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Ripping the Collections: Irina - Part 2

Let's put the cherry on the sundae of Season Six, bitches!




Gorgeous. Love the details on the coat; love the huge collar; love the t-shirt.




Ditto. Although she probably went to the "big ass coat + boots" well one time too many.





There is a LOT going on with this look, but taking each piece on their own, we love every one. Love what she did with the sweater, with the holes in the sleeves. In fact, it looks like the wearer has several sleeve options here. Those pants are HOT.





And THOSE pants are HOT too. Although with everything else she's wearing, they don't exactly make for a chilly day option. Love the giant scarf thingy too.





We have to give her props here. She keeps returning to the same motifs over and over again and somehow the collection doesn't feel too repetitive. Sure, there's too much black and like we said, too many big coats or sweaters paired with boots, but that's more about styling and silhouette. When it comes to the detailing, specifically those overlapping pleats, she uses them well. They appear throughout the collection yet she manages to make them slightly different each time.





Case in point. This is like the punctuation mark at the end of the statement that was her collection. Kors didn't think she needed an evening gown and questioned why she had one at all, but we think it was kind of brilliant. Again, we see all the elements present in her collection, but this time in the form of a gown.

There were a couple of clunkers, but for the most part, it was an amazingly consistent and cohesive collection that showed great skill and a strong point of view. There has always been controversy surrounding the season winner and there always will be but we stand by what we said earlier: this is as good a collection as any of the previous winners. Better than a couple of them, actually.


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Agreed. Although Irina's personality was *somewhat* of a turnoff (but not NEARLY to the level of Kenley or other contestants) she was the clear winner, at least in my mind.


About that gown... I think that it probably would have looked MUCH better without the strap. In the photos it looks like the strap is pulling one bra cup up just a bit, so things look uneven. Aside from that, I feel that the strap kinds of ruins the potential for a clean line.
Or, maybe I'm just too picky. *shrug*


Thank you for pointing that out. This WAS so good a collection. Loved almost everything.


Jeffery *cough* Chloe *cough*

I agree. The collection looked so sleek and chic!


You guys must be exhausted. Thanks so much for doing this every season!

I wasn't digging the big Wilma strap on the final gown, but I love the collection over all -- intellectual, tough, feminine, cohesive.

I love how the black T-shirt has text written in criss-crossings that evoke the shells, criss-crossings, and layers throughout the collection. Just amazing!


It's nice to be able to see all the detailing in the screencaps - it's too hard to see all this during the actual show. with all these details, I can truly appreciate why she won this season.


I'm not an Irina fan, but I do like her collection. I'd go so far as to say I'd feel comfortable wearing just about everything she had on the runway. I'm a big fan of black, and I like the big sweaters and jackets. The detailing was well done, and it all looked wearable. She's got talent, and I'm sure we'll be seeing more of her work.


I love the first two coats, and it all ends there for me. The rest is funereal and boring, and the hats are ridiculous.
Ok...on to next season.


Imho

Christian Siriano >> LeAnne Marshall > Irena > Jay > Jeffrey > Chloe Dao.


This is waaaay OT but I wish TLO had commented on Australia's Project Runway, especially the first one. I'd give anything to see screen caps of uh, the guy who was in the final three, his final collection.

Irina... black and more black but I understand why she won. Just don't ask me to go ga-ga over t-shirts, copied or not.


Those sliced open pants -- I'd be curious to know how they'd look if someone wore colored tights under them. Something with a bright pop of color? Not sure if they'd look good that way or clown-school.

Nevertheless, I kinda like her collection.


I want it allllllll.


I do not like the ripped/slashed pants. They are not very practical- for the weather, to put on, to maintain, etc.

Otherwise, the collection is very cool. I like the final evening gown, though I wish it had had two straps- more wearable that way. I like the t-shirts, though this could have been the chance to incorporate color.

Congrats, Irina. Fantastic job.


I'm glad she had the gown. It was a great exclamation point to the collection. It's fabulous & original.

And as I recall, that gown was the only piece in the entire show, (including the other two designers), that got applause when it entered the runway.

--GothamTomato


I have the opposite opinion. Those ripped/slashed pants are my favorite piece in the entire collection. I think they are amazingly cool and innovative. When I saw them walk down the runway, I knew she had won.


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When I watched the finale, I felt so distracted and bored and used the fast forward option more than once. Seeing these photos is a completely different experience, and I now can fully appreciate the detail and how much a truly love the collection. It's very close to my personal style and, frankly, it was the only collection that wasn't chock full of looks that could be found at any department store. IMO, it was the only innovative collection at Bryant this season. While I liked the other girls' personalities more, they didn't show anything I haven't seen a hundred times before.


For me it goes:

Jay > Christian > Leanne > Chloe > Jeffery > Irina.


I just had such a strong reaction against Irina's collection. I can see it has a point of view, a degree of innovation and some technical competence, I just don't warm to her point of view at all. I don't want to be the sort of woman who wears clothes like this. And no matter how much you can point out good things about the t-shirts, I can't help feeling (a) they are just t-shirts and (b) they are t-shirts with ripped-off text. Which leaves a bad taste in the mouth.


I agree with Ms. Glum's rankings above. (T-Lo? Want to do one sometime?) The collection was gorgeous, it really was. It was a painful season, but an exciting, innovative, thoughtful, cohesive collection won the day, and that's really what it's all about. I wish It had been, say, a Ra'mon/Epperson/Irina finale so we could have seen three great collections, but I also wish I had a magical pony.


Even if you don't care for Irina, there is a lot to love in this collection. What first won me, an Irina disser, over was the hats. I'm not as big on those sweaters as TLo are (I can't get past the hand-obscuring), but the artfully shredded pants are amazing. They take a punk idea and make it elegant and uptown. The T-shirts look great and are a fun mix with the more luxe clothes (leaving aside the dead horse). I loved the evening gown for taking the ideas we'd seen in a rich-girl-trying-to-look-tough-on-the-streets way and reworking them to show us an elegant gown.


And for me (I'm close to ros but not exactly): Jay > Christian > Leanne > Jeffrey > Irina > Chloe.


This collection only gets better and better the more you look at it. I also want it all! Some of the pieces, I'd love to own.

I don't get it about Carol Hannah's supposed wearability as opposed to this collection. CH's was all cocktail dresses that would not get much wearing in most women's wardrobes. This collection, edginess, hats, showmanship and all, would instead translate fantastically into the street. It is so NOW.

As to passed PR collections... reviewing them next to Irina's, I'd say hers is definitely one of the best (some of the old PR finalists look now so amateurish...). The talk of the season was that contestants were short of talent, and comments seem to be made to reinforce that vision. But this collection is clear proof of talent.

Totally gorgeous. Great job.


This collection only gets better and better the more you look at it. I also want it all! Some of the pieces, I'd love to own.

I don't get it about Carol Hannah's supposed wearability as opposed to this collection. CH's was all cocktail dresses that would not get much wearing in most women's wardrobes. This collection, edginess, hats, showmanship and all, would instead translate fantastically into the street. It is so NOW.

As to passed PR collections... reviewing them next to Irina's, I'd say hers is definitely one of the best (some of the old PR finalists look now so amateurish...). The talk of the season was that contestants were short of talent, and comments seem to be made to reinforce that vision. But this collection is clear proof of talent.

Totally gorgeous. Great job.


I love the idea of ending a collection with a stunning gown. And this one is just that. By far my favorite piece from the final collections. I also really like the details on the grey coat.


We have to give her props here. She keeps returning to the same motifs over and over again and somehow the collection doesn't feel too repetitive.

I think it does feel repetitive. Big sweater or coat/ornate top/leggings, over and over. Because it reflects the idea that women dress in a uniform with variations, I can appreciate what Irina's done here. But I wouldn't mind if there was some variety in the individual pieces she did.

That said, I love this collection more every time I see it. I love this sweaters and the hats, and I think the gown was a great way to end the show. Still not sure about the shredded pants, but that's because I get cold just looking at them. :)

Even if it's not cutting edge, I think it's stylish and sophisticated, and really, really cool.


Yep, agreed. It was a good collection. I'd still like to see some color. On the show, many of the pieces didn't look all that interesting with all the black. The photos show the detail a lot more than the show did.

I like what she did with most of the jackets and sweaters. Obviously, outerwear is one of her strengths. I'd love too see what she does in the future.


this girl would be good working at zara that basically is dedicated to ripping off all major labels and making affordable pieces off that

there are references to leann marshall and jillian with the hats...

not exciting, must say...


8. Super translatable coat. I think it would look good on just about everyone. Best seller.

9. Another fantastic loook, so polished. Kind of film noir.

10. Love the shrug and bring the leggings into the cheveron theme.

11. Best leggings, also love the neck piece, it looks ready for production.

12. Warm up for the show stopper.

13. Breath taking. Although it would have been a complete knock out to show this dress in white after such a dark show.

My first impression of this show is that it was a clear winner. Irina put an incredible amount of work and a great variety of skills into producing these garments. My inital impression was that she was consealing the indentity of the models somewhat with the high collars, low hats , and dark colors, just as the designers themselves identities were conceled. I also see the tracks of the Cyclone and other rides at Coney Island running though the collection as well, with all the meandering knitted ribs, applied cheverons, lattice work , diagonal pleats, and interwoven placement of the burn out words. Congratulations to Irina, well done!


I usually agree with you guys, but just cannot see this standing with PPS, Leanne, Jay's, or even Korto's, Kara Janx, Jillian's, Chris March's decoy. I even like Jeffrey's better.

I find this so dull, and what a shallow, inane person would find to be edgy. I saw more fashionable clothes in downtown shops on Broadway last weekend.

Out.


You say consistent and cohesive, I say repetitive.

Thanks for all the work of putting it up so we can rip it apart!


Loved this. I used to think that Irina designed clothes for her mother, but this collection does show her own rebellious yet chic point of view.


Hey TLo, thanks for putting the collections up. Some people are ranking all the PR winners. How would you rank them?


yeah! ho! wah!

only critisism: the text on the t-shirts. not because of the copyright drama, but just because i think the birds alone (and maybe some colour) would have worked better.

otherwise: LOVE.


Agree on all points.

Irina was the clear winner of this season.

Need some relief from the black, but seriously, for me, a lot of what made this collection work so well is that she didn't make half of it in cheap-looking satin. There are just so many ways to go wrong with shiny fabric. As we have seen.

Congrats to her, and I want that grey coat!!!


I also wish you guys commented on Australia's Project Runway because lately, it is just a much better show overall(and I'm not australian, nor do I live in Australia, so,no prejudice). They had two very good casts, and although everyone is a lot more friendly, you don't miss the drama.


A definite winner. The more I look at it, the more I like it. And want it. And wish I could wear it. And I personally love the t-shirt idea. Well done Irina!


Let's put the cherry on the sundae of Season Six, bitches!

Heck to the Naw, y'all got a Reunion Show to do. I know I am being obnoxious and demanding and I am not even going to throw in a passive aggressive "just kidding," just get to gettin'! Please, pretty please, pretty please with a cherry on top!!!


I was fixing to disagree with you about better than past winners but I now recall neither Jeffrey nor Chloe's really excited me and I thought Jay's was overrated too actually (but I liked Laura's, Kara Saun's, Santino's, Jillian's Uli's and-as much as I hate to say it-Kenley's all easily more than this one.) But easily the best of all the finalists--the other two were disasters. Those spaghetti bottom pants tho are freaking ridiculous. I don't care what you say.

Are you going to be covering Launch my Line now? Third such series in a row. Are you sick of watching people sew yet?


Some nice stuff here. But the penis-head hats ... really?


gorgeous stuff. nothing i could possibly mock here.


Agree: the gown incorporating the collection's "trademarks" was a good choice.

MUCH easier time seeing detail on these. Did you boys lighten up the pix? If so, mille grazie.


The two pants deemed "hot" -- I wonder what fabric they're made of. The first one almost looks like polished cotton, but it's hard to tell (and I'm doubtful that's what it is). Anyone have an idea?


Love the idea of the slashed pants over colored tights! And to those saying they're imprctical -- who cares? They're visually interesting. Isn't that the point of runway?

TLo, your untiring efforts are vastly appreciated. Thanks for making this season a lot brighter. <3


Is it just me or does the material of that first pic, the gray coat, look like cheap felt?


Contrary to some who've disagreed- I too thought this was one of the stronger finale collections.

I think Chloe's was the worst.


#1 - love the coat (and full ARMS - coats often have too narrow arms - when you might be wearing them over heavier sweaters).

#2 - Looks plush and so rich

#3 - Love the pants - but meh on the t and not feeling the sweater.

#4 - agree the pants are hot. Like the feeling but find it confusing - like the boots with one leg warmer?

#5 - agree with TLO's comments. Seeing a shark with this hat.

#6 - Lovely and although it is a gown - since it uses the same techniques I also think it fits (but the hat doesn't work here for me)


I do like her - and her collection - better than Jeffrey, although that's not saying much. You guys make such good points that it's hard to argue from a strictly emotional reaction to an unlikeable person.


I want all of those pants, even though I'm probably 15 years older than the target audience for them. They are sexy, stylish, edgy and FUN. Love them so hard.

And a lot of her sweaters and coats are rockin', too.

Thank, TLo for the serious blogging commitment you give us every season. I don't know how you do it.


Sewing Siren 13. Breath taking. Although it would have been a complete knock out to show this dress in white after such a dark show.

Very interesting idea. But SS what kind of fabric do you think would have worked?


BeccaGo said... Love the idea of the slashed pants over colored tights! And to those saying they're imprctical -- who cares? They're visually interesting. Isn't that the point of runway?

Yes, I agree that it doesn't matter that they're impractical. Runway clothes don't have to be practical, which is why the ultra long sleeves on the sweaters don't bother me. But I still get cold looking at those shredded pants. Or maybe it's my poorly insulated house.


I would kill for coat # 1. Good thing I'm not in a position to do it.

It's amazing how much more detail is visible in these photos! Makes it a lot easier to appreciate the level of technique and construction that went into the garments. Personally, I love the hats, especially the chain-under-the-chin one. Irina is clearly deserving of the win. It's too bad she had to miss out on the usual Bryant Park excitement and adulation, but I think she'll be very successful as a designer.

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Very interesting idea. But SS what kind of fabric do you think would have worked?



I think the same fabrics that she used in this gown, but white. She made a very similar white gown for Kelly Ripa (?) which TLo showed on their Facebook page. I believe it was organza and horsehair and sequins, stuff like that.


"Anonymous said: But the penis-head hats ... really?"





I've never seen a guy whose been circumcised by an origamist, but I guess that could happen.

Just sayin'...

--GothamTomato


Anonymous said...
Is it just me or does the material of that first pic, the gray coat, look like cheap felt?


I take it to be coat weight woolen flannel.

Brooklyn Bomber said...
The two pants deemed "hot" -- I wonder what fabric they're made of. The first one almost looks like polished cotton, but it's hard to tell (and I'm doubtful that's what it is). Anyone have an idea?


I took the first pair (no openwork) to be very fine leather with the applique strips of some kind of plush like velvet or sueded fabric.
The lattice work pair which look like boot toppers (to me) ,I take to be suede or some type of plush strips with sequin or some kind of shiny applied decoration.


The third look of this set should have been her signature piece.

I echo everyone's sentiments about how nice it is to see all the details.

I'm also enjoying the reflections of the folks who attended the show. It did seem as though her collection had a more visceral connection with the audience. Unfortunately, that did not translate to the screen.


It was a cohesive collection, well-put-together, playing with themes. There were a couple of duds (I'm looking at you, faux fur fug), and it was missing color (honestly, when I think NYC, I think of black clothes, so it wasn't that big of a problem for me; not as much as Althea's supposed sci-fi influence), but, overall, I liked the collection, and would even happily wear a couple of the pieces. Irina may have been the recipient of the bitch cut, but she deserved the win.

By the way, credit must be given for pulling off the revised leather pants. Irina paired them well with that wonderful jacket and comfy tee, and they did not look like chaps on the runway as our dear Tim Gunn feared they might. Perhaps if she'd paired them with the wrong top, they would have failed, but I felt they really worked as a look. Irina not only generally designed a cohesive and well-done collection, she knew how to put her pieces together to show them off to their best.

Brava, Irina. Upon review, I like her collection much more than Chloe's, and it's a step up from Jeffrey's. For all of the bullshittery with judging, the court case, the craptacular production, and the disastrous move to L.A., Irina can stand tall with the rest of the PR winners (though she must, like the rest of 'em, stand behind Mr. McCarroll).


I rather enjoyed Irina's bitchiness this season - it was the only interesting thing that kept me going. I agree that this was the winning collection but I simply cannot heap tons of praise upon it like she is the next coming of Dior. The only winner of the show Irina would have beaten is Chloe, and that's only because Chloe's collection was massive ass (all the Season 2 collections were).

All of Irina's coats are basically the same - changing the collar doesn't alter that. All of her tights/leggings are basically the same as well. I definitely thought her collection was repetitive in that respect, I don't care if she used slightly different materials or changed the slope of her pleats slightly. And I too thought her finale dress seemed a little out of place in this collection. It certainly went with everything else, but having a grand red carpet gown didn't really make sense in her collection - the only other look without pants was the 13th look, which she made last minute and with help, so she had originally been planning on showing only one pantsless look. Why on Earth would you design a collection of hard-edged casual sportswear and then randomly throw in some giant fuck-off dress at the end?

And I'm tired of hearing about those t-shirts - they are t-shirts! And not very original ones - go to Urban Outfitters or Forever 21 and you can find tees very similar. If this is the best one can say for a collection, well...there you go. People would not 'hate' this collection as much if Irina has been nice or whatever, but I still don't think they would LOVE it or anything. Execution good, concept and design ideas - meh.


T-shirts *cough*plagiarism*cough* aside, I agree with the win. I loke the pants with the criss cross detailing. and that black gown would make a killer wedding gown in white or ivory. (Sorry - just finished watching "Say Yes to the Dress")


I can't get behind the collection if I can't get behind the designer. I don't trust her. On to next season...


Chloe> Christian> Leanne> Jeffrey> Jay> Irina.

Where's the TLo Lounge? What do we win if we guess correctly?


While I agree this is the clear winner, it simply isn't to my taste--doesn't mean it's bad, just not what appeals to me.
That said: love the hats! LOVE them! Love the one with the chain especially--I'd buy it if I were a woman. Hell, I might buy it anyway and just wear it around the house.


Yes, okay, I'm swayed now. Irina justly deserved the win. Her collection is much more impressive in these stills where you can see the detail than it was on the show.

The coats and sweaters really blow me away. I would love to wear them and, not being a pencilthin fashionista by any stretch of the imagination, I think these are some of the most sellable and accessible items in any of the final collections.

My winner equation goes:
Jay > Leanne > Jeffrey > Irina > Christian > Chloe


just my opinion...

Jay > Leanne > Jeffrey > Irina/Christian > Chloe

I don't get why everyone loves Christian so much - his collection was nice but ENTIRELY unoriginal. Yes, it's true, everything's already been done and nothing is truly "new," but he didn't add ANYTHING new or interesting of his own to his looks. They were all complete retreads - more so than Irina, even. His collection was almost a parody of fashion. It's as if he was told to design all-black costumes for a modern version of the race scene in My Fair Lady. Ugh. Westwood + McQueen - any trace of unique vision = Christian. If he hadn't been a sassy little pocket gay tailor-made for reality TV, he would not be where he is now, trust. (Which is where, really? Selling shoes at Payless? Dressing C-list TV stars for the Daytime Emmy's? Meh.)

Jay and Leanne certainly showed great collections that were very much their own. Even Jeffrey's collection had it's own disturbing beauty, like a fabulous circus from hell.

Chloe...erm. Pure, unadulterated fug, for the most part. The only design I remember being nice was the giant blue dress Grace wore. One decent look does not a winning collection make.


Intelligent, cohesive, overall an excellent collection. And it really WAS a collection. Props to Irina, although she'd never be my friend.


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I went back and looked at them all and changed my mind:

Jay, Leanne, Christian, Irina, Chloe, Jeffrey.


It was so obvious this was the winning collection when it came out on the runway. Love her or hate her, you have to admit that Irina did a great job on this.


The first look on this page - the one with the grey coat - are those thigh-high boots, or chaps, or what?!!


OK, the second look on this post: isn't that Anne from Season...excuse me, Cycle 3 of Top Model? Does anyone else think so?


Really love Irina's collection. Everything is wearable, trendy and functional.

I thought it was pretty clear that she was going to the finals half way through the show.

Didn't mind her divaness as well!

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I love the first look! Comfy and stylish :)

My favorite is the look with the grey hole sleeved sweater and the hat with the chin strap. I even like the look of the T-shirt. It really was a look that I could identify with and could possibly put together and wear :)

Those shredded pants are TO DIE! How did she do them? Somebody stop me from going up stairs to my closet with some sissors


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This is definitely one of my favorite collections to come out of PR, along with Jay's and Kara's.


If you're someone who can't handle opinions that differ from your own without being insulting, please, don't post here. We're only going to delete them.


I can understand why this collection won: it was cohesive, well executed, and interesting. What I don't understand are some of the details on a few of the pants. For the first one on the post, I thought the model was wearing thigh high boots but it's actually a leather panel on the pants on the front. What confuses me wore are the knit leg warmers around her ankles, which you don't really notice until you look closer.

Well, it's not my cup of tea, but congratulations, Irina.


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I'd said the leather pant thing in the gray-coat look are, like in other looks, extreme long leather leg warmers.


Those of you who find shreded pants unwearable, you haven't been in a club lately, have you?


Scratch that, I took a closer look and the leather is on the front AND back. Whew. Still don't know what they are though.


That finale gown is like the Gothic version of Michelle Obama's Inaugural Ball gown. That strap is just so poorly placed and proportioned.


Was there some behind the scenes discussion about NOT putting Kayln in the final gown. I can imagine Tim stepping in and advising Irina that it wasn't her best look to bring back for the judges.


Um...are her hats for sale? I very, very much want one. :9


You look at it all and it's not just that the clothes are fairly superiour to the other two collections (they were) in cut, fitting and design. It's as if she'd chosen the best models, the better hair dresses, better make up... as if she knew were to get the right shoes and bags where the others had no clue (did they stick to the infamous Macy's choose-wisely wall?). It really has to be one of the finales of PR where the gap between the winner and finalists was more evident. There is no way this collection could not have won. On those grounds, my guess is that it's one of the most consisten collections evern in PR.


The second half of this collection is really chic and stylish. I love the grey sweater with the holes and the shredded leggings and the grey and black coats are to die for. The gown's Wilma strap is a distraction but the bodice and skirt are lovely. I would love to see this in a dramatic color.

At least the second half of the show had less all black than the first. As a New Yorker, it saddened me to see all that black. I get sick of seeing it on the street all the time. Sometimes black is just boring, not chic at all.

For me, Irina is in the middle of the designers who have won PR. Jay-Leanne-Christian are my favorites. I think she has a future if she can grow and stay away from the tacky rich suburban wife edge she tends to skate on from time to time.


I love the grey coat - finally an oversize coat that doesn't swallow up the hands completely! I am also salivating over the overlapping-pleated pants, I want a pair in my closet right now.

I really like all the looks here, not one look that I didn't like in this half of the collection. Definitely a deserving win.


During the season, I did not warm at all to Irina's designs. Her wins were totally not my thing. That Russian footballers wife thing with the "Aspen" look and its follow-up I found horrid. I was not impressed by her newspaper coat or the blah dress for Macy's. I also hated some of her other looks she produced, the pregnant pink thing, the too-pretty outfit for Kylin... I could see she was focused, but as someone said before, this tacky rich housewife stetic, I could not get into.

But looking at this collection, I guess she went throught the whole thing with a very competitive mindset: she showed the judges she was competent, and never gave them a reason to consider her outing. She did what she needed to do get where she got, and chapeau to that.

And then she came up with this great collection, which to me does not recall at all the work during the competition. I love all of it. I just wonder, it this represents her aesthetic (I'd hope so) or not (her website and butterfly-dress for Macy's causes doubt). I wonder what will be her future path.


Considering that she went the less spectacular daywear route (for the most part), I'd put her above Leanne. This girl has the chops and she showed that she can design ready-to-wear that people will wear and within a cohesive collection. I do agree that she fits well with Jay and Christian (and Leanne to a lesser extent) in that she has a point of view and a style that is fully developed, as opposed to the other two designers in the final. Carol Hannah could really be successful doing red carpet and "dressy" dresses (like bridal), and Blondie (geez, I can't think of her name) needs a bit more time to develop.

I'm glad that the clothes are finally getting more attention than the personalities. For all the talk about everybody being so dull this year, Irina got some pretty strong (and unwarranted, I think) reactions.

Man, I guess nobody what turns up on the runway, somebody is going to think it looks either like a penis or a vagina (which BTW is totally INTERNAL; I think what they mean is a vulva). Sometimes I wonder how many penises and vulvas these folks have seen. Besides, why is that a bad thing? They are obviously iconic images. They worked for Georgia O'Keeffe and the people who design sports cars and skyscrapers!


The criss-cross pants are truly to die for. I have never seen these before, and they should be produced right now. They show how one can take a shape that has been a staple now for some seasons, and give it a twist to make it fresh and truly unique.


Well, well, last week we had the worst PR in history, with the weakest group in it long history.
This week we have a cohesive collection by any standard, a winner that ranks favorably against all fabled PR winners, yada yada yada.
Last Feb anyone could see we had a talented group in the finals. And while I thought (and initial reviews) of CH as too derivative, and very last year, Althea, and Irina were both fresh and edgy; and Irina for the win.
Nearly a year later nothing has changed.
Might I remind you, CS, and a number of others commented after the runway show that the pieces sent down the runway for season 6 was a vast improvement over season 5.


I'm just going to give it up for her. This is a nice collection.


Okay, the more I look at this, the more I'm okay with it. Really it's about actually seeing the details, because they all disappeared on the runway. I really wish she had done a few more things that weren't black. Even if it was just more grays or the sort of cream color she's used at times. She could have kept it in neutrals like that and still getting away from black would have broken it up more and made all the details visible.

And I still hate those Batman-costume hats.


I think this season they actually went for more talented and more fashion-conscious contestants. But it has backfired. On the one hand, while the design side was more advanced, the editing didn't really focus enough on the technicalities, on the other hand, at this stage of the popularity of the show, a large amount of its viewers are not really interested in fashion...


The flaps are very reminicent of Leanne, especially from Episode 3 (Bright Lights) of Season 5.


Jay > Leanne > Christian > Irina > Jeffrey > Chloe.


Jay - Leanne/Irina- Christian - Jeffrey - Chloe


Nice finish to her collection. And I agree with you TLo about the gown. When MK said she didn't need it, I was surprised. The gown really translated the look and gave the collection a nice jolt at the end.

My daisy chain of winners would be:

Jay>Leanne>Christian>Irina>Chloe>Jeffrey


For me, It's like this:

#1 Jay and Christian
#2 Leanne
#3 Irina and Chloe or Chloe and Irina
#500 Jeffrey. I really don't like his collection at all.


I just looked at the winners' collections and what stands out to me is how well Irina showed her collection.

I'll just leave it at that.

And I'll agree with someone who said ages ago that PR seems really stingy in its monetary awards. I'd like to see money given to all the top three.


I liked some of the hats - kind of a blend between jockey helmets and what the London policemen wear


I really love this collection. I'm someone that loves black. I think that black and white paired together is really classy and I see this collection as a lot of stuff that I would wear paired with white or color. It's really innovative, there's certainly a strong point of view, and I love that there's hardly anything that I would see in a store somewhere.

Bravo, Irina- sometimes you have to be a bitch to win. And to be honest, was she really much more of a bitch than Christian was? There's sort of a double standard going on here:

Bitch + Pocket Gay = Adorable
Bitch + Attractive Woman = Bitchy Bitch

Anyway, here's my ranking:
Christian > Irina > Leanne > Jay > Jeffrey > Chloe

Though I like Leanne better overall as a designer and she had much better work over the course of her season than Irina, I just happen to like Irina's final collection better. Black/edgy is much more my aesthetic than pastels/classy.


I'm considering bidding on one of the looks-- do you think the gloves are part of Irina's line, or do they come from the "Macy's Accessories Wall" [TM]?


Absolutely loved her collection.


Bitch + Pocket Gay = Adorable
Bitch + Attractive Woman = Bitchy Bitch


I think that happens a lot, but not so much in this case. At any rate, I don't think Christian was all that adorable. He was an in-your-face irritant who was occasionally funny, whereas Irina just seemed humorless.


honesty.not.pc

To be fair, I thought Christian was a bitch too (and not in an adorable way).

I am an equal opportunity hater :)

But I like Irina's collection much more than I liked Christian's PR collection. However I LOVED Christians collection with the volcano and ocean prints. That was stunning and I bow down to his bitchy skills.


The details on the back of the black coat are killer. That's THE coat I'd invest $$$ in if I had them


By far the best collection. I'd totally wear most of those looks.


Irina definitely deserved the win. her collection had such a strong feeling. It was really the only one of the three that was pure, fashion. I definitely think hers stands up strong against the other winners collections. Here's my ranking:
1. Jay
2. Christian
3. Leanne
4. Irina
5. Chloe
6. Jeffrey

And here you be my ranking of all the finale collections (including decoys).

1. JAY- unbelievably creative with each piece having its own emotional rush, so unique like nothing else.
2. CHRISTIAN- his point of view is phenomenal, his collection was over the top gorgeous and completely stunning. it still takes my breath away.
3. LEANNE- so unique and utterly amazing. every piece was a stunner
4. Kara Janx- so much fun! The collection was so strong every piece was gorgeous and fresh.
5. JILLIAN- omg I wanted almost every single piece of her sportswear, almost perfect except for those cheap gladiator dresses, they're not for me...or anyone i know
6. KORTO (Georgous color georgous design georgous collecton, though with a few overworked pieces)
7. IRINA (so strong dark and edgy, though a couple of weak pieces)
8. CHLOE (so well done, gorgeous clothes, not so exciting though)
9. LAURA (Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous, thought not edgy enough)
10. RAMI (color was ugh but his ideas are FANTASTIC)
11. KARA SAUN (not to my aesthetic but beautifully done gorgeous looks)
12. ULI (lacked cohesion but overall was strong)
13. JEFFREY- Not my aesthetic, but some definite cool clothes, a strong point of view
14. KENLEY (The first half was cheap Holly Hobby on acid, the second half was sophisticated and gorgeous Alice in Wonderland)
15. CAROL HANNAH (major hits and major misses)
16. AUSTIN SCARLETT (beautiful revolutionary inspired pieces, slightly costumey)
17. DANNY V (Half JC Penny teacher clothes half hott)
18. ALTHEA (Cheap Walmart Knits with some cute pieces)
19. SANTINO (Dated and lackluster)
20. SWEET PEA (it was an overall miss)
21. CHRIS MARCH (dated costumes)
22. MYCHEAL KNIGHT (cheap miami vice)
23. JERREL (Some good ideas, but overworked times 12)
24. JOE (Cheap knock off Americana Diesel)
25. WENDY (So cheap and lacking any fashionable point of view)
26. SEUDE (Cheap prostitute fairy costumes, a true PR embarassment)

I would love it if you guys would rank the finale collections!
It funny how, looking back, we all bitched about how sucky season five was. and in comparison to season 6, season 5 was a gold mine. I call it the curse of Christian, no season has been able to touch his. Although, as much as the judges make some hella crack headed decisions along the way, in the end, the right person always winS (well, season threes pick is definitely debatable, and each finale collection always has something gorgeous about it (...with the exception of seudes).


i would have loved to have seen a better sash/buckle on the big grey coat, which is lovely. even just added a single buckle or button would have made that much more chic, though, methinks


My favorite collection per season:

1) Austin. Rather costumey while still being able to pass as civilian attire. Loved it. He should have won.

2) Chloe. Best of the bunch, even though she did not stand out during the season as a person. Honestly I did not like any of the finalists all that much, but Chloe had the best collection.

3) Uli or Laura Bennett.

4) While I was rooting for Jillian the whole season, I have to say that Rami had the best finale collection.

5) Leanne all the way. I rooted for her since the beginning. And her finale collection was the best.

6) Irina was my second favorite after Shirin, who departed WAY too early. Her collection is very good, though CH's has more color and some pieces that I can wear more easily. Some, that is.


What an amazing collection of chic, modern, sexy, urban and sophisticated looks. Irina deserved the win. Personally, I don't see repetitive or redundant. I see a unifying color story and a number of key pieces that appear in different looks --- fresh, exciting and new each time. This collection tells a cohesive story (and if you don't believe it read the plagiarized text on her tee shirts) that any modern woman would want to be a part of. Irina definitely has something to say and I look forward to both seeing and hearing more from this designer in the future.



- edina -


I want to do it too!

Jay > Christian > Leanne (Christian and Leanne are veeeery close) > Chloe > Jeffrey > Irina

Although she was clearly the best of the S6 bunch, by a long shot, I don't agree that her collection was on a par with other seasons. Her clothes were strong, there were certainly some pieces I would wear, but nothing made me sit up and say "WOW!" It wasn't at all exciting to me. Now, I wasn't all that crazy about Jeffrey's collection, but he impressed me a few times, and Chloe's technical skill + range far outstripped Irina's (yes, I know that Chloe did all gowns, but the details on her work were amazing, not just at Bryant Park, but throughout the season). Irina's stuff, despite all the fluffy sweaters, kinda left me cold. She doesn't stand up to the other winners, for me (not to mention the some of the outstanding runners-up of seasons past, like Jillian, Korto, Uli, etc.)


i agree with anonymous who said that the last gown would have looked better without the strap. it doesn't fit in with the rest of the dress. it's like that game "one of these things doesn't belong here". well, that strap doesn't belong. it was the best collection, but that doesn't mean that i love it. and i disagree that it is as good as some other winning collections, but then again i haven't seen all of the winning collections. i have only seen from season four, but i thought Leanne's and Christian's collections were both better than this.


brilliant. wanted to ask (again) in case i missed it...

anyone know if the pieces from the collection are actually being sold / auctioned ? is there a link ?


I think this collection is fantastic. Sure the urban warrior theme has been done before, but think of all the other motifs in fashion, none are new. Hard vs soft, tailored feminity, decostruction etc...
Truth of the matter is that project runway isn't the epitome of fashion and this truley one of the only collections that looks expensive, cohesive, and shows innovative sportwear that fits in so well with NYFW. And to anyone saying it's repetitive, rick owens always does leather jackets with boots and some form of legwear, rodarte always does deconstructed collaging, Rei Kawakubo always shows awkward silhouettes with ruffles and boiled wool, and showcasing the same pleating is hardly considered repitition. In my opinion, Leanne has had the best collection. It was fresh, well made, cohesive and has a gorgeous color story. Then i would say that Jay or Irina follows, though i'm leaning more for irina because some of the looks in Jay's show were tacky quite frankly, though the innovation was lovely. Christian was a horrible parady of Mcqueen and Jeffrey waas just so bland and forever 21. Chloe showed some interesting pieces but a lot of it was very boring.
And in case you all forgot, Jillian's collection was uncohesive and some of the armor like pieces just looked like armor, so it's not as fantastic as you all think it was.


The dress at the end reminds me of a giant strudel. That's the only thing I didn't like in Irina's collection.


Irina deserved the win. That's all.


Sorry if this has already been asked and answered already, but:

How did the contestants get their footwear for the runway shows? Macy's wall? Some of the looks seem like they really depend on the boots, so I'd think they chose the footwear before they came to NY.


Can anyone enlighten me as to the origin of the popularity of black clothes in NYC? Does it reflect the influence of the Beat Generation, or did it predate/antedate that era?

I know I could Google it, but I trust you all more than the interwebz for this sort of thing.


Thank you TLo for your objective assessment of Irina's collection...

# 1) I don't like her but that could potentially be partly due to the editing.

# 2) I'm glad she won because otherwise her father would have disowned her.

# 3) She clearly had the best collection that I LOVED even though...(refer to # 1).

TLo... right on the money as usual!


PS... I'm so glad you liked her gown because I thought it was absolutely gorgeous... the overlapping pleats are so reminiscent of an "exoskeleton" but pretty at the same time. I think that is what she meant when she talked about her collection being a form of armor, however I think she realized that cliche sentiment more completely than other designers who've used that analogy before.


So@10:31 -- intellectual, tough, feminine, cohesive.

Yeah. That. In spades. Winner.


Nothing new to be said, but I have to say the old anyway: I can see so much more in these stills than I could on my television. Almost feel I shouldn't be watching the runway without a large, high-definition screen.


"virginia said: Can anyone enlighten me as to the origin of the popularity of black clothes in NYC? Does it reflect the influence of the Beat Generation, or did it predate/antedate that era?"




That's an interesting question. I don't know the answer, but I do know that whenever I'm dressed all in black outside of NYC, people will ask me why I'm dressed in black, whereas here in NYC no one does.

--GothamTomato


I just wish I could see those details. Even in the stills the blacks wash out for me. But what I can see, I like. The tiering thing she does is very interesting. It would be hard for me to rank all the collections objectively, but I say she did very well.

She has a good hand and an eye for the details. I'm interested to see what she does in the future.


People don't ask about you wearing all black in NYC because strangers don't give two shits about each other. I've spent half my life here in the city and the other half living all across the country. I really, really don't think people in NYC on average wear more black than anywhere else in the country (except for maybe California or something). You certainly don't see like, every other person on the street in all black like people make it sound.

I've also never understood the whole "NYC has the most beautiful people" thing. Um...no. You do sometimes see ridiculous model types on the streets, but for the most part 95% are unfuckable, just like everywhere else. :/


As for wearing black in NYC...
When I worked in Manhattan, 80% of my wardrobe was black. It just seemed right.
Now, when I go back to visit, I still bring the black, but always throw in some colorful pieces, too.

I love black, but seeing an all black runway show puts me to sleep.


The look with the shredded pants and the across the chest bag is wonderful. I though it was the best look she presented.
The gown was a good way to end the show. The collection was nothing so special though. It was repetitive and boring. The t-shirts didn't work, for me, because of the lack of colour in the collection. It looks like goth kids take Manhatten, or things stylists think people in Adam Lambert videos should wear.


Red would look great in this collection.


Agree with the commentator who noted that in a show where little of the stuff relates to real fashion runaway work, this collection stands out not only as the best of the competition, by a long way, but as a collection that sort of addresses head on NY fashion week, PR or not. Some of the collections that have been praised in PR (I'm thinking for example Korto, but Carol Hannah's would do too) are so completely unrelated to the fashion world the show claims to be plugging into. Korto's collection would have never ever found a place in Bryant Park. Irina's collection looks at home there.


Agree with the commentator who noted that in a show where little of the stuff relates to real fashion runaway work, this collection stands out not only as the best of the competition, by a long way, but as a collection that sort of addresses head on NY fashion week, PR or not. Some of the collections that have been praised in PR (I'm thinking for example Korto, but Carol Hannah's would do too) are so completely unrelated to the fashion world the show claims to be plugging into. Korto's collection would have never ever found a place in Bryant Park. Irina's collection looks at home there.


Blogger GothamTomato said...

"virginia said: Can anyone enlighten me as to the origin of the popularity of black clothes in NYC? Does it reflect the influence of the Beat Generation, or did it predate/antedate that era?"




That's an interesting question. I don't know the answer, but I do know that whenever I'm dressed all in black outside of NYC, people will ask me why I'm dressed in black, whereas here in NYC no one does.

--GothamTomato

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I actually did Google it, and there is absolutely no information about the topic. Now I am even more interested in finding the answer


virginia said...
Can anyone enlighten me as to the origin of the popularity of black clothes in NYC? Does it reflect the influence of the Beat Generation, or did it predate/antedate that era?


I don't think it has anything to do with the Beats, as that was a very small movement and is probably more widely known today than it ever was at the time.
The wearing of black historically is actually very conservative.
When other US cities were already dressing less formally (starting in the 50's and into the 60's)for work and going out, NY was still pretty formal (hats and gloves for ladies, jackets for gents). When you are expected to dress conservatively black is always a safe and economic choice.
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Black as rebelion.
Now up until
the 1940's for older women in particular black, grey, and black were about the only choices for respectable clothing. People my mothers age (80's) think of black as aging.
I think people of the generation that were young in the 40's and 50's don't wear black so much as they associate it with old people.
Hence making the color ripe to be chosen for the reactionary youth of the 1980's as edgy.

~~~~``
I still wear a lot of black and I don't lived in NY for a very long time. I have never been questioned about it, except once at a wedding (opps) and it was an older woman who was wanting to know "why".


Like her or not, she had the best collection. I love almost every piece.


Thanks so much for doing this because I definitely missed a lot of detail in just watching the show.

My order of final collections is:

LeAnne >> Christian >> Jay >> Irena >> Chloe >> Jeffrey

I will admit that the Chloe/Jeffrey thing is mainly that I find him to be such a tool that I have a difficult time getting past that.


Black is not a NY thing. Just go to Paris or London in winter. Or to Berlin, or Milan, or any European town for that matter. NY is the most fashionable and more "European" of US cities, so maybe it comes for that...

In the 40s's or earlier, black was worn by widows, which is why it would be -inderectly- associated with age. But already in the 20's and 30's, Coco Chanel had made black "chic", fashionable and modern. It just took some time for that to filter from Paris to the rest.


For me it is Daniel V, Laura Bennett, Kara Saun (I love Gucci)and PPS for Ready to wear.

If I commissioned a custom made/ custom designed outfit. I would go with Chris "Sissy Bear" March or Mychael Knight.

TampaBay


Irina's personality was a definite turnoff, but this collection was the clear winner, even back before we knew who the designers would be. It's by far the most cohesive, and as you said TLo, has the strongest POV. It's not groundbreaking at all, but as a whole it's really good.

I *love* those skinny pants! Couldn't wear them myself without looking like an idiot, but they look great on the model. Do want the big cozy-looking sweater paired with the ripped pants.


Scary Mary said:
"Bravo, Irina- sometimes you have to be a bitch to win. And to be honest, was she really much more of a bitch than Christian was? There's sort of a double standard going on here:"
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I'm pretty annoyed at the intimations of sexism when it comes to how Irina comes across - that inherently, she's worse because she's a woman.

It's pretty simple: Christian was entertainingly bitchy, but not mean. Irina was mean, and not entertainingly bitchy.


But what we find entertainingly bitchy or not, is also influence by the stereotypes. Like, if Christian had said that Christopher's dress seemed fit to dress an Amish woman (which it did) we would have found it witty and, yes, entertaining, in a way it's maybe not there when the comment is made by mean-labeled Irina.


I love this blog. I hope, if you read the comments this far, you can answer a question for me: do designers (either in general or on PR in particular) knit their sweaters themselves? Do they sew already knitted fabric? Do they pay someone to knit them, or use a knitting machine? I'm a curious knitter.


Anonymous said:
"But what we find entertainingly bitchy or not, is also influence by the stereotypes. Like, if Christian had said that Christopher's dress seemed fit to dress an Amish woman (which it did) we would have found it witty and, yes, entertaining, in a way it's maybe not there when the comment is made by mean-labeled Irina."
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I guess I just don't see where stereotyping comes into it. Irina and Christian are completely different people, that's all. They could both be women or both be gay men and they'd still come across differently from each other.


First look in post, I love the coat but the rest is...filler. Second look in post, the fabric makes the coat look cheap. Third, sweater and pants are good but the t-shirt is unflattering -- makes the model look oddly proportioned.

Fourth, WTF? Detail for its own sake, not for the sake of making anything look good.

Fifth and sixth, those overlapping pleats look like insect parts. I say that and think "oh, maybe that makes it sound fashion-forward," but no, it just looks like cliched sci-fi costume.


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Throwing my rankings hat into the ring...

Merit-wise:
Christian > Leanne > Irina > Jay >>>>> Jeffrey >>>>>>> Chloe

Entertainment-wise: Never actually watched Season 1, but LOVE Jay's colors and style. Loved Christian's show, but that was due in large part to the music and the hats. Leanne's was pretty and orderly. Jeffrey's was ok. Irina's was depressing. Chloe's was pure tacky crap.

Honorable mention: LOVED Korto's show for the colors, styling, and music. And as much as I love and adore Daniel V. (trust me -- it's a lot), Kara Janx's decoy collection blew all the actual Season 2 finalists out of the water.


On all time rankings I thought Jay's was just... incandescent. So I struggle when I see people ranking other collections "miles and miles" above his. Looking back at them, it still feels the most original and original.

Christian's was ...stellar, couture-like. But it left me cold. So I gotta say I think Leanne's and Jay's are the best.

So my rankings go more like ...
Jay ≥ Leanne > Christian >>Irina > Jeffrey > Chloe


Hey, I won one of the looks from Irina's collection! It's the backless shirt with the big shawl with the knitted ends and the slashed pants and (I hope) the over the shoulder bag. I will let you know what comes with it when it comes in the mail...


P.S. I am a New Yorker and yes, I wear black a lot. I've admired white coats in the store but... lighter colors just get dirty on the streets too quickly. Only really wealthy people can wear white in NYC, especially in winter.


WHAT WOMEN** WANT TO WEAR... indicator based on the auction of the finale collections:

irina's - $5897
ch's - $2340
althea's - $1520

so there you have it-- peeps paid more than 2.5x for irina's collection compared to ch's and nearly 4x more than althea's.

**women sizes 0-2, 5'10" - 6'2"


This is just a typical collection you see from designers... It's a rare find to see a collection that will really blow your mind like the great designers today. To make my comment short this is just a collection not a great one.


BLACK IN NYC:

-It suits the environment - it sort of matches the deco skyscrapers, the pavement the streets.
-It is a quick and easy way to look chic or fashionable.
-Light colors dirty in the winter.
-Black is slimming.
-You look serious wearing all black, and many New Yorkers wish to be taken seriously - stock brokers, financiers, NY Times writers, poets, etc.


Black is what people are preferring these days.Black suits on every one , and that why it has been designers first choice to show their designs..


"Warrior Woman" is not a new concept as Kors said. And I am surprised (but not delighted) to see how many black exo-skeletons on anorexics Irina was able to invent. Dull and predictable. I liked the gown the best.





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