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The Creative Crying Catwalk: Marcy’s Take On Project Runway’s Season Finale

9:30 pm. Credits roll on the finale of Project Runway Season 12. Designer Dom Streater is the proclaimed winner.

Heidi Klum with winner Dom Streater

Cynthia:  So, Marcy, another season of Project Runway has ended.

Marcy:  Yeah, it’s about time. I’ve never seen so much crying. Sometimes I couldn’t tell if we were watching a fashion show or Les Miz. Or that last scene in that Bette Midler movie, Beaches.

Cynthia:  We laughed (not much)…We cried (a lot)…

Marcy:  It was NOT better than CATS. And by CATS I mean me. Not the musical. The musical is stupid.

Cynthia:  I have to say, I don’t have much insight on the finale. All four designers presented excellent collections and each designer had at least one piece that made me gasp. Here are the gasp inducing outfits.

Dom’s  “Retro Redux.”  Love the groovy ’70’s vibe.

Designed by Dom Streater

Cynthia:  Alexandria’s “Neo Nomadic Punk.”  Too cool.

Designed by Alexandria Von Bromssen

Cynthia:  Bradon’s ode to spring. This skirt was love/hate for most due to the color and fabric. I loved it.

Designed by Bradon McDonald

Cynthia:  Justin’s collection was based on his experience of hearing sound for the first time at 18 years old. Love the early ’80’s reference in this cute jumpsuit. So Pat Benatar.

Designed by Justin Le Blanc

Marcy:  That’s it?

Cynthia:  Yes. I think so. At least for now.

Marcy raises her Friskies can. Cynthia raises her martini glass.

Marcy and Cynthia:  Cheers to Designers Alexandria, Bradon, Dom, and Justin for sticking to their (Tim) guns by creating wearable works of art. And, for doing so with incredible passion, heart, and determination.



A Benadryl Induced Post About Project Runway And Bubble Guppies

Marcy tap dances on Cynthia’s chest trying to wake her up from a Benadryl induced haze.

Cynthia (groggily):  Marcy. Ugh. Stop looming over me.

Marcy:  Snap out of it! You left for a week and have been drugged up on cold medicine for days since you got back. My blog is suffering from neglect. You’re two weeks behind in blogging about Project Runway.

Cynthia groans, rolls over, and tries to go back to sleep.

Marcy sits on Cynthia’s head.

Cynthia:  Okay. Okay. So, when I was in Florida I spent some time watching kids TV shows with my 17 month old nephew. We watched Bubble Guppies.



Cynthia: And Yo Gabba Gabba.



Cynthia:  These shows are horrifically mesmerizing. And I truly mean horrific. I did not have the power to turn these shows off. I would be left in the room with no kid and no people and yet, I would still be watching. Transfixed. Limp. Spellbound.

Marcy:  Gasp… You turned into a zombie.

Cynthia (confused):  What? … Oh… Sorry… On to the post at hand. Now, I know I am behind on Project Runway reporting but I have to say that I loved Dom’s looks from Episode 12 last week.

For example, this coat is stunning. Her reference was a butterfly but the billowy volume, the blues/purples, and the way it seems to float are so reminiscent of a cartoon guppy. I just couldn’t take my eyes off of it.


Designer Dom’s Butterfly Coat


Cynthia:  Now this reworked look is so vibrant. What a gorgeous pop of color. Not unlike my Yo Gabba Gabba friends.


Designer Dom’s Reworked Look


Cynthia starts to snap her fingers and sing a Yo Gabba Gabba song.

Cynthia:  “Keep your hands to yourself. Keep your…” Sigh… I really miss my cartoon friends.

Marcy goes back to sitting on Cynthia’a head while trying to determine if the Benadryl needs more time to wear off or if Cynthia has indeed been turned into a zombie by the Bubble Guppies clan.




We Heart Kate Pankoke: Marcy’s Take on Project Runway Season 12 Episode 11

9:30pm. Credits roll on Project Runway Season 12 Episode 11

Kate Pankoke

Cynthia and Marcy stare at the TV in shocked silence.

Cynthia:  I feel like I just got punched in the stomach.

Marcy:  I feel like someone just stole my Friskies.

Cynthia:  The Smug Judges really sent Kate home. I really thought she would get to Fashion Week. I really thought she was going to win the whole contest.

She was consistently in the top throughout all of the challenges. So she made one not so good look. It wasn’t the worst. This doesn’t make sense.

Marcy:  Producers’ decision?

Cynthia:  I don’t know. If they wanted to manipulate us into feeling sad and abused, then yes. I guess. Wow. I feel sad.

Marcy:  I feel  mad.

Cynthia:  Not only is Kate a wonderful designer, she is generous, compassionate, and secure enough in her own talent to avoid the ego infused angst and self doubt that causes most designers on this show to act insane and/or like jerks. She’s sweet. And that’s refreshing. She’s someone you want to be friends with.

Marcy:  I love her. I wonder if she would let me be her kitty?

Cynthia:  Kate was so worried about her “ugly crying” when she got eliminated but in fact, it wasn’t ugly at all. It was beautiful. This meant so much to her… and… it was so heartfelt … and…

Marcy:  Don’t cry, Cindy!

Cynthia (wiping her eyes):  Okay. I just really root for kind and talented people like her. So what was your favorite Kate look?

Marcy:  This one. The flowiness is fascinating to me.

A Favorite Kate Dress

Cynthia:  Like a modern day Marie Antoinette. Magical. Mine was this one.


A Favorite Kate Dress

Cynthia:  Love the color and the cut and the design. Well, Marcy, the good thing is that I know this won’t be the last we see of Kate Pankoke. I see her career going amazing places. She’ll be the Christian Siriano of Season 12.

Shall we?

Marcy raises her Friskies can. Cynthia raises her martini glass.

Marcy and Cynthia: Cheers to Designer Kate for sticking to her (Tim) guns by creating beautiful dresses and being a truly positive artistic force in the world.




Marcy’s Verdict On The Smug Judges Of Project Runway

9:30 pm. Credits roll on Project Runway Season 12 Episode 10.

Cynthia throws her hands up in the air. Marcy swishes her tail.

Cynthia:  Again. It happened again. Why do I bother? Why? Here is the dress that should have won.

Justin’s Runner Up Look

Cynthia:  The challenge was to create a makeover look for a Project Runway Super Fan. Designer Justin had a few challenges.

1) His model is Mormon so the dress needed to be modest and cover most of her body.
2) She had recently lost a lot of weight so Justin had to create special undergarments.
3) She is (gasp) bigger than the dress form which unnervingly seemed to be a big deal for some of the designers.

Marcy:  So most of them only design for dress forms and girls with coat hanger bodies? That is unnerving.

Cynthia:  But not for Justin. He created that beautiful dress above that is sexy, flirty, and even skews young. And, he added a very thoughtful element. That white embroidery is actually his model’s signature. Just precious. What a sweetie.

Marcy:  It makes me want to give Justin a big kitty smooch.

Cynthia: This is the dress that won.

Helen’s Winning Look

Cynthia:  Yes, it’s a beautiful Oscar worthy dress but it’s not very special. Also, Designer Helen’s challenge was not as difficult as Justin’s since her model was model-tall and model-skinny. She was able to stay within her comfort zone.

And these were the Smug Judges this week.

Smug Judges of Project Runway

Cynthia:  Yup. All model sized. Predictable, huh?

Marcy:  It’s like they can’t see beyond themselves.

Cynthia raises her martini glass. Marcy raises her Friskies can.

Cynthia:  Cheers to talented designers like Justin for sticking to their (Tim) guns and creating beautiful clothes for the rest of us – the real people of the world.

Model Tristen and Designer Justin

Marcy:  Smooches and a big kitty slurp for Justin.




The Curse Of Being Mass Market: Project Runway Season 12 Episode 9

9:30 pm. Credits roll on Project Runway Season 12 Episode 9

Cynthia:  Why is it the clothes we like never win? I would wear this dress in a heartbeat.

Alexander’s Runner Up Dress

Cynthia:  And this one in a second heartbeat.

Kate’s Runner Up Dress

Cynthia:  And since the winner of this week’s challenge is getting their dress sold at Belk‘s, we could have! But instead of going for “Wow”, the Smug Judges went for “Bland.” Bland x 2 actually, since there were 2 winners.

Dom’s Winning Dress
Bradon’s Winning Dress

Marcy:  They’re okay.

Cynthia:  Exactly. They’re okay. I checked out Belk’s website and these dresses fit in exactly with their aesthetic – kind of pretty/safely sexy – and their price point – around $140. So I guess the winning designers won because they fit in with the store and not because their dresses were the best.

Marcy:  Kind of sad.

Cynthia: That’s what happens when you are a huge store selling to the mass market. Your stuff gets boring because you can’t take a risk. So as an artist/designer what do you do? Make a lot of money selling boring stuff to the masses? Or take a risk? Be bold. Be colorful. Be spectacular. But maybe you will end up with nothing?

Marcy:  Risk it all I say! As our fave Dr. Seuss says, “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”

Cynthia:  And isn’t it fun to stand out in a super spectacular dress?

Marcy:  Word.

Cynthia raises her martini glass. Marcy raises her Friskies can.

Marcy:  Cheers this week to Alexander and Kate! For sticking to their (Tim) guns by staying spectacular and creating dresses we want to wear!




Proudly Plaid: Marcy’s Takedown of the Smug Judges of Project Runway (Season 12 Episode 7)

9:30 pm. Marcy watches the credits roll on Project Runway Season 12 Episode 7.

Cynthia:  Watcha watching, Marcypants?

Marcy:  Project Runway and I don’t wear pants. I’m a cat. But if I did I would wear these.

Miranda’s Super Cool Plaid Pants

Cynthia:  Ooooohhhh… those are super cute! I want to wear them!

Marcy:  Yeah, well … you can’t. They were sent home.

Cynthia:  They’re “out”? But they look so “in”! The other outfits must have been spectacular.

Marcy:  You would think. Take a look at this.

Dom’s  Look

Cynthia:  Yuck. It looks like an eviscerated Smurf.

Marcy:  And this.

Jeremy’s “Pretty Woman” Look

Cynthia:  Yuck.  It looks like wet toilet paper.  Both of those designers are safe!?

Marcy:  Yes, but I’m not finished. These were the top three looks.

Alexandria’s Top Look
Ken’s Top Look
Helen’s Winning Look

Cynthia:  They’re all black. Where are we going? A funeral?

Marcy:  All of the Smug Judges wanted to wear these three outfits.

Cynthia:  Ah ha! There’s your reason! Fashion critics are too scared to wear plaid pants. Someone might make fun of them. I don’t think Nina, Heidi, Zac, and the other two guest meanies could handle it. They would rather be boring in black than provocative in plaid. They’re SCAREDY CATS!

Scaredy Cat Sumg Judges

Marcy:  The Smug Judges are obsessed with being “Cool”. Miranda was dubbed “Not Cool” by them to which she acknowledged that they were right – she isn’t “Cool” and she doesn’t design for “Cool”.

Cynthia:  That is SO COOL! I am not “Cool” and I don’t want to be “Cool”. I want to be stylish and quirky and sophisticated and fun and … well… ME!

Cynthia raises her martini glass. Marcy raises her Friskies can.

Marcy and Cynthia:  CHEERS TO THE PLAID PANT WEARING GIRLS OF THE WORLD!! And a big MEOW to designers like Miranda Levy who stick to their (Tim) guns –  by not bowing down to the Mean Girls of Fashion – and make clothes WE want to wear!

We Heart Miranda

Marcy:  Anthropologie should call her.

Cynthia:  Good idea, Marcy! Maybe we could get our paws on those super cool plaid pants after all!





Cynthia:  Happy Shark Week, Marcy! In celebration here is a short video of a cat… in a shark outfit… riding a roomba!


Marcy:  You humans are mental.

Cynthia:  Oh, it’s just fun!

Marcy:  Why would someone subject that cat to that horrid costume? Why? Why? Why?

Cynthia:  Because it’s Shark Week and it’s cute.

Marcy:  But what does that mean?!

Cynthia:  Uh…

Marcy:  You don’t know!

Marcy leans in for a closer look.

Marcy: Hey! That shark costume looks suspiciously like Alexandria and Dom’s 2nd place look from Project Runway last week. You just blogged about it, Cindy!

Cat Shark Outfit
Human Shark Outfit


Cynthia:  Oh, you’re right. That is so cool! Good eye, Marcy.

Marcy:  You’re ALL mental.


Marcy’s Take On Project Runway Episode 3 Season 12

                   9:30 pm. Credits roll on Project Runway Episode 3 of Season 12.

Is Alexandria and Dom’s 2nd Place Red Toothed Monster
a Metaphor For the Episode?

Marcy and Cynthia stare at the TV in abject desolation.

Marcy:  I feel dirty.

Cynthia:  Me too. This show is like modern day gladiators. I don’t want to see people in such a state of ego-infused desperation that they are mean and petty to each other. I don’t want to see people so distraught and under so much pressure that they behave in ways that they never would in real life. I don’t want to see so much crying and yelling and hurt. It makes me sad.

This is a show about fashion. It should be fun, creative, informational, and uplifting.

Marcy:  So are we done?

Cynthia:  I think so, Marcy. I think so.

Marcy: By the way, another pretty dress won. This one is red and looks like a super fantabulous claw scratching device!  Get it for me.

Kate and Helen’s Awesome Sombrero Dress


Cynthia:  Gosh Marcy, why don’t we just trim your nails for goodness sake?

Marcy:  No way, Cindy! And anyway, I thought you didn’t want to see crying and yelling?

Cynthia:  Sigh… you are so dramatic.

Marcy:  That’s why you don’t need Project Runway. You’ve got me!

Cynthia:  Word.


Marcy’s Take on Project Runway Season 12 Episode 2

9:30 pm. Credits roll on Project Runway Episode 2 of Season 12

Heidi In An Animal Print Skirt

Cynthia sits glaring at the TV. Marcy sleeps.

Marcy (groggily):  What happened?

Bitter Silence

Marcy:  What?!

Cynthia (sarcastically):  Well, Marcy, let’s see. In the bottom three we have:  Helen, the dysfunctional rocker chick with oddly pointed black fingernails who made a badly sewn together trash bag dress and stopped the runway show with an uncontrollable crying fit.

Helen’s Trash Bag Dress

Then, we have Timothy again. This week Unicorn Man was incredibly needy and desperate. He made a ridiculous looking backwards dress with bizarre boob placement. We also got to watch him manically rummage through the trash for material because he is “sustainable” which means he just HAS to be annoyingly cloyingly insufferably holier than thou. Way to represent us “greenies” Timothy. Thanks. No wonder no one likes us.

Timothy’s Backwards Dress

Finally, we have Kahindo. She made a pretty dress that was nicely constructed but unfortunately did not have the “wow” factor that was needed for this particular challenge. She is a sweetheart. A woman with a “pure soul” says Tim Gunn. Obviously talented. She made a dress I would wear. Lovely.

We Heart Kahindo

Cynthia:  So, Marcy.  Who do you think went home?

Marcy:  OMG! They sent Kahindo home?

Cynthia:  Of course. Because as you pointed out last week, we are watching a Reality TV show. Not a Show About Fashion.  If we were watching a Show About Fashion we would have had … oh… maybe a discussion on why Justin would be so bold as to ignore Tim Gunn’s advice and then still manage to create a beautiful dress or say…an analysis on how Kate got her bust cups to look so couture and Helen got hers to look so hideous. Not just taking the easy way out either and declaring it is because of experience. And again, another very pretty blue dress won the challenge. 

Kate’s Winning Look

Marcy:  OMG! They sent Kahindo home?!

Cynthia:  Yes, I just said that.

Marcy:  OMG! They sent Kahindo home! But I love her.

Marcy’s ears go flat against her head, her eyes narrow, and she looks ready to pounce.

Marcy (seething):  Watch out Heidi, Zac, Nina, and Guy in Camo. We’re coming to New York.

Smug Judges Who Sell Out For Reality TV Ratings

Cynthia:  For what?

Marcy:  A Catfight. What else. Mrrrrooohhhwwww.



Marcy’s Take On Project Runway Episode 1 Season 12

9:30 pm.  Credits roll on Project Runway Episode 1 of Season 12

Marcy and Cynthia stare at the TV. Nonplussed.

Marcy:  What the heck WAS that?!

Cynthia:  I don’t know. Ugh. That was terrible. So boring. So predictable. An hour and a half of my life was… wasted. Sigh… I’ll never get it back.

Marcy:  Yeah.  And that’s three days in cat time. Does Heidi Klum hate cats?

Cynthia:  Probably. She obviously hates fashion lovers. Gosh, hardly any fashion at all. It was all about weird and aggressive personalities.

Marcy:  Yeah. Even I don’t believe in unicorns.

Cynthia (gasping):  Oh no. Marcy. What in the world are we going to write about? This is supposed to be a fashion blog. Well, sort of.  What are we going to do? We promised our readers a weekly recap. We have nothing to talk about except how obvious it was that Angela was going to get sent home because she seems somewhat normal and Sandro with his crotchless bathing suit and garish accessorizing …

Sandro’s Look (poor girl)

… and Timothy with his unicorns and model torture techniques (no makeup! no hair! no shoes! I mean, really?) …


Timothy’s Look (poor girl)

… are so insane they get to stay for the sole reason that they make for more dynamic TV. THAT IS NOT FASHION!

Marcy:  That’s Reality TV, Cindy.

Cynthia:  You’re right.

Marcy:  I’m always right. Would you please breathe now?

Cynthia (panicking again):  NO! WHAT DO WE DO NOW?

Marcy:  Take a nap?

Cynthia:  NO! We have a deadline. WE NEED A RECAP!

Marcy:  Calm down, Cindy. I’ll do the recap.

Cynthia sits down and tries to catch her breath.

Marcy:  Okay. Recap.

Cynthia looks at Marcy very hopefully (never a good idea).

Marcy:  Here goes.

Marcy gets distracted and starts chewing on her toes.

Cynthia:  MARCY!

Marcy:  Okay. Yeah. Recap.  Hmmmm… Well. That Tim Gunn is so handsome and sophisticated. Do you think he would let me be his kitty?


Marcy:  Okay, okay… Oh. I know.

Cynthia:  WHAT?!

Marcy:  The blue dress that won was very pretty.

Bradon’s Winning Look

Cynthia:  You know, I thought so too. Very nicely billowy.

Bradon’s Winning Look

Marcy:  Off to the presses.