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Irina in Marie Claire

One last look back at Season 6 before we dive into Season 7.

S6 winner Irina Shabayeva got her Marie Claire spread and had a few things to say. Highlights:

"So many women are afraid of the bitch word, but you've got to go for what you want. It's not going to be handed to you."

"The workroom was always tense, but then Kalyn would come in all smiles, and I was like, 'I want to live in your world!' She gave me a sense of relief and hope."

"I am fascinated with flight! Planes, birds, butterflies — I love the freedom that they symbolize."





The pics are gorgeous. Kalyn looks great. But you know us, we just had to contact Irina ourselves and get some scoop.

How was the experience?
The experience was great!! I had so much fun particularly because I didn't have to do anything except sit pretty.


Best part of the photo shoot.
The best part was getting to share it with Kalyn.


Were you nervous? Did it go as you expected it?
I wasn't nervous at all. It went really well, actually. Way better then I expected!

Did you pick the pieces featured?

I did pick the pieces featured with suggestions from the photographer plus
the dress that 's being auctioned off.

Congrats, gals!


[Photos: marieclaire.com]


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53 comments:

The dress that is being auctioned off is actually kind of a hot dress. Reminds me of the Valentino rosette dress but a little less saccharin.


Congrats to Irina! She looks great, the clothes look better here (with better light) than on the show, and her workspace looks great as well. Is that her studio?

(Being a New Yorker, of course, I notice the space.)

--GothamTomato


Gorgeous! I love the atelier space.


Nice shoot! I absolutely love the last look with Kalyn. In fact, I loved all of her finale looks!

edina


I am not going to launch into an "Irina was a bitch" tirade, but girl is being disingenuous. No one thought you were a bitch because you were "going for what you wanted." They thought you were a bitch because you constantly said unprovoked, unnecessary, nasty things about everyone's designs, both to them and behind their backs. I will leave it at that.

I'm surprised to see her in Pink. I would've guessed that was a color she never went near. She looks nice. Were all the looks in her spread from her final collection?

Kalyn was a good model but she did nothing for me, really. I wish there were a better way to reward the best model or most intriguing model, and not just the one who happens to be paired with the winning designer.


I love the last look, and I agree that the clothes look better here.


I agree with ricki lake about the model thing. Since they have their own show now, shouldn't they get a Fan Favorite, too?


It seems like she has a nice bond with Kaylin.


some of her pieces are a bit busy to me... I keep thinking that Tim would say "Edit yourself!"

but no question that she deserved the win, and with the win comes the photo shoot. Just sorry for Irina that her season was a dud... not her fault, but for all of the reasons discussed so often before -


I loved the photos of the garments. Finally we get to see the masterful details. I wish they had photographed
the whole collection and left out the close up pictures of the doo-dads in her studio.


"ricki lake said: I am not going to launch into an "Irina was a bitch" tirade, but girl is being disingenuous. No one thought you were a bitch because you were "going for what you wanted." They thought you were a bitch because you constantly said unprovoked, unnecessary, nasty things about everyone's designs, both to them and behind their backs."





First of all, is there a single designer in the entire history of the show who has NOT trashed other contestants designs in the confessional interviews?

Secondly, I have heard from the other designers that she is actually very nice; that they all get along; and that they all like each other. They don't feel she was nasty to them.

--GothamTomato


Nice spread and that auction dress is great. Would have loved to have seen some of that color on the show, but whatcha gonna do?

Congrats to Irina & Kalyn.


The pictures look gorgeous.
I'm a great admirer of her BP collection, I think it looked great.
But I'm frankly let down by her last collection. I don't like all those butterflies and bloom, don't see the connection with her finale looks, and the collection pictures with Kalyn and Matar look terrible, specially those with Kalyn in them, terrible...

Don.


Great spread and I love the dress that's being auctioned off.


Congratulations to Irina!

The comment about Kalyn lifting her spirits was nice, awww....

I love the picture with Kalyn standing on the table.

I assume that is Kalyn in the last photo, but it is hard to tell.

I wish the buff colored sweater had been featured.


Not exactly on-topic, but I thought I'd share *my* Season 6 wrap-up with y'all:

http://beccago.blogspot.com/2009/12/i-was-merely-innocently-inquiring-after.html

Enjoy! ;)


Yes GT well, Irina was most definitely talking about the public's perception of her as the "bitch" of the season, not what her PR friends think about her. I don't pretend to know her, but she came off as a bitch to me and a lot of people, and for the reason I mentioned, not because she "knows what she wants" or whatever other lame excuse people may try to offer up. And I do think she came off harsher than most PR smack-talkers, but that's just my opinion, and I don't need to be 'convinced' otherwise by 'those in the know' lol.. Anyway, the seasons over, her work is nice...so whatever. I ain't losing any sleep over it. Just putting in my two cents.


It's nice to finally see the garments instead of a black hole - a wonder what natural light can do!

Kalyn is a sweet, upbeat young woman and I wish her the best, but she wasn't the best model. I agree there should be fan faves of both designer and model.

I'm just ready to move on from PR6. It was dismal and nothing will change that.

On an amusing note, I think it's pretty funny Irina has a negative feedback rating on eBay. I've never seen that before! The dress is beautiful.


Despite the many technical differences between a t.v. show and a magazine layout - I can't help but wonder at how neither network/production company managed to light the clothes anywhere near this well, most of the time. It's as if they think the audience doesn't care.


"zippy said: On an amusing note, I think it's pretty funny Irina has a negative feedback rating on eBay. I've never seen that before! The dress is beautiful."





If you click on it though, you can see the basis is one 'non-paying bidder' who ignored emails sent. So it's someone who never even went through with the purchase or received an item.

The dress IS gorgeous. I wish I had the body for it.

--GothamTomato


I'm also digging the auction dress with the large sculptural rose...still form flattering though. I also really really really like the black skinny pants with the cross weave pattern that Kayln is wearing in the last pic.

I like to think of Irina is being passionately driven as opposed to being a bitch. She does show a warm side from time to time.


The auction dress is seriously great. She's a talented designer who would've done well in any season -- her winning collection was so much better than, say, Jeffrey Sebelia's (and people say Irina is a bitch...)


I loved this:

"My first memory of Tim is from my senior year at Parsons," the 27-year-old recalls. "He was on staff there, and I was in the studio working late with some students. Most of the faculty were gone, but in walks Tim with cookies, just to see how we were doing."

Tim! Bringing in cookies to hard-working students! HOW ADORABLE CAN ONE MAN BE? I didn't think it was possible for me to ♥ him more, but I do!


If so many people find the red rose dress so beautiful why is noone bidding for it?

Another existential question: what's the deal with all those Nina's comments about black not photographing well in a magazine spread? This stuff looks great in the photographs of her magazine!


I was never that much of an Irina fan, but when well lighted, her work looks great! Much more impressed now. Plus, that red dress she's auctioning off is GORGEOUS! I wish she had done more like that during the show.


Meh

The background is too busy to really see the clothes. The truth of her bitchdom has already been adressed by others.

The dress for charity is pretty in concept, but in reality unless you are a 0 or a 2 it is going to add an easy 20 pounds to you because it is so bulky.

Congratulations to her, now bye-bye.


Well--good for her. I guess.
I guess I am so over PR S6. I never thought Irina's designs were great. But I am not a fashionista---just a gal who wears clothes.
It's funny, though, that Irina says she is fascinated by flight; birds, butterflies, etc. and in her show all her clothes were black, more black, grey, black, beige, black, structured, overworked, black.
To me, it does not compute. Where are the colors, the flow, the airiness? Eh...whatever.
But I hoep Irina does well. I'm sure she will.


Good for her! Congrats Irina!!


Awesome!!


Love the collection! Great job, Irina!

Bitch or nor to bitch, you had by far the best collection and deserved to win.


The natural lighting is not doing Kalyn any favors from my perspective. She looks interesting in the red dress, but in the editorial Irina is popping more than the model. Not good.

Oh, S6, you were so charmless. I'm now all the more filled with anticipation for the fun personalities on S7.


Gotham Tomato said: "If you click on it though, you can see the basis is one 'non-paying bidder' who ignored emails sent. So it's someone who never even went through with the purchase or received an item."

Actually Gotham, you've got it backwards. It's IRINA who didn't pay or respond to emails. The seller is listed as "rose-ellen", not Irina. But then again, that was back in 2004. It's like a bankruptcy staying on your credit report!!

I'd buy the dress if I had $300-400 laying around. Wanna buy it for me, Anon 3:17?


I guess this kind of explains why PR winners and contestants find it difficult to further their fashion careers on the strenght of the show despite its popularity. $300/$400 is really not much for a dress in fashion terms. Mind you, I am not saying that it is nothing or that everyone should have that money to spend in a dress. I'm just saying, that if you're into fashion it is really a lower-range price. You couldn't get a Martin Margiela or a Balenciaga dress, say, for even twice that price. On the sales, you could get lucky and find a Marni or a Helmut Lang for that. What I mean is, that if PR was having an impact on fashion fans, you'd find plenty of people prepared to pay $300 for a dress, but the reality is that the most of the people that constitute the public of PR are not part of the public who spend money on clothes. Indeed, this is coherent with the lack of resonance of the show with the fashion scene, be it the blogosphere or whatever else. Nina says this Season is going to have a more fashion-dimension, with more insiders being part of the show. Let's see what that brings.


"zippy said: Actually Gotham, you've got it backwards. It's IRINA who didn't pay or respond to emails. The seller is listed as "rose-ellen", not Irina. But then again, that was back in 2004. It's like a bankruptcy staying on your credit report!!"





Ah, so that means she was a high bidder who never followed through on the sale, and got a negative feedback from a seller?

I actually got a negative feedback from an eBay seller once (for changing my mind about buying the item because after I bid I found out the item was bootleg).

--GothamTomato


It's true, Anon 5:48, that less than $300-400 for a one-of-a-kind up-coming designer dress is "cheap", but for most people who live on a budget, especially in these times, it's just not feasible to spend that much on an eveningwear dress.

GT, yeah, Irina bid on something and didn't pay up or respond. I'm giggling.


Anonymous
1/12/10 3:17 PM If so many people find the red rose dress so beautiful why is noone bidding for it?



Because it is a frigging size 2!!!

While plenty of posters claim to be a 2, it has been my observation that there are few size 0's and 2's, think bell curve; which explains why so often the clothes on the clearance racks are the small sizes.

(I have experience in retail as well as as a consumer.)


"Congrats" Irina and Kalyn. You both deserve it. Be BLESSED Epp.


gorgeous clothes, great photos, and beautiful space.

just one thing: Irina honey, leggings aren't pants. Please don't do that to yourself.


She might be nice but she has to understand that she is a product of how she was portrayed on reality tv that she willingly signed up for. What did they say about making your own bed? Oh yeah, lay on it.


LaFemmeFataledeNY

Congrats, Irina! It looks really good.


The red dress is gorgeous but it looks like she's ripping off Valentino for that rosette design. Oh well, who cares? I'm so over this boring bitch. Next!

Kalyn, while very sweet, wasn't even one of the top five models. What a shame that one of the better girls couldn't have gotten a spread in MC.


It's not fair to say no one's bidding, because there's still 8 days left in the auction. A lot can happen in that time! A little puzzled why she's not promoting the charity aspect of it in the actual listing though!

But it is beautiful!!! (And tiny.)


"zippy said: GT, yeah, Irina bid on something and didn't pay up or respond. I'm giggling."




But if she didn't get the item, what the big deal? She just changed her mind about buying the item. I'm sure that's not unusual. The seller is a jerk for giving a buyer a negative rating over that.

--GothamTomato


Gotta be the whore red jellies I begged my mother for in elementary school -- because there's nothing says high class bitch like cheap plastic sandals! My feet may have been sticky as hell in the summer, but I worked those shoes, goddamnit.


GT: "But if she didn't get the item, what the big deal? She just changed her mind about buying the item. I'm sure that's not unusual. The seller is a jerk for giving a buyer a negative rating over that."

Seriously? Winning an auction and then never paying or even acknowledging emails is pretty much the worst buyer behaviour there is. If sellers didn't give negative feedback for such actions, more people try to get away with it and the entire auction process would break down. Sure it was a long time ago, but again, winning and not paying is a pretty serious eBay offense.

I think Kalyn is all sorts of adorable, but not a great model. I don't think she shines at all in this spread.

I do like seeing the details of the clothes better, but all in all, I'm still not that impressed with Irina. I don't hate her clothes, but they just don't stand out as anything special to me. She had the best collection in a weak year. Being able to see the details doesn't change my mind about that.

That said, I think the auction dress is lovely without falling into the flower trap: either too twee and princess-y, or too O'Keefe and vagina-y. It manages to be sophisticated and charming and it's probably my favourite thing I've seen by her.


Haha no shit, GT. Don't ever get on eBay, because you clearly don't understand its point. That kind of behavior is against of their cardinal rules (and for good reason). And, it's EXACTLY the reason that the provide a place for buyers and sellers to give each other feedback! (It costs money to post items up for auction. It costs nothing to be an asshole like Irina and fuck up that paid auction listing.)


Spread looks great, and I really like that red dress. Wish I could figure out how to make one in my size ;-)


b*tch bye!!!

NEXT!!!


I really loved that model, Kalyn. Irina is right, Kalyn's smile just makes everything better! I wish them both great careers!


Re: Irina's eBay behavior: it's not just that the seller paid for the listing. It's also that there may have been other bidders who would have bought the item AND paid for it. The seller can contact them and offer the item again, but they might have changed their minds too.

It is a big deal, and it's typical of her. Rules? Those are for the little people.


Just FYI, that's not Irina's studio, it belongs to Peter Sorenen.


From the article, Irina obviously hasn't learned any humility. No wonder bids have been low, many of us who can afford designer clothes wouldn't give our money to her, and already donate to charity. I found her designs on PR6 pedestrian at best, anyway, and there are so many younger, talented, and truly empathetic toward others designers that one can support.


I think the delay of the show because of the lawsuit became her KARMA...





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