PR: Viktorology

Posted on October 25, 2011

You know what really struck us once we put all of Viktor’s competition entries together?

 

 

These looks are AMAZINGLY consistent in that they’re almost all impeccably made and stylish. In fact, it’s a wonder to us that so much of his work seems to have passed under the judges’ radar.  How could they not see that he’s the strongest of the designers? There is only one truly disastrous look and that’s the stiltwalker entry. And you know what we have to say in defense of that? STILTWALKER ENTRY. No one – especially the judges – should hold that one misstep against him. Everything else -with the exception of his pee pad dress, which wasn’t particularly modern (Also, in defense: PEE PAD DRESS) –  looks like it could walk as a collection right now. He showed a nice range of pieces; gowns, cocktail dresses, blouses and skirts, wide-legged and skinny pants, and some really memorable jackets. We think he has a fairly large trick bag and pulls things out of it as he sees fit. This week I’m going to do color blocking. This week, I’m going to work with sheers. This week, I’ll drape something. He has a consistent aesthetic of tailored, modern, urban looks for the career girl, which is a fairly laser-like focus for someone the judges claim is unfocused. He likes prints, but he doesn’t turn to color very often. Which is odd, because his “real woman” entry showed a fantastic sense of color. The waist is almost always cinched, so there’s not a lot of playing around with silhouette or shape. We think a decent amount of his clothes can size up, but we don’t think he designs with anything other than skinny career girls in the city on his mind. But there’s a rather large customer base for these clothes.  The weakest looks, unsurprisingly, are the ones where he was forced to do something he will never actually do: stiltwalker, pee pad, and rocker challenge – and it should be noted that the rocker challenge, while one of his weaker attempts, actually won the challenge. In other words, his weakest work was better than every other designer’s best work in that challenge. If his final collection shows the same level of thoughtfulness, tailoring, and style, we really don’t see how he can’t win this season, given who he’s up against. He’s been the consistently superior designer all season long. So much so, that we suspect his work was ignored so much just because it would have made for a boring story for the show to have him praised every week.

 

[Photo Credit: Barbara Nitke for myLifetime.com - Collage: tomandlorenzo.com]

    • Anonymous

      You are so right T and Lo. Nobody even came close. He should be the hands down winner. Should be.

      • Anonymous

        Agree-Viktor should win this season, but given the machinations of the producers and WTF judging, I”m not confident that he will.

      • Tom Shea

        Of course he shoud be. Which means they’ll amp up some fake drama and give it to Anya.

        • Anonymous

          I am afraid you both may be quite right.

          • mrspeel2

            Yeah, just like last cycle when Mondo should have won.

            • http://profiles.google.com/saramichelef Sarah Michele Ford

              Precisely.

        • Anonymous

          ^ This ^

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OD35QQZNBPZJXWTCBY7N4EE7VY Sarah

      Victor FTW.

      • http://twitter.com/stellaphone Stella Zawistowski

        Viktor FTW…Anya WTF.

        • Anonymous

          Word!

          • Anonymous

            x2

        • Anonymous

          Says it all.

        • http://twitter.com/Alloyjane Alloy Jane

          Ok. THIS needs to be on that “Nevermore, bitches” t-shirt we all want.  C’mon people, make it happen!

    • Anonymous

      Go Viktor, Go!!!! I love his work.  I’m hoping he’s the winner, but…

      I even loved the pee pad dress, primarily because of how he was able to dye it without soaking the darned things. That takes skill.Did you know that one of his gowns is featured on the Absolut Blank ads?

      • Anonymous

        Which one?

      • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

        I liked the puppy pad dress too, even though it’s short, tight, and strapless, which is possibly my least favorite combination. I think he did an amazing job on it.

    • Anonymous

      These 15 looks are up there with the best of past PR contestants.

      The other thing this “ology” brings to mind is how fantastic Viktor’s model is. I never use this word, but she is “fierce”.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HREPOWNBVUBRIVPQCF3ST2IKDM Euphory

        Viktor’s model is the only one who actually models this season.

      • Anonymous

        Really? That’s so funny… I often think she’s one of the things that really brings down his wor. WHenever I think about the inkblot dress I have to mentally edit her out. She hunches forward! That might work for print, but I don’t think it works on the runway.

        • Anonymous

          I’m with you. Every week his model has driven me crazy with the way she hunches forward. Very distracting.

          • Anonymous

            Agreed. She always seemed awkward, and not in the way that would make Tyra award her a “spread in Italian Vogue”. :) LOVED that ginger girl though. She trotted some total ass down the runway and looked glorious all the while.

            • Anonymous

              are people using “ginger” non-ironically now?

            • http://twitter.com/pinup_ghoul Pinup Ghoul

              Definitely. Around here, anyway. It’s been adopted into the vernacular as just another adjective.

          • http://twitter.com/Alloyjane Alloy Jane

            Not only is it the slouching, it’s the permanent Blue Steel face she makes that kills me.

        • Anonymous

          I’m with you. Every week his model has driven me crazy with the way she hunches forward. Very distracting.

      • Anonymous

        I’m trying to remember the challenges, but I can’t seem to figure out which one (or why) he used the ginger girl for? 

        • Anonymous

          The ginger was in the 70s challenge when they had to make two looks. 

          • Anonymous

             Ahh, touche! Thank you.

      • Anonymous

        love her too

    • http://twitter.com/ros_clarke Ros Clarke

      I actually don’t think his pee pad dress is that bad.  The one I don’t like is the one that looks as though it’s made from pee pads but isn’t.  I think it was maybe the art challenge?  The white and blue pleated/draped/cut out thing.  Ugh.

      But otherwise, he was head and shoulders above the rest.  And there were several weeks where it was clear he should have won but didn’t because they had to give someone else (ANYA) a chance.

      • http://twitter.com/susanpcollier Susan Collier

        Yeah, the avant garde dress isn’t the best, but it has cool elements (but so many of them). The colors are problematic.

    • http://fafafab.tumblr.com/ fafafab

      I think Viktor should win, but I don’t like him, he’s Irina all over again (season 6 winner), I think that was her name, I don’t know, I never liked her either

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2VBWWGHZEBKTVQMXE5SO5NCU2I Mich

        i like him much better than irina. she was just mean. i think victor was just paranoid and trying to be snarky (not always to great avail).

        • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

          Irina was mean, but a WAY better designer than everybody on this season. 

          • Lauren Davies

            I disagree with her talent level being better than everybody this season.  Everyone but Viktor!

          • Lauren Davies

            I disagree with her talent level being better than everybody this season.  Everyone but Viktor!

          • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

            especially her final collection.
            she hasnt done anything particularly worthwhile since, however.

            • http://twitter.com/pinup_ghoul Pinup Ghoul

              She’s had several gowns worn by celebrities on the RC.

      • Anonymous

        I think Viktor acted more hissy than he actually was.  I don’t recall any particularly underhanded moves toward the other designers, and he worked well on every team challenge not involving Bert. He even managed to light a fire under Precious Moments in a relatively diplomatic way.

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, I think Viktor knew how skilled he was and that, early on, various designers were getting a pass.

          How many times was Viktor on the bottom?  He was on the top a lot and then denied the win.  

          He’s really the only one left who deserves the win–though I think Laura, weirdly enough, did a better collection.

          • Anonymous

            He was a candidate for elimination on the stilts dress and in the bottom three for the chicken dress.  Interestingly, the Blogging Project Runway people voted Viktor as the “person who should have won the challenge” four times running – starting with the Rorshach dress and ending with the gray suit – but out of those four times, he only actually won once. 

            • Anonymous

              It would be pretty cool to maybe have a thumbnail of the winning look for a challenge down in the corner of each pic and maybe a caption or border that lets you know where an outfit finished.  I think on the auction site for the clothes, it lists Viktor’s ‘safari’ suit as the winner for that challenge, but I think that went to stylist, er, designer with a dash of Bert thrown in.  They did make a concerted effort NOT to let him win anything.  Maybe it was just to keep it interesting so it won’t be an expected win, but the whole plot this season seems more contrived, and less fashion forward I might add, than the Spice Girls’ movie.

            • Anonymous

              Wow, the safari suit was listed as a winner??  That’s nuts that they couldn’t just straight-up give him the win (or even Bert, if they were going to sell the white dress online anyway).  I guess it would have defeated the $11 miracle story :/

            • Anonymous

              Here it was, and it doesn’t mention stylist, er, designer as the winning look, although it doesn’t mention Bert’s second dress as a winning look, either. 

              http://projectrunway.auction.seenon.com/viewcat.php?category=252

            • Anonymous

              Damn, how did that even happen?  I’m trying to repress my urge to conspiracy-theorize… 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OSYAJATXUH3QX7ZDDF52GXG4PU Janie R

        I know what you mean about Irina, but she seemed cold through and through to me. Viktor comes off that way at first, but he warms up almost in spite of himself. I’m just remembering him with the challenge that had the kids involved. He was not liking the idea at all, and then he ended up being really sweet with his sassy young partner. 

        • Anonymous

          Oh man, that girl he was paired with was a hoot.

        • Anonymous

          I wonder if it’s encouraged by the producers to amp up the crazy.  He tries, but he can’t keep it up b/c his concentration goes to the work and he reverts to his actual self.

          • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

            Plus, I think he just doesn’t have it in him to be all finger-snapping snarky. I think he’s a big nerd at heart. I say that with affection.

            After his first team challenge, with Bert, I did not like Viktor at all, but he’s really grown on me. I’ve been in his corner for most of the season.

            • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

              I get the feeling Victor is one of those people who tries to be sarcastically funny and comes off as an ass instead.  I have some of those in my family — they seem heinous, but they truly don’t understand why someone is upset with them because they meant it as a joke and just don’t know how to convey that.  (Which is why my mother told me to always smile when you’re slamming someone — even if you mean it, it comes off like a joke:)

            • Lauren Davies

              Riiiiiight. That warm devil smile as you ‘slam’ someone.  Good advice.

            • Lauren Davies

              Riiiiiight. That warm devil smile as you ‘slam’ someone.  Good advice.

            • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

              Yep.  It works wonders. 

            • Anonymous

              I get the big nerd sense too (and also in a good way).  Perhaps a bit more introverted than some of the other designers as well.

              On the topic of the Bert challenge, it’s worth noting that was the only time Viktor went up for elimination all season.  I wonder if that was a bit of a wake-up call.

            • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

              Thank you. “Introverted” is one of the words I was looking for.  Also, he tried to be blustery early on, but I think it’s just not in his nature.

              I think a lot of what we saw between Bert and the other designers in the first few episodes was a combination of misunderstandings and editing. As for Bert and Viktor’s team challenge, I agree it could have been a wake-up call for Viktor. The whole thing was a clusterfuck from the beginning anyway. More than a few people here are pretending that challenge never happened. Not a bad way to go, in my opinion.

            • Anonymous

              I even suspect some of his blustering was tongue-in-cheek.  Did you see his “because I’m so beautiful” ramble in the makeup chair this episode?  He said it with a straight face but was clearly having a laugh.
               
              I tend to write off the stilts debacle for all of the reasons you mentioned.  It wasn’t Viktor’s finest hour, but then on the HP and New Balance challenges his teams won with a minimum of drama, so I’m willing to treat it as an outlier.

            • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

              OH, that “because I’m so beautiful” thing was really funny. It made me like him even more. Viktor can be so serious, so it’s good to see him have a sense of humor about things.

    • http://twitter.com/yankeefoxtrot Alex McGeagh

      You all should see the AMAZING jacket he’s using on his Twitter profile picture…
      https://twimg0-a.akamaihd.net/profile_images/1600890180/IMG_4842_copy.jpg

      A more rocker-masculine version of that insanely fierce white jacket that was in the mini collection last week.

      I won’t even know what to say if he doesn’t win this season. I just can’t with it….

      • http://www.facebook.com/samuel.j.donovan Samuel Joesph Donovan

        It’s also completely derivative and cliched.

        • Anonymous

          agreed

        • http://twitter.com/SophiaPehawkins C. Bazurto

          It’s difficult to say something’s completely original.

          That jacket looks insane. I want.

          • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

            ebay.

            that’s a trope that’s more than thirty five years old.
            i would almost be surprised if he made it himself instead of bought it.

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, I agree. It has little to do with the beautiful white jacket he showed on the runway. It’s more of a cliché, clunky take on punk.

        • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

          It’s a classic punk look — not original, but well-done and fun.

      • http://twitter.com/SophiaPehawkins C. Bazurto

        It’s difficult to say something’s completely original.

        That jacket looks insane. I want.

      • Anonymous

        Like it … thanks for showing it.  Very little is not derivative anymore and derivative doesn’t need to be a bad word.  He’s talented and he makes great clothes.  I trust that he will win because he deserves it.  And if he doesn’t win, he will anyway. 

      • http://twitter.com/yankeefoxtrot Alex McGeagh

        I’ve seen it before, sure, but I liked it. Pretty sure from his twitter comments he did make it, FYI. I thought it was great, but that’s fashion for ya – one person’s fabulously fierce is another’s boring derivative-seen-it-before ;)

    • Anonymous

      Anya will win.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=12500056 Joseph Lamour

        If Anya wins I will eat my television in anger.

        • Anonymous

          Prepare your stomach.

        • Now I am The Bee

          Oh yes.  Except that I’ll be in hotel room–so if Anya wins–I’ll just have to run around in circles! 

          • Anonymous

            And then fall down “like a bitch” :D

        • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

          you need to put that up on youtube, i can see a lot of ad revenue in yr future.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Katie-Heim/708520610 Katie Heim

      If Viktor doesn’t win I’m not sure I will ever watch this show again.

    • http://www.facebook.com/samuel.j.donovan Samuel Joesph Donovan

      He’s a little dull for my tastes, and he doesn’t seem completely confident in himself as a designer without praise.  I can definitely see why the judges would call him unfocused–he’s always sort taking someone else’s ideas about taste and accepting them into his own credo.  I mean, COME ON, he thinks Josh is a good designer.

      When he’s not dull, he’s REALLY tacky (see, avant garde, stiltwalker, Chicken dress) and when he’s dull…we’re talking like, New York & Company here.  As always, I look at the final challenge, when the rugrats are given creative freedom to do whatever they want, and all I see is basic, basic, basic.  Well made basic, but BAAAAASIC nonetheless.

      My money is on Kim to take this thing.

      • http://www.facebook.com/samuel.j.donovan Samuel Joesph Donovan

        I will say, however, that he is particularly good at addressing a design challenge.  I just don’t think he designs that well independent from a specified challenge.

      • Anonymous

        Actually, Kim would get my vote for least likely to win. The judges don’t respond to her aesthetic particularly well. The “pre-gentrification Brooklyn” vibe just doesn’t suit the mood of this competition. She hasn’t really stood out especially well in most of the episodes either. Personally, her collection is in competition with Josh for the weakest in this group of four. There are a couple of looks that are just down-right tacky and her colors were a bit unsophisticated. Plus, I think that she did a lot of clothes that can be seen an a department store. They’re cute, but nothing I can’t get at Macy’s right now.

        I think it’s down to Viktor and Anya. Viktor because (IMO) he has been consistently good and has one of the strongest collections (next to Laura). And Anya because the judges absolutely adore her. Josh has a better chance than Kimberly because he created drama on the show. 

        • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

          Yeah, I don’t think Kim’s going to take it — the judges are VERY limited in their preferences and they like very white-bread fashion.  Whenever a designer has included any ethnic elements (doesn’t seem to matter which ethnicity they come from), they’ve gotten slapped back by the judges.  For examples, see both Korto (beautiful and wearable with some African influence) and Mondo (Day of the Dead Mexican elements).

          I think she’s got some interesting stuff, and while it’s not my taste, I can see a lot of value in it.  But I don’t think the judges will.

        • http://www.facebook.com/samuel.j.donovan Samuel Joesph Donovan

          I completely disagree about being able to find Kim’s clothes at Macy’s.  They have a beautiful sense of cut, structure, and fit that Viktor’s garments completely lack.

          Also, Viktor’s collection is essentially just a retread of what Givenchy had been doing the past few seasons–Viktor doesn’t have unique, original, fresh ideas like Kim does.  He does cheap looking copies of influential trends.  Nothing he produced during the competition ever looked like it belonged in a designer price point–his closures were never well thought out, and the textile choice was always questionable.

          And Anya? Seriously?  Girl stapled some tie-dyed napkins together.  She’s a total ‘Michael Knight’ case–judges favorite going in, but she will SORELY disappoint.

          • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

            It’s not even a question of merit, honestly.  If the judges ever reward a designer like Kimberly, I’ll be shocked.

          • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

            i think kimberly’s best work on the show is better than the majority of viktor’s work on the show. even more, i think if you took kimberly’s best & mixed it up w/ viktor’s best you would finally have a collection of work made during the show that would be worth winning the show this season. & i think a lot of it would actually mix quite well [ie: kimberly's sparkly sheath could go in the same collection as viktor's 70s pantsuit].

          • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

            I’ll give you Viktor not exactly setting the fashion world on fire, but I disagree that his designs look cheap (when I think cheap, I’m thinking Fashion Bug. And, yeah, there are still a few of those around). They’re well-constructed, and I think he did the best he could when choosing fabric, considering the budgets the designers have on the show. I think he chose some great textiles, although that’s just a difference in preference between the two of us. Perhaps his work didn’t look like it belonged in a (high end) designer price point, but whose did this season? It’s modern and flattering, which is more than can be said for a lot of what was sent down the runway this year.

            This is nothing against Kimberly. She has a valid POV that, for whatever half-assed reason, is brushed off by the judges. If she wins, I’ll hang a banner on my front porch, but I don’t see it happening.

    • Sobaika Mirza

      If the season was focused on design, he would have won a few more challenges and would be a shoe-in for the win. As it is, I don’t think that’s where the focus is.

    • Anonymous

      I love this show more that any show (besides Mad Men) on earth…But if Anya wins over him…they have ruined this show forever…and I don’t think I can stand it..

      • Anonymous

        I still think Gretchen winning over Mondo was worse…

        • http://profiles.google.com/singingraisin ali meowmeow

          I must disagree. I still don’t agree with that decision, but it was at least an argument the judges could make with a straight face. I don’t know what kind of bullshit they’ll spew to justify even considering Anya for the top prize, let alone taking it, but it would definitely make a lot less sense to me. I could at least tell Gretchen’s looks apart.

          • Anonymous

            Yes… while I HATE saying anything remotely positive about Gretchen, I think she was at least a worthy competitor for Mondo.  Worthy of the win?  Hell no. Mondo’s loss was a kick in the gut, but at least he lost to someone who was capable of turning out a strong and decently constructed outfit.  This is a sign of how bad S9 has gotten, when I’m actually finding nice things to say about that decision in retrospect. 

    • http://twitter.com/susanpcollier Susan Collier

      Gosh. I forgot about some of these gems. Aside from the stiltwalker challenge (which was only half his fault), even many of the failures have merit. His wee-wee pad dress looked like it was made of ruched ombre chiffon, the chicken dress flowed beautifully, and the rocker jacket and pants were fitted well (although, fringe). And most of those entries, given more time to redesign or tweak (or choose different fabric), could be transformed into beautiful entries.

      I really loved his real woman challenge outfit, Heidi Klum sneaker outfit, and Rorschach test evening gown. Man, Viktor MUST take this!

    • Anonymous

      Yes a versatile and polished set with only a few missteps. Urban and modern seems to be his thing without be too edgy. I have to say though that avante-garde piece is a major clunker and seems to support the idea he is more of a sportswear kind of guy. I am surprised by the lack of color. I wouldn’t think that would be an issue. perhaps he’s just in a monochromatic phase. 

    • Anonymous

      He is focused on real women and what they really wear. He has sportswear career, cocktail, and evening looks for the “same girl” as Mick likes to call her.
      His only bomb is the fantasy piece for the stilt walker and that was the disastrous “team” of him and Victor.

      • Anonymous

        And one more thing : I hope Heidi buys the damn white jacket and doesn’t expect him just to “give” it to her.

        • http://profiles.google.com/gillianholroyd gillian holroyd

          Another thing about the white pearl jacket: it had a fantastic black and white striped lining.

          • BerlinerNYC

            The lining was the only part I liked. The outside of it looked like Michael Jackson.

            • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

              Yeah… it wasn’t my favorite piece.  I understand the construction aspect, and from an impartial stand it had interest.  But no way would I ever have even tried it on.  Replace those pearls with studs and make it black (yep, total cliche, I know) and definitely.  But it reminded me of my sister the punk poser in the late 80s when she was dating a guitarist for a metal band.

            • BerlinerNYC

              Thank you! I thought I was the only one who wasn’t in love with it (I felt like the guy in They Live who was the only one who could see the aliens). You’re so right. I’m thinking teased hair. Tawny Kitaen would totally have worn that jacket. Kelly Bundy would have worn the knockoff from Contempo Casuals.

            • BerlinerNYC

              Thank you! I was beginning to think I was the only one (I felt like that guy in They Live who was the only one who could see the aliens). It’s so tacky, total hair band. Tawny Kitaen would have rocked that jacket in 1988. Kelly Bundy would have worn the knockoff from Contempo Casuals.

        • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986 Judy S

          I don’t think the designers own the items they make, or their designs. For example, all the episode outfits are auctioned off on the web. I don’t know what happens to the final collections. I do suspect that the designers who win the Piperlime challenge etc. do not actually make money from it; you note that Josh was not bemoaning his bank balance during that one.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000020870811 Joe Murphy

            I do suspect that the designers who win the Piperlime challenge etc. do not actually make money from it

            Last season’s Klum/New Balance/Amazon winner Andy South said something in an interview about the PR contract allowing him to receive royalties from those sales.

            I don’t think the designers get any money when the sample garments from the actual challenges/final collections are auctioned off, though. Ideally, Heidi would commission a new jacket from Viktor and pay him directly.

            • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

              As a designer, if I won or if Heidi was particularly receptive to my designs, I’d just give it to her.  Because the goodwill and publicity would be worth far more than the jacket:)

            • Anonymous

              That is tough though.  To not make any money from your first/early and potentially richest clients. 

              I am getting sick of giving my services away – with the hope it will lead to paying work – so I guess I am being a bit sensitive in this respect.

            • Anonymous

              You’re right, though.  Doing work for free–or giving away an expensive piece of clothing that took many hours to make–to prove yourself gets old real fast.

              Heidi has no shame in this regard, though.

            • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

              Oh definitely.  Though I do a lot of design work for free because it’s more about fun for me at this point than making a living at it — I haven’t built up a large enough client base to really make money on it. 

              And it would be far more ethical for Heidi to pay for it regardless;  there’s an appearance of impropriety whether there actual was or not.  (First thing discussed in ethics for accounting: the appearance of a problem is as bad as the problem itself:)

      • Anonymous

        The focus on real women has really stood out to me too.  There have been several designers this season where I wondered “Have you MET any actual living women?”, but Viktor has never been one of them.  The fact that a lot of these pieces could be dressed up or dressed down also appeals to me; I like that he makes pieces that could serve a lot of different purposes in a woman’s wardrobe.  Although I wouldn’t be surprised if the judges counted that kind of practicality against him.

        I think it’s kind of funny that he and Bert made such a hideous outfit together, because they are both kind of similar in that regard.

        • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

          I think if they would have thought more about real clothes instead of costume, and/or if the challenge was later in the season, the results would have been much better.

          • Anonymous

            It’s a shame, isn’t it?  Their styles could have meshed really nicely. 

    • Anonymous

      I can see the the clothes are well made and don’t offend anyone’s sensibilities. I agree with everything you’ve said concerning range and focus. I think his stuff is very marketable and I know there’s a huge customer base for his designs. I think he will do well after PR and good for him.

      But his pieces don’t excite me, and for the most part, I wouldn’t be able to identify any of them out of a line up as a “Viktor Luna” design. They just look like clothes to me (albeit thoughtful, well-made clothes). He seems to be missing some necessary spark to make his designs come alive.

      • Anonymous

        Ok, I might have to eat my words here. Go see his website (someone posted a link farther down the comments thread):

        http://www.viktorluna.com/FALLWINTER2011.html

        Those are amazing designs! Where was THIS designer all season? Clearly, PR stomped all the creativity right out of him.

        • Anonymous

          WOW!   Just…wow!  Hard to believe that is the same designer!  Very hard to believe!

          Thanks for the link.
           

          • Anonymous

            You’re welcome. 

        • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

          So much more interesting!  I wish we would have seen more of this — though the judges made it difficult to be creative.

          • Anonymous

            You can kind of understand his reluctance.  Considering that he seemed to be able to do nothing right for them, there would have been little upside to putting your most creative stuff out there and having it skewered.  Thanks to the show, we know he can make some very nice tailored, sophisticated stuff, and once he has you interested, you find out he’s got this fantasy/creative side, too.  I can see why he might not have wanted Piperlime to get their hands and commercialize his stuff (especially after they rejected that 70s jacket/slacks). 

            • Anonymous

              But then, it makes me wonder: What is the purpose of Project Runway? To showcase amazing, creative designers? Or to find commercial designers? Because it seems they ask for the former yet reward the latter. 

            • Anonymous

              I think that’s a mess that the new production company created for itself.  They picked a winner that really does nothing at all original in concept with no skill.  Nothing anybody else did was right.  Viktor’s impeccably early creative pieces got “yeah, okay, whatever” while the Mrs. Roper sleeveless caftans had the judges twitching and shifting in their chairs in orgasmic glee.  When they waxed poetic about them being for every woman (’cause I know I could rock one of those Uli-lite outfits here in Iowa), he realized there was no way he was going to win.  Since his portfolio of past work was already out there, once the writing was on the wall which way this season was going, I think he was just showing the world his range, and I think this would have been easier for him t part with one of those very creative pieces.

              For what it’s worth,I don’t think Lifetime’s Project Runway has any goal or direction save for what the script says the season’s winner is capable of.  Even though Uli was raked over the coals routinely for the same Miami vibe that they said had a limited audience appeal, apparently this year PR has a Caribbean feel and it’s okay because everyone will want it (Trini is sooooo much more chic and fashion forward than Miami).  It wouldn’t have surprised me to see them all sitting there sipping drinks with little umbrellas and a backdrop of tiki torches.  Next year, if there is a next year, they may be back to worldwide sales and the year after that niche creativity.  It depends on what kind of characters show up at the audition and what the scriptwriters can do with them. 

            • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

              I wonder if some of it was just a question of execution — Victor’s stuff is very tailored, and maybe he didn’t think he could make the more elaborate pieces in the time allowed.

            • Anonymous

              Maybe.  The judges seemed to indicate from week #1 that construction was not going to be an issue, but it’s also possible that a single person rule.  Maybe when the statute of limitations (!) someone can ask him why his private use stuff is so very different from the PR stuff. 

            • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

              It’s not just the judges — maybe (and I know, this is a silly statement regarding a reality show contestant) he has a semblance of pride left:)

              I could VERY EASILY imagine Victor being the kind of guy who wouldn’t feel comfortable with sending something down the runway without impeccable finishing.  And when you have a limited time and actual standards for your own work (as opposed to some other contestants… *cough* Anya and Josh *cough*) you would tend to pair it down, particularly if he hasn’t sewn much recently. 

    • Anonymous

      Absolutely, he is the best of the talent this season.  He should be the winner.  He won’t be because that is the way this whole season has been structured: what is up is down, what is right is left, what is bad is Anya, what is schlock is winning.  I haven’t even bothered to watch the last 2 episodes and probably won’t bother with the finale.  I can get the drama filled recap of producer mayhem here.

      • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

        “what is bad is Anya”

        Anya actually made some things I like a lot, but that cracked me right the hell up.

    • Anonymous

      Viktor makes by far the classiest and most polished garments.  He should be the winner, IMO.  His work has been consistently excellent, and I like his finale collection best as well.

      And his model WERQ’s THAT SHIT every week.  She deserves to go on to great things, too.

      • http://twitter.com/mme_hardy MadameHardy

        “Viktor makes by far the classiest and most polished garments. ”

        Uh, hello, Bert?  We may disagree on who comes first, but there’s no “by far” between them in terms of consistently classy and well-finished.

        Signed,  A Kitten Who Started Being Bitter As Soon As She Saw Bert’s Final Collection

        • Anonymous

          Eh, Bert’s final collection was beyond boring to me. It really was well made and all the garments were classic. But so so boring.

        • Anonymous

          I like Bert and wish he were one of the finalists, but I can’t deny there were a couple of challenges where he lost steam or openly phoned it in (like on the pet store challenge).  Not that Viktor doesn’t have his weak moments up here as well, mind.

        • Anonymous

          I was talking about the finalists.

      • Anonymous

        His model is, by far, the best on the runway.  Just her luck that (a) she isn’t paired up with a producer’s favorite and (b) she’s on the one season where nobody pays attention to the models.

    • RocknLox

      If Anya beats Victor I’m calling Mondo and Korto and there will be a brawl at the Garcia residence.

      • Anonymous

        sign me up!!

      • Anonymous

        Anya can’t win. She’s out of the running. It’s between Viktor, Kimberly, and Josh.

        • Anonymous

          Why is Anya out of the running?

          • Anonymous

            I thought they sent her home last week after the four designers showed three of their pieces from their collections. Am I misremembering that? She had very little to show Tim at her home visit, and then when she did show things to the judges, her work was the weakest and the last three are left to compete for first prize.

            • http://dentsdelait.tumblr.com/ Nancy Marion

              I wish! She’s still in. 

            • Anonymous

              Wow. OK, now I remember. When they told Kimberly she was in, I snapped off the TV and told my husband, “Good, at least they sent Anya home for that awful crap she showed them.” Isn’t that hilarious? I missed the first show and pulled a late night to watch the repeat, and just fell asleep knowing the producers let the judges do the right thing. I guess I shoulda held on for one more minute to see them let her stay. 

            • http://dentsdelait.tumblr.com/ Nancy Marion

              I almost threw something at the TV, except I was at a friend’s house and I can’t afford to fix his fancy things! Ugh. Anya. ZZZZZzzz

            • Anonymous

              Hahahaha! Good one UsedtobeEP! You were actually thinking with Sense and Logic! That’s not what PR is about anymore. Anya is I-N!

            • Anonymous

              Yeah, it was highly suspicious that Heidi never said “and one of you will be out” (though Tim did several times in the ep).  And she always starts the auf with “I’m sorry….” and when she called Anya’s name she didn’t say taht.  Shenanigans.

            • Anonymous

              yeah and not one of them acted the least bit surprised, anya, the judges, other contestants, tim–everyone freaking knew. god i hate this show and i hate myself for watching.

            • Anonymous

              They let all four go through, so that they could keep Anya in the competition.

      • Anonymous

        I actually agreed with Leanne’s win.

        • Anonymous

          Absolutely.  I liked her final collection more than any other of the PR winners, including Jay and Seth Aaron.  She had some truly stunning looks.

    • Anonymous

      Well, they didn’t have any problem praising Gretchen week after week.  From Week One!  Still, he is clearly the best designer from this season.  
      Sheesh, talking about damning with faint praise.  

    • http://twitter.com/ILikeShiny Cindi Williams

      Viktor’s work is just fine. If he wins, cool. If not, that’s cool, too.

      I’ll give B/M credit: I won’t get het up about who wins this season, unlike Gretchengate. And this is coming from someone who can get pretty passionate about her TV. So, Bravo, B/M, Bra-vo. I can save my white-hot pissedness for other fare.

    • Anonymous

      this has been such a sad little season but victor should win & he deserves it.

    • Anonymous

      I agree. But, I also think that consistency, tailoring, and a bag of tricks aren’t a wow. I want him to win, but I don’t think I will look back on his work and remember him sharply for his beautiful cocktail looks, or his wonderful sportswear, or masterful draping, or reworking of the 80s styles, or use of a women-in-battle aesthetic, or folding fabric like paper to make it do wonderful things. I just don’t think I will remember his individual looks as a cohesive style. 

    • http://twitter.com/margot907 Margot Wiegele

      Victor frequently seemed a little paranoid about people ripping off his designs, but looking at the shoulders of his black cocktail dress, I wonder if it was the inspiration for Anya’s wildly overpraised raven dress.

      • Anonymous

        One of the bloggers at Lifetime (I think Peach?) even put them side by side when she recapped that episode, so you’re definitely not the only one to notice.

      • Anonymous

        Ya think?  And I posted my comment about that before I read your comment. “Inspiration” is putting it nicely!

    • Anonymous

      If, Viktor was on past PR seasons, his looks would read, meh. On this season he was by far the strongest contender. It didn’t matter, the “fix” was in so to speak.  I’m not sure if he will win the finals. Even though he clearly deserves the win.  Just sad.

    • Anonymous

      I thought that he should have won the first challenge and many after.  The pee pad dress – while simple in silhouette was still great and PRETTY. (how dare he!)   The gray suit – that jacket! – was the best by far.

      They could have followed in ANTM’s footsteps – with naming him the winner many times (although I could not stand them giving Anne all those wins) – 

      He truly does deserve the win – but considering how often I think the judges are F’ng with us – I don’t have a lot of faith in them doing the right thing

      • Anonymous

        I agree with you 100%.  I was surprised that Viktor didn’t win the first challenge–I loved that dress!–and he was robbed on many subsequent challenges. Including his fourth look, which Anya copied for her “crow” dress. And I still want the outfit he made for the “real life woman,” and I want the judges to take back their stupid, insulting comments about the gorgeous little clutch he made to go with that outfit.

        Here’s how I’m comforting myself, because I know he is not going to win:  While Pancake Face and the Fame Whore slide into either well-deserved obscurity or also well-deserved gossip press “fame,” Viktor is the one who will have an actual career in fashion.  Viktor and Bert.

        If I didn’t believe that, I could not go on.

        • Anonymous

          You and me both…

    • Anonymous

      I really like Viktor and am rooting for him to win. He’s definitely talented and good at tailoring.  I look at his work and, for the most part, see clothes that are wearable and would sell, but not really fashion, so to speak.  I think he’s played the safe game throughout.  My favorite pieces of his were the husband/wife challenge, the rorschach gown, and the 70’s inspired suit.

      He’s obviously got more range than Anya, but she’s got more wow factor.

      I much prefer his final collection to hers…he turned up the volume to the right level.  Combine that with his skills…he should win…but this PR, so ???

      • Anonymous

        I’m not sure I understand this “Wow!” factor that people talk about.  She takes a piece of print material, essentially cuts a rectangle within a large rectangle, throws some staples and a basting stitch in it, and stands back.  There is nothing new or exciting about, and about the only thing that might merit is a “Wow!” is Mood for carrying that particular textile. 

        • Anonymous

          I think all her billowing clouds of fabric are masquerading as “wow” factor. ;)

          • http://inkyheels.tumblr.com Inky Heels

            LOL at “billowing clouds of fabric!”

        • Anonymous

          I agree that her designs and shapes are simplistic and her range is limited.  She did pick bold fabrics and used a lot of it to get the initial dramatic “wow” effect.  When you look more closely at the details, there’s not a lot there.

    • Sara__B

      Viktor shoud win, but Anya probably will. But no matter; the PR exposure will help Viktor in his career, win or not.

      • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

        I hope it does give him the exposure he deserves, even if he doesn’t win. But I also want him to have the money, dammit.

    • Anonymous

      Viktor is a winner. 

      He probably won’t win PR9 – sad.

    • http://twitter.com/TMamBo Therese Bohn

      I hope you’re right — he really SHOULD win this ‘competition’, although the producers have already played us — they’ll probably pick Anya or Clinique Counter on their looks, not their talent. (God No, Please!).  To make Josh the winner would be a travesty.  To pick Anya would be pitiable. Viktor is the clear talent, clean, precise, and just edgy enough.   Good luck to him.  Anya and Josh will probably co-host a fashion talk show where they can moan about how they should have won! ( I’d never watch it!)

    • Anonymous

      Viktor consistently produced far and away the best looks of the season (though I really disliked the avant garde dress as well as the stiltwalker outfit).  However, I was less than overwhelmed by his finale collection and that in the end is what’s supposed to determine the winner.  Based on that collection, I wouldn’t be surprised if he lost.

    • http://twitter.com/stellaphone Stella Zawistowski

      I still want that black and white gown. Now.

    • Anonymous

      Also, I love his model

    • Anonymous

      It strikes me that you could mix and match a lot of these separates.  That badass jacket from the sportswear challenge could potentially be paired with some of the other pieces here.  Those grey/silver pants from the 70s challenge would go with some of the tops.  He may not have an instant visual signature, but he does have a remarkable consistency of vision (as well as quality obviously).  Just looking over these pictures makes me freshly aggravated at how many didn’t win. 

      I’ll even put in a good word for the chicken dress – while I didn’t unequivocally love it, it moved beautifully when the model walked.  And the avant garde look is kind of a mess, but I remember in that episode Viktor had a funny line about trying to avoid the “House of Dereon” look while he was making it.  I’m not sure he succeeded on that front, but he got points for a) making me chuckle and b) self-awareness. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OYWH5NAGE3TS2MWXRAVBSWBSZA Brittany

      And yet they still had the Gretchen & Mondo show last season where they were content to do just that (consistently praise the stronger designers). I think Viktor is by FAR the best designer this season. Not left. Just…in total. Looking at his portfolio above, there are easily 3-4 other examples where he should have taken the win. He should walk out of there with the BIG win though, provided the judges don’t take acid before the final judging like they did last year. The whole thing just feels so anti-climactic though.

    • Anonymous

      While Bert was derided for benig from another fashion era, I’d say Viktor is also from another era – that of the earlier seasons of PR. He was relatively drama-free and even the brief moments they tried to play as him appearing “bitchy” (with accusations of other people stealing ideas, etc) in retrospect they ring more true than not. Note the producers glossed over all the complaints, perhaps aware had they actually delved deeper it would damage the rep of other more “camera friendly” contestants. I never really warmed to his personality (not that I did for any of them) but there’s no denying he made attractive, accessible clothes. 

    • http://profiles.google.com/sntierney Shannon Tierney

      WORD.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1006374212 Berna Starling

      Omg, with each pic I go: LOVE! – exept the Stiltwalker and the PeePad. But everything else: I want it. Everything! My absolute favorite: The working Girl outfit – how could this NOT be the winner of that challenge? It`s insane! 

      I only watched thursdays episode today – and if Anya wins with a wool bathingsuit in her collection, I will go drown myself with it.

    • Anonymous

      Only misstep (aside from the stilt walker challenge, which I refuse to acknowledge in general) is the maxi pad dress. I do wish he had used more color, as his real woman look shows how well he works with color.

      He is totally my pick for the win. I hope  he does.

    • Anonymous

      Viktor’s “inkblot” gown is pretty much the one and only wow moment from this season for me. Kudos to him, but what a bunch of disappointments the rest of the designers were!

      • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

        I had forgotten how great that dress is until I opened this post. It jumped out at me, and I love it all over again.

    • Anonymous

      The thing that really tipped me towards Viktor was looking at his prior collections on his website:

      http://www.viktorluna.com/FALLWINTER2011.html

      (The actual front page of his site shows his Bryant Park collection and nothing else; he seems to have taken down the direct link to prior collections from there, but this stuff is all still there on Google. I wonder whether he’s not happy with this work anymore, or whether this is part of this season’s pattern of designers playing down their experience, or what.)

      This stuff is nearly all bolder than anything he’s shown on the show, and I think it suggests that his relative conservatism on PR is deliberate (whether the result of evolution or a conscious decision to play this very carefully, or both). The looks aren’t all wearable or tremendously original, but they demonstrate range and willingness to experiment technically. He’s still growing, but more importantly he has the capacity to grow — he’s not calcified in place like some PR competitors.

      Viktor is no Jay, but this has been a terrible year, and they may as well make the best of it by giving some cash to someone with the skill, taste, and sense to turn it into something. Whether they’ll actually do that, obviously, is a mystery.

      • Anonymous

        (I also like him, despite his history of nonsensical catchphrases. He seems so sane!)

      • Anonymous

        On the topic of growth: one thing I came to appreciate about Viktor is that he was able to adapt to the judges’ criticism (even the incredibly nitpicky criticism).  The white pearl jacket was great on its own, but it’s even better when you consider that Heidi had said she “wouldn’t wear a single thing” out of his mini-collection the episode before.  It’s like Viktor went home and put “make something Heidi will demand to wear” at the top of his to-do list, and he succeeded.

      • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

        i actually didnt like his work on the show anywhere near as much as other people did.
        i didnt like anyone’s work on the show that much, actually, although i thought bert a worthy person & designer.
        &, of course, i wouldve liked to see more of julie.
        based on final collections alone, & i’m sure surprising at least my proto-stalker {who has, i hope, departed for more fruitful & elsewise direcrted enterprises}, i wouldve given the win to, um, laura.
        otoh: i’m posting this as a reply to you, putonabus, cos you sent us to viktor’s website–upon which his work is quantums of quantum leaps better than anything he did on PR. i mean: it’s quite good! particularly comparatively.

        you know, out of who’s left i also hope he wins. but, if nothing else, my life alone tells me that hope is often just that.

        • Anonymous

          Yes, indeed. His work on his website looks nothing like what he did on PR. This makes me wonder if that’s the case for more than one of the designers this year, as I was so surprised by Laura Kathleen’s final collection. 

          • Anonymous

            I wonder if it also involves the fact that I guess they don’t get to keep anything they designed for the show.  He may be doing just enough to win (silly wabbit- as if he had a snowball’s chance), but saving his best work for his own line rather than PR’s glory.  Not that he did bad work, but as others have pointed out, the bar wasn’t real high this year. 

            • Anonymous

              Add to that especially if you knew from the beginning or it became clear within weeks that the fix was in.  Why give them your genius work when nothing you do is going to make a difference as to the outcome, and then they get the rights to it?

            • Anonymous

              I don’t think it’s going to for sure be an Anya win. (Mentioned this before, but Mondo was basically EVERYONE’S lock for the win and he didn’t get it.) I’m okay with either Viktor or Anya winning though. If Josh wins… ugh……

            • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

              Me too!  I think the editing monkeys should all be fired if she does because it was so heavy-handed with her praises this year, much like Gretchen last year — to give the secret away like that twice in a row?  That’s just bad work.

              Besides, Emilio got passed on for a HOT PINK WASHER BIKINI… and won the print challenge with that terrible knock-off.  But lost the finale.  So there is hope!

            • Anonymous

              Yep.  And I think the job interview theory is a good one too.  Viktor may have simply decided to advertise to anyone watching: “Look, I can make clothes that will SELL, and I can do it under ridiculous time and money constraints.”  Which wouldn’t be a bad way to land if he loses.  Take the money and then you can afford to make the clothes you want to make.

            • Anonymous

              All true, but it makes for some boring, rather basic clothes for us to look at. :)

            • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

              I’ve had that same thought — there are pieces that I would be SO reluctant to do on the show because they are things I’d want for an actual line where I’d get something out of them.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4AZYKFDGYZTFQJML25GU4RJBUQ Anh-Thu

            This season really seemed to focus on making the designers jump through hoops more than anything else (i.e. the millions of team challenges and “surprises”).

      • Anonymous

         Oh my I LOVE that Monarch butterfly print s/s 2011  wow – just beautiful. 
        (I am kind of freaked out by the burkha pants outfit)

        The one LBD looks like one from the show with the hoop “boning” around the hips

        • Anonymous

          Oh yeah, that burkha pants outfit was freaky!  At first I thought it was a shot of the back of it, but then I looked down at the shoes and …. then creeped out!   But damn if it wasn’t interesting!

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, the one he did on the show really was a toned-down version of that LBD. I wonder if he was planning to recreate it and then decided to pull back for a subtler but less striking effect (not that, to be honest, I really liked either dress). I bet the judges’ recent tendency to mock rather than critique has given rise to a lot of decisions like that.

          The more I go back to that butterfly collection, the more impressed I am. I really didn’t pick up the first time on the fringed pants and furry sleeves referencing a caterpillar, or that most of the monarch-print dresses reference the chrysalis and the butterfly coming out of it all cramped and folded. He’s thinking about the butterfly as an organism rather than a vague abstract symbol of beauty and transience. I thought it was kind of literal, but clearly it’s not that literal if I didn’t actually get it, and besides, it’s the literal side of it that makes it good.

          I bet Viktor liked Watchmen (either the book or the film). Someone almost certainly made this point after his Rorschach-blot dress came out, since Rorschach’s mask is itself made out of a dress…

          Win, Viktor, win! I’ve convinced myself so hard that you should win! Then: shorts for everyone.

      • Anonymous
        • Anonymous

          You have to admit that it is an untapped market for American designers.  It would be a trip to turn on CNN and see a bunch of Muslim women in Viktor Wear.

        • Anonymous

          Now I’m sad he didn’t get immunity more often. 

    • Kate Pearce

      Based on this, he should win, but nothing has been right on this series, so I won’t be surprised if he doesn’t. :(

      • Anonymous

        I agree with you.  I recently saw a promo for the finale and the voice over is Tim Gunn saying something to the effect of, “Any ONE of you could win this whole thing!” and I just shuddered, because it’s true.  Sad, sad state of affairs.

    • http://twitter.com/polevaulter94 Renee Alexander

      Boring for Viktor to receive praise he was worthy of… but great television for Anya to be praised almost every week for any reason… hmmmmmm

    • Anonymous

      Take the four jackets and line them up side by side. (5,9,10,13)
      Take the dresses and do likewise (1,2,4,11,14,15)
      You can do the same with the other looks. He didn’t repeat himself. I think this is ten times as much range as any other contestant.

    • Judy_J

      Yes, Viktor should win, but then I thought Mondo should have won last season.  So much for my accuracy.  Still, I do hope that Viktor takes the prize, because I think he’d make the most of it.

      • Anonymous

        I agree that he’d make the most of it; like Christian, he has a keen eye for his own POV, but is also savvy enough to know what will sell.  Add to that, willing to make clothes that make women look good, and he’s a natural for success.

      • Anonymous

        Yes, I get the impression that Viktor knows the value of a dollar, as they say.  The judges remarked a few times on how he made cheap-ass material look expensive.  I’d like to see what he could do with real money.

      • yuju ti

        I am afraid Viktor might become this season’s Mondo. I am afraid that they will let Anya win just to make people talk for months after the show ends. I am so afraid that I almost don’t want to watch the finale.

        • Anonymous

          Wouldn’t people be talking either way though? “Anya, the one everyone pretty much thinks is winning, is beaten by Viktor!” vs. “Anya won with only four or five months of sewing experience over Viktor who has been sewing since he was a child!”?

          It seems a bit weird, but I think Viktor probably might win since Mondo was in the same position that Anya was in kind of (though much more deserving) and look where he ended up. 

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1326120071 Gaby Ripoll

          Especially since they’re both gay Latino males. As a Latina, it really upsets me that they’re being passed over. 

          • Anonymous

            While I think he deserves it for his consistent work all season, I would think the fact that he is a gay Latino male, just like Mondo, would be enough that Lifetime and B/M wouldn’t dare not give it to him.  To have two great gay Latino males get bested by uninspiring women’s collections, I would think would not get them the kind of buzz they want.  As I say, he clearly deserves it when you look at all their stuff lined up, but I think they will give it to them because to do otherwise would be a PR PR nightmare. 

            • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4AZYKFDGYZTFQJML25GU4RJBUQ Anh-Thu

              Sometimes I worry if Lifetime and B/M awarded Gretchen the win last year because “she needed the money,” i.e. getting evicted and the like, and while of course I sympathize with it, I fear what this idea might do should it continue as a pattern, especially with the way things are playing out this season. “We’ll award it to the girl who learned to sew in four months because that will be an inspiration to all!” Augh.

        • Anonymous

          I know Mondo is probably too classy to really say anything, but part of me is dying to know what he thinks of all this.

    • Anonymous

      Viktor’s been so consistently overlooked that it has to have fed his paranoia in some way.  It just seems to have manifested it into the copying charges.   

    • Anonymous

      I hope you’re right about Viktor, T Lo, because he deserves to win.  He consistently turned out great work.
      The one thing I wonder about is your theory that the judges didn’t want to give him too much praise and too many wins too soon.  They didn’t seem to have any trouble doing that with Anya.  I worry about Tim’s comment when asked whether his favorite designer won and he said no.  I’m hoping Viktor wasn’t his favorite.  This show has turned into such a clusterf*#@ that giving Viktor the win would now seem out of character. 

      • Anonymous

        I don’t think Viktor was Tim’s favorite. Nor was Anya. By my reckoning Tim favored Kimberly.

        • Anonymous

          There was a video on the Lifetime site after Olivier’s elimination where Tim said that if Kimberly was sent home he’d have thrown something across the room. She also mentioned she was pretty sure that Tim liked her best of the designers at the time. 

        • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

          I can’t imagine Tim’s a big Anya fan — Tim gets very pissy about construction, and the fact she did NOTHING for THREE WEEKS?!?  Not something Tim would be okay with!  (And yes, I’m STILL pissed about her home visit!)

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4AZYKFDGYZTFQJML25GU4RJBUQ Anh-Thu

            Not to mention his incessant “ANYA!”-call as he time and time again had to get that girl to put down the sewing needle to get her butt on the runway.

            • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

              That always kills me.  How are you not ready to go at show time?  If you make it in fashion and have to show collections every season to the fashion press, do you honestly think Anna Wintour is going to wait on your ass because you were running late?

    • Anonymous

      If you omit the stiltwalker and the avant-garde looks, which are both insane and hideous, you are left with a very nice collection of department store clothes, which would cover most occasions in a woman’s life, even the *pee-pad dress*. You have to admit that if you didn’t know what it was made of, it looks a lot like ruched chiffon. He creates smart, well-made, mostly tailored, flattering looks; you can’t always say that about some of the famous designers. If someone picks him up, his clothes will sell, he’ll have a good career, and who knows, maybe along the way, he will emerge with a more distinctive voice, or not. Either way, he wins just like the runnerups on AI.

      If Viktor wins the season, I will be pleasantly surprised. If he loses, I will change the channel, and say, whatever, oh well, I knew it, damn producers/judges/Tim. I include Tim because someone shut him up, last season, and he is not the same mentor he used to be. So if he didn’t have the balls to quit over *integrity*, then he was bought just like anyone else. For shame.

    • Anonymous

      My thing with him is that he’s the only one, other than Bert and possibly Anthony Ryan, that I’d want to see a collection from once truly truly rested.  I like Kimberly in terms of personality the best but other than that, no –not yet. Anya totally lost me on the disastrous turn known as After the Runway.  Yuck!

      And I think Viktor would actually use the opportunity and the cash to work to the best of his ability.  If he opted to blow it on blow, I’d be okay with too.

      Having had a chance to spoil myself with Laura’s collection, she’d be right up there too for a second place that will only possibly happen in the real world.  Although I would give it to Bert.  I would have given first place to Bert.

      The show is overcooked and done now that the pasta you forgot was cooking on top of the stove.

    • Anonymous

      I really really hope Viktor wins but even if he doesn’t he’s gotten the national visibility a new designer needs so he can get that money.

    • Anonymous

      I couldn’t agree more with your assessment, but am afraid that doesn’t mean anything on this show any more.  Poor Viktor just couldn’t produce the drama – not anything like Anya’s beauty queen with a sex tape, anyway.  I felt like this season the producers  really shoved our faces in the fact that they call the shots – including the obvious manipulation of the challenges to favor Josh and Anya.  So sad.  I thought last year killed me off as a viewer, but I came back.  Now I don’t even care to watch the finale.

      • Anonymous

        Have they actually played up the Anya sex tape/beauty queen thing on the show at all? I’ve always thought (ON THE SHOW) that they’ve been portraying her as the ‘laid-back designer from the Caribbean’ and the other stuff is just added on by people commenting about her.

        And I think Viktor still has a huge chance of winning given that no one else really presented a ‘collection’ like he did. It’s definitely going to be Viktor vs. Anya in the end and perhaps to make up for Mondo not winning, they’ll have Viktor win?

        • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

          They don’t have to mention it on the show.  All any viewer has to do is Google her to find it.  It’s better for the show if people outside of it bring it up, because then the show doesn’t look exploitative even though that’s exactly what they are doing.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002673395871 Roadkill Writer’s Camp

      Several of these pieces could slide right into his honey of a final collection. Whether it’s called consistency or point of view, he delivers. There’s not a lot of wow involved, but if that were a career killer, Michael Kors wouldn’t be Michael Kors. Viktor put these looks together under constraints of time, teams and odd throwdowns. Methinks he’s got the goods, if not a PR win, which almost has become the kiss of death, no? Well, at least a kiss from your sister.  

    • Stefanos Mantyla

      Which peed pad dress do you mean? The pet store challenge, or the avant-garde challenge?

      Anyway, I have said it before, and I will say it again: Viktor must win!

    • Anonymous

      Gorgeous, interesting, wearable pieces.

      What’s not to like?

      If he doesn’t win, I’m going on strike. (Again.)

    • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

      He better fucking win. Srsly. 

    • Anonymous

      I think it’s interesting how much he pulled for his weekly entries when creating his finale collection.  His white bubble jacket over the dress is just a (vastly improved) riff on the black-jacket-on-dress in 5, and look how similar the dress in 7 is to some of his finale looks!  I think this is actually a point in his favor; it either shows that he was able to successfully interprete his aesthetic for the weekly challenges, or that he was able to learn from what those challenges forced him to produce (or both).  Either way that shows some intelligence on his part.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, quite a few designers choose to go back and update pieces they made for the show and put them in their final collections. I recall seeing it quite a few times in season 6 and 7. 

    • Jessica O’Connell

      I forgot how kickass his entry was from the clothes off your back challenge. I’d buy that dress in a second. His clothes really do make for quite a chic collection that I think most women would at least consider picking from.

    • Anonymous

      I’d like to give a big thumbs-up to the model he was assigned.  He really scored a genuine muse. No one, with the possible exception of Bert’s model (sadly stuck with that heinous gold gown of Anya’s when we last saw her) impressed me so much.  And on the subject of Viktor winning, of course he should. But if he doesn’t, he’ll be in the same boat as Mondo last season – for all the publicity he’ll being the one so blatantly robbed, he’ll probably make out better than the winner, bizniss-wise.

    • Anonymous

      Clearly Viktor is the strongest designer on the show and he clearly deserves to win.  He can design, sew, has range, and can style.   However unfortunately, I truly believe he hasn’t a snowball chance in hell of winning and I feel bad for him.  The producers have picked the winner, and no one is going to change it. 

    • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

      Sorry, but that avant-garde dress was just flat-out ugly.  Which doesn’t bother me so much since avant-garde doesn’t need to be either attractive or wearable, and there were some interesting ideas there.  His missteps were clearly on the more campy, conceptual challenges, so they aren’t that much of a concern — while some designers do use some very unconventional materials, it’s certainly not required to make a career.

      I can see more of a connective thread seeing them all together than I was remembering them having.  I still think he went too safe most of the time, but with the cracked-out judging, I can see that scaring you away from taking a lot of risks.

      • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

        i agree w/ you about the “avant garde” dress. to me it was fullscale bad madonna made out of old lace & hospital garbage bags–just really bad. i tried, i really did, but i couldnt get around how awful it was; in fact, that may have been one of the two reasons i was so resistant to viktor’s talent in the first place. the other wasnt even his “tall blonde models” shtick. it was his original business w/ bert. but all of that was ironed out really well by the participants, so i’ve reluctantly joined viktor’s away team. that silly dress still irritates, though.

        • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

          The avant-garde challenge always annoys me.  1) The results are almost never avant-garde, and wouldn’t be rewarded if they were.  and 2) Avant-garde is a specific skill set which most of these designers don’t have and certainly isn’t a requirement to make it in fashion, particularly AMERICAN fashion.

    • Anonymous

      Viktor is by far the best designer and should win.  Anya, of course, will win.  

    • Now I am The Bee

      “If his final collection shows the same level of thoughtfulness, tailoring, and style, we really don’t see how he can’t win this season, given who he’s up against. ”

      This is another reason I love youse guys–because you saw his final collection with the rest of them, didn’t you??  LOL….
      Anyway–I agree 100%.  Viktor should be the victor.

    • Anonymous

      Sure, these looks are impeccably made and stylish – but do they really hold a candle to the quality, originality and ‘fashion-forwardness’ of previous season winners? Especially winners of the earlier seasons? Or even some of their closer runners-up? Wouldn’t you see that there has been a distinct falling off in quality over the last couple of years?

      • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

        i would agree w/ you but if you read further down you will find a link to his website.
        that he could make clothes like those &, instead, chose to make clothes like the ones he made on the program says something more, i think, about the program & its wants & needs than about viktor as a designer. very odd.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BVHBKUUDS2UMEYZ5VWMLSXVK4U EllenP

      Just realized and I know I’m slow – but what’s different, too, this year is the lack of model drama. Why haven’t the designers had to pick their models each challenge this time? I miss that.

    • MilaXX

      I agree that the producers and/or the judges thought Viktor made for a boring story arc.  Obviously they thought that The Girl Who Just Learned to Sew and the Drama Vortex made for better tv, I also agree he should be in contention for the win. I also wonder if this was the early days of PR of we would have gotten stronger work from designers like Laura, Anthony Ryan & Kimberly because I think the judges of old, along with Tim’s mentoring challenged the designers more than I think they got this season with the far too many team challenges and the suspicious winners that have been chosen.

    • http://inkyheels.tumblr.com Inky Heels

      I like these.  Viktor is better than I remembered!  I also remember being angry that he was being denied the win a few times in favor of someone else who clearly did not deserve it.   I have little faith that the barely-talented and undeserving Anya will fail to win.  If she doesn’t win, though, I’ll be very happy but only if she comes in last place.  She should not even be in the finals at all.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1326120071 Gaby Ripoll

      I have always been behind Team Viktor, but that’s unsurprising, because I am a [relatively skinny] career girl in the city. I would buy so many of these looks and wear them in a heartbeat. In fact, let’s run off the wishlist; I want: the first look, the entire second row, women’s looks in the third row, the first look in the fourth row (in fact, I desperately covet that suit and t-shirt), and the entire bottom row (well, maybe not the weirdly boned lbd, but mostly because it’s a little standard). 10 out of 15 looks? Yep. 

    • Anonymous

      The Mondo Incident completely did me in for applying logic to PR finale judging. I do hope that Viktor wins, as by about week 5 (or whenever Danille our hometown girl was aufed and we became more objective) Audrey and I have consistently rooted for him. But I’m not holding my breath. His justice if he does loose is that his work is (godforbid) ‘commercial’ and the boy may just have a financial future in the business. 

    • Joshua

      Instead, we got a boring story because Anya’s work was overpraised every week.

      • Logo Girl

        I can understand liking Anya’s basic aesthetic and vibe over that of the other designers, but are there very many people who are moved by the “Anya story”? I keep thinking the narrative appeals to teenage girls who dream of yachts and champagne and everyone talking about how pretty and cool they are. I think that must be PR’s target demographic. Sad, because I think it used to be, um, I don’t even want to say, it makes me too sad.

        • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

          Hey if you replace “yacht” with “big-ass sailboat” (weird obsession of mine), I still think that’d be nice.  I like champagne, and I’m always for people feeding my black hole of an ego.

          And Anya’s story still doesn’t appeal.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1326120071 Gaby Ripoll

            A sailboat can be a yacht! I love sailboats too. <3 

    • margaret meyers

      And yet,  only 2 wins.  Go figure.

    • Anonymous

      Drop a few pieces, and it could almost pass for a collection.  I hope he gets the attention he deserves.  And he and his boyfriend are super cute.  

    • Anonymous

      Milaxx – a thought came to me reading your post.     I wonder whether all of the team.group challenges weren’t to also help Anya – because of her lack of construction (as well as of course to feed the drama with the D vortex)

      • http://www.facebook.com/sorryfortheincovenience Heather Pickett

        i had a similar hunch! did anyone else find it odd that there were so many group challenges this season; moreso than ever in memory, even?  

        • Anonymous

          I think I counted five where she was saved:

          Week #3, Stilt walking.
          Week #5, New Balance
          Week #7, HP Fabric challenge
          Week #11, The Birds (where she only had to beat Laura)
          Week #12, Where Bert did her construction and had an unacknowledged impact in “helping her realize” her design.
          Of course, if you look what she went down this past week vis-a-vis that horrible gold-brown thing where she tried to replicate what Bert did the week before, it’s pretty obvious that they probably could have saved themselves the bother of dreaming up ways to help her, since it’s pretty clear they were sending her on no matter what.

          • Anonymous

            I don’t think those ‘saved’ her necessarily, but I guess she probably did benefit the most from team challenges out of everyone in the competition. (And the producers benefited greatly from DRAMA UP THE WAZOO for most of them because if you remember, most of the team challenges were extremely dramatic in one way or another, moreso than in previous seasons.)

            For the stiltwalking one, she made the dress and Olivier made that vest I think? They were the only ‘safe’ pair of the lot so I don’t think that partnership really did much to help her… same for the New Balance one since all she ended up making was the maxi dress. Or did Becky sew all of the pieces for their team? I don’t recall. But for the HP Fabric challenge she had help with the sleeves on her dress from Viktor, I think? 

            I don’t think people give enough credit to her for the work she did with Bert as her design assistant. I mean there’s a lot that we probably didn’t see, you know? At the same time, Bert did pretty much make that black dress designed by Anya. 

            I wonder why it looked like she was making that gown in the two days before the 3 piece mini-collection runway show. It was so weird… why would she do that? It looked like it was made in like 48 hours or less because that’s probably what happened. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/sorryfortheincovenience Heather Pickett

        i had a similar hunch! did anyone else find it odd that there were so many group challenges this season; moreso than ever in memory, even?  

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=19801927 Dennis Coyle

      I think you may be overstating things a bit here.  I generally agree though.  I think he is the most skilled designer and he is definitely interesting. BUT:
      1- In your list of not-so-greats, that over-stuffed bird dress needs to definitely go in the mistakes column. 
      2- As for “pee pad dress”?  He CHOSE the pee pads.

      More importantly though, I don’t think he’s really someone to peg as innovative, and the pet shop challenge probably shows this more than anything else so his ridiculously bad choice of those pee pads is all the more telling. It is something I see as lacking in Viktor and this season as a whole.   While innovation is not a requirement of PR–especially considering the state of the show at this point–it is a defining element in the strongest wins the show has seen. And in this I mean innovation in the sense of taking the common and familiar and recontextualizing it in a way that makes one stop and appreciate what the designer has achieved a la Jay (materials and technique), Chloe (construction, though more specifically seaming), and Jeffrey (silhouette and… theme), Leanne (technique and silhouette), Mondo (materials and… theme; yes, Mondo wins regardless of what the judges said), and maybe Seth Aaron.

      I think Evil Pageant Queen is probably going to pull out the win with an argument for her being “innnovative” due her to “perspective” (ie- she brought the drama without pissing off the audience TOO much).  I’m doubtful that innovative should be used for anyone except Lifesize Barbie, and there’s no way that she can win.

    • http://twitter.com/lenabena_ Elena

      If he doesn’t win this season, after Mondo undeservedly lost last season, I will be pissed.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6PUVFQ7YCZZFZRIER6BEJ4HVYE Amye

      Viktor had my attention right from the beginning with his stricking, angular b&w dress.  Most everyone else seemed to have over-looked him (including TLo).

      And yes, the PeePee Pad dress, while nothing amazing design-wise, is DYED like that!  That’s a skill in itself.  You don’t want any other design elements taking away from that amazing dye-job.

    • Anonymous

      Once I got over his early-in-the-season whining, he’s been my favorite.  He’d better win.

    • Anonymous

      Mebbe it’s like a murder mystery, and they’re making it seem like Anya will win, to divert attention from the real eventual winner, Viktor.
      I can dream, can’t I?
      All I know is my capsule description of the final episode on my cable guide sounded rather ominous.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Josefina-Madariaga-Suárez/100002964685796 Josefina Madariaga Suárez

        Let’s just hope it doesn’t end up like Season 8’s Finale, with Mondo surprisingly losing against Gretchen.

        • Anonymous

          Actually, everyone thinks that Anya (if they want her to or not is another story) is going to win this time around compared to last season when everyone though Mondo was going to win and then well… he lost. I’m kind of leaning towards the possibility that Viktor will ‘triumph over Anya’. 

          • Anonymous

            I can’t tell if the producers have set up the narrative they actually wanted to set up.  Going into the final episode, they’ve positioned Viktor as the strongest and Anya as the weakest, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they are trying to lay the groundwork for a “shocking” Anya upset victory.  I know that for my mom, who watches pretty casually and doesn’t follow any of this online, it’s unthinkable that Viktor could lose.  Not that she is necessarily a representative sample :)

    • Anonymous

      I love his clothes, but his final collection disappointed me.  I think he was beat by Laura in the finals, but, as we know, she is not in the running.

    • http://twitter.com/theresaharnisch theresa harnisch

      Amen.

    • http://profiles.google.com/grandiva1968 e jerry powell

      You guys do realize that, with Laura Kathleen having produced the decoy line that she presented, you’re going to have to do a Lauraology trying to figure out where in her ass she pulled it from.

      • Anonymous

        Yes please! I would like to request a Lauraology and a Bertology.

      • Anonymous

        Wouldn’t a barium enema or a colonoscopy better answer that question?

    • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

      i think everyone is burning out on project runway.
      last year, if i remember correctly, there’d be more like 1200 comments on a similar post. today there’s a little over two hundred.
      & it’s not cos the posts are any worse.
      it’s cos the show is.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t know if it’s burned out on Project Runway per se, but rather this incarnation of it.  There were things to discuss last year, even if the fix was actually in.  This year, we’ve got this page full of looks that Viktor got practically no credit for while someone who couldn’t make a scarf without a pattern is somehow miraculously in the finals and, adding insult to injury, is just as likely as Viktor tto win.  It takes all the joy out of it and, considering the outcome is a given, what’s left to talk about?  It’s like going to a funeral.  All you can really say is, “Sorry for your loss.” 

      • Anonymous

        Really? 1200 on an -ology post?

    • Leonardo Alves

      I think he has a really nice and effortless urban-chic approach, but whenever he is trying to make something more sophisticated, he fails. Both evening dresses are kind of disappointing… 
      Still… the best designer there, by far!

    • Anonymous

      If this show is to have any credibility left, Viktor will win. However, please be advised that Anya’s minions are out in force. They are bombarding the PR Fan Favorite
      vote to overtake Anthony Ryan. If this bothers you as much as it bothers
      me, take the time to stop Anya from winning yet another challenge.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5KDTLDJA7ZBCPDP6HV4FZMJDII Indigo

        Why is anthony ryan even a contender for fan favorite over victor or bert?

        • Anonymous

          I think at this point it’s kind of the same as our presidential elections- “anyone but Anya”.  Since the two mentioned only have 1% (cannot understand why that would be, but in this season, I can guess), if anyone doesn’t particularly feel Anya has it, to avoid “wasting” a vote, most people are voting Anthony.  Until Anya gained 10% overnight.  Now it’s obvious that is pointless, too.

        • Anonymous

          The Twitterbase are HUGE on Anya and Anthony Ryan. Basically though, people are voting for her every 5 minutes for the next few days 24/7 to try and get her ahead of him. Everyone else has a teeeeny fraction of the votes because of their fans on Twitter which is how voting is being calculated.

        • Anonymous

          I don’t get it either, to be honest.  AR was nice enough and had a good story, but he was also thick as thieves with people like Josh and Laura, and kind of a jerk when teamed with Bert.  (While Bert didn’t acquit himself very well either, to be clear.)  Then again I live in the South, so this may be my general jadedness about “Southern charm” speaking. 

          I understand why he’s a contender for fan favorite, but the absolute avalanche of votes he’s gotten kind of bewilders me.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5KDTLDJA7ZBCPDP6HV4FZMJDII Indigo

        Why is anthony ryan even a contender for fan favorite over victor or bert?

      • Anonymous

        I saw on her facebook page (Pilar) that she is actively asking people to vote her fan favorite and thanking them in advance for the win.  Ugh!  Also read an article that said something about tech-savvy Trinidadians taking care of business to ensure her win. 

        • Anonymous

          If you check the tally, Anya has already overtaken AR. Evidently, there are websites that are providing instructions on how to upload bulk tweets.

          • Anonymous

            I just now came from checking it out.  Bummer. :(

        • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

          There’s nothing wrong with campaigning for yourself. Why wouldn’t/shouldn’t she ask people to vote for her?

          • Anonymous

            If it’s true that tech-savvy people are providing instructions on how to bulk vote with one tweet I believe that’s cheating.  Too late now, though. 

    • Anonymous

      Overall great portfolio. Agree, this stiltwalker entry is one of the all-time worst PR entries, and the dog pee pad dress only got by because of how he styled it, otherwise its such a boring entry. Wasn’t a fan on his looks for the inspiration challenge, last row, they were all copies of things seen earlier this season, and weren’t that great to me. And I hated his dress for Nina, those shoulder pads are enough, they add a bit of interest but only because its such a dull look overall. And I hate his bird inspiration dress, the sketch he had was stunning, unfortunately it didn’t translate. Other than those, love everything, my favorite is of course his Rorschach blot evening gown, that was terrific and stunning in every way possible. Other two favorites, his non-model everyday woman look, whimsical and sophisticated, love it, and the B&W sheet shirtdress from the first challenge, very Jackie O looking, and its a bedsheet! Sure doesn’t look like it, great job there.

    • http://twitter.com/adleredneko Aki

      Here’s another designer I expect to see robbed of the win he clearly deserves.

    • http://twitter.com/yankeefoxtrot Alex McGeagh

      Can I also say, that his name is totally tailor-made for being a fashion designer?! Seriously…Viktor Luna…perfect.

      Also looks like he might be doing some work for Manila from RPDR…hope this gives him more exposure…

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000020870811 Joe Murphy

        Either a fashion designer, or a mad scientist.

    • Anonymous

      He should win, but if he doesn’t win it really won’t matter, because he’s the best designer and he knows how to design clothes that women will wear and look beautiful in. As long as he doesn’t do any more stilt-walker costumes, he should have a wonderful career. And I agree with Alex: Viktor Luna is a great name for a fashion designer!
      Go Viktor!!!!

      • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

        I think it does matter. He deserves the prize money more than anyone else in the final four.

    • Susie G

      I also think he should be the winner but I have a fear in my heart that this season Viktor and Anya will be last season’s Mondo and Gretchen.

      • Anonymous

        And Josh will be playing the part of Ivy Higa.

    • Anonymous

      I hate to say it, but looking at all his work together, it seems less like “fashion” and more like “clothes’. Beautifully made and tailored, but nothing new in terms of silhouette, color, pattern mixing. In a weak field though, he deserves the win. 

    • http://twitter.com/poptartsjen Pop Tarts Jen

      If he doesn’t win, it’s a reality TV crime! (Of course, I said that about Mondo last season, too …)

    • http://twitter.com/ShelfAfterlife Shelf Afterlife

      I’m not gonna be sad if he doesn’t win (though he deserves to) because this show has lost so much cred anyway.  He’ll go out and succeed either way, just like Mondo has.

      Gretchen who?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B3AL7526Y6S4XJ5TDKSQTFHTAI quenne

      They’re nicely made clothes, but boring as hell. The majority are just little black dresses or slight modifications of business wear.  His leather jackets are great, but there’s nothing else exciting going on.  

    • Anonymous

      Famous last words.

    • Anonymous

      Victor is so beyond what any of the rest have to offer. Let’s just hope the judges don’t do a Mondo!

    • vmcdanie

      He’s clearly been the best all season. I’d like to see how he would have done on a season with a stronger talent pool overall (and less producer chicanery, but that’s a whole ‘nother reason why I quit watching.)  Leanne won season 5 and was a consistently low-key designer personality-wise. And that was a great season.

    • http://twitter.com/KathiRussellRad Kathi Russell-Rader

      Couldn’ agree with you more. However, Viktor is not a pretty face with a sob story.

      • Anonymous

        Of the three dead relative stories (Kimberly’s was the most touching), but of the other three, Viktor’s had more substance and he did more with it.  He went to Mexico with his brother’s twin and used the memorial of his death to find inspiration in nature.

        • Anonymous

          Necessary, but not sufficient.

          • Anonymous

            ? confused?

    • http://twitter.com/anoel Ashley

      His clothes are so above the competition, it’s ridiculous. I don’t see him as being a big designer in the actual fashion world but he has a big market for making great clothes that I know I would love to buy.

      That being said, I feel like Anya’s going to win no matter what. Underdog story! Ugh.

    • Nicky Pierce

      I agree totally but wasn’t it  equally boring to hear Anya praised every week, especially since she usually didn’t deserve it?

    • http://www.facebook.com/suzie.vazquez Suzie Vazquez

      Viktor for the WIN!

    • Gwendolyn Spencer

      I LOVE VIKTOR, he should have won, but he’ll probably get a better job and make more money than Anya will.  I mean who can wear clothing without sleeves all year long, it’s got to be cold in New York without sleeves!

    • Anonymous

      I’m still flummoxed as to why his flowy, mullet-hemmed gray dress from the 3-piece mini-collection didn’t make it to the runway. The judges all loved it when they saw it. I would have bought that dress.

      • Anonymous

        There is really no explanation for it other than the fact that the script called for that dress and several other great pieces to be tossed so he could fill the holes with $500 worth of chiffon, therefore giving the judges a reason to lambaste him, boot him out in 3rd place, and give the win to stylist, er, designer.