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Ripping the Collections: Irina - Part 1

Alright, bitches. We're all well rested, so let's get to this.

The thing is, hate us if you want, but we really love this collection; more each time we look at it, in fact. For all the talk of how low the talent level was this season in comparison to previous seasons (talk with which we don't entirely disagree), we think this collection could stand next to any of the previous winning collections and hold its own. Sure, she could have used more color, although we're not entirely in agreement on that chez T Lo. Lorenzo loves the collection as is and Tom thinks while there's nothing inherently wrong with so much black, it served to lessen the impact of some of the amazing detail on the pieces.

Let's start the show. If you're a hater, you might want something to bite down on.






After an intro like that, you thought we were going to rave about every piece, right? Well, we hated this look. It's a strong opener, but when you look at the rest of the collection, a bit of a head-scratcher. Sure it fits thematically, but the severity of this look is off the chart in comparison to the rest of the collection. Too stiff and shiny and textured. Too weird for weirdness' sake. We absolutely hate how it sticks out so stiffly near the bottom. Forget about sitting down in this thing.




Now this, we loved. So much detail here that you really need to stop and take a look to see it all. Love the proportions and the softness of the look, which stands in stark contrast to that armor-like opening piece. And we're gonna say it: we love the hats.




Another piece showcasing some amazing technical work. It skirts right up to the border of overworked, but the simple silhouette and neckline along with the lack of color, keep it from veering into that territory. The gloves really make it.


We absolutely love the top half of this and wish she could have left it there, as a jacket. It's soft and luxurious-looking. Unfortunately, she went coat length and the instantly screwed up the proportions. Worse, it makes the model look quite a bit bigger than she actually is, which is of course a big no. Still, we do love that collar and those sleeves.




Sometimes, what a designer thinks is their signature piece, isn't. Some other piece captures the crowd's imagination and for Irina's collection, that would be this one. Partially it's because it's not black, which is a relief, and partially it's because it was the perfect combination of look + model, but mainly it's because it's a fantastic piece, full stop. Again, love the sleeves and the collar/hood. And while we are COMPLETELY talked out over the whole t-shirt text controversy (and hope that you are too), we think pairing this luxurious sweater with a t-shirt was a bold idea that paid off. Love those closures she used.




CLUNK. We're assuming this is faux fur (looks like it). She clearly doesn't have the facility with this material that she does with the heavy knits. This just looks shapeless and colorless and unflattering.





Okay, we're gonna say something about Kalyn that was weighing on us all season. She's a pretty girl and there's no reason to think she can't be a successful model, but to our eyes, she doesn't look like a fashion model. She's got the conventionally pretty, beauty queen looks that would make her perfect for say, hair products and makeup modeling. She's just not striking enough for runway walking. Nothing illustrates this more than this look, which was Irina's surprise 13th-look. Why she picked this look for Kalyn to wear is a mystery to us. She can't pull off the edgier stuff. Blow out her hair and put her in one of those fluffy sweaters and she's your girl.

As for the look, love the lower half, but the upper half is WAY overworked. We hate the silhouette from the side and the way it makes her look like her boobs are blooming from a flower. Plus, the fit up top is weird. We no likey.


[Photos: firstVIEW.com - Video: Youtube/myLifetime]



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126 comments:

Question: what is the coat (look #2) made out of? It looks so soft, and the collar looks like some sort of sheared fur.


Now that I can see the still pictures, I can appreciate the detail worked into each garment. However, all that black still kills me. I love color (I looked at my closet the other day and was amazed by all the reds and pinks in there) and black isn't my best color, so I usually shirk away from it.

I love the second look and want that coat!

But I'm not blown away with the t-shirts under the sweaters. I wear that all the time. Whoopie doo.


Thank you for finally commenting on Kalyn's limitations as a model. Her look became an issue for me as she continued to stay while more interesting models left the show.

I was always a fan of poor Koji, but she was never able to attach herself to a winning designer.


These are nice-looking; however, it seems all so derivative at this point. I see PPS in the color, Jillian for the armament like styling and hats, and Jay in the knits. Though she is technically more proficient than the others and has more ability to edit, I have to say I think their work is more original.


I totally agree with you, TLo. I absolutely loved this collection upon my first look and I still do. I'm not wild about the all-black, but honestly, I think it was the best choice for her work.

I agree with you guys about Kalyn, too. She's a very pretty girl, but she's way too commercial for that look.


Loved most of the pieces, as well as the hair, makeup and hats.


To be honest, if that first look hadn't been there or hadn't been first, I might have liked this a lot more. It scared me. And Irina's explanation of her 'armour' theme left me cold too. I don't think women should (or should have to) resort to wearing clothes that are armour.


My only problem with all the black is that it makes it hard to see detail in the pix.

And I agree about Kalyn. She's so pretty; I'm sure she can have a career, but I see her more as a commercial model, or on a soap opera (no idea if she can act, but on soaps that doesn't always seem to matter). Didn't you love seeing her with her mother, though? They're like twins!


the 13th look really made me lose any patience i had with irina. she feels perfectly comfortable accusing althea of stealing the idea of a floppy sweater from her, but then she sends this paper bag waist thing down the runway?!? the same paper bag waist that althea walked twice during regular competition?!? with two more pieces that had skirts with embellishments that extended far above the natural waistline?

j-acfuckingcuse!


Have to admit, I love that sweater. Even though I'm far too short to actually pull it off I love the look and feel of big over sized sweaters.

The little hats have grown on me. That said, I knew this was the winning collection when I saw it last year. I may not like the Irina portrayed on the show, bur she earned this win.


I completely agree that this collection could go toe to toe with the previous winners.
I don't think she needed color per say as much more lighter neutrals (like the camel and grey) - though most the looks are better in black (as she showed them) for real life.

!. Sexy catwoman-ish. I like the stitching on the corset.

2. I wish I could see the details in this coat. Is there anyway to brighten/ heighten the contrast? I have my monitor on the highest setting already. Anyway, I love the silhouette and what I can see.

3. Sexy and wearable. Love the neckline.

4. Stunning and mysterious. I love the length, very roaring 20's flapper. This is another one that I wish I could see the details better.

5. This is how you do an oversize sweater and make it Fashion.

6. I like this one. It looks so cozy and warm. Love that cute little pocket placement. Maybe if tha pants were gray too?

7. I love the skirt, the top not so much. But agree that she used the wrong model for it.


Even though this collection seemed like the obvious winner the moment it walked the runway, I also wish there was color in it (but that's just the kinda gal I am - I love color play - when it's done well).

An all black collection only dips the toes into boldness; Color swan dives in. But color is also more personal and evokes a more emotional reaction, and I think that's why these designers (competing for a big prize) seem to be afraid of it. But even without color, this was the clear winner.

But Irina is someone else who should be hearing from Vogue Knitting.

As for Kalyn, she actually has the look of another era: She has the 70's girl next door look that was all over Glamour, Mademoiselle, etc back then.

-GothamTomato


Does anyone have any comments/ideas on why both Irena and Althea showed their sweaters with the excess sleeve length?


feh.

I can muster no enthusiasm for this collection.

hats & armor were done before with Jillian. Hate the sweaters with overlong sleeves. Otherwise, they'd be interesting.

somehow it is fitting that this collection is mostly black. it fits with the overall blahness of the entire season. am so glad it is finally over.

srq


Sorry. Hated the hats. My partner and I just kept humming the theme from JAWS (nuh-nuh, nuh-nuh) and making shark shadow puppets with our hands.
Maria


I love black, and wear it all the time and would buy some of these pieces in black however I can't see a damn bit of detail on the runway. Maybe in person, but not through a picture, which seems super problematic.

Love the hats, but a pretty high clunker: fab ratio for me. This was obviously the winning collection though, so congrats Irina.


I cannot see any way this collection could stand toe to toe with PPS's or Jay's; I like Jillian's WAY more than this, and can someone please comment on how Irina stole the idea of those hats from her. Chris March's was more original, with a point of view, and Kara Saun's decoy collection would have blown this away.

A boring collection with a limited point of view from a boring person would couldn't even be a mean, interesting person.

Oh, and a plagarist and a thief to boot. Goodbye, Irina. Karma is a bitch, as I am sure you will find out.


OK, boys--I have to call you out on this one: You love the "oversized" (like, four sizes too big) sweaters, but would you guys--or any man--actually wear a piece of clothing that had sleeves that ended six inches below your fingertips? I doubt it.

The second look, the jacket, really is beautiful. It didn't show up well enough on the telecast to enable us to see all that detail. The total blackout didn't help either.

The Kayla skirt would have been a good look without the ridiculous paper bag waistband. The workmanship is lovely.

But as to whether this collection could stand up to those of previous winners? I just can't agree to that.


If you take this collection without the rest of the season, it's interesting, holds together well, and there are some 'wow' pieces. But TLo, does it really measure up to the other 'winning collections' of prior seasons? Maybe, maybe not - still can't see all the frickin' details you guys are ogling over!!! For me, it's too little too late.


Question: what is the coat (look #2) made out of? It looks so soft, and the collar looks like some sort of sheared fur.

My guess is that it is a doublefaced/fulled wool/angora/cashmere blend although it could be a chenille or alpaca.


While I agree with you about Kalyn (and yes, she is the pefect Breck girl)...

... Imagine the horror if Lisa had won??


The 13th look certainly is odd. It looks like she started to take off the top, but was then pushed down the runway, half-on/half-off.

I agree on the hats. Really liked them especially because she really made them.


SewSew said...

OK, boys--I have to call you out on this one: You love the "oversized" (like, four sizes too big) sweaters, but would you guys--or any man--actually wear a piece of clothing that had sleeves that ended six inches below your fingertips? I doubt it.


What a strange question. We wouldn't wear ANYTHING in this collection because it's, y'know, womens wear. If we say we love a skirt that doesn't imply that we want to wear a skirt.

As for the length of the sleeves, it's not our style, but it's also not anything new. Yes, there are men (mostly hipster types) who can and do wear sweaters with extremely long sleeves.


OK, I've finally been convinced. From head to toe, Irina clearly knew how to put on a winning show. Love the hats, and the intricate closures on the sweaters. I'm tired of the derivative comments. Everyone has inspirations from somewhere else; it's quite rare to see something in any creative field that has NEVER been seen before.

The first look comes close to being a onesie from the front. A gal would have to sit with that unflattering wide-open straddle that your momma told you never to do ; ) But I love the diamond detailing on the corset/vest.

Looks 3, 6 and 7 are actually my favorites. Look 3 has a beautiful flattering neckline, and amazing woven/folded details combining the leather and the fabric. Look 6 to me is adorable. I can't find any issue with how she sewed the faux fur. Look 7 as her 13th piece really showed her talents in pulling off something quickly and it is cohesive with the collection. I like the blooming petal effect.

I'll always want to see more details than an all-black collection can show. I wish these designers had been bolder in their color choices. Something simpler in black can knock your socks off in an unexpected jewel tone.

MaryLu


Love the black. Love the hats. Love the tees. Love it all! Honestly, I've loved this collection since your preview way back when ---- February? And I agree with you both that the faux fur vest is the only clunkitty-clunker in the group. It's been done to death and it doesn't fit the vibe of the collection. The first look is a bit extreme --- kinda Mad Maxine or a Barbarella redux, but it's still a good look overall. This is most definitely a winning collection for PR and I do feel that Irina deserved it. I never got involved with the whole plagiarism argument, 'cause frankly, I didn't care and apparently neither did NY magazine (or else all was settled before the show even made it to air). Anyway, kudos to Irina for a stunning, modern amazingly chic collection.


- edina -


Nancy said:
A boring collection with a limited point of view from a boring person would couldn't even be a mean, interesting person.

This makes NO sense.


I think why the black look was so disliked was more the fault of the production team, fighting against the legal issues. Unlike all past seasons, the tent is dark. DARK. So that has a, in this case, negative aspect to the look.

It's the same problem PR itself has with it's runway, and the same that The Fashion Show had.


Speaking as a short person: Wait, sleeves over your hands is a good look? Awesome.


(PS: no it's not)


Irina's is manifestly the most polished of the collections and for my two cents, far and away the most coherent, with great range and just flat amazing knitwear. That said, I hate those hats with the fury of ten thousand suns! I'm sure they complete some of these looks, and that everyone else thinks they're fabu. I loathe them. They're costumey. When they're not costumey, they make me think of polo helmets. This does not "armor the urban woman" this makes her look like one of those tony rich faux dominatrix chicks who weekends in "the country." They would go better with jodhpurs and a riding crop. They infuriate me. For as clear as it is they were thought long and hard about before putting together with the outfits, they still felt ill considered!

Perhaps this season does for repopularizing knitwear what Ulli—and this show in general, along with the repeated presence of DVF in previous seasons—has done for putting classy, thoughtful prints back in front of mass audiences. If it does, then hey, I'm all for it.

Maybe that first look was so stiff exactly because it feels so good when you sit down?

I really think this collection was a clear winner.


great commentary, tlo -- i don't like irina, but i agree that she's very talented. i expected her to win and she earned the win. still don't like HER....

i also agree with your comments about kalyn -- i never warmed up to her and kept thinking it was just me -- she's certainly a pretty girl, but just never "wowed" me on the runway. koji & matar were much more interesting models in my opinion and i was sorry to see them eliminated.


That model in the vest is a dead ringer for Kristen Stewart.
I don't think much of this collection. It is VERY well made and sophisticated. I think it's so BORING. Pairing a sweater and t- shirt is not bold, it's what I do everyday. The sweater is pretty and luxurious, but, so what? It's a sweater and a t-shirt with leggings. I like the hats too, but I like hats and they are pretty, they are not inspiring anything in me. The hats, the sweaters, the jeans and leggings, even the theme of this colletion has been DONE. It was deserving of the win.


I know this isn't going to happen but ...
People who claim that Irina stole her ideas from Jillian or Jay are as silly as, uh, Irina when she claimed that Althea stole the idea of oversized sweaters from her. As much as I love them, Jillian did not invent the idea of armor fashion and hats and Jay did not invent knitwear!!! Plus, as TLo constantly say, to little or no avail, originality in fashion is a rare occurrence. Most of the time, it's a matter of nuance, unexpected combinations, dramatic impact -- all of which Irina's show had in spades. (Would she have won against some of the above mentioned designers? Maybe not, but so what? This is not how the show works. Irina certainly deserved her win over Althea and CH.)


Re: "Irina plagiarized Jillian's hats."

I went back to look at Jillian's final collection. She had hats. They're black. That's pretty much where the similarity ends. The clothes are quite different, too. (I'm still salivating over the gray sweater with the eye-shaped cut-outs or insets.)


I hate the sleeves. I have long arms (I'm 5'10"), so I like long sleeves, but I also like my hands or at least my fingers.

I think colour selection is an almost underrated talent/skill in a designer. Rami's collection, despite excellent technical skills, went off the rails with his colour choices. Some of Kenley's in season work was well made, but hideous due to her crazy old lady taste in fabric.

Which is why Jay's collection and Kara's decoy collection stand out for me, because they combined excellent technical skills and creativity with a really powerful and advanced colour story.

All black, with some tan, is a bit of a cheat. Sure make it in black, but do you understand what yellow looks good with electric blue? What shapes can work with plum?

I still like a lot of these clothes. The T-shirt stuff bugs me, though. If only for all the bitchy digs at Althea.


Even in the stills I am having a hard time picking up the details in the black pieces, but for the most part, I agree with your assessment of each piece.
Regarding Kalyn, I like her look and thought she did a fantastic job for Irina during the season up on that runway. No, she isn't really a model who can pull off an edgy look, but for me the model who shouldn't have been there was Lisa. Come on! That girl was the one who amazed me that she managed to stay to the end. Her runway pictures were proof that she is just not a very photogenic girl.


I think the faux-fur piece looks delicious and soft and perfectly captures Irene's theme of covering up luxuriously while still keeping yourself exposed and vulnerable. And the color combos are unique and beautiful.

I want to lick that vest.

I love the pockets. More generally, you guys don't understand why women love unique pockets in our clothes and dresses. We like putting away our hands like that; protecting and almost hugging ourselves. Especially in dresses, where we are so vulnerable. It adds a little "man" to otherwise feminine pieces.

I also don't understand your comment about the long black sweater. It's not my favorite but why does everything have to flatter hips in a boring way. Same with Carol Hannah's black dress.... nobody things these women are fat. The unique and widening silhouettes are interesting to me and not, in themselves, a problem.


One more word about the hats.
Black, blocked felt hats have been around since Heck was a pup.
I don't think Irina or Jillian is claiming ownership of that idea.
I don't see much similarity between the hats in two collections except that they are black and felt, some of Jillians aren't even felt.
Futhermore WWD sited Jillian's collection as being derivitive of Prozena Schouler's previous collection. An assement that I don't agree with and I would assume that they based it entirely on the hats!


The second outfit -- that sweater -- drool!

And the third...yum!

I know you'll get to my favorite piece in the next half. I'll just wait here quietly


Alexis -- I was JUST thinking that the model looked like Kristen Stewart. I hadn't noticed that before. But it might be her PO expression more than anything.

It pains me to admit it, but Irina did have the best collection. My favorite is the 3rd look. If you ditched the gloves and lengthened the hem some it would be a knock out dress.


#1 - Liked the shape - maybe a little too patchwork-y on the jacket, I like that there was no hat


#2 - Strong - very well done

#3 - LOVE this - the neckline is fab and love the detail and the length

#4 - love the details, the closure - EXCEPT a bit too much collar - the neck would look bad on most women.

#5 - I too love the closures, like the lining on the hood. but I really would want to feel this one. For some reason this color in such a wide knit, makes me think it would be rough.

#6 - Meh - not bad but just nothing special

#7 - Honestly I didn't get the love - Before the show I also wrote that I couldn't figure out why she had Kalyn wear this. But that said what was this?
Would this be considered a jumper? A Skirt? or was the "leather" halter attached?


I actually really like the hats too. And the collection seemed to be very well done. I just don't understand the trend of the sweater sleeves that extend well beyond the wearer's hands. I like the hood elements and the way the oversized look makes the sweater seem very cozy, but the long sleeves just take it into sloppy territory for me.


While I can appreciate the craftsmanship in these clothes...can anyone say BORING? I wear oversized sweaters & t-shirts atleast once a week but no one is knocking down my door telling me how fashion-forward I am. The majority of this is straight off-the-rack and does not even come close to PPS, Jillian, Jay, and ESPECIALLY the lovely Judy Noodles. Not even close.


Look 2 (which you loved) and the non-black sweater are both gorgeous. But aside from those pieces, I thought her collection was pretty wack.

I recently looked up Christian's winning collection - Irina's is like his, but the jackets are slightly worse in every way, and instead of his instant-classic feathered dresses, she has ugly half-leather monstrosities and nice comfy sweaters.


I love the sweaters, even with the over sized long sleeves, and finally after moving the monitor just right, I could see the work on the black sweater/coat, it's beautiful! they seem just the perfect sweaters for the beginning of winter, I imagine wearing them and curling up in the couch with a great book and hot chocolate..... :-)
I'm glad you guys mentioned about Katlyn... I never liked her face and definitely doesn't go with the more edgier looks.... I missed seeing Matar in the finale :-(


bitchybitchybitchy

I appreciate the photos that give me a better idea of the details for some of the looks.

The hats? Well, that hat with the thingie sticking straight up in the air simply looks twee. And,no, Jillian did not invent hats, nor did Jay invent knitwear. Both designers used them well in their final collections for PR.

I won't dispute workmanship in the oversize sweaters that Irina showed; I just dislike oversize sweaters with a passion, particularly the absurdly long sleeves. Yes, I know they are probably done like that for the dramatic effect on the runway, but still.

Don't like the faux fur vest, it's clunky.

I recognize that of all the designers for this season that Irina definitely understood how to put on a show for BP, and that she has the best command of her skills and a more coherent point of view than the other two finalists for this season. I'm just not personally enthused about the collection.


I agree completely about Kalyn, she is a pretty girl but she doesn't work with Irena's collection at all and the look Irena chose for her is all wrong.

I think Lisa is a great runway model so I have to disagree with a previous comment on that one.


I have to agree that after my 893rd viewing of this collection that it does stand up pretty well to the winners of the past. I just think some pops of color would have made it so much more interesting, and I think people would be more willing to like the collection if it did have color.

As for the clothes themselves, I COVET that second sweater, and I actually kind of like her 13th look. From the front. From the side, she looks like a stiff, weird black rose thingy.


I will have to completely disagree with what you two have said about Kalyn. She is very exotic looking while at the same time being able to pull off the girl next door look. BUT she is nowhere near being the beauty standard. Can she be a beauty pageant winner? Perhaps, though I do not think she is spectacularly beautiful. Does she have the look to be a runway model? If all you need is to be tall, skinny, be able to pose and walk, and have a decent face and hair- certainly. She may never be Cindy Crawford. And Matar definitely deserved the prize, as she was the best of the bunch. But Kalyn is honestly more fashion model than beauty queen- one simply requires certain proportions and the ability to pull off an outfit, the other one actually requires strikingly good looks.


Speaking of plagiarism, what about Irina using so much shiny black on matte black after Bob Mackie gave Carol Hannah so much praise for that in the Christina Aguilera challenge?


The second model is wearing Louboutins. How did Irina afford them on that budget?


I love the oversize sweaters and Really Love the overlong sleeves. I wear my sleeves like this all the time .. even on tops I like the sleeves to be at least fingertip length. I would not want it on, say, a fitted coat, but for sweaters I think it's perfect.
Speaking of coats, Irina makes gorgeous ones.


yeah! ho! wah!

almost in full agreement with tlo. generally love her shit!


100% in agreement with you TLo. Sure, Irina wasn't the most likable broad in the history of fashion--or reality tv--but boy was she talented. I admired most of what she did on the show and her collection was brilliant. Loved the hats. Loved the black. Loved the sweaters. The faux fur, however, was a head-scratcher, as you point out.

P.S. So agree with your take on her model. I picture her with a jewelry box of heart-shaped earrings. An edge-pusher she was not.


TLo replied to my question about whether men would wear over-long sleeves: "What a strange question. We wouldn't wear ANYTHING in this collection because it's, y'know, womens wear. If we say we love a skirt that doesn't imply that we want to wear a skirt."

:) I wasn't asking whether you'd wear women's clothes--I was asking whether you'd wear something so impractical. Picture a man's jacket or sweater with sleeves that long. I think men are more practical about clothes, and I think that's a good thing!


What I do NOT like about the sweater TLo raved about (the tan one with the closures) is .... the closure.

It wasn't built into the sweater, it was added on. Look how it pulls the rest of the sweater apart - the ribbing stretches out, the stitches gap, the lines are all wrong. That wasn't a closure that was well thought out. I *HATE* things like that just added on afterward.

Build it into the sweater and then you won't get pulling and stretching like that.

Big fat no for me. The rest of the collection might be interesting in some textural parts, but it all felt tacky and boring to me. Reminded me of bad 80's ho sweater.

(And no, I don't hate her personally - I didn't care one way or another about any of the designers this time around)


I like the collection more having seen the stills, where the detail is more visible. She deserved the win, no doubt, though I can't love this collection. I can love individual pieces, and of those pictured here, the first, short, coat I simply love.

I liked the first look, actually, unlike you guys, even though it was not exciting - standard sci-fi-knock-off vibe to me. I work on a college campus and dark leggings with various tops, ending anywhere from the waist to below the knee, are the order of the day in cold weather - this would be quite the stand out!

Look no. 3, with the gloves, I'd like to see better before offering an opinion.

None of the rest excite me. I just can't get on the hugely over-sized train, especially the over-long, bulky sleeve on the sweater and the longer coat.


How do you know they are Louboutins? Do they have a distinctive emblem that I somehow missed? They look like regular boots to me. Did someone say they were Louboutins? I have not seen this anywhere. Were shoes part of the budget? Could they be Irina's pair that she lent to the model?


wannabe said...These are nice-looking; however, it seems all so derivative at this point. I see PPS in the color, Jillian for the armament like styling and hats, and Jay in the knits. Though she is technically more proficient than the others and has more ability to edit, I have to say I think their work is more original.11/30/09 11:32 AM

At this point if not all fashion is derivative, if fate conspired in such a way that Irina was cast in Season 4 and Christian and/or Jillian were cast in season 6 then they would be accused of lacking originality. No doubt one of the favorite parlor games in the fashion community is to see which designers inspired the collections of Marchesa, Elie Saab and drumroll please... Christian Siriano.

Maria Ontiveros said...Sorry. Hated the hats. My partner and I just kept humming the theme from JAWS (nuh-nuh, nuh-nuh) and making shark shadow puppets with our hands. 11/30/09 12:00 PM

I am OK with the hats but this made me LOL.


6 seasons and still the best collection IMO is Jay's.


Setting aesthetics aside for just a moment....

I can do that, can't I?

Some have compared Irina's collection to Jillian's. But I do not believe Jillian actually knitted the pieces she had in her collection.

Gordana, Irina and Althea were expert level knitters and brought very refined skills to the table this season. Irina's final collection stood out not just because of the overall design but because of the execution of small details like the knitting and the hats that she had just learned how to make.

She seems one of those rare people who can still bring their vision about despite whatever material they work with.


wannabe@11:32am -- I see PPS in the color, Jillian for the armament like styling and hats, and Jay in the knits.

As others have already commented, PPS, Jillian and Jay were not entirely originals themselves. As lush as fashion design is, everyone functions within a limited palette of shapes and techniques. Irina is in their class because, like them, she is talented enough and well-trained enough to do three things: 1) imprint a consistent point of view; 2) push her own limits and the limits of her chosen materials and techniques; 3) edit, edit, edit.

Look #1 – vest – the stitching reminds me of the luggage, purses and jackets sold in cheap catalogs or given away as cheap premiums, cheap because they are made of leather scraps.

The camel sweater is definitely the top look. Wow!

Look #7 – If this were combined with one of Christopher’s bib-blouses in a creamy ivory, the wearer could look like an Italian dessert. Yum.

The stills and close-ups finally showed the detail and workmanship. Irina definitely earned and deserved the win.


I like the order in which she presented the looks. I think the way it goes from severe, tough looks with harder, shinier materials to more vulnerable, everyday ones with softer and cozier fabrics, to a mixing of the two feels like it makes sense, feels very natural. To me the looks flow into each other, nothing looks incongruous but it still feels exciting and varied because of the range of materials she worked with. Sounds like an obvious thing you should get right, but for some reason some designers from past PR seasons (including the ones people often cite as the be-all and end-all of greatness from the show) didn’t quite manage.

As for some of the criticism I have read in the comments, I think pointing out the big sweaters or the t-shirts as being too “normal” or done or whatever, or saying that nobody would wear sleeves that long is not a valid criticism at all. For one thing there is nothing wrong with wearability or with working with existing elements to create a show. Not every collection has to start a new epoch of fashion or present stuff that has never been seen in the history of ever. Must fashion shows (including Christian’s, Jillian’s, Leanne’s or Jay’s) don’t, as a matter of fact, however hard they try. I think Irina did a good job doing her version of the warrior woman look. She presented the more literal and conceptual side of it and also pulled of the transition to the more actual, realistic, wearable side. She made it look fresh with the t-shirts and sweaters but still retained a high end look by pairing the more wearable elements with high end ones so that it still looks like a collection worthy of Bryant Park. In my opinion there is something “remote” about the construction and styling of the pieces that keeps them from really hitting me emotionally or me from getting too excited about them.

Also, how is people saying that they don’t like the long sleeves, or the black or the hats or all that any different than saying “I wouldn’t wear that” doing which has gotten Heidi being labeled useless and stupid as a judge. The long sleeves and t-shirts are Irina’s statements and in that way I don’t consider them any different or less practical than puffy sleeves, of ruffles, or pleats and the like. Some people will like it and some won’t, some will find the impracticality of it too great and some will not. At least she’s putting an idea forward and executing very well and for that she must be commended.

As for how this measures up against past collections I think it is obvious to anyone who doesn’t have a biased opinion of Irina or this season that this can credibly stand next to any of the others. It is not the best (Jay’s, Kara Janx’s, Leanne’s, Laura’s) but it is at least leaps and bounds better than Mychael’s, Wendy’s, Santino’s, Jeffrey’s or Chris March’s. In my opinion it is a notch above Kenleys’, Chloe’s, Korto’s, Rami’s or Kara Saun’s and around the same level (or slightly below) Uli’s, Christian’s or Jillian’s.

HLB


honesty.not.pc

I am not a hater of Irina's clothes, just her personality. But this is a fashion show so it doesn't really matter now :)

T-shirt controversy aside, I actually LOVE the look of the shirts. And I really like the look of that tan sweater, Tshirt, leggings combo. It looks romantic and comfortable! I like this sweater much more than that baggy shapeless black one that preceeded it.

I also hated the first look (crotch armor?) and I love the one with the criss cross detail and gloves. I would wear that look today to a holiday party :)


whaaat????
11/30/09 12:22 PM Nancy said:
A boring collection with a limited point of view from a boring person would couldn't even be a mean, interesting person.

This makes NO sense.

Nancy said:
A boring collection with a limited point of view from a boring person who couldn't even be a mean, interesting person.

Sorry. Typo fixed. Do you understand now???

And Irina did sneak in that dead Golden Retriever that Chris March had mentioned on his blog.


Red soles are a trademark of the Louboutin brand, Heidi. And in Season 1, shoes were most assuredly part of the budget and a major issue in the final show.


Can't say I love this collection - I need color, dammit!

I can't disagree with her getting the win, because technically it was the best, but I guess I just wish Althea and Carol Hannah had given her more of a run for the money.


As a knitter, I'm loving the fact that Irina (and Althea!) explored chunky knits. And I am almost there with you loving the tan sweater. I just can't get over how obvious the seams are, especially on the cuffs. I also wish she would have kept going with the lining. The inside of the sweater (where visible) shows some rough stitching and obvious increases. Maybe I'm a perfectionist when it comes to knitwear, but I can't get behind this piece.


While Irina didn't necessarily have an outstanding look in every challenge, she never showed the self-doubt and second guessing that every other S6 contestant showed. I don't understand the "I don't like Irena" comments. It's not required to like a designer's personality in order to appreciate their work. Looking at the collections before the season started, without knowing personalities or previous work, the 1st and 2nd collections were not even in the same league as the 3rd.


I agree with most of this, I think her signature piece was the other one with the t-shirt on the redhead, that is the one I think of when I think of this collection, which is a shame because of all the plagiarism stuff and whatnot. She definitely deserved the win I just wish there was a way to showcase all the detail and styling on television, I think they need to make the runway portion AT LEAST twice as long and really zoom in and do a full up and down shot for each look. I mean lets face it, who CARES about them sitting around in the hotel room sipping champagne.


Ya know, I've been looking and looking at all three PR final collections. And whilst I pretty much agree with your thoughts on the designers, their pros & cons and their collections in general, the question(s?) that keeps nagging away is this...WTF were they doing for 3 months? and WTF did they spend $9G on???? Because really, I don't see 3 months of intense work there...a competent sample-room worker could have knocked each collection out-sketching, research, patterns, sewing, finishing, the lot!- in about a month, let's even say 6 weeks if we're waiting for some fabrics to arrive. And $9G? I really don't see 9 grand's worth of fabric & trims if the 3 collections were rolled into one. But I've just realized that I really don't care...


Madame Suggia,
I agree that I can't see 9k or (I think they had) 6 months work in Althea's or Carol Hannah's. But it looks to me like Irina spent every minute of that time working on this collection. She's nothing if not a hard worker. She also has some pretty expensive looking textiles remember they have to pay retail prices.


There's nothing better or worse about this collection than what Althea and CH sent down the runway. Irina won because of her styling.
Your first two posts prove it -- "we love the hats", "the gloves make it"....even though I agree with you, what does that have to do with clothing design?
The show's called Project Runway, not Project Top Stylist.

flory


Irina's clothes are so well executed - even her dog looks are well made. I think that's what put her over the top. There isn't a piece in this collection that says "student work" and in CH's and Althea's, sadly, there were.

My favorite look in this group of pics is the black coat length sweater. I love that shape, and the texture of the piece. I can imagine wearing and loving it until it fell in rags from my shoulders.


I definitely agree that this was the strongest collection, and I liked most of it. But as a knitter, every time one of those oversized sweaters comes down the runway, all I can think is "Jeez, didn't the knitter check their gauge before they started?"


" Irina won because of her styling.
Your first two posts prove it -- "we love the hats", "the gloves make it"....even though I agree with you, what does that have to do with clothing design?
The show's called Project Runway, not Project Top Stylist."
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Thank you! I was going to say the exact same thing. I think her accessorizing clearly set this collection apart from the other two, both of which were badly styled. Her work does show a polish that the other collections didn't have and it was a dramatic show and it looked like a collection, not random pieces. But I'm finding it all a bit meh. And I do realize that Jillian didn't invent hats or knits but there are enough similarities that it's noticeable - even Chris March said so! I thought Jillian's collection was much, much better than this - what a shame that she came in third while this won. I really don't think Irina would have won - indeed, I don't think she would even have made the final three - in several other seasons. Dear Korto, Uli, Jillian, Rami, Kara and Kara - each of you are far more deserving of the $100K than Irina. Oh well...

I think there are some obvious clunkers here. The first look - the stiff "armored" vest looks vulgar and cheap. The 13th look on Kalyn is seriously off. The top doesn't work with the skirt at all - it looks like she's got something on backwards. And in general the oversized sweaters with leggings just don't strike me as fresh or particularly interesting.

I have nothing more to say about the tee shirts other than what kind of moron actually goes to the trouble and expense of printing up misspelled shirts? I assume she knows how to spell "Coney" correctly so she was just careless. Who would give someone that inattentive money to do a line?

I predict that Irina will sink like a stone out of sight, as have other far more talented PR designers. And I hope so, since she and her work are boring as hell.


So much detail here that you really need to stop and take a look to see it all.

Pity I can't see the detail. Couldn't see it on the runway and can't see it in these stills. Which, of course, was Nina's point.


Kalyn does have a Breck girl, bland type of look that isn't right for the runway or high fashion. While she's certainly pretty enough I find the proportions of her extremely high, broad forehead and enormous mouth really off-putting.

Lisa is dumber than a box of rocks and she was not one of my faves but she did grow on me as the season progressed. She doesn't look that great in stills but she's pretty fierce on the runway. She has unbelievable legs and a killer body and a very statuesque, distinctive look. So I'm glad that she made it to the end.

However, Matar and Tanisha were by far the best models closely followed by Koji and Valerie. It's really too bad that one of them couldn't have won and gotten the money and exposure.


If you're still having a hard time seeing the details, check this out:

http://bit.ly/5j17KE

I love this collection. I love that it makes bold, strong statements on first impression -- and then rewards closer inspection with fine details that continue to amaze.

I also appreciate the intellectual quality -- there are ideas, concepts, working themselves out in fashion, in the looks themselves and their sequencing.


It is great to be able to see all the detailing of the looks in the pictures. If there's any problem with the black, is that it doesn't show right on TV, and you don't get to appreciate the clothes fully. Otherwise, black was just the right choice for this collection. Nina obviously has not been advising Balmain or Rick Owens recently... I'm flumoxed about so many people declarations of their love of color. Why do they seemingly buy black by the gallon then? Or maybe it's living in NYC...

To me, this collection not only stands besides other final collections in project runway, but it's one of the best. On all fronts, the looks, the execution, the wholeness of the concept, the story... The styling is superb and it really stands out compare to the other too tragically understyled collections. The hats are terrific.

I also agree with Kalyn. There is something missing to her look and she doesn't look like a runway model, specially to wear this edgier stuff (Incidentaly, I thought Matar was beyond beautiful, but she will also not make it as a runway model).


" Irina won because of her styling.
Your first two posts prove it -- "we love the hats", "the gloves make it"....even though I agree with you, what does that have to do with clothing design?
The show's called Project Runway, not Project Top Stylist."

Like you're ever going to make it in any top runway with poor styling...


The hats = goth Robin Hood

Even having still shots, it's very hard to see any detailing in the various outfits. Who knows if they're overworked or not? It's all black on black on black. The point of detailing, I'm assuming, is so that people can see it. If people can't see it, it might as well not be there. Thus, the detailing? Not interesting, because it's not visible.

And kids, I've been sporting jeans, t-shirts and oversized sweaters since middle school. If I can put together your "design" by pulling things off the rack at Target, your line has some serious creativity problems. Particularly when I've already seen the exact same "wow factor" sweater done and redone in the last season of the show.

Even if Irina did have the strongest point of view, it's not an interesting point of view. I think a better characterization would be "one note," and it was a bad one. It looks like a disaffected 13-year-old's suburban mall shopping spree.

I'm so beyond ready for next season.


When I looked at the collections long before this season started airing, this collection looked like the clear winner. And it did when we saw the finale. Irina's was so much more polished, so much more sophisticated, so much more of a show than Althea's or Carol Hannah's.

I thought all the black was a great idea. To me, her 2 least successful looks were the ivory ones. That faux fur vest was terrible. And the long sleeves and heightened color that look so good in the black coat were like "Look, I'm wearing Mommy's sweater!" in the ivory. There's just something about Irina's collection, the toughness, the edge, the sophistication, that works best in black. I did like the t-shirt though and no I don't want to wade back into those over-stirred waters again either.

And unlike the other two finalists, Irina did a great job with the styling. Maybe she had a clearer vision or maybe she just lucked out, but the hair and makeup really accentuated the look.

Irina wasn't a favorite designer of mine this season, I didn't actually have one, but she deserved to win. And I think her collection holds up well to some of the other winners. I'd put her win up against Chloe and Jeffrey any day though not Jay, Christian or Leanne. I think the weakness of this season showed in the other two finalists who'd lose out to Korto, Jillian, Uli, Laura, Daniel V, and others in a heartbeat.


I think Irina made the hats, gloves, and bags, but it was my understanding that the shoes came from the "accessory wall." Does anyone know for sure?


Anonymous said...

There's nothing better or worse about this collection than what Althea and CH sent down the runway. Irina won because of her styling.
Your first two posts prove it -- "we love the hats", "the gloves make it"....even though I agree with you, what does that have to do with clothing design?


Well for one, she designed and made the hats (and we're pretty sure the gloves as well), for another, you're cherry-picking our comments to make your point. We went on about the fantastic detailing. Of course people can and will disagree as to who should have won, but you're blinding yourself to the details if you think she only won because of the styling.


I really liked her collection, a few clunkers, but in general very striking; the knits are gorge.


Re: Koji and Matar.

While both are undeniably beautiful, neither will be a runway model. Koji is too short and has stumpy legs, while Matar's hips are too wide.

Tanisha was the best of the final three by far. Lisa? Please. Kayln - too Nancy Kerrigan (Incidentally, Kayln could use some serious Tonya Harding energy.)

It's unfortunate that the final image we will have of Tanisha from CH's show is in serious tranny nightmare territory.


Totally agree with you guys; I may not have been much of an Irina fan throughout the course of the show, but this was a great collection. The only one I really didn't like was the 13th look - ironic that CH and Althea really shined in their 13th looks and Irina's was such a clunker. You may be right that it might've worked better with a different model, though.


suzq said
Gordana, Irina and Althea were expert level knitters and brought very refined skills to the table this season. Irina's final collection stood out not just because of the overall design but because of the execution of small details like the knitting and the hats that she had just learned how to make.


Believe me neither Althea or Irina are expert knitters. Others have pointed out Irina's technical issues (and I pointed Althea's out on her threads). Seriously competent beginner could knit these. There is little shaping and no patterning. The fit by both girls is achieved by knitting big, draping and stitching.

Gordana's knits on the other hand show a deep knowledge of the intricacies of knitwear design as did Jillian. It's difficult to explain to a non-knitter, but just compare the detailing on Gordana's and Jillian's stuff and the fact that their pieces fit closely to the body. That sort of fit is not achieved just by how you sew up the knitwear pieces but by shaping the actual pieces as you knit.

Having said which I do love Irina's knitted sweater and coat (Althea's not so much) and am thrilled that knitwear is taking center stage.


I have to admit she does automatically win for having some pretty awesome hats. Some of her pants look like they don't fit correctly either, despite how much time she had.
Next season though, I think they need to go against everything and just go with the complete crazies. Maybe one sensible person. Can you imagine if Egg Guy made it to the end? Or Plus-Sexy lady? Not that construction shouldn't be overlooked, but like, sometimes crazy can be reigned in after Nina and Michael yell at you a few times, and it will be much more entertaining for all.


Great collection, but too much black. I'm not a fur fan, but really like the other pieces.


What I HATE about her collection is that the lack of color - accompanied with the horendous lighting PR ALWAYS has makes it impossible to see details I would love to see better. This goes for every collection, every season.

And, yes, the collection does look better in retrospect. Maybe I'm changing over from team CH....


GothamTomato
said:
"As for Kalyn, she actually has the look of another era: She has the 70's girl next door look that was all over Glamour, Mademoiselle, etc back then."
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I agree with you and the other poster who mentioned this. I've been thinking that all season.
Very pretty girl, but not enough edge or attitude for the runway (for my taste). I see her more editorially for make up/beauty shoots.

I really loved Kojii and Matar for runway. Wish we could have seen them in the finals.


SewSew
said:
OK, boys--I have to call you out on this one: You love the "oversized" (like, four sizes too big) sweaters, but would you guys--or any man--actually wear a piece of clothing that had sleeves that ended six inches below your fingertips? I doubt it.
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ditto. I'm trying to picture the "city woman" Irina is designing for.
Interesting maybe, for the runway.
For real life...navigating the subway, hailing a cab, holding the rail on the bus, getting something out of your handbag, unlocking your door, typing on the computer,dialing your cell phone etc, etc...the average city girl would spend all of her time pushing the sleeves UP to maneuver every action she needed to use her hands for. Plus, it just looks like its 3 sizes too big, like you're wearing your boyfriend's sweater if your boyfriend plays for the NBA.


I am so torn on this collection. Irina had the best styling, the best make-up (credit where credit is due, she made the hair and makeup people pull it together for HER show. The other two failed at it). It's cohesive, it's wearable, why don't I like it? WHY?
I am really trying to GET what people like about it.
That first black sweater coat is so friggin ugly. I just can't with that! That reminds me of something I would play around in while my Mom shopped at a thrift store.
Everything else looks like I could just throw it over jeans. The shirt with the gloves, it's a pretty shirt.. with gloves...????
The thirteenth look is like a strange shell skirt that isn't tight or loose and looks hard and plastic. Did she mean for it to be that way? I don't get it.
She deserved the win, totally, I totally agree. This collection leaves me so flat. The sashes, for the love of Pete, enough with the sashes allready! The first coat has three. The shirt underneath the fur vest, what's going on there? That is a strange v-neck. How does it meet her shoulders? Is it off the shoulder? It bugs the shit out of me.
This is dullllllllllllllll


It's so hard to work up the energy to comment on this collection since I'm so over this season. Seems like it happened a long time ago!!

This was clearly the best collection of the three. But I still can't see the details on the stills, even fiddling with contrast on my monitor. Overall, it has a look and cohesive style to it, even with the dead labrador vest, that was sadly lacking in the other two collections. But I really can't praise any of the black looks overtly because I can't really see them!

I do like the overall effect of the camel sweater, the t and the leggings/pants. But I'm just not sure if it's just because it's a relief from all that black or that the model, who is simply gorgeous, just rocks that look.

Kalyn is a pretty girl for sure, but I agree that she's not really runway model material. She's too girl-next-door. She should be an Ivory girl. Of the models, I really loved Matar's, Taneisha's and Valerie's looks on the runway. Even though Kojii had short legs, she has a fierceness to her that I loved also. Lisa looks like a big clunky but pretty farm girl. I can see her milking cows and churning butter.


While I totally agree that Irina should have been the winner, I still think that the majority of the looks in her collection are just modified horseback riding outfits.

Her 13th look was hot, psh. Maybe you would have liked it better on another model. It was that whole "soft yet hard" angle she was trying to push.


I really like the collection, but I can't help but feel that it's a more depression version of Jillian's final collection.


i disagree about Kalyn. her attitude, yes, is very pageant. but w/ the right hair/make up she could pull it off. she just needs to be more aware of looking high fashion.


I am am man who love oversized sweaters. they make me feel petit. and they are warm - and I hate cold.

TLo - I agree with everything you say - down to the fact that when some crazy person was trying to say Irina won because of the styling, I was gonna scroll down and comment on how she made the hats and how they were taking your comments out of context -- and voila - you guys had already done that. Bravo!

anyways - I loved Irina's collection, and the things I didn't love about it (first look, the wierdness of that one sweater) - is the exact same things you guys didn't like. I'm also so over the whole (I won't mention it) controversy.

Anyways --- I'm glad you all can see past the b.s.
--cheers.
T


what's with the boob implant pocket on the faux fur vest?


SO glad you finally got to Kaylin. To steal a line from "Do you want to be a SuperModel"... she's girlfriend pretty, not model pretty. In fact, I think the whole "this is a contest for you too" when the producers did little to make it really competative for the models was lame.

Hey Producers, try this!:

1) Each designer rates ALL of the models on their "performance" on the runway. The lowest scoring model goes home - THEN, model selection begins from the remaining pool.

2) The designers should be able to pick without the models present. I get it, the producers are hoping for drama but really this scenario stifles it. Without the models present, the designers would have the emotional freedom to do what they really want to do = without the pressure of the stare down and tears factors. Then, with the MTR show, you'd get to see the model's reaction. Good t.v. there....


Well I LOVE Matar's hips. Very feminine.

And Kojii's legs are very pretty. They are not two sticks.

And as someone else said before, Lisa is gorgeous and actually has meat on her bones.

After Matar, my second favorite model was Kojii. And then Lisa. And then Fatma Dabo- wow, is that lady elegant!!! Kalyn would be okay on a runway, though not as a headliner. Or for make-up ads for a more juvenile line like Bonne Bell or perhaps Cover Girl- not Revlon or L'Oreal for a while.


Thanks for the link, SO, but those are, in fact, the same photos that TLo posted and are no clearer on the Lifetime site.


I need to say this because it's been bugging me ever since I started reading this blog - forgive me if I sound like a jerk. I know this is a Project Runway blog, but come on everyone, you know fashion exists outside of Project Runway, right? Just because Jay made sweaters, Christian used black, and Jillian made hats doesn't mean they were the first, last, and only designers to ever use those elements. Cripes, get over it already. It's utterly naive to think PR designers are only inspired by/only derive their looks from previous PR designers.

Anyways, I have a nagging question about the collection. I can't really tell, but in looks 4, 5, and 6 - are those like, leggings, that become leather-esque pants, and then shoes/boots? Or just pants in boots?


I get bugged by that too, when people say oh! it's like Jillian, it's like Christian... about some random detailing, when there are clearer references in real designers. But I suppose some people watch PR who don't "watch" fashion, and there's nothing wrong with that.

The leg thing, I believe it is leggings + shoes and she has overlayed leather leg warmers. Very Rick Owens.


Anonymous 11/30/09 5:24 PM said…

“It's unfortunate that the final image we will have of Tanisha from CH's show is in serious tranny nightmare territory.”

Thank you! I thought I was the only one who saw this! Tanisha was surely one of the fiercest walkers on the runway, and girl sure knows how to work an outfit, but that makeup in the finale, really? Maybe it’s just how it showed in the pics but I think it really ruined her look!

Loved Koji!!


TLo, I find it hard to agree that this collection could stand with many of the past winners, particularly when, as noted by many others, it has many elements that look like worse versions of previous contestants' (particularly Jillian's) work. It might have been more impressive if it had come before those contestants, but certainly not after.


If you're short than the oversized coats are scaled down to your size. it isn't an issue of them being too big.


we think this collection could stand next to any of the previous winning collections and hold its own.


I agree 100%


OMG, I was thinking the same thing about Kalyn! Super cute, but not high fashion.

I too reluctantly loved this collection.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Red soles are a trademark of the Louboutin brand, Heidi. And in Season 1, shoes were most assuredly part of the budget and a major issue in the final show.


**** Um, I've seen lots of cheaper shoes with red soles.


adored this collection!

pretty much ditto all of tlo's comments, tho... i'm actually ok with the opening look, certainly not the collection’s highlight, but she was smart to open with it and the model pulled it off, me thinks. the faux fur vest... again, thought it was cute on the model and a nice visual break with the black.

and yes, loving the sweater/tee look (esp the grey/black one to come in Part 2) , her coats are wonderful, the pants hot (if you can pull them off), the patterns running throughout, the play on textures and that final gown!!! flowed exquisitely...don’t think the hat was needed with the gown, but loved it nonetheless.

BRAVO!

ps – does anyone know if the pieces are actually sold? (oh and as for designing, producing and completing this collection in several months’ time on 9k...that’s ridiculously impressive).


Kayln as a beauty queen? With that nose and jawline? She's entirely too masculine looking.

Matar was the real deal. I hope to see a lot of her in the future.

If you were in your late teens/early 20s in the late 1980s, then this collection is too dated looking to be interesting. Big sweaters? Check. Too much black? Check. And so on.

It was the best of the three. I dub it the winner of Project Meh.


I agree with the person who didn't like the closure on the big sweater/T-shirt outfit. The outfit has natural looking fibers, it's swervy and curvy like rock strata that really got turned around. The device that keeps the sweater closed has absolutely none of the qualities of the rest of the outfit. It is civilized, metallic, shiny, with geometric circle and diamond shapes. The rest of the outfit is already filled with texture and then it's asked to accommodate something disparate. To make things worse, the rhythm of the closure piece doesn't go well with that of the sweater. What was on its way to being a really wonderful outfit is wrecked. Just my opinion.

Ultimately, I respected this collection, but I couldn't see the details. Too bad. Not seeing the deatils made the collection seem underwhelming. The first four outfits had similar and very standard shapes. Not to mention they were all the same color. The details would have added flavor, but I couldn't see them.


To the "Shoe Conspirasist" (sp?) - geez just do a search for ("Red Sole" shoes )

I supposed there was a patent or copyright or trademark violation?
/sigh


"I know this is a Project Runway blog, but come on everyone, you know fashion exists outside of Project Runway, right? Just because Jay made sweaters, Christian used black, and Jillian made hats doesn't mean they were the first, last, and only designers to ever use those elements. Cripes, get over it already. It's utterly naive to think PR designers are only inspired by/only derive their looks from previous PR designers."

I agree. I was infuriating when people claimed that Chloe and Angela copied Jay just because they dared to make outfits inspired by buildings. Or whenever they look at Kors' latest collection and accuse him of stealing elements from previous designers.


"I know this is a Project Runway blog, but come on everyone, you know fashion exists outside of Project Runway, right? Just because Jay made sweaters, Christian used black, and Jillian made hats doesn't mean they were the first, last, and only designers to ever use those elements. Cripes, get over it already. It's utterly naive to think PR designers are only inspired by/only derive their looks from previous PR designers."


This expresses the comment I wanted to post earlier. Yes, many of the aspects of Irina's collection are derivative of more established designers. That said, I think there's an incredible bias on this blog's comments to revere the earlier season's winners as innovators whose ideas have never been seen before.

Personally, seeing the collections walk down the runway, I was just so happy to see some perspective behind Irina's work, even not knowing it was hers at the time. There was a collective sigh of relief in the tents seeing an actual collection, however cute some of the previous looks might have been.


The cream sweater captured my attention too. It has technical problems which any knitter experiences as fingernails on a blackboard. Two things Irina: Double point/circular needles and Kitchener Stitch. Either will eliminate those seams.


The slight smile the model is wearing on #2 makes the look, in my opinion. She's enjoying herself, and there's something whimsical about her expression and the hat.

I want that sweater in #4 right now. It looks comfy, and I want to snuggle into it at my freezing desk. Maybe I wouldn't have this damned cold if I had that sweater. Well, if I could afford that sweater, I wouldn't be working here, so I wouldn't be as cold, so, dominos, etc. I need more DayQuil.

Again the expression on the model's face is what completes and sells the look for #5. You're right about perfect pairing, but I think she's just that great. She makes sweater look fun and charming and like it'd be your favorite piece in your winter closet. (Enough of the pouting, models! We'd like to see more smiles. I'm sure you ladies can pull off the Mona Lisa look without causing wrinkles.)

I hated #6 when I saw it on the rack, and I continued to hate it on the runway. The faux fur is ticky-tacky. Bleh.

Thank you for pointing out what I felt about Kalyn's work this season. She's not a fashion model. That dress was a mess (I do not see the point of the shiny, Irina), but it's definitely not improved by being placed on Kalyn, who hasn't the presence to pull it off in the slightest.


I agree that Kalyn naturally has a fresh scrubbed, girl next door look, but, depending on what she's wearing, her face can also have a pampered princess look and even a sex kitten vibe. I think she looked best in Irina's Aspen look.
And of course you're right; it's not a high fashion face at all.


that coat that yu said was colorless and faux-fur i actually really liked.
now that i see all the pcitures, i entirley agree- the design, concept and cfratmanship is really excellent.


Don't know if anyone brought this up or not, but when Heidi threw them that 13th look curveball, didn't she say their model would be casting the girl specifically to wear that outfit?


This is exactly why I hate black runway collections. I cannot see the details-which are exquisite. I thought the same thing about Christian's black pieces.

Don't these designers realize we want to see their genius? Why do they insist upon doing all that fantastic work only to have it lost on the runway?

Schmucks...


Hate look 1; look 2 is...ok, but the puckering on the pants is unappealing and the detail doesn't add much to the coat; the top of look 3 is overworked and again with those stupid pants; look 4, what you said; look 5...ok, though I fail to see what's bold about a drab t-shirt. Having a t-shirt there that was a splash of color might've done something.

Look 6, what you said about the clunkiness of the faux fur, plus again she passed up an opportunity to have a small splash of color with the shirt underneath, instead choosing an aggressively blah palate.

Surprise 13th look: HIDEOUS.

And I hate, hate, hate the hats. Twee, overly conceptual crap jumping up and down saying "I have a theme. Look at my theme!!!"


The 13th look is not at par on her other pieces.. It's pretty obvious that its made with a low budget and short amount of time.





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