Viktor’s slowly inching up the ladder to become our favorite of the season. Whether through editing or through self-awareness, we’re no longer getting the lame attempts at a catchphrase (“Oh my Lord of the Rings” was never as clever as he seemed to think), but he clearly knows what he’s supposed to provide the viewers in order to stand out: a (mostly) low level bitchiness, regular accusations of cheating (which, hilariously, never go anywhere), good strong work, and the understanding that he’s not here to make friends without busting out the “I’m not here to make friends” line. It’s nice that other designers all gathered around the flailing Anya to help her out but that’s not why we watch the show and to be honest, we thought they were kind of dumb to be showing that kind of soft-heartedness at this point in the competition. We can guarantee they all regretted it when she was given the win.
Plus, there’s that delicious (and not wholly unwarranted) paranoia that everyone’s gunning for him. He was never the bitch on wheels he keeps saying he is, but we’re really hoping for a Josh vs. Viktor throwdown, complete with hair-pulling and scratches. The only other designer who seems to understand how to play that game is Laura, who also provides many bitchy sound bites without stepping over the line in to Josh-level screechiness. She hasn’t been able to back her smack talk up with solid work the way Viktor has, though.
From where we’re sitting, Viktor’s the only one who really gave the judges what they were asking for.
Because this really is a modern version of the sophisticated seventies; specifically the safari pantsuit, which was practically a uniform for working women of the decade.
Wide-legged, high-waisted pants and a jacket with big lapels, a prominent belt, and emphasized pockets – that’s all pure seventies.
But a snakeskin print t-shirt and an all-grey color scheme is what takes it into the 21st Century.
And the frayed edges on the pockets were a chic little touch.
But he should have known there was no way a look like this would win, since the manufacturing costs for 3 separate pieces would have been more than Piperlime would have been willing to spend.
Which is why making an updated wrap dress was such a smart idea.
We think the ombre effect was very striking, but we find ourselves wishing the sash wasn’t black. Either a pop of color or a contrasting shade of grey would have looked better here.
The darkened lower half tends to bring the look down a bit. There’s nothing wrong with a grey and black dress, but this one looks a little depressing.
And we’re not a fan of the asymetrical hem, although it does make the basic wrap dress look more modern.
But you put these looks side by side and, to our eyes, they’re head and shoulders above everything else on that runway. Thought out, modern, chic, well-tailored, and referential to the seventies without looking like a rehash of the decade. Nobody else really came close. We understand why Anya’s jumpsuit won, but there’s no way it was the best garment of the lot. That’s kind of the problem with these types of challenges. The best design doesn’t always win. It’s Jay McCarroll’s Chrysler dress all over again. He made the attempt with the second look to give them something simple, but it didn’t set the judges on fire as much as Anya’s jumpsuit and Bert’s tennis dress. We can kind of agree on the latter, but we’re still pouting over the former. For our money, he’s the strongest competitor left. It’s really down to him and Bert, and Viktor’s better at producing more modern looks.