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  1. BlackberryJam

    S17.E03: All the Rage

    I think the judge's made the right call for the win. I loathed Hester's print, but it was the most editorial. It would photograph well and draw the eye. Sebastian's outfit was gorgeous, but it wasn't as editorial. I'm not sure if I'm seeing a lack of talent this season (it has been 17 seasons....) or if these designers are afraid. Honestly, those were a bunch of apologetic prints. "Oh sorry, please don't notice I'm a print, just squint so I look like a textured solid." Ugh NO. They really should just go for it, which is I think while Garo stayed. His outfit was pure Barbarella, but at least it was bold and he took a chance.
  2. BlackberryJam

    S17.E03: All the Rage

    I thought Nadine was rude and inappropriate and her outfit was hideous. While her model is gorgeous, she is a terrible walker. I noticed it in E1. She's definitely more for print than runway. That being said, the problem wasn't that the model was a bad walker. The problem was that Nadine's gauchos tucked into boots design was ugly. The back was poorly constructed. The print didn't sing.
  3. BlackberryJam

    S17.E02: The Future Is Here

    Thigh high socks take it away from quirky fun to kinderhooker. The body mods were creepy, but I can think of a dozen ways to high light chest feathers. I'm surprised no one used any makeup on them, such as outlining them with bronzer or ever something to simulate fairy dust. The shoulder horns seemed to be screaming for a cape attached to them, but would leave them exposed, changing the body silhouette.
  4. BlackberryJam

    S7.E13 All the World's a Runway

    Did Michelle end up actually winning anything because of the massive delay in airing and the breakdown of the partnership with JC Penney? Dmitry’s clothes would have been too complicated for JCP to mass market and they were too high end as well. Michelle’s could be stripped down and mass produced much easier.
  5. BlackberryJam

    Figure Skating

    Wow...Medvedeva looks exhausted. The bags under her eyes look like the belong on a 60 year old face. Poor girl. Rest. Eat. Heal.
  6. BlackberryJam

    S17.E01: Premiere

    Sasha Fierce?
  7. BlackberryJam


    I use my Libby app and listen to audiobooks as I fall asleep at night and on my work drives. So I rarely want a book that requires strict listening. I was loving the MC Beaton books but then they switched narrators to Graeme Malcolm (I think that's the spelling) and he has this habit of never emphasizing the last word in Hamish's sentences, which totally change the purpose of the sentence. Even when Hamish is supposedly outraged, he still falls off at the end of the sentence. It's terrible. I can no longer listen to these books. I love anything Hugh Fraser reads.
  8. BlackberryJam

    S16.E10: Hoop Dreams

    Because you have to let dough rise, and knead it, making hamburger buns would have taken about four hours. Making waffles from scratch takes about ten minutes to mix up the batter.
  9. BlackberryJam

    S16.E10: Hoop Dreams

    You know, if the quality and skills of these chefs were better, people wouldn't be arguing over box mixes and tattling.
  10. BlackberryJam

    S07.E05: On the Prowl

    I see no similarities between those two except they are both pants and the model has her hand in a pocket. Anthony Ryan loves his pants and sporty tops. It's fine and fun, but it's not fashion. I find myself really struggling this season because it was filmed in 2017, so what was trending then is looking dated now. I hated that Michelle won for what was essentially a Dmitry dress. Sure, he doesn't own the technique, but when even the judges think it's not your work, that's an issue. How is Anya skating by?
  11. BlackberryJam

    S16.E08: Whatever Floats Your Boat

    Puppy Chow and Hot Brown are no stranger than Spotted Dick, Mousse Balls, Egg Cream, Mud Pie, Ladyfingers, Ants on a Log, Dirt Cake, Pigs in a Blanket, Toad in a Hole and Grinders. The name is only stupid or off-putting if you didn't grow up hearing it.
  12. BlackberryJam

    Figure Skating

    I loved Nathan Chen's Free, despite his costume malfunctions. I get this is an unpopular opinion, but Jason Brown is just not up to snuff. I don't feel any particular emotion from him because I'm always so nervous that he's going to screw it up because he's trying things for which he doesn't have the skill. His expression is overwrought and ...almost comical. Third seems exactly where he should be. It matches his skill, but rewards him for his non-jumping technical proficiency. He doesn't deserve better. As to the women, too much expectation can crush a 13 year old. Bradie Tennell's programs are insipid. Starr Andrews needs to accept the fact that she needs better coaching and better choreography if she wants to move up.
  13. BlackberryJam

    S16.E08: Whatever Floats Your Boat

    Why didn’t the blue team just use the green team’s ovens? Kelsey offered, but instead they decided to just pull all nighters. That was their choice, and I’m looking at you, Brian. His porchetta looked like it was the consistency of jellied ham fat. Ugh. No. Just no. You can serve good food, elevated food, and smile and be entertaining while doing it.
  14. BlackberryJam

    S07.E04: Of Corsets Fashion

    Irina’s coat was cool, but no way were they going to be able to mass reproduce that. The lace jumpsuit should be burned. I loved the idea of Dmitry’s more than the execution. I think the corsets they were working with looked cheap and ill-fitting. I like Sean’s take (I can’t believe I typed that) but it was very pajamas, which was on trend two years ago when this was filmed. My boobs ached looking at the winning design.
  15. BlackberryJam

    S07.E03: Buckle Up!

    I like Seth Aaron, but on the runway, I kept expecting him to invite me to board his yacht. What was with that neckerchief? His dress was truly terrible. He needed to sew those seat belts together, take off the clasps and re-position them, transform them into something else. Instead, we got seat belt car wash. He knows better. I almost felt like he was tanking it. Michelle's dress was pretty...but basic. So basic. The Australian designer's was just as basic but less pretty. Irina's looked like a mess to me.