Not that she's been producing flawless work or anything, but much like Gordana, she's been steadily producing strong work and we felt it was time for her to get a win.
Besides, the girl can talk trash and that just makes the show for us. Unlike Nicolas, she talks trash and then backs it up with superior work, so that just makes it all the better.
And thankfully, she had the intelligence to see that her original design wasn't working. Unlike this week's auf'ee, however, she managed to course correct and produce something miles better.
Model: Kalyn Hemphill
When this walked out on the runway, we both declared it the winner. There was simply no question.
There were plenty of good pieces, but this one was on a whole other level, as far as we're concerned. We love the way she placed the pockets and we loved the way she used a sharpie to outline certain elements like the belt loops or to put in faux stitches like on the pockets.
Of course it goes without saying that we love how she did the collar and the cuffs too.
But what we loved most of all is how she really embraced the medium. A lot of the other designers either chose paper with colors on it or colored the paper themselves. That's fine. We can certainly understand why they would want to do that. But Irina really went out of her way to show that this was actually made out of newspapers.
And the stark black and white really worked in her favor. Sure, she could have painted it red or something, but why go to the trouble? The genius of the piece is because it's made out of newspaper. No need to hide it.
Of course we'd be remiss if we didn't point out the slight execution issues in the back, but like the judges, we're willing to overlook it because the piece as a whole is so well done.
So congrats, girl! Trash talk all you want. If you've got the goods to back it up, you've earned the right.
[Photos: Mike Yarish/myLifetime.com - Video: myLifetime.com - Screencaps: Projectrungay.blogspot.com]
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