Friday, December 06, 2013

PR All-St★rs 3, Ep 6: Cartoon Couture

I kinda get the feeling that they’re scraping the bottom of the Idea barrel when the challenge is to create a dress that will be animated for a cartoon show. I mean, why not just have the designers make a Date Night Dress? Why’s it gotta be for a cartoon character?

But this week we get Marge Simpson — and she is intro’d as the “matriarch of arguably the most influential TV family [The Simpson’s] of all time.” M’kay; maybe.  And the designtestants must create a dress for Marge to wear on a special dinner date with Homer.

And the dress can’t be green because Marge has worn green for the last quarter century; oh, and it needs to compliment yellow skin … and blue hair … and look good as a cartoon.

Let’s rip ….

THE SAFE
VIKTOR
It’s a typical Viktor dress. 

It's made very well, and completely finished, though I can’t stop thinking that the straight pins have been left it along the bustline and the neckline.

Still, he’s safe and after last week’s Bottom Showing — now wouldn’t that have made an entirely different show? — he’s happy to be Middle of the Road.

THE BOTTOM THREE
CHRISTOPHER
Christopher struggled because Marge isn’t a real person. So he instantly thought of another iconic not-real person, Doris Day, and made a floral print strapless, but belted, dress with a large asymmetrical poof off the side.

WHAT I SAID
Well, it does look like something Doris Day would wear. To lunch. Sixty years ago. It’s a meh.

WHAT THEY SAID
“I really love the color of this dress. I love the pattern. I love the belt. I love her hair. I love how I styled it.”

WHAT THE JUDGES SAID
Alyssa thought it looked like a sarong—or did she mean it was So wrong—and seemed better suited to Vacation Marge; she loathed the fabric. Isaac asked that the belt be removed and said he loved it without the belt because it made the dress seem “less old,” though the way it puckered and bubbled and buckled was a bit off. Ow. "It doesn’t look like I’ve seen it a hundred times, only about fifty.” Ow. Guest judge and designer Stacey Bendet did love the print, though. Fellow guest judge, and PR alum, Anthony Ryan Auld questioned Christopher’s taste level.

WHAT HAPPENED
He’s safe.

SETH AARON
Seth Aaron struggled alongside Christopher, though his struggles produced a hundred dresses—okay, maybe just six. He started out good, then drifted deep in to cartoon-y and ended up on simple. Too.Simple.

WHAT I SAID
It looked like, at the very last second, exhausted from creating fiver other looks, he tossed some fabric over a model and belted it. I could’a belted him for boring me.

WHAT THEY SAID
“It’s a perfectly beautiful gown. It sells in every store, everywhere. When I’m at that level, I’m dangerous and I’m at that level now.”

WHAT THE JUDGES SAID
Alyssa loved the color but said it was nothing new—like she’d seen it in “every store, everywhere”? Anthony Ryan agreed that the color was the only saving grace, and called it lazy. Guest judge, actress Abigail Breslin, though, liked it, though she thought it too formal. Stacey liked the color, too, but thought it looked too rushed, with no attention to detail or construction. She did like the back, and Anthony Ryan said maybe the model should have walked backwards. Isaac was annoyed that Seth Aaron kind of said that Midwestern housewives wear simple [boring] clothes. "That's the dress of fear, to me," he told Seth Aaron.

WHAT HAPPENED
He’s surprisingly safe.

JEFFREY
After last week’s win—and I still don’t get that—Jeffrey says he got his groove back.
Cue ominous drumming ….

WHAT I SAID
I loathe a mullet dress. I thought the weird lapels looked badly sewn—unless it was the pucker fabric. And don’t get me started on the shoes.

WHAT THEY SAID
“I think my fabric choice is nice. The blue violet is the perfect complement to Marge’s skin tone and I love the copper and blush sparkle.”

WHAT THE JUDGES SAID
Isaac thinks Jeffrey had trouble finding his muse this week, and he’s floundering. He absolutely hated the fabric and the whole look made him angry and sad. Stacey, though, loved the color palette and the pearls, but said it felt more "Boardwalk Empire" than “The Simpsons.” She also hated, hated, the shoes. Abigail liked the color and the pearls; high praise, you know. Alyssa thought Jeffrey was a really smart man, and said, “a smart man” should have known better.

WHAT HAPPENED
Three trips to the bottom, one win, and one more trip to the cellar and Jeffrey’s out.

THE TOP THREE
KORTO
If she said one more time how she was a housewife and knows what Marge wanted I was gonna tip my flatscreen over.

WHAT I SAID
Why one sleeve? I don’t get one sleeve on a sleeveless dress. I mean, if had been one-shoulder, well, okay, but one sleeve makes me think that either the jacket is slipping off or the dress is tipping over.

WHAT THEY SAID
“As a housewife [gag] going out to dinner with my husband, I’d want something I could be comfortable in.”

WHAT THE JUDGES SAID
Stacey loved the sparkle but felt it wasn’t quite Marge. Isaac loved it—really Isaac?—and called it easy and casual and underdressed. How is underdressed high praise? Do tell. He also loved the sheer inset on the lone sleeve. Anthony Ryan, a self-declared non-sparkle guy, loved Korto’s glittery fabric, and liked this dress the most, while Alyssa loved the funky hem; and Isaac agreed that in ten years that hemline will still look new.

WHAT HAPPENED
Always a housewife never a Top finisher. Korto’s safe.

ELENA
The giggles returned and, well, Elena put one foot outside the box this week by not making the same look she’s made every single week since the beginning of, no, not this season, since the beginning of time.

WHAT I SAID
How does a suit jacket—which really looks like armor, or, as Christopher said, a bulletproof vest—translate to Date Night? The dress was nice, nothing exciting, and the coat looked like something a woman’s date would give her to warm up on a cold walk home.

WHAT THEY SAID
“I’m very pleased with how everything came out. I love the drama of when she took off the jacket and the dress came out of it.”

WHAT THE JUDGES SAID
Isaac called it fabulous, and totally Marge. He loved the jacket, but said it didn’t pair well at all with the dress. Anthony Ryan called it great, Abigail didn’t like the jacket. Alyssa, though, loved the jacket; especially the back. Stacey called it perfect, a no-brainer.

WHAT HAPPENED
Naturally, Elena, the one-trick monkey, is safe.

IRINA
She showed up this week. I mean, on film. After weeks of barely any screen time, this week we get an onslaught of Botox’d Irina, and Monotone Irina. So I knew it would be a win for her.

WHAT I SAID
It looks like a nightgown, over a tube dress festooned with glitter. It moves well, and I love a good purple, but it was too glamorous for a Simpson’s date night.

WHAT THEY SAID
“I am really happy with my look. I think it’s elegant. I think it’s sexy. I think it’s effortless.”

WHAT THE JUDGES SAID
Isaac asked that the belt be removed and then declared he loved it belted and unbelted, something he’s never done before! He also said it would animate very well. Anthony Ryan also converted from a person who loathed tea length to a person who thought this was a perfect tea length. He thought it had joy and movement, but might be too dressy. Abigail called it gorgeous and loved the under-dress, while Stacey called it creative but too fancy for Marge. Alyssa loved the color.

WHAT HAPPENED
Irina gets her first win and you could almost see her face move with glee.

MY TAKE
I’ll give Marge credit for Line of the Night, with her reminder to the designers to take full advantage of the "Whoever's Sponsoring the Wall Now” accessory wall." High.Larious.

What is with Seth Aaron and his use of the word ‘rad'? Are we still in the 80s and no one told me? Plus, Seth Aaron? Honey? Skinny jeans? One needs skinny thighs for that look and you don’t have ‘em.

Oh, another thing. Seth Aaron? Honey? you should'a gone home this week for that ridiculously easy, no design, no creativity dress. Jeffrey's look, while hideous, at least showed design.

I kinda giggled when Anthony Ryan questioned Christopher’s taste level while sitting in a judge’s chair with a piece of electrical tape running over his head.

Still no Beautiful Georgina Chapman™? Bob.Not.Happy.

And either the producers are playing us, by making Elena the judge’s pet, or else they’re setting us up for a shocker when she gets eliminated right before The Tents. I mean, every week she does the same thing; sure this week’s dress was different, but she put on of her “trademark” patchwork, piecemeal, quilted coats on it.

What did YOU think?

5 comments:

the dogs' mother said...

I wonder if they got any direction about the requirements of animation?
Viktor's multiple pins would be expensive to animate. That would be really interesting and so much more so than the Christopher/Viktor dramas.

Yup, apparently if you are married, have kids and a fairly large career in fashion - you are just the little woman earning pin money. (See the collected rants of the dogsmother of 12-6-13).

It figures Irina won as her dress looked the easiest to animate?

All I can figure is the mega-company that owns Lifetime also owns the Simpson's network. Next week - helicopters???

The Huntress said...

Not only did Irina win, but she gave me an RT and favorite on Twitter when I said "About freaking time!" I feel like such a fan girl right now...

Seth Aaron had 99 problems, and making dresses were 6 of them.

It was Jeffrey's time to go awhile back. Artistically, it's like he's on life support. No direction. No creativity. Glad they pulled the plug.

I love Viktor's Marge imitation. Hilarious!

Mind Of Mine said...

I really used to love PR - But they don't air anymore here except on Satellite. Thanks for this fun post, it was a blast to read. Especially with you opinions also.

SEAN (The Jeep Guy) said...

I'm reduced to just watching the runway and what nonsense the judges spew. I really don't care who wins or looses and it seems like the designers feel the same way. None of them seem inspired.

And AR? I guess being able to make a dress and style it doesn't mean you know how to dress or style yourself.

Can someone PLEASE take the fan away from Victor and slap him with it? or at least get Susan Summers to give him some of her hormone replacement therapy for his hot flashes.

Bob Slatten said...

@Sean
I am so tired of that fan, too!!!