PR: Becky, Kimberley, Viktor

Posted on September 06, 2011

Darlings, we’re busy trying on clothes and packing for Fashion Week and we (like, we suspect, you) are totally over the so-called “avant garde” episode of Project Runway. But we’re nothing if not completionists and the minions do like to pound a topic into submission, so let’s do this.

This is not avant garde. This is The Gap by way of Etsy.


Meaning, it’s a standard denim dress with some artsy-craftsy touches that don’t make any sense.


Oh sure; you can see where she got the idea from…

… but the fact that she translated it so literally does not speak well of the design.

And the skirt just looks stupid. Almost none of the designers truly attempted anything avant garde but this “make a standard dress and add weird things to it” attempt really grates on our nerves.

We really loved Kimberley’s take. It’s also not avant garde.

In fact, in a lot of ways it’s fairly referential of other designers.

We suspect this is why it was waved through without comment by the judges. We’d imagine their thoughts came down to “Not bad, but we’ve seen all this before.”


Which isn’t to say it’s perfectly done otherwise. The skirt gets pretty sloppy at parts and she may have overdone the use of feathers.

But it was a strong look…

… although it may have been a bit too literal.

Next to Bert’s, Viktor’s was the only entry we can look at, squint, and say “I can sort of see calling this avant garde…”

Perhaps not coincidentally, he didn’t take a strictly literal approach.

It’s a thoughtful take and it made for an interesting dress.
Maybe not as elegant or as pretty as it could have been, but the effort and the thinking behind it are obvious.

We like the shredded effect…

As well as all the layering, pleating, and shirring going on. It reminds us quite a bit of Rodarte without ripping it off. Nina probably would have loved this. The more we look at it the more we think it should have been in the Top 3, if not the winner. It really is interesting, and that’s not something you can say about most of the other entries.

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