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Project Runway Season 6: Meet Nicolas Putvinski

Ooh, we smell trouble on this one.



Nicolas Putvinski
Age: 27
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Current Home: New York, NY
Favorite Designer: Olivier Theyskens
Style Icon: Marlene Dietrich
Favorite Past Project Runway Designer: Rami Kashou, Season 4

Nicolas realized his designer potential at age 15 when he made a pleather tube top dress for his 12 year old sister. An immigrant from Russia, Nicolas spent most of his childhood in San Diego, CA, and had only three weeks to learn English before starting school in America. Nicolas went on to study design at the Fashion Institute of Technology and received further training at Izquierdo Studio in New York. Nicolas has had a number of works commissioned by W Magazine and Vogue, and some of his greatest fashion achievements include designing a dress for Marchesa and serving as the lead assistant to the costumer who makes the famous angel wings for Victoria’s Secret. This past February, Nicolas created a gown for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Oscars Design Challenge.

Why he’ll win?
Nicolas believes he will win because he is innovative, a master at fabric manipulation, works well under time constraints and has a fabulous personality to boot!

Tim Gunn: "If you have such a bad taste in your mouth about American fashion, [Gunn has wondered about the F.I.T. grad] why are you here?"

TimSpeak: You shut your whore mouth and sew, Ivan.




Honestly, he comes off fine in the videos, but that quote from Tim is awfully ominous, wouldn't you say? Tim's not the type to throw shade like that. Guess we'll have to watch what ha--see how it all turns out.

As for the portfolio...








The ghost of Chris March lingers. He certainly seems to have the technical skills down pat, but we're not really seeing anything that goes past "costume."

Here's something interesting: since he designed the angel wings for the Victoria's Secret runway shows, that means that he's the first designer to appear on the show who designed something Heidi wore in her professional life. We wonder what the dynamic will be like with that little bit of trivia.

Anyway, go check out his page on myLifetime.com and try to figure out if we're jumping the gun(n) on this one.


Tim Gunn's Quotes: Meet Project Runway's Newest Designers! [People]
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55 comments:

Daniel Franco is BACK!


A lot of designers from the former Soviet Union this year! Are the Weinsteins Pinko?


Excuse my random thought, but damn, he really looks like "Andy-Andy," the homicidal maniac from that old episode of "Cheers." Sam has to find a blind date for Diane, and he comes up with a murderer. I'm tellin' ya, it's this guy!


He looks so creepy in background of that first picture of his gown!


I hate that dress. In fact, I hate everything. He may be able to sew, but I've got little love here for him.

And where the hell is the rest of his work? Three pieces is all that can be found in the public forum? Hooker needs a website and advertise that shit.


Damn. Dude looks older than 27. Eat something!

Nothing is really jumping out at me.


I'm glad TLo commented on the fact that Heidi (may have?) has worn his work. I too wondered when reading that he did VS wings, whether that woud be an issue for anyone.

I laughed at the way he said that his fake fur, wasn't real enough that "she'd get paint thrown on her"?? I wondered when I saw the fur, whether he'd caught flack.


"Nicolas realized his designer potential at age 15 when he made a pleather tube top dress for his 12 year old sister."

Anyone else disturbed by this?


Tim doesn't like him.........
So maybe I do.


DuBois
8/11/09 1:36 PM
"Nicolas realized his designer potential at age 15 when he made a pleather tube top dress for his 12 year old sister."
Anyone else disturbed by this?


He designed a dress for his sister. What's disturbing about that?


I was disturbed by the image of a 12yo in a pleather tube top as well.

Also, I guess he didn't design the angel wings. He assisted the guy who did.


I'm curious to see if he falls into the "costume" category in every challenge and ends up being eliminated for not being able to think outside the box.


Anon 1:18 - "Andy Andy" -- too funny!

I like the gown, and of course it's fun to see Ann Marie. But we'll see.


bitchybitchybitchy

"You shut your whore mouth and sew, Ivan"!

TLo, it's for pearls such as this
that I love you both so much!

Oh, little Nicky did get on Tim's nerves, didn't he?

There is something about the name Putvinski that has me giggling hysterically, too....


First to go home. That's my prediction.


'Excuse my random thought, but damn, he really looks like "Andy-Andy," the homicidal maniac from that old episode of "Cheers."

First thing I thought was--he looks like a mass murderer. But of course, I'm remembering that guy from "Cheers"!


"Guess we'll have to watch what ha--see how it all turns out."

Almost had a Bravo promo slip didn't we. hahaha


'Realized his designer potential at 15' with that pleather dress, but in his audition tape says at 14 went back to London and appenticed for Philip Treacy?

Born in Russia, raised in London, but no trace of any accent?

I'm probably reaching here, but something just doesn't quite add up with this guy. I agree, looks creep and feels creep like "Andy Andy" lol! My least fav so far...


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I'm mystified and intrigued to find out what pissed Tim off so much because nothing, other than a touch of detail-oriented preciseness (perhaps courtesy of growing up around linear-thinking scientists), annoyed me about him. Perhaps nerves got the better of him and he went to obnoxious brag mode right away? We've seen people make that mistake before.

As for the clothes, well, I'm not sure he'll be able to create things quickly and that's more likely to be a problem.


I'm excited to see what he can do, because that white dress with the vest is breathtaking. I hope he uses the feathers well, though, and we won't see Vegas Showgirls coming down the Project Runway runway.

He has some incredible ideas, Nick sure was impressed with his creativity, and used correctly feathers can be gorgeous on a dress. I'm hoping we see some great stuff from him.


I agree with DuBois and Kali. He made a pleather tube top for his 12 year old sister! What the hell?! Ick.


Born in Russia, raised in London, but no trace of any accent?

I'm probably reaching here, but something just doesn't quite add up with this guy. I agree, looks creep and feels creep like "Andy Andy" lol! My least fav so far...



I thought the same thing and poked around online. His dad actually is a nuclear physicist who worked on Joint European Torus in the early 90s. That's near Oxford, about 20-30 miles from London. He quite possibly lived in the city,but only for a few years because his dad left there for ITER in San Diego. Not long enough to pick up a British accent really.


C'est moi, c'est moi Lola

I think Mr. Putvinski has the same chip on his shoulder that Rami-licious did: since he was not born in the US, he feels that he can bring more to his fashions than others could.

I'm not saying the boy ain't talented, but if he's like any other Russian male I know, he's got a distinct inferiority complex when it comes to comparing himself to those in the States, and overcompensates.

I'm just wondering what he did to hit Tim's third rail....


I hope he stays long enough to show off some nutty work. And to see what, exactly, he did to make Tim dislike him!

Of course, Tim never liked our beloved Stella Barbarella either, so take from that what you will.


Ooooh, a future "Timgate". Let's see what happens.


I see nothing at all interesting, creative or exciting about this guy.


I can't wait to see the impending train wreak here.

And I'm with the 'ick' factor-- a 12 yr old in a pleather tube dress is slimy.


You know, for everyone freaking out about the 12-year-old in the pleather tube top, you might want to go visit a Justice (formerly known as Limited Too) shop in your local mall. My daughter's Brownie troop got taken to one for a "fashion merchandising" outing/brazen marketing ploy sponsored by the Limited corporation. For the discerning 7-14-year-old demographic, there was a lovely selection of tube tops in various materials and mini-skirts in, yes, pleather. Needless to say, I had a chat with the troop leader after that eye-opening experience, but to suggest a pleather tube top is a sad reflection on Russian society alone would be incomplete.


"agnes gooch said: My daughter's Brownie troop got taken to one for a "fashion merchandising" outing/brazen marketing ploy sponsored by the Limited corporation. For the discerning 7-14-year-old demographic, there was a lovely selection of tube tops in various materials and mini-skirts in, yes, pleather."




Hookerwear for the tween set has been around for a long time. But when I was a kid, my mother would not let me wear my Brownie uniform to school, because she said it looked like a Gestapo uniform.

--GothamTomato


agnes gooch said:
You know, for everyone freaking out about the 12-year-old in the pleather tube top, you might want to go visit a Justice (formerly known as Limited Too) shop in your local mall. My daughter's Brownie troop got taken to one for a "fashion merchandising" outing/brazen marketing ploy sponsored by the Limited corporation. For the discerning 7-14-year-old demographic, there was a lovely selection of tube tops in various materials and mini-skirts in, yes, pleather. Needless to say, I had a chat with the troop leader after that eye-opening experience, but to suggest a pleather tube top is a sad reflection on Russian society alone would be incomplete.

I'm not attacking or criticizing you, but I think the complaint was that Nicolas making a pleather tube-top dress for his sister reflects poorly on Nicky, not the whole of Russia. However, your point about the Justice shop is spot on and you are correct that we shouldn't be acting as though Nicolas is the only person who ever put pleather on a preteen.

As for Nic himself, I'm echoing the homicidal maniac comment. The grey skin, stringy looking hair, the vest and the blank expression, he looks like he should be living alone in a direlect farmhouse where he kills women and poses them in dresses he makes from dirty curtains.

His clothes? The only thing that stands out to me is the first look, because it's such a copy of the looks from the Fall 2008 collection of Garreth Pugh. Now if our boy worked for Mr. Pugh that's fine and he should say so and be proud, because otherwise his best look is someone else's.

Garreth Pughs' 2008 Fall collection here: http://www.style.com/fashionshows/review/F2008RTW-PUGH/


That is Fall 2008 collection Garreth Pugh the part that belongs to Nicolas is the sequined bodysuit. It was in the June 2008 W magazine


Haha - I love it when Nick V. says 'Oh Honeeyyy..' Love him. =)


Anonymous said:
That is Fall 2008 collection Garreth Pugh the part that belongs to Nicolas is the sequined bodysuit. It was in the June 2008 W magazine.

Okay, thanks. That makes a lot more sense.


Hmm. Didn't know that Billy Ray Cyrus was on this show.


Ickk..

I think Billy Rae has been looking kind of cute; in no way do I get loner/serial killer from him.


Have any of those who think this guy looks like a serial killer ever actually met a serial killer?


wooooooooooooooooooooooooooow!!! u guys are seriuosly scary mean! Why dont we just tar and feather him while we are at it?!


I suspect Nicolas has EWK (Enemies With Keyboards)!


In regards to the pleather tube top dress for a 12 yo, according to the text he was only 15 when he made it. A 15 yo boy is not exactly a good judge of what is approprate clothing for preteen girls, even their own sisters. I would imagine that his tastes have changed somewhat since then.
I suppose he included that on his resume to show a certain industriousness on his part and kindness, if you will.


It seems like he has lingering issues with the United States, having clearly hated moving there when he was at a pivotal age like 13. I understand, since I moved when I was around that age as well, but he is seriously going to get on my nerves, I think.


Oh Lord... all I see when I look at him is Cousin Oliver from the Brady Bunch.

This does not bode well at all.


Perhaps I am merely forgetful, but Mr. Gunn is rarely that acid in his comments about a contestant. Either the drama will be delicious or he will simply be an annoying twit endlessly whining.


First look (and Gareth Pugh F08 RTW)--both inspired by Katamari? :D I want the model to go roll up the object in the background!

So is that second lingerie model not Heidi?


And speaking of the Gareth Pughs, so now safety pins and (goat) hair are in? :| CHRIS MARCH WUZ ROBBED!!!! or something.


So is that second lingerie model not Heidi?

That is Heidi, there are reports that Nicolas has been working with her for the last 8 years... now I can't wait to see this season, I hope they mentioned that to the other designers! DRAMA!!!


ooh! Drama!

Does it seem that the closer we get to the start of the show it's taking longer and longer and becoming more like torture?


mummy needs champagne

hm, he's intriguing, but not because of his designs. One more vote for Nic=plot device.


I like the first dress. :)


"TheNYCourier said...
A lot of designers from the former Soviet Union this year! "

I think that's awesome. I love when they have contestants from other countries.


I like the tuxedo gown cause it says I want to be formal, but I like to party.


"serving as the lead assistant to the costumer who makes the famous angel wings for Victoria’s Secret."

Is this like the guy who held the chisel for Michelangelo? You know, what's-his-name?


I just hope he doesn't get confused about which items can go in the microwave. It could get messy.


TheNYCourier -- I was about to comment about how so many seem to be from the motherland, yeah (although, strictly speaking, my motherland is Poland, but it was a USSR satellite so it counts). I highly enjoy Eastern European accents so I will be sad when Heidi says auf wiedersehen/do svidaniya.


"Nicolas realized his designer potential at age 15 when he made a pleather tube top dress for his 12 year old sister."

That's pretty much the most Russian sentence in the history of sentences.

Thoughts:
1. What the hell is he wearing?
2. Who thought giving him that heinous haircut was a good idea?
3. Does he even have a vision, besides costume-y? Seriously, everything is different design-wise and conceptually.

I have a feeling I'm gonna hate this bitchgirl.





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