Sgt. Pepper and Tim Gunn

Did everyone see the preview for next week’s Project Runway? I feel off my bed. Tim Gunn, “It’s sort of Sgt. Pepper-ish.” Blayne (that’s not a name, it’s an appliance!), “I have no idea what that means.” Um, shellow? What? I know I spent quite a bit of time in Beatlemania in my life, but not knowing who Sgt. Pepper is has got to be like not knowing who Marilyn Monroe or Charlie Chaplin or Liberace or the Pope is. He doesn’t know…I just can’t fathom that. I think that had to be staged, no?

And I don’t even want to write the words — you know the ones — but if that is repeated on the show again, season five will be forever tainted for me. Let’s just keep “make it work” and pretend that other phrase never happened.

A word on Emily. While I really thought that she should have stayed — the hem alone on Miss Plain Jane’s frock should have gotten her booted — what are these people thinking? Have they not seen the show before? Do they not understand who Tim Gunn is? When Tim says, “Emily, I’m concerned. I’m worried the judges will be very disappointed in seeing this dress at this point in the competition,” unless Emily wants to go home, she better change that dress rapido. Instead, she says to the camera, “Tim gave me a bit of a mixed review” and proceeds to tell us how stunning her dress is and how completely confident she is in it. There is really no learning curve there. Also, I didn’t really see how hers was THAT much worse than Blayne’s, which also had that weird boa-like contraption attached. I don’t know why anyone would want to wear an attached element like that, but apparently two designers thought peeps would.

Which brings me to the final two. I did think Kenley’s was fun — I love the tulle and thought it was really creative. Plus, when she won and shed those genuine tears, I was really, truly happy for her and, ultimately, in the result. But that doesn’t mean I don’t think Leanne should have won. If for no other reason that she did a 180 from last week — learning curve! But more for the reason that that skirt was — in the words of Klummers — IMPECCABLE. That thing was just gorgeous. I think it was the most stunning thing to walk down that runway. At least my fave made it into the real judging portion this time, instead of just being dismissed.

How many more episodes do you kids give Stella?

[Also, The Brett Favre Situation (BFS), as Mike McCarthy is apparently calling it, is a DISASTER.  I know I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: this is a total mess.  Favre is the Bill Clinton of the NFL.  Clinton had all this good will & political capital and he spent it by going totally nuts.  NPR last night said Hillary isn’t a VP choice because the Obama camp has no clue on how to handle Bill.  Favre could have been president of Wisconsin — were there such a thing — and now no one really wants anything to do with him.  Disaster.]

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21 Responses to “Sgt. Pepper and Tim Gunn”


  1. 1 Kristin July 31, 2008 at 9:59 am

    I give Stella Bella two eps. I dunno why, but that’s my guess.

    I loved both Kenley’s and Leanne’s, but ultimately I thought Kenley should win. Leanne was so so gorgeous, but Kenley’s struck me as just so innovative and original, while also being stylish. I just loved it – I can’t help it! I don’t even know if I would wear it! But I couldn’t stop looking at it.

    Oh Emily. She is so annoying with those stupid scarves around her head and I’m glad she is gone. Jennifer needs to go too, but with her sad eyes I felt for her, and was therefore happier to see embarrassingly overconfident Emily go.

    And Blayne. How many eps do we give Blayne?

    Ones to watch – Terri (of course) and Jerrell. And Korto. She’s awesome.

  2. 2 kateandgracie July 31, 2008 at 10:11 am

    Yeah, overconfident Emily. But stop with the Holly Golightly meets Salvador Dali, I mean, really! That’s ridic. There is nothing surreal about her, except how she believes herself to be surreal. Though at least she did recognize that her’s was a little off when she said she’d have liked it to be more youthful.

    Two more eps of having to watch those awful lace ups? Ugh.

  3. 3 kateandgracie July 31, 2008 at 10:12 am

    Also, I just signed up for and received a card that’s going to give me miles. Is it awful that it’s $85/yr? I don’t want to pay for a credit card, but if I get a plane ticket out of it, that’s good, right? Ugh.

    And when I called to activate it, the woman kept commenting on my voice. At first she said she couldn’t hear me, then it was, oh, you’re voice is so soft and nice, then it was you sound so young to be able to travel! What?

  4. 4 Sara H July 31, 2008 at 10:42 am

    I wasn’t too sad that Winona Ryder, I mean, Emily, got booted – she wishes her designs had surrealism. Although that clock dress was, let’s face it, a hot mess.

    I’m not sure what the judges were thinking – that gauzy shirt with black pants? I thought that shirt didn’t go with the pants at all, and it wasn’t sexy or particularly well-fitted. Maybe that’s the point on the “street” angle, but I wouldn’t wear it. And while I loved the idea of Kenley’s dress, I wasn’t a big fan of the puffy sleeves or the print – she could have gone with a solid color (diff from the tulle) and it would have been so cool.

    (and on another note, can I please be Kenley? she’s so stylish and has good hair.)

    I’m not sure about Stella – she’s pretty weird, but her outfit last night looked very well made – it fit her model awesomely, and I think I remember being oddly impressed last week. Leathuh! Get outta he-uh!

    Oh, Tim Gunn. What a classic clip.

    SANDRA BERNHARD?

    An $85 plane ticket? Seems like a good deal.

  5. 5 Sara H July 31, 2008 at 10:45 am

    I take it back, I just looked at the online slideshow of last week – I think I was impressed by Stella’s sewing, but definitely thought the style was better suited to writhing around on the hood of a car.

  6. 6 kateandgracie July 31, 2008 at 11:15 am

    Stella’s was very Stella. I wondered, though, if they were kinda impressed by the pants. Seems like it’d be much harder to whip pants together in a day than a dress.

    Yeah, Sandra Bernhard made no sense. Natalie Portman made some sense. Sarah Jessica made sense. Marc Jacobs? Nikki Hilton? Yep, I think I get it. Sandra Bernhard? Does not compute.

  7. 7 Gretchen August 3, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    I don’t like Stella — she doesn’t want to be challenged as a designer. Just wants to pound her LEATH-eh . . . But I was impressed with her designs in the last two episodes — definitely a step-up from black garbage bag draping . . . And at least she doesn’t refer to herself in the third person . . .

    And I really thought Leanne should have won — not only did she do a quick recovery from the week before, but that is the one dress that I would totally wear out of the bunch. Gorgeous!

    Does Heidi remind you girls of the hostess from The Weakest Link? Whenever she does that, one is in, one is out, routine, I have flashbacks to the weakest link . . .

    [And I finally know what you’re talking about, Kate — have been sick and watched all three episodes on Bravo last night back to back — no longer a PR virgin — are you proud??!]

  8. 8 G August 7, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    I used to love him but now think it was all an act and that Brett Favre sucks. Hope he enjoys being on my second least favorite team.

  9. 9 G August 8, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    now I also have to say that I think the Packers FO sucks too. Probably worse than BF, but still. I’m sad and mad.

  10. 10 kateandgracie August 9, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    I couldn’t disagree more. Well, maybe I could. Yeah, probably. But I am so happy that the FO got him the hell out of GB. He is a total whiny baby and good luck in NY. Or NJ. Or wherever the hell he is. He can’t get over how he was treated? How the &^%$#$ was he treated? With trepidation? You’re damn right. He’s a drama queen and I’m glad he’s gone. I’m terribly sad it turned out this way, but it’s clear that Brett Favre was under the impression that management should bow to his every desire. He had the audacity to complain that Thompson didn’t take his advice and hire the washed-up Mariucci? And he wants McCarthy to then run and meet his plane and kiss his feet? Adios. Go Rodgers!

    And I’m so so so so so so happy to see Gretchen on my blog!!! And watching PR!!! Such good news to return home to.

    Sorry about the Favre rant. I’m just so angry with him. And I admit that the FO made mistakes, but they didn’t act like babies.

  11. 11 Gretchen August 9, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    I’m with Kate — good riddance.

  12. 12 Sara H August 10, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    I’m with ya, Kate. Favre couldn’t get past the allegations that he waffled, and that the Vikes tampered? Um, hello, you did waffle, and you were talking to the Vikings a LOT – what do you expect? The Packers had to protect themselves! And then to demand loyalty when what you really want is to go play for a big rival? At least he admitted that perhaps that was a bit of vindictiveness talking, although I still don’t hear an apology.

    Russ is going to the game tomorrow night – he is under orders to cheer really loud for Rodgers. Who, I might add, has behaved impeccably (except for that one ill-advised comment months ago, but still, a class act).

  13. 13 kateandgracie August 11, 2008 at 11:55 am

    Oh, I’m so glad to hear that about Russ. You know how all those “fans” booed him at the scrimmage. Poor thing. I never had a number 4 jersey but always kinda wanted one. Now I really want number 12.

    And I agree that he has really been a prince through all of this. And about that comment months ago — I was horrified when I heard about it. But then my aunt had all these explanations — you know, like, well maybe he was baited with questions like, “What do you say to fans who despise you and say terrible things?” or something like that. It made more sense than that but the point is that it made me feel better about his comment. And now I don’t even care. Go Rodgers!

  14. 14 Sara H August 11, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    Not to change the subject, but… who made Bob Costas the new Tom Brokaw? Did anyone see that interview with Bush last night??? Hard to remember amongst all the excitement, but boy that was weird.

  15. 15 kateandgracie August 11, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    That was kinda weird. We were talking about it this morning. Not so much about Bob, but about how weird Bush was. He was just like, “Yeah, I talked to Putin. I also talked to that Medvedev. What of it?” I think it’s fair to say he’s coasting.

  16. 16 Kristin August 11, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    Super weird. I do like that Bob Costas and the way he makes fun of himself.

    Also, RIP Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes. I loved that Bernie Mac in Ocean’s 11. Classic.

  17. 17 Kristin August 11, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    BTW – Kate. Cool deer pic. Reminds me of Stand By Me. 🙂

  18. 18 kateandgracie August 11, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    Thanks! I had a total SBM moment up north — I was out walking along the road to the cabin in the early morning and came across three baby deer. They stared at me, I at them, and then eventually trotted off. They were so small I thought they were dogs when I first saw them!

    Also, funny you should say that about Bob. One of my first memories of being in the villa in my year in Italy is this kid Mike saying something about Bob Costas (this must have been shortly after the 96 Olympics) and I stopped whatever I was doing and budded into the conversation, emphatically stating, “I LOVE Bob Costas!” Well, Mike didn’t. He was criticizing him for making fun of countries that had only two athletes or something. As if that isn’t just comic gold.

  19. 19 Kristin August 11, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    OMG – Bob and Matt during the opening ceremonies were definitely comic gold. Their comments on the Hungarian outfits alone!

  20. 20 Sara H August 12, 2008 at 8:49 am

    Ooh, I haven’t watched the opening ceremonies yet, and now I’m going to have to make time. Matt and Bob, talking outfits. They need to stop having such other interesting Olympic coverage in the evenings so I can squeeze it in. Just had to stay up late to see the end of men’s gymnastics last night.

  21. 21 Kayt August 19, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    You are reading Project Rungay, aren’t you?

    http://projectrungay.blogspot.com/

    Stella has started to really grow on me.

    I mean, yes, batshit insane about Leather, but she makes it work somehow.
    She’s comfortable in front of a camera, seems to have some solid construction skills, and occasionally zings well.


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