We think that about says it all, but we figure we have to write another couple hundred words to keep you entertained.
We think a win like this sums up the main problem of having someone like Nina wielding such influence in the judging decisions. A lot of the features on the dress are very much on trend: the color, the fullness and body-hiding quality of it, the bejeweled part, and the tight bust. If you put this dress on a 90-lb model and light her correctly and photograph her professionally, it would look great on the pages of a fashion mag.
But put it on a regular girl and try to pass it off as a prom dress? No freaking way.
Personally, we think it's straight-up fugly, but as we said, it's very much on trend.
And we're getting a little tired of Victorya sending exactly the same silhouette down the runway week after week without getting called on it. She's the Uli of S4.
Plus, we can't help thinking that she has issues with women's bodies. In fact, if a male designer repeatedly showed looks that completely obliterate any traces of shape or curve and openly admits that he likes to see women's breasts bound as tight as possible, the judges would rake him over the coals for it. They certainly had no problem repeatedly hanging the woman-hating criticism on Santino and Jeffrey - both of whom showed very similar silhouettes at times.
There's nothing wrong with making a fashion-forward prom dress but in our opinion, there's really only so far you can go in that direction. Generally speaking, girls that age want to look grown up and sophisticated so the dresses almost always trend toward classic goddess gowns or cocktail dresses.
Now, it could be argued that her client seemed to love the dress but frankly, you pull the average teenage girl off the street and tell her she's going to have a dress custom-made for her by a fashion designer, she's going to be made up by professional hair and makeup people and she's going to get to walk a runway like a real model, plenty of them are going to be thrilled. Do we think plenty of them would pick a dress like this to wear to their prom? Nope. Not for a minute.
We might have been able to accept this win if there were a lot of ugly or boring dresses last night, but the fact is there were several dresses that were truly stunning and one or two that not only looked appropriately prom-ish, but also managed to look stylish and up-to-the-minute.
If you can't tell, we absolutely hated this decision. We have nothing against VictorYA's aesthetic. There are times when it's entirely appropriate. Her Bitten dress for Sarah Jessica Parker had pretty much exactly the same silhouette and we thought it deserved the win. But that was an instance of the look matching the challenge. This, to us, was a wrong decision on every level.
[Photo: Barbara Nitke/Bravotv.com - Screencaps: Project RunGay]