she would have been spot-on.
Yes! I kept trying to think of what her's reminded me of and this is it!
This week was so much better; I picked the top and bottom two and was happy Mondo won. Loved his outfit. I'm going to see Godspell next month so I'll be on the lookout for the costume.
Posted Feb 17, 2012 @ 11:08 AM
Does he have a line of clothing or does he work with/for a famous designer? Talent like that should be rewarded.
Posted Feb 17, 2012 @ 11:10 AM