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Meana Irina

She's not here to make friends, you know!


Kittens, should you ever find yourself on a reality television show, please, we implore you, do NOT haul out that tired old "I'm not here to make friends" line. It's so cliche that it'll only make you look stupid. We suggest the following: "I'm totally here to make friends! I have a long emotional history of fucking over the people closest to me! I'm a sociopath!" It means the same thing but it's got a little more panache to it.

Not that we think Irina's a sociopath. She's just a relatively talented designer who's received a bit too much love from the judges and thinks everyone else around her is miles behind her and doesn't deserve to breathe her air. We have to say, for all her bitchiness, we tend to agree with her points about half the time when she assesses the work of the other designers.

And come on, who didn't love her little crash and burn on the runway when she thought the judges were going to back her up on her plagiarism charge?

Model: Kalyn Hemphill

This wasn't a bad entry. No, wait. Scratch that. This was one of the better entries. There. That's a little more accurate. We do like that sweater.

But man oh man, do we ever hate that belt.

It just looks sloppy and the fabric adds yet another texture to a look that has too many as it is.

Look at all that crap on the ass! It looks like an upholstery sample book.

And that laceup on the back is tacky, tacky, tacky. In fact, Nina pointing out that the dress was a little cheap and slutty was just about the only part of the judging with with we totally agreed. We're all getting used to the crack-assed judging this season but we're getting damn tired of the judges failing to point out the obvious flaws in the pieces they deem their favorites. Look at how badly this is executed. Not a word from the judges about that.

And look at the weird fit issues on this thing! Nina! We know you were fighting a losing battle against the tacky brigade but why didn't you point this out?

About the only thing we can compliment (aside from the sweater) is the fact that she did manage to make the pieces look like companions.

In the end, she earned her second place finish. But the only reason it scored as high as it did was because there was so much ass on that runway. All we can think is, if this piece had appeared in, say seasons 3 or 4 and had to stand next to pieces by Laura, Uli, Jeffrey, Rami, Christian or Jillian, it would have wound up on the bottom easily. That's a sad statement on the quality of the judging this season. Nina tried her best, but she was overruled by the "I would wear this" judges.

Extended Judging:


Tim Gunn's Workroom Critique:



[Photos: Mike Yarish/myLifetime.com - Videos: myLifetime.com - Screencaps: Projectrungay.blogspot.com]


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166 comments:

i love her, and i hope she's the winner of this season


good grief, charlie brown! that dress is even uglier than i thought. i missed the behind shot when i was watching the show because i forgot to care.

just give me epperson's wild west dress and maybe i'll forgive this season.


Yawn. Irina being the most interesting game in town is just more proof of how much this season sucks.


Of course Heidi would wear it - it is cheap, tacky and slutty. All of Heidi's favorites!


It looks like an upholstery sample book.

LOL! It did! You guys are right (as always...a bow ensues)that her work would look shoddy compared to some of the stellar designers of year's past.

I was thinking that, even in the All-Star Challenge, the designers had to make an outfit from their dinner out.

"Designers.....your challenge is to make a couture outfit from the leftover food on your plates...you have 15 minutes."

I, too, am tired of: "Here's a bunch of cash, make something nice, you have two days."


Ugly soul, ugly clothes.

It all fits with Irina. And I agree that the workmanship was horrendous. "Luxe" my ass.


I really liked this on Thursday. Now, not so much. I do think it worked though, and I think Irina is the strongest/best designer left. She's still a bitch, though.


I hate that dress. HATE it. The texture, color, fit, lace up crap, all of it. It was a bottom three without that jacket.

I enjoy Irina's bitchiness. It's pretty obvious that it's not due to editing, which means she's a genuinely unlikeable and untrustworthy person. For that reason, it'll be much more fun to see her crash and burn at Bryant Park than win. If she wins, I'm pretty sure I can call this season a complete waste of my time.

So glad Nina and Michael are secured for next season. I honestly wouldn't care at this point if we just stopped this season and started from scratch next week.


I keep looking at it. Seriously, who would wear that? who? I can't see it on anyone.


I'm constantly surprised at the bad execution this year and how often it gets a pass. Especially since in seasons past, having a poorly made look was often enough to get auf'd.


Andrea said: "Yawn. Irina being the most interesting game in town is just more proof of how much this season sucks."

Totally agree. I find her clothes to be completely boring. I will repeat, one more time, that she's a terrible bitch because she's BORING with her bitchiness, and it's not even fun. Her clothes make me yawn, and this time her garments weren't even that great. I absolutely agree with Tom and Lorenzo about the dress; it wasn't well made, the fit was pretty terrible, and it looked cheap and slutty.

I really wish that Nina fought with Heidi more on this one because I really wanted to shove those judge cards right down Heidi's throat when she "overruled" Nina. Heidi, you do NOT get to tell Nina what's what, especially when you're wearing a ridiculous get-up like that. Your outfit would have landed one of the designers in the bottom three! Ugh, so terrible. Heidi has been killing this season.


I liked where she was going with the lace applique in the beginning then she put the horrible crap on the hips and I didn't even see the back till now!! Yuck! How can she be proud of that? The lace up, the frick-frack all over the bottom? Blech. And I totally agree that the belt was horrid. It looks like it is the upholstery to the companion chair of whatever sofa the dress came from. Cheap is right!


honesty.not.pc

I really liked that sweater but HOLY GOD that little dress is fuuuugly. It is like a hooker Scarlet O' Hara took the fabric off the fireside chair to make a dress to pay her taxes.

Seriously..Irina may be talented but she is a bitch. Normally I would be ok with this but come on girl! You did not invent baggy neutral toned sweaters or shitty belts.


I don't hate the brocade as much as some posters seem too. But I think her original sketch was better than the revision. She could have still done that look with the brocade as the skirt.
She isn't all that bitch. She knows what she is doing and it is probably a bit nerve racking for her to watch some of the others stare at their fabric like deers in the headlights.
As to the copying charge on the runway. Heidi is the one that brought it up. Saying the two sweaters are similar (which they really aren't that). Irina was trying (I think) to bring in the fact that her Aspen look had the first oversize sweater, even though she did revise her original look. Anyway I think the runway scene was a deliberate producer created drama to stir the pot and turn A and I against each other.


Why did no one mention the tan panels on the side of her dress? They made the whole thing look unfinished.

The sweater was nice, but something about it was bugging me until I read your comments, TLO. The belt! Spot-on about that.

Annsunny


Thanks for the back-of-the-dress shot. I remarked to my husband Thursday evening that the front piecing was OK but I didn't like the sides/hips -- and now that I see the back, I like it even less!

And puh-leese, Irina bitching about Althea copying her sweater? How many strapless sheath dresses have we seen, wonky upholstery piecing or not? We could just as easily say this dress copied Gordana's winner from the divorcee challenge!


Irina is talented. The dress was a rare misstep from her. The dress was, of course, ass. The giant sweater was awesome, and the pattern of the dress peeking out from underneath was nice (even though the dress, alone, was asstastic).

I don't think the 2nd place finish for this outfit means everything is ass all the way around for this whole season. We definitely saw Leanne, Uli, and others do less than extraordinary work, even this late in the season.

In fact, this season has had some of the same issues of earlier seasons, though slightly less pronounced, of inadequate designers being moved forward at the expense of more talented designers, for the sake of the televisual quality of the show. There's no other reason to explain Logan's longevity in the season.

I do think this season has been a teensy bit less problematic in that regard, because I don't think we ever saw better designers being inexplicably auffed for clearly better work in a given competition. Like Nick V. v. Santino, or Austin v. Wendy Pepper -- there were times when the single, solitary reason for an Auf was that the turd designer made for better TV, in the producers' view. The show was much much MUCH worse in this regard last season, and in the Kaynebow season (when, sorry, Kayne was advanced despite his irredeemable tackiness, as were others).


Wow. I didn't realize how bad that dress was until I saw these photos. The back of it is horrible.
The bustier was nice, but the fit was wonky and I hated the back, but that skirt was pure fug.
I agree with Andrea. The saddest thing is that Irina is probably going to win this season.


I thought the dress was cute on TV, but it's much, much worse close up. Poorly made, looks like the back WAS made from scraps, seems to have nothing to do with the sweater at all. Althea's outfit was more coherent.


I meant to add to my point -- when stronger designers, like Epperson and Shirin, were Auffed, it was at least arguable that they had made some fug in that competition, unlike, say, Nick V. when he was Auffed to save Santino despite a far superior entry in the contest.


Oh, how I love Nina.

The belt on the sweater is awful, but the sweater is wonderful.

I do think the tapestry fabric is lovely and I see why she was drawn to it. The problem is that the lighter panels at the sides and the lacing up the back (which I hadn't seen before) turn it into Can Can or Saloon Girl wear. IF she had continued with what it looks (in the Tim video) like she planned originally -- that is, kept the top part long and away from the body, over a straight (not-body-hugging) skirt, she might have pulled it off.


"Tlo said: It looks like an upholstery sample book."




I think it looks like the wall paper that's on the walls of every Moscow apartment I've ever seen.

However I can forgive that because I'm sure that the bitterness she must feel for being egregiously overlooked by the Nobel Committee for her invention of The Sweater, has got to affect her.

I just hope you boys use your screen grab superpowers to show the Zapruder-like freeze frame that shows what looks like double-stick tape sticking out from Kalyn's armpit.

--GothamTomato


I Can't Find My Soul

Irina, Irina
Gal, you lost your soul so long
We're hatin' on you baby
Baby, please go home

I got a blog that bitches
You got a mouth that snitches
I got some fur that itches
Friends don't mean a thing

Irina, Irina,
Gal, you're on my mind
I'm slinkin' off the runway
And I can't keep from cryin'





[with deepest apologies to Bob Dylan]


Anon said "So glad Nina and Michael are secured for next season. I honestly wouldn't care at this point if we just stopped this season and started from scratch next week."

1,000,000% agreed. and can we NOW have the magical elves and their casting people back too???


I thought there was potentially a really fabulous look here. Unfortunately, that wasn't the one Irina made. The bottom of that dress was all kinds of ugly and the lacing at the back was terrible. I like the sweater but you're spot on with that awful belt. The more I see of this, the more I'm convinced the judges were quite right to give it to Althea.


I just can't get past the wide beige strips on the sides and back -- they look like she tacked an ace bandage on a sofa cushion.


I say this every week about her work, but Kings Highway, Kings Highway, Kings Highway. If you don't know what I'm talking about and you happen to live in NY, hop on the Q/B to Brooklyn and get off at the stop by the same name. The fancier dress shops down there all work this aesthetic (the other shops there seem to be working the look I like to call Communist Fire Sale).

Her designs always look like something a Brooklyn Russian lady would wear to a Brighton Beach nightclub. That is definitely a look I can get behind to a large extent, but it also has its off-putting aspects, and it is not high-fashion - it is an aesthetic that aspires to be high fashion and always falls short. And her attitude is so unjustifiably ugly and catty. She's so grim about everything - she never seems to have any fun, and her designs reflect that. Did she not realize that the lacing in the back, and all the inserts, and all the pattern, was too much? Also, maybe this is just me, but skirt shorter than coat is just not a nice or elegant look.

I can understand why people like these giant baggy sweaters, but they remind me of the design a few seasons back that one judge said looked "like it was crying" - I can't remember who made it, but it was also a baggy knit thing.

And, yeah, the fit. It was all over the place.


Wow, that dress is even worse that I originally thought. It could stand against most of Jerrell's work.

The oversized camel sweater does tie everything together, but it doesn't really go with a brocade hoochie dress. I much preferred Maria Von Trapp's work with upholstery fabric.


Nick: "She looked like a former Russian model who has just married a millionaire."

In what universe is that a compliment?

(No offense to actual Russian models——who, I assume, have, in varying degrees, as much or as little taste as the general population——intended... But as the stereotype was brought into play...)


Best part of the extended judging: Nina sighs and says (paraphrase), I'm going to have to do this alone.


Whoa, just noticed the lace-up back, even though TLo pointed it out. Oops. That is ugly.


I can't see Kors not mentioning the really bad fit of this dress. The brocade on the rear end reminds me of a bad sofa to be honest.


See, why don't they show these close-ups on the actual show? I didn't even realize there was a lace-up back, which makes it even worse than I thought. All I saw were some possible fit/execution problems on the hips while it was on the runway. That back is horrendous. And tacky. Really tacky.


I actually liked this from the front (with the exception of the belt), but now that I've taken a good look at it from the back: YIKES. The sweater is the saving grace of this look.


Does this dress remind anyone else of Wendy Pepper's Bryant Park collection? Similar color and tone, same upholstery fabric, fur...even the models look like sisters.


This girl is firmly stuck in Dynasty/Dallas land except that she makes her stuff shorter and even tighter--therefore more tacky.

Nothing--except perhaps Joan Collins hoofing it down the runway--can make her output look interesting to me.

This is a young woman who won an opportunity to design a holiday outfit to be sold in Macy's-- and the best she could come up with is a disco-drapey dress with a big fat glittery butterfly?!

I just do not understand the judging on her. Not at all.

I am going to hurl if she ends up with the win this season. Honestly.


Also, I think they're not harping as much on bad execution because they know the designers have less time to finish their stuff than in past seasons. So sick of one-day challenges.

Leela said...

I say this every week about her work, but Kings Highway, Kings Highway, Kings Highway. If you don't know what I'm talking about and you happen to live in NY, hop on the Q/B to Brooklyn and get off at the stop by the same name. The fancier dress shops down there all work this aesthetic (the other shops there seem to be working the look I like to call Communist Fire Sale).


Spot on. They've been doing work on the Q line, tho -- don't miss your stop. :)


Jeffrey??? You include Jeffrey in your list of designers who were good and could beat Irina?

I don't THINK so.


I don't like Grozirina,
I don't hate her,
I nothing her.


But she should've kept her mouth shut with that big ball of tack she had rolling down the runway.

She even had the gall to accuse Dr. Whitfield of using cheap fabrics, and then shows up with THAT?????

Of course, she would've been on the bottom compared to those other designers, but you forgot Kara Saun as well.


Kayln handled herself with grace against the strangeness of Katie's accusations. Kayln also seems to really like Irina. Is she absolutely clueless or has she simply sold her soul to Marie Claire?

Irina does seem slightly sexually attracted to her though, which is all kinds of hot. Would love Irina to be a TRUE baddass in the Crystal Conners vein.


Bravo is replaying S1 this week and I caught the last regular episode (the design a dress for Nancy O'Dell at the Grammys episode). The first time I saw that episode, I thought the looks were okay, but not anyone's best work. Seeing it now, when my point of reference is the Season 6 designers is a totally different experience. In comparison to what we've seen this season, those dresses were awesome. I can't remember seeing one thing this season that was as special as the skirt part of Jay's dress. And that was not considered by the judges to even be one of his stronger pieces. Thank god Nina and the Duchess will be back for every episode next season. The show has suffered without them.


@StateofSiege97, that says to me "new money." All it needs are some tacky large gemstones and we'd have a winner!

I liked the brocade too, but eek on the back. If this was another season, she would have been totally called on that.

This season has been nothing but a choice between s*it or diarrhea.


Well, who knows. Maybe in a week or so they'll do a home visit with Irina and spin a back story that will leave us weeping. Weeping in sympathy WITH Irina - not weeping AT Irina and her bad behavior.

I am with the consensus: I HATE the dress - it's puckery and patched together.


This is another great example of why I love this blog! The pictures you've posted show very clearly what was wrong with this outfit in a way that the quick walk down the runway didn't capture. When I watched the show on Thursday, I thought this was an "eh" ok look but now seeing the sloppy details, it's another story.

Yet another example of where consistent judging would have been a help as I can't imagine the dynamic duo of LaGarcia/Kors would not have been noting such issues if they'd been around regularly.

srq


Tom, Lorenzo, when I read that comment about how these looks could not stand up against seasons three and four, I realized what bothered me about this season.

It's like going from the major leagues to the minors. It's the same in theory and practice, but when it comes to the game, it's just not the same.


The sweater survives because it drapes well and we can't see the construction.
The dress totally redefines Irina's esthetic. Does she really think anything about this is good?

Has she been using dark and blah fabrics to hide her lack of design skills?


"She's just a relatively talented designer who's received a bit too much love from the judges and thinks everyone else around her is miles behind her and doesn't deserve to breathe her air."


Translation: She's Daniella 2.0


honesty.not.pc said "It is like a hooker Scarlet O' Hara took the fabric off the fireside chair to make a dress to pay her taxes." LOL...so true....wish I'd thought of that first!


Am suprised at the overwhelming bad taste Heidi has infused this season, this ep another good example, with. Irons won't win, though, I don't believe it. She is not that good. Just so-so. I sincerely hope dumb ass Heidi stops making a fool out of herself with disgusting babyish comments over ruling Nina on the judging. Without Kors and Nina there this show went into the toilet.


It's all a bit too Euro-trashy for me. There's a market for her "luxe" looks, but -- ick!



TLo said:
Look at all that crap on the ass! It looks like an upholstery sample book.

OMG, I just laughed myself silly at this comment!!!!

You boys are carrying the entire season on your shoulders. This is like Mystery Science Theatre 3000, where the fun is in the hilarious commentary on old, tacky movies.

You've just made my entire week.


Wow. Up close, this is made of FAIL. Not that I was thinking it was much better for afar.

I'm glad Nina called her out on it (which doesn't surprise me as both Heidi and Nick have questionable taste imo, even though I like both as people).

It didn't look chic at all to me. Her choices of fabric make me sick, it's so dated. The fur just makes it all worse. Fake or not, it just made it (specially in this outfit) tacky, in a Ivana kinda way.

Oh, and about not lending Gord the hook... Guess what? If your work is really good, you'll win. Being petty doesn't up your chances. It only makes you look like an asshole.

Attitudes like this makes me love PR Australia even more. No villains, no big assholes (only the accidental) and still far from boring. [Boys, you should recap them!!]

I don't find her bitchness entertaining at all. She's not even a good villain. She's just looks and sounds sour all the time.


That should have said Irina, not Irons. Sorry!


PS - No word on Tape Gate?

Without tape, there's no way that dress would stay up. I'll bet Irina made Kaylinn use it, but they edited out that reveal of dastardly "cheating" on Meana's part because she wins the whole shebang.

Dang.


Just went back and looked at the colections from season 6, since we don't know who sent them down the runway. Two of the collections have big sweaters like this in them- hmmm, Irina and Althea?


I would just like to give a heartfelt thanks to Lifetime for its outstanding Project Runway support. To the extent this Season 6 is bearable, a lot of the credit has to go to them and their totally awesome online features.

Of particular note are the TLo awards and the extended judging and extended Tim Gunn workroom critiques videos, the very easy access to each designer's bio and output, and the extremely nifty scorecard that, before this, we had to rely on Wikipedia for. And having the full episodes available, even if the content is disappointing this year, is simply outstanding.

All these "surrounding" features make it possible to examine the critical parts of each show and put the designers' output in perspective, as well as to get a much-needed Tim, Dutchess and Nina fix at will to lift our moods.

A huge high five and a very heartfelt thanks to Lifetime. I could not last this particular season through without these wonderful features. Truly spectacular job!


Thursday, I watched the model spin twice trying to figure out what was going on-all I could 'see' was a tail. So it didn't really fit her model either....


But I gotta love G. Tomato's
"I just hope you boys use your screen grab superpowers to show the Zapruder-like freeze frame that shows what looks like double-stick tape sticking out from Kalyn's armpit."


This is much worse than I originally thought. Unusually poorly made for Irina, who has always managed to justify her bitchiness with excellent work. It looks like she gave a half-assed effort here, and I'm disappointed in her.


Hmmm... Not as well made as I had thought after watching the show - screen grabs show all flaws. I'd still take it over Althea's because it at least has Color and Texture (and Bust Support), words that are foreign to these designers. Even if it does look like a '60s sofa tied with a '70s curtain sash. Delicious to see Irina have a reality check on the attitude - she is good but not THAT good.
-Anon 1


Too heavy, too upholstery-looking; it looks like the model is stuck between the couch and the throw.


Everything the designers have made this season has run the gamut from sorta cute to meh. Obviously, there's been nothing drop-dead awe-inspiringly gorgeous. There hasn't been anything god-awful, either, not when compared with Santino's underwear collection, Wendy's...well, just about anything, Kenley's avante garde Mickey Mouse Ears dress, etc.

As far as villains go, Irina is a pale bland shadow of Wendy Pepper, Jeffrey, Santino, etc. Even the scandals from past seasons (Did Keith use those books, did Jeffrey cheat, Shoegate) were so much more interesting than this season's (GASP! Two-sided tape!).

whatever.


I couldn't love Nina more than when she said that dress looked cheap.


Good in theory. In practice, there are some execution issues.

It IS a good complementary outfit to her winning Aspen one. The jacket is fine. And I DO like the belt quite a bit.

The dress' brocade is absolutely beautiful. But the dress itself is too tight. And I do not know if doing the corset with all the details in the back was such a good idea. Maybe she should have just put a zipper on it. And I wish it had had straps or even cap sleeves- then Kalyn would not have needed the double-sided tape, hehe.

Overall it is a beautiful piece. The dress is not super duper wearable, but it was probably just the execution. Had it been better executed, it would have been more wearable and it MAY have won.

Definitely prettier than Althea's. And I do like the use of color and texture.


PS On second glance maybe not that much bust support, but at least one isn't mesmerized by bounce. And 'upholstery' is dead on.
-Anon1


Oh, love your critique! You are SO right - looks like an upholstery sample book! And it's sewed together in a LHOTP patchwork quilt. AND that laced-up back was super slutty, indeed. In Nina's defense, not all of the judging is on camera, and she *must* have been specific in her comments.

"I would wear that," coming from someone in silver bermuda shorts, hot pink, and a black blazer - - - well, get serious!!! Cheri


Clearly Irina is a mortal lock to get to Bryant Park, but I don't think she is necessarily a favorite to win once there. She's been a machine on PR so far because her obvious talent is amplified by a specific set of character traits: she is totally self-confident, icily focused and efficient in the workroom, and extraordinarily decisive. (It took her .05 seconds to come up with a new plan when confronted with an unexpected fabric choice at Mood, and it was amusing watching her waiting impatiently for the other designers to finish shopping!)

These are useful qualities, and paramount to the success of a surgeon, fighter pilot, or professional athlete, but they have nothing to do with creativity or artistic genius, and they will be to no advantage in a situation where the other finalists will be limited only by their imaginations. I for one think Carol Hannah might surprise everyone -- she works more slowly, and it always seems like just as her design is coming together, it's time for the runway. I'm curious as to what she would come up with on her own schedule, and I hope we'll get a chance to find out.


"Tlo said: Look at all that crap on the ass!"




True, it is quite attention-grabbing. But then again, if I had an ass like that, I'd want to draw attention to it.

In fact, if I had an ass like that, it would be my avatar.

--GothamTomato


honesty.not.pc said..."I really liked that sweater but HOLY GOD that little dress is fuuuugly. It is like a hooker Scarlet O' Hara took the fabric off the fireside chair to make a dress to pay her taxes."

Hahhahahhhaaaa! Thanks!


Does no one else think that the pattern on the front of the skirt looks like a giant vagina?


"relatively talented" indeed. And only relative to the other designers in this season. I don't think any of them are at all fabulous in terms of what they are churning out.

She's a person who is able to focus on her work, which I think has gone a long way toward catapulting her toward the top of this very short heap.


I bet Nina pointed out everything, but I'm betting the editing is the problem. I mean, look at how B&M edit all their other shows. They are not going to care about legitimate criticisms.


Saint Tim said He regretted the bravo/lifetime war the most because the designers did not get their time in the spotlight at bryant park. well if she wins- (and cone on it looks like it from what we can speculate is collection number 3) then there really is justice in the world.


Umm...am I the only one who is confused with Heidi's silver bermuda pants? An homage to Logan maybe? I still can't get over them - no wonder Heidi loved this.


I thought it looked cheap and slutty on Thurs. Now after seeing the stills it's even worse than I thought. The back is horrible. Horrible.

It also makes the model look like she has a tummy, which she obviously doesn't. If the model doesn't look go in something no one is.

Carol Hanna should have scored higher than this, even though her dress didn't fit her model very well on top and it was pretty basic.


love the screengrabs cause everytime i get to see these pieces on your site i get a much better look at why my initial thought was "ugh" and also it sometimes changes my mind completely. the side panels, the back & the laceup were the main culprits in the ugliness of this outfit.


Oh good Lord, that Irina's dress is worse than I thought. It reminds me of the little anole lizards that run around my garden.
The sweater is Ok, however, the execution on that dress should have surely been brought up, BUT, of course it was short and tight, and Lady Silverpants would NEVER have allowed it to be auf'd.
I am so ready for this season to be over, tired of being crabby at 11PM every Thursday night.


The belt is godawful, but if you look carefully at the back of the dress, there's a stripe of that same fugly gold brocade from the lacing down. Why on earth she did that I have no idea; surely one shitty brocade was enough, who needs two?


"But the only reason it scored as high as it did was because there was so much ass on that runway"

Amen to that!


This was my favorite when I saw the show. Seeing the stills, I now must go make a pitcher of margs and drown my sorrows. Oh, my, how dreadful...


If last week was the divorcee spending her ex-husband's money this week is the skank that her ex left her for.


Every time Heidi Ho says that she would wear that to me is insult to the designer because of the things she does wear.


Nick: "She looked like a former Russian model who has just married a millionaire."

Soooo, spot on! Except I would substitute stripper for model. This outfit screams new money and no taste and an inordinate amount of time spent at the gym.
Oh, that lace up detail in the back....so
very "Real Housewives of (Insert Lame Place Here)."

Maureen


NahnCee said: Jeffrey??? You include Jeffrey in your list of designers who were good and could beat Irina?

Sorry TLo that sticks in my crawl too -- all I can think about is the yellow tartan wrap-around crapfest couture AND Jeffrey, while not half the designer Irina is, was twice the mean jerk.


"Does no one else think that the pattern on the front of the skirt looks like a giant .... ?"

YES.


Don said...

Umm...am I the only one who is confused with Heidi's silver bermuda pants? An homage to Logan maybe? I still can't get over them - no wonder Heidi loved this.

Seriously, WTF???? It's hard to decide what is fuglier - this horrid dress or Heidi's inconceivable shorts??


Yipes that outfit held up much better in motion :s


I wouldn't say this look is slutty. It shows no cleavage at all, and the fabric and color choices are a bit demure. It is a bit on the short side, and I agree with Nina's criticism there and TLo's criticism about the ass (didn't notice that the first time around).

I can see cheap, but the fabric is nice, and I like the upholstery inspiration, and works well with her other look.

I think a slightly different silhouette with the dress and better execution, could have been a knockout look.

I still dislike Irina, though, but at the same time, she's right half the time and we're all thinking the same thing...

It will be interesting to see who makes it to BP. At this point, any of these designers could go. Really just depends on who crashes and burns the next couple episodes. I have a feeling christopher is gonna pull out something in his bag of tricks.

I actually don't want him to win. He needs to work for a designer for a few years to hone his skills. He's not ready to be on his own.


more ass than a strip club!

Another blah entry by a mediocre designer in a small pool of mediocrity.


Yeah, nobody's here to make friends:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w536Alnon24

When I first saw this dress, I went, "Yay! Color!" Which is a measure of how color-starved this season's clothing is.

I wonder whether people like Carol Hannah or Gordana would step it up if they had longer or better defined challenges. I just don't know anymore. I'm so damn sick of Heidi and otherwise bored that I'm pretty much watching this thing to keep up with TLo. So thanks, guys.


Anybody else think Carol Hannah's garment had bust fit issues? The top was way too loose, and sliding all over the place!


My biggest problem with this lok is the pattern down the front of the dress made the model look pregnant (or at least bloated).

there have been very few "wow" moments at all this season... I hope they get their acts together for the next one.


Irina is a poor man's jillian. In fact, she can't hold a candle to Jillian, which speaks volume to how poor this season is.


Wow, much worse in stills than in motion on Thurs. night. Lifetime does have a cool option of mousing a magnifying glass over the outfit (that's how I first saw Gordana's awful folded darts from last week). Agree with MarlyandMom--the "anonymous" runway show sure looks like the work of Althea, MeanaIrina and Dr. Whitfield.


Oops, make that MarylandMom...


There really isn't anything more to say, you pretty much summed it all up so....
HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!!
TRICK OR TREAT
SMELL MY FEET
GIVE ME SOMETHING GOOD TO EAT


My first reaction to it was "it looks like she's wearing lingerie under her sweater!" And I didn't like that.

The sweater's kinda nice I guess. I don't really like that style at all, so it's harder for me to judge it. But I hate the dress. Bleh.


On the subject of double-sided tape:

Does anyone seriously believe that the other four models don't know whether Kalyn used the tape? Is it significant that NONE of them say they think Kalyn is innocent? All they can say is that a model should be taken at her word -- perhaps the models have a no-ratting-out work ethos.

Also, do people think Katie was being literal when she said Kalyn had had to be told FOUR TIMES not to use the tape? My inquiring mind wants to know.


Am I the only one that likes that sweater? Sure, it looks comfy, but only looks good on people the size of her model. You put that sweater on anyone with a normal body and it will make them look fat. It has no shape and while the belt does give some waist definition ... the folds of the bottom front of the sweater lie directly across the lower part of the stomach. Having bunches of fabric in that area is *nobody's* ideal unless you are a complete stick. Point being, stick that sweater on a regualr woman of any size and it would add about 20 lbs to their frame. That said, the sleeves are nice.


I actually liked the pattern of the dress and could totally see its appeal. It did not remind me of a couch at all. However, she should have patterned the whole dress, the piecing she used made it look AWEFUL.

The front pattern used alone, flanked by the tan fabric stripes brought to mind pubic hair, and the back stripe pattern was definitely couch like. Did she run out of fabric? I actually loved rest of the outfit, and could imagine a kick ass dress out of that fabric. But seriously, the bottom of that dress was BAD.


I actually don't mind Irina anymore. She may be bitchy, but her clothes have been well made, adequately designed and not stupid. So there! PR has been relegated to making something that isn't stupid!

I hated CH's dress, hated Christopher's dress, really hated Logan's dress & really, really hated Althea's ensemble. What has become of my beloved PR? I hope EVERYONE gets eliminated next week and they show losers from seasons past to put in Bryant Park.


VERY ill fitting and "chip" dress. I think it was too literal a take from her previous ensemble.


I like Irina and find most of her bitchiness to be pretty mild. If she were a shit designer like Christopher it would be one thing, but she's not. She's pretty good, so she can say whatever she wants.

Carol Hannah had the only other decent thing on the runway. Althea's was unwearable on anyone not 6 feet tall and 110 lbs, and even then...not so much.


loved the sweater, the dress looked like a slutty throw pillow


Actually, the truth about the poor execution of this dress came out on MOTR. The top was falling down!!! I don't think you can do a strapless anything without boning and expect it to stay up! FAIL from the Queen of the show (self appointed).


I usually love her work even if it's a little dull in color but this was a huge dud. Proportions? The volume of the sweater was ridiculous. The length of the skirt and sweater were too short to be the same. And, the fugly print on the dress looks like if Scarlet O'Hara used a carpet instead of drapes to make a dress.

Irina is strong in design and usually in execution but she bombs in color and prints.


Another snorefest of a PR 6 episode.

I'm telling you - having Heidi as the lead judge this season gives her free reign to base every design on whether or not she'd wear it. We all know she likes it short, tight, and shiny.

BTW, has anybody checked on Alex? I'd look under a pile of upholstery remnants near Meana's work station.


Heidi's eyes lit up when "short" and "tight" made its way down the runway. I'm convinced that Irina should go work for Cache producing their tacky rich bitch clothing.


From the quick look we got of this on the show, I thought it was nice (I missed the back shot, too). Then I saw it again in still photos and GAH that is one ugly, poorly-made dress. The stitching in the back is a mess.


Anonymous (5:59)

"I hope EVERYONE gets eliminated next week and they show losers from seasons past to put in Bryant Park."

Lol, Anon. And from your mouth to the producer's ears. I would soooo watch this episode --- again and again and again. Then and only then would I feel at least satisfied and less cheated from the hideousness of this season.

I'm no fan of Irina's onscreen bitchiness, but have admired most of her designs --- with the exception of this disaster. She really should have stuck with her origianl plan and design --- and kept on going when she hit the fugly fabric and tacky trim aisle of Mood.

- edina -


There's a difference between "not here to make friends" and "here to make enemies", and regardless of how talented she is, Irina is far too much of the latter.


I must say that Irina is now the designer I'm rooting against the win. I want her to make it to the finals, even the last 2, but when Heidi announces that the winner isn't her, man I'd LOVE to see the face she'd make, or the curse words that would be flying from her mouth lol


When Irina told Tim she was drawn to that upholstery fabric in Mood and changed her design to accommodate it, all I could think was WTF? That brocade had bad Poconos honeymoon suite written all over it and the dress she made from it is tacky, tacky, tacky.

I differ with you, TLo, about the sweater. The sash, the fake fur trim, and the sloppiness of the volume make it a disjointed mess. She'd have been in my bottom three for sure. In fact, I'm still trying to figure out how to get all 6 of the remaining designers in the bottom 3. New math, anyone?


Irina could have completed her look by sewing patches on the elbows of the sweater.


Irina needs to deflate her head. She makes clothes, she doesn't create fashion and if she were on any other season she and her cheap hooker clothes would have gone home a long time ago.

Also: why is Heidi so hostile to Gordana? It's one thing to hate the clothes but it's clear to me Heidi has crossed the line to hating the person and I find that baffling because Gordana is one of the nicest people to have ever been on the show.

Does Heidi have an ethnic problem with her? No matter the reason, it's disturbing to see Heidi be cruel to someone who doesn't deserve it and if this how it's going to be on Lifetime I'm not going to watch anymore. I don't enjoy it at all.


That dress is heinous. Serious Fashion Bug material.


I think Irina is really talented and I think she would've been a formidable opponent in other years where the competition was more, let's say, fierce.


So, for awhile we were all thinking this was a talented group, just the judging and challenges were poor. TLo, what do u think now? Sincerely curious


Gawd, I didn't even realize the back of that dress looked like that! Hideosity! That said, I'm with you on the sweater (like) and the belt (dislike). If Irina had simply made a simple strapless shift made all from that pretty red brocade she likely would have won - THIS year. Right you are about how it would stand next to, say, Jillian's. The answer is it wouldn't.


I can actually think of someone who would wear this dress:

Paris Hilton.

I mean it! Just take a few inches off the hem and she'd wear it.


I would bet that Irina did not buy enough of the "brocade"/embroidered organza. She had to cut and piece it to form the design on the front (I think), so I'm guessing there wasn't enough to make a matching back. The truly horrible lace-up closure and pieced bottom of the skirt were her attempts at creative solutions to this problem. A big fat FAIL in my opinion.


at the end of the season, can you boys please make a special comment on both the crap casting & the total lack of wow designs this year? i mean, some of what we have seen is okay. and certainly these people are talented. but they dont even come close to what we have seen on this show in every other season. and maybe its the challenges they were given, maybe its cause the crazies went home early. but really - is there anything from this season that compares to just some of our former favorites?

the best this season, is middle of the pack on any other season. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.............


bitchybitchybitchy

Anonymous said...
I keep looking at it. Seriously, who would wear that? who? I can't see it on anyone

Who would wear this? A trophy wife, Heidi... need I name any other suspects?

Like Spooki, I missed the back shot because I forgot to care...


Leela wrote:

I say this every week about her work, but Kings Highway, Kings Highway, Kings Highway. If you don't know what I'm talking about and you happen to live in NY, hop on the Q/B to Brooklyn and get off at the stop by the same name. The fancier dress shops down there all work this aesthetic (the other shops there seem to be working the look I like to call Communist Fire Sale).

Her designs always look like something a Brooklyn Russian lady would wear to a Brighton Beach nightclub. That is definitely a look I can get behind to a large extent, but it also has its off-putting aspects, and it is not high-fashion - it is an aesthetic that aspires to be high fashion and always falls short.

DUDE! This is an amazing distillation of her aesthetic, and beyond dead-on. I think she's equal parts trite and gaudy, though I admit I liked the pants of her Aspen outfit very much, and both that and this sweater, minus the (no good, very bad) belts.


Nina and the Duchess need to kidnap Heidi and force-feed her fashion education until she proves she's developed a better understanding of the key elements. Then, and only then, should she be permitted to direct the judging panel. I just keep looking at the results each week, and wondering "how did we end up with this?"


I missed the behind shot too! How awful!
That dress could have been so great! If the back had matched the front, if there hadn't been any of that stripey crap going on anywhere, if if if. Put your money where your mouth is, baby. I would have loved to here Althea's REAL thoughts after Irina opened her mouth on the runway!


Spooki@1:15 said,
i missed the behind shot when i was watching the show because i forgot to care.

just give me epperson's wild west dress and maybe i'll forgive this season.


Spooki, you are my soul mate.


It's funny how all of these ppl comment so harshly on Irena and her fashion sense.. I don't see them doing anything winning Project Runway challenges!


Boston Boy said...

On the subject of double-sided tape:

Does anyone seriously believe that the other four models don't know whether Kalyn used the tape? Is it significant that NONE of them say they think Kalyn is innocent? All they can say is that a model should be taken at her word -- perhaps the models have a no-ratting-out work ethos.

Also, do people think Katie was being literal when she said Kalyn had had to be told FOUR TIMES not to use the tape? My inquiring mind wants to know.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

There was also the confession that there was another model who tried to use it as well. I honestly think that the other girls just didn't want to have more drama in the house than there already was so they didn't bother with it. What I was actually bothered by was the fact that they saw Katie was upset over something and they pushed and pushed and pushed until she finally opened up and the response was "that was something she should have said in private". Uh, girls? Are your heads so full of air that you don't realize you annoyed her to the point of blurting it out?

It's also possible that they've used the double sided tape themselves and couldn't berate her for using it. Kalyn was asking the others if she could borrow some and somehow she wound up with some in her possession so one or more of the others was using it as well.

As for Irina, I'm jumping on the "I'm routing for her not to win" bandwagon. I don't give a crap who actually wins, unless it's this horrible bitch. But we all know Heidi's going to hand it to her on a silver platter.

Also, very happy to see the stills of this outfit. I didn't realize it was THIS BAD. Where exactly her inflated head comes from is beyond me. Me? I've been sewing for a decade and made my Halloween costume this year. Even though it turned out great, I spent the entire day bitching about how bad the fit turned out. Everyone just complimented me, and I couldn't shut up about what all was wrong with it. So how could she not see how effing HORRIFIC that dress is!?


Before anyone condemns Irina for her bitchiness, let's not forget that we are seeing very little of anything else about her. There's always a skew toward a label with each contestant and it happens every year. That is by design. It's not like she's Kenley.


I think Irina's bitchiness is definitely overstated. Let's face it, most of the designers are caught on camera talking smack about the others' work, but she is more frequently shown doing this. And as for the nonsense between her and Althea on the runway this episode, it was in response to a direct question from Heidi, which was probably fed to her by the producers to create drama. I'm not so much sticking up for her as pointing out that we really don't know anything about her. The editing this season has been all-around awful and one-dimensional.


Martin Scribbler

Irina is the sort of middle of the pack designer that usually gets aufed mid-season and everyone complains about them leaving while hacks like Vincent,Ricky or Victorya hang on for dear life for a couple more episodes. The competition standards have been so lowered this season that she finds herself as one of the main contenders, maybe even the front runner. She's just sort of a not very talented Jillian with a big bitch streak, and an unentertaing one at that, unlike someone like Santino, Jeffrey or Kenley, who actually had some flare to their irritating behaviour. Plus, she's downright anonymous in her designs, only being forced to show some kind of continutity to her design work by being forced into it in these last two challenges. Unlike previous top three designers in other seasons, you'd be hard pressed to see something by her in a red carpet and think "Oh, that looks like something Irina would have done". She's forgettable, both in design talent and personality. Ever her bitchiness is a yawn.


If she wins this season I will loose all faith in PR. She is way up in her high horse with not enough talent to back it up. I totally agree that she would not hold up to previous contestants at this stage of the competition.

I think this whole season has lacked the talent overall of previous seasons.

Step it up for next season B/M. This isn't the MTV crown you're dealing with anymore. This is a more sophisticated and discerning audience, who doesn't like to be jerked around by the forced story lines. (Logan and CH, puh-lease.)


If I saw this on the runway or on the red carpet, I would hate the belt and once I saw the lace up back, I would hate that too and upholstery snark is unavoidable, but as a total package it is a good look and a memorable look and a starlet or noveau riche trophy wife would get photographed in this look and appear on Page 6 or in the society section of the newspaper. I am kinda over Nina and her tasteFULness. I am not a fan of supershort dresses, but it is the standard in fashion and there have been far worse gyno disasters on Project Runway and real runways.


First of all, I do NOT think Irina is a shoo-in for the winner. While the first collection (probably Althea's) is weak and probably 3rd place, the second and third (probably Carol Hannah's and Irina's) are both very good. In fact, the one that caught my eye due to colors and shapes the most was the second one.

Second, as several people have stated, Irina is NOTHING compared to how mean some previous designers are. I think Irina is at the level of Christian Siriano and Laura Bennett- anyone meaner than that will quickly rip her to shreds and bite her head off. Irina has been nice to Tim- as compared to Kenley. Put Irina and Kenley together- and very shortly afterwards you will find Irina crying and cowering in a corner. Had Kenley won season 5, I would have been furious- which will not be the case if Irina wins season 6.

Finally, as I have stated before, the dress simply had execution problems. I do not know why so many people complain about the belt- I think it looks beautiful and adds shape and definition to the jacket.


The side view of the dress was what really killed it for me. It looked as if Irina was trying to give her model the look of cottage-cheese thighs.

I actually like brocade in a winter garment—but not on a skimpy little strapless tube dress; the garment needs to be as substantial as the fabric—and the bodice definitely needs some serious featherboning.


What is with all the "I would wear that judges." Not to belittle Heidi, she knows her fashion and brings that knowledge to the table. She also brings the "I would wear that" card to the table. What do they add to the show when they have a judge that can contribute only that?

Who was that other judge? I guess I must live under a rock. I had no idea who she was.


Not much new to add but I'l just say that I wish we saw more details of the clothing at some point during the show. I didn't like this look on the runway but the close-ups show what a fugtastic disaster it really was. Tacky, tacky, tacky! Maybe I'm just in a Halloween state of mind but that laced-up back looks like a bad costume. Cheap-looking, slutty and really poorly fitted and executed. And where the hell did that belt come from? That fake gold buckle? God, it was awful.

She's definitely working a Brighton Beach/Kings Highway esthetic, as an earlier commenter noted. And that is not high fashion by any means. Sign her up as the costumer for Real Housewives of Minsk.

I can't be bothered to hate her because she's so mediocre and so boring. Not witty, not clever, not crazy in an interesting way - just a bland boring bitch.


Pam said:
Yeah, nobody's here to make friends:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w536Alnon24

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HYSTERICAL!! Thanks for the link, Pam!!

5&10


I wish we were back in the days when we thought Season 4 sucked. At least the clothing was pretty.

I've been so underwhelmed by Irina, and I HATE Kaylyn. For all of the boasting they do, I think Irina should be a little more careful about what she puts on that runway. She has good ideas, but they're getting sloppier each week. And she seems to think adding a belt/sash/extraneous piece of fabric makes it all better, when in fact that's usually what makes the look cheap-looking.

Hoping La Nina tears her a new one (deservedly, of course) next week about her penchant for weird details like that.


Pam said:
Yeah, nobody's here to make friends:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w536Alnon24


Zuleika would TOTALLY make Irina cry and cut. Put Irina in a workroom with Santino and Zuleika and Kenley, and I guarantee you the biggest bitch is not gonna be IRina.


Anon at 9.38 wrote—

"She's definitely working a Brighton Beach/Kings Highway esthetic, as an earlier commenter noted. And that is not high fashion by any means. Sign her up as the costumer for Real Housewives of Minsk."

Yes——

I'd say, with apologies to Shostakovich, Lady MacBeth of Minsk——

But Irina's nastiness does not rate that high——

Real Housewives it is——


It looked like a companion piece to her other look. There wasn't anything else on the runway that accomplished that AND was significantly better. That's the best I can do.

She impresses me as immature & a little mouthy with her opinions (good in reality t.v., bad in real life) more than truly mean - though in a self-aggrandizing way that doesn't always go away as truly self-centered folks grow older. Can't have an opinion on how she'll mature (or not).

I disliked the sweater - belt & cuffs together were too much, overall I thought the sweater a tad too oversized, but I concede tastes may differ.

The dress was slutty - worse, it made a professional model look pregnant - just not yet far enough along to "show" in normal clothes.


Katie said: Best part of the extended judging: Nina sighs and says (paraphrase), I'm going to have to do this alone.

Followed by a rather exasperated "Well..."

Anonymous @ 11/1/09 2:57 AM said... And as for the nonsense between her and Althea on the runway this episode, it was in response to a direct question from Heidi, which was probably fed to her by the producers to create drama. I'm not so much sticking up for her as pointing out that we really don't know anything about her. The editing this season has been all-around awful and one-dimensional.

True, we don't know much about her. And I too think it's possible that this was producer-created drama. I realize you're not sticking up for her, but I'm compelled to mention that Irina didn't have to fall into the drama by suggesting that Althea stole her so very inventive "big sweater idea". She took the low road, which is just a really sucky thing to do. It was at Laura Bennett levels of pissiness.

I still love the brocade Irina used, but she ruined the dress with that mishmash of fabric scraps. I too thought she might have run out of fabric, but isn't she smart enough to know how much she needs to make a short, tight, strapless sheath? As for the lousy work, I blame that on the one day challenge.


I think Irina's bitchiness is a genius ploy to give the producers incentive to keep her in the game to Bryant Park. Not that she doesn't deserve to go, but remember why Epperson got the auf? Yeah.


Irina constantly talks about how the other designers' aethestic is "cheap," or "bargain basement." She reeks of blind upward mobility, of trying desperately to fit in with billionaires and their rich bitches.

That's why I loved it when Nina said her work looked "cheap."

Early in the episode, didn't Irina call her look a "work" look? By the runway, it had morphed into "evening."

Perhaps it was both: high-class Aspen call girl?


Totally missed the behind shot and the belt. Glad Nina was there to call it


C'est moi, c'est moi Lola

Boys, I'm late to the game this weekend, but thanks for the shot of the back of the garment. I was willing to give it a pass until I saw that.

As for 'Tape gate', whether or not Kaylyn used it, I think it was just one more thing to set Katie off. Katie is pretty much stuck with Xtopher for the rest of the run, and that wouldn't make me happy either.

I'm not ready to join the "Irina is a tacky Kings Highway bitch" brigade - at least not yet. She's not as strong as other designers in other seasons, but I'm willing to say that she is a much more competent and interesting designer than Xtopher and Logan. And her critiques of those two are more than understandable. I just wish CH and Gordana could step it up and really give her a run for her money.

Besides, Irina ranks pretty low on my "Kenley Scale" of PR annoyance. As others have noted, she doesn't hold a candle to Zulema and Wendy Pepper. They were crazy, and incompetent designers on the show, but they made great TV. I'm willing to give Irina a pass on her 'tude.

Thanks boys, and I can't wait for the post on Xtopher!


I think perception of her as bitchy is very much heightened by the editing, but also, there's not much else to work with in that regard this season, so they're really flogging it. However, her comments are quite catty - they just don't rise about that. It's true that there have been actual crazy people on this show before, whereas Irina's just yer garden-variety high-school girl-style catty. To me, this is heightened by the fact that she just seems so grim. There's nothing wrong with keeping your nose to the grindstone, but lighten up!

To understand the Kings Highway comments, simply go there. You'll see.

To whoever said "Aspen call girl" - yes, exactly! She has shown some good work in the past though - I loved her paper coat.


Um, rise ABOVE that. Sunday morning yoga has eaten my brain.


Kalyn does not have the prettiest of faces. But she does look good in the Aspen colors Irina has been using.

I do not know why so many people are complaining about Epperson being auf'd. I think his only true masterpiece was the Western costume- which SHOULD have won indeed. But he had a couple low scores before being auf'd. And he designed a jumpsuit for a pregnant woman- I do not know how a panel of four pregnant women managed to miss that totally impractical piece, even if it was well executed. I am much more upset by Shirin's auf'ing.

Irina does need to lighten up a little. She reminds me of myself in my very competitive school days. But as I have stated before, she is nowhere near as mean as quite a few other designers- who did not seem to get as much flak as Irina is getting.


Wow, I didn't realize what a sloppy mess the back of that dress was. The fact that this was still one of the top looks is such a sad statement about this season.

I can't stand the color scheme of these looks either but at least it's something other than black/white/grey.


Anyone wearing what Heidi wore during the auf'ing ceremony does not deserve a vote.


It's not that the judging is so bad, although it is, it's more a problem of talent.

The designers this season are just not up to the quality of season's past.

Oh, and I hated Irina's look. But then again, I hated most of them.


What I want to know is, when are you boys going to be guest judges? You may not have a line of leggings out, but if I see one more judge sitting there based on being a promotional spokesperson, it's gonna get ugly!


I like the sweater, A LOT.

I like the look, when they are worn together with the bustier and bit of the front of the skirt.

I don't like the tie up back even though in many cases I like that effect (when done well).

But I have to defend the bottom of her dress ... on the model's bottom...

At least Irina's was flattering to her model's bum - not some funky diaper drooopy mess.


Call me crazy, but her sketch does not contain the sleeves she accused Althea of copying...


David Grizzard said...
Irina constantly talks about how the other designers' aethestic is "cheap," or "bargain basement." She reeks of blind upward mobility, of trying desperately to fit in with billionaires and their rich bitches.

That's why I loved it when Nina said her work looked "cheap."

Early in the episode, didn't Irina call her look a "work" look? By the runway, it had morphed into "evening."

Perhaps it was both: high-class Aspen call girl?

11/1/09 1:05 PM

Yes, yes, yes!

I sort of thought it looked like "Mail Order Bride #3"


The lacing on the back- did she make the dress too small and needed to extent that back seam using lacing instead of a zipper?

The light colored strips on the skirt- poor fabric choice.

The bust that didn't stay up and needed tape- poor design skills.

The belt- taking away from that beautiful pattern of the dress means not being able to edit oneself.


I HATED this outfit. HATED it. It that belt was mismatched fug, that dress was tacky, poorly-made, upholstery-whore fug, and the sweater, which was actually kind of blah upon review, was not enough to pull the outfit out of the dump for me. Decidedly not "champagne-y in the slightest. Maybe Martini & Rossi Asti Spumante.

When the non-Nina judges proclaimed how much they loved the dress, I was pretty damned convinced they were all on drugs, or had mental problems due to breathing that nasty Los Angelean air which...omigawd...is THE SAME COLOR AS HER OUTFIT. That explains it all: they've smog-eyes! Sad for them. And for us, really.

If only there had been, as you good gentlemen said, less ass on the runway, and the non-Nina judges could have gotten their heads out of theirs, 'cause, man, I hated this outfit. HATE.

Irina's bitchiness would be fun if she were at all clever with it, but it's the same stupid phrases out of her mouth every week. She just comes off as whiny. And BORING. And way, way, way overrating her actual skills.

(Non-Nina) Judging: OXYGEN-DEPLETED
Irina's outfit: TICKY-TACKY WHOREFUG
PR Season Six: FAIL


i really wanted to love PR on lifetime; i mean, how much difference could it make?

it's a bad feeling; it's like going to your favorite cafe and everything looks the same but the food isn't right, and you ask around, and you find out some cheap chain bought the place. so you stop going because being at the place that is almost the place is worse than not going at all.

the contestants are for the most part not interesting to me, though i like carol and gordana. also, there is too much cheesy drama and not enough focusing on the creation of the pieces. the PR website is cheesy. the judges are pretty much gone. the whole show feels slapped together like a bad knock-off, which it is.

i guess i just miss the production values of bravo (sob).


You answered the question. The reason Irina's look fared so well is that it had little competition. I liked the coat ok but I hated the tapestry dress. There is no reason her model should have a pooch. I didn't even see the back. Jesus. And ridiculously short to boot. I really really don't get how Nina was the only voice of sanity on the runway. WTF Uncle Nick?

Otherwise, sure she's bitchy but she's talented and makes no bones about being there to do anything besides win. Other than her turning on Althea on the runway, I don't have a major beef with her (Seriously Irina, you did not invent the sweater.) Especially, as you say, since her critiques frequently have merit. I'm sure Althea is glad in retrospect she didn't take Irina's advice about calling Logan out.


I say, be careful about the power of the edit. Yes -- everything that we have seen on screen has been a look she did indeed have on her face, a thing she did indeed say, etc. The same with all the designtestants. And... there are things that don't go up on TV. For example, have you checked Irina's video blog about this episode on the PR website? If Bunim/Murray cut their footage to emphasize things in that register, it's quite possible that many of us would have very different perceptions of Irina.

That's why I prefer to focus on the fashion, not the "character" -- and why I cringe when, time and time again, PR makes the mistake of aufing a better designer in order to make more screen time for a "character." (Santino, Kaynebow, Wendy Pepper, etc. etc. enough already.)

In this case, like I said before, I think Irina's design was not her best, but -- if you keep the sweater on the dress -- effective, and better than most of the rest. (Take the sweater off, though, and it's just sad....)

I'm predicting a Bryant Park win for Irina. She's just that much better than the rest of the crowd this season.


Sad, sad, sad..... Do I dare to hope Season 7 would be better???


Usually the "bitch" is my favorite person on shows... but Irina is just plain unlikable.


This is a one trick pony season.


I can't believe how hideous Heidi looks this season. What is with her habit of standing pigeon-toed? Is that supposed to be young and cute? A pink satin pant suit? Is our girl trying to look younger than she is all of a sudden? And what is with her hair scraped back into a bun that looks like a sloppy pot scrubber?





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